Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Irish Priest Just Wants to Save Us All From Satanic Yoga Threat

Totally corrupted hippy youth doing yoga at Woodstock! Do we need any more proof?
Why the hell is everything that makes us relaxed, happy and flexible in bed so goddamn bad for our eternal souls? Lust, (fun) sex, not being freaked out by hell, Burning Man (probably) and now yoga! Goddamn it! I need the yoga to cope with everything else the Church is telling me I cannot do. No wait, I'm an atheist now, so I don't care! What a relief!
Fr. Roland Colhoun, who is based in the Waterside, issued caution when saying mass in Drumsurn two Sundays ago, when he says he was drafted in at short notice. He said his sermon was based on the devil and exorcism.

“I mentioned a number of things that are part of the new age movement. It’s so embedded in our culture now that it has gained a kind of a respectability, but the new age practices, they’re certainly not good for us and the Church is very concerned about people employing them and has written specific documents on the new age movement. There is a great body of research (theological, spiritual and physiological) already done on it.”
Doesn't this remind you of the Satanic Panic back in the 1980s and early 1990s -- or something Pat Robertson would say these days? Pat's stuck in the 1980s... or 980s... and I know this is a cheap shot, but Colhoun looks like he might be trapped in the 80s too.

Fr. Roland Colhoun
Anyway, during the sermon he spoke about evil spirits that might be able to penetrate your mind via the Vulcan Mind-meld techniques yogi apparently use while giving head massages -- or something. Colhoun kind of admitted he was sort of winging it.
Fr. Colhoun said he mentioned yoga and Indian head massage. “The Indian head massage, while I haven’t done a great study into it, the difficulty is that it involves the laying on of hands on another person’s head. There is a risk when you do that because that is a rite we use in the sacramental practice for the communication of the Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation, and ordination as well,” said Fr Colhoun, “but if you do that outside of a sacramental rite you’re running the risk of communicating a bad spirit, not the Holy Spirit.”
He's said similar Jack Chick type stuff about yoga:
“Pope Francis said ‘do not seek spiritual answers in yoga classes’. Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk. When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to. The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways. I’m not saying everyone gets it, or that it happens every time, and people may well be doing yoga harmlessly, but there‘s always a risk and that’s why the Pope mentioned it and that’s why we talk about that in terms of the danger of the new age movement and the danger of the occult today. That’s the fear.”
This has pissed off a lot of people, especially Hindus -- because this is part of their religion, this isn't just a bunch of smoothie-drinking lululemon-wearing American yoga class attendees.

Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has been particularly vocal against the priest and has been quoted across several news agencies. Remember, this is the guy who got Urban Outfitters to stop selling a blasphemous Lord Ganesh duvet cover,  Ganesha socks and -- ironically -- Ganesh yoga mats and yoga pants. This was all for inappropriate use of a Hindu deity, which is about as insane as requiring that nobody draw your Prophet anywhere.

Well, this time I say go at it!

It's not just because I personally dislike the Catholic Church or that I have enjoyed doing yoga. It's because this priest is factually in the wrong: 1) Hindus do not believe in his evil spirits being channels by yoga; 2) There is no evidence that any spirits actually exist; 3) Because of #2, there is no spiritual health risk; 4) There is no evidence for any of the metaphysical claims Colhoun is making; 5) Nor for any metaphysical claims Hindus make; 6) It seems that yoga has positive benefits -- if only good exercise!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Saguenay Mayor Fundraises to Keep Prayer In City Council On City Stationery

Mayor Jean Tremblay (source)
Remember our favourite mayor Jean Tremblay? He's awesome entertaining -- hilarious! -- go read about him! He's quite the character! There is a downside, though. He's also feverently Catholic and wants to foist his magical incantations and holy relics all over everyone in his City Council chamber over in Saguenay. He's been at this business for the last eight years, at least. So the Supreme Court is currently hearing a case between him and the Quebec Secular Movement, who don't want him whipping out his religion during publicly-funded city business.

He's able to pay for all this extravagant court business with a big fundraiser -- which he did in the capacity of mayor of Saguenay! Here's a video on the city's official Youtube site celebrating how citizens and organizations like the Knights of Columbus are all donating to the court fees. Apparently the city has dealt with all its more pressing problems and so can now be turned into a fundraising tool for the mayor's personal religious convictions -- isn't that grand?

