London — In one of the most damning admissions to date by the Church of England, the head of the church admitted they “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of children and young men.
On Thursday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the victims who spoke out and helped bring their attacker to justice. However, according to the report on how the church handled the case, as well as the slap on the wrist ex-bishop Peter Ball received for decades of abuse, ‘justice’ is a loosely thrown around term.
According to the AP, Welby ordered the report after Ball was convicted and imprisoned in 2015 for misconduct in public office and indecent assaults against teenagers and young men over a period of 20 years.
Despite admitting to sexually abusing 18 people, this serial child rapist was let out of prison after only serving 16 months.
Welby’s report noted that Ball’s conduct “caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men,” and that “the church at its most senior levels and over many years supported him unwisely.”
After admitting that the church not only looked the other way for decades, the report also concedes that they helped to hide the abuse.
“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward,” Welby said.
“This is inexcusable and shocking behavior,” he said, according to the AP, adding that while most of what happened took place years ago, “we can never be complacent, we must learn lessons.”
The roots of the Church of England go back to the time of the Roman Empire when Christianity entered the Roman province of Britain. The Church of England is the official state church of Britain whose most senior cleric is Welby. However, the supreme governor of the church is the Queen herself.
As the monarch is the supreme governor, it can be assumed that it took part in the cover up as well.
Until Welby became the Archbishop of Canterbury, the church has had a long and sordid history of silencing those who claimed they were abused by its members.
Independent investigators have been examining files as far back as the 1950s and Welby hopes this independence will prevent any possibility of more cover-ups.
“We will systematically bring those transparently and openly first of all working with the survivors where they are still alive and then seeing what they want,” Welby said. “The rule is survivors come first, not our own interests, and however important the person was, however distinguished, however well-known, survivors come first.”
In spite of Welby’s intentions, Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society noted that it doesn’t go far enough, especially given the church’s influence over the police and Child Protective Services.
The problem wasn’t that bishops weren’t trained in such matters, it is the institutional culture of denial and the bullying of the abused and whistleblowers into silence. One report suggests that 13 bishops ignored letters written in the 1990s warning of abuse by Ball on behalf of a victim who later committed suicide. I have seen evidence that such bullying persists to this day. I hope that the Archbishop’s review into the case of Peter Ball will deal with such bullying and what appears to be the undue influence exerted on the police and CPS by the Church in dealing with this case. The total failure of procedures, outlined by Ian Elliott, echoes that revealed in the totally damning Cahill Report about the conduct of the Archbishop Hope of York in respect of Robert Waddington. The current Archbishop of York has decided that this report should remain in printed form rather than be more widely available on the web.
As the Free Thought Project has pointed out on multiple occasions, pedophilia among the elite and clergy is rampant. The problem has gotten so bad in England that officials issued an order earlier this year to stop naming streets and landmarks after local heroes and politicians because they could later be exposed as pedophiles.
When these monsters are exposed, as Ball’s case illustrates, they receive little to no punishment. This glaring lack of punishment leads one to speculate as to why the legislative bodies are allowing it. Are they perhaps worried that people like Ball will expose their crimes too if they receive anything less than a slap on the wrist?
The good news is that because people are refusing to be silenced, the coverage of human trafficking even hit the mainstream this year in a horrifying episode of Dr. Phil. A former victim, who was born into the sex trafficking trade, came forward to implicate high-level government officials as well as police and civilians in their role in the trade.
Even Netflix has begun to expose this horrid problem with their new series The Keepers, which exposed a decades-long practice of clergy, police, and politicians abusing countless children.
While Netflix and Dr. Phil have done a huge service to society by exposing this reality, we have a long way to go to end it. Pedophilia and child trafficking is a very real issue and those who attempt to discredit it and sweep it under the rug are either horribly incompetent or complicit.
This problem will not go away through ridicule and name calling. We must shine light into the darkness through refusing to be silenced. We must stand for those who are too scared to come forward and we must be the voice for the voiceless. Please share this story with your friends and family so that they may see the real horror of what goes on behind the well-connected political scenes in this country and others. Until enough people become aware, none of this will end.
When Moroccan students got together to explore the rich cultural legacy the Jewish community contributed to the North African country, they named their association Mimouna, the name of a Moroccan Jewish tradition which marks the end of Passover with inviting Muslim neighbors for shared meals.
