Showing posts with label Scripture. Show all posts
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jesus Was Just as Wrong about the Rapture as Quack Harold Camping

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

     Fundamentalist Christian and multi-millionaire Harold Camping's doomsday prophecy was wrong.  Again.

     We're still here. As if there was any doubt.

     Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired transportation agency worker in New York, said he had spent more than $140,000 (£86,000) of his savings on advertisements in the run-up to 21 May to publicise the prediction. After 1800 passed and nothing had happened, he said: "I do not understand why... I do not understand why nothing has happened. I can't tell you what I feel right now. Obviously, I haven't understood it correctly because we're still here." 
     "I had some scepticism but I was trying to push the scepticism away because I believe in God," said Keith Bauer, who travelled 4,830km (3,000 miles), from Maryland to California, where Mr Camping's Family Radio is based, for the Rapture. "I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this Earth," said Mr Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver, who took the week off work for the voyage. 
     Other followers said the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith. 
     [Camping] has predicted an apocalypse once before, in 1994, though followers now say that only referred to an intermediary stage.
     How did other "mainstream" Christians respond?  According to the BBC, "Many Christian groups however dismissed Mr Camping's ideas, with some describing him as a 'false prophet.'"

     Here's the thing.  The "god is testing our faith" and "false prophet" arguments have been used by Christians for two-thousand years to justify the delay of the parousia -- $140,000 word for "the rapture," ArmageddonApocalypse Now (and Later), Judgement Day, the end of the world, eschatology or whatever you want to call it. 

     Mainstream Christians--you know, like Catholics--much like some of Camping's followers, believe that the world is in an "intermediary" stage.  But the Catholic Church has a fancy two-thousand-year-old "Tradition" to pimp up its explanation with "accepted" and "scholarly" theology.  

     Catholics believe in an "already, not yet" realization of their god's "Kingdom" here on earth.  Let me dust off my Master of Divinity from the oldest Catholic seminary in the United States to explain this.

     Jesus, his disciples, and Paul believed that the end of the world was going to happen in their lifetimes.  They instructed people to leave their jobs and families, to stop marrying and having children, and to give away all possessions.  This is in the scriptures --"the Kingdom of God [sic] is at hand," "Anyone who does not leave father, mother, sister and brother behind has no place in my Kingdom," and so on.  Harold Camping's doomsday claims were a time-tested Christian incentive to trick vulnerable people into draining their bank accounts and children's college funds or to leave their fishing boats rotting on the shores.

     Early Christians believed that the world would end within a generation of Jesus' death.  But, when it didn't, they had to revamp their eschatology.  The shock and fear of this realization is evident in the New Testament, as "believers" struggle to understand and accept the not-so-immanent coming of the "Kingdom."  Over the centuries the Catholic Church developed it's "already, not yet" understanding of the coming of the "Kingdom." When Jesus died and "rose" from the dead, the "Kingdom" was made known in the world, but was not yet fully realized.  That will happen when Jesus "comes again" and the end of the world.  

     There will be "false prophets" who will predict the end of the world, but believers should not give into the temptation to believe them.  (It seems the Church learned from the mistakes of its founders.)  All of this is one big "god is testing our faith" argument.  

     But today's mainstream Christians call Camping crazy.  They are revolted by these modern day quacks who predict the end of the world.   They need to take the "Kingdom come" plank out of their own eyes and look at the failed predictions of their Jesus and saints.

     Christianity has been wrong for two millennia about the end of the world.  One reason that Harold Camping made headlines is to justify the denial that Christians have about the inconstancies, fallacies, and failure of their own scriptures and savior.  If Harold Camping is a quack, then so was Jesus of Nazareth.

     I feel sorry not for the adults that were scammed by Camping, but for their children.  Frightening your children into believing the world will end, now that's child abuse.


     Perhaps instead of Harold Camping and his saved followers disappearing, it's time that the world's many gods disappeared.

