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Church took 20 years to defrock paedophile priest, inquiry hears

Posted on August 26th, 2014 at 11:22 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Archbishop Hart told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that Father Michael Glennon was first convicted and jailed in 1978 but it was not until 1998 that he was laicised.

He was convicted five times on multiple charges and died in jail in January this year.

Archbishop Hart, who was vicar general of the Melbourne diocese before being appointed archbishop in 2001, replacing George Pell, told the hearing it was very difficult before 2001 to get approval from the Vatican to defrock a priest.

“The difficulty would be a serious concentration on procedure,” he said.

“If every I wasn’t dotted and every T crossed in the way that they wanted, then there was a leaning in favour of a priest who might have been accused of something.”


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Vatican refuses to hand over files on accused pedophile priests

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 at 17:53 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The Vatican has refused to hand over the files of Australian priests accused of sex crimes to the child abuse royal commission.

The Vatican said the commission’s request for documents on each allegation involving an Australian cleric was “neither possible nor appropriate”.

Reasons included ongoing church investigations, and that internal working documents were the sovereign property of the Holy See.

Cardinal George Pell, now working in Rome, was asked if he sought an assurance from the Vatican that any document the royal commission needed would be provided.

“That is correct,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video-link on Thursday.

“I suppose in retrospect there would be some discussion over what ‘any document’ meant.”


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  1. No-one is expecting the Spanish Inquisition.

Isil bans philosophy, chemistry in Syria schools

Posted on August 16th, 2014 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremist group has banned the study of philosophy and chemistry in schools in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa and established an “Islamic curriculum” for students, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday.

The Isil asked teachers and school directors to “prepare an Islamic education system in the schools of Raqqa”, which would be reviewed by a board of education appointed by Isil.

The “Islamic experts” belonging to the Isil decided to exclude chemistry and philosophy from the educational programme because “they do not fit in with the laws of god”, the SOHR reported.

We are witnessing the beginning of a genocide…

so the rapid oxidation of flammable substances with the intent of propelling pieces of lead at targets doesn’t fit with the laws of God. Guess they should all go back to sticks and stones.


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  1. Just remember the Persians were masters of the bow and could hit a hand-sized target from the back of a galloping horse. :-)

  2. @Spaceman: What have the Parthians ever done for us?

  3. The aqueduct?

  4. and sanitation?

  5. Baghdad was at the pinnacle of scientific thought until some mullah declared it did “not fit in with the laws of god” a thousand years ago. History repeats itself and have these people learned nothing in a thousand years?

Tea Party official opens Miss. meeting with prayer asking for violence against Republicans

Posted on August 13th, 2014 at 22:18 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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“We’re asking, Father, for two things,” he said. “We’re asking, Father, that you would expose them, set division amongst them, set them one against another, bring confusion and fear into their camp, into their thinking, for the purpose of pulling them down, for casting them down out of their high offices and reducing them, Lord, to having no power in this state.”

“So, Lord, that you might raise up and seek the righteous in the positions of power that this state might once more be a state that honors you in all that it does,” Nicholson concluded.

الله أكبر الله اكبر

الله أكبر فوق كيد المعتدي
الله للمظلوم خير مؤيدي
أنا باليقين وبالسلاح سأفتدي
بلدي ونور الحق يسطع في يدي
قولوا معي قولوا معي
الله الله الله أكبر
الله فوق المعتدي


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Rabbi to Bibi Netanyahu – “Do Something to Hasten His Coming!”

Posted on August 5th, 2014 at 17:53 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. Why not just hasten yourself to God? I’m sure Israel has some spare ammunition.

  2. Perhaps the Messiah doesn’t think they deserve Him.

  3. Maybe the Messiah was born in Gaza and didn’t make it through the last invasion.

I am sure they do

Posted on August 5th, 2014 at 0:08 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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  1. Among the few joys of being a sub-editor on a newspaper are opportunities to craft headlines like this.

Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana Says There’s “No Purpose” in Releasing Names of Priests Who Molested Children

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 19:49 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana paid out approximately $26,000,000 to 123 victims of sexual abuse by priests who served there over the span of more than 50 years. They’re lucky they had insurance for that sort of thing.There’s an obvious question to ask: Which priests molested children?

