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Professor blasts KU, sheriff’s investigation, Mirecki says he may sue university
LJWorld ^ | 12/10/05 | Sophia Maines

Posted on 12/10/2005 12:27:37 PM PST by Pikamax

Professor blasts KU, sheriff’s investigation Mirecki says he may sue university

By Sophia Maines

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki said he’s hired an attorney and is ready to go to the mat with KU and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

“If I have to sue, I will,” he said.

Mirecki said he’s angry because KU didn’t back him after religious conservatives attacked him for his plan to teach a course dealing with intelligent design.

Mirecki became a political lightning rod after his new course was announced and his derisive comments on an Internet message board about conservative Christians and Catholics were later widely distributed.

His planned spring course was canceled. Still, some legislators said they would call Mirecki and KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway on the carpet for a public hearing.

On Wednesday the university announced Mirecki had resigned as chairman of the religious studies department. But Friday, Mirecki told the Journal-World he was forced to step down.

“The University penalized me and denied me my Constitutionally protected right to speak and express my mind,” he wrote in a statement prepared for the newspaper. “I’ve become radioactive and the University’s administrators won’t support me.”

Mirecki said his career was ruined and that “speaking engagements that I had lined up now have been canceled.”

On Friday, he displayed two black eyes and a bruise on his arm that he said came from a beating administered early Monday by two unknown men who had followed him in a pickup truck as he drove to breakfast. He said his attackers mentioned the controversy.

He said he was not pleased with the sheriff’s investigation because he had been “treated more like a criminal than a victim.”

He said he was interviewed by officers several times, “once for five hours straight. They keep asking me the same things over and over. They seized my car; they entered my office and seized my computer. They said they need them for their investigation but it didn’t make any sense to me.”

Lt. Kari Wempe, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, released a statement Friday night that said the sheriff’s office had not seen a copy of Mirecki’s prepared statement to the media.

“Until we are provided with a document from Mr. Mirecki, we are not able to comment on it. Our agency continues to thoroughly investigate this crime against Mr. Mirecki,” Wempe said.

Mirecki said he has hired Lawrence attorney David Brown to represent him.

Hemenway said he had been told by other administrators that Mirecki stepped down from his chairman’s post. He said KU has supported Mirecki.

“Professor Mirecki still has a job at the University of Kansas,” Hemenway said. “That would appear to be support for his rights to his tenured position and his rights to free speech ... The university deplores the fact that he was apparently attacked. We’ve said so.”

Hemenway also said he had been told that KU police called Mirecki to see how they might help him.

But Mirecki said the university had done little to back him and that he was fired as department chairman because he had the “temerity to challenge the power of the religious right in Kansas and the university capitulated to demands of the conservative minority.”

He said he felt let down by the administration and colleagues who sought his resignation Tuesday.

He said he had no choice but to sign the resignation letter, which was typed on stationery from the office of Barbara Romzek, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mirecki said he lived under threat of another attack.

“If the University doesn’t support me, I could be in more physical danger because the University is not standing up to the religious extremists,” he said.

He said the number of threatening letters and e-mails has increased since the chancellor called Mirecki’s online comments “repugnant and vile” in a public statement.

He said he also had received more than 2,500 e-mails and letters from academics around the world supporting him.

“The University has a duty, as a protector of intellectual honesty and debate, to support its teaching staff when controversial issues are raised,” Mirecki said. “Now those on the right are emboldened and feel they can take this a step higher.

“At this point, I just want this to be over.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fakehatecrimes; ku; mirecki; politicalcorrectness

1 posted on 12/10/2005 12:27:38 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Sometimes public events are so unexpected...and sometimes they are so predictable it's almost painful. Like this story.


2 posted on 12/10/2005 12:29:41 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: Pikamax

Sounds like Mireckis story has some holes in it and he has retained an attorney to keep him from digging them any deeper. I could be wrong about that but evidently the cops see it the same way if they asked him questions for five hours. Of course they could be wrong as well. We'll see.


3 posted on 12/10/2005 12:31:38 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Pikamax

"Mirecki says he may sue university"

Typical liberal rat.


4 posted on 12/10/2005 12:32:12 PM PST by Baby Driver
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To: Pikamax

Looks like that week old fish-tale is really starting to stink. Perhaps Mirecki should hire Michael Newdow as attorney. Then there would really be a circus in town.


5 posted on 12/10/2005 12:34:00 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Pikamax
". . . and the university capitulated to demands of the conservative minority."

Waaa?

6 posted on 12/10/2005 12:34:30 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Pikamax
He said he had no choice but to sign the resignation letter, which was typed on stationery from the office of Barbara Romzek, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Department chairs serve at the pleasure of the dean, and can be dismissed for any reason or no reason. Sorry, Charlie: Embarrassing your employer in the national media is not a good career move.

7 posted on 12/10/2005 12:39:03 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("If there were a Special Olympics of politics, Howard Dean would have a chest full of medals.")
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To: Pikamax
"On Friday, he displayed two black eyes and a bruise on his arm that he said came from a beating administered early Monday by two unknown men who had followed him in a pickup truck as he drove to breakfast. He said his attackers mentioned the controversy."

Drama king.

8 posted on 12/10/2005 12:41:58 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule Them All and to the Dark Side Bind Them)
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To: jwalsh07
"I could be wrong about that but evidently the cops see it the same way if they asked him questions for five hours. Of course they could be wrong as well. We'll see."

My knee jerk reaction was that he hired the guy or guys to beat him up exactly in order to initiate a lawsuit. If so and he keeps it up, the next story on him could be an arrest for perjury and conspiracy to defrauding the courts.

