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The Pope Is Drowning In God’s Tears

Warning! The Bible contains descriptions of violence, obscenity, and filth. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN

For weeks now, the Pope has continued his long established policy of ignoring the allegations of rape being perpetrated on children by his cadre of priests. This is not only astounding for the obvious moral hypocrisy but also because the church has been through this before. The Catholic church dealt with all of these allegations years ago in the United States. Their policy of avoidance and subterfuge didn’t work then. What made them think it would work for this round of child rape charges that are originating from Europe?

Didn’t God give Moses a list of suggestions that we should try to live by? Hmmm… I think one had to do with baring false witness or something, you know, lying. You may be asking yourself, “why doesn’t the church just accept responsibility and apologize?”

Simple. Money.

It is sadly ironic that a church that bases its foundations on the teachings of Jesus Christ should be making rudimentary moral decisions based on economics. Remember, Jesus was alleged to be a man of the people who held the meek and impoverished in his favor. The meekest of Jesus’ flock, of course, being the children! The Pope has chosen to ignore and deny any opportunity for justice or protection from the very ones that Jesus loved the most. Remember, Pope Ratzinger knew for years that children were being raped and, instead of helping to bring the guilty under his charge to justice, he just moved them to a fresh and unsuspecting hunting ground. How many children could have been psychologically saved if Ratzinger had followed his “savior’s” example. In stark contrast, Ratzinger chose to be his brother’s keeper . And by brother’s keeper, I mean keeping his brothers out of prison.

All of this because he knew, and rightfully so, that lawsuits would start cropping up all over the place. In the end it comes down to money.

The Catholic church, with its ornately robed, gold jewel be-speckled leaders, and it’s opulent architecture should have learned one lesson long ago from Jesus. The love of money is the root of all evil.

Abortion, Religion, and Deadly Force

A man in Dallas, Texas is facing charges after explicitly stating (by filing papers in a federal court) that he will use deadly force to stop an abortion. In the filing, he asked for a restraining order against law enforcement, asking that “officers not be allowed to harm him if he had to harm someone else.” He went so far as to name the specific clinic along with the date and the time when he would pay his visit.

From the MSNBC article:

Erlyndon Joseph “Joey” Lo, 27, of Plano, filed documents there Friday saying his religious beliefs entitled him to use deadly force to prevent an abortion. He listed the name of a clinic, its address and the time he was going to show up — noon that day.

“I plan on saving at least one human life in Dallas, Texas,” Lo wrote.

Fortunately, the FBI takes these kinds of threats pretty seriously, especially one that includes such detailed specifics, and Lo is now facing two charges, one for using interstate commerce to communicate a threat to injure and another for threatening force to “intimidate and interfere” with clients and employees of a reproductive health clinic.

Twenty-seven year old Lo, a Southern Methodist University law school graduate who lives with his parents, is serving as his own attorney, which may explain the absurd nature of the class-action lawsuit that he’s filing, seeking “more than $999 trillion in damages.” He’s also asking the court to pay him $1,000 per hour in attorney fees. He has also filed suit against the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to outlaw abortion.

Like almost all abortion rights opponents, Lo’s stance is based on religious belief.

From the Dallas News article:

He says he has been a Christian since he was in fourth grade.

“I accepted Christ into my life when watching TV. Some guys were really strong and breaking ice. They invited me to accept Jesus into my life and ask him to forgive me for the ways I sinned. I did so, and I was changed,” according to his site.

After doing “a lot of research on Wikipedia and the Internet,” he “decided to become a Catholic. Today I am a good Catholic, and I’ve never been better.”

And from the MSNBC article (emphasis mine):

“My religious beliefs include the beliefs that an individual is alive at the moment of conception, abortion is murder and is the worst murder of all murders possible because these babies are completely defenseless, and I am entitled under my religious beliefs to use deadly force if necessary to save the innocent life of another,” Lo wrote.

Where Lo differs (outwardly, anyway) from many others who oppose abortion rights is in his belief that he is entitled to use deadly force. Whether he thinks this makes him a sort of “holy warrior” is unclear, but what is clear is that religious belief is the root cause of his self-righteous, extremist stance. Not rational thinking, not reasoned morality, not scientific fact, not biology… religion.

This isn’t some radical form of Islam, either. Lo is Catholic. Not only is he Catholic, but he considers himself a “good Catholic.” There are, of course, those who will say that he’s not a “real” Catholic, but for every person who says that, there are plenty more who will make identical counter claims. It’s the “No True Scotsman” fallacy and doesn’t hold water. He’s a true Catholic… a true Christian… as much as any other Catholic Christian. Obviously he holds some varying beliefs from some other Christians, but that doesn’t make him less of one.

