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Reynolds HS suspect planned to ‘kill sinners’

Posted on June 15th, 2014 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The 15-year old gunman at Reynolds High School planned to kill classmates, who he called “sinners,” according to a journal police found in the suspect’s home.


The teen suspected of entering Reynolds High School Tuesday and killing one student before shooting himself was an active member of his Mormon church and was “highly regarded for his spirituality,” a church elder told NBC Wednesday.

I’m sure they’ll soon blame video games for his trouble.

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Let’s check the math….

Posted on June 12th, 2014 at 14:51 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


JESUS + Anything = Nothing

JESUS + Nothing = JESUS + (JESUS + Anything)

2(JESUS) + Anything = Everything

JESUS = (Everything-Anything)/2

Yeah, I’m stumped; Jesus is slightly less than half of everything?

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  1. I got this one:

    Assume that “Nothing” = 0.

    Therefore Jesus + Anything = 0,
    which implies Anything = – Jesus
    i.e. Anything is the AntiChrist (remember we’re using imaginary numbers here).

    And Jesus + 0 = Everything, is self-evident, as any fule kno.

  2. Nothing is better than Jesus. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Conclusion: A ham sandwich is better than Jesus.

  3. All this Jesus crap is annoying. Being annoyed is worse than nothing. Conclusion nothing is better than being annoyed by Jesus crap. Wait.. that did not come out the way I wanted. Ah forget this comment, I am going to make a ham sandwich.

  4. You’re all going to hell. Save me a spot next to the AC.

  5. Just take Jesus out of the equation altogether and you’re left with Anything < Nothing < Everything.

    How can nothing be more than anything?

Creationist author asks: If evolution is true, “is rape wrong?”

Posted on June 12th, 2014 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

Ok, let’s follow that thought… Since humans are social creatures that rely primarily on their intellect and communal structures to thrive, those who are inclined toward rape would be exhibiting negative traits – namely, violence toward one’s own race, a disregard for others, and general malice. Each of these traits are unfavorable in the grand scheme of group dynamics as well as self-preservation (in that making enemies is bad for one’s self).
So yes, rape is objectively bad within the context of racial/social progress and evolution of the human species.

The bible, on the other hand, permits and encourages rape.

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  1. Ah, the old “you’ll get raped if you don’t do what we say” argument. Off with his nuts!

  2. Only nuts? Take the head also – both them, although the one on the top of neck is useless in thee cases

  3. Hey, I just don’t want his kind reproducing! Evolutionarily speaking that is the result we want.

  4. “Ah, the old “you’ll get raped if you don’t do what we say” argument. Off with his nuts!”

    Spoken like a true Taliban. Agree with my point of view or die.

  5. Ah dear reader, this is, what we might well call, for the sake of argument, a joke.

    Such a cry-baby. He won’t die as a eunuch. It might be a teeny bit uncomfortable at first (bags of frozen peas help, apparently), but he’ll soon be back on the job.

    And if cats are anything to go by, he won’t even miss them. He’ll be better off really. Now where are my old fashioned sheep shears?

Louie Gohmert tells Congress the ‘good news’ that non-Christians are ‘going to Hell’

Posted on June 12th, 2014 at 8:28 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

This guy sits on the subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties….

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  1. Cancel my subscription to the resurrection.

  2. The lunatics are indeed in charge of the assylum

  3. Makes you look forward to the “rapture”. Do we get their stuff?

1 Timothy 4:2

Posted on June 10th, 2014 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claimed to be uncertain that he knew sexual abuse of a child by a priest constituted a crime when he was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to a deposition released Monday.

During the deposition taken last month, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson whether he knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child.

“I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson replied. “I understand today it’s a crime.”

Anderson went on to ask Carlson whether he knew in 1984, when he was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, that it was crime for a priest to engage in sex with a child.

“I’m not sure if I did or didn’t,” Carlson said.

Yet according to documents released Monday by the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates in St. Paul, Carlson showed clear knowledge that sexual abuse was a crime when discussing incidents with church officials during his time in Minnesota.

In a 1984 document, for example, Carlson wrote to the then archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John R. Roach, about one victim of sexual abuse and mentioned that the statute of limitations for filing a claim would not expire for more than two years. He also wrote that the parents of the victim were considering reporting the incident to the police.

