Showing posts with label Protestant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Protestant. Show all posts

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Good Christian Men's Quotes on Women

     Here's a Sunday School lesson on what some venerated Catholic saints and revered Protestant reformers had to say about women.
     What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother, it is still Eve the temptress that we must beware of in any woman... I fail to see what use woman can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing children.     -- Saint Augustine
     Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men.     -- Saint Augustine 
     Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.     -- Saint Augustine
     As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.     -- Saint Thomas Aquinas
     Woman is a misbegotten man and has a faulty and defective nature in comparison to his. Therefore she is unsure in herself. What she cannot get, she seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions. And so, to put it briefly, one must be on one's guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil. ... Thus in evil and perverse doings woman is cleverer, that is, slyer, than man. Her feelings drive woman toward every evil, just as reason impels man toward all good.     -- St. Albertus Magnus
     Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman.     --Clement of Alexandria,Church father, venerated as a Saint until the 17th century
     If [women] become tired or even die, that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth--that is why they are there.     -- Martin Luther
     Woman was made for only one reason, to serve and obey man.      -- John Knox
     Wife: Be content to be insignificant. What loss would it be to God or man had you never been born.     -- John Wesley
     A wife should submit herself to the leadership of her husband. Leadership in the church should always be male.     -- Southern Baptist Convention (2000)

Here are a few extra saintly quotes, concerning slavery and heretics.

On Dealing with Heretics
     It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage (as we have proved, and are daily proving by actual experiment), in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching, or might follow out in act what they had already learned in word.     -- Saint Augustine, Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists,
     The Donatists were deemed heretics because they questioned the sacramental efficacy of corrupt priests.  In today's context, the Donatists would be asking the following: "Is a priest, who is a serial rapist and abuser of children or a bishop that enables abuse, really able to stand in the person of Jesus at the Mass and confer god's grace?"  Sounds like a reasonable inquiry considering the amount of harm some priests and bishops have done.
     If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy    -- Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
     Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance.     -- Saint Augustine
On Astronomy and the "Virgin" Birth
     To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.     -- Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Trial of Galileo, 1615

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Gay Malawi Couple Gets Maximum Jail Sentence

     A very sad day in Malawi for human rights.

     A judge in Malawi has imposed a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison with hard labour on a gay couple convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts.  The judge said he wanted to protect the public from "people like you".
     Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been in jail since they were arrested in December after holding an engagement ceremony.   The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.
     The case has ignited debate over homosexuality in Malawi, a conservative country where religious leaders equate same-sex liaisons with Satanism.
     The Guardian reports:
     Peter Tatchell, the veteran British gay rights campaigner, has maintained contact with the pair at the maximum security Chichiri prison...Tatchell told the Guardian he received a defiant message from Chimbalanga that said: "I love Steven so much. If people or the world cannot give me the chance and freedom to continue living with him as my lover, then I am better off to die here in prison. Freedom without him is useless and meaningless."
Look at the smiling faces in the crowd.
They are 55% Protestant , 20% Roman Catholic , 20% Muslim.
What happened to love thy neighbor?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mark Souder's Interviewed about Abstinence Only Education by his Mistress Tracy Jackson, a Duet of Hypocrisy

     Representative Mark Souder, an Indiana Republican, who supports traditional values, like abstinence and traditional marriage, is falling hard.  He was caught in adultery with his part-time staffer, Tracy Jackson.  Lied about it, by saying he was missing votes in Washington, because he was at home caring for his sick wife.  What a great husband!  Right?

     Get this.  A few months ago, Souder made a video, in which he's interviewed about the traditional values that he supports, such as abstinence education, by Ms. Jackson, whom he was staffing at the time.  How's that for hypcrisy?

     TPM reports:
     Dubbed "Congressional Update with Congressman Mark Souder," the show hit on issues like intelligent design and fencing the border.  In the November 2009 abstinence video, Jackson introduces Souder this way: "You've been a longtime advocate for abstinence education and in 2006 you had your staff conduct a report entitled 'Abstinence and its Critics' which discredits many claims purveyed by those who oppose abstinence education."
     My favorite part is when Souder and Jackson talk about condoms.  You can sense the sexual tension between them.  The forbidden fruit of out-of-wedlock sex with god-forbidden artificial contraception was just too much to handle.

