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Pope suggests ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’

Idiot.

Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.

In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: “It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life.”

“There are those who say ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association’,” the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.

He said that some of these people should also say “‘my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life’.”

“There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal,” he said. “How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.”

How would it be better?

Wouldn’t it be better to have some level of faith, however imperfectly lived, rather than outright rejecting God?

La Rochefoucauld said ‘hypocrisy is the tribute vice renders to virtue’, so there is even some residual good in hypocritical Christians.

By contrast, here‘s what God thinks of atheists.

I wonder what God thinks of Pope Francis?

Actually; that’s not true: I don’t really wonder; I have an hunch…

 

Age of consent should be teenage years

God made humans sexually mature, i.e. physiologically adult, capable of reproducing, when they become teenagers, more or less (can start earlier, but by the time they’re 13, they’re certainly all into puberty, and girls can certainly get pregnant at that age).

In centuries past, many people did marry quite early on; this is documented. There are other cultures where this is still the case; they do not have any conception of ‘adolescence’.

Our extended adolescence and delay of adult responsibilities is stupid. Our laws punishing sexual relations between someone over 18 and someone under 18 but bearing secondary sexual characteristics, able to reproduce, are irrational.

If parents want to protect their children, they need to bring them up right with proper values, and keep them at home until they consider them marriageable. Maybe for some, that isn’t till 18, or 26; for others, maybe at 14, they’re ready. No reason why 18 should be the age; that’s completely arbitrary, and it isn’t when people become physically capable of reproducing.

The laws should be changed. Teach your girls not to be sluts, if you don’t want them fornicating. Encourage them to marry while their fertility is at its peak, rather than delaying for the sake of education and career.

P.S. There should be no such thing as ‘jailbait’; if a teenage girl flirts with an older man, and seduces him, he shouldn’t be criminally liable for engaging in consensual activity with her. Again, if fathers want to protect their daughters, it should be up to them to bring them up right so they don’t fornicate; it shouldn’t be the state’s role to punish men who take advantage of willing, consenting slutty teenage girls.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in law, Sex

 

“control exactly what people think”

“undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. […] that is our job.”

 

Making bathrooms great again!

Great news on the bathroom wars front of World War T:

The Trump administration will rescind guidance enacted by his predecessor in favour of transgender students, the White House has said.

The Obama-era rule directed public schools to allow transgender pupils to use toilets of their gender identity.

But critics said that guidance was government overreach which threatened other students’ privacy and safety.

[…]

Last May, Mr Obama’s justice and education departments instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom corresponded to their gender identity.

Though not legally binding, Mr Obama’s order warned schools they could lose funding if they did not follow the new guidance.

The directive sparked a backlash across the country, prompting legal challenges from 13 states and a Texas federal judge’s preliminary injunction blocking the department’s position in August.

The Obama administration’s guidance was based on its interpretation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

Mr Obama argued that protection extended to gender identity.

But Mr Spicer said the previous administration’s guidelines were confusing and too difficult to implement.

During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump said transgender students should be allowed to use whichever bathroom “they feel is appropriate”.

But he reversed his stance after facing Republican criticism.

Conservative activists praised Mr Trump’s impending order, saying it protected student rights to privacy.

“Our daughters should never be forced to share private, intimate spaces with male classmates, even if those young men are struggling with these issues,” said Vicki Wilson, a member of Students and Parents for Privacy.

“It violates their right to privacy and harms their dignity.”

Anyone think Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio would have overturned Obama’s legislation?

 

This is another great victory that the #NeverTrump folks would have denied, letting Hillary continue the Obamadness.

 

Again, you #NeverTrump types don’t get to celebrate this, because it wasn’t on your ilk.

 

Praise God, for the Deplorables!

 

All hail Pepe! 🙂

 

 

A fight over an order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The draft order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.

Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.

Assuming this reporting is true, I am pleased that the president sided with AG Sessions. Though he is broadly pro-LGBT, Trump surely knows that ordering public schools to let transgenders into the bathrooms and locker rooms is not the place to take a stand. Still, it is fascinating — and important — that Betsy DeVos threw down with Jeff Sessions over this stuff. It shows that even within the broad community of conservative Evangelicals, there is no unanimity on this issue. Think about it: the fact that allowing boys who believe they are girls into a high school locker room is even an issue between conservative Evangelical Christians is a sign of the times.

Yes, it is a sign of the times, isn’t it… Evanjellyfish can’t all be counted on to stand firm; apparently not even Trump appointee DeVos! (Let alone #NeverTrump twits like Russell Moore…) But thank God some evangelicals, like Trump appointee Sessions, do…

 

First sign of obesity in Arctic people discovered after remote tribes exposed to instant noodles, pasta

Figures.

Related.

 

Scientists want to bring woolly mammoths back

Ugh; this sort of thing surely can’t end well; have we learned nothing from Jurassic Park? 😉

Research from Harvard University is exciting some scientists about the prospects of being able to recreate the long extinct woolly mammoth. The ice age mammal’s DNA could potentially be spliced with an Asian elephant to create a hybrid.

Harvard Geneticist Professor, George Church, briefed the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about the progress his team has made in the past two years of trying to “de-extinct” the mammoth.

Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo,” said Church. “Actually, it would be more like an elephant with a number of mammoth traits. We’re not there yet, but it could happen in a couple of years.

His team has managed to create a hybrid “mammophant” cell and hopes to reach an embryo within the next two years. They owe some of their credit to the gene-editing tool Crispr, according to the Guardian. However, it will be many more years before a living mammophant could be lumbering around our colder climates.

Typical biologists, thinking if something can be done, it ought to, as though ‘might makes right’

Well, there’s only one thing to be done: establish a black market paying exorbitantly for mammoth fur and meat! We’ll have this hybrid mammophant species extinct in no time! 😉

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Polygamy will be legalized; traditionalist Christians will likely be the only religious group to oppose it

Remember the Law of Merited Impossibility: It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it.


From the comments, we can see one group who won’t join with traditionalist Christians in opposing it:

And no doubt members of any faith which still accepts polygamy won’t oppose its legalization.

(As for other non-Western religionists: did they vocally join in opposing SSM? No. ‘Nuff said.)

Will trad members of The Tribe stick their neck out and join us in opposing it? As with the aforementioned commenter (and as he pointed out), their ancestors used to practice it; I doubt they care that much. And with their more liberal brethren like the author above making the case for it, they’re even less likely to get involved.

Other than some individual allies here and there, we’ll likely be largely alone in our opposition.

Same as we have been, mostly, in all the other culture war battles. (And Democrat-/Liberal-voting racial and ethnic minority Christians are useless, because notwithstanding their personal opinions, they never let such affect their continued solidarity voting for parties which most ardently fight on the other side in the culture war. So it’ll mostly be white Christians fighting the good fight, without even Моrmons on our side in this case.)