The Daily Advertiser requested the names of the abusive priests from the diocese and the response was stunning:

“Bishop [Michael] Jarrell sees no purpose in such action,” Monsignor Richard Greene, media liaison, wrote in response to The Daily Advertiser’s request for the priests’ names.

No purpose.

Even though some of those priests may still be serving in churches today. We know at least one is. Should parents be worried? Are children safe in their presence?


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  1. I can think of a purpose. Names given to the police can be investigated and criminals prosecuted.

Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims, vows zero tolerance

Posted on August 1st, 2014 at 18:49 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

[ July 07, 2014]:

Pope Francis held his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse on Monday, pledging to carry forward the fight against the scandals that have rocked Catholicism for more than a decade.

“I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” the pontiff said.

Francis also pledged that any bishop who fails in his responsibility to protect minors “will be held accountable.”

Today it became obvious that Francis was just spouting bullshit:

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The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign despite criticism over the archdiocese’s handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests.

Archbishop John Nienstedt made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday’s archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. He says he’s bound to stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants.


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Unconfirmed Reports of Video of the Iraq Mass Executions by ISIS

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 14:32 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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According to the video description, the place of the incident was “Tikrit” in Iraq, according to a video description, and describe themselves as Rafidis, which include Shiites, Iranians, Alawites ….. an imprecise term.

According to a Twitter Video Description the largest massacre of Shiites in Tikrit.

It is not known if it this video relates to the first massacre in Tikrit ago more than a month, or if they have committed more massacres.

The full length video of 36 minutes can be seen here, with the executions in the last 5 minutes.


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He was burnt to death with magnifying glass for your sins

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Witches declare war on Boko Haram

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 9:07 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Worried by the socio-economic challenges facing the country, especially the nation’s state of insecurity, witches and wizards in the country recently held an emergency meeting at Afuze, Edo State

Making this revelation in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sun in Lagos on Wednesday, leader and spokesman, Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria, (WITZAN), Dr. Okhue Iboi said the emergency meeting held by his members was not only aimed at discussing the various challenges confronting the nation but also to chart a way forward.

“Witches and Wizards in Nigeria are deeply worried by what is going on in the country especially Boko Haram insurgency. As stakeholders in the Nigerian project, we can no longer afford to fold our hands while the nation burns. Enough is enough”, he declared.

While saying that the Boko Haram issue was one of the key issues discussed at their meeting, Iboi said it was witches and wizards from Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states that urged the association to convene the emergency meeting.


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Deuteronomy 22:28-29

Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 8:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. Can no-one go back in time and eliminate that flea-bitten camel shagger, Abraham?

  2. Short answer no.

    If someone could (even in the future) he would already be gone.

    Also, he is probably not a real historical person, just a literary creation used to justify the take over of Canaan by the Israelites.

    He is the father of the Jews and the Arabs, so getting ride of him would eliminate a lot of people alive today.

    I am not aware if Deuteronomy 22:28-29 is ever implemented by Jews or Christians, but we know Muslims do this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/world/africa/05somalia.html?_r=0

    seems a bit harsh, but what do I know, I am not any of the above.

  3. Clearly you know nothing about time travel either. What’s wrong with getting rid of a lot of people who would be unborn at the time? Every time you step on an insect you eliminate potential multitudes – not to mention Onan.

  4. Assuming that Time Travel ever becomes possible and widespread, I posit that the effect will be similar to Wikipedia – some areas will be hotly contested until a stronger authority steps in to maintain stability (“Time Cops”), but other areas will reach their own meta-stability because no one cares.

    Of course, the question is who will watch the watchmen.

    I read a delightful short story a while ago which was part of a collection based around individual elements (H, He, Li, Be, etc.). The Hydrogen story protagonist was a Timecop who had the rare ability to remember alternate realities, and was essentially a time terrorist because his bosses couldn’t remember what he’d changed.

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    If we know one thing about time travel from watching cable, it’s that given the opportunity, someone will always travel back in time change things, whether to prevent World War II, or start World War III, or save Lois Lane from an unpleasant death. Whenever this takes place, we end up with a different timeline, presumably one in which someone different decides to kill someone’s parents before they’re born or whatnot, which creates yet another timeline, which is wiped out by someone else’s temporal shenanigans, and so on like a four-dimensional Escher painting.

