Indiana's Ball State University is under fire for hiring a science professor who authored a book on intelligent design, the belief that life is too complex and the universe too finely coordinated to have evolved by accident.
"This is a disturbing pattern and it could be a serious blow to the science curriculum at Ball State," the Las Vegas Sun quoted Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the Freedom from Religion Foundation. "Their reputation is on the line."
In 2004, Guillermo Gonzalez wrote a book called, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery.
The university defended its decision to hire Gonzalez, saying he will be teaching science not religion.
John West, vice president of the Discovery Institute, backed the school's decision.
"The fact that a department of physics and astronomy doesn't immediately blacklist someone who has argued for cosmic design does not supply evidence that the department is a hotbed of intelligent design," West told the Star Press.
"It simply means the department doesn't believe in the kind of knee-jerk censorship engaged in by some Darwinian biologists," he said.
This hiring comes after the FFRF accused Eric Hedin, another professor at the school, of teaching creationism.
"If the university wants to retain any scientific credibility, they should start hiring scientists who will teach real science and not religious apologetics," Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, told the Muncie Star Press.