The Weirdly Catholic Shoebats


Longtime friend of the blog Richard Bartholomew takes a look at Walid and Theodore Shoebat, the fake "ex-terrorist" and his openly and admittedly fascist son. What really strikes me as odd about them is that they're Catholic. Usually their particular brand of theocratic totalitarianism is found in Protestant circles, especially among the hardcore Calvinists. Not so here. … [Read more...]

Ex-Muslim Protestants Disrupting Catholic Churches

A group called Koosha Las Vegas, made up of ex-Muslims who are now fundamentalist Protestant Christians, has begun disrupting Catholic church masses, screaming at the congregations that they worship idols of Satan and need to become real Christians. They've done this three times now and posted video of the disruptive protests to their Facebook pages. … [Read more...]

When the Muslims Were the Catholics


I've written before about the long history of anti-immigration nativism in this country. Every new ethnic group that comes here is greeted by the same bigotry, the same irrational fears (disease, taking our jobs, blah blah blah). But when it's a religious group specifically rather than an ethnic one, the dynamic is slightly different. And until the last few decades, it was Catholics being treated the way Muslims are today. … [Read more...]

A Powerful Response to Trump’s Anti-Muslim Ideas


Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and and editor at America magazine, shared a picture on Facebook along with a brief essay strongly opposing Donald Trump's proposal for a complete ban on all Muslim immigration and tourism. It's a powerful message, I think, even though it is aimed primarily at Christians. Here's the picture he shared, which shows the anti-European nativism of decades past: … [Read more...]

Priests for Life Creates Novena to Win Supreme Court Case


One of the several cases challenging the secondary accommodation to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act involves the group Priests for Life. That group is now seeking a little divine help in the case, creating a novena -- a series of nine prayers to be said on consecutive days -- for their Catholic followers to recite in order to get the big guy to rig the result of the case. … [Read more...]

Teresa’s Bigots Worried About Moral Upbringing


I've already reported that more than a dozen orphanages run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity organization have decided to stop performing adoptions because of new rules that would require them to allow single parents to adopt children (in a country with 30 million orphans and only a few thousand adoptions each year, this is a necessity). Get a load of this quote from the nun who runs one of the orphanages: … [Read more...]

Barber: Islam and Liberalism the ‘Twin Beasts of the Apocalypse’


I'm always amused when wingnuts claim that reactionary Islam and liberalism are in some sort of secret pact to destroy Christianity, especially since the Christian right and the Muslim right have far more in common with one another than with liberalism. Matt Barber trots out this inane trope yet again, quoting an African Catholic cardinal who says Islam and liberalism are the "twin beasts of the apocalypse." … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa’s Orphanages Don’t Give a Damn About Kids

Here's yet another example of why the veneration of Mother Teresa and the supposed selflessness of her and her followers is totally unjustified. India has set new rules for adoption, trying to get more orphaned children into permanent homes in a country with millions of orphans and only a few thousand adoptions each year, but the Missionaries of Charity refuse to take part because they refuse to let a single person adopt a child. … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for California’s Assisted Suicide Law

I am so happy to hear that the state of California has become the 5th state to allow some form of assisted suicide for terminally ill people seeking an end to their misery and suffering. Having just gone through this with one of my dearest friends, and having gone through it three times before with others that I love, I am a staunch advocate of such laws. … [Read more...]

Congressman Steals Pope’s Water Glass. And Then It Gets Weird.

After Pope Francis spoke before a joint session of Congress on Thursday, one member of Congress snuck up to the podium and stole his water glass. Now that's weird enough. But it gets even weirder. Then he and others drank from it, invited still others to dip their water in it, and now the congressman plans to anoint his grandchildren because he thinks it's "holy water" and will do...well, something. … [Read more...]

Jones: Pope’s Climate Change Bill Would Kill a Billion People!


Terminal hysteric Alex Jones is none too happy about the pope's visit to the United States and he's frothing at the mouth as he rages against the pope's advocacy of taking action to arrest global climate change. Like most everything else he disagrees with, taking action on climate change is the Worst Thing Ever and it would kill a billion people. A billion, people! And he's going to vomit! … [Read more...]

American Catholics More Liberal Than Church, Most Americans


I've always found it fascinating that most of the people who attend Catholic churches don't actually believe a large portion of the church's official doctrines, from the perpetual virginity of Mary to literal transubstantiation to the evils of birth control. A new survey reveals that not only are most American Catholics out of step with the church, they're more liberal on most issues than the average American is. … [Read more...]