20 August 2007

Breaking New: Dutch Priest is a Contemptible Jerk

From CBC.ca, a catholic priest in the Netherlands by the name of Harm Schilder is being a assheaded jerkwad to his neighbours. Schilder's church holds services every weekday morning. Much to the dismay of the townsfolk around him, at the ungodly hour of 7:15am, he rings the church bells loudly and proudly (well, 7:15am is ungodly for me, though everything is ungodly for me, but anything taking place at 7:15am is more ungodly than most things). And the townsfolk want him to stop, or at least turn down the volume a bit. Municipal officials have been urging Schilder to stop ringing the bells for months (Update: according to www.katholieknederland.nl, since March 16th)and recently told him that, starting Aug 16, if he didn't stop he would be fined a whopping 5000 euros each morning.

Says municipal spokesman Thomas Heesters, "The council does not want to get involved in this - it's a house of prayer - but we have to take into account the feelings of local residents." That actually bothers me a bit. Just because Schilder runs a church instead of any other establishment, the council isn't keen to get involved. Thankfully, they are putting aside their misplaced respect for the church and are proceding with the fines. The church rang its bells on Thursday and Friday, incurring fines worth 10000 euros.

That Schilder fellow sure seems like a nice accomodating person.

What's Schilder's reply? "People who are bothered by the bell should know that we pray for them in the mass." Seriously, this is what he said on the church website. What a dillhole. That's basically a giant "screw you" to everyone who is pissed off at loud noises in the morning. He's saying that, because he's on the side of God, he can be as inconsiderate as he wants.

Reports have just come out this morning that the church did not ring its bells today (Monday) as Schilder bowed to pressure from his diocese and his lawyers. Apparently the diocese that controls the church wants Schilder to comply with the municipality's wishes to prevent further escalation in the case. Here's to hoping they make Schilder pay the fines out of his own shallow pockets instead of out of the collection plates.

I hope someone in the Netherlands kicks this guy in the nuts. It'd be fair punishment for waking everybody up. Actually, no; fair punishment is more creative. Some Dutch person needs to open up a new church placed next to Schilder's house that holds services complete with bell ringing at 12:30am when Schilder is trying to get to sleep. Let's see how he likes it.

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13 Comments:

At August 20, 2007 10:24 PM, Blogger PTW said...

I like the "what did I do? What?!" pose in the accompanying photo.

 
At August 21, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Necator said...

Can I add a 'kick in the nuts' category or will I have to pay royalties???

 
At August 21, 2007 3:01 PM, Blogger King Aardvark said...

Do whatever the hell you want. Nothing is trademarked or anything.

- ptw, it is a great pose. The guy looks creepy.

 
At August 21, 2007 3:42 PM, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

hahaha..."dillhole". I haven't heard that in a long time and it's far too great a word to let languish without dishing it out regularly. Thanks for reintroducing it to me via that tremendous douchenozzle.

 
At August 21, 2007 3:57 PM, Blogger King Aardvark said...

Mike, I watch too much That '70s Show; they use it liberally.

 
At August 22, 2007 11:59 AM, Blogger TheBrummell said...

"douchenozzle" is another excellent word. I'm going to have to find opportunities to use both great terms. Probably not at tomorrow's committee meeting, though.

Rather than the acceptable kick to the nuts, I'm advocating blasting this assgoblin with a Carbon dioxide fire extinguisher (a really big loud one) at random intervals for the next fortnight.

 
At August 22, 2007 3:01 PM, Anonymous Mana said...

Does it matter that this donkey's name is Harm Schilder? The name and the picture together paint a positively creepy picture.

 
At August 22, 2007 4:27 PM, Blogger King Aardvark said...

I'm not going to criticize the name (though you could; it is kinda odd) - he's from the Netherlands, their names are different sounding to us.

 
At August 23, 2007 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote to hang the piece of shit priest from his bell tower!

 
At August 23, 2007 1:56 PM, Blogger King Aardvark said...

A little restraint, please. He's just a jerk (or a dillhole, or a douchenozzle, whatever the case may be), so he deserves a punishment befitting of a jerk (dillhole, douchenozzle, etc). No hangings.

 
At August 26, 2007 2:30 PM, Blogger Bronze Dog said...

Maybe some Goldbergian device that would cause the bell tower to give him a really nasty wedgie instead of a hanging?

 
At January 23, 2008 5:44 PM, Anonymous Andreas said...

I am pleased to inform you that father Harm Schilder won the process at the Dutch supreme court recently. The city council has no legal means to impose any penalty according to the Dutch supreme court. The right to ring churchbells(at any given time) is granted in the Dutch constitution under article 6 (Total Freedom of Religion).Also there was an agreement from 1859 that allowed the church to ring the bells which is still valid. This contract cannot be annuled without agreement of the catholic parish! Every inferior lawyer could tell this in advance to the socialist Mayor of Tilburg. He thought he could intimidate father Schilder, who again rings the loud churchbells at 7.15 in the bloody early morning with a big smile on his face! One of the arguments of the supreme court was that the people knew that they lived in the facinity of a church that was there before they lived there!

 
At May 18, 2009 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's sad that events like this shine so negatively on religion these days. but it's really even sadder that people regard Christianity as flawed because the men who preach it are so.

no one is perfect. yeah, this guy was wrong for being so inconsiderate. but blame him, not God.

 

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