Archive for the ‘Not "Real" Christians’ category

Justifying Genocide

June 7, 2010

What kind of a thought process does it take to justify the systematic killing of an entire group of peoples? Ask William Lane Craig. Him and other Judao-Christian creationists believe that the genocides listed in the Bible are ok, since God ordered them. And, if they Israelites had not killed the Canaanites, they would have lived a sinful life, raising their children into it. This irrational train of thought really shows how low an unblinking acceptance of religious literature can drive a person, accepting everything in it as good no matter what it may contain. Once a pattern of thought such as this is adopted, a living group can certainly be deemed unholy, and a modern day Holocaust could occur.
From Craig’s website, Reasonable Faith :

The command to kill all the Canaanite peoples is jarring precisely because it seems so at odds with the portrait of Yahweh, Israel’s God, which is painted in the Hebrew Scriptures.

So then what is Yahweh doing in commanding Israel’s armies to exterminate the Canaanite peoples?  …  How can He command soldiers to slaughter children?

So whom does God wrong in commanding the destruction of the Canaanites?  Not the Canaanite adults, for they were corrupt and deserving of judgement.  Not the children, for they inherit eternal life.  So who is wronged?  Ironically, I think the most difficult part of this whole debate is the apparent wrong done to the Israeli soldiers themselves.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have to break into some house and kill a terrified woman and her children?  The brutalizing effect on these Israeli soldiers is disturbing.

The problem with Islam, then, is not that it has got the wrong moral theory; it’s that it has got the wrong God.

Hector Avalos wrote a great article that available online responding to this atrocious reasoning. Check it out.
Creationists for genocide

Why Don’t Catholic’s Speak Up?

April 18, 2010

Why don’t more Catholics speak up about the atrocious cases of child rape and the Pope refusal to act? Because they know full and well that they would be ostracized for anything other than strict party adherence.

A conservative Catholic group has called on a Massachusetts priest to apologize for suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI should resign if he does not take stronger action to confront the church’s sexual abuse scandal.

Adding its voice to the uproar over the Rev. James J. Scahill’s remarks last weekend (April 3-4), the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts said the priest had effectively accused the pope of lying during four sermons at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Blind allegiance to the church is perhaps the biggest problem that the Catholic Church faces. Scahill’s remarks are totally reasonable, yet he’s being viewed as sinful and needing to apologize for  making them. Why? Well, in totalitarian systems, even as much as questioning the supreme authority of the leader is seen as treasonous. And in Catholicism, this treason is a sin, since the office of pope carries with it the ridiculous title of “Vicar of Christ”.

Well, in this case, the Pope is not being asked to act as an agent of a god-man, as a prophet, or even as a mystic. He merely being asked to act like a human being … perhaps we are asking too much from this depraved asshole.

Is it even possible for the Catholic Church to turn itself around? I don’t think so. This degree of depravity is nothing new to the organization: from the slaughter of pagan priests in the 5th century, the crusades, the torturing of “heretics” (which can only be defined as anyone that disagrees with them) during the Inquisition, endless anti-Semitic persecution, and the mass murder of the Cathar Gnostic Christians, the Catholic Church has been a den of depravity from it’s very inception. Why would anyone choose to stay with the Catholic Church, let alone defend it?

Tea Party Jesus

April 10, 2010

Check out Tea Party Jesus, a web page that puts the words of Christians into the mouth of Jesus. When you click on the picture it will bring you to the conservative Christian being quoted.

Ye Old Child Abuse Scandal

April 2, 2010

there’s an excellent article at the Huff Pro called The Catholic Church: A Safe Haven For Criminals? It has a few good summations of the recent scandal, including this one:

… those who themselves are engaged in a criminal conspiracy are in no position to blame their accusers of a conspiracy.

No truer words have been said. I for one am hoping Pope-gate gets all the way up to Joseph Ratzinger, not because I particularly want to see the church hurt, but because I do not see any hope of action on his part. I see excuses and evasion at every turn at the expense of children. People below the Pope have made steps to do the right thing, suggesting those involved to not be hesitant to involve the authorities (it’s a shame they even have to do that), but Ratzinger himself seems to have a history burying scandals at the victim’s expense.