They never guessed they’d end up creating such meals themselves.
Together with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and Jeunesse Chabad Maroc the students provided 1,500 needy Muslim families with meals in Marrakesh to help them celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. The collaboration also included a festive interfaith dinner at the Slat al Azama synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Marrakech.
IFCJ Vice president Yael Eckstein was present at the event and stated that, since WWII, Morocco had set an example among North African societies for its treatment of Jews. She said she is honored to stand with the people of Morocco.
“We can overcome divisions and intolerance”, said Eckstein, “by building bridges of empathy.”
This is not the only example of the children of Abraham coming together around the dinner table this time of year.
In Cairo, Copts, who comprise the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, had set up tables outside their homes and invited Christians and Muslims alike to enjoy a meal as the sun sets and fasting Muslims are able to eat and drink.
Dawoud Riyad, who is Coptic, set up the tables near his Cairo home and invited Tarek Ali, a local resident, to celebrate together.
“They invited me and my kinds, and I was surprised”, said Ali, “with no difference between sheikhs, Christians, or Muslims.”
“We’re all brothers and friends”, said Riyad and pointed to another neighbor, “I’ve raised this man’s son (alongside my own son) and he’s Muslim.”
The spirit of sharing and providing for one another can also be found in Israel, where IFCJ provides food and clothing vouchers to Muslim Arab families for Ramadan, all part of the fellowship’s $5.6 million yearly aid program.
Two rabbis, one from Israel and one from Argentina, were appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Life, the first time rabbis have been invited to be members.
Pope Francis appointed 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the advisory body of the academy, the Vatican announced last week.
Israeli Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, who won the Israel Prize in 1999 for original rabbinic literature, and Argentinean Rabbi Fernando Szlajen were designated on June 13 as members of the institution that “exists for the promotion and defense of human life, especially regarding bioethics as it regards Christian morality.”
Rabbi Avraham Steinberg is the author of “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics,” published in seven volumes in Hebrew and three volumes in English, translated by Dr. Fred Rosner, for which he was awarded the Israel Prize in 1999. He is the director of the Medical Ethics Unit of the Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and director of the Editorial Committee of the Talmudic Encyclopedia.
Rabbi Fernando Szlajen from Argentina, the birth country of Pope Francis, is the director of the Department of Culture for the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires.
Founded in 1994 by St. John Paul II, the Pontifical Academy for Life is charged with defending and promoting “the value of human life and the dignity of the person.” In November 2016, Pope Francis issued new statutes for the pontifical academy to widen the scope of its activity and research on life issues.
After broadening the scope of and issuing new statutes for the Pontifical Academy of Life, Pope Francis appointed new members to the advisory body and included scientists, professors and experts in medicine and ethics from both religious and secular backgrounds.
The new members named by Francis hail from 27 countries. Seven of the members come from the United States and Canada. Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life are nominated for five-year terms, which can be renewed. Membership ends when an academician turns 80.
It is recognized among many scholars that religions like Christianity, about a savior god and a final judgement, are a phenomenon of big centralized states. These kinds of religion are referred to in the literature as soteriological-eschatological religions, where soteriology means the doctrine of salvation (through some kind of god) and eschatology is the doctrine of a final judgement by god (accompanied often by the end of the world).
The first manifestations of these religions can be traced back to the Hellenistic empire with the so called Mystery cults or religions of the Orient, which later reappeared in cosmopolitan Rome. The cult of Dionysius, The Eleusinian Mysteries, The Mysteries of Isis, The Mysteries of Mithra, The Orphic Mysteries… the list goes on and on. What all of these had in common was their claims on universality and individualism.
In the multiracial and multicultural societies of the Hellenistic and Roman empires, historians and sociologists notice a phenomenon that they call ‘anomie’. It is defined as ‘the breakdown of social bonds between an individual and the community’. People didn’t feel any kind of connection and loyalty to each other anymore, and a sense of loneliness and pessimism were common symptoms.
