Welcome to the Religion Department; I Am Your Evil Atheist Professor

first_imgThe religion professor who organized a class at U of Kansas called “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies” (see 11/21/2005) was caught red-handed expressing his real intentions.  According to Knight-Ridder stories in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Macon.com, an email from Paul Mirecki became public in which he had said, “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.’”  His letter to the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics, a student organization for which he serves as faculty adviser, and which he referred to as “my fellow damned,” was signed off with, “Doing my part to (tick) off the religious right, Evil Dr. P.”  Mirecki is Chairman of the Religious Studies department.    The Chancellor had a word with him, after which Mirecki apologized for his “ill-advised email I sent to a small group of students and friends.”  He promised he would teach the class “as a serious academic subject and in an manner that respects all points of view.”  The class has also been renamed to simply “Intelligent Design and Creationism.”    Legislators got word of this email and were not pleased.  There was discussion of withholding funds from the school.  Quoting the article, Rep. Brenda Landwehr, vice chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, called the e-mail “venomous,” adding, “He’s not sorry he wrote it.  He’s sorry it became public.”Update 11/30/2005: Mirecki has canceled the class.  KansasCity.com and The Guardian (UK) reported that the furor caused by his email was too much.  Chancellor Hemenway called the attitudes expressed “repugnant and vile,” and said it “misrepresents everything the university is to stand for.”  A state senator called the words “hateful” and felt the University did the right thing by listening to the public’s outrage and canceling the class.  Bob Crowther on Evolution News doubts Mirecki’s sincerity; he has found a track record of similar antireligious statements by Mirecki.There you have it, folks.  Parents, when you sent your precious sons and daughters to college, with visions of enlightenment, scholarly advancement and the contemplative life, is this what you had in mind?  Were you aware the devil was head of the religion department?  Do you accept his apology for half a second?  Do you believe for a moment this wrist-slap is going to stop his face-slapping intentions?  Better wake up; this is not an isolated case.   This was the university that took up arms against the Kansas school board in their attempt to de-dogmatize Darwin and permit (not mandate) critical discussion of his views, but attitudes like Mirecki’s are rife in today’s radical-leftist academic institutions.    Now you know why a fair and honest discussion of intelligent design is hard to come by in most universities.  One can only hope enough people are repulsed by this venomous behavior enough to drive the vermin out, open the windows, clean out the garbage, and let in some fresh air and sunshine, to recreate that once-sacred environment for the free exchange of ideas among scholars motivated by a love of the truth.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Deadline Dikshit sets latest target

first_imgNetizens in the cyber world lovingly, and often grudgingly, call her “Missed Deadline Dikshit”. And Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit couldn’t save the blushes when she announced on Sunday another deadline to finish the pending projects in the controversy- ridden Games Village.It was a classic “two minutes to midnight” deadline for the Games beginning on October 3.This also happened on a day when an exasperated Union Home Ministry asked the Delhi Police not to wait for the Organising Committee (OC) to hand over the venues to them and instead start deploying forces at the earliest.Dikshit toured the Village on Sunday morning and announced a “new” date to complete the unfinished work. “All projects are on track and I am hopeful that the flats will be ready by Wednesday,” Dikshit said after surveying the Village for over 90 minutes.The chief minister had hoped to hand over at least 600 flats to the OC by Sunday evening, but pending work forced her to set another deadline.Her “deadline hopping” began about three months ago when the government missed the initial July 31 target to complete all Games- related work. The deadline was shifted to August 31, which was missed and Dikshit said work could continue till mid- September.”We have to give everything (all venues) by October 3 in any case.If it doesn’t rain, we will do the job by September 10 to September 15,” Dikshit said earlier this month. That was missed too.The agencies haven’t just missed the construction deadlines, but maintenance and cleaning targets went for a six over the past few weeks. When it came to removing the construction debris, the agencies set an August 10 deadline. This was missed and later extended to August 31. It was further extended later.advertisementThe Delhi Police have been at the receiving end of these missed deadlines. Construction at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, where the authorities have missed five deadlines on handing over the complex to the police, has annoyed them.Union home secretary G. K. Pillai on Sunday reviewed the security scenario: “Don’t wait for the OC to hand over the venues to you. The work is still on but don’t compromise on security.Start deploying forces and tighten security at the venues.Have a standby arrangement,” a senior police officer summed up Pillai’s direction to Delhi Police. With agency inputslast_img read more

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