    How many times does this take place? It’s impossible to say. As each timeline is created it’s instantly replaced, and you can’t get a thing done without finding out that your brother is suddenly your aunt, and rather than being a VCR repairman you’re Squindar, Lord of the Under-realm. It is for measurements such as these that the word “bazillion” was created.

    The only way reality can exist for more than an instant is when someone, by accident or design, changes things to create a universe where time travel is never discovered. And that, my friends, is where we are now. Time travel may be possible, but anyone who tries to discover it will fail, probably due to a misadventure of ludicrous improbability.

Fast + pray

Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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  1. Another wonderful example of folk art showing all the assured confidence of a mind untroubled by convention or comprehension. The wavy lettering no doubt produced by the pressure of working under the deadline threat of imminent Armageddon.

  2. @pete: Excellent start. Our thesis in Art History is now entitled:

    Alternating Alterities: The Dialectical Object as Therapy in Response to Societal Change.

  3. I an far too busy at the moment on a History of the Future of Postmodernism Reconsidered, which my publisher (myself) assures me will be a runnaway best seller.

  4. @Sue you’re in charge of naming all my research in the future. :-)

Fill in the dots…

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A Pittsburgh pastor who wrote a not-quite-bestselling book about his successful struggle to become a former gay has been arrested for …..


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Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 21:25 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops’ pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.

Jennifer Haselberger, who spent five years as Archbishop John Nienstedt’s archivist and top adviser on Roman Catholic church law, also charged that the church used a chaotic system of record-keeping that helped conceal the backgrounds of guilty priests who remained on assignment.

Haselberger said that when she started examining records in 2008 of clergy under restrictions over sex misconduct with adults and children she found “nearly 20″ of the 48 men still in ministry. She said she repeatedly warned Nienstedt and his aides about the risk of these placements, but they took action only in one case. As a result of raising alarms, she said she was eventually shut out of meetings about priest misconduct. She resigned last year.

“Had there been any serious desire to implement change, it could have been done quickly and easily with the stroke of a single pen,” Haselberger wrote in the affidavit, released Tuesday in a civil lawsuit brought by attorney Jeff Anderson. “The archbishop’s administrative authority in his diocese is basically unlimited.”


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  1. This one dovetails nicely with Desiato’s question what power the Pope has. So, either he is in on the cover-up, or he asked “who runs Bartertown” and came up with the wrong answer…

  2. It’s a resource issue. They are so short of priests that they were prepared to ignore child abuse. (Also they were bringing priests from India into Canada, for example, in a rather nice inversion of the missionary position.) Without priests, the money stops rolling in…

    I don’t care if their religion survives (it doesn’t deserve to) but even I can see the solution.

  3. The devil made them do it? Which religion is this?

Pope Francis: ‘About 2%’ of Catholic clergy paedophiles

Posted on July 13th, 2014 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that “about 2%” of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles.

The Pope said that abuse of children was like “leprosy” infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.

He vowed to “confront it with the severity it demands”.

Yes, so you’ve been saying, but since I haven’t seen many handed over to authorities I think you underestimate the severity it demands.


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  1. Some people who cover up crimes are worse than the original criminals.

  2. Does the Pope actually have the direct personal power to hand over priests to the police? Can you point to concrete evidence?

  3. According to this religion, all he needs to do is sit in a chair and what is says is by definition impossible to be wrong. At all.

    And you’re seriously asking if this guy has any direct personal power?

  4. @Desiato: Yes. They have all sworn an oath of obedience.

  5. Total number of people registered as sex-offender in the US: 747,408 – and that’s not just against minors, but:

    “What classifies someone as a sex offender varies by legal jurisdiction and culture. In the U.S. a person can convicted for prostitution, obscene content in the form of a text message, sex with a minor, child molestation, rape and various other sexual assault convictions”

    So, if you pee against a tree in the wrong state, you’re also counted. So that’s about 0.24 percent of the entire population.

    I suspect this “About 2%” is a number conveniently rounded down, but even if it isn’t, we can forget about the old notion that the number of child predators in Church is not any different from that in the general population.

  6. @John @#3: But do you think that the cardinals *actually* will do whatever the Pope says? You believe that there are no power politics in the Catholic Church, cos hey, what the Pope says is the Word of God? Really?

  7. @Desiato @#2: The Pope has the same direct personal power as anyone anywhere to report a crime.

    The bigger question is why the Church seems to claim that it has institutional immunity NOT to report crimes.

