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Roman Catholic Church attack on Human Rights and Benedict XVI’s cover-up

Savita denied abortion

Savita denied abortion

On October 28, 2012, Savita Halappanavar, a dentist by profession, died in Ireland at University hospital in Galway.  She shouldn’t have.  While the death was listed as resulting from pregnancy—it is a lie—that was exposed quickly.  Ms. Savita Halappanavar’s death was cold-blooded, premeditated murder as the doctors knew that she would die, executed by the government of Ireland controlled by the criminal element led by the odious odoriferous opportunist, the Primate of Ireland, controlling the Roman Catholic Church. (cf. here). The longer the senile Sean cardinal Brady

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

stays in place as Primate of All Ireland, loathed by many for his relentless cover-up of pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church, and his rigid stand against abortion in all cases, the greater the damage inflicted on the people of Ireland will be and the greater will be the number of needless deaths, maiming, and waste of human potential (cp. “When There’s a Heartbeat: Miscarriage Management in Catholic-Owned Hospitals.” American Journal of Public Health, vol.98, no.10 (October 2008).

Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halappanavar

Savita was a 31-year-old married woman, four months pregnant.  She went to the hospital with a miscarriage in progress that developed into a blood infection. She could easily have been saved if the already doomed fetus was aborted. Instead, her doctors did nothing, explaining that “this is a Catholic country”. Savita replied that she was a Hindu and the laws for Catholics should not apply to her.  She was 17 weeks pregnant  and no fetus could survive outside of the uterus at that age; she contracted septicaemia (the presence of pathogenic organisms in the bloodstream; it is characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection, and is usually accompanied by high fevers, hot, flushed skin, elevated heart rate, hyperventilation, altered mental status, swelling, and low blood pressure) and

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

died a most cruel and painful death that need not have occurred (read about it by: Levy, Mitchell M.; Fink, Mitchell P.; Marshall, John C.; Abraham, Edward; Angus, Derek; Cook, Deborah; Cohen, Jonathan; Opal, Steven M. et al. (2003). “2001 SCCM/ESICM/ACCP/ATS/SIS International Sepsis Definitions Conference”. Critical Care Medicine 31 (4): 1250–6).

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Ireland is a Catholic country quite like Spain and other nations cannibalized by a rogue religion that, throughout its terrible history, whipped women, castrated men, burned babies and worse during the days of the unholy Inquisition—a reality that still exists thanks to the twisted mentality of the German pope Josef Ratzinger.  India, where the woman was born, has already done away with such insane laws demanded by the Roman Catholic Church. The complicit dragoons in the medical field more akin to the Nazi torture-doctors in Third Reich Germany than any respectable medical association today left Halappanavar to suffer in agony for days.  These devout draconian Roman Catholics  only intervening once it was too late. The medical “team” of doctors and the pathetic priests and corrupt clergy must be held and tried for no less than manslaughter in the first degree.  That the doctors deliberately refused to help Savita could elevate the charges to premeditated murder on orders of the Irish Catholic Church following the rules of the Vatican.  Religion must never be allowed to dictate to medicine again!

Savita’s death is just the latest in a long line of tragedies directly attributable to the doctrines and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. It is certainly a knowledgeable truth that there are many good, progressive Catholics, but the problem is that the Roman Catholic Church nor most evangelical extremists’ churches, isn’t a democracy.  Not only are women silenced, the poor ignored as they are passed over by self-serving schizophrenics such as the Albanian nun, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Albanian nun Agnes Bojaxhiu devoted her life to increasing the misery of the sick and hunger of the poor, but gave the grapes of wrath garnered from her own duplicity in money laundering money, offering no hope for progressive changes in her church no adding her voice or vote in its governance.  She protected self-acknowledged, tried and convicted pedophiles arguing that they were misguided and their ministry to the Roman Catholic youth (upon whom they preyed) and to her own group of religious nuns was an insult to her god and her community of sisters.

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Like ancient trees immobilized, ossified and incapable of growth or the flowering of saplings or leaves in dead areas, as with Arizona’s Petrified Forest known for its Late Triassic fossils, the Roman Catholic Church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside. 

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

As ignoble and repugnant as the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Russia, who enriched himself with more than $2 to 4 billion in sales of illegal cigarettes to Russians to buy himself a villa in Switzerland, a penthouse in St. Petersburg, a fleet of cars and a yacht among other luxuries while preaching the poverty of his Christ (read Yuri Mamchur’s article here and here and here and watch here), the Roman Catholic Church, not just in Ireland but universally, is run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all decisions and choose their own successors.  None has been more reprehensible than today’s mulligrub, menacing, Mephistophelean, unpropitious calamitous corrupt and baneful Benedict XVI who was far happier carrying books out of libraries as a Nazi youth and burning them in salute to the Nazi cause (Stratz, Hans-Wolfgang. “Die Studentische `Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist’ im Frühjar 1933,” Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte Vol. 4, 1968, pp. 347-372). 

Nazi Youth burn books from German librariesThe German book burning under the Nazis was repeated by Young Americans (Republican Youth Corp) in the USA who burned books that argued against racism, for religious tolerance and the pursuit of knowledged, especially the investigation of evolution, science, and further advance of mathematical studies. 

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Evangelical groups, primarily Southern Baptists and Adventists in Texas, in the 1960s-1970s rallied youth to burn tapes of rock-and-roll and comic books. Crucifixes, religious statues and other symbols were similarly burned in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s.  What was not known was that many evangelical groups, and those that would become megachurches (especially in Oklahoma) would be as corrupt and filled with as many pedophiles as existed in Roman Catholic parishes: all promising victims “eternal rewards”.

On December 21, 2012, the former Nazi youth exposed his ignorance of science and psychology with another raw rant against human rights when addressing a papal audience of those caving into pontifical pressure and pretenses. Ratzinger’s Christmas address was more ignominious and detestable, setting the stage for more human carnage in the name of Christ. 

Benedict’s hypocrisy rising with his appointment of the least intelligent and morally bankrupt clergy to bishoprics, archbishoprics and the cardinalate means that, whatever individual Catholics may do today or tomorrow, the resources of the repressive and irresponsible church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world. Every dollar put into the church collection plate, every Sunday service or daily Mass attended, every hour of time and effort put into volunteering or working for church organizations, is inevitably a show of support for the institutional church and its abhorrent mission. When a person has no voice, there’s only one thing the thinking individual has left is to boycott the beast denounced by Luther and other reformers before their own institutions became animals devouring the flesh of those who opposed them, or like Jean Calvin in Geneva burning Servetus for having a doctrine contrary to his own, or marching them to Tower Hill in England to chop off, however crudely, their heads, or hang them in the wasteland of Uganda run by the former street-walker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga blessed by Pope Benedict XVI as the twenty-first century clone of Adolf Hitler who will protect his bible and religious intolerance, now inched up the legs of male supporters to be the Speaker of Parliament.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of UgandaRebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of Uganda
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is of  one of the most intolerant nations who backs its attack on marginalized people by claiming foundation found in the Bible to “protect the children”.  A literalist who is ignorant of all Biblical languages but is in the pay of Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries, uses the Old Testament to support her rant against human rights. Kadaga’s rant is the same mantra mouthed by orange juice representative in Florida Anita Bryant who has made the hate crimes of Iran and other Sharia-controlled nations seem mild.

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Throughout the world, Catholic bishops, especially the narcissistic Timothy Dolan of New York City (USA), the viciously vulgar, vitriolic, venomous viper Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima (Peru; born December 28, 1943), who has been accused of murdering his predecessor and who has never been elected president of Peru’s Council of Bishops. 

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

A member of Opus Dei (as were his parents), Cipriani Thorne has done more to stifle education in Peru than any predecessor and has sided with the Fujimori dictatorship.  Cipriani Thorne congratulated Fujimori and super-spy Vladimiro Montesinos and their paid assassins known as Las Colinas on “rooting out communism” by kidnapping and slaughtering teachers and their students, decapitating and dismembering the victims bodies and burying them in isolated areas, while accepting laundered narco-trafficking illegal drug money and sanctioning death squads in quest for totalitarian rule in Peru.

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

The entire councils of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland and of the USA, have engaged in a systematic, organized effort going back decades to cover up for priests who molest children, pressuring the victims to sign confidentiality agreements and quietly assigning the predators to new parishes where they could go on molesting. Tens of thousands of children have been raped and tortured as a result of this conspiracy of silence, not just in the Roman Catholic Church but increasingly in evangelical (Pentecostal, Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc) extremist exhorted congregations, especially in the Sovereign Grace Ministries (30-year-old family of churches with more than 80 congregations), Ted Haggard Ministries, Bishop Eddie Long, etc., matching the increasing pedophile pastors practice in Nigeria and Uganda.   Although these crimes against humanity are not exclusively within the Roman Catholic Church as there are certainly as many in the evangelical community from the ministries of Ted Haggard (and his boy toys), Tony Perkins, Scott Lively and his Abiding Truth Ministries (a certified hate group) campaigning for the slaughter of ten percent of all Ugandans, the Roman Catholic hierarchy gets more publicity because of its insane and unbiblical demand for the unnatural and abnormal act of clerical celibacy—even though thirty-eight popes were married and at least seven popes admitted to supporting and even raising to the cardinalate their young male lovers to shower favor and favoritism on them.

The worse offender against the dignity of the individual is the engorged evangelist Joseph Ratzinger, the current pope, but is representative of the German clergy where 24 dioceses out of 27 were found to maintain pedophile priests, with 94 priests and church employees directly identified as active pedophiles—with Ratzinger saying nothing and was supported by the scandal-riddled Irish episcopacy and clergy with the Bishop of Limerick Donald Murray, and the Bishop of Kildare Jim Moriarty, two of the Prelates who concealed clerical abuse of children for over more than three decades being the first to resign, and then followed on Christmas Eve with the demanded resignation of two Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field. 

Father Stephen Kiesler

Father Stephen Kiesle

When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, this pernicious prelate was personally implicated in a case from the 1970s in which at least three sets of parents reported that a priest in his diocese had sexually abused their children. Ratzinger registered shock but did little more than assign the pedophile priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, who tied up and molested two preteen boys in the rectory of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City, California, to therapy. 

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

Ratzinger broke German law and cast out all claims without notifying law enforcement, washing his hands of the matter, with a whispered affirmation that as a cardinal, Ratzinger was merely following the blind bigotry of the invidiously iniquitous John Paul II who rejected any “aspersions” cast on priests—until they became “too public”. That priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, was back on duty in just a few short days and went on to molest more children. Ratzinger was defended by then Oakland Diocese Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (who was appointed to the diocese by Ratzinger), who later became the cardinal bishop of San Francisco and is better known for his public drunkenness and lewdness than any spirituality.

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

By 2001, Ratzinger was officially defined by a Texas court as an accomplice in several pedophile cases. Ratzinger’s prestige and power in Houston, ultimately exempted him from the charge of complicity and he was not required to testify especially with the intercession of the insidious Condoleezza Rice who needed Vatican help to strip nations of corridors to crude to benefit her employers ExxonMobile and other oil big business.  Benedict would later snub Rice when the duplicity, the war in Iraq after snubbing John Paul II’s special envoy, Cardinal Pio Laghi, and other “troubling issues” became common knowledge (read here and here).

Ratzinger ignored a detailed letter against Kiesel, first written in 1981, and several follow-up letters, for four years. Finally, in 1985, he wrote back saying that more time was needed, and that they had to proceed very slowly to safeguard “the good of the Universal Church” in light of “the young age of the petitioner” — by which he meant not the victimized children, but the pedophile priest. It was blatantly stated that Kiesel was a good priest, and some cardinals even argued that he could not be laicized (declared not to be a priest) since he was under the age of 40.  However, by contrast, when the rogue archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Zambia ordained married men as priests, both in New York and New Jersey, he was laicized six days later.  In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI fired an outspoken Australian bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane who called on the Church to ordain women and married men, as vehemently as his pandering predecessor John Paul II.

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

In 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter, De Delictis Gravioribus, to all Catholic bishops advising them how to handle accusations of sex crimes by priests. Ratzinger rejected repeated calls to notify legal authorities but told all bishops that they were to report such cases only to the Vatican and tell no one else: “Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret.” Ratzinger’s letter is precisely the smoking gun—as he recognized pedophilia and was prepared to stop the exposure of any Roman Catholic priest or prelate from public or media scrutiny in defiance of the laws of any area, state, or nation.  Like the molester of young males in the sixteenth century, Pope Julius II (like Pope Julius III and others), Ratzinger believed the Roman Catholic Church was above all civil laws and the Roman Catholic Church should rule over all nations in the same draconian fashion as the religious stranglehold of Christianity has on the government of Uganda.

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

The rebellion is growing in the Roman Catholic Church, to the dismay of the German pope, with Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, who was elevated to the position of being the 22nd bishop in the wake of revelation of sexual abuse by a bishop, openly announcing that he would be ready to ordain married men, believing that non-celibate clerics could contribute to the pastoral needs of the Church.

Benedict’s supporters have unique backgrounds, as is the case of the American friar Benedict Groeschel who blamed the epidemic of child molestation on sexually wanton boys (read here and here) who tempt priests into assaulting them.  Other clergy threaten to cut off funding for immigrants’ rights advocates because they sometimes work with gay-rights advocates. Preventing immigrants from getting legal and medical aid is less important than ensuring the church isn’t contaminated by even indirect contact with anyone who helps gay people.

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain's Franco

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain’s Franco

In a stellar sign of how ridiculously wretched,  disproportionate and unhinged the church’s martyrdom complex is, the current pope has compared expanding the rights of women and gay people to the murderous anticlerical violence of the 1930s Spanish civil war.  Yet it was the Roman Catholic Church that endorsed and blessed Franco and hailed Fascism in Spain.  Other supporters included the unsaintly Jesusmaria Escriva, who in April 1946, preached to Franco and his family, and from the fascist dictatorship built the basic foundation of Opus Dei (Allen, John L. (2005), Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, Garden City: Doubleday, p. 58). 

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Opus Dei, following the design of Franco, is a paramilitary, pro-fascist, antimodernist, integralist (reactionary) organization that does not tolerate dissent–and became a trump card for reactionary popes through the twisted times of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  On the alleged sanctity of John Paul II, read here and here and here.

The Roman Catholic Church, like its Eastern Orthodox “brother church”, has long lied about its own role in the atrocities of the Franco regime that it helped gain power and murder countless innocent people with the blessing of Jesusmaria Escriva, who was never a saint or holy man, and his odious opportunistic Opus Dei and other totalitarian dictatorships from Hitler and Mussolini to the impoverishment of Peru and other Latin American countries, and secret donations to religious political funds in Spain, the USA (where it secretly funneled money into the campaign by the dubiously devout Rick Santorum) and Uganda. At the same time, under the direction of Ratzinger, the Vatican used its official UN observer status to team up with Islamic theocracies like Iran (where Ratzinger was represented by Msgr. Romeo Panciroli; Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, the brother of President Hashemi Rafsanjani, declared  Iran’s full endorsement of this collaboration and said there were many avenues for co-operation between religious states which were not confined to the prohibition of abortion) and Libya to oppose calls for family planning services to be made available in the world’s poorest nations with Libya claiming that any form of birth control was not only detrimental to the state but against the will of the god of Islam. Libya and the Roman Catholic Church were joined by Peru dictator Alberto Fujimori who had hundreds of mountain people in Peru forcibly sterilized with the encouragement from his daughter Keiko and son Kenye (both of whom sit in the 2012 thoroughly corrupt Peru Congress that is battered by neo-Nazi leader Martha Chavez) seeking to overthrow their father’s conviction for crimes against humanity.

Like the pandering Polish pope, John Paul II, Ratzinger has sent emissaries to desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged regions of Africa to spread the life-destroying lie that condoms do not prevent transmission of HIV. This papal absurdity was accepted and applauded by the Russian Orthodox Church that is run by a womanizing, child abusing clergy led by Patriarch Kirill who found nothing wrong with the Romanov family’s murder of innocent peasants and apostates (and were declared saints in the Russian Orthodox Church after well-placed bribes were placed with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) and claimed that “attacks” on the church were identical to those by people who overthrew the scandalous Romanov dynasty; his words and that of Ratzinger were glorified by the statement of the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roman Catholic clergy and bedecked bishops in white lace flounces over flowing dresses of crimson, in the mid-20th century appointed a special papal commission to study whether Catholicism should permit the use of birth control. The commission, to no one’s surprise was composed almost completely of men chosen from their members. Theologians Anthony Kosnik, William Carroll, Ronald Modras, James Schulte, and Agnes Cunningham (the token female) took on the task. In 1977 they published Human Sexuality: New Directions in American Catholic Thought—not a woman of the general laity was involved, consulted, or considered.  The men, none of whom could become pregnant even after being raped, held the final card by claiming spiritual authority found nowhere in the Bible, yet as a few wags wrote: if men could become pregnant abortion would be a sacrament—bring a scowl from the German dragoon.  When the commission almost unanimously recommended that women should be allowed contraceptives, the church led by Ratzinger ignored the recommendation and doubled down on their absolute ban on contraception.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy has long preferred the death of a pregnant woman, impregnated even by rape or incest, over the removal of dead, deformed or damaging fetal tissue that can cost the woman her life.  The doctrine espoused by predatory prelates in countries where Roman Catholicism is the main force, such as in Latin America, Italy, Ireland and Poland, is that every zygote is a human baby in defiance of all medical logic and research to the contrary.  

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

The patronizing pastors and predatory prelates, such as Jose Cardoso Sobrinho who has been characterized as being key-hole spies, have excommunicated the doctors who performed an abortion on a pregnant 9-year-old who’d been raped by her stepfather.  He went so far as to excommunicate the child’s mother for agreeing to the abortion but did not speak out or condemn the incestuous father who had been regularly raping the child since she was six years old. No charges, ecclesiastical or secular were filed against the father, although the mother was reprimanded for not having sufficient control over her daughter.

Brasil’s anachronistic Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho (born in Caruaru, June 30 1933- ) of the coastal city of Recife announced that for the Vatican he was excommunicating the entire family of the child who medically would not have been able to deliver a baby since her hips were too narrow but not the child since she was a minor.  The doctors who performed the abortion were hailed for their efforts, the Brasilian Minister of health Jose Gomes Temporao referred to the doctors’ work, performed March 4, 2009, as “brilliant”.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Temporao declared that doctors were required to put law before religion, a statement that the majority of Brasil agreed with, since, on the average, 8700 women die each year because of the lack of professional abortion providers and follow-up examinations. 

A war of words ensued between the popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the archbishop over the church’s decision.   The President said:”As a Christian and a Catholic,

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

I find it deeply lamentable that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude,” Lula said on Globo TV. “In this case, the medical profession was more right than the church. One of the doctors involved in the procedure, Dr. Olimpio Moraes, said he thanked the archbishop for his excommunication because the controversy sheds light on Brasil’s restrictive abortion laws. He said women in Brasil’s countryside are victimized by Brazil’s ban on abortion in the same way as they are in all Roman Catholic controlled countries (more than one million women undergo abortions each year in Brasil, and doctors treat more than 250,000 of them because of botched abortion techniques; read here and here and here). 

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho has had other spurious accolades to his credit: he is among those who protect pedophiles throughout Brasil and has been seen in gay clubs.  Brasil’s (O. Carm.) of Recife and Olinda, has been portrayed in cartoons and tabloids not only as a peeping-tom: an alter ego of Brasil’s Roman Catholic Church but as a viper determined to extract confessions of presumed guilt from women in the same manner as

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

the Spanish Inquisition interrogated women with threats and force of diabolical designed machinery.  Among the least qualified for the cardinalate, it was Cardoso Sobrinho’s vehemently violent rhetoric that won him the beret that announced his ascension to the college of cardinals and left dread in the decaying family structure in Brasil that the prelate continuously attacked from pulpit and public squares.  As the clerical clown crowed, there was never a human right that he regarded or respected.

Every diocesan member had to fall to the miscreant mind-numbing murmurs of Mother Church.  The theological troglodyte retired on July 1, 2009; even the President of Brasil declaring that the prelate pushed beyond the borders of fairness and mercy with his senseless multiple excommunications.

The Roman Catholic episcopacy in Ireland is as savage and senseless as Cardoso Sobrinho in sanctioning the unnecessary deaths of women who cannot successfully or willingly give birth to products of rape, incest, and malformation. Savita Halappanavar wasn’t the first to die at Catholic-run hospitals that are willing to let women die rather than having a therapeutic safe abortion, even when a miscarriage is already in progress and no possible procedure could save the fetus.  Similar fate was in store for Americans whose closest hospital was Roman Catholic and where doctors forgot their Hippocratic Oath written in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC),  that requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards and look after the welfare of a living mortal.

A majority of Roman Catholic priests and prelates refused to provide contraception or abortion to women who were abducted and forced to work as prostitutes. Roman Catholic clergy have even gone as far as filing a frivolous lawsuit—that they lost—complaining that contraceptives were violating their religious freedom in telling women how they could control and manage their reproductive rights and bodies when the government took away their contract.  US District Judge Richard Stearns explained why the bishops were in the wrong, writing:

To insist that the government respect the separation of church and state is not to discriminate against religion; indeed, it promotes a respect for religion by refusing to single out any creed for official favor at the expense of all others…This case is about the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others [who may or may not share them].

It is worse in Poland, the land of Polish extremism where hoodlums run free in the streets to deny individual rights of choice with praise from pastors to priests in their stand against what they see as corruption.  In Poland, the Roman Catholic Church, using tactics of the medieval Inquisition of the Christian religion in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, ordered Polish politicians to vote for a law banning IVF and threatened to excommunicate any who didn’t comply.  Those who did not capitulate immediately to the carnivorous clergy were mocked publicly and churches launched broadsides against the government as being “set against god”.

The Vatican with the entire episcopacy in lockstep as if all were hailing the return and revitalization of Ratzinger’s Third Reich, quickly went after women’s right of choice, specifically targeting the Komen Foundation and its organization better known for its “race for a cure” for breast cancer than its support of Planned Parenthood. It was the Roman Catholic Church that was the major source of the pressure on the Komen Foundation that led to its disastrous decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood, with many claiming that the Komen Foundation was a front for the Roman Catholic Church.  As Reuters news agency noted:  “In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities”–definitely not without ties to the Roman Catholic Church.  The veil of secrecy that shrouded the fund-raiser was removed.  Komen’s quickly lost favor when its support of Planned Parenthood became public knowledge and Church opposition reached dramatic new proportions in 2011, when the 11 bishops who represent Ohio’s 2.6 million Catholics announced a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen.  Being a covert hand of the Roman Catholic Church, Komen within a few days reversed itself and withdrew its financial support of Planned Parenthood.

Forever the Grand Inquisitor, worse than that defined by Dostoevsky in his Brothers Karamazov, Benedict XVI feels he has a god-given right to interfere in politics in all nations.  Through the frigid mask of the Roman Catholic bishops of the USA, the Roman Catholic Church announced an inquisition into the Girl Scouts to get to the bottom of its association with morally suspect groups like Doctors without Borders and Oxfam.  The vile arm of the Roman Catholic Church is investigating the Girl Scouts because of the Girl Scouts alleged support for reproductive rights and freedom of choice for women.  Nationally, American Roman Catholic nuns are being charged with subversion as the villainous Vatican ordered a “doctrinal investigation” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  The organization represents approximately 80 percent of American nuns, and can be sanctioned since they are a Roman Catholic organization.  The Girl Scouts are not affiliated with the cantankerous Church of Rome and are not welcome for promoting safe-sex and not abstinence.

The malevolent Vatican has bared its fangs frantically against Doctors without Borders because the administer medicine not ministry and offer equal care to all people.  The Roman Catholic hierarchy harangues the group because it not only supports the right of a woman to elect an abortion but states its willingness to offer therapeutic abortions without cost to the poor of the world.  Oxfam was denigrated by the Roman Catholic episcopacy and Ratzinger because it offers food to women who had abortions.  Yet the Roman Catholic Church gets over a billion Euros in property tax exemption to spread its hate and deny human rights worldwide.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

Roman Catholic bishops in the USA, with the most notoriously sinister located in the Midwest, especially in Iowa with Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa taking the most extreme stand calling it a line to vote on, Minnesota led by Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, and Wisconsin Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay who have long been against the US Bill of Rights when it comes to free choice, and Indiana’s Father Sammie Maletta of St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, who argues that the Roman Catholic Church has a right to instruct its followers on how to vote and live as a sign of religious liberty (funded by the Republican controlled Heritage Foundation; for more on this lie read here), and the majority (98%) of Roman Catholic women use contraceptives; and Obama won the majority of the Roman Catholic vote: 52% – 45%), that are cavalierly cannibalized by crass clergy, have been one of the major forces attacking Obamacare, filing lawsuits arguing that non-church Catholic employers should be able to decide whether or not employee health insurance plans will cover contraception. This is an unfurled and effective argument that a woman’s employer should be allowed to force her to pay more for medical coverage, or even place it out of her reach altogether, based on his religious beliefs. It is rank misogyny and gynophobia richly rendered by Benedict XVI and his gaggle of gospel geese that has little if any knowledge of what the original scrolls contain.  The Roman Catholic Church in the USA does not speak for all Roman Catholics in the USA.

Father Frank Klep

Father Frank Klep

In Australia, Roman Catholic clerics derailed police investigations of accused pedophile  priests.  The Australian Roman Catholic episcopacy has escalated putting pressure on higher-ups to get investigating officer removed from cases, especially in the case of the Rev. Frank Klep (read more here).

A direct assault on academic freedom occurs daily within the Roman Catholic Church and its schools, especially at San Augustine’s in Chiclayo (where I taught) and Lima, Perú, and the various Opus Dei schools, such as Colegios Cibos and  Fontanar, throughout Peru (it took over the Pontifical University in Lima to make it more “church oriented; Opus Dei runs Universidad de Piura, destroying its academic freedom and creating robots of its student body) are mindless institutions where obedience is more critical than objectivity, and where indoctrination is considered more worthwhile than is investigation and education.  Opus Dei schools have the singular intent of taking over the world and refashioning it in a way identical Hitler’s goal of controlling Europe and beyond (for the Spanish, read here), its crimes, especially in Perú, are legendary as it spins its tangled web throughout Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Far from being “spiritually based” its hidden agenda is to make as much money as possible and with it rule; its main apologist is Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and has negligible difference from the group in Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. The Roman Catholic Church demanded that Sunday school teachers sign a loyalty oath agreeing to submit “will and intellect” to the proclamations of church leaders (read here, and rational is here and here).

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy's priest)

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy’s priest)

Some top church officials, including the current pope, have advocated denying communion to politicians who support progressive and pro-choice political ideas.  As occurred in the days of US Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) who was openly controlled by the Roman Catholic Church in the USA, through the priest Edmund Walsh (when McCarthy died, over 100 priests met for the funeral mass and urged the Wisconsin senator to be declared a saint for his pursuit against “communism” and “enemies of religion” in which we find the foundation stones for Opus Dei and other organized hate groups) the Roman Catholic Church in the USA openly opposed President Barrack Obama on his social stands for the liberty of all and the right of choice (read here and here).  Throughout its petrified parsimonious past pushing to the present and into the future, the Roman Catholic Church also opposes preemptive war and the death penalty, no conservative politician has ever been denied communion on this basis.

Nuns on the bus (USA)

Nuns on the bus (USA)

From the bishops of New York to the most pathetic of patriarchs perched on the platform of religion as Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic clergy have initiated an unprecedented unholy war against the Sisters of the Church (especially for Nuns on the Bus that toured the USA in quest of fairness for everyone) for showing too much compassion and charity to “fallen women”, the poor, victims of rape and violence, and those who seek the end of unwanted fetal tissue generation.   The mentality of the ministers of the faith is nearly Neanderthal in their cracked down on American nuns by Benedict XVI and American cardinals for doing too much to help the poor and not enough to oppose gay marriage, condemning them for displaying a seditious “feminist spirit“. 