9 posted on 12/10/2005 12:44:13 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule Them All and to the Dark Side Bind Them)
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To: Pikamax

Photo here and interesting discussion of injuries: (larger photo further down):

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1537819/posts


10 posted on 12/10/2005 12:46:06 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: Pikamax; doug from upland

"Whether I'm right
or whether I'm wrong

Whether I faked a hate crime
or got beat like a gong

It's all about me
It's all about me! ..."

(apologies to the great sdj)

11 posted on 12/10/2005 12:46:27 PM PST by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: Pikamax

[“The University penalized me and denied me my Constitutionally protected right to speak and express my mind,”]




This pompous ass needs to do a little more research on The Constitution. He doesn't have a "right" to force other people to provide him with a forum and an audience for his views.

If he wants to speak, he's free to do so the same way as the rest of us rubes.


12 posted on 12/10/2005 12:48:45 PM PST by spinestein (All journalists today are paid advocates for someone's agenda.)
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To: Pikamax
“The University penalized me and denied me my Constitutionally protected right to speak and express my mind,” he wrote in a statement prepared for the newspaper.

Could it be that the University also has a constitutionally protected right to speak and express their mind ?

13 posted on 12/10/2005 12:51:57 PM PST by oldbrowser (The U.S. Senate is a quagmire.)
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To: Pikamax
This guy is an obvious (to me) fraud. He's an attention-hungry left-wing activist who loves publicity. I hope the Douglas County sheriff and county attorney charge him with falsely reporting a crime. His whole story (and life) smells bad. Even the KS papers, which have been throwing a massive fit over intelligent design, are staying away from this, because they know it's a set-up. BTW, this guy's claim to fame is "finding" a 5th century document in a German library. How can you "find" something in a library? Could I become famous by "discovering" the Encyclopedia Britannica at the local library?
14 posted on 12/10/2005 12:51:57 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Stultis

Not bad Stultis, not bad at all. I'm sure Sammy would take no offense, he had an excellent sense of humor.


15 posted on 12/10/2005 12:52:43 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Pikamax

If I were beaten up, I'd be railing against the thugs that came after me, but he's mad at the school. Suspicious, and telling, IMHO.


16 posted on 12/10/2005 12:54:39 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Pikamax

This guy is really stuck on stupid.


17 posted on 12/10/2005 1:01:13 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool; He is holy. Ps 99:5)
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To: ozzymandus
How can you "find" something in a library?

It does happen. I think at least a few of the re-discovered
Caribbean seawrecks have been found by first dredging through
libraries of Spanish documents from the 1500s-1700s.

Just a guess, but this weasel Prof. probably got his reputation
for first finding the document buried in a library's stacks AND
recognizing it as something significant.

He should have been contented with that and his tenured salary...
and kept his trap shut when thinking bigoted thoughts about Christians.
18 posted on 12/10/2005 1:01:58 PM PST by VOA
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To: Pikamax
“The University has a duty, as a protector of intellectual honesty and debate, to support its teaching staff when controversial issues are raised,” Mirecki said.

Was the "intellectual honesty and debate" part when he wrote that he was going to use his mythology class to rub the fundies big fat faces in it?

19 posted on 12/10/2005 1:02:57 PM PST by RJL
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To: Pikamax
Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki said he’s hired an attorney and is ready to go to the mat with KU and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

If I have to sue, I will,” he said.

Mirecki said he’s angry because KU didn’t back him after religious conservatives attacked him for his plan to teach a course dealing with intelligent design.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned...

20 posted on 12/10/2005 1:05:19 PM PST by RJL
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To: Pikamax
“The University has a duty, as a protector of intellectual honesty and debate, to support its teaching staff when controversial issues are raised,” Mirecki said.

But let a conservative professor speak out, and this does not apply to them.

21 posted on 12/10/2005 1:06:36 PM PST by rawhide
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To: RJL

LOL!


22 posted on 12/10/2005 1:09:21 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("If there were a Special Olympics of politics, Howard Dean would have a chest full of medals.")
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To: Pikamax

Is Mirecki single or married; and just where did he spend Sunday night?


23 posted on 12/10/2005 1:12:46 PM PST by connectthedots
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To: Pikamax
“At this point, I just want this to be over.”

"... so shall ye reap."

And by "over" he obviously means "I got my way."

24 posted on 12/10/2005 1:13:16 PM PST by r9etb
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To: connectthedots
"Is Mirecki single or married; and just where did he spend Sunday night?"

Things got a little rough at the rodeo, I bet ( Brokeback Mountain reference )

25 posted on 12/10/2005 1:15:06 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: cake_crumb
On Friday, he displayed two black eyes and a bruise on his arm that he said came from a beating administered early Monday

?????????

IIRC, when police interviewed him on Mon? Tue? he didn't have any physical signs of being assaulted.

26 posted on 12/10/2005 1:20:31 PM PST by TheOracleAtLilac
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To: Pikamax
He said he was interviewed by officers several times, “once for five hours straight. They keep asking me the same things over and over. They seized my car; they entered my office and seized my computer. They said they need them for their investigation but it didn’t make any sense to me.”


27 posted on 12/10/2005 1:22:25 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Pikamax

“If I have to sue, I will,” he said.

Biting the hand that has fed him?
We have a rule with raising rabbits.NO BITING!
If it bites us once we may forgive it.
Bites us twice, into the freezer for dinner later on.


30 posted on 12/10/2005 3:04:40 PM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Sunana

bump


31 posted on 12/10/2005 6:31:50 PM PST by Mamzelle (The best offense-- is the unbeatable defense...Darrell K. Royal)
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