Something evil this way comes, to Springfield.

In Springfield, Illinois, on Monday, November 18th 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a gay marriage bill into law. It’s not a big deal for most people, unless you’re gay, live in Illinois, and want to get married. But there was something else going on there; something that is very old, very dark, and very evil.

According to Bishop Thomas Paprocki (and maybe Supreme Court Justice Scalia) Satan and his minions have taken over the capital and are positioning their followers to spread demon seed all over Illinois. Sound farfetched? Then consider the following:

The Catholic Church, led by the sage Bishop Paprocki, held exorcisms there for the purpose of thwarting the Dark One’s plans.  The church is experiencing a resurgence in exorcisms recently, and has been recruiting more priests to perform the ancient rite.

Bishop Paprocki has said that priests and church members would be welcome November 20, to what he called “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, where “We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”

Has this been sanctioned by the new “liberal” Pope, you ask? Well sort of. The bishop cites Pope Francis who (while still a bishop in Argentina) said that “the legalization of same-sex marriage was “a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

This is the typical church spiel and is as old as the first witch doctor dancing around a sick loved one. Evil beings (invisible, undetectable, unprovable) have taken up residence and God apparently doesn’t want to stop them without coaxing, so the church invents a cure to sell to the public; i.e., We can persuade God to stop Satan. But you have to believe all of the above is true. How? Why faith of course.

Never mind that you can use Faith to believe anything you want, or even use Faith to believe that the claims of competing religions are (or aren’t) true.

But even discounting Faith, it makes no sense. If homosexual marriage (or anything else for that matter) is in God’s plan then it’s not Satan, but God who is making it happen. If it’s not in God’s plan, then it won’t happen, right? What use is having some institution pray for it to go away? Are they saying that Satan, or his demons, are more powerful than God? Or that they will do stuff that is unnoticed by god? Or that they can “put one over on God”? Could it be that it’s all a ploy by the church? Naaaaaaah. Surely not.

Some will argue that men are exercising free will and that praying for change will get God to sway people’s minds on issues like this. But if God does that, doesn’t free will go out the window? You don’t have free will if God is going to intervene on every moral question. And if it really is demons, then what chance do poor humans have if we get infested and it’s up to God to decide to remove them or not?

The church tells us, “Just believe, pray, tithe and elect the people we tell you to, and all will be well.”

One just has to wonder when the average church member will wake up to the fact that it’s all an illusion set up to convince and control them from childhood on. When is the best time to inoculate you with this belief? That’s right, childhood. When do they do it? Guess.

Believers: You’re adults. Grow up. Act like it. Ask questions! Demand answers that are better than old fantastic anecdotes from an ancient book.

The simple act of asking questions of the clergy will testify to its falsehoods. Just try it and see. But be rigorous, be skeptical, don’t take just any BS for an answer. Demand rational, evidence-based answers, and press until you’re satisfied.

Remember, Faith doesn’t give you answers; it simply stops you from asking questions.

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