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Des Moines (Iowa) Register’s lies about Romney and Obama

Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whom some have described as acting as a former member of the KKK (reigniting issues that were popular in the 1950s-1970s, cp. here and here with note by Bob Currie, with a video on rewriting the Constitution with receptive points here and a personal account by a man familiar with McConnell here exposing the Senator’s racist epithets) and avowed racist (read here and here and here and watch here), maintained that the Republicans’ number one goal remains the defeat of President Obama.  For much of the past two months Democrats accused the Republican of holding the country “hostage” in the debt ceiling fight. According to the Democrats, the Republicans had routinely raised the debt limit with no accompanying spending cuts under President Bush, but had suddenly decided to hold America’s economy hostage until their demands were met under President Obama. For a while Republicans expressed outrage at this accusation, saying they were simply trying to bring some “fiscal sanity” to Washington and express the “will of the people.” However, yesterday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was bold enough as to openly detail the Republican hostage taking strategy. In an interview in The Washington Post McConnell admitted that many of his members were actually willing to let the country default, “I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting.”

John Boehner

The odious opportunism of Speaker John Andrew Boehner (8th District Ohio) matches the raw rhetoric of McConnell and will do anything to defeat Obama even if it means destroying the USA’s advance towards greater human rights and civil liberties.  Boehner’s bipartisan support is only for media attention with no plans to implement it immediately.  Boehner, a die-hard racist (read here and read and watch here) catering to a 89.2% white majority in his district (although Caucasians make up only 66% of the population, and non-white births now surpass white births) and ignoring the minority constituents in his district, said in front of Congress that he was not going to pass anything that would help Obama get re-elected. The wealthy white males must win and control the USA at any cost.  With partisanship and racism as his two alter-egos, “Weeping” (as he is found to be called on the Internet) deliberately killed three million construction jobs, claims that the health care in the USA is “the best in the world” (it actually is 37th; the USA has the fourth worst rate for infant mortality in the OECD, is third-to-last in terms of mortality for children under 20, 12th from the bottom when it comes to child suicide, has the second-highest teen birth rate, is eighth from last on overall life expectancy at birth, and tied with Slovenia for third-worst place in terms of doctor density — a count of how many doctors are available per 1,000 citizens), lied that “Obama wants to kill your grandma” and more.

Eric Cantor

Not far from his side politically or morally is the trooper Eric Cantor, former (?) Klansman and open racist (read here and here and here) representing the 7th district of Virginia as the only Jew in the anti-semitic Republican Party in the House.  Cantor is a fringe-member of the Republican Party out of touch with reality and claimed that at one KKK gathering where Teabaggers were carrying hate signs, that Democrats had supplied the signs (watch here). Cantor assails the “Imperial Presidency” of Obama yet finds nothing amiss with the plutocracy of Nixon or the Bush dynasty

Koch Brothers, Adelson, Trump

Cantor with Rove and the Koch Brothers (the Koch Brothers’ father attempted to overthrow democracy in the USA with the invention of the John Birch Society, support for the McCarthy-Nixon hearings, blacklisted actors, teachers, and public figures, pledged to buy the media in order to overthrow democracy in the USA and create a government of, by, and for business, with Karl Rove who led the attack on labor, teachers, police, firemen, nurses and other professionals in the state of Wisconsin, vowing to buy Iowa and key swing states mass media to ensure Romney is endorsed and wins the presidency

Iowans attempt citizens arrest of Karl Rove

(read here and here). Four citizens of Iowa who opposed Rove’s Palmegate crimes (cf. Joseph C. Wilson 4th, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa”, The New York Times, July 6, 2003) tried to arrest Rove were arrested by Rove-bribed Des Moines police. The Des Moines Register used fabrications of the event in printing the story with no true journalistic responsibility in presenting all sides.

Romney, himself, sequestering, hiding, and not paying taxes on more than $17 million in income (read here and here and here), boasted he could buy Iowa (read here and here). The Republicans did buy Iowa, buying the most corrupt of all pseudo-journalists in the state of Iowa when they purchased (read here and here) using millions of Koch Brothers money to entrench their threats of laying off nearly 50,000 employees (read here and here) telling Iowa media and the editorial board of the Des Moines Register (a Gannett paper that had to question how Obama had not turned around the economy; with The Tennessean writing: “it is far less of an endorsement of Romney than a lack of endorsement of President Obama…” , under similar pressure experienced by the Register:  editors had to demonstrate their support if they wanted to keep their jobs (Gannett has already cut 700 jobs) and . 

Robert J. Dickey of Gannett papers

Bob Dickey, president of the Gannett community papers division, said: “While we are seeing improved circulation results and audience growth, weakness in the real estate sector, slow job creation and now softer auto ad demand continue to challenge revenue growth in the division,” Dickey said. “National advertising remains soft and with many of our local advertisers reducing their overall budgets, we need to take further steps to align our costs with the current revenue trends.”  With the news of Romney’s endorsement by the Des Moines Register, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Indianapolis Star, its stop closed up 40 cents compared to 6.2–the endorsements were political blackmail and had nothing to do with reality.

Sheldon Adelson pledged $10 million to Koch Brothers to buy the government

The Republican / Tea Party is the most corrupt organization today in the USA, funded by Adelston of Las Vegas, and even my the owners of Gold’s Gym that made money with federal handouts.  It is revitalizing the Khristian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), American Nazi Movement, Sovereign Citizen, and all white supremacist groups—and the

Gold’s Gym gave $2 million to Karl Rove (to deny rights to LGBT people)

most racist fringe elements in evangelical extremism.  The KKK and neo-Nazis making a significant comeback, fueled by anti-immigrant hate (read here and here, with growth in central Iowa especially in Waterloo-Cedar Falls (University of Northern Iowa: read here and here) with a strong show of support for Mitt Romney and banners that read “Romney is one of us”), the University of Iowa at Iowa

KKK at Pottsboro, Iowa

City and university towns.  The main Klan cauldron is in Boone, Iowa—not far from Iowa State University.  The KKK is headquartered in Charles City, but the Iowa Nazis are directed out of Cedar Valley. Iowa.  This racism and the greed in the editorial staff at the Des Moines Register are appalling and thinly veiled.

Obama pictured as Kenya witchdoctor (photo courtesy of Tea Party Vic of Ames, IA)

Racism is both the backbone of the Tea Party and its foster-child: the Republican Party.  This can be seen in its many attacks on Obama’s race (with photographs as Obama being a Kenya medicine man) with those suffering from mental neurosis: becoming distrustful and considering everyone a possible enemy, becoming overly interested in other people’s opinion about them, are usually bored and dissatisfied, accept irrational problems to solutions, and rapidly spread falsehoods and fabrications especially by means of the Internet, as with such neurotic ranting racists as Vic of Ames, Iowa, Lucia of Carrollton, Texas, and others who are more famous, especially Republican Party and Romney aide John Sununu who claimed that Former Chief of Staff and later Secretary of State for George Bush, Colin Powell, endorsed Obama because the President is black: video and transcript

Colin Powell with Barrack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House, December 1, 2010 (Photo by jim young for Reuters)

here.  

Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff.

Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Ed Schultz (watch here and read here) responded to Sununu’s racial card succinctly:

My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.  … to say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Theresa worked for profit.

Editor of Des Moines “Register” explains support for Romney 2012

Despite the overt racism generated by threats of being fired at the Des Moines Register, the Register’s reprehensible lies are worth noting—and worth nothing–but they reflect the growing racism within the editorial staff and the paper itself—threatened with loss of job and future opportunities, threatened by people of color as well as the LGBT and other marginalized communities who might merit their positions, and the Gannett purge of staff.  The editorial, representing the bigotry of old white men and evangelical extremists reads, in parts, similar to other Gannett papers following Bob Dickey’s ukase to curry favor with the Koch Brothers and other billionaires:

Ben Lange, center, talks with the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Board

American voters are deeply divided about this race. The Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous [it was not, according to inside sources who have asked not to be named] debate over this endorsement. Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands [Romney’s close ties with the Koch Brothers] is about cutting salaries, increasing workloads, and denying collective bargaining rights.

Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? [The Register conveniently ignored the repeated entreaties for bipartisanship: read here for Obama’s quest for a spending freeze ; and here to curb debt, invest in education, high-speed rail and internet, etc; upgrading the nation’s infrastructure; etc. all that the motley crew at the Register conveniently forgot and refused to even acknowledge: watch and read here]. When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate [actually, Romney is weaker, increasing spending in Massachusetts (if Romney would be president, military spending would jump another $2.1 trillion), doing little for education in Massachusetts (read here;  Romney used Bain Capital personnel to think how Massachusetts could improve its education system, and they failed miserably:  as the Chronicle of Higher Education noted, Romney and Bain Capital were “out of touch” with the realities of education and what was needed: read here; cp. here for a full fact-check ), and doing next to nothing for the infrastructure in Massachusetts (read here and here for spending twice what was needed on road repairs, giving contracts to cronies—which is one of the many reasons he wisely decided against a second term in office]. 

The Des Moines Register editors did little to no homework on issues critical to Iowa and the USA as a whole but gave into the big bucks and bluster of the super rich controlling the state and nation.  The Register continued its screed:

Romney and Bain Capital

The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors [this is one of the Register’s editors biggest lies. When Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the state fell to number 47 in the record of jobs creation; Romney had no power nor influence in the private sector, where Bain Capital outsourced more jobs than it created; during the Second Presidential Debate, Romney kept repeating:

Romney’s Bain Capital income

Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs.” Romney is especially against any appreciable investment in science, a rejection widely criticized in the scientific community where Neal F. Lane, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University (Texas) who previously headed the National Science Foundation and was science adviser to President Bill Clinton noted:

Scientific knowledge and new technologies are the building blocks for long-term economic growth — “the key to a 21st-century economy,” as President Obama said in the final debate.

So it is astonishing that Mr. Romney talks about economic growth while planning deep cuts in investment in science, technology and education. They are among the discretionary items for which spending could be cut 22 percent or more under the Republican budget plan, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Documents contradict former Massachusetts Governor Romney

He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state [another lie, as Romney pushed through cuts in state spending by putting added pressure on localities to reduce services or raise property taxes, and the share of town and city revenues coming from property taxes rose from 49 to 53 percent and greedy venture capitalist whose firm cut jobs and slashed salaries at companies it took over. Angry workers from an Indiana plant even trekked to Massachusetts to dog Romney, who never quite recovered from the negative onslaught.]  Massachusetts combined state and local tax burden

Higher taxes under Romney

increased during Romney’s governorship [Romney raised property taxes from 49% to 53%, cut small business initiatives, and left new unemployed Massachusetts residents without prospects for replacement jobs and while Obama cut small business taxes 18 times, Romney did not have an equal record during his only term as governor of Massachusetts]. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies [No.  Bain Capital bought up struggling companies, outsourced jobs then put the companies out of business; read here and here and here and watch here]. He successfully managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City [this is only partially true, as there are and were in 2002 two budgets: The budget Romney is talking about is the first one, covering Olympic operations and he balanced that budget was balanced and ended up with a surplus of about $100 million. The second budget, that was for $240 million for security (the games came shortly after 9/11, heightening costs) and $160 million for core transportation upgrades, such as interstate interchanges, and to that $400 million it is necessary to add at least $400 million was spent on a light-rail system. In Romney’s 2004 book, Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership and the Olympic Games, he wrote that he asked his lobbyist “to bring in more federal funding than had ever been appropriated for any Olympics, summer or winter.” The committee employed five federal lobbying firms beyond his in-house lobbying office, spending $3.5 million in all, NBC News reported earlier this year. “Romney is right on a technicality that misses the major issue about financing any Olympics,” said Roger G. Noll, a Stanford University economist who has studied large public infrastructure projects, including stadiums. “Romney saved the Salt Lake City Olympics by regaining political support. One way he did this was to reduce costs below the plan, but the main reason is that Romney succeeded in getting a huge subsidy from the federal government.”  One way he did that was by charging employees a dollar a slice for pizza (served on paper plates) and 25 cents for sodas; adding charges for other items that were or below cost, and advocating for more federal money.  At the same time he has claimed, repeatedly, that he opposes federal assistance and “ear-marks” for special events such as the Olympics.

….

Delphi Auto cooked the books and was sold by Bain Capital

Consumers must feel more confident about their own economic futures to begin spending on the products and services that power the economy [but it rose over the last two years under Obama]. A renewed sense of confidence will spark renewed investment by American companies. Industry will return to full production and hiring will

Romney’s investments in China

begin again [this blatant lie is exposed with Romney’s Bain Capital putting Delphi Auto out of business, firing 25,000 employees in Troy, Michigan, at the end of October 2012, and buying up businesses in China.  Most of his money is invested in China and offshore islands where there is no income tax that he has to pay–like other citizens of the USA pay].

Jeep is not moving to China where workers are paid 92 cents an hour

That should come with Mitt Romney in the White House. [It already has in the auto industry under Obama; Romney twisted the story by wrongfully claiming that Jeep was moving to China, that had as an initial source the Bloomberg ReviewOil drilling has increased under Obama, and gun sales and the gun industry is thriving and is the NRA, which makes it ridiculous since gun owners and the NRA oppose Obama].

There is not a lot of difference between the two candidates’ short-term economic plans, as both are heavy on a promise of tax cuts for the middle class but short on details. Romney’s plan, however, goes beyond helping the middle class with tax breaks [another Register lie in part, as the Romney plan is to end benefits for low and middle class workers, as PolitiFacts notes that Romney’s plans will end Earned Child Income (ECI) for lower-income taxpayers, delete mortgage interest deductions, and rescind child care (IRS Form 2441)  benefits, and cancel education interest deductions].

Romney-Ryan tax plan 2012

Throughout the campaign, he [actually both Romney and Obama have, but Romney is especially focused on private: for disaster relief; (religious and home-schooling) education, and health care, while Obama sees the private sector creating and sustainingjobs as industries and agriculture, increasing aid to public schools

Time Magazine (cover)

and institutions] has expressed faith in the private sector to fuel a more robust economic recovery if it has more confidence that the federal government will not be an obstacle. Romney has a strategy for job growth through tax and regulatory relief for small businesses, encouraging all forms of domestic energy production, education that prepares graduates with job skills, expanding foreign trade and reducing the burden of federal deficits

Romney wrote Op-Ed for New York Times

[Romney cofounded Bain Capital as the antithesis of this lie (Romney told the New York Times “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, and has put more businesses out of production (Sarah Palin said, on Fox News, that Romney needs a “Bain show and Tell”), outsourced more jobs, while increasing taxes on small businesses and on the middle class and poor: read here and here and here].

One of the biggest obstacles either candidate faces is partisan gridlock in Congress [Romney has no record of “reaching across the aisle” or “spanning the political divide” not even as governor of Massachusetts: ; Obama, on the other hand, did attempt bipartisanship numerous times; the lack of bipartisanship is with Congress, not with Obama]. It appears unlikely either party will have enough votes to have its own way without bringing over members from across the aisle.

Bipartisan support–how to get it

Early in his administration, President Obama reached out to Republicans but was rebuffed [true and it continued with the protestations from Boehner that he would make sure that Obama’s “agenda” would fail; with Eric Cantor’s proclamation that he would do all in his power to stop any compromise between the House and the White House (read here and here); and for the Tea Party to offer any support in bailing out a dying USA]. Since then, he has abandoned the effort, and the partisan divide has hardened. That has hampered not only the economy [Romney lies about taxes, claiming he will seek each person (and corporation) to pay a fair share, but as governor of Massachusetts went after business when the diminishing middle class was near poverty, but the entire country]. We remain a nation of red states and blue states (it will always be that way as it always has been in any democracy).

Marriage between one man and one woman

Romney succeeded as governor in Massachusetts where he faced Democratic majorities in the legislature (no he did not, Romney alienated nearly everyone with his flip-flops: from endorsing same-sex marriage to opposing it. In 2004 he initially instructed town clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex unions (Abraham, Yvonne; Phillips, Frank (May 19, 2004). “Romney Eyes Order on Licenses; Seeks to Halt Marriage of Gay Outsiders”. The Boston Globe.),

Romney’s earlier stand on gay rights

but then he endorsed a petition effort led by the Coalition for Marriage & Family that would have banned same-sex marriage and made no provisions for civil unions. In 2004 and 2006, he urged the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Then in 2012 signed National Organization for Marriage (NOM) draconian bill to illegalize same-sex marriages and forbid them nationally; and in 2006, as governor, Romney declared that any form of contraception (including homosexuality was aimed at destroying the “family” that had as its primary purpose procreation in a world of dwindling natural resources].  If elected, he would have an opportunity to renew the effort. He would begin with an advantage in the House, where a Republican majority is likely to remain after the election. The challenge will be in the Senate, where it takes a super-majority to pass anything of substance.

Romney laughs

Romney should not squander an opportunity to build consensus in Washington by wasting time on issues that animate many in his party. We cannot rewind the clock on progress for minorities, women, gays and lesbians. We must make it easier for immigrants to come here to live and work legally [getting–and maintaining–a job would, however, be difficult, especially since Romney encourages “self-deportation”] and stop making criminals of those who are living here lawfully, paying taxes and raising families. The federal government must continue to insist on clean air and water and encourage clean and renewable energy[wishful illusionary thinking as such is in direct opposition to Koch

Coffee Creek (Arkansas) pollution 2012 (Koch Brothers Industry)

Industry practices, as with Coffee Creek in Arkansas, denouement of the rain forests for Georgia-Pacific in Perú and Brasil, etc, and more so, because Romney has opposed each of these ideals].

Taking bribes in political times is normal, and graft is common, especially in the media (as seen with the rising cost of political ads).  However, taking under-the-table money from the Koch Brothers, Donald Trump, the sinister and nefarious National Chamber of Commerce that represents no small businesses and is a front for Koch

Charles and Liz Koch and Koch HQ 2012

Industries (owned and controlled by Charles and his wife Elizabeth, and David and his wife Julia), and other Super-PACS has reached a new high with the editors of the Des Moines Register registering a new low in the sale of support against the best interest of Iowans (read here  and here and here) with the despicable US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) that

David (age 61) and Julia (age 39) Koch in New York City

any rational person would hold in total contempt, prohibiting limits on corporate spending to influence voters. Iowans must boycott the Des Moines Register (influenced by Romney’s Super-PAC Restore Our Future which corrupted any independent journalismthat existed by threatening journals, editors, linemen, and other workers with loss of jobs, foreclosure on homes, and the other draconian promises Romney made to his elite club of

Members of what even Mike Huckabee calls the “Club for Greed.”

billionaires when he said he did not and would not represent the 47% who “paid no taxes [sic]”:  with foreign cash representing foreign interest influencing judgments and endorsements) .  It represents everything that is opposed to the better welfare and advance of the people and is a cover for the interests of oligarchs

AFA, NOM, Citizens United, Huckabee and Santorum attack on democracy using Vander Plaats hate organization The FAMiLY (2012)

Former US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) paid $1 million to Bob Vander Plaatsfor his endorsement for the presidency. I wonder how much the Romney camp paid the editors of the Des Moines Register for their the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity, and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome endorsement of one of the most

Billionaire industry titans in USA

pandering predatory prevarications passing promises plucked from perdition prance pandering pontificating parched sentences to intimidate and scare Americans as the article supporting Romney is without facts and narrows naked partisanship.  With Antonin Scalia in charge of the actual operations of the US Supreme Court and lining his pockets with Koch money, the USA is doomed to a plutocracy.  Additional research, I fear I will

Corporate control of US Supreme Court

find it was no golden purse that bribed the Des Moines Register editors but at most a feigned promise of job retention so that the wealth that would trickle into the wallet of Bob Dickey and stockholders at Gannett could become fatter at the expense of the workers who are the true source of their wealth that they did nothing to earn, but that comes with money made off of the work of other people less fortunate.

