Sacrilege

Noted science blogger P.Z. Myers decided that it would be clever to have someone score him some communion wafers from a Catholic mass for the purpose of descreting them after he had read this story. This in turn set off an interesting chain reaction: Andrew Sullivan got very upset about this attack on his church at which point some of his readers pointed out that he was a defender of the Danish cartoons that Muslims found similiarly offensive. Others tried to frame it so there was some kind of substantive difference between the cartoons and the wafers, and on it went…

This sort of tactic isn’t that troubling to me as a protestant, I mean most protestants don’t have anything like the doctrine of transubstantiation. We don’t have a lot of icons either, we were the ones who white washed them away. You can’t obliterate them, we did it first. I actually tried to figure out what would be the equivalent for me to filching a communion wafer or drawing a silly picture of Mohammed. The thing is, I can’t come up with much of anything. You could destroy a Bible, but it’s the message more than the physical pages of one copy that is important in Christianity. I don’t know, there’s just not a lot of objects that I feel need some kind of sacred protection.