Showing posts with label Evil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Evil. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Iowa Family Policy Center's Anti-Gay Candidate Loses by 49% Margin

     Under the weather again today folks, so my submissions will be few.

     Joe.My.God. has been reporting on anti-gay Iowa Family Policy Center (which received $3 million in federal grants--your tax dollars--to lobby against LGBT rights), whose president Church Hurley has been attacking religious people who support marriage equality and civil rights legislation for LGBT persons.  Last week, Hurley called these compassionate pastors "confused at best and blatantly evil at worst" and went on to question their leadership credentials by calling them "pseudo pastors." Mr. Hurley is not a pastor.

     Leading up to last night's primary, Hurley's Iowa Family Policy Center threw a bunch of money behind their candidate and tried to make the campaign about marriage equality and the horrors of sodomy.

     From One Iowa via press release:
     Pro-equality legislator Ako Abdul-Samad scored a decisive victory in tonight’s House District 66 Democratic primary. Clair Rudison, with the full force of the Iowa Family Policy Center behind him, won only 25% of the vote compared to 74% for Abdul-Samad. Voters rejected the negative and divisive tactics he and the Iowa Family Policy Center used to try to smear his opponent. "We congratulate Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad on his decisive victory and welcome his continued leadership at the statehouse," said Jenison.
     Hurley had vowed to make the election about one thing: gay marriage. As it turns out, Iowa's voters only care about the stuff that actually affects their lives. Sad trombone for Chuckie!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Atheists Should Leave America, Our Currency Says So

     Here's is a letter to the editor submitted by an American citizen that claims atheists are the root of all evil.

     I'm left wondering why logic is not taught in our school systems.
It Makes Sense If Leave Out Logic
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     "Atheists hate me this I know, for the dollar tells me so."

     If violence and evil come from atheists, then I guess atheists must have written the bible.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Vatican Exorcist Claims Devil Is in the New York Times

     Do you recall how just three weeks ago, Father Gabriele Amorth, self-proclaimed exorcist of the Roman Catholic Church, claimed that the devil is in the Vatican?  Guess where he's saying good old Satan is now?

     Seriously, guess.

     You're correct!

     The Catholic News Agency reports:
     Noted Italian exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, commented this week that the recent defamatory reporting on Pope Benedict XVI, especially by the New York Times, was “prompted by the devil.”  Speaking to News Mediaset in Italy, the 85-year-old exorcist noted that the devil is behind “the recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI regarding some pedophilia cases.”
     So, the devil is in the Vatican and the devil is attacking the Vatican from outside.  Satan is everywhere!  

     Or, maybe Amorth is off his meds again.  No, he's just your everyday opportunist that's using the pain of victims, the ignorance of some folks in the pews, and the sexual abuse scandal to sell his book. 

Happy Easter, Fr. Gabriele!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Catholic Exorcist Claims the Devil is in the Vatican

     Father Gabriele Amorth, a self-proclaimed exorcist of the Roman Catholic church, claims that the devil is in the Vatican.  Big surprise.

     It was only a matter of time before the crazies in the church came forward to make a buck off of the sexual abuse scandals that have been rocking the RCC, and blaming Satan is the easiest way to excuse the church of its wrong doing.  If the devil made mother do it, then mother is still holy, unblemished.  This is classic Vatican II language: mother is not a sinful church, but a church of sinners.

     In all my years of seminary and priesthood, I never once heard of anyone that was an exorcist in the RCC.  There were no classes or mention of exorcism from any of the academics who "formed" me.  Some seminarians gossiped about how every diocese had its own exorcist and that it was (conveniently) very hush hush, for if it was talked about it the light then the devil would win and take over.

