SCP Top Ten

I’ve been tracking for a while the Stupid Church People site with some different tools and I thought this was interesting. Since I took my Stupid Catholic Priest post down until I could give a bit more thought and research into the matter, let me share a couple of SCP facts about those that visit this hallowed site.

The SCP Top Ten Cities

The SCP Top Ten Languages

I am sure some of you will offer some analysis of these findings, so I will leave it to you. But I am still amazed that anyone reads our site, least of all someone in China. Kind of blows the mind…. I wonder how we translate behind the Great Wall?

Robbing Peter to Touch Paul

So let’s talk about really, really Stupid Church People. At SCP we give a lot of grief to those pesky evangelicals (mainly since we used to be among them) but I was thinking about it the other day and I just have to be honest…

THE FREAKIN’ CATHOLICS ARE NUTS!!

One of the reasons I don’t talk about Catholicism a lot is because I personally do not have much experience with it. But the main reason is because I never have taken it seriously. In my opinion, I just considered it to be this side of a cult.

Anyway, it would be completely unfair for me to bag on the Benny Hinn’s of the world, the Paul Crouch’s, the mega-church movement and the Emergent Church… and then not mention the pure stupidity that is the Catholic Church.

Yes, this is me using an extremely large brush, but with good cause. Specifically here I am referring to the “Catholic priests abusing little kids” issue. This isn’t an isolated case of a few “Priests Gone Wild”, but this is a systemic issue that pervades the ideology, philosophy and theology of the entire group.

This is a group of people that knew about their priests fiddling around and effin’ with little children and then did absolutely nothing to stop it… for years. In short, the leaders of the church have condoned the practice. Pedophiles have hidden amongst the Catholic Church for centuries and each and every Pope has turned a blind eye. They have allowed it to proliferate and if there is a God, I expect that hell will welcome all of the Popes warmly.

Make no mistake… this has nothing whatsoever to do with the longstanding vow of “celibacy” that Catholic priests are forced to take. Some wrongly claim that this is obviously a case against homosexuality and it’s dangers. Pedophilia is not brought on because one abstains from sex or because one is attracted to those of the same gender. Pedophlia is a sexual dysfunction. It is the misuse of a powerful position for one’s own personal and sexual satisfaction.

The Catholic Church announced last week that they had reached a $660 million settlement with the abused children and their families. As was brought up by the “Daily Show”, it is interesting that about half of this money will come from the church who will be using the offerings of it’s people intended for ministry to pay for the sins of it’s Fathers. That is a travesty.

It was also pointed out that the other half of the money will come from insurance companies because the church was covered by… and get this… “sexual abuse insurance”!! Maybe I don’t know much, but is it common for organizations to take out sexual abuse insurance policies to cover the actions of their employees? Nonetheless, no amount of money can right the wrongs that have been doled out by the Catholic Church and it’s priests. I hope that more lawsuits are won, and more money is paid out until the point where there is no more Catholic Church, or pope, or cardinals or anything left resembling them.

Below is a clip from the “Daily Show” on the issue… it certainly provides perspective and levity (and truth) to something so serious. Also, credit to Samantha Bee from the Daily Show for giving me the title to this post… that line was pure genius.

Robbing Peter to Touch Paul

So let’s talk about really, really Stupid Church People. Yeah, you know, we here at SCP give a lot of grief to those pesky evangelicals (mainly since we used to be one of them) but I was thinking about it the other day and I just have to be honest…

THE FREAKIN’ CATHOLICS ARE NUTS!!

One of the reasons I don’t talk about Catholicism a lot is because I personally do not have much experience with it. But the main reason I don’t talk about them is because I never have taken them seriously. In my opinion, I just considered them to be this side of a cult.

But anyway, it would be completely unfair for me to bag on the Benny Hinn’s of the world, the Paul Crouch’s, the mega-church movement and the Emergent Church… and then not mention the pure stupidity that is the Catholic Church.

