Pharyngula

Honestly, it’s unusual for biologists to be the target of hate — except when they work on cute furry animals — so the news that religious kooks are slipping threatening notes into evolutionary biology labs isn’t too specifically worrying.

University of Colorado police are investigating a series of threatening messages and documents e-mailed to and slipped under the door of evolutionary biology labs on the Boulder campus.

The messages included the name of a religious-themed group and addressed the debate between evolution and creationism, CU police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley said. Wiesley would not identify the group named because police are still investigating.

“There were no overt threats to anybody specifically by name,” Wiesley said. “It basically said anybody who doesn’t believe in our religious belief is wrong and should be taken care of.”

The first threat was e-mailed to the labs – part of CU’s ecology and evolutionary biology department housed in the Ramaley Biology building – on Friday. Wiesley said Monday that morning staff members found envelopes with the threatening documents slipped under the lab doors.

There’s no cause for panic, for sure, and it’s just something to keep an eye on. It’s probably just a deranged individual, but if it’s the start of a more actively hostile trend, that’s something else.

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey, OM
    July 10, 2007

    Late in the autumn of 2001, a physics professor of mine said that one of the reasons he preferred chalkboards to whiteboards was that on slow days, one could sweep up the dust in the chalk tray, put it in an envelope and mail it to somebody.

  2. #2 Brownian
    July 10, 2007

    What’s real christianity?

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    July 10, 2007

    But this is a bit comic-bookish: “… anybody who doesn’t believe in our religious belief is wrong and should be taken care of.” It’s all a bit “all your bases are belong to us,” isn’t it?

    No, because it isn’t a direct quote. Here goes:

    “It basically said anybody who doesn’t believe in our religious belief is wrong and should be taken care of.”

    And besides, it’s ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?
    July 10, 2007

    But this is a bit comic-bookish: “… anybody who doesn’t believe in our religious belief is wrong and should be taken care of.” It’s all a bit “all your bases are belong to us,” isn’t it?

    No, because it isn’t a direct quote. Here goes:

    “It basically said anybody who doesn’t believe in our religious belief is wrong and should be taken care of.”

    And besides, it’s ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.

  5. #5 JJR
    July 10, 2007

    I’m listening to _THE GOD DELUSION_ on Audiobook, and in one section Dawkins quotes from some hate mail received by a colleague…something to the effect of:
    “I hope you burn in hell, my rifle is loaded”

    Mine, too, a**hole, I muttered aloud.

    Ah, Texas, my Texas…Peace symbol on my bumper and an SKS in my trunk.

  6. #6 Athrey
    July 11, 2007

    Like some famous physicist once said, ” good people do good things, evil people do evil things, but for good people to do evil things, it takes religion”. Of course I am rephrasing from Dawkins here.

  7. #7 David Marjanovi?
    July 11, 2007

    Noachian enforcers. Heh. I like it. We could form a rival paramilitary called the “Shining Sandwalk,” or something.

    LOL!

    This Pope is going to turn out to be the downfall of the Catholic Church in Europe, methinks.

    He’s certainly trying.

    As you got told in your introduction course, the animal liberation movement has committed more individual acts of terrorism on the British mainland than the IRA.

    :-o

  8. #8 David Marjanovi?
    July 11, 2007

    Noachian enforcers. Heh. I like it. We could form a rival paramilitary called the “Shining Sandwalk,” or something.

    LOL!

    This Pope is going to turn out to be the downfall of the Catholic Church in Europe, methinks.

    He’s certainly trying.

    As you got told in your introduction course, the animal liberation movement has committed more individual acts of terrorism on the British mainland than the IRA.

    :-o

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