Archive for May, 2011

Get Them While They’re Young – A Thinking Atheist Video

Posted in religion on May 29th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Italian Cardinal That Is Working With The Pope To “Fix” The Pedophile Problem Caught Trying To Hook-Up With 14 Year Old.

Posted in Catholic Church on May 28th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

via TIME.

The Catholic church’s fake report about the decrease in pedophilia is a lie.  They funded a study that would come up with the answers that they wanted.  Their best case scenario was that they are subject to the whims of society.  The church is no better than society.  Now we have an Italian Cardinal that was trying to respond to er… cover up, prior cases caught with his pants down.  This international organization of criminals needs to be closed.

(GENOA) — The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.

Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.

Bagnasco said that when he met the Pope this weekend, he “asked for a particular blessing for my archdiocese” in light of the alleged crimes, adding that “like every father toward a son [feels] great pain in seeing a priest who is not faithful to his vocation.”

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi praised Bagnasco’s handling of the Sastri Ponente case, lauding its “timeliness and competence.” On Saturday, May 14, the Cardinal visited the Santo Spirito church, where Seppia was the parish priest.

According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors. In tapped phone conversations the two cursed and swore against God. The priest is charged with having attempted to kiss and touch an underage altar boy and of having exchanged cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18.

Seppia’s defense lawyers are expected to argue that those conversations — monitored since Oct. 20, 2010 — were just words, sex games that were played by adults. It was just a game even when he claimed to have “kissed on the mouth” a 15-year-old altar boy, according to the defense.

On Monday, May 16, during formal questioning by Genoa’s investigating magistrate Annalisa Giacalone, Seppia chose not to respond. The magistrate decided to keep him in custody to avoid a risk of relapse or tampering with evidence. Defense attorney Paolo Bonanni said the defense wants to evaluate all the charges, reserving the right to respond to public prosecutor Stefano Puppo in the coming days.

Questioned by the investigators, the altar boy reportedly confirmed the attempted kiss. Another male minor who, according to the investigators, was stalked with messages and pressing invitations, will be questioned soon. Psychologists are helping Carabinieri police officers obtain testimony from the alleged victims. “The boys are ashamed to talk and to admit what happened,” says one of the investigators. The evidence amounts to at least 50 messages and phone calls. In the tapped phone conversations, the drug dealer contacted the boys and gave their phone numbers to the priest, who paid them with cocaine or 50 euros each time for sexual intercourse.

“[The investigators] made us listen to that man saying terrifying things about our children. Things so terrible that I cannot repeat them,” a father of one of the boys said.

Investigators are also examining three confiscated computers: the priest allegedly looked for partners via chat as well.

Seppia is currently being kept in a confinement cell in a Genoa prison. He met the jail’s priest and psychologist. “He has read the newspapers, and he is pained by his parishioners’ comments,” says his lawyer. The investigation is ongoing.

There Is A Chance That I May Speak At TAM9!

Posted in Personal Stories on May 28th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – 3 Comments

TAM – The Amazing Meeting 9 will be in Vegas – July 14-17, 2011.  Every year they put out a call for “papers”.  Anyone can propose a presentation.  If they choose yours, you get 20 minutes to do a presentation in front of more than 1,000 people.  Last year they had 2 dozen proposals and I made the first cut down to 10.  In the end they could only choose 6 and I did not get to give my talk.

This year I have made improvements on my presentation and given it to more groups.  I have presented in Chicago, St. Louis (X2), Fayetteville AR, Little Rock AR, and Tulsa OK.  If you would like me to give a presentation to your group – let me know.

For TAM9, 31 people have proposed talks.  I just learned that I have survived the first cut down to just 12 people.  I have to spend some time working on my talk and now need to write a paper that could be published.  So, I will be busy this weekend.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Robert Ballard Explains Why Ocean Exploration Is A Good Investment – Colbert Video

Posted in Science on May 28th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Feb 10, 2009.

Over 2 years old but it is really cool.

This Would Be A Good Graduation Prayer!

Posted in atheists, Students on May 27th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off