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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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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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If men could become pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament

Every USA Roman Catholic bishop has condemned universal health care

The ignorance of the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops (and the vast majority of the Roman Catholic episcopacy, with an increasing number of Roman Catholic officials: priests, bishops, and cardinals being accused of or charged with sex crimes: rape, pedophilia, child endangerment, etc. and many being tried, convicted and sent to prison) with that of evangelical extremists who delight in calling themselves Christians, concerning evolution of being (mortals) is not only a mass form of ignorance (citing bad English translations of the bible to defend “the sanctity of life” within the uterus, but totally ignoring the fetus that survives birth through the vagina canal.  This is evident when listening to, or reading, the preachings of Ritch Boerckel, Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church – Peoria, IL using Genesis 1:24-31).

John Piper of Minnesota

Boerckel’s slander of those he disagrees with is intensified by John Piper, Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN (and close friend of Rick Warren who wants to exterminate “those who do not follow [his] light”), among others.  They claim they have “god’s ministry” as their goal, but enrich themselves from the pockets of the gullible–especially young racist conservatives. Their marginal education defies science and medicine. 

Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne

Among the most illiterate in the area of natural and health sciences, who denies basic embryology and fetal development, and is adamantly against any woman exercising her right to determine the destiny of her own body is the predatory primate pastor of denunciation and antipathetic to the needs of the poor masses huddled in make-shift dwellings in the slums of Lima, Perú: Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, cardinal archbishop who has never been elected as the lead of the Bishops of Perú who have repeatedly denied him the presidency of their council, knowing his sinister designs on the Church in Perú in 2012–the fourth time Cipriani Thorne was rejected.  The universal distrust and disgust with Cipriani Thorne’s clawing toward total power spans years of his venomous vomiting out hatred within the Perú Church when being complicit in the murder of “left-leaning” teachers, and sanctioning the attack on over 70,000 civilians.

Timothy Dolan (NY Times/Nathaniel Brooks)

Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (an Opus Dei extremist and self-flagallating archbishop of Lima, Perú (who is kept busy attempting to take over the Pontifical University in Lima while screaming a women demanding a role in the church and the right to determine the destiny of their own bodies), whose only equal is the sycophant bishop of Chiclayo:  Jesús Moliné Labarte, who has more in common with Darth Vadar than Jesus Christ), Timothy Dolan (pedophile protecting archbishop of New York City (who is the subject of numerous popular and widespread articles on his open hatred rumors of his own sexual irregularities, payouts (buying silence and “encouraging” openly gay, or pedophile, priests to leave the church: read here and here) to pedophile priests, and more) who represents the most conservative gaggle in the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the USA), Benedict XVI (Vatican), eighteen-year-old street preachers, Steven Furtick of the USA, Nigerian pastor David Oyedepo, along with countless Pentecostals and televangelists (like Pat Robertson an untrained theologian and fraudster (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988). Robertson! The Pulpit and the Power; plotting, planning, pretending — Pat’s putsch for the presidency.  Austin, TX: AAP) the original Elmer Gantry: Billy Graham (read: Edwards, Kurt Alexander (2008). Billy Graham, Elmer Gantry and the Performance of a New American Revival. Unpublished dissertation: Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green State University; etc) who milk congregations of money to live in castles normally affordable only to millionaires, and passed his creed of greed to his son and huckster Franklin Graham (who is quoted as saying: “a true Christian has the right to live well, rich” creating the “Samaritan’s Purse”, whose mission is: To help the world’s “poor, sick, and suffering” with food, medicine, and other assistance — all with the ultimate purpose of “sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ”).

Billy (Left) and Franklin (Right) Graham

The “Samaritan’s Purse” has a yearly income of $309 million, and yearly “expenses” of $295 million–with little going to the poor) that the ultra-poor their few dollars into while the fraudster Franklin Graham relieved it of $1.2 million whose handling of “God’s purse” out rival that of the New Testament Judas who would sell Jesus a second time: watch here) after converting from the Presbyterian Church to the Southern Baptist Church that has more millionaires as pastors than any other religion with the possible exception of the Old Testament pseudo-Christian Pentecostals.

Richard Land

The Grahams, Pat Robertson, Richard Land the charlatan, plagiarist (also read here and here), and racist head of the Southern Baptist Convention (that later cancelled his radio broadcast), all praise the sperm as if it were a living person.  Medical science has proven that only under stellar sterile conditions can the sperm last at most five days, and many cases is deprived of energy with in hours if it does not penetrate the ova (egg). While there are numerous evangelical extremists praise the “rod of Jesse” (actually, an erect penis; medieval scribes referred to it as “et egredietur virga de radice Iesse et flos de radice eius ascendet “; cf. Isaiah 11:1 ff.) the only praise for the vagina is if the “young girl” (the ancient word for the young was “virgin”; almah (עלמה, plural: alamot עלמות) is a Hebrew feminine noun, for a girl who has reached puberty but is still under the shielding protection of her family; the confusion over the word comes from Isaiah 7:14; the male/masculine equivalent is  elem (“עלם”) meaning “youth” or “young man of the age of puberty” indicating the appearance of pubic hair and emotional stimulation leading to the erection of the penis) practiced unnatural sex: chastity and celibacy–that, by the twelfth century (Second Lateran Council in 1139 with the appearance of lex continentiae.is a transmogrification of Luke 18:28-30; cf. Matthew 19:27-30.  It was not mentioned before the fourth century and the invention of the Christian church by the Emperor Constantine I at his Council of Nicaea that were added to the Decretals of Bishop Siricius of Rome  who is sometimes referred to as a Pope), was mandated for weak-minded miscreant males who, in ignorance, joined the clergy in hopes of personal enrichment.

Rep. Lisa Brown in Michigan legislative House

The male chauvinism of men came to the foreground in the vagina debates in Michigan when a legislator used the word vagina in a repudiation of male attempts to limit a woman’s right of choice and was barred by the Republican/Tea Party from further discussions for using the word vagina in her retort.  The rank stupidity of the Michigan legislature is highlighted by the Republican Party’s abuse of power.

Rep. Lisa Brown

Rep. Lisa Brown, a suburban Detroit, was silenced after Republicans who control the chamber said she violated decorum, while she was speaking against a bill requiring doctors to ensure women aren’t coerced into ending their pregnancies.  Bravely, Brown told Republicans, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no”  (see video here).  Brown noted: “It actually exists in Michigan statutes in three different places. This bill was about abortion. That doesn’t happen without a vagina.”

Wayne Schmidt

The ignorance of the Republican Senators (all are male save for two who claims to be female but has not a hint of feminine psychology) in the Michigan legislature is spell-binding.  Listening to them rant and rave about the rights of men and the “duties” of women to accept men as the head of their lives and homes, they are as daft as the Republicans in the State House, with the chief of gaggle of goons being State Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), who boasted that the Republican leadership was standing for maturing and common sense, and argued that the House’s decision to silence Brown was no different than [sic: from] putting a child in timeout.  With a twinkle in his darkened eyes, Schmidt smacked like a common bully, crowing:  “It’s like giving a kid [sic] a timeout for a day,” speaking to Lansing radio host Patrick Shiels. “You know, hey, timeout, you wanna [sic] comment too far, you spoke your piece. We’re gonna [sic] let these other people have their dissenting comments, and then we’ll get back to business.”  His lack of education and inability to speak coherently in any recognizable adult English merely varnished his own stifled anger and misogynism. 

Equaling every Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist, Schmidt’s pathetic comment is tantamount to treating women like children for speaking their minds.  Schmidt’s sentences savage sanity and is the twin to the most widely used tool in the misogynist handbook. Nothing short of physical abuse is more offensive.

Support for Lisa Brown in Michigan rally 2012

Brown was primarily attacked by males, but a few legislators who happen to be women through the accident of birth but lacking in any mentality in common with women in general have little in sympathy for the individual woman’s right of choice, joined the men.  Do the people of Michigan support their Republican legislators? Those who vote do, but the majority (especially those who do not vote) do not support the program–the basic problem with an uneducated electorate.

Opposition to Michigan legislators war on women

Rick Johnson, a Republican who was House Speaker until 2005, said the party in control has broad, unwritten discretion to police lawmakers on the floor.  Johnson enjoined: “That comment would be very inappropriate,” and then questioned the reporter: “You have young children? Is that something you want them to hear from your state rep?”  Johnson inferred that hearing the word vagina would somehow alter or distort or even destroy the mind and psychology of anyone underage (under the age of 18).

Michigan state Republican senators

Michigan state Republican senators

Brown’s magisterial martyrdom became one additional male-led assault on the rights of women, for Brown, and another Democrat, Barb Byrum of Onodaga (see video here), were told they couldn’t speak on the floor when the House spent hours considering legislation before a five-week recess.

Barb Byrum

Rep. Byrum, of Onondaga, was benched after referring to vasectomy–equating the proposed invasive legislation should include laws passed to protect women who might be married to a man seeking a vasectomy so that he could not sire a child.  The allegory was missed by misogynist men in the House and ignored by the addled-minded mistresses of fantasy who sat patiently at the feet of the men bending forward to hear the new gospel of their own inferiority; that the female members of the House joined with male members in demanding the censuring of Byrum demonstrates group psychosis and the elevation of dominance by the numerically superior male (cf. Passini, Stefano (2008).  “Exploring the multidimensional facets of authoritarianism: Authoritarian aggression and social dominance orientation.” Swiss Journal of Psychology/Schweizerische Zeitschrift  für Psychologie/Revue Suisse de Psychologie, Vol 67(1), March, pp. 51-60).

Michael Flory

It is not surprising that those who condemn women for talking about sex in the Michigan Republican party are frequently found guilty of various sex crimes.  A typical case is that of Michael Flory, a 32-year-old attorney from Jackson, Michigan who was the head of the Michigan Federation for Young Republicans who pleaded guilty to sexual battery on the day he was to stand trial for rape (cp. here and here).  Michigan Republicans have a unique credit: they passed legislation not only to limit abortions but to protect bullies and permit bullying by anyone at any age if bullying is a part of the religion of the bully.  As Senator John Gleason (D-Flushing) said: “The bill [SB 137] that was presented to us today offers no protections to our students and perpetuates a hostile environment in our schools.”  The Republican legislation provides an exception which allows bullying based on “moral convictions” and endorsed mental illness as acceptable among the “religious groups” who demanded exemption from any anti-bullying legislation (cf. Rivers, Ian (2004). “Recollections of Bullying at School and Their Long-Term Implications for Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals.” Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol. 25(4), pp. 69-175. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910.25.4.169).

SB 137 is not only a pier on which one can step off into the swirling waters of insanity, but a millstone that, placed around the necks of victims of religious persecution.  Religion has always played the role of the bully, and permits men to abuse women if their religion preaches that the male is superior, as with Sharia Law (Islam), permits wife and female members to be battered and even beheaded if it is permitted within the man’s religion (“honor restoration” and “honor killings” (especially in Islam and Hinduism), allows homophobes to hit homosexuals with any means and without retribution, and allows employment discrimination on all grounds if the employer claims that his or her religion speaks out against such customs as women wearing pants or trousers (Jehovah’s Witnesses), refusal of blood transfusions and medical attention to save an infant’s life (Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses), force reparative therapy on children (Missouri and Wisconsin Synod Lutherans, Evangelicals and fundamentalists who regularly misquote established psychological and psychiatric studies, that is the major work of Marcus and Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota), and so forth (cp. Hall, G. Stanley (1904).  “Juvenile faults, immoralities, and crimes.”  Adolescence: Its psychology and its relations to physiology, anthropology, sociology, sex, crime, religion and education, Vol. I., (pp. 325-410). New York, NY, US: D Appleton & Company, xxi, 609 pp. doi: 10.1037/10616-005).  The Michigan legislature is trying to become the new tyrant, a viciously venal Vatican along the Great Lakes.

With Michigan’s successful attacks on the rights of women, it joined the abysmal antediluvian desposy of Republicans in the State of Oklahoma who passed the most stringent laws against abortion.  There was no provision made for women who were raped, victims of incest, or forced to conceive because of violent attacks on their person.  

Oklahoma City protest against legislature

Under one law, any woman seeking an abortion is required to undergo an ultrasound, view the ultrasound images, and listen to a detailed description of the fetus (that is to be couched in anti-choice language). The law does not exempt women who are victims of rape or incest.

Anti-abortion states

Anti-abortion states

The other law prohibits malpractice lawsuits (called “wrongful life” or “wrongful birth” claims) against physicians who choose not to inform parents of an unborn baby that the fetus suffers from birth defects.  This means that a doctor is not required to tell the prospective parent(s) that the fetus may be born without a brain, with a serious ailment, and so forth, and then capitalize on the care of the newborn even though most insurance companies refuse to pay claims in such cases–that ultimately could bankrupt the parents, cost them their house, vehicle, and personal possession. 

Starving children

No church has stepped forward to volunteer to meet the cost–only to offer hymns of thanks that another mouth was born to be feed, or that another soul would enter into heaven after dying from neglect (a form of psychological child abuse), starvation (read here; with 20% of the children starving in the USA–read here with the worst places to live to live as a starving unwanted child being in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,

Hunger in USA statistics

Oklahoma, and Michigan (although statistics show that the rise of hunger and the number of people starving for food because of the closed-door policies of religion, especially the Southern Baptist Convention, Pentecostal and Adventist churches that limit their charity to those who enter their dining rooms, pray, sing hymns and act “as good Christians” is growing.  To be “saved spiritually” is a primary ingredient before there is any opportunity for the poor, homeless, and starving are enabled or invited to sit in the church halls to be fed from the larder of charity with tokens of donated food) where the

Hunger in USA by state

legislatures are controlled by Republican evangelical extremists), or murder of an unwanted child by frantic parents with children under the age of five being more likely to be sexually abused, rented out as prostitutes, or disfigured and even killed by their

Andreas Yates killed her children

parents (usually the mother who is a religious extremist and fundamentalist; the majority are Southern Baptists or Pentecostals, listen to Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson, and identify with the lies of the Tea Party, claiming that they have the right to decide the fate of others as a part of their Constitutional right of freedom of religion) than by any other person.

The Oklahoma Democrat governor (Brad Henry) vetoes the bills, but the Republican-controlled House and Senate overrode his vetoes.  The majority of the Republicans in control of the Oklahoma legislature have severe challenges in understanding reality, deny climate change, are ignorant of environmental catastrophes, and reject science (especially evolution) and work to restore “biblical truth” to schools and erase the conduct of inquiry. 

Women protest Oklahoma legislature on personal choice

In Oklahoma, insurance companies are prohibited from offering coverage for abortions or even physician services after rape, incest, or fetal detachment from the uterus even if the woman’s life is in danger. Insurance companies that do provide coverage for abortions are blacklisted and those who pretend to speak of an understanding god, a loving spiritual father and son, belie the very words that they quote: grotesquely gaggling the book they read from into a Testament of Hate.

Insurance companies are among the biggest contributors to the Republican Party

Most insurance companies are quick to follow the Republican Party’s stand against abortion coverage as it enables the insurers not to pay out extra money even if such coverage would save the woman’s life.

While many quote the newest editions of the Christian bible, none are trained in any biblical language, are not aware of the nuance of words, nor have any appreciation of Matthew 7:1.

Fetus papyraceus

Fetus papyraceus

Those who are most vocal against abortion argue that the fertilized egg is the beginning of life.  It is not.  It has no brain, no heart, nor any semblance to a      human being.  The evolution of the fertilized egg into a zygote and ultimately a fetus has been documented for centuries: from pictures to ultrasound photographs. There are no brain  neurons before the first four weeks of fetal evolution. The cerebral cortex, that portion of the brain needed for thought, feelings, and conscious awareness is the last part of the brain to fully develop. It has never been found to have developed in any fetus of twelve-weeks.  The development of the cortex with sufficient axons, dendrites, and synapses to sustain the thought process, does not exist before the twenty-eighth week.

Fetal Developmental Stages

Fetal Developmental Stages

By the end of the second month (10 weeks LMP), the embryo is about one inch long and is beginning to develop distinct physical characteristics that are external. The brain has not yet reached its evolutionary maturity.

By the third month (14 weeks LMP) the fetus is about three inches long. It is protected by a fluid filled sac (known as the amniotic sac). There is no fetal heartbeat–not until the 20th week, and then heard only with proper instruments. Most abortions take place before this materializes.

