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YouTube chickens out

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

It’s happened: craven YouTube has pulled all of the eucharist desecration videos. Click on one and you’ll just get the message, “This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.” FSMdude’s account has also been suspended. There is no description of what rule was violated; I guess we must presume that YouTube is now in the business of defending religious dogma.

Catholics are natural censors and cowards, aren’t they?


I deny the Holy Spirit and Eucharist desecration #1

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on August 25, 2008

Benjamin Collard Speaks out on the Webster Cook Eucharist Ordeal

Posted in Greg Laden's Blog by Skepdude on August 14, 2008

On June 29th, 2008, University of Central Florida student and student officer Webster Cook was involved in the incident that has since become known as Crackergate. Mr. Cook, while trying to leave the premises of the the school’s Catholic Church with the un-swallowed bread that is believed by some Catholics to be Jesus Christ, was physically assaulted and restrained. Later, Cook filed charges against the Deacon of the church who had physically attacked him, and the Church, for hazing (the most relevant available campus regulation), which prohibits the forced consumption of food by a student. Cook also filed underage drinking charges because of the consumption of wine by the underage churchgoers.

But these charges were filed only after a series of charges were filed against Cook.

According to Benjamin Collard, Cook’s friend, “there were 3 charges filed against Webster Cook at the office of student conduct.

1-Disruptive conduct- this charge was very vague

2-Misconduct (this is very similar to disruptive conduct)

3-Providing false or misleading information to a university official (a member of CCM claimed that Webster lied about his identity. These charges were dismissed because members of CCM are not university officials, and cannot demand that a person reveal their identity).”

After being reported by PZ Myers on his blog, Pharyngula, this story developed legs of its own on the Internet, and in fact has probably had a long term effect on the debate, ever rising in prominence, between supporters and opponents of Religious Privilege.

Read the rest of this post at the Greg Laden Blog.