Evolution Heavyweights Are Asking Georgia University to Investigate Professor Accused of Preaching Creationism

At Georgia Southern University, History professor Dr. Emerson T. McMullen (below) teaches courses that discuss science and dinosaurs. Sure, there’s a connection between them… but that’s worth looking into, right?

He also has a personal website, not technically affiliated with the school (but still hosted on its servers), where he goes into much more depth about his beliefs… and his apparent support of Creationism.

That alone might be okay. He’s allowed to hold that belief. But if he ever preached it as true, that would obviously be a problem. And that’s precisely what he’s doing, according to a joint letter sent to the university’s president by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Jerry Coyne, and Richard Dawkins.

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UC Berkeley: We Will Not Rescind Bill Maher’s Invitation to Speak on Campus

Last week, we learned that comedian Bill Maher was invited to deliver the commencement address at University of California, Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony.

The problem was that students were petitioning to stop him from speaking there:

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These Elementary School Students Can Get Free Shoes… but Only If They Accept the Bible, Too

Shoes 4 the Shoeless is one of those Christian non-profits that does something really wonderful: They give out socks and shoes to children who need them.

But there’s a catch:

We include a Christian New Testament in every box of shoes we deliver. Our mission is to provide properly fitting shoes and socks to children in desperate need. The Bibles are a bonus and are not an attempt to proselytize, they’re merely our way of sharing hope with all we encounter.

Riiiiight. A bonus gift no one asked for… but whatever. It’s their organization. They can do whatever they want.

The problem is when they make appearances at public schools to give away socks and shoes… and Bibles. Which they’ve been doing at several districts in the Dayton, Ohio area.

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How Should We Make Decisions Without Direct Evidence?

A lot of popular books about atheism focus on arguments for why God doesn’t exist and how various religions are wrong. The authors want you to become an atheist by the time you’re finished reading. That’s all well and good, but it leaves me asking a simple question: Now what?

I no longer need convincing to call myself an atheist, but it’d be nice to see more guides on how to live a fulfilling without religion. Even if I don’t need them, I know a lot of people who’d benefit from that kind of resource.

Lex Bayer (a Silicon Valley entrepreneur) and John Figdor (the Humanist chaplain at Stanford University) have created just that resource with their new book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century.

In the excerpt below, the authors talk about how to make decisions when there’s no direct evidence to help you out:

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Survey Shows We’re All Wrong About the Relative Percentages of Muslims and Christians in Our Countries

What percent of people in the U.S. are Muslims?


Think about it…

The answers are 1% and 78%, respectively. A new survey released by the Ipsos Mori social research institute shows that not only did we not know that, we weren’t even close.

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