Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hypocrisy Watch

Mojoy over at Deep Thoughts is keeping a running watch of Pastors and Priests behaving...badly. As in criminally badly. The map is part of the project, showing every incident for the last half of 2009 alone. Click to see how it's shaping up.

The black dots indicate a sexual component to their crimes. Think on that.

Here's a copy of his current list:

Rev. John Wielebski suspended
Rev. Gaston Smith raises ethical questions
Rev. Edgar Sepulveda arrested
Pastor Paul Meeks to stand trial
Student Leader Jordan Vernon arrested
Pastor Dieugrand Jacques arrested
Pastor Kenneth Terrell arrested
Rev. Alejandro Flores discovers he cannot fly
Pastor Dean Tarkington arrested
Pastor Edwin House arrested
Youth Pastor Robert Weber arrested
Pastor Phillip Joubert charged again
Pastor Lloyd Sartain arrested
Pastor Steve Hilman arrested
Pastor Emmanuel William on trial for rape
Archbishop Edgardo Gabriel Storni sentenced
It's only porn and hypocrisy

And that's just what he reported in January 2010. He currently has 766 posts in his hypocrisy watch.

Why does religion crop up in every culture, when there is no proof of a supernatural deity? Maybe because it provides the perfect excuse for a small group to stay in power, have unlimited authority over others, do whatever they want, and not be questioned for it.

Why do they hate atheists so much? Maybe because we don't grant them unlimited authority and power, and we question everything.

Just a thought.

Perhaps he thinks they should have just remained in slavery

It starts about 6 minutes in.

"You know, Christy, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. know, Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said we will serve you if you get us free from the French. True Story. And so the Devil said "Okay, it's a deal." and...uh...they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It's cut down the middle, on one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. Um, they need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I'm optimistic, something good may come."

I can't add to this, I really can't.

UPDATE: Billy Graham is asking for donations to send...chaplains.

"Chaplains will arrive today in Haiti to assess the level of need and to determine how to best provide emotional and spiritual care in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake that devastated the impoverished country. Please pray for the victims of the earthquakes, especially those who are still searching through the rubble looking for lost loved ones," said Jack Munday, Director of the Rapid Response Team. "Pray also for our team as they bring hope and comfort in the midst of this disaster."

Found here.

I can understand sending grief counselors, once the initial recovery has passed, but right now their survival needs are much more immediate, so sending money to send in people to pray would be an utter waste. And besides, as I understand it, the bulk of the country is Roman Catholic, using trauma to try to convert people is really low, but about what I would expect.

May I suggest that people who want to send real help donate to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. They had the hospital in Port Au Prince, are currently doing trauma triage in the courtyard as the building is gone, and their American and Canadian teams are heading down there with inflatable surgical suites to save as many lives as they can (via the YarnHarlot)

Donate here:

From the USA

From Canada

Everyone else go through here