While more women contract Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), since 1980 it has been labeled (beginning with Jerry Falwell and certified national hate group Focus on the Family) as the “gay” [homosexual] disease.
It is not. AIDS is a disease that has been charted since the 19th century and has been analyzed ever since then. We can find records of similar health condi-tions in the ancient world that saw it as a “sleeping sickness”. The symptoms of AIDS all point to the fact that it is an equal opportunity virus that strikes women, babies, fetuses, as well as elderly. This has been pointed out by the University of Iowa Medical College and other Medical institutions and the American Medical Association (cp. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1986). AIDS Hysteria. Dallas, TX, USA: Monument Press; second edition 1988).
AIDS affects the entire world. No area is immune, no individual nor group can claim that it is not within the community or country–even Iran
(which officially declares that it has no homosexuals livingin Iran) has AIDS.
The citizens are not listening to the ayatollahs, mullahs, or imams who tell them to walk away from AIDS sufferers and those who are HIV+, for the strikes families as well as individuals. To this end, the people of Iran have united behind a call to fight the disease and issued posters to warn of infection.
god, especially in Pakistan, requires human sacrifices (known as honor killings) to avenge any infraction of the will of the deity: dating someone the parent(s) do not approve, rejecting the faith, having premarital sex, and more. Honor killings of three teen-age daughters by Afghan parents have sent an avalanche of protests throughout in Canada while the parents protest it is their freedom of religion to deny others the freedom to live.
Polygamist (it is allowed in the Qur’an/Koran 4:3 (and in the Hadith Bukhari (62:2) for a man may have up to four wives and as many concubines as he can support; but he must deal justly but not equally with all of his wives, as Muhammad allegedly did: Bukhari (5:268) as his 7-year-old bride (Aisha) was his favorite above all others and considered by legend to be a Muslim scholar, and a disobedient wife can be replaced and displaced: Quran (66:5) without remorse as Muhammad had eleven wives at one time, and his successors had harems of wives) Muhammad Shafia is accused of four counts of premeditated murder (drowning the victims, whose bruised bodies were found piled inside a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal) on June 30, 2009, along with his 20-year-old son (Hamad) and his second wife (Tooba Mohammad Yahya), the mother of the three dead girls: Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, their crime against Islam, the parents and family, and god was that they dressed in short skirts (which led her parents to declare she was a whore) and flirted with boys. Zainab had been previously beaten, scratches, isolated in her bedroom, and attempted suicide by swallowing pills. Shafia responded to the accusations bitterly: “They betrayed humankind, they betrayed Islam, they betrayed our religion and creed, they betrayed our tradition, they betrayed everything.” The father concluded: “May the devil shit on their graves.”
Every year there are more than 5,000 honor killings to appease god. Canada has at least twelve honor killings each year and always hears that such barbarities are in the name of a pathetic predatory god (Allah) who is unable to defend his own laws and is subject to human intervention to carry out his will (cf. Qur’an / Koran 4:15). It is estimated that a little under 700 women are killed by their husbands or male relatives in the first nine months of 2011 in Pakistan always with the claim that it is the will of god/Allah. In the United Kingdom, babies born out-of-wedlock to a Muslim female, are prime targets for honor killings by Islamic fundamentalists. Islam rules that it is always the female’s sin–a throwback to the ancient Iraqi myth of Gan Eden and a “woman” named “Eve.” Since a woman created the evil, it is not uncommon for the mother of the woman to pay an assassin to kill her own daughter “for the love of Allah”.
One particular case is highly descriptive of fundamentalist Islam: Samia Sarwar, 29, mother of two boys aged 4 and 8, was shot dead today in lawyer Hina Jillani’s office by a bearded man accompanying her mother and uncle. “He’s my helper, I can’t walk,” said the mother, when Hina told the two men to get out. As the mother went to sit down in front of Hina’s desk, and Saima stood up from her chair, the bearded man whipped out a pistol from his waistcoat and shot Saima in the head, killing her instantly.
Every two weeks, a woman is killed in Jordan to redeem “family honor”. Most assassins are parents, brothers and/or sisters, other relatives, or Imams. It is a frequent argument that the killing is for honor especially if the woman executed refuses to wear a hijab (face/head veil), or is “immodest” in her walk and creates “gossip among the neighbors.”
