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Professor ordered to stop discussing his religious views
Georgia Southern tells McMullen not to include 'beliefs or opinions' in classrooms
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After investigating a complaint, Georgia Southern University has directed Dr. Emerson T. “Tom” McMullen, an associate professor of history, not to discuss his “religious beliefs or opinions under the guise of University courses.” That directive and some specific restrictions are in a Dec. 5 memo addressed to McMullen from Dr. Curtis Ricker, the dean of the GSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. McMullen signed the memo acknowledging he received it, but tells the Statesboro Herald that he has reservations about the memo and the whole investigation.The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, in an Oct. 22 letter to GSU President Dr. Brooks Keel, alleged that “McMullen uses class time to proselytize students and advance his personal religion, Christianity.”
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