This week, watching as the Dáil debates on the Criminal Justice and Defamation bills were guillotined, I found myself considering what to do.

Writing to my TDs didn’t help. Only one of them replied, and he voted for the bill anyway. So how should I protest?

A year ago, a student in Florida received death threats because he didn’t consume a communion wafer he wanted to show to a friend.

In reaction to the overreaction, PZ Myers announced in his blog that he wanted a consecrated wafer, which he would ‘treat with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web.’

At first, I thought Myers reaction was over the top. Then Dermot Ahern made blasphemy a crime.

Cracker desecration seems to be exactly what the justice minister had in mind when he banned anything ‘that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion; and he or she intends, by the publication of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage.’

So, does anyone know where I can find some holy crackers for the Atheist Ireland AGM?

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.


  1. im not huge fan of stirring shit for the sake of it, but i was impressed with this

    the wafer, transubstantiation, that blessed bread turns into the actual ‘the body and blood of christs’ is the most irrational thing about Catholicism, its the one thing where they really put themselves out to say something unreal is real. its unique to Catholicism afaik and its relevant to this countries ””’Catholicism””’

  2. If you really think they need to be consecrated, I’m happy to do the job — via cable-modem! — for a very attractive price indeed. And I guarantee they will be every bit as much real raw bleeding gobbets of godflesh (in substance if not accidents) as the authentically Roman variety. C’mon now, can’t beat that offer with a big stick.

  3. Tempted as I am, I have to decline your offer. No sense going half measures on this. I need the Real Thing ™.

    Or the Unreal Thing, depending on your point of view.

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