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Professor beaten; attackers cite KU creationism class
Wichita Eagle ^ | December 6, 2005 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/06/2005 3:01:46 PM PST by billorites

A professor whose planned course on creationism and intelligent design was canceled after he sent e-mails deriding Christian conservatives was hospitalized Monday after what appeared to be a roadside beating.

University of Kansas religious studies professor Paul Mirecki said that the two men who beat him made 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 State 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."

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 Lawrence Journal-World that 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 Lawrence 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, visorlike ball cap and wool gloves. Mirecki said the men left in a large pickup.

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."

State Sen. Kay O'Connor, a Mirecki critic, said there is no excuse for someone physically assaulting the professor -- regardless of their politics.

"I have zero tolerance for thugs," she said. "There is never an excuse to behave in such a manner. This was just thugs. They used a flimsy excuse, if they had one, to behave as thugs. They can talk about the ID (intelligent design) course if they want to, but that's not an excuse."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: crevolist; fakehatecrimes; ku; mirecki; paulmirecki
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1 posted on 12/06/2005 3:01:47 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

Bad behavior. Period.


2 posted on 12/06/2005 3:04:18 PM PST by brivette
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To: billorites

BTTT


3 posted on 12/06/2005 3:04:29 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: billorites
I'd bet money that it is a made up hoax.
4 posted on 12/06/2005 3:05:02 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: billorites; All

I know that people get uptight (and/or stupid) about a lot of things - but I find it really hard to believe that two guys would beat up a useless professor over an issue like this.

This sounds odd. I hate to suggest that this professor faked the attack - but it does make me wonder...

Anyone?


5 posted on 12/06/2005 3:05:36 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: billorites

I smell an "awareness raising." This is staged, completely bogus.


6 posted on 12/06/2005 3:05:49 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: billorites
This is the very things amoral atheists or liberals do. They I smell a Reichstag's
7 posted on 12/06/2005 3:06:33 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: billorites

Unfortunately, since the previous who-knows-how-many cases of "hate crimes" etc. were all staged, I'm hesitant to believe his story at this time.


8 posted on 12/06/2005 3:07:27 PM PST by ZGuy
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To: billorites

"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, visorlike ball cap and wool gloves. Mirecki said the men left in a large pickup."

Well, well, well ... isn't this interesting. It hits all the right "smear" buttons, but is nice and vague. Easy to remember, too. I'm surprised that he managed to resist adding in a Christian fish symbol on the tailgate of this supposed "large truck."


9 posted on 12/06/2005 3:10:16 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: billorites
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, visorlike ball cap and wool gloves. Mirecki said the men left in a large pickup.

The description has RED STATER written all over it. This sounds like Bravo Sierra to me.

10 posted on 12/06/2005 3:11:12 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: Pukin Dog

My first thought too.


11 posted on 12/06/2005 3:12:05 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cowards cut and run. Marines finish the job. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: MplsSteve

This story was posted yesterday and the votes are in - 488 billion votes say this is a fake by the "perfesser".


12 posted on 12/06/2005 3:12:59 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: ZGuy

WoW on his way to breakfast at 6ish in the morning in the freezing cold, and a couple of guys in their "pickup truck"(which seems conveniently redneck sounding) tailgate him and then pull over and get out, so he gets out?

This is a freakin joke this guy is making this up because he looks like a moron for his comments he made and the stupidity of his class he was going to try and offer(only out of spite for religious people who we all know are rednecks).

I hope they catch this guy lying and prosecute him, make him loose his job and go somewhere else.


13 posted on 12/06/2005 3:13:58 PM PST by blarney
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To: brivette

Stupid thing to do if it is true.


14 posted on 12/06/2005 3:15:21 PM PST by satchmodog9 ( Seventy million spent on the lefts Christmas present and all they got was a Scooter)
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To: billorites

Maybe he was against beating himself up before he was for it.


15 posted on 12/06/2005 3:15:31 PM PST by badpacifist (Schadenfreude)
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To: Disambiguator

Could be a road rage incident unrelated to his politics. Maybe he cut them off.

But the idea he'd get out of his car is a little hard to believe.

How close to Kansas City is Larence? Could be Chiefs fans, if the story is real.


16 posted on 12/06/2005 3:17:27 PM PST by Shermy
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To: RegulatorCountry

I am surprised he didn't say they had a confederate flag sticker somewhere.


