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

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

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

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

Two men kissing: Jesus and Judas

magazine, Stern. One of these articles concerned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julia Worthington teaches theater at Western Hills HS

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

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

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

Leviticus written around snake-god worship popular in Egypt

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

A Christian response?

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

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

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

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

Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

Marcus and Michele Bachmann campaigning for the presidency in 2011

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

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

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

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

A bully has low self-esteem

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

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

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

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

Francesco Speroni (Italian xenophobe)

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

Bullies scar physically and mentally, leading to suicides

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

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

More of Breivik's victims (2011)

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

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

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

Charles Schenck

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

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

Hitler leaving church in Germany

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

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

Hitler had German homosexuals starved as his plan to purify heaven

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

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

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

Religious sects in Germany 2011

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

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

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

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

Harold Camping predicting end of the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

German school children in uniform from NSDAP Standarten Kalender 1939

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

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

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

Church leaders in support of Hitler

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

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

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

Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther

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

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

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

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

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

Bullying is a crime

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Hoffman

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

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

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

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

Daniel Mendez (age 16) when he committed suicide

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

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

Cyberbullying reported among sixth to eighth grade students

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

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

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

Jamey's sister Alyssa Rodemeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Chanon Velazques was charged with aggrevated bullying of Phoebe Prince

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

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

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

Montana Denton Lance (age 9)

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

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

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

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

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Suicide is frequently Premeditated Murder

Suicide, from the Latin suicidium, from sui caedere, “to kill oneself”, is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death; in most cases it applies to mortal beings (humans), although there are reported cases of animals deliberately starving themselves to death because a benefactor/owner died, moved away, or abandoned the animal, or because its mate ceased living or left.  In all cases, it is an external reaction to an internal perceived loss; however, today, with more suicides taking place each year, it is far closer to murder with death being the result of aggravated pain brought about by another person who casts aspersions or speaks negatively or argumentatively with someone who does not follow the norm of a society or given situation. 

Over one million people die by suicide every year, and more than twenty million people each year attempt suicide, especially in religious communities and states/nations where a fundamentalist faith is in power politically and theologically, as seen in the suicide of Bryan Egnew, a 40-year old gay

Bryan Egnew and Family (On Facebook, Egnew wrote of the photo, “Pic of family on vacation in Florida. Laissez rouler les bons temps!“)

 Mormon man who had a wife and five children, lost his family, his place in his church, and ultimately his life by suicide, after being excommunicated by a religion that had no program to help people understand the LGBT community but condemned it on the weakest evidence possible: claiming it was not intended to exist by god.  

As a friend of Egnew wrote: “Bryan found that courage and came out to his family and his church. The results were tragic. According to Curran, his wife Amy immediately packed up their children and drove them out-of-state to Tennessee, refusing to let Bryan see them. His parents and family withdrew, and his Church immediately excommunicated him because he refused to denounce his sexual orientation”.  His wife, Amy, his parents and children are all guilty of his suicide, for the put stress upon his life so that he could not reason sanely.  Amy and her children, and the parents of Egnew passed a death sentence on Bryan.  Bryan was made to feel like garbage, and in despair took out the garbage–his own life for he had given up all hope–and got rid of it.  According to Sigmund Freud, this was “Todestrieb”, a psychological drive towards death, self-destruction and the return to the inorganic where physical and mental pain were unknown.  This became popularly known as a “death drive” (or “death wish”) that frequently led to suicide, as the death drive opposes Eros: the tendency toward survival, propagation, sex, and other creative, life-producing drives of pleasure and fulfillment.  Suicide appears, according to Freud, as an urge in organic life to restore an earlier state of things.  Those who take their lives are trying to restore or return to a time thee was no pain. (Sigmund Freud (1987 edition). “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” in On Metapsychology: the theory of psychoanalysis : Beyond the pleasure principle, the ego and the id and other works  Middlesex, Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, p. 308).  

Freedom go to hell (Islam 2011)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that suicide is the thirteenth-leading cause of death worldwide.  The National Safety Council rates it sixth in the United States.  Suicides have increased 60% over the past 50 years.  Now the rate is rising rapidly, especially in areas controlled politically and theologically by evangelical extremists of any religion.  Today’s radical evangelical Christians, such as C. Peter Wagner and Texas Governor Rick Perry,

Westboro Baptist Church protesting near Islamic Center of America on Ford Road

are as rabid and hatefilled as any ayatollah in Iran or other Muslim dominated nation, where human rights mean nothing, and civil rights are cursed in the name of following the rigid laws of a god who was never author, but whose words, it is alleged, were either memorized or written down by a scribe or prophet so that individual lives can be controlled by a few for their personal enrichment.  This has always led to suicides–in all religions and all nations especially where religion is strong.

There has been a rapid rise in suicides in the USA recently, especially in areas where evangelical Christianity has a stranglehold and children of fundamentalist families attend public schools where there are a variety of

Asher Brown (age 13)

lifestyles that do not conform to their preconceptions. 

Asher Orrin Michael Brown, March 1, 1997 – September 23, 2010, of Houston, Texas, shot himself in the head after kicked down a flight of stairs, his books kicked and scattered across the ground, while other students watched. When Asher attempted to gather himself up, he was kicked down another flight of stairs “because he had a lisp, was a Buddhist and ostensibly gay”.  Bullying is a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35.  It is seen as an apocalyptic forerunner of an epidemic of suicides in Michele Bachmann (R-MN)’s 6th congressional district: Minnesota’s largest district.  When questioned about the current holocaust the presidential candidate remained stealthily silent as Bachmann has always found it difficult to talk about homosexuality, and at times even use the word–a word that did not appear in any English lexicon before 1892, and then only in the English translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia sexualis, which was a reference work, in German, on sexual perversions (Krafft-Ebing, R. [Richard] von (1891).  Psychopathia sexualis : mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der conträren Sexualempfindung : eine klinisch-forensische Studie; 6. verm. und  theilweise umgearb. Aufl. Stuttgart, Germany: Ferdinand Enke; reissued as: R. von Krafft-Ebing (1893). Psychopathia sexualis : with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct : a medico-legal study; authorized translation of the seventh enlarged and revised German edition by Charles Gilbert Chaddock.  Philadelphia, PA, USA: F.A. Davis). The work first appeared in 1886 and was enormously popular, being reprinted about once a year, with the sixth edition in German and seventh in English most frequently cited.  Kraftt-Ebing noted in his introduction that he had “deliberately chosen a scientific term for the name of the book, to discourage lay readers” fearing that lay readers would misread what was written and offer bizarre interpretations–his prophecy has been realized.  As an Austrian man of the nineteenth century and living in a Roman Catholic culture, Richard von Krafft-Ebing believed that procreation was the purpose of sexual desire.  He argued that any form of recreational sexual intercourse was a perversion of the sex drive, and perceived women as sexually passive, and thus recorded no sexual case studies of sadistic or fetishistic women.  Many problems known today have come from this work, and especially from the word “homosexual” (it originally was “sexual inversion”) that was coined by [Henry] Havelock Ellis–who lived to regret creating the word (it is not an original Greek word); read: Ellis, [Henry]Havelock and John Addington Symonds (1897) Sexual inversion : a critical edition; edited by Ivan Crozier. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hamphire, UK and New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; the first edition was known simply as Sexual Inversion and was published in Philadelphia, PA, USA: F.A.Davis Co. [c1901].

Michele Bachmann (AP Jim Mone)

In July 2009, Michele Bachmann’s Congressional district–which has a policy requiring school employees to be “neutral” about homosexuality in front of students–settled with a student for $25,000 who said two teachers had harassed him for being gay by  tag-teaming an 18-year-old boy with relentless anti-gay taunts and jokes.  By all medical and psychological / psychiatric definitions this was bullying, and shows a mental malaise on the part of the teachers as well as with the students who tolerated their unprofessional conduct (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, (March 2011), No. 80, notes that “boys tend to use physical intimidation or threats, regardless of the gender of their victims.  Bullying by girls is more often verbal, usually with another girl as the target”; available online).  As the American Psychological Association notes, bullying stems from fear and apathy in any workplace culture of submissiveness, especially in schools where teachers try to be friends with the students, rather than display authority by being subject matter experts who do not tolerate lackadaisical  students or poor work performance. 

Teachers become bullies when they want to appear as “part of the group”–lessening their status as teachers and endangering the student of any age.  Verbal or physical aggression is used by the bully to achieve a superior standing, and if the victim fails, withdraws, or commits suicide, the bully considers that he or she has won and prove his or her superiority. 

Life means nothing to the bully, unless the bully is personally attacked.  At that time the bully cries foul and blames others for his or her misfortune and attempts to justify his or her bullying as demonstrating his allegiance to a higher power (usually a god or religion, but also to a senior military or political figure).  Evangelical and Apocalyptic Christians (such as the New Apostolic Reformation) justify violence in the name of peace, and harken to Matthew 10:34, where Jesus, it is written, said he came to the Planet Earth to bring a sword–not peace (matching radical Islam and their quest for a holy war: جهاد‎  appearing 41 times in the Qur’an and should be interpreted not as a war or struggle, but as “striving in the way of God”.  It has become a war was primarily considered to be against unbelievers identical to the intolerance of Christians who reject those who live lives different from them).  This has been the common modus operandi for many of the teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin school system in Minneapolis, where there are significant numbers of teachers and students who are members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod that highlights bigotry (such as referring to the Pope as the Anti-Christ, demeaning the role of women by quoting from the Letters of Paul that a woman must submit herself to her husband’s rule, and so forth), and staunch Republican supporters.  They fear the rise of labor and the Middle Class at their expense, and since many are Lutherans, they are taught Martin Luther’s message concerning a rebellious workforce: Wider die räuberischen  und  mörderischen Rotten der Bauern–a social conflict that conservative Minnesotans see as injurious to their economic stability even though to thwart labor brings down the state’s productivity and prosperity.  Using this popular fear Michele Bachmann has been able to be repeatedly returned to the US House of Representatives.  

Bachmann’s scapegoat is the LGBT movement.  It gives her ammunition to rifle in votes, and at the same it feeds into her husband’s cannibalistic “practice” of reparative psychology; the community of the Sixth District is to tightly controlled by religion that both continue without being challenged:  Marcus is not a licensed psychologist by the State of Minnesota, but recognized as a counselor who offers a “cure” to homosexuality so that homosexuals can “return” to the “real world” and be accepted.  As the American Psychological Association notes, reparative psychology has caused more psychological problems that have led many to suicide.  Marcus Bachmann could never be a member of the American Psychological Association, as he has broken every rule established by the group, has gone against every researched and tested method endorsed by the APA, and has brought a deep tarnish to the association and its members.  Marcus Bachmann is not just a fraud, but a man deeply troubled without a clue as to what psychology is about.  At the same time his backward thinking and the practice of his colleagues at the “Bachmann Clinic” that receives federal funds, causes more damage to those who are disturbed than produces any positive results in ending personal fears or desires for suicide.  It is the insensibility, craven greed of the Bachmanns who led the charge over a decade ago against basic human rights and freedoms, especially the right to be one’s self, that has led nine students in the Sixth Congressional District at the Anoka-Hennepin schools to end their lives in the last two years.  Michele and Marcus Bachmann are guilty of fostering hate, of silently encouraging violence and bullying, while Michele has spoken out repeatedly against any legislation that would outlaw or criminalize bullying. Michele Bachmann should stand trial for her part in the suicides of the young in her district and throughout the USA.

Samantha  Johnson (MN)

Samantha Johnson (MN)

Four of the nine students who died by suicide in Michele Bachmann’s Congressional district were believed to have faced harassment stemming either from a gay sexual orientation or from the perception among pers that they might have been gay, including seventh-grade student Samantha Johnson who entered Fred Moore Middle School (now Anoka Middle School for the Arts).  Students at the girl’s school harassed her on the assumption that she was a lesbian. They also mocked Samantha for her weight. When Samantha made an extra effort one day to dress more like other girls in her class, her mother says the harassment only worsened.  In November, Samantha’s mother, Michele Johnson, returned home and found her daughter dead in the bathtub. Samantha had put a hunting rifle in her mouth and shot herself.  

Haylee Fentress

In April 2011, Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz

Paige Moravetz

carried out a suicide pact because they said they were being bullied by religious groups in their school.  Both girls complained about the bullies; the teachers only laughed, the principal did not act. 

Being the best of friends, who even had gone so far as to hyphenated both of their last names, hanged themselves in a carefully planned suicide pact–to end the ever-increasing religious intolerance of their classmates who claimed to be speaking for god and threatening the girls that they were going to “hell”–a place no one ever had seen but heard about it by their pastors pounding hate-stained pulpits and tables.  Gehenna would have been better, as at least it is today a garden–unlike the wasteland of their school that had become an open-pit of bitterness for both.

In May 2011, 14-year-old Jordan Yenor killed himself.  He had grown weary of the students slander, the licentiousness of their libels, and their faux-Christian righteousness. He was the latest suicide in the Anoka-Hennepin district that

Jordan Yenor

Michele Bachmann represents and has worked with her husband to “pray away the gay” and prevent any protection for LGBTs. 

Yenor committed suicide as the result of his not being able to handle more bullying by religious fundamentalists.  On his Facebook page, his “friends” and classmates accused him of being gay.  What Yenor did not receive from any counselor or teacher was an affirmation that it is okay to be gay–that being gay is genetic and what counts is the production of the individual, or as Abram Maslow wrote: being self-actualized in his paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”.  Yenor never had the opportunity of time to discover himself and realize that he was a good person regardless of his sexual orientation and interest, as homosexuality has always been a part of the world in which we all live. 

Being gay is neither sinful nor wrong.  Being gay is a lifestyle that a person is born into.  Any LGBT person has as much value as any heterosexual–and as much right to excel, exceed, and experience the full pleasure that comes with living.

No one choses to be gay.  No person elects to put himself or herself out in front of intolerant theological thugs who tread on individual liberties. This is more in keeping with theocracies, such as Iran, where there are no Constitutional protections, where all people must believe in the same deity, practice identical dietary rules, and contribute to the charities detailed in the only holy book that those in charge of society claim exists.

Christian terrorists are everywhere.  Christian terrorists range from Timothy McVey who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City, to mass murderer Ander Breivik (born 13 February 1979) in Norway who was opposed to multiculturalism, was pro-Israel/far-right Zionist and strongly anti-Muslim; today they flourish in the USA behind the masques of the New Apostolic Reformation, the Tea Party and its undisguised racism, the reemerging Ku Klux Klan (now growing strong in Iowa, having started in Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Ottumwa and Des Moines, and other northern states), and are responsible for as many deaths as the merchants of hate do in Islam where there is no pity, no mercy, no kindness–only a submission to a vicious god that equals the tyranny of the deity that builds fortresses between people in Minnesota and throughout the world as flock-stealing becomes acceptable with one denomination sending ministers and missionaries into the lands that already have established religions: thus Lutherans and Mormons enter Peru, Scientologists invade France and Germany, and Islam spreads out over the African and Asian continents–each like a giant fungus determined to sweep opposition away from its talons.  What they all have in common is hatred for LGBT people, pass laws (usually backed up and supported by some spurious scripture) to deny LGBT people basic human and civil rights, and legislate draconian denunciations that demand the death penalty for LGBT people from Uganda and Liberia to Nigeria and beyond–with Bradlee Dean, a former cocaine addict, in Minnesota applauding the Muslims who execute LGBT people in the Arab and non-Arab world and the law sponsored and written by USA evangelical Republican Christians.