To get a feeling of this phenomenon I recommend the book of the Mexican writer Octavio Paz. It is a psychological portrait of Mexico titled, not surprisingly, The Labyrinth of Solitude (It could have been called ‘The Labyrinth of Anomie’!). Besides the open admission that dishonesty is a big part of Mexican culture, the main message is that Mexicans feel themselves lonely and inferior as a result of their mixed-race (multicultural) past. They curse their past and shame themselves collectively, for the racial sins of their mothers and fathers. They take refuge from their reality in their celebration of death and self-destructive behaviors. Here we have very clear evidence that a mixed race society loses its self-confidence, its interest for a better future and its cohesion.
It is interesting to notice that ever more international Corporations move in to Mexico in order to profit from the lack of social standards that an anomic society offers, including cheap loans.
It is in this context where these religions appeared. When people are lonely and depressed, the only way to make them take part in society is with promises of a better life afterwards and threats of divine punishment if they don’t do so. It is also in this kind of society where people live their lives through fictional characters (nowadays movies or TV characters) instead of facing their sad reality. This leads me to the next characteristic of these salvation religions, which is the rejection of reality, including Nature.
In a society where no-one finds beauty around himself anymore, where the institutions don’t reflect who you are and where we are forced to live in a situation completely strange to Nature, everything that is Beautiful and Natural (all wordly things) represent a contradiction to this artificial state and therefore are condemned.
A good example of the hate and slander of these religions against Nature is the so called ‘Frau Welt’ (Lady World) sculptures of the Middle Ages. Nature is depicted as a seemly beautiful woman who nevertheless is rotten and pestilent from the back. The sponsors of these motives didn’t deny Nature is beautiful and awe inspiring, but they claimed her beauty is somehow illusory, wanting us to believe the afterlife has no connection with Nature, and that if we believe in their god we get something better.
Now that we have described what all these mystery religions have in common, let’s focus our attention on Christianity.
Before Christianity, there were already crucified savior Gods who wanted us to accept universalism. Therefore it is fairly obvious that Christianity has nothing to do with a real person named Jesus. These forerunners of Jesus in the other religions never lived on earth and nevertheless created practically the same religion.
No more evidence than that is needed to conclude that Jesus didn’t invent Christianit,y but if you are interested about the historical proof I highly recommend Richard Carrier’s On the Historicity of Jesus (The author demonstrates that Jesus didn’t exist). I regard his book as the most serious and convincing regarding historicity.
Christianity is a Jewish intellectual movement (call it religion if you want) and at the time in which Christianity was created, the Jews were already the drive behind world economic transactions (see Separation and its Discontents – Kevin McDonald). They were seen by the Romans as dangerous and unscrupulous competition. For that reason they were sometimes persecuted, exiled or denuded of their rights. Important to keep in mind is that even in those difficult times, the Jews were always planning their retake of power behind the scenes.
So much was destroyed, deliberately not preserved and falsified that we will never know exactly what happened during the inception of Christianity as the official religion in Rome, but we can be sure that it had to do with economics and Geopolitics.
Before that, Christianity was considered a destructive superstition intended to weaken Rome, but suddenly, from one day to another a corrupt Emperor (Constantine) decided that it should be the only religion of the Empire and the other ones wouldn’t be tolerated anymore.
In the last years of multicultural Rome, the last thing that you could expect from the mixed race rulers was personal responsibility or love toward their people and this was the perfect ground for Christianity.
It’s almost paradox that a religion about tolerance, pacifism and ‘turning the other cheek’ was designed in order to be the only valid one.
This intolerance was not the result of a bad use of Christianity, nor was it a false interpretation of Jesus. It was the natural development of monotheism. Jesus’ rants about pacifism were intended to make the people indulgent, passive and apathetic while it’s ideology remained intolerant and hostile to honest local rulers.
We can conclude that Christianity is a religion invented by international dealers and money lenders intended for multicultural societies. We can only guess if the Jews hoped with Christianity to regain their power in the Roman Empire and further expand it, or whether they knew it could not be saved and used Christianity rather as a seed for a future world government.
If we consider how Jews for long periods of time remember an old affront, to the point that they still resent their exile in Babylon (as if it had occurred just yesterday), then it’s not surprising if Jewish religions were contemplating a Globalization 3000 years ahead.