Human embryo

Human embryo

Prior to the twentieth week, the fetus is nothing more than a collection of cells that have the potential of becoming a human being. It is not until the twenty-fourth week at the earliest, and closer to the 28th week in reality, that the fetus reaches a point of viability–when it might live for a very brief time outside of the womb–but then only under intensive hospital care.

Michael Bray

While anti-choice males are in the forefront of “the army of God”, led by its “chaplain” Michael Bray who calls for the execution of “abortionists” and lauds those attacking abortion providers (while denying his own sexual irregularities and passion peccadilloes), abortion clinics, and women who seek or obtain an abortion, in reality abortion has numerous benefits for men.  When men are not burdened with the worry about feeding, clothing, or educating a large family, he has more time to spend with the family and not work more than one job or excessive hours.  The man who supports a woman’s right to choose an abortion recognizes the woman as his equal–not his slave. 

Men support women’s right of choice

Supporting choice gives the man stature with the woman as well as enhances his image as one who recognizes and endorses full equality between the sexes and leaves the moral choice of abortion in the hands of the woman who is carrying the fertilized egg.  The man who realizes that the choice is the woman’s will step back and stay out of the political discourse, realizing that not only his opinion or the opinion of other men and women has no value when it comes to the pregnant woman: she alone has the right to make the choice between carrying a fetus to term or aborting evolving fetal cells. 

Many men are pro-choice

The self-actualized man will neither be ashamed of his decision to support the right of choice of the woman, but celebrate her choice as an act of maturity and responsibility.  The thoughtful, thinking man knows that choice is always difficult but is made less painful if the two stand together on the issue of the woman’s right to choose.

Water: a diminishing natural resource

The reasons for choosing an abortion are many: physical and mental health of the woman, political and social responsibility, and an awareness of reality.  Abortion is one option that enables this devastated planet to continue its life and enable those who abuse it to live longer.

In the last thirty years over forty percent of the world’s natural non-renewable resources have been consumed.  These resources will not return as the earth’s physical resources are finite and exhaustible.

Non-renewable energy resources

The planet’s natural resources cannot be replaced once they are consumed. When the non-renewable resources misuse is added with the loss of renewable resources that were over-harvested, mortals have already consumed over two-thirds of what could have been available to the planet.  As Malthus prognosticated in his book On Population, when people outnumber available food, fuel, and clean space, there will be natural remedies: war, famine, plagues, and pestilence (Malthus, Thomas (1798, 1st edition). An Essay On The Principle Of Population, , as it affects the Future Improvement of Society with remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin [Godwin was known for his 1793 publication Enquiry concerning Political Justice ], M. Condorcet [the Marquis had authored Esquisse d’un Tableau Historique des Progres de l’Espirit Humain], and Other Writers (1798 1st edition) with  A Summary View (1830), and Introduction by Professor Antony Flew. Penguin Classics, 1980). 

World overpopulation the greatest enemy of the planet

The top nine nations where population is out of control are the delinquent countries of India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, the USA, Congo, Tanzania, China and Bangladesh.  These rogue nations will be majority contributors to the world’s population that will hit seven billion by the early part of 2012 and will top nine billion in 2050, according to a UN estimate–and with their increasingly pseudo-religious conservative governments that disguise theocratic rule by the elite, such as the Neanderthal thinking Koch Brothers (USA) and the Murdoch clan (Australia) the water planet (Earth) faces an early doom of no fresh water, continued and increasing polluted air, infertile fields, a battered workforce (as is the situation in the despicable states flooded with Republican radicals demanding a halt to abortion in Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Iowa), and population growth that is out of control.  At present the reproductive rate per woman is 2.56 children that will add additional strain to rapidly dwindling natural resources. 

Overpopulation a growing threat to all

World population will top 10.5 billion by the year 2050, with the only spark of sanity coming from Japan (in part because approximately one-third of its young express no interest in sex or reproduction, and others favor abortion as a way to save the planet), Italy, and some of nations that had composed the defunct Soviet Union.  As food sources disappear, fresh water is contaminated, and air is polluted, the USA can expect an influx of immigrants (legal and illegal) of 1.1 million each year. 

Charles Koch’s house

William Koch’s house

The only ones who will prosper will be the upper 1% of the world’s wealthiest  who will return to depraved feudalism, cutting wages, foreclosing on homes, ending healthcare for the majority of people, and destroying the safety net for older and retired people:  the Koch Brothers, Terry Brandstand (Iowa’s triple-dipping governor) Donald Trump, and the parasitic group of billionaires and businesses such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Iowa Agriprocessors, etc., whose lavish lifestyle is destroying all links with the mass of humanity that the calloused feed into voting booths to elect their candidates who will strip the common individual of all basic rights. 

Billy Graham’s “retreat” in Montreat, NC

These preying parinahs will continue to be supported by the gullible, the poor, the homeless, the uneducated (and the home-schooled and academically actuated into a surreality that is neither supported by science nor by logic): those who are all leagued together in fantasy of a future life where each will walk down streets of gold and never know hunger or thirst.  The wealthy preachers whose message of prosperity and hate-mongering range from Billy and Franklin Graham to Pat Robertson and trickle down to predatory pastors such as Iowa’s twin scourges Bob Vander Plaats and Keith Ratliff, Texas’ Richard Land and the Baptists theocrats who pound pulpits demanding more babies so that the poor become increasingly poorer.

Pat Robertson’s house in Virginia Beach, VA

Since the human being constantly seeks increased satisfaction, and the means of obtaining that satisfaction is eroding rapidly, the single solution is unnatural and abnormal sex acts such as mandated and mandatory celibacy and chastity (cp. Erickson, William D. (1983). “On the late resolution of adolescent tasks. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, Vol. 20(3), pp. 383-388. doi: 10.1037/h0090202), or more common means such as abortion, family planning (with the encouraging of negative population growth that can be achieved by adding taxes on those who have more than one child for each child at a graduated ratio), and the acceptance of homosexuality (a natural sex act that occurs among all species and in every environment; cp. Weinstein, Netta; Ryan, William S.; DeHaan, Cody R.; Przybylski, Andrew K.; Legate, Nicole; Ryan, Richard M. (2012). “Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and explicit sexual identities: Dynamics of self-acceptance and defense.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 102(4), April, pp. 815-832. doi: 10.1037/a0026854 and Diamond, Gary M.; Diamond, Guy S.; Levy, Suzanne; Closs, Cynthia; Ladipo, Tonya; Siqueland, Lynne (2012). “Attachment-based family therapy for suicidal lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents: A treatment development study and open trial with preliminary findings.” Psychotherapy, Vol. 49(1), March, pp. 62-71. doi: 10.1037/a0026247.  For a study on the confusion and dissonance experienced by many who come from rigid religious backgrounds and have been indoctrinated that same-gender identification or intraexchanges are evil and actively engage in questioning and exploration processes, challenging and redefining the self, in an effort to identifying integration as a goal toward which one is moving as a way to manage and honor one’s identities, cf. Borgman, Amy L. (2009). “LBG allies and Christian identity: A qualitative exploration of resolving conflicts and integrating identities.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol. 56(4), October, pp. 508-520. doi: 10.1037/a0016691), war (conflict is the main ingredient in the evolutionary state and is identical in mortals and animals, where the quest for superiority is primary and any attempt to mitigate the violence is seen as weakness. In legislation, those legislators who pass regulations curtailing freedom of choice and expression or association are acting out their own self-denial and self-humiliation. Anti-choice, like limiting or denying a person basic human/civil rights, is a time-weathered reality that includes the scars of racism, homophobia, and attempt to regulate fecundity and reproduction, family and societal intercourse, and so forth; read: Liddle, James R.; Shackelford, Todd K.; Weekes–Shackelford, Viviana A. (2012). “Why can’t we all just get along? Evolutionary perspectives on violence, homicide, and war.” Review of General Psychology, Vol 16(1), March, pp. 24-36. doi: 10.1037/a0026610.  The continuation of denial of evolution and elevation of mythology as to the origins of the universe and its conflicts (associated with the collision of matter with antimatter), along with the rejection of individual choice on personal and public matters is a definitive mark of psychological maladjustment; cp. Ellis, Bruce J.; Del Giudice, Marco; Dishion, Thomas J.; Figueredo, Aurelio José; Gray, Peter; Griskevicius, Vladas; Hawley, Patricia H.; Jacobs, W. Jake; James, Jenée; Volk, Anthony A.; Wilson, David Sloan (2012). “The evolutionary basis of risky adolescent behavior: Implications for science, policy, and practice.” Developmental Psychology, Vol. 48(3), May, pp. 598-623. doi: 10.1037/a0026220), starvation and disease.

Religion lost its way centuries ago.  Father Brendan Hoban of the Association of Catholic Priests told the Irish Times  that  “the difficult truth is that priests will have effectively disappeared in Ireland in two to three decades”. Priests, Brothers, Sisters, and nuns are leaving in droves; most parishes have at best one priest.  Hoban noted that Irish parishes would drop from 34 priests that were assigned to his church in 2009, to eight within twenty years–and only two of the eight would be under sixty years of age.  Rome’s demand for a celibate clergy, condemnation of the LGBT community, and drain of Irish capital to Rome, while New York bishop Dolan condemns the Irish seminary in Rome, has led the people of Ireland to reject Rome.  This revulsion is not only in Rome, but throughout Europe and the Americas.  Even the fascist fist of Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (Lic. José Luis Pérez Guadalupe, Por qué se van los Católicos?   Lima, Perú:  Conferencia Episcopal Peruana, 1992) and the Opus Dei order that he is a member of does not discourage the people of Perú from leaving a dying corpse that was its religion that changed from issues of faith and worship to an Inquisition over their sex lives and personal choices as with abortion (Richard Rodríguez, “Continental Shift:  Latin Americans Convert from Catholicism to a More Private Protestant Belief,” in the Los Angeles Times, August 13, 1989; Part V, pages 1, 6).  Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne and his arrogant and egotistic struggle with the conservative bishops of Perú over Liberation Theology (preached by progressive Jesuits) that had been a bridge for the poor in South America, no longer exists (it has been taken over by the Pentecostals) will destroy Roman Catholicism for most of the people of Perú within a few years. Peruanos, like all other Latin Roman Catholics, are discovering that all other avenues of religious ceremonials and faith are equally corrupt–a reality equally acute in Germany.  In Germany, about 180,000 Catholics officially ended their church affiliation in 2010, a rise of 50,000 (or 40 percent) from 2009, according to the weekly Die Zeit newspaper.  Germans are tired of Rome invading their private lives, do not support the Vatican on birth control or homosexuality and same-sex marriages, nor consider the pope to be infallible (a fantasy fashioned from ancient Egyptian tales for the priests of Ra).  Education is rising, not rapidly in Latin America as the Roman Catholic Church still controls most pedagogy and subject matter, as is most graphic at Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo (USAT) where faculty plagiarise entire books (they pasted their names over the original authors prior to have the works photocopies or printed), Jesuits in charge of a mandatory of Christology in all subject areas use the extraordinarily unhistorical ramblings of a mentally ill nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, who wrote the violence riddled Passion of Christ that Mel Gibson made into the terrifying horror movie with the same title even though neither the text nor the cinema has anything in common with the currently accepted Gospels (cp. Ide, Arthur Frederick (2004).  Crucifixion: What the Bible Really Says. Chicago, IL: Sepore).  USAT appoints and retains teachers based on their affinity and affection or intimacy with administration, as seen in the case where one female faculty member in the school of computer science is retained even though entire classes have denounced her as being thoroughly incompetent (she has moved regularly from universities to universities and has not contributed one scholarly paper, book, or article during her career).

While evangelical groups are rising in Latin America, they are disappearing along with Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholicism, and Evangelical (Lutheran, Adventists, etc) church in Europe, with many turning to ancient country (pagan) religions or to humanism, agnosticism, and atheism.  The transition to ancient religions is easy as nearly all of contemporary Christianity is a plagiarism from ancient ontologies, theologies, and so forth.  Christianity today has nothing in common with the Jesus of the New Testament.  It is, instead, a transmogrification that would be best understood as Paulinity–with its prohibits more in keeping with the Old Testament and the laws of Hammurabi and other tyrants, than with anything that was ever recorded centuries after the fact about the Jesus who lived with twelve men, worked on the Sabbath, let a man rest his head on his breast, and never said one word about abortion, homosexuality (the word did not exist then), or any of the other alleged sins that frustrate religious leaders today from the Grahams of legend to the unknown pulpit pounders such as Keith Ratliff in Iowa.  The Jesus of the New Testament allegedly lived in a time of sexual excesses and sexual delights–not the sterility of the Vatican chambers or the mincing of Rick and Karen Santorum, Ann or Mitt Romney, nor even the alleged passion of Michelle and Marcus Bachmann.

Governments are no longer responsive to the governed but are repressive, totalitarian, and absolute.  Elected representatives represent their conscience and interests–but not that of their constituents as seen in the rise of millionaires in Congress that was first a gathering of politicians, military and gentry (judges, etc.); their group was known as the Continental Congress to oppose excessive taxation.  Congressional representatives were paid $6 a day–and that had to cover all expenses–there was no health care nor benefits, and there was never a discussion about personal matters (abortion or sex) but rather trade was the talk everywhere, creating jobs, and letting people live–unlike the goals of the Tea Party and Republican Party that wants to govern everyone’s life.  Abortions were common-place throughout early America and its colonial life as shown by the numerous documents about abortion practices from the 1600s to the 19th century, which were used by every ethnic and racial group. 

Native Americans used Black Root or Cedar Root as an abortifacient agent.  When the aboriginal people were displaced by European settlers who invaded and stole their land, abortions legality depended onthe colony and its government. 

In British colonies abortions were legal if they were performed before the “quickening”.  The only colonies where abortions were illegal were in those areas under the control of Roman Catholic Spaniards and Portuguese. 

There were no strong anti-abortion laws until the 1860s–and that was because of the need to give birth to more male babies in case the Civil War between the states continued (long wars being a tradition in Europe); cf. Acevedo, Z. (1979). “Abortion in Early America” Women Health Summer; 4(2), pp. 159-167; Shain, R.N. (1986). “A cross-cultural history of Abortion,” Clinics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. March 13(1), pp. 1-17.  Induced abortions, that were accepted, occurred as early as the twelfth century; read:  Obayashi, M (1982). [Historical background of the acceptance of induced abortion {the article is published in Japanese}]. Josanpu Zasshi December 36(12), pp. 1011-1016.

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Charles Worley, Providence Road Baptist Church, and Leviticus 18:22

Charles Worley on May 13 called for the murder of more than 2 billion people

Charles Worley on May 13, 2012, called for the murder of more than 2 billion people

Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church, Maiden, North Carolina, called for a round-up of all lesbians and “queers and homosexuals.”  Like a deranged Old Testament prophet, he demanded that gays and lesbians be dropped into genocide-like concentration camp complete with an electric fence.  Immediately afterwards, Worley sent out an invitation to “sodomites [sic] and lesbians” to join him in a reading of “Leviticus” [sic: 18:22].

Ancient pictographic representation of sacrifice of bread or animals

Ancient pictographic representation of sacrifice of bread or animals

While Worley rants about Baal (a word that actually means “husband” or “father” and Baal-worship prevailed in Israel (Judges viii. 33), and particularly in Shechem (Judges ix. 4), its is the equivalent “El-berith” (Judges ix. 46, R. V.) to mean “the God of the Covenant”. B’nai B’rithmeans “Sons of the Covenant), and any ancient “child sacrifice” was replaced with animal sacrifice that the ancient Hebrews did more than any of the people of Cana, and later was done with bread declared to represent

Kessiah Young is one of nearly 2000 to picket Worley (credit Jeremy Detter for Record Photo)

Kessiah Young is one of nearly 2000 to picket Worley (credit Jeremy Detter for Record Photo)

the body of god, equating homosexuality to the murder of unborn children (he believes sperm and ova are babies), he wins the adoring praises of his congregation–a church and a people publicly protested by thousands of North Carolina citizens.

The Providence Road Baptist Church congregation, where a majority are members of the USA branch of the Nazi party or the Khristian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, wholeheartedly endorsed Worley’s plan of genocide (a definite sign of catastrophic mental illness that is shared by Worley and his congregation in Maiden, North Carolina; read: Harris, Lasana T.; Fiske, Susan T. (2011). “Dehumanized perception: A psychological means to facilitate atrocities, torture, and genocide?” Zeitschrift für Psychologie/Journal of Psychology, Vol. 219(3), 2011, 175-181. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000065) and murder, standing and applauding him as he entered the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina. 

