Professor will fight charges of 'proselytizing'

Monday, December 8, 2014
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

An atheist organization has been successful in getting a university to investigate one of its professors for allegedly preaching Christianity and creationism to his students.

Professor Emerson McMullen of Georgia Southern University has an exemplary record of teaching. However, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation are accusing him of preaching creationism. That's an accusation McMullen denies.

McMullen

“I criticize some of the secular stories about how we got here,” he says. “I don’t preach creationism, but I think in their minds the very idea that I would criticize their position is good enough to prove that I must be on the other side.”

One student contacted FFRF with the complaint that McMullen promoted his religious views in the classroom. After investigation, the atheist organization concluded that McMullen is proselytizing in his classroom and teaching creationism as a scientific fact. These conclusions were based on class materials such as essay questions and extra credit opportunities.

McMullen says he's been a professor for nearly a quarter of a century, teaching basically the same way he always has. And this is the first time his professionalism has been questioned by someone. 

“I probably had about five thousand students over 24 years, this is my twenty-fourth year of teaching,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And this one person complained to the organization, and that’s how it happens.”

After FFRF sent a letter with allegations against McMullen to Georgia Southern University, the university responded that a through investigation would be made. While McMullen is in a position where he could retire if he wanted, he says he has no plans to do so. He says he is going to stay and defend himself through to the end of this investigation.

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