Friday, May 20, 2011

REM Music Tribute to Harold Camping's Homophobic End of the World "Prophecy"

     Have you noticed the billboards around the world?  Be afraid!  "Judgement Day" is upon us.

     Again.

     I'm not talking family-values politician Arnold Schwarzenegger's spousal termination and judgment day.

     Tomorrow, May 21, 2011, is going to be the start of the five-month Christian "apocalypse."  The Christian making this absurd prediction is Harold Camping of  Family Radio.  
Don't forget to purchase your celebratory t-shirt.
     Of course, Camping long ago discovered the lucrative nature of rapturous merchandising. He wrongly predicted the end of the world to happen back in 1994.  Why anyone continued to follow him is beyond me.  I guess you just gotta "have faith."

     Guess which minority is being scapegoated as bringing on the "end times."   Ding.  Ding.  Ding.   Went the bell.  You guessed it: Gay Pride.  (Evil laugh.)  Check out homophobic Mr. Camping's incredible document, "Gay Pride: Planned by God as a Sign of the End."  Don't be surprised if FamilyRadio.com  has crashed.  What an omen that would be. 

     If you are a heretic, who will be left behind after the rapture for five months of unattended sin-time, don't worry.  You can join the half a million hellions who are attending the "Post Rapture Looting" party on Facebook.  Tonight, I'm camping out on Rodeo Drive.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Highlights" for Adults: the Tea Partier and the Taliban

     Here's a simple exercise reminiscent of the ones I completed in Highlights as a child, but this one is for adults.  What happens when a tea partier and a Taliban run into each other?

     Via BuzzFeed:

Monday, January 31, 2011

Inhospitable Christian Sodomite Elder Bobby Harries Denies Entry of LGBT Homeless to Church Shelter

     Elder Bobby Harris is the head of the House of Mercy homeless shelter in Columbus, Georgia. If you're homeless or in need, his religious shelter is there to offer you refuge. Unless, of course, you happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. If that's the case, Elder Bobby Harris has a few short words for you: "[Homosexuality] is not tolerated here at all."
     So much for that Christian obligation to help all who are in need. At the House of Mercy, there's apparently a sexual orientation and gender identity litmus test.
      Elder Harris spoke to WRBL in Columbus this week, after numerous activists (including over 1,000 Change.org members) wrote the shelter criticizing the House of Mercy's policy to deny gay homeless people shelter. Harris stuck to his guns, and reiterated his previous statement that the reason LGBT people weren't welcome at his center was because "of the Bible."
     In an irony of Biblical proportions, when I studied the Old Testament in seminary, I learned that mainstream scripture scholars concur that the actual "sin of Sodom" was failing to provide hospitality to those in need of a roof over their head.

     Thus, Elder Bobby Harris has revealed himself a true Sodomite.

     Many will argue that it's freedom of religion for Christians to discriminate against LGBT persons, the separation of church and state.  True.  They can use their money to be as cruel and mean to people in their pews as they want to be.  But guess where Elder Bobby Harris gets some of his funding?  You guessed it.  He's using U.S. tax dollars to discriminate.    Change.org continues:
     But as Alex Blaze uncovered at Bilerico, the House of Mercy sure looks like it receives some federal grant money, at least according to its 990 form. Moreover, Georgia's government approved a measure last year that earmarked $75,000 for the House of Mercy, via the state's Special Housing Initiatives program. That's an awful lot of taxpayer money to be giving a shelter that refuses to serve and shelter all who are in need.
     Harris' tax exemption should immediately be revoked.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Terrorist Terry Jones' Qu'ran Burning Is Off, Westboro Baptist's Is On, No Wait, Jones' Might Be On Again


     Yesterday, the Telegraph reported:
     The US pastor who planned an ''International Burn-a-Koran Day'' on September 11 has called off the protest after his plans were widely condemned. President Barack Obama , Tony Blair and William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, was among those who condemned Pastor Terry Jones, who leads a tiny Florida church, describing his plan as ''selfish and provocative in the extreme''.
     Hooray for the triumph of reason and civility!  But wait...