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

In Germany, where parishioners pay an officially assessed tax rate to the church, they’ve tried to blackmail people who don’t want to pay the church tax, threatening to fire them from jobs in church institutions. In some cases, if the person opts out but later loses the paperwork, they demand on-the-spot repayment of decades of back taxes.  Priests and bishops generally live more luxuriant lives than their parishioners and detail that their ministry demands more creature comforts (as with the German bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 52, of Limburg read here and here).

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

In the USA, the Roman Catholic bishops are worse than their continental compatriots.  They have compared Democratic officeholders, including President Obama, to Hitler and Stalin (read here for the comments of Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois; cp. here for those made by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, Illinois) and have

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

said that it jeopardizes a person’s eternal salvation if they don’t vote as the bishops instruct them to vote.  They are supported by the most evil encampment of enemies to the US Constitution and to freedom: the Becket Foundation, a far-right group organized to fight any separation of state and church (read here and here) and is a quasi-official arm of the Roman Catholic Church and the Republican Party.

Benedict XVI and Roman Catholic bishops fight against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Not only does the Catholic Church hierarchy refuse to officially perform church weddings for gay and lesbian couples (many priests do perform them privately or semi-privately and I have attended two of them); they want to write that prohibition into the civil law and deny marriage equality to everyone who doesn’t fit their religious criteria.  The Roman Catholic Church as a single entity, plus various bishoprics and archbishoprics has invested vast amounts of money and effort into doing so. In the 2012 election cycle alone, the church spent almost $2 million in an unsuccessful fight to defeat marriage-equality initiatives in four states amounting to more than $11.3 million from donations to the church by parishioners but without getting any parishioner’s consent for the expenditure

Like many evangelical ministers who, when not wife-swapping or having boyfriends and boy toys on the side, Roman-Catholic bishops and clergy are kept busy  comparing gay sex to pedophilia and incest and called for it to be forbidden by law, saying that “states can and must regulate behaviors, including various sexual behaviors.”  These accusations continue even though 10,969 Roman Catholic clergy in the USA admit to being pedophiles.

The fear of homosexuality that is rampant throughout the Roman Catholic (studies do not agree as to numbers, but estimates are between 23% – 58%; read here), Orthodox (there are no studies since most priests refuse interviews or paper surveys, but the various churches from Russian to Bulgarian, Ukrainian, etc argue that homosexuality is a sin and one who is homosexual cannot be a priest) and various Protestant ministerial groups (it is accepted in the ELCA of the Lutheran Church but not the Missouri or Wisconsin synods), has led especially Roman Catholic organizations, on strict order by the Vatican, to  shut down adoption clinics rather than consider gay people as prospective parents. The church’s quasi-official position is that it’s better for children to remain orphans or in foster care than to be placed in a loving, committed same-sex household (here and here and here for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology based on scientific studies).

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa:  The Eychaner Foundation

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa: The Eychaner Foundation

More gruesome is the Roman Catholic Church’s stand against any gay group that is working to end Church and School efforts to ban any anti-LGBT bullying group, anti-teen-suicide foundation from any Catholic school ceremony.  The Roman Catholic Church explained it that the group’s mission is “contrary to the teachings of the Catholic church” as was the case in

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Davenport, Iowa, where its bishop, Martin Amos, retread to fifteenth century thought trumpeted by the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church suffering under its most corrupt pedophile popes in its ecclesiastical history in denouncing the group at Prince of Peace Catholic School.  Sectarian politics played a major role in this attack on human freedoms, when the prelate complained that unspecified groups awarding scholarships were not in accord with Roman Catholic Church teachings, then backtracked by noting that both the Roman Catholic Church and the scholarship were against bullying and defamation of character.  This issue had not arisen in any previous statement nor at any earlier time.  It came out only when one Roman Catholic high school

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

senior Keaton Fuller, Clinton, Iowa, won a $40,000 scholarship named after martyred Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence with barbed wire in Wyoming and left to die for being gay. 

On April 27, 2012, the Diocese intervened and told the recipient that a member of the would not be permitted to present the award at graduation, but that it would be presented by a school staff member in fear that some molecules from the award would infect the other graduates and turn them gay. The bishop, Martin J. Amos, through the diocese office, issued a statement that it was a “long-standing policy” regarding guest speakers that the school “cannot allow anyone or any organization which [sic] promotes a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church to present at a diocesan institution”.  The Des Moines Register later printed:

Fuller and the Eychaner Foundation’s founder, Rich Eychaner, both thanked Bishop Amos for finding an acceptable resolution. The script to be read on graduation day will say the scholarship ‘is granted to distinguished Iowa high school seniors who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender’ and that Fuller ‘gradually shared his story with friends and classmates … and was embraced by the Prince of Peace community.

“ ‘As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school,’ Fuller said in a statement issued Friday. ‘Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have.’ ”

The Roman Catholic Council of USA Bishops is even more reactionary that Iowa’ Bishop Ames, with many of the bishops self-confessed pedophiles.  They told a teenager he wouldn’t be allowed to go through confirmation because he posted a pro-gay-rights status message on Facebook, and they expelled a preschooler from a private Catholic school because his parents were lesbians. This was true both in Grand Forks and throughout Minnesota

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

as with the Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire. Oregon’s dioceses paid more than

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

$166 million (the third largest settlement to sex abuse survivors who were Native Americans and Alaskan natives, boys and girls, who were abused by priests at Catholic schools throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The settlement covered more than 450 victims raped by Jesuit priests of the Roman Catholic Church.  Most rapes occurred in remote villages and on reservations, and when the Jesuits filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the victims responded noting that the province remained wealthy because it controls and owns Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Seattle University and other schools and properties with Opus Dei prevalent in most institutions. The Jesuits made Alaska a “pedophile paradise“.

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

To cover-up their own pedophile propensities and seduction of women, the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops in the USA have a history of dumping known pedophile priests in isolated, poor, rural communities, where they apparently assumed that local people wouldn’t dare to complain or that no one would listen if they did.   Adding insult to injury, the attackers of the victims were give payouts  — as much as $20,000 in some cases — to pedophile priests, to buy their silence and quietly ease them out of the priesthood, after specifically denying in public that they were doing this with such payouts being orchestrated and pushed by New York City Timothy cardinal Dolan (read here) who was, then, archbishop of Milwaukee.

When the legislature of the State of Connecticut proposed extending statute-of-limitations laws to allow older child-abuse cases to be tried, the bishops of Connecticut ordered a letter to be read during Mass instructing parishioners to contact their representatives and lobby against it.  The bishops claimed that they were worried about frivolous lawsuits.  To fight back against and intimidate abuse-survivor groups like SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), the church’s lawyers have filed absurdly broad subpoenas demanding the disclosure of decades’ worth of documents.  

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

William Donahue, an arch-conservative Roman Catholic, calls SNAP “a menace to the Catholic Church” for exposing rampant pedophiles in its membership.  While Donahue argues that the bishops are in league together to fight charges, the US Council of Catholic Bishops has rejected such a claim.

Similar problems occurred throughout the USA. No diocese was exempt.

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

 When Monsignor William Lynn, a Catholic official from Philadelphia, was charged with knowingly returning predator priests to duty, his defense was to blame those decisions on his superior, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (read here about Romano Ferraro, and here for Father Peter J. Dunn who was judged “a very sick man” and was psychoanalyzed as an untreatable pedophile, and a narcissist with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder; and here for Rev. Stanley Gana who collected nude photographs of his victims) ultimately judged competent to stand trial.  His statement acknowledged that the corruption reaches to the highest levels of the church. 

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not "cooperative".

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not “cooperative”.

In the Netherlands, ten boys were castrated in church-run hospitals after complaining to the police about sexual abuse by priests (many young males were castrated on orders from bishops who feared they were homosexuals, and were told that castration cures a male of homosexual tendencies).  The archbishop used the same excuse as given by the Nazis to justify his silence.  Several months later, it was reported that this same cardinal had personally arranged to move a pedophile priest to a different parish to shield him from accusations. 

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

While he was Archbishop of Utrecht, Cardinal Ad Simonis shielded a paedophile priest.  This was neither the first nor the last time that the Church in the Netherlands covered paedophiles, both priests and nuns.

Even alleged saints have been implicated in sex abuse cases.  In one case, Mother Teresa successfully persuaded the church to return a later convicted pedophile priest, Father Donald McGuire, to duty because he was a friend of hers (read here and here). Eight additional complaints of child abuse were later lodged against Father Donald McGuire, justifying Christopher Hitchens original indictment of the Albanian born nun in his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (London and New York: Verso, 1995). Among other “oversights” Teresa had set up a worldwide system of “homes for the dying” that routinely failed to provide adequate care to patients.

Kaligat (Mother Theresa's home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

Kaligat (Mother Theresa’s home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

There is money to be made by the Roman Catholic Church is raising dead people to sainthood, as with Mother Teresa.  They canonized Mother Teresa for doing little more than offering a squalid place for people to die; it was called Kaligat; starvation is one of the main sources of death, despite that there is an abundance of food for those who can pay for it, next to none is given in charity, with children being the primary victims). Outside observers who visited her “Home for the Dying” reported that medical care was substandard and dangerous, limited to aspirin and unsterilized needles rinsed in tap water, administered by untrained volunteers. The millions of dollars collected by Mother Teresa and her order, enough to build many advanced clinics and hospitals remain unaccounted for.

Father Martin P. O'Loghlen

Father Martin P. O’Loghlen

Never troubled by appointing pedophiles to church offices, the Roman Catholic Church appointed Martin O’Loghlen, to a church-run sexual abuse advisory board – even though O’Loghlen himself was a known abuser who molested a teenage girl, Julie Malcom (she later filed legal action against him), in the 1960s and admitted to having a “sexual addiction”.  When this was discovered, it was poorly veiled, still the Roman Catholic Church had the audacity to plead for money and ask parishioners to pick up the tab for legal costs and settlements.

The Australian and New Zealand nuns in the Roman Catholic Church followed precedents established in Europe, especially in Ireland, by its nuns and priests abducting  tens of thousands of babies from unwed mothers who gave birth in Catholic-run hospitals all.  They also forced drugged or helpless women to give their newborn children up for adoption against their will.

The list is endless.  The atrocities, barbarities and evil of the Roman Catholic Church is tantamount to the disdain and disregard of all other churches including the Russian Orthodox Church and its attack on dissent in the case with Pussy Riot.  Like the Taliban and Islamic extremists, the Roman Catholic Church also strangles dissent and dissenters (literally and metaphorically) as when it tried to have the Indian skeptic Sanal Edamuruku charged with blasphemy and imprisoned for debunking a claim of a miraculous weeping statue (read here and here and here and here).

The Roman Catholic Church’s finances are a disorganized mess.  The operate their own bank with ATMs, all mired in money laundering, but lack strong accounting controls and clear internal separations, which means parishioners who give to the church can have no assurance of what the money will be used for.  According to an investigation by the Economist, funds meant for hospitals, cemeteries and priests’ pensions have been raided to pay legal fees and settlements in several diocesan bankruptcies.

Vatican ATM is in Latin

Vatican ATMs are in Latin

The Roman Catholic Church is one large scandal and at the top of this scandal is the bankrupt papacy, the worse in history: Benedict XVI is implicated with two top associates in money laundering.  His life-size portrait hangs over all ATMs with all instructions for use in Latin.  Benedict XVI has never been a saint, as new information surfaces on the predatory pope daily (read here and here and here where Ratzinger is given the title of God’s Rottweiler, while placing “the devil” (not the pedophile priest) as the source of evil in child abuse cases).

Stop supporting the church with your money and your time. Such action, however it may seem is more than justified by a cornucopia of reasons showing that the church as an institution is beyond reform, and the only meaningful response is to part ways with it and let it die in the filth of its pedophile priests, greed for enrichment of a few while millions starve, and the lack of a mission to truly educate rather than indoctrinate new generations of soon-to-be Roman robots.

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Matthew 6:6, Christianity and the Mormon Faith

In the nearly seventy years that I have been on the water planet Earth, I have never met a Christian who ever did what the Jesus of the New Testament required of those who would follow him or attempt to imitate him.  This is especially true in 2012.  It crystalized in Texas where the most sinister spinners of yarns and falsified fabrications of fact, from Rick Perry (the Hair) of Texas and his NAR (New Apostolic Reformation led by C. Peter Wagner who styles himself an “Apostle”, read here and here and here) Dominionist Christians to the alleged reverends Scott Lively (California) author of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” legislation, Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ, Texas) “the Dark Knight” who praised Jesus “the warrior” (ref. Revelation 19:11-16) who would descend to earth with a drawn sword (Matthew 10:34). 

Jesus the Warrior

Bright was a co-signatory of the Richard D. Land letter of 2002 (by The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) that outlined a just war rationale for the 2003 invasion of Iraq that provided a theological underpinning for the invasion being planned by President George W. Bush and his spiritual mentor Dick Cheney–despite the fact that the Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMDs) were known not to exist and were the plant of an operative of the CIA who paid him thousands of dollars to create the myth.  The Iraqi defector’s name is Rafid Ahmed

U.S. military weapons inscribed with Bible verses (2012)

Alwan al-Janabi, CIA codename Curveball.  Bush and Cheney prayed over the potential slaughter, that would be most graphically realized at Abu Gharib prison where torture was used with the prayerful blessing of Christian chaplains and zealous missionary military mercenaries who had guns that carried bible verses, but not a weapon emblazoned with Matthew 5:9.

The idea of killing disbelievers has always been common in the Christian church founded by the Emperor Constantine I in 325 CE.  This is dramatically demonstrated by the denizens of the damned such as Charles Worley of Maiden, North Carolina who wants a full-scale genocide in the USA (read here and here), and other Southern Baptists kept busy kneeling at the altar of the original Elmer Gantry and his son (Billy and Franklin Graham), and Bob Vander Plaats who laughs at “shooting fags jokes”, and Keith Ratliff (both in West Des Moines, Iowa), with Ratliff  making a name for himself as defining the word of his god as if he were a modern Moses and oblivious to Matthew 7:1.  Ratliff’s raw renunciation of sanity, however, was outdone by to the theological terrorist Timothy Dolan of New York who conveniently forgets Acts 10:34 when following in the blood-stained footsteps of the self-serving and unsaintly masochist Jeanmarie Escriva founder of the odious opportunistic organ Opus Dei where the word “submission” takes on a jihadistic meaning. 

Escriva whipped himself regularly with “the Discipline” until his bathroom was covered with his blood (read here and here and here) in the same way that the polarizing and pathetic Pope John Paul II did. The Opus Dei priest and the Pole who followed the short reign of John Paul I (whom many consider was murdered by “a cardinal” or “an archbishop with links to the Mafia … with ambition”; cf. Eugene Kennedy (Professor of psychology at Loyola University). Was The Pope Murdered? The New York Times. November 5, 1989, Sunday, Late Edition – Final. Section 7; Page 15, Column 1; John Julius Norwich. WAS POPE JOHN PAUL I MURDERED? A sealed bed chamber. An archbishop with links to the Mafia. An embalming carried out with indecent – improper – haste… And one leading historian’s burning question.” London, UK, Mail Sunday 8 May 2011, p. 26.) who was shunned by the Curia as being “the champion of the poor” (from August 26, 1978 until his death 33 days later) are the foundation blocks for the best-seller DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. 

Brown’s novel is more history than fiction (although Opus Dei has no albinos that I know of, it does condone “justifiable homicide” if the Leaders of God’s Work order it to be done). These traitors to mortalkind are far more sinister and that Martin Luther and his 65,000-word treatise Von den Juden und  Ihren Lügen encouraging a pogrom against the Jews.  It influenced Adolf Hitler to write Mein Kampf and later to build the concentration camps that Maggie Gallagher and Charles Worley lust for to end the plague they see through darkened glasses in the USA. 

These preachers and prelates in the Southern Baptist Convention, among Roman Catholics, Pentecostals and evangelical extremists in the USA are almost as vile as Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (an Opus Dei cardinal) whom the Peru bishops refuse to elect as their leader in Lima. They make the Christian carnivore Anders Behring Brevik of Norway look weak in his slaughter of seventy-seven Norwegians.  Collectively and individually give life to Deuteronomy 32:28: “They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.”

Rick Perry’s “The Response” (an 8 hour-long worship and prayer event; cp. Matthew 6:6)

The untrained, terror-mongering, unscholarly, ill-lettered leaders of evangelical extremists, such as Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan (whose own priest in Wisconsin is afraid of what he will do; Father Stephen Umhoefer, questioned the credibility of Ryan and his proposed Budget, claiming that the test of the budget is a simple one: “The first question is: How does this affect the poor? And everything else follows from that.”  The priest notes: Ryan’s interpretation of Catholic teaching in national budgetary matters and his prospective vice presidential role have him “worried” as nothing Ryan has said on the Budget or the poor has anything in common with Catholic teaching) they hold huge prayer rallies, scoring millions of dollars for a “triumphal battle against evil [non-Christians]” Faculty at Georgetown University put it more bluntly in an  open letter  to Ryan: “Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ”; cp. the US Council of Catholic Bishops response).  In return for unquestioning loyalty surpassing that of the German people during the Third Reich who saw Hitler as one of their god’s chosen leaders.  According to the Reverend John Hagee, Adolph Hitler was a “hunter,” sent by God, who was tasked with expediting God’s will of having the Jews re-establish a state of Israel (watch video).

Rick Perry’s “Jesus Jamboree” for rain–did not bring results

In quest of “storming heaven” (more commonly heard among Sarah Palin’s “Prayer Warriors” in Alaska) for rain, the rains Perry promised petitioning heaven went unanswered in Texas and Southern Baptist states. Perry, Wagner, Dolan, Worley, and the other mental misfits and miscreants promise an apocalypse in their lifetime where those who follow their dictates will be rewarded with an everlasting life of abundance. 

Joseph Smith Jr translating the Book of Mormon

This is in tune with the promises of Joseph Smith who created an entire new religion in the 1840s.  Although he was illiterate Smith translated golden plate that an angel who visited him at night (September 1823) gave him the power to read with special glasses (D&C 5:4).

Neither the plates nor the glasses, not even the “seer” stones from Moses’ brother’s breastplate (Urim and Thummim) have been found (Quinn, D. Michael (1998).  Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1998), 43-44), yet Mormons believe religiously that the angel Moroni will lead them to other planets when they die so that the men can produce new generations of followers.  To this end, Mitt Romney tithes to his church that does not believe in any of the words the Jesus of the New Testament (that were approved by the Emperor) delivered in any of the four gospels that the Emperor Constantine allowed to appear in the fifty Bibles the Emperor commissioned to be sent out to the fifty churches in the East in 331 CE. 

According to Eusebius, Constantine I wrote him in his letter: “I have thought it expedient to instruct your Prudence to order fifty copies of sacred Scriptures, the provision and use of which you know to be most needful for the instruction of the Church, to be written on prepared parchment in a legible manner, and in a convenient, portable form, by professional transcribers throughly practised in their art.” (Eusebius, Vita Constantini IV:36).

About accomplishing the Emperor’s demand, Eusebius of Caesarea wrote: “Such were the emperor’s commands, which were followed by the immediate execution of the work itself, which we sent him in magnificent and elaborately bound volumes of a threefold and fourfold form.” (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV:37)

There was no consensus among the bishops as to what constituted canon of the Bible among the records of the First Council of Nicaea.  Jerome, in his Prologue to Judith, makes the claim that the Book of Judith was “found by the Nicene Council to have been counted among the number of the Sacred Scriptures“.

The young, the old, the ill-educated, the unquestioning robots that today flush out the size of the Tea Party and vote Republican fill the megachurches in the USA.  “Fools for Christ”, as Michele Bachmann described herself (watch video here, claiming that Christ told her to run for the presidency) with her fellow revivalists, conveniently forget, or never learned, that the Jesus of the New Testament never took the title Christ; it was declared by Peter (Matthew 16:16, a plagiarism from Mark 8:29; cf. Ehrman, Bart D.  (2011). Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. New York, NY: HarperOne, pp. 55-58, 247-249).  Worse yet, the funadmetnalists in the USA, reject Matthew 6:6 in favor of a theocracy and plutocratic rule. Christ means “anointed” but as a Magician of miracles.

The Christ bowl (dated 2nd century BCE to 1st century CE)

A bowl or cup, dating to between the late 2nd century BCE and the early 1st century CE, is engraved with “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,” that has been interpreted to mean either, “by Christ the magician” or, “the magician by Christ.”  Great magicians were poor; they did not celebrate out of golden challices.

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan Archbishop of New York celebrating Mass in the poverty of Jesus as he calls on the poor to vote for the rich (2012).

The authors who lived off the tithes of the poor wrote in 2 Corinthians (8:9) that Jesus was rich that has become the message of megachurch preacher Joel Osteen.  In Matthew 8:20, the Jesus of the New Testament only had a stone for his pillow.  The bishops and cardinals, the priests and pastors, the preachers and teachers, pope and patriarchs of today’s Christianity have shut the doors on Matthew 6:6 and opened a circus for all to watch today’s Pharisees: σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ, εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμιεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι ἐν τῷ φανερῷ (Greek Orthodox), Wenn du aber betest, so gehe in dein Kämmerlein und schließe die Tür zu und bete zu deinem Vater im Verborgenen; und dein Vater, der in das Verborgene siehet, wird dir’s vergelten öffentlich (Martin Luther’s Bible 1545), tu autem cum orabis intra in cubiculum tuum et cluso ostio tuo ora Patrem tuum in abscondito et Pater tuus qui videt in abscondito reddet tibi (Latin Vulgate), Pero tú, cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cuando hayas cerrado la puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto, y tu Padre, que ve en lo secreto, te recompensará (La Biblia de las Americas).

Despite the more than 4000 changes to the Book of Mormon, and more than 7200 changes to other Mormon directives, there is not one mention of praying in secret. On other points there are endless contradictions (cp. 2 Nephi 31:21 and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370 on the number of gods; on god being god eternally compare in the Book of Mormon: Moroni 8:18 and Mosiah 3:5, while Joseph Smith wrote that god was once a man: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346, as Jesus is less than god: 3 Nephi 19:15-18 (Book of Mormon) compared with The Ensign, June 1998, p. 59 and should not be worshipped: Gospel Truth, 1:135 and Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, 1986, p. 46-47 compared with Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 11:24 and 2 Nephi 25:29 and 3 Nephi 11:17).

Jesus seeking unbelievers (New Apostolic Reformation)

The prayer warriors are determined to force their warrior Jesus to return–now.  The NAR waits to hear Jesus knock on the door of unbelievers. There is no mercy.  There is no waiting.  The time is now for bloodshed, and the repeat of the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham the senior god so that the Lord of Lords and Host of Hosts (a term for a senior general in battle) will cleanse the world of doubt and lack of faith as the poor will give way to the rich and the rich will be the inheritors of the Kingdom as the camel kneels to crawl under the gate known as the Eye of the Needle (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25, but has its origin in the Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 55b) considered an allegory for spiritual and physical warfare (camel is a mistranslation for a rope 33).  The Eye of the Needle, however is a mythological gate–as there has never been such a gate in Jerusalem (Егор Розенков (2007), Верблюд и игольное ушко // Духовный вестник высшей школы, № 8 (24), 01.09.2007). The knowledge of languages, translation and interpretation has nearly disappeared in the bankruptcy of education in the twenty-first century, and no one cares about knowledge, only creature comfort.

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Politicians in judicial robes: the Lawless US Supreme Court

There has never been a more corrupt, pandering, and vile court in the history of the USA before the tragedy of the Roberts Court that is guilty of more crimes against humanity than any other tyranny.  The US Supreme Court deserves nothing less and nothing more than to be held in total contempt not only by the people of the USA but by the world for its support of torture, cruelty, corporate fraud and idiocy.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin (“Niño” or Nino) Scalia had cast-off any semblance of objectivity and partisanship.  He openly admits to siding with the ultra-conservative right-wing of the Republican Party, when he bellied up to Arizona on the racist infamous “where are your papers” law against Latinos and Latinas in the Court’s draconian decision on Arizona immigration law (SB 1070).  While the decision did increase, proportionately, the powers of the Federal government, Scalia’s brief argued for the superiority of state law over federal  law—siding with Arizona and its wealth who contribute heavily to his “funds” and is the heralded darling of the Koch Brothers’ and their labor to dismantle the Constitution of the USA and dissolve the rights of all workers.  This is done with Scalia and Clarence Thomas’ deliberate misreading the Commerce (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, read here) and Establishment clauses in the Constitution in their elevation of corporations as people (Citizens United v. FEC read here and here).

Silent, sedentary and stolid with the least keen intellect of anyone who has ever sat on the bench of the highest court in the land, Clarence Thomas’ vote was assured once conservative billionaires paid his most recent wife, Virginia (who has studied law but ignores the fine points concerning harassment and aspersions bordering on libel), over $700,000 that Thomas conveniently forgot to include in his federal IRS tax return (read here and here).  Various indiscretions have called for Thomas’ impeachment, the Virginiagate (that had upset many conservatives) proving to be a major obstacle in most minds that anyone could get a fair hearing in front of  Thomas, with most seeing the US Supreme Court as the arm of corporate America.

Both Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have flaunted their ties to conservative activist organizations. Virginia Thomas, the justice’s wife, works as a conservative activist and fundraiser. Both hold the US Constitution in open contempt.  Both reactionaries reject all past Supreme Court rulings that do not fit the political agenda of the Koch Brothers who amply award their lap-dogs special treats after rulings in their favor, and deny justice to those abused or tortured with Clarence Thomas claiming a prisoner who was slammed to a concrete floor and punched and kicked by a guard after asking for a grievance form — but suffered neither serious nor permanent harm — has no claim that his constitutional rights were violated.

Manhattan Institute honors Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for his attack on labor unions, women’s right of choice, and minorities 2012

The pretense that Justices Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas are neutral has regularly, consistently, and patently been disproved, especially when Scalia and Thomas attended a secret conservative meeting of fascist-tilting Think Tanks and expressed outrage at laws aimed to assist the middle class and paid Thomas’ wife hundreds of thousands of dollars. With Samuel Alito, another ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice of modest intellectual ability, Thomas attended and Alioto spoke at political fundraisers for Koch-backed politicians where guests were required to pay $5000 to attend. 

Georgia Pacific (Koch Industries) polluting fresh water ways 2012

In 2008, Justice Thomas headlined the Manhattan Institute’s Wriston Lecture.  Last October, Justice Alito was the headline speaker for the same event.  Both spoke of profits; neither mentioned the cost to the planet or to the workers as many jobs were already outsourced and working families had lost their homes to big banks attending the secret meetings while Koch Industries continued their pollution the air, water, and lands of the USA.

Georgia Pacific polluting Coffee Creek river AR (Koch Industries)

Georgia Pacific polluting Coffee Creek river AR (Koch Industries)

The Manhattan Institute, funded by major corporations like CIGNA (a health insurance company with no interest in patient rights), Koch Industries (the biggest polluter as with Coffee Creek, AR that takes the brunt of solid waste from the Georgia-Pacific plant) and ExxonMobil and Chevron, petroleum companies (Chevron named an oil tanker after Condoleezza Rice who sat on its Board of Directors and plotted to push a pipeline through Afghanistan even though she knew such action would involve the USA in a war for oil, but prepared for it by planning military action in Iraq based on the lie of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) that would enhance profits for Halliburton and its CEO Vice President Dick Cheney.  Bush knew there were no WMDs, but saw the invasion of a nation whose leader, Saddam Hussein, was installed by Donald Rumsfeld (video) at the order of Ronald Reagan.

