Here’s your Canadian Atheist Weekly Update for to .
Oi, this asshole. He defies lockdown orders… repeatedly… with things getting so out of hand that even Alberta’s authorities decided they had to step in and arrest him. They let him out on bail with the bail requirement being that he doesn’t violate any more public health orders… so of course, that’s what he does, and thus he gets arrested again… and now with this decision, that’s where he’s going to stay until his trial in May. But then, two days later, his church continues to flout public health orders… and this motherfucker phones in to participate remotely. Which is ironic, considering how adamant he’s been that services must be done in person. But to really get a grasp of how ridiculous the whole situation is, and how much of it squarely the fault of the Kenney government, just read the article. At one point, Coates justifies his defiance of public health orders by quoting Kenney.
We should all aspire to be double-excommunicated.
Wow, is there anything terrible that Catholicism can’t make even worse? The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Canada has already been slow and of course vaccine denialism and conspiracy theories haven’t been helping. So, in step Canada’s Catholic bishops to… tell people to be picky about which vaccine brand they get, because some were developed with stem cells from aborted fetuses. Yeah, that’s really going to help. It’s actually worse than the article implies, because it misrepresents what the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops actually said. The article says:
In contrast, mRNA vaccines available from Pfizer and Moderna have an extremely remote connection to abortion in the design and testing phases, leading ethicists to judge those vaccines “ethically uncontroversial.”But I have no idea where that “ethically uncontroversial” quote came from; it’s neither from the CCCBnorScience magazine. Instead, the CCCBactually says:
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines… do not use abortion-derived cell lines in their development and production of the vaccine, however in some of their final testing processes, they have used unethically-derived cell lines.So even the RNA vaccines are tainted… but the CCCB figures
the connection to abortion is extremely remote, so they say, meh, close enough, ethically speaking.
Last week, Sye Ten Bruggencate announced out of the blue that he was stepping down from his ministry because he was
guilty of moral failure. I didn’t think this was worth reporting at the time because, 1) well, 95% of the people reading this probably just went, “who the fuck is Sye Ten Bruggencate?”; and 2) no one really knew what this “moral failure” was, so there was nothing to report but rampant speculation. Well, to the first point, Sye Ten Bruggencate is a somewhat well-known Christian apologist; he’s a regular name-drop on The Canadian Atheist podcast (no connection to us, but I do recommend if you’re interested in theological debate). To the second point… we are now hearing rumours that Bruggencate’s moral failure was apparently
fornication with a vulnerable woman. There are still a lot of details missing, of course, but it seems like someone else, some third party, got wind of Bruggencate’s “fornication”, and threatened to expose him… and that’s why Bruggencate fessed up. Now there’s an investigation by his church, and the woman is cooperating and has even provided evidence and further claims beyond what Bruggencate admitted to. This could all be a big nothing-burger, with the “sin” being nothing more than, *gasp*, extra-marital sex… but… one of the pastors at the church said something rather ominous:
the concerns from the woman are more serious than simply a broad moral failure. And while he didn’t
see anything that suggests that what happened was against the law… he has suggested that the woman go to the authorities for help.I lack the words to express how utterly unsurprised I am that Bruggencate’s church is more concerned about the “fornication” part of what allegedly happened than the apparent sexual exploitation, though at least in this case they actually suggested passing the buck to secular authorities rather than trying to hush it up. In any case, yeah, I’ll be keeping an eye on this one now.
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