     Shortly thereafter, The Gainesville Sun reported:
     Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning if Gainesville's Dove World Outreach Center calls its off.
     "WBC burned the Koran once – and if you sissy brats of Doomed america bully Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center until they change their plans to burn that blasphemous tripe called the Koran, then WBC will burn it (again), to clearly show you some things," the church announced in a news release this week.
     But wait!  The most recent news out of Florida is that Jones' burning might be back on.  Because--get this--good Christian Terry Jones is now claiming that Imam Musri lied to him in the meeting yesterday.  That's original: white Christian male claims that brown non-Christian is a liar.

     Here the report from CMN:
     Imam Muhammad Musri says that Jones told him the event would be canceled because it poses a threat to US Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Jones said he canceled the event because Musri [who has no jurisdiction over the mosque] had agreed to move the mosque. Jones and Musri are scheduled to meet, but the heated arguments between the two men may continue.  Based on “lies” Jones believed were told to him by the Imam, he said that his group is forced to “rethink” their cancellation of the Qu’ran burning. Instead, the event is only “suspended.”
     This situation is insane.

     That the freedom of worship in the United States and the safety of Americans and Afghans are being held hostage by a fundamentalist Christian's bigoted plan to burn the Qu'ran is repulsive.

     Terry Jones' actions and words are putting the lives of people at risk for the sake of his bigotry.  He's inciting riots and violence in the Muslim world.  He's inviting violence against U.S. troops, citizens, and allies.  Jones' personal holy war on Islam, includes theocracies as well as terrorist groups that may or may not have access to weapons of mass destruction that could be used against innocent people by Jones' fundamentalist Muslim counterparts.  But that's Jones' "right"?

     It sounds like terrorism to me.  

     One side uses commercial airliners.  The other side uses the media.  Both inspire terror.

     Dog bless America.
Postscript:
Here's a video report on the morning news cycle (It wouldn't embed).     
Jones can't even pronounce the title, imam, correctly.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ex-Gay Christian Adam Hood Condemns Homosexuality while Wearing a Gold Ascot, What Is There to be Learned from This?

     Adam Hood, of the fundamentalist Christian group Recycle Your Faith, is the star of a recent set of videos about homosexuality being "one of the worst forms of depravity."  Hood is a self-proclaimed ex-gay, who was saved by Jesus and made straight by what he calls a miracle.  

     He delivers his message adorned in a gold ascot.
Image via Towleroad
     The first begins with the quote:
     A recent study shows that 92% of non-Christians ages 16-29 associate Christianity with being "anti-homosexual."
     Hood begins by saying that 100% of "outsiders" should view Christianity as anti-homosexual, because his bible is "so clear."  He speaks with pleasure and pride about how anti-gay his understanding of his god and his bible is.  

     Later, he goes into the typical "sin isn't right just because it feels good" Christian moralizing.  What he forgets is that according to Christian morals and scripture pride, judgment of others, and self-righteousness feel good, too, but indulging in these sins, while in a video wearing a gold ascot, is apparently okay.

     Here is an example of some of Hood's reasoning:
     [Homosexuality]'s a sin that God [sic] will damn.  If they stay in that sin, they will be damned to hell and rightly so, because they need to be quarantined because they will continue in their rebellion and try to bring that gangrene into heaven. God's [sic] not having it, okay?
     This type of thought in certain religious people and their religious institutions is the basis for all the anti-gay laws in the world.  If their gods will quarantine gays by dropping them into hell, then building their god's kingdom involves quarantining/segregating/burning gays here on earth.

     Hood also blames homosexuality on boys having been fatherless or sexually abused by a man, which are both myths.  There are plenty of homosexuals, who had loving fathers and/or were never sexually abused.  It sounds like he's going to one of my old Catholic counselors.  Also, very Catholic are his self-projected conclusions about what is natural and unnatural.