I was born and educated in Iowa. The Des Moines Register’s new gaggle of spineless editors makes me ashamed of that inerasable fact.  Almost seventy years ago I was taught to tell the truth, and I taught that to my students and to my clients when I was forced to resign my job in Ames for upsetting the hierarchy that did not want their own deviousness and corruption to be exposed.  I could not be bought then, anymore than I am for sale now.  I retired back to Radcliffe to survive in my little business.  Today’s editorial staff at the Des Moines Register has not learned that old and outdated value we read in John 8:32: καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς or in the languages of my ancestors: und werdet die Wahrheit erkennen; und die Wahrheit wird euch freimachen. (Luther, 1545), or og I skal kjenne sannheten, og sannheten skal frigjøre eder ( Der Norsk Bibelselskap 1930), and for my students: y conoceréis la Verdad, y la Verdad os libertará. (Sagradas Escrituras, 1569); the noun in Arabic حقيقة has the same message–but a message that cannot be found in the Des Moines Register of today.  The Gannett publisher is responsible, and this individual merits no praise nor recognition, for he is like the publishers in the Third Reich who printed that misinformation that the government of autocrats and fascists demanded as is required by the Koch Brothers and their goose-stepping goons in their billionaires club.

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Rape, Incest, Rep. Steven King (R-IA) and abortion

Rep. Steven King (R-IA)

In August 2012, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) stood proudly behind the Tea Party / Republican Party claim that rape does not exist and that women have no right to an abortion for any reason. He is on record saying that he didn’t know of any pregnancies caused by incest or statutory rape.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest: “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter” (see video).

Tom Smith (R-PA candidate 2012)

Incest has the most devastating effects on a fertilized egg. It can result in albinism, hemophilia, Cystic fibrosis, Sickle Cell anemia and Tay Sachs especially if the family carries any recessive genes.  Chiming in, Paul Ryan (WI-R) told a reporter that rape is just a “method of conception,” totally ignoring the woman who was raped (video).  64-year-old Tom Smith, the Tea Party / Republican Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania (running against Bob Carey who is also against abortion) says that becoming pregnant via rape is “similar” to having a baby out-of-wedlock — for the father of the mother (video and text).

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM, but potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely.  At the least it shows those who are concerned with a woman’s right to make decisions concerning her own body that King is not only ignorant of human rights but of the bodily functions of the woman.  A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”  (Cf. D. J. Landry and J.D. Forrest, “How Old Are U.S. Fathers?” Family Planning Perspectives, 27:159-161 & 165, 1995; and M. Males and K.S.Y. Chew, “The Ages of Fathers in California Adolescent Births, 1993,” American Journal of Public Health, 86:565-568, 1996).  What King ignores is that an overwhelming majority of young women who become pregnant and give birth are from poor or low-income families. (The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), Sex and America’s Teenagers, New York, 1994, p. 3).  

Most preteen rape victims lack access to good schools, face poor prospects for finding jobs and have little chance of marriage.  Those who engage in sex do so because the adult male (defined as any male age eighteen and older) has a job, a car, and can spend freely–appearing to be the god-send to a young female who sees herself as being trapped in a cycle of poverty, ignorance, and breeding.

Seven percent of adolescent females have had intercourse by age 13, 13% have done so by age 14.  Nineteen percent of all adolescent females have had intercourse by age 15, and most were the result of rape.  Only philanthropic organizations seem to post any concern for this increasing malady in the USA. The tie between statutory rape and teen pregnancy has been the subject of ad campaigns from groups like United Way.  

Todd Akin (R-MO)

Instead of helping rape victims, Steven King and Todd Akin with others introduced H.R. 3, a bill co-sponsored with Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) in 2011, that originally called for an exemption in the federal ban on abortion funding only in the case of “forcible rape.”  The implication was clear, that most rapes were not the result of force.  That language was dropped after pressure from women’s advocates and Democrats.

At the time H.R. 3 was making its way through the House of Congress, the Republican sponsors of the legislation weren’t too interested in discussing their reasoning for the wording. There sole goal was to make abortion increasingly difficult for the victim.

Steven King (R-IA) defends dog fighting (2012)

While King denies the realty of rape and incest and chortles that either the girl who is raped was at fault by wearing her clothes too provocative (too tight, too short, or similar complaints), there was a time when he was defending dog-fighting and initiating legislation to prohibit groups from fighting cruelty against animals (read here and here) he had a hard time seeing the difference as both were “sports”.  Earlier, however, giving the lie to his present position,  King actually admitted “[i]f there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl, say a 13-year-old girl, and it happens in America more times than you think, that sexual predator can pick that girl off the playground at a middle school and haul her across the state line and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime.”  What King does not say is that many times the sexual predator is the girl’s father, grandfather, brother, uncle or other male relative. Frequently the mother is a part of the rape in the sense of entrapping, holding down, and even coercing the child to accept the rape as “the will of God” or “the right of the man.” (video)

King has no right to tell any woman what she can do with her body—nor can any other man on this planet.  Only the woman can determine the destiny, use, function, and need for her body

Jeff Schnell (L): Agribusiness Association of Iowa owns Gov. Branstad (R)

It is easy to state that Steven King of the new Fourth District is stupid, but that does not explain Steven King.  He is more psychopathic than stupid.  King represents the illiterate and big farms that make their millions off of the labor of illegal aliens and those desperate enough to work for minimum wage.  His political war chest is filled by contributions from rich hypocrites who would rather sell corn for ethanol than to feed the starving people in Iowa or the world (it jumped from 25% in 2010 to 50% by 2012; read here and here despite the historic drought the Midwest is suffering because of climate change and subsequent environmental catastrophe in the Midwest; read here and here).  Steven King, Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Todd Akin, and other climate change deniers are not only ignorant of science, but also of history, as it was climate change that killed off Egyptian pyramid builders, threw Egypt into a disabling drought, ended the growth of corn and other grains, and led to massive lay offs on state construction work.

Annette Sweeney (R-44th District IA-Alden)

Steven King’s hatred for and lack of any compassion for people or animals (especially animals) is legendary. King’s cavalier attitude toward working Iowans has won him the flatulence support of the dimmest bulb in the Iowa State Legislature’s chandelier: Annette Sweeney of the 44th House District representing Hardin County (R-Alden).  Sweeney claims on her official resume to have a degree (bachelor) in English and has not yet learned the rules for capitalizing nouns and adjectives when referring to a language or subject (note especially the third paragraph, reviewed on September 2, 2012)—something I was taught in Iowa schools in the 1950s. In most of her official writing she appears to be five cans short of a six-pack, with little grace in composition and far weaker in her facts, probably from a lack of any formal training in research or investigation.

Annette Sweeney wrote legislation against whistle-blowing on Iowa agribusiness cruelty, as seen here where chickens do not have enough space to move around. Sweeney has made filming adverse conditions a crime.

Like King on the national level, Annette Sweeney has initiated legislation in the bumbling House of regressive Representatives in the Des Moines, Iowa legislature to protect big agribusiness from being spied on by any animal rights activists, and has argued that any filming of cruelty to animals be treated as a crime against property (read here and here and here).  Sweeney’s draconian bill, that protects her customers (she owns a  business registered as Practical Promotions, employing three local women in a database mailing and publishing business that creates advertising, sales brochures and catalogs for purebred breeding cattle producers) that reached the Senate as Senate File 431.  It was promptly nicknamed “The Whistleblower Bill”.  Its purpose is to punish the recording and distribution of animal cruelty footage with fines of up to $7,500 and up to five years in prison. It makes reporting a crime a crime in keeping with the same tactics used during the Stalin era in Communist Russia. 

Annette and David Sweeney have two sons.

Sweeney and husband David had two sons who are students at Iowa State University in Ames.  They have been filmed picking up literature against cruelty to animals, and pulling down posters that she disagrees with, and as a Republican, argues that she has the right to determine what is said and even thought in Iowa (this video shows the abusive treatment of pigs and piglets Iowa Select Farms in Kamrar, Iowa).  Other abuses include massive chicken farms that raise poultry in crowded conditions, abusive conditions employed against workers and the hiring of illegal aliens (especially at Postville; watch this video) where the Khristian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (headquartered in Charles City, IA) picketed as federal agents stormed the facility on May 12, 2008, and incarcerated the Mexican workers.  The Iowa KKK is supported by various neo-Nazi groups in Boone, IA and have claimed responsibility for setting fire to the Beth Israel synagogue in Boone; Iowa has a long and stench filled history of a love affair between the Iowa Republican Party and the Nazis, with Frederick Kaltenbach (born in Dubuque, Iowa, and was raised in Waterloo, Iowa) migrating to Germany to spread propaganda for Hitler before returning to the USA to be tried for treason (he was referred to as “Goebbel’s Iowan”, read here and here; see also the Department of Justice file on Ezra Pound).  Both the Iowa Nazi Party and the Iowa cauldron the KKK have endorsed Steven King and Annette Sweeney for re-election, the Iowa Nazis Party have openly embraced the Tea Party Express and its radical agenda seeing it as a way “to clean out inferior races.” 

Tea Party youth in Denver

Religious fundamentalists are increasingly indoctrinating their young with Tea Party extremism while pandering governors, such as Terry Branstad (R-IA, see my article on him and his son Brian), Bobby Jindal (R- Louisiana) and others are determined to rid classrooms of science so that the Bible can replace evolution with the myth of creationism. 

Charles and Pat Grassley of Iowa (2012)

In Iowa, the KKK and Nazis turned to Pat Grassley (born 26 May 1983, who some claim is already affiliated with fringe groups in Iowa), who won 61% of the vote in the primary against Annette Sweeney. Most of his expenses were paid for by his grandfather–a member of the far-right C Street dominionist cult (Charlet, Jeff (2010). C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. New York, NY: Little, Brown & Co., pp. 4, 160, 162, 167-168, 172-173; Sharlet, Jeff (2008). The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, pp. 18, 54, 281) climate change denier, and NAR member US Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) who was able to get fellow Republicans Senators: Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and six-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, to fund his grandson whom Chuck plans on succeeding him to overthrow science on the national level.  Pat Grassley received contributions from hospitals and nursing home owners ($5000), insurance industry ($4,450), bankers ($2,200), far-right PACs ($20,500), and next to nothing from private citizens. 

Donations to Pat Grassley’s campaign 2012

The KKK and Iowa Nazis also endorsed and support Steven King whom they believe will throw out the last 100 years of progress in education (read my article on the Republican-controlled legislature in Iowa and the touting of illiteracy as the “will of God”).  Over 80% of all Republicans have serious reservations about the need for science. 70% of all Republicans deny evolution.  Steven King, who has no college education and barely made it through high school, wants to restore McCarthyism (who he proclaims to have been an American “hero”) and refers to those who cross the boards of the USA as “cattle.” 

Pat Grassley is actually more dangerous to democracy than is Steven King. Adopting his father’s Family concept buttressing dominionism, a term used to describe politically active conservative Christians who are usually members of the Tea Party and various organized hate groups (American Family Association, Lion and Lamb Ministries, Americans for Prosperity, John Birch Society, and others funded by Charles and Edward Koch) who seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action, especially in the United States.  They have, as their centerpiece the goal of a one-world theocracy ruled by their concept of Christianity (more in line with Paulinity than anything that the Jesus of the New Testament said) where “Christ” would return to the earth on a war-horse, carrying a sword, and ending the lives of non-believers (based on Matthew 10:34).  When the Final Battle takes place, to some before the year 2020, they expect their Christ to establish either a nation governed by Christians or one governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law. The term dominionism is a bastardization of Genesis 1:28.  Identical to the jihadists in Islamic fundamentalism who believe in Sharia Law, the dominionists, especially the two Grassleys, argue for a one-world ruled by the Bible and its laws (you cannot eat shell-fish, wear man-made fibers, and will be stoned to death if you commit adultery, etc.).  It is a form of postmillennialism with society becoming exclusively Christian (Barron, Bruce A. (1992). Heaven on earth?: the social & political agendas of dominion theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. p. 14; Hedges, Chris (2006). American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Free Press). (Steven King of Iowa endorses and supports the rant of Michele Bachmann (R-MN) against Muslims in the USA and has supported removing Jews and Blacks from USA soil on the grounds that they are not really Americans.)

Postville, IA KKK strong supporters of King and Sweeney

A Hanford meat processing plant, Central Valley Meat Company, was shut down the third week of August 2012, while federal agriculture investigators look into allegations that dairy cows headed for slaughter were repeatedly shocked and shot before being killed. Brian Coelho, president of the slaughter-house, said in a statement Monday, August 20, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has received a videotape allegedly showing inhumane treatment of animals at the plant.  Sweeney was furious that anyone dared to make a tape showing inhumane treatment of animals in Iowa, as farming was a mainstay of Iowan income, and there was nothing cruel about killing animals for food.

As a possible defense of Draft-dodger Steven King, it is entirely likely that he would score points with Republicans and other voters. He tends to do that. The evangelical movement in Iowa is extreme and fundamentalism fringes on fanaticism.

Former Iowa First Lady and 4th Congressional District candidate Christie Vilsack

King is a traditional workhorse, so it is doubtful that the Iowa Republican Party will distance itself from Steve King, as they did with the Missouri Republican Twit Akin. It is more likely that the Republican Party of Iowa, now so deeply and heavily funded by Americans for Prosperity, one of the political arms of the Brothers Koch (Charles and Edward), finds King’s profound ignorance blissful and almost an alkahest or opiate for the voters of his redrawn district (where is he facing a challenge for the seat by Christie Vilsack, wife of the former governor who is serving in the Obama Administration as Secretary of Agriculture).  The district that is on the western coast of Iowa is known for its citizens who seethes in self-loathing and hatred for any woman who dares to make a choice for herself. 

King’s crass carping in fact, is directly in line with the official party line on these things, and is in fact one of the common suppositions behind the so-called personhood amendments Republicans have been pushing across the country.  While King has never served his country in time of war and barely notes the debt owed Iowa veterans, King stands sentry over the sacred nature of sperm and ova.

The issue of forced rape (rape is rape) is a menacing monster created by the Roman Catholic Church shortly after it was created by the Emperor Constantine I at his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.  Medical schools established and supported by the Roman Catholic Church are at best fraudulent, but most are generally pathetic paternalistic institutes bordering on religiosity rather than medical accuracy.  Their professors of obstetrics and gynaecology are not only ill-trained but theological apologists, as is the situation with Thomas Hilgers who boasts of a medical degree and license. 

Thomas W. Hilgers at Pope Paul VI Institute

Thomas Hilgers works at Creighton University as an obstetrics professor and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction (stem cell research is forbidden and there is no real study of reproduction except for what is permitted within the craven Roman Catholic culture created by the Vatican Curia).  Given the name of the school it is obvious that the center has little objectivity and anything that pertains to the fetus will be lauded as a person, following Roman Catholic unscientific dicta that women who are raped are seldom made pregnant.  At the official  Roman Catholic website, as with Creighton and other Roman Catholic institutions, people are allowed to comment on this insanity only if you make a financial contribution to the Roman Catholic Church. This is especially true at Hilgers website.  The distortions and lies of Hilger, Creighton and the Roman Catholic “medical community” are refuted by Holmes, MM, Resnick, HS, Kilpatrick, DG, Best, CL., “Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women”  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1996 Aug; 175(2):320-4; discussion 324-5.  Cf. Koss M P ; Gidycz C A ; Wisniewski N (1987). “The Scope of Rape: Incidence and Prevalence of Sexual Aggression and Victimization in a National Sample of Higher Education Students”.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology Volume:55 Issue:2 Dated:(April 1987) Pages:162-170.  Cp. Holmes, M. M., Resnick, H.S., Frampton, D., “Follow-up of sexual assault victims.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.1998 Aug; 179(2):336-42.  The Roman Catholic Church, as admitted by many including nearly the entire church in Ireland, is a dead institution; and as confessed by the self-flagellation drone Josemaria Escriva, it will become smaller in size until it disappears. 

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (d. 2012)

As the former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Roman Catholic Church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday, September 1, 2012.  If it is to survive, a radical change must be initiated by the pope and bishops, to admit the errors of the Church and its priests, to accept new kinds of families: “A woman is abandoned by her husband and finds a new companion to look after her and her children. A second love succeeds. If this family is discriminated against, not just the mother will be cut off but also her children.”  No where did the cardinal define family, but left it open to all families including “a new companion”.

What Hilger, King, Akin, Roscoe and other anti-choice fanatics refuse to admit is that 17% of the females raped in Ethiopia became pregnant, the result of less menacing attitude by authorities than in the USA, except for the stringent attacks by Roman Catholics and Coptics in Ethiopia (read: Mulugeta, E; Kassaye, M; Berhane, Y. (1998). “Prevalence and outcomes of sexual violence among high school students”. Ethiopian Medical Journal 36 (3): 167–174 ). Hilger should have his license revoked.  Creighton University has little right to accreditation for support such unscientific statements, its objectivity is circumspect, its quest for truth and conduct of inquiry abysmal.

Philadelphia priests who abused children

There has never been a serious Roman Catholic study on rape or subsequent pregnancy.  The Roman Catholic Church does not permit the teaching of facts in its obstetrics and gynaecology or even medical schools.  This is especially true in the three most abused nations by the Roman Catholic clergy: the USA (rapes hidden by such miscreants as Timothy Dolan of New York, and Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, CA), Ireland and Peru. Rape of underage girls by priests is common in Poland, Scotland, Italy, Australia and other nations under the fascist thumb of the Roman Catholic Church, and throughout the former Soviet bloc now under the heel of the Russian

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow makes more than $2 billion a year selling illegal cigarettes to buy a $35,000 watch, yachts, homes, car, and vacations.

Orthodox Church and Patriarch Kirill in Moscow.  Kirill, with the backing of Vladimir Putin is working at gaining control over the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Bulgarian Orthodox Church and other Slavic Orthodox Churches to feed his quest for personal wealth that has already materialized in the form of a yacht, expensive cars, a penthouse in Moscow and a villa in Switzerland not counting “lady friends”.  It is the same within the Roman Catholic Church where German bishops drive fancy cars and live a life of ease while the workers do without–a goal sought by Paul Ryan in the USA.  The corruption in the Roman Catholic Church is universal and nuns and priests defending birth control, abortions in cases of rape, and to modernize a dead church are more vocal and openly revolting against an ever-increasing corrupt cable of bishops and the pope whom many demand steps down.  The influence of the Roman Catholic Church is fading even in Poland, and in Germany the German pope Josef Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is anything but popular.

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 52, the bishop of Limburg a small city in western Germany near Frankfurt on the Assumption he declared Whoever experiences poverty in person will discover the true greatness of God. Photo: Sascha Ditscher for Der Spiegel (August 20, 2012).

What the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the USA, Peru (Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, a medieval-minded inquisitor rants that chastity is a gift and those who are not chaste in appearance invite abortion [read here]  whose crimes against humanity are more vicious than even that of the German pope and the Philippines, attempts to silence is any discussion or intervention in STD and HIV that is the result of rape and pregnancy (Teerapong S, Lumbiganon P, Limpongsanurak S, Udomprasertgul V. (2009), “Physical health consequences of sexual assault victims” Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand Jul;92(7):885-90.) noting that 68.8% of the victims were between the age of 10 and 18.

Ignorance controls the Congress of the USA with Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) who is the Chairman of the Science Committee.  Akin openly discounts all science that apply to women.  He declared that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down…” 

Steven King

King reminds me of my own father, Herbert Frederick Ide, a man I learned to hate before I was age five. The hatred I felt escalated with the increase in his constant beatings and whippings, which made Hans Ludder (the father of Martin Luther of Germany), look almost passive and even saintly. 

Herbert Frederick and Mildred Ide

Before I was ten, Herbert Frederick Ide had stolen the money my siblings and I had raised selling pigs (a big market in Iowa) so that he could give it to the Republican Party.  He frequently “helped” himself to the money my brother and I earned carrying the Waterloo Courier newspaper to homes, tramping through the snow that was waist-high. If I tracked snow into the house, I was beaten.  If I was able to sneak into the basement to remove my snow-caked clothes, I was beaten twice for two offenses: sneaking into the house, and carrying snow into the house.  Snow is common and deep in Iowa. By carrying the outdoor elements into the house I was disobedient to god and parents.

