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Freedom of Religion: Fact and Fantasy

1692 Massachusetts Christian Puritans saw the Devil everywhere

1692 Massachusetts Christian Puritans saw the Devil everywhere

Freedom of religion is a centuries-old expression. In most cases freedom of religion does not exist.

Freedom of religion is not accepted by the Supreme Court of the USA, as seen in Sandra Day O’Connor’s rant that the USA is a Christian nation (it is not).  The Roman Catholic majority of justices side with their faith and rule in favor of Christianity.  There is little interest in defending the rights of Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers and non believers. This is seen in the repeated demands for a god oath or affirmation to tell the truth.  God oath’s are distinctly religious (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988), Vows, Virgins, Oaths and Orgies. Arlington, TX: Liberal Arts Press).   This has become the rallying cry for sectarian judges at all levels, from the traffic courts in Des Moines, Iowa, to petty courts in Louisiana and the nefarious local courts in Texas.  Most courts or jurists. It is not enshrined in the nation, nor in separate states. At best freedom of religion is a buzzword.  In reality freedom of religion is a fantasy that has enchained and enslaved the mentality and academic advance throughout the USA since its inception as American colonies.

From Maine to Georgia, the North American colonies were not founded as bastions of theological freedom or the right to disbelieve.  What came from pulpits and stages of colonial churches was the same hot loathing of predatory pastors that existed in Europe, with special condemnation of Jews, “pagan” (i.e. Muslim) slaves, and those who did not express exaltation and conviction of the Christian perspective of males who saw in Christianity justification for gynephobia and misogyny, racism and radicalization of theology that still saw Jews as “killers of the Christ” and “naked savages” (American aboriginal Indians) who did not bow before raised bibles, and later were damned as sinners by Joseph Smith Jr–one of the greatest plagiarist and ignorant speakers in USA history.

Those who came to the shores of the Eastern coastline were greedy, self-serving, and self-loathing Puritans, Pilgrims, people in quest of gold and land, and who had little interest in a truly encompassing society freed from the fetters of religion.  Instead, these colonists were determined to create a “New Salem” (Jerusalem) and bring about a theocracy led by theocrats–as with the Matthers, Willis, and other bible bleaters.  The colonists had a narrow definition of what religion was.  Their god had to be prayed to daily, Their god would appoint “ministers of the faith” who would lead congregations like a ram herding sheep into judgemental assemblies in vocal or silent prayer while calling out witches, warlocks, and disbelievers for execution as with the Salem Witch Trials.  The colonial Christians chartered congregations that would give a non-biblical tenth of their possession and production to sustain the slovenly spokespersons of the community’s god.

Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony hanging Quakers

Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony hanging Quakers

Plymouth colony (Massachusetts) was among the most intolerant colonies.  In part this was due to its Puritan background.  In part this was due to Plymouth colony’s mephistophelean misogyny of its leaders who were more prone to seduce young girls and a few boys but hushed it up under claims of clerical immunity while reading  gynophobia plastered across the pages of what copyists claimed were the epistles (or letters) of a mythological Paul written by various hands from 200-1000 CE.

When any person would speak out in favor of a different form of worship, or for the rights of women to participate in a discussion of a biblical text or a pastor’s sermon (as was the case with Anne Hutchison), the heavy hand of hardened clerics came crashing down with excruciating éclat.  Their denial of human and civil rights for women, people of color and existing LGBT people who were dispatched from the worldly life as “abominations” became routine (read my article on LGBT and Jewish people in colonial America).

Anne Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson

Mistress Anne Hutchinson was chastised, defamed, libeled and slandered for her outspokenness and denunciation of those who would not let her speak or preach. Hutchinson cited bible verses to justify her reading and speaking with other women–and some men–in defiance of the male antagonists who would keep her quiet based on wrongful readings of the letters of “Paul”.

Anne Hutchinson was better read and more articulate about the scriptures that she interpreted and commented on  far more accurately than the pretensions and modestly educated Puritan preachers who acted more like popes than presbyters within her ossified and odious community.

Born Anne Marbury (1591–1643), Hutchinson was a Puritan woman. She served as a spiritual adviser for many when not performing domestic chores and being an attentive mother of 15. Birth control was unheard, and the misinterpreted line in Genesis  9:7 was not an injunction to act like rabbits or guinea pigs/cuyes, but was an admonition to minister to others so that a group would find freedom in thought.

The controversial Anne Hutchinson was an important participant in the Antinomian Controversy.  Antinomianism is the belief that under the gospel dispensation of grace, moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to obtain salvation. It was in part the teaching of Martin Luther (who had a far greater impact on English theology than did the strictness of Jean Calvin of Geneva), although he qualified his rejection of good works by writing that faith is: “a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn’t stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without ceasing. Anyone who does not do good works in this manner is an unbeliever…Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire” (Luther, Martin. Vermischte Deutsche Schriften, Johann K. Irmischer, ed. Vol. 63 (Erlangen: Heyder and Zimmer, 1854), pp. 124-125. [EA 63:124-125]).   It was Antinomianism, with its view that salvation was for the soul only and not the body, rejecting most of the Old Testament and responding to critics that it matched the debate of the Council of Jerusalem (c. 50 CE) that rejected the necessity of circumcision (Acts 15:5,  19-22, cp. Acts 10:9-16)  that was on part of the Laws of Moses, that doomed early Puritanism to play a minor role in the devolution of faith in Massachusetts.

A charismatic and popular preacher who threatened Puritan pastors, Hutchinson who was expelled from her colony in 1637.  She was walked to the border of Plymouth as her penalty for the crime of challenging the authority of the male ministers who minced words to justify good works that had nothing in common with the Reformation of John Knox, Martin Luther, John Calvin and other would-be reformers turned revolutionaries.

A woman who refused to be silent, Hutchinson exposed the subordination of women in the culture of colonial Massachusetts.  Citing scripture Hutchinson spelling out articulate arguments against the reading of the most heated passages in the Epistles of Paul.  The mother of 15 children rejected the staid sentence sourly secreted into the vastly plagiarized First Letter to the Church of Corinth.  She noted that 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 claimed, wrongly, that women were to be silent.  Hutchinson called attention to the full passage as being a reference to the church, and not a permanent position in discussion of sermons or scripture solely against the preaching of women.  Women, such as Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, and Noadiah, were prophets in the Old Testament, and greeted as “sisters in the faith” in the New Testament (Romans 4:20), becoming judges, priests, and even bishops in the early Church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 has traditionally been linked with 1 Timothy 2:8-15. This is the mark of an addition by a copyist, that modern theologians are only now beginning to understand.  While there is no substantial evidence that the Plymouth pioneer knew of this, Hutchinson fought for the right of women to read and study scripture without the menacing mention of women being silent based on the idea that all people were like little children whom Jesus invited to visit him (Matthew 19:14).  Even the Paul of the New Testament saluted women, as in the case of Phoebe (Romans 16:1–2) Priscilla, wife of Aquila (both being tent makers; Acts 18:2) and recognized as leaders in 1 Corinthians 16:19 and Romans 16:3.

What Hutchinson did not argue is the text itself. Such an education was forbidden women by men who were threatened by any thought of equality between the sexes.  Only ennobled women, wealthy women, had any formal education, and then quietly in their homes. The transmogrification of equality is the leftover garbage of the establishment of Christianity as an official religion by the Emperor in the fourth century CE.

If Anne Hutchinson had an education in Biblical text and interpretation, she would have noted that 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 is a declarative statement and the passage does not match the rest of the text. Translation and interpretation have never been strong suits in theological studies from the ancient world to this day when school pretend to teach both sciences not only in the Third World but in most schools in the First World.

A more careful study of the questionable declarative verse would note that the writers of the Pauline epistle to the church at Corinth ignored the scripture’s declaration that women will prophesy (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17-18) and did so in the church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 11:5).  The persecutor of Christians including at Corinth, Saul of Tarsus (who later takes for himself the name of Paul that means “small”, “humble” and even a “limited gathering of scholars”.  The name Paul is a family’s surname at the time of the first century CE.  It is Roman in heritage and spelled Paulus or Paullus.  Nowhere in the New Testament considered an Apostle except by Saul, himself.  The name Paul had no Hebrew or ancient Greek equivalent.  It is introduced in Biblical Greek.  The man is a self-created legend, and the Bible says nothing about Paul’s death. Only in 2 Timothy 2, do we read Paul writing about anticipating his death. 

1 Corinthians 14 and the silence of women

1 Corinthians 14 and the silence of women

What is unique is the writers of the Epistles, especially the letters to the congregation (there was no church) is that they are filled with repetition and self-rejection.  This is seen, dramatically, in the two verses 34 and 35.  They are self-contradictory, with 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 being at best a gloss or marginalia eased into the text by a medieval monk.

The Paul of the New Testament permitted women to participate when properly adorned (1 Corinthians 11:2-16). 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 stands out in sermons of all Christian cults and creeds–and has no biblical foundation except for itself (as I tell my students, you cannot use one book to prove the validity and credibility of that same book).  It is plagiarized from Old Testament lore that justifies the murders committed by Saul who was nothing more than a poor imitation of Joshua and Gideon who launched a Holocaust quit in keeping with that pushed by Adolf Hitler.

Gideon's Holocaust of Semitic people in Palestine/Canaan

Gideon’s Holocaust of Semitic people in Palestine/Canaan

Few have had the courage of Hutchinson to strike back at the theological terrorists machinations and insipid insanity of the patriarchy that then and now controls Christianity.  This patriarchy, using select sentences that were added to a book compiled and plagiarized from far older sources and passed off by those who would control others who were denied an education.  It was submissively accepted by those who bowed before alleged superiors who threatened their lives, limbs and property in the stagnant claim of being intercessor between god and man (ignoring woman).  Like ancient priests, Plymouth pastors prattled that they controlled all in the name of fear of a wrathful demon known as YHWH who unleashed holocaust after holocaust in the Torah and Book of Prophets (Old Testament) through the mass murderers Joshua and Gideon.  The source from the beginning of the innovation and creation of Christianity claimed their authority from a deliberate misreading of Matthew 16:18-19.

The Bible has always been a sponge of blood, from Genesis through Revelation.  Its pastors dined from burnt sacrifice and were given seats at the head of tables where they would invoke their deity to look upon food and heart with a jubilant spirit while the ecclesiastics ate first.  The idea of a “burnt sacrifice” is Akkadian in origin, passing through the language of Syria. The Hebrew feminine noun qorban (plural qorbanot קָרְבֳּנוֹת) first occurs in the Hebrew Bible in Leviticus 1:2.  It is found in 80 other passages is pronounced similarly in the Arabic language (Arabic kurban قربان).  Women were allowed to participate in the sacrifices–a fact that male preachers ignored, claiming that women were to be “meek and mild like Jesus”.

There was nothing “meek and mild” (a phrase that applies only to the Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 11:28-30.  In the original Greek (πράος) meek means “in control” and “with great power that is under control”. It defines someone who is not subject to anger) about the Mistress who rattled the Puritan community and distressed the Fathers of the Colony.  None of the male ministers had anything in common with the Jesus of the New Testament.

Anne Hutchinson heartily made her displeasure known with the fools she suffered.  This was especially the situation with witless John Wilson and his rogue interpretation of religion “of one of works”. Having enough of his prattle praising tithing that was barely substantiated within scripture, Mistress Hutchinson got up and left whenever the millstone minister rose to pray or preach parched words of damnation and demons.  Tithing, actually, refers to a bribe (Deuteronomy 12:5-11):, extortion (Numbers 28:20-32), or payment under duress or to obtain spoils of war and theft (Genesis 14:20, 28:20-22) or a forced bribe to keep god from destroying his people (Malachi 3:8-10).

Repeatedly, Goodwife Hutchinson was reprimanded to mind the ministry of men.  She was to “silence herself” as being less than a man in the eyes of a critical, cruel and wrathful god.

Expelled by the “men of god” who declared End Times was “neigh [near]” and an apocalyptic war was about to begin with Jesus (defying the law of gravity) would ride out on a horse from the clouds with sword in hand to take blood from non-believers (Matthew 10:34), Hutchinson was exiled from her original home and community.  With many of her supporters, Hutchinson established the settlement of Portsmouth (that would become the Colony of Rhode Island) and Providence Plantations.  There was no rest for the outspoken Hutchinson. As at Plymouth, so it was at Portsmouth. Hutchinson’s heroic stand for her opinions and interpretations were met with scorn.  The chauvinistic chorus of misanthropic ministers damned her, “for she is but a woman” enfeebling every effort at blind justice and direct democracy.

A feisty firebrand who insisted on faith and with no emphasis on good works, Hutchinson ultimately found a home on the ancient landmark called Split Rock in what later became The Bronx in New York City. Her aspiration to help others, including the original aboriginal population (who became known as Indians), the city fathers launched acidic arguments against her, and leagued with “forces unknown.”  In August 1643, Hutchinson and all but one of the 16 members of her household were massacred during an attack by the native Siwanoy.  Her 9-year-old daughter Susanna was taken captive. 

The travail threaded through the life of Hutchison gave a tortured birth of a hatred-inspired fear of women throughout most of New England.  It spilled its poison into other colonies with a speed unmatched since the imaginary war in heaven between the Advocate of Job 2:1 (a Babylonian tale) known as Satan, and the mythical Akkadian god incorporated into the Bible under the name of Michael.  Religious rites were galvanized, ministers obtained a near god-like authority.  Religious freedom was curtailed, and colonies settled by one group of religionists were forced out by other religionists determined to draft their own ideologies into their charters, as happened to Maryland.

18th century carricature of Pope on Guy Fawkes Night in Boston

18th century caricature of Pope on Guy Fawkes Night in Boston

Maryland was established as a colony for Roman Catholics by Lord George Calvert in 1625. Roman Catholics were quickly disenfranchised as being “papists” and too attached to the plutocracy of the Vatican and the demands of the papacy.  “Good Christians” [Protestants] of Maryland, exploded intemperate against Roman Catholic priests who were rejected as following a foreign potentate  determined to turn the New World colonies into vassal states of the Vatican.  According to broadsheets, the Pope was to rule over splintered states by bishops loyal only to the Vicar of Christ.  This Vicar was caricaturized as a diabolical demons surrounded by vipers who would grow fat on the food denied the poor.

Roman Catholics in Maryland quickly lost their freedom of religion.  They were disenfranchised in 1646. They were, however, allowed along with “all [other] Christians” (emphasis mine) to live and work in Maryland in 1649 by means of the Maryland Toleration Act.

The Maryland Act of Toleration (1649)

The Maryland Act of Toleration (1649)

The Maryland Toleration Act became the source for the First Amendment of the fledgling United States of America. It was never, originally, a popular document nor a well-received First Amendment.

Virginia’s House of Burgesses recognized the Church of England as the official religion of the colony in 1619. The tie to the Established Church in England was, however, weak, and Anglicans in Virginia frequently pursued a course different from their counterparts in London.

In 1775, the bishop of London (Richard Terrick, 1710 – 1777) appointed James Blair to represent his interests in the colony, but there was scant attention to the authority from London in matters of religion, except that all prayer books and services followed the Church of England style that were far more closely related to the doctrines of Martin Luther than those of John Calvin.

The German, a former Augustinian monk who wrote numerous tracts in defence of the papacy and Rome, Martin Luther became over time  contemptuous of Jews (whom initially he had written in defense of) and argued for a strict interpretation of the words of the Bible with little to no tolerance for apostasy or heresy. Jews were not welcome anywhere in the New World when the colonies were formed.  They were slandered as being slayers of “the Christ”–a title Jesus never used in the original New Testament.

New Amsterdam (1626 engraving)

New Amsterdam (1626 engraving)

Little is known about the first Jew to visit the colonies.  The “sons of Israel” were poorly tolerated in colonial America (cf. Warren Blumenfeld (2012), “On The Discursive Construction of Jewish “Racialization” And “Race Passing”: Jews As “U-boats” With A Mysterious ‘Queer Light'”, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 1-28). Jews were accepted only if they could bring supplies to the colonies, as was the case with the second Jew who sailed to the New World: Solomon Franco.

Jews in Colonial America (17th century drawing)

Jews in Colonial America (17th century drawing)

Solomon Franco was a Sephardic Jew from Holland. There is scant record of this enterprising man, except it is believed that he settled in the city of Boston in 1649. 

Franco delivered “needed” supplies to Edward Gibbons, a Major General in the Massachusetts militia.  Franco quickly wore out his welcome when he demanded payment.

Gibbons was astonished that anyone would expect payment from a man of his rank–especially a Jew. A dispute broke out over who should pay Franco (Gibbons or Perada a Dutch merchant who arranged for the shipment of goods). On May 6, 1649, the Massachusetts General Court that Franco was to be expelled from the colony, but granted Franco “six shillings per week out of the Treasury for ten weeks, for sustenance, till he can get his passage to Holland”. The “sustenance allowance quickly ran out.

