Category Archives: creationism

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 […]

Accommodationism at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is perhaps the finest museum of its type in the U.S. My old friend Betsy visited it during her trip to NYC with her husband to see the Rigged Dog Debate, and she sent me a picture from her visit to the Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. The […]

Guest post: “The mind boggles: four leading UK universities accept creationist pseudoscience diploma as entry qualification”

by Matthew Cobb Over at The Guardian, young PhD student Jonny Scaramanga has just given Andrew Brown a lesson in a) how to write a decent article and b) why it is important to oppose creationism—and other pseudoscientific beliefs associated with religion, including in the UK. Scaramanga was educated at a UK creationist school between the […]

Do people who deny evolution know less about it than others?

Several people sent me a short essay in the New York Times, “When beliefs and facts collide,” by Brendan Nyhan.  They thought, correctly, that I’d be interested in it because it discusses the reasons why so many Americans deny palpably true science, in particular evolution and human-caused global warming. Both of these “theories” are supported […]

Atlanta public school teacher pushes creationism in biology class

Several readers sent me this story, with links to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Raw Story, and The Southerner, the school newspaper of Henry W. Grady High School.  Grady is a public school located in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, and its student -run newspaper, published since 1947, has won several awards. In fact, The Southerner did a terrific job of reporting this […]

Bryan College bleeding fundamentalists

I think I’ve posted about this once before, but the fracas at Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee (a fundamentalist college named after William Jennings Bryan, and located in the town where he had his Scopes Trial debacle and then died) is continuing, and is described at Inside Higher Ed in a new piece by Coleen Flaherty, […]

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