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Unmasking The Sins of Religions

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The sins of religions have simmered for centuries and now they are exploding for all the world to know. Globally, revelations of the pedophilic activities of Catholic priests are sending shock waves around the world. Some will say this is an attack on the Catholic Church, however it is telling it as it is and their track record leaves a large trail. Knowledge of this has been known in the U.S. for some years when men began to come out of the closet revealing their molestations by priests. Six U.S. Catholic dioceses have filed for bankruptcy due to lawsuits and some filed before cases went to court. One of the most recent cases is a lawsuit filed against the Newark, New Jersey diocese by a woman sexually assaulted by a priest, who was transferred to the Orlando, Florida diocese after the lawsuit was filed. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

I honor these men for coming forward and perhaps it will bring to the attention of the world the perpetrations and suppression against the female sex. In medieval times, young girls who had no dowry were sent to a nunnery to become nuns. In some cases these young girls were assaulted by the older nuns in a sexual manner. In the last century from the 1930's into the 1990's the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland became known for the sexual abuses of children by nuns, priests, non-clerical, staff and helpers, which include physical and emotional abuse. The scandal rocked Ireland and the Laundries were closed in 1996. A movie has been made of this, and it really had no effect on the Catholic Church. It was business as usual.

The Church supposedly wasfounded on the biblical verse in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus reportedly told Peter that he was the foundation (rock) that he (Jesus) would build his church on. I find this suspect in a number of ways. Paul in his books of the Bible never mentions this or refers to Peter. In the Book of Mary Magdalene, it is written that Peter was jealous of the Magdalene. Could this have been the foundation of the Catholic Church's sexual assaults on innocent children? There is only heresay that Peter made it to Rome.

Current news has Pope Benedict XVI shedding crocodile tears in Malta while meeting with men who have been sexually abused by priests. The pope claims that young children will be protected? By whom? The higher echelon of the Catholic Church dressed in their long skirts, will do little to stop the sexual despoiling of boys and girls. Yes, the Church is crumbling and their long history of hypocrisy is being revealed. The Church has attempted to hide the story of the female Pope Joan and also the revelations of Pope Paul II, 1464-1471 being a transvestite. The early popes married, had children and mistresses. It is time for revelations and the demise of a religion based on power.

The rock is crumbling and is now on shaky ground. The Catholic Church is based on lies, deceit and a "do as I say, not do as I do." During WWII, Pope Pius II aided and abetted the Nazis in their murders of Jews, but also Gypsies. It is known that in Croatia (Yugoslavia) that Franciscan priests took part in the killing of Gypsies, Jews and Serbs. The holocaust of the Jews is said to be 6 million and the holocaust of the Gypsies (Roma) to be 500,000. There is knowledge of the Inquisition doing horrible acts of the Church and this was a form of an inquisition.John Cornwell writes in his book "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII" the following:"The popes of history used many tactics to eradicate Jews and Gypsies. The holocaust in Croatia is an example. The Vatican spawned it using the reasoning that the Jews killed Jesus. The Gypsies? They were considered inferior humans. It was the Church in medieval times that first made Jews wear yellow stars for identification. If one were to truly study the hidden history it would be devastating."

Now we have the Christian Vigilantes. They have always been around for a long time in one faith or many faiths. These are the ones who preach hell, fire and brimstone and it makes one wonder if they believe more in the Devil or Satan than God. These various faiths of Protestant churches also hold secrets. These are not as evident as the Catholic Church. These churches preach a faith of bigotry, judgments and prejudices as well as sexual deviation. One only has to observe the southern U.S. protestant churches with their racial bias and closing their eyes to the vigilante Ku Klux Clan who have killed innocent black people. Racial discrimination is not over. It is simmering under the guise of acceptance.

In recent years, the news has revealed preachers who kill their wives and recently is was discovered that one had murdered his wife and kept her in a freezer for ten years. Many of the media preachers' downfalls can be attributed to illicit affairs. From my observation, there is more emphasis placed on Satan or the Devil than there is on a God of Love. The Protestant history has a record for burning women as witches, placing them in stocks and the suppression of women. They are for the most part against abortion and suppress a woman's right to make a choice. Nothing is said about the men who impregnate the women. We have Christian vigilantism killing abortion clinic doctors, destroying abortion clinics and yet, find it all right to send our men and women off to war to be killed, maimed or traumatized for life.

Hypocrisy at its best.

There is a belief in both the Catholic and Protestant religions that Jesus Christ died for our sins. Their beliefs appear to be more in suffering and it is time to take Jesus down from the cross and to apply to their lives the message he taught, which can be found in the Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew.

Women have been programmed and indoctrinated for hundreds of years into accepting that they are less than the men. One example is the Mormon Church. The February 2010 cover issue of National Geographic shows a photograph of one smug man proud of his "5 wives, 46 children and 239 grandchildren," while surrounded by his "celestial family," because "he has tried to fulfill his duty to build up his 'celestial family." One has only to look at all the females and see they have the same hairstyle and simple old-fashioned clothing. In ancient days, it would be labeled as a harem.

In the Jewish religion, women have almost no roles or participation. In fact, men and women are separated when worshiping in the synagogues. The subliminal message is that women are not as good as men. The excuse given is that one should be focused on prayer and not on gender. This has the implication of the old erroneous story that Eve tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden. I am not bashing men. I raised three sons and each one was brought up to accept women as equals.

The world is in a massive flux of change and we have the Islamic religion using women to kill themselves with bombs as well as men. Numerous women and young girls have been murdered by their families for not obeying their rules. A case in point is that of a fifteen-year-old girl buried alive because she had talked to two boys. Many countries are concerned with the increase of Muslims in their individual countries and it is known that Islam wants to rule the world.

We are living in tumultuous times and it is time to move away from stagnated religion and develop a relationship with one's own God within. Everyone has a direct hotline to God who is in every person on this planet. It is time to take a look at our judgments, our prejudices, racial discrimination and condemnations and to see them as people with different beliefs.

This country when founded was not based on Christianity. There are many pros and cons on this, however this country was founded by Freemasons and the U.S. Constitution clearly uses the words 'people' and 'persons' throughout the document. These two words encompass people of all skin colors, women, children, and men in the world. Why are women excluded from having the same rights as men? Why did it take an Amendment to give black men freedom, but not black women? If religions were truly unbiased and taught their parishioners that God is within every being, we would not have wars, sexual abuse, hatred, discriminations or judgments. Perhaps this is the time for each of us to take an inventory of our resentments, hatreds, judgments, condemnations, bigotry and prejudices and choose another perspective. There is an ancient saying, "Don't judge another until you have walked in their shoes." The truth is we each would be better off if we celebrated the differences in all people. The world is changing and the power structure of religions is striving to stay in control. It is time for the people to take their power back.
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Bettye Johnson is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, an Independent Publishers Book Award Winner 2006. Moving from the cotton fields in Texas to the embassies of Paris and Tokyo, Bettye Johnson has a woven tapestry of (more...)
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