Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Creative Killing of the Soul, Method #438: Holding Christ Hostage

From WFTV in Orlando. This kid is quite the jackass. Imagine if he defamed a copy of the Koran to make his point.

A University of Central Florida student, upset religious groups hold church services on public campuses, is holding hostage the Eucharist, an object so sacred to Catholics they call it the Body of Christ.

First, he claims he was beaten up by a woman who was probably an extraordinary minister.

A church leader was watching, confronted Cook and tried to recover the sacred bread. Cook said she crossed the line and that's why he brought it home with him. "She came up behind me, grabbed my wrist with her right hand, with her left hand grabbed my fingers and was trying to pry them open to get the Eucharist out of my hand," Cook said, adding she wouldn't immediately take her hands off him despite several requests.

Then he tries to make it a political statement.

"The church feels that I'm the problem here (probably because you are)," Cook said. "The problem is actually that this is a publicly-funded religious institution. Through student government here, we fund them through an activity and service, so they're receiving student money."

Cook is upset more than $40,000 in student fees have been allocated to support religious organizations on campus for the 2008-2009 school year, according to student government records. He denied he is holding the Eucharist hostage to protest that support.

Really? Then just what the hell do you call it?

Regardless of the reason, the Diocese says its main concern is to get the Eucharist back so it can be taken care of properly and with respect. Cook has been keeping the Eucharist stored in a plastic bag since last Sunday.

Here's a modest proposal for dealing with this guy:


Philip said...

Actually, a better idea might be to just make a very polite and very public request for him to return it. He'll get the publicity he craves, and he might be a bit embarrassed/empowered that he's not willing to return a piece of bread that the crazy Catholics think is actually important.

Throwback said...

My only other alternative involved a woodpile, some rope, and a box of matches.