Wednesday, July 13, 2005

This Is Why I Quit

In making decisions about personal issues, one must consider many different factors. My decision to distance myself from the Catholic Church was a long considered and though out one. Over several years, several beliefs and sociopolitical stances of the church were beginning to make me question my relationship with the Church. I came to realize that it was more of a liability than an asset in my life, and I could live a lie no longer.

One makes these decisions and moves on with life a different and hopefully better person for having made them carefully. There are reminders from time to time of why one takes the time to make these important choices.

This is just such a case.

Apparently, the current pope (Benedict XVI, formerly Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) fears the moral turpitude and doctrinal challenge of Harry Potter.

Yes, that dissipated and evil fictional character is leading children to witchcraft, sorcery, the black arts, tax evasion and full-body massage. He and his no doubt godless creator must be smited (smoten?) from the face of God's Earth so that children can go back to shutting up and doing as their told.

We, as a society, need to GROW UP! At least kids are reading something and not glued to the shining joy box all day long. Are these books great works of literature that will stand the test of time? Maybe not. Is this a concerted attempt to defile the vrigin brains of the world's youth? No, just an attempt (like so much in life) to sell more stuff. Nothing more.

Ahh, the Catholic Church. Tells of a mystic world of spirit and faith, but your ass is out if your vision of this world differs at all from the fiat of the Vatican.

"If you want to raise normal children, keep them as far away from church as possible." - Frank Zappa.

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