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Benedict XVI and same-sex marriage

Homosexual marriages took place in the ancient world—far more frequently and in greater numbers than religious reactionaries wish or allow themselves to admit.  While the Bible is overwhelming with stories of incest, polygamy, wife-selling, and sexual irregularities among heterosexuals, there are few such declamations against same-sex couples that do exist (not just the accounts of David with Jonathan 2 Samuel 1:26: צַר־לִי עָלֶיךָ אָחִי יְהֹונָתָן נָעַמְתָּ לִּי מְאֹד נִפְלְאַתָה אַהֲבָתְךָ לִי מֵאַהֲבַת נָשִׁים׃).

Same-sex marriages have occurred in all cultures, at all times, and with support from various people and governments.  They have been celebrated with ceremonies, family and public congratulations, toasts with wine and beer, and showers of gifts both practical and pleasurable.

Egyptian-couple Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep (tomb painting)

We have tomb paintings from the days of the pharaohs where same-sex couples’s co-habitation was celebrated as with the union of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep as found in the depiction of the two men in a warm embrace sharing a kiss in their tomb, known as the Tomb of the Two Hairdressers, in the necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo.  There was no condemnation of same-sex marriages anywhere in the ancient Middle East until the invasion of the Akaddian mercenaries, known as the Apiru/Abiru. None of the recorded laws of Mesopotamia, including the Code of Hammurabi (on-line), contain restrictions against same-sex unions despite the fact that marriages are otherwise well-regulated.  There were no laws, no prescriptions, no injunctions that marriage was for the purpose of procreation (as is found in Roman regulations) and “replenishing the earth”—although later Hebrews, distant in time and knowledge from the original text, would use that concept in declaring that people were to

Rhind Papyrus (ancient Egypt)

“multiply”—but not physically or sexually, but rather mentally and intellectually, as multiplication is not a part of any vocabulary until the middle of the Middle Ages (around the eleventh century, coming from India and the mathematics invented by a subcontinent respected mathematician by the name of Brahmagupta  (598-670 CE) but found its origins in ancient Egypt. 

Moscow Papyrus (fragment with additional conjectures)

The word used (multiply) that has been transmogrified into multiply actually was “increase” and  meant to increase in wisdom and knowledge (Genesis 9:7:  וְאַתֶּם פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ שִׁרְצוּ בָאָרֶץ וּרְבוּ־בָהּ׃ ס) where multiply in the original tongue is רָבָה and is the verb rahab from the original Assyrian rabû, meaning to become great (מִן) and compare things with a longing for wisdom, as in 1 Kings 5:10-12 (וַיְהִי חִירֹום נֹתֵן לִשְׁלֹמֹה עֲצֵי אֲרָזִים וַעֲצֵי בְרֹושִׁים כָּל־חֶפְצֹו׃ 11 וּשְׁלֹמֹה נָתַן לְחִירָם עֶשְׂרִים אֶלֶף כֹּר חִטִּים מַכֹּלֶת לְבֵיתֹו וְעֶשְׂרִים כֹּר שֶׁמֶן כָּתִית כֹּה־יִתֵּן שְׁלֹמֹה לְחִירָם שָׁנָה בְשָׁנָה׃ ף 12 וַיהוָה נָתַן חָכְמָה לִשְׁלֹמֹה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר־לֹו וַיְהִי שָׁלֹם בֵּין חִירָם וּבֵין שְׁלֹמֹה וַיִּכְרְתוּ בְרִית שְׁנֵיהֶם׃) and knowledge as in Daniel 12:4 where we read the word הַדָּֽעַת׃.

Juvenal on same-sex marriage

While Roman law is almost altogether lacking in formal processes for legal  requirements, the fact that there are numerous mentions of same-sex weddings (although most appear as objects of ridicule and sport), there can be no doubt that they were common, and noted by Martial:

Marital on same-sex marriage 

The only challenge seen to same-sex marriage was that the two people of the same gender who married could not have babies and thus continue their lineage. There is no record that I am aware of where same-sex couples adopted children, but there are references to children raised by same-sex people who have “settled into a single life”.

In the Greek world of antiquity, the same is true for same-sex relationships as it was in ancient Egypt. Plato’s Symposium describes instances of homosexual attraction and same-sex relationships in ancient Greece without condemnation.  Over the centuries, Greece experienced an evolving cultural-religious basis for homosexual love and same-sex relationships based on ancient Greek theology. 

Zeus and Ganymede (ancient Greek urn)

In ancient Greek theological works it is common to read about “same-sex exploits” by gods as high-ranking as Zeus who loved Ganymede. While modern artists focus more on Ganymede being a child, in reality he was a young man, as classical artists depicted.

Achilles mourning Patroclus

The epics of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, contain poetic passages that underscore homoerotic love between the military leaders of the Greek city states and others (Dynes, Wayne R. and Stephen Donaldson. 1992. Homosexuality in the Ancient World. New York, NY: Garland; Ishay, Micheline R. 2004. The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press).  In the Iliad the most poignant quasi-erotic story is the love felt by Patroclus, friend and lover to Achilles whose death unleashes Achilles’ wrath on Hector (Plato, Symposium 179-180; ref. Thornton, Bruce S. (1997). Eros: the Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 195-196). 

Odysseus escapes from the Cyclops cave by hiding under a ram

There are numerous homosexual allusions in Homer’s Odyssey, as when Odysseus blinds Cyclops in his one eye with a lance, and then sneaks away with his men by riding underneath the Cyclops’ own rams (Homer, Odysseus, Book 9). The point is made that Odysseus selected the largest ram owned by the Cyclops for his journey from the cave.

 Roman statesman Cicero documented legal rights of an individual within a same-sex marriage, but was later opposed to same-sex pursuits (Cicero, 1966, Tusculan Disputations. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , 407-415; to chase after someone defied conventions where mutual interest that was pleasant and unbounded by restrictions more acceptable—becoming the foundation for Etienne Montaigne’s work and his own pursuit of same-sex love; Badhwar, Neera K. “Friendship and Sexuality” in Soble, Alan (Ed., 2006). Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Sex.New York, NY: Greenwood Publishing Group). Female same-sex unions were less common—or at least there is a paucity of records, but this is because women enjoyed less freedom in their economic and social endeavors.

Ancient Roman talisman for marriage contract

No prescribed ceremonies or formalities of any kind were legally necessary in order to create a valid Roman marriage. First, the government did not have any sort of licensing procedure, nor did it even provide a means for registering marriages. In principle, therefore, marriage was largely a private arrangement occurring outside the purview of state authority, although, of course, the government reserved the right to declare supposed marriages null and void after the fact. Second, the Roman jurists and emperors alike also emphasize that no formality or marriage ceremony of any kind was required for a legal marriage. Indeed, not even cohabitation or sexual consummation was required (Eskridge, William N., Jr. “Symposium on Sexual Orientation and the Law.” Virginia Law Review. Vol 79.7 (October 1993): 1419-1513).

Bret Hinsch, author of: Passions of the cut sleeve the male homosexual tradition in China

Such ceremonies were common as well in China and the area formerly known as Indochina and meet with approval within the community (Hinsch, Bret (1990). Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China. Reed Business Information, pp. 24-25).  Same-sex marriages were equally blessed in ancient India and throughout the initial development of Hinduism, where the “union of two hearts” was far more important to the gods than the gender or sexual act (Vanita, Ruth. “‘Wedding of Two Souls’: Same-Sex Marriage and Hindu Traditions.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Vol 20.2 (Fall 2004): 119-135.)

Theodosian Code

Same-sex marriages in the Roman world were not officially declared illegal (with the realization that no children could be born to same-sex couples) until 342 CE/AD when the Christian emperors Constantius II and Constans issued a law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th.9.7.3) prohibiting same-sex marriage in Rome and ordering execution for those so married.  While the law was issued and signed, there are records that many civic leaders chose to ignore it, seeing it as a posturing to get the emerging church’s blessing and its force of arms and call for religious chaos as witnessed in the open defiance of the law and the strangle-hold of the Roman Catholic Church same-when two men, Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz. 

Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz: Un Matrimonio Gay en la edad media

Díaz and Vandilaz married in the Galician municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain on 16 April 1061.  This fact is attested to by historic documents describing the official church wedding by a Roman Catholic priest (the documents were found at Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova (for a discussion, in Spanish read here).  

Diaz and Vandilaz were not alone in seeking and obtaining a marriage within the Roman Catholic Church.  Ancient to medieval Church liturgical documents record ceremonies called “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th centuries) and “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th centuries) are indicative of same-sex marriage.  This lasted until the fourteenth century in Serbia and Slovenia. 

Euchologion: id est, Rituale Graecorum – Jacobus Goar (Original book in the private library of this author)

The Dominican missionary and Prior, Jacques Goar (1601-1653), includes such ceremonies in a printed collection of Greek Orthodox prayer books, Euchologion Sive Rituale Graecorum Complectens Ritus Et Ordines Divinae Liturgiae (Paris, 1667).  We find the same sacramental blessing in the sixteenth century in St. John Lateran, the pope’s official parish church, as last as 1578.  Lesbians continued to marry in Dalmatia as late as the eighteenth century.

The Jesus of the New Testament Gospels says nothing about (neither for nor against) same-sex marriages. His only activity was to change water into wine at a wedding in Cana, as marriage was a public festival for drinking to announce that two people agreed to live together.  It does not say, anywhere in the Gospels, that the couple was neither heterosexual nor homosexual.  As for Jesus’ attitude on marriage, that has no comment in the Constantine approved Gospels; all that is known is that Jesus never married (although a

Coptic fragment that reads: “Jesus said … my wife…” (4th century CE)

Coptic document in the fourth century does proclaim that he had a “wife” but at that time, the term “wife” could mean servant or “other”.  Speculation is rising that the scroll was written to silence arguments that Jesus was gay since homosexuality and same-sex unions had been officially prohibited by the pagan Emperor Constantine I’s successors (outside of the emerging Constantine Church, there is not one contemporary record that suggests that Constantine converted to the religion he created out of sinews from the cult of Mithraism to the various faiths of the chrestianos and christianos that were enhanced with the pleasures of the gods Dionysius and the vita of Julius Cesar).

Ratzinger: pope and NAZI youth leader

Today, in the Vatican, where grown men wear long white, red, and black dresses with delicate lace and wear funny hats, as if they were coming-out transvestites or cross-dressers, hiding hatred for humanity beneath them, In an editorial this weekend, Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi — fairy tale queen of

Ratzinger as NAZI youth (1941)

masquerading and the Vatican’s equivalent of Bryan Fischer who thinks the Church’s widespread sexual abuse crisis needs to be viewed within, in a stained screed: “the more general context of secularization” — affirmed that “monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilization.” And then he added, “If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry?” 

Of course this cross-dresser says nothing about the pontifical pandering and hiding of pedophile priests in the closets throughout the city that delights demoniacally as the smallest despotic nation in the world with its own currency, bank, ATM, and rowdy student population that heads into Rome for discotheques and beer.

Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) has a long and rather sordid past.  Pope Paul VI promoted Ratzinger to the cardinalate in 1977, even though he had little pastoral experience.  In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Inquisition) and vowed to root out heresy and discipline “staying lambs”, and became one of John Paul II’s most influential advisors (Walsh, Mary Ann (2005). From Pope John Paul II to Benedict XVI: an inside look at the end of an era, the beginning of a new one, and the future of the church. Lanham, MD and New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 135).  Under Ratzinger, the modest reforms created by John XXIII were openly attacked, nuns were silenced, and candidates for bishoprics and the cardinalate were selected for their loyalty to the past and not their spiritual growth or desire to follow the Beatitudes in the Gospel.  Ratzinger’s goal, once he became pope, has been to erase all visages of Vatican II and the legacy of Pope John XXIII.  He is against any form of objective truth or moral truth and believes that Roman Catholics must follow the teaching of the Church blindly making him more dangerous to civilization than the self-flagellant Josemaria Escrivá and his mephistophlean Opus Dei that aims at world domination and elevation of Roman Catholicism as the only true religion.  

Ratzinger has returned Latin to the Mass to calm conservatives (Gledhill, Ruth. “Pope set to bring back Latin Mass that divided the Church” The Times 11 October 2006; he accomplished this dark art on November 10, 2012, by establishing a special academy for it at the cost of millions while millions of starving and homeless Roman Catholics had their plight ignored). Far from a Holy Father, Ratzinger is an open censor, suspending the theologian Leonardo Boff of Concordia, Brasil, who has been known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded, having written his doctoral thesis (University of Munich, 1970), Die Kirche als Sakrament im Horizont der Welterfahrung, on how the Church can help the poor; that writing and his teaching raised the ire of a corrupt cardinalate determined to feed their own selfish interest.  Boff opposed the Iraq War for Oil that was charged by Halliburton and its CEO: Vice President Dick Cheney, and considered George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon’s leadership to be similar to that of “fundamentalist terrorist states.” 

Professor Leonardo Boff

Boff minced no words in his scathing criticism of despotic rulers in the Middle East, stating: “Those [emirs and kings] are despotic, they do not even have a constitution. Though extremely rich, they maintain the people in poverty” (the Portuguese is: “[Os USA] fizeram alianças espúrias com os emires e reis. Estes são despóticos, sequer possuem constituição. Embora riquíssimos, mantém o povo na pobreza.”  When Boff attacked the wanton misuse of Church funds, Benedict silenced him and pushed further and fired other teachers who did not fall into line with his ideology that is closer to that of Hitler than of the New Testament Jesus. Benedict’s greatest crimes are his denial of relativity (that he claims is a “prison” since it denies the acceptance of “established truths”) and raising the long-disproven theory of absolutes; the German pope rejects science and evolution clinging desperately to the discredited theory of creationism that Stephen Hawking amply proved to be false (Hawking, Stephen (1990). A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantom Books) when noting that gravity disproves the necessity of a divine being intervening in the development and expansion of the universe; to Benedict’s “prolific writings” that show a mere retelling and recopying of the works of others rather than a scholarly approach of research, investigation and formulation of new theses and theories, formulae and foundation stones on which to build.  Disputation and discussion are silenced to the point that discussion and argument must be centered around past written and spoken thoughts of Father and Mothers (e.g.  Hildegard of Bingen who was not even recognized as a saint at the beginning of 2012, and was better known for her 12th century mysticism and music (she was possibly a child chantress: Michael McGrade, “Hildegard von Bingen”, in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopaldie der Musik,2nd edition, T.2, Vol. 8, ed. Ludwig Fischer. Kassel, Deutscheland and New York, NY: Bahrenreiter, 1994), and also had written

Illumination from the “Liber Scivias” showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary

nearly 400 letters to correspondents ranging from Popes to Emperors to abbots and abbesses, a commentary on the gospel, two hagiographical works, and three great volumes of visionary theology: Scivias, Liber vitae meritorum (“Book of Life’s Merits” or “Book of the Rewards of Life”), and Liber divinorum operum (“Book of Divine Works”); critical editions of all three of Hildegard’s major works are in the Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Medievalis: Scivias in vols. 43-43A, Liber vitae meritorum in vol. 90, and Liber divinorum operum in vol. 92.  She was a popular German writer in the Middle Ages, but no one considered her for sainthood (except in scattered congregations) or the rank of a doctor of the Church until contemporary culture looked past visions toward reality (Bennett, Judith M. and Hollister, Warren C. Medieval Europe: A Short History (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001), 317; critical editions of all three of Hildegard’s major works have appeared in the Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Medievalis: Scivias in vols. 43-43A, Liber vitae meritorum in vol. 90, and Liber divinorum operum in vol. 92); the last doctor (teacher) of the church was St.  Thérèse of Lisieux (January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897) of France, died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 and was named a doctor of the church in 1997, by John Paul II, without any traditional credentials (her single work was  The Story of a Soul, a collection of her autobiographical manuscripts consisting of poems, plays for the church, prayers and recorded conversations with her religious sisters–but again was a mystic) of the Church.  According to Guy Gaucher,

Theresa of Lisieux

one of her autobiographers, “Thérèse fell victim to an excess of sentimental devotion which betrayed her. She was victim also to her language, which was that of the late nineteenth century and flowed from the religiosity of her age” (Guy Gaucher (1987). The Spiritual Journey of Therese of Lisieux, London, UK: Darton, Longman and Todd, p.2).  Hildegard, like Thérèse, have more in common with illusions passed as mysticism than with any form of concentrated study that could better the world, as Boffs provided and was censured for.  Their primary focus was on the Mother of God and Child, more in keeping with the worship of Isis (the original Θεοτοκος or Theotokos: birth giver/god bearer) and Horus of ancient Egypt than any legitimate tracts on the first century CE that did not accord Mary any significant place other than being the human mother of a mortal Jesus (only the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke describe Mary as a virgin (Greek παρθένος, parthénos) while others remain silent). Mark names her only once (6:3) and John never mentions her by name nor accords her a special place in the narrative of the Jesus of the New Testament.  In Luke’s Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Mary and the “brothers of Jesus” (indicating that Mary was

Isis and Baby Horus / Mary and Baby Jesus (Theotokos)

not “ever virgin”) are mentioned in the company of the eleven who are gathered in the upper room after the ascension but only the elder brother James has any significant role in the community.  Mary’s assumed role can be dated further back to the various virgin Venuses that symbolized fecundity and fertility as the source of life and thus gods in their own right frequently surplanting male deities.

Hildegard’s “Mutterschaft aus dem Geiste und dem Wasser” (Motherhood from the Spirit and the Water), 1165

Hildegard gained the stature of being a Mother of the Church on October 7, 2012, as she found her inspiration in the Mother of Christ and saints–a common medieval movement that returns to the Great Mother of the Waters in pagan Germany who promised visions to her worshippers. To this end “Marriage and the family are not in fact a chance sociological construction, the product of particular historical and financial situations. On the other hand, the question of the right relationship between the man and the woman is rooted in the essential core of the human being and it is only by starting from here that its response can be found”–not a word that is empirically proven.  From from the antiquated and amusing humor of Benedict’s defense of “the family as being God-created”, Chris Brickell (who prefers to use David Halperin’s word “historicism” rather than social constructionism) and other sociologists (cp. Farber, Bernard (1982) “Systematic Generation of Theory in Family Sociology ” (1982). The Sociological Quarterly23 (Autumn):427-454; cf. Bernardes, Jon (1988). “Whose ‘family’? A note on ‘The changing sociological construct of the family’”. The Sociological Review  (May) 267-277; the entire issue is defined by the American Sociological Association)  have repeatedly showing the evolution and devolution of the family in social contexts, showing that Benedict is not only against the rigorous requirements of science but of all educational fields.  All of the writings and pontificating are more appropriate for the tenth century than for the twenty-first century and mark an attempt to return to the Dark Ages of Superstition and division among people, a scenario of terror hailed by conservatives and neo-conservatives who reject advances in any discipline and who long for the days bygone of absolutes and the arguably offensive innovation of infallibility of dogma.

Rod Dreher

Following the inanity of American conservatives who lament the possible future where brothers and sisters marry and have sex (Rod Dreher in The American Conservative)—while ignoring that in the Bible it was a common practice as when Abraham took his sister Sarah for his wife (Genesis 20:12) and then sold her twice (first to the Egyptian pharaoh, then to Abimelech) as a whore to raise capital and gain flocks of animals; Jacob married his first cousins constituting incest (Genesis 26-29), etc. as there is not one word in the Torah, Prophets of Gospels that state whom can marry who or for what reason.  Marriage has never been about 1 man + 1 woman in any religious or historical literature.

Dreher demonstrating his own lack of biblical knowledge and the devolving church says nothing about the 38 popes who had wives (as was common among the Apostles in the Gospels: ref. Matthew 8:14-15; Luke 4:38-39; 1 Corinthians 9:5; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6; etc), or the 13 popes who had male lovers with one raising his boyfriend up to the cardinalate then issuing torrents of tart tears of dismay when his bedfellow danced naked and had sex

Father Benedict Groeschel argued that children “seduced” priests into sex

with other cardinals.  There is more pedophile activity, hunger, anger, rivalry, struggle for attention and absence of basic needs (education, affection, medical attention, etc.) in polygamous families than there are in same-sex/monogamous parented families as is proven statistically and in psychological studies.  There is as much sexual depravity in the Bible as there is in the odiously opportunistic government of Uganda urged on by Scott Lively and whoring leaders who are more wretched than any Jezebel in the Bible, yet sit in judgment of the people they pretend to govern.  It is past time for all foreign humanitarian and other forms of aid be withheld from this nation, and the nation boycotted.

Roman Catholic Council of American bishops have condemned universal health care and USA democracy, reject the rights of women and moving the nation backward in time.

The most despicable crimes remain within totalitarian religions: Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, Islam, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Missouri Lutheran Synod, and the Mormon (LDS) churches leading the way with a raw and rigid fundamentalism, the denial of equality between the sexes, the rejection of equal opportunity and choice, with the greatest hatred coming from the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops and the Peru Council of Roman Catholic Bishops that now is rivaled by the bishops of the Mormon faith, especially the thundering of one-time Massachusetts Governor and Mormon bishop Willard (Mitt) Romney. 

