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Friday, April 23, 2010

Not Cool

I do not understand how anyone continues to believe that the Catholic Church has all the answers. The record on pedophilia continues to get more horrifying. If the basic human drive is to have sex for reproduction, how can an entire religion preach that the only people who have the answers are the ones who deny basic human biology? Why why why do people continue to believe and give them money? Stop the insanity! Save your children!

DDT and other persistent organic pollutants were banned years ago, but their legacy carries on. In 23 of the 31 foods tested in a recent study, DDT (or DDE, the DDT metabolite) were present. That's not good. Your best bet to avoid them is to eat low-fat vegetarian foods, since DDT is lipophilic. On the other end of the spectrum, eating farmed salmon is like eating a toxic waste dump. Bleh!

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupting their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes." according to a senior Muslim cleric. Seriously? Argh!!! (On the upside, there's a Facebook campaign to test this theory, because why not flaunt your cleavage on some random Monday and see if we can cause a major earthquake? It will be amusing if, after months of earthquake news, Monday passes with no major events. Here's hoping.)

3 Comments:

  • Ceili will be interesting on Monday...

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 5:25 PM  

  • I do not understand how anyone continues to believe that the Catholic Church has all the answers.

    To be fair, virtually no-one does — certainly not the Catholic clergy. Many people do however believe that the Catholic Church has some of the most important answers, and as it happens some of those answers explain why you can find deviants in any area of life, including the Catholic Church.

    The record on pedophilia continues to get more horrifying.

    If you choose to believe a sensationalizing, largely unsourced article in a hard-left, anti-Catholic rag that is literally has to be handed out free, then yes. Especially if you view as reliable and factual the versions of stories told by a lawyer who makes a living through extracting money from the Catholic Church, and whose income is largely a function of the publicity accorded to this issue.

    If the basic human drive is to have sex for reproduction

    If.

    how can an entire religion preach that the only people who have the answers are the ones who deny basic human biology?

    They do not; self-control is the opposite of denial.

    Why why why do people continue to believe and give them money?

    Having read a story about bad cops, do you continue to call the police when in danger?

    Having read a story about corrupt charities, do you continue to donate?

    The Catholic Church does a vast amount of good in this world with the money that it receives in donations. There are bad individuals in the Church as in any other large organization, but that does not change its fundamental nature.

    Stop the insanity! Save your children!

    Presumably we should then pull all children out of school? After all, teachers molest children at about something like one hundred times the rate of priests. (Which if you think about it could actually be an excellent argument in favour of the Catholic Church!

       "Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.
       "'[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?' she said. 'The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.'
       "So, in order to better protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of the school systems, with headlines about a 'Nationwide Teacher Molestation Cover-up' and by asking 'Are Ed Schools Producing Pedophiles?'
       "No, they didn't. That treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater problem in the schools was ignored altogether.
       "As the National Catholic Register's reporter Wayne Laugesen points out, the federal report said 422 000 California public-school students would be victims before graduation — a number that dwarfs the state's entire Catholic-school enrollment of 143 000.
       "Yet, during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2 000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government's discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools."
       — Has Media Ignored Sex Abuse In School?, CBS News, August 2006

    By Blogger Michael, at 6:33 PM  

  •    "In the United States alone, there are reportedly some 39 million victims of childhood sexual abuse…. Hofstra University professor Charol Shakeshaft reports that 6–10 percent of public school students have been molested in recent years — some 290 000 between 1991 and 2000. According to other recent studies, 2 percent of sex abuse offenders were Catholic priests — a phenomenon that spiked between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s but seems to have virtually disappeared (six credible cases of clerical sexual abuse in 2009 were reported in the U.S. bishops' annual audit, in a Church of some 65 000 000 members). [Yet] the sexual abuse story in the global media is almost entirely a Catholic story, in which the Catholic Church is portrayed as the epicenter of the sexual abuse of the young."
       — George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center

       "[D]uring the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools.
       — Tom Hoopes, National Catholic Register executive editor

       "My research of cases over the past 20 years indicates no evidence whatever that Catholic or other celibate clergy are any more likely to be involved in misconduct or abuse than clergy of any other denomination — or indeed, than non-clergy. However determined news media may be to see this affair as a crisis of celibacy, the charge is just unsupported."
       — Professor Philip Jenkins, The myth of the "pedophile priest", March 2002

    On the other hand, incest is the most widespread form of child sexual abuse. All things considered, the Church may very well be the safest place to send your kids!

    If you really want to blame a minority group, you might as well pick the pro-gay lobby.

       "In fact, every priest whom I treated who was involved with children sexually had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships."
       — Psychiatrist Richard Fitzgibbons, CNA, April 2010

       "Homosexual males are three times more likely than straight men to engage in pedophilia."
       — K Freud and RI Watson, 1992

       "[A]round 25–40% of men attracted to children prefer boys. Thus the rate of homosexual attraction is 6-20 times higher among pedophiles."
       — Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2000

       "The Case for Abolishing the Age of Consent Laws"
       — We Are Everywhere: A Historical Sourcebook of Gay and Lesbian Politics, 1997

       Parents should look upon the pedophile who loves their son "not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy's upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home."
       — Male Intergenerational Intimacy, Journal of Homosexuality, 1991

       "We can be proud that the gay movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally sexual" and "deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose. … Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children's sexuality … we must do it for the children's sake."
       — The Guide ("Gay Travel, Entertainment, Politics & Sex"), 1995

    But if that would be wrong, then why is it OK to pick on the Catholic Church…?

    "Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupting their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."

    Sex does lead to earthquakes… if done properly! :-)

    By Blogger Michael, at 6:34 PM  

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