Well, PZ has finally done the deed. The Great Desecration of 2008 has ended and no one was struck down by almighty lightning.
If you haven’t kept up with the story, A parishioner in a Florida Catholic church accepted the holy Eucharist but did not ingest it. Apparently, he was planning to leave service with the holy Eucharist still in his possession. Some local church groups threw a big fit and the local news covered it. Then PZ Myers of Pharyngula noticed the story and posted a scathing rebuttal to the notion that everyone should hold these wafers sacred. This caught the attention of Bill Donohue who, as head of the Catholic league, organized mass efforts to get PZ fired from the University of Minnesota, Morris, as well as many other Christian crazies who began filling PZ’s inbox with various threats ranging from his job to his life.
So what was the horrid act of desecration? …A nail. A dull rusty nail. To keep it fair however, PZ ran the nail through the Eucharist as well as torn pages from the Qur’an and The God Delusion.
And then he threw it all into the garbage.
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.
Well said, PZ. Well said.