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Freedom of Religion: Fact and Fantasy

1692 Massachusetts Christian Puritans saw the Devil everywhere

1692 Massachusetts Christian Puritans saw the Devil everywhere

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

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

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

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

Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony hanging Quakers

Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony hanging Quakers

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

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

Anne Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 14 and the silence of women

1 Corinthians 14 and the silence of women

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

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

Gideon's Holocaust of Semitic people in Palestine/Canaan

Gideon’s Holocaust of Semitic people in Palestine/Canaan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Maryland Act of Toleration (1649)

The Maryland Act of Toleration (1649)

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

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

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

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

New Amsterdam (1626 engraving)

New Amsterdam (1626 engraving)

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

Jews in Colonial America (17th century drawing)

Jews in Colonial America (17th century drawing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob Barsimson arrives at New Amsterdam (1654)

Jacob Barsimson arrives at New Amsterdam (1654)

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

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

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

Peter Stuyvesant in New Amsterdam (New York)

Peter Stuyvesant in New Amsterdam (New York)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anti-Catholic American Patriot showing hatred for the Pope

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

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

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

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

Second Amendment to Constitution of the USA.

Second Amendment to Constitution of the USA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benedict XVI (resigned papacy February 18, 2013)

Benedict XVI (resigned papacy February 18, 2013)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Darwin on atheism

Charles Darwin on atheism

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

Atheism in San Diego, California (2013)

Atheism in San Diego, California (2013)

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

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

Humanist ads are not attack advertising.

Humanist ads are not attack advertising.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Eddie Long's boy friends

Bishop Eddie Long’s boy friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coptic fragment referring to Jesus wife (or partner?)

Coptic fragment referring to Jesus wife (or partner?)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Carlin on god

George Carlin on god

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

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

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Alveda King: allusions, illusions and ego-enhancement and attack on civil and human rights

Alveda King

Alveda Celeste King, the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A. D. William King, Sr. (the younger brother of Martin Luther King) and his wife Naomi Barber King, falsely claims to be a minister: neither ordained nor anointed, and not within her father’s church.  She has none of the charity required by the Jesus of the New Testament as detailed in his sermon on the mountain (Matthew 5-7) and is opposed to affirmative action and assistance for Black people (and people of other races, too), single parents, and individuals with AIDS

Alveda King calls herself a Christian, but she has never met, studied, or introduced in her self-glorifying speeches and harangues against women seeking the right of choice, the LGBT community protesting for basic civil and human rights, or fathers wanting equal rights in a single statement that the Jesus of the New Testament is recorded to have said (Rollan McCleary (2004). A Special Illumination: Authority, Inspiration and Heresy in Gay Spirituality, Queensland, Australia: David Brown Book Co.; London, UK and Oakville, CT : Equinox Publishers.).  If Jesus would have stood before her, Alveda would stone him as he never had a girl friend, he never married, he never had children, he never condemned LGBT person but said to everyone that they were to love one another (John 13:34-35).

Alveda King, unlike the Jewish Jesus of the New Testament (long before the Emperor Constantine catalytically changed the rabbi’s message opening salvation to everyone into a myopic minister mincing for the tranquility of a tarnished Empire), lies each moment she breathes a word in favor of her pet projects.  The young Miss King was known to be headstrong and demanding with her parents, and her father took to drinking to drown his depression. 

Alfred Daniel Williams King (1930 – 1969)

One day, early in her life, Alveda’s father was found dead in his swimming pool that was strange by all accounts as the Reverend   A. D. [Alfred Daniel] William King was known to be a good swimmer (King, Martin Luther (1980). Daddy King: An Autobiography. New York, NY: Morrow, p. 192).  Some argued it was a suicide to escape the anguish he experienced with his daughter, Alveda who had none of his idealism, none of his love for humanity, none of his energy to work for the good of all people–but preferred to strike out in her own interests for herself alone as seen in her serial marriages and private life.

While Alveda promotes the alleged sanctity of marriage, Ms. King seldom practiced what she preached about matrimonial stability, fidelity, and loyalty, as Alveda King was married (once because of date-rape) and divorced three times, giving birth to six living children.  One can comment, as many have before me, that Alveda King, who claims that marriage is a sacred institution as defined  by her god, certainly was not redefining marriage, just exercising her right to it, over and over and over again.  Alveda’s hypocrisy is appalling, and a sign of the mental malaise of narcissistic personality disorder (Naso, Ronald C. (2007). “Beneath the mask: Hypocrisy and the pathology of shame”. doi: 10.1037/0736-9735.24.1.113.  Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 24(1), January 2007, 113-125; the mental illness of Alveda King can be illustrated by two points relevant to her own hypocrisy: (a) misperceive one’s behavior as moral and (b) avoid comparing one’s behavior with moral standards: cf. Batson, C. Daniel; Thompson, Elizabeth R.; Seuferling, Greg; Whitney, Heather; Strongman, Jon A. (1999). “Moral hypocrisy: Appearing moral to oneself without being so”. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.77.3.525. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 77(3), Sep 1999, 525-537; cp. Stone, Jeff; Wiegand, Andrew W.; Cooper, Joel; Aronson, Elliot (1997). “When exemplification fails: Hypocrisy and the motive for self-integrity”. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.72.1.54. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 72(1), January 1997, 54-65).

Martin Luther King Jr, with Father & Son (Photo by Richard Avedon 1963)

Alveda King had two abortions.  She tried to have a third.  The third quest was met with rebuff as neither her father nor grandfather would pay for it. There were far cheaper forms of birth control, she was told.

Alveda King has moderate literacy but a paucity of understanding the nuances of what she says and shows no mature patterns of reading or relating what is read to her life as she lives it.  She studied journalism and sociology as an undergraduate but left no mark of distinction behind.  Alveda received a Master of Arts degree (not an MBA) in business management from Central Michigan University.  She did not earn a doctoral degree.  Her doctorate is honorary and it is not in theology, bible, or any basic science that she now pretends to possess.  She has no credentials in ministry, theology, bible study, or biblical languages.  She took the honorary doctorate from Saint Anselm College (a Benedictine Roman Catholic school in Manchester, New Hampshire, which has no established criteria in awarding any honorary degree, but has higher standards for undergraduate admission requiring students to be in the upper 23% of their graduating class, and offers 57.7% of its classes with a class size of 20 or less students to facilitate greater teacher-student contact ratio; The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent. Cost is over $33,000 a year, although scholarship of up to $18,000 are available).  Alveda explained her own surprise at being given the degree and told Salon that she may have received it do to “my stand on the support of marriage, and family, and education, and life” (Denvir, Daniel (August 27, 2010). “Meet MLK’s Glenn Beck-loving niece”. Salon). 

Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. , June 22, 1963

Her public work consisted of two terms in the Georgia legislature.  She was not responsible for any significant piece of legislation. While she brags that she is for the family and education, her political record has zero bills introduced by the legislator who took no official party label.  Representing the 28th district (see page 2051) her main accomplishment is she accepted a salary.  Today Alveda is a Tea-Party Republican and wrongfully claims that her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, was a Republican even though Martin Luther King worked tirelessly against Goldwater and other Republicans throughout his lifetime.  She is on talk shows and working with “Priests for Life” (with no criticism for pedophiles in the priesthood) but exerts no effort in support for the family, marriage, or education. 

Eddie Murphy (actor)

After two disastrous terms in the Georgia legislature, Alveda King left the to write, without stellar success, The Arab Heart. When Eddie Murphy made a movie that she claimed followed her unsold manuscript, Alveda denounced Paramount Pictures claiming that the film industry stole her story.  She sued. The case was given the number 20 F.3d 454: Alveda King Beal, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Paramount Pictures Corporation, et al., Defendants-appellees. 

Ms. King’s claim was thrown out of lower courts.  Their decision was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. – 20 F.3d 454, that wrote that the script used by Eddie Murphy had little resemblance to the story written by King.

Ever since Alveda King lost her court case over a unpublishable and unpublished book/script she has been on a roller coaster ride of unleashed and irrational hatred. She is like an Old Testament prophet: outraged, boisterous, damning others and calling for the deaths of those who disagreed with them.

Coretta Scott King

Her aunt, Coretta Scott King, was her apotheosis, especially when Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife and Alveda’s aunt, said before she passed away in 2006, “I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.” Apparently that was lost on Alveda King, who has done nothing to preserve the true memory of her uncle; rather, she has continued to molest, tarnish and chip away at his memory throughout her lifetime.

Coretta Scott King supported all civil and human rights

After Coretta Scott King came out in support for human rights and LGBT civil liberties in 2004 (read here and watch here), Alveda’s vitriol hit a new high. In 1994, Alveda released a letter condemning Coretta Scott King’s support for abortion and gay and all other human rights, pontificating like any Old Testament Prophet poisoning minds and badgering families or any medieval pope, that such action in support of human rights would bring “curses on your house and your people … cursing, vexation, rebuke in all that you put your hand to, sickness will come to you and your house, your bloodline will be cut off.”

Herndon Davis (L) interviews civil rights activist, Lynn Cothren (R)

Alveda King quickly attacked Lynn Cothren, Coretta Scott King’s openly gay special assistant of 23 years.  Alveda King’s homophobia and lack of quality or significant knowledge about AIDS illustrating an odious irrational mental illness by itself that made her dangerous to those she came in contact with (cf. McGuire, John; Nieri, Deborah; Abbott, David; Sheridan, Kathleen; Fisher, Randy (1995). “Do Tarasoff principles apply in AIDS-related psychotherapy? Ethical decision-making and the role of therapist homophobia and perceived client dangerousness”. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.26.6.608. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 26(6), December 1995, 608-611. Cp. Trezza, Glenn R. (1994). “HIV knowledge and stigmatization of persons with AIDS: Implications for the development of HIV education for young adults”. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.25.2.141. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 25(2), May 1994, 141-148), Cothren recalled Alveda’s vocal opposition to a hospice for AIDS patients in her neighborhood and her rejection of any AIDS sufferer–male or female, heterosexual or homosexual (cf. Morrison, Constance F. (1989). “AIDS: Ethical implications for psychological intervention”. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.20.3.166. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 20(3), Jun 1989, 166-171). Once, says Cothren, Alveda brought religious tracts to the King Center and encouraged him to repent (ref. Slater, Barbara R. (1988). “Essential issues in working with lesbian and gay male youths”. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.19.2.226. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 19(2), Apr 1988, 226-235), but Coretta Scott King dealt with her niece firmly and the separation occurred and it was permanent.  From that time on, Alveda has worked to make a name for herself and to cast aspersions on her aunt who died in 2006.

Glorifying herself with narcissistic servile adulation, Alveda King arrogantly boasted: “I’ve got his DNA [this claim has never been proven]. She [Coretta Scott King] doesn’t, she didn’t … Therefore[,] I know something about him [this is one more god-complex King uses to diminish her own sense of worthlessness] in quest of crowd or group concurring with the boast (cp. Martin, Everett Dean (1920). “The egoism of the crowd-mind,” (pp. 73-91) in The behavior of crowds: A psychological study, (pp. 73-91). New York, NY, US: MacMillan Co, iii, 312 pp). I’m made out of the same stuff (illustrating a manifestation of neediness envy and the malignant potential of envy; cf. Shoshani, Michael; Shoshani, Batya; Kella, Rachel; Becker, Mitchel (2011).  “Green eyes, crows, and scorpions: Envy in the contexts of neediness, separateness, and narcissism”. doi: 10.1037/a0024679. Psychoanalytic Psychology, July 25 , 2011; when a person feels as if they are supplanted by a superior person or fears that there is another individual who receives more recognition, as with Coretta Scott King, the individual, such as Alveda King, reverts to pathological narcissism; cp. Paris, Joel (2012). “Modernity and Narcissistic Personality Disorder”. doi: 10.1037/a0028580. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, July 16 , 2012).”  Alveda does not understand, or chooses to ignore, that each person has a unique DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid that contains genetic instructions of cellular composition but it is not absolute as a determiner, and there is no record of Alveda having her DNA compared with her uncle Dr. Martin Luther King or any uncle nor even her grandfather); all a DNA sampling can do is confirm similarity and paternity.

Julian Bond Attacks NOM, Tells AC360 Gay Rights Are Civil Rights

Civil rights activists uniformly reject the protestations and pretenses of Alveda, denouncing her as ruining the legacy of Martin Luther King that she repeatedly demonstrated a lack of familiarity with and view her as a fraud (recollection and familiarity are not the same; performance is more parsimoniously accounted for by a single mnemonic process that drives both recollection and familiarity estimates, and Alveda King shows little familiarity with the Civil Rights movement; cf. Pratte, Michael S.; Rouder, Jeffrey N. (2012). “Assessing the dissociability of recollection and familiarity in recognition memory”. doi: 10.1037/a0028144. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol 38(6), Nov 2012, 1591-1607). David Garrow, a civil rights movement historian at the University of Cambridge has noted that Dr. Martin Luther King was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood, and that Bayard Rustin, one of the five closest advisors to Dr. King was openly gay—which Dr. Martin Luther King did not denounce.  Julian Bond, President Emeritus of the NAACP, called on all people of Maryland to support same-sex marriage as a basic civil right. 

Alveda King supports war as biblically based: Kill Team Photos Showcasing War Crimes of US Soldiers in Afghanistan …

Alveda supports wars, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq. Claiming “conflicts and tensions, war and murders,” are Biblically based, Alveda says there will always be “wars and rumors of wars [quoting out of context Matthew 24:6]” but in doing so justifies the wars that maim, kill, plunder, pollute and are psychologically harmful (cf. Phipps, Sean (2011). “Positive psychology and war: An oxymoron”. doi: 10.1037/a0024933. American Psychologist, Vol 66(7), Oct 2011, 641-642). People will fight with words as well as guns proving their alleged humanity, but only in their own mind as a form of justification for dangerous and destruction of the self and mental health.  Her comments that made her a favorite of Glenn Beck. 

