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BrandySpears's Avatar Comment 1 by BrandySpears

The Los Angeles diocese sent California's most notorious organized crime and child-rape promoter, Cardinal Roger Mahony, to the orgy installemnt at Westminster.

Birds of a feather...........

Fri, 22 May 2009 19:25:00 UTC | #363214

Agrajag's Avatar Comment 2 by Agrajag

Everyone knows the antenna is under the hat. How else can they communicate with god? We know prayer doesn't work.

Fri, 22 May 2009 19:28:00 UTC | #363216

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 3 by mordacious1

I was looking for just that kind of hat for my avatar.

Fri, 22 May 2009 19:37:00 UTC | #363217

flobear's Avatar Comment 4 by flobear

I mean really. Do they really think Jesus wants them to wear that hat? Really?

If one of my friends died for my sins (even if I didn't ask him to), I'd certainly wear his favorite type of hat. You know, like a yankee's baseball cap, or maybe even one of those 10-gallon cowboy hats. But one of those pointy gilded things with pictures of angels and saints painted on it. No thanks. Enough people think I'm crazy even without the hat.

Fri, 22 May 2009 20:54:00 UTC | #363231

Isaksson's Avatar Comment 5 by Isaksson

Do they use glue in harsh weather?

Fri, 22 May 2009 20:57:00 UTC | #363233

Frankus1122's Avatar Comment 6 by Frankus1122

It may be a shallow reason for losing faith, but the wearing of silly hats hit me one day. Why would God want people to wear silly hats and strange clothing in general? Why would he care?

From there I started to look at religion in a whole different way. If the silly hat thing was made up nonsense, maybe the whole thing was made up nonsense.

Fri, 22 May 2009 21:04:00 UTC | #363236

Rodger T's Avatar Comment 7 by Rodger T

I`d hazard a guess ,that the shape of that hat would make the slide up gods arse a little easier,we all know what the clergy think of condoms and lube.

Fri, 22 May 2009 21:08:00 UTC | #363238

Chrysippus_Maximus's Avatar Comment 8 by Chrysippus_Maximus

Judge not...?

Fri, 22 May 2009 21:14:00 UTC | #363239

Tucking_Fypo!'s Avatar Comment 9 by Tucking_Fypo!

On the plus side, the big hat makes them more prone to being struck by lightening when stood on the balcony giving a speech in a thunderstorm.... but thats the only slight plus side i can see to such a ridiculous piece of head wear. Would have even greater, comical effect if the Pope was to say "If God was to smite me now", well it would be comical until the religious fundies start using it as evidence God exists and that it was the Popes punishment for being a Nazi and that itt was the Devils doing that he was made Pope in the first place.

Fri, 22 May 2009 21:25:00 UTC | #363241

Frankus1122's Avatar Comment 10 by Frankus1122


Judge not...?

You aren't talking about me are you?

Fri, 22 May 2009 21:26:00 UTC | #363242

msloane's Avatar Comment 11 by msloane

I think PZ misses the point (no pun intended).
What could be more appropriate than a giant phallic symbol atop his head.

Fri, 22 May 2009 21:52:00 UTC | #363246

Beachbum's Avatar Comment 12 by Beachbum

Frankus, I am with you. If I was Omni - this, that and the other thing, I would not hang with dudes wearing a phallus on their head.

Oh, ...wait... thats the NEW guy... never mind.

"Judge not...?" Who me? I'm not the one wearing easy slide headgear, and satin panties, I'll wager.

Fri, 22 May 2009 22:14:00 UTC | #363252

Bonzai's Avatar Comment 13 by Bonzai

Are we talking about hatted fat guys again??!!

Fri, 22 May 2009 22:20:00 UTC | #363254

petermun's Avatar Comment 14 by petermun

Perhaps we should run a competition to find the most ridiculous garb for a religious leader of whatever faith. The Abrahamic lot would seem to have a head start.

Fri, 22 May 2009 22:23:00 UTC | #363255

mira's Avatar Comment 15 by mira

Maybe the hats are to make them look taller and their heads bigger so they'd look more imposing...

Fri, 22 May 2009 23:59:00 UTC | #363269

Ascaphus's Avatar Comment 16 by Ascaphus

You should be careful when ridiculing this man's hat. He could easily curse you and call bears out of the woods to maul you for mockery. It has happened before and is condoned by god. Well, it was kids making fun of a bald guy, but the idea is the same.

Sat, 23 May 2009 00:01:00 UTC | #363270

rod-the-farmer's Avatar Comment 17 by rod-the-farmer

I heard from a reliable source that the hat is only gold plating on top of aluminum foil. Thus there is no need for an antenna under the external item, it acts as an antenna itself. Note that the wearer is usually only seen wearing it outdoors. The signal is not sufficient indoors for good reception.