    It's all absolute bullshit, and according to Catholic theology, Star Wars style gnosticism is and has been considered a heresy for two thousand years.  There is no Catholic belief in a cosmic struggle between the light and dark sides of the force.   Jesus has already redeemed the world.  The Kingdom of god is already present, but not yet fully realized (another nonsensical paradox).  He will come again at the end of times to usher in the full realization of the Kingdom.  This is what the church professes.  Anyone who believes that the devil could ultimately win, that it's a toss up, doesn't know their Catholic theology.  So if there is a secret society of Vatican appointed exorcists then the church is a gnostic church and needs to come out as such.

     Here's the report on mister self-proclaimed chief exorcist and believer in satan.  His true motives become apparent in the interview.

    The Times UK reports:
    Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican", according to the Holy See's chief exorcist.
    Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".
    He added: "When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia."
     Yes, blame the devil for all the violence and sexual abuse in the Church.  That's much easier than putting the blame on the church and its clerics and holing them accountable for some real change and contrition.

     Still, I can't get this image out of my mind: Pope Ben Projectile vomiting pea soup while he violates himself with a crucifix. Ew.

     Here's the kicker: Amoralith just published a book, Memoirs of an Exorcist.  This publicity tour isn't coming from some holy and righteous cause to battle evil.  It's about selling books and making a buck!  Hypocrite.

     The Times continues:
     Father Amorth, who has just published Memoirs of an Exorcist, a series of interviews with the Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti, said that the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II in 1981 had been the work of the Devil, as had an incident last Christmas when a mentally disturbed woman threw herself at Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Midnight Mass, pulling him to the ground.
     Seriously, the devil made these mentally ill persons do it?  I thought we were past the age of blaming mental illness on demon possession.  Of course, Amorth has no interest in scientific reason.  He has books to sell.
     Father Jos矇 Antonio Fortea Cucurull, a Rome-based exorcist, said that Father Amorth had "gone well beyond the evidence" in claiming that Satan had infiltrated the Vatican corridors.
     "Cardinals might be better or worse, but all have upright intentions and seek the glory of God," he said. Some Vatican officials were more pious than others, "but from there to affirm that some cardinals are members of satanic sects is an unacceptable distance."
     Yes, cardinals' sole purpose in life is to seek the glory of God, especially Cardinals Law, Mahony, and those guys that have been renting seminarians and choir boys in the Vatican.  Of course, no cardinals are interested in climbing the Holy See's ladder.  Up periscope on both counts!
     Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil was "pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me."
     The devil is a "pure spirit"?  Who's the one devil worshiping now?
     He "make fun" of you?  How come if a priest or religious person talks about god, the devil, or the virgin speaking to them, we tolerate it and let it be, but if someone kills someone or does something bizarre and claims god, the devil, etc. made them do it, they get locked up in a maximum security psych ward? 
     It's all the same.  If you believe that supernatural beings interact with the universe and tell people to do good things, then why could they not tell people to do bad things?  At least the ancient Greeks had this one figured out.  Of course, their gods are just myth.
     Let me offer you a moment of satanic possession, Fathers Amoralith and CooCooRoll: you're morons, and yes, I am making fun of you.
     The Devil

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I Hate Satan: Part II, Ways to Use Satan to Control

     Here are just a few methods for using your belief in Satan to get what you want in life. I hate them all.

  • The Hellfire Method
     It’s helpful to use Satan to control people by threatening them with eternal hellfire and brimstone. As they said in Field of Dreams: “If you scare them, they will come.” (Or something like that.) This method has been proven extremely successful by preachers and parents.