Jews found a home in New York (August 1654 drawing)

Jews found a home in New York (August 1654 drawing)

Five years later Solomon Pietersen, a merchant from Amsterdam, sailed into Boston. In 1656, Pietersen became the first known Americanized Jew to intermarry with a Christian. This action was deemed scandalous, being tantamount to “race mixing” that was illegal. Pietersen’s marriage to a Christian woman (referred even then to miscegenation, coming from the Latin miscere “to mix” + genus “kind”) is the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations, and procreation.  The same bigotry that has been the lot of LGBT people by such biblical illiterates as Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa, Timothy Dolan of New York, Francis George of Chicago, Bryan Fischer, Ann Coulter and the ever-ignorant Benedict XVI (who declared he would resign as pope on February 28–an action that has not occurred since 1415 in the Middle Ages). 

Those who spew hatred against marginalized groups painfully mistranslated and misinterpreted the universal myth of Ham {Greek Χαμ, Kham ; Arabic: حام, Ḥām, “hot” or “burnt”} in reference to skin pigmentation: Black for Africans, “dark brown” for Jews and “Arabs” {the Semitic or Abrahamic people of Mesopotamia Africa}, and so forth; Genesis 9:20-27), “force” Ham’s later generations, according to some records, to formally convert to Christianity. To this end Black slaves in Virginia and other states demanded that their slaves go to Christian churches, and if they went with their white masters, to sit either on benches in balconies or in near-by cabins (some were allowed to sit at the back of the church if it did not have a full congregation).

There are no records showing Pietersen formally converted.  His daughter Anna, however, was baptized in childhood.  The action was one of the forced/enforced requirements of that day to stay in the colony.

Jacob Barsimson arrives at New Amsterdam (1654)

Jacob Barsimson arrives at New Amsterdam (1654)

The third Jew to arrive at New Amsterdam (lower Manhattan, where Wall Street is today) was Jacob Barsimson. Barsimson was born in Holland and worked for the Dutch East India Company. He was among the refugees who was aboard the Peartree on August 22, 1654, fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition when Portugal conquered Batavia (Jakarta).

Around this time 23 more Jews (four couples, two widows, and thirteen children) arrived as refugees from Brasil (that had been a Dutch colony before it was conquered by the Portuguese. The refugees’ spokesperson was Asser Levy, primarily because he represented the legendary priestly class of the ancient Hebrews. Levy argued for Jewish rights in the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam. Levy won for the Jews basic civil rights including admission into the House of Burghers and was also granted the privilege of serving guard duty for the colony–something no non-Christian was allowed to do, so great was the colonists fear of angering their god of wrath. Levy’s victory was not without a fight.

The Christians of the local Dutch Reformed Church, led by local merchants, appealed to the colonial governor, Peter Stuyvesant, to have the Jews expelled, on the grounds, as Stuyvesant wrote to the Dutch West India Company (September 22, 1654), that the Jews practiced usury and were “deceitful trading with the Christians … [praying] that the deceitful race—such hateful enemies and blasphemers of the name of Christ—ne [be] not allowed to further infect and trouble this new colony to the detraction of your worships and the dissatisfaction of your worships’ most affectionate subjects”.

Peter Stuyvesant in New Amsterdam (New York)

Peter Stuyvesant in New Amsterdam (New York)

The Dutch West India Company declined because of several influential Jews in New Amsterdam who promised to provide “the poor among them shall not become a burden to the company or to the community, but be supported by their own nation”. To the consternation of “good Christians” in New Amsterdam, the Dutch West India Company went further:

We would have liked to effectuate and fulfill your wishes and request that the new territories should no more be allowed to be infected by people of the Jewish nation, for we foresee therefrom the same difficulties which you fear, but after having further weighed and considered the matter, we observe that this would be somewhat unreasonable and unfair, especially because of the considerable loss sustained by this nation, with others, in the taking of Brazil, as also because of the large amount of capital which they still have invested in the shares of this company. Therefore after many deliberations we have finally decided and resolved to apostille [annotate] upon a certain petition presented by said Portuguese Jews that these people may travel and trade to and in New Netherland and live and remain there, provided the poor among them shall not become a burden to the company or to the community, but be supported by their own nation. You will now govern yourself accordingly.”

After New Amsterdam fell to the British, in 1737, the General Assembly, of what was renamed New York, voted that no Jew was to be allowed to vote for members of that body.  Disenfranchised the Jews spent most of their time in business pursuits.

Few Jews moved beyond New York City. There were not sufficient Jews in Upstate New York to form a congregation until 1838, and there were no rabbis to serve until 1846.

There was no recognized Jewish community or congregation in Boston before 1840, and while an occasional Jew made it into Vermont and New Hampshire, there were no congregations until 1882. While there were a few Jews in Massachusetts, there was no significant record of any Jew or of any Jewish congregation before 1800. Even fewer lived in Maryland.

Covenant of Peace (first Jewish synagogue at Eaton, PA) 1839

Covenant of Peace (first Jewish synagogue at Eaton, PA) 1839

Pennsylvania had its first Jewish emigrant, Joseph Simon, in 1730, but there was no synagogue or cemetery for Jews until 1732 at Shaefferstown.  A synagogue was established at Easton in 1839, but its rabbi was not welcomed by any Christian pastor or congregant.

Pennsylvania was carved out for Quakers. While the Quakers were far more tolerant than any other Christian in Colonial America, they were to the far left of the Church of England that was too “popery”.  Quakers’ aversion to war, violence,  and argument made them as distrusted as were the animosities between chrestianos and christianos until the Emperor Constantine I created his crated “catholic [universal] church” in 325 CE (Eusebius, Vita Constantini 36-37, in Greek) by decree with no reference to Matthew 16:18.  There is no biblical proof that Jesus ever anointed a pope nor called for worship centers beyond an empty field (Matthew 18:20) or prayer in secret (Matthew 6:6).  There was never, to this day, a person in the USA who ever followed the teaching of Jesus, those who claim to be Christians are Paulinists, with Roman Catholics in the USA fleeing the teaching of Jesus more than any group.

Anti-Catholic American Patriot showing hatred for the Pope

 Roman Catholicism, having been suppressed in the past (Jenkins, Philip (1 April 2003). The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice. Oxford University Press. p. 23) throughout the seaboard colonies continued to be feared as being covert workers for a Catholic invasion and take-over orchestrated by the Pope in the Vatican.  

KKK armed to defend the USA from an invasion by Rome and its Catholic priests (19th century)

KKK armed to defend the USA from an invasion by Rome and its Catholic priests (19th century)

Americans, both colonialists and those who came with and after the Revolution, continued to arm themselves against alleged invasion of Roman Catholic Spaniards from Florida, Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American nations.  Fear of Roman Catholics further spurred the KKK to arm themselves, seek out Roman Catholics and execute them. They were supported by legislators and laws in such hate-filled states as Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia, Texas and the rest of the southern tier. Governors, Congressional representatives and senators, and state legislatures from West Virginia to California, Texas to Minnesota turned a blind eye to the carnage of many Christians who declared, like Billy Graham, Richard Land, G.Em Melchert and James Dobson, that Roman Catholics were not Christians.  The anger that rang from the roof tops of Nazareth Lutheran Church and College Hill Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was matched in embittered denunciations by the cult of the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod, the Southern Baptist Convention and its Christ for the Nations ministry, buttressed by Pentecostal predators from Jimmy Bakker to Jimmy Swaggart, Scott Lively to James Dobson, with the support of born-again governors from Rick Perry (R-TX) and Scott Walker (R-WI).

Second Amendment to Constitution of the USA.

Second Amendment to Constitution of the USA.

Many of the most hate-filled people, from legislators in Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, found solace only in the Second Amendment that they believed was their buttress for maintaining guns and other weapons, even though the Amendment said it was to sustain “a militia”.  The people have a right to “keep and bear arms” but for defense.  Previously arms had been housed in community arsenals at public expense. 

Irish Catholics, Jews and Blacks were considered equally evil by White "saved" Christians leadding to establishing the KKK.

Irish Catholics, Jews and Blacks were considered equally evil by White “saved” Christians leading to establishing the KKK.

Blacks and Irish Catholics were considered evil, worthless and expendable  in early USA history.  Irish and Black people were frequently drawn as being equal, with the Irish lampooned as being ape-like.

Cartoons and caricatures depicting the Pope as “the Great Whore” and priests as cutthroats and worse spread from broadsheets to newspapers and books. With the rise of the Khristian Knights of the [KKK] Klan, attacks on Roman Catholics increased along with the slaughter of Blacks and other minorities.

Even the otherwise well-read democrat and orator for human rights and civil liberties for all, Thomas Jefferson, wrote against Roman Catholicism. Jefferson argued: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government,” (Letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813) and that “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own” (Letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814).

"American Patriot" Anti-Catholic articles attacking Pope and End Times theology

“American Patriot” Anti-Catholic articles attacking Pope and End Times theology

By the 1840s the nightmare fantasy fable of End of Times and the invention of a physical hell spawned by ancient Mesopotamian civilizations and plagiarized by most Abrahamic religions and people throughout the Middle East, was directly linked to the influx of Roman Catholics.  Roman Catholics were viewed as being more intent on damnation than on salvation even for the most avid Puritans.  More and more the papacy was labeled the Whore of Babylon (Dante, Inferno Canto 19, drawn from the ranting of John “of Patmos” (an island where those who were determined

In Inferno canto 19 Dante rebukes pope Nicholas III in the fourth bolgia

In Inferno canto 19 Dante rebukes pope Nicholas III in the fourth bolgia

to be insane were housed, with the writer of Revelation being consider “quite mad” even by his coreligionists who thought him suicidal or prone to murder) in Apocalypse 13 and 17:1-2.  Both the Apocalypse and other renderings of End Time theology were, plagiarized from old Babylonian tales and Akkadian folklore interwoven into Egyptian records. The verses in Apocalypse 13, 17:1-2 are closely identified with the tale found in the Babylonian Book of Daniel 5, 9:27). This  lead to the indiscriminate slaughter of Roman Catholics and the burning of their property 1840-1872 (Jimmy Akin (2001-03-01). “The History of Anti-Catholicism”. This Rock. Catholic Answers).  No newspaper, no periodical, no Christian minister raised his voice against this attack on civil rights and human liberties.

Benedict XVI (resigned papacy February 18, 2013)

Benedict XVI (resigned papacy February 18, 2013)

Today’s Roman Catholic Church in the USA. the religion most repressed in early America, is the most oppressive religion within the nation–and within the world.  The Roman Catholic Church continues to deny women the right of choice and the right to be priest–a role women held in the early communities and in the congregations set up by Apostles of Jesus of the New Testament.  The Roman Catholic Church, especially with the ascent of the two most hate-filled pontiffs in modern history, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, rejects basic human rights for various groups from non-Christians (there has been token efforts to dialogue with Buddhists and Jews, but nothing on the scale of John XXIII who reached out to everyone) to LGBT and other marginalized people.  The Roman Catholic Church under John Paul II and his rottweiler cardinal from Germany, Joseph Ratzinger, made a concerted but secretive effort to protect pedophile priests and prelates from Roger Mahoney (Los Angeles) and  Timothy Dolan (New York City read here and here and here)  intones, in the ”name of Jesus Christ”. The German Pope, Benedict XVI, is chief of those who are opposed to the Constitution of the USA’s proclamation of all people being equal and afforded equality before the law.  At the same time, the pontifex maximus continued protecting pedophile priests from the Jesuits in Alaska who sexually assaulted little girls and boys under the age of 12 in tribal villages and in remote areas to secular priests in the Oregon, Iowa, Texas and throughout the USA dioceses and abroad.

Ashlynn Conner, a little Irish American girl, bullied into suicide at age 10 in Illinois

Ashlynn Conner, a little Irish American girl, bullied into suicide at age 10 in Illinois

While Colonial charters and laws contained specific proscriptions against Roman Catholics by state constitutions, atheists are openly attacked in the same way and with an identical fury as the early Roman Catholics and Jews. Atheists, however, are attacked more frequently than either of the groups of oppressed people.  Students in USA schools and universities bullying are among the rising number of self-define “soldiers of Christ” who feel “called upon” to attack atheists.  These “soldiers of Christ” are sworn to rid the USA of atheists, either by murdering them in cold blood or by “encouraging those who doubt or deny god” to commit suicide by channeling their hate on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other means of social communication.  This vitriol is even more acute in the “soldiers of Christ” in attacking any LGBT who is either self-acknowledge and proud of himself or herself, regardless of age.  Even young children are singled out for torment that can lead to suicide, as was the case with ten-year-old Ashlynn Conner, to 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, and more.

The majority of the tormentors being parents, siblings, classmates, evangelical groups.  Most of the groups are certified hate organizations, such as Focus on the Family (Alabama), and Bob Vander Plaats’ The FAMiLY that leads the charge against women’s rights in Iowa.  Vander Plaats is sustained by the collective insanity by nine nightmare clinically insane Republican Representatives strangling democracy in the Iowa legislature (House File 153) who seek to enact legislation that would declare sperm, ova, zygote, and fetus a “person” and its “destruction” murder–a tactic used in many other states to deny women personal freedom. 

If this barbaric broadside would past, the Tea Party Republicans would many any woman who was raped stand trial for first degree murder).  This is especially true in carnivorous cults of the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod, Missouri Lutheran church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Roman Catholic Church and the US Council of Roman Catholic Bishops (read here and here).  It is acceptable to abuse a child in any of these cults (my uncles sodomized me when I was younger than eight, and one was a minister in the Missouri Lutheran Church, and the other a student of theology, not yet ordained; when I complained first to my mother (who was convinced I had seduced my uncles) and to my pastor (who argued that I was the sinner), I gave up all interest and faith  in religion.

Charles Darwin on atheism

Charles Darwin on atheism

Atheists cannot hold public office in Arkansas (Article 19, Section 1), Maryland (Article 37), Mississippi (Article 14, Section 265), North Carolina (Article 6, Section 8), Pennsylvania (Article 1, Section 4, while the wording is tricky, the message that those who differ in their interpretation and belief in a god cannot be disqualified), South Carolina (Article 17, Section 4), Tennessee (Article 9, Section 2), Texas (Article 1, Section 4)—while the 14th Amendment, Section 6 technically makes it moot, the states that discriminate reject that amendment, and several contenders for the presidency of the USA have campaigned to have the Amendment overturned.

Atheism in San Diego, California (2013)

Atheism in San Diego, California (2013)

Atheists have only limited rights.  Atheists and those who do not attend churches, synagogues or private meeting houses (Quakers, Unitarian-Universalists, etc), are openly attacked from Virginia to California, Minnesota to Texas and throughout all other states.

A federal court in Indiana dismissed a claim that an Indiana law prohibiting secular celebrants from solemnizing marriages (Indiana code 31-11-6-1).  At the same time the Christian court allowed religious representatives to perform marriages in open violation the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the USA.  The federal court in Indiana rejected a brief submitted by the Center for Inquiry in Center for Inquiry, Inc., et al. v Clerk, Marion Circuit Court, et al (read here, pdf).  It is an overt, court consciously calculated double standard extensively covered in numerous legal cases.

Humanist ads are not attack advertising.

Humanist ads are not attack advertising.

Humanists enjoy life. They seek out the better in themselves and other people. They do not attack. Humanists teach that all things are open to questioning and debate.

To silence debate is the mark of religion that offers no freedom to the individual. Debate silenced is nothing less than mental, and physical slavery.  Socrates was the thinker who best represented humanism: questioning everything, working to change that which could be changed, and accepting fate for what was in store by being a model citizen, an educated teacher, an analytic debater, and a good spouse who made sure all debts were paid

 Aesculapius, Greek God of Medicine and Healing with serpent (Wisdom) on staff, and cock (health and ease of death) on pedestal.

Aesculapius, Greek God of Medicine and Healing with serpent (Wisdom) on staff, and cock (health and ease of death) on pedestal.

It was recorded by Plato that Socrates said:Crito, we owe a rooster (in the original, the word is cock: a male gallinaceous bird: a chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, and partridge, grouse, etc., while a rooster is a domestic fowl: a male chicken with no superior powers.  The god of health was partial to cocks because of their curative powers and use in ritual worship) to Asclepius. Please, don’t forget to pay the debt.” Asclepius was the Greek god for curing illness, and for Socrates the greatest cure for illness is death.  ( Plato, Phaedo 115b-118a; cp. Waterfield,Robin (2009). Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths. New York:W.W.Norton and Company).  Socrates was found guilty of corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety (“not believing in the gods of the state”), cf. Plato. Apology, 24–27. 

