Horror Show Sunday: Religious Freedom

As long as we’re talking about abuse done in the name of religion, we might as well cover this story about a woman in Indiana who beat her 7-year old son with a coat hanger, then tried to justify the whole thing by proclaiming she has “religious freedom”.  Yes, some people are that stupid.

Kin Park Thaing, 30, argued in court that she beat her 7-year old son with a coat hanger in accordance with her Christian religious values and therefore, no one has any right to hold her accountable for her actions.  She specifically quoted Proverbs 23:13, which states, “Do not withhold discipline from a child: if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.”

When she was arrested, she said “I was worried for my son’s salvation with God after he dies, I decided to punish my son to prevent him from hurting my daughter and to help him learn how to behave as God would want him to.”  Because these were her deeply held beliefs, she asked that the case be dismissed under the newly passed Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but was luckily denied.  At least some people have half a brain in their heads.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry has been expecting the religious to try exactly this.  “We predicted this was exactly was going to happen, is individuals would assert their religious freedom to justify what is clearly criminal conduct.”  Even though Thaing is a refugee from Myanmar, that isn’t an excuse for physical violence against a child in the name of religion.  But I expect this kind of thing to continue because the highly religious are more concerned with their religious beliefs than they are with their civic responsibilities.  That’s why cases like this will continue to show up on Horror Show Sunday, because the religious are animals and far too many people are happy to allow them to be animals because offending someone’s ridiculous religious beliefs is simply not acceptable.

I beg to differ.

What Should I Do With the Blog?

So I’ve got a problem.  I used to spend a lot of time on the blog and recently, because all of my free time has gone to YouTube, I’ve dropped off to a couple of posts per week and mostly, I fight to find things to say here outside of Horror Show Sunday because, as I said, all of my energy has been going to YouTube.  But that’s not how I intended it, in fact, my original intention was to have  the blog be my primary source of communication and everything else was supposed to send people here.

Yeah, that’s not how it worked out unfortunately.

But I’ve been feeling like the blog has been left behind and that’s not what I want either.  It really feels like it’s going nowhere and even though it gets some traffic, which I can’t imagine why because I never advertise it, everything here is outdated and I don’t like the look so my question for you, the reader, is what do you want to see here?

I’d really like to tie it in with YouTube more, I had the idea of, maybe once or twice a week depending on the content, of giving expanded looks at some of the videos I do there.  A lot of the time, I don’t want to bore the viewers so I give shorter answers than I might otherwise give and maybe, if people are interested, I might want to expand on things here.  So let me know if that’s something you’re interested in seeing.

Some things here are going away.  I lost track of the Bitchspot on YouTube page forever ago and that’s just going to get deleted.  There’s no way I could keep up on it.  I feel the same way about Religious Horror Show, but I really wanted there to be a place where people could go to see all of that but as you can see, I’m way out of date on it and I don’t feel like I’ll ever get it caught up, so I’d like suggestions of what I should do to showcase all of the horrors of religion.

Then there are the visuals, which right now suck.  I’ve been out of the WordPress game for so long now that I don’t even know what I can do, much less what I should do.  Because I no longer use Facebook or Twitter, and I really want to completely delete those accounts, that will be the end of what little advertising I do around here.  I really would love to find a plug-in that lets me auto-post to Gab or Minds, or Patreon or MakerSupport for that matter, but I haven’t found anything that will work.  I did get a plug-in that will let individuals post their comments to a lot of those social media sites that I will implement, but I really need an automated solution for promotion here.  I just don’t have the time to manually repost all of my articles to Minds and Gab and Patreon and MakerSupport.  I wind up doing it in massive batches a couple of times a month and that’s just not what I want.  Any suggestions?

And the theme I’ve got right now is crap, I’m sorry to say.  I haven’t had a chance to go looking for something new yet, maybe this weekend, but it feels totally outdated and dull.  Ideas for that are also welcomed.

Really, I want to make all of my online activism, if it can be called that, cohesive.  Maybe I can get YouTube videos to automatically post here?  I’ll have to look into it.  This used to be my one-stop shop for everything I did online, now it feels like it’s gotten lost in the weeds and I hate that.  So again, let me know what you’d like to see, you come here after all, you have to have some suggestions.

Thanks for your time and help.

When You Make the Rules…

You see a lot of people on the left waving this around, but the minute you look at it objectively, the whole thing falls apart.  Supposedly, America has dropped to the 8th “best” country and it’s all Trump’s fault.  Never mind that under Obama, it fell from 4th to 7th place, that’s not important, this is just one more reason for the liberal lunatics to scream about Trump!

But the whole survey is pointless to begin with.  What are the criteria?  Purely liberal taking points of course!  So let’s take a look and see why this whole thing means nothing when it’s the left making the rules.

If you ask a liberal why we’re so low, and this is out of 197 countries mind you, they will spit out things like universal health care and minimum wages.  In other words, liberal talking points.  The whole survey is just that, a survey, personal opinions by a reported 21,000 people world wide.  But is subjective opinion a worthwhile way to determine who is best?  I think not.  Let’s look at some of these points.

Adventure.  So the hell what?  I mean honestly, the U.S. has one of the top tourism industries on the planet, more people want to come here (and honestly, stay here illegally far too often) than pretty much anywhere else.  Pointless category.

Citizenship.  I find it funny how they define this.  “Cares about human rights, cares about the environment, gender equality, progressive, religious freedom, respects property rights, trustworthy, well-distributed political power.”  In other words, the whole of the liberal playbook.  Sorry, liberalism sucks.  That invalidates the whole survey right there.

Cultural Influence.  Considering the whole world wants to be like us, I find it hard to believe that we didn’t get this one.

Entrepreneurship.  Now I’ll be the first one to agree that this is a major problem.  We need to stop sending jobs overseas. Still, the vast majority of new technologies come from America.  I’m sure a lot of it comes from even more liberal buzzwords in the description like “well-developed legal framework”.  Define that for me.  Oh, you mean liberal?  Joy!

Heritage.  Sure, tell me how many “cultural attractions” Sweden has?  Bias, bias, bias.

Movers. The definition of this is “different, distinctive, dynamic, unique”.  What does that even mean?  If you mean movers and shakers, we’ve got that won too.  How many people tune in to talks by non-American CEOs?  Not that many.

Open for Business. The definition here is “bureaucratic, cheap manufacturing costs, corrupt, favorable tax environment, transparent government practices”.  In other words, it’s built to favor third world countries where you can live on a dime.

Power.  The U.S. is #1.  Nobody can even come close.  Politically, militarily and financially, we are the top of the heap. I’m sure this counted against us.

