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Hector Avalos and the Holocaust in the Bible and today: Israel, Inquisition, Luther, Hiter and what the Bible Says

Hector Avalos (Iowa State University)

Dr. Hector Avalos (Iowa State University) has issued a call for Biblical scholarship to forsake the main apologetic strategy of the last two thousand years of Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation and stop justifying the genocidal episodes found within scripture. While I have been arguing this for years, it is time that I restate my arguments in previously published books (Battered and Bruised: All the Women of the Old Testament and Moses: the Making of Myth and Law among others).  Both the Old Testament, and the New Testament (especially Revelation) are little more than the glorification of violence from the fratricide in Genesis to the Final Battle in the Apocalypse, with the battering of the Jesus in the New Testament taken from the torture stories in the ancient world.  The Bible is nothing more and nothing less than a story of genocide and hate, from its first tale of Eve debating the Great Advocate (the snake who not only was a teacher but the symbol of wisdom but the actual owner of the Tree of Knowledge, coming from the Egyptian Nehebkau (“he who harnesses the souls”) a the two-headed serpent deity who guarded the entrance to the underworld, was associated with fertility and rebirth and  became an emblem used in gnosticism to exemplify Sophia, and worshipped throughout the Middle East from Akkadia to Babylon and beyond; John Bathurst Deane, John Bathurst (1833).  The Worship of the Serpent, London, UK: J. G. & F. Rivington) to the final whimper of the forces of Gog and Magog.  Tragically, these tales are much more than figurative, rhetorical, or formulaic discussions or tales, but are recounts of hate and violence.

Hatred is a family value.  Hatred is consciously taught by religions, governments, and families. Parents consciously and consistently chortles hatred and how to kill, maim, and enslave those who did not bow before their gods and murder to their children who, in turn teach their children in the same fashion–and their children learned the same blood-stained lesson that they would teach their children from the beginning of time to the present. 

Mortals created gods and priestly classes. Priests and religious teachers penned, chiseled, and later put upon websites continuing the hate that led mankind into acting out the greatest atrocities in the name(s) of their mythological gods (cf. the websites of Billy Graham, American Family Association, America’s Ku Klux Klan, National Organization for Marriage, and other certified hate groups).

Gods were from  the earliest records through today’s publications remain mired in execrable evil: mutant monsters demanding blood sacrifices, devouring doves and consuming cattle and children in battle and incinerated in great sacrificial fires and gas.  This has been the fate of the defenseless from the days of the ancient past to the emergence of the novel fantasy of Judaism that continued from the dark days of the early community of christianos and chrestianos to the exploitation, extortion and invention of  a later Catholic [universal] Church created by Constantine I in 325 CE, after stopping persecution of the various sects who claimed to follow the Jesus of the New Testament in 323 CE.  Eusebius notes that Constantine convoked the  “σύνοδον οἰκουμενικὴν συνεκρότει” (he [the emperor] convoked an Ecumenical [actually “worldwide” but it only meant the Roman Empire excluding Britain] Counci, in Vita Constantini III.vi; it accomplished very little but led to pitched battles over the words  οὐσία (ousia) “essence”, the feminine past participle of εἶναι (to be) as in being as being of one distinct substance and ὁμοούσιος (homoousia) or being of the same substance, thereby enabling those at the Council to introduce the Egyptian concept of the Trinity that has no biblical foundation and was a part of Gnostic theology and is not found before Gnosticism in the second century CE; ref. Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, “L’ homoousios preniceno,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 8 (1942): 194-209; Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina, El Simbolo Niceno (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 1947), 183-202. Luis M. Mendizabal, “El Homoousios Preniceno Extraeclesiastico,” Esthdios Eclesiasticos 30 (1956): 147-96; Peter Gerlitz, Aufierchristliche Einflilsse auf die Entwicklung des christlichen. Trinitatsdogmas, zugleich ein religions- und dogmengeschichtlicher Versuch zur Erklarung der Herkunft der Homousie (Leiden: Brill, 1963), 193-221. Ephrem Boularand, L’heresie d’Arius et la “foi” de Nicke, vol. 2, “La “foi” de Nicee” (Paris:Letouzey & Ane, 1972), 331-53).  Like unscrupulous despots before him, Constantine pushed and oversaw the rewriting of Jewish, Christian and  other world religions writings when he determined to dramatize his reign with the publication of fifty Bibles for the Eastern Church in 331 CE, under the oversight of the Arian Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea (Vita Constantini, IV,36-37), as there were numerous texts that were not accepted as canon and unquestionable.  Those that were not readily accepted included Letter to the Hebrews, James, II Peter, II and III John, and Revelation (Brakke, David. “Canon Formation and Social Conflict in Fourth Century Egypt: Athanasius of Alexandria’s Thirty Ninth Festal Letter,” in Harvard Theological Review 87 (1994) pp. 395–419). 

This same fetid, malodorous and mephitic, Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία ta biblia “the books”) was later incorporated into the tainted, toxic tales of Muhammad and released as a Qur’an.  Both the Bible and the Qur’an were read by medieval monks and scholars, both became the basis for laws so vile with vitriolic verses, that they were the substance for abusive laws and collective mental illnesses: damning people to Trial by Ordeal and primitive forms of truth extraction.  Their messages of hate were pushed through the legislatures of medieval Germany, Spain, the splintered nations of Italy from then to the government of the Third Reich in the twentieth century and later in the barbaric Fourth Reich (Israel) and fledgling states determined to root out evil: Uganda and Nigeria in Africa, and Tea Party controlled legislatures in the USA.  The severity of this problem became clear to many when Israel stole land from its neighbors, without warrant settled Israeli people on the lands taken by force, and passed laws against the people of Palestine, limiting movement, denying care-givers entrance, and subjecting the land and people to bombs and bullets.  It remained the primary purpose of Israeli existence until collective insanity crystallized in the legislative bodies of hate-filled lawmakers in Uganda led by Speaker of the Ninth Parliament Rebecca

Rebecca Kadaga Spearker of Uganda Parliament determined to kill all LBGT people in Uganda before Christmas 2012 in her quest to be the next president

Kadaga (read here and here and here and here) who does not her ambition to be President of the nation and to launch her own Holocaust against her own countrymen regardless of the number of lives lost.  This was common knowledge, as a “supportive gay Ugandan” wrote:

You are too smart not to be aware that Buganda’s Kabaka Mwanga was homosexualwithout any urging from colonialists. Uganda’s own president, the leader [Yoweri Kaguta Museveni] of your National

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni speaking on homosexuality

Resistance Movement party agrees, and has admitted it publicly, that homosexuality has always been part of the African and Ugandan fabric. In fact, if you re-read your anthropology, you will find that homosexuality was tolerated before the white man came to Africa with his Bible – that foremost foreign import that our detractors love to subjectively, but liberally, quote from. I gather that you have no children of your own[my emphasis] but it can’t be lost on you that all gay men and women in Uganda (500,000 and counting according to unofficial estimates) must have been begotten through heterosexual unions.

Hang on to your political ambitions. I would, however, presume to remind you that, as Speaker, you represent the entire country, including minorities – not just disgraced politicians, bigoted Parliamentarians or convicted religious prelates.

Madam Speaker:

Madam Speaker, allow me to take you back to Shakespeare and caution you against “vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on the other side.” Given what you must surely know befell Macbeth and his over-ambitious wife, a little more circumspection, forethought, moderation before you speak might not come amiss.

Damocles was not aware of the danger as he enjoyed himself

Remember, too, the fable of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. Or that of Dionysius, the tyrant of Syracuse and his courtier named Damocles. You might be on a roll now, but there are all sorts of threats behind the glory you are seeking. A week is a very long time in politics but there are three more years to go to Uganda’s next presidential election – literally a lifetime.

Madam Speaker:

Whether this bill is passed or not, you still have my support in your obvious quest to become the next president of Uganda – that is if I am not jailed and/or killed before 2016 by the legislation that you are so busy tying your colors to in which case my support will be moot.

From a gay Ugandan, living in Uganda, that you seek to criminalize purely on account of who he is, but who nonetheless supports your presidential ambitions because he is totally fed up to the back teeth of this uncaring, bungling, corruption-ridden, thieving, tired, rusted, putrid dish of a government), and Nigeria, pressured by Scott Lively and other ministerial miscreants from the USA–and other political entities from the USA intent on controlling the minds and actions of their people and generations to come.

As Jews were taught to hate Muslims and Muslims were lectured to hate Jews and Christians in the name of jihad, the novel notion of crusades launched long before the pathetic Pope Urban II’s Holocaust that consumed the lives of Greek Orthodox, Jews, Arabs and even Western Roman Catholics and little children attempted to erase both groups of people, giving antecedents as instructions for such troglodytes, who creep into the dark holes of terroristic fantasies and dream of world domination as the Inquisitors, passionately and perfectly portrayed in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, of the medieval church and their offspring spreading hate: Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox who authored one of the most antisemitic tracts, Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, the Pilgrims, Puritans, Mormons and certified hate groups from the American Family Association to Focus on the Family, and individual miscreants from Billy and Franklin Graham to Keith Ratliff of West Des Moines, Iowa, Timothy Dolan of New York City, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima, Benedict XVI of the Vatican, American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops, rabbis of the Ultra Orthodox movement, and Moscow Patriarch Kirill, we have all been  taught to hate each other.

Those who do not confession Islam as being “subject” to the mythical god Allah are taught not only antisemitism, but also are encouraged to kill those who are not Muslims, especially as seen today in Muslims attacks and resulting genocide in Burma by it repressive military leaders who, although most are Muslim, dehumanize the population.  This Burma dehumanization program is identical to the dehumanization of Americans by Bryan Fischer, Maggie Gallagher, Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann and other USA theocrats– and by “Christians” throughout Australia, Germany and the UK.  It occurs in the same way the all Hindu castes teach their children to hate other castes that have led to the slaughter of complete communities and the obscenity of “honor slayings” (watch and read here, and here) when troops rape children, with mothers slaying daughters for contracting denied marriages and sons and fathers slay sisters/daughters for actions the males thought sullied their honor in Canada.

The rape of children and women and slaughter of children in front of their parents is hailed by the gods of the Old Testament who finds comfort and joy in the carnage: “Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.  Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes.  Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.  For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off.  The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows.  They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children  (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)

While the Third Reich ruling Germany has been universally damned for killing more than eight million Jews (as well as nearly 1 million homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Romanian gypsies, White Russians, Poles, etc), the idea of Holocaust (originally a Greek word, ὁλόκαυστος, that translates “burn wholly”; in Hebrew it is השואה and translates as “catastrophe”—only in Yiddish, חורבן, does it mean “destruction”) is not new. Hitler received much of his instruction for the extermination from the German pastor and hate monger Martin Luther.

Luther had been taught to hate: first non-Christians and Christians who misused the Bible and did not follow precise teachings, as with “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., Heyder and Zimmer, Frankfurt am Main & Erlangen, vol. 1, p. 300”, then Jews (Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies) and argued that Christians must exterminate Jews because “Jews live in filfth” requiring Germans to “kill in secret or in light” calling for Jewish synagogues and schools to be burned to the ground, and the remnants buried out of sight; houses owned by Jews to be likewise razed, and the owners made to live in agricultural outbuildings; their religious writings to be taken away; for rabbis to be forbidden to preach, and to be executed if they do; safe-conduct on the roads to be abolished for Jews; usury to be prohibited, and for all silver and gold to be removed and “put aside for safekeeping”; and the Jewish population to be put to work as agricultural slave labor (Wallmann, Johannes. “The Reception of Luther’s Writings on the Jews from the Reformation to the End of the 19th Century”, Lutheran Quarterly, n.s. 1, Spring 1987, 1:72-97; Wallmann, Johannes. “The Reception of Luther’s Writings on the Jews from the Reformation to the End of the 19th Century”, Lutheran Quarterly, n.s. 1, Spring 1987, 1:72-97; J.G. Walch, Dr. Martin Luthers Sämmtliche Schriften, 23 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia, 1883), 12:1264-1267), and Michael, Robert. “Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews,” Encounter 46 (Autumn 1985) No. 4:343-344) then he defined the Jews as being the equivalent of the Devil in Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ), by the Roman Catholic Church created by the Eastern Emperor Constantine I who led the attack on dissenters when he called his Council of Nicaea in 325 BCE, formed his “catholic [universal] church”, and burned all books and other records on religious speculation that he did not approve of.

This was common in all societies, climes, and times and was especially cruel among the early “Jews”—a group of mercenaries working for Akkadian warriors and known as Apiru/Abiru who came out of Iraq’s Fertile Crescent that became the source for the mythological Garden of Eden that was eagerly transmogrified into a home for the gods in all Middle Eastern religions, being the most likely the beginning of the famous Gardens of Babylon.  The ancient Hebrew people were certainly among the most barbaric people, and like genocidal forces everywhere, used religion to excuse and even justify their Hebrew Holocaust of ancient people as paid mercenaries serving Akkadian kings and tribal leaders in Egypt and elsewhere. 

