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Professors in Colorado Recieve Death Threats for Teaching Evolution

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Letters from a Christian extremist last week threatened the lives of evolution biology professors at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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RC deWinter (418)
Sunday July 22, 2007, 1:24 pm
Well, since Korn is an Israeli national...send him back there! Where's ICE when you need them? People who think illegals should be given sanctuary should read this story.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 22, 2007, 4:58 pm
The link to the news article should really be this:

CU biologists get death threats
By PAULA PANT Colorado Daily Staff Writer
Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:26 PM MDT

Last weekend more than a dozen envelopes bearing the image of skull and crossbones and containing letters threatening the lives of CU-Boulder evolutionary biology professors were slipped under the doors of CU-Boulder buildings.

According to a reprint of the letter posted online, the threat reads: “every true Christian should be ready and willing to take up arms to kill the enemies of Christian society.”

“EBIO (evolutionary biology) professors are terrorists against America and Š intellectual and spiritual child abusers of their young and impressionable students Š the EBIO department not only blasphemes God, who is invisible, but it blasphemes His Only Begotten Son and our Messiah, Jesus Christ, which is more unforgivable Š for all these reason all God-fearing and Truth-loving persons must say, They must go!”

CU officials won't name a suspect, but numerous sources close to the case say the letters - as well as a barrage of threatening e-mails - were signed “Michael Korn.”
Menacher “Michael” Korn is a 49-year-old Israeli national and former Messianic Jew who says he was baptized into Christianity in the Sea of Galilee seven years ago and is now on a mission to convert Jews and Muslims. His blog, JesusOverIsrael., references CU-Boulder specifically and says he lives in Denver, although he has a North Carolina area code.

Korn did not return phone calls by the Colorado Daily's deadline.

Several sources say Korn has distributed flyers on campus and has barged into offices of biology professors and administrators in the past year.

But in recent days the threatening e-mails and letters have occurred with increasing frequency and intensity.

On Friday an e-mail sent to CU-Boulder's evolutionary biology department bore the subject line “a final CU Boulder EBIO appeal” and repeated the line “every true Christian should be ready and willing to take up arms to kill the enemies of Christian society.”

That line, as well as “they must go,” have been repeated in a number of communiqués, said a source.

Most, but not all, of the threatening letters were left in the Ramaley Biology Building at CU-Boulder.

The anti-evolutionary communication began one year ago, when someone left a book in the campus mailbox of Jeffry Mitton, chair of CU-Boulder's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department.

Mitton said the book was entitled “The Evolution Fact Book.” (An internet search revealed Korn is the author of the book.)

Mitton said the book didn't worry him.

“It was just one of these sorts of things that is put out by creationists just declaring that there is no evolution,” Mitton said. It contained no threats.

Last fall, however, Mitton started receiving e-mails and pamphlets.

“Those became much more personal,” he said. “It referred to specific biologists, but not by name.”

Much of the anger, according to an evolution Web site,, that reprinted several of the letters and e-mails, is directed against Mitton and CU-Boulder biologist Michael Grant, who co-discovered a grove of aspen clones in Utah that's thought to be the world's largest living organism.

After last weekend's influx of letters, campus officials are even more alert.

“We've gotten a barrage of material recently, and it makes people uneasy,” Mitton said. “In the climate that was established by Columbine or Virginia Tech, people are concerned by Š recurrent and strident contacts by someone who is so forthright.”

Cmdr. Brad Wiesley of the CU Police Department says a detective is on the case. CUPD is investigating whether the note's author and deliverer are the same person.

No one has been banned from campus in relation to these threats, he said, and no one has reported a suspicious sighting related to this.

Police says they aren't sure it constitutes an official threat.

“Just because you feel threatened, it's not necessarily a crime,” Wiesley said. “It's not directed against a specific person, John and Jane Doe. It's more along a line of ideology - if you believe this, we think you're wrong, kind of thing.”

CUPD is not issuing a campus-wide alert because “it's fairly well targeted against folks in biology,” Wiesley said. “The biology people are all well aware of it.”

CU senior Daniel McDonald, who works in a lab in CU-Boulder's molecular, cellular and developmental biology building, said he first learned of the threats on Monday afternoon after receiving an e-mail from his boss.

He said he wants more information.

“I just figure if there is some crazy walking around the campus trying to kill us, we should know,” he said.

Mary J (29)
Monday July 23, 2007, 7:50 pm
Religious fundamentalists, be it a Christian, Muslim, or Jew, really just screw it up for everybody. These people are dangerous, no matter which God they think is the right one. P.S. In my opinion, there can only be one God (and it would be easier if there was proof!!) and he/she/it would NOT condone violence as a way to solve disagreements between people.

Vanessa Massyn (27)
Tuesday July 24, 2007, 2:57 am
In stead of fundamentalists concentrating on others and what they're up to, should they not be preparing and paving their own paths to heaven or eternal life or whatever it is they believe in? Fundamentalists are so pre-occupied with what others believe and shouldn't, that they forget to live, smell the roses, enjoy the sunsets, etc. Before you know it life is over, and you never lived. Isn't that the biggest sin of them all?
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