September 2013

Really? 9.29.13 – A Sunday Religion Round-up.

by Pitt Griffin on September 29, 2013 · 0 comments

in Really?, Religion

Thelma and louiseWomen, who drive, can damage their ovaries and give birth to children with clinical problems. So says top cleric Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan – a member of the Saudi Arabian Senior Council of Scholars – reacting to a planned protest against the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. Being driven is fine. Apparently, junk science knows no boundaries.

A militant Islamic group, Boko Haram, attacked a school in Nigeria, killing at least 40. The group targets schools, realising that educated people are less likely to be impressed by religious mumbo-jumbo. Their name is a dead give-away. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden”.

The Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Woodrow Karey after a 911 call in which he confessed to shooting Pastor Ronald Harris. Karey had walked into the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center around 8:20 p.m. CT Saturday and shot Harris as he entered the church and then again at close range. No reason has been given.

Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish

Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish proves that the Catholic Church needs to review its recruiting policies.

The Dunmore Police have charged a Catholic Priest, Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish, with one felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one felony count of unlawful contact with a minor. The Dunmore police say they found him and a boy, who was not wearing pants, in a car on the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University. The Church has to acknowledge that its strange policies on celibacy and women in the priesthood are attracting some deviants.

Cardinal Raymond Leohas Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – second only to the Pope in matters of church law – has announced that Nancy Pelosi has no right to take communion. Burke’s particular bugbear is Catholic politicians, who support abortion rights, taking the Eucharist. He appears to have missed the Pope’s memo that the Church was to refocus on its pastoral mission.

Ex-Pope Benedict. He still doesn't get it

Ex-Pope Benedict. He still doesn’t get it

Ex-Pope Benedict defended the Catholic Church in its abuse scandal by trotting out the “everybody is doing it” excuse. In a letter to atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, he claimed that the percentage of priests, who raped children, was no higher than the percent of the general population that do so. What about the idea that priests, as men of God, are supposed to be better than the rest of us? The Pope also ignored the worst aspect of the scandal – the cover-up.

An 850lb stone carved with the 10 Commandments – which normally stands in front of the Faith and Action building in DC – was found, toppled over. It would be easy to assume that it was atheist vandals except the monument’s engineer said “it would have taken leverage and a “herculean amount of strength” to wrench the stone off its base and bend a steel reinforcing rod so the monument could fall forward”. Sounds like something the Old Testament God would have done.

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Really? 9.27.13 – English Takes a Beating at One Local News Station.

September 27, 2013

A reporter at a news scene may be excused for some departures from good English if speaking extemporaneously. Only a few though, as reporters are supposed to be professionals. In the studio, the newscasters are reading from scripts. Their errors should be rare to non-existent. However, one local news station’s studio talent offered all of […]

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Ted Cruz Promotes the Ted Cruz Brand – America Be Damned.

September 25, 2013

Ted Cruz set all the Tea Party hearts aflutter with his gallant impersonation of Horatio on the bridge, defending Rome and its citizens from Porsena and the Clusium army. But just as myth clouds that gallant stand, there are many myths surrounding the noble Senate warrior and his 21+ hour speech. For starters, let us discard […]

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A Picture of Crime in The US – A Review of the 2012 FBI Crime Statistics.

September 23, 2013

The FBI has just issued the final 2012 crime statistics. They make for some interesting reading – if you are into that sort of thing. Especially when you consider how crime rates vary by state and region. There are some surprises. Who would have guessed that New York would have the lowest rate of property […]

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We Will Not Solve Gun Violence Until Grown-up Gun Owners Start Talking About It.

September 20, 2013

The week started with 12 people shot dead at the Navy Yard in Washington DC. Despite a documented history of mental-illness, anger-management issues and gun discharges, the shooter was legally armed. The case needs no more coverage here. The lesson learned is that we need better background checks and information sharing. Less well-known is the […]

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Republican vs Republican – Throwing Stones While the Ship Sinks.

September 19, 2013

The far right is in a civil war with the extremely far right. And it is hard to keep track of who’s who on either side of the conflict. The first casualty in the internecine strife was Marco Rubio. Elected in 2010 as the young ethnic face of the Tea Party crazies, he lost his TP cred with […]

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Money is the Rot in Politics

September 18, 2013

Nowhere else in the industrial world is so much money spent on influencing politicians. And it’s not a new phenomenon. Almost 100 years ago, Will Rogers wrote, “America has the best politicians money can buy”. But recent Supreme Court decisions have turned a river of water in politics to an undamable flood. The Republicans are doing their damnedest to “defund” Obamacare. Conservatives […]

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A Walk Through Genesis – A Definition of Marriage, Inconsistencies, Inaccuracies and Plenty of Sex.

September 16, 2013

The biblical book ‘Genesis’ illustrates that you cannot be a biblical literalist and believe that biblical marriage is between one man and one woman. Genesis is internally inconsistent, factually inaccurate – and oozing with sex. Let’s have a look. We’ll start with the inconsistencies, inaccuracies and the biblical definition of marriage. In Genesis 1:6 God creates a […]

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Why Aren’t the Neocons Demanding We Attack Syria?

September 15, 2013

Do you remember 2002/3 and the drumbeat for war in Iraq. The President was scaring us to death with talk of yellow cake uranium. Condi Rice was asking us if we want the “smoking gun” to be a mushroom cloud. Dick Cheney was muttering and scowling. And Donald Rumsfeld was complacently assuring us that, ” you go to […]

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