Alveda King support torture as biblical will of God

What psychologists have learned is if religion increases moral certainty about the justness of a war, then it may also contribute to support for violent warfare, rape, pillage and destruction that, in the end, will cause increased mental illness, collective insanity, and excuses for torture and unspeakable crimes leading to methodologically induced suicides. 

Suicide Rivals The Battlefield In Toll On U.S. Military; Alveda King and Tea Party Republicans claim it is in God’s plan

The rate of suicides among military have skyrocketed with soldiers using weapons engraved or emblazoned with Biblical verses. As Shaw, et al. point out greater religiosity relates to greater moral certainty, and greater moral certainty strengthens the (positive) relation between religiosity and support for violent warfare. Furthermore, moral certainty is a stronger predictor of support for violent warfare in religious conflict than it is in geopolitical conflict and those with the least mental strength but robustness of voice and vocabulary are heralded as spokespeople for divine wrath, as with Alveda King and Glenn Beck (cf. Shaw, Moira; Quezada, Stephanie A.; Zárate, Michael A. (2011). “Violence with a conscience: Religiosity and moral certainty as predictors of support for violent warfare”. doi: 10.1037/ a0025346. Psychology of Violence, Vol 1(4), Oct 2011, 275-286; cp. Crowson, H. Michael (2009). “Right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation: As mediators of worldview beliefs on attitudes related to the war on terror”. doi: 10.1027/1864-9335.40.2.93. Social Psychology,

Suicides by military branch

Vol 40(2), Jun 2009, 93-103).  The stronger the group identity is focused on a holy war (common among jihadists in Afghanistan and the Middle East and evangelical extremists in the USA) the stronger will be the outcry for greater atrocities and war strategies, as advocated by Alveda King and Glenn Beck (cf. Eidelson, Roy J. (2009). “An individual-group belief framework: Predicting life satisfaction, group identification, and support for the “ war on terror”. doi: 10.1080/10781910802435572. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 15(1), Jan 2009, 1-26).  Ted Cruz of Texas is the most dangerous man in the USA and is expected to win a Senate seat as a representative of the Tea Party and pro-life/pro-war groups in 2012, with plans to escalate the conflict in the Middle East to bring about his god’s Armageddon and force the god of Matthew 10:34 to ride out of the heavens and bring carnage to the earth to free believers from unbelievers.

Alveda King has verbally attacked everything that her illustrious uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, preached and practiced.  She has claimed that people who support same-sex marriage equality will go to hell—but there is no such condemnation in the Bible, as the word “homosexual” does not even appear in the Bible before 1954. The concept has a long history used to control thinking and actions; it is a mythology that restricts movements and causes mental collapse so that the individuals declaring its existence stay in power (cf. Bering, Jesse M. (2008). “Why Hell is other people: Distinctively human psychological suffering”. doi: 10.1037/1089-2680.12.1.1. Review of General Psychology, Vol 12(1), Mar 2008, 1-8) .  Hell does not exist on any fragment or scroll in early language: Aramaic, Armenian, Greek, Hebrew, or even Latin save as a dark place (Sheol: Hebrew שְׁאוֹל Šʾôl thattranslates as “grave”, “pit”, “abode/home of the dead” and is defined as the place where everyone, good and bad, righteous and unrighteous will go when each person dies (890 – 300 BCE); some thought that there would be a time when the dead would rise up as “the undead” [zombies] but that does not appear in the Christian Bible until Matthew 27:52-53).  Since Hell is “downward” and dark it is cold and uninviting, while “Heaven” is “upward” and filled with light and warmth, the two conflicting mental attainments lead or coerce people into doing what the authoritarian figure(s: priest, rabbis/teachers, rulers, etc.) determine to be worthy of light and recognition.  The opposite is to be rejected since it determines only obscurity and lack of acceptance (cf. Meier, Brian P.; Hauser, David J.; Robinson, Michael D.; Friesen, Chris Kelland; Schjeldahl, Katie (2007). “What’s “up” with God? Vertical space as a representation of the divine”. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.93.5.699. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 93(5), Nov 2007, 699-710).  Hell (Gehenna [Greek γέεννα], Gehinnom [Rabbinical Hebrew: גהנום/גהנם] a physical valley) does not appear in any of the early Bibles written by Eusebius under orders from the Emperor Constantine I who commissioned the first fifty Bibles.  For Alveda to blast people with these repulsive terms out of context of any ancient language but relying on fourteenth century mistranslations and erroneous interpretations fashions the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King into an intellectual charlatan and fraud.  Alveda King’s language ability is not even sophomoric or soundly based on competent English but rather a gutter-approach to street English.

King has shown no knowledge at any level about the Bible, as demonstrated in her attendance to Glenn Beck’s pathetic parade of pandering people at his Washington DC Restoring Honor rally. Alveda forgot to read Matthew 6:6: σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι, Mark 4:36: καὶ ἀφέντες τὸν ὄχλον παραλαμβάνουσιν αὐτὸν ὡς ἦν ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ, καὶ ἄλλα πλοῖα ἦν μετ’ αὐτοῦ, and Matthew 18:20: οὗ γὰρ εἰσιν δύο ἢ τρεῖς συνηγμένοι εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα, ἐκεῖ εἰμι ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν; that was no longer a part of Glenn Beck’s religion of choice at that time when Glenn Beck chose an alternate route to truth. 

30,000 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX 2012

The majority of those who claim to be Christians (following Imperial laws decreed at the Council of Nicaea) reject those teachings of Jesus in their large assemblies.  This draconian deed dominated Rick Perry’s Day of Prayer in Houston (known as “The Response” that had the markings of a political campaign) that had the same trappings as Jim Jones’ Jonestown, Guyana,

November 19, 1978, Jamestown Massacre for Christ and Rev. Jim Jones

Massacreon November 18, 1978 (one-third of the victims were children as young as new born and others in infancy).  Parents murdered their own children.  Many adults committed suicide as commanded by their reverend Jim Jones, before  Jones was shot on his order by one of his subordinates who was told to obey God–as Jones had become god to most and his orders were never questioned (the Guyanese coroner Cyrill Mootoo claimed it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound; Reiterman, Tim and Jacobs, John (1981). Raven: The Untold Story of Rev. Jim Jones and His People. New York, NY: Dutton,  p. 565)–in a way that Alveda King fashions herself to be a god even within the narrow confines of the Priests for Life of the Roman Catholic Church.  There is no difference in the speeches of Jim Jones or other demigods than is found in the oratory and harangue of Alveda King when she speaks to Blacks–as Jones spoke to  hundreds of Black families who came to experience his heaven on earth.

Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech 1963.