Luther’s Small Catechism Questions and Answers (1863)

I learned there were three things that a “saved child of God” had to do flawlessly.  First, I was required daily to memorize the Fourth Commandment (by the time I was ten, I dropped “father” from the recitation, and threw my Luther’s Small Catechism into the garbage.  It made no sense, as Luther was controlled by fear and the answer to every questions was: “We must fear and love the Lord”–never “We must love the Lord” as fear was engrained in all young Lutherans and used by Adolf Hitler to control the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church in the Third Reich. 

Luther’s Small Catechism (1529 edition)

The message is the same in each of the copies I have bought over the past 50 years: hate, fear, loathing is the only message). Both actions made my father beat me more savagely.  That led me to run-away on a regular basis, and sometimes during a blizzard I would escape wearing only my underwear to Jones DX on Highway 218 to hide in the men’s bathroom.

I would run away to, unsuccessfully, commit suicide. I was arrested for it once and taken to the Cedar Falls Police Department, but released to my mother after Herbert Frederick had left the house.  To return to the house, voluntarily, would mean that I would be met with scorn and my sister, Mary Helen.  It was a fate, I believed, worse than death.

Arthur Ide (age 12) “Spawn of Satan”

Mary Helen would pull me into the bathroom pinching my cheeks until she was able to push me in front of a mirror.  Once she saw me look into the mirror, her voice would raise and she would scream like a banshee: “You are ugly. You are so ugly. Do you see how ugly you are. You are the ugly spawn of Satan!” Mary Helen always brought The Advocate (the correct translation for The Satan which is a title: σατανάς or השטן and is always used with the definite article “ha-” as in Job 2:1, the word does not appear as a form of leader of evil until Islam:  (شيطان, from the root šṭn شطن) and is an adjective (meaning “astray” or “distant”, sometimes translated as “devil”) that can be applied to both man (“al-ins”, الإنس) and Jinn “demon”, Koran 7:11–12; Lucifer is Iblis ( إبليس‎, plural: ابالسة ʾAbālisa; see سورة الأعراف al-ʾAʿraf in the Koran 7:27) and has a totally different meaning) when ever she spat at me (Mary Helen, like my family, is monolingual and linguistically challenged but taunted, teased and criticized my love of reading and languages. Ha-Satan (meaning “The Accuser” or “The Advocate”) with the definite article occurs 13 times in the Masoretic Text, in two books of the Hebrew Bible: Job ch.1–2 (10 times), and Zechariah 3:1–2 (3 times). The King James (he was never a saint) Version and later versions dropped the article because of poor translation skills, a plague that is recurring in Translation and Interpretation schools throughout the world and is especially damaging politics and political discourse as seen in the rants of Steven King.

Arthur Ide (age 50)

The common curse I heard was “give Art a book and he will worship the Devil.” I was fifty years old the last time I heard that–but it was what I remember the few times I had Christmas in Iowa.  After that, I spent the holiday alone in Europe.  It was more peaceful, and I did not have to worry about being told how fat I was–a remonstrance heard even at the mid-century mark in my life.

Even in Islam, the Iblis, a jinn, was a devoted servant of God, Koran 15:27, 18:15, 38:76; this, of course was plagiarized from the Babylonian myth of Job that the Apiru put in their original canon in Canaan).  I heard it so often that I had it memorized, as she never spoke much else to me and never with me. She was a faithful, one-note Republican worshipping at the altar of άγνοια και μίσος so identical to Annette Sweeney and Steven King. 

The last time I saw her, when my stepfather had a stroke, she spat “What is he doing here [at Sartori Hospital]?” I made her a promise I have kept, that she would never see me again as long as she lived, as she was dead to me at that moment. That was the same moment that my mother told me never to contact her until I fell onto my knees and begged Mary Helen to forgive me, as Mary Helen was considered by my mother to be my intercessor with her god.

Rush Limbaugh – Address to the Incoming House of Representative GOP

The second action required of me was to always see Democrats as demons and devils.  My sister believed this as religiously as she found Limbaugh to be next to the Messiah of her Trinity Lutheran Church in West Waterloo. I hated drug-addict (on OxyContin) Limbaugh as nothing he said was ever true–and I would attempt to show the evidence to the contrary; Mary Helen’s only response was that Rush was an “entertainer”. She never spoke to me, after that, even when I moved back to Iowa.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Senator Joe McCarthy and Rep. Richard Nixon (1950).

The third task, Herculean in nature for me, was to see Republicans (especially Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin and Rep. Richard “I Am Not A Crook” Nixon) as angels and god-sent to the nation that was always right.  They were after the “godless” communists and atheists, and vowed to keep “niggers” in their place.  Herbert Frederick bragged, when I was very young, how he was at a cross-burning that he interpreted as “a true sign of God’s favor on Iowa”.  The only one who was a greater racist than my biological father was my mother who flew, grudgingly to Texas after I had my catastrophic heart attack and discovered that one of my friends was Black, terrified that his “curse” (the pigmentation of his skin) would rub off on me. 

Iowa

It was the hatred of black people who made my family, “of modest means” (it was not modest, as after the divorce, my mother drove film for a company to clients and made in 1960 $40 a week) my sister Mary Helen would say after our parents divorced, that we always lived on the west side of Waterloo (along with Michele Bachmann’s Norwegian Lutheran family who were as great as racists as mine) since black people carried the curse of Cain that was strengthened by Noah’s curse against his grandson. Because of those curses, as pounded from the pulpits, black people had to live on the east side with the poor white trash—which we were.  When a few black families moved into West Waterloo, white-flight was the order of the day, with white families moving west to Dyke.  (Later I saw humor in the name of the “safe haven” as most West Waterloo people who moved to Dike were strongly anti-LGBT.)

I always remember the hatred, racism, and scorn for the rights of women to choose their own destiny that made up my family every time that I look at King’s photograph. Not only were my parents (I think both are dead now) but so too is my sister: blasting Richard for marrying a Japanese woman (a Buddhist) and adopting two Japanese children that she tried to turn into Western youth–an attempt that her niece openly rebelled against, causing Richard and his family to fly back to Sapporo where he taught English the next day. He wrote Mary Helen a thirty-page paper detailing her errors, and has never returned to Iowa in rhw last fifteen years.

Steven King looks very much like my father.  Herbert Frederick Ide became a saint to the rabid radical religious right, especially after he died and left his Ascension Lutheran Church in West Waterloo $1 million to build a church school. It was as if Johann Tetzel (1465 – 11 August 1519) was a German Dominican preacher had been born in Pirna, Saxony (in 1518 he earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology), and was reborn in Waterloo and once more was selling exits (indulgences) from Hell. I do not know what either my brother or sister received, but I had been cut out of the will when I left the Lutheran Church and the Republican Party.

I have not spoken with either my brother or my sister for decades. Decades ago my mother commanded that I not call her when she found I had written “a book” on abortion (actually I have written three, and I do support abortion for any woman who wants one regardless of reason). Surprisingly, she never knew (or acknowledged knowing) that I helped her niece get an abortion in 1960 after the juvenile was impregnated by her brother.

I was with my cousin throughout the procedure. I never saw any baby.  All I saw was a lot of blood and some fetal tissue. I remember thinking at that time how much better it would have been if my mother had aborted me as she wished (she told me that many times in private), rather than carry the unwanted pregnancy to term.  Neither of us would have had to suffer the slow strangulation of religious suffocation and misery. Unfortunately, my mother was too weak to carry out her own choice, as my father had always been a man of volatile temper.

What Todd Akin and Steven King forget is that males are raped, too.  Two uncles raped me when I was five. One raped me when I was ten—with my father watching.  He just grinned.

I never knew if Herbert Frederick was aware that his blessed brother raped me repeatedly when he sent me to his acreage outside of Jericho, Iowa, to move stones.  My uncle promised he would kill me if I told anyone.  When I ultimately told my mother before her divorce. she rebuked me as her heaven-sent brother-in-law “was incapable of such an act”.  It was I who was lying. She knew that I was a sinner.

After my uncle had finished, while I lay bleeding on the floor, my saintly father (an accolade of anointing according to what he was told by the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in West Waterloo) prayed that I would find the Lord in the violence of his brother who was studying in the seminary. He claimed it was his god’s retribution for disobedience and disrespect I showed my “elders”.  I was told to remember that his god was ever vengeful.

Herbert Frederick recalled the times I refused to include the word father in the mindless repetition of the Fourth Commandment.  That was one of my sins. His god demanded revenge and his god had his revenge and would be ever vigilant in watching me from that time on; Herbert was only watching that one time, he said, as tasked by his god (I wondered if his god had been on vacation or was asleep and could not verify that I was being punished).

After that I refused to ever again attend the Lutheran Church.  Ultimately left that hate-filled community and its god of anger and Martin Luther’s acceptance of parental brutality (Bainton, Roland H. (1950), Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. New York, NY and Nashville, TN: Abingdon-Cokesbury, p. 23, citing Tischreden 3566 A (1537) in Luther’s works: Luther, Martin. Werke: kritische Gesamtaugabe; (Weimar Ausgabe) Weimar [Germany]: H. Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1906-1961). 

After my parents divorced, blaming me for the divorce as the judge stated that the State of Iowa would remove the children from the home in Cedar Falls, if Herbert remained with Ruby.  I did not see Herbert Frederick for nearly 40 years.

Since my biological father’s middle name was also mine, I have always used it to remind myself what an animal he was around me.  Because of his great hatred, evangelical extremism, and devotion to the Republican Party that brought in US Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) and the Great Fear that I would be reminded of as teachers left school without explanation, actors disappeared from the screen, and books were censored, I vowed that I would never marry nor ever have children.  I lived in fear that I would become like Herbert Frederick, and any child from my loins (a biblical expression: Genesis 35:11, Psalm 38:7) would turn out like me.  That I did not want to happen.  I deliberately stayed away from women, and after a painful youth of constant sodomy I avoided men of all ages, never even having a friend.

Forty years later, having shed over 200 pounds of fat that accumulated as I ate excessively to forget the pain I had gone through, I returned to Waterloo–to see my mother and her second husband.  I cannot remember ever being welcomed when I drove from Texas to Iowa for a visit, and when I would arrive late at night, I was handed a bowl of lettuce as they went to bed. 

Bishop’s Buffet (Crossroads Mall) in Waterloo, Iowa

Not wanting another bowl of lettuce (nor anything with calories), I went to the shopping mall in West Waterloo along University / Highway 218.  It had a popular cafeteria (known as Bishop’s), so I went there first.  Opening the door, I saw Herbert Frederick at one end of the table along with his other wife, with my sister presiding at the head of the table.  She was upset seeing me and thought I would remain in Texas to die. I found it ironic, yet appropriate as I technically died at precisely the minute I was born in Waverly, Iowa at Saint Mary’s Hospital fifty years earlier. When I had returned from Carlton Hospital, Mary Helen called once to tell me that she and her husband Ronald were praying for me and hoped I had prepared a will.  I always wondered if she spelled it praying or preying.

Years later, I moved back to Iowa in 2000, having had a quadruple bypass heart operation in 1998.  The doctors at Del Ray Beach in Florida said I would need another bypass within five years (I have never had it). I wanted to devote myself to exposing hypocrisy.

I did not bother visiting Herbert Frederick or his new wife.  They, like the rest of my family, did not bother with me.  It was if we were living on different planets. My uncle who lived with my favorite grandmother (whom I visited every summer) raped me every night with his hand clamped down on my mouth (my grandmother was too poor to afford an extra bedroom, and I too old and the wrong gender to sleep with her) had converted to Roman Catholicism after marrying a hairdresser, became fervently anti-choice and adopted the Pauline attitude on women as preached by the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod and incorporated into the Missouri Synod creed, and a ultra-conservative Republican (he is now a member of the Tea Party), would disappear as fast as he could if he saw me.  His speed was slow.   He suffers from MS and other aliments.  The only other uncle who remains in Iowa stays on his farm outside of Osage and refused to answer anytime I called. To me, they are all dead in my mind even though they may be alive in body. 

I did not return to Black Hawk County. I moved to Hardin that was not yet under the mystic of Annette Sweeney, but was still overwhelmingly very Republican.  I thought I could just ignore them all, and write, believing that  I was safe from ever having to see a relative again. I was wrong.

I did see Herbert Frederick one more time–on one day.  I received a photocopy of his obituary from an anonymous sender.  Not wanting to go to the funeral, I went to the Garden of Memories funeral home in Waterloo, just to make certain he was dead.  To quote the first line of Charles Dickens famous Christmas Carol, he was “as dead as a door nail.”

Seeing him in his coffin brought closure and peace.  I knew that he would never live again to endanger me or cause cruelty to others. Because I had known him and his spawn, of which I am one, I gave up any belief in a life after death.  This was final for me.

I remembered his barking how birth control was wrong (my parents practiced abstinence except for the three times that Herbert Frederick wanted a child and then “got it over with quickly so as not to displease god “who is ever-present [omnipresent] and ever watching: ποτέ να παρακολουθείτε or immer beobachten), that only Republicans would go to heaven if they had not had an abortion nor masturbated, and I would forever roast (like a stuffed pig [wie eine ausgestopfte Schweine in keeping with the aspersions of Martin Luther], I was told) in “everlasting fire” (Matthew 25:41)—a comment that pleased him and is found in both the writings of the mad monk of Wittenberg as well as the Koran (2:167, 3:191) a volume that Martin Luther actually read and wrote the preface to the 1543 Latin version of the Koran (cp. Westminster Confession (1646): chapter 33) as a way to condemn it after he was unable to convert Muslims to his faith that he called “True” (Evangelical).

Martin Luther's >>Von den Juden und ihren Lügen« Erstausgabe, Wittenberg 1543Luther’s rant was especially anti-Semitic (cf. Luther, Martin (1543). Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen), attacked everyone who did not accept the gospels that still were not firmly decided on, and attacked “Jews, Turks, Papists” and other “idolaters”  (Luther, WA 53:569-572, in German). It was the foundation for Adolf Hitler’s persecution of the Jews, and other “dissenters”, with Hitler calling Luther his spiritual father.

Although I reject violence and politics of assassination, being human I do ponder at times on what it would be like if we did not have idiots like Akin, King, and Bartlett.  I entertain myself for a very brief minute with one cherished wish that lunatics such as Todd Akin, Roscoe Bartlett and Steven King would be raped. At least, that way, they would discover what rape really is—and it is not a sought out “pleasure” but an act of violence that can never be erased from the victim’s mind regardless of the years of psychological therapythe patient had taken (Resick, Patricia A.; Williams, Lauren F.; Suvak, Michael K.; Monson, Candice M.; Gradus, Jaimie L. (2012). “Long-term outcomes of cognitive–behavioral treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder among female rape survivors.” doi: 10.1037/a0026602 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 80(2), Apr 2012, 201-210; Littleton, Heather L.; Grills-Taquechel, Amie (2011). “Evaluation of an information-processing model following sexual assault.” doi: 10.1037/a0021381. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 3(4), Dec 2011, 421-429; Feinstein, Brian A.; Humphreys, Kathryn L.; Bovin, Michelle J.; Marx, Brian P.; Resick, Patricia A. (2011). “Victim–offender relationship status moderates the relationships of peritraumatic emotional responses, active resistance, and posttraumatic stress symptomatology in female rape survivors. doi: 10.1037/a0021652Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 3(2), Jun 2011, 192-200; and, Paul, Lisa A.; Gray, Matt J.; Elhai, Jon D.; Davis, Joanne L. (2011). “Perceptions of peer rape myth acceptance and disclosure in a sample of college sexual assault survivors.” doi: 10.1037/a0016989. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 1(3), Sep 2009, 231-241.)

Arthur Ide (age 67)

Now that I am 67, I still remember the cries of how fat I am–a comment made even when I sought a teaching position in Peru (usually the objection to hiring me was that I was too old (and I keep becoming older), that I never married (implying that I am homosexual, but as I told the Director of Chemicals as Merk Pharmaceuticals, I dislike all people), do not have children to support (not possible being impotent, not married, etc.) and am “too scholarly” or have “published too much” (the last comment coming from the Iowa Republican Party that knew my parental heritage was strongly evangelical Republican, but knowing nothing about me: I was the head of the Hardin County Democrats before I moved out of Iowa, again).  Things never change, as all interviews ended with “you are not a team player”–true; I believe in doing what is right, not expedient–and thus I alienate leaders in academe as well as business as I cannot be bought, bullied, or coerced. 

Luis Amado Barrera Arréstegui

I have only had one academic dean in the fifty years that I have taught who understood this. I will always be grateful for having had the privilege and  honor of knowing Luis Amado Barrera Arréstegui who excels with the support of his partner Jen (Jennifer) and their daughter Valkerie. He has no equal and is the best leader any university has ever been fortunate to claim.  His devotion to education, his prizing the ability of people to read and think independently and make logical judgments based on provable facts is not a part of the Republican or Tea Parties nor even in the Weltanschauung of Steven King or most of the Iowa Legislature. It eludes Mitt and Ann Romney, Paul Ryan, Ron Paul, and the troglodytes sitting in the governor’s chairs in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nebraska and Texas.

Paul Ryan, Ann and Mitt Romney in Michigan (2012)

The Republican Party finds nothing wrong with rape and claims, like my fundamentalist father, that rape is the result of the victim causing the violence. Now with the Mormon Romney and Roman Catholic Ryan are anointed by the Republican and Tea Parties to carry their banner of hate into the November 2012 election, the Republican Party has completely forsaken women and openly denies women the right of choice (although Ann Romney tells reporters that women are “flocking to Mitt” as if he were the Good Shepherd)–that it had not done until it was cannibalized by the Tea Party and its organized and certified hate groups.  This is clearly seen in the Republican Party plank of its platform that reads:

2012 Republican Platform To [sic] Advocate Abortion Ban Without Rape Exception

But embracing a rape exception for abortion rights would put the campaign at odds with the Republican Party’s longstanding platform, the newest iteration of which will be officially unveiled at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. In spite of the massive public outcry from the right over Todd Akin’s comments, and amazement at the ignorance of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD facing a tough fight in Maryland’s redefined sixth congressional district)  who spouted “there are very few pregnancies as a result of rape, fortunately, and incest (that he argues is very small, but a member in his Town Hall meeting noted it was an every-day occurrence” (video), the official GOP platform committee drafted a provision Monday supporting a “human life amendment” that would outlaw abortion without specifying exemptions for rape or incest. The platform reads:

Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. 

Stages of Embryo Development

I do not agree. A fetus is not an unborn child. A fetus is a choice. No man and no other woman has the right to decide the destiny or fate of the fetal tissues within any woman’s uterus. Only the woman carrying the evolving tissue has the right to make that choice–and at any time during its evolutionary period of development.  It is not a person, it is a part of the woman’s body until when, if ever, it is born.  No fetus should ever be born if it is the product of rape, incest, or the host mother knows she cannot support it, love it, take care of it, or offer it basic necessities.  An abortion is better.  The world must go not to a zero-growth movement, but to a plan for regressive or negative population growth.  The world has too many unwanted, unloved, abused, and starving children (not just in India or China, but throughout the world), and to bring a child into a world that has used up 40% of its nonrenewable resources in the last 30 years is criminal.  At best the world’s nonrenewable resources will last only 70 years.  Today, the USA tosses out 40% of its food–none is given to the poor, the homeless, the unwanted. The same is true for other nations.

Donald Trump denying climate change

Almost single-handed, Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers are permanently destroying the water planet: Earth.  Even the water is contaminated. This does not bother Steven King or his Republican cretinous cronies in the House of Senate of the government, for they deny science and climate change as if both were bogus.  Trump is the most bogus of the group, with no knowledge of medicine or science (his bachelor degree “in science” is in economics not in environmental science–to help him manage the wealth he inherited–he did not earn it), as seen when he claimed, falsely, that vaccinations cause autism (read here and here where he illegally gives medical advice on Twitter; cp. here as his illusions of granduer and mastery of limited knowledge suggests some mental challenges). Unfortunately, after King , Trump, Inhofe and their benighted birdbrain buddies destroy everything, the people remaining on Earth cannot move to another planet.