     Hood continues in a second video telling the story of his drug addiction, affinity for fame and wearing costumes, and his involvement in witchcraft, all of which took place while he was gay.  

     His conversion came when a homeless man read his mind and exposed his worries about going to hell.  This triggered a mental breakdown, during which orderlies were tying Hood down.  In that moment, he prayed and found peace in Jesus.  He was checked into a psych ward, where he believed that a possessed man in the next room was going to tear him apart.  When Hood "whispered" Jesus' name, the possessed man went mad.  Then, Hood became a "hardcore, on fire Christian" stating, "I mean martyr me for Jesus" Christian.  

     Hood admits that he had been on every drug you can imagine.  He never mentions detox and his mental breakdown as possible reasons for the mind reading power of the homeless and for possessed patients trying to silence his prayers.  No, it's all because he was gay.

     Hood then talks about the "miracle" of his god giving him "natural affection" for a woman.  Notice that he doesn't say "sexual attraction."  He talks about his first orgasm in his wife on their wedding night, how he screamed Jesus' name.  He talks about how much he loves women, loves his wife's body, and loves women physically.  But, he never says that he loves them sexually.  

Kate Winlet via WHYfame?
     I remember speaking like this, back in high school, college, and seminary, while trying to pass as straight.  As long as I talked about how much I appreciated the physical beauty of women's bodies, how much I verbalized that Kate Winslet was gorgeous, and how much I loved my numerous female friends, then I wasn't gay.  It didn't matter that, when it came to sex, I wanted men.

     Here is Hood's description of being part of the "gay community" and how it felt:     
     Probably at the lowest pit of my drug run, I ended up in the gay community in San Francisco, and, um, was a pretty well known club celebrity in the city, um, here in the city, and, um, dressed up everyday in the most extravagant wow costumes.  I felt like it was family.  You know, the gay community offered you celebrity.  It offered you affirmation, even men would pay attention to me.  Well, growing up my dad wasn't at home, I didn't have that.  But I didn't understand these things while I was in it.  I thought it was the rightest thing for me to be doing.  I thought that was who I was, and it was even righteous and holy.  I really did.
     This sounds just like my experience of seminary and priesthood, which promised me family/brotherhood, made me a parochial celebrity, inundated me with affirmation and the attention of men that I called "Father," and allowed me to dress up in extravagant costumes.  I was surrounded by people that assured me what I was doing was righteous and holy and believed that it was the rightest thing.

     In many ways, I see myself in Mr. Hood.  We shared the same struggle of trying to reconcile our homosexuality and religion.  Where he went down the dark rabbit hole of drugs that exists in a certain circles of the gay population, I went down the rabbit hole of sexual abuse, power, and manipulation in certain circles of the Catholic priesthood.  

     Our experiences of these cultures were tainted with pain and scandal, but that doesn't mean that every member of these groups is depraved or abusive.  I make strong statements on this blog about the hypocrisies and hatred that religious persons espouse, but I also know that not all religious people share these odious beliefs.  Sadly, Mr. Hood is not one of those people.

Here are the videos.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Republicans Filibustering Senate Unemployment and Jobs Bill

     Millions of people in our country are unemployed.  In fact, we're facing the highest rate of longterm unemployment since the Great Depression.  We've been in a recession since George W. Bush was in office.  There are very few jobs available.  I know this, personally because I spent the entire 2008 calendar year unemployed, because I have a friend with a masters degree who's been unemployed for nearly two years, and another friend with a doctorate who's been unemployed nearly a year.

     At the end of this month, unemployment benefits will end for millions.  There is a Senate bill that will extend these benefits, but Republicans, along with Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut (Jewish) and Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska (Methodist), are filibustering the bill.  

     How's that for Judeo-Christian prophetic concern for the poor?

