"For those who may have missed it, P. Z. Myers... decided to blow away the last shreds of pretense that his blog Pharyngula was about science and give full vent to his demented hatred of Jesus Christ by urging his throng of equally demented followers to steal some hosts so he could desecrate them and put the whole thing on his blog...
- ... The hatred breeds lies like, "I'm just exercising freedom of expression."
No. You are committing theft, vandalism, and incitement.
- Or else you lie and say, "Unless Catholics can prove the Eucharist is actually the Body and Blood of Christ and not a worthless cracker, I'm just guilty of being rude."
No. Catholics are under no obligation to prove that in order to show that you are guilty of theft, vandalism, and incitement...
- Yet another demented lie to cover up your naked act of aggression is to play the victim: "I have to do something. I'm not going to just let this disappear. It's just so darned weird that they're demanding that I offer this respect to a symbol that means nothing to me. Something will be done. It won't be gross. It won't be totally tasteless, but yeah, I'll do something that shows this cracker has no power. This cracker is nothing."
... No, what Catholics are demanding is not that Myers and his cultish followers respect the Eucharist. We are demanding that they not invade our religious services, steal what does not belong to them, and incite others to vandalize what is ours and not theirs. We are pointing out that thugs who do this are of precisely the same caliber and guilty of exactly the same crime as somebody who paints swastikas on a synagogue...
- ... He is basically saying that if we all are not going around the world desecrating whatever it is we don't believe in, we are ipso facto honoring same... Crazy people talk that way.
Myers and Co. are enmeshed in these lies because they have chosen evil. It is evil ... to desecrate the Eucharist. ... despite Myers's lies, it's completely unnecessary and gratuitous evil. ... He has to get a host in his hands and destroy it with a savage glee that, curiously, places him not among scientists but among the most magical-thinking Bronze Age fanatics.
He explains his action this way: "The point of desecrating the host isn't to make people angry -- it's to demystify and desanctify nonsense. It's how we wake people up -- by showing that their beliefs are powerless."
... In this enlightened age, we do not settle religious and philosophical questions of inestimable importance by reasoning, examining the historical evidences, or any such recondite activity... We may as well bind theWe may as well bind the participants and cast them into a river, declaring the one, if any, who survives, the victor.
... Let us be forthright about what such presumption is: it is not merely indicative of a mental imbalance, an obsession or mania, but expressive of mental primitivism. Truth is established, not by reasoned discourse upon evidences and arguments, but by what amount to tests of strength, defiance, and pride. Might makes right, by the infernal glow of impudence. And mankind undergoes a spiritual and intellectual regression of some score of millennia.
In short, Myers and Co. are not merely pre-scientific; they are pre-theological and pre-philosophic.
- And, of course, they are liars. Because it is manifestly obvious that they not only wish to make Christians angry but, as far as lies within their power, to get their hands on God and tear him to pieces, not just verbally but physically if possible. They are kith and kin to those who stood at the foot of the cross and sneered, "If you are the Son of God, come down."
- ... The thirsty cruelty and cowardice of Myers is manifest in this: Regardless of your views of the deity of Christ, to make oneself into a creature who deliberately desecrates the memory of an innocent Man who died in torments, solely for the purpose of spite, is an utterly pathetic and deeply evil thing. As all acts of blasphemy do, they serve only to destroy the image of God in the blasphemer. They do nothing whatever to harm Jesus (except in the sense that this sin too becomes one of the billions He bears in His body and soul on the Cross). But they do immeasurable harm to the soul of the blasphemer.
- What remains is for us Catholics to decide what to do. I think the first thing that needs to happen is, of course, prayer... Our first task is to forgive. And I mean forgive, not excuse. There is, literally, no excuse for this. None. If some clown sent Webster Cook or Myers a death threat, that does not justify their persecuting and insulting people who have done nothing wrong. Myers's logic is that of Kristallnacht: punish all Catholics everywhere with theft, vandalism, and incitement because of the (alleged) actions of one or two.
The next thing to do is to fight. ... just look at Jesus: He forgave His impenitent killers at exactly the moment He was fighting (and winning) the most important battle ever fought against all the powers of hell. ...
... attempts to arraign Pharyngula as a "hate site" are deeply wrong-headed. Catholics need to cowboy up and face hatred like saints, not whine for Uncle Caesar to tell the Bad Man to stop saying mean things.
On the other hand, I have no problem with Catholics pointing out that many a Pharyngula post has been made on the taxpayer's dime and that misuse of state monies should be punished. I likewise have no problem with Catholics lobbying the university to have this bigot canned as radically opposed to the university mission statement. I doubt it will happen, but they are welcome to try -- because Catholics have free speech, too.
Similarly... I see nothing at all wrong ... with going to the civil authority and arraigning Myers et al. with theft, vandalism, destruction of property, and incitement, if the court system allows it. It is perfectly just to seek this, just as it is perfectly just for Jews to seek justice when some thug paints a swastika on a synagogue.
Catholics rightly have hope of Myers's redemption. That's as it should be. But I also am mindful of Jesus' very solid counsel: "Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine" (Mt 7:6). Myers et al. are precisely the sort of people Jesus has in mind here. ... they are people who deserve to be called swine, because they have made themselves swine by their actions. Our orders as Catholics are clear: Don't imagine that argument will do you any good when you are dealing with people who have lost the good of the intellect. Pray for them, certainly. But pray that they repent, not that they get clearer explanations of things they already know but refuse to admit -- such as, "You don't go around vandalizing what is not yours."
... Our task is to realize that our principal audience is not Myers and his vicious crew, but all the onlookers in our culture, who want to know if there is any real difference between Catholics and Myers.
Show them, by your actions, that there is. The world is watching."
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