Religion is like genitalia: don't show it off in public or shove it down your children's throat

Religion is like genitalia: don’t show it off in public or shove it down your children’s throat

Distrust in oneself and in those who admit/claim to be atheists is a prime reason for seasoned social ostracization of atheists and atheism. Several psychological studies show that results were consistent with the hypothesis that the relationship between belief in God and atheist distrust was fully mediated by the belief that people behave better if they feel that God is watching them: if you are not a believer you will suffer the pains and fires of hell. Other studies show atheists were systematically socially excluded only in high-trust domains; belief in God, but not authoritarianism, predicted this discriminatory decision-making against atheists in high trust domains (Gervais, Will M.; Shariff, Azim F.; Norenzayan, Ara (December 2011). “Do you believe in atheists? Distrust is central to anti-atheist prejudice”. doi: 10.1037/a0025882 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 101(6), 1189-1206).

Many people argue that atheists and nonbelievers are expressing hidden anger against a god that/who offended them or did not give them what they asked for (Exline, Julie J.; Park, Crystal L.; Smyth, Joshua M.; Carey, Michael P (January 2011). “Anger toward God: Social-cognitive predictors, prevalence, and links with adjustment to bereavement and cancer”. doi: 10.1037/a0021716 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 100(1), 129-148). This has been repeatedly been disproven, with research on why many elect atheism, being a study of 350 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism.  Those who vouched that they had no belief in a god had a wide reading of history , science and religion (75 times) that grew throughout their lifetime; disgust with religious hypocrisy (60) as seen in the case of Ted Haggard, Jerry Falwell, Bishop Eddie Long

Bishop Eddie Long's boy friends

Bishop Eddie Long’s boy friends

(whose victims Bishop Eddie Long’s boy friends call him a “monster” as the bishop had no less than four boy-toys, while Long claims the charges are false and he was the victim); influence of particular author or book (55); a byproduct of Socialist materialism (30); effects of college education (25); effects of study of sciences (25); and others in lesser numbers. Less frequently emotional factors were mentioned, such as: illness and death in family, the horrors of war, the futility of prayer, the evils and unhappiness in the world, etc. 36% of the atheists were oldest children, while only 15% were youngest children; about 9% were only children (Vetter, G. B.; Green, M. (July 1932). “Personality and group factors in the making of atheists”. doi: 10.1037/h0075273 The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, Vol 27(2), 179-194).

Most people who reject god do so after intensive study of history, science, religion, and philosophy: atheists tend to be more educated and broadly versed than do theists (Teo, Thomas (2009), Editorial. doi: 10.1037/ a0017640 Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol 29(2), 61-62). Families do disassociate themselves from members who declare their rejection of any god(s) that the family may believe in and worship, but this is a sign of paternalism and the fear of the family unit not being carried on by future like-minded generations.

States that the deny atheists and agnostics basic human and civil rights

States that the deny atheists and agnostics basic human and civil rights

By 2013, there is only an abridged form of religious freedom with many states within the union, with many states disenfranchising or denying the right to serve in a public office if the individual does not recognize a god. Even the deity is questioned as it was in the past: Jesus has to be Caucasian white, the name of the creator has to be God (not Allah), and so forth.  The act of swearing an oath is said to have religious connotations as it affirms the existence of a deity and a person’s confession of the existence of a deity, but this has no biblical support. On the contrary, the Bible expressly forbids people to swear (Matthew 5:34, James 5:12), therefore to swear “So help me god” is actually biblically prohibited since it is a rejection of YHWH and Jesus and an affirmation of a pagan god.

A Christian pastor does not mean that it is a man or a woman in a suit pounding pulpits as if he or she was/is the Wrath of Moses.  A Christian preacher is not a man in a red dress covered with delicate lace sitting enthroned in a cathedral. 

Christianity from its beginning in 325 CE meant a dictatorship over a group of semi-thinking people.  We find this in the pontifications of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the US Council of Roman Catholic Bishop and similar church councils around the world, as well as in the proclamations of various cults from those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pentecostal group, Ultra Orthodox Jews, and in the estranged world of mind control of Bob Vander Plaats’ The FAMiLY in Iowa, or James Dobson’s American Family Association in Alabama, or other certified hate groups.  The teachings of Jesus of the New Testament is not Constantine’s Christianity that details that select individuals have the right to deny other people personal rights, liberties or freedoms, and have the power to require others to believe or disbelieve as predator (priest, pastor, bishop, cardinal, pope, imam, ayatollah, rabbi, and so forth) demands.  That is slavery.

Various evangelical groups reject non-evangelical groups with their own interpretation of holy books and leaders. These groups ranged from chrestianos to christianos, concerning the warrior messiah of Matthew 10:34 to the prince of peace in Isaiah 9:6.  The two were joined by Constantine who controlled the ultimate canonization of scripture.  For this reason, it can truly be written, that Christianity is among the most barbaric of religions and has been since it was created by the Emperor Constantine I for religion (the Church) claims superiority over the state throughout history, even within the USA where politicians ranging from US Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), to Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and former (now Governor) Sam Brownback (R-KS, converted to Roman Catholicism by Opus Dei priest Rev. John McCloskey’s guidance) all reject a wall separating state and church.

The Roman Emperor at the time of the assaults on Rome and the City of Constantine, Constantine I created an ecclesia (ἐκκλησίαa: public court, political assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state [American Heritage Dictionary] who had the obligation to do business and bring wealth to the emperor) where only his interpretation of Paulinity would be held and upheld, and the actual teaching of Jesus would be watered down, and his private life ignored.  There was no placed in the early Church for a renegade man who never had a girl friend, who never married, who never took up arms to defend the empire, who allowed a man to rest his head upon Jesus’ chest, who was followed out of the garden by a nude youth, and most likely was gay, since Jewish society all males to marry and procreate–which Jesus never did–save in one Coptic fragment.  The problem with the ancient fragment is it is too late to consult with other similar fragments that have disintegrated with time or were consigned to the first of Constantine who was busy working on creating his own church.

Coptic fragment referring to Jesus wife (or partner?)

Coptic fragment referring to Jesus wife (or partner?)

The Pauline church was Constantine’s make-believe early “church” in opposition to the brothers of Jesus who saw the movement as a reformed Judaism.  Determined to be the sole arbiter of thought and expression, Constantine’s church would be a national unit that would allow Constantine absolute control over the empire’s faiths.

The Emperor Constantine I orders books burned including gospels considered equal to the synoptic gospels and letters he did not like 325 CE

The Emperor Constantine I orders books burned including gospels considered equal to the synoptic gospels and letters he did not like 325 CE

Constantine burned all books, scrolls, records, gospels, epistles that he did not approve–a common practice especially when it comes to religion and its denial of individual freedoms and human rights. Constantine’s church [business enterprise] was not known as Christianity after the theological coup. To ensure imperial control over the newly created church, Constantine ordered the works of Arius and other “heretics” were burned, in the manner of the Coptic pope in Egypt demanding that the famed library of Alexandria be destroyed.

Hypatia killed by Christians in Alexandria, Egypt on order of the Coptic Pope

Hypatia killed by Christians in Alexandria, Egypt on order of the Coptic Pope

It was under the clerical  Catholic cannibalism of the pseudo-Christian Coptic Pope Cyril that the famed astronomer, philosopher, mathematician, scientist, librarian and atheist Hypatia was torn apart by Coptic Christian monks who shredded her skin, tearing it off while she lived, and throwing her living body onto a pyre of burning scrolls and writings of ancient thinkers in all then-known fields of academic inquiry. The death of Hypatia was planned by the Coptic monks and set a signal for all bibliolators in the conservative Christian community to rise up against the ‘learned scholars’ of Alexandria, a center of knowledge throughout the ancient world and destroy all things that were not of, from, and within the Bible. It was the beginning of the Dark Ages in Egypt that spread like a fungus throughout Europe, turning off all lights that pierced the darkness of biblical literalism and enforced belief (George F. Simmons (1992). Calculus Gems: Brief Lives and Memorable Mathematics. New York, NY: MacGraw Hill; Maria Dzielska (1995). Hypatia of Alexandria, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, (Revealing Antiquity, 8), p. xi, 157).

With the message of the mythical Paul cannibalizing Christianity, the law body (the actual meaning of the word in the early centuries, first to fourth, ecclesia, changed by the fifth century when courtiers transmogrified the true meaning of the word by attaching to it the incorrect translation and title of “the Church”) gave the world the grotesque Inquisition. The bloody Inquisition did not remain uniquely Roman Catholic.  It quickly was taken up by such “reformers” as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Henry VIII and his heirs, Scandinavian potentates, and the most vile representatives of man in Russia and captive provinces.  All based their “reformations” on spurious tracts that were current but did not reflect original documents designed to ensure peace or protect people. Few men, after the second century CE, realized that there never was a St. Peter, St. Paul, or Roman Popes (the first does not appear or is catalogued before the second century, not even in the first edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia, with some writers arguing that there were no bishops nor a pope in Rome before the end of the fourth century).

Luther, Martin: Von den Jüden und ihren lügen Wittemberg (1543)

Luther, Martin: Von den Jüden und ihren lügen Wittemberg (1543)

The protesting reformer, Martin Luther’s war against the Jews and his books (Von den Jüden und iren Lügen, 1543, that the German ex-Augustinian monk wrote: Conversion of the Jews will be the work of God alone operating from within, and not of man working — or rather playing — from without. If these offences be taken away, worse will follow. For they are thus given over by the wrath of God to reprobation, that they may become incorrigible, as Ecclesiastes says, for every one who is incorrigible is rendered worse rather than better by correction; cf. Oberman, Heiko. Luthers Werke. Erlangen 1854, 32:282, 298, in Grisar, Hartmann. Luther. St. Louis 1915, 4:286 and 5:406; cp. Luther, Martin. Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi) that became the supporting arguments for Hitler’s extermination of the Jews.

These same arguments sprung up like weeds in the mincing of the madman Richard Land and the Southern Baptist Conventions to use them against the LGBT community.  Like slurry it has resurfaced among poorly trained Pentecostal preachers who are personally against Muslims, etc.  There is even the absurdity of the “reverend” Terry Jones of Florida who damns everything Islamic, like Fred Phelps and his cult the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS, that even his own granddaughters fled.

When a person is in another nation, the visitor must respect or at least obey the laws of that nation.  The visitor has no right to enforce on others his or her own views or theologies.  This happens too frequently as with the carnage called for by Scott Lively and his gaggle of evangelical goons,  flying to Africa to initiate genocide.  Scott Lively, Lou Engle, Caleb Lee Brundidge, and Don Schmierer met at the infamous C Street, Washington, DC “The Family” house that shelters US Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK), John Stennis (R-MS), Richard Lugar (R-IN), adulterers Mark Sanford (R-SC), John Ensign (R-NV) and numerous other dominionists, including Rev. Ted Haggard whose seduction and payment for homosexual prostitute to keep him “company” was forgiven “in the name of Jesus Christ”:  USA leaders who want to throw over democrcy in the USA and establish a theocracy where they would awaken a sleeping Jesus to take up sword for the New Apostolic Reformation and ride a stead from the clouds to Earth and launch an Apocalyptic war (Sharlet, Jeff (2010). C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. New York: Little Brown; Sharlet, Jeff (2008).  The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. New York, NY: Harper Perennial). Grassley of Iowa is the least well known–but the most dangerous member of The Family who planned to put his grandson in the Iowa legislature but intends for the youth to take over the USA.

Lively, primarily, is sponsoring the death call to elevate his own desperation to be seen as a pivotal evangelist in the USA and is desperately deceiving members of Parliament in Nigeria and Uganda for personal gain and fame. 

Lively is funneling money into the pockets of Speakers of Parliament to launch an unholy war against minorities.  He has the support with the great racist Benedict XVI who publicly blessed Uganda Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga when she promised a “cleanings” of all LGBT from Uganda by December 25, 2012. Repeating the words of her hero, Adolf Hitler, Kadaga promised that a “final solution” would be Uganda Parliament’s Christmas present for “good Christians”.  

Roman Catholics of Uganda, led by the Roman Catholic episcopacy: its bishops and clergy (most who are admitted pedophiles) demanded the legislation to pass quickly so that they could help the nation murder all LGBT who threatened the children of the nation.  Ugandan Roman Catholics and Anglicans also demanded the slaughter of all Jews and others who do not agree with them, claiming that they had the support of Benedict XVI.  Most were furious when they learned that their beloved pope was already named as a subject for trial for crimes against humanity.   They protested when “liberal” factions claimed that no  evangelist has a right to enter any nation and “convert” others to their insanity, and that a holy war must break out between Christians of Uganda and Muslims in Uganda.

George Carlin on god

George Carlin on god

What maintains religious officiates is the absurdity of tithing. The “tithe” was an ancient law to appease a jealous king who was also considered a god (Genesis 14:20) and came from the “spoils” [theft] of wars. Tithing became a special bribe mortals made to kings/gods (Genesis 28:20-22) and became a part of “the Laws of Moses”.  The Ten Commandments, of which there are three distinct sets in Exodus, were plagiarized from the Code of Hammurabi and other ancient Middle Eastern texts with the arrival of the Egyptian mercenaries known as Apiru (prototypes of the Hebrews) who served in the Akkadian army (Leviticus 27:30-32). The Apiru leaders declared that tithes would be the main support of temple priests (reclassified as Levites in Numbers 18:20-32) whose primary duty after appeasing a cannibal god was to guard the warriors’ wealth (Nehemiah 13:4-12).

There is nothing spiritual about tithing, as throughout the Middle East it was extortion money paid to the most unscrupulous elements of society. TIPS, however, were medieval in origin and meant To Insure Prompt Service that were given out by lords and clergy to get immediate service–it was never a wage paid at the end of a meal, nor required, but, like in the bible, was a bribe.  Only through TIPS and bribes can there be freedom of religion for the few who conform the most to the dictates of the wealthy and those in power.

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Freedom of Speech, Responsibility and Bloodshed

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

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

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

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

            Belzunce bishop of Marseilles Giclee                      (reign of Louis XV)

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

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

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

Thomas Jefferson

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

Constitution of USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Slavic people of Central and Eastern Europe before 1000 CE

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

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

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

Patriarch Kirill’s limitless wealth 2012

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

Hannah Dunston killing the Indians

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

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

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

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

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

Betty Ryan Douglas and son Paul Ryan in Florida 2012

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

Mitt and Ann Romney

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

Constantine burns Arius’ books 326 CE

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

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

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

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

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

Self-styled pastor Terry Jones of Florida

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

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

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

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

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

Huckabee and Vander Plaats

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

Pottsville IA KKK

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

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

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

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

William Oughtred

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

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

Early copy of the Qu’ran

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

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

Hypatia of Alexandria

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

Egyptian Muslims pelting Coptic Christians

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

Brigitte Gabriel

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

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

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

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula

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

Aisha bint Abu Bakr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J. Peter Sartain

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

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

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Politicians in judicial robes: the Lawless US Supreme Court

There has never been a more corrupt, pandering, and vile court in the history of the USA before the tragedy of the Roberts Court that is guilty of more crimes against humanity than any other tyranny.  The US Supreme Court deserves nothing less and nothing more than to be held in total contempt not only by the people of the USA but by the world for its support of torture, cruelty, corporate fraud and idiocy.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin (“Niño” or Nino) Scalia had cast-off any semblance of objectivity and partisanship.  He openly admits to siding with the ultra-conservative right-wing of the Republican Party, when he bellied up to Arizona on the racist infamous “where are your papers” law against Latinos and Latinas in the Court’s draconian decision on Arizona immigration law (SB 1070).  While the decision did increase, proportionately, the powers of the Federal government, Scalia’s brief argued for the superiority of state law over federal  law—siding with Arizona and its wealth who contribute heavily to his “funds” and is the heralded darling of the Koch Brothers’ and their labor to dismantle the Constitution of the USA and dissolve the rights of all workers.  This is done with Scalia and Clarence Thomas’ deliberate misreading the Commerce (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, read here) and Establishment clauses in the Constitution in their elevation of corporations as people (Citizens United v. FEC read here and here).

Silent, sedentary and stolid with the least keen intellect of anyone who has ever sat on the bench of the highest court in the land, Clarence Thomas’ vote was assured once conservative billionaires paid his most recent wife, Virginia (who has studied law but ignores the fine points concerning harassment and aspersions bordering on libel), over $700,000 that Thomas conveniently forgot to include in his federal IRS tax return (read here and here).  Various indiscretions have called for Thomas’ impeachment, the Virginiagate (that had upset many conservatives) proving to be a major obstacle in most minds that anyone could get a fair hearing in front of  Thomas, with most seeing the US Supreme Court as the arm of corporate America.