Quality of Life.  Again, filled to the brim with liberal buzzwords.  “A good job market, affordable, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system, well-developed public health system”. The job market here is fine, it’s certainly better than under Obama.  It’s affordable for people who work hard, again, this isn’t liberal-land and we don’t want it to be.  Then you start putting things in like “income equality” which is pure liberal lunacy, “safe”, which we certainly are, but they still mention gun deaths in the description and “well-developed public health system” meaning socialized medicine.  These people are blatant socialists, which gets absolutely no respect from me whatsoever.

Whether these liberal idiots like it or not, this is the country everyone wants to come to.  This is the country most people want to live in.  But because we’re not some leftist utopia, they still hate us because hating success without their socialist methodology is very, very wrong as far as they’re concerned.  And when you make the rules for the survey, you can get the survey to say whatever you want.  The actual, demonstrable results tell a different story though.  That’s all that really matters.

Horror Show Sunday: Those That Talk the Loudest…

Why are the religious such assholes?  Because that seems to be a trend that I’ve noticed and I’m certainly not alone. It’s funny how so many of the hyper-religious who scream about the evils of homosexuality wind up in a bathroom somewhere with some guy’s dick in their mouth.  Well, as should be no surprise, here we go again.

Pastor Ken Adkins, a Georgia church leader who was very vocal in criticizing the patronage of the Pulse night club where 49 clubgoers died and 53 others were wounded in an attack by Omar Mateen, turns out to have been a child molester.  “I don’t see none of them as victims,” Adkins tweeted. “I see them as getting what they deserve!”  I wonder if he thinks the boy he molested got what he deserved too?

In fact, Adkins had molested both a boy and a girl at multiple locations back in 2010.  He was convicted of 8 counts of child molestation and never showed a moment’s remorse.  The boy, now 22 and a specialist in the Army, claims that Adkins, who had legal control over his financial affairs, stole all of his money at the time of the incident.  The girl denies that anything illegal happened, which has led experts to find her legally incompetent.  “She’s in his clutches,” said Katie Gropper, the assistant district attorney who tried the case.  “What he has done to that girl is not only criminal, it is deplorable.”

Of course, this kind of thing isn’t at all uncommon, where the abused will deny abuse because they are afraid to impugn the good name of their pastor.  It’s one of my biggest problems with the totally uncalled for respect that is automatically given to the clergy, that people can be taken advantage of and still deny it because they’re terrified that their pastor has an “in” with some imaginary man in the sky.  But watching how religion harms the innocent is a common theme on Horror Show Sunday, isn’t it?  Religion harms no one?  That’s simply and demonstrably untrue.

Are There “Leftist” Ideas That Are Worthwhile?

I find a lot of weird things over on Minds.  First, I found an article that was criticizing the ideas they found in a YouTube video, made by a friend as I understand it, so I read the article and watched the video and hey, might as well take this on.  The original video was entitled “Which ideas from the left are worth taking on board?”  I’ll link to the video below.  So as I said, I watched it and disagreed with a lot of what was said, but I also disagreed with some of the things that the Minds article writer said, so as usual, I’ll just piss everyone off.  So let’s look at the four points and see where I stand on all of them.

1. Ideology.

This one is questionable because I really don’t agree that “ideology” is valuable in any meaningful way.  Your ideology is only important to me insofar as it corresponds to objectively demonstrable reality.  If it doesn’t, your ideology, like your religion, is idiotic and I couldn’t care less about it.  And this is really where we have problems on both the political left and the political right because I’ve found that the farther you go to the extremes, the less realistic these viewpoints are, the more emotionally-biased and irrationally-dogmatic they tend to be.  When your beliefs become irrational, your position becomes untenable as far as I’m concerned.  I don’t care how you feel, I care what you can prove.  And here, I agree with the article writer who defines ideologies as “an intellectual system of ideas or rigid abstract formulas mixed with scientific jargon and some empirical facts that claims knowledge about reaching perfection in the temporal order.”  I think a lot of that goes too far, as most ideologies I see are just emotional positions, based on wishful thinking, and accepted over demonstrable fact.  That’s where so many ideologies simply go wrong.  Always have, always will.

2. Gender Identity is a Social Construct

Now here, I think the video-maker is an idiot.  Gender identity is not a social construct, any more than species-identity is. Some furries might disagree with me but I think they’re emotional imbeciles too.  You cannot change reality because reality makes you feel bad.  It doesn’t work that way.  You are born male or female, or on extremely rare instances, both.  The last category is most often surgically corrected just after birth.  But your genes determine what you are.  They might not determine how you feel, but fuck how you feel.  Your emotions don’t determine reality.  I couldn’t care less about your emotional state.  Come to grips with reality and stop pretending that deciding to be male on odd-number days and female on even-number days is even an option.  It is not.  Time for a lot of people to grow the hell up.

 

 

3.  Homosexuality is fine and so is gay marriage

That’s two things I completely agree with.  First off, whether homosexuality is “fine” or not is irrelevant.  Homosexuals exist.  Welcome to the real world. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if  you like that gay people exist, they still exist, they have always existed and will always exist.  Time to grow up and deal with the real world.  Because they exist, what difference does it make if we let them voluntarily engage in legal marriage?  How does it demonstrably harm anyone if they do?  And no, I don’t mean your emotional discomfort which come from your delusional beliefs, I mean where is the objectively verifiable evidence that gay people being married produces any harm to anyone?  Because if such evidence exists, I certainly haven’t seen it and nobody on the anti-gay side has even tried to produce it.  I must therefore assume it simply doesn’t exist.  But our article-writer insists that somehow, being gay is wrong, again with no evidence and that equality across the board is somehow wrong, with nothing to back it up.  And honestly, I don’t  care if we can prove the existence of a gay gene or not.  What difference does it make?  People who identify as gay, whether they can prove it or not, have the same rights as everyone else, right?  So if a non-gay person can choose to marry some of the opposite gender, why can a gay person not choose to marry someone of the same gender?  Where is the demonstrable harm?  It isn’t like they’re trying to force the religiously delusional to marry them, I would oppose that, even though I think the religiously delusional are idiots.  But we’re talking about secular marriage.  I guess some people just want to feel special.  I think they’re idiots.

4. Abortion is fine

This is one I don’t get at all and recently, I’ve been asking a lot of right-wingers why this is a problem.  Give me one non-religious, non-emotional reason why abortion is a problem.  Go ahead.  But none of them can produce anything.  It’s always an emotional answer because they have nothing else.  Now I’d personally prefer, as a conservative, if people didn’t choose abortion, if they were responsible before pregnancy and thereafter dealt with the consequences of their actions.  That would be the way to go in a perfect world, but we all know this isn’t a perfect world and people are, unfortunately, irresponsible.  To be perfectly honest, most of the people who would have an abortion are probably not people who I would want to be parents in the first place.  We’re better off without having the irrational and irresponsible breed.  Therefore, I’m fine with abortion because I don’t think humans are magical or special or anything like that.  But the guy who wrote the article sure seems to.  He thinks humanity is sacred.  I think he’s nuts.  And before anyone suggests adoption, we have thousands and thousands of kids just in the U.S. alone that will never be adopted.  The idea of throwing hundreds of thousands of unwanted children into the mix is not only insane but utterly reprehensible.  I’d much rather have them never exist at all than exist in a life of suffering and unhappiness.  But then again, I don’t think human life is special.  I’m not religiously or emotionally delusional.  Some people unfortunately seem to be.

