Kill anti-racist American footballers, Trump’s religious adviser suggests


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Won’t Stop Tweeting His Anger At The NFL

26 September 2017

On Tuesday morning, obsessive Donald was STILL Tweeting about the NFL, making all sorts of wild claims that are completely untrue. The man has a serious problem and he doesn’t understand that he’s just digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole that he can’t possibly climb out of. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

From Haaretz daily in Israel:

Trump’s Evangelical Adviser on Fox News: NFL Players Lucky ‘They Are Not Shot in the Head’

Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist

a fundamentalist church founded in 1845 because slave owning Baptists from the south of the USA thought northern Baptists were too critical of slavery

pastor who leads a televised ministry in Dallas, serves as an informal advisor to Trump on faith-based issues

Haaretz and Reuters Sep 26, 2017 2:43 PM

Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress addressed the ongoing battle between Donald Trump and kneeling NFL players on “Fox and Friends” Monday saying that these players should “be thanking God” they haven’t been “shot in the head.”

“I think what these players are doing is absolutely wrong,” Jeffress said. “These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they’re not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they’re also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea.”

This is not Jeffress’s first inflammatory statement, in mid-September he said God “is not necessarily an open borders guy,” also while appearing on “Fox and Friends” – where he is a paid contributor. Jeffress made that comment while on the program discussing a letter by Christian leaders imploring Trump to use “Christian compassion” when it comes to immigration.

Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor who leads a televised ministry in Dallas, serves as an informal advisor to Trump on faith-based issues and led Trump in prayer from the Oval Office after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.

Media Matters for America compiled a clip of some of Jeffress’s most extreme statements made on camera. The clip includes Jeffress saying the “the dark dirty secret of Islam is that it is a religion that promotes pedophilia.” Jeffress also says “you can’t be saved by being a Jew” and “Mormonism is heresy from the pit of hell.”

Jeffress made headlines in August as well when he claimed the Bible gives Trump “moral authority to use whatever force necessary” against North Korea.
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.812401

Vatican diplomat in child porn scandal


This 15 September 2017 CBS TV video from the USA is called Vatican Recalls Priest From D.C. Embassy, Launches Child Porn Investigation.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Papal envoy called back after child porn claims

Saturday 16th September 2017

A VATICAN priest working in the Holy See’s embassy in Washington has been recalled after US officials warned he could be breaching child pornography laws.

The Catholic Church declined to identify the diplomat [Carlo Capella], but said he was currently in Vatican City and that its prosecutors have launched their own probe.

The US State Department says the Vatican had denied a request to waive the priest’s diplomatic immunity so the crime could be investigated.

In declining to identify the priest, the Vatican said the case was subject to confidentiality while still under investigation. It said it was the normal practice of sovereign states to recall diplomats in such cases.

But it is likely to be accused of reneging on a commitment given by Pope Francis just last month that the Church would apply the “most strenuous measures” to root out priests guilty of the “monstrosity” of child abuse and that “bishops and cardinals who protected these priests — as happened repeatedly” would also be punished.

Canada: Catholic priest [Vatican diplomat Carlo Capella] wanted for alleged child porn offences committed in Windsor church. Alleged offence happened in a place of worship during Christmas holidays: here.

British clerical, other child abuse


This video from Britain says about itself:

‘They would whack you with a crucifix‘ – BBC Stories

15 September 2017

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane says she was abused from the age of six at a Catholic-run orphanage in Lanark in the 1960s and 1970s.

She describes more than a decade of physical, sexual and mental abuse at Smyllum Park Orphanage. A BBC investigation has uncovered new evidence that more than 400 children who died at Smyllum are now thought to be buried in a mass grave in a nearby cemetery.

Produced by Judy Fladmark, filmed by Emily France and edited by Joshua Hollis.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Woman reveals decade of horror at hands of nuns

Saturday 16th September 2017

A WOMAN who allegedly suffered a decade of brutal abuse at an orphanage run by nuns has described her ordeal.

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane told the BBC of her mistreatment in the 1970s at Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark, which is being examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

A priest started to sexually abuse her when she was eight, two years after she arrived there.

Ms Tolmie-McGrane, who now works as a psychologist in Norway, said: “Every child was beaten, punished, locked in a dark room, made to eat their own vomit, and I would say that most of us had our mouths rinsed out with carbolic soap.”

On one occasion, she said, a nun walked in to find the priest abusing her.

The woman said: “She got really angry at me. She yanked me by the left arm so hard and flung me across the room and called me a whore and told me to get out of there.

“I think in some ways it was worse than just sexual abuse because I was punished with the broken arm for doing something a priest had forced me to do.”

A spokesman for the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, the Catholic society that ran the orphanage, said: “We would urge anyone who believes they have been a victim to contact the police, who will then work with our safeguarding team.