The greatest evil of religion has been in the enjoinment and the use of Holocaust (the erasure of a civilization) that began thousands of years ago but today is most graphically seen in the butchery of babies and murder of

Civilian deaths climb as Israel bombs Gaza

children in the Holocaust launched by the State of Israel against the Palestinians held captive by the Israelis in the Middle East (read here and watch and read here).  Jewish and Christian theologians, rabbis/teachers and spiritual leaders look past the most obvious examples of Holocaust, especially in the Torah and Prophets (Old Testament). In each case a god (or more exactly, a group of gods—elohim, אֱלֹהִ֔ים, is the plural; cf. Karas, Sara, in Encyclopedia of Judaism, p. 179) is called on to authorize, equip and justify carnage and Holocaust), as we find in Isaiah 21:9:”And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground”

Bible verses on USA tanks

—the very same verse used in the Gulf War by an F-16 fighter-bomber as inscribed on its bombs, ordered by the most despicable and desperately depraved USA Air Force and US Marine Corps to use against “enemies” (read here and here) violating the Constitution of the USA.  The grotesquely used

Bible verses on weapons of war

Bible verses appear on rifles, scopes, handguns, and every other form of weaponry–including bombs and grenades.  Jesus is taught at the US Air Force Academy to be a martial, militant warrior who will kill all disbelievers and that those who will be save during the Apocalyptic Rapture will be those who are armed with high-power rifles to kill non-believers as Jesus rides out of heaven carrying a sword to separate brother from sister, parents from children,

BIble verses to kill by

and lead the carnage that will bring about the End Times (Matthew 10:34)–a nightmare as old as ancient Egypt and one that the crazed author John of Patmos plagiarized from liberally.

Each of the multitudes of gods that pepper the Torah and tares at the Abiru/ Apiru record of cruelty and barbarity was at best a maniac demon demanding human sacrifice and slaughter; Numbers 25:3-4:  “And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, ‘Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.

Vecernje Novosti, KLA cut off people’s heads as trophies (November 2, 2003)

There has never been anything new in the taking of heads, or scalps as with the Christians in the colonial new world of North America, Central America, and South America, supported by their clergy with feasting, celebrations, and prayers of thanksgiving.  This is even found today among the military: from the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army an Albanian insurgent organization) to Abu Gharib prison in Iraq, among Jews and jihadist ( جهاد‎ translates as “struggle” but originally meant to “strive in the way of God to be good and pure, and had no military or war-like claim, an interpretation ignored by most Muslims and non-Muslims as interpretation is now a dead art as much as translation is becoming less precise as street language takes over) Muslims in Aghanistan and around the world.

In every case the gods of the Torah and Prophets used the most vile, vicious, vitriol-filled fends that are nearly unimaginable, vomited from the mentally insane Moses to the fanatical Gideon and blood-thirsty Prophets. In the Book of Numbers, the Great Egyptian Satan known as Moses leads in the insanity of murder and holocaust: “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense,” with the monstrous god s showing no compassion even for infants and the unborn.

The Mephistophelean mentality of Moses was dagga induced and yet surpassed in cruelty by the dragooned military leader David (the word דָּוִד, דָּוִיד   means beloved, but stemmed from the term for  house “ביתדוד” (House of David) indicating an established rule rather than a building) who slew indiscriminately and rejoiced in the death cries of newborns, nursing mothers and babies. “And he brought out the people that [sic: who] were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes…” (1 Chronicles 20:3); in chapters 17-19 the chronicler tartly tells us that David killed 22,000 Syrians and that Abishai killed 18,000 Edomites. No one expresses shame at such slaughters. In 20:3, the darling of the demonic Jewish empire recounts how David, counted as a great leader of the Israelites, slaughtered captives after the cessation of hostilities, and his people rejoiced in the flow of human blood.

Worse than the mass murderer David, Gideon gave true meaning to mercilessness and vengeance.  In Judges 8:7, we read: “And Gideon said, Therefore when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers”  Three verses later the carnage is more articulately detailed: “Now Zebah and Zalmunna were Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an [sic: a] hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.”  This is the Gideon Society’s hero as it places Bibles into motels and hotels across America, with blood stained passages making up more than one-half of all the Old Testament themes and tales. It is surprising that the Gideon Society does not dedicate their cheap bibles to the holocausts cried out for by Martin Luther, or enacted by Gideon’s equal: Adolf Hitler whom Joseph Ratzinger followed as a NAZI youth. This would be appropriate as Gideon compares favorably with Gideon’s slaughter of thousands in battle by plotting with the “Lord” to use treachery, deceit, lies, and extortion, as Gideon was arrogant, selfish, egotistical, vain, and as ambitious as if he were Charles or Edward Koch in contemporary America. 

Akkadian empire map (source: http://research.yale.edu/leilan/akkadian)

Throughout the blood-soaked pages of the Book of Judges, we read that Gideon murdered thousands more for worshipping “false Gods”—meaning gods that were not the tribal totem of the emerging Hebrews from their warrior days as mercenaries for the Akkadians, to torturing and killing still more for daring to taunt him as the Brown Shirts (actually Sturmabteilung (SA) meaning “Storm Detachment” or “Assault Division”, “Brown Shirt” was merely a defining characteristic of what the early NAZI elite wore) in the NAZI empire are recorded as having done in their move to make Hitler equal to any YHWH, while like the SS (Schutzstaffel that translates as “Protection Squadron” that stood for maintaining what they considered the true “German Way”,  similar to the Tea Party in the USA that declared themselves to be the protectors of the “American Way) or the NAZI front, Gideon plundered the bodies of his victims (to fashion a jeweled priestly vestment) as would the NAZIs.  Gideon lived long enough to father a son who killed 69 of his stepbrothers (Joshua 7:19-26  cp. Mark 13:12).

The tale of Gideon describes just one of the many horror stories in the Bible, a book that glorifies behavior abysmal to modern society. The clergy and leaders have hoodwinked millions of people about the stories in the Bible as they are too eager to create a fantasy than take a solid look at the sordid reality that the Bible portrays, as there is not a single story that is not soaked in the fat of victims on its altars (not just rams or doves, but included young boys as with the tale of Abraham’s sacrifice of his son (in Islam it is Ishmael, in Jewish lore it is Isaac).  That it was understood to be the right of a father to kill a son is found in Genesis 42:37 and John 5:19-30.  The altar itself (in Hebrew the word is “slaughter place” and is a verb) was guarded by four protruding horns (symbol of the god bull Yeh), that required blood and fat. “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Leviticus 17:11).  “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). Blood was always spilled on the horns and later New Testament authors would argue that Jesus was the “horns” of the new faith and his blood would be the sacrifice on the horns (Psalm 18:2, Luke 1:69) a continuation of the carnage of the past.

Rebellion of Korah

Crueler than just killing children, a common theme in the Old Testament, is the repetitive passages where the god(s) of the ancient Hebrews buried people alive out of spite, hatred, and vengeance. “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the

Giant sinkhole in Guatemala City (2012)

congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.”  (Numbers 16:32-35).  Science would reject any such “divine intervention (or anger) as there are giant sinkholes everywhere on the planet that can open and close at any time.

Giant sinkholes under the ground on the water planet (Earth)

Moses relays a sadistic threat that asks us to believe that God punishes members of families, including innocent infants. It is the Old and New Testament god(s) that demand death and kill without reason, frequently using Satanic fire to burn his/their creation(s). 

The most absurd reasons for the early Jewish Holocaust included people who do not listen to priests: “Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel”  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT); allowing a witch or sorcerer or sorceress to live: “You should not let a sorceress live” (Exodus 22:17 NAB); tolerating a fortune-teller: “A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortune-teller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death  (Leviticus 20:27 NAB); hitting a parent: “Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death (Exodus 21:15 NAB), or cursing a parent: “If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness  (Proverbs 20:20 NAB) and: “All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense (Leviticus 20:9 NLT); committing adultery: “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death (Leviticus 20:10 NLT) that is separate from having sex before marriage (fornication): “A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death  (Leviticus 21:9 NAB), or a woman is found not to be a virgin (no hymen) on her wedding night: “But if this charge is true, and evidence[a blood stained sheet or the torn tissue of the hymen] of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her father’s house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house.  Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst (Deuteronomy  22:20-21 NAB).

The most grievous sins that merit the death penalty include not being Jewish: “Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed”  (Exodus 22:19 NAB) or reject the worship of the Jewish god(s): “They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB) that is proclaimed repeatedly, for example: “If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him.  Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you.  You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.  And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst  (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB), and Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden.  When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death.  (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT), with the proclamation that the entire town must be destroyed if only one person does not follow YHWH: “Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods.  In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully.  If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.  Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it.  Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God.  That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.  Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction.  Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you.  He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors.  “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him  (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT).  What is most displeasing to the original Yah god who transmogrified into YHWH is anyone working in any manner to any degree for any reason on the Sabbath (Saturday), as even cows needed a day of rest unless they were milk cows:

Yah (the bull) the two suitor gods and Asherah (r) goddess of Canaan

The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: ‘Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever.  It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.  Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy.  Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community.  Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest.  I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT).

God was against children who teased, bullied, or taunted, and against the curious: “From there Elisha went up to Bethel.  While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him.  “Go up baldhead,” they shouted, “go up baldhead!”  The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord.  Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces. (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB). 

Elisha raised a dead boy by laying on top of the boy…

“However, Elisha did save one boy–in a most unusual manner even for ancient Israel: “And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.” (2 Kings 4:34 KJV: וַיַּעַל וַיִּשְׁכַּב עַל־הַיֶּלֶד וַיָּשֶׂם פִּיו עַל־פִּיו וְעֵינָיו עַל־עֵינָיו וְכַפָּיו עַל־[כ כַּפֹּו] [ק כַּפָּיו] וַיִּגְהַר עָלָיו וַיָּחָם בְּשַׂר הַיָּלֶד). 

Killing men was no problem for god or warrior: “And he smote of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of Jehovah, he smote of the people seventy men, `and’ fifty thousand men; and the people mourned, because Jehovah had smitten the people with a great slaughter.  And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before Jehovah, this holy God? and to whom shall he go up from us?  (1 Samuel 6:19-20 ASV).

The Holocaust of the Jewish god extended even to first-born children—regardless if the first-born had just emerged from the uterus or was 100 years old: “And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.” (Exodus 12:29-30; in some versions “cattle” is presented as “beasts” that enshrines that no animal or fish was exempt from the wrath of the god(s))  It does not exclude non-human beings, as it reads “all the first-born” and that would include all firstborn cows and bulls, ducks, geese, crocodiles, snakes, and everything else including first seeded grains in the soil.

The god(s) of Abraham were at least equal-opportunity murderer(s), for the deity/deities even killed his/her/their own “creations in the most grotesque of ways: Either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel…(1 Chronicles 21:12) made painfully clear two verses later: So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.  This is a perfect precedence for Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and other criminals who had no respect for human life, as seen at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Adam West’s military involvement.

The worst thing about this nefarious deranged god was the unbridled brittle racism, especially against Black people as Yahweh was a dedicated racist: And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with a host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots…”  “So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled”. (1 Chronicles 14:9, 12) . Like the Aryan nation, Ku Klux Klan and other certified hate groups in the USA, the god(s) of the Old Testament continued to find people to kill in increasingly more designer ways–not just by poisoning or using weapons.  The total count of Black people slaughtered was over 1 million, and this was used as a pretext to damn Black people in the writings of Origen (who wrote: Pharaoh easily reduced the Egyptian people to servitude, nor is it written that he did so by force. For the Egyptians are prone to a degenerate life and quickly sink to every slavery of the vices. Look at their origin: you will discover that their father Ham, who had laughed at his father’s nakedness, deserved a judgment of this kind, that his son Canaan should be a servant to his brothers, so that his condition of servitude would testify to the wickedness of his conduct. Not without reason, therefore, does the discolored posterity imitate the ignobility of the race. in Hom. in Genesim 16.1), Jerome (Εὐσέβιος Σωφρόνιος Ἱερώνυμος who rejected the “curse of Cain (נוּעַ meaning “fugitive” “wanderer”)”, Jerome rejected the curse since in the Great Flood only the descendants of Seth survived, in his Sermons on Number, 18.4.), and Augustine of Hippo (cf. Psalms 63:4,5; Augustine wrote that Cain gave the god [sic] of Genesis tangible goods but not his heart: De Civitate Dei, XV, vii) who declared that Ethiopians were devils because of the curse on Cain and the son of Ham (the name, in Hebrew, connotes “hot” and “dark”, and Joseph Smith Jr, the inventor of the Mormon cult and Book of Mormon uses it to define all the cursed people of Africa and their descendants who were slaves in the New World). It appears as a description of “Black magic” and worse, the link of sin to the “Prince of Darkness” (Ephesians 5:11, 6:12) who was given the name of Satanael. It is also the second to the last plague of Moses (Exodus 10:21 since everything dies without light—the ultimate Holocaust; cp. Ezekiel 12:12).

In the story of Ham and Japheth, the word “ham” has connotations of “hot” and “dark” in Semitic languages. To the ancient Israelites, as well as some modern Jews and Christians, the “children of Ham” had dark skin and lived in eastern Africa. Thus they see the “Curse of Ham” as a link with black skin and excessive sexual license.

One thing is certain: the god of the Old Testament was a sadist and cannibal: “But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his trespasses. The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.” (Psalm 68:21-23).  Far worse, what Christian Biblical scholars overlook or refuse to address is the reality that the gods of the Bible were mass murderers: “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.” (1 Samuel 6:19)

As Muhammad would plagiarise for his Qur’an, the writers of the Old Testament declared that their gods demanded that all unbelievers were to be put to death: “And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God...” (Deuteronomy 13:5) or “seduced’ a believer to follow a false god, the penalty was the same: “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 13:6) as there was to be no pity for those who did not believe what the priests and prophets taught: “Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.(Deuteronomy 13:8-9)

Benjamin Edetanlen killed infant son citing Psalm 13:24: Spare the rod and spoil the child.

sparing none: “Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.”   (Deuteronomy 13:15).  Parents were ordered to even kill their own children if they did not follow the religion of their fathers, that many evangelical extremists in this world still practice read here and here and here and here, all in the name of god).

