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Recently, Paul Myers, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota had this to say about the Eucharist in a post entitled “It’s a Frackin’ Cracker!”
I have an idea. Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers? There’s no way I can personally get them — my local churches have stakes prepared for me, I’m sure — but if any of you would be willing to do what it takes to get me some, or even one, and mail it to me, I’ll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare… [I will]treat it with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web. I shall do so joyfully and with laughter in my heart. If you can smuggle some out from under the armed guards and grim nuns hovering over your local communion ceremony, just write to me and I’ll send you my home address.
I’m not going to link to his blog, but it’s easily accessible through the university’s web site, here. (Scroll down until you see Paul Myers, then click the link.) [Update: the link has since been removed. If you want to find the site, search for “paul myers frackin cracker” here. His blog is called Pharyngula.]
Here are some of the comments from his fans:
Well, this is a community that believes that every sperm is sacred…
Those f——s worship an imaginary a—– who told his acolytes, “Eat me,” and his name wasn’t even Michael Valentine Smith. They give these gomers drivers licenses and guns, too.
It is certainly sacred when it gets pooped out…I’m sure I’ve Jesus in the toilet bowl more than once…
These are from the first twenty or so comments, and there are hundreds of comments. I’m sure these comments are from people who normally congratulate themselves on their tolerance. Why the hate? Well, you see it’s a science blog. And scientists are always butting heads with the Church because the Church says things like, “Well yes, you can do things like cloning embryos but you shouldn’t, and here’s why…” To which the enlightened scientists respond by screaming, falling down and kicking their heels against the floor. Because they’re so smart and important and how dare you judge them?
Apparently, Myers got some flack for this post from the Catholic League and he’s asking people to e-mail the university’s president to defend him. Here’s the e-mail address. The president’s name is Robert Bruininks.
Dear Mr. Bruininks:
I am appalled at the bigotry of your professor, Paul Z. Myers. His mockery of a religion’s most solemn beliefs–and threat to commit the most outrageous sacrilege–is a sorry statement on the quality of your faculty. The man seems to be motivated by nothing but malicious cruelty and an overwhelming hatred of Christianity. If you have any interest in ensuring that your students are taught not only information but morality, decency, and tolerance for the beliefs of others, please do the right thing and discipline him.
Write your own if you feel like it.