Right-Wing Intimidation

Nov. 22, CNN, College course seeks to debunk intelligent design, Proposed religion class labels creationism as ‘mythology’

That KU professor may have apologized, but don’t rule out a witch hunt yet. When last I checked on Tuesday, preparations were well under way among Kansas conservatives.
A leading lawmaker called for special hearings and said she was interested in rooting out other faculty members like Paul Mirecki at that bastion of liberal thought, the University of Kansas.
“There are consequences to all of our actions,” State Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita told me Tuesday as she explained why she wants to hold hearings before the House budget committee, of which she is vice chair.

Dec. 1, far-right WorldNetDaily. Religious studies professor slurs Christians, Jews,

The Harvard-educated Paul Mirecki serves as the head of the Religious Studies Department at Kansas University – at least for the time being. By the time a KU administrator finishes reading this article – much of the information revealed here for the first time – Mirecki’s job may be in jeopardy.

Dec. 1, University of Kansas Delays Class on Creationism After Professor’s Comments,

A University of Kansas class covering creationism and intelligent design that had been scheduled for the spring has been canceled and a professor who sent e-mails deriding Christianity and religious conservatives won’t teach it if it’s offered again, the university said Thursday.
Provost David Shulenburger granted professor Paul Mirecki’s request to withdraw the class, originally called “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies.”

Dec. 2, WorldNutDaily, University kills anti-ID course,

Moved in no small part by articles in WorldNetDaily and a few other online publications, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway effectively killed an anti-intelligent-design course planned for the spring.

Dec. 2, Answers in Genesis, Upholding the Authority of the Bible…, Kansas University intelligent design and creationism class canceled, Religious studies professor’s plan to mock Christians foiled ,

How sad that a university’s religious studies department has an “Evil Dr. P” leading (or rather misleading) the next generation. Although this is a secular college, is this what one would expect from the department of religious studies? This is just one example of how the battle zone in today’s cultural war can sometimes be blurred. Many times, the enemy can be found within. But what this professor meant for evil, God meant for good.

Today, Lawrence Journal World, Mirecki hospitalized after beating

Douglas County sheriff’s 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.
“I didn’t know them, but I’m sure they knew me,” he said.

Today, Wichita Eagle, Mirecki treated at hospital after beating

… Mirecki reported he was attacked around 6:40 a.m. in rural Douglas County south of Lawrence. Mirecki told the Journal-World 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 on the head, shoulders and back with their fists, and possibly a metal object.
Wempe said Mirecki drove himself to the hospital after the attack.
Mirecki told the student newspaper, The University Daily Kansan, that he spent between three and four hours at the hospital. He said his injuries included a broken tooth.

Update – More, Wichita Eagle, Professor beaten; attackers cite KU creationism class
(Thanks to Kos diarist topicalstorm)
Update More at Carpetbagger Report, ACSBlog, Echidne of the Snakes and All Spin Zone.
A right-winger says there’s no doubt the left will try to link this to his criticism of “fundies”

6 thoughts on “Right-Wing Intimidation

  1. MJ,
    If you have enough faith, and God (that voice in your head) tells you to beat someone up it’s un-Christian to not beat them up. It’s in the Bible so it must be true.

  2. Lambert found the quote:
    1 John 4:18 (New International Version)
    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
    Like I want lessons in Christianity from fearful folks!

  3. Doesn’t anybody think it’s odd that he can’t remember where it happened or what color the truck? He was able to call the sheriff and drive himself to the hospital where he was treated and released. It just doesn’t make sense. This is an educated man.

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