Providence Road Baptist Church, Maiden, North Carolina

Providence Road Baptist Church, Maiden, North Carolina

The Providence Road Baptist Church building was transmogrified into a tabernacle of truculent theological terrorism with people speaking out like Germans of the Third Reich demanding death for those who did not agree with them or their Leader (cp. Mayer, Milton (1955). The Thought They Were Free: the Germans 1933-1945. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press paperback) or venerate Hitler’s plans for a Greater Germany.

Some of the more outspoken greeted the pastor with praise as “God’s own Hitler who will cleanse the earth.”  Others promised to build ovens to burn the bones of homosexuals. (Video of congregation defending Worley is here.)

Anderson Cooper interviewing Stacey Pritchard

Anderson Cooper interviewing Stacey Pritchard

Worley is uniquely unqualified to teach any verse in Leviticus, as he is unquestionably unqualified to preach or teach anything in the Judeo-Christian King James Version of the Bible.  It is beautiful literature but bad scripture, and literary quality of the King James Version (KJV) has made it especially popular among the uneducated. 

Unfortunately, Worley does not use a copy of the 1611 (first) edition, but a recent redaction that is filled with errors.  Worley claims illustrate that the KJV is his source for sanctified hate.

The word homosexual does not appear in any English bible before 1946. The Greek word that is translated as homosexual is ἀρσενοκοίτης.  It is a verb for any one taking the active role in a sexual ritual: οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι … οὔτε μοιχοὶ οὔτε μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται … βασιλείαν θεοῦ κληρονομήσουσιν. The passive partner was known in the Greek world as μαλακόςb and was frequently excused or defined as “a woman.”   

In the garbled translations and retranslations of the numerous hands that created the Letters of Paul, the word ἀρσενοκοίτης is equated and used as equal to “adulterers, fornicators…liars”  as read in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.  It has nothing to do with homosexuality but rather is a condemnation of those who do not accept Yahweh and his rules: the Decalogue found in the Book of Exodus who only references to sex are adultery (Exodus 20:14) and lust (Exodus 20:17, which is very broad: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor: לֹא תַחְמֹד בֵּית רֵעֶךָ לֹא־תַחְמֹד אֵשֶׁת רֵעֶךָ וְעַבְדֹּו וַאֲמָתֹו וְשֹׁורֹו וַחֲמֹרֹו וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר לְרֵעֶךָ׃ , which most clergy are guilty of committing, from Jimmy Swaggart to Bishop Eddie Long, etc.). Leviticus is a far later edition–and addition to the Torah.

The actual reference in Leviticus 18:22-23 is an obligation of the quedesh/Qadesh who were even a part of the ancient Israelite religion (then known as Kohanim or “priests”): אֶת־זָכָר לֹא תִשְׁכַּב מִשְׁכְּבֵי אִשָּׁה תֹּועֵבָה הִוא׃  וּבְכָל־בְּהֵמָה לֹא־תִתֵּן שְׁכָבְתְּךָ לְטָמְאָה־בָהּ וְאִשָּׁה לֹא־תַעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי בְהֵמָה לְרִבְעָהּ תֶּבֶל הוּא׃ (the word for “confusion” means “distracting” and was a ritual that excited worshippers). Despite the precision of the ancient language that Worley shows no knowledge of knowing, reading, comprehending, interpreting or translating, the North Carolina Baptist preacher uses it against all male and female homosexuals (the original bibles do not mention lesbians; in other sermons Worley stretches Romans 1:26-27 to include lesbians, but this is not justified and has no foundation in the Old Testament—the Hebrew Tanakh).

The word homosexual does not enter the English lexicon until 1892. It first appears in C.G. Chaddock’s translation of Richard Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis, with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct; a medico-legal study… (7th ed. Philadelphia, PA, USA: F. A. Davis, 1895; the original that inspired the word “homosexual” is Krafft-Ebing, Richard von 1892 edition: Psychopathia sexualis: mit besonderer Berucksichtigung der contraren sexualempfindung. Eine Klinisch-forensische studie. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke) and comes as a hybrid of from homo- (form the Greek ίδιος [homos] “same”) and Latin sexualis.

If Worley, or any of those numbered as being a part of his flock, had any intellectual gift of languages or was able to read the original text (of which no one has displayed even rudimentary skills), the closest translation of Leviticus 18:22 would be “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman” (as found in the New International Version).  Even in the NIV there is no word “homosexual” nor “homosexuality.” A truthful and actual reading is a rejection of using sex to worship the pagan goddess Asherah (Astarte: Venus) who, by common Canaanite myth married the Apiru (distant ancestors to those who would become Hebrews) nomads agricultural god Yahweh.  Yahweh, in the ancient world, and as found on potsherds and Egyptian

Yah as young bull; the Samarian inscription reads "bless you by yhwh shomron samaria and by ashrth (Asherah: Venus)"

Yah as young bull; the Samarian inscription reads “bless you by yhwh shomron samaria and by ashrth (Asherah: Venus)”

writings (hieroglyphics) is always styled as a young calf (a bull, that would become a key symbol in Mithras theology).  This gave rise to the mythology of the golden calf that the ancient “Hebrews” worshipped in the desert leading to the gods of Moses prohibiting them invading the lands of Cana and stealing the land, cattle, women and wealth of its original Palestinian occupants (Phoenicians, and other tribes; cf. Jacobson, David M. (February 1999). Weinstein, James M.. ed. “Palestine and Israel”. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (The American Schools of Oriental Research) (313): 65–74, and Herodotus, History, ). Furthermore, the text reads that what is prohibited is having “sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman.”

Leviticus 18:22 is not a prohibition against anal course between men nor even against a man and a woman as men, historically, have engaged in sodomy with women since the beginning of pictorial and recorded (hieroglyphic and cuneiform) history–going back to the 25th century BCE for male sodomy (read: Thomas A. Dowson, “Archaeologists, Feminists, and Queers: sexual politics in the construction of the past,” in Feminist Anthropology: Past, Present, and Future (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006), pp. 96–98, where some argue that the two were brothers, some define the two males as twins, a few as gods) and 7000 BCE for male-female sodomy (cf. Lauren E. Talalay, “The Gendered Sea: Iconography, Gender, and Mediterranean Prehistory,” in The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory (Blackwell, 2005), pp. 130–148, especially p. 136).

In Leviticus 18:22-23, the charge or injunction is a reference to the pretense or “mental confusion” of the quedesh (temple prostitutes) who were obligated by religious laws to have sex—basically women attempting to enter a man with a clitoris, or a male prostitute simulating coital intercourse.  Woefully ignorant of the past and ancient records, Worley exposes his lack of academic training and knowledge of both the Old Testament and the New Testament and the message of the Jesus of the New Testament as found in the Gospels.

The New Testament clearly states that those who follow the message of Jesus of the Gospels are no longer under the harsh rule of Old Testament Law (John 1:16-17, Romans 8:1-3, 1 Corinthians 9:20-21). This negates and eliminates the validity of Leviticus 18:22.

Worley’s and his congregation’s collective intellectual prowess, like that of the despicable and pathetic Christian terrorist Angie (Angela Mauney) Widener (age 46) a church member, is at the abysmal level of insipid ignorance of intolerance of Pat Robertson, Billy and Franklin Graham, William Owens and others who spew hatred, in the name of a Jesus none would recognize nor obey. Widener, like Martin Sasse, bishop of the Thuringian Evangelical Church and leading member of the German Christians movement, published a compendium of Martin Luther’s writings shortly after the Kristallnacht; Sasse “applauded the burning of the synagogues” and the coincidence of the day, writing in the introduction, “On 10 November 1938, on Luther’s birthday, the synagogues are burning in Germany.” The German people, he urged, ought to heed these words “of the greatest anti-Semite of his time, the warner of his people against the Jews” (read: Bernd Nellessen, “Die schweigende Kirche: Katholiken und Judenverfolgung,” in Büttner, Ursula (ed.; 1992), Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung im Dritten Reich. Hamburg : Christians, p. 265).  All one has to do is substitute the word “homosexual” for “Jew” and they have the message of Worley and Widener and their supporters.

Geneva Sims supports her pastor Charles Worley and his demand for executing gays and lesbians

Geneva Sims supports her pastor Charles Worley and his demand for executing gays and lesbians

Congregant Widener is supported by the psychopathic Geneva Sims, another supporter of Worley.  Geneva Sims declared as did most German people in 1942-1943: “So he had every right to say what he said, about putting them in a pen, feeding them. The Bible says they’re worthy of death. He only preaches the word.” Worley and Sims acted as did Hitler who declared himself to be a loyal son of the Christian faith and a stalwart Roman Catholic (read: John Toland, Adolf Hitler, New York: Anchor Publishing, 1992, p. 507).  Hitler was a violently anti-atheist, as we read in a speech delivered in Berlin, October 24, 1933 by Adolf Hitler (Norman H. Baynes, ed., The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, vol. 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1942, p. 378; cf. p. 371).

Clergy attending a religious Youth Rally for Jesus saluting Adolf Hitler

Clergy attending a religious Youth Rally for Jesus saluting Adolf Hitler

Following the Nazi propaganda line and the call of North Carolina KKK and Nazis, Stacey Pritchard a supporting member of Worley’s wrath told reporters, “Sometimes you gotta [sic] be scared straight.” Pritchard’s paranoid psychosis of Pritchard is aptly discussed by Gailliot, Matthew T.; Schmeichel, Brandon J.; Baumeister, Roy F. (2006). “Self-regulatory processes defend against the threat of death; Effects of self-control depletion and trait self-control on thoughts and fears of dying.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 91(1), Jul 2006, 49-62. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.91.1.49) Worley has completed one of the most diabolic attacks on the sanity of an entire congregation, his own mental malaise festering into the minds of those who listen to his rants. Worley’s self-loathing has existed for decades. As he noted in one sermon in 1978: “40 years ago [gay people] would’ve hung, bless God, from a white oak tree!” The last time anyone was hung from a white oak tree was in Mississippi, when Jermaine Carter found hanging from an Oak tree on December 03,2010.  Worley’s congregation celebrated on hearing the news.

Worley’s knowledge of his seventeenth-century (1611 CE) King James Version of the Christian Bible first notes the oak tree in Ezekiel 6:13 ( וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה בִּהְיֹות חַלְלֵיהֶם בְּתֹוךְ גִּלּוּלֵיהֶם סְבִיבֹות מִזְבְּחֹותֵיהֶם אֶל כָּל־גִּבְעָה רָמָה בְּכֹל רָאשֵׁי הֶהָרִים וְתַחַת כָּל־עֵץ רַעֲןָן וְתַחַת כָּל־אֵלָה עֲבֻתָּה מְקֹום אֲשֶׁר נָתְנוּ־שָׁם רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ לְכֹל גִּלּוּלֵיהֶם׃). It was used to hang numerous self-proclaimed messiahs and those teachers who claimed they were interpreting the word of the gods of the Hebrews. The white oak tree has always been sacred to those who were not latter-day Jews, and was considered a haven from which the pagan soul could rise to heaven and join the gods of the people’s nation. The modern story that Jesus was hung on dogwood is myth, but one that further illustrates group insanity. The statement is not only pathological or psychotic but a precursor to genocide

The Southern states have a long history of lynching Black men and women.

The Southern states have a long history of lynching Black men and women.

(Green, Donald P.; Glaser, Jack; Rich, Andrew (1998). “From lynching to gay bashing: The elusive connection between economic conditions and hate crime,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 75(1), Jul 1998, 82-92. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.75.1.82). It was a fate that awaited Blacks who “got too near white people of God” and now was reserved for “sodomites and lesbians.” Hear the sermon here.

Providence Road Baptist Church teaching children to hate

Providence Road Baptist Church teaching children to hate

There can be little doubt that Charles Worley, like most of his brainwashed congregation, is mentally ill (Meier, N. C.; Mennenga, G. H.; Stoltz, H. J. (1941). “An experimental approach to the study of mob behavior,” The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, Vol. 36(4), Oct 1941, 506-524. doi: 10.1037/h0054254). The problem is that this illness is being fostered onto the young.

What Worley and others forget is the chapter in Leviticus (18) is primarily concerned with incest, with the single exception being verse (line) 22. The quaint exception is that there is no prohibition of a man having sex with his daughter—in part because that is what Lot did when his daughters made him drunk in the caves outside of Zoar “to perpetuate his seed” since they believed they were the last of his tribe (Genesis 19:30-38).

The fact that Leviticus 18 is an inserted chapter is clear from the rest of what is considered the Torah. While Leviticus prohibits incest (except when a man is having sex either with his daughter, or with another woman and her daughter), incest was quite common. Incest rules are ignored in favor of marriage to a close relative in several cases. For example, the Genesis myth includes a vivid description of Jacob having married his first wife’s sister (Genesis 29:16, 23, 28), and Abram (who is later styled as Abraham) as having a father in common with Sarah (read Genesis 20:12; rather than having a mother in common, which would have been permitted by the list). These are not considered prohibited (or illegal) marriages as the incest laws were not given until the days of the Biblical Moses, and were not greeted with disfavor by any pre-Muhammad Arab (Muhammad would incorporate them into his bible: the Koran).

Worley deliberately ignores in his grand staging of a reading of Leviticus 18:22.  Leviticus precise delineation between the sins of sexual immorality and child “sacrifices” that frequently accompanied quedesh worship.

The sacrifice was not the bloody sacrifice as vilified in Old Testament accounts and in fact was associated with the worship of Yahweh (Ezekiel 23:39).  It was more of a rite of passage where a pre-teen would walk between “walls of fire” of Moloch and pledge his loyalty to the local god in a way identical to the confirmation ceremonies (without fire) as found in Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopalian and numerous new Pentecostal movements. Ancient texts state that the phrase employed in speaking of these sacrifices is that of dedication: “to make one’s son or daughter pass through (or by means of) fire to (the) Molech” (2 Kings xxiii. 10; but elsewhere without the words “through fire” Lev. xviii. 21).  It was a form of consecration to Molech (a word that the ancient Hebrews frequently used to mean “king” as it is a form of Baal that means “lord” or “sovereign”) by passing through or between fires, as in the Roman Palilia and similar rites elsewhere (on which see Frazer, Golden Bough, 2nd ed., ii. 40 sqq., iii. 237 sqq). 

Human sacrifice was common in Semitic religions, and at least the idea of such sacrifices was 1 In 2 Chron. xxviii. 3 (parallel to 2 Kings xvi. 3) a single letter is transposed in the phrase, changing the sense from “caused to pass through the fire” to “caused to burn with fire.” Geiger, Abraham (1857). Urschrift und uebersetzungen der Bibel in ihrer abhängigkeit von der innern entwickelung des Judenthums. Breslau, Germany: J. Hainauer, p. 305) very unnecessarily supposed that this was everywhere the original reading, These rites of initiation was what the Old Testament gods rejected, replacing them with the barbaric custom of circumcision (it is not found in either the New Testament nor the Koran) and “rendered judgment against” the native inhabitants of the land (Leviticus 18:27–28). The fact that these were proscribed ceremonial ordinances, such as dietary laws that were codified to distinguish the “children of Israel” (a term that came with the Hittite mercenaries entering Cana as followers of the Egyptian Trinity (IS[is]-RA-EL) is spelled out in the condemnation of neighbor nations (Leviticus 20:22–26; see also Deuteronomy 14:21).

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Zombies, Matthew 27:52-53, Southern Baptists and reality

Zombies (the “living dead”) have always been a part of the world’s sacred and profane literature.  Legends abound about zombies and other ghouls.  Each tale was created to keep the people passive: to oppress them with religious dogma that would put their food and wealth onto the tables and into the pockets of the priests, pastors, rabbis, mullahs and imams, and similar soothsayers. Religion has long been the yoke to harness the poor to do the bidding unquestioningly of those who would speaker for god. The quickest path to wealth is through the ministry, requiring next to no labor or thinking.

Easter Island statues memorialize a prehistoric zombie outbreak

Zombies and their depiction go back at least

Shaft of the dead man - Lascaux Cave

to 35,000 – 23,000 BCE in Romanian caves, 25,000 – 15,000 BCE, as seen in the famed caves of  Lascaux, France, and of course the more famous statues on Easter Island.  There are depictions of similar living dead that date to 60,000 BCE in Katanda, Central Africa.  There is evidence of zombiphobia in Egypt as early as 3500 BCE (Maish, A., and R. Friedman. Pondering Paddy: Unwrapping the Mysteries of HK43. Nekhen News 11: 6-7; and, Murray, M.A., 1956. “Burial customs and beliefs in the hereafter in Predynastic Egypt”. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 42: 86-96.).

