Mike Adams

Dear Professor Mirecki (PMirecki@ku.edu):

My name is Mike Adams. I am a columnist for www.TownHall.com. Just a few minutes ago, I called your office seeking an interview about your alleged roadside beating at the hands of two apparent Christian fundamentalists. First, let me say that as a fundamentalist Christian I am opposed to any such violence. I am writing, in part, to help you find the men responsible for this beating.

Q: Will you consent to a brief interview?

A: No comment.

Q: Professor, I understand that some people are accusing you of falsifying a report to the police. They say that you were never, in fact, accosted and beaten by a couple of Christians. I want you to know that I will listen to your side of the story. Will you please consent to a brief interview?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: The local Lawrence, Kansas newspaper quotes you as saying, "The right wing wants blood, period. They're not going to stop until they see blood. They're not into anything else." Is this quotation accurate? If so, do you really believe that all members of the “right wing” are violent? As a criminologist, I am interested in your assertions.
 
I also wonder whether there have been any instances of left-wing speakers being assaulted on your campus by right-wing members of the audience. Please report any examples including, but not limited to, pie throwing.
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: Professor, the aforementioned local paper also quotes you as saying, "Whatever I do, whatever I say, they don't believe anything because that's the way they are... I know what happened. I got the hell beat out of me. They can say what they want.”
 
Are you asserting that all members of the “right wing” want to a) attack you physically and b) attack your character?

Is this why you refuse to answer any questions? Do you think that there is a conspiracy to misrepresent your words?
 
A: No comment.

Q: Can I ask you some simpler questions, professor? For example, how long have you been chairman of Kansas University’s Religious Studies Department?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: Recently, you wrote an e-mail discussing a course you developed in response to “religious fundamentalists” and their efforts to promote intelligent design theory in Kansas’ public schools. In the email, you stated the following: "The fundies (fundamentalists) want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category 'mythology.'"
 
Did the two men who allegedly beat you by the side of the road have “big, fat faces”? Did they assault you with any weapons including, but not limited to, food products?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: The comments you made in the aforementioned email were made on a public list-serve, weren’t they? You have stated publicly that a "mole" recently monitored the atheist and agnostic student organization's list-serve in order to forward your message to a fundamentalist organization. You stated that "It's their version of ethics - one citizen spying on another and reporting to authorities.”
 
Do you believe someone can be spied on in public? Do you consider this “fundamentalist organization” to be one of the “authorities” monitoring you?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: I am told that your beating at the hands of two unidentified men began after they had been tailgating you in a large pickup truck. During the attack, what did they say to you that made you believe the attack was by Christian fundamentalists retaliating against you for your recent email comments about “fundies”?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: After the pickup truck began tailgating you, why did you decide to stop your vehicle?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: When these two men pulled up behind you by the side of the road, why didn’t you just drive off?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: And when the two men got out of the truck, why did you unlock your car and get out?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: You told a reporter earlier this week that you were also struck with a metal object? What did the object look like? How did you know it was metal as opposed to wood, for example? Did you see it?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: After the police arrived at the hospital around 6:40 A.M., you claimed that one of the white males that allegedly attacked you was wearing a red visor and wool gloves. Is that correct?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: Was it cold in Kansas the morning you were allegedly attacked by the side of the road?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: How could you discern the color of the attacker’s visor given that the sun did not rise in Lawrence, Kansas until 7:27 on the morning of the alleged attacks?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: Why was the attacker wearing a visor, which protects one from the sun – and, certainly, not the cold – given that it was not sunny but cold at the time of the alleged attack?
 
A: No comment.
 
Q: What do you say to those who suspect you have fabricated these charges in order to promote bigotry against Christians?
 
A: No comment.
 
Thank you for your time, professor.
 
Update: Just hours after his exhaustive interview with Dr. Adams, Professor Mirecki resigned as Chair of Kansas University’s Religious Studies Department. Nonetheless, Dr. Adams insists that the case is far from over.
 
To be continued…


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.