A Creationist May Become Florida State University’s Next President

I went to school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For a school whose name didn’t command much attention in the state much less outside of it, one thing you heard constantly on campus was that we were a “Research I” university. Among other things, that meant research was a big priority for us, and we got a lot of funding for it, and we prided ourselves on the designation. (Take that, Northwestern.)

The Carnegie Foundation doesn’t use that classification system anymore, but Florida State University was also a Research I university.

That’s just one of the reasons it’s appalling that the next President of FSU might be someone who doesn’t have much faith in the scientific process.

Republican State Senator John Thrasher (above) is one of the four candidates to take over the school’s top position. In an open forum with students and faculty members yesterday, Thrasher was asked softball questions about evolution and climate change — and he botched them both:

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Texas School Board Vows to Defend Plaques at Elementary Schools That Say “In the Name of the Holy Christian Church”

Last month, we learned that Mountain Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas both had religious plaques hanging near the entrances. They had been there for 17 years:

Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God’s children and to their faithful teachers in the name of the Holy Christian Church

Soli Deo Gloria


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Thanks to Christians Wanting to Distribute Bibles, Orange County (FL) Schools Will Soon Give Away Satanist Literature

In January of 2013, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County, Florida. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted:

This alone could have been illegal, but the Orange County School Board agreed that non-Christian groups could also have a distribution if they wanted. The Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) called their bluff and planned their own giveaways.

The only problem was that their books were heavily censored:

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A Promotional Video for a School Curriculum That Will Never Challenge Students

In this promotional video for Bob Jones University Press, we learn that Christianity is infused in everything from the teaching of math (1 + 1 + 1 = 1?) to the workers in the company’s warehouse:



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The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Included Atheism in Its Definition of “Creed,” but It Was the Right Move

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled last year that protection from discrimination based on belief extends to atheists as well as religious people. It is no longer permissible to discriminate against someone who “rejects one, many, or all religions’ beliefs and practices or believes there is no deity.”

Moreover, in schools where Gideons International gives away free Bibles, atheists may also distribute literature to children.



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