There’s a troubling news item concerning a scholar of Mormon history whose research has contradicted the official Mormon version of events, and possibly as a consequence, is having trouble getting an academic post. From the story:
Mr. Quinn’s struggles reflect the rising influence of religious groups over the teaching of their faiths at secular colleges, despite concerns about academic freedom. U.S. universities have usually hired religious-studies professors regardless of whether they practiced or admired the faiths they researched. But some universities are bending to the views of private donors and state legislators by hiring the faithful.
This isn’t a new problem for universities — science departments occasionally run into conflicts of interest with sources of funding as well. And a few physicists have complained about Templeton money possibly influencing some colleagues’ public pronouncements concerning religion and science.