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When religion triumphs over reason, faith, psychology, investigation, and research, learning dies

Calvin burns Servetus

Religion is a destructive and totally negative force in life as defined by all official “Church Fathers”, Protestant leaders, and emerging Muslim clerics.  John Calvin wrote: “We cannot think of ourselves as we ought to think without utterly despising everything that may be supposed an excellence in us.  This humility is unfeigned submission of a mind overwhelmed with a weighty sense of its own misery and poverty; for such is the uniform description of it in the word of God [i.e. the Bible]. (Johannes Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1928), p. 681.)

Lake of Fire adopted from Arabian mythology into Constantine’s Christianity (c. 335 CE)

The Calvinist faith, like the all Protestant religions, birthed in the sixteenth century, was a revision of the hell-fire and brimstone theology of the Roman Catholic Church that was dragged into the world 1200 years earlier.  The scattered closed communities of the followers of the Jesus captured in the numerous gospels–before they were decreed and canonized as four–had no need of anger or debasement.  With Constantine I at Nicaea, everything changed for the worse with horror and fear replacing peace and hope.

Threats of torments (200 BCE – 285 CE) a part of most world religions as pictured in this mosaic

Everything was bad in this world, and in this environment that mortals lived, people were plagued with temptations and anger.  All they could do was waiting impatiently for a better world (a “world to come” (עולם הבא) a term or phrase that appears nowhere in the Hebrew Bible)–promised, but one that never would come (Matthew 12:32, Hebrews 2:5, both written more than one generation after the Jesus of the New Testament had, according to various gospels, died).  Antecedents stem from older hieroglyphic writing and cuneiform inscription and are directed toward marginalized people as well as individuals who are seen as “opposing the will of god” or “defying the ruler” who usually was the same authority figure.

Acts of faith? Self-flagellation before crucifixion in The Philippines (2012 CE)

It was the impact of thinking of perdition, rejection, and self-abasement that made people willing to die in the folly of religious wars and suffer various forms of martyrdom in body and spirit as well as mind from enduring church-sanctioned torture of the Inquisition to self-flagellation and crucifixion—giving over to the terrorist tactics of ecclesiastical eunuchs preying for misery who determined rubrics of ritual and righteousness. With this hortatory hounding by the dogs of faith, the psychology of man was cannibalized carnivorously.  The strength of good intention was left circumspect for others to glean fruit from with ritualistic rapiers and capture and mutilate the essence of the original thinker.

John Calvin (Tyrant of Geneva)

John Calvin (French: Jean Calvin, born Jehan Cauvin: 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564), being trained as a humanist lawyer found his faith uncertain.  Wide fluctuations in the faith gave little stability to a man whose mind was fixated on absolutes.  He broke from the Roman Catholic Church in 1530, and causing an uprising by denouncing the religion of his parents, fled to Switzerland where he attempted to set up a Kingdom of God—a belief that many shared hoping that the Jesus of the New Testament would return to the water planet Earth with a sword to kill unbelievers (Matthew 10:34).

Michael Servetus (drawing c. 1509-1511)

To this end, Calvin, when he took over the canton of Geneva, agreed with the murder of Michael Servetus (also known as Miguel Servet, Miguel Serveto alias Revés, or Michel de Villeneuve and in Spanish as Miguel Serveto Conesa).   Servetus was born 29 September? 1509 or 1511 and was executed for questioning the existence of the Trinity, as he could not find Biblical evidence of this novel idea that originated in ancient Egypt, on 27 October 1553.  Servetus was an Aragonese cartographer, physician and theologian, but most damning to his contemporaries was that he was neither a loyal son of the Roman Catholic Church nor a believer in many of the pagan innovations within the Roman Catholic faith as he had become a Renaissance humanist who put mortals before mythology.  For this the Roman Catholic Church and all existing Protestant sects determined that he had to die.

Calvinist text used in Colonial New England schools

Vilifying Servetus was easy for Calvin who seldom had a kind word for anyone. Calvin was determined that he would be recognized as a priest of a god similar to the ones his parents had worshiped–but without the trappings of Rome and the papacy.  To accomplish this feat, Calvin revamped the concept of education, taking it backward in time, rejecting research and exploration, and identical to the Taliban (the singular is talib and must be translated as a theological student or a student at a religious Islamic school: طالبان .  Initially they were Afghans of Aghanistan–until 1993.  After 1993, the rigid Calvinistic-like religion of Muslim Taliban students of the Qur’an spilled over into Pakistan and spread like a noxious virus throughout the Muslim world with the primary purpose to keep the sexes separated–a goal of Calvin in his schools, and like Calvin stop the enjoyment of music, arts, and refined clothing).  Calvinists modified some of their austerity, but not the Taliban of the twentieth and twenty-first century who commanded that learning be based on and around and on the Qur’an as Calvin had demanded that his version of education be centered on the Protestant Bible and the articles of faith that he invented and wrote down to be printed.

Calvin’s adoption of faith was unique inasmuch as he was the center of that faith, although he always demurred before the godhead as the absolute sovereign.  His faith was monarchical without a shred of democracy anywhere–a prototype for evangelical extremists of today.  Calvin mused on his own “conversion”—giving two different accounts in conflict with one another.  Later in his life, John Calvin wrote two different accounts of his conversion that differ in significant ways. In the first account he portrays his conversion as a sudden change of mind, brought about by God. This account can be found in his Commentary on the Book of Psalms: “God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame, which was more hardened in such matters than might have been expected from one at my early period of life. Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, yet I pursued them with less ardour” (Calvin, J[ohn] J. Calvin, preface to Commentary on the Book of Psalms, trans. James Anderson, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1948), pp. xl–xli).

In his second account he speaks of a long process of inner turmoil, followed by spiritual and psychological anguish.  He wrote: “Being exceedingly alarmed at the misery into which I had fallen, and much more at that which threatened me in view of eternal death, I, duty bound, made it my first business to betake myself to your way, condemning my past life, not without groans and tears. And now, O Lord, what remains to a wretch like me, but instead of defence [sic], earnestly to supplicate you not to judge that fearful abandonment of your Word according to its deserts, from which in your wondrous goodness you have at last delivered me” (Gordon, Bruce (2009).  Calvin. New Haven, CT; London, England: Yale University Press, p. 34.)  The difference between the accounts strongly suggests that the epiphany was over a period of years, as contended by Ganoczy, Alexandre (1966) in his book Le Jeune Calvin. Genèse et evolution de sa vocation réformatrice, Wiesbaden, Germany: F. Steiner, p. 302.  He argues that Calvin conversion took place over several years and that it was not a biographical or chronological event. Many factors played a role: economic, social, family, and personal desires both mental and physical.

Rejecting oneself as “each person is a sinner and evil” requires separating the genders to avoid temptation.

By despising the self as Calvin chortled, the mind impoverished itself by failing to strike out and learn that which was forbidden or prohibited by clerics thriving fat on the ignorance of their followers.  Religion became a new form of authoritarianism, and the gods of each ontology became the symbol of power and force that shadowed the denizens of despair and death of individuality.

Priests, bishops, and the pope or patriarch of Orthodoxy became the sacrosanct soothsayers for deities clouded in marble and painted on wood, with saints who had been ancient gods clustered around them in whittled or chiseled relief.  The Führer—the beloved “father of his people” since 374 BCE—became the temporal overlord and determined everything from whom had sex with who and at what time (with the overlord frequently claiming the “right of first night” (droit du seigneur or jus primae noctis is found only in the literature of the 13th to 16th century in Europe, but there are no written laws or statutes that exist today to prove its authenticity, and is sourced only to the epic of Gilgamesh in 1900 BCE) to know that the woman was a virgin before handing her over to a waiting bridegroom), what was eaten by whom, what hours were worked, what taxes were collected, and when belfry bells tolled tidings that thought was to be forsaken, the individual self was to merge into a sterilized community of like-thinkers, and all pawns and serfs would grovel their way to the churches supported by flying buttresses as if the arms of each were holding up the roof so that the unseen god could perch like a bird and listen to praises of his divine name since he was uncertain if mortals truly knew his magnificence and glory.

The gods of the past were never strong enough to protect themselves.  They required spiritual warriors who would pick up swords and later shoulder guns to fight in defense of the names that mortals gave the deities to assure that conformity was (frequently masqueraded as with the Moors of fifteenth century Spain) devotion.

Caravansarai, ca. first half of 8th century BCE. Drawing on a potsherd of Yahweh and the goddess Asherah and her consorts (she would ultimately marry Yahweh).

The young calf nursing at the teat of the great cow became the Yahweh of future generations, and the bastard son of a young girl would be sacrificed on a poll in imitation of the would-be slaughter of another youth who was tied to an altar to prove his devotion to a god (Genesis 22:1-12, where the Jews claimed the youth was Isaac; in Islam, it is Ishmael, the first born of Hagar: Qur’an XXXVII: 100-107; the story is found in many ancient Semitic cultures including early Babylonia and Minæn) all became beams holding up the decaying timber supporting air that was the heart of religions.  The gods in each tale were not omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, nor unique. They were much like the great Arabian desert barbarian would punch his seven year-old bride in the chest for mirth and pleasure and laugh at her anguish and horror (Qur’an Sahih Muslim 4:2127).

Inbred into this are the false submission of matter or holy books over mind and the conduct of free inquiry that furthers the enslavement of the thought process behind a prison of contrived regulations and rules, commandments and pronouncements from pontiffs and pastors who demand uniform submission to the word of their particular god(s) (Erich Fromm (1941). Escape from Freedom. New York, NY: Farrer & Rinehart, p. 441 f).  The surrendering of personal prerogatives and rights to another is a sign of insecurity and masochism.  Self-renunciation was adopted by many as a means of pain, but by rejecting reality lead and continues to lead people into an unnatural world and a breakdown of human consciousness as pleasure and pain that are both motivators for the individual, like aging, agony and other normal experiences including death (that must be accepted as a part of living) leads to additional neurosis and further complicates adjustment to self and society (ref. Maudsley, Henry (1902), “Pain–life–death” in Life in mind & conduct: Studies of organic in human nature (pp. 394-435). London, Great Britain: Macmillan and Co. xv, 444 p).

John Wycliff (14th century) celebrated pain as surrender to god.

The antithesis of these mortal-created religions is humanism.  Humanism centers on the individual and the individual’s strength of mind, purpose, and being. A strict code or list of prohibitions of what can be read, studied, or done limits the individual and the individual’s growth toward personal self- actualization and contribution to society as a whole.  This idea was repugnant to Wycliffe (14th century translator of the Bible into English, and theologian), Calvin, Luther and other reformers, as well as the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, repeating the actions of the ultra-orthodox Jews who argued that life was a testing ground to show the individual’s worthiness for eternal life and to win the favor and forgiveness of the “fearful Lord” who was supreme judge and one who would cast the non-repentant into Hell to experience eternal damnation.

Modern psychology sides with the early humanist movement, but goes further. The individual, alone, develops a sense of power of reason, first to understand the self, then to comprehend those people near and far.  Truth is realized as limited, both in understanding the limitations on the self as well as the potentialities of the self, and reaches out to others in solidarity and friendship.

With the hand extended forward, not raised up in salute to violence as used in ancient Rome, the Second and Third Reich, or to invoke the despicable image of a means of torture, be it pillar, pole, or cross, the mind realizes strength and does not recede into a learned sense of powerlessness and subjection. Virtue becomes self-realization and self-actualization, not groveling in obedience to the whim or will of another: parent, sibling, teacher, governor, religious leader or would-be god of a cult.

Faith is not a memorized or read from catechisms or other holy texts of a brand or branch of theology.  Faith is internal and separate from sectarianism and sadism. Instead, the certainty of one’s conviction based upon experience of thought and action by the body attuned with nature that is the divine brings enlightenment and knowledge of the self and the rights of others.

The epiphany that a person experiences when he or she discovers the inward self arrives with joy and renewed quest for additional knowledge, not labored under a whip and chain plied to the torn skin in a frenzy of self-flagellation as was the custom of Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer who beat himself severely until his bathroom was anointed with his blood in a feigned sense of religiosity to purge his vile and venal thoughts of the flesh of young women in his quest to understand and create cult-practices in an elitist movement known as Opus Dei in the name of a false sanctity.  There are many priests, especially in Opus Dei, who justify, defend, and encourage physical mortification and abuse of the body, citing” “I pommel my body and subdue it” (1 Corinthians 9:27), but it is translated in Catholicism’s New American Bible as “I drive my body and train it” referencing to a spiritual, not physical, exercise.  It is the same with the Opus Dei credo that mistranslates other words of the legendary Saul of Tarsus: “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” (Colossians 1:24). The Opus Dei affirmations (read here and here and here being a call to give up personal values, interests, growth, and identity: read here) gave rise to Dan Brown’s historically accurate (although, as far as I know, there are no albinos in the mummery at least at this time) book The DaVinci Code (Brown, Dan (2003). The DaVinci Code. New York, NY: Doubleday) that is a measured account of the secretive organization, and its practice of self-flagellation that even Pope John Paul II practiced regularly.  Mortification of the body through starving, thirsting, or flagellation serves no good and causes paranoid behavior.  Many times such paranoia arises, especially among older people, who see personal physical abuse as tantamount to being in a war zone: this time an eternal war between good and evil. Psychologists have studied post-traumatic stress disorders especially among those returning from war fronts that the sufferer equates as being in a near Armageddon situation, and finds it difficult to relate to the traditional family or a more conventional life-style. The perceived evils of the earth and people on the planet are seen as being near to devils, and only by mortification can the PTSD find release from presumed entrapment (ref. Roberts, William R.; Penk, W. E.; Gearing, M. L.; Robinowitz, R.; Dolan, M. P.; Patterson, E. T. (1982). “Interpersonal problems of Vietnam combat veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.” doi. 10.1037/0021-843X.91.6.44. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 91(6), Dec 1982, 444-450).

Mortification and harm to the body is the sign of mental illness, and those who practice it out what they consider to be religious zeal, are excusing their masochism under the guise of religiosity.  Masochism is the surrender to a dominant authority, and when the authority is one in religion, the religion becomes a god by itself and the individual surrenders personal identity and individual growth.  Masochists seek to atone for transgressions by accepting abuse of any nature by anyone in a position of authority, especially in religion (ref. Inbar, Yoel; Pizarro, David A.; Gilovich, Thomas; Ariely, Dan (2012). “Moral Masochism: On the Connection Between Guilt and Self-Punishment.” doi: 10.1037/10029749. Emotion, September 17).  If the one being punished is attacked by the religious authority, the victim sees himself or herself as being a surrogate for the artificial Christ in Mel Gibson’s fantasy “The Passion of Christ” (ref. Hoffman, Thomas (2005). “Freud and Gibson: ‘A child is being beaten’ and the Passion of Christ”. doi: 10.1037/0736-9735.22.1.107. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 22(1), 2005, 107-112).  Such actions, especially being the subject of abuse or mortification, frequently are surrogates for repressed sexual desires, and lead to unbalanced thinking and the rejection of self-actualization and give way to masochistic fantasies and frequently have masochistic-themed dreams (cf. Silverstein, Judith L. (1994). “Power and sexuality: Influence of early object relations.” doi: 10.1037/h0079513. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 11(1), 33-46; cp. Bears, Michael; Cartwright, Rosalind; Mercer, Patricia (2000). “Masochistic dreams: A gender-related diathesis for depression revisited.” doi: 10.1023/A:10094800907418.  Dreaming, Vol 10(4), December, 211-219).

Giles Tremlett of The Guardian

Escrivá is a prime example of the Janus complex of faith, as detailed by British journalist Giles Tremlett, who wrote: “biographies of Escrivá have produced conflicting visions of the saint as either a loving, caring charismatic person or a mean-spirited, manipulative egoist” (Giles Tremlett, “Sainthood beckons for priest linked to Franco“, The Guardian (UK), 5 October 2002).  French historian Édouard de Blaye concurred with Tremlett’s analysis noting that Escrivá was a “mixture of mysticism and ambition” (Blaye, Edouard de. (1976), Franco and the Politics of Spain, Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, p. 262).  All

Escrivá with Pope John XXIII

biographers have noted that Escrivá labored to be a part of the world and exercise the strengths that he and his discipleship had, but remained torturously tied to Roman Catholicism that unleashed the schizophrenia in his mind, as Spanish architect Miguel Fisac, who was one of the earliest members of Opus Dei who remained close to Escrivá for nearly twenty years before breaking with him and Opus Dei, gave in his summation–a very different picture of Escrivá than what John Paul II wanted the public to read.

Miguel Fisac

Fisac painfully detailed the obscure mentality of what many considered to be a pious man who in secluded times and places and even at times in public was a vain, secretive, and ambitious man, given to private displays of violent temper.  Fisac wrote that this split personality lead the self-sacrificed soul to demonstrate or offer little charity towards others or genuine concern for the poor who he claimed he served and loved (Fisac, Miguel (1992).  “Nunca le oí hablar bien de nadie”, in Escrivá de Balaguer – ¿Mito o Santo? (Madrid: Libertarias Prodhufi).  Using this criteria, neither Escrivá nor John Paul II would qualify as saints.

While many theists attempt to make humanism a theology, it is not.  Humanism glorifies the magnificence of mortals and what they do for others, their community, and the world, for whom a god is not necessary.  When this is the case any and all gods are ignored along with the various strains of theology that support deities. At the same time, while not wishing to waste moments speculating on that which cannot be known or determined scientifically, humanists do not preoccupy their time with speculation for or against the existence of such a being as a god.  Like Stephen Hawking, the true humanist concentrates on what can be determined and see in such wondrous evolutionary epochs as the unrecorded time of the Big Bang, the emergence of black holes that consume stars and universes, and the unabridged expansion of the universe (Stephen W. Hawking (1990). A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantam Books; I am using the Spanish edition: Historia del Tiempo del Big Bang a los Agujeros Negros (trans. Miguel Ortuño, esp. p. 180-181, chapter 8 as the English edition is not available here).

“God” is but a symbol of the powers of the individual.  It is the individual who creates god, not god creates the mortal.

Stephen Hawking and Benedict XVI

Even though Pope John Paul II warned the renowned astrophysicist and Cambridge scholar not to research too deeply into the origins of the universe, the professor ignored the pontiff and continued his investigation–upsetting many in the Roman Catholic and other religious communities (read here and here).  Hawking quoted the pope as saying, “It’s OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God.”  Later, Hawking noted, no god was necessary to start the universe or anything within it. Gravity and collision did that. Hawking found a slightly more cordial greeting with Benedict XVI.  No friend of “modernism” nor liberty of the individual and individual thought, Benedict XVI, who has been charged with crimes against humanityat the World Court at the Hague, leagued with royalty as had past popes to silence dissent as with

Baroness Warsi meets Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: EYEVINE)

Baroness Warsi (the first female Muslim Cabinet member in the UK and leader of the Conservative Party who gave the Ratzinger a Qur’an) who has criticized the writings and speeches of Richard Dawkins and others.

Hans Kung, senior Swiss Roman Catholic theologian officially silenced by the Roman Catholic Church

The German pope has come out against those who differ with him, and demands obedience in all things, including the closure of schools and societies (such as the Society of St. Pius X), and has written a book on the infancy of Jesus–for which there are no historical records but is conjured from old myths and pseudo-apocrypha secreted in questionable Pseudepigrapha.  The German pope also wants to restore the Latin Mass (that had kept millions of people away from the worship service and sent millions more seeking a more modern responsive church) and a free standing altar (that permits priests to face the people), use of pop[ular] music and guitars, and banishing women from actively participating in the rites and rituals of the church and silence opponents, especially gifted scholars and researchers like Hans Küng who criticized the pope as isolated and out of touch with reality as did Cardinal Martini of Milan who told reporters that the Roman Catholic Church is 200 years out-dated; Küng furthermore accused Pope Benedict of direct responsibilty for “engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests“, and others who are still entitled to opinions no matter how wrong they are when faced with facts (cf. Küng, Hans (2007). Umstrittene Wahrheit. München, Deutschland: Piper, and Kung, Hans (1988). Theologie im Aufbruch: eine okumenische Grundlegung. München, Deutschland: Piper).

Benedict XVI crusades for a return to a pre-Vatican II church

Benedict’s attacks on free and universal education, secular education, and definition of who is qualified to teach further limits individual choice, the ability to conduct research unhampered, and the degradation of scholarly debate ending individual intellectual advances.  It is tantamount to returning to the days when the Roman Catholic Church tried Galileo for affirming the thesis of Copernicus, and marks the current pontificate as a return to the Dark Ages when god ruled cruelly over all people as a tyrant and not a benefactor or protector.

Hesiod: Theogony

Benedict uses outdated theology yet expects total conformity to what he has ordained as definitive, silencing dissent. Even the ancient Greeks recorded that the gods were created by mortals (Hesiod, Theogony).  Socrates did not believe in any god, but visited the Oracles as required by law–before Athens City Council demanded he die: drinking hemlock, on the charge of insulting the gods.

Mortals create gods to explain what they are too lazy to discover for themselves.  It is the irresponsibility of mortals, like most students who do not enjoy reading or read for knowledge, to seek the easiest escape from having to think.  Most people want a job with the least work, like students who do as little as possible to  obtain recognition (a degree or a position).  What is sought is immediate gratification that is sought out not a long-term enlightenment.  This occurs because teachers do not challenge students sufficiently.  Teachers do not constantly demand questions and answers from their charges for fear of dismissal, yet demand that their students pass rigorous state-sponsored examinations without having learned the information required.  This is the modus operandi of organized religion: follow others, do not question, just obey. Blind obedience by indoctrination is stifled propagandization and it is child abuse, regardless if the indoctrination is done by parent, teacher who makes a major impact on a student as the teacher is seen as the fountain of knowledge and corrupt the learning process (cf. Torrance, E. Paul; Mason, Raigh (1958). “Instructor effort to influence: An experimental evaluation of six approaches.”doi: 10.1037/hoo47830. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 49(4), Aug 1958, 211-218 and Torrance, E. Paul; Mason, Raigh (1958). “Instructor effort to influence: An experimental evaluation of six approaches.” doi:10.1037/h0047830. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 49(4), August, 211-218), military leader (Johnson, W. Brad; Wilson, Ken (1993). “The military internship: A retrospective analysis.” doi.10.1037/0735-7028.24.3.312. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 24(3), August, 312-318) especially when it is covert racism or pits race against its own ethnicity (Loo, Chalsa M.; Singh, Karam; Scurfield, Ray; Kilauano, Bill (1998). “Race-related stress among Asian American veterans: A model to enhance diagnosis and treatment.” doi:10.1037/ 1099-9809.4.2.75. Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Vol 4(2), 75-90), clergy, or others to insure conformism (Kuenzli, Alfred (1952). “Conformism in Contemporary Psychology.” doi:10.1037/h0053921. American Psychologist, Vol 7(10), Oct 1952, 594-595). Collective (or group) indoctrination, especially in the case of religion, can lead to selective or collective suicides, murders, rapes, and other acts of violence in times of conflict, war, and doctrinal disputations (Grimland, Meytal; Apter, Alan; Kerkhof, Ad (2006). “The phenomenon of suicide bombing: A review of psychological and nonpsychological factors”  doi:10.1027/0227- 5910.27.3.107.  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 27(3), 107-118).

Many students remain mere shadows of what potential they could have and become if they furthered the advance of their mind and worked to better their civilization by rejecting old gods and worn-thin truths to be responsive to new ideas and arguments.  Students at every age are eager to obtain a score that is recognizable and laudable, but few students have the willingness (although many do have the capacity) to study independently, read broadly and thoroughly, write copiously,  and question authority.  This is a reality learned as small children tied to priest, pastor, rabbi, mullah or other authority figures in the world’s religions as it is easier to memorize and repeat that which is expected than to proffer new concepts and dispute established facts.  Unfortunately leaders are seldom (if ever) examined for leadership qualities and sound psychology, as seen with the election of the last two popes and the first two presidents of the USA, most South American nations (especially in Perú),  or prime ministers in the UK, in the 1980-1990 period (cp. Lambert, Lisa Schurer; Tepper, Bennett J.; Carr, Jon C.; Holt, Daniel T.; Barelka, Alex J. (2012). “Forgotten but not gone: An examination of fit between leader consideration and initiating structure needed and received.” doi: 10.1037/a0028970. Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 97(5), Sep 2012, 913-930).

Ancient Assyria: home of the myth of Daniel

Authority figures, especially those who promise peace in times of conflict, or suggest that learning takes a different avenue when academic standards are diminished, know that it is easier to indoctrinate than educate, and for that reason all theologies and all religions start off with texts written by an authority figure (a deity, plural or singular): either with his/her/their hand or finger, as found in the Babylonian myth of Daniel and His Companions that was copied into the canon of the Old Testament (Daniel 5:5).  The account of lions was a symbol of ancient Assyria where a pair of lions were stationed at the entrance of an Assyrian temple dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of warfare, and fertility: Daniel was understood to be a portrayal of the people, and the lions guardians of sexuality and sexual pleasure.

The Ishtar gate (the Lion Gate) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon

The Daniel myth began as pornography but was later sanitized and made “wholesome” by adding subjection to the will of the gods (accepting sex) but was redacted in its present format hundreds of years after the original writing by Assyria’s mercenary soldiers (Apiru–who become the Hebrews) and was  later plagiarized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Book of Mormon (Alma 10:2-3).  Both tracts give answers that others refuse to speculate on: a mythological happening that has no proof and original documentation to support the story.  This leads to mental collapse rather than vigorous inquiry, as the student is exhausted quickly if not accustomed to the rigors and riches of real research that demands investigation, analysis, and projection.

Knowledge is both desirable and despised.  This truism has been recorded as a fact for over 5000 years, as learning has become private property of wealthy interests and education has transmogrified into elevating the id of ownership and partisanship over objectivity as seen in the dramatic case of the censorship of Hans Küng of Switzerland, and the rise of  pseudo-scholars such as Stephen C. Meyer, David Barton, Bob Vander Plaats, and other revisionists who lack any credentials.  Much of this temerarious in dishabille of education is because of the lack of desire to achieve more than what is expected; to this end trite and barren words are repetitively used, vocabulary is underdeveloped, thinking truncated to that which is accepted by authority figures, and the conduct of inquiry abandoned for a cheap and worthless grade.  This is especially true in languages, interpretation and translation courses, and the study of roots and origins of words and concepts.

In Genesis (3:4-5), “woman” (Arabic: امرأة, Greek: γυναίκα, Hebrew: אישה, Armenian: կին that refers to a helpmate), and later “man” (3:22; Arabic: رجل, Greek άνθρωπος, Hebrew גבר, Armenian մարդ) is promised knowledge but forbidden to sample it (eat the forbidden “fruit”–a word for obtaining an education–of the Tree of Knowledge). This is Teutonic (in the broad sense

Tree of Knowledge from an Assyrian cylinder, showing its god-priests

primordially antediluvian) religion: offering the temptation but rejecting any attempt to obtain what is extended by a Tempter or Temptress. The mythological Eve was actually the superior being (far surpassing the cowering man), arguing scripture (before it was written, thereby demonstrating that Genesis was written after the Torah so that “she” could incorporate parts within her debate) with the “Serpent” (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1982). Woman in ancient Israel under the Torah and Talmud, with a translation and critical commentary on Genesis 1-3. Mesquite, TX: IHP). The watchman faulted the man, reflecting the patriarchy of the time, but man, weak and obsequious to the authority figure blamed the superior and copacetic woman for the transgression that the Serpent knew would free mortals.

The Serpent, in all ancient religions, is the Guardian (and sometimes the author) of Knowledge.  The Serpent is the greatest of the gods for it is λογος , from λέγω lego “I say”: meaning the voice of god or wisdom–god was never considered in the earliest days a divine mortal but a teacher) than the garden keeper, or watchman, who walked through the garden in quest of delinquents who were stealing that which was forbidden: knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17, a reference to peace and strife or conflict: the unquestioning acceptance of gods or the rejection (conflict) with superstition that comes with ignorance from lack of learning and obtaining knowledge).

If the garden keeper was a god, that deity in the denizen of superior beings (man and woman) had no god-like characteristics but was more like the ancient pontifex maximus of pre-Republic Rome.  The watchman was not omniscience, omnipresence, or omnipotent.  At best the watchman was an interrogator in quest of information that the watchman failed to note.  The prowess the watchman did not possess belonged to the mortals who learned by “eating the forbidden fruit” that was, by various definitions: an apple (the fruit appears nowhere in Genesis, and its first use is in Proverbs 25:11 in referring to apples of gold in a setting of silver; more significantly, in the sexually charged and erotic Song of Solomon the apple is an erotic symbol indicating sweetness, desire, and the female breast), a pomegranate (going back to Greek mythology), a fig, the carob (the word is a pun for “destruction”), an etrog (in Hebrew a pun on ragag, “desire” or sexual arousement) or citron, grapes (that made Noah drunk and sin) and a pear, and, more recently, the datura and grapefruit; wheat is also denounced by some as a forbidden fruit as it was/is used in making beer and is khitah in Hebrew and thus a pun on khet, “sin” (Genesis 2:16-17;  however, in the Qur’an both Adam and Eve are considered equally culpable: Surah Al-A’raf 7:19-22): a euphemism for study, debate, dialog, and mastery of information.  This “fruit” (פרי a word for “result” or “gain” as in the obtaining of wisdom from the “Tree of Knowledge” another euphemism for “learning center” since a tree was the base and to advance in knowledge the student had to climb into the branches–taking a risk to obtain enlightenment) was only relinquished in exchange for a more placid and less commanding life that ignorance affords: no teachers, no debate, no dialog, no learning required, no questioning demanded; all that was necessary was blind obedience.

Iraq’s Garden of Eden marshes in 2003

The ignorance of the watchman (one of the many אֱלֹהִ֔ים) in the garden comes to fruition when the servant of the Serpent realizes that mortals no longer need a god (a trickster who offers mortals an immediate gratification rather than the ability and encouragement to progress to understanding) and conduct themselves as equal to any savant or sage such as the Serpent. This causes the guard to regret “creating” (actually watching after) mortals and in an hysterical fit vows vengeance and promises to erase all trace

Iraq’s Garden of Eden marshes in 2012 after they dried up.

of his mistake  (Genesis 6:5 ff) with a giant holocaust: a Great Flood.  The actual text notes that the Serpent god does not make mistakes:  The Serpent as the teacher instructs, debates and weighs what the student says.  It is the watchmen who fell asleep, misjudged the wards he was to oversee, and failed in numerous way (Genesis 3:9, proving the absence of knowledge by asking “Where are you?” as well as admitting the lack of omniscience and other godly attributes that come with learning).

Ur of the Chaldees outside of Eden (fertile crescent in Iraq)

It is only after the slaughter of the innocents in the Great Flood that the watchman steps down (Genesis 9:5, 11) and realizes that mortal are equals (Psalm 8:5, plagiarized by the writers of Hebrews 2:7).  This action takes place only after the mortals (people, not one man plus one woman–a mistranslation carried since 331 CE) questioning the watchman with the protestation of the Akkadian created myth of

People of Ur worshiped the moon and a golden calf

Abraham (from the Ur of Chaldees: (אוּר כַּשְׂדִים) in modern day Iraq) accusing the gardener/watchman of violating his own principles: “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25 KJV).

Even the ancient Jews knew that the Law was not written in heaven.  It was commonly understood that mortals wrote the Torah, not Moses, as no mortal could write of his own death and burial (Deuteronomy 3:23-29; Numbers 27:15-23), but by man.  This was forcefully articulated by Rabbi Jirmijahu who told a congregation of rabbis (teachers) that it was no longer essential to pay attention to the voices from heaven “because it is written: You make your decision according to the majority opinion.” (Talmud, Baba Meziah, 59b).

Humanism demands democratic methods, unlike the totalitarian plutocracy that the reprehensible Congresista Martha Chavez attempted to create as a permanent government in Perú for the scandalous rogue and mass murderer Alberto Fujimori, his graft-accepting colleague and chief spy and extortionist Vladimiro Montesinos, and their death squads of Las Colinas who murdered children, students and teachers without any compassion.  It surprised many that the thoroughly corrupt and contemptible Peruvian Supreme Court, led by the monstrously mercenary court President César San Martin, in a 3-2 decision, cut back their prison time in a distorted and unjustifiable act of compassion. The Perú court ultimately overturned its own ruling and annulled the diminution of the sentences after a public outcry.  What happened with justice in Perú proves that there is no justice in Perú until the people make their voices heard. Power, wealth, and authority speaks louder than fairness, ethical treatment, or responsibility for what is right for the churches in Perú control its politics, police, and government–the people of Perú are as impoverished today as were the Inkas after the arrival of Pizzaro and his band of Franciscans, Dominicans, and other cut-throats and brigands.

Jesus with weapons on evangelical mailings

Today the Christian churches have nothing in common with the teachings of the Jesus of the New Testament.  Simple statements such as “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) are smothered under the bellicose promises of Matthew 10:34: Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν; the Latin Biblia Sacra Vulgata reads: nolite arbitrari quia venerim mittere pacem in terram non veni pacem mittere sed gladium.   Religion has become an increasingly prevalent neurosis. Instead of enabling people to think and be freed from their own grief and self-abasement, the majority of early followers of Jesus who were poor Am aarez (slaves) the Imperial “catholic [universal] church” of Constantine I was reserved for the wealthy that continued to enslave the poor and rule over them as authority figures once they were entrenched as the guardians of the new state (military imposed)

Bible verses on USA military weapons

religion (325 CE).  Ultimately the authority figures claimed to be intercessors of Constantine’s god, the beginning of numerous lies pushed on the believers that culminated in the nineteenth century when at Vatican Council I, Pius IX was acclaimed a god: infallible, primary, and supreme in matters of faith and morals, removing the last of free will from the people and furthering the

British prelate Newman flip-flops on Infallibility

neurosis of those who claimed to be Roman Catholic.  Infallibility was heatedly contested, but papal politics played passionately among dissenters, many of whom won promotions and a few the cardinal’s hat.  Those who suffered were those struggling to understand reality through thorough investigation and study and did not accept the novel idea that a mortal was as infallible as a god. Dissent was not new in Constantine’s church, but the Doctrine of Infallibility intensified the debate that began in 325 CE at Nicaea.

