Letter to the American Association of University ProfessorsPosted: December 16, 2013
To the AAUP:
Subject: Request for help at Gordon College, Wenham, MA
The American Journal of Physics published an article (“Entropy and evolution,” Am. J. Phys., Vol. 78, No.11, Nov. 2008) that incorrectly applies an equation in physics and has no scientific value. I have been advised that Congressman Yvette Clarke (D-NY, 9th District) is investigating my allegations against the AJP because it undermines the integrity of science (http://www.newevangelist.me/2013/04/12/national-science-foundation). An article has since been published that refutes the AJP article (Sewell G. (2013) Entropy and evolution, BIO-Complexity 2013(2):1-5).
The AJP article was written and published in a zealous desire to ridicule creationism. The refusal of the AJP to correct its mistake means the AJP is perpetrating a fraud upon the public in order to promote atheism. A number of Catholic colleges are refusing my request to confront the AJP with its misconduct. On September 9, 2013, I met with Fr. Brian Mulcahy (212-xxx-xxxx), President of the Providence College Corporation, and explained that a biology professor and physics professor at Providence College were being dishonest in their communications with me about the AJP article. Fr. Mulcahy promised to ask about my accusations.
The “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure” refers to the “common good” and the “advancement of truth.” What occurred at Gordon College is directly connected to academic freedom. On Nov.1, 2013, I sent emails to Janel Curry (provost), David Lee (physics professor), and Karl Giberson (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying they had a Christian duty to resign from the American Scientific Affiliation because this organization supports the AJP’s refusal to retract the article. I got an email response from M Ryan Groff, who is an adjunct professor at Gordon College, expressing an interest in investigating my allegation of pseudoscience. Suddenly, Dr. Groff refused to respond to my emails and return my telephone calls. My suspicion is that Curry, Lee, and Giberson threatened Dr. Groff with professional retaliation if Dr. Groff followed through with his initial interest. On Nov. 9, I sent an email to Dan Tymann, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff of Gordon College, telling of my plans to ask the AAUP to investigate.
The following is a list of people I mailed letters to with a certificate of mailing explaining why the AJP article should be retracted or why one or more of their subordinates has poor character:
Marietta DeChristina, Scientific American
Leon Wieseltier, New Republic
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History
Cora Marrett, National Science Foundation
Joan Haynes, American Institute of Physics Publishing
David Ciancimino, New York Province of the Society of Jesus
Thomas Smolich, Jesuit Conference
Michael Sheeran, Association of Jesuit Universities
Lee Bollinger, Columbia University
Lisa Coico, City College of New York
William Durden, Dickinson College
John D. Gioia, Georgetown University
Donald Harrington, St. John’s University
Richard M. Joel, Yeshiva University
Joseph McShane, Fordham University
James Muyskens, Queen’s College
David Burcham, Loyola Marymount U.
John Sexton, New York University
Thomas Curran, Rockhurst University
Samuel Stanley, Stony Brook University
Harvey Stenger, Binghamton University
P. K. Norton, University of North Colorado
I’ll be very glad to travel to Washington DC to explain why your organization has a responsibility to investigate this matter.
Very truly yours, David Roemer
Mailed with a certificate of mailing on 11/13/13 and faxed to (202) 737-5526