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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Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business genius

first_imgThe Maverick Awards aim to encourage dynamic young entrepreneurs to help drive South Africa’s job creation and economic growth. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Sandisiwe Gugushe Public Relations Brand South Africa +27 11 712 5007 [email protected] • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls • The DTI spotlights small tech businesses • Saving the world a drop at a time • South African businesses honoured • Young, gifted and African? Apply for the $75 000 Anzisha PrizeMelissa Jane Cook“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes,” said the late Steve Jobs. “The ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things.”For the first time in South Africa, the entrepreneurial skills of the country’s young people will be celebrated by new awards exclusively for businesspeople under the age of 35. The Maverick Awards, a project of youth development consultancy Under 35 Mavericks in partnership with Brand South Africa, Wits Business School, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Intel, seek to recognise and reward the hard-nosed genius of established young South African entrepreneurs with prizes of up to R1-million.The Maverick Awards are open to 10 categories of young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35. They must operate their enterprises within the borders of South Africa, and must have been in business for at least three years, with a minimum annual turnover of R1-million. Nominations are open from Monday 10 March to Friday 28th March. (See more of the entry criteria.) http://www.under35mavericks.com/page/entry-criteria-and-tcs/Driving job creation“The Maverick Awards seek to carve out a space for young entrepreneurs to be the ‘wind’ that drives the sails of our job creation and economic growth endeavours,” said Bokang Seritsane, founder of Under 35 Mavericks. “In a country where a significant proportion of the young population is without employment or sustainable economic opportunity, it is imperative to acknowledge youth success and unleash new role models who can inspire numerous other young South Africans to be the creators of their own destinies.”The awards will be launched in June, South Africa’s annual Youth Month. They aim to boost the development of a new generation of young, innovative South African entrepreneurs. The hope is that these tycoons-in-the-making will go on to contribute significantly to the economy, so helping improve the lives of South Africa’s people.“Innovation has become the blueprint to sustainable entrepreneurial success, handsomely rewarding those that embrace it by affording them creative disruption ability, market access, competitiveness, growth and ultimately grand success,” said Seritsane.Under 35 Mavericks plan to roll out initiatives to help young entrepreneurs in the critical areas of market access, creativity and value innovation for sustainable competitive advantage, business growth strategy, marketing for growth in depressed economies, leadership for entrepreneurs, investor readiness as well as value asset creation.For more information on how to nominate yourself or a young entrepreneur you know, go to www.under35mavericks.com, follow @under35maverick on Twitter or visit Under 35 Mavericks on Facebook.last_img read more

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