Chevron’s oil tanker: The Condoleezza Rice

Today Rice is headlining fundraisers for Mitt Romney and still working for an international war that was not realized with the wrongful invasion of Iraq, as she has always been a hawk for war (the CIA had warned her about 9/11 and al-Qaeda’s attack, and she said and did nothing).  Noting its profits regardless of the cost of human life, Rice delights in human carnage and suffering if profits role into her conservative colleagues coffer or into her pocket when paid for vitriolic, horrible, harridan speeches).  Although Rice boasts a doctorate in Soviet Union studies (eleven years after it ceased to exist) she has never been in tune with reality and ignored every single Islamic movement, assuring Chevron and other Big Oil that Bush would conquer and, with Halliburton, reap unthinkable revenues as it raped the Middle Eastern nations of their natural resources returning only pennies on the dollar, in keeping the theology of the Koch Brothers and other billionaire barons.  There is insurmountable evidence that Rice is guilty of numerous crimes against humanity and must be held accountable, tried, and when convicted, executed (read here, view here).  She approved tortures used at Abu Gharib prison and instructed interrogators to use them. 

US female soldiers torturing Iraqi at Abu Gharib prison

Her crimes are no less odious and evil than those of the women guards at Nazi death camps and American female soldiers who pulled out eyes, finger nails, and humiliated Iraqi civilians at Abu Gharib prison (tortures that she approved of when informed of them and waterboarding by Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley and advisor to George W. Bush), and in most cases far more blood-thirsty. 

US soldiers forcing mothers to watch US military torture their sons at Abu Gharib prison in Iraq

Rice had the whispered backing of Antonin Scalia (who was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 to the Supreme court) and the other hate mongers and hawks on the US Supreme Court who squelched the voters choice and installed the village idiot, George W. Bush, as president of the USA (barring a recount in Florida) beginning the downfall of the people’s confidence in the Supreme Court of the USA (the Florida court ruled for Gore, and Bush appealed to his friends on the US Supreme Court to overturn the Florida’s court).

Scalia began “teaching” Republicans and Tea Party legislators, at the bequest and expense of Koch Industries that are polluting fresh water reservoirs and the atmosphere, how to reinterpret the Constitution so that they could give corporations more power and attack the rights of the poor and middle class. Scalia has gone so far as to go on record to argue that the 14th amendment does not make women equal to men and that women have no equal rights under the US constitution.  This pleased woman-stagnifying Phyllis Schlafly.

Equal Rights Amendment introduced 1923

Phyllis McAlpine Stewart Schafly (born 1924) had made a lucrative career out of fighting against equal rights for women since her days at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She crusades against federal money going to education (claiming it does not “create jobs”), was highly critical of arms-agreements with the then Soviet Union, and other ultra-conservative causes to increase the wealth of a few.

Phyllis Schlafly

Antonin Scalia claimed that women just had the right to vote.  His astonishing comment brought vocal celebration by the Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum; Schlafly.  Schlafly, an attorney, argues that a woman’s place is in the home–for all women except herself.  She has campaigned not only to stop the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), to take “secularism” out of public schools, and to “restore” the USA to its original intent [sic] of being a “Christian nation” (that would later be repeated by former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  The USA was never founded as a Christian nation–although a few communities were established as theocracy, as under the Mathers (read here and here).  Two of the men (there were no women at the Continental Congress in any capacity) who signed the Declaration were deists, there were a few Roman Catholics and the rest nonjudgmental Protestants: Unitarians, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Quakers and Anglicans. None proclaimed, wrote, or said, as did O’Connor and Schlafly, that they were forming a “Christian nation”; on the contrary, the goal was to establish a Republic with equal justice for all white, landowning males.

Phyllis Schlafly in 2011 (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Now, eighty-eight years old, Phyllis Schlafly continues to distort and destroy history in feigned aspiration of protecting the nation she would transmogrify into a police state.  Her son, Andrew, has already established his Conservapedia on the web to issue “conservative alternatives” to established facts and entrench the false idea that Christianity in particular, and religion in general, played a positive role in the shaping of the USA; it is tantamount to telling that Billy Graham is the original Elmer Gantry in fiction.

Reagan and G.H.W. Bush

At the Koch Industries secret meeting, one of the seminars dealt with enriching the wealthy and pacifying the poor with buzz-words and catch-phrases with several prominent billionaires chortling that the “poor are so stupid that they believed [billionaire] Ross Perot’s win of the White House would see a trickle-down of his wealth into their pocketbooks”—the trickle down theory argued by the disgraceful presidency of President Ronald Reagan (read here  and here and here) and his voodoo economics (read here and here), as initially detailed by his future Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush.  There was no mention of a middle class at the conservative-minded Koch event; just the wealthy and the poor.  

 Antonin Scalia speaking to a group of wealthy conservatives (February 2012)

Scalia, a member of the odious opportunistic Opus Dei theological terrorist organization created by Roman Catholic priest and self-flagalating Jose Maria Escrivá of Spain that claims that it will reconstitute the USA into a theocracy, pontificates that his interpretation is based on the misogynism of the Bible, especially in the gyneophobic writings of the legendary St. Paul—a comment heralded by Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN; read here and watch here).  Scalia is more than theocrat, and is controlled by the Vatican, but more over he is determined to shovel civilization back to the days of Torquemada and the Inquisition.  What is easily and quickly noted is Scalia’s decisions are based for the most part on the testament The Way written by the psychotic Escrivá: bowing to the decrees and regulations set off by “a higher power” (corporations), following directives set down by those considered to be superior, and maintaining a near-caste-like grouping, with those whose election to a heaven is demonstrated by the amassment of wealth and position (cp. Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth, June 1889).  For centuries the Roman Catholic Church defended its enormous wealth as a sign of its stewardship on earth, promising that the wealth was to help all people. Councils were called, synods held, and those who objected to the wealth of bishops, cardinals and popes were sent to the Holy Fires of the Inquisition, so graphically pictured by Umberto Ecco in his Name of the Rose; compare this to the preacher Todd Coontz and his Gospel of Wealth and Election.  Most evangelicals who praise wealth support the Tea Party and the Republican candidates for office, finding in their participation a key to salvation (Coontz declares “your seed is your hook” into heaven).  Coontz is matched by Houston mega-pastor Joel Olsteen who promises that the faithful who give generously will gather generously and can “expect God’s favor” in financial returns. One look at the lavish buildings owned by Opus Dei in New York City and Rome, there is no doubt about the “message of millionaires” of Jesus. Escrivá was able to buy his seat in heaven, and with a compliant pope (John Paul II) did not have long to wait to be entered into the Book of Saints as Opus Dei sent out its claws into schools and communities to bring those “hungering for salvation” into its nummaries and assorted odd cells.

Cheney (L) and Scalia (R)

Antonin Scalia’s betrayal of the US Constitution and appropriate judicial behavior is legendary: from the days he went hunting with then Vice President Dick Cheney just before the case went to the US Supreme Court and who, unhesitantly, ruled in favor of Cheney when he agreed with the former CEO of Halliburton Industries that Cheney was “beyond the law’s reach” in Walker v. Cheney (read here and here and here and here  and  here and  here).

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the despicable US Supreme Court is not only a crook and liar, but one of the most tainted and corrupt justices in USA history, being second to lies only by Associate Justice Samuel Alioto.  Both psychotic sycophants, Roberts and Alito would pay such obeisance to the doctrine of stare decisis (Latin for “to stand by things [that have been settled)” that is, by dictionary definition: the doctrine that rules or principles of law on which a court rested a previous decision are authoritative in all future cases in which the facts are substantially the same, which Alito declared “a fundamental part of our legal system” when being interviewed by the Judicial committee before he was elevated to the Supreme Court. This principle, he explained, “limits the power of the judiciary” and “reflects the view that courts should respect the judgments and the wisdom that are embodied in prior judicial decisions” in order to get themselves confirmed.  Since their confirmations they have been legislating law with out majority consensus—the vast number of “overturns” of past court rulings have been handed down by simple majorities of 5-4, with Kennedy the swing vote. 

Justice David Souter

Justice David Souter openly declared that Roberts and his ilk were working to overturn the Constitution of the USA create a plutocracy.  Souter was chosen, originally, for his New England conservatism.  In time, Souter showed himself to be more compassionate with the people. Souter accused Roberts of “violating the Courts own procedures to engineer the result[s] he wanted.” 

Chief Justice Roberts (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Roberts publicly stated that not only does he want to take down the Great Society of LBJ but also void FDR’s New Deal and all social programs, returning the USA to the bankrupt Gilded Ages of the nineteenth century when corporations ruled, controlling Congress, initiating legislation, and controlling the courts that they heavily financed for trips, homes, and entertainment.  It was during the Gilded Age in the USA when corporations controlled the courts that venomous Supreme Court ruled in 1886 that the 14th Amendment protected businesses and corporations from lawsuits. 

Lochner with wife, son, and three female employees

In 1905, the slithering soldiers of Big Business ruled in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company118 U.S. 394 and Milwaukee v. Koeffler – 116 U.S. 2219 and Milwaukee v. Koeffler – 116 U.S. 219 that corporations had greater rights than their workers or people.  In Lochner v. New York 198 U.S. 45, 25 S. Ct. 539, 49 L. Ed. 937) the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down in 1905 a New York law limiting bakery workers to a six-day 60-hour week (read a summary here), declaring that such regulations to be a breach of contract rights, an “unreasonable, unnecessary and arbitrary interference with the right of the individual to his personal liberty or to enter into those contracts in relation to labor which may seem to him appropriate or necessary for the support of himself and his family.”

According to all recognized legal scholars, Stare decisis the bedrock principle of the rule of law applies universally, not only does it promote stability and encourage judges to decide cases based on principle rather than on a preference for one or another of the parties before them.  Furthermore, the bar association has argued that Stare decisis also serves to reduce the politicization of the Court. That point is what frightens and offends the Roberts conservative colleagues as it moderates ideological swings and preserves both the appearance and the reality that the Supreme Court is truly a legal rather than a political institution.

Lt. John Pike of University of California Davis pepper sprays mace into eyes of demonstrators

Lt. John Pike of UC Davis pepper sprays mace into eyes of demonstrators

There is no true justice in the USA.  Democracy in the USA is a bad joke.  There is no freedom, as shown at the University of California at Davis Occupy Wall Street (OWS) sit-in when uniformed thugs shot lethal pepper-spay into the mouths and eyes of protesters and kicked a late-term pregnant woman in the uterus, led by the lethal Lt. John Pike of UC Davis who pepper sprayed peaceful student protesters who were sitting on the ground on protesting peacefully. This qualifies as a crime against humanity and Pike should be imprisoned for life. What little comes from state courts and reinforced by federal appellate courts have been quickly overturned by the most corrupt justices in the history of the USA at the Supreme Court level with an untempered record of anti-civil rights and opposed to all human rights. 

Personhood and corporations in Mississippi

Among the most graphic examples of court corruption is the case of “personhood” of corporations (and later, as in Mississippi, of fertilized eggs in the uterus or vagina) ruled by the Roberts court in defiance of over 200 years of legislation and court ruling (read here and read) with a draconian attack on the State of Montana’s that had throughout its history rejected corporate interference in state elections (read here  and here).

Samuel Alito disagrees during President’s speech

Samuel Alioto’s ties with Big Oil (especially Shell and Chevron) and Big Agribusiness has made him a defender of both and he consistently argues that corporations should not be faced with liability claims even if they pollute the planet, use forced-labor, or deny basic human rights like other people.  Alioto claims that the personhood of corporations applies only to their unlimited donations to control elections and buy judges and “justice”.  In every other case, corporations are to be exempt.

Protests against Kiobel and Shell for expoding gas

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that began in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta and brought by bout a dozen Nigerians who contended that Shell Oil’s parent company aided and abetted the Nigerian government in its violent suppression of environmental and human rights protesters resisting Shell’s operations there in the 1990s. Alito sided with the corporation against those raped, tortured, and abused.  The Conservative Five politicians in judicial robes sitting on the bench of the US Supreme Court’s ruling now is taken as a measurement in cases brought against Exxon, Firestone and Rio Tinto for similar alleged atrocities.

The majority of the citizens of the USA justifiably hold the US Supreme Court in contempt and see nothing of value coming from it (read here and here and here and here).  It is widely believed by most citizens of the USA that justice like law and legislation is or sale to the highest bidder with the Koch Brothers pulling all strings on the marionette of the USA. This opinion matches the view of other nations that view the USA as an imperialist nation equal to the Third Reich that assumes it has the authority to try anyone anywhere for any crime that its courts judges  has been committed (read here and for the greatest pretense of the court system read here).  

US Supreme Court justices and what corporations own them

It is commonly understood that in the decaying USA, justice can be bought as the justices sitting on the US Supreme Court are open to bribes, regularly accept “gifts” from major donors, such as the Koch Brothers, and industries such as GE, ExxonMobile, McDonald’s, Chevron, Bank of America and others that are outsourcing jobs and destroying what use to be the American way of life and the American dream that is no longer possible.  By June 7, 2012, the Roberts Supreme Court approval was barely 44% and racism (read here and here and here) in the USA was at all-time high in every state of the Union including in college towns such as Ames, Iowa (read here and here; Iowa ranks as the most racist state in the northern tier of states), Boulder, Colorado which is ranked as the most racist state in the west, and especially in Chicago and Massachusetts (especially under Governor Mitt Romney who publicly criticized the legislature’s unanimous passage of a minimum wage for lacking cost-of-living indexing; Romney argued that workers only deserve a quarter an hour raise, a claim he repeated in March 2012)—not just in the rural areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and other impoverished areas that live in home of a better life to come.  This comes along with statistics showing that 98% of all USA citizens have no idea of who is sitting on the Supreme Court—they only know the adverse effects of Supreme Court rulings (read here and here  and  here).

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Education in Peru is failing and what can be done to restore it

Patriotism has its place—as an expression of loyalty. It is not a hood to cover reality as if it were some medieval monk scurrying about to find heretics and apostates. Patriotism, especially to a partisan party or religion, is both plutocratic as well as destructive of the educational process. While I have written at length about bad education in the USA (where 7000 high school students drop out of education every day) and in other nations, when I noted that education in Perú is the third worst education in the world, it sets off a fire

Casone de San Marcus Universidad (Lima, Perú)

alarm heated by Perú patriotism that Perú universities are the best. They are not (for Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos that shares the 601 place with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). The growing scandal of corruption in the Roman Catholic Church indicates that it may well be on its last century, especially with the odiously opportunistic Opus Dei prelature that delights in transmogrifying reality in search of a past that never existed. No where but Perú is this evil organization, Opus Dei, such a total threat to the treatment of mortals, where its male  antagonists speak out against women who rightfully demand choice, while turgid theological  vociferate ranting roars against men who want to plan families and stop acting like cuyes constantly in heat.

Augusto cardinal Vargas Alzamora (Lima, Perú)

The principal source of this nefarious plot to topple sanity is Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima (who was formally accused of murdering, or at least planning the assassination of his predecessor, the equally conservative Jesuit cleric cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, a native of Lima, who “officially” died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Cipriani Thorne was lucky as he had friends in high places within the Vatican who squelched any question that their favored archbishop might be a murderer.  Cipriani Thorne saw the accusations destroyed or rejected by the Roman curia eager to protect itself and its predatory priests.

The high-handed tactics of the Vatican enraged Perú’s best known writer and only  Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa.  Vargas Llosa became personally involved, and in a stinging attack in the Spanish newspaper El País, described Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne as a “representative of the Church’s worst tradition, its authoritarian and obscurantist tradition”.

Cipriani Thorne, even though many youth had come forward claiming that they had seen the future prelate frequent the Downtowner (a homosexual bar in Lima), was the leading Opus Dei cleric and only Opus Dei cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.  He had support of many bishops, but not all of the bishops in Perú supported Cipriani Thorne.  The cardinal had some support among some intellectuals and politicians, but not all, as he was a staunch supporter of Alberto Fujimori and of dictatorship in Perú, which if it were under a Fujimori, could remove religious liberty from those not practicing the Roman Catholic faith. 

Catacombs below San Francisco church in Lima, Perú

While Cipriani’s Roman Catholic College of Bishops rule as if they were still sitting in the Torquemada’s torture carnivorously cruel chambers in Spain or sixteenth century Lima where human heads were piled in roles to celebrate forced conversions, closures of institutes and schools that sought private investigation, and the cranium of women and young boys savagely beaten to death. Early Spanish records noted what is still common today–that when landlord or priest wanted someone for sex and the individual refused, the penalty for refusal was instant death.  Many executed were thrown unceremoniously into the catacombs over which the clergy of Lima prayed, offered the Mass, and sang hymns to a god without mercy. The Council of Bishops were not pawns, however, for Cipriani to move across a chessboard already soaked in human blood with the past stained by both terrorists and police and Fujimori thugs.

Most schools are multigrade; many of them are also in very poor physical condition

In 2007, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum, out of 131 countries ranked in the world, Perú had the dubious distinction of being in last place in the quality of its elementary school education. In the areas of math and science it was in the 130th place. The high schools fared the same: they are bad throughout Perú and in all subject areas.  Much of it is due to poverty, and schools are multigraded and the structures are in poor condition that the governments of Peru historically ignore.

Poverty in Perú (2005)

Debilitating 96% of the people of Perú, the issue of poverty throughout Perú keeps education from expanding, libraries basically remain non-existent, and only the most desperate and ill-educated apply for teaching positions as most teachers need to teach in two or more schools in one day just to provide food for their families.  All governments throughout Perú history have uniformly ignored the need of future generations and squandered taxes for private adventures, personal pleasures, and family greed: from the Congressional representatives (such as “Señor Pollo” (a nickname for Jose Anaya who was convicted of illegal billing the Perú people and received a five year prison sentence; watch this video) billed Congress for “excessive” consumption of chicken dinners at the expense of the Perú people in two days (the actual charge reads: “pues retornó el 25 y 27 de abril, días en que consumió pollos por S/.428 y S/. 397, respectivamente, según consta en las boletas N° 00970 y N° 00979.” of chicken lunches).  Anaya was not unique in his brazen theft.  The Perú congress has long been known for its built in corruption, as if any one is elected to sit in Congress, that person collects a pension from the government as long as he or she is alive.  Bills are turned in for nearly expense, and the Treasurer of Congress signs off on the bill and issues a voucher for payment.  What was strange was the case that appeared with the sitting Treasurer of Congress.  The Treasurer of Congress, Lucía Bravo Roncal, billed Congress S/.4547 for a personal shopping trip to Italy while Congress was sitting.

All surveys and tabulations on the quality of education around the world point out one damning and devastating fact. One of the worse places for  an education is in Perú.  This is more humiliating when it is known that the worse place for education is within Perú’s universities. What each level of education (each grade) has in common is that none educate. All indoctrinate.  Teachers repeat the errors of their instructors who reiterated the fantasies of their former professors. Textbooks are considered nearly sacred since they are in print–even when illegal photocopies that are not complete are passed out to public school children–as what was considered adequate information in the past no matter how recent or far back the past was, it was considered acceptable for the students of today–and for their children. 

There are numerous private schools that I have visited that openly encourage students to copy any article, book, thesis, or other form of intellectual property.  The librarians at these schools claim that the publisher of any book a student sought gave the student the right to copy the material since the school or university had bought two or more original copies.  This is not just with impoverished schools or schools in the mountains or Amazons, but it includes universities and primary and secondary schools in Lima and capitals of provinces as well as towns and villages Perú-wide (read here and here and here where Blockbusters closed down because of the epidemic of illegal photocopying, copying, and illegal sharing).  While there are laws officially on legal registers, and police and judges are sworn to uphold them protecting intellectual property, copyright, trademark, and other similar means of retaining the owner or developer’s rights, judges, police, and other law enforcement officials ignore Perú’s copyright laws and in many cases break them directly.

The black market that is rampant throughout Peru has cost Perú over 100,000 jobs since 2005, and the number of those being  unemployed or underemployed climbs daily as the corrupt governments of Perú do nothing.  Blockbusters and other foreign businesses will never return to Perú because of the high rate of theft among all groups and levels of citizens. When I taught at the Ministry of Commerce and Tourism in Lima, the directors of different divisions bragged about how many illegal discs, CDs, books and so forth they had in their homes. They laughed at me when I read the Peru law against plagiarism–with each director, his or her secretary and all students who I taught in the official building in San Isidro telling me that copyright law does not apply to government workers “or those who can get away with it”.  Some snorted: “Americans/gringoes are too stupid.  They will continue to supply us with music, movies, and books. When they send them down here, we will steal them so that they are free for us.  Americans are rich. We are not–so we steal what we cannot afford to pay for”. 

I have found this to be the dicta and rubric of Roman Catholic, Adventist, and Baptist schools and churches; it is that widespread). I have watched lawyers, judges, principals, teachers, students go into a theater and film what was being shown.  I have witnessed the copying of books on a daily basis.  When I go down La Marina in San Miguel, or Jose Balta in Chiclayo, I see illegally copied movies that had not as of that date even been released to theaters in the USA–as I am told that there are Peruanos working in Hollywood who have access to new films before they are released, and copy them to send to their families in Perú so that the family makes money and eats.  There are so many mafias in Perú that is difficult to find anyone who is honest.  The poorer a person is, the more easily it is to get the person to steal: thus teachers are the worse offenders when it comes to protecting copyright material.

Peruano criminals look at illegal movies for sale on nearly every street corner

Teachers slouch forward repeating ancient myths they were taught without question, students are irresponsible and memorize just to pass in hopes of obtaining work that doesn’t include driving a taxi, and libraries (few and far between) are for social gatherings.

In 2007, Antonio Chang, the last of the competent and determined Ministers of Education, set out to test over 350,000 Perú teachers (a strategy praised by the largest percentage of Perú parents). SUTEP protested, as most of its members failed the examinations (read here and here  and here). One site claims that only 151 out of 185,000 teachers passed the basic competency and literary exam, which is 5,000 more teachers than I cite in several of my published articles (read here and here and here)  while  another writer cites 181,000). Wikileaks, some being published in El Comercio, noted that almost 50 percent of public school teachers were unable to answer simple questions about mathematics, and more than 30 percent were functionally illiterate. Primary school teachers (where the brightest teachers should be teaching) and those working in rural areas (where education is nearly impossible to achieve) received the lowest scores. In competitiveness, Perú ranked 83 in 2008.  Peru was 94th among nations in organizational competitiveness. In the area of innovation it was 83. In development Perú was ranked in the lowest tier. Perú is ranked low in business ethics (92:134), high in police corruption (123 with the lowest being 134: p. 288). Education remains stagnantly low. Perú has laws against plagiarism and intellectual property protection, but ranks 121 out of 134 for open infractions with crimes of plagiarism openly committed by the Department of Justice and all government, industrial, business and especially educational institutions. This has, over the years of growing corruption (especially in the presidencies of provinces and local government) to an overwhelming distrust of political figures and operatives (120:134). Business is strangled by complicated and heavy bureaucracy and regulations (123:134), with the result (127:134) that the infrastructure of Peru is one of the world’s worst. Primary education dropped to 133:134 (second from last in the world; in Bolivia, a nation Perú treats with scorn, the primary rating is 127:134), matching secondary and university education (in Bolivia it is 132:124), with the lowest scores in mathematics, sciences (in Bolivia it is 119:134 compared to Perú that is at 133:134) and foreign languages (especially English where teachers are hired on the bases of age (youngest preferred), and cronyism, with many, female and male, prospective teachers offering sex for appointments). 

Research is discouraged at all levels of academe, and university-industry research cooperation comes in at 107:134. Quality of scientific institutions is 121:134, with a large majority of professors in science and agriculture unqualified to teach or do basic research. Knowledge of business and business techniques and competitive advantage is 93:134. Perú educational institutions are ranked at second from last, but within Perú the ranking of Peru universities is unique as while the Pontifical University in Lima is first (not tied with San Marcus), private universities excel more than national universities (for example, Universidad César Vallejo is #19 while Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz is #36).

To do business in Perú or with Perú, at this time, is insanity, as investors are robbed of profits, manufacturers in Perú use shoddy material, and employees are overworked and underpaid and so steal (the average workday in Perú is 12-14 hours, the workweek is six days, and the average salary below S/600 (roughly a little over $200) a month–while attempting to buy a house costs an average of S/.748, to rent an apartment is S/.300, and to take one month of classes in many universities is S/300).

In 2010, only two nations had a worse record for unacceptable (bad) education: Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. The top two best educated nations are #1 South Korea, and #2 Finland.  The USA is #14, and the UK #20.

In the area of languages, the percentage is proportionately lower in Perú.  Teachers of foreign languages are woefully inadequate, ill-prepared, and poorly undertained.  Better schools of language learning are in Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Columbia and Brasil.  The main problem in Perú is the proliferation of Language Centers and shoddy universities, as, at present, anyone can start a university without faculty or facilities–and most do not have a traditional library.  There are schools (like Top Class [sic] English) that have websites that

Top Class English methodology webpage

are 100% in Spanish, where are English classes are taught in Spanish, and

Top Class English Evaluation page

where subject matter is elementary.

Top Class English anonymous recommendations page both in Spanish

I am uncertain how Top Class [sic] English had my e-mail address, so I wrote them to inquire about that and other questions that I would have appreciated an answer to inasmuch as I am writing a book on the teaching of English in Perú.  I never had a reply.  However, I have interviewed a few who have made application with Top Class, and they responded that the courses are taught in Spanish–a common practice among many institutes and schools.

UTP teaches computer use and programming, SENATI began as a trade school (primarily automotives) and branched out to teach languages–basically English as it brings in the greatest revenue, offering the First Certificate in English (FCE; I was its first teacher, and followed by those who had difficulty with pronunciation and grammar), and had one teacher ask me if I would pass him on the FCE examination.  When I asked why, he said he would more make more money, and I commented that it would best to learn correct English first, before attempting to teach the language.  I notified the director of SENATI who shrugged, and I never saw the “teacher” again.  Other institutes advertise for English teachers on the internet–the home and subsequent pages being in Spanish (as with Top Class [sic] English). 

All that is required is a diploma (of some sort) but no one seeks transcripts to prove authenticity, and few applicants have ever published anything.  Most teachers in Perú will never research even an article; it is a rare teacher who publishes–and in most cases the few publications that see print are self-printed. Peer review is unheard of and seldom  used; even when students at the “better” (private or Roman Catholic or church related) universities take an oral examination on a proposed thesis, there are no serious questions, and the committee is not made up of professors in the student’s field.  They are selected randomly.

Being a teacher of English, I find that most of my students in the fifth cycle have not passed the basic level of competency, still they have been and continue to be continuously advanced to higher cycles and even graduate, in many cases by teachers whose language skills are submarginal at best. This leads to a renewal of ignorance and the further decline of education in

A real e-mail from a student you considered herself a successful English speaker.

Perú. Students wrote me, frequently, begging for the lowest possible score, claiming that when they are teachers they will learn the language and prove they were worth the extra “boost” in grade.  Later, when I had the opportunity to interview graduating students for positions that required fluency and accuracy in the English language, and found none qualified–and shared that information with my class in English Composition and e-mail correspondence, I received condemnation as seen in this letter:

Student objected to me not recommended a Peru graduate for a major position because of the lack of fluency and accuracy in the English language.

I was told by many students and faculty in the English Department, that grammar rules, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure were unimportant.  The common comment was “if the message is understood, it’s sufficient.”  I disagreed.  I was fortunate as my Academic Dean supported me, and listened as I offered to teach a course for teachers that would enable each professor to present English correctly (and no longer speak as if he or she were Mick Jagger or Daddy Yankee).

 
At the beginning of this year’s January summer session, I was offered the rewarding challenge to teach a basic English grammar course to the professors of English at the university where I teach.  The course was to be a workshop requiring participation of all students. 
 
At the end of the eight week class (meeting twice a week for 2.5 hours a day), I was saddened, but not surprised, with the results. These results were based on (1) attendance, (2) participation individually and as a group.  This would count for 50% of the grade. The other 50% of the grade was based on in-class writing.  What each faculty-student wrote during the last hour of the class, I reminded the class every day, would be reviewed the following day as a group. I corrected the sentences at home, then made a PowerPoint presentation of the writing of each class member to show the next morning. This was repeated for each class that I conducted.
 
