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Go to: Gay outrage over Cardinal's child abuse comment

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"Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia," he said.


Which is roughly the equivalent to the relationship between heterosexuality and pederasty. Meaning, none. He does know that girls were raped along with boys, yes? So why accuse it on homosexuality?

Gee...lemme think...

NO WOMEN IN THE HEIRARCHY!

What's the instance of nuns in orphanages fondling their charges? Have heard of it but not nearly as much as this.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:59:00 UTC | #459472

Go to: Pope's preacher compares abuse row to anti-Semitism

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In his sermon, he quoted a Jewish friend as saying the accusations reminded him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism".



Oh no no no no no no no! You don't get to whine about being compared to the most downtrodden demographic on Earth, considering, YOUR BLOODY CHURCH PERPETRATED MUCH OF THE ANTI-SEMITISM THROUGHOUT HISTORY!

Seriously, Padre....fuck you very much, for you know not what you say. Despicable...

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 11:12:00 UTC | #455787

Go to: First Gene Variants Linked to Stuttering Discovered

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NewYorker,

Well for me, it's only on certain letters and syllables. For instance, I get stuck on "river" so I sound like I'm growling.... rrrrrrrrr... also "l" words like "little". And yet other hard consonant words like "love" "talk" or "speak" I have no problem with. Oh, "w" words as well like "water" or "wherever". Tho acting does help by rehearsing repetitively. Still, I tense whenever I get to those words.

EDIT:

Which is prolly part of the problem. My Mum used to explain it by saying that my mouth worked faster than my brain, which I think is only partly true.

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:39:00 UTC | #455032

Go to: First Gene Variants Linked to Stuttering Discovered

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Oh, neat! Something that involved little ole' me, considering I've had a consistent stutter since childhood, just like James Earl Jones! I also find fascinating the techniques employed to correct the condition, like introducing singing techniques into speech patterns. I never thought it'd be genetic. Fascinating!

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:12:00 UTC | #455027

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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Art V.

Cruder isn't funnier, unless you still pee your pants at fart jokes.


Sometimes it IS, especially whe(BRRRRRRRRPPPP!)n timed correctly. Admit it, even you think the well placed fart or dick joke can be funnier than pure wit, cuz everybody gets a fart joke.

Bodily functions are ALWAYS funny, with the exception of inundation. Anything overdone discontinues to be funny. Seriously, imagine Noel Coward letting one rip during a very witty reparte, and then finishing with, "Well! What do you have to say about that, Sir?"

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:14:00 UTC | #455007

Go to: European bishops urge victims to go to the police

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Bonzai,

Lovely! I'd be most interested to hear what he has to say on it. A chilling piece of film, if I do say so. Yet to see "Hell House". Not sure if I want to.

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:29:00 UTC | #454974

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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SilentMike,

Winner is much better than runner ups (runners up? Damn you English language!). The best cartoons are simple ones. The others are too elaborate with a lot of text and/or detail. the second place one I would say isn't even really good.


Well, that all depends on how visual you are. The 2nd place entry is my personal favourite, as he manages to work the idea of memes into a 50's-60's horror film poster, which I think is brilliant. I especially like the little tendrils working their way out of his head, and that he looks like a zombie. Eloquent, precise, AND campy! Would've gotten my vote, certainly.

Frum,

Upon visiting the artists site, I would withdraw my comment#474875. He is a pro and much of his stuff is laugh out loud funny. Sorry that you took hits for my rudeness Colwyn.


Cheers, mate. I know it isn't popular, but the word change DOES alter the piece significantly, and most people think it's a step down, but it IS a step, and it's worth tossing out our own ideas on the art we see because it's impossible for any artist to see her work from all possible angles. It kinda evokes the cliche of "once a piece of art is complete it is in the posession of its audience". Tho the artist is of course entitled to all royalties from the profits of said display. :)

EDIT: Oh, and SilentMike? I think the proper form is "runners-up". Just for your own edification of our peculiar tongue. Cheers! :)

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:25:00 UTC | #454971

Go to: European bishops urge victims to go to the police

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b0ltzm0n,

Will the pope please get around to having a vision or divine revelation (or whatever the hell he wants to call it) that informs him his deity now thinks it's alright for priests to marry/have sex, that homosexuality is a not a sin and that rubbers are A-OK!


