December 11, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A college professor who drew sharp criticism for comments deriding Christian fundamentalists over “intelligent design” said he was forced out as chairman of the university’s religious studies department.
Paul Mirecki, who remains a professor at the University of Kansas, said he had no choice when he signed the resignation letter, typed on stationary from the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“The University penalized me and denied me my Constitutionally protected right to speak and express my mind,” he said in a written statement Friday for the Lawrence Journal-World. He said his career had been ruined and his speaking engagements canceled.
… University spokeswoman Lynn Bretz said Saturday that Mirecki resigned the chairmanship last week on the recommendation of faculty members.
The university “stands unequivocally in support of his First Amendment rights and his rights to academic freedom,” Bretz said.
Well, maybe not “unequivocally.”
And let’s not forget that the Kansas Kreationist Klan has already given Mirecki a roadside beating for exercising those rights.
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I'm not surprised that Mirecki was forced out as Department Chair.
After all, who long could someone who made a public proposal to teach a course denigating the civil rights movement as a "slap in the face" to the "darkies" effectively continue in the role of chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies?
Similarly, making a public statement of one's intent to give a "slap in the face" to the "fundies" will greatly harm one's effectiveness as chair of a Religious Studies Department.
Posted by: Rhymes With Right at December 11, 2005 8:55 PM