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This car probably runs on faith

Posted on June 8th, 2014 at 17:10 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. This ride’s all about Comfort -

  2. FORD- Found On Road Dead. In case referring to owners mental acumen

Tell us the truth about the children dumped in Galway’s mass graves

Posted on June 7th, 2014 at 17:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Father Fintan Monaghan, secretary of the Tuam archediocese, says: “I suppose we can’t really judge the past from our point of view, from our lens. All we can do is mark it appropriately and make sure there is a suitable place here where people can come and remember the babies that died.”

Let’s not judge the past on our morals, then, but on the morals of the time. Was it OK, in mid-20th century Ireland, to throw the bodies of dead children into sewage tanks? Monaghan is really saying: “don’t judge the past at all”. But we must judge the past, because that is how we learn from it.

Monaghan is correct that we need to mark history appropriately. That’s why I am offering the following suggestions as to what the church should do to in response:

Do not say Catholic prayers over these dead children. Don’t insult those who were in life despised and abused by you. Instead, tell us where the rest of the bodies are. There were homes throughout Ireland, outrageous child mortality rates in each. Were the Tuam Bon Secours sisters an anomalous, rebellious sect? Or were church practices much the same the country over? If so, how many died in each of these homes? What are their names? Where are their graves? We don’t need more platitudinous damage control, but the truth about our history.

Pray tell, father — just how recently should acts of such crassness and cruelty have taken place so that we are allowed, in your divinely-inspired opinion, to judge the perpetrators?

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  1. I don’t believe there were perpetrators, exactly. The whole Dickensian pre-modern system of life: extreme poverty and ignorance, forbidding new ideas including women’s rights, contraception and abortion. This meant a deluge of unwed mothers who were sent off to convents to have their unwanted babies.

    There the assistance during childbirth consisted basically of holding down the mother. Inevitable high mortality in children and women. Unclaimed bodies of dead babies were a burden. (In Canada, there was a fuss when it was revealed that such babies – some murdered – had been buried in butter boxes in unmarked graves.)

    Everyone was in on this. They all knew what was going on. Nobody cared enough to change it. Part of how the partriarchy kept people in check.

  2. Cogently and elegantly put, Sue. I would not disagree with anything you say about the poverty and ignorance of the time. And yet there were indeed perpetrators. Someone held those mothers down in childbirth. Someone decreed that the amount and quality of food provided was inadequate to sustain life. Someone judged that this little life was not worth saving. Someone decided that the resulting tiny corpses should be thrown into a septic tank and somebody did the throwing.

    Saying that everyone is responsible becomes indistinguishable from saying that nobody is responsible.

    And the elephant in the room is that brand of religion which permitted such unspeakable cruelty – perpetrated on women and children by nuns and their ilk – in the name of their loving God.

    Think of the iconography – the sweet fat cherubim, the sanctified holy mother – and think of the reality this episode reveals. Bon Secours. Really?

  3. @porpentine: It’s the western equivalent of honour-killing; sending pregnant girls out of the family onto the streets (unlucky) or into the convents (somewhat luckier).

    Clearly these and other nuns were involved, and those women sometimes took advantage of their wretched little fiefdoms to make their victims’ lives intolerable (was still going on in the ’80′s to my certain knowledge).

    The hierarchy is up to its exotic underwear in guilt. They also have any records that remain about past crimes.

    The rotten-to-the-core Irish (and other) governments paid for this system of “faith-based” social work (and education). “Nice” people turned away.

    On the hypocrisy: complete mind-control, systematically applied from ealiest childhood by their education system. Adults raised in this system literally cannot see what they are supporting, they still go to mass and still pay their dues. North Korea has only being doing this for a few decades, the catholic hierarchy have centuries of experience. They know it works.

  4. They’re killing babies!

  5. @chas: Possibly. Probably just not doing anything to help them live. The much-admired Spartans also had a system for keeping their population down :-)

Nailed it

Posted on June 5th, 2014 at 12:55 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Matthew 27:24

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 at 20:30 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


“How do we determine when a priest is and is not on duty?” one of the justices asked, according to a video of the session on the court’s website.

“Well,” replied the diocese lawyer, “you can determine a priest is not on duty when he is molesting a child, for example. …

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Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 at 16:12 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there’s a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home. Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Home, run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam.

Many of the women, after paying a penance of indentured servitude for their out-of-wedlock pregnancy, left the Home for work and lives in other parts of Ireland and beyond. Some of their children we not so fortunate.

More than five decades after the Home was closed and destroyed — where a housing development and children’s playground now stands — what happened to nearly 800 of those abandoned children has now emerged: Their bodies were piled into a massive septic tank sitting in the back of the structure and forgotten, with neither gravestones nor coffins.

