The National Catholic Register this week addressed the PZ Myers' sacrilege. They have a readership about 70-100,000, mostly very devout Catholics, so expect more calls to Chancellor Johnson.
VCR friend, Tom Hoopes, editor of the NCR, does a five-star job in his editorial defining the heart of the atheist mentality, whether government or university sponsored:
"But what the Chinese regime and the cranky professor do have in common is their atheism — and their behavior in both cases is a direct result of the same source.
Atheists would have you believe that Christians are the intolerant ones... They will even look to excesses from centuries ago (the Inquisition, the Crusades, witch hunts) as typical Christian behavior. (Blogger Note: Myers called my previous post listing all his posts on university time a "witch hunt".)
Yet, in our own lifetime, we have seen more murder perpetrated by atheist persecutors than the Church has been guilty of in her entire history. It is the atheists who have killed tens of millions of Christians in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, Mexico, and elsewhere. In China they killed more than they have anywhere else — and have not necessarily stopped.
It’s the government in Beijing that is cracking down on opponents... and it’s atheistic science professors like PZ Myers who go out of their way to belittle and offend those who disagree with them...
That’s because the logic of atheism is self-centered, by its very nature. Most atheists, of course, don’t lash out at their opponents. But with nothing to restrain them but the limits of their own ferocity, it’s not uncommon for atheists to grow violent and hateful.
Atheists want to believe that they live in a world that wasn’t created. They define the world, decide what truth is and isn’t, on their terms, and in a sense become their own creators. Their moral choices and actions aren’t limited by anything but their own imaginations and self-restraint.
The atheist mentality will thus see any appeal to a higher power as an attack on its own egoism, a threat to the world it has created. There is no special reason for an atheist to believe that he should temper his anger or the force he uses to respond to it."
Kudos, Tom. You should have majored in psychology.