The use of Facebook is one of the most common forms of devastating cyberbullying.  Cyberbullying, instead of happening face-to-face, happens through the use of technology such as computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.  There are numerous cases now being reported of where cyberbullying–especially by young girls who are jealous of other girls, use cyberspace to demean, ridicule, and humiliate perceived rivals and cast blame on others for something that they did themselves.  This has led to an increase in suicides in more affluent areas.  

Cyberbullying peaks around the end of middle school and the beginning of high school. Research on cyberbullying has found that students involved are more likely to those who are target of cyberbullying being unwilling to attend school, most frequently receive poor grades, have lower self-esteem, and have more health problems.  Cyberbullying can have particular effects on those who are targeted: especially if the victim is perceived as fat or obese, ugly, wears jewelry that is considered taboo within a certain area (such as piercing lips, chins, and so forth), seek or have a same-sex partner/attraction, and go to small or mainline tolerant churches.  In Minnesota, many of the students found to be engaged in cyberbullying go to the more radical evangelical churches and hate-groups like the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod churches where people are attacked for being Roman Catholic, homosexual, or not a part of fanatical fundamentalism. Research has found that young people who have been cyberbullied are significantly more likely to use and alcohol and drugs (especially marijuana and Methamphetamine: a central nervous system stimulant drug that is similar in structure to amphetamine, and increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, may induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem–especially in the case where a person is bullied or feels unwanted or unneeded–and increase libido; it is highly addictive), skip school or are late to classes, and experience in-person bullying or victimization. 

From a psychological perspective, people do not choose to use drugs to the point that their personal relationships are ruined, they go broke, or are imprisoned.  People who do use recreational drugs, do so because they are convinced that they know when to stop or that they cannot become addicted to the drug of choice. This is incorrect; people do misuse drugs, and because of their addictive behavior, especially when it creates the illusion of comfort, popularity, and acceptance, are used repeatedly.  When the illusion is broken, either because the person using the drugs cannot afford additional supplies, or because it takes increasingly greater use and quantity that cannot be paid for, the individual becomes despondent, and in many cases will attempt suicide.  However, suicides because of drugs make up only a small percentage of all self-inflicted deaths; the greatest number come from a will to die because of an incurable and disabling illness or because of bullying.

In July the National Center For Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin school district on behalf of five current and former students who say they were harassed due to their sexual orientation. Teachers and the principal were named as conspirators against LGBT students and listed as defendants.  The U.S. Department of Education considers gay bullying to be a civil rights issue and have earned the scorn and contempt of Michele Bachmann who has vowed to shut down the Department of Education if she is elected President of the USA in 2012, detailing her revulsion to any compromise with “minions of Satan” who promote homosexuality, speaking in Iowa with Pastor Jeff Mullen of Point of Grace Church in Waukee where the confession of the congregation is on the (1) infallible Bible that is without error, (2) salvation is only through Jesus, and (3) faith alone gives salvation: it is a part of the radical New Apostolic Reformation that believes Jesus will ride out of the sky on a horse, carrying a sword, and personally killing all those who do not belief he alone is triumphant. 

Jeff Mullen cult leader of Point of Grace church

Considered by many to be a closeted homosexual, Jeff Mullen “took a much more active role in the anti-retention campaign, setting up a website dedicated almost exclusively to getting rid of the ‘seven rogue justices’ and asked ‘pastors to register voters on the Sundays.’ Mississippi’s American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated an anti-gay hate group, supported his efforts.”  His cult retains its IRS tax-exempt status–at least for the moment, but it is under investigation as he used his church for political purposes that attacks Jefferson’s wall separating state and church.

Both the 7th and the 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal have ruled that schools must take steps to protect students from known anti-gay harassment. In the suit filed,  the SPLC alleges that the anti-gay policy violates the Equal Protection Clause, Title IX, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.  Last week a companion suit was filed on behalf of a lesbian student who attended Jackson Middle School in Champlin. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

The newer suit alleges that the middle school student was called “faggot” and “dyke,” among other slurs, and even was punched in the stomach once. When she reported the harassment to teachers and administrators, the suit says, they did nothing to protect her. The earlier suit alleges that students endured slurs, getting stabbed with pencils, pushed into walls, shoved into lockers, and even being urinated on by classmates because of real or perceived sexual orientation. It claims that district and school officials’ response to such harassment was “grossly inadequate,” and that administrators told the students in some cases to “lay low,” “ignore” the harassment, and “stay out of people’s way.” District officials have countered that they have anti-bullying policies in place that address such issues.

The school may have policies against bullying, but those are undermined by another rule that states:

“Anoka-Hennepin staff, in the course of their professional duties, shall remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation including but not limited to student led discussions.”

The school district has a policy on the books known colloquially as “no homo promo,”  pushed by the Bachmanns.  The suits aim is to have the policy repealed, on grounds that it stigmatized homosexual students and promotes harassment since the teachers are told not to respond to any hate-crime speech or belittling anyone based on sexual orientation.

Lance Lundsten

Lance Lundsten, a Jefferson High School student, was

Thomas "TJ" Hayes

openly gay on his Facebook page.  Facing constant bullying, Lance took an overdose and later died in hospital in March, 2009.  The cause of Lundsten’s suicide also was the cause of the suicide of Thomas John ‘TJ’ Hayes,  in 2009: bullying from religious extremists and taunts that each would “go to hell” because of their “evil lifestyle”–claiming, incorrectly, that the Bible condemns homosexuality. 

Aaron Jurek

Aaron Jurek, a student at Blaine High School, became so depressed–a depression that was never diagnosed, that in November 2009, he also committed suicide in Bachmann’s district–rehearsing her hate speech that LBGTs deserve no attention or protection, but must be considered sick and sinful.  Michele Bachmann’s constant repetition of the word of homosexual and the sin of homosexuality continues to cost lives in the Minnesota LGBT community, further polarized by the uneducated self-styled pastor of hate Bradlee Dean [Smith], the lead drummer in the Heavy Metal band “Junkyard Prophets.”  Dean [Smith] are directly responsible for the suicides for the public proclamations of hate (Dean created a hate-filled organization called “You Can Run but You Can’t Hide, that Tim Pawlenty and other Republicans in Minnesota have endorsed as a “god-send” to rid Minnesota of LGBT people) and are accessories who should be charged with contributing to the death of minors.

Michele Bachmann (L) and Bradlee Dean (R). He is a Minnesota radio host, anti-gay activist, and drummer

Bachmann refuses to speak about the suicides.  Dean claims it is his god’s punishment, and applauds the Iranian government that executes gays and lesbians as young as age 4.  His “preaching” ultimately inspired the Minnesota State Legislature to invite him to offer the prayer for its opening session–a time he used to belittle Obama (suggesting that the President is not a Christian) and lamenting that Christians were  being discriminated again.  He used his presence in the legislature to raise funds for his organized hate group YCRBYCH. 

Bradlee Dean Smith opening the Minnesota Legislature with a prayer 2011

The word “homosexual” does not even appear in the lexicon of languages until 1892.  Today it appears in poorly translated editions of the Bible that did not translate from the original scrolls.

Health officials in Minnesota recognize that Michele Bachmann’s Anoka-Hennepin school system is in a region that is a “suicide contagion” area due to the high number of suicides and suicide attempts. Advocates say gay teens make up a large percentage of that group. Disturbingly, it seems they aren’t just being targeted by their idiotic classmates. According to Reuters, a 2009 study found that 84% of LGBT students in Minnesota had been subjected to bullying.

Michele Bachmann 2011

Bachmann covertly endorsed the rash of gay suicides, telling   an audience in 2004 that “gay” is a Satanic misnomer when applied to men who love men and women who love women, dredging up the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s stand on Satan (which also equates the Pope as the Anti-Christ, based on the dementia of Martin Luther in the sixteenth century).  As a state lawmaker, Bachmann worked against protections for LGBT youths in the state’s schools.  Bachmann dismissed the possibility that LGBTs might actually be happy if left alone, telling her listeners that gays lead “unhappy” lives, and seeming to mean that unhappiness stems from being gay, rather than being punished for it.Experts on the issue note that Minnesota has one of the weakest antibullying laws among U.S. states), and now on the rise in Massachusetts (especially with the scandalous case of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince who had recently

Phoebe Prince, age 15 (People Magazine feature story of South Hadley teen who hanged herself)

immigrated from Ireland, and was bullied daily with slurs and insults, physical assaults and worse–even after she died by hanging herself, with Christians leaving taunting messages on her Facebook page, celebrating her suicide, that had to be removed at her family’s request), New York (where 14-year-old

Jamey Rodemeyer (age 14) Buffalo, NY

 Jamey Rodemeyer was shouted down by “Christians” calling for his death; with the Buffalo police now opening an investigation into the suicide as a hate-crime pushed by fundamentalist fanatics, proposing a charge of “criminal

Justin Aaberg (photo courtesy of Justin's mother: Tammy Aaberg)

bullying“), Minnesota (Justin Aaberg, a gay 15-year-old from Champlain,  hanged himself after being bullied by a student religious group whose members told Justin that he was going to hell because he was gay; he was one of the nine suicides in Michele Bachmann’s district in 2010, where the presidential candidate for the Republican nomination and her husband, Marcus, push “reparative” therapy that has been condemned by every medical and registered psychological group in the USA and abroad), Texas (where a 9-year-old

Montana Denton Lance (age 9; Facebook photo)

boy, Montana Denton Lance at Stewart Creek Elementary School North Dallas, hung himself in the boy’s bathroom after being repeatedly bullied by evangelical extremists in his school), and other states.  More pre-teenagers (the majority are female) die from suicide than from any other disease including cancer.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11-year-old

Jaheem Herrera (age 11)

Jaheem Herrera, a fifth-grader at Dunaire  Elementary School in DeKalb, Georgia  hung himself inside his home, after being called “gay” and a “snitch”.   One week before his twelfth birthday,

Carl Walker-Hoover

Carl Walker-Hoover, in Georgia, committed suicide in April after months of being tormented with anti-gay slurs.  Sean McDonald was only 11 when he hung himself on May 26, 1999, suffering from mood-swings that few troubled themselves to understand. 

There are also older teens who kill themselves because of Christian bullying, as was the case with Tyler Clementi — an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University — jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after a sexual encounter he had with another man was allegedly streamed online by his roommate at Rutgers University students — Dharun Ravi, Tyler’s roommate, and Molly Wei — who placed a camera in Tyler’s dormitory room and streamed the images onto the internet on Sept. 19.  Tyler was a gifted and award-winning violinist, who played with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Bergen Youth Orchestra as concertmaster and considered to be one of the finest new/youngest talents in the USA.

Tyler Clementi (age 18) commits suicide at Rutgers University

On April 20, Ravi received a 15-count indictment, including a charge of the hate crime of bias intimidation, for his alleged actions that led to Tyler’s death, and for trying to cover up it up afterward. Weeks later, Wei struck a plea deal to avoid jail time on the condition she testifies against Ravi.

Suicide rates in USA (highest in evangelical states)

Children as young as five will kill themselves if taunted by a bully screaming that the child will go to “hell”. The bullies, such as Dakota Ary, a Texas anti-​gay Christian high school freshman, received a two-​day detention after announcing in his German class that “homosexuality is wrong” and claims his “religious beliefs” allow him to make anti-​gay comments in class, are the actual murderers.  Bullies, cyberbullies, and “students”, such as Dakota Ary, a youth who is guilty of using hateful words, are supported and defended regularly

Dakota Ary, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas claims his religions gives him a right to initiate hate crimes

by virulently anti-gay Liberty Counsel— loosely affiliated with Jerry Falwell and his Liberty “University”.  What Ary forgets, conveniently, is that freedom of speech is limited. Free speech cannot cause the loss of life.  The US Supreme Court ruled that no one is entitled to express oneself if that expression endangers the life of another (Schenck v. United Statesin 1919; in this case, Justice Holmes wrote of falsely shouting fire, because, of course, if there were a fire in a crowded theater, one may rightly indeed shout “Fire!”; one may, depending on the law in operation, even be obliged to. Falsely shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater, i.e. shouting “Fire!” when one believes there to be no fire in order to cause panic, was interpreted not to be protected by the First Amendment).  All people, however, can express any opinion no matter how odious as long as it does not threat life or create noticeable harm; suicides take life and cause harm to the family.

Fox “News” regularly sides with the bullies and even has on its staff a “psychiatrist” who argues that homosexuality is a choice in direct opposition to every stand taken and publications authored by licensed and recognized psychologists and psychiatrists by the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association: Keith Russell Ablow (born November 23, 1961) and is not a member of either organization but who still audaciously

Keith Ablow on Fox News

 claims to be an authority in the field of psychiatry, and has private practices in Massachusetts and New York–but he is not a member of the American Psychiatric Association (Ablow, openly argues in favor of discrimination, especially against LGBT people; see:  “Discrimination Won’t Be Tolerated, Says APA President” Psychiatric News Update. September 14, 2011). While a medical student, he worked as a reporter for Newsweek and a freelancer for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun as his interest lies in journalism, making his career in television and writing and not staying current with psychiatric research.  His publications in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders have never passed peer review and only have been “published” on FoxNews.com.

While the rapid increase in suicides is true (or at least more noticeable) in larger communities where numerous LGBT people have committed suicide because of ridicule, ostracization, or physical assaults by those who feel that there is only one acceptable lifestyle: heterosexuality, it also exists in smaller,

Seth Walsh (age 13)

rural (as with Seth Walsh, age 13 at Tehachapi, Calif.) or isolated communities where education is marginal and knowledge of the genetic nature of sexual selection and preference is unknown or ridiculed.

The idea that homosexuality is a perversion or unnatural is patently untrue, and is not accepted by any legitimate organization, such as the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association (with all other professional psychological associations in the USA, Europe, and where competently taught subjects on mental orders and disorders: “opposes, the use of “reparative” or “conversion” therapy that is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her homosexual orientation” as wrongfully practiced by Marcus Bachmann, Keith Ablow, and other pseudopsychologists/psuedopsychiatrists; redefined more vigorously on July 12, 2011: H-65.992, 983, 990, B-1.50, 6.524, etc.), American Counseling Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and others. Homosexuality has always been and is

Roy and Silo, two Central Park Zoo male Chinstrap Penguins similar to those pictured, became internationally known when they coupled and later were given an egg that needed hatching and care, which they successfully did

(1) natural (it happens among all species found in nature; a breakdown by species is at Bruce Bahemihl, Ph.D. (2000), Biological Exhuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, New York, NY, USA: St. Martin’s Press, page 35 ),

(2) normal (it is a recurring experience/ event, especially in preteen and teenage years, with hotlines established by the medical communities to help troubled teens, especially those contemplating suicide) despite that the most ignorant and uneducated legislators complain that it is abnormal and against the will of their particular deities, as with Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her husband Marcus who claims to be a psychologists but bought his degree over

Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City

the internet, Oklahoma Republican state legislator Sally Kern whose statements have led many into attempting suicide (she claims that she “bashes gays for Jesus”) and was publicly rebuked by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for negative comments she made against women and minorities; Kern implicitly blamed gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s official acknowledgment of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (among other things) for the economic crisis, when predicting that the USA would only survive another twenty years.  Kern said nothing about the rising number of LGBT

Zach Harrington (age 19)

suicides in Oklahoma, such as that of Zach Harrington, a 19-year-old, talented musician who endured years of struggles due to his sexual orientation in high school in conservative Norman, Oklahoma, and attended a three-hour public hearing on a proposal to declare October gay history month in the city.  He internalized all the hate he heard, according to his sister, from people his parents’ age who screamed about a loving Jesus who would come with vengeance against Oklahoma for considering such a motion.

