George V. Reilly

Review: National Sunday Law

Title: National Sunday Law
Author: A. Jan Marcussen
Rating: ☆
Publisher: Amazing Truth Pub­li­ca­tions
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 94
Keywords: delusional religious propaganda

We received an un­so­licit­ed copy of this ridiculous book in the mail. It drones on and on about Satan and his plans, bashing both Catholics and Protes­tants. Apparently, ‘Sunday worship is “the mark of the beast!”’. Who knew? Who cares.

I assumed that it's from the Seventh Day Adventists, though I couldn't confirm that from skimming it. However, Catholic Answers confirms my guess.

Best avoided, especially on Sundays.

Child Abuse in Ireland

Nine years ago, the Ryan Commission was set up to produce a report on physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children in Catholic Church–run re­for­ma­to­ries in Ireland. This week, they released a 2600-page report detailing abuse to tens of thousands of children from the 1930s to the 1990s. The abuse and violence were systemic and in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized, if not universal, and they were hushed up and overlooked for decades. The stories of the abused, in their own words, make for horrifying reading. It's a national disgrace.

The Christian Brothers come off the worst of the many religious orders who are implicated. Even in their day schools, they long had a reputation continue.


The Pope has reinstated four ex­com­mu­ni­cat­ed bishops:

Pope Benedict XVI, reaching out to the far-right of the Roman Catholic Church, revoked the ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tions of four schismatic bishops on Saturday, including one whose comments denying the Holocaust have provoked outrage.

Pam has more. Newsweek has context.

Last month, the Pope said:

that saving humanity from homosexual or trans­sex­u­al behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from de­struc­tion.

Shit like this reminds me of why I am no longer a Catholic.

I was raised Catholic in Ireland and spent eleven years at a priest-run school. It didn't take; I had lost my faith by my mid-teens.

But even if I still believed in continue.

Odds and Ends #4

Mis­cel­la­neous links.

Family Values Hypocrites

I'm traveling in Europe at present (Ireland last week, Italy this week and next), so I have little op­por­tu­ni­ty to keep up with U.S. news, but the Larry Craig case leapt out at me. Craig is the second U.S. Senator to be exposed in the last few months as a major sexual hypocrite who espouses 'family values' but can't keep his pecker in his pants. Schaden­freude is just the right term for the pleasure I take in seeing these dickwads hoist on their own petards.

David Vitter (brother of one of my professors at Brown, Jeff Vitter) repeatedly consorted with pros­ti­tutes. Larry Craig has pled guilty to soliciting sex in a men's restroom, joining continue.

Jerry Falwell: Good Riddance

Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, died today. As an atheist, I don't believe in hell, but if it existed, a thor­ough­go­ing shit like Falwell would surely be headed there. Falwell was a liar, a hate-monger, a parasite, and a crook.

“The abor­tion­ists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the Pagans, and the abor­tion­ists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an al­ter­na­tive lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who continue.

God's Own Party

More on the Ta­l­abap­tist front. In yes­ter­day's Washinton Post, Kevin Phillips on How the GOP Became God's Own Party.

Theocracy in Action

Rolling Stone magazine profiles Senator Sam Brownback in God's Senator. It's a scary look at the Christian far Right.