March 9, 2009
On today’s episode:
– A nine-year-old girl weighing 80 pounds, who was raped and impregnated by her step father and is now carrying twins. Doctors say she will not survive the child birth and receives an abortion.
Now, who do you excommunicate from the Catholic church?
A) The girl’s mother, who authorized the abortion
B) The girl’s doctors, who performed the abortion
C) The girl’s step father, who raped and impregnated his nine year old step daughter
If your answers were “A” and “B,” you must be regional Brazilian archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho who authorized the excommunications or senior Vatican official Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who defended the excommunications!
Why is the step father still a welcome member of the Catholic church, you ask?
Because “the crime [the step father] is alleged to have committed, although deplorable, was not as bad as ending a fetus’s life.”
What is wrong with these people?!
More: NY Times / CBC
Thanks to Dan Savage at Slog.
March 9, 2009
London's "Atheist Buses" by the British Humanist Association
According to a new study, the percentage of non-religious Americans has grown 6.8% since 1990 while most major religious groups lost membership. Non-religious Americans now constitute an estimated 15% of the population, with Catholics and Baptists representing 25.1% and 15.8%, respectively.
The “Christian” category (which included non-denominational, unspecified Christian and Protestant, and evangelical/born-again) is estimated at 14.2%, a 0.6% decrease since 1990.
“Mainline Protestants” and Baptists accounted for the largest decreases since 1990, at 5.8% and 3.5%, respectively.
The religious groups with the largest gains? “Protestant denominations” (i.e., Churches of Christ, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventist) and “Eastern religions,” which both saw modest 0.5% gains.
Article and full data (check the table at the bottom of the article) at USA Today.
January 23, 2009
Great coverage at Slog.
Sigh, only the Catholics…