Kansas anti-evolutionists beat the sh*t out of anti-ID professor
“I didn’t know them, but I’m sure they knew me.”
— Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki, who was beaten by cretins in response to Mirecki’s comments about fundamentalists and “intelligent design”
When Paul Mirecki planned to teach a class called “Intelligent Design, Creationism and Other Religious Mythologies,” he sent out an email that was clear he didn’t share the views of anti-evolutionist Kansans.
“The fundies want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category ‘mythology.’” Mirecki said he was “doing my part” to upset “the religious right” and signed his posting “Evil Dr. P.”
As you can imagine, supporters of intelligent design got so riled up over this insult to their new “faux science” that a hellstorm of protests forced Kansas University to deep-six the class. For some of these bible beaters, this wasn’t enough. A couple of God-fearing Kansans decided to get medieval on Mirecki’s ass.
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 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.
…The sheriff’s 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.
I’m sure those good “Christians” that opened the can of Whoop-Ass on the professor went home, dropped on their knees and prayed for forgiveness, right?
I agree with Shakes Sis on this one — you won’t see any outrage on the Right about this.
Let’s get real about what happened here. A liberal said something inappropriate. Not threatening, not inflammatory, not even especially provacative. And he got beaten up.
Meanwhile, conservatives go around with liberal hunting licenses stuck on their bumpers, Ann Coulter says a baseball bat is the most effective way to talk to liberals, Bill O’Reilly offers up San Francisco to terrorists, conservative hate groups are on the rise again, violence against the LGBT community is on the rise again, women who report rapes are being prosecuted, pharmacists are telling women they’re being punished by God as they rip up their prescriptions, the poor suffer a constant barrage of shit from conservatives and their policies that allow them to abstractly blather about an “ownership society” but have real-world, life and death consequences for the people subjected to those policies, and the asinine duo of O’Reilly and Coulter have the temerity to moan about how conservatives need to employ security details to protect them from liberals. Can we please have a modicum of perspective on who, exactly, is being attacked here? What’s Ann’s big concern? That she might get another pie thrown at her? Well, sorry—I don’t have a lot of fucking sympathy for someone who incites violence against liberals and then finds herself with whipped cream in her hair.