First Council of Nicaea – 325 CE – Cannon 8 Concerns Cathars (the damned do not have halos)

After the notorious Council at Nicaea, the bishops began an open assault on dissent that would increase yearly to the present day.  The former pagan and later self-proclaimed bishop of Hippo: Augustine who had a child out of wedlock with a whore (and wrote to stifle intellectual growth, citing only established canons and writings that did not offend the empire, glorifying a city no one had visited and of which there was no empirical evidence, and harmonizing his rants with others who blasted dissent as attacks against the Imperial Church) attacked the monk Pelagius (ca. CE 354 – c. CE 420/440) an ascetic who opposed the idea of predestination championed by Augustine but received its greatest boost under the misrule of Jean Calvin in Geneva and John Knox in Scotland, and asserted a strong version of the doctrine of free will.

Pelagius of Wales

Pelagius, a tonsured Culdee Monk from the British Isles who was known as a dedicated ascetic,  was far more “Christian” than Augustine (cf. Pelagius. The Letters of Pelagius: Celtic Soul Friend; edited by Robert Van de Weyer. (Little Gidding books.) Evesham, UK: Arthur James, 1995, and Pelagius’s Expositions of the Thirteen Epistles of St. Paul; edited by A. Souter. (Texts and Studies; 9.) 3 vols. in 1. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1931 1: Introduction – 2: Text – 3: Pseudo-Jerome interpolations).  Pelagius argued that humans were not wounded by Adam’s sin (the eating of the fruit: the acceptance of knowledge) and were perfectly able to fulfill the law apart from any divine aid–a theme Augustine coveted and wrote at lengths on calling on “sinners” to perform good works (a thesis that Martin Luther would reject in the sixteenth century, when he followed Pelagius in arguing that all that a human needed was faith).  He denied the more specific doctrine of original sin as developed by Augustine, but was declared a heretic and felt the weight of the church crush him, while the writings of Arius were burned at the feet of the Emperor.

While Pelagius encouraged studying and intellectual growth (he was fluent in Greek, Latin, and theology, and was even called “saintly” by Augustine) to rid oneself of being robots to rigid religion, Augustine wanted blind faith and good works that increased the wealth of the church and set clerics apart from those they served.

Tridentine Index defined three basic classes of prohibited books

Burning books and silencing dissent is always the sign of tyranny–one that the Roman Catholic Church elevated to an art with its Index of Forbidden Books.  Censorship is not scholarship but a sign of a threatened institution determined to maintain its prerogatives and rule over others by lowering standards and forbidding true scholarship and the conduct of inquiry.  Discovery of the self, the very foundation of psychology and psychoanalysis, was forbidden and mortals have ever since 325 CE been commanded by priests and potentates to follow the rigorous writing of self-proclaimed leaders of “the church”.  The acceptance of definitive forms of censorship, such as book burning, is a collective adherence by an irrational society to drab and erroneous beliefs or doctrines and leads to the lowering of expectations, desires to advance, and rejection of sound scholarship that is especially true in nations and states under religious control (Jahoda, Marie (1956).  “Psychological Issues in Civil Liberties.” American Psychologist, 11, 1956, pp. 234-240).  While Donofrio concurs in part with Jahoda (Donofrio, Anthony F. (1957). “Conformity–Good and Bad”. doi: 10.1037/h0047469. American Psychologist, Vol 12(1), Jan 1957, 37-38), he attacks “liberals” as being nearly anarchists who reject all conformity in government, religion, and other places where rules maintain civility; this I disagree with because rules are valid only for specific times since eternality is not possible for any mortal and thus there must be revisions to constitutions, laws, applications, and so forth as time grows and with it there must be a modification, change, or deletion in rules (something that Antonin Scalia disagrees with emphatically, claiming that the wording of the Constitution of the USA is chiseled in stone and cannot be deviated from: a reason he, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, want to eliminate the 14th and 17th amendment from the US Constitution).  If rules do not change, then Jews, Christians and others who pattern themselves after the Torah and Prophets cannot eat shell fish, wear mixed fibers (such as rayon), and so forth. This will stifle society and intellectual growth.  Similarly, Drenth (Drenth, Pieter J. D. (1993). “Prometheus chained: Social and ethical constraints on psychology”. doi: 10.1027//1016-9040.4.4233.  European Psychologist. Vol. 4(4) December, 233-239), argues that the psychologist and other researchers do not have the freedom to amass knowledge at any price and without any restrictions.  Again, I disagree, as when knowledge is guarded, limited, denied, then society and individuals cannot intellectually, morally, or socially evolve to a high plateau.

In the early days of reformed Judaism that had been the faith of those who proclaimed themselves followers of Jesus, presbyters and women priests nourished and watch grow a strong anti-authoritarian principle especially against political power rejected the “church.  This changed in 325 CE, when bishops were ordered to be men (although there were women bishops in the Roman Catholic Church as late as the fifteenth century) and the term “church” was not used by the embryonic community.  The earliest followers of Jesus referred to their meeting places in gardens, alleys and private homes as αρχοντικού, Κυριάκος (lord’s house) where meetings were held to celebrate life (Matthew 18:20), not to recite prayers and endow the pockets of priests and bishops. What few records exist, these followers were more humanists than religious disciples, as their goal was to help the poor, feed the hungry, give drink to those who had thirst, comfort those who grieved, and fulfill the injunctions given in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  All that mattered was that they loved each other regardless of gender or other outward qualifiers (John 13:34-35: [34] ἐντολὴν καινὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους, καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους. [35] ἐν τούτῳ γνώσονται πάντες ὅτι ἐμοὶ μαθηταί ἐστε, ἐὰν ἀγάπην ἔχητε ἐν ἀλλήλοις).  Marriage was a private celebration and not a part of the church; sacraments had not yet been defined.  What counted was to be charitable with and toward all people.  There was no rush to martyrdom–that is a later invention; there was no priestly hierarchy (Matthew 20:16) and there was no pope.  Emphasis was on each person reaching his or her fullest potential.

While the early Jesus communities in Rome, Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria, and elsewhere were satisfied with meeting in Κυριάκος (homes filled with the lord [spirit]), with the rise of an exclusive and exclusionary state religion it became “church” or εκκλησία.  Church/ecclesia meant “gathering of those summoned” and represented a court or at least an assembly or law court/government as found in ancient Sparta and other Greek states, Rome and throughout the Roman Empire.  With the formal support of the Emperor, the “church” (ecclesia: εκκλησία) was elevated to novel level of being where “bishops” sat (cathedrals) to sit in judgment against heretics—in total contradiction to Matthew 7:1 and Acts 10:34.  By 331 CE, any semblance of Christianity to the teaching of Jesus were obscured, transmogrified, or deleted.  Books, scrolls and tracts denouncing the abandonment of the message of the New Testament Jesus were publicly burned.  Those who dared question the authority of the Church faced Socrates fate by state or church.  Numerous popular and widely copied and read gospels were refused canon (authenticity) including major gnostic works: Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Peter, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and so forth.

As the church grew in power, freedom diminished, and popular delusions, illusions, hysterics and signs of mental illness appeared with “talking in tongues” that were gibberish and not the Glossolalia in the Jerusalem community where the brothers of Jesus followed the beloved brother James and their mother, Mary, sat with the Apostles in the upper room and received (or realized) the ability to “speak in the tongue of each person who had gathered” with them (Acts 2:1-11).  The “descent of the Spirit” was an opening to learning, in this case simple language so that all people could understand (The Greeks recognized five languages but 70 “tongues” or dialects–so the speaking was not difficult as most of the people understood some form of Greek; it was similar to an elementary language course at most universities).  The Church in Rome created a new universal language–Latin–that few of the poor or those enslaved understood: it was the lingua franca (or working language of the wealthy that kept them apart from the people), and thus the Mass became a “mystery rite” and the sacraments were born where blind faith was required if a person was to be saved.

With this reinvention of religion as a rope to strangle dissenters—an act that took place regularly with state sanction.  All aspects of divinity were exchanged for writs of power and tyranny.

Constantine’s Christianity quickly became an exercise in mind control.  Constantine’s bishops and priests theological terrorists demanding blind obedience in everything, similar to the autocracy of John Nienstedt bishop of St Paul / Minneapolis, and the German Pope Josef Ratzinger.

As the minority (the new Christians) gained in power, the masses of believers were forced into subjection.  This subjection led to the spread of acute mental malaise.

Worship became a punishment if prayers were not recited carefully and according to religious rubrics.  Striving to select one’s own destiny was forbidden under penalty of death (a penalty realized with the forced introduction of the unholy Inquisition, that was abandoned until it was restored by Joseph Ratzinger (read here and here  and here and here).

Individuals became dependent upon the Roman Catholic Church for everything from food and drink to psychological comforting from sadistic and dominating authoritarian structures.  Given the impoverishment of the economy the early reformed Jews accepted the novel title of “Christian” (a word that suggested a magician) and role of masochists bowing to the greater authority of bishops who replaced presbyters and with their submission accepted their own mental collapse to the point of losing basic motor skills including speech as speech was not welcomed unless voices were raised in prayer and praise.  The poor were told that Jesus wanted people to follow a man, misquoting a mistranslation of Matthew 16:18, and relate only to the power source: priests and bishops.

Giving up the need to relate oneself to and with others is a classic form of insanity (Erich Fromm (1950). Psychoanalysis and Religion. (New Haven, CT and London, England: Yale University Press, p. 54).  This classic form of insanity, the inability to relate to others outside of the self, led to the invention of saints and the worship and adoration, clothing and anointing, bestowing of flowers upon or around statues of various people the official church considered holy.  Many of these were declared to be “virgins” (a mistranslation of people who had not engaged in coital intercourse; the word means a young girl or a young boy in most situations–as with Mary the mother of Jesus, who the church Greek styles as παρθένος and is later styled Μήτηρ Θεοῦ or Mother of God, a term originally used 3000 years earlier as a reference to the goddess Isis)–who had other sons (Acts 1:14) disproving the claims that Mary remained “ever virgin” (Coogan, Michael (October 2010). God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (1st ed.). New York, NY and Boston, MA: Twelve. Hachette Book Group. p. 39; Tabor, James D. (2006). The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity. New York, NY and other cities: Simon) & Schuster, pp. 46-47, 73-75 sqq). Sex is a part of the psychology or all living beings; the Christian God is conceived of as a God of love, and chastity and continence are regarded as states of perfection, yet sexual fulfillment and experience is a part of self-actualization and leads to a normal and psychologically balanced life as there exists a connection between the emotions of affection and love, on the one hand, and sexual activity on the other; to that end Moses and most of the Prophets had wives and sex, and led to Coptic writers of the fourth century CE to pen that Jesus had a wife.

Sex is a normal function and experience for all people.  To deny anyone sexual expression and pleasure is tantamount to denying its normality and claiming sex is abnormal and dangerous to the psyche of the individual (Leuba, James H. (1924). “The sex impulse in Christian mysticism”. doi: 10.1037/hoo65o91. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, Vol 19(4), January 1924, 357-372).  A reading of St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castlereveals

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Teresa, 1645-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

subliminal references to sex as with her comment “my heart was pierced and I felt strangely warmed” (a phrase used later in Wesleyan theology) that the sculpture Bernini captured in marble.  The Interior Castle also has the pregnant line: “Here also forces of evil are felt more deeply” with illustrative phraseology defining penetration. Studies show that the younger the person is who engages in sex tends to have a negative attitude toward sex if it was abusive or unwelcomed by a older person/parental figure, and lowers psychosocial adjustment in selected domains in young adulthood and inhibits educational quests and mastery of attaining knowledge (Haase, Claudia M.; Landberg, Monique; Schmidt, Christoph; Lüdke, Kirsten; Silbereisen, Rainer K. (2012). “The later, the better? Early, average, and late timing of sexual experiences in adolescence and psychological adjustment in young adulthood.”doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000082. European Psychologist, Vol 17(3), 2012, 199-212).  The only plausible excuse to avoid sexual intercourse is if the penetration was traumatic and unwelcomed (Petry, Nancy M.; Ford, Julian D.; Barry, Danielle (2011). “Contingency management is especially efficacious in engendering long durations of abstinence in patients with sexual abuse histories.” doi: 10.1037/a0022632. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 25(2), Jun 2011, 293-300); there is no record in any sanctioned gospel that Mary approved or rejected the sexual advance of god (similar to the rape of Europa by the god Zeus in the form of a bull, etc.) and follows numerous far older legends from Crete to Egypt and the Middle East.  To deny the reality of sex and its desirability is to reject the psychology of mortal beings.

By cherishing the virgins, lkerwanderung (wandering, or migration, of the peoples), and enforced celibacy, Europe nearly extinguished itself until the absence of labor forces required the church to reinvent the rubric on celibacy and chastity only for those men and women who took positions in the church hierarchy (holy orders)—even though there were no less than 38 married popes (Jean Mathieu-Rosay (1991).  La véritable histoire des papes. Paris, France: Grancher; Rendina, Claudio (1983).  I Papi, Storia e Segreti: dalle biografie dei 264 romani ponteficirivivono retroscena e misteri della cattedra di Pietro tra antipapi, giubilei, conclavi e concili ecumenici. Roma: Newton & Campton, p. 589), and at least eleven homosexual popes, many of whom raised their male lovers to the cardinalate (Burkle-Young, Francis A., and Doerrer, Michael Leopold (1997). The Life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte: A Scandal in Scarlet, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen). Education declined with the rise of scriptorum that copied deteriorating texts and inserting words, phrases, and sentences that were out of character with the author and now found to be falsifications by contemporary scholars, as with the claim by the Roman Catholic Church that Tacitus argued for the person Jesus of the New Testament, and other ancients, such as Josephus, gave evidence to support the existence, life and ministry of Jesus.  Education further deteriorated with emphasis on memorizing the Bible, and the rejection of science, mathematics, and secular arts (Pierre Riché, Education and Culture in the Barbarian West: From the Sixth through the Eighth Century, (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1976), pp. 100-129, 307-323).

Rationalize behavior is the counterfeit of reason and is a form of paranoia.  Rationalization has no place in psychoanalysis or psychology as it denies some facts and taints others thereby not giving a true picture of what happened or what the mind was thinking.  People, like cattle, follow a leader; this is known as herd psychology and is a form of mental illness as the German people exhibited from 1933 to 1955 spanning the years of Hitler whom most ignored but did understand what was happening—and said nothing.  With racism rampant in the USA, people excused the KKK not for excess but for outcome: the slaughter of Black people, Jews, LGBT people, and marginalized minorities (Brown, S. (1921). “The herd instinct”. doi: 10.1037/h0072279. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology,Vol 16(4), October-November, 232-242.; MacCurdy, J. T. (1921). “Synthetic view of ego, herd, and sex instincts”. doi: 10.1037/h0075069. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, Vol 16(4), October-November, 249-268.  Also see the problems of collective behavior: Swann Jr., William B.; Jetten, Jolanda; Gómez, Ángel; Whitehouse, Harvey; Bastian, Brock (2012). “When group membership gets personal: A theory of identity fushion”. doi: 10.1037/a0028589. Psychological Review, Vol 119(3), July, 441-456. The problem with collective behavior is the character (strength and weakness) of the leader, as detailed by Johnson, Russell E.; Venus, Merlijn; Lanaj, Klodiana; Mao, Changguo; Chang, Chu-Hsiang (2012). “Leader Identity as an Antecedent of the Frequency and Consistency of Transformational, Consideration, and Abusive Leadership Behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0029043. Journal of Applied Psychology, Jun 25 , 2012).

Both psychoanalysis and psychology are applicable to an understanding the facts as they occur and in the order that they occur.   When a person attempts to rationalize behavior it is essential to minutely investigate the rationalization to obtain a complete understanding of the individual and what happened.  This seldom occurs, and mental illness grows especially among those most hate-filled, such as the Tea Party, the Birthers and the men and women who are violently anti-Latino/Latina in Arizona in the twenty-first century and are opposed to all Middle Easterners as if they all were Muslims and jihadists.  The psychoanalytic approach to religion must work at understanding mortal reality behind thought systems. It must understand emotional matrices from which opinions develop and determine the strength or weakness of those opinions.  Rick Perry’s mass hysteria at his Day of Prayer shows the significance many feel when they are a collective group and cannot be held responsible for what they do or how they act.

Many of those who are preoccupied with concepts of the soul declare that they find living difficult.  This is a reflex towards uncertainty and the fear that if they live in any way that is not ordained by religion they will go to some imaginary uncomfortable place such as purgatory or hell—which for those in hot lands is a place of eternal fire, but in winter-cold lands is a place of ice.

Pope Paul V forced Jews into a ghetto that flooded regularly

Jews were especially singled out as “Christ killers”.  Jews were restricted to ghettos (the giudecca), work variances at lower wages, and discussion with Christians (save for the “opportunity of conversion”–which many did to escape drudgery of life and poor living conditions, but continued their Jewish celebrations at night in the darkness of their homes and in whispers). The papal Bull Cum Nimis Absurdum created a second ghetto known as Vicus Iudacorum in Rome, consisting of a few narrow, dirty, and unhealthful streets that soon became painfully overcrowded.  The ghetto was an intentional, understood by the pope and curia, and the Christians of Rome as a death trap as it was flooded each year by the Tiber.  As the Jewish population grew, the only way to accommodate it was to build taller and taller buildings, which shut out the light in the narrow streets.  The Jews were restricted from learning as learning was memorizing the New Testament (primarily the writings of Paul), but in the evenings, Jewish families read and recited the Torah (first five books ascribed to Moses created the preface for the Old Testament; they are followed by the writing/sayings of the later Prophets).  On the Jewish Sabbath, the Jews of the Rome ghetto were forced to hear Catholic sermons and recite Catholic prayers under penalties ranging from excessive fines and beatings to death of the one not praying and his or her family.  With the advent of Protestantism (that also turned against the Jews), the corpus Christianorum (body of all believers in Christ [Jesus]) became even more violent and exclusionary toward Jews, with Pope Paul V(17 September 1552 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, issuing, on February 26, 1569, the Bull Hebraeorum gens sola. This nefarious document restricted Jews in the Papal States to Rome and Ancona.  Hebraeorum gens sola was made more painful with the printing of Caeca et Obdurata Hebraeorum perfidia – (Blind and obdurate is the perfidy of the Hebrews) of February 25, 1593.  It expelled the Jews from all Papal states and territories other than Rome, Ancona and Avignon, and in particular from Bologna and several other cities.  Similar assaults on the Jewish population of Europe occurred in the North, as seen in the open hatred and antisemitism of Martin Luther and his preamble to the writing and legislation of Adolf Hitler:  Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies) and Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ), being under the convert to Christianity, Anton Margaritha, who wrote the grotesque (a word that originated in ancient Greece as κρυφό (hidden place) that took the definition of κρύπτη  (crypt, meaning dark and forbidding) book Der gantze Jüdisch Glaub (The Whole Jewish Belief) whose book was discredited in 1530 leading to Margaritha’s expulsion from the Empire–but Luther used it anyway in the same manner Hitler used the works of Luther with the purpose of retrenching and destroying the conduct of inquiry similar to that of Bryan Fischer and the Tea Party in the USA that champions the unhistorical works of David Barton who has had no formal education in history, and the pseudo-science of Stephen C. Myer and his Intelligent Design Institute.

Hitler was supported by many western powers, including the United Kingdom and the USA with US Senator Prescott Bush helping to finance Hitler’s death camps (read here and here).  The UK refused refuge to Jewish emigrants, and boarded many on planes to Warsaw, Poland where they were arrested and sent to death camps.

While Europe was marginalizing Jews and proceeding down the path of ignorance, the same Jews, along with Muslims (who were Christians by day) maintained many ancient texts, including Plato and Aristotle along with Greek mathematicians and scientists, that the Roman Catholic Church was damning and consigning to the flames to erase “pagan influences” (Lebedel, Claude (2006), Les Croisades, origines et conséquences, Editions Ouest-France, p. 109).  For this reason, the Jews and Muslims of Europe rose to be the intellectual class, and by the seventeenth century began to number among the greatest authorities and authors of the age leading into the Age of Enlightenment from Baruch Spinoza (he later changed his name to Benedict de Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) to .

What is essential is to enable the person distressed by the “difficulties of life” to understand that life is what the individual makes of it and how the individual perceives life.  In most cases, these difficulties are the result of an irrational fear of death—a fear generated by an uncertainty that there is a life after death even though the individual religious adherent professes to believe in a heaven or other-worldly place. To conquer this fear is to engage in a discussion on whether or not such a positive or negative place can be proven, and whether or not the test or provability even has value for living today.  Too many people suffer dread from that which no one has proof and that which cannot be proven.

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Threat of John Nienstedt and the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops to America, Democracy and Freedom

John Nienstedt, agent of a foreign government intent on overthrowing democracy in the USA

John Nienstedt, the Minnesota pedophile-protecting archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis who spoke out demanding that the maximum monetary damage be set at $64,000 for convicted clergy pedophiles (knowing Father David Roney was a pedophile and did nothing to stop the priest nor shield those the priest attacked), now guards the tortured traumas of Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who rants against lesbians and the LGBT community, recently told a mother who asked him to be civil and accept her gay child, that she might join her child in hell (a place that John Paul II rejected, calling Hell a state of mind, but the German pope restored as an eternal place of suffering) if she does not embrace the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality.  The predatory prelate penned pathetically a letter that read, in part:  “Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic,” Nienstedt wrote the mother a letter

Nienstedt’s letter to mother telling her she will go to hell.

“Catholics are bound in conscience to believe in this teaching. Those who do not cannot consider themselves to be Catholic and ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.”  

In 2007, Nienstedt actually breyed: “”[those] who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts… formally cooperate in a grave evil, and… are guilty of mortal sin”. Not all priests agree with their leader.  Father Bob Pierson, an openly gay priest in Collegeville, told 200 Catholics in Edina they should vote with their conscience, not the Archbishop, if they don’t support the same-sex marriage ban.

Roman Catholics in Minnesota abandon the mind-control sought by Nienstedt by voting their conscience in 2012

Many Roman Catholics in Edina, St. Paul, Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota declared their independence of the draconian Nienstedt.  They expressed their opposition to the tyrant’s threats and put signs in their yards that expressed their values–and not those of the predator in St. Paul.

In defending his opposition to same-sex marriage and other basic human and civil rights, Mr. Nienstedt’s letter proves that the clerical leader has no knowledge of the Jesus of the New Testament. The letter further demonstrates that the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church has no relationship or reference to the message of the canonical Gospels or to the man hailed in those Gospel: Jesus. 

The Roman Catholic Catechism is, at best, a specious, sophistical study.  Nienstedt claims that it reflects the message of Jesus, but a scholarly study of this equivocal diaskeaus compendium shows that any similarity is superficial at best and blatantly bogus in fact.  For example, Jesus never judged anyone, not even the publicly denounced adulteress related in John 8:7.  No where does Jesus condemn alcohol or drunkenness (he was accused of being a drunkard in Luke 7:33-34), and in fact turned water into wine (John 2:1-11, a common ritual especially for magi[cians] from Egypt who toured the Middle East carrying bowls on which were written the characters Christus) as unions between people were celebrated with heavy drinking and debauchery. Furthermore, as Matthew (it is from this gospel that the myth of a papacy is taken: Matthew 16:18) 7:1 clearly and forcefully presents Jesus forbade anyone from judging another mortal. Nienstedt, like the rest of the Roman Catholic bishops conveniently forgets this passage, proving that the pathetic pulpiteer pretender in St. Paul/Minneapolis is not only a fractional follower of the Jesus of the New Testament, but shows no signs of ever having studied the canonical Gospels, nor the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. 

Nienstedt’s knowledge of the ancient language is nonexistent.  His pretense at scholarship is silent as a dead door knob that shuts out scientific investigation.  This is clearly seen in his doctoral dissertation entitled, Human Life in a Test-tube; the Moral Dimension of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (Roma : Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis. Academia Alfonsiana. Institutum Superius Theologiae Moralis, 1985; 321 p.).  Nienstedt’s polemic shows a distain for medicine, science, and investigation.  It is a religious posturing of the worse sort and lacks all scholarship.

Nienstedt’s marginal managing of scripture is legendary, showing no familiarity with  Acts 10:34: Ἀνοίξας δὲ Πέτρος τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ εἶπεν· Ἐπ’ ἀληθείας καταλαμβάνομαι ὅτι οὐκ ἔστι προσωπολήπτης ὁ Θεός or aperiens autem Petrus os dixit in veritate conperi quoniam non est personarum acceptor Deus,. or any other reference to charity (e.g. 1 Corinthians 13).  As if he were elected to the post of a god, Nienstedt openly judges, cavalierly condemns and superciliously sees a conflict between authority and obedience, both of which he argues are absolutes and in his personal domain.

Mr. Nienstedt demonstrates fallacious synthetic scenarios of how far mortals can devolve into preying monsters rattling rosaries made from the torn and twisted dreams of many while mangling messages mouthed menacingly against others in the quest to deny human freedom or civil rights to those who need succor and amelioration not theological torture and torment that trends throughout Roman Catholic Church history.  This impious prelate’s draconian DVD is a barbaric bastardized attack on the sexual rights of individuals is tantamount to his dissertation: every sperm is sacred, as if he were a ghost writer for Monty Python.  The Jesus of the New Testament made no comment, did not utter one word on sex, and never sanctified or define marriage in any manner as grotesque as those bible pounders and bully pulpiteers from the beginnings of the self-serving sycophant and fawing parasite Billy Graham, the original Elmer Gantry–who scrubbed clean his aspersionson the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day

Billy Graham’s 2005 condemnation of Mormons

Saints that he equated to being a cult, to Richard Land and the Council of Roman Catholic Bishops in the USA.  Graham’s hatred for those who do not toe his dictatorial demands are damned as sinners, reprobates, and worse–as if he were the dictionary for gutter-mouth Rush Limbaugh, but he cannot top the salty sentences and fractured fanaticism of the St. Paul troglodyte (the τρωγλοδύτης σπηλιά from which Nienstedt emerged in 1985).

The Star-Tribune profiled the anti-gay marriage debate in Minnesota, one of four states that will have marriage on the ballot in November. The article in the main Minnesota paper notes that Mr. Nienstedt had crossed over the threshold established by the Internal Revenue Service on what a charitable institution can do. 

Neinstedt rallying evangelical extremists against civil rights 2012

Mr. Nienstedt and the evangelical extremists whom he has contacted in his war on human rights has committed more than $650,000 in church money—in direct violation of IRS code  § 508(c)(1)(A) against meddling in a political movement (and tearing down the wall separating state and church). Nienstedt repeatedly has stitched defiance of federal laws concerning behavior of organizations that strike out against democracy by sewing together a coalition of leaders from other faiths while exerting all his power within the church to press Minnesota’s million-plus Roman Catholics to back his attack on people.

This is the same maneuver as used by Adolf Hitler to weigh in with his toppling German democracy at the end of the 1930s.  Nienstedt argues that civil rights are not for everyone–only those who agree with him.

An avowed agent for the supremist government of Vatican City over that of the government of the USA, Nienstedt, like many evangelical extremeists, is intimately involved in working to overthrow the basic principles and premises of the Constitution of the USA that guarantees that all people are be treated equally following the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment—so that no one is enslaved as are those Nienstedt opposes: the LGBT community, heterosexuals who want a baby but cannot have one “in the traditional manner as ordained by [g]od”, and those who do not fit into rabid religiosity that Mr. Nienstedt demands. Their bully pulpit’s billy club is the multi-redacted specious ersatz bible, their attack is their mind crippling sermons, and their goal is mythological Matthew 10:34 (added at a later date but one verse that all prayer warriors hail as authentic) that crystalizes on putrescent platforms more in keeping with theaters than the mutilated, misconstrued message of Jesus on prayer (Matthew 6:6: σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι (the Latin Vulgate is: tu autem cum orabis intra in cubiculum tuum et cluso ostio tuo ora Patrem tuum in abscondito et Pater tuus qui videt in abscondito reddet tibi, while those who openly steal from Latino/a Christians seldom read Pero tú, cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cuando hayas cerrado la puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto, y tu Padre, que ve en lo secreto, te recompensará as it would cost them their royalties and rich life style; the myth in Luke 16:19–31 comes from older antecedents, including Jewish and ancient Egypt–see The Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8 (New York: Abingdon Press), p. 290, and Bauckham, Richard (1998). The fate of the dead: studies on the Jewish and Christian apocalypses. Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill, p. 101).

Minnesota is the only state seeking to ban same-sex marriage in its constitution in 2012 (other states did that at earlier dates), and Nienstedt is working closely with other treacherous theological benighted traitors to the USA: the odious opportunistic Council of Roman Catholic bishops and clergy leagued with marginalized cults and their ludicrous leaching leaders transuding thought in the states of Washington, Maine, and Maryland where the people are seeking to legalize marriage equality.

Guilty of money laundering, Nienstedt does not report the tremendous amounts of cash he has received surrepititiously from NOM and various other certified hate groups, including the The American Family Association, Focus on the Family, and iniquitous institutions working to overthrow democracy in the USA.

As the Star-Tribune reported: “Nienstedt is not a new disciple to the traditional marriage campaign.”.  Nienstedt has a long and sordid, solid, and strangling history of opposition to human rights. For example, as the Star-Tribune detailed:  In 2006, as bishop of the diocese of New Ulm, Mr. Nienstedt mobilized Catholics to send postcards to lawmakers urging them to support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  His church paid for the cards and postage from private tithes of parishoners who had marked the money for use in repairing the church and other institutional needs: not one gave money to launch the genocidic war Nienstedt invisions.  Neinstedt’s using contributions as if they were his own furthers the criminal culpability of the German Pontifex Maximus (a title for ancient Roman war emperors who took on the role of high priest of the state in charge of keeping the gods peace while wearing golden bee-hives symbolic of their strength; this title remained secular until 375 CE, and in the East it was known as ἀρχιερεὺς μέγιστος), Josef Ratzinger, who has struck out as he did when a Nazi Youth, to destroy personal prerogatives and human rights.

Not long after he was patrimonially promoted to archbishop in 2008, Mr. Nienstedt ordered an end to the gay pride prayer service at St. Joan of Arc.  The medieval Roman Catholic Church accused the “Maid of Orleans” of being a lesbian at her trial since she wore the clothes of a man.  This act was seen by English prelates as a sign of cross-dressing that was denounced because of a misreading of  Deuteronomy 22:5.  Joan’s judges, who were much like Nienstedt, ridiculed Joan for her difformitate habitus (degenerate clothing) and the fifteenth century accounts skirt on the issue of transvestitism.  Joan was bullied by the breiers of Rome for such alleged but unproven charges even during her execution by fire. 

The Roman Catholic Church in Minneapolis that had become embittered with tart and tangled traditions forfeited the backing of more contemporary clerics who understood the benefits of diversity.  They stood silent, however, as the war on human rights fired out of the maniacal magnum mouth of the homophobic psychopathic prelate (cp. Poteat, V. Paul; O’Dwyer, Laura M.; Mereish, Ethan H. (2012). “Changes in how students use and are called homophobic epithets over time: Patterns predicted by gender, bullying, and victimization status”, doi: 10.1037/a0026437; Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 104(2), May 2012, 393-406).  Most who are as homophobic as Nienstedt, who labor to hide homophobia behind a stained curtain of self-righteousness and religiosity, are actually afraid that their own homosexuality will become apparent (cf. Stotzer, Rebecca L.; Shih, Margaret (2012). “The relationship between masculinity and sexual prejudice in factors associated with violence against gay men”, doi: 10.1037/a0023991; Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), Apr 2012, 136-142. Special Section: Recent Research on Gay and Bisexual Men) as seen not only in Nienstedt but especially in such rabid anti-LGBT people as Maggie Gallagher and Billy Graham.  Homosexuality has been the whipping boy for contemporary 20th-21st century Christianity, whereas in the introduction of the Christian Church created at Nicaea in the fourth century CE, it was an assault of “effeminancy” and “inverted” sexuality.  Anti-LGBT tirades, such as those by Gallagher and Bryan Fischer, Pentecostal, Southern Baptist and Mormon leaders frequently lead to suicides that the religions deny are the result of intolerant faiths, especially among the Mormons and Pentecostals. Only with parental support, as in the case of the mother defending and seeking support for her child, does the chance of suicide as a result of bullying lessen (cf. Poteat, V. Paul; Mereish, Ethan H.; DiGiovanni, Craig D.; Koenig, Brian W. (2011). “The effects of general and homophobic victimization on adolescents’ psychosocial and educational concerns: The importance of intersecting identities and parent support”, doi: 10.1037/a0025095; Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 58(4), Oct 2011, 597-609).

Before the 2010 election, Nienstedt sinisterly defied IRS code against church being involved in political affairs by leading a move to send DVDs opposing same-sex marriage to 400,000 Catholics in Minnesota.  He rabidly took a staring role in speaking out against human freedom by giving a six-minute introduction. He was hailed as if he were a new messiah (from the Aramaic word meshiha that means “anointed” and “warrior”), and exposed the duplicity of the Roman Catholic Church and the venal, viciously self-serving American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops in breach of federal laws.  There is no given answer why the IRS tolerates the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops and has not yet expelled the bishops from the USA, even though there remains a growing abundance of evidence that the bishops are foreign agents of a subversive country intent on transmogrifying the laws and judgments of courts created by the Constitution of the USA.

Nienstedt’s continuing attacks on personal freedom, human and civil rights reached the nadir in his attack on a mother who was defending her child. It seems as if the suffragan would have squealed with delight if he could have gone after the New Testament Mary while making sport beneath the cross where her son was hung as congregants rallied around to hurl bullying insults and protestations in anticipation of one more death.  Nienstedt has proven himself to be the greatest of all bullies in Minnesota, and his petrifying presentation has been taken up by parish pastoral pedophiles and prelates who appear in red dresses and white lace in public as they condemn cross-dressers.

Nienstedt had become the new Mephistopheles of the Roman Catholic mission in the USA.  Nienstedt has egregiously exposed the Roman Catholic Church clergy as being among the most despicable and pathetic predators of the twenty-first century.

