What in the holy hell is going on in the world? This is the Crackergate story which is doing the rounds at the moment. I won’t go into a load of detail as PZ Myers (the same PZ Myers who was ejected from a screening of ‘Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed’, despite being in it and being invited) explains the whole thing here. Basically a student went to a Catholic Mass, and when he took the Eucharist (a piece of unleavened bread that, when the priest says some magic words, supposedly turns literally into the body of Jesus Christ, despite not actually changing at all), he didn’t eat it, but kept it in his mouth. When he went to leave, disgruntled Catholics attacked him trying to get it back, but failed. Now they’ve been sending him DEATH THREATS about it, calling it “a hate crime” (surely it’s not even a normal crime, never mind a hate crime) and “worse than hate speech”, and likening it to a hostage situation.
PZ Myers, hearing about this, commented on it on his blog (linked to above), asking people to send him some of the bread so he can abuse it, and now the Catholic League and its leader Bill Donohue have decided that he should be getting death threats too. All over a piece of bread. Ironically these are the same kinds of people who call Catholicism peaceful (witch trials, inquisition, crusades, anyone?), and the Catholic League specifically claims to stand up for people’s civil rights. How about the right to life, morons?
In any case now people are complaining to the President of PZ Myers’ university where he works, calling for his dismissal, so I’d like to urge anyone who cares to drop him a line in support of Myers. The President’s address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and he asks that anyone who comments leaves a real name and is polite and courteous.