The Nazi Defense for Child Molestation

Yesterday, Monsignor Lynn of the Philadelphia archdiocese was sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison before he can be reviewed for parole. His sentence may last a maximum of six years.

I previously wrote about this here: http://wp.me/pGXU1-Bh

Below is the Nazi defense for raping children:

After the sentencing, Ann Casey, a friend of Monsignor Lynn for 36 years, said she believed he was a scapegoat and a victim of his intense faith in the archdiocese’s leaders. “It was his vow of obedience to the church that landed him this morning in jail,” she said.

Can you see the “I was obeying orders” in that?

Source = http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/us/philadelphia-church-official-to-be-sentenced-in-abuse-case.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

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And Still it Rapes

Yes, its about the Catholic Church. I have been out of the loop on this one, so if you haven’t, this time the Archdiocese of Milwaukee admitted to paying off priests accused of molesting children. To their credit, this is because the payoff was faster than administrative laicization (the process of removing a priest’s magical powers?) in terms of removing the priest from his rape dungeon (he does perform magic, he has to have a dungeon right?).

“I don’t know any other organization that when you’re fired from your job because of a criminal act, you get paid to leave your job,” [Peter] Isely [of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)]. “Obviously something is profoundly wrong with this system that they say is fixed. You’re paying off a child rapist; you’re giving them a bonus check; it’s a bonus basically.”

And no prosecutions! Yay!

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A National Crisis of Cynicism

A shared sense of constitutional justice, a confederacy of national ideals, a basic semblance of right and wrong: these values bind a people together. A nation that does not confront wrong doers or openly suppresses or conflicts with the punishment of wrong doers is no nation at all.

On November 10, 2011, more than 1,000 students at Pennsylvania State University took to the streets to protest the firing of Joe Paterno, coach of the university’s football team. Police donned riot gear, a few violent protestors flipped a van, many just expressed outrage that their beloved coach, nicknamed JoePa, had been fired.

The university’s board fired Paterno because an assistant coach on the football team, Jerry Sandusky, had sexually abused eight to ten young boys. Abuse, in this case, means activity ranging from fondling, sleepovers, oral sex – both received and given – and in one shocking event, the anal rape of a 9 or 10 year old boy in the university’s gym showers. The last event occurred in 2002 and was witnessed by a graduate assistant working on the school’s football team. The graduate assistant went first to his father, then to Joe Paterno on his father’s advice. Paterno did nothing when told by his graduate assistant and the abuse continued. This type of corralling of information, keeping scandal within the institution of football, eerily matches the epidemic of child rape and molestation within the Catholic Church over the last few decades. The story goes: abused families report to bishops who pass the information up the Church’s hierarchical ladder and then the child-raping priest leaves the offending parish and shows up in another part of the country – still spreading God’s word to good little boys and girls.

Apparently, at no point did Paterno’s condoning of rape between 2002 and 2011 sway the minds of protesting students on November 10th at Penn State. They had all the facts just like the rest of the country. Maybe the most fascinating depiction of this powerful dissonance comes through in the feature done in the middle of the scandal for This American Life.  Could these students both feel compassion for the victims and also protest Paterno’s ouster? Can someone detest the rape of little boys – many who turn to drugs (heroine, alcohol, pharmaceuticals) or suicide – but then also want to keep the coach who, when told about the sexual abuse, did nothing? Identically, Catholic parishioners seem equally unfazed by the way the Church has routed abused priests around and paid massive cash settlements in lieu of bringing down secular justice. A compassionate person might expect the exact same type of flipping vans in the streets protest against the inaction in the Catholic Church and against the institutionalized secrecy surrounding Jerry Sandusky’s string of molestations and rapes. The relative silence on both these issues indicates that presumably liberal American college students on the one hand and the presumably conservative Catholic flock on the other will both stomach the most heinous of abuses in order to enjoy the peace of mind given by the camaraderie of a shared university football team or, on the other hand, to enjoy the moral parables of a centuries old clan.[1] Thomas Paine – author of Common Sense[2] – has the best line on  the logical conclusion of this type of dissonant thought:

“When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to the things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.”

