Happy Easter, or April Fools Day,
…whichever you chose, or both.
[My family celebrated Greek Easter (next Sunday, this year), or not, depending on how Greek my mother was feeling. The whole thing left me thoroughly confused. And why no Greek April Fool’s?]
1 Hey, it’s only the Pope carelessly allowing centuries of Catholic teachings to be declared, if informally, null and void. What’s everyone so upset about? Recipe for a fiasco:
- The Pope inexplicably has a meeting with a 93-year-old atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari, who has reported on the alleged contents of their private meetings before.
- Scalfari has admitted “on more than one occasion” that he doesn’t take notes or record his conversations with the Pope.
- The Pope either opines, or doesn’t, or sort of does depending on your interpretation, and if you are an atheist confirmation bias comes into play, opine that Hell doesn’t exist, saying, according to his pal, “Hell does not exist…The disappearance of sinful souls exists.”
- Scalfari, presumably without permission or consent, but he’s a journalist, so he’s going to report the news, and the Pope saying that all that stuff in the Bible about Satan is a lot of hooey is, you have to admit, news (although who knows if Matt Pearce would report it as news; I guess it would depend on whether he wanted the public to know there was no Hell, right?), naturally lets the world know that the Pope doesn’t believe what his predecessors and follower have been using to scare the Hell out of sinners all this time.
- The Vatican issued a statement saying:
“What is reported by the author in today’s article is the fruit of his reconstruction, in which the precise words uttered by the Pope are not cited. No quotations in the aforementioned article, then, should be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”
That’s called “spin.” Why do we trust these people?
2. Why is NPR taxpayer-funded again? This “correction” actually appeared in the NPR story about the Pope’s Hell problems:
Correction March 30, 2018: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Easter as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all, but rather arose into heaven.”
Competence? Editors? Basic education? Respect for people’s faith? Knowing something about the predominant religion ins the nation you are reporting on? Hello?
3. From the Ethics Alarms cognitive dissonance files. “Another internet challenge has some parents on alert and just about everyone’s eyebrows standing straight up. Viral video on YouTube has been circulating and shared thousands of times, showing teenagers and young adults snorting condoms.”
Yet we are supposed to accept that this same age range has unique insight into national policy and how individual rights should be limited by government fiat, as well as be immune from having their maturity and judgment challenged. Interesting…
4. Poll: Which of these varieties of teach conduct should mandate firing for cause? In Georgia, seventh-grade teacher Corey Sanders told his students to write letters “to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States.” Fortunately, the kids were too busy snorting condoms to pay attention. Kidding!
The assignment had not been approved by the school district, which said in a statement: “The lesson topic was not a part of an approved curriculum. … We would never approve of a politically biased assignment or directive given by a teacher. … We do not condone the actions that transpired. It has been handled appropriately with the teacher to ensure they know this is not acceptable and won’t happen again.”
My view: political indoctrination should be as much a firing offense as teacher sexual misconduct. Both are unforgivable abuses of power and trust. Speaking of sexual misconduct..Perrysburg (Ohio) high school teacher Jeff Hauge was allowed to resign rather than be fired after repeated instances of sexual comments to students and former students. Because it is a resignation, he will collect his entire salary: the resignation won’t be official until the end of the school year. In the meantime, he’s on administrative leave. This will also make it easier for him to be hired by another school, since no disciplinary process was completed.