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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: JCEccles
just a liberal out trolling for some cheap victim-love.

I love the way you put that. :D

221 posted on 12/06/2005 6:16:07 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: wallcrawlr; DaveLoneRanger; Right Wing Professor
Only small minded folks extend blanket accusations to entire groups of people over a single incident.

Care to comment on this post by Fester?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1534152/posts?page=504#504

"Actually, what it looks like is that the position of all materialists and evolutionists is scientifically and morally bankrupt. Look, the guy lost a tooth. He was beaten severely. That proves beyond question evolutionists and materialists are plumb dumb and wrong. It also proves that you had best repent before the rest of us fundies don red baseball hats and wool gloves. Deal with it. Be sure to check the bushes outside before you go to sleep."

223 posted on 12/06/2005 6:17:52 AM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Right Wing Professor
I guess fundies are fundies though, and the specific details of the deity are unimportant.

Perhaps they'd be happier in the Middle East

224 posted on 12/06/2005 6:18:06 AM PST by Oztrich Boy ( the Wedge Document ... offers a message of hope for Muslims - Mustafa Akyol)
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To: SwankyC

Were you in Kansas, is the real question.


225 posted on 12/06/2005 6:18:10 AM PST by sausageseller (Look out for the jackbooted spelling police. There! Everywhere!(revised cause the "man" accosted me!)
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To: Right Wing Professor
doping

doing.

(Or maybe not.)

226 posted on 12/06/2005 6:18:10 AM PST by Right Wing Professor (...overthrow the Dutch usurper, and restore the Jacobites!)
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To: Right Wing Professor

Is it any different than what normally happens here? A creationist says that slavery is perfectly moral, and no other creationist comes forth to say he is an idiot. Instead we get attacked for calling him out on it. Then another creationist posts a racist quote from a banned author on his homepage; and no creationist attacks the quote but instead whine's about US picking on the poor guy. Now there is a story of an evolutionist getting beat up and when some creationists cheer the attack, the others whine about the association of Creationism and violence. Never condemning those doing the cheering.

I think the pattern is obvious, and telling.


227 posted on 12/06/2005 6:19:23 AM PST by CarolinaGuitarman ("There is a grandeur in this view of life...")
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To: Will_Zurmacht

Fake But Accurate


228 posted on 12/06/2005 6:20:06 AM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: RadioAstronomer

Well, you know my comment. It's the guys who are most adamant they're not descended from pond scum that behave most like their ancestor.


229 posted on 12/06/2005 6:20:30 AM PST by Right Wing Professor (...overthrow the Dutch usurper, and restore the Jacobites!)
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To: CarolinaGuitarman
and telling.

Indeed it is.

230 posted on 12/06/2005 6:20:42 AM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Right Wing Professor

I am with ya.


232 posted on 12/06/2005 6:21:21 AM PST by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: metmom
Why is it that when some criminal does something that the ONLY area that everyone chooses to believe him on is a *profession* of faith, like he's telling the truth.

The only area? You must be new here. Watch what happens next time some criminal tries to blame his criminality on, say, pornography. Watch how many people right here on this board rush to believe him. Bonus points for you if you spot posters who make the same complaint as you do here, but then support such a claim later on.

233 posted on 12/06/2005 6:22:31 AM PST by Senator Bedfellow (Sneering condescension.)
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To: Right Wing Professor

. . . it's that other 1% ya gotta watch out for . . .

234 posted on 12/06/2005 6:28:57 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: sausageseller
Were you in Kansas, is the real question. I dont remember where I was. I completely blanked out last night and then woke up in my bed.
235 posted on 12/06/2005 6:30:49 AM PST by SwankyC (1st Bn 11th Marines Semper Fi)
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To: SwankyC

I think I left the italic </I> on.


236 posted on 12/06/2005 6:31:43 AM PST by SwankyC (1st Bn 11th Marines Semper Fi)
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To: RadioAstronomer; Right Wing Professor

FYI: I am adament I'm not descended from pond scum.

wallcrawlr = Christian

Think what you want of me. I'm big enough to handle it and my ego is small enough not to care.


The difference is in the maturity level of the discussion. I choose not to go into serious namecalling fests. Thats not how I want to represent myself on Fr. Others obviously have a different way.

This is one of those threads thats become an embarrasment to Fr. No matter what side of the topic you are on. Few have taken the high ground, many have decided to take this article and use it to "beat up" on each other.


237 posted on 12/06/2005 6:32:46 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: SwankyC
Is that your story?

And are you sticking to it?

238 posted on 12/06/2005 6:33:15 AM PST by sausageseller (Look out for the jackbooted spelling police. There! Everywhere!(revised cause the "man" accosted me!)
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To: Morris_Hattrick

Your comment was:

" What a shining jewel this Christianity is..."

Sounds like an indictment of Christianity to me. It has no place in Free Republic. If you harbor these feelings you should keep them to yourself.

Out of curiosity is there any religion you do profess or at least respect?


239 posted on 12/06/2005 6:40:47 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: RadioAstronomer

Not necessarily. Perhaps you would care to comment on what RightWingProfessor said to me. It's on my profile. Flames take place both ways. I'll keep myself clean, and you keep yourself clean, and we'll be just fine.

You should also check out what people (not creationists, just healthy skeptics) are saying on this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1534754/posts

Also, see what I wrote about the incident:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1534692/posts?page=166#166


240 posted on 12/06/2005 6:41:44 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.")
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