Religion encourages fuzzy thinking and superstition. It encourages unquestioning acceptance without supporting evidence. It encourages blind obedience in (questionable) authority. It encourages a self-righteous, unwavering belief that it, alone, reveals truth, defines morality, and creates meaning.

It creates a self-perpetuating fantasy world… where people like Joseph Lo thrive.

Anderson Cooper Keeps Scientology Honest!

Scientology - It must be real, they use beakersKudos to Anderson Cooper. There are few members of the main stream media who are willing to confront the "nuttery" of the church of Scientology directly. For those of you who have not been watching Anderson Cooper’s 5 part series, here is a video:

I highly recommend watching this series. Anderson not only discusses violence in Scientology, but he directly calls out it’s leader, David Miscavige. I found this series particularly interesting because I have had the opportunity to speak to a member of the Sea Org myself. The gentleman I spoke to over six months ago, confirmed that violence was a regular occurrence with the church. This former member personally described seeing a violent attack perpetrated by a ranking member of the church. As this person described, he witnessed an attack in a computer room within the celebrity center. Check out the video!

The Catholic church in a nutshell…right where it belongs! I’m with Dan!

Priests - Hide your children

This quote was just released in a piece from the Associated Press:

“Jews “know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms,” said Cantalamessa, a Franciscan priest.”

Hmmm, where to begin? Let’s start with the obvious. Yes, Jews do know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence. Let’s break this statement down now. The key word in this sentence is “victims”.  What is the definition of the word “victim”?

Well Dictionary.com says:

1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: a victim of an automobile accident.

2. a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.

3. a person or animal sacrificed or regarded as sacrificed: war victims.

4. a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.

Well, definition number one and three certainly do pertain to the historic plight of the Jewish people. I really don’t see how any of these definitions pertain to the Catholic hierarchy though. Wait. Lets look at definition number four. Hmmm, “a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.” Now this one looks like it could work for the Catholic church…but wait, I think it works better for all the children who have been forcibly raped by leaders of the Catholic church. Yeah, I think it works better in that context.

Sorry Father Cantalamessa, but nice try! Your arrogance is astounding. How dare you compare your vaunted child raping hierarchy and willful cover up by participating leaders to war ravaged, holocaust-surviving Jews. You have now compounded the ignorance and arrogance, once only believed to have existed within the Catholic church. What type of megalomaniacal mind could possibly try to spin victimhood for the Catholic church?

To all of you pedophiles out there the Catholic church would like you to know, you’re not alone, they feel your pain. You poor victimized pedophiles.

You’ve got to be kidding me!

Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, the Pope’s "personal preacher" is evidently comparing critics of Benedict and the Catholic church to Hitler.

When I read that, my mouth dropped and my reaction was "Are you f**king kidding me?!"

Calling someone out for enabling and protecting child molesters is like killing Jews? This is just more to add to the growing mountain of evidence indicating that the Catholic Church hierarchy is not only morally bankrupt, but outrageously despicable.

I’m am officially disgusted.

Webcomic: Jesus’s First Birthday

My first attempt at a webcomic…

Jesus's First Birthday

(Thanks to Mike for the collaboration)

Great news!

Scott Roeder, the man who murdered Dr. George Tiller, received a life sentence for his crime, with no eligibility for parole for at least 50 years.

During his trial, Roeder testified that he killed Tiller in a bid to save unborn children.

In a rambling statement in court Thursday, Roeder blamed Tiller’s death primarily on the state for not outlawing abortion.

"I stopped him so he could not dismember another innocent baby. Wichita is a far safer place for unborn babies without George Tiller," Roeder said.

Roeder is a religious psychopath and deserves to be locked away. Regardless of whether or not you support abortion rights, it’s a legal procedure and Roeder’s arguments carry no weight whatsoever.

Tiller’s attorney called the murder "domestic terrorism" and I wholeheartedly agree. Not only can it be labeled domestic terrorism, but it can be labeled "religiously-based" domestic terrorism… and there are plenty of examples to back that up, including the "Army of God" website mentioned in the article.

Tom Tomorrow rounds up the crazy

Tom Tomorrow rounds up some denialist, right-wing, anti-science, creationist crazy… all in one comic.

This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Google Reader makes me laugh

I’m a little behind, so my unread post counts in Google Reader have been building up. Today, my "Atheism" category made me laugh.

Google Reader Post Counts

Jesus, Mo, and Ratzinger

As a follow-up to Craig’s post about Pope Ratzinger, a Jesus and Mo comic seems exceptionally appropriate.

Jesus and Mo - Visit

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