Each day the class covered a specific point of grammar. My Academic Dean, one of the finest and most resourceful leaders I have ever encountered, had made this course a requirement for all English teachers, and had informed the faculty that the course was mandatory. 
 
Even with the word “obligatory” spelled out by the Academic Dean not all teachers of English attended.  Many of my coworkers were absent–most of the time. 
 
Following the Academic Dean’s directive, I composed a review of what happened and my assessment.  This is the letter that I presented developing and explaining my evaluation of my peers.  I only change the tense now and delete actual student names to safeguard their privacy and cause no one undo embarrassment.

Summary of results of the Grammar for XXXX Professors, summer 2012:

Overview: It was my hope, and ineffectual ambition, to be able to offer the faculty of English the foundations for correct English grammar, and wean teachers at XXXX from vulgar (street) English—so common today. To achieve this goal, I followed classic pedagogical patterns that have been successfully used at major universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Carnegie, and so forth, even though many of these once stellar universities have given up established standards to ensure purity of speech for immediacy and modernism as found on the streets–as is now seen in Cambridge’s sponsorship of the bankrupt IB Programme).  

I appropriated the use of individual parts of a sentence:  beginning with Articles and ending with Direct Objects. Each part of a sentence was defined, discussed, and an invitation was issued verbally inviting argument, rebuttal,  discourse and analysis.

Modus Operandi:  The methodology for this course was to introduce each part of grammar as it appears in a well-constructed English sentence. At the beginning of each class, a presentation was given on a particular part of English grammar beginning with articles, then adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs and so forth.  After a brief overview with proffered examples and pregnant questions asked, the class was encouraged to engage in small group and class-wide discussion: questioning what was unknown or uncommon, refuting comments that I made, rebutting effectiveness of examples, affirming agreement but with caveats, examples, and so forth.  The final hour of each class was devoted to a classic (Aristotelean) workshop: all students were instructed to write sentences emphasizing the grammatical part discussed in class and use it in context within a complete sentence. Papers, requiring from seven to 20 such sentences, were gathered at the end of the time period to be graded that evening by me and then returned to the students the next day after the class, as a group, viewed a PowerPoint presentation of each essay (with the name of the author deleted for the sake of privacy).  Before scanning each paper, I highlighted any error, explained why the word, phrase or sentence was incorrect, and detailed how the sentence could be rewritten using perfect English grammar.

Results and reactions:  While it was made clear by both the Academic Dean and the Director of the Language Department that this was an obligatory / mandatory course, most faculty-students approached this requirement with a cavalier attitude. This is clearly seen in the number of classes students missed, assignments not turned in, and low scores on participation earned. Some students failed to attend any class after the first scheduled meeting. Other alumni selected to avoid various classes, and many were “unavailable” to attend the last week–it was their “holiday time”. 

A few did comment it was wrong for a co-teacher to teach them, even though they had not reached the master degree level and I have an earned doctorate and a plethora of publications.  As for publications, four students claimed that research and writing was a waste of time, as students (and faculty, they noted, including themselves) had better “things” to do than to research, read, write, or analyze. 

Two students stated that I was a fool to research, write, and publish when I could be in a restaurant drinking beer. There were some exemplary exceptions, but these exceptions were rare.

What was learned from this class? I found the exercise to have been worthwhile. It showed definite trends in the learning processes: a declination, not acceleration in the mastery of subject matter.  While I am not in charge of hiring or dismissing any teacher, and most teachers who I know have two or three jobs additional appointments at different universities and schools, their approach to the learning process is elementary at best, but in reality it is unacceptable: not only are the faculty’s students being robbed of a chance to learn, grow intellectually, and be better than their parents in the field of knowledge, and make Perú a better place to live, grow, and learn, but the teachers sitting in class with me failed to appreciate the opportunity the university was offering them: to learn more about English by someone who has written and taught more than fifty years. 

I sympathize with my faculty-students and their need to make living, and regret that in any other society those who had a score of less than 14 would not be offered an appointment at a university unless it was of dubious or marginal quality and was in existence to promote religious blind faith and not scholarship.  This is the case a low-ranked institutions such as at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, Liberty University and Regents University in Virginia (of Regents Law College first year law class, only 50% of its students passed the Virgina bar exam).

Those students who missed the obligatory grammar class(es) were invited to notify the Directora and myself and arrange for a recovery class. Those who did not turn in papers were invited both by e-mail and in person to create and present to me the missing paper. In nearly every case the students who were absent or did not turn in required papers made no effort to contact me or to find a way to make up the work.

It is true that I am but a teacher at XXXX, but when I was Area Coordinator European Studies (in charge of the departments of Languages, History, Social Sciences, and Art) at XXXX (a Roman Catholic University) in California, I visited with the teachers who showed no to lackadaisical interest in their subject area, teaching, researching or writing. Since university standards were high, turnover was equally high.  The university wanted the best teachers for their students. With unconcealed disgust with their professional responsibilities and obligations, holding random office hours and being short with students, I had serious reservations in renewing their contracts.  At departmental meetings I made my observations known, supporting my objections with concrete examples of inefficiency and lack of subject matter knowledge either by presenting student evaluations or films I made at the back of the classroom.  The faculty who were unresponsive to my entreaties, and irresponsible with the work assigned made no protestation.  I left their fates with the faculty senate.

At both universities (the one in Perú, and, earlier, the one in California) there was the personal gratification, warmly welcomed by me, when students questioned examples and even presentations.  This showed me that they were thinking independently. I cautioned them against being like Galileo who would renounce his own wisdom and discovery just to make the Roman Catholic Church give him peace and not put him through the tortures that awaited so many scientists, pushing the advance of science and knowledge backwards into past generations, in the same way that John Paul II cautioned Stephen Hawking against a too-rapid advance of science.  Benedict XVI has come out publicly stating that it is the role of science to prove the existence of a god–but that is impossible since science tests theories while faith accepts beliefs. It is true that many said what I was offering as commentary did not match their books, and I agreed.  I also noted that their books were wrong, that publishers today are more keen to make a profit than to print what is correct.  When I was student, a half-a-century ago, we would buy the complete works of Plato in paperback for 95 cents and Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary was $7.95 (it still has its paper jacket on which is imprinted the price)–that I still use.  We only made $1 an hour as laborers; still, we saw our investment in books as an investment in our futures.  I built my own library from one book to 65,000 volumes that I still maintain (very little of which is fiction).

One of the more mature students (I use this phrase to protect her identity; hereafter I will refer to her as Mrs. M) was uniquely agile in this regard and questioned several trends found commonly in Perú in the teaching of the English language. I noted that most came from either bad textbooks or canned courses such as the IB Programme or books such as Travellers.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language

The greatest problem is that there is no standardized English and vulgar English has taken over that would have dismayed Samuel Johnson who worked hard in the eighteenth century to standardize the idiom by publishing his massive dictionary on April 15, 1755. The Dictionary was  a work that took him nine years to complete with the aid of a single scribe.

Many Perú students have mastered British English (but only vulgar / street English; such as “using a cooker before chipping into a lorry”; in American English that would be “preparing a meal on the stove before getting into a truck”) while others have studied American English (the majority of it being slang; they spoke of “chicks” [girls] and “reeving  up” [becoming excited] before “taking a bath” [bathing; I always wondered where they would take that bath–would they really carry a tub or shower stall into the street?]).

While Perú born teachers worked to enhance their knowledge and skills, the American teachers, who generally were the worse teachers, hailed contemporary music (especially the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Daddy Yankee) as the best way to learn English.  That I was told by the sales force at Merck Pharmaceuticals in Ate, a suburb of Lima when I first moved to Perú.  They threw words around without any knowledge of their meaning, and justified their commentaries as “matching the language of the students” noting that it really “wasn’t all that important to teach proper English as most students” would end up driving Ticos (a small taxi).

Most of the American teachers I knew (I taught with five at a private Roman Catholic colegio, and when I resigned, the others resigned too; they told me that they came to Peru for a temporary stay: they were: “on holiday” or “seeking a chance to meet Perú men” for temporary partnerships.  Teaching was for “extra coins”.

SUTEP protesting required examinations in Lima 2007

While Perú has various “professional groups” from SUTEP (the teachers’ union established to maintain jobs even when the teacher is totally incompetent) to various “institutes” whose sole purpose for existence was to make money off the citizens of Perú who want to escape their native land to move to the USA.  Cinemas and tabloids spoke of the USA as if it really were a heaven lined with streets of gold. They were assured everyone had a job, could “get” a house with a swimming pool, and earn extraordinarily high wages with little labor and no need for an education.

No matter what I said, noting that they were living in a cinematic world of fantasy, I was reproached by those who viewed the luxurious lives of stars living in magnificent mansions and crusing on yachts.  Angelina Jolie was hailed as a prime example of what the USA offered once they viewed “her home” in “Tomb Raider”.  Others declared that Bollywood showed India to be a land of great riches, massive palaces, fine cloth, unlimited gold, and a cornucopia of food for all–there were, the students declared, no poor or hungry as existed in Perú, as those in India sang and danced all day and drank their fill at night as cool air brushed past silken curtains supported by marble pillars astride polished stone walkways.

My goal has always been to teach correct academic English that draws from all English groups: USA, UK, Union of South Africa, and so forth. My goal has always been that the individual student would benefit from the entire plethora of English phraseology. As a philologist, I wanted words used correctly. I thought there were others like me.  I went in search of them.

I was especially startled when I spoke with members of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) in Perú who spoke street English. One TESOL teacher told me to “take a chair” when I entered her office. When I picked it up and carried it from the room the teacher was livid and barked out a question on how I could dare perform such an action. I shrugged, and then gently reminded her that she told me to “take a chair”—and take (in both Castellaño Spanish and English) means “to carry”. 

Politely I tried to refresh her memory by stating that she did not ask me to “sit down” and wait until she finished her conversation on the telephone. At that point she shreiked, “I wanna do this clear: you are to give English courses”.  At that point I laughed so hard (knowing that I would never affiliate with a school where she was employed) that she became more hostile and warned “Iza gonna hit you hard if you put this in my face”. Nearly spitting, she informed me that she had graduated from “a top university in the US”.  Gasping for breath, she asked me “why you trouble me, so?”

Dutifully I responded. As carefully as I could I worded my comments,  mentioning that there are no legitimate words such as  “wanna” “iza” “gonna” or even “US” in any competent dictionary.  I noted that US was not the USA, as there are other United States: as is the case with the United States of Brasil [the correct spelling”] as well as United States of Mexico (it has 31 states) and various other countries that consider and style themselves as united states. I made no mention of my own education even though my schools rank in the top ten—her university is in the lower 40s according to the evaluation published by Business Week.

I never did determine what I was “put[ting] in her face.”  I am totally inadequate with slang, and cannot comprehend gutter-speech.  Unfortunately the other TESOL teachers whom I visited with at different times for various reasons did not reassure me of quality of a TESOL education.  TESOL—it seemed too much like the rank rawness of the IB Programme.  TESOL, like TOEFL, is a certificate awarded when a student passes an exam.  Neither TESOL or TOEFL are degrees, as is a BA, MA, PhD, and so forth.

I helped an American woman who had a BA and a TOEFL to initiate an MA program at a national university in one of Perú’s provinces.  We were to be a committee of three, but the third person, a man who also had a bachelor’s degree—although he always styled himself as “Doctor”–came only to the first and last meeting.  He was concerned about his job as there was one more upheavel feared in the administration of the Language Department.

The National Univeristies of Perú have frequent administrator shifts.  They are all based on politics, and the national university where I taught the students ruled the teachers, demanding less homework, easier grading, and giving a “point-by-point” address that they could write down and use in their own careers.  I have never agreed with that ideology or pedagogy, and did not follow student rule during my first semester.

My career at the National University came to an end abruptly when my students denounced me as incompetent, trying to sell my own books: I wrote the only book that I know of on the subject that the class was focused on, and brought copies of it from the USA and told the students where they could buy the books at S/.25 — if they wanted the book (you cannot buy originally published book in Perú for S/.25 = $8).  The students complained that they had paid the national university $/.40 soles for materials and thus the book should be for free–even though I would not see the S/.25.  There final complaint was that I was not teaching the subject–a subject field I had created.

It was a pleasure to leave the university, especially following my “exit interview with the director of the language program in English who could not speak one word of English, necessitating that we have a student translate for us.   When he made mention that the university might call me back for a course, I did muster courage not to laugh but to to say “buena suerte”. 

I left with no regrets.  I reasoned it was better not to teach than to teach that which is incorrect or caters to ignorance of which there is a bountiful supply in Perú schools and universities.  There is no way I would ever teach at that university again.

Judgments or assessments, that I have had to make over my too-long of a career have been made based on test (oral and written) grades, participation, and basic academic standards: readings assigned were to be completed, papers required were written and not copied from Wikipedia, analyses were to be made and reasoning given, and so forth.  Outside of Mrs. M, who was certainly the best student in the class and would have received a magnum cum laude with any certificate (it would have been higher, but she was troubled with numerous cellular calls, was called out of class by students and even one professor who felt that the professor’s class was more important). Mrs. M exuded polish, poise and handled all emergencies even noting that she was being denied the opportunity to rank at the top with a full twenty points. Mr. D (I do wish he would have used his full name as is the custom in Perú as any quality education requires that the student adheres to the customs of the host nation and uses titles and names accordingly;  I have added my mother’s surname following that of my father’s surname on Perú publications and in my classroom).

Mr. D did well: he wrote clearly, addressed issues punctually, patiently and professionally, was not afraid to question me or call me out on an issue that he found in his textbooks. He listened attentively, helped peers when queried, and provided humor during rather dry periods of presentation. Mr. D scored high and would be entitled to a cum laude recognition.

It is impossible to make any judgment on the rest of the class.  No one other than Mrs. M and Mr. D participated to any level that raised their score. Of the students who did poorly (to be as generous as possible), I would urge each to accept some form of academic counseling or allow me to help them privately without charge.  My offer was received negatively. No one wished the extra effort by a “co-teacher” and “especially not during vacation”. 

My greatest disappointment came when I would repeatedly be forced by my own academic standards to remind Ms. S that the Grammar course was an English course and all communications (written and verbal) had to be in English. She was not alone in speaking Spanish in an English class. Even during the final, these students insisted on speaking Castellaño with me.

To illustrate my thesis, I prepared the following graphs and charts on Excel to detail the realities of the class. I have kept every paper written. I have marks on each student’s participation. These I presented to the Directora, and now to the Academic Dean in this letter.

Analysis of Results: The following analytic table shows that the highest score was earned by Mrs. M with 18.13. This was followed by Mr. D who merited a score of 18.00. The student body of 12, who participated in the course, had 50% who successfully complete the course (based on XXXXX standards). The other 50% did not pass. Ms. N scored the lowest with 1.25.

Universidad XXXX requires that test grades be rounded up once a grade is at .50. The negative effects of grade rounding have been documented by numerous educators, psychologists and scientists (read here and here). Grade rounding promotes a psychologically unhealthy look at the value of serious work and scholarship. Students whose grades are rounded up waste time. They generally fail in real-life skills. The red line (above) show which students passed based on skill.

Pass-Fail score ranking

Attendance and participation were markedly weak.  Most points were lost because of no attendance or very little, and in most cases participation did exist with the majority of the students, as seen in this graph:

Frustration with these results was overwhelming.  My faculty-students were no better, and some were worse, than my matriculating students ages 17 to 21. When teaching students who had not yet earned a degree, most of my students would tell me that going to discotheques (some within .5 km of a school or university, a few next door to an educational center uniquely styled a university) drinking beer and having sex is more important than learning. I became use to students asking for the minimum grade to pass the course, and when I failed any one of them (I once failed an entire class at one of the most expensive private universities before resigning my position at that university) I was stalked, threatened (physically and sexually, the latter I found unusual as I am an old man), and publicly cursed  on the street and get threatening e-mail from young females who failed my course.  

Teachers, in general, tell me that what is important is to get paid and make parents, families, and churches happy with the student getting a degree that is not merited but could win for the applicant a job that the individual could not handle and would ultimately leave to drive a Tico. Competent administrators support quality in education and demand expertise in a teacher’s knowledge of subject matter and fairness in grading. This, tragically, is not universally respected nor is it required everywhere in Perú. 

Most damning of the Perú education system is there is little subject matter expertise, and what exists is in short supply and short lived as once a faculty member has what is considered a permanent position, the teacher stops reading, researching, rethinking, and writing.  It is as if the teacher died: breathing out old comments read from withering aged yellow notes, or plugging in a projector to read PowerPoint presentations to students sleeping at their desks. No student challenges the teacher as if the teacher were a god or pope, and all I have queried have attested that they have been told since kindergarten that you neither defy nor interrupt a teacher.

I have listened to those who are acclaimed to be medical doctors tell patients that drinking cold water is bad for one’s health: leading to colds, indigestion, and influenza.  I have become weary listening to males state that a female is not a woman until she has had a baby (and stating that the function of a woman is to have sex with a man).  Sex is seen as obligatory made imperative through peer pressure in most Perú schools by the time the girl is eleven, and as one of my teacher-students wrote in his essay, even at the age of ten; the entire scope of human sexuality is not known, and religion in Perú forbids birth control so that it is not rare to see a pre-teenage girl pregnant and frequently married to a pre-teenage boy. 

Lena Medina (age 5, 1933)

Lina Medina (born September 27, 1933, in Ticrapo, Huancavelica Region, Peru) was the youngest girl to become pregnant at the age of five; the parents and local doctor thought she had a tumor, and only by consulting other “specialists” realize that she was 7.5 months pregnant.  Her son weighed six pounds at birth. Today she is 78 years-old. This is especially true in in Roman Catholic and evangelical protestant schools, but is rising rapidly in the public school system.

Civil engineers work in groups so that ten can watch one of the team dig a hole that has no circumvention. I learned the hard way how unfortunate the architectural engineering schools were in the provinces, as although I had blue print for my new home, the “architectural engineer” used no basic tools in laying out the perimeters for constructing the edifice. In my home there is not a single square room; the builders went by eye-sight (my kitchen is almost a trapezoid). The tiles on the floor show that each room is unique: there is no square, no triangle, no recognizable shape—it is like living as a character in Alice in Wonderland—yet the architectural engineer who assembled my home from bricks and motar, slopped down tiles was as accomplished as the carpenter where no window closes, gaps between the window and sill is so great the flies and crickets can enter withut difficulty and both men are lauded as being among the finest in Perú.

What solutions exist to solve the growing problems in Perú’s educational decline?

First, teachers must be subject-matter experts. Students are not inspired by teachers who read a book (I wish it were in the plural) at them. A subject-matter expert is not a facilitator. A facilitator is a person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group, as one who leads a group discussion and is not expected to have a wide or encompassing range of knowledge: a subject-matter expert does, and is the accomplished specialist or authority in a field who sits in a chair of knowledge as one proven to be brilliant, such as Stephen Hawking the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Students deserve nothing less than the best—not a token of knowledge and understanding.

Second, teacher must teach, and not depend on games, whistles, and bells—and definitely not on PowerPoint presentations of material plagiarized from Wikipedia. When I decided to continue my teaching appointment, it came when my Academic Dean told a troop of frustrated teachers who could not find overheads and computers that in the past teachers used chalk on blackboards.  I remember those days, and I taught without notes and wrote key words on blackboards with white chalk.

Teachers must teach as if there is no electricity, no magic markers, and no mechanical or artificial aids.  Those alleged educators who do not know their subject field must not teach–as it takes no less than twice the time to unlearn bad education and to study subjections seriously the first time and master content.

Google translator is not a good translator

Far more damaging is the misuse of the computer and the slavish devotion to Google interpretation software. For example, I received this note: (asi sea un minuto que tenga libre quiero estar con usted) that Google mistranslated as (so for a minute you have a clear wanna be with you). A teacher imparts knowledge or skill to others, as did Socrates and Christopher Hitchins or Richard Dawkins. They know the past, interpret the past according to the epoch in which something occurred, but they are able to relate it to the present and see beyond the parochial narrowness of established doctrines and designs. There is no acceptable word “wanna” as that is vulgar English: idiom of the alleys used by thugs, thieves and punks. (Qiero is correctly translated as I want to). I find it only in McGraw-Hill’s fourth edition of Spears, Richard A. (2007) Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions.

Without emotion or regret, I fail all papers that use street terms, including izza (it is a), gonna (going to), et cetera. It is not vindictiveness nor is it vengeance. If a word is temporary, those who come across it a generation from now will not understand its meaning.  Thus “gay” today means “homosexual” but “homosexual” was not a word until it was inventedin 1892, when it appeared in C.G. Chaddock’s translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis.  Gay

Merry Gentleman (illustration 1844) London

meant “happy” or “brilliantly colored”.  A “merry gentleman” was benevolent–not fat but a man concerned with others and tries his best to raise for them some money for food and drink (as so beautifully described by Charles Dickens in his Christmas Carol) and bring mirth and music into an impoverished world.

Third, students must take responsibility for their education (read here and here).  Students must be challenged and required to substantiate claims (read here  and here and here).  They must question all things, as Socrates spoke so eloquently (Plato, Apology 37e-38a), and ask questions of themselves, their peers, and most of all—of their teachers.

There is never a time when students should blindly accept what any teacher says without questioning (that was considered de rigueur from the days of psychical petrifaction of the mind with the alleged writings of Augustine of Hippo who loved the ladies and had a bastard he named Gift of the Gods (Adeodatus) through the dark damaged days of the Ox Aquinas who found misery to be satisfying as if he were an Albanian nun living sadistically in India, through the torturous trampling of Torquemada and into the nineteenth century), and no teacher should ever allow a student answer to be a single word: “yes” (or) “no”.

Instead of single word (there are no one-word “sentences” as by definition a sentence must have one noun and one verb) the student must detail the reason for the affirmation or negation, must offer concrete examples, and to reject the mythology of any one source or any one person being infallible on any point within the pursuit of inquiry. For over fifty years, I remind my students, daily, that all sentences must have at least one noun plus one verb; a “yes” or “no” does not qualify as a sentence, and it does not reflect knowledge or rejoinder to a question. The highlight of my life occurred when I was in England and enjoyed the tutorship of the world’s leading Cistercian scholar told me to prove him wrong. I did.

Emperor Constantine I burning Arian books (from a compendium on law c. 825 CE)

Mystified at my early ignorance the more I studied, I learnt that a learned scholar holds nothing sacred–there is nothing sacred–as the true scholar is married to the conduct of inquiry where there are no borders nor boundaries from which the learned person can dig, unbury, and bring into the light of knowledge that which was rejected or destroyed centuries ago, as when Constantine inanely and stupidly burned the works of Arius and other “heretics” and “apostates” in a frightening way to protect his own creation: a “catholic [universal] church” that he created in 325 CE at his Council of Nicea fashioning out the Jesus he sought with the advise both accepted and rejected by various groups from Sabellians to Montanists, Arians to numerous

Hypatia of Alexandria: philosopher, mathematician, scientist (murdered March 415 CE)

others, from the early days of chrestianos and christianos who lived in catacombs and burned what they considered to be pagan scrolls–but their actions were but a forerunner for other atrocities committed in the name of a god throughout history: from the attacks on librarians and the burning of libraries(such as at Alexandria, Egypt where Hypatia was martyred: the skin of her back torn out by the nails of Coptic monks who threw her living body on a bonfire of rare manuscripts) to the purge of Greek philosophers and their works on hydraulics (Archimedes) to irrigation, planting, crop rotation, medicine, birth control and other sciences that would not return to Europe until the time of Leonardo Da Vinci who not only drew the

Catacomb Christians burning books 125 CE

plans for an “air ship” but even for a self-propelled automobile. That the work of late medieval scientists survived and the classics were protected did not come from the charity or safeguarding by the Roman Catholic Church, but instead were rescued by Moors, Arabs, and Muslims who lived in

Renaissance Christians burning books

Europe from  400-1500 CE.  When Roman Catholic priests and bishops were not burning books, the early protesters who became Protestants with the rise of Martin Luther,  took over and added Roman Catholic studies and tracts to their bonfires of the vanities. The burning of tracts written by those who dissented from the ravages of wisdom by single-minded monsters from Martin Luther and John Calvin to John Knox and to the evangelicals in Lima in 2008 destroying Roman Catholic prayer books and missals, to the evangelical communities in the USA and UK burning the Harry

Harry Potter books burned in 2001

Potter books by J. K. Rawlings (claiming that they were about witches and spells and instruments of their imaginary devil; the congregation of the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo in southern New Mexico heard an anti-Harry Potter sermon in which Pastor Jack Brock claimed the character taught children to take up wizardry), and Protestant pastors burning Korans in Florida, led by evangelical Terry Jones of September 11, 2011, to USA military incinerating the Muslim biblein 2012.

With Nazi approval, German university students began burning books to increase German awareness

These were no less great than the mutiliation of thought under the Nazis of the Third Reich, with the blessings of the Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Protestant clergy, who allowed German students to burned books on May 10, 1933, on university campus.  Those volumes cast into flames were devoted to science,

Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Evangelical bishops and clergy supported burning books in Nazi Germany

philosophy, literature, and sexual therapy studies: especially those written by Jews and the “Godless Jew” Sigmund Freud with the aim of increasing German nationalism and a war to take control over the planet. In Berlin, the German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels gave a speech to the students, declaring:

“The era of extreme Jewish intellectualism is now at an end. The breakthrough of the German revolution has again cleared the way on the German path…The future German man will not just be a man of books, but a man of character. It is to this end that we want to educate you. As a young person, to already have the courage to face the pitiless glare, to overcome the fear of death, and to regain respect for death – this is the task of this young generation. And thus you do well in this midnight hour to commit to the flames the evil spirit of the past. This is a strong, great and symbolic deed – a deed which should document the following for the world to know – Here the intellectual foundation of the November (Democratic) Republic is sinking to the ground, but from this wreckage the phoenix of a new spirit will triumphantly rise…”

New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (19th century seal)

From this the world would learn the truth of “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen”: Where they burn books, in time, they will also burn people.  It did not start with the Nazis, however, but was a part of the culture of the USA where purity crusades were determined to dumb down education and approve only select subjects.  People were denied freedom to read, and the government of the USA became as draconian as the Roman Catholic Church in establishing censorship laws, outlawing specific books and writers–a virus that multiplied for decades and grew catastrophically under the misrule of Congress led by US Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI), a Roman Catholic, and Richard Milhouse Nixon (R-CA) technically a Quaker. The greatest blow for justice came that momentous

Trial of Galileo

minute when Stephen Hawking demanded to see the Trial of Galileo by the Roman Catholic Inquisition during his visit to the Vatican (Hawking was born 300 years after Galileo died).

Fourth, students must be taught to understand that just because something is in a book or it is stated as fact by a teacher, preacher, priest or administrator does not mean it is true (for example, Pope Pius XII proclaimed Munificentissimus Deusas an attestation of the assumption of the mother of Jesus body and soul into heaven, matching directly the theology of ancient

Isis (Goddess of Creation, Queen of Heaven) with Maat (text reads: Isis: all that has been, is, or ever will be)

Egypt where Isis rose from the sea and soared into the heavens to wear the stars in her hair while the moon was at her feet (cp. Herodotus, Historia 2: 42, 156).  Scholars know that no single book contains all knowledge, and no one can use a book to prove the veracity of the book’s contents.

Fifth, true learners discard the myth that any one person is infallible on any thing (infallibility is derived from the pseudo-Siricus’ law c. 385 CE, a  bishop of Rome (there were no bishops in Rome before the third century as even the Catholic Encyclopedia details) resurrected in 1139 CE, and moved forward by those gold-seeking pontiffs who wanted to enrich the church by limiting academic growth and questioning church decided “true facts” (a redundancy in itself). Facts are theories: they must be continuously reassessed, reviewed, reinvestigated, and reproved—infinitely. Fact is not faith (faith cannot be proven as it is a private matter and as such has no place in the academic world and the conduct of inquiry).

