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North Carolina county to pay ACLU $285K for prayer lawsuit

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The years-long fight over a North Carolina county commission's practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join is over, with commissioners agreeing to pay $285,000 in legal fees.

The Salisbury Post reports that Rowan County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the payment to the American Civil Liberties Union, in conjunction with a December court order.

The ACLU represented three county residents who sued over the prayer practice, which began in 2007.

Commissioners Chair Greg Edds called the ACLU "bullies" for its role in the lawsuit. The North Carolina ACLU said in a statement that it was happy courts ruled in their clients' favor.

https://wlos.com/news/local/north-carolina-county-to-pay-aclu-285k-for-prayer-lawsuit

I love how the "bullies" are the ones actually standing up to bullies.

Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:10 PM (8 replies)

"Nice Of You F****** To Show Up For Once" Points Out Priest At Midnight Mass

A PRIEST, foregoing the unsteady truce between the clergy and Christmas mass goers, which involves pretending that he recognises everyone in attendance, has confirmed that it was ‘nice of you fuckin’ sin-soaked heathens to show up I suppose’.

Spitting on the floor in their general direction, Fr. Willy Macken told parishioners of St. Declan’s church that they are ‘free to take the piss by putting your best Holy heads on’ but that he then reserved the right to ‘call out the fuckers who wouldn’t know a prayer of the fateful if it bit them in the arse’.

“Some of you are clearly just here, dressed up to the nines so that your ex girlfriend or boyfriend can catch sight of you and think ‘oh, fuck I miss them’ but you know what, fuck the lot of yous,” Fr. Macken added, deviating from Pope Francis’s Vatican approved Christmas mass script.

Fr. Macken, keenly aware of the fact that almost everyone in attendance had lost interest in the mass once he mentioned Jesus, religion and general holiness, rushed through his service as he confessed to having ‘about as much interest in this charade as you future Hell dwellers’.


http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/12/24/nice-of-you-fuckers-to-show-up-for-once-points-out-priest-at-midnight-mass/



Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Tue Dec 25, 2018, 12:47 AM (18 replies)

When you get right down to it, "Atheist" is a stupid word.

We actually have a specific word for people who don't believe in sky wizards, and we really don't need it.

We don't have a specific word for people who don't believe in leprechauns. Or unicorns. Or bigfoot. Or the abominable snowman. Or vampires, werewolves, the Loch Ness Monster, chemtrails, lizard people, ghosts, jackalopes, faeries, elves, goblins, winged serpents, dragons, mermaids, giants, the Jersey Devil, or Trump's integrity. We also get by without specific words for people who don't believe the moon landings were faked. Or that water fluoridation is a government plot. Or that the government is putting mind control chips in us. Or that vaccines cause autism. Or that 9/11 was an inside job. Or any of the things which have just as much basis as mythology.

Actually, we do have a specific word describing people who don't believe in any of these things: "Rational." It works better than "atheist," I think.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Wed Nov 28, 2018, 10:13 PM (70 replies)

In one way, I'm glad we had the 2016 Netflix Chappaquiddick movie.

It cleared the decks so we can have a 2020 Watergate move. That's the logical thing to do next, right? I'd pay to see it, even if it was just a re-make of All The President's Men.

We really do need a 2020 Watergate movie. Bigly. People are saying.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Tue Nov 27, 2018, 06:53 PM (15 replies)

An oldie but a goodie on why militaries should or should not allow religious services

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/3948329.stm

The British Armed Forces has officially recognised its first registered Satanist, a newspaper reports.

...

Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe said she was "utterly shocked" by the Royal Navy's decision.

"Satanism is wrong. Obviously the private beliefs of individuals anywhere, including the armed forces, are their own affair but I hope it doesn't spread."

She added: "The Navy should not permit Satanist practices on board its ships.


Just something to think about when pondering religious services for deployed personnel.



Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Sat Nov 3, 2018, 02:52 PM (20 replies)

American cardinal says his own mother is 'embarrassed to be Catholic'

You know the scandals in the Catholic Church are bad when a leading American cardinal says his own mother is ashamed to show her faith in public.

That's what Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

"You don't think that did me in?" said Dolan, often one of the more cheery American churchmen.

