So which is worse?
The Catholic Church is trying to recover from a vicious scandal involving the big dirty not-very-secret that some of their priests are kiddy-diddlers, they've got one of their own running and yet are pissed because he dares to support a woman's right to choose and doesn't think that homosexuals ought to be treated like vermin, and yet they're going to kick this guy out of the priesthood because he was growing some weed?
A Roman Catholic priest received two years of probation Tuesday for growing marijuana in his church residence. The Rev. Richard Arko, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal cultivation of marijuana related to 35 plants in the rectory of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church....
Arko said it's unlikely he will be able to continue as a priest, but hopes he can "move on in my life and continue to serve others."
Okay, so maybe I'm overreacting a little here, but I do have a problem with any societal group that refuses to accept that society changes and that in order to remain vibrant and alive, that group needs to adapt and not remain bound by strictures that, quite frankly, don't serve much of a useful purpose anymore. Is there really that much of a difference between conservative Catholics of the Mel Gibson type and radical Islamists? Is there that great a divide between Fred Phelps and Moqtada Al Sadr? I don't think so.
Update: I just read this article which further convinces me that those religions based on literal interpretations of the Bible often do more harm than good.
A jailed man accused of killing and cutting out the hearts of his son, estranged wife and her daughter plucked out his own eye and then quoted from the Bible, officials said Tuesday.
Andre L. Thomas was in a county jail cell Friday night when he tore his eye out of its socket with his hands, said Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary.
Thomas, 21, then quoted the verse Mark 9:47: "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell."
How much do you want to bet that, like the Son of Sam who claimed to be born again while in prison, this guy thinks this single act of "penitence" will get him that free ticket to glory?