NAZI youth leader Joseph Ratzinger in the Roman Catholic Church

While the seemingly brain-dead German pope Josef Ratzinger prattles on about defending the fantasy family framed in his illusions as being real, the Vatican demands that families where there is spousal and child abuse, incest, hatred and loathing remain together.  Despite the solecisms and draconian blustering BS of the predatory pontiff, Europe has the good sense to legalize same-sex marriages in most Roman Catholic and Protestant/ neutral countries: Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, and even in Roman Catholic Poland (the Uganda of the north) where right-wing Roman Catholic hoodlums are out to exterminate Jews, end abortion and same-sex marriages (only 17% approved of same-sex marriage in 2005 but that has increased while 76% disapproved and that has decreased despite the denunciations of the pedophile priests pressed into pulpits to issue their sermons of hatred.  The archaic and antihuman chant against “liberals”, as it has been in every dictatorship from Chile to Peru (and its pathetic prelate Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne who denies any attempt at self-determination among the impoverished Peruvian people, with priests attempting to better the lot of the poor and disenfranchised), Burma to Poland waging conflict among their own people over individual rights, human dignity and civil charters, with archaic

Polish skinheads demonstrate against democracy and for return of Inquisition or NAZIs

chants “Wybieram życie” (Choose Life), and “Europa normalnych rodzin” (Europe for normal families)—homosexuality continues and is recognized by every medical and psychological association of doctors on this planet as normal (it occurs regularly), and natural (it exists in all species around the world), yet there is a sense that the nation must catch up with the rest of the world, with support for same-sex marriages growing each year (read here, in Polish, cp. here, pp. 36-39, in Polish).  Milan’s Cardinal Martini meticulously voiced in an interview shortly before his death that the Roman Catholic Church was outdated by no less than 200 years

Ratzinger should retire, be arrested and stand trial for crimes against humanity, the least of which is his abuse of human rights for the LGBT community. Ratzinger either has never studied the original texts or prefers the lies of the past in condemning same-sex love and marriage that was a force in the reformed Jewish communities before Constantine I created is “catholic [universal] church” in 325 CE, as the word “homosexual” appears in no Bible before 1954, as it is not even invented until the mid-nineteenth century. 

Codex Sinaiticus Syriacus dating from the 5th century

The Vatican, obviously, has only enshrined the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sianiaticus (written 1600 years ago, there was no earlier Bible), but never read either of the two bibles that the Arian bishop of Caesarea, Eusebius, wrote for the Roman emperor.  To claim that there was any Bible before Eusebius is a church lie; the Emperor Constantine I burned all copies of any religious literature he did not approve during his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.

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Willard Mitt Romney: psychology of a lifelong bully

Barbara Gittings (1965) picketing Independence Hall

Mitt Romney has a strong psychopathic neurosis concerning sex and self-identity—especially his own sexual identification and place in society.  While growing up in Michigan, Willard (popularly known as Mitt) Romney was a constant bully.  Primarily targeting any male who seemed to him and his faction of friends to be effeminate (the popular term in the middle 1960s was “fairy” or “queer” and “gay” was coming into vogue, but the basic term used was “homosexual” that came with its initial appearance in the Protestant Bibles in 1954), or with any female who appeared masculine, Mitt would cast aspersions and result to physical violence in order to change what he believed was improper. Those who did not embrace the rigid racists Mormon line (for example: Black males were not allowed into the priesthood until 1978–Joseph Smith Jr first wrote that he would never allow Blacks to be more than slaves: Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 5:21; women were to be subordinate to their husbands, and officially, according to the Book of Mormon, men could have more than one wife (Book of Mormon Jacob 1:15), although the church in Utah restricted this to join the Union; etc.) line were lectured severely and shunned afterwards. The rigidity of the face and heart of Mormonism crystallized in full brutality when Romney entered preparatory school (detailed in an article for the Huffington Post by Michael Calderone). Calderone wrote about a story published on-line by the Washington Post reporter Jason Horowitz who commented that Romney had a problem with a “soft-spoken new student” who “was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality”  (read here).

The Washington Post article reported that Romney, leading a pack of his predatory partners, tracked down a male student with long hair.  The boys, tackled the one they saw as a threat to their heterosexual masculinity, and let Mitt butcher the boy’s newly-peroxided blond hair barbarically as Romney rich raiders sat on their squirming victim.  Their terrorist action created a life-long horror for the youth who had to live with the frightening fear that it would be repeatd and would not dissipate for the rest of his life.  This is clearly seen in the key line in the article: “As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.” 

The cutting shears could easily have appeared as an eighteenth century rapier on display in the museum. The image could easily conjure thoughts of emasculation that was not far removed from the history and philosophy classes at Cranbrook School that taught the tragedy that befell eunuchs in ancient Egypt and beyond. 

When any one is attacked and the threat of violence appears in a held instrument, the mind runs wild and no one can dispel the irreparable damage done to the psyche of the victim as seen men with low sexual prejudice react to masculinity threat by perceiving themselves to be more masculine.  Men with high sexual prejudice react to threat by perceiving themselves to be less masculine on the Bem (1974) Sex Role Inventory, F(1, 56) = 4.58, p < .037, η p² = .16 (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), April, 136-142; Special Section: Recent Research on Gay and Bisexual Men).

Bullying is always about going after the most vulnerable.  Bullying is a sign of neurotic behavior.  Bullying is a facet of a mentally disturbed individual who targets with verbal or physical aggression against someone younger, smaller, weaker, or does not have the social graces and manners required by a particular group (cp. Tóth, Máté; Halász, József; Mikics, Éva; Barsy, Boglárka; Haller, József (2008). “Early social deprivation induces disturbed social communication and violent aggression in adulthood”. doi: 10.1037/0735-7044.122.4.849. Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol 122(4), August, 849-854). 

There are always excuses offered for bullying–with the more extreme evangelical elitists claiming that bullying is good for the soul and to interfer with bullying denies their faiths religious liberty, but within the excuses the psychoanalyst clearly sees the subconscious attempt at justification, as what is given as an excuse is what the accuser sees within him or herself.  Mitt’s men confessed the same truth psychoanalysts have written about for decades: “It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” Thomas Buford said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.” “It was vicious,” Philip Maxwell responded.

Romney conceived and led attack.  It was as brutal as anything that was found in any German Nazi concentration camp.  Cutting off hair in NAZI Germany was a form of humiliation and subordination to the superior wishes of the entrenched elite.  The same was true for Mitt’s goons as Maxwell detailed when he told reporters about Mitt’s attack with the scissors by stating:

Adolph Eichmann and NAZIs chop of long hair from Jews (1941-1945)

“It was a hack job … clumps of hair taken off.” Maxwell confessed that he held the boy’s arm and leg, describing how he and his friends acted as a “pack of dogs” identical to the actions of the NAZI guards at internment centers and concentration camps (read and watch here): the same words used by the NAZI SS.  “He was just easy pickins [sic],” said Matthew Friedemann (read here) revealing a stage of group schizophrenia (cf. Miller, Allison B.; Lenzenweger, Mark F. (2012). “Schizotypy, social cognition, and interpersonal sensitivity”. doi: 10.1037/a0027955.  Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, Vol 3(4), October, 379-392). What is not clear is why the police did not arrest and charge Romney and his gaggle of goons with assault and battery as Romney’s actions matched those of Adolph Eichmann.  Even in a “prank” is a crime in Michigan and elsewhere (Michigan penal code Act 328 of 1931 Section 750.81). 

Cranbrook school 1965

Romney’s ghoulish gambols at Cranbrook never stopped. Once Mitt staged an ‘elaborate formal dinner’ in a busy corridor–to disrupt the flow of human traffic, but cannot be dismissed that it was a cloven-hoof monsterous mephostophelian moment for Mitt to parade his own wealth and possessions.  Mitt loved pomp and circumstance, as he would show on his entertainment yacht that flew the flag not of the USA but of the Cayman Islands where he maintains most of his untaxed wealth.

At another time Mitt impersonated a cop (a misdemeanor then that carries a fine and possible jail time of up to four years in prison).  Governor George Romney’s son was never charged nor arrested as the Romney influence and unlimited capital to spend on favors for police.  Later Romney would put on the uniforms again to scare two girls who were being driven around by two friends.  Romney was known for outlandish pranks, regardless of their cost.

John Lauber before his death of cancer in 2004

According to the report Mitt Romney’s classmate Matthew Friedemann, one-term Governor of Massachusetts was a bully during his years at the prestigious Cranbrook school for boys.  Friedemann, now a dentist, told The Washington Post, Romney was obsessed with John Lauber, a Cranbrook student one year behind them. Romney was not able to talk about Lauber, save in blasting his hair (a strange thing to become enraged over, but one that shows Mitt’s peculiar interests) before Mitt savagely hacked at it.  Mitt’s rant indicated a common occurence when  individuals do not or cannot express their thoughts and feelings concerning a traumatic event,  i.e., behavioral inhibition and denial of a desire) that is either unreachable or for various (social, political, religious or sexual) are denied them–or that they feel they cannot obtain.  There is an increased probability of obsessing about the event as well as long-term illness consequences especially if it is affection that is not returned (cf. Pennebaker, James W. (1985). “Traumatic experience and psychosomatic disease: Exploring the roles of behavioural inhibition, obsession, and confiding”. doi: 10.1037/h0080025. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Vol 26(2), April, 82-95). Such an obsession is frequently translated into desire, especially leading to sexual acts that include the violence of rape when the attacker feels that intimacy is denied or cannot be obtained calmly and with honesty.  It is the discovery of a person’s true sexual interest.   

All psychopathic diseases can be referred to one fundamental instinct – fear – with its concomitant manifestation – anxiety.   The fear instinct arises from the impulse of self-preservation. All functional psychosis is merely an obsession of this instinct, conscious and subconscious. A narrow suggestible personal life plays an important role in the arousal of this instinct and when an act, action, or style of living is contrary to what is presumed or assumed to be acceptable, the fear accelerates and dominates causing violence (cp. Sidis, Boris (1911). “Fear, anxiety and psychopathic maladies”. doi: 10.1037/h0072818. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 6(2), June-July, 107-125).  This is especially true in rigid theologies, such as that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), where Mormon teaching against homosexuality and homosexual expression is forbidden or at least curtailed to the point that no one becomes aware of it.  This leads to schizophrenia, where the individual has more than one personality: one that lives in the real world, while the other lives in a world of illusions, allusions, and fantasies. Usually where the faith is strongest, the individual whose conceptualization of the self is divided, will marshal his or her mental forces to bring the divided parts together so that he or she will be a total person.  This causes more stress since the person is not true to the self.

It is possible that Mitt’s desire to save his soul, as seen in his acceptance of being a bishop in his Mormon church, that Romney believes he has to act adversely as he did in the 1960s: pretending to be opposed to Lauber and to show his disdain to cut off Lauber’s bleach-blonde hair that draped over one eye, that suggested to other students that Lauber was gay, while secretly staying in his mental closet and wanting Lauber for himself.  This is common with all great frauds who proclaim one message and enact a different lifestyle as with the Russian monk Rasputin who preached the gospel while seducing the Romanov court physically, sexually, and monetarily–much as the Moscow Patriarch Kirill is doing today to increase his $2 billion fortune made by selling illegal cigarettes. 

As with most psychopathic homophobes, Romney wanted to draw attention to Lauber and thereby internalizing that he was moving attention away from himself.  His goal was to be “one of the regular guys” but also the leader: der Führer (the father figure or a judgmental god) of the group, by commenting, “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!”  Like the Martin Luther’s “terrible God of Wrath”–Romney had become judge, jury and would be executioner to weed out the transgression, unlike the passivity of Acts 10:34.

That Romney cut off the hair of Lauber speaks volumes on his fragile grasp of reality.  It shows a lack of empathy and feeling for another person (on the psychological breakdown where there is a lack of empathy, read: Nordgren, Loran F.; Banas, Kasia; MacDonald, Geoff (2011). “Empathy gaps for social pain: Why people underestimate the pain of social suffering”. doi: 10.1037/a0020938. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 100(1), January, 120-128).  Lacking empathy at this young age demonstrates that Romney would be a foreigner to empathy at a later age, as when he chortled that the federal government should not be involved with relief activities (read here and here).

Romney pranks detailed.

Friedemann’s account was not a spin, nor without collaboration.  It was concurred with by others in Romney’s select group at Cranbrook: Phillip Maxwell (a lawyer), Thomas Buford (a retired prosecutor) and David Seed (a retired principal). who were independently interviewed and all spoke on the record for the Washington Post. Maxwell described the attack as “vicious.”  (Lauber died of liver cancer in 2004, so he could not have been interviewed.) Seed told The Washington Post he ran into Lauber in an airport shortly before he died. Seed said, “I’m sorry that I didn’t do more to help in the situation,” Lauber reportedly responded, “It was horrible.“It’s something I’ve thought about a lot since then” (read here and here).   

Lauber suffered severe assault trauma from Romney’s bullying that can be defined as the development and maintenance of cognitive variables (hopelessness and self-devaluative thoughts in depression; cognitive responses to intrusive memories and persistent dissociation in PTSD) that showed the clearest specific relationships with outcome: retaining a fixation on the violence, degrading experience and being targeted as one outside of a chosen community (cf. Kleim, Birgit; Ehlers, Anke; Glucksman, Edward (2012). “Investigating cognitive pathways to psychopathology: Predicting depression and post traumatic stress disorder from early responses after assault”. doi: 10.1037/a0027006. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol 4(5), Sep 2012, 527-537). What is common in cases of assault and battery is the victim feels sexually violated as well and develops either an aversion to sex in a healthy environment or becomes a greater risk taker in human sexuality (cf.  Turchik, Jessica A. (2012). “Sexual victimization among male college students: Assault severity, sexual functioning, and health risk behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0024605. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(3), July, 243-255; Special Section: Recent Research on Sexual Harassment and Victimization of Men). 

Romney’s attack with scissors could have easily been mentally transferred in the mind Lauber as sexual rape.  Sexual rape is not sexual but an act of violence.  The cutting of the hair has been for thousands of  years a sign of a woman’s submission to a man (1 Corinthians 11:6 that speaks of cutting off the hair, and verse 15 for covering the hair if it is long): a marriage act–one that Romney, as a Mormon, would have understood. 

Since Lauber was deprived of the hair he prized, it being chopped off by Romney, it would be but a short step to similar situations involving sexual emasculation or even castration that could lead to suicidal thoughts.  If the aspersions and attacks continued it would not be uncommon to see immediate and direct action if the victim did not confront the situation with the help of a competent psychoanalyst (cp. Tomasula, Jessica L.; Anderson, Laura M.; Littleton, Heather L.; Riley-Tillman, T. Chris (2012). “The association between sexual assault and suicidal activity in a national sample”. doi: 10.1037/a0029162. School Psychology Quarterly, Vol 27(2), June, 109-119).  The fact that the friends of Romney claim that Mitt repeatedly spoke out against certain people (as he would later do with unusual haste and frequency as a Mormon bishop) strongly indicates that there was some form of victimization within his parental household subject to the Mormon faith’s intensity on “right behavior”.  This belief in “right behavior” was obviously carried over to his school years from the Cranbrook School to Harvard, and later when he served as a Mormon bishop (cf. Espelage, Dorothy L.; Low, Sabina; De La Rue, Lisa (2012). “Relations between peer victimization subtypes, family violence, and psychological outcomes during early adolescence”. doi: 10.1037/a0027386. Psychology of Violence, Vol 2(4), October, 313-324; Special Section: Person-Centered Analyses in Violence Research).

At the time of the assault of Lauber, the Cranbrook administration kept no record of intervening or punishing Romney for his “prank”.  Instead the principal expelled  Lauber for smoking a cigarette.  This witheringly shows collusion and that the school knew it was fully culpable.  A positive school climate could be an important protective factor in preventing student risk behavior, and without one withdrawal and potential suicide is possible and found commonly in private schools where rubrics on behavior are more rigid (cf. Klein, Jennifer; Cornell, Dewey; Konold, Timothy (2012). “Relationships between bullying, school climate, and student risk behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0029350. School Psychology Quarterly, Vol 27(3), Sep 2012, 154-169). 

Studies show that students who are bullied at school are at an increased risk of poor mental health and suicide.  Students with multiple roles (victim, bully, and bystander) are significantly more likely to report having had thoughts of ending their life.  In none of the articles on Romney’s bullying of Lauber is there any mention of any psychologist on staff or of any person capable of intervening and stopping this assault on another student.  Instead the atrocity was heralded with screams of joy and passionate applauding by other boys at the school who raised such a din that the administration would have had to have been either asleep or away from the campus. All of them? Nothing was done to curb Romney’s act of terrorism.  His group, more in harmony with the theological students (Taliban) of Afghanistan than any symposium of scholars in the western world, acted with Romney and did nothing to stop the assault that may have led to the later trauma Lauber experienced, and only in 2004 verbally expressed frustration with the incident decades after it occurred (ref. Rivers, Ian; Noret, Nathalie (2010). “Participant roles in bullying behavior and their association with thoughts of ending one’s life”.  doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000020. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 31(3), 143-148).

What is known, albeit through a paucity of material, is that Mitt Romney deliberately destroyed Lauber’s life at the time of his rape of Lauber’s psychology and catalyzed the incident in Lauber’s psyche so that the younger boy would be traumatized by it for decades.  Romney excused it almost immediately after the incident–which explains why he could not remember it when asked about it in 2012.  It was selective forgetfulness.  Romney and his gaggle could not remember the reason for the assault, although Romney’s friends did claim the attack was generated on the grounds that Romney and his gang characterized Lauber as being “queer” or a “fairy” or “gay” (that was used by many 1965-1966), claiming that the term homosexual was not yet in play.  This, too, is a lie as “homosexual” as a descriptive noun and “homosexuality” as an action verb had been used in the Sen Joe McCarthy (R-WI) hearings of the 1950s (McCarthy was, himself, a closeted homosexual), and were used by those who protested in favor of gay rights (see photo at the beginning of this essay), and especially following the Stonewall riots in New York City (June 28, 1969).

While various faiths and organized religions condemn homosexuality, there is no justification for such bile belched by purveyors of hatred pounding pulpits and bibles, as the word homosexual does not appear in any Bible before 1954,

Biological Exuberance shows that homosexuality exists in every species.

and every major mental health organization has condemned homophobia (cf. the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Pediatrics Association, the American Medical Association, and so forth) as a sickness since homosexuality has always existed, and is normal, natural, and good if it leads to self-actualization, and is nature’s natural way to curbing overpopulation based on genetics that are formed or finalized either at conception or within the uterus before birth (opinions vary but are closing in with the findings at UCLA).

Mitt and George Romney on Commencement Day (June 1965)

Not only was Romney to blame—yet he received no disciplinary action from the school—but the act of bullying and assault with a weapon (the scissors) is a clear sign of Romney being mentally unbalanced.  Worse yet, the school must take its share of the blame, not just for ignoring what Romney did and how much his father, the governor of Michigan gave in cash (much in the same was as Terry Branstad of Iowa was able to silence those who wanted his son Eric tried for manslaughter after killing two elderly people while under the influence of alcohol), but Cranbrook (an all boy private school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) actually expelled Lauber for smoking one cigarette on campus—a very slight infraction that did not interfere with anyone’s personal rights or perceptions as smoking was common, accepted (and in times encouraged to “look cool”).  

What was Romney’s great fear of homosexuality? It has been around him since birth. In a 2009 national survey, 85 percent of kids who identify as LGBT said they’d been verbally harassed at school, 40 percent physically harassed, and nearly 20 percent physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation. The consequences have been laid out by researchers: Boys who are targets have higher levels of anxiety and depression. For girls, being taunted as a lesbian is linked to social withdrawal. Students who are harassed because of their sexual identity miss substantially more school and, in one study, earned lower grades and both males and females who are bullied have a higher rate of suicide especially within Mormon or evangelical communities and schools. The more elitist a school is, the higher is the potential for suicide as “fitting in” is considered appropriate behavior more so than academic excellence. 

Lauber was not the only gay male Romney and his coterie bullied. Romney mocked a closeted gay student, Gary Hummel, in English class.  Whenever the youth attempted to speak, Romney, like a small child, would shout “Atta girl” inflicting emotional and psychological harm on Hummel. While the Romney campaign initially tried deflecting news of the “exaggerated” incidents, Romney later apologized on the radio show for any pranks that “might have gone too far“.  Several of Romney’s classmates have verified the story as true.  For a long time Romney refused  to admit “remembering” the incident, but in the end apologized for “possible” youthful indiscretions (read here and here).

