anti catholicism

it’s ridiculous to me that the pope would be hailed as a progressive ally when he’s the number one reason italy barely has fucking civil unions for gay couples. the catholic church was the number one opposer of abortion laws AND divorce laws not thirty years ago. the catholic church as an institution will never be progressive because they are literally built on fear mongering and a parasitic relationship with the italian goverment so fuck them


Alfred & Emilio: “That didn’t sound right.”


In the US:

KKK - Ku Klux Klan or simply the Klan, is three distinct movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration and—especially in later iterations—Nordicism, anti-Catholicism and antisemitism. Historically, the KKK used terrorism—both physical assault and murder—against groups or individuals whom they opposed. All three movements have called for the “purification” of American society and all are considered right-wing extremist organizations.

In the Philippines:

KKK - Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, or simply the Katipunan (usually abbreviated to KKK) was a Philippine revolutionary society founded by anti-Spanish Filipinos in Manila in 1892, whose primary aim was to gain independence from Spain through revolution. It was primarily led by Andres Bonifacio, the “Father of Philippine Revolution.”

So you see, there are a lot of stuffs that don’t mean the same in other countries. Lol.


I’ve been planning a post about the deep, mile wide steak of anti-Catholic sentiment that exists in American culture for quite some time now, and I think it’s important to include a discussion of how Catholics of color experience it. Obviously, I am in no place to know what those experiences are like, so I thought I’d put out a call for folks to submit theirs and/or for co-author(s). If you’re a Catholic or ex-Catholic of color interested in either option, please feel free to reach out to me via inbox or submission!


Another pet peeve regarding anti-Catholicism: people who claim that Mary was raped even though Scripture couldn’t have been more blatantly obvious in demonstrating her consent. (I’m not even going to get into how the Incarnation of Christ didn’t even involve physical intercourse to begin with)

Just…no. This is the first sign someone has never read the Bible in their life. It’s written in plain text right there exactly how it went down. God sent an angel to tell Mary her purpose in God’s plan, and when she asked “By how shall this be done, for I know not man?” (meaning she wanted to know how she would conceive a son since she was both a virgin and didn’t want to cheat on her husband) the angel explained it to her that the Holy Spirit will overshadow her and allow her to conceive a son in her womb. Then, and only then, did she say yes, and Jesus wasn’t conceived a moment sooner than that.So to review: she was told what was wanted of her, she was explained how it would happen, and was asked for informed consent before she emphatically gave it and only then did anything further occur. Her decision was, even by modern standards, completely respected in the matter.

Catholicism is not an aesthetic.

The Pope is not just “some guy” you can throw into your story as an (oppressive) authority figure.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is not some ambiguous pretty woman to be used as as pseudo-symbolism.

St. Joan of Arc is not your cool historical woman.

Rosaries are not pretty necklaces.

These people and things are not just… “things” you can just use as archetypes or “symbolism” for your story. They have histories, they have stories, they have meanings.

anonymous asked:

I use to be an Onision fan, but soon (sorry if my reason seems petty) I watched his video where he was insulting Catholicism (I'm Catholic) based off of Bible verses (From the Old Testament I believe, which we don't follow anymore) and I just hated how he did not do any research about them. (They were all on roadside billboards, the confederate state actually once edited the Bible to justify slavery, and again, the Old Testament)

Yeah, I’ve noticed that’s a bit of a common thread with Onision - he has a bad habit of forming very strong opinions over things that are, in his mind, totally logical, reasonable, and honest conclusions - yet the truth is that he almost never does any research, has any formal education, or has any personal experience on the subject about which he is speaking in order to lend validity to his argument. Yet despite his lack of experience, education, and research, he feels totally qualified to make judgments about these incredibly complex and multi-faceted topics. He’s a very arrogant and rigid thinker, and despite considering himself to be highly intelligent and logical, he lacks lateral creativity in his thought process, and it is very easy to identify the gaping holes in his logic just by doing a little bit of research, or even by simply considering alternative perspectives on the issue before coming down on either side of it (which he refuses to do, mostly because he can only see one perspective - his own). I do agree with some of his opinions (for example, I am also against routine infant circumcision), but for the most part I find him to be an incredibly rigid, black-and-white thinker - and as a person who thrives off of weaving through life’s grey areas, I just can’t get on board with that type of pseudo-intellectual laziness and dishonesty. There is so much nuance and complexity in this life, why would anybody want to boil it down to nothing but its barest essentials? (Especially since he’s wrong about even the bare essentials so very often - I guess this is what not having read a single book for over half your life looks like in practice.)

I’m not a very religious or spiritual person myself, but I’m sorry to hear that he maligned your religion and mangled it so badly. :/ Even if we weren’t talking about Onision, I think it’s fairly common for people to do this sort of thing, just kind of cherry-pick quotes from religious texts without fully understanding or appreciating the context in order to justify their hatred for it. I’m sure that it must get irritating and exhausting to hear people constantly maligning your religion when they don’t really understand it, to say the least. Sorry to hear that, my dude. :/

It’s popular to slam religious conservatives if you grew up in that environment but have become kinder and less judgmental adults than your parents are. It’s far less popular to be from that background and choose to pour love and kindness on those same people instead.

But the way of grace, for all the pain it gives us, is who we want to be, what we claim we are, and what we ought to do in light of how we’ve been loved. It’s not easy path, but it’s the better one.

Imagine the progress we could make as a species if we stop worrying about the AFTER LIFE and start LIVING for THIS LIFE and towards bettering the BEFORE LIFE of future generations.
—  The Fiction Of Religion (2015)

evergloriousoverlord  asked:

I've been thinking about this for a while, so I decided to find out your thoughts on the matter. How would you go about creating a good fantasy religion?