Side observation - while the RC's and Greek Orthodox went with hats, the Morons Mormons went the other way, and chose special underwear as a symbol of .....something.

Sat, 23 May 2009 00:30:00 UTC | #363274

petermun's Avatar Comment 18 by petermun

Given the particularly strange beliefs of the mormons, might the special underwear be why-fronts?

Sat, 23 May 2009 00:40:00 UTC | #363279

ridelo's Avatar Comment 19 by ridelo

In Belgium and the Netherlands our local Santa Claus lookalike, Sinterklaas, wears that hat.

Sat, 23 May 2009 01:19:00 UTC | #363284

GBile's Avatar Comment 20 by GBile


You are right, just compare the top hatwearer with this bunch of sinterklazen.

They are always good for a laugh.

Sat, 23 May 2009 01:44:00 UTC | #363288

brian thomson's Avatar Comment 21 by brian thomson

He might not be fat,
But he must have the hat
On the cranium sat;
What is up with that?

Sat, 23 May 2009 02:14:00 UTC | #363299

Crazycharlie's Avatar Comment 22 by Crazycharlie

When instructing on heart anatomy T.H.Huxley would point to the mitral valve,"so called", he said, "from a supposed resemblance to a bishop's mitre. You know the thing I mean - a sort of cross between a fool's cap and a crown." And since no student could remember which side of the heart the valve was situated, he introduced his mnemonic aid, "a bishop's never in the right." ---source -- "Huxley, From devil's disciple to evolutions high priest" by Adrian Desmond, a must read if you're interested in the history of science & evolution.

Sat, 23 May 2009 02:41:00 UTC | #363303

Sean's Avatar Comment 23 by Sean

Yup, took a great deal of courage to come forward after being accused. Let's not forget bravery shown during years negotiating to reduce their financial and legal liabilities, all the while trying to hide the identities of the abusers.

Yup, he is dick head, and that's only partly due to the shame of his hat.

Sat, 23 May 2009 02:49:00 UTC | #363307

Zarlan's Avatar Comment 24 by Zarlan

Just to place myself in the Catholic mindset for a moment, though, if leaving the church is a great evil, wouldn't discrediting the church by evil acts, by the suppression of justice, and by turning a blind eye to the corruption spreading through the body of Christ be even greater sins, since they will cause multitudes to turn away from the Church? Wouldn't that make Murphy-O'Connor and Nichols perpetrators of even greater crimes against the faith than Richard Dawkins?

That is the single, most brilliant rebuttal, ever.

Sat, 23 May 2009 03:29:00 UTC | #363318

davem's Avatar Comment 25 by davem

It's not the hat that gets me - it's the collar. What are they wearing under that? They look like they're competing in an Elvis lookalike contest.

Sat, 23 May 2009 04:22:00 UTC | #363331

NewEnglandBob's Avatar Comment 26 by NewEnglandBob


Penis hats are made of tin foil and morons mormons wear tin foil underwear?

So what do skull caps, kafiyahs and turbans, etc. signify, besides having bad hair days?

(Is the plural of kafiyah = kafiyahoo?)

Sat, 23 May 2009 04:51:00 UTC | #363336

Logicel's Avatar Comment 27 by Logicel

Even this heathen knows that Jesus' favorite hat is a crown of thorns. Naughty high ranking godbotted officials--they are bearing false hats!

Sat, 23 May 2009 04:53:00 UTC | #363337

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 28 by Stafford Gordon

If it wasn't for the preposterous pomposity, hypocricy and disingenuousness, the hats and posh frocks would be hilarious.

These men should be charged as accessaries after the fact.

Do they imagine that god doesn't notice these crimes; or is god a voyeur perhaps, so they rape children to curry favour.

The cruelty inflicted on children by their fellow believers should make these men hang their heads in shame. Instead, they lash out at and slander anyone who doesn't share their infantile fantasies, in an effort to distract attention from the criminals in their midst.


Sat, 23 May 2009 05:23:00 UTC | #363341

zeerust2000's Avatar Comment 29 by zeerust2000

The get-up these guys wear always reminds me of costumes in a cheap C-grade sci-fi TV series.

Sat, 23 May 2009 05:26:00 UTC | #363342

prettygoodformonkeys's Avatar Comment 30 by prettygoodformonkeys

I see it as an institutionally-acquired deformity.

Fancy paint, covering a fucked-up head.

Sat, 23 May 2009 06:17:00 UTC | #363352