Part of the Roman Catholic Church, “Bon Secours” means “good help” in French. As usual, whatever an organization uses as a motto is the very thing they are most worried about (a good modern example is Philips “let’s make things better”).

Here’s a quote from their home page:


Since 1824 the Sisters of Bon Secours have brought compassion, healing, and liberation to those they serve.

Whether in healthcare, education or social services, in hospitals, clinics or parishes, in towns and cities or isolated villages, Bon Secours responds to a universal need: To provide to all who suffer a reason to live and a reason to hope.


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  1. And the Catholic Church believes in the sanctity of life? I guess as long as the childreb weren’t aborted this isn’t inconsistent.

Pope Francis: Catholic church has zero tolerance for paedophile priests

Posted on June 1st, 2014 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Pope Francis has announced his first meeting with a group of sexual abuse victims at the Vatican, declaring that any priests involved in molesting children had performed the equivalent of “a satanic mass”.

“We must go ahead with zero tolerance,” the pope said, adding that three bishops were currently under investigation.

“Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord. It is like a satanic Mass,” said Francis in some of the toughest language he has used on a crisis that has rocked the Church for more than a decade.

Conveniently missing is the phrase “we will hand them over to civil authorities”.

Also missing is the date this zero tolerance begins, since “must go ahead” implies they are still not doing to this very day. Sorry Francis, but I have zero tolerance for marketing bullshit.

Oh, and note that raping kids has far more real-world effects than breaking the rules of your role playing fantasy world satanic mass.

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  1. Er, John? How do I write “Bullsh#t” in 72-point or above?

    ‘Cos I really feel the need to shout that…

  2. Does this help?

  3. Yep, that’ll do it.

Bangladeshi Muslims call for execution of blasphemers

Posted on May 31st, 2014 at 23:53 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News



Thousands of Islamist protesters marched the streets of Bangladesh’s capital, calling for the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam. The city ground to a halt as demonstrators demanded the government change the law to punish blasphemers.

The activists gathered in their thousands at Dhaka’s commercial hub on Friday night in protest over blasphemous bloggers who offend Islamist sensibilities on social networks. In a demonstration that lasted well into Saturday, they urged the government to introduce a new law with the provision of the death penalty for those who defame Islam.

As the protesters advanced they chanted: “God is great, hang the atheist bloggers!”

Blasphemy against Islam comes with the punishment of dismemberment, because Islam is a religion of pieces.

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  1. Scary thought: What if everyone tried to kill anyone that disagreed with them? Zombies?

  2. Islam prohibits the killing innocents, such as women and children, so I guess that makes suicide bombers and those who encourage them to blow up markets, businesses, etc. blasphemers as well. The only problem is that the bomber themselves have already been “executed”. That just leaves taking out the instigators of their actions and having THEM dismembered – preferably in public… Let the punishment fit the crime!

  3. Islam prohibits the killing innocents

    And who gets to define “innocent”?

“Would you like and Friars with that?”

Posted on May 29th, 2014 at 9:50 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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  1. At least they are offering you a lube while they screw you over

Meah She’arim in Jerusalem

Posted on May 28th, 2014 at 17:45 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Those poor, poor men.. They are so amazingly weak-minded that a simple t-shirt would make them lose all control.

How pathetic is that?

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  1. No mention of assless chaps for the chaps, though.

  2. Macho-Macho-Man.


Posted on May 26th, 2014 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. Fascinating use of design. Highly ironic demonstration of the colourful media that are exchanged in many camps of the nomadic and endangered “Tea Party”.

    Compared to the traditionally painted, folk art graffiti trucks we’ve seen before, this might on first glance, appear to be a derivative and commercial production. However, the tell-tale non-removal of outdated material represents a genuine longing for a return to the mores of yesteryear.

Pope Francis praises Jordan at start of Middle East visit

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 20:47 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Pope’s journey marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Athenagoras.


He will also meet the current Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch, Bartholomew, and they will sign a declaration of friendship.

And since the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is part of his itinerary, perhaps they can cooperate in fixing this little problem. You know, start with something easy, work up from there?

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Exorcism scam ruined by phone call

Posted on May 20th, 2014 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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  1. I wonder who the quality control official is (was) for the preacher?

  2. “Hello? Satan? These people are trying to get you out of my mind. What should I do?”