Truth Wins Out (TWO) Executive Director Wayne Besen noted in a statement concerning the reprehensible letter of the sinister subversive Nienstedt:  “It is appalling that Archbishop Nienstedt chose to issue such an un-Christian response to a vulnerable member of his flock who came to him seeking help.”  Besen’s rejection of the calloused crassness of Nienstedt that few had the courageous composure to say in exsposing this emulator’s expository attack on American values of fair play and respect for others who are a diverse as drops of rain: “[Neinstedt’s] letter shows just how deeply held his anti-gay views are.”  Neinstedt made clear he has only one goal: the bowdlerise of all factual evidence–a blackguard attack laid out in his dissertation in the same manner Adolf Hitler penned his passionate prose to damn and destroy all Jews in his blueprint for a Holocaust throughout the world: Mein Kampf.

In his invidiously insensitive letter, Nienstedt wrongfully wrote that Catholics are obligated to believe the Church’s official teachings on homosexuality.  For too long the Roman Catholic Church has struggled to deaden reason, corrupt learning, and cancel the conduct of inquiry as if it were in sisterhood with the Southern Baptist Convention and religion’s attack on science. This commiserable comment ignores history, existing copies of scrolls in the churches of the fourth century and used by Eusebius when he wrote the Bible on the order of the Emperor of Constantine I (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV,36-37).  No such teaching existed anywhere in the Bible as it came into being toward the end of the fourth century, and it was not known by either chrestianos or christianos.

The word homosexual was not even coined before the second half of the nineteenth century; neither homosexual nor homosexuality was known (much less alone used) in the Aramaic, Hebrew or Greek versions. It is not found in any Bible before 1954 and then it is out of context.   The words “homosexual” and “heterosexual” were coined by Károly Mária Benkert (a.k.a. K.M. Kertbeny) in 1869.  “Homosexual” was not used in among psychologists until 1892 when it was taken up, with trepidation, by Charles Gilbert Chaddock and then was used in a psychological framework (ref: Chaddock, Charles Gilbert (1892), trans. Psychopathia sexualis, with special reference to contrary sexual instinct: a medico-legal study by Richard von Krafft-Ebing. Philadelphia, PA, USA, and London, UK: F. A. Davis Co. Original was published in German in 1886 under the title Psychopathia sexualis : eine klinisch-forensische Studie and the neither the word homosexuelle nor the word Homosexualität appears in the first edition; the one cited here is an authorized translation of the seventh enlarged and revised German edition). 

The word “homosexual” first appeared in an American Bible in 1973, the New International Version (NIV). It appeared in a version in the United Kingdom, the (NEB), a few years earlier.  That does not stop nor deter the hateful messages of Nienstedt.
 
The wanton biblical illiteracy of Nienstedt is acutely noted when he bleated that “those who do not… ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.”  This is in direct opposition to the words of the Jesus of the New Testament (Matthew 26:26): ἐσθιόντων δὲ αὐτῶν λαβὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἄρτον καὶ εὐλογήσας ἔκλασεν καὶ δοὺς τοῖς μαθηταῖς εἶπεν· λάβετε φάγετε, τοῦτό ἐστιν τὸ σῶμά μου which was for those “assembled” and later qualified as being open to all regardless (Matthew 19:13-15, a demand rejected by Constantine’s Catholic Church). The elitism of Nienstedt is monarchial.
 
This was never the case in the early community as found in the Book of Acts where women attended and participated equal to men (as women were originally priests and bishops of the early communities before the Emperor Constantine created his “catholic [universal] church” in 325 CE.  What today is termed to be the “Roman Catholic Church” did not even have a leader, but followed the exhortations of various presbyters and pretenders as the community in Rome was divided between two groups known as chrestianos and christianos as there was no central Christ in the religion that rivaled the faith in the god Mithras.
 
Nienstedt exhorted the child’s mother to reconsider her inclusive spiritual beliefs, saying that “[her] eternal salvation may well depend on a conversation of heart on this topic.”  Salvation, contrary to the mentally challenged Nienstedt, is not found to be the prerogative of anyone to determine according to the Gospels.  The Gospels are clear as to what constitutes “salvation.”  In the early communities, salvation was understood to mean an inward recognition (Ephesians 1:13-14).  In Romans 9:10-14, salvation is achieved by merely stating the name Jesus. The authors of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, state that salvation comes to those who accept the message of the New Testament Jesus. Nowhere in the Bible does it claim that any man (or woman) on this planet has powers to determine salvation for anyone other than himself or herself. Salvation is not the monopoly of the Roman Catholic Church or Christianity— or any other religion. Nienstedt is an opportunist who is either deliberately ignorant of the Bible, or neglects to cite it fully.  John 3:17 and 5:24 (expanded, without authorization, in 1 Timothy 1:15), in direct opposition to Mr. Nienstedt and the evangelical extremist leaders states that only Jesus can offer salvation, and it is obtained individually without any intercession by any intercessor or cult leader.  It is won strictly by faith (Ephesians 2:8).  Nienstedt is a false prophet.  Credo-centered and demanding theologies do not stablize psychology but encourages bullying and ultimately the suicide of the bullied (cf. Cleary, Anne; Brannick, Teresa (2007). “Suicide and changing values and belief in Ireland”. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910.28.2.82. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 28(2), 2007, 82-88). Ireland used to be a heavily Roman Catholic country, but membership is sliding rapidly and even priests are leaving.

John Becker, investigative reporter, Truth Wins Out (2012)

John Becker, Director of Communications & Development for Truth Wins Out added: “Telling the parent of an LGBT child that she ‘ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church’ unless she renounces her pro-equality views – and that her ‘eternal salvation may well depend upon’ her willingness to accept the Catholic Church’s anti-gay teachings – is spiritual bullying of the highest order and utterly reprehensible. What kind of spiritual leader demands that a mother reject her child in order to save her soul?” 

What is spiritual bullying?  It is not uncommon anywhere. Religion and its formal organizations has always been among the greatest bullies and leads to the greatest number of suicides. Spiritual bullying is trying to

  • get someone to behave by threatening them with God’s wrath.
  • control another’s actions by appearing superior to them.
  • get someone to believe by threatening hell.

This is the same absurdity pushed by Dominicans, Franciscans and other Inquisitors in the darkest days of Europe when the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church in the East. In both cases, state-sanction religion destroyed lives, communities, and knowledge by elevating mortals to the ranks of gods—that met the ultimate insanity with the proclamation of Infallibility that is found nowhere in any Bible and had never been subject of councils or courts but pushed through by the unholy Pius IX at Vatican I.

Michelle Bachmann and Paul Ryan have no training in psychology yet support reparative therapy.

The fantasy that homosexuality is a matter of choice (denied by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Pediatric Association and more than one-hundred professional mental health entities) and people can “pray away the gay” is the cornerstone for corrupt and disreputable people such as Marcus Bachmann and his wife Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Rick Perry (R-TX), Bryan Fischer of the certified hate group American Family Association, the Cathys of Chick-Fil-A, and the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops, evangelical bishops such as Harry Johnson of Maryland, and others who make money by offering prayers for those who pay.

Harry Jackson of Maryland

Harry Jackson, a Pentecostal preacher and self-ordained bishop and has no authentic credentials as Pentecostals do not consecrate bishops, owns two homes in Silver Springs, Maryland, has become rich preaching hate, and  is equal to Adam West (R-FL) not only in claiming that homosexuality is a choice, but that all LGBT can automatically chose to change their nature that has been with them since birth.  Jackson has declared that LGBT have stolen “the rainbow” and are attempting “to recruit children” accusations that Dr. Martin Luther King rejected and his wife (Coretta Scott King), until her death, claimed evangelical extremists condemnation of Gay people to be a lie. Mrs. King, went so far as to claim that racism and homophobia are identical, distancing herself from her niece Alveda who has libeled and slandered her aunt and uncle and the message that Dr. King preached. 

Harry Jackson’s continues to defy Matthew 7:1 and the message of the Jesus he pretends to preach.  His credential are none existent: he attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he played football, and later, while working at Corning Glass in Corning, New York, founded his own church. 

Harry Jackson preaching hate

Jackson’s congregation is basically caucasian and have the mentality of Westboro Baptist Church that is anti-everything but their narrow reading of the bible.  Jackson has never studied theology and is totally ignorant of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and Latin, and reads a poor contemporary translation of the Bible, a version that not only is reprehensible but one that has no relationship to the original scrolls that Constantine I approved at his Council of Nicaea.

Marcus Bachmann unlicensed “psychologist”

Unlicensed and repudiated Marcus Bachmann (he is married to Michelle Bachmann) continues to offer the rejected therapy since Minnesota laws are lax.  It is illegal in California to offer this “reparative therapy” that leads to more suicides than helps anyone.

What would be best for the Minnesota community is that Nienstedt be ejected from the USA and deported to Vatican City as a spy and henchmen for Ratzinger.  While the early founders and first groups of Presidents of the USA rejected any role for any particular religion in the government of the USA, after the Civil Wart the government became enslaved to pastors, preachers, priests and other parasites so such deportation is not possible at this time.

The government of the USA must take into consideration the basic mental of its citizens, as suicide rises in Minnesota, especially in Minneapolis and St. Paul and throughout the 6th congressional district that has been grossly misrepresented in Congress Michele Bachmann where suicides are epidemic. Bachmann’s hysteria has caught the attention of the media, but she continues to run for Congress after losing her bid for the Republican nomination for President after she vowed to turn the USA into a theocracy (read here and here).

Nienstedt’s rejection can have devastating consequences for LGBT youth.  According to a 2009 study conducted by San Francisco State University researcher Caitlin Ryan and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (123:1 346-352; doi:10.1542/peds.2007-3524; abstract is here), LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their families were 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times more vulnerable to severe depression, and 3 times more likely to use drugs than teens who did not experience negative feedback (cp. Toomey, Russell B.; Ryan, Caitlin; Diaz, Rafael M.; Card, Noel A.; Russell, Stephen T. (2010). “Gender-nonconforming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: School victimization and young adult psychosocial adjustment”. doi: 10.1037/a0020705; Developmental Psychology, Vol 46(6), Nov 2010, 1580-1589).

“He silenced his priests under the order of obedience,” said Ed Flahavan, a member of Former [sometimes written as Resigned] Priests for Marriage Equality, a group that went public in May with the names of 80 former Minnesota Catholic priests against the amendment, noted in a Star-Tribune article, that Mr. Neinstedt silenced priests under the falsely labeled “order of obedience.”  Flahaven commented, “It’s the first time in my experience or knowledge that kind of blanket order has been given” in this archdiocese.

Teachers who encourage critical, independent thinking are removed from teaching in Roman Catholic schools.  Those who reject unconsciousable ultimatums from bishops are fired. This miscarriage of justice, so common in the Roman Catholic Church, occurred with Trish Cameron. 

Trish Cameron fired by the Roman Catholic Church for supporting human rights

Ms. Cameron was a fifth-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Moorhead.  She wrote on her review that while she does not agree with all of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings, but noted in plain English that she does not bring her personal opinions inside the classroom.  When Ms. Cameron was required to explain her written response, she replied: “I do not agree w/ all Church teachings on a personal level but I do not bring my own opinions into our religion classes. We tend to focus on respect and love for one another and living out our call as servants whenever a ‘political’ topic crops (which it rarely, if ever, does).” After her truthful answer was reviewed she was then ordered to submit her resignation.

Individual Catholics have seen their parishes dictatorially directed to ferment committees to work for passage of the antedeluviant amendment against human rights that Nienstedt, who shows full signs of mental illness, demands. The archdiocese, following the fanaticism of Nienstedt also appointed married couples to talk up marriage at Catholic high schools.

The majority of Roman Catholics in Minnesota have walked out when Nienstedt’s screeds on the LBGT community or same-sex marriage are read

Minnesota Roman Catholics for marriage equality 2012

Nienstedt is single-handedly killing the Roman Catholic Church in Minnesota as the bishops, and cardinal of Ireland killed the Church in the one nation that was, in the past, the most loyal to Rome–few Roman Catholics have any allegiance or praise for Ratzinger or for his bishops and or cardinals.

 Nienstedt asked priests to recite a “marriage prayer” during mass and claims, in total ignorance of the Bible that marriage has always been between one man and one woman. There is no “marriage prayer” in any ancient text, scroll, gospel, or other writing.  Nienstedt’s stagnant stupidity on scripture defies the imagination of even those with the most marginal mental abilities, as the grotesqueness of Nienstedt’s raw rhetoric ignores facts easily found in any Bible.  As for Nienstedt’s false and obnoxious claim that the Bible defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is easily disproved.  For example:

Genesis 4:19 says “Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.” This marriage is scoffed at with the claim that Lamech was of the House of Cain.

Jacob was not of the House of Cain. He also had at least two wives: Leah (Genesis 29:17) and Rachel (Genesis 29:27). They were Jacob’s first-cousins. This is incest.

Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 12:10-20), Sarah (Genesis 11:29-31), then “married” (had sex with) her servant Hagar (Genesis 16:1–21:21). After the death of his wife Sarah takes another wife, Keturah, who has six sons (25:1-4).

Esau, the elder twin son of Isaac and Rebekan (Genesis 25:25) married frequently.The names of Esau’s wives differ in two traditions (Genesis 26:34 and 28:9; cf. 36:2-3).

Moses had at least two wives.One was Zipporah who was Moses’ cousin: (Exodus 2:15-16 and in Exodus 18:1-6) and continued the Egyptian practice of female circumcision (Exodus 4:24-26). Moses’ second wife was the “woman of Ethiopia” (cf. Numbers 11:35-12:2).

Moses’ polygamy is matched by Elkanah. Elkanah had two wives: Hannah and Penninah (1 Samuel 1:2).

David had numerous wives. Michal was his first wife and the daughter of King Saul (I Samuel 18:20, 28). Michael was unique. She is the first Biblical woman to tell a man that she loved him (the Hebrew word is ahava but it does not mean a romantic love). Saul set a bride-price for the groom David to merit the hand and virginity (hymen) of Michal: he was required to risk his life harvesting the foreskin of 100 Philistines (a tale that is from ancient Akkadia).  David returned with the required foreskins–plus 100 extra foreskins to make a total of 200 (following the myth of Hercules as well as several leaders of ancient Egypt, Crete, and elsewhere).

David’s second wife was Ahinoam. She was the wife of King Saul and daughter of Ahimaatz (I Samuel 14:50). She was the mother of Amnon. David married her while Saul was still alive and had not divorced her. This constitutes bigamy as well as adultery.

Abigail, mother of Kileab, was the wife of Nabal (whose name denotes a fool or glutton), a wealthy landowner in the Hebron. She is praised as wise and beautiful (I Samuel 25:3) especially in contrast to her husband–a sign of a rise in misogyny and gender stratification. She was David’s third wife.

Maacah, mother of Absalom and Tamar and daughter of King Talmai of Geshur, was David’s fourth wife.  She was not very popular and David seldom had sex with her.  Maacah’s unpopularity is never truly disccused, only the dowry she brought with her before David took her hymen as a “blood offering.”

Haggith, the mother of Adonijah, was David’s next wife.  Little is written about her.  It is assumed it was a political match, and there is no record that David ever loved her or had many children by her.  She was consigned to the coldness of a royal harem.

Eglah was David’s sixth wife. She was the mother of Ithream. She, too, was discarded and sent to the harem. 

David chose Abital as his seventh wife. She was the mother of Shephatiah.

David’s last wife was Bathsheba, mother of Solomon. David married her before her husband was dead. David had his friend, Uriah the Hittite, who slept at the foot his bed, killed so that he could marry Uriah’s wife (2 Samuel 11).  This is a story of lust, premeditated murder, and carnage–that Nienstedt’s absence of comment or condemnation adds these abuses of women to the Roman Catholic Church’s list of family values, in keeping with James Dobson and other sychophants of Christianity.

Bathsheba is named as the daughter of Eliam (II Samuel 11: 3).  Eliam was the son of Ahithophel who was one of David’s counselors (II Samuel 23:34).  David had sex with her despite the fact she was menstruating, which was illicit according to Jewish law (Leviticus 20:18) and carried with it the punishment of death.  Neither David nor Bathsheba were killed, indicating either that the incident occurred before the writing of Samuel, or that the story itself was a fantasy and Leviticus was of a much later date.

It is quite possible that David married his own sister. According to the Book of Chronicles David had a sister named Abigail (I Chronicles 2:16). Abigail’s husband is named Ithra (or Jether) (2 Samuel 17:26; and I Chronicles 2:17). It is possible that after Nabal’s death David’s sister ruled over Hebron. That baits the question of whether or not there were two Abigail’s – one being David’s third wife and the other being David’s sister, who most likely were sisters-in-law.  There is even a possibility that they were the same person.  All of these potentialities imply that David married his sister after the death of his rival Nabal to inherit her estates.  This is incest and suggests murder but keeping with lore of ancient Abirus in the day they were transmogrified into Hebrews but latter-day apologists.

Could David marry his sister?Yes, it was not unheard of in the ancient Middle East (cf. Levenson, Jon D. (1978) in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, p. 27).  It was common among warriors (David, actually, means “general” or “leader”), high priests and kings.

David is accused of two sins: murder and adultery. In the case of adultery death is penalty for both the man and the woman (Leviticus 20:10). It is suggested by several scholars that David had sex (marriage) with his own granddaughter (2 Samuel 15). That is incest throughout the Torah, yet David is considered a hero, parsing the mythology of David to have taken centuries before the texts were written.  David is most likely a legend and never was a man.

The story of David’s sexual prowess and interest does not stop with women.  King David also loved at least one man (Jonathan).

David’s love for Jonathan is Biblical evidence that marriage (sexual) union occurred between men, as with David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3). In the account we read the Hebrew word ahab.  It is used to describe how Jonathan loved David. Ahab does not mean “platonic” love.  It is a word for physical union, an action common in all military societies from the Apiru mercenaries in Egypt to the soldiers of Spara.

The word ahab ccurs 208 times in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. It is translated love in the KJV 169 times and occurs in the story of David and Solomon in 1 Samuel 16:21, 18:1, 3, 16, 20, 20:17 and II Samuel 1:26.  All indicators reveal that this love was not platonic but sexual with love: a committed union between two members of the same gender (2 Samuel 1:26).

Solomon outdid all of the men in the Old Testament for polygamous marriages–including with general, furnishing the background for the account of Muhammad wedding seven-year-old Aisha. Solomon had 700 official wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3).

Nowhere in the Bible is there a statement that marriage must be between one man and one woman, and there are few instances where that occurred. Polygamy is far more common.

4th century Coptic scroll states “Jesus’ [had a] wife”.

Jesus never married—except for one inclusion in a fourth-century Coptic scroll that is already in debate–at a time the Emperors of Rome were forming and formulating the Christian church.  All other “canonical” books—determined not by theologians but by Constantine and his fawning pawns known as bishops at the emperor’s Council of Nicaea—claimed that Jesus did not even have a girlfriend.  Instead a man (John, according to some, and James, according to a few others, slept on his chest: John 13:23) and was followed out of the garden one night by a naked youth (Matthew 14:51-52) before zombieswould rise from their tombs and storm Jerusalem (Matthew 27:51-53).

Rev. Grant Stevenson of Minnesota

Thousands of Minnesota Catholics angered by the church’s campaign have joined the opposition, said the Rev. Grant Stevensen, faith leader for Minnesotans United For All Families, the lead group working to defeat the amendment. Minnesotans with whom I have visited over Nienstedt state that he is not only “out of touch” with reality, but heralds back to a Dark Age when self-appointed guardians of the faith could browbeat faithful into confessing any absurdity or committing any crime in the name of religion. This proved itself when signs proclaiming “Another Catholic Voting No” sprouted on lawns of Roman Catholic family homes, and on bumper-stickers of cars owned and operated by Roman Catholics. 

Rev. Grant Stevenson (L) with veteran civil rights leader Matthew Little (R)

Roman Catholics have continued to come out to support civil rights, supported by veteran civil rights leaders.  Rev. Stevenson has been in the forefront of the fight, and has been with veteran civil rights leader Matthew Little in demanding fair treatment for all in the area of jobs, education, and society–but not with the support of the Neanderthan Nienstedt of St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.

William E. Lori speaking at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport, CT

U.S. bishops who have recently fought against same-sex marriage — including the well-known bigot Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in San Francisco who has been arrested for driving drunk, a dedicated homophobe who fought all the way to the US Supreme Court to keep hidden the amounts of money paid to cover up pedophiles in his diocese and who is accused of his own sexual pecadillos and who opposes any form of birth control Archbishop William Lori in Baltimore (he has abused more restrictions of IRS code than any other prelate in the Roman Catholic Church), and Archbishop Charles Chaput (who opposes federal government health care reform, and restored a pedophile to the priesthood) in Philadelphia — won promotions afterward–and most likely will be named cardinals of the dying Roman Catholic Church. Nienstedt would be well-positioned for promotion to a larger diocese–and a cardinalate.

Rep. Steve Cook and wife Joy

Earlier this year, a Catholic priest under Nienstedt leadership hosted a mandatory assembly on “Normal Life” at a Minneapolis high school where seniors were told gay marriage is akin to bestiality (originally authored by Missouri State Rep Steve Cookson and wife Joy), and adopted children are not normal.  Many students exited to bathrooms and cried pitifully against the harsh and unfounded sentences by the trio who set themselves up as authorities–yet not a one is a trained, educated or registered psychologist or psychiatrist, and what they said is at best defined as garbage. Numerous psychological and pediatric studies have proven this charge to be a lie. A study by Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z.; Kashy, Deborah A. (2010). “Preadoptive factors predicting lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples’ relationship quality across the transition to adoptive parenthood.” doi: 10.1037/a0019615 Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 24(3), Jun 2010, 221-232, shows that there is no difference in attitude, depression or exhilaration or positive outcomes between LGBT and heterosexual parents.  This is concurred with in the study Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z. (2010). “Perceived parenting skill across the transition to adoptive parenthood among lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples” doi: 10.1037/a0017009.Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 23(6), Dec 2009, 861-870, although gay men were found to be more adaptable to parenting than the other subjects studied. Patterson found that there is no psychological reason to discriminate against gay parents (Patterson, Charlotte J. (2009). “Children of lesbian and gay parents: Psychology, law, and policy” doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.64.8.727. American Psychologist, Vol 64(8), Nov 2009, 727-736. Tornello, Farr, and Patterson (2011), argue that positive parenting comes with self-actualization and acceptance of by the parent of the parent’s sexuality, sexual orientation and lifestyle—and is equally valid both among heterosexual parents and gay parents (Tornello, Samantha L.; Farr, Rachel H.; Patterson, Charlotte J. (2011). “Predictors of parenting stress among gay adoptive fathers in the United States. doi: 10.1037/a0024480. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 25(4), Aug 2011, 591-600.  Contemporary psychology, psychiatry, and pediatric psychology rejects the protestations and pronouncements of Nienstedt on the LGBT family and his hysteria against same-sex marriage.  Nienstedt’s arrogance and stupidity actually outdoes the ignorance of Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne who has debilitated, devitalized, enervated, and emasculated the Roman Catholic Church in Perú–and is one of the most vial, vitriolic and malicious ministers in South America who anticipates his election as pope to follow the German Ratzinger. 

Nienstedt’s preoccupation with homosexuality and same-sex marriages indicates that Nienstedt could be homosexual and is in a state of denial. What Nienstedt and others, especially in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church ignore is that socially constructed identities that have formed over decades and centuries may be in conflict with one another and thus lead to a persecution complex or a complex demanding persecution of what the one in power sees as social deviancy. Current psychological studies show that issues around sexual orientation were the catalyst for questioning or changing religious affiliation or beliefs (Sherry, Alissa; Adelman, Andrew; Whilde, Margaret R.; Quick, Daniel (2010). “Competing selves: Negotiating the intersection of spiritual and sexual identities”. doi: 10.1037/a0017471. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 41(2), Apr 2010, 112-119; cp. Erikson, Kai T[heodor]. (1966). Wayward Puritans: A Study in the Sociology of Deviance. New York, NY: Wiley; cf. Erikson, Kai Theodor; De Giorgi, Alessandro [trans.] (2005). Streghe, eretici e criminali: devianza e controllo sociale nel XVII secolo. Roma: Carocci, 452 p. in Italian; it is available in German under the title Die widerspenstigen Puritaner: zur Soziologie abweichenden Verhaltens, Wolfgang Krege; Stuttgart, Deutschland: Klett-Cotta, 1978; Erikson’s classic work has been used as the focal point in two Norwegian works: Helgesen, Janne Henriette Ingarsdottir (1996), Drøft ulike teorier om kriminalisering og straff med utgangspunkt i Rusche og Kirchheimers “Punishment and social structure” og Kai Eriksons “Wayward Puritans”. Oslo, Norway: [J.H.I. Helgensen; written at the Universitetet I Oslo, 2001], and also Scheel, Bente Hagesæther (1996), with the same title, also written at the Universitetet I Oslo, and self-published being 3 bl smaller).  The essays of Ingarsdottir and Hagesæther give ample cause to suspect that Nienstedt is seeking personal recognition and possible promotion within the Roman Catholic hierarchy by following rigidly the command of Josef Ratzinger who wants to root out the LGBT lifestyle.

Nienstedt quickly banned freedom of speech on any LGBT issue in any Roman Catholic school, in defiance of the First Amendment that Mr. Nienstedt claims goes against Roman Catholic Church canons, claiming that is what “good” people of Minnesota do, and those who do not agree with his stand intimates that they are “bad” people in Minnesota. This is approximating treason as in a free society all people have the right to criticize, denounce, call-out and argue with anyone, as there is not a single person on this planet who is infallible in anything and all opinions are subject to debate.  While there is no single strong person to speak out and demand Nienstedt’s trial and call for his expulsion from the USA, those who call for his execution are neither judge nor jury.  The faithful can pray for the death of Nienstedt and the Roman Catholic clergy soiling the earth of Minnesota, but they cannot go further unless they take the option of open revolution as occurred in 1789 in France when the populace overthrew its Roman Catholic leaders and closed its churches.

DeLaSalle school where fantasy is taught as fact

One DeLaSalle school student held up a poster that proclaimed he loved his two moms. DeLaSalle senior Matt Bliss noted: “You could look around the room and feel the anger.” Bliss said, “My friend who is a lesbian started crying, and people were crying in the bathroom.”  The students were quick to post on the Internet their strong feelings against the priest and his message and his co-messengers.  Uniformly, the students were wiser than the adults or faculty or church, and quickly rejected the absurdity they heard that homosexuality was equivalent of beastiality. The Roman Catholic Church was rightfully under seige.  As the Milan cardinal Martini predicted, the Roman Catholic Church is at the edge of collapse, Nienstedt will push it over the line as there has been no good popes since John XXIII, and the corrupt curia is saturated with graft.

The hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic Church cannot be understated. Pope Benedict XVI is among the greatest monsters. He covered up the molestation of 200 deaf orphans in Wisconsin (read here and here).  He openly jockeyed to succeed the Polish pope Karol Józef Wojtyła who used his illness to quest of sympathy, but showed neither compassion to victims of rape nor to the men and women with HIV and AIDS by rejecting condoms as a way to stop the prevention of the equal opportunity virus.  His extremism was represented in the US Senate byRick Santorum and in the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops, but rejected by a growing percentage of Roman Catholics people (47% – 54% of all Roman Catholics surveyed in the USA accept abortion in all cases; read here and here).  John Paul II, among the worse popes in modern history, lied when he claimed that the Roman Catholic Church always stood against abortions.

Roman Catholic support for abortion and stem-cell research

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the a Republican National Convention speaker), paid cash to pedophiles and rapist priests so they could escape justice.  He called these payments “act(s) of charity” (read here and here).  Dolan, like Romney, was involved in moving various amounts of money into different “trusts” that would bankrupt later recipients.

Father Benedict Groeschel, a holder of a Ph.D. in psychology, claimed little children seduced priests into having sex.

Father Benedict Groeschel, of the Conservative Franciscan Friars recently said that oftentimes children are the seducers of pedophiles and claimed himself to be a psychologist (he does have a Ph.D. from Columbia University but rejects any psychological study that goes contrary to what he has determined to be “[g]od’s word) who  has shown numerous signs of acute mental illness. His concept of psychology is a pathway to religion and god, lacking all objectivity and never open to peer review ( read: “Anger at Play on Gay Christ,” New York Daily News, 23 September, 1998).  Groeschel called Jerry Sandusky that “poor guy“, and argues that children who are attacked by pedophiles are asking for the sexual confrontation (read here and here) and has argued that priests were “entrapped” by children into sex.  He will not be punished or reprimanded by the Pope or the Catholic Church. He was defended by Bill Donohue founder and main member of the “Catholic League”.

Nuns on Bus: champion aid for poor and hungry, condemned by Benedict XVI

Nuns on a bus:  While leading a nationwide tour to highlight child poverty in the United States the pope condemned them for not focusing on anti-gay marriage efforts and threatened to throw them out of the church (read here and read here). They were attacked by the Tea Party and Republican Party for “speaking ill of Paul Ryan” who they claimed has no “Catholic values”.

Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. wanted USA a theocracy

The hate-sewers slurry with John Nienstedt and together work with the German pope that will extinguish the torch of learning, darken the cellar of knowledge and restore a final era of hatred almost as great as that lisped by the Tea Party. Nienstedt is the equal to Joe McCarthy’s Jesuit priest Edmund A. Walsh and the Koch family who sustained the first attack on American freedom and the Constitution. Walsh and Nienstedt have been intent on transmogrifying the USA into a theocracy that the Roman Catholic Church would rule as it controlled Franco’s Spain, Pinochet’s Chile, Fujimori’s Peru, and other nations where dissent was not allowed and education rigidly ruled highlighting the lies of the Roman Catholich Church. What all have in common is the signet ring of hate.

When all else is seen as failing, Nienstedt and the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops bring out the conservative bully club and argue that under Obama the economy in the USA tanked.  It, too, is a lie.

USA government debt under last five presidents

The ruse is used by the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops to hide their racism as many bishops in US history were members of the KKK and Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals supported Hitler in Europe in the days of the Third Reich (cf. Preston, Paul (2006). The Spanish Civil War. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, p. 222 sq).  Lutheran and Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic bishops and Adolf Hitler

Bishops and Roman Catholic cardinals flocked to Hitler.  Today their choice, following that of prevaricators such as Billy Graham and Daniel Jenkey, goose-step toward the Romney camp. 

At the same time Roman Catholic bishops in the USA have compared Obama to Hitler and claim that they have facts others do not possess (read here and herefor Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky, a

Peoria bishop Daniel Jenky

dissimulator who opposes universal health care, and here exposing the ignorance of the bishops who do not admit that the Obama administration specifically exempted religious groups such as the Roman Catholic Church from being required to provide forms of birth contraception).  Jenky has a long history of maligning people, and has won little affection from his community or congregation–his outbursts taken light-heartedly, his demeanor overlooked.

 

Ronald Reagan on church and state

No man who has reached the office of President of the USA has agreed to a union of the state with any religion.  Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Baptist congregation at Dansbury, Connecticut promising a strong wall separating church and state, following similar sentiments sounded by George Washington and others in the Continental Congress. Roman Catholics were strongly disliked with a reason in the nineteenth century given their close ties to the Vatican and its incumbant sovereign who demanded treatment as a ruler of a city (Vatican City) and a religion, and under Pius IX (who proclaimed himself to possess near-god-like qualities: being infallible, primary, and supreme; Ratzinger claimed that John Paul II spoke “infallibly” when the Polish pope proclaimed that a woman could [sic; they were in the ancient church, as I develop in my  book: Woman as Priest, Bishop and Laity] never be ordained), citizens of the USA had serious concerns and did not vote for a Roman Catholic until John F. Kennedy vowed in Houston, Texas, that he would never be controlled by the Roman Catholic Pope.  Even Ronald Reagan, the hero of the conservative movement, refused to accept any church’s interference in the government of the state–although he willingly took Roman Catholic votes to help him win the White House–and then, like most politicians, ignored the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops.

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Why the Bible is not true: bad translations and worse interpretations

Every religion has its leaders, usually self-appointed guardians of morality who have had some form of indoctrination either by other leaders or by books.  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have the greatest number of illiterates acting as leaders in their respective cults.  The worse offenders are the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox bishops especially in the USA where the new crop are appointed by a marginal scholar, the German-born pope (Josef Ratzinger), and in the land of Slavs by the criminal/cigarette selling billionaire patriarch Kirill of Moscow.  The are joined by the Ayatollahs of Iran whose knowledge of ancient Arabic is minimal (to be as generous as possible) and the illiterate imams in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iraq and other Arab nations (but with less lethargy in debates in Egypt and no scholarship prevalent in Somalia, Nigeria or Uganda that merely regurgitates what the current crop of poorly edited Qur’an state and students are required to memorize as if they were successors to Muhammad’s Memorizers).

Cain leads Abel to the field (by James Tissot)

In each of these cults there are accounts, to varying degrees of a rather erotic story that is redefined, reglossed, and redacted into the mythology of two brothers known as Cain and Abel.  Neither existed, but are references to actions.
“Cain” is an old Gaelic word that became Hebrew in time as קַיִן.  It is a word that went from a marginal comment to being incorporated into ancient scripts.  Originally, it meant a rent paid in the form of a subsidy of crops and other agricultural and animal raising enterprises; the crop was usually wheat, but at times corn and various root crops, none of which were special.

Stele of Qadesh in ancient Egypt

It is depicted throughout the history of art as a man bundling wheat or other grains). 

The idea that Cain was a warrior or a man given to battle and murder comes from ancient Celtic legends that made their way south and into Babylonian legends that ultimately flowered in Apiru/Hebrew mythology.

Scot and Irish scribes glossed from marginalia into the corpus of texts. The ancient Hebrew word is Qayin and means “created one”. It has been found in some ancient scrolls and translates as “to rise up” or in ancient Akkadian it means “to strike” with a special antecedent from the earliest Apiru from India who joined the Akkadians as mercenaries in the service and pay of the rulers of Egypt. 

Qadesh Treatise (3000 BCE)

The Akkadian and Egyptian Qayin (הֶבֶל) actually refers to a fertility ritual involving sodomy for both females and males at the instruction of deities (known as Satis, Sati, Amaunet, and Isis, who was a part of all world religions including the faith devoted to Pachamama of Perú) and was a part of the ancient Egyptian Trinity that Constantine I ultimately would refashion into the Christian Trinity) who spoke through their priests.

