Category Archives: creationism

More nuttery from Alabama: Governor signs “student religious liberties act”

Just four days ago I wrote about how a Republican state legislator in Alabama introduced a “critical thinking” bill designed to sneak creationism into the classroom. These bills, which I’ve heard come straight from the Discovery Institute, are the last-gasp effort of creationists to get their failed “science” taught in schools after it’s been repeatedly thrown out […]

More creationist legislation from Dixie

It’s in Alabama (of course), and in a bill introduced by a Republican (of course). To quote Pete Seeger, “When will they ever learn?” Well, the tactic of passing bills urging “critical examination of science”, a euphemism for “being able to give creationist alternatives to evolution,” has worked, at least in Louisiana and Tennessee, which […]

Lying and/or ignorant Republican candidates still refuse to accept evolution

Last February I tallied up every potential Republican candidate for President and showed that none of them fully accepted evolution and denied creationism.  The “wafflers” included those who wouldn’t take a stand, saying that creationism should be taught alongside evolution (Jeb Bush), as well as those who claimed they weren’t scientists and so lacked expertise […]

Republican barrel-scraping: Ben Carson’s running for President

Should we take into consideration someone’s religion when we decide to vote for him or her? I’ve decided that we should. All things equal, an atheist (especially one who gives good reasons for nonbelief) is preferable to a believer, especially an ardent one. And, among believers, some are more delusional than others: I’d prefer, for instance, […]

The Argument from Embryology: Discovery Institute flacks say that development proves God

Here’s Discovery Institute Fellow Paul Nelson—who lives in Chicago and sometimes creeps me out by depositing Intelligent Design propaganda in my departmental mailbox—using a novel (but stupid) argument for Intelligent Design, aka God’s Handiwork. It’s based on embryology and teleology. Have a look at this 9.5-minute video on nematode development, which distorts the cool developmental biology of […]

Does creationism matter more because it’s connected with misogyny and homophobia?

It’s never a pleasure to criticize the views of someone I admire, especially if they’ve been active in the fight against creationism, like Jonny Scaramanga.  He started calling out creationism in the Guardian and Salon (and creationism’s vehicle, “Accelerated Christian Education”) when he was a student at London University; I’ve posted favorably about his activities several times before; and […]

Evolution funnies

The latest Herman strip, drawn by Jim Unger, shows us one way of accommodationism. And it comes perilously close to those theistic evolutionists—including both scientists and creationists—who accept evolution but say that God either set up the process so that it would be guaranteed to produce Homo sapiens (the view of Simon Conway Morris, whose theory we discussed […]

Ben Carson for President??

Although I’ve posted several times about Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, and a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist and looney creationist (see here, here, and here), I’ve tried not to write much about him over the last few years. That’s because he’s shown political aspirations (as a Republican, of course), but I always thought those were futile.  After all, he’s an extreme […]

The FFRF, Dawkins, and I criticize a Georgia professor who teaches creationism in a public university

A team of us, including Richard Dawkins, Professor Ceiling Cat, and, especially, the lawyers and co-presidents of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), have gotten together to protest the religious proselytizing of a professor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, Emerson T. McMullen. Although an associate professor of history, McMullen teaches courses like these, which […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ creationism

Today’s strip deals with creationist ignorance: I wonder where the complex Abrahamic God sprang from? Oh, I forgot—it’s not complex, but very simple! And it was there all along! The strip, according to its author’s mass email, was inspired by this ridiculous video from Think Islam; the title is “Atheism explained in 45 seconds” (what […]

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