That's the funny thing, he doesn't need to, because the vow of celibacy isn't Biblical, it's canonical. In fact the first 12(?) popes had wives in much the same way of the rabbinical tradition: in order to effectively teach the next generation a man must live through such experiences himself. In the twelfth or fourteenth century (I forget) the Church found it was losing more property than gaining it due to secular probate laws, meaning that priests were leaving their assets (provided by the Church) to their families. So, to circumvent this, the Vatican instituted the celibacy vow for all new priests. It isn't for moral or purity reasons, it's economical and political, just like everything else it bloody does in society.

This argument was featured in the documentary "Deliever Us From Evil", which I must admit I haven't gotten around to confirming its validity.

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 15:15:00 UTC | #454967

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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zatzme,

What, no Mohammed cartoons? Why not? Hmmm, let me guess...
My point being that violent intimidation seems to work. Very sad.


Or perhaps with the Catholic crisis being so topical, most artists were concentrating on being current. Maybe there weren't that many entries to begin with. I find it hard to assume it has anything to do with intimidation without any evidence to that fact.

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 13:30:00 UTC | #454925

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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Ok I will rephrase.
You can say what you like but merely hijaking someone elses idea and changing a word wont win you a cartoon competition without being accused of complete plagiarism with no worthwhile additional value from yourself.
So there:P


Oh, so now it's plagiarism for making comments on language use? And who said anything about changing it to WIN? It was merely a change in taste and tone. And I thought we were living in a free society. You make it sound as if I didn't think it was good enough as it was, and besides, it IS possible to make minor changes to make something better, tho I happily grant this is not the case here. I will stand by that, that sometimes only a little tweak is all it takes.

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 10:57:00 UTC | #454821

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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I only told two of you that you were wrong. And you are.:)


Ah, malarky. You said that we "can't just change a word..." We can, and whether that's funnier or not doesn't change the fact that we can, and did. Whether it's better or not is purely by taste, and that you have a point doesn't mean you can tell us what we can or cannot say or like.

SO THERE! :P

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:56:00 UTC | #454540

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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I think the idea is that the thought is that of someone who has engaged in consenting sex and not someone who realises he has taken advantage of someone in a criminal fashion.


Fair enough, then I believe we both "got" the joke.

Screwed and raped imply taking advantage in a vulgar fashion.


It's also dismissive, which would have gotten the same point across, but in a much more direct way, also the double meaning.

I am not jumping down anyones throat I just think the original is better. Almost perfect in fact- a worthy winner.


Then please refrain from telling the rest of us what we can and cannot say. Fair enough?

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:00:00 UTC | #454522

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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Cheers, mate, :) tho I did some additional thinking and edited it a bit.

EDIT:

Not 100%, I'll admit. That explanation sprung to mind because - quickly looking at the picture - it is not immediately apparent that the choristers are children. However, I admit that this might be attributable to the drawing style of the artist rather than a deliberate ploy to elicit first a sympathetic and then a horrified response.


Hmm...interesting. Hadn't thought of the artist's style being deliberately vague at first glance, and if so, it definitely alters the subtlety in a pretty deft way.

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:35:00 UTC | #454511

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Corylus,

This cartoon is about (in fact, what a lot of art is about) bringing forth empathic reactions in the part of the viewer. S*****d is a lot of things, but empathic it aint.


Excellent points all round, tho I would dispute the "purpose" of art. It isn't meant to draw out empathic feelings per se, but to illicit some kind of emotional response, even revulsion or anger. Empathy isn't a necessary requirement. H.R. Giger's work for example. I don't think we need to empathise with his grotesque vision of human/alien forms in order to appreciate the artistry of them.

EDIT: Are you sure empathy is the goal here? I see it as more of a juxtaposition of adult consensual relationship drama or "angst" and the irony of the implications of rape being completely lost on the ONLY adult in the piece. Seems like he's comparing it to the awkwardness of being at an all adult party with several ex-lovers in the room, which is ridiculous, which is why I think it won, and rightly so, I might add.

