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So This Is What Being a Target of the Religious Right Is Like ("CrackerGate" Goes on)

It's actually quite entertaining.
Note from Joshua H: Whatever you think of PZ Myers, you've got to admit that he's friggin' smart. We don't cross-post his geekier, more scientific posts, but readers of his blog, Pharyngula, know that he often takes incredibly complex issues in biology, simplifies them and condenses them down into a relatively digestible form for the lay person -- those of us who don't happen to be experts in, say, mollusks. I wouldn’t tangle with his intellect; I’m not fond of looking like a fool.

I'll admit I can't get through a whole piece by Crunchy-Conservative Rod Dreher -- I've tried -- but I do read Roy Edroso, who shreds his stuff quite regularly, and with hilarious effect, and I have to say I feel kind of sorry for the guy. This is no match -- Myers is truly joined in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. And as you'll see below, Dreher’s the sharpest tack in the box, by far.


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It actually feels kind of good, considering that my job is secure, and that these critics are looking increasingly rabidly insane. I just sit back and watch their hysteria grow. Case in point: Rod Dreher, who seems to be crawling the walls and screaming right now. In his 'review' of the desecration issue, nowhere does he mention the cause: the violent over-reaction of Catholics to a student in Florida walking away from Mass with a communion wafer, and the subsequent uproar calling for expulsion and punishment from Bill Donohue.

His parting shot to believers: "Nothing must be held sacred."

He doesn't believe that, of course. The hateful Dr. Myers and his spittle-flecked supporters insist that their right to profane symbols that Catholics and Muslims hold most sacred is absolute and sacrosanct. To be sure, there's little doubt that what he did - obtaining a consecrated Host and a copy of the Quran and defiling them - violates no criminal statute.
PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He runs the science blog, Pharyngula.
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