When it comes to building a religion, the key things to remember is that religion is tied very much to ethics, the nature of reality, the meaning of life (and anything that comes after), and other deep philosophical underpinnings of what it means to be alive, to be good or evil, what responsibilities do we have in life. Religion offered to the people of the past (and continues to offer to the people in the present) profound comfort, meaning, and purpose for the entire life. So, you have your work cut out for you. But this is not beyond the ability of the aspiring worldbuilder and fantasy writer. I’m going to caveat this: I’ve studied religions, but a lot of my studies were focused on western religions. Someone who has studied more Eastern, African, or Pacific religions feel free to add anything. I acknowledge my limitations and have done what I could be as inclusive as possible, but I am certain there was stuff I missed.

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If proof of heaven was ever found, there would be mass deaths to get there. If proof of hell was ever found, the Earth would implode into chaos knowing everlasting torture was next.

We have proof we are alive, so why can’t we all live for the now?

—  The Fiction of Religion (2015)
Your Faith is Problematic

           Ever since writing CHOCOLAT, that funny little fable about faith, fasting, feasting and all the places in between, I’ve had a string of accusations (usually from non-Catholics) of anti-Catholicism.  The last one (yes, I still get them, nearly twenty years later) also accused me of cowardice, and of using the Catholic Church as an “easy target”, and said that I would never have dared write about Muslims in such a way (Obviously my correspondent hasn’t read PEACHES FOR MONSIEUR LE CURE).

           Most of the time, I’ve answered such correspondence, either with silence, or to make the point that churches - all churches, ideologies and religious or secular organizations - are run by people; and that people, by their nature, are open to corruption. That’s why a bad-guy priest in CHOCOLAT is not a reflection on all priests, or a bad-guy Muslim in PEACHES is not a reflection on all Muslims. (To be fair, my Muslim readers seem to have understood this perfectly, given the massive support and encouragement they have given me. In fact, the only criticisms I received regarding that story came from non-Muslims living in the US, who seemed to feel they knew better. Hey, ho.)

           But I realize now that my response, though sincere, is not entirely complete. Yes, I believe that churches, Catholic or otherwise, are institutions open to corruption. Yes, I believe that ideologies can be abused and misinterpreted, with a view to establishing an agenda of control.

           History has taught us how many bad things can be carried out in the name of religious faith: torture, executions, wars, even genocide. Current events should have taught us that these things are not all history.

           But I do think the problem goes further than simple misinterpretation. In the case of the patriarchal religions – and by this I mean Christianity, Islam and Judaism – which rely entirely on ancient texts for their message, the cruelty, the genocide, the stonings, the human sacrifice, the misogyny, homophobia and indeed, xenophobia – are actually part of the text itself, and therefore difficult to ignore.

           Which isn’t to say that many do. Most modern Christians, Muslims and Jews don’t believe that women are inferior, or that unbelievers (or gays) should be put to death. They gloss over those uncomfortable parts of the text, accepting that times have changed. That doesn’t stop them identifying as Christian, Muslim or Jewish. And honestly, I don’t have a problem with anyone believing anything that gives them comfort – as long as their belief doesn’t involve oppressing, or harming, or coercing other people.  

           Which doesn’t mean that these three faiths aren’t deeply problematic. As a feminist, I can’t help but see them as oppressive to women. Of course they’re oppressive to women; they were written in a time and place when society itself was oppressive to women. And here’s the thing; whether or not we choose to believe that these texts are the message of God, the actual words were written down by men, more than two thousand years ago. Men, living in a tribal, primitive society. Men, living without the benefits of modern knowledge, science or medicine. Men who believed that women (and people of other races) were naturally inferior. Men who thought being gay was a crime. Men who believed that child and spousal abuse were literally a God-given right. Men, who believed in slavery, in human sacrifice, in demons, in witches, in the death penalty for even the most trivial of offences. Men, who considered themselves and their society to be the pinnacle of human achievement, and yet who would have run away screaming in fear at the sight of a TV or mobile phone.

           Clearly, the world has changed since then. Our attitudes have mostly changed, too. But the premise of these religions (in spite of our modern pick n’ mix approach) hasn’t. The patriarchal religions are still based on the basic premise that men from that primitive, ancient society still have something important to contribute to the running of our society.

           I don’t think they do.

           And that’s the real reason I don’t trust in patriarchal religions. Which isn’t to say that I don’t respect your right to believe what you want to believe (as long as your belief doesn’t involve hurting me, or others). It’s not a million miles away from any other fandom. You can like the songs of Justin Bieber without having to applaud every little thing he does; you can still enjoy Johnny Depp’s films without always condoning his behaviour; you can enjoy the books of V. S. Naipaul whilst still acknowledging the fact that he’s a great big misogynist. No-one is perfect. Everyone is problematic.  And what I believe is that no ideology or religious faith is entirely without its problems, either.

           Your faith is problematic.

           All faith is problematic.

           And until that lesson is learnt, those long-dead men will stay in charge; keeping women in their place; deciding who gets to sleep with whom; perpetuating social norms that stopped making sense over a thousand years ago.

           However we came to be on this Earth, we have the capacity to evolve, both physically and mentally. That means adjusting our concept of the Divine to suit our evolution. The idea of a paternal God rather than a maternal one is another conversation – but what any good parent wants for their child is for them to grow up happy and free, not to stay children forever, endlessly repeating the mistakes of the past.

           So let’s all try to do that, shall we? Let’s all try to do it, like adults, in peace. It doesn’t mean throwing aside those aspects of faith that give some people comfort. But it does mean learning to face the truth:

           Your faith is problematic.