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July 16, 2008

He Stole Jesus!

Having a Catholic wife is sometimes interesting. As I was raised Lutheran (the original heretics!), I learned at an early age that large-scale powerful organizations were prone to corruption and should be mistrusted. Maybe that’s how I became a libertarian?

That being said, I still ended up getting married in the Catholic church, with a full mass, and a drunken Irish Catholic priest… I made my guests earn their spot at the open bar at the reception, dammit! But I didn’t, and wouldn’t, enter the classes to join the church. Obviously I’ve got my own issues with religion in general, but I know that if I ever made it back to a church of any sort, it wouldn’t be the Catholics.

This story makes me glad not to consider myself amongst their ranks:

A University of Central Florida student claims that he is getting death threats for messing with something sacred.

Webster Cook says that, instead of eating a Eucharist wafer as he was expected to do during the Sacrament of Holy Communion, he smuggled the blessed piece of bread out of mass. Once blessed, the piece of bread is viewed by Catholics as the true Body of Christ.

Catholics worldwide became furious.

Furious? That’s just the start of it. Others started accusing him of committing a hate crime, while many outraged fellow students are issuing complaints to bring him up before the university for a hearing.

Sorry folks… It’s just a cracker. And if you truly believe otherwise, you can believe that this student will receive otherworldly retribution for his actions; you don’t need to be the one to protect Jesus.

Appealing to this student’s respect and tolerance for your beliefs by calmly asking him to return the cracker makes you look magnanimous and coherent. Calling for him to be brought up on hate crime charges for stealing a cracker makes you look childish and insane. Which one do you want to be?

Below The Beltway linked with The Right To Be A Jerk
Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || Trackback URL || Categories: News, Religion


  1. Brad,

    Considering that Catholics believe the consecrated Eucharist to be the actual presence of Christ, it’s somewhat understandable that what this guy did would piss people off.

    Which is probably why he did it, he sounds like one of those people who enjoys in engaging in petty little acts that piss people off.

    That said, I think the idea of calling this a hate crime is stupid — then again I think the very idea of hate crimes is stupid.

    The people who are calling for this guy to be “punished” for this act are clearly over the top, but at the same time I think this guy is really just an immature jerk.

    And I say this as someone who was raised Catholic and married in the Church, but has pretty much drifted away from it over the years.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — July 16, 2008 @ 2:24 pm
  2. While I agree that calling this a hate crime is beyond silly, as I understand it, this guy’s only purpose of swiping the communion wafer (no less than the actual body of Christ in Catholic dogma) was to then go on and do something demeaning with it. So it seems to me all he wanted to do was seriously piss off some Catholics. Well done buddy, it worked. Now he gets to lay in the bed of his own making. So long as no actual harm befalls him, I have no sympathy for this man.

    Comment by Jim — July 17, 2008 @ 10:51 am
  3. Jim,

    I’ve got to say I agree.

    Whatever abuse this guy takes for acting like an immature ass is pretty much of his own making.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — July 18, 2008 @ 1:34 pm
  4. Alright, so let’s go one better. The blogger who I linked above is now also getting death threats over HIS remarks. Do you think that someone simply for stating “It’s just a cracker” should really be put through that sort of treatment?

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — July 18, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
  5. Brad,

    If someone is committing a crime by threatening his life, they should be prosecuted.

    I still submit that the blogger in question is an immature jerk for reasons that Megan McArdle points out here:

    Where she says:

    Would it be okay if I spraypainted obscenities on your mother’s grave because it’s just a piece of highly compressed igneous rock with some lines chiseled into it? How about if I photoshop your a photo of your now-grown child onto a piece of child porn, because after all, no one’s actually hurt by this–it’s just a piece of paper.

    If you reduce symbols to their base physical constituents, then of course it sounds silly to get all excited about them. Nonetheless, you’d probably be pretty damn upset if someone dug up a relative’s grave and desecrated the corpse on the grounds that it’s just some rotting meat.

    People do not live without symbols. The fact that you do not share someone else’s symbols does not give you the right to descrate them. Desecrating other people’s symbols is the act of a bully and a boor.

    In short, the guy had the legal right to do what he did but he’s still an obnoxious jerk.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — July 20, 2008 @ 5:01 am
  6. [...] Brad Warbiany writes about a University of Central Florida student who decided to engage in what some would probably call “performance art”: University of Central Florida student claims that he is getting death threats for messing with something sacred. [...]

  7. Brad I am not a catholic but I believe that we should respect other peoples religions and not do something just to make them made. This guy is paying the conquences of his own actions…Plain and simple.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — July 29, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

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