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U. of Miami starts nationís first chair for study of atheism
seattle times ^ | 5/20/16 | L. Goodstein

Posted on 06/05/2016 2:58:10 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

...the University of Miami received a donation in late April from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is the nation’s first academic chair “for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics.”

...established after years of discussion with a $2.2 million donation from Louis Appignani, a retired businessman and former president and chairman of the modeling school Barbizon...

....“I’m trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists,” said Appignani, 83, a Florida resident. “So this is a step in that direction, to make atheism legitimate.”

....It took some persuading for the University of Miami to agree to create a chair with the word “atheism” in the title, according to Harvey Siegel, a professor of philosophy who helped broker the arrangement. He said that more than 15 years ago, when he was chairman of the philosophy department, he and Appignani began discussing the idea for a chair to study atheism and secularism.

“There was great reluctance on the part of the university to have an endowed chair with the word ‘atheism’ in the name, and that was a deal-breaker for Lou,” Siegel said. “He wasn’t going to do it unless it had the word atheism in it.”

The university had reason to be cautious, Thomas LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost, said in an interview. “We didn’t want anyone to misunderstand and think that this was to be an advocacy position for someone who is an atheist,” he said. “Our religion department isn’t taking an advocacy position when it teaches about Catholicism or Islam. Similarly, we’re not taking an advocacy position when we teach about atheism or secular ethics.”

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: academicbias; atheism; atheismandstate; chair; doom; god; miami; publicschools; religion; selfworship; thenogodgod; university; universityofmiami; uofmiami
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The University denies what the person funding this point of view asserts:

“I’m trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists,” Appignani told The New York Times. “So this is a step in that direction, to make atheism legitimate.”

versus:

Thomas LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost... “We didn’t want anyone to misunderstand and think that this was to be an advocacy position for someone who is an atheist,”

1 posted on 06/05/2016 2:58:10 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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UM alumni, I hope you stop donating to a school that embraces and legitimizes a denial of the Almighty.
2 posted on 06/05/2016 2:59:15 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper ((Just say no to HRC))
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3 posted on 06/05/2016 2:59:18 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SoFloFreeper

The Soviet Union had some of these. You could get a doctorate in atheism.


4 posted on 06/05/2016 3:02:59 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: SoFloFreeper

What’s to study in and of atheism? It’s all made up anyway. And if there is no God there are no standards. But what the hell... Now they might find that interesting.


5 posted on 06/05/2016 3:03:38 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: SoFloFreeper

And these government education goobers are the ones who claim that Trump U degrees are worthless.


6 posted on 06/05/2016 3:04:39 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: onedoug

I’ve posted it before, but I’ll say it again...the creed of atheism seems to consist of two phrases: There is no God. I hate Him.


7 posted on 06/05/2016 3:07:06 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper ((Just say no to HRC))
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There is no God. I hate Him.

Bingo! What's to study in something you disbelieve the existence of. Like I dispute the existence of Martians on earth, but let's study Martians on earth.

8 posted on 06/05/2016 3:11:44 PM PDT by randita
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Major in atheism studies! It’s easy—there’s nothing to it!”


9 posted on 06/05/2016 3:11:45 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: SoFloFreeper

” $2.2 million donation from Louis Appignani, a retired businessman and former president and chairman of the modeling school Barbizon... “

It figures that a guy with no conscience ripping off young girls all his life in for profit modeling schools that put them on the fast track to working the fryer at McDonalds would want to start up and atheism school chair.


10 posted on 06/05/2016 3:12:41 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: SoFloFreeper

Atheism is a great faith, really. You’ve got to have a lot of faith to deny the existence of God.


11 posted on 06/05/2016 3:41:05 PM PDT by jmacusa ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!''-- Popeye The Sailorman.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

You can’t spell “scum” without UM.


12 posted on 06/05/2016 3:42:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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In my studies I have noticed repeatedly how, through history, “atheism, humanism and secular ethics” always ends up with millions of innocents in mass graves. Think they'll study that aspect?
13 posted on 06/05/2016 3:53:40 PM PDT by golux
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To: SoFloFreeper

Really shows how “uneducated” the educators are.... why not just study philosophy. Have they heard of Hagel,Nietzsche,Kant, Marx, Feuerbach?

Just please, someone ask them that. Atheism isn’t something “new”. I’m just amazed at how stupid and uneducated the press and even the administrators of these schools are.

Or it could be just a money grab, which makes more sense. How about a “chair” for flat earth...or a “chair” for unicorns?


14 posted on 06/05/2016 4:17:46 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (2 Timothy 4:7 deo duce ferro comitante)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Great choice for a degree: indoctrinating people about something that supposedly does not exist. Hmmm ...


15 posted on 06/05/2016 4:58:11 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: CMailBag

UM is a private university.


16 posted on 06/05/2016 5:04:46 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Isn’t Donna Sha-Lay-La, still President there?


17 posted on 06/05/2016 5:06:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SoFloFreeper

I suppose if UofM has chairs for the other religions, than why not?

5.56mm


18 posted on 06/05/2016 5:09:01 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: SoFloFreeper

If he wants to make atheists look better, the first thing he can do is tell Mickie Winestein to leave the military alone and go ahead, die and go on to hell.


19 posted on 06/05/2016 5:23:25 PM PDT by armydawg505
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To: M Kehoe

AFAIK, they don’t. They have a religious studies, and philosophy....which atheism seems to fit into....


20 posted on 06/05/2016 5:48:18 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper ((Just say no to HRC))
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