"When my mom says -- she's in assisted living -- she said: I'm not going out for lunch, I'm kind of embarrassed to be Catholic."


https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/us/dolan-amanpour-cnntv/index.html

It's a month old, but I wonder if Al Capone and John Gotti ever had trouble getting their mothers to be seen with them in public.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Sat Oct 13, 2018, 11:46 AM (15 replies)

The Catholic League Has a Batshit Response to South Park's Episode About Priest Abuse

Wednesday night's episode of South Park took on the systematic cover up of child molestation in the Catholic Church. When Butters develops a friendship with Father Maxi from the local church and goes missing, the Cardinals from Denver assume it's another abusive scandal and travel to South Park to cover it up.

In response, the Catholic League—a religious advocacy group—has released a baffling statement about the episode, calling the South Park creators "cowards." As a statement from the organization's president Bill Donohue reads:


The October 3rd episode of “South Park,” titled “A Boy and a Priest,” portrayed molesting priests as pedophiles. This is factually inaccurate: almost all the molesters—8 in 10—have been homosexuals. Therefore, the cartoon-victim characters should have been depicted as adolescents, not kids. In Hollywood, the creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are seen as courageous. They are really cowards. It takes courage to tell the truth.


This is absolutely absurd. The disgusting and blatant homophobia of the statement aside, Donohue is simply saying, "actually, our priests are rapists, not pedophiles."


https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a23609692/catholic-league-south-park-priest-pedophilia-response/

I'm not saying reality has an anti-religion bias. But religion sure has an anti-reality bias.

Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Fri Oct 5, 2018, 02:41 PM (16 replies)

253m Euros still outstanding on Catholic Church abuse compensation promise

The Catholic Church still has to pay the State more than half of the compensation money it promised to give for victims of physical and sexual abuse.

The Joint Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee heard this morning that while €480m had been promised, only €227m had actually been paid out.

Correspondence from the Department of Education showed that a further €253m was outstanding.

The chair of the PAC, Sean Fleming, said the balance should be paid as it was "money due to the State".



https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0927/998395-church-state-payment/

I assume we're all shocked that they're holding out on paying the price for their crimes.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Thu Sep 27, 2018, 09:00 AM (6 replies)

Protester at church yells 'Shame on You!' as Cardinal Wuerl addresses sex abuse scandal

As the embattled Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, addressed the Catholic Church's clergy sexual abuse scandal on Sunday, one Catholic yelled "Shame on you!" while another turned her back on Wuerl in protest.

Wuerl, who faces accusations that he mishandled clergy sexual misconduct while he was a bishop in Pittsburgh, addressed Washington's Annunciation Catholic Church, where the cardinal was installing a new pastor. In a short speech after the Mass, Wuerl asked the 200 or so people in the congregation to forgive his "errors in judgment" and "inadequacies."

Wuerl also urged the parish to pray for and remain loyal to Pope Francis, as "increasingly it is clear that he is the object of considerable animosity."

As Wuerl mentioned the Pope, Brian Garfield, who was sitting in the middle of the church, stood and yelled "Shame on you!" and quickly walked out.


https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/02/us/wuerl-mass-protest/index.html

Well, they've figured out that some of the men can't be trusted. Now, once they figure out the institution can't be trusted, we'll make some real progress.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Sun Sep 2, 2018, 03:47 PM (2 replies)

Former Vatican official says Pope knew about meeting with Kim Davis

The archbishop who accused Pope Francis of mishandling sexual misconduct allegations against a top American archbishop unveiled a new charge on Saturday: that Vatican officials -- and perhaps the Pope himself -- have told untruths about the pontiff's controversial meeting in 2015 with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates.

In a letter published Saturday on LifeSiteNews.com, a conservative Catholic website, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, said that several high-ranking church officials, including the Pope, knew in advance of the meeting and the controversy that could ensue if it became public.




https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/01/world/vigano-pope-davis/index.html

When both sides have built careers on lying, who do you believe? At a minimum, grab some popcorn.
Posted by Pope George Ringo II | Sat Sep 1, 2018, 07:10 PM (4 replies)
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