Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Deliver us from evil

Suffer the little children... at the hands of Catholic priests.

I just watched the documentary 'Deliver Us from Evil,' and never have I been to glad that I am no longer Catholic.

This particular documentary (not to be confused with 'Our Fathers,' which dealt with this same issue on the East Coast, in the Boston area) concerns the 30 year pedophile career of Father Oliver O'Grady, who was moved from parish to parish even while his superiors knew of his ongoing abuse of parish children. He now resides in Ireland, out of reach of law and justice, but well within reach of Irish kids.

And of course -- as the documentary testifies -- there is never any justice for the victims. Occasionally after a huge court battle, the Church coughs up some cash. But it never admits culpability, apologizes for the endless, lifetime of pain; or changes its approach to the way it handles its own priests once they are found to be child molesters.

I am sickened that the Church has persisted in harboring pedophiles and is even now refusing to meet with and acknowledge the children from California who were victims of O'Grady.

This problem seems to exist all over our country, and apparently around the world. 100,000 victims have already come forward in the United States alone. And experts say that over 80% of abuse victims never even report the crimes to authorities.

Absolute power truly corrupts absolutely.

The most telling moment for me was in the final few screens of the documentary, when these words scrolled across the screen:

Pope Benedict XVI was accused of conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse in the United States.

At the Vatican's request, President Bush granted the Pope immunity from prosecution.

May God have mercy on their souls; for I would not. We're talking about little kids being raped by priests. It doesn't get much more horrific than that.

And isn't it precious how these heartless power-brokers stick together, at the expense of the people -- even innocent children. It's no wonder Christ always seemed so angry whenever he was in the Temple.

O'Grady was sick. These other men -- the men who protected him in order to save their own careers -- are on the hook for his crimes; knowingly on the hook and guilty.

How can any self-professed 'man of God' allow children to be molested - for years - and in unsuspecting parish after unsuspecting parish, just to advance his own career?

Ask California's Cardinal Mahoney. He has apparently done just that.

I believe it was Jesus himself who said:

"But anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone hung round his neck."

Still looking forward to the Rapture? It might prove interesting.

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