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Poop from the Pope

13 Jun

As the celebratory “Year of the Priest” draws to a close, the pope had this to say last Friday, June 11 :

“It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the ‘enemy,’” Benedict XVI said. “He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world.”

The term “the enemy” is a traditional Catholic way of referring to the Devil. [From AP newswire.]

Translated from the traditional gobbledygook, the pope is saying the devil made the pedophile priests do it so people would turn their backs on God, who is represented on earth by the one, holy and apostolic Catholic Church.

If anyone knows about pedophiles in the church, it is Joseph Ratzinger (his real name, or  just-plain-Bennie), himself. From 1981 until his coronation in 2005, he was the Prefect of of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is a direct descendant of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, formed in 1542. [From Wikipedia]

Yes, that Inquisition, still alive and well today, rooting out evil and heresy wherever it is found. To believe that Bennie didn’t  know about the thousands of pervo peds within his ranks for twenty-one years is a crock of  pope poop. German hardliner that he is, it was his job as the Inquisitor to defrock these sickos—not play 52 card shuffle with them. But that, of course, would have tarnished the church’s impeccable image and cost a lot of silver coin.

Understandably, the thousands of victims of pedophile priests aren’t very happy.  Ruined lives, theft of innocence, and betrayal by a trusted adult cannot be dismissed and forgotten by such an idiotic inference by Commander-in-Chief  Ratzinger.

But still, people flock to his church like sheep.

I’m not one of them.

Posted from Chandler, Arizona June 13, 2010.

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Creationism in science lessons?

15 Sep

Once again the thorny issue of teaching creationism in science lessons has been raised. This time, unusually, in the UK media and by a British scientist, Michael Reiss. Although, Mr Reiss is actually suggesting science teachers discuss creationism with students who raise the subject, the debate, inevitably, has turned to whether or not it should form part of the science curriculum. And, once again, the same arguments are being used by advocates, namely that evolution isn’t a fact, it is just a theory. Please people stop it! The word theory has more than one definition, and in a scientific sense it is used thus: 

“A well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena”
Definition courtesy of WordWeb

On the other hand, creationism could be more accurately described as a hypothesis,

“A message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence”
Definition courtesy of WordWeb

To get back to the subject – do I think the creationism hypothesis should be taught as part of school science lessons? No! Most definitely not! Creationism has no more place in a science class than astrology – and that has a far larger following. No science teacher worth the title would even consider teaching a module about the effects of being born on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio with Pisces rising and the same should apply to other forms of belief and superstition.

Of course people are free to believe anything they like, and on the whole the rest of  society should respect that. However, we don’t have to agree with them, nor should we make allowances for their views if it means compromising valid teaching practices.

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A Very Simple Question

13 Aug

On Saturday, at least 50 bodies were found around Iraq, shot execution-style with bullets to the head and chest by warring Sunni- and Shiite-sect Muslims.

On Saturday, Jewish Israel and Shiite Muslim Hezbollah continued unabated their slaughter of the innocents.

On Saturday, 15,000 Catholic Christians rioted in Northern Ireland, burning cars and throwing Molotov cocktails at police, in anticipation of the annual parade of a Protestant (Christian) fraternal organization.

It has long been my understanding that Jews, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, Sunni Muslims, and Shiite Muslims all worship the SAME God, and that they ALL profess to be the descendants of Abraham of the Old (Hebrew) Testament.

I have a very simple question, then: What the HELL is wrong with these children of the same God, these brothers and sisters, these protestors, warriors, executioners, torturers, and mass-homicide bombers?

A post from Arizona, US of A