Georgia Principal Defends Inviting Creationist Eric Hovind to Speak to High School Students

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how Creationist Eric Hovind had managed to obtain access to Troup County Comprehensive High School, where he gave a presentation promoting Creationism (even though he explicitly avoided saying that word or any religious term association with it) to a debate class. He claimed it was all about teaching “critical thinking” when, in reality, Creationism is all about accepting nonsense and avoiding evidence to the contrary.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Elizabeth Cavell sent a letter to the district last week wanting to know how this could have happened:

Creation Today’s website,, explains that Eric Hovind has been engaged in “full-time ministry” since graduating college in 1999, and that he “lead[s] an apologetics ministry in the war against evolution and humanism.” Nothing in Hovind’s background indicates any expertise or experience in teaching “critical thinking” skills or any other topic relevant to secular education.

… it would have taken only a cursory glance at Creation Today’s website to verify its evangelical religious agenda. It is difficult for us to understand how this presentation could have been approved. Your community undoubtedly includes many people who have professional experience, training, and/or degrees and would be delighted, usually at no cost to the District, to discuss “critical thinking” with students interested in debate, and whose presence would not violate clear constitutional dictates.

There’s a bit of an update. The principal is now simultaneously saying that he doesn’t know exactly what Hovind spoke about in the classroom… but he *totally* knows it had nothing to do with religion (even though Creationism stems from religious belief):

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Turkey’s Government is Building Mosques on College Campuses, So Students Are Demanding Jedi Temples, Too

Last month, Istanbul Technical University announced it would build a mosque on campus to accommodate Muslim students. But now non-Muslims are speaking out and it’s glorious :)

One petition called for a Buddhist temple to go up at the school:

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Catholic School in Iowa Won’t Hire Gay Teacher Because He’s Engaged, but Students Are Staging a Walkout

Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa is the latest school — and by latest, I mean I just posted about a similar situation a couple of hours ago — to reject a potential teacher for the faith-based crime of being gay and engaged:

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Catholic School Speech Coach, Who Led Team to Four State Championships, Will Be Fired if He Marries Boyfriend

A lot of readers know that I’m the head coach of a competitive high school Speech/Forensics Team in Illinois. Even though I’m not in the classroom anymore, I’m still coaching because I get to work with a wonderful group of students and it’s such a worthwhile activity. So this story hits really close to home.

If you visit the website for Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska, this image will greet you on the front page:

Their team has won the State tournament four years in a row. That’s just an incredible run — I’m envious — and a lot of the credit has to go to the coach there, Matthew Eledge, an English teacher at the school.

Or at least he is for the time being. School leaders told him he won’t be coming back in the fall if he ends up marrying his boyfriend.

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Texas High School Continues to Push Christianity on Students Even After Several Warnings

A few days ago, I posted about how Pittsburg High School (Texas) baseball coach Tommy Stewart not only conducted Bible studies with his players after practice once a week, he also punished those who didn’t attend by making them run for 20 minutes. According to a letter to the school district from the Freedom From [Read More…]