Honor killings go beyond Islam. A woman is expected to set herself on fire (or will be thrown on her husband’s funeral pyre) in a Hindu ritual known as Satī (सती). This is most common in India, but also is found in other countries where Hindus have moved, or have been minorities (as in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and other nations). It was first known around 400 CE (coming from ancient legends of widows of sea captains who died would jump onboard a ship set aflame and pushed back onto the ocean to chart a course to a nautical afterlife; cf. Strabo 15.1.30, 62 and Diodorus Siculus 19.33 who argued that the custom was started to discouraging young wives from murdering old husbands; it was later recorded in 912 CE by Ibn Fadlan in describing Bulgars and Vikings), and not outlawed in India until 1829, but is still practiced as a religious act of faith. Satī is a term derived from the name of a goddess who was also known as Dakshayani. She self-immolated being “unable to bear her father Daksha’s humiliation of her husband Shiva who was presumed dead but
was alive. By self-immolation, the dying woman would rid her husband of any sins he had committed, and the women who took their lives were revered as saints, while those forced to die (were murdered) were seen as only being partially pure. This led to the concept that the term Satī was tantamount to “chaste.” It bear a slight resemblance to the later tradition of junshi (literally: suicide through fidelity, where the vassal kills himself to follow the lord to the other world) in Japan, but was prized in India as a means of preserving endogamy (marrying within a particular group or caste; cf. Singh, Nagendra Kr. (2000). Ambedkar on Religion. New Delhi, India: Anmol Publications, p. 214).
Sharia law (شريعة) is the moral and religious law of Islam (قانون إسلامي), and is based on the Qur’an that was, by legend, delivered by an angel to an illiterate camel driver by the name of Muhammad who had wandered the desert for forty days and nights. Few Muslims agree as to what the law means, and the law has divided Islam for centuries (Otto, Jan Michiel (2008). Sharia and National Law in Muslim Countries – Tensions and Opportunities for Dutch and EU Foreign Policy – Law, Governance, and Development. E-book: Amsterdam University Press. p. 7), and devout Muslims believe it to be original with Muhammad and his successors. The truth is it is a combination of various Mesopotamian and Bedouin laws and each can be found antedating the legendary life of Muhammad.
Sharia is especially harsh towards women and petty thieves. A woman who commits (or is accused of committing) adultery is to be stoned to death, while her male partner has his ears and nose sliced.
A small child who stole “something that is useless” can have his arm bones crushed or his hands cut off (this does not include a series of photos that are inaccurately described on the internet as being the penalty for a boy stealing bread). A trial is required and the crime must be witnessed–and the witnesses must testify in an open court. The penalty is proclaimed by the judge that sets the penalty that the penalty is the will of a loving god.
The most extreme form of Sharia is among fundamentalist Muslims, with the prime nation being Saudi Arabia. Under Sharia, and based on the Qur’an, a man can divorce his wife (she cannot divorce him) provided he does it in front of four witnesses. While there does not have to be a specific reason for a divorce, apostasy, on the part of the husband or wife, ends a Muslim marriage. A divorced woman with infants is allowed a “subsidy” until the age of weaning the infant–when all payments stop.
Crimes are considered sins against god, and include
- adultery (zina), which includes adultery, fornication, incest/pedophilia, rape, and pimping (based on a concept of theft)
- defamation (meaning false accusation of any of these things)
- sodomy/lesbianism (or sodomy rape)
- use of intoxicants (alcohol/drug use)
- “waging war against God and society” (hirabah, uniquely known as moharebeh/mofsed-e-filarz in Iran: armed robbery, terrorism, armed violence); this does not include jihad (originally it meant “internal” or “spiritual cleansing”)
Each of these crimes/sin against god can lead to execution, whipping, or torture–in the same way that the Roman Catholic church made itself supreme in medieval Spain. Among the most common cases where Sharia law is enforced is in the area of human sexuality. Adultery is considered to be the theft of property (the woman is seen as belonging to the husband), and homosexuality is thought to be against the plan of god even though it happens in nature among all species.
To solve both crimes, death is mandatory, with executions public (as with stoning a woman until dead, decapitating a witch (as occurred recently matching the scandal of 2005 when one old illiterate woman was forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read), or hanging sodomites (male or female; ref. Qur’an/Koran 4:16). Once accused, there is little and frequently no excuse or evidence that is allowed to be admitted to clear the individual. The age of the individual is irrelevant, especially in Iran, where execution of pre-teenage youths are carried out as quickly as accused teenagers or men and women over the age of twenty.
