Skip to comments.Students Denounce Reported Assault on Prof. Who Mocked Christian Fundamentalists
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. Thats not what were 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 dont 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 Mireckis 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 Sheriffs 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 Mireckis proposed class, described Mondays 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.
?? Wouldn't this make them 'agnostics'?
Yeah, there's kind of no such thing as an open-minded atheist. They already declare their religion by labeling themselves atheist.
The jury is out as to whether this "assault" took place.
"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.
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.
Exactly. Let's see the medical report from the hospital.
Which is why I question them.
"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.
Yes, very much so. Michelle Malkin among others, is looking at it with a degree of skepticism.
Good for them. I'm very glad to see it.
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?"
(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,
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?
"Also, isn't it telling that the atheist org has the acronym "SOMA?"
I was rather amused by that, myself.
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.
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.
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'.
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