Thursday, July 24, 2008

PZ went and did it!

The cracker is now dead.

(for the religiots -- wait three days)

The cracker won't "rise again" because it was unleavened bread.

It was a wonderfully enlightening essay on the history of "host desecration" that I hope every cracker worshipper will read and take to heart. And the final act of PZ's defiance - putting the rusty nail through the wafer and throwing it in the trash, was poetically apropos. Of course, the pages from the Koran and the God Delusion were simply icing on the cake (cheese on the cracker?).

As he says in the final paragraph:

"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."

It will be interesting to see the depth of hatred, threats and personal insults hurled at Dr. Myers over the next few days, once this gets out further into "intertubes" space. For his own sake, given the threats of physical harm and death (I'm completely ignoring the threats to his "eternal soul" -- since he doesn't have one), I hope he's taken steps to protect himself (notifying law enforcement, being extra vigilant when traveling, keeping a cell phone handy at all times, etc).

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