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Jewish World Review
Dec. 14, 2005
/ 13 Kislev, 5766
The strange tales of Paul Mirecki
Paul Mirecki≠the Kansas University religious studies professor who derided
Christian fundamentalists as "fundies"≠is a strange man with strange tales
of alleged persecution. Contrary to his knee-jerk defenders on the Left, it
is not bigoted, hateful, or intolerant for me to scrutinize his story.
The professor first created controversy in November after penning an
unhinged e-mail message expressing his desire to deliver a "slap" to the
"big fat face" of the "fundies" by teaching an intelligent design course
"as a religious studies class under the category 'mythology.'" The message
was sent to the mailing list of the university's Society of Open-Minded
(snort!) Atheists and Agnostics. Mirecki signed his taunting diatribe "Evil
Dr. P." These are the words of an individual more than a few cards short of
a full deck.
After his remarks were publicized, KU cancelled the proposed course.
Mirecki was forced to apologize. And then, out of the blue, It Happened.
Last week, Mirecki claimed he was beaten by two mysterious white men on a
rural highway. He says the unidentified assailants, in a pickup that
tailgated him in rural Douglas County, Kansas, targeted him for his views
while he was "taking a long, pre-dawn drive in the country to clear his
mind," according to the student newspaper. Mirecki says he pulled over to
the side of the road to let the men pass. He then said he got out of his
vehicle. The alleged attackers got out of their truck and beat "the hell"
out of him, reportedly using a "metal object," Mirecki said last week
before abruptly clamming up about the attack and sequestering himself in
News of the beating aligned perfectly with the mainstream media's template
of Christian fundamentalists as right-wing vigilantes. Mirecki's liberal
supporters on the Internet swallowed the story whole. The Wichita Eagle
told those with questions about Mirecki's account to "give it a rest." A
Kansas City Star columnist called allegations of a manufactured hate crime
a "cheap shot."
Mirecki can't remember where the incident took place, according to local
law enforcement, and has offered only the vaguest of suspect
descriptions. There are conflicting accounts about Mirecki's physical
appearance the day of the attack. While a faculty colleague claimed that
"big swollen spots" had "transformed" Mirecki's face, Jesse Plous and
Tiffany Jeffers, two of Mirecki's students, told the campus newspaper they
didn't notice bruises or scratches when they met for his class six hours
after the alleged attack] Lindsay Mayer, another student in the class,
"said injuries weren't extremely noticeable." Mirecki did not mention the
alleged beating in class.
Now, a week after the alleged attack with the alleged assailants still at
large, Mirecki is poised to take both his university and the local
sheriff's office to court for their insufficient support and investigation.
The fundies! Academia! The cops! They're all in on it!
After university officials announced that Mirecki had voluntarily resigned
as chair of the religion department, the professor came out of his shell to
blast the school for forcing him to step down. The university stands by its
account. Mirecki has complained that law enforcement officials have seized
his car and computer, and doesn't like the direction of the probe. "If I
have to sue, I will," he told the Lawrence Journal-World.
None of this smells right.
The truth is there are too many cases of hate crime hoaxers on campuses a
phenomenon most left-leaning journalists are loathe to cover to dismiss
the possibility in this case. Last year, Claremont McKenna College
professor Kerri Dunn was sentenced to prison after she staged an
anti-Semitic hate crime against herself. Earlier this year, a lesbian
student at Mt. Tamalpais High School in Marin County, Calif., faked several
anti-gay incidents to garner attention and sympathy. Leah Miller, a black
student at San Francisco State University, admitted to scratching "NIGG" on
a dorm room door and writing herself a note with the same epithet. Jaime
Alexander Saide, a Northwestern University student, admitted making up
anti-Hispanic threats against himself after the school rallied around him
with "Stop the Hate" marches.
Strange, isn't it, how leftists on campus who sneer at blind faith are so
often fooled by it themselves.
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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