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Mirecki hospitalized after beating (KU Relig. prof. who mocked religion)
Lawrence Journal World ^ | 12/05/05 | Ron Knox

Posted on 12/05/2005 8:13:08 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht

Mirecki hospitalized after beating

By Ron Knox, Eric Weslander (Contact)

Originally published 05:37 p.m., December 5, 2005 Updated 06:31 p.m., December 5, 2005

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the reported beating of a Kansas University professor who gained recent notoriety for his Internet tirades against Christian fundamentalists.

Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki reported he was beaten by two men about 6:40 a.m. today on a roadside in rural Douglas County. In a series of interviews late this afternoon, Mirecki said the men who beat him were making references to the controversy that has propelled him into the headlines in recent weeks. Mirecki

Mirecki

“I didn’t know them, but I’m sure they knew me,” he said.

Mirecki said he was driving to breakfast when he noticed the men tailgating him in a pickup truck.

“I just pulled over hoping they would pass, and then they pulled up real close behind,” he said. “They got out, and I made the mistake of getting out.”

He said the men beat him about the upper body with their fists, and he said he thinks they struck him with a metal object. He was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

“I’m mostly shaken up, and I got some bruises and sore spots,” he said.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Officials are classifying the case as an aggravated battery. They wouldn’t say exactly where the incident happened, citing the ongoing investigation

The sheriff’s department is looking for the suspects, described as two white males between ages 30 and 40, one wearing a red visor and wool gloves, and both wearing jeans. They were last seen in a large pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS or the sheriff’s office at 841-0007.

Mirecki recently wrote online that he planned to teach intelligent design as mythology in an upcoming course. He wrote it would be a “nice slap” in the “big fat face” of fundamentalists.

The remarks caused an uproar, Mirecki apologized, and KU announced last week the class would be canceled.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: ameritaliban; cawcaw; crevolist; fakehatecrimes; falsechristian; idgoons; ku; legbreakersforchrist; mirecki; paulmirecki; religionofpeace; talibornagain; unsaved
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To: Will_Zurmacht

How convenient. The libs will go all Matthew Shepherd.


81 posted on 12/05/2005 8:48:39 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Will_Zurmacht
"Oh, well. Still, it is odd that the head of the religious studies dept @ KU is an an avowed atheist who hates Catholics and "Fundy morons"."

I smell a set up.

82 posted on 12/05/2005 8:49:12 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Will_Zurmacht

Shades of Ross Perot?????


83 posted on 12/05/2005 8:49:16 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

HA...bruises and sores are probably caused by pestilence and crack/aids. Look at that filth


84 posted on 12/05/2005 8:50:55 PM PST by kajingawd (" happy with stone underhead, let Heaven and Earth go about their changes")
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To: Tree of Liberty
If he were truly beat up by two grown men and a metal object, he'd have much more severe injuries than just some bruises and sore spots.

HA!
I was thinking that the two evil Christians were not very effective in their beating, were they?

85 posted on 12/05/2005 8:51:01 PM PST by It's me
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To: pierrem15
Touche LOL!!

I knew Chicago in the 70's. Now I am back after so many years.

Wolf
86 posted on 12/05/2005 8:55:13 PM PST by RunningWolf (Vet US Army Air Cav 1975)
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To: Will_Zurmacht

The two essential ingredients for a fake hate crime:

Political benefit to the victim - CHECK
No serious injuries - CHECK

We have a winner.


87 posted on 12/05/2005 8:59:18 PM PST by BinaryBoy
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To: Will_Zurmacht

This "story" really smells like a "story". On the other hand, a spokesman for the Sheriff said the deputies would be joined by OJ Simpson in looking for the perpetrators who allegedly beat the professor.


88 posted on 12/05/2005 8:59:51 PM PST by miele man
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To: Will_Zurmacht

I'm supposed to feel bad I know.

The fact that I don't makes me a long knife right?


89 posted on 12/05/2005 9:00:58 PM PST by wardaddy (Merry Christmas ya'll)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
Who wants to take bets that this turns out to be phony?

Sounds like he got beat up by some honey's John.

90 posted on 12/05/2005 9:03:57 PM PST by Go Gordon (I don't know what your problem is, but I bet its hard to pronounce)
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To: It's me
Maybe they put on those big, inflatable boxing gloves, first.
91 posted on 12/05/2005 9:04:06 PM PST by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

92 posted on 12/05/2005 9:04:17 PM PST by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
Who wants to take bets that this turns out to be phony?

Or a potential social engagement gone wrong.

93 posted on 12/05/2005 9:06:08 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Right Wing Professor

No surprises here either.


94 posted on 12/05/2005 9:06:28 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: blue-duncan
Bush and Cheney I tell you. They were tooling around in a pickup looking to roll some atheists.
95 posted on 12/05/2005 9:07:21 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Just came upon this and here I am at post #3 and I find someone who feels the way that I do.

Weird!


96 posted on 12/05/2005 9:09:53 PM PST by Mears (The Killer Queen)
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To: Will_Zurmacht
anyhow, if its true I hope he gets well soon.

I don't know that I wish him well. If he is spewing and spreading anti-religious hatred, I say he deserved it. Yes we have free speach. But all that means is you won't get arrested. That doesn't entitle you to not pay a price for your actions. I certainly wouldn't go into Camden NJ or Philly yelling the 'N' word. I'm free to do so, but I'm pretty sure I'd be a little worse for wear than the guy in the article. I also wouldn't tell a big strapping lad that I did his mother and sister. Well, you get my drift.

97 posted on 12/05/2005 9:09:54 PM PST by Go Gordon (I don't know what your problem is, but I bet its hard to pronounce)
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To: Go Gordon

A truly Christian response.


98 posted on 12/05/2005 9:12:30 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: oldbrowser
The guy with the red visor and wool gloves, did he have a bunch of reindeer with him ?

"Grandma got run over by a reindeeeeer..."

99 posted on 12/05/2005 9:12:44 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: conservativewasp
Fight Club?
100 posted on 12/05/2005 9:16:01 PM PST by TeleStraightShooter (When Frist exercises his belated Constitutional "Byrd option", Reid will have a "Nuclear Reaction".)
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