How would you answer the question, “what do you think is the most important ‘thing’ that the Australian federal government should to with tax payer money?”
Invest in sustainability technology?
Invest in medical or other scientific research?
Invest in public transport infrastructure to get people off the roads?
Invest in tertiary education support schemes to allow people to study without poverty?
Well, Australia is about to have its very own and very first saint, Mary MacKillop, and aren’t we just so proud?
Fuck no, we’re not proud. On the other hand, I’m not the voice of the people; I’m just an individual with an opinion, a vocabulary, and a media with which to voice it.
Australian Cardinal George “go-to-hell” Pell, however, IS the voice of the people. “The People”, of course are the deeply religious, deeply delusional cretins who find themselves unable to look beyond the so called ‘moral decay of society’, to more important issues.
What issues? How about the fact that we lock up people who are escaping war, famine and natural disasters who manage to make it to Australia on rickety boats in prison cells? Yeah, their only fucking crime is not drowning, and their punishment is being locked in a prison until they’re told their application for asylum has been denied that they kill themselves?
How about the fact that the only reliable resource that we have that supports life, the Earth, is being systematically raped into extinction? A report came out this week which suggests that BY 2030, WE WILL NEED 2 PLANETS TO FEED HUMANITY! And considering that NASA, the only space agency thus far capable of putting humans on another astronomical body, has cut back funding to just about everything, we’re shit out of luck there!
Cardinal “rob-from-the-poor-to-keep-the-Vatican-coffers-happy” has suggested that Australia “needs” this canonisation of our first saint because it could inspire non-believers. Wow! How fucking inspirational! “I think that one group that we should look at in particular is those Australians who don’t have faith and would like to have faith. For those people who are looking for something, I would say have a look at Mary MacKillop. She was a woman of faith,” Pell pontificated.
$1.5 million dollars in federal funding was used to support this ridiculous charade. $1.5 million Australian dollars (which is about $700 million US dollars at the moment) was misappropriated to support a bid to have this long dead Australian woman magically turned into a saint. As if it’s not bad enough that these seriously-wealthy-beggars pay zero in taxes whilst raking in millions!
That’s right folks, the church that made several hundred billion dollars last year telling people not to masturbate and telling HIV and AIDs infected Africans and teens all over the world not to use condoms, but use abstinence instead (because that worked so fucking well for the paedophile priests, now, didn’t it?), needs $1.5 million from the Australian people to make a dead woman a fucking saint.
Why? Some idiot with cancer was given a diagnosis of ‘incurable cancer’, and after praying to Mary MacKillop went into complete remission. Of course she was also put on high dose radiation and drug therapy, she had several surgeries and was cared for by the Australian healthcare system… but it was totally the freaking prayer that did it!
I know how hard university departments work to get funding grants to conduct their research, and when they’re given $50,000, they squeal with delight. They save lives.
George Pell, a man who has personally covered up several cases of clerical sexual abuse in the various dioceses that he has run over the years, claims that this $1.5 million dollars is well spent, that it will bring non-believers to Catholicism. What am I, a non-believer, missing?
Who the hell does he think he is? Better yet, how ridiculously stupid does he think we ‘non-believers’ are? Are we supposed to look at the beatification and sainthood of a dead woman and convert to a religion whose leader was all too fucking happy to repeatedly remove guilty paedophiles from one church and put them into another, where they went on to re-offend again, and again, and again?
You, George Pell, and your ridiculous sham of a bigoted, homophobic, sanctimonious, misogynistic, paedophiliac, parthenogenesis-believing, moronic-dress-and-hat-wearing, nut-bag religion, can kiss my consecrated, holy ass!