August 17th, 2006

Vexen Crabtree 2015

Evangelical Priest Ryan Erickson, multiple murders, child sex, binge brinking...

Erickson was an enthusiastic born-again Christian, who split his local community in 2 with his new, passionate-style masses... many of the previous regulars left, and the born-again crowd moved in. He came with all the talk, a typical religious-right moral-crusader loon. Two of those who didn't like his approach, but still attended the church, were one day found shot. After a search warrant from police where he had been re-located to after the murders, child porn was found on his computer, and he hung himself a day later in the hallway of his new church, St. Mary's of the Seven Dolors, in Hurley, Wisconsin. [News: http://www.citypages.com/databank/26/1296/article13748.asp ]

"This week, at last, St. Croix County Attorney Eric Johnson is presenting evidence connecting Father Ryan to the murders. Johnson will offer an explanation for what Erickson and O'Connell were talking about in the minutes before the murder. And he will confirm what has long been whispered by Erickson's harshest critics: that the crusading sexual moralist had been engaging in the same crimes against children that have devastated the Catholic church in recent years."

"A right-wing newspaper, Renew America, edited by anti-abortion activist Matt C. Abbott, frequently defends Erickson"

The religious right are the developed world's most insiduous disease; they are long-term, devious, strategic, organized... fundamentalists in a very similar way to Sharia-promoting Islamist fundamentalists of the world.

Europe is caught between Islam's Dark Ages to our East, and America's growing Christian fundamentalism to our West.
Vexen Crabtree 2015

'America -< Europe -> Middle East

Poll #797914 America -< Europe -> Middle East

Can USA liberal Churches such as the Epispocal Church USA, challenge the powerful rise of fundamentalist born-agains and evangelicals?

Yes - I hope so
4(23.5%)
Yes - I fear so
1(5.9%)
No - but I wish they could
7(41.2%)
No - which is fine
2(11.8%)
Could who do what to whom? Huh?
3(17.6%)

Can the Islamist nations come out of their dark ages?

Yes, if we leave them alone
5(29.4%)
Yes, if we continue to interfere
2(11.8%)
No
3(17.6%)
No, and we must interfere to stop them waging war against us
5(29.4%)
Dark ages? What dark ages? Again?
2(11.8%)

What can we do to conter religious extremism in the USA and Middle East?

Vexen Crabtree 2015

Catholic Church has a list of 5000 accused clergy...

Accusations don't imply guilt, but in the case of the Catholic Church, it's entire history from its foundations, through it's growth, to its domineering violence during the dark ages, and now to its present underground immorality, interference in Africa (etc), etc, anything that harms the Catholic Church is bound to do Humanity an endless good.

"Family members of a Hudson, Wis., man killed by a priest are fed up with what they see as inaction by the Catholic Church and angry that their requests for reform have been ignored. So they're taking the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops to court.

Nearly 200 bishops were named in a civil lawsuit Tuesday by the family of Dan O'Connell, one of two men shot to death at his family's Hudson funeral home in 2002.

The family filed the unprecedented lawsuit, which asks for the names and locations of some 5,000 clergy accused of molesting children, so they can publicize the list. They say the list is known only to the church."

This is another news article about the case I've already posted about, at http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/nation/15233931.htm , and continues intriguingly:

"The litigation is unique because of its scope and because others may join to make it a national class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, said Jeff Anderson, the attorney for Dan O'Connell's family,

"The bishops and the USCCB have established a policy of harboring and protecting suspected child molesting agents, thereby endangering numerous children throughout the United States," the complaint said."

It would be truly beautiful to see the Catholic Church, which has been resistant to all hints of modern morality (no gay rights, no female emancipation, no condoms, no abortion, no euthanasia, etc), finally begin to suffer, legally and morally, after millenia of its abuse of mankind.

Mere loss of numbers isn't enough... I was cataclysmic destructions of bits and pieces of the Catholic body... not merely some slow, painful, bitter withering-away.