An amusing question would also be if the earlier versions of Christianity, the mystery religions of the Hellenistic and Roman empires, were also invented by the Jews. These religions came from the Orient too and they were multicultural, trade religions, in times when the Jews already had financial power in these empires.
Regarding ideology, Christianity is composed of two parts.
On the one side we have the Old Testament:
Here a world devoid of Nature and Evolution is presented. In the book of Genesis we learn that humans were created by god, almost the same way that a robot is assembled by an engineer. This ‘human-robot’ is created directly by god and therefore has no connection whatsoever with Nature or his environment. Evolution and the mysteries of Gaia have no place here.
In some sense the ideology of the Old Testament is a complete reversion of what sacredness and life in folk-religions were. The following example is illustrative:
We are social beings who cannot survive outside communities. Societies among apes and other animals existed millions of years before the appearance of humans, therefore societies are older than individuals. Societies are the origin of humans and we could had never evolved into humans without them.
In contrast to that, Jewish religions claim that humanity started from a state of loneliness (remember Octavio Paz book!). God creates a single man and only as an afterthought does he gives him company. This sequence of events in the Bible is intended to mean that we humans owe no loyalty to our societies (to our real creator) and that our natural state is that of individualistic isolation. This ideology of a pristine state of loneliness and supposed independence is the basis of the human rights declaration (more of this later).
As a curious example of how the Bible reverses everything, it is men who develop out of women and not the other way around (Eve out of Adam’s rib). This is so the case that men are sometimes described in the scientific literature as ‘genetically modified women’, because we all start in the womb as female and it is only later that the genes for masculinity set in and we develop differently.
Also the sequence of the creation of the universe is absurd in the Jewish bible:
The earth is created before the sun, whereas in reality planets are molded out of the gravitation field of a star.
God separates day from night on earth, before there even was a sun to signal them!
God creates plants also before the sun, without which they cannot make photosynthesis.
These are among the most obvious but the list of contradictions goes on and on. The book of Genesis also tells us that god created animals and Nature in order to be exploited and plundered by us (Genesis 1:26). They have no other purpose than to serve our commercial enterprises. I’m not surprised when I read that the same race who wrote the Old Testament, today owns the corporations that destroy Nature.
On the other side we have the New Testament.
Here the foundations of individualism from the Old Testament are more developed in detail. I have in other writings mentioned that in the mind of Jesus there exists no Evolution. He promises among other things that:
When we stop caring about our resources and stop accumulating power (Luke 18:22, Matthew 19:21. Give everything to the poor, stop providing ourselves for our future).
When we are so gullible like small children (Matthew 17:20. When you blindly believe, even mountains themselves move at your command)
When we are as ignorant as small children (Matthew 18:3. Only when you become like little children can you enter the kingdom of heaven)
….Then we will get super powers from god and go to heaven! This kind of ideology fits perfectly with a competition for resources. While we neglect all wordly affairs expecting to be taken care of by god, the Jews accumulate power and all the riches of this planet. By never doubting their good intentions we get magic powers from god and when we remain ignorant of what they do, we secure a place in heaven.
Moving on to his parables:
In Jesus parable of the seeds (in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:1-15), the seeds are supposed to represent Christianity and how it reaches different people. It is interesting though, that it could better fit modern narratives of multiculturalism if we think about the seeds as people, whose development depends totally from their environment. Such an interpretation is possible when we think that these parables are older than Christianity and that the authors of the Bible played with their meanings and contexts as they found them useful. Using this interpretation, Jesus assumes that all seeds are equal (all men are equal) and that there is a hand that spreads the seeds. Both assumptions are wrong when it comes to reality. Not all people are equal (not even seeds!) and people come to this word always in a determined society and culture. There is no ‘invisible hand from God’, there is Evolution. Moreover a society is able to adapt itself to the environment and to adapt the environment to their needs. The goal of this silly parable is perhaps to say, just give them the right environment (through a world government) or let them emigrate and all people will flourish.
In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32), the message is pretty obvious. God doesn’t want us to be independent. In the Icelandic sagas we have also stories about the son who decides to go to the world and try his luck, but the difference between Christianity and pagan cultures is that in the sagas the son becomes independent and successful, whereas in the parable of Jesus the son is damned forever to be dependent and live as a coward. The Jewish father in the parable (the Jewish god) is happy to see that the son repents from trying his luck (it is actually a sin to want to be free!). In the sagas a son that returns without achieving anything would be scolded and sent back. This creepy little story reminds me of Adam in paradise, as he is kept by god like a house animal and god gets angry when he seeks wisdom and freedom.
