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Pope Benedict HEARTS Bishop Richard Williamson: If a Catholic Bishop Denies the Holocaust for “Intellectual” Reasons, Does That Make It Okay?

The short answer is NO. The basic facts around the Holocaust have been so thoroughly documented by historians that for someone with reasonable intelligence to deny those facts, and the convergence of those facts, is evidence of gross anti-intellectual prejudice … Continue reading

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Ongoing Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial in the Catholic Church

Salon.com has an excellent essay today on the tone deafness of the Catholic Church with regard to the Holocaust and Antisemitism. It comes in response to Pope Benedict rescinding the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, an outspoken Holocaust denier, Antisemite, and Freemasonry conspiracy theory … Continue reading

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By Lifting Bishop Richard Williamson’s Excommunication, Has Pope Benedict Just Signalled to the World that Catholicism, Holocaust Denialism, and Fascism Can Go Together?

Bishop Richard Williamson. The Pope just recently lifted the excommunication on this vile anti-Semite and Holocaust denying crank. What is the Pope signalling by lifting the excommunication on this psychologically and emotionally perverse man? Is the Pope saying that he wants people … Continue reading

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Where’s David Hume When You Need Him?

No, the quote below is not from the Onion, but from a news article in the Independent of London:  The Pope has instructed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly the Holy Office of the Inquisition, to draw … Continue reading

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Italian Americans Listen Up! Two Venician Gondoliers Sing a Tune for Our Pizon—Barack Obama!

And notice St. Mark’s briefly behind them:

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Sarah Palin Metaphor Watch: Atlantic Writer Andrew Sullivan Likens the Difficulty of Press Access to Palin as Akin to Trying to Obtain an Audience with the Pope!

Andrew Sullivan today: Why do I feel the McCain campaign is treating the press’s legitimate need to interview Palin like an audience with the Pope? My impression is that the Pope grants easier access. And you don’t need a curtain … Continue reading

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Atheist Dittoheads?: Camouflage, PZ Myers, Rush Limbaugh, and the Corruption of Public Discourse

  I’d like to offer the above old drawing of Native Americans hunting deer as a kind of parable for the PZ Myers Catholic host stealing incident, and for thinking about the corrosive effect of camoflauge on human relations and discourse. There are many … Continue reading

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Think, and Think Different: An Image of William F. Buckley, Catholic Intellectual

  Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, religious or secular, William F. Buckley can be a role model, for he embodied civility and thoughtfulness.

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Santi Tafarella v. PZ Myers: An Agnostic Urges Liberals, Secular and Religious, to Boycott PZ Myers

University of Minnesota biologist, and now illiberal iconoclast, PZ Myers, has managed to get hold of a consecrated host and desecrate it. Here’s his post on it: OK, time for the anticlimax. I know some of you have proposed intricate … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas—Poet?: In a Salon Interview, James Carse Asserts that Poetry Undergirds Religion

James Carse, a retired academic who ran the Religious Studies Program at New York University for 30 years, just came out with a new book titled, The Religious Case Against Belief. In an interview at Salon.com, he said something about Thomas Aquinas … Continue reading

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Can the New Testament Really Be Read as Literature in the Same Way That We Might Read an Auden Poem as Literature? Are You Sure?

It’s probably a safe bet to say that, in American culture, most of the time, when a person approaches the New Testament it’s for life-direction (“What must I do to be saved?”), or for information (“What does Paul say about … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Communion Wafers That Are Sacred: How PZ Myers Puts First Editions of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” and Trilobite Fossils at Risk

University of Minnesota biologist PZ Myers’s iconoclastic stupidity is putting not just Catholics at risk of harrassment, but atheists. He’s attempting to make it socially acceptable to infiltrate the inner sanctum of groups, play their members for fools, and then post … Continue reading

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PZ Myers is Wrong About Host Desecration: An Agnostic Urges Other Agnostics and Atheists to Shun PZ Myers Until He Reaffirms Liberal Values

University of Minnesota biologist, PZ Myers, has seriously dug-in on the host desecration issue, once again confirming his illiberalism. In an interview with the Minnesota Independent this week, there was this exchange: MnIndy: Has the outrcry over your post given you second thoughts … Continue reading

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PZ Myers and The Iconoclastic Temptation: Five Ways that a Cathedral Icon and a Communion Host Are Similar, and Two Reasons This Makes PZ Myers an Iconoclast

Five ways that a cathedral icon of the Virgin Mary and a communion wafer are similar: Both a Virgin Mary icon and a communion wafer are fashioned for a sacred purpose. Cathedral icons and communion wafers are used for purposes of ritual, symbol, … Continue reading

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PZ Myers, Illiberal Iconoclast: Why Catholics, Agnostics, and Atheists Who Value Freedom Should Be United in Their Opposition to What PZ Myers Did

When University of Minnesota biologist, PZ Myers, in a blog to his readers, asked them to “score” consecrated wafers from Catholic churches, and send them to him for Internet desecration, a line was crossed that no sensible liberal, secular or religious, should condone. Mockery, parody, and blasphemy … Continue reading

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The Line Between Blasphemy and Iconoclasm: Why PZ Myers Crossed It, and Why Atheists Should Take Him to Task for Doing So

The right to blaspheme religion—as well as mock irreligion—must be vigorously protected.   This may seem like an uncivil statement, but it is actually the opposite.   Nothing could be more corrosive to human interaction than the inability to express … Continue reading

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Pissing on Baal’s Temple, Burning the School of Socrates, Breaking Icons in Calvin’s Geneva, Blowing Up Buddhas, and Desecrating Crackers: Why PZ Myers Should Apologize—and Why He Probably Won’t

Iconoclasm is the destroying of what is held to be sacred by others. And given the disturbing history of iconoclasm throughout human history, it raises the question of how troubled thoughtful people should be by the University of Minnesota biologist, PZ Myers. … Continue reading

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The Communion Wafer is Not Just a Cracker—But PZ Myers Shouldn’t Lose His Job for Saying So

PZ Myers, a biologist at the University of Minnesota, is an outspoken atheist and opponent of creationism. He has a popular website, Pharyngula, and is known to sometimes hang out with perhaps the best known living biologist and atheist in the world, Richard … Continue reading

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