     Subtext: “You will go to hell or Gehenna (whatever cozy name you create) and be tortured for eternity by Satan if you don’t adhere to how I interpret god’s will.” Or “I love you so much, that I’m going to threaten you until you do what I want you to do, because I’m too frightened and weak-minded to act on my own without everyone being just like me and doing what I want them to do.”
     Jesus loved this method and even used it to encourage self-mutilation. (Mt 5:22, 29-30)
     St. Paul absolutely adored it (2 Cor 11:14, 2 Thes 2:9, 1 Tim 1:20)
  • The Mirror Method
     This method is best used in situations where someone’s differences make you see something in yourself that you don’t like, that you are too afraid to face. In this instance, simply project that little bit of Satan in your own heart onto your brothers and sisters. You’ll feel much better for it, and you’ll protect your false self in the process.
     The best known example of the Mirror Method is Jesus’ “Get behind me you, Satan!” to Saint Peter. (Mt 16:23, Mk 8:33) Jesus employed this method after Peter, who could see the writing on the wall that Jesus was going to get himself crucified, expressed his logical and loving concern for Jesus’ well being. But Peter’s concern just made Jesus doubt himself and feel tempted to abandon his death-wish-on-the-cross mission, so he simply deflected his fear and uncertainty onto Peter.
     Peter, the first pope according to Catholics, was called Satan by Jesus. Wow, maybe I’ll be pope someday!

  • The “What Me?” Method
     Employ this method by using statements like “The devil made me do it.” Use it to get out of situations where you don’t want to deal with the consequences of your own actions or admit your own selfish desires.
     In other words, “I have no control over my own actions, so I have to blame some imaginary demon within me, because there really isn’t a part of me that is capable of doing anything wrong or hurtful, and as long as the devil made me do it and I’m sorry, then I’m still a good person and god loves me and will give me everything I want in heaven.”
     Or be poetic about it, and blame the thorn in your side. (1 Cor 7:5, 2 Cor 2:11, 2 Cor 12:7)
  • The Aversion Method
     Satan is everybody’s favorite when it comes to dealing with a person who says or does something of which you disapprove or whose actions you can’t explain.  In this case, it’s best to use the Aversion Method. Rather than go through all the dirty work of trying to dialogue with them and find some common ground, simply call them Satan and move on from them, shaking their demonic dust from your shoes.
     Clarification: this method is more a dismissal of a person than the Hellfire Method, which is more about keeping someone in the fold.
     Jesus was fond of the aversion method and even commissioned his disciples to use it regularly. (Lk 13:16, Mt 10:14, Mk 6:11, Lk 9:5)
     St. Paul loved it, too. (Rom 1:27, 1 Cor 5, 1 Tim 5:15)
  • The Total War Method
     If someone is different, then they are Satan, evil, possessed, etc. and need to be destroyed. Attack them. Stone them. Kill them. Burn every last vestige of the fact they ever existed. Exercise them from your memory. Un-invite them from your slumber party. Delete them from your cell phone. De-friend them on Facebook!
     In the Old Testament, this method is what the Israelites used to back up their theory of total war: “the ban.” This is why everywhere they went and whenever they encountered people with different gods than their Yahweh, they invaded their enemies, burned everything (including their crops), and killed everyone (including their livestock, women, and children). Don’t believe me? Just read your Old Testament cover to cover.
     This method has inspired such great historic triumphs as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Nazis, and countless jihads currently being waged throughout the world.
     A few biblical examples: Joshua 6:18-21, 1 Sam 15:3-20, 1 Sam 30:17, Ezk 44:29, Rom 11:20-22.

Postscript:  If you are wondering what my favorite method is, I deplore them all. But, the one to which I’m most prone is the Aversion Method. It’s a real gut check, when I realize I’m using it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Hate Satan -- Part One

Yes, I hate Satan.  One would think that would make me a good Christian, but in fact, it doesn’t.  It makes me all the easier to hate.  In fact, holy people have called me Satan and told me that I was going to hell more times in my life than I care to recount. 

This experience has allowed me to better understand the ways people use their belief in a red-skinned man, who has horns, a cloven tail, hooves, breathes fire, and lives in the center of the earth, to get what they want in life: control. 

Belief in Satan is all about control.

Tomorrow, I will share some of the wisdom I've gained in my life by being called Satan, the devil, Beelzebub, evil, etc.   From these experiences, which I hate, I've gleaned several time-tested methods of calling upon Satan employed to control the universe.

Image Credit:  Satanle Diable,au festival m矇di矇val de Sedan (08 France),le 20 Mai 2007 from Wikimedia Commons.