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Pump the Brakes on Praising the Pope

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“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible,” he said. “The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

These are the words that have sent shockwaves across the Internet for their profundity and progressiveness. Seemingly every news outlet in the United States has covered the “ground-breaking” words of Pope Francis, but are we really paying attention to what he said?

At first glance, it’s not surprising that the Pope’s statement would impress much of the world. After all, his predecessor was proudly evil. At this point, the fact that Pope Francis hasn’t outwardly defended pedophiles makes him look a saint. But if we extract Francis’s words from the context of the Catholic church and view them against what should be expected of any decent human being, Pope Francis still falls short of being admirable.

Had the Pope said that the Catholic church should embrace gay priests (male and female) and marriage equality, that would be notable. Had he acknowledged that comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives were important sexual health and started fighting for these programs, that would have been notable. Had he condemned the lies the church has spread regarding abortion and started campaigning for bodily autonomy, that would have been notable.

All the Pope said was that the church shouldn’t focus solely on those issues.

Talk about a game-changer.

The Pope also confirmed that he remains on the wrong side of those issues – at the end of the aforementioned quote and then again in a statement he issued on Saturday.

Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.

Sorry everyone – Pope Francis isn’t the liberal revolutionary the media is making him out to be. Just another peddler of hateful Catholic doctrine.


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Westboro Baptist Church to Join Forces with Pro-Life Group, 40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life…no, wait, Westboro Baptist Church protesting.
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Not known for their outreach efforts, the members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., have announced a plan to team up with anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life. 40 Days for Life, which will begin its bi-annual 40-day vigil on February 13, has expressed excitement at having the opportunity to work alongside one of the United States’ most vocal religious leaders.

“These guys know how to get the attention of the American people,” explained David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life. “If there’s one thing we care about, it’s getting known – oh, and of course saving the lives of the innocent.”

The two groups apparently first met in October of 2012, when their protesting schedules overlapped in Knoxville, TN. Westboro was in town to protest the funeral of Shan Lively, a medic with the Army 844th Engineering Battalion in Knoxville, when Shirley Phelps-Roper, spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church, mistook protesters outside the Cherry Street Planned Parenthood in Knoxville.

“They were all holding up signs with bold letters and shouting mindlessly at people nearby,” said Phelps-Roper. “I thought the protest was supposed to be the next day, and for a second I thought I’d missed the memo!”

Lisa Morris, a leader in the Knoxville chapter of 40 Days for Life, recalls the encounter.

“This woman walked up to me, and I thought I recognized her,” said Morris. “For a second I thought she was going to start arguing with me, then she said, ‘Thank God for killing abortion-enabling, fag-loving soldiers,’ and I knew we were going to be friends.”

The two groups anticipate an exceptionally cohesive campaign, and leaders from both groups think the other will complement their efforts.

“We’re both about tormenting people in the lowest points of their lives,” said Shawn Carney, Campaign Director for 40 Days for Life. “We look forward to the notoriety Westboro will bring to our cause.”

Despite the high spirits at the prospect of the campaign, some Westboro members have expressed apprehension at joining forces with 40 Days for Life.

“I think this is a great idea; I just hope I don’t have to hold up any signs with pictures of dead babies,” said Lee Ann Phelps, member of Westboro Baptist Church. “That’s just in bad taste.”



*Note: This post is satire, but it almost seems like it could happen, doesn’t it?


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Catholics never cease to not surprise me

This case has been thoroughly picked over in the atheist blogosphere, but there seems to be enough Catholic hypocrisy to go around.

In Cañon City, Colo., a Catholic hospital seems to have suddenly switched its position regarding abortion:

Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

Apparently abandoning your principles when doing so serves your needs is not a deadly sin.

Here’s the case: A pregnant woman in Colorado suffered a heart attack and was taken to St. Thomas More Hospital. The woman died, but experts agree that her twin, seventh-month-old fetuses could have been saved. Therefore, her husband has sued the hospital for the wrongful death of his babies.

Does the Catholic hospital then stand on its principles and pay up for killing those fetuses, which the church has long argued deserve the same rights as full-grown humans? NO! Of course not! The hospital is instead hiding behind lawyers (who have helped the Catholic Church destroy lives in the past), and has instantly decided that the sanctity of life doesn’t apply when a lawsuit is involved.

Stories like this one (which seem to surface quite regularly for an infallible church) should make you sick. For the reasonable person, they probably do. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many Catholics are stretching their brains in preparation of the epic mental gymnastics they will have to perform to figure this one out.

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Just how crazy is Rush Limbaugh?

The answer appears to be crazier by the day. Take, for example, this little excerpt from his radio show on January 16:

You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.

This came after a conversation with a caller who complained that the country was up in arms about a massacre at an elementary school while we turn a blind eye to the epidemic of child-killing that comes in the form of abortion every year (and of course Limbaugh’s usual rant about Obama hating the American people and destroying the very fiber of our nation).

Limbaugh’s mind seems to be deteriorating at an abnormal pace. The poor guy never really had much with which to work, but it’s just getting sad now. Even worse, he represents a staggering proportion of Americans who actually believing that we are committing mass murder by providing women with abortions.

It’s a weird belief, and it’s rooted in the absurd. It’s lucky that such lunacy seems to be dying faster than it can be replaced.

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