While there have been rumors of Romney living the closet for most of his life, there are also stories about Romney bullying females.   One published

Peggie Hayes was 23 and single (photo http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

account notes how “Peggie Hayes, a young divorced mother with a child, got pregnant out-of-wedlock in 1983. Romney was the leader of her Mormon ward and she knew the Romneys because she had baby sat their kids and done some work at their home. Romney went to her apartment and pressured her to give up her second child, a son, for adoption (she didn’t), saying that was what the church wanted and threatening her with ex-communication”.  Romney not only acted as a god, but carved out a special world of his own separating himself from the rest of his ward.  There were the ropes that often curtailed access to Romney and his chambers. The elevator settings restricted access to his office. The tape on the floor told people exactly where to stand during events. 

Carrel Hilton Sheldon

Peggie was not unique.  A second account notes “Around the same time, Carrel Hilton Sheldon, also a member of Romney’s ward, developed a blood clot during her sixth pregnancy and suffered life-threatening complications when she was given an overdose of Heparin. Her doctor recommended an abortion and also told her the medication had probably harmed the fetus. The head of the Mormon church in Massachusetts, also a doctor, agreed, noting she needed to survive in order to care for her other children. But Romney went to her hospital room uninvited and pressured her not to have an abortion, telling her that his concern was “with the child.”

Carrel Hilton Sheldon a former Mormon for Choice

Carrel Hilton Sheldon later wrote that as she lay “helpless, hurt, and frightened, trying to maintain my psychological equilibrium,” Romney’s concern was “for the eight-week possibility in my uterus – not for me!”  She terminated her pregnancy and recovered her health (read here).  Carrel Hilton Sheldon left the Mormons, which she called a cult, and became a pro-choice advocate, writing a book entitled Horror Stories: Mitt Romney’s Shameful Record with Mormon Women detailing Mitt Romney’s “psychological intimidation and bullying” during his role as a Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mitt Romney baptized dead people

Romney, more than any other candidate for the presidency, allows his religion to dictate his public policies for all people, even for non-Mormons, non-Christians, and those without any belief system.  Romney has participated in baptizing numerous people who were dead and had lived not as Mormons, including thousands of Jews, in his twisted belief that Mormons can pray anyone into heaven (read here and here and here and here).  It is absurd to think that any man has the right to tell any woman what she can or cannot do with her own body; no man has the right to determine if a woman keeps an unwanted or life-threatening fetus for any reason.  Suicides within

Henry Stuart Matis (1967-2000)

the Mormon church are rising (read here and here and here and here and here).  The rigidity of the faith is more than most adherents can accept, with Henry Stuart Matis, 32, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santa Clara, Calif., shot himself with a handgun on the steps of a Mormon church in Los Altos in the early hours of February 25, 2000.  It is shocking to think that there is a man who condones suicides by Mormons who do not live the straight and narrow interpretation of existence that the plagiarist Joseph Smith Jr created in his Book of Mormon (before he ran for the presidency of the USA in 1844, but was defeated), and will tell women what they cannot do with their bodies–including having an abortion to save their own lives, and who bullies men and women (heterosexuals and homosexuals) and delights in tripping his own daughter-in-law to win a foot race–so that the woman’s husband will admit that Mitt will have no problem with a nuclear war if it wins the victory he envisions.

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Freud, Jung, Obama, Romney, Religion & the 2012 election

Sigmund Freud by Max Halberstadt, 1921

Sigmund Schlomo Freud (an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis; born 6 May 1856 in a rented room at a blacksmith’s house at Freiberg in Mähren, Moravia  (now part of the Czech Republic) to an extremely poor family – died 23 September 1939 in London, England at the age of 83) saw religion as an illusion. Freud used the word illusion (Täuschung is more precisely translated as “deception” indicating that religion was mortal-defined and not divine), claiming “[when the] mask is fallen: it leads to denial of God and of an ethical ideal” (Freud, Sigmund (1949). The Future of an Illusion. New York, NY: Liveright Publishing Company, p. 64; a German edition was published in London by Hogarth Press in cooperation with the London Institute of Psycho-analysis; it is in vol. 21 (1927-1931) of Freud’s Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud with Future of an Illusion being authored in 1927).  This quote, so often used, is not reflective of Freud’s opinion or his psychoanalysis.

In the original text, Freud argues that ethics are inherent and are not dependent on a deity, but on the quality of goodness a person learns in life. Freud’s full sentence, taking from the original text, reads: “The mask is fallen; it leads to the denial of God and of an ethical ideal, as indeed we have always supposed. To keep us from the discovery, we have been made to believe that psycho-analysis neither has, nor can have, a philosophical standpoint. [emphasis mine, to show what anti-Freudian thinkers delete deliberated to degrade what was written and meant]”. 

Original page of Future of an Illusion 1927 (ms. in Library of Congress)

A linguist and philologist as well as medical doctor and philosopher, Sigmund Freud was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, English (he read Shakespeare throughout his life), Hebrew, Latin and Greek.  Not once, in any of his writings did the Austrian founder of psychoanalysis deny an ethical ideal as motivating people.  While Freud had little time for the sophistry of organized religion and what he termed the fiction (or imagination) of a god or supernatural creator he was convinced of the immortality of ideas giving birth to natural ethics.

A Godless Jew by Peter Gay (Yale University Press)

Ethics, Freud argued, were learned and not the result of divine intercession or a code based on tablets, scrolls or other religious writing that were mandated

Auf der Ehrentrib ne begr át Hitler den evangelischen Reichsbischof: reason Freud fled Vienna for UK (religion supporting tyranny when Hitler met with the Reich’s bishops)

by some elusive, exclusive and exclusionary being. For that reason Freud has been libeled as “the godless Jew”–a phrase that did not cause the doctor any discomforture (he fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938 at the age of 82)–he found it only half-true, as in his own writing he saw himself as “a completely Godless Jew“: one who was secular and related to his historical past, but did not recognize a divine being, as in the Torah what is mistranslated as “god” really is a multiple of deities: elohim (אֱלֹהִ֔ים).  Its singularity or plurality is determined by the verb.

Freud always saw himself as a secular Jew–one who believed in the conduct of inquiry, one who read omniverously, a man who found nothing unapproachable, as he wrote in his Autobiographical Study (Robert, Marthe (1976). From Oedipus to Moses: Freud’s Jewish Identity. New York, NY: Anchor, pp. 3-6) but it was the opposite for the Nazi Youth who found objections to books, especially those on sex, that their priests, pastors, bishops both Evangelical (Lutheran) and Roman Catholic shunned, forbade people to read, and sent the Nazi Youth (including Josef Ratzinger) to burn in public fires after storming libraries, clinics and other repositories. 

With Nazi and episcopal approval, German university students began burning books especially those focused on the scientific inquiry of sex and religion.

For Freud, religion was to be an ethic–not a rule or law.

Freud saw religion as a repetition of the experience of a child.  Religion was but a toy that is too comforting to be given up even as an adult as it salves pain, worry, and sense of wrongful interactions. Compare this with 1 Corinthians 13:11: ὅτε ἤμην νήπιος, ἐλάλουν ὡς νήπιος, ἐφρόνουν ὡς νήπιος, ἐλογιζόμην ὡς νήπιος· ὅτε γέγονα ἀνήρ, κατήργηκα τὰ τοῦ νηπίου compared with the 1550 translation: ὅτε ἤμην νήπιος ὡς νήπιος ἐλάλουν ὡς νήπιος ἐφρόνουν ὡς νήπιος· ἐλογιζόμην ὅτε δέ γέγονα ἀνήρ κατήργηκα τὰ τοῦ νηπίου, where the writers of the First Letter to Corinth predate Freud even though the text is transmogrified by copyists in the pay of Constantine I at his Council of Nicaea with additional damage done in medieval scriptorium.   For Freud, this mean blind obedience to authority, a subservience that Socrates rejected and died for to prove the  necessity to question all things including the gods and religion (Plato, Apology 24-27; the official charge was insulting the gods [by questioning their existence]).

Canada – Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods), Japanese Totem Poles

Religion, in short, Freud wrote was but a symbol of mortal fear of insecurity.  Religion was equivalent to the mask of misery and apprehension that crystalized in the caricature of Linus’ blanket.  Religion was never considered by Freud to be a permanent entity that would be there to comfort the child growing into manhood and ultimately old age–even though it had survived for more than ten thousand years.  Its survival, Freud contested, was the result of mortals unwilling to think for themselves and surrendering their personal freedom and choice to those they were told or taught to be higher in skills, knowledge, and closeness to the totem of definitions of godhood: the gods of water, earth, fire, air, fecundity (especially the deity of masturbation that Freud termed the most lasting addiction to mortals), and so forth.

The singular greatest tragedy of religion is it is a face for collective neurosis, caused in the same way that childhood neurosis is formed: being told what to do, believe, how to behave and so forth. The goal of religion, in this regard, Freud argued passionately is not only surrendering individual and collective free will but also individuality and the uniqueness that it brings, the right to think, act and express one’s true personality, and the developmental system of the mind to raise above mythology: it rejects self-actualization that will not be defined until the writing of Abraham Maslow, (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) an American psychologist.

Maslow’s Pyramid of Self-Actualization

The illusion or deception of religion is not based on individual wishes, Freud facilitated in his speeches, letters and articles, but the fantasies and dreams of those who seek power over another by pretending to have a supernatural or spiritual authority that is greater than that of the individual. The most absurd of these is the concept of infallibility that actually raises a mere mortal to divine status in keeping with the initial holy trinity of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Trinity (4230 BCE – c. 200 CE)

The ancient Egyptian Trinity included Osiris, Isis, and Horus whose priests had headresses similar to beehives and titles equaling Father.   This Trinity was, as pointed in various writings, no different from the Trinity worshipped by the ancient Serbians or

Trinity worship by ancient Serbians and Hindus (c. 4000 BCE – 800 CE (Serbians) or to present (Hindus).

Hindus, and is found in every culture that has existed and left records with the “holy group” equated with fertility rituals and “creation” as well as irresponsible actions causing pain and suffering for nonadherents and nonbelievers with similar mythologies of Great Flood, death and judgment, heaven and hell, demons and angels, devils and protectors, and other tales of terror, warfare, final days and warfare (Armageddon) that were used like horror stories to fighten children and their parents to keep people from questioning their leaders and officiants at sacrificial rites and riturals so that none would be able to reach his or her full potential, expose the deception and aid civilization to move out of the darkness of mythology into the light of learning. 

Codex Sinaiticus (Vatican Library) fragments.

The earliest bibles were written by Eusebius in 331 CE (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV, 36, 37; this led to the composition (although there is the argument of how many columns made up each text) of the Codex Vaticanus and the younger Codex Sianiaticus: both originals exist only in fragments, fragments that were later copied and redacted). 

The same is true concerning the holy books written by the followers of Muhammad who claim that the Qur’an was written by Remembrancers who were commission by Muhammad who had been ordered to use such people by the angel Gabriel (the Qu’ran has numerous variations within early scripts. Since the kufic script in which the Qu’ran was originally written contained no indication of vowels or diacritical points, variant readings are recognised by Muslims as of equal authority but there are various scholars who disagree that those that appeared within a generation after the death of Muhammad are authentic (cf. Tisdall, William St. Clair (1912). A Word to the Wise. Being a brief defence of the “Sources of Islám” [against the criticisms of Maulavi Muhammad ‘Alí in “The Divine Origin of the Holy Qur’an” and those of Imám Fakhru’l Islám]. N.p. n.p., 76 p.), but are like the scrolls and other texts determined in a political contest at Nicaea to be political defined by the authorities. 

Oldest (alleged) copy of the Qur’an, written c. 19 years after the death of Muhammad

The same is true with the various generations of Caliphs of Islam one of whom claimed to have the oldest copy of the Qur’an written in 651, only 19 years after Muhammad’s death, but today its custodians refuse to allow any carbon dating or testing as it is rapidly disintegrating (uniquely, the faithful claim that Allah [god] promised to keep the Qur’an from “corruption” but that word means “changes” and not “disintegration”. The text is written in Kufic: the antecedent to Arabic. The word “Qur’an” means “dictation” and is believed by Muslims to be the very dictation and final revelation of Allah (God), as it was with the Emperor of the East who created what he called his “catholic [universal] church”.

Artist conception of Joseph Smith reading the seer stones in the base of his hat, with his face pushed deep into the hat. The stones have never been found.

The same is true with the invention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) whose founder (Joseph Smith, Jr.) was a self-proclaimed prophet revealing secrets written on golden plates and by putting his head into a heat to read for seer stones when not dictating from behind a curtain (read here and here).  The golden plates that the angel allegedly gave Smith have never been seen, nor is there any record of anyone seeing the special glasses lent to Smith so that he could read the golden plates on which the faith in Mormon rests. 

Even though  Smith  lacked any ability to read any ancient language and had no formal education in linguistics, translation or interpretation, Smith corrected the Bible authorized by the Emperor Constantine in 331 CE.  Even though Smith attended tent revivals, common in the first half of the nineteenth century, there is no record that Smith could read or write, nor define the differences in word order, word choice, textuality (textual criticism), or the date of invention and introduction of a word into the vernacular or vulgar (common) language; worse yet, Smith did not know that the Bible is by various hands as seen in the differences in poetry incorporated with prose. 

Joseph Smith corrects the Bible

The fact that it is claimed that he translated and corrected the existing Judeo-Christian Bible is troubling, as it would mean that Smith was redacting existing translations: a person translates from an original language, but redacts (refines) from a language that is known and used by putting it into an acceptable and literary format (such as was the fate of the King James Version in 1611, that used Shakespearean English over the more dated pre-seventeenth century English, as the Bible had been translated into the vernacular by many English clergy, including Wycliff, Mary Tudor, etc.). 

Why it is highly unlikely that Smith corrected the Judeo-Christian Bible is because he knew no foreign language and barely understood and used nineteenth century English.  This is seen in his alleged translation of scraps of Papyrus he used (he claimed he received them from an carnival man) to translate (D&C 73:4; 76:15; 90:13; 94:10; 124:89) hieroglyphic text (an art not yet perfected) to create what he declared to be the Testament of Abraham, even though he did not use any Greek, Hebrew texts nor Akkadian cuneiforms. Today’s scholars have the fragments and reject Smith’s translation, noting that the fragments are part of a manual on breathing.  The sources Smith plagiarized to prepare his “translations” are available here.

Fragment 1 Smith used for his Book of Abraham

Facsimile 1 references the various aspects of preparing the soul for its afterlife.  This includes cleansing with special liquids, embalming with herbs and spices, and laying the cadaver out so that it can be properly wrapped by eunuchs charged with protecting the body on its final journey to its ultimate resting place (for higher status people this would be a wooden box).

Facsimile 3: Osiris (Smith claims it is Abraham) judging from his throne.

Facsimile 3 is a graphic representation of the god of creation: Osiris, who married his sister Isis (a practice that was common throughout the known Middle East, and is the foundation for the myth of Abraham marrying his sister Sarah, whom the patriarch would sell to noble kings to enrich his treasury with coins, animals, “maid servants and man servants” as wealth was that which could be controlled: living beings as well as gold and aromas. The text at the bottom defines the judgment is absolute and is that of a god–not of a man: Abraham.

Papyrus IV Joseph Smith used by Smith to create his Book of Abraham

Papyrus 4 is a composite of various illustrations and commentary on the issue of breathing.  It reflects the advancement of medicine in the ancient world that was centered in the capital cities of Egypt and was unknown in what was known as Canaan (Palestine) that included Phoenicia and its tributory states.  There is no mention of the name of Abraham nor of any of his exploits, including the common practice of sacrificing the first born son to the gods to ensure that his wife would be fertile and produce more sons.  The first born son is heatedly debated, with Jews and Christians arguing that it was Isaac since the infant was born of the first wife (Sarah); however, the Muslim faithful assume that the first born was Ishmael, since he was first born even though his mother was the maidservant of Sarah and the concubine of the patriarch. Concubines were still considered part of the harem and thus wealth, and the arrival of a boy baby was hailed with the same gusto as if it had been born of the first wife. The text does not mention Abraham nor any of the myths that surround Abraham including the mission to Sodom or Lot’s incest with his two daughters in the mountain caves outside of the city of Zoar.

Papyrus X Joseph Smith (Smith used this fragment for his Book of Abraham)

Papyrus X is the most damning evidence against Joseph Smith Jr.’s claim to have translated the “long lost” (it is barely mentioned in the Old Testament) tract attributed to be the Book of Abraham.  It is a manual on breathing and has no reference to any divine breath as found in Psalm 150:6.  The word has been transmogrified to mean “dictation” as well as “inspiration” but this is taking extreme liberties with the ancient text.

While the Bible details that people should not hide their faith (1 Timothy 4:12), Joseph Smith Jr. had a difficult time not hiding his as a would-be evangelist at open-air revivals, or later when he claimed to be reading from golden plates or using the seer stones to read secret messages.  Smith always was in hiding when translating the Book of Mormon, usually behind a curtain that is the subject of the fantasy The Wizard of Oz.  To create an illusion or deception that something is special, throughout history the inveigler junque would use the word “divine” or “inspired” or even “holy” to give it a semblance of authenticity as being god-created or god-written–a fantasy from Babylon found in the Book of Daniel 5:5.  It is not found in the Torah. It is not surprising that Romney still claims that the Book of Abraham is original and reflects the fictional patriarch. His knowledge of this book, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible are note even marginal but badly lacking basics.

Freud was not as concerned about the illusion of religion as he was about the dangerof religion and its cannibalistic consuming intellect as well as the body of those who turn to it for succor. Freud’s concern was that religion would mandate and use bad human institutions (such as occurred during the Roman

Spanish Inquisition

Catholic Inquisition, the Protestant (especially the burning and hanging of witches both in Europe and the New World), Greek, Bulgarian, Russian and Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic Council of Bishops, the Grand Gathering of Ayatollahs (التجمع من آيات الله الكبرى), and so forth) to control mortals.  Religion’s control was always buttressed by the ruse of its necessity to protect “the morals and faith” of the sinner and all others, leaving little for the individual to determine as popes became infallible toward the end of the nineteenth century.

Religious institutions only thrive and accelerate when they prohibit critical thinking.  When this occurs it leads to the impoverishment of intelligence. This is especially true in units set aside for studies, debate, discussion, and research: schools, universities, seminaries, and so forth.  These opportunities disappear when they are controlled by religion regardless of its name or branding. Freud calls this tragedy Denkschwäche: the impoverishment of reason. 

What has been repeatedly proven in psychological tests is that controlled thought impedes the power of reason. When the faculty of reasoning disappears or is denied, the result is the devastating decline of judgment and a further the debasement of self-acceptance.

Religion is mind control

The idea that ethics and righteous living is a product of religion is absurd, Freud argued. Instead, Freud noted, if mortals reject religion they will still be and remain ethical beings.  Ethics are universal and ethics do not require any divine being’s intervention, authorship or politics and interference of  a god (or a goddess if the actual words were followed, noting verbs to define and distinguish between singular and plural nouns).

Freud carefully, craftly counters the claims of religious groups and institutions, citing their histories as being filled with great cruelty that increased human suffering rather than reducing it, and advancing mortality (death) rather than working for a longer life as seen in the forced conversions of American natives put to the sword with the invasion of Spaniards in Central and South America (Francisco Pizarro destruction of the highly developed Inka civilization in Perú beginning in 1531 and executed Atahualpa, the emperor of the Inkas, on 26 July 1533 after Atahualpa filled a room with gold to pay for his freedom; Juan de Betanzos, Narratives of the Incas ed. Dana Buchanan, tr. Roland Hamilton. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1996), the movement of Christian crusaders against Jews, Greeks, and fellow Christians during the period 1095-1492 (Runciman, Steven (1951-1954). History of the Crusades. Cambridge [Eng.]: University Press; three volumes), and Muslims from the rise of the armies of Muhammad attacking from Arabia to Spain and beyond (Hilliam, Paul (2004). Islamic weapons, warfare, and armies : Muslim military operations against the Crusaders. New York, NY: Rosen Pub. Group; Ibrāhīm Farghalī, Ibrāhīm (1998). المؤرخ السوري أبو شامة، ٥٩٩-٦٦٥ ھ/١٢٠٣-١٢٦٨ م : دراسة في المؤلفات والمنهج / ابراهيم فرغلي. al-Qāhirah : al-ʻArabī).

Without religion or its god(s), the individual has in his or her better interest to ascertain and insure that the individuals (collectively) work for the common good so that all can share in the rewards of ethical behavior. These ethics include brotherly love (for Freud this was Menschenliebe), truth, and freedom. Once mortals renounce the concept of the existence of a god, they longer turn to a heavenly Father, but see the earthly father and fatherhood (protective, caring, generous, sharing, and so forth) in all people.

Freud argued that the infantile fixation on an imaginary father must be removed from the psychology of people so that they can aim for greater human development and educate the self in face of reality.  The human father as a guide and guardian enables mortals to see pollution as real and work to end it, to see the assault on nature and enforce laws that nourish nature, to comprehend the finiteness of worldly resources and use them sparingly while working for alternative sources of energy, food, and so forth. When mortals realize that they have nothing to rely upon but themselves, collectively, then mortals will use their powers properly for the good of all.  When the earthly father is recognized as a husbandman maintaining the fruits of the planet so that there are resources for future generations and not obscene wealth for a few, there will be no William, Edward, or Charles Koch squandering the resources of the world nor will people allow themselves to be bullied by Mitt

A photo of Mitt Romney and a band of dark-haired, middle-aged, white gentlemen holding money after outsourcing USA citizens’ jobs overseas.

