The events of this link:
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/07/the_great_desecration.php (to summarize, atheist blogger PZ Myers obtained a consecrated Catholic Eucharist and then pierced it with a rusty nail and discarded it, along with copies of a Richard Dawkins book and pages ripped from the Quran) happened years ago, I know, but I came across it recently. His self-stated purpose was to show that nothing should be held sacred, and everything should be questioned.
I’m most interested in the reaction from Catholics and other Christians: most seemed to be horrified (for example http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2008/07/pz-myers-desecrates-the-euchar.html and http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1465).
The great anger is not surprising; after all, it is a sacred object to many. But isn’t it hypocritical for Catholics to express such shock and outrage at this, yet they venerate the Biblical Abraham (who destroyed his fathers idols), and numerous Saints who destroyed false idols and graven images in the name of their religion (like Saint Abraham of Rostov and Saint Christina of Bolsena)? Isn’t it obvious that their outrage is at someone daring to desecrate THEIR sacred object, not the desecration of sacred and venerated objects in general?