Category: religion

West Virginia files suit against Catholic Diocese

Well men, women, boys and girls – it’s getting interesting for the old Catholic church. Seems they can’t keep burying the fact that priests in nearly every diocese are abusing kids.

You may have remembered I posted about Cardinal George Pell – now here’s the thing about Cardinals they are the Princes of the church. Seriously. It’s one step from there to being the Pope.

So the Republican Attorney General in West Virginia has filed a civil suit against the local diocese there. 

I’m hoping the time is up for the Catholic church. You can see little by little the armor being dinged and instead of remaining resolute, it’s severely denting credibility and ability to attract adherents to the church. Good.

Now let me be clear, I left Catholicism some 30+ years ago. I know the gig was up just through studies. Plus I didn’t respect a clerical collar. I understood the purpose of the uniform and knew that it was for intimidation not to mark a holy man. And what did I go to well atheism. I don’t need to get up early on a Sunday morning and tithe 10 or 15 percent of my income to the men of the church.

The bigots don’t stop just like a certain battery bunny

So this time it’s in Kansas where they’re trying to say the the LGBT community is a religion so that they can discriminate against the LGBT community.

First let me say I have to lookup that Bill and pick it apart here. But I knew that the religious bigots would never stop. Oh the more overt bigots have faded into the woodwork but they won’t stop. If the Bill passes it’s sure to be brought up on challenge before the courts. Thereby costing the State of Kansas money to defend bigotry. Interesting when you think of it like that.

This little whereas clause grabbed my attention:

WHEREAS, All religion amounts to is a set of unproven answers to the
greater questions like “Why are we here?” and “What should we be doing
as humans?

I can answer the first and second – why are we here? Simple it started just after the event called the big bang, you know when the whole universe was a hot, dense soup. Then anti-matter and matter started forming. Eventually some of those gases gathered together, compressed and ignited forming stars. And those ancient stars spewed their guts providing carbon, oxygen, hyrdrogen etc. to spawn new stars and the leftover matter that didn’t ignite becomes rocky planets, and gas that didn’t have enough mass the gas giant planets. You’re getting the idea here right? We’re here just because. Isn’t that enough?

As to what we should be doing as humans – that’s a good one – we should be caring for our brothers and sisters, should be sponsoring legislation that isn’t hateful or disgusting, and shouldn’t be posting bills like the above. In fact if you want to get technical, what was Jebus all about? Love one another – that was the key message that you missed when you got stuck in the Old Testament when God was an asshole. How do you like it?

WHEREAS, The sworn testimonies of ex-gays, medical experts,
persecuted Christians and licensed ministers demonstrate that there is no
real proof that a gay gene exists, that the idea that sexual orientation is
predicated on immutability is not proven and that sexual orientation is a
mythology, dogma, doctrine or orthodoxy that is inseparably linked to the
religion of secular humanism; and
WHEREAS, The United States supreme court found that secular
humanism is a religion for the purpose of the establishment clause of the
1st amendment of the constitution of the United States in Torcaso v.
Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961), stating “among religions in this country
which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the
existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular
Humanism and others”; and

 

See that little block of text tips their hand. They’re trying to conflate being gay with secular humanism aka agnostics, or atheists like me.

Know what I say about the Bible – the KJV by the way if you didn’t learn that and you learned it through some other version you’re doing it wrong. :) And I have it on good authority that King James was a fellow homosexual. Interesting.

The whole bill spends a good portion of the WHEREAS clauses trying to tie the LGBT community to Secular Humanism but has no fucking clue what Secular Humanism is. It’s laughable. Go read the whole thing here and you’ll see what I mean.

In a nutshell as I alluded to earlier – this Bill doesn’t stand a chance. I’m assuming cooler heads in the legislature of Kansas will quash it sooner than later – or tie it up in some committee in perpetuity. And with a Democratic governor it’s sure to be vetoed which I believe requires a 2/3 majority in most state constitutions to override. But if by chance they do succeed in the override, be ready for court challenges out the wazoo. Seriously.

The bigots will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

Pondering the non-existence of God

Or at the very least, that the latest god doesn’t have the powers of omniscience and omnipotence. For it begins in Genesis 3.

Let’s break it down, when you think about it if the snake was the serpent was the devil let’s go back to who created the devil in the first place. It was God – so there goes omniscience. And God couldn’t stop Eve from being beguiled by the snake? There goes omnipotence.