God delights in the killing of old men, young women, and children and infants, in a manner pleasing to the cruelest of guards at Nazi prisons: You are my battle-ax and sword,” says the LORD.  “With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms.  With you I will shatter armies, destroying the horse and rider, the chariot and charioteer.  With you I will shatter men and women, old people and children, young men and maidens.  With you I will shatter shepherds and flocks, farmers and oxen, captains and rulers.  “As you watch, I will repay Babylon and the people of Babylonia for all the wrong they have done to my people in Jerusalem,” says the LORD.  “Look, O mighty mountain, destroyer of the earth!  I am your enemy,” says the LORD.  “I will raise my fist against you, to roll you down from the heights.  When I am finished, you will be nothing but a heap of rubble.  You will be desolate forever.  Even your stones will never again be used for building.  You will be completely wiped out,” says the LORD”  (Jeremiah 51:20-26)Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that [sic: who] hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” (Numbers 31:16-18, this adds up to approximately 100,000 young males and 68,000 young women being slaughtered).  “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” (1 Samuel 15:2-3)  This was the same fun and pleasure that the kinky King David rejoiced in: “And he brought forth the people that [sic: who] were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under the axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem” (2 Samuel 12:31) David did everything that Adolf Hitler did—and with greater cruelty, especially with the act of violence (rape) that the gods of the Old Testament and their Prophets delighted in and demanded for their enemies: “Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.” (Isaiah 13:15-16)

While the gods of the Old Testament never directly call for abortion, they make certain those fetuses of the damned, the unbeliever, and those who offend the tribal deities of Elohim die (See Numbers 5:26-27, 1 Samuel 15:2-3, and Psalm 137:9).  This was just a prelude to the slaughter of those delivered from the uterus: “And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.” (Deuteronomy 2:34) “And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Hesbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities we took for a prey to ourselves.” (Deuteronomy 3:6-7). Based on these words, Billy Graham (the original Elmer Gantry), among the most immoral men in the history of the USA, beside him, proclaimed the Gulf War as “moral” (read here and hereand here; Graham was so quick to earn an easy dollar that after

Mitt Romney and Billy Graham for a “moral majority”

blasting Mormonism as a cult in 2005, Graham endorsed Willard Milton “Mitt” Romney for president of the USA knowing that Romney is a Mormon bishop, and promptly had his website scrubbed of adverse comments on Mormonism).  George Bush (the Second) continued in his father’s steps by killing over one million Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi war. Such moral wars result in thousands of “utterly destroyed” innocent men, women and children.; (For a few more examples [but not all] see also Deuteronomy 3:3, 7:2, 20:16-17, 25:19; Joshua 6:21. 8:26, 10:28-40; Numbers 31:17-18; 1 Samuel 15:3; Isaiah 13:16; and, Hosea 13:16) that Florida’s Adam West delights in: “And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and woman: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” (Ezekiel 9:5-6, this being an example of cold-blooded premeditated capital murder common with Hitler’s attacks on the Jews and Israel’s attacks on the Palestinians).

According to the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse) (Revelation 7:3-4, 9:3-4, 14:1, 3-4) in the great future destruction of the planet billions of people will die. Only 144,000 virgin Jews (any sexual activity eliminates a person from swelling into the ranks of those saved and given a place in heaven) with a protective mark on their heads will survive.  This followed the enactment of utter destruction that is recorded in Joshua 6:21:”And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword,” but at same time, during the same siege, “all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord” (Joshua 6:19) to pay for a greater battle where twelve thousand, “the whole population” of Ai, were slaughtered. (Joshua 8:25).  It was but a reenactment of what the writers of Deuteronomy 12:2-3 recorded under heavenly command: “Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place,” that caused Albert Einstein to write:

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own– a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.”

(For other examples of utter destructions, see Numbers 21:2, Deuteronomy 3:6-7, 7:2, 13:15, 20:17; Judges 21:11, 2 Chronicles 20:23,1 Kings 20-42, Isaiah 11:15, 15:3, 15:3, 9, 18; Jeremiah 12:17, 25:9, 50:21, 26 and 51:3; Daniel 11:44; and Amos 9:8)

This same cruelty furnished the backdrop to the legend of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles (John 3:18).  Compare that tale with Psalms 58:10: “The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind.”

–Thomas Paine

Israel bombs hospitals and schools (2012)

As long as there is religion there is cruelty. As long as priests and Bibles exist there is war, violence, rape, and slaughter.  It continues to this day with Israel attacking Palestinians, murdering Palestinian doctors (many of whom served in Jerusalem clinics, care centers and hospitals (read here and here and here), teachers, families and visitors.  The German people knew what was happening, but preferred their personal freedom and space despite the actions of Hitler and his concentration camps they passed regularly.  The

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Adolf Hitler

people of Israel know what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing, identical to that of Adolf Hitler, and they look away.  The German people were co-conspirators against human and civil rights as are the people of Israel today who are as guilty of genocide as the Prime Minister as were the ancient Jews who wiped out entire civilizations.  Genocide is but another term for racism unleashed and with it the unlimited capacity to kill, maim, and destroy.

Palestinian man living in Gaza carries his possessions from his Israeli bombed home with nowhere to go (November 2012)

As Israeli bombs fall on private homes, putting hundreds of people on the streets while more than 100 are murdered by the middle of November 2012, the West stands mute, unwilling to face its duplicity in this unlawful war. Nothing is done to help the original people of Palestine from which the State of Israel was created, and Palestinians are forced to carry their meager possessions from their destroyed homes on their backs.

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai

Israel must be condemned by all rational, democratic governments, as its true intent was spelled out by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, a known racist and head of the ultra-orthodox Shas party,  declared: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”  Ultra-orthodox Jews have for a long been known to advocate Holocaust against its enemies citing the Torah

Israel’s counterpart to Hitler’s invasion of the Sudetenland 1938

and Prophets to enhance their hatred and bigotry that far outweighs the words of Adolf Hitler.  The Allied Forces leagued together to erase NAZI Germany and rid the earth of Adolf Hitler.  It is time, again, that the Allied Forces league together to erase Israel and rid the earth of Netanyahu and Yishai. German Holocaust and Israeli Holocaust are both wrong and a crime against humanity, regardlesss if it is in the Germany of Hitler or in Israel under Netanyahu and Yishai and the Shash Party for both appeal to the Old Testament and the Old Testament is raw with spilled blood and the carnage of war and slaughter.  Like Hitler, the Israeli forces invaded sovereign territory and like Hitler and his NAZI forces, Israel occupied the territory and wrongfully declared it belonged to them and their descendants. The sole difference was that the Sudetenland was among the most pro-NAZI regions, where as the Occupied territories did not welcome nor want Israelis on its once-free lands (Zimmermann Volker:  Die Sudetendeutschen im NS-Staat. Politik und Stimmung der Bevölkerung im Reichsgau Sudetenland (1938-1945). Essen, 1999). Germany had planned ethnic cleansing before the war, in the same way that Israel now looks towards the Occupied Territories as land for Israeli homes.  Holocausts are the result of attempting to destroy within the fantasy of a “just war”–one that has never existed when the scepter of religion and authoritarianism is elevated as the primary cause and citations are made from holy books that hide the monstrosity of mortal actions against human beings (Ide, Arthur Frederick (2004). Defending the Faith: Violence and War in Ancient Judaism, Christianity  and Islam. Garland, TX: Tangelwüld Press).

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

Mitch McConnell

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

John Boehner

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

Eric Cantor

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

Koch Brothers, Adelson, Trump

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

Iowans attempt citizens arrest of Karl Rove

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

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

Robert J. Dickey of Gannett papers

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

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

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

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

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

KKK at Pottsboro, Iowa

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

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

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

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

here.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romney and Bain Capital

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

Romney’s Bain Capital income

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

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

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

Documents contradict former Massachusetts Governor Romney

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

Higher taxes under Romney

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

….

Delphi Auto cooked the books and was sold by Bain Capital

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

Romney’s investments in China

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

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

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

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

Romney-Ryan tax plan 2012

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

Time Magazine (cover)

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

Romney wrote Op-Ed for New York Times

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

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

Bipartisan support–how to get it

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

Marriage between one man and one woman

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

Romney’s earlier stand on gay rights

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

Romney laughs

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

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

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

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

Charles and Liz Koch and Koch HQ 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billionaire industry titans in USA

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

Corporate control of US Supreme Court

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

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

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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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AIDS

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

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

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

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

AIDS in Hong Kong

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

Iran HIV / AIDS adult prevalence

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

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

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

Honor Killings

Honor Killing (Photo by Maryana)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Banaz Mahmood executed by father and uncle

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

Sati (widow murder / suicide) in Hinduism

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

Junshi in Japan

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

Sharia law

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

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

Tortured and disfigured Muslim girl (Time magazine)

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

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

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

Crimes are considered sins against god, and include

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

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

Executing suspected homosexuals in Iran

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

Public execution of gay men in Iran takes place anywhere

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

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

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

Cartoons on Muhammad that Muslims found to be offensive

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

Muslims protesting against free speech in London UK

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

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

Clergy sexual abuse

Roman Catholic

Vatican gay prostitution at the highest level of the church

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

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

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

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

Bishop Reilly

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

Faked advertisement with the Pope kissing an Imam

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

Evangelical Protestant

Swaggart’s prostitute: Rosemary Garcia

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

Ted Haggard exposed in Denver, CO

Ted Haggard confessed to having at leasttwo homosexual affairs (although 

Mike Jones exposure of Ted Haggard

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

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

Mainstream Protestant

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

 

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

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

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

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

Heather Daughdrill

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

Political leaders

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

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

Silvio Berlusconi and Ruby

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

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

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

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

Sen. Vitter (R-LA) and DC Madam

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

Domestic Violence

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

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

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

Acid attacks on women in Saudi Arabia

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

Death of a Princess (Saudi Arabia) charged with sorcery

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

Acid attacks on women in Pakistan

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

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

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

Homosexuality

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

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

Saints Sergius and Bacchus

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

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

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

Pollution

Water

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

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

Koch Brothers

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

Global warming

Global warming and disappearance of clean water

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

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

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

Peru, where glaciers once existed

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

Dramatic retreat of the Chacaltaya glacier in Bolivia

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

Arctic warming at increasingly rapid rate

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

Strip-mining

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

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

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

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

Water pollution

Tires span across ocean floors

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

Coastal pollution in New Delhi, India

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

Pucusana (Lima, Perú) beach front

to Santa Barbara, from Spain to Libya.

Homeless

Homelessness in the USA

Homeless in the United Kingdom

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

World hunger (map)

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

Hunger

Hunger a sign of sin?

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

Homicide rates worldwide

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

World statistics on homicides

War

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

Enlisted Prussian man’s belt buckle (front view)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But GW Bush was not unique.  Wars have only

Torture of Iraqis by USA military

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

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

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

USA Air Force nuclear war over Japan

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

Mai Lai Massacre (published in Mother Jones)

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

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

Vietnamese children affected by Agent Orange

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

Israel’s holocaust against Muslims in Gaza

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

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

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

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

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Israeli terrorist Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: "Goyim were born only to serve us Jews." 2010

According to the 90-year-old racist Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (born Abdullah Youssef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף) on September 23 1920, Basra, Iraq and now living in Jerusalem is a Mizrahi Haredi rabbi), the head of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator, the sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews.  He argues for slavery, and continues the ancient and absurd idea that there is a “special race” and a “chosen people” (or the Tanakh) and then does not appear until Deuteronomy 7:6–mythologies that have been current since the beginning of time by every people on this water planet who claim a personal relationship with various gods (the Hebrew “god” is actually both singular and plural: אֱלהִים and is pronounced as elohim, both as a verb and an adjective; the early Israelites were not monotheistic (this does not appear until “Moses”–and even then it was not a truly monotheistic ontology).

Arabia-Gog (Europe)-Magog (Eastern Europe) battle over Canaan

Yosef, in keeping with the absurdity and strained mistranslations and erroneous interpretations of the Torah, common among the Ultra-Orthodox cult that argues that it is a part the Jewish faith, declares that the “Jewish people” are somehow unique.  Following fantasies centuries old, Yosef chimes that Jews were created and commissioned by some deity to reign supreme over others, ignoring the reality that the Habiru/Apiru/Hebrews were mercenaries in Assyrian armies.  In this Yosef follows Akkadian and Hittite fantasies, plagiarizing their theologies to support his own terrorism and goals

Luther's book "On the Jews and their Lies" printed in 1543

of enslave non-Jews.  Yosef’s sermon on Gentiles serving no purpose but to labor for Jews matches Luther’s Von den Jüden und jren Lügen.  In Luther’s Von den Jüden und jren Lügen, the mentally sterlized protestant of what would become East Germany wrote that the Jews were a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth”.  The future leader of religious witch hunts in Wittenberg wrote that the Jews are “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine” (Luther, Martin.  Werke. Erlangen 1854, 32:282, 298, 4:286 and 5:406).  In Luther’s eyes, and his thoughts quickly flooding pages with withering attacks on the Jews, claimed that the Jewish houses of worship, known as synagogues are an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”.  From 1520 CE onward, Luther urged the German nobles to act, as he did in his An den christlichen Adel deutscher Nation. Months later in 1543, Martin Luther in another fit of anti-Semiticism wrote Vom Schem Hamphoras  und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ)’, in which he equated Jews with the mythological Devil:

Judensau on the Wittenberg Church, built 1300-1470. The imagery of Jews in contact with pigs or representing the devil was common in Germany.

“Here in Wittenburg, in our parish church, there is a sow carved into the stone under which lie young pigs and Jews who are sucking; behind the sow stands a rabbi who is lifting up the right leg of the sow, raises behind the sow, bows down and looks with great effort into the Talmud under the sow, as if he wanted to read and see something most difficult and exceptional; no doubt they gained their Shem Hamphoras from that place.”

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

According to the online magazine, Jewish World, The theological terrorist declared, “gentiles” exist only to “serve” them being less fit and less worthy than an Orthodox Jew.  The full text of the rabbi’s sermon reads:

“Goyim [non-Jews/Gentiles] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.

