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Timothy Shortell — Enlightened Bigot

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Timothy Shortell is an associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College who, on his homepage (go here), states: “I am currently working on a project examining public reaction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection from his day to our own.” It will be interesting to see what becomes of this project in light of the following remark that he made back in 2001 and which has been in the news recently:

“On a personal level, religiosity is merely annoying — like bad taste. This immaturity [a belief in God] represents a significant social problem, however, because religious adherents fail to recognize their limitations. So, in the name of their faith, these moral retards are running around pointing fingers and doing real harm to others. One has only to read the newspapers to see the results of their handiwork. They discriminate, exclude, and belittle. They make a virtue of close-mindedness and virulent ignorance. They are an ugly, violent lot.” [For the context go here]

Physician, heal thyself. nostrowski
I think one needs to realize that Mr. Shortell does not count himself answerable to any higher authority save one: Holy Academia, Mater Nostra. Thus, Shortell's bitter disappointment that his deity failed to adequately protect his "academic freedom" to insult and belittle those who believe in a higher authority still. (After all, what kind of deity gathers worshippers by blessing them with credentials and paying their bills, only to let them be criticized by mere churchgoing pagans?) One imagines this heartbroken lamentation issuing from the tortured caricature on Shortell's home page: "Academia, Academia, why hast thou forsaken me?" Unfortunately for Shortell, while the Biblical God may be a jealous one, the Academic deity is a fair-weather one with little patience for those who cause it even the slightest embarrassment or inconvenience by working their bigoted mouths in what is later deemed a politically incorrect fashion. neurode
I find stupidity annoying. This guy really annoys me. Moral retards, huh? (From article)In his e-mail, Mr. Shortell expressed anger at the treatment he received from some members of his department and at what he called the administration's "inadequate" defense of his academic freedom. I am a firm believer in the right to say exactly what you want. But you suffer the consequences of what you say. No one in their correct mind would come to his defense. Especially not the moral retards on faculty. sue
Well, at least these moral retards believe in a meaning! They don't have so much blind faith when it comes to believing in the origin of life. Benjii
We reap what we sow. http://www.nysun.com/article/15053 Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. DaveScot

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