Category Archives: Intelligent Design Creationism Watch

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 […]

Come on down!

The latest Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner purports to show a deep flaw in creationism. But creationists already have an answer to this; I’ll leave it to you to give it in the comments (there’s also a wording problem in the first panel): h/t: jsp

The Oatmeal’s sacrilege steams up believers

Matthew Inman, producer of the fantastic strip The Oatmeal (including one of my favorite comics, The Bobcats), is lately on a tear by promoting evolution in a sarcastic way and dissing the religious alternative as belief in “Jibbers Crabst,” a Holy Crustacean that breathes fire. First watch this 11-minute video by Inman that appeared on YouTube on December […]

Can we cure creationism by teaching the facts?

Yes, this is a recurring theme on this site, and my answer is “Somewhat, but not fully, for creationism won’t disappear in a big way until religion does.” My answer is buttressed by a paper that I’d somehow overlooked (reference and free download below). The paper by Eric Plutzer and Michael Berkman is six years […]

Ex-pitcher Curt Schilling blames criticism of his creationism on “atheists, liberals, and Democrats”

You all know (or should, if you’ve been reading here) about the Twi**er battle between former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and baseball writer Keith Law, both of whom worked for the sports television network ESPN. Schilling was sending out unreconstructed creationist tw**ts, the much smarter Law defended evolution, and, lo and behold, ESPN suspended Law from tw**ting […]

Creationist homeschooling mom goes after evolution in Chicago

You may have already seen this video, as the Albatross has made me late to the party again, but perhaps it’s new to you. And thank God I don’t have to take it apart, as “Doktor Zoom” at Wonkette already does. It was hard enough to listen to this homeschooling, creationist-crusading, fundamentalist Christian right-wing woman go after an […]

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 […]

Reader’s beef of the week

There is only one beef this week, as none of the moderated/new comments were particularly memorable. This one comes from our old friend (?) Don McLeroy, the Texas dentist who rose (?) to the position of chairman of the Texas State Board of Education, serving as a board member from 1998-2011. More than anyone else […]

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 […]

Bill Nye talks about creationism, evolution, and his new book

I’ll get creamed for this, but Bill Nye really does rub me the wrong way. Yes, I know he’s turned lots of kids onto science, and good for him! But his demeanor just gives me the creeps. And he seems ravenously hungry for the limelight, a form of naked ambition that always puts me off. […]

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