Christian Pastor Who Tortured a Child Will Spend No More Than Two Years in Prison

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 18:25 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Here’s what I know about the Heart of Worship Community Church in Corona, California: Its members love Jesus, its website needs a lot of help, and the pastor is fucked up.

This is what Pastor Lonny Lee Remmers (below), along with two church members, did to a 13-year-old boy in 2012 because he needed to be “disciplined”:

… The alleged incidents occurred in March and included [church members Nicholas James Craig and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr.] driving the unidentified boy to a desert and forcing him to dig his own grave for more than an hour. They allegedly hit him with a belt and threw dirt on him before returning to the group home.

While the boy was showering, one of the men allegedly rubbed salt into the cuts on his back. Witness Steven Larkey, who lives in the group home, told investigators he could hear the boy screaming and saw blood all over the shower the next day.

The boy, who was later taken into protective custody, also told police he had been stripped, tied to a chair and sprayed with Mace. Because he was not allowed to wash or cool off with water for half an hour, his nose began to bleed, and his thrashing from the pain caused the blood to splatter.

At a Bible study later that evening at Remmers’ home, Remmers asked the boy to sit in the middle of the group and then squeezed his nipple with pliers.

What’s the proper punishment for the abuse and torture of a little boy? A life sentence? A couple of decades behind bars?

Not even close. The men of God will receive, at most, up to two years in prison and some probation. That’s it. In most states, you get a harsher penalty for selling weed.


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  1. Lock the parents up too. They probably requested the extra discipline.

  2. Squeeze his nipples with electrified tweezers while simultaneously dipping his dick in hot pepper mash.

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Vatican declines request to provide all documents relating to Australian priests

Posted on July 5th, 2014 at 18:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The head of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, revealed last month that he had personally written to the Vatican, seeking copies of all documents relating to complaints about abuse involving priests in Australia.

The Vatican has provided documents to the royal commission relating to two cases, but Justice McClellan wanted more information to find out how church authorities in Australia, under the guidance or direction of the Vatican, responded to allegations of abuse.

In a written response, the Vatican says the Holy See maintains the confidentiality of internal deliberations, adding that it would be inappropriate to provide such documents.

Leonie Sheedy, founder and chief executive of Care Leavers Australia Network, a support group for victims of child sexual abuse says the Catholic Church is treating the Australian public with contempt.

“I’m not surprised … I feel like the Catholic Church believes it is above the laws of Australia and probably the world,” she said.


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  1. Can’t a royal commission compel answers, under oath, from any Australian?

  2. Treating the public with contempt? What was your first clue? I really believe politician are even dumber than we thought.

‘As A Straight Christian American…’ – BK’s ‘Proud Whopper’ Just Too Much for Homophobes

Posted on July 4th, 2014 at 8:25 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Calling it a “sodomy burger” made by “Burger Queen,” anti-gay, homophobic, outraged Bible-waving social media users claiming to be Christian went on the attack almost as soon as Burger King changed its Facebook page photo to unveil its “Proud Whopper” yesterday. The billion-dollar fast food giant had introduced the burger — which is merely an ordinary Whopper wrapped in rainbow pride flag-like paper — at San Francisco’s pride parade, which it also sponsored.

“You need to keep sexual preference out of my food! I’ll be eating at the Chick Fil A”


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  1. Love thy neighbour…

  2. Sodomy burger? Isn’t that a double whopper with a hot dog in the middle?

  3. So, if they don’t want to eat a Proud Whopper, let them eat cake!

Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Twin Cities (Minnesota) Archbishop John Nienstedt has spent years arguing against LGBT rights. In 2007, he wrote that “those who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts… formally cooperate in a grave evil and, if they do so knowingly and willingly, are guilty of mortal sin.” He condemned Brokeback Mountain when it came out. And he spent $650,000 of the Church’s money trying to convince Minnesota voters to pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage — an amendment that ultimately failed.

So guess what an investigation just found? GUESS! (Oh, this is too damn easy…)


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  1. Give him credit for consistency, though. The archbishop doesn’t “encourage or promote homosexual acts”. He forces those acts on the unwilling.

Vatican’s ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic defrocked

Posted on June 29th, 2014 at 11:17 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The Vatican has said it will restrict the movements of its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic after the senior papal representative, who was accused of sex abuse, was found guilty by a church court and defrocked.