17 posted on 12/06/2005 3:20:20 PM PST by yarddog
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To: billorites

He's lying. I'm 100% sure he's lying. Some liberal bi-atch at Claremont College pulled a similar stunt last year only she beat up her own car and claimed she was attacked.

I believe this jerk was driving his Volvo wagon at 35 in a 55 zone, got tailgated and flipped off the wrong people.

I'm sure the guys who kicked the crap out of him were in an old pickup with flannel jackets, snow boots and hats with ear flaps. Not exactly college material.

I'm thinking of the guys in Christmas Vacation that drove Clark Griswold under the logging truck.


18 posted on 12/06/2005 3:23:29 PM PST by keat (Who the f___ is I. Lewis Libby?)
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To: Pukin Dog
I'd bet money that it is a made up hoax.

I'd have to bet with you on that.

19 posted on 12/06/2005 3:24:02 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: Pukin Dog
I'd bet money that it is a made up hoax.

Something doesn't smell right about this.

20 posted on 12/06/2005 3:24:13 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: keat

"I'm sure the guys who kicked the crap out of him were in an old pickup with flannel jackets, snow boots and hats with ear flaps."

I'm sure the guy made the whole thing up, and in the unlikely event that there were any others involved, these otherse were students of his.


21 posted on 12/06/2005 3:26:14 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: billorites
"That absolutely shocked me," (Andrew Stengel) said, "because people don't do that in a civilized society."

You are absolutely right, Andrew.

Which is why I am 90% sure this attack never happened.

22 posted on 12/06/2005 3:28:23 PM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: Pukin Dog

"I'd bet money that it is a made up hoax"

This does have a sort of Piltdown Manish smell to it.


23 posted on 12/06/2005 3:29:12 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: billorites
"That absolutely shocked me," he said, "because people don't do that in a civilized society."

Obviously he doesn't get out much...or listen to the radio, or watch T.V. etc...etc....

24 posted on 12/06/2005 3:30:14 PM PST by Osage Orange (Molon Labe)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Additional details emerge on the two attackers... They were wearing red flannel shirts under Farmer John bib overalls, and had long pieces of straw stuck between their gapped teeth. They stomped the unfortunate Professor with steel tipped worked boots and then climbed into their ten-year-old truck with a rusty bumper, trailer hitch, and "I AM THE NRA" bumper sticker...


25 posted on 12/06/2005 3:32:09 PM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I'm surprised he said one of them wore a red visor hat instead of saying he had a redneck.I also have a problem with the age of his supposed attackers.Thirty and forty year old men don't fit the profile of the average kid on a college campus.


26 posted on 12/06/2005 3:34:42 PM PST by rdcorso (There Is No Such Thing As A Neutral Person During A War With Radical Islam.)
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To: gridlock

"They stomped the unfortunate Professor with steel tipped worked boots and then climbed into their ten-year-old truck with a rusty bumper, trailer hitch, and "I AM THE NRA" bumper sticker..."

... and yelled "one nation, under GOD" out the window, as they careened away dangerously into the night. And they weren't even wearing safety belts.


27 posted on 12/06/2005 3:34:48 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: billorites

He blowed up real good...

We beat him up real good!

28 posted on 12/06/2005 3:35:37 PM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: billorites

Posted before. The obvious conclusion is that the incident happened, but not as he tells it.

This guy obviously has a bad temper and no control over what he says. That's part of the earlier record.

Most likely a couple of guys in a pickup were tailgating him, he got a fit of road rage and stopped with them behind him, they all got out, he foolishly started yelling at them, and they beat him up.

Then he saw a golden opportunity to make himself into a victim instead of a bully because of his rude behavior toward Christians and students. Sure, he was beat up, but it just strains credibility to imagine that someone followed him and beat him up because of something he said in an email, or that he stopped and got out of the car just so they could do it.


29 posted on 12/06/2005 3:35:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: billorites
They sound like the "Two All-Purpose-Black-Guys" to commit 90% of the muggings in NYC.
30 posted on 12/06/2005 3:40:12 PM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: billorites
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31 posted on 12/06/2005 3:40:35 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Cicero

Maybe, maybe not. Either way, when all is said and done, somebody should spend some time in the hoosegow.


32 posted on 12/06/2005 3:42:43 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: yarddog

I think he created the disturbance and it evolved into a beating.


33 posted on 12/06/2005 3:58:03 PM PST by takbodan (.)
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To: billorites

Where's the BS meter?
This should put it in the red zone...