There is commentary on a purported zombie attacks in ancient Egypt as early as 3200 BC.   However, most of the tales were maintained to keep the people satisfied, and there is little hard evidence that zombies existed except in the minds of local citizens.  Most of the alleged evidence for zombies is from and Hierakonpolis where some workers were stricken when their brain had been infected with the virus Solanum that was claimed to turn people into zombies: they walk upright but in a near catatonic state, have halting speech, etc. (the virus does not exist; it was made up by Max Brooks to support his book on zombies and zombification).

Solanum seaforthianum (Brasilian Nightshade)

The plant solanum was cited by Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) in a botanical essay. What is known is that only green parts and unripe fruit are poisonous to people; however, there are many edible varietals including the potato, tomato, and eggplant.

 While Solanum, as a plant, is poisonous and has been fatal, it is also used by native people as medicine but in low amounts.  This plant is known as Giant Devil’s-fig (Solanum chrysotrichum) has been shown to be an effective treatment for seborrhoeic dermatitis in a scientific study. It is most commonly found in Australia.

Solanum. chrysotrichum

 The Assyrians were among the most ferocious. Ashurbanipal, king from 668 to 627 BCE, was recorded as having exalted: “I will hack up the flesh [of my enemies] and then carry it with me to show off in other countries”.  His heirs were equal to every move of the king, cutting open the bellies of their opponents “as though they were young rams” and demanding that the people see “the living dead walk among them.”

Mesopotamia was a haven for many zombie stories, including those that prelude the single reference in the Gospel of Matthew.  The issue of zombies raising from the dead, stepping out of their tombs, waiting to hear the Judgment Call (Apocalypse) is as old as recorded time, and in Sumerian and Akaddian records matches the Biblical account added to Matthew 27 (verses 52-53: καὶ τὰ μνημεῖα ἀνεῴχθησαν καὶ πολλὰ σώματα τῶν κεκοιμημένων  ἁγίων ἠγέρθησαν, καὶ ἐξελθόντες ἐκ τῶν μνημείων μετὰ τὴν ἔγερσιν αὐτοῦ  εἰσῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν πόλιν καὶ ἐνεφανίσθησαν πολλοῖς, compare it to 2 Kings 13:21 for a similar resurrection; cf. Isaiah 26:19, and the far older Babylonian lore in Job 42:17 that was fully plagiarized by the early Hebrews). It is found in the Decent of Ishtar to the Netherworld a goddess who goes to the Netherworld to see her sister Ereshkigal. Ishtar is the goddess of sex and war, and her sister is goddess of the underworld; male deities are not yet supreme.

Ishtar (Goddess of sex and war; storms Hell's Gate and wins)

The Mesopotamian Biblical account of the Decent of Ishtar to the Netherworld, preserved on sanctified clay tablets (the best known is the first

Gilgamesh Tablet XI recounting the Great Flood

two-thirds of Tablet XI (created c. 2700 BCE; cf. Tigay, Jeffrey H. (1982), The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic, Philadelphia, PA, USA: University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 217 f.) which is the earliest record of the myth of the Great Flood, at least one thousand years older than the account in Genesis), gives the scholar two of the prime focus points for zombies that would make an appearance in the New Testament: 1) animated dead people who 2) feed on the living. The latter is not found in Matthew but in all other contemporary accounts; what is unique in the Biblical account is that the Jesus of the New

Fragment of Tablet VI (Epic of the Gilgamesh) Zombies rise up

Testament tells his followers to “eat of my flesh” and “drink of my blood”—typical zombie theology: Matthew 26:26, a self-idealized cannibalism common in all Mesopotamian cults and is found on twelve clay tablets of the Epic of the Gilgamesh; cp. Tablet VI and Ishtar’s rage:

I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld,
I will smash the door posts, and leave the doors flat down,
and will let the dead go up to eat the living!
And the dead will outnumber the living!

Perillos being forced into the brazen bull that he built for Phalaris

In ancient Greece and Italy, giving antecedent to the myth of a blood thirsty Babylonian god, saw regular brutality during the reign of Phalaris (Φάλαρις) tyrant of Acragas (Agrigentum) in Sicily, from approximately 570 to 554 BC.  He had hollow a bronze oven made in the shape of a bull (always a symbol of a god, and nearly universally known as Yah {or Jehovah}) in which he would roast his enemies alive (Pindar, Pythian 1), and fed on suckling babies (Tatian. Oratio ad Graecos (“Tatian’s Address to the Greeks“), Chap. XXXIV; it is considered a heretical work written by a student of Justin Martyr who turned to Gnosticism as being more in keeping with the Sayings of Jesus than the emerging state controlled church), giving birth to the legend of the slaughter of infants in Egypt and Israel.  In the end he was overthrown in a general uprising headed by Telemachus, the ancestor of Theron (tyrant c. 488-472 BC), and burned in his brazen bull. Both the story and the symbolism became incorporated into Hebrew lore with the invention of the myth of Moloch and the Biblical Gold Calf (עֵגֶּל הַזָהָב) in Exodus 32:4—the Egyptian god Apis—but the Hebrews would have two golden calves unlike the Egyptians (1 Kings 12:26–30; cf. Nehemiah 9:18–19).

In most cases the dead would eventually rise up to greet their sadistic saviour who commanded them to walk among mortals as testimony to the power of the demigod. In most cases the zombies were foretellers of impending doom and the destruction of the planet in a great apocalypse.  The prophet Ezekiel had his own Zombie army: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 (1) The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley, it was full of bones. (2) He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.  (3) He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said,”O sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (4)  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! (5) This is what the sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. (6) I will attach tendons to you and make flesh upon you and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord”:  הָיְתָה עָלַי יַד־יְהוָה וַיֹּוצִאֵנִי בְרוּחַ יְהוָה וַיְנִיחֵנִי בְּתֹוךְ הַבִּקְעָה וְהִיא מְלֵאָה עֲצָמֹות׃  וְהֶעֱבִירַנִי עֲלֵיהֶם סָבִיב סָבִיב וְהִנֵּה רַבֹּות מְאֹד עַל־פְּנֵי הַבִּקְעָה וְהִנֵּה יְבֵשֹׁות מְאֹד׃  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן־אָדָם הֲתִחְיֶינָה הָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה וָאֹמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה אַתָּה יָדָעְתָּ׃  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הִנָּבֵא עַל־הָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם הָעֲצָמֹות הַיְבֵשֹׁות שִׁמְעוּ דְּבַר־יְהוָה׃  כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה לָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה הִנֵּה אֲנִי מֵבִיא בָכֶם רוּחַ וִחְיִיתֶם׃  וְנָתַתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם גִּדִים וְהַעֲלֵתִי עֲלֵיכֶם בָּשָׂר וְקָרַמְתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם עֹור וְנָתַתִּי בָכֶם רוּחַ וִחְיִיתֶם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה׃ וְנִבֵּאתִי כַּאֲשֶׁר צֻוֵּיתִי וַיְהִי־קֹול כְּהִנָּבְאִי וְהִנֵּה־רַעַשׁ וַתִּקְרְבוּ עֲצָמֹות עֶצֶם אֶל־עַצְמֹו׃  וְרָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה־עֲלֵיהֶם גִּדִים וּבָשָׂר עָלָה וַיִּקְרַם עֲלֵיהֶם עֹור מִלְמָעְלָה וְרוּחַ אֵין בָּהֶם׃  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הִנָּבֵא אֶל־הָרוּחַ הִנָּבֵא בֶן־אָדָם וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל־הָרוּחַ כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה מֵאַרְבַּע רוּחֹות בֹּאִי הָרוּחַ וּפְחִי בַּהֲרוּגִים הָאֵלֶּה וְיִחְיוּ׃  וְהִנַּבֵּאתִי כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּנִי וַתָּבֹוא בָהֶם הָרוּחַ וַיִּחְיוּ וַיַּעַמְדוּ עַל־רַגְלֵיהֶם חַיִל גָּדֹול מְאֹד־מְאֹד׃ ס וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן־אָדָם הָעֲצָמֹות הָאֵלֶּה כָּל־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל הֵמָּה הִנֵּה אֹמְרִים יָבְשׁוּ עַצְמֹותֵינוּ וְאָבְדָה תִקְוָתֵנוּ נִגְזַרְנוּ לָנוּ׃  לָכֵן הִנָּבֵא וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנֵּה אֲנִי פֹתֵחַ אֶת־קִבְרֹותֵיכֶם וְהַעֲלֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם מִקִּבְרֹותֵיכֶם עַמִּי וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם אֶל־אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ ס  וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה בְּפִתְחִי אֶת־קִבְרֹותֵיכֶם וּבְהַעֲלֹותִי אֶתְכֶם מִקִּבְרֹותֵיכֶם עַמִּי׃  וְנָתַתִּי רוּחִי בָכֶם וִחְיִיתֶם וְהִנַּחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם עַל־אַדְמַתְכֶם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה דִּבַּרְתִּי וְעָשִׂיתִי נְאֻם־יְהוָה׃ ף.  The entire story is plagiarized from ancient Egyptian military history and theology that was repeated in the records of numerous growing states including that of Persia and the Hyksos.  This may be the source for the legend of the lost army of Cambyses II. Cambyses II led a Persian army of 50,000 soldiers into Egypt and supposedly perished in a sandstorm in ancient Egypt 2500 years ago, long before any Hebrews were known or Habiru mercenaries serving the Hyksos.  It continues to this day with fantasies from New York to Albania and beyond.

Zombies are introduced in the Old Testament, in Zechariah 14:12 And the Lord will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away: וְזֹאת תִּהְיֶה הַמַּגֵּפָה אֲשֶׁר יִגֹּף יְהוָה אֶת־כָּל־הָעַמִּים אֲשֶׁר צָבְאוּ עַל־יְרוּשָׁלִָם הָמֵק בְּשָׂרֹו וְהוּא עֹמֵד עַל־רַגְלָיו וְעֵינָיו תִּמַּקְנָה בְחֹרֵיהֶן וּלְשֹׁונֹו תִּמַּק בְּפִיהֶם׃ (cp. the gentleness of a loving god in Leviticus 26:16, Deuteronomy 28:21-22, Job 18:13, Zechariah 14:15, 18).

This is the foundation for Matthew 27:52-53: 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[a] went into the holy city and appeared to many people. (καὶ τὰ μνημεῖα ἀνεῴχθησαν καὶ πολλὰ σώματα τῶν κεκοιμημένων ἁγίων ἠγέρθησαν, καὶ ἐξελθόντες ἐκ τῶν μνημείων μετὰ  τὴν ἔγερσιν αὐτοῦ εἰσῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν πόλιν καὶ ἐνεφανίσθησαν πολλοῖς.)

These two lines give cause for pausing in reflection on the warrior Jesus of the New Testament.  It is in error to even consider that such a ghoulish event happened.  Josephus, the chronicler of the time, does not mention it—nor do any of the apologists for what became Christianity, nor do its detractors.  It is a unique mentioning.  The tone and word choice of these two lines indicates a later addition to the text; but it has greater value.  It repeats what ancient Babylonians and Hyksos and their mercenary troops (Habiru: Hebrew) saw in the tale of the ambulant dead a promise of eternal life or immortality.  But to give full credit to those who would eventually call themselves Hebrews is a disservice to fact, as such tales appear universally. 

The ancient Scandinavians, before the intrusion of Paulanity, were an advanced people with a theology similar to what would become Christianity. Among those who were sought out for advice was the zombie Völuspá (“Prophecy [spá] of the völva”).  The Great God Odin, the chief god of the Norse pantheon, has conjured up the spirit of a dead völva and commanded this spirit to reveal the past and the future. She was reluctant, crying out, “What do you ask of me? Why tempt me?” Since she is already dead, she shows no fear of Odin, and continually taunts him.  Odin was seeking information on the war of the zombies that would come when his favorite son, the God Thor, would set out to battle evil in the universal war of Ragnarök (Armageddon).  This predicted battle foretold the ultimate death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Freyr, Heimdall, and the jötunn (trickster) Loki), as gods would disappear when people gained sufficient intelligence to stop believing in them; it would also lead to the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water (a second Great Flood). Afterwards, the world resurfaces anew and fertile, the surviving gods meet, and the world is repopulated by two human survivors (gender is not spelled out).
 
The Ragnarök (Armageddon) would be fought, in part, by zombies, which in Scandinanvian Viking culture are known as draugr (draug in Icelandic; draugen in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish).  Ancient to medieval Scandinavians saw zombies as an exemplar of a continuation of a tumultuous life: carousing, drinking, fighting, wenching and generally making a nuisance of oneself (e.g. Harald Halt-foot).  A similar phenomena is found in Japanese culture where Japanese zombies reflected extreme piety such as the living mummies on Mount Yodono. Zombies even appear in Mexico, both in the past and today where it is known as the Day of the Dead.  The Day of the Dead is a celebration for the returning revenants who are welcomed and treated as guests, just as they would be if they were still alive and had returned briefly from living somewhere else, which in the eyes of ancient cultures they were.

With the invention of Christianity and the elevation of Paulinity (the writings of the legendary St. Paul) by the pagan Emperor Constantine I (Christianity tries to claim that Constantine converted to Christianity on his death-bed, but there is no proof of this happening; at the most he became an Arian Christian as his “confessor” was the Arian bishop Eusebius) at his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.  Constantine’s one major contribution to Christianity was ordering all books and writings that disagreed with his church were to be burned in a manner that popes and prelates of the Middle Ages and later Adolf Hitler would follow, leading the psychotic Coptic Theophilus of Alexandria to torch the great Library of Alexandria and commission the murder of the world’s greatest mathematician and philosopher on orders of the Christian Emperor Theodosius who took, energetically, all measures including torture and murder in converting all his subjects to Christianity,with most of this coming from fourth century writers that were used by Edward Gibbons (there is a sound argument that it was destroyed earlier, by Julius Cesar).  The most illustrious of the victims was the virgin (unmarried) Hypatia whose flesh was torn off of her body while she lived by enraged Christian monks. Hypatia had served as the librarian but was singled out for martyrdom by the fatuous followers of the  phantasmagorical Theophilus because of her comments against Christianity that she equated with fantasies of small children.  Personally, I find more evidence for Theodosius as the prime instigator given his sordid record of forcing everyone to convert to a bastardized religion that had nothing in common with the original scrolls and the Sayings of Jesus, but were invented by later church councils that would even elevate the Egyptian Trinity to being a Christian concept, transmogrifying the original Isis-Ra-Horus into the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to remove the significant stature of a woman as being the primary mother of all things (the ancient Hebrews would transmogrify this by removing Horus in favor of the sun-god Ra and substituting the word lord (El) to complete their trinity.  They would ultimately abbreviate the Egyptian Trinity into Is-Ra-El: Israel). 

I do not agree with the Greek testament by Rufinus Tyrannius who continued Eusebius Historia Ecclesia (Books X and XI) as he claims that the local pagans “incited the Christian mobs” with their refusal to convert to the pagan faith out of Jerusalem.  The “local pagans” had been heavily taxed, were beaten, denied jobs, and forced to attend the “love feasts” of the early Christians and were victimized daily, having no say in their own destiny.  This is supported by  the pagan writer Eunapius of Antioch (died after 400 CE) who wrote about the sack of the Serapeum in his Life of Antonius, and, before he died in 390 CE, prophesied that all the pagan temples in Alexandria would be destroyed (not a desperately surprising contingency at the time) out of “religious fanaticism” and an effort to make the scrolls of Christianity into a god that he termed as bibliolatry: worship of the bible, predating the rise and evolving intolerance of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Constantine’s Christian Church (originally known as the catholic [universal] Church taught that the dead might return from the grave to take vengeance on the living for not saying Masses for them, and paying the priest for each Mass said.  This had little to do with piety, but was ecclesiastical extortion, one of the many ways that the Church raised revenue, and on the Night before All Souls Day (Halloween; on All Souls Day read the Bollandist Ada Sanctorum (Saec. VI., pt. i. p. 585) which requires “sacrifice”) the Church said special masses for the dead always at inflated prices—the offerings being put into gourds (similar to pumpkins) that were crafted with faces and had a candle within to illuminate the scowl or smile depending on the nature of the carver.  At each Mass the priest would remind parishioners that the faithful would soon come near a walking dead in testimony of the resurrection of Jesus and the need that the fearful faithful had to put coins in the gourd to keep the candle stable so that its light would lead the New Testament Jesus to the church where the central figure would enter the host that would be displayed upon a table or altar where the sacrifice (similar to Abram’s near-slaughter of his son Isaac) of the “Son of God” was to be executed.  Halloween, like all Christian celebrations, borrowed heavily from incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain, especially in votives and prayers for the dead and the payment to priest to pray for the dead to stay away from the living (Nicholas Rogers (2002). Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night. Oxford UK and New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press, pp. 11-21 sqq).  Today, Celtic Reconstructionists, pagans, and others who maintain ancestral customs, make offerings to the gods and the ancestors in keeping with their original heritage before missionaries arrived swinging battle axes and swords while preaching from Bibles (Hörandner, Editha (ed.; 2005), Halloween in der Steiermark und anderswo, Volkskunde (Münster in Westfalen), Wien (Vienna), Austria: LIT Verlag Münster; and, Santino, Jack (ed.;  1994), Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life.  Knoxville, TN, USA: University of Tennessee Press).