In a statement on Friday the Vatican said Józef Wesołowski, who was recalled to Rome by Pope Francis last August amid allegations that he had paid for sex with minors, had in recent days been given a first-grade conviction in a canonical trial and sentenced to laicisation – a very rare step for such a senior official.

The Polish ex-nuncio, or ambassador, now has two months to appeal against the verdict of the Congregation of the Faith, said the statement. Criminal proceedings by judicial authorities in the Vatican City state would go ahead after the conviction was made definitive, it added.

And he’ll be convicted to spend time in a cozy Vatican City “restricted movement” instead of a Dominican cell. And they’re saying this with a straight face:

A month after his return, the Vatican said it would cooperate with Dominican authorities, and denied accusations that it was trying to shield him from investigations in the Caribbean , saying it was “in no way an attempt to help him avoid responsibility for whatever is eventually ascertained”

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  1. The ultimate terrorist, molesting small children. Is the Vatican a terrorist state?

Happy ramendan!

Posted on June 29th, 2014 at 11:05 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

Cheese be upon you after sundown!


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Kelly on excommunication from Mormon church: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’

Posted on June 25th, 2014 at 19:56 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

Next time there’s a Mormon at your door, just quote these ironic parts from their letter to Kate Kelly:

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In his letter Monday to Kelly, Harrison said it had been his greatest desire to persuade Kelly to “desist from the course on which you have embarked” to keep her in the faith and to protect the “integrity of the church and its doctrine.”

“The difficulty, Sister Kelly, is not that you say you have questions or even that you believe that women should receive the priesthood. The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other church members to your point of view and that your course of action has threatened to erode the faith of others,” Harrison wrote. “You are entitled to your views, but you are not entitled to promote them and proselyte others to them while remaining in full fellowship in the church.”


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Young Mujahid sings Hoor al-Ayn nasheed with his brothers, preparing to meet her

Posted on June 25th, 2014 at 19:47 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Mess O'Potamia, Pastafarian News

[Who Are Al-Hoor Al-Ayn ?]:

Assalam Alaikum. The Imam Of The Sunnah, Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah swt have mercy on him and grant him the highest of Jannah) said in his Haadi al-Arwaah describing Jannah – about the Hoor :

“And if you ask about their brides and wives, then they are young and full-breasted and have had the liquid of youth flow through their limbs; the Sun runs along the beauty of her face if she shows it, light shines from between her teeth if she smiles; if you meet her love, then say whatever you want regarding the joining of two lights; he sees his face in the roundness of her cheek as if he is looking into a polished mirror, and he sees the brightness from behind her muscles and bones; if she were to be unleashed upon the World, she would fill what is between the Heavens and the Earth with a beautiful wind, and the mouths of the creation would glorifiy, praise, and exclaim greatness, and everything between the East and the West would be adorned for her, and every eye would be shut from everthing but her, and the light of the Sun would be outshone just as the light of the Sun outshines the light of the stars, and everyone on the face of the Earth would believe in the Ever-Living, the One who Sustains and Protects all the exists.”

“And the covering on her head is better than the World and all that is in it, and she does not increase with age except in beauty; free from an umbilical cord, childbirth and menses, and pure of mucous, saliva, urine and other filthy things; her youth never fades, her clothing is never worn out, no garment can be created that matches her beauty, and no one who is with her can ever become bored; her attention is restricted to her husband, so she desires none but him, just as his attention is restricted to her so she is the sole object of his desire, and he is with her in utmost safety and security, as none has touched her before of either humans or Jinn.”


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  1. What’s the big deal? You can buy these dolls online if you’re too embarrassed to shop for them personally.

Pope Francis Excommunicates the Calabrese Mafia -

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 at 20:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Deviating from prepared remarks at a mass in southern Italy, Pope Francis threw the ultimate brushback pitch at the Calabrese Mafia today, telling the organized crime syndicate they are excommunicated.

After all, if your business model is the extortion of money through threats of bad things, who needs the competition?


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  1. Keep in mind that as recently as the 1970s, a pope was (probably) killed for failing to play ball with (reputed) organized crime. While I think of mostly Borgias and Medicis getting iced in Game of Popes, it goes beyond that.

