On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Texas jumped–backward into the Dark Ages when the “church” slaughtered than one million women on suspicion of being witches, countless hundreds of thousands of heretics, and nearly one half a million gypsies (Egyptians). The “church” had one popular method of determining if the woman lied about being a witch. The “church” would tie the woman’s hands and feet together, put a massive stone around her waist, then throw her into a deep river after saying prayers over her. If she floated to the top, she was acquitted. If she drowned “she went down to the Devil.” Heretics were assigned to a auto de fe–a bonfire to celebrate the justice of god (Te Deum), while gypsies were ceremoniously raped by sadists–most being clergy–who killed them after orgasm.
Christianity has always been filled with horror stories, rape of children by priests, brothers, nuns and sisters, and later by pastors and other religious predators. We have vivid accounts of popes like Leo X having sex with horses, and seedy reading of various New Sect leaders in the Low Countries walking naked in the streets, bargained with children for sex, and worse (more in keeping with today’s Seventh Day Adventist cult). But Christianity’s barbarities go further–almost matching the insanity of Islam–and faithfully recorded by by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger in Maleus Maleficarum, and others who matched their warped talent of conjuring up horror stories to justify the most barbaric penalties that would nearly equal those of California’s Professor John Yoo. but only as complimentary books by various bishops. Reading and questioning was an academic right afforded only to the clergy and those with sufficient power and wealth for education was seen as a privilege and allowed only to ensure religiosity and subservience to the bishop or local cleric. Otherwise, education was reserved the clergy, lawyers, “medical doctors” and court. Few were allowed the right to express an independent opinion, or refute what was obvious. For example, Copernicus was among those who discovered the dead weight of the hand of the church when he argued against Ptolemy’s dicta that the sun revolved around the earth, and was silenced, his book placed on the Roman Catholic church’s Index of Forbidden Books, but he was not alone. Later the famed scientist Galileo was hauled before a church tribunal on the same charge–questioning the final scientific knowledge found in the bible–where Joshua commanded the sun to stand still. But the Roman Catholic church has always found ways to excuse itself for its evil conduct towards believers, as when it rehabilitated Copernicus, and the Polish Catholic church (that had originally brought charges of heresy against him) today buried him as a hero.
Still, for sheer stupidity you have to give first place standing to the evangelical extremists in Texas. These retarded religious rightists have so cannibalized education in Texas that they are creating havoc with history and reality for the rest of the USA since publishers print what sells in Texas–the biggest text-book market in the nation. This confirms what is stated about the authorship of history–that history is written by the winners. With the Texas Board of Education now in the strangle hold of fanatical fundamentalists, Texas will rewrite history and science books for the major part of USA public schools and suffocate any hope for the advance in the conduct of inquiry or intelligent discourse. For example, Texas schoolchildren will be required to learn that the words “separation of church and state” aren’t in the Constitution — which is true on the surface. It is a phrase that came from the pen of Thomas Jefferson. It is generally traced to the letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists who unlike the unholy Baptists of today who have erased Matthew 7:1 from their own bibles and anointed themselves gods, were keenly set against any church or Christian using faith to interfere or destroy the political fabric of this nation.
In his letter to the Baptist, Jefferson referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a “wall of separation” between church and state. See: http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html. But the Texas theological terrorists have no interest in fact. They prefer their own brand of fiction indoctrinating future generations into mindless belief systems science has already shown to be outdated, much as science has rejected the absurdity of Intelligent Design (ID).
This was not an overnight coup. For decades the evangelical extremists in the Long Horn State have taken aim on basic truths tarnishing them while polishing patented lies of what they hold as essential to controlling a “Christian nation.” Non-Christians are given scant attention, atrocities committed in the name of Christ (such as the Khristian Knights of the Klan [KKK] are heralded as maintaining racial purity in the name of Christ) and attacks on Indians, Mormons, and others celebrated as a part of unifying the nation as being one people with one mind.
One of the arguments used by those determined to rewrite the history of the USA is that it was established as a “Christian nation”–a title given it by US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor–of Arizona (a state that since 1975 has taken aim at destroying civil liberties for those not born of Anglo-Saxon heritage controlled parents, recently passing tight anti-immigrant laws, and now extolling the virtue of stripping citizenship away from children born of illegal aliens). Arizona, it is commonly noted, is rapidly rising as the most racist and hatefilled state in the union, surpassing Mississippi and Alabama.
A review of the biographies of the Founding Fathers does not support the pretensions of the pulpit purveyors, as the notes on religious views and church memberships of the Founding Fathers are scarce. What evidence we do have that is still maintained is that most proclaimed themselves “at best Deists” and others as “philosophes”–finding in organized religion a whip and not a help. When the Founders wrote the nation’s Constitution, they specified that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” (Article 6, section 3) This provision was radical in its day– giving equal citizenship to believers and non-believers alike. They wanted to ensure that no single religion could make the claim of being the official, national religion, such as England had. Nowhere in the Constitution does it mention religion, except in exclusionary terms. The words “Jesus Christ, Christianity, Bible, and God” are never mentioned in the Constitution– not once. The 1796 treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was “in no sense founded on the Christian religion” and it was written during the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.
George Washington was never a Christian–as noted by prominent Christian historians: Barry Schwartz writes: “George Washington’s practice of Christianity was limited and superficial because he was not himself a Christian… He repeatedly declined the church’s sacraments. Never did he take communion, and when his wife, Martha, did, he waited for her outside the sanctuary… Even on his deathbed, Washington asked for no ritual, uttered no prayer to Christ, and expressed no wish to be attended by His representative.” [New York Press, 1987, pp. 174-175]
Paul F. Boller states in is anthology on Washington: “There is no mention of Jesus Christ anywhere in his extensive correspondence.” [Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1963, pp. 14-15]
Benjamin Franklin wrote: “. . . Some books against Deism fell into my hands. . . It happened that they wrought an effect on my quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist.”
Although not a founding father, Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1843, after he lost a campaign for Congress, he wrote to his supporters: “It was everywhere contended that no Christian ought to vote for me because I belonged to no church, and was suspected of being a Deist.” In fact he never acknowledged a deity even after being shot in Ford Theater.
But Christianity is not the only setback for real thinking now that Texas has shrouded itself with clerical robes meant as death masks for education. The board rejected language to modernize the classification of historic periods to B.C.E. and C.E. from the traditional B.C. and A.D., thereby attacking the wall separating state and church, as B.C. stands for Before Christ while B.C.E. is the acronym for Before the Common Era; as, too, with A.D. (Anno Domini = Year of Our [Christian] Lord) in opposition to the more appropriate C.E. (Current Era). And the Republican religious right agreed to replace Thomas Jefferson as an example of an influential political philosopher in a world history class with various lesser known who did nothing to advance the cause of human rights or liberties. The Texas Board now requires students to evaluate efforts by global organizations such as the United Nations to undermine U.S.A. sovereignty by expecting the U.S.A. to pay its share of UN costs, and to be held to the same standards as all other nations (the USA has consistently refused to recognize the World Court, and while the USA has repeated condemned torture in other countries, under George W. Bush, the USA became the leader in world torture and atrocities, especially in Iraq).
These are the same tactics taken by some of the most nefarious dictatorships in history rewriting records about their own nations and people: from Lenin to Hitler and even going so far as to burn books in Berlin, and Dallas while clergy chanted about purifying libraries and turning young minds away from Satan (see my Democracy Dies in Dallas). The Dark Ages came to Texas not with a whimper but a bang. Terrorism is now glorified in the name of Board of Education that has little to no education among its own board members.