     Here what their prophet Zechariah had to say about treatment of the poor:
     Thus says the LORD of hosts: Render true judgment, and show kindness and compassion toward each other.  Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the alien or the poor; do not plot evil against one another in your hearts. But they refused to listen; they stubbornly turned their backs and stopped their ears so as not to hear. And they made their hearts diamondhard so as not to hear the teaching and the message that the LORD of hosts had sent by his spirit through the former prophets.  (Zech 7: 9-14)


     Here is Rachel Maddow interviewing Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (Democrat and Methodist). Stabenow's most telling line: "They're up to 234 objections and filibusters, which is unheard of in our country." The goal of the Republicans is stall the Senate from passing a jobs bill, but they are toying with the lives of unemployed Americans and their families.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Catholic Nuns and Priests Attack Goldman Sachs on Transparency Issues

     Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.  -Jesus of Nazareth, Luke 6:41-42
     Sure, the executives at Goldman Sachs are despicable and deserve to be held accountable for their crimes, but when the Catholic Church attacks Goldman Sachs on issues of transparency, accountability, and excessive wealth and the Church's priests and nuns are ignorant enough to agree to an interview with one of the Daily Show's moles, isn't it time to hang up the cassock and surplice?
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Pope Concludes Year for Priests by Demanding Forgiveness, Admitting No Personal Wrongdoing, and Focusing Inward

     The Catholic Church's "Year for Priests" came to close at a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict, the Enabler, earlier today at the Vatican. As anticipated, the pope mentioned "the abuse of little ones" and promised "to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again."

     However, he offered no plan other than more of the same:  prayers to his god and promises to weed abusers out of the seminaries (a.k.a. in Vatican-speak, get rid of the gays).

     He took no personal responsibility for his role in covering-up and mishandling abusive priests and bishops that enabled pedophile-priests to rape and assault children.

     Focusing on his own needs and the needs of the abusive clerics and bishops instead of the victims, benevolent Ben begged "the persons involved," meaning those raped, abused, and bullied by priests and bishops in their god's name, to forgive the church. 

     Because nothing says pastoral care like demanding the forgiveness of those who've been abused and raped.

     “We, too, insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again,” Benedict told thousands of priests and faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for celebrations marking the end of the Vatican’s Year of the Priest.
     The pope’s remarks did not substantively go beyond what he had already said in a letter to Irish Catholics in March and in a private meeting with victims of sex abuse on Malta in April, but it was the first time Benedict had mentioned the crisis from Saint Peter’s Basilica, the heart of the church itself, and on an occasion focused on priests.
     “In this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light — particularly the abuse of the little ones,” the pope said.
     He added, “In admitting men to priestly ministry and in their formation we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey, so that the Lord will protect them and watch over them in troubled situations and amid life’s dangers.” The pope did not mention any specific actions the church was planning to take to combat abuse, as some had hoped, and victims’ groups said Benedict’s remarks did not go far enough.

     My other favorite moments came when Ben used the biblical cliche of the priest being a shepherd and using his rod and staff to guide the vulnerable, stupid flock to their god (Psalm 23).  He mixes his psalms and then quotes Fr. Mustache's favorite, Psalm 139, speaking of "the 'darkest valley' through which the Lord leads" his followers. Who better to understand a priest's use of his rod and staff and Jesus' dark valley than those raped by priests? 

     Nothing says "god loves you and is always with you" like having a priest's rod ripping up one's childhood and adolescent "dark valley."  

     Ben returned to Psalm 23's rod/staff imagery, and speaks of the use of the rod to fight and punish heretics to lead them back to the correct path of the church. Yes, priests should use violence to keep their stupid flock in order. It worked for Georg

     It's a historical fact that shepherds used their rods to break the legs of their wandering sheep to prevent them from getting away. What a loving image and how respectful of free will! (I once had a classmate in seminary get scolded for talking about this violent image during a homily.  A shepherd breaking his lambs' legs to control them roving was off limits, but a father slaughtering his innocent son on tree was beautiful.)

