Sunday, April 13, 2008

Calling the Catholic church on its BS

From Bill Maher's New Rules.

Now, as my previous rants show, I'm not exactly the most calm-cool-collected guy in the room where the Catholic Church is concerned, nor am I one to pull punches on its crimes against women, children, and common sense.

But Maher would do well to intersperse a few citations in his rants. Like, ohIdunno, saying where he gets his claim of thousands of kids all over the world being abused by priests. Let's go to the videotape:

What tripped up the little cult on the prairie was that they only abused hundreds of kids, not thousands, all over the world. Cults get raided, religions get parades. How does the Catholic Church get away with all of their buggery? Volume, volume, volume! If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If have a billion, they call you “Pope.”
Notice how Maher is using terms like "thousands all over the world," and "some of them molest children"? You know, Bill, given the fact that there are thousands of comedians like you all over the world, the statistics are that there will be at least one pedophile in the bunch, too. Stop using vague language...there are enough examples and solid statistics out there to support your position. Use them.

There's a name for people who use inflammatory language and a lack of cited sources: Bill O'Reilly.

Oh, and it's not just Catholics, either. It's a pattern by religious "leaders" of denominations that tend to the authoritarian side of the ledger, which includes but is not exclusive to Catholics. Go to The Stranger's blogsite, Slog, and do a search for "Youth Pastor Watch." (Or follow my links if you're too lazy). Or simply scan your local newspapers and your favorite news websites. I challenge you to find a Unitarian minister up on charges of diddling kids.

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