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:27:00 UTC | #454505

Go to: Free Expression Cartoon Contest Winners Announced

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You can't just change a word and say, hey look I can do better.


The hell we can't. Is even mild critique on taste taboo now?

You have to come up with an original idea.


-OR- you can throw in a word or a gag here and there and maybe change something funny into something, ohidunno, FUNNIER. Never been part of a writer's roundtable, have you?

The guy who drew this was funny without resorting to even mildly strong language like screwed.


A fair point. I can see it as an image of an adult looking at such transgressions from an adult relationship point of view: ie the adult's euphamism "sleep with" to assert a more involved relationship rather than just a physical one, and really, how embarassing is it to be in the same room with multiple (ex)lovers? Also a jab at the Vatican's overall lumping of all sex outside the bonds of marriage as "bad" regardless of context or intensity. They don't see it as horrific as the rest of us do cuz after all, it's just "bad sex" right?

That's a greater acheivement.He probably thought about and rejected it as too unsubtle.


Mebbe. I'd like to discuss it with him, ackshuly. I'd like to know what inspired it and the process he took to complete it. But really, no need to jump down our throats for making aesthetic observations and comments. What's the deal, tea?

EDIT: For clarity. Did not mean to imply that the winner's entry was "mundane".

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:53:00 UTC | #454491

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Frum,

The winner is a pantywaste. The caption is very wrong. Remove "slept with". Insert "screwed".


I like "screwed." Implies more than just the sexual connotation, as in "screwed for life". HA HA HA! Double entendre...

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:08:00 UTC | #454479

Go to: Christian militia group arrested

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Bonzai,

urn

Do you have to quote his insane stuff to make your point? :(


Ackshuly, yesh. It does help those of us who come, as they say, "Late to the party" to gain better context. Helps to know what is being bandied about, wot?

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:41:00 UTC | #454119

Go to: Pope Mass hints at fightback against abuse critics

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At a Mass in Rome's St Peter's Square, he said his faith would help give him the courage to deflect "petty gossip".


Yes, because the abuse and rape of children is CLEARLY JUST PETTY GOSSIP.

And his "holiness" is CLEARLY out of touch with his flock. The brass balls of this guy, really. That more Catholics aren't outraged at the betrayal of trust, noncomittal "apology", and downright tramping of their dignity because of this clearly corrupt heirarchy is just a damn shame. Still, if it inspires more people who have been abused to come out and say so, then so much the better. Let the whole world hear their righteous anger and pain.

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:25:00 UTC | #453658

Go to: Science can answer moral questions

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11:49

Man, Sam. Holding the outrage back, I see. Hard thing to do.

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:13:00 UTC | #451517

Go to: Exclusive Interview with Satan at a Café near the Vatican

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Very much reminds me of Twain's "Letters From The Earth" Cleverly written. I LOL'D

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:21:00 UTC | #451108

Go to: Do Twilight, Harry Potter open door to the Devil?

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Julian Porteous, the auxiliary bishop of Sydney, warns that pursuing such ''alternative'' relaxation techniques as yoga, reiki massages and tai chi may encourage experimentation with ''deep and dark spiritual ideas and traditions''.


Hell, I'm all for it if it'll keep priests' grubby hands off my kids.

The arrogance, it smells.

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:13:00 UTC | #451072

Go to: Catholic church sex scandal rocks faithful in Brazil

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I am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise.

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 12:03:00 UTC | #450193

Go to: Atheism is a broad church

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What does an atheist scream during sex?


I still like Bill Hicks's answer: "Oh chemical chance...chemical chance...fate and destiny...fate and destiny...BIG BANG!"

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:33:00 UTC | #450007

Go to: Dawkins preaches to the deluded against the divine

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"Christianity and the Hebrew Bible form the foundation stone of Western civilisation and its great cause of human equality and freedom."


