A Couple More Quickies From BillDo

In case you woke up this morning thinking, “Gee, I wonder what Bill
Donohue is waxing wroth over today?”, there are a couple more items at
Catholic League website:

First of all, he’s
predictably pissed
that the
University of Minnesota Morris
code of employee conduct can’t be used to fire PZ Myers for being rude
to a piece of bread on his own time.

Apparently in Billy’s world, if you have a beer after work, you can be
fired because your employer has a rule against drinking on the job.

I was more intrigued by the other headline,
Eucharist Mocked in R.I. Play,
about the play
You’re Eating God
that just completed its run in Providence, RI.

According to
one review,

The title of the piece by Rachel Caris comes from one
of its lines, which one character delivers after seeing another
character ravenously eat a pile of Eucharistic hosts. People do
strange things when they’re hungry. And that’s inevitable after living
four months in a 1960s backyard bomb shelter.

Caris’ play mocks the mentality of the Cold War, and
satirically questions the conventions of Catholicism. And while there
is social, political and religious commentary, at heart Eating serves
up a character study, where the characters — mother, father, son,
daughter, grandmother and grandfather — are all quirky from the start.
And they get quirkier with every passing captive and stir-crazy day in
the bomb shelter.

Sounds like fun. I wonder if Caris will be touring within play-going
distance of here.

But according to BillDo,

Catholic schoolboy traditions are fair game for a play
that pokes gentle fun at Catholicism. But that is not what this play
is about: There is nothing gentle about mocking the Eucharist. This
should be known even to those who are not Catholic.

So now it’s not even okay to eat prop hosts to make fun of catholic
superstitions? I can’t express my feelings properly because I can’t
find the Unicode code point for “world’s smallest violin”.

I’ll leave the last word to Christopher Hitchens, from his
introduction to
The Portable Atheist:

A terrible thing has now happened to religion. Except in the places
where it can still enforce itself by fear superimposed on ignorance,
it has become one opinion among many. It is forced to compete in the
free market of ideas and, even when it strives to retain the old
advantage of inculcating its teachings into children (for reasons that
are too obvious to need underlining), it has to stand up in open
debate and submit to free inquiry.

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