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Blasphemy is too education!

This message came by a roundabout route—a reader sent me a link to an Italian blog (translated) that was discussing a protest petition of a ‘blasphemous’ play that is being put on at…the University of Minnesota! The petition is titled “Blasphemy is not education”:

I understand the University of Minnesota plans to stage an anti-Catholic play, “The Pope and the Witch” by Dario Fo, a communist playwright. … I believe this play is blasphemous and not a legitimate expression of academic freedom. I am deeply offended as a Catholic. Together with thousands of TFP Student Action members, I urge you to respect the Catholic Faith and cancel “The Pope and the Witch.”

I beg to differ. Blasphemy is highly educational, and I hope our university can do more of it. We are not here to reassure you that your ignorance and prejudices are alright, we’re supposed to shake up our students.

I’m also amused that all this indignant young person can say about Dario Fo is that he is a communist <gasp!> — right. Dario Fo, winner of the 1997 Nobel for literature. Religion does seem to make for a fine set of blinders, doesn’t it?

I don’t think the petition has had the slightest effect. I hadn’t heard a single word about it until it was mentioned in my email, and the play opens this week. I’m tempted to go, because it should be entertaining and being able to thumb my nose at religious bigots adds a little extra flavor to it. If only we weren’t expecting several more inches of snow later this week…

Comments

  1. #1 Ichthyic
    February 27, 2007

    Contrary to popular belief the catholic church never burnt any scientists for being scientists.

    Giordano Bruno, scientist and friar, burned at the stake in 1600 by the Inquisition for supporting Copernicus’ heretical “sun centered” model.

    I think you are mistaking “scientists being burned” for “falsley accused of traversing with the devil scientists” being burned. I’m sure the church will tell you that they never burned anybody who was innocent.

    I suggest you take a closer look at the workings of the Inquisition (Spanish and otherwise).

    there are a lot of decent books on the subject, IIRC.

  2. #2 Torbj÷rn Larsson
    February 27, 2007

    I’m so jealous. Wonder when atheists will rate enough to get anti-atheist plays?

    Dawkins and Harris inquisition of faith is a start though, seems many religious feels burned at the stake there. But “Dawkins and the Priest” hasn’t quite the same zest.

  3. #3 Torbj÷rn Larsson
    February 27, 2007

    I’m so jealous. Wonder when atheists will rate enough to get anti-atheist plays?

    Dawkins and Harris inquisition of faith is a start though, seems many religious feels burned at the stake there. But “Dawkins and the Priest” hasn’t quite the same zest.

  4. #4 Torbj÷rn Larsson
    March 1, 2007

    I’m so jealous. Wonder when atheists will rate enough to get anti-atheist plays?

    Maybe I’ll write one just for fun. Under a false name.

    Seems like a great idea!

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?
    March 2, 2007

    Giordano Bruno asked if Jesus had also died for the people on other “stars”. That was, apparently, too much.

    ——————–

    Didaskalos (49), not that it matters, but I’m a geek — will you please explain the comma and spelling mistakes? I can’t find any in that sentence.

    And remember: nobody forces you to watch that play. You can just not buy a ticket and not go there. You’re free to stand out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat.

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?
    March 2, 2007

    Giordano Bruno asked if Jesus had also died for the people on other “stars”. That was, apparently, too much.

    ——————–

    Didaskalos (49), not that it matters, but I’m a geek — will you please explain the comma and spelling mistakes? I can’t find any in that sentence.

    And remember: nobody forces you to watch that play. You can just not buy a ticket and not go there. You’re free to stand out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat.

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