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 (FFRF) has just found out that McMullen, canceling something called a “D-Day talk,” offered students instead extra credit for commenting on a creationist essay that he (McMullen) wrote! This happened just a few days ago
Here’s the offer of extra credit sent to his class:
These examples show just how poorly science handles history. The beginning of life and the origin of living things are historical events. They are not happening now and scientists cannot observe them. We have no time machine to ascertain what really occurred. Yet we find evolutionists claiming to have the correct insights into these important historical events. Many assert that we came from chemicals and evolved from a common ancestor. Are these assertions based on science, or a naturalistic worldview?
For a list of well-known scientists who dissent from Darwinism, click here: 100 dissenting scientists. Scientists on this list include Russell W. Carlson, Prof. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, U. of Georgia; Jonathan Wells, PhD Molecular & Cell Biology-U.C. Berkeley; Dean Kenyon, Prof. Emeritus of Biology, San Francisco State; Marko Horb, Researcher, Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry, U. of Bath; Tony Jelsma, Prof. of Biology, Dordt College; Siegfried Scherer, Prof. of Microbial Ecology, Technische Universität München; Marvin Fritzler, Prof. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, U. of Calgary, Medical School; Lennart Moller, Prof. of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Inst., U. of Stockholm; Matti Leisola, Prof., Laboratory of Bioprocess Engineering, Helsinki U. of Technology; Richard Sternberg, Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute (2002).
Imagine those poor students who want or need extra credit. They don’t have to even discuss or analyze this piece of garbage written by McMullen; all they have to do is summarize it. That is, he’s making students raise their grades by regurgitating his creationist ideas. I’d say that’s a pretty clear case of religious indoctrination.
McMullen’s espousal of blatant creationism has to be curtailed; he’s conducting his career by lying to his students, and making them repeat his lies. This is unconscionable, and a clear violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The man is a fool, and a danger to science education in Georgia. I have of course called the attention of Georgia Southern’s biology department to McMullen’s foolishness, which, I’m sure, the department would firmly decry.
At any rate, Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the FFRF, sent the following letter to Marcia Copeland, the General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs at Georgia Southern. I reproduce it with permission.
Dear Ms. Copeland,Please find attached additional evidence for the investigation into Prof. McMullen’s preaching/teaching. Attached is a screenshot of an email Prof. McMullen sent to his students on October 16, 2014 granting them extra credit for summarizing an essay he wrote entitled, “NO EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION: Scientists’ Research and Darwinism.” That paper can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/georgiasouthern.edu/etmcmull/no-evidence-for-evolution-scientists-research-and-darwinism I’ve also attached a screenshot of this link, which clearly shows the GSU masthead above the anti-evolution essay.I trust you will forward this information to the investigators. We look forward to hearing how the investigation is progressing (as confidentiality concerns permit).
Andrew L. Seidel
Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 750
Madison, WI 53701