Sorry for the brief notes. I’ll try to post something of substance once life settles down a bit.
1.) Rate Your Students shutting down. I have mixed feelings about this. Since I do tech support I see the seedy underbelly of just how horrible college students can be. Then again I’ve been treated horribly by a very, very few faculty, as well. I think there’s plenty of ill will and malice on both sides. Do I think that college students should be more with it and less consumer minded? Sure. But I wonder what kind of example blogs like that are, to begin with.
I’m sure it wouldn’t be difficult to figure out who I am. I think my real name is attached to my email, anyway. However, I don’t write anything here I wouldn’t want my grandmother reading, and that also goes for future academic employers. I have nothing to hide. If they’re going to discriminate against me because I’m a Catholic gamer-geek, who likes to opine on video games and meatless lunch ideas, then they aren’t worth working for. Ditto for any dean who’d order me to take this site down.
2.) Chocolate Jesus. I don’t see the offense. Chocolate? Catholics shouldn’t be offended at the association of Christ with food. We do it every day. Maybe it’s a commentary on the consumerism edging into religion. Naked Jesus? Not like every other man on the planet doesn’t have the same parts. If Jesus were truly human and truly divine, I don’t see what the big deal is. Nor do I understand why the male nude form is always a sex object or something “dirty.” Hello, sexist? If anything, I think it would be a good reminder of the humiliation He faced, as well as a poignant reminder of His humanity. I sincerely doubt the Romans were concerned for the modesty of those condemned. Plus, there have been anatomically correct statues for thousands of years. There’s nothing shameful about the human figure. Naked is not always sexual. If anything, it’s less sexual, since I seem to recall a study that humans are more aroused by what isn’t seen than what is.
If you’ll pardon the vulgarity, Bill Donohue needs a warm cup of STFU. I resent that he thinks he speaks for all Catholics, and I doubly resent his and Cardinal Egan’s philistine understanding of art.