Bob Vander Plaats (Iowa 2011)

Kern is the southern version of  the Midwestern mindset of  Bob Vander Plaats (a self-style evangelist who was a one-time/part-time coach and high school principal, with no theological or medical education) of Iowa claims it is addictive “like smoking” and “bullying is normal” even if it leads to suicide among those under 12 or in their teenage years–and was rebukedeven by the leadership of his own Republican Party for whom he campaigned to be governor of Iowa.  Vander Plaats and his wife have nothing but criticism of the LGBT community, but show nothing, not even a weak impression of what they claim to be Christianity in their statements and actions.  As it was reported (and a video made) of Vander Plaats this March listening to a man’s voice: “You know what my wife says?” After a brief pause, the off-camera man answers: “Iowa: Where you can’t smoke a fag but you can marry one.”  This form of hate-filled speech will have two results: encourage homophobic zealots to kill LGBT people, and increase the number of LGBT suicides in Iowa.  Slapping his thigh, Vander Plaats exploded in laughter, chortling “Good! That’s a good one!”

Vander Plaats exemplifies and personifies everything said about a backward thinking and operating Midwestern hayseed.

(3) good (it brings pleasure and self-fulfillment to the individual and the participant), and it was considered “good and pleasing to god” from the dating of Sumerian religions and others back to 15,000 BCE; even the early christian communities recognized homosexuality as being good as it was “created by our Lord” and for that reason married people of the same-gender (cf. http://www.enkiea.org/; neither Rome nor Greece rejected it (homosexual marriages were not outlawed until 324 CE, as recorded in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3); cp. Eskridge, William N. (October 1993). “A History of Same-Sex Marriage”. Virginia Law Review 79 (7): “While the statute [that prohibited same-sex marriage in ancient Rome] reinforces the impression that same-sex marriages were not uncommon in the Roman Empire, it also evidences an anxiety about same-sex unions that antedated the 4th century. At the end of the 2nd century, for example, Plutarch’s Moralia included a dialogue filled with invective both for and against same-sex relationships, suggesting that their propriety was a matter of some controversy. A subsequent anonymous dialogue entitled Affairs of the Heart was sympathetic to same-sex relationships but sharply distinguished them from marriage”.

Jesus said nothing about homosexuality (neither about heterosexual nor homosexual marriage).  The only “condemnation” came from Saul of Tarsus years after Jesus died, and then the passage refers to the changing of understanding by ignoring what is and hopes to mentally change the individual within the mind.  Homosexuality is not condemned until the thirteenth century, and then by Thomas Aquinas as a crime against nature because of a gross mistranslation of Genesis 19 (where the crime actually is Lot’s incest with his daughters) and because of the unavailability or ignored explanation in Ezekiel 16:49.

Jesus riding out of the clouds for war

During the early middle ages, homosexuality became a scapegoat sin that explained how everything from natural disasters to military losses could befall ostensibly Christian cities, and with it came the transmogrification of the nightmares of John Patmos and the evolution of a physical war by a physical Jesus riding a white horse into battle with a sword (cp. Matthew 10:34 and my articles on the Apocalypse here and here).  Read:  Crompton, Louis (2003). Homosexuality and Civilization. Cambridge, MA, USA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 623 p).  Most biblical literalists want to read the Apocalypse as if it were prophecy, which it is not.  It is the writings of a depressed, pressured old man living on an island imprisoned by the Roman government, and it is a tale about events of the day: not a prediction of what might happen tomorrow.  No one at the time of the writing ascribed to John Patmos knew the law of gravity, or would have know it would be impossible to ride a horse from the sky to the earth.  No one at that time knew of automatic weapons, but still relied on a sword.  Each of the plagues and signs are easily explained, for those who will take time to research and study science.

(4) it has the added benefit of it being nature’s perfect form of birth control in an already overpopulated world consuming rapidly dwindling natural resources.

Jerry Buell

Those who are primarily responsible for the suicides are self-appointed “ambassadors of Christ” who, like Jerry Buell, feel that their faith compels them to speak out against homosexuality and sin.  The social studies teacher at Mount Dora High School (Lake County, Florida) does not mince words when it comes to his religion.  Like other hate-mongers urging LGBTs to commit suicide, Buell argues:  “I’m exercizing my rights, First Amendment rights, guaranteed in the Constitution, supported by the state of Florida — on Facebook”.  No matter how odious and obnoxious Buell is in his messages of hate, with the current US Supreme Court, he is right–and he is enabled to damage as many lives as there are those who will not think for themselves but listen to his rants based on fiction. What psychologists know is that when something has been a repeatedly tested and proven fact impressionable youth, like older people, will do what they are told if they see the speaker either as an authority figure or as someone who could do them harm: a demon/god, a career decider and potential employer or recommenders, and so forth.  The students he does not destroy he will be instrumental in convincing them that their only option is suicide.

Depression, one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders is being diagnosed in increasing numbers in various segments of the population worldwide, and is often a precipitating factor in suicide (Torzsa P, Szeifert L, Dunai K, Kalabay L, Novák M (September 2009). “A depresszió  diagnosztikája  és kezelése a családorvosi gyakorlatban”. Orvosi Hetilap 150 (36): 1684–93). Depression in the United States alone affects 17.6 million Americans each year or 1 in 6 people (Lambert K.G. (2006). “Rising rates of depression in today’s society: Consideration of the roles of effort-based rewards and enhanced resilience in day-to-day functioning”. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 30(4): 497–510) especially acute in students (American Psychological Association (August 12, 2010), “College Students Exhibiting More Severe Mental Illness, Study Finds,” on-line).  This depression is frequently the result of humiliation, peer pressure and ridicule, and the taunting of teachers such as Buell and those in Minnesota, while others, especially in Texas, do not want to be (or feel intimidated) involved with a student’s personal problems.  These are the actions of other people leading the victim to take his or her life.  The bullies are playing the role of Socrates’ judge in ancient Athens, while the victims become martyrs to the will of the vocal minority by committing suicide (Plato. Apology, 24–27 and at the end of Phaedo; however, there is a counter-argument to Plato in Waterfield, Robin (2009). Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths. New York: W.W.Norton and Company, with Waterfield suggesting that it was a ceremonial cleansing to rid Athens of its guilt and by offering a token rooster of appreciation for Asclepius Socrates’ death would represent a cure for the ailments of Athens).

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Hell: Interpretation, Psychology and History of an Idea

Jamey Rodenmeyer, age 14: victim of Christian hate

No one goes to “hell.”  It is a myth.  This myth is used by theological terrorist and theosophic tyrants of all contemporary and ancient religions to control the masses.  It is the bible bludgeon benighted bigots use against those who will not conform to the idiocy of concepts and craven quest for control by a few predatory priests, pastors, rabbis, mullahs and others who claim a direct line of communication with vengeful hate-filled gods and bully those who do not fit into their antiseptic society.  The preaching parasites push the challenged into committing suicide or take part in mass murders of innocence as with Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, Heaven’s Gate in California, and recently as happened this week with the tragic suicide of 14-year old Jamey Rodenmeyer (some news accounts spell the name as Jamie Rodemeyer),  a freshman at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo, New York.  While Rodenmeyer took his own life it was because of the insanity of those around him who bellowed they were Christians exercising their free speech by taunts, jeers and harangues out of the demonic lie of “Christian concern” for his soul, crying like demented Old Testament prophets that the youth was going to “hell” because he did not conform to their idea of “righteous living”.  These “Concerned Christians”, a student group at the high school (the Buffalo, NY police are looking into the possibility of filing charges against the school bullies as of 23 September 2011), read mistranslations, as no where in Revelation does it say that any person is condemned to hell.  In the NIV, the English reads: “Then death and Hades (the Greek god of the Underworld) were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death”.  The original Greek is: καὶ ὁ θάνατος καὶ ὁ ᾅδης ἐβλήθησαν εἰς τὴν λίμνην τοῦ πυρὸς. οὗτος ὁ θάνατος ὁ δεύτερος ἐστιν, ἡ λίμνη τοῦ πυρός.  (It is for this reason that I oppose any religion being taught in any public school, as public schools do not teach any religious language translation or interpretation skills.)  Only in ancient Egyptian theology of the Book of the Dead do we find any account of people cast into a Lake of Fire (Hell).

Ancient Egyptian concept of a Lake of Fire for the damned

Rodenmeyer was struggling to live in sane self-actualization, being himself, while those who claimed to be Christian persecuted, baited and badgered Rodenmeyer into taking his own life.  Based on that criminal act of bullying, Rodenmeyer’s classmates as a group are guilty of murder and should be punished–but will not be.  According to scriptures that Rodenmeyer’s classmates claim to read and follow, not a one showed any understanding or knowledge of Matthew 7:1 or Acts 10:34.  Instead of Rodenmeyer sitting in a forlorn hell, it will be the students of  Williamsville North High School in Buffalo, New York who will be sitting in the bowels of their imaginary Hell. For these students, I wish Hell did exist, for they created a living hell for a young man whose time on earth was too short.  Rodenmeyer tried hard to help others live free from bullying.

Gay teens Asher Brown, 13, Seth Walsh, 13, and Justin Aaberg all committed suicide in 2010 in the face of alleged anti-gay bullying.

According to statistics, 28 percent of teens aged 12 to 18 said they have been bullied at school during 2008-2008, reports the National Center for Educational StatisticsFourteen percent of all students have considered suicide; seven percent have attempted suicide, with the highest rate of suicides among young teens occurring in Congressional Representative Michele Bachmann’s district (R-MN); Bachmann, running for the presidency of the USA said that the suicides were “not a federal issue”.  In May, Bachmann keynoted a fundraiser for the Minnesota Family Council, which at the time was lobbying hard against any bullying legislation in the state legislature (the Minnesota Family Council is a recognized organized hate group). As a state senator, she fought anti-bullying legislation, asking her colleagues, “Will it get to the point where we are completely stifling free speech and expression? Will it mean that what form of behavior will there be, will we be expecting boys to be girls?”  The majority of the bullies claim to be born-again evangelical Christians who read their bibles daily.  Today, the police in New York are looking toward charging the bullies with harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes. 

Phoebe Prince, age 15

Students involved with bullying that results in suicides are already being charged in Massachusetts at South Hadley High School where two boys and four girls, ages 16 to 18, face a different mix of felony charges that include statutory rape, violation of civil rights with bodily injury, harassment, stalking and disturbing a school assembly following the suicide of Phoebe Prince, age 15.  Three additional students were later charged. The majority of the bullies come from student religious groups.

The word “hell” does not appear anywhere in the original Bible.  The first use of the word “hell” appears in 725 CE, being an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “nether world of the dead”.  “Hell” is derived from the Proto-Germanic *halja, meaning “one who covers up or hides something” and was used derisively for those who attempted to be something other than what they were in life: beggars pretended to be kings, the illiterate masqueraded as priests and teachers.  The first use of the word “Hell” in the contemporary Christian context occurred in Iceland in the eighth century.

Gehenna is an Egyptian word

“Hell” has no Judeo-Christian origin.  Self-styled hate-mongers from the emerging church of Constantine through the dark days of Martin Luther and into the blindness of Bradlee Dean and Michele Bachman, Hell has become a concept that is more in keeping with the word Gehenna (Greek γέεννα), Gehinnom (Hebrew: גהנום/גהנם which is Aramaic in origin: ܓܗܢܐ).  It refers to one of two valleys where apostate Israelites and followers of various Ba’als (a

Valley of Gehenna as it looks today (Israel)

word that originally was used for Yah/Yahweh and actually means “husband” and “lord” and Canaanite gods.  The the valley is found in Joshua 15:8, 18:16.

Yahweh of Samaria and his wife Asherah of Canaan

Among the gods of Gehenna was the agricultural deity Yahweh who was married to the goddess Asherah (Venus) of the Canaanites, was the god of “human passage”: Moloch who demanded blood of children–not as human sacrifices but as a source to gain drops of innocent blood by pricking their bodies to let flow into sacred vessels–to demonstrate each child attaining adulthood.  The Moloch ritual became an antecedent for the cruel and unnecessary act of circumcision among those Hebrews who wanted their children to be known as not participating in the rituals of baal was piercing was the rule.  Hebrew mythology has this practice beginning with historically unproven figure of Abram who stood before a burning bush before killing his own son (prototype for the execution of Jesus) but was released from his pledge to kill his son but ordered to cutoff the foreskin of every male in his tent and community: including visitors and strangers.  Circumcision, however, did not begin with the Hebrews but in the Middle East by north-eastern African and Arabian peninsula tribes c 6000 BCE, and by the ancient Egyptians (c. 3100 BCE) who saw it as a way to keep blowing sand from lodging between the foreskin and head of the penis when its troops were on the march. The oldest records on circumcision come from aboriginal tribes in central and desert regions of Australia introduce circumcision of boys as puberty rite c. 10,000 BCE.  Circumcision was not respected in early Christianity (I Corinthians 7:18 and Galatians 5:6) but seen as a form of mutilation and a foretaste of hell.

When ancient (Biblical) Hebrews thought of the fate of those who died, they did not consider either heaven nor hell.  Instead, the deceased descended into Sheol: שְׁאוֹל.  It meant (and translates as) “a pit” or a “grave”. It was darkness and not a place nor an afterlife.  There was no belief that the dead would be “restored” or “come back to life” or be “born again.”  As it appears in Psalm 6:4–5 “Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?”  Sheol is a place of nothingness:

The ancient Hebrews had no idea of an immortal soul living a full and vital life beyond death, nor of any resurrection or return from death. Human beings, like the beasts of the field, are made of “dust of the earth,” and at death they return to that dust (Gen. 2:7; 3:19). The Hebrew word nephesh, traditionally translated “living soul” but more properly understood as “living creature,” is the same word used for all breathing creatures and refers to nothing immortal…All the dead go down to Sheol, and there they lie in sleep together – whether good or evil, rich or poor, slave or free (Job 3:11–19). It is described as a region “dark and deep,” “the Pit,” and “the land of forgetfulness,” cut off from both God and human life above (Pss. 6:5; 88:3–12). Though in some texts YHWH’s power can reach down to Sheol (Ps. 139:8), the dominant idea is that the dead are abandoned forever. This idea of Sheol is negative in contrast to the world of life and light above, but there is no idea of judgment or of reward and punishment. If one faces extreme circumstances of suffering in the realm of the living above, as did Job, it can even be seen as a welcome relief from pain–see the third chapter of Job. But basically it is a kind of “nothingness,” an existence that is barely existence at all, in which a “shadow” or “shade” of the former self survives (Ps. 88:10).

It is the direct opposite of the fiction of today’s Christian evangelicals.

To cover up the non-Yahwehistic origins, the Levi priesthood created the myth that children were fully sacrificed to the Palestinian gods so that nomadic Hebrews could justify their invasion and conquest of the land of Canaan (2 Chronicles 28:3, 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31, 19:2-6).  Through a series of bad translations and redactions Gehenna is transmogrified in both Rabbinical Jewish and Early Christian writing as a destination of the wicked–in keeping with the evolving underworld of the god Hades in ancient Greek theology.

The Hebrews do not make Gehenna a purgatory until the days of the Mishnah: in Kiddushin 4.14, Avot 1.5; 5.19, 20, Tosefta t.Bereshith 6.15, and Babylonian Talmud b.Rosh Hashanah 16b:7a; b.Bereshith 28b. It is an invention that has no ancient foundation.

