Last Sunday night, February 12, 2012, the rapper Nicki Minaj performed at the Grammy Awards. Her performance upset the Catholic League. They were upset with Minaj from the pre-event red carpet appearance where she was escorted by a man dressed like the pope, all the way through to the end of her performance.
Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, said, “Minaj’s performance began on stage with a mock confessional skit. This was followed by a taped video depicting a mock exorcism. With stained glass in the background, she appeared on stage again with choir boys and monks dancing.”
All of what Minaj portrayed are real parts of Catholicism; confession, exorcisms and choir boys and monks. Donohue continued, “Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, 'Come All Ye Faithful' was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.”
Donohue then continues to complain about The Recording Academy allowing Minaj to conduct such a performance. This strongly implies he believes The Recording Academy should have censored her and not allow her to do her performance. (Censorship is key to the various “revealed” religions.)
The main elements of Minaj's performance, confession and exorcism, are real parts of being a Catholic. I was born into a Catholic family and I remember as a kid going to confession and telling the priest all of my sins. He would then tell me to say a few prayers and that my sins were forgiven. Of course, objectively looking back at it as an adult and a Deist, I know it's unreasonable to believe one person can absolve another person of their sins or wrong actions.
Regarding exorcism, the Catholic Church believes strongly in Satan and demons. In fact, they believe so strongly in these mythological creatures that they have training classes for their clergy on how to exorcise Satan and demons from the bodies of their parishioners. The official exorcist for Rome, Italy is Father Gabriele Amorth. He explains the source of this belief in Satan and demons is the bible itself. Whenever he confronts critics who do not believe in devils and demons and their boss Satan, he tells them to read the bible. He says, “Am I wrong or are the exorcisms one of Jesus’s primary activities?”
Amorth is making two assumptions here. One, that the bible is true. Two, that Jesus really existed. The bible is loaded with inaccuracies ranging from the Sun revolving around the Earth (Joshua 10:12) to bible zombies as found in Matthew 27:52-53 which reads, “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
If we are to believe this foolish bible story we have to completely turn our backs on our gift from God of reason and believe that when Jesus died the graves were opened and the dead arose, hung out in the graveyard from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning when, as the story goes, Jesus had his resurrection at which time they went into Jerusalem and “appeared unto many.” There is absolutely no reason on Earth to believe this nonsense. Regarding the actual existence of Jesus, the jury is still out. There are some very good reasons for believing Jesus is simply an ancient myth.
For example, the Romans who ruled Palestine at the time it is claimed Jesus lived did not write anything about him and never mention him. Surely, if there was someone in their area healing the sick, walking on water, raising the dead and who made the zombie spectacle mentioned above really happen, Jesus and these great and highly unusual occurrences and happenings he was responsible for would have definitely been at least mentioned. In addition to this, if Jesus was, in fact, real the early Christians would not have twisted and misrepresented “prophecies” from the Old Testament and falsely claim they foretold the coming of Jesus the messiah.
If Donohue and the Catholic Church do want people making fun of them they should let go of the ancient myths and superstitions of the bible and instead embrace and use their God-given reason.