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Horror Show Wednesday: Mother Teresa’s Molester Director

There has to be a non-Muslim story now and then, not because there are any less of them, but because the murderous Muslims are just so prolific.  But today, I visit the story of the director of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Father Donald McGuire, who, surprise surprise, raped a couple of boys and just got caught.

But this was way back in the 60s, why did it take so long for him to be brought to justice?  Because the Jesuits actively protected him, of course!  What more would you expect from the Catholic Church?

Records show that McGuire had been accused of at least seven molestations between 1969 and 2004 and all of these records were given to the Jesuit Order that he was a member of, but according to Marc Pearlman, one of the attorneys representing the victims, “They either destroyed documents relevant to criminal activity, or they lied.”  Which one is most likely?  I’ll leave that up to you to decide for yourself.

Of course, the Jesuits deny any wrongdoing.  Edward Schmidt, the leader of the Chicago Jesuits, said “We were treating him as a member of the Jesuit order. We were proceeding as though he were a good person, you know, until we became aware of some of these issues that have now become public. Were we trying to protect him from authorities? Not in any way.”  Then why did they ignore at least 25 documents given to them by prosecutors?  Why did McGuire continue to have unrestricted access to young boys?  It just makes no sense.

McGuire was spiritual director of Mother Teresa’s organization, starting in 1983.  Stories say that while he traveled the world with the organization, he usually had a teenage boy with him.  Because that doesn’t look suspicious or anything.  But his first victim, that we know of anyhow, was a 14-year old boy at Loyola Academy outside of Chicago.  McGuire convinced the boy’s father to let the boy live at the school and that’s where they first got intimate.  “There’s only one bed inside the room, so sleeping quarters were to sleep in the same bed together,” said the man, now 51.  And thus started the pattern of abuse, McGuire would convince a family of a teenage boy to allow him to live with him, he’d abuse the boy until he got too old and he’d do it again.

Finally, McGuire is getting the justice he deserves, but how many victims could have been prevented had the Catholic Church simply acted on the clear and present evidence before them?  How many indeed?  And did Mother Teresa know of McGuire’s illicit interests?  The world may never know, but now you do, thanks to Horror Show Wednesday.

Horror Show Wednesday: Islamic State Stakes Claim

One thing that I don’t think a lot of leftists understand about Islam is that Islam contains a bunch of warring factions. We know about the Shia and the Sunni, but the modern Wahhbist splinter group of Sunnism really hates them all.  Terrorist groups like ISIS are based on radical Wahhbist Islamic belief and that brings us to today’s story.

In Damascus, ISIS murdered 76 people in three separate bomb attacks, targeting Shiite Muslims as heretics and apostates from the one true Islam.  The bombings, which took place in Damascus’ Sayyidah Zaynab district, a district that was guarded by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, targeted civilians, not military targets.  A car bomb destroyed a passenger bus, followed by two suicide bombers who set off their explosives in the crowd that gathered at the site of the explosion.  ISIS, of course, claimed responsibility for all three bombings.  Allahu akbar.

But wait, I hear the leftists claim, this was a military attack because they were trying to kill Shiite fighters who had supported Hezbollah and the Syrian army.  Religion has nothing to do with it!  That’s bullshit.  Islam isn’t just a religion, it is an all-encompassing social and political and religious philosophy that pervades every corner of life.  Their political views are colored by Islam.  Their social views are colored by Islam.  Their religious views are Islamic.  There is no difference between politics and religion when it comes to radical Islam.  ISIS wants to rule the world because they want to force everyone to hold their particular sectarian religious beliefs.  So long as the left doesn’t comprehend that, they will never understand what the planet is up against.

But hey, what difference do 76 innocent civilians make in the ideological war of Islam against the rest of the world, right? People die and more people will die so long as we put up with this sick religious belief.  There is no place for respect when it comes to violent religious cults.  If there were, we wouldn’t be in the middle of another entire week of Islamic violence on Horror Show Wednesday.

Horror Show Wednesday: Accused of Adultery

Hey, haven’t talked about those fun-loving peaceful Muslims in a little bit, might as well get another one of their tales of tolerance and wisdom in, right?

In Aurdak, Afghanistan, a woman was accused of adultery, so in typical radical Muslim fashion, they dug a hole, put her in it and threw rocks at her head until she was dead.  Because that’s what you do when you think someone might  be guilty of adultery.  Well, women anyhow.  Men just get away with it.

The woman, identified only as 19-year old Rokhshana, had been forced to marry against her will.  She escaped with another man, but after two days, the couple was captured and the local Taliban leader ordered her stoned to death for her crime.  Yeah, the crime of not wanting to be forced into an unwanted marriage.  How horrible is that?

This isn’t uncommon either, earlier in the year, a 27-year old woman was similarly murdered in Kabul.  With the Taliban in control, women are routinely abused and murdered for failing to abide by their strict Islamic beliefs.  But it isn’t just the Taliban who have been found guilty of abusing women, both Amnesty International and the United Nations have both released reports showing that local warlords and even the government have both participated in horrific human rights violations, most often spurred by religion.

There probably aren’t too many worse ways to die than to be buried in a hole up to your neck, then to have rocks hurled at your head until you finally die of blunt force trauma and brain hemorrhage.  It just so happens to be one of the favorite punishments handed out by Abrahamic religions, not just Islam, but it’s well represented in the Bible and Jewish texts too.  Yes, we’re looking at a wide ranging way of tormenting people who fall outside of your strict religious views.  But hey, we can’t expect much better from groups who routinely grace Horror Show Wednesday, can we?

Horror Show Wednesday: Off On a Technicality

Most people deserve a second chance, especially when they repent their wrongs and vow to be better, but I don’t think that applies to priests who are caught with a collection of kiddy porn though. Pastor Dominique Donders from Veldhoven in the Netherlands, is getting a second shot at being a priest though, after his 2013 conviction on child pornography charges was overturned.

Two years ago, the priest was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography after he downloaded images of young girls online. He was found guilty of the charges, but later this was overturned when the courts decided that because the images only appeared to be of underage girls and they could not determine who these girls actually were to find out if they were actually underage, Father Donders would get off on a technicality.  The ultimate fault is with the prosecution, which destroyed many of the original images which could have led back to the identities of the nude children in question.

But the Catholic Church, rather than play it safe and assume that their pedophile priest actually intended to peruse pictures of naked children, they’re putting him back to work at Mary Mother of the Church in the Sint Anthonis municipality in Brabant where he will soon be presiding over funerals and other religious celebrations and, let’s be honest, be in close contact with children.  What could go wrong, right?

The parish has said, “Comments can certainly be made on his behavior in a moral sense, but his pastoral integrity is not fundamentally at stake.”  Well I’m sorry, but I certainly disagree.  There is no moral question that what he did was fundamentally wrong, the police wouldn’t have been at his door if there was.  That speaks directly to his pastoral integrity and his general trustworthiness, both as a man of God and as a human being.  Anyone downloading naked pictures of children has something wrong with them, whether the courts actually sentence them in that regard or not.  To put them back into position, just because they got away with it, that’s reprehensible.

But this is religion, we can’t be too surprised.  So welcome to Horror Show Wednesday, Pastor Donders.  Keep your hands off the kids, if you please or maybe next time the prosecution won’t be so incompetent.

 

 

Horror Show Wednesday: Pour Some Petrol On Me!

Sometimes I think these stories of primitive religious horrors are even worse than the ones that come from established semi-modern religions.  Yes, the more modern religious believers ought to know better, but the people who fall into these primitive religious beliefs have something more primal, something they just feel inside that reason has nothing whatsoever to do with.

A 12-year old boy tells the story of his mother, Thembekile Ngubane, being forced to drink gasoline and being lit on fire because two men, Thula Dlula and Mzuyanda Mntabo, believed she was a witch.  This happened in South Africa three years ago, while the young boy was forced to watch his mother be murdered because of primitive religious beliefs.  And this wasn’t just two misguided men with bizarre beliefs, the whole community was against her.  One mother accused Ngubane of shaving her son’s eyebrows and using children’s hair for magical rituals.  She was even attacked with a hammer, had stones thrown at her and was ordered to leave town prior to the attack that ended her life.

This is an entire society with massive problems.  They are people who are so far beneath rationality that the hopes that they will ever achieve it are slim to none.  Whereas most children in the western world realize pretty early on that witchcraft and magic are ridiculous fantasy, there are lots of areas in Africa and Asia where people never get the message.  And, of course, where people just don’t know any better, religious horrors occur.  It isn’t just people who mistakenly think that witches exist, it’s people who think they are witches and perform magic ceremonies on others, sometimes requiring human sacrifices and human body parts to perform.  Some of the earliest stories I did in this incarnation of the Religious Horror Show were about albino children being murdered for their organs in magic ceremonies.  When these kind of religious beliefs are allowed to exist, people die.

But that’s really what we’ve come to expect on Horror Show Wednesday, isn’t it?

 

Horror Show Wednesday: The Ignorance Defense

Adil Rashid

I guess if the Catholics can do it, why not the Muslims too?  Adil Rashid, a Muslim who raped a 13 year old girl in Nottingham, England, has told the court that he can’t be convicted of the crime because his Muslim upbringing didn’t teach him that it was wrong to have sex with a minor.

Yes, seriously.

