Murder in the name of Christ

There is a Jesus in the New Testament that few Christians know.  According to Luke 7:34, Jesus was “a gluttonous man and a winebibber” (εληλυθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγετε ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης τελωνων φιλος και αμαρτωλων).  Not only did he drink wine, according to numerous critics, but was hot-tempered who “came not to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34: μη νομισητε οτι ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην επι την γην ουκ ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν).  The private life of Jesus was equally suspect; for example, the common thought is that Jesus went into the garden to pray before he was arrested and executed; however, what is strange is that when he left the garden he was followed by a naked youth (και εις τις νεανισκος ηκολουθει αυτω περιβεβλημενος σινδονα επι γυμνου και κρατουσιν αυτον οι νεανισκοι ο δε καταλιπων την σινδονα γυμνος εφυγεν απ αυτων. Mark 14:51-52; note especially he fled naked, leaving his garment behind (NIV), or but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked (ESV), or But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked (New American Standard) which comes closest to the ancient scrolls (the International Standard Version 2008 is close: he left the linen sheet behind and ran away naked), for what the youth (maximum age of 18) wore was a sheet used in ritual orgies similar to ancient Egypt). For a discussion of this incident, see Arthur Frederick Ide, Catechism of Family Values Based on the Bible with an introduction by Decherd Turner.  Arlington, TX: Liberal Arts Press, 1993, p. 206; cp. my forthcoming book Nudity in the New Testament and the life of Jesus Christ.  It must be noted, as we find in Hippolytys, Apostolic Tradition, 21:3, 5, 11, that nudity was equated in the ancient past through the first centuries of the current with “the Holy Spirit” especially in baptisms and holy ceremonies after the days of the Babylonian captivity: B. Yebamot 47.b [see my translation of the ancient Hebrew in my Nudity and Spirituality in Ancient Israel, pp. 233-241] as it was in the early christian communities who demanded it as a testimony of one being “born again” or “reborn”.)  This follows the nightmare of John in Revelation 6:4, where Jesus’ sword will be bigger than that of any mortal (και εξηλθεν αλλος ιππος πυρρος και τω καθημενω επ αυτω εδοθη αυτω λαβειν την ειρηνην απο της γης και ινα αλληλους σφαξωσιν και εδοθη αυτω μαχαιρα μεγαλη) which has been excused as a way to “(βαλλειν) the Roman sword, to cut off a disobedient and rebellious nation” (http://clarke.biblecommenter.com/matthew/10.htm). Jesus’ violent behavior has been excused by many as “holy wrath,” as when he overturned tables of money changers in the Temple (Matthew 21:12: και εισηλθεν ιησους εις το ιερον και εξεβαλεν παντας τους πωλουντας και αγοραζοντας εν τω ιερω και τας τραπεζας των κολλυβιστων κατεστρεψεν και τας καθεδρας των πωλουντων τας περιστερας; there is an interesting twist that The Family gives to the military, justifying theft when the troops are on the march in 12:1: εν εκεινω τω καιρω επορευθη ο ιησους τοις σαββασιν δια των σποριμων οι δε μαθηται αυτου επεινασαν και ηρξαντο τιλλειν σταχυας και εσθιειν and verse 12: ποσω ουν διαφερει ανθρωπος προβατου ωστε εξεστιν τοις σαββασιν καλως ποιειν; Mark 11:15-16; Luke 19:45; John 2:14-15) even though this action matches the destruction of the sanctuary of Baal and its priesthood (2 Kings 11:18), his claim of the exclusivity of paradise (actually a garden on the planet between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers) as Judaism had not developed a theology of a heaven but termed the afterlife to be Sheol (שְׁאוֹל a “grave”, “pit” or “abyss”) believed to be under the earth (an underworld; cf. Ezekiel 33: 21, 27).

