Moonie religious cult blesses Florida school massacre weapons

This 20 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Gun owner destroys rifle after Florida shooting: ‘Now there’s one less’

Gun owner Scott Pappalardo has destroyed his AR-15 rifle in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting. Pappalardo posted a video of himself explaining his decision before chopping up the semi-automatic weapon. He asks: ‘Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life? … I don’t think so’.

By Bob Brigham in the USA:

21 Feb 2018 at 15:27 ET

Church blesses assault weapons because ‘returning Christ’ will pack an AR-15

This non-sarcastic news item reminds me of this sarcastic comment on the Florida school massacre, perpetrated with an AR-15:

The Florida school shooting proves we need to arm every child over the age of six months for their own protection. Americans’ insistence about their right to guns is tied in with their Christian belief system. As we all know, when Jesus was asked what he would do if someone slapped him on his right cheek, he responded: ‘Load my AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and fire at random strangers in a shopping centre in Nazareth.

The pro-Trump neonazi Internet site the Daily Stormer does not go as far as arming six-month olds. They want firearms for 15-year-old school pupils as ‘solution’ for school shootings.

Meanwhile, Trump continues rant about arming ‘very talented teachers — and others’: here.

The Bob Brigham article continues:

Parishioners in Pennsylvania are planning to attend church services armed with AR-15 rifles so that they can be blessed, WNEP reported.

“This will be a big thing for us. It’s a new stage for us because it incorporates the rod of iron, as it is in Revelations. Revelations talks about the returning Christ ruling with the rod of iron”, said Tim Elder.

Sanctuary Church and Rod of Iron Ministries is an offshoot of the Unification Church [aka the ‘Moonies’], founded by the late Sun Myung Moon. It is led by his son, the Rev. Sean Moon.

“This rod of iron is the AR-15, in today’s terms”, Elder claimed.

Elder is referencing Revelation 2:27.

“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father”, the King James translation reads. Other translations refer to an “iron scepter” instead of “rod of iron.”

Sun Myung Moon also founded the conservative Washington Times.
Moonie cult publication, cartoon

The AR-15 blessing ceremony will occur in Dreher Township in Northeast Pennsylvania. The Moon family moved their Kahr Firearms factory to nearby Blooming Grove in 2015.

The Rev. Sean Moon attended the Kahr Firearms grand opening, which is run by his brother, Justin Moon.

“We are so inspired to be in this land, so different from other states in which we’ve been”, said Reverend Sean Moon, Sanctuary Church.

Kahr Firearms moved to Pennsylvania to be able to manufacture so-called, “Tommy Guns” — semi-automatic Thompson submachine guns. The Prohibition-era weapon is also known as the ‘Chicago Typewrite.’

“We had to look for more gun-friendly state in northeast. Pennsylvania as a large state is most gun-friendly northeastern state”, Justin Moon explained.

“It’s the minority that keeps on saying we have an issue, issue is decided”, Justin Moon argued, adding “we love freedom, we love our guns, we’re not going to give them up.”

… parents of students at nearby Wallenpaupack South Elementary School worry about the AR-15 “blessing” event.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to hand over child abuse files

This video says about itself:

Jehovah’s Witnesses Child Abuse – Shocking Testimony by Jehovah’s Witness Elder

29 July 2015

Testimony from Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that the Jehovah’s Witnesses church refuses to hand over files about child abuse, including confessions of abuse by church members to internal religious courts, to the police and justice department. Abuse survivors are scared that the Jehovah’s Witnesses will destroy that abuse evidence.

‘Jehovah’s Witnesses destroy child abuse evidence’

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Abuse – Is there a problem?

1 March 2016

In the summer of 2002 I had my first taste of the controversy surrounding child abuse mishandling when, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was warned about a BBC Panorama program titled “Suffer the Little Children,” which exposed widespread molestation within the religion of my birth. After waking up from my indoctrination in 2010 I realized that, far from being “apostate-driven lies and dishonesties” (as one Governing Body member recently put it), the problem is bigger than anyone can fully comprehend.

To read some of the documents cited in this video, please download this PDF.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Evidence of Child Abuse

The organization Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Netherlands has for years kept records of allegations of child sexual abuse. This is what RTL News reports. Victims fear that the reports will be destroyed and that evidence will be lost.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have their own kind of courts, committees of “elders” within the society. They judge about missteps that members of the movement commit. These are not severe punishments: the maximum sentence is excommunication.