In the end, I think all of these ideas are neutral, it only matters how you define things and how those things correspond with reality.  As I said, the farther to the extremes you get, the less anything they hold to be true can be defended intellectually or objectively.  They get more and more delusional and less and less able to recognize the inherent delusions in their midst.  Are there good “leftist” ideas?  I don’t know.  Most of the positions that I agree with that are typically on the left, I agree with them for entirely conservative reasons.  No emotion required.  It’s every bit as important to have good reasons to support an idea than it is to have an idea to support in the first place.  I find that I emphatically disagree with the reasons most liberals hold their positions, even if their positions are defensible in other ways.  But I feel the same way about the far right because their ideals aren’t held rationally either, even if they can be defended intellectually.  So people like me, we’re just screwed in the end. Everyone hates us because we reject the emotional and expect people to be intelligent.  Too bad that so rarely happens.

Horror Show Sunday: No Exit

Word of Life Christian Church Pastor Tiffanie Irwin has plead guilty to manslaughter at her church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a religious counseling session.  Her brother Joseph as well as Linda and David Morey, a mother and son, all plead guilty to aggravated assault.

The beatings which were perpetrated on brothers which lead to the death of Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured Christopher Leonard, 17.  They took place when the brothers tried to leave the congregation.  This started an all-night beating during which the brothers were beaten on their torsos and genitals with a cord.  The surviving brother says they were accused of a variety of religious crimes, including having a voodoo doll.

Even the brothers’ parents got into the act and plead guilty to assault. Several other congregation members were likewise found guilty of similar crimes.  The boys were found bound in the converted New Hartford school that currently housed the church.

And they say religion doesn’t hurt anyone.

Unfortunately, stories like this are not at all uncommon, Horror Show Sunday is chock full of them, where the religious, instead of allowing people to walk away from their churches, they engage in deadly violence and probably aren’t even sorry when they get caught.  Does Tiffanie Irwin look guilty in the photo above? I sure don’t think so.

But that’s what happens when you’re more emotional than you are rational.  When you’re only concerned with what you feel and not at all with whether or not your beliefs are true.  It’s why people die so often at the hands of the clergy and their congregations.  Because trying to walk away from the crazy beliefs of fanatics cannot be tolerated and people who try must be stopped at all costs, even if it costs them their lives.  This is what religion does to people.  Who can dare deny it?

Making Atheism Illegal

There’s often a lot of whining from the atheist “community” about those few states in America where, by “law”, atheists cannot hold public office.  Never mind that these laws have all been overturned by the Supreme Court and hold absolutely no legal weight, nor can they be enforced in any way, shape or form.  The fact that they exist at all is a travesty.  Yet much, much worse can happen, and may happen, in Egypt.

Because Egypt is considering making atheism outright illegal, it would be against the law to not believe in some kind of god.  “The phenomenon [of atheism] is being promoted in society as freedom of belief when this is totally wrong,” said Amro Hamroush, head of Egypt’s Parliament’s committee on religion and promoter of the bill.  “[Atheism] must be criminalized and categorized as contempt of religion because atheists have no doctrine and try to insult the Abrahamic religions.”

Well hate to say it, but the Abrahamic religions have earned every insult and all the derision they receive. The Abrahamic religions are evil.  The Egyptian Committee on Religion is researching how such a law could be implemented, considering there’s no way to determine if someone is an atheist if they don’t openly talk about it.

Now Egypt has had blasphemy laws since 1982, which seek to “promote, through speech, writing, or any other medium, extremist ideas with the aim of spreading discord” or if they “belittle or disdain one of the monotheistic religions or their different sects, or to harm national unity.”  Now I’m sure Islamic sects are immune to this law because promoting extremist ideas with the aim of spreading discord is pretty much the definition of a lot of radical Islamic sects.  But nah, it just doesn’t apply to them, does it?

So far, no countries out and out ban atheism, although 13 countries do make it a crime to blaspheme against religion, those countries being Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.  Surprise, surprise, they are all Islamic countries.  Islam, as is no surprise, is outright evil.

So what do you think?  Certainly, except for Egyptian atheists, none of us will be directly impacted, but is this something that should be accepted?  Or is this something that needs to be fought with every tool at our disposal?  I pick the latter.  Thought-crime cannot be permitted.

Horror Show Sunday: Gay Death Penalty

Haven’t done any Jewish horrors for a while, although there is certainly no shortage of them.  So here goes.  In Israel, the Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar told a newspaper that homosexuality was a “cult of abomination” which the Torah punishes “with death”.  Now you’d expect that coming from the Muslims, but from the Jews?  Say no way!

But of course it does because this primitive religion is every bit as bloodthirsty and violent as all of the other primitive religions.  That’s what happens when you take these ancient books of bronze age mythology seriously.

It isn’t like this guy hasn’t been caught spreading the same kind of anti-gay sentiment before.  Last year he claimed that most people were “disgusted” by homosexuality and called Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade “an embarrassing phenomenon”.

Not surprisingly, plenty of people were upset by Amar’s words, demanding he be fired from his position as official chief rabbi.  Pro-gay activists have been the most vocal, saying “This is not an anti-religious issue… I do have an interest to protect my rights and your rights to live, and [to live with] dignity,” according to Shirley Kleinman, who accuses Amar of incitement to violence.

Now sure, it does say that in the Torah but it’s one thing to note what exists in an ancient book of mythology and another to suggest that it has any bearing whatsoever today.  But the religious aren’t politically correct, any more than they’re factually correct.  They follow along with this absurd bronze age nonsense whether it’s currently acceptable or not.  And this guy, as an official of the Israeli state, ought to know better.  But when your religion gets undue official political support, you don’t have to care about anyone outside of your faith.  Kind of sad, isn’t it?

The more people take this ancient horse excrement seriously, the more likely it is that someone might act on it, as happened in 2015 when an Orthodox Jew murdered a participant at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, following the Torah’s prescriptions against homosexuality.  I reported on it on Horror Show Sunday a while back.  Would I be surprised if the same thing happened again?  Not as long as the religious leadership keeps pushing this kind of ridiculous hate-mongering out into the modern world.

You Have no Right to my Labor!

I hear this all the time from libertarians, especially recently when the whole gay-wedding-baker case came back to the forefront.  Libertarians will scream that nobody has the right to their labor, therefore they ought to be able to discriminate against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want, and nobody ought to be able to do anything about it.