The ever-intolerant world of evangelical Christianity that demands that believers accept every word of the Bible as literally true has had numerous casualties in its battle for conformity especially within the Southern Baptist Convention where literacy is an article of faith and the Bible considered inerrant: Article XX of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics states, 

We affirm that since God is the author of all truth, all truths, biblical and extra biblical, are consistent and cohere [sic: coherent], and that the Bible speaks truth when it touches on matters pertaining to nature, history, or anything else. We further affirm that in some cases extra biblical data have value for clarifying what scripture teaches and for prompting correction of faulty interpretations. We deny that extra biblical [sic: extra biblical or extra-biblical] views ever disprove the teaching of Scripture or hold priority over it.

This is matched by the in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy:

We affirm that canonical Scripture should always be interpreted on the basis that it is infallible and inerrant. However, in determining what the God-taught writer is asserting in each passage, we must pay the most careful attention to its claims and character as a human production. In inspiration, God utilized the culture and conventions of His [sic] penman’s milieu.  A milieu that God controls in His sovereign providence; it is misinterpretation to imagine otherwise.

So history must be treated as history, poetry as poetry, hyperbole and metaphor as hyperbole and metaphor, generalization and approximation as what they are, and so forth. Differences between literary conventions in Bible times and in ours must also be observed”.

Michael Licona (Facebook)

Michael Licona (Facebook)

While the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy asserts that an inattention to the culture and literary conventions in Bible times could lead to a misinterpretation of the biblical text, professors have been fired from teaching appointments for not conforming their interpretations according to erroneous English translations and codified canons, as has been the case with Professor Michael Liconawho was denounced by the twenty-first Grand

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Inquisitor R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world who wrote: The affirmation of biblical inerrancy is nothing more, and nothing less, than the affirmation of the Bible’s total truthfulness and trustworthiness. The assertion of the Bible’s inerrancy — that the Bible is “free from all falsehood or mistake” — is an essential safeguard for the Bible’s authority as the very Word of God in written form. The reason for this should be clear: to affirm anything short of inerrancy is to allow that the Bible does contain falsehoods or mistakes. The intolerance of the Southern Baptist Convention has exceeded even the corrupt Councils of the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, when “evangelical philosopher” Norman Geisler,  a Christian apologist and the co-founder of Southern Evangelical Seminary outside Charlotte, North Carolina with a PhD from Jesuit Loyola University.  

Norman Geisler

Norman Geisler has argued that creationism be taught in public schools, affirms the existence of UFOs but claims that they are “a satanic manifestation in the world for the purpose of deception” (San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, December 12, 1981), and has publicly been accused of plagiarism (Danel W. Bachman, “The Other Side of the Coin: A Source Review of Norman Geisler’s Chapter,” FARMS Review of Books, 12/1 (2000): 175-213).  Geisler , who argues for an early dating of the New Testament going against every other learned scholar and advocating certain actions are absolutely right or wrong regardless of other contexts such as their consequences or the intentions behind them thus destroying free will, addressed two open letters to Michael Licona, charging him with violating the inerrancy of Scripture in making his argument about Matthew 27:52-53. Geisler is the problem, for he has little comprehension of interpretation in the first century.

Licona, Geisler argued, had “dehistoricized” the biblical text. As Geisler made clear, this was a direct violation of biblical inerrancy. Licona’s approach to this text, Geisler argued, “would undermine orthodoxy by dehistoricizing many crucial passages of the Bible.”  This is the approach of all tyrants who will stifle dissent: from Martin Luther to Pius IX, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI and Opus Dei cardinals and bishops such as Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima, Perú, destroy the freedom of inquiry, and rule as theocrats without a conscience.  No one should ever accept any word, any document, any message sola fide (on faith alone) as it degrades the individual, destroys education, and makes a mockery of free will. Geisler is more like the Dominican monk and

Tomás de Torquemada

Spain’s Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquema (the son of a Jewish rabbi), than he is a Christian on the order of the New Testament Jesus.  It is most likely that this pulpit parasite is totally unfamiliar with Matthew 7:1 or Acts 10:24, for he, like the member congregations of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed his Bible before god and made himself and other theocrats into gods as exposed by his own words, using the cryptic psychology of unwavering obedience to authority. To accept such a command and obey with unwavering obedience can lead to catatonic withdrawal, suicide, and self-doubting of actuality and personal work completed or in-progress (Zisselman, Marc H, and Jaffe, Richard L. (2010). “ECT in the Treatment of a Patient With Catatonia: Consent and Complications” American Journal of Psychiatry. 167:127-132; cf. “Replicating Milgram: Researcher Finds Most Will Administer Shocks to Others When Prodded by ‘Authority Figure’,” December 19, 2008; American Psychological Journal; the same demand for acceptance infallibility of anyone or in anything was used successfully by Nazi Germany in containing and eliminating dissent and questioning: Joyce, Nick (2009). “In search of the Nazi personality; The Nazi Rorschach responses have captured psychologists’ imaginations for decades.” Journal of the American Psychological Association Vol 40, No. 3; cp. Gilbert, G.M. (1950). The psychology of dictatorship; based on an examination of the leaders of Nazi Germany. New York, NY, USA: Ronald Press Company). Geisel has done himself, the Southern Baptist community, and Liconia an unparalleled disservice. Geisel has put the Southern Baptist Convention, its churches, and its members, directly in line with Nazi thinking and actions, as the churches (Roman Catholic and Protestant/Lutheran) and their adherents and ministers directly supported what Hitler did (with a few minor opponents: read Ericksen, Robert P. (1985). Theologians Under Hitler: Gerhard Kittel, Paul Althaus, and Emanuel Hirsch. (New Haven, CT, USA and London, UK: Yale University Press; for unpublished material, consult the Landeskirchlichesarchiv in Hanover).

Geisler called upon Michael Licona to change his position on this text and to affirm it as historical fact without reservation. But Geisler, a member of the Evangelical Theological Society [ETS] for many years, made another very important point. He reminded Licona that such arguments had been encountered before within the ETS, and it had led to the expulsion of a member.”  This matches, identically, the heresy trials of Arius before the Emperor Constantine I leading to the bonfire of burning Arian books.”

St. Paul overseeing the burning of scrolls at Ephesus

This evolved from the mythical St. Paul (there is no record of a Saul or Tarsus or a St. Paul outside of the New Testament; he is not named nor discussed by Josephus, Tacitus, or other contemporaries, not even among the early church presbyters) and his order for the burning of books in Ephesus (Acts 19:19: A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly: ἱκανοὶ δὲ τῶν τὰ περίεργα πραξάντων συνενέγκαντες τὰς βίβλους κατέκαιον ἐνώπιον πάντων, καὶ συνεψήφισαν τὰς τιμὰς αὐτῶν καὶ εὗρον ἀργυρίου μυριάδας πέντε.) and elsewhere as “instruments of evil”.  I am surprised that Geisler has not called for an auto-de-fé to rid the world of Licona, for his overt public psychology shows him to be dictatorial with illusions of grandeur.  The same intolerance for dissenting opinion, for revision of corrupt writings, and for the clarification of texts that led to the burning of books throughout history became a furnace of hate by the Roman Catholic confessing Adolf Hitler, testified:

My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

-Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)

To say that the biblical literalists are misguided is most generous of their own insanity demanding absolute obedience to a work of fiction. Albert Mohler, Jr., is totally incorrect—as there is no non-biblical historical proof for a Jesus, nor any of the mythology surrounding the Jesus of the New Testament: the birth (born in a rock similar to the god Mithras, of a virgin), found by wise men seeking the star of the apocalypse (magi), to the death by crucifixion on a pillar (not a cross tree as the gods Odin and Thor were crucified, nor any common thief on a crux).  The alleged proof in Tacitus (the “proof of Jesus” is allegedly in Annals xv.44, but the original was “lost” (burned?) and there is no existing “copy” until the eleventh century CE; Tacitus was born 25 years after the alleged death of Jesus, and was age 7 at the time of the Great Fire of Rome—he was no eye-witness; on the insertion being a “pious fraud” see: Henry Furneaux, ed., Cornelii Taciti Annalium ab excessu divi augusti libri. The annals of Tacitus with introduction and notes, 2nd ed., vol. ii, books xi-xvi. Oxford, UK: Clarendon, 1907. Appendix II, p. 416f., 418; the most that can be said for Tacitus’ account of Jesus of the New Testament is that he was merely repeating what he heard as he had no eyewitness accounts and did not do what today is considered investigative reporting: France, Richard Thomas (1986). Evidence for Jesus. London, UK: Trafalgar Square Publishing. pp. 19–20, also released by London, UK: Hodder and Stoughton, and Downers Grove, IL, USA : InterVarsity Press) and Josephus (Guignebert, Charles Albert Honoré (1914). Le problem de Jesus. Paris, France: Ernest Flammarion, 1914; reissued under the title Jesus, New York, NY, USA: University Books, 1956, p. 17; cp. Mitchell, Logan (1842?) Christian Mythologies unveiled: a series of lectures…. London, UK: Cousins, who noted:

“Mattathias, the father of Josephus, must have been a witness to the miracles which are said to have been performed by Jesus, and Josephus was born within two years after the crucifixion, yet in all the works he says nothing whatever about the life or death of Jesus Christ; as for the interpolated passage it is now universally acknowledged to be a forgery. The arguments of the ‘Christian Ajax,’ even Lardner himself, against it are these: ‘It was never quoted by any of our Christian ancestors before Eusebius. It disturbs the narrative. The language is quite Christian. It is not quoted by Chrysostom, though he often refers to Josephus, and could not have omitted quoting it had it been then in the text. It is not quoted by Photius [9th century], though he has three articles concerning Josephus; and this author expressly states that this historian has not taken the least notice of Christ. Neither Justin Martyr, in his dialogue with Trypho the Jew; nor Clemens Alexandrinus, who made so many extracts from ancient authors; nor Origen against Celsus, have ever mentioned this testimony. But, on the contrary, in chap. 25th of the first book of that work, Origen openly affirms that Josephus, who had mentioned John the Baptist, did not acknowledge Christ. That this passage is a false fabrication is admitted by Ittigius, Blondel, Le Clerc, Vandale, Bishop Warburton, and Tanaquil Faber.'”

p. 47; and, as the Rev. S. Baring-Gould remarked:

This passage is first quoted by Eusebius (fl. A.D. 315) in two places (Historia Ecclesiae, lib. I, c. xi; Demonst. Evang., lib. iii); but it was unknown to Justin Martyr (fl. A.D. 140), Clement of Alexandria (fl. A.D. 192), Tertullian (fl. A.D. 193), and Origen (fl. A.D. 230). Such a testimony would certainly have been produced by Justin in his apology or in his controversy with Trypho the Jew, had it existed in the copies of Josephus at his time. The silence of Origen is still more significant. Celsus, in his book against Christianity, introduces a Jew. Origen attacks the argument of Celsus and his Jew. He could not have failed to quote the words of Josephus, whose writings he knew, had the passage existed in the genuine text. He, indeed, distinctly affirms that Josephus did not believe in Christ (Contra Celsus I).

The absurdity of turning to Josephus or Tacitus has long been disproven, and the New Testament not only found saturated with errors but statements that contradict (or “enhance/explain”) Old Testament fantasies from the gods (elohim) “creating” the world in six days (Genesis 1, 2) to Peter’s notation that a mortal day may be equal to one thousand years (2 Peter 3:8). 

Mohler fulfills page 13 of the Southern Baptist affirmation of the literal infallibility and correctness of the texts:

“Since God has nowhere promised an inerrant transmission of Scripture, it is necessary to affirm that only the autographic text of the original documents was inspired and to maintain the need of textual criticism as a means of detecting any slips that may have crept into the text in the course of its transmission. The verdict of this science, however, is that the Hebrew and Greek text appears to be amazingly well-preserved, so that we are amply justified in affirming, with the Westminster Confession, a singular providence of God in this matter and in declaring that the authority of Scripture is in no way jeopardized by the fact that the copies we possess are not entirely error-free.

“Similarly, no translation is or can be perfect, and all translations are an additional step away from the autograph. Yet the verdict of linguistic science is that English-speaking Christians, at least, are exceedingly well served in these days with a host of excellent [sic] translations and have no cause for hesitating to conclude that the true Word of God is within their reach. Indeed, in view of the frequent repetition in Scripture of the main matters with which it deals and also of the Holy Spirit’s constant witness to and through the Word, no serious translation of Holy Scripture will so destroy its meaning as to render it unable to make its reader “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15)” [emphasis mine in bold italics]

The Southern Baptists of today have nothing in common with the eighteenth century Danbury Baptists who petitioned Thomas Jefferson to help them maintain a separation of state of church.  Today, the Southern Baptists openly endorse candidates, contribute to “tearing down the wall” separating church and state (an invocation by Roman Catholic Rick Santorum), and to creating a theocracy of their own making.  The people will become the zombies in their army as witnessed by the generation of the New Apostolic Reformation.

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Viki Knox: a Study of Ignorance and Hatred

By definition from its first English appearance in 1250 CE, a teacher is an individual who instructs by seeking out knowledge that known or not imparted.  It is the individual who leads in a course of study to learn that which is not only known but not yet known. A teacher is a subject-matter expert in the continuous pursuit of inquiry to test and evaluate, re-test and re-evaluate all things in quest of what is–not what one wishes there to be in existence.  Just because for more than three thousand years people thought that the water planet was fixed and the sun orbited around the Earth (geocentric Ptolemaic system that achieved its full expression in the second century), it was a teacher, a searcher after knowledge, and a sage, the Catholic monk Nicolaus Copernicus who rejected the memorized thesis and advanced heliocentricism (from the Greek ἥλιος or helios “sun” and κέντρον or kentron “center”).  Viki Knox, it appears, prefers a marriage to the discredited past.

New Jersey Teacher Viki Knox

Viki Knox, a 49-year-old teacher at Union High School in Union Township, New Jersey, is the antithesis of a teacher.  Sadly, she teaches special education, but ignores that the prerequisite for a teacher is to present information that can be scientifically investigated and not rely on fantasy or mythology unless it is used in a course in literature.  No teacher has the right to interject her or his religious beliefs in any classroom without full tolerance of divergent and differing opinions. 

Viki Knox Facebook page

A poster in Facebook, as noted in the New York Times, Knox wrote that while she had friends and loved ones who were gay, she believed that the way they lived was “against the nature and character of God” and that the high school was “not the setting to promote, encourage, support and foster homosexuality.” 

LGBT display that caused outrage by Viki Knox

Knox posted on Facebook a photo of a school display recognizing October as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History month. It included photos of Virginia Woolf, Harvey Milk and Neil Patrick Harris.

According to the Star-Ledger Knox declared, furthermore, that homosexuality is “a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation,” and a “sin” that “breeds like cancer.”  What was generated by Knox was the cancer of hate that now fills entries on Facebook in the Garden State and throughout the nation.