The idea of a “god of wrath” (Acts 7:11: ηλθεν δε λιμος εφ ολην την γην αιγυπτου και χανααν και θλιψις μεγαλη και ουχ ευρισκον χορτασματα οι πατερες ημων  which takes from Genesis 41:54, and Romans 1:18: αποκαλυπτεται γαρ οργη θεου απ ουρανου επι πασαν ασεβειαν και αδικιαν ανθρωπων των την αληθειαν εν αδικια κατεχοντων) and anger and vengeance has long been a main artery coursing through the body of Christianity, leading to numerous butchering of people, torture, and murder. In this Yahweh and Jesus match the wrath of the Greek god Dionysius (cf. Ovid, Metamorphoses 4.22, 422, Homer, Iliad 6.129, Hephaestion, Handbook of Metres 13. 43, Apollodorus, The Library 3.34-35 (an English translation is at http://www.theoi.com/Text/HyginusAstronomica.html), Hyginus, Astronomica 2.7 (and English translation is at http://www.theoi.com/Text/HyginusAstronomica.html), and so forth) as the gods of old would be like the novice Yahweh and Jesus: Δεῖμος καὶ Φόβος (keep mortals in terror and fear).  This is the Jesus preached by the ultraconservative C Street group known as The Family.

Christian evangelicals and the US military try to match this wrath by going to foreign nations and encouraging the slaughter of those who do not meet up to or exceed their expectations of what Jesus wants of mortals.  The Family, as an organization, matches the Brown Shirts and SS of the Third Reich, and like Hitler’s elite assassins, The Family members down to the milk-toast faced would-be demigod Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), labor intensively to have all nations, such as Uganda, pass laws to kill all homosexuals (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html?_r=1&ref=world; cf. http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/david-katos-death-a-result-of-hatred-planted-by-us-evangelicals/media/2011/01/27/17015; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/evangelicals-implicated-w_b_814683.html). The US Air Force Academy actually indoctrinate all cadets in evangelical Christianity, claiming that Jesus wants “good warriors” and that obedience to Jesus is seen in obeying their superiors’ orders, evangelize their peers, and convert the enemy [Muslims]. In conformity to evangelical extremism of USA theological terrorists, the USA military actually produced guns with biblical citations to urge the men to slaughter as if they were Old Testament fighters (see: Joseph Rhee, Tahman Bradley and Brian Ross, “U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed with Secret ‘Jesus’ Codes”, at http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-military-weapons-inscribed-secret-jesus-bible-codes/story?id=9575794)/)

Jesus' guns with bible verses

Military concept of the Cross of Jesus

This violation of the separation of state and church is the result of two non-paid, non-faculty evangelists: Darren and Gina Lindbloom, who wrote in their October 11 newsletter seeking donations, “Praise God that we have been allowed access by the Academy into the cadet areas to minister among the cadets. We have recently been given an unused classroom to meet with cadets at any time during the day” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/11/AR2005111101650.html).  They are a part of a fringe group determined to use all methods of brain-washing to “win souls to Christ” and establish an earthly kingdom for a Messiah that has been returning for over two thousand years.  One of their primary goals is to stomp out homosexuality where ever it appears.

Uganda evangelical Christians demand that gays be killed 2011

Uganda has become a magnet for radical American evangelical groups. Some of the best known Christian personalities have recently passed through Uganda spewing hatred in the name of a god few know. They condemn that which most have committed: from sexual indiscretions to bold-faced lying. Most of these evangelical apostles bring with them anti-homosexuality messages that not only board on, but actual call for the murder of gay men and the rape of lesbians. Those with the most vitriol include “Reverend” Rick Warren (b. 1954), the infamous “pastor” of Saddleback Church that has made him immensely wealthy, visited Uganda in 2008 and has compared homosexuality to pedophilia (http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/30/warren-uganda/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/30/rick-warren-refuses-to-co_n_373605.html also a full discussion is at http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2011/02/us-diplomat-on-ugandas-bahati.html).  Missionaries from USA evangelical churches have stoked the fires of hate even among the young to the point that children march to have gays and lesbians murdered in the name of Christ (http://www.freeuganda.net/article93-Thousands-of-children-demonstrate-in-favour-of-anti-gay-bill). 

Children in Uganda are taught it is God's will that people kill homosexuals

Pastor Charles Galabuzi, on of the organisers of the demonstration, said that a Christian organization called Children with a Mission liaised several churches and parents from all over the country to organize the demonstration. “We contacted the various churches about the demonstration and they cooperated by requesting children from all over the country to send their children to participate. We also asked parents to send their children to take part in the noble cause. We are happy that they sent their children,” Galabuzi said.  Repeating the message of Adolf Hitler, Galabuzi claims that as Christians they do not support homosexuality and that they have come out strongly to tell all children in Uganda to denounce homosexuality and also to report any child they find getting involved in homosexuality activities. 