“We would like to offer sincere and heartfelt apology to anyone who suffered any form of abuse while at our facilities.”

The bodies of at least 400 orphans were buried in a mass grave at the town’s St Mary’s Cemetery, a BBC and Sunday Post investigation has found. …

More than 10,000 children passed through the orphanage between its opening in 1864 and closure in 1981.

This video from England says about itself:

Catholic priests’ victim: ‘The abuse was so common it became normal’

3 February 2016

Leslie Turner, a retired primary head teacher, was paid £17,000 in compensation by the Irish Christian Brothers, after claiming two priests from the Catholic Order sexually abused him at school in Sunderland in the 1960s.

The church has not accepted liability for the alleged abuse. Turner, now 66, has waived his anonymity in a film for the Guardian to allege he was molested from the age of 12 by two Irish Christian Brother teachers at St Aidan’s Roman Catholic Grammar School in Sunderland between 1961 and 1967. Both priests are long dead, but he sued after being diagnosed with delayed onset post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of what he said he suffered.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Abused kids denied cash for ‘consenting’

Saturday 16th September 2017

Children as young as 12 may still go without compensation

SEXUALLY abused children as young as 12 could still be denied compensation on the grounds they had “consented” under revised official guidelines revealed yesterday that were condemned by a Labour MP as “despicable.”

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) launched a review into its guidelines earlier this year amid concerns that victims of child grooming gangs were being refused payments, even when perpetrators had been imprisoned.

Although it is illegal to have sex with anyone under 16, CICA does not give payments to all victims.

Justice Secretary David Lidington told MPs last week that CICA’s internal guidelines would be changed so that victims of child grooming gangs could no longer be disqualified.

But the revised guidelines state that children can still be denied compensation on the basis that “consent ‘in fact’ is different from consent ‘in law’.”

The draft is reported to state: “The scheme recognises that there may be situations where a person aged under 16 has ‘in fact’ consented to sexual activity.

“Where the sexual activity is truly of the applicant’s free will no crime of violence will have occurred.”

It goes on to say that some children under the age of 12 could be deemed to have given consent.

“Where the child was 12 or under when the incident happened, we will presume that the child did not consent in fact unless the evidence to the contrary is very clear,” it states.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said the revised version was “despicable” and urged Mr Lidington to intervene.

“It’s basically saying that the state doesn’t believe you, that you’re likely to be a liar on this and that is entirely the wrong message to send out,” she blasted.

It was reported last week that Sammy Woodhouse, a victim of the Rotherham grooming gang scandal, had initially been denied compensation by the government body because it claimed she had consented.

Ms Woodhouse, whose evidence in court helped convict her attacker, described the revised guidelines as “absolutely disgusting.”

In response to the backlash, CICA said it was engaging with victim support groups and charities to ensure the revised guidance was “as robust as it possibly can be.”

“We want to be sure that we never get these decisions wrong. That’s why we are reviewing our staff guidance to make sure that we identify every instance where grooming could be a factor,” a spokesman said.

402 dead Scottish Catholic orphanage children discovered


This video from Britain says about itself:

11 September 2017

Bodies of hundreds of orphan children who died at a home run by Catholic nuns ‘are found buried in a mass unmarked grave’.

Up to 400 children who died at a Scottish orphanage are believed to have been dumped in a mass grave, research has revealed.

The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul ran the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark from 1864 until it closed in 1981.

The nuns previously acknowledged that children had been buried in 158 compartments in the town’s St Mary’s Cemetery.

After the babies’ mass grave discovery at a Roman Catholic children’s home in Ireland

From the Daily Record in Scotland:

Bodies of 402 children discovered to be buried in mass grave near Scottish orphanage run by nuns

The nuns who ran the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanarkshire previously acknowledged that 158 children were buried there

By John Jeffay

18:49, 10 SEP 2017

About 400 children died at a ­Scottish orphanage run by nuns and were buried in an unmarked grave, research has revealed.

The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, who ran the Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanarkshire, had previously acknowledged that 158 ­children were buried there.

But research, including a trawl of more than 15,000 official records, has revealed 402 babies, toddlers and ­children died there between 1864 and when it closed in 1981.

Children who died after being sent to live at the orphanage were buried in an unmarked mass grave a mile away at St Mary’s Cemetery in Lanark.

Headstones mark the graves of the nuns and staff members buried nearby but no stone or memorial has ever recorded the names of the dead ­children.

Former first minister Jack ­McConnell, who apologised to victims of care home abuse on behalf of the then Scottish Executive in 2004, said: “It is ­heartbreaking to discover so many children may have been buried in these unmarked graves.

“After so many years of silence, we must now know the truth of what happened here.”