Except that’s not how it works.  Nobody is making them a slave.  They VOLUNTEERED their labor when they opened their business, when they accepted a license for their business, when they tacitly agreed to follow the applicable laws of the land as a consequence of opening a public accommodation business.  Nobody is demanding their labor, they voluntarily offered it!  People are just taking them up on their offer.

Of course, when you point this out, most libertarians will shut up and slink back into the shadows because they have no rational counter for it. The few insane ones will demand that they never agreed to anything and they aren’t bound by the laws of society and they can change their minds any time, but that’s not how it works and I don’t think anyone intelligent falls for that kind of wing nut libertarianism in the first place.

The fact remains that society has every right to pass whatever laws they like and think are valid and that you, as a consequence of your presence within said society, are obligated to follow the laws that society has passed, or go find another society in which you can do so.  I don’t care if you like it, it is simply the case and has been in every operable society in the history of mankind.  There has never been a case where people could do whatever they wanted with no consequences, period.  Just because you want to doesn’t mean you get to.  Get over yourself.

Of course, this doesn’t silence the fanatics because, as with the religious, they just don’t care if what they believe is true, so long as it gives them an emotional woody.  They are people who simply do not comprehend humanity or human society.  They want things they are not entitled to and refuse to acknowledge that they are on the wrong side of… everything.  Because they don’t care.  And that’s anti-intellectual idiocy.

Horror Show Sunday: Don’t Steal Cows Either

As long as I’m talking about irrational Hindus, I might as well get it out of my system.  In northern India, a mob of those fun-loving Hindus have murdered yet another Muslim because they thought he stole a cow.

Mohammad Hasmat Ali was found dead, beaten to death in the remote village of Uchekon Moiba Thongkhong in Manipur. The victim lived in the neighboring village of Keirao Makting where he worked at a Muslim madrassa.  While Ali had no clear connection to the crime, he was the fourth victim of Hindu violence against Muslims in six weeks.

“What is happening here is completely wrong — people taking the law into their hands. We face the problem of mob justice in this area, and we are trying to do our best to contain it.” said Naba Kanta, the senior police official. Violence against non-Hindus is on the increase because the government of India allows cattle slaughter and consumption.  Some Hindus within the government have been pushing for bans on cattle killing nationwide.

There are even Hindu vigilante groups that are violently attacking those suspected of eating beef.  A Hindu mob in the Kashmir Valley in northern India threw a firebomb into a truck that was suspected of carrying beef.  The driver suffered horrific burns and died a few days later.  Just days later, another Muslim man was murdered by a mob in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh when he was suspected of smuggling cattle for consumption.

This is what happens when crazy people hold irrational beliefs that cannot be justified in reality.  Fanatics in any numbers who think their religious beliefs are more important than the people around them invariably lead to violence and death. Just looking through Horror Show Sunday proves that beyond any doubt.  It doesn’t matter what religion you’re talking about, it matters only that these people believe absurd things.  And they say religion doesn’t cause any harm.  I call bullshit.

Don’t Judge Anyone?

I hear this all the time, especially from the political left and I think it’s the biggest load of BS ever.  Don’t judge!  Don’t judge!  Bite me.

Everyone judges.  If you don’t, you’re a gullible fool.  But unfortunately, there are a lot of really gullible fools out there.  This is just a means to avoid responsibility, to avoid having standards, to avoid picking the high road because you’re terrified to hurt someone’s feelings.

Well boo f’ing hoo.  It’s all a bunch of hippy dippy feel-good horse excrement.  Everyone judges.  In fact, as a society, we have to.  It’s the only way for society to not only survive but thrive.  It’s why we have laws, because we have decided that some acts are acceptable and some are not.  The idea that we shouldn’t judge is just absurd.

It’s even worse when you get those self-same liberal lunatics who tell everyone else not to judge, but then go around judging the hell out of everyone else.  But their judging isn’t based on common sense, it isn’t based on logic and reason and what’s demonstrably best for society, their judging is all about feelings.  It’s all about emotions. It doesn’t matter if anything they’re judging on makes rational sense, only if it makes them happy and then they carry around the “don’t judge” flag, poking everyone else for being judgemental pricks.  Yeah, because we can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of the political left.

Now granted, there are plenty on the right who are every bit as absurd and those tend to be the religious who, again, operate on nothing but emotion and hypocrisy.  Is it any wonder why I see more similarities between the religious and the liberal than differences these days?

So what do you think?  Is it okay to judge?  Is it mandatory that we judge?  Let me know in the comments.  I’m just getting sick and tired of people telling me not to judge when not only is it not a bad thing, but they’re doing it every bit or moreso than I do. These people have problems but they’re completely blinded to them.  It’s what happens when you value feels over reals and that, regardless of the side of the aisle you’re on, is an irrational, stupid thing to do.

Horror Show Sunday: Don’t Kill Cows

Usually, when we talk about religious violence, we’re talking about Muslims, or somewhat less commonly, Christians.  But pretty much any religion can turn violent when their most cherished beliefs, no matter how irrational, get  challenged.

Take this case in India, where a mob of Hindus in the village of Bisara, near Delhi, murdered a Muslim blacksmith and beat his son badly, following reports that a cow was killed in a nearby neighborhood.

Mohammad Akhlaq, a local blacksmith, was beaten to death by the Hindu mob and his son, Danish was beaten and hospitalized with critical injuries.

Local Hindu priest Sukhdas Mahatma said, “Two young men came to me that night and asked me to announce on the loudspeaker that there’s a carcass of a cow lying nearby. They pressured me to make that announcement. What could I do? I had to make that announcement.”  A crowd of Hindus gathered near the temple and reasoned that the blacksmith must be responsible because his religion doesn’t prohibit eating beef.  Apparently, there was no evidence whatsoever linking him to the death of the cow.

Mother of Mohammad Akhlaq, Asghari Begum said, “”I heard loud bangs on the front door of our house. Then I heard them shouting expletives.”  This was just before the mob climbed the wall surrounding her house and attacked.  “They pushed me, then punched me on my face, in the abdomen,” she said. “It was blood all over my son’s face. He is gone.”

The mob dragged her son and grandson out into the street and were beating them with “whatever they (attackers) could lay their hands on,” said police superintendent Kiran Sivakumar.  This is what happens when the religiously irrational decide to take justice into their own hands.

It’s not that uncommon unfortunately.  I’ve done several stories on Horror Show Sunday that detail Hindu violence against non-Hindus for entirely irrational reasons.  But this is religion we’re talking about.  It has nothing to do with reality, it has to do with following ridiculous beliefs that have no place in factual reality, for the sake of emotion, not intellect.  So long as these religions remain, violence will always follow close behind.  It’s just what religion does.

Entitlement Idiots Ramble On

The far left has no clue what responsibility is.  This is nothing new, of course, we’ve seen all kinds of demands from the far left to forgive all of their debts, to give them all manner of free stuff, just because they don’t want to pay for it.  But now, even if they get it for free, these entitlement happy morons, they don’t want to take responsibility for their own failures.

