Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anti-Gay Exodus International Ignores Role in Ugandan Gay Death Penalty Bill

     The "ex-gay" Christian activist group, Exodus International, has issued a letter on their website, condemning Uganda's kill-the-gays bill that remains unresolved, threating to impose the death penalty on HIV-positive gay men in Uganda and life in prison for all other gays.  The hypocrisy is that Exodus was involved in the gestation of the bill and sidesteps this fact in their letter.  They are trying to have their anti-gay cake in Uganda, and to eat their "compassionate" cake here in the U.S.A.

•implicitly denies the existence of sexual orientation, referring only to behavior.
•falsely states that Exodus has not supported legislation depriving others of “life and dignity,” despite the organization’s prior support for Uganda’s March 2009 pro-genocide conference and years of official organizational support for legislation that separates LGBT parents from their children and that fosters discrimination and ostracism against LGBT workers, renters, and youths.
•conspicuously omits “liberty” and “the pursuit of happiness” from the “life and dignity” that it claims to uphold.
•fails to hold president Alan Chambers and board member Don Schmierer accountable for their negligent and reckless affirmation of the March 2009 conference and subsequent disregard for human life in Uganda
•is one year late — an official statement was sought by human-rights advocates and ex-gay watchdogs a full year ago, when such a statement could have prevented Uganda’s ensuing genocide campaign.
•is likely to be ignored by the organization’s partners in Uganda — and by Exodus Global Alliance –because it is a year late and written under extreme public pressure.
•sidesteps the only truly literal “conservative” interpretation of the Bible regarding homosexuality — an interpretation which requires LGBT people to be stoned to death by the self-righteous. There are NO Bible verses which support Exodus and NARTH’s discredited variations of reparative therapy, nor any verses calling for Exodus-style discrimination and deception, though some verses may be liberally and non-literally interpreted as an affirmation of same-sex orientation.
•fails to affirm any human rights whatsoever — it opposes antigay genocide solely because genocide prevents churches from evangelizing those who are slaughtered. To Exodus, human lives are just pawns in a chess game, or ticks on a scorecard.
•falsely and piously claims that signers have sole ownership of unspecified “transformation” — a deliberate insinuation that said signers have been “cured” of their sexual orientation.
•falsely characterizes Christianity as a right-wing ideological “identity” and not a spiritual profession or practice.

Former Vatican Big-Wig, Irish Bishop John Magee Finally Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

     There has been some action today in the wake of Pope Benedict's letter to the Irish church concerning the sexual abuse of minor by priests and the ensuing cover-up by bishops that was revealed in the Murphy Report.

     Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation Wednesday of Bishop John Magee, a former papal aide who stands accused of endangering children by failing to follow the Irish church's own rules on reporting suspected pedophile priests to police.
     Magee apologized to victims of any pedophile priests who were kept in parish posts since he took charge of the southwest Irish diocese of Cloyne in 1987.  "To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon,"
     After two years of demands that Magee resign because of his involvement of covering-up for two priests, who sexually abused and raped boys, girls and women, the criminal bishop has finally stepped down. 

     Bishop Magee is no minor cleric in church circles.  He served as the private secretary to Popes Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, and also as John Paul II's master of ceremonies.  These are top positions in the Vatican.  More proof that those in the intimate circles of the Vatican were involved in the mishandling and deliberate cover-up of sexual abuse.

     Hypocrite Benedict XVI has yet to accept the resignations of three other Irish bishops implicated in the sexual abuse scandal, nor has he taken responsibility for the mishandling of a repeat-offender, pedophile-priest during his tenure as a bishop in Germany

     I remain shocked by the lack of outcry from the majority of Catholics, who remain complacent and quiet in the face of such criminal hypocrisy. 

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For All the Christmas/Easter Christians

     Lent is quickly coming to an end.  The time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving will make way for Holy Week (Hell Week to the priests, ministers, choir directors, etc. who will be working their tails off.), and Christians everywhere can go back to regular habits of eating chocolate, drinking soda, letting their bibles collect dust, and jacking off to internet porn, knowing that they are closer to their god

     In honor of all the Christians who attend services only twice a year (Easter and Christmas), here's a reminder of the similarities between Santa Claus and god.

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