Tag Archives: Parasites

Canon fired

19 Nov

Ok, misleading title but I simply couldn’t resist. Ronald Johns

who looks like this, kids

is actually already the ex-canon of Carlisle Cathedral in Cumbria and he’s just been jailed – for four years! – for child molestation offences going back some thirty years.

Naturally, once the Church officials found out about this turbulent priest, they lost no time in alerting the police.

No, of course not. His bishop moved him to another parish and fresh victims. How far away? About half an hour down the road:

The court was told Johns was demoted by his bishop instead of police being informed of the allegations made by his first victim.

The victim had made an official complaint to the church in 1993. By that time Johns was a canon at Carlisle Cathedral.

Johns made admissions to the then bishop, the late Right Rev Ian Harland, who felt the appropriate sanction was to move him to a church in Caldbeck.

The matter only came to the attention of police this year when another victim complained he had been abused by Johns.

So how has the Diocese of Carlisle responded to this? They’ve issued this notice in which they

apologise unreservedly to his victims that we failed to take the action that we should have taken to prevent children and young people being harmed. We also apologise to the parishioners at Caldbeck and recognise the profound and damaging impact on all those affected

and state that

even though at that time the complainants did not wish to pursue the matter with the Police, it was absolutely wrong that Mr Johns should have been offered another post.

Quite how they square this with

We will not tolerate abuse and work closely with the Police and Social Care if such issues come to our attention

they don’t say, but to their credit, they have set up a special NSPCC freephone number to offer such advice as can be trusted from a corrupt organisation that has demonstrated repeatedly just how trustworthy it is.


Cold Comfort

31 Oct

Creationist screwball Ray Comfort – who lost the Golden Crocoduck title to NephilimFree, remember – has unveiled the cold, unbeating heart lurking beneath the happy clappy exterior of his Living Waters Ministry.

The New Zealand arm of Kiwi Comfort’s California-based mouthpiece has been sending out appointment cards inviting elderly folk (by name)

to fill in the date and time of [their] death.

“Please don’t forget to call me on the date you’re going to die, then we can discuss your eternity,” it says.

Quite how they’re meant to do that isn’t entirely clear, since there’s no contact details provided. Anyway it doesn’t matter – that revealing little omission just shows this parasitic marketing gimmick for what it is: evangelical spam for their death cult.

Spokeswoman Lisa Law said the cards were a way of making people aware of their mortality and to tell people about Jesus.

“People take for granted what they have on earth. People think they are going to live for ever. I think we all have to be aware of what our future holds – whether you are young or old everyone needs to know and needs to share the gospel,” she said.

Now they’re backpedalling and denying any knowledge of sending out these disgusting cards, claiming that anyone could have downloaded them from their website. That may be true; but Living Waters still has to bear responsibility for producing the damn things in the first place, to say nothing about making them freely available. What part of that sentence is so hard to understand?

Anyone who knows me in real life knows the devastating personal tragedy I suffered earlier in the year. I’m grateful that there’s been no well-meaning do-gooders trying to stuff their nonexistent Jesus down my throat in a seriously (and dangerously) misguided attempt to console or convert me. I can tell you here and now that if I had received anything similar to that invitation card, all the gods ever invented wouldn’t be enough to prevent me from taking Ray Comfort apart, atom by atom.

(Nicked from P Z Myers)

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