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Matthew 6:6, Christianity and the Mormon Faith

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

Jesus the Warrior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph Smith Jr translating the Book of Mormon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The authors who lived off the tithes of the poor wrote in 2 Corinthians (8:9) that Jesus was rich that has become the message of megachurch preacher Joel Osteen.  In Matthew 8:20, the Jesus of the New Testament only had a stone for his pillow.  The bishops and cardinals, the priests and pastors, the preachers and teachers, pope and patriarchs of today’s Christianity have shut the doors on Matthew 6:6 and opened a circus for all to watch today’s Pharisees: σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ, εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμιεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι ἐν τῷ φανερῷ (Greek Orthodox), Wenn du aber betest, so gehe in dein Kämmerlein und schließe die Tür zu und bete zu deinem Vater im Verborgenen; und dein Vater, der in das Verborgene siehet, wird dir’s vergelten öffentlich (Martin Luther’s Bible 1545), tu autem cum orabis intra in cubiculum tuum et cluso ostio tuo ora Patrem tuum in abscondito et Pater tuus qui videt in abscondito reddet tibi (Latin Vulgate), Pero tú, cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cuando hayas cerrado la puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto, y tu Padre, que ve en lo secreto, te recompensará (La Biblia de las Americas).

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

Jesus seeking unbelievers (New Apostolic Reformation)

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

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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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New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the Taliban, and Rick Perry’s USA

Texas Gov. Rick Perry as untrained uneducated preacher in Texas' Church of the Rock

There is no greater evil on this planet than the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).  Draconically it is pushing Rick Perry of Texas to be the next President of the USA. Michele Bachmann’s evangelical extremism is not sharp enough to win attention from the NAR.  Even Sarah’s Palin’s blessing by Kenya NAR prophet Muthee (see video here) cannot derail the terrorist train trampling liberties accustomed by the citizens of the USA.

NAR's Jesus of the Apocalypse

The NAR was absolute and total control of the nation of the United States of America.  It is determined to create its own theocracy first in the USA then throughout all nations on this planet, converting both Jews and Muslims to their Jesus.  Once that theocracy is firmly establish and dissenters dispatched by bullet or sword, the NAR will erase all dissent and all other religions and lack of religion in the name of a new unholy Inquisition. 

According to the NAR Apostles and Prophets it is essential to awaken a slumbering Jesus who is bedded peacefully on a cloud in the sky [a critique is here].  Jesus only awaits the NAR trumpet blast to summon his armor and stead to carry him, Muhammad like, charging with the four horsemen of the Apocalypse back to earth to wage a bloody battle to establish his Kingdom on earth (there are numerous videos on the return of Jesus that had been prophesied for over 3000 years [2000 for NAR Christians]).

NAR spiritual mapping "Repent Amarillo" (TX)

Perry promises prayer warriors who have stood against the devil in Amarillo, Texas  and mapped out their heavenly status to end for all times the sale of any thing that the NAR and evangelicals consider to be pornography or containing any alcohol, to close facilities friendly to the LGBT community, and suppress the literature that counters their design to rewrite history, that he will oversee the rooting out of all evil that is encompassed in all other religions—Christian and non-Christian.  Additionally, the NAR executed Santa Claus in Amarillo, Texas, to end the heathen influence over people–even though the NAR is pagan based.  Once the foes of the NAR Jesus are vanquished, and the Bible becomes the sole source of information used in every school, the King will be crowned and Rick will sit at his right hand.

Michelangelo's "Judgment" with a nude warrior Jesus

Throughout this time of Tribulation, as Beverly and Tim LeHaye have written endlessly, Rick Perry and the NAR will feverishly toil to convert all to an Apocalyptic dream where each partner will fight “shoulder-to-shoulder” with similar-minded coreligionists.  Their brotherhood will be equal to that of those who fought in Gog and Magog.  Perry won the support of American Family Association, a certified hate group, when Bryan Fischer called for banning the building of mosques in the United States and requiring that immigrants convert to Christianity before entering the country. Fisher also calls gays and lesbians “domestic terrorists” and “Nazis” and flatly states that “liberals hate God.”  Perry agrees.

Taliban dynamite the ancient Buddhas, one of the two statues of Buddha of Bamiyan in 1976

One of the key components is to destroy the

One of two statues of Buddha destroyed by Taliban (photo 1976)

culture of all people who does not match what the NAR believes is pleasing to their Jesus. In this, the New Apostolic Reformation is identical to the Taliban of Pakistan and Afghanistan. There is no mercy, no tenderness, or respect of the believes and needs of those who disagree.  The Taliban, translating as “theological students”, not only dynamited 1700 year old giant Buddhas along the famous Afghanistan Silk Route road, but threw televisions out of people’s homes, threw acid in the faces of females who

Student disfigured, in the name of god, by Taliban for wanting to learn, Taliban prayer-warriors following their prayer-mapping

wanted to learn how to read and write, beheaded those who mocked the existence of Muhammad who many believed married a seven year-old girl, and demanded men not shave and that all women are to be covered from head to foot (they were seen as “rotting meat” and their appearance was not pleasing to their god or men who would use them only to produce babies).

Neither the NAR nor the Taliban will tolerate religious artifacts, neither will tolerate dissent nor questions as both the NAR and the Taliban demand that all people convert to their twisted theology and utter nonsensical and irrelevant prayers that are, in fact,  filled with the garbage of séances.

Niegel Bigpond

Matching the leaders of the Taliban in every respect of intolerance and ignorance Native Americans who have turned traitor to their people and their

Jay Swallow

aboriginal nations that had been in North America long before it was corrupted by a groups similar to the NAR (the Puritans and Pilgrims), have struck out against their Native American culture, history, artifacts, and people.  Apostle Niegel Bigpond, claims to have smashed Indian artifacts which are believed to harbor demons.  Jay Swallow (Bigpond and Swallow claim to have doctorates, but neither have been to any accredited school and neither are literate in any Biblical language, textual criticism, or history), a prominent Native American “apostle” and Mark Wauahdooah who was voted out of office as the Comanche Nation Committeeman on April 6, 2011, an NAR-affiliated Comanche group.

Picking up in the midst of a detailed description, we are told, “Jay then proceeded to lead Mark in the smashing of vessels. One vessel depicted the snakelike features of Leviathan, and the other depicted the Sun god, Baal (few NAR understand and no one accepts the reality that Baalis the ancient name

Mark Wauahdooah

of Yahweh [Strong, Hebrew Lexicon 1180; cp. the deception in Psalm 135:3 as Baal never required child sacrifice, just the sacrifice of some blood–a ceremony that became circumcision]).  They were placed in trash bags, and Mark used a dogwood rod presented to Jay by Chuck Pierce to destroy the pottery. It shattered into many pieces at the joyous shouts of the body of Christ rejoicing in the shattering of paganware.

The NAR Apostles teach that their followers are currently receiving an outpouring of supernatural powers to help them fight the demons that swirl around them.  These spirits are birthed by a degenerate society that is tolerant of ideas that the Apostles and Prophets of the NAR claim are vile and destructive. The NAR pushes its political and religious agenda through what they call Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (SLSW). 

Without a single well-educated member that understands the principles of scientific research, analysis and interpretation, the NAR has concocted with the help of the pseudo-historian David Barton, to rewrite history to match their own imperial ends, winning praise when he wrote that Jesus opposes minimum wage for everyone.  Barton has no formal education in history or other subjects, and has been rightfully criticized as a propagandist for the NAR (Eckholm, Erik (May 4, 2011). “Using History to Mold Ideas on the Right“. New York Times) especially with his insistence on rewriting all history textbooks to show the USA is Christ-centered–that it has never been

David Barton with wife at Republican National Convention 2000

Barton is loved by Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and other poorly educated Tea Party candidates.  It is no surprise that Michele Bachmann (R-MN) whose education is poor to non-existent, has told those who will listen that if she wins the presidency of the USA she will have Barton lecture lawmakers on Constitutional history.  Barton has no formal training, is not a lawyer (he went to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma).  He served as vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1997 to 2006. In 2004, he was hired by the Republican National Committee to mobilize Christians for George W. Bush, distorting the records of both and pushing incompetence into the White House.

The NAR has held ceremonies to “divorce Baal” (another name for “god” who was the prototype for Yahweh and Jesus but who has been calumniated with

Jaquie Tyre

the absurd claim that Baal demands human sacrifice) and claim to burn and otherwise destroy icons and artifacts of other religious belief systems. These unique SLSW concepts and methodologies, previously unknown in the evangelical world, include spiritual mapping to identify and purge both demons and their human helpers. As NAR aficionado Jaquie Tyre, Henderson High School in Chamblee, GA with no formal biblical or exegetical training,  wrote: “Spiritual mapping gives us the ‘military intelligence‘ that we need in order to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom into an area effectively.”  Like Martin Luther of the sixteenth century, Barton and the NAR distort, twist and mangle the Bible to justify their own end: to conquer the world for a Jesus who kills, hates, destroys or separates families and carries a sword (Matthew 10:34-35), being nearly as agathokakological and energumenical as the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) that feeds most of its congregation into this insanity:

Baal (god of storms) held up the Moon and Sun (early Sumerian Trinity)

the Baal (god of fertility, equated with the instruction of the lord of Eden to “go out and multiply) of ancient Hyksos/Habiru (Habiru is an ancient Canaanite word for “wanderer” or “foreigner”; pp.138-139, “El Amarna Letters.” Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin (1997), Editors. Old Testament Parallels, Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East.  New York: Paulist Press)–the Hyksos lived in ancient Egypt and may have been expelled because of their work stoppage; most of the Old Testament is plagiarized from Egyptian, Canaanite/Akkadian and other Middle Eastern texts before the “Hebrews” transmogrified it as their invention, changing names to fit a special (localized) ontology in an effort to make themselves appear as unique and special.  The early Hebrews were nomads and had neither the ability or knowledge of writing or soothsaying.

The humans who garner the scorn of the NAR are often identified in training materials as witches and their activities as witchcraft. Many of the evangelical “Reconciliation” programs popularized over the last decade are an outgrowth of the apostles’ SLSW efforts to remove demons, including “generational curses,” which they claim obstruct the evangelization of specific racial and ethnic groups. These activities have political significance not apparent to outsiders. Kansas Governor and former Senator Sam Brownback worked extensively with leading apostles in pursuing an official apology from the U.S. Senate to Native Americans. 

The NAR has promoted this apology as part of Identificational Repentance and Reconciliation.  It is a standard SLSW method to remove demonic control over Native Americans and evangelize tribes.

Christine O'Donnell (Tea Party/GOP/NAR candidate for US Senate Delaware)

Curiously, this apology is also viewed as a required step in their spiritual warfare agenda to criminalize abortion, with many in the NAR stating that masturbation is the murder of unborn children. Uniquely, the issue of masturbation does not affect females, as NAR Prophets claim that females do not masturbate.  Tea Party US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell  promised that if she was elected, she would introduce anti-masturbation legislation into Congress to be passed (see the September 14, 2010 video here), into law so as not to offend Jesus since the Bible mentions nowhere that Jesus ever had solitary sex or with anyone else.

Texas teen pregnancy rises with abstinence training

Rick Perry is against sex, unless it is abstinence. Now, while it’s true Texas has the 3rd highest teen birth rate in the country and also true that a 2005 study found teens in Texas were actually having more sex after undergoing an abstinence-only program. There are no scientific studies that proves lectures on abstinence (especially religiously mandated abstinence, as seen in the increasing and continuing scandal of priest, pastor, mullahs and rabbi sexually abusing the young), but Perry, as the god Janus, claiming that it is the best policy “from my own personal life,” Perry told the Texas Tribune‘s Evan Smith even though there are numerous accounts of Perry having affairs with men, including his staff, and even propositioning me three times in the 1980s, as I wrote about in this blog, and in several books about the illusion of Texas justice) in an interview earlier this year.

Texas vs US rate in teen pregnancy

NAR and the Tea Party push to mandate abstinence courses in Texas schools have had little effect.  Twenty-three percent of the ninth-grade girls in the study already had sexual intercourse before they received any abstinence education, and after having a course in sexual abstinence, the figure jumped to 28 percent of the ninth-grade girls in Texas engaging in sexual acts that could lead to pregnancy.  The Dallas Morning News reported that in tenth grade boys the number of sexual experiences jumped from 24 percent to 39 percent after sexual abstinence programs were given. The state of Texas now requires mandatory transvaginal sonograms for women who are 8 to 10 weeks pregnant and seeking abortions. 

Rise in pregnancies in Austin ISD TX (March 2010)

By March 8, 2010, 375 teenage girls were pregnant in the Austin Independent School District (Texas) after taking the mandatory abstinence training that Perry demanded, the lowest rate came during the governorship of Ann Richards (D-TX).  The common reaction is they would make the choice themselves.  The pregnancy increase represented a 7.76% increase over the past year and a nearly 50% increase over the 2005-06 school year.

Texas poverty vs USA - Perry wants USA to follow "lead" of Texas

Perry is making his verbal ejaculations regularly in keeping with the instructions of the Apostles of the New Apostolic Reformation that has endorsed him for President of the USA.  Unwanted babies are to be born.  Poverty and lack of health coverage for Texas new-born infants and babies continues to be at the bottom of the nation’s care givers. Perry’s response, like that of the NAR, is “god will provide.” The NAR endorsement matched that of the National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsement, as the NRA is a Center-boil of gun-toting evangelicals determined, like Sovereign Citizens, to enforce their own concept of law.

 

Sovereign citizen killed by police after gun battle when asked to stop after killing two police officers (one the son of the chief) in West Memphis TN

The Sovereign Citizen movement (they refuse to display vehicle license plates, demand an end to income tax, solidly support the candidacy of Ron Paul and Rick Perry, and claim the right to shoot any police officer or military that interferes with them or their right to smoke marijuana) is becoming increasingly visible within the NAR, as are the American Nazis and KKK.  The claim that if they are killed, their civil liberties are denied, but they have the right to kill to protect their “Jesus granted rights” as they await the Rapture and the “Day of Decision” when they make Rick Perry president.

Ron Paul (R-TX) asked to lead revolution to overthrow the USA

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Corporate greed, buying tax exemptions and the Revolution of July 14, 1789 and its need today

On July 14, 1789, the disappearing middle class and increasingly impoverished poor in Paris rose up and stormed the Bastille–a symbol of their oppression by the rich, the corporations, the corrupt officials waxed fat with stripping lands and rights from the people and began a systematic overthrow of a broken system.  On August 4, 1789, the corrupt Church and the privileges of the nobility were attacked and prohibited from collecting tithes from the poor,

Christian tithing

with clergy demanding them like prototype Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and various televangelists (there is no Biblical foundation for tithing 10%). On July 12, 1790, the clergy, from Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1st Prince de Bénévent (bishop of Autun; popularly known as le diable boiteux [the lame devil]) to the lowest cleric  became public servants  by law and could no longer threaten the right of people to decide their own destiny, and many turned toward rejecting the faith that had kept them in bondage for hundreds of years. The greatest day in French history, January 21, 1793, began with the execution of the bumbling King Louis XVI.  He would soon be followed by nobility, corrupt clerics and predatory preachers, and a host of corporate leaders who were impoverishing the nation by passing legislation against unions, collective bargaining and human rights.

Poverty and child labor in the late 18th century

The corruption of the church and the clergy that despoiled the wavering faithful was exceeded only by the French wealthy entrepreneurs and nobility who spoke only for themselves and had no concern for the working people of the nation: those who made the furniture, the buggies and coaches, the bread, and tended gardens and fields so that the rich could eat and occasionally toss them table scraps.   The silence of the poor was strained, and in the garrets and in the hovels that many called home, there was the whispers of open armed revolution and the toppling of the upper-class–regardless of the cost–many noting that it was organized religion that was buttressing a bankrupt government and a society that held benefits only for the wealth and well-healed, those with money, power, and position.  The smoldering embers of resentment soon led into a full-scale conflagration and more than churches and the homes of the rich broke into jetting flames. 

Fête de la Raison, le 10 novembre 1793

As the flames were shooting embers into the air as palaces became charred, the first of hundreds of currish corporate leaders mounted the steps to the guillotine; the celebrated, albeit too brief, the Culte de la Raison was born and  became the voice of humanocentricism with the sole aim of perfecting mortals through reason rather than superstition or slavish devotion to any single source that had the audacity to proclaim that it was either inspired by or written by any deity that enchained the people with the torturous tools of fear of imaginary hell or an elusive heaven.  All religious shackles were shattered, the ecclesiastical articles of torture exhibited, and the clergy vilified for their carnal and cavernous appetites.  Abstract idea of religious were rejected as being biased against select groups, and the movement turned to elevate all opinions as equal in value and encouraged to be studied (Kennedy, Emmet (1989). A Cultural History of the French Revolution. Yale University Press. p. 343.).

Women walking to Versailles (1789) to beg for bread

As prices rose, food became scarce and housing became too expensive and difficult to find, the poor rose up and attacked banks, investors, and the captains of industry.  The French Revolution was not about bread, but the cost of bread, as the wealthy controlled the cost and everything associated with bread.  The greatest problem was that the wealthy refused to pay their fair share of taxes, expected tax subsidies, and to be given tax credits while the Middle Class disappeared.  The rich entrepreneurs who made millions while their workers barely survived did so by literally and physically buying tax  loopholes and tax breaks for themselves and their families and related social groups–all being blessed by a congenial and draconian clergy that rallied for public prayers open to the public so that the people would look more eagerly for the splendors of heaven while suffering perdition on earth.  The rich, in fact, could in fact buy government positions, which they did in extraordinary numbers. just to get tax benefits and the forgiveness of all taxes. Everyone in the French government who worked for the nation was or would become enormously rich as they talked about fixing a working budget that never applied to themselves and made certain that it never came to pass while they kept exempting themselves, their businesses and big farms from taxes.

France’s finances were in such bad shape because of the increasing corruption of big businesses that in 1789 Louis XVI called the Estates General to meet for the first time in 150 years. After that meeting failed, public outrage at the special privileges helped launch the French Revolution.  It is past time that it happen in the USA, UK, and elsewhere that the favored few lived sumptuous lifestyles while the rest live like paupers and pawns. 

Tea Party racism

The Court of Louis XVI was only a weak prototype of the corruption of the Tea Party in the USA, and his advisors but shadows of the Koch Brothers and today’s randy politicians from Rick Perry and his interest in gay men, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney who argues that corporations are people, and others all buttressed by their corrupt clergy from Bradlee Dean to James Dobson and the roster that appeared in Texas with Rick Perry at his Prayer Response in August 2011, with everything funded by the Koch Brother’s Tea Party and racism in the USA.  It is time that the people of the USA rise up as did the good citizens of Paris and take their country back from the Koch Brothers, Hunt Brothers, and similar autocrats who pay millions to protect themselves from the righteous wrath of those they forced out of jobs and homes.  The French went after their corrupt court judges, yet where the thoroughly despicable and disputable US Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts continues to stumble backwards to the seventeenth century, the people of the USA have neither the will nor the interest in overthrowing this vile institution that claims that corporations are people.  Contemporary journalism has little interest in the Machiavellian machinations of this elite group, as the media is far more interested in the sex life of Tiger Woods, or who was chosen to represent Miss USA.

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Texas Gov Rick Perry, NAR, and destroying democracy worldwide

Rick Perry Texas Governor and Evangelist for the NAR

On August 6, 2011, Perry and right-wing evangelical leaders sponsored a prayer rally (http://www.youtube.com/user/RWWBlog?blend=22&ob=5 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JVgb53FaQo and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj-ysXNdBNQ) in Houston’s Reliant Stadium dedicated to “the One True God through his Son Jesus Christ” (http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/151502/texas_governor_rick_perrys_bizarre_fringe_mass_prayer_rally__what_happened_to_no_gov_meddling_in_religion?page=2). Perry’s message on the event’s website reads (http://theresponseusa.com/):

 “Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.”

The Texas governor claimed on what is labeled as the governor’s website that

John Hagee

Pastor John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, who has said God sent Hitler to hunt Jews so they would return to Israel, and Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., who has called Oprah Winfrey the harbinger of the anti-Christ, were solid Christians and sought only forgiveness and reconciliation of the world to his Jesus.  However, the American Family Association (a recognized and designated organized hate organization http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/american-family-association and http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners and http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2010/11/12927/ that has endorsed Perry for President is actually managing the big event and the web site where endorser portraits are published.