The order of nuns who ran Smyllum, where orphans and children of desperate Catholic families were placed, previously claimed they had records of 120 children who died there and were buried in 158 lairs at a ­cemetery.

On average, one child died every three months there, with many believed to be buried in unmarked graves at St Mary’s Cemetery.

Former residents of the orphanage have accused the nuns and staff who ran the home of beating and neglecting some of the children.

Their allegations formed part of the campaign that inspired the ongoing Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

The charity who ran Smyllum gave evidence to the inquiry earlier this year in which they claimed that abuse ­allegations were a “mystery” with “no evidence” of mistreatment.

The care given at Smyllum will be scrutinised during the second phase of the inquiry starting in November. ­Relatives of children who died at the orphanage are also calling for an ­investigation at St Mary’s using ground-penetrating radar to establish how many bodies are buried there.

The probe, carried out by the BBC Radio’s File on Four programme and the Sunday Post, involved scrutiny of death certificates.

In 2003, burial records given to campaigners by Smyllum bosses suggested 120 children had been buried at St Mary’s but relatives believed the figure was too low.

Research by Janet Bishop of the ­Association of ­Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, found 402 certificates listing Smyllum as the place of death or normal residence.

No details are recorded apart from their names, date of birth and when they died. Causes of death included accidents and diseases of the time such as tuberculosis, flu and scarlet fever. Some died of malnutrition.

Janet Docherty, the widow of former resident Frank, said: “He always feared there were more kids buried there and this is proof of that. He would have been content that it has come out now.”

Nazi church bell in Germany, mayor resigns


Nazi church bell in Herxheim, Germany

Besides the issue of pro-slavery Confederate secessionist generals’ statues and church windows in the USA, there is the issue of nazi paraphernalia in Germany, as this photo shows.

The inscription on the bell says (translated) ‘Everything for the fatherland. Adolf Hitler‘; with a nazi swastika underneath.

By the way, Dutch fascist Arnold Meijer was arrested in 1945 for collaboration with the German nazi occupiers. He escaped and wrote a book with, in Dutch, the same title as the Hitler quote on the church bell: ‘Alles voor het Vaderland’ to defend his behaviour during the occupation.

The church bell is in Saint James church in Herxheim am Berg town in Germany, ever since 1934. There had been a fire, destroying older church bells. The nazi government then paid for the new nazi church bell. Though it is in the local Protestant church, it was and still is local authority property.

Dutch NOS TV reports today:

After reports about nazi memorabilia in the German army, a former organist of the church [Ms Sigrid Peters] told local media on the existence of the clock. “[Out of the church], to a museum with it”, was her recommendation.

However, the mayor of Herxheim, Ronald Becker, said the nazi bell should stay, as he was ‘proud of it’. He quoted a 95-year-old who said not everything was bad about the nazi regime.

After many people reacted indignantly to that, Mayor Becker has now resigned.

Pro-slavery generals out of United States National Cathedral


This video from the USA says about itself:

Church Doesn’t Take Kindly To Pastor Saying Black Lives Matter

5 September 2017

Rev. Robert E. Lee IV was pushed out of his church. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Last week, Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV gave an impassioned speech at the MTV VMA’s in which he voiced support for Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, Heather Heyer and racial equality.

Aligning with the politics of the evening, Lee’s speech was particularly resonant given that the reverend is a descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general and icon whose statue was the nominal focus of the deadly white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this summer.

Now, Lee has announced that he is stepping down from his pulpit at Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.”

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Controversial generals also disappear from church windows in the USA

Today, 09:56

The National Cathedral in the United States capital Washington will remove two stained-glass windows showing generals who fought to maintain slavery. Symbols of the South [secessionist Confederate southern slavery states] have recently come under fire after racist violence.

In the second largest church in the country, services of national importance, such as presidential funerals, commemorations after 9/11 and post-presidential inauguration, are held regularly. In addition to Christian symbolism, the church also features scenes from American history, such as the moon landing and D-Day.

The windows of 60 by 180 centimeters were donated in 1953 by inhabitants of the southern states [the United Daughters of the Confederacy] to “reassemble a nation torn by the Civil War.” With scenes from their lives, Confederate commanding General [and slave owner and slave flogger] Robert Lee and General [and slave owner] Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson are represented as exemplary Christians.

Bloodbath

Discussion about the images originated after the massacre in a church in Charleston, where the shooter wanted to unleash a race war. Flags of the South were then removed from the stained glass windows and the church promised to reflect on more changes.

After new violence in Charlottesville, the church council decided to completely remove the windows because they showed a one-sided image and were distractions. “The Confederate flag and the Old South narrative have been lively symbols today for white supremacists”, says a spokeswoman for the church in the US media. “We’d be made of stone ourselves if we weren’t paying attention to that.”

The church does not know what will happen to the windows. They may be exhibited in an historical context.