Jesus, for Ugandan evangelicals, is a god of hate, the son of a greater god of evil who will crush dissenters without  mercy, for the Father of Jesus is the author of torture, war, plagues, famine, hunger, and all other forms of violence.  It is the will and the order of Jesus in Uganda, that Uganda restores the death penalty for all gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Throughout Uganda there are images of Jesus with his hands dripping with blood from the throats that he has cut in his wrath against homosexuality.

Rick Warren in Uganda damning homosexuals

Discussions of sex are a special amusement for Warren, especially homosexuality.  He sees homosexuality as a choice (not as genetic) and a choice to sin in open defiance of god.  It is this defiance that Warren proclaims feverishly that will bring down the wrath and carnage of an angry god who will not tolerate any person who openly, and knowingly, goes against the “natural order” of things (Rich Warren fails to note that homosexuality is especially common in all species from moose to sea gulls, and all other creatures–who, according to Warren–are incapable of thought and less than the status of a man [he ignores the “creation” of women save to claim that they must be subordinate to a man, in the same way that radical Islam marginalize women].  Rick Warren, a friend of Barak Obama, frequently speaks one way, then “clarifies” what he meant with an addendum (see: http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2008/12/rick-warrens-controversial-com.html).  Warren condemns socialism, but his essays and speeches are filled with Fabian socialist quotes—all positive to suit his end goal (http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-radio/episode.php?episodeid=18342). Archbishop Rowan Williams of the UK Anglican church is even more hate-filled, denying that gays and lesbians have any rights (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/11/rowan-williams-lesbian-bishop).

Scott Lively, president of Abiding Truth Ministries (classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center; see: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/spring/us-anti-gay-activists-under-fire-for-), is a missionary who has written several books against homosexuality, including “7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child [from turning homosexual”.  Lively has no academic credentials in history but is he co-author of the book The Pink Swastika, which states in the preface that “homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities” and has started “Watchmen on the Wall” to push through anti-gay legislation (for a rebuttal of the validity of the historical research claimed by Lively, see: Erik N. Jensen (January/April 2002). “The Pink Triangle and Political Consciousness: Gays, Lesbians, and the Memory of Nazi Persecution”. Journal of the History of Sexuality 11 (1/2): 319–349, pp. 322–323 and n. 19.). In each invocation for violence, Lively extols the sword that is in the hand of his Jesus, barking that Christ would not tolerate a single homosexual to live.

Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-described former gay man who leads “healing seminars”. Brundidge, a self-described former gay man, is a sexual reorientation coach for International Healing Foundation, which purports to help people shed their unwanted same-sex attractions. Although Brundidge claims he is cured, it is common gossip in gay circles that he continues to “cruise” areas where gay men congregate. The International Healing Foundation was founded by Richard Cohen, who says he is a former homosexual who converted to heterosexuality, and claims that mothers are responsible when a son turns gay  Cohen’s therapy is unique. He claims that men who are “striving to overcome their homosexual desires” can do so by cradling other men in their arms or by screaming “Mom, Mom, why did you do this to me?”  A leading proponent of the Ugandan bill to execute homosexuals has been filmed holding up Cohen’s book, Coming Out Straight, and citing Cohen’s “work” as justification of executing gay men in the name of the love of Jesus.

(l) Schmierer (c) Lively (r) Brundidge

 Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality”. (See: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2009/12/09/17561 and more at http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/slouching-toward-kampala).  In northern Nigeria, gay men can face death by stoning. (See: http://www.truthwinsout.org/tag/don-schmierer/ and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

Yoweri Museveni

The Fellowship, (also known as The Family; see:  Sharlet, Jeff (2009) The Family : the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power. New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2009, and Sharlet, Jeff (2010). C Street : the fundamentalist threat to American democracy. New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2010) is one of the USA’s most powerful and secretive fundamentalist organization’, and declares boldly that it converted Uganda’ President Yoweri Museveni to its anti-gay brand of Christianity, which is the “intellectual” impetus behind the anti-gay crackdown. The clandestine organization’s leader, Doug Coe, calls Museveni The Fellowship’s “key man” in Africa. Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Family”, writes of the African strongman’ conversion:

