Showing posts with label Death. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Death. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Correction to Yesterday's Post, Martin Luther King Jr. Quote Is Not Completely Accurate But Is Still as Scathing

     The quote attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. that I used in yesterday's post and that is being disseminated in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death is not completely accurate.  
     A Facebook user posted her own thoughts followed by King's quote.  Somewhere in the electronic game of "Telephone" that is social media, her original introductory sentence and the actual King quote were combined into a single quote.  Those little things called quotation marks make a huge difference.  (See Eats, Shoots & Leaves for more on the importance of proper punctuation.)

     The actual quote is from King's book Strength to Love, page 53.  It reads: 
     Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence.
     The Detroit Free Press reported that the first sentence — the part referencing “thousands” supposedly comes from Twitter user Jessica Dovey, who tweeted this morning at Jillette: “I am the original author of the ‘MLK’ quote. Somewhere my words got mixed with his.” Jillette then retweeted her tweet containing the admission.
     Even if the entire quote didn't come from King's lips, it doesn't devalue the meaning of what's being disseminated.  The unblemished King quote is stronger because it doesn't devalue the feelings of relief and redress belonging to those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. Also, the actual quote is  more universal and just as scathing of the condemnatory religious comments by Mike Huckabee, etc. and the actions of those who are boasting.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Diocese of Pittsburgh Sued After Man Abused by a Priest Commits Suicide

     The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
     The family of a former Etna man said today that he committed suicide earlier this year after the Diocese of Pittsburgh reneged on a promise to continue psychiatric treatment he needed to overcome the trauma of sexual abuse by a priest 25 years ago.
     Michael R. Unglo, 39, took his own life May 4 while a patient at at Austen Riggs Hospital in Massachusetts.
     "He paid the ultimate price for being sexually abused as a child by a priest," said Alan H. Perer, who filed suit on behalf of the Unglo estate.
     Click here for the remainder of the article.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Catholic Church's Condom & HIV Hypocrisy

     A little reminder of what religion, god, and healthcare can do when combined courtesy of an old Guardian article:
     The Catholic Church is telling people in countries stricken by Aids not to use condoms because they have tiny holes in them through which HIV can pass - potentially exposing thousands of people to risk.
     The church is making the claims across four continents despite a widespread scientific consensus that condoms are impermeable to HIV.  A senior Vatican spokesman backs the claims about permeable condoms, despite assurances by the World Health Organisation that they are untrue.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Joe Barton, BP, Jon Stewart, if the Oil Spill was in Barton's Hometown, and More

     If you haven't heard Representative Joe Barton of Texas' apology to BP for President Obama's holding BP accounatble for the cost of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, deaths, and ongoing oil spill, which is the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history, here's the video.

     Rep. Barton, Methodist,  has received $27,000 in campaign donations from BP and $1.4 million from the oil/gas industry as a whole (Christian Science Monitor), but he represents the best wishes of the Americans whose lives have been taken and/or livelihoods destroyed by the BP oil disaster.  

     Yey, Republicans!  Good luck cleaning up this mess.  You best remove Barton from his post as ranking Republican on the House Energy Committee, if you want to cap this disaster.

     The following images are from the interactive map, where one can see the extent of the BP oil spill were it to be spread over land.

     Here is the extent of the BP oil spill were it to be placed near Barton's hometown Waco and the Texas 6th that he represents.  The spill would cover an area from Austin to Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond.

     The spill would cover an area from the greater Los Angeles and Orange County regions past the northern most suburbs of Los Vegas.
     In comparison to the fish and seafood resources destroyed in the gulf, the oil spill would cover most of the state of Iowa.  Imagine if all that fertile farmland was lost.  Are we to be any less concerned and angry about the loss of fisheries? 
     The spill would easily engulf Washington, DC, most of Maryland and Delaware, all of New Jersey, south eastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and some of Connecticut.
Bump to Joe.My.God for the map lead.

     Jon Stewart's take on real American Joe Barton's ridiculousness.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Catholic Relics, Pope Ben Prays with a Piece of a Dead Human Heart

     A year ago when Pope Benedict declared the "Year for Priests," he quoted the Curé of Ars (no comment), John Mary (no comment) Vianney, patron saint of priests, saying:
     A few moments ago, in the Choir Chapel, I was able to venerate the relic of the saintly Curé of Ars: his heart. A heart that blazed with divine love, experienced amazement at the thought of the dignity of the priest, and spoke to the faithful in touching and sublime tones, telling them that “after God [sic], the priest is everything! ... Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is.”
     If you are unfamiliar with Catholic lingo, Pope Ben's proclamation might seem strange.  What does it mean to "venerate" a "relic"?  No.  It's not a sexual euphemism, although who knows how the mind of an enabler of child rapists works.