According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews:

“In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. [cp. Martin Luther’s comparison in Werk 53:489].

This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” Yosef said. [cp. Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf, vol. 1, chap. 11)

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi [noble or lord; from the Arabic: أفندي and is Turkish in origin in the early seventeenth century, coming from ancient Assyria and the Akkadian who had Habiru as mercenaries in the Egyptian

Thothmes II campaign of 1479 BCE where Assyrians use Habiru mercenaries in the battle of Armageddon

courts of dynastic pharaohs; it is also found in Persia culture as آفندی but is a corruption of the ancient Greek αὐθέντης that primarily means “murderer, perpetrator”, and connotes a person who will feed off another until the person doing the labor becomes worthless; this is the foundation of Adolf Hitler’s pogrom.  Yosef is telling Ultra-Orthodox that if they initiate the same tactics as Hitler did on the Jewish communities in Europe it would be the judgment of his god “for the enrichment of the Jews”.  There were no historical Jews, however, until after Deuteronomy 5:1-3.  Prior to that time the people of Abraham were known as Israelites] and eat.

That is why gentiles were created,” he added. [Gentile is not a Hebrew word; the closest that comes to it is goy גוי ) for “people”.  The word does not appear in the world’s lexicons until after 325 CE, when the Emperor Constantine establish his catholic {universal} church. It appears as ἔθνη (éthnē) in the New Testament (Acts 10:34-47) and that reflects ethenicity: or “nations”.  Yosef’s linguistic fluency is submarginal in this area, and as a philologist and linguist I would not rank this rabbi above the second grade primary.] 

Yosef is openly launching a cultural war against all who are not Ultra-Orthodox Jews and he has sought to gain equality or even superiority for Sephardi religious interpretations at the expense of what little democracy exists in Israel, claiming to be a “spiritual descendent” of Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides, 1135-1204) (Encyclopaedia Judaica,  vol. 2, pp. 600-604).  A misogynist and gynephobic xenophobic mortal will illusions of grandeur, Yosef’s unflattering remarks about Palestinians and Arabs, as well as statements that those killed in the Holocaust were atoning for sins from previous lives, have set off public outcries of rage, but brought favorable nods and gifts from those he favors (see Ma’ariv, March 19, 2000, Yedioth  Ahranoth, March 19, 2000, Ha’aretz , March 28, 2000 and Jerusalem Report).  

In February 1999, Rabbi Yosef declared that the justices of Israel’s Supreme Court were bo`alei nidot (literally: “they are all [men who] have intercourse with menstruating women” that is forbidden in the Torah (Cited in Ma’ariv, March 19, 2000).  Yosef has heaped scorn on secular women who “do not practice [ritual] purification” and therefore give birth to “sons born of uncleanness.”  In 1997, the rabbi came out more strongly against females, and sermonized that “A man must not walk between two women or between two asses or between two camels. Why? Because women aren’t concerned with the Torah and whoever walks near them will be like them” a statement that led some hostile opponents to argue that he was a closeted homosexual.  The secular public was outraged not at those who suggested that he was most likely homosexual, but that he was casting aspersions on women (Cited in Jerusalem Report). In 2009, Yosef, during his weekly sermon, lashed out against ‘stupid women who come to Western Wall, don a prayer shawl, and pray‘ even though the High Court of Israel ruled that women have the same rights as men, leading Yosef to attack the high court again.  Yosef claims that women want equality–but that is not the goal of heaven; more in keeping with Islam, Yosef sees women as mindless, clueless, and stupid, in constant need of male supervision and being kept in the house. 

Women at the Western Wall in Jerusalem seen as a provocation

Women seeking to pray and to call on their god for help and to be moved in spirit as they were deep in private prayer and worship at the Western Wall were condemned by the Rabbi of the Wall as inciting a provocation, disabling men from concentrating on their prayers.

Yosef’s ramblings reel of the wretched in ancient Magog–an Asian wilderness from which the Habiru (Hebrews) came in their passage through India and ultimately to illegally invade Palestine and steal the lands of Canaan that were ruled by a matriarch giving cause for priests to elevate patriarchy by marrying their tribal agricultural god YHWH to the Canaanite Venus known as Asherah. Yosef’s knowledge of Torah, the Hebrew Bible and history is appallingly minimal.

Martin Luther: Vom Schem Hamphoras (Wittenberg)

Martin Luther had similar sentiments to Yosef. Yosef may easily have read this treatise as Yosef’s message parrots that of Luther.

Shortly before his death on February 18, 1546 Luther preached four sermons in Eisleben.  In his second to last sermon the former Augustinian monk appended, while comforted by his one-time Roman Catholic nun wife Katherine von Bora,what he called his “final warning” against the Jews.  Like Yosef, Martin Luther told the German  authorities that they could expel the Jews from their lands should do so if they would not convert to Christianity.  Those who refused to convert to Christianity, and by nature work for Christians, Luther warned that authorities who tolerated Jews made themselves “partners in another’s sins” (Weimar Ausgabe 51:194-196; J.G. Walch, Dr. Martin Luthers Sämmtliche Schriften, 23 vols. (St. Louis, MO, USA: Concordia, 1883), 3:350 and 371, 12:1264-1267).  As Luther roared from the pulpit:

They are our public enemies. They do not stop blaspheming our Lord Christ, calling the Virgin Mary a whore, Christ, a bastard, and us changelings or “meal calves” (Mahlkälber). If they could kill us all, they would gladly do it. They do it often, especially those who pose as physcians—though sometimes they help—for the devil helps to finish it in the end. They can also practice medicine as in French Switzerland. They administer poison to someone from which he could die in an hour, a month, a year, ten or twenty years. They are able to practice this art.

The Saxon Luther’s words inspired the German nobles to act, swiftly.  In 1543 Luther’s champion and Prince, John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, revoked some of the concessions he gave to Josel of Rosheim in 1539.  Johann of Küstrin, Margrave of Neumark, repealed the safe-conduct of Jews in his territories. Philip of Hesse added restrictions to his Order Concerning the Jews, while the public began to shun the Jews and curse them when near them.  By 1580, German cities and states began to expel the Jews, or arrest and have

Expulsion of the Jews from Frankfurt on 23 August 1614: "1380 persons old and young were counted at the exit of the gate"

them publicly executed before jubilant crowds.  In 1614 Vincent Fettmilch, who called himself the “new Haman of the Jews”, leads a raid on Frankfurt synagogue that turned into an attack which destroyed the whole community. In 1619, riots in Frankfurt saw the deaths of 3,000 Jews and the expulsion of the rest, as princes and margraves and other rulers declared that the sole reason for the existence of the Jews was to work for Gentiles (Lutherans and Calvinists).  The intolerance of Martin Luther and his Germans match identically the intolerance of Israel’s chief terrorist Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Luther’s intolerance of the Jews budded a second time in the twentieth century when Germans from 1930 to 1945 began to reissue Luther’s hate propaganda, and write new tracts against the Jews, using the same words, the same phrases as Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.  In nearly ever case, the new anti-Semitic pamphlets justified their publication and distribution by referring to Martin Luther–a stranglehold on religion that bore bitter fruit in the USA with the establishment of the hate-filled Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) that believes creation is a historical event as detailed in the Bible, that women have no power or authority in the church, and that the Bible is the only source of knowing god, and included Martin Luther’s attack on the papacy as “the great whore”.  In 1914, the leaders of the German (Lutheran) clergy wrote a bloodthirsty pamphlet which they entitled: “To the evangelical Christians abroad” urging everyone to work to eradicate the “Jewish problem”.  While most Protestants rejected the letter, WELS did not.

Martin Luther was extremely disgusted with and vilified the Jews, as he wrote in his tract Von den Jüden und jren Lügen:

He did not call them Abraham’s children, but a “brood of vipers” [Matthew 3:7]. Oh, that was too insulting for the noble blood and race of Israel, and they declared, “He has a demon’ [Matthew 11:18]. Our Lord also calls them a “brood of vipers”; furthermore in John 8 [:39,44] he states: “If you were Abraham’s children ye would do what Abraham did…. You are of your father the devil. It was intolerable to them to hear that they were not Abraham’s but the devil’s children, nor can they bear to hear this today.

The idea that Jesus of the New Testament was a man of peace is as untrue (cf. Matthew 10:34) as the claim that he loved all people.  Luther matched this schizophrenia in his writings, equaling the vitriol of Yosef when he commented on the Jews:

“Learn from this, dear Christian, what you are doing if you permit the blind Jews to mislead you. Then the saying will truly apply, “When a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into the pit” [cf. Luke 6:39]. You cannot learn anything from them except how to misunderstand the divine commandments…” 

A further demonstration that Luther had no love for Jews can be found in his commentaries.  He wrote, giving Christians advice contemporary with the time: “The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows seven times higher than ordinary thieves” (W53, 502).

Luther’s 1543 pamphlet On the Jews and Their Lies was a “blueprint” for the Kristallnacht (MacCulloch, Diarmaid (2004). Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, 1490-1700. New York, NY, USA: Penguin Books Ltd, pp. 666-667), as Yosef’s sermons are the plan to enslave Gentiles as the Orthodox rabbis of New York City have denied women equal rights on bus B110.  Bishop Martin Sasse, a leading Protestant churchman, published a compendium of Martin Luther’s writings, and urged the German people to salute Hitler and vow allegiance, while warning the German people that they ought to heed these words “of the greatest anti-Semite of his time, the warner of his people against the Jews”: Martin Luther (Bernd Nellessen, “Die schweigende Kirche: Katholiken und  Judenverfolgung,” in Büttner, Ursula (ed), Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung im Dritten Reich, Hamburg : Christians, c1992, p. 265). Much of the problem is centered on Luther’s obsessive reliance on the writings of “St. Paul” (whom I will discuss later).

Martin Luther with an inset of Adolf Hitler. Hitler frequently praised Luther.

Adolf Hitler followed Martin Luther rigorously, rigidly, and religiously as the source for his pogroms and murder of Jews. Nearly four hundred years after Luther’s Von den Jüden und jren  Lügen was written, the National Socialists (NAZIs, it is an acronym for Nationalsozialist, and found currency in Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf vol. 2 as the name for his political party: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) – the National Socialist German Workers’ Party of Adolf Hitler; it is not a word) displayed On the Jews and Their Lies during Nuremberg rallies, and the city of Nuremberg presented a first edition to Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer.  Streicher, in the newspaper described Von den Jüden und jren Lügen as the most radically antisemitic tract ever published and hailed it as a blueprint for god’s destruction of the Jews by the hand of Hitler (Ellis, Marc H. (2004). “Hitler and the Holocaust, Christian Anti-Semitism”, Baylor University Center for American and Jewish Studies, Spring, slide 14; cp. Nuremberg Trial Proceedings, Vol. 12, p. 318, Avalon Project, Yale Law School, April 19, 1946).  Luther is credited with “Germanizing the Christian critique of Judaism and establishing anti-Semitism as a key element of German culture and national identity” (Berger, Ronald (2002). Fathoming the Holocaust: A Social Problems Approach.  New York, NY, USA: Aldine De Gruyter, p. 28).  American historian Lucy Dawidowicz, in her The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, writes that both Luther and Hitler were obsessed by the “demonologized universe” inhabited by Jews, with Hitler asserting that the later Luther, the author of On the Jews and Their Lies was the real Luther and most documents justify this conclusion (Dawidowicz, Lucy S. (1986). The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945. First published 1975: New York, NY, USA : Holt, Rinehart and Winston; this Bantam edition 1986: Toronto, ONT, Can. and New York, NY, USA: Bantam Books, p.23).  Adolf Hitler, in his autobiography Mein Kampf (vol. 1, chap 8), Hitler referred to Martin Luther as a great warrior, a true statesmen, and a great reformer, alongside Richard Wagner and Frederick the Great.  Hitler wrote:

Among them must be counted the great warriors in this world who, though not understood by the present, are nevertheless prepared to carry the fight for their ideas and ideals to their end. They are the men who some day will be closest to the heart of the people; it almost seems as though every individual feels the duty of compensating in the past for the sins which the present once committed against the great. Their life and work are followed with admiring gratitude and emotion, and especially in days of gloom they have the power to raise up broken hearts and despairing souls. To them belong, not only the truly great statesmen, but all other great reformers as well. Beside Frederick the Great stands Martin Luther as well as Richard Wagner.

Hitler leaves the Marine Church in Wilhelmshaven

Hitler was convinced that he was a great Christian, doing the work of The Lord.  Hitler was convinced that he would receive the blessings of both god and Luther, and in the end convert all Jews to Jesus.  He followed, religiously, Immanuel Kant’s Philosophy of Law: “The supreme Power in the State has only rights and no duties towards the subject” (p. 175), and that of Hegel who penned: “The State is the march of God in the world” (Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1821). Grundlinien der philosophie des rechts originally published in Berlin, Germany: In der Nicolaischen Buchhandlung [Philosophy of Right] Englis translation, Oxford, UK: The Clarendon Press, page 247), “The State is the divine will as a present spirit, which unfolds itself in the actual shape of an organised world” (ibid, page 260). The State is the divine idea as it exists on earth” (Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Geschichte , Philosophy of History, English translation published New York, NY, USA: The Colonial Press [c1899], p. 41).