Ésotérisme Mon étrange pouvoir

It was known as “Ésotérisme Mon étrange pouvoir” that made the priests more valuable than the worshippers. Males were retained in the temple to assure fertility but were subordinate to the female who carried the seed and was the instigator of the act. It is not until much later, with the rise of rabid patriarchy that the male asserts dominance–in part because of the Code of Qadesh (The Rules for Ritual Sodomy in Honor of the Goddess) that they became active but then required the recipient to lay on the ground, leading to the rank and vain plagiarized insertion by Apiru warriors into the Book of Leviticus.

Yahweh’s Wife (on potsherd)

The actual statement in Leviticus is not the rejection of the act but the importance of the act in worshipping and recognizing foreign gods of both genders  (לא יהיה־לך אלהים אחרים על־פני Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:7) with an overt effort establishes the exclusive nature of the relationship between the emerging nation of Israel and its god, Yahweh (one of the bull gods of ancient Egypt as the God of Israel) by marrying the agricultural deity to the Canaanite goddess of fertility Asherah.

the Lord their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs.- Judges 2:7

While the various writers of Deuteronomy and Leviticus commanded the people “of Israel” to turn from “pagan [country or foreign] gods”, few did.  The majority rejoiced in the old ways and practiced polytheism. The people of Israel did not, reluctantly, embrace monotheism until the Babylonian Captivity. 

the Lord their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs.- Judges 2:7

Part of the confusion is because of a misunderstanding and bad translation of the word Elohim (אֱלֹהִ֔ים that is interchangeable with אלוה and אֱל) all of whom were war lord, murderers, and highly sexual beings.  The Hebrew text uses Elohim for “gods”, a noun that is notably used both as a plural; however, later redactors and revisionists labored at making this plural noun a singular noun (that would be El: אֱל) when it was necessary to speak of the god of Israel (cf. van der Toorn, K.; Becking, Bob; van der Horst, Pieter Willem, editors (1999), Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible (revised 2nd edition, Leiden [u.a.]: E. J. Brill, 1999, p. 274, 352-3).  There is no linguistic justification for this absurdity (cp. Mark S. Smith (2008). God in translation: deities in cross-cultural discourse in the biblical world.  vol. 57 of Forschungen zum Alten Testament, Tübingen, Deutschland : Mohr Siebeck, p. 19).  It is but a nationalistic ploy in an effort to unite a divided people of various cultures into one.

Egyptian fertility and love temple of the goddess Hathor at Dendera

What the later Hebrews and early Christians did was to embrace fertility rites but with love added, and commitment required, following the Shema. The Shema and its accompanying blessing/ curse reveals the intent of the commandment to include love for the one, true God and not only recognition or outward observance, as seen graphically in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (cf. Wylen, Stephen M. (2000). Settings of Silver: an introduction to Judaism.  New York, NY: Paulist Press)  This was even the message of Jesus of the New Testament (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27. Ref. “Shema”, in HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, 1996, Achtemeier Paul J., ed., New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers) and found in the canonical Gospels approved by the Emperor Constantine I before he destroyed the writings of Arius and other Gospels at his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.

Cain, by Henri Vidal, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

What is noteworthy for its absence in this reused tale of the past is that there is no reference to either Cain or Abel wearing clothes (in Arabic, Cain and Abel are always known as the Two Brothers and are cited jointly: ابني آدم, while neither one is mentioned by name).  Clothing was a sign of sin and denial, as seen in the account in Genesis where Adam sewed aprons for himself and Eve (the helpmeet, not helpmate) after they were expelled from the garden.  The absence of information indicates that both males were nude, and their body structure being different, leading Abel to parade arrogantly in front of his brother, as his name

Cain and Abel (by Titan)

indicates, and thus bring jealousy (a sin) into the scenario.  Artists have traditionally captured the two “youth” as nude (naked implies arousal and sinful acts), thus cementing the attack being upon pride, and it could have resulted in Abel’s toying refusal to worship the gods in the manner of the Babylonians (who settled the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that run through Iraq–the center of Eden) who practiced Qadesh (ritual sodomy). 

The vilification of Cain comes only with the writers who composed the various texts (letters or epistle) of Paul  (Saul of Tarsus).  In these cases the writers of the works ascribed to Paul make the landlord of Gan Eden (the garden of Eden) a vengeful, lustful and demanding people (elohim, where the word gods is regulated with temporal leaders who took on the trappings, appearance and

Cain’s offering (word cut 1701, in private collection of author)

title of gods) who played favorites.  This is clearly seen in the “offering”.  While Cain’s gift to the Great Lords was “of the fruit of the ground.” This is a direct reference to the alleged origin of Adam  (Hebrew: אָדָם‎, Arabic: آدم‎, Syriac: ܐܵܕ݂ܵܡ and found in all Abrahamic myths) is a word that translates as “red earth” or “dust” and “dirt” and even “handsome” (Gesenius, Wilhelm & Samuel Prideaux Tregelles (1893). Genenius’s Hebrew and Chaldee lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures. New York, NY: J. Wiley & Sons. p. xiii.); it also has the meaning of “the one who is closest to the soil being formed from the soil” and thus the recipient of a superior person (Eve) who could induce fertility.  Paulinity, the successor to primitive Christianity, gave the story a different twice: Abel’s sacrifice was “more excellent” (it is found only in Hebrews 11:4; there were numerous questions in the fourth century church created by Constantine as to whether or not Hebrews was even authentic or significant) than Cain’s, and was accepted by God. 

The problem with Cain’s gift, by later redactors and used especially by scandalous sixteenth century scholars passionate for their own interpretations is the fact that Cain’s offering symbolized the resolute debate with the Great Advocate (the serpent: the god of wisdom, that in Babylonian languages and later incorporated into ancient Hebrew as Satan, means Advocate, and one who was favored by the gods in Job 2:1) around the Tree of Knowledge, but never a Snake.  In the earliest days of recorded history, the snake stood for knowledge and useful wisdom.  It was frequently portrayed as a woman, and represented her tongue and vagina.  Later with the advance of patriarchy, the snake became male and represented the tongue and the penis that would enter the celibate, chaste, saved, and enslaved to the gods.  To this end it must be argued that Cain was offering a challenge to the gods (elohim) and debating their monopoly on wisdom and insight, as the deities in Gan Eden were not considered to be at all omniscient (all-knowing), and even

Snake and temptation

omnipotent (all-powerful), nor omnipresent (everywhere). At best the gods were selfish, arrogant, haughty and vengeful, as seen in the repeated verbal ejaculatory exclamations that “vengeance is mine” (Psalm 6:1; Psalm 90:7; Hosea 13:11; Mark 9:43-48; Romans 2:8; Romans 12:19-21; Hebrews 10:30; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).  In every case the gods are  טהומוס or θεμος (themos) and וגרה (ogre, or dragon δράκοντας), beyond contempt and frightening. If we used the most ancient interpretations of the snake and the offering, it was Abel who attempted to beguile Cain with his tongue, either by singing or using it sexually, and either inviting or rejecting anal penetration.

Hathor giving the breath of life to the pharaoh (Egyptian Museum, Cairo)

As for Abel (הבל also pronounced Havel), it is from Hebhel that became Hebrew.  It actually translates as “vanity” but can be translated as “breath” and is indicative of ancient Egyptian deities who “breathed” upon dirt to create life, much in the same manner as the gods of what is today’s Iraq: ancient Babylon.  Abel also translates as “futility”: attempting to take credit for what another did thus arousing jealousy, animosity, and hatred. In the oldest Hebrew Bible, Abel translates as  “elusive” and indicates a tease or toying individual who like to frustrate others deliberately–not exactly god-like qualities nor those of a son of any god or prophet.  It is a better reference point for the myth of the slaughter of the brother.

Abel (Genesis 4:2, 4, 8-9, 25) is called a “righteous” man only in the New Testament (Matthew 23:35). His innocence appears only in a redaction (Luke 11:51).  His gift to the lords or gods of the garden were considered meritorious only in the writings of those who created the letters of Paul (Hebrews 11:4), with the absurd notion that Abel had blood equal to that of the Jesus of the New Testament (Hebrews 12:24) that had curative powers and could eliminate sin from others. None of this appears in the Torah. 

Cain’s death entering the Ark on Abel (MS in author’s private collection)

Modern translators recognize the errors in these definitions, for as I Samuel 6:18 points out, Abel is a word for a great stone on which the Ark landed (Cain, it was thought, through his wife and their descendants, were responsible for the Great Flood, but his death was allowed to enter the Ark so he could suffer so that others could live), or was put around the necks of the accused to sink into deep waters to test the gods judgment on them as to whether or not they were innocent (they would rise above the water) or guilty (they would drown)–a misuse of justice that lasted throughout the Middle Ages and even found its way into Colonial America in the form of the dunking stool.

Cain married sister Luluwa and had children

Abel was killed because of his boasting, bragging, vanity, and selfishness.  When it was first written in cuneiform the story tells us of a braggart that constantly bullied his brother rousing his brother to take his life by stoning.

What people do not know, commonly, is the first actual Biblical record of Cain and Abel and the alleged fratricide does not appear until the first century CE and then is a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls (The Dead Sea Scrolls were inspected using infra-red photography and published by Jim R Davila as part of his doctoral dissertation in 1988. See: Davila, Jim R (1988). Unpublished Pentateuchal Manuscripts from Cave IV Qumran: 4QGenExa, 4QGenb-h, j-k. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University). Unfortunately over the years, and with the determination of the first Constantine (emperor of the East), many of the original scrolls were burned in an effort to “purify” Constantine’s newly established “catholic [universal] church”.  (Some scholars argue today that Constantine either had most scrolls with this fable burned or that a few escaped to the Dead Seas by various small communities of chrestianos and christianos.)  To do this required a total rewriting of approved biblical works that the Arian bishop Eusebius of Caesarea did so well years later. There is no mention of “brevity” in Abel in any early scrolls; on the contrary he was seen as a lecherous individual and who enjoyed cuckolding Cain, as an exegete in a Midrash suggests when it was written noting that Abel teased Cain about their marriage to twin sisters, with Abel demanding the most beautiful woman:  Aclima (Brewer, E. Cobham (1978 (reprint of 1894 version) and Cain having vaginal intercourse (the act of marriage) with Luluwa). The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Edwinstowe, England: Avenel Books. p. 3). 

Contrary to Maggie Gallagher (National Organization for Marriage) and Bryan Fischer (American Family Association), marriage was never between one man and one woman who were not related anywhere in the Bible.  This was common practice in ancient civilizations, and the sexual escapades were popular in more than a few of the tribes thus Abel hastened his own death in keeping with the period of the time to become a “god” (he is referred to as a saint in the early Christian religions, and oddly enough styled a prophet in Islam).

The influence of ancient Egyptian theology, practiced and written thousands of years before any Hebrew writing, brings strong bearing on the Cain and Abel myth.  According to Coptic Christianity (that was far older than either Roman Catholicism or Greek Orthodoxy, the latter two not being established until 325 CE, while Coptic Christianity actually can be dated to 100 BCE or

Part of Matthew 17-18 on a Coptic scroll

later) and the Coptic Book of Adam and Eve (2:1-15), and the Syriac Cave of Treasures, Abel’s body was placed within the cave after many days of mourning.  Most of the important Christian writings were preserved by the Coptics, despite repeated efforts of Roman Emperors, patriarchs and popes to have them destroyed.

The first parents, Adam and Eve, along with their descendants (detailed briefly in Genesis 5), offered their prayers over the unblemished and perfectly maintained cadaver of Cain whom everyone kissed from head to foot. The Sethite line of the Generations of Adam swear by Abel’s blood to

“The First Mourners” [Adam and Eve] by William Bourguereau

segregate themselves from the unrighteous, but there is no record of any blood being retrieved but only that it went into the soil (Genesis 4:10, redacted in Hebrews 12:24) but in much the same way as the blood that went to the goddess Maat attempted to summon justice.

In the extra-biblical Book of Enoch (22:7), one not sanctioned by Constantine I at Nicaea or anywhere else, the soul of Abel is described as having been appointed as the chief of martyrs.  These martyrs were neither witnesses nor saints, but zombies crying for vengeance and demanding the destruction of the seed of Cain (on zombies in the Bible, read Zechariah 14:12, Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Isaiah 26: 19-20, Deuteronomy 22:4-8, Matthew 12:11; 17:7; 27:51-53; Luke 1:69, etc.). This view is repeated in the Testament of Abraham (A:13 / B:11), where Abel has been raised to the position as the judge of the souls. It is of ancient Egyptian origin in the manner of the chief god of the Trinity: the Lord Osiris, known as Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and most importantly: God of gods (a common claim

Zombies in the Bible (and Jesus)

made by religious that claim to be superior to others or who have the only way, but here it was the pharaoh who was also murdered by his brother: the god Seth.  Seth cut him into fourteen pieces and scattered them to the winds.  Osiris’ sister-wife (much like the sister-wife Sarah joined with Abram/ Abraham) ultimately found all fourteen pieces and bound them up thereby creating mummification (but only after impregnating herself with Osiris penis (that had to be rescued from the stomach of a crocodile) so that she could give birth to a savior son: Horus (text is in the Egyptian Book of the Dead)

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Freedom of Speech, Responsibility and Bloodshed

Voltaire in 1718. Portrait by Nicolas de Largillière (1656-1746)

Freedom of speech, thought, association, and other rights taken for granted in the emerging new nation in 1776 that became the United States of [North] America, was quite innovative.  Such liberties were frequently discussed by eighteenth century philosophers, but few saw their ideals formalized into legislation or law.  Fewer thinkers and fewer common people experienced the celebrations of liberty.  Even the great philosophé François-Marie d’Arouet (1694–1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltaire (a prolific writer, philosopher, poet and pamphletist, and the preeminent figure of the age now called the eighteenth-century French Enlightenment), experienced the wrath of the self-righteous in state and church and suffered in prisons for his thoughts, writings (wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets), and speeches.

First and Second Estate (Nobles and Clergy) riding on back of poor (French etching 18th century)

Fluent in Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, English and French, the philosophé spared no one his verbal or written attacks on their self-centered posturing or assumptions of knowledge that he found to be ill-witted and illiterate even among the educated. Voltaire was raw in his brittle condemnation of injustice that was rampant during the abusive reign of Louis XIV, clerical abuses, prejudice on all grounds especially by the pompous Roman Catholic clergy (even though he graduated from a Jesuit college and remained close friends with Jesuit priests throughout his lifetime; his considerations are topicalized in Pomeau, René (1974). La Religion de Voltaire. Paris, France: Librairie Nizet). 

            Belzunce bishop of Marseilles Giclee                      (reign of Louis XV)

Voltaire struck out with razor-sharp wit against the frantic fanaticism of evangelical extremists both among Protestant groups as well as within the Roman Catholic fold.  Repulsed by what he saw within the folds of rituals and rites, Voltaire rejected formalized religion.  The churches that cluttered the skyline with their steeples and towers Voltaire saw as monsterous monuments to superstitious and irrational with its deification or canonization of ancient gods and goddesses as saints. 

Chastisement from man to subjected woman (18th century French illumination)

Along with other enlightened thinkers, including Benjamine Franklin, they questioned and ridiculed those invoking a plethora of patently absurd artifacts as belonging to “virgins”–including the original “virgin” who were directly hailed as being symbolic of the young girl Miriam who transevolving christianos and chrestianos ultimately would define as the mortal mother of Jesus allegedly free from any original sin (the Immaculate Conception) plagiarized from Egyptian theology who the priests of Isis defined as being the Mother of Our Lord (Θεοτοκος).  Christian catechisms after the fourth century CE initiated the transmogrification of this Egyptian goddess into Mary who was hailed as the Mother of God.

Thomas Jefferson

Voltaire was a deist, like Thomas Jefferson who found that religion had transformed good into evil, benefactors into slave owners (of which he was one), and mercy into cruelty. The French philosopher believed in a supreme being, but never claimed the being to be a god.  It was more of a life source, marginally antedating the thesis of Stephen Hawking (Hawking, Stephen (1990). A Brief History of Time . From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantom Books).  

Constitution of USA

Voltaire emphasized reason.  He despised democracy as the rule of the mob, and believed that an enlightened monarchy, informed by the counsels of the wise, was best suited to govern.  Voltaire’s thinking was adopted by many of those who signed the Constitution of the USA. The imperialism and exclusion of people within the Constitution of the USA is clear in the original document–without amendments (except for the Bill of Rights).  US Senators were not chosen by the electorate.  They were hand-picked by venal and vested interests controlling state legislators.  Black people were barely considered humans, and their rights limited in scope and number.  Race mattered (Black people were not considered to be on par with Caucasians but accepted as slaves based on the only known reading at that time of the myth of Cain and the Babylonian legend of Noah who cursed his grandson Canaan for having seen or fondled his testicles). This was enshrined in the Constitution of the USA: known as Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution:

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

Women were equally disenfranchised until the twentieth century, with medical doctors at Harvard arguing that women should consider themselves “wounded creatures” at least once a month because of menstruation.  School was basically parochial and limited to the few elite and wealthy, as became the threshold for modern day politicians such as Mitt Romney who rejects he has any responsibility to represent or better the lives of 47% of all USA citizens (read here and here).  Like Governor Rick Perry of Texas who has single-handedly detroyed the Texas Board of Education (read here and here) and his installed fake historians like David Barton and phoney sciences in Texas classrooms, the Republican Party has spoken out against basic safety nets: social security, medicare, universal health care, better schools, and the inalienable right of women to determine the destiny of their own bodies. 

SCOTUS Judge Antonin Scalia objecting to universal health care for every USA citizen (2012)

If Antonin Scalia had his way, as a “strict constructionist” who literally followed the letter of the Constitution, there would be no national military (only armed farmers), roads and highways would have tolls charged, and elections would be held in fields without the secret “Australian” ballot, and Akin (R-MO), King (R-IA), and Bartlett (R-PA) among others could force their views on others. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) would begin to tear down the wall separating church and state that Thomas Jefferson said was necessary for the USA to be a united people when he wrote to the Baptists of Danbury, CT.

Religions have never been free nor in existence to serve the needs of the common person at any time or anywhere.  Instead, ontological theologies have always been the enslavers of mortals for the growth and enrichment of a select few equal to the ancient world through the epoch of the Middle Ages in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere.

Slavic people of Central and Eastern Europe before 1000 CE

It was during these dark days that early nobles who survived the downfall of a decrepit and decaying Roman Empire by carving out individual latifundiabecame robber barons in the Ukraine and Bulgaria forcing Slavs to convert to the hated religion of the Greeks so that their overlords would gather in gold sent by the Orthodox churches of Asia Minor and the Emperor in the East.  The Slavs were given the choice of converting or being massacred, the same choice Roman Catholics gave Muslims (Moors) in Spain, as did the Muslims in Africa as they raided cities, towns and countryside regions throughout the northern lands of the continent.  Religion has never been freely offered–it always has been forced on a relunctant people everywhere.

Force conversions to Christianity (more than 50% of all Slavs executed), the Orthodox Church rewarded Vladimir with the title Saint.

The Slavs fought off the cruelty of Christians for several hundred years, but were ultimately disempowered and Greece sent in missionaries to clean up the ruins, renaming Slavic gods as saints, and murdering priests of the old religion, but this conversion was not “completed” until 1300 CE, and there still remain followers known as Rodnovery (Родославие/Rodoslavie; Ukrainian: Рiдна Вiра/Ridna Vira, Рідновірство/Ridnovirstvo; Belarusian: Роднавераваннe/ Rоdnaveravanne; Polish: Rodzimowierstwo; Czech: Rodnověří; Slovak: Rodnoverie; the official adoption of what vigilantes from Constantinople called Christianity  is varied: Moravia in 863, Poland in 966, Kievan Rus’ in 988) who worship the old gods to the chargain of Kirill, the corrupt patriarch of Moscow.

Patriarch Kirill’s limitless wealth 2012

Kirill is a multi-billionaire religious leader in Russia working to enthrone Vladimir Putin, silence dissent (Pussy Riot band), and force the Ukrainian and the Bulgarian Orthodox churches to league behind him.  A corrupt politician who has enriched himself at the suffering of the people of Russia, over the last few years sold more than $2 billion in cigarettes to buy himself a penthouse in St. Petersburg, a villa in Switzerland, a $35,000 watch, a yacht, and so forth, while preaching to the Russian Orthodox to immitate the poverty of Jesus; and the priests who demand money to say prayers for their dead.

Hannah Dunston killing the Indians

The same was true of the fate of what would become the land of the red beards (Rus), their poisoning of thought throughout Scandinavia, and barbarian invasion of the emerald island that became known as the British Isles–and through the settlement of the New World.  Scalping was not native to the American aboriginal people, but for the most part was introduced by Europeans, especially the French who offered bounties for scalps to prove the “enemy” was dead (Billard, Jules B. (1974). World of the American Indian.  First Printing edition. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society) and can be dated at least to the days of the Greek historian Herodotus, and recorded, also, in the Second Book of Maccabees (Donald J. Ortner (2003). Identification of pathological conditions in human skeletal remains.  New York: Academic Press, p. 166).

Murder of Inkas (Peru) by Spaniards and Roman Catholic priests (16th century)

The settling initially was to rape the land and denude it of timber and tar for boats, furs and ornaments for trade, and ultimately with the carnage unleashed against Central and South America, to genocidic slaughter, rape and plunder by friars, monks, confessors and soldiers of advanced civilizations from the Aztecs to the Incas so that native American gold would fill the bloodstained coffers of Spain, Portugal, and Tudor England.  Only a few of those who accompanied the invaders dared to write about the human tragedy and barbaric practice of supposedly religious people.  One of those was Bartolomé de las Casas O.P., a Dominican who wrote vividly of the planned, premeditated and calloused murder of entire civilizations and people from Cuba to South America.

Illustration for Bartolomé de las Casas’ book “Brevisima relación de la destrucción de las Indias”–a practice that had long been accepted in Europe

Religion always played a part, with the conquerers killing natives either with bullets or syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases (especially in the conquest of the Hawaiian islands), and later poisoned progeny that mushroomed as white fungus in the USA from the nineteenth century that was hallmarked by “Captains of Industry” from Andrew Carnegie whose minions had Pickerton Detectives fire on workers, and John Rockefeller calling in brigands to stiffle dissent.  This has continued into the distorted world of 2012 and such Troglodytae (as original mused on by Montesquieu in his Lettres persanes, written 1721 now know as Persian Letters), in the misshapen menacing and mincing mentalities of Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his scattered clan with the matriarch housed in a retirement village Florida, 78-year-old Betty Ryan Douglas. 

Betty Ryan Douglas and son Paul Ryan in Florida 2012

Betty told other seniors that she does not worry about her welfare as she has Paul–who she originally feared would be a “ski bum” and who originally vowed to dismantle medicare.  While Betty lied and told other retirees that her son would not cut medicare or medicaid, the National Journal exposes the mother’s deception (which may have been deliberate or the result of following her son’s draconian plan) printing what Ryan proposed in line with Ayn Rand’s (born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum 1905, died 1982) dicta that were written as novels and became the heartbeat of the ultraconservative movement.

Mitt and Ann Romney

The same is true for the shadow puppet pair perfidiously preying on the enigmatic enemies of Charles and Edward Koch of Kansas: Willard [Mitt], a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints (LDS: Mormons) and Anne Romney who openly resents the middle class from asking her questions and not just agreeing to “give Mitt a chance” (watch here and read here).  In each case, religion is always the flying buttress holding up the weight of their lies that are as hard as the stones that the poor lifted to create Notre Dame de Paris.

Constantine burns Arius’ books 326 CE

Few religions have ever accepted freedom of speech or thought.  Since the invention of the Christian church in 325 CE by the non-theist/polytheist Emperor Constantine I in an effort to create a unified empire and his Council warrior/advisors to Nicaea to form his “catholic [universal] church”. Few had any true spiritual interest in the rights of all, but sought forced conversions, theft of property: the temple of other deities for their own use, and freedom of expression and assembly were battered until both lay bloody on the altar of expediency and emperor worship. 

Florida self-proclaimed pastor Terry Jones burns picture of Muhammad and Qu’ran leading to demonstrations by Muslims worldwide.

Constantine busied himself after his novelty was established by burning all works that did not fill the need he saw in a one-world religion.  This would be matchd by all churches from then to 2012, with Terry Jones of Florida promising to burn more Qu’rans. In turn, Muslims

Racist Terry Jones of Florida hangs effigy of Barrack Obama outside of his church, continuing the lie that Obama is Muslim. (2012)

burned Jones in effigy (as Jones hung President Obama in effigy and then burned a drawing of Muhammad with a Qu’ran).  Jones’ goal is to ignite the world in a final battle, the mythology of Armageddon longed for by religious radicals and the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) that was created to propel the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, into the presidency with Perry’s Day of Prayer that brought together more people of hate under a single roof in one day that had not been achieved since the mass rallies for Adolf Hitler.

Self-styled pastor Terry Jones of Florida

The Roman Catholic Church, like its senior-sister the Greek Orthodox Church and its offspring, labored bloodily to silence opposition, to distort, attenuate and transmogrify the original sayings of the Jesus of the New Testament into the praetorian preaching of the group-created Pauline epistles that have little in common with the simple uneducated dicta of the man from Galilee. To this end, the injunction by the New Testament Jesus not to judge others (Matthew 7:1) was unscrupulously unctionized and prepossessively glossed over into a litany of condemnations hailed by the nefarious and odious opportunists in the pay of the empire that elevated the insanity found in 1 Corinthians 6:9 (Ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἄδικοι θεοῦ βασιλείαν οὐ κληρονομήσουσιν; μὴ πλανᾶσθε· οὔτε πόρνοι οὔτε εἰδωλολάτραι οὔτε μοιχοὶ οὔτε μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται). 

Egyptian Honor Killing: Muslim burns Coptic Christian man alive and kills others (2012).

From the Copts of Alexandria, Egypt  (long before Constantine created a centralized bureaucracy known as Christianity), to the Slavs in Central Europe, the landscape became less tolerant as the new religion reared it raw head matching the macheted theology of such theological terrorists as Keith Ratliff of West Des Moines, Iowa and Southern Baptist Convention pastors who hail themselves as being ordained by “the Christ”.  Today, few know, and less care, that the term is from ancient Egyptian, referring to a senior magician who would send out missionaries mantled as magi: wise men in groups of three in quest of a star.

Archbishop John Nienstedts sends out message to congregation instructing them on whom they should vote in violation of IRS Code.

Biblical illiterates who read contemporary mistranslations and elevate the paper on which the words are printed in ink as if the tome itself was god are common place: from street preachers to prelates parading in lace from San Francisco to Miami, Houston to Minneapolis and every place in between. 

Huckabee and Vander Plaats

They include such hate-filled purveyors of perdition such as Mike Huckabee, the part-time dybbuk Baptist bible-pounder, enfant terrible and past fabulist Governor of Arkansas who is intimately intertwined with a perpetually angry pharisaic pseudo-preacher Bob Vander Plaats, a unique speciman who charged $1 million for a political endorsement and then told candidates who could not meet his extortist demands to drop out of the contrived carnival

Pottsville IA KKK

Iowa presidential preference poll, is not only mentally unbalanced but is approaching the genocidic complex that filtered through Nazi reality that still has a stranglehold on Iowa with the KKK headquartered in Boone, Iowa.  Vander Plaats preying mantra  matches the critical calloused learning of most Pentecostal ministers who preach from pulpits who their congregations are to vote for, breathing fire and brimstone and attempt to define ἀρσενοκοῖται as being “homosexual”. 

Homosexuality is the greatest fear in Iowa among the evangelical extremists that huddle beneath the black banner of biblical ignorance of Vander Plaats.  It takes on alleged Biblical proportions as being the sign that the god of Iowa fundamentalist continues to be a demon of wrath and not the Jesus of tenderness, understanding, and acceptance (Acts 10:24).

The word ἀρσενοκοῖται, that Vander Plaats, Huckabee, and other fundamentalists fanatics fume over as a word equal to homosexuality actually is a reference to “effeminancy” or “abusers of themselves with people”: sensualists or masochists would be more accurate.  The word homosexual appears nowhere before 1863 (it was coined by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825–95) and published in his book Forschungen über das Rätsel der mannmännlichen Liebe (Researches on the Riddle of Male–Male [Man-to-Man] Love). Leipzig, Deutschland: Spohr), and is not used in a psychological study for another thirty years (Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1894 [I have the 1892 edition in my personal library]: Psychopathia sexualis: eine klinisch-forensische Studie, Stuttgart, Deutschland: Enke, 1886, where the term is antipathic). Read Psychopathia sexualis: with especial reference to the contrary sexual instinct: a medico-legal study… by R[ichard] von Krafft-Ebing. 7th edition, Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis; it does not appear in German until by 1880, in Gustav Jäger, Gustav (1880). Pyschologie then a part of the series Lehrbuch der allgemeinen Zoologie: ein Leitfaden für Vorträge und zum Selbststudium / von Gustav Jaeger, III. Abth.).  The word homosexual is not printed in any English Bible before 1946.  It does not appear until 1973 in the New International Version [NIV].

Biblical literacy has always been low, as with the infamous line from Genesis 1:28, where the sentence reads:  וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם אֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹהִים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְכִבְשֻׁהָ וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעֹוף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבְכָל־חַיָּה הָרֹמֶשֶׂת עַל־הָאָרֶץ׃. In the original, the word להכפיל, means to “increase” (actually “increase in knowledge” as the people (race) had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge).

William Oughtred

While multiplication was a science in the days of ancient Babylon, its contemporary use does not begin until the seventeenth century when the × symbol for multiplication was introduced by William Oughtred (5 March 1575 – 30 June 1660) who was an English mathematician in 1631, and sought to enhance Christianity: the symbol was for St. Andrew. Oughtred is better known as the inventor of the slide rule.

The adverb multiply does not appear anywhere before 1880-1885). Even in Arabic the word “multiply” (darb: مركز درب) means increasing and it is not a license for unbridled fecundity.  Education is becoming less as religious ideas become more invasive, and churches take a stronger hold on schools and curriculum as is the fate of such ignorant governors as those of Louisiana under Jindal, and Texas under Perry both who champion evolution (or “Intelligent Design”) and find science to be “false” that must be attacked by god-fearing people to defend the bible that their god is unable to protect.

Early copy of the Qu’ran

The problem with the Bible(s) and Qu’ran is that few know what the original interpretation was.  Constantine had destroyed most of the scrolls he disfavored—and most scrolls date to the fourth century, including the favored four gospels, but even here both Matthew and Luke generously plagiarize from Mark. Muhammad, being illiterate, had “Memorizers” commit to memory the words that Gabriel spoke to him—words that were not written down for hundreds of years: starting with Zayd ibn Thabit after Muhammad’s death.  While Muhammad died in the seventh century (632 CE), the oldest surviving copy of the Qu’ran is dated to the ninth century.  Different Qu’rans early manuscripts of the Umayyad and Abbasid Dynasties (653-656) have different codices, wording, and so forth and are unreliable.  The text of the Qur’an used today is taken from one of seven variant readings chosen by Abū Bakr Ibn Mujāhid (Arabic: ابن مجاهد; full name: أبو بكر أحمد بن موسى بن العباس بن مجاهد التميمي; born 245 AH (Islamic calendar) or 859-860 CE) who originally reported that there were fourteen various scrolls in the 10th century; execution by the Abbasid Caliphate al-Muqtadir.  The Qu’ran was published as the Royal Cairo edition by King Fuad of Egypt in 1924.

It is not just Islam or Roman Catholicism, Greek/Russian/Bulgarian/etc Orthodoxy, but even within the evangelical extremist factions of Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witness, Adventists, and especially Mormons (LDS) that there is no tolerance of dissent, no acceptance of humor against the

Hypatia of Alexandria

inconsistencies and absurdities of the cults, etc.  The Coptic Catholics were among the first most violent sect within the cult of primitive Christianity killing Hypatia (the librarian at Alexandria by pulling the skin from her body before casting her into a pile of burning scrolls) and gave foundation for fatwas and myths to Islam.  The anger of the original Coptic Catholics (who still elect their own pope) created great hatred for them by the rest of Egypt and with the rise of Islam and the armies of Muhammad, initiated what many see as an eternal war between Coptic Christians and Muslims. 

Egyptian Muslims pelting Coptic Christians

Today, killing Coptic Christians in Egypt is nearly a daily ritual, and Coptic Christian are taking to the street to throw rocks at police and attack Muslims.  The so-called Muslim Rising in September 2012 is a man-made media myth that is given fuel to the fires of Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Steven King (R-IA), and Brigitte Gabriela  (a.k.a. Nour Saman) who claims that Islam is keeping Muslim nations backwards (Gabriel, Brigitte (2006), Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic

Brigitte Gabriel

Terror Warns America, New York City, NY: St. Martin’s Press, p. 189)–and it is a lie (her own publicist claims Gabriel’s views are “extreme” (Hoyt, Clark (2008-08-21). “A Radical Islamophobe?“. The New York Times)–and most are unfounded and self-invented terrorist propaganda: Lamb, Franklin (6–12 March 2008), “Al-Ahram Weekly“, AL-AHRAM (Cairo), and others: no such general revolt is occuring anywhere in the Muslim world. It is nothing but unabashed and self-aggrandizing ninnyhammering by those opposed to human rights.  Gabriel’s reputation for exaggeration is unparalleled.

