“Ideological Colonization”

While everyone else is going gaga over the “breeding like rabbits” thing that Pope Francis actually did not say (relax, I will get to birth control in another post) I want to ask another really important question.  Is Pope Francis actually, literally insane?  Or maybe the Pope’s plane is not properly pressurized and his brain suffers from lack of oxygen while he is flying.

On the way to the Philippines, he seemed to take the side of the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo.  While the “punch in the nose” remarks which specifically would OK violence against those who “cause offense” were later “clarified” by the Vatican, we were still left with his insane proclamation that one should not offend the religious beliefs of another.  Not only is this contrary to the modern concept of free speech, it is also in direct contradiction to the actions of the religious themselves who feel free to say that some, most or all of some other religions ideas are complete bullshit, although they put it in more theological language.

I called out Francis for hypocrisy in an earlier post, and many, many others did as well, this being perhaps the best of the genre:

Now, on the way back from the Philippines he shot his mouth off again, aiming once again for his foot, to completely mix up several metaphors.

This time he as bemoaning “ideological colonization” the forcing of beliefs on other people through coercion and bribery.  Here is the National Catholic Reporter quoting Francis:

“This is the ideological colonization,” said the pope. “It colonizes the people with an idea that changes, or wants to change, a mentality or a structure.”

And of course only horrible people would do such a thing:

“It is not new, this,” he continued. “The same was done by the dictators of the last century. They came with their own doctrine — think of the Balilla [youth groups of Fascist Italy], think of the Hitler Youth.”

“They colonized the people,” he continued. “How much suffering — peoples must not lose liberty.”

“Every people has its own culture,” said Francis. “But when imposed conditions come from the imperial colonizers, they seek to make [peoples] lose their own identity and make an homogeny.”

Yes, that was terrible when Nazi Germany colonized the New World, killing the natives and the ones that somehow survived were “converted” sometimes at the point of a sword.  Oh wait, that wasn’t Nazi Germany.  That was Catholic Spain, with the blessing of the Pope.  Surely the Pope has read a history book? Any other book than the bible? Maybe even gone through his own archives?

And before they took their show on the road, the Spaniards first worked out the kinks at home by way of the Inquisition.  Nothing like removing the “heretics” from your society to help make a “homogeny.”

Or maybe you remember the Crusades for “homogeny.”

Even as far back as the Roman Empire, when Christianity was proclaimed the state religion, the church basically went on a rampage, burning books of “heresies” and many times the heretics themselves.  “How much suffering?”  It is absolutely insane to say or think the church never caused people to “Lose liberty.”

If I wasn’t an atheist, I would say “Thank god, the Renaissance and Enlightenment came along and ended the idea that the church had some god given right to enforce ‘ideological colonization’ and each person should be free to believe according to the dictates of their own conscience.”

But since I am, I will say “Thank goodness for all that and the principles of free speech, free thought and separation of church and state.”


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