Christian terrorists, members of the NAR and KKK. Eight people were arrested Tuesday, one on a charge of murder, in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a remote Louisiana campsite during what police say was an initiation ceremony for the Ku Klux Klan.

Perry ignores the rising tide of Christian terrorism crashing over the hills and valleys of the USA, suffocating and drowning the Bill of Rights, and washing away the ink from the Constitution as he rifles in on Muslims and other non-Christians and the terrorism that they unleash in retaliation against the evangelical extremism in the USA and their home lands.  Christian terrorists in the USA (such as Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City), or in Norway (such as the Christian evangelical Anders Breivik in Oslo and elsewhere) have done as much damage as have Muslims in the Islamic world: from Iran and Iraq to Lebanon and Indonesia. 

Fortunately, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU of Texas held a counter rally the day before Perry’s people called on their deity in their “God is Hate” fest.  Featured speakers at the counter-rally “God is Love”, held at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church of Houston, were the Rev. William Lawson, founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, and the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United, followed by additional speakers representing a wide range of beliefs from the Houston community, for a person’s denominational affiliation (or lack of such a membership) was irrelevant: the celebration was for freedom of and from religion noting that diversity strengthens the character of a country, and to show the rest of the country and the world that there is still a respect for the Constitution of the USA and appreciation for diversity in Houston (http://familyfaithfreedom.org/ with coordinating links at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7680975.html and http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2011/07/perrys-prayer-rally-organizers-opponents-prepare-for-the-big-day/ with a recognition that the majority of the Founding Fathers who wrote the US Constitution were deists, and while Perry and the Southern Baptist Convention disavows and disallows women to preach and the evangelical Christians who support Perry’s usurpation of the US Constitution by casting aspersions on Roman Catholics, with the exception of the retired bishop of Amarillo, Jill Carroll of Houston noted:  “Dorothy Ripley, the first woman to ever preach a sermon in the House, did so in 1806 in front of a big crowd that included President Jefferson and Vice President Burr. The first Catholic to give a sermon in the House did so in 1826 during President Adam’s term” at http://blog.chron.com/talkingtolerance/2011/08/religion-state-the-founders-rick-perry/).

The Jewish community of Houston hosted a counter rally in opposition to Perry’s decision to further divide the nation and isolate, especially, the Jewish community in Texas.  The Anti-Defamation League, the event’s organizer and an activist group against anti-Semitism and discrimination, has defined Perry’s rally “misguided and inappropriate” for isolating non-Christians in his constituency and tangling his personal faith with his political office.  “The governor’s message is dividing Texans along religious lines. Our goal is to educate the community why a union between government and religion is harmful to both,” said Martin B. Cominsky, ADL regional director. “It’s a reminder to all people, to Jews, to Muslims, to everyone, how risky this slope is” (http://regions.adl.org/southwest/news/adl-responds-to-perry-prayer.html).  Commenting on a letter to Perry that reads in part:

Your invitation to join in a Christian prayer meeting suggests to non-Christians that they are outsiders.  Coming from someone elected to serve a religiously pluralistic constituency, it is misguided and deeply insensitive. . .

…Our concern is in no way based on hostility toward religion.  Rather, it is based on a deep belief in religious freedom.  It is one of America’s greatest strengths.  The best way to safeguard religious liberty for all Americans is for our government to keep its distance.  We therefore urge you to reconsider your participation in and involvement with The Response event.’

(Read the entire letter at: http://www.adl.org/Civil_Rights/letter-Rick-Perry.asp).

signed by Southwest Regional Director Martin B. Cominsky, and North Texas/Oklahoma Director Mark L. Briskman, the two leaders noted that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL):

cares deeply about religious freedom. As our letter says, the best way to protect Christians, Jews, Muslims, and worshipers of all faiths, as well as those who choose not to practice religion at all, is to avoid government endorsement and promotion of religion.  We sincerely hope Governor Perry will agree with us.”

Perry did not agree. Openly, and at the prayer rally, Perry’s patent anti-Semitism was clearly bull-horned in his remarks.  The Texas Governor’s rally of theological terrorism was one of exclusion, not inclusion.  Perry’s god alone would be recognized, not the gods of other people.  Allan E. Parker Jr., the organizer who referred to the rally as for “The One True God,” wrote that it would be “idolatry of the worst sort for Christians to gather and invite false gods like Allah and Buddha and their false prophets to be with us at that time” (http://www.projectlibertyusa.org/attorneys/allan-e-parker-jr/).

Eddie & Alice SmithDennis and Ginger Lindsey

 The hatred for the rights and beliefs of others were repeated by each of the speakers, with special scathing coming from

Joe & Becky Keenan

the mendicant mercenaries who established their own ministries to rake in tithes while the poor suffer: Eddie & Alice Smith of the Eddie & Alice Ministries of Houston, Mark & Lisa Longoria of My Father’s House of San Antonio, Dennis and Ginger Lindsey of Christ for the Nations who bilk millions in a quest to force conversions, Joe & Becky Keenan Senior Pastors Gulf Meadows Church of Houston, Cindy Jacobs CEO of General International of Red Oak TX, Jane Hansen Hoyet CEO of Aglow International, Jose & Magida

Jose & Magda Hermida

Hermida of Magida Hermida Ministries: Mujers con Poder, Rev. Carolyn Stovall Gilbert President and Founder, Missionaries With The Vision, and others, many of whom are being investigated for sexual irregularities illegal under different jurisdictions as well as skimming money from their ministries, and other crimes.  What is startling is that most fundamental churches and religions reject women in any pastoral position

Benedict XIV

because of St. Paul’s injunction in 1 Corinthians 11:5 a

Bishop John Yanta (Amarillo TX)

rephrasing of Deuteronomy 21:12, and with two Roman Catholic emeritus bishops on the panel both of whom are under ecclesiastical (and potentially civil)  investigation, it is even more strange since popes

consistently have forbidden women to preach publicly or take part in such a meeting, although Benedict XIV (Heroic Virtue, III, 144, 150) wrote that anyone, including “women and heathens” can receive prophecy.  Neither of the Roman Catholic bishops, Rene Henry Garcia of Corpus Christi and John W. Yanta of Amarillo, both of whom have retired after questions arose about clergy sexual abuses of young boys in their dioceses during their tenure (Corpus Christi sexual abuse at http://www.caller.com/news/2010/mar/08/lawsuit-alleges-abuse-by-deceased-priest/ and http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/03/corpus_christi_diocese.php and http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/12/diocese-of-corpus-christi-settles-sex-abuse/, with Garcia objecting to the release of the names of pedophiles within the clergy:

Bishop Rene Henry Garcia (Corpus Christi TX)

There is no need for a public announcement to be made that gives the name of the priest and the fact of the accusation and the suspension, and yet, all to often such a public announcement is made.  Such public announcement by a diocese almost always results in media exploitation of the news in a sensational manner to the detriment of the Catholic Church and its priesthood 
at http://www.sanctepater.com/2011/04/bishop-rene-henry-gracida-comments-on.html; for Yanta of Amarillo who failed to report sexual abuses, see:  http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/2002_07_11_AmarilloGlobeNews_SuitAlleges_Rosendo_Herrera_4.htm and http://www.bishop-accountability.org/usccb/natureandscope/dioceses/amarillotx.htm and http://www.bishop-accountability.org/resources/resource-files/databases/DallasMorningNewsBishops.htm#yanta and http://www.amarillonet.com/stories/021804/new_yanta.shtml),  at Perry’s prayer fest have any serious working knowledge of scripture or church dogma and doctrine, as if either of the bishops were at all knowledgeable on the literal passage allegedly written by St. Paul (1 Corinthians 14:34-35; as I have written elsewhere, this declaration is a forgery and added at least 100-200 years later, but I doubt any of the members have read my book on it; the Greek text reads and a marginally acceptable translation is: “Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says.  And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church: αι γυναικες υμων εν ταις εκκλησιαις σιγατωσαν ου γαρ επιτετραπται αυταις λαλειν αλλ υποτασσεσθαι καθως και ο νομος λεγει ει δε τι μαθειν θελουσιν εν οικω τους ιδιους ανδρας επερωτατωσαν αισχρον γαρ εστιν γυναιξιν εν εκκλησια λαλειν (a response to Genesis 3:16: אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה אָמַר הַרְבָּה אַרְבֶּה עִצְּבֹונֵךְ וְהֵרֹנֵךְ בְּעֶצֶב תֵּלְדִי בָנִים וְאֶל־אִישֵׁךְ תְּשׁוּקָתֵךְ וְהוּא יִמְשָׁל־בָּךְ׃ redacted into 1 Corinthians 11:3)” (NASB) they would know that the literal words are that women are to remain silent in any religious gathering—a reality that led to the ostracization of Anne Hutchison in New England (banished from Massachusetts in 1637).

The current Texas Governor is determined to turn the USA into an Old Testament theocracy.  To accomplish this, Perry, a member of Austin’s Tarrytown United Methodist Church, publicly states that he wants the US Supreme Court to put mandatory prayers back into public schools (http://www.firstamendmentjournal.net/news.aspx?id=4520).  It is not a surprise at all is that the Texas governor, who spends hours fixing his hair (for which he earned the nickname “The Coiff”; http://www.opednews.com/articles/BECKWATCH-On-Rick-Perry–by-Kevin-Tully-101116-756.html and as the celebrated and insightful Molly Ivins (1944 – 2007) wrote, Perry is “all hat and no cattle” at http://whatwouldjackdo.net/2011/06/texas-where-reality-reason-and-decency-go-to-die.html, cp. http://www.albionmonitor.com/0012a/copyright/mi-rickperry.html and http://www.alternet.org/story/47484/www.texasobserver.org?comments=view&cID=506307&pID=499773), is startled (his word) by the fact that not all Texas students share his religious faith or zeal to spread the Gospel as he understands it. 

Perry is especially worried that there are Texas families who are “not religious” and wants that changed immediately (http://www.firstamendmentjournal.net/news.aspx?id=4520). Perry banded with the discriminatory American Family Association (a recognized hate group http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/american-family-association), advocates of the radical Seven Mountains Dominionism ideology (that advocates killing LGBT people and to destroy all governments and take over the world to form a one-world Christian theocracy; it is a defined hate group: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/03/29/student-group-at-harvard-sponsors-controversial-anti-gay-religious-speakers/) , and a litany of anti-gay zealots and End Times preachers (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fact-sheet-gov-rick-perry%E2%80%99s-extremist-allies) to put on his The Response (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/subjects/-response-prayer-rally) prayer rally.

Don Finto

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is orchestrating an event that rejects both non-Christians and Christians who do not embrace the organizers’ far-right politics and religious fundamentalism, brought the pseudo-organization “Jews for Jesus” (made up of Christian fundamentalists: with Don Finto to “send revival” to Israel and for the Jewish people to “come to their own [Christian] Messiah [in Judaism, the “messiah” is a warrior who will overthrow foreign occupations and religions, which had been the worship of gods other than YHWH—this would include the worship of Jesus of his “God””  (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/8/8/114844/0135http://theresponseusa.com/honorary-co-chairs.php#endorsers).  No negative comment came from the only “Jewish

Marty Waldman

rabbi” Martin Waldman of Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue.  Waldman is not a true Jew but a Christian who claims Jewish heritage to “convert Jews to Jesus Christ.”  Waldman is not accepted in the Jewish community as a legitimate Hebrew, and his congregation in Dallas, TX, is marginalized when attending his charade.  

Houston-area clergy members have spoken out against the rally’s exclusive nature and the extreme figures involved in it, saying in a joint letter, “We are concerned that our governor has crossed the line by organizing a religious event rather than focusing on the people’s business in Austin” (http://www.secular.org/blogs/mike-meno/houston-clergy-join-protest-against-perrys-prayer-event).  The Houston clergy wrote:

We believe in a healthy boundary between church and state. Out of respect for the state, we believe that it should represent all citizens equally and without preference for religious or philosophical tradition. Out of respect for religious communities, we believe that they should foster faithful ways of living without favoring one political party over another. Keeping the church and state separate allows each to thrive and upholds our proud national tradition of empowering citizens to worship freely and vote conscientiously. We are concerned that our governor has crossed the line by organizing a religious event rather than focusing on the people’s business in Austin.

We also express concern that the day of prayer and fasting at Reliant Stadium is not an inclusive event. As clergy leaders in the nation’s fourth-largest city, we take pride in Houston’s vibrant and diverse religious landscape. Our religious communities include Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists and many other faith traditions. Our city is also home to committed agnostics and atheists, with whom we share common cause as fellow Houstonians. Houston has long been known as a live-and-let-live city where all are respected and welcomed. It troubles us that the governor’s prayer event is not open to everyone. In the publicized materials, the governor has made it clear that only Christians of a particular kind are welcome to pray in a certain way. We feel that such an exclusive event does not reflect the rich tapestry of our city.

The letter was signed by: Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge, minister, Covenant Church, Alliance of Baptists/American Baptist Churches; Rev. Douglas Anders, conference minister, South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ; Rev. Paul Beedle, Unitarian Universalist; Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, minister, Plymouth United Church, UCC; Rev. Beth Ellen Cooper-Davis, minister, Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Michael Diaz, director of connections, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Pat Farnan, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Lura Groen, pastor, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Teddy Hardy, minister, St. John United Church of Christ; Rev. Lori Keaton, United Church of Christ; Rev. Harry Knox, senior pastor, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Janice Ladd, executive pastor, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Dr. Becky Edmiston-Lange, co-minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Mark Edmiston-Lange, co-minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Mona Lopez, volunteer staff clergy, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Laura Mayo, minister, Covenant Church, Alliance of Baptists/American Baptist Churches; Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell, senior minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. David Pantermuehl, Grace United Church of Christ; Rev. Adam Robinson, assistant minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Ken Richter, senior minister, First Congregational Church, UCC; Rev. Bill Royster, United Church of Christ; Rev. Sam Schaal, transition minister, Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Robert Tucker, executive director, Foundation for Contemporary Theology; Rev. Ernie Turney, pastor, Bering United Methodist Church; Rev. Bonnie Vegiard, Unitarian Universalist. (Read more at: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7614497.htm#ixzz1UNnuRE5n

Texas secession and Rick Perry

A major problem with a Perry presidential bid is Rick’s repeated verbal

Kathryn Ann Bailey Hutchison

ejaculations that he wants Texas to leave the Union—Secession has been his battle cry for years.  Before Perry makes his decision if he will run for president of the United States, Perry needs to decide if he wants to be a part of the United States, as back in 2009, during Perry’s bumpy reelection race against sitting US Senator Ann Kay Bailey Hutchison who has been embroiled in numerous scandals through her career in politics in Texas (cf. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1994).  From stardom to scandal: the rise & fall of Kay Bailey Hutchison.  Las Colinas: Monument Press), the governor told a Tea Party crowd:

There’s a lot of different scenarios…We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot”  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/15/gov-rick-perry-texas-coul_n_187490.html).

Tea Party supporters were Dixiecrats

Rush Limbaugh was a fan of Perry’s statements, and Texas Republicans, too, as Texas Republicans are nothing more than segregationist/racist old-time Dixiecrats  (States Rights Democrats that included many KKK members who promptly switched to the Republican Party after the fear mongering of Sen. Joe McCarthy {R-WI}), who at times would side with the national Democratic Party—but that split with the election of a Roman Catholic to the White House who believed in and fortified a wall separating state and church.   Perry later affirmed his stance, conjecturing: 

We are very proud of our Texas history; people discuss and debate the issues of can we break ourselves into five states, can we secede, a lot of interesting things that I’m sure Oklahoma and Pennsylvania would love to be able to say about their states, but the fact is, they can’t because they’re not Texas.

While there is nothing in the US Constitution nor in the Texas Constitution allowing for secession, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas negotiated the power to divide into four additional states at some point if it wanted to but not the right to secede.  One thing that Perry does have in common with the fundamentalist wing of politics in the USA is the belief that men have some inalienable right over a woman’s uterus, and a “god given right/obligation” to interfere with her freedom of choice as to what she will do with the uterus or any evolving cells clinging to its walls. Just like Republicans in Congress and around the country, Rick Perry’s opposition to “government intrusion” doesn’t apply to women. 

Taking a leaf from the sordid writings of Martin Luther, Perry argues that a woman is the property of a man and as such it is the man who will make the decisions for her.  Luther said of women: “. . . when women speak well, it is not praiseworthy. It befits them to stammer and not be able to speak well; that adorns them much better.” [WA, TR IV, no. 4081, pp. 121-122] “as women cannot be chaste nor pure as nature did not endow them with these attributes” [Letter to Three Nuns, Wittenberg, 6 August 1524, WA, BR III, no. 766, pp. 326-328] for “And who can enumerate all the ludicrous, ridiculous, false, vain, and superstitious ideas of this seducible sex? From the first woman, Eve, it originated that they should be deceived and considered a laughing-stock.” [Sermon on the Ten Commandments, 1516, WA I, p. 407] {All quotations are translated from the German original Werk by Martin Luther.} 

Luther was the original evangelical fundamentalist, who wrote extensively that the one purpose of woman was to produce babies, and her highest good would be to die in childbirth; he had no time for women as preachers or pastors, citing: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. (1Timothy 2:12: γυναικι δε διδασκειν ουκ επιτρεπω ουδε αυθεντειν ανδρος αλλ ειναι εν ησυχια, in Luther’s bible, it is dulden wir, so werden wir mitherrschen; verleugnen wir, so wird er uns auch verleugnen; the passage is a redaction of 1 Corinthians 13:4 with Luther using Titus 2:5 as his reference since that passage has woman being stupid and capable of “maligning” the Law/word). This was not a part of Perry’s prayer fest, nor is it recognized in the original Methodist theology. Being a Texas Methodist, that means Rick is required to regiment the methodology of his wife’s life, labor, and love, as the inventor of his religion, John Wesley, did not allow women to “exhort” (preach) but required them to remain at home, and it was tempting Satan to invite women to a revival where they could stand up and “exhort”.  His mother did not appreciate his chauvinism, as she was active in her church.

Wesley changed his mind by 1738, when he discovered the zeal of women, and by April 1742, the London Society “of Methodists” listed 66 leaders, 49 of them women. These women were highly visible as leaders, less visible but no less essential in their ministry of hospitality as they accommodated itinerant preachers travelling ceaselessly.

Given his evangelical background and mindset, Perry has pushed for a bill to require all women to have an ultrasound before they can get an abortion.  Perry was convinced, initially, that it would sail through, but it proved to be the first major bill debated in the House, and was declared an “emergency” by Perry himself (http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/democrats-derail-sonogram-bill-at-least-for-a-1294019.html) but the Democrats (of which he was one originally) derailed the bill before passage.  As Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado noted in that session, the bill’s author didn’t understand how intrusive his own bill was (http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11098/hb15-a-transvaginal-ultrasound-wand-in-every-woman).  

Carol Alvarado

Representative Carol Alvarado gave the Texas legislature an in-depth description of a trans-vaginal sonogram, which would be required for women eight to 10 weeks pregnant.

This is not the jelly on the belly that most of you think, she said as she held up a vaginal probe.’This is government intrusion at its best’.”

The bill had no provision for victims of rape or incest. It did, however, give Perry more social conservative credentials to trumpet on the campaign trail.  Overnight the Texas Governor became the protector of the “unborn” and even accepted that life began at conception and that sperm and ova were sacred forms of human life.

Perry was not a fanatic on everything when he was not in politics, nor serving in the US military.  That changed when he returned to West Texas.  When it came to money, votes, or men who accompanied him, he was ruthless and sought out that which would help him hold onto power.In addition to his changing concerns over government intrusion, Perry had a bit of a consistency problem where states’ rights are concerned.  This returned when there was debate among the men in the Texas legislature—none of whom could become pregnant–but whom spent hours discussing abortion.  Every male in the Texas legislature determined that he would decide what would happen if a woman became pregnant and what would happen to the woman’s body.Repetitively Perry proclaimed that he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned so states could decide for themselves (http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/08/01/rick-perry-wantsfederal-reign-abortion).  