Homosexuality, like other crimes/sins, brings out hatred in fanatical Muslims. This hate is justified as being a testimony of love, devotion, and dedication to god/Allah and is exemplified throughout the world with marches, protests, threatens to kill those who do not adapt to or adopt Islam and its precepts
(even though, one of those precepts forbidding images of living things has been regularly circumvented and avoided), especially in the depiction of Muhammad (who appears in illustration format in eighth century and later Qur’ans/Korans).
When a Danish newspaper group, known as Jyllands-Posten, began a cartoon festival to emphasize free speech on the prophet of Islam, to high-light the abrupt differences between reality and rhetoric, Muslims were outraged. Taking to the streets, the Muslims throughout Europe and the Middle East began shouting for death of the offending cartoonists and vowing to bomb the newspaper group. The Muslims chimed that no one should be allowed to “insult The Prophet” and there should
be no freedom of expression or press, demanding a theocracy on the order lusted after by Congressional representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and heavy metal drummer Bradlee Dean Smith of Minnesota. The newspaper published the cartoons when a Danish author complained that he could find no-one to illustrate his book about Muhammad. On December 4, 2005, it was reported that Flemming Rose, the cultural editor at the newspaper said. “Religious feelings cannot demand special treatment in a secular society,” and added. “In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock.” The Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami and its youth branch promptly offered a bounty for anyone who murdered the Danish illustrators who drew cartoons of Muhammad. Face with Islam’s religious intolerance and bigotry, France and other nations newspapers reprinted the offending cartoons (as I have done, see above). Under the headline “Yes, we have the right to caricature God”, France Soir ran a front page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud. It shows the Christian deity saying: “Don’t complain, Muhammad, we’ve all been caricatured here.” France Soir editor Serge Faubert wrote in a commentary explaining why his newspaper had printed the cartoons: “Enough lessons from these reactionary bigots! … Just because the Koran bans images of Mohammed doesn’t mean non-Muslims have to submit to this.”
Germany’s Die Welt daily printed one of the drawings on its front page, and it was followed by Berliner Zeitung daily that printed two of the caricatures as part of its coverage of the controversy.
Clergy sexual abuse
Angelo Badalucci—a member of a group of ceremonial lay ushers of the papal household called the “Gentlemen of His Holiness”—can be heard on the wiretaps discussing the physical details of the men he wanted brought to him and asking what time one man needed to be back at the seminary.
Ireland severed diplomatic ties with the Vatican because of rampant sexual abuse among the clergy (monks, priests, bishops, and nuns) who preyed on underage youth of both genders. The abuse had gone on for decades before it was uncovered, having been hidden by clergy and police. One priest admitted abusing more than 100 children.
Another said he had committed abuse every two weeks for more than 25 years. Others detailed how they would pass a youth between themselves. The Irish Commission, known as the Murphy Commission of Inquiry, concluded every bishop’s primary loyalty was to the church itself, and many followed Opus Dei that argues that a lie told to protect the church was not a sin against God nor an evil act of a believer. The papacy attempted to deny the findings of the report, and only when Roman Catholics began to demand justice and leave the Roman Catholic church did a reluctant pope begin to apologize, although he is also under suspicion of sexual irregularities.
Similar problems surfaced in the USA: not just sexual assault that had been a regular fare for many friars, fathers, and faithful, but the coverup of pedophilia by bishops, priests, and cardinals: many who were themselves the predators. Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Providence, then later for 27 years serving as bishop of the Norwich, Connecticut, and Worcester dioceses, Daniel P. Reilly has been named in more than 30 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct by priests under his charge and claimed that he was not consulted about sexual misconduct of his priests, even though some of the victims committed suicide. J. Kendrick Williams, bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, was named in a lawsuit claiming he had unwanted sexual contact with a student (David Hall) at St. Catherine’s High School in New Haven in 1969. Bishop Anthony O’Connell (then of Palm Beach, FL) and Bishop Robert Brom (then of Duluth, MN, now in San Diego, CA) admitted to their molestation, but continued serving the church, while Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester, NY, who wrote in 1990 that pedophile clergy were afflicted but not sinful allowed pedophile priests to preach and practice their rituals. Cardinal Edward Egan (then of New York, NY) allowed Rev. Walter Coleman to ”stay on the job” for more than a year after the Bridgeport diocese concluded in early 1994 that he had abused the son of a woman with whom he had an affair and bought a house. The sacerdotal with the record of maintaining pedophile priests to continue to teach and preach is Boston, MA, Cardinal Bernard Law. When bishops are accused of this crime, they are transferred to the Vatican, where the current pope, Benedict
XVI, is more upset over a Photoshop advertisement by Bettenton of ad featuring a fake picture of Pope Benedict XVI kissing Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, imam of Al-Azhar mosque, a prominent Muslim house of worship in Cairo, Egypt than of rampant pedophilia in the priesthood.