Students at Oberlin College are now demanding that the college eliminate any grades that fall below a C for the semester.  Because apparently, earning good grades is just too much of an expectation, so now everyone deserves to get them, no matter how badly they do in their classes.

But why are they failing their classes?  Because these special snowflake are so busy protesting absolutely everything under the sun, they have no time to actually go to classes, much less study or have the slightest clue what degree they’re supposed to be going for.

“A lot of us worked alongside community members in Cleveland who were protesting,” said Megan Bautista, a co-liaison in Oberlin’s student government. “But we needed to organize on campus as well — it wasn’t sustainable to keep driving 40 minutes away. A lot of us started suffering academically.”  Well sure, because you were doing everything except what you were supposed to be doing!  Come on,  you’re supposed to be adults!  That means you have to have some priorities and if you choose not to go to class, not to learn what you’re supposed to learn, then you’re going to fail.

But the far left doesn’t want any responsibility.  “You know, we’re paying for a service. We’re paying for our attendance here. We need to be able to get what we need in a way that we can actually consume it, student Zakiya Acey said. “Because I’m dealing with having been arrested on campus, or having to deal with the things that my family are going through because of larger systems — having to deal with all of that, I can’t produce the work that they want me to do. But I understand the material, and I can give it to you in different ways.”  Well maybe you ought to get a better set of priorities and not get arrested or any of that other nonsense!

And sure, paying for a service.  That’s why they follow the idiotic Bernie Sanders school of “give us free college!”  They don’t want to have to pay for anything and they don’t want to have to earn anything, they want to do what they want to do with no ramifications and everyone else better cough it up or else!  So no more bad grades, no matter how well deserved.  School gets in the way of protesting, but they need those feminist studies degrees so they can pretend they tried, even if nobody will hire them because they all have criminal records by the time they get out of college.

The world is going straight to hell and the regressive left is leading the way.  Is it any wonder the future is so dim?

Do White Men Only Find White Women Attractive?

That’s the assertion of yet another self-identified liberal who says that there aren’t a lot of black women on television because white men don’t find black women attractive, because we’re all racist.  And tons and tons of people broke down laughing at this sad sack because clearly, that’s just not the case.  Even among self-identified conservatives, the vast majority could come up with at least some black women they identified as physically attractive.  I guess the regressive left loses again.

But it was an interesting topic so I thought I’d revisit it again here.  It got me thinking about actresses on TV that I thought were cute and the more that I thought about it, there are quite a few non-white actresses that I think look great, just on modern TV alone.  So here’s my list, in alphabetical order by show name and it could be a long longer if I spent more time thinking about it.  I guess the absurdly racist liberal left haven’t got the slightest idea what they’re talking about.

There’s a really good new show on Canadian TV called Frankie Drake Mysteries, set in the 1920s about a female detective.  Her partner, Trudy Clarke, played by Chantel Riley, is really cute.  The character itself is bright, creative and talented (Riley is has a beautiful singing voice that I could listen to for hours).  Honestly, of everyone on the show, if I was going to be shallow and only pay attention to looks, she’s probably the best.

Moving back to American shows with The Flash.  Candice Patton who plays Iris West is very attractive as well.  Again, another strong female character who is intelligent, brave and creative in her own right without having to rely on a man, although let’s be honest, Flash does have to save her (and everyone else) a lot.  I’ve met her in person and, while I didn’t spend a lot of time with her, she was really nice for the limited amount of time that we’ve spent together.

On to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which has two gorgeous black women right now.  Masie Richarson-Sellers plays Amaya/Vixen and Tracy Ifeachor plays Kuasa, her granddaughter.  Again, it’s not just looks they have going for them, their characters are strong, independent, self-reliant and smart.  They aren’t damsels in distress that exist to be taken care of, they can kick all of the asses and take all of the names and outperform a lot of the male members of the cast in physical and mental prowess.  I don’t know, maybe you’re seeing a pattern here.

 

Getting back to Canada, Murdoch Mysteries had, until last season, a gorgeous black woman working as assistant coroner and I’m really sorry that she’s gone.  Mouna Traore was Dr. Rebecca James. Of course, they had to portray her as a black woman struggling in a white world, but she was one of the strongest characters, male or female on the show.  Great actress.

Jumping to a show that’s no longer on the air, but Sleepy Hollow had two really beautiful black women on it, sisters Abbie and Jenny Mills, played respectively by Nicole Beharie and Lyndie Greenwood.  Both of them are really good looking in my opinion.  They’re also both excellent actresses.

Now I could probably do the same thing for other actresses of any racial group you could mention, but I think that’s plenty for the moment.  I mean, Jade Eshete over on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is cute, if she’d only do something about that hair.  Of course, I’m not actually interested in any of them, even if I met them in person, because I’m happily married, but the idea that white people think black women are ugly is just absurd.  Even conservative white men who aren’t racists can find beauty in women of any color.  We don’t care.  It doesn’t matter to us.  It’s just that the regressive left are so busy playing the race card that they’ve given up even pretending that what they say is factually correct or not.  It just doesn’t matter.  But that’s not our problem, it’s theirs and it’s pathetic.

 

Horror Show Sunday: Waiting Until After the Service

I guess it’s a good thing he waited?  In Zimbabwe, an Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) pastor has been arrested and charged with rape after he offered to take a 16 year old congregant home following a church service.  Isheanusu Muposhi, 27, said he would take the unnamed minor girl home following a service in Bulawayo’s Emakhandeni suburb, during which he’s reported to have pounced on the girl and raped her.  Congregants report having seen him with the girl before the assault.  Can anyone say they are surprised?

Well you’d better not because this is not at all uncommon among AFM pastors in Zimbabwe.  A couple of years before, another pastor, Oliver Makomo, was charged with raping one of his congregants as well.  He was 49 when he started pursing a 22 year old woman.  He had first visited her at her work where he obtained her phone number and over time, asked her if she was a virgin.  He invited her to his office at the church where he locked the door and proceeded to molest her.  She was told not to tell anyone and, at least at the time, she complied.  However, the abuse didn’t end there, it went on for several years, during which the pastor’s position in the church afforded him repeated occasions to force himself on his victim and she never came forward fearing filing a complaint against a respected pastor.  It wasn’t until 2015 when the victim admitted what had happened to her boyfriend and the pastor was brought to justice.

This is exactly why the level of respect and admiration often given to the clergy is so problematic.  How many stories have we seen where someone is sexually abused and told they can’t tell anyone because their rapist is a respected member of the community and the church?  When you pretend to be the mouthpiece of God, you wield a lot of undeserved power and unfortunately, as we see in far too many of these cases, get away with pretty much anything you want.  That’s why I give them so much attention on Horror Show Sunday, because this abuse of power and influence is absurdly commonplace.  You shouldn’t trust your pastor and you certainly shouldn’t fear the repercussions of reporting them to the police.  I wonder just how many get away with their crimes because the victims are afraid of being punished in the hereafter.  It’s just sad.

