This post’s traffic numbers were up 33% for the week of July 15th. Then it flatlined for two weeks. This week, it’s up 495% in views thanks to this thread at the CARM forums.
The problem is that I no longer agree with a substantial amount of the content found in it. (See comments below.)
Therefore, I have removed it and I’ve left this placeholder. Fret not, however; I have an updated version of this post right here.
If you’d like to read more on why I’m not a Roman Catholic, please view these far more even-handed posts:
As expected, atheists loved PZ Myers’s desecration of the Eucharist. He drove a rusty nail through it, then threw it a trashcan next to a page from the Koran and a few pages from The God Delusion. His message: nothing is to be held sacred. Question everything.
I’m in sympathy with Jimmy Akin calling for PZ to be fired. I believe that he is a poor representative of the university. His conduct is inexcusable for a man in his position. He has proven that he will offend the sensibilities of religious and nonreligious alike, and an educator must show the utmost respect for the individuals that he educates. PZ has not done that.
However, instead of flaming PZ himself, send a letter to his bosses at the university. I think I’ll throw something together this weekend and mail it in. Jimmy provides the addresses in his thoughtful post, but I’ll reprint them here for convenience:
President Robert H. Bruininks
202 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street S.E.
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Via phone: 612-626-1616
Via fax: 612-625-3875
Via e-mail: email@example.com
Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson
309 Behmler Hall
600 East 4th Street
Morris, MN 56267
Of course, we should join the hundreds already praying for Myers’s conversion to Christianity.
I’ve been reading the response to PZ Myers’s unfortunate blog post. It has been dubbed many things, but the one I like is “Wafergate,” which is what I will stick to in this post. I think that this issue is getting far more attention than it deserves, as PZ Myers is little more than a bitter and sour little man with an insanely popular blog. I can’t understand his popularity, even with atheists, because each of his virulent posts reveals nothing but hatred for religion. Such focused and intense hatred isn’t good for a person.
For the benefit of those of you that have no idea what is going on, let me start from the beginning. Webster Cook, a University of Florida student, palmed a Eucharist at a Catholic Mass instead of eating it. He took it out of the chapel and held it hostage for several days. Read the rest of this entry