The latest in the Wafergate scandal has descended like a cloud of annoyingly asinine flies. I’m sure that by now most of you have heard the story of Mr. Webster Cook of the UCF student body and the consequences of his ‘kidnapping’ a
cracker eucharist. Now both he and PZ Myers (University of Minnesota professor and Pharyngula Blogger) have received death threats concerning the event. Professor Myers is under attack for writing a scathing editorial concerning the event and posting it on his blog.
Enter Bill Donahue, who exacerbates the situation by first accusing Mr. Cook of a hate crime… And then accusing Professor Myers of being an anti-catholic bigot. First of all, there is no way in hell that the taking of a cracker could be considered a hate crime. For one thing as soon as that cracker left the hand of the priest and was given to Mr. Cook, it became Cook’s property. His to do with as he pleased. In addition the attempts to recover the cracker can definitely be pursued as assault and possibly battery. At worst, the taking of the cracker was a slight disrespect. However, respect must be earned and the catholic church has not done very much in recent years to deserve such respect. In short, Mr. Cook did not deserve nor warrant either the rough treatment he received, the hate mail or the death threats.
Turning to the case of Professor Myers whose post entitled It’s A Frackin’ Cracker, has caused him to receive numerous death threats and a call for him to be sacked. This is due to the highly caustic and outraged tone of the post with which the Catholic League took issue with. Like I said, the catholic church has not done much to deserve any respect in recent years.
This is a post-enlightenment world, the church can no longer simply wipe out any dissent it may come across like it did when it had the power to do so. Instead we get these whiny little pissants who cannot understand the fact that we live in a relatively free society where we can say what we want to. I understand that unlike me most of you do not have the option of simply turning the sound of the world off, yet you still have the option of simply not listening. Next time, please just don’t listen. I promise in return that I won’t listen to your mumbo jumbo in return.