Astronomer Says U. of Kentucky Denied Him a Job Because of Religious Views

An astronomer who was denied a job as director of an observatory at the University of Kentucky in 2007 after his writings on evolution came to light is suing the university, saying it violated his rights under a federal law that bans job bias on the basis of religion, The Courier-Journal reported.  The scientist, Martin Gaskell, who is now a research fellow and lecturer in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, has spoken to religious groups about science and the Bible, and says he accepts the theory of evolution but believes it has major flaws. The university acknowledges that concerns over Mr. Gaskell’s views on evolution played a role in the hiring decision, but it argues that those are valid scientific concerns. A judge last month refused the university’s motion to dismiss the suit, and set a trial date in February.

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