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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/

R U READY?

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.

Reynolds HS suspect planned to ‘kill sinners’

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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 –
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ray_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

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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

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“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

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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:

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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.

Liars.


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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

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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

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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

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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.

noboma?

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.)


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