ERV found this article on google news and forwarded it to me. It is an interview with PZ Myers of Pharyngula by Jeff Gardner, CEO of CatholicRadioInternational.com. PZ Myers recently caused quite a kerfluffle with his notorious "cracker" post.
According to the article, PZ's post is "No. 1 read and discussed blog post in the world."
That's pretty impressive for a developmental biologist from Morris, Minnesota.
Personally, I think the rhetoric, on both sides, is way too overheated, but I think this passage was pretty interesting.
Donohue and the Catholic League have sounded the alarm, and loudly, about Myers, especially concerning his antics with the Eucharist.
For his part, Donohue called Myers “part egotist, part bigot — his behavior is clearly designed to insult, hurt and intimidate Catholics.
“We want to know what the University of Minnesota [Morris] is going to do about professor Myers,” Donohue continued. “Clearly, the university would act in a situation in which someone was burning a cross to harass African-Americans or spray-painting swastikas to intimidate Jews. Why will they not act in this case?”
I called the university and spoke with Daniel Wolter, director of the news service in the Office of University Relations.
In response to my questions, Wolter e-mailed me a prepared statement in which Jacqueline Johnson, chancellor at the university, said that the school had deactivated the link from the university’s website to Myers’ blog, but would not take any action against Myers because the university and Board of Regents “affirms the freedom of a faculty member to speak or write as a public citizen without institutional discipline or restraint.”Are PZ's actions equivalent to racism? Does the "freedom of a faculty member to speak or write as a public citizen without institutional discipline or restraint" apply to racist and/or hate speech?
Photo: PZ in the snow from PZ's homepage.