34 posted on 12/06/2005 4:00:03 PM PST by sarasmom ("The French are revolting." Some phrases are true on so many levels, it's mystical!)
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To: RegulatorCountry; gridlock
You know they just had to fire up a Marlboro red after handing out an ass-whoopin' like that....
35 posted on 12/06/2005 4:00:25 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: billorites

The question that isn`t answered in the article is who attacked this man? Was it religious extremists or athiest/liberal extremists?

Very well could have been either side.

One for his comments in his emails, the other for promoting a religious perspective on campus.

"University of Kansas religious studies professor Paul Mirecki said that the two men who beat him made references to the class that was to be offered for the first time this spring."

This would make you think it could be some leftwing nutballs.

"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."

This comment can make you think it may have been someone who took offense to this comment.

So who did the beating?



36 posted on 12/06/2005 4:01:07 PM PST by Peace will be here soon ((Liberal definition of looting: "Self-help Humanitarian Aid."))
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To: Peace will be here soon

"So who did the beating?"

Clue:

- The Professor

- In front of his bathroom mirror

- With a sockfull of pennies


37 posted on 12/06/2005 4:04:45 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: PatrickHenry

You see this???


38 posted on 12/06/2005 4:09:37 PM PST by narby (Hillary! The Wicked Witch of the Left)
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To: brivette

"Bad behavior. Period."


Yes, if it happened. He drove himself to the hospital so that probably means no witnesses.

There are people who do bad or stupid things thinking they are serving God so it's possible it's true.


39 posted on 12/06/2005 4:10:42 PM PST by gondramB ( We don't get no government loan and no one sends a check from home-we just do what what we wanna)
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To: Pukin Dog

I want a piece of that action.


40 posted on 12/06/2005 4:10:59 PM PST by Skooz (Santa's laughter mocks the poor.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

This is like the old days where something missing always got blamed "on a couple of black guys".


41 posted on 12/06/2005 4:13:12 PM PST by glorgau
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To: billorites
Mirecki said the men left in a large pickup.

So it wasn't a big bad SUV?

42 posted on 12/06/2005 4:28:52 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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Yes, if it happened. He drove himself to the hospital so that probably means no witnesses.

At 6:45 am here, it is still quite dark. I'm SURE the professor got out of his car to confront the scary people following him while in the dark with no other people around...

43 posted on 12/06/2005 4:29:15 PM PST by Dianna
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To: billorites

This is sooooo clearly a lie. Lefties are not very original, and they never get very far away from the legendary lefty playbook (thanks, Rush for the term). Think how many times this type of fraud has been prepetrated already.


44 posted on 12/06/2005 4:31:40 PM PST by Irene Adler
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To: Peace will be here soon
"The question that isn`t answered in the article is who attacked this man? "

Well, here's the answer for ya, nobody.

45 posted on 12/06/2005 4:33:16 PM PST by Irene Adler
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To: billorites
Well, after he gets found out and thrown out of KU, at least he can always get a job at Colorado - he can use ol' Ward as a reference.
46 posted on 12/06/2005 4:35:17 PM PST by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives; the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: billorites

Was the attack planned by someone or did it just happen?


47 posted on 12/06/2005 4:37:41 PM PST by razorbak
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To: AmericaUnited

"This is the very things amoral atheists or liberals do. I smell a Reichstag's"

It wasn't atheists or liberals who damaged the back of my car because I had a Darwin fish on it.

This reminds me of right wing claims that Planned Parenthood was sending itself white powder in the mail to make anti-abortionists look bad.

It's tempting to overlook the bad guys on one's own side, while blaming the victim, then disappear behind silence when the truth comes out. Tempting but self-deluding.



48 posted on 12/06/2005 4:52:17 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: razorbak
This sounds like a well used hoax.

The lefty's often use this "so called beating" tactic to create hatred against religious conservatives.

It's been used for 2000 years. Not very surprising at all.

Just for fairness sake, I am not a religious man, and have no dog in this fight. I believe all possibilities should be discussed in a classroom, in addition to evolution.

College Christian religious groups are among the most nonviolent groups of people I have ever seen or known.

This beating story is bogus. IMO
49 posted on 12/06/2005 4:52:23 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: gcruse

"then disappear behind silence when the truth comes out."

I'll make sure to ping you, if and when the truth does come out on this one, so you, yourself can't disappear behind silence. OK?


50 posted on 12/06/2005 4:55:46 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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