Sixth, scholars show that nothing is certain. As the ancient Greeks knew, “Everything changes but change itself: Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE).”  Euripides (ca. 480 – 406 BC) wrote: Question everything. It is by questioning the individual learns as there is nothing sacred that cannot be questioned (originally phrased by Socrates, defined by Plato, and refined by American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882).

Perú teachers protest competency tests

Seventh, all teachers and students must be tested. Schools must be evaluated and accredited.  Testing and accreditation should be yearly. In Perú this has been extraordinarily rare, with the teacher’s union SUTEP (composed of the least-learned teachers in Perú) fighting it vigilantly and violently on the streets of Lima and other testing centers. The end results were shocking, with most reports noting that out of the 180,000 – 185,000 teachers who took the most basic of exams determining primary competence and literacy, only 151 passed. Because of the interference of religious-based ignorance, science has become as backward as that in Louisiana and espoused by Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) who is running to be president of the USA (read here and here).  It should be noted that in the USA nearly 75% of all GOP USA Senators do not believe in evolution or science

 
Chavez”]In Perú, the greatest enemy of education and democracy is Congresista Martha Gladys Chávez Cossío de Ocampo a firm supporter of dictatorship and plutocracy as seen in her rewriting of the Perú Constitution to let mass-murderer and dictator Alberto Fujimori run for unlimited terms, her desire to destroy structures built by common people, her denunciation of those who called on the dictator Fujimori’s daughter Keiko and his other children to return the nearly $1 million stolen from the national treasury to fund their education in the USA, and her declaration that her Constitution was more sacred than any other document in the history of Perú.

Eighth, when it comes to hiring a teacher in any subject area, those in charge of filling academic appointments must look beyond the degree. Competency requires knowledge about the school and its faculty and their academic production and scholarship from where a degree. Of even greater importance are the credentials of the individual professors who taught the applicant and his or her own educational and academic progression of the teacher. There are no standard competency tests for teachers. Provided that the teacher passes at least half of his or her class, he or she will be invited to teach another cycle, as most schools (especially those that are private and for profit) keep faculty

Bruning "College" (Chiclayo, Perú)

that brings in revenue so that the owners of the schools, which now actually attempt to entice parents to enroll their children by dropping the Spanish colegio (school) for the English word college even for kindergarten and

I.E.P. American "College" (it is a kindergarten in Chiclayo in front of USAT)

primary/secondary centers. The true definition of a college is “an institution of higher learning, especially one providing a general or liberal arts education rather than technical or professional training” or “a constituent unit of a university, furnishing courses of instruction in the liberal arts and sciences, usually leading to a bachelor’s degree.” When one is done with college education, that individual moves up to the university and advanced education leading to a master or doctoral degree. Education does not stop when the diploma is proffered. Education is a never-ending journey that continues and does not stop until the learner is dead. The acquisition of knowledge is judged by the educator’s research and writing skills that must undergo peer review and be accepted for publication in a sound academic journal or by a scholarly press.

Cambridge University in the UK was once a credible institution of higher learning and not for more than four hundred years given to fantasy. In the twentieth century it has graduated those who mastered tricks to take degrees and then reject current research and publications in quest of elevating fantasies to facts while pushing sectarian superstitions. This is graphically seen with Stephen C. Meyer. Meyer took a PhD in “science” (it is actually a degree in the philosophy and history of science) from the celebrated university that had on its faculty such luminaries as Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. His books against Darwinism are published by the Roman Catholic press Ignatius and have nothing of science about them, but a repeat in new words the myths of the Judaeo-Christian Bible.

Meyer, like most imposters, has a self-written and promoted page on Creationwiki that allows for no responses nor does it give any criticism by any authority against creationism/Intelligent Design (read here and here).  Meyer has had only one essay published by a reputable, peer review journal: Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, but its own editor believes that its entry had a dubious origin as it does not fit the rigors of scholarly inquiry, and was paid to be included by Richard Sternberg who is one of the one hundred signatories who endorsed ID.  Meyer’s stand, saturated with misleading scientific citations more in keeping with a desperate freshman than a Cambridge PhD, is extraordinarily popular with the pseudo scholar Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (whose two doctorates are (1) theology, and (2) philosophy, and has no science or embryological study background) and other conservative bishops in the Roman Catholic Church who either never had a course in science or has rejected it as being unbiblical (Meyer’s photograph is opposite that of Benedict XVI).

Meyer quickly gave his degree the lie and now teaches creationism under the disguise of Intelligent Design. He has a video produced by the Chuck Colson Institute for Christian Values. Meyer uses any podium to propagandize a mythology debunked centuries ago, yet has marshaled an army to ensure that it enters public and private school curriculum—especially in educationally weak states where ignorance is celebrated in “tail-gating” parties pushed pedantically by parents in quest of watching a football game rather than enriching their minds and those of their children with serious discussion. This downgrading of education is especially true in such illiterate states as Texas (which has the rare exception of Rice University) where the public schools are more of breeding grounds for unwanted babies and ignorance, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi—and now finds Perú ripe for the misrepresentation that is patulously permeating through the pathosis of Opus Dei.

David Barton and wife at Republican National Convention (2000)

As unsavory as is Meyer is David Barton is more strange, bizarre, mentally unbalanced and unlearned. Barton delights in carrying large stacks of books that he has never read. He rules on textbooks in Texas as an “historian” but has no authentic historical education (he did not go to any reputable college).  The Texas School Board of Education chaired by Governor Rick Perry’s “right hand” (Gail Lowe) loves Barton, as “he is pure Texans” and without a clue.  Barton, like Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sarah Palin (R-AK) transmogrify facts fancifully in revisions of reality, as when they claim that (1) all USA founding fathers were Christians (only five claimed that distinction), or (2) that the Blacks of the eighteenth and nineteenth century were better off as slaves than they are today.

Barton deliberately invents history to conform to his ontology and revisionist agenda that the Texas Board of Education is to undereducated/uneducated (or plain unintelligent) to know is false.  His poorly written “histories” have no legitimate citations, and Barton cannot even note or quote any reputable historian with even marginal accuracy.  It is not at all surprisingly that even on his website Barton cannot confirm his authorities or citations.  He admits as much—much like most of the professors that mutilate education in Perú today—especially in parochial institutions where they hold themselves as authorities—but are totally illiterate in their subject matter field.

While pretending to be a historian, Barton waltzes into science debates and claims that the discussion of creationism and Darwinism is destroying civilization today and leads to its ultimate death. Today, these political leaders are in the advance of the warriors attacking global warming as a myth, decry science (73% of the GOP US Congress does not believe in evolution; read here and here), and think that a corporation is a person, and that a fertilized ova is a

State Legislator Constance Johnson (D-OK)

baby at the moment that the sperm enters the egg.  One Oklahoma legislator, Constance Johnson, who had enough of the arrogance and ignorance of the males in the legislature arguing that they were the only ones to decide what any woman could do with her body–as if they were god and judge–became so enraged that she boldly scribbled by hand an amendment to be added to the proposed misogynistic legislation on “personhood”.  Ms. Johnson wrote quickly, clearly, and then with steel resolve dropped her proposd amendment into the legislative file to be considered and voted on.  What made Ms. Johnson’s proposed amendment startling and gaining for it and its author worldwide attention, was that the proposed amendment declared that every sperm cell a baby–and to release the semen without the intent to procreate a life would be tantamount to murder.  Thus masturbation was a crime of mass murder.

Constance Johnson's amendment SB1433 to declare sperm a person

The proposed amendment, she later admitted, was deliberately written  to show the stupidity of the embryo law passed in the Oklahoma Senate).  Perú is not immune from this chicanery and fatuous puerility where legislatures and leaders of communities expose their ignorance and contempt for people they feel are inferior to themselves and need, especially, a man’s hand to direct “the little ladies” to the path that the women are expected to walk.  This is especially true in religious schools at all levels where stagnation adles minds and makes scholarship a joke.  This is best seen in the tautological pronouncement of the bishop of Lambayeque, Jesús Moliné Labarte who succeeded Ignacio María de Orbegozo y Goicoechea (founder of Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Catholic University: USAT one of many schools in Perú where free inquiry and debate is discouraged, and Opus Dei theology pushed in all academic fields) one year and two months after the Spanish born Orbegozo y Goicoechea, a priest of Opus Dei since 1951 died. 

Labarte’s minimal intellectual prowes are common knowledge but he is entertaining for he sounds like and parades himself to be the equal of Darth Vadar, speaking out on topics he has never studied nor understands, and has won the enmity of Cipriani Thorne who sees him as an enemy of himself and Opus Dei.  Since 1997, the venom of Cipriani Thorne has been spat at the Perú College of Bishops, as Cipriani Thorne is determined that he will preside over all aspects of every individual’s life in Perú.

Lambarte is not the only “fool for Christ” (1 Corinthian 4:10 and 2 Corinthians 3:18 – 4:8-13).  Most professors at Roman Catholic (and some evangelical) universities who have adopted Opus Dei rules and regulations, have surrendered their own reasoning power and follow the words of a man who would beat himself with a whip until his bathroom was turned red with his own blood (read here and here and here and here where John Paul II would follow the example set by Escrivá who would whip himself at least one thousand times–a sign of severe sexual sublimation and sadomasochistic psychotic schizophrenia as a means of self-abasement and self-punishment or self-humiliation; it does not reflect humility but is seen as an act by people who abuse themselves while suffering severe mental problems), are under the hypnotic trance of Escrivá that they cannot think independently, but refer back to Escrivá’s tome The Way for “spiritual guidance.”  What most members of Opus Dei do not know or refuse to understand is that this form of self-whipping is actually a part of a pagan pre-Christian Roman cult known as the  Lupercalia when naked young men ran through the streets with thongs cut from the hide of goats that had just been sacrificed so that women who wished to conceive could put themselves in their way to receive blows (usually upon their hands) as a means to entice the goddess of fertility (Cybele, who was originally known as Bona Dea; her theology developed from Anatolia) to make them ovulate and conceive. The goddess of childbirth and safe delivery is Candelifer.  

Statue of the Goddess Cybele (queen of fertility) in Madrid, Spain

Eunuch priests of the goddess Cybele, known as the galli (from this word we get the word Galatians, which means “castrated priests” thus the Letter to the Galatians was to a group of castrated men–not to a city–who lived near the river Gallus that was believed effective in curing mental illnesses), flogged themselves until they bled during the annual festival called Dies sanguinis (days of blood), while in Greco-Roman mystery religions required at times ritual flagellation before their congregations as a testimony to faith and to appease any one of their crucified saviours who hungered for human blood that was considered to be the elixir of life.  It is depicted in the Villa of the Mysteries at Pompeii, apparently showing initiation into the Dionysian Mysteries. 

Once Constantine I established the catholic church in 325 CE, these rituals were incorporated into rituals known as the “Passion of Christ” but the writing of whippings were later editions to the gospel narratives; the original texts were focused on the spiritual mortification of the flesh through fasting.  The concept did not become radicalized until the thirteenth century, when monks were the first to fester their flesh with whippings by various corded instruments made of animal skin to boards dotted with metal pieces.  It is from this collective lunacy that Opus Dei brought the mentally unbalanced practice to the forefront of Roman Catholicism.

A Roman Catholic priest who teaches Christology at a provincial university uses Mel Gibson’s pulp-fiction “The Passion of Christ” that has little in common with any version of the Gospel by any group but was the written expression of the mentally illness and halucinations of the disturbed German nun Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824; cf. Ide, Arthur Frederick (2004). Crucifixion: What the Bible Really Says. Chicago, IL, USA: Sepore) and sings the praises of Opus Dei to keep his job. Emmerich’s writings were embellished by the now discredited Clemens Bretano (the fraud is the subject of Winfried Hümpfner (1923), Clemens Brentanos Glaubwürdigkeit in seinen Emmerick-Aufzeichnungen; Untersuchung über die Brentano-Emmerick-frage unter erstmaliger Benutzung der tagebücher Brentanos Würzburg, St. Rita-verlag und -druckere; cp. Suzanne Stahl, “Between God and Gibson: German Mystical and Romantic Sources of ‘The Passion of the Christ'”, The German Quarterly Vol. 78, No. 4, Fall, 2005). Even the Vatican under enfeebled and Parkinson’s Disease suffering John Paul II stated that the writings historicity cannot be proven, but acclaimed the celebration of the nun’s religiosity–a religiosity that bordered on insanity.

While sociology is the study of the origin, development, organization and functioning of human society, another professor at a private university requires readings of religious fiction. The professor feasts on one Mexican author who is referred to, popularly, as a comic and defines the science as a study of God’s plan for the world. (The “professor” is Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sanchez, who is described as “a fraud, a plagiarist, and an opportunist” by The Chronicle of Higher Education).  The “professor” is a member of Opus Dei, and is considered “an imposter”. He is styled “a writer of fiction” and has been exposed on YouTube, and is exposed elsewhere. Sanchez’ book A Desperate Cry (paperback, 1997) has been judged as “having no literary merit” “the worst” and “a fake trashy novel” that people should avoid wasting money on.  Sanchez’ entry in Wikipedia is self-written (using Google translator) as are the references to his works with Wikipedia issuing a warning that the writing does not meet Wikipedia standards. There is no mention made in the Perú provincial professor’s syllabus or lectures during a short four week course of such luminaries as Andrew Abbott (USA), Jane Addams (USA), Francesco Alberoni (Italy), Alwardi Ali (Iraq), Stanislav Andreski (Poland), Aaron Antonovsky (Israel), Anne Barges (France), Gregory Bateson (UK), Ulrich Beck (Germany), Walden Bello (Philippines), Mohamed Cherkaoui (Morocco), Manuel De Landa (Mexico), Georgi Dimitrov Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Jose Mauricio Domingues (Brasil), or others. Sadly, he ignores the limited contributions of his own peers, and sets himself up as being the great determiner. Students learn nothing about aboriginal or exogamous life, gangs or ghettos. The professor is a thief of students time, money, and learning, yet is free to roam the campus and spew nonsense and ignorance under the stained mantle of academe that he has self-appropriated.

Perú law states that to teach at the university level, the teacher must have at least one Master degree—yet few possess more than a Licentiate (to teach in a primary or secondary school a bachelor degree is required). A genuine doctoral degree is rare (and the few dissertations that I have read would qualify at best for a high school term paper with a few rare ones weighing in at the master level). Teachers are self-styled doctors (a term commonly used for lawyers, but now can be for any degree specialty) on their curriculum vitae and by feign-praising students seeking to ingratiate themselves with the teacher (I had one student write, angrily, that he would rather be loved as a “friend” than to be known as an educated man who could disseminate knowledge). This has to change—now. The longer the wait (poco a poco) the less value Perú has in the world and the more its wealth will be taken by those who will offer a few dollars for thousands of dollars of goods, natural resources, and artifacts. Science and economics have by-passed Perú as RPP notes. Unless the change is now, there will be no Perú tomorrow.

José Antonio Chang

Ninth, Perú needs more funding. While the government of Perú spends only 3% of its GNP on education, placing it the rank of 107 in the world, Bolivia spends 6.3% and is 25 in the world ranking (the USA spends 5.7% and the UK spends 5.3%). Perú excelled when Antonio Chang was Minister of Education under Alan Garcia Perez, but has fallen dramatically under the Humala presidency with SUTEP, a thoroughly corrupt union that protects the incompetent and does not demand its members be subject matter experts member Patricia Salas O’Brienwho claims to be a sociologist.  Salas O’Brien

Patricia Salas O'Brien, Minister of Education

wants to change the history textbooks—but with no promise that they will be objective, honest, factual—by adding, by 2013, a section on the Truth Commission (video is here); most likely when the books are reworked for a person in power, they will become a rehash of sectarian and special interest propaganda to delight the one Congresista who has little interest in the poor, the rural, and illiterate to barely-illiterate: Martha Chavez. It will be nearly impossible for Perú to ever win international accreditation—but Perú education can be purchased.  Salas O’Brien’s plan is ambitious (see video here), and if it works it will succeed only if vested interests intent on keep the conduct of inquiry suppressed are silenced and reminded that education is for students and educators–not for religious groups nor for industries that hold sway and define learning in a way that will further limit the future generations’ ability to make choices and enter a new life.

Tenth, it is past time to remove the influence of sectarian theology and churches from academic institutions. Academic studies require a critical appraisal of facts. Religion relies on a belief structure that cannot be scientifically proven. Too many students spend too much time in prayers and not enough time studying books and other records, doing analytical comparison, writing critiques and judgments, or questioning source material. Scholarship is a science—not a faith.

Juan Luis Ciprian Thorne

The one university of higher learning in Perú that has reached world acclaim and attention is the Catholic Pontifical University in Lima, but with its acceleration towards objectivity, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, an Opus Dei cardinal and the son of two supernummaries (supernummaries compose 70% of the clandestine organization:  the article has been reprinted numerous times on numerous blogs) cardinal-archbishop of Lima, who is struggling to force the university, faculty and students under the iron fist of Opus Dei. While popular with predatory popes and cardinals, and with 52% of the poor of Perú, Cipriani Thorne lost four times an election to head the Peruvian Episcopal Conference (CEP).  In September 2011, the university rightfully rejected a request by the Vatican to bring its statutes in line with the apostolic exhortation Ex Corde Ecclesiae or risk losing its status as a Catholic and pontifical institution. This taut theological terrorist attack was rejected by the university who saw it as Cipriani’s way to force Opus Dei into the university and run a one-time highly respectable university so that Opus Dei can destroy the Pontifical’s credibility and worldview (read here and here).

Marcial Rubio (rector of the Pontifical University, Lima, Peru)

On September 20th the the courageous and democracy prone President of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, Marcial Rubio, the Research Vice-President, Pepi Patrón, and Legal advisor, Francisco Eguiguren, on behalf of a group of university authorities, faculty and student representatives, filed a petition before the IACHR claiming that the Constitutional Court of Peru has violated provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights and the Protocol of San Salvador, and the rules of due process in a March 2010 resolution (03347-2009-PA/TC) published a month later. The University filed an amparo petition before the Constitutional Court seeking protection against the threat to its autonomy and property rights posed by the Archbishop of Lima through his appointee, Mr. Walter Muñoz-Cho. The amparo petition noted that: The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, is a leading member of Opus Dei, who vocally opposes PUCP’s autonomy. Peru’s Constitutional Court ruled against the University petition and distorted the amparo claim by introducing wrongful considerations regarding autonomy, property and even the nature of the relations between PUCP and the Archbishop of Lima. This resolution affects the individual rights of the members of the entire PUCP community. It threatens rights as freedom of association, and freedom of thought and expression, enshrined in the American Convention on Human Rights. It also undermines the right to education, as defined in Article 13° of the Additional Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights especially clauses relating to the relationship between education and effective participation in a pluralistic democratic society and promoting tolerance, the right to freely choose the type of education to receive and the right to establish and direct educational institutions under the laws in force.

Pontifical University in Lima, Perú

Attempting to throw its theological threats around, the Vatican ordered the rector of the Pontifical University to “visit Rome”.  

Cardinal Erdő

On October 24, 2011, according to the newspaper La Republica, Martin Mejorada, the legal representative of the Pontifical university said, “[i]n no way will we accept any imposition made by Cardinal Erdo. We are governed solely by Peruvian law”. Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne called in Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary to threaten the university with a loss of its pontifical status since he was denied a seat on its board of directors.  The university, courageously and forcefully said “No!” out of concern for Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne’s Opus Dei views and membership as the Vatican makes the unfounded claim that the university is its property (in keeping with the medieval mortmain of absolute control and the rejection of human rights destroyed by the favorites of the popes and bought cardinaltes (“the red hat”) for their small children.  Among these recipients was the most notorious of the teenage cardinals: Guize de Lorraine, known as Louis I de (1527-1578). Guize de Lorraine was born October 21, 1527, made a bishop of Troyes (constituted a an administrator because he was not 27) before his 18th birthday on May 11, 1545, and was the nephew of Cardinal Jean de Lorraine (1518), and a brother of Cardinal Charles I de Guise de Lorraine (1547) whose scandalous life even surprised the French. He was the uncle of Cardinal Louis II de Guise (1578), and grand-uncle of Cardinal Louis III de Guise (1615) before having an illigetimate daughter named Anne de Arne; cf. Cardella, Lorenzo (1793). Memorie storiche de’ cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, IV, 335-336; Chacón, Alfonso (1630). Vitæ, et res gestæ Pontificvm Romanorum et S. R. E. Cardinalivm ab initio nascentis Ecclesiæ vsque ad Vrbanvm VIII. Pont. Max. 2 volumes. Romae : Typis Vaticanis, II, col. 1601; Eubel, Conradus and Gulik, Guglielmus van (1935). Hierarchia Catholica Medii et Recentioris Aevi, Münich : Sumptibus et Typis Librariae Regensbergianae; reprint, Padua : Il Messagero di S. Antonio, 1960, III, 33, 71, 101, 242, 298 and 317; Fisquet, Honoré-Jean-Pierre (1864-1873). La France pontificale (Gallia Christiane); histoire chronologique et biographique des archevêques et évêques de tous les diocèses de France depuis l’établissement du Christianisme jusqu’à nos jours, divisée en 18 provinces ecclésiastiques. 2nd ed. 21 vols. Paris : E. Repos, vol. 19. “Sens et Auxerre”, 123-125; Gams, Pius Bonifatius (1957). Series episcoporum Ecclesiae catholicae. 3 v. in 1. Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, p. 293.

Officially, the youngest cardinal was only twelve years of age when the red hat was placed on his head–a head to small to keep the hat in place.  The new cardinal was Robert de Nobili (1541-1559), the son of Vincenzo de’ Nobili, count of Civitella, and Maddalena Barbolani, of the counts of Montatoobili. Great-nephew of Pope Julius III (who made him a cardinal at age 12) in exchange for gold.  Julius III was a “brother” on his mother’s side. Robert had an Uncle [more like a brother] Cardinal Francesco Sforza (1583). Robert, who openly admitted he entered the church “to become rich” participated in the first conclave of 1555, which elected Pope Marcellus II, and participated in the second conclave of 1555 that elected the thoroughly corrupt Pope Paul IV. Read Burkle-Young, Francis A. and Michael Leopoldo Doerrer (1997). The life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte : a scandal in scarlet ; together with materials for a history of the House of Ciocchi del Monte San Savino. Lewiston, NY : E. Mellen Press, 1997. (Renaissance studies, v. 2), pp. 110-116; Cardella, Lorenzo (1793). Memorie storiche de’ cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, IV, 332-335; Chacón, Alfonso (1630). Vitæ, et res gestæ Pontificvm Romanorum et S. R. E. Cardinalivm ab initio nascentis Ecclesiæ vsque ad Vrbanvm VIII. Pont. Max. 2 volumes. Romae : Typis Vaticanis, II, col. 1601-1603; Eubel, Conradus and Gulik, Guglielmus van (1935). Hierarchia Catholica Medii et Recentioris Aevi, Münich : Sumptibus et Typis Librariae Regensbergianae, 1935; reprint, Padua : Il Messagero di S. Antonio, 1960, III, 33 and 74.  That Robert was the youngest cardinal in the Renaissance / Counter Reformation Roman Catholic Church is in dispute, however, with evidence emerging that there was at least one younger cardinal.  He should not be confused with another Robert de Nobili who was a Jesuit who went as an unwelcomed missionary to Southern India, for he was born in 1577.  He alienated the Vatican through a policy he styled as accommodatio: adopting local customs and practices that he did not believe contradicted established Roman Catholic rituals and beliefs.

According to Burkle-Young, The life of Cardinal Innocenzo [Giocchi] del Monte, p. 111, argues that Luis Antonio Jaime de Borbón y Farnesio, son of King Felipe V of Spain, who was seven years old when he was the youngest cardinal ever created until December 19, 1735, by Pope Clement XII.  The cardinal’s hate was assured after the pope made the child perpetual administrator of the temporal matters of the archdiocese of Toledo on November 10, 1735.  He was not required and never took any “sacred orders” and was never a priest. He resigned his cardinalate because of his “strong sexual urges” in a private and secret consistory with Benedict XIV on December 18, 1754.  Read: Cardella, Lorenzo (1794). Memorie storiche de’ cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. 9 vols. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, VIII, 276-277; González, R. “Borbón, Luis Antonio Jaime de.” Diccionario de historia eclesiástica de España. 4 vols and Supplement. Dirigido por Quintín Aldea Vaquero, Tomás Marín Martínez, José Vives Gatell. Madrid : Instituto Enrique Flórez, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1972-1975; Suplemento (1987), I, 274; Ritzler, Remigium, and Pirminum Sefrin. Hierarchia Catholica Medii et Recientoris Aevi. Volumen VI (1730-1799). Patavii : Typis et Sumptibus Domus Editorialis “Il Messaggero di S. Antonio” apud Basilicam S. Antonii, 1968, pp. ; Tovar Martín, Virginia. “Ventura y desventura de Don Luis Antonio Jaime de Borbón y Farnesio, hermano de Carlos III.” Reales Sitios: Revista del Patrimonio Nacional, 101 (1989), 32-44.

Julius III's "Innocenzo"

Innocenzo Giocchi del Monte became cardinal at age 17, his own past sullied by numerous sexual “indescretions”: he was the son of a female beggar, was an illiterate but vivacious and good-looking 14 year old when he was picked up on the streets of Parma by Cardinal Giovanni Maria Del Monte (Pope Julius III who turned the Vatican into a homosexual stable and issued a papal bull declaring Innocenzo legitimate so that he could stay in the papal apartment.  The pope named Innocenzo “Cardinal Nephew”, effectively in charge of all papal correspondence, even though the “body of a god” the youth’s nickname, was barely literate and had difficulty reading and writing so was promoted to the office of Cardinal Secretary of State). Cardinal Giovanni Maria del Monte openly admitted that he had fallen in love with him, and who used favors to ensure the cooperation of the boy’s father, and their sexual activities became common gossip, that in time saw the youth moved to a monastery where he had “a free hand”. Read: Burkle-Young, Francis A. and Michael Leopoldo Doerrer (1997). The life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte : a scandal in scarlet ; together with materials for a history of the House of Ciocchi del Monte San Savino. Lewiston, NY : E. Mellen Press, 1997. (Renaissance studies, v. 2); Cardella, Lorenzo (1793). Memorie storiche de’ cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, IV, 297-301; Chacón, Alfonso (1558). Vitæ, et res gestæ Pontificvm Romanorum et S. R. E. Cardinalivm ab initio nascentis Ecclesiæ vsque ad Vrbanvm VIII. Pont. Max. 2 volumes. Romae : Typis Vaticanis, II, col. 1588; Eubel, Conradus and Gulik, Guglielmus van (1935). Hierarchia Catholica Medii et Recentioris Aevi, Münich : Sumptibus et Typis Librariae Regensbergianae; reprint, Padua : Il Messagero di S. Antonio, 1960, III, 31-32, 61, 75, 76 and 246, “Mirapicen.”, n. 5; Weber, Christoph (1994). Legati e governatori dello Stato Pontificio : 1550-1809. Roma : Ministero per i beni culturali e ambientali, Ufficio centrale per i beni archivistici, 1994. (Pubblicazioni degli archivi di Stato. Sussidi; 7) pp. 149 and 630.; the youngest “pope” (a fiction) was St. Alexander I, who was 16 and deposed when he was 21 in Rome “for secret sins of the flesh”–he was homosexual [all original prints of the above references are in the private library in Perú of this author and can be found in the libraries of major universities), using words similar to that of the curia and Holy Inquisition during the trial of scientist Galileo Galilee on the unfounded charges of heresy (deny the validity of the Old Testament, Joshua 10:13 (a plagiarism from ancient Hittite cuneiform records), claim that the sun stood still in its circling the earth).  Opus Dei, following the Machiavellian maneuverings and protestations of the unholy scoundrel and flagellant Josemaria Escrivá, refuses free speech for dissent, women the right of determining the destiny of their own bodies, basic human rights and more in preparation to take over the world and make it into a martial and militant medieval Roman Catholic state (cp. Escriva’s The Way).  Escrivá and his nefarious organization was rightfully called “God’s Octopus” so meniacal was his greed, grasp and lack of principles, that numbers four bishops in the USA, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, and presidential candidate Rick Santorum, but most especially the sewage-tongued  Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne has referred to human rights as “that bullshit!” (in a 1994 interview with Caretas; the better educated in Perú have openly declared, the only “bullshit” is Cipriani Throne).

