I think PZ Myers has gone off the deep end. What exactly is a 51-year-old biology professor doing, openly asking his readers to send him eucharistic wafers so that he can video himself desecrating them?
Doesn’t this guy, like, have classes to teach? Or…you know, some research to do?
I have heretofore cut him a lot of slack for his sneering attitude toward Christians–mainly because he’s a good science writer. But this rant and it’s follow ups (Catholics are ‘fuckwits’) is beyond the pale. If in fact the student in question had indeed received death threats for taking the wafer, his rant would at least have a point. Death threats are bad. But if you follow the links to the two stories he posts, neither explicitly contains any evidence that Webster Cook was threatened at all. Cook doesn’t mention phone calls, or emails or actual confrontations with people who told him to watch out. One threatened to break into his dorm room and steal the wafer back.
That’s a death threat??
I’m no fan of Bill Donohue, but if Myers gets disciplined for this irrational incitement by his University, he’ll have no one to blame but himself.