Inappropriate Disposition of the Host

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

Navarre, Florida, resident Jackie Trebesh was pulled over by a Santa Rosa County deputy and given a trespass warning after leaving mass at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze. She was also denied communion during mass. Here crime? Someone said her daughter, Kelly, had improperly disposed of the host in the parking lot.

The host being the communion wafer.

The priest had requested the traffic stop, and she and her daughter were issued trespass warnings.

Trebesh thinks someone saw her daughter spit out gum in the parking lot. When asked if the evidence had be verified, Peggy Dekeyser, the communications officer for the diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, declined comment.

If the priest wants to enforce his crazy mumbo-jumbo and deny communion to one of his sheep, that’s one thing. But for a deputy sheriff to use his official capacity to enforce that punishment outside the church is beyond the pale.

H/T: Pharyngula.

38 thoughts on “Inappropriate Disposition of the Host

  1. FFLEO,

    Have you ever seen a really silly movie called “Erik the Viking”?

    Since I know you are an atheist, the reason I ask is all of the Vikings go on an adventure that takes them to Valhalla, but they’ve got a Christian missionary with them. The entire time they are in Valhalla, the Christian is wandering around saying things like “Who are you talking to?” and walking through doors as if they weren’t there.

  2. “How precisely is this trespassing? The two were on the property lawfully to begin with. ”

    No. This is using the state to intimidate people you don’t like. The church is private property and I thought trespass was a civil matter.

  3. As part of my religious upbringing my church youth group attended services at many different denominations over the course of a year. It was a dazzling array of “mumbo-jumbo. Some churches were very open & welcoming, others not so much. I’m sure part of that was the result of the head of the local franchise. Had we attended services at a different location of the same denomination I believe it was very likely to be a different experience in some cases.

    A few refused us communion since we were not baptized the same as them. It seemed odd since the church I grew up in said it was Christ’s meal, not the churches so all were welcome, even the unbaptized. But they also taught that what we were doing was symbolic. I always thought it creepy to believe you were actually eating human flesh & drinking human blood.

  4. Rafflaw,

    If I remember correctly Emperor Constantine issued a law against “belief in cannibalism.”

    It was another blow against the Celtic Christians. You see, the Druidic tradition of ceremonial cannibalism and the Christian tradition of Transubstantiation fit well together.

    Another piece of the propaganda war was teaching that the Apple was the Fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. That was because grapes don’t grow well in most of the British Isles, so when Christianity spread their it adopted the native use of hard cider in rituals.

  5. Mmmmm. Hard cider.

    I would like to point out though that a Chocolate Jesus goes well with either cider or wine.

  6. Gyges,

    I rarely say this about your booze or food suggestions, but “Ewwwwwwww!” Plus I can’t drink Scotch. Too much fusel oil.

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