Thursday, December 01, 2005

Let's hear it for discussing different viewpoints in academia!

Unless, of course, your viewpoint is even remotely grounded in your Christian religious beliefs and/or you don't espouse the typical left-wing professor's line on things. Then you'll just be called names and laughed at.

::::::::A University of Kansas course devoted to debunking creationism and intelligent design has been canceled after the professor caused a furor by sending an e-mail mocking Christian fundamentalists.

Twenty-five students had enrolled in the course, "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and Other Religious Mythologies," which had been scheduled for the spring.

Professor Paul Mirecki, chairman of religious studies, canceled the class Wednesday, the university said.

Mirecki recently posted an e-mail on a student organization forum in which he referred to religious conservatives as "fundies" and said a course depicting intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face."

Oh, yes. We can tell this professor is really interested in providing education on the facts and offering a forum for discussion of differing viewpoints. Please. He sees the class as nothing more than his big, university-funded hand slapping people he doesn't agree with in the face. The title of the course told you everything you needed to know about the professor's stance when he puts the concepts of intelligent design and creationism - ideas that are held to be true by a significant majority of the American people - as just another couple of myths right alongside Prometheus and Hercules.

I'd like to point out that this guy managed to create the concept of the class, then float it past the University oversight, get approval for the class, get it scheduled and placed in the school's curriculum. At no point, obviously, did any member of the University staff raise the issue that the professor was using his position to "teach a class" as a method to grind an axe. It's one thing to call the Greek gods myths. There aren't any adherants to that religion around any more. To condescend to the world's largest religion by calling one of its core beliefs by the same term, and thereby extending that accusation to the rest of the religion, is left-wing elitist arrogance at it's academic finest. That it passes without comment says much of the real stance on academia's tolerance and enlightenment.