Religious enthusiasts identified

A group of religious enthusiasts carrying doomsday banners at Saturday’s football game and outside of Squires Student Center Monday have been identified as the Woroniecki family.

The family is lead by preachers Michael and Rachel Woroniecki and their six children, ages 14-24.

“They travel from location to location (putting on similar demonstrations as seen at Tech),” said UUSA administrator Greg Beecher.

The Woroniecki’s are well known for their college circuit. Since August, they have visited college campuses moving southeast, appearing at Iowa State, the University of Nebraska, Ball State University, Pennsylvania State University and Marshall University.

Michael Woroniecki told the Boise State Arbiter in 2003 that he associates a college education with sin.

“Our message is the living Jesus offers the alternative to the education system,” Woroniecki said. “To better yourself is to better sin.”

Tech history professor Fred Baumgartner said the Woroniecki’s beliefs are not uncommon among other highly visible religious sects.

“Some (don’t feel it necessary) to get an education if (they) are going to be raptured,” Baumgartner said.

Michael Woroniecki has been giving apocalyptic-themed speeches on college campuses since the late 1980’s. David De La Isla was a Woroniecki follower picked up on campus at Texas A&M nearly 15 years ago. In April of 2002, De La Isla told the Dallas Morning News that Woroniecki’s sermons drove him to consider suicide. Woroniecki is also the former preacher of Andrea Yates, the Texas woman who was found guilty of drowning her five children in a bathtub on June 20, 2001.

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Collegiate Times
Oct. 6, 2004
Erin Zlomerk, News Editor

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