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KU professor steps down as chairman
KC Star ^ | 12/07/2005 | DAVID KLEPPER

Posted on 12/07/2005 4:23:48 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow

Embattled religious studies professor Paul Mirecki has stepped down as chairman of the University of Kansas’ Department of Religious Studies.

Mirecki remains a tenured professor at the department. No successor has been named.

In a written statement, Barbara Romzek, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, said she accepted Mirecki’s resignation today.

“Professor Mirecki said he thought it appropriate to step down and did so on the recommendation of his colleagues in the department and I have accepted his resignation,” Romzek said. “This allows the department to focus on what’s most important — teaching, research and service — and to minimize the distractions of the last couple of weeks.”

Mirecki came under fire after e-mails were uncovered in which he mocked aspects of Christianity. He initially attracted attention when he announced he would teach a class this spring about intelligent design and creationism. That sparked immediate criticism from conservatives who supported the Kansas Board of Education’s recent move to insert criticism of evolution into state science standards.

Mirecki’s critics then discovered e-mails from a listserv operated by the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics in which Mirecki mocked various aspects of Catholicism and fundamentalist Christianity.

Last week, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said he found the e-mails “repugnant and vile.” Mirecki apologized for the e-mails and the course was withdrawn.

On Monday, Mirecki told Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies he was attacked by two men early Monday morning. Mirecki told police the two men were closely following his vehicle south of Lawrence, and when he got out to confront them, the two men beat him with a metal object. Mirecki was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mirecki told friends and reporters his attackers made reference to the recent controversy.

Mirecki has taught at KU for 15 years. He has a doctorate in theology from Harvard University and specializes in ancient Mediterranean cultures, religions and languages.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crevolist; ku; mirecki
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1 posted on 12/07/2005 4:23:50 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow
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To: PatrickHenry

Ping.


2 posted on 12/07/2005 4:24:14 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow
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To: Right Wing Professor

Pong.


3 posted on 12/07/2005 4:26:21 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow
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To: Senator Bedfellow

He'll need the extra time to deal with the charges of filing a false police report. Just my hunch.


4 posted on 12/07/2005 4:26:55 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Senator Bedfellow

Stepped down as chairman? No Big Deal. In most departments the prof who draws the short straw has to be chairman.

Leave the University in Disgrace is more like it. Off the payroll and into the real world with him!


5 posted on 12/07/2005 4:27:07 PM PST by Chickensoup (Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Chri)
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To: Senator Bedfellow

Religious Studies brings out the very worst of the Lunatic Libs. It makes Queer Studies seem mainstream. Sadly, many young people take courses in the department (or even major in the field) because they are looking for spiritual guidance.


6 posted on 12/07/2005 4:28:16 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Senator Bedfellow

I've visited the local newspaper's website, and learned something interesting ... the good professor DOES have a cell phone. Reporters have been calling it repeatedly, but Mirecki will not answer.

Now, what was the story again, about waiting to call police until he got to the emergency room, LOL?


7 posted on 12/07/2005 4:30:02 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Senator Bedfellow
I'm getting the picture that KU administrators suspect that the good professor's story about getting whooped on by two road bandits over his repulsive views was a desperate attempt to save his role as chairman of his department?
8 posted on 12/07/2005 4:30:18 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: Senator Bedfellow
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said he found the e-mails “repugnant and vile.”
Hmmm, maybe there's some hope after all. Maybe.
9 posted on 12/07/2005 4:31:03 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Joe 6, you are always quick and to the point. A good FReeper always.


10 posted on 12/07/2005 4:32:03 PM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: Senator Bedfellow
....he got out to confront them, the two men beat him with a metal object.

Sharp as a marble, this guy!

11 posted on 12/07/2005 4:32:41 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: Senator Bedfellow

Bump! Bump! Bump! Another one bites the dust.


12 posted on 12/07/2005 4:32:47 PM PST by DarthVader (Do something positive for America today: Insult an America hating leftie.)
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To: PatrickHenry

ping...


13 posted on 12/07/2005 4:33:35 PM PST by narby (Hillary! The Wicked Witch of the Left)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Sorry, forgot to include a link:

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/dec/06/mirecki_treated_after_roadside_beating/?city_local

Scroll down into the comments for the info about Mirecki refusing to answer his cell.


14 posted on 12/07/2005 4:33:40 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Senator Bedfellow
This is good news. It's hypocrisy to have a head of the religious studies department actively antagonistic against religious views.
15 posted on 12/07/2005 4:33:58 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Joe 6-pack
He'll need the extra time to deal with the charges of filing a false police report. Just my hunch.

Nah...he'll need more time for those moveOn.answer.code.dot.pink lectures he's gonna give now.
He may be trying to extend his 15 minutes.
16 posted on 12/07/2005 4:34:11 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Give my blankets to my buddies and the fleas to Diamond Joe.)
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To: Senator Bedfellow

Talk about an egregious (using a favorite liberal word on purpose) abuse of power.

He was planning on using his position as head of the dept of religious studies to stick it to the fundies (paraphrasing).


17 posted on 12/07/2005 4:34:48 PM PST by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: Joe 6-pack

It's my hunch too that he faked the "attack."


18 posted on 12/07/2005 4:34:52 PM PST by colorado tanker (I can't comment on things that might come before the Court, but I can tell you my Pinochle strategy)
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To: Bushbacker1
....he got out to confront them, the two men beat him with a metal object.

A tin foil hat.

19 posted on 12/07/2005 4:35:24 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Senator Bedfellow; Right Wing Professor; Junior; b_sharp; Ichneumon; longshadow; ...

Thanks, but I don't want to drag everyone through another of these threads. I'm notifying a few, but unless there's a strong demand, I won't deploy the ping list.


20 posted on 12/07/2005 4:37:24 PM PST by PatrickHenry (Virtual Ignore for trolls, lunatics, dotards, common scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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