Jimmy Swaggart paid prostitutes, including Debra Murphree who worked the red-light district of New Orleans, for sex while married. He required one prostitute to have her daughter watch (cp. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988). Heaven’s Hustler: the rise & fall of Jimmy Swaggart. Dallas, TX, USA: Monument Press). Swaggart’s son, Donnie, took over the family business of faith selling, before he also fell from grace.
Ted Haggard confessed to having at leasttwo homosexual affairs (although
others have been reported). Ultimately, the fervent anti-gay pastor confessed to have lifelong problems with his sexual orientation. Mike Jones, his primary accuser, claimed Haggard paid him for sex over a three-year period on a monthly basis charging $70 – $90 an hour. Most of this tab was paid for by Haggard’s spiritual flock and the church that he controlled as a “shepherd”. The IRS has never investigated this misuse of church funds, and nothing has been said or written about it.
Haggard’s situation is not at all unique. Other Pentecostal pastors, many who run for and win sits in state legislatures seeking to erase the wall separating state and church find their own needs met by using money from their congregations for their own personal interests and pleasures, as was the case with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, Pat Robertson and his 700 Club, and similar televangelists.
Lutheran, Methodist, and Baptist ministers have been accused of having nonconsensual sex with underage males and females. This is surprisingly the case with conservative politicians who use religion as a base to win election, as occurred in 1994, led by the four-time married and repeated adulterer Newt Gingrich, and talk show pundit Glenn Beck who, like Bill O’Reilly while on the air and off, has a difficult time with the truth.
Two groups of mainstream Protestantism that keeps the media busy are the conservative Lutherans and Baptists. Child molesting and prostitution are especially interesting after listening to those who feed on the young and poor complete pounding their pulpits as if they were an enraged Martin Luther or other reformer. Lutheran pastor Robert L. Slegel has been accused by twenty men in Brick, New Jersey of having sexually molested, and sodomized, them over a period of years, and are now demanding over $30 million in restitution payment. The lawsuit against St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brick, alleges “It was and is the policy of (the church) to tolerate and keep secret the identities of pedophiles and other sexual offenders as functioning pastors/ministers in the Lutheran Church.” However, in a statement issued by the church’s congregation council said: “St. Thomas Lutheran Church does not tolerate inappropriate sexual behavior of any kind.” BishopAccountability.org claims that there have been several similar settlements against Lutheran pastors in various other states, citing the website of ChristianityToday.org.
Southern Baptists are equal craven and carnal in thoughts and actions as can be seen by the sexual molestation perpetrated by Terah Rawlings, Raymond “Allen” Knight, Franklin “Wayne” Knight, and Jan Ocvirk of Hilltop Baptist Church, when former teacher, Terah Allyn Rawlings, 32, allegedly had sex with the then-15-year-old boy during the 2007-2008 school year and during the following summer in a “Christian school” in Colorado Springs. The administrators and the coach (Rawlings’ uncle, Hilltop Baptist Church senior pastor Franklin “Wayne” Knight, 63; her father, former school athletic director and associate pastor Raymond “Allen” Knight, 57; and former principal Jan Ocvirk, 51) knew about the trysts but neither said a word nor acted to stop the child abuse.
A similar case occurred in Louisiana where Heather Daughdrill, a 28-year-old Bible school teacher/aide was charged Monday with repeatedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy she met at Bible school camp, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs. She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on 4 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, 8 counts of sexual battery, 3 counts of second degree kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Heath Daughdrill, of Westlake, is accused of initiating the relationship while acting as a teacher and aide at a June religious retreat, where virtue was taught. Similarly, Melissa B. Jones, 29-year-old woman from Decatur, Illinois, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy who attended the Salem Baptist church where her husband was a youth pastor; the youth initiated sexual intercourse.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi admits he paid a young exotic dancer at the center of a prostitution scandal $60,000 – but he swears it wasn’t for
sex! At least two of his mistresses were underage prostitutes, one who became an underaged mother who had sex with a nightclub owner more than twice her age. Karima El Mahroug was an illegal immigrant from Morocco who was an exotic dancer – nicknamed Ruby Rubacuori (Ruby The Heartstealer) – and later was accused of trying to extort money from Berlusconi after she’d been arrested on suspicion of theft. She was freed after Berlusconi intervened on her behalf.
US Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) propositioned an undercover Minnesota police officer for sex in Minnesota. Before his arrest, he had been among the most outspoken foes of gay rights, and worked to ensure that LGBT military were denied all civil and human rights.
US Senator David “John” Vitter (R-LA) regularly kept prostitutes (including the “Washington DC Madam”: Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who brought prostitutes to The Family on C Street where evangelicals were planning on
Armageddon and End Times) while running on “family values” and “sanctity of marriage”–and won reelection in 2010. The prostitute who was to testify against him was murdered and it was ruled a suicide. Most of the women that Vitter has paid have “disappeared” and The Family of C Street says that a member of the sacred group can commit no sin but is anointed to help rule the world at the time of the eminent Second Coming.
Rape, assault, and coercion are at an all-time high, worldwide. They are especially noticeable in nations that claim to be highly religious and are controlled by church, mosque, temple, or synagogue.
In Afghanistan (and other Islamic nations) where the Taliban is a strong force or the Imams (religious leaders) are in control, it is common for males to throw acid in the face of pre-teenage or teenage girls who go to school. In Indonesia, Imam Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali argued that women should see themselves as “rotting” and “uncovered [spoiled] meat” and by not wearing the hijab they were inviting and soliciting rape. For that reason, the Islamic cleric ruled, women must keep themselves covered from head to foot. The female form is considered hideous, and a woman who exposes herself to others is labeled a prostitute.
Morality police from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan are ordered to whip with any weapon any woman who does not submit, for the common thought is that a woman has no intelligence to determine her own destiny–she is the property of a man.
Even a princess royal cannot escape from the morality police who can determine whether or not she was guilty of sorcery. This was the modus operandi of Saudi’s guardians of virtue, as a television crew discovered when filming–and ultimately entitling their exposé Death of a Princess.
Education for women is rejected by males in Islamic society. They will take every opportunity to keep a woman from studying. No step is too severe.
Strict religious fundamentalists argue that a female was born to give birth to other children–that knowledge is unimportant, and all a female should do is memorize the Qur’an and encourage her children to fight and die for Allah.
Rape and disfigurement are equally common in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and what are considered more civilized nations. In an effort to curb this problem, Women’s Shelters are built, but enraged males are able to break through security and attack their wives, girlfriends, and daughters or other females they feel betrayed them.
While homosexuality has always existed and for many cultures was considered a special grace that was the function of priests to perform to ensure fertility of land and people, religions have made it a crime while, wrongly, claiming it is against their scripture. The word “homosexual” is not invented until the end of the nineteenth century, yet it is the word that justifies Islam to execute numerous young males (from age 4 and upward) in public, usually by hanging.
In traditional rank hypocrisy, evangelical Christianity led by self-styled ministers such as Bradlee Dean Smith, claim that homosexuals are damned to hell for even thinking about homosexuality. Documents and icons, however, show that not only did the early Christian community/church sanction homosexual marriages, but that homosexual partners were elevated to
sainthood, such as Saints Sergius and Bacchus, third century Roman soldiers (in the ancient text of their martyrologies they are called εραστές (“erastai” in the Greek, or “lovers”; cf. Ed. I. van den Gheyn (1895), “Passio antiquior SS. Sergii et Bacchi Graece nunc primum edita,” Analecta Bollandiana 14 pp. 373-95, and Halkin, François (1957). Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca [BHG], Subsidia Hagiographica 8 (Brussels: Societe des Bollandistes, 1957) text is in Latin), Saint Sebastian in the third century, Juventinus and Maximinus who were martyred in 363 after being publicly paraded wearing women’s clothing (cp. Walter, Christopher (2003). The Warrior Saints in Byzantine Art and Tradition. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT. : Ashgate, and Saint Aelred. Homophobia develops quickly in the eleventh century in Western Europe.