Both Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have flaunted their ties to conservative activist organizations. Virginia Thomas, the justice’s wife, works as a conservative activist and fundraiser. Both hold the US Constitution in open contempt.  Both reactionaries reject all past Supreme Court rulings that do not fit the political agenda of the Koch Brothers who amply award their lap-dogs special treats after rulings in their favor, and deny justice to those abused or tortured with Clarence Thomas claiming a prisoner who was slammed to a concrete floor and punched and kicked by a guard after asking for a grievance form — but suffered neither serious nor permanent harm — has no claim that his constitutional rights were violated.

Manhattan Institute honors Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for his attack on labor unions, women’s right of choice, and minorities 2012

The pretense that Justices Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas are neutral has regularly, consistently, and patently been disproved, especially when Scalia and Thomas attended a secret conservative meeting of fascist-tilting Think Tanks and expressed outrage at laws aimed to assist the middle class and paid Thomas’ wife hundreds of thousands of dollars. With Samuel Alito, another ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice of modest intellectual ability, Thomas attended and Alioto spoke at political fundraisers for Koch-backed politicians where guests were required to pay $5000 to attend. 

Georgia Pacific (Koch Industries) polluting fresh water ways 2012

In 2008, Justice Thomas headlined the Manhattan Institute’s Wriston Lecture.  Last October, Justice Alito was the headline speaker for the same event.  Both spoke of profits; neither mentioned the cost to the planet or to the workers as many jobs were already outsourced and working families had lost their homes to big banks attending the secret meetings while Koch Industries continued their pollution the air, water, and lands of the USA.

Georgia Pacific polluting Coffee Creek river AR (Koch Industries)

Georgia Pacific polluting Coffee Creek river AR (Koch Industries)

The Manhattan Institute, funded by major corporations like CIGNA (a health insurance company with no interest in patient rights), Koch Industries (the biggest polluter as with Coffee Creek, AR that takes the brunt of solid waste from the Georgia-Pacific plant) and ExxonMobil and Chevron, petroleum companies (Chevron named an oil tanker after Condoleezza Rice who sat on its Board of Directors and plotted to push a pipeline through Afghanistan even though she knew such action would involve the USA in a war for oil, but prepared for it by planning military action in Iraq based on the lie of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) that would enhance profits for Halliburton and its CEO Vice President Dick Cheney.  Bush knew there were no WMDs, but saw the invasion of a nation whose leader, Saddam Hussein, was installed by Donald Rumsfeld (video) at the order of Ronald Reagan.

Chevron’s oil tanker: The Condoleezza Rice

Today Rice is headlining fundraisers for Mitt Romney and still working for an international war that was not realized with the wrongful invasion of Iraq, as she has always been a hawk for war (the CIA had warned her about 9/11 and al-Qaeda’s attack, and she said and did nothing).  Noting its profits regardless of the cost of human life, Rice delights in human carnage and suffering if profits role into her conservative colleagues coffer or into her pocket when paid for vitriolic, horrible, harridan speeches).  Although Rice boasts a doctorate in Soviet Union studies (eleven years after it ceased to exist) she has never been in tune with reality and ignored every single Islamic movement, assuring Chevron and other Big Oil that Bush would conquer and, with Halliburton, reap unthinkable revenues as it raped the Middle Eastern nations of their natural resources returning only pennies on the dollar, in keeping the theology of the Koch Brothers and other billionaire barons.  There is insurmountable evidence that Rice is guilty of numerous crimes against humanity and must be held accountable, tried, and when convicted, executed (read here, view here).  She approved tortures used at Abu Gharib prison and instructed interrogators to use them. 

US female soldiers torturing Iraqi at Abu Gharib prison

Her crimes are no less odious and evil than those of the women guards at Nazi death camps and American female soldiers who pulled out eyes, finger nails, and humiliated Iraqi civilians at Abu Gharib prison (tortures that she approved of when informed of them and waterboarding by Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley and advisor to George W. Bush), and in most cases far more blood-thirsty. 

US soldiers forcing mothers to watch US military torture their sons at Abu Gharib prison in Iraq

Rice had the whispered backing of Antonin Scalia (who was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 to the Supreme court) and the other hate mongers and hawks on the US Supreme Court who squelched the voters choice and installed the village idiot, George W. Bush, as president of the USA (barring a recount in Florida) beginning the downfall of the people’s confidence in the Supreme Court of the USA (the Florida court ruled for Gore, and Bush appealed to his friends on the US Supreme Court to overturn the Florida’s court).

Scalia began “teaching” Republicans and Tea Party legislators, at the bequest and expense of Koch Industries that are polluting fresh water reservoirs and the atmosphere, how to reinterpret the Constitution so that they could give corporations more power and attack the rights of the poor and middle class. Scalia has gone so far as to go on record to argue that the 14th amendment does not make women equal to men and that women have no equal rights under the US constitution.  This pleased woman-stagnifying Phyllis Schlafly.

Equal Rights Amendment introduced 1923

Phyllis McAlpine Stewart Schafly (born 1924) had made a lucrative career out of fighting against equal rights for women since her days at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She crusades against federal money going to education (claiming it does not “create jobs”), was highly critical of arms-agreements with the then Soviet Union, and other ultra-conservative causes to increase the wealth of a few.

Phyllis Schlafly

Antonin Scalia claimed that women just had the right to vote.  His astonishing comment brought vocal celebration by the Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum; Schlafly.  Schlafly, an attorney, argues that a woman’s place is in the home–for all women except herself.  She has campaigned not only to stop the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), to take “secularism” out of public schools, and to “restore” the USA to its original intent [sic] of being a “Christian nation” (that would later be repeated by former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  The USA was never founded as a Christian nation–although a few communities were established as theocracy, as under the Mathers (read here and here).  Two of the men (there were no women at the Continental Congress in any capacity) who signed the Declaration were deists, there were a few Roman Catholics and the rest nonjudgmental Protestants: Unitarians, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Quakers and Anglicans. None proclaimed, wrote, or said, as did O’Connor and Schlafly, that they were forming a “Christian nation”; on the contrary, the goal was to establish a Republic with equal justice for all white, landowning males.

Phyllis Schlafly in 2011 (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Now, eighty-eight years old, Phyllis Schlafly continues to distort and destroy history in feigned aspiration of protecting the nation she would transmogrify into a police state.  Her son, Andrew, has already established his Conservapedia on the web to issue “conservative alternatives” to established facts and entrench the false idea that Christianity in particular, and religion in general, played a positive role in the shaping of the USA; it is tantamount to telling that Billy Graham is the original Elmer Gantry in fiction.

Reagan and G.H.W. Bush

At the Koch Industries secret meeting, one of the seminars dealt with enriching the wealthy and pacifying the poor with buzz-words and catch-phrases with several prominent billionaires chortling that the “poor are so stupid that they believed [billionaire] Ross Perot’s win of the White House would see a trickle-down of his wealth into their pocketbooks”—the trickle down theory argued by the disgraceful presidency of President Ronald Reagan (read here  and here and here) and his voodoo economics (read here and here), as initially detailed by his future Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush.  There was no mention of a middle class at the conservative-minded Koch event; just the wealthy and the poor.  

 Antonin Scalia speaking to a group of wealthy conservatives (February 2012)

Scalia, a member of the odious opportunistic Opus Dei theological terrorist organization created by Roman Catholic priest and self-flagalating Jose Maria Escrivá of Spain that claims that it will reconstitute the USA into a theocracy, pontificates that his interpretation is based on the misogynism of the Bible, especially in the gyneophobic writings of the legendary St. Paul—a comment heralded by Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN; read here and watch here).  Scalia is more than theocrat, and is controlled by the Vatican, but more over he is determined to shovel civilization back to the days of Torquemada and the Inquisition.  What is easily and quickly noted is Scalia’s decisions are based for the most part on the testament The Way written by the psychotic Escrivá: bowing to the decrees and regulations set off by “a higher power” (corporations), following directives set down by those considered to be superior, and maintaining a near-caste-like grouping, with those whose election to a heaven is demonstrated by the amassment of wealth and position (cp. Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth, June 1889).  For centuries the Roman Catholic Church defended its enormous wealth as a sign of its stewardship on earth, promising that the wealth was to help all people. Councils were called, synods held, and those who objected to the wealth of bishops, cardinals and popes were sent to the Holy Fires of the Inquisition, so graphically pictured by Umberto Ecco in his Name of the Rose; compare this to the preacher Todd Coontz and his Gospel of Wealth and Election.  Most evangelicals who praise wealth support the Tea Party and the Republican candidates for office, finding in their participation a key to salvation (Coontz declares “your seed is your hook” into heaven).  Coontz is matched by Houston mega-pastor Joel Olsteen who promises that the faithful who give generously will gather generously and can “expect God’s favor” in financial returns. One look at the lavish buildings owned by Opus Dei in New York City and Rome, there is no doubt about the “message of millionaires” of Jesus. Escrivá was able to buy his seat in heaven, and with a compliant pope (John Paul II) did not have long to wait to be entered into the Book of Saints as Opus Dei sent out its claws into schools and communities to bring those “hungering for salvation” into its nummaries and assorted odd cells.

Cheney (L) and Scalia (R)

Antonin Scalia’s betrayal of the US Constitution and appropriate judicial behavior is legendary: from the days he went hunting with then Vice President Dick Cheney just before the case went to the US Supreme Court and who, unhesitantly, ruled in favor of Cheney when he agreed with the former CEO of Halliburton Industries that Cheney was “beyond the law’s reach” in Walker v. Cheney (read here and here and here and here  and  here and  here).

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the despicable US Supreme Court is not only a crook and liar, but one of the most tainted and corrupt justices in USA history, being second to lies only by Associate Justice Samuel Alioto.  Both psychotic sycophants, Roberts and Alito would pay such obeisance to the doctrine of stare decisis (Latin for “to stand by things [that have been settled)” that is, by dictionary definition: the doctrine that rules or principles of law on which a court rested a previous decision are authoritative in all future cases in which the facts are substantially the same, which Alito declared “a fundamental part of our legal system” when being interviewed by the Judicial committee before he was elevated to the Supreme Court. This principle, he explained, “limits the power of the judiciary” and “reflects the view that courts should respect the judgments and the wisdom that are embodied in prior judicial decisions” in order to get themselves confirmed.  Since their confirmations they have been legislating law with out majority consensus—the vast number of “overturns” of past court rulings have been handed down by simple majorities of 5-4, with Kennedy the swing vote. 

Justice David Souter

Justice David Souter openly declared that Roberts and his ilk were working to overturn the Constitution of the USA create a plutocracy.  Souter was chosen, originally, for his New England conservatism.  In time, Souter showed himself to be more compassionate with the people. Souter accused Roberts of “violating the Courts own procedures to engineer the result[s] he wanted.” 

Chief Justice Roberts (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Roberts publicly stated that not only does he want to take down the Great Society of LBJ but also void FDR’s New Deal and all social programs, returning the USA to the bankrupt Gilded Ages of the nineteenth century when corporations ruled, controlling Congress, initiating legislation, and controlling the courts that they heavily financed for trips, homes, and entertainment.  It was during the Gilded Age in the USA when corporations controlled the courts that venomous Supreme Court ruled in 1886 that the 14th Amendment protected businesses and corporations from lawsuits. 

Lochner with wife, son, and three female employees

In 1905, the slithering soldiers of Big Business ruled in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company118 U.S. 394 and Milwaukee v. Koeffler – 116 U.S. 2219 and Milwaukee v. Koeffler – 116 U.S. 219 that corporations had greater rights than their workers or people.  In Lochner v. New York 198 U.S. 45, 25 S. Ct. 539, 49 L. Ed. 937) the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down in 1905 a New York law limiting bakery workers to a six-day 60-hour week (read a summary here), declaring that such regulations to be a breach of contract rights, an “unreasonable, unnecessary and arbitrary interference with the right of the individual to his personal liberty or to enter into those contracts in relation to labor which may seem to him appropriate or necessary for the support of himself and his family.”

According to all recognized legal scholars, Stare decisis the bedrock principle of the rule of law applies universally, not only does it promote stability and encourage judges to decide cases based on principle rather than on a preference for one or another of the parties before them.  Furthermore, the bar association has argued that Stare decisis also serves to reduce the politicization of the Court. That point is what frightens and offends the Roberts conservative colleagues as it moderates ideological swings and preserves both the appearance and the reality that the Supreme Court is truly a legal rather than a political institution.

Lt. John Pike of University of California Davis pepper sprays mace into eyes of demonstrators

Lt. John Pike of UC Davis pepper sprays mace into eyes of demonstrators

There is no true justice in the USA.  Democracy in the USA is a bad joke.  There is no freedom, as shown at the University of California at Davis Occupy Wall Street (OWS) sit-in when uniformed thugs shot lethal pepper-spay into the mouths and eyes of protesters and kicked a late-term pregnant woman in the uterus, led by the lethal Lt. John Pike of UC Davis who pepper sprayed peaceful student protesters who were sitting on the ground on protesting peacefully. This qualifies as a crime against humanity and Pike should be imprisoned for life. What little comes from state courts and reinforced by federal appellate courts have been quickly overturned by the most corrupt justices in the history of the USA at the Supreme Court level with an untempered record of anti-civil rights and opposed to all human rights. 

Personhood and corporations in Mississippi

Among the most graphic examples of court corruption is the case of “personhood” of corporations (and later, as in Mississippi, of fertilized eggs in the uterus or vagina) ruled by the Roberts court in defiance of over 200 years of legislation and court ruling (read here and read) with a draconian attack on the State of Montana’s that had throughout its history rejected corporate interference in state elections (read here  and here).

Samuel Alito disagrees during President’s speech

Samuel Alioto’s ties with Big Oil (especially Shell and Chevron) and Big Agribusiness has made him a defender of both and he consistently argues that corporations should not be faced with liability claims even if they pollute the planet, use forced-labor, or deny basic human rights like other people.  Alioto claims that the personhood of corporations applies only to their unlimited donations to control elections and buy judges and “justice”.  In every other case, corporations are to be exempt.

Protests against Kiobel and Shell for expoding gas

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that began in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta and brought by bout a dozen Nigerians who contended that Shell Oil’s parent company aided and abetted the Nigerian government in its violent suppression of environmental and human rights protesters resisting Shell’s operations there in the 1990s. Alito sided with the corporation against those raped, tortured, and abused.  The Conservative Five politicians in judicial robes sitting on the bench of the US Supreme Court’s ruling now is taken as a measurement in cases brought against Exxon, Firestone and Rio Tinto for similar alleged atrocities.

The majority of the citizens of the USA justifiably hold the US Supreme Court in contempt and see nothing of value coming from it (read here and here and here and here).  It is widely believed by most citizens of the USA that justice like law and legislation is or sale to the highest bidder with the Koch Brothers pulling all strings on the marionette of the USA. This opinion matches the view of other nations that view the USA as an imperialist nation equal to the Third Reich that assumes it has the authority to try anyone anywhere for any crime that its courts judges  has been committed (read here and for the greatest pretense of the court system read here).  

US Supreme Court justices and what corporations own them

It is commonly understood that in the decaying USA, justice can be bought as the justices sitting on the US Supreme Court are open to bribes, regularly accept “gifts” from major donors, such as the Koch Brothers, and industries such as GE, ExxonMobile, McDonald’s, Chevron, Bank of America and others that are outsourcing jobs and destroying what use to be the American way of life and the American dream that is no longer possible.  By June 7, 2012, the Roberts Supreme Court approval was barely 44% and racism (read here and here and here) in the USA was at all-time high in every state of the Union including in college towns such as Ames, Iowa (read here and here; Iowa ranks as the most racist state in the northern tier of states), Boulder, Colorado which is ranked as the most racist state in the west, and especially in Chicago and Massachusetts (especially under Governor Mitt Romney who publicly criticized the legislature’s unanimous passage of a minimum wage for lacking cost-of-living indexing; Romney argued that workers only deserve a quarter an hour raise, a claim he repeated in March 2012)—not just in the rural areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and other impoverished areas that live in home of a better life to come.  This comes along with statistics showing that 98% of all USA citizens have no idea of who is sitting on the Supreme Court—they only know the adverse effects of Supreme Court rulings (read here and here  and  here).

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God so loved the world that he gave the world…

AIDS

HIV sufferer, Menginggal Karena, immortalized in the Museum of HIV-AIDS in Thailand

While more women contract Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), since 1980 it has been labeled (beginning with Jerry Falwell and certified national hate group Focus on the Family) as the “gay” [homosexual] disease. 

AIDS in Africa where it was first identified in the 19th century

It is not.  AIDS is a disease that has been charted since the 19th century and has been  analyzed ever since then.  We can find records of similar health condi-tions in the ancient world that saw it as a “sleeping sickness”.  The symptoms of AIDS all point to the fact that it is  an equal opportunity virus that strikes women, babies, fetuses, as well as elderly.  This has been pointed out by the University of Iowa Medical College and other Medical institutions and the American Medical Association (cp. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1986). AIDS Hysteria. Dallas, TX, USA: Monument Press; second edition 1988).

