Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Rudy Takala
The University of Kansas is establishing a new course, called, "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationisms and Other Religious Mythologies." Its purpose, according to an e-mail sent by Paul Mirecki, chairman of the KU Department of Religious Studies, is to "slap" the "big fat face" of "fundies" by teaching it under the category of mythology.
One teacher in the religious studies department agreed with the course, stating, "[Christians] want their religion taught as fact," and "That's simply something you can't do in a state university."
KU Provost David Shulenburger explained further, saying, "My understanding was that [Mirecki's message] was a private e-mail communication that somehow was moved out of those channels and has become a public document." In other words, the fact that the course was designed to mock Christians isn't something we were supposed to know, so no one should be offended. ..........
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