The Agenda

Monday the 12th of April, 2010. For many this date will go down in history as the date that the Vatican crossed the line from basic hate-mongering into pure fantasy. Stuck in a public relations nightmare after it became clear that they had spent three billion dollars paying off families of children who had been sexually abused by priests, many people had been saying that the enforced celibacy of priests was the cause. Speaking out against this hypothesis Cardinal Tarcisio Beritone, the Vatican's secretary of state, said the following words:

Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have shown that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

You can find my thoughts about personal bigotries being brought into religion at this link but that's not what this is about. No, this is nothing to do with the Cardinal's prejudice against homosexuals; those are his own hatreds which he'll burn in his own private hell for. Rather this is about his statement that psychiatric scientists have found a link between homosexuality and paedophilia. The human mind is the domain that I'm primarily interested in so I went looking for the many scientists that had proven such a relationship exists. After an extensive investigation I uncovered three published papers purporting to prove that "fact" (hardly the many more that Cardinal Beritone claims), each with multiple leaps in judgement and flawed logic (for example – if 1 plus 2 is 3, then 4 plus 5 must be 6) as well as claims of test data that can't be substantiated. On the outside each looks like it makes a cohesive argument yet, when examined closely you can see that the results have been predetermined and the evidence twisted to fit those results. I was originally planning to put together some large posts that pull apart those particular papers, showing all the flaws and rewriting the papers to show what they actually show on evidence alone. The problem with that is that it would be quite boring to read after the first one, the unsubstantiated test data invalidates most of the papers so I'd have to cut those parts out, and I'd already managed to find a much more enlightening way to show these papers for what they actually are. You see, it didn't take long for me to find out that all three of the top papers claiming a link between homosexuality and paedophilia (as well as a majority of the minor studies that seem to back up their ideas) were funded by the same organisation – the Traditional Values Coalition.

Right now a lot of my readers are slapping their foreheads and saying "Of course!" while others are wondering about the significance of this fact. Well let me tell you guys who've never heard of the TVC about the book they commissioned and are heavily advertising. It's written by the Reverend Louis P Sheldon, called The Agenda and, well, here's some quotes from the advertisement on the TVC website.

THE AGENDA describes how homosexual activists plan on recruiting your children into the lifestyle; how they're undermining traditional marriage; and how they will eventually criminalize any public criticism of homosexual conduct. (It's already happening in Canada where the gay agenda is well advanced.)

Author Rev. Louis P. Sheldon has issued a call for all Christians to actively oppose the homosexual agenda: "The homosexual agenda is an attack on everything our Founding Fathers hoped to give us. But I am convinced that we can witness a tremendous victory, and with God's help, we shall overcome."

Purchase a copy for yourself and a half dozen or more to hand out to your associates! Help us get the truth out about the dangers facing our nation from THE GAY AGENDA.

Ah, starting to understand now aren't you. The company that has funded the majority of research that claims to prove a connection between homosexuality and paedophilia has a major bigotry when it comes to gay people. They've funded a book professing to warn people about a secret agenda that gay people have, about how they're out to get us. Pathetic isn't it? It kind of reminds me of a conversation I had with an ex-BNP member over here once. Now the British Nationalist Party are as nasty as they come. They're openly bigoted to anyone not from this country, or born in this country without white skin, and have picked up a few hatreds for some others too, plus they have no problem killing people for being different. Having been a bartender at a gay club they firebombed (after they'd chained the fire doors shut) I know first hand how psychotic these people are.

Anyway this guy was telling me about how he'd seen government papers (which even he soon realised had been made up at a computer) telling how the gay population of this country invented AIDS and infected themselves with it so they could assassinate our Queen with it. Apparently that's where the nickname "queens" comes from, as a reminder of their real task. Insane theory isn't it, yet so many of these people believe it because they've been taught to fear and hate anything they perceive as different from themselves.

I hope you can see now that the claims put forward by Cardinal Beritose have no actual grounding in reality. I'm pretty sure a majority of my readers already knew that anyway, but sometimes it's nice to have a little more information on the subject in case you feel like educating a bigot yourself. I'll wrap this up by saying that if any of you are faced by church leaders telling you that a love that transcends the traditional gender bounderies is evil, then just remember this:
"The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek."

