The current and ongoing dust-up regarding the call by The Catholic League for the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota and its President, Bob Bruininks, to take action against Biologist, Professor and Scienceblogs.com blogger PZ Myers (PZ stands for Paul Zachary) seems to be turning into one of the largest events not related directly to a presidential candidate or a major international level disaster such as the recent Earthquake in China.
(Note: The “Catholic League” is widely recognized by actual Catholics as very rarely representing their point of view. It is kind of the right-wing wing of the Church. All the Catholics I know who are aware of this organizaiton are rather embarrassed about the “Catholic League”)
Only a couple of days into the event, a very refined Google search, which seems to be bringing up only sites that related directly to this issue, returns 1,320 current hits (Many of these are aggregaters and other non-real sites, but this gives an order of magnitude estimate). The vast majority of these, based on a close look by me (but I did not read every one) are in support of PZ Myers.
The following is a list of some of the key Internet items related to this event, for your consideration. These are listed in the order that I encountered them, so the first are PZ’s, then a few others that were sent to me or that I bumped into because they are on my daily radar screen, then (the majority) are randomly encountered from Google. I did not exclude any based on their position regarding this issue, though I did exclude redundant references from aggregaters.
From PZ Myers:
The post that started it all was PZ Myers’ response to a bizarre news story concerning a young man’s attempt to abscond from a Catholic Church with a Eucharist. The young man’s actions may have been obnoxious, or they may have been an act of what I would call “civil disobedience” (though it was not against the government), or it may have been something else. But most agree that the reaction by the church goes (if accurately reported), the curch officials, and the larger church itself were far, far beyond reason. Read the post: IT’S A FRACKIN’ CRACKER!. (I took a different view from PZ’s. If that interests you, have a look here and here.)
The PZ Myers Wikipedia entry is here.)
The following is the full list of PZ Myers posts on this issue as of this writing. Note that there is a technical difficulty that happens on some blogs that is addressed here. Every time a page is viewed, all the comments left by readers on that page need to be fetched from a database and turned into something readable. That ties up the server when there are several hundred comments. When there are too many comments on one post, the post has to be “closed” and another post re-opened to accept additional comments. So, in order for the entire Scienceblogs.com network to not shut down from intensive use, Myers has had to close posts and re-open new ones just to accomodate the thousands of comments he is recieving (again, the vast, vast majority favorable to his position).
IT’S A FRACKIN’ CRACKER!
Now I’ve got Bill Donohue’s attention
Fight back against Bill Donohue!
Internet getting full, here’s a new hole to dump comments into
Can this possibly get more insane?
I get email — special cracker edition!
This last item is a listing of some of the hate mail Myers has recieved recently. The following is an example of the sort of thing we see there:
The Catholic League is going after your job because you are a vile anti- Catholic bigot who really does deserve to pay a high price professonally for such a public act of contempt for the Catholic faith of tens of millions of your fellow countrymen. I intend to write to your University and support the call for disciplinary action against you (and encourage all my colleagues to do likewise) for misusing your University’s resources to express hatred and for my faith.
I would like to note that Pharyngula, the blog PZ Myers writes, is in no way affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
Here is a site meant to accumulate letters of support for Myers (a sort of public “cc).
The following is a list of additional sites expressing opinions on this. Normally, if I wanted to create a list of this type, I would try to be comprehensive. This is not possible at this time. Fee free to look at my Google Search if you want to see more! Also, if you have a post on this topic, feel free to add it to the comments below.
PZ is Being a Very Bad Boy
When religion goes berserk!
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