Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pastor Benny Hinn, Prosperity Gospel Preacher, to Divorce

     Pastor Benny Hinn, popular fundamentalist Christian televangelist, is getting a divorce.  Hinn preaches the prosperity gospel, that Jesus will heal your physical maladies and bless you with an economically rich life if you just trust god and give Benny all your money.  Apparently, the prosperity gospel is working so well for Benny that half of that money is now going to the Mrs.

     Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County Superior Court on Feb. 1, citing irreconcilable differences, after more than 30 years of marriage. The papers note the two separated on Jan. 26 and that Hinn has been living in Dana Point, a wealthy coastal community in southern Orange County. 
     "Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice," Benny Hinn Ministries said Thursday in a statement. "Although Pastor Hinn has faithfully endeavored to bring healing to their relationship, those efforts failed and were met with the petition for divorce that was filed without notice." 
     Hinn is one of the best known advocates of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that Christians who are right with God will be rewarded with wealth and health in this lifetime.  His TV broadcasts on the Trinity Broadcast Network, a Pentecostal broadcasting juggernaut, and other TV networks are seen by millions of people around the world nearly every day. He travels the globe in his ministry's plane, named Dove One, holding events he calls "Miracle Crusades" that include spiritual healings.
     Hinn has never fully publicly disclosed how he spends the money he raises, but his vast ministry is believed to be a multimillion-dollar operation. There was no mention of finances in the court filing, which listed three recent Southern California addresses for the family.
      Come on, Benny!  The truth will set you free.  Let go and let god!  It's time for some full disclosure of just how much money you've raised off the suffering masses, who have believed your lies.

Maywood Catholic Church Vandalized, Police Call It a Hate Crime, which I Think Is an Apt Description of Sexual Abuse

     People are appalled and angry.  In Maywood, CA, (southeast of downtown Los Angeles), vandals broke into Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church and tore through the church's kitchen and auditorium.

     KTLA reports:
     "The vandalism was of a heinous nature, and in fact, consistent with a hate crime," department official said. The pastor told KTLA that he looked at surveillance video and it appears two young men broke into the church around 1 a.m. Monday.
     ABC7 reports:
     Investigators said the vandalism is extremely graphic, calling it heinous. They wrote 666 on the walls, stuck a knife through a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe and took a cross and displayed it in a sacrilegious manner. Police said the suspects went as far as to defecate in the auditorium, located next to the kitchen.
     If you know anything about the vandalism call the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department at (323) 562-5005.

     Let me make myself very clear: I do not support breaking into churches and defecating in their auditoriums.  Breaking and entering, destruction of property, and doing anything with the hateful intention to inspire fear in a specific group of people are crimes.  I hope the people who did this are captured and brought to justice.

     Here's the thing: I want to see this kind of anger, shock, and call to urgency coming from Catholics and local newscasters when it comes to sexual abuse/rape of children.  The church building, the kitchen, the painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that took a knife in the face, etc. are all just possessions.  They are things.  The only exception, according to Catholic belief, is the content of the tabernacle--the  consecrated hosts, which Catholics believe are Jesus Christ (who is obviously not claustrophobic).   From the news reports, the vandals did not desecrate this holy of holies.

     But, what of the holiest of all holies, the real flesh and blood of our children?  

    Why is it that newscasters and Catholics get so bent out of shape over possessions getting destroyed, but seem to distance themselves from feeling and even verbalizing any sort of anger about what pastors, bishops and popes have done unto their children in the name of their god?  

    Imagine if the newscasts on the church vandalism were rewritten as a report on child rape/sexual abuse in the Catholic church:  

     The vandalism was of a heinous nature, and in fact, consistent with a hate crime. The concerned Catholic reported to the police that priests enticed twelve year old boys/girls with promises of love, holiness, and eternal life, only to rape them. Investigators said the vandalism to the children's bodies and psyches is extremely graphic, calling it heinous. The priests ripped through the children's anal/vaginal walls, ejaculated on the faces of their virgin victims, and used the cross as a means of control, telling the children that they were seductive and bad and that they needed to ask Jesus for forgiveness.

     How's that for a sacrilegious hate crime?

     If you are offended by that, then good.  We need to be offended by what was and is being done unto children in the names of people's gods.  We need not to forget how extremely graphic and heinous child rape and sexual abuse are.  Those, who conspired to enable and cover-up for the perpetrators of these hate crimes against children and who bullied adult-victims that came forward, need to be brought to justice.

     If you know of a child that has been sexually abused, call 911.

Pictures of the vandalism are from KTLA; the protest, from Evidentia.