Astronomer Martin Gaskell was in line to be founding director of a new observatory at the University of Kentucky.
However, Gaskell is also a skeptic about some aspects of evolution, based in part on his Christian faith, and has expressed those doubts in lectures and writings. For example, he writes, the theory of intelligent design “is just exploring the question of what evidence there is in the universe for design by an intelligence,” calling it “a general, non-religious question (although with obvious religious implications). Because of those beliefs, the University of Kentucky “went in another direction” in filling the job of observatory director.
One search committee member, Sally Shafer, called Gaskell “fascinating,” but “potentially evangelical” in an e-mail to the chairs of the search committee and the Department of Physics and Astronomy….
An astronomy professor, Moshe Elitzur, told department chair Michael Cavagnero that he