 

Jesus uses the word Gehenna 11 times to describe the opposite to life in the Kingdom of God: βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ (Mark 9:43-48).  The “Kingdom” is within people (Luke 17:20-21), it is not a physical or extra-terrestrial place.  It follows the Hebrew: מלכות השמים‎, Malkuth meaning a cleansing of the mind (spiritual rebirth) and a willingness to tolerate and emotionally support–not destroy–others.  It was Cyrus king of Persia who embellished this thought by saying: ” ‘The Lord, the gods of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah (a line plagiarized in 2 Chronicles 36:23).  The “Lord” being discussed was neither Yahweh nor Jesus, but a universal aspect of love that would occur once people stopped judging one another (Matthew 7:1 and Acts 10:24; cp.

Isaiah 45:1-8 declaring Cyrus to be King of Persia when he was not yet King

Beavis, Mary Ann (2006), Jesus & Utopia: Looking for the Kingdom of God in the Roman World. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Fortress Press).  The “Kingdom” is not focused on the man Jesus, but on the community of those who celebrate the life and uniqueness of everyone, referring to a state of mind and heart that has no limit as to how many may share in “blessedness”: acceptance of others without being enchained to an ontology or theocracy.  It is the very antithesis to the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and the preachings of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Bob Vander Plaats.

Augustine of Hippo in scriptorum

The idea that “hell” is a place of torment filled with demons is a literary device to capture attention and inspire fear; god is no longer the greater lover, but the great evil monster: the Beast in all religions as found in Plato’s (428 B.C.-348 BCE) myth of Er[is] (The Republic 10.614-10.621) and Dante’s The Divine Comedy (Circle 9 – Cantos 31-34).  Dante draws on various hate-filled theologians, from Augustine of Hippo in his (City of God, book 15)–represented the evils of the earthly city (Dante, Inferno 11. circle 9, 61-66) to contemporary pontiffs and theological “scholars” who slavishly studied redactions without bothering with the original texts and whose translation and interpretation skills were parochial at best and infantile in reality.

Dante Alighieri (author of Hell)

Dante created Judecca, for the base of his Hell–named after the apostle, Judas Iscariot, who by common misunderstanding is claimed to have betrayed Jesus , is the innermost zone of the ninth and final circle of hell. The term also broadly hints at a manifestation of Christian prejudice (that Dante certainly shared on par with the antisemitism of Martin Luther) against Judaism and Jews in the Middle Ages.  The name Judecca alludes to the names–Iudeca, Judaica–for the area within certain cities (e.g., Venice, Warsaw, Rome, and so forth) where Jews were forced to live, apart from the Christian population, and with the writing of Martin Luther (Von den Jüden und jren Lügen; in modern spelling Von den Juden und ihren Lügen, a 65,000 treatise written in 1543 in Germany), led his protégé, Adolf Hitler, to come to a “Final Solution” that included genocide as well as encouraging suicide.  Hitler proclaimed that his stand against the Jews was a testimony to his devotion to Jesus Christ and conviction that he was defending the Christian Church.

Dante's Cocytus, as illustrated by Gustave Doré 1832-1883

Together with the alleged Apostle Judas in this region of hell are others who, by betraying their masters or benefactors, committed crimes with great historical and societal consequences. Since Hell, according to Dante, is at the far end of the light of god and without the warming comfort of the god of his day, this ultimate ring of the circle is completely covered by the ice, and like “straw in glass”, the shades of souls of the dead are locked in various postures with no mobility or sound whatsoever (Inferno 34.10-15).  Dante calls this circle (number 9), a frozen lake, Cocytus (from Greek Κωκυτός, meaning “to lament” and symbolized as a “river of wailing”–a metaphor used by latter-day Hebrews and early Jewish Christians in Alexandria, Egypt).  It is described by Virgil (70-19 BCE) as a dark, deep pool of water that encircles a forest and into which pours sand spewed from a torrid whirlpool (Aeneid 6.131-2; 6.296-7; 6.323).  It comes from an ancient Babylonian (where Job is known as Shubshi-meshre-Shakkan) and Sumerian (where it is known after the incipit: lu2-ulu3 nam-mah dingir-ra-na)legend, and both take antecedents from ancient Egyptian theology (Coogan, M. A (2009).  Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in its Context. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p.382; cp. Shupak, Nili (1993).  Where can wisdom be found?: the sage’s language Bible and in ancient Egyptian literature. Freiburg Switzerland: University Press. p. 12).  It is reserved for the wicked, even, and especially, those who have prospered in the world (Job [אִיוֹב‎ ʾ iyobh] 21:33) and did nothing for others and worked against laborers (one can easily argue that it is a prototype of the Koch Brothers).  It is a didactic poem set in a prose frame.

Lucifer with Judas, Brutus, and Cassius (ms. Bodl Holkham)

Dante had a unique ability to go after traitors (as he saw them), Judas, Cassius, and Brutus.  These three are in the mouth of the greatest traitor “the Devil” who chews on their tormented bodies throughout eternity (Inferno 34.61.7) and is named Lucifer (Lucifer, a name that translates as “Light-bearer” and was one of the favorite Sons of God, who by mythology rebelled against his father; in ancient Egypt Lucifer was known as the “Morning Star”; matriarchal societies had Venus as the Morning Star) is a parodic composite of his wickedness and the divine powers that punish him in hell. As ugly as he once was beautiful).  Uniquely, this Devil is the twin to the Heavenly Father: a parody the doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son, Spirit) as each mouth reflects the reverse of the Trinity’s prowess: creation becomes destruction, continuance and obedience becomes separation and disobedience, and enlightenment becomes ignorance and disbelief). 

Kiss of Judas (by Giotto); the lanterns symbolize quest for truth

Judas is the most unfortunate victim in Hell, and a reversal of the concept of predestination that Augustine initialized. Judas, according to the New Testament fulfilled his role as “foreseen” by Jesus at the Last Supper: when he later identified Jesus to the authorities with a kiss.  The kiss, with the rise of Constantine I’s catholic (universal) church in 325 CE, changed from a pledge of trust to a sign of betrayal (although by the time of Dante it returned in feudal rights as the final symbol of an oath of fealty).  According to the synoptic gospel of Matthew, Judas regretted his betrayal that led to Jesus’ death.  Judas returned the silver and hanged himself (Matthew 26:14-16; 26:21-5; 26:47-9; 27:3-5). Suffering even more than Brutus and Cassius, Dante’s Judas is placed head-first inside Lucifer’s central mouth, with his back skinned by the devil’s claws (Inferno 34.58-63), reflecting ancient Egyptian theology (c. 2705–1070

Egypt Dauingevekten: Egyptian Book of the Dead written on papyrus showing the weighing of the heart in the duat using the feather of Maat as the measure in balance

BCE) and the doom of sinners being determined in a balance where Maat’s feather determined sanctity and truth of the deceased; see the pyramid texts (ca. 2400-2300 BC) of Unas (ca. 2375 BCE and 2345 BCE; cp. Mancini, Anna (2004). Maat Revealed: Philosophy of Justice in Ancient Egypt.New York, NY, USA: Buenos Books America).  Unas was a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, and the last ruler of the Fifth dynasty from the Old Kingdom; Unas’ texts contains verses and spells which were not included in the later 6th dynasty copies, with many lines antecedent to John Patmos’ Revelation (Utterance 217).  The pyramid texts were written as a blue-print to help the pharaoh overcome hostile forces and powers in the Underworld (known as the Anti-Christ the Magi(cian), and thus join with the Sun God Ra (Son of God), his divine father in the afterlife (Oakes, Lorna & Gahlin, Lucia (2002).  Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the Land of the Pharaohs. New York: Hermes House, p. 94; reissued in 2003 under the title The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the Land of the Pharaohs. London: Lorenz, 2003).

Nergal and Ishtar (Babylonian brother-sister deities)

Later religious inventions, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, describe Hell as being ruled over by demons who take delight and sadistic pleasure in tormenting the damned (usually defined as anyone who goes against the covenant of any religion or questions authorities such as priests, rabbis, pastors and mullahs).  The various versions of the mythological Hell are ruled by a death god. who was addressed in antiquity by such names as Nergal: a Babylonian deity with the main seat of his cult at Cuthah represented by the mound of Tell-Ibrahim; see: 2 Kings 17:30.  Nergal was originally a solar god known as  נֵרְגַל and in cuneiform is known as “the furious one” who burned outdated teachings in a constant revision of Babylonian theology and was identified with the god and planet Mars.  Nergal has an equal in the Greek god Hades: ᾍδης who was also known as “Plouton” (Greek: Πλούτων, meaning “the rich one” as he was lord over all minerals of the earth including gold, silver, copper, and so forth.  Hades and his Battle with the Gods is the foundation stone for the myth of the Apocalypse (Revelation), as recorded by Homer in his epic poem  Iliad (xv.187–93). 

Emma/Yama (Yamantaka_Vajrabhairav in British Museum) India/Chinese god of the underworld

Hades was never a place, and it is wrong to parallel the name to the Hebrew Sheol (שאול, grave or dirt-pit), that refers to the abode of the dead).  A similar deity was Enma/Yama (ancient Buddhist/India and Chinese theology; the Sanskrit is: यम.  This deity was given the  name of the Buddhist dharmapala who was the judge of the dead, and presides over the Buddhist Narakas or Pāli: निरय [Nirayas].  Nirayas is a temporary place, where, according to the Pali canon, the Buddha states that a person who has ill-treated their parents, ascetics, holy persons and elders is taken upon his death to Yama (Nyanaponika Thera & Bodhi, Bhikkhu (1999). Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya. Walnut Creek, CA, USA: AltaMira Press.).  

Zoroaster's Apocalypse and Yima Xšaēta

Yama springs from the ancient Persian/Aryan theology of Zoroaster.  Yama is known as Yima Xšaēta in the Zoroastrian scripture of the Avesta), or in Christian/Judaic and Islamic mythology as The Devil (or Satan, the Sumerian / Babylonian name,  or Lucifer). In Islam, the Devil is a strange beast that does not actually reside in Hell but supervises the torture of the damned and has unlimited powers (part of an Islamic Trinity which was invented from the ancient Egyptian Trinity; the word Trinity does not appear in Jewish or Christian scriptures).  The New Testament uses the Greek word Hades to refer to the temporary abode of the dead (e.g. Acts 2:31; Revelation 20:13). Hell was never considered as a permanent place in early Christianity, but evolved when various clerics learned they could make money selling remission of sins–a custom that continued until Martin Luther attempted to stop it in the sixteenth century with his verbal assaults on Johann Tetzel whom he accused of selling indulgences–a historic lie still in coinage.  Tetzel, a Dominican, did carry promises of forgiveness from guilt of sin for the dead–a subject that is found in 2 Maccabees 12:42–46, and when confronted with Martin Luther’s 27th thesis, responded with his thesis 55-56: Animam purgatam evolare, est eam visione dei potiri, quod nulla potest intercapedine impediri. Quisquis ergo dicit, non citius posse animam volare, quam in fundo cistae denarius possit tinnire, errat. In: D. Martini Lutheri, Opera Latina: Varii Argumenti, 1865, Henricus Schmidt, ed.  Frankfurt am Main & Erlangen, Germany:  Heyder and Zimmer,  vol. 1, p. 300; “For a soul to fly out, is for it to obtain the vision of God, which can be hindered by no interruption, therefore he errs who says that the soul cannot fly out before the coin can jingle in the bottom of the chest.” 

A fiery purgatory in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Purgatory (as a noun it does not appear before 1160 CE) was a temporary hell, from which there was release, after a period of suffering.  It does not become an official teaching of the Roman Catholic church until the Second Council of Lyon (1274), the Council of Florence (1438–1445), and the Council of Trent (1545–63).  In 1999, Pope John Paul II declared that the term Purgatory does not indicate a place, but “a condition of existence”.  Purgatory, however, was not a Christian invention, but came earlier with classical Buddhism, for example, that discusses rebirth in any of the six realms—whether as a god, human, demigod (asura), animal, hungry ghost, or hell being.  It is a temporary state conditioned by the character of the intentional actions performed in a person’s past lives (karma). While Luther objected to money buying pardons in Germany, the same objection did not occur in Buddhist lands or where Buddhist missionaries ministered. Donations to a monastic community, altruistic practice of spiritual disciplines, and good deeds have always been seen as valid means of generating merit that may be dedicated to relieving the purgatorial suffering of beings imprisoned in sorrowful rebirths or in transit between lives (The idea of purgatory in Chinese traditions is discussed by Stephen F. Teiser (1994). The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism. Honolulu, HI, USA : University of Hawaii Press, reissued 2003).

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Apocalypse: 150,000 years of myths of End Times

The nightmare that the demented minds of Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and her former drug-addict and self-proclaimed untrained and uneducated pastor Bradlee Dean [Smith], Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry (none of whom have any theological or linguistic training but are self-styled definers of the “word of god” that has no relationship to anything in any verifiable  religion) leagued together in the torturous stream of malcontent that is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is that proposed  years ago by the biblically challenged Beverly and Tim LeHaye in their End of Times mythology, has crippled academic growth and intellectual insight in the USA and like a fungus is spreading worldwide among us.  End Times mythology was gleaned from the Christian chimera catalyzed by the school of scribes writing the Revelation ascribed to the pen of the already dead Apostle John the Beloved to frighten chrestianos into joining christianos in the dying Emperor Constantine I’s unfortunate ecclesia (εκκλησία or law court {sometimes known as a “congregation of advocates”} linguistically transmogrified into the absurd distortion of “church”) that became his catholic (universal) religion in 325 CE as an effort to stop the disintegration of the civil empire. 

There is an enormous amount of fiction around the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible.  Far from being a prediction it is a lamentation about current affairs.  While many fundamentalist preachers and priests claim that the Book of Revelation was written towards the end of the 1st century CE by a man, known only as John, the language of the text and the content of the text points to it being penned no earlier than the second century–and then the language varies in nature and kind. What must be understood is the name John is a reference to a group of people who lived in fear of the growth of the Roman Empire.  In this case, John is a collective plural proper noun.  It is not the same John who allegedly wrote the Gospel of John.  This is conclusively shown to be the case after a thorough statistical analysis of the two texts.  Word choice, word order, and textually it is noticeably different throughout the scroll.

The authors of Revelation adopted the moniker of John of Patmos as seen in the singularity of the reference to “John” in Revelation 1:1, 4, 9; 22:8.  We read that the authors refer to “his” exile to the island of Patmos, of the coast of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), in Revelation 1:9, where the Book of Revelation was penned. We know that Patmos was an escape-point for those who were attempting to flee the growth of the Roman Empire, but they had to hide, as Patmos was under the control of the extremely powerful Roman Empire. This fact determines and defines the true, non-prophetic meaning from Revelation, especially in light of two symbols in the Book of Revelation.