“So,” Doug Coe told us, “my friend said to the president, “why don’t you come and pray with me in America? I have a good group of friends‚ senators, congressmen‚ who I like to pray with, and they’d like to pray with you.” And that president came to the Cedars (a religious retreat), and he met Jesus. And his name is Yoweri Museveni…And he is a good friend of the Family.” (http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/2009/10/4397/)

The Family has the conviction that Jesus of the New Testament wants a physical empire–a world that can be dominated by men.  The passages that The Family glories in are those that show Jesus without mercy, and always with the sword in his hand to wipe out sin and corruption as The Family determines.  Unique in itself, The Family is composed not only of national leaders (US Government and state governments), but would-be/want-to-be assassins who sit in state legislatures: not just from the Deep South of the USA but are found in growing numbers in the legislatures of Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and elsewhere. 

The Family has for years specialized in housing and indoctrinating members of Congress in its Washington, DC, C Street residence in order to “take back” the world for Jesus, and claimed a deduction from the IRS as being a charitable organization given to prayer (the IRS rejected part of that deduction in 2010).  The Family also has worked actively for years to influence both American politics and foreign leaders and had done so with great success, with the greatest labor performed by adulterers and child molestors.  Senator John Ensign of Nevada, Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford, and former Representative Chip Pickering of Mississippi were all denounced for adultery with Pickering actually engaged in this “immoral” activity within the sacred precinct of C Street and its prayer center.  George Rekers, one of the most duplicit prevaricators of truth, joined with James Dobson to form one of the most heavily endown hate groups: Family Research Council.  Rekers is familiar with The Family, and gave it yet another star to put in its heaven of holy activities. 

Rev. George Rekers

Although US Senator Larry Craig and evangelist Ted Haggard had their adulteries with males, Rekers is in a class by himself. A Baptist minister and clinical psychologist with a bent for “curing” homosexuality, the married–until the Miami New Times caught the Baptist minister and crusader against homosexuality, 61-year-old Rekers, in the company of a 20-year-old male escort at Miami International Airport. The couple was returning from a 10-day trip to London and Madrid. New

Rev. Rekers and "Rent-boy" in Miami

Times, which published its exposé in early May, got an explanation from Rekers: “I had surgery, and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.”  A photo, however, shows Rekers, rather than his companion, handling the baggage cart. The Miami New Times also reported that Rekers had recruited

Rev. Reker's Rent-boy Jo-Vanni Roman, age 20

the young man from www.Rentboy.com (“Lucien” , a.k.a Jo-Vanni Roman age twenty, who told reporters that he was “not hired to carry luggage, and did enage in sex with Rekers: http://www.towleroad.com/2010/05/rent-boy-george-alan-rekers-is-a-homosexual-who-enjoys-body-rubs-in-the-nude.html) a Web site whose graphic sexual content requires visitors to vouch for their age.  Rekers said, “[My assistant] did let me share the gospel of Jesus Christ with him, with many Scriptures in three extended conversations.”  This was hushed up by 2010 so that The Family could post a special “prayer breakfast” which was attended by all of the nation’s top evangelical leaders–with “sinners” (women) waiting outdoors.

The Iowa legislature is so corrupt and so filled with evangelicals that there are debates over who can give invocative prayers, with one Church of Christ pastors praying partisan and sectarian for matters other than the increase of faith: he paid to stop abortions, to correct lives styles, and similar rants. He is not unique but identical to the organized hate group: Army of God, and Ministry to the Unborn (Missionaries to the Unborn Iowa is located in Keokuk, Iowa).

Paul Hill advocates murdering doctors who provide abortions

(http://www.armyofgod.com/danholman.html, Paul Hill argues that it is justified in the eyes of his god to kill abortion-providers. 