Horror Show Sunday: Orgies in the Rectory

We might as well finish out the year with some good old fashioned Catholic sex scandal, this time in Italy.  Catholic priest Father Andrea Contin, a priest in the northern city of Padua in Veneto, is being investigated by the police under suspicion for living off immoral earnings and psychological violence.

Contin’s church was found to contain numerous sex toys and videos showing sex orgies taking place on San Lazzaro church premises.  It was searched after three female parishioners complained.  Also found in Contin’s personal quarters were videos of explicit pornography, each bearing the name of former popes.  At least he has a sense of humor.

Complaints about Contin’s antics were reported to the local bishop, but as should be a surprise to no one, the church did nothing, saying they were investigating on their own.  The Catholic Church is well known for covering up problems within their ranks and I doubt that this would ever have made it to authorities.  One woman who complained, a 49-year old volunteer, said she and Contin had sex in the rectory and didn’t understand why he always had so many women hanging around him.  Others have claimed that Contin arranged sex parties and farmed former lovers out in partner swaps.

But honestly, what can you expect from the Catholic Church, an organization that has, at last count, spent more than $5 billion dollars paying off victims of priestly sexual abuse.  They haven’t even admitted they have a problem and the cases don’t seem to be slowing down and certainly not stopping.  But when you’ve got priests holding out-and-out orgies in their rectories, something tells me that they have bigger problems than we probably realize.  And that’s why Horror Show Sunday will continue. There’s no end in sight of terrible stories that could not have happened without religion.  This one for instance couldn’t have become the massive international story that it did without the Catholic Church trying to bury it.  It couldn’t happen if people didn’t put such trust in their religious beliefs and in the religious institutions that push it.  And that’s why the Religious Horror Show will never go away, because so long as religion gets special privileges and virtually no close examination, it will be an abuse magnet that we’ve all come to detest.  Religion is mind poison.  Expect another year of the same.

Have a Merry Secular Christmas

It’s that time of year again, where the annual War on Christmas rages on in the minds of the far right and the rest of us really couldn’t care less.  We’re too busy celebrating Christmas or whatever winter holiday happens to float your boat.

Personally, I couldn’t care less.

The reality is, whether the ridiculously religious like it or not, Christmas hasn’t been a religious holiday in a very long time.  Sure, there are some people who insert religious symbolism into their otherwise secular holiday, people who might show up for a church service along the way, but the vast majority of things that are done today, at least in the west, are wholly secular and have nothing at all to do with Christianity.

Take the Christmas tree, which comes from pagan mythology and was even outlawed in some states in the early United States for being heretical.  Gifts… all of them come not from Christianity but from consumerism.  Santa Claus?  While ostensibly he started out being a Catholic saint, the Santa we all think about today came from a 1930s Coca Cola ad campaign.  The same goes for Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Grinch, none of which are religious in nature at all.

And then there are things that supposedly started out with religious significance and have grown secular over the years.  Candy canes, for instance, supposedly came from a 1670 choir master who wanted to keep children quiet during the long Christmas nativity service so he made candy in the shape of a shepherd’s crook to shut them up.  Today?  Doesn’t mean a damn thing.

The First Christmas Card – 1843

Christmas cards started in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole who helped to set up the Post Office in 1840 and wanted to encourage more regular people to use it.  The first cards cost a shilling and had three panels, the outer panels showing people helping the poor and the center one showing a family having a feast.  Some people complained because it showed a child being given wine.  So Christmas cards were a marketing campaign for the mail system.  Not religious at all.

Mistletoe goes back to the Druids and it is from the Norse that we get the idea of kissing under the mistletoe. Early Christians in Europe tried to ban it as heretical. In fact, mistletoe is a parasite, spread by bird droppings. Even though it is widely used around the holidays, mistletoe is toxic to humans and can kill you if consumed in large enough quantities.

So remember that there is no war on Christmas, there’s just a return to the Christmas that we’ve had for a lot longer than Christianity has been around.  Just enjoy your day, see your family and friends and have a good time.  Don’t worry about kissing the ass of some imaginary sky daddy and his bastard son.  It’s all laughable anyhow.  You ought to be better than that.

 

Horror Show Sunday: Selling Babies

As long as we’re talking about religious child abuse, let’s take a look at this story, where a pastor in Lagos, Africa, has been arrested for selling more than 64 babies out of his church.

Peace Udoh, pastor of the Divine Yard Deliverance Ministry in Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State, was arrested for running a baby factory out of her church.  The 47-year old Udoh was arrested, along with Angela Akpan and a nurse, Mrs. Bukola Ajala, who reportedly assisted in childbirth at Udoh’s church.  Young pregnant girls are convinced to give up their babies to the church, which then locates and sells them to prospective parents.

Of course, they don’t tell them what they’re doing.  17-year-old Goodnews Akpan, sister of one of those arrested in the scam, said she was not told that they were going to sell her baby.  As should be no surprise, Udoh denies the allegations, saying “Whenever I have a complicated case, I refer the patient to the nurse and we share the money she collects for the service. Angela brought her sister to me in July. She gave birth on November 16 at the nurse’s clinic and she was discharged. I was surprised when the police came to arrest me yesterday.”

Surprised?  How so?  This kind of thing is blatantly illegal and absurdly immoral pretty much everywhere on the planet. How the religious can pretend to be morally upstanding and still pull anything like this is beyond me.  Certainly thought, it’s no surprise for Horror Show Sunday, where the most religious people do the most outrageous, immoral and unbelievable things and they’re usually completely baffled why anyone has a problem with it.  Well duh!  You are selling human beings for money in the guise of religion!  It can’t be that hard to understand and for most of us, it isn’t.  Only for the clueless and gullible and totally deluded.  That describes the religious.

This is Your Brain on God

If you ever wondered what religion causes in the brain, here you go, this is an fMRI scan of a religious believer having a so-called “religious experience”.  And you know what it looks amazingly like?  Someone on drugs.

“We’re just beginning to understand how the brain participates in experiences that believers interpret as spiritual, divine or transcendent,” says neuroradiologist Jeff Anderson. “In the last few years, brain imaging technologies have matured in ways that are letting us approach questions that have been around for millennia.”

Religion activates the brain’s reward centers, just like drug addiction, alcohol, love and other highly emotional activities.

“Religious experience is perhaps the most influential part of how people make decisions that affect all of us, for good and for ill. Understanding what happens in the brain to contribute to those decisions is really important,” says Anderson. Unfortunately, I’d say that these decisions, being entirely emotional, are more negative than positive for us all.  This is an ongoing study and researchers admit they still know very little about how theology affects neuroscience.

