Here’s an idea that occurred to me today: by making such a huge deal out of his denial of tenure, the DI and their apologists are actually hurting Gonzalez’ chances of landing another tenure track appointment at another university. The DI went so far as to encourage their followers to call and email the ISU president to pressure him in to reversing the decision, and my sources tell me that this has generated over 500 messages. The trouble is that it’s actually backfiring, hurting his chances of winning the appeal rather than helping. And it pretty much guarantees that no other reputable university is going to take a chance on hiring him for a tenure track position. Why would they? If they later deny him tenure, even if for entirely valid reasons, they will not only have wasted 7 years of investment in him but they will guarantee themselves a public relations mess as well. They have succeeded in making Gonzalez all but untouchable except by hardcore Christian schools, few of which even have astronomy programs much less good ones (I’m not talking about nominally Christian schools like Wake Forest or Georgetown, I’m talking about places like Biola or Messiah University; I doubt even a place like Calvin College would hire him at this point because of the controversy).