When it looked like he had a chance at the GOP nomination, Perry declared his support for a federal constitutional amendment that would overturn Roe and ban abortion nationwide.  One thing about Perry is absolutely certain: he is never consistent, especially when it comes to abortion. 

One of the reasons Perry is worried about the zygote/fetus is it could be a born-again Tea Party voter in the future.  This was most likely if the incubating woman was white, evangelical, and Republican.”This is what democracy really is all about,” Perry said, signing the bill. (http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Gov-Rick-Perry-signs-voter-ID-bill-into-law-1398346.php#ixzz1SU7aNkib). 

“It’s the integrity of every vote; that every vote counts. Today we take a major step in protecting the most cherished right of Americans.”  Voting, however, was not seen as a right–save for Republicans.The bill that Perry signed makes “illegal voting” a felony.  It also was an “emergency” item for Perry’s third term as governor.

Perry is not for open voting.  He initiated the Texas voter ID card.

How draconian is the bill?  Perry’s Voter ID bill requires a voter to present one of five forms of ID—a drivers’ license, military ID, passport, concealed handgun license, or a state voter ID card that Texas must provide.  The state faces a budget shortfall of over $10 billion, but Republican Gov. Rick Perry declared voter ID a legislative emergency to help fast-track the bill. All this despite little evidence of actual voter fraud, and plenty to suggest that the laws will end up costing states millions of dollars that they don’t have. 
 
Studies show that up to 11% of citizens don’t have a photo ID. Forcing voters to buy cards has made states the target of lawsuits claiming such costs amount to a modern-day poll tax. To solve the problem, many states now issue free ID cards, but it’s expensive.   There is plenty of evidence to suggest that it is the elderly, African-American, and Latino voters who are most likely to vote without the types of identification that’s being required in the new legislation.

TX Representative Dawnna Duke

State Representative Dawnna Dukes summed it up succinctly: “I think it’s about disenfranchising groups of people who do not historically vote for the Republican Party,” when the bill was passed (http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/emotional-voter-id-bill-debate-ends-in-passage-1344311.html).  

What is known is that there are fewer (if any) obstacles to vote experienced by the white and wealthy in Texas and their supporters: white evangelical Christian extremists.  They tend to vote Republican/Tea Party Libertarian.

In a state like Texas, with a large immigrant population, voter ID is not a neutral issue, but rather another obstacle making it less likely people will vote.  Like other governors around the country, Perry pushed for the voter ID bill despite a lack of any proof that “illegal voting” is actually a problem.  What Perry also ignored is that most Hispanics were born in Texas or a border state (New Mexico and Arizona), and had been USA citizens for years, but the law was aimed at them as it is in Arizona, which has begun to see a migration of farm workers out of Texas in search of more hospitable habitats and governments.  This directly has an adverse affect on the Texas economy. 

Texas unemployment rate

Perry still believes that the Texas economy is blooming and growing rapidly;

Texas subprime mortgage rates

he doesn’t talk with the thousands of furloughed teachers, the mechanical workers looking for jobs, the secretaries waiting for a call for new employment or the underemployed and those who have been unemployed for more than one year.

Rick Perry likes to claim—and conservatives like to believe–that Texas’ economy is a shining beacon of hope for the country. And it is—if you like your hope low-wage, low-benefit and deficit-ridden.  As former

Jim Hightower

Secretary of Agriculture and lifelong Texan Jim Hightower wrote:

“…Perry-jobs are really ‘jobettes,’ offering low pay, no benefits and no upward mobility. In fact, under Rickonomics, Texas has added more minimum wage jobs than all other states combined! After 10 years in office, Gov. Perry presides over a state that has more people in poverty and more without health coverage than any other.”  (http://www.alternet.org/economy/151381/inept_texas_governor_rick_perry_calls_himself_a_%22miracle_man%22/?page=2):

Monthly rate late mortgages

Perry’s proclamation of Texas being a miracle state is a miracle only for the wealthy who feed off the labor of the poor, and is easily matched by the “miracle growth” of Mitt Romney who claims that Massachusetts did better when he was governor than there was any governor before or after him.  More children are hungry in Texas than any other state, and with Perry constant banging against the rights of labor the situation will get worse.

Of course, that’s exactly the kind of job growth the country as a whole is seeing now, and it’s just fine with the big-money base of the Republican Party.  As Joshua Holland wrote in AlterNet recently, even as Texas added those “jobettes,” its unemployment rate magically increased to 8 percent from 7.7 percent—and 23 states have a better employment rate than the miraculous Texas (http://www.alternet.org/story/151325/texas_is_a_shining_example_of_right-wing_governance_in_action_and_that’s_why_it’s_a_complete_basket-case).

So much for that economic miracle, for while Perry pretends to be the magician equal to Mitt Romney, both have been disasters at the financial helm of their ships of state. Texas’s economy is more of an example of the mess the entire country is heading for unless we see a dramatic change in priorities, but that is not likely with Perry as governor—and it would be worse if Perry was President.   Perry messes with Texas on all fronts, and his assault on the economy is in keeping with his attack on education.

Intelligent Design creation museum

Perry’s idea of education is more in keeping with that at Plymouth Rock, than with any modern concept of learning; and the subject matter that Perry proposes is nearly antediluvian.  A strong creationist, for the record when he speaks, Perry wants “Intelligent Design” to be pushed in public schools, and the often-repeated and verified theory of evolution downgraded.  Perry is quoted as saying:

Intelligent design is a concept that is gaining greater traction because it points to a notion that most people believe to be true: that we were created by an intelligent being who designed the human race with great detail and complexity. . . .”  (http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/PerryLetter_ID_12.27.2005_r.pdf?docID=2621; cp. http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/PerryLetter_evolution_9.1.2005_r.pdf?docID=2622)   Perry’s claim is totally untrue (http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/05/zack_kopplin_rocks.php and http://cenlamar.com/2011/04/27/evolving-as-a-leader-an-extended-interview-with-zack-kopplin-part-three/ and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/high-school-senior-leads-louisiana-fight-against-anti-evolution-law/2011/04/21/AFs8M4LE_blog.html and http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/laurilebo/4702/student_to_michele_bachmann%3A_%27presidential_candidates_shouldn%E2%80%99t_be_able_to_make_stuff_up%27/  with even the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty siding with the 17 year-old at http://www.bjconline.org/index.php).   

To push his religious ideas as “facts”, Perry is demanding that the withering Texas Board of Education present ID alongside of evolution.  Perry is quoted as noting:

“”I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution. The State Board of Education has been charged with the task of adopting curriculum requirements for Texas public schools and recently adopted guidelines that call for the examination of all sides of a scientific theory, which will encourage critical thinking in our students, an essential learning skill.” (San Angelo, Texas Standard Times online at http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/sep/11/this-series-examines-important-issues-to-texans/).   

Don McLeroy chair Texas State Board of Education (2007)

So determined is Perry to force all Texas children to learn creationism that the Texas governor appointed Don McLeroy, a Republican from College Station and a self-described “young Earth creationist” as chair in 2007 of the State Board of Education and pushed as scientific fact that the Earth is only 6000 years old, following a dating set by an Irish bishop more than one hundred years ago, but after the Senate refused to confirm McLeroy’s appointment in 2009, Gov. Perry appointed Gail Lowe, a Republican from Lampasas, as chair. Lowe was a McLeroy clone and voted with McLeroy that same year to require that students learn creationist arguments against evolution in their science classrooms. The majority of the Texas Senate refused to confirm Lowe’s appointment in 2011 (http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_religious_right_watch_rick_perry#CREATIONISM).

Texas teachers protest in Austin

Texas teachers protest Perry's paring school funds

 On March 12, 2011, thousands of protesters descended on the Texas state capitol grounds in Austin for a rally against a proposed $10 billion in education cuts to the state school system (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/thousands-protest-education-cuts-at-texas-capitol/).  Representatives from 300 school districts, students, teachers, parents, and others marched and called on Perry to use the state’s “rainy day fund” to cover the shortfall in schools rather than lay off a projected 189,000 education workers.

Texas teachers protest inside the capitol building

The officially nonpartisan rally was distinctly anti-Perry with chants of “it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Rick Perry’s snoring” and slogans like “Flunk Perry” plentiful and to be seen everywhere. The publicity surrounding the event provoked a press release from the Koch Brothers funded conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity that had been funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into all states where unions were strong: destroying the public education system in Wisconsin and Indiana, and attacking union rights in Iowa and elsewhere. 

Peggy Venable (Americans for Prosperity)

Under the direction of the Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity called the demonstration a “front for unions” and “raising taxes.”  Exaggerating reality and outright fabricating fiction, Americans for Prosperity’s state director, Peggy Venable, claimed in a statement: “Save Texas Schools is a liberal group posing as a non-partisan, education advocacy organization,” adding, “We can cut education spending without cutting instruction or teachers.  But educrats are calling in all of their forces to oppose any education cuts.” Of course, the budget cuts came and are still coming with the loss of experienced teachers, the dumbing down of education, closure of schools and libraries, and rewriting history, science, and liberal arts (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903999904576470232177476242.html).

David (L) and Julia Koch

Education, health care, basic services are on the chopping block, Venable’s primary goal. Few Texans knew that Venable had been the director for the National Republican Party in 1984, served in the federal government for 15 years (White House Liaison to the US Department of Education for the Reagan Administration), sued the Texas Association of Counties in 2005, received over $72,000 from David Koch (Americans for Prosperity Foundation, 2007 IRS Return, Guidestar, August 2008, page 1) in 2007 to watch after his political interests, rejects global warming, claiming carbon dioxide is not a poison but makes crops grow (http://thinkprogress.org/green/2010/10/25/174825/afp-climate-deniers/ a call made by the Competitive Enterprise Institute that is also funded by the Koch Brothers), and wants cap-and-trade policies implemented including calling MoveOn.org as being controlled by the Communist Party.  She has a BA in Journalism from Texas State University and has expressed disdain for public education.

Aside from the impact such layoffs will have on the economy, since a good chunk of the new jobs Perry touts as part of his economic miracle were in schools, there’s the actual impact on the state’s students (http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2011/07/texas-education-job-cuts-may-haunt.html).  It’s not just public schools that take a hit—universities will see their budgets slashed and financial aid eliminated for 43,000 students (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7611061.html).  It is because of government cutbacks that over 7000 high school students drop out of school every day throughout the USA (http://www.rense.com/general92/7000.htm).

One Texas school attempted to trademark its mascot and sell advertising space on its school buses and Web site in order to raise desperately needed cash. The New York Times called Perry’s impending cuts “the largest cuts to public education since World War II” (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/education/15texas.html?_r=2).

As Dana Goldstein noted, Texas is a right-to-work state where less than 2 percent of teachers are unionized (http://www.danagoldstein.net/dana_goldstein/2011/02/on-the-education-budget-and-the-crisis-in-the-states-or-what-does-money-have-to-do-with-good-public-.html).  There’s no big bad teachers’ union to be the villain here. There are only honest workers about to be out of jobs, and kids—and the economy–suffering the consequences.

Sex education is even more Neanderthal in thinking and teaching in Texas than in any other state in the Union, this despite the fact that Texas has the nation’s third-highest teen birthrate (http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/26/2362222/texas-has-3rd-highest-teen-birthrate.html).  Teen childbearing in Texas costs Texas taxpayers no less than $1.2 billion annually (http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/costs/pdf/counting-it-up/fact-sheet-texas.pdf).  Despite this economic fact, a 1998 report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund (http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_public_schools_sex_education_jsdk_report_index) revealed that more than 96 percent of the state’s public school districts taught abstinence-only or nothing at all when it came to sex education. Gov. Perry, who opposes comprehensive sex education, continues to argue that young people need to pray when sexual “urges” take control and save their virginity for marriage or for Jesus.

Because of the over preoccupation of what Jesus thinks of teen sex among those unmarried (never mind that Jesus’ mother was not married at the time of his conception and birth, according to the Gospels that never suggest or state that she ever married, as marriage was not a way of life for the poor) the Texas Department of State Health Services, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, in the summer of 2010 ruled out the idea of applying for federal funding for programs that would present medical facts to students concerning sex and sexually transmitted diseases since the federal program mandates a section of the course discusses contraception as well as abstinence to prevent pregnancy (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/health-and-human-services-commission/texas-forgoes-federal-funds-for-sex-ed/; on the cost of sex education in Texas, read: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/costs/pdf/counting-it-up/fact-sheet-texas.pdf).  In October of 2010, the Texas Tribune asked Gov. Perry about abstinence-only policies on sex education (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/an-interview-with-gov-rick-perry/):

Gov. Perry: “Abstinence works.”

Interviewer: “But we have the third highest teen pregnancy rate among all states in the country. . . . It doesn’t seem to be working.”

Gov. Perry: “It works. Maybe it’s the way it’s being taught or the way that it’s being applied out there. But the fact of the matter is, it is the best form to teach our children.”

Interviewer: “Can you give me a statistic suggesting it works?”

Gov. Perry: “I’m just going to tell you from my own personal life, abstinence works. And the point is, if we’re not teaching it, and if we’re not impressing it upon them, then no.

Perry distorted the intent of the question (which was not to promote the notion that young people should be encouraged to have sex).  Perry argued:

If the point is we’re going to go stand up here and say, ‘Listen, y’all go have sex and go have whatever is going on and we’ll worry with that and here is the ways to have safe sex,’ I’m sorry, you can call me old-fashioned if you want, but that is not what I’m going to stand up in front of the people of the state of Texas and say that is the way we need to go and forget about abstinence.”

Geoff Connor

Perry has a real problem with sexuality and especially with homosexuality—especially as, over the years he served in Austin; he has repeatedly been accused of being a homosexual—with his Secretary of State Geoff Connor being his “alleged playmate” that his wife, Anita, caught him with in a compromising situation—causing him to yell at him over her office telephone the next day (http://www.examiner.com/democrat-in-national/is-rick-perry-gay-rumors-haunt-potential-presidential-bid).  It is reported that Perry kept two chefs (at $10,000 a month) around the Governor’s mansion as they were “intimate friends,” and an exposé was released on Perry’s secret life by the Austin Chronicle on February 27, 2004, by Michael King (http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2004-02-27/198958/) in his article: “Naked City: The Real Sins of Gov. Perry”.  One website noted: “A politically-connected attorney in Texas told me he has known about Perry’s gay side since the 1980s. And two district judges in Odessa told him that the rumor was always there when they served in the Legislature with Perry” (http://www.opednews.com/thoreau022704_texas_governor.htm) with Waco, TX, Representative Lane Denton also being identified as a boyfriend, despite having a wife (Betty Denton later served in Austin, sitting in her husband’s seat), and was tried and convicted for embezzling $67,000—but never spent time in jail thanks to “unknown sources” (http://www.dallasobserver.com/content/printVersion/2025195/).

Perry does have one idea of how to solve the “public school problem” especially when it comes to teen pregnancy:  private school vouchers. If students go to private (parochial, in Perry’s terminology) they will not want nor have sex, and, therefore, there will be no babies born before there is a Christian marriage (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and so forth marriages are not considered legitimate marriages among the fanatical fringe fundamentalist evangelical extremist Christian community of which Perry claims ownership)

James Leininger

Private School Vouchers, however, have been one of Perry’s biggest public policy failures as he has consistently been unable to pass a private school voucher scheme in Texas.  Far from being devoted to private schools, he uses the private school voucher promise as a political ploy.  In 1998, Perry won a tight election for lieutenant governor with the help of nearly $100,000 in direct donations (http://info.tpj.org/Lobby_Watch/perryll.html) from the family of San Antonio businessman James Leininger, a rock-hard Lutheran who carries all the hatred spewed by Martin Luther against the workers (read Luther’s Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern), Jews (read Luther’s Von den Jüden und jren Lügen), and those that do not meet his rigid standard of evangelical fundamentalist Christianity, e.g. Luther’s Vor dem Antinomians (1539) being based on a corrupt reading of Acts 15:5; cp. Augustine of Hippo, Contra Faust, 32.13,  (in short a religious terrorist who will spend money from his Kinetics Foundation to support right-wing programs and deny women the right of choice, the elderly of self-respect in making decisions for themselves, and the young from experiencing life—being identical to his grandfather Adolph who ruled with “an iron thumb” (http://www.texscience.org/reform/leininger.htm including http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2000-07-14/pols_feature3.html and http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/vol18/issue22/pols.leiniger.profile.html and http://www.mollyivins.com/showArticle.asp?ArticleFileName=990514_ed.htm and http://www.texasmonthly.com/mag/issues/2002-11-01/feature4.php and http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/01/02/010217_tort_reform.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/08/education/08HOME.html who is actually more corrupt than my own father, Herbert Frederick Ide, who bequeathed $1 million to Valley Lutheran School (enrollment 31) in Waterloo, Iowa, to teach Christianity and creationism {http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_a5731d24-01e6-11df-95ca-001cc4c002e0.html} at the expense of a real education, in laboring to impose their values on those who disagree with him) with a flair that matches Adolf Hitler, (http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/SORR_06_ReportWEB.pdf?docID=222, read chapter 2) the state’s most prominent supporter of private school vouchers.

Leininger also backed a $1.1 million last-minute loan to the Perry campaign that helped put the then-agriculture commissioner over the top in that election. Perry beat his Democratic opponent, John Sharp, by less than 2 percent of the vote.

Leininger has continued to be a generous funder of Perry’s campaigns and those of other voucher backers, but the Legislature has never passed such a scheme. (Leininger spent $50 million to fund a 10-year private school voucher scheme in San Antonio’s Edgewood Independent School District, with the hope that the Legislature would pass a publicly funded program during that period. He ended his funding in 2008.) In addition, Leininger and two other businessmen paid $40,400 to fly the governor (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6547566.html; and http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/2523682.html), his wife and top staffers on private jets to the Bahamas in February 2004. Leininger and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist accompanied the governor. Gov. Perry said the trip included “real, progressive conversation” on school finance issues.

During his campaign for lieutenant governor in 1998, Perry made varying statements regarding his support for private school vouchers. (“Perry tape reveals new voucher stance,” Houston Chronicle, 2/6/98; cf. http://www.offthekuff.com/mt/archives/006030.html; no original link available; hard copy on file at TFN) In October 1997, Perry told the Houston Chronicle a voucher program should be small and optional for local school districts: “The real key is these decisions be made at the local level where the parents and the teachers and the local taxpayers and school board will be making these decisions and not be mandated from some central bureaucracy in Austin.”

Perry has always considered himself above the law, and being the longest sitting governor in the State of Texas, believes that the governor’s chair is his for life, a gift from his god, and that his word and will is not be challenged. When word reached Perry that some school districts would refuse to allow his voucher plan, the Texas governor did not mince words: “I will tell you point-blank that I will not allow a local school board to stop from allowing parental choice to happen in their community if it becomes the law of the land.”  However, Perry’s voucher plans have been defeated by the Texas legislature twice: in 2007 and 2009.

The Texas Governor has not stopped with his assault on public primary and secondary education.  He has equally turned his attention to the university system in Texas, demanding it be run for profit.  Even his alma mater (he is an Aggie: Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University: Texas A&M), a land grant school, has come up with an insidious way to appraise, judge, and reward teachers: by subjective student opinions and how many students they attract (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rick-perry-wages-an-assault-on-the-ivory-tower/2011/07/26/gIQAyfrvsI_story_1.html).

Academic excellence does not fit into Perry’s equation, and today only the private universities are turning out students of quality.  Even in the universities, Perry is insisting on ID replacing evolution in the science classes; classics are to be “Christian based” and philosophers have to have been appraised by Aquinas or other Christian thinkers before their concepts can be discussed; most professors of philosophy and science reject such absurdities.

None of the Texas Universities were happy with the governor’s proposals. On May 3, 2010, nearly two dozen people who had been honored as distinguished alumni by the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M released an open letter to their fellow Aggies.  It read, in part:

Our concern is the result of the extraordinary level of political intervention in our university. ... It is our observation that individuals, including the Boards of Regents, often misunderstand the fragile nature of academic prestige.”  