     A relic is a piece of dead person, who Catholics believe is a saint (meaning s/he went to heaven).  Catholics have so much respect for their holy deceased that they exhume saints' decomposing bodies from the ground.  They take these "earthen vessels" that their scriptures call "temples of the Holy Spirit" (meaning vessels for god) and chop them up or carve out little pieces of bone, fingernails, or in the case of Pope Ben's relic of John Mary Vianney, organ meat (a.k.a. "A heart that blazed with divine love.")

     Catholics also cover their exhumed saints' bodies with preservatives and put their heads, limbs, bodily fluids, or entire body, if it's still in tact, on display for all to see.  (Seriously, I've seen the decapitated head of Sir Oliver Plunkett in Ireland and the the plastered body of John Henry Neumann in Philadelphia.  I haven't eaten beef jerky since.)

     Back to the relics.  After chopping up holy and dead Catholics, the pieces of their beloved are then packaged into containers made of precious metals and sold by the church to priests, parishes, and individuals to be embedded in church altars, stored in drawers by those with a collective fetish for pieces of dead Catholics, and most importantly to be prayed before.

     Catholics only worship and pray to their one god, but it doesn't hurt to have a shriveled up piece of dead saint, whom one invokes by name, when hoping for the cosmic vending machine to bend the laws of physics, science, and medicine to one's will.
     If you are still confused by the concept of relics, watch an old Star Trek: the Next Generation or Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode in which Ferengi death rituals are portrayed.  This will clarify everything.  I wonder how much latinum the Grand Nagus is bringing in these days.

     And remember that when you're praying, after god, the dried up piece of a dead priest's heart is everything.


     Isn't it a miracle how St. John Mary Vianney's body was preserved?  Who knew that Madame Tussaud did better work than the Catholic god?  You can't  even tell that his heart is missing. 
Image from Godzdogz

Thursday, June 3, 2010

BP Slow in Compassion for Families of Workers Killed in Oil Disaster

     While Sarah Palin is busy blaming environmentalists for the BP/Transocean oil disaster and for outsourcing middle class American jobs, she's forgetting that her British buddy BP hasn't exactly been pastoral in the treatment of those eleven Americans killed in the oil disaster.

     Last week, Diane Sawyer of ABC's World News reported on how BP and Transocean have treated the family of Dale Burkeen, a father of two young children.  Dale died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, which was also the date of his wedding anniversary.  Here's bit of the ABC report:
     Dale's family said BP waited days to tell them he was gone, and they have never offered an explanation or apology.
     "It makes me angry in a way, because there's got to be an explanation," said Felicia Hamilton. "It makes me wonder, what if it was their son or brother out there? Would they still say I have no explanation?"
     "Does BP have any real compassion?" Sawyer asked.
     "They have not called us one time to say we're sorry your son has lost his life out there," said Mary, who wants to travel to the site of the rig to lay a wreath for her son. "I feel the only way I can come to a closure is when they get all this oil up."
     The site has memorial listing of those who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

 Image from Open Salon.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nun Excommunicated for Allowing Life Saving Abortion for a Mother of Five, But Pedophile Priests Are Still Catholic

     Sister Margaret McBride was excommunicated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix for allowing the termination of a pregnancy in a Catholic hospital.

     The abortion was provided to a twenty-seven-year-old mother of five who would have died, along with her unborn child, if not for the lifesaving procedure.  Her four children would have been left motherless, but the Catholic Church's backwards teaching that abortions can't be performed even when the mother is in danger of death would have been faithfully followed.  How's that for family values?

     NPR reports:
     The patient, who was too ill to be moved to the operating room much less another hospital, agreed to an abortion. But there was a complication: She was at a Catholic hospital.
     "They were in quite a dilemma," says Lisa Sowle Cahill, who teaches Catholic theology at Boston College. "There was no good way out of it. The official church position would mandate that the correct solution would be to let both the mother and the child die. I think in the practical situation that would be a very hard choice to make."
     But the hospital felt it could proceed because of an exception — called Directive 47 in the U.S. Catholic Church's ethical guidelines for health care providers — that allows, in some circumstance, procedures that could kill the fetus to save the mother. Sister Margaret McBride, who was an administrator at the hospital as well as its liaison to the diocese, gave her approval.
     The woman survived. When Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted heard about the abortion, he declared that McBride was automatically excommunicated — the most serious penalty the church can levy.
     "She consented in the murder of an unborn child," says the Rev. John Ehrich, the medical ethics director for the Diocese of Phoenix. "There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child. But — and this is the Catholic perspective — you can't do evil to bring about good. The end does not justify the means."
     "Consented in the murder"?  Was not the Church then consenting in the murder of a young mother of four?