Three months after the firing of Joe Paterno in Pennsylvania, another dissonance-spawning issue occurred outside of Orlando. The shooting of Trayvon Martin and subsequent outrage is more recent, so requires no summary. In the week of my writing this, George Zimmerman was charged by the state of Florida with second degree murder.[3] Second degree murder is basically a spontaneous non-planned murder or, read very closely here, murder based on the killer’s “obvious lack of concern for human life.” The instant Zimmerman was taken into custody the bubble of painful racial tensions burst. Why is that? Most Americans must trust the justice of the courts in a reasonable way or are at least satisfied that something, anything, happened in response.[4] A secondary bout of outrage[5] exploded concerning this case because apparently Florida – and a majority of states – had passed laws making it legal for Zimmerman, or anyone in more than half the states with similar laws, to kill someone, then claim self defense and somehow gain immunity from being arrested. According to Florida’s version of the law, if the Sanford Police Department had arrested Zimmerman, they would have infringed on his right to self defense as defined by stand your ground.  This double play caused some understandable anger and mixed with the death of a presumed innocent ripped a scab off of lingering race issues in a gun state with a bad rap sheet already for dealing with race.

Since the passage of stand your ground in Florida, rates of justifiable homicide have gone up a staggering amount. A story published by the Tampa Bay Times before the Martin-Zimmerman incident regaled a cow-eyed Floridian readership on the statistics. It sparked no outrage or protest, despite stories about homeowners chasing down burglars and stabbing them to death in the streets and other similar cases of what can only be called Wild West justice. Perhaps the line “obvious lack of concern for human life” applies – or do we execute for thievery in Florida?

The most troubling aspect of this case was the delay of justice. Martin was shot on February 26, 2012 and Zimmerman was charged on April 11, 2012. After 46 days, Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder. Do not underestimate the fear and doubt of this span of time. Delaying justice makes the populace think that without protests the government will not act. With the other events of heel-dragging, the American public is practically primed for the protest response. From partisan congressional inaction during an economic crisis to all of the condoned evil fleshed out here, the American people can hardly escape a protest response towards overlooked evils.

“Justice delayed is justice denied. “[6]

This is the same sense of detachment towards justice that Americans have felt about the financial collapse. A few corrupt and exceedingly greedy individuals managed to tank the nation’s economy. Someone clearly broke the law. Nobody has gone to jail for their involvement in the fiscal crisis despite well-reported cases of fraud. Regularly, politicians come out and opportunistically promise to bring anyone responsible for the collapse to justice, if and specifically if, they find anyone who broke the law. This always seems tongue-in-cheek: where both the listener and the speaker recognize the bullshit inherent in the promise.  And despite what Governor Rick Scott or State Attorney Angela Corey said when they had their press event to charge George Zimmerman with second degree murder, the bewildered public feels that without all the protests nothing would have happened. Ultimately, the Occupy movement of last year had the exact same intentions towards the crimes of the fiscal collapse, but did not achieve a similar press event with charges against sociopathic, self-destructive bankers and traders.

How do you address these feelings of detachment and abandonment? That’s more complicated. These emotions and their politicization – think: Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street – undermine the rightful anger they cause. They make the American public feel disassociated or even like enemies. The Trayvon Martin case and the Wall Street financial torpedoing have caused a powerful disassociation between crime and response.  Our right for a redress of grievances seems comically undervalued by those with the power to act and prosecute. Our lizard-brain’s belligerent call for justice against Wall Street, child rapists, and criminals of all kinds must seem laughable. For example, imagine, the Trayvon Martin case had just stayed another 150-word Public Safety story in your web browser or in your newspaper.  No one took to the streets. Just some kid dead outside Orlando. Can you honestly believe the police would have ever acted?