     Continuing with the Psalm 23 imagery, Ben focused on the anointing of one's head with oil and relates it to the eating of Jesus body and blood at the Mass, in which the priest stands in the person of Jesus. What is more sexual than rubbing oil all over one's head and talking of eating someone's body?

     The conclusion of Ben's grand homily to close the Year for Priests and address the sexual abuse/rape scandal in the church was an inward focus on his own needs and the needs of his priests:
     Give us life, make us live from you as our source, and grant that we too may be sources, wellsprings capable of bestowing the water of life in our time. We thank you for the grace of the priestly ministry. Lord bless us, and bless all those who in our time are thirsty and continue to seek. Amen.
     It's all about Ben. It's all about the priests and their wellsprings.  I think they've sprayed enough.

     I'd like to declare this coming year "The Year for Those Fucked by the Church," but it seems that Pope Ben, self-serving bishops, and pedophile priests celebrate that one every year.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Bible Thumping Hypocrite

     Just received an email that had this legendary letter that was written to Dr. Laura (Mikkelson) Schlessinger in 2000.  This was in response to her denouncing homosexuals as a "mistake of nature."
         Via Amazon.com
     For more on her hypocritical use of the title "Doctor," her nude photo scandal, her renunciation of Orthodox Judaism, and her violations of her own black and white morality lens, click here for Snopes.com's report on the letter, whose author is unknown.
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
Via Harper Collins       
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan.
     To read more about the numerous hypocrisies that the holy "doctor" Laura has committed, click here.  

     For the some of the nude photo spread Laura did back in her trying-to-break-into-show business days click here and here.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AFA's Bryan Fischer Blames Hitler Crimes Against Humanity on Homosexuality

     The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer recently made claims on his radio show that Hitler was gay and that he surrounded himself with masculine gays to carry out his evil plans.  Big surprise.  Another fundamentalist Christian blaming gays for the evils of the world.

     The AFA was founded by Methodist Pastor Doland E. Wildmon thirty-two years ago and has a mission of bringing "traditional family values" to our country and making it "a culture based on Biblical truth."  One of the purposes listed on AFA's website is to work for "Media Integrity."

     Here's the video of Fischer's rant.  How's that for media integrity?


    Transcript via Towleroad:
     Said Fischer: "So Hitler himself was an active homosexual. And some people wonder, didn't the Germans, didn't the Nazis, persecute homosexuals? And it is true they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals. But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Maywood Catholic Church Vandalized, Police Call It a Hate Crime, which I Think Is an Apt Description of Sexual Abuse

     People are appalled and angry.  In Maywood, CA, (southeast of downtown Los Angeles), vandals broke into Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church and tore through the church's kitchen and auditorium.

     KTLA reports:
     "The vandalism was of a heinous nature, and in fact, consistent with a hate crime," department official said. The pastor told KTLA that he looked at surveillance video and it appears two young men broke into the church around 1 a.m. Monday.
     ABC7 reports:
     Investigators said the vandalism is extremely graphic, calling it heinous. They wrote 666 on the walls, stuck a knife through a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe and took a cross and displayed it in a sacrilegious manner. Police said the suspects went as far as to defecate in the auditorium, located next to the kitchen.
     If you know anything about the vandalism call the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department at (323) 562-5005.

     Let me make myself very clear: I do not support breaking into churches and defecating in their auditoriums.  Breaking and entering, destruction of property, and doing anything with the hateful intention to inspire fear in a specific group of people are crimes.  I hope the people who did this are captured and brought to justice.

     Here's the thing: I want to see this kind of anger, shock, and call to urgency coming from Catholics and local newscasters when it comes to sexual abuse/rape of children.  The church building, the kitchen, the painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that took a knife in the face, etc. are all just possessions.  They are things.  The only exception, according to Catholic belief, is the content of the tabernacle--the  consecrated hosts, which Catholics believe are Jesus Christ (who is obviously not claustrophobic).   From the news reports, the vandals did not desecrate this holy of holies.

     But, what of the holiest of all holies, the real flesh and blood of our children?  

