We get a fair amount of drive by troll comments here at The American Catholic. One such comment appeared in the Apologias thread from a William L. Zimmerman. Here is the comment by Mr. Zimmerman:
Mr. Obama’s apology over the burning of Korans was entirely appropriate. If you really think Muslim outrage over the incident is insincere, think back to when Mapplethorpe’s “Piss Christ” art work was enough to enrage the Christian world. I truly wish you web site would stop posing as a “Catholic” publication. It isn’t. It’s at best a political rag for the American right. Stop misrepresenting my religion to the world. You are as out of touch with the message of Jesus Christ as I can imagine.
In regard to the comment, a hint for Mr. Zimmerman: If you are going to bring up a red herring, it should have some relevance. The banally blasphemous Piss Christ of Andres Serrano, not Maplethorpe, aroused ire largely because it received an award partially funded by the National Endowment of Arts, a taxpayer supported institution, and no one lost their life or suffered any injury in the subsequent completely peaceful protests by Christians and those art lovers who could distinguish art from a con job. As for his critique of The American Catholic, we seem to be in good company when it comes to Mr. Zimmerman’s attempt to drum us out of the Faith.
At the site Our Common Thread, the web site of Catholics United, a George Soros funded astroturf group of Catholic Anti-Catholics, Mr. Zimmerman left this observation about the Bishops:
We Cathoics are like scared school children, even as adults; awaiting Father’s or Sister’s approval before making moral decisions of the sort that can only be done on an individual level. What is right in one situation is wrong in another context. There are no short cuts in moral decision making. But there are a million shades of grey. Catholic Bishops should learn that. But, of course, they are not theologians — they are politicians, interested primarily in retaining their own power, wealth and position at the expense of “their sheep” (us). There is no theological basis for the notion that life begins at conception than there is that it begins at ejaculation. But these right thinking old fools are intent on imposing their views on all of us.
William L. Zimmerman, Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona, PA
I do wish to thank Mr. Zimmerman for his contribution to The American Catholic. He has well performed the essential purpose of any web troll, which is to add a bit of unintentional buffoonery to lighten the proceedings. Well done sir!