Those who believe Guillermo Gonzalez’ involvement with ID outside the Iowa State campus can be justly used in consideration of whether or not to grant him tenure would be well served to think about this.
No. Guillermo Gonzalez was not put in a concentration camp. He was not shot, starved, gassed or otherwise abused. His employer evaluated his future prospects as an astronomical researcher, and found him lacking. Equating a personnel decision with the Holocaust is, and I say this cautiously, a form of Holocaust denial.
I say that because there are two major strands of Holocaust deniers. One simply asserts that nothing at all happened. Concentration camps, if they existed, were full of happy fun, and attempts to claim that millions of Jews, gypsies, Catholics, atheists, Communists, etc. were killed as part of an intentional scheme is just wrong.
The other group acknowledges that Hitler was anti-Semitic, and will quietly accept that his decision to create concentration camps is evidence of that. But they will low-ball the fatalities, and try to point out that lots of people die in war, anyway. Mel Gibson and his father both seem to occupy this category, talking about the deaths of thousands of Jews, rather than millions.
Part of what makes the Holocaust what it was is the sheer scale of death. To compare the systematic and carefully planned slaughter of 6 million Jews and nearly as many members of other groups with one person failing to get tenure is to deny the scale and devastation of the Holocaust.
All of this is above and beyond the fact that Gonzalez included his work on ID creationism in his tenure review materials, which puts them well within the scope of a tenure review committee. It was not “outside the Iowa State campus.”
Sal Cordova seems to believe that people’s beliefs are genetically coded. No one who did not believe such a thing could argue that higher birth rates among creationists will cause creationism to increase in popularity.
Michael Behe makes up numbers. It isn’t that it’s surprising that IDolators have to make things up in order to make their case, but that doesn’t make it less disappointing when it happens.