A similar theme is treated in the parable of the lost sheep where the comparison between the believers and an enslaved farm animal (a sheep) is more evident.
In the parable of the birds (Matthew 6:26) Jesus says that birds don’t have to earn their food since God takes care of them. This concept is from beginning to end ridiculous. If there is one creature that has to struggle for its survival that is birds! They have to work hard every-day in order to get a piece of food and despite their best efforts many of them don’t survive.
We can conclude from these parables that Jesus envisions a future like the Matrix where humans don’t have to work anymore in order to get nourishment, where they are totally dependent on some kind of Jewish father (the world government?) and where they are no different to him than a bag of seeds for the next harvest.
The parts of the New Testament that most recognizably betray the intentions of the authors are the Apocalypse and The Book of Revelations. The Jewish authors tell us that Jesus wants a global government (Book of Daniel 2.35, 44-45; 7.13-14, 22, 27) and that he wants also to destroy our world before we either go to heaven of to hell (1 Corinthians 15:24, Matthew 13:49). Judging from the development of history and present trends the real meaning of the Apocalypse (as the initiated Rabbis would have understood it in those times) could be reconstructed as follows:
The final reign of Jesus on earth is a metaphor for Globalism, controlled by the Jews. Jesus is a symbol for Judaism and they want to sell the idea that Jews are good, that they are our saviors with their ‘better’ morality (there’s a good article here in Renegade Tribune with modern examples of TV series).
The end of the world means the destruction of life on this planet through the plundering of all natural resources needed in order to create super-intelligent machines. These machines will mark the turning point when humans born out of Nature are finally replaced with Adam, the human created in the image of god: A lonely creature not born from a society, totally dependent, blind-believing and interchangeably equal with others.
The Final Judgement before raising to heaven at the end of times means that ‘good’ people who believed in Jewish promises (accepted Jesus’ ideas) will be connected to a virtual reality (Heaven) that recreates a pleasant illusion. These enslaved humans won’t have to do great physical work anymore. They will also be innocent like Adam before eating from the tree of knowledge because all knowledge about reality will be forever lost to them. People who reject this kind of miserable existence will be advertised as wanting Hell, e.i., not taking part in the pleasant illusion and be left to struggle in a destructed environment.
I will like to end this article by clarifying the connection of Christianity and the idea of human rights. It is very surprising that the most social of creatures in this planet (we humans) have no rights as societies, but only as defenseless individuals. We hear of human rights, but have you ever heard about the right of a society to choose who belongs to it? Many societies have this right as a heritage of ancient practices, but that is precisely what the humans rights movement wants to abolish.
We could not survive a single day without a society, but it’s almost as if we had prohibited to think of ourselves as groups, and act accordingly. The idea of Human Rights is totally absurd because Human rights appeal to morality, but what is right or wrong depends one thousand percent from a social context. Rights are granted by societies to their members and these societies cannot offer any right that is not based on the achievements (sacrifices and work) of the past generations.
The superstition that humans have rights just because they are humans, independent of their society, comes from the Bible and the claims that God created us in isolation, that God takes care of us like the birds.
When we take humans out of their societies and give them rights above these societies, what will happen is that these societies and cultures will be destroyed. In that vacuum will enter the global enslavement. Once all societies have disappeared all freedoms and rights will disappear with them.
The first requirement for any right is a bordered piece of land. We are made of physical matter, we are not ghosts, therefore we need a determined space in order to build a society. Animals do the same; they defend territories because that’s needed in order to be self-sufficient.
It’s also important that these societies never grow too big, rather split and differentiate, otherwise all Nature and diversity would be destroyed by them. Inside of these societies, the population should have racial marks in order to recognize who is the descendant of the ones who built it. Racial characteristics cannot be faked; therefore they play an essential role in order to avoid plundering.
That a society is racially homogeneous is also important because that makes sure that there is selection. Only the races that integrate with Nature and respect it survive, and these races differentiate into different species in order to avoid further competition with one another. Each one finds its niche and peace among them is ensured.