Rashid had groomed the girl for months on Facebook before he travelled to Nottingham for a sexual encounter.  He picked up the girl and took her to a hotel where they had sex.  When Rashid was caught, he claims that because he was educated in an English madrassa, he was never told that it was illegal to have sex with young girls and therefore, couldn’t be held accountable.  In interviews with psychologists, Rashid said that he had been taught that “women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground”.  The judge said Rashid “must have known it was illegal, unless he was going round with his eyes shut”, but defense lawyer Laban Leake said reports suggested Rashid had a “degree of sexual naivety”.  That’s not naivety, that’s utter ignorance, but hey, this is religion we’re talking about, right?

Although the crime usually carries a 4-7 year sentence, Rashid got off with a suspended sentence after the court determined that, although he was chronologically 18, emotionally, and especially in his understanding of sex, he was much, much younger than that.  I don’t know that really matters since a 13 year old girl was still molested.  That’s one thing I never get in these cases. A crime is still committed.  A criminal is caught.  The criminal should have known what they were doing is wrong, and even if they didn’t, someone was still injured.  Funny, I thought ignorance of the law was no defense?  Maybe it is in England.

So apparently, Islam doesn’t bother to teach children that raping women is wrong, that pedophilia is wrong, certainly they’re not teaching anyone that beheading people who disagree with them is wrong so I guess I can’t be surprised.  It’s just another Horror Show Wednesday.

Horror Show Wednesday: Hack ’em to Death

Avjit RoyThis is an unfortunate trend that we’re seeing more and more often these days, people who have religious beliefs that differ from the majority, or those who are non-religious, being singled out for violence, simply because they are different.  In this case, Avijit Roy, an atheist who was an American but visiting the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka, was hacked to death by a group of fundamentalist Muslims as he and his wife were walking from a local book fair.  At least two of the assailants wielded meat cleavers in the attack.  Roy’s wife was injured but will survive.

I suppose it’s no surprise that Roy was targeted, he was an avid advocate of secularism and had routinely written articles on his Bengali-language blog, Mukto-mona (Free Mind) promoting secular views, science and social issues.  For some not-so-strange reason, Muslim extremists are very unhappy with that.  It is comforting, I suppose, that there was such a large groundswell of support in Dahka following Roy’s murder, although I’m sure his family just wishes he was still alive.

It is somewhat ironic that Roy had written an article about religious extremism, calling it a “highly contagious virus”.  He’s written a paper on the subject called The Virus of Faith which is available through the CFI website.  He’d had threats from radical Muslims who said “Avijit Roy lives in America and so, it is not possible to kill him right now. But he will be murdered when he comes back.”  Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.  One cannot underestimate the violence of radical Muslims.

Unfortunately, his case is not unique, extremist Muslims have targeted atheist bloggers in and around Bangladesh in the past. In 2013, blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed in Bangladesh in a way hauntingly familiar to Roy’s death.  Atheist author Taslima Nasreen had to flee Bangladesh for the United States when she was similarly threatened in the mid-90s. She wrote that “Avijit Roy has been killed the way other free thinker writers were killed in Bangladesh. No free thinker is safe in Bangladesh.  Islamic terrorists can do whatever they like. They can kill people with no qualms whatsoever.”

Welcome to Islam, the religion of pieces… um, I mean peace.  That’s what lands it on Horror Show Wednesday.

 

Horror Show Wednesday: Groceries in Paris

Amedy CoulibalySometimes horrors come individually and sometimes, as Paris, France unfortunately found out, they cluster. Following the horrific attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo by brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, there was more to come as Amedy Coulibaly attacked a Jewish kosher grocery store in Paris, taking hostages for an hours-long standoff and eventually killing four before being brought down by police.

However, sometimes there are heroes in what many would find the most unexpected places.  Lassana Bathily, a Muslim man working at the Jewish grocery store, hastily pushed several Jewish customers into the walk-in freezer to shield them from what could have become a much larger bloodbath.  Bathily was handcuffed for about 90 minutes following the event while police ensured he wasn’t part of the terrorist group.  It is sad that he was treated that way and certainly deserves to be hailed as a hero by all.  This is just more proof that not all Muslims are bad and should not be automatically assumed to be.

It has been discovered that Amedy Coulibaly, in a video made public two days after the attack, in which he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, described himself as a soldier of the caliphate, and pledged himself to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Coulibaly coordinated attacks with Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, the two who murdered 12 people in an attack the same day on the Charlie Hebdo magazine.  “We did some things together, some things separate – that way we would have more of an impact … we arranged it to synchronise [our movements] so we would go out at the same time, which was not a problem,” he said. Coulibaly’s wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, is also suspected in planning the attacks, but has already fled France and is thought to be headed to Syria.  Anyhow, here’s the video, it is in French.

