[Marxism] prof who will teach "creationism is mythology" course slapped down for e-mail dissing "fundies"
M. Junaid Alam
alam1 at lefthook.org
Wed Nov 30 11:36:38 MST 2005
Religion professor apologizes for e-mail
Message derided intelligent design
By Associated Press | November 30, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A religion professor at the University of Kansas
apologized this week for an email that referred to religious
conservatives as ''fundies" and said that a course describing
intelligent design as mythology would be a ''nice slap in their big fat
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 a manner that respects all points of
The department faculty approved the course Monday but changed its title.
The course, originally called ''Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent
Design, Creationism 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
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."
During the weekend, Chancellor Robert Hemenway began a review of
Mirecki's e-mail, which resulted in the professor's apology.
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