AIDS in Hong Kong

AIDS affects the entire world.  No area is immune, no individual nor group can claim that it is not within the community or country–even Iran

Iran HIV / AIDS adult prevalence

(which officially declares that it has no homosexuals livingin Iran) has AIDS.

Unite for Children / Unite Against AIDS (Iran campaign poster)

The citizens are not listening to the ayatollahs, mullahs, or imams who tell them to walk away from AIDS sufferers and those who are HIV+, for the strikes families as well as individuals.  To this end, the people of Iran have united behind a call to fight the disease and issued posters to warn of infection.

Honor Killings

Honor Killing (Photo by Maryana)

god, especially in Pakistan, requires human sacrifices (known as honor killings) to avenge any infraction of the will of the deity: dating someone the parent(s) do not approve, rejecting the faith, having premarital sex, and more.  Honor killings of three teen-age daughters by Afghan parents have sent an avalanche of protests throughout in Canada while the parents protest it is their freedom of religion to deny others the freedom to live. 

Zainab Shafia cell phone several days before she was murdered (from CBC/Screengrab)

Polygamist (it is allowed in the Qur’an/Koran 4:3 (and in the Hadith Bukhari (62:2) for a man may have up to four wives and as many concubines as he can support; but he must deal justly but not equally with all of his wives, as Muhammad allegedly did: Bukhari (5:268) as his 7-year-old bride (Aisha) was his favorite above all others and considered by legend to be a Muslim scholar, and a disobedient wife can be replaced and displaced: Quran (66:5) without remorse as Muhammad had eleven wives at one time, and his successors had harems of wives)  Muhammad Shafia is accused of four counts of premeditated murder  (drowning the victims, whose bruised bodies were found piled inside a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal) on June 30, 2009, along with his 20-year-old son (Hamad) and his second wife (Tooba Mohammad Yahya), the mother of the three dead girls: Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, their crime against Islam, the parents and family, and god was that they dressed in short skirts (which led her parents to declare she was a whore) and flirted with boys.  Zainab had been previously beaten, scratches, isolated in her bedroom, and attempted suicide by swallowing pills.  Shafia responded to the accusations bitterly: “They betrayed humankind, they betrayed Islam, they betrayed our religion and creed, they betrayed our tradition, they betrayed everything.”  The father concluded: “May the devil shit on their graves.”

Honour Killing (2003) a worldwide epidemic for the glory of god

Every year there are more than 5,000 honor killings to appease god.  Canada has at least twelve honor killings each year and always hears that such barbarities are in the name of a pathetic predatory god (Allah) who is unable to defend his own laws and is subject to human intervention to carry out his will (cf. Qur’an / Koran 4:15).  It is estimated that a little under 700 women are killed by their husbands or male relatives in the first nine months of 2011 in Pakistan always with the claim that it is the will of god/Allah.  In the United Kingdom, babies born out-of-wedlock to a Muslim female, are prime targets for honor killings by Islamic fundamentalists.  Islam rules that it is always the female’s sin–a throwback to the ancient Iraqi myth of Gan Eden and a “woman” named “Eve.”  Since a woman created the evil, it is not uncommon for the mother of the woman to pay an assassin to kill her own daughter “for the love of Allah”.

Sami Sarwar gunned down by assassin her mother paid for and watched

One particular case is highly descriptive of fundamentalist Islam: Samia Sarwar, 29, mother of two boys aged 4 and 8, was shot dead today in lawyer Hina Jillani’s office by a bearded man accompanying her mother and uncle. “He’s my helper, I can’t walk,” said the mother, when Hina told the two men to get out. As the mother went to sit down in front of Hina’s desk, and Saima stood up from her chair, the bearded man whipped out a pistol from his waistcoat and shot Saima in the head, killing her instantly.

Banaz Mahmood executed by father and uncle

Every two weeks, a woman is killed in Jordan to redeem “family honor”.  Most assassins are parents, brothers and/or sisters, other relatives, or Imams.  It is a frequent argument that the killing is for honor especially if the woman executed refuses to wear a hijab (face/head veil), or is “immodest” in her walk and creates “gossip among the neighbors.”

Sati (widow murder / suicide) in Hinduism

Honor killings go beyond Islam.  A woman is expected to set herself on fire (or will be thrown on her husband’s funeral pyre) in a Hindu ritual known as Satī (सती).  This is most common in India, but also is found in other countries where Hindus have moved, or have been minorities (as in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and other nations).  It was first known around 400 CE (coming from ancient legends of widows of sea captains who died would jump onboard a ship set aflame and pushed back onto the ocean to chart a course to a nautical afterlife; cf. Strabo 15.1.30, 62 and Diodorus Siculus 19.33 who argued that the custom was started to discouraging young wives from murdering old husbands; it was later recorded in 912 CE by Ibn Fadlan in describing Bulgars and Vikings), and not outlawed in India until 1829, but is still practiced as a religious act of faith.  Satī is a term derived from the name of a goddess who was also known as Dakshayani.  She self-immolated being “unable to bear her father Daksha’s humiliation of her husband Shiva who was presumed dead but

Junshi in Japan

was alive.  By self-immolation, the dying woman would rid her husband of any sins he had committed, and the women who took their lives were revered as saints, while those forced to die (were murdered) were seen as only being partially pure.  This led to the concept that the term Satī was tantamount to “chaste.”  It  bear a slight resemblance to the later tradition of junshi (literally: suicide through fidelity, where the vassal kills himself to follow the lord to the other world) in Japan, but was prized in India as a means of preserving endogamy (marrying within a particular group or caste; cf.  Singh, Nagendra Kr. (2000).  Ambedkar on Religion.  New Delhi, India: Anmol Publications, p. 214).

Sharia law

Woman stoned to death for marrying a man not accepted by her parents

Sharia law (شريعة‎) is the moral and religious law of Islam (قانون إسلامي), and is based on the Qur’an that was, by legend, delivered by an angel to an illiterate camel driver by the name of Muhammad who had wandered the desert for forty days and nights.  Few Muslims agree as to what the law means, and the law has divided Islam for centuries (Otto, Jan Michiel (2008). Sharia and National Law in Muslim Countries – Tensions and Opportunities for Dutch and EU Foreign Policy – Law, Governance, and Development. E-book: Amsterdam University Press. p. 7), and devout Muslims believe it to be original with Muhammad and his successors.  The truth is it is a combination of various Mesopotamian and Bedouin laws and each can be found antedating the legendary life of Muhammad.  

Tortured and disfigured Muslim girl (Time magazine)

Sharia is especially harsh towards women and petty thieves.  A woman who commits (or is accused of committing) adultery is to be stoned to death, while her male partner has his ears and nose sliced. 

A small child who stole “something that is useless” can have his arm bones crushed or his hands cut off (this does not include a series of photos that are inaccurately described on the internet as being the penalty for a boy stealing bread).  A trial is required and the crime must be witnessed–and the witnesses must testify in an open court.  The penalty is proclaimed by the judge that sets the penalty that the penalty is the will of a loving god.

The most extreme form of Sharia is among fundamentalist Muslims, with the prime nation being Saudi Arabia.  Under Sharia, and based on the Qur’an, a man can divorce his wife (she cannot divorce him) provided he does it in front of four witnesses.  While there does not have to be a specific reason for a divorce, apostasy, on the part of the husband or wife, ends a Muslim marriage.  A divorced woman with infants is allowed a “subsidy” until the age of weaning the infant–when all payments stop. 

Crimes are considered sins against god, and include

  • adultery (zina), which includes adultery, fornication, incest/pedophilia, rape, and pimping (based on a concept of theft)
  • apostasy/blasphemy
  • defamation (meaning false accusation of any of these things)
  • sodomy/lesbianism (or sodomy rape)
  • theft
  • use of intoxicants (alcohol/drug use)
  • “waging war against God and society” (hirabah, uniquely known as moharebeh/mofsed-e-filarz in Iran: armed robbery, terrorism, armed violence); this does not include jihad (originally it meant “internal” or “spiritual cleansing”)

Each of these crimes/sin against god can lead to execution, whipping, or torture–in the same way that the Roman Catholic church made itself supreme in medieval Spain. Among the most common cases where Sharia law is enforced is in the area of human sexuality.  Adultery is considered to be the theft of property (the woman is seen as belonging to the husband), and homosexuality is thought to be against the plan of god even though it happens in nature among all species.

Executing suspected homosexuals in Iran

To solve both crimes, death is mandatory, with executions public (as with stoning a woman until dead, decapitating a witch (as occurred recently matching the scandal of 2005 when one old illiterate woman was forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read), or hanging sodomites (male or female; ref. Qur’an/Koran 4:16).  Once accused, there is little and frequently no excuse or evidence that is allowed to be admitted to clear the individual.  The age of the individual is irrelevant, especially in Iran, where execution of pre-teenage youths are carried out as quickly as accused teenagers or men and women over the age of twenty.

Public execution of gay men in Iran takes place anywhere

Homosexuality, like other crimes/sins, brings out hatred in fanatical Muslims. This hate is justified as being  a testimony of love, devotion, and dedication to god/Allah and is exemplified throughout the world with marches, protests, threatens to kill those who do not adapt to or adopt Islam and its precepts

Muslim protesters (Today 16/10/09, picture by Tal Cohen) outside Geert Wilders press conference in London

(even though, one of those precepts forbidding images of living things has been regularly circumvented and avoided), especially in the depiction of Muhammad (who appears in illustration format in eighth century and later Qur’ans/Korans). 

Cartoons on Muhammad that Muslims found to be offensive

When a Danish newspaper  group, known as Jyllands-Posten,  began a cartoon festival to emphasize free speech on the prophet of Islam, to high-light the abrupt differences between reality and rhetoric, Muslims were outraged.  Taking to the streets, the Muslims throughout Europe and the Middle East began shouting for death of the offending cartoonists and vowing to bomb the newspaper group.  The Muslims chimed that no one should be allowed to “insult The Prophet” and there should

Muslims protesting against free speech in London UK

be no freedom of expression or press, demanding a theocracy on the order lusted after by Congressional representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and heavy metal drummer Bradlee Dean Smith of Minnesota.  The newspaper published the cartoons when a Danish author complained that he could find no-one to illustrate his book about Muhammad.  On December 4, 2005, it was reported that Flemming Rose, the cultural editor at the newspaper said. “Religious feelings cannot demand special treatment in a secular society,” and added. “In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock.”  The Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami and its youth branch promptly offered a bounty for anyone who murdered the Danish illustrators who drew cartoons of Muhammad.  Face with Islam’s religious intolerance and bigotry, France and other nations newspapers reprinted the offending cartoons (as I have done, see above). Under the headline “Yes, we have the right to caricature God”, France Soir ran a front page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud. It shows the Christian deity saying: “Don’t complain, Muhammad, we’ve all been caricatured here.” France Soir editor Serge Faubert wrote in a commentary explaining why his newspaper had printed the cartoons: “Enough lessons from these reactionary bigots! … Just because the Koran bans images of Mohammed doesn’t mean non-Muslims have to submit to this.”

Germany’s Die Welt  daily printed one of the drawings on its front page, and it was followed by Berliner Zeitung daily that printed two of the caricatures as part of its coverage of the controversy.

Clergy sexual abuse

Roman Catholic

Vatican gay prostitution at the highest level of the church

Angelo Badalucci—a member of a group of ceremonial lay ushers of the papal household called the “Gentlemen of His Holiness”—can be heard on the wiretaps discussing the physical details of the men he wanted brought to him and asking what time one man needed to be back at the seminary.

Ireland severed diplomatic ties with the Vatican because of rampant sexual abuse among the clergy (monks, priests, bishops, and nuns) who preyed on underage youth of both genders.  The abuse had gone on for decades before it was uncovered, having been hidden by clergy and police. One priest admitted abusing more than 100 children.

Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland

Another said he had committed abuse every two weeks for more than 25 years. Others detailed how they would pass a youth between themselves.  The Irish Commission, known as the Murphy Commission of Inquiry, concluded every bishop’s primary loyalty was to the church itself, and many followed Opus Dei that argues that a lie told to protect the church was not a sin against God nor an evil act of a believer.  The papacy attempted to deny the findings of the report, and only when Roman Catholics began to demand justice and leave the Roman Catholic church did a reluctant pope begin to apologize, although he is also under suspicion of sexual irregularities. 

Bishop Reilly

Similar problems surfaced in the USA: not just sexual assault that had been a regular fare for many friars, fathers, and faithful, but the coverup of pedophilia by bishops, priests, and cardinals: many who were themselves the predators. Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Providence, then later for 27 years serving as bishop of the Norwich, Connecticut, and Worcester dioceses, Daniel P. Reilly has been named in more than 30 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct by priests under his charge and claimed that he was not consulted about sexual misconduct of his priests, even though some of the victims committed suicide.  J. Kendrick Williams, bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, was named in a lawsuit claiming he had unwanted sexual contact with a student (David Hall) at St. Catherine’s High School in New Haven in 1969.  Bishop Anthony O’Connell (then of Palm Beach, FL) and  Bishop Robert Brom (then of Duluth, MN, now in San Diego, CA) admitted to their molestation, but continued serving the church, while Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester, NY, who wrote in 1990 that pedophile clergy were afflicted but not sinful allowed pedophile priests to preach and practice their rituals. Cardinal Edward Egan (then of New York, NY) allowed Rev. Walter Coleman to “stay on the job” for more than a year after the Bridgeport diocese concluded in early 1994 that he had abused the son of a woman with whom he had an affair and bought a house. The sacerdotal with the record of maintaining pedophile priests to continue to teach and preach is Boston, MA, Cardinal Bernard Law.  When bishops are accused of this crime, they are transferred to the Vatican, where the current pope, Benedict

Faked advertisement with the Pope kissing an Imam

XVI, is more upset over a Photoshop advertisement by Bettenton of ad featuring a fake picture of Pope Benedict XVI kissing Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, imam of Al-Azhar mosque, a prominent Muslim house of worship in Cairo, Egypt than of rampant pedophilia in the priesthood.

Evangelical Protestant

Swaggart’s prostitute: Rosemary Garcia

Jimmy Swaggart paid prostitutes, including Debra Murphree who worked the red-light district of New Orleans, for sex while married.  He required one prostitute to have her daughter watch (cp. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988). Heaven’s Hustler:  the rise & fall of Jimmy Swaggart. Dallas, TX, USA: Monument Press).  Swaggart’s son, Donnie, took over the family business of faith selling, before he also fell from grace.

Ted Haggard exposed in Denver, CO

Ted Haggard confessed to having at leasttwo homosexual affairs (although 

Mike Jones exposure of Ted Haggard

others have been reported). Ultimately, the fervent anti-gay pastor confessed to have lifelong problems with his sexual orientation. Mike Jones, his primary accuser, claimed Haggard paid him for sex over a three-year period on a monthly basis charging $70 – $90 an hour.  Most of this tab was paid for by Haggard’s spiritual flock and the church that he controlled as a “shepherd”.  The IRS has never investigated this misuse of church funds, and nothing has been said or written about it. 

Haggard’s situation is not at all unique.  Other Pentecostal pastors, many who run for and win sits in state legislatures seeking to erase the wall separating state and church find their own needs met by using money from their congregations for their own personal interests and pleasures, as was the case with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the PTL (Praise the Lord) Club, Pat Robertson and his 700 Club, and similar televangelists.

Mainstream Protestant

Lutheran, Methodist, and Baptist ministers have been accused of having nonconsensual sex with underage males and females.  This is surprisingly the case with conservative politicians who use religion as a base to win  election, as occurred in 1994, led by the four-time married and repeated adulterer Newt Gingrich, and talk show pundit Glenn Beck who, like Bill O’Reilly while on the air and off, has a difficult time with the truth

 

Two groups of mainstream Protestantism that keeps the media busy are the conservative Lutherans and Baptists.  Child molesting and prostitution are especially interesting after listening to those who feed on the young and poor complete pounding their pulpits as if they were an enraged Martin Luther or other reformer.  Lutheran pastor Robert L. Slegel has been accused by twenty men in Brick, New Jersey of having sexually molested, and sodomized, them over a period of years, and are now demanding over $30 million in restitution payment.  The lawsuit against St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brick, alleges “It was and is the policy of (the church) to tolerate and keep secret the identities of pedophiles and other sexual offenders as functioning pastors/ministers in the Lutheran Church.”  However, in a statement issued by the church’s congregation council said: “St. Thomas Lutheran Church does not tolerate inappropriate sexual behavior of any kind.”  BishopAccountability.org claims that there have been several similar settlements against Lutheran pastors in various other states, citing the website of ChristianityToday.org. 