Pope Wakes Up … Almost

March 20, 2010

Pope Joseph Ratzinger had finally taken a deep swallow and accepted the fact that the Catholic Church can not hide child rapists inside it’s midsts:

Pope Benedict XVI told priests who have abused children to submit to the “demands of justice,” according to a letter released Saturday.

The pontiff said a misplaced concern for the church’s reputation and inadequate methods of choosing priests had contributed to decades of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. He ordered a Vatican investigation into elements of the Irish church to tackle the problem.

Well, he has correctly identified some issues. But, unfortunately, he’s only half willing to deal with them. The priests (or the holders of other, higher, offices) that have committed acts of child rape do need to be turned in. They suffer from an affliction which necessitates that they are never allowed to be alone with a child. Ever.

However, the outright criminals in this case, the men that, even though they had their full faculties about them, still thought out and executed a crime by hiding pedophiles and, in fact, enabling them to strike again and again, need to be brought to justice! These men are not sick. They do not suffer from pedophilic addictions. They acted out of purely selfish and criminal desires. I have a feeling the Pope will not call for these men to turn themselves in, though, since he is one of them.

Very much more serious is the role of Joseph Ratzinger, before the church decided to make him supreme leader, in obstructing justice on a global scale. After his promotion to cardinal, he was put in charge of the so-called “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” (formerly known as the Inquisition). In 2001, Pope John Paul II placed this department in charge of the investigation of child rape and torture by Catholic priests. In May of that year, Ratzinger issued a confidential letter to every bishop. In it, he reminded them of the extreme gravity of a certain crime. But that crime was the reporting of the rape and torture. The accusations, intoned Ratzinger, were only treatable within the church’s own exclusive jurisdiction. Any sharing of the evidence with legal authorities or the press was utterly forbidden. Charges were to be investigated “in the most secretive way … restrained by a perpetual silence … and everyone … is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication.”

God’s Will Be Done

March 15, 2010

Man from Mound MN rapes 10 year old niece. But don’t worry, it’s god’s will:

Fall, now 58, saw nothing wrong with the fact that the bride was his niece or that she was 10 when they “married,” according to Mound police.

He told the girl that it was God’s will that they marry. He told police this justified their union, legally and morally.

Incest in the Bible?! Well, Abraham did marry his sister (Genesis 20:11-12), but only so he wouldn’t have to tell a lie later in life.

“I’ve talked to family members and more than one has said Jim Fall believes he’s a prophet of God, of Christ,” Wittke said. “They were afraid of him.”

A prophet of god? What has he done besides rape his niece? And he lives in Mound MN, not exactly a beneficial place to start a ministry.

But, there is no way to prove him wrong. In essence, there is absolutely no difference between what he claims is god’s will and what any other self chosen prophet claims is god’s will.

Ye Old Vatican Gay Sex Ring Scandal

March 5, 2010

Dawkins knows I am not one to pick on religious institutions, but …apparently there is a new prostitution scandal in the heart of the Vatican:

One of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers and a member of an elite choir in St Peter’s Basilica have been implicated in a gay prostitution ring, in the latest sexual scandal to taint the Vatican.

Ghinedu Ehiem, a Nigerian, was dismissed by the Vatican on Wednesday from the Giulia Choir after his name appeared in transcripts of police wiretaps, published by an Italian newspaper, in an unrelated Italian investigation.

The wiretaps were carried out in connection with a probe into corruption in contracts to build public works, including the planned venue in Sardinia of last year’s G8 summit. The summit was eventually moved to the Abruzzo region as part of efforts to help it recover from an earthquake.

Among four people arrested last month in the corruption probe was Angelo Balducci, a engineer who is a board member of Italy’s public works department and a construction consultant to the Vatican. Balducci was arrested on corruption charges and the allegations of prostitution emerged only later.

Ok, you caught me. I love picking on religious institutions! Mostly because they claim to be privy to divine revelations unavailable to the rest of the world, therefore putting themselves into an unwarranted position of authority.

Anyhoo, the rest of the story is here.

Ok, it’s not like the Vatican, as a hole, was whoring out choir members as supplemental income, but … their gay-dar was definitely not working properly. You would expect more from an institution of “Gawd”.