This is a group that knew about their priests fiddling around and effin’ with little children and then did absolutely nothing to stop it… for years. In short, they have condoned the practice. Pedophiles have hidden amongst the Catholic Church for centuries and each and every Pope has turned a blind eye. They have allowed it to proliferate and if there is a God, I expect that hell will welcome the arms of said Popes warmly.

Make no mistake… this has nothing whatsoever with the longstanding vow of “celibacy” that Catholic priests are forced to take. Some that this is obviously a case against homosexuality and it’s dangers. Pedophilia is not brought on because one abstains from sex. It is a sexual dysfunction. It is also the abuse of a powerful position for one’s own personal and sexual satisfaction.

The Catholic Church announced last week that they had reached a $660 million settlement with the abused children and their families. As was brought up by the “Daily Show”, it is interesting that about half of this money will come from the church who will be using the offerings of it’s people to pay for the sins of it’s Fathers. I am certain, being good Christians, many Catholics will forgive those that have done such heinous acts and allow them to continue to minister in their parishes.

A Pastor on Pastors

Ed Young… son of a mega-church pastor and now a mega-church pastor in his own right.

Here, we get an earful from him on the life of a pastor and the things he feels contributes to pastoral burnout.

Part confession… part self-analysis… part “patting himself on the back” and part “taking himself a little too seriously”… this video blog gives us a look at what Ed Young thinks about his life as a pastor and how he views his role within the church.

On one hand, I admire his honesty… I really do. But on the other I am saddened that he feels he is the “franchise-player” of his church, and that the whole thing rises or falls because of him. No doubt, as you watch this, your pastor most likely has the same exact feelings.

Here’s my question: Can we save them from themselves?

God? Wrong? STFU

Lately I have been scouring around reading some new blogs. It helps me rekindle my passion for what I do here and helps me to gain a fuller perspective on my journey.

So in the last week I have added a new person to my current must-read list, since she (another female – there seems to be a trend developing here) is saying things in such a raw, honest and refreshing way. I just can’t wait to read what she will write next.

She goes by the name Slapdash, and in her most recent post she refers to something I have struggled with for many years. Why is it that we always let God off the hook? We praise him when things go right, and when He seemingly fails to come through for us, we still praise him anyway (or we are encouraged to at least). God is always in a “win-win” situation for Christians… and he can never do any wrong.

Slapdash says it so much better than I can, and minces no words in doing so:

Christians will not blame God when disappointing or unexpected or bad things happen. “It was God’s will.” “I needed to crucify my desires, anyway.” “It was selfish, what I wanted, it wasn’t what God wanted.” “God is trying to teach us something through this suffering.” “We just can’t understand…God’s ways are higher than our ways.”

In other words, God always gets let off the hook. Always, always, always. It’s the assumed stance: God can simply do no wrong.

At risk of offending the Christians that read this blog: isn’t this pretty much the same dynamic you see play out in abusive human relationships?

A woman falls in love with a man. He treats her well, at least at the beginning. She feels loved, she gets attention…she’s getting something out of it. But over time, the abuse begins…

Yet, when a woman is way deep in the relationship, she will defend her man no matter what he’s done: “He just had a bad day.” “You don’t know him the way I do – he is actually very tender and loving.”…

A Christian reading this entry might well be offended that I’ve just compared God to an abuser, and thus immediately dismiss the whole idea. But what I am trying to describe is a dynamic in which Christians repeatedly, consistently, and perpetually try to explain away clearly terrible things that don’t square with their notions of who God is – because those notions of who God is are inviolable. Psychologically, I don’t see any difference from that which happens in an abused woman’s mind. And I am finally in a place where I have stepped outside of my faith and my church to examine who it is I have believed in all these years. To allow for the possibility that maybe my notion of who God is isn’t inviolable.


There’s a whole lot more to this post and I strongly suggest you go read for yourself. It’s an interesting notion and I think she is right: For people armpits deep in the church culture, this concept of seriously calling God into question can be frightening. For paid staff people the idea is unconscionable. But the longer I stand in that place of doubt, I see asking such questions as an indispensable vehicle for finding faith… even if it’s a vastly different faith than the one with which I started.