I don't know what's worse: That this guy is pretending
to be someone (I sincerely hope) he's not, or that he's doing it on behalf of Jesus:
During Monday's hearing of the Australian commission that investigates child sex abuse, it emerged
that Australia's Catholic Church has paid at least $43,000,000 in hush money to victims of pedophile clergy members.
It's easy to miss the significance. This money wasn't a settlement. The Church paid it on the express condition that priests' misdeeds would be kept secret. And not just secret as in "out of the public eye":
In some cases, victims were not even allowed to tell their husbands, wives or children about the secret settlements negotiated through the church's controversial Towards Healing process.
Which doesn't sound much like "healing" at all.
This is a guest post by Veronica Chenik Gilmore.
"You are so blessed"
“You’re an angel"
"Are you Catholic?"
"Are they all yours?"
"God Bless you"
These statements are just a sampling of what people say to my husband and me when they find out we have seven children.
We have a blended family -- three biological children and four who came to us from Tennessee through an interstate adoption program. Strangers and casual acquaintances step into our circle to celebrate our "good deed" as if we're doing something to please God. These well-intentioned people have no clue that we are hiding something very important from them: our identity as atheists.
Most people assume it was our faith that led us to adopt. But after hearing all sorts of mischaracterizations and faulty conclusions about who we are, it's time for me to speak up. We're not religious and we're adoptive parents.
"If religion means anything other than Christianity, we have no way to stop Islam or satanism," is the title of this video
. At 2:30, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer
, discussing the First Amendment, concludes that
"By 'religion,' the founders were thinking of Christianity. So the purpose was to protect the free exercise of the Christian faith. It wasn’t about protecting anything else."
Before you play this
, a warning: Don't use headphones except at low volume, and don't turn your speakers up too high. Seriously.