12/06/2005

Jesus saves....at the 1st National Bank

"Real Jesus followers beat Kansas University professor who is to teach a class on the myths of intelligent design."

On this page, on Easter Lemming, there's a link to the quote above. I couldn't get it to open, but I just had to post this example of Christian tolerance and love.

Kansas is fast becoming the new Texas - used to be, every time there was some shining example of stupidity or bigotry or incest or just general freakishness, two out of three times, it was in Texas (Admittedly, Tom DeLay was responsible for quite a few of them). And the rest of the time, it was Indiana (I even have a not-blood-relative in Indiana who made national news for her stupidity. But I digress...) But lately, Kansas is taking large strides towards leading the pack.

Can bumper stickers and t-shirts with stupid sayings be far behind?

"I wasn't born in Kansas, but God created me here as fast as he could!"

"My other car is a Jesus Horse!"

"God couldn't be everywhere, so he created televangelists!"

"Fundamentalist butts drive me nuts!"

"Kansas...our prairies are wide open, and our minds are closed!"

Okay, this is too easy. Your contributions welcome...

1 comment:

Gary said...

I don't know what happened to the original link which I will replace. Here is the story in the Kansas City Star:

KU professor reports attack

At center of e-mail furor, Mireki tells police his car was forced off road before beating

By DAVID KLEPPER

The Kansas City Star


The University of Kansas professor who touched off a furor last week after e-mails surfaced that disparaged Christianity told police he was beaten by two assailants Monday morning.

Paul Mirecki told Douglas County sheriff’s officers that two men attacked him in rural southern Douglas County at 6:40 a.m. Monday. He was treated for injuries at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released.

Law enforcement officials said it was not known whether the incident had any connection to the storm surrounding Mirecki.

But Mirecki told the Lawrence Journal-World that two men who beat him were making references to a class that was to be offered for the first time this spring. Originally called “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies,” the course was canceled last week at Mirecki’s request.

“I didn’t know them,” Mirecki said of his assailants, “but I’m sure they knew me.”

He 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 on the head, shoulders and back with their fists, and possibly a metal object.

Andrew Stangl, president of the KU Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics, a campus group advised by Mirecki, said Mirecki “was very adamant that he was attacked because of the class. This is certainly not what people do in a civilized society.”

The furor began when Mirecki, chairman of KU’s Religious Studies Department, announced he would teach a class next spring analyzing intelligent design and creationism. That sparked immediate criticism from conservatives who supported the Kansas Board of Education’s recent move to insert criticism of evolution into state science standards.

Mirecki’s critics then discovered e-mails from a listserv operated by the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics in which Mirecki mocked various aspects of Catholicism and fundamentalist Christianity.

University administrators condemned the e-mails, Mirecki apologized, and the course was withdrawn from the spring calendar.