Romney repeating his Bain Capital attacks on private entrepreneuralships and businesses by immediate gratification decisions and open ballots as he did on June 6, 2012, when the former governor told CEOs to tell their people to vote for him if they wish to keep their jobs (read here and here and here). That is bullying and is in character with the prescribed role of a bishop in the Mormon Church—a roll that Mitt played before and still holds the key card (read here and here).

New York’s rich and super-rich convened in the Hamptons on Sunday for a trio of fundraisers for Mitt (2012).

Only when mortals are free—emancipating themselves from all forms of uninvited forms of control—especially the authority that threatens to grasp the world and reduce its objectivity and the rights of its citizens—will mortals ascend to the level of self-realization and self-actualization. Religion represents unparalleled powerlessness and dependence: on a god, a priest, a pope, a rabbi or pastor—but the rejections of religion gives mortals power and independence—along with the responsibility and obligation of working for the common good.

Carl G. Jung (1910)

Freud’s successor and colleague, Carl Gustav Jung (a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology and did not share Freud’s views nor interpretations; born July 26, 1875, Kesswil, Switzerland and died June 6, 1961, at Ksnacht), was not as astute or insightful a psychologist as Freud. Jung’s presentation of psychology was far narrower and thus more acceptable and adaptable to religions that persecute in the name Truth and the quest for it—by any means: lies, distortions and fantasies. Jung claimed that anything that exists is true because it exists, stating that “truth is a fact and not a judgment” (Jung, Carl G[ustav]. (1938). Psychology and Religion. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press; London, UK: H. Milford, Oxford University Press”).  In reality, truth is relative as it depends on the individual affirming its truthful nature, but can be rejected as fiction by those who find problems with any statement or word.

Group photo (1909) in front of Clark University. Front row: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung back row: Abraham A. Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferenczi. Both Freud and Jung traveled to the USA to present papers.

Jung wrote in his introduction, in direct opposition to Freud psychological and philosophical works: “I restrict myself to the observation of phenomena and I refrain from any application of metaphysical or philosophical considerations” (p.2). This means that as unethical as Mitt Romney’s secret broadcast to the Koch Brothers and other billionaire CEOs that they have a right to order their employees to vote

Joseph Smith wrote polygamy is the wish of God.

Republican, it is justified because it occurred (read here and here). It is equal to the argument made by Joseph Smith that polygamy was a right of man even without the consent of the woman (Smith was ultimately divorced and left by his first wife who did not tolerate Smith’s second marriage while she was stilled married to the founder of the Mormon religion;  Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry) (1912), History of the Church, 6, Deseret News, pp. p. 411; Anderson, Richard Lloyd (1998). “The Prophet Joseph Smith and His Plural Wives“, FARMS Review of Books (The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) 10 (2): 67–104), or the erasure of souls in Black people based on a corrupt reading of Genesis 3 that was forged from ancient Akkadian mythology into Hebrew fables. What Jung selected to ignore is that an idea exists—regardless if it is a delusion or corresponds to fact.  Romney sees corporations as families and therefore have a right, if not a duty, to tell the family members (employees or workers) not only what to think but for whom to vote (read here and here and watch here).

Rick and Karen Santorum family

The existence of the idea does not make it true in any sense, although this absurdity reached its zenith under the Santorums of Pennsylvania (Karen, who had been living with an abortion provider before moving out to be with her future husband, Rick) who took a dead fetus to their home for their children to play with it as if the mortality was not final and the cadaver was their brother. Jung’s approach is not tenable from a psychiatric standpoint—it exists only in the area of relativism (cf. Dunne, Clare (2002). “Prelude”. Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul: An Illustrated Biography. New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 3 f).  Large families are urged by both the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches–despite the reality that there is insufficient resources to sustain life on this water planet we call Earth.

Bryan Fischer

Carl Jung’s attempts to differentiate between “subjective” and “objective” existence is the weakest link in the chain he forged.  This is seen in the defense of bullies and bullyism in the speeches of Bryan Fischer (of the certified hate group American Family Association), Billy Graham (who scrubbed his website that had declared Mormonism a cult after he announced his endorsement of the Mormon bishop (whose faith Billy Graham blasted) Romney after the Mormon bishop promised to sign into legislation stronger ties between church and state, “protect

Billy Graham’s website calling Mormonism a cult (2005)

Christianity” and outlaw LGBT same-sex marriages, abortion, and other pet projects of the original Elmer Gantry), Ann Coulter (who tells parents to disown their sons if they are LGBT and not conservatives), and others in their opposition to workers rights (with Scott Walker, the billionaires candidate who bought the office, in Wisconsin being among their favorites), LGBT rights in Washington state, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) funding hate to drive people to the polls. Hate is a unique mental illness: it is the deliberate negation of intimacy, rejection of passion, and avoidance of commitment. Hate originates from stories people create about the target: a person, place, thing, etc: such as hatred towards a skin pigmentation, a sexual orientation, age, weight, and so forth.  It is irrational, and in most cases, as with Maggie Gallagher and Bryan Fischer more than Billy Graham who peppers his sermons with vitriol of hate, hate is a statement that the person does not truly like himself or herself, and thus to compensate must strike out at a marginalized person or group (cf. Halperin, Eran (2012). “Review of The nature of hate.” doi.1037/a0026863. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 18(1), Feb 2012, 101-103; Leader, Tirza; Mullen, Brian; Rice, Diana (2009). “Complexity and valence in ethnophaulisms and exclusion of ethnic out-groups: What puts the ” hate” into hate speech?” doi: 10.1037/a0013066. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 96(1), Jan 2009, 170-182). To this end Jung argues that the essence of religious experience is the submission to powers higher than the self. Jung wrote: “[religion] is a careful and scrupulous observation of what Rudolph Otto (born September 25, 1869 – died March 6, 1937, he was an eminent German Lutheran theologian and scholar of comparative religion [comparative is not technically correct, as Otto measured the religions of the world against that of the Lutheran Church to find all wanting in substance and coverage in his work The Idea of the Holy (the actual title of the 1917 work published in 1918 is Das Heilige – Über das Irrationale in der Idee des Göttlichen und sein Verhältnis zum Rationalen (The Holy – On the Irrational in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation to the Rational) Breslau, Germany: Trewendt & Granier, to discuss the idea of the “Non-rational factor” in religion) aptly termed the ‘numinosum,’ styled by Otto as “numinous”, that is, a dynamic existence or effect, not caused by an arbitrary act of will (cf. Mok, Daniël (2012). Rudolf Otto: Een kleine biografie. Preface by Gerardus van der Leeuw. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Uitgeverij Abraxas) had written: on the need to accept faith to make sense out of what seemed to be senseless.. On the contrary, religion “seizes and controls the human subject which is always rather its victim than its creator” (ibid., p. 4).

Rudolf Otto

With Otto’s study at the forefront, Jung argues that a religious experience is seized by a power outside of the self: it is a concept of the unconscious being that is religious. Jung argues that the influence of the unconscious upon the conscious “is a basic religious phenomenon” (ibid., p. 46). While Jung bows before the altar of immediate reality, Freud stood sentry over the aim of human development, if unchecked by religion, would lead to the achievement of ideals: knowledge (reason, truth, wisdom: logos), brotherly love (λόγος, from λέγω lego“I say”), reducing suffering, independence of and for the self, and the acceptance of responsibility (these are the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, The Prophets, etc.).   While the denial of responsibility is quite human, it also shows inadequacy in the mind of the person denying responsibility and a flaw in that individual’s character (cf. Schwartz, Shalom H. (1974). “Awareness of interpersonal consequences, responsibility denial, and volunteering.” doi: 10.1037/h0036644. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 30(1), Jul 1974, 57-63).

Freud spoke out against the theistic-supernatural concepts as stages in human development that were once, in an embryonic civilization, necessary to ensure initial growth. However, once growth began, it would have accelerated faster without the burden of theocracy.

Ayn Rand

For Jung, religion was an emotional experience that he defended, claiming that people need emotional ties and releases; in short, for Jung it is the psychology of the individual that is elevated to religious phenomenon. Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter whose philosophy is “objectivism”; she was an activist atheist who advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion arguing for wealth and power, regardless of how gained, was the true strength of mortals (she actively supported laissez-faire capitalism that she believed was the only social system that protected individual rights, and found any form of state control or help for the poor to be antithetical to the needs of those striving for ultimate wealth–her writings being denounced by most literary and economic theorists and critics). Paul Ryan is dedicated to Rand’s ideology) would fit comfortable into Jungian psychology. 

It is from the writings of Rand that Paul Ryan gained his initial  Weltanschaung working against the teaching of the Jesus of the New Testament fitting comfortably with Jung, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and George W. Bush. While Romney has attempted to distance himself from the Bush legacy, the Mormon bishop uses most of the same words as Bush, and his proposed policies match those of Bush and his cabinet: especially the stand taken by Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney.  Both Rice and Cheney have publicly sided with the CEOs since the CEOs control the jobs even though salaries frequently exceed the salaries of all of their workers.

Freud would have stood with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters and, most likely, would vote for Obama.  Freud preferred a reality that can be judged by each person for what benefits the individual.  This philosophy that strengthened his psychoanalytic writings is in line with the politics and philosophy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, all of whom worked for an open society, a right to education and political discourse and who rejected discrimination. 

Lilly Ledbetter and President Obama (January 29, 2009)

Obama has gone the farthest: fair pay for equal work (the Lilly Ledbetter Act (Public Law 111-2, S. 181) that was signed into law on January 29, 2009–Obama’s first official act as President–that Romney vigorously opposed, claiming that male bosses have the right to underpay women for work that men did but they are tasked to do as women), a woman’s right to determine her destiny and what she will do with her body (read here and here), the right to health care, the right to a good education, revitalizing the economy and more.

The fact that religion plays an ever-increasing role in contemporary politics (everywhere) shows Jungian influence. This is especially true among the craven and crass American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops (especially the bishops of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (John C. Nienstedt), and Peoria, IL (Daniel Jenky who compared Obama to Hitler, exposing his ignorance of Hitler and his Third Reich), both of whom are using church tithes for personal political agendas).  Nienstedt and Jenky are set to attack like a pack of hyenas President Obama and “Obamacare” as dividing religion.  The Roman Catholic Church in the USA, led by Dolan of New York City and Francis Cardinal George, OMI, wrongly states that Obamacare (Universal Health Care) requires churches to provide birth control, death panels and similar measures, but none appear anywhere in the legislation), and with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Knights of Columbus that both claim they are formed for purposes of charity yet use their gifts and contributions (in defiance of IRS regulations) to fight against the right of choice from abortion to same-sex marriage.

To stop voters from exercising free choice at the polls in November 2012, billionaire CEOs warn workers that if Obama wins the workers will lose their jobs, banks will foreclose on their homes, and poverty will strangle the economy.  The most odious, deceitful and duplicitous states whose Republican/Tea Party controlled governments who have attacked voters with the most vile voting restrictions are: Alabama, Florida (a judge later tossed out most of the draconian restrictions), Georgia, Iowa whose Tea Party Republicans in the legislature are among the least educated and most vitriolic vote deniers in the nation and is under the strangling control of Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Mississippi, Ohio created by Secretary of State Jon Husted, Pennsylvania whose current restrictive laws are worse than they were in 1960 when the KKK and neo-Nazi groups had the ear of Pennsylvania legislators and whose legislation surpassed that of those of segregationist Mississippi in the 1960s, Nebraska where gun owners have more rights than those who do not possess firearms, North Carolina where potential voters can use a National Rifle Association (NRA) membership card or a NASCAR ticket stub as proof of eligibility to vote, Rhode Island that allows a person to vote if he or she shows a bank statement, South Carolina that requires a photo ID among other qualifiers (although the law has been suspended until 2013), South Dakota that questions the rights of women as not being able to make a decision for themselves without the guidance of a male especially in the area of birth control and family planning, Tennessee where the Republican secretary of state, Tre Hargett, rifles in to disenfranchise minorities and the poor requiring proof of citizenship, Texas enacted legislation to bar or limit Latinos/Latinas and disabled people from voting, Virginia that (among other draconian dictates) is aimed at disenfranchising women from their right to vote, in keeping with Mormon philosophy that women are subordinate to men and need the guidance of men to function–similar to Islam and Sharia law, West Virginia, and Wisconsin led by  the governor, Scott Walker, to disempower union activists, teachers, and retired–while allowing (and encouraging) corporate executives to exert pressure on labor to vote Republican.

Not only has government attacked voting rights, but religion has spent more money on suppressing human and basic civil rights than any other group.  The most sinister sanctimonious services are those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Roman Catholic Church (read here and here), with such organized hate groups as the Knights of Columbus (the Roman Catholic version of the KKK, of which more than 50% of its members belong to the Klan) spending millions to defeat marginalized people in opposition to the majority of Roman Catholics in the USA who denouncethe Knights of Columbus as a fascist group that does evil and little good and complain that the bishops are daily demanding they vote in league with the nation of Vatican City that has throughout its history been vocal in its opposition to democracy, support of monarchy and dictatorship as seen in its blessing of the twentieth century tyrannies of Franco in Spain, Peron in Argentina, Fujimori in Peru, Ferdinand and Imalda Marcos of the Philippines, and Pinochet in Chile. Its record throughout history has even been more

An Eyewitness Account of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre by François Dubois (1572)

blood-stained, as with a Te Deum sung in the Vatican on hearing of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacrein France (August 24-25, 1572), the rape of

Atahualpa infamously chose to be strangled to death with a garrote after hearing he was to be burned alive. He suffered both penalties at the hands of Franciscan monks.

Perú in the sixteenth century, and the slaughter of native people of Mexico by its priests sent to “preach to those you find.”

The most viciously vile of all Roman Catholic bishops in the USA is Joseph J. Tyson, the bishop in Yakima, Washington, who told the clergy that they must ask Catholics for a give a “generous donation” to the campaign trying to reject Referendum 74 (equality in marriage) in defiance of IRS code. 

Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, prefers to protect pedophiles than support loving committed couples in Washington state (2012).

The theological terrorist, Tyson told the priest under his jurisdiction: “I am asking you to announce a special parishioner financial appeal at each Mass on the weekend of August 25/26 or September 1/2—whichever one you choose—to promote the September 8/9 in-pew collection for the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign,” Tyson wrote in a letter earlier this month (.pdf).  Tyson added a postscript to protect himself from an IRS audit and tax exemption repeal, “Please Note: This is not a parish collection. Please be sure that parish staff knows that these envelopes are NOT to be opened or recorded by the parish.”  Read Tyson’s blog.  Tyson has classic symptoms of irrational thought and mental conflict in a study of his words, and makes him dangerous to himself and to his community.  He openly callas for money, then diminishes the significance of his words to caution parishoners not to put in any bill / check that might identify the giver or the recipient. This increased the anger of the congregation and their ultimate rejection of the plea (cf. Juvonen, Jaana (1992). “Negative peer reactions from the perspective of the reactor.” doi: 10.1037/0022-0663.84.3.314.  Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 84(3), Sep 1992, 314-321; cp. McCreary, John K. (1948). “The psychology of morality.” doi: 10.1037/h0084074. Canadian Journal of Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie, Vol 2(4), Dec 1948, 212-223).

Worse than Tyson or any Roman Catholic bishop is the knavish Knights of Columbus–named after a rapist, soldier-of-fortune, and mass murderer.  Headquartered in New Haven, CT, the KC labels itself as a charitable institution seeking to bring solace and comfort to those in need.  It does not.  According to the Internal Revenue Service, the Knights of Columbus donated $6.25 million to fight same-sex marriage initiatives between 2005-2012. Close to $2 million of those funds went directly to NOM, with the approval of the pope whose agents are working to overthrow democracy in all nations where tolerance is practiced and enshrined in law.  Its Seattle, WA, chapter shows how sumptuous and discreditable the KC is in the West, spending millions on furnishings while people go for want of food, water, and shelter. Compare it with the Marian Council 3827 at Bloomington.  The Knights of Columbus are as corrupt as the medieval papacy.

Knights of Columbus misuse of contributions since 2005

Rigidly stalwart in support of the corrupt clergy and hierarchy of bishops, archbishops and cardinals in the USA and abroad, the Knights of Columbus remain quiet on pedophiles within the church, and actually support bishops such as Dolan of New York City who attempted to silence legal claims against the Roman Catholic Church with money.  The inordinate amount of money held and used by the Knights of Columbus is spellbinding and awesome.

Knights of Columbus corporate headquarters in New Haven, CT

The Knights of Columbus, founded by  Father Michael J. McGivney (a “Venerable” in the Roman Catholic Church, meaning he is considered holy and may some day be declared a saint), are among the richest groups (insurance, and other capital ventures) in the USA and regularly are investigated for money laundrying at their national headquarters both in the USA and abroad as far as the Philippines.  Rather than spending money on charitable deeds, the Knights of Columbus have a long and stained history of working to suppress human and civil rights(read here for Minnesota, here for the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops, and here), to fight against women seeking equality with men and self-determination, and protecting pedophiles within the Roman Catholic Church.

Dolan enjoys a glass of wine

Dolan’s duplicity has been repeated frequently, especially among bishops in the Midwest (Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and boardering states), such as the crimes of Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, Bishop John R. Gaydos, and those who have worked in concert to cover up those crimes against children in the Middle West.  The problem is that the Knights of Columbus is an insurance agency masquerading as a charitable organization headed by laity and bishops, with $80 billion in assets; $40 billion is devoted to insurance–and pay no taxes since it claims it is a charitable organization.  In truth it is organized hate.  In 2008, the Knights of Columbus Corporation paid chief executive officer Carl A. Anderson $1.17 million. 

Sean cardinal O’Malley of Boston

The Knights of Columbus Corporation makes no effort to support worker benefits, a living wage, or affordable healthcare for the citizens of the United States. Boston, Massachusetts Sean Cardinal O’Malley identified 159 pedophile priests 25 August 2011 in Boston whose salaries were paid with pension funds earmarked for the Daughters of St. Paul, who had to sue the church conglomerate to get their retirement fund restored. Knights of Columbus could not be bothered as numerous complaints were being filed against the organization itself, that, like the Boy Scouts of America that has admitted keeping on over 1250 pedophileswhile at the same time denying openly gay scouts their right to earn the Eagle badge (the hypocrisy is startling! When I complained about being molested in the 1950s, I was told to “shut up” or the camp attendants at Camp Ingawanis in Iowa would drown me; when I told my mother, she refused to believe that the older males, whom she knew, would rape a small child–a mindset in Iowa that last to this day), is riddled with

Archbishop Harry J. Flynn

pedophiles and forced homosexual acts. Pedophiles are subject to acting out fantasies for various reasons, but it occurs during different mood swings; psychologists must help pedophiles recognize their mood-temperment and not hide it or attempt to compensate for it, as compensation or denial leads to more aggressive mood swings (cf. Gillies, Laurie A.; Hashmall, Judith M.; Hilton, N. Zoe; Webster, Christopher D.  (1992). “Relapse prevention in pedophiles: Clinical issues and program development.” doi: 10.1037/h0078714. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Vol 33(2), Apr 1992, 199-210; the article is in French). Archbishop Harry J. Flynn (ret.) of St. Paul-Minneapolis raided funds ($3.1 million) from a priest retirement account and another fund ($700,000) earmarked for charity and social services to settle child molestation claims. This is religion?

The tainted Iowa executives are (top row, left to right): Michael P. Laake, State Deputy Director; Joseph A. Ramirez, State Secretary, and Lawrence G. Mayer, State Treasurer. The miscreant bishops are (bottom row, left to right): Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, Dubuque; Bishop Richard E. Pates, Des Moines; and Bishop Martin J. Amos, Davenport.

Iowa is a particularly troubling case study and a state where excellence is equated with athletic prowess and not intellectual ability, leading many craven politicians to forgive “transgressions if the transgressor is hailed as an athlete” or a religious person, but rejects the same for the academic or one not athletically engaged; the Knights of Columbus push athletics more than academic advances, and thus fund activities where performance on a court or ball diamond is hailed and indiscretions occur, but not in the classroom or arts as more insurance is sold to those who watch or participate in games than attend lectures or classes.  Pedopiles in the pulpit or on the game-field are forgiven and their peccadillos pushed behind a curtain of self-righteousness.  The same is true in politics–the more fervent the politician is in broadcasting his affirmation of a religious belief or membership in a religious organization, the quicker the Knight of Columbus and churches are to grant him or her special status and endorsement (as with Bob Vander Plaats) regardless of the candidates mental state or performance for the good of all constituents, with those who interview or associate with the religious affirming candidate quick to internalize behavior, while visiting with or being seen with a politican who is not prone to expressing religious views is seen as a threat (cf. Houts, Arthur C.; Graham, Kenton (1986). “Can religion make you crazy? Impact of client and therapist religious values on clinical judgments.” doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.54.2.267. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol 54(2), Apr 1986, 267-27).