A strong supporters of dictators such as Alberto Fujimori and would-be queen, Congresista Martha Chavez, Cipriani-Thorne has publicly declared that the teenage students of La Cantuta who were murdered by the paramilitary thugs “who Cipriani Thorne has declared “dutiful sons of Mother Church”) of Vladimiro Montesinos who ordered that the victims be sodomized before being shot so “they will never enter heaven” were justifiably executed—a claim that has embolden Martha Chavez to demand her “right” to tear down a memorial raised to the innocents “until every pebble is discarded” (read here and here). Martha [Marta in Perú Spanish] Chavez has the support of most gangster elements in Peru and is quick to draw Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne’s support for her most draconian designs. A schizophrenic psychopath, Juan Luis Cipriani Thornea condemned the peasants who opposed the death penalty of being cowards, and became the insatiable blood-lusting cleric once Abimael Guzmán (the leader of the Shining Path) was captured–the applauded the death penalty but later changed his mind and now opposes capital punishment. Demented and with no training in psychology, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne has referred to homosexuals as “damaged goods” and demonstrates he has never studied nor read a single medical and psychological treatise on this natural and normal (as defined by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association among hundreds of other professional groups in the USA, UK, Europe and Asia and was removed from the classification of being “a disease” by the World Health Organization in 1977; only the most uneducated nations led by theocrats like Cipriani Thorne, radical Islamic ayatollahs [archbishops] and illiterate Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Nigeria and Uganda maintain that this natural state of sexuality is a perversion and demand the death of innocent LGBT people) state among all species. 

When not casting cruel aspersions on the increasing LGBT community in Perú, the calamitous Cipriani turns the torn earn of charity away from the pleas of thousands of Perú women to have a safe abortion when the zygote is conceived by an act of rape, incest, or without consent.  The stranglehold of religion on the schools prohibits medical specialists from teaching safe therapeutic skills for a save abortion, and outlaws even the discussion of fetal development unless the zygote and fetal cell growth is wrongly defined as being “a child.” Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne has actually outdone Adolf Hitler on duplicity and legislating against the people in an effort to make them forever ignorant, forever poor, and forever slaves of the dying Roman Catholic Church.

Through steamed lenses covered with blood of his victims Cipriani Thorn sees his greatest enemies as being the Jesuits who champion human rights in Perú, and closets himself with mentally mummified mortals. The same is true of Adventist and other sectarian evangelical schools where doctrine and indoctrination is considered of greater importance than inquiry, education and learning with the greatest damage done to the sciences (creation is still taught as the genesis of the world, earth’s solar system is detailed as the only universe, etc) and medicine (colds originate because of the drinking of cold water, headaches are the result of thinking evil thoughts inspired by a  chimerical Satan, and a woman’s priority is to have children following the Nazi proclamation patterned after a speech by their dead Kaiser Wilhelm II:

Kinder, Küche, Kirche -- Adolf Hitler

Kinder, Küche, Kirche  that was blessed by Protestant evangelicals and Roman Catholic clergy throughout the Third Reich).

Academically, religion belongs in a department of philosophy or literature if it enters a school—otherwise it must stay in a mosque, synagogue, church, temple or other religious edifice. Each religion must be compared to all other religions as well as philosophies opposed to religion: atheism, agnosticism, human sciences, free-thinkers and so forth; the comparison must be academic to broaden knowledge. To do otherwise negates intelligence, acquisition of knowledge unfettered with canons, codes, and contexts that cannot be proven; furthermore it limits the freedom of the learner and the quest for wisdom (σοφία or sophia). Giving preference to any god or goddess or to any religion is not only a disservice to the serious student but discourages objectivity and learning.  All religions are equal as all came out of an uneducated environment seeking some explanation for that which no one had the answers as science had not yet been born, and with the various clergy, science was stiffled or stripped of meaning in the same manner as it has been transmogrified throughout Perú as it is in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, and worse in the USA in the state of Louisiana. Education to live, thrive, and grow must be supported financially, intellectually and personally: by teachers, administrators, and students who demand access to truth and are willing to pay the price by studying: reading, writing, analyzing, debating, and being able to critique that which is to determine if it is real and still pertinent.

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Rick Santorum, Opus Dei, Roman Catholicism and USA democracy and freedom

Rick Santorum

Rupert Murdoch endorsed Rick Santorum for president before the Iowa caucuses met and awarded him a second place finish (Mitt Romney beating him by eight votes). Murdoch owns Santorum, as he owns Fox News, New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, and twists and distorts the news for personal gain never hesitating to invade privacy or the lives of others. Santorum was a paid analyst (before leaving to run for the presidency) for Fox News and exhibited a total lack of objectivity, neutrality or other virtues associated with respectable journalism.

Karen Santorum: 2012 Is a 'Battlefield' for 'Defending God's Truth'

Santorum has been called, and accepts the judgment of many, that he is a Roman Catholic missionary first and foremost in his life.  This is not the case with his family members in Italy where the Santorums were dedicated communists.  “In Riva del Garda [a community of ultraliberals that support gay rights, abortion, birth control, and liberal causes; the family frequently had “high ranking” communists into their home] his grandfather Pietro and uncles were ‘red communists’ to the core,” reads one weekly magazine: Oggi: No. 36. “Chi è Santorum, il candidato americano che sfida Obama” di [by] Giuseppe Fumagalli. For videos, view here and here.

Throughout his political career his religion came before the Constitution or the rights of citizens. He is a member of Opus Dei that would force all people into Roman Catholicism by any means including lying, betrayal, and subterfuge, repressing basic human sexuality and normal instincts because of the extraordinary religious zeal of his wife Karen.   Karen Santorum is a fervid radical-right spokeswoman who argues that there will be a real battle in 2012 to defend god and god’s truth, since her god does not have enough power or resources to defend itself. In speaking with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Karen explained:

Defending the secredness [sic: sacredness] of marriage. Defending the sanctity of life. So I see it a little differently because I know it’s going to be literally on a battlefield, and it’s going to be really hard. So there is a lot of reservation. But it really boils down to God’s will. What is it that God wants?

The Santorums support the politics of assassination, jubilant over the murder of Osama bin Laden, but argued that Obama did not go far enough.  God wants more carnage.  God wants Rick as president (psychotic delusions are discussed in Jaspers, Karl (1913). Allgemeine Psychopathologie. Ein Leitfaden  für  Studierende, Ärzte und Psychologen. Berlin, Germany: J. Springer; cp. Myin-Germeys I, Nicolson NA, Delespaul PA (April 2001). “The context of delusional experiences in the daily life of patients with schizophrenia”. Psychological Medicine 31 (3): 489–98, and Freeman, D. (2006).  “Delusions in the nonclinical population”. Current Psychiatry Reports. June 8(3):191-204) and he and his wife’s mental patterns have been shaped by Opus Dei (Jørgensen P, and Jensen J (1994). “What predicts the persistence of delusional beliefs?” Pscyhopathology 27(1-2):73-8; and, Jørgensen P (1994). “Course and outcome in delusional beliefs”. Psychopatholgy 27(1-2):89-99) which is the focus of this study.  The Santorums belief system was reinforced in Iowa by Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY, who shows similar traits of delusional psychopathology, the desire to force society into a conformist mold, to elevate a single theology above all others, and the restratification of the family with the male being superior (see my article on Bob Vander Plaats and the death of the family structure in Iowa).

Richard John Santorum is a strict conformist who believes whatever he is told by a priest or bishop, and enforces the Opus Dei codex with a passion, regardless of its scientific or medical legitimacy.  This devotion to Opus Dei and unswerving submission to Roman Catholicism can be seen in his every move, public and private.  This can best be seen in his relationship with a 20-week old fetus that died two hours after a forced birth.

Fetal development week 18 (20 weeks after first day of last normal menstrual period)

As the fetus became increasingly more likely to die, the doctors said that the only chance it had at twenty-weeks was an induced delivery, but that would require the use of a special drug.  After resisting at first, Karen Anne Garver Santorum who has a nursing degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, (and worked several years as a neonatal intensive care nurse) allowed doctors to give her the drug Pitocinto speed the birth. Karen Santorum was a law student at the University of Pittsburgh where she met her future husband who was recruiting her to work at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Karen was not the Christian-zealot Santorum initially wanted, but that would come as her reasoning would be transmogrified into obedience. As a nursing student at Duquesne University, Karen Santorum lived with Tom Allen, an obstetrician-gynecologist (op-gyn) who was 40 years her senior in age (she was twenty and the doctor sixty years of age) and had in fact delivered her, and had cofounded Pittsburgh’s first abortion clinic.  At the time that she had the sexual affair with Allen, Karen Garver (Santorum) was pro-choice.  When she met Rick Santorum, she was eager and delighted to tell Dr. Allen that Rick Santorum was pro-choice.  As Dr. Allen told a Pennsylvania newspaper in 2005 (see Philadelphia Citypaper):

“When she moved out to go be with Rick, she told me I’d like him, that he was pro-choice and a humanist,” said Allen, an elderly but vibrant man, during a brief conversation on the porch of his Pittsburgh row home. “But I don’t think there’s a humanist bone in that man’s body.”

As he began to make money, his values changed and he began to attack the poor and Middle Class, as he records in his book It Takes A Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (449 pages). For example: on page 138 Santorum wrote: “The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong.” Or page 386: “It’s amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools.” At one point, he accuses feminists of hating women, yet in speeches he claims that feminists are lesbians. 

Rick Santorum and his wife Karen condemn men and women who are living together “out of wedlock [marriage]”, which is absolute hypocrisy, as Carole Joeffe, a University of California, San Francisco professor noted in her article, that the future Mrs. Santorum was an “unmarried but cohabitating [female], and presumably using birth control—that has become only more common in American society since the late 1980s, when she lived with Dr. Allen. (Indeed, the only difference between Karen Santorum and millions of other Americans in similar circumstances, then and now, was the unusually large gap in age between her and her partner).”  … “…Rick Santorum’s stated policy positions, which include not only his well known obsession with abolishing legal abortion, but also his opposition to birth control and all nonprocreative sexual acts, are greatly out of step with the lives of the vast majority of Americans.  Clearly, the Santorums have changed their views over time on the issues of premarital sex and contraception as well as abortion, moving in a far more conservative direction. The couple has attributed these changes to a deepening religious faith, and such new beliefs are of course their right. But the Senator’s fervent desire to deny the rest of us the sexual and reproductive choices that his own wife once enjoyed is breathtakingly hypocritical and cruel.”

Rick’s book is a definitive diary of a paranoid schizophrenic who condemns working mothers, including those who must work as they are the only parent, to equating poverty as a judgment of his god. In his book, Santorum scolds working mothers. Helping support the family, he writes, “provides a convenient rationalization for pursuing a gratifying career outside the home” yet he says nothing about underemployed and unemployed fathers, or those making minimum wage.  Santorum  screams that liberals screwed up by trying to protect children born out of wedlock from cuts in welfare. Stigma and shame should attach to illegitimate births, he argues, but later he laments the high rate of abortion among poor, African American women ignoring the fact that abortion is the ultimate solution for many African (and other races) American women who cannot afford to feed another mouth, buy the necessary clothes, or pay for even a modest education for their young.

According to Karen Santorum’s book, Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum, she later developed a life-threatening intrauterine infection and a fever that reached nearly 105 degrees. Intrauterine infection usually leads to brain damage in the fetus (Huleihel, Mahmoud; Golan, Hava; and, Hallak, Mordechai (2004). “Intrauterine infection/inflammation during pregnancy and offspring brain damage: Possible mechanisms involved”. Reproductive Biological Endocrinology 2:17) and is associated with morbidity and mortality to infants, increased risk of intraventricular hemorrhage, neonatal white matter damage, and subsequent cerebral palsy  (as the Genetics of Pregnancy Encyclopedia notes: “there are only five bacteria/viruses or pathogens that can pass through the placenta and affect a fetus that can cause fetal damage. These organisms are known by the acronym TORCHS – Toxoplasma, Rubella (German measles), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Herpes virus, and Syphilis”).  Karen Santorum went into induced labor when she was 20 weeks pregnant.

20-week-old fetus

When the fetus was delivered, the Santorums quickly called it “Gabriel” in honor of the archangel.  Gabriel lived just two hours. Rick and Karen Santorum would not let the morgue take the corpse of their newborn; they slept that night in the hospital with their lifeless baby between them. The next day, they took him home (an exhibition of pedopseudonecrophile psychosis bordering on Schadenfreude). They spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass.  ”Your siblings could not have been more excited about you!” Karen, in a mode of self-denial (abnegation in psychology, a form of self-torture which can lead to natural or voluntary death of the person in self-denial: it is a prelude to suicide or crime) and is detrimental to physical and psychological health, writes in the book, which takes the form of letters to Gabriel, mostly while he is in utero. ”Elizabeth and Johnny held you with so much love and tenderness. Elizabeth proudly announced to everyone as she cuddled you, ‘This is my baby brother, Gabriel; he is an angel‘.”   Santorum, out of touch with reality and strangely attached to mental psychosis of denial, never accepted the fact that what he slept with was a dead fetus.   

Santorum is a devout son of the Roman Catholic Church and its official teachings–even though the majority of Roman Catholics reject most of them.  For example, Rick and Karen Santorum oppose all forms of birth control.  As Rick invoked on October 18, 2011: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”  He pledged to repeal all federal funding for contraceptives, which will cause the greatest hardship for

Implant contraception

the poor. Nearly every woman in the USA, age 15 to 44, uses at least one contraceptive measure to prevent unwanted pregnancies and contact with sexually transmitted diseases. Without funding from Medicaid and Title X, “abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double.”

The entire story of Gabriel is a horror turned tragedy.  The Santorums knew that the fetus had little chance for survival.  Strongly Roman Catholic, neither Rick nor Karen accepted the reality of abortion, even to save a mother’s life or to remove a dead fetus.  While brain development does begin early in pregnancy, it remains at embryonic stages until late in the gestation period, with fetal brain tissue only beginning to appear in the fourth week and does not reach a significant potential until the thirtieth week taking on those characteristic grooves and indentations that include brain cells (red blood cells) while much of the lanugo — commonly referred to as a soft, downy hair that covers the body of the fetus that gave it an almost animal-like appearance — is beginning to disappear.  Lanugo disappears because both fat and the emerging brain are regulating the body temperature of the fetus. This does not happen in the twentieth week; Karen ignored basic embryological facts. Synapses of the cortex (cf. Palay, S. L. (1956). “Synapses in the central nervous system.” Journal of Biophysical and Biochemical Cytology. Jul 25;2(4 Suppl):193–202.) do not develop until the last months (not midway through a pregnancy). Synapses of the cortex bestow cognitive reasoning abilities on the fetus (such as crying, screaming, and so forth).  A fetus does not have a fully developed brain until the close of the gestation period—before the final stages prior to birth. Well-formed nerve endings/fibers are not yet fully developed although what exists can transmit some pain in the twentieth week.

Egg penetrated by sperm

The Roman Catholic Church, that Karen and Rick Santorum adhere to and attend regularly, argues that life (a “baby”) begins at conception. This is false, as conception brings about a union of cells with potential. Even Thomas Aquinas (Summa contra Gentiles 2.87 and 2.79 ), plagiarizing Augustine of Hippo (L’Anima e la sua Origine and Le Due Anime 2.2) with both taking from Plato (Augustine, Confessions 9.13-15, 20.26 and City of God chapter 8, especially VIII.7 with Augustine struggling to make Plato a proto-Christian; Aquinas, on the other hand, followed Aristotelian thinking that the soul appears when the body is completed in formation: Summa Theologica Book I, 75.4, 75.7, 76.1, Book II, Part 1, 4.5, and Summa contra Gentiles 2.57 with Aquinas struggling to make Aristotle a proto-Christian with Aquinas arguing that the being in the womb after conception first possesses only a vegetative soul matching ancient Hebrew thinking),  disagreed that a fetus has a “soul” that is the primary ingredient for “life” in Roman Catholic teaching.

“Personhood” (originally argued by Bernard Nathanson and later championed by evangelicals and Roman Catholics in the State of Mississippi in an effort to have their religious ideology declared fact and law) does not begin nor exist before the twenty-eighth week at the earliest, as Dr. Dominick Purpura,  former dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and later dean at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York argued (read: Dr. Edwin C. Meyer, chair of Pediatric Neurology of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, in The New York Times (25 January 1985), and Ide, Arthur Frederick (1986). Abortion Handbook: the History, Legal Progress, Practice & Psychology of Abortion (3rd ed.). Las Colinas, TX: The Liberal Press, pp. 17-31).

The Santorum story is not unusual.  Some people have taken home a seventeen week-old fetus. Ghoulish, yes, but grief (post-traumatic stress that has five stages and can lead to severe psychological trauma) defies logic and is common.

17-week-old fetus carried home

What the Santorums did is not much different from other parents; for example: Barbara Bush showed her son George W. Bush her dead fetus that she kept in a jar.  After seeing the fetus in the jar, George W. Bush claimed that it made him “pro-life”.

Preserved 20-week-old fetus in jar

Justin Frank, a Washington, DC based psychoanalyst found the preservation of the fetus to be the behavior of an extremely depressed person. Probably also extremely angry… because I think she’s saying—essentially—that she has had to suffer.” Dr. Robert Gangi, a New York City psychologist specializing in bereavement, was also struck by Barbara Bush’s decision to show a dead fetus to her son. “In general, parents would look to shield the siblings from that sort of a thing,” he said, adding that “the plain trauma of seeing a fetus in a jar” would be “a pretty significant experience.”  I know of no reputable psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst who would consider it normal behavior to expose children to the sight of a dead fetus—it only causes shock, dismay, and self-condemnation, and find it applauded only in popular journals such as Psychology Today.  I disagree with the commentary that a fetus is a baby.  A baby, by definition is a newborn or very young infant or child, while a fetus is an evolving embryo in a womb or egg that is recognizable in form of its kind, and in humans is recognizable after the end of the second month of gestation. A fertilized egg or embryo officially becomes a fetus about one month before the first trimester ends, and he remains a fetus until birth.  

To arbitrarily, and wrongly interchange these words adds to the grieving process that can be cataclysmic if there is no source of external comfort. Comfort comes best with conversations with medical and trained psychologists (Murray J, Callan VJ (1988). “Predicting adjustment to perinatal death.” British Journal of Medical Psychology.  September; 61 (Pt 3):237-44; and Weiss, L, Fischer L, and Richman, J. (1989). “Parental adjustment to intrapartum and delivery room loss. The role of a hospital-based support program.” Clinics in Perinatology. December, 16(4):1009-1019; Thomas, J. (1995). “The effects on the family of miscarriage, termination of abnormality, stillbirth and neonatal death.” Child Care Health and Development November 21 (6):413-424).

Rick Santorum's Leesburg, VA home (he claims he is a resident of Pennsylvania)

Today, Karen Santorum is a lawyer (Rick also took a degree in law at the University of Pittsburgh) and an outspoken opponent of birth control (she was one of twelve children) and abortion (they have seven children: four boys and three girls all of whom are home-schooled to shield them from the real world and received $70,000 from the State of Pennsylvania and the Penn Hills School District as required by local and state law while Rick bragged he was living “from paycheck to paycheck” and “if necessary” take out a loan to further his children’s education); the Santorums were renting a house in Penn Hills. Later the School District asked the Santorums to repay $67,000, which they refused, and took their children out of the Cyber School.  In September 2006, Santorum asked county officials to exempt his Penn Hills property from the homestead tax exemption, which applied to homeowners’ primary residences. The county council president responded by saying that Santorum had “said during a televised debate that he spends about 30 days in his Penn Hills house each year.”  The lies of the Santorum became viral, and were a part of the reasons why he lost the Pennsylvania US Senate Seat that was won by Democrat Casey (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ultimately endorsed Casey, noting that “Santorum exemplifies the worse of Washington“. 

Santorums theme: Kinder, Küche, Kirche

Home life is important to the Santorums, and matching the message of the last Kaiser of Germany and later the Nazis and even Hitler (Doramus, Max, ed. (1990). The Complete Hitler. A Digital Desktop Reference to His Speeches & Proclamations, 1932-1945.   Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. p. 532 on-line) who uniformly invoked “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (Children, Kitchen, Church), Rick argues that women must stay at home: “In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to. … What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else — or worse yet, home alone after school between three and six in the afternoon — find themselves more affirmed by society? Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism.”

The subtle nuances of truth meant nothing to the Roman Catholic Church that awarded him and his wife the John Paul II Award (normally it is given to youth ages 16 to 18 who participate in the diocese affairs in Ireland; there is only one single reference to the Santorums winning the award, it is an unsubstantiated item (No. 17) and is a mere mention).  Later, Rick and Karen Santorum were recognized by the Institute for Psychological Sciences for “championing women and unborn children.”  The Institute is a front for Roman Catholicism and has little in common with actual psychology and its instruction.

Institute for the Psychological Sciences home webpage

Institute for Psychological Sciences is not a recognized psychological institute, but in fact a Roman Catholic graduate school offering a Master of Arts degree and affiliated covertly with Opus Dei and openly with the Legion of Christ that demands the protection of fertilized human eggs (zygotes or embryos). All zygotes (fertilized eggs) and fetuses are considered “babies” even those spontaneously aborted.  The Institute openly admits that it teaches faith and not psychology, training its students to be missionaries for the faith under the pretense of psychology. It is strictly Roman Catholic in perspective and has no tolerance for other faiths. 

Gladys M. Sweeney

The Institute for Psychological Sciences is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association or any reputable psychological group worldwide.  It is a fraud started by Founder and Academic Dean Gladys M. Sweeney, Ph. D. Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University and is a member of Opus Dei.  Sweeney is the junior editor of two books both from “a Roman Catholic perspective”:  Robinson, Daniel M. (a philosophy professor at Oxford University with no training in psychology), and Sweeny, Gladys M. (2006) Human Nature in Its Wholeness: A Roman Catholic Perspective (Washington, DC: Catholic University; Database: ISIS Bibliography of the History of Science; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Database), chapter fourteen is entitled “The Doctrines of Human Nature, Sin, and Grace”.  It liberally borrows from Augustine of Hippo while giving special attention to the theology and anthropology of John Paul II. 

Karol Józef Wojtyła age 12

John Paul II, birth registry notes his name as Karol Józef Wojtyła was a young man who showed little interest in religion.  He attended Krakow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 where he showed an interest in theater and poetry.  Only with the Nazi occupation of Poland did the  youth study theology under the archbishop of Krakow and was ordained in 1946.  He later studied theology in Rome, at the Pontifical International Athenaeum Angelicum where he earned a licentiate and later a doctorate in sacred theology but has no education in the sciences or arts.  His dissertation was entitled The Doctrine of Faith According to Saint John of the Cross. 

Constantine burning Arian books (from a compendium of canon law)

John Paul charted Roman Catholic church’s teaching were central to Western Civilization without detailing how immense and universal has its hatred for the individual and destruction of individuality and choice.  He never made mention of the numerous times the Roman Catholic Church burned books it disagreed with, executed authors who did not accept Roman Catholic teaching, or banned those who cast aspersions on the numerous pagan gods who were raised to sainthood to “strengthen the faith” among those “without Jesus.” 

The barbarities of the founding of the Roman Catholic Church in the late fourth century CE, the new theologian, were seen as the cornerstone of faith as seen in the Spanish Inquisition and the attack on women accused of being witches as covered in the Mallus Maleficarum of Heinrich Krammer and James Sprenger and the Bull against witchcraft by Pope Innocent VIII (1484); and Golub, Lester S. and Sweeny, Gladys M. (1981). Improving Academic Performance in a Bilingual Education Classroom.  (ERIC: the ERIC database is an initiative of the US Department of Education).  Neither is applicable to the public school system or to freedom of thought and disagreement.

A strong supporter of fascist groups, including Opus Dei, Legion of Christ, the Neocatechumenal Way, Schoenstatt, the charismatic movement, John Paul II shielded clerics who rallied against human and civil rights. He opposed birth control, LGBT rights, and supported gender roles in keeping with the writings of the Pauline epistles, and while he allowed and encouraged women to take roles in secular governments–provided they followed Roman Catholic

Women as priests and deaconesses in early church c. 47 - 400 CE

teaching and Church authority–he denied women a preaching role in the Church–even though women were priests and bishops in the ancient Christian communities (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1984). Woman as priest, bishop, and laity in the early Catholic Church to 440 A.D. : with a translation and critical commentary on Romans 16 and other relevant scripture and patrological writings on women in the early Christian church. Mesquite, TX: IHP: online).  

One of Santorum’s acts for a self-flagellant in the Opus Dei movement was to shepherd then US Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) into the Roman Catholic faith and ultimately indoctrinated the Senator who would become the Governor of Kansas from evangelical Protestant Christianity into Opus Dei.  Santorum took Brownback in 2002, to an Opus Dei priest, the Rev. C. John McCloskey III, former director of the Catholic Information Center, who performed the final conversion of U.S. Senator Sam Brownback and a member of the secretive apocalyptic order for world domination by the Roman Catholic religion (read: Jeff Sharlett (2008). The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. New York, NY, USA: HarperCollins (Harper Perennial edition 2009), pp. 261-263).

Ratzinger / Benedict XVI

In 1982, one of the most intolerant and hate-filled pontiffs of the Roman Catholic church, John Paul II, granted Opus Dei special status known as a “personal prelature”.  It allowed the group to be overseen by its own bishop (a member of the “holy mafia”), and who reports directly to the pope. Both John Paul II and his successor, the former Hitler Youth Josef Ratzinger (Benedict XVI who has been charged with crimes against humanity and child abuse and hiding pedophile priests), have frequently called for a holy war against non-believers and to convert the world to their god. Opus Dei was officially recognized as a “hand” of the church by Pope Pius XII in 1957.

Opus Dei is a secret organization, and has been most accurately portrayed by Dan Brown in his book The Da Vinci Code (Brown, Dan (2004). The Da Vinci Code. New York: Doubleday). Opus Dei does not publish a directory of members but is known for its interest in targeting the rich and powerful. Over the years, rumors have surfaced that certain high-profile Catholics might be members. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito have been fingered as possibilities, with current rumors circulating that Clarence Thomas is now also a member. There is no proof in any of these cases, but Newsweek magazine reported in 2001 that Scalia’s wife has attended functions at the Catholic Information Center, and his son Paul, a Catholic priest, has spoken there.

JFK Greater Houston speech: Vatican would not control him.

Santorum is also pegged as a possible member. In 2002, Santorum attended an Opus Dei event in Rome, during which he attacked President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 endorsement of church-state separation. Santorum said the Kennedy vow not to enforce Catholic doctrine through civil law has caused “much harm in America” and went on to describe President George W. Bush, a Methodist, as the nation’s first true Catholic president.

Josemaria Escrivá

Opus Dei was founded by a madman and psychopath (see The Way, maxims 166, 181, 188, etc., and Escrivá’s boast: “I would hang the last bishop with his own guts”, and his love affair with war, jubilating:  “War! War has a supernatural object… But at last, we must love it, the way a religious must love his disciplines” (The Way, maxim 311). ), Josemaria Escrivá, an incorrigible Spaniard and religious radical who in 1958, wrote a fawning letter to Francisco Franco, the fascist dictator of Spain, congratulating him for extending official recognition to the Catholic Church.  The May 28, 1953, missive reads,

Although alien to any political activity, I cannot help but rejoice as a priest and Spaniard that the Chief of State’s authoritative voice should proclaim that, ‘The Spanish nation considers it a badge of honor to accept the law of God according to the one and true doctrine of the Holy Catholic Church, inseparable faith of the national conscience which will inspire its legislation

Hitler was a Roman Catholic

Escrivá also is documented as having praised Adolf Hitler, as found in the letters of his assistant Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann who wrote: Escrivá include: “Vlad, Hitler couldn’t have been such a bad person. He couldn’t have killed six million. It couldn’t have been more than four million”, and “Hitler against the Jews, Hitler against the Slavs, this means Hitler against communism” (Luis Carandell, “La otra cara del beato Escrivá”, Cambio 16, March 1992. Available in Spanish:  showing his greed for gold). 

