Religion.

In a front-page editorial titled “The end is not nigh – at least for now” in the Vatican’s daily newspaper, Father Jose Gabriel Funes said there was no danger of an impending Apocalypse. …

It was “not even worth discussing the scientific basis of these claims,” the Jesuit priest from Argentina said in the article, which criticised “pseudo-prophecies” about the end of the world. The Telegraph.

There is no scientific basis for God either. If what the Mayan’s say is made up then where is the proof for any other belief system?

The words to the Pope song.

About that last post with the most excellent video by Tim Minchin. It may be that the guy speaks too quickly, or the music gets in the way or you are distracted by the graphics and so miss the lyrics. So here they are.

Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the motherfucker
Fuck the motherfucker, he’s a fucking motherfucker

Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the fucking fucker
Fuck the motherfucker, he’s a total fucking fucker

Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the motherfucker
Fuck the motherfucker, fucking fuck the motherfucker

Fuck the motherfucker, fuck the motherfucking pope

Fuck the motherfucker, and fuck you motherfucker
If you think that motherfucker is sacred (fucking motherfucker)
If you cover for another motherfucker who’s a kiddie fucker
Fuck you you’re no better then the mother fucking rapist
And if you don’t like this swearing that this motherfucker forced from me
And reckon it shows moral or intellectual paucity
Then fuck you motherfucker, this is language one employs
When one is fucking cross about fuckers fucking boys

I don’t give a fuck if calling the pope a motherfucker
Means you unthinkingly brand me an unthinking apostate, and
This has naught to do with other fucking godly motherfuckers
I’m not interested right now in fucking scriptural debate
There are other fucking songs and there are other fucking ways
I’ll be a religious apologist on other fucking days
And the fact remains that if you protect a single kiddie fucker
Then pope or prince or plumber you’re a fucking motherfucker

You see I don’t give a fuck what any other motherfucker
Believes about Jesus and his motherfucking mother
I’ve no problem with the spiritual beliefs of all these fuckers
While those beliefs don’t impact on the happiness of others
But if you build your church on claims of fucking moral authority
And with threats of hell impose it on others in society
Then you, you motherfuckers, can expect some fucking wrath
When it turn out you’ve been fucking us in our motherfucking asses

So fuck the motherfucker and fuck you motherfucker
If you’re still a motherfucking papist (fucking motherfucker)
If you covered for a single motherfucker who’s a kiddie fucker,
Fuck the motherfucker he’s as evil as the rapist
And if you look into your motherfucking heart and tell me true
If this motherfucking stupid fucking song offended you
With its filthy fucking language and its fucking disrespect
If it made you feel angry go ahead and write a letter

But if you find me more offensive than the fucking possibility
The pope protected priests when they were getting fucking fiddly
Then listen to me motherfucker, this here is a fact
You are just as morally misguided as that motherfucking
Power-hungry, self-aggrandised bigot in the stupid fucking hat

Fuck the motherfucker, Fuck the motherfucker
Fuck the motherfucker, he’s a fucking motherfucker

Fuck the motherfucker, …
(Fades out)

Sing along – it’s fun!

There is One truth about the Pope.

The Vatican has expressed its “dismay and betrayal” at the “sinful and criminal acts” by Catholic clergy guilty of child abuse across Ireland.

For “Ireland” use the name of any of the numerous countries in which this happened.

The scandals had “opened many wounds”, it said, and lay people had “lost trust in their pastors”.

You think it took this long to lose trust?

It said that “those who should have exercised vigilance often failed to do so effectively”.

That’ll be the Pope-appointed Cardinals.

The report also said that good priests felt “unjustly tainted” and not defended by superiors.

Did not realise there were any.

It recommended continued support for the victims and survivors of Catholic clerical abuse in Ireland.

So the plan was to ignore them and find the next fresh body?

The report also sought to bring the Irish Church back into line with the teachings of Rome.

Who will watch the Cardinals?

“The Visitators also encountered a certain tendency, not dominant but nevertheless fairly widespread among priests, religious and laity, to hold theological opinions at variance with the teachings of the Magisterium, this serious situation requires particular attention,” said the report.

Can’t be having priests thinking for themselves can we?

It said that the community should establish “a proper relationship” with journalists with the aim of “making known the truth of the Gospel and the Church’s life”.

That’s after you’ve whipped them into shape and told them to repeat “The Pope is right” many many times.