The Iowa Knights of Columbus leadership have been regularly tainted with scandals from sex to money laundrying, and its bishops with pedophile cover-ups and pay-offs.  Davenport disbursed $37 million to 156 claimants molested by 24 priests and then filed bankruptcy in 2008. Dubuque paid $5 million to 20 survivors victimized by pedophile priests over the last 50 years.  Bishop R. Walker Nickless remains a cipher in the current phase of pedophile priest scandal, although his predecessor, Bishop Lawrence Soens is the central figure in the Iowa settlements.  This cover-up and payment of predatory pedophile priests show mental instability among the bishops who are directly contributing to mood swings of the pedophile who internalizes that if he “confesses his sin” he is somehow exempt from behavior modification. Parsimonious religious-based behavioral activation intervention for depression in college students can be beneficial, but not covering-up continued cases of misbehavior (cp. Armento, Maria E. A.; McNulty, James K.; Hopko, Derek R. (2012).  “Behavioral activation of religious behaviors (BARB): Randomized trial with depressed college students.” doi: 10.1037/a0026405. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol 4(3), Aug 2012, 206-222; on covering-up psychopathic predators, ref. Erickson, Steven K.; Vitacco, Michael J. (). “Predators and punishment.” doi: 10.1037/a0024607. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol 18(1), Feb 2012, 1-17).

Freud claimed that over actions were the result of an overactive libido, building on the work  of Karl Abraham.  Freud pointed out that these libidinal drives can conflict with the conventions of civilized behavior, represented in the psyche by the superego, requiring the need to conform to society and control the libido.  If the control is extreme or misunderstood, those whose libido is overly active can experience tension and variouos psychological disturbances within the psyche of the individual leading to aggression, violence, withdrawal, bullying, and suicide.  The disturbances prompt the use of ego defenses to dissipate the psychic energy of these unmet and mostly unconscious needs into other forms or result in neurosis. When society puts an emphasis on a form of sexual behavior or denies people the right to express themselves in that behavior style (such as LGBT), it can have catastrophic effects:  usually seizures, withdrawal, or suicide.

A primary goal of psychoanalysis is to bring the drives of the id into consciousness.  This is done by allowing the drives to be understood directly without judgment, reducing the patient’s reliance on ego defenses. The problem here is religion that limits what a person can do or how it can be done; for example: denying sexuality’s force to be expressed by teaching abstinence (an unnatural sexuality), preaching chastity as if it was normal, and discouraging sexuality altogether (Froböse, Gabriele; Froböse, Rolf and Gross, Michael (trans) (2006). Lust and Love: Is it more than Chemistry?  Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry).

While Jung argued that the libido was “psychic energy”, that has proven too marginalized to be an effective response.  Jung, feverishly working to retain his elevation of ontology into the realm of reality wrote that the libido expresses itself only through symbols: “It is the energy that manifests itself in the life process and is perceived subjectively as striving and desire”  (Ellenberger, Henri (1970). The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. New York, NY: Basic Books, p. 697). Recently,  philosopher and psychologist James Giles has argued that human sexual desire is neither a biological instinct nor something learned or constructed by culture. Rather, sexual desire is an existential need based on the awareness of the individual that he or she has a gender and that gender requires satisfaction (sex)–which is one of the basic needs detailed by Maslow.  Gender without sexuality leaves the individual in a state of incompleteness and thus the individual can become restive, aggressive, withdrawing from society at any level, and makes the contemplation of suicide as a viable alternative to continuing living in an unfriendly, unloving, nonresponsive and hateful homophobic or heterophobic world (cf. Giles, James [2004]. The Nature of Sexual Desire, Westport, CT: Praeger).  To remove the sense of incompleteness, the individual will attempt to bare the body and soul, engage in carressing a loved object as if to ellicit a response, but frequently is rebuffed by the object of attraction who is equally chained to the ropes of religion that forbids select acts (even though those acts are found in the literature of the religion).  This is most clearly seen in the Mormon religion that, until Utah sought admission to the Union, ruled that a man could have any number of wives, but a wife could only have one husband. There are no recorded statistics (that I am aware of) on the number of mental breakdowns, murders and suicides were committed because of this, although we do know that Joseph Smith’s first wife divorced him and later spoke out against polygamy.

Bob Vander Plaats (Iowa) invented his own religious organized hate group to make money (he sold his endorsement to Santorum for $1 million)

The challenge in the Mormon community is to free itself from the primitive patriarchy that is the foundation of the religion, and enter into a real world where men are not always dominant (a theme, tragically, detailed by Bob Vander Plaats of West Des Moines, Iowa, in his e-mails and mailings on his program The FAMiLY, where he celebrates the mistranslations found in the Pauline letters where the man is to dominate; it was a great money making scheme, but not as lucrative as when the Iowan sold his endorsement for the Republican presidential candidacy to Rick Santorum for $1 million (read here and here and here and here).  Bob Vander Plaats lies when he claims he is an educator (he was a coach), and a biblical authority, yet has no formal education and shows no independent knowledge of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek (any form), etc., but depends on bad English translations–without the least comprehension of the text of Colossians 3:9:  μὴ ψεύδεσθε εἰς ἀλλήλους, ἀπεκδυσάμενοι τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον σὺν ταῖς πράξεσιν αὐτοῦ, or more simply: nolite mentiri invicem expoliantes vos veterem hominem cum actibus eius (Biblia Sacra Vulgata) that is firm in the Armenian: Մի՛ ստէք իրարու. հանեցէ՛ք ձեր վրայէն հին մարդը՝ իր գործերով or even in his native Dutch: Liegt niet tegen elkander, dewijl gij uitgedaan hebt den ouden mens met zijn werken.  It is obvious that Vander Plaats either is unfamiliar with, or choses to ignore, Leviticus 6:1-2:  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃  נֶפֶשׁ כִּי תֶחֱטָא וּמָעֲלָה מַעַל בַּיהוָה וְכִחֵשׁ בַּעֲמִיתֹו בְּפִקָּדֹון אֹו־בִתְשׂוּמֶת יָד אֹו בְגָזֵל אֹו עָשַׁק אֶת־עֲמִיתֹו׃ 

These letters were written by a group (or if you wish to be literal, by one man) who never met the Jesus of the New Testament, never was a part of the original ministry, and was using strained reality to elevate patriarchy where women were to be silent (1 Corinthians 14:34-35; actually it is an invocation that women were not to sing so as to distract men from prayers) and be obedient (submissive; Colossians 3:18: Αἱ γυναῖκες, ὑποτάσσεσθε (upotassesthe)and it appears only once in the New Testament; it does not mean “to yield” as in Hebrews 13:17:  ὑπείκετε and does not include the Old Testament concept of feigning (pretense: יִתְכַּֽחֲשׁוּ־) self being obedient, as in 2 Samuel 22:45:  בְּנֵי נֵכָר יִתְכַּחֲשׁוּ־לִי לִשְׁמֹועַ אֹזֶן יִשָּׁמְעוּ לִי׃) τοῖς ἀνδράσιν ὡς ἀνῆκεν ἐν κυρίῳ, and 1 Peter 3:1: Ὁμοίως αἱ [αἱ does not appear in the original text] γυναῖκες ὑποτασσόμεναι τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀνδράσιν, ἵνα καὶ εἴ τινες ἀπειθοῦσι τῷ λόγῳ, διὰ τῆς τῶν γυναικῶν ἀναστροφῆς ἄνευ λόγου κερδηθήσονται,; submission does not mean being coerced, but to be within a “willing conciliation” where both parties make decisions jointly out of a willingness to maintain peace, open communication and mutual respect; the problem is the extraordinarily bad translations of scripture that fundamentalists have no idea, nor any desire to learn, what was really written or meant) to the male figure (primarily the husband, but afterwards to the father, and so forth–a patriarchy that populates the injunctions in the chapter (sutra) Cow in the Qur’an).  Women in the Qur’an have less value and can be beaten by their husband (Qur’an 4:34) that Muslims came from Allah’s [god] instruction originally imposed on the Babylonian Job (Qur’an 38:44).  Women have a less favorable role in the Hadith: Bukhari (72:715), Bukhari (72:715) where Muhammad’s child-bride  Aisha complained that Muslim women sufferred more than women “of non-believers”, as she was beaten by Muhammad who struck her in the chest: Muslim (4:2127) as did his father-in-laws who saw it as funny Muslim (9:3506) as beatings were considered “necessary” Abu Dawud (2141-2142).

Polygamy in the Book of Mormon is sanctioned

In each case, where a man was the chief (bishop, ayatollah, etc), he was sanctioned in all of his actions. To this end, Romney had the right according to his office as bishop in the Mormon church not only to take another wife (or several), but to control her, and control all businesses–including telling corporation executive officers what to tell (instruct) their employees: to vote for him.  Jung would have agreed; Freud would have rejected such a contention as demeaning the psychological rights of the individual.

Joe Jessop’s brood together for a group photo is a challenge

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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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Matthew 6:6, Christianity and the Mormon Faith

In the nearly seventy years that I have been on the water planet Earth, I have never met a Christian who ever did what the Jesus of the New Testament required of those who would follow him or attempt to imitate him.  This is especially true in 2012.  It crystalized in Texas where the most sinister spinners of yarns and falsified fabrications of fact, from Rick Perry (the Hair) of Texas and his NAR (New Apostolic Reformation led by C. Peter Wagner who styles himself an “Apostle”, read here and here and here) Dominionist Christians to the alleged reverends Scott Lively (California) author of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” legislation, Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ, Texas) “the Dark Knight” who praised Jesus “the warrior” (ref. Revelation 19:11-16) who would descend to earth with a drawn sword (Matthew 10:34). 

Jesus the Warrior

Bright was a co-signatory of the Richard D. Land letter of 2002 (by The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) that outlined a just war rationale for the 2003 invasion of Iraq that provided a theological underpinning for the invasion being planned by President George W. Bush and his spiritual mentor Dick Cheney–despite the fact that the Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMDs) were known not to exist and were the plant of an operative of the CIA who paid him thousands of dollars to create the myth.  The Iraqi defector’s name is Rafid Ahmed

U.S. military weapons inscribed with Bible verses (2012)

Alwan al-Janabi, CIA codename Curveball.  Bush and Cheney prayed over the potential slaughter, that would be most graphically realized at Abu Gharib prison where torture was used with the prayerful blessing of Christian chaplains and zealous missionary military mercenaries who had guns that carried bible verses, but not a weapon emblazoned with Matthew 5:9.

The idea of killing disbelievers has always been common in the Christian church founded by the Emperor Constantine I in 325 CE.  This is dramatically demonstrated by the denizens of the damned such as Charles Worley of Maiden, North Carolina who wants a full-scale genocide in the USA (read here and here), and other Southern Baptists kept busy kneeling at the altar of the original Elmer Gantry and his son (Billy and Franklin Graham), and Bob Vander Plaats who laughs at “shooting fags jokes”, and Keith Ratliff (both in West Des Moines, Iowa), with Ratliff  making a name for himself as defining the word of his god as if he were a modern Moses and oblivious to Matthew 7:1.  Ratliff’s raw renunciation of sanity, however, was outdone by to the theological terrorist Timothy Dolan of New York who conveniently forgets Acts 10:34 when following in the blood-stained footsteps of the self-serving and unsaintly masochist Jeanmarie Escriva founder of the odious opportunistic organ Opus Dei where the word “submission” takes on a jihadistic meaning. 

Escriva whipped himself regularly with “the Discipline” until his bathroom was covered with his blood (read here and here and here) in the same way that the polarizing and pathetic Pope John Paul II did. The Opus Dei priest and the Pole who followed the short reign of John Paul I (whom many consider was murdered by “a cardinal” or “an archbishop with links to the Mafia … with ambition”; cf. Eugene Kennedy (Professor of psychology at Loyola University). Was The Pope Murdered? The New York Times. November 5, 1989, Sunday, Late Edition – Final. Section 7; Page 15, Column 1; John Julius Norwich. WAS POPE JOHN PAUL I MURDERED? A sealed bed chamber. An archbishop with links to the Mafia. An embalming carried out with indecent – improper – haste… And one leading historian’s burning question.” London, UK, Mail Sunday 8 May 2011, p. 26.) who was shunned by the Curia as being “the champion of the poor” (from August 26, 1978 until his death 33 days later) are the foundation blocks for the best-seller DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. 

Brown’s novel is more history than fiction (although Opus Dei has no albinos that I know of, it does condone “justifiable homicide” if the Leaders of God’s Work order it to be done). These traitors to mortalkind are far more sinister and that Martin Luther and his 65,000-word treatise Von den Juden und  Ihren Lügen encouraging a pogrom against the Jews.  It influenced Adolf Hitler to write Mein Kampf and later to build the concentration camps that Maggie Gallagher and Charles Worley lust for to end the plague they see through darkened glasses in the USA. 

These preachers and prelates in the Southern Baptist Convention, among Roman Catholics, Pentecostals and evangelical extremists in the USA are almost as vile as Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (an Opus Dei cardinal) whom the Peru bishops refuse to elect as their leader in Lima. They make the Christian carnivore Anders Behring Brevik of Norway look weak in his slaughter of seventy-seven Norwegians.  Collectively and individually give life to Deuteronomy 32:28: “They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.”

Rick Perry’s “The Response” (an 8 hour-long worship and prayer event; cp. Matthew 6:6)

The untrained, terror-mongering, unscholarly, ill-lettered leaders of evangelical extremists, such as Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan (whose own priest in Wisconsin is afraid of what he will do; Father Stephen Umhoefer, questioned the credibility of Ryan and his proposed Budget, claiming that the test of the budget is a simple one: “The first question is: How does this affect the poor? And everything else follows from that.”  The priest notes: Ryan’s interpretation of Catholic teaching in national budgetary matters and his prospective vice presidential role have him “worried” as nothing Ryan has said on the Budget or the poor has anything in common with Catholic teaching) they hold huge prayer rallies, scoring millions of dollars for a “triumphal battle against evil [non-Christians]” Faculty at Georgetown University put it more bluntly in an  open letter  to Ryan: “Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ”; cp. the US Council of Catholic Bishops response).  In return for unquestioning loyalty surpassing that of the German people during the Third Reich who saw Hitler as one of their god’s chosen leaders.  According to the Reverend John Hagee, Adolph Hitler was a “hunter,” sent by God, who was tasked with expediting God’s will of having the Jews re-establish a state of Israel (watch video).

Rick Perry’s “Jesus Jamboree” for rain–did not bring results

In quest of “storming heaven” (more commonly heard among Sarah Palin’s “Prayer Warriors” in Alaska) for rain, the rains Perry promised petitioning heaven went unanswered in Texas and Southern Baptist states. Perry, Wagner, Dolan, Worley, and the other mental misfits and miscreants promise an apocalypse in their lifetime where those who follow their dictates will be rewarded with an everlasting life of abundance. 

Joseph Smith Jr translating the Book of Mormon

This is in tune with the promises of Joseph Smith who created an entire new religion in the 1840s.  Although he was illiterate Smith translated golden plate that an angel who visited him at night (September 1823) gave him the power to read with special glasses (D&C 5:4).

Neither the plates nor the glasses, not even the “seer” stones from Moses’ brother’s breastplate (Urim and Thummim) have been found (Quinn, D. Michael (1998).  Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1998), 43-44), yet Mormons believe religiously that the angel Moroni will lead them to other planets when they die so that the men can produce new generations of followers.  To this end, Mitt Romney tithes to his church that does not believe in any of the words the Jesus of the New Testament (that were approved by the Emperor) delivered in any of the four gospels that the Emperor Constantine allowed to appear in the fifty Bibles the Emperor commissioned to be sent out to the fifty churches in the East in 331 CE. 

According to Eusebius, Constantine I wrote him in his letter: “I have thought it expedient to instruct your Prudence to order fifty copies of sacred Scriptures, the provision and use of which you know to be most needful for the instruction of the Church, to be written on prepared parchment in a legible manner, and in a convenient, portable form, by professional transcribers throughly practised in their art.” (Eusebius, Vita Constantini IV:36).

About accomplishing the Emperor’s demand, Eusebius of Caesarea wrote: “Such were the emperor’s commands, which were followed by the immediate execution of the work itself, which we sent him in magnificent and elaborately bound volumes of a threefold and fourfold form.” (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV:37)

There was no consensus among the bishops as to what constituted canon of the Bible among the records of the First Council of Nicaea.  Jerome, in his Prologue to Judith, makes the claim that the Book of Judith was “found by the Nicene Council to have been counted among the number of the Sacred Scriptures“.

The young, the old, the ill-educated, the unquestioning robots that today flush out the size of the Tea Party and vote Republican fill the megachurches in the USA.  “Fools for Christ”, as Michele Bachmann described herself (watch video here, claiming that Christ told her to run for the presidency) with her fellow revivalists, conveniently forget, or never learned, that the Jesus of the New Testament never took the title Christ; it was declared by Peter (Matthew 16:16, a plagiarism from Mark 8:29; cf. Ehrman, Bart D.  (2011). Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. New York, NY: HarperOne, pp. 55-58, 247-249).  Worse yet, the funadmetnalists in the USA, reject Matthew 6:6 in favor of a theocracy and plutocratic rule. Christ means “anointed” but as a Magician of miracles.

The Christ bowl (dated 2nd century BCE to 1st century CE)

A bowl or cup, dating to between the late 2nd century BCE and the early 1st century CE, is engraved with “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,” that has been interpreted to mean either, “by Christ the magician” or, “the magician by Christ.”  Great magicians were poor; they did not celebrate out of golden challices.

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan Archbishop of New York celebrating Mass in the poverty of Jesus as he calls on the poor to vote for the rich (2012).

The authors who lived off the tithes of the poor wrote in 2 Corinthians (8:9) that Jesus was rich that has become the message of megachurch preacher Joel Osteen.  In Matthew 8:20, the Jesus of the New Testament only had a stone for his pillow.  The bishops and cardinals, the priests and pastors, the preachers and teachers, pope and patriarchs of today’s Christianity have shut the doors on Matthew 6:6 and opened a circus for all to watch today’s Pharisees: σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ, εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμιεῖόν 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 ἐν τῷ φανερῷ (Greek Orthodox), Wenn du aber betest, so gehe in dein Kämmerlein und schließe die Tür zu und bete zu deinem Vater im Verborgenen; und dein Vater, der in das Verborgene siehet, wird dir’s vergelten öffentlich (Martin Luther’s Bible 1545), 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 (Latin Vulgate), 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 (La Biblia de las Americas).

Despite the more than 4000 changes to the Book of Mormon, and more than 7200 changes to other Mormon directives, there is not one mention of praying in secret. On other points there are endless contradictions (cp. 2 Nephi 31:21 and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370 on the number of gods; on god being god eternally compare in the Book of Mormon: Moroni 8:18 and Mosiah 3:5, while Joseph Smith wrote that god was once a man: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-346, as Jesus is less than god: 3 Nephi 19:15-18 (Book of Mormon) compared with The Ensign, June 1998, p. 59 and should not be worshipped: Gospel Truth, 1:135 and Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, 1986, p. 46-47 compared with Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 11:24 and 2 Nephi 25:29 and 3 Nephi 11:17).

Jesus seeking unbelievers (New Apostolic Reformation)

The prayer warriors are determined to force their warrior Jesus to return–now.  The NAR waits to hear Jesus knock on the door of unbelievers. There is no mercy.  There is no waiting.  The time is now for bloodshed, and the repeat of the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham the senior god so that the Lord of Lords and Host of Hosts (a term for a senior general in battle) will cleanse the world of doubt and lack of faith as the poor will give way to the rich and the rich will be the inheritors of the Kingdom as the camel kneels to crawl under the gate known as the Eye of the Needle (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25, but has its origin in the Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 55b) considered an allegory for spiritual and physical warfare (camel is a mistranslation for a rope 33).  The Eye of the Needle, however is a mythological gate–as there has never been such a gate in Jerusalem (Егор Розенков (2007), Верблюд и игольное ушко // Духовный вестник высшей школы, № 8 (24), 01.09.2007). The knowledge of languages, translation and interpretation has nearly disappeared in the bankruptcy of education in the twenty-first century, and no one cares about knowledge, only creature comfort.

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Satanic Verses, Islam, Allah and his Daughters, Homosexuality and Koran

Charles Gilbert Chaddock

Like the Torah, the Bible, and numerous other religious writings, there is no word for ‘homosexual’ or ‘homosexuality’ in the Koran. The word was not invented until 1892 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).  Professor Warren Blumenfeld, of Iowa State University, was kind enough to send me a note that the words “homosexual” and “heterosexual,” actually were coined by Károly Mária Benkert (a.k.a. K.M. Kertbeny) in 1869.  I am not fortunate to have an original copy of it, but learned of him from a Spanish work Pioneros de lo homosexual (Rubí, Barcelona : Anthropos, ©2007, Spanish). I will try to find a copy of the original edition as I am not fond of redactions or reprints. 