"In order to enjoy the type and breadth of freedom we do today, we have had to defy the gods at every step." -Christopher Hitchens

(paraquoted)

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:05:00 UTC | #449982

Go to: Edge of reason: The lonely reign of Benedict XVI

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"What is Jesus's cross but the expression of a sado-masochistic glorification of pain? ...


It's also a reminder of just how rotten we can be to each other, simply because of a difference of creed, and to USE this difference as a justification for said cruelty. There are, of course, others, but that one jumps out at me.

The New Testament is a document of inhumanity, a large-scale deception of the masses."


Weeellll....not ENTIRELY. MOST of it, sure. But, like any other weighty tome, there ARE good bits in it too. I'd hardly call it the product of an omnipotent, omnipresent intelligence...merely by READING IT.

EDIT:

And in a fiery speech on the eve of the conclave, he delivered a withering denunciation of scepticism, secularism and relativism.


Oh, this oughta be good...

"In recent decades, the little boat of thought of many Christians has been...thrown from one extreme to another," he said, "from Marxism to liberalism...from atheism to a vague religious mysticism... New sects are born every day. To have a clear faith is often to be labelled a fundamentalist." All that, he said, was what the Church now had to fight. He was elected in a mere four ballots.



Riiiiight...and how's that working out for you, Darth? Still haven't cleaned house as you promised, have you? You DO realise that the world no longer turns to your church's whim, right? Having a clear, unwavering faith is FAR different from fundamentalism. Faith CAN shift and grow as we learn more about not just the cosmos, but ourselves. Such a kind of faith seems to be completely lost on these ancients. You can deny what is objectively true all you want, your "infallibility" won't change that.

"Electing Ratzinger after John Paul," an American Catholic said to me in St Peter's Square immediately after Ratzinger came out on the balcony to acknowledge the crowd, "is like electing Rumsfeld after George Bush."


Or Karl Rove...considering he had more of Georgie's ear.

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:48:00 UTC | #449822

Go to: The Great Catholic Cover-Up

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Amos,

Apparently old Ratzinger is a micro-manager and insists on knowing the finest details. I bet he wishes he wasn't as fastidious at his work now...lol.


Makes 'plausible deniability' damn near impossible, donut?

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:01:00 UTC | #449819

Go to: Humanists Prepare to Hold LGBT-Inclusive Prom in Mississippi

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I believe ThinkProgress featured a story on this young lady. Don't particularly feel like digging it out as I'm currently fighting to stay awake due to the lost hour. Thanks a bunch, Franklin!

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:34:00 UTC | #449301

Go to: How paedophile priest was allowed to evade justice

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"So the case stopped," his mother told me, "and, a couple of weeks later Paul committed suicide. He couldn't handle it any more.


Proof that guilt and shame really can kill, especially when heaped upon an unsuspecting, innocent, and vulnerable child.

Downright fucking MONSTROUS...

But THIS:

His refusal to acknowledge his paedophilia means the prognosis for a cure is bleak


Is the worst of all. Think if he'd gotten treatment at the FIRST child, there'd be a better chance that he could've been HELPED.

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:51:00 UTC | #448600

Go to: Chief exorcist says Devil is in Vatican

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"When the possessed dribble and slobber, and need cleaning up, I do that too. Seeing people vomit doesn't bother me. The exorcist has one principal duty - to free human beings from the fear of the Devil."


...

You know, my father freed me from my fear of the monster in my closet by SHOWING ME IT WASN'T REAL. You know when people start shaking, dribbling, and screaming...we take them to a HOSPITAL, not a CHURCH. Why? Because we KNOW BETTER NOW!

Ugh...reading what this old man keeps spouting is making my head hurt.

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:25:00 UTC | #448588

Go to: Chief exorcist says Devil is in Vatican

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righton,

"He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, or even appear to be sympathetic. At times he makes fun of me. But I'm a man who is happy in his work."


If this is what Alzheimer's is like, I'm not quite so frightened any more. I'd be glad to kick Satan's ass in checkers...WHO'S THE FUNNY ONE NOW, BITCH?

Okay, I'm done. I'll get my coat...

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:12:00 UTC | #448584