Skip to comments.Kansas Prof. Apologizes for E-Mail [referred to religious conservatives as "fundies" ....]
Posted on 11/29/2005 9:31:13 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Kansas Prof. Apologizes for E-Mail
11 minutes ago
A University of Kansas religion professor apologized for an e-mail that referred to religious conservatives as "fundies" and said a course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face."
In a written apology Monday, Paul Mirecki, chairman of the university's Religious Studies Department, said he would teach the planned class "as a serious academic subject and in an manner that respects all points of view."
The department faculty approved the course Monday but changed its title. The course, originally called "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationisms and other Religious Mythologies," will instead be called "Intelligent Design and Creationism."
The class was added to next spring's curriculum after the Kansas State Board of Education decided to include more criticism of evolution in its standards for science teaching. The vote was seen as a big win for proponents of intelligent design, who argue that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.
Critics say intelligent design is merely creationism a literal reading of the Bible's story of creation camouflaged in scientific language.
Mirecki's e-mail was sent Nov. 19 to members of the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics, a student organization for which he serves as faculty adviser.
"The fundies (fundamentalists) want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category mythology."
Mirecki addressed the message to "my fellow damned" and signed off with: "Doing my part to (tick) off the religious right, Evil Dr. P."
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He's just sorry he got caught.
Not a battle of flesh and blood.
I've discovered that it irritates the heck out of liberals to call them liberal fundamentalists.
Of course he is.
liberal demagogues is more accurate. And it makes them very angry.
Sure he will.
And I have some oceanfront property in Kansas for sale.
He needs a diversity course.
Not all conservative religious are "fundy's."
dont bite the hand that funds you.
I'll just bet he will.
You suppose a Christian in his class has any chance of getting an 'A'?
That is my new phrase! LOL!
That's a keeper..
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but I have to admit I was.
A college professor hostile towards Christians? Who woulda thunk? I think its a hiring requirement now with verifiable references required on the resume.
Pretty odd email statements coming from the chairman of the Religious Studies Department.
Does anyone believe that?
There are numerous differences between Creationism and Intelligent Design. Creationism is basically a religious approach, although understandably its proponents tried to disguise it as science after the Supreme Court declared that religion would not be allowed in the public schools. It's basically a response to a distorted interpretation of the Constitution that tries to get religion in the back door. It would be better if we could appoint some decent judges and allow open and fair discussion of religion in the schools via the front door.
Intelligent Design, on the other hand, actually is a scientific approach, like it or not. It does not begin with Genesis, but begins with the nature of the universe as we find it. It does not claim to know whether the intelligence that designed the universe is the God of the Bible or something else, although people are welcome to draw their own conclusions.
The problem is, this joker will still pretend that they are the same, and that they are myths, and that the ONLY scientific theory possible is Darwinist. No other theories may be allowed to lift their heads in the public schools, now and forever more.
Christ gets no respect, but pagan elephant gods, sacred cows, and pieces of rock do.
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