It is true that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop for his August 28, 1963, “I Have A Dream” speech (watch it here and here), but it was not an attack upon the rights of people to adequate housing, quality education, or the right to be themselves (the term same-sex and homosexual were not yet in common use, but would be integrated by Julian Bond who would become the leader and President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with King’s assassination, and in 2012 say “gay rights are civil rights” read here and here and here) as transmogrified in the war of words by Alveda King and former Roman Catholic (now a convert to the LDS Church) modern-day Sisyphus Glenn Beck, who like Alveda King has little practice following Acts 10:34.

1909 Lincoln Evening News: “No law against woman marrying another woman”

Alveda blasts those who would follow the teaching of the Jesus of the New Testament who forbade judgment against others (Matthew 7:1) in her declaration “Your safety of your very soul is dependent upon not supporting marriage for loving same-sex couples, who already have enough rights”, in this ad she recorded for the anti-gay Maryland Marriage Alliance (click on the underscored link above to hear the verbal screed that is printed below):

Voting on discrimination (2012)

“Hello, I’m Dr. [sic (people with honorary degrees do not use the honorary title)] Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I understand the civil rights struggle [she was never personally involved in any civil rights struggle, although the home she lived in was fire-bombed in 1963, when she was 12]. During the Civil Rights Movement, we were working for access to education, to decent housing, jobs, and healthcare [there is no record, no photograph, and no other evidence of her participating in any march, any protest, or any other movement for civil rights for any person or people]. As a minister [she is not: she has never been to a seminary, never studied hermeneutics or biblical exegesis nor even textual criticism; Alveda is a “ pastoral associate of African-America outreach for Priests for Life, (her self-written biography styles her a “best-selling author” and jailed for protesting for open housing, although there is no civil record of her arrest; it also claims that Alveda is pushing for Bible curriculum in public schools, and lists herself as accomplished actress and songwriter)” a Roman Catholic anti-choice group, King styles herself a Baptist], I believe that the NAACP leadership and gay rights activists have formed an unholy alliance by trying to convince you and me that marriage should be redefined. We did not define marriage and we cannot redefine marriage. Marriage, by definition, is a holy union [that is not found anywhere in the Bible] between one man and one woman [Alveda ignores the polygamy of all patriarchs, and the incest within families (II Samuel 13:1-22) as with King David’s sons]. Gay and lesbian couples already have rights under Maryland law, like priority hospital visitation, sharing property, tax exemption, adoption, and the list goes on. It’s possible to be tolerant of gay and lesbian rights without redefine [sic: redefining] marriage—God’s holy union. Some preachers are saying that gay marriage is inevitable and that they want to be on the right side of history. Well I believe that we are on the right side of history and the right side of eternity. Support marriage as God’s holy union between one man and one woman—vote against Question Six.” 

Harry Jackson of Maryland

The greatest threats are those ministers like “bishop” Harry Jackson of Maryland, that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) paid no less than $20,000 for their support in their crusade to deny freedom of choice. Like most Pentecostal pastors Jackson will doing anything for money, preying that he is endowed with the wealth his god intended him to possess.

The right side of eternity? Alveda is God? God is political? Wow.

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Psychology of Suicide and Bullying–and how religion, school/classmates and family affect both

Katherine van Wormer, MSSW, PhD and Chuk Odiah, M.Sc, PhD of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, presented a study on suicide-murder and the death penalty, in 1999 (van Wormer, Katherine and Odiah, Chuk (1999). “The Psychology of Suicide-Murder and the Death Penalty” in Journal of Criminal Justice, 27(4), pp. 361-370). The UNI professors detail suicide to be not only a violent act but an act that is frequently the result of violence.

Violence is perpetrated by bullies: parents, children, religious and government figures, schools (teachers, principals, classmates, and so forth) and at the workplace by coworkers, supervisors, bosses, and owners.  Violence is also the weapon used by others who wish to appear and take on the trappings of authorities. 

Bullying leads some people to commit violent acts against others in quest of paying the supreme penalty for their actions: “Suicide, in other words, [is] not as the consequence of murder but, rather, … its cause”, van Wormer and Odiah claim.  Those who want to die, but are afraid of the believed pain in suicide, will seek out someone to kill them: either by putting themselves in harm’s way, paying an assassin, killing another person in hopes that law enforcement officials will end their existence, or killing and then taking their own life in fear that state retribution could be more painful.

As I noted in my earlier book, Evangelical Terrorism, suicides and violence are especially prevalent among fundamentalists groups and those that preach hatred is peace and tolerance is weakness, as found in Islam, Pentecostalism, The FAMiLY, and Latter Day Saints and is increased among evangelical fundamentalists to the point that they form a psychological dictatorship that destroys hope and personal self-esteem (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1986). Evangelical Terrorism: censorship, Falwell, Robertson, & the Seamy side of Christian Fundamentalism. Irving, TX, USA: Scholars Books).  Religion, while many psychologists have not commented on it because they have not studied it and its effect on others, is one of the greatest tools for subordination of people and the illusion(s) it fosters can weigh heavily leading many into reprehensible acts or violence, as with the jihad movement in Islam and Christian terrorists in India, Norway, and elsewhere.

Suicide is never the “coward’s way out” as popular legend has it–suicide takes courage.  It is not an action that is haphazard nor accidental.  It is not committed rashly, or suddenly.  It is premeditated, and is usually a response to violence that the victim can no longer endure, or is the product of neglect. The suicide victim sees no alternative and no place to go as the family, church, school, and coworker offers no understanding, help, or proffer solutions, and as said earlier, usually are the reason for the suicide.

Bullying in groups

Most young suicide victims take their own lives because they feel estranged and left-out of a significant circle of others, or are harassed and ridiculed by others for any number of reasons, as I will detail. 

Those who ultimately commit suicide frequently see themselves as outcasts.  Older students bully younger students; better built students bully those who are frail and appear unable to take care of themselves.  Older girls will bully younger boys: especially within families where the older child is the girl and the victim is a second son who appears as a threat to the ranking order of the siblings, since in many families there was a partiality or preference for a male child. The same is true if the first-born is a boy, the second born is a girl, and the third and subsequent are either gender but when the first-born is a boy, the boy tends to look upon others within the family as rivals unless the family unit treats all children equitably.  It is a primitive animalistic form known as a “pecking order” as is common with poultry and other animals where the senior member retains control rights by pecking at new members of the group or those introduced into the group without the consent of the leader.  Alfred Adler, who worked with Sigmund Freud, called it Ichgebundenheit.

Older children will bully younger children

When the suicide victim feels abandoned or neglected by his or her family there is ans increased potentiality and possibility of the lowering of self-esteem in the estimation of the one contemplating suicide.  If the one contemplating suicide believes that he or she is ostracized by a religious, fraternal or familial group, or is being bullied by someone who feels that by bullying another he or she is superior (whereas in reality they are suffering from an inferiority complex) the potential suicide victim withdraws more from the family or fraternal circle, finds escape in cyberspace and makes “friends” (acquaintances) who can be imaginary or implants by those who oppose the individual and desire that he or she commits suicide. 