We can conclude that Christianity is a materialistic religion because it set the stakes for a globalized world of free trade, ruled by machines and the destruction of Nature (our source of knowledge and spirituality).
All the moral claims of Christianity and the extensions of her like the Human Rights movement, Multiculturalism, etc. were perversely calculated in order to facilitate immigration, free trade and the replacement of Nature with machines.
I don’t doubt that in the future, they will give human rights to super intelligent machines in order deploy them without problems. They will claim that discriminating against them just because they weren’t born of a mother is like discriminating because of race.
You see, they inserted the Negro into our societies without our consent, they made him into a human and now they do the same with machines.
And because I wrote about Jesus’ parable of the birds I would like show a quote from Adolf Hitler from one of his speeches dealing with a similar subject (Note: I have the audio but I couldn’t find the reference to which speech it is). It is interesting that what Hitler says fits perfectly with what we see in Nature and what sciences knows about it, while Jesus’ position is totally wrong.
Another difference between the two is that Hitler says this personally, in an open speech, taking responsibility of his views, showing his face, while the Jew uses a fictional character (Jesus) in order to hide the identity of who is behind the message. He does that perhaps because he knows his views are so wrong, they could only be believed, when they come out of a supernatural being.
To finish this article I leave a transcription of the whole part of the speech and its translation (I hope someone can tell me which speech it is).
Translation: Bird, eat or die, assert yourself or be destroyed, preserve your own life or give it to others. Nature knows no empty space, she knows also no standstill. She is not charitable, rather resolute and therefore eternally wise. She declares that this world shall belong only to the ones who have earned it, who are valiant, who are virtuous und not to someone else. She knows no empty room, when a race is weak, then comes another one in its place. No one should think that the world would not keep turning without him. Another life comes while he goes by, disappearing from the existence and consciousness of his former environment.
When a race declares they don’t want to fight anymore, they don’t do away with the fight but only with their own selves. The fight will remain but it will, from that moment on, be fought by someone else. That’s hard but we as mortals haven’t created the world this way, it is from Nature already like this. Our duty is to understand that und to assert ourselves in it. When peace is possible we take it, but when it is not possible we must proceed otherwise.
Transcription: „Vogel friss, oder stirb. Setze Dich durch, oder werde vernichtet. Erhalte Dir Dein Leben, oder gib es für Andere!“ Die Natur kennt keinen leeren Raum, sie kennt auch keinen Stillstand. Sie ist nicht barmherzig, sondern sie ist entschlossen, und sie ist damit doch ewig weise. Sie proklamiert, dass diese Erde nur dem gehören soll, der sie verdient, der tapfer ist, der mutig ist, und das der Andere zu gehen hat. Sie kennt keinen leeren Raum, wenn ein Volk schwach wird, dann tritt eben ein anderes an seine Stelle. Es soll keiner denken, dass sich die Welt ohne ihn nicht weiterdrehen würde. Ein anderes Leben kommt, und er vergeht und verschwindet aus dem Sein und Bewusstsein seiner vorherigen Umwelt.
Wenn ein Volk erklärt, nicht mehr kämpfen zu wollen, dann beseitigt es nicht die Kriege sondern nur sich selbst! Der Kampf wird bleiben, er wird fortan nur durch Andere ausgefochten! Das ist hart, aber wir haben die Welt als Menschen nicht so erschaffen, sie ist schlichtweg von Natur aus so! Es ist unsere Aufgabe, sie zu begreifen und uns dann in dieser Welt zu behaupten. Wenn es im Frieden geht, dann im Frieden, wenn es nicht im Frieden geht, dann muss es eben anders gehen!
Standing proudly at the center of a tiny village deep in German wine country, from the outside there is nothing remarkable about the church of St. Jacob save its beauty.
But locked away inside its 1,000-year-old tower is an exciting secret – a bell emblazoned with a Swastika and the inscription: ‘Everything for the fatherland. Adolf Hitler.’
While the grim heirloom has gone largely unnoticed for the last 82 years, a recent report in a local newspaper has brought jewish outcry to the 700-person town of Herxheim am Berg.