When the Jews did not convert, but “took advantage” of Gentiles through their commercial dealings, Luther, like Hitler, turned sharply against them (Noble, Graham (2002). “Martin Luther and German anti-Semitism,” History Review No. 42:1-2), as Yosef has against Gentiles in 2011.  Although Luther only wrote a small number of pamphlets and sermons against the Jews, he was consumed with their existence throughout his lifetime, and never spared time to lecture the authorities on sparing Jews: their lives, their properties, their labors–which he firmly believed belonged to Gentiles (Stöhr, Martin. “Die Juden und Martin Luther,” in Kremers, Heinz et al. (eds.) Die Juden und Martin Luther, Martin Luther und die Juden : Geschichte, Wirkungsgeschichte, Herausforderung ; Martin Luther und die Juden. Neukirchen Vluyn, Germany: Neukirchener publishing house, 1985, 1987 (second edition). p. 90; cp. Kaennel, Lucie (1997). Luther était-il antisémite?  Entrée Libre N° 38. Geneva, Switzerland: Labor et Fides), yet another similarity to Israeli terrorist Yosef.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef condemning women for being born a woman

Ovadia Yosef’s numerous sermons saturated with senseless diatribes against Gentiles/Non-Jews, atheists and agnostics are the ramblings of a demented mind that borders on insanity.  Yosef, like the members of Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, has gone so far as to proclaim that “unbelieving soldiers die” (which has been condemned by other Jewish leaders) while implying that faith will protect believers:

Rabbi Yosef preaches "unbelieving soldiers die."

“Is it any wonder if, heaven forbid, soldiers are killed in a war?” he said, “when they don’t observe the Sabbath, they don’t observe the Torah, they don’t pray every day, they don’t put on phylacteries every day. Is it any wonder that they’re killed? It’s no wonder.”

Yosef also called Hurricane Katrina “God’s retribution” against President Bush for supporting Israel’s withdrawal of settlers from Gaza.

He has decried health care in favor of prayer, declared that all Palestinians must die (read also here), and has blasted any tolerance of diversity, with his remarks condemned by numerous governments including the Department of State of the USA.

Yosef has banned the internet from Orthodox Jewish homes, declaring it to be 1000 times more dangerous than television to the faith.  The newspaper Degel  Hatorah, one of the strictest of the religious parties in Israel, said the internet was “the world’s leading cause of temptation, it incites and encourages sin and abomination of the worst kind”.

Bombing Gaza homes and killing children are acceptable to Rabbi Yosef

Yosef finds little to no good in people or life on this planet, but wants to purify it with prayer and prosecution of “sin.”  He told the electorate that they would go to the Garden of Eden (which is in Iraq where he was born) if they vote for his party, or to hell if they do not or if they participate in a Gay Pride Parade.  His garden is a center for war, and he sees no evil in bombing the homes of civilians or the military slaughter of children.

Abraham Yosef

His son, another rabbi, is even further out of touch with reality and contemporary civilization.  Chief Rabbi of Holon and son of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Abraham Yosef, issued a ruling forbidding women from working as teachers to children over the age of 9.  He claimed that it is “completely forbidden” according to Jewish law.  There is no biblical passage in the Torah or Tankah that forbids it.  It is, however, one of the first laws passed by Nazi Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933.  Female enrollment in secondary schools dropped from 437,000 in 1926 to 205,000 in 1937 (Pauley, Bruce F. (2003). Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini: Totalitarianism in the Twentieth Century. 2nd Edition. Wheeling, IL, USA: Harlan Davidson Inc. p. 119). All subjects from gymnastics to history revolved around, glorified, and were exclusively for men (Gies, Horst (1989). Der Geschichtsunterricht im Dritten Reich als völkische Weihestunde und  historische Nabelschau. In “Schule und Unterricht im Dritten Reich.” Neuwied, Germany: Luchterhand. p. 216).

Book burning by NAZI soldiers and university students (1933)

All “undesireable teachers”, not just females, but also Jewish males, were expelled from their profession under the law Gesetz zur Wiederherstellung des Berufbeamtentums (Hansen, Heinrich and von Leers, Dr. Johannes (1939). Der deutsche Lehrer als Kulturschöpfer. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Verlag Moritz Diesterweg. p 164)Education for women was limited to domestic work: cleaning house, cooking, working in health care, and such, while men were taught gymnastics, history, and allegiance to the state.  All classes started with the NAZI salute and celebration of the ascent of Hitler to power.

German boys giving the Nazi salute. September 1933. Süddeutscher

Women had no more rights during the Third Reich than under the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis, as seen in the plight of the Orthodox Jewish women in New York City where they are forced to ride at the back of the bus.  In this the father and son Yosef are joined by past figures harboring hard hatred towards women and all who disagree with them, such as the mad monk Martin Luther of Wittenberg, and the one-time Augustinian priest’s spiritual son: Adolf Hitler and to the religious theocrats who followed him, leading to a rise in the Ultra-Orthodox movement as well as the New Apostolic Reformation.  Those who had no desire to think for themselves, but blindly followed what a few claimed to be the will and word of god, they accepted, and new totalitarian movements grew and prospered worldwide: from the Orthodox control of women’s movement and relegating them to the back of the B110 bus in New York City, to the Tea Party’s endorsement of NOM and movement to limit freedom throughout the USA, to the radicalization of liberty in Israel where ten percent of its people have been denied basic human rights.

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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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Marriage = 1 man + 1 woman: what the Bible says

Keith Ratliff Sr.

Many contemporary evangelists, such as Keith Ratliff Sr of Des Moines, Iowa, a Black Southern Baptist preacher who extols hatred at the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church, when denouncing the Iowa Supreme Court that stood up for human rights, claiming that the Iowa Supreme Court cannot “overturn the laws of [his] god” by allowing basic civil  rights to all people of Iowa while supporting slavery and forced labor in foreign nations, declaring that he speaks for god and uses a bible that is a poor translation of original documents.  Not only does Ratliff misuse the actual statements in the bible in its original sense (he has never had a professional course in translation and interpretation, nor wants one) but he claims that his particular version of scripture is sacred and not to be questioned, making him not only controversial but ludicrous as he has no concept of what he is talking about but does grandstand to an adorning and illiterate congregation. Ratliff is the president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP, and goes against the official NAACP stand for the rights of all people, declaring that there is “no parallel” between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the gay rights movement of the twenty-first century  (see: http://rodonline.typepad.com/rodonline/2009/04/iowas-leading-black-pastor-no-compromise-on-homosexuality.html), and rapid preachers such as

New York State Senator Ruben Diaz who claims to be a Pentecostal preacher

New York State Senator and Pentecostal preacher and former drug addict (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/nyregion/10marriage.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss) Ruben Diaz who has a 22-year-old lesbian granddaughter (http://www.examiner.com/bronx-county-political-buzz-in-new-york/lesbian-granddaughter-of-anti-gay-ny-state-sen-ruben-diaz-sr-speaks-out?fb_comment=33984746) and two openly gay brothers (http://gothamist.com/2009/11/10/senator_ruben_diaz_sr_wont_let_gay.php),

Erica Diaz (r) with partner Naomi Torres and sons Jared (L) and Jeremiah Munoz.; Credit: New York Post

who have never studied the original scriptures in scroll or redactions claim that marriage is between one man and one woman.  In most cases, televangelists argue that marriage is where a woman submits to a man as if he were her “lord and master”—an absurdity found frequently among early Protestant leaders such as Martin Luther of eastern Germany and Jean Calvin of Geneva (Switzerland). What [(ὃ)] is not “those” (Οι meaning αυτές) and is a translation error. That is not what any ancient document defines marriage as being: a submission of one to another, but rather a united workforce of two (or more) people.  The full text comes from Matthew 19:4: but this is not about marriage, but about divorce, and the text is not a reference to individuals but to a unity of purpose and work, for the word that is used is “enjoined” or “cleaved” that means “knit together” (or “glued”) as if it were one (ο δε αποκριθεις ειπεν αυτοις ουκ ανεγνωτε οτι ο ποιησας απ αρχης αρσεν και θηλυ εποιησεν αυτους και ειπεν ενεκεν τουτου καταλειψει ανθρωπος τον πατερα [αυτου] και την μητερα και προσκολληθησεται τη γυναικι αυτου και εσονται οι δυο εις σαρκα μιαν).  There is no gender reference in this line.  It is copied from Mark 10:9 and was adapted to Romans 7:1-3. 

Exegetical writers argue that the aorist tense (denoting the occurrence of an event at some past time, considered as a momentary act) seems to refer to the original ordinance of God at the creation—but this does not exist. Matthew 19:4-5 is strengthened by the word Συνεζευξεν, which translates as “yoked together,” in the same was as oxen are yoke together at the plough, where each must pull equally, in order to bring the plough through the field and ultimately benefit from their labor. This is a very ancient symbolism and found in all Abrahamic communities, where their people who were newly married, put a yoke upon their necks, or chains upon their arms, to show that they were to be one, closely united, and pulling equally together in all the concerns of life.

Marriage of the god Cupid and goddess Psyche

The ancient custom of putting on a yoke in the Middle East was generated by practical needs: the understanding that unless the two worked together the two would not eat, as the symbolism is quite different from the ancient Greek theology as defined in the marriage of Cupid and Psyche.  In this far older religious perspective, Cupid (not a baby nor a boy but a robust man) wed Psyche and the two became “one flesh”—a term that later Hapiru moving from India into the Canaanite valley would adopt.  This changed only slightly with time, as can be seen in the interpretations of the translation from the Greek into the Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions that read, “one body”: with the subjection of the “weaker vessel” that is given the title “wife” (it had nothing to do with gender” is to be beloved by the husband (the stronger vessel) as his own body, as himself, as his own flesh, which appears in paraphrasing in the Pauline Letter to the Ephesians 5:28. The idea, in its earliest days did not include a contract for “eternity” but while the union was mutually beneficial.  The ancient Egyptians defined that as being a contract for “marriage” (mutual help) understood as a social institution that culminated in the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of two people (gender not specified) to live as a married couple and work for each other, protect each other, love each other, nurture each other and be supportive of each other.

What the various writers of the Gospels and Epistles ignored (or were expunged of in the various redactions of the scriptures, especially during the era 440 – 1120 CE) was that the objection, allegedly posed by the Jesus of the New Testament, is to the indifference of married couples where Moses allowed the husband to give his wife a letter of divorce is found in Deuteronomy 24:1.  By the time that the Book of Deuteronomy is written and with its various redactions put into place, the two partners become gender specific, so that if a man (the stronger of the two) marries a woman (the weaker of the two) who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, he is allowed to write her a certificate of divorce, give it to her and send her from his house (as property was the prerogative and right of the stronger of the two in a union, and women lost, over time, their rights in a “marriage” (cp. Matthew 5:31 but that is allowed only in case of infidelity because the wife will seek sex elsewhere and that was considered, wrongly, as adultery, and the individual having sex with the one divorced is considered guilty as well to the charge of adultery: the key is in verse 32: εγω δε λεγω υμιν οτι ος αν απολυση την  γυναικα αυτου παρεκτος λογου πορνειας ποιει αυτην μοιχασθαι και ος  εαν απολελυμενην γαμηση μοιχαται that is taken from Jeremiah 3:9 and reflects Babylonian law; it is definitely not new with the Jesus of the New Testament (cf. Matthew 19:8 where Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning”).  The Matthew account is directly copied from the Marcian account (Mark 10:11 which matches the Babylonian directive. It must be remembered that the Gospel of Mark is the source for the other synoptic gospels—not Matthew and this is best seen in the misuse of the word “wife.”

Wife, originally, meant “helpmeet” [a person suitable to help a lord or leader, and was used in the original King James Version of the Bible; in the original Genesis 2:18, it means “suitable” and usually came after investigation, interview, dialogue, and terms of the employment or living agreed upon] or “helpmate” [a companion, from the Hebrew ‘ezer keneghdo’ [וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים לֹא־טֹוב הֱיֹות הָאָדָם לְבַדֹּו אֶעֱשֶׂהּ־לֹּו עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדֹּו׃] it does not become one unified word until 1673].  Wife did not mean a woman married to a man until shortly before 900 CE, and then it is an evolutionary word that comes from the Old English wif  “woman,” from Proto-Germanic *wiban  (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian wif , Old Norse vif , Danish and Swedish viv , Middle Dutch and Dutch wijf , Old High German wib , and German Weib ), of uncertain origin. Some proposed Proto-Indo-European (hereafter cited as PIE) roots include *weip–  “to twist, turn, wrap,” perhaps with sense of “veiled person” [which various religions in the subcontinent and Middle East will adopt when they turn to “covering the wife” with a Burqa] (see vibrate: Latin vibratus,  past participle of vibrare meaning to “move quickly to and fro, shake,” which was expected from a helper to show that the individual was working’ from PIE *w(e)ib–  “move quickly to and fro” (cf. Lithuanian wyburiu  “to wag” (the tail) as a helper was expected to move quickly and the labor would require that the entire body was not resting, thus bending over, or swaying when harvesting, planting, and so forth was required and later used to “wag the tongue” (to speak quickly in defense of the house, to correct a disobedient child, or to speak out against a wrongful act), as it appear in the Danish vippe, Dutch wippen  “to swing,” that originate out of the Old English wipan meaning “to wipe” as the drying of a dish, cleaning of a table, and so forth; or *ghwibh– , a proposed root meaning “shame,” also “pudenda,” but the only examples of it are wife  and Tocharian (a lost Indo-European language of central Asia) kwipe, kip  “female pudenda.” The modern sense of “female spouse” that began as a specialized sense in Old English was transmogrified into the current the general sense of “woman” and can be seen in the preservation of such words as midwife, old wives’ tale, etc.  The Middle English sense of “mistress of a household” survives in housewife and it gave the house tender control over supplies, ordering victuals, disciplining servants and churls, and so forth.  It was later restricted in the sense or terminology of “tradeswoman of humble rank” as in fishwife. This is seen in the Dutch Wijf.  All became subject, in time, to the control of a male as patriarchy became increasingly more dominant and the fertility mother (alma mater) and her statues (such as the Venus of Willendorf; 24,000 – 22,000 BCE; cf. Berlant, Stephen (July, 2011). The Venus of Hohle Fels: Its Entheomycological Significance in Relation to The Venus of Willendorf and

Venus von Willendorf

Other, Anthropoid, Female Figurines. http://www.anistor.gr/english/index.htm Art Section) disappeared to be replaced by patriarch and masculine representations when displaced males (such as the ancient Hapiru invaded, conquered, and destroyed the more advanced civilizations such as Canaan and demoted their goddesses (Asherah, for example) to raise up their totems of male dominance, or transmogrified female deities into male deities, as seen in the Yah from ancient Egypt).

