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    On Religious Cowardice and Disingenuousness

    I wrote earlier this week about the anti-birth control bills working their way through the Missouri State Legislature. (HP1541 and SB749, specifically) These are catch-all bills meant to allow anyone involved in the medical profession or health care industry, or intermediaries, to refuse any product or service to anyone based on their moral convictions.

    So, basically, it’s legalized discrimination.

    I’m not just bothered by the ambiguous and potentially abusive nature of these bills, I’m angry that the supporters of these bills don’t have the cajones to own up to what they really want: regulation of peoples’ sex lives and punishment for sexual activity. Having a discussion with a friend this morning, I asked him if making it legal to allow an employer to make an employee’s medical decisions is worth the potential abuses. (For example, someone positive for HIV being denied coverage for HIV medication by an employer with a beef against gay people.) His response was: “Well, if I go to work for someone like the Catholic Church, I’d expect that I’d have to behave the way they want me to.”

    And with that, I was done. I strongly disagree with the notion that a church should have the unilateral power to bypass discrimination laws because they contradict church doctrine, especially in private businesses that enjoy tax freedom on my dime. I also have very little patience for apologists who are making excuses for these discriminatory laws when, in fact, they fully support church supremacy and statutory misogyny.

    Other popular excuses I’ve heard:

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    6 03.28.12
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    If you needed any more proof that the Catholic Church is led by scumbags

    …the church is now attacking victim advocacy groups in an attempt to defend sex offenders.

    Classy move… you sick, monstrous bastards.

    1 03.13.12
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    Catholics put politics ahead of helping people, yet again. Why are charities being used as political weapons?

    This one leaves me scratching my head, but it’s a microcosm of what we’re seeing from the right in general.  Charities have become political weapons with which the right tries to dictate who lives and dies based upon their own antiquated and ignorant beliefs, often with the support of taxpayer money. 

    Late last year we learned that the Salvation Army ordered Bill Browning and his partner, both homeless at the time, to separate before they’d be allowed shelter and food in one of their southern Indiana facilities. When they refused, they were denied desperately needed services. 

    Then it was Komen trying to block grant money to Planned Parenthood, even though those grants did nothing more than help for early detection of breast cancer. (And hopefully survive.) When that occurred we raised millions for Planned Parenthood in mere days, and the ferocity of our opposition forced Komen to turn aside its destructive plans in the end.

    Now we have the Catholic Church, which is heavily subsidized by taxpayers, demonstrating remarkable efficiency in their zealotry against gays and women by denying funding to Francis House, a homeless shelter in Sacramento, California. It makes me wonder why they are so inefficient at turning out known child pornographers and other priests charged with abusing children. And, I can’t for the life of me understand why people support a church that is perfectly content to starve people as punishment for views that run contrary to the church’s beliefs. 

    Seriously, Catholics.  Why do you keep giving money to these people?  Why do you keep allowing these monsters to victimize kids? And most importantly, why do you support an organization that thinks it’s cool to throw homeless people, pregnant people, cancer patients, and LGBTQ people under the bus to prove its jesus freakiness?

    2 03.12.12
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    anglophonic-blog:

NOPE.
There is nothing gay about a single white man in a fabulous gold hat with long flowing robes and matching shillelagh giving out irrational sex and relationship advice like a loose cannon on a sinking ship.
Cardinal Keith O’ Brien is straight as a razor.  Definitely not an alcoholic, judging from his bright red face and drooping jowls. 
Possibly the straightest, purest man on Earth.  I shall totally trust any advice this man gives out as selfless, God-given and worthy of note. 
No ulterior motives at all.

Um, no.  You know what’s like slavery?  Mentally, physically, and sexually abusing children over whom you have complete power, repeatedly, and then doing everything in your power to cover it up.
That’s like slavery.

    anglophonic-blog:

    NOPE.

    There is nothing gay about a single white man in a fabulous gold hat with long flowing robes and matching shillelagh giving out irrational sex and relationship advice like a loose cannon on a sinking ship.

    Cardinal Keith O’ Brien is straight as a razor.  Definitely not an alcoholic, judging from his bright red face and drooping jowls. 

    Possibly the straightest, purest man on Earth.  I shall totally trust any advice this man gives out as selfless, God-given and worthy of note. 

    No ulterior motives at all.

    Um, no.  You know what’s like slavery?  Mentally, physically, and sexually abusing children over whom you have complete power, repeatedly, and then doing everything in your power to cover it up.

    That’s like slavery.

    551 03.05.12
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    "When followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes that are binding on others in that activity. Granting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees."

    United States vs Lee, 1982

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    Per Americablog.

    And fuck you, Catholics.

    3 02.13.12
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    True story.

    True story.

    241 02.11.12
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    German priest admits 280 counts of sexual abuse - BBC

    Catholics, don’t you think your church leaders could do more to stop pedophilia than ‘banning’ priests from contact with children, especially when they know with certainty that these men are abusing kids?

    Per BBC:

    A German Catholic priest has admitted 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys in the past decade, saying he did not think he was doing harm.

    Named only as Andreas L, the priest told a court in Braunschweig that he had first abused the nine-year-old son of a widowed woman parishioner.

    After being banned by his diocese from making further contact with the boy, he abused two brothers, aged nine and 13.


    When the mother began to suspect her son’s relations with the priest were inappropriately close, she approached the diocese of Hildesheim, the priest’s employer, which forbade further contact with the boy.

    The abuse of the two brothers then began under similar circumstances, the court heard.

    After contact with these victims was also forbidden, the priest approached his first victim again, writing him a letter.

    It was then that the truth about the abuse emerged.

    "It was never my impression that the children did not consent," the priest was quoted as saying at the trial.

    9 01.13.12
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    So I guess my roommate just walked into the lounge and said, “I can’t be in there anymore. I can’t listen to one more abortion video.”

    lovethatquietsallmyfears:

    Little does she know, one of my many Catholic videos/podcasts/songs will get to her some day. Mwahahahahaha! You have a crazy Catholic roommate sweetie. Sorry I’m not sorry. =]

    It’s odd how you Catholic folk seem to only care about fetuses. 

    You have no compunction with giving ten percent (or more) of what you earn to a church that actively covers up child rape and abuse, up to and including your Pope.  If I were you, I’d take that ten percent and donate it to organizations that help former Catholics recover form the horrific experiences they endured at the hands of your Church’s leadership

    That would be a much more constructive use of your time and money.  (Much more constructive than harassing your roommate with your mindless Catholic bullshit, in fact.)

    56 01.12.12
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    Alan Cumming, may your brilliant wit be retweeted by 6 billion people.

    Alan Cumming, may your brilliant wit be retweeted by 6 billion people.

    4947 01.09.12
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    Anonymous asked: Growing up, I went to a Catholic school and my family was part of the Catholic church accompanying the school. Let me tell you, growing up at the school served perfect contradictions of Catholic beliefs. Almost every year they would raise the tuition to put pretty, unnecessary things in the Church. No money for the school or the poor? They were constantly asking for money to fund them adding on to the church. Also, two priests came out as gay. One of them ran away with a students father.

    Thank you for the message, Anon. I too have experienced many contradictions with the Catholic Church and its adherents, but as you saw from my post, the one that horrifies me the most is the systematic protection of sex offenders. (Which even the Pope himself has engaged in.)

    2 01.06.12
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