Richard Dawkins calls out Georgia Southern history professor for pushing creationism


Richard Dawkins, Screengrab
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The man comedian Russell Brand recently christened an “atheistic tyrant,” Richard Dawkins, as well as noted evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, are asking Georgia Southern University (GSU) to investigate one of its history professors for promoting creationism.

By Scott KaufmanRaw Story

According to press release, GSU history professor Emerson McMullen is teaching classes at the public school that explicitly endorse creationist beliefs.

In a letter detailing the problems with McMullen’s suggested answers to essay questions about the history of evolutionary theory, Coyne noted that all of the ostensibly “correct” assertions given by McMullen are scientifically suspect.

For example, one essay question asked students to “Discuss the pros and cons of Darwin’s idea of evolution,” and McMullen’s suggested reply was, “Darwin had no proof of evolution, only of adaptation (basically, change within a being’s genetic code). There was (and is) no solid evidence for descent from a common ancestor, and for the multitude of predicted transitional forms from one species to another.”

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