Viki Knox’s full text is here, including bad grammar (I note only the worst parts of her incorrect use of the English language):

“Homosexuality is a perverted spirit [sic] that has existed from the beginning of creation. The word of God refers to it often. That’s if you believe the Word to be truly God’s intended blueprint for his people.  I have friends and loved ones who are practicing/ living as homosexuals. Yes[,] I love [and] can care about them. We hug and exchange gifts. We have family dinners. But [sic: it is incorrect to begin any sentence with a conjunction] how they live and their actions, behaviors [sic] -CHOICES are against the nature and character of God! Do I [sic] tell me so? Yes, of course. Do I treat them bad? If course not! Jesus never did that to ANYONE he meant [sic]. He spoke to them of their situation and offered them life eternal. He didn’t say it was okay[,] but we’ve all sinned and come [sic: tense agreement] short if [it is] God’s will for us[,] daily. That’s why we Christians [who are] true followers pray, repent, and spend time with Christ daily. The Word of God instructs us to die daily to our flesh-meaning our will. What we want; what feels good to us; what we like; what we can rationalize and justify [run-on fragment]. I do not pretend to know ALL things. Nor [sic] do I pretend not to have biases, failings and faults. But I know sin and it breeds like cancer!”

The local newspaper responded, in an editorial, noting:

She might as well have hopped on a soapbox across the street from the school and screamed her anti-gay rant into a bullhorn. Or [sic] stapled posters to telephone poles around town.

While we all should be allowed an inner circle with whom we can speak freely, Knox gave up those protections when she posted her comments on the most public forum there is — the internet. She created a fearful, hostile environment for students. That’s unacceptable.

Knox has the right to a hateful view, but once her beliefs are made public, she doesn’t have the right to a taxpayer-funded, $70,688-a-year job in which she is expected to treat all students equally and with respect. She should absorb the harshest action possible, suspension or firing.

The problem is not with Ms. Knox’s freedom of speech, when it was in a classroom or the private homes of others, but when she made it public by ranting on Facebook–which is accessible by any member or others who have access through friends with accounts on Facebook.  Ms. Knox’s poor judgment goes further, however, for she wrote copiously about various perceived infractions without any documentation.  For example, Knox wrote about her relationship with her colleagues and her employer.  She openly admitted that she was “pitching a fit.” Her poor writing makes some of her comments difficult to parse, but she at one points seems to accuse colleagues of “talking behind backs, calling names, laughing in faces and stabbing in backs.” She appears to suggest that past faculty and administrators were openly racist. Perhaps worst of all, she wrote that “lesbian gym teachers introduce and experiment with female students/athletes.”  These sorts of remarks may well provide grounds for discipline at the school and in a civil court as being libel.

Viki Knox’s lack of sensitivity that is essential in a teacher, especially of young people, was non-existent at one point.  It has been reported by Scott Weingart, that “Viki Knox spouted her bigoted and ignorant ideas in the classroom and violated a student’s First Amendment rights by ordering a student who wore a rainbow bracelet to leave the classroom.”  There was no harm done by wearing the bracelet–it only signified solidarity with a specific group. It could have been worn by a supporter of LGBT rights; the adornment used was not a statement of being heterosexual or homosexual, and there is no reference to the individual wearing it being LGBT.

There is no tangible proof nor observation by any student that the school was “setting to promote, encourage, support and foster homosexuality.”  The school was only recognizing the existence of the LGBT community and allowed posters to display diversity.  As for homosexuality being “against the nature and character of God”, there is no proof in any Bible, Torah, Vesta, or other holy book that any deity was against homosexuality (cf. Conner, Randy P.; Sparks, David Hatfield and Sparks, Mariya (1998). Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit. London, UK: Cassell), although most volumes portray the god(s) as being sexual: heterosexual, bisexual, and even homosexual (especially in ancient Greece and the ancient Near East) as with Zeus and Ganymede (Γανυμήδης, the word translates as “rejoicing in virility” and is Etruscan in origin; ref. Homer, Iliad, 5.265ff), or in ancient Egypt with Seth and Horus (Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride).

Ms. Knox is not a trained nor registered psychologist and has given no evidence of education in human character appraisal. Psychologists and psychiatrists agree that homosexuality is natural and normal in all species. It is also nature’s perfect method of natural birth control.

To argue that homosexuality is against the character of God implies that God has the psychology of a heterosexual and thus must have mortal attributes: a penis, scrotum, anus, breath, muscle, and so forth–which is taking a quite liberal literal interpretation of ancient Hebrew scripture. This is taking biblical literalism to new heights where the deities of the bible sit on clouds on thrones that defy the laws of gravity (Psalm 46:8, cp. 110:1) or will ride horses out of the heavens to conduct war with swords (Revelation 19:11) as Jesus came to earth to bring a sword and wage war, separating families and friends (Matthew 10:34).

Tyler Clementi committed suicide at Rutgers U

To introduce her comments for public consumption lessens her effectiveness as a teacher.  The State of New Jersey has a strong anti-discrimination statute, a law that Viki Knox defied.  By promoting hatred in a public place, Ms. Knox forfeited her right to freedom of speech, and on that charge could be, and in my opinion, should be dismissed from public teaching.  I am confident she would be far more comfortable teaching in a parochial school that shares her own biases and bigotry.  Knox’s comments are tantamount to bullying, and New Jersey has one of the strongest anti-bullying laws on record in the USA, adopted last spring in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who killed himself after learning he had been watched, via webcam, kissing another man. 

As I wrote in previous blogs, bullying leads to more suicides than most other reasons, as seen with the bullying of Phoebe Prince, age 15, in Massachusetts, and Jamey Rodemeyer in New York.  If a suicide (singular or plural) should result because of her ill-chosen words that were not open to rejoinders, she should be considered an accessory to that person’s death.

Ms. Knox, by 2010, had 12 years of experience in the district and earned $72,109 in that year. In addition to teaching courses in special education, the New York Times reported on October 13, 2011 (published on October 14, 2011, on page A28), that some residents and parents said that she also advised a student prayer group, an evangelical extremist group known as The Seekers Fellowship.  In her Facebook profile, Ms. Knox considers herself more than a teacher; she sees herself also as a preacher–and her gospel alone has value.

The only positive incident was that Ms. Knox was escorted off of the campus. She is under investigation.

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Dakota Ary, Kristopher Franks, Fort Worth TX Independent School District, and freedom

Dakota Ary (age 14) of Fort Worth TX denounced German teacher he assumed is gay

Kristopher Franks, a German teacher with a long and distinguished service record at Western Hills High School, was investigated by FWISD [Ft. Worth Independent School District] administrators for writing a disciplinary referral against Dakota Ary.  Ary is a student whom Franks reported publicly harassed him in class on the basis of the student’s perception that Mr. Franks is gay. Regardless if Mr. Frank is or is not gay is not the issue. The issue, Ary claims, is the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  Mr. Ary styles him a specialist on First Amendment rights, and argues that the First Amendment of the US Constitution specifically allows him “freedom of religion” to cast aspersions on those who do not share his fundamentalist ideas.

Ary based his verbal assaults at West Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and ultimate initiation of legal action based upon biblical biases found in his Bible even though they were generated by mistranslations and erroneous interpretations.   Ary’s onslaught of evangelical extremism acerbated the situation into a slurry of vituperative traducements against the teacher.  This can be read in this account, it reads, in short: “that Mr. Franks maintains a “word wall” for his German IV class. On this “word wall”, the teacher, Mr. Franks, posts articles and images from several journals, including the German

Two men kissing: Jesus and Judas

magazine, Stern. One of these articles concerned

Two men kissing: from movie "Last Secret" (one teenager commits suicide)

gay rights in Germany, and included a photo of two men kissing. The group of four boys concerned was sitting near this image immediately before Mr. Franks found it had been ripped from the wall”. On one particular day, according to all news reports, Ary declared, with a class audience, ‘Gays can’t be Christians; homosexuality is wrong,’ looking directly at Mr. Franks.” Ary’s knows scant little of Church history, martyrology, or the communities of the ancient christianos or chrestianos and nothing of the Vita Constantini.

Ary’s ignorance is overwhelming.  There is no condemnation of homosexuality in the early Christian community before  the Council of Ancyra (314, and it was not a council of all bishops–there were only a dozen who attended–and was called to deal with certain “apostacies”): Canon 16.  The Council of Ancyra was called soon after the death of the Emperor Maximin, to be held in the capital of Galatia.

Council of Nicaea (325 CE) with first reference to Acts 8:37

Three was no official church until the Emperor Constantine created his catholic (universal) church at the Council of Nicaea (in Turkey) in 325 CE (Eusebius, Vita Constantini. Winkelmann, F, ed (1975) (text in Greek). Berlin, Germany [DE]: Akademie-Verlag.  Eusebius  was the church historian at that time, appointed by the emperor.  The Arian bishop states without equivocation: “σύνοδον οἰκουμενικὴν  συνεκρότει” (he [the emperor]  convoked an Ecumenical Council).  While there were, it was assumed, 1800 bishops, Eusebius write that only 220 attended (Eusebius, Vita Constantini III.9), so the council was not representative, definitely partisan, and did speak for the entire Christiam community. Athanasius of Alexandria counted 318 (Ad Afros Epistola Synodica 2), and Eustathius of Antioch counted 270 (Theodoret Historia Ecclesia 1.7), and it is written that all three were present at the council. Eusebius was not alone is testifying that the “Christian Church” was an imperial idea and creation; this is also the affirmation of Athanasius’ Ad Afros Epistola Synodica in 369; and the Letter in 382 to Pope Damasus I and the Latin bishops from the First Council of Constantinople (Schaff, Philip; Wace, Henry, eds. (1890), The Seven Ecumenical Councils, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Second Series, 14, The Seven Ecumenical Councils, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: Eerdmans Pub Co., pp. 292-294).

Ary’s audacity is a tragedy, and his lack of sensibility inhumane. He fashioned fantasy from illiteracy and cast aspersions as vipers throughout the classroom.

Martin Luther's Bible (1534) in private library of Dr. Arthur Ide

What troubles me the most is that Dakota Ary of FWISD has zero knowledge of scripture in any reliable, verifiable or recognized format.  It is obvious that he is using scripture scurrilously, and all is current, for mediocre translations gave way to extraordinarily bad or corrupt mistranslations after 1946. It is even more apparent that Ary has had no formal training and has been drugged by a prokaryotic pastor.  Ary is articulating his personal misinterpretation of Leviticus 18:22, that has little comparative value before 2000 CE. The New International Version (©1984) reads: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” The English Standard

Martin Luther's 1534 Bible frontispiece (colorized) in private library of Dr. Arthur Ide

Version (© 2001) reads: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination. The New American Standard Bible reads: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” God’s Word® (© 1995) reads, “Never have sexual intercourse with a man as with a woman, It is disgusting. The King James Bible (sixteenth century), read: “Thous halt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”  The American King James Version is printed: “You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” The American Standard Version: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  In each case as with indicate a misdirection of intent or wrongful fantasy–it is not the action but a state of mind.  What Ary does not seem to know is that the word “homosexuality” does not appear in any until 2007 when it is used, in error, in the New Living Translation that is trying to be, falsely, contemporary.  The word “homosexuality” does not appear in any lexicon before 1892, and then it is used in a psychological treatise–not a theological translation or exegesis.

The Hebrew reads, which Ary does not read: וְאֶת־זָכָר לֹא תִשְׁכַּב מִשְׁכְּבֵי אִשָּׁה תֹּועֵבָה הִוא׃. Ary is allegedly studying German.  Ary might find it beneficial to read the verse in German; for example, in Martin Luther’s version of the Bible, it is printed: Du sollst nicht beim Knaben liegen wie beim Weibe; denn es ist ein Greuel. The word “homosexuality” in German is Homosexualität.  The word is not in Martin Luther’s Bible (I am using a 1912 edition, and have compared it thoroughly to my personal copies of the original 1534 and a later 1541 edition. I fail to find the word Homosexualität in any of them). Ary’s crass comment codified in his German class is not only fraudulent but baiting, badgering, and bullying.  It shows that Dakota Ary is not a student but a proselytizer in a public building where proselytization (ergo: προσηλύτση) is not traditionally welcomed and infringes upon the religious freedom of others to believe (or not to believe) as they wish.

Julia Worthington teaches theater at Western Hills HS

All schools are established as learning centers.  The purpose of education is to seek out new knowledge, investigate old knowledge, prove or disprove any theory, and to conscientiously conduct of inquiry to understand what are facts and to repeatedly test those facts to see if they change or do not change.  There is nothing infallible or permanent, not even a god or a book.

Ary’s protestations are a prostitution of the academic process.  Dakota’s draconian grandstanding in Mr. Franks’ class was a yoke dragging the Fort Worth Independent School District deeper down into the abysmal depths of basement-valued education that is more common among poorly rated institutions such as Bob Jones University, Regent University and others that lack any sound academic credibility. Ary and his pseudo-intellectuality brings disgrace upon FWISD.  FWISD was established as a public institution to seek out wisdom, and find it allowing the individual learner to be free of mythologies and bad science.  FWISD was not established as a seminary, nor as a rogue monastery where learning is prostituted to biblical literalism and blind memorization.

Since Mr. Ary used the Bible as his source for a hate speech, that hate speech must be addressed using the same book that Ary has canonized, sanctified, stratified, stagnated as the sola fedi of his religiosity.  None of the Bible commentaries uses the word “homosexual”.  All commonly known and accepted Bible commentaries argue that the prohibition is against foreign worship practice where there was especially sex between men and goats (Herodotus, Historia 2.46; Strabo, Geographia 17, p. 802; Aelian, De natura animalium Vii.19, while according to Sonnini, Charles-Sigisbert, Voyage dans la haute et basse Égypte, fait par ordre de l’ancien gouvernement, et contenant des observations de tous genres R. 11, p. 330, referenced it as having sex with female crocodiles.

Leviticus written around snake-god worship popular in Egypt

Ary’s total lack of familiarity with the Bible in the original is even more stark in reference to Romans 1:27 (a plagiarism of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13).  It has no similar reference, for again it is a reference of against pretending what is, is not or something else, for the actual scripture reads: ὁμοίως τε καὶ οἱ ἄρσενες  ἀφέντες τὴν φυσικὴν  χρῆσιν τῆς θηλείας   ἐξεκαύθησαν ἐν τῇ  ὀρέξει αὐτῶν εἰς ἀλλήλους, ἄρσενες ἐν ἄρσεσιν  τὴν ἀσχημοσύνην  κατεργαζόμενοι καὶ  τὴν ἀντιμισθίαν ἣν ἔδει τῆς πλάνης αὐτῶν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἀπολαμβάνοντες. How well Ary is performing in his German class with the expertise of Mr. Frank has not been made public, but I will offer Dakota Martin Luther’s bad German translation.  Luther’s translation is: desgleichen auch die Männer haben  verlassen den natürlichen Brauch des Weibes und sind aneinander erhitzt in ihren Lüsten und haben Mann mit Mann Schande getrieben und den Lohn ihres Irrtums (wie es denn sein sollte) an sich selbst empfangen.

A Christian response?

I find it impossible to consider Dakota Ary as a Christian. Martin Luther’s translation alone would prove Dakota Ary is no Christian: Richtet nicht, auf daß ihr nicht gerichtet werdet where it is alleged that Jesus declared in Aramaic: ܠܐ ܬܕܘܢܘܢ ܕܠܐ ܬܬܕܝܢܘܢ; cp. Μὴ κρίνετε, ἵνα μὴ κριθῆτε but closer to Մի՛ դատէք, որպէսզի չդատուիք in referring to Matthew 7:1.

Dakota Ary’s vengeful god of condemnation is no where in the Bible, as noted: Ἀνοίξας δὲ Πέτρος τὸ στόμα εἶπεν• ἐπ’ ἀληθείας καταλαμβάνομαι ὅτι οὖκ  ἔστιν προσωπολήμπτης ὁ θεός that in contemporary German reads: Petrus aber tat seinen Mund auf und sprach: Nun erfahr ich mit der Wahrheit, daß Gott die Person nicht ansieht; sondern in allerlei Volk, wer ihn fürchtet und recht tut, der ist ihm angenehm. (Acts 10:34, the German includes verse 35; for the language that Jesus allegedly spoke, Aramaic, it would be:  ܦܬܚ ܕܝܢ ܫܡܥܘܢ ܦܘܡܗ ܘܐܡܪ ܒܫܪܪܐ ܐܕܪܟܬ ܕܐܠܗܐ ܠܐ ܗܘܐ ܢܤܒ ܒܐܦܐ; the passage parallels Deuteronomy 1:7 and 10:17 indicating a heavy borrowing by the redactors). No logical, rational, educated, thinking person would ever consider Dakota Ary a Christian much less alone a righteous person. 

