More on Paul Mirecki
Mitch Berg references Mike Adams meanspirited column about an "interview" with Paul Mirecki, the Kansas Religious Studies professor, who recently got beaten up by anti-evolutionists.
Let me be clear for those of you not gifted with excessive reading comprehension: I'd like to hope that an ostensibly responsible university professor wouldn't fake his own attack - not that we can assume anything anymore; there seems to be a wave of academics who think that ethics are secondary to message. I'd hope that if someone - "fundy" or not - attacked Mirecki that law enforcement would find them and throw the book at them.
However, I think - and I think Adams must suspect - that where there's smoke, there's fire; Adams asks some interesting questions, ones that (from the sound of it) the police are also asking.
I'm going to wait until we hear something substantial, of course, before jumping to conclusions unwarranted by evidence. Because goodness knows that accepting things purely on faith with no empirical evidence would be wrong, wouldn't it?
Mitch naturally has no idea what the Police are asking.
I wrote Adams to get more information abou the interview. Here were his responses:
From: Eva Young
Subject: Your "interview" with Paul Mirecki
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 16:45:19 -0600
Did Mirecki respond to your email - or did you insert the "no comment"
answers in your column attacking him?
At 05:28 PM 12/17/2005, you wrote:
Eva, most people saw it as a parody on Mirecki's cowardice. But, you are vastly superior - intellectually speaking. You recognized that each time I emailed him, Mirecki actually - quite calmly, I might add - typed in the words "no comment." Are you a feminist professor, by any chance?
You are avoiding the question. Did Mirecki actually answer your emails - or did you write your column from having unanswered emails. Or is your column a parody.
I'm not a professor and I have no idea of the relevance to feminism in this one.
At 07:35 AM 12/18/2005, you wrote:
Of course, he actually answered my emails. I hired a pair of men from Kansas - one with wool gloves, the other with a red visor - to strike him repeatedly with a metal object while he slowly, but calmly, typed the words "no comment" on the keyboard. That's my final answer. Now I'm off to get lawyered up!
Meanwhile the Kansas State Legislature wants to micromanage the Kansas University Religious Studies Department.
Mirecki critic, John Altevogt wants SOMA kicked off the Kansus University campus, and the religous studies department put under an outside reviewer:
John Altevogt, a conservative columnist and activist in Kansas City, visited the student group’s list serv and compiled a series of Mirecki’s comments made in recent years.
Altevogt sent the compilation to the media, politicians, university officials and others.
The following day, Thursday, the university announced the course's closure.
Altevogt said cutting the course was the wrong outcome.
"This is again a meaningless gesture," he said.
Altevogt said he was concerned about the focus of the religious studies department and he wants to see Mirecki and another faculty member moved to another department. He said he also wanted the religious studies department cleaned up and perhaps transferred to a religious organization that can monitor it; the chancellor fired, and the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics student group kicked off campus.
That's the real agenda behind those going after Mirecki. Kansas University has to decide whether they want to kowtow to this nonsense or fight.