Bob Vander Plaats (Sioux City IA Journal)

Escrivá thought of leaving the Roman Catholic Church and entering the Greek Orthodox (Eastern) Church, where he would take his followers (numerary and supernumerary) in an effort to conquer the world and invoke total mind control more gruesome than anything Hitler or Stalin had tried but that right-wing USA politicians like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum praise and prize while self-styled preachers similar to Bob Vander Plaats and Keith Ratliff of Iowa and Rick Warren of California find a special calling in hatred and loathing those they detest.  Like Cardinal Cipriani of Lima, Escrivá openly supported dictators and mercenaries; Cipriani applauded the assassinations of Vladimiro Montesinos under Alberto Fujimori and his daughter Keiko (among Perú’s greatest thieves: read here and here), while Escrivá of Francisco Franco in Spain and Augusto Pinochet in Chile.

Escrivá and Opus Dei

For political expediency, Escrivá was elevated to sainthood as numerous bishops demanded the enthronement of one of the world’s greatest tyrants in the same manner as the sainthood of Constantine I and other mass murderers. This was argued as necessary to give “spiritual strength” to Escriva’s Machiavellian work: The Way.  The Way was used clandestinely by many, especially those who became members of the subversive organization who became accustomed to using secrecy to obtain end results (The Way, No. 839).  Escrivá argued that compromise is a form of laziness and weakness (The Way, No. 54), and that the true Roman Catholics must follow blindly “in obedience” all Church teachings (The Way, No. 617 and No. 941): “Blind obedience to your superior, the way of sanctity. Obedience in your apostolate, the only way; for, in a work of God, the spirit must be to obey or to leave.” Submission to religious authority is understood to be a good in itself, while calling non-Catholic schools, “pagan schools” (The Way, No.866).  Modern enlightened thinkers, such as Voltaire (The Way, No. 849) were/are instruments of darkness.  This mordacity matches Santorum’s criticism of John F. Kennedy not being Catholic enough to be considered a Roman Catholic President of the USA (read here and here and here).     

While Kennedy vowed that the Vatican would not control politics or the White House in his Houston address, Santorum promised that he would obey the Roman Catholic Church in everything (read here and here),  thereby inviting a foreign power to rule over all Americans in the USA in a speech entitled “A Charge to Revive the Role of Faith in the Public Square” and billed as a “challenge” to Mr. Kennedy’s remarks a half-century ago (as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted here and here and here).   The last time faith had a place in the public square was during the Holy Inquisition (Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición) created through papal bull, Ad Abolendam, issued at the end of

Lucius III

the twelfth century by Pope Lucius III as a way to combat the Albigensian heresy in southern France.  It murdered over 50 million people (popular records and Wikipedia claim the number was only in the thousands) in Europe who were tortured to death and throughout Latin America (where some civilizations were more advanced than their Christian counterparts in Europe) in the Middle Ages) with the Spanish conquerors and their Roman Catholic monks and priests burned, raped, pillaged, and slaughtered in the name of Jesus. 

The Council of Harbonne, in 1244, ordered that in sentencing heretics “no husband should be spared because of his wife, nor wife because of her husband and no parent spared from a helpless child”, through the Reformation era w hen Cardinal Giovanni Caraffa, ruled (for Pope Paul III):

Firstly, when the faith is in question, there must be no delay; bat at the slightest suspicion, rigorous measures must be resorted to with all speed.  Secondly, no consideration is to be shown to any prince or prelate, however high his station. Thirdly, extreme severity is rather to be exercised against those who attempt to shied themselves under the protection of any potentate, and fourthly, no man must lower himself by showing toleration toward heretics of any kind”, with Jews especially targeted for slaughter. 

It rose again 1940-1945 when it slaughtered over 40 million more “souls” in the name of ethnic cleansing: holocaust. 

Auto-da-fé, Plaza Mayor in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru, 17th century (in author's private collection)

The Reformation and Counter-Reformation saw the rise of censorship, book burning (a favorite form of discouraging dissent and controlling education in both the Roman Catholic and Protestant cults) and banning, beheading, water-boarding, numerous auto-de-fé executions (especially in Lima, Perú where the Jesuits, Augustinians and other nefarious sacerdotal groups masquerading as priests and postulants raped, sodomized, stole, and slaughtered with immunity; 1175 cases were called for investigation in 1570, and 31 were burned at the stake 1540-1700; Medina, José Toribio (1887-1899). Historia de la Inquisición de Lima; de Chile; le la Plata; de Cartagena de las Indias; en las islas Filipinas (6 vol.), (1887–1899) a shorter version (2 vols.) was issued in 1887 under the title Historia del tribunal del Santo oficio de la inquisicion de Lima (1569-1820) Santiago [de Chile] Imprint:. Gutenberg, 1887. I have in my private library Medina, José Toribio (1899), El Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición en las Islas Filipinas. Santiago de Chile: Elzeviriana, and Medina José Toribio (1899). Historia del Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición de Cartagena de las Indias. Santiago de Chile: Imprenta Elzeviriana, and others. I compare these with my rarest volumen on the Inquisition that was issued by Santo Oficio de la Inquisición de Córdoba, Relacion del auto de fe, que se celebró por el Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisicion de Cordova, en el Real Convento de San Pablo, del Orden de Santo Domingo, el domingo doze de abril del mil setecientos y veinte y dos años. [Madrid, Spain] Se hallará … en casa de Isidro Joseph Serrete, librero) and more.

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, a.k.a. Opus Dei University (Rome)

Santorum’s rising role in the rancorous rite of Opus Dei is detailed in an Opus Dei funded trip to attend their private university in Rome in January 2002, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation, and promulgate the past proselytizing of the patron of the group.  He praised Escrivá, of whom it is recorded that the Spaniard would, like the

Gateway to Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Opus Dei

monk Silas (Opus Dei does not have monks, however) in Brown’s exposé, whip himself until the walls of a bathroom were splattered with blood, and later

A stone etching on the outside of the church above, a place to put donations for candles for the dead (Holy Cross U Opus Dei Rome)

would write: “Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain…Glorified be pain!” The same message glorifying pain became the hallmark message of the mad woman of Calcutta Mother Theresa who saw suffering as the price of sin that she took a sadistic delight in seeing it manifest among the incurables whom she watched suffer and die, claiming that it is a spiritual privilege to suffer.  (Mother Theresa (1994), Suffering into Joy; what Mother Teresa teaches about true joy prepared and edited by Eileen Egan and Kathleen Egan. Ann Arbor, MI, USA: Servant Publications; such morose delight was actually condemned by Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Prima Secundae Partis Q. 74, with Mother Theresa openly exhibiting epikhairekakos (ἐπιχαιρέκακος) mentality: cf. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 2.7.1108b1-10; cp. Takahashi, H.; Kato, M.; Matsuura, M.; Mobbs, D.; Suhara, T.; Okubo, Y. (2009-02-13). February 13, 2009: “When Your Gain Is My Pain and Your Pain Is My Gain: Neural Correlates of Envy and Schadenfreude” by Hidehiko Takahashi et al. Science (Sciencemag.org) 323 (5916): 937–9).  This became a part of the modus operandi to skim money off for Mother Theresa from organized crime (cf. David Wise’s 2002 book, Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hans­sen Betrayed America, Robert Philip Hanssen paid Mother Theresa $30,000 he had earned while spying for the former Soviet Union while serving as a high-placed FBI agent and a member of Opus Dei.  Hanssen exposed three soviet agents in the CIA; two were later executed. Hanssen was introduced to Gospel Catholic readers in Volume 17, No. 4, (Spring 2001) as a holy man of Opus Dei.

Robert Hanssen arrested

Rev Robert Bucciarelli, an Opus Dei priest told Hanssen that if he gave the money to Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, a Roman Catholic nun born and raised in Albania and went to India at the age of 19, who was more concerned about abortion than hunger and overpopulation and with no interest in easing the burden of poverty rampant throughout India while Mother Teresa took in hundreds of thousands of dollars to build retirement homes for aged priests and nuns; the biggest complaint against this pseudo-saint was that she expected her 3000 nuns to needlessly suffer “to make God happy”), he would not have to tell the truth about his spying nor the assassinations he ordered, in keeping with the Opus Dei code that Senator Santorum fully supports), and damned the only US Roman Catholic president John F. Kennedy as not being Roman Catholic “enough”.

Frank Shakespeare (ambassador to Vatican 1986-1989)

Hanssen played a significant role in Opus Dei and working for the Soviets that the FBI did not catch. In one missed warning around 1987, the report says, Mr. Hanssen committed ”a serious security breach” by disclosing information to a Soviet defector he was debriefing.  Instead of being reprimanded, Hanssen was promoted under pressure from the Ronald Reagan White House that appointed Frank Shakespeare, a Roman Catholic, graduated from Holy Cross college and member of Opus Dei, as ambassador to the Pope in attempting to gain stronger support from the Vatican.

In 1993, Mr. Hanssen sought out a Russian agent in a parking garage and tried to give him a package with classified data, the report says. The overture was ‘”remarkable for its recklessness and self-destructive quality,” it says, and the Russians were so concerned that they were being set up that they filed a formal protest with the United States government. The investigation never led to Mr. Hanssen. Santorum only had praise for the “religious fervor” of Hanssen.

The FBI only learned of how far Hanssen went after it paid a KGB agent $7 million to learn details, that were already revealed in Wise’s book, in 2002 when George W. Bush was approached about Opus Dei and would accept conversion to Roman Catholicism and become a member of Opus Dei (read: Wise, David (2002). SPY: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen betrayed America(New York, NY, USA: Random House).   The Republican Party in the USA, since 1975, has been targeted by Opus Dei and other radical religious movements such as the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), whose most illustrious and best known confessors are US

Michele and Marcus Bachmann after denouncing LGBT civil and human rights

Congressional Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Marcus Bachmann a self-styled psychologist who is not registered to practice in Minnesota, having bought his degree online, in an effort to turn the USA into a theocracy on the order of Iran.  In 2011, as his wife pursued the USA presidency, Marcus Bachmann continued to style himself as a reparative therapist to “pray away the gay”, even though reparative therapy is denounced by all major psychological and psychiatric professionals and organizations

Archbishop Broglio (US Military Chaplain)

The junk science of reparative therapy, however, has been endorsed by most Roman Catholic bishops (especially the malcontent archbishop Timothy Paul Andrew Broglio (born 1951, now archbishop for the Military Services in the United States of America services) whose own sexuality has been speculated on for a long time; he has long been associated with Opus Dei) and pseudo-scientists, believes in “holy war” and supports having Bible citations on armaments used by USA military personnel as a way to “educate” them in Christianity and help them on their “mission to bring people to the Lord Jesus Christ”.

Santorums rural Virginia home-made possible with sweetheart loan

Rick Santorum is no saint, and while in Congress (1991-1995) and the US Senate (1995-2007)  was faced with numerous questions of personal and professional ethics.  Santorum received a preferred mortgage from a bank run by campaign donors (unorthodox $500,000 mortgage that Santorum and his wife secured on the home in rural Virginia they had purchased for $643,361.

According to a series of reports in the Philadelphia Daily News, the mortgage came from Philadelphia Trust Company, a fledgling private bank catering to “affluent investors and institutions” whose officers had contributed $24,000 to Santorum’s political action committees and re-election campaign. Santorum’s public disclosure forms showed he did not have the required minimum $250,000 in liquid assets and was not an investor with Philadelphia Trust.), and $8 million in Santorum-sponsored federal earmark funds that went to a real estate developer who backed his charity. “There were several instances in which Santorum appeared to have taken campaign contributions in direct exchange for legislative assistance,” said Sloan, whose organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), spent months investigating Santorum’s activities while he was in office. “He violated Senate gift rules by accepting a mortgage from a bank in which he had no interest and which otherwise made loans only to its own investors.”

The other issue that captivated Santorum critics involved a non-profit charity called Operation Good Neighbor (Barbara Bonfiglio is treasurer of Operation Good Neighbor. She was also treasurer of Santorum’s reelection campaign and a lobbyist) that paid $216,000 in “travel” expenses for Santorum in 2004. Santorum founded the organization to “illustrate compassionate conservatism” but did not take a formal role in its day-to-day operations. The charity was run by his campaign staffers who paid themselves generous salaries “in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ”. It operated out of the same building as his campaign headquarters. And its board included several top Washington, D.C. lobbyists who had clients with millions of dollars in business before the U.S. Senate, according to a 2006 report by WTAE, the ABC News affiliate in Pittsburgh.

The chairman of Operation Good Neighbor was Michael O’Neill, CEO of Preferred Real Estate. The company was involved in a waterfront development in Chester, Pennsylvania, with Santorum’s help, benefitted from more than $8 million in federal grants, according to local reports; neither the Middle Class, nor the poor, found any benefit or largesse from Operation Good Neighbor or Rick Santorum.

Hunger in the USA (1999 - 2009)

Santorum is against anything that helps the poor or Middle Class.  He is against food stamps, as Santorum claims there are so many people are obese, so no one needs more food!  Hunger was highest during Santorum’s time in public office.  Santorum is out-of-touch with reality with his attacks on Food Stamps (that name has been changed; the Food Stamp Program has been replaced by SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.   In 2011, SNAP helped almost 45 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month.  Contrary to Santorum’s claim that Food Stamps are used to feed the fat, the “lazy Blacks” and other social parasites, nearly 75 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children; more than one-quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.  While SNAP’s fundamental purpose is to help low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities afford an adequate diet and avoid hardship, it promotes other goals as well, such as reducing poverty, supporting and encouraging work, protecting the overall economy from risk, and promoting healthy eating.  Santorum, along with Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT) wants the poor and hungry to “feel real pain” by defunding the program in favor of giving grants to the states to use as each state choses. Santorum argues should be applied to other assistance programs, cutting families off without regard to their current situation but instead based on timelines set by Congress, chortling: “We’ve gotta block-grant [food stamps] and send it back to the states, just like I did with welfare reform — do the same thing with Medicaid, including housing programs, block-grant them, send them back to the states, require work, and you put a time limit on it.”  If the time limit runs out, the poor can take jobs offering less than minimum wage and live on scraps, following the raw rhetoric of Chuck Bentley of the radical right Reverend Moon’s sordid Washington Times pseudo-journalism, claiming that the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) is saturated with corruption. SNAP payment accuracy has continued to improve, reaching all-time highs (see graph released by the US Food and Nutrition Service).  

SNAP error rates 1990 - 2010

Even-more-so, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that SNAP spending will fall as a share of the economy in coming years as the economy recovers and temporary benefit expansions that Congress enacted in 2009 expire.  Far from being a drain on the US economy, SNAP helps the US economy: putting dollars back into the market sector, keeping food tenders (grocers, farmers, and so forth) working, and lowering medical costs by improving diet and health. The problem with this is that the gluttonous insurance industry is not making the obscene profits it is accustomed to generating, hospitals are seeing fewer patients with chronic illnesses due to inadequate diet, and people are more productive and attentive.  The presidency most successful in cutting back fraud and abuse has been that of Barrack Obama.

Health Insurance profits rising

The former Pennsylvania US Senator operates in blinding ignorance of public health research claiming that those who can afford health insurance will be healthy–as health insurance profits rise–even though an increasing number of Americans have no health insurance while asserting that health care reform would mean compromised treatment for people like his disabled daughter are directly contrary to fact. 

Food stamps recipients soar

Santorum is not worried about food choices in poor neighborhoods, and has taken direct aim and doing away with any safety net for Black Americans, exposing his racism even further.  Speaking in Le Mars, Iowa on Monday December 5, 2011, Santorum told a group that he would cut the food stamp programthat 48 million people depend on (out of a national population of 300-million people, and in Iowa, where Santorum made his comments, only

Food stamp recipients 2009 (New York Times graphic)

9% of all Blacks receive food stamps while 84% are white) with 1 in 4 children depending on food stamps to avoid hunger and starvation, asking: “If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger problem?” 

Where jobs disappear, food stamp use increases

Food stamp use is on a fast track in Santorum’s declared home state of Pennsylvania, yet he had never worked to help the poor who live there.

Santorum ignores that hunger has jumped because of the rising number of people who are out of work and those whose wages have been severely cutback.  Recent data from the US Department of Agriculture found that nearly “70 percent [of all] households that relied on food stamps last year had no earned income.”  An additional 20% of households in the USA had no cash income at all in 2010.  Food prices have gone up, so hunger increased.

Poverty in the USA

Santorum is a quasi-covert racist.  He opposes the idea that it “takes a village” to raise a child. Santorum noted that the phrase comes from an “African proverb” and is but an excuse to rob from the rich to aid the poor and struggling.  A further example of Santorum’s racism can be read in a statement Santorum made in Iowa on Monday, January 2, 2012. Speaking to Republicans in Iowa on Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said his administration would reform welfare to the point that it would offer no welfare at all. After

Rise in Health Care Insurance costs leading to greater poverty in the USA

suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money”.  Social welfare programs, such as Medicaid, are equated as being part of fascism and autocratic government.  27.4% of all Blacks in the USA are living in poverty, compared to 9.9% of all whites.

Santorum’s knowledge of history (he knows next to nothing about Europe) and contemporary affairs are as weak-to-non-existent as those of Newt Gingrich.  While Gingrich claimed that Palestinians are an “invented people,” Santorum claimed on November 11, 2011 that “All the people that [sic: who] live in the West Bank are Israelis.  They are not Palestinians. There is no Palestinian. This is Israeli land.” (watch here and read here The Jewish Week)   Many Israeli Jews and Jews of other nationality support the two State solution based on UN resolution. Santorum’s statement mirrors the views of the Christian Zionists who as Hank Hanegraaff said “defend ethnic cleansing as a divine command” and are “bent on ensuring that the horrors of Armageddon become a self-fulfilling prophecy” (Hanegraaff, Hank (2007). The Apocalypse Code: Find out what the Bible really says about the end-times and why it matters today. Nashville, TN, USA: Thomas Nelson, p. 167; a Spanish edition was published by Thomas Nelson in 2008). As for 1967 war, Menachem Begin said, “We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack Him [Naser]”.  (Finkelstein, Norman G. (2003), Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (London, UK; New York, NY, USA: Verso, p. 135). Santorum’s statement is an outright lie (read also here and here).

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi personally caused the murder of more than 1 million Iraqis

In 2006, Santorum told reporters he had “evidence” of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq—a foible that has since been exposed as a lie by “Curveball” (an Iraqi defector: Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi) to involve the Western Powers in an illegal war to “bring down” Saddam Hussein.  On September 7, 2006, in an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post Santorum issued a tirade against Islamic fascism and began to go after Iran, and said nothing about Roman Catholic fascism, proclaiming that Iran is at the center of the world’s conflicts.

After leaving the US Senate, Santorum’s income jumped—along with star power working for Fox News and distorting the truth.  A large portion came from his lobbying efforts in opposition to clean air, water, and the environment. $332,000 — came from his work as a consultant for groups advocating and lobbying for industry interests. That included $142,500 to help advise a Pennsylvania natural gas firm, Consol Energy, and $65,000 to consult with lobby firm American Continental Group, and its insurance services client.  His opposition to universal health care that he refers to as Obamacare is directly related to the largesse heaped on him by the insurance industry in the USA (read here and here).

Rick Santorum at Republican Leadership Conference (New Orleans)

Opposed to science, Santorum wants creationism (“Intelligent Design”) required as the only fact for everyone to believe in.  He claims that creationism is a “legitimate scientific theory” (it is not) and must be taught in classrooms even if it means dismissing teachers who are not strong “people of faith and support the Bible.”  His antiquated ideas are endorsed by the Discovery Institute’s leaders who argue that the “people” want creationism. Santorum denies the reality of global warming (watch the video); he is the most fevered opponent of any science that does not match the Bible, and believes the world was created in six days and that the sun travels around the earth, as detailed in Joshua (for Santorum, the Bible is without error). He not only has attempted to gut every science program in the USA, but sponsored a bill that would have gutted the core functions of The National Weather Service, and handed it to private companies, including AccuWeather (which is in his home state)–in exchange for a hefty fee.  He has never spoken with Zack Kopplin.

The greatest threat to the USA and American democracy is a Roman Catholic presidency of Rick Santorum who is owned by the Vatican and Opus Dei. Liberties and freedom fought for in 1776 will be dashed and a theocracy more brutal than that by the Spanish sacerdotal scions will be unleashed as women lose control over their bodies, the young denied an objective education, and the elderly pillaged of their savings and retirement all in the name of a religion that has existed for 1678 years.  It is already evident in the nefarious muzzling of Roman Catholic clergy in Minnesota by would-be censor and mind-controlling Archbishop / theocrat John Clayton Neinstedt of Minneapolis-St.

John Clayton Nienstedt

St. Paul (read here and here), a recognized bully responsible for numerous suicides throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul (read here and here), and pedophile prelates and priests in cathedrals from California to Texas and Pennsylvania while the Roman Catholic bishop Gabino Zavala of San Diego resigns after admitting fathering two teenagers and others repackage discrimination under the disguise of “religious freedom” with Bishop William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, CT, a diocese rocked with numerous lawsuits against the clergy (a list of Fathers and Monsignori accused of pedophilia) who sexually attacked underage youth during the stormy tenure of now-retired New York cardinal Edward Egan, in a reportmore than 12,000 pages long, cackling before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution in October 2011, that to allow

Bishop Gabino Zavala of San Diego

all people freedom of choice would curtail the right to discriminate by Roman Catholics and other cults.   Rick Santorum’s public stand against gay civil rights has been loudly booed on the campaign trail as most young, and many older people do not tolerate the discrimination shown by Santorum and the Roman Catholic Church.

Santorum claimed that priests were pedophiles primarily in “liberal” dioceses, such as Boston, while it also exists in all other dioceses including in Dubuque, Iowa and Joliet, Illinois,  etc. with the arch-conservative diocese of San Diego, CA covering up pedophile priests misconduct as its bishop fathered two children.  Pedophilia, Santorum equates as being homosexual attacks—which it is not.  There have always been a large number of religious leaders who sexually attacked, raped, sodomized, and violated who were young girls (read here and here) as well as young adults and older women (read here and here for a stellar article by Katherine van Wormer and Lois Berns of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls).
 

Santorum "tweet" on homosexuality

Santorum’s preoccupation with homosexuality strongly suggests a conscious effort to suppress his own secreted sexual interests.  This is clearly seen in his Associated Press interview, when Santorum declared on April 7, 2003: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. … That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.”  One thing is clear, as it is with Bradlee Dean and even more so with Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa, is that Rick Santorum is obsessed with homosexuality, all of whom exhibit Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)–a psychiatric disorder that can cause severe distress, disability, and social impairment (cf. Gillan, Claire M.; Papmeyer, Martina; Morein-Zamir, Sharon; Sahakian, Barbara J. Sahakian; Fineberg, Naomi A.; Robbins, Trevor W. Robbins; and de Wit, Sanne de Wit (2011). “Disruption in the Balance Between Goal-Directed Behavior and Habit Learning in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”. American Journal of Psychiatry, July; 168 (7); 718-726; cp. Kämpfer, Nicole; Fluri, Peter (2001). Unbeachtet  mittendrin: Diskriminierung von schwulen und lesbischen  KlientInnen in der ambulanten Beratung. Zürich, Switzerland: Edition Soziothek).

Rev. Ted Haggard

Santorum’s preoccupation with male homosexuality and his condemnation of it is similar to Ted Haggard and other Protestant sexual predators (Bazemore, Patricia M, “Homosexuality” ed. David Bienenfeld, with a special section devoted to judgmentalism leading to suicides among homosexuals,  and the role of religion).  While denouncing homosexuality, all were actively engaged in homosexual activity. 

One of the most outspoken homophobes, later exposed as a gay man in a mega-church pulpit, the Rev. Ted Haggard, a strong supporter of Santorum, even when his second gay affair became public knowledge as his wife, Gayle, argued that it was conditioned into her husband and was neither genetic nor a result of incubation in the womb  before Ted admitted to a second affair, and subsequent affairs.  This led the preacher into wife-swapping with actor Gary Busey.  Haggard and Biblical-literalists are correct in noting that such actions as wife-swapping (and even homosexuality) have Biblical antecedents.  Not only did Lot offer his daughters to the citizens of Sodom (the first Biblical gang bang in Genesis 19) before committing incest and impregnating both daughters in the mountains outside of the City of Zoar (Genesis 19:8 ff), but Abram sold his wife Sara several times to different sovereigns (including to the King of Sodom and the Egyptian pharaoh in Genesis 12:11 and 18, cp. Genesis 20:1-18, etc.) as neither the Torah nor the Bible saw marriage as being between one man and one woman (Solomon did have 700 wives and 300 concubines, for example; and, Jacob did marry his first cousins who were sisters, etc). 

Santorum has conveniently forgotten Luke 6:37, but like Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Santorum’s knowledge of scripture is not even minimal (none read Greek, Coptic, and other early Biblical languages) showing distinct borderline personality disorder (consider Cutler, Brian L. (2011). Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association) a problem affecting 30.8 million Americans, with Santorum’s close to avoidant personality disorder (read The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition text revision. (DSM-IV TR) published by the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.  The inflexibility of this mental disorder can have dire effects). 

Charles Gilbert Chaddock

Homosexuality is neither a medical disease or a mental disorder (American Medical Association, American Psychological AssociationAmerican Psychiatric Association, etc.)  Homosexuality is natural, normal, healthy, and if a person is self-actualized is a contributing creative force.  There is no condemnation of homosexuality in the Torah, Jewish Old Testament, or Christian New Testament—as the word “homosexual” did not exist before 1892, first used by C. G. Chaddock in his translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis (Chaddock, Charles Gilbert (1892, trans.) Krafft-Ebing, Richard [baron] von, Psychopathia sexualis: with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct: a medico-legal study … translation of the seventh German edition. Philadelphia, PA, USA, and London,UK: F.A. Davis Co; the original was published in 1886 with the title Psychopathia sexualis: eine klinisch-forensische Studie. Stuttgart: Enke). The Biblical objection is to Temple Prostitution in non-Yahwistic religions, known as Qadesh (קדשה)‎, which is a feminine noun,  that the King James Version of the Bible deliberately mistranslated as “sodomite”. It has been repeatedly misused by Santorum who is neither a linguist, biblical scholar, or knowledgeable about the ancient world, but found time to speak

Bradlee Dean (Smith) with tattoos

with Minnesota’s pontiff of perdition and herald of hate Bradlee Dean, who claims “Obama is no Christian”, and calls for the execution of homosexuals worldwide in the name of Jesus (read here and here) yet Dean (Smith) ignores Leviticus 19:28, dropping his support for homophobic Congresswoman Michele Bachmann  in favor of Rick Santorum who is more in keeping with his desire to kill as many homosexuals as possible, on the order of mega church leader Rick Warren of California and other Protestants and Roman Catholics. Uganda has passed a law requiring a three-year prison sentence for anyone who knows a homosexual and does not report the person to the government for execution.  

