Troy Chancellor Jack Hawkins Says He Sent Video Promoting Religion to Students to “Encourage Thoughtful Discussion”

Last week, Chancellor Jack Hawkins of Alabama’s Troy University sent students and faculty members an email wishing them a happy new year… and it included a strange video:



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Evolution-Accepting Christian Professor Says the Bible Doesn’t Have to Conflict with Scientific Realities

Jeff Hardin (below) is Chairman of the University of Wisconsin’s Zoology Department and a scientist who recognizes the reality of evolution.

He’s also a Christian, who believes in the claims of the Bible.

Hardin’s knowledge of science leads him to reject literalist interpretations of the Bible, like Young Earth Creationism, which make claims about science and nature that are distinctly at odds with the evidence. When the Bible is read in such a fashion as to make it conflict with reality, he believes, it is read wrongly. And he makes it his mission to show that the two, science and religion, are highly compatible.

Hardin calls himself an “Evolutionary Creationist.” Writing for Slate, William Saletan describes Hardin’s brand of Creationism this way:

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Calgary School’s Science Class Taught Kids That God, the “Greatest Scientist,” Organizes Sunrises and Sunsets

It’s not surprising to see Creationism preached in a private Christian school. But when that school — Calgary’s Glenmore Christian Academy — receives quite a bit of funding from the public, you shouldn’t see a warped science class that’s summarized like this on a report card:



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Alabama University Chancellor Sends Students an Email Suggesting Religion Keeps Our Democracy Functional

Yesterday afternoon, students and faculty members at Alabama’s Troy University received a strange email from Chancellor Jack Hawkins wishing them a happy new year. I was forwarded a copy of the email:

The message itself doesn’t really bother me… but let’s take a look at that video he linked to:

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High Schoolers in Massachusetts Want to Move Their Graduation Ceremony Off of Anti-Gay Gordon College’s Campus

Earlier this year, D. Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College, a private Christian school that receives federal funding, signed onto a letter asking President Obama to allow them to continue discriminating against LGBT people despite his Executive Order forbidding federally-funded groups from doing such a thing.

That request is now coming back to haunt the college in another way: The Hamilton Wenham Regional School District was planning to hold its high school graduation ceremony on Gordon’s campus. Now, some students are requesting that the venue be changed because they don’t want to be associated with an anti-gay school:

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