My favorite verse is Genesis 3:22 “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”

Now this is the Old Testament, there’s just God and the Holy Spirit. Is that the Us he’s referring to?

So in just this one little thought experiment we find this a puny god. It’s not omniscient and not omnipotent. So why call it a god at all?

Therefore god/God does not exist. That was easy.

Another dumb Christian says Rapture starts this Saturday

I think he’s channeling Harold Camping – the nitwit Christian who back in 2012 said the rapture was coming on not just one date, he then revised the claim and nothing came of it.

I suspect the same will happen with this guy. Even the Yahoo article points out he’s way off base.

You see it’s all because in the Bible they forecast the end times. But the thing is, being the Bible is entirely fictitious means that none of it is going to happen. And they’ve been expecting the rapture to happen ever since. So every year we get some ‘genius’ who says the Rapture starts this Saturday or some such.

It’s like clockwork. Look, the world will end in about 3-5 Billion years when the sun goes red giant. It’ll essentially be consumed by the sun.

Bryan Fischer on the Iran Accord

This is interesting.

Fischer says that his puny god will bless those who defend Israel and curse those that don’t.

But I don’t think he gets it. Part of those very accords with Iran made by the U.S. and other countries is that Iran dismantle a lot of it’s nuclear program. So if anything this is a blessing to Israel because who do you think one of the first targets would be for Iranian weaponry if allowed to continue the Iranian nuclear program? Yes, Israel. So this definitely falls in the blessing category. It’s just the Bryan Fischer is too stupid, too hoodwinked to be able to see that.

Vatican to crack down on Nuns in the U.S.

This is interesting stuff! Nuns have been on the front lines for some time so it doesn’t surprise me which side they come out in favor of when it comes to social issues.

Whether it be abortion, in which a Catholic Nun permitted an abortion to save a woman’s life, or to dignity in death, or even LGBT rights, most of the nuns are on our side.

But the Vatican doesn’t like it. Oh no, they must maintain the old boys club.

But I’m seeing more and more parish priests challenging Bishops here in the U.S., and then the nuns challenging the bishoprics too.

Then of course is the rise of the Old Catholic Orders, which support all the things mentioned above.

It is coming to the point where I suspect the U.S. Catholics will split from the Vatican at some point in the near future.

Because a few things have been amply demonstrated:

1) The Church lost a lot of credibility with the way in which it refused to handle abuse of kids at the hands of the priests.

2) The hierarchy is blindly out of touch with the realities of modern life.

3) The Catholic church is losing members at an alarming rate.

4) They are also having issues recruiting new priests and nuns.

All of this was bound to eventually happen as the body of scientific knowledge grew by leaps and bounds. It explains away the need for God, or any God for that matter.

But the nuns have decided, and rightfully so, that social justice matters. Bravo for them, I hope they decide to tell the Vatican to go get stuffed.

My rights trump your religion

That is correct. My rights mean I do not have to be subject to your religious dogma or edicts.

This all started when I read the post titled “Phony victimization ruining American Christianity” on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters.

This whole thing with Michele Bachmann and her husband’s sham psych practice are really starting to irritate the shit out of me.

Why? Because the more I hear about it the more I come to the conclusion that the phrase “Religion is a force for good.” is completely and totally incorrect. Religion is a force against good is more accurate, or religion is a force against rights, I like that one better.

We’re being bludgeoned to death because of fundamentalist religionistas who think that their world view is to be imposed on the rest of us.

No it is NOT! You can practice your religion, but when it infringes upon my civil rights I start getting angry. And right now I’m really angry. From the murder of a four year old perceived to be gay, to the 13% increase in crimes against the LGBT community in 2010, I’m sick and tired of it.

Those acts I quote in the prior paragraph, they’re more than just infringements. They are an affront to the person, be they young or old.

How dare people act on their twisted interpretations of biblical texts. I encourage people to read the ENTIRE Bible. Because once you do so you start to see several inconsistencies. If you’d like I can highly recommend the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, or perhaps a couple of YouTube channels that highlight the contradictions in the Bible.

Videos by DarkMatter2525 are pretty good at pointing out the contradictions.

And TaylorX04 does a good job too.

So read, watch and come back and tell me if it doesn’t shake your faith a bit. It shouldn’t just shake it but tear it to pieces.

As I often say, Keep your God out of my Government and I will keep my Government out of your God.