Terah Rawlings (top left), Raymond "Allen" Knight (top right), Franklin "Wayne" Knight (bottom left) and Jan Ocvirk

Terah Rawlings (top left), Raymond “Allen” Knight (top right), Franklin “Wayne” Knight (bottom left) and Jan Ocvirk

Southern Baptists are equal craven and carnal in thoughts and actions as can be seen by the sexual molestation  perpetrated by Terah Rawlings,  Raymond “Allen” Knight, Franklin “Wayne” Knight, and Jan Ocvirk of Hilltop Baptist Church, when former teacher, Terah Allyn Rawlings, 32, allegedly had sex with the then-15-year-old boy during the 2007-2008 school year and during the following summer in a “Christian school” in Colorado Springs.  The administrators and the coach (Rawlings’ uncle, Hilltop Baptist Church senior pastor Franklin “Wayne” Knight, 63; her father, former school athletic director and associate pastor Raymond “Allen” Knight, 57; and former principal Jan Ocvirk, 51) knew about the trysts but neither said a word nor acted to stop the child abuse.  

Heather Daughdrill

A similar case occurred in Louisiana where Heather Daughdrill, a 28-year-old Bible school teacher/aide was charged Monday with repeatedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy she met at Bible school camp, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on 4 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, 8 counts of sexual battery, 3 counts of second degree kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Heath Daughdrill, of Westlake, is accused of initiating the relationship while acting as a teacher and aide at a June religious retreat, where virtue was taught.  Similarly, Melissa B. Jones, 29-year-old woman from Decatur, Illinois,  has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy who attended the Salem Baptist church where her husband was a youth pastor; the  youth initiated sexual intercourse.

Political leaders

17-year-old Karima El Mahroug becomes mother was prostitute hired by Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi admits he paid a young exotic dancer at the center of a prostitution scandal $60,000 – but he swears it wasn’t for

Silvio Berlusconi and Ruby

sex! At least two of his mistresses were underage prostitutes, one who became an underaged mother who had sex with a nightclub owner more than twice her age.  Karima El Mahroug was an illegal immigrant from Morocco who was an exotic dancer – nicknamed Ruby Rubacuori (Ruby The Heartstealer) – and later was accused of trying to extort money from Berlusconi after she’d been arrested on suspicion of theft.  She was freed after Berlusconi intervened on her behalf.

US Senator Larry Craig (mugshot) (R-ID)

US Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) propositioned an undercover Minnesota police officer for sex in Minnesota. Before his arrest, he had been among the most outspoken foes of gay rights, and worked to ensure that LGBT military were denied all civil and human rights.

US Senator David “John” Vitter (R-LA) regularly kept prostitutes (including the “Washington DC Madam”: Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who brought prostitutes to The Family on C Street where evangelicals were planning on

Sen. Vitter (R-LA) and DC Madam

Armageddon and End Times) while running on “family values” and “sanctity of marriage”–and won reelection in 2010.  The prostitute who was to testify against him was murdered and it was ruled a suicide.  Most of the women that Vitter has paid have “disappeared” and The Family of C Street says that a member of the sacred group can commit no sin but is anointed to help rule the world at the time of the eminent Second Coming.

Domestic Violence

Rape, assault, and coercion are at an all-time high, worldwide.  They are especially noticeable in nations that claim to be highly religious and are controlled by church, mosque, temple, or synagogue.

Like Bible-based Christian women, women of Islam are required to submit to a man

In Afghanistan (and other Islamic nations) where the Taliban is a strong force or the Imams (religious leaders) are in control, it is common for males to throw acid in the face of  pre-teenage or teenage girls who go to school.  In Indonesia, Imam Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali argued that women should see themselves as “rotting” and “uncovered [spoiled] meat” and by not wearing the hijab they were inviting and soliciting rape.  For that reason, the Islamic cleric ruled, women must keep themselves covered from head to foot. The female form is considered hideous, and a woman who exposes herself to others is labeled a prostitute. 

Acid attacks on women in Saudi Arabia

Morality police from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan are ordered to whip with any weapon any woman who does not submit, for the common thought is that a woman has no intelligence to determine her own destiny–she is the property of a man. 

Death of a Princess (Saudi Arabia) charged with sorcery

Even a princess royal cannot escape from the morality police who can determine whether or not she was guilty of sorcery.  This was the modus operandi of Saudi’s guardians of virtue, as a television crew discovered when filming–and ultimately entitling their exposé Death of a Princess.

Acid attacks on women in Pakistan

Education for women is rejected by males in Islamic society. They will take every opportunity to keep a woman from studying.  No step is too severe.

Strict religious fundamentalists argue that a female was born to give birth to other children–that knowledge is unimportant, and all a female should do is memorize the Qur’an and encourage her children to fight and die for Allah.

Rape and disfigurement are equally common in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and what are considered more civilized nations.  In an effort to curb this problem, Women’s Shelters are built, but enraged males are able to break through security and attack their wives, girlfriends, and daughters or other females they feel betrayed them.

Homosexuality

While homosexuality has always existed and for many cultures was considered a special grace that was the function of priests to perform to ensure fertility of land and people, religions have made it a crime while, wrongly, claiming it is against their scripture.  The word “homosexual” is not invented until the end of the nineteenth century, yet it is the word that justifies Islam to execute numerous young males (from age 4 and upward) in public, usually by hanging.

In traditional rank hypocrisy, evangelical Christianity led by self-styled ministers such as Bradlee Dean Smith, claim that homosexuals are damned to hell for even thinking about homosexuality. Documents and icons, however, show that not only did the early Christian community/church sanction homosexual marriages, but that homosexual partners were elevated to

Saints Sergius and Bacchus

sainthood, such as Saints Sergius and Bacchus, third century Roman soldiers (in the ancient text of their martyrologies they are called εραστές (“erastai” in the Greek, or “lovers”; cf. Ed. I. van den Gheyn (1895), “Passio antiquior SS. Sergii et Bacchi Graece nunc primum edita,” Analecta Bollandiana 14 pp. 373-95, and Halkin, François (1957).  Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca [BHG], Subsidia Hagiographica 8 (Brussels: Societe des Bollandistes, 1957) text is in Latin), Saint Sebastian in the third century, Juventinus and Maximinus who were martyred in 363 after being publicly paraded wearing women’s clothing (cp. Walter, Christopher (2003). The Warrior Saints in Byzantine Art and Tradition. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT. : Ashgate, and Saint Aelred. Homophobia develops quickly in the eleventh century in Western Europe.

Protestant reformers denounced “the secret vice” (that was not secret), yet many had homosexual lovers.  The most notorious was King James VI [Scotland] & I [England] who paid for a new translation of the Bible (King James Version) while having regular “encounters” (Kagan, Donald; Ozment, Steven; and, Turner, Frank M. The Western Heritage: from the earliest time to the present, Eighth Edition, Princeton, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, chapter 13, page 420; this work, considered a standard, should be read carefully as it ignores the Byzantines and Ottomans as well as giving short shrift to Russia and Poland and offers nothing concerning Islamic states, advances of women, children, minorities and LGBT are nearly non-existent; serious scholars will avoid this work. A better source would be Aldrich, Robert; Wotherspoon, Garry (2001), Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II, New York, NY, USA: Routledge, pp. 226–7, and like most homosexuals, James VI & I denounced “sodomy”: a “crime” the king committed regularly: Bentham, Jeremy; Crompton, Louis (1978), “Offences Against One’s Self”, Journal of Homosexuality 3 (4): 389–405; continued in v.4:1(1978), Jeremy Bentham’s essay on “Paederasty,” written about 1785; cf. Bergeron, David Moore (1999), King James and Letters of Homoerotic Desire, Iowa City, IA, USA: University of Iowa Press) with George Villier (1592–1628), Duke of Buckingham assassinated at Portsmouth by the renegade officer John Felton).

In the twentieth century numerous clergy (a sizeable number of Roman Catholic priests in Ireland, USA, UK, and other countries have been indicted for pedophilia, although the majority had male-female affairs), have been indicted for illegal homosexual activity, including Pentecostals Ted Haggard, bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta, GA, and others who had wives but paid or coerced males for sex, denying they are gay and even working to stop homosexual civil and human rights.

Pollution

Water

Georgia-Pacific paper spills toxic waste into Coffee Creek and Ouachita rivers in Arkansas

Koch Industries has long polluted the earth, its water and air in quest of obscene profits, especially with its Georgia-Pacific paper products industries in Crossett, Arkansas, that destroyed Coffee Creek, and Mossy Lake, Arkansas river and tributaries. Discharging 45 million gallons per day of paper-mill waste, including ammonia and chloride, and metals such as zinc, copper, and mercury, this toxic stew spewed from Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific paper plants combines with the town of Crossett’s sewage in Coffee Creek, the stream below the plant.  Fish die and pile u to rot along the river banks.

Koch Brothers

The Koch Brothers (headquartered in Wichita, KS) fight against pollution regulation by funding the neo-conservative Tea Party and openly buys politicians and pundits not only in the Arkansas legislature, but governorships from Iowa and Wisconsin, to Indiana and New Jersey. The Koch Brothers biggest coup was buying enough votes to put Scott Walker (R-WI) into a governorship to make broadsided attacks on organized labor, a fête that was matched in Indiana with Mitch Daniels.  At the same time the Koch Brothers own US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and the majority of climate-change deniers in the Congress of the USA. 

Global warming

Global warming and disappearance of clean water

While more than 82% of all US Republican Senators reject global warming, Al Franken (D-MN) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have passionately argued that science is the best basis for public policy, and with former Vice President Al Gore, presented conclusive proof of global warming, global ecological and environmental destruction, and the loss of irreplaceable natural resources.

Satellite Image Photo: San Quintin Glacier Northern Patagonia Chile (2002)

The ice cap (glaciers) on the Andes Mountains in South America are evaporating at a rate faster than anticipated.  Scientific predictions now state

Peru, where glaciers once existed

that Perú will have no water by 2030, and with the glaciers in Chile receding at a rate of one-half a mile a year, it is likely that Chile will also be without water before 2040. 

Dramatic retreat of the Chacaltaya glacier in Bolivia

Bolivia has lost most of its glaciers.  Bolivia depends on glaciers for most of its drinking water.

Arctic warming at increasingly rapid rate

The lost of glaciers and pure drinking water even affects the polar regions.  Antarctica is slowly disappearing, as is the Arctic.  Global warming is real.

Strip-mining

Strip mining: showing the impact the tar sands have on land

Strip (or surface) mining does more ecological damage than most other man-made attacks upon the planet.  It began in the sixteenth century and is now worldwide, although North America has the greatest role in the rape of the land.  Strip/surface mining is becoming increasingly more frequent in South America, where corrupt congresses allow foreign investors to denude their lands in exchange for currency that lines their pockets but seldom benefits their poor.

The greatest problem of strip/surface mining is not merely the removal of vegetation that is seldom replaced, but unless the tundra is reclaimed, surface mining can leave behind large areas of infertile waste rock, as 70% of material excavated is waste.  This waste is compounded when rain causes further erosion.  Valley fills frequently bury headwater streams causing permanent loss of ecosystems.  Large tracts of deciduous forests has threatened several endangered species, especially in Perú and throughout the Amazons, and led to a loss of biodiversity, never to be recovered (M.A. Palmer et al. Mountaintop Mining Consequences, Science, 8 January 2010, Vol. 327, p. 148).

What little water exists is being wasted on strip-mining and washing ore for exportation as the congresses in poor/illiterate nations have short-sighted goals and little concern for the common people.  The mines are shoddily prepared, frequently collapse burying miners alive, and national and local governments in South America do nothing but wait for foreign currency to filter in. 

Water pollution

Tires span across ocean floors

Water pollution is especially critical as clear water supplies dwindle.  It is not even viable to try to attempt to turn salt water into drinking water, as the oceans and seas are already polluted by dumping.  Tires line large spans of

Coastal pollution in New Delhi, India

ocean floors.  Debris exists floating along ocean and lake coastlines from Perú

Pucusana (Lima, Perú) beach front

to Santa Barbara, from Spain to Libya.

Homeless

Homelessness in the USA

Homeless in the United Kingdom

Homelessness in the UK is equally exhausting with no end in sight.  This is true everywhere, and religious groups encourage those unfortunates who suffer through this to “offer it up in prayer”.  This “celebration of suffering” was the backbone of one of the world’s greatest frauds: Mother Theresa of Calcutta, (born Agnes Gonk Bojaxhiu: born August 27, 1910, died September 5, 1997), Bharat Ratna, OM, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in India, drained off millions of dollars, allegedly for the poor of India, but instead built retirement homes for priests and nuns: a charlatan who built death houses called “hospitals” but where no medicines were dispensed, no doctors admitted to attend to the suffering, and a “hotel” with cots not fit for an adult with basic comfort.

World hunger (map)

The real cost, worldwide, is hunger, homelessness, and illness: each benefiting organized religion.

Hunger

Hunger a sign of sin?

Hunger is rampant everywhere: the USA (sharply rising in 2000 so that by 2011, over 2 million new people joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP, formerly known as food stamps — between January and September, with more than 50% of all retired people receiving less than minimum social security benefits daily debating to buy medications or  food for their one meal of the day; 48% of all USA citizens are living at low income or poverty level while child homelessness has jumped 38% since 2007), UK, Asia, India, Russia, the Middle East as a few become enriched while the Middle Class disappears into the folds of poverty.  In many religions, it is said that those who have been saved will not suffer but will benefit from their faith as an Elect of God. In others, as noted by Mother Theresa of India, suffering on earth will assure the faithful of a place in heaven and eternal life (Hitchens, Christopher (1995). The missionary position : Mother Teresa in theory and practice.  London, UK and New York, NY, USA : Verso). Mother Theresa was neither loved nor considered a saint in India, especially among the poor and those who suffered or the medical community who considered her miracles fraudulent inventions (read Shields, Susan. “Mother Teresa’s House of Illusions: How She Harmed Her Helpers As Well As Those She ‘Helped’,”  Free Inquiry magazine, vol. 18, no. 1)Those who spoke out against Mother Theresa were not just secularists nor people of means and education in India, but condemnations came from within her order of sisters, and the husband of the woman who allegedly received a miracle by praying to the diabolical dead nun who told reporters that the cure came with medicines not prayers.  The husband originally, it is reported, told reporters: quoted as saying: “This miracle is a hoax. It is much ado about nothing. My wife was cured by the doctors.” He later changed his mind, however, once he was paid handsomely by Theresa’s order, and told an interviewer: “It was her miracle healing that cured my wife. Our situation was terrible and we didn’t know what to do. Now my children are being educated with the help of the nuns and I have been able to buy a small piece of land. Everything has changed for the better.” (Emphasis mine, as additional documents saw the Sisters of Charity offering large amounts for those who would testify to the Albanian nun’s piety.) The Sisters of Charity are colleagues in crimes committed by Mother Theresa of Calcutta that an Alzheimer’s disease (a form of dementia) and Parkinson’s disease-suffering pontiff raised to the ranks of Blessed while those placed in her care were starving for food and thirsting for drink.

Homicide rates worldwide

With soaring rates of hunger and homelessness comes crime, which most religions consider to be a sin, yet is the result of social injustices. They work together.

World statistics on homicides

War

Sin, and social injustice, are the products of god.  In the end, god is praised for war, as with Hitler’s Gott mit unus that was sewn on NAZI uniforms, was the

Enlisted Prussian man’s belt buckle (front view)

motto used by Germans in World War I where it was inscribed on the soldiers helmets, and was the battle cry in the Roman and Byzantine empires (Nobiscum deus ), but has an ancient history, returning to the Hebrew word Immanuel. God has always been seen and hailed as the father of war and on this legend came the ancient apocalypses of ancient Egypt, Akaddians, and Mesopotamian nations.

USA and UK torture of Iraqi prisoners (2001-2008)

From George W. Bush’s claim that his god had selected him to be president, and to call for a “crusade” (a word that Muslims interpreted from its medieval counterpart to mean the slaughter of women and babies), the religion of Bush crystalized in unbelievable USA military tortures (many heinous acts were performed by women in the USA army, while others were done by UK combatants)–surpassing the great cruelty of the Spanish Inquisition where waterboarding (justified by law professor John Yoo) was a standard device.  Waterboarding is not new in torture methods, as it was a favored way of wringing confessions out of the accused by the Spanish Inquisition and even by later-

Illustration of Madame de Brinvilliers Being Tortured (c. 1847) to confess to poisoning several family members. She was beheaded in 1676.

day Protestant troops who attacked Roman Catholics in the Wars of Religion that culminated in the Thirty Years War in the belief that it was a holy act since prayers were said and the water was blessed.  It was first used in 1478 and called “tortura del agua”, consisted of introducing a cloth into the mouth of the victim, and forcing them to ingest water spilled from a jar so that they had the impression of drowning.”  It made a return into theological terrorism 1556-1559 as the Flemish Inquisition, used in the brutal persecution of Anabaptists in Belgium.  In the 1800s, waterboarding was known as “the common scold”. Scolding was a common punishment for antisocial women in early Europe and America. Water-based tortures were used to identify witches or inflict suffering on suspects as a trial by ordeal. Religious leaders argued that God would help the innocent by performing a miracle on their behalf (allowing them to live), as Satan would let them drown.  It was

Negro convict “showered to death” (Harper’s Weekly, Dec. 18, 1858)

used in 1858, at Auburn State Prison (New York) “to execute negros [sic] slowly”.  In what Harper’s Weekly called a “fearful picture of the mismanagement of our public institutions … a convict named More was, imprisoned in the State Prison at Auburn, was showered to death by the prison officials. … all the water that was in the tank — amounting to from three to five barrels, the quantity is uncertain — was showered upon him in spite of his piteous cries; a few minutes after his release from the bath he fell prostrate, was carried to his cell, and died in five minutes.” 

