Bad Religion · Evangelism

Crazy believers, billboard battles, and stealth abortion funding

Where to start on this Tuesday morning? How about the insane "Christian" militia group trying to jump-start Armageddon out of a Michigan base? Granted, living in Michigan's weather might make one cross over to the dark side, but I've never known snow drifts to cause folks to gird up in weapons and plot to kill… Continue reading Crazy believers, billboard battles, and stealth abortion funding

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Before he was Pope, Benedict XV1 knew of horrific abuse

The wonderful Laurie Goodstein has documents (redacted, just like the politicians'!) and a great story showing a dismally sad state of affairs in the Vatican when reports of a priest abusing 200 deaf boys came to Rome's attention. And, depressingly - but not surprisingly, since he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of… Continue reading Before he was Pope, Benedict XV1 knew of horrific abuse

Life

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: It’s NOT the Celibacy

Whenever someone argues that the Catholic Church’s celibacy requirement of clergy is the reason sick, twisted men molest defenseless children (or confused adolescents) I want to smack them in the shoulder. Celibacy doesn't cause child sexual abuse; if it did, all the Demented Daddies out there wouldn't be grabbing after their own sons and daughters… Continue reading Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: It’s NOT the Celibacy

Life · Politics

Israel, PBS, tuition, education standards and “Jihad Jane”

So much news, so little time. Breaking it down: File this under ethics: A PBS news team is in a spat with an Academy Award-winning filmmaker over rights to footage shot by PBS and, Learning Matters' John Merrow argues, essentially stolen by Davis Guggenheim, he of "An Inconvenient Truth." Guggenheim's documentary on shool reform -… Continue reading Israel, PBS, tuition, education standards and “Jihad Jane”