Hanging gays in Iran

The original word in the plethora of sacred scripture that was usurped by the hybrid is ‘indecency’ that had a double standard: women condemned of it were sentenced to stay in the house until they died, while males were to be punished according to the Book Women in the Koran (al-Nisa 4:15-16), hanging nor stoning were demanded. In The Heights (al-A’Raf) 7:74-84, the word used is ‘indecent acts’ and is a reference to slaughtering a female camel as a form of worship that required “nakedness”.

Taliban execute two Afghan women

Etymologically, the term awrah derives from the root ‘a-w-r’ that means “defectiveness,” “imperfection,” “blemish” or “weakness.” In Persian and Kurdish (Persian: عورت) as well as Urdu, the word awrat is derived from the Arabic awrah, and had been used widely to mean “woman.”

Muslim youth executed as gay for being handsome

The alleged sin of “indecency” was with the woman and had nothing to do with sex but with her beauty being an entrapment for men of “weak spirit” who could give up Islam (submission) for the sake of sex with the woman, and later any beautiful male who exposed his beauty by not growing a long and scraggly beard to cover his face.  This posed a problem as there was no such prohibition in pre-Islamic Arabic where the love of beauty was praised.  The prohibition came with the advent of patriarchy in a once-matriarchal and matrilineal society that occurred with the invention of the novel religion of ancient Egyptian mercenaries known as Is-Ra-El (Israelites named after the Egyptian Trinity of Isis, Ra, and El—the latter word meaning “master” or “lord” and was associated with an employer as well as a god, usually Horus) when the Koran borrowed heavily from the Torah.

Qadesh goddess of fertility

As in the Torah the word “indecency” that is now associated with sodomy actually meant in its original format a disrobing in front of an individual in quest of sex as a religious ritual to please the gods.  Many times we find this word used to describe Quedesh (also spelled Qadesh) that was and remains a popular name for Egyptian female babies, but also referenced the nude goddess of fertility and wealth ().  The defectiveness of the “indecent acts” was the desire to bring women into the worship of the gods.  To this end, the rule of Islam required women to pray segregated from men so that men would concentrate on their prayers and not on the derrières of the women who might be kneeling in front of them.  Anuses are reserved for the pleasure and view of the gods, but not mortals (ref. The Cow (al-Baqarah) 2:223; cp. Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 11, Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah), Number 2159).

al-Uzza daughter of Allah

The word awrat, frequently penned or printed alongside the word za’ifeh (that derives from Arabic za’if, meaning “weak” and sometimes “passive”), has long been associated with femininity and women who lived under the protection and prowess of a man who in the ancient Arabic world found great pleasure in raping his wife to prove his authority and superiority. Any form of femininity in face, figure, mannerism, or especially speech, was considered evil since the gods of the desert, from which came Allah (originally a pig herder) and his three daughters (read: The Star (al-Najm, hereafter cited as Sura 53) 53:19-20: Lat, Uzza, and Manat.  While Allah became, over time, the chief god of Mecca, his daughters were as powerful and popular.  It was not until the sixth century CE (1 HE), that the daughters of an over-sexed Allah were considered evil and the authors of the Satanic Verses.  These are the Satanic Verses:

Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzzá
and Manāt, the third, the other?
These are the exalted gharāniq, whose intercession is hoped for.

According to legend, these verses (that still appear in some editions of the Koran) were put in to appease Mecca, a city Muhammad was fighting.  Later, Allah changed his mind on their appropriateness, and rescinded their inclusion  in Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) 22:52.  Much later, as the Koran was written over the period of Muhammad’s lifetime, Muhammad resumed his attack on Mecca, and belittled the daughters of Allah, in The Star (al-Najm) 53:19-21.  Neither Allah nor his Prophet Muhammad could ever make a decision and stay with it, as the fickle nature of both god and prophet was like wind, constantly churning and turning.

Mannat appears as Artemis

The Bedouin god Allah was sexually connected (sometimes the word is “married”) most of the time to al-Uzza, “the Strong One”, The Most Mighty”, “The Mighty One who was a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess.  Al-Uzza was believed to be a virgin warrior and venerated as the youngest in the triad of goddesses. Al-Uzza was one of the most venerated Arab deities, and the Goddess of the Morning and Evening star: the planet Venus. 

Ishtar Semitic goddess

Ishtar Semitic goddess / al-Uzza

Al-Uzza is the counterpart and equal of the Middle Eastern goddess Ishtar, whom the Greeks referred to as their goddess Aphrodite Urania (Heavenly Aphrodite: purest sexual orgasm).  In other Semitic societies, especially those of Ethiopia and what would become Coptic groups, Al-Uzza was Beltis (a word that translates as “Lady” and is used by other Semitic goddesses associated with the night star who would wed the Morning Star: Satan, a Samarian and Babylonian word for Advocate, not Betrayer, but one who enable others to see what they really were).

Money was developed in order to support the worship of Ishtar

A blood-thirsty goddess, Al-Uzza requires regular ritual sacrifices: both animal and human, and is the deity that demanded the mythological Abraham to slay his son in her honor.  Al-Uzza is still venerated secretly by many desert Muslims, especially Bedouin tribes, and even has a small following in Iran (ancient Persia).  The greatest challenge for Allah was to keep his daughter-wife away from her sisters with whom he also had sex, when not penetrating mortals. Being a god, frequently drunk on wine like the mythological Noah, he was entitled to penetrate any orifice even though mortals had to experience only coitus intercourse. 

Al-Uzzá , Allāt, Manāt, Nemesis required sacrifice by Muhammad

Even his alleged Prophet Muhammad, according to the Koran, recognized this three female Trinity. Hisham ibn al’Kalbi writes in his Kitab al-Asnan (Book of Idols): “We have been told that the Apostle of Allah once mentioned al-Uzza, saying, ‘I have offered a white sheep to al-‘Uzza, while I was a follower of the religion of my people’.” (p. 17)

When Muhammad forced conversions to Islam (a word that means submission; few conversions were voluntary as noted in the Koran), Muhammad denied his claim, although he required his Remembrancers to repeat it frequently so that their future students would ultimately write it down when the Koran was finally written.  Muhammad stated that the words were put into his mouth by Satan and called the verses the Satanic Verses (read: The Star (al-Najm) 53:19-23).

Satanic verses – Top banned books of all time

Neither the semi-literate Remembrancers nor history has forgotten that Muhammad was a pagan and repeated the verses frequently.  This did not change until former camel driver became powerful, invented Islam after returning from his travels in the desert, and forced his hybrid faith on hundreds of thousands by the sword.  We read in Tabari, Annals 1.1192-1193 = Tabari vi: 108-109: “When the Messenger of Allah saw how his tribe turned their backs on him and was grieved to see them shunning the message he had brought to them from Allah, he longed in his soul that something would come to him from Allah that would reconcile him with his tribe. With his love for his tribe and his eagerness for their welfare, it would have delighted him if some of the difficulties which they made for him could have been smoothed, and he debated with himself and fervently desired such an outcome. Then Allah revealed (Sura 53) … and when he came to the words “Have you thought al-Lat and al-Uzza and Manat, the third, the other?” (Sura 53:19-20) Satan cast on his tongue – because of his inner debates and what he desired to bring to his people – the words: “These are the high-flying cranes; verily their intercession is to be hoped for.” When the Quraysh heard this, they rejoiced and were happy and delighted at the way in which he had spoken of their gods, and they listened to him, while the Muslims, having complete trust in their Prophet with respect of the message which he brought from Allah, did not suspect him of error, illusion or mistake.”  By his admission, Muhammad acknowledged Allah was not yet omnipotent, omniscient, nor omnipresent (all-powerful, all-knowing, or everywhere as his elevation to the status of an only god was not yet ready and Allah shared the altars and prayer rugs with a plethora of pagan deities). The rise in the status and stature of Allah would not occur until Arabia would be conquered, synagogues and Christian gathering places closed, slaves taken (women for harems and Blacks as forced workers).

While today’s Iranian ayatollahs (Iran being among the last nations to cave into the invented faith of a purified and sexless Allah) rant against the Satanic Verses and those who even utter the two words are condemned to death by fatwa (read here and here), the Islamization of pagan Arabian religion, the fervent Muslim version of Allah has never escaped from his two daughters al-Lat and al-Uzza. 

Iong before Islam, the Sabeans in Arabia worshipped a moon-god that became Allah’s daughter al-Lat

Both of these superior goddesses continue to appear on top of nearly every mosque and even on the flags of several “Muslim nations” in the form of the Crescent (sacred to the goddess al-Lat: The Cow (al-Baqarah)2:189) and the Star or Planet (the symbol of the power of the goddess al-Uzza:  العزى‎ who had her own temples or mosques, long before Allah was granted similar dignity and reverence).  None of Allah’s daughters were ignored by Muhammad, because Muhammad continued to see the goddess as interceding angels (Sura 53.26-29: see especially verse 26: How many so ever be the angels in the heavens their intercession will avail nothing except after Allah has given leave for whom He pleases and that he is acceptable to Him. Verily it is they who believe not in the life to come, who name the angels with names of females: But herein they have no knowledge: they follow a mere conceit; and mere conceit can never take the place of acceptance of truth). Compare The Ranks (al-Saffat) 37:149-50 and Ornaments of Gold (al-Zukhruf) 43.18-19. True Islam is polytheistic as it is barbaric and blood-thirsty.

Tashkent, This is one of the oldest Quran in the world over1300 years but 100-200 years after Muhammad died

Current copies of the Koran are corrupt, their corruption actually being noted within the Koran itself. The unholy Koran reads in the chapter entitled The Cow (al-Baqarah) 2:106” Such of our revelation as we abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof”. Repeatedly Allah makes mistakes, changes his mind, and incorporates superior worship and deities within his own pantheon of mythology according to the principle of nasikh and mansukh, abrogating and abrogated verses, by means of which Allah revokes and alters the announcements of his will; this results in the cancellation of a verse and the substitution of another for it.  The belief in the incorruptibility of the Koran is totally unfounded and imaginary because the Muhammadan records in the Hadiths prove that the Koran that we have today has little resemblance to what Muhammad had in mind in his days. 

The fact that Satan deceived Muhammad at least one time proves how easily this pretender prophet was prone to deception.  If the Satan deceived Muhammad one time, why would not the Satan deceive Muhammad other times, as we find in other Muslim literature?  The Satan of Muhammad was the same celestial advocate in the Babylonian accounts of The Advocate and frequently torments men on order of superior gods and goddesses, as in Job 2:1 where the deity is plural, and in Arabia were the Trinity of Three Daughters as they were in Crete and other ancient civilizations.

Allah became the deity of choice for Muhammad (in much the same way as most early Christian saints were pagan gods or warriors, such as St. George of the Dragon) in a way to win followers to his invented religion.  Al-Uzza was the best choice as she was also the goddess of the Canaanites who styled and named her as Asherah who the daughter of Leban sat on in the tent of Jacob (Genesis 31:19-35; cp. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1991). Yahweh’s Wife: Sex in the Evolution of Monotheism: a Study of Yahweh, Asherah, Ritual Sodomy, and Temple Prostitution. Las Colinas, TX: Monument Press).  

Asherah’s worship was decidedly homosexual (same-sex) and exceedingly popular among females who used her phallic shaped statues to comfort themselves when alone.  It is for this reason that the early prohibition against indecency was directed against women who used the statues of the goddess as artificial penises that proved more comforting than “the staff of life” and “Tree of Life”, both euphemisms for the reproductive penis on which hangs the “fruit of life” to continue reproduction, male community members used for rape and instant sexual gratification.

Burqa-clad woman on a Dagestani beach

The word awrat, as it is used in the Koran has the singular meaning of “vulnerable”.  A hadith (a purported saying or deed of Mohammad that explains the correlation between the Koran term and a woman) reads: “Awrah refers to anything that can easily be harmed just like a bare or exposed place. It becomes clear that the body of the woman is referred to as vulnerable because it is like a house that contains no walls and can be easily harmed and must be covered with appropriate clothing.” This gave rise to the burka or niqab as a way to designate women as unworthy, weak, and vulnerable.  Here the issue of sex refers only to the sexual weakness of women. 

Use of a burka-clad woman suicide bomber by the Taliban to target a United Nations aid centre in Pakistan.

In a patriarchal and authoritarian state where women have no rights, women have no choice but to wear the hated clothing that makes them appear like pillars of salt mirroring the mythology of Lot’s condemned wife, they are slaves to the whim of any man, subject to honour killings and stoning for an alleged adulterous affair even if it was only removing the veil or touching a male who was not a relative, while the male (“who was tempted”) is subject only to a whipping. Chauvinism and sexism is as relevant in Islam.

Honor killings (Islam)

Honour killings not only consumes freedom in pandering Pentecostal and evangelical extremism in Christianity but rapes freedom in the Ultra Orthodox Jewish, Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox community where the senior religious officials, especially bishops in the Ukrainian church encourage people to throw stones at those individuals its bishops reject as “unworthy” and are “indecent” or presumed to be homosexual.  The Russian Orthodox Church is even worse, sending priests to the USA to instill fear and hatred pretending that each is a virtue. 

Honor killings in India

The absurd insanity of honour killings are not only within the Muslim world, but had their origin in Hinduism in India.  Today there are frequent honor killings, especially in crowded areas that are feeling the reality of diversity and multiculturalism as in Bombay and Calcutta.

Hindu religious fanatics have the same cold-blooded thirst for revenge against what each person considers to be a threat, as do Muslims throughout the world.  Hindu honour killings are usually more brutal and frequently include murdering an entire family. Women are the first to be attacked, but males are also targeted by the ignorant steeped in religious mythology that is Hindu, Islam, Christian, or Jewish, for hatred knows no theological boundaries but attacks like starving wolves the defenseless.

Arizona honor killing

Today it infects and inflicts families throughout the USA, from Arizona to Georgia and beyond.  Arizona has become one of the most hate-filled states in the USA, closely followed by the southern tier of states: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia where theology takes precedence over science (with Louisiana Governor Bobbie Jindal leading the charge to reestablish creationism and define evolution as a myth at worse or a theory at best, despite nearly 100 Nobel Laureates writing disclaiming his antediluvian views in support of quality education that nearly no longer exists in the state). 

Honor killing in Georgia

Georgia has an increasing number of such honor killings as if it was filled with adulterers and misfits. Where honor killings occur those who commit the honour killings claim that it is their right to freedom of religion.

Honour killings are gaining support among evangelical extremists in Christianity and Ultra Orthodox Judaism.  Islam is extremely violent in large communities and where any study of diversity and cultures is silenced, downplayed, or scoffed at, especially by politicians who seek to capitalize on the differences, as seen in the baiting of Congressional Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Koran and Islamic bigotry, sexism, gynophobia and misogyny were engrained in Bedouin and Arabic cultures by Jewish traders who were infested with various ancient Abrahamic myths, beginning with the transmogrified fairytale of Adam (the Hebrew word אָדָם‎ translates as “red earth” but in Islam the Arabic is آدم‎ that is transmogrified into “clot of blood”) and Eve (Hebrew: חַוָּה, or Arabic: حواء‎) means “source of life” and was etymologically, linguistically and in annals of interpretation the superior of the two who shared Gan Eden. 

Naked Noah drunk on new wine (Michelangelo, Sistine ceiling)

The Arabic word awrah or awrat can easily be traced back to the Torah and the last book written that composed the Torah: Genesis.  In Genesis 9:22, anyone can read the painful misogyny in the Hebrew “nakedness”, “nudity”, “shame”, and “indecency” in the word עֶרְוָה (‘ervah). ‘Ervah has the root of ‘arah, which means “to bare” or “to expose oneself”.  By the time the numerous fanatics who penned the myth of Noah and incorporated this worldwide fraud into both the Torah and later the Koran, it meant “genitals” (primarily the penis) that fable declares Noah’s son saw, leading the drunkard to curse not Ham who had been blessed earlier, but instead Ham’s son and Noah’s grandson Canaan. 

The curse was the illogical result of Ham allegedly seeing his father’s penis and scrotum.  Exactly what happened there is no record; some have conjectured that Noah was having intercourse with another woman (since there would be no law prohibiting adultery at that alleged time) but the ark only carried his family and his son’s wives, so if that was the case, the other woman would have been his daughter-in-law, and that was forbidden in Leviticus.  He could have been sodomized, but that, too, is implausible, for Ham told his brothers and they did not stone him for the act; therefore, it did not occur. 

The simplest solution would be a repeat of the alleged sin on Onan “who spilled his seed upon the ground”: masturbation only figuratively as the actual act was coitus interruptus for we find no formal demand for execution of masturbators before the eighteenth century, but in either case the “loss of seed” would prevent the fertilization of an ova and lead to new life that the destroyed planet so desperately needed.  This would have constituted murder and Noah would have been the criminal, and would have died like Onan (Genesis 38:9; cp. Peter Wagner [sic] also printed on some versions as “Anonymous” (1710 and 1712). Onania: or, The Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution, and all its Frightful Consequences in Both Sexes, Considered. London: N.P.; by 1750, the book had gone through nineteen editions, each longer than the last, with the final pages written testimonials on “the vice” that was prohibiting “Virtue and Christian Purity”.  Much of the book is plagiarized from the 1670 publication by “a German physician” who wrote that “mansuprationem” [sic] led to gonorrhoea. Much of this shows the mental imbalance of such frauds as St. Peter Damian who warned people that the “wrath of God and eternal damnation” came to those who touched their “private parts”.  There were numerous calls from clergy (Roman Catholic and later Protestant) to meet the vice with the “force of the Muslimen [sic] and treat it as a form of murder).

What the records state that when the drunken Noah awakened naked in his tent (a prototype for the womb and rebirth) from drinking new wine, he found himself compromised.  It was this compromise that Ham saw, and his viewing it passively made Ham indecent, possibly because he was with his son.  The Talmud goes further than the Torah and takes the word to new lows of sanity by claiming that ‘ervah also means that a woman’s voice is “shameful” as well as “indecent”.

Gender-segregated Islamic prayer in NJ, women relegated to the back

The Hebrew concept of indecency led the man later Christian writers define as Saint Paul to demand that women remain quiet in church (1 Corinthians 14:34), and following Hebrew mythology that forbade women to sing in the synagogue as late as the thirteenth century CE (Kaftor ve-Perah, ed. Abraham Moses Lopez {Jerusalem 1897}, vol I.) so as not to sexually arouse males and lead to thoughts of coitus that was not vaginal (as reflected in the fable of Onan) but the mouth that was considered unclean to receive the “rod of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1, out of which would come further and future generations) or the penis and the sperm that emits from it when the male was sufficiently aroused to the point of ejaculation. 

Hittite Hebrew אוריה החתי was a soldier in King David s army (possibly Uriah)

The evil that the Abrahamic myth stirred in the Middle East came with the arrival of patriarchal patrimonies from India and Egypt that were protected by Hittites and their Israelite mercenaries who destroyed any sign of femininity then encountered, especially in the worship of Asherah, the goddess of love and fertility, who was known elsewhere as Venus.  Although two prophets of the Old Testament allowed women to sing (Isaiah 54:1 and Zechariah 2:10), the practice that was condemned by Samuel as a curse that would lead men into sinful wanton pleasure was intensified in its vilification by early Christian apostles and their self-serving successors the Paulinists who transmogrified Christianity into a religion of hate by self-appointed bishops, such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons and Augustine of Hippo and his bastard son (uniquely named Adeodatus) by a common whore who had no concept of the teachings of Jesus of the New Testament.  Augustine, “a wild fornicator, with many mistresses, and a bastard son” only lived on the fantasies and distortions of the Pauline school. 

Emperor Constantine I burns Arius books from medieval codex

As I argue in another article, it was this school that issued Letters to congregations redefining and grotesquely distorting the tracts that originally were in Q and various Gospels that the Emperor Constantine I burned along with the writings of Arius and others who declaimed against the imperial church and the ruler who led it and destroyed original Christianity in favour of Paulinity. The original sees of Antioch and Jerusalem were ignored for the more novel and imperial backed backwater basilicas in Rome and Ravenna. This attack on the voice of the female continued throughout the Middle Ages and led to the castration of young males with “beautifully pitched high voices” so that men would not be musing on a woman’s singing (John Plummer ed. (1981), Vox Feminae: Studies in Medieval Women’s Song. Studies in Medieval Culture, XV. (Kalamazoo, MI, Medieval Institute Publications, p. 3; cp. Eric Werner, “Hellenism and Judaism in Christian Music,” Hebrew Union College Annual 20 (1947); p. 443).

Sodomy was a religious rite in nearly every society in the ancient world but was used primarily among married heterosexual couples as a form of birth control.  Male-male intercourse was a ritual within many religious communities where special priests were set aside as Qadesh Zadokite (dog priests or “Enariae”  later defamed as “dog priests”; the word “dog” in its original format translates as “loyal”) who were holy vessels to receive the liquid of life as recipients for the gods.  Muhammad borrowed from this to get the famed Black Stone (Kaaba) that originally housed Arabian gods. The origin of Kubaba may have been kube or kuba meaning ‘cube’: the stone associated with Cybele’s worship. Cybele was later called Allah in Arabia – and worshipped as a part of the CUBE, giving Allah, for a time, dual genders.

