Saturday, July 12, 2008

All This Over Ritual Cannibalism?

Wow. Much Ado About A Wafer. Who'd have thunk that this story had legs? As mild as this could have been, I suppose that if you piss off enough people, a number of them will react badly. As many have commented, the law cannot possibly take the side of the church in this case without setting a nasty precedent. Support one religion, and where does it end?

P. Z. Meyers’ bad behavior toward the body of Our Savior
Is at minimum appalling, and it’s blasphemy at most!
This is more than merely naughty—this is Christ Almighty’s Body—
There’s a special place in Hell for those who desecrate the Host!

Dr. Meyers would be safer if he just ignored the wafer;
‘Cos the Prince Of Peace has followers who will not mess around.
There’s no blogger, nerd, or hacker who can simply steal a cracker—
These are people who have re-defined the phrase “too tightly wound”.

Now it’s more than merely prattle, it’s a First Amendment battle;
Can the Catholics demand the recognition of their views?
And if transubstantiation is supported by the nation
Will the other faith communities each, likewise, get to choose?

When you lean toward theocratic, it is far from automatic
That the legal recognition of your rituals will follow—
If our goal is “not offending”, then the list is never-ending,
And the spectrum of religions is too big a bite to swallow.

If the nation acts as proxy for one form of orthodoxy
Then the other True Believers could be truly in a lurch;
But our brilliant founding fathers saw through this and other bothers
And decided to prohibit the endorsement of one church.

If believers were offended, that’s what Myers had intended—
While it may not be polite, he has the right to be a jerk;
It’s the nation’s Constitution that prevents his prosecution,
Sure, it’s not the Holy Bible, but it kinda seems to work.


Phunicular said...

Is it single vowel mutation or deliberate desecration
When by poet (priest of parody) a doctor's name is cast?
No! It's transubstantiation when the doctor's appellation
Morphs from Meyers into Myers twixt the first verse and the last.

Mad Marley Grey said...

My question of the name was much itself the same
That's why I'd come in here to ask
But now I clearly see that the poster before me
Was much more ready for the task.

#1 Dinosaur said...

I prostrate myself before your brilliance.

I am so not worthy!

Anonymous said...

Had to link to you in the Skeptics of Carlos, it was that good... certainly better than most blog entries on this nonsense! Thanks and catch you SOON!

sapphoq said...

Excellent verses!
I try to write them but all I do is curses.


bmcworldcitizen said...

Cuttlefish, please, don't be angry or mad,

But I took your fine rhyme, for 'twas there to be had.

I took it and fashioned a kind of a clip,
With jpgs and bitmaps and trembling lip.

Forgive me this outrage, artistic infraction,

I promise attribution to your satisfaction.

Evidence101 said...

An invisible intelligent entity manipulating our lives. *sigh* To think humanity even debates that tripe. CUTTLEFISH what you call religion is blasphemy to every other religion.

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

Welcome back!

Blake Stacey said...

On my soul a deep infection preyed,
A burden cold of contradiction laid
Upon my heart so fickle and so weak,
That from my path I almost strayed

And in a flamewar nearly took a part!
Never can I end what others choose to start,
So learned I did the proper time to speak
And when to silent case my verbal dart,

For when the bloggers act like drama queens,
And trick like idols dying to be seen,
No matter what the course I seek
I only worse the dismal scene!

But perhaps I can not quite waste my time
If I turn to slapdash meter and obtrusive rhyme. . . .

Anonymous said...

*hugs Blake* - never mind. Have some cheese instead!

Gadfly said...

I burned a Bible once myself... for the irony of the religious background of book burners of the past.