The Way It Is, Like It Or Not...
"Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
"‘I believe God made it happen at that point in time because that’s the point I was strong enough to handle it.’"
~ So God let you get into a nasty car wreck so you would know you had cancer. Do religious people like her hear themselves when they talk? I mean, how warped would you have to be to believe something like this?
So God let you get into a nasty car wreck so you would know you had cancer.
Do religious people like her hear themselves when they talk? I mean, how warped would you have to be to believe something like this?
This is disturbing, but not surprising. The Catholic Church, as it sticks its nose into everything (including gun control; their newest pet issue) deserves some hard looks after a story like this.
In some cases, the behavior that drew the greatest ire of the hierarchy involved breaking church rather than criminal laws. After first learning of Michael Baker’s abuse of boys in 1986, church leaders sent the priest to therapy, then returned him to ministry believing his word that he would stay away from children.
Yet in 2000, information that Baker was performing baptisms without permission set off a new level of alarm among the church’s top officials. They discussed launching a canonical investigation, and for the first time in Baker’s checkered years with the church, officials raised the prospect of contacting police.
They mulled getting a restraining order to keep him away from churches.
I often wonder what it’s going to take for people who defend the church to come around and say “Wow, this isn’t just a one off; we have an institutional problem.”
When your biggest issues are priests performing sacraments incorrectly, while you ignore the fact that they’ve acted inappropriately with children in the parish (or don’t take those issues as seriously as the former) you have to wonder where the priorities of the church lay.
Actually, no you don’t. I take that back. The priority of the church is now and always will be covering the church’s legal ass.
Interesting. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this with military schools, but usually it’s the Air Force Academy that’s catching flack for being overtly religious.
Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week in a much-discussed online post that echoed the sentiments of soldiers and airmen at other military installations. The 24-year-old told The Associated Press that a determination this semester that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional prevalence of religion in the military.
“I’ve been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that I want to see and so many other people want to see?” Page said. “I realized that this is one way I can make that change happen.”
Page criticized a culture where cadets stand silently for prayers, where nonreligious cadets were jokingly called “heathens” by instructors at basic training and where one officer told him he’d never be a leader until he filled the hole in his heart. In announcing his resignation this week on The Huffington Post, he denounced “criminals” in the military who violate the oaths they swore to defend the Constitution.
“I don’t want to be a part of West Point knowing that the leadership here is OK with just shrugging off and shirking off respect and good order and discipline and obeying the law and defending the Constitution and doing their job,” he told the AP.
While it may not be precisely the case, isn’t it odd that a cadet would feel that way? Even if his experiences are exaggerated, unless he’s completely pathological, there’s probably something going on there as far as forcing religion on the cadets, so isn’t that something we should be making sure isn’t happening?
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and we’ve heard about this fire before.
"Barack Obama released a Thanksgiving Day message Thursday.
He forgot to thank God. He forgot to mention God."
On Monday, David D. Kirkpatrick, the Cairo bureau chief for The Times, quoted one of the Egyptian demonstrators outside the American Embassy, Khaled Ali, as justifying last week’s violent protests by declaring: “We never insult any prophet — not Moses, not Jesus — so why can’t we demand that Muhammad be respected?” Mr. Ali, a 39-year-old textile worker, was holding up a handwritten sign in English that read: “Shut Up America.” “Obama is the president, so he should have to apologize!”
I read several such comments from the rioters in the press last week, and I have a big problem with them. I don’t like to see anyone’s faith insulted, but we need to make two things very clear — more clear than President Obama’s team has made them. One is that an insult — even one as stupid and ugly as the anti-Islam video on YouTube that started all of this — does not entitle people to go out and attack embassies and kill innocent diplomats. That is not how a proper self-governing people behave. There is no excuse for it. It is shameful. And, second, before demanding an apology from our president, Mr. Ali and the young Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, Yemenis, Pakistanis, Afghans and Sudanese who have been taking to the streets might want to look in the mirror — or just turn on their own televisions. They might want to look at the chauvinistic bile that is pumped out by some of their own media — on satellite television stations and Web sites or sold in sidewalk bookstores outside of mosques — insulting Shiites, Jews, Christians, Sufis and anyone else who is not a Sunni, or fundamentalist, Muslim. There are people in their countries for whom hating “the other” has become a source of identity and a collective excuse for failing to realize their own potential."