Since discovering the tribute, 73-year-old Sigrid Peters, the antifascist church organist, is demanding it be removed, saying it is not right that christenings and marriages are marked by ringing a bell celebrating the National Socialist.
But pastor Helmut Meinhardt believes the church should keep using the bell, while mayor Ronald Becker told The Local that trying to remove the inscription could alter the sound, and would cost upward of £40,000.
Some, including bell expert Birgit Müller, are even arguing that it should be protected under historic conservation laws – saying there are no other known examples.
A conversation overheard near a confessional: “See ya later, fornicator. “After ‘while, pedophile.” Communists and Catholics alike deem confession as ‘good for the soul’ or ‘the vanguard of the proletariat’, as the case may be, but few laymen seem to comprehend the magical mumbo-jumbo surrounding the current pedophile priest scandal. Why not call the cops and kick out the perverts? Well, one may wonder about all the papal palaver and hocus pocus which impedes this simple performance of justice, so I’ll pass on these observations, by way of explanation, if this is the proper word for applied insanity.
(1) The Church’s power and privilege invests priests with superhuman credentials. A pedophile plumber has no such status and enjoys no such protection.
(2) In Church doctrine, as I was told by a priest, the vessel may be dirty, but the content is ‘pure’, because it has been sanctified by a blessing. In other words, a corrupt priest can magically transubstantiate cheap wine and a soda cracker, minus salt, into the blood and flesh of Jesus. The fact that the priest fondles the genitals of choirboys is neither here nor there, according to Church philosophy.
(3) “Sex is evil; evil is sin. Sins are forgiven, so let’s begin!” as the minister on the make said to the floozy. Even murder can be forgiven, so why not child-molestation? The involvement of secular law enforcement authorities is ‘out of bounds’, in terms of religious piety. According to this ‘theologic’, the victims should forgive their molesters, and their complaints make them ‘bad Christians’.
(4) Priests are hard to get and keep, for no normal man would accept a life without the love of a woman. Guess what sort of man would become a priest: a man for whom a lack of female companionship would be no sacrifice! The Church is aware of this fact, so it would prefer that such men remain priests, and that their pedophile peccadilloes be forgiven, but not if their victims have a say in the matter. How very un-Christian of them!
Here is a look at the history of churches as a sanctuary, as well as examples of current immigrants seeking help in places of worship around the country.
The sanctuary movement serves to counter a crackdown on illegal immigration by the administration of President Trump. But the idea of sanctuary goes back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, when accused criminals would flee to a temple to avoid authorities.
The action persisted through Europe’s conversion to Christianity and became the law of medieval England somewhere between 500 and 600. The laws continued for about 1,000 years before being scrapped in 1624, Karl Shoemaker, associate professor of history and law at the University of Wisconsin, wrote in his book “Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages.’’
Religious congregations are now publicly protecting at least eight other people facing deportation or arrest by immigration authorities, according to information compiled by the Immigration and Refugee Program at Church World Service.
■ Juana Ortega, a grandmother from Guatemala who has lived in the United States since 1993, was made to wear an ankle bracelet and told to leave the country. She sought shelter in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, N.C.
■ Ismael Delgado and Sixto Paz, both from Mexico, sought sanctuary in the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix to avoid deportation.
■ Javier Flores, also a Mexican immigrant, feared deportation after entering the country illegally several times. In November, he moved into the Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia.
■ David Chavez-Macias entered the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada to avoid possible deportation when his work permit was revoked after he ran a red light.
■ Emma, an immigrant from Honduras, found sanctuary in the Albuquerque, N.M., Friends Meeting House after she failed to check in with immigration authorities out of fear.
■ Lorenzo Solorzano Morales and his wife and daughter moved into the Faith, Life, and Hope Mission in Chicago to avoid deportation after Morales was arrested for domestic battery in 2011.
■ Jose Juan Federico Moreno has hidden in the University Church in Chicago’s Hyde Park for six months while facing deportation for an aggravated DUI conviction in 2009.
Pro-Israeli Christian groups expressed their displeasure Thursday with US President Donald Trump’s signing of a waiver that delays any plan to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for six months, saying they would pray that he change his mind soon.
“Millions of Evangelical Christian Zionists are praying that God gives President Trump the courage to begin the process of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem – the eternal, undivided Biblical capital of the re-born State of Israel,” said Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations.
