Richard Parncutt, the Australian systematic musicologist who entertained us over Christmas with an essay demanding the death penalty for global warming deniers, now faces disciplinary action from the University of Graz. It could result in his suspension or dismissal.
Parncutt’s latest indiscretion is to call for the Pope’s execution, on grounds of ‘premeditated mass murder’. He writes on his blog: ‘I am talking about the current pope, because his continuing refusal to make a significant change to the church’s position on contraception will certainly result in millions of further unnecessary deaths from AIDS in the future.’
Christa Neuper, rector of the University of Graz, said Parncutt had inflicted ‘massive damage to the university’s reputation’.
Amazing, the things they get up to in systematic musicology.