Protestant reformers denounced “the secret vice” (that was not secret), yet many had homosexual lovers. The most notorious was King James VI [Scotland] & I [England] who paid for a new translation of the Bible (King James Version) while having regular “encounters” (Kagan, Donald; Ozment, Steven; and, Turner, Frank M. The Western Heritage: from the earliest time to the present, Eighth Edition, Princeton, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, chapter 13, page 420; this work, considered a standard, should be read carefully as it ignores the Byzantines and Ottomans as well as giving short shrift to Russia and Poland and offers nothing concerning Islamic states, advances of women, children, minorities and LGBT are nearly non-existent; serious scholars will avoid this work. A better source would be Aldrich, Robert; Wotherspoon, Garry (2001), Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II, New York, NY, USA: Routledge, pp. 226–7, and like most homosexuals, James VI & I denounced “sodomy”: a “crime” the king committed regularly: Bentham, Jeremy; Crompton, Louis (1978), “Offences Against One’s Self”, Journal of Homosexuality 3 (4): 389–405; continued in v.4:1(1978), Jeremy Bentham’s essay on “Paederasty,” written about 1785; cf. Bergeron, David Moore (1999), King James and Letters of Homoerotic Desire, Iowa City, IA, USA: University of Iowa Press) with George Villier (1592–1628), Duke of Buckingham assassinated at Portsmouth by the renegade officer John Felton).
In the twentieth century numerous clergy (a sizeable number of Roman Catholic priests in Ireland, USA, UK, and other countries have been indicted for pedophilia, although the majority had male-female affairs), have been indicted for illegal homosexual activity, including Pentecostals Ted Haggard, bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta, GA, and others who had wives but paid or coerced males for sex, denying they are gay and even working to stop homosexual civil and human rights.
Koch Industries has long polluted the earth, its water and air in quest of obscene profits, especially with its Georgia-Pacific paper products industries in Crossett, Arkansas, that destroyed Coffee Creek, and Mossy Lake, Arkansas river and tributaries. Discharging 45 million gallons per day of paper-mill waste, including ammonia and chloride, and metals such as zinc, copper, and mercury, this toxic stew spewed from Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific paper plants combines with the town of Crossett’s sewage in Coffee Creek, the stream below the plant. Fish die and pile u to rot along the river banks.
The Koch Brothers (headquartered in Wichita, KS) fight against pollution regulation by funding the neo-conservative Tea Party and openly buys politicians and pundits not only in the Arkansas legislature, but governorships from Iowa and Wisconsin, to Indiana and New Jersey. The Koch Brothers biggest coup was buying enough votes to put Scott Walker (R-WI) into a governorship to make broadsided attacks on organized labor, a fête that was matched in Indiana with Mitch Daniels. At the same time the Koch Brothers own US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and the majority of climate-change deniers in the Congress of the USA.
While more than 82% of all US Republican Senators reject global warming, Al Franken (D-MN) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have passionately argued that science is the best basis for public policy, and with former Vice President Al Gore, presented conclusive proof of global warming, global ecological and environmental destruction, and the loss of irreplaceable natural resources.
The ice cap (glaciers) on the Andes Mountains in South America are evaporating at a rate faster than anticipated. Scientific predictions now state
that Perú will have no water by 2030, and with the glaciers in Chile receding at a rate of one-half a mile a year, it is likely that Chile will also be without water before 2040.
Bolivia has lost most of its glaciers. Bolivia depends on glaciers for most of its drinking water.
The lost of glaciers and pure drinking water even affects the polar regions. Antarctica is slowly disappearing, as is the Arctic. Global warming is real.
Strip (or surface) mining does more ecological damage than most other man-made attacks upon the planet. It began in the sixteenth century and is now worldwide, although North America has the greatest role in the rape of the land. Strip/surface mining is becoming increasingly more frequent in South America, where corrupt congresses allow foreign investors to denude their lands in exchange for currency that lines their pockets but seldom benefits their poor.
The greatest problem of strip/surface mining is not merely the removal of vegetation that is seldom replaced, but unless the tundra is reclaimed, surface mining can leave behind large areas of infertile waste rock, as 70% of material excavated is waste. This waste is compounded when rain causes further erosion. Valley fills frequently bury headwater streams causing permanent loss of ecosystems. Large tracts of deciduous forests has threatened several endangered species, especially in Perú and throughout the Amazons, and led to a loss of biodiversity, never to be recovered (M.A. Palmer et al. Mountaintop Mining Consequences, Science, 8 January 2010, Vol. 327, p. 148).
What little water exists is being wasted on strip-mining and washing ore for exportation as the congresses in poor/illiterate nations have short-sighted goals and little concern for the common people. The mines are shoddily prepared, frequently collapse burying miners alive, and national and local governments in South America do nothing but wait for foreign currency to filter in.
Water pollution is especially critical as clear water supplies dwindle. It is not even viable to try to attempt to turn salt water into drinking water, as the oceans and seas are already polluted by dumping. Tires line large spans of
ocean floors. Debris exists floating along ocean and lake coastlines from Perú
to Santa Barbara, from Spain to Libya.
