A Minnesota university instructor has again provoked a national Catholic watchdog group — and this time he’s thrown in a jab at Islam as well.

Paul Z. Myers, who teaches biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, on his blog this week posted a photo of a communion wafer with a rusty nail through it, and torn pages from the Qur’an and a book by biologist Richard Dawkins that scoffs at the notion of a superior being.

“I didn’t want to single out just the cracker,” Myers wrote in a blog entry dated Thursday, “so I nailed it to a few ripped-out pages from the Qur’an and [Dawkins’] ‘The God Delusion.’ They are just paper. Nothing must be held sacred. Question everything.

“God is not great, Jesus is not your lord, you are not disciples of any charismatic prophet. You are all human beings who must make your way through your life by thinking and learning, and you have the job of advancing humanities’ knowledge by winnowing out the errors of past generations and finding deeper understanding of reality.”

In response, the Catholic League, a civil rights group that challenges any instances it sees as an affront to Catholicism, said Thursday in a statement that Myers has violated the university’s policy on expressions of bias and must be disciplined. (MORE)


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