Michael D. McKinney and A&M students

There were no kind words for Perry who was seen as one determined to destroy the system that they had graduated from with distinction.  The most sinister force that worked for Perry in watering down Texas education was the 11-campus A&M university system, whose chancellor, Michael D. McKinney, had served as Perry’s chief of staff, who posted a 265-page spreadsheet that calculated faculty salaries against their teaching loads and the research funding they brought in online.  Those A&M professors who brought money into the University system via research grants had their names listed in black and those who “cost” the university in red. 

Robert M. Berdahl

In the fall, Robert M. Berdahl, who was the president of the Association of American Universities, sent a letter to McKinney, urging the chancellor  to “resist these ill-conceived calls for ‘reform’ ” and issued a none-too-veiled warning that A&M’s hard-won membership in the elite organization of 61 top universities could be on the line.  McKinney said in an interview that he considered the letter “completely out of line on Dr. Berdahl’s part. First off, my phone works.” He threw it in the trash, and abruptly resigned his academic position.  Money was always more important than results or progress for Rick Perry and his supporters.

Before any candidate is considered, voters should first ask those running for office: “Where’s the money coming from?”   This point is particularly imperative in the post-Citizens United age, and the US Supreme Court ruling

Charles (L), David (R) Koch

that gave birth of the new “super PACs”: groups that can accept unlimited donations from individuals and corporations to pay for political advertising and organizing, campaigns for office are getting expensive and someone’s got to be footing the bill.  Most of the money now funneled into the treasure chests of far-right candidates is coming from the Koch Brothers and Koch Industries, especially those that are polluting the air, and especially the waters in Arkansas where Koch paper mills dump their waste in streams once alive with fish (http://www.peer.org/docs/ar/3_16_11_Coffee_Creek_Enforcement_Complaint.pdf?tag=contentMain;contentBody).

Chris Gober

Since ads for Perry are already airing in Iowa before he’s even made up his mind to run, it’s worth a look at who’s paying for Perry propaganda.  Jobs for Iowa, the PAC paying for the Iowa ads, was registered with the FEC on June 21, and funding is coming from Chris Gober, who was known as “the little boy who made good” and became a Texas lawyer who worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and received “donations” from those who wanted a closer contact with the Texas Governor, $100,000 from Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons  and $500,000 from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation to the Governor; read more and watch the video at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/60352.html#ixzz1UTEEJlIb).

Harold Simmons

Its treasurer is Robert Jentgens, who formerly worked on Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign. Also registered are Veterans for Rick Perry and Americans for Rick Perry, as well as Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC (though after Rick Perry’s primary challenge from the Tea Party-backed Debra Medina it might not be fair to assume that they have any interest in Perry).  Americans for Rick Perry raised $193,000 in just eight days in June, the majority of which comes from Harold Simmons, who Dave Montgomery at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/01/2340008/rick-perrys-political-rise-fueled.html#ixzz1TnX7mmK7) called “a Dallas multibillionaire who is developing a controversial nuclear waste disposal site in West Texas.” Simmons, whose fortune Forbes estimates at $6.9 billion, “got taste for takeover tactics as a bank examiner. Bought Dallas drugstore in 1961 for $5,000 cash plus $95,000 loan; sold 100-store chain to Eckerd Corp. for $50 million 1973. Built publicly traded holding company Valhi with hostile takeovers. Now invested in titanium (Timet, Kronos), waste management (Waste Control Specialists), computer components (CompX International)” (http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Harold-Simmons_HT3L.html).   He has been quoted as saying, “everything is for sale–even the courthouse.”  Perry idolizes Simmons. 
They claim another $207,000 in July (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/30/rick-perry-supporters-rai_n_914042.html).

Montgomery noted:

Environmentalists say that Simmons’ donations to Perry and state lawmakers helped fuel approval of the waste disposal site despite concerns over groundwater contamination, but a spokesman for the project said the application was rigorously vetted and approved only after added protections were included.”

Perry’s last election campaign, his third, generated more than $77 million in contributions, as Texas allows unlimited individual donations as well. Paul Blumenthal at the Huffington Post wrote that the Americans for Rick Perry PAC was the first time a super PAC had been used by supporters for a campaign that doesn’t, technically, exist yet. If Perry’s well-connected supporters in the energy and finance industries, among others, are this excited about him now, imagine the money that will flow if he actually announces (cf. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/rick-perry-super-pac-primary-states_n_914800.html and on Koch Brothers illegal contributions, that they admitted to making, read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/01/koch-industries-subsidiar_n_888996.html). 

C. Peter Wagner

One of Perry’s biggest and wealthiest supporting groups is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a term coined by its intellectual godfather and richest benefactor who embraces the idea of a global Christian theocracy with no tolerance for those who do not swear total faith and allegiance to his Jesus Christ, C Peter Wagner.  The NAR movement surfaced in the 2008 campaign, with a video of one of its most prominent practitioners, Kenyan witch-hunter “Bishop” Thomas Muthee (born c. 1955; he claims to have a Master degree but will not say in what subject nor from what university and there is no public record to substantiate his claim) who organized the Word of Faith Ministries (originally known as the “Prayer Cave”; on his wife and witchcraft (he has called for the stoning of any woman that he deems is a witch: http://www.alternet.org/news/145796/heads_up:_prayer_warriors_and_sarah_palin_are_organizing_spiritual_warfare_to_take_over_america;

Bishop Muthee blessing Sarah Palin for summoning prayer warriors

read: Otis, Jr., George (1997). Twilight Labyrinth, The: Why Does Spiritual Darkness Linger Where It Does? Chosen. pp. 295–298.) that has made him rich, anointing Sarah Palin as a leader in the fight for turning the world away from democracy and to theocracy through her “prayer warriors”.  The one-time/part-time governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin’s churches are actively involved in a resurgent movement and argue for a world war to convert all people to the faith of Muthee and NAR–a theosophy and ontology that was declared heretical by the Assemblies of God in 1949: http://www.alternet.org/rights/97939/weird_theology_in_wasilla%3A_a_look_inside_sarah_palin%27s_pentecostal_church/?page=entire and  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/25/us/politics/25faith.html.   On Palin’s involvement in witchcraft and NAR theological terrorism, read (and see impeded videos) at:

Sarah Palin’s Churches and the Third Wave, Part One
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/0244/84583

Sarah Palin’s Churches and the Third Wave, Part Two with embedded video:
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/03830/11602

The video is also posted at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K_1Eit0pxM

It is heavily involved in Perry’s political campaigns (most of the NAR spokespeople are “former” homosexuals, such as Ted Haggard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKeZTJceyGE, cp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdZIC-KzL7M&feature=related; on youth camps and training, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCHPn5qe5U&feature=related).  On July 12, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did a segment highlighting some of their more bizarre claims in a series of video clips including Perry’s concern about having sex with demons (http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/dangers-of-sex-with-demons-highlighted-by-perry-prayer-participant/69d4xzo; cf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQbGnJd9poc and for Palin see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBPUnwXxB7s&feature=related who is a part of the NAR and in her political conversations talks about “prayer warriors” that is a code name for the NAR and refers to those who will kill by any means those who oppose the world theocracy that NAR envisions; Joiner claimed that Japan’s earthquake would “unleash demons” on the world in his video at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13HWtFcmLzQ&feature=related; cp. http://www.truthalliance.net/Archive/News/tabid/67/ID/8072/Americas-own-Taliban.aspx).   These included C. Peter Wagner (who has been condemned even within the Pentecostal movement as a person out of touch with the Bible and Christians: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/11/pragmatic-peter.html) saying that the Japanese stock market collapsed because the emperor had sex with a demon (the sun goddess; see it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yIgZPTqUIc), another leading NAR figure, John Benefiel, calling the Statue of Liberty “a demonic idol” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd74y4hvdhs; he calls homosexuality an Illuminati plot against civilization for population control at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDDKdYUkF64&feature=related), and a third figure, Mike Bickle, calling Oprah Winfrey “a forerunner to the Harlot movement” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pFcFldh8lo), or, as Maddow put it, a “harbinger of the antichrist”.  The NAR guides itself, within the evangelical Christian community, as preparing to wage “spiritual warfare” (a misinterpretation of Ephesians 6 that is discussing praying when there is a problem, not using guns to convert an opponent).  C. Peter Wagner, founder  of the World Prayer Center, built-in coordination with Ted Haggard and his New Life Church in Colorado Springs, was featured in an article by Jeff Sharlet in Harpers, May 2005, “Soldiers of Christ” (online at http://www.rickross.com/reference/fundamentalists/fund196.html), is often referred to by those familiar with the Third Wave as the ‘Pentagon for Spiritual Warfare.’ It features computer systems that store the data of communities around the world, mapping out unsaved peoples’ [sic] groups and spiritual mapping information for spiritual warfare. The greatest threat to democracy is Apostle Lou Engle who led the Family Research Council’s “Prayercast” (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/everything-you-need-know-about-frc-prayercast) against health-care reform that he termed heathen, a Webcast featuring Republican Senators Jim DeMint (SC) and Sam Brownback (KS), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) the latter who is certifiably mentally unstable or worse (http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog/2010/02/03/mentally-unstable-rep-michele-bachmann-invents-new-republican-healthcare-paranoia-liar-frank-luntz-okeefe-toxic-for-the-gop/ and where God told her to run for political office at http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/54001,news-comment,news-politics,michele-bachmann-the-woman-who-makes-sarah-palin-look-liberal and http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/5605/michele-bachmann-healthcare-reform-supporters-are-not-real-people that includes an insightful video of her inflammatory rhetoric), and a call for “martyrs” to die in defense of the “unborn” (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/10/27/115813/98).

One of the reasons Perry recognizes and endorses the NAR, is because this spiritual group is committed to replacing democracy with a religious dictatorship, which it sees as a necessary prelude for Christ’s return to earth, and has endorsed Perry for President of the USA. The NAR has no interest in supporting, defending or furthering democracy. 

The sole goal of the NAR is to create a religious dictatorship that is to be far more invasive and violent than even the Spanish Inquisition with “saved Christians” to be “ever militant” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiW67jrt5yI&feature=related).  To meet the demands of the NAR and stand firm for the “Second Coming” Perry has become a fervent believer in the “end

Pat Boone with Tim & Beverly LeHaye on Praise the Lord

of times” philosophical speculation of Tim and Beverly LeHaye who have turned to former crooner Pat Boone for support and interview on the television soap Praise the Lord once Jim and Tammy Bakker were released from the amusement park, and has followed their lead in denouncing “demons” while praying for the nation to “turn back to god.” 

The NAR (that is compared with the Taliban of jihadist Islam: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2011/07/whats-the-big-deal-with-the-new-apostolic-reformation.html) openly denounce Mormonism and Roman Catholicism as demonic (and has been, in turn, denounced by numerous religious groups include other Pentecostals at http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/newapostolic.html#cpeterwagner), but, also, claims that all Protestant denominations are seen as impediments to creating one unified religious establishment that should in turn control all of society, entirely replacing America’s secular democracy, and bringing about their own version of “one-world government”.  Perry wants to head this group. 

The NAR explicitly articulates this philosophy in terms of what’s known as the “Seven Mountains Mandate” (see video at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385×338122), which seeks to establish Christian dominance over seven culture-shaping spheres of activity: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, and religion. On one of Muthee’s several visits to Sarah Palin’s church the Wasilla Assembly of God church that is part of the Assemblies of God (Sarah Palin believes in witchcraft: http://www.alternet.org/rights/97939/weird_theology_in_wasilla%3A_a_look_inside_sarah_palin%27s_pentecostal_church/?page=entire), a Pentecostal denomination, he spoke for about ten minutes about the Seven Mountains Mandate that received start-up money from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/06/seven-mountains.html and http://www.reclaim7mountains.com/pages.asp?pageid=74130 where the website talks about a “battlefield” to wage a war to restore “Christian values”).  It believes in executing homosexuals, requiring marriage of everyone (while ignoring that Jesus never married: http://www.petertatchell.net/religion/jesus.htm), and gives absolute control to the male over the female in all areas.  Youth with a Mission (started by David Loren Cunningham, a man called “a false preacher” and “false prophet” by numerous evangelical groups including Pentecostals (http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/cunningham.html), who is aligned

Bill Bright 1921-2003

with Bill Bright of Texas who became a millionaire feeding off of the branding Campus Crusade for Christ.  Like the NAR, Bright’s ministry has been anything but spiritual: it has been a war not only for souls but minds, and total control over the individual.  Bright, however claimed that his ministry was an elevation of “the Biblical principle of prosperity and peace with God above the message of repentance from sin as the primary motive for accepting Christ as savior. Without emphasizing Hell and the just requirement of the Law, Bright convinced his audience to accept the sacrifice of Jesus as the only way of receiving the blessings of God” (http://www.christianebooks.com/blindedbythebright.htm), now known in many places as CRU)—have become mercenaries in Africa and India, slaughtering those who refuse to convert to Christianity and NAR. 

The goal of NAR and CRU are to take over the world and suppress, by force, all dissent so that everyone accepts the Jesus of the New Testament as a god—although the Jesus of the New Testament cannot be historically verified and has a split personality within the Gospels, and plays but a marginal role in the Epistles that changed Christianity into Paulinity.  Contemporary evangelical extremism, especially as seen in the rhetoric and publications of NAR and CRU is centered solely around theological terrorism, following Matthew 10:34-35.  A “call” is answered not only among those who sell religion, but politicians who use religion to gain votes and seats of power, from Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and others (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1985). Unholy Rollers: Televangelism and the Selling of Jesus. Arlington: Liberal Arts; Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988). Heaven’s Hustler: the Rise & Fall of Jimmy Swaggart.  Dallas: Monument; Ide, Arthur Frederick (1987).  Robertson: The Pulpit and the Power: plotting, planning, and pretending; Pat’s putsche for the Presidency.  Austin, TX: AAP).

The goal of gaining dominion over all of society is primary, and as such spiritual warfare is called upon to drive out demons that supposedly stand in the way of this goal plays a central role in NAR thinking (for a rejoinder read: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/orrel8.html and http://letusreason.org/pent13.htm where even Mel Gibson’s atrocity “The Last Temptation of Christ” is rejected, having been written by a nun sequestered in a sanitarium; see Ide, Arthur Frederick (2004). Crucifixion: what the Bible really says.  Chicago: Sepore). There are, three levels to spiritual warfare, as Talk2action.org explains in their glossary of NAR terms (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/8/6/135752/1937/):

Wagner's book on spiritual warfare (numerous translations)

Ground level spiritual warfare is casting out demons from individuals. It is to bring the world into a theocracy by organizing locally.  It includes camps for training children and youth.

Occult level spiritual warfare is a confrontation with demons operating through witchcraft and esoteric philosophies (examples are Freemasonry and Tibetan Buddhism).

Strategic Level spiritual warfare is the highest level, dealing with confrontation of territorial principalities that control entire communities, ethnic groups, religions, and nations.

C. Peter Wagner argues that spiritual warfare involves going to the highest place in a city or nation, like a mountain top, and trying to bind “territorial spirits,” the high-ranking demons that rule over specific geographical regions. The idea is that — if their demonic grip is broken — then the people who live in that region will respond en masse to the gospel, and they will be freed of sinful strongholds, like witchcraft, lust and greed.  The former professor of Church Growth at the Fuller Theological Seminary, writer, and teacher of faith healing, is notable for his assertions that Catholic saints bring honor to the spirits of darkness, and his promotion of the burning of their statues in Argentina and claims (unsubstantiated) of their subsequent burning. (Wagner, Charles Peter (1999).  Hard-Core Idolatry – Facing the Facts. Wagner Institute of Practical Ministry Press [self-published], pp 38-40, and Marsden, George M. (1987).  Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, pp. 292–295).  All that is missing from this equation is the physical burning and torture of heretics, in keeping with the medieval theology and the arguments of Martin Luther and his later disciples: Adolf Hitler, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Rick Perry, but Wagner guarantees that this, too, will happen.

Michael S. B. Reid

While there are many evangelical critics of spiritual warfare and the NAR, and there is a great deal of material online, one supporter stands out:  Bishop Michael S. B. Reid.  Reid is the founder of Christian Congress for Traditional Values (CCTV). Born in 1944, Michael S.B. Reid (http://www.bishopmichaelreid.com/) resigned from the ministry in April 2008 after admitting to an eight-year extra-marital sexual relationship.  Leaving his post as Pentecostal pastor at Peniel Church in Brentwood, Essex,, he became an evangelist to the rest of the UK and overseas, was a former police officer and insurance salesman.  Reid took three degrees from Oral Roberts University (they are unaccredited), including an honorary Doctorate of Divinity (although he has never studied any aspect of theology or Bible, but relies on his own interpretation of inferior modern translations).  According to The Guardian, Reid declared:  “…gays are “filthy perverts”; Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are variously described in videoed sermons as “vile” and “foul heathens”.  Christians who do not work, Reid said in one recording, should be allowed to starve. He believes in capital punishment, and he would pull the trigger himself; lethal injection is too good for them, he says in one church video (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2000/nov/15/religion.uk).  Reid is a man prone to excessive violence, and unlimited hatred that he claims matches the hatred of his god and his god’s son waiting to storm out of heaven and conquer the earth in a final “end times” battle of brutality and bloodshed.

Benson Andrew Idahosa

Reid was given the title of bishop in 1995 by the late Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa (b. 1938), who has had no formal education in theology and is self-ordained and self-trained Pentecostal preacher and founder of Church of God Mission International of Benin City, Nigeria, because of Reid’s strict fundamentalism and calls to have homosexuals executed.  Along with his wife, Rev. Ruth Reid (who is also self-ordained and without theological training, she is ignorant in every biblical language and has difficulty with correct English, and is unable to determine the plagiarism that is rampant throughout her Bible), Reid has travelled globally and claims to have witnessed miraculous healings through his ministry.  None of Reid’s miracles have ever been substantiated nor recognized even by Pentecostal communities. 

Most recognize the Reids, husband and wife, to be frauds, in much the same manner as James Dobson and his wife Shirley, who preach hate and have turned Colorado Springs into a center of hate and loathing, are

Joel and Victoria Osteen (Chicago: US Celular Field) for "Night of Hope"

distinctively unlike the reverends Joel Scott (born 1963, and described as having “a blinding white smile and perfectly coiffed hair”) and Victoria L. Ilof Osteen (born 1987) who is co-pastor of Lakewood Church Houston live luxuriously and enjoy life unlike their fellow frauds who hearken on retribution, judgment, and hate.  While Joel Osteen argues that there is sin, he also intones that he is not a god and cannot judge the sin nor the sinner, but only give hope to the individual who comes to him for counseling.  In many ways that shows his marketing skills he used to build his father’s Houston empire, and does not carry the baggage of confessional religion. 

The Osteens are condemned by other televangelists and fundamentalists (http://www.forgottenword.org/osteen.html and referencing http://www.discernment.org/LeaventLakewood.htm and http://www.av1611.org/osteen.html) as the Osteens preach “positive poverty” (working your way out of debt) being the grace of poverty in Christ and they can fly First Class to vacations, resorts, conferences, and more as the Osteens operate a multimillion dollar ministry (http://www.suntimes.com/news/6843404-417/televangelist-joel-osteens-night-of-hope-coming-to-chicago.html; the Osteens have no theological training, Joel’s is in marketing which he used to promote his father John who was a Southern Baptist preacher before he became a Charismatic, who initiated the Osteen ministry) which inspires many to turn to him for his positive message (on October 14, 2007, Reformed theologian Michael Horton, told CBS “60 Minutes” that Osteen preaches heresy—put theology back into the Middle Ages complete with demons, devils, witches, warlocks and Satan). 

Reid is a founder member of the Christian Congress for Traditional Values (CCTV) to monitor challenges to family life and traditional belief in the UK, and since its creation been involved in numerous sex scandals (http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/BRENTWOOD-Bishop-Reid-affairs/story-12623159-detail/story.html).   In 2009, Reid was arrested for rape (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23742373-police-quiz-bonking-bishop-over-rape-claim.do and http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/BRENTWOOD-Bishop-arrested-rape/story-12640340-detail/story.html).  