Seven-headed dragon attached by Archangel Michael (1109)

The seven headed (with ten horns; Revelation 12:3) demon or beast (Θηρίον; the mythological hydra) is considered by many to be an allegorical reference to the seven Roman Emperors that had ruled until John’s time. The problem is that past and current scholars can’t agree on which specific seven emperors John was referring, but it is clear that the passage is a reference to Roman imperial power.  Far more realistic is that the authors of the Apocalypse, first mentioned in Revelation 11:7 as emerging from the abyss that would indicate an underwater (sea) cave. His appearance, detailed as being exceptionally ugly with the mouths of the creature resembling those of a lion’s mouth and his feet are like the paws of a bear (Revelation 13:1-10), is described in detail in

Seven-headed dragon serpent protecting a god in the Orient

Revelation 13:1-10 with some of the mystery behind his appearance is revealed in Revelation 17:7-18, is that it is a reference to the serpent or dragon of Ugaritic myths from which comes the monster Abram and his nomadic clan, and comes from Babylonian lore (Daniel 7).  The seven-headed dragon is also common in Asia and throughout Oriental theology, for the seven-headed dragon or serpent is the protector of good gods and the warrior against evil.

Most of the problem comes from the incorporation of legends based on numerology (gematria or gimatria (Hebrew: גימטריה‎, gēmaṭriyā) is a system of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase and is basically found in the Kabbalah as in the definition of the gods (elohim) as 1 + 30 + 5 + 10 + 40 = 86,  Contrary to the writings of several on the records of Plato, the Greek philosopher never used the concept or wrote concerning numbers as substitutes for words) that has a Semitic background. To this end 666 becomes “the Mark of the Beast” a term that is no less than ten thousands years before the Hebrews even appear in history. 

American Black Baptists and Black, White, Latino Pentecostals have long been giving credence to this mythology  as its roots stretch back into ancient Africa.  When Franklin Delano Roosevelt championed labor, Black preachers came out against the program as being a part of the plot of evil. Outside of black churches, twentieth century evangelism in America tended to regard labor unions as the mark of the Beast–a thesis now used by the Koch Brothers, Ed Koch former Mayor of New York, and many Orthodox Rabbis as being an offense against the gods of the Old Testament that wants people to work at will of the provider or to negotiate separately for wages and security.  Black and now Puerto Rico  evangelicals who had originally worked keep the classes separate are beginning to labor to eliminate class distinctions–except in the cases of same-sex couples who their limited or nonexistent linguistic knowledge.  This is the , as in the case with Ruben Diaz, have libeled as sinners and transgressors.  If the Pentecostals had read the Apocalypse or even Matthew 7:1, they would learn that they are the embodiment of the number 666, with Ruben Diaz being the high priest of the Antichrist. 

Papyrus 115 found in Oxyrhynchus Egypt, earliest known fragment from the Book of Revelation

The problem within Christianity is that most Christians do not study  original texts (and the oldest is Egyptian, being Papyrus 115), and those who glance at the fragments detailing the mythology of the fable of the marked beast  have no power of translation and are unfamiliar with any concept of interpretation.  The earliest reference the Mark of the Beast is found on the Egyptian Papyrus 115 found in Oxyrhynchus Egypt.  It is the earliest known fragment from the Book of Revelation.  Quite clearly, the number of the Beast on Papyrus 115 is not 666.  Anyone who reads carefully can see that the number is 616 and the reference is to a multi-headed dragon, not to a moral nor to any Anti-Christ as the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod attempts to define in its vilification of the papacy and those who do not lavishly worship before the writings of the mad monk of Wittenberg: Martin Luther.  Instead the text is a reference to a magi(cian) who can change water into wine.

Daniel 7: Vision of the four beasts (Woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger)

The multi-headed beast is but a rephrasing of the nightmare found in Daniel 7.  In this Babylonian myth Daniel also see multi-headed beasts, and is faced with numerous monsters.  The Christianized version of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is found in the four beasts of Daniel that various speculators have attempted to divine as being four different kingdoms: those that oppress their people.  In the ancient world, the beasts were the Neo-Babylonian Empire, second the Achaemenid Empire (made up of Medes and Persia), the third the Macedonian Empire and the fourth being the Roman Empire.  However, monks and priests in the European Middle Ages identified the animals with current medieval groups: the Northmen (Norway) who attacked Scotland (Picts), the Danes who overran England, the Normans (revitalized Norwegians), and ultimately the Islamic Caliphate.  The animals are empires, and the nations “horns” are kings over individual nations; “the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings” (Daniel 7:24).  The most absurd interpretations come from the Historicist (e.g. Adventists) and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). For example, an Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and WELS argue that the “little horn”, is Papal Rome that came to power among the 10 Barbarians tribes (the 10 horns) that had broken up the Pagan Roman empire.  To this day the WELS, among the most backward and undereducated of mainline Protestant Christianity, consider the pope to be the anti-Christ and say little about Adolf Hitler who vowed he was defending Jesus and the Church dedicated to the worship of the New Testament figure. Pentecostals and Orthodox Jews have similar feelings, out of touch with reality and harkening to a day of fantasy that was built on plagiarisms.

Vates "coventina" celebrating Hope (Gaelic)

Second, the authors of the Apocalypse go further by associating the beast with seven hills. Rome, from its earliest recorded history, is and always has been known as the city of seven hills.  It is built on seven hills, with the most famous hill being the one dedicated either to the seer (or soothsayer, as that is how Vatican translates; those dedicated to worshipping gods were known as vates (οὐάτεις; meaning “prophets”) and were Celtic in origin) Vatican Mons Vaticanus or to the Etruscan god of prophecy and protector of childbirth, thereby being known as the god for children or “the children’s god”.  The name Vagitanus translates correctly as “crying, squalling, wailing,” and thus the god “who presided over the beginning of human speech” (Simmons, George C., ed., (1972) Education and Western Civilization: Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages.  Arlington, VA, USA: College Readings, p. 93). 

Aulus Gellius "Noctes Atticae" ed. Grovonius (1706 vellum, in author's private library)

The name Vagitanus was changed to Vaticanus in an attempt to purify the Roman language and rid it of popular idiomatic misuses that the Roman erudite, led by Grovonius who edited the work of Aulus Gellius (c. 130-180 CE), Latin author and grammarian, probably born at Rome. He studied grammar and rhetoric at Rome and philosophy at Athens, after which he returned to Rome (Grovonius edition of the work of Gellius was first released in Editio princepa/First printed edition (Rome, 1469; a 20 volume work: The Noctes Atticae is valuable for the insight it affords into the nature of the society and pursuits of those times, and for the numerous excerpts it contains from the works of lost ancient authors) with Grovonius completing the most authoritative edition and had it published in 1706, thought tarnished its history.  That the god existed is attested to even by Augustine of Hippo.  Augustine mentions Vagitanus/ Vaticanus three times in Book 4 On the City of God in deriding the “mob” of Roman gods (turba deorum) although he had personally prayed to many in his earlier years. In demonstrating that the names of gods reveal their function, he points to Vaticanus, “who presides over the cries (vagitibus) of infants,” noting elsewhere that among the many deities associated with childbirth, Vaticanus is the one who opens the mouth of the newborn in crying (in vagitu; Augustine of Hippo, De civitate Dei 4.8:Vaticanus, qui infantum vagitibus praesidet and (4:11) ipse in uagitu os aperiat et uocetur deus Vaticanus; mentioned again in passing at 4.21.  Augustine’s life-long hypocrisy will be discussed later).

In Etruscan theology this deity’s name is Vagitanus (who was allegedly crucified with his head pointing to the earth and his feet projecting into the sky).  The temple of Vagitanus was built on the ancient site of Vaticanum and is Etruscan in origin and timeframe.  It was destroyed under the order of Pope Leo IV (847-855, a man who would never qualify as a saint but raised to the altar when enough bishops were bribed to acclaim the pontiff as blessed as he spent most of his time and most of the wealth of the church repairing churches and walls hit by Saracens)  in the 9th century CE. 

Pope Joan as "Whore of Babylon"

Medieval records claim that Leo was succeeded by Pope Joan, but this female pontiff has been attacked as a person who did not exist–although there was a chapel built to honor her after she died giving birth to a child, and was later libeled as the Whore of Babylon. The first mention of the female pope appears in the chronicle of Jean Pierier de Mailly, a Dominican chronicler working in Metz in the mid-13th century. In his Latin chronicle of the Diocese of Metz, Chronica universalis Mettensis, the fable of Pope Joan first appears in written form (ref.: The chronicle, edited by G. Waitz, was printed in Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores, vol. 24 (Hannover, 1879:502-26) and is in this author’s personal library; Jean Pierier de Mailly set the pontificate as existing in 1099, and wrote “[translation from the Latin]

Query. Concerning a certain Pope or rather female Pope, who is not set down in the list of Popes or Bishops of Rome, because she was a woman who disguised herself as a man and became, by her character and talents, a curial secretary, then a Cardinal and finally Pope. One day, while mounting a horse, she gave birth to a child. Immediately, by Roman justice, she was bound by the feet to a horse’s tail and dragged and stoned by the people for half a league, and, where she died, there she was buried, and at the place is written: ‘Petre, Pater Patrum, Papisse Prodito Partum’ [Oh Peter, Father of Fathers, Betray the childbearing of the woman Pope]. At the same time, the four-day fast called the “fast of the female Pope” was first established“.  [Translated from the Latin.  The name of the female is not given.]

An earlier edition is Geschichte der Monumenta Germaniae historica : im Auftrage ihrer Zentraldirektion / bearb. von Harry Bresslau, Hannnover [Germany]: Hahnsche Buchhandlung, 1921, xii, 17 sq., 469 sq).  Jean’s account was quickly modified by a fellow Dominican Etienne de Bourbon, who moved the pontificate to the ninth century, when records were more obscure. Martin of Opava’s Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum later in the 13th century is the first to attach a name to the figure, indicating that she was known as “John Anglicus” or “John of Mainz” (Opava is also known as Troppau). This account  also changes the date from the 11th to the 9th century, indicating that Joan reigned between Leo IV and Benedict III in the 850s, and while the story still states that the female pope died in childbirth, Martin claims the birth process occurred during a papal procession.  The anti-female, sexism of the medieval church is clearly stated:

John Anglicus, born at Mainz, was Pope for two years, seven months and four days, and died in Rome, after which there was a vacancy in the Papacy of one month. It is claimed that this John was a woman, who as a girl had been led to Athens dressed in the clothes of a man by a certain lover of hers. There she became proficient in a diversity of branches of knowledge, until she had no equal, and, afterward in Rome, she taught the liberal arts and had great masters among her students and audience. A high opinion of her life and learning arose in the city; and she was chosen for Pope. While Pope, however, she became pregnant by her companion. Through ignorance of the exact time when the birth was expected, she was delivered of a child while in procession from St Peter’s to the Lateran, in a lane once named Via Sacra (the sacred way) but now known as the “shunned street” between the Colisseum and St Clement’s church. After her death, it is said she was buried in that same place. The Lord Pope always turns aside from the street, and it is believed by many that this is done because of abhorrence of the event. Nor is she placed on the list of the Holy Pontiffs, both because of her female sex and on account of the foulness of the matter” [Translated from the Latin].  

Interestingly, popular accounts have respect for Joan, and describe her as learned, resourceful, a friend to the poor and needy, and saintly. The most popular and influential version was that interpolated into Martin of Troppau’s Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum somewhat later in the 13th century.  Another version of the Chronicon has Joan surviving, her son becoming the bishop of Ostia who has his mother interred in his cathedral when she dies.

Concerning the dating, there is one version of Anastasius Bibliothecarius (d. 886), a compiler of Liber Pontificalis, where Joan is mentioned.  This manuscript, in the Vatican Library, bears the relevant passage inserted as a footnote at the bottom of a page, out of sequence, and in a different hand, one that dates from after the time of Martin von Troppau that has led the Vatican to claim the addition to be a forgery, however glosses were common and all glosses had to be approved by the supervisor of the scriptorium where the glosses were created. Other versions either exclude all mention or where she appears the ink has been deliberately damaged. 

The problem with the dating of Pope Joan in the ninth century is that there is an unbroken host of printed material that demonstrates no break between Leo IV and Benedict III (Hincmar, ep. xl in P.L., CXXXVI, 85).  Also, Rome’s greatest enemies, the Patriarchs of Constantinople, do not mention any female pope.   Photius I who became Patriarch in 858 and was deposed by Pope Nicholas I in 863, was an enemy of the Pope but wrote at one point  “Leo and Benedict, successively great priests of the Roman Church” thereby not giving weight to the story (Pardoe, Rosemary and Darroll (August 1988). “Chapter 3: ‘Did Joan exist?'” The Female Pope: The Mystery of Pope Joan. The First Complete Documentation of the Facts behind the Legend. Crucible).  Once more we are faced with the problem of dating a record, an incident, a life.

On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church (Martin Luther)

A more plausible possibility for their being a Pope Joan would be during the  time frame 1086–1108, when there were several antipopes, and the reign of the legitimate Popes Victor III, Urban II, and Paschal II was not always established in Rome nor universally recognized, since Rome was occupied by Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, and later sacked by the Normans, then with Popes such as Julius II more warrior than preacher, and Leo X more earthly than other world oriented Martin Luther wrote his pamphlet On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church in 1520.  Luther was End Times in psychology and all the carnal realities that were around him (to which he surrendered to his basest appetites, especially gluttony) made him question and then break with Rome.  This also would agree more closely with the earliest known version of the legend, by Jean de Mailly, as he places the story in the year 1099. De Mailly’s story was also acknowledged by his companion Stephen of Bourbon, and while both chroniclers were repulsed by the idea of a woman pope, neither claimed she was legend or argued that she did not exist.  What is known of the eleventh and twelfth century was the great fear of an Apocalypse, as the year 1000 was thought by many to be the End Times (a misreading of Luke 21:32).

Bartolomeo Platina, prefect of the Vatican Library, wrote in his Vitæ Pontificum Platinæ historici liber de vita Christi ac omnium pontificum qui hactenus ducenti fuere et XX in 1479:

Pope John VIII: John, of English extraction, was born at Mentz [sic: Mainz] and is said to have arrived at Popedom by evil art; for disguising herself like a man, whereas she was a woman, she went when young with her paramour, a learned man, to Athens, and made such progress in learning under the professors there that, coming to Rome, she met with few that could equal, much less go beyond her, even in the knowledge of the scriptures; and by her learned and ingenious readings and disputations, she acquired so great respect and authority that upon the death of Pope Leo IV (as Martin says) by common consent she was chosen Pope in his room. As she was going to the Lateran Church between the Colosseum Theatre (so-called from Nero’s Colossus) and St. Clement’s her travail came upon her, and she died upon the place, having sat two years, one month, and four days, and was buried there without any pomp. This story is vulgarly told, but by very uncertain and obscure authors, and therefore I have related it barely and in short, lest I should seem obstinate and pertinacious if I had admitted what is so generally talked. I had better mistake with the rest of the world, though it be certain, that what I have related may be thought not altogether incredible.

The accounts that gave a more thorough discussion were ordered burned by the Vatican, and a general purge was ordered of all libraries to remove any record of the female pope.  She was seen as the Whore of Babylon as accursed in the Apocalypse by Martin Luther and early Protestants, but there is no scriptural foundation for their aspersions nor for the vilification of woman as is the practice of WELS.  Revelation 17:5 states Βαβυλὼν ἡ μεγάλη, ἡ μήτηρ τῶν πορνῶν καὶ τῶν βδελυγμάτων τῆς γῆς: “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth.”  It is a reference to a city, to a power, not to a woman.  Prostitutes were not women (nor men) engaged in sex, but rather those who brought comfort and pleasure rather than leading others to prayer and praise. “Abominations of the Earth” meant the celebration of this life, not a quest for a spiritual life after death, for the concept of Tribulation, End Times, and other myths have no support anywhere in the original scrolls.

