Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Republican Debating Tactics Lead to Assault on Professor.
A real battle in the culture war was carried out when some Bush supporters beat up the man who planned to teach a course at the University of Kansas that countered the message delivered by that state's Bored Uv Edyookayshun decided to ignore science and logic in favor if superstition by allowing the cruel joke called Intelligent Design to be taught in their public schools. Yahoo News AP wire excerpt:
LAWRENCE, Kan. - A college professor whose planned course on creationism and intelligent design was canceled after he derided Christian conservatives said he was beaten by two men along a rural road early Monday.
University of Kansas religious studies professor Paul Mirecki said the men referred to the class when they beat him on the head, shoulders and back with their fists, and possibly a metal object, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
"I didn't know them," Mirecki said of his assailants, "but I'm sure they knew me."
So the message from extremist religious conservative handjobs is clear: Keep your high-falutin' scientifical idears away from us, or we'll beat the shit out of you. I can't say I'm too surprised at this sad, stupid behavior, but what else can we expect from a group of people who have no ideas? Nothing. That's why they resort to physical violence.
Mirecki planned to teach a spring course called "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies" to counter the Kansas Board of Education's decision to drive science standards for elementary school students back to the 13th century. And so what if he referred to those who oppose him as "fundies", a remark for which he has since apologized, and a fat lot of good it did. The behavior exhibited by this attack validates Mirecki's characterization, which shows that he, and other rational thinkers, have struck a nerve.
And to think that we feel smug because we never would have sentenced Galileo to house arrest in this enlightened day and age...