It is claimed, in error, that the ordinance of marriage was sanctioned in Paradise (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). It is also stated by evangelicals that monogamy was the original law under which man lived, but polygamy commenced at a very early date (Genesis 4:19), and continued to swell in number and frequency and prevail all down through Jewish history.

The laws of Moses regulated but did not prohibit polygamy. A man might have a plurality of wives, but a wife could have only one husband. A wife’s legal rights (Exodus 21:10) and her duties (Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Timothy 5:14 being a plagiarism from past Hebraic writings taken from Akkadian scripts) are specified. The wife could be divorced in special cases (Deuteronomy 22:13-21), but the wife could not divorce her husband.

It is alleged that divorce was restricted by the Jesus of the New Testament to the single case of adultery (Matthew 19:3-9) as discussed earlier, but the authenticity of this inclusion is now under scrutiny. The duties of husbands and wives in their relations to each other are distinctly set forth in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18, 19; 1 Peter 3:1-7). What is unique is the role of the “husband”?

The word “husband” originally meant a manager and a frugal person (a change occurred with the advent of the Industrial Revolution).  The husband controlled all income (including the wife’s dowry that was brought to the marriage) and purchases in the house).  The word “husband” is from Old Norse hūsbōndi,  which is a combination of hūs  house + bōndi  one who has a household, from bōa  to dwell reflecting the Old English husbonda:  “male head of a household,” probably from the Old Norse husbondi  “master of the house,” from hus  “house” + bondi but with the unique meaning of  “householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant,” from buandi,  present participle of bua  “to dwell”.  It was originally used for a “peasant farmer” (early thirteenth century) and is preserved in husbandry (first attested in the late fourteenth century). Beginning late in the thirteenth century it replaced the Old English wer as “married man,” as the companion of a wif, which has been recognized by many scholars as a sad loss for English poetry. The verb “manage thriftily” appearing in the middle of the fifteenth century is from the noun, in the obsolete sense, “steward” (mid-fifteenth century); before 1000 CE.  The Middle English husband ( e ), Old English hūsbonda  meant anyone who was master [controller] of the house and comes from the Old Norse hūsbōndi,  equivalent to hūs (house) + bōndi  ( bō-,  variant of bū-)  dwell (see the word boor in any quality dictionary as it refers to a peasant or an unruly person: a country bumpkin; rustic; yokel or one who acts like a pig: is boorish) + -nd  present participle suffix + -i  inflectional ending).

To build a theology around the antiquity of “marriage” led to the invention of many words by giving a false definition to them as found in the Christian Bible. For example, the Biblical name of the first man, from the Hebrew adam (Hebrew: אָדָם‎, Arabic: آدم‎) does not mean “man,” but must be translated “from the ground”.  It is a horticultural term: a lump of red clay (Hebrew is adamah  “ground”) and comes from the Canaanite word for “workers of the earth” and is plural in number and gender neutral; cf. Latin: homo that is misused and mistranslated as “man,” but is actually a Greek word meaning “same”; this is, however, found in the words for humanus for “human,” and humus  “earth, ground, soil.” The misuse of translation and interpretation skills have brought such nonsense into the language as “Adam’s apple” (first appearing in 1755) being an inexact translation of the Hebrew tappuah haadam, literally: “man’s swelling,” from ha-adam  “the man” + tappuah  “anything swollen” that actually described the swelling of the earth when there was an earthquake or volcanic eruption. The allusion is to the fact that a piece of the forbidden fruit (commonly believed to be an apple) that Eve gave Adam is supposed to have stuck in his throat. To not know (someone) from Adam “not know him at all” is first recorded 1784.

The issue of “red” for the earth is from ancient Babylonia and has been used by the invading Hapiru and other barbarians from the north as a generic name for man, having the same meaning in the Hebrew and the Assyrian languages. The order of creation written in Genesis 1 and 2 very significantly (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1982). Woman in ancient Israel under the Torah and Talmud : with a translation and critical commentary on Genesis 1-3; Mesquite: IHP) , as does the “sin” that saw the mortals expelled from the Garden, once “Eve” is created and she eats the forbidden fruit. At that point she becomes a woman, and her punishment for sinning against the orders of the landlord was to give birth to children—although she only had three sons. We have the names of only three of Adam’s sons, viz., Cain (it means “farmer”), Abel (it means “shepherd”, and Seth (it has various meanings, including “trickster” and “substitute”) who has his origins in ancient Egyptian theology.  Genesis 5:4 reads that other children were born—and from them all came all the nations of the earth.  This line shows that incest was acceptable and a common form of “marriage”, and while the “children” of Genesis 5:4 says “sons and daughters” and Josephus claims (Antiquities 1:1) that Adam had thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters, Cain would have had to marry (had sex) one of them to have children. Josephus is not a reliable writer, nor is he a historian or scientist, and his books are saturated with errors (http://www.isaiah18.com/josephusvsnature.html).

Eve is the only “living human” that can be based on the Bible. It is a feminine noun, and is in Hebrew Hawwah that liberally has been translated as “a living being” but actually is a word that means “life” or “the growing earth.”  What history there is of her comes from various texts, but few are in agreement.  The birth of her first son cannot linguistically be attributed to Adam, as Genesis 4:1 states “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord,” suggesting that the overseer was the father and follows the outline and words of most ancient civilizations from Ethiopian to Hindu on the generation of species. 

Eve named her son Cain as if he had been the Promised One the “Seed of the woman.” While this topic is too involved to enter into this essay, what must be answered is the evangelical biblical literalists argument that Adam and Eve were “married”.  Their claim is based on Genesis 2:24 (repeated in Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7) but the word references a sexual act and not a contract to continue laboring together.  Then, too, there is the argument that Adam only had one wife; but legend and other scriptures argue that he had two: the first wife was known as Lilith first appearing in what is considered a pseudepigraphic eighth to tenth century Alphabet of Ben Sira is considered to be the oldest form of the story of Lilith as Adam’s first wife, with Eve as his second wife, but Lilith and her legend is found earlier in the Babylonian Talmud (completed between 500 and 700 AD/CE, although legend has it that it was begun around 200 CE). Lilith is also found in Mesopotamian and Akkadian texts that predate both, with the Tree of Life being a part of the Babylonian Gilgamesh.

Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:25; the word means “appointed” or “substitute”, (Genesis 4:25; 5:3). His mother gave him his name, “for God,” said she, “hath appointed me [i.e., compensated me with] another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” However, the name can be directly traced to an ancient Egyptian god, patron of the 11th nome (or province) of Upper Egypt.

Egyptian God Set/Seth (horns indicated enlightenment, as with Michelangelo's statue of Moses)

Seth has been recorded with the symbols of pigs, donkeys, and fishes. His cult centers were at Tanis, Ombos, and he was regarded as the Lord of Lower (Northern) Egypt.  Most commonly, Seth was represented by a big-eared imaginary animal with red (reflecting Adam: the red earth) hair resembling a donkey or maybe an aardvark. He was associated with the desert and storms. The Greeks associated Seth with their god, Typhon.  His story is more complete in ancient Egyptian theology than the mythology of Genesis.

Seth was the brother of Osiris, Isis and Nephthys who was also his wife. Nephthys’ son, Anubis was born from her tryst with Osiris, carrying out the Middle East acceptance of adultery and incest. Seth never had any children, as emphasis of his association with the barren desert and of his status as the antithesis of the fertile Osiris. During his battles with Horus, the goddess Neith suggested a compromise by giving Horus the throne, and Seth the Semitic goddesses Astarte (Venus who in Canaanite theology was known as Asherah) and Asat, which gave him two wives like other Middle Eastern Semitic men.

Egyptian God Set/Seth

The story of Seth in Egypt is similar to that of Cain in the Old Testament for Seth became famous for the fratricide of his brother Osiris which most likely is the source for the Genesis account of Cain and Able, and for the attempted murder of his brother’s son, Horus. Horus survived though and avenged his father’s death by ruling all of Egypt and exiling Seth to the desert for all time—similar to Cain’s exile. Seth, however was not willing to accept the loss of his “birthright” and, like the legend of Jacob and Esau, was tricked out of it by his father’s wife.  While Jacob covered his hairless arms with the skins of goats, to fool his father Isaac, Isis transformed herself into a beautiful young woman and went to Seth with tears streaming down her face.  Seth asked the young woman what the matter was and Isis told a story like the situation that she found herself in with Horus: where an evil man had killed her husband and was trying to steal her family’s flocks. Seth became angry at her plight and insisted that the evil man be destroyed and that the young woman’s son should inherit the family’s estate. By his own words, Seth condemned himself, and lost the throne of Egypt.

Story of Seth in ancient Egypt

In the Legend of Osiris, Seth/Set kills Osiris and scatters his body, then claims the throne of the gods for his own. He is later struck down by Horus, the son of Osiris, who restores order to the world and sets up the pharaohs as the guardians of Maat. Seth/Set and Horus continue to battle for control of the world, setting up an epic conflict of good versus evil as would Michael the archangel battle the Fallen Angel (some who claim is Lucifer, others Satan; they are not the same angels: Satan is a Babylonian Son of God who is known as the Adversary or Advocate/Lawyer in Job 2:1, and Lucifer was an angel/god of light {lucem ferre}, while the one Cast Down was “The Devil” (Isaiah 14:3-20), but he is not said to have been “cast down” from heaven—this comes from the Second Book of Enoch Verses 29:4, 31:4 of the longer recension manuscript R.) For an English translation of the story, read:  http://www.touregypt.net/godsofegypt/legendofosiris.htm.  There are, however, many early Church Fathers celebrated this fiction which in time was accepted as fact, as with Tertullian (Contra Marcionem, v. 11, 17), Origen (Homilies on Ezekiel 13), and others, who identify Lucifer with the Devil, erroneously interpreting the Devil as being “cast down from heaven” (by mistranslating  Revelation 12:7–10; cf. Luke 10:18).

As for marriage being between “one man and one woman” as the hate mongers hiding behind the poorly translated bibles argue throughout the Christian world, there is no biblical support for the idea or concept.  Genesis 4:19 says “Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.” That means that marriage is between one man and two women (which can lead to jealousy and murder: Genesis 4:23).  Jacob, who was not of the House of Cain, also had a plurality of wives, with Leah and Rachel (who were polytheists) being the best known (Genesis 29:32 sqq), including the rare glimpse into their use of sexual devises (they sat on phallic statues of their gods to hide them from their father).

Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 12:10-20), Sarah (Genesis 11:29-31), then “married” (had sex with) her servant Hagar (Genesis 16:1–21:21).  After the death of his wife Sarah takes another wife, Keturah, who has six sons (25:1-4).

Esau, the elder twin son of Isaac and Rebekan (Genesis 25:25) also liked the ladies and married frequently.  The names of Esau’s wives differ in two traditions (Genesis 26:34 and 28:9; cf. 36:2-3).

Moses had at least two wives.  One was Zipporah (who was Moses’ cousin: Exodus 2:15-16 and in Exodus 18:1-6 and continued the Egyptian practice of female circumcision: Exodus 4:24-26).  Moses’ second wife was the “woman of Ethiopia” (http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Ethiopian-Princess the author of this article develops the reality found in the ancient spelling of the Torah where evangelicals attempt to claim that Moses had but one wife—which would be unusual in that day; cf. Numbers 11:35-12:2).  Moses’ polygamy is matched by Elkanah who had two wives: Hannah and Penninah (1 Samuel 1:2).

Saul offers his daughter Michal to David

David had numerous wives (Michal {daughter of King Saul; I Samuel 18:20,28 is unique as it is the first Biblical account of a woman saying that she loved a man, but here the Hebrew word is ahava and it does not mean a romantic love; Saul set a bride-price for the groom David to receive Michal; to risk his life harvesting the foreskin of 100 Philistines, but David returned with the foreskin of 200}, Ahinoam {mother of Amnon; Ahinoam was King Saul’s wife and daughter of Ahimaatz (I Samuel 14:50) and David married her while Saul was still alive and had not divorced her}, Abigail {mother of Kileab; Abigail is the wife of Nabal (whose name denotes a fool or glutton), a wealthy landowner in the Hebron. She is noted as wise and beautiful (I Samuel 25:3) especially in contrast to her husband}; Maacah {mother of Absalom and Tamar and daughter of King Talmai of Geshur}; Haggith {mother of Adonijah}, Eglah {mother of Ithream}, and Abital {mother of Shephatiah}. David’s last wife was Bathsheba, mother of Solomon {David married Bathsheba after having her husband killed; Bathsheba is named as the daughter of Eliam (II Samuel 11: 3) himself the son of Ahithophel one of David’s counselors (II Samuel 23:34) and David had sex with her despite the fact she was menstruating, which was illicit according to Jewish law)’ it is also possible that David married his own sister: According to the Book of Chronicles David had a sister named Abigail (I Chronicles 2:16) whose her husband is named Ithra (or Jether) (2 Samuel 17:26; and I Chronicles 2:17). It is possible that after Nabal’s death David’s sister rule over Hebron, which baits the question of whether or not there were two Abigail’s – one David’s third wife and one his sister, who most likely were sisters-in-law, and even possibly the same person? That implies that David married his sister after the death of his rival Nabal to inherit her estates. Could David marry his sister – it was not unheard of in the ancient mid-east (cf. Levenson, Jon D. (1978) in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, p. 27); David is accused of two sins:  murder and adultery (where death is commanded for both the man and the woman {Leviticus 20:10}), including having sex with his own granddaughter.  For murder, the prophet intoned, David’s punishment was to be ‘the sword shall never depart from your household. (II Samuel 12:10). For adultery his punishment is ‘[God] will raise up against you evil out of your own house . . .  Your wives . . . will lie with your friend . . . in sight of this sun . . . you shall not die . . . the child that is born to you shall surely die’ (II Samuel 12:11-14).  David readily admits his sin and the prophet responds that God will forgive, but David must nevertheless be punished. David’s immediate acceptance of his crime saves his own life but not that of the unborn child (‘And the Lord struck the child’ (II Samuel 12:15). King

Jonathan loved David

David also loved at least one man (Jonathan). David’s love for Jonathan is Biblical evidence that marriage (sexual) union occurred between men, as with David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3) for in the account we read the Hebrew word ahab, used to describe how Jonathan loved David and it does not mean “platonic”; it occurs 208 times in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. It is translated love in the KJV 169 times and occurs in the story of David and Solomon in 1 Samuel 16:21, 18:1, 3, 16, 20, 20:17 and II Samuel 1:26.

