Friday, December 02, 2005

Intelligent Design Saga Continues

The Chronicle: Daily news: 12/02/2005 -- 01: "U. of Kansas Professor Pulls Plug on Course Designed to Debunk Intelligent Design


A proposed University of Kansas course on the 'mythology' of intelligent design was canceled on Thursday by the professor who had planned to offer it because he felt the controversy surrounding the issue would make the course impossible to teach.

Paul Mirecki, chairman of the religious-studies department at Kansas, had proposed the course, an upper-level class called 'Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism, and Other Religious Mythologies' (The Chronicle, November 23). The title itself angered intelligent-design proponents, who objected to being lumped in with 'other religious mythologies.'

Then, this week, Mr. Mirecki sent a message to a private e-mail discussion group in which he referred to fundamentalist Christians as 'fundies' and wrote that the class would be 'a nice slap in their big fat face.' The message was leaked."

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