People destroy what they are afraid of but want (Sigmund Freud)

Dakota Ary and his disciples act of vandalism is a crime in every state in the USA and is recognized as a crime in most nations. Texas Penal Code 9.42 stipulates deadly force can be used if it is “immediately necessary” in preventing an intruder from fleeing the property in the commission of a crime or thereafter. Texas property owners are regulated by “reasonable belief” that there is no other way available to protect the property and its assets or escape great bodily injury or death, except by way of deadly force.  The willful destruction of property, any property, is an offense by Texas law. It should be punished to the full extent of the law.  The removal and destruction of property, albeit a minor infraction, is prosecutable and would be on the vandal’s records for others to see.

Sigmund Freud

Ary and his congregation argue that they were exercising freedom of religion, but there is no statute of law that permits any religion to steal and/or destroy private property.  Dakota and his friends should be tried for theft, destruction of property, and limiting, abridging and denying Franks full freedom of speech and expression.  The reason that this has not happened is because Franks and the school administrators and board must determine that, at minimum, Ary and his team are either mentally unstable because of their irrational homophobia that expresses itself in a violent manner, or that they have basic reasoning ability but are sadistic and seek to alienate and possibly harm another or others that is an overt act of terrorism (ref. Martin, J. (2006). Self research in educational psychology: A cautionary tale of positive psychology in action. Journal of Psychology, 140(4), 307).  Such destructive actions can be traced back to the abusers earlier years, and relationships with parents that experienced similar abusive situations (Thompson AE (1996). Kaplan CA, USA. “Childhood emotional abuse.” British Journal of Psychiatry. 1996 Feb;168(2):143-8).  This is especially true when there is either a strong patriarchal or matriarchal family, and the head of that unit is verbally, physically, sexually, or religiously abusive, the latter being found most frequently in evangelical fundamentalist homes (Straus, Murray A. and Carolyn J. Field (2003). “Psychological Aggression by American Parents: National Data on Prevalence, Chronicity, and Severity.” Journal of Marriage and Family 65 (November 2003): 795–808).

There is evidence, found in numerous researches and case studies, that such actions as homophobia is but a mask or covering or latent homosexuality in the individual or individuals who act aggressively against those they fear are homosexual.  Sigmund Freud and many psychologists and psychiatrists see homophobia as a condition suppress the innate homophobia within males and females who are terrified that they are actually homosexuals (Henry E. Adams, Ph.D., Lester W. Wright, Jr., Ph.D. and Bethany A. Lohr, University of Georgia (Athens), Department of Psychology. “Is Homophobia Associated With Homosexual Arousal?” Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp 440-445) as may be the case with Ary.

People who are comfortable with their own sexual identity do not waste time worrying about the sexual orientation of others nor are they uncomfortable when around others who do not share their sexual interest.  The reverse of this can be seen in the police records when Michele Bachmann telephoned for help from the police, speaking sporadically and in terrified of being in a public bathroom with two lesbians.  What Congresswoman Bachmann exhibited is commonly known as “homosexual panic”, and it is a mental disorder.  Today “homosexual panic” is called “Kempf’s disease”.  It is a term first coined by psychiatrist Edward J. Kempf  in 1920 (see: Kempf, Edward J. (1920). Psychopathology. St. Louis, MO, USA: C. V. Mosby Company).  The disease is commonly found in people who suffer schizoid personality disorders who have insulated themselves from physical intimacy (read: Kaplan, H.I. et al. ed. (1980), Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry, third edition Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore – London, and Chuang, H.T. and Addington, D. (1988), “Homosexual Panic: a Review of its Concept,” in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry October (7):613-617).  Michele’s husband (Marcus) has a similar aversion.

Marcus and Michele Bachmann campaigning for the presidency in 2011

Marcus Bachmann is deeply involved with “reparative” psychology to “cure” homosexuality.  “Reparative psychology” has been dismissed by the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Association as constituting fraud. Michele Bachmann’s strategist-husband called gays ‘barbarians’ who ‘need to be disciplined, which is rejected by all psychological groups as bordering on sadistic control. The Bachmann’s over-concern about homosexuality, like that trumpeted against by Ayr, came out quickly when Marcus’ wife decided to run to head the Republican ticket.  As the Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times reported on June 30, 2011, Marcus  “apparently believes that the Christian commandment to “love your neighbor as you would yourself” will only lead to more people deciding to be gay.  Who did Mr. Bachmann blame? Public schools.  Marcus is quoted as saying: ‘And [sic] let’s face it: What is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase,’ Marcus Bachmann said.”

‘The same is true for Rick Santorum’s initial bid for the US Presidency that was denounced and written about by many psychiatrists in 2003. Homophobia precedes, in many cases, to genocide as occurred with the Norwegian Christian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik who systematically killed seventy-seven people and wounded scores more on 22 July 2011.  Before the mass assassinations, Breivik began his apocalypse with the bombing of government buildings in Oslo that resulted in eight deaths.  After that carnage, Breivik initiated his mass shooting with an automatic weapon that was loaded with bullets that exploded inside the bodies of his victims.  His victims were chosen as they did not meet his Nazi-styled version of what was a true Scandinavian as he resented multicultural pluralism.

Anders Behring Breivik (age 32) Christian terrorist and mass murderer (2011)

Breivik claimed that his victims were not true Christians nor did he see any of the youth as living what he termed as the Christian lifestyle.  Like Ary, Breivik was terrified of homosexuality, and so the day before he began his murder spree, he hired two prostitutes, and then heated up his holocaust at a camp for the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) of the Labour Party on the island of Utøya killing 69 people, mostly teenagers. Breivik has links to the USA Tea Party’s Pamela Geller and numerous evangelical extremist groups that preached the message parroted by Ary.

A bully has low self-esteem

One notable similarity stands out.  Breivik and Ary are both bullies: ridiculing those whom they see as different while ignoring their own inferiority complexes and dismal record in life. As Breivik wrote: “Han passede på folk, der blev mobbet og ikke var så vellidte på skolen,” fortæller Michael Tomala”.

Breivik had numerous breaches of Norwegian law: Behring Breivik for flere mulige lovbrudd, blant annet flere brudd på regnskapsloven, ligningsloven og aksjeloven, sier Siv Sandvik, tidligere partner i DLA Piper, nå Bull & Co. Advokatfirma, til Finansavisen. Most of his purchases and financial problems was because of his desperate effort to stockpile weapons (he made his first million kroner, but lost it and argued his loss was a Jewish-Muslim conspiracy, and began to prepare for a holy war as his part of the evangelical extremist Christian fundamentalist pogrom with which he identified personally as a movement that he continues to claim, like Ary, gives him the “religious freedom” to speak out or do anything to avenge his god and guarantee that his god will be triumphant.

Breivik murdered those he felt were "liberal", "multicultural" and not "Bible Christians"

While Breivik admits he murdered innocent people, he has repeatedly attempted to justify his crime claiming he was defending western civilization–a

Francesco Speroni (Italian xenophobe)

claim hailed by many members of the far right, even in Italy where Francesco Speroni, a leading member of the Northern League, the junior partner in Berlusconi’s conservative coalition, said: “Breivik’s ideas are in defence of western civilisation”, and in the USA, in the same way that Ary justifies his criminal actions against Mr. Frank, professional psychologists do not concur (Gellately, Robert and Kiernan, Ben (2003). The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in historical Perspective, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; read: du Preez, Peter (1994). Genocide: the Psychology of Mass Murder. London, UK: Boyars/Bowerdean, here). Dakota Ary is guilty of is the crime of hate speech. In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display that is forbidden because it has the ability to incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group.

Bullies scar physically and mentally, leading to suicides

The law identifies hate speech when it goes deliberately against a protected individual or a protected group by race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, nationality, religion, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristic, according to the United Nations committee on human rights (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 20). Hate speech, for example, is a form of verbal aggression that expresses hatred, contempt, ridicule, or threats toward a specific group or class of people (Allport, Gordon W. (1954). The Nature of Prejudice. Cambridge, MA, USA: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.) with religion being a cornerstone of prejudice, hate, and crimes of violence (Allport, Gordon W. (1950, 1954). The Individual and his Religion: A Psychological Interpretation. New York, NY, USA: Macmillan, 1954, ©1950.; ref. Allport, Gordon W. (1950) with Harvard University Department of Psychology (1954?). ABCs of Scapegoating. [New York, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith]).

Ary and his posse sincomitatis pose a significant health and safety hazard not only to the teacher but to other students in the building and community, as seen in numerous similar test situations in psychology and psychiatry (Lederer, Laura and Delgado, Richard (1995). The Price we Pay: the Case against Racist Speech, Hate Propaganda, and Pornography. New York : Hill and Wang). Unlike the rest of the civilized First World of Nations, the USA does not specifically outlaw hate speech except Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers may sometimes be prosecuted for tolerating “hate speech” by their employees, if that speech contributes to a broader pattern of harassment resulting in a “hostile or offensive working environment” for other employees—a situation that the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Board of Education and Administrators found themselves deeply buried beneath the slurry from Ary’s comments (cf. Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (477 US 457; No. 84-1979; decided June 19, 1986).

More of Breivik's victims (2011)

Why the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Board of Education and Administrators fail to, or deliberately chose to, ignore this important aspect is incomprehensible. To cave in to the demands of Dakota Ary and his mother will lead to additional attacks on teachers and students, and can create a situation worse than that experienced Norway’s Christian fundamentalist mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik, while in the USA there have been

Dr. George Tiller martyred for a woman's right of choice

approximately 894,000 murders by Christians since 1960, including the assassination of Dr. George Tiller who was murdered in cold-blood while serving in his church, while Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, who had been articulate in rejecting forced conversions to Christianity that his people were subjected to enduring, was targeted by several evangelical Christian groups and murdered in August 2008 in the Orissa state of India, being killed with four other people including one boy and a woman. The student and his lawyer are now asserting that including this photo among the others constituted his teacher’s “imposing acceptance of homosexuality” in his classroom—the same tactic that Nazi Germany took with teachers and pastors who defended LGBT rights (Giles, Geoffrey J., “The Denial of Homosexuality: Same-Sex Incidents in Himmler’s SS”, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 11, No. 1/2, Special Issue: Sexuality and German Fascism (January – April, 2002), pp. 256–290). These students subsequently took every opportunity to denounce homosexuality in class, frequently without context; that is, with the topic having otherwise been broached.

Charles Schenck

Free speech works for all people, not just for Mr. Franks nor for Mr. Ary. The only limit, according to Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919), a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the Espionage Act of 1917 and concluded that a defendant did not have a First Amendment right to freedom of speech against the draft during World War I revolves around the word “danger”. The posting of a photograph or an invitation for communication of an incident in the conduct of inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge is enviable and should be encouraged. In this case one can learn from the opinion’s most famous passage, which Justice Holmes succinctly set out the “clear and present danger” test: The

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. […] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

Advocacy of an opinion does not constitute a clear and present danger, nor do comments like Mr. Ary’s note any reality that creates any threat; there is no preamble or other indication that Mr. Franks was inciting imminent lawless action (clarifying the Schenck decision in 1969 in Brandenburg v. Ohio). Mr. Ary is actually outside of the law by his attempt to limit Mr. Frank’s speech. According to published reports throughout South America, Mr. Ary claimed: “Gays can’t be Christians; homosexuality is wrong,” looking directly at Mr.

Hitler leaving church in Germany

Franks. Adolf Hitler used the very same argument in his attack and ultimate murder of more than 500,000 gay men and 100,000 lesbians, while proclaiming himself to be “defending God as a good Christian” (Heger, Heinz (1980). The Men With the Pink Triangle.  Hamburg, Germany: Melin-Verlag; Giles, Geoffrey J. “‘The Most Unkindest Cut of All’: Castration, Homosexuality and Nazi Justice,” Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 27 (1992): pp. 41–61).  

While Dakota Ary queried his teacher about what churches are in Germany and whether or not they read the Bible in English.  Mr. Ary should study German culture, for there are numerous denominations in Germany. Christianity is the largest religion in Germany with 54,765,265 (67.07%) adherents as of the end of 2006, down to 51.5 million adherents (62.8%) as of 2008.  The second largest

Hitler had German homosexuals starved as his plan to purify heaven

religion is Islam with 3.3 million adherents (4%) followed by Buddhism and Judaism.  Protestants (especially Lutherans) have lost the greatest number of followers especially with their rigid orthodoxy that was in keeping with Hitler’s xenophobia.  Atheism has risen the fastest and sharpest among all ethnic Germans. All have a “holy book” each with a unique name, and all having more than one translation.  None of the translations are correct. 

Hitler's Sachsenhausen camp for Homosexuals forced to wear a pink triangle

Infallibility of any scripture is assumed by some (primarily evangelicals and

Religious sects in Germany 2011

fundamentalists), but most reject any book as being absolutely true–as proven by a committee in Jerusalem that is meticulously reviewing the texts against scrolls, fragments, and other remnants.  It has been the proliferation of variant Bibles that have led to the increase in denominations, inter- and intradenominal spats (as can be seen between the ELCA {Evangelical Lutheran Church in America} and WELS {Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church} with the former more in keeping with the current concensus of tolerance, while the WELS community more in keeping with strict Lutheran diktat, such as its declaration that the Pontiff in Rome is the Anti-Christ, and that there is no salvation except through faith regardless of works, and so forth, roundly applauded by Michele Bachmann before her odyssey into the presidential primary waters.  It was an ideology that, according to Adolf Hitler who welcomed representatives of the WELS group of Lutherans to Berlin, would conquer the world because of their “rigorous attention to detail as Dr. Luther presented it” warming his heart and giving him strength to carry out his convictions to convert the world to Martin’s message.

Early Latin speaking christians used several versions (with different words) of the same book
 

Jesus before Pilate (Ryland Papyrus; fragments recording John 18 31 33 37 38)

What Mr. Ary needs to understand is that the Bible was never written in English until the sixteenth century and then numerous redactions transmogrified it, as happened to the Greek when St. Jerome created his Vulgate (Latin) version. As for “homosexual” does not appear in any version until after 1892, when the word was first used in a psychological treatise in C.G. Chaddock’s (c1892)  translation of Krafft-Ebing, R. von (Richard). Psychopathia sexualis, with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct: a medico-legal study … Authorized translation of the 7th enlarged and rev. German ed. by Charles G. Chaddock. Philadelphia London, F.A. Davis Co. The original, in German, is Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia sexualis : mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der conträren Sexualempfindung : eine klinisch-forensische Studie. Stuttgart, Germany: Ferdinand Enke, 1887.  The original term was “inversion”: Krafft-Ebing, Richard; Émile Laurent; Sigismond Csapo (1895 ed. in multiple languages). Psychopathia sexualis, ave Recherches spésiales sur l’Inversion sexuelle. Paris, France: Carré. As Carl Jung noted, “[religion] is a careful and scrupulous observation of what Rudoph Otto aptly termed the ‘numinosum,’ that is, a dynamic existence or effect, not caused by an arbitrary act of will.  On the contrary, it seizes and controls the human subject which is always rather its victim than its creator.” (Jung, Carl C., Psychology and Religion, New Haven, CT, USA: Yale University Press; London, UK: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1938.p. 4. Italics mine.)  It is the folie à millions as witnessed

Harold Camping predicting end of the world

in Heaven’s Gate, Harold Camping prophecies (current prediction is that the world will end on October 21, 2011, previously it was May 21, 2011), Peoples Temple in Jonestown (Gayana), Branch Davidians, and so forth, but can lead to relativistic contrasts as detailed by John Macmurray in his The Structure of Religious Experience (New Haven, CT, USA: Yale University Press, 1936, pp. 54 sqq).

The word in the Bible in the Greek is “effeminate” (KJV, AKJV, ASV, BBE, Douay-Rheims uses it as a form of “idolatry”, and so forth: θηλυπρεπής.  The problem is with the contemporary linguistic corruption as with ܐܘ ܠܐ ܝܕܥܝܢ ܐܢܬܘܢ ܕܥܘܠܐ ܡܠܟܘܬܗ ܕܐܠܗܐ ܠܐ ܝܪܬܝܢ ܠܐ ܬܛܥܘܢ ܠܐ ܙܢܝܐ ܘܠܐ ܦܠܚܝ ܦܬܟܪܐ ܘܠܐ ܓܝܪܐ ܘܠܐ ܡܚܒܠܐ ܘܠܐ ܫܟܒܝ ܥܡ ܕܟܪܐ.  It does not nor ever has meant homosexual or homosexuality. It wasn’t until 1946 with the coming out of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) did we find the word homosexual in an English translation.

Hebrew University (Jerusalem) Bible Project: finding errors (2011)

Very little of today’s Bible is original.  What is read by contemporary Christians is a book with more than ten thousand errors in translation, additions, subtractions, and inventions.  Even the “chapters and verses” did not exist in the original Bible (Hebrew or Christian). 