    Why is it that newscasters and Catholics get so bent out of shape over possessions getting destroyed, but seem to distance themselves from feeling and even verbalizing any sort of anger about what pastors, bishops and popes have done unto their children in the name of their god?  


    Imagine if the newscasts on the church vandalism were rewritten as a report on child rape/sexual abuse in the Catholic church:  

     The vandalism was of a heinous nature, and in fact, consistent with a hate crime. The concerned Catholic reported to the police that priests enticed twelve year old boys/girls with promises of love, holiness, and eternal life, only to rape them. Investigators said the vandalism to the children's bodies and psyches is extremely graphic, calling it heinous. The priests ripped through the children's anal/vaginal walls, ejaculated on the faces of their virgin victims, and used the cross as a means of control, telling the children that they were seductive and bad and that they needed to ask Jesus for forgiveness.

     How's that for a sacrilegious hate crime?

     If you are offended by that, then good.  We need to be offended by what was and is being done unto children in the names of people's gods.  We need not to forget how extremely graphic and heinous child rape and sexual abuse are.  Those, who conspired to enable and cover-up for the perpetrators of these hate crimes against children and who bullied adult-victims that came forward, need to be brought to justice.

     If you know of a child that has been sexually abused, call 911.

Pictures of the vandalism are from KTLA; the protest, from Evidentia.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nun Excommunicated for Allowing Life Saving Abortion for a Mother of Five, But Pedophile Priests Are Still Catholic

     Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix for allowing the termination of a pregnancy in a Catholic hospital.

     The abortion was provided to a twenty-seven-year-old mother of five who would have died, along with her unborn child, if not for the lifesaving procedure.  Her four children would have been left motherless, but the Catholic Church's backwards teaching that abortions can't be performed even when the mother is in danger of death would have been faithfully followed.  How's that for family values?

     NPR reports:
     The patient, who was too ill to be moved to the operating room much less another hospital, agreed to an abortion. But there was a complication: She was at a Catholic hospital.
     "They were in quite a dilemma," says Lisa Sowle Cahill, who teaches Catholic theology at Boston College. "There was no good way out of it. The official church position would mandate that the correct solution would be to let both the mother and the child die. I think in the practical situation that would be a very hard choice to make."
     But the hospital felt it could proceed because of an exception — called Directive 47 in the U.S. Catholic Church's ethical guidelines for health care providers — that allows, in some circumstance, procedures that could kill the fetus to save the mother. Sister Margaret McBride, who was an administrator at the hospital as well as its liaison to the diocese, gave her approval.
     The woman survived. When Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted heard about the abortion, he declared that McBride was automatically excommunicated — the most serious penalty the church can levy.
     "She consented in the murder of an unborn child," says the Rev. John Ehrich, the medical ethics director for the Diocese of Phoenix. "There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child. But — and this is the Catholic perspective — you can't do evil to bring about good. The end does not justify the means."
     "Consented in the murder"?  Was not the Church then consenting in the murder of a young mother of four?

     Allow two lives to end, or save one life?  It seems pretty simple.  But not by the twisted logic of the Catholic mind, which demands the sacrifice of an innocent woman to please god.  Typical traditional and biblical values, where women are the tools of male god and property of their husbands.

     Also, Sister Margaret McBride who saves a life is excommunicated, while thousands of pedophile priests remain members of the Catholic Church after ruining the lives of countless innocent children.  How's that for justice?  And what of the priests who rape nuns and secretly procure abortions?

     Bishop Olmstead should be praising Sister Margaret for saving a life, when two could have been lost.

    "In the case of priests who are credibly accused and known to be guilty of sexually abusing children, they are in a sense let off the hook," Doyle says.
    Doyle says no pedophile priests have been excommunicated. When priests have been caught, he says, their bishops have protected them, and it has taken years or decades to defrock them, if ever.
    "Yet in this instance we have a sister who was trying to save the life of a woman, and what happens to her? The bishop swoops down [and] declares her excommunicated before he even looks at all the facts of the case," Doyle says
     Save a young mother's life, get excommunicated.  Rape a young mother's child, get forgiven.  Oh, justice.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Abraham, Issac, and God: A Lesson in Biblical Child Care for the Catholic Church

     In light of the current sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church, what parent would possibly allow her child to be kissed on the lips by Catholic priest?