Hill’s opposition to abortion at any cost, for any reason (including rape and incest, potential for child abuse or infanticide)  is shared by Iowa’s Tea Party legislators. Among this unique gathering of extreme right-wing Republicans, many of whom are members of the Ku Klux Klan that openly parade in small rural areas and dying towns where their young flee the state as job opportunities become increasingly limited and education is severely cut back “due to budget constraints” and governor more intent on making his second governorship a success that will also add money to his current Iowa pension that was built lavishly with terms as a legislator and a governor, there is little hope for progress or growth in Iowa. This is acceptable to Hardin County Tea Party Legislator, an ideal candidate for The Family and its power quest, Annette Sweeney.  Sweeney

IA Legislator Annette Sweeney (R-44 District)

represents the 44th District; Home Address: 21547 Hwy S27, Alden, IA, 50006; Cell: (641) 373.4899 annette.sweeney@legis.state.ia.us
Sweeney was born September 9, 19547 and has been married to David for more than twenty years. She has two sons, both attending Iowa State University in Ames, having been 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) for years.  Organist for her church, she has been a popular solosit and has been asked to accompany at many funerals. She lists her occupations as farmer and publisher, and to her credit, has sponsored some good legislation for veterans and farmers, but in the area of human rights her record is weak at best and has a special crusade to deny women control over their own bodies especially in disallowing abortions in Iowa. Sweeney claims that no abortion is justified even in cases of rape and incest and has the scientifically disproven theory that life begins at conception (see my https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/fetal-pain-and-science/).  In an e-mail to me the first week of March 2011, Representative Sweeney, typed that a woman had the right of choice: to choose not to have sex and thereby not to become pregnant.)   Annette Sweeney’s message of hate and draconian decision to nefariously rule over the lives of others is loud and clear: she would be another Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas and determine the lives of others (http://www.northern-iowan.org/congratulating-a-villain-1.2510418?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Northern_Iowan&utm_campaign=Northern_Iowan_20113101143).
Annette Sweeney has either forgotten or never was taught nor learned what a legislator is: a legislator is a person who works for the good of the commonwealth (that entity to which the individual was elected to represent).  The legislator’s task is to represent “the people”–a particular group of people (regardless if that group is the majority or if that group is the minority), and stand firm for the freedom of all people to choose their own destiny.  When I taught, in 1967, that at Estherville Junior College (now Iowa Lakes Community College) it was a “no brainer” but today theological terrorists and mental miscreants everywhere seem to think when they are the majority party that they have a mandate to rule on individual freedoms and human rights–which they do not have. When I  taught medical ethics in Lima, I found the same absurdity as Peru had gone through the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori who had transmogrified the nation into a image of Nazi Germany, and hundreds of thousands of women and men were sterilized without their consent–and that was as wrong as the churches of Peru dictating to the Congress in Peru that no woman may have an abortion. In all cases this matches Nazi Germany–a government the people voted in, supported believing that they were free,  and watched their individual rights evaporate with the march of the storm troops, nowing echoing in Des Moines, Iowa. Ethics apply to all people, not just to a few, nor to be determined by the majority in power.  Annette Sweeney is a disgrace not only to Iowa but to the principles of freedom that at one time in Iowa were sacred–and she is making national news with some unqiue statements that defy the imagination (cf. http://news.change.org/stories/iowa-legislators-want-to-put-animal-abuse-whistleblowers-in-jail).
 
Most of those who are anti-gay are neo-Nazis or members of the KKK and strong evangelicals (originally KKK stood for Khristian Knights of the Klan) and were evangelical extremists in all states including in 19th and early 20th century Iowa; today their numbers are growing according to the Southern Poverty Law association, with Iowa having a number escalating faster than previously thought possible.  They turn to women who hate women and fear lesbians to run for state legislatures, and while they come out strongly for veterans rights and national defense (along with weakening gun control laws), the message of these women when it comes to abortion matches the speeches of women in the Reichstag of the Third Reich–speeches approved by Adolf Hitler.

German pedestrians read Hermann Goering's "Nine Commandments for the Workers' Struggle," which included such exhortations as this one to German women: "take hold of the frying pan, dust pan and broom and marry a man." Berlin, Germany, May 1934.

Under Hitler, choosing abortion became sabotage; a crime punishable by hard labor for the woman and a possible death penalty for the abortionist.

“If the man’s world is said to be the State . . . her world is her husband, her family, her children and her home . . . Every child that a woman brings into the world is a battle, a battle waged for the existence of her people…. It is not true … that respect depends on the overlapping of the spheres of activity of the sexes; this respect demands that neither sex should try to do that which belongs to the sphere of the other.”