Stronger and larger people will bully weaker and smaller people

Suicide is seen as a way of escape, as well as a way of asserting the victim’s final right of control over the self and to leave the confines of the primary unit: the family, church, school, or group, which the future suicide victim  internalizes, consciously (openly), subconsciously, or unconsciously as a way of fighting the bully by depriving the bully of his or her conquest over the victim.  The victim of bullying is afraid to, justifiably, strike out and hit the bullying parent, grandparent, son or daughter, niece or nephew, uncle or aunt, religious leader, teacher, or classmate regardless of age, gender or physical condition of the bully.  The idea of “respecting one’s elders” and “authority figures” has been ingrained by all religions as a way of maintaining their hold over the congregant (e.g. Sirach 3:1, ‘Mata Pita Guru Daivam’ in Hinduism, Exodus 20:12, Koran 4:36 and 6:151, Ephesians 6:12), but none of the world’s religions consider the reality that some parents are bad people, hurt and harm their children (Abraham did attempt to slay his own son: Genesis 22:5, Koran 37:100-111, a prototype for John 3:16, where god demands that Abraham “sacrifice a son” to him) to the point where the child commits suicide (it is a statistic that 44% of all suicides are the result of abuse at home; while the statistics vary from 60-90% accusing the father as being less sympathetic, especially in Australia, there is little mention of the social climate the father was brought up in, as in most patriarch societies, the male is taught to be aggressive and violent).  By not striking back as some victims are now doing by learning judo and other self-defense techniques including carrying pepper spray or weapons (read here and here and here and here), suicide becomes the last resort, especially when the future suicide victim believes that his or her religion rejects protestations against bullies if they are in the family or the religious center.  This is equally true when the person contemplating suicide is castigated or slammed because of a perceived lifestyle that is labeled as being outside the scope of what the faith has codified as acceptable and there is no one to talk to about personal matters.

Bullying by grade level (USA)

The rise in cases of bullying are getting more notice.  There are new studies and demographics illustrating this paralyzing phenomena.

Bullying can be emotional or psychological as well as physical.

Until recently, few have looked at the bully and what motivates bullying. The bully is anyone: a parent, classmate, religious figure, sibling, etc. Because bullies are found in every walk of life, every vocation, every religion and social outlet, it is critical to understand the psychology of a bully if we are to better understand the psychology of the person committing suicide. 

A bully is any individual struggling for attention, authority, and sadistically revels in causing emotional, psychological, and/or physical pain. The bully can be a narcissistic bully, imitative bully, impulsive bully, accidental bully.  What they have in common is low self-esteem and the desire to control–which is the reason for such bully organizations as Opus Dei (international, but originally started in Spain) and the Tea Party in the USA. This is especially true among religions seeking absolute control over the individual as occurred in the Roman Catholic Spanish Inquisition that led to the death of millions and thrives to this day in such nefarious groups as Opus Dei, Councils of Bishops or Elders, one-dimensional religious groups such as  the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS), Pentecostalism, Mormons and evangelical communities such as within the New Apostolic Reformation of the twenty-first century.  It is found from Poland to Peru, the USA to UK, Canada to Chad, and throughout the world. 

With today’s advances in technology, sadism of the bully is made easier.  Sadism is a mental disease (Holt, S. E., Meloy, J. R., & Strack, S. (1999). “Sadism and psychopathy in violent and sexually violent offenders”. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. vol 27(1) 1999, 23-32), and most sadists are mentally ill, especially those who use religion as a cover for their hatred and bullying: seeking pleasure by creating, watching, and continuing suffering in those who submit to their cruelty (Kernberg, O. F. (1983). “Paranoid regression, sadistic control, and dishonesty in transference.” Revista de Psicoanalisis Vol 40(2) Mar-Apr 1983, 323-328; Lloyd, D. W. (1991). “Ritual child abuse: Understanding the controversies”.  Cultic Studies JournalVol 8(2) 1991, 122-133; and, Radomski, J., & Sulestrowska, H. (1988). “Aggressive-sadistic behavior as a major symptom in schizophrenic psychosis in a 13-year-old boy”.  Psychiatria Polska vol 22(3) May-Jun 1988, 269-271; the role that sadism plays in religion is acute, especially in such sadistic groups as Opus Dei; cf. Sorensen, A. (2003). “Evil between ontology and inner experience – Georges Bataille”. Psyke & Logosvol 24(1) 2003, 361-389, and Hammand, J. (2000). “The Rod of Discipline: Masochism, Sadism, and the Judeo-Christian Religion,” Journal of Religion and Health. vol. 39.4,  pp. 319-328, as found in Proverbs 13:24, and enjoined by such sadists as the Roman Catholic church–especially Opus Dei, Martin Luther (Luther, Werk 54:157, 234-235, in German) and Jean Calvin (who defined anyone who rebelled against religious authority as a child, and decreed that “children can be executed” for rebellion, with young children being hanged, and very young children being hanged by the arms; Picot, History of Geneva, in 8 vols., t. II, p. 264, p. 355, cf. Robert M. Kingdon, Adultery and Divorce in Calvin’s Geneva. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 1995, pp. 355-357 seq; Calvin also demanded the death sentence for adultery and blasphemy: “Sur les paillardises, adulteres, blasphemes, juremens et despitemens de Dieu”), most Protestant groups, and Islam, and hate groups such as Focus on the Family and the state legislature of Michigan). Today’s bullies can cause irreparable mental anguish and suffering by spewing hate messages on the internet: the most common means of choice being Facebook, MySpace, or other popular sites. 

What is a bully?

The bully has a distinctive pattern of deliberately harming and humiliating others in order to get what the bully wants: attention, subjugation of others to order them around as he or she wishes, adulation, and reverence.  To this end the greatest bullies in the world are members of the clergy, and those who claim to be defending “the faith”, who insist on a common lifestyle of and among the faithful, with the leaders of religions being the most bellicose, braying “you must stay married even if your partner has no love for you,” “you must marry to keep the precepts of god to ‘go forth, be fruitful, multiply,” “you must carry an unwanted zygote/fetus even if it is the product of rape, incest, has little to no chance for survival, or will be complete at the time of its birth,” and so forth (cp. Chernus, Ira (2006). Monsters to Destroy: the Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin. Boulder, CO, USA: Paradigm Publishers). 

Realities of bullying

Religion, in most cases is a shield to protect the sadism of the bully.  Those who bully in the name of religion use their assorted scripture to justify their actions.  They claim that what they want, their deity also wants. The bully sees himself or herself as the hand of god–a god of raw vengeance and cruelty whose will must be done if there is to be peace on the planet (cp. Luke 22:42 and Psalm 40:7-8).  Furthermore, the bully uses the idea of his or her god as his or her way of spreading the faith, being obedient to the faith, and having unquestioned loyalty to the faith: the basic foundation of the most odious and opportunistic organization known as Opus Dei.