     Allow two lives to end, or save one life?  It seems pretty simple.  But not by the twisted logic of the Catholic mind, which demands the sacrifice of an innocent woman to please god.  Typical traditional and biblical values, where women are the tools of male god and property of their husbands.

     Also, Sister Margaret McBride who saves a life is excommunicated, while thousands of pedophile priests remain members of the Catholic Church after ruining the lives of countless innocent children.  How's that for justice?  And what of the priests who rape nuns and secretly procure abortions?

     Bishop Olmstead should be praising Sister Margaret for saving a life, when two could have been lost.

    "In the case of priests who are credibly accused and known to be guilty of sexually abusing children, they are in a sense let off the hook," Doyle says.
    Doyle says no pedophile priests have been excommunicated. When priests have been caught, he says, their bishops have protected them, and it has taken years or decades to defrock them, if ever.
    "Yet in this instance we have a sister who was trying to save the life of a woman, and what happens to her? The bishop swoops down [and] declares her excommunicated before he even looks at all the facts of the case," Doyle says
     Save a young mother's life, get excommunicated.  Rape a young mother's child, get forgiven.  Oh, justice.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Constance McMillen's Graduation to be Picketed by Westboro Baptist Church

     Constance McMillen, who was discriminated against for wanting to bring her girlfriend to prom, is getting an unexpected graduation present.  The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, has announced that they will picket McMillen's May 22nd graduation and browbeat the parents and students of Constance's Mississippi community (Fulton) with their Gospel According to Hate, which is "explained" at
     If you're not familiar with Westboro, this is the Fred Phelps, family-run church that pickets the funerals of U.S. soldiers, who die in combat, in order to protest the supposedly gay-loving values of our nation.  Yeah, I know you're thinking, "But the military...Don't Ask, Don't Tell...technically there are no homosexuals in the military...and when knowledge of one arises, he/she is dismissed...why would they protest the funerals of dead soldiers?"  

     Don't expect logic here.  The only logic for them is to hate anyone and everyone who is different from their myopic experience of the universe that is their family-church.

     “WBC will picket the graduation of Itawamba Agricultural High School to remind the parents, teachers and students of this nation that God said 'Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination,'” the church said in announcing the protest.
     “This generation has been raised to believe that they can live for the devil and still go to heaven, that God has no standards and the biggest lie of all – that God loves everyone.”
     “The parents of Fulton, MS feign outrage that a filthy dyke wants to parade her 'girlfriend' around at their night of fornication called a prom,” the church added. “They had a duty to teach their children what the Lord requires of them. They shirked this duty.”
     The Topeka, Kansas-based church, which is made up mostly of family members, came to national attention when they started picketing the funeral processions of soldiers killed during the war in Iraq. Fred Phelps, who helms the church, believes dead soldiers returning from Iraq are God's punishment for American support of gay men and lesbians.  Members of the church believe it is sinful not to speak out against being gay.
     “But it's not you [gay men and lesbians] and your filth that is causing God's condign wrath to pour out unmixed and unmitigated on this rebellious nation,” Margie Phelps told On Top Magazine in 2008. “It's all of the pride and sin of doomed America; it's all the fag enablers, without which you would be back in the closet with your mouth shut, where you belong.”
     This is the face of the Gospel According to Hate.

Here's an interview of Constance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Image from The Advocate

Friday, April 23, 2010

South Park, Mohammad, Death Threats and Jon Stewart

     In the 200th episode of South Park, which was broadcast last week, a proposal to bring the Prophet Mohamed to town is met with short shrift at a community meeting. "Are you nuts?" one character says. "If Mohamed appears in South Park we get bombed!" "We don't know that," another replies. "Maybe enough time has passed that now it's OK to show Mohamed."
     As it turned out, that hope was a forlorn one. The American broadcaster Comedy Central this week censored the programme after the episode's depiction of the Prophet Mohamed dressed as a giant teddy bear drew a warning on an Islamist website that the show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, would be murdered.
     The warning was posted on the New York-based website Revolution Muslim. In an article that suggested that Parker and Stone would "probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show", a writer calling himself Abu Talhah al-Amrikee listed the addresses of Comedy Central's New York office as well as Stone and Parker's production office. He also posted a link to a piece giving details of the house that the two rent.
     So Comedy Central broadcast the next programme, which concludes the plot of the anniversary edition, with several crucial speeches bleeped out. In Wednesday's episode, Mohamed's appearances were covered with a giant "censored" label, while he was replaced in the bear suit by Santa Claus.
     In response, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show gave this homage to all the satirical commentary that his show has provided concerning all religions, once again calling religions on their hypocritical and hateful calls for the death of those who have different beliefs.
     The Guardian gives this summary of the South Park episode in question:
     The Muhammad furore began last week in the show's 200th episode when the creators introduced the character as a riff on censorship. The joke was that Muhammad was dressed as a bear because he could not be shown as a cartoon in the wake of death threats made against Danish cartoonists by Islamist extremists, who see any depiction of Muhammad as a gross insult to their religion.  In the storyline, the prophet was brought into the show on the demand of previous victims of its satire, led by Tom Cruise, who believed that he could make them immune to further ridiculing. In this week's episode, the bear costume was unzipped to reveal that Santa Claus, not Muhammad, had been inside all along.

