The first story I read about on the Friendly Atheist. In 2009, the Polish singer Doda (Darota Rabczewska) had the audacity to voice her opinion about the Bible.
...she believed more in dinosaurs than the Bible because "it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes."Dinosaurs versus the Bible, now that's a movie I would like to see on the Syfy channel. Perhaps a T-rex could go head to head with Moses.
Thankfully Poland is part of modern Europe where basic freedoms are cherished and ignorance is dispelled by the bright shiny light of the Enlightenment.
In theory at least.
This prompted furious Catholic groups [emphasis mine] to lodge complaints with the prosecutor's office.
"It is clear that Doda thinks that the Bible was written by drunkards and junkies," said Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the Committee for the Defence Against Sects, an organisation dedicated to protecting Christian values. "I believe that she committed a crime and offended the religious feelings of both Christians and Jews."
And what is the penalty of offending the Sky Fairy's followers in Poland? Up to 2 years in jail.
The singer was prosecuted, and the good news is that she doesn't have to do jail time. However, she does need to pay a fine of $1,450.
Our second story is about a major issue that threatens the very existence of our species. Is it global warming? Is it Iran arming itself with weapons to bring about the nuclear apocalypse?
No, much worse.
At least that's what the head of a major worldwide crime syndicate says.
The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.
He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper "settings" and that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman."You heard it right, the organization that wants to stifle free speech in Poland wants you to know that gay marriage threatens the future of humanity itself.
"This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," he said.
The third story has to do with a post I found on Phayngula Unleash the Kraken on Peter G. Palumbo! Peter Palumbo is a Rhode Island state representative who has decided to enter the fray concerning Jessica Ahlquist. Jessica, as you may or may not know, is the student responsible in forcing Cranston High School to take down its prayer banner. What bit of wisdom did Peter Palumbo have to say about Jessica?
Jessica is, "... an evil little thing".
As reprehensible as Mr Palumbo's statement is, what does he have to do with Catholicism? He is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization. Some may say that his hatred for the separation of church and state has nothing to do his Catholic faith. Those people are wrong.
Just ask Darota Rabczewska.
This is Purgatory.
In case you want to contact Peter Palumbo and tell him to stop spewing idiocy, here is his contact information: (401) 785-2882 firstname.lastname@example.org