One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Henry Kissinger: “”University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” You don’t have to spend much time in a department like mine before you see how true this is! But it doesn’t fit the case of Guillermo Gonzalez, the brilliant astronomer who was denied tenure for his pro-ID views. The more I learn about the case (a great collection of information is at http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&id=2939), the more I’m convinced that his tenure denial was so vicious because the stakes are so big. Whereas a lot of academic politics is petty, the politics of ID-hatred is larger than us all. The stakes are, in fact, eternal. I hope Gonzalez can drop some comfort from this thought. I know I do.