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Students Denounce Reported Assault on Prof. Who Mocked Christian Fundamentalists
The Christian Post ^ | Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 | Francis Helguero

Posted on 12/08/2005 12:03:25 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

A Christian and an atheist student organization at the University of Kansas denounced the reported beating of a professor following comments he had made mocking Christian fundamentalists.

Representatives of Christian fellowship Navigators and the Society of Open Minded Atheists spoke out after two men reportedly beat Professor Paul Mirecki, making reference to a class about intelligent design and creationism that he withdrew following publication of the controversial comments

“I think I can safely speak for the organization of condemning the actions of the two people. That’s not what we’re about,” said Matt Terrill, president the University of Kansas chapter of Navigators. He said he trusts that most people will recognize that the alleged attackers don’t represent all Christians, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Andrew Stangl, president of the Society of Open Minded Atheists, which Mirecki helped as an academic adviser, said he hoped to conduct a campus rally against violence and hoped diverse groups could come closer together.

“It will help rout out extremes in all groups,” Stangl said. “We all need to stand up and overthrow this kind of fanatical thinking.

The beatings, which were reported in the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday, followed the cancellation of Mirecki’s proposed class, which he had originally titled "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and Other Religious Mythologies.”

Although Mirecki struck the part of the title which refers to mythology following an outcry, he later withdrew the entire class after the situation became “untenable” following publicized e-mail messages in an online Yahoo list-serve discussion group for the Society of Open Minded Atheists. In one message, he referred to Christian fundamentalists as “fundies,” adding that the course would be a “nice slap in their big fat face.”

On the Monday following the cancellation of the proposed class, Mirecki told the Lawrence Journal-World that he had been attacked in the morning in rural Douglas County south of Lawrence while he was driving to breakfast.

After two men began tailgating him in a pickup truck, Mirecki said he pulled over hoping they would pass. When they pulled up close behind him, he said he made the mistake of getting out. He stated he was beaten on the head, shoulders and back with fists and possibly a metal object, according to the Associated Press. Afterwards he drove himself to the hospital.

Lt. Kari Wempe, a spokeswoman for the Douglas Country Sheriff’s Department told AP that Mirecki described the assailants as white men between 30 and 40 years of age. One was wearing a red visor-like ball cap and wool gloves, she said.

Vince Myers, a student who had started an online petition against the Mirecki’s proposed class, described Monday’s incident as “horrible.”

“The attacks would do more damage to the views of Christians than anything else that has happened (with the evolution debate),” he added.

Myers said he would take the petition down because the class was cancelled, according to the Wichita Eagle.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: bewarefrevolutionist; christianstudents; creation; crevolist; evolution; intelligentdesign; ku; mirecki
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And, oh, by the way, for those who take great pleasure in assuaging your sore evolutionary ideals by assuming and insisting that I advocate violence, I don't condone attacks, verbal or physical, on evolutionists.
1 posted on 12/08/2005 12:03:26 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Society of Open Minded Atheists

?? Wouldn't this make them 'agnostics'?

2 posted on 12/08/2005 12:05:47 PM PST by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: gobucks; mikeus_maximus; MeanWestTexan; JudyB1938; isaiah55version11_0; bondserv; plain talk; ...
(((Creationist Ping)))



You have been pinged because of your interest regarding matters of Creation vs. Evolution - from the Creationist perspective. Freep-mail me if you want on/off this list.

Colossians 1:16 "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."



Most frevolutionists love to assume and believe that Creationists are merely mindless raging lunatics. But they have already demonstrated themselves willing to cling to illogical beliefs, so what the heck.

Still, I would hope that no member of the creation ping list would give anyone reason to believe this.
3 posted on 12/08/2005 12:06:37 PM 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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To: theDentist

Yeah, there's kind of no such thing as an open-minded atheist. They already declare their religion by labeling themselves atheist.


4 posted on 12/08/2005 12:07:26 PM 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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To: DaveLoneRanger

The jury is out as to whether this "assault" took place.


5 posted on 12/08/2005 12:08:06 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"Society of Open Minded Atheists"

That name still makes me laugh. One, for the acronym. And two, forming a so-called "society" that excludes on the basis of "closed mindedness" and "non-Atheist" is not too terribly open minded, in and of itself. Oxymoronic, even.


6 posted on 12/08/2005 12:08:50 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Can we have proof of the beatings? On an earlier thread this was being disputed by the students in the class as the professor did not seem to have any injuries...Tawana Brawley, anyone?


7 posted on 12/08/2005 12:09:23 PM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I wouldn't ever have supposed that you would condone any kind of attack. I do have serious doubts whether this professor was attacked at all.


8 posted on 12/08/2005 12:09:46 PM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: traderrob6
The jury is out as to whether this "assault" took place.

Exactly. Let's see the medical report from the hospital.

9 posted on 12/08/2005 12:09:56 PM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
“The attacks would do more damage to the views of Christians than anything else that has happened (with the evolution debate),” he added.

Which is why I question them.

10 posted on 12/08/2005 12:11:42 PM PST by pgyanke (The history of man is the story of God reaching out for His people and continually being refused.)
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To: Bahbah

"I do have serious doubts whether this professor was attacked at all."

Claiming that he had to wait until he got to the emergency room to inform police, and then refusing to answer his cell phone, once reporters got hold of the number and began calling it, is rather telling, imho.


11 posted on 12/08/2005 12:11:52 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: traderrob6
The jury is out as to whether this "assault" took place.

Yes, very much so. Michelle Malkin among others, is looking at it with a degree of skepticism.

12 posted on 12/08/2005 12:11:53 PM PST by Riley ("Bother" said Pooh, as he fired the Claymores.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Good for them. I'm very glad to see it.


13 posted on 12/08/2005 12:12:44 PM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; hellinahandcart

From the article, I see nothing linking the assault with the professor's views. Am I missing something?

Also, isn't it telling that the atheist org has the acronym "SOMA?"


14 posted on 12/08/2005 12:13:00 PM PST by sauropod ("The love that dare not speak its' name has now become the love that won't shut the hell up.")
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To: DaveLoneRanger
He said he trusts that most people will recognize that the alleged fabricated attackers don’t represent all Christians
 
 
Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

15 posted on 12/08/2005 12:13:17 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: traderrob6

Yeah, it smells kinda fishy...

Why was he where he was at 6:40 AM?

Did his assaulters spend the evening waiting for him in 15 degree temps?


16 posted on 12/08/2005 12:13:59 PM PST by Sometimes A River (Your hands and feet are mangoes, but you're gonna be a genius anyway)
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To: sauropod

"Also, isn't it telling that the atheist org has the acronym "SOMA?"

I was rather amused by that, myself.


17 posted on 12/08/2005 12:14:26 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
"Society of Open Minded Atheists"

That name still makes me laugh.

Sounds like Bloom County with Opus, Cutter John, and the meadow animals in the Star Chair "Interpoop" searching for the Planet of Open Minded Stewardesses.

18 posted on 12/08/2005 12:14:48 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: theDentist

I believe atheists deny the existence of God/diety; while agnostics say "I don't know" or deny the validity of scriptures/organized religion.

But I think they come in shades.


19 posted on 12/08/2005 12:14:51 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: frogjerk
Exactly. Let's see the medical report from the hospital.

Michelle Malkin contacted them- they claimed HIPAA restrictions prevented them from releasing the information. And that's true- they cannot release it. But they did say that he was 'treated and released' not 'hospitalized' or 'admitted'.

20 posted on 12/08/2005 12:14:58 PM PST by Riley ("Bother" said Pooh, as he fired the Claymores.)
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