The missteps of justice in the past have worked themselves into the minds of today’s adult Americans. People like, maybe, George Zimmerman, who felt the need to go on armed patrol in his neighborhood. The government certainly cannot or will not protect the average American from pederast priests, financial criminals and all those in power who could have done something but chose not to. One can almost understand why anyone feels the need to carry a concealed weapon or participate in a neighborhood watch group.

These problems of dissonance and the despondency in the American citizen is creating a crisis of cynicism, a critical mass for a great national detachment. The government will not protect you, and to some, is out to get you. Those you disagree with are not only wrong, but evil. Their political embodiments are the very form of the evil-doers of the past: Nazis, Stalinists, Communists, Fascists, bunkered nutcases or anarchic revolutionaries. Justice is not guaranteed for someone who wrongs you. The principles of your religion or lack of religion are being threatened by the other side. All of this conjures up a sense of cosmic crisis, and your lack of ability to do a damn thing about it… well, it makes you powerless. It explains why, for example, presumably liberal students in Pennsylvania will shrug off child rape so they can enjoy football, or how some can shrug off the death of a teenager because, no matter what, Zimmerman can never show his face in public again, or even how the American voter can be so understandably Civil War-ish across the political divide.

When you take away a shared sense of fairness, everyone is a possible enemy or at best, your critical faculties for discerning real threats evaporates. And you certainly cannot rely on the justice system to determine who is wrong or evil, much less actually punish in a meaningful way. Unless there’s a reliable sense of justice and the average American can enjoy a dissonance-free experience of discourse, the more fear-motivated among us will continue to silently arm themselves and patrol the streets and we, the fearful patrolman and the silently angry alike, both know that the chance that the Big Evils – the child rapists, the financial criminals, and so on – will continue to walk the streets.


[1] Of whom, we can only assume, the moral values imposed either fall on deaf ears  or perhaps these teachings actually also condone the rape of children?

[2] Which, strangely, Glenn Beck appropriated the title for his own excoriation of modern “big government”. Strangely because Paine was 1) an actual patriot and 2) had admonished revealed religion in the book from which the noted quote comes.

[3] When I googled this to get a definition, the entire first page was dedicated exclusively to second degree murder in the context of the charges against Zimmerman, what the possible penalty is, what it takes to prove it, etcetera.

[4] Sure, make a cynical sneer, it just proves my overall point.

[5] Maybe the level of attention that televised news can offer to break down contentious issues casts the above understandable controversy in an unfair way. Basically viewers are expected to believe only one of the following is possible 1) a liberal thinks: Zimmerman was a possible racist who was lying about a struggle with the teen and had profiled the young boy – of whom much younger images than current were immediately proffered to the media in favor over more recent photos depicting a grim-looking Martin in football pads and all black jersey – because he was black and wearing a hoodie, or 2)  a conservative thinks: that Zimmerman had just defended himself, he was telling the truth about the struggle, and hey anyhow that black kid was only even in Zimmerman’s neighborhood because he was serving a suspension for having marijuana residue (not actually any smokable stuff, though) in his backpack at school in his hometown of Miami Gardens.

To be sure, not many Americans felt either of those things in such a starkly offensive way. However, some did, namely the very vocal NRA and, on the other side, incendiaries like Al Sharpton – who I have to say wasn’t as critical as he could have been. Both sides were unreasonable because again, on the liberal side, we can’t crucify Zimmerman as a racist or nutcase without evidence and on the conservative side, the NRA thinks the stand your ground law shouldn’t change at all and Zimmerman was completely inside his rights as a gun possessing American and hey, we aren’t even too happy he was charged at all so here’s some money for his defense. These stereotypical liberal/conservative arguments offend equally and come nowhere near a complete view of the scope of the issue. What they have in common is loudness and offensiveness and the appeal of only a very few Americans.