But I don’t think it’s a mystery at all.  Religion is just delusion.  It is wishful thinking for the sake of wishful thinking and the brain reacts to religious delusion the same way it does to all delusion.  It triggers chemical rewards that cause elation and emotional highs.  So people feel good and repeated exposure to these chemicals just reinforces the behaviors that lead to them, actually increasing how people act religiously to continue to get greater and greater highs.  It’s all just stimulus response. There is nothing unusual about religious belief, in fact, I could have predicted exactly these results had someone asked me before the research began, as I’m sure a lot of the researchers could have as well.

So the next time your local theist tells you that he feels god, explain that science has now shown that he’s just feeling brain chemicals.  That’s all it is.  It’s the brain flooding itself with feel-good chemicals that make you feel like something is going on when nothing actually is.

Religion is a lie.  This is just more proof.

 

Horror Show Sunday: Testing God

What happens when you piss off the religious?  They resort to physical violence, as is the case in this week’s story, where a Minnesota pastor beat a 12-year old boy with an electrical cord because the boy “wanted to test God”.

Police charged Pastor Dong Wook Kim, 51 with two counts of second and third degree assault on a minor and one count of malicious punishment of a child.  Also charged was Kim’s son, Joo Seong Kim, who also took part in the attack.

The boy was found limping through the snow, wearing only basketball shorts and a t-shirt, pleading with strangers for help.  He was found to have a black eye, whip marks, scabs and bruises across his body, one reportedly as large as a football.  The assault went on over 4 days where the pastor and his son reportedly beat him with a plank of wood and an electrical cord to punish him for losing his faith.  Apparently, the boy’s parents knew all about this and did nothing to stop the abuse.  Eventually, both parents, Khun Kyaw Swa Moe, 41, and Lu Pan, 43, were charged with child endangerment.  The mother reported that she had heard Kim justifying his abusive behavior by quoting from the Bible, specifically “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15)

Between December 14-17, 2016, the boy was subjected to repeated abuse, including beatings, punches to the face and abdomen and even kicks to the face.  The pastor admits he “lost control”.  Yeah pal, I think you lost more than that.  In addition to the boy, his 4-year old sister was forced to stand with her hands over her head and starved, sometimes for days on end by the pastor.  Welcome to religious punishment, folks.

I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not.  This is hardly the first time we’ve seen clergy freak out and beat people, sometimes even kill them, because they rejected their religious teachings.  Somehow, I doubt it will be the last time either. Religion is evil, after all.  That’s why Horror Show Sunday exists.

 

 

And the Extremists Can’t Figure it Out…

So not too long ago over on Gab, racist asshole Andrew Anglin had a tasteless post up that the registry of Gab took exception to and ordered taken down or they would take down Gab entirely.  And that started a shitstorm of epic proportions that probably rages on to this day.  Nobody cares that it was a matter of survival that it got removed, companies need to go out of business because “free speech!”

Then, BitChute decided to take down another alt-right racist video called “Kill the Kikes! Race War Now!”  Yeah, let’s think about that for a moment.  And of course, the shitstorm just moved elsewhere with everyone screaming that they have a right to free speech with no consequences!

These people are just idiots.  But worse, they’re idiots that can’t figure out why they have so many problems.  They just think they’re right and everyone else is wrong, which is why I’ve largely stopped engaging with them because, like the religious, they are incapable of holding an intellectual discussion about their fanatical beliefs.  It led me to make a video over on YouTube about free speech needing to be responsible speech, but nobody on the fringes, either left or right, is ever going to agree with me there.  It’s really why I’ve stopped caring all that much what goes on over on Gab, because rational people have pretty much given up the ghost.

Now I am an advocate of free speech, I think people ought to be able to say whatever they want to say, but as they say, actions have consequences and none of these people want any consequences at all for their actions.  They want to run around insulting people and suffer no repercussions because “muh free speech!” And I’m sorry but it doesn’t work that way. There has to be some base expectations below which people are not permitted to go.  You have to expect that people will operate relatively maturely and not sink to just calling each other every name in the book.  Yet that’s where Anglin and his cronies want to go, although I will admit that Anglin himself isn’t often as reprehensible as many others on his side, but they have to understand that actions have consequences and they simply refuse to do that.  And when you’re on someone else’s platform and doing things that could conceivably destroy not only their reputation but their entire livelihood, you have no basis whatsoever for demanding that they put up with your shenanigans.  None at all.  Yet that’s exactly what these idiots want.

I really hate humanity anymore.

Horror Show Sunday: Two Sick Things That Go Bad Together

If you’ve read Horror Show Sunday for long, you know that sex abuse for clergy is absurdly common. I mean, if the religious aren’t out murdering people, they’re out raping children.  It’s kind of what the religious do.  But has anyone stopped to think what happens to these churches rocked with all of the sex scandals?  And what if two of these churches met each other in a dark alley?  Well today’s the day.

In Tennessee, two churches, both of which had current or former leadership that were engaged in hanky panky with children, have decided to take a hard look at things before they merge.

The Church at Schilling Farms had a youth pastor who molested at least 3 children 18 years ago.  Christopher Carwile was arrested and while Schilling Farms did terminate his employment, pastor Scott Payne refused to file any charges or cooperate with the police.  SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) demanded that the church terminate Payne for his lack of action and issued a statement saying, “Rev. Payne should have no role or position in any church or religious body and should be drummed out of the ministry and never again given a position in which he might again ignore or hide child sexual abuse, either known or suspected.”

Meanwhile, Highpoint Church, which was considering merging with Schilling Farms, has paused when it became known that one of their pastors, Timothy Christian Heinz, is a convicted rapist on the Tennessee assault registry for “aggravated sexual assault rape”.  This has been carefully hidden by the church and local news has been wondering, “It is beyond imagining why any church leader would attempt to keep the presence of a sex offender in church a secret. Why is the protection of a pedophile more important than protecting the children who are the potential victims?”  Why indeed.

Social media has exploded at the allegations, with religious sexual abuse victim Michael Hansen strongly criticizing Highpoint for agreeing to the merger.  “They had a chance to be on our side and to help us get the answers we needed in order to finally, at long last, receive justice. They’ve opted not to do that — instead engaging in protectionist behaviors and feigning interest in healing, something I’ve never asked for from them.  You had a chance, Highpoint, to be our partner in tackling the epidemic of child sexual abuse that is happening to this day in the Christian Church. You had a chance to shine a spotlight on Chris Carwile’s abuse and the Church’s systemic failure. You had a chance to collaborate with us on reform, both internal and within the law, to ensure justice for victims.

I really wonder just how many churches out there are hiding these kinds of skeletons in their closets, keeping known sexual predators right under the noses of unsuspecting parishioners.   It’s just more fodder for Horror Show Sunday down the road, I suppose.  And nobody seems to care.

