According to the article in CNN:
Mirecki had referred to religious conservatives as "fundies," and said a course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face." He has apologized for those comments.Now I do frown on gratuitous gloating, and I think that Dr. Mirecki was wrong for doing so - but I have to say that I'm astounded that would warrant a beating by these lovers of Jesus.
According to LJWorld.com:
Mirecki said the men who beat him were making references to the controversy that has propelled him into the headlines in recent weeks.
Word out in the world of conservative blogs (I detest the word 'blogosphere' - it sounds like a cheap carnival ride.) is that they doubt that Dr. Mireck's beating was religiously related - perhaps it was just random violence, or worse, perhaps he made it up!
Maybe this is so - I dunno. I'll keep watch on this for a while and see. It would not be out of character for the religiously motivated to condone violence would it?