Title: National Sunday Law
Author: A. Jan Marcussen
Publisher: Amazing Truth Publications
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.
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.
- Male fruit flies, when drunk, become much more likely
to court other male fruit flies.
Or, Oh God, I was so drunk ...
- Health insurance companies are making out like bandits in Washington
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,
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.
More on the Talabaptist front.
In yesterday's Washinton Post, Kevin Phillips on
How the GOP Became God's Own Party.
Rolling Stone magazine profiles Senator Sam Brownback in
It's a scary look at the Christian far Right.