     What parent would defend Pope Benedict XVI's participation in the cover-up and enabling of sexual abuse and violence against children?

     What parent would subject his child to a system of belief that puts the welfare of religious hypocrites above that of innocent children?


     All good Catholic parents, who embrace the traditional values of the bible, would.   Whatever their their god (via the pope and priests that are vessels of his presence) demands of them, they give him.  It's what the bible tells them so.


     Here is today's lesson, care of "Betsy's Sunday School Bible Classics."  


Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Priest and the Concubine: A Sunday School Lesson of Traditional Values

     Happy Sunday.  It's time for a Sunday school lesson.

     Today's lesson is care of "Betsy's Sunday School Bible Classics."  This is the divinely inspired and inerrant word of the Judeo-Christian god as revealed in the bible (Judges 19-21).  This is a story of traditional family values upon which the Catholic Church's traditional value of raping children is based.  Enjoy.





     My latest work is about the Old Testament, in which I took eight stories from various books and told them pretty much as they really are in there; my illustrations give voice to the women, the children, and the animals, as well as give commentary on the classic interpretations of the stories. No doubt some will call these irreverent and offensive, but really they are the actual stories, and they do beg for explanation. Of course my versions are funny as well. Five of them have been adapted to video and are on YouTube, and two of the stories are in the book Betsy's Sunday School Bible Classics, available on Amazon.com.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Catholic Mark Wahlberg's Priest: "No Brokeback for You"

[he stands, unzips his pants and pulls out his penis] 
I am a star. I'm a star, I'm a star, I'm a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That's right.
[he rezips his pants]


     The 38-year-old reformed bad boy relies on his closest confidante and longtime religious mentor, the Rev. James Flavin, to help him pick and choose his parts. 'Mark is a practicing Catholic, and he never makes a final decision on a starring role until Father Flavin gives his OK,' an insider revealed to The Enquirer. 'Mark says he owes his career to Father Flavin.' ... 'Father Flavin pushes Mark to honor his religious roots,' said the source. 'Even though Mark was offered one of the leads in Brokeback Mountain, he passed because of the gay subject matter, which clashes with Catholic doctrine.
     Because we all know that the Catholic Church and its doctrine are the best role model of morality for Hollywood (maybe Roman Polanski).  And speaking of wood, what did Father Flavin think of Mark's full-frontal role as a drug addicted, porn star in Boogie Nights?  I bet the good father loved this scene (courtesy of IMBD):
Dirk: [as Brock] You still hungry?
Jessie St, Vincent: Starving.
[unzipping his pants]
 Dirk: [as Brock] Then feast on that.

     And cue Father Flavin's Funky Bunch.  

    To see the entire list of Catholic-approved films in the Wahlberg-Flavin canon, click here.  To see his Calvin Klien underwear adds click here.  I bet Father Flavin was all over those.

     Since Walhberg was "creeped out" by Brokeback Mountain, I wonder who he would play in a Sodom and Gommorah film.  No doubt Father Flavin would advise Mark to play the hero, Lot, or better yet, Yahweh, and not one of the evil Sodomites.  No, wait, Saint Mel Gibson would play the Lord.  John Travolta and Kevin Spacey the "angels."  And Tom Cruise the leader of the Sodomites.

     But wait, who is the real bad guy in that Genesis myth anyway?

     Maybe a refresher course courtesy of Betsy's Sunday School Bible Classics written by Betsy Salkind will help.


How did Father Flavin feel about this commercial from virgin Marky Mark's teen days?

Image Credits:
Father Flavin's Clerics by Brockton Police