“Innocent young people were abused by clerics and religious to whose care they had been entrusted, while those who should have exercised vigilance often failed to do so effectively,” he said.

Why does he say it like this is the first reported case anywhere of this?

“There was a feeling that the spirit of the sixties had infected the seminaries too much,” he said, adding that there was a sense of the current Pope looking forward to a Church where there might be “fewer but truer” Catholics.

Which implies child abuse was A-OK in the 60’s.

There is but one source on the Pope and all he stands for.

Please – if you insist on having religious beliefs don’t worship a child abuser.

BBC News – Vatican reports on Irish child abuse scandals.

No creationist classes in the UK

This is excellent news. Government changes Free School model funding agreement to ban creationist schools.

For what it’s worth neither of our daughters are baptised / christened or anything else. We have always told them that they can choose any religion or belief system they wish but that it is their own choice. They need to understand what it is and why it is. They should question critically and satisfy themselves with the answers they are given.

But…. if they were to choose Scientology or anything else that is generally agreed to be a cult then our opinion would be somewhat different. They both know this of course and have no problem with it.

Religion. still crap.

BBC
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has branded a priest who advised needy people to shoplift from large retailers as “misguided and foolish”. … Writing in the News of the World, Lord Carey said: “Of all people, priests ought to know right from wrong.”

So what if they do know right from wrong? Priests in Northern Island forgave the terrorists who killed soldiers, Carey has forgiven those who have mistreated and killed in the name of his religion. So they may know the difference but not only will they do nothing about it they will them forgive the wrongdoer as if nothing had happened.

Father I am sorry for I have sinned?
“And what did you do this time?
I stole lots of food from the store just like you said and then I stole a fridge to keep it in because i know ‘waste not want not’ is important, and then I stole a van to get the fridge home.
“Is that all?”
Yes
“Okay, God forgives you, you are blessed, you can go to heaven”
Will you tell the Police or anyone?
“No”
Even if I say I’m not sorry and I’ll do it again tomorrow and this time I’ll kill the guard?
“No.”

Now, what’s the point in knowing right from wrong if there is no consequence to the wrong? And that afterlife crap is just that, crap.
Religion. Bollocks.

Bash the bishop? Push the pope.

The Pope has celebrated the traditional Christmas Mass, despite being knocked down by a woman at the start of the service in St Peter’s Basilica.

The woman – who is said to be mentally unstable – jumped the security barriers as Benedict XVI entered the basilica, causing the pontiff to fall. BBC

Bit early to say she’s unstable isn’t it? It was reported she was within minutes of the incident? The pope leads a bunch of others who say that The Lord will Forgive All Their Sins and yet they also molest and sexually abuse young boys – and they are not unstable? But of course they are not – because it’s okay to kiddie fiddle and be blessed by the pope yet if you feel strongly about such matters and were you in the fortunate position of being able to lay one’s hands on the pope (as they say) you would be found mentally unstable?
I don’t care what mental state this woman is or is not found to be in – I am sure there are people like me that see what she did as admirable.
And shouldn’t he have turned the other cheek? Forgiven her?

I dare you to look your priest directly in the eye and say “Have you ever ……” and watch for the flinch.

Merry Christmas. Except to Amazon UK who can fuck right off.

Rowan Williams is an extremist

BBC

The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused the government of treating religious faith as an “eccentricity” practised by “oddities”.

But it is. How can anyone who is capable of independent thought believe in any sort of God?

He said it would not do “any harm” for political leaders to be more open about their religious beliefs.

Yes it would. It would be a bad thing.

Dr Williams said: “A great many Anglo-Catholics have good reason for not being Roman Catholics.
“They don’t believe the Pope is infallible. And that’s why they’re still pressing for a solution in Anglican terms, rather than what many of them see as a theologically rather eccentric option.”

So – the Pope is fallible but he is not? Roman Catholics are wrong but Anglicans are right? That his flavour of worship is sound but any other is “eccentric”? Where is acceptance, forgiveness and all that other junk? How about “The Taliban are right and Rowan Williams is wrong”. If that is not acceptable then why should his statement be? Methods and actions do not come into this, beliefs do.

So Rowan Williams wants religion to increasingly permeate politics, believes that Catholics are wrong and therefore politicians who are catholic must be wrong so only Anglicans should reach the controlling positions in what we call a democracy. How is that not an extremist position?

And if you can read these words why do you believe? Can’t you see that where there is an unknown it is human nature to try to explain that in order to make sense of it – and that the bible is a nonsense.

Again……