As for Reid’s academic ability, which is marginal, Reid is the author of Strategic level spiritual warfare, a modern mythology? : A detailed evaluation of the biblical, theological, and historical bases of spiritual warfare in contemporary thought (Fairfax, Va. : Xulon Press, c2002).  The book remains a devastating Bible-based critique, in which he writes, regarding Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (SLSW):

“There is no foundation in the Old Testament for this practice, nor any indication that the devil has any intrinsic power or authority. Satan’s only weapon is deception and his only sphere of influence that which God permits for His own eternal purposes.

“In the New Testament, the picture is similar; there is no evidence to suggest that Christians are called to engage in an on-going conflict with spiritual forces in the cosmic realm. The Scripture is quite clear in its teaching that Christ defeated Satan completely at Calvary and that Christians have been freed from his power.”

Reid sees this unscriptural ideology usurping God’s role and elevating mere mortals to a higher place – precisely the sort of thing that NAR’s leading advocates accuse secularists of doing:

“The whole focus of SLSW is on the devil and his demonic host … Man has become the fulcrum of redemption, holding the balance of power between God and the devil in the battle for the souls of men, and the gospel itself rendered impotent without the preliminary work of pulling down demonic strongholds … These are serious matters which call into question the very basis of the Christian faith.”

Reid has interesting friends.  Interesting friends, and Reid’s admission is another blow to the International Communion of Charismatic Churches; former presiding archbishop Earl Paulk was last year engulfed in numerous sex scandals (he fathered a child with his brother’s wife: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1570079/Archbishop-fathered-child-with-brothers-wife.html), including allegations of sexual abuse

Earl Paulk with TBN favorite, Dottie Rambo

(the archbishop, his brother and the church were sued by Mona Brewer, a former church employee, who claimed Earl manipulated her into having a 14-year affair by telling her it was her only path to salvation; her claim was buttressed by the testimony of seven other women who made the same charges against the archbishop and his brother). Richard Roberts, meanwhile, was recently forced to resign from the presidency of Oral Roberts University over claims of financial mismanagement by Oral’s son Richard Roberts who used a university jet for his daughter’s pleasure while condemning homosexuality—knowing that his son, Randy Roberts Potts, is gay and now gives sermons denouncing his grandfather and father’s hypocrisy; http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/11/05/Oral_Roberts_Grandson_It_Gets_Better/ that includes a video; cf.  http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2007/10/06/god-speaks-against-frivolous-lawsuits/ cp. The investigator, John Hagee, received a lavish salary for his “investigation” of corruption at ORU; http://www.rickross.com/reference/tv_preachers/tv_preachers7.html

Hagee’s auditorship was criticized from the beginning, as critics complained that because Hagee family members were appointed as ministry officers, there was a “conflict of interest”, since they could all “determine their own salaries, benefits and other forms of compensation.” Another conflict was that Hagee enjoyed royalty payments on products promoted through the donation-funded GETV – a practice specifically forbidden by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).  Reid himself has long-standing links with Oral Roberts and ORU.

Michael Reid and friends; from Reid's book "Faith: It's God Given" (2002)

One of Reid’s friends is Ted Haggard who had a life similar to his own, but his preference was for young men (http://articles.cnn.com/2009-01-29/us/lkl.ted.haggard_1_ted-haggard-head-pastor-church-staff-member?_s=PM:US.  Haggard would state regularly that the twenty year old males would initiate sex, but he was helpless to stop it), rather than women. 

Ted Haggard became news beyond the NAR

Haggard’s male companions were at least of legal age.  What brought Haggard to fame, outside of his male lover, was his association with the leader of the NAR Presiding Apostle C. Peter Wagner, a longtime Christian educator and graduate school mentor of Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, and partnering with Ted Haggard, then pastor of the New Life Christian Church in Colorado Springs, to build the initial nerve center of the movement in Colorado Springs that has become the hub for the broken wheel of fringe groups of the radical right seeking the overthrow of USA democracy, alignment with Israel, and a worldwide theocracy with cells in all fifty states and over forty countries bent on world revolution and the overthrow of all governments (read: http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/1/20/131544/037). 

Rev. Joe Barron, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX under arrest

Closer to the general thinking of Reid is Joe Barron, who was one of the 40 ministers at Prestonwood Baptist Church and staunch supporter of Rick Perry and his brand of evangelism.  The Prestonwood Baptist Church is one of the largest churches in the United States with 26,000 members, and its ministers paid well as its treasury had ample means. 

Arrest of Rev. Joe Barron of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

Barron was arrested on May 15, 2008 for solicitation of sex with a minor.  He drove from the Dallas area to Bryan, Texas, allegedly in order to engage in sexual relations with what he thought to be a 13 year-old girl he had met online.  The thirteen year-old girl was actually an undercover law enforcement official (http://blogs.wooeb.com/Brendan123456789/Post.aspx?postID=20744 and http://www.mahalo.com/joe-barron/).  The like The Family of C Street in Washington, DC, the NAR excuses all infractions of immorality if committed by an “Apostle” or one “dedicated to the ministry.”

While the fundamentalists and evangelicals for Perry and his brand of Christianity have problems drilling for sex, Perry has little hesitancy to drill in other virgin areas: the Alaska tundra and even Texas’ forests and reserves.  Obviously the governor of Texas has some oil connections for he is supported by the greatest oil barons of Dallas, TX, the Hunt Brothers whose duplicity is rivaled only by the Koch Brothers of Kansas, who robs South American nations of their oil by paying less than the going rate and selling it for a usurious profit. With Perry as a candidate, we’re almost certain to have more of the sort of pro-oil, anti-environment rhetoric that suffused Sarah Palin’s tenure on the Republican ticket.

When the BP spill was still churning oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Perry called it “just an act of God” (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36691.html) and warned against any “knee-jerk reaction” that might include things like halting deepwater drilling until the dangers could be assessed, arguing that such attempts to stop “the work of God” in exploring and pumping for oil would bring divine displeasure on the State of Texas and the nation. By defending the destruction of the ecology and rape of nature, Perry pious pronouncements received $129,890 from the oil and gas industry (http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2010/08/17/big-oil-money-at-the-state-level-mostly-goes-to-influence-the-public-not-the-politicians/) that he used to finance his last reelection campaign.

Brothers William Herbert Hunt, left, Lamar Hunt, center, and Nelson Baker Hunt leave Federal Court in New York in this Aug. 19, 1988 (Charles Wenzelberg photo for AP)

Each time oil prices rise, including in Texas, Perry glorifies his god and pontificates that increases in oil prices are good for the Texas economy (at least for the Hunt family) (http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/07/ten-reasons-why-the-texas-economy-is-growing-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-rick-perry/).  The Hunt Brothers, as corrupt as the Koch Brothers played with fortunes in an effort to become increasingly more obscenely wealth.  A huge endorsement by one of the world’s richest investors sent silver prices surging to a 10-year high Wednesday, on February 4, 1998, raising memories of a speculative binge that wound up trashing the metal. In 1980, the Hunt brothers of Texas tried to corner the market and drove prices from around $6 an ounce to a high of $52.50. But when the silver market collapsed just weeks after hitting its peak, the Hunt brothers were left with $1 billion in losses.  This dimmed their zeal, but not in the area of religion or politics.

 Perry told reporters that each time the price of gasoline jumps at the pumps new jobs are created (in the service and lower sector economy) and with it comes a rise in GDP for the state.  The Texas governor totally ignores that when gas and oil prices rise it is a drain on the rest of the country, but that is irrelevant, Perry declares, as the primary concern must be the enrichment of “Texas [oil barons] and its people”.

Perry is not universally loved in Texas or the rest of the USA, especially not by legal (and illegal) immigrants.  His record and words on immigrants (legal and illegal) are chameleon and change as does the wind, depending on his advisors prognostication as to his political chances for advancement.

Percent of Hispanics in Continental USA

Texas’ population has grown 20 percent during Perry’s time in office, and much of that growth has been immigration from Latin America, primarily from Mexico and Central American nations where labor is cheap and workers are willing to toil for pennies in the hot Texas sun; the number of Mexicans is being challenged now with an increase in migration from Perú, Columbia and Uruguay. Up until he began toying with the idea of a presidential run, Perry was a moderate on immigration and did not side with states more hostile to Latinos, such as Arizona, as Texas needed cheap farm labor.

Originally Perry criticized Arizona’s SB 1070 which put new roadblocks in the way of illegal Mexican immigrants.  In fact, in 2001 he signed the state DREAM Act into law. That all changed when he decided he “might” run for President of the USA—a nation he despises and from which he wanted Texas to secede.  Shani O. Hilton at ColorLines wrote, in explanation:

“…Perry’s apparently positioning himself to be a social conservative darling. On immigration, he recently revived a bill that would crack down on so-called ‘sanctuary’ cities — localities where the government prohibits police officers from asking about the immigration status of legally detained residents.”

(http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/07/rick_perry_positions_himself_for_gop_field_by_flip_flopping_on_immigration.html):

The sanctuary cities bill would allow police to inquire about immigration status of any person arrested or detained—even at a routine traffic stop. (http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11261/base-rhetoric-rick-perry-sure-sounds-like-hes-running-for-president).   Perry’s big business buddies opposed Perry’s proposed legislation, but Perry’s willingness to proceed with it, despite the fact that he will lose (at least temporarily) their support, is the clearest sign yet that he’s aiming for the national stage, especially as he tuned up his rhetoric on executions and same-sex marriages, hot topics that appeal to the most conservative and ill-educated folk in the USA who know little to nothing on human psychology of genetics.

Perry’s favored pastime is determining when a convicted felon should die, after being sentenced by a court to death.  Rick Perry has a unique place in USA history, as Perry has presided over the execution of 232 people; the previous record, 152, was held by the previous Governor of Texas George W. Bush.  Like the junior Bush who never really held a job before taking over the presidency of the USA, Perry has never been worried about facts in a case, and has discounted all scientific investigation when there is doubt about someone convicted to die for a crime, as Liliana Segura wrote (http://lilianasegura.com/post/4839551250/the-fire-this-time):

Cameron Todd Willingham and son

“Outside of Texas, the name Cameron Todd Willingham did not mean much to most people until the fall of 2009. In a 17-page article published by The New Yorker magazine, a curious and brave woman, a brilliant fire expert, and an investigative journalist re-opened the case against this man who was put to death for killing his children. The ‘classic arson case’ was picked apart, revealed to have been based on junk science and a misguided sense of expert intuition. Proof of the flawed fire investigation had been rushed to Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole before the execution, to no avail. Five years later, the article uncovered new evidence to all but confirm what a number of people had suspected for years: That the state of Texas had executed an innocent man.”

Cameron Todd Willingham was neither god nor monster. Like Perry and the hundreds of prisoners whose death warrants he has signed, he was all too human. But his last words are now immortal:

The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for twelve years for something I did not do. From God’s dust I came and to dust I will return, so the Earth shall become my throne.”

(Read, also: http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_56756.shtml)

Perry’s utter lack of interest in examining the evidence of Willingham’s innocence shows us something about the man: calloused, uneducated indifference to facts and reality.  Perry has become far worse than George W. Bush.  Bush had no consciousness of right or wrong, but gave into political expediency on the instruction of those who controlled him (including his father George H. W. Bush).  One of the most junior Bush’s first acts as governor of Texas was to reject clemency for a man who had severe brain damage and an IQ of 60, allowing the man to be executed the evening of his inauguration: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/node/659.

Humberto Leal Garcia Jr.

The Willingham execution was not the most controversial example of Perry’s execution mania.  Worse was his indifference to a Mexican citizen, allowing Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., to be executed over the objections of the Mexican government, his own president, and the International Court of Justice (cf. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/02/opinion/la-ed-treaty-20110702).   While George W. Bush, in 2005, ordered all states to comply with the international law mandating consular access to officials from their home country for foreign nationals, Rick Perry was the only one not to comply.  As the world condemned Perry and Texas, Texas evangelicals and conservatives

Christian crusade in Uganda to kill the gays ("Hang Them")

rejoiced at Perry’s auto de fé as Rick’s supporters actively and vocally seek out death sentences, not just of criminals but of all whom they argue disgrace the “laws of [their] god”—from executing criminals in Texas to funneling Texas money to evangelicals in Uganda, Nigeria and other African nations to “kill the gays” (on Christian fundamental fanaticism, inaugurated by evangelical preacher Scott Lively and Rick Warren of Saddleback church of California is among the most bloodthirsty of evangelists who argues that there are more “Christians” in Africa than in Europe or the USA. (http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v24n4/us-christian-right-attack-on-gays-in-africa.html; he has given an apologetic response claiming that as a pastor he cannot speak out, but he does; read: Miller, Lisa (November 29, 2009).  Pastor Rick Warren Responds to Proposed Antigay Ugandan Legislation Newsweek. Retrieved December 6, 2009), especially in Uganda, read: http://www.lgbtpov.com/2011/05/uganda-kill-the-gays-bill-and-the-christian-right-connection/;  the attack upon those the radical right does not feel fit the mode of a Christian is focused on by the Uganda-based

Stephen Langa (Uganda pastor)

Family Life Network – led by Stephen Langa (Executive Director of Family Life Network) with the goal of “restoring” traditional family values and morals in Uganda – teamed with two U.S. hate mongers from the Christian Right, Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively and Dan Schmierer of the ex-gay group Exodus International that demands that Parliament hunt down and slaughter anyone even suspected of being homosexual (http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v24n4/us-christian-right-attack-on-gays-in-africa.html); for excesses by Muslim fundamentalists, read: Jonathan Clayton, “500 butchered in Nigeria killing fields,” The Sunday Times (March 8, 2010) at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article7054630.ece).  

Lou Engle anoints Mike Huckabee May 2009

Atlanta-based Pastor Fred Hartley of the Lilburn

Julius Oyet (Lifeline Ministries)

Alliance Church and a strong supporter of Rick Perry and the Tea Party has been fund-raising for the ministry of Julius Oyet, one of the professed co-authors of the “Kill the Gays” bill.  Republican preacher Lou Engle who created the hate group TheCall and has never studied theology, but brags unabashedly that he has Holy water running in his veins: “Wherever I go I spit, but it’s holy water”, has blessed Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2009/6/7/144847/9340), and claims that Kansas Senator Sam Brownback was his roommate for seven months in DC when staying at the Family bunker on C Street in the nation’s capital (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCKXFMqumlg),  has led mass rallies at the Makerere University Sports Field in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, demanding that all homosexuals be put to death “even on mere suspicion of being homosexual” (cf. “helping incite near-genocidal antigay hatred in Uganda:” and  http://www.talk2action.org/story/2009/12/20/224021/61 and http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/4/24/133020/140 and ) as “God” is the greatest of all terrorists:

Where there is shedding of innocent blood, there is no atonement for the land. There is a blood pollution problem on America’s soil. The most “dangerous terrorist” is not Islam but God. One of God’s names is the avenger of blood. Have you worshipped [sic] that God yet.” (read the pdf at http://bound4life.com/shedding_of_innocent_blood.pdf).

Many see this ribald and ratcheted attack on basic rights as one more sign that Texas is leading the USA into becoming the Fourth Reich and will improve Perry’s chances to become President of the USA. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jul/08/rick-perry-texas-leal). 

Same-sex Marriage—is a loaded issue, especially in Texas, but Perry is unique in his opposition to same-sex marriage, and to homosexuality (although most of the Texas LGBT community knows that he is a gay, albeit closeted for the most part, male). At one time he argued that same-sex marriages should be a state’s rights policy matter (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/23/rick-perry-gay-marriage-a_n_907685.html).   Later he defined it as needing a US Constitutional amendment banning it altogether (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/30/rick-perry-gay-marriage_n_914060.html).    Perry takes his most virulent homophobic rhetoric from Christian theological terrorist Rev. Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas (http://www.operationrebirth.com/archive/dwightmckissic.html and cf. Austin, TX American-Statesman at http://www.statesman.com/metrostate/content/metro/stories/09/11perryside.html)  who laments: “They have devil worship. They advertise ‘Sin City’ tours. They celebrate Southern decadence. Girls go wild in New Orleans,” — actually suggested that God sent Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans to “purify out nation” because of the supposed acceptance of homosexuality: (http://www.ethicsdaily.com/news.php?viewStory=6285)

During the anti-gay marriage campaign, Gov. Perry invited gay and lesbian military veterans returning home to consider living in another state.  Perry proclaims that LGBT people living in Texas are “dishonoring Texas” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/12/AR2005061201433.html).

At best Rick Perry is a fraud; in reality he is a hypocrite who feeds off others, pathetically and pathologically lies, and plans on overthrowing the democratic order established in the USA.  I move to Texas in 1977.  I owned a house in Mesquite, TX, and watched the laying of the LBJ Freeway that was still a dream (the main thoroughfare was Loop 12).  While walking through the field surrounding what would become Town East Mall, I mused on the latest letter threatening me and my property, having written a book entitled Evangelical Terrorism. (See: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1986). Evangelical Terrorism: Censorship, Falwell, Robertson, and the Seamy Side of Christian Fundamentalism.  Irving: Scholars) which received a modest review in Playboy magazine in the same year.  That review not only overwrought colleagues that I worked with, damning its appearance in the magazine—copies which they had complete with centerfold—but by local evangelical churches, and letters from elected officials warning me that my time was short.

On a Monday in 1987, I received a visit from a “cowboy”.  Not knowing who he was, but that he was a Democrat from West Texas, I told I already had contributed the maximum I could afford, and asked him to leave.  Later, I went to Albertson’s grocery story, ran into him again, and was surprised when he asked if I wanted sex with him.  I told him, sharply, I did not want sex with anyone.  He proffered me a photo, which for various reasons I kept in my Bible: the main reason being that I was writing a book on unwanted sexual advances. Twice more he found me: in spring 1988 and late fall 1988, and twice again I declined, explaining I enjoyed living alone. 

On January 30, 1989,  I took my mother on a shopping tour, and returning home found police in my home with no search warrant, no reason given as to why I was not allowed to enter my own home, and ordered to leave by Detective Robinson.  Late that night, about six hours after the initial request for information, a fat cop from Mesquite produced a search warrant, and the police began to haul bags out of my home.  I was ultimately told that some “middle teens” had broken into my home and “used” my bedroom, and found pornography. 

The case was to be turned over to Dallas County District Attorney John Vance—not long intelligence but shorter or spirit.  Later he would state that I wrote pornography as he found one book with three females holding hands (the title of the book is God’s Girls: the Ordination of Women in the Early Christian Church) which, I was informed, promoted lesbianism.  When they found dated copies of Playboy, Playgirl, and Penthouse I was promptly labeled “trash” and informed that “Jesus will not accept you.”

Mom noted that the police claimed the boys came through the back door—and pointed at it—it was locked. Nothing was broken.  They came through the window. Those who used my home for a private tryst, I learned, were Christopher Hitt and Kenneth Taylor, and did not live far from me.  Later I was told that I could never publicly expose them or their names since they were underage; I promptly wrote, and later had published Guilty until Proven Innocent: the Illusion—Texas Justice Dallas Style (Las Colinas: Monument, 1991) where their names and full details appear on page 38. 

Texas A&M 1969

On February 23, 1990, the Dallas Times Herald published a very short piece that I had been arrested; I read about my arrest while sitting in my cubicle at AAFES on Walton Walker Boulevard in Dallas.  I never was arrested, but posted bond to fly to San Diego to give a lecture. 

The DA wanted me to testify against Taylor, but Hitt was not mentioned.  Leaving the courthouse, I ran into the same cowboy who made the same offer, and I gave the same reply.  Later I would learn that he had been talking with the DA about the possibility I would expose the cover-up and somehow involve him and ruin his political career.  I only knew him by the name of Rick, knew he had been a Democrat from Haskell and supported Al Gore in the 1988 primaries for president.  What I learned latter was that he knew Christopher Hitt.  For that reason I was not to testify against Hitt.  I looked again at the photo the man gave me of his days at Texas A&M University.

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