Opus Dei New Hampshire protesting abortion

Abortion is among the favored bully clubs of the conservative religious, especially among the Roman Catholic hierarchy where none of the men could become pregnant (if they could, as I have written earlier, abortion would be proclaimed a sacrament), but still belt out “No abortion!” This mantra is ministered to those without measure, regardless if it is a child who has been repeatedly raped by a family member, or been sexually assaulted

Children abandoned on streets of Peru

by a classmate, teacher, religious official, or any other person—even though carrying the fetus to term can irreparably scar the student emotionally and psychologically. Children who are raped and become pregnant are abandoned on the streets of towns and cities, from Los Angeles, California to Lima, Peru–and beyond (The Consortium for Street Children’s State of the World’s Street Children: Violence report (2007) p. 17).  While the “Pro-Life” forces want to “protect the unborn” they do nothing to help it once it is born and, in the case of Roman Catholic countries, abandon the baby and the mother to poverty and life in the street–with the sole source of income frequently being prostitution, but the infant, if it survives its early years, is set to work in bazaars and open air markets.  The churches, schools, and communities do nothing but bully the abandoned children, especially those who become pregnant, by screaming “No abortion.” Those who are born have little chance of any future in any nation, and are subject to bullying.

Abandoned girl working in market in Peru

Many poor, around the world, turn to drugs before contemplating suicide. 

Glue sniffing in Peru

While drugs are expensive, they can be stolen, purchased with prostitution, or found in inexpensive formats, such as glue sniffing that is becoming increasingly popular among the poor in Latin America and other Roman Catholic controlled countries.

Bullies seek out those who lack assertiveness and radiate fear—telltale signs that bullies gravitate to in the same manner as sadists and masochists find each other.  After religion and religious leaders, the second greatest number of bullies comes from within the family: with the bullies being older siblings in most cases.  Sex is often a criteria, with older siblings worried that younger ones will masturbate and will either encourage or take the child to a prostitute—the reason being that the sin of Onan was masturbation (it was coitus interruptus: Genesis 38:8-10), while prostitution is referenced repeatedly in the Old Testament, even with Onan’s father having sex with his daughter-in-law in Genesis 38:15-16, and so forth).  The story of Onan and his “sin” has become a mainstay for Opus Dei.

Opus Dei is the greatest and most powerful organized hate group in the world, its tentacles reaching out and controls schools around the world, strangling personal identities and suffocating the flicker of democracy and freedom, teaching hate and doing nothing to counter bullying.  It continues to live the story of Judah and his whoring ways while distorting reality and rifling in on human sexuality as a target to control people. 

In Perú bullying is especially common in Opus Dei colegios, and in other religious schools—where celibacy and virginity are preached as admirable goals but seldom practiced and little is said unless a girl comes to class pregnant (some as young as the age of ten and eleven)—and then to be bullied for becoming pregnant while at the same time denied an abortion or offered comfort if the fertilized zygote/fetus is the result of rape or (more commonly) incest.  When I taught, for a short time, at one of the more exclusive Roman Catholic secondary schools in Lambayeque Province in Peru, it was common to hear 12 and 13 year-old girls warn female classmates that if they did not have sex with boys they would not be allowed to participate in their groups.  Those who refused the orders barked out by the wealthier students were hounded both on the patios and open areas, chided as being lesbians, and were physically attacked: their hair pulled, stomachs punched, and notes slipped to them urging them to commit suicide; when I reported this to the principal—who has since been transferred to Rome—the religious Order in charge of the school did nothing.  The priest only nodded and returned to his prayers. 

When I complained to those who claimed to be psychologists, I was informed “it is the culture, here” and instructed to say nothing.  Sexuality was far higher than contraceptive use because of religious leaders’ disapproval, and it was not on infrequent occasions that I would enter the restroom to find students from ages 12 to 18 engaged in sexual acts.  

After reminding students who were openly fondling one another during a video in the library that such action was inappropriate behavior and I would not accept it, I was denounced by the students as being against “our culture” as such action “is better than homosexuality.”  There is such an overwhelming fear of homosexuality, with the Biblical story of Onan being used as an example of incorrect sexual activity, that anyone who is not involved in heterosexual sex is automatically ridiculed, bullied and, as I heard on numerous occasions, told that they would “be better off dead”—statements that brought a rigid orthodoxy of concurrence from the priests.

The cruelty of bullying in school

Students who did not conform to the sexual code of the school had their lockers vandalized, obscene graffiti sprayed on the doors and on their personal belongings, books destroyed, and material stolen.  This matched what I had heard at other parochial (basically Roman Catholic, but equally prevalent in Baptist, Adventist, and other Protestant centers), private, and secular schools, and was intense at public schools. More than 70% of all students (85% female, 60% male) had gone through this form of sexual harassment and bullying, with teachers and classmates equally prone to bullying those believed to be “virgins”.  While I was teaching in the provinces, the same was common in Lima, but the percentage was higher in the shanty towns surrounding the capital city–especially in the public schools where education is at best a farce (the teachers are unprepared, their educational background minimal, their understanding of engaging students nonexistent, and their purpose for teaching was to earn money), as demonstrated when Antonio Chang, then Minister of Education, tested 300,000 teachers in 2005, and only 151 barely passed (surprisingly, 76% of the population approved of the testing).  I quit within a few days and began publishing on corruption in Perú’s education system and schools and universities.

The twisted standards on human sexuality were everywhere I taught: not to be engaged in heterosexual sex brought bullying, becoming pregnant presaged bullying, and seeking out and possibly obtaining an abortion did not assuage the bullying but intensified it frequently leading to the rape/incest victim to committing suicide even though abortion to save a woman’s life is technically legal although Cipriani (a close friend and supporter of the Peruvian dictator Fujimori and his daughter Keiko and son Hiro, as Cipriani’s goal has always been total and complete control over all of Peru; read Footnote 1, below) continues to chortle that such an abortion is murder (while the cardinal has been investigated as an accomplice in murder in Lima, and regularly interferes with the private life of all Peruvians—including non-Catholics) even if the carrier of the fetus dies (there are between 350,000 and 400,000 abortions each year in Peru) and is supported by 53% of the people polled, there is the other side that notes: Este tipo de discrepancias revelan las verdaderas intenciones de la ley. … controlar la capacidad de las mujeres de tomar decisiones sobre su cuerpo. Permitimos que el aborto se practique, pero no de manera abierta porque esto último daría demasiada libertad a las mujeres en una decisión que sentimos que afecta el sostenimiento de la sociedad. [Such discrepancies reveal the true intentions of the law. … control the ability of women to make decisions about her body. We allow abortions to be carried out, but not in an open manner because that would give too much freedom to women in a decision that we feel that affects the sustainability of society] also read here.  The youngest female became a mother at age five

Women in Peru protest in favor of abortion

Watch what happens in Peru here: http://vimeo.com/15606635 given the current ignorance of Carlos Alberto Tejada Noriega, Head of the Ministry of Health in Peru.  It is past time to say no to the Roman Catholic church that is destroying Peru and Latin America by its antiquated and illogical ideology that is not supported by medical science.  Bans on abortion risk the lives of women and increase poverty: twin goals sought by Lima’s cardinal Cipriani and Opus Dei.  In Peru and Latin America, religion is the greatest and most deadly bully with the bully club swung against the young by Opus Dei and Lima’s Juan Luis Cipriani. 

