People have been shocked that we at Irregular Times are daring to question whether the Virgin Mary has appeared in an old tree stump. These readers take offense at our critical examination of religious beliefs, as if it’s an insult to openly dispute anyone else’s religious claims.
As for myself, I think that it’s a great deal better to have a little laugh at a religion’s expense than to engage in the kinds of abusive acts that the mocked religion promotes. We ought not to forget that Catholicism, home to a huge variety of smudgy visions of Virgins and Messiahs, has been spending itself into bankruptcy in order to ensure the denial of the constitutional rights of American citizens. The Catholic Church has also been caught helping its priests to sexually molest children in countries all over the world, and in the most recent discovery found to have taken out insurance policies to protect itself from lawsuits by children attacked by its priests.
A woman in Massachusetts named Mary Jo Coady had left this abusive religious organization, but now has been convinced to return – by a picture she says is on the bottom of her clothes iron. She says that the picture is an apparition of Jesus, and that the smudge has convinced her to attend Catholic religious services again.
Will I dare to question her faith? When this woman is giving money to a church that spends the money on covering up the abuse of children, and on campaigns to deny people their constitutional rights, you bet I will.
So, let’s have a pop quiz. One of these three irons is the one owned by Mary Jo Coady, and is supposed to have an image of Jesus on it. Can you, without searching around on the Internet to find the story about Coady’s iron, tell which iron is her famous Jesus iron?