Pastor Serving Jail Time for Raping an Underage Girl Now Wants a Reduced Sentence Because He Says It Was Her Fault

Posted on June 22nd, 2014 at 14:01 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Three guesses what happened to the Christian youth groupie girl who said the following:

“I was raised by my parents and teachers to trust and obey my pastor. He was a celebrity to me, a father figure and a man of God. As my pastor, I sought guidance and counseling from (Schaap) when I was in need of help.”

You guessed correctly.

[..]

Schaap was tried, convicted, and is now serving time for his crimes. But now he’s issued an appeal to his sentence, saying that due to the girl’s original reasons for seeking him out for counseling, she should share part of the blame for his actions.


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  1. Er, John? Any chance you could put up that rather nice picture, “Smells like…”?
    I think it’s either that or 72-point screaming…

  2. I’d cut off his nuts, just to be on the safe side ;-)

Pope Francis Condemns Legalization of Marijuana

Posted on June 21st, 2014 at 11:29 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Pope Francis has come out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs, lending his voice to the debate which is raging from the U.S. to Uruguay and beyond.

Francis told members of a drug-enforcement conference meeting in Rome on Friday that even limited attempts to legalize recreational drugs “are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.”

Isn’t it funny how you can live a good life by simply going against everything the Church stands for? Don’t rape boys, smoke a joint if you want, give females full control over their own body, let consenting adults do whatever they want in the privacy of their bed room, give all people the same rights regardless of gender or orientation… the list goes on…


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  1. Happy belated Pride Day, Pope me old stick!

Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent

Posted on June 21st, 2014 at 11:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Raised in a conservative Mennonite home in rural Ohio, Katie Landry was a sheltered kid. She hadn’t even held hands with a boy when, at age 19, she says her supervisor at her summer job raped her. Two years later, and desperate for help, she reported the abuse to the dean of students at her college.

“He goes, ‘Well, there’s always a sin under other sin. There’s a root sin,’” Landry remembers. “And he said, ‘We have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.’ And I just ran.”


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  1. Right… Her “sin” was being young, pretty (probably), and a virgin. I’m glad she ran from that asshat – as far as she could go!

  2. Sounds like she got “raped” twice, but religions have been doing that forever.

The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult

Posted on June 18th, 2014 at 21:08 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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November 2, 2012, was a beautiful Friday in Kansas City—clear and cool and sunny. I had spent the afternoon reading in the library at an unaccredited college affiliated with the International House of Prayer, an evangelical Christian organization commonly referred to as IHOP (no relation to the restaurant). Around 6 pm, I got a call from my friend Hannah*.

“I found out something that’s truly devastating. I didn’t want to tell you this way, but I want you to know,” she said. “Bethany Leidlein committed suicide on Tuesday.”

I was shocked. For seven years, I had spent hours every day with Bethany, eating and talking and praying. We had been best friends. She was 27, newly married; she had just completed her nursing degree. I felt like she would always be part of my life.

Now, she was gone.


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  1. I read the linked article in the Atlantic, with the seven signs that you are in a cult. In my opinion, one of the signs is a leader with strong sociopathic tendencies and delusions of grandeur who demands uncritical personal devotion, and has complicated sexual relationships with a number of the followers.

    I have recently read biographies of L. Ron Hubbard and Ayn Rand, and they both fit the description as very similar sociopaths who demanded cultish devotion from their followers, had sexual relationships with a number of acolytes, and punished or excommunicated anybody who displayed independent thinking.

  2. @John: Fascinating. All religions start as cults, I think. Some get to some kind of escape velocity and become more-or-less respectable.

    ‘Cults of Unreason’ by Chris Evans is old but interesting on the subject. Available here: http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/books/

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Posted on June 17th, 2014 at 9:46 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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  1. Two ‘merican flags on the back of the trailer, I understand. But the Israeli flag? Is this person from the Israeli tourist bureau?

  2. That might be an optical illusion, Sue. I’m not sure the flag in the middle is an American flag to begin with, and they might just appear to come from the back of the trailer because of the perspective of the picture. They might be over the building in the background.

  3. When you deal with wackos like this, everything you see is an illusion… :rolleyes:

  4. In the last picture of the set you can clearly see that the three flags are attached to the trailer. The middle one is black and I’m drawing a blank on what it would be. The American flag is obvious. The Israeli flag is probably because of Zionism.

  5. @Evan: Black POW-MIA flag, perhaps.


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