Homelessness in the UK is equally exhausting with no end in sight. This is true everywhere, and religious groups encourage those unfortunates who suffer through this to “offer it up in prayer”. This “celebration of suffering” was the backbone of one of the world’s greatest frauds: Mother Theresa of Calcutta, (born Agnes Gonk Bojaxhiu: born August 27, 1910, died September 5, 1997), Bharat Ratna, OM, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in India, drained off millions of dollars, allegedly for the poor of India, but instead built retirement homes for priests and nuns: a charlatan who built death houses called “hospitals” but where no medicines were dispensed, no doctors admitted to attend to the suffering, and a “hotel” with cots not fit for an adult with basic comfort.
The real cost, worldwide, is hunger, homelessness, and illness: each benefiting organized religion.
Hunger is rampant everywhere: the USA (sharply rising in 2000 so that by 2011, over 2 million new people joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP, formerly known as food stamps — between January and September, with more than 50% of all retired people receiving less than minimum social security benefits daily debating to buy medications or food for their one meal of the day; 48% of all USA citizens are living at low income or poverty level while child homelessness has jumped 38% since 2007), UK, Asia, India, Russia, the Middle East as a few become enriched while the Middle Class disappears into the folds of poverty. In many religions, it is said that those who have been saved will not suffer but will benefit from their faith as an Elect of God. In others, as noted by Mother Theresa of India, suffering on earth will assure the faithful of a place in heaven and eternal life (Hitchens, Christopher (1995). The missionary position : Mother Teresa in theory and practice. London, UK and New York, NY, USA : Verso). Mother Theresa was neither loved nor considered a saint in India, especially among the poor and those who suffered or the medical community who considered her miracles fraudulent inventions (read Shields, Susan. “Mother Teresa’s House of Illusions: How She Harmed Her Helpers As Well As Those She ‘Helped’,” Free Inquiry magazine, vol. 18, no. 1). Those who spoke out against Mother Theresa were not just secularists nor people of means and education in India, but condemnations came from within her order of sisters, and the husband of the woman who allegedly received a miracle by praying to the diabolical dead nun who told reporters that the cure came with medicines not prayers. The husband originally, it is reported, told reporters: quoted as saying: “This miracle is a hoax. It is much ado about nothing. My wife was cured by the doctors.” He later changed his mind, however, once he was paid handsomely by Theresa’s order, and told an interviewer: “It was her miracle healing that cured my wife. Our situation was terrible and we didn’t know what to do. Now my children are being educated with the help of the nuns and I have been able to buy a small piece of land. Everything has changed for the better.” (Emphasis mine, as additional documents saw the Sisters of Charity offering large amounts for those who would testify to the Albanian nun’s piety.) The Sisters of Charity are colleagues in crimes committed by Mother Theresa of Calcutta that an Alzheimer’s disease (a form of dementia) and Parkinson’s disease-suffering pontiff raised to the ranks of Blessed while those placed in her care were starving for food and thirsting for drink.
With soaring rates of hunger and homelessness comes crime, which most religions consider to be a sin, yet is the result of social injustices. They work together.
Sin, and social injustice, are the products of god. In the end, god is praised for war, as with Hitler’s Gott mit unus that was sewn on NAZI uniforms, was the
motto used by Germans in World War I where it was inscribed on the soldiers helmets, and was the battle cry in the Roman and Byzantine empires (Nobiscum deus ), but has an ancient history, returning to the Hebrew word Immanuel. God has always been seen and hailed as the father of war and on this legend came the ancient apocalypses of ancient Egypt, Akaddians, and Mesopotamian nations.
From George W. Bush’s claim that his god had selected him to be president, and to call for a “crusade” (a word that Muslims interpreted from its medieval counterpart to mean the slaughter of women and babies), the religion of Bush crystalized in unbelievable USA military tortures (many heinous acts were performed by women in the USA army, while others were done by UK combatants)–surpassing the great cruelty of the Spanish Inquisition where waterboarding (justified by law professor John Yoo) was a standard device. Waterboarding is not new in torture methods, as it was a favored way of wringing confessions out of the accused by the Spanish Inquisition and even by later-
day Protestant troops who attacked Roman Catholics in the Wars of Religion that culminated in the Thirty Years War in the belief that it was a holy act since prayers were said and the water was blessed. It was first used in 1478 and called “tortura del agua”, consisted of introducing a cloth into the mouth of the victim, and forcing them to ingest water spilled from a jar so that they had the impression of drowning.” It made a return into theological terrorism 1556-1559 as the Flemish Inquisition, used in the brutal persecution of Anabaptists in Belgium. In the 1800s, waterboarding was known as “the common scold”. Scolding was a common punishment for antisocial women in early Europe and America. Water-based tortures were used to identify witches or inflict suffering on suspects as a trial by ordeal. Religious leaders argued that God would help the innocent by performing a miracle on their behalf (allowing them to live), as Satan would let them drown. It was
used in 1858, at Auburn State Prison (New York) “to execute negros [sic] slowly”. In what Harper’s Weekly called a “fearful picture of the mismanagement of our public institutions … a convict named More was, imprisoned in the State Prison at Auburn, was showered to death by the prison officials. … all the water that was in the tank — amounting to from three to five barrels, the quantity is uncertain — was showered upon him in spite of his piteous cries; a few minutes after his release from the bath he fell prostrate, was carried to his cell, and died in five minutes.”