Y alchemy used with Kaaba rituals in pre-Islamic Mecca

Hubal (هبل: a pre-Islamic god who had a human form and was thought to control divination) was a lunar deity who most likely originated in Syria and was the son of al-Lāt, grandson of Allah, and the brother of Wadd (known variously as Ilumquh, ʻAmm and Sīn, was the Minaean pagan moon god whose special sign and token were snakes. Snakes were believed to be a sacred symbol and stood for knowledge and medical cure. He is mentioned in the seventy-first chapter known as Noah (Nuh) verse 23, as a deity of the time of the Prophet Noah who was the antecedent of Baachus, the god of wine and drunkenness), Cybele, and Allah were worshipped in pre-Islamic Arabia, notably at the Kaaba in Mecca.  An entire theology was built around this, including Allah who was both male and female, similar to the original YHWH.

The closest to the contemporary reference of the Qadesh is in The Poets (al-Shu’ara) 26:160-173, but it is ritual fornication. The reference in The Ant (al-Naml) 27:45-49 merely condemns men who were not prudent, until v. 55 has Lot stating that men were with men, but this is a gloss (although the Koran is correct in calling Lot’s visitors men, as the modern translation of them being “angels” is a fabrication and not linguistically justified). The only other reference is in The Spider (al-‘Ankabut) 29:27-28, but it is a general lamentation. Lot, again, speaks: “You commit indecent acts which no other nation has committed before you. You lust after men and assault them on your highways.  You turn your very gatherings into orgies.”  The words are simple but the message is obscure. 

The clause “indecent acts which no other nation has committed before you” demonstrates that it was not sodomy as that has a long history depicted in art, engravings, and writings for thousands of years before the myth of Lot was written. Genesis 14-19 shows the Cities of the Plains to be at war, that commerce was hostage to brigands, and that favor with the Kings was rare unless, as with Abram, it would be cultivated by a comely woman.

Abraham sells sister/wife Sarah to King Abimelech

The “gatherings” were commercial profiteers who were male who had come together to sell everything from camels to fabrics, as detailed in the robberies of Abram who sold his wife into sexual slavery (Genesis 12:11-18 ff) only to claim bounty when he threatened extortion and war against the buyer.  Again the “sodomy” is a response to a beautiful (unveiled) female who was traded for cattle and hard goods.

For the “lust after men” it is a reference to a dark desire to have what another man or person has (Exodus 20:17 sq).   It has no relationship to the fable of Lot in Genesis 19, for that tale details how “all the people, men and women, of Sodom” came before the house of the sojourner to learn the

Lot and his daughters at Zoar (Genesis 19)

identies of the men who crept into the town like thieves at night.  While the Koran makes no references to Lot’s drunkenness nor his incest with his daughters, the Torah does include the account (Genesis 19:1-30) of the tryst in the mountains outside of Zoar.

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad; this was her home (Rumah Nabi Muhammad Saw dan Sayyidah Khadijah)

“Lust after men” is synonymous with greed, the “men” being common and poor people (commoners and people of the street: the poor and criminal elements found in most societies where the division of wealth is acute and unbalanced).  This lust leads to theft of purse or camel and has no relationship to committing rape on any road.  

Aisha age 8 and Muhammad age 54

It is not a sexual reference nor a threat or promise of any form of coitus if the bargain is between men, but rather a subtle warning if one of the traders was a woman, as with Muhammad’s first and far older wife Khadijah (he was 23 and she was 40) whom he married and took over her camel caravan (of 8000 camels) trade. At most it is a term used by predators who few wayfarers on the highway as weak and vulnerable, and thus are taunted and raped as if they were women as women had less value than men (Bukhari 62:58; on Muhammad’s twelve wives, one—Aisha—only seven years old, and numerous concubines, read here).   

Afghanistan Muslims behead convert from Islam to Christianity (required by Allah in the Koran)

Since most of Islam is hybrid the “gatherings” were public meetings, as in an open market and the orgy references to haggling over price, a common custom but which was better understood as the negotiation of Jews who were merchants and thus considered unfit for salvation (obtaining a commission on a trade or sale). There is no death penalty for any of these alleged homosexual acts anywhere in the Koran, even though the Koran is the most violent, bloodthirsty volume told to the uneducated who lived in a world of violence. Muhammad became one of the great butchers and pedophiles of the world, massacring entire villages and desecrating corpses.

Muslim intolerance (2012)

Even though every chapter in the Koran begins with the pious ejaculation: “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful”, there is no evidence in the Koran that Allah has or exercises any of those attributes.  The reverse is true, unfortunately, but in keeping with the gods of the Bedouins, Jews, Christians and numerous other cults. Allah rules by threats of violence and death, he is the ultimate Satan (Advocate) to weigh the soul of the individual and damn it to “the Fires”.  “As for the man or woman who is guilty of theft, cut off their (sic) hands to punish them for their crimes.  That is the punishment enjoined by God” (The Table (al-Ma’idah) 5:38). 

Many Muslims love Hitler

Allah becomes the prototype of and for Adolf Hitler who many Muslims revere as fulfilling the promise of the Koran in ending the Jewish problem and enabling the disbelievers who had not accepted Allah to feel forever the Fires of Hell: “For the wrongdoers We have prepared a fire which will encompass them like the walls of a pavilion.  When they cry out for help they shall be showered with a water as hot as molten brass, which will scald their faces. Evil shall be their drink, dismal their resting place” (The Cave (al-Kafh) 18:29). 

A man convicted of theft had his right hand and left foot cut off as required by the Koran.

Allah promises that those who make war on himself or Muhammad will be killed or crucified “or have their hands, and feet on alternate sides cut off” (5:33). Allah promises, in the second chapter (sura) of the Koran, known as The Cow (al-Baqarah), to torture nonbelievers “forever after they die” (2:10), and will burn those who attempt to compose a sura “better than those in the Koran” thereby rejecting private authorship (2:24). “Allah will shed human blood while angels praise him in heaven” (2:30) as “there will come a day when Allah will refuse all prayers and help no one” (2:48) as Allah brags about drowning the Egyptian army (2:50).  “Christians and Jews will suffer in this life and go to hell in the next” (2.85). “They [the disbelievers] have incurred anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful doom” (2:90, 104) “Allah will make disbelievers’ lives miserable in this world and torture them forever after they die.” (2:114). “And you will not be asked about the owners of hell-fire [they are the non-Muslims]” (2:119). “The doom of the disbelievers will not be lightened” (2:162). Allah says that you must keep fighting until there is no more persecution [of Muslims] and everyone on earth is a Muslim. They you can stop killing people (2:193a). But if there are any wrong-doers around after you have killed off all the disbelievers, persecutors [of Muslims] and aggressors [against Muslims], then you will have to kill them, too (2:193b).  

Islam is to dominate the world

Islam is to dominate the world.  All people will become Muslims or be killed.

War is ordained by Allah, and all Muslims must be willing to fight, whether they like it or not (2:216).  In Chapter 3 The Imrans (al-‘Imran) Those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, theirs will be a heavy doom (3:4). Those who disbelieve will be fuel for the fire (3:10). All non-Muslims will be rejected by Allah after they die (3:85). The fourth chapter, Women (al-Nisa) Allah decrees that Muslims are to have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them (4:89).

Muslims vow to kill all Jews

For the wrongdoing Jews, Allah has prepared a painful doom (4:160-161), despite the fact that Muslims argue that they are directly descended from Abraham and his bastard son Ishmael.  Abraham and Ishmael are revered as prophets, and the Jews are even called “People of the Book”.  That does not deter today’s Muslims from open warfare against Jews either with suicide attacks, murder, or poisoning with bombs set off within hospitals and schools, even if it means the slaughter of other Muslims to “rid the world of Jewry”. 

Child terrorist

No age is respected as both females and males of all ages are subject to the ravages of jihad and Islam’s code of genocide. Children as young as five years of age have been sent girdled with explosives to blow up Israeli buses and checkpoints.

As if Martin Luther were writing the Koran, one reads the repetition that centuries later is used by the German Augustinian when he demanded in his catechism that Christians had to stand in “fear and trembling” before god, as the fifth chapter of the Koran: The Table (al-Ma’idah) dictates: “Fear me!” (5:3). Christians will be burned in the fire [of hell] (5:72). Those who deny the truth of Islam will be punished by Allah (6:6) an integrated part of the chapter entitled Cattle (al-An’am).  These Mephistophelean ministering by the madman Muhammad continue throughout his pornographic infect volume unabated, his god a whoring war monger more evil than any mortal measuring from Cassius to Hitler, and the paradise of the Muslim world a brothel of bating, badgering, bigotry: Entire nations have entered the Fire. Some get a double treatment (7:38 in The Heights, known in Arabic as al-A’Raf), but even the allegedly saved have no guarantee as the Koran goes further: Those in the Garden will plead with Allah not to be cast into the Fire (7:47) … Those in the Fire will cry out to those in heaven, saying, “Pour water on us” but All has forbidden that to disbelievers (7:50). 

 The Koran is nothing less than a bad plagiarism of far older writings, especially matching those of the Jews of Mecca he visited with before he went insane and fled into the desert like Moses haunted by the sacred Egyptian calf (Yah; the original Yahweh was a Samarian bull god): “Those who worship the calf will suffer terror and humiliation from Allah” (7:152).  The promise of divine wrath for “changing the word” is but a repetition of the promise in the Babylonian Book of Daniel (cf. 12:9 which is a reinterpretation of an Assyrian myth), and the revision by another lunatic: John of Patmos who penned his Apocalypse (Revelation 22:18-19).

World control

As with all other Middle Eastern religions, the emphasis was on strict adherence to the gods of the tribes, and to produce male children who would become warriors for a vengeful and hate-filled god. It must be remembered that the Koran was given to an illiterate camel tender, Muhammad by an angel who “revealed” the Koran to him, unlike Moses who YHWH physically chiseled and gave stone tablets to on his way out of Egypt. Muhammad’s angel’s name was Gabriel, the same Gabriel in the Book of Daniel (but the writers of this tale call Gabriel a man; Gabriel foretells the birth of Jesus and John the Baptist in the Gospel of Luke (1:11-38).  Gabriel is elevated to the status of archangel by the Imperial church after 380 CE, and is the prototype of the angel that comes to the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Joseph Smith who received his golden tablets from Moroni the son of the warrior-priest Mormoni (Book of Mormon, Moroni 1-3 read here) and had to translate them with stones from Moses’ brother Aaron’s breastplate  (Leviticus 8:8: האורים והתומים‎; they were actually from the far older civilizations of Assyria and Babylon, cp. 2 Samuel 28:3-6) with his head buried in a hat or standing behind a curtain) for the singular reason of developing a cult of personality.

Like Joseph Smith, who ran for president in 1844, Muhammad could not read nor write, he was not a great orator and what prophecies are accorded to him can be found in other Arabic (pagan), Christian, Jewish, Greek and Latin literature; but Muhammad had his Remembrancers memorize what he said.  Over the next two hundred years before anything was codified, numerous marginalia were inserted as part of the actual Koran (a word that literally means “recitation”)—a book, like the golden plates, special glasses and sorcery stones of Smith, have since been lost. Unlike Joseph Smith who received the entire book of Mormon at one time, Muhammad was entrusted with the Koran over a period of twenty-three years, beginning in 609 CE and ending with his death in 632 CE.  The Koran had several variances and redactions.  It was not until the third Caliph Uthman that there was any effort made to standardize the work, allowing for various innovations and insertions to change its text and meaning. Like the Christian Bible that started out with fifty copies as ordered by the Eastern Emperor of the Bishop of Caesarea, Eusebius, the Koran originally had only five copies with one sent to each of the major Muslim cities that had only outward allegiance to any of the others.  Rather than being a book of guidance, the Koran makes no pretense that it is also an enfeebled attempt to write hortatory history and embellish on reality emphasizing moral significance of an act rather than explaining narrative sequences of the day.

Fighting for Allah

The murderous mad maneuverings of Arabian ayatollahs (archbishops) follows only the distorted dicta of the corrupt Koran, repeatedly rewritten and changed, its scribes adding and subtracting at will as old Remembrancers forget what they had memorized or move words to fit the current situation or hold back on the evolution of time in a manner matching the meanderings of the German pope and former Nazi Youth Josef Ratzinger.  Their toil transmogrified whatever was the genuine message of hope (that Muhammad forfeited early during his bloody crusades against other Arabs) into a blast on the trumpet of perdition and discord. This is keenly known in Iran, a nation devoted to a paper product rather than a counsel of assistance to those less fortunate.

Iran military women

To counsel with or make privy social intercourse with Iran is equal to bringing a boar in a tuxedo to the dinner table hosted by the Tea/Republican Party in the USA, that, intellectually like Rush Limbaugh, Michele Bachmann, and Mitt Romney  is four cans short of a six-pack.

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Curse on Canaan: Black people, Mitt Romney and Mormonism

The Mormon religion (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is decidedly anti-Black.  It is hostile to any other interpretation of the “will of God” than that issued by Joseph Smith (1805-1844) since 1830 and continued past the days of Brigham Young, with special hatred focused against Black people.

Brigham Young and 21 of his wives

Brigham Young is among the most anti-Black bigots in the Mormon religion.  He wrote: Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Read: Young, Brigham. Journal of Discourses Vol. 10, pp. 110-111: Salt Lake City, March 8, 1863; cp. Young, Brigham, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, pp. 290-291). 

Brigham Young was not an original thinker.  Most of what he vented against followed the raw racism of Joseph Smith and the Smith family.  The Smith family members held divergent views about organized religion, and used religion as a tool to assure conformity. 

Religious revivals early 19th century

The Smith religion in the nineteenth century went from the extreme distance of rejecting to embracing the most untenable tenets that bordered on masochism, sadism, and insanity.  All members of the Smith family fervently believed in visions, mystical beings (basically angels) and prophecies.  According to all primary sources, all members of the extended Smith family engaged in folk religious practices typical of the era.

Seraphim (12th century Monreale (Sicily) Italy)

One of the most common scenes was that of a Smith family member being visited by an angel or group of angels, usually the Seraphim who had wings of fire (an ancient allegory for a fast running messenger) who had six wings and stood near the Throne of God: two wings to veil their faces, two to cover their feet, and two to “bear them up” (Isaiah 6:2 ff); all Seraphim were naked, as was required by the ancient gods for priestly service in the presence of the Almighty (Isaiah 6:2-6; cp. Numbers 21:6; Isaiah 14:29; the details suggest that they were flying serpents or dragons). They match the Babylonian Sharrapu, a name for Nergal, the fire-god, or with the Egyptian griffins (séréf) which are placed at Beni-Hassan as guardians of graves (cp. Enoch 61:10; 71:7).

Ezekiel 10:12 talks about angels who are covered with eyes: on their wings, backs, hands, and everywhere to see the evil being done.  God demanded total surveillance (cp. Revelation 4:6) as no one was to be trusted and everyone, following the Babylonian tradition of Job 2:1 ff, was to be tempted so as to be punished.

Angel Moroni on top of Mormon Temple in Provo, Utah

It was an angel (Moroni) that directed Joseph Smith to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Christian history of ancient American civilizations.  These plates would lead to the writing of the Book of Mormon.

In addition to the golden plates, Smith claimed that he discovered the breastplate worn by Moses’ brother Aaron, and a set of silver spectacles with lenses composed of seer stones (the Urim and Thummim: האורים והתומים‎ used for divination).  According to 1 Samuel 14:41 these seer stones were used to determine who was a sinner.  The Books of Samuel are not originals, nor focused strictly on the life and labor of a people who were to become known as Israelites, instead they include Hittite, Babylonian, and Samarian lore.

Urim and Thummim stones

Urim and Thummim have their origin in non-Hebrew ancient Babylon as urtu and tamitu, meaning oracle and command, respectively.  Both were basic to witchcraft.

Urim and Thummim provided divine light for the 12 precious stones: the constellations

Joseph Smith used these stones, he claimed, when his head was buried into a hat to ensure privacy.  Like the golden plates, the stones, and the hat had been hidden in a hill near his home, with the hat being very much like the all-knowing “sorting hat” found at Hogwarts in the writing of J. K. Rawlings. 

In 1830, Smith published the contents of the golden plates as the Book of Mormon.  When the book was questioned, and requests were made to see the plates, the response was that the golden plates were lost and with them any proof of their authenticity or that of the religion invented by Joseph Smith (Quinn, D. Michael (1998), Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (2nd ed.), Salt Lake City: Signature Books, pp. 4-5).

Christian fundamentalists “Netcasters” segregate genders

Far from being a religion of charity or compassion, the Mormon religion is as bigoted as the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or even Paulinity (that today is defined, in error, as “Christianity”; this is because the writings  by the various authors of the Letters of Paul, have next to nothing in common with the sayings of the New Testament Jesus: they are judgmental in contradiction to Matthew 7:1, divide people in opposition to Acts 10:34, separate genders (mechitza in Hebrew, based on  Zechariah 12:12-14, cp. Greenberg, Blu (1981). On Women & Judaism: A View from Tradition. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America) and marginalize women (1 Corinthians 14:34; 2 Timothy 2:12 the objection being that women

Segregated synagogue

are to submit to men, a message used also in Islam and found in Judaism; in Islam, women are required to pray either in separate columns away from men, or behind men, so that when “submitting in prayer” to Allah, the men are not distracted by “looking at their backsides”–cf. Qur’an, 24:30-31), and so forth.  The scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints read as a racist diatribe–similar to the Bible, the Koran,

Segregation in Islam

and other quite unholy books.  Mormons segregate themselves from People of Color (primarily Blacks), but do allow white women to worship with white men.

The main attack in Mormon literature is rifled in against Black people, taking many cues from the Christian and Jewish bibles. For example, in 2 Nephi 5:21, we read “…wherefore, as they were white and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a sin of blackness to come upon them.”

The Book of Mormon is not only racist and hate-filled, but historically untrue, lacking all variability and found its way into print in 1830, only when Smith was able to raise sufficient capital by begging and borrowing from friends. With the publication of the Book of Mormon Smith and his colleagues could point to the page containing 2 Nephi 3:6-13, to prove the authenticity of Smith’s claim that he was a descendant of the Old Testament patriarch Joseph, after whom he and his father were named. 

Unfortunately for Smith, he was neither a Biblical scholar nor a linguist, as in the original text Smith had the Mormons descending from the tribe of the Ephraimites. If this was fact, than Smith and his family were part of ancient Israel.

Smith styled all other white (or Euroamericans) as Gentiles.  If these Gentiles joined the LDS church as “repentant Gentiles” they would be “grafted” to the House of Israel and become “Abraham’s seed” (Mauss, Amand L. (2003). All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, 343 p.).  Only through such grafting would the Gentiles be saved.

Angel Moroni with Joseph Smith (Joseph Smith becomes the equal to Moses) http://www.mormonbeliefs.org

Smith considered himself to be a senior Ephraimite: coming from a group of Israelites who fled Jerusalem around 600 BCE and miraculously “traveled” to the Americas.  According to Smith, the lost tribe of Ephraim was quickly divided into two groups: the Nephites who were seen a righteous “white” people, and the Lamanites “who were cursed” with “a skin of blackness” to resemble the dark appearance of evil.  The Book of Mormon reads: “And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark and loathsome and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations (1 Nephi 12:23).

Lamanites separated by Jesus from Nephites in New World

The “Lamanites” are a people without a history.  No concrete evidence exists that they ever lived, but according to Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, who later became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, wrote in an article, entitled “Of Royal Blood”:

 

Lamanites attempt to escape Nephites (www.ids.org)

“a Lamanite is a descendant of one Lehi who left Jerusalem six hundred years before Christ…and landed in America. And Lehi and his family because the ancestors of all the Indian and Mestizo tribes in North and South and Central America and in the islands of the sea…Now the Lamanites number about sixty million; they are in all the states of America from Tierra del Fuego all the way up to Point Barrows, and they are in nearly all the islands of the sea from Hawaii south to southern New Zealand”

Lamanites in South America enslaved to serve

(Ensign [the official LDS church magazine] July 1971, p. 7). This includes Polynesia and Tonga, Samoa and the Sandwich Islands (Juvenile Instructor, vol. 30, 1868, p. 129).

The fabled “curse” of Noah is further developed in the Book of Mormon.  Read 2 Nephi 5:21:

Curse of Ham (early 19th century)

and he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing … wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them”.

Black skin was a sign of sin:

Lamanites attempt to escape across the river stopped by Nephites (LDS seminary)

“Behold the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins

(Jacob 3:5). 

