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Francis George, a Catholic Cardinal, is heard above comparing people involved in the Gay Liberation movement to those of the Ku Klux Klan. When the reporter states that the remark is a rather harsh comparison, George explains that they both have a common enemy: the Catholic Church.
Personally, my belief is that the KKK’s enemy was a majority of the people who live in America, not just those of Catholic descent. And as gays, we don’t have any enemies…we are seen as the enemy. It’s one fucking day, a day that we go out and celebrate who we are despite the belief that who we are is sick… to some people. The parade passes many businesses I’m sure, and if they looked into how their parade affected each business, I’m sure there would never be a parade. This is not a deliberate attack on the church nor is it a protest in any way.
I’m going to go ahead and make a better comparison, that if said on the news, would most certainly cause an uproar:
The Catholic Church is like the Ku Klux Klan. The church discriminates against me because of my sexuality and the KKK discriminated against minorities because of their origins. Fitting, isn’t it?
- Chicago Cardinal Warns of Gay Pride ‘Ku Klux Klan’ Against the Catholic Church: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Cardinal George: LGBT movement could ‘morph into Klu Klux Klan’ (thegrio.com)
- Cardinal George: Chicago Gay Pride Parade Could ‘Morph Into Klu Klux Klan’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Slogan Used By Ku Klux Klan, Anti-Immigrant ‘Know Nothing’ Party (brandtstandard.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Slogan Used By Ku Klux Klan, Anti-Immigrant ‘Know Nothing’ Party (huffingtonpost.com)
So, what do you think? Would you rather kill the fetus knowing the outcome of its sexuality? Or is it still a ‘life’ and worth fighting to save? And if you fight for the right for it to be born, I think you owe it to them to fight for their rights after birth. Ultimately, it was you who brought this gay child into the world and have opened them up to ridicule, bullying, and the denial of their equal rights. What do you think?
- Jon Hoadley: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (At Work, Anyway) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Dealing with gay students, bullying in very different ways (cnn.com)
- Pro-Life Or Pro-Choice? (wherethecowsmoo.wordpress.com)
Dailymail - More than $400m of compensation to American victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests was paid with loans and guarantees from Allied Irish Bank, it has ben revealed.
The funds, in the form of loans, guarantees and lines of credit, were given specifically to pay clerical abuse victims, and led to AIB being dubbed the ‘Vatican’s banking arm’ in U.S. legal circles.
The revelation that a comparatively small Irish bank based on another continent was used to pay off victims will raise questions about AIB’s links to the church.
One of the payments, of $250m to the Los Angeles diocese, emerged in a new book entitled ‘Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church’, by Jason Berry, which outlines extraordinary links between the bank and the church.
Ultimately, because of this bank and the loans that it made out, the abuse of young kids was able to continue and not be scrutinized by the general public. Instead of handle the problem, they chose to fund it.
Esther Miller was a teenager living in Los Angeles when she was repeatedly forced to commit sexual acts with a priest who went on to abuse other young girls.
That period in her life still haunts her as she enters her fifties.
The man who abused her – a young deacon still at seminary college – groomed her by getting close to her parents.
Over the course of two years, until she was 17, the priest forced himself on her. He was later appointed principal of a Catholic high school despite questions over his behaviour.
He told Esther to go to confession, but only to a particular priest. He called her evil. He later turned out to be a serial abuser of boys too.
She mentioned some details of the encounters to her mother, who slapped her and told her never to speak ill of the clergy.
The abuse had a profound effect on the next two decades of Esther’s life. She was married four times and had dozens of jobs.
Only after the revelations in the Boston diocese in 2002 did she set off on the long road to forcing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to reveal what it knew. Esther’s case was one of hundreds, which were finally settled in mid 2007 for $660m.
‘I was surprised at the dollar amount. I had no idea of the insurance and other ways of raising money.’
And she had no idea until this week that Allied Irish Bank had helpfully stepped in with guarantees of hundreds of millions.
The deal allowed the Archdiocese to avoid going to court and opening all its documents to scrutiny.