Bryan Fischer has accused President Barack Obama of attempting to turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah

The denial of discussion and rejection of reason has and will continue for a long time, with radical Muslims carrying placards from London to Los Angeles to demand the heads of those who “insult Islam” as is equaled by vile pertubations of the American Family Association and Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, National Organization for Marriage, KKK, American Nazis funded by wealthy billionaires, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) amd other certified hate groups in the USA.  With the advent of a Black president (Obama) hate has surged faster in the USA than anywhere radical Islam exists.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula

Most Moslems are moderate people and do not agree with the poorly made and filmed aspersion Innocence of Muslims, nor do they agree with the riots by a few fueled by seven Coptic bigots (including the film maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who has used multiple aliases in the past(“Allleged anti-Muslim film producer has drug, fraud convictions” Los Angeles Times. September 13, 2012. Verrier, Richard (2012). “Was ‘Innocence of Muslims’ directed by a porn producer?” Los Angeles Times, read here; and, and Makarechi, Kia (2012). “Alan Roberts & ‘Innocence Of Muslims’: Softcore Porn Director Linked To Anti-Islam Film” The Huffington Post. Cf. Harriet; Garrison, Jenna (September 13, 2012). “Christian charity, ex-con linked to film on Islam”. Los Angeles Times and Goldberg, Jeffrey (8-20-2012). “Muhammad Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name”. The Atlantic. Cp. here) in Egypt and California and Florida preacher Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center, a nondenominational certified hate group (Evelyn Schlatter (Winter 2010). “18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda“. Southern Poverty Law Center), who created an initial uproar by burning a copy of the Qu’ran (read here and here) and endorsed Innocence Muslims as if hoping for Armageddon.

Aisha bint Abu Bakr

Nakoula’s depiction of Muhammad as a “womanizer” is his own as the Qu’ran does permit bigamy and thus any concept of “womanizing” is contrary to the writing and meaning of the Muslim holy book.  As for being a “child molester”, it is true that Muhammad married a seven year old girl by the name of Aisha bint Abu Bakr (612 – 678) (Arabic: عائشة‎), but that, too, is condoned in the Qu’ran (the marriage was not consummated until the girl was nine years old), and the child was given the title title “Mother of the Believers” (Arabic: أمّ المؤمنين; ref. Nabia Abbott (1942). Aishah: the Beloved of Muhammad. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press), as was the “virgin” (a word that correctly translated means “young” and has nothing to do with sexual virginity; the reference is to a child was about the age of ten or less) Mary. 

Both women played a pivotal role in the ministries of their respective faiths.  Both sat at the tables with the chosen ones (apostles; cf. Acts 1:14: οὗτοι πάντες ἦσαν προσκαρτεροῦντες ὁμοθυμαδὸν τῇ προσευχῇ σὺν γυναιξὶν καὶ Μαριὰμ τῇ μητρὶ [τοῦ] Ἰησοῦ καὶ σὺν τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς αὐτοῦ; the early “gathering”–there was no church–was not reserved for men as women also led in prayers, anointings, ministry, and were equals with Mary unlike the  catachrestic apostacy of the German pope Benedict XVI and Roman Catholic and Orthodox catachrestic clergy that in vanity claim that the priesthood was reserved exclusively for men–as no less than 39 of the early popes married and fathered children many who entered religious orders and rose in rank because of nepotism; cf. Fauvarque, Bertrand (2003). “De la tutelle de l’aristocratie italienne à celle des empereurs germaniques”. In Y.-M. Hilaire (Ed.), Histoire de la papauté, 2000 ans de missions et de tribulations. Paris:Tallandier; cp. “Post multa turpia adulteria et homicidia manibus suis perpetrata, postremo, etc.” Dümmler, Ernst Ludwig (1891). Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite. I (Bonizonis episcopi Sutriensis: Liber ad amicum ed.). Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters. pp. 584.) with antecedents to the theology of Iris of ancient Egypt.

Muhammad’s Call to Prophecy and the First Revelation; in the Majmac al-tawarikh (Compendium of Histories), ca. 1425; Timurid, Herat, Afghanistan

Eventhought, while the contemporary Qu’ran is ambiguous about the depiction of Muhammad (or other people), it is forbidden only in the hadith (supplemental writings to the Qu’ran) but that has not be the case throughout Muslim history.  Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour put a $100,000 bounty on the execution/ assassination of Nakoula for creating the monsterous movie with the financial support of numerous criminal elements, and called for the help of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in killing the filmmaker, Pak leaders and the Pakistani government and people have rejected the outrageous offer.

The great tragedy is that people believe in this inanity and glorify theological thugs and harper who hone heaven as an elect space for a few–thereby showing god to be merciless and sectarian–not at all in keeping with Acts 10:34.  The concept of not judging, glorified in Matthew 10:27 (having been plagiarized from numerous previous scrolls of greater antiquity) is forgotten as is the history of Allah (a word that follows the Aramaic ܐܠܗܐ and Punjabi ਅਲਹੁ formats, and is equated as being equal to the Hebrew) and his daughters: al-Uzzā, Manāt and al-Lāt (Qur’an 53:19–22; 16:57; 37:149 from which the Satanic verses come: Sūra an-Najm verses 19-20) and several sons (Qu’ran 6:100) although he was but a minor Bedouin god housed in the Black Stone in Mecca. The same can be said for all other man-made religions. It is tragic that so many people are so myopically minded and look through long dark tunnels at what they perceive as light, a psycho-physical condition known as temporal lobe epileptic seizures that are known to experience hallucinations and religious visions, particularly after exposure to sunlight. It is a mere reflection of the electricity of another’s attempt to control them, that they miss the message that life is to be lived to the fullest as it is all we know or anyone has recorded except in a state of drug induced euphoria (Greek Oracles), or experienced various stages of epileptic seizures (Moses, Jesus, Joseph Smith Jr, etc) that were not diagnosed but accorded as divine messages (cf. De Boismont, A. Brierre (1853). “Of Hallucinations in Nervous Diseases” in Hallucinations: or, The rational history of apparitions, visions, dreams, ecstasy, magnetism, and somnambulism. Philadelphia, PA, US: Lindsay and Blakiston, pp. 170-181; and, Maudsley, Henry , (1874). “Responsibility in mental disease” in International scientific series, pp. 227-253. New York, NY, US: D Appleton & Company; and, Littlewood, Roland (2004). “From elsewhere: Prophetic visions and dreams among the People of the Earth.” doi: 10.1037/1053-0797.14.2-3.94 Dreaming, Vol. 14(2-3), June-September, pp. 94-106).

The ancient “messengers” which Hebrews call angels (all are male; there are no female angels–the only “women in heaven” are the “virgins” (actually “grapes”) to reward faithful Muslims killed defending the faith) leading to the similar mythology of angels in Christianity under the collective name Gabri-el (Hebrew: גַּבְרִיאֵל, and Arabic: جبريل, literally means “gods who send messengers”, but comes from ancient Babylon and in the Book of Daniel (8:15–26, 9:21–27 Gabriel is “a man in linen” similar to the man in the Cave where the New Testament Jesus was buried; in ancient Hebrew literature Gabriel took souls out of a vat, or “treasury” and gave them to Lailah, the Angel of Conception, to watch over as embryos until it was born as a mortal) was seen only as a mortal man) cause more harm than good.

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) plays a significant role in his creative writing in standing against the Dark Ages of ignorance that Stephen C. Myer, David Barton self-taught Texas historian who has never read actual documents, Bryan Fischer pontiff of universal hate, Scott Lively and others seeking the nonelective post of god would sink the USA into deeper each day that the conduct of inquiry is stifled. At the same time the ayatollahs are guaranteeing that their nations will never reach the grandeur or educational heights of medieval Arabs who built great hospitals (known as bimaristan) and many were the size of palaces well staffed with doctors who were male and female, nurses and all advanced instruments, were humane towards the mentally ill, and added discoveries to science and mathematics, while is a growing force of ignorance in the Roman Catholic Church.

J. Peter Sartain

Roman Catholic prelates of Seattle, WA and one of its two bishops,  Peter Sartain,  has increased the level of hate on the west coast by claiming that a human rights issue known as proposition 74 is “about god”, Chicago, IL Francis cardinal George, San Francisco, CA new drunk cardinal, and New York City’ pedophile protecting archbishop Timothy Dolan, are pushing their adherents backwards hundreds if not one thousand years in understanding, compassion, acceptance of reality and other truths that Carlo Maria cardinal Martini of Milan, Italy, warned his church that it would bring upon itself the End Times being at least two hundred years behind the times of today. It is tragic. 

The legacy of religion is backwardness, intolerance, hatred, and xenophobia. The fear of multiculturalism led to the Christian terrorists Anders Behring Breivik‘s slaughter of youth in Norway equaling the intense hatred of Timothy McVay and his slaughter of people in Oklahoma City, Abiding Truth Ministries (a certified hate group funded heavily especially by conservative Christians in Texas) president Scott Lively’s call for mass genocide, and the rejection of the poor in the USA in the ranting of politicians and billionaires and millionaires who demand that the working poor take pay cuts (read here and here and here with Paul Ryan’s argument here; Mitt Romney’s stand on taxes and cuts is here; Obama’s stand requiring companies that received federal bail-out money to slash wages of senior officials: CEOs, COOs, and other high-wage earners is here and here and here) as the USA is in drowning debt because of George W. Bush’s tax-cut for the wealthy (read here and Friedman, Joel; Shapiro, Isaac (2004-04-23). “Tax Returns: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Bush Administration’s Record on Cutting Taxes”. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).

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Zombies and religion

Speaking to the UN, Gambian President vows he can cure AIDS

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, who sees himself as a god and has vowed he can cure AIDS in the former British colony in northwest Africa, said in a speech on state media Sunday, August 19, 2012:

“All those guilty of serious crimes and are condemned will face the full force of the law,” he said. “All punishments prescribed by law will be maintained in the country to ensure that criminals get what they deserve: that is, that those who kill are killed … By the middle of next month, all the death sentences would have been carried out to the letter.”

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Jammah did not say what constitutes a “serious crime”. 

Gambia surrounded by Senegal

In Gambia a serious crime  includes possessing  250 grams of cocaine or heroin, as well as speaking against the plutocracy of Gambia’s elite and the authoritarianism of the rogue military that follows blindly the roar of its president. We do not know what crimes these prisoners committed making it impossible to judge the fitness of a death sentence.

As a liberal who supports the right of the pregnant woman who is carrying developing and unwanted fetal tissue to obtain a safe and therapeutic abortion, endorse and accept same-sex marriages, stand by the right of those who find live to difficult to bear and seek assisted suicide, etc., I also support the death penalty for those who commit  murder, rape, pedophilia and severe injury to another including those who use torture.  I write not only against the fundamental abuses of the nefarious Russian court system and the odious opportunism of Patriarch Kirill (who made $2 billion by selling cancer sticks to the citizens of Russia and then bought a fleet of expensive cars, yachts, a penthouse in Moscow and villa in Switzerland, a $35,000 watch, etc), nor the corruption rampant in the Ukraine led by its homophobic official church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but also about the pathetic premeditated and graphically filmed torture of Iraqis by USA and UK military who used guidelines for torture defined by John Yoo. Yoo pushed them gently on the easily manuevered George W. Bush who followed the bleating beckoning of Dick Cheney who saw profits for Halliburton while war raged.  Cheney had the support of former Chevron Board Member Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld who conveniently ignored what was happening at Abu Gharib prison. 

Unfortunately the gaggle of goons clustered around George W. Bush, all of whom should be tried for crimes against humanity and executed, will never face trial nor execution as the world wrongly stands in awe of the USA.  Under the Bush II Administration, the nation had become a morally and financially bankrupt and derelict nation that increased taxes on the middle class while giving tax breaks to the very rich.  The Bush II Administration was tottering on a self-destructive course paid for by Edward and Charles Koch and their foundling  Tea Party: a congregation of racists, women-haters such as Rush Limbaugh and Maggie Gallagher.

I reject the death penalty for any form of popular uprising (revolution [it is defined as a failure to overthrow a government, as a revolt is the successful coup d’état] when grievances are not answered nor rectified.  Only the State of New Hampshire’s Constitution recognizes this basic right of its people (Article 10; it went into effect on June 2, 1784). Revolutions happened frequently  around the world, with the USA not being immuned to riots, revolts, revolutions and human slaughter–as has been the fate of every other nation where despots rule and people have limited to no rights.  Congress, under the control of money interests went after the unions, and workers were targeted for discrimination and death (Murray, Robert K. (1955), Red Scare: A Study in National Hysteria, 1919-1920 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; Stone, Geoffrey R (2004). Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (New York, NY: W.W. Norton); Waldman, Louis (1920).  Albany, The Crisis in Government: The History of the Suspension, Trial and Expulsion from the New York State Legislature in 1920 of the Five Socialist Assemblymen by their Political Opponents (New York, NY: Boni and Liveright).

Muhammad’s footprint

The question that must be asked is what crimes did these people commit to merit a death penalty.  If it is for such absurdities as burning the Koran (it is only a book of paper and ink and glue) or depicting Muhammad in any graphic way (favorably or , etc–that is free speech that Gambia does not recognize [as Gambia is 90% Muslim: one of the most mind-destroying cults in the world] in keeping with the theocrats who guide Gambia. While portraying Muhammad in any way is forbidden, according to mullahs and ayatollahs, his portrait is found everywhere and goes back more than 1000 years ago to the first Koran written more than 100 years after his death, complete with nativity details.

Birth of Muhammad

What should be overthrown are the puppets of Islam as there is no single religion on this planet that has ever benefited anyone–it only has created zombies.

The Jews define Zombies in Ezekiel 37: 1-14: 1 הָיְתָה עָלַי יַד־יְהוָה וַיֹּוצִאֵנִי בְרוּחַ יְהוָה וַיְנִיחֵנִי

Ezekiel 37:13 zombies and “dry bones”

בְּתֹוךְ הַבִּקְעָה וְהִיא מְלֵאָה עֲצָמֹות׃ 2 וְהֶעֱבִירַנִי עֲלֵיהֶם סָבִיב סָבִיב וְהִנֵּה רַבֹּות מְאֹד עַל־פְּנֵי הַבִּקְעָה וְהִנֵּה יְבֵשֹׁות מְאֹד׃ 3 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן־אָדָם הֲתִחְיֶינָה הָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה וָאֹמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה אַתָּה יָדָעְתָּ׃ 4 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הִנָּבֵא עַל־הָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם הָעֲצָמֹות הַיְבֵשֹׁות שִׁמְעוּ דְּבַר־יְהוָה׃ 5 כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה לָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה הִנֵּה אֲנִי מֵבִיא בָכֶם רוּחַ וִחְיִיתֶם׃ 6 וְנָתַתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם גִּדִים וְהַעֲלֵתִי עֲלֵיכֶם בָּשָׂר וְקָרַמְתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם עֹור וְנָתַתִּי בָכֶם רוּחַ וִחְיִיתֶם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה׃7 וְנִבֵּאתִי כַּאֲשֶׁר צֻוֵּיתִי וַיְהִי־קֹול כְּהִנָּבְאִי וְהִנֵּה־רַעַשׁ וַתִּקְרְבוּ עֲצָמֹות עֶצֶם אֶל־עַצְמֹו׃ 8 וְרָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה־עֲלֵיהֶם גִּדִים וּבָשָׂר עָלָה וַיִּקְרַם עֲלֵיהֶם עֹור מִלְמָעְלָה וְרוּחַ אֵין בָּהֶם׃ 9 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הִנָּבֵא אֶל־הָרוּחַ הִנָּבֵא בֶן־אָדָם וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל־הָרוּחַ כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה מֵאַרְבַּע רוּחֹות בֹּאִי הָרוּחַ וּפְחִי בַּהֲרוּגִים הָאֵלֶּה וְיִחְיוּ׃ 10 וְהִנַּבֵּאתִי כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּנִי וַתָּבֹוא בָהֶם הָרוּחַ וַיִּחְיוּ וַיַּעַמְדוּ עַל־רַגְלֵיהֶם חַיִל גָּדֹול מְאֹד־מְאֹד׃ ס 11 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן־אָדָם הָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה כָּל־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל הֵמָּה הִנֵּה אֹמְרִים יָבְשׁוּ עַצְמֹותֵינוּ וְאָבְדָה תִקְוָתֵנוּ נִגְזַרְנוּ לָנוּ׃ 12 לָכֵן הִנָּבֵא וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנֵּה אֲנִי פֹתֵחַ אֶת־קִבְרֹותֵיכֶם וְהַעֲלֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם מִקִּבְרֹותֵיכֶם עַמִּי וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם אֶל־אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ ס 13 וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה בְּפִתְחִי אֶת־קִבְרֹותֵיכֶם וּבְהַעֲלֹותִי אֶתְכֶם מִקִּבְרֹותֵיכֶם עַמִּי׃ 14 וְנָתַתִּי רוּחִי בָכֶם וִחְיִיתֶם וְהִנַּחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם עַל־אַדְמַתְכֶם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה דִּבַּרְתִּי וְעָשִׂיתִי נְאֻם־יְהוָה׃ ף, also in Zachariah 14:12, Deuteronomy 22:4-8, and Isaiah 26: 19-20.

Matthew 27:52-53: “the graves were opened and many bodies of the dead rose…and walked into Jerusalem.”

Zombies are also found in the New Tesetament. They are the subject of Matthew 27:52-53: 52 καὶ τὰ μνημεῖα ἀνεῴχθησαν καὶ πολλὰ σώματα τῶν κεκοιμημένων ἁγίων ἠγέρθησαν, 53 καὶ ἐξελθόντες ἐκ τῶν μνημείων μετὰ τὴν ἔγερσιν αὐτοῦ εἰσῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν πόλιν καὶ ἐνεφανίσθησαν πολλοῖς, Mark 12:18-27, 1 Cor 15:32, 50-53, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 [NIV]. Muslims read about Zombies in the Koran 18:18, 23-24 in the plagiarism of The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus an account that was originally told by Gregory of Tours in the sixth century and then “translated” into Byzantine Greek by Symeon Metaphrastes (tenth century CE) in his Lives of the Saints for the month of July (ref. on the Koran: Koch, John (1883).  Die Siebenschlafereigende, ihr Ursprung u. ihre Verbreitung. Eine mythologisch-literaturgeschichtliche Studie. Leipzig, Germany, pp. 123-183; an exhaustive monograph with a full bibliography; I had made a mistake in dating, that was pointed out–for which I am grateful–by Fred Edwords). 

Symeon Metaphrastes legend was taken from  Aristotle (Physics, 4:11) and translated into Latin by Gregory of Tours. There were numerous other translations such as a Syriac version by James of Sarug (d. 521), that Jews read to the illiterate Muhammad who came to them “seeking enlightenment”.  Its popularity led to a retranslation of the Syriac story into other Eastern languages. There is even an Anglo-Norman poem, Li set dormanz, written by Chardry; it also occurs again in Jacobus de Voragines’s “Golden Legend” (Legenda aurea) and in an Old-Norse fragment).  It has always been used to stifle dissent.

Ishtar told her god father Anu she wanted to marry Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh refused), from ancient Sumer c. 600 BCE

All of these religions stole parts of or complete legends from far older religions, especially that of ancient Sumer (Sumerian), as we read in the epic Gilgamesh, where the vengeful god Ishtar demands of her father Anu:

Taurus is depicted in the astronomical treatise Book of Fixed Stars by the Persian astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, c. 964.

Father, give me the Bull of Heaven

So he can kill Gilgamesh in his dwelling.

If you do not give me the Bull of Heaven,

I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld,

I will smash the doorposts, and leave the doors flat down,

And will let t he dead go up to eat the living!

And the dead will outnumber the living.

(cf, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Trans. N. K. Sandars. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985, pp. 85-88).  The Bull of Heaven was Taurus (Unicode ♉) and was the prototype for the Apiru/Abiru cow-god Yah dating to 4000 BCE.

Zombies in ancient Sumer; the 8-pointed star is Ishtar (Venus) 3000 BCE

Zombies existed, it was believed, to first devour the body and then to return to capture the soul.  Ancient theologies, such as those at Sumer, treated Zombies as saviours, and their actions as rituals, with the high priests (known as bishops) declaring “take this flesh and eat it, take this cup of blood and drink it … then go out two by two and teach the truth of being the living dead, minister to those who hunger for peace and eat their bodies so that they can have eternal life.” We find it later in Jewish tracts, and throughout the ancient world from Greece to Africa in separate writings about people who died, were buried, returned to life and came out of a tomb and were hailed as the living dead: Zombies. 

In the ancient communities of christianos and chrestianos there were numerous cults that considered the Jesus of the New Testament to be a Zombie: he died, was buried, came back from the tomb and then disappeared (the ancient Egyptians referred to anyone who returned from death would be pulled into heaven, a concept that Constantine’s “catholic [universal] church concluded was an ascension.  These same absurdities are supported by leaders who need a gullible and ignorant populace to enrich themselves (look at the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox (especially the predatory Patriarch Kirill the guard dog for Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin), Ukrainian Orthodox, Anglican, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and similar churches) and fight to convert others to their faith.

The enemy is religion, as in each religion there is a postscript to Jesus’ injunction: “Eat my flesh, and drink my blood” (John 6:51-56, where even the people of Jerusalem understood the message to herald cannibalism: 51 ἐγὼ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ζῶν ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς· ἐάν τις φάγῃ ἐκ τούτου τοῦ ἄρτου ζήσει εἰς τὸν αἰώνα, καὶ ὁ ἄρτος δὲ ὃν ἐγὼ δώσω ἡ σάρξ μού ἐστιν ὑπὲρ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου ζωῆς. Ἐμάχοντο οὖν πρὸς ἀλλήλους οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι λέγοντες· πῶς δύναται οὗτος ἡμῖν δοῦναι τὴν σάρκα [αὐτοῦ] φαγεῖν; 53 εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς [ὁ] Ἰησοῦς· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ φάγητε τὴν σάρκα τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ πίητε αὐτοῦ τὸ αἷμα, οὐκ ἔχετε ζωὴν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς. 54 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον, καγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ. 55 ἡ γὰρ σάρξ μου ἀληθής ἐστιν βρῶσις, καὶ τὸ αἷμα μου ἀληθής ἐστιν πόσις. 56 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἐν ἐμοὶ μένει καγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ) that is found in numerous ancient religions: from Mithras to Prometheos, etc. 

Cannibalism has always been a part of the worship of the undead (Zombies), especially in Africa, Haiti, and other third world nations.  In Gambia death sentences are known to be used as a tool against the political opposition, and the dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh encourages the most courageous to attempt to overthrow a coup installed President.  The one great fear cowering most people in Gambia is that those who are to be executed will rise out of their burial place to haunt the living. 

To halt any panic Jammeh has called on mullahs and other leaders of Islam to calm the people’s fear–which works for the 90% who are Muslim (most are Sunnis, but there are small pockets of Islam that include the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which adheres to the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who they believe is the promised Messiah as prophesied by Muhammad; Tijani Muslims who are fewer in number, The Bai Faal (Sufi) Muslims, The Mourits (Serign TouBa) and many other sects).  Islam entered Gambia after its missionaries converted the ruler who ordered his subjects also to convert–a practice that has always been widespread as with the missionary zeal and gold given to the leaders of Slavs by two Greek brothers: Sts Cyril (a name that became his after his death; there is no record of what his original name was, but during his travels he was known as Constantine (there exists the argument that Constantine took the name Cyril to create a bond with the Slavs–or at least their leaders (Cizevskij, Dmitrij [also spelled as: Tschižewskij, Dmitrij]; Zenkovsky, Serge A.; Porter, Richard E. (1971). Comparative History of Slavic Literatures. [Nashville, TN]: Vanderbilt University Press. pp. vi.); the Cyril was invented as a reward for creating the Cyrillic alphabet; cf. Hastings, Adrian (1997). The construction of nationhood: ethnicity, religion, and nationalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 126) and Methodius (Κύριλλος καὶ Μεθόδιος, but in the Slavonic language they are remembered together by their Slavonic names: Kѷриллъ и Меѳодїи).  The brothers were fiercely anti-Semetic and published a flurry of papers decrying Judaism and arguing that it should be suppressed.  

Cyril and Methodius urged that all “wrong believers” be severely punished. Those who would not accept Orthodoxy were to be suspect of plotting against the government: an act considered treason–that carried the death penalty.

The brothers popularity was the result of a campaign waged by the Slavic rulers to make them appear saintly. Since the Slavs had many gods and saints (holy people), there was little vocal objection to the missionaries being distinguished by the title of Holy. Accepting a title or preference for special status was not difficult.  What was difficult was the conversion of Slavonia and other Slavic nations did not appear for generations as the gold the brothers carried into Slavic lands were given only to the leaders of the various tribes and states (Fletcher, R. A. (1999) . The barbarian conversion: from paganism to Christianity. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 327).

Rulers in Gambia who embraced Islam came under fire by Gambian Jihadists such as Maba Diakhou Bâ (he was killed leading forces against the animist Serer state of Maad a Sinig Kumba Ndoffene Famak Joof; cp. Kélétigui S. Keita (1970). Maba Diakhou Ba dans le Rip et le Saloum (1861-1867), Dakar, Université de Dakar, Mémoire de Maîtrise) and Foday Kabba Dumbuya who castigated nominally Muslim rulers for their lax religious practices in their states and waged war until the rulers placed a more strict hand on local Muslims, forcing them into obedience. The remaining ten percent are primarily Roman Catholic, but there are some Methodists, Baptists and Traditional African animistic cults that have survived.

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Inventing Christianity

The words Jesus (Latin: Iesus; Hebrew: ישוע; Arabic: عيسى‎ Isa; Greek: Ἰησοῦς Iēsous born c. 7-2 BC/BCE and died c. 30–36 AD/CE) and Christ (ancient Greek: Χριστός, Khristós, meaning ‘anointed’ as a king; (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, ; Aramaic: משיחא, Greek: Μεσσίας,  Arabic: المسيح‎, al-Masīḥ, Latin: Messias. It is a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Māšîah), for Messiah) only of late became the name of a man recorded in the Christian New Testament.  Christ was a given title, not a last name.

Originally, the word Messiah had two meanings: warrior and final prophet. They are not the same nor do they mean the same thing.  The title Christ was never used by the man Jesus in the New Testament.  It has always been used by others: e.g. Matthew 1:1, 1:18; Mark 1:1; John 1:17; 17:3; 9:22; Mark 9:40; Luke 2:11; 22:2. As a title it was bestowed on the New Testament Jesus by Peter, a non-relative and a rather minor disciple, in Luke 9:20.

The engraving reads DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS. It is interpreted to mean either “by Christ the magician” or “the magician by Christ”. Bowl c. 200 BCE.

We have actual artifacts that the word Christ appeared at least by 200 BCE and was always accompanied by the message “the magician” and was the leader of a group of wise men and a conjurer of White Magic. The 200 BCE bowl has numerous subsequent bowls that are found as late as 100 CE, and in each they are associated with a magician titled The Christ and used for magical ceremonies.

The bowl, recently found, is very similar to one depicted on or with two early Egyptian earthenware statuettes that are thought to show a soothsaying ritual.  This ritual was common around 3000 BCE and sometimes included the drinking of blood, but generally was used to hold wine that all soothsayers shared as a “common cup”.  The bowl is not that old, and there are many problems with its too-clear inscription after being under water for 2000 years: it does not show the wear of time.  Der Spiegel noted in an article, that Chrestos  was a rather popular Greek name at that time: “Chrestos war in Griechenland ein gebräuchlicher männlicher Vorname”, erklärt der Historiker Manfred Clauss aus Frankfurt am Main, “das muss nichts mit Jesus zu tun haben.”  It would have nothing to do with a New Testament Jesus, for the translation is: “Chrestos was commonly a man’s given name in Greece,” explains the historian Manfred Clauss of Frankfurt am Main. “That need not have anything to do with Jesus.”  In this instance, the name Jesus would be more of a name used in soothsaying or some magical ritual, such as attempting to raise the dead (singularly or as a group).

It is a weak argument to say that chrestianos and christianos are interchangeable, as Tertullian registered disappointment, if not anger, when he was called a chrestianos. Tertullian was abrupt when he reiterated that he is a “Christian” not a “Chrestian.” (Tertullian, Nat. 1.3.8-9).

The engraving might be a dedication, or present, made by certain a “Chrestos“: a group that became popular in Rome, migrating from Alexandria during the reign of Julius Cesar. They were primarily a passive people, and entered Rome with a firm belief in an afterlife that included respect for the dead by burying each person under a headstone. 

This headstone translates as:

“D.M.” (is an abbreviation of “Diis Manibus”)
“to the gods of theunderworld”
[The following text is difficult to interpret as it is missing “essential” words, and requires an interpretation of  M. (and) T. that would mean]
father/fathers of Drusus, dedicate the tomb to his/their first born son
who lived for 42 years and seven days
and Faustus, the son/slave/freedman of Antonia
the daughter/wife of Drusus, bought the right for the urn [with cremation ashes] to be putin a certain columbarium or other burial place from Jucundus, the Chrestian.

(Lodovico Antonio Muratori (1739-1742).  Novus Thesaurus Veterum Inscriptionum, Vol III. Class. XXIII, Mediolani (Milan), p. 1668, no. 6. Rendered here after Manni, Gaetano, Principi della religion cristiana in Firenze :appoggiati a’ più validi monumenti o si dica monumenti appartenenti alla medesima religione, 1764, p. 3).

This is unlike the militant christianos who argued for a warrior god who would cleanse the world.  It is based on the marginalia of Matthew 10:34 that would be later incorporated into the gospel.  It has been suggested that it belongs to a possible religious association called Ogoistais, but the term or name christianos does not appear anywhere before the reign of Nero who wrongfully has been indicted for supposedly accusing (approximately 64 CE), the Chrestianos of starting the fire that “burned [the wooden ghettos of] Rome, but then it was a perjorative word (1 Peter 4:16).

Chaldees – map of modern day Iraq with Ur of the Chaldees pointed out (where Noah and Abraham allegedly came before invading Canaan)

The word “Ogoistais” could be connected to known religious groups that worshipped early Greek and Egyptian gods and goddesses, such as Hermes, Athena and Isis.  Isis was a popular deity throughout the Roman world, and is at times related to or synonymous with Asherah, Astarte, and other deities. Her devotion was part of the word that Hittite mercenaries, known as IS-RA-EL-ites, later used to distinguish themselves from other mercenaries as they were a more violent group most coming from the Chaldees (Iraq from which the mythological figures of Abraham and Noah come in quest of conquering Canaan–the reason for Noah’s infamous curse) and parts of India.  There are numerous records of ancient Jews being warrior mercenaries throughout Egypt, numbering more than 30,000 at the time of Ptolemy I (Ludovici Mendelssohn schedis usus edidit Paulus Wendland (1900). Aristeae ad Philocratem Epistola etc.  (Leipzig, Deutschland: Teubner  § 13)

If it is a part of another cult, then the “word” could actually be a mélecture for ὁ γεύστης, “the one who tasted”? This would preclude it being salted, or a disk that would come from a “pot” but would rather be a ceremonial cup from which one would sample wine. Much of the wine would be “new wine” and invites a remembrance of the myth of the drunken state of Noah and Lot, both of whom were intoxicated and had sex in defiance of their own prohibitions.

Noah is drunk on new wine and naked

Noah is accused in the Bible of being drunk on wine and cursing Canaan (his grandson) without giving a reason, but most likely it was because of masturbation that stopped further fathering of warriors at that time, as the Bible clearly states that Noah was drunk, which later Apiru (Hebrews) would declare to be the “sin” of seeing a parent naked (Genesis 9:20-27: ). In the original text the word is used as exposing his genitals, and naked means arouse and passion; nude, on the other hand, is a state of being, as with a child and denotes innocense, purity, and union with the divine). 

Lot commits incest with his daughters (Genesis 19)

It is also from this place that Lot and Abraham come.  Lot is an unwelcomed guest in the city of Sodom and refuses to register with the city council strangers who sneak into the town while the community was at war.  Lot leaves with his two daughters and travels to another City of the Plain (Zoar) where he is equally unwelcomed and flees to a cave in the surrounding mountains.  In the cave Lot falls drunk on new wine and then commits incest with his two of his four daughters “so that they preserved his seed within them” (Genesis 19:36).  The two who were married stayed in Sodom and perished with their bridegrooms, indicating rather recent and even hurried marriages since foreigners (the daughters) were suspected of treason and passing secrets to the enemy (Gen. Rabbah 50:9; פרקי רבי אליעזר : מהדורה מדעית Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer, ed. Higger, Michael, and Horowitz Chaim M.  בית המדרש למורים של ישיבת ר’ יצחק אלחנן, New York : Horev, 704-708 [1944-1948] chap. 25).  Lot was considered the evil one.  According to the midrash (Tanhuma, Vayera 12), Lot, from the moment he moved into the city, in fact before that when he told his uncle Abraham that he wanted to move to the city, Lot was determined to dwell in Sodom because he wanted to engage in the licentious behavior of its inhabitants: drinking excessively, engaging in gluttony, ignoring the poor, and so forth (Ezekiel 16:49). His self-righteous, ego-centric and barbaric behavior becomes clear when the townspeople mill about his door, demanding that he hand over the angels.  Instead of doing what Jewish law and custom required, Lot offers his daughters to the mob. The Rabbis observe that a man usually allows himself to be killed in order to save his wife and children, while Lot was willing to allow the townspeople to abuse his daughters.  It is for this reason that the gods of Lot told Lot: By your life, the improper act that you intended to be done to your daughters will indeed be committed, but to you.  Nowhere in the original scrolls is Lot defended for protecting the messengers, nor does it use in any instance the sentence of homosexuality. It shows that Lot was totally depraved and beyond true redemption.  In another midrash (אגדת בראשית : מדרש אגדה על ספר בראשית ריכא (רב) … midrash agadah ʻal sefer Bereshit meyuḥas leha-tana Aba Arikha[ed. Buber, Salomon; מנורה, מכון למחקר ולהוצאת כתבי־יד וספרים עתיקים, New York : Menorah, Makhon le-mehkar ule-hotsaʼat kitve-yad u-sefarim ʻatikim, 719 [1959] 25:1) regards the daughters’ act as punishment for their father’s own sexual promiscuity.

It is not surprising that later Rabbis praised the two daughters who seduced their father, as they were “preserving his seed” and the future of Judaism (Pesikta Rabbati 42). This was common in those days, as civilization depended on children to become fighters and preserve the “houses” (states) that existed.  Another part of the story shows that Genesis was written without consideration of the Laws of Moses in Leviticus, as there is no condemnation of nudity nor of seeing one’s father naked (Leviticus 18:6-18).