     At one point Souder goes off on the Democrats and critics of abstinence-only education saying "They blamed abstinence programs that they didn't have any experience in..."  Apparently, he didn't have any experience in abstinence either.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Gay Malawi Couple Convicted for Engagement Ceremony

     A gay couple in Malawi has been convicted for having an engagement celebration and will likely go to jail.  When released (if they survive prison), they will face death threats and probably have to flee their country.
     A judge convicted a gay couple Tuesday of charges that could send them to jail for more than a decade following an engagement celebration ...Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a 20-year-old hotel janitor, and his unemployed partner Steven Monjeza, 26, were arrested the day after they celebrated their engagement with a party at the hotel where Chimbalanga worked — an apparent first in Malawi.
     The couple were convicted of unnatural acts and gross indecency under laws dating from the colonial era. Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa said the sentencing will take place on Thursday and they could be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
     Homosexuality is illegal in at least 37 countries in Africa including Malawi. In Uganda, lawmakers are considering a bill that could sentence homosexuals to life in prison and includes capital punishment for "repeat offenders." Even in South Africa, the only African country that recognizes gay rights, gangs have raped lesbians.
     Mwakasungula said the two Malawian men were concerned that if they were released, they could be attacked by Malawians who have threatened them. But given the laws and the climate in Malawi, he said a guilty verdict had been expected.
     The government, backed by Malawi church leaders, says it is clear the two men broke the law. Religious officials say homosexuality is "sinful" and the West should not be allowed to use its financial power to force Malawi to accept homosexuality. Malawi relies on donors for 40 percent of its development budget.
     Malawi is 55% Protestant and 20% Catholic.  How's that for the traditional value of love thy neighbor?

Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana, Traditional Marriage Proponent, Resigns Amid Sex with Staffer Scandal

     Representative Mark Souder, a Republican Protestant from Indiana and supporter of traditional marriage, who on his website claims to be "committed to fighting the assault on American values," just got caught with his dick in a staffer.  Adultery, anyone?

     TPM reports:
     Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), a champion of abstinence education and traditional family values, will resign effective Friday after an affair with a female staffer in his district office, he announced today.
     He said in a statement that he "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff." And he blamed the atmosphere in Washington for forcing him to make the move:
     "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain. I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process."  The eight-term Indiana congressman is, of course, a vocal proponent of traditional family values. He has been married since 1974 and has three grown children.
     You know that poisonous media environment in Washington that he's attacking?  It was FOX News that broke the story.

     Not only did Souder "sin" by committing adultery, but he lied for months during his current primary bid about the affair.  Is he going to apologize for lying, too?

     Elected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994, Souder survived a tough re-election challenge in 2008 and survived a contested primary two weeks ago.
     All the way through his election, Souder tried to knock down the affair story, calling it revenge politics at play. But the backroom chatter in Indiana and among the GOP on Capitol Hill became too much to survive. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was informed as late as Monday night that Souder would give up his post.
     Souder, 59, was absent from Washington most of last week, missing multiple votes and voting only on Thursday. While the rumors had been flying, Souder claimed that he was at home tending to his ill wife.
     In his statement, he added that by stepping down, his "mistake cannot be used as a political football" to undermine the causes he supports.
     Sorry, buddy, but you sticking your dick in a staffer and covering it by using your wife by saying that she's ill and your nursing her, while telling me that I'm immoral and can't have equal rights with partner of two and a half years, screams kickoff

     You are a hypocrite and a liar. You think you have the authority to tell other people what is right and wrong, but you can't follow your own measly ten commandments.  Enjoy retirement.

     I believe that Congress must fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation. The family plays a fundamental role in our society. Studies consistently demonstrate that it is best for a child to have a mother and father, and I am committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman.
     Traditional marriage equals the union of one man, his supposedly ill wife, and his part-time staffer.  I'm sure your children feel that they are benefiting from this experience.

     Just in case you forgot what traditional marriage is, here's a quick lesson from Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday Hypocrisy, Majority of Christians Support Capital Punishment

     It's Good Friday and Christians around the world are mourning/celebrating the death of their savior on a cross, the popular instrument of capital punishment in Jesus' time.  One would think that worshiping a non-violent savior put to death by such violent means would result in Christians being opposed to the death penalty.

     Wrong!

     The majority of Christians in the United States support the death penalty, as indicated by these graphs of a 2004 Gallup Poll taken from the Death Penalty Information Center.  In fact the group with the least support of the death penalty, is those like me who have no religious preference. 
Here are the results of a poll in 2005 by the Pew Research Center.