Tungtide

The End of A Cracker

Posted by tungtide on July 24, 2008, 1:15 pm

It’s over and done with. I hadn’t initially planned to post again about the whole PZ Myers and the Eucharist issue, but he made a couple of important points in the process. He has indeed “defiled” a blessed communion wafer, as well as the Koran, and a copy of The God Delusion.

What caught my attention was that he’s been able to remain objective on the issue despite death threats, threats against his family, calls for his job, and a general attempt to defame him.

By the way, I didn’t want to single out just the cracker, so I nailed it to a few ripped-out pages from the Qur’an and The God Delusion. They are just paper. Nothing must be held sacred. Question everything. God is not great, Jesus is not your lord, you are not disciples of any charismatic prophet. You are all human beings who must make your way through your life by thinking and learning, and you have the job of advancing humanities’ knowledge by winnowing out the errors of past generations and finding deeper understanding of reality. You will not find wisdom in rituals and sacraments and dogma, which build only self-satisfied ignorance, but you can find truth by looking at your world with fresh eyes and a questioning mind.

I couldn’t have said it better if I tried.

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3 Responses to “The End of A Cracker”

  1. Mary said

    Remain objective? He’s launched his own emotionally charged, unprovoked mission against our beliefs, that he can’t stand, and now you try to laud him as a hero? He’s not the victim here, mister, we are. He couldn’t even do the dirty work himself; stealing consecrated hosts. He had to solicit other base persons to do it for him. Intellectuals? You and your kind have bypassed reason and gone directly to full blown hatred to insanity. Your hero is a coward. You’re not atheists, either. You’re anti-theists, and militants at that. Besides, you have a misspelling/typo.

  2. Janelle said

    I think both sides of this situation have carried it too far. While I’m not Catholic and I don’t understand the importance of the Eucharist, it is unnecessary to desecrate it to prove a point. There is no need to be intentionally cruel. In his support for Webster Cook, I think PZ Meyers made the situation worse by adding fuel to the fire. Conversely, I think the Catholic Church has gone too far in requesting expulsion for the student. Although he did not eat the Eucharist as expected, he did return it when asked. The death threats on both Webster Cook and PZ Meyers are wholly unnecessary. In the end, a situation which could have been used by the Catholic Church to teach the world more about their religion became bogged down in hate and prosecution. And while I agree with PZ Meyers that it is a desirable goal to “make your way through your life by thinking and learning,” spitting on other people’s beliefs doesn’t show an elevated level of education.

  3. tungtide said

    Thank you Mary, I’m addressing your concerns in a separate post. I’ve also corrected the typo.

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