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 Southern (See my posts on this issue here, here, and here. In the interest of self-aggrandizement, and in receiving the Discovery Institute’s Censor of the Year award an unprecedented twice in a row, I have to add that I helped the FFRF demolish McMullen’s scientific claims).
The University has decided to investigate this issue, and on the highest level. Yesterday FFRF lawyer Andrew Seidel received the following email from Maura Copeland, the chief legal counsel for Georgia Southern University, which I reproduce with the FFRF’s permission.
Dear Mr. Seidel,In the interest of keeping you updated, I am writing to let you know that the Dean has gathered information regarding this complaint and we are attempting set a meeting with the Dean, Provost and myself to review the results and discuss appropriate next steps. This being “search season” on campus and with holidays approaching, it is proving to be no easy task to find a time where we are all available. I am working with the secretaries to set the meeting (ideally next week, but I cannot confirm yet that next week is possible). I did not want you to think that I had forgotten about the complaint. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. Have a great day!Maura