Is Penn State as bad in abuse coverup as the Catholic Church? No
I was listening to conservative talk radio, and boy, do I have a lot to say in response. One host stated that the Catholic church was treated worse than Penn State, when it comes to sexual abuse of children, and its' coverup. Give me a break! The Penn State scandal involved one person engaging in sexual abuse of children. The Catholic church, thousands of priests, just in the U.S.!They aren't even in the same ballpark. The Catholic Church, like Penn State, cared more about image than protecting kids. But in the U.S. there are literally thousands of priests who have abused children. To point out that this theocratic dictatorship (which is what the Catholic church is) cares more about P.R. than its' own youth, is not anti-Catholic, as the host said, but reality.
Another host stated that "as a Catholic you are not entitled to believe", what you want. This was in regards to most Catholics being fine with the issue of the usage of contraceptives. I want to repeat, she doesn't believe that Catholics are, nor should they be, entitled to believe what they want. The Catholic Church will do your thinking for you, thank you very much.
Now, another host stated that Christians have the right to have a 12 foot Christian Cross on a hill in Camp Pendleton, California. A cross that a bunch of former marines just put up on their own. The host had the nerve to compare a Pagan stone circle at the Air Force Academy to that cross!First of all, the military, and taxpayers, spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Christian chaplains and chapels to accommodate the beliefs of Christians. The Pagan stone circle is the equivalent of these chapels and chaplains, but at a much smaller budget. The government is not promoting religion through such accommodation, they are doing so if they allow a 12 foot cross to remain on a hill.
Frankly, the host and his callers treated with some disdain the very idea that Pagans or Wiccans could have such a stone circle. That's not surprising because to many on the Christian right-wing, everyone else is 2nd class citizens. Homophobic chaplains, according to them, have the right to veto gay soldiers. Chaplains have the right, according to them, to send e-mails telling people to convert or face hellfire. This is the military of a secular nation or a Christian right-wing version of Iran?