A Happy Ending to USF “Priest=Toilet” Controversy

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A few days ago, I told you the story of an anti-religious incident at the University of South Florida, in which a professor had equated priests with excrement.  I had contacted the professor, Dr. Timothy Weil, for comment; but instead, I received a response from his dean, Dr. Julianne Serovich.  The case was being reviewed, she assured me, and a response would be sent to the Catholic League.I expected the usual “academic-freedom-blah-blah” sort of statement to be issued by USF.  I expected a … [Read more...]

Priest = Toilet? Professor’s Crude Analogy Draws Fire from Catholics – UPDATED

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A college professor holds up a picture showing a priest holding a crucifix on one side, and a toilet on the other side.  Between the two images is an equal sign.“What does this mean?” he asks his audience.Someone quickly yells, “They’re both full of shit!”The audience laughs; and the professor gleefully strolls around the classroom, repeating the refrain. *     *     *     *Does this bother you?  Well, it bothers the Catholic League; and it bothers me.I’m bothered o … [Read more...]

Michelangelo’s David – and the World’s Worst Toilet

Michelangelos David

Some days one idea catapults into another, with the result that the sublime slams headlong into the ridiculous, producing a flaming nonsequitur of a blog post.  Today is one of those days.I read that on September 13, 1501, Michelangelo began carving what is perhaps his pièce de résistance, the 17-foot marble sculpture of David, the Renaissance ideal of perfect humanity.   And I remembered the day we saw [well, ALMOST saw] The Statue, and the day I saw The Toilet.We, eight of us, were on a … [Read more...]