Last week a Catholic priest drew nationwide attention – and outrage – after taking to Twitterto urge women to cover their shoulders to protect men’s “purity.” The responses were what you might expect, mostly outrage and accusations of misogyny.
Father Kevin Cusick of of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. didn’t back down. He went on to suggest no one should challenge his decree because, as he tweeted, “I’ve prayed about it.”
Naturally, those who disagreed were not about to take direction from the misogynistic Man of God. They attacked.
But rather that try to participate in a discussion about why he felt so strongly that women are responsible for controlling men’s impulses, Father Cusick compared his plight to that of Jesus on the cross.
He later went on a days-long anti-LGBT rant, as if the whole problem, perhaps, was caused by gay people?
Needless to say, it left many scratching their heads – and angry about his vicious homophobic and transphobic attacks.
In response, Father Cusick, a retired Navy chaplain, has now scrubbed or, as he describes, deactivated his Twitter account.
And he’s decreed that Twitter is “demonic.”
Listening to Father Cusick tell the story, one might surmise he were still in the Navy, battling evildoers – and evil – on the high seas, not people who are more enlightened than he, from behind a keyboard.
“Twitter has a dark, demonic side, raging against God and the Church,” the victimized priest declared in an opinion piece at The Wanderer, entitled, “When The Twitter Mob Came After Me.”
“That brood of vipers and braying, bloodthirsty hounds lurking in readiness was visited upon me with nearly unrelenting fury and incredible magnitude last week,” Father Cusick wrote.
“Wave after wave of calumnious, blasphemous, and obscene memes, gifs, and messages were posted with comments, likes, and retweets ranging up to the tens of thousands. Those who styled themselves my enemies crowed with pleasure that I had been ‘ratioed’ — when negative comments outnumber likes and retweets. Many called for me to delete my account when they weren’t wishing a more horrible fate upon me. Blue check mark accounts with nearly 200k followers piled on.”
The way Father Cusick describes the events, he was entirely innocent.
No mention whatsoever of his attacks on LGBT people in his op-ed.
Cusick goes on to say that his Twitter “account disappeared on Wednesday, June 5,” and “many wondered if Twitter had banned me, which was not the case. I was informed the previous evening that some of my account features would be limited for roughly twelve hours,” which sounds like Twitter may have suspended him temporarily, possibly over some of his tweets, which included at least one that may have violated their policies.
Father Cusick then tries to position himself as a social media expert, telling supporters, “Rapid consumption of large volumes of data does not lend itself to reasoned discussion of sensitive subjects,” while, again, neglecting to be honest with them by admitting he had gone on an anti-LGBT rant over a period of at least two days. He was enjoying attacking his opponents – some of whom it can be assumed were hurt and offended by his remarks – so much that at the end of the first day he literally tweeted, “Guess I triggered ‘em. What button should i push tomorrow?”
Apparently he came to his senses, and finally pushed the button marked “delete.”
Florida teacher suspended after boasting he’d have a 1000-student body count if he shot up his school
A teacher at Lakeland High School in Florida has been placed under a temporary risk protection order after boasting that he could rack up a 1,000-person body count if he perpetrated a school shooting.
Keith Cook, a math teacher and a veteran, described hypothetical acts of violence to students during a lockdown drill, including how if he were a school shooter, he'd first plant IEDs around the school, start shooting, drive panicked people into the areas where he had rigged up the explosives, and then detonate them. Some students were horrified by what he described.
If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
This week, a former White House official told Politico that “Trump’s been asking his government for some matter of months what can we do to make sure that China doesn’t get Greenland.”
Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats
If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.
In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"