Right: The Inquisition used REAL violence. Make-believe is for sissies and apostates

So, NOW do you think we're kidding?

So, NOW do you think we’re kidding?

Catholic school suspends six-year-old three days for bringing an imaginary bow and imaginary arrow into recess and shooting it. The school’s principal, Joe Crachiolo, explains the religious principles involved:

‘These games are not appropriate in a Catholic school or any other school setting. It is not ‘fun’ and certainly not Catholic to pretend to harm another person.”

It is true that acceptance of the full Catholic dogma requires a suspension of reason, and a faith in the supernatural, but really? Pretend weapons in the hands of six-year-olds puts other children at risk? Give me the virgin birth and those loaves and fishes, and leave my imaginary arsenal alone.

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30 responses to “Right: The Inquisition used REAL violence. Make-believe is for sissies and apostates

  1. Libertarian Advocate

    Mr Crachiolo really has lost his mind.

  2. Anonymous

    This story is nuts and it’s the exception! Catholic schools are the best !!!

  3. Anonymous

    This is another case of the feminization and political correctness of our schools. For anyone who has a boy, you realize that there is this interest in weapons, battles, competition,etc that is innate in most boys. I have to imagine this is hard wired. If you think about life in the wild, male animals are traditionally fighting – for food, female attention, with other males. Female animals typically don’t compete/fight against each other the way males do. This comes out also in my daughter. She has no interest in weapons, or fighting or wrestling or anything like that. I laugh as I watch my wife trying to keep toy guns away from my son or telling him that he shouldn’t wrestle or talk about battles,etc. He just makes a gun out of his finger, or stick. In the end, It’s a lost cause and she is very much looking at it from a female perspective and just doesn’t get it.

    I’m not sure what went wrong that we can’t accept what has always been and what will always be. This will never change.

    • Greenwich Gal


    • Martha

      I used to be like that, controlling all weapons and violence–rather trying to. But have pretty much given in and am trying to not make such a big issue anymore. It is indeed innate in boys.

      I think people get blinded by their egos–thinking they are right and others wrong–and live in a state of fear because of various things in our society: school shootings, general violence, media spin, etc

      I still struggle to let it go, but try to shift into love and acceptance when I get that sickly feeling about the warring tribes under my roof. ☮

      • hmmm

        What was the big issue? This is what boys do, period. Why did you ever see it as an issue? Did you expect your sons to play with dolls? Struggle to let what go?

        What is important is that your sons understand that it’s all make believe but to have an issue with what is innate is strange.

        Boys will be boys and girls will be girls that’s who they are.

        • Martha

          Well, I’m a girl, so I didn’t understand that until I began raising boys. No need to get snippy. 💗

        • hmmm

          I don’t think it has anything to do with being a girl. It’s that society has frowned upon boys being boys and you fell for it. I am not a girl and I do know that if I had girls and they played with dolls I wouldn’t be panicking or trying to stop them from playing with dolls. I know that’s what they do.

      • Anonymous

        There is a snippet from the movie “Restrepo,” which you may find humorous. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington lived with Ranger platoon in the Korengal Valley, and made it as a documentary.

        One of the soldiers, Pemble-Belkin, has a good monologue on being raised by hippies in Oregon, and being forbidden toy guns, sugar, etc. During their 15 month deployment, it was at least a firefight a day.

  4. Martha

    BTW, talk amongst the ten year old crowd is toy guns will be banned next. So, there is a lot of buying going on in anticipation!

    • hmmm

      The funny thing is that nerf guns are everywhere even in households where people are strongly against the real ones.

      Hang out at toys r us and watch the moms agonize in the nerf aisle as their sons are salivating over all of the neat guns as their moms reluctantly grab it off the shelf and purchase it for them. Oh the hypocrisy….

  5. Anony

    I volunteered at a non-profit to babysit children so their young mothers could take a parenting class. These kids ranged from 5 to 10 years old. They wanted to watch TV and picked The Three Stooges program.

    One of the mothers came into the TV room and saw them watching The Stooges and laughing. She threw a fit saying the show was violent and inappropriate for the children. I was dumbfounded since that was a program we watched and loved as children.

    Last time I volunteered there. The world Done Gone Crazy.

    The world has Done gone crazy.

  6. uminn65

    Next up is banning dolls, because they cause little girls to think about babies, which we all know leads to teen pregnancy. After that, what?

  7. I’m not sure what happened in one generation. My age, 65++, all grew up with Dale Evans gun and holster sets that we adored and could even wear to school. We played with dolls too but we equally loved hanging out with the boys playing cowboys and indians. We wanted to outclimb the boys in the trees and race bikes down a hill faster than the boys. It was a natural competition. It didn’t make us girls any less feminine and none of the neighborhood boys I grew up with became serial killers. I never thought for one second raising my two boys and two girls that playing shoot em up was anything more than a great opportunity for imagination. They used to hang out in the fort in the back yard for hours on end and bragged at dinner about who got tied up and who was “dead”. So, I’m thinking the tone is 100% set by the parents and the children take those vibes from there. Am I wrong?

