Category Archives: freedom from religion

McMullen case resolved: a big victory for secularism as proselytizing professor told to keep opinions on Christianity and creationism to himself

Our plane to Calcutta has been delayed by three hours due to fog (this is typical), so I’m able to write this post passing on some good news. You may have forgotten the case of Emerson T. McMullen, the Georgia Southern University (GSU) history professor (actually, an associate professor) who proselytized both Christianity and creationism […]

Kentucky comes to its senses, nixes tax incentives for Ark Park

Like its subject, Ken Ham’s Ark Park (“Ark Encounter”)—a project of his creationist organization Answers in Genesis—has had a tumultuous ride. First it had trouble getting financial support from backers (something that seems to have reversed after Bill Nye’s ill-advised debate with Ham), then went back and forth about whether it would get tax breaks (that […]

L.A. Times strongly endorses secularism

As a further sign of the times—that is, of the increasing secularism in the U.S.—we have an editorial from a major newspaper, yesterday’s Sunday Los Angeles Times, that calls for an end to marginalizing atheists, demonizing them, and calling them “unpatriotic.” The editorial is signed by the “Times Editorial Board,” thus representing the consensus opinion of the paper. Read the piece, […]

Update on the Georgia Southern creationism case: McMullen denies preaching Christianity or creationism

The case of Emerson T. McMullen, the Georgia Southern University (associate) professor of history who foists creationism on his students (see here for my previous posts on the matter) is getting more publicity, now on the national level.  Earlier, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science formally complained to […]

A distinction without a difference: Montgomery County schools keep Jewish and Christian holidays, but remove their names

Religiously-based holidays like Christmas and Easter are too deeply ingrained in the American school system to remove the breaks they offer for students; it would be daft to try to eliminate them, even though, I suppose, you could make a legal case that it’s favoring religion.  Those holidays also offend some of those of other faiths, like Jews […]

Georgia Southern University launches investigation of creationist professor

I’ve written several times before about how Professor Emerson T. McMullen, in the history department of Georgia Southern University (a public school) has been foisting creationism—blatantly stupid young-earth creationism—on students in his classes on science and the history of science. Following a student complaint, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a formal complaint with Georgia […]

More cowardice about Islam in a UK university

For reasons that elude me, the UK is far more defensive about the evils of extreme Islam than the United States. Perhaps readers can explain this to me, but it seems to me that the U.S., being far more religious than the UK, should also be more protective about criticizing religion. After all, faith often enables other […]

Why is free speech waning?

Since the 1960s, when I was engaged in various forms of liberal political activism, I’ve seen a waning of the support for free speech, so that now speech that offends people (erroneously lumped as “hate speech”) is under question.  The UN, of course, is contantly beleaguered by Muslim countries to make “defamation” an international crime, but much […]

U.S. federal court declares secular humanism a religion

Well, I have mixed feelings about this one. According to ThinkProgress, which considers this a “major win” for atheists, a federal court in Oregon has ruled that secular humanism is a religion. The decision came in the case of a federal prisoner, Jason Holden, who wanted the right to have a secular humanism study group […]

More creationist shenanigans at Georgia Southern University

The case of Emerson T. McMullen—an associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia—just gets weirder and weirder. He’s a diehard creationist and apparently has been foisting his creationism on his history-of-science and science-related classes for years. (Georgia Southern is a state institution, not a private school.) And the Freedom from Religion Foundation […]

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