What the Bush-Blair administrations did surpassed even the diabolic dictates of Germans serving Hitler and brought severe penalties from the Nuremberg

Tony Blair (left) and George W. Bush (right)

Court–but the USA has repeatedly refused to recognize and join the World Court, as George W. Bush and his administration, like that of UK’s Tony Blair and his administration, having already been found guilty of crimes against humanity, fear a trial in an open court.

But GW Bush was not unique.  Wars have only

Torture of Iraqis by USA military

become more “sophisticated”, cruel, and more destructive with little concern for “collateral damage”: the loss of human life or property.  The military of the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan, following prayer sessions, were encouraged by military chaplains to “spread the Gospel” and to “harken” to the words of Bible messages stamped on their military weaponsand minds. Their

JN8:12, reads, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

mission was to “serve the Lord” in the same style as Hitler’s troops were encouraged to be emissaries for the new Reich.  Most of the chaplains come from fundamentalist groups, and at the USA Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, dissent is not allowed, those who do not accept a rigid reading of scripture are ostracized and hounded, with many attempting suicide to get away from the daily indoctrination that haunts them.  Agnostics and self-proclaimed atheists are battered verbally and occasionally assaulted with the US military leaders doing nothing to protect the abused or to silence the indoctrination program. 

USA Air Force nuclear war over Japan

From the dropping of the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities filled with civilians and with no military in sight, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, leading to the loss of un-numbered tens of thousands or uncounted millions of innocent civilians to napalming innocent citizens in Vietnam and throwing “noncooperatives”, from helicopters. The greatest atrocity occurred at Mai

Mai Lai Massacre (published in Mother Jones)

Lai on March 16, 1968, committed by United States Army soldiers of “Charlie” Company of 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the American Division whose victims were women, children (including babies), and elderly people.) 

Agent Orange, a herbicide, that was sprayed like a mist over villages where

Vietnamese children affected by Agent Orange

Vietnamese “Cong” fighters or sympathizers were thought to be hidden, was more popular among the USA military, as it not only incapacitated but killed, and those who survived were disfigured and would be unable to give birth to healthy children.  What was unknown at the time (or a well-kept secret) was its adverse affect on USA military personnel who continue to have health problems because of it. This diminishing of the value of human life continued in future armed conflicts, usually over oil, as seen in the barbarities committed by drones in Afghanistan (one spy drone was brought down over Iran)–these wars exceed that of the Third Reich when six million Jews and millions of other citizens (White Russians, Poles, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and

Israel’s holocaust against Muslims in Gaza

others) were openly slaughtered–a holocaust repeated by Israel against Palestinians of all ages. This is not anti-Semitism, as Palestinians are also Semitic.  The word, well-known by linguists, means “a subfamily of Afro-Asiatic languages that includes Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Phoenician.”  For Israel to claim that any exposure of its holocaust of the Palestinian people is anti-Semitic demonstrates clearly that Israel has neither a conscience nor an education in linguistics and is fanning the flames of hate as sharply as is Islam.  The Torah and the Qur’an/Koran equally show that the two Semitic people had a common source: Abraham (מָעֵאל or  إسماعي for Ishmael in Genesis 16:3 from Babylonian and Minæan cognates, with a covenant established in Genesis 15, cf. Qur’an/Koran  XIX: 54 and XIV: 35-41; and, Isaac: יִצְחָק  that is a 13th century BCE Ugaritic word for “He laughs” that was the name of the Canaanite deity El–which would ultimately be transmogrified to mean “husband”, “lord,” and “master”, but the individual in Genesis 11-25 is not clearly defined any more than he is in Qur’an/Koran XII:6, 38 or XXXVII: 12).  Abraham is questionable, especially in the Qur’an/Koran where the plural pronoun is used:

And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practise regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).

—Qur’an, sura 21 (Al-Anbiya), ayah 72-73

The statement “god is love” is equal to “god is great” (الله أكبر: Allāhu Akbar).  In each case god is the tyrant and demonic power behind the designs of mortals who would be gods.

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Eric Cantor’s Attack on the US Constitution, USA, and US citizens

Eric Cantor (R-VA) is undoubtedly the among the most ignorant members of Congress when it comes to the Constitution of the USA and rights of the people.  Broadly he condemns any democratic demands for justice and repeals the right of people to “form a more perfect union”: a republic for all.

First Amendment of US Constitution (stylized)

It is doubtful that Cantor has read, even recently, the preamble to the Constitution of the USA.   This is apparent in his blast of hatred in chastising the right of USA citizens’ to peacefully assemble and air their grievances, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the USA.  The First Amendment is not only about “freedom of religion” (and freedom from religion), but is about the rights of all citizens to speak freely and to assemble to exercise their freedom of speech, assembly, petition and create signs, and so forth (the freedom of the press).

Virginia’s Eric Cantor damned the protestors who peacefully took over Wall Street in New York City, on Friday, October 7, 2011.  As is his nature, Cantor distorted facts by braying:

Eric Cantor (R-VA) calls USA citizens "mobs"

“If you read the newspapers today, I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs on Wall Street and the other cities across the country, and believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans.”

Cantor’s comments are slanderous, and treasonous to the extent that Cantor’s hate speech can/could bring about violence, confrontation, and a damaging uprising (Article III, section 3 of the US Constitution clearly notes that it is treasonous to give aid and comfort to the enemy, but all qualifiers: aid, comfort, and enemy requires further detailing. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of all Americans to advocate the violent overthrow of their government unless such advocacy is directed toward inciting imminent lawless action and is likely to produce it (Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444, 89 S. Ct. 1827, 23 L. Ed. 2d 430 [1969]).  Cantor’s use of “mobs”  implies immediate lawlessness), but not libelous as he did not write the words on any media (that I am aware of at this time). 
 
Any Constitutional lawyer could petition the Virginia bar to remove him from accreditation. The US House could censure him as freedom of speech does not pardon slander nor treason: any act going against the US Constitution and the citizens of the USA.  Cantor’s speech goes against the right of those who occupy Wall Street to freedom of speech, assembly, and petition, all guaranteed in the US Constitution.
 

John Boehner

In this reference he is supported by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) who grew up impoverished (he shared a single bathroom with eleven other children) and was the first to graduate (BA in Business Administration) in 1977 from a Roman Catholic university (Xavier) where religious studies continue to be more important than sound academic learning.  Like Cantor, Boehner denounced “the mobs” that had taken over Wall Street, claiming that the banks that are beginning to charge $5 a month to possess a debit card would help create jobs.

Constitution of New Hampshire

Americans have the right to protest peacefully (except in the State of New Hampshire where Article 10 of the New Hampshire Constitution does permit the armed uprising of its citizens to overthrow the government–a right that should be part of the Constitution of the USA).  Eric Cantor, assuredly, is among the most weakly trained citizens in the USA on USA history–on par with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, and not far from Speaker John Boehner who has no regard for the majority but declares he will maintain minority rule in the USA for the privileged few, in one of many instances where the House Republicans declared that they would raise the salary cap of the lawyer hired to defend DOMA (that the majority of USA citizens disapprove of and want scrapped, believing that all USA citizens have the right to wed whomever each wishes to marry) to $1.5 million and is triple the amount that the GOP had previously pledged to spend)–at the expense of USA taxpayers.  If Cantor even had a fifth grade education in USA history, Virginia’s representative would know that the USA came into existence because of mob action. 

Cantor, like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, only cite the history that they believe in–that which is revised by “historians” with little to no scholarly credentials, such as David Barton who is also an evangelical minister and founder of WallBuilders who has no formal education nor degrees in history or law and uses distorted history to push his evangelical agenda.

David Barton (self-proclaimed historian)

Barton cites his inclusion in Who’s Who in Education as one of his credentials, but anyone can be included for $35, as I learned when I paid my fee.  The organization is a scam and its honorees self promoting.  For example, Cantor praised “the mob” (the Tea Party) for “fighting on the fighting lines of what we know is a battle for our democracy.”  Only Vice President Joe Biden Vice President Biden discussed the parallels between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Biden noted, correctly, that “The core is the American people do not think the system is fair or on the level. That is the core of what you’re seeing on Wall Street. There’s a lot in common with the Tea Party. The Tea Party started why? TARP. They thought it was unfair, we’re bailing out the big guys. What are the people up on the other side of the spectrum saying? The same thing.”

Cantor, like the Tea Party of Boehner and The Family of C Street in Washington, DC, selectively ignore that it was “the mob” that protested against special tax cuts and incentives to big businesses that were aligned with the monarchy in England.  The East India Company  was granted a Royal Charter, under the name Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies, by Elizabeth I on 31 December 1600.  By the eighteenth century, it had become a megacorporation the size and corruption as exists today in Koch Industries.  By 1770, the East India Company was experiencing huge financial losses.   To avert bankruptcy the directors of the company appealed to Parliament for financial help, in the same way that AIG and the banks appealed to the Obama Administration.  Parliament, among the most corrupt institutions of the eighteenth century agreed, and passed the infamous Tea Act of 1773.  This subsidy gave the Company greater autonomy in running its trade in the colonial new world that today is the Americas.  Furthermore, the Tea Act allowed the Company to be exempt from tea import duties which its colonial competitors were required to pay, thereby stifling competition as is increasingly common today with hostile take-overs, especially by the Koch Brothers: Charles and David.

When American colonists, who included tea merchants, were told of the act, they tried to boycott it.  This was denounced in Parliament as “mob action.”  The “mob” was chastised verbally by Parliament that claimed tea prices were falling.  To suppress dissent the Speaker rose to strengthened the odiously opportunistic legislation known as the Townshend Acts.  By revalidating these Acts, Parliament set a precedent for the king to impose additional taxes in the future, much as the banks have used legal loopholes to charge customers a fee (a nice word for a tax) on using debit cards that already have a balance that can be drawn on (the reverse of a credit card).

Darrell Issa (R-CA)

It was mob action that led to the famous Tea Party–to stop the wealthy corporations from benefiting from government subsidies and tax breaks, as happened in the USA when George W. Bush pushed through numerous tax breaks for the rich–many of whom sat or still sit in Congress, such as Darrell Edward Issa (R-CA) who is among the richest congressional representatives in the history of the Congress of the USA (he was, formerly, a CEO, Chief executive officer, for Directed Electronics), and is worth more than $451 million, having profited when a fire destroyed his business and its inventory in 1982 in Ohio

It was “the mobs” of angry, abused colonialists that went onboard the East India Company ships, hoisted barrels of tea belonging to the East India Company to their shoulders on December 16, 1773, and dumped the load into Boston Harbor.  Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, which, among other provisions, closed Boston’s commerce until the British East India Company had been repaid for the destroyed tea.  The mob refused and responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of mob protest.  The single biggest and most important mob gathering came when the First Continental Congress was convened on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia.  It’s initial move was to petition the British monarch to repeal the Coercive Acts.  When this was rejected the mob, assembled as representatives of the colonialists, moved in mob action to separate from the Crown of England and form a new nation.

It was “the mobs” that Cantor and Boehner and their Republican fanatics so despise that stood at Lexington and Concord so that there would be a “shot heard round the world” (a phrase coined by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Concord Hymn) initiating a Revolutionary War (1775-1783).  It was the mob of colonialists who met to sign the Declaration of Independence.  It was the mob who met in Philadelphia who adopted on September 17, 1787, the US Constitution, and created the United States of America.

Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

Because of the belief by the Founders of the USA that “all men are created equal” (Declaration of Independence; attributed to Thomas Jefferson), that the mob started the Constitution of the USA that was more explicit: with praise of the mob.   The Constitution of the USA starts “We the people….”  Only later, when industrial and financial barons, wealthy farmers and the rise of the superrich (Carnegie [coal], Rockefeller [oil], et al.) was the Constitution read narrowly: people being truncated into males–thereby necessitating additional amendments that specifically enfranchised Black males (14th Amendment) and women (19th Amendment), and allowed for the direct election of US Senators by all people (17th Amendment; an amendment that many Republicans want stricken from the Constitution, led by Rick Perry who argues that the common people have too much control of Congress–which he believes should be controlled by state legislators).

Eric Cantor is either utterly ignorant of USA history or a traitor to the principles of equality and justice for all–with the Bill of Rights, adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789 and came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791, through the process of ratification by three-fourths of the States, guaranteeing to all USA citizens the right of free speech, free press, free assembly, as well as freedom of religion.  To defame those who are protesting on Wall Street as is being done by Cantor is to sling dung upon the Constitution of the USA.  Eric Cantor has cast unforgivable aspersions on the people of the USA who are making their voices known. 

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Fortunately, there are a few brave patriots, like Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who understand the need for people to express themselves, and offer their support to the patriots occupying Wall Street, and said: “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective”.House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, praised the thousands who have flooded Wall Street.  He noted that the protests were aimed at the heart of the financial sector, and stated, “The silent masses aren’t so silent anymore. They are fighting to give voice to the struggles that everyday Americans are going through,” Larson, a Connecticut Democrat, said. “While I don’t condone their every action, I applaud their standing up for what they believe in.”  New York Democratic representatives and to Congress and organized labor, teachers, and other groups including retirees equally expressed their support for freedom of speech, while New York´s Republicans claim that the Tea Party was the true voice of the people and that the youth and teachers occupying Wall Street were traitors seeking class warfare. 

Peter King

Peter King (R-NY) claims the demonstrations are antiAmerican.  King, the darling of the far right and the Tea Party told reporters that he was “old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy.” He added, “We can’t allow that to happen” regardless of what steps had to be taken to put down Cantor´s mob.  This was the same thinking of the directors who worked for Carnegie and called in the Pinkerton Detectives to silence labor leading to a pitched battle at Homestead, Pennsylvania, and it follows the pattern set by Adolf Hitler when he announced his plans for uniting the German-speaking people into one nation (Großdeutschland; the Heim ins Reich initiative) by silencing all opposition (cf. Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf vol. 2, chapter 4).

Herman Cain

Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate¨and once CEO of Godfathers Pizza and Baptist preacher, said of the thousands (including teachers of US history) occupying Wall Street: “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” Cain told reporters, that those occupying Wall Street are ¨anticapitalist¨ and un-American.  Cain has argued that the wealthy have his god´s endorsement, and as a Baptist preacher he seems to have forgotten Matthew 19.24 that reads πάλιν δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν, εὐκοπώτερον ἐστιν κάμηλον  διὰ τρήματος  ῥαφίδος εἰσελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ (but few of his comments have any relationship to the Bible that is found in most homes).

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate chided the protestors, claiming: “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.” What Romney forgets is that class warfare is the result of an indifferent autocracy or theocracy that believes only the most fortunate have any rights.  This led the mobs of Paris into a holy war against the aristocrats on July 14, 1789, and it became clarion call for all oppressed people, for the mobs that Romney talks down to in a desire rule the USA  had a response for Louis XVI and his cronies, with a special stage set up to receive the elite who were responsible for the class warfare.  The ignorance of Romney on all issues is appalling, yet he takes unearned credit for what others have done.  The USA needs to adopt Article 10 of the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire and allow open revolution so that the people of the USA, not politicians, can decide the fate of the USA and rid it of those politicians who do not represent their constituents.