The legend of Lot indicates a less sophisticated group who observed rituals and rites but not in the manner intended.  Devotees would have sipped wine and “tasted it” with the injunction “taste from this cup that is the blood of the deity” and it would limited to “true believers” who would “taste it” but not drink it as with the chrestianos in Alexandria.

Idrimi, king of the Hapiru

Guzzling wine and drinking blood has been the description of a blood-thirsty group was known as Apiru (or Habiru, an Egyptian word the sprung from pr.w).  was the name given by various Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Mitanni, and Ugaritic sources (dating between 1800 BCE and 1100 BCE).  It is a reference to a group of people living as nomadic invaders in areas of the Fertile Crescent from Northeastern Mesopotamia and Iran (ancient Persia) to the borders of Egypt in Canaan and was the land fought over, plundered, and its villages destroyed by Abraham and Lot.

Cuneiform of Sumerian SA.GAZ and corresponding West Semitic ha-bi-ru

The Hittite forces called the IS[is]-Ra-El-ites after the goddess, the god of the sun, and the Lord over the family who was a minor god. The Apiru came from Sumeria or other parts bordering on the Fertile Crescent and are designated by a two-character cuneiform logogram transcribed as SA.GAZ that translates as ‘murderer, robber’, literally ‘one who smashes sinews’, is an original Sumerian nominal compound attested as early as ca. 2500 BC. It is later equated with Akkadian habbātu ‘plunderer, bandit’ and šaggāšu ‘murderer’ and are identified with the mythological judge known as Lot in Genesis.  AS a group, are recorded in letters written by Canaanite scribes who had mastered the art of cuneiform-based characters or letters of the Akkadian language.  

Scribes noted that Akkadian leaders complained about attacks by armed groups willing to fight and plunder for anyone who would given them war equipment including shields, swords, and sabers, food and drink provisions, and places where they could rest and quarter their lifestock.  A second devious trick of the Apiru was for chieftains to sell of their wives as prostitutes (Genesis 12:10-20 and Genesis 20:1-7) and then reclaim them saying that their gods were offended; Abraham was a liar, pimp, and sacreligious at best, but in reality it is a story of no less than three men on a mission to establish a new kingdom and rule over it when they had sufficient people, Apiru, to conquer established cities and take control.

Apiru in hieroglyphs

Apiru were known as common thieves, their reputation advanced even by Egyptian pharaohs, such as Thutmose III. Amenhotep II boasted of capturing 89,600 people, of which 3,600 were Apiru, in his campaign in Canaan in 1420 BCE.

The Apiru were quick to take to magic rituals and employed “cups” to hold “the source of life”: usually blood or sperm that was consumed in “sacrifice to the gods of old”: the elohim (a plural noun that would be incorporated into the Hebrew language and theology: אֱלֹהִ֔ים).  Ultimately the “source of life” became a ritual drinking of wine, with “new wine” reserved for leaders and gods.

Ancient Roman theater in the modern city of Alexandria, Egypt

The fact that the bowl was found at Alexandria in Egypt is significant. Alexandria was a cosmopolitan center where new and different faiths were always appearing while older faiths and religions were fading fast.  Alexandria was a religious entreport, where faiths were constructed as rapidly as they appear and disappear on the universal landscape.  Each faith claimed to be unique. Each religion was pure fraud, fashioned to make the priests and preachers rich at the expense of the poor, the miserable, the tired, who hoped for a better life–at least in the world to come. 

The sole purpose of religions in Alexandria was to propose solutions to the problem of mortalkind, to offer a fleeting fancy of what might be but never had been.  The mystery religions that rose faster than any Pentecostal group anywhere in the world offered a strangeness that was inviting and yet terrifying.  It was a proto-Adventist colony looking for the return of any number of crucified saviors, a world that held many mysteries that could not be answered as education was denied.  Education was only for a privileged few and not for the masses.  If the laborers learned that they were being fooled into thinking that there was some being who  truly looked after them but did not exist, the masses would rise up and throw off its predatory prelates prattling while dining on the fatted meats sacrificed to the gods (cp. 1 Corinthians 8:1). 

The pontiffs of the ancient world were, without exception, claiming that the mysteries that true science could explain, such as earthquakes, storms, locust infestations, and more were the work of some god or goddess (both in singular and plural form). Myths like burning coals dropping from heaven, rivers running red with blood, and other curses were created for the gullible and enrichment of the priestly class (cp. Exodus 7:9, 8:2-4, 16 ff that can all be explained through natural science and the result of global warming) .

Education in the ancient world, universally, was weak at best, and was not meant nor permitted for everyone to experience.  Religion presumed to have the answers to all questions asked and not asked.  These magical answers were guarded by a self-serving priestly class that infected the thinking of many while robbing the poor for their “daily needs”.  

Jesus: High Priest-King

Those who controlled the people were called priests or kings.  Many had dual hierarchy being priest-kings who controlled religion and politics and some even proclaimed themselves professors (teachers) of science (with ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians arguing that the earth was flat as did Thallas and other Greeks, according to Aristotle (Burch, George Bosworth (1954). “The Counter-Earth”. Osirus (Saint Catherines Press) 11 (1): 267–294; cp. Rawlinson, George (1886).  Ancient Egypt. London: T. Fisher Unwin, pp. 288-297).  The Greek King installed on the Egyptian throne, Ptolemy and others, taught that the sun moved around the earth: Lawson, Russell M. (2004). Science in the ancient world: an encyclopedia. New York: NY: ABC-CLIO. pp. 29–30) and mathematics and philosophy but for the elevation and pseudo-intellectualism of an elite or royal class, for education was to advance fortunes not minds. Rote memorization was imperative for indoctrination; education was not meant to spur the conduct of inquiry as the city of Athens demanded when it called on Socrates to commit suicide matching any Christian family that attacks its members as being “different” or “queer” or “not Christian” leaving the attacked the singular option of suicide to escape their Christian or Mormon family’s bullying “in the name of Christ”.

The primary purpose of education was primitive: it was to indoctrinate not educate.  All but the rulers were to follow unquestioning the dictates of kings and priests, whatever was commanded.  It is the very heart of the word “islam” (الإسلام‎  an active participle) that enjoins all to total submission.

All civilizations held the belief that their deity or his profit if it was paternalistic and patriarchal would be sacrificed so that they might live (either in this world or the next, and from it came the invention of an afterlife).

The cults of Isis, mysteries of Mithra, Krishna in India, and early Christianity bear witness to this as each had a crucified savior who journeyed with a special discipleship of twelve (each member actually representing a sign in the constellation as the magi were star-gazers seeking out messages and answers for what was not know) to spread “the news” of regeneration, resurrection or ascension. Each enlightened leader would end up being sacrificed for the presumed transgressions of the people or world.  This was promised in the performance of a ritual requiring the eating of some form of bread and drinking from the cup or bowl that held the “fluid of life”.

The problem is with the inscription on the bowl that was found in Alexandria.  Many fervent Christians today argue that it stands for Jesus Christ, seeking any form of “biblical [a book that means “book” of any religion that is considered scripture] archaeology” that would confirm their beliefs.  The faithful, the gullible read into the inscription “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,” but that is in error.  There are no spaces in ancient Greek.

Christ in ancient Greek was normally spelled XRICTOC.  There are a few inscriptions where H is used. However, XPHCTOC is also an adjective meaning ‘excellent’, ‘meek’, ‘useful’, ‘noble’. It is the antecedent for Chrestos and for his following Chrestianos.  The Christ who was meek and mild, who invited little children to come to him, who had time for the weak and weary, the homeless and destitute, those who knew hunger or thirst, would not be the Christ of the church when it was created by the Emperor Constantine.  This patient and tender Christ was added only as a reference point to give hope to the huddled masses, not as a real person but as a good story, to be replaced with the vengeful, hate-filled Jesus of Paul–a god only an emperor and warrior bishops could appreciate when they stood to gain armies and coin of the realm to build luxury churches and abodes while the poor suffered.

These facts, alone, significantly increases the number of interpretations of the inscription, as the O GOISTAIS may be a secret code for GOHC.  GOHC means “charlatan” or “magician”, and are more in keeping with the Christos than the Chrestos.  It refers, possibly, to a thief who cursed the magician (Christ) before his death–which would make sense grammatically as found in the phrase Gestas, through Christ [was saved or damned]; while some claim that the saved and repentent thief was Dismis, there is no record of the non-repentant thief in the imperially sanctioned canon being restored or taken to a special place of forgiveness and cleansing, but we still do not have all of the gospels and other writings that Constantine sent to the flames in fear that their content would lessen the faith, and more importantly the obedience, of the masses that he redefined as christianos.  We do have the total Nag Hammadi scrolls or others still secreted in large earthen jars safely buried in the hills.  They would be too controversial and too much like the exposure of the popes Innocent I-XIII who had little to offer but much to take.

The fact that the bowl was not made from any precious metal (gold or copper, and so forth) indicates that it was used by a small and impoverished community of magicians who had it created for one of two purposes.  First, it was in this earthen bowl that special elixirs were concocted and mixed with wine to symbolize blood.  To drink the potion would bring, it was hoped, the promise of eternal life. Second, the other possibility was that the bowl was created for a poor community that found poverty especially powerful when communicating with the gods who looked upon mortals as being made of clay or earth and thus creating a link between the two, especially if it contained some form of native hallucinogenic drug.  Thus the Christos would proclaim, “Blessed are the poor” (Matthew 5:3), and continues to this day among Christians, who followed their ancient ancestors in hatred and venomous insults  especially within the Roman Catholic Church and its Hitleresque attack on Liberation Theology (read here and here where the Roman Catholic Church under the mismanagement of Opus Dei  Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne is destroying the nation of Peru), but that was not that way with Chrestos or chrestianos.

Jeweled chalice

The fact that the bowl was not fashioned from special substances or ornamentation shows that it was not used in mainline religious functions by more popular theologies, as compared with the jewel-encrusted cups found in today’s Orthodox, Catholic or some Protestant services. This gives a greater definition of the two groups in Rome: the chrestianos and the christianos.

The chrestianos came long before there were christianos.  Chrestianos were an ancient people from Alexandria, Egypt, and were a people identified by the name based on their action.  Originally they were a cosmopolitan class of people that included members from various parts of the world when the Roman Empire was founded.  While legend has Rome founded on April 21, 753 BCE by twin brothers Romulus and Remus.  Legends has it that they were born in 771 BCE and had a life similar to Cain and Abel.  Romulus killed Remus after a quarrel, with Romulus being the first King of Rome. As King of Rome, Romulus created the foundation for what would be the Roman Empire, with Cesar Augustus being considered the first Roman emperor of what then was considered a republic in 27 BCE. 

The Chrestianos were passive, caring, and considerate—the reasons for their downfall, as they became slaves (another definition of chrestianos) until sufficient time and abuse (especially by christianos) brought them to rebellion. It was the Christianos who were the violent, hot-tempered, self-righteous Pentecostalists who were determined to convert the world by force, intrigue and lies.

The word Chrestianos is a derivative of the adjective Chrestos. It is indicative, by definition of “that which is fit for use” and means “good”, “kindly”, “generous, “mild” and “pleasant”—the attributes that their leader Chrestos had and the message he delivered to those who would accept the rule of a secular prince or Cesar, “by rendering to Cesar that which belonged to Cesar, and to god that which belonged to god”.  It is the word that the Hellenic Greeks used for their slaves who were “service oriented” or were “profitable” to their masters, and is copied in Romans 2:4: ἡ τοῦ πλούτου τῆς χρηστότητος αὐτοῦ καὶ τῆς ἀνοχῆς καὶ τῆς μακροθυμίας καταφρονεῖς, ἀγνοῶν ὅτι τὸ χρηστὸν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰς μετάνοιαν σε ἄγει to denote goodness (καλοσύνη), closely related to katachraomi: meaning to “use to the fullest extent.” 

Metropolitan Bishop Nikolai of Plovdiv, Representative of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church

The authors of “Paul” were determined to keep the chrestianos subservient to meet their needs and desires much the same way that the unholy Inquisition of the Middle Ages and the unholy Synods in the East (Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece) are determined to wear golden miters and carry jeweled crosses on their chests as they roar out condemnation and curse those they find wanting, demanding that they be stoned to death as is so common in Bulgaria in the Mephistophelean metropolitan Plovdiv Bishop Nikolai who deliberately lied and added yet another falsehood to the Bible when he proclaimed: “The task of the Orthodox Church assigned by our God Jesus Christ himself, is to protect the moral and ethical principles of scripture”. More vicious and vitriolic than Nikolai  is Father Evgeni Yanakiev from the town of Sliven and a member of the unholy Synod of Bulgaria. 

Benedict XVI (2012)

While the Jesus of the New Testament wore the poorest clothing (Luke 9:58 f), and John the Baptist (יוחנן המטביל) lived nude as there was no church to tend to any physical needs, the priests and bishops from the days of Constantine I wore raiment shot with gold and sewn with precious stones from 325 CE to this day.  Cnstantine’s “catholic [universal] church” became the richest institution in the known world, with abbeys and monasteries and churches laying mortmain (dead hand) and frankalmoin (gifts to god; cf. Henrici Bracton, De Legibus et Consuetudinibus, cp. Kirkalfy, A. K. R. (1962).Potter’s Historical Introduction to English Law and Its Institutions. London: Sweet and Maxwell, p. 212) over the worldly goods of those who died “in the faith” and remains in control of the coffers of people and nations (read here and  here and here).

Chrestos has nothing in common with Christos.  The latter is translated and defined as “one who has been anointed or smeared with chrisma that is a psychotropic unguent reserved for kings and people of special hierarchical rank.  The original inclusion of Chrestos in the scrolls was a statement that Jesus was a slave to his father (Mark 14:35-36 35, Matthew 26:39, 42, Luke 22:42; the original source is the Gospel of Mark, the oldest gospel), and not a king (Mark 15:2, Luke 23:3, which Jesus of the New Testament never claimed), but subjected individual will to one higher (not equal to as Constantine I pushed through his obliging bishops in their creation of the fabricated  Abaddon Nicene Creed).  The role of Constantine I was well known among his subjects: that he would be emperor-pontiff- priest and god (cf. Paul Stephenson (2009). Constantine: Roman Emperor, Christian Victor. Chapter 11 notes:  The Emperor established and enforced orthodoxy for domestic tranquility and the efficacy of prayers in support of the empire).

It is easy to find a reference to the Chrestianos even in the forgery of Titus 3:1-4: Ὑπομίμνησκε αὐτοὺς ἀρχαῖς ἐξουσίαις ὑποτάσσεσθαι, πειθαρχεῖν, πρὸς πᾶν ἔργον ἀγαθὸν ἑτοίμους εἶναι, 2μηδένα βλασφημεῖν, ἀμάχους εἶναι, ἐπιεικεῖς, πᾶσαν ἐνδεικνυμένους πραΰτητα πρὸς πάντας ἀνθρώπους. 3Ἦμεν γὰρ ποτε καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀνόητοι, ἀπειθεῖς. πλανώμενοι, δουλεύοντες ἐπιθυμίαις καὶ ἠδοναῖς ποικίλαις, ἐν κακίᾳ καὶ φθόνῳ διάγοντες στυγητοί, μισοῦντες ἀλλήλους. 4ὅτε δὲ ἡ χρηστότης καὶ ἡ φιλανθρωπία ἐπεφάνη τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν θεοῦ, where the various redactors use the word chreia (χρηστότης)in the form or meaning of “good works” in keeping with the chrestianos.  The passage reads “all our people are to learn to occupy themselves in doing good works for their practical needs”: to be “good slaves who are useful to the community.” This is furthered in 2 Timothy 2:14f, where to be “saved” a person must prove to be “profitable” to the community: “There is to be no wrangling about words: all that this ever profits is the destruction of those who are listening. Do all you can to present yourself … as a man who has no cause to be ashamed of his work … Have nothing to do with pointless philosophical discussions…” as that would be outside of blind faith—but one that the later church of Constantine would give permission to follow in their “teachings”.  Augustine of Hippo the frequent visitors to whores by whom he had a bastard he called Adeodatus, by this definition, was a heretic, as he was not following the rubric that to be saved, one had to remain silent, work hard and never think for oneself.

The chrestianos devolution comes with the invention of Paul and the release of the group-work Letters to the Corinthians, especially as seen in I Corinthians 9:12.  The writers of Corinthians are blunt in stating that they have “sown spiritual things” and would “harvest your spiritual things”.  This theft from the people is what led to the uprising of the Alexandrian chrestianos, the burning of the wooden huts in Rome, and the attack on the nobility and the presbyters who were using religion to enrich themselves. It was equal to the Greek masters ordering slaves to work, then harvest, and sell it for the enrichment of the owner (the future church that within one hundred years following its official creation by the Emperor in 325) is one of the richest institutions on the planet while the people fall deeper into debt and peonage until they have to beg for slop and remains from the fattened clergy as their bishops build monstrous churches, basilicas, monasteries, etc. that house their god like the ancient temples housed their deities as the poor lived in thatched huts that were burned in sport by rogue illiterate nobility. Their sole claim to any respect was having their name changed to christianos: bound slaves to a leader of fiction to justify the existence of a church that was birthed from a foul womb of faith. 

11th century forgery of Tacitus’ “Annals”

It was the chrestianos who Tacitus was referring to in his Annals Book XV (the earliest known extant manuscript of Tacitus was not written until the 11th century CE at the monastery of Monte Cassino; it is kept in the Laurentian Library (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana).  Medieval forgeries have the chrestianos changed into christianos in an effort to proclaim a group following the traditional Jesus of the New Testament, but this a Latinized koine Greek word with a meaning and etymology wholly separate from Christianoi. The fabrication is seen in this line auctor nominis eius Christus Tiberio imperitante per procuratorem Pontium Pilatum supplicio adfectus erat…Christus, which is to be translated as from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus

The gross inaccuracy lies in the mention of Pilate as ‘procurator,’ when in fact Pilate was prefect of Judea. Tacitus himself had risen through the magisterial ranks to the status of proconsul, and therefore would have had a precise knowledge of the proper terminology as well as the succession of administrators.  Even more absurd is that none of the early Christian writers, as later redacted and/or defined by the apologists make any mention of Tacitus.

Tacitus, Annales, XV.44 with marginalia

Tacitus refers to the chrestianos, not the christianos in his Annals XV:44 as being the vandals who set fire to Rome, and for their arson suffered numerous indignities and ultimate death.  While references to Tacitus blog the church from the eleventh century to the present (with a rare citation from the eighth century redaction by zealous monks eager to improve on the original text and to give strength to their religious convictions), references to Tacitus’ claims of christianos do not appear before the eighth century CE, another clue as to their late creation.

Tacitus originally wrote “chrestianos” as can be seen with the erasure.

The obvious forgery that has not eluded any serious scholar of the Tacitus manuscript is in the erasure of the original ‘eta’ in Chrestianos and the differently-inked ‘íota’ has rather noticeable counterparts elsewhere in the literature of early Christianity. This was the appraisal of then-director of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Dr. Teresa Lodi, who wrote «The “e”, written originally, of which there are still signs left at the erased area [Italian: rasura], was changed into “i” taking out the upper circle and the horizontal line, while the remaining part was corrected, in my opinion, with the same ink and the same hand, towards an “i”. Another hand added the dot above the “i” and the hyphen between “i” and “s”». Dr. Ida Giovanna Rao, head of the manuscript office (Responsabile Ufficio Manoscritti) at Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana concurred, noting: «with a great effort [Italian: “con molta fatica”] it is possible to hypothesize that there was an “e” under the actual “i”, because the correction is really very clean and the only real pieces of circumstantial evidence—and not proofs—are the apex on the “i” and the hyphen linking “chri” with “stianos”, drawn with a less dark ink, identical to the one that makes the marginal correction [which is rather a bookmark, she says] “Christiani”, beyond to the “i”, which is overdrawn and darker than the other letters, in which the ink in general is more vanished.» She adds (in English): «By “con molta fatica” I mean that the correction was made with accuracy, so that it is not “visible a prima vista” [at first glance] but only if one looks exactly.»

Codex Sinaiticus (divided into four institutions) c. late fourth century

This is especially true in the Codex Sinaiticus, the world’s oldest extant manuscript of the alleged Christian ‘Holy Bible,’ handwritten in Egypt in the fourth century and contains three closely identical and equally obvious forgeries.  Nearly all of these forgeries occur around or immediately after the Emperor Constantine I of the Eastern Roman Empire called his bad of cutthroat bishops to his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.  It was then that the Emperor, not any bishop, had the assembly proclaim that the Jesus of the New Testament was the “son of god”—an ancient title reserved for Horus of Egypt who was born to Isis and Osiris.

The term, name or title Christianos is of recent invention.   The invention of Christian/Christians is used only three times in theNew Testament – twice in the Acts of the Apostles, and once in the First Epistle of Peter.  Both are forgeries.  In Acts 11:26 it is printed: “in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.”  In the oldest copies of these references, Acts 11:26 and 26:28, 1 Peter 4:16. In the earliest extant complete bible, Codex Sinaiticus (fourth century), the Greek words are even spelled out in the customary way, i.e. Chrestian/Chrestians that were hastily and clumsily reprinted Christian/Christians.  Acts 26:27 is unaceptable as it is an insertion as noting the speech of Paul by his “intimate friend” Luke.  Peter 4:16 “Christian” is used as a perjeroative and the writers of Peter use it to shore up the resolve of the faithful to persevere in the faith.

1 Peter 4:16 (forgery)

The invention of Christianos in the Bible is most easily seen in 1 Peter 4:16. The text, however, does not follow closely, and can be erased by a careful reading and studying of the original text of Acts 11:26.

Acts 11:26 (forgery)

Jesus is a shortening for the word Joshua: a nickname.  At the time that Jesus allegedly lived and died, the name Jesus was extraordinarily common.  It is true that there are numerous prophecies about a Messiah, but this warrior chief is never named.  An historical Jesus is almost impossible to find in any historical record. 

The established Church (the see at Constantinople that falsely claimed precedence over the one at Jerusalem and the other at Antioch) created the myth of a “forever virgin” Mary whereas in the original scrolls the word παρθενικός merely means “young girl” or “maiden” from the Hebrew word ‘almah that is taken from Isaiah 7:14 and means only that the maidenhead (the hymen) was broken and natural sperm entered to fertilize a released egg (ova).  The Biblical Greek παρθένα became Παρθένος (parthenos)is incorrect and was pushed in the Septuagint (of LXX) by the Greek, Bulgarian, and Serbian Orthodox communities without any legitimate support; it was followed by numerous editions until it was corrected in the Revised Standard Version.  Her “perpetual virginity” or Mary being “ever virgin” (Ancient Greek: ἀειπαρθένος  aeiparthenos) that is held by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and numerous Protestant churches and their original leaders (Calvin as noted on Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1882). Extraits des manuaux du Conseil d Lausanne, 1512 á 1536, Publiés et annotés par Ernest Chavannes p. 426, but in the end neither supported it nor rejected it as recorded in McKim, Donald K. and Wright, David F. (1992) Encyclopedia of the Reformed faith. Louisville, KY, USA: Westminster/John Knox Press; Edinburgh, Scotland: Saint Andrew Press, page 237; Zwingli was more emphatic: Zwingli, Ulrich; Egli, Emil; Finsler, Georg; Zwingli-Verein, Georg; Zürich (1905). “Eini Predigt von der ewig reinen Magd Maria.” (in German). Huldreich Zwinglis sämtliche Werke. 1. Berlin, Germany: C. A. Schwetschke und Sohn. p. 385; Luther as found in Pelikan, Jaroslav and Lehmann, Helmut T., eds. (1955). Luther’s Works (Philadelphia, PA, USA: Fortress Press, Vol. 43, p. 212); John Wesley as described by Coulter, A. C. (1964). John Wesley.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press, p. 496) and Zwingli) is plain fraud, as is her exaltation into heaven nothing less than a plagiarism from ancient Egyptian theology that has Isis (known throughout Egypt as “Queen of Heaven”) rising to the sky to have the moon beneath her feet and stars above her head; for historical older antecedents, read here; for sacred texts read here).   

The first mention that Mary was “ever virgin” does not appear before 374 CE, in the apologetics of Epiphanius. Mary had numerous children, by no less than two husbands (there is no historical nor Biblical proof that Joseph was an old man; cf. Tabor, James D. (2006). The Jesus Dynasty. New York, NY, USA: Simon & Schuster, pp. 65 ff) with Jesus’ brothers even acknowledged by the church historian Eusebius (Church History, II:23, III:19 relying, in part on John 2:12 patterned after Mark 3:31-32 and confirmed in Acts 1:14, cp. Mark 15:47, 16:1, cf. 6:3). 

The account of Jesus in the New Testament is not the record preached by contemporary Christians of any affirmation, and distinctly not that of Pentecostals, Adventists, Southern Baptists or most evangelical extremists, Orthodox or Catholics of any branch.  The New Testament Jesus dies one week before Passover, not the week of Passover.  The original scroll of Luke (22:14-16) states that “I earnestly wanted to eat this Passover with you before I suffer but I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  A copyist inserted the word “again”—a word that appears nowhere in the early records.  To argue that Jesus died during the Holy Week is not only bad scholarship, poor translation and inadequate interpretation, but shows the total lack of biblical knowledge of the history of the time, place, and political factors. This is buttressed by the comment that Jesus shared “a loaf of bread” (άρτοςor atros: ordinary bread that contains “leaven” or yeast) with his disciples, and not the bread of Passover.  The bread of Passover is quite different.  Passover bread is unleavened flat bread (matzos).  Matzos can be “broken”, but atros bread must be torn or cut. 

The absurdity of today’s translations have more in common with the character of Paul and nothing in common with the Jesus of the New Testament.  Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 11:23: Ἐγὼ γὰρ παρέλαβον ἀπὸ τοῦ κυρίου, ὁ καὶ παρέδωκα ὑμῖν, ὅτι ὁ κύριος Ἰησοῦς ἐν τῇ νυκτὶ ᾗ παρεδίδετο ἔλαβεν ρτον. Cp. The Bulgarian: Защото аз от Господа приех това, което ви и предадох, че Господ Исус през нощта, когато беше предаден, взе хляб, ref. the Romanian: Căci am primit dela Domnul ce v’am învăţat; şi anume că, Domnul Isus, în noaptea în care a fost vîndut, a luat o pîne, with the Hebrew: כי כה קבלתי אנכי מן האדון את אשר גם מסרתי לכם כי האדון ישוע בלילה ההוא אשר נמסר בו לקח את הלחם׃. Passover was the following week, after the pre-Passover meal was eaten and the bread torn apart, the wine consumed, and no goat meat mentioned.  It was one week after Jesus of the New Testament had died, and was buried.  Everything else is a repeatition of the prophets in the Old Testament without referencing anything found in Q or other destroyed gospels. It is from the Old Testament prophets we read about Jesus wandering in the desert, immersion baptism in the nude for John the Baptist “walked down into the water” so there was no sprinkling (cp. Mark 1:5 with 2 Chronicles 22:2-5; cf. Matthew 3:1; 11:11 and Josephus Antiquities 18.5.2 with modern calibration in Beasley-Murray, G.R. (1975), “Baptism,” Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Colin Brown, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan), Vol. I, p. 144), riding into the city as King on the foal of an ass, and symbolically removing the “traders” from the “house of God” as “prophesized” by Zechariah, but more important his comment “One of you who is eating with me will betray me” (Mark 14:18) is directly lifted from Psalm 41:9, that reads “Even my bosom friend, in whom I trusted, who are of my bread, has lifted the heel against me”: Hebrew: גַּם־אִישׁ שְׁלֹומִי ׀ אֲשֶׁר־בָּטַחְתִּי בֹו אֹוכֵל לַחְמִי הִגְדִּיל עָלַי עָקֵב׃; Greek (Septuagint): και γαρ ο ανθρωπος της ειρηνης μου εφ’ ον ηλπισα ο εσθιων αρτους μου εμεγαλυνεν επ’ εμε πτερνισμον; Bulgarian: Да! самият ми близък приятел, комуто имах доверие, Който ядеше хляба ми, дигна своята пета против мене; Russian (Synodal translation with different numbering): (40:10) Даже человек мирный со мною, на которого я полагался, который ел хлеб мой, поднял на меня пяту; which created the Finnish: Niin myös minun ystäväni, johon minä uskalsin, joka sai minun leipääni, se tallasi minun jalkainsa alle, and Polish: Także i ten, z którymem żył w pokoju, któremum ufał, który chleb mój jadał, podniósł piętę przeciwko mnie. Just one hundred years earlier, according to the Dead Sea Scroll community, the Teacher of Righteousness had quoted the very Psalm when one of his inner council of twelve betrayed him (Dead Sea Scrolls, Thanksgiving Hymns 9:23-24).

The greatest fraud is the communion service (“Last Supper”).  It has no complement or correlation with anything Jewish.  Jesus in the New Testament was a Jew–and proud of his heritage and religion.  The passages in Mark and Matthew are based on Luke, the unapologetic advocate and “intimate friend” of Paul, who also, allegedly, authored the Acts of the Apostles.  The  cautionary note “allegedly” must be used as there are too many variations in the handwriting, word choice, and so forth to be the work of one person. 

The words “eat my body” and “drink my blood” care from far older theologies, including those of ancient Egypt.  This is shown in the Didache, dating back to the early second century CE.  It is in the Didache that we find the ceremony of the Eucharist, but it reads this way:

With respect to the Eucharist you shall give thanks as follows: First, with respect to the cup [say]: “We give you thanks our Father for the holy vine of David, your child which you made known to us through Jesus your child. To you be the glory forever.” And with respect to the bread [say]: “We give you thanks our Father for the life and knowledge that you made known to us through Jesus your child. To you be the glory forever.” (Didache 9:1-3, in Bart Enrman, trans. (2003). The Apostolic Fathers, Loeb Classical Library 24, vol. 1 (Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press), p. 431).  There is no mention of the wine representing or transfiguring into blood, nor is there a mention of bread representing or transfiguring into body.  In short, there is no Transubstantiation (Roman Catholic and Orthodox), nor Consubstantiation (Lutheran and other Protestant sects).  It shows that the early communities of Christians( neither chrestianos nor christianos) had any concept or knowledge of a man called Paul.  The legendary Paul, furthermore, through those who wrote in his name, had no familiarity with the brummagenic Last Supper, for Paul’s accounts reverse the order of the celebration. 

In Paul we read that Jesus blessed first the bread, and then the wine.  Luke, however, reports that Jesus first blessed the wine and then the bread. This faux pas is a strong indication that Luke did not know the Paul of the Letters.  Based on the calligraphy in the text is most likely the result of at least two or three generations working on the composition of the imperial synoptic gospels and have no external authenticity. 

In Luke’s account the “fruit of the vine” (Luke 22:18) has more in keeping with the intoxication of Noah than it does with the Last Supper, but whereas Noah awakens naked in a tent beside a vineyard after having drank the wine and curses a young boy (his grandson Canaan), Jesus drinks the wine before he goes into a Garden is followed out of the garden by a young and handsome boy who is naked who “the soldiers lay hands upon” (Mark 14:51: Καὶ εἷς τις νεανίσκος ἠκολούθησεν αὐτῷ, περιβεβλημένος σινδόνα ἐπὶ γυμνοῦ· καὶ κρατοῦσιν αὐτόν οἱ νεανίσκοι in the Greek Orthodox Church impression, cp. Greek New Testament Tischendorf 8th Edition with Diacritics: Καὶ εἷς τις νεανίσκος συνηκολούθει αὐτῷ περιβεβλημένος σινδόνα ἐπὶ γυμνοῦ, καὶ κρατοῦσιν αὐτόν· the word νεανισκοι is not included, and note the difference in the 1551 edition: και εις τις νεανισκος ηκολουθει αυτω περιβεβλημενος σινδονα επι γυμνου και κρατουσιν αυτον οι νεανισκοι, with the Ukrainian including a notation: А один якийся молодець ійшов за ним, одягнений полотном по нагому, й хапають його молодці (воїни); at best the story of the mental agony of Jesus is a repeat of the Noah story of whom there is no record of any suffering prior to drinking the wine).

After Jesus died and was buried (twice), his organization or community (now rendered as “church”) was taken over by his brother James—not by Peter, as Eusebius wrote in Church History. II:23-24, preserving the testimony of Hegesippus (Ἅγιος Ἡγήσιππος c. 110 — c. April 7, 180 CE, writing at least 150 years after the death of the Jesus of the New Testament):

The succession of the church passed [the Greek here is διαδέχομαι or diadexomat, meaning “to succeed”] to James the brother of the Lord, together with the Apostles [of whom Paul was not numbered]

See the Syriac Ascent of James that has been embedded in the Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions I:33-74 that is discussed in Van Voorst, Robert E. (1989). The Ascent of James: History and Theology of a Jewish-Christian Community, SBL Dissertation Series 112 (Atlanta, GA, USA: Scholars Press).  James was called the “Just” by all men from the Lord’s time until ours, since many are called James, but he was holy from his mother’s womb.

There are numerous civil records against grave robbing and the movement of corpses from imperial decrees, as with “Ordinances of Caesar (which Caesar is uncertain; it may be Emperor Tiberitus (14-37) or Claudius (41-54)”:

it is my pleasure that graves and tombs remain undisturbed in perpetuity for those who have made them for the cult of their ancestors or children or members of their house. If, however, any man lay information that another has either demolished them, or has in any other way extracted the buried, or has maliciously transferred them to other places in order to wrong them, or has displaced the sealing of other stones, against such one I order that a trial be instituted, as in respect of the gods, so in regard to the cult of mortals. For it shall be much more obligatory to honor the buried. Let it be absolutely forbidden for anyone to disturb them, in case of contravention I desire that the offender be sentenced to capital punishment on charge of violation of sepuiture [early non-Christian writings on death of Jesus]. 

A page from a 1466 copy of Josephus’ “Antiquities of the Jews”

One of those who wrote about the non-historical Jesus, in fact, not in redaction, is Josephus who penned: “”(Ananus) assembled the Sanhedrin of the judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, the so-called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned” (Antiquities XX 9:1).  This was later echoed by Suetonius (c. A.D. 120), a Roman Historian and court official under Hadrian made two references to Christ. In the Life of Claudius (25.4) he wrote

“As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chestus, he [Claudius] expelled them from Rome.”

