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Thursday, April 21, 2005

 A disturbing lack of faith

Okay, I promise to stop mocking Pope Palpatine.

It really is an unfair comparison: Palpatine is the leader of an outdated, backward, greedy empire which has persecuted people through lies and bullying and has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people through the years.


On a serious note. Why do I mock him? Paleo sums up my feelings better than I can:
With the selection of a medieval, Hitler Youth, Pope, it is now clear that there can no longer be a middle ground in the so-called "culture war." On one side stands reactionary Catholics, fundamentalist Protestants, Orthodox Jews and Taliban Muslims. These forces, relatively harmless when separate, have now joined, officially or unofficially, in a movement to take the world back to the middle ages.

On the other side stands the forces of the Enlightenment: modernism, science, humanism, separation of church and state and constitutional democracy. The time of tolerating and humoring the neanderthals on the other side is over. Those on the side of the enlightenment need to start fighting back and setting forth a positive case on such issues as the rights of gays and women or else see the world fall back into an age of darkness.

It shouldn't be too difficult to figure out which side I am on. I hope that the future is on my side, too. Even a god couldn't help us if it isn't.

UPDATED! Check out the Pope Palpatine I photo gallery!


Blogger Electro said...

Can you tell me where the Church is against women's rights? or Gay rights?

11:59 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

With the amount of time you spend trolling this site, I am sure you can devote some effort to doing your own research. However, as a goodwill gesture, here is something to get you started:

Cardinal Ratzinger has railed against gays in his writings. According to Richard J. Rosendall, In 1986, Ratzinger issued his Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons stating that "the inclination [toward homosexuality] itself must be seen as an objective disorder." While condemning anti-gay violence, Ratzinger wrote: "[W]hen civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase." In the same letter, Rosendall wrote, "Ratzinger called gay rights advocacy a threat to the family."

9:46 AM  
Blogger Brinstar said...

Clearly Electro doesn't know two whits about Catholicism...

1:32 PM  

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