Solomon outdid all of the men in the Old Testament for polygamous marriages.  Solomon had 700 official wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3).

No where in the Bible is there a rule, law, proclamation, statement from any god in the Old (אֱלהִים: elohim is a plural noun and refers to “god(s)” and/or “goddess(es)”) or New Testament nor is the Jesus of the New Testament that marriage between one man with one woman. 

"Constantine burning Arian books" MS CLXV, Biblioteca Capitolare, Vercelli, a compendium of canon law produced in northern Italy ca. 825 (a political lie, as Constantine was baptized by an Arian bishop, this cartoon appears 500 years later). The emperor burned no Arian books.

The Holy Spirit [which was not a part of the Trinity until the fourth century, and was considered one of three divine “persons” {ὑποστάσεις} but of one being {οὐσία} the invention of the Τριάς was established at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE under the order of the Emperor Constantine] used ahab in Genesis 29:20 to describe Jacob’s love for his wife Rachel and in Song of Solomon 3:1-4, to describe the love of the Shunamite girl for Solomon. The love of the Shulamite girl for Solomon is described as coming from her nephesh-soul, just as Jonathan’s love for David sprang from his nephesh-soul. Scripture uses ahabahto describe sexual love in the context of opposite sex marriage in Proverbs 5:19. Compare Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1), Centurian and his servant (Matthew 8), Daniel and Ashpenaz in Daniel 1.  None of these were Sodomites, which refers to a city and the “pagan” (non-Hebrew worshippers of a fertility goddess: Asherah).  A sodomite in the Bible was always a shrine prostitute who worshipped the Canaanite fertility goddess? In many ways, the ancient Sodomites were similar to today’s cult of the Westboro Baptist Church that claims that “god hates…” and the god of Westboro Baptist Church will destroy nations that do not follow the dictates of his priesthood. Cf. Deuteronomy 23:17-18, 1 Kings 14:24, 15:12, 22:46, 2 Kings 23:7 and the non-Hebrew Book of Job 36:14;  all that use the word qadesh: it means “shrine prostitute” or “sacred whore” worshipping and interceding for a non-Hebrew deity.  This is the same term in Isaiah 1:9-10, 3:9, 13:19; Jeremiah 23:14, 49:18, 50:40; Lamentations 4:6; Ezekiel 16:46, 48-49 (which clearly defines the sin of the City of Sodom), 53, 55-56; Hosea 4:14 – harlots, qadeshah, shrine prostitutes; Amos 4:11; Zephaniah 2:9; Matthew 10:15, 11:23-24; Mark 6:11; Luke 10:12, 17:29; Romans 9:29; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 5-7 talks about people and makes no references to LGBT individuals, as it speaks of the past when the Jews were in Egypt (it is worthy of note that the author(s) of Jude uses the Greek word, heteras {ἕτερος: meaning different, as in Acts 2:4 referencing speaking in different tongues} from which we get our English word, heterosexual, instead of the Greek word, homoios, {ίδιο: meaningsame} from which we get our English word, homosexual); Revelation 11:8, 22:15 – dogs (compare Deuteronomy 23:17-18 – “dog” was a derogatory name for a shrine prostitute: a “dog priest”; read: http://levendwater.org/companion/append42.html. The base line is clear: The participles ἐκπορνεύσασαι (ekporneusasai, “having indulged in sexual immorality”: going against consent or using sex in worship) and ἀπελθοῦσαι (apelqousai, “having pursued”) have concord with “cities” (πόλεις, poleis), a feminine plural noun, rather than with Sodom and Gomorrah (both masculine nouns) indicates non-Hebrew values or actions and thus were condemned and had nothing to do with sex between consenting individuals. 

A nephilim and a daughter of man

The Testament of Asher 7:1 boldly declares that the people of Sodom should haveknown that the angels were strangers and thus would have sought them out as occurs in lands where xenophobia is strongest since throughout the Middle East there was a belief that angels/giants {or “Fallen Ones”} sought out the daughters of mortals (Testament of Naphtali 3:3-5; cp. Genesis 6:1-4; Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Theologie March 15, 1905).  These “fallen ones” have long been questioned as to whom they were, what they wanted, etc.  Among the most interesting interpretations is that of Matthew Henry who argued that god had to intervene (Henry, Matthew (1961) Commentary on the Whole Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House):

“The sons of Seth (that is the professors of religion) married the daughters of men, that is, those that were profane, and strangers to God and godliness. The posterity of Seth did not keep by themselves, as they ought to have done. They inter-mingled themselves with the excommunicated race of Cain.”

It was not the sex between the two, but rather that they was an “intermixing” (true believers and nonbelievers) that would ultimately come into being an excuse for condemning interracial marriages and other merging of people.  Henry’s arguments are as spurious and nefarious as most evangelical commentaries, especially those by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Pentecostal movements such as the Adventists, because at no time, before the Flood (a worldwide myth) or after, has God destroyed or threatened to destroy the human race for the alleged sin of “mixed marriages.” 

Like other evangelicals, Henry is over reading the text, as there is no mention of Seth anywhere in this account. The contrast made in Genesis 6:2 is not between the descendants of Seth and the descendants of Cain, but between the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men.”  Furthermore, only the daughters of Cain were involved—not the sons, and there is no indication of anything but traditional sexuality—definitely no reference to homosexuality with the Fallen Ones.  While Genesis 6:12 acknowledges that “all flesh” is corruptible (and subject to passion”, St. Augustine noted (Aurelius Augustine,The City of God (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1949), Transl. Marcus Dods) precisely:“Like the gods they have corporeal immortality, and passions like human beings.” The major problem is that the angels in the Old Testament were “Sons of God” (Job 2:1), but in the New Testament are “Servants of God”, and sex is not involved.  There is no reference to specific limitations on marriage—just that a person is to “sin no more” or encounter “strange flesh.”

The last point here is critical.  If Jesus was the Son of God, as many (but not all) fourth century Christians claimed, he would have been tempted by the flesh, had a girl friend, and following Jewish custom, would have married and had children.  Jesus did none of these things.  Instead, the Jesus of the New Testament had no girl friend nor girlfriends, never married (quite strange in during that time, and would led to a family and public rebuking), had 72 male disciples (it is recorded only in Luke 10:1–24; the number is in dispute, between 70 and 72, as The King James, New King James, and the New American Standard Bible read that Jesus “sent forth 70 disciples,” while the New International Version, The Jerusalem Bible, and the New Living Translation reflect that Jesus “sent forth 72 disciples”.  The difference is found in Nestle’s Novum Testamentum Graece, where the Greek word μετα δε ταυτα ανεδειξεν ο κυριος και ετερους εβδομηκοντα και απεστειλεν αυτους ανα δυο προ προσωπου αυτου εις πασαν πολιν και τοπον ου εμελλεν αυτος ερχεσθαι (“hebdomekonta“).  However, immediately following this word is the Greek word δύο or “duo” in brackets (duo) and must be translated “two.” Footnotes of several translations indicate that the Greek manuscripts are divided between 70 and 72 as the number sent out and there is no way to be sure of which one is the original. Both represent the number of nations in the world in Genesis 10, with the Hebrew text having 70 names while the Greek text has 72) and stayed with twelve men (only one who was married but never was with his wife: Peter according to the Bible (Matthew 8:14), but early Church Fathers claimed that all were married except “John the Beloved of Jesus” who “remained chaste for Jesus”; cf. http://www.ewtn.com/vexperts/showresult.asp?RecNum=489266&Forums=0&Experts=0&Days=2006&Author=&Keyword=apostles+were+married&pgnu=1&groupnum=0&record_bookmark=1&ORDER_BY_TXT=ORDER+BY+ReplyDate+DESC&start_at=; Saul of Tarsus/St. Paul was never married: 1 Corinthians 9:5), and let another man (John the Beloved) lay his head on his chest {John 13:25 and 21:20}, who

St. John rests his head on the chest of Jesus

Jesus allowed to rest his head there “because he loved him”—as he had loved the brother of Mary and Martha who died but after he was restored to life disappeared—when John enters into Jesus community as being “born again” {John 11:1-44}), and have a nude youth follow him out of the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:51-52 that is a revision of the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were expelled).  These are marks of a

Codex Sinaiticus Luke 11:2 on the prayer of Jesus

servant—which is emphasized in Jesus’ ultimate speech where he prays (cf. Luke 11:2) that “this cup” (of impending death) be removed—a power that, as the Son of God, he would have been able to do, as the Advocate (Satan) noted in the Temptation in the Desert—but which Jesus rejected as would a faithful servant.  

 Jesus made no statement on marriage throughout his three-year career as a teacher (http://preachersfiles.com/jesus-teaching-on-marriage-and-divorce/).  Neither did his disciples nor apostles. He had no quarrel with women; he had no interest in what people did privately provided they did not go against trust, charity, or the spirit of the law (Matthew 19:9).

Council of Nicaea 325 CE (Constantine I, depicted twice on the vertical axis of the icon, seated on an elevated throne above and below, standing on a pedestal in conversation with St. Nicholas, flanked by the Bishops in attendance, St. Alexander of Alexandria, who presided over the council, kneeling to the left and praying to the image of the youthful Christ under a baldachin, standing to the right of Constantine, Arius and his followers, identifiable by their lack of halos, in the lower right corner)

These acts brought into question the very divinity—an argument that tore apart the Christian community until the Emperor Constantine stepped in to the argument in the fourth century CE and formed his Christian Church when he called the Council of Nicaea to iron out their differences.  Chief among these “heresies” was Arianism. Arianism was a major heresy that arose in the fourth century and denied the divinity of Jesus Christ.  First effectively advanced by Arius (256-336), a priest of Alexandria, who denied that there were three distinct divine Persons in God, Arius saw most of the early Fathers turn to favor his position; in fact, Eusebius of Caesarea (who wrote the first fifty copies of the bible under the direct order of the Emperor Constantine, was an Arian, and the bishop who baptized the emperor on his deathbed (against the will of the emperor) was also an Arian). For Arius, there was only one Person, the Father. According to Arian theory, the Son was created (“There was a time when he was not”). Christ was thus a son of God, not by nature, but only by grace and adoption. This theory logically evacuates the doctrine of the Incarnation of God in Christ of all meaning: if God did not become man, then the world has not been redeemed and the faith itself eventually dissolves.

In 321, Arius was denounced by a synod at Alexandria for teaching a heterodox view of the relationship of Jesus to God the Father. Because Arius and his followers had great influence in the schools of Alexandria—counterparts to modern universities or seminaries—their theological views spread, especially in the eastern Mediterranean.

By 325, the controversy had become significant enough that the Emperor Constantine called an assembly of bishops, the First Council of Nicaea, that formally condemned Arianism and, under imperial pressure, formulated and promulgated the Nicene Creed.  Arianism, however, did not disappear as the emperor’s son and heir was an Arian, and Arianism was furthered by Anomeanism which was a radical variant of Arianism that held that the Son was “unlike” (Greek: animoios) the Father.

The letter ascribed to Jude, the brother of Jesus, brought many back to the original meaning: indicating that the sexual dimension of Sodom’s sin involved going after “flesh” (Greek: σάρκα transliterated as sarkos) that was “different/strange” (Greek: ἕτερος transliterated as heteras)–of nonbelievers or Fallen ones–and that the ultimate sin was lack of charity and friendship.  The word “homosexual” does not exist anywhere in the text, nor does “same-sex.”  “Homosexual” does not appear before the end of the nineteenth century, and “same-sex” relationships are not defined before the twentieth century. To find the word “homosexual” in a Bible is easy with the numerous modern editions published by various sects and cults, but it does not appear in any of the original documents.  The words “homosexual” and “same sex” are inserted words in numerous contemporary erroneously bad editions and have led to the rise of hatred for people, the drive to execute LGBT members in the most diabolical nations on this planet from Uganda and Nigeria to the USA.  At the same time it has led to the creation of a separation of people worse than what the German people did when Adolf Hitler rose to power and the Christian

Interior of Berlin synagogue after Kristallnach 1938

churches celebrated the destruction of Jewish synagogues (Kristallnacht), arrest of women, children, elderly and babies and festivals given on news of the Jews mass extermination (Reichskristallnacht, Pogromnacht, and Novemberpogrome), with the Roman Catholic church, the Lutheran (official) Church of Germany, the Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other evangelicals celebrating publicly and in private.  Ninety-one Jews were killed and 30,000 Jewish men—a quarter of all Jewish men in Germany—were taken to concentration camps, where they were tortured for months, with over 1,000 of them dying. Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire (“‘German Mobs’ Vengeance on Jews,” The Daily Telegraph, November 11, 1938, cited in Gilbert, Martin (2006). Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction. Harper Collins, p. 42).