Images are from the previously hyperlinked Guardian and Independent articles.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tiger Wood's Nike Commercial Gets Christian Bale Overhaul

     The new Nike commercial featuring Tiger Woods and his back-from-the-dead father Earl Woods telling Tiger what he thinks of Tiger's sex scandal has been re-dubbed with Christian Bale's violent and inappropriate Terminator Salvation meltdown.  Strangely, it doesn't seem as out of place when placed over the "let's make money off of Tiger's adultery and mysterious addiction" Nike commercial.
     If you haven't heard the Bale rant before, it's full of F-bombs.  So don't click the video if you are easily offended.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Decry and Deny: No Easter Apology from Vatican

     There was a break in tradition at the Vatican's Easter Mass.  No, the pope did not resign.  He didn't even apologize.  Instead, a Cardinal addressed the Holy Father and, on behalf of the 400,000 priests around the world (we can assume that includes the perpetrators of sexual abuse), said that all stood by the pope in the face of the "gossip of the moment." 

     The Vatican and Pope Benedict passed the opportunity to truly live their theology of death and rebirth by  taking responsibility for their actions, submitting resignations, and apologizing on Easter for their mishandling and cover-up of sexual abuse

     Instead, Benny used the bully pulpit to deny and decry.  He didn't mention the scandal at all during his Easter address, so concerned is he for the members of his flock who are angry, confused, and abused.  Instead, Benedict decried the evil secular culture of the world and prayed for Jesus to overpower this "culture of death."

     Shortly before the Mass started, with thousands of pilgrims filling a rain-swept St. Peter’s Square, [Cardinal Angelo] Sodano offered special greetings to the pope, wished him a happy Easter, and said the bishops and 400,000 priests around the world stood by him.
     "Holy Father, the people of God are with you, and do not let themselves be impressed by the gossip of the moment, by the challenges that sometimes strike at the community of believers," Sodano said.  Jesus spoke of courage in the face of tribulations, the cardinal continued, and he referred to the apostle Peter’s account of Jesus during the passion: "When he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously."  Benedict rose to greet Sodano with an embrace, clasping his shoulders warmly and shaking his hand. Vatican observers said they could not recall such an appearance in past Easter celebrations in St. Peter’s.
     Leading the charge has been the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, which published a summary yesterday of comments over Easter weekend in support of Benedict from bishops around the world. The headlines said Benedict was the target of “crude propaganda’’ and a “base defamatory operation.’’
     “May the saving power of Christ’s resurrection fill all of humanity,’’ Benedict said, “so that it may overcome the multiple tragic expressions of a ‘culture of death’ which are becoming increasingly widespread.’’
     "Increasingly widespread," I couldn't have described the crimes that the hierarchy of the church has committed against the most vulnerable members of its "family" better myself. 

     Postscript:  I hope that the 400,000 priests that they claimed stood behind the pope didn't include those of us, who have left the decrepit and corrupt church.   After all, their theology claims that we are priests forever in the line of Melchizedek (this includes the pedophile-priests). 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sarah Palin Heathcare Hypocrisy

     Sarah Palin, winner of Pulitzer Prize winning's 2009 Lie of the Year Award, for falsely claiming that President Obama's healthcare reform would set up "death panels" to determine whether senior and disabled Americans could recieve government provided healthcare, has stooped to a yet another level of hypocrisy.  Government-funded healthcare is not good enough for America, but it's good enough for her own family.

     Shannyn Moore of The Huffington Post reports:
    Recently released documents from the custody battle show clearly Tripp Palin Johnston has socialized health care through Indian Health Services and the Alaska Native Medical Center.
    Palin's family has federally funded health care afforded to them...but if you had it Barack Obama might kill you. Put this on the list of Palin's Greatest Hypocritical Hits...volume 97.

Sunday, February 21, 2010