—Hitler’s speech to the National Socialist Women’s Organization, September, 1934.

The rise of Hitler extinguished these few sparks of national and international awareness of the need for family planning services. Authoritarian regimes always seem to find it particularly difficult to accept the individual need for family planning, and Hitler’s Third Reich invaded the bedrooms of its citizens before it moved its troops into Sudetenland and Poland. Within months of coming to power in 1933, the Nazis forbade the display of contraceptives and all birth control clinics were closed.88 Contraception was labeled the “by-product of the asphalt civilization,” and Hitler himself described it as “violation of nature, as degradation of womanhood, motherhood and love.” Abortions were termed “acts of sabotage against Germany’s racial future,” and prosecutions of abortion providers jumped 50% between 1934 and 1938. Attempts were made to register pregnancies, and in 1943, Germany at war across the world still found time to pass legislation introducing the death penalty for abortion providers whom “continually impaired the vitality of the German people by such deeds.” The regime that produced the concentration camps also sent a French laundress to the guillotine in February 1942 for performing abortions. (Cf. http://www.glowm.com/index.html?p=glowm.cml/section_view&articleid=375)

Nazi propaganda for big families/opposed abortion

Nazi policy encouraged racially “acceptable” couples to have as many children as possible. Because of the number of children in this Nazi party official’s family, the mother earned the “Mother’s Cross.” Germany, date uncertain.

— DIZ Muenchen GMBH, Sueddeutscher Verlag Bilderdienst

The Fraternal White Knights of the KKK of Boone, Iowa, boasts that their affiliates (eleven in Iowa) were responsible for “bringing down” Agriprocessors in Pottsboro. While headquartered in Charles City, Iowa, their biggest groups are in Iowa cities Cedar Falls and Waterloo (http://www.northern-iowan.org/ku-klux-klan-1.2188683). They KKK has now infiltrated Hardin County to get “responsible” representatives elected to the Iowa Legislator to “protect the unborn” and to “oppose the abomination of homosexuality” and gay marriages.  The KKK and the neo-Nazis already have a voice in the Iowa Legislature and claim they control nine Republican counties in Iowa who vote pro-life and anti-gay.

Pottsboro IA FKK of the KKK 2010

Among the financial backers of these organized hate groups are the Koch Brothers of Kansas who funded the elections of Scott Brown (R-MA) and Scott Walker (R-WI) among many others through their PAC and privately, as they, too, are members of The Family.

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

The Family, of course, recently made headlines because one of its key members, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) had sex with his best friend’s wife, while they were working together.  Later, when he admitted, that although he was a member of the ultra-conservative Promise Keepers (to keep the family strong) he committed adultery with a campaign aide. An attorney for Cindy Hampton and her husband, Doug, issued a statement on their behalf as Ensign phoned in his resignation as a member of the Senate GOP leadership.  An Associated Press review of federal records showed Cynthia Hampton received a promotion and a pay raise around the time of the affair at one political entity controlled by Ensign and a pay raise at a second. Her husband was an employee in Ensign’s Senate office.

US Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)

The hypocrisy of The Family has never been questioned, for one of the tenets of The Family is that it is acceptable to lie to further the Kingdom of God and end the rule of liberals (usually considered to be Democrats). Nevada Republican once called on President Bill Clinton to resign, declaring “the truth must come out.”  In October 2007, he was sharply critical of former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, who served in Congress for a quarter-century when he was arrested in an airport bathroom sex sting, yet was one of the most outspoken members of the US Senate condemning homosexuality. In 1993, Craig in his first term as a Republican senator from Idaho, helped to enact the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that states that if anyone in the military even attempted a homosexual solicitation that individual would be removed from the service (http://www.slate.com/id/2173102/; ref. http://mediamatters.org/research/200708280013; cp. http://alaskareport.com/news/z46613_larry_craig.htm). Ensign stopped short of urging him to resign but suggested strongly that he should.  Ensign told reporters: “I wouldn’t put myself hopefully in that kind of position, but if I was in a position like that, that’s what I would do.  He’s going to have to answer that for himself.” In the end, Craig served out his term.  In 2009, Senator Ensign was named one of the 15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress by the watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

US Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Another member, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), used one of the Family’ Washington properties to try to broker a deal to buy off the furious husband, who has since gone public with the Ensign scandal.  There is of course the quandary of what to do when females in the Senate, such as Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) have had their share of run-ins with the law, and in the case of Ms. Hutchison, was actually tried  for physical abuse of an employee and numerous other offenses in Travis County, Texas (see: Ide, Arthur Frederick: From Stardom to Scandal: the rise & fall of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Dallas: Monument Press, 1994 ) where the Travis County Attorney prosecuted. Ms. Hutchison was let off by a compromised judge on a technicality.

Few of the members have a flawless life, and most are tainted with an Armageddon philosophy of taking over the world for a Jesus who they believe was the first capitalist, and have nothing against Senator David Vitter (R-LA) who regularly and consistently was in the habit of dubiously picking

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

up whores in front of the house on C Street as an expression of Jesus’ love for all sinners (Louisiana reelected the man who was the spokesman for “one-man + one-woman, although he never clarified if it was one woman for life or one woman for a few minutes). This does not include some of its better known ultra-conservatives such as Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), among the most diabolical of all of the members of The Family, who seeks an immediate coming of Jesus in a blaze of blinding warfare and terror, or Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN). Bart Stupak is

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)

the best known Democrat (MI) who lives in a world of his own, oblivious to reality and the needs of all people. Stupak’s involvement with The Family has found that he has been chosen among a select few to rule over the lives and bodies of women.  He rejects the idea that women have sufficient intelligence to decide for themselves not only the destiny of their bodies but what they can do in this world.  Stupak is convinced that women were placed on this planet to serve men at the call of men, regardless of their own personal belief or interests.  Like all other members of The Family, Representative Stupak is pro-war, anti-labor, anti-gay and creationists (see more at http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=120746516).

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Charles (Chuck) Grassley is among the greatest hypocrites in the US Senate and a constant embarrassment to thinking Iowans. When it was revealed that AIG was rampant with corruption, and that AIG employees who had contributed heavily to his campaign chest, Grassley sparked controversy by suggesting that those AIG employees receiving large bonuses should follow the so-called ‘Japanese example’, resign immediately or commit suicide, while blaming the Obama Administration–although the bailout began under George W. Bush (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29733519/).  Grassley has consistently voted against disabled American veterans (he has the third worse voting record in the entire Congress: http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_detail.php?r_id=3483), and in 1993 was among 20 co-sponsors of a Senate bill mandating health insurance for all Americans. When “the Black President [Barack Obama] was sworn into office, Grassley, typically, retrenched, reloaded and fired off salvos of verbal ammunition in 2009 and 2010, thundering that the Democratic Party proposed a health reform bill featuring mandated health insurance, was a deal breaker  (http://iowaindependent.com/20702/grassleys-opposition-to-insurance-mandates-comes-under-fire and http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100226/NEWS09/2260353/1056/Harkin-Grassley-stand-pat-on-health-reform).  With Obama in the White House, taking up The Family’s cue, Grassley blasted that Obama’s Health Care plan would “pull the plug on grandma,” (a Tea Party favorite lie) although Grassley had voted in favor of end-of-life counseling as part of the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill (http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/08/13/oh-those-death-panels/)–the same “death panels” he said were in Obama’s plan (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-5237320-503544.html).  The change was political in nature, but he had long been affiliated with The Family and received a score of 100% from the National Right to Life (http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/scorecard.xc?chamber=S&state=US&session=110&x=12&y=11), Eagle Forum (http://capwiz.com/eagleforum/scorecard.xc?chamber=S&state=US&session=1102&x=8&y=5), and Family Research Council (http://www.frcaction.org/) all now recognized as organized hate groups that want to establish a Christian form of Shari’a law in the USA.  Deep into the pockets of corporate America, a stalwart in The Family who would not denounce the death campaign in Uganda against gays and lesbians (http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/family-member-and-us-senator-chuck-grassley-pressure-to-denounce-uganda-kill-gays-bill.html), Grassley hold the American worker in contempt, sees small farmers as standing in the way of the growth of agribusiness and a few millionaires that fund his campaigns in Iowa, and has expresses outrage at gays and lesbians (who found him showing any sense of basic human rights as marginal: giving the Iowa senator a score of 20 out of 100). According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, the industries that have been the largest contributors to Grassley during his political career are health professionals ($1 million in contributions; Iowa is the corporate headquarters of numerous health care and other insurance groups: http://www.iid.state.ia.us/reg_industries_unit/index.asp), insurance industry ($997,674), lawyers/law firms ($625,543) and pharmaceuticals/health products ($538,680). His largest corporate donors have been Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, Amgen biotech company and Wells Fargo bank that forecloses on homes without notifying all those affected, demanding the most personal information from employees that has nothing to do with job performance or skill, and has the least transparency of USA banks.

