Ben Stein to Deliver Liberty Univ. Commencement Speech
Just two months ago, Stein withdrew as the University of Vermont’s commencement speaker because of complaints about his critical views on evolution in favor of intelligent design. The school’s president said he received hundreds of e-mails opposing the invitation, some describing Stein’s views of science as “affronts to the basic tenets of the academy,” according to the Burlington Free Press.
Stein called the controversy “laughable” and “pathetic.” He defended his views in an e-mail to the Burlington Free Press, saying “I am far more pro-science than the Darwinists. I want all scientific inquiry to happen not just what the ruling clique calls science.”
Falwell said he expects the university community to welcome him for his views on evolution even though, like the University of Vermont, it may not share all of his theological and political views.
“They rejected him because he was anti-evolution and our community will embrace him for the same reason,”