In the Lives of the Caesars (26.2) Suetonius wrote:

“Punishment by Nero was inflicted on the Christians, a class of men given to a new and mischievous superstition.”

Most of the people who heard the legend of Jesus of the New Testament were amused.  Most had a better command of science of nature than the christianos—leading Paul to denounce those who studied philosophy.  Paul’s brief mention was used by the pagan Thallus (c. 52 CE, who was a Samaritan-born historian and wrote that the sky turned black when Jesus died, the earth moved (an earthquake), and other “wondrous” happens occurred, relying on the gospel tradition of a “darkness” at the death of Christ (see Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44; and Matthew 27:51-53, whose account includes an earthquake, split rocks, and the rise of zombies). 

Thallus appalling disregard for reality, formalized in his book Histories, was legendary in his own day as a solar eclipse should mark the death of a king as was common lore among Greeks and other Mediterranean peoples (Herodotus, History, 7.37, Plutarch, Pelopidas 31.3 and Aemilius Paulus 17.7-11, Dio Cassius 55.29.3, John Lydus, De Ostentis 70.a), as were such events that corresponded with earthquakes were also a scientific superstition (Aristotle Meteorology 367.b.2, Pliny Natural History 2.195, Virgil Georgics 2.47.478-80; cp.  Jacoby, Felix (1923-1958).  Fragmente der griechischen Historiker [Fragments of the Greek Historians,] Berlin, Germany: Weidmann, 1923-1958). 

The Gospel of John makes no mention of any such events, nor does Paul or any other New Testament author.  Thallus was basically ignored, until the day of Julius Africanus (c. 221 CE) who re jected Thallus doubting the eclipse because Easter happens near the full moon and a solar eclipse would have been impossible at that time, as was well-known.  Africanus wrote:

Phlegon records that, in the time of Tiberius Cæsar, at full moon, there was a full eclipse of the sun from the sixth hour to the ninth – manifestly that one of which we speak. But what has an eclipse in common with an earthquake, the rending rocks, and the resurrection of the dead, and so great a perturbation throughout the universe? . . . And calculation makes out that the period of 70 weeks, as noted in Daniel [9:24-26a], is completed at this time.” (Julius Africanus, Chronographia 18.1) Here, as with others, the insistance was that all marks in the life of Jesus, from birth to death, has to be a fulfillment of Old Testament lore that sprung from Assyrian and Babylonian antecedents–as is the case with the Book of Daniel.

Africanus’ writings were restored by Eusebius and brought his mythology to light, writing with some contempt:

“Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness [at the time of the crucifixion] as an eclipse of the sun-unreasonably, as it seems to me.”

At the time of the paschal there was a full moon, and an eclipse would have been impossible when Christ died. Furthermore, there is no other scientific explanation, but literature does show select saviors dying when the sun or moon is overhead.

The possibility that Jesus was a real man, but no god, nor a savior or messiah was especially punctuated in the Jewish Talmud that was completed by 500 CE. The Babylonian Talmud reference to Jesus reads:

“On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu [of Nazareth] and them herald went before him for forty days saying [Yeshu of Nazareth] is going to be stoned in that he hath practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel. Let everyone knowing aught in his defense come and plead for him. But they found naught in his defense and hanged him on the eve of Passover” (Sanhedrin 43a, “Eve of Passover”).

Many refer to Josephus as attesting to the historicity and manhood of Jesus, but their citations overlook critical words:

“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. . . . Pilate condemned Him to be condemned and to die. And those who had become His disciples did not abandon His discipleship. They reported that He had appeared to them three days after His crucifixion and that He was alive; accordingly, He was perhaps the Messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders” (Antiquities, xviii.ch. 3, subtopic 3, Arabic text).

The Greek text is highly suspected as it was copied down by Greek Christians and does not match the original texts and appears centuries later; it reads:

“Now, there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works–a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew ever to him both many of the Jews, and many Gentiles. He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestions of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to be condemned and to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and the ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day” (Antiquities, xviii.ch. 3, subtopic 3, Greek text).

This is clearly apologetic plagiarism as nowhere does Josephus claim that he believed that Jesus was “the Christ”, in keeping with his writings.  Josephus remained a Jew and no unbelieving Jew would make such statements about Jesus.  The name Jesus Christ does not appear in the New Testament (it is either Jesus or Christ) but does appear in the Old Testament as Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (מְנוֹרָה) which is a part of a Menorah, but today’s apologists misuse a word for an object rather than for a person.

The works of Josephus refer to at least twenty different people with the name Jesus.  In chapter 9 of Book 20, there is also a reference to Jesus son of Damneus who was a High Priest of Israel and is distinct from the reference to “Jesus called [the] Christ” mentioned along with the identification of James.  There are an increasing number of scholars who question the authenticity of the reference, based on various arguments, but primarily based on the observation that various details in The Jewish War differ from it (Habermas, Gary R. (1996). The Historical Jesus, Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., pp. 33-37, and Wells, George Albert (1986). Did Jesus Exist?  London, UK: Pemberton Publishing Co., p. 11; cp. Ed. London : Elek, 1975).  The earliest known reference to Josephus’ work is found in the writings of the third century patristic author Origen.  Origen, however, does not provide any direct reference to the passages involving Jesus.  The three references found in Book 18 and Book 20 of the Antiquities do not appear in any other versions of Josephus’ The Jewish War, except for a Slavonic version of the Testimonium Flavomium (at times called Testimonium Slavonium) that surfaced in the west at the beginning of the 20th century, after its discovery in Russia at the end of the 19th century. 

Josephus’ tracts are, primarily, forgeries cleverly crafted by Christian monks in the eleventh century (Van Voorst, Robert E. (2000). Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence.  Grand Rapids, MI, USA: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., pp. 508-509).  The Jews did not preserve the writings of Josephus because they considered him to be a traitor (Flavius Josephus; Leeming, Henry; Osinkina, Lyubov V.; Leeming, Katherine (2003). Josephus’ Jewish War and Its Slavonic Version: A Synoptic Comparison of the English Translation by H. St. Thackeray with the Critical Edition by N.A. Meščerskij of the Slavonic Version in the Vilna Manuscript Translated into English by H. Leeming and L. Osinkina.. Leiden: Brill, p. 26).

Outside of the spurious sentences sung by later apologists for Jesus the Christ, there are no primary sources that claim Jesus of the New Testament lived, died, or ever rose from the dead.  Jesus is now, and was then, a myth.

As Jesus is/was a myth, so too is the very fabrication of Christianity.  It does not come into being until the Emperor Constantine I hand-crafts it into being a bulkwark against mercenaries the empire hired but never paid, and were at that time banging against the gates and walls that provided protections to Roman citizens and their slaves.  While there were communities of believers (chrestianos and christianos) thre was no Christian church as the Emperor had not yet created it.  The favored line in Matthew 16:18 (καγὼ δέ σοι λέγω ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς) is poorly read and far worse understood (notice the play on Πέτρος and πέτρᾳ).  The word ἐκκλησίαν actually is “assembly”–not a building nor an institution.  As assembly can be gathered together–not a group of building–as we find in συναγαγόντες τὴν ἐκκλησίαν ἀνήγγελλον ὅσα (Acts 14:27) and refers to a group of people who can be greeted: ἀσπασάμενος τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, κατέβη εἰς (Acts 18:22), or dismissed: ἀπέλυσεν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν (Acts 19:41).  A shepherd can feed people, not buildings or organizations: ποιμαίνειν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ θεοῦ (Acts 20:28), and greet people (not churches) in homes: οἶκον αὐτῶν ἐκκλησίαν. ἀσπάσασθε (Romans 16:5, Colosians 4:5) as the Jesus of the New Testament love people not buildings or institutions: ἠγάπησεν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ ἑαυτὸν (Ephesians 5:25).  Even Paul admits he persecuted people, not institutions: διώκων τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, κατὰ δικαιοσύνην (Philippians 3:6).  There was no church until Constantine created one; there was no set organization of Christianity as there were various sects and cults, each proclaiming it had the ultimate answer, some killing others while there were also suicide cults willing to die to hurry the End Times promised by so many charlatans. 

Coin of Roman Emperor Constantine I depicting Sol Invictus Apollo (Constantine I was hailed as a god after he died–not as a Christian)

There was no Roman Catholic Church before 325 CE.  It was not until 325 CE that the Emperor in the East, Constantine I, called his council of warrior bishops to meet with him in the city of Nicaea (Νίκαια in contemporary Iznik, Turkey; it was the ancient city of Bithynia in northwest Asia Minor, and ultimately, before the advent of Christianity, was given to the Thessalian general Lysimachus (Lysimakhos) (circa 355 BC-281 BC) in 301 BC as his share of the lands after Antigonus (who had served under Alexander the Great) was defeated. Lysimachus renamed the city Nicaea in tribute to his wife Nicaea, who was a daughter of Antipater:  Macedonian general and a supporter of kings Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great).  There he announced the formation of a “catholic [universal] church”—with no representative (presbyters) from Rome present.  There were no recognized Popes of Rome, until much later, by the emperors.

The first list of “popes” [i.e. “fathers”] of Rome does not appear until St. Irenaeus, writing between 175 and 190, prepared a highly questionable list of pontiffs.  This list appears not many years after his Roman holiday that lasted longer than he anticipated.  Irenaeus (Εἰρηναῖος), (2nd century AD – c. 202; he was bishop of what today is Lyons, France) enumerates the series from Peter to Eleutherius  in his  Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies) III.3.3, which is used 150 years later by the bishop Eusebius of Cesaraea in his Historia Ecclesiastica : Church History V.6).

Irenaeus had a specific object in mind when he created this list that most contemporaries knew was false.  The list was created to establish the orthodoxy of the traditional doctrine as defined by second century bishops after the original Council of Apostles (that did not include Paul) had died.  It was used as a tool to fight what Irenaeus referred to as heretical novelties, by showing that the bishop of Rome (based on a myth by misinterpreting Matthew 16:18-19), and all bishops, was the natural inheritor of the Apostolic teaching. 

The fraudulency of Irenaeus’ claims can be seen within his imaginary list as the bishop of Lyons gives only the names of the pretend or reputed bishops (pontifex maximus was a title (read here)  reserved for the emperor who did not always go to war but who perform sacrifice [ῥέζειν] for victory acting as chief intercessors to the gods: γεφυροποιοί) alone, not the length of the various episcopates.  It has been noted that one of the greatest absurdities in the emerging church and crystallizing fully in the medieval church was the Roman bishops assuming the title of pontifex maximus despites its pagan and civil context, uses, and understanding (“In the matter of hierarchical nomenclature, one of the most striking instances is the adoption of the term pontifex for a bishop” (Paul Pascal (1966). Medieval Uses of Antiquity in The Classical Journal, Vol. 61, No. 5 [February], pp. 193–197).).  Judas, by early records was no traitor and betrayed no one; it was a plan that backfired.

To grant Paul space in the invention of Christianity is unusual and short sighted, showing a contempt for the absense of any record in civil order (it is a grave error to attempt to use the Bible to prove the contents of the Bible, and is bad scholarship without supporting primary sources).  Paul condemns himself in his words as being knowledgeable about and an instrument of Jesus of the New Testament, as Paul only twice refers to the sayings of Jesus in all the letters (epistles) that are ascribed to his authorship. These references are in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 and 9:14. 

The bulk of Paul’s letters reflect an abrupt and un-Jesus-like message.  For example, whereas Jesus warned his followers against judging others (Matthew 7:1), Paul had no problem with it (Romans 1:18-28 although only verses 26-27 are pounded out on pulpits and in pernicious preaching today, whereas the entire condemnation is for those who are educated and consider themselves wise in the first century through today, while verses 29-32 spell it out even more in opposition to Acts 10:34.  The festering infection that is synonymous with the Epistles of Paul are best seen in the vociferating umbrage of the authors of Romans who wrote:  that evil people are filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them [29πεπληρωμένους πάσῃ ἀδικίᾳ πονηρίᾳ πλεονεξίᾳ κακίᾳ, μεστοὺς φθόνου φόνου ἔριδος δόλου κακοηθείας ψιθυριστάς 30καταλάλους θεοστυγεῖς ὑβριστὰς ὑπερηφάνους ἀλαζόνας, ἐφευρετὰς κακῶν, γονεῦσιν ἀπειθεῖς, 31ἀσυνέτους ἀσυνθέτους ἀστόργους ἀνελεήμονας· 32οἵτινες τὸ δικαίωμα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπιγνόντες ὅτι οἱ τὰ τοιαῦτα πράσσοντες ἄξιοι θανάτου εἰσίν, οὐ μόνον αὐτὰ ποιοῦσιν ἀλλὰ καὶ συνευδοκοῦσιν τοῖς πράσσουσιν. None of this is found in any Gospel, the sayings of Jesus recorded in Q or in any other scroll (Thiede, Carsten Peter and D’Ancona, Matthew (1996). The Jesus Papyrus. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson).  It is a later fiction, much like the redactions of Josephus and Tacitus]; cp. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1 Timothy 1:10)

One thing is clear in the original scrolls: Paul never knew Jesus.  He wrote about the Jesus of the New Testament no less than twenty to thirty years after Jesus died, and during this time period all biblical scholars agree that there are no surviving records.  Even then, as with the Letter to the Galatians, the work is more autobiographical than biographical.

Paul, patronizingly, admits “I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother” (Galatians 1:19). Paul does not refer to James as “an apostle” but accords him greater dignity as “the Lord’s brother.” 

The list of actual apostles is clearly stated in Acts: 1:13, detailing the leaders present in the Upper Room in Jerusalem: “Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Mathew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas brother of James,” and then notes emphatically in verse 14: “All these [the Eleven] were constantly devoting themselves to prayer together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus as well as his brothers” (Compare the brothers with Acts 12:17; cp. Tabor, James D. (2006). The Jesus Dynasty: the Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity. New York, NY, USA: Simon & Schuster). The brothers included Simon the Zealot and Judas the brother of James.

Mary, definitely, was not a virgin in reference to a hymen or by youth.  In the New Testament she is given special dignity, not just as the Mother of Jesus, but also within the Council of the Twelve. This matches ancient Egyptian theology where Isis is accorded superiority over her son Horus and the Twelve gods who assist him.

Paul gives James superiority, over Peter and John (Galatians 2:9).  The order of the brothers and other apostles reflect not mortals but members of the constellation that would iconize the mother Mary, similar to the way Isis had been enshrined. There is no proof that Paul (or Peter) ever died in Rome.

Paul was the antithesis of ancient Christianity. Diabolical and sinister those who created Paul did everything to undo the simple message that the Jesus of the New Testament had and instructed his seventy disciples (Luke 10:1) to spread “to all nations” the words of the Old Testament, not a novel New Testament (cp. Jeremiah 31:31 and Luke 22:30). Paul had not obtained any authority from Jesus, for Jesus was dead and never knew Paul, and Paul had little contact with James, the leader of the new Jewish-Christian community in Jerusalem. Paul showed only contempt for the leaders of the community in Jerusalem, noting that “what they were means nothing to me” (Galatians 2:6, 9). Furthermore, Paul did not hesitate to hide his condemnation and rejection of the religion of Jesus, scorning the Torah (Galatians 3:24-25, Philippians 3:2-3) and denounced those who underwent the required Jewish ceremony of circumcision (Galatians 5:12) even though the Twelve in Jerusalem followed the lead of Jesus’ brother James who said it was not necessary for the Gentiles to follow the Jewish way (Acts 15:19-21).  To make his separation more cutting, Paul uttered what would later be considered a heresy, by claiming that Jesus Histories was not truly born but had existed from all time (Philippians 2:6).

Whereas the emerging church, belching breathlessly out of the community of believers into a stratified, stagnant and sordid institution, had once be thought to argue that Paul was next to or even coequal with Peter, the Letters of Paul show the contrary.  Paul hated and diminished Peter in word and deed, working harder than all of the other Apostles (1 Corinthians 15:10) and suffering more than Jesus suffered, stating that he was “filling up what was lacking in Christ’s suffering” (Colossians 1:24: Νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν καὶ ἀνταναπληρῶ τὰ ὑστερήματα τῶν θλίψεων τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐν τῇ σαρκί μου ὑπὲρ τοῦ σώματος αὐτοῦ, ὅ ἐστιν ἡ ἐκκλησία,) as he “opposed Peter to his face because he stood condemned” over a dispute involving Jewish and Gentile table fellowship (Galatians 2:11: Ὅτε δὲ ἦλθεν Κηφᾶς εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν, κατὰ πρόσωπον αὐτῷ ἀντέστην, ὅτι κατεγνωσμένος ἦν and the Armenian Սակայն երբ Պետրոս եկաւ Անտիոք՝ ես դիմադարձեցի անոր, որովհետեւ պարսաւելի էր:). Paul labels Peter a hypocrite with vitriol in Galatians that is more repugnant and pathetic than all the prattling of Paul in other epistles. To strengthen his lies, Paul more than likely created the two letters attributed to Peter as they sound more like Paul than anyone else.

There is no tangible, incontrovertible proof of a Peter or any immediate successors of Peter or popes during the first one-hundred years in the city of Rome.  The lack of proof, that constitutes evidence, is found in the liturgical tradition of the fourth-century Roman Church, because it was only at the end of the second century that any special feast of martyrs was instituted and there is no first century “popes” recognized, especially Linus who allegedly followed the mythological Peter.  For that reason no Linus, nor any of his alleged successors, appears in the fourth-century lists of the feasts of the Roman saints.

According to Torrigio (Le sacre grotte Vaticane, Viterbo, Italy: Discepoli 1618, p. 53; text is in Italian) when the present confession was constructed in St. Peter’s (1615), sarcophagi were found, and among them was one which bore the word Linus. The explanation given by Severano of this discovery (Memorie delle sette chiese di Roma e di altri luoghi che si trovano per le strade di esse, parte prima in cui si tratta dell’antichita di dette chiese, Roma, Italy: per Giacomo Mascardi, 1630, p. 120) is that probably these sarcophagi contained the remains of the first Roman bishops, and that the one bearing that inscription was Linus’ burial place. This assertion was repeated later on by different writers. But from a MS. of Torrigio’s we see that on the sarcophagus in question there were other letters beside the word Linus, so that they rather belonged to some other name (cp. Aquilinus, De praescriptione, xxxii Anullinus). The place of the discovery of the tomb is a proof that it could not be the tomb of Linus. (De Rossi, Giovanni Battista and Silvagni, Angelo (1935) Società romana di storia patria.; Pontificio istituto di archeologia cristiana. Inscriptiones christianae urbis Romae séptimo saeculo antiquiores, Vol. II: Coemeteria in Viis Cornelia, Aurelia, Portuensi et Ostiensi. Romae : Pontificium institutum archaeologiae christianae, pp. 236-7, in Latin).  Even more condemning is Tertullian’s argument that St. Clement followed St. Peter (De praescriptione, xxxii), yet confusion reigns even here especially with Irenaeus of Lyons. Iremeus (as he is styled in the original Catholic Encyclopedia but should be Irenaeus) has Linus, Anacletus, and Clement; whereas Augustine and Optatus put Clement before Anacletus. On the other hand, the “Catalogus Liberianus”, the “Carmen contra Marcionem” and the “Liber Pontificalis”, all most respectable for their antiquity, make Cletus and Anacletus distinct from each other; while the “Catalogus Felicianus” even sets the latter down as a Greek, the former as a Roman. Among the moderns, Hergenröther, Joseph Adam Gustav (trans. Belet, P abbé) Histoire de l’Eglise. Paris, Delhomme & Briguet [1878?]-1892, Vol. I, 542, note) pronounces for their identity, cf. Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger (1868). Christenthum und Kirche in der Zeit der Grundlegung, 2. verb. Aufl, Regensburg, Deutschland: G.J. Manz, p. 315) declares that “they are, without doubt, the same person”; and that “the `Catalogue of Liberius’ merits little confidence before 230.” Duchesne, Louis Marie Oliver (1889). Origines du culte chrétien: etude sur la liturgie latine avant Charlemagne. Paris, France: Thorin, 1889, in French, ranges himself on that side also.

The dating of papal rule does not appear until 354 and then in the controversial and easily disproven Liberian Catalogue (actually entitled Catalogus Liberianus, after the last pope named: Liberius; it is part of an illuminated manuscript known as Chronographus anni 354 [Chronography of 354])   apparently written by one Furius Dionysius Philocalus.  (The copyists did include the rampant anti-Semitism, especially that of St. John Chrysostom in his Homilies 1 through 8, etc.  The history of the Roman popes can be read in Monumenta Germaniae Historica:  Chronica Minora I (1892 text in Latin; Berolini : apud Weidmannos, 1892-1898), pp. 73-76) Not only does this late list start with a minor apostle, Peter, but ends with a nondescript pope Liberius, but it does include the assumed length of their respective episcopates (citing no records or other data to firm the tome, its research faulty at best), the consular dates, the name of the reigning emperor (both which have numerous public citations), and in many cases other details that cannot be proven nor disproven as most are falsified from legends without even eye witness verification.

Today, scholars recognized that the Liberian Catalogue earlier part was crafted as far as Pontian (230-35) by Hippolytus of Portus, as it is close to his work Chronica Minora (Lipsiae, in aedibus B.G. Teubneri, 1892; text is in ancient Greek [to 1453]).  The highly respected Anglican theologian  Lightfoot bishop of Durham who, from 1854 to 1859, edited the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology, argued that this list originally contained nothing but the names of the bishops and the duration of their episcopates (Ramsey, Arthur Michael. From Gore to Temple.  London, UK: Longmans(1960) p. 1616). Lightfoot argues that the remaining notes were additions by a later hand, most likely by zealous copyists.  Several inaccuracies occur; for example, the list of popes in the Liberian Catalogue is identical with that of Irenaeus, except that Anacletus is doubled into Cletus and Anacletus (creating two popes out of one), while Clement appears before, instead of after, these two names. Then, too, the order of Popes Pius and Anicetus has also been interchanged, thus weakening any relevance of the document. All later lists, such as the list by Eusebius, come no less than three hundred years after the alleged first pontifical reign—and are at best staging of a lie.  For example, Eusebius in his Church History IV.22 writes that in the middle of the second century (at least one hundred or more years after Peter allegedly was crucified in Rome—that has no historical basis) Hegesippus, a Hebrew Christian, visited Rome and drew up a list of bishops as far as Anicetus for his own use.

The Liber Pontificalis, long accepted as an authority of the highest value, is now acknowledged to have been originally composed at the beginning of the fifth century, and, as regards the early popes, to be dependent on the “Liberian Catalogue”. This list is haphazard and includes both popes and antipopes. As the New Catholic Encyclopedia notes, previous “to the middle of the eleventh century, the information is of uncertain value” (Joyce, G. (1911). “Chronological Lists of Popes.”  The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company).

Emperor Nero

As for there being any active church before Constantine, that is a well-placed fable.  It is similar to the legend that Christians/Chrestianos were singled out for persecution.  There were no persecution of Christians, but of chrestianos until the fire (Magnum Incendium) that swept the slums of Rome in 64 CE, and the few Christians who did “confess,” confessed under torture but their confession is unclear if they were admitting to being arsons lighting their homes in a drunken stupor or they were proclaiming themselves to be chrestianos to set the sect apart from christianos and thus bear the wrath of the empire (Tacitus, Annals XV.44).  Arson in Rome, deliberate or accidental, was not new in the imperial city at this time, as there were other such conflagrations  under Vitellius in 69 during the seige of Vespasian (where the culprits were his troops) and under Titus in 80 (Suetonius, Lives of Twelve Caesars, Life of Titus, 8).  The fact that Tacitus’ copyists were quick to blame the Christians and create a false aura of martyrdom were to be subject death rather than acknowledge that Chrestianos being a people eager for martyrdom can be seen in the earliest extant manuscript, the second Medicean, as the e in “Chrestianos”, the Chrestians, has been changed into an i; cf. Gerd Theißen, Annette Merz (2001). Der historische Jesus: ein Lehrbuch. Göttingen, Deutschland: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (originally published in 1996), p. 89 so as to place blame on both sects. The reading Christianos, Christians, is, therefore, doubtful.  There are no primary accounts (written by Fabius Rusticus, Cluvius Rufus and Pliny the Elder) are described as contradictory and gross exaggerations in keeping with Constantine’s desire to show the Christians being wrongly persecuted and singling them out as the True Faith-keepers, and their scrolls burned in the emperor’s holocaust of writings when the works of Arius were also consigned to the flames (ref: Tacitus, Annals XV.38-39 where Tacitus claims the fire was an accident. Nero was in Antium, so could not have set drunkards out to ignite the homes of the poor while he played a lyre on a hill and watched as we read in Cassius Dio, Roman History LXII.16-17 and Suetonius. “Life of Nero”. Lives of Twelve Caesars. p. 38).

During the Ante-Nicene period following the Apostolic Age (from the death of the last official Apostle, until the reign of the Emperor Constantine I), there was a great diversity of views among the various community that emerged nearly simultaneously with strong unifying characteristics lacking in the apostolic period. The most popular views were those held by the Docetics who taught that Jesus did not appear in the flesh, but as a ghost, and thus could not die; what died was the shell of a man that the ghost had invaded (Ignatius, Trallians 9-11).  The Gnostic movement had far more intelligent thinkers, teachers, and preachers than did the movement within Paulinity; these greats included Satornilus of Antioch, who labored before 1500 and Basilides, who taught in Alexandria around 130; and, most important of all, Valentinus, who was active in Rome from c. 135-165 and was regarded as the most gifted figure and thinker of his day.  There are no historical records (outside of the Christian Bible which has no foundation in provable and documented history) that lists a Peter.  Valentinus was far more important in real life than the imaginary initial betrayer of the Jesus of the New Testament.

Maricon made a distinct impact on Rome.  He showed how the New Testament Jesus was far superior in kindness than the violent-enraged Old Testament god.  This made people think and encouraged many to give up Judaism.

Since Marcion preached a message of a loving Jesus, he quickly became unpopular with the rise of the militant community that sought the return of a marshal military Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 10:34.  A struggle broke out and the presbyters that controlled churches in Rome in the name of Paul (nt Peter), demanded the ouster of Marcion.  Their action further alienated the believers and caused one of the first rifts in the community that had not yet been solidified into a single church: a collective community recognizing a single head.

The struggle was intensified with the rise of Montanism that distinctly and sharply followed the teaching of the New Testament Jesus.  The Montanists denounced the worldliness of the church and condemned the priests who claimed they were ministers of Jesus for their lavish living and corrupt secular lifestyle.  Those who denounced the worldliness of the church and its leaders were categorized as “fallen” people: apostasia (“ἀποστασία”) meaning defecting, departuring, revolting or being in rebellion against the church.  Once the Roman Catholic Church had a forceful stranglehold on Western Europe in the nefarious form of the Inquisition (restored by Pope Paul VI (1963-1978) and embellished by Benedict XVI in the manner of Scott Lively, Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, Maggie Gallagher of NOM (read here and here), Brian Fischer (American Family Association) and the two most vile cardinals in history: Timothy Dolan of New York and the wretched Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco with others who despise freedom), Pope Innocent III declared: “Anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God that conflicts with church dogma must be burned without pity.”

While the Roman Catholic Church was the most worldly and among the richest and wretched in western Christiandom, the Eastern Orthodox was the epitome of any organization under criminal control with the patriarchal throne of Constantinople frequently sold to the highest bidder, while new patriarchal investiture was accompanied by heavy payment to the government (read here and here). To recoup their losses, patriarchs and bishops heavily taxed the local parishes and their clergy to the point of bankrupting most.

The Greek patriarchal throne was never secure. Few patriarchs between the 15th and the 19th centuries died a natural death while in office, instead there was a plethora of forced abdications, drowning, exiles, hangings,  and poisonings of patriarchs from Constantinople to Sofia and into Moscow. The hanging of Patriarch Gregory V (Γρηγόριος Ε΄, born Georgios Angelopoulos) from the gate of the patriarchate on Easter Sunday 1821 for becaming a member of the Filiki Eteria (Φιλική Εταιρεία: Friendly Society; cp. Alison, Phillips W. (1897). The war of Greek independence, 1821 to 1833. London, UK: Smith, Elder. pp. 20, 21) that was preparing for a revolt against the Turkish rule; his execution was accompanied by the execution of two metropolitans and twelve bishops, leading to whole-scale burnings of the Bible and the writings of clergy.

The official christiano movement was trotted in by Irenaeus of Lyons, who had little knowledge of the Bible and even less of history—much like the bishops of today, especially those sitting on the Council of Bishops of the USA, and the Perú Council of Bishops.  Irenaeus, writing about 185 CE, claimed that the Gospels of Matthew and John were actually written by the Apostles (which has been repeatedly proven to be false), while Mark (on which all synoptic gospels are based) was claimed to have reproduced the message of Peter and Luke. Irenaeus went so far as to claim that the Gospels said nothing about Gnosticism, further proving his ignorance of the Bible, either rejecting or more likely not knowing 1 Corinthians 2:6 (cp. Irenaeus, Heresies 3.4.1). Still the early movement in Rome thrived as the Gnostic movement was far more open and generous than Pauline Christianity that most considered to be a barbaric transmogrification of anything Jesus said, did, or wanted to occur. It was especially popular from 135-160 CE that it threatened to destroy Paulinity that was being cultivated by Imperial Rome as a way to foster and gain adherents to the empire as it argued for spiritual knowledge (γνωσις) over physical or philosophic knowledge and being more passive led to the legalization of Christianity in 313 CE.

Many of those who had entered the early church also left it, such as Tertullian (Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, c. 160-225 CE), the first ecclesiastical writer of prominence to use Latin in his letters (even the presbyters of Rome used Greek), and unfortunately authored the absurdity of their being an “original sin” (Tertullian, Anima 41, that could only be undone by the power of the grace of God: verse 21).  Tertullian also popularized the Egyptian concept of a Trinity (Tertullian, Praxeas 2), although it was a term that was used earlier than Tertullian by Theophilus of Antioch in Ad Autolycum 2.15 to refer to God, God’s Logos (Jesus), and God’s Sophia (Holy Spirit).  Tertullian and his wife abandoned Christianity for the more views of Montanism. Cp. J. Kaye, Bishop of Lincoln (1845, third edition) The Ecclesiastical History of the Second and Third Centuries, illustrated from the writings of Tertullian. London: Rivington.

Part of the unifying trend of chrestianos and christianos among Gentile was an increasingly harsh rejection of Judaism and Jewish practices. Early Christianity gradually grew apart from Judaism during the first two centuries and established itself as a predominantly Gentile religion in the Roman Empire causing many to leave the new cult. Christianity only became the official religion in 325 CE and then because of the order of Constantine and the support of the army of Rome (Paul Stephenson (2009, 2010). Constantine: Roman Emperor, Christian Victor. New York : Overlook Press, 2010.Chapter 11).  Constantine’s Catholic Church that emerged as today’s Roman Catholic, Orthodox of Protestant Christianity rejected, totally, the words of Jesus of the New Testament: “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle [meek] and humble [lowly] in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease, refreshment, recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome [useful, good — not harsh, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant] and My burden is light and easy to be borne” (Matthew 11:29-30).

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Bulgaria, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Bibliolaters and how Religion turns Politics Insane and Dangerous

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarchate (Българска православна църква – Българска патриаршия, Balgarska pravoslavna tsarkva – Balgarska patriarshiya) is an autocephalous (self-governing with no superior leader or bishop) Eastern Orthodox Church with some 6.5 million members in the Republic of Bulgaria today.  It is the oldest self-governing Slavic Orthodox Church in the world, the least educated, most bibliolateric / bibliotaphic religion that has nothing in common with the ancient Jewish reformed movement of the New Testament nor the New Testament Jesus.  Its ignorance and total lack of charity is equalled only by the Pentecostal pretenders who call themselves clergy. 

The novel, imperially created religion called Christianity,  invaded and raped the ancient Bulgarian tribes, who were Turkic from Central Asia, and had nestled in the Balkans in the first century CE to war against prehistoric civilizations that had cultivated the land generations before their arrival. These prehistoric cultures were more developed, richer, more tolerant, and more committed to the general good of their individual commonwealths than anything the initial Bulgars carried in their war bags. 

Those who came before the Bulgars began developing on what would become known as Bulgaria during the Neolithic period  dating to 1,400,000 BCE. Prehistoric cultures in Bulgarian lands were composed of numerous communities. However, three civilizations stood out, paling the pathetic paternalism and patriarchies that would eventually destroy ancient Bulgaria’s productivity and peaceful nature with the introduction of a bastardized form of Christianity that followed neither the teachings of the Jesus of the New Testament nor any of the apostles who preached in the first century CE.  Instead, the religion that would enter, slash and burn villages, crops, and boats were sprung from the misogyny of the stylized Paul by a school of redactors in the second century CE.  They became the keystone for later Paulinists whose plagiarized writings were eagerly adopted by seventh century Bulgarians eager to do away with the feminist orientation of the past, to squelch human and civil rights that past tribes accepted, and to object to any more of human or sexual expression that was not in compliance with the innovations of the Pauline community. 

Hamangia Culture, Bulgaria and Romania, 5000-4600 BCE

The earliest civilization that left its mark on Bulgaria was the Neolithic Hamangia culture (began around 5250/5200 BCE and lasted until around 4550/4500 BCE) that was matriarch in nature and government and excelled in pottery usually making vessels in the shape of standing, faceless, naked women with large breasts and buttocks (Vladimir Slavchev, Vladimir (2004). “Monuments of the final phase of Cultures Hamangia and Savia on the territory of Bulgaria,” Revista Pontica vols. 37-38 (2004-2005), pp. 9-20; cf. Berciu, Dumitru (1966). Cultura Hamangia. Bucureşti: Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste România (1966), text is in Romanian). 

