2008 sacred wafer scandal/Catholic League
|Bill Donohue of The Catholic League said, on 2008-07-24:|
A formal complaint against Myers has already been made. What he did – in both word and deed – constitutes a bias incident, as defined by the University of Minnesota. The policy says that "Expressions of disrespectful bias, hate, harassment or hostility against an individual, group or their property because of the individual or group's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion... can be forms of discrimination. Expressions vary, and can be in the form of language, words, signs, symbols, threats, or actions that could potentially cause alarm, anger, fear, or resentment in others... even when presented as a joke."
The University must now take action and apply the appropriate sanction. We are contacting the president, Board of Regents and the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office at the school, as well as Minnesota's governor and both houses of the state legislature; the Catholic community in Minnesota is also being contacted. Moreover, we are also contacting Muslim groups nationwide.
It is important for Catholics to know that the University of Minnesota will not tolerate the deliberate destruction of the Eucharist by one of its faculty. Just as African Americans would not tolerate the burning of a cross, and Jews would not tolerate the display of swastikas, Catholics will not tolerate the desecration of the Eucharist.
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The comparison with burning crosses and displaying swastikas is, of course, absurd. Those acts were intended to intimidate and threaten, and the threat was both very real and often lethal. PZ was not threatening anybody or their property, unless you take the stance that ownership of a Communion wafer is not transferred – in which case his crime is the destruction of one communion wafer (a mass-produced commodity costing roughly a penny and given out for the purpose of being ceremonially eaten), not threats to any other property or individuals.