Roger Vangheluwe, bishop of Bruges, pictured in November 2006

Priests, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders who are pedophiles are worldwide and include the lower echelon of clergy all the way forward to ayatollahs and archbishops (e.g. Danneels stepped down as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Roger Vangheluwe, the bishop of Bruges for the last 25 years, was forced to resign after admitting to sexually abusing a boy earlier in his career; little has been published about pedophile bishops, priests and nuns in Perú (that led to the murder of two priests in Lima in 2011; child prostitution is a way of life in Peru) and even less on preying Pentecostal pastors (read here and here).  What is ignored is the plethora of Protestant preachers that actually exceeds that of the Roman Catholic clergy with 260 Protestant cases compared with 228 Roman Catholic in the USA alone.   

With the advent of the Opus Dei cardinal Cipriani slithering into Perú, continuing to halo fantasies, fictions, and pseudohistories, the number of pedophile priests rose. In 2007, Daniel Bernardo Beltrán Murguía Ward, a 42 year-old SCV consecrated layman was found by the National Police in a hostel in Cercado de Lima with a 12 year-old boy, of whom he was taking sexually explicit pictures and performing oral sex (read here and here; both documents are in Spanish).   Throughout Latin Americaand Spain where Opus Dei has a stranglehold on the media other priests, monks, nuns, sisters, and bishops (such as the President Bishop Fernando Lugo Mendez of Paraguay who

Bishop Fernando Lugo Mendez (President of Paraguay)

admitted having a child while the Vatican still considered him to be a bishop) are throwing off their vows of chastity with their robes, and molesting people of all ages. Opus Dei has taken no action against its members who confess to child abuse and pedophilia–save for them to pray more, give more time and money to “the work of God” and “convert the world”.  The Opus Dei archbishop of Lima takes a more kindly approach of offering only reproach for “misguided actions”.

The Vatican and other religious groups are attempting to stop the dissemination of this knowledge by censoring the internet, with Benedict XVIbeing the most culpable of the religious leaders today protecting pedophile priests with

Juan Luis Cipriani

solicitation frequently occurring within the confessional (read here in Spanish and here in Latin; the majority of the crimes have been hidden by Lima’s archbishop Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne, a fervent apologist for and member of Opus Dei who is bitterly opposed to basic human and civil rights especially for women.  Cipriani is endorsed and supported by the odiously opportunistic Perú Council of (Roman Catholic) Bishops who are equally opposed to any human rights for any Peruano who does not follow the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church: women who demand freedom of

"Human rights are not for 'fools' ('fools' literally is 'assholes' or 'bastards')"

choice and the right to determine what happens to their bodies, the LGBT community that is out in Lima but hides in the provinces, non-Roman Catholics struggling for equality and a decent education, educators who reject the Roman Catholic Church’s stand on the sciences and other subjects, and so forth.

Julián Herranz Casado (Opus Dei leader in Spain)

While Cipriani is a cardinal, and the only Opus Dei cardinal in South America, he is not unique.  There is one other Opus Dei cardinal: Julián Herranz Casado of Spain who is even more corrupt than Cipriani (the document is in Italian). Herranz Casado was President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts until his resignation from that body on February 15, 2007).  Most of his statements followed the intolerant line of the ayatollahs of Iran, and none reflective the inclusion sought by Pope John XXIII. 

Unfortunately, little is said about the crimes of Roman Catholic and Protestant nuns/sisters of the church who drug unwed mothers (sometimes wed) to steal and sell their babies.  In Ireland, Roman Catholic nuns paid $193 million in settlements for exploiting and selling children (for Ireland, watch this video; for Australia watch this video (with more than 500,000 children abused, watch here); for Spain, watch this video; it happens in all nations, but most grievously in Roman Catholic countries, with the Roman Catholic Church abusing women of all ages, especially in Latin America where Opus Dei is strong, watch here; Perú is the least safe place to raise a child especially with the advent of Cipriani). This is the organization that the Santorums declare is “holy” and “created by God.”  All were waiting for a new Christ, a new Jesus as the one Opus Dei defined–or at least a politician who would act as they believed Jesus would act: intolerant (John 7:24 rejecting Matthew 7:1), confrontational (Matthew 28:19), exclusionary (John 14:6), hate-filled (John 9:41), quick to go to war (Matthew 10:34).

Santorum ultimately proclaimed that the USA needed a “Jesus candidate”: himself. Illusions of grandeur and divinity are constant within the psychologyof Santorum (cf. West, Louis Jolyon (1988). “The Anatomy of Illusion: Religious Cults and Destructive Persuasion”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 145:123-a-124; Forrest, David V. (2000). “Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind.”  American Journal of Psychiatry. 157:841-842).

Santorum fully supports, and yearns for a “holy war” against Islam and against any “enemy” of the Roman Catholic Church or his interpretation of what constitutes Christianity (cf. Hoge, Charles W.; Terhakopian, Artin; Castro, Carl A.; Messer, Stephen C.; and Engel, Charles C. (2007). “Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Somatic Symptoms, Health Care Visits, and Absenteeism Among Iraq War Veterans”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 164:150-153; to argue for a “holy war” is now considered a sign of insanity: Savin, Daniel (2011). “Wars, Insurgencies, and Terrorist Attacks: A Psychosocial Perspective From the Muslim World”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 168:653-654. A debate is available at “Reasoned discourse or a holy war: postscript to a report on ECT”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1975;132:77-79; cp. Tuerk, Peter W. ; Grubaugh, Anouk L.; Hamner, Mark B.; and Foa, Edna B. (2009). “Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD-Related Compulsive Checking Behaviors in Veterans of the Iraq War: The Influence of Military Context on the Expression of PTSD Symptoms”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 166:762-767).  Santorum sang the praises of carnage when he carolled February 22, 2011: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … ”  Santorum’s ignorance of history is most apparent, as is his lack of knowledge of Latin.  To help the former Senator, I offer this translation of Pope Urban II’s speech (as recorded by Robert the Monk):

“Oh, race of Franks, race from across the mountains, race chosen and beloved by God as shines forth in very many of your works set apart from all nations by the situation of your country, as well as by your catholic faith and the honor of the holy church! To you our discourse is addressed and for you our exhortation is intended. We wish you to know what a grievous cause has led us to Your country, what peril threatening you and all the faithful has brought us.

From the confines of Jerusalem and the city of Constantinople a horrible tale has gone forth and very frequently has been brought to our ears, namely, that a race from the kingdom of the Persians, an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God, a generation forsooth which has not directed its heart and has not entrusted its spirit to God, has invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; it has led away a part of the captives into its own country, and a part it has destroyed by cruel tortures; it has either entirely destroyed the churches of God or appropriated them for the rites of its own religion. They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness. They circumcise the Christians, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into the vases of the baptismal font. When they wish to torture people by a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having gushed forth the victim falls prostrate upon the ground. Others they bind to a post and pierce with arrows. Others they compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow. What shall I say of the abominable rape of the women? To speak of it is worse than to be silent. The kingdom of the Greeks is now dismembered by them and deprived of territory so vast in extent that it can not be traversed in a march of two months. On whom therefore is the labor of avenging these wrongs and of recovering this territory incumbent, if not upon you? You, upon whom above other nations God has conferred remarkable glory in arms, great courage, bodily activity, and strength to humble the hairy scalp of those who resist you.

Let the deeds of your ancestors move you and incite your minds to manly achievements; the glory and greatness of king Charles the Great, and of his son Louis, and of your other kings, who have destroyed the kingdoms of the pagans, and have extended in these lands the territory of the holy church. Let the holy sepulchre of the Lord our Saviour, which is possessed by unclean nations, especially incite you, and the holy places which are now treated with ignominy and irreverently polluted with their filthiness. Oh, most valiant soldiers and descendants of invincible ancestors, be not degenerate, but recall the valor of your progenitors.

But if you are hindered by love of children, parents and wives, remember what the Lord says in the Gospel, “He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.” “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name’s sake shall receive a hundredfold and shall inherit everlasting life.” Let none of your possessions detain you, no solicitude for your family affairs, since this land which you inhabit, shut in on all sides by the seas and surrounded by the mountain peaks, is too narrow for your large population; nor does it abound in wealth; and it furnishes scarcely food enough for its cultivators. Hence it is that you murder one another, that you wage war, and that frequently you perish by mutual wounds. Let therefore hatred depart from among you, let your quarrels end, let wars cease, and let all dissensions and controversies slumber. Enter upon the road to the Holy Sepulchre; wrest that land from the wicked race, and subject it to yourselves. That land which as the Scripture says “floweth with milk and honey,” was given by God into the possession of the children of Israel Jerusalem is the navel of the world; the land is fruitful above others, like another paradise of delights. This the Redeemer of the human race has made illustrious by His advent, has beautified by residence, has consecrated by suffering, has redeemed by death, has glorified by burial. This royal city, therefore, situated at the centre of the world, is now held captive by His enemies, and is in subjection to those who do not know God, to the worship of the heathens. She seeks therefore and desires to be liberated, and does not cease to implore you to come to her aid. From you especially she asks succor, because, as we have already said, God has conferred upon you above all nations great glory in arms. Accordingly undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the kingdom of heaven.

When Pope Urban had said these and very many similar things in his urbane discourse, he so influenced to one purpose the desires of all who were present, that they cried out, “It is the will of God! It is the will of God!” When the venerable Roman pontiff heard that, with eyes uplifted to heaven he gave thanks to God and, with his hand commanding silence, said:

Most beloved brethren, today is manifest in you what the Lord says in the Gospel, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” Unless the Lord God had been present in your spirits, all of you would not have uttered the same cry. For, although the cry issued from numerous mouths, yet the origin of the cry was one. Therefore I say to you that God, who implanted this in your breasts, has drawn it forth from you. Let this then be your war-cry in combats, because this word is given to you by God. When an armed attack is made upon the enemy, let this one cry be raised by all the soldiers of God: It is the will of God! It is the will of God!

And we do not command or advise that the old or feeble, or those unfit for bearing arms, undertake this journey; nor ought women to set out at all, without their husbands or brothers or legal guardians. For such are more of a hindrance than aid, more of a burden than advantage. Let the rich aid the needy; and according to their wealth, let them take with them experienced soldiers. The priests and clerks of any order are not to go without the consent of their bishop; for this journey would profit them nothing if they went without permission of these. Also, it is not fitting that laymen should enter upon the pilgrimage without the blessing of their priests.

Whoever, therefore, shall determine upon this holy pilgrimage and shall make his vow to God to that effect and shall offer himself to Him as a, living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, shall wear the sign of the cross of the Lord on his forehead or on his breast. When,’ truly’,’ having fulfilled his vow be wishes to return, let him place the cross on his back between his shoulders. Such, indeed, by the twofold action will fulfill the precept of the Lord, as He commands in the Gospel, He that taketh not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me‘ “.

Speech of Pope Urban II (in Latin)

In the same manner as every pope since Urban II in 1095, Santorum continues to spread the lie that Christians did nothing against Muslims even though any basic textbook will state the opposite.  Santorums lies are justified by Mr. Josemaria Escrivá who ruled that lying for Christianity is acceptable, that Christianity never showed any “aggression” against Islam and argued that American intervention in the Middle East helps promote “core American values”:

“What I’m talking about is onward American [Christian] soldiers,” he said. “What we’re talking about are core American values. ‘All men are created equal’ — that’s a Christian value, but it’s an American value.”

“It’s become part of our national religion, if you will,” he continued. “The point I was trying to make was that the national faith, the national ideal, is rooted in the Christian ideal — in the Judeo-Christian concept of the person.”

When Santorum uses the word “Christian” he means Roman Catholic.  He does accept any of the various off-shoots from the church created by Constantine I in 325 CE.  He is especially anxious and angry about the rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), as he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer on December 20, 2007:

“Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?”

Bishop Robert Finn (Kansas City)

Santorum’s attack on the US Constitution is orchestrated by the four outspoken Opus Dei priests in the USA.  Santorum champions the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops attacks on fundamental freedoms in the USA as defined by the USA Supreme Court and common sense.  He is championed by Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese who “forgot” to tell police about child pornography and attempted to hide pedophile priests and has been indicted for these “omissions”.  Bishop Finn, is among the most unpopular US bishops and is regularly demonstrated against by people demanding that he leave the church and his post as bishop.  Unfortunately,

Roman Catholics protest against Bishop Finn

Bishop Finn is supported by Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio who shielded at least one priest accused of raping a  16-years-old boy in church who was abused approximately twice a month in exchange for a car and other gifts. 

Father John Fiala

Father John M. Fiala was a parish priest in Rocksprings, a community in the San Antonio area raped the youth at gun point, and later repeatedly raped the child and later attempted to have the boy killed; the attacks were hushed up by Archbishop Gomez, successor of Cardinal Mahony (the latter who covered up 25 years of pedophilia in the Los Angeles archdiocese), were not much different from the priests who attacked, raped and sodomized  young girls.  Added to this mix are two other Opus Dei prelates who take Escrivá and his book seriously: that there is no sin in covering up the peccadilloes of priests or parishioners who are members of Opus Dei if the sin further’s the advancement of “the Kingdom of God.”  The other USA Bishops  include  Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, equally guilty of cover ups, lies and deceits, as well as the iniquitous and reprehensible

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

Archbishop John Myers of Newark, NJ.  In 2002, Myers crafted a policy to shield pedophile priests. Although Myers publicly proclaimed that there would be transparency and truth in exposing all pedophile priests, he personally intervened to rescue four who sexually molested children and one adult.  Myers also wrote a letter of recommendation for one priest who broke into a woman’s house in Florida and assaulted her. The most controversial example is the Rev. Michael Fugee.  Fugee confessed to police eight years ago that he molested a 13-year-old boy. Myers refused to oust Fugee from the priesthood, and instead had the archdiocese assigned him last year as chaplain to St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark without telling hospital officials of his past, in keeping with the instructions of Josemaria Escrivá and Opus Dei. All four are Opus Dei prelates with the same desire detailed dramatically by Dan Brown in his book DaVinci Code that the Roman Catholic Church. 

US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops

The Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops of the USA swear that their first and only allegiance is to Rome, not to the USA nor to the “rule of law of men” but to the “Vicar of Christ [the Pope]”.  While the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops claim that they meet to assist the faithful, especially the poor and hungry, that is seldom the case.  On the contrary, meetings are conducted to determine the destiny of the LGBT (homosexual) community and what the Roman Catholic Church’s response is to be toward “the problem.”  The primary problem is that none of the bishops have any academic or scientific knowledge concerning homosexuality nor even sexuality (given the absurdity of the

US Roman Catholic Bishops Conference on Homosexuality

unnatural and abnormal act of clerical celibacy).  They fund succor only in their interrelationship with evangelical Christian communities that damn the LGBT community on false interpretations and maligned translations of ancient scripture.  There is no reference to APA (neither American Psychological Association nor American Psychiatric Association) nor any medical association’s study and findings on the natural reality of homosexuality.  For Roman Catholic bishops, priests and nuns, many who are gay and others who are pedophiles, homosexuality remains a sin–without any Biblical justification for condemnation.  Because of this antiquated stand, they are saluted by evangelical churches worldwide.

Sandra Miesel

Some evangelical churches, including Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network attempted to suppress  in print and film the most unreliable and miserly scholarship is that of Sandra Miesel.  Miesel attacks, with no knowledge of Coptic or other early Christian languages before Eusebius of Caesarea was ordered to create fifty copies of the Bible by the Emperor Constantine, to send to the churches in the East,  Dan Brown for using the scholarly works and frequently and heavily cited translations of the renowned

Elaine Pagels

international scholar Elaine Pagels because of her “feminist scholarship”.  Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University.  Her PhD is from Harvard University and she is recognized as an authority on the Nag Hammadi library manuscripts.  Pagels has also exposed the Pastoral Epistles (1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus) as pseudonymous writings created to make it appear as if Paul was anti-Gnostic.  This is revealed in her work The Gnostic Gospels

Miesel’s claim to credibility (marginal at best) is that she holds master’s degrees in biochemistry and medieval history from the University of Illinois.  Her publications do not attest to either discipline.  She is the co-author of two books: one on Brown’s book The DaVinci Code, the other on the writings of Peter Pullman who authored children’s books—whom she calls “the pied piper of atheism”, two works of fiction and one essay: Myth, Symbol, and Religion in The Lord of the Rings. T-K Graphics.  All are poorly written with faulty logic and reasoning, and startling errors.  A fervent Roman Catholic Miesel’s religion blocks serious scholarship and review.

Leonardo Da Vinci "The Last Supper"

Miesel’s primary purpose is in defending her church, with a concentrated attack on Brown’s use of DaVinci’s Last Supper, a painting that the leading expert on has declared that the image of “John” is definitely that of a woman. One article notes:  

Carlos Pedretti [born in Bologna, Italy, 1928  a professor emeritus of art history and Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is consulted whenever there is a dispute about the authenticity of a work ascribed to DaVinci], one of the world’s leading Leonardo experts and head of the Leonardo Institute in Florence offered a rare word of agreement, noting that a portrait of the figure next to Jesus, sketched by one of Leonardo’s top students, clearly appears to be a woman.

Carlos Pedretti authenticating Da Vinci work

The critics, who follow Miesel’s reasoning, for the most part are Roman Catholics and strict biblical constructionists.  It is no surprise that they would be against nearly all (if not all) of the tome.  Hank Hanagraaff is among those most determined to prove the infallibility of scripture (which already is being questioned by Jews and Christians) and rejects the reality of a massive suppression of documentation by the Emperor Constantine I and his clique of religious supporters opposed to Arian and other “heretics.” What upsets many is the claim that Jesus married, with the common response being that Jesus never married–a situation highly unorthodox in the days that the New Testament Jesus supposedly lived.

John Dominic Crossan of beliefnet.org argues that Jesus did not marry because (1) Jesus was considered to be living in a time anticipating an apocalypse and Jesus was a member of the Essenes at Qumran who practiced communal celibacy in anticipation of End Time; (2) the Essenes were living a “heaven on earth” by being celibate and contributing their money to unfortunate poor girls (Damascus Document 14:12-17); (3) Jesus actually believed that the Kingdom of God was already in place and for that reason marriage and procreation was no longer necessary (cp. 1 Corinthians 7).  If any of these reasons were/are true, then the Jesus of the New Testament was not (1) the Son of God but a son of a god, (2) had separated himself from the Law (requiring all to “multiply”), and (3) Jesus was ascetic in imitation of a nonsexual god. Crossan does add a few additional arguments for the celibacy of Jesus: (1) the times were prosperous for construction, but (2) at the same time there was great poverty.  The real problem is that the gospels give various and different accounts.  While it is commonly thought that Jesus worked as a carpenter (Matthew 13:55, 23:8), Mark 6:3 says Jesus was a manual (unskilled) laborer (tekton); Luke 3:23 only says that Jesus was Joseph’s son (there is no hint that Joseph was either a foster or stepfather, but in fact is clearly noted as the father).  Jesus, Crossan concludes, was too poor to marry.  That I find highly amusing, as even the poorest “marry” and marriage in that age was not necessarily before any officiant, but only an announcement made to witnesses–and sex occurs (as does ovulation and the fertilization of an egg) without marriage and outside of marriage.  Marriage was not a requisite for having a baby, being a mother or father, or of raising a child.  My reason to argue that Jesus was married comes from the Jewish law. Jewish Mishnaic Law says “An unmarried man may not be a teacher” and celibacy was frowned on under Jewish law (TB 29 b; TB Yev. 62b, 63a).  Rabbis were supposed to be married, to best help their congregations. Jesus is frequently addressed as Rabbi (teacher, cf. John 1:49, Mark 11:21) and was addressed that way even before the Sanhedrin.

Gospel of Philip

The Gospel of Philip 63:35-36, 59 sq (a Coptic translation from the earlier Greek version) records that Jesus loved Mary Magdalene more than any of his other followers, and let her wipe his feet at the Last Supper–a statement that gives proof that she was there.  Furthermore, the  Gospel of Philip (the oldest scroll still in existence is dated back to the early third century) was accorded gospel status until politics intervened to have it removed because of its favorable passages on Mary Magdalen (Magdalene translates as “watchtower” and “kindle”) and its emphasis on marriage:

And the companion of the […] Mary Magdalene. […] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her […].  The rest of the disciples […] .  They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?”  The Saviour answered and said to them, “Who do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”

Gospel of Mary Magdalene (fragment; parts destroyed by rats)

In the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Magdalene (it is a city: Magda, it does not mean “prostitute”) again takes a central role (5:2-6 and 9:4-10). In John 20, it clearly states that Jesus spoke first to Mary when he allegedly rose from the grave. 

Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Thomas, written at the same time as the canonic gospels, has the quarrel between Peter and Magdalene, but in this account Jesus vows to make Mary “into” or “equal” with a man/Peter (114:1-3) so that she can sit with the apostles.  In all of the Gnostic gospels, it is Peter who is angry, and Mary is the one who brings calm.  Mary is the guiding force, and isolated communities were not always composed of men; prior to the arrival of the Habiru, Palestine (and later “Christians” from the area) were matriarchal and matrilineal as found in numerous ancient scrolls and fragments.

Miesel minces towards the mercenary murdering of the truth in her zeal to protect the Roman Catholic Church that even the Arian bishop Eusebius of Caesarea confesses was formalized by Constantine I in 325 CE, and was far more tolerant than today’s imposter.  As Eusebius bishop of Caesarea wrote (History of the Church, Bk 10, para. 5): Ήδη μεν πάλαι σκοπουντες την έλευθερίαν της θρησκείας ούκ άρνητέαν ειναι άλλ’ ενος εκάστου τη διανοία και τη βουλήσει έξουσίαν δοτέον του τά  θεια πράγματα τημελειν κατά τήν αύτου προαίρεσιν έκαστον κεκελεύκειμεν τοίς τε Χριστιανοίς … της αίρέσεως καί της έαυτων τήν πίστιν φυλάττειν. There is confusion about the words where I have inserted ellipses, as the Latin read pluribus hominibus, but the Greek has έν πολλοις άπασιν (pluribus omnibus). Eusebius was translating from the Latin text; a full translation of the Greek is: For a long time past we have made it our aim that freedom of worship should not be denied, but that every man, according to his own inclination and wish, should be given permission to practice his religion as he chose …. Every man may have permission to choose and practice whatever religion he wishes

The burning of the books at the Library of Alexandria 392 CE

The Library of Alexandria, the largest and most significant library in the world, it was one of a kind to gather a serious collection of books from beyond its country’s borders.  The Library at Alexandria was charged with collecting all the world’s knowledge and had been endowed by pharaohs, emperors, potentates, and priests of numerous religions and theologies–but not that of the crippled community known as Christian. The library of the Serapeum in Alexandria was trashed, burned and looted in 392 CE at the decree of Theophilus of Alexandria one of the most evil of all bishops (popes) in the early church, who was ordered so by the Christian Emperor Theodosius I in 391 CE. It was here where

Coptic Pope Theophilus of Alexandria

Theodosius proudly proclaimed that all of the world’s ancient knowledge has been destroyed: over one-half million handwritten tomes representing the finest minds in the ancient world to  be replaced by the insanities, inaccuracies and fraudulent hysterics of illiterate Christians who would be hailed as wise men and Fathers of the Church.  These infamous Fathers would transmogrify thousands of years of science, history, geography, and the arts in favor of fantasies and illusions that people were ordered to memorize in the name of faith. It followed the obscene attacks on plurality, in the massive censorship campaign by Constantine and the burning of the books by Arius–attacks issued in the name of Christianity.  It was led by a barbaric band of cut-throat monks aligned to the despicably depraved Coptic Pope Theophilus, (Paulus Orosius, vi.15.32: unde quamlibet hodieque in templis extent, quae et nos uidimus, armaria librorum, quibus direptis exinanita ea a nostris hominibus nostris temporibus memorent – quod quidem uerum est -, tamen honestius creditur alios libros fuisse quaesitos, qui pristinas studiorum curas aemularentur, quam aliam ullam tunc fuisse bibliothecam, quae extra quadringenta milia librorum fuisse ac per hoc euasisse credatur). Theophilus was but one of the assassins of learning, for other rogue bishops rewrote scriptures to meet their particular ends, forbade the copying of the Gospels of Philip, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas, and silenced dissent with the slaughter of the Greek Neoplatonist philosopher Ὑπατία (Hypatia; ca. CE 350 /370 – March 415 CE) the first notable woman in mathematics, astronomy and philosophy (Edward Jay Watts, (2006), City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria. Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California Press, pages 197–198; Wilder, Kathleen (1986). “Hypatia” in Women Philosophers in the Ancient Greek World: Donning the Mantle. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, p. 49–50; Dzielska, Maria (1996) [1995]. Hypatia of Alexandria. trans. F. Lyra.  Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, p. 105).  Hypatia preferred to teach, invent, write–things that the Christian Church thought were the domain of men. 

Hypatia pulled from her chariot

Refusing marriage in favor of educating her disciples, Hypatia was torn from her chariot by a hungry mob of screaming Christians. Stripping her naked, dragging her to their church, she was inhumanely butchered on the instructions of Peter the reader who commanded the savage fanatics to rip her living flesh from her bones with pottery shards and their fingernails–the still quivering limbs was then delivered to the flames with sung praises to a Jesus no one met. The bitter hateful words of the mob and their subsequent laughter echoed the words, “Paul tells us women should be silent, now this one obeys.”  Christian monks, a source of inspiration for Josemaria Escrivá and his cannibalistic Opus Dei, became more enraged on seeing books other than scriptures in Hypatia’s library.  Following her martyrdom for wisdom, the monks glorified their assassination of Hypatia as the hallmark of the emerging bankrupt church (cf. David Engels: Zwischen Philosophie und Religion: Weibliche Intellektuelle in Spätantike und Islam, in: D. Groß (Hg.), Gender schafft Wissen, Wissenschaft Gender. Geschlechtsspezifische Unterscheidungen Rollenzuschreibungen im

Hypatia

Wandel der Zeit, Kassel 2009, pp. 97-124).  None could, however, erase the words of her father, a serious scholar in his own right, who taught his daughter: “All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. Reserve your right to think, for even to think and be wrong is better than not to think at all.”To this message Hypatia penned:“Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is horrifying. The mind of a child accepts them and only through great pain, perhaps tragedy, can the child be relieved of them. Men will fight for superstition as quickly as for the living truth — even more so, since a superstition is intangible, you can’t get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”

Hypatia invented the astrolabe and the planesphere, devices used for studying the stars and planets, a device to distill water, another to measure the level of water, and a third to determine specific gravity of liquids. The latter was called a hydroscope.

 By the seventh century CE, the Christian Church tried desperately to present Hypatia as being in league with Satan (John, Bishop of Nikiu, Chronicle 84.87-103; in Greek), a charge later refuted by many, but with the defamation came the beginning of the Christian Church’s desire to rewrite history, to erase the past by claiming it to be pagan, and reinventing a god in line with the authors of the Pauline letters (Whitfield, Bryan J. (Summer, 1995). “The Beauty of Reasoning: A Reexamination of Hypatia and Alexandria”. The Mathematics Educator (University of Georgia) 6 (1): 14–21). With the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, the pathetic priests preying openly on the young, on women, and those unable to protect themselves declared that Christianity was sola fide–much in the same manner as today’s contemporary confessors and Rick and Karen Santorum.  

 
The Roman Catholic Church has never accepted dissent, and has frequently employed assassins to maintain its control over people and nations. The USA is under direct assault by the Vatican under the discombobulated ataxia rule of Karol Józef Wojtyła (John Paul II, a reputed secret member of Opus Dei), the malevolent ministry of the miscreant Josef Aloisius Ratzinger (Benedict XVI, a supporter and sympathizer of Opus Dei) and more than 3000 Opus Dei priests in the USA in anticipation of a Rick Santorum presidency and the establishment of a Roman Catholic theocracy over the shattered shreds of the US Constitution.

Rick and Karen Santorum (Des Moines IA Register photo) 2011

Based on their written and publicly spoken words, Rick and Karen Santorum have severe mental problems.  They pose a serious threat to civil and human rights, real (academic/science-based) education, equal opportunity and justice, the environment, the Constitution of the USA and to the American people who are not members of Opus Dei or the rigid-right of the Roman Catholic Church.

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