John Cleese Despises Christianity

Posted on May 15th, 2014 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

Or, just watch the Not The Nine-O’Clock News summary:

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  1. Malcolm Muggeridge, one of the 20th Century’s Greatest Shits.

    Tell young people today that such a man was given constant media exposure and they’ll not believe you.

  2. Small title correction: Cleese in fact says he despises “THAT FORM of Christianity”.

Un-biblical gun laws

Posted on May 13th, 2014 at 14:45 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

The only thing holding Japan back from “pearl harbor II: The reharboring” is a local gun law in California.

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Vatican Releases Sex Abuse Stats: 2,572 Priests Sanctioned, 848 Defrocked

Posted on May 7th, 2014 at 13:41 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Vatican released comprehensive statistics for the first time Tuesday on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children, saying 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.

The Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, revealed the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.

Tomasi insisted the convention applied only inside the tiny Vatican City state. But he nevertheless released statistics about how the Holy See has adjudicated sex abuse cases globally, and significantly, he didn’t dispute the committee’s contention that sexual violence against children can be considered torture.

Tomasi said that since 2004, more than 3,400 credible cases of abuse had been referred to the Vatican, including 401 cases in 2013 alone. He said that over the last decade, 848 priests had been defrocked, or returned to the lay state by the pope. Another 2,572 were sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer or some other lesser sanction, which is often used when the accused priest is elderly or infirm.

And no mention of jail, prison, or arrests. Just, a few thousand have been told to stop it, and almost a thousand loss their job.

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  1. Approximately 400,000 Catholic priests in the world.

  2. key phrase is “had been referred to the Vatican”. How many were “handled” by local authorities, up to and including the local bishop or even cardinal?

Vatican poised for 2nd grilling this year on abuse

Posted on May 5th, 2014 at 14:02 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A U.N. committee begins meeting Monday in Geneva to examine whether the Vatican’s record on child protection violates the U.N. Convention Against Torture, which it ratified in 2002. The Vatican argues its responsibility for enforcing the U.N. treaty against torture only applies within the confines of the tiny Vatican City, which has fewer than 1,000 inhabitants in an area less than half a square-kilometer in size, making it the smallest country in the world.

But a U.N. committee that monitors a key treaty on children’s rights blasted the Holy See in January, accusing it of systematically placing its own interests over those of victims by enabling priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children through its own policies and code of silence. And that committee rejected a similar argument the Vatican made trying to limit its responsibility.

If a U.N. committee finds the abuse amounts to torture and inhuman treatment, that could open the floodgates to abuse lawsuits dating back decades because there are no statute of limitations on torture cases, said Katherine Gallagher, a human rights attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit legal group based in New York. The group submitted reports on behalf of victims to both committees urging closer U.N. scrutiny of the church record on child abuse.

Gallagher said that rape legally can constitute a form of torture because of the elements of intimidation, coercion, and exploitation of power, and that it is a “disingenuous argument” for the Vatican to assert its only responsibility for the anti-torture treaty lies within Vatican City.

When they signed the treaty, Vatican officials said they were only doing so on behalf of Vatican City not the Holy See, which is the governing structure of the universal church.

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Could you show us on this doll where God entered your body?

Posted on May 5th, 2014 at 8:28 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. This is so exciting: the vehicle is inhabited by the HG and is testifying!
    It’s the Second Coming and God is driving the car!

    (Strange that it would happen to a Honda, though. I’m kind of disappointed He didn’t choose a Cadillac, or at least something American.)

Christians in Virginia plan 40-day fast to protest gay marriage

Posted on May 4th, 2014 at 9:44 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A Christian group in Virginia is planning a 40-day fast to promote its conservative definition of marriage.

The Family Foundation of Virginia is encouraging pastors and congregations to fast between Aug. 27 and Oct. 5 to fight against the legalization of gay marriage — in Virginia and around the country.


The Christian tradition of fasting can include anything from consuming only water from sunrise to sunset, to abstaining from a particular temptation — such as chocolate.

I’m sure their god will listen to them after not eating their kit-kats for a while.

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Here’s the First Look at the New Satanic Monument Being Built for Oklahoma’s Statehouse

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News



In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath an inverted pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.

The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.

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  1. Why not? If we truly have “separation of church and state”, then if one religious idiot can put an icon on public property, then any other can as well… Now, who wants to donate to the Oklahoma Statehouse Pastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster monument?

  2. They could have gotten the same reaction with solar panels.

Spanish government to face court after policing award given to the Virgin Mary

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 1:47 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Pastafarian News


Spain‘s government is being taken to court over a minister’s decision to give the country’s top policing award to a statue of the Virgin Mary.