    • Libertarian Advocate

      What happened in one generation is that progressives (marxists in effect) managed to infiltrate and get a stranglehold on primary education in the US. Actually it happened over 2-3 generations, but the hard left’s grip over primary ed solidified about 20 years ago. Conservatives now need to cloak their ideology and re-infiltrate the system.

  8. Publius

    “It is true that acceptance of the full Catholic dogma requires a suspension of reason, and a faith in the supernatural….. ”


    You are starting to sound like a Progressive based on the line above and I take exception whether you thoughts are merely cheeky or real. I do not believe that either is the case as indicated (reason/faith). On the contrary the the secular crowd in today’s world fits nicely into your description of those that accept Catholic dogma, no capacity for critical thought or reasoning and certainly a gross ignorance of facts and science which I concede fall more into the surreal than the supernatural.

    As for virgin births, I would posit that there is at least 1 instance per year whereby a pregnant teenager claims not to have known how they got so. Loaves and fishes???? I will wager you that I could feed the entire female population of Greenwich with 5 loaves (gluten free of course) and 2 fish (wild fish not farmed fish) and still have baskets of leftovers…..

    What say you Pagan Fountain?

    • Hey, I consider myself a spiritual guy, but, to me, that involves accepting on faith what my limited mind sees as impossible.
      Could God suspend His physical laws if he wished to? I suppose he could, but I still wouldn’t wade into the Red Sea over my head and expect it to part. Does the host transform into Christ’s body, the wine into his blood? I don’t have that much faith; others do.
      Still, my point was, aside from being snide about a Catholic school confusing reality with fear, this whole “zero tolerance” madness is no more effective than gun free zones and TSA screening, and equally annoying.

    • Anon

      Religion is the most corrosive force in history and the belief in a supernatural being for which there is zero evidence is a litmus test for those of weak intellect and little curiosity about the universe. Of course, the burden of religion is hard to overcome since the power of parental indoctrination makes it difficult for average minds to escape, or even question, its inherent absurdity.

      • Libertarian Advocate

        So Einstein was of weak intellect, huh?

        The problem you atheists have is that you lack imagination and faith. You believe in nothing other than the immediately observable and tangible. The concept of Quantum Mechanics must really throw you for a loop. Hell, even Einstein didn’t much like that field, yet it becomes ever more clear that the underlying fabric of the universe is governed by it.

        • Anon

          Check you facts. Einstein was an atheist. Religion is fantasy, not imagination.

        • Libertarian Advocate

          “I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance –but for us, not for God.”
          ~ Albert Einstein, from Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University Press

          Hmmm…. based on the foregoing it sure sounds like he believed in a higher power to me. Maybe not the god of Abrahamic traditions, but certainly a spirit beyond our meek powers comprehension.

          • I once heard a Jesuit astrophysicist interviewed, explaining how he could reconcile science and faith; he found it easy, because the more he learned and was discovered in astrophysics, the more obvious it is how little we actually know. I’d never be so arrogant as to believe that the world I perceive and “know” is all there is. It might be, but how presumptuous of me to insist that it is.

        • Anon

          The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.
          — Albert Einstein, in a letter responding to philosopher Eric Gutkind, who had sent him a copy of his book Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt; quoted from James Randerson, “Childish Superstition: Einstein’s Letter Makes View of Religion Relatively Clear: Scientist’s Reply to Sell for up to £8,000, and Stoke Debate over His Beliefs” The Guardian, (13 May 2008)

  9. Anonymous

    the Bible says the arrows are ok, swords too.

    Deutoronomy 32:41,42

    41) when I sharpen my flashing sword
    and my hand grasps it in judgment,
    I will take vengeance on my adversaries
    and repay those who hate me.

    42) I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
    while my sword devours flesh:

    • Brings to mind that old dirty sung during the Crusades, to mad dog Muslims:
      Jesus hates you, this I know,
      ’cause the bible tells me so”

      But nothing in there about imaginary weapons – THOSE aren’t allowed.

  10. Cobra

    I have saved nearly every faux firearm, and there are many, my two sons (now ages 47 and 29) ever had as young kids so my grandkids may have the pleasure of the imaginary warfare their fathers enjoyed decades ago. Perhaps Mr. Crachiolo has deep-seated hormonal conditions similar to those afflicting Bruce Jenner.

  11. Walt

    Dude –

    While I agree with you that this principal is a moron, and what he did is wrong, for you to extend this to the entire Catholic belief system, in such a broad brush fashion is repulsive, narrow minded, micro-aggressive, politically uncorrect, and FLAT OUT WRONG!! You blasphemous HEATHEN!!

    Can we please look at this is an honest, careful, objective, sensitive and unbiased way? So that I can show you the error of your ways? Without judgement or malice towards your ignorant beliefs? Very well then!!

