"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"

Greta Christina

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Ratzi denies infertile Catholics IVF

When is this celibate, misogynistic child abusing old man going to stop telling the rest of us what to do with our bodies? Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger using his religious mafia alias of Pope Benedict XVI, not content with insisting that every sperm is sacred, now says it isn’t sacred enough. At least not when it’s in a petri dish fertilising an ovum in vitro it isn’t.
"The human and Christian dignity of procreation, in fact, doesn't consist in a 'product,' but in its link to the conjugal act, an expression of the love of the spouses of their union, not only biological but also spiritual,"
Oh please! If a couple are committed enough to go through several, frequently expensive rounds of IVF in order to start a family of their own isn’t that an “expression of love” just as meaningful as a few minutes of copulatory gymnastics? So when infertile Catholics ignore him (which many will) and successfully raise a child are we to assume he will refuse the children baptism into his church? No, of course he won’t as that would mean being logically and morally consistent, something which the Vatican is totally incapable of.

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