But an investigation by the MoS has established that in a few short months in 2007 AIB emerged as the lender behind abuse settlements for four separate dioceses, and the true figure was almost twice as high.
It also emerges that while AIB was used to pay the bulk of the Church’s abuse claims, the dioceses were able to hold on to most of their properties.
This article struck me as odd, and after reading it, my opinion hasn’t changed. Here is some of the article as posted on Dailymail -
The five teenage girls might look like they’re in a normal class, eagerly reading their textbooks and answering their teacher’s questions diligently.
But the textbooks are Bibles and the girls all have crosses instead of protractors, as they train to become exorcists – real exorcists who fight demons, curses and evil spells.
‘People do look a bit surprised when I arrive,’ admits graduate exorcist Brynne Larson. ‘When people call for an exorcist, they don’t picture a 16-year-old high school girl.’
Bible and cross: Savannah Shurkenback, 19, right, and Brynne Larson, 16, are two teenage exorcists who fight demons, curses and evil spells
But Brynne, from Phoenix, Arizona, is one of a new breed of qualified teenage demon slayers, who answered a call when the Church made the admission of there being a worldwide exorcist shortage.
But despite drastic efforts, supply has still not met demand for the controversial ceremony.
The Vatican’s chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, has revealed that he alone has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession.
So if the forces of darkness start getting the upper hand, who should you call? Evangelist Reverend Bob Larson of Spiritual Freedom Churches International – and his remarkable school for exorcists.
‘Think of it more of an exorcist franchise,’ Rev Larson tells MailOnline exclusively.
‘The Church just can’t keep up with demand. But I have 100 teams of trained exorcists working all over the world, and outbreaks of demonic possession are getting out of control.
‘Our phone lines are ringing constantly – we receive up to 1,000 individual requests monthly, and we travel to countries like Africa, Ukraine, England and even Australia.’
But while his teams include exorcists aged up to 70, one group of his protégées are causing waves in the religious community. They are teenage girls.
Savannah Scherkenback, 19, and her sister Tess, 16, are Rev Larson’s latest graduates from his school for exorcists.
‘We have found that our female, teenage exorcists are particularly effective at curing the possessed,’ says Rev Larson, whose daughter Brynne is a supernaturally talented exorcist.
In Case you think you’re possessed, here are the 5 signs:
‘FIVE SIGNS OF POSSESSION’
- Feeling suicidal/ self harming
‘Many of the demons we encounter encourage people to hurt themselves,’ says Rev Larson. ‘They can drive you to suicide if they’re not dealt with.
- Becoming sensitive to religious material
‘The possessed will vomit if they go to a church. They will scream if they come into contact with holy water,’ says Rev Larson. The possessed will reportedly not be able to look at statues of Christ.
- Harbouring feelings of murder
Have you suddenly started to feel intense hatred towards colleagues or even family members? It may be a demon inside of you, says Rev Larson. ‘One of the most common demons is called “murder”.’
- Sickness/ Tiredness
Having a demon within you is a tiring game. Sleeplessness, anxiety and headaches are common complaints, along with less subtle symptoms like levitation and a 360-degree spinning head.
- Speaking in a foreign tongue
The possessed have been known to suddenly start speaking in Latin, Spanish, or even Italian, explains Rev Larson. Watch out for a deepening voice too, he says. ‘I’ve heard that voice all too often. It’s deep and growling.’
LETTERS & EMAILS FROM CLIENTS
Below is a selection of genuine calls for help sent to Reverend Bob Larson:
- ‘My life is a living hell. I practice the occult every night with Lucifer. I signed a pact in my blood and buried it with real human bones. My fingers make the shape of claws. I wake up at night growling. I throw up if I go to church. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!’ (‘Lori’)
- ‘I grew up in Satanism. I have a multitude of physical and sexual abuse. I want to die. Can you help me?’ (Name withheld)
- ‘I have suicidal thoughts and dreams of hurting others. I am fighting something deep within me. Your show forced me to look at the possibility of having a demon inside me.’ (‘Adam’)
- ‘I have tried to kill myself and have homicidal thoughts. I even made a list of people I want to kill. I really need some answers.’ (‘Laura’)