If not today then in six months – it has to happen,” said Cardoza-Moore, who is also Special United Nations Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) which represents 40 million Evangelical Christians worldwide.
Christians United for Israel also expressed “disappointment” with Trump’s decision. “The President knows that Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel and we strongly believe that the location of our embassy should reflect that reality,” the organization said in a statement.
Despite backtracking on a key promise he made on the campaign trail throughout 2016, the Trump Administration insisted the move did not represent a weakening of his support for Israel. “While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House statement said.
A 1995 law mandates the relocation of the embassy, but provides the president with the prerogative to postpone the move on national security grounds. Each of Trump’s three immediate predecessors — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — repeatedly exercised that right.
The most recent waiver, signed by Obama, expired on June 1. Without its renewal, the US government would have been legally obligated to proceed with moving the embassy.
Prior to Thursday’s announcement, CUFI warned Trump that his campaign promise “was of critical importance to millions of Christian Zionists who ultimately supported his bid for the White House. They will be watching what the president does very closely.”
In contrast to the Christian organizations, the reactions of US liberal Jewish groups were much more positive
“We are glad that the administration has heeded the advice of veteran officials in the diplomatic and security communities, and decided to maintain the prudent policy of its predecessors on this issue,” said liberal pro-Israel lobbying group J Street in statement.
Union for Reform Judaism President Rick Jacobs tweeted, “We agree w/ @POTUS that moving US Embassy to J’lem must be part of a negotiated package. #rightidea#wrongtime.”
(JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence will address the annual summit of Christians United for Israel, the largest pro-Israel group in the country.
Pence will speak at CUFI’s conference in Washington, D.C., which is taking place on July 17-18, the group announced Tuesday.
Pastor John Hagee, who founded CUFI in 2006, praised the Trump administration in a statement.
“We are deeply honored that the vice president will be joining us at our Washington Summit this summer,” Hagee said. “From the day President Trump took office, and each day since, the U.S.-Israel relationship has grown stronger and more vibrant. We are extremely grateful for the Trump Administration’s strong support of the Jewish state.”
During the yearly summit, thousands of Christian supporters of Israel gather in Washington to show their support for the Jewish state. CUFI has over 3.5 million members.
CAIRO — Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic terrorists on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror, with children hiding under their seats to escape gunfire.
The videos surfaced on social media networks on Sunday, two days after 29 were killed in the attack on a desert road south of the capital. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday. It was the fourth attack against Christians in Egypt since December to be claimed by the IS. The string of attacks have killed more than 100 and injured scores.
One survivor, a small boy who seemed to be about six, said his mother pushed him under her seat and covered him with a bag. A young woman speaking from her hospital bed said the assailants ordered the women to surrender their jewelry and money before they opened fire, killing the men first and then some of the women.
The woman said the terrorists were masked and wore military uniforms.
Bishop Makarios, the top Coptic Orthodox cleric in Minya, the province where the attack took place, said the assailants told Christian men they ordered off the bus they would spare their lives if they converted to Islam.
“They chose death,” said Makarios, who has been an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of anti-Christian violence in Minya, where Christians account for more than 35 percent of the population, the highest anywhere in Egypt.
“We take pride to die while holding onto our faith,” he said in a television interview aired late Saturday.
Makarios confirmed that the assailants stole the women’s jewelry and his contention that the men were ordered off the bus before being killed was also confirmed by a video clip purportedly in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. This video showed at least four or five bodies of adult men lying on the desert sand next to the bus; women and other men screamed and cried as they stood or squatted next to the bodies.
Egypt responded to the attack with a wave of airstrikes against suspected militant bases where the military said the perpetrators trained. A manhunt for the assailants in the vast deserts to the west of the site of the attack has so far yielded no arrests.
In the Vatican, Pope Francis, for the second day in a row, expressed his solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians following Friday’s attack. He led thousands of people in prayer Sunday for the victims, who Francis said were killed in “another act of ferocious violence” after having refused to renounce their Christian faith.
Speaking from his studio window over St. Peter’s Square, he said: “May the Lord welcome these courageous witnesses, these martyrs, in his peace and convert the hearts of the violent ones.”