Pastor Accused of Tossing Cat Off Bridge

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  1. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    Pastor Rick Bartlett, Accused Of Throwing Cat Off Bridge, Faces Civil Suit


    What do you guys make of this?

    I think it's terrible, and that it should be punishable by more than just a civil lawsuit.
    The pastor's story sounds pretty weak to begin with (I opened the cage after three days then drove off, not knowing the cat would hop out of the cage--and somehow wait until the vehicle was in motion to do so), and while this shouldn't reflect too much on the religion (no one told him to do it), it does make me wonder about whether or not churches should evaluate their people more closely on a psychological level.
     
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    pink freud SS.org Regular

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    Toss him off a bridge.

    /problem solved.
     
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    That could end in a Catastrophe!

    :cool:
     
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    synrgy Ya ya ya I am Lorde

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    Pooluke41 H. Maddas

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    Fixed

    But Seriously, that guy was a right cunt, Throw him off a bridge and keep him in a cage.
     
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    Don't judge the organization or its processes by the minority like this who arise in the media (yes a minority, it looks otherwise because they choose to show controversial stories and what's more controversial than religion?). How can you screen for something like that? "Oh yes and for the last interview question, do you throw cats off bridges?"

    I'm not denying that perhaps this man is troubled but people also put these institutions under a lot of scrutiny. Think about it this way: this happens elsewhere but it only made the news because the man is a pastor.

    All assumptions about religion and the church aside however, after reading the article I would agree that his story feels inadequate and I hope he loses the case. Perpetuating this with comments such as "push him off a bridge" really don't offer a solution.
     
  8. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    I agree to an extent. I think that the major issue is that there is no screening process in the first place, beyond face value (i.e. he's been such a good member for so long; he follows the lords word--while people are watching). Sure, you can't screen for cat throwing, but you sure as hell can screen for mental illness, something that the churches do not do. I believe a ton of the issues they have been facing with their representatives could be avoided by a simple mental health assessment being instated.
     
  9. tacotiklah

    tacotiklah I am Denko (´・ω・`)

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    ^ I agree, but you're forgetting a cornerstone part of the institution of itself...

    They elect NOT to seek mental health specialists due to the fact that they believe that prayer and faith can fix these problems. While I agree with that to an extent, never, would I ever, think that a mental health specialist can be substituted. Again, sadly they don't see it that way. Hence why there will probably never be a mental health screening process for ordination...
     
  10. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    It disturbs me to no extent, as well; the fact that they believe "faith" is a solution to all problems, both mental and physical, and continue to believe so after the amount of issues that have popped up with their selected leaders.

    You're absolutely right, though, and for me it's a hard line to tread, because on one hand there is a moral issue and on the other a legal/government issue, at least the way I see it.
     
  11. The Reverend

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    He's from Bastrop, guys. He was probably being merciful.

    That horrible joke aside, I don't understand why extensive psychological tests aren't necessary for anyone in a leadership position. We put serial killers in aldermen positions (BTK) intellectually incompetent commanders-in-chief (Bush Jr.) and child-molesters in charge of young boys (entire Catholic Church, seemingly). It's like one's merits become meaningless compared to other superficial qualifications. I understand that you can't eliminate stupidity or twisted people from powerful roles, but you could definitely weed out a lot of them.
     
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    You don't corporate executives or the PRESIDENT go through extensive background checks? Plus, no matter how ridiculous a president is he is a reflection of a democratic system.
     
  13. tacotiklah

    tacotiklah I am Denko (´・ω・`)

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    Fixed.

    And if that is a reflection of a democratic system, then it's safe to say that said democracy has reached idiocracy and a new form of government is needed. Just sayin'.
     
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    oremus91 Melodeth-er

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    Well if democracy works as intended then it isn't the system at fault but the people who elected the troublemakers to represent them. Don't just blame government it is partially our fault and the silly people around us who support this two party system.
     
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    Background checks =/= sanity checks.

    Our country wasn't even founded on pure democracy, which is actually where some of the snags lie. Our founders were very aware of just how stupid the common man can be, and created a republic to shield us and their rich asses from the masses. Rhode Island had a pure democracy for a while, and instantly landed themselves in debt because they had a bunch of farmers in power who didn't know how to rule.

    Anyway, this guy in question certainly wasn't subjected to any kind of intense scrutiny, or his inability to deal with what I assume are just annoyances to most people would've been seen earlier.
     
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    I'm down for putting him in a cage and tossing his ass over a bridge. Maybe Town Lake. :idea:
     
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    The Reverend GHETTO KING OF SWAG

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    Methinks that's a tad too classy for him.
     
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    Assuming it's a pastor, 98% of his story will be pure fiction.
     
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