The country’s interior minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, singled out an icon of the Virgin Mary, in Málaga, to receive the gold medal of police merit – which is normally reserved for police who have died in terrorist attacks.

Announcing the award in February, Díaz lauded the Virgin and her congregation for “maintaining a close collaboration with police, particularly during the acts celebrated in Holy Week, and for sharing police values such as dedication, caring, solidarity and sacrifice”.

Watch out! That mother is holding a bermb!

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  1. The winner of next year’s award will be a pet rock (sorry if some of you don’t remember what a pet rock is). Come to think of it, a statue is something like a pet rock.

Catholic Church affirms late Bishop’s molestation

Posted on April 25th, 2014 at 18:45 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The abuse registration point of the Catholic Church has ruled that four complaints of molestation against the late Bishop Jan Niënhaus are founded.

Bishop Jan Niënhaus (picture Katholiek Documentatie Centrum, Nijmegen)Niënhaus died in 2000. The abuse of underaged boys apparently took place from the 19850’s to the early 1970’s. This was confirmed today by the archbishopric of Utrecht, after reports by Volkskrant newspaper.

Niënhaus, who formally served as substitute Bishop in Utrecht and Benda, is the second Dutch bishop of whom the registration point finds grounds that claims of child abuse are grounded. Earlier the abuse by bishop Jo Gijsen was affirmed.

Cardinal Wim Eijk has said that he “regrets that the abuse took place” and that he hopes that affirmation ‘can help in the victims’ process of healing.

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  1. For one dizzying moment, I thought it was the bishop who was molested.

Creationist Cosmos

Posted on April 15th, 2014 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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  1. This is so funny, but sadly there are millions of people in USA that believe this stuff.

    I had someone tell me about Satan and fossils about 40 years ago, still makes me sad that a college graduate could be so ignorant.

    Carl Sagan – Demon Haunted World:


  2. @Joe: Great link. A fantastic book with an excellent list of fallacies in the chapter on baloney detection.

Mike Huckabee: Not ‘homophobic’ but on the ‘right side of the Bible’

Posted on April 13th, 2014 at 15:08 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

(while he wears a silk tie, cotton shirt and wool jacket)

And the bible is on the wrong side of morality, equality, math, science, logic, consistency, and the very basics of strory-telling.

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  1. And it wasn’t written by white guys.

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Posted on April 12th, 2014 at 16:21 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and begged forgiveness.

So are you personally going to serve all those multi-year sentences the perps should have gotten, or are you going to send them to the authorities now?

No? Pretty empty gesture then.

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  1. What of the personal responsibility of the people that supported this criminal activity knowing it was their kids that were being raped?

  2. @chas: You mean the sheep, er, the flock, right?

Rules Are for Schmucks: House Rules

Posted on April 12th, 2014 at 15:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


In 2012 a married couple in Massachusetts negotiated with the Catholic Diocese of Worcester to purchase a mansion previously used as a retreat center. They were puzzled when negotiations seemed to stall. Then, in an act of sublime stupidity, the church’s real estate broker accidentally forwarded them a private email from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan, chancellor of the diocese, instructing her to stop dealing with these potential buyers because of the possibility they might use the house to conduct gay weddings. The married couple, you see, were both men.

They sued, and now the attorney general of Massachusetts is weighing in on their side. What’s truly astonishing in this day and age is that the church is contesting the case. You would think they’d instead act like a ten-year-old with her hand caught in the cookie jar: “Oops! My bad.” Instead, they are asserting their constitutional right to sell or not sell to whomever they please, as part of their free exercise of religion. As their lawyer puts it, “The legal question is: Do we have the right to refuse to sell the property for a use that we don’t approve of, that the diocese would not approve of?”


What’s truly memorable here is Monsignor Sullivan’s explanation of his position. “We wouldn’t sell our churches and our properties to any of a number of things that would reflect badly on the church,” he said. “These buildings are sacred to the memory of Catholics.”

A fascinating point of view, when you consider why the diocese is selling this particular property in the first place. For many years, this retreat center served as home base to a ring of pedophile priests, who committed the grave sin of getting caught. The huge financial payouts to the victims are what caused it to shut down and be put on the real estate market in the first place. Now, of course, the hallowed ground where this all occurred is too “sacred to the memory of Catholics” to allow a future legal wedding that might “reflect badly on the church.”

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