What the Bush-Blair administrations did surpassed even the diabolic dictates of Germans serving Hitler and brought severe penalties from the Nuremberg
Court–but the USA has repeatedly refused to recognize and join the World Court, as George W. Bush and his administration, like that of UK’s Tony Blair and his administration, having already been found guilty of crimes against humanity, fear a trial in an open court.
But GW Bush was not unique. Wars have only
become more “sophisticated”, cruel, and more destructive with little concern for “collateral damage”: the loss of human life or property. The military of the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan, following prayer sessions, were encouraged by military chaplains to “spread the Gospel” and to “harken” to the words of Bible messages stamped on their military weaponsand minds. Their
mission was to “serve the Lord” in the same style as Hitler’s troops were encouraged to be emissaries for the new Reich. Most of the chaplains come from fundamentalist groups, and at the USA Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, dissent is not allowed, those who do not accept a rigid reading of scripture are ostracized and hounded, with many attempting suicide to get away from the daily indoctrination that haunts them. Agnostics and self-proclaimed atheists are battered verbally and occasionally assaulted with the US military leaders doing nothing to protect the abused or to silence the indoctrination program.
From the dropping of the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities filled with civilians and with no military in sight, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, leading to the loss of un-numbered tens of thousands or uncounted millions of innocent civilians to napalming innocent citizens in Vietnam and throwing “noncooperatives”, from helicopters. The greatest atrocity occurred at Mai
Lai on March 16, 1968, committed by United States Army soldiers of “Charlie” Company of 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the American Division whose victims were women, children (including babies), and elderly people.)
Agent Orange, a herbicide, that was sprayed like a mist over villages where
Vietnamese “Cong” fighters or sympathizers were thought to be hidden, was more popular among the USA military, as it not only incapacitated but killed, and those who survived were disfigured and would be unable to give birth to healthy children. What was unknown at the time (or a well-kept secret) was its adverse affect on USA military personnel who continue to have health problems because of it. This diminishing of the value of human life continued in future armed conflicts, usually over oil, as seen in the barbarities committed by drones in Afghanistan (one spy drone was brought down over Iran)–these wars exceed that of the Third Reich when six million Jews and millions of other citizens (White Russians, Poles, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and
others) were openly slaughtered–a holocaust repeated by Israel against Palestinians of all ages. This is not anti-Semitism, as Palestinians are also Semitic. The word, well-known by linguists, means “a subfamily of Afro-Asiatic languages that includes Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Phoenician.” For Israel to claim that any exposure of its holocaust of the Palestinian people is anti-Semitic demonstrates clearly that Israel has neither a conscience nor an education in linguistics and is fanning the flames of hate as sharply as is Islam. The Torah and the Qur’an/Koran equally show that the two Semitic people had a common source: Abraham (מָעֵאל or إسماعي for Ishmael in Genesis 16:3 from Babylonian and Minæan cognates, with a covenant established in Genesis 15, cf. Qur’an/Koran XIX: 54 and XIV: 35-41; and, Isaac: יִצְחָק that is a 13th century BCE Ugaritic word for “He laughs” that was the name of the Canaanite deity El–which would ultimately be transmogrified to mean “husband”, “lord,” and “master”, but the individual in Genesis 11-25 is not clearly defined any more than he is in Qur’an/Koran XII:6, 38 or XXXVII: 12). Abraham is questionable, especially in the Qur’an/Koran where the plural pronoun is used:
And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practise regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).
The statement “god is love” is equal to “god is great” (الله أكبر: Allāhu Akbar). In each case god is the tyrant and demonic power behind the designs of mortals who would be gods.