According to RTL there are dozens or possibly hundreds of reports of internal lawsuits in the archives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. These consist of cases of Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of sexual abuse, with details or even confessions. But the documents are not shared with the police. That is not the policy of the organisation. …

Raymond Hintjes of the Reclaimed Voices foundation, which defends the interests of victims, says that about 220 abuse reports have been received. …

The fear that reports will be destroyed is based on experiences with other Jehovah’s branches in the world, says Hintjes. “That happened in various places, for example in Australia, Great Britain and the United States.”

Prude Spanish priest censors picture of saint

From Dutch NOS TV today about this picture:

‘Too sexy’ painting of apostle removed from Spanish church

A painting of the apostle Saint James (Santiago) was removed from a church in the Spanish town Membrilla because it was supposedly be too ‘sexy’. In the painting, the apostle wears a tunic and a bare thigh and two bare knees can be seen.

Painter Antonio Ximénez is furious and asks the parish priest for explanation, writes the radio station SER. He demands that the painting be shown again or returned.


The 87-year-old artist made the painting years ago, commissioned by the previous parish priest, a friend, and donated it to his birthplace. He now lives in Miami.

Does this priest know that in most crucifixes in Roman Catholic churches, Jesus Christ wears only a loincloth?

Many pictures intended for churches, by Hieronymus Bosch and other ancient painters, show completely naked people. Does this priest know?

Where was this priest when his fellow clergy in Spain and elsewhere abused children sexually, and the church hierarchy covered that up?

Where was this priest when a right-wing Spanish politician condoned rape?

Where was this priest when a right-wing Spanish archbishop condoned rape?

Especially for that priest-censor, this music video.

The video is called Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy (Original Mix – 2006 Version).

Trump’s preacher claims Jesus enough medicine against flu

This video from the USA says about itself:

RWW News: Gloria Copeland Says You Don’t Need A Flu Shot b/c ‘Jesus Himself Gave Us The Flu Shot’

1 February 2018

Right Wing Watch reports on the extreme rhetoric and activities of key right-wing figures and organizations by showing their views in their own words. In this clip, Gloria Copeland tells people that they don’t need to get a flu shot because “Jesus himself gave us the flu shot” and they can just “inoculate yourself with the word of God.”

Among religious preachers close to United States President Donald Trump, at least one is a homophobe. Among the other ones, at least one claims one can get eternal life by paying her $1,114.

And now, we have this televangelist Gloria Copeland, wife of televangelist Kenneth Copeland.

By Ed Mazza in the USA:

02/06/2018 12:19 am ET

Trump Evangelical Adviser Says You Don’t Need Flu Shots When You Have Jesus

“Inoculate yourself with the word of God,” says Gloria Copeland

A controversial minister linked to President Donald Trump said flu shots aren’t necessary when you have Jesus.

“Inoculate yourself with the word of God”, urged Gloria Copeland, who with her husband co-founded the Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas.

Both serve on Trump’s evangelical advisory board.

While health officials continue to urge people to get flu shots during a season that has been marked by widespread illness, Copeland told followers that faith in Christ is all that’s really needed.

“Well, listen, partners, we don’t have a flu season”, Copeland said in a video clip posted online by Right Wing Watch. “And don’t receive it when somebody threatens you with, ‘Everybody’s getting the flu.’ We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on.”

She said the faithful who don’t have the flu can ward off the infection by repeatedly saying, “I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu.”

For those who are ― somehow ― sick anyway, she offered a prayer.

“Flu, I bind you off of the people in the name of Jesus”, she said, “Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu, and we receive it and we take it, and we are healed by his strifes, amen.”

Last week, the CDC said flu hospitalizations have reached their highest point in nearly a decade, and that 48 states are experiencing widespread illnesses due to the virus.

The agency also urged people who have not yet been vaccinated to get the flu shot.

See her full comments in the clip above.

See also here.

Jehovah’s Witnesses child sexual abuse scandal

This video from the USA says about itself:

Candace Conti: Former Jehovah’s Witness Takes on Church over Sex Abuse Allegations

13 March 2015

Candace Conti says the church failed to protect her from a predatory pedophile, which Jehovah’s Witnesses has denied.

Translated from RTL TV in the Netherlands today:

Steve was abused by a Jehovah’s Witness: ‘It was recommended not to go to the police

An independent investigation must be conducted as soon as possible into sexual child abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is what victims are demanding today from Minister Dekker of Legal Protection. Steve is one of the victims, he noticed that the church covered up, helping perpetrators: “While elders should have told victims to go to the police, that is also in the Bible.”

In two months’ time there were 151 reports of child sexual abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Netherlands.

Clerical sexual abuse and papal visit in Chile

This video says about itself:

Catholic bishop heckled by opponents of child sex abuse

22 March 2015

Newly named bishop of Osorno in Chile Juan Barros was pushed and shoved by demonstrators carrying black balloons as he squeezed through the crowd in Saint Matthew’s Church.

Many Chilean Catholics say Barros covered up the sexual abuse of children committed by his superior Fr. Fernando Karadima Farina in the 1980s and ’90s.

Karadima was found guilty by the Vatican.

Read more here.

By Lucia Newman in Chile today:

Crisis of faith in Chile as pope visits amid sexual abuse scandal

Santiago, Chile – The last time a pope visited Chile was in 1987, when the then staunchly Catholic South American country was in the midst of military rule.

Even communists embraced John Paul II, because of the Chilean Church’s outspoken defence of human rights.

But 31 years on, the arrival of the first Latin American pope is not provoking the same euphoria.

Chile has suffered some of the worst cases of ecclesiastic sex abuse in the region, and the Catholic Church is paying the price.

When the former archbishop of Buenos Aires became Pope Francis in 2013, his charisma and above all his promises to reform some of the darkest practices of the Vatican, captured the imagination and admiration of much of the world, especially in his region.

He vowed that there would be zero tolerance for sex abuse within the Catholic Church and formed a special commission to investigate the issue, inviting two victims to take part.

Five years later, growing unhappiness over the Vatican’s follow up on zero tolerance is casting a shadow on the papal visit here.

The pontiff’s controversial decision to name Father Juan Barros as Bishop of Osorno, even though he was accused of facilitating and covering up abuses for Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest, Fernando Karadima, left many stupefied.

And when Pope Francis was caught on video telling a pilgrim in Rome that Osorno parishioners were suffering because they were “dumb” and “twisted by the left”, there was outrage.

Silvana Gonzalez is one of dozens of Catholics who protested on the steps of Osorno’s Cathedral on the eve of the Pope’s arrival.

“We are not happy to receive him, because he says one thing and does another. The Church continues covering up abuses and the pope rewards the culprits. And calling us dumb is an insolent offence that we cannot tolerate”, Gonzalez told Al Jazeera.

Just days before the pope’s arrival, the Boston-based research group published a database listing some 70 Chilean priests, deacons, religious brothers and even a nun who have been accused of molesting children. Some remain in active ministry.

‘Millions of Catholics have lost faith’

Some 30 of Osorno’s parishioners are coming to Santiago for the Pope’s arrival. They will be joining other protesters who say they want to hold the pope accountable.

Among them is Juan Carlos Cruz, one of three of Karadima’s victims. He says the pope has betrayed Chile by defending the institution and re-victimising the survivors.

“The pope has great headlines but no follow up. Apart from Bishop Barros, we have Cardinal Errazuriz, who was rewarded by being named to the committee of eight cardinals that counsel him, along with George Pell, another abuser from Sydney”, says Cruz. “And the current Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, has been named a cardinal, when he has covered up not only our abuses but those of many others.”

Pope Francis knows that in Chile and in Peru, where he will also stop, millions of Catholics have lost faith.

Just ahead of his trip, the pope ordered the Vatican to take over an elite Catholic group in Peru, after years of charges that its founder sexually abused scores of children and adult members .

And after saying that there was no room on the pope’s schedule to meet with abuse victims during his trip to Chile and Peru, the Vatican is now indicating that it won’t rule it out.

These are important gestures. But Pope Francis will have to do more to inspire trust in the Catholic Church, which in Chile is now the lowest in Latin America.

“In many countries but especially in Chile, sex abuses within the church have been and continue to be very painful. Cases are still being revealed. The pope’s visit here is an opportunity to tell him about these issues. What we need is an open heart to listen to what he has to say”, says Javier Peralta, director of the National Commission for the Papal Visit.


POPE Francis was accused yesterday of covering up the Chilean church child abuse scandal after reports he had read the allegations in 2015: here.