Well, it seems like the court case is costing more than expected and the mayor is back for another religious pledge drive. This time he did a mass mailing on the city's letterhead and presumably with the city's mailing facilities!

Dans la lettre, le maire Tremblay rappelle que la décision éventuelle du plus haut tribunal canadien permettra ou non la prière et la présence du crucifix dans la salle du Conseil. Il écrit aussi: «sans votre appui financier et moral, il m'aurait été presque impensable de livrer une telle bataille.»
In the letter, Mayor Tremblay wrote that the eventual decision of the highest Canadian court would permit or outlaw prayer and the presence of the crucifix in the counsel room. He also writes: "without your financial and moral support, it would be almost unthinkable for me to undertake such a battle.
There was not a whole lot of concern about this from his fellow council members -- perhaps they're all peachy keen with this anyway, since they all say the prayer! There was only a slight quibble from Simon-Olivier Côté. He's referencing the bolded part of the letter above.
«Le ton personnel montre que c'est son combat. Donc, le papier de la ville, c'est questionnable, mais pas choquant, croit Simon-Olivier Côté. Les rôles deviennent confus. Ce n'est pas lui personnellement, mais c'est lui qui est le porte-parole du dossier, qui sollicite», a ajouté Julie Dufour.
The personal tone shows that it's his battle. So, the city letterhead, it's questionable, but not shocking... 
Based on my limited research, very little is shocking with this mayor.

Oh, he refuses to actually tell anyone how many of these letters he sent out on city stationery.

Wikipedia states that as of 2011 at least, Tremblay has already utterly left the Quebec Secular Movement in the dust when it comes to fundraising. I guess being mayor has its perks.
On July 12, 2011, The Canadian Press says the mayor's fundraising campaign has raised $181,000, compared to the fundraiser launched by the MLQ which has received $25,000.
I'm uncertain about current numbers, but I'd be willing to bet that Tremblay has now raised many more thousands.

Want to help counter this evil plan? Visit the Quebec Secular Movement donation page or the  Canadian Secular Alliance Fundraiser Page and chip in a little to potentially stop prayer in government assemblies in Quebec, in Canada.

Another Canadian Politician Comes Out Against Evolution

Last week, Conservative (duh!) Ontario MPP Rick Nicholls shared with us that he's just not into believing established science... evil-u-shion -- other folks can, but it's just not his personal reality. We all laughed and put this little embarrassing find behind ourselves as the Conservative party distanced themselves from his statements.

Well, now a federal Conservative (duh!) MP, James Lunney, is reminding us all that evolution is just a theory, okay! It's not like it's a fact or anything! Jury's also still out about Relativity and Gravity.
Lunney totally gets the scientific method -- regardless of what most scientists think about evolution, especially those arrogant biologists.
Look, contrary to the scientific community, Lunney knows this whole evolution thing is a bit of a crock. Nothing arrogant about that at all.

This isn't the first time Lunney has set nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century science straight on the facts of evolution.
Lunney, who represents the federal riding of Nanaimo-Alberni. seemed to be echoing views he expressed in a statement to the House in 2009:

"Any scientist who declares that the theory of evolution is a fact has already abandoned the foundations of science. For science establishes fact through the study of things observable and reproducible. Since origins can neither be reproduced nor observed, they remain the realm of hypothesis," he said then.

"The evolutionist may disagree, but neither can produce Darwin as a witness to prove his point. The evolutionist may genuinely see his ancestor in a monkey, but many modern scientists interpret the same evidence in favour of creation and a Creator."
Wait though, it gets worse. Lunney has also questioned climate change and vaccines causing Autism. Is this a royal flush? Well, one can only hope that what's flushing is any chance Lunney has at making any policy decisions involving science.
Lunney has also used his Twitter account in the past to question climate change.

Last year he tweeted "Science settled? Think again!" and posted a link to an article by a University of Guelph economist who is one of the signatories of a declaration disputing climate change.

In a 2004 speech in the House of Commons, Lunney cited figures he said showed a tenfold increase in the incidence of autism and said Canada should explore a link to vaccines.
Luckily, he has stated he will not be running for re-election in 2015. Perhaps "Dr" Lunney will go back to his pseudo-science-based chiropractic practice instead.

Isn't it interesting how the Conservative party seems to be a magnet for this insanity? It's like they have a war on science going or something.

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