The Americans involved said they had no intention of stoking a violent reaction. But the anti-gay bill came shortly thereafter. Some of the Ugandan politicians and preachers who wrote it had attended those sessions and said that they had discussed the legislation with the Americans. The Guardian is referring to a bill, which is still pending in the Ugandan Parliament, that would make homosexuality punishable by life in prison and, in some cases, execution. Numerous reports, including an in-depth investigation by Public Research Associates, established that the bill grew out of Ugandan legislators’ relationship with the U.S. Christian right, which has expanded outreach efforts throughout sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. (http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/01/uganda_gay_murder_us_evangelicals_must_take_responsibility.html).  Among those claiming that the Jesus of their bible demands the execution of abortion providers, homosexuals, and others they consider “against god” (in the mediaeval world, the term would have been “heretic”), Iowa is pre-eminent and a state to go from.

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9 responses to “Murder in the name of Christ

  1. Joe Besse

    There’s really nothing new under the sun, is there? The Europeans conquered the New World in the name of Jesus

    • stanJames

      And also in the name of Greed – the same thing we see in the republican – tea party and the corporate clowns who gave us the 2nd repub depression.

      Sometimes I think they really wanted it and helped it happen. To paranoid people.

      The collapse of the world economy (greed and ignorace driven ) open paranoided minds in Germany to any solution. Part of how hitler got elected.

      BTW hitler was catholic , embued with he hatred of Jews by the church. the rest is history.

      • Thank you for your reply. I hope you had time to read my blog entry on Adolf Hitler: it gives the citations and facts about Hitler being a Roman Catholic and how he saw himself as the right-hand of Jesus Christ, avenging the New Testament’s Jesus death.

  2. stanJames

    One particular comment thats missing, Hitler also opposed abortion. More soldiers for the Wehrmacht. He also saved the lesbians while he sent the gays to the ovens.

    Again more soldiers for the wehrmacht, and most likely more pleasures for the nazi elite.

    The hitlerites are back – in the guise of God.
    But they really are nothing new – HItler was a catholic, born and baptised such in Linz Austria in 1888,

    He often spoke of christian values, his speaches preserved in a book in one of the worlds great libraries. And as far as I can find, he has not yet been excommunicated. By a church that claims to protect life.
    And Benedict a couple years ago UNexcommunicated Bishop Williamson
    who si a holocaust denier / minimizer. NOt surprising since his earliest lessons were growing up in Nazi germany.

    His feeble excuse – I didnt know – for a man who has actually run the church for over 20 years while JOhn PaulII traveled. For a man who ran the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith – the successor to the Inquistiion.

    For a church that in 1933 concluded a concordant with Hitler that granted the church “religious freedom” – while agreeing to stay out of politics ,eg let the madman Hitler send the Jews, gays etc to the ovens .

    the bottom line on the catholic church is on the website

    http://nobeliefs.com/nazis.htm And you can find many other pix like it, some attested to by the US Holocaust museum.

    BTW the catholic church and the southern evangelical church claim to support life – their smokescreen for the worst of crimes against humanity.

    • Both the Roman Catholic church and the evangelical churches–especially the Wisconsin Lutheran Evangelical Synod (WELS) match Hitler–because Hitler follow the writings of various prelates and those of Martin Luther, a one-time Augustinian monk/priest who wrote to destroy all Jews, to kill all dissenters, and to take on the robes of religion. Religion has always been a bully club to beat down the dissenters. Thank you for your comment; I fully agree that the Roman Catholic and evangelical churches are responsible for more crimes against humanity than any other group.

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