KU Prof. Treated At Hospital After Beating
Mirecki: Attackers Mentioned Creationism Class

POSTED: 8:40 am CST December 6, 2005
UPDATED: 4:54 pm CST December 6, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday was investigating a case in which a professor whose planned course on creationism and intelligent design was canceled after he derided Christian conservatives said he was the victim of a roadside beating.

University of Kansas religious studies professor Paul Mirecki was treated at a hospital and released Monday.

Tuesday, Mirecki told KMBC by phone that he’s finished talking to reporters. He said, “It’s gotten out of hand with the media. Sorry, gotta go,” and then hung up, KMBC’s Micheal Mahoney reported.

He did tell the Lawrence Journal-World for a story Tuesday that two men who beat him were making references to the 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.

The class was added after the Kansas Board of Education decided to include more criticism of evolution in science standards for elementary and secondary students.

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    LAWRENCE, Kansas (ATS) – Authorities have yet to determine the exact species of hominid responsible for the attack, forensics having determined that the attackers must exhibit significant quantities of body hair on the hands and knuckles. Officials say that laboratory DNA testing will establish the genus and species of the attackers within the next few days though, as officials note, the DNA of all living hominids is so nearly exactly the same, that it will take some time for DNA testing to resolve the question.

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