Title page of a 1766 edition of "The First Blast" by John Knox, with modernized spelling of the text

Full distrust and hatred of women came with John Knox (1510-1572) and his publication entitled

The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.  Knox wrote (original spelling maintained):

For who can denie but it repugneth  to nature, that the blind shal be appointed to leade and conduct such as do see? That the weake, the sicke, and impotent persones  shall norishe and kepe the hole and strong, and finallie, that the foolishe, madde and phrenetike shal gouerne the discrete, and giue counsel to such as be sober of mind? And such be al women, compared vnto man in bearing of authoritie. For their sight in ciuile regiment, is but blindnes: their strength, weaknes: their counsel, foolishenes: and judgement, phrenesie, if it be rightlie considered.

“Babylon” was a cryptic name for Rome (Revelation 17:9: seven mountains in the KJV, seven hills in the NIV, and the city had to be the center of the world’s merchandise (Revelation 18:3, 11–13); and it was defined as a culture of  brutality as seen in torture and dictatorships, greed as found in the ranks of the Tea Party and the Koch Brothers, and paganism as a word for “country people” or “uneducated”–a plight that is now universal, and a failing of academics as seen in the USA when over 7000 students drop out of high school every day.

In 1404, Adam of Usk’s Chronicon gives the female pope a name: Agnes.  At the same time the recorder mentions a statue in Rome that is said to be of the popess. This statue had never been mentioned by any earlier writer anywhere. It is presumed, today, to be an actual statue that came to be taken to be of the female Pope.

A late-14th-century edition of the Mirabilia Urbis Romae, a guidebook for pilgrims to Rome, tells readers that the female Pope’s remains are buried at St. Peter’s Cathedral. It this time a long series of busts of past Popes was made for the Duomo of Siena.  One of these busts was that of the female Pope, with the inscription: “Johannes VIII, Foemina de Anglia”.  The bust was included between Leo IV and Benedict III.

Pope Clement VIII, in 1601, declared the account of the female Pope to be false. The famous bust of her, inscribed Johannes VIII, Femina ex Anglia, which had been carved for the series of Papal figures in the Duomo di Siena was either destroyed or recarved and relabeled, replaced by a male figure, of Pope Zachary (Stanford, Peter (1999). The She-Pope: a quest for the truth behind the mystery of Pope Joan. London : W. Heinemann, 1998).  The Church feared more the outrage of gynephobes than scholars, and sought to insulate itself by revising its history.

Horsemen riding to battle in Panathenaic procession (Greece)

A third, another major problem with the Biblical Revelation is the now infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, mention in Revelation 6:1-8. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are mercenaries as defined in the order that they appear and the colors that are associated with each: White (Conquest, not purity), Red (war and violence), Black (Famine and theft), Pale (Death).  This imagery harkens back to the mythical story of the Jews fleeing Egypt in the Old Testament book of Exodus and the imagery of the ten plagues. Once more this tale show that the authors were writing about the Roman Empire and Roman persecution of the christians of the day–not in the first century, as the tale of Nero persecuting Christians is a lie, he was doing the same kind of writing the Jews did when writing Exodus.

Saturn (Cronus) eating his children (oil by Francisco Goya)

Fourth, the authors of the Apocalypse were saying that God will intervene, exact justice for his downtrodden people, in the same sort of way that is written about in Exodus, by means of plagues (Exodus 7:14 – 12:36: דָם, צְּפַרְדֵּעַ, כִּנִּים, עָרוֹב, דֶּבֶר, and so forth, being the universal acts of devils fighting the forces of good in “a strange land” that becomes Gog and Magog).  The struggle or battle between good and evil exists in most theologies and for all times.  The religion of the ancient Greeks is full of violent struggles among the inhabitants of Mount Olympus, with Cronus eating his children, and Zeus fighting his father while courting and having sex with Europa and Ganymede.  The same is true in the ancient Germanic/Nordic traditions where the various deities are afraid of being abandoned by mortals and without their prayers and praise the god(s)/goddess(es) know that they are doomed to disappear for all time: the twilight of the gods–presaged by supernatural warfare that ultimately engulfed all of life by

Zeus/Jupiter overthrows father Cronus/Saturn and unleashes 4 horsemen: Titanmachy (painting by Cornelis van Haarlem, 1588)

appearing on the Planet Earth as prolonged famines (as in Somalia), epidemics

"God so loved the world" (John 3:16): Somalia starving 2011

(such as AIDS that has ravaged Africa for over 200 years), natural disasters (with Pat Robertson calling the Hurricane that hit Haiti the “will of an angry god” punishing the people “for the sins of their grandfathers” and

Pat Robertson: "God judged Haiti and destroyed it for their ancestors sins"

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann pontificating that Hurricane Irene’s

Bachmann's god "So loves the world that he sent Hurricane Irene" from North Carolina to New Jersey August 28, 2011

rampage up the northern coast of the USA was “[her] god’s revenge” for sin–equal to the epidemic of suicides in her Minnesota district, quoting John 3:16,

Bachmann silent on epidemic of suicides in her district 2011

and with Bradlee Dean and other evangelicals and Pentecostals led by the Moral Majority, a political-action group founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, used homosexuality as the source for AIDS (even though it is an equal opportunity virus irrespective of gender) that  became the tool, and gay men the target, for the politics of fear, hate and discrimination, and claiming it was the beginning of the Apocalypse promise of diseases before Jesus would ride out of heaven on a horse (supposedly Jesus was afraid to fly) carrying a sword (not willing to use any automatic weapon). Falwell, founder of Liberty University that has little claim to academic soundness, said AIDS is the wrath of God upon homosexuals: “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals”.  Reagan’s communications director Pat Buchanan argued that AIDS is “nature’s revenge on gay men.”), leading to the uncared for death and even the murder of AIDS sufferers, and Reagan said nothing, already suffering in his first term from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Asian woman dying of AIDS 2007 while pastor reads "God so loves the world" (John 3:16)

Margaret Marabe, a volunteer of the organization Igat Hope (Pidgin English for I’ve Got Hope) spent five months on an AIDS awareness campaign in the remote Southern Highlands of the Papua.

Child with AIDS about to be buried alive

“I have seen five people buried alive. One was calling out “Mama, Mama” as the soil was shoveled over his head. One of them was my cousin, who was buried alive. I said, ‘Why are they doing that?’ And they said, ‘If we let them live, stay in the same house, eat together and use or share utensils, we will contract the disease and we too might die’.” said Marabe. She found from the villagers that it was a widespread habit for people to bury AIDS victims alive.  While it is claimed that New Guinea is Christian and doing “the Lord’s work” by burying their children and other AIDS sufferers, in an effort to stop the impending Apocalypse, the people of New Guinea tell a different tale of fear of the gods: According to the Papuan belief, death is not accepted as a natural phenomenon, but it is always the result of the evil action of a spirit, in most cases headed by a witch or wizard. Women suspected of practicing witchery have been tortured and murdered by mobs, blamed for the “mysterious” deaths of young people hit by HIV infection.  It is the issue of witchcraft that led to the rise of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) in Africa and Asia demanding the exorcism of witches and if they do not repent, they are to be killed, as Assembly of God Pastor Ed Kalnins anointed and attested, when former witch doctor Thomas Muthee ‘prayed over’ Sarah Palin.

Forty-plus Orthodox rabbis in New York reiterated the cruelty of their gods in calling for the ouster of a congressional candidate based on their misreading of the Torah, and so forth), and wars (many USA Pentecostals saw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan–conflicts continuing for generations–as being the judgment of their gods) served as reminders that life was fleeting and civilization itself was fragile at best.  It is interesting to note that the Republican Party’s candidate the 40 Orthodox Rabbis endorsed to expel the Jew who was running for the Congressional seat sided with Pat Buchanan who denied the Holocaust and claimed there are no good Jews: (New Republic, 10/22/90), on April 21, 1987,  in The New York Times, Buchanan discussed his attempts at closing down the US Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (which was in charge of prosecuting Nazi war criminals), and laughed at any Jew supporting a Republican; on  February 25, 1989 proclaimed his support for the KKK that still had (and has) a large following in New York and New England.

KKK salute opposing and demanding the death of Blacks, Jews, Roman Catholics, and Gays

Pat Buchanan is decidedly against democracy. In his book Right from the Beginning, Buchanan refers to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco as a “Catholic savior” (Buchanan, Patrick J. (1988). Right from the Beginning.  Boston, MA, USA: Little-Brown).  He called Franco, along with Chile’s Gen. Pinochet, “soldier-patriots” (syndicated column 9/17/89). Both men overthrew democracy in their countries. Buchanan devotes a chapter of his autobiography — Right from the Beginning — to defending Senator Joe McCarthy.  He advocated that Nixon “burn the tapes” during Watergate, and he criticized Reagan for failing to pardon Oliver North over Iran-Contra. Buchanan, shortly before he announced he was running for president in 1995: “You just wait until 1996, then you’ll see a real right-wing tyrant.” (The Nation, 6/26/95; this ideology has never changed.)

The one thing that all of these cults: the NAR, Assembly of God, Republican Party, and Pentecostals have in common is that their gods demand human sacrifice, especially of children (מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת) who are to be sexually abused (circumcision is performed on both males and females), mutilated, or murdered be it Isaac (עקידת יצחק in Genesis 22:5, 8), Ishmael (Qur’an  37:99–113) with the problem being in the translation of the text, for Abraham was to transfer “his first-born son” and that was Ishmael, as Isaac was not even yet conceived; consider this interpretation:

Abraham's sacrifice of his son

(Ref.: Abul-Fidâ’ Ismâcîl Ibn Kathir ad-Dimishqî Tafsir Ibn Kathir) It has similarities within the vita of Jesus, and any of the other 37 crucified saviours who are mentioned or suggested as being a part of the Apocalypse.

Like so much of the New and Old Testament, the Apocalypse was definitely not original here but a mangled collection of tart plagiarisms from other world religions who used terror to frighten illiterates into a priestly conceived belief system.  The purpose was simple: create a theology that would weakly define the origins of all species, detail what codes of conduct must be followed, and elaborate upon what system of punishments and/or rewards those who accept the ontology of the writers determine.

USA pastors who seek the end to human rights while supporting the 13th amendment for themselves

How does this connect to the 2012 myth–which is the modern version of End Times and the Final Battle as bleated by the NAR and its god squad of untrained or poorly trained theatrical preachers and monolingual readers of contemporary redactions of the text of the Apocalypse?  It keeps bad schools, like the Fuller School of Theology, in business, apologists rather than searchers for truth using a detailed conduct of inquiry without preconceptions employed, and serves to corrupt individual identity and choice so that its leaders: rabbis, priests, pastors, mullahs, and so forth, continue to have mind control over the gullible and are supported by hate

New York State Senator and Pentecostal Pastor Ruben Diaz

filled political leaders similar to state senator  Ruben Diaz of New York who also is a Pentecostal preacher who prefer a theocracy over any democracy and will do everything to make certain that human and civil rights are trampled under the claws of the monster of their Armageddon that has been called upon by the Khristian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to hang Blacks, Jews, Orientals, LGBTs, and others.

Christians in Omaha, NE lynched and burned black Will Brown in 1919 in testimony that "God so loves the world" that Blacks are not allowed

Believers in the 2012 myth claim that because The Book of Revelation predicts the end of the world, and that it must mean December 21, 2012.  This screed of scurrilous superstition is based on the Irish Bishop’s dating using the Julian calendar while claiming dating in sync with the Gregorian calendar, with the desire to use the dead hand (mortmain) of the church to exercise control over the uneducated masses who prefer to follow rather than to lead. 

Worshipping the Bible as a god

The Apocalypse commits numerous fallacies in addition to being an outright plagiarism from numerous older records. The most obvious of which is confirmation bias:  “It is in the Bible, so therefore it is fact”–the excuse of bibliolatry (where the book is worshipped as a god, rather than an understanding of the message).  The second, to a lesser degree, is post hoc, ergo propter hoc, which means “After this, therefore because of this”:  a formula designating an error in logic that accepts as a cause something that merely occurred earlier in time.  This, in itself, elevates “blind faith” over and above science and common sense (Damer, T. Edward (1995). Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments (3rd. ed.). Belmont, CA, USA: Wadsworth Publishing. p. 131).

Bishop Jesús Moliné Labarte of Chiclayo, Perú

Contrary to the historically challenged near-biblically illiterate ruminations of Bishop Jesús Moliné Labarte of Chiclayo, Perú, there is not one word that is original in the Bible when it speaks of End Times in the Apocalypse, but Moliné Labarte is like most prelates and pastors who work to frighten people into a faith that can economically enrich themselves or their religions, while in the past they slaughtered indiscriminately native people who had a similar succubi hallucination.  Bishop Jesús Moliné Labarte of Chiclayo speak out on life, but

Tubal (ectopic) pregnancy of 10mm embryo still in the oviduct (about 5 weeks old)

shows no knowledge of embryogenesis or trophectodermology and considers a fetus to be a living person, even though essential organs do not begin to appear until the ninth week at the earliest.  The bishop still claims that the fetal tissue is a “baby” and abortion is denied even in the case of rape, incest or knowledge that the fetus will not live or if it continues its evolutionary pattern could be born with any number of problems especially with environmental toxins, parental alcoholism, spontaneous abortion (Ljunger E, Cnattingius S, Lundin C, Annerén G (November 2005). “Chromosomal anomalies in first-trimester miscarriages”. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 84 (11): 1103–7; available online, but membership required), and so forth (Wilcox AJ, Baird DD, Weinberg CR (June 1999). “Time of implantation of the conceptus and loss of pregnancy”. New England Journal of Medicine 340 (23): 1796–9, full article is available here).

At the same time, this bishop (like most others) celebrates mock executions of faux-christuses that are more sadistic sentences than religious celebrations.  Sermons are given recounting passion and promising an End Time when all believers will be united with the “slain saviour”–and readings from the Apocalypse.  The reading is given as if it is prophecy–ignoring that the record was a statement of a dream: a revelation.

Faux-Jesus crucified in Chiclayo

Education means little to the bishop as can be seen in the low quality of education in the school systems, and where, in the parochial classrooms, prayer is considered of greater value than learning usable information and skillsm teachers are poorly trained, supplies and books are in demand but the demand is not met, and grades are of little consequence as students are passed more for attendance than academic excellence.  If religion (Roman Catholic and evangelical/fundamental Protestant) was turned over to the literature sections/areas of schools, and emphasis was placed on science and mathematics, Peru would be academically richer.  As it is, Peru ranks low in education–lower than Bolivia which is a far pooer nation, but the government of Peru mandates religion to be taught in all of its schools (public, private, and parochial), and it cannibalizes time, resources, staff, and educators–a fault that is now inching more rapidly into USA education as seen in Rick Perry’s Texas system, the devolution of science in Louisiana and the South, and the sloughing of ontology into the classrooms in Kentucky, Iowa, Ohio, and elsewhere.  Fundamentalists are battling for the insertion of religion in the few states where academic excellence has been achieved: California, Washington, and Massachusetts; Delaware fought back by a parent taking to court those pushing creationism (Intelligent Design), and won in the celebrated case of Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688; more here).

Ancient Egypt Trinity

Thousands of years before Christianity was conceived in the minds of men and refashioned in the image of Paulinity and reformed Judaism, the Egyptians had a similar concept that was birthed with their novel idea of a Trinity: the Sun, the Moon (who was known both as Asherah/Astarte or Venus, and Yahweh), and the Earth.  These globes were all that the ancient Egyptians knew until a few who wanted to be fed while speculating on the reason for their existence and termed themselves priests of the globes, redefined them as Ra (Sun), Isis (Moon), and Horus (Earth; sometimes known as Amun who was the Creator god) which became El (god).  When Isis bested Ra, she took precedence, and the Trinity of Ancient Egypt was known as Is-Ra-El.

