“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” Karol Cardinal Wotyla (Sept. 1976)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Catholic League to the Rescue: Bigot PZ Myers

As many of your know, the Catholic League issued a press release on PZ Myers, who on his blog stated he wants people to send him the Eucharist so he can "treat it with profound disrespect and heinous [Eucharist] abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web."
What make this vile man even more incredible is that he is a college professor at the University of Minnesota, with access to an educational platform and captive students who sadly may need to take his course.

The Catholic League is requesting that all decent people contact the President of his university and express their disgust and outrage at the Catholic-bigotry this man spewed.

Contact UMN President Robert Bruininks at bruin001@umn.edu .

The Catholic League, and myself, have also confirmed the Myers’ had a link to his blog up on his university profile page at the university, so his writings on this blog are not a segregated, extracurricular endeavor. The University also has a strict code of conduct that comes into question. Are we also to believe that Myers has never worked on his blog on or with university property paid for with taxpayers funds? Thankfully, they can retrieve all internet records from any computer on campus which might be the smoking gun for Myers' dismissal. The fact that the blog link has been removed very quickly is interesting because it tells us that the University is siding with the Catholic League intially and knows there is a problem.

A few additional thoughts:

Freedom of speech in no way protects you from the backlash from the reactions your words could ignite. It in no way protects you from the public asking for a just remedy. Ask Don Imus, or sportscaster Jimmy the Greek. Both men were fired from lucrative jobs because public outraged called for it and they said stupid things against a certain race. If Mr. Myers joins this list, it will be well deserved and warranted as he did the same.

Secondly, when you blatantly profane someone’s religion (and we are not talking a civil exchange of ideas), you are then trouncing on and violating another Constitutionally guaranteed freedom that we have in America, the freedom of religion. The right to worship freely without persecution. Myers violated about 75 million American Catholics' Constitutional rights with his rants. Again, worthy of dismissal.

Finally, I could not think of a better person to handle this situation than Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. PZ Myers has no experience in defending himself against a retribution campaign on the scale that the Catholic League will launch or possible lawsuit. However, Mr. Donohue has the utmost experience in all America in defending the Catholic Faith and getting retribution from the associations that house these bigots. Mr. Myers will be working on his C.V. shortly and it will be very hard for him to be re-hired in any academic setting when he has a hateful diatribe of paper trails that any potential employer can access to see the true, dark heart of this man.


Leticia said...

I hope you're right, but I'm afraid that in the largely atheistic academic/scientific circles we saw in the movie, "Expelled" anti-Catholicism may be mistaken a intellectual courage.I pray we are not making an intellectual martyr of Meyers, which may boost his stock as a professor.
Our best hope for victory here is if Catholics threaten to pull out of University of Minnesota en masse. I know I would never send them another dime until they canned PZ Meyers.
Money talks, when conscience fails.

A Voice in the Crowd said...

Let them have Myers as their martyr, we will stay with Christ as ours.

Like anyone with a non-physical illness, Myers will have to hit rock bottom before he starts evaluating his life and looking in the ugly mirror, and the mistakes he made.

Interestingly, I have been monitoring this story very closely and the sentiment on some of the atheist blogs are even changing saying while they support Myers belief in atheism, he was dead wrong with this hateful post. There are decent people in all groups of people.

A Voice in the Crowd said...

One other comment Leticia, it is better to get a guy like PZ Myers out in the open then let him work under the radar. He is more dangerous under the radar, just my opinion.

John Michael said...

Great commentary!

What a disgruntled professor. He needs some healing.

Can you do me a favor and tell me what you think about the priest's spiritual advice posted on my blog.
Thank you.