[6] Again, when I googled this, the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and tenth hits were all related to Trayvon Martin. I’d like to also point out this principle is enshrined in our Constitution as the right to a speedy trial, which does not mean the right for suspects to be arrested quickly – though the zeitgeist certainly felt that way about it.

This Is All Bullshit, Right? OK. At Least We Agree On That

I only give a crap about this because NPR is playing it, so are all the TV stations I watch in the morning.

Also they mention it in the papers I read. So fine. Alright. It is an issue. It is a thing. Should it be? No. Issues should never make it to thing status when 58% of people whom are woefully deprived of their rights, as one side claims, use the product that, in using, they are woefully depriving themselves of their rights. Or something like that. Right?

But 58% of Catholics want Catholic institutions to pay for birth control. That was my point.

And the Catholic Church is still pissed off. They don’t want to have to pay for things they don’t believe are moral. Fine, OK. One, you’re wrong. But OK, it’s America and even a Church that unapologetically molests and rapes children  (that’s not true, they apologize to the pedophile priests who are ashamed and castigated and stuff when they are eventually caught*) can get litigious on the frivolous level of hot coffee burns fat thighs :: sue McDonalds and win.

So, today the White House shifts the payment of the birth control coverage on to the insurance agencies and takes the Catholic Church out of the loop. Sort of like how in executions, there’s a bunch of buttons but only one deals the killing blow. The point is the panel of executioners doesn’t know which one is a murderer. Therefore, the executioners have a clean conscience. Again, it’s dumb, but we move on.

The Catholic Church is still mad about this. Or at least some Catholics leaders are. They are still claiming they are being denied their basic rights. The right to practice their religion.

My only thought, the only possibility to me, is that the Catholic Church wants the freedom to continue to wage thought patrol on their flock. The ability of sheep, even of different faiths, that cohabit in their flock to break the morals of Mother Church must always be monitored. So long as employees are in even a private, profitable extension of the Church, like a hospital, their ability to make their own, grown-up decisions, must be reined in by Mother Church. The Catholic Church wants to be able to deny seculars and believers of other faiths the ability to think their own thoughts and make their own decisions. It’s about thought crimes.

Thank you, Mr. Hitchens. I couldn’t have made that link without you.

*I am so not joking.

Check out this video, it kind of shows what I mean. Wait til around minute 9 or so, and the His Eminence Guy proves my point. About “sharing in our values” even though they aren’t Catholics.

Two Analogies for Catholics Upset About Birth Control Mandates

Rachel Maddow‘s “Amish bus driver rule”:

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/46305929

And my own:

Imagine a Christian Science private organization that employs 1,000 people. That Christian Science organization – by virtue of their religious tenets – does not believe in medicine at all and seeks to cure illness by fasting and prayer. Can they deny healthcare to all 1,000 employees because it offends their religious sentiments?

I admit I haven’t done a lot of hard thinking about mine, so feel free to pose objections about it.

Burying the Lede: Religion: A Dying Trend, or Suffering From the Recession?

As so often happens, a tidbit of info get’s lost in the maze of journalism where in other mediums it would get picked up as the lede for a whole different story.

In this Sunday Tampa Bay Times reprint, Mormon’s tend to tithe more often – due to straight out shake downs by pastors* – than their coreligionists in other faiths (Catholics give the least at 1%, so you can share my impulsive HA! at that).

However, down in there is something about, well, let’s see:

Across the country in recent years, the downward trend in giving has meant that some churches are closing and others are experiencing layoffs. Locally, most religious leaders said they were making do with less, though they declined to discuss specific figures.

At Church of the Ascension in Clearwater, many staff members agreed to a voluntary reduction in pay. Then church leaders sent out a letter asking for more help, which they got. It didn’t mean that their salaries were restored, though.