People No Longer Know What Jokes Are

I simply do not understand idiots who, particularly on social media, post all manner of offensive things, then when they get called on it, say “it was a joke!”  Then they get upset when people start holding them accountable for their “joke” as though actions do not have consequences.

Sorry buttercup, but they do.

Now I have no problem with actual jokes, things that are intended to be funny, but people don’t seem to know that jokes are intended to amuse, not offend, their audience.  But I think more and more today, people have forgotten that jokes themselves are supposed to be funny and are now just laughing at the reactions of people to the jokes.  But what can you expect from people who think they’re being “edgy” by throwing around profanity and racial epithets for effect?

And you know something?  These “edgelords” are just pathetic.  The whole concept of being edgy is idiotic in the extreme. I mean, not too long ago, there was a couple that used to torture their kids on video so they could post the videos of them doing terrible things to their children, causing unending mental anguish, so people could laugh at their antics.  And eventually, there was so much uproar, the police got involved and hopefully people went to jail and child protective services took their kids away. I’m sure they have no clue what they were doing wrong.  It was all just a joke, right?  Or any of the many videos on YouTube where people pull “pranks” on people and the pranks aren’t funny, they’re downright cruel.  These are evil people doing evil things to others and lacking the moral code to recognize that what they’re doing isn’t funny, it’s awful.

And you wonder why I think the country is falling apart?  Why I think that the young are destroying what the rest of us have built?  Because apparently, tearing down all of the things that have made their lives worthwhile is somehow funny.

Screw them all.

Horror Show Sunday: Child Rape Divorce

I will never get the audacity of these religious criminals who don’t seem to even care if they are breaking the law.  In Pennsylvania, a youth pastor, Wesley Ryan Blackburn, who worked at Faith Brethren Bible Church in New Paris, was charged with 84 felony counts of statutory sexual assault, 84 misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and one felony count of corruption of minors.  He had raped and impregnated a teenage girl he met at church, as though that’s any surprise.  And you wonder why I don’t recommend people leave their innocent children with the religious.

But anyhow, after his wife confronted him for the crimes, he turns around and demands a divorce!  He says he no longer loves his wife, the mother of his 5 children.  I don’t know if he’s supposed to be in love with the teenage girl or what,  but that’s just adding insult to injury.  Not like he has to worry about divorce  because he’s going to be spending quite a while in prison.  And he doesn’t even seem to think that what he did was wrong.  When the church confronted him and terminated him, he refused to even talk to them.

“We didn’t even care what he had to say,” pastor James Espenshade. “We don’t tolerate this kind of stuff — it’s inappropriate, it’s reprehensible. There was never a discussion of anything else. We had to do what was right.”  There seems to be no shame in Blackburn, who was calmly packing his things when the police arrived.  He said he had been attracted to the girl since she was 13 and joined the church in 2009.  He freely admitted to having sex with and impregnating the girl.

He’s been arrested and held on $200,000 bail, but his wife refused to sign the divorce papers.  What an idiot.  But I guess religion even poisons people’s common sense.  That’s why we find these things so often on Horror Show Sunday.

When Marketing Becomes Harassing

You know, there’s a difference between marketing and being obnoxious and we’re currently trying to stop the latter.  Years ago, we bought a new car at what was, at the time, a local dealership and it was a great experience.  Fantastic.  Couldn’t complain.  But thereafter, they have been after us, not only to buy another car, but to sell back the car we had.  This has gone on for years.

Now it hasn’t been a big deal most of the time.  Once in a while, we’ll get a call, or we’ll get an e-mail or, more recently, a text inviting us to come back and get a new car. And we always tell them no, we tell them we’re not interested and leave it at that.  But since we moved, all of it is completely pointless because even if we were going to go buy a new car, that dealership is not where we’d go because they’re 80 miles away from our house now.  We’d go to a much closer dealership and we’ve told them that.

But they don’t listen.  After our mail forwarding ended, they got our new address, which clearly is nowhere near them, and they kept mailing us stuff.  They kept e-mailing.  And they kept texting.  Today, I got a text inviting us to come in for a test drive.  I texted back “Fuck off”.  Finally, I’d had enough so I called them and demanded to be taken off their marketing list and had to go through a long rigamarole because apparently, all of their marketing is handled by different companies.  Some handle mail.  Some handle phone calls.  Some handle texts and e-mails.  It took a while to get off all of their lists, and you know something? That really good experience I had with them has now become a really bad one.  Not only would I never go back there to buy a car again, I wouldn’t tell anyone I knew to go there.

And it’s strange that another car I bought about the same time from another dealership, a dealership from the same company mind you, hasn’t been obnoxious.  At best, we get an e-mail once a year.  Maybe.  Never had a phone call, never had a text and I can’t remember having any mailings after the first year or two.  They’ve left us alone.  We know where they are if we want another car, which clearly we wouldn’t because they’re even farther away, but I still have good feelings about that dealership.  Not so much with this other one.

I honestly don’t get how so many companies are so clueless when it comes to their aggressive marketing.  Don’t they know that they’re just driving people away?  I don’t need to be reminded where I bought a car, I’ll come back or I won’t based on that experience, not on your constant harping and incessant badgering to get me to come back.  You’ll just piss me off, which is exactly what they did.

So have you had any experiences like this, companies that have bugged you so much that you eventually told them where to stuff it?  Let me know in the comments.

Horror Show Sunday: Biblical Counseling

So long as we’re talking about church and sexual assault, I would be remiss from pointing out yet another example where sexual assault happens, everyone in a church knows it happens, yet it goes unreported to the police, even by the parents.

In Thornton, Colorado, assistant pastor Robert “Bob” Wyatt, pastor at the Agape Bible Church, was having an illegal sexual relationship with a 12 year old girl.  Now that’s bad enough on it’s own, but as long time readers of Horror Show Sunday know, it’s nothing at all uncommon.

But what is more shocking is that both the church and the parents knew it was happening and they all agreed not to go to the authorities for fear of what would happen to the pastor.  “Ultimately, Darrell [the head pastor] and [the girl’s parents] agreed to not report the sexual assault to the police or social services because they were concerned with what would happen to Bob,” court documents show.  This case would have gone unreported forever had a congregation member not stepped forward and gone to police after it became painfully obvious that there was no concern for what was going on with the child.

As bad as this is, it keeps getting worse as the father of the girl refused to let police talk to her because he “felt biblical counseling they would receive through the church was sufficient.”  Police trying to interview her said the father “was refusing to do anything to help her and was keeping her around the person who violated her” and he “made it clear his interest was in protecting the church and its reputation more than protecting his daughter.”

Can we really be surprised at any of this, given the absolute insanity that religious adherence spontaneously generates?  Luckily, Bob has been tried and convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison for repeatedly molesting an innocent child,  but religion still sold the victim down the river when people decided that their religious comfort meant more to them than her rights or even her life.

But honestly, what else is new?

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