Friday, July 25, 2008

Sacrilege - Sophomore Style

A fellow named PZ Myers has a blog and invited his readers to get hold of the Eucharist so he could desecrate it. His grandiloquent point in doing so, after much publicity-seeking posturing, is that "nothing is sacred."

So someone sent him the Holy Eucharist and he pierced it with a rusty nail (without semblance of irony) and threw it in the trash with a banana peel, some pages of the Koran and a few others of his mentor Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion - just to show "nothing is sacred." His fans are upset he doesn't compost his banana peels.

"You would not believe how many people are writing to me, insisting that these horrible little crackers (they look like flattened bits of styrofoam) are literally pieces of their god," Myers wrote on his blog. He demonstrated his clever concern by hoping that "Jesus's tetanus shots are up to date."

Did I mention that Paul Z Myers is 51 years old and is a professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris?

This subject is now one of the hottest topics on the blogosphere and yet has only been reported in one old media outlet - The Minneapolis Star Tribune. That in itself is interesting, but more interesting will be the reaction of the academic establishment throughout the U.S. Will this establishment cry, as they are wont to do, for the head of anyone who fails to diligently attend to the sensitivities of the various religious, cultural or gender-sexual "communities" of the world? Or will they prove that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice?