UK Bishop Criticized For Ordering Crucifixes In Catholic Classrooms

WHAT THE HELL???

A Roman Catholic bishop will be forced to explain himself to MPs today over fears that he is imposing religious “fundamentalism” on children.

(Or… another way of putting it:teaching Catholicism to Catholic school kids).

Patrick O’Donoghue, the Bishop of Lancaster, will be questioned over his ban on what he calls “values-free” sex education in Catholic schools in his diocese and his order to put up crucifixes in every classroom.

Excuse me??? Hello? We’re talking about CATHOLIC SCHOOLS!

What business is it of the MPs if he puts crucifixes up in the classrooms, and doesn’t teach “Heather Has Two Mommies”? Seriously!

His summons to appear before the House of Commons select committee on children, schools and families follows a 66-page document he produced last year which angered some MPs because of its strict line on sexual morality.

Here’s the part that angered the nosy, perverted busybodies:

In the document, called Fit for Mission?, Bishop O’Donoghue wrote: “The secular view on sex outside marriage, artificial contraception, sexually transmitted disease, including HIV and Aids, and abortion, may not be presented as neutral information.”

He said “so-called” safe sex was based on the “deluded theory that the condom can provide adequate protection against Aids”.

And he added: “Schools and colleges must not support charities or groups that promote or fund anti-life policies, such as Red Nose Day and Amnesty International, which now advocates abortion.”

Although sex education is mandatory in all secondary schools, Bishop O’Donoghue insisted that in every lesson – even science classes – it must be taught solely in the context of “the sacrament of marriage”.

Q: Aren’t Bishops supposed to say stuff like that?

A: Yes. Yes, they are.

The bishop has been criticised by Barry Sheerman, the chairman of the schools select committee.

“A lot of taxpayers’ money is going into church schools and I think we should tease out what is happening here,” said Mr Sheerman, the Labour MP for Huddersfield.

Barry Sheerman happens to be the guy who said in Aug, 2006, (and I quote): “giving parents more (school) choice would create schools which were ‘bloody awful'”.

“A group of bishops appear to be taking a much firmer line and I think it would be (helpful?) to call representatives in front of the committee to find out what is going on”. Sheerman said.

See, this is exactly why many conservatives in the US have opposed School Vouchers. It seems that many secularists will only tolerate a very watered down version of Christianity if public funds are involved:

“It seems to me that faith education works all right as long as people are not that serious about their faith.

“But as soon as there is a more doctrinaire attitude questions have to be asked.

“It does become worrying when you get a new push from more fundamentalist bishops. This is taxpayers’ money after all.”

Were the Catholic parents complaining? No:

The bishop said yesterday that his document had been in response to pressure from parents.

“Many parents go to great lengths to bring up their children properly and they feel that schools are not cooperating with them as well as they should,” he added.

He said Whitehall’s sex education policies had failed and 30 years of “throwing condoms at children” had simply resulted in increasing levels of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The result of all this unapologetic Catholicism:

As part of their inquiry, the MPs will consider whether faith schools should be publicly funded and whether they should continue to control their own pupil admissions.

I wonder if they’re going to do anything about the` Islamic school that teaches that Jews are apes and Christians are pigs? The one in which students are heard to say, they want to “kill Americans”, praise 9/11 and idolize Osama bin Laden as their “hero”.

Oh hells no…there are bigger fish to fry: Crucifixes in Catholic classrooms!

Meanwhile in UK PUBLIC Schools, we see policies like this:

UK Students are told to write, “There is no God but Allah”, as part of a hand-writing exercise!

Are things a little jacked up in the UK, or what?

UPDATE:

I did some additional research, to try to understand the mindset of the secularists objecting to the “fundamentalism” in the faith based schools.

Excerpts from The U.S. Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report on the faith based schools in the UK:

•The law provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respects this right in practice.


•The Government provides funding for a large number of so-called “faith schools.” As of January 2004, there were 6,903 state-funded schools with a religious character in England. All but 121 of these schools were Anglican, Catholic, or Methodist schools; there is also a well-established tradition of state support for Jewish schools. The Government has helped set up and fund a number of schools reflecting other religious traditions. These include four Muslim, two Sikh, one Greek Orthodox, and one Seventh-day Adventist school. In January 2005, Chief Inspector of Schools for England, David Bell, called on faith schools to be “intolerant of intolerance.” In February 2005, then-Schools Minister for England Stephen Twigg published a list of best practices of how faith schools can implement inclusiveness and collaboration.

•The law requires religious education in publicly maintained schools throughout the United Kingdom. According to the Education Reform Act of 1988, it forms part of the core curriculum for students in England and Wales. In Scotland, religious education of some sort is mandated by the Education Act of 1980. Throughout the United Kingdom, the shape and content of religious instruction is decided on a local basis. Locally agreed syllabi are required to reflect the predominant place of Christianity while taking into account the teachings and practices of other principal religions in the country. Syllabi must be nondenominational and refrain from attempting to convert pupils.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Mary Ann Busted For Mary Janes

Towlie?

Does she look slightly “baked” in this photo? She says no…but I don’t know…

69 year old Dawn Wells, who played the sweetheart of the 60’s sitcom, Gilligan’s Island was sentenced to five days in jail, and six months unsupervised probation for being caught with marijuana in her vehicle after when she was driving home from her birthday bash.

According to the sheriff’s office report, Gutierrez pulled Wells over after noticing her swerve across the fog lines and center lines of State Highway 33 and repeatedly speed up and slow down.

“I exited my patrol vehicle and immediately was able to smell a strong odor of burning marijuana,” Gutierrez wrote in his report. “As I approached the vehicle I noticed all four window (sic) of the vehicle were lowered and the female driver was not wearing a jacket.”

Awwww….she was desperately trying to air the car out, and come up with an explanation:

When Gutierrez asked why he could smell marijuana, Wells reportedly told him that she’d just given a ride to three hitchhikers and had dropped them off when they began smoking something. When Gutierrez searched the car, he found three half-smoked joints in the ashtray and console, according to the report. A second search after Wells’ arrest netted a fourth half-smoked joint and two small cases used to store marijuana, Gutierrez said.

After Wells failed a field sobriety test, she was handcuffed and taken to the sheriff’s office.

Wells’ attorney, Ron Swafford, of Idaho Falls, told the Post Register that a friend of Wells’ voluntarily testified that he’d left a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle after having used the vehicle that day, and that Wells was unaware of it.

So it appears that (unfortunately for poor Ms. Wells) other people kept using her car for a place to smoke their marijuana, that day….the very day as her bad luck would have it, she was stopped by the po po.

Wells is now serving six months’ unsupervised probation for the crime. She was sentenced Feb. 29 to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving. The guilty plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors in which three misdemeanor counts — driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance — were dropped.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Al Qaeda Promises “Maximum Pain” On Fifth Anniversary Of War

The fifth anniversary of the Iraq war is March 20.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq commander, Abu-Turab Al-Jaza’iri was interviewed at an AQ hideout by the Qatari daily Al-‘Arab last month, where he admitted al Qaeda’s situation in Iraq is “difficult”, but future attacks were planned. Excerpts are posted at MEMRI:

Asked about Al-Qaeda’s position in Iraq, with reference to the U.S. announcement that it had been paralyzed, Al-Jaza’iri replied: “…[The Islamic Republic of Iraq] is alive, striking, bombing, and planning to attack various military targets belonging to the Crusaders and to betrayers of Islam, i.e. the Shi’ites and Kurds who have joined the occupier…

“It is true that we have lost several cities and have been forced to withdraw from others, after a large number of [Sunni] tribal leaders betrayed Islam and when their tribe members joined forces against us. However, we are still fighting, and the ‘paralysis’ mentioned by the Crusaders is true only for some of the regions. [Besides,] it is common knowledge that any war always involves advance and retreat, so that [even] in those regions I wouldn’t call our position ‘paralysis,’ but rather ‘the [changing] conditions of the war.'”

Al-Jaza’iri added: “…I do not want to paint a false picture: Our position is very difficult, but we are fighting, and will continue to do so…”

The “changing conditions” of the war have not been entirely favorable to al Qaeda in Iraq.

Asked about possible reasons for the decrease in Al-Qaeda’s popularity, Al-Jaza’iri said that indiscriminately murdering civilians had been a mistake that had “harmed the organization’s reputation.”

Yeah, the indiscriminate killing of civilians would tend to have that effect.

He stated: “In the Al-Anbar [district], for example, Sunni Iraqis voluntarily enlisted for jihad activity not because [they believed in] it, but because they hated the Americans and [wished] to take revenge on them and on the betrayers of Islam. Some were motivated by financial considerations, and got carried away with murdering and executing futile attacks, which killed a lot of unfortunate individuals.

“Neither can I ignore the U.S. and Iraqi intelligence apparatuses, or the media, which caters [to the Americans] and which has accused us of carrying out attacks in which we had no part – such as the attack at the Al-Habbaniyah mosque west of Al-Faluja, or the [attacks] in Al-Faluja and Al-Ramadi, where lethal chlorine gas was used. The killing of the Crusaders and of the tribal leaders who collaborated with the betrayers of Islam should have been carried out more intelligently.”

Huh! The Sunnis are telling a different story.

The Next Few Months Will Prove Decisive

On the change in Al-Qaeda’s strategy and the continuation of attacks, Al-Jaza’iri said: “It is clear that the strategy [of capturing cities and turning them into Al-Qaeda bases] has failed, so today we are fighting a guerilla war, or, as some call it, ‘street fighting.’ The efficacy of this [strategy] has been proven in various contexts. We have been instructed to focus our attacks on targets that are strategically and morally important to our enemies , on the eve of the U.S. election campaign.”

He continued: “…It is the type of attacks and the way they are planned that will be changed. Accordingly, we will be focusing on operations that cause the maximum pain and bewilderment to the enemy. This [shift] will open a new page in the fighting, which you will notice on the fifth anniversary of the occupation of Iraq…”

Gateway Pundit reports:

Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, chief of the U.S. Northern Command also told reporters today that Al-Qaeda is planning a spectacular attack on the United States.

In Other GWOT News:

Some Red Meat from the Jawa Report:

A follower of Omar Bakri Mohammed, the exiled British cleric, claims that the U.S. & Britain will be overthrown by Muslims from within or conquered by Muslims from without. The links in his sidebar clear show that “Duaat” is a Bakri follower, including links to several “Ahlus Sunnah wal jama’ah” organizations and a direct link to Barki’s own webpage.

You’ll most likely remember Bakri’s followers through their U.S. branch at The Islamic Thinkers Society…

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit