The Bigoted Voice of the Catholic Church


Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the voices of the Catholic Church, gave an exclusive interview to reporters at LifeSiteNews in response to

a controversial presentation by an Australian couple before 191 of the Catholic Church’s leading bishops and cardinals at the ongoing Extraordinary Synod on the Family this week.

While “some Synod fathers responded to the short intervention by the couple ‘very warmly, with applause,’” Burke

called the Pirolas’ question a ‘delicate’ question that needs to be addressed in a “calm, serene, reasonable and faith-filled manner.”

“If homosexual relations are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are — reason teaches us that and also our faith — then, what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person?” asked the cardinal.

Burke goes on to expose the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church by showing concern for children:

“we don’t want our children” to get the “impression” that sexual relationships outside God’s plan are alright, “by seeming to condone gravely sinful acts on the part of a family member.”

Burke lies when he says

“We wouldn’t, if it were another kind of relationship — something that was profoundly disordered and harmful — we wouldn’t expose our children to that relationship, to the direct experience of it. And neither should we do it in the context of a family member who not only suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil.”

Burke is an evil and duplicitous voice of the Catholic Church, the Church that ignores and covers up “sexual relationships outside God’s plan,” the Church that showed, and continues to show, no concern for children.

h/t: @Faithfreeschool

Liberals Acting Badly: The Smears Against Sam Harris Continue

Glen Greenwald and Reza Aslan seem obsessed with smearing Sam Harris. Most of us have seen Reza Aslan in action before, insisting that FGM is not an Islamic practice (technically correct but practically wrong) and claiming that Indonesian women live in a free and open society. Many have refuted his claims (see here and here for example) and since he plays fast and loose with facts, it is easy to dismiss him.

Glenn Greenwald, on the other hand, is a famous journalist who helped bring Edward Snowden’s story of NSA over-reach to the public. People listen when Glenn Greenwald speaks because he usually says credible things, and that makes his sustained attack on Sam Harris not only disappointing but also dangerous. People simply believe Glenn Greenwald when he twists Sam Harris’s words which means he denies us the opportunity to engage in honest dialogue – something that is absolutely crucial in a society that thrives on the free exchange of ideas.

The latest volley from Sam Harris’s defamers comes in the form of a meme that proclaims Sam Harris a “genocidal fascist maniac” (see below) and although this quote did not originate with Glenn Greenwald, both he and Reza Aslan retweeted it to their multitude of followers. They both should know better and Greenwald especially, as a journalist, should be ashamed.

Sam Harris responds to this libel on his site where he puts the quote into context. A journalist like Glenn Greenwald would normally have checked his facts before broadcasting such a falsehood, but it appears that he is so intent on showing Sam to be the evil bigot he most certainly is not, that all journalistic ethics take a back seat to his defamatory ambitions. Here is the vital missing context of the quote from The End of Faith (pp 52-53):

The power that belief has over our emotional lives appears to be total. For every emotion that you are capable of feeling, there is surely a belief that could invoke it in a matter of moments. Consider the following proposition:


Your daughter is being slowly tortured in an English jail.


What is it that stands between you and the absolute panic that such a proposition would loose in the mind and body of a person who believed it? Perhaps you do not have a daughter, or you know her to be safely at home, or you believe that English jailors are renowned for their congeniality. Whatever the reason, the door to belief has not yet swung upon its hinges.


The link between belief and behavior raises the stakes considerably. Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live. Certain beliefs place their adherents beyond the reach of every peaceful means of persuasion, while inspiring them to commit acts of extraordinary violence against others. There is, in fact, no talking to some people. If they cannot be captured, and they often cannot, otherwise tolerant people may be justified in killing them in self-defense. This is what the United States attempted in Afghanistan, and it is what we and other Western powers are bound to attempt, at an even greater cost to ourselves and to innocents abroad, elsewhere in the Muslim world. We will continue to spill blood in what is, at bottom, a war of ideas

Not exactly advocating genocide. Further, it becomes abundantly clear that Sam Harris advocates exactly the opposite of genocide if you read the accompanying end note to these paragraphs:

We do not have to bring the membership of Al Qaeda “to justice” merely because of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The thousands of men, women, and children who disappeared in the rubble of the World Trade Center are beyond our help—and successful acts of retribution, however satisfying they may be to some people, will not change this fact. Our subsequent actions in Afghanistan and elsewhere are justified because of what will happen to more innocent people if members of Al Qaeda are allowed to go on living by the light of their peculiar beliefs. The horror of Sept. 11 should motivate us, not because it provides us with a grievance that we now must avenge, but because it proves beyond any possibility of doubt that certain twenty-first-century Muslims actually believe the most dangerous and implausible tenets of their faith.

As I said before – Glenn Greenwald and Reza Aslan should be ashamed of themselves, Glenn Greenwald doubly so as a seasoned journalist. Take the time to read Sam Harris’s reply, On the Mechanics of Defamation, on his site and take a look at the article on The Friendly Atheist for another take on this incident.

Thor hammers poor Christian girl

Is it ok to discriminate against Christians? We often hear Christians complaining about being unfairly treated by the secular world, but would it be fair to deny someone a job simply because they are christian?

He wrote that she wasn’t qualified and “unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want.”

At the very least this seems incredibly unprofessional.

In her complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Paquette outlines a series of emails from executives from Amaruk Wilderness Corp.Paquette, an experienced river rafting guide, applied to be a wilderness guide for Amaruk’s Canadian operations in the North.

Obviously I don’t know if she was actually qualified, but if she can show that she is based on the job description, Thor might be in for a rough ride.

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