The Catholic Church is an evil institution that needs to be raided by the police, disbanded, and it’s leaders and employees (a.k.a. “clergy”) put behind bars for the crimes and atrocities they have perpetrated in the world. There is no amount of charity work that can atone for the evils committed by the diabolical organization of pedophiles, rapists, and kidnappers.
Kansas City’s Catholic bishop was charged Friday with not telling police about child pornography found on a priest’s computer, making him the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children.
It’s time start bringing criminal charges against all the pedophiles in all churches (not just the Catholics), the people who protect them, like this Bishop, need to be charged as well!
Fuck you, Republicans!
There, isn’t that refreshing to say? Professor Ellen Lewin said it to the University of Iowa College Republicans and I must say it was so inspiring to hear about that I emailed them myself to share the same sentiment.
It’s so nice when someone calls out these reprehensible clowns. Everyone should do it. Try it yourself! Just send an email to natalie-ginty@UIOWA.EDU and say “Fuck you, Republicans”. It’s easy and fun for the whole family.
Stephen Colbert and John Stewart will be holding competing rallies in Washington, D.C. on October 30th. I’m poor right now, but I really want to try and get there.
Newt Gingrich is, of course, insane. Here’s an example of it.
“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior. This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works…”
So what can we learn from this? First is that Gingrich thinks Kenyan anti-colonialism is some sort of political philosophy. (Hint: it’s not.) Second is that Gingrich thinks being anti-colonial is somehow bad. Well call me a Kenyan Anti-Colonialist, but I happen to think that the Colonialist philosophy of invading other countries, slaughtering their citizens who resist, and forcing the survivors to work and produce materials and goods for us is, in fact, wrong. According to Newt Gingrich, that means I’m out of touch with reality, and I guess that’s OK, because Newt Gingrich must live in an incredible frightening place.
Hatriot: noun – A person who believes that the best way to show love of ones country is to show hatred for it’s values and defenders. See also Regressive, Neocon-federate, and Teabagger.
UPDATE! Aug 31, 2010
I guess I’m not the first person to think up the word “hatriot”, but I’m certainly going to be doing my part to encourage it’s use.
A terrorist or terrorist group has attacked the construction site where a mosque is being built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee using a cowardly night-time act of arson to destroy some of the construction heavy equipment.
The anti-Islamic forces that carried out this attack are really anti-American forces: they oppose freedom of religion and they use violence to enforce their will.
It’s time to stand up to them and stop them! It’s time for true Americans – people who believe in freedom and justice for all to stand up and join to together to defend our freedoms before they are stripped away utterly by the anti-American mob of the Christian right-wing.
Muslims, atheists, Sikhs, Hindus, Native Americans, Wiccans and more have all experienced first hand the bigotry and discrimination dealt out by Christians, and now we need to form an alliance to stop them from turning the United States into a Christian pseudo-theocracy. Those Christians who reject the lies and hostility coursing through their communities are also welcome to join us, for ours is a cause that requires only a love of liberty to qualify for membership. As a start, I have donated $5 to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro whose site was attacked, and I urge everyone else to do the same. I am also looking for ways I can help here in my own town.
But I urge to you take another very important step: if you don’t already own one you should buy a gun. If you own one, buy more ammunition and go to a shooting range frequently to make sure you know how to use your gun effectively. The Christian right-wing is making it more and more clear that they are not committed to democracy and are willing to consider, and even use, violence to force their will on others. We must be prepared to fight back and defend the United States against those who would destroy it, and to defend ourselves against those who would destroy us.
Hopefully attacks like the arson in Murfreesboro will be a wake up call to many conservative Americans and help them realize just how dangerous their movement’s nationalist ideology has become. Hopefully they will step back from the brink of madness that they stand upon. Hopefully the political process in America will work to help us all talk with one another and guide our country forward in liberty and equality, rather than tyranny and terror.
But we must not mistake hope for a guarantee. As the right-wing self-styled patriots are fond of quoting, “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Those are the words of Wendell Phillips, an abolitionist who also fought for the rights of women, Native Americans, and labor unions. Let us uphold Phillips’ enlightened philosophy while also heeding his exhortation to caution.
Lest my words be taken as entirely anti-Christian, let me point out that there are good Christians in the US who not only believe in freedom of religion, but actively support it. Heartsong Church in Cordova, TN is letting a Muslim group meet at the church while a mosque is being built. Pastor Steven Stone and his congregation are to be admired for being examples to us all in these troubled times.
Finally we can move forward together as a nation!
The forces of Israel have claimed another victim, after a fashion, and it’s an American. Long time White House reporter Helen Thomas is retiring in the wake of a supposed scandal over her quite true comments on Israel.
What horrible thing did she say? She had the unmitigated audacity to point out that Israel was founded by a bunch of Europeans and Americans who invaded the land of another people, the Palestinians, drove them from their homes, killed those who fought back, and continue to oppress those who remain. Furthermore, Thomas then went on to the horrifyingly reasonable conclusion that the Israelis ought to go back to where they came from.
Well, let me just say this for the record: the state of Israel is evil. It is founded on the idea that because Jews have been oppressed, vilified, and murdered throughout the centuries, and especially in Nazi Germany, that it is now permissible for Jews to oppress, vilify, and murder some other group of people.
The Israelis should leave. They are occupiers, usurpers, theives, and murderers, and I, for one, would not shed any tears if the whole world rose up against them and wiped their country from the face of the Earth. They can have another state when they show that they’ve learned to behave with civility and morality.
I did something just now that I thought I’d never have to do: I uninstalled a Slackware Linux release. After a week of fighting with problems in Slackware 13.1 I finally gave up and reverted to my backups of Slackware 13.0. The problems were mostly KDE related.