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25 thoughts on “The Agenda

  1. The cardinal used a generalization. That alone should be enough to doubt his sources and his motives.But I doubt the common Christian would question a cardinal, which makes his allegation all the more dangerous.

  2. Hence this post. So many people believe those in authority without question so when one of those people shares his own personal bigotries publically and claims to have proof it's likely to cause too many of those lovely God fearing people to do things that their God would definitely not approve of.

  3. People believe what they want to believe. That often includes scientists. I saw a scientific debate on the origins of the universe lately that made me cringe. It was the same bloody argument that I used to have with the priests at college. :doh:When your world is crumbling, you just have to crank up the self-deception a little higher.

  4. You know… there were other writings that didn't make it into the Bible and they were a lot more clear on "men laying with men". Seems that even as the Jews were putting together the book, they were picking what they wanted put in it.I mean there is a lot of debauchery as it is but why couldn't they have had a little more girl on girl action?

  5. I love most that urban legend which is around in the Middle East that the USA add some chemical stuff to their drinking water to make them gay. If we had the possibility why waste it on them inspite of using it against the Chinese? That would stop the most problems with the increase in population, global pollution and globalisation. The Bolivian president blames the hormone-added chicken meat for homosexuality and the loss of hair. But the most competitors of the Gay Games seem to have their full hair.

  6. It's so weird for me that Christians, who ought to have a tolerant view on other human beings, come up with crap like this!

  7. I agree with Kitty – that's so weird. Also, how some of them choose to follow a scripture the way they see fit and blatantly close their eyes for other things.

  8. I think I've overdone this sort of subject for a while (probably because it just keeps happening :bomb: ) because I just can't comment. Reading all yours though.

  9. Originally posted by Zaphira:

    It's so weird for me that Christians, who ought to have a tolerant view on other human beings, come up with crap like this!

    Originally posted by rose-marie:

    I agree with Kitty – that's so weird. Also, how some of them choose to follow a scripture the way they see fit and blatantly close their eyes for other things.

    That pretty much sums it up. Somehow religion has been used for thousands of years to justify acts that go against that religion (the concept of a holy war, for instance).

  10. That's partly because the books themselves aren't semantically consistent. And what makes you think holy war is against the religion? The commandments are just the headlines, not the small print riddled with exemptions.

  11. True, but they're the ones everyone makes a big deal out of (when they're not picking and choosing which other points to follow or discard, that is).Fortunatelty, the bible is put together in such a way that strict attention has been paid to making sure that none of it contradicted itself (given there are some folks out there who believe it word for word). For instance, once the fifth commandment was introduced, there was nothing about putting someone to death … oh, wait …For those who find such things interesting, here's John Safran having a problem with the Mormons knocking on his door …… and here's a video of some Mormons (I'm not picking on them, honest, generally speaking they're nice folks who simply think that anyone who isn't one of them is going to hell), engaging in a theological discussion with people with a different point of view (who really know their stuff) …

  12. Historical context is also used when evaluating religious works. You can read the bible in isolation and in order, but the Qu'ran isn't written or intended to be read that way.

  13. Thou shalt not kill is meaningless – too vague. Kill a man? Pig? Carrot? Bug? The small print elsewhere is the key. And non-believers often don't merit protection anyway, be they heathen or kafir, man or woman.

  14. Actually, I don't think people do make a big deal about the commandments. What are the most commonly cited bible controversies? Creationism, homosexuality and women priests – none of which has anything to do with the commandments. Anyway, most modern Christians are simpering self-emasculated wusses who seem to view Jesus as some mega-pacifist. Even the evangelicals are shadows of what they were.

  15. Late answer here but, the ones I've met respect my right to choose my own spirituality and the fact that I have a strict moral code I stick to despite not having a deity looming over me and enforcing it.

  16. I don't know what that means. So I Googled it, and only got two results, both for a type of medication called Dhamotil, which is apparently used to stop diarrhoea. Is it a sound people with diarrhoea make? 😉

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