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Jerry Coyne’s Witch-Hunting Ways

Jerry Coyne’s Witch-Hunting Ways

If the essence of witch-hunting is in its minute inquiry, condemnation, and eventual throttling of what is feared as supernatural, then there’s a witch-hunt going on today in the most unlikely of places: among atheists in academia. The self-appointed magistrate in charge of this beady-eyed hunt for bewitchery is Dr. Jerry Coyne, professor of biology at the University of Chicago. Last April on his “Why Evolution Is True” blog he exposed an Honors course being taught by Dr. Eric Hedin…

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“Science and Its Limitations – Evolution News & Views”

“Science and Its Limitations – Evolution News & Views”

Here’s a good question for you: We get it, Dawkins and Pinker, you guys like “science” and you don’t like “religion.” What does that have to do with whether Tennessee should pass an academic freedom law? [From Science and Its Limitations – Evolution News & Views]

Disgusta State University to Professor: Change Your Beliefs or Get Out!

Disgusta State University to Professor: Change Your Beliefs or Get Out!

Based on events alleged to have taken place at Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia. DISGUSTA, Ga. — Attorneys with the National Uncivil Liberties League (NULL) filed suit against Disgusta State University Wednesday on behalf of a counseling professor told that her beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. The professor, Dr. Julia Charrington, has been told to stop sharing her beliefs with others and that she must change her beliefs to remain on the…

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Dancing On An IDEA’s Grave?

Dancing On An IDEA’s Grave?

Not long ago Allen MacNeill, professor of biology at Cornell, wrote a blog post crowing over the apparent death of IDEA Centers around the country. IDEA centers are, or were, connection points for college students interested in Intelligent Design. By examining activity on their websites, MacNeill showed that the IDEA Center movement seemed to be moribund, and suggested that like the “intelligent design” movement, the dodo was notorious for its stupidity and that [sic] fact that it is extinct. Surely…

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Slaughter of the Dissidents–Book Review

Slaughter of the Dissidents–Book Review

Book Review I suppose I ought to start this review on a more positive note, but here I go anyway: If you didn’t like the movie Expelled, you are really not going to like Jerry Bergman’s Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth About Killing The Careers Of Darwin Doubters. It’s one thing to sit down in a theater for a few minutes and see a handful of stories done over lightly (by necessity of the medium) about people ejected…

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