Skip to comments.Mirecki hospitalized after beating (KU Relig. prof. who mocked religion)
Posted on 12/05/2005 8:13:08 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht
Mirecki hospitalized after beating
By Ron Knox, Eric Weslander (Contact)
Originally published 05:37 p.m., December 5, 2005 Updated 06:31 p.m., December 5, 2005
Douglas County sheriffs deputies are investigating the reported beating of a Kansas University professor who gained recent notoriety for his Internet tirades against Christian fundamentalists.
Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki reported he was beaten by two men about 6:40 a.m. today on a roadside in rural Douglas County. In a series of interviews late this afternoon, Mirecki said the men who beat him were making references to the controversy that has propelled him into the headlines in recent weeks. Mirecki
I didnt know them, but Im sure they knew me, he said.
Mirecki said 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 about the upper body with their fists, and he said he thinks they struck him with a metal object. He was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Im mostly shaken up, and I got some bruises and sore spots, he said.
Douglas County Sheriffs Officials are classifying the case as an aggravated battery. They wouldnt say exactly where the incident happened, citing the ongoing investigation
The sheriffs department is looking for the suspects, described as two white males between ages 30 and 40, one wearing a red visor and wool gloves, and both wearing jeans. They were last seen in a large pickup truck.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS or the sheriffs office at 841-0007.
Mirecki recently wrote online that he planned to teach intelligent design as mythology in an upcoming course. He wrote it would be a nice slap in the big fat face of fundamentalists.
The remarks caused an uproar, Mirecki apologized, and KU announced last week the class would be canceled.
If he were truly beat up by two grown men and a metal object, he'd have much more severe injuries than just some bruises and sore spots.
To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield "he should have stayed home and beat himself".
"What's the frequency Mirecki?"
The local media is running with this story....its getting big time play.
He shouldn't beat himself up about all this.
And, "treated and released" is a far cry from "hospitalized after beating." This one definitely flunks the smell test.
That isn't far from the Rev. Phelps goofball cult.
Though it also sound quite similar to the supposed attacks on gays (when hate crime bills were being considered by legislatures) that later turn out to be self-inflicted or set-up stunts.
on campus it was all the buzz, so i checked the paper. basic story. on the tv news they handled it with kid gloves, which makes me a little suspicious.
what gets me is that the usual suspects here (unemployed campus libs) had all the info this afternoon and were ready to declare a jihad on Christians.
Oh, well. Still, it is odd that the head of the religious studies dept @ KU is an an avowed atheist who hates Catholics and "Fundy morons".
here's a pdf of some of his friendlier comments to students.
I haven't seen you in ages! Good to see you...
"They WERE CHRISTIANS!"
This guy sounds like a phony. Wasn't there some lady recently that accussed some phantom Nazis of attacking her or her car? Turned out that she made the thing up.
Look, these liberals are crazy. And, I do mean mentally disabled. Anyone that can actually think through things and still come to the opinions that they do are obviously mentally deranged.
So, beating themselves up or having some CodePinkos beat them up certainly is in the realm of what these kooks consider "rational".
I'll bet you he smacked himself around, wounds won't be consistent with an attack as described to law enforcement.
He probably picked them up in a bar.
Just another hate crime that won't be prosecuted as such.
Remember this? Then they had the big "love in" after she reported her car being attacked.
Reuters Monday April 26, 2004
LOS ANGELES - A Southern California college professor who received wide media attention when she claimed that racists had vandalized and defaced her car with ethnic slurs was charged on Monday with filing a false police report and insurance fraud.
Kerri Dunn, a professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, east of Los Angeles, portrayed herself as a victim of racists angered by her message of tolerance at a campus forum when she reported the vandalism on March 9. She then put in a claim with her auto insurer for damages to her car.
Her story drew media attention and prompted hundreds of students to rally in her name, joined by civil rights activists. But police and FBI agents who investigated the incident began suspecting Dunn of a hoax after witnesses came forward to say they had spotted the 39-year-old professor vandalizing her own car.
She was charged with one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report and two felony counts of insurance fraud. She faces three years in prison if convicted at trial. "False accusations that imply hate crimes prey on the legitimate concerns of the public who truly abhor violence based on race, ethnicity or sexual orientation," Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a statement. "And those who make false claims should realize there is a penalty for doing so."
After Dunn's car was found covered in racial slurs, its tires slashed and windshield shattered, college officials offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Claremont President Pamela Gann has said the college would conduct its own investigation before deciding whether to retain Dunn, whose contract expires later this year.
Yes, and she was recently convicted of her crimes.
Nope: "Visualize Whirled Peas" He didn't get the color of the pickup truck, or the license plate, but he did get the fabric of the alleged perpetrator's gloves? He's either wandered to Kansas from the cast of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" or he's full of it.
That's the first thing that went through my head. I wonder if anybody has a link to that story.
The straw man strikes back.
I'll dig into this some more if the mood seizes me and if the rhetoric stays calm here.
Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me.
Your answer lies in post #68.
No, it's not just you... I won't say anymore so I don't get accused of being *unchristian*.
That's what I was thinking.
Did he get a description of the bad guys? How about the licence plate number? Or a description of the vehicle they were driving??
Are they just described as white guys in thiuer 30's or 40's?
Obvious fake. I hope they throw the book at this guy for making this sh*t up.
Well, he insulted them. But I agree it's hard to picture a couple of good old boys taking the trouble to track down his license and physical identity. But who knows? Maybe this information just came their way somehow, and maybe they just happened to come up behind him. I'm inclined to believe that the distinguished professor's account is truthful. If he was treated and released, they were gentle with him. (Of course, this may be taken as cause for skepticism in itself. )
Remember in Crocodile Dundee when he cold cocks that guy in the restaurant? Were we shocked at this felonious assault? No.
I keep remembering that woman activist who faked vandelism to her car on a college campus when I read this story.
That's "vandellism" after Martha and the Vandellas :-)
How convenient. The libs will go all Matthew Shepherd.
I smell a set up.
Shades of Ross Perot?????
HA...bruises and sores are probably caused by pestilence and crack/aids. Look at that filth
I was thinking that the two evil Christians were not very effective in their beating, were they?
The two essential ingredients for a fake hate crime:
Political benefit to the victim - CHECK
No serious injuries - CHECK
We have a winner.
This "story" really smells like a "story". On the other hand, a spokesman for the Sheriff said the deputies would be joined by OJ Simpson in looking for the perpetrators who allegedly beat the professor.
I'm supposed to feel bad I know.
The fact that I don't makes me a long knife right?
Sounds like he got beat up by some honey's John.
Or a potential social engagement gone wrong.
No surprises here either.
Just came upon this and here I am at post #3 and I find someone who feels the way that I do.
I don't know that I wish him well. If he is spewing and spreading anti-religious hatred, I say he deserved it. Yes we have free speach. But all that means is you won't get arrested. That doesn't entitle you to not pay a price for your actions. I certainly wouldn't go into Camden NJ or Philly yelling the 'N' word. I'm free to do so, but I'm pretty sure I'd be a little worse for wear than the guy in the article. I also wouldn't tell a big strapping lad that I did his mother and sister. Well, you get my drift.
A truly Christian response.
"Grandma got run over by a reindeeeeer..."