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In Spring 2014, [McMullen]assigned as optional extra credit the opportunity canada goose outlet uk sale to see the movie entitled, God Dead and a two page report on the movie, concentrating on the arguments given in class McMullen was told to follow these guidelines from now on (quotes from GSUs memo):
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canada goose clearance sale The letter to McMullen is given below; as it from screenshots of pdfs, please forgive the blurriness. It only 2.5 pages long, and I urge you to read it in its entirety. This outcome will no doubt serve as a precedent of sorts about how public universities should deal with First Amendment violations by faculty. It is also heartening that GSU is located in the deep South, a hotbed of both religiosity and creationism. canada goose clearance sale
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