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more religious violence

As much as I dislike religion in general, I can't help but shed a tear for Paul Mirecki--chairman of the Religious Studies department at Kansas University. Beaten over the head and back with a metal object by a couple of redneck christians in a pickup truck for speaking out against Intelligent Design. He was one of the "good guys", trying to help religion be a bit less obnoxious and more informed:

http://www.kansan.com/stories/2005/dec/06/mirecki/
http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/12/08/creationism.professor.ap/index.html

While his comments could definitely be said to be "unprofessional" I find it worrisome on a personal level how careful professors have to be about what they say. This is why friends-only posts are necessary sometimes. Because there are those people in the world who would rather win an argument with a blunt metal object than with words. This really frightens me. On the one hand I understand that professors are authority figures and have to set an example for the rest of us by not making insulting remarks, but on the other hand I feel scared that I might soon be in a profession where I can't voice my opinion on things without fearing for my life. I guess I just have to remember to be tactful, and try to put things as carefully as possible so that it couldn't be construed as an insult or a personal attack. (Which Paul Mirecki is apparently not very good at.)

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adriang
Dec. 10th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
Christianity teaches its followers that for the mere sin of failing to believe the right things, one deserves to be tortured for all eternity, after death. Look at the example their god sets for them. It's no wonder so many of them are so violent and hateful.

Adrian
cola_fan
Dec. 10th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
You don't have anything to worry about, Jeff. Your arguments are usually well-reasoned and thoughtful, not merely inflammatory.

This kind of violence is intolerable. However, the world is often full of senseless violence. It's safer in this country to speak your mind than many other places, despite the lapses.

Don't let it keep you from trying to find or tell the truth.
spoonless
Dec. 11th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, Graham. Although, I don't know that I always live up to that. (At least in my head, I often feel myself getting angry and want to just start insulting people left and right. But fortunately, I usually think it over before doing so.)
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