An anthropomorphic Vinča figurine with incised lines depicting clothing

Successors to the Hamangi wereknown as the Vinča.  The Vinča established their own, more advanced culture (5500–4500 BCE; read Chapman, John (2000). Fragmentation in Archaeology: People, Places, and Broken Objects. London: Routledge, p. 239).  They engaged in copper metallurgy, long before it became an art in what would become known as Europe, when not involved in agriculture, animal husbandry and hunting and foraging and producing high yield cereals:  introducing common wheat, oat and flax and wool (used to make fine fabrics and actually set into place the movement to various fashion cultures, as described by Cvekic, Ljilja (12 November 2007). “Prehistoric women had passion for fashion”. Reuters) to temperate Europe, and made greater use of barley than other cultures, products that were marketed worldwide along with sculptures and jewelry that was fashioned in the form of women since they were also matriarchal, worshipped the divine female, and had rituals similar to the Qadesh in ancient Canaan (Chapman, John (1981). The Vinča culture of south-east Europe: Studies in chronology, economy and society (2 vols). BAR International Series. 117. Oxford: BAR, pp. 117-131; cp. Vasić, Miloje (1932-1936). Preistorijska Vinča I  (1932), Preistorijska Vinča II (1936), Preistorijska Vinča III (1936), Preistorijska Vinča IV  (1936). Beograd [Belgrade] Serbia: Izdanje i štampa državne štamparnje kralevine Jugoslavije, 1932-1936, all are published in Croatian).

Burial at Varna (Bulgaria) with some of the world’s oldest gold

The third group was the eneolithic Varna culture (4400-4100 BCE).  The Varna culture was hard working and made excellent, highly desired and sought after polychrome pottery.  It culture was enriched with elaborate cemeteries, the most famous of which are Varna Necropolis, the eponymous site, and the Durankulak complex.  These two burial grounds comprise the largest prehistoric cemetery in southeastern Europe. 294 graves have been found in the necropolis, many containing sophisticated examples of copper and gold metallurgy, pottery (about 600 pieces, including gold-painted ones), high-quality flint and obsidian blades, beads, and shells, emphasizing that the Varna civilization had extensive trade with far distant nations.

The Varna civilization had a sophisticated religious structure and a belief in an afterlife, but near its decline became patriarchal and had declined to patriarchalism by the end of the fifth century BCE and entombed an elite male in much the same way as the Biblical accounts of the entombment of Jesus took place, to mark the final transition to patriarchy. 

Khebela’s (Cybele) temple in Bulgaria fifth century BCE

The Varna’s followed the goddess Cybele as the source of life, agricultural, and productivity.  Cybele’s temple in Bulgaria was carved into a mountain side, of which it is written:

Това са останки от храм на Кибела. Той се намира на север от тайнствените гробници, където видяхме изсечената глава на бик.

Възрастта на храма е около две хиляди и петстотин години. Това не е сериозна възраст, защото до него е  каменно селище на комай осем хиляди години.

То се намира в Добруджа и е най-старото в континентална Европа.

Cybele’ -Çatal Hüyük

Автентичното име на древното селище (съществувало от  5 400  до  4 100 години преди Христа) не е известно. Затова си позволявам да го нарека Езерния  град.

that can be translated as: These are the remains of a temple of Cybele. It is located north of the mysterious tombs hewn where we saw a bull’s head [a symbol of the ritual of the god Mithras].

The age of the temple is about two thousand five hundred years. This is not a serious [old] age, because until it is [a] stone village that is eight thousand years [its antiquity is not considered].

It is located in Dobrogea and is the oldest in continental Europe.

The original name of the ancient settlement (existed from 5400 to 4100 years BC) is not known. So I venture to call it Lake City.

The decline of the Varna civilization can be addressed to the direct evidence of the incursion of horse-riding warriors who brought with them, muck like the illiterate Abrahamic cults from Iraq carried into Canaan, the concept of male superiority, the mythology of a world flood, male superiority, and the need for redemption (Todorova, Henrieta (1982). Kupferzeitliche Siedlungen in Nordostbulgarien. München, Germany: Beck 1982. Materialien zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Archäologie 13. In German).

Constantine burning Arius’ books 325 CE

Varna’s ancient history was marred by the presence of the Thracians who were invaders and occupiers of settlement on the order of Lot who commanded a seat in the gateway of the City of Sodom. The Tracians were followed later by the Greeks and Romans. Ultimately the Christians came carrying a message of “convert or die”. It was the Christian clergy who pushed the invented religion by Constantine I crafted at his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.  Much of what had been ancient Christianity was destroyed in the fires lit by the Emperor to silence opposition; this silencing was hailed as a divine revelation by those who traveled from Bulgaria to the city that then was known as Constantinople, and would be taken back as a method to convert the Bulgars and other people by force.

The Christians who were two separate groups (chrestianos and christianos) emerging from violent paganism that some wanted to be the standard of the new faith from the Middle East, based on Matthew 10:34: that Jesus came as a warrior who would use his sword to separate families and communities: Да не мислите, че дойдох да поставя мир на земята; не дойдох да поставя мир, а нож.  The most radical of the group held a belief in the supremacy of man and subordination of woman based on the mangled message found in Paulinity (Ephesians 5:22: Жени, [подчинявайте се] на своите мъже, като [длъжност] към Господа).  They demanded that all dissenters submit to the emperor (Mark 12:17: Исус им рече: Отдавайте Кесаревото на Кесаря, и Божието на Бога. И те много се зачудиха на Него)and his attendants fatalistic fantasies that were restyled from the theology of Constantine’s soldiers who worshipped and followed the gospels of the god Mithras (Μίθρας) a religion found in Old Persia and in Sanskrit lore (Ulansey, David (1991). Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 8.). 

It did not become a dominant religion until the early fourth century and then only with the aid of the Roman (Eastern) Empire.  Christianity was not universally loved nor wanted by the majority of Bulgarians.  They revolted against its proscriptions and slaughtered its missionaries until the emperor sent out troops to suppress the rebellion against his religion in which he saw himself as a god before he died (he never converted to Christianity–that is a popular myth that has circulated on the Internet for years, and in fundamentalist schools and churches; the only remaining texts state that Eusebius of Nicodemia baptized the emperor as he was dying; after the emperor’s death, the Roman Senate declared Constantine to be a god, and his church declared him to be Saint Constantine the Great even after he killed his wife and son) and was acclaimed as a god after his death (May 22, 337 CE).  Constantine’s establishment of a “catholic [universal] church” was not supported by many, leading the emperors who followed Constantine to quicken the penalties for what they defined as heresy and apostacy that were termed the enemies of Rome and Constantinople. Christianity was to be a stablizing force, but it was not until Constantine brought pagan statues into the Church, elevated Mithras to the “sun of righteousness” and changed the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday in honor of Mithras.

St. and Tsar Boris I of Bulgaria

In an effort to stop the divisions and exodus from the Bulgarian church, Boris I (died 907 CE) known as the Knyaz (Prince Борис I / Борис-Михаил) of First Bulgarian Empire (852–889) shuttled between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Roman Pope from 865 – 870 CE in an effort to gain autonomy for the Bulgarian church.  It was finally granted at the Fourth Council of Constantinople, and its patriarch took charge of appointing its first primate, clergy, and determining “theological books” that were redactions of earlier texts and had excised from them any writing deemed unfit for the empire by Constantine I in his infamous book burning (and all were Greek Orthodox propaganda).  For his efforts, Boris I was called Tsar (emperor: Бакалов, Георги. Средновековният български владетел. (Титулатура и инсигнии), София 1995, с. 144, 146, Бобчев, С. С. Княз или цар Борис? (към историята на старобългарското право). Титлите на българските владетели, Българска сбирка, ХІV, 5, 1907, с. 311) of Bulgaria, and after he died was proclaimed a saint and declared Equal-to-the-Apostles ( Ὁ Ἅγιος Βόρις – Μιχαὴλ ὁ Ἱσαπόστολος ὁ πρίγκιπας καὶ Φωτιστῆς τοῦ Βουλγαρικοῦ λαοῦ. 2 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ. In Greek).

Cyril and Methodius missionaries to the Slavs

It was not until the arrival of the disciples of Saints Cyril and Methodius (whose historicity is questionable) in 886 CE that Bulgaria had the appearance of enjoying some freedom, for the disciples were instructed to teach future Bulgarian clergy in the Glagolitic alphabet and Slavonic liturgy prepared, allegedly, by Cyril.  Cyril’s edition was based on the vernacular Macedonian Slavs from the region of Thessaloniki.  Once this was done, Boris expelled the Greek clergy and replaced the Greek language with the Slav-Bulgarian vernacular with testaments elevating the recent Bulgarian version of Christianity complete with many sadistic traits of pagan Bulgarian theology to the level Boris I considered acceptable.  This was necessary as Boris was attacking the Byzantines at Acheloos and Katasyrtia (the last city near Constantinople). 

Byzantium, attempting to buy time, ordered that the Bulgarian church be recognized as autonomous and its archbishopric as autocephalous and equal in rank to a Patriarchate in 919 CE.  Religion became a weapon for emperors and tsars to rule people.  Prelates and patriarchs were nothing less than princelings who followed royal dictates so that their luxuries would be paid for out of the thin purposes of the poor and the foolishness of the wealthy who were told they could buy their salvation from misery in the current life to everlasting joy in the life that was promised to come after death.

The final peace between the warring nations was concluded in 927 when the Patriarchate of Constantinople recognized the autocephalous status of the still-primitive Bulgarian Orthodox Church and acknowledged its patriarchal dignity.  This favor would not be granted to the Russian Orthodox Church until 1596.

In an effort to keep Bulgaria on a war-footing, various restrictions were made in theological definitions.  The role of the woman was to be a mother and produce children for the war machine and sons for the church that had, by that time, become intertwined with the government. Unlike what would ultimately happen in the west, the eastern churches encouraged their priests and prelates to produce more children, as celibacy was considered against the will of god. Any deviation, such as a person refusing to marry or produce children or to remain a virgin by taking holy orders (primarily men, as women were expected to give up any idea of sex) met with severe judgment and the penalty of death, with the Bulgarian church citing scripture’s mythology that the gods had mandated that all people “be fruitful and multiply” a contradiction to Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 7:9 where marriage was held to be the last resort rather than sin: εἰ δὲ οὐκ ἐγκρατεύονται γαμησάτωσαν, κρεῖττον γάρ ἐστιν γαμεῖν ἢ πυροῦσθαι. 

Basil II (Βασίλειος Β’ ο Βουλγαροκτόνος)

When Bulgaria fell to Byzantium in 1018, the Bulgarian church was divided again along Greek lines while its clergy began to preach more in earnest for Bulgarians to marry and raise families to fight the Emperor Basil II Bulgaroktonus (Βασίλειος Β΄Βουλγαροκτόνος: Basil II the “Bulgar-Slayer”) who had reduced the Bulgarian people to a second class role. For his cruelty in war that was hailed as bringing souls to the Church, Basil II was acclaimed a saint upon his death.

Ivan Asen I coin

Bulgaria did not re-emerge as a force until 1185/1186 when the brothers Peter IV (Петър IV tsar 1185-1197; his real name was  Theodore (Todor) but it was changed at the time he was proclaimed emperor, and indication that he was not a native born) and Ivan Asen I (Иван Асен I) laid the foundations for a new (second) Bulgarian state (while Bulgarian apologists insist both males were Bulgarians from birth, the Byzantine historian Nicetas Choniates (Νικήτας Χωνιάτης, ca. 1155 to 1215 or 1216), refers to the people of Peter and Ivan Asen as “the barbarians around Mount Haimos, who were earlier called Mysoi, and are now called Blachoi” (Choniates, 482 in Nicetae Choniatae Historia, ed. Jan Louis van Dieten, Jan Louis (1975) Berlin,

Nicetas Choniates

Germany: Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae #11, p. 368).  This was achieved when the brothers restored the Bulgarian Patriarchate (that the Greeks had reduced to an archbishopric) which occurred when Bulgaria united with the Roman Catholic Church in 1203 to the dismay of the Greek Church who worked to call a council in the town of Lampsakos to restore the dignity of the Patriarchy as an Orthodox Church and return to writing along Slavic lines: sermons addressing the obligations of the woman (including remaining silent) and the need for marriage and the production of children.

When the Ottomans (Muslims) conquered Bulgaria (cf. Васил Н. Златарски, История на българската държава през средните векове, Част I, II изд., Наука и изкуство, София 1970), the majority of Bulgarian churches and monasteries (including the Patriarchal Cathedral church of the Holy Ascension in Tarnovo) were razed to the ground, although a few churches were converted into mosques, and the majority of the clergy killed, with the rest of the clergy and most people being converted subtley to Islam, as Thomas Walker Arnold wrote that Islam was not spread by force in the areas under the control of the Ottoman Sultan.  A 17th century author wrote:

Meanwhile he [the Turk] wins [converts] by craft more than by force, and snatches away Christ by fraud out of the hearts of men. For the Turk, it is true, at the present time compels no country by violence to apostatise; but he uses other means whereby imperceptibly he roots out Christianity…

(Arnold, Sir Thomas Walker (1896). The preaching of Islam: a history of the propagation of the Muslim faith. Westminster, UK: A. Constable & C., pg. 135-144). 

Ottoman Janissaries – I Turchi. Codex Vindobonensis 8626

Arnold is not totally correct, as there were exceptions.  For example: The Sultan imposed the infamous blood tax (кръвен данък), also known as devşirme, whereby every fifth young boy was taken from his family (the families were very large then due to the Christian preaching of being “fruitful and multiply) to be trained as a warrior of the Empire. The boys who were taken from their families (although some were sent by their families who wanted their sons to have a comfortable life, and gain some coins for themselves) went through harsh religious and military training that turned them into an elite corps subservient to the Sultan. These corps were called Janissaries (yeni çeri or “new soldier”) and were an elite and loyal unit of the Ottoman army.

When the Muslims first entered Bulgaria, some monks and faithful escaped to Mount Athos, where the preserved Bulgaria’s language, heritage, culture, and religion along with an inbuilt hatred for all things Greek and with a renewed zeal to repopulate the Bulgarian lands with Bulgarians and the Bulgarian faith.  This led to a surge of intolerance for anyone or anything that did not follow the Bulgarian Patriarchate interpretation of the meaning of life and a reemphasis on the most violent penalties described in the Old Testament: stoning homosexuals and adulteresses, shunning or executing non-believers, and repelling foreign influences.  Biblical literalism became bibliolatry, and the custom of kissing the Bible was made mandatory under pain of death. Those who refused were tortured, and if the refusal was by a female she was literally branded a whore without chance of marriage or forgiveness–a branding that  became not only of hot metal but also of words that are found even today in the ranting of autocrats and theocrats such as Rush Limbaugh and Scott Voorhees who claim to be Christian but follow in the footsteps of the Grand Inquisitor immortalized in The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Paisius of Hilendar

Under Paisius of Hilendar (Свети Паисий Хилендарски: 1722-1773), a monk from the southwestern Bulgarian town of Bansko (who is now considered a saint), a volume (История славяноболгарская or History of Slav-Bulgarians; I am using the Cyrillic edition; the modern Bulgarian edition is: История славянобългарска, Istoriya slavyanobalgarska) was written in what was then modern Bulgarian vernacular, called for a national awakening.

Bulgaria national call written in 1762 by Macedonia-born St Paisius of Hilendar

Paisius called for the erasing all traces of Greek language and culture, and ending any connection with the Greek Empire.  His guide was his version of the Bible (Daskalov, Rumen (2004). The Making of a Nation in the Balkans: Historiography of the Bulgarian Revival. Central European University Press. pp. 7–8; the monk’s life is the subject of “История на България”, Издателство на Българската академия на науките, т. 5, София 1985, с. 128).

This changed first with the world wars, then with the takeover of communism, although the Bulgarian Communist Party attempted to work with the Bulgarian church and the Bulgarian church cooperated. The main point of agreement was the distain for human and civil rights that the church claimed were not Biblical rights (although many disagree in Bulgaria).

Following the decay of many societies, Bulgaria continued to oppress marginalized groups through the draconic power of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.  Women demanding equality with men were denounced as lesbians even if they were married and had children. Racial injustices were ignored by the patriarchate, and priests from small villages openly, targeted the LGBT community with violence, social stigmatization, and so forth. The Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) has been at the forefront cataloging, filming and taking depositions of these abuses dedicating their organization to defending and protecting human rights. One of the main targets of the NGO is against the special mephostophelean ministry of the flagitiously foul Father Evgeni Yanakiev from Sliven.  Identical to Adolf Hitler of Germany or Charles Worley of Maiden, North Carolina, USA, Father Evgeni Yanakiev cries out for a genocide of all LGBT by stoning. 

Uttering only words of evil that have been embellished  energumenical, ejaculations, Evgeni has repeatedly denounced the phantom devil that has a firm old over his withered mind in an effort to control villagers to act as mass assassins.  His carping  cacodemonic ramblings have brought in international observers to see the fireband in action, and led Human Rights Watch to send a letter to the Bulgarian minister of justice, Diana Kovacheva. 

Diana Kovacheva. Minister of Justice (Bulgaria)

In the letter, the Bulgarian minister of justice Diana Kovacheva was urged to publicly denounce the statements inciting hatred and violence against LGBT people made by the parochial predatory priest in defiance of the European Union and Bulgarian law.  She smiled. She is a loyal daughter of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church that takes precedence over law.

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, founder of St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, decried the words of Yanakiev and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. He went on record, stating:

It is a sad day when clergy who proclaim the gospel in churches to love one’s enemies and “let him who is without sin cast the first stone” can turn around and incite the faithful to act violently toward others who are different from them. … The church has an obligation to respect the dignity of every human being even when we disagree with them. For church leaders to align with violence and persecution of any minority by the state or the mob is a gross violation of the values and call of Jesus to his followers.

The attitudes of Yanakiev and the Bulgarian church are throwbacks to horrid attitudes of the past, Ogle said:

The history of the Orthodox churches has been tragically marred by persecution, violence and martyrdom by political and religious zealots in the name of God or of the state. We should learn from our own history not only how we should be treated but how to treat others who hold different views than our own.  If we forget our own history and our gospel values, we have lost the intrinsic value of our Christian heritage.

It is a sad day when the secular state appears more Christian than the church itself. We not only diminish our credibility but align ourselves once again with the same religious movements who persecuted the Jews of Europe and asked for state sanction and laws to do so. It is not so long ago that the church justified this attitude towards their fellow neighbors and citizens and Europe nearly destroyed itself in bloody and violent acts. The sin of amnesia can cause us to make the same mistakes. If the church has forgotten her own history of persecution and of being the persecutor, we are part of the problem and have lost our ministry of reconciliation in our time.

Human Rights Watch noted for the minister of justice Article 4.1 of the Bulgarian Protection against Discrimination Act that Bulgarian law prohibits all direct or indirect discrimination on many grounds, including sexual orientation. Evgeni elevates himself above the law as if he were a new Elijah and a witness to a new era consumed in the fires of hate.

Father Evgeni Yanakiev is from the town of Sliven, where I had once planned on buying a house, building a library and school. The more I knew of Sliven, the more rapidly I changed my mind and unpacked my library and furniture. 

Stoning LGBT people (common in 79 countries)

In an interview for the Bulgarian ‘Standard’ on 6 June this Prince of Darkness in clerical robes roared: “Our whole society must in every possible way oppose the gay parade that is being planned. For this reason today, I appeal to all those who consider themselves Christians and Bulgarians-throwing stones at gays is an appropriate way.” 

Pastor Scott Lively

Like the Nigerian Neanderthals and unctious Ugandans who claim they are Christians and sponsor legislation to “kill the gays” urged on by USA fundamentalist preachers like Scott Lively (who hired a convicted sex offender to operate his coffee shop) who have never studied the original scrolls, Father Evgeni Yanakiev yells for a holocaust showing his total ignorance of the message of the Jesus of the New Testament, and the injunction in Matthew 5:9: Блажени миротворците, защото те ще се нарекат Божии чада. that in the Greek reads: μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι [αὐτοὶ] υἱοὶ θεοῦ κληθήσονται.  Yanakiev shows no comprehension of the depth of interpretation of Matthew 7:3-5: И защо гледаш съчицата в окото на брата си, а не внимаваш на гредата в твоето око?(4) Или как ще речеш на брата си. Остави ме да извадя съчицата из окото ти; а ето гредата в твоето око? (5) Лицемерецо, първо извади гредата от твоето око, и тогава ще видиш ясно за да извадиш съчицата от братовото си око with the Greek reading: τί δὲ βλέπεις τὸ κάρφος τὸ ἐν τῷ ὀφθαλμῷ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ σου, τὴν δὲ ἐν τῷ σῷ ὀφθαλμῷ δοκὸν οὐ κατανοεῖς; 4 ἢ πῶς ἐρεῖς τῷ ἀδελφῷ σου· ἄφες ἔκβαλω τὸ κάρφος ἐκ τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ σου, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἡ δοκὸς ἐν τῷ ὀφθαλμῷ σοῦ; 5 ὑποκριτά ἔκβαλε πρῶτον ἐκ τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ σοῦ τὴν δοκόν, καὶ τότε διαβλέψεις ἐκβαλεῖν τὸ κάρφος ἐκ τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ σου.

Father Evgeni’s mental immaturity includes the repeating of fables created to discredit the LGBT when he stated that he could not remain indifferent if someone is “debauching children” and called on his religious followers to throw mayors and state ministers who allow gay pride marches “in the deepest part of the sea with a millstone hung from their necks” misquoting Matthew 18:6 which specifically uses the word “offend” that must be translated as to strike against or cause anger (стачка или причина гняв): А който съблазни едно от тия малките, които вярват в Мене, за него би било по-добре да се окачеше на врата му един воденичен камък, и да потънеше в морските дълбочини. A week later the priest repeated his words in an interview on the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), proving total illiteracy in his Bulgarian bible misinterpreting John 8:7:  Но като постоянствуваха да Го питат, Той се изправи и рече им: Който от вас е безгрешен нека пръв хвърли камък на нея. Cp. With the Russian Synod of 1876: Когда же продолжали спрашивать Его, Он, восклонившись,сказал им: кто из вас без греха, первый брось на нее камень.

On Monday, June 11, the organizing committee of the fifth annual Sofia Pride Parade (the largest human rights event in Bulgaria) issued an open letter to the Holy Synod (the highest authority in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church that consists of poorly trained linguists and philologists (and does not have a single psychologist or psychiatrist on staff) who have no understanding of Acts 10:34: А Петър отвори уста и рече: Наистина виждам, че Бог не гледа на лице).  The committee asked the archbishops to withdraw any calls for violence from the Church, following the injunction of Jesus of the New Testament that not one on the Holy Synod has ever met in literature or in life who said in Matthew 7:7: Искайте, и ще ви се даде; търсете, и ще намерите; хлопайте, и ще ви се отвори. 

On the following Wednesday, the Holy Synod reaffirmed its strong stand against homosexuality (a word that does not exist until 1862, and is not used to address any psychological action or stte of being until 1892) and “immoral manifestations”.  This Christian terrorists argued that it held immutable and immature convictions that homosexuality is “an unnatural lust” that “unconditionally harms both the personality of those who commit and the society as a whole”, thereby going on record in favor of genocide.  What these “saviors of mankind” (спасители на човечеството) ignore is that homosexuality is found in all species in nature (Bagemihl, Bruce (1999).  Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity.  New York, NY, USA: St. Martin’s Press), and who live a normal or traditional life. The archbishops, many who have been accused of pedophile practices, asked all parents and teachers to keep children “away from even seeing the parade” in order to “protect them from seduction.” All major psychological and psychiatric organizations have noted that vocalized homophobia is frequently an indication that the persons condemning a natural state such as homosexuality are most likely closeted homosexuals (cf. Zeichner, Amos; Reidy, Dennis E. (2009). “Are homophobic men attracted to or repulsed by homosexual men? Effects of gay male erotica on anger, fear, happiness, and disgust,” Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol. 10(3), Jul 2009, 231-236. doi: 10.1037/a0014955; Sánchez, Francisco J.; Westefeld, John S.; Liu, William Ming; Vilain, Eric (2010). “Masculine gender role conflict and negative feelings about being gay.”  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Vol 41(2), Apr 2010, 104-111. doi: 10.1037/a0015805. Herek, Gregory M.; Gillis, J. Roy; Cogan, Jeanine C. (2009). “Internalized stigma among sexual minority adults: Insights from a social psychological perspective.” Journal of Counseling Psychology. Vol. 56(1) Jan 2009), 32-43) doi: 10.1037/a0014672).  From the statement released by the Holy Synod, it is more than likely that either a large number or the most vocal opponents of personal freedom are homosexual.

The archbishops’ message was read from church and to public gatherings, including in the erstwhile priest’s town. There is a house is for sale only 30 km from Father Evgeni’s graffiti (here and here) and it is a background for the spewing of more hatred.  The graffiti also indicates that most likely Evgeni is a homosexual and is desperate to hide its reality even though he is subject to the laws of the European Union of which Bulgaria is a member.

Bulgaria, as a member state of the Council of Europe, is subject to a recommendation (CM/Rec (2010) 5) of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to member states to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. The recommendation was unanimously adopted by the Committee of Ministers on March 31, 2010.

Paragraph six under B Hate Speech reads:

Member States should take appropriate measures to combat all forms of expression, including in the media and on the Internet, which may be reasonably understood as likely to produce the effect of inciting, spreading or promoting hatred or other forms of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Such ‘hate speech’ should be prohibited and publicly disavowed whenever it occurs.

The archbishops of Bulgaria ignored openly The international NGO expressed concern in the letter that ‘the call to stone gay people is incitement to hatred and violence’. The letter added: ‘therefore, it should be condemned by you in the clearest terms and in the most public way possible’.  “The call to stone gay people is a heinous threat to the security of peaceful people who want to use their freedom of assembly,” said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. “It is incitement to hatred and violence and should be condemned by the justice minister in the clearest terms and in the most public way possible.”

4th annual Sofia Pride 2011

The Human Rights Watch document, furthermore, contains information about the two previous editions of the gay parade in Sofia which took place in 2008 and 2011. The organization recapped that in 2008 right-wing extremist groups and football hooligans violently attacked participants in the first LGBT pride parade in Bulgaria, while in 2011, three volunteers from the parade in Sofia were attacked and beaten. 

5th annual Sofia Gay Pride parade 2012

In 2012, the march was for equal rights of persons of different sexual orientation or gender identity.  One person was attacked, but gay participants went to his rescue and the attackers disappeared without any police stopping them or their attack.

The human rights spokesperson reminded the justice minister that Bulgaria, as a member state of the Council of Europe, was subject to Recommendation CM/Rec (2010) 5 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, advocating member states to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. The letter revealed that article 4.1 of the Bulgarian Act for protection against discrimination prohibited all direct or indirect discrimination on many grounds, including sexual orientation. In addition, the NGO stated the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, to which Bulgaria is a party, prohibited explicitly in its article 21 discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Human Rights Watch urged the Bulgarian minister of justice to ‘publicly disavow this call for violence and to investigate if Father Yanakiev’s statements can be prosecuted under Bulgaria’s Penal Code’.  Father Yanakiev’s statements equal those of Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin.

It seems that Bulgarian society is not ready to accept the LGBT ostentation yet. It has stimulated a lot of discussions, but it has fueled even more protests and negative reactions. The debate remains fierce, but the only difference is that LGBT ostentation is more and more supported by people of high standing in the country, like former foreign ambassadors for example.

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay of Bulgaria has handed out awards to the Mayor of the city of Pazarzhik Todor Popov and the Pazardzhik Prosecutor Stefan Yanev for “standing up for Christian values, defending Orthodox Christian morality and spirituality, the sanctity of marriage, family, and statehood,” the Sofia News Agency reports. Plovdiv bishop Nikolay awarded the highest distinction of the Plovdiv Bishopric to Pazardzhik mayor Todor Popov and prosecutor Stefan Yanev for upholding a municipal ban on displaying one’s sexual orientation, reports www.Dnevnik.bg.

Nikolai metropolitan Plovdiv awarded mayors and others who supported his program of family values and “kill the gays” 2012

Metropolitan bishop Nikolai, who is notorious in Bulgaria for his hardline Christian stance, praised the Pazardzhik officials for “honorably upholding of Christian values and defending Orthodox morality” and went on to muse on the unity of law, ethics, and religion.  Life has no value to this cleric.

Nikolai metropolitan of Plovdiv

After blessing children, the Metropolitan (bishop) quickly lost himself in prayer begging his god to murder those who opposed him as Moses called on his god to dispatch those who warred against his design to steal Canaan from its rightful owners. He was but the church’s Joshua, sent to preach war against disbelievers.

“With his professional position, Prosecutor Yanev has shown that when looked at through the prism of common values, law and morality can be in harmony with each other, which harmony lies in the foundations of the Orthodox understanding of a legal order based on faith in Christ and the norms of public propriety and order confessed by Christians,” reads the official statement of the Plovdiv Bishopric.

Nikolai Metropolitan bishop of Plovdiv

Metropolitan Nikolay has thus effectively expressed his desire for formal legislation based on what he considered to be Christian scripture and dogma. Nothing he has said follows anything found in Q or other ancient gospels, but follows the transmogrified texts in Constantine’s bible that he had the Arian bishop Eusebius prepare for 50 churches in the east.

Prosecutor Oleg Yanev upheld the Pazardzhik municipal ordinance in an official decision filled with extensive deliberations on human sexuality, “natural law,” and “propriety”, and essentially determined that public display of one’s sexual orientation constitutes “debauchery.”

Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim celebrates the occasion of his 95th birthday (40 years as Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church)

The Pazardzhik ban was manifestly seen as directed against gay persons and has provoked ire from rights organizations and glee among some in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.  Meaning, they have been leaders in stomping down the gays:

About a month ago, the local authorities in Pazardzhik stirred a controversy after coming up with an order banning the displays of one’s sexuality in public, a measure which was directed at homosexuals. The ordinance came about a month after Bulgaria’s third ever gay pride parade in Sofia that rallied several hundred people in June. When a gay rights organization appealed the ordinance before the local Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor Yanev upheld the Pazardzhik municipal ordinance in an official decision filled with extensive deliberations on human sexuality, ‘natural law,’ and ‘propriety’, and essentially determining that public display of one’s sexual orientation constitutes ‘debauchery.’ Yanev’s decision was subsequently overruled by the Supreme Administrative Prosecutor’s Office in Sofia.

Nikolay said:

There is something called public morality. The society is not obliged to watch how somebody is sticking into its eyes their own travesty, and to watch how somebody is destroying the souls of our children, and pours poison into the very idea about the sanctity of the bond between a man and a woman that forms a family. The task of the Orthodox Church assigned by our God Jesus Christ himself, is to protect the moral and ethical principles of scripture. The job of the church is to condemn the devil when he tries to destroy this holy order…The Holy Synod is resisting decisively any public and shameful demonstration of sodomic sin that destroyes the traditional foundations and values of the Bulgarian people and brings enticement into the views of our children and youth.

Jesus said nothing about homosexuality.  His only comment made about sex was that he would forgive adultery but then the person committing adultery was not to repeat the act (John 7:53-8:11, with special emphasis on 8:11: И тя отговори: Никой Господи. Исус рече: Нито Аз те осъждам; иди си, отсега не съгрешавай вече; the Greek reads ἡ δὲ εἶπεν· οὐδείς, κύριε. εἶπεν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· οὐδὲ ἐγώ σε κατακρίνω· πορεύου, [καὶ] ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν μηκέτι ἁμάρτανε. The Latin Vulgate is quae dixit nemo Domine dixit autem Iesus nec ego te condemnabo vade et amplius iam noli peccare with the Russian concurring: Она отвечала: никто, Господи. Иисус сказал ей: и Я не осуждаю тебя; иди и впредь не греши). 

Yanev’s decision was fortunately overruled by the Supreme Administrative Prosecutor’s Office in Sofia. Large billboards have appeared in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv condemning the upcoming LGBT parade in the capital Sofia, declaring:

Billboard in Sofia taunting gay parade by far-right in Bulgaria

The gay parade is allowed! Smoking is banned! Which is more harmful for the nation?

The name of marginal far-right party VMRO-NIE is written below.  The “smoking banned” part of VMRO-NIE’s billboards refers to the full smoking ban in closed public spaces introduced in Bulgaria at the beginning of June.  

In a declaration, VMRO-NIE says it “respects the rights of everyone to have a sexual choice.” However, the party states it cannot tolerate a group of people “brutally imposing their sexual orientation to [sic: on] us, demanding special attention.”  The party further claimed that the LGBT parade would be harmful and confusing to children, who will “not understand why men are walking around in pink thongs.” Yet psychological studies show that there is no confusion with children who are not indoctrinated by force.

Skinheads in Pazardzhick (Bulgaria) attack 6 gay activists

Skinheads in the central Bulgaria town of Pazardzhik attacked a group of six activists who had arrived there from Sofia to protest the city council’s ban on displays of homosexuality in public. Novinvite reports:

The (activists) arranged large banners on which they started writing articles from the Bulgarian Constitution and the UN Human Rights Charter. No local gay rights activists joined them, Darik Radio reported. However, about 100 local young men most of them with shaved heads and in black clothes staged an anti-rally claiming they had gathered to express their support for the order issued by the City Council. As several of skin heads members attacked the gay rights activists they were immediately knocked down to the ground and arrested by the policemen guarding the rally, who were led personally by the head of the Pazardzhik Police Directorate, Commissar Stoyan Stoyanov. No-one was hurt during the skirmish. However, the anti-rally protestors shouted offensive slogans directed against the gay rights activists such as ‘No one wants you, losers’, ‘Out of Pazardzhik’, ‘Go to Uganda, freaks’.

Novinvite reports:

Yane Yanev, head of the conservative party RZS (“Order, Law, Justice”) on the right

The posters say that the gay parade is being organized by the Bulgarian Socialist Youth, an organization attached to the Bulgarian Socialist Party; “Spartacus”, a gay/straight disco club in downtown Sofia which was shut down several years ago, and the RZS party, and with the media support of SKAT TV… The message of the posters seems to play on the allegations made by the nationalist party Ataka that the RZS leader Yane Yanev is gay and should admit his sexual orientation because otherwise he would be susceptible to blackmailing – something which Yanev has refuted; various publications over the years have point to former Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev as being gay of which there has been no evidence.

The creator of the posters has not been identified, but the date and location on the posters “coincide(d) with the national protest rally organized by the conservative RZS party.”  The RZS has frequently been compared in Bulgaria to the NAZI party in Germany and the Tea Party in the USA.

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