The angel Moroni, whom Joseph Smith claimed was the son of a Nephite prophet and military leader marshalled his people in the twilight of their existence for a great (“final”) battle between light and darkness: an Armageddon between white and black men.  Moroni’s father was known as Mormon who, furthermore, warns that black skin pigmentation is contagious:

“The Lord gave the Nephite army power. The surrounded the Lamanites” (www.josephsmith.net)

“O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins that their skin will be whiter than yours [that will become darker than black], when ye shall be brought before the throne of God” (Jacob 3:8).

Joseph Smith did not define further the curse, nor explain why the curse was made.  That is easy to understand. Joseph Smith was neither a theologian nor a student of any Bible save the bibles he dictated as if he were the Wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain (Howe, Eber Dudley (1834), Mormonism Unvailed: Or, A Faithful Account of that Singular Imposition and Delusion, from its Rise to the Present Time, Painesville, Ohio: Telegraph Press, p. 14). 

Noah did not curse Ham. He could not curse his son as Ham had already been blessed (Genesis 9:1)–and once blessed the recipient of the blessing could not be cursed.  That prohibition stopped the numerous writers of the Book of Genesis from having Noah curse his blessed son.  The curse had to fall unfairly, cavalier and capriciously upon Noah’s grandson, Canaan (Genesis 9:25; today the word Canaan has been supplanted by the original name of Palestine, an area that later Hebrews would steal in warfare under the leadership of Joshua whom, it is claimed, had been given the land by the Hebrew god (Joshua 1:3-5) but geography varies in Hebrew lore: Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47).

Noah drunk and naked (with his three sons; Ham is to the far right)

The reason for the curse is clear (Genesis 9:20-24): Ham had seen his father drunk (and/or may have supplied the alcohol) and naked (Habakkuk 2:15)—and “stayed a while” with the drunkard, implying a marginal possibility of sodomy (ref. Jordan, M. D. (1977). “The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology,” The Chicago series on Sexuality, History and Society. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press).  Sodomy is not a strong possibility as the penalty for such an act was to be stoned to death.  A more plausible answer would have been that Ham saw his father have sex with another person with whom he would not have been married: adultery; but, adultery also carries with it the death penalty.  That leaves the only option of for the cause of the curse is masturbation.

In the original Hebrew, the word for nakedness is ervah (it means genitals) and being seen in the act itself would have been embarrassing enough to solicit a curse.  In ancient Hebrew witchcraft (e.g. Exodus 22:18) the curse would lead to a black scaling of the eyes that saw the semen shoot out of the penis of a parent.  Scaling was actually a reference to eye lid coloring that would enhance or change the appearance of the eye.  This passage indicates that the writers of the Noah story were attacking their ancient Egyptian roots and belief-system that also included the worship of a gold calf (Yah), and sex.

Qadesh: Semitic goddess of sex, fertility, rebirth, regeneration (was carried to Egypt where her cult was enthusiastically received)

It was common in Egypt, and was an especial adornment for worship services, a practice carried over to ancient Israel when the tribes (mercenaries in Hittite pay) moved against the Palestinians to steal “Canaan”, and used in Qadesh (Qedesh, Kadesh, Qetesh, Qudshu) services.  She was originally a Semitic deity (her husband was the Syrian god Reshep), and her worship services required the priests to be nake–as she, herself, is portrayed, was imported into Egypt during the New Kingdom from Canaan (it was later transferred to Islam, where Qada (abstinence) was prescribed for the Ramdan).

Regardless of the reason for the curse of Noah against Canaan, the mythology of the story has led to the enslavement of Black people through the nineteenth century.  In some fundamentalist Christian nations in Africa, it is still recited as the reason to enslave conquered or kidnapped Black people.

The Book of Mormon, further states:

The Nephites, Lamanites and the Inca of Peru

“And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression, and their rebellion against their brethren…who were just and holy men…and the Lord God set a mark upon them, yea, upon Laman and Lemuel, and also the sons of Ishmael, and Ishmaelitish women [Arabs and Palestinians]. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that … thereby the Lord God might preserve his people that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions…” (Alma 3:6).

Descendants of the Book of Mormon people (www.mormonwiki.org)

Not only are Black people to physically suffer “for ever”, but even in the “last days” they are to be damned even when “the gospel will be taken again” to the Lamanites, for “that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry.” (Mormon 5:15).

Joseph Smith Papyrus IV (from the Egyptian Book of the Dead)

In various other tomes tepidly translated by Joseph Smith (he had little to no education, no languages or linguistic skills, was unable to translate or interpret what he allegedly read, and as many have concluded, was a fraud) to be copied by loyal scribes, we read in the Book of Moses [Pearl of Great Price published by the LDS Church in 1842; it was canonized as scripture and equal to the Bible in 1880 by the Mormon prophets]:

Pearl of Great Price (Joseph Smith)

“…there was a blackness upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people…” (Moses 7:8). A few verses further, it is written: “And … they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the Cain[ites] were black, and had not [a] place among them (Moses 7:22; cp. Taggart, Stephen G. (1970). Mormonism’s Negro Policy: Social and Historical Origins. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, pp. 62-63). 

All Southern fundamentalists, including the quasi-closeted racist Jane Pitt of Springfield, MO, base their hatred for Black people, with a special venomous hatred for Barrack Obama who is condemned for being a Black man leading a nation they believe was reserved for white people, on the myth of the Curse of Noah on Canaan (Genesis 9:20–27) and on LDS scriptures.  There is not a single document in the forging of the USA or in subsequent acts that declared the USA to be a Christian nation, nor a Mormon, Jewish, Hindu, or other denominational entity. While the Constitution of the USA did not recognize Blacks as equals until the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Mormons rejected any similar recognition until 1978.

The Mormons attempted to strengthen their racist arguments based on Noah’s curse by including the fiction of the curse on Cain–the alleged son of Adam and Eve, then couple it with the curse by Noah on Canaan–at best a distant “relative” of Cain. Once the genealogy is confirmed by Smith, the curse of Noah takes greater urgency: “…from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.” (Abraham 1:24).  This necessitated the intertwining of the myth of Abram (Abraham) who  not only married his sister (Genesis 20:12) but also sold her into sexual slavery three times to gain wealth, but laid the foundation for polygamy that was openly practiced by Mormon then and now among fundamentalist Mormons.

Concerning Abram, we read the incorporation of ancient Egyptian theology that is older than anything in the Torah–and is distorted:

Now the first [sic] government of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptus, the daughter of Ham [in ancient Greek theology, she is known as Aegyptus (Ancient Greek: Αἴγυπτος) is a descendant of the heifer maiden, Io, and the river-god Nilus; Aegyptus fathered fifty sons, who were all but one murdered by the fifty daughters of Aegyptus’ twin brother, Danaus, eponym of the Danaids; ref. Euripides, Hecuba (Ἑκάβη) 886, who reverses the order],… Noah, his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth … but cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood [of Melchizedek who was King of Salem and made himself “priest of the Most High Lord” (Genesis 14:18)].  Now, Pharaoh being of the lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood… (Abraham 1:26-27). 

(On Melchizedek, read: Brodie, Fawn M. (1971), No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith (2nd ed.), New York: Knopf, p. 111; Roberts, B. H., ed. (1902), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1, Salt Lake City: Deseret News, pp. 175-176).  Smith promised his “Elders” that their power would be equal to that of the original Apostles: Prince, Gregory A (1995), Power From On High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood, Salt Lake City: Signature Books. pp. 19, 115–116, 119.  Smith saw himself as the equal to the Biblical Moses, and as the only person other than Moses who could issue commandments: Phelps, W.W., ed. (1833), A Book of Commandments, for the Government of the Church of Christ, Zion, IL: William Wines Phelps & Co., p. 67:  “[N]o one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church, excepting my servant Joseph, for he receiveth them even as Moses”).

Papyrus Joseph Smith 11 (used by Smith to create The Book of Abraham; however it is a writ for breathing in ancient Egypt)

Joseph Smith “translated” the Book of Abraham from a papyrus that he bought from a vagabond (In History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 236, Joseph writes, “I commenced the translation of some of the characters or hierglyphics [sic: hieroglyphics], and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham”).  While the papyrus says nothing about Abraham, nor makes any reference to Black people or slavery, Smith claimed it did and created another work of fiction for faithful followers. 

PJS1-11 (source for the Mormon “Book of Abraham”

Egyptologists John A. Wilson and Richard Parker noted in identifying fragments found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, that the text Smith claims is the testament of Abraham is actually a late mortuary tract known as a Book of Breathings.  Abraham is not mentioned.

Theban priest Hor

The Book of Breathings was copied for a Theban priest named Hor (second half of the 25th Dynasty, circa 712–664 B.C.E)—its sole purpose was to ensure a blessed afterlife of the deceased individual and it was claimed to have been created by the goddess Isis (“The ‘Breathing Permit of Hor’ Thirty-four Years Later”, Dialogue, Vol. 33, no. 4, Winter 2000, pp. 97-99, 115).

A translation of the scroll (known as PJS 11) that Smith claimed justified his theology has been published by Professor Richard Parker of Brown University (Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Summer 1968, p. 98).  The right side of the scroll reads:

Line 1 — [. . . .] this great pool of Khonsu
Line 2 — [Osiris Hor, justified], born of Taykhebyt, a man likewise.
Line 3 — After (his) two arms are [fast]ened to his breast, one wraps the Book of Breathings, which is
Line 4 — with writing both inside and outside of it, with royal linen, it being placed [at] his left arm
Line 5 — near his heart, this having been done at his
Line 6 — wrapping and outside it. If this book be recited for him, then
Line 7 — he will breathe like the soul[s of gods] for ever and
Line 8 — ever.

The left side of the fragment begins the series of spells to be recited.  Joseph Smith was not a translator and there is nothing authentic in the LDS canons or Book of Mormon.

The only way that Black people can be saved, according to the inventor of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, is that Black people become devout Mormons (a task nearly impossible to complete because of their skin pigmentation) “and then shall they rejoice, for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be[come] a white and a delightsome people” (2 Nephi 30:6; cp. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, Latter-day Saints’ Book Depot, 1855, p. 143; cf. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 336, and later repeated by B. H. Roberts, New Witnesses for God, vol. 3, Deseret News, 1909, p. 291).  The “scales of darkness” is an ancient Egyptian phrase for “awakening to truth in the Blessed Trinity of Osiris-Isis-Horus.”  It is the acceptance of one’s frailty and need for salvation that comes with the Triune IS-is-RA-EL (goddess of creation, god of the Sun [son of the goddess], and her husband (which is what the word El means) who is a god).

Over 8400 word changes in Mormon scriptures

While Joseph Smith forbade any change or modification of his scripture, the word “white” was permanently changed to “pure” in 1981 (it does appear once in the 1840 edition, but few copies of that edition exist, and is actually rejected in 3 Nephi 2:15 that reads: “And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites”), as the Mormons today, like most other religions modifies to meet the need of raising capital by any means including transmogrification of holy writ. 

Joseph Smith plagiarized from the Bible

Unfortunately, in the nineteenth century, there were no laws against plagiarism.  Joseph Smith, like many college and university students throughout the world (and especially in Latin America and Florida), “cut-and-paste” is not only a way of life, but a cult that teachers and professors who are unfit for their positions overlook and sometimes encourage.  Joseph Smith was among the great plagiarists of his day, taking liberally from the Christian and Jewish Bibles, much in the way as the Remembrancers “borrowed” from both books, with Christianity borrowing from Judaism, and Judaism copying Babylonian and Egyptian texts in an effort to make its interpretation of the Jewish tribal/agricultural god unique.

Spencer W. Kimball

In an effort to retain control over people of color, the LDS is creating illusions that those who do convert to Mormonism are seen by the white believers as slowly changing the color of their skins.  This is a common fantasy, as with the preaching by the Twelfth President of the LDS Church Spencer W. Kimball (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1985), who spoke to the LDS General Conference in October 1960:

“I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people…they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people…. For years they have been growing in delightsome[ness], and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised… The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation”

(Spencer Kimball, Improvement Era, December 1960, pp. 922-923).  Such statements are painfully rejected for their outright racist connotations, as seen in numerous letters to Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (cp. Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 1990, pp. 6-8). 

DNA studies have regularly disproven the myth of Lehi and his migration from Jerusalem (read: Dan Egan, “BYU Gene Data May Shed Light on Origin of Book of Mormon’s Lamanites,” Salt Lake Tribune November 30, 2000, sec. B, p. 1; cp. Murphy, Thomas W. (2002). “Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and Genetics.” American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon. Signature Books, p. 68). 

Thomas W. Murphy Anthropologist

Murphy (born 1967) wrote that he “failed to find anything that supported migration of Jewish people before Columbus,” and found “no reliable evidence supporting migrations from the Middle East to the New World.” Furthermore, Murphy noted:

From a scientific perspective, the BoMor’s origin is best situated in early 19th century America, not ancient America. There were no Lamanites prior to c. 1828 and dark skin is not a physical trait of God’s malediction. Native Americans do not need to accept Christianity or the BoMor [Book of Mormon] to know their own history. The BoMor emerged from Joseph Smith’s own struggles with his God. Mormons need to look inward for spiritual validation and cease efforts to remake Native Americans in their own image.

Simon Southerton

(cp. Southerton, Simon (2004), Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church. Signature Books (Southerton a one-time bishop in the LDS Church resigned his commission and membershipand left the Mormon church). Southerton’s blog is simonsoutherton.blogspot. Southerton, a native Australian geneticist,  specializes in DNA and the Book of Mormon).

Not only was Joseph Smith and the Mormon community racist, but they were pro-slavery of both Blacks and American aboriginals (Indians). Joseph Smith and the LDS Church were decidedly against freeing the Black slaves in the USA, as he stated in 1838: “…we do not believe in setting the negroes free” (Smith, Joseph. History of the Church, Vol. 3, p. 29). 

Mormons and Slavery

It must be granted that Joseph Smith did slightly modify his original denunciation of abolitionists near the end of his life, but only in temperament, not in content.  Joseph Smith wrote on January 2, 1843: “Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization” (Smith, Joseph, History of the Church. Vol. 6, pp. 217-218).

Like Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee in 2012, Jane Pitt the mother of actor Brad Pitt of Springfield, Missouri, and Keith Ratliff of West Des Moines, Iowa, Joseph Smith was from his earliest days a fraud, a bully, and a charlatan. Texts were distorted and invented.  The family structure was squeezed into narrow channels and the concept of a unit transmogrified into a bonding that frequently led to suicides, murders, and abandonment within the family (Smith recognized the earthly family, but in his tract New and Everlasting Covenant, he argued that there was a spiritual family of many wives and children in the afterlife to come; to achieve that celebration, man was urged to take many wives as a sign of his election for a higher station in the other world. Plural marriages, Smith taught, allowed an individual to transcend the angelic state and become a god (Bloom, Harold (1992), The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation (1st ed.), New York: Simon & Schuster, p. 105), accelerating the expansion of one’s heavenly kingdom (Foster, Lawrence (1981), Religion and Sexuality: The Shakers, the Mormons, and the Oneida Community, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 145) where nothing would be denied; polygamy became a right for all white men by 1831), while words of damnation were applied to those who had no recourse and no one to defend them or their ideas, nor anyone willing to take up the challenge and expose their duplicity. 

Family of Joseph Fielding Smith, sixth president of the Mormon church

The plurality of wives was happily practiced by the sixth president of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Joseph Fielding Smith (November 13, 1838 – November 19, 1918).  Joseph F. Smith, on April 5, 1859, Smith married his sixteen-year-old cousin Levira Annette Clark Smith.  Having no children by her after seven years, Brigham Young ordered Smith to take a plural wife.  Smith married Levira’s friend Julina Lambson, at a wedding Levira attended (she later renounced plural marriages, divorced Smith and moved to California); it was the beginning of his numerous marriages.

Joseph F. Smith claimed that plurality of wives was Biblical (Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3), while Jacob married his first cousins (Genesis 28-29) and his brother Essau married his cousins, etc: marriage has never been about one man and one woman equalling marriage in the Bible, Koran, or elsewhere), but made no comment about there being no reference to Jesus of the New Testament marrying or even having an intimate lady companion.

1844 presidential election political cartoon

In politics, Smith ran for president of the USA in 1844, arguing for a theocratic monarchy as the ideal form of government (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, p. 522) with himself as the king-priest and  declared that he would be one of the instruments in fulfilling Nebuchadnezzar’s statue vision in the Book of Daniel: that secular government would be destroyed without “sword or gun”, and would be replaced with a “theodemocratic” Kingdom of God (Brodie, Fawn M. (1971), No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith (2nd ed.), New York: Knopf, pp. 356-357) where he would issue divine judgments on all matters like a new Solomon.  Pure and devout wives were expected to write to relatives and those with whom they were in correspondence to encourage them, in the same way that Jane Pitt published her apologia in the

William Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jane Etta Hillhouse Pitt, Brad Pitt

Springfield, Missouri News-Ledger, to work for the election of a family man of faith after “prayerful” considerations, even if the man running was a Mormon, as the Mormon faith would heal the sicknesses of the nation, and keep Black people down under the heel of the superior white race; Pitts pandering was rejected by her actor-son Brad and his common-law wife Angelina Jolie, although Jolie’s father, actor Jon [Jonathan Vincent] Voigt, sides with Jane).

Joseph Smith imprisoned for treason

Joseph Smith, a freemason and member of the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge (Quinn, D. Michael (1994), The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, pp. 114-115),  who was tried for treason and imprisoned, favored a strong central bank and high tariffs to protect American business, opposed imprisonment of convicts except for murder, preferring efforts to reform criminals through labor; he also opposed courts-martial for military deserters. He supported capital punishment but opposed hanging, (Roberts, B. H., ed. (1902), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1, Salt Lake City: Deseret News, p. 435) preferring execution by firing squad or beheading in order to “spill [the criminal’s] blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God” (Roberts, B. H., ed. (1909), History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5, Salt Lake City: Deseret News,  p. 296).  In 1836, Smith wrote an essay in favor of slavery (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, pp. 289, 327–28) although that was tempered in his last years after being jailed in Illinois, but throughout his life opposed miscegenation (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, p. 289). 

Willard (Mitt) Romney (July 2012)

Nephi 12:23, explains why “the devout son” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Willard (Mitt) Romney feels compelled to preach hatred in his campaign appearances, as he did in his speech to the NAACP in July 2012.  Romney told a gathering of Black citizens of the USA that not until all Blacks refused handouts from the federal government, they would never be equal to white people. 

NAACP members listening to Mitt Romney speak about Black people (AFP photo by Nicholas Kamm)

The reaction was expected.  Those who applauded Romney, were paid to attend and show support for the one-time governor of Massachusetts.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (FL)

Romney’s Black “supporters” included Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll (Florida’s highest-ranking black politician, the first black female lieutenant governor, handpicked by Gov. (Voter I.D.) Scott himself.  Carroll is currently embroiled in a lesbian sex scandal that has revealed the 52-year-old married mother of three adult children actively encourages “nepotism” and that her office is a virtual playground “for sexual escapades”). 

Carroll confirmed that the Romney campaign paid Carroll’s and other black conservatives‘ expenses to travel to the NAACP convention and show vocal, demonstrative support for the putative Republican Party presidential nominee. The NAACP was not impressed with Romney’s speech (read here and here with photos and commentary here).

Smith’s views match those of the Koch Brothers especially in the area of keeping taxes low and allow the president to send in troops in case or riots by workers, Jane Pitt’s quest to have a kingdom of god on earth and opposition to families that prohibited or controlled births, the Tea Party and their hatred of Black people and especially Barrack Obama, and Mitt Romney and is a catch-all of ignorance for white students at Brigham Young University (watch video here). 

 Joseph Smith, like Mitt Romney, was never a man of peace.  Smith, based on experiences with non-Mormons, argued that his faith’s survival required greater militancy against anti-Mormons and Mormon traitors (apostates), and meet them on their own turf (Quinn, D. Michael (1994), The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, p. 92), and promised to exterminate those who disagreed with him (Remini, Robert V. (2002), Joseph Smith: A Penguin Life, New York: Penguin Group,, pp. 131–133) and created a private army along the order of the modern al-Qaeda. Romney also claims he will end the “tyranny” of government intrusion into the lives of people–who support him, but wants government to oversee and determine what a woman can do with her body, what children learn, how dissidents are treated, and so forth.  To this end, Romney would have no qualms about going to war, sustaining a war, or exterminating any enemy.

When Romney spoke to the 103rd annual NAACP convention in Houston, he, like all past Republican presidential candidates, did not go to listen to what its members felt were critical issues in their lives.  Romney went to the NAACP to tell its members what he felt were critical issues in their lives. Universal health care (“Obamacare”) would be eliminated, programs to ensure Black literacy would be cut back, government assistance for the poor, ill and uncared for would be turned over to private charities.  The issue of Obamacare is critical with Black voters who fought for it harder than any group, and Black people seldom have adequate health care and few have respectable insurance coverage. To most of the NAACP members meeting in Houston, Romney was rhetorical semantics–and said nothing new. The concept of a united States remains an illusion.

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