During the first millennium BCE, Zoroaster in Persia detailed a final confrontation between Ahura Mazda and an evil usurper: Angra Mainyu [Ahirman], but far older is the war

Indra and Vritra (India)

between Indra and Vritraof India.   While the Hindu theology does recognize that there will be “a great change” in the world in 2012, it is not the end or destruction of either the Planet Earth or the people on the planet as Hindu thought is similar to that of the Mayans, that no god is so evil as to destroy that which was “created” by various forces.  Instead, Astrologer Dattatreya Siva Baba is positive about 2012: “There will certainly be natural and man-made calamities prior to the dawning of this new era of enlightenment, or the Golden Age. Between now and 2012, there will certainly be seemingly apocalyptic happenings. The world will not be destroyed, but it will be cleansed of negativity, ignorance, hatred and conflict.” 

Tiamat, Universal Creatrix Goddess, on a Babylonian cylinder seal

In ancient Babylon there was the final battle between Tiamat and Marduk a thirty-two centuries old theology.  Tiamatis, the eternal Creatrix who was pictured as a sea serpentor dragon–animals who symbolized knowledge and wisdom, and sought out other women with whom to converse about intellectual matters that mortal men would be too afraid to discuss (as was the case with Adam and Eve, where only Eve spoke with the Serpent in the

Dakshinamurthy or Jnana Dakshinamurti (Sanskrit: दक्षिणामूर्ति) Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge).  She has been portrayed as a chaos monster (the word “monster” meant, originally, anything that had both human and animal characteristics or attributes, as with a griffin, or the cherubim of ancient Babylon, it is not wrongly used to imply ugliness until after 1250 CE to suggest something that is “unnatural” or “misshapen”), a primordial goddess of the ocean, who, when mating with Abzû, produce younger gods in the same manner as the myth of Eve who had more children than Cain, Abel, or Seth (Genesis 5:4-5), they are not all named.  The goddess-creatrix’s name known as Thalattē (as a variant of thalassa, the Greek word for “sea”) in the Hellenistic Babylonian Berossus’ first volume of universal history comes later.  Because of her superiority there was an initial war, where the goddess is killed and her body divided to create the heavens and planets.  It is one of the earliest recorded versions of the Chaoskampf, the battle between a culture hero and a

Enuma elish (Babylonian cuneiform)

chthonic or aquatic monster, serpent or dragon; it is repeated in later plagiarisms in the Babylonian Enuma Elish, Tarhunt against Illuyanka in Hittite theology, and Yahweh (originally a cow god in ancient Egypt) against Leviathan (an ocean god) in the Hebrew Bible.  The numerous hands who fashioned the New Testament for the emerging cult of Christianity also stole from the legend of the chaoskampf  in the form of Saint George and the Dragon, Saint Michael who Jehovah Witnesses believe was incarnate into Jesus Christ (who was also a part of the chaoskampf [struggle over chaos] within the Jesus crucifixion narrative (Rudman, Dominic (2003).  “The crucifixion as Chaoskampf: A new reading of the passion narrative in the synoptic gospels = La crucifixion comme Chaoskampf: une nouvelle lecture du récit de la Passion dans les évangiles synoptiques”, Biblica 84: 102-107), and the Devil who was not the Serpent in the Garden, but an evil being (ref: Wyatt, Nick (2005).  Arms and the King: The Earliest Allusions to the Chaoskampf Motif and their Implications for the Interpretation of the Ugaritic and Biblical Traditions (1998), republished in There’s such divinity doth hedge a king: selected essays of Nicolas Wyatt on royal ideology in Ugaritic and Old Testament literature, Society for Old Testament Study monographs, Ashgate Publishing, 2005, pp. 151-190).

Tiamat’s death by Marduk is evidence of  a shift in power from a matriarch controlling society to a patriarchy and the rise of vain and unscrupulous men who invent a priesthood (commonly known as Levi) open only to males to keep females subordinate.  Because her child mourned her, they promised an Apocalypse to restore the beauty that their mother gave the denuded universe, charging it from nothing into something.  These confrontation would be cosmic and result in the end of civilization as known–but not the end of life.

Marduk defeating Tiamat

Speculation began about the universe and various civilizations speculated on there being other planet, especially one so terrifying it could not initially be named.  At first it was given only a  mark as its name–a mark that became the Roman numeral for ten: X.  The X was, ultimately, changed to the invention of the Planet Nibiru (a name that is wrongly attributed to the Sumerian language and people but was created by a woman who predicted the End Time and doom of Planet Earth would occur in 2003), whose mission was (by various forces from extraterrestrials to gods and intergalactic invaders) to collide with and destroy planet Earth that has been

James Ussher Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland by Sir Peter Lely

around for more than four billion years–not the claim of Bishop James Ussher (4 January 1581–21 March 1656), who was Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625–56, who wrote that the world was only six thousand years old beginning the night preceding October 23, 4004 BCE, based on a counting (complete with miscalculations) of the genealogies of the Bible, in his book entitled Annales Veteris Testamenti, a prima mundi origine deducti, una cum rerum Asiaticarum et Aegyptiacarum chronico, a temporis historici principio usque ad Maccabaicorum initia producto. Most of western theology: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, can be found in the far older texts of Hinduism

Mayan calendar ending 2012

By the modern era of today, there are many theories of the End Times–some

Mayan calendar wheel

based on the Mayan calendar (the Mayan calendar, unlike the Western calendar, used a zero, but the zero was introduced into Europe not through Mexico but brought in by Arabs who called it صفر ṣifr).  Those who cite it are untrained in the symbols used in Mayan civilization and have little to no knowledge of its culture or educational system.  While the Mayan “calendar” ends on December 21 (plus or minus one day depending on the reading), 2012, what the doomsayers ignore is the message that after that date the old cycle overturns and a new cycle begins and live and the planet continue to live on as the Mayans had a cylinder calendar that rolls over once each part is complete and starts again with Day Zero as they had no higher counting system (Aveni, Anthony (2009). The end of time : the Maya mystery of 2012. Boulder, CO. USA: University Press of Colorado; cf. G. Jeffrey MacDonald (March 27, 2007). “Does Maya calendar predict 2012 apocalypse?” USA Today; and David Webster (September 25, 2007). “The Uses and Abuses of the Ancient Maya” (PDF). The Emergence of the Modern World Conference, Otzenhausen, Germany: Penn State University).

La Mojarra Inscription and Long Count date Mayan calendar

The Aztec calendar is far more practical. The calendar consisted of a 365-day calendar cycle called xiuhpohualli (year count) and a 260-day ritual cycle called tonalpohualli (day count). Together these two cycles formed a 52-year “century,” sometimes called the “calendar round”. The xiuhpohualli is considered to be the agricultural calendar, since it is based on the sun, and the tonalpohualli is considered to be the sacred calendar.  The problem with the dating of the Mayan calendar is that those who have labored on reading it and continue to study it do not firmly understand the Mayan language, have weak translation skills and their skills in interpretation are base at best.  Many symbols are ignored, and the fact that the space at the conclusion of the script is not definitive makes many assume that it was an intentional design and determination rather than one that occurred because there was no further room.  This is the problem in interpretation and in translation when those attempting either science have too weak a background in the fine points of the skills or do not take the time to study them in light of other realities–such as the Aztec calendar.  The Aztec calendar was not only used by the Aztecs but other Pre-Columbian people of central Mexico.

Aztec calendar

The Aztec calendar may be far older, for the dating is different (Brad Schaefer (Yale University). Heliacal Rising: Definitions, Calculations, and Some Specific Cases (Essays from Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News, the Quarterly Bulletin of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, College Park, MD, USA : The Center, [1991-1999] University of Maryland,  Center for Archaeoastronom: Number 25).  Its date or origin is unknown, but has been calculated around the first appearance of the Pleiades (Tianquiztli, he was a god of horror and caused fear among his followers, being a vengeful warlike god similar to Matthew 10:34; the name translates as  “Left-Handed Hummingbird” and he demanded human sacrifice in a manner similar to that of the gods of the Old and New Testament: from Abram and Isaac to the “Father” of Jesus; cf. Boone, Elizabeth Hill (1989). Incarnations of the Aztec Supernatural: The Image of Huitzilopochtli in Mexico and Europe. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 79 part 2. Philadelphia, PA, USA: American Philosophical Society.  The brutality of religion is best seen in Huitzilopochtli whose thirst for human blood rivaled anything that Hitler or the Spanish Inquisition required, but there was one far worse and closer in relationship to the early bishops of Constantine’s catholic (universal) Church:  his brother Tezcatilpoca. Tezcatilpoca was almost as powerful but his appetite endless, and it is recorded that he consumed 25,000 virgins a year) asterism in the east

Huitzilopochtli, as depicted in the Codex Telleriano-Remensis.

immediately before the dawn light.  The Aztec Apocalypse was different from others, as it was believed to be every fifty-two years, but when the date for the “horror” arrived, the priests would chase it away by the Aztec priests starting a small fire on the slashed chest of the victim (human sacrifice was common and the slaughter of a virgin victim considered essential, for the victim was selected not only because of his or her virginity but because of the individual’s physical beauty that would indicate the person was a “child of god” and thus would return to the Supreme God when he or she died on a cross of burning woods). Once the fire was kindled and the victim burned, the fire was carried to the temple of the Sun god Huitzilopochtli (the ultimate Son of God who was a part of a Trinity), and to the homes of the Aztec people (ref.: Aveni, Anthony F. (2001). Skywatchers (Rev. and updated ed. of: Skywatchers of ancient Mexico, 1980 ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press; the Spaniards would take parts of this mythology back to Spain with them and incorporate it into their religion (ref: Read, Kay Almere (1998). Time and Sacrifice in the Aztec Cosmos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press), as ancient Mesoamerican ontology and religious practices buttressed many of the pagan rites and symbols that the Christian bishops incorporated once they became the supreme power under Constantius II, especially after 385 CE.  The Aztecs used a solar calendar but where it was divided into twenty-day periods for a total of 360 named days and 5 nameless (nemontemi) that were avoided as they were considered unlucky).  In noting the Mesopotamian records and comparing them with the ancient Habiru/Hebrew and early Christian records, the noun for deity is always plural; even to this day there is no single god, but religions from Zoroastrianism and Hinduism to Judaism and Christianity in the guise of a Trinity–technically three characteristics but long assumed, especially in art, as three separate deities: Parent, Child, and Prompter or Wisdom (Spirit: being a corruption of the word λόγος with the plural λόγο). This finds fulfillment in the Apocalypse with a war between good (Ahura Mazda/Jesus, etc) and evil (by various names). 

The confusion and continued propagandizing of this fairy tale is most common in Pentecostal Christianity, especially used by “pastors” with marginal training in linguistics or world religions such as the pathetic preachifications of αγράμματος of New York’s scelerate State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr whose άνομος goal is to deny human and civil rights to those who disagree with his ideas: in keeping with the gods of evil of the ancient world order and their agathokakological and cacodemonic commandments. Forty Orthodox Jewish rabbis in New York’s 9th Congressional district, came out against democracy in the USA and told their congregations that voting for the Democratic candidate, Weprin, was “forbidden according to Torah law” following tactics identical to Adolf Hitler. 

NY Orthodox Rabbis forbidding a free vote in the 9th Congressional District ending separation of state and church.

It was the Orthodox Rabbis desire to see democracy overthrown and a rigid theocracy installed in the USA with laws based on Old Testament canons as they wrote in a letter to their followers, yet in pure hypocrisy, refused to give up their IRS tax exempt status.  This follows the promise of Armageddon in all cultures, where the priestly class takes control of human minds to invite chaos and ultimate slavery to religion.  Among those who signed the letter, who want

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky

an open class war, are: Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rav

Rabbi Shmuel Khoshkerman

Yisroel P. Gornish, Rav Simcha  Bunim Cohen, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Nelkenbaum, Rav Hershel Zolty, Rav Grainom Lazewnik, Rav Eliyahu Brog, Rav Chaim Benoliel, Rav Max Maslaton, Rav

Rabbi Greinom Lazewnik

Yaakov Yisroel Rubin, Rav Shlomo Stern, Rav Yosef Eisen, Rav Yitzchok M. Landau, Rav Rahamim Harary, Rav Chaim Krauss, Rav Yosef Leifer, Rav Shmuel Friedler, Rav Mechel Rosenbaum, Rav Pinchos M. Twerky, and a dozen others.  It is a shame that these rabbis are not taken to Nazi concentration camps so they could see what intolerance breeds, as their bigotry and hatred is identical to that of the Nazis. The 40 rabbis and the others that signed their demand on how people voted in New York is tantamount to religion interfering in civil matters, and is a barely disguised insistence that all Americans follow Jewish law (their Orthodox Hebraic interpretation with the same vigor that Islamic ayatollahs demand that justice follows Sharīʿah (Arabic: شريعة‎ šarīʿah) that literally translates as “path to a watering hole” that Islam claims originated with the bedouin god’s messenger telling Muhammad what the gods wanted, set down in time in what became the Qur’an, and the example set by the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the Sunnah.

Sharia law requires the hand cut off of a thief

Sharia law requires the hand cut off of a thief

The Qur’an goes further in its grotesque concept of justice, going beyond the barbaric (originally Babylonian) law of an “eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:23-24)–by demanding that a hand be cut off for the theft of a banana or if a child  was to strike a father, masturbate, or use the hand for anything that could be considered a “crime against nature” or forbidden by the gods Allah. 

The injustice of Sharia goes back to the laws allegedly ordered by the voice of the gods of the Bedouins: “As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power.” – Quran 5:38, and Bukhari Volume 8, Book 81: Number 774, 779, 780, 791 and Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 38, Number 4356, 4357, 4367 etc.;  for no action directly sanctioned by mullahs or other Islamic cleric is to be taken without the forfeiture of a hand or foot, or hands and feet, that today is matched by the Christian New Apostolic Reformation and its extremist evangelicals.  

Muslim woman stoned to death for adultery.

A woman is to be stoned to death for committing adultery while the man is whipped. The death penalty was demanded by Hammurabi for theft, witchcraft, and adultery.  The stela on which the well-known code is transcribed has been plagiarized by most Mesopotamian civilization, and found its way into what would eventually become Israel after the Hebrews stole it from the native Canaanites (Palestinians). In the 12th century BCE, the Elamite king Shutruk-Nahhunte brought it from the city of origin (probably Sippar, the city dedicated to the god of justice) to Susa.  It was eventually found by 20th-century archaeologists at Susa, but its code had spread to Persia and other lands as far south as Sheba (Ethiopia) and Sudan. Scholars believe Shutruk-Nahhunte is responsible for scratching out columns of inscription on the bottom of the tablet (some of which have been reconstructed from copies).

Attempts to impose Sharia have been accompanied by controversy, violence, and even warfare (cf. Second Sudanese Civil War that has been using child soldiers).  Some states within the USA have given permission for Sharia to be used instead of American justice, for judges have listened to arguments that faith has precedence over human or civil rights.  This is the same argument of the 40 rabbis in New York at the last election.  It is said that by permitting the barbarity of the Orthodox rabbis letter to be printed and mailed and by allowing former New York City Mayor Ed Koch to robotically call Jews to tell them to vote according to the wishes of the Rabbis, New York guaranteed freedom of worship.  That is not true.  The message sent out by the rabbis was one of hate and intimidation, and they have invited a civil war to stain New York with human blood.  The rabbis have no more right to act as judge and jurors over others than do radical Islamists who claim that their first allegiance is to their god, for both the rabbis of New York and the extremists in the Islamic community are openly working to establish a theocracy where only their religion is permitted, and the civil and human rights of others is to be denied.

