Archive for Wednesday, August 24, 2005

KU decline

August 24, 2005


To the editor:

Being a graduate of Kansas University, and also a former member of its faculty, I find the decline in its U.S. News rating a matter of deep concern.

Some of that decline, I believe, is the result of our state's growing reputation as a benighted place unfriendly toward science and inhabited by an assortment of anti-intellectual bands of cheap political hacks and religious bigots.

Surely such a slide in our state's stature can't help but rub off on its universities and colleges.

Incidentally, KU may have damaged itself further by allowing a Kansas City area preacher to conduct a church service last weekend on the university's main campus. That flagrant assault on our country's commitment to separation of church and state offended me and my wife greatly.

John De Mott,



craigers 12 years, 9 months ago

It is funny how religion and religious bigots are to blame for everything. What about scientists that are bigots concerning those who are religious? I guess those who produce arguments due to their faith are ignorant but those who produce arguments in the name of science are intellects. KUs problems are not because of religion.

Bradley Kemp 12 years, 9 months ago


Look up "incidentally" in a dictionary.

craigers 12 years, 9 months ago

Souki, Mr. DeMott is still labeling religious people as anit-intellectual and also saying that "incidentally", not intentional but the mere relationship and allowance of a pastor to conduct a service on the campus may have damaged the reputation of KU. This is very downgrading to Christians and other religious groups. This has nothing to do with separation of church and state. Nobody was demanding people attend the service and convert or anything like that. This just proves that people don't really understand what the separation truly is. Thank you for the definition lesson for the day.

Romans832 12 years, 9 months ago

(1) The service by Rev. Johnston was sponsored by a recognized student organization at KU, so they had as much right as any other group to meet on the KU campus. (2) What's the difference (church/state separation-wise) between a church meeting on the KU campus and one meeting in a public school? Ours did, for several years. (And, by the way, they announced that First Family Church Lawrence will be meeting at Lawrence High School for the next several weeks.)

Bradley Kemp 12 years, 9 months ago

De Mott didn't say that christians generally or members of other religious groups are anti-intellectual or bigoted. He's saying that people who are anti-intellectual or who are religious bigots (or both) aren't doing our state much good.

And he's right.

kansaskev61 12 years, 9 months ago

Being a conservative christian in Douglas County is like being a male ballet dancer performing in a football halftime're gonna get beat up. We'll just have to stick by our convictions and pray for the best! It's a great big world out there and believe it or not, in the big picture nobody really cares what anyone in Lawrence or at KU are saying, expect maybe those that are saying it!

cowboy 12 years, 9 months ago

KU is about money , not delivering a superior product. I have had two go thru KU , I found the faculty to be the laziest group of folks I'd ever seen , teaching concepts from 30 years ago , in the fine arts dept .

my last one just started at KSU , talk about a 180 degree difference. Each visit we were more impressed , they care and go out of thier way to welcome , help , they are accessible , and the community will bend over backwards for you. KU needs to send all these jackasses who have sullied thier reputation , angered the alums , back east. And fire the lazy non - effective profs. KU's attitude is more Johnson county-ish rather than Lawrence born.

Wake up administration and start delivering a superior product and service and your ranking will go back up !

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