Translation: With Luther and Hitler for faith and nationality (Poster of the Saxon Bishop Friedrich Coch and Nazis, which illustrates the "church struggle" of the German national socialist-minded Christians and the Confessing Church in 1933 in Saxony. The Dresden Frauenkirche in the Nazi era became a focal point of confrontation between the "German Christians" and the "Confessing Church". The parish staff was split.)

This evil not only impregnated the German Reich but spread like a thunderous virus into Austria where in Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed (loc. cit., pp. 30-33) and the Roman Catholic, Protestant and evangelical clergy celebrated the destruction in a manner almost as nefarious as the encouragement of genocide of homosexuals in Nigeria by the pseudo-pastor Scott Lively and would-be but unlicensed psychologist Marcus Bachmann of Minnesota, husband of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (both are Lutherans and celebrate the writings of the spiritual grandfather of Adolf Hitler and the Lutheran church in Germany) whose xenophobia is worse than any Nazi who breathed from 1939-1945. 

Bishop Martin Sasse, a leading Protestant churchman, published a compendium of Martin Luther’s writings shortly after the Kristallnacht; Sasse “applauded the burning of the synagogues” and the coincidence of the day, writing in the introduction, writing: “On November 10, 1938, on Luther’s birthday, the synagogues are burning in Germany.”   Sasse urged the German people to heed these words “of the greatest anti-Semite of his time [Martin Luther], the warner of his people against the Jews” (read: Bernd Nellessen, “Die schweigende Kirche: Katholiken und Judenverfolgung,” in Büttner (ed), Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung im Dritten Reich, p. 265; the German evangelicals were the strongest supporters of Hitler’s murderous programs as exists identically in the USA with the insanity of Iowa’s self-proclaimed prophet-pastor and former coach Robert Vander Plaats who leads the charge against those who do not share his concept of god nor accept his diktat on the correct lifestyle in a Kingdom of God that Vander Plaats terms FAMiLY [sic].) Diarmaid MacCulloch argued that Luther’s 1543 pamphlet Von den Jüden und jren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies) was a “blueprint” for the Kristallnacht (MacCulloch, Diarmaid (2004). Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, 1490-1700. New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 2004, pp. 666-667).

From Martin Luther to Adolf Hitler

On November 15, just days after the initial pogrom was started by the Nazis, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Sasse distributed a pamphlet entitled Martin Luther on the Jews: Away with Them! (Martin Luther über die Juden: Weg mit Ihnen!).  In this tract the German Lutheran bishop reprinted excerpts from Luther’s notorious 1543 pamphlet, Against the Jews and Their Lies, urging the destruction of Jewish property (cf. http://jewishquarterly.org/issuearchive/article6524.html?articleid=452).  Rejoicing in the terrorism of the Nazis in the early years of the twentieth century, identical to the call for the execution of homosexuals in Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, and other intolerant African nations by Scott Lively and other far-right evangelical extremists in the USA, Bishop Stasse claimed that Kristallnacht was fulfilling the goals of Luther; the Nazis were acting as Christians.  Luther’s psychology has been studied by numerous professionals, but the most succinct reads:

Was Luther am ordinären und kriminellen Ablaßhandel und Papsttum geißelte und anprangerte, war sicher echte Empörung, aus grundanständiger Motivation und wirklichem Gerechtigkeitsempfinden entstanden. Aber Luther war nicht nur ein Großer im Guten, es war auch ein ganz Großer im Schlechten: in der Glaubensfrage überhaupt, in der Frauenfrage, in der Bauernfrage, in der Herrschafts- und Obrigkeitsfrage und in der Judenfrage, und er litt auch an dem paranoiden Auserwählt-Syndrom, wie die meisten religiösen Führer. Seine haßerfüllten und vernichtenden Urteile gegenüber den Juden, Fremden und Andersdenkenden unterscheiden sich, obwohl “nur” religiös und nicht rassisch motiviert, wenig – aber doch in der Vernichtungsfrage – von denen der Nationalsozialisten, kein Wunder, daß diese sich gern auf ihn beriefen, im Einklang mit einigen evangelischen Bischöfen (z.B. Sasse, Lebensdaten). Betrachtet man die Blutspuren, die die meisten Religionen hinterlassen haben, muß man zu dem zwingenden Urteil gelangen, daß die meisten nichts taugen, mit am wenigsten die der “drei Betrüger” (Moses, Jesus, Mohammed), wobei man Luther hier ruhig als den vierten großen Betrüger dazu zählen darf; sie sind zum großen Teil Tarnkappen und Verkleidungen psychopathischer, psychopathologischer,  soziopathischer und krimineller Machenschaften. Religionen und Sekten sind vielfach ein Hort und Schutzreservat für psychisch Gestörte, Verbrecher und Geschäftemacher. So sicher Luther kein lumpiger Geschäftemacher war, wie vielfach die Päpste, Bischöfe und ihre globale Ablaß-Mafia (Tetzel) seiner Zeit, so sicher liefert er – zumindest aus heutiger Sicht – dramatische Zeichen von Soziopathie und Verbrechertum. Seine Psychopathographie sei einer anderen Arbeit vorbehalten. Hier geht es um den Lutherischen Antisemitismus, von dem die evangelische Kirche sich längst hätte klar und deutlich – sozusagen “lutherisch” – distanzieren müssen.

(On the “Jewish Question” and Luther which can be compared with Hitler, see: http://www.sgipt.org/sonstig/metaph/luther/judens.htm) The continuing assault on homosexuals and those seeking same-sex marriages in the wasteland of Iowa and other backward states in the USA under the grip of theological terrorists from Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Indiana to New Jersey and Florida, Sasse, held to a strict literalist interpretation of scripture and not only opposed the Jews, but those who committed adultery, were homosexuals, and read, saw, or even printed pornography, his arguments now used by Iowa’s self-proclaimed defender of the family, Robert Vander Plaats and other dangerous demagogues in the

Robert Vander Plaats

USA.  The fact that Iowa and other radical right states take no action against the incendiary invocations of Vander Plaats and his rabid army of Christian defenders, makes Iowa and other states complicit in future assassinations of LGBT communities and other marginalized groups: their governors and legislators must be held accountable for their people’s crimes against humanity and each legislator who does not raise his or her voice against Vander Plaats and similar miscreants are no better than those who remained silent during the purge and putsche of Adolf Hitler.

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis MN

So popular was the German Luther, that until July 2011, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann praised her radical WELS church and the writings of Martin Luther before abandoning it in favor of political opportunism.  Martin Luther’s treatise On the Jews and their Lies (1543), exercised a major and persistent intellectual influence upon the German practice of anti-Semitism against Jewish citizens and has led to numerous members in the WELS to enter the KKK and USA version of the Nazi Party.

The Nazis in Hitler’s Germany publicly displayed an original of On the Jews and their Lies during the annual Nuremberg rallies, and the city presented a first edition of it to Julius Streicher, the editor of Der Stürmer, which described Luther’s treatise as the most radically anti-Semitic tract ever published (cp. Michael, Robert (2006). Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, chapter 4 “The Germanies from Luther to Hitler,” pp. 105–151; and Hillerbrand, Hans J. “Martin Luther,” in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2007. Hillerbrand writes: “[H]is strident pronouncements against the Jews, especially toward the end of his life, have raised the question of whether Luther significantly encouraged the development of German anti-Semitism. Although many scholars have taken this view, this perspective puts far too much emphasis on Luther and not enough on the larger peculiarities of German history”).

Heinrich Himmler

Schutzstaffel (SS) Chief Heinrich Himmler, initially a supporter of, defended Ernst Röhm — the homosexual leader of the Sturmabteilung (SA [Brown Shirts]) after the Nazis the Nazi Party purged the homophile clubs of LGBT Berliners. In keeping with the writings of Luther and other evangelicals, Hitler outlawed academic and pornographic sexual publications in a manner that Iowa’s Vander Plaats has copied for his infamous “Contract” for Tea Party and conservative GOP presidential candidates to sign—a contract that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum rushed to sign with a fervor greater than any Nazi known while Hitler lived.

Divorce - Marriage rate comparison in USA

Following the spirit and law of Hitler, Vander Plaats whose extremist speechifying has barked out orders to outlaw all pornography, re-establish the mythological family in Christianity—a family where there are twice as many divorces as there are marriages, and end homosexuality in the same manner that occurred in March 1933, when Kurt Hiller, the organizer of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institut für Sexualwissenschaft(Institute of Sex Research), was imprisoned to a concentration camp. Vander Plaats supporters in private “schools” such as the Pella, Iowa “Christian school”, like the Hitler Youth, began their attacks in private, in imitation of that fateful day of 6 May 1933, when Hitler Youth members attacked the Institute of Sex

The Pope as the Whore of Babylon, as portrayed in a woodcut by Martin Luther's friend and artist, Lucas Cranach, September 1522.

Research and publicly incinerated its library and archives in the streets, are irrational panic-mongering mercenaries in Vander Plaats’ xenophobic army in a wacky exercise in revisionist history by claiming that basic rights have never been guaranteed in the USA.  Bachmann’s pastor requested that the presidential candidate in the USA leave the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church for fear that its controversial stand (its pastor, who no longer accepts calls from the media or researchers and requires his secretary to ask all callers the nature of their inquiry and their church affiliation as if the secretary was the Grand Inquisitor, claims that the Pope is the anti-Christ which the church claims is Biblical {as did Martin Luther, but has no foundation when reading Matthew 16:18}and holds the former German monk Martin Luther as being divinely inspired { http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/michele-bachmanns-church-says-the-pope-is-the-antichrist/241909/}, a view Mrs. Bachmann publicly claims she does not hold as she “loves Catholics”) could hurt her chances to win the presidency and thus restore the USA to being a Protestant Christian nation (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bachmann-left-church-at-pastors-request-official-says/2011/07/15/gIQAfGGuGI_story.html?wprss=).  Although Bachmann and her family had stopped attending the church in 2009, it was not until June 21, 2011, that her name was formally withdrawn from its membership roles.

Book burning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Nazis of the Third Reich, being prototypes for FAMiLY functionaries and supporters in Iowa and South Dakota, including the Bachmanns and Santorum, destroyed some 20,000 books and journals, as well as some 5,000 images. They also seized the Institute’s rosters of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender patients.  After the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler promoted Himmler, who then zealously suppressed homosexuality, saying: “We must exterminate these people root and branch … the homosexual must be eliminated” (Plant, Richard (1986), The Pink Triangle: the Nazi war against homosexuals. New York: H. Holt, p. 99).  In 1936, Himmler established the “Reichszentrale zur Bekämpfung der Homosexualität und Abtreibung” (“Reich Central Office for

Vander Plaats' website (see the final entry) and compare it with Hitler's printed propaganda

the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion”). The Nazis officially declared that homosexuality was contrary to “wholesome popular sentiment”, identifying gay men as “defilers of German blood” (this is the same argument used by Robert Vander Plaats who equates all sexual diseases from STDs to HIV and AIDS to homosexual activity, although medical science shows that no one, heterosexual or homosexual, is immune to the equal opportunity viruses, and makes Vander Plaats crusade for dollars easier as most Iowans remain ignorant of medical fact because of evangelicals misuse of scripture that none can read in the original Attic Greek). The Nazi régime incarcerated some 100,000 homosexuals during the 1930s (Bennetto, Jason (1997-11-01). “Holocaust: Gay activists press for German apology”. The Independent at  http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_/ai_n14142669), with concentration camp prisoners, homosexual men were forced to wear pink triangle badges (cp. Pretzel, Andreas (2005). “Vom Staatsfeind zum Volksfeind. Zur Radikalisierung der Homosexuellenverfolgung im Zusammenwirken von Polizei und Justiz”. In Zur Nieden, Susanne (2005). Homosexualität und Staatsräson. Männlichkeit, Homophobie und Politik in Deutschland 1900-1945. Frankfurt/M.: Campus Verlag, p. 236).  It is interesting to note that Hitler used the Bible and Martin Luther to define marriage—and like Martin Luther, Hitler had no idea of what the Bible really said—as he was busy reading Martin Luther’s “translation” of the scriptures that had little in common with the original scrolls and texts, and nothing in common with the Codex Vaticanus, which is one of the oldest extant manuscripts of the Greek Bible (Old and New Testament and is dated, palaeographically, to the 4th century CE; there major differences in the two

Codex Bezae (6th century CE)

codex and other codices, for Codex Bezae (written in the sixth century and has been used for centuries to argue that Jesus was Cesar, see: http://www.carotta.de/subseite/echo/tumult-e.html although the Greek characters do not come through easily) says that Jesus was angry, rather than compassionate {Codex Sinaticus}, when he healed a leper (Mark 1.41). The Sinaiticus omits “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” from the Lord’s Prayer; and are words that Protestants add to the end of the Lord’s Prayer, as with Martin Luther and evangelicals) and the Codex Sinaiticus (Hebrew: קודקס סינאיטיקוס‎, Greek: Σιναϊτικός Κώδικας) which is an ancient, handwritten copy of the Greek Bible written in the fourth century CE. 

NOM's original president Maggie Gallagher speaking at the Cato Institute, February 17th 2010

Contrary to Maggie Gallagher who was the original founder for the National Organization for Marriage (its oversight committee includes Chuck Stetson who is Chairman of the Board, Bible Literacy Project that has as its purpose to put the Christian Bible in all classrooms public and private and educate teachers as its authenticity, reliability and historicity), Luis Tellez (President, Witherspoon Institute Board of Trustees to promote traditional marriage, wants divorce illegal, and works against stem cell research and other scientific issues) and others, and who has spoken out that the Bible demands that marriage is between one man and one woman–that is not true anywhere in the Bible.  The word “marriage” is found only as a reference to sexual union without gender specification.

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