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Seriously, when are they going to stop saying that this isn’t religious and that religion doesn’t harm anyone?  Tell that to the four that lay dead at the hands of Amedy Coulibaly.  Or the 12 that are dead because of Chérif and Saïd Kouachi.  You know, those people who were screaming “Allahu Akbar” and proclaiming that the Prophet Muhammad had been avenged?  Nah, nothing religious in that at all!  Je Suis Charlie!  It’s no surprise this ends up on Horror Show Wednesday.

Horror Show Wednesday: Buried Alive

Buried_aliveWhen will Muslims learn that honor killing simply isn’t honorable?  In Turkey,  a Muslim teenager was arrested for murdering his sister’s boyfriend by stabbing him more than 60 times and burying him alive.  Why would he do this?  Honor, of course, the victim, 16-year-old Onur Sandal, was reportedly involved in a pre-marital sexual relationship with his sister.  The boy, 18-year old Akin Tokdenir and his father Ahmet were both arrested on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  Surveillance footage has surfaced showing both Akin and his father beating Onur, then placing him in a car that was driven away by Akin, presumably to bury him alive.

The father, Ahmet, says he’s sorry Onur is dead, but says it was “a matter of honor for us.”  Akin turned himself in to authorities and confessed to the murder after the body of Onur was found in a forest outside the city of Denizli.  Both cite as their reason the fact that Onur refused to become engaged to his girlfriend even after being found to be sexually active with her.  Sorry, that’s completely unacceptable to everyone but hyper-conservative Muslims.

Turkey has been fighting so-called honor killings for a very long time, they estimate that in that country alone, 237 women lost their lives in senseless honor killings in 2013.  This doesn’t count the men like Onur who similarly get killed for doing something to “dishonor” the family.  In 2000, the U.N. estimated that there are more than 5,000 honor killings committed by Muslims worldwide.  But what can you do? These killings tend to be most prevalent in small, insular communities where there isn’t a big secular police presence and many officers just look the other way when it becomes clear that the killings are religious in nature.  It’s really difficult to come up with a solution when you’re talking about very primitive cultures and religious beliefs, where women really mean nothing and men rule the roost.

Regardless, here’s another case of religious violence to fill Horror Show Wednesday.  How many more people need to die before we stop giving the religious a pass?

 

Horror Show Wednesday: Religion Causes More Dead Kids

Travis-and-Wenona-Rossiter-in-courtAnd here we go again!  More death caused by the absurdity of religion and these people even recognize that it sounds crazy and want to keep it out of their trial!  I did touch on this story to a small degree in the past but I wanted to show just how horrible it can really be.

Travis and Wenona Rossiter wanted to keep their religious beliefs out of the courtroom in their  trial that they killed their 12-year old daughter because of their faith healing Christian beliefs. Judge Daniel Murphy, however, ruled that their beliefs constitute motive evidence and therefore would not be excluded.  “The court cannot find that evidence of a religious motive is more prejudicial in this case than the absence of such evidence,” Murphy wrote.

The Rossiters are members of the Church of the First Born, a group that I’ve talked about in the past, who believe that only God can heal and they forego all modern medical care for themselves and their children.  This has resulted in graveyards full of dead kids who didn’t need to die.  Luckily, Oregon has passed laws to punish parents whose kids are killed foolishly like this, but it still doesn’t stop them from leaving the bodies of youngsters strewn across the state.

syble_ann_marie_rossiterTheir daughter, Syble, died of complications from Type-1 diabetes, an easily treatable condition. However, without being able to regulate her blood sugar, death is slow and painful.  Of course, this isn’t a rare occurrence, the entire family has been guilty of this kind of thing.  In 1996, a jury convicted Church of the First Born member Loyd Hays, Wenona Hays Rossiter’s father, on charges of criminally negligent homicide. When his 7-year-old son was dying of a treatable form of leukemia, Hays — whose wife was acquitted — tried to cure him through prayer.  The Albany Democrat-Herald says that in 1981 an 8-month-old aunt of Wenona Rossiter had an abnormal increase in brain fluid that causes the skull to swell. After a 7-month legal battle in which the family sought to keep her from getting medical treatment, the girl eventually underwent court-ordered surgery.

The Rossiter’s attorney, Tim Felling, argued that the Church of the First Born’s beliefs were both irrelevant and prejudicial, and insisted that his clients be “tried for the actions of that day, not for [their] religious beliefs.” However, that’s completely wrong. A person’s actions inform their beliefs.  What they believe is just as much on trial as what they did with those beliefs.  Unfortunately, their beliefs cannot be indicted whereas they most certainly will be.

In another case in Pennsylvania earlier in the year, a couple was convicted and sentenced to 3.5 years in the death of their seven-month old son due to their refusal to seek medical attention.  The horrors continue, I guess, what do we do to force these parents to follow the law and not the Bible?  Not much that can be done unfortunately, except sending health care workers to every home of every newborn to make sure these kids are getting the care they need.  Until then, it’s no surprise that we’re looking at more horror, this time Horror Show Wednesday.