crush the Church before it crushes all reason

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But it's 2004! Why do we still have to deal with this accursed thing? I've absolutely had it with the abominations of the Catholic Church, and don't get me started on all the other monstrously evil cults which compete with it in advancing fear and superstition in this benighted land and around the world.

Bloggy discovered last night that my home state of Michigan is about to institutionalize unreason, bigotry and hate.

Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House.

The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds.

The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

If these idiots want religious war, I think we should let them have it. I'm in.

I know the Catholic Church like few others do. My family has practiced its magic for almost two thousand years and most of them continue to do so. I was educated in a Catholic elementary school staffed entirely by nuns, an Augustinian Prep School manned by black-robed priests and brothers, and a Jesuit not-so-liberal-arts university.

In that time I learned just about everything they wanted me to learn about "The Church," and I never questioned the system, but within a few weeks of my arrival at the University of Wisconsin Madison the entire structure of intellectual restraints collapsed and I learned how to breathe freely for the first time.

Years later I find even more darkness all around me, and I am its enemy.

In spite of cries of alarm coming from those who carry its torches, religion is not persecuted in this country. Reason is persecuted in this country. Religion is winning.


[image from a French Charles Taze Russell site, where it is captioned, "Fratricide — Autodafé à Paris"]

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It is not common for legislation in Michigan to attract much attention. However, the recent action on Michigan Senate Bill 972, and associated legislation, have generated several news items and blog posts around the country. Because this is somethi... Read More

I grew up catholic in New Jersey under similar circumstances as you. I'm the oldest of 9 siblings, and in 1977, most of the family moved to Michigan. My mom; who used to be a rather progressive woman (not what you'd call a "liberal" in any sense, but with a healthy distrust of bureaucracy, government & big business) has turned into this same kind of unwavering, closed minded self-righteous Catholic allowing no room for any stance then that of the official church line. Oh yes, and the Republican Party & God bless George Bush.
It's scary; I'm telling you...I don't feel I can have an intelligent conversation, anymore, when the topic moves toward politics or religion.
I don't know what's-up with Michigan, maybe it's a "Heartland, America" thing. But I'd like my mom back & count me in for that fight, also.