Ann Coulter

Eric Cantor is a traitor to the Constitution and to the USA, but he is only one of many.  His rank swells with those opposed to freedom, ranging from the Koch Brothers, Ann Coulter (of whom it is written, that she is known across America for sliming everyone and everything she disagrees with. Al Gore is a “total fag” and another one-time presidential candidate, John Edwards, is the same. Democrats are “gutless traitors” and their convention a “Spawn of Satan” gathering. Muslims are “ragheads” and America should “kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” Jews are people who need to be “perfected.” The New York Timesbuilding and its editorial staff should be bombed. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens should have “rat poisoning” mixed into his food. Princess Diana “ostentatiously [had] sex in front of [her] children.” The Rev. Al Sharpton is “a fat, race-baiting black man.” President Bill Clinton was “a very good rapist,” and North Korea should be “nuked.”  Coulter, strongly antiSemitic, now defends the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which The New York Times had described as a “thinly veiled white supremacist

Rich Lowry

organization” ), Maggie Gallagher who has led the fight to maintain DOMA, Rich Lowry at the National Review who is short on understanding history of human psychology but strong on hate and is the male equivalent of Ann Coulter with the same racist and half-filled logic and arguments, and Donald Douglas at American Powerwhere English grammar is barely noticed or used being abridged for contrived contractions and non-words (such as “gotta” written allegedly by a Ph.D. holder–it is said in

Donald Douglas

another blogger’s writing that the degree is in Political Science, but Douglas demonstrates no mastery of the subject field in his commentaries–who fails to proof his own compositions.  More tragic for me, is to read his responses to other blogs where he hurls insults without substantiation, uses jargon freely that is difficult to understand, and continues to bash those who disagree with him with ungallant offensiveness lacking even basic noble-mindedness or chivalry or courtesy), among others.   Eric Cantor must be tried by a court of his peers for treason.  If found guilty, federal law requires that he pay the ultimate penalty.

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Bradlee Dean: Minnesota Nazi and would-be assassin

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Evangelist Bradlee Dean

Bradlee Dean (a drummer in a band called Junkyard Prophets who has a tattoo of Abraham sacrificing Isaac on his forearm), has led the chant not only to jail all homosexuals in the USA, but to “exterminate” them.  Dean has repeatedly called Adolf Hitler a homosexual (he was not), and he argues that no homosexuals were executed by the Nazis ignoring all history which he styles “a lie”–for the homosexual community was everywhere: among Jews, Christians, Muslims, and those without a declared religion (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/Homosexuals_and_the_Third_Reich.html and http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann%E2%80%99s-favorite-ministry-joins-fischer-link-gays-holocaust).  

What terrified Dean was that homosexuals could already marry in some of the states in the USA (especially in New England and New York) and this “contagion” would spread to other states as its neighbor state Iowa had legalized same-sex marriages, and could  include Minnesota.  It was dread made more real when Dean learned that Michele Bachmann’s stepsister lives as an open and self-actualized lesbian and openly fights for LGBT rights and the basic human right to marry, despite that the Congresswoman worked hard to defeat the basic civil right enjoyed by heterosexuals in Minnesota.   To Dean there is but one solution to same-sex marriage: kill everyone and anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage (http://atlanticfreepress.com/news/1/13614-the-solution-to-gay-marriage-kill-them-.html).  For decades Paul Cameron has advocated killing homosexuals, recommending the extermination option as early as 1983 (read: http://www.ralliance.org/Cameron.html; the journals on psychology that he has brought into press have been cited as not worth the paper that they are written on and that the sources that Cameron sites are invalid at best: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_cameron_journals.html). In 1985, a federal judge concluded that Cameron had engaged in “fraud” and “misrepresentation” when he testified in a gay-related case in Texas. (Baker v. Wade, 106 Federal Rules Decisions 526 [N.D. Texas, 1985]) Judge Buchmeyer of the U.S. District Court of Dallas referred to “Cameron’s sworn statement that ‘homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do heterosexuals,'” and concluded that “Dr. Paul Cameron…has himself made misrepresentations to this Court” and that “There has been no fraud  or misrepresentations except by Dr. Cameron” (cf. the refutation by noted psychologists who are at a loss as to why anyone still cites Cameron at http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_cameron.html).  Dean has nothing but generous comments to make to this “psychologist” whose own state of Nebraska’s Psychological Association adopted a formal resolution disassociating itself from Cameron’s work (read the October 3, 1994, New Republic).  Dean does not like the word “murder” as it is too strong, he declared, but prefers the more euphonious term of “war” against the “enemies of [his] God”–a war that Bachmann will unleash within the USA and then around the world.  Bachmann has become apocalyptic for Dean, and she will bring about Armageddon (cp. http://www.thedailymaverick.co.za/article/2011-06-25-beyond-populism-michele-bachmann-and-the-politics-of-armageddon).

Bradlee Dean on YouTube

A strong supporter of Michele Bachmann both as a State Representative to the US Congress and in her bid to be President of the USA, Dean has not minced words about what he would expect with a Bachmann presidency: a declaration of war against homosexuals and enemies of his brand of evangelical fundamentalism (see: http://www.bradleedean.com/who).  Bachmann and her husband delight in the attention Dean showers on them, and because of Dean’s rabid interest in ending homosexuality, the Minnesota Republican Congresswoman has not only endorsed Dean numerous times, but helped raise funds for his organization You Can Run But You Can’t Hide International (YCRBYCHI).  The YCRBYCHI is a notorious group that has as its sole purpose the expunction of homosexuality by any and all means, as it happens in Iran (b.Iran_english-german NOTE: This is a series of graphic photographs taken in Iran of the stoning of women and hanging of gay men as the Muslim response to homosexuality that Dean and Bachmann advocate; it is a PowerPoint presentation, most of the youths executed are under age 18), from the USA.  Dean told his radio audience that Muslim countries that call for the execution of gays and lesbians are “more moral than even the American Christians (http://minnesotaindependent.com/58393/gop-linked-punk-rock-ministry-says-executing-gays-is-moral)”.

Mass execution of homosexuals in Iran 2011

While Dean and Bachmann condemn Islam and Muslims in the USA, Dean changed his script from pure vitriol to semicharity in 2010, when he commended radical Muslims in Iran.  He told an appreciative Minnesota audience composed of GOP and evangelical fundamentalist that “Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America,” on his radio show, The Sons of Liberty . “It shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination”  (http://minnesotaindependent.com/58393/gop-linked-punk-rock-ministry-says-executing-gays-is-moral). Neither Iran nor Dean is unique, any more than Uganda or Nigeria hate groups, for the most notorious recognized and labeled hate-group in the USA, The Family Research Council is a sponsor of murder (http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2005/spring/a-mighty-army#8).  The FRC walked the halls of Congress fighting a resolution that denounced Uganda’s proposal to legally lynch gays. Two lobbyists were paid $25,000 to lobby the Senate and the House. Apparently their work wasn’t successful in the Senate because that body passed its resolution on April 13, 2010.

Dean knows neither his Bible nor his Koran.  Nowhere in the Bible (Jewish or Christian) does the word “homosexual” appear.  Neither “homosexual” nor “lesbian” appear in the Koran (Qur’an)–both are modern words.  There is no foundation for any religious objection to same-sex love; the prohibition in both the Bible and the Koran. Both in the Bible and the Koran was is considered objectionable is “effeminate men” and “masculine women”.  As for the other books (apocrypha, Hadith, etc) there is debate over whether or not they are authentic–as there is debate over whether or not the Bible and the Koran are authentic since both appear long after their alleged authors lived and spoke.

The story of Lot (Lut in Arabic) appears in Genesis 19:19f and  Qur’an 7:80-81 and in both cases the story is general–until you get to the sexual part where Lot commits incest with his two daughters.  Dean does not read Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Latin or any other language and cannot define nor interpret the Bible that has been transmogrified by numerous bad translations, nor can he interpret the Koran which also has gone through numerous revisions depending upon who was in power.

There are numerous contradictions in the Bible as there are in the Koran.  Genesis 19 suggests that the sin of Sodom was sex (actually being incest), while Ezekiel 16:49 states that the sin was pride and lack of hospitality.  In the Koran we find an objection to “lewdness” between two men (not sex) in Koran 4:16, but read of lust in Koran 27:55, while both are contradicted by numerous other Koranic passages: Koran 52:24 promises handsome boys to those who die for Allah, and Koran 56:17 and 76:19 promises that boys will have “perpetual freshness”.

Dean prayerfully preys for the end of homosexuality–which is neither required, desired, nor asked for anywhere in the Bible or the Koran.  He has interrupted the Minnesota legislature and numerous groups, forced captive audiences made up of school children to listen to his self-loathing arguments that have brought females to tears and fear to males, and stalks listeners on his hate radio station as he condemns what he most likely is–for he protests too much.  Dean uses prayer as a whip to flagellate his audiences in an attempt to whip them into a frenzy in keeping with the SA and SS of Hitler’s Germany, regardless if they are ten and in a public school, or forty and in the state legislature. 

Rep. Terry Morrow

State Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter was among the first to cry out against the travesty and injustice of Dean’s prayer in the Minnesota legislature.  While numerous colleagues equally condemned the self-ordained and theologically untrained drummer in the Junkyard Prophet band that puts out what it styles as rap and Heavy Metal music who has made himself a modern-day prophet preaching the end of civilization if marginalized groups are tolerated, the weak and easily intimidated Speaker Kurt Zeller, about one hour after Morrow’s spirited retort reverberated around the chamber, initially apologized for inviting Dean to give the invocation, but his faux apology was removed almost instantly from the internet when Dean and Michele and Marcus Bachmann threatened to stall his reelection efforts.  Zeller has not only been to Dean’s home, but given him a

Speaker Kurt Zellers

contribution “to his ministry” of $250, and numbers Dean among his friends.  Although Rep. Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayer, invited Dean to give the prayer on May 20, 2011, Zeller took the ultimate responsibility for the offense that many House members took to the rambling speech that concluded with a slam against President Obama, whom Dean claimed was not a Christian.  The “Reverend” Dean’s final words in his prayer were: “I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans. Or the Presbyterians, the evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus. As every President up until 2008 has acknowledged. And we pray it. In Jesus’ name” (the video is at http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/05/bradlee_dean_opening_prayer.php cp. http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2011/05/20/28497/legislative_firestorm_erupts_over_bradlee_deans_prayer).

Rep. Karen Clark reacted strongly: “The decision by GOP leadership to allow his intolerance, fear and outright bigotry into the ‘people’s house’ is reprehensible. Minnesotans are a peaceful, loving and caring people. It’s this spirit of togetherness and shared hope that the House of Representatives should strive to embody. The Republican leadership should be ashamed of themselves. It reveals the underlying hateful nature of the anti-gay constitutional amendment movement.”

The condemnation of Dean has not dissuaded Michele Bachmann.  The woman who would be President of the USA has nothing but praise for Bradlee Dean: “This ministry, ‘You Can Run But You Cannot Hide,’ they are not sidetracked, they’re on course,” Bachmann intones. “They’re way on course. Because they get it. They get what this is all about.”  ​She then goes on to talk about a “fire of the gospel” sweeping Minnesota and turning it into a “sweet-smelling incense of praise and sacrifice” as if it were the fat from a slaughtered animal laying on the Temple’s great altar in ancient Jerusalem, its aroma rising to the nose of god(http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/05/michele_bachmann_prays_for_bradley_deans_homophobic_ministry.php).

Not content to condemning homosexuals for “sins against the Bible [sic]” but also blaming homosexuals for causing the Holocaust (http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/02/anti-gay-holocaust-revisionist-bradlee.html and http://www.anti-semitism.net/holocaust-revisionism/anti-gay-holocaust-revisionist-bradlee-dean-chats-with-bryan-fischer.php and see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEJI3_8n0bk).  Dean has lamented that those who refute his claims of prophecy are “deluded in the Lord” and will be punished; furthermore, he argues that he is “persecuted for righteousness’ sake” by “the wicked.”  With Harry Jackson, another patriarch of pulsating hate Dean has declared that gay marriage is part of “a Satanic plot to destroy our seed” (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/bradlee-dean) and reiterated that the best thing to do is “kill them all”.  Representative Michele Bachmann rejoiced over the stand of Dean, seeing him as a true spokesman for the Lord her God and even prayed to thank God for You Can Run But You Can Not Hide:  “for how You are going to expand this radio program, how You are going to expand their video program, their publications, how You are going to advance them from 260 schools a year, Lord, to 2,600 schools a year” (see video at http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-supported-group-claims-rep-ellison-using-gays-impose-sharia-us), while claiming that Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) was using gays to “impose Sharia [Islamic law] on the USA”.

Dean has told various groups that if he met a homosexual on the street, the homosexual would be dead in ten seconds as that is the will of Dean’s god.  During the past few months, You Can Run has attended two Republican Party of Minnesota events and garnered the support of top Republican officials: The group participated in Bachmann’s campaign kickoff and fundraiser with Sarah Palin on April 7, where it set up a booth. YCR also had a booth at the Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in late April – using space donated by the party, Dean says – where it greeted the party’s endorsed candidate for governor, Rep. Tom Emmer. Emmer attended the You Can Run fundraiser in late 2009 (http://minnesotaindependent.com/49965/gubernatorial-candidate-emmer-attends-controversial-ministry-fundraiser).  Dean says Minnesota GOP chair Tony Sutton invited the ministry to attend.  YCR posted a picture of two of its members with Emmer at the GOP convention on the group’s Facebook page following the event. 

Tom Emmer with YCR's Jake McMillan (r) at GOP Convention

The day after the GOP convention, Dean and radio co-host Jake McMillian spoke on-air about attending the GOP event with Republican celebrities and their relationship with Emmer, stating that party chair Tony Sutton wanted them at the convention to attract a younger demographic to the GOP party.  McMillan said: “We were at the GOP, the GOP saw what we do and they identified with it.  Even when I was sitting down with Tony Sutton and just going over what we do as a ministry, I said to him, ‘Do you know any other groups that are reaching the demographic we are reaching with the message that we are?’ And, of course, it was blink-blink, ‘No, I don’t, so I want you guys a part of this convention with us.  And, then they invited and they gave us a free table. Amen.” 

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann headlined Dean’s “Appeal to Heaven” fundraiser, which as an USA Representative was unethical and possibly illegal  (http://minnesotaindependent.com/46665/christian-ministry-running-afoul-constitution), but gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer was quick to join in to bring God’s message into public schools.  Once more they reiterated the same message that claims President Obama, liberals, and homosexuals are criminals (http://minnesotaindependent.com/47565/bachmanns-punk-rock-benefactor-says-obama-unpatriotic-to-the-max), and that the separation of state and church is a myth fantasized by the Devil.  Emmer was more than eager to raise money for the Dean ministry.  Emmer refused to comment on Dean and the gala as it “was not a campaign event” but the YCRBYCHI was composed of “really nice people” as he took more campaign cash from Target and shared some of it with Dean (http://minnesotaindependent.com/59386/emmer-on-anti-gay-hard-rock-ministry-these-are-nice-people and http://minnesotaindependent.com/49965/gubernatorial-candidate-emmer-attends-controversial-ministry-fundraiser).  What few note is that Dean’s ministry is a 501(c)3 and by federal law and IRS code cannot support or oppose a candidate, nor even indicate support for candidates.  But YCRBYCHI does that and the IRS has done nothing, even though Dean openly admits he is recruiting for Jesus and for Republican candidates (http://minnesotaindependent.com/45902/michele-bachmann-to-fundraise-for-controversial-ministry and http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/06/local_fatwa_envy.php for Bachmann’s worship of Dean; see also: http://www.americanindependent.com/133227/bradlee-dean-talks-tom-emmer-rachel-maddow-and-target and compare it with the USA evangelical crusade to kill all gays in Uganda at http://lezgetreal.com/2011/06/the-uganda-kill-the-gays-experiment-operation-minnesota/).

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Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and the National Debt and Education

In 2001, George W. Bush cut taxes for the super-rich in the USA–and added $1 trillion to the national debt.  His wars in Iraq and Afghanistan added another $1 trillion to the national debt, borrowing most of the money from mainland China.  GW Bush’s conservative champions and policy advisers made bold predictions about what the tax cuts would do — massive job growth, vast new wealth, higher incomes, smaller government, and balanced budgets.  None of their forecasts came true.

Economic growth before and during the presidency of George W. Bush

Republicans in the US House and US Senate applauded the Bush “strategy” and not only continued to praise it as unemployment went up and jobs were outsourced overseas, but insisted on the tax cuts be made permanent.

Job growth before and after the presidency of George W. Bush

Economic downturn of George W. Bush tax cuts

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), and 2011 candidate for the GOP / Tea Party nomination for the presidency of the USA is pushing a tax-cut plan that, if enacted, will triple the size of Bush’s tax-cut package, so convinced that it will generate massive job growth, vast new wealth, higher incomes, smaller government, and balanced budgets: the same theorizing of the Bush policy team made.  Pawlenty is so out-of-touch with reality, and so desperate to win the economic and political support of the radical right and their financial backers, the Koch Brothers, that he has no consciousness concerning the economic downturns and forced layoffs that came with the tax cuts of George W. Bush and his GOP controlled Congress–downturns that continue to destroy the economic fabric of the USA and safety net for its citizens and those who rely on USA assistance (read: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-the-gop-didnt-learn-from-the-bush-tax-cuts/2011/05/19/AGXlyHLH_blog.html). Continue reading

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