Category Archives: freedom from religion

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 […]

Banning the burqa and niqab: Islamists pressure human rights organizations

As we know, France has banned the niqab (the face covering that reveals only the eyes) and also the burqa (“the sack”), if it also covers the face. Before we watch the video below, let’s review the meaning of these Muslim garments, which are often confused with each other. One thing that sticks with me about […]

KirpanGate: Hemant says that Sikh students can bring daggers to school; his co-blogger doesn’t

I missed a post by the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, who took strong issue with my recent post arguing that Sikh students shouldn’t be allowed to carry kirpans (their daggers, the wearing of which is a “religious requirement”) into public schools that have a zero-tolerance policy for weapons. In his rebuttal, “Lay off on the Sikh student allowed […]

Georgia Southern University responds to FFRF/Dawkins complaint

A few days ago I reported that the Dawkins Foundation and the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint with Georgia Southern University (a state school) about the religious proselytizing of Associate Professor Emerson T. McMullen. I contributed a bit to the complaint by showing how McMullen’s claims about evolution were dead wrong, and how he was […]


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