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  • Connecticut Catholics Urged to Fight the Power, Defend Child Molestors

    In Connecticut, victims of under aged sexual abuse currently have until 30 years after their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit against the people who abused them. But state legislators are trying to get it changed so that there is no time limit for legal action. If you'd like to know what kind of monster would be opposed to such an action? you're asking the wrong question.

    It should be: What kind of monster organization would be opposed to such an action? And I think you already know the answer

    A bill in Connecticut's legislature that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has sparked a fervent response from the state's Roman Catholic bishops, who released a letter to parishioners Saturday imploring them to oppose the measure.

    Wow. They really dove headfirst into that bear trap, didn't they?

    The proposed change to the law would put "all Church institutions, including your parish, at risk," says the letter, which was signed by Connecticut's three Roman Catholic bishops.

    Why? Because my parish is harboring known child rapists? If my parish is harboring known child rapists, I'm not quite sure, but I think it might already be "at risk."

    The Catholic archdiocese of Hartford also published a pulpit announcement on its Web site, which was to be read during Mass on Sunday, urging parishioners to express opposition to the bill.

    So, what the Catholic Church — which, by the way, which millions of people worldwide are supposed to turn for moral guidance, in case you forgot — is doing now is asking its parishioners — the same ones whom it has previously asked to stand in moral opposition to condoms as a means to prevent the spread of AIDS — to go out into the world and line up alongside child rapists to defend their child rapist honor.

    Granted, I'm neither a P.R. person or a receptacle of divine knowledge straight from the mouth of God Almighty, but that, I don't think is likely to inspire confidence amongst the church members who might be wavering on certain current issues involving Church cover-ups and little raped deaf kids. But, like I said, I'm no expert or prophet.

    Anyway, in related news, Richard Dawkins has vowed to personally and single-handedly tackle and shackle the Pope Benedict XVI, Magnum P.I.-style.


    Tags: Atheists, Catholic Church, Christianity, Connecticut, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Richard Dawkins, Scandalgate, Sex
  • Study Finds Liberalism, Atheism Linked to Higher IQ, Less Sex

    Here's a rather dubious-seeming new poll that I'll bet a nice percentage of this blog's readers might enjoy taking at face value…

    Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.

    Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women.

    First of all, I'm not really buying this. When I see egg-heady academic dudes delivering research results that seems highly favorable toward the egos of egg-heady academic dudes, buzzers start going off in my head.

    And, as a not too dumb, rather liberal, totally godless, serial monogamist, lemme just tell you:  That "sexual exclusivity" part, that isn't necessarily by choice.


    Tags: Atheists, Liberals, Religion, Sex
  • Dispatches from the War on Christmas

    Garrison Keillor lobs this possibly elitist, possibly antisemitic, probably satirical (and definitely poorly written) op-ed piece, "Don't Mess with Christmas," from behind the Christian traditionalist parapet.

    Meanwhile, Fox News flips sides, commits an act of treason and explodes a "Happy Holidays" message all over its unsuspecting "Merry CHRISTmas" favoring viewers.

    And Australian singer-songwriter Tim Minchin rests invisibly in a tree, quietly picking off people on both sides of the battlefield with this anti-religion, pro-Christmas song…

    There's so much blood. So, so much blood.


    Tags: Atheists, Christmas, Fox, Religion
  • North Carolina Councilman May Lose Job Because He Is a Dirty, Evil Atheist

    In case you were worried that North Carolina maybe wasn't doing everything it could to drag itself back into the Dark Ages after uncharacteristically handing its electoral votes to Barack Obama in 2008, you can pretty much stop worrying about that.

    The North Cackalackians are totally all over that shit

    Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell believes in ending the death penalty, conserving water and reforming government — but he doesn't believe in God. His opponents say that's a sin that makes him unworthy of serving in office, and they have the North Carolina Constitution on their side.

    Bothwell's detractors are threatening to take the city to court for swearing him in, even though the state's requirement that officeholders believe in God is unenforceable because it violates the U.S. Constitution.

    You see, they are enforcing a higher Constitution. God's Constitution. And there is no First Amendment in God's Constitution. There is only an Alpha Amendment and an Omega Amendment. And both of those are about crushing your religious opponents.

    Rachel Maddow did a segment on these brave anti-Bill of Rights patriots and their efforts to drive out the insidious atheist snake in their garden on her show last night. After the jump…

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    Tags: Atheists, Bill of Rights, Constitution, North Carolina, Religion
  • Some Conservatives May Not Have the President's Best Interests in Mind When Trying to Stir Up Violence

    Dan Savage was on The Countdown with Keith Olbermann (starting about three minutes into this clip), talking about the three-way intersection of the GOP's opposition to health care, misguided religious fervor and full-asshole total insanity…

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    At around the seven-minute mark, he hits what I think is the thesis statement of his argument…

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    Tags: Atheists, Barack Obama, Christianity, Dan Savage, Glenn Beck, Health Care, Keith Olbermann, LGBT, Michele Bachmann, MSNBC, Religion, Republicans