    There are many religions and faiths, and we should be respectful of them all. However…HOWEVER!! In order to assess which religion is the true right religion, we need to break them down into manageable groups. Based on OBJECTIVE criteria, JUST FACTS, and not let emotions come into play. So the first pass is to agree on the right and wrong religions. NOW REMEMBER!! Right doesn’t mean “best” and wrong doesn’t mean “bad”. We will get to that later.

    The right religions are your Jew’s, Waspy Wasp’s and Catholics, of course. The “A” team. The “B” team is all the rest. Again, not because they are bad. The Jehovah’s, the Mormons, the Born Agains? All good people. They just don’t have “A” team scale and clout. But they don’t bother anybody, except when they knock on my door, but I can deal with that.

    The Buddhists, the Hindu’s, the Krishna’s? They could have made “A” team status based on sheer size, but their only Caucasian spokesman that I know if is Richard Gere. And anyone who can get comfortable with a gerbil up you know where just doesn’t do it for me. Plus wouldn’t anal bleaching be considered animal cruelty? I can’t condone that.

    And that leaves us with the Slums. B team and a bad religion. YES THAT’S RIGHT!! I said it!! BAD BAD BAD. Any religion that doesn’t CONDEM Radical Islam Fundamentalists is a bad religion. Who condones the killing of Christians and Jews? Who use gays as Frisbees? ONLY THEM!! Anyone who can’t see that is a blind, delusional MORON!! I AM LOOKING AT YOU BARRY!!

    So now the best of the A Team. The Jews? They finish third. Not just to feed their guilt, their inferiority complex. It’s just that third is the right spot. And let me clarify. I am talking ONLY your regular NY Jew here. The NY type Jew can wear a Jew cap, and keep kosher, but they aren’t one of those fur cap wearing, curly side-burned, really scary Jews. And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the scary Jews. Even though they overcharged me for the diamonds I bought. I knew I was overpaying, but what was I going to do? Jew them down? Yeah right. The scary Jews scare the regular Jews, so they are B team.

    So the regular Jews rightfully finish in third place. Even with the whole “no hell” thing, which I really like. Plus I wouldn’t mind owning a newspaper, or better yet, a movie studio. That really appeals to me, but I think that is reserved for the Super Jews. I think the regular ordinary Jews have to slug it out like the rest of us. Plus they picked Saturday vs. Sunday, and that is just wrong. I have things to do on Saturday’s and can’t waste my time on Church or temple. Plus my mother wasn’t Jewish, so I can’t be considered a “real” Jew, even though I share many of the other attributes. And the only convert I know of is Sammy Davis Jr., and he did it just to get shiskas, and help with Hollywood. But third isn’t bad, and the Jews should be happy. But I am sure they will find something to whine about. They always do.

    That leaves the Waspy wasps vs. the RC’s. The Waspy wasps includes the Lutherans, the Episcopalians, the Methodist’s, and who knows who else. WHICH IS WHY THEY FINISH SECOND!! All they did was take the Catholic religion, keep all the easy stuff, and throw out the hard stuff. Then, in typical Wasp fashion, they further divided up into their own little exclusive clubs. One club trying to be better than the others. It’s all about appearance. So I am not sure it’s really even a religion, but more of a cocktail party without the booze. So their Country Club access is better than everyone else, but who wants to be called Biff? Wear an ascot or a sweater tied around your turkey necks. Have to live in the “best” neighborhood. Your religious mantra is “Location, location, location”. Rendered OBSOLETE by technology, BTW. And you have the gall to mock the dead zombie Jew on a stick that I hold holy?? HOW DARE YOU!!

    So the Catholics win. It’s not even close, Waspy Wasps and Jews NA NA NA NA NA YAAAA!!

    Who invented the plaid school girl skirts and MaryJanes? THE CATHOLICS!!! I could leave it at that. Christmas or Chanookah? New BIKE TOPS DRADLE EVERY TIME!!

    And Wasp’s on Christmas? You get Aunt Bea. Blue hair, pearls, and old lady powder to cover up the granny smell. We get Aunt Aggie, with a straw flower hat, smoking Camel’s and swilling Schaeffer’s from a can. Crying about dead relatives into a monogrammed linen hankie. THAT’S CHRISTMAS!! I could go on, but it’s like beating up a retard. It gets tiring after a while.

    Anyhows, I am glad we got to discuss this in an adult, factual, unbiased manner. Religion is a lot like food. It’s an acquired taste. And I could care less what you eat, so long as you don’t blow chunks (not the dog) on me after you eat it.

    Your Pal,

  12. Walt

    Dude –
    I can’t tell if you are hanging me out to spam or if I am having PC issues.
    Your Pal,

  13. Those who don’t believe in God will believe in anything: that man’s highest value is Marxism or environmentalism, or recycling, or carbon-free energy, or …… or …….