Josemaria Escriva (founder of Opus Dei)

Opus Dei uses sex, intimidation, religion and its assorted paranoia of promises of perdition and persecution in this world and “the next” as a means to control its members and those people with whom its members associate.  The leaders of Opus Dei have declared war on dissent, demand censorship of books, magazines, articles, even open forums at universities.  While Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code is fiction, the account of Opus Dei is based on fact (read Footnote 2, below), including the claim that scruples and traditional values are to be rejected if it can lead to converting anyone to “the faith” and self-flagellation required of believers, while the flagitious founder of Opus Dei—Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer y Albás (9 January 1902 – 26 June 1975) who had the support and endorsement of Karol Józef Wojtyła—the agathokakological man who would become Pope John Paul II and was instrumental in declaring Escriva a saint as a political move depraved of any charitable characteristics—wrote in his book The Way that the faithful will use secrecy to obtain end results (The Way, No. 839), compromise is a form of laziness and weakness (The Way, No. 54), true Roman Catholics must follow blindly “in obedience” all Church teachings (The Way, No. 617 and in 941): “Blind obedience to your superior, the way of sanctity. Obedience in your apostolate, the only way; for, in a work of God, the spirit must be to obey or to leave.” Submission to religious authority is understood to be a good in itself, while calling non-Catholic schools, “pagan schools” (The Way, No.866).  Modern enlightened thinkers, such as Voltaire (The Way, No. 849) were/are instruments of darkness.   Opus Dei is like the Vatican has spent its history on suppressing truth, distorting what was said, and codifying rules to maintain a docile following. Private interpretation of anything is forbidden; students engaged in interpretation must interpret and translate according to the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church. Bullying of those who do not conform or follow The Way is at the forefront, especially if celibacy is determined for a student by a numerary (one of the chosen followers of Opus Dei whose election is foretold: John Allen (2005). Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church. New York, NY, USA: Doubleday Religion; while the complete list of Opus Dei members is not available to the public, some lists do exist).  

As corrupt as is Opus Dei, Opus Dei is equally matched in the USA by numerous certified hate groups:  Focus on the Family, The FAMiLY, Americans for Prosperity, Lion and Lamb Ministries, Eagle Forum, and so forth, where bullying is seen as a challenge to “fight back with the gospel” and those who complain are considered weak for not “offering their pain to Jesus.”

The third greatest number is found in the workplace or school (a typical bully is Donald Trump, who was known as a bully since he was age 13).   Bullying in the workplace is on the rise: the bullies being coworkers, supervisors, managers, corporate leaders, and owners (cf. Sperry, Len (ed., 2009). “Workplace Mobbing and Bullying” in Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. 61.3 (September), pp. 190-201; cp. Kilburg, Richard R. loc. cit., pp. 268-275; and, MacDoanld, Geoff and Jensen-Campbell, Lauri A. (2010), Social Pain: Neuropsychological and Health Implications of Loss and Exclusion. Washington, DC, USA: American Psychological Association). 

Women are among the greatest offenders of bullying on the job

Frequently it is “the boss” who is the bully, making unreasonable demands, telephoning the employee at the employee’s home at unusual hours, and requiring evaluations only to ridicule them showing the boss’ insecurity and frequently inability to do the work required, while self-glorifying himself or herself by degrading the individual who does the most, has the greatest talent and offers the soundest solutions that could profit and benefit the company and coworkers.  Forms of workplace bullying include: moving employes without advanced notice,  replacing long-existing contracts with new short-term contracts on less favourable terms with the accompanying threat of “agree to this or else”, increasing workloads, changing work schedules, changing roles and assignments of employees, blocking or terminating career progression paths, making sexual demands, insisting on conformity, requiring “favors” including menial and demeaning tasks. At the same time as bullying is increasing in the workplace, so, too, are workplace suicides, mass murders followed by the killer taking his or her own life.  In Canada, one out of every six people are bullied in the workplace, and for many it is god’s vengeance and the fulfillment of the promise of Opus Dei.  In the USA, 70% of all employees experience bullying at work, while Spain records only 14% report being bullied (but that is because Spanish workers are afraid to come forward and admit to being bullied and have been threatened by employers and the churches if they speak out against bullying, as employers and religious leaders claim that such actions are the will of god).  Most bullied people consider god to be the architect and enforcer of bullying.

Lori Drew and daughter Sarah Drew

Many of those who are bullied are not only bullied at work or in school, but it is increasingly more common to be bullied in cyberspace: over the internet.  Cyberbullying has led to numerous suicides, and the cyber bullies are not just other classmates or coworkers, but their friends and family, as is the case with 50-year-old Lori Drew of Missouri who was found guilty cyberbullying in a federal court for her role in the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meir (United States vLori Drew, 259 F.R.D. 449 (C.D. Cal. 2009). The judge later acquitted Drew who admitted to her instigating the bullying, claiming that she did it to protect her family and was working to help her daughter Sarah take action against the friend who had decided against remaining a friend of her daughter after transferring to a local Roman Catholic school and had made new friends.  Drew knew Megan Meier personally: the

Megan Meier

young girl lived only four houses down the street from the Drews. This led the Drews to create a fictitious internet lover: Josh Evans.  Drew, who wrote as if she were Josh, wrote to Megan that the world would be a better place if she killed herself–a common ploy among cyber bullies.  Megan, after reading the e-mail from Josh was found a few minutes later having hanged her self in her bedroom closet.  This repeated itself in Missouri when Elizabeth Thrasher (age 41) cyber bullied the 17-year-old daughter of her ex-husband in May 2009 by putting the teenager’s photo, workplace, e-mail address and cell phone number on a section of Craigslist for people seeking sexual encounters.

Elizabeth Thrasher

Suicide is the eleventh largest killer in the USA.  It has equally astonishing statistics worldwide.  No less than one million people succeeding in killing themselves every year around the world. It is the third main reason for deaths among the young: ages 15 to 24, with suicides now occurring even in those who are in their pre-teenage years.  To actually commit suicides depends on factors such as fearlessness and being able to tolerate pain and to act impulsively.  Fearlessness is a conditioned response that leads to enduring abuse: whether from abuse by others or by their own hands, and it grows gradually until the suicide has grown tolerant of physical discomfort but cannot cope with the mental anguish that bullies from the pulpit, at the table, in the classroom or school yard heap out like sewage from their own twisted mentality to torture those least able to understand aspersions and defamation and have no one to whom he or she could turn for succor or for understanding. 

Cyber bullying

While most adults age 40-65 turn to suicide as a way to avoid facing financial bankruptcy, job or family loss.  In the USA it is primarily an escape route for men, with in the US is 17.7 per 100,000 among men compared to 4.5 per 100,000 women committing suicide in 2005

Women, more than men, attempt to harm themselves (which is wrongly labeled as attempted suicide) because of living in overcrowded conditions, conflict with their families (extended and internal), with disrupted childhoods, history of drinking, criminal behavior, and violence. Individuals under these stresses become anxious and depressed and then, usually in reaction to a single particular crisis, they attempt to harm themselves and frequently their children. 