The sole difference is that the Torah (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה) appeared before the Qur’an.  Both their histories and their writing is dubious. Both are the product of plagiarism and elitism.  The Torah is alleged to have been given to Moses by the gods Moses personally spoke with (Genesis 33:11, but Moses never spoke face-to-face with the deities, that is found in Qur’an 4:164), but the Torah is written in the third person and its style belies the claim that Moses wrote it for the Torah contains narrative, poetry, legislation, and other types of writing with a variety of styles and variations of words within the same fables.  Most of it was written about 450 BCE–not the 3313 BCE date that many rabbis claim for the authorship.   The Qur’an is written in the first person.  Muslims claim that the Qur’an was written in the seventh century CE.  There is a Qur’an in the Topkapi museum and it is one of the oldest Korans with the claim that it dates from 650 CE–but this Qur’an is written in Kufic script.  The Kufic script did not come about until circa 8th century so this Koran could not date from 650 CE, according to many writers, but the argument is rejected by others: B. Moritz, “Arabic Writing”, Encyclopaedia Of Islam (Old Edition), 1913, E. J. Brill Publishers, Leyden & Luzac & Co.: London, p. 387.  If the former is true, it means that the first Qur’an does not appear until 200 years after Muhammad died; if the latter is correct than much of Islamic history is fashioned from stale material, as Muhammad was illiterate, and because he could neither read nor write, he had to memorize what Allah was saying, then transmit it repeatedly, orally, to Remembrancers the rest of Muhammad’s life (a life that has no record outside of the Qur’an; later confessions of faith mention Muhammad, but like Josephus writing about Jesus, there is little evidence as to the reliability of the accounts for they are apologetics written to please a leader).  When the account (Qur’an) was finally written down, Muhammad was dead and could not review it for accuracy, and there were no immediate relatives still living.  That made it essential for heirs from the two sides of Islam jockey for position into defining what was correct.  That is a Herculean task, and one filled with potholes.

The laws of Moses are nothing less than the revision of Hammurabi’s Code (Hammurabi was King of Babylon, 1792-1750 BCE) and other Mesopotamian laws while the ancient Jews were nomadic mercenaries working for the ruler who paid the most when they would enter into a world war that would be the End Times of mortal kind.  Their origins and explanations are all that differ.  Most of the time the Moses commentary is longer, except for Exodus 22:7-9 that discusses the giving of any form of wealth to someone believed worthy of trust and then having to regain the good, as it takes no less than five lines in Hammurabi’s code to force the return of a good placed with another for safekeeping.  Frequently, violence occurred and wars broke out–give birth to the fear that there would be an ultimate war to remove mortals from the Planet Earth or that mortals create an environment  or various natural phenomena take over that makes the planet uninhabitable: an Apocalypse of Fire (of Gehinnom, or the Lake of Fire) is but one ancient scenario and has led to a plethora of historical writing.

There is no truth to the fiction in either the Book of Daniel nor in the Apocalypse of John (nor the less known Apocalypse of Abraham, written around 150 CE).  They are meant to terrify, intimidate, persuade, and gain a mental foothold over people and enslave them to the demands of a few, such as C. Peter Wagner and the New Apostolic Reformation.  Starting a church, or better yet initiating a new religion, remains the safest and fastest way to become rich.  Let the less enterprising drop out of school and work for you, as has been the drug of choice for Bob Vander Plaats when he created his FAMiLY LEADER program in Iowa based on Nazi and fascist ideologies, Rick Perry pushed during his Restoration day of prayer, and Sarah Palin is buttressed by her prayer warriors who use as their logo the Star [shield] of David with a cross embedded in the center: a symbol few Jews or Christians would accept, but a vain attempt to equate Palin with Moses and Jesus.  These “warriors for Jesus” will be faced with a pitched battle with the Orthodox Rabbis of New York.

Charles Koch of Koch Industries (Wichita, KS) who bought the governorship for its henchmen Samuel Dale Brownbeck who continues to be a member of The Family of C Street in Washington, DC, and is determined to bring about the Apocalypse, funds all certified hate-groups from Americans for Prosperity to the American Family Research Council, and so forth.  Koch Industries that poured vast sums into the pockets of the Rabbis of New York, depend on citizens of the USA to continue to buy its products so that more far-right-wingers are elected and the international holocaust of the Apocalypse can begin.  The products are Georgia-Pacific paper products whose factories in Arkansas are polluting Coffee Creek, such as Northern Quilted and Angel Soft paper products, Brawny and Sparkle paper towels, Mardi Grass paper napkins, Vanity Fair paper plates, Dixie cups and other paper products, Cordura nylon, and Lycra fabric products, ranching to fertilizers to chemicals and energy sources.

Charles Koch in his Wichita, KS office waiting for the Rapture

On the eve of the November 2010 midterm elections, Koch Industries sent an urgent letter to most of its 50,000 employees.  Each employee was advised whom to vote for and warning the employee and his or her family about the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country should they choose to vote otherwise.  Included with the cover letter, dated October 24, 2010, from its president and COO, David Robertson was a detailed list of Koch-endorsed state and federal candidates, with the warning to vote for each candidate or risk losing the individual’s job and benefits.  The letter reads:

“As Koch company employees, we have a lot at stake in the upcoming election. Each of us is likely to be affected by the outcome on Nov. 2. That is why, for the first time ever, we are mailing our newest edition of Discovery and several other helpful items to the home address of every U.S. employee” [emphasis added].

On a separate page with the letter (a pdf of the full letter is here), the Koch Brothers included the following note labeled “Elect to Prosper”:

“The following candidates in your state are supported by Koch companies and KOCHPAC, the political action committee for Koch companies. We believe these candidates will best advance policies supporting economic freedom.”

The rest of the letter offers an apocalyptic vision of the company’s free-market struggle for liberty against the totalitarian forces of European Union bureaucrats and deficit-spending statists.  Labor is to be controlled, bargaining rights offend the interest of profits, and Charles Koch gives his employees a “history lesson” that is so erroneous that a sixth-grade history student can easily disprove each line to be false.  Charles Koch, whose father was a co-founder of the John Birch Society, wrote:

“….Warren G. Harding and his successor Calvin Coolidge for producing “one of the most prosperous [eras] in U.S. history.” Harding was great because of  his insistence on “cutting taxes, reducing the national debt and cutting the federal budget…”  Koch pick for the worst president is Iowa’s Herbert Hoover, whom he accused of undermining “economic freedom” and thus precipitating the Great Depression. “Under Hoover,” he writes, “federal spending roughly doubled and personal income tax rates jumped from 25 percent to 63 percent. He raised corporate taxes, too, and doubled the estate tax. Hoover also pressured business leaders to keep wages artificially high, contributing to massive unemployment.

The truth is quite different.  The Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) a self-made publisher and US Senator (R-OH) and John Calvin Coolidge, originally a lawyer from Vermont who moved to and became the governor of Massachusetts (R-MA) administrations’ free-market romp was one of the key factors that led to the Great Depression that Hoover inherited and then passed on to Franklin Delano Roosevelt whom the Koch father called a “socialist”.  The time that Harding and Coolidge were in office was marked by obscene corruption (while corruption was nearly 100% under Harding, it was less under Coolidge who tried to undo Harding’s damage; Coolidge’s major corruption scandal came with Henry Ford’s proposal to develop federal property at Muscle Shoals, Alabama), racial violence (Coolidge did attempt to repair racial relations but he lacked genuine enthusiasm required to bring harmony to the nation, but his action was not popular with the majority of USA citizens who remained racists), union busting (Coolidge’s antilabor policies, similar to that of the Koch-bought Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (R-WI) is considered the ultimate reason for the Great Depression), feudal wealth inequalities (with the inequitable “flat tax” proposed that rejects equality of all people and is a regressive tax requiring the poor to pay as much as the rich, meaning that the rich pay little, and the poor pay the same amount that leads the poor into debt peonage) and, shortly thereafter, the total collapse of the American economy. Realities that led to the formation of numerous Pentecostal End Times churches and communities and preparation for the Rapture.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday September 13th, 2011, the nation’s poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, up from 14.3% in 2009 and to its highest level since 1993. 

Percent and number of people below the poverty threshold in the USA

The poverty level has a direct relationship to religious groups and affirmation.

Religious growth and decline in the USA (1990-2000)

The poorer the USA becomes, the more people turn to atheism and “other” Christian forms, primarily pentecostal.  While the following chart attempts to claim a limited increase in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this is not correct.  The LDS (Mormons) count everybody who either converted to the LDS or were baptized into the LDS even without their knowledge (baptism of the dead is considered by the LDS to be “by proxy” and only in specific Temples that have facilities for the proxy baptism: (“Why Mormons Build Temples,” Ensign, January 1972, p. 42). According to the Pew U.S. Religious Landscape Survey the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints replacement rate has dropped to 80% and the decline is increasing as more Mormons are now acting as “missionaries” to expose the church for its stand on race, women, work, and so forth. That means that for every five members who leave Mormonism behind four new converts join the Church. With this situation growing, more people are becoming devotees to End Times and the final Apocalyptic battle the between good and evil when “the anointed one” (Rick Perry) gains the presidency of the USA.  The NAR is determined to awaken the warrior Jesus (Matthew 10:34) to begin his bloody war against mortal kind.

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Michele Bachmann: God is Hate

Michele Bachmann at Florida caucus (New York Times photo)

Michele Bachmann at Florida caucus (New York Times photo)

While in Florida the last week in August 2011, beginning her tour on Friday the 26th, at a sub shop in Jacksonville Beach that had a sign in the window on which these words were written: Bible thumpin’, gun totin’ capitalist pig owns this joint, Michele Bachmann exposed further her fanatical fundamentalism.  She is consistent in keeping with the rabid religious rightist and extremist groups like the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS; a hate group that she belonged to in Minnesota), the Roman Catholic and Latter Day Saints (Mormon) churches and the Pentecostal, Adventist, and Jehovah Witness cults that pour garbage on the minds of others when she announced that her god is one of wrath, hatred, spite, and cruelty (cp. Psalm 6:1, 7:11; and 2nd Corinthians 5:11).  Adam C. Smith, Political Editor of the Tampa Bay Times (Florida) noted on August 29, 2011, that Bachmann pontificated as if a seer or oracle:

I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

after Hurricane Irene caused widespread destruction and multiple deaths along the Atlantic seaboard, reaching into Vermont and dashing through New York City.  In this regard  Bachmann matches identically the raw rhetoric of other hate mongers grooming home-grown USA Christian terrorists, such as former televangelist and financial backer to some of the world’s worst dictators and

Charles Taylor and Pat Robertson {Taylor's proclaimed 'My man in Washington DC")

thieves (such as Charles Taylor of Liberia), Pat Robertsonof Virginia (Bachmann graduated from his Regent “university” with a degree in law) who also cited the vile and vengeful demon he worships as having destroyed Haiti,

Haiti survivor whom Robertson claims his god has damned

and the crack in the Washington Monument in DC is a sign from his demigod that the evil forces of heaven are prepared to destroy the USA and a foretelling of an Apocalypse where the monstrous Jesus (carrying a sword according to Matthew 10:34: μη νομισητε οτι ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην επι την γην ουκ ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν) is about to return and begin the slaughter of all who do not confess his name, turning against spouse, children, parents and others who do not convert to his evangelical epiphany of mass destruction in the name of faith (Matthew 10:35). 

As the Tampa Bay Times noted (loc. cit.), “retiree Philip Staples said he’s already sold on Bachmann. “She’s got the fire in the belly…” a term or phrase originally attributed to Sarah Palin for the pagan god Moloch (Semitic מלך m-l-k, a Semitic root meaning “king” as all “gods” were kings in the same manner as when a Cesar of Rome (King of Rome) he was acclaimed a god; read: Weinfield, M. “The Worship of Molech and of the Queen of Heaven [a term from the ancient Canaanite religion for the goddess Ashtoreth being a Sidonian deity, being taken from the far older Egyptian term for the goddesses in particular Anat, Isis, and Innana (who was one of the early gods/goddesses who collectively were known as Allah), that is inserted into the plagiarized work known as the Apocalypse or Revelation (12:1-3) whom Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox claim is Mary the mother of Jesus, and even early Protestantism and leading reformers such as Martin Bucer (1491-1551), Johannes Brenz (1499-1570) and Ethelbert William Bullinger (1837-1913) accept Mary’s existence in heaven as self-evident as a matter of faith, with even Martin Luther writing in 1522 that Mary was in the heavens.  Cf.: Marienlexikon / herausgegeben im Auftrag des Institutum Marianum Regensburg e.V. von Remigius Bäumer und Leo Scheffczyk; St. Ottilien : EOS, c1988-c1994 (6 vols.) cf. Bäumer 200, 673] and its Background,” Ugarit-For-schungen. 4 (1972), p. 133-154) of ancient Phoenicia, meaning a warrior who will kill for the deity, and sacrifice the heart to a wrathful god (Isaiah 1:11, 13), who is challenged by unworthy gods or mortals who would be gods and create machines or tools in rival of god, such as the agricultural gods of the ancient Ammonites, Hebrews (מלך the ך is king, as mentioned in 1 Kings 11:7: אָז יִבְנֶה שְׁלֹמֹה בָּמָה לִכְמֹושׁ שִׁקֻּץ מֹואָב בָּהָר אֲשֶׁר עַל־פְּנֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם וּלְמֹלֶךְ שִׁקֻּץ בְּנֵי עַמֹּון [the hill outside of Jerusalem was sacred to the ancient Canaanites for their worship of Asherah (Venus)]; cp. Leviticus 20:2 that is a reference to conversion–not sacrifice), Canaanites, and others who invented hoes, axes, and other tools and glorified “fire in the belly” like the Imbolc.  The god of Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and others seeking political office today to carry out the dictates of the Tea Party and the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) seek to keep Americans ignorant.  Bachmann and other Tea Party/Republican candidate creep out against science (especially evolution) and advances in technology while denying human genetic differences and demanding that all people live like they live.

What Bachmann and Robertson forget is that the very Bible they quote to garble out predictions of perdition is forbidden in that same Bible (Matthew 24:36).  While Bachmann claims her comment on Hurricane Irene was a joke, the god of the Bible forbids such jokes (Deuteronomy 5:11:  לֹא תִשָּׂא אֶת־שֵׁם־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לַשָּׁוְא כִּי לֹא יְנַקֶּה יְהוָה אֵת אֲשֶׁר־יִשָּׂא אֶת־שְׁמֹו לַשָּׁוְא׃ ס).

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

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

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

NAR's Jesus of the Apocalypse

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

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

NAR spiritual mapping "Repent Amarillo" (TX)

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

Michelangelo's "Judgment" with a nude warrior Jesus

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

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

One of the key components is to destroy the

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

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

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

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

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

Niegel Bigpond

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

Jay Swallow

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

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

Mark Wauahdooah

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

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

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

David Barton with wife at Republican National Convention 2000

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

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

Jaquie Tyre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas teen pregnancy rises with abstinence training

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

Texas vs US rate in teen pregnancy

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

Rise in pregnancies in Austin ISD TX (March 2010)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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