Friday, January 02, 2009

It's enough to make you want to throw up (smile)

It’s enough to make you want to throw up
By Kerry Craig Walker

The headline reads, “Vatican spins Galileo as hero before 400th anniversary.” Now this great man is going from heretic to hero, but is the actions to be considered noble? The Vatican is “recasting the most famous victim of its Inquisition as a man of faith, just in time for the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope and the U.N.-designated International Year of Astronomy next year.”

There nothing like putting a man through bitter hell and dragging him with his hands tied as he struggle to walk behind a horse pulling him back to stand before the almighty Catholic god, or, should I say, those that believed in the bizarre religion and its god. Then sentencing him to life in a dungeon infested with rats and then, thanks to a good Cardinal, removing him from this rat investing hell, and allowing the sick and nearly blind man to be sentenced to house arrest, only to die within a few years of his release….and now to raise him up to be a hero!!!?? Ha!!! It’s enough to make you sick. And as if this was not enough to make you throw up, “Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to the Italian astronomer and physicist Sunday, saying he and other scientists had helped the faithful better understand and-now get this-‘contemplate with gratitude the Lord’s works.’” Now if that does not make you want to throw up, something is terribly wrong with you.

Oh, but it does not end here.--- “In May, several Vatican officials will participate in an international conference to re-examine the Galileo affair, and top Vatican officials are now saying Galileo Galilei should be named the ‘patron’ of the dialog between faith and reason.”--- Who was it who said, “Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God”?

It’s quite a reverse of fortune for a man that is now dead (1564-1642) and who made the first complete astronomical telescope and used it to gather evidence that the Earth revolved around the sun and that it was not the center of the universe. Church teaching (and imposition) at the time placed Earth at the center of the universe and declared that the “heavens” were constant.

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