And, of course, my thoughts drifts back to Hitchens’ ‘these are the death throes’ bit echoed by Penn Jillette and others. Also, I just now realize. My Catholic friends, who wants to fund an unapologetic cartel of pedophiles and a harbinger of anti-condom AIDS death in Africa.

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The answer lies partly in an annual obligation called a “tithing settlement.” Each year, Mormon bishops meet privately with each church member”… [Get ready for this mental gymnastics, folks. It’s a fucking sight to see] “It’s not technically a high-pressure situation, but there’s absolutely pressure because Mormons believe that this person they are sitting across from receives direct revelations from God and would know if they are lying.”

(My commentary in Italics. Obv.)

Again, I invite a smug Hah! from my readers.

Science? Sunday

An elderly French man is suing the Catholic Church to take him off of the roster of baptismal records. The Catholic Church claims permanent ownership to his soul and says its impossible to fulfill his request.

“One could refuse the grace offered by God, the grace offered by the sacrament, refuse to participate,” he says, “but we would believe the individual has still been marked for God through the sacrament, and that individual at any point could return to the church.”

The trend towards seeking de-baptism in France has grown to about 1,000 requests a year. Most likely due to the revelations about Vatican sanctioned pedophilia and Vatican sanctioned sexism towards women.

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Dog Barks; Cat Meows; Adam and Eve Never Existed

I guess this afflicts some religious minds with doubt, bewilderment, you know: that dogs make barking noises and cats go meow. Even despite the wealth of empirical evidence on the internet. I mean, here’s one right now.

 

Though this video throws cold water on the theory that cats meow.

 

Maybe that’s because the Venn diagram of religious people and cat people overlaps completely.

The second video is probably what your average Church-going Christian actually experiences in their day-to-day cat interactions.

So, given all that confusion. The news that it is impossible that Adam and Eve literally existed causes other theological problems. Namely among Catholics who:

Catholics are required to believe not only that Adam is the single father of the human race, but that Original Sin is passed on by physical generation from him to the entire human race. It’s not something symbolic or allegorical.

I’m sure they can find a way to make it work. Probably by further barricading themselves against unpleasant facts.

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Catholic Charities Shut Down Instead of Assist Gays

“The idea that a religious entity needs to check its religion at the door when it takes state money is a false idea,” Breen says.

Some would say that’s exactly what religion needs to do. Some of these people might be Thomas Jefferson. But I won’t invoke the ghost of founding father’s to bolster my argument on this, the day after Independence Day. Instead, I’ll simply say the code word at the heart of the above quote’s rejection: separation of church and state. Not: religion operates outside the laws of the state. But that if said religion’s beliefs conflict with the laws of the land then secular legislation trumps percieved divine guidance.

In response to legalizing civil unions for gay couple’s, many faith-based charities shut down rather than face helping gay couples, or even heterosexual unmarried couples, from adopting.

…the law allowing civil unions has put the state and some faith-based organizations at odds. Catholic Charities agencies in five Illinois dioceses, which had received state funds to provide foster care and adoption services, only placed children with straight married couples or straight single people who lived alone.

As the civil union law went into effect, Catholic Charities in Rockford, Ill., ended its adoption service over concerns that it would have to place children with same-sex couples or face discrimination lawsuits. Catholic Charities in three other Illinois dioceses put licensing any new prospective parents on hold and sued the state.

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Transparency From the Church of Child Rape

In a rush, don’t have time to fully fleshy this out. Give it a read:

Included in the past week’s church bulletin for the Diocese of St Petersburg:

“Given the stories that have come out internationally and nationally regarding sexual misconduct by priests and others, I wanted to issue an updated report at this time,” wrote the bishop, who last gave a report addressing the scandal in May 2006.

In his letter, Lynch said $1.8 million has been paid out during the past five years, with an additional $273,000 to assist victims with counseling and $123,000 in legal fees and costs. About 20 percent of the money paid out over the past 21 years was covered by insurance, with the remainder drawn from insurance reserves.

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