Criticism of Religion

When someone you knew turns out to be a child sexual abuser

Yesterday had started innocently enough. I had dreamt about an old high school teacher and wondered if he was still alive. Notable in my brain was a previous time I had dreamt about an old high school teacher, done an Internet search and discovered that she had passed a month prior. The one I had… Continue reading When someone you knew turns out to be a child sexual abuser

Church-State Separation · Criticism of Religion

The sacrament of Confession, and child abuse

I read this article today, and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all. At first I was puzzled on what my take should be. I should know that, shouldn’t I? I’ve railed against the Catholic Church many times on this subject, and certainly, in the younger days of this blog, I’d be throwing… Continue reading The sacrament of Confession, and child abuse

Criticism of Religion · Tolerance

The difference between righteous anger and blinding hatred

I follow a few anti-theists on Twitter. I’m not sure why — maybe it goes back to before I was okay with being religious again myself — but I do. I’ve been wondering whether to unfollow these folks. I mean, I’m not AGAINST religion, am I? I’m not here arguing that all forms of religion are backward,… Continue reading The difference between righteous anger and blinding hatred

Criticism of Religion

I’m mad as hell, and you know the rest

So recently I saw this video. And it made me mad. Among other things, Dennis Hastert could get away with child molestation because of the Roman Catholic Church. (Now technically, I don’t know that that’s a line of causation that we can accurately draw, but work with me here.) I dug a little deeper and… Continue reading I’m mad as hell, and you know the rest

Criticism of Religion

The “true neutral” Catholic Church

Get ready for some no-holds-barred ranting (and some language). Really? Still here? Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. So I saw this article recently. Then I found this one. This is me putting on my “atheist” hat for a moment. Churches only have the power they’re given, i.e., the power they get from… Continue reading The “true neutral” Catholic Church