Early fragment of Revelation (616 is the number of the beast--not 666)

The Christian Bible did not have chapters or verses until Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro, started to do this from 1244 to 1248 CE. He did this while creating a concordance of the Latin Vulgate.  His reason for dividing the various “books” was to help people look up verses of the Bible. Today, the typical modern chapter divisions were apparently devised by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury in England, around 1227 CE.  The Wycliffe English Bible used them when it was circulated in 1382.  Mordecai Nathan, a Jewish teacher, divided the Hebrew Old Testament into chapters in 1445 CE.  Three years later, Nathan and a scholar named Athias divided the Old Testament into verses in 1448.

Mr. Dakota Ary would be better served if he studied German and the ancient languages before arguing about that which he has no knowledge or competence than maliciously utter that which is without linguistic or historical foundation and has no place in a classroom of language. Dakota should take his arguments to a center of theology but be prepared to have them scrutinized and subject to

First Amendment guarantees freedom of / from religion, press, assembly--not just religion

rebuttal under the same First Amendment. I will be happy to debate Mr. Ary if he will use the original scrolls or a quasicompetent (pre-1892) bible that is in Hebrew and Greek (Old Testament) and Koine or Attic Greek, Coptic, Armenian, etc. (New Testament)—not English (the English language did not exist at the time the various scriptures were written, and no bible existed before the Emperor Constantine I (“the Great”) demanded, in 331 CE (Apologia ad Constantium 4).  The emperor wrote: I have thought it expedient to instruct your Prudence to order fifty copies of the 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 thoroughly practised in their art (Vita Constantini, IV,36, in Greek). Eusebius responded: 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 (Vita Constantini, IV,37; there is a problem with the phrase: εν πολυτελως ησκημενοις τευχεσι τρισσα και τετρασσα  διαπεμψαντων ημων as it could be translated “three or four volumes” or “sent in three or four boxes”, etc.). Bishop Athanasius claims the order came later: between 337-339 CE.  The first ecclesiastical councils to classify the canonical books were both held in North Africa-at Hippo Regius in 393 and at Carthage in 397.   The English language belongs only in classes taught in English—it has no place in a course taught in German, French, Spanish or any other idiom.

Dakota Ary is similar to Adolf Hitler in many ways.  Ary is struggling to introduce his peculiar version of Christianity into a public school where there are students of various denomination and no denomination and who reject religion.  This is the same terrorist tactic used by Adolf Hitler who promised never to tolerate public secular schools:

German school children in uniform from NSDAP Standarten Kalender 1939

“Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith.” (Adolf Hitler in a speech on 26 April 1933, during negotiations that led to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant of 1933 with Pope Pius XII, from Ernst Helmreich (1979). The German Churches Under Hitler, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, p. 241).

Hitler was endorsed by Roman Catholic and Lutheran bishops and other Protestant leaders

Ary claims that he is speaking out as a concerned Christian.  Ary’ claim is 100% identical to that of Adolf Hitler: Hitler was to be the savior of the Christian community and its church: “The folkish-minded man, in particular, has the sacred duty, each in his own denomination, of making people stop just talking superficially of God’s will, and actually fulfill God’s will, and not let God’s word be desecrated. For God’s will gave men their form, their essence and their abilities. Anyone who destroys His work is declaring war on the Lord’s creation, the divine will.” (cf. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Ralph Mannheim, ed.; New York: Mariner Press, 1999, p. 562.)

Church leaders in support of Hitler

Dakota Ary claims that he is doing the work of his god, defending the Bible, and following Jesus.  It is no different in the letters and papers of Adolf Hitler, for Hitler boldly proclaimed that he was “doing the work of the Lord” by fighting the Jews (ibid., p. 65) and he proclaimed his “Christian Crusade” not only in his autobiography, but in various papers and speeches. For example, he thundered “My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand years ago — a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same Jewish people.[In his hatred for the Jews, Sabbatarians, and others, Hitler followed the writings of Martin

Title page of Martin Luther's "On the Jews and Their Lies". Wittenberg, 1543

Luther (Against the Jews: Von den Jüden und jren Lügen, Wittenberg, Germany1543] “Then indeed when Rome collapsed there were endless streams of new German bands flowing into the Empire from the North; but, if Germany collapses today, who is there to come after us? German blood upon this earth is on the way to gradual exhaustion unless we pull ourselves together and make ourselves free! “And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly, it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people. And when I look on my people I see them work and work and toil and labor, and at the end of the week they have only for their wages wretchedness and misery. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil, if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom today this poor people are plundered and exploited.” (Speech on April 12, 1922, at Munich; from Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler: April 1922-August 1939 Vol. 1, New York: Oxford University Press, 1942, pp. 19-20.) The union (Gewekschaft) of Hitler with evangelical Protestantism as posed by

Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther

Luther was clear in the speeches and writings of Bernard Rust, German Minister of Education under Hitler. Rust wrote and spoke: Since Martin Luther closed his eyes, no such son of our people has appeared again. It has been decided that we shall be the first to witness his reappearance…. I think the time is past when one may not say the names of Hitler and Luther in the same breath. They belong together; they are of the same old stamp [Schrot und Korn]. -Volkischer Beobachter, 25 Aug. 1933.

Adolf Hitler was every bit as intolerant as Ary of FWISD (cf. Steigmann-Gall, Richard (2003). The Holy Reich: Nazi conception of Christianity, 1919-1945 Cambridge University Press; on the Sabbatarians [Adventists] read Luther, Martin Werke vol. 47: pp. 59, 65-70, 80, 96-07. On the tie between Luther and Hitler, read: Léon Poliakov, The History of Anti-Semitism, 4 Vols. (London: Routledge/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974-1985), and Christopher R. Browning (2005), “Background” in The Origins of the Final Solution: the Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy 1939-1942. London: Arrow Books. pp. 1-11; on the primate-instinct for evil that was the psychology of Luther, read: Alan Dershowitz, Chutzpah (Boston: Little, Brown, 1991) p. 107, in Carter Lindberg, “Tainted Greatness: Luther’s Attitudes toward Judaism and Their Historical Reception”, in Harrowitz, Nancy A., ed. (1994). Tainted Greatness: Antisemitism and Cultural Heroes. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 15).

William Morvant, a gay student at Booker T Washington High School, addresses the DISD board of trustees while other audience members from the LGBT community stand in support on Thursday; the resolution against bullying passed the DISD

It is surprising that the Fort Worth Independent School District would even entertain Mr. Ary’s objections without all the facts. I lived in Dallas County from 1977 to 1998, and never came across a similar gross miscarriage of justice, out of a slavish fear of Jerry Falwell’s barristers. Freedom of speech does not include masquerading behind ontology or theology with the goal of destroying another person’s reputation, profession, or education. The Liberty Institute (originally founded in 1972 under the name Free Market Foundation), an off-shoot of the Liberty Council, funded by the Koch Brothers, that is a recognized/organized and accredited hate group which has provided the lawyer to represent Ary.  This gaggle of “legal experts” depicts itself as concerned with protecting “faith-based speech,” yet has a record of fighting against the extension of anti-harassment policies to protect LGBT people for it is homophobic admittedly and its legal counsel ill-trained but heavily financially subsidized by recognized and recorded as organized hate groups.  Groups connected with the Liberty Institute include numerous organized hate/racist groups such as the Khristian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, American Family Association, Focus on the Family, Sovereign Citizens, Tea Party, and so forth. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University’s sponsorship of counsel lends even less credibility to this situation. I will be happy to debate the Christianity of Ary in Coptic, Greek (Attic or Koine [lingua franca]), Latin or any Biblical language.

Dakota Ary has no “faith-based speech” (cp. Mark 12:31: δευτέρα αὐτῇ· ἀγαπήσεις τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν. μείζων τούτων ἄλλη  ἐντολὴ  οὐκ ἔστιν)—he only exhibits hate-based speech as any psychologist would

Bullying is a crime

testify. Hate-based speech is the beginning of the descent into violence. In the field of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness (Freud, Sigmund (1915). “The instincts and their vicissitudes” in General psychological theory : papers on metapsychology; with an introduction by the editor Philip Rieff. New York : Touchstone, 2008, c1991.  More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology  defines hate as a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object”. The American Psychological Association has gone on record against limitless hate speech. It noted, collectively, “In addition to the physical wounds that hate crimes can leave behind, they can also have serious consequences for the mental health and well-being of victims and communities,” said APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D. Hate-speech frequently leads to hate-violence and actions propelled by hate. The American Psychological Association and student advocacy organizations have documented relationships between bullying and violence in schools. Classmates excessively bullied Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

After "too much bullying" the Columbine, Colorado bullying -- massacre

Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis, however, said there were no red flags, no warning signs, no indications at all that bullying was a problem on his campus.

Charles "Andy" Williams, 16, is sworn in before pleading guilty

Students at Santana High School in Santee said Charles “Andy” Williams, who killed two students and wounded 13 others, was relent-lessly bullied at school. Williams’ father said the bullying bordered on “torture.” A three-year study showed bullying at Santana High School was rampant long before Williams

Jason Hoffman

opened fire.  Bullying does not always lead to the bullied person taking revenge by killing those who have bullied him or her, as was the case with another troubled student, Jason Hoffman, who opened fire on Granite Hills High three weeks after the Santana shooting.  It also leads to the suicide of the person being bullied, as was the case with more than 10,000 students in the USA: from 15-year-old Phoebe Prince who had moved to Massachusetts from Ireland, to Jamey Rodemeyer who took his own life in Buffalo, New York, to scores more. 

Fortunately, the judicial arm of the law is now filing suits against the bullies and having them stand trial for their role in leading to the suicide of other students.
The American Psychiatric Association has long affirmed that a child does what

Ryan Halligan (age 13) committed suicide after years of bullying

he or she sees and hears from a known person for whom they have respect, rather than what it is told by someone they do not know nor respect. Pastors and parishioners who preach hate reap that hatred in actions by those who listen and agree out of a sense of loyalty. It happens in every state of the Union, in every country from Poland to Perú, Russia to Romania, Finland to France, to Australia and New Zealand where deaths are increasing at an equally obscene rate .  No place is immune from bullying as most parents and teachers see bullying as a “rite of

Daniel Mendez (age 16) when he committed suicide

passage” to adulthood.  The are wrong as family and community learned when it was too late to save Daniel Mendez, 16, of San Clemente, California, who was a Boy Scout, had plenty of friends, earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, played football and was consistently an honor student, but was regularly called a “half-breed” (racism is alive in California as it is in all other states) gay male and made his “life a living hell.”  While he claimed he “could handle it”–he could not, and on On May 1, 2009, he shot himself in front of a friend’s house as life was unbearable with the evangelical Christians constantly badgering and baiting him for being a homosexual: one of the many expressions of nature that is normal and natural but that fundamentalists do not accept.  When Orange County officials began an investigation into reasons for the wasted life of Mr. Mendez, they learned that more than sixty-percent of all students had been bullied, but only sixteen-percent of all teachers considered the acid words and cruel taunts as bullying: the teachers are as guilty as the students for the death of Daniel Mendez and should be counselled and get psychological evaluation, for their ignorance of the danger and damage of bullying makes the teachers unfit for their jobs.  As the investigators discovered, the two biggest threats to young lives are Facebook and Tweet, and suggested that parents install monitoring systems that record each keystroke of both Facebook post and Tweet.

Bullying is premeditated assistance-murder in the first degree, and among the very young it is a product of cyberbullying over the internet.

Cyberbullying reported among sixth to eighth grade students

In all my research, and especially with an in-depth study of the case in Fort Worth concerning Mr. Ary, I find no difference between Ary, Luther, or Hitler. They are from the same cloth, and when any claim that they have a religious right to defame others or speak out against universal freedom of expression, Ary, Luther, and Hitler are triplets of the same cloth. Today, Ary is a major threat to human freedom and the advancement of knowledge and learning in Fort Worth, and all indicators point to the enhanced possibilities that FWISD will be another Columbine.

Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide made Lady Gaga angry to organize 'Bullying is Hate Crime" that has now become a law in many states and cities, including Dallas, TX

Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide in New York when classmates exercised their “religious freedom” to shout at him that he was “going to hell.”  Despite the fact that Rodemeyer is dead, his family is still being attacked by the same bullies that neither the police nor the weak principle of Jamey’s school will do anything about.  NOTE:  Despite the fact that local police say they are investigating R0demeyer’s suicideto potentially prosecute the actions of

Jamey's sister Alyssa Rodemeyer

classmates that bullied Rodemeyer to death, students are still harassing and bullying Rodemeyer’s family. At the Williamsville North High School Homecoming dance last weekend, Rodemeyer’s sister, Alyssa was harassed and jeered, and, as she says in this video, her brother’s bullies yelled at the school dance, “We’re glad he’s dead”. The are under investigation, for the moment.  Williamsville Schools Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff had begun to publicly defend the district’s response to Jamey’s suicide–which is nothing but meetings with no penalties or other actions spelled out or even hinted in a five minute video put out for the students.  As of October 1, 2011, Martzloff, has “declined” all interviews with the news media and has been consulting with Republican operatives who are standing behind Michele and Marcus Bachmann that homosexuality is a sin and it is better for the sinner to be dead.

Phoebe Prince, age 15, a new immigrant from Ireland, committed suicide in Massachusetts by hanging herself after being repeatedlybullied by god-squads.

Phoebe Prince, age 15, migrated from Ireland to Massachusetts, and committed suicide because of bullying

Those who bullied Ms. Prince were later charged with bullying in an open court in Massachusetts.

Kayla Narey and Sean Mulveyhill pleaded guilty to bullying in Massachusetts--where it is a crime.

Other bullies in Phoebe Prince’s suicide were also charged.

Flannery Mullins was also charged with bullying Phoebe Prince into committing suicide

Fanny Mullins was soon joined by her co-bully, Sharon Chanon Velazquez.

Sharon Chanon Velazques was charged with aggrevated bullying of Phoebe Prince

Today there are more than one millions suicides that are successful every year. In 2007, it was the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 34,598 deaths. The overall rate was 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS).

For every 100,000 young people in each age group, the following number died by suicide:

  • Children ages 10 to 14 — 0.9 per 100,000
  • Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 6.9 per 100,000
  • Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.7 per 100,000 An estimated 11 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death.

Montana Denton Lance (age 9)

Nine-year-old Montana Lance committed suicide in the boy’s bathroom at Stewarts Creek Elementary School in North Dallas in January 2010.  There were 33 suicides among children ages 5-9 in the U.S. between 1999 and 2006, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In each case, bullying was the factor with religion and the terror of help the primary armament.

Most suicides are the result of bullying, and most murders are the result of hatred expressed by others. Risk factors for attempted suicide by youth include depression by being ridiculed by those expressing their religious freedom and rights to libel, slander or call-out those who do not share their ideology, ontology, or theology, plus alcohol or other drug-use disorder, physical or sexual abuse, and disruptive behavior (Petronis KR, Samuels JF, Moscicki EK, Anthony JC (1990). “An epidemiologic investigation of potential risk factors for suicide attempts.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 25(4): 193-9; cp. U.S. Public Health Service (2001). National strategy for suicide prevention: goals and objectives for action. Rockville. Baltimore, MD, USA: USDHHS). As the Prime Minister of Norway, Kjell Bondevik, noted: “All religions can be misused by extremists who are seeking to find arguments for persecution or a holy war. History has shown it again and again. We have seen it in Christianity, in the form of the Medieval Crusades, and the persecution of non-Christian and heretics right up to our own times. I am thinking for instance of the so-called Army of God in the U.S. which condones the killing of medical personnel who are involved in abortions” and the slaughter of all people who oppose it as “God is the only Commander-in-Chief”. This is also the case in fundamentalist Islam and jihad, as well as all other religions extremist groups of Christian terrorists.  The majority of all suicides comes from bullying, especially by evangelical Christian extremists:

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
  • 10 to 14-year-old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

Most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress, not harmless bids for attention. Religious extremism has always had an asymmetrical affect on suicides. Given the current statistics and studies, Dakota Ary will probably precipitate a blood-bath at FWISD, if the FWISD does not stay vigilant and strong as it did when it cleared teacher Kristopher Frank of all charges on Friday, 30 September 2011. If bullying continues in Fort Worth, as it does around the USA, most likely will there will be a more gruesome tragedy in Fort Worth, Texas than at Columbine, Colorado.

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