The Inquisition Lives! Or You Never Know When To Expect Joey Ratz.
May 25, 2012

From the BBC:

The Vatican has said it has detained a person it suspects of leaking a series of confidential documents and letters to the media.

The leaks have described alleged corruption, mismanagement, and internal conflicts among top Holy See officials.

The Vatican said the person was being questioned by Vatican magistrates, but gave no further details about their identity.

The "Vatileaks" scandal, as it is known, has enraged the Holy See.

Last month, Pope Benedict XVI set up a special commission of cardinals to investigate the leaks.

"The inquiry carried out by Vatican police… allowed them to identify someone in possession of confidential documents," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.

"This person is currently being questioned."

In the Vatican dungeons, no doubt.

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Lock Your Bedroom Door: Santorum Wants Your Condoms.
January 4, 2012

From Salon, by staff writer Irin Carmon:

Here is an actual Rick Santorum quote: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” And also, “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

That was in October 2010, not long ago. This guy wants to force you to follow his ‘morality’. He wants you to become a Catholic follower of the sick old men in the Vatican, just like he is. This is a guy who will turn the Presidency into a modern Inquisition, with condom cops breaking  down your bedroom door; roughing up your daughter and your son to make sure they aren’t thinking  about using birth control; and no doubt criminalizing any act of sex that you do just for pleasure. Sure, it starts with a condom bust, but then the deeper fanatic will start to show his fangs: masturbation will get you jail time; actual sex for fun with the opposite sex will get you flogged in the public square; sex with the same gender will get the guillotine. And women, yo, women, pay attention, your lives are going old style with a vengeance: prepare to go back to the kitchen and spend your life barefoot and pregnant if this mindless piece of arrogant religious madness gets into the White House.

Speaking to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Santorum recently reaffirmed his opposition to Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on discussing or providing contraception to married couples, and established a right to privacy that would later be integral to Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas.

This atavistic pig is the best the Republicans can come up with? Or second best, according to some people in Iowa with some strange ideas on what America is about and how it should operate. (The first best is no bargain either, which the vote in Iowa seems to confirm.)

And really, think about it, why is this guy so concerned with what you do in your bedroom? Or the back seat of your car? Or out in the woods? It’s none of his business, is it?  It’s none of the government’s business, is it? But he thinks it’s important that it be his business and the government’s business. One might suppose that he thinks it will create jobs (condom police, sex police, gay security patrols), but no, he’s just got a prurient, evil mind; he’s just got himself thinking that whatever he thinks is moral (because a decrepit Pope said so) should be forced down the throat of the American public via the power of the Presidency of the United States of America. But then that’s right in line with the Republican way of ‘thinking’.

Yeah, vote Santorum, vote Condom Man. And get the rack and the Iron Maiden ready.

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A Little Perspective: Aristotle vs. Republican Tea Party
November 27, 2011

The RTP insists over and over that government is too big, that it interferes in business too much (and apparently not enough in people’s private lives), and that American government should be shrunk to the size of a bathtub and then drowned.

Obviously these people are not thinkers, demonstrate no concern for their fellow Americans, and don’t give a damn about community outside their enclaves of thoughtlessness. They want whatever they can get their hands on, whether it be salary and wages without taxes, or teachers working for a pittance in a public school system damned by lack of funds, or roads and bridges crumbling into uselessness. All that seems to matter to them is that we have a big, bad military to protect us from all the evil they imagine exists in the world planning to get them and make them bow to some god or orthodoxy which is as ludicrous as their own vaunted system of superstitions.

But there is nothing new under the sun…

Aristotle’s belief that humans are by nature political animals (i.e., who live in an organized society) and that the state is a positive force in bringing about the good life (rather than only being a necessary evil whose purpose is to keep order) had a great impact in both the theory and practice of statecraft. Aristotle’s view of the state provided ammunition to secular rulers against claims of ecclesiastical interference and supremacy, and was a major element in the defeat of the idea of a universal Christian monarchy ruled by the pope.

That’s from The Medieval World View: An Introduction.*

It’s the same battle American society is fighting today. We’re not in much danger of being ruled by the creaking pederasts in the Vatican, but it’s difficult to imagine that the fundogelicals fueling the mindless rage on the right would rule with a lighter hand than the vicious princes of delusion in the Vatican applied during the Inquisition.

And it’s certain that the RTP doesn’t believe that the state, i.e., the American government, could ever be a force for bringing the good life to Americans. They seem to think that nobody in government is an American, other than the right-wing crazies in Congress who are as thoughtless and vapid and loud as the bulk of the RTP itself these days. For the RTP government only exists to project American power (e.g., bombs, bullets, cluster bombs, denial and ignorance of science, slaughter, and arrogance) around the world and police power against anyone who dares to object to the coming rule of ignorance and arrogance and sheer stupidity that characterize the RTP.

Life back in the days of Aristotle and in the millennium of the medieval world was brutal and cold under the weight of princes and barons and priests. The people with the gold and the armor and the weapons and the crucifixes trampled pretty much anyone who got in the way of their lust for power and greed for wealth. It’s hard to imagine the current crop of wannabe rulers in the RTP want life to be much different, especially since that’s where their policies would take the world.

And where’s today’s Aristotle to drive them from the doors of the temples of democracy?

* The Medieval World View: An Introduction: William R. Cook, Ronald B. Herzman, Oxford University Press, 2d edition, softcover, p. 27

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Vatican Again Demonstrates Its Commitment to Torture and Pain
June 14, 2007

The Associated Press writes that the Vatican is demanding that Catholics should no longer contribute to Amnesty International.

A Vatican cardinal said yesterday that Roman Catholics shouldn’t contribute to Amnesty International because the group adopted a policy calling for access to abortion services for women under certain circumstances.

Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the Vatican’s justice and peace department, criticized the (AI) policy, saying it represented a betrayal of Amnesty’s goals of ensuring human rights around the world.

A spokesman for the Cardinal insisted that “the cardinal fully meant that individual Catholics should suspend donations to the group.”

With that kind of twisted thinking, we can assume that the justice and peace department is the one the hunts down heretics and tortures them in the bowels of Vatican City.

The truth of the matter is that the Vatican’s old men, still living in the Dark Ages which they helped to create and which they still consider the glory days of the church, would rather see people suffer, be tortured, be imprisoned in horrible conditions, rather than have a single woman relieved of a little clump of cells brought on by rape or incest, or that threatens her life.

The fun part is that Amnesty says it has never received any financing from the Vatican or from official Roman Catholic organizations, defined as those that are an official extension of the Church.

The new policy is part of Amnesty’s worldwide Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

Once again the Pope and his Boys in Red come down on the side of ignorance, hatred against women, stupidity, torture, suffering, and any other evil or ill they can come up with to glorify their pathetic little god.

Rah, rah, rah!