Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"In God We Trust"


The Catholic Church summed up pretty brilliantly by Matt Taibbi:

"When I see a Catholic priest chanting his ridiculous incantations and waving his holy smoke over someone’s gravesite or at a wedding, the vibe I get is exactly the same as the one I get watching a plumber groan and moan and babble gibberish about all the different things wrong with your kitchen pipes, when in reality all he had to do was replace a washer. It’s the same as picking up your car after an oil change and listening to the mechanic rattle off a list of charges totaling thousands for the nineteen extra things he looked at under your hood, just out of concern for your safety… And when you protest, no, there was nothing wrong with my alternator, I’m not paying for that, he tries to bullshit you — oh, yes there was, trust me, if we hadn’ta fixed that, your car woulda died on the highway within a week.

That’s all the church is. They’re a giant for-profit company using predatory salesmanship to sell what they themselves know is a defective, outmoded, basically unnecessary product. They’ll use any means necessary to keep their market share and if they have to lie and cheat and deflect and point fingers to keep the racket going, they’ll do it, just like any other sleazeball company."


That's just my favorite excerpt from a must-read piece that's as incisive as it is incendiary.

True Slant: Taibblog: The Catholic Church Is a Criminal Enterprise/3.27.10

5 comments:

Bill Orvis White said...

Just read it, Chez. that man who wrote it needs to face a firing squad. Every sane human being knows in his heart that the only path to true salvation is through the Lord Almighty. Being dedicated to a Christ-centered existence is the one true thing in this here life. Now, I'm just remembering a sermon delivered by Tim O'Kiefer this past Sunday at our church. Tim is with a company called Halliburton. You might know this company, Chez. Anyway, Mr. O'Kiefer told us that it's our duty to the Lord Almighty to support good companies like his because they fight for good against evil.

Anonymous said...

well, i guess it's progress.... a Protestant (robot Bill O White) defending a Catholic.

Anonymous said...

Love the Taibbi but only when he's not trashing the Prez.

Boy is he ever going to catch shit for this one.

Go Matt!!

Jester said...

The amusing thing is that a good solid majority of Christians in the U.S. would probably agree with Matt about the Catholic church. My mother-in-law (a Baptist) is one.

But it's pretty clear that Matt isn't just writing about the *Catholic* church here... is he?

kanye said...

...the vibe I get is exactly the same as the one I get watching a plumber groan and moan and babble gibberish about all the different things wrong with your kitchen pipes, when in reality all he had to do was replace a washer...

Poor example. Plumbers have learned that if they don't do this, many people will simply refuse to pay the bill because the job was "too easy".