Category Archives: Law

Penn and Teller on Catholicism: An Oldie but Still a Shocker

A reminder of the sins of the catholic church. Ratzinger’s involvement in cover-up of systemic child abuse. George W Bush granting him immunity from prosecution, and other appalling behavior completely at odds with the professed faith.

There is no catholic god. If there is, then he is a monster.

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Kim Davis may have to pay $225k for denying gay couples marriage licenses

The buck stops with her. Regardless of her personal interpretation of her god’s will.

Good to see the rule of law prevailing. A little late. But better than never.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/01/kim-davis-may-pay-225k-denying-gay-couples-marriage-licenses/

Idaho Priest Who Wanted To ‘Rape And Kill Children’ Sentenced To 25 Years For Child Porn | Michael Stone

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise, has been sentenced to 25 years in prisonwithout parole and will be required to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to felony crimes involving the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Good.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/12/idaho-priest-who-wanted-to-rape-and-kill-children-sentenced-to-25-years-for-child-porn/

Oklahoma Republican Declares That Rape Is The ‘Will Of God’

Faught … stated that rape and incest are God’s will because God is sovereign over all activities that happen.

Well, he is technically correct. If you believe god is all-knowing all-powerful then everything that happens must be according to his will.

Or he doesn’t care enough to intervene.

(And no, such a god does not permit free will. Because he already knows everything you are going to do. And in any case, there is no free will if you will face eternal damnation should you choose wrongly.)

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2017/04/oklahoma-republican-declares-that-rape-is-the-will-of-god/

Behold the Christian Taliban

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea has published a Christian manifesto calling for the execution of all males who refuse to follow “Biblical law.”

This proves again that extreme believers are crazy and cannot be trusted. And it also underlines the importance of freedom from religion in politics.

We see it again and again. Extreme believers cannot help themselves when they have power. They will seek to impose their religion on everyone else.

The irony fail is pathetic. The same Christians who hate the Muslim Taliban would themselves act the same way in the same situation.

More here https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/11/gop-lawmaker-matt-shea-releases-christian-manifesto-calling-for-biblical-law/#LovkIEBuCKvOHePM.01

African American Politician Thanks God for Slavery

Florida State Rep. Kimberly Daniels thanks God for slavery, claiming “if it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshipping a tree.”

More at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/03/black-florida-lawmaker-thanks-god-slavery/?utm_content=buffer73399&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Priests don’t have to report child abuse

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Louisiana Supreme Court rules priests don’t have to report child abuse.

See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/11/louisiana-supreme-court-priests-dont-have-to-report-child-abuse/#sthash.jfnwBEC2.dpuf

1. This is special treatment for one specific religion. How come they don’t have to follow the law like everyone else? If an imam hears confession about child abuse is he mandated to report it? How about a Daoist monk? Aren’t we all supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law?

2. This is clearly prioritising a religious practice (protecting the confidentiality of the confessional) over the protection of children.

3. This is hypocrisy.  (Not surprised of course.) What happened to “think of the children”? The church uses this to demonize homosexuals. But when it comes to real actual abuse, they fight to avoid reporting it.

“the fact that the Catholic church would fight for and win the right to keep child abuse hidden should come as a surprise to no one. After all, the Catholic church has a long and well documented history of protecting child abusers at the expense of innocent children.”

In other words, the church chooses to protect itself over protecting children. This says something dreadful about the Catholic religion and its god.

Catholic Church spent $2million to block N.Y. kid-rape laws

ALBANY — Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has turned in recent years to some of Albany’s most well-connected and influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice.

Why rely on prayer faith and divine power when you can spend earthly money on earthly lawyers? The church knows what works. If you seriously think the church actually believes in god and biblical teachings then you are mentally deficient.

More here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/catholic-church-hired-lobby-firms-block-n-y-kid-rape-laws-article-1.2655010