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To: All; b_sharp; Ichneumon; longshadow; CarolinaGuitarman; Thatcherite; MineralMan; Coyoteman; ...
Hot news. I'm putting it here, rather than starting a new thread. Source: The Kansas City Star.

Mirecki treated at hospital after beating
LAWRENCE, Kan. - A professor whose planned course on creationism and intelligent design was canceled after he sent e-mails deriding Christian conservatives was hospitalized Monday after an apparent roadside beating.

University of Kansas religious studies professor Paul Mirecki told the Lawrence Journal-World that two men who beat him were making references to the class that was to be offered for the first time this spring. Originally called "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies," the course was canceled last week at Mirecki's request.

The class was added after the Kansas Board of Education decided to include more criticism of evolution in science standards for elementary and secondary students.

"I didn't know them," Mirecki said of his assailants, "but I'm sure they knew me."

Messages left by the Associated Press on Mirecki's cell phone were not immediately returned Monday night.

One recent e-mail from Mirecki to members of a student organization referred to religious conservatives as "fundies," and said a course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face." Mirecki has apologized for those comments.

Lt. Kari Wempe, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, said a deputy was dispatched to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after receiving a call around 7 a.m. regarding a battery.

She said Mirecki reported he was attacked around 6:40 a.m. in rural Douglas County south of Lawrence. Mirecki told the Journal-World 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 on the head, shoulders and back with their fists, and possibly a metal object.

Wempe said Mirecki drove himself to the hospital after the attack.

Mirecki told the student newspaper, The University Daily Kansan, that he spent between three and four hours at the hospital. He said his injuries included a broken tooth.

"I'm mostly shaken up, and I got some bruises and sore spots," he told the Journal-World.

Wempe said Mirecki described the suspects as two white men between 30 and 40 years of age. One of the men was described as wearing a red visor-like ball cap and wool gloves. Mirecki said the men left in a large pickup truck

Wempe said the department would investigate "every aspect," but couldn't discuss specifics.

Andrew Stangl, president of the Society for Open Minded Atheists and Agnostics at the university, described the attack as "bizarre and terrifying." He said Mirecki, who is the group's faculty adviser, was adamant that the beating was related to the recently canceled course.

"That absolutely shocked me," he said, "because people don't do that in a civilized society."

461 posted on 12/05/2005 7:16:17 PM PST by PatrickHenry (Virtual Ignore for trolls, lunatics, dotards, common scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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To: PatrickHenry
Ah, those peaceful creationists. Acting just like Christ.

(sarc./off)
463 posted on 12/05/2005 7:18:06 PM PST by CarolinaGuitarman ("There is a grandeur in this view of life...")
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To: PatrickHenry
Needs its own thread.

I would like to know more, though. One is always a little skeptical. But if it's true, well, it shows how crazy it's gotten.

465 posted on 12/05/2005 7:19:18 PM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: PatrickHenry
. . . bizarre and terrifying . . .

Unguided processes tend to be that way. Fortunately no intelligence or design was involved with this occurence.

471 posted on 12/05/2005 7:24:49 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: PatrickHenry

Sounds like the BAV have moved to Kansas.


473 posted on 12/05/2005 7:27:12 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: PatrickHenry
One of the men was described as wearing a red visor-like ball cap and wool gloves..."That absolutely shocked me," he said, "because people don't do that in a civilized society."


480 posted on 12/05/2005 7:41:12 PM PST by AndrewC (Darwinian logic -- It is just-so if it is just-so)
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To: PatrickHenry
He said his injuries included a broken tooth.

500 years from now when some hapless paleontologist unearths his bones the "scientific" conclusion will be this fellow dined on a few too many corn nuts.

484 posted on 12/05/2005 7:59:04 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: PatrickHenry
. . . a course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face."

Your Brain on Evolutionism worthy? With an abuse of brain cells like that it's no wonder nature took its course and rearranged a few particles.

557 posted on 12/06/2005 4:33:50 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: PatrickHenry
You really have to watch making eye contact with the raving nutters.
575 posted on 12/06/2005 6:44:35 AM PST by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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