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Friday, December 09, 2005

U Kansas Religious Studies Prof Resigns Post

CNN.com - Anti-creationism prof chair - Dec 8, 2005

Anti-creationism professor Paul Mirecki resigned as the chair of the University of Kansas Religious Studies department today amid concerns regarding his objectivity and acceptance of students with differing views. Both sides are doing an amazing job of skewing the issue; Mirecki was fired not because he disagreed with creationism and called the Creationism a 'myth', but because he said a, "course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face." "Their" being Christian fundamentalists and Creationists. Certainly, the motivation behind teaching a course at a public university should not be to slap anyone in the face, particularly the obese who have enough to worry about.

On Monday, a few hicks stopped Mirecki's car and beat him with a metal object. "Mirecki was treated at a Lawrence hospital for head injuries after he said he was beaten by two men on a country road."

So let's dissect what really happened. Mirecki is a dick, and a petty one at that. Calling people names--regardless of how absurd their attempts to insert a baseless ideology into classrooms may be--is immature and inappropriate for anyone, let alone a professor attempting to wield his power to create a course as a 'slap in the face' of others. Resigning as department chair is the least he could do. Further, those who attacked him are criminals and should be prosecuted. That's it--nothing else to this, despite what Daily Kos and others may wish to make of it, whether it's turning this Mirecki guy into a martyr or attempts by the right to have him fired .