Friday, October 30, 2009
First Maureen Dowd, now hipster-atheist Richard Dawkins:
What major institution most deserves the title of greatest force for evil in the world? In a field of stiff competition, the Roman Catholic Church is surely up there among the leaders. . . .
The Anglican church does not cleave to the dotty idea that a priest, by blessing bread and wine, can transform it literally into a cannibal feast; nor to the nastier idea that possession of testicles is an essential qualification to perform the rite. . . .
I suppose we in the academy are used to smart people saying dumb things. But this latest outreach by the Pope to Anglicans seems to bringing out the worst in people. One wonders if the United Kingdom's increasingly vigilant hate-speech police will come knocking on Dawkins' door? (Probably not.)