A recent NY Times story tells of at least 10 young men and boys who were castrated after they made allegations of sexual abuse against members of the clergy.
A young man in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands was surgically castrated decades ago after complaining about sexual abuse, according to new evidence that only adds to the scandal engulfing the church there.
The case, which dates from the 1950s, has increased pressure for a government-led inquiry into sexual abuse in the Dutch church, amid suspicions that as many as 10 young men may have suffered the same fate.
So, yeah, that was as recently as the 1950s. The article goes on to state that it is unclear whether the castrations were performed as punishment for going to the authorities over the sexual abuse, or if they were meant as treatment '...for homosexuality...,' presumably the self-same homosexuality in the form of rape that was forced on them by priests.
And of course the man who was accused of abusing this poor fuck who had his nuts sliced off as a result--without anesthesia, apparently--was not prosecuted, but rather was transferred to Nova Scotia, where he started a school for boys.
Okay, so beyond the usual horror of what these people do, and the way they systematically cover their crimes over and over again, aiding and abetting the criminals in not only their escape, but to perpetrate more crimes in the future, I ask a serious question: if it weren't for religion, would anyone tolerate these crimes against humanity? Against children?
Which leads to my next question: why do we tolerate these crimes when they are perpetrated by people who claim to be the sole arbiters of the will of an invisible man in the sky? Shouldn't the fact of their religion be an argument AGAINST tolerating this shit?
It seems to me that people who believe in an invisible man in the sky are ipso facto the worst people to trust with the lives and well-being of anyone else.
This is a cult. These people are dangerous sociopaths with nearly unlimited money and a conspiracy of silence and corroboration supporting their criminal deviance. The fact that they believe in an imaginary deity based on nothing but faith and fealty should not absolve them of their crimes, it should be the final straw needed to convict them once and for all, and evict them from the rolls of The Good Ones of humanity.