Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Theocratic Christians Continue To Spread Their Message Of Brotherly Love

As you may have already read, there was quite a stir recently over a proposed class that was to be offered at the University of Kansas. Entitled "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies”, it was intended to be an academic refutation of the pseudo-science of creationism and intelligent design. Predictably, there was an extremely negative reaction from the religious right, who claimed the class was yet another example of the anti-Christian bias endemic on college campuses today. That charge was to some extent confirmed when it was revealed that Paul Mirecki, the professor who was to teach the class, had sent out an e-mail to a student group in which he described his extreme personal dislike for Christian fundamentalists. The university canceled the class as the result of Mirecki’s comments, and the media promptly forgot about the whole thing. That is until yesterday, when two men who told him they were angered by his recent actions beat Mirecki on the side of a road. Assuming that Mirecki didn’t stage this attack himself (which unfortunately is not uncommon in cases like these) he was the victim of a frightening display of violence from the allegedly peaceful Christian Right. Of course, all of the “responsible” fundamentalist leaders will condemn the attack as a barbaric act they would never support, while failing to acknowledge that it is their shrill, militant rhetoric that creates the atmosphere necessary for such incidents to take place.

3 Comments:

Blogger Tom G said...

First of all, the attacks were simply wrong and grievous.

Second, they are not representative of Christians or evolution opponents.

Third, if you want to look at "shrill, militant rhetoric" you need look no further than what Mirecki wrote.

Fourth, to say that the charge was "to some extent supported" that Mirecki's class would be anti-Christian is an extreme and disingenuous understatement.

Finally, I really hope Mirecki comes through this uninjured and healthy, that the thugs who beat him up get the justice due them.

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Bookhouse Boy said...

I'd say you could cut odds 50-50 that he faked the attack. Not that I know a damn thing about it.

Of course I dislike intellegent design theory as much as anyone, but people like this guy don't strike me as science's best proponents.

Check your extreme email.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Henry Garfield said...

Tom,

Allow me to address your points one at a time.

First Point: Glad you think so.
Second Point: Very true.
Third Point: Sorry, but two wrongs don’t make a right. Stupid comments by Mirecki doesn’t excuse stupid comments made by Christian fanatics.
Forth Point: Mirecki does come across as anti-fundamentalist, and possibly anti-Christian in general. I can tell you from experience that some professors can keep their personal feelings in check in the classroom and teach an objective course. Most can’t. Now that the class has been canceled, we’ll never know for sure what it would have been like.
As for your final wish that Mirecki recovers quickly, I think that it is probably given in good faith. I only wish that people like Pat Robertson and his followers would stop calling for holy retribution against people who disagree with their policies. It makes it too easy for a couple of rednecks to commit attacks like this and think they are enforcing “God’s Will”.

12:32 AM  

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