Bullying statistics

Children commit suicide because they are ridiculed about their weight, size, perceived sexual orientation, or academic and social performance.  Those most responsible for suicide among children are classmates, teachers, and family members.  Religion has its role as well, in child suicides, especially in Islam where children are openly recruited to be suicide bombers to prove their love for their god (Allah).  The rise in child suicides in Muslim lands in the Middle East has grown sharply, with children as young as four and five committing suicide in religious devotion.

Child suicide bomber in Muslim world encouraged by the family

Suicide affects both the victim and those who remain after the death. The most common response is denial.  The immediate family, most commonly, rejects that there was any estrangement within the family, arguing that all were happy and mutually loving, and that the act was not suicidal, but the result of an unfortunate accident.  Research shows the opposite:  the suicides are frequently the result of family bullying: a parent or sibling or other relative attempting to control a weaker member or a member who is different from the bully or the family.  This is commonly the case with a homosexual member who is bullied by heterosexuals in the family into having a “companion” of the opposite gender. 

In many Latin and Muslim communities the presumed homosexual family member is taken to a prostitute if a male as early as age ten, or raped if the suspected homosexual is female (Hovey, JD (1999). “Religion and suicidal ideation in a sample of Latin American immigrants.” Psychological Reports 85:171–177; the article further notes fear of religion stops many Latin Americans from completing a suicide attempt). There is no claim within the article that religion is good—or bad—but that fear can control actions, something that all dictators have learned and used against people throughout secular and religious history.  It was fear that sustained and led to the raison d’être for Christian and Arab crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Thirty Years War, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, the current curia in the Vatican and the protestations of the German pope, and the Latter Day Saints Apostleship.  The same is true if the victim placed himself or herself outside of the family’s religious beliefs, circle, or institution, especially if the victim was homosexual and his or her religion denounced/condemned homosexuality and enjoined reparative therapy (a malpractice that has been denounced by every professional psychological and psychiatric association (cf. Kjaer R., and Selle, M.S. (2004). Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen.  September 23, 124(18):2396, cp. Saocarides, CW and Kaufman, B. (1994). “Reparative Therapy” in American Journal of Psychiatry January 151(1):157-159).

Homosexuality is a major problem of perception.  Orientation is genetic (in a private communication I received from Professor Katherine van Wormer at the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. van Wormer noted that she is not convinced that homosexuality is genetic; as she wrote: I’d say biological; it seems to stem from activity in the mother’s womb. I agree it’s not a choice….; I will do further research on this issue for another article. My thanks to my colleague, as I took an early graduate degree from UNI in 1968, and feel the university to be one of my many homes) and not chosen nor conditioned according to the American Psychiatric Association and all other health organizations.  Homosexual orientation is not a mental disorder. Bigotry (cf. Vedantam S. “Psychiatry ponders whether extreme bias can be an illness.” Washington Post. December 10, 2005: A1; and, Dunbar E. (1997). “The relationship of DSM diagnostic criteria and Gough’s Prejudice Scale: exploring the clinical manifestations of the prejudiced personality.” Cultural Diversity and Mental Health 3:247-257), homophobia, xenophobia, however, are mental disorders (read here and here).

Homophobic bullying in the UK

The individual who commits suicide because he or she is labeled, discriminated against, or bullied as a homosexual may not be homosexual—but the stigma placed on homosexuality through ignorance codified as religion will inspire and encourage some to commit suicide.  This ignorance about homosexuality is especially true in fundamentalist religious movements (especially among Mormons, WELS, Orthodox Jews and Roman Catholics) where parents, religious officials, and family read bad translations of ancient literature and attempt to instill and include the word homosexual within the alleged sacred text—even though the word homosexual was not even coined until the end of the nineteenth century (Albert Philibert Franz von Schrenck-Notzing; Charles Gilbert Chaddock (1895). Therapeutic suggestion in psychopathia sexualis (pathological manifestations of the sexual sense), with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct. Philadelphia, PA, USA: F. A. Davis; it does not appear in any English American Bible before 1973 (New International Version: NIV), and does not appear in any of the original languages: Hebrew, Greek, Latin, etc.).  The cruelest religions in this regard are Judaism, Christianity, and especially Islam and the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), even though homosexuality is not mentioned by name, yes same-sex love is (as with the case of Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 18; if one reads the Bible literally), Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:14 seq, cp. Genesis 2:24), and others; Romans 1:26-27 is about shrine prostitution if read in the original and not through a faulty translation, cp. Aristides, Apology Sec. 16, paragraph 2).

Those who reject suicide as a motive to leave torment behind are mistaken.  While Ernest Becker (1973), argued that the human notion of death is strongly psychoanalytical, views the fear of death as a universal phenomenon, this is incorrect, as it implies that all people fear death because of some divine punishment (such as hell) awaiting the suicide or that there might not be an afterlife (Becker, Ernest (1973). The Denial of Death. New York: Free Press).  This ignores the material showing that the suicide victim wants to escape pain and suffering brought on by any degree of bullying: from name calling and erroneous biblical recitations as Dakota Ary preachificated in Fort Worth Texas, or protestations by grandstanding teachers such as Viki Knox of New Jersey who prophesied “eternal damnation” for any member of the LGBT community, to the mealy mincing of reality by Iowa’s religious Fuehrer Bob Vander Plaats—a theocrat seeking the end of democracy in the USA and establishment of a theocracy on the order of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann,  Rick Santorum and Governor Sam Brownback who converted from evangelical Protestantism to Roman Catholicism are both members of Opus Dei who want a government in the USA on the order of Iran, and others who has no training in theology or psychology (in this quest they are supported by the four USA Opus Dei bishops: Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio, Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri and Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio of Brooklyn, New York all who have opposed any anti-bullying legislation or rights for women; there are a total of 24 Opus Dei bishops in the Roman Catholic church.   This has not stopped Vander Plaats who has set himself up as an authority on human emotions and psychophysical identification, justifying the survey that shows that two out of three people in the USA believe that organized religion (churches) actively contribute to suicides among LGBT people even though all religions have homosexuals in their leadership roles from pastors and rabbis to priests and bishops, even in Islam that claims it has no homosexuals (as with Iran) but where Imams and ayatollahs also have mortal sexual desires and needs equal to anyone else.   

One point that Becker is correct about is that some suicides are committed as a way to show the world (the family, the religious organization, the community and so forth) that the person committing suicide has strength, fortitude and the ability to carry out a deed: an act of heroism.  However, it is also, at times, a way for the suicide to blame others without resolution to refine, define and establish his or her own identity as a person of self-worth.  If the suicide fails, the individual who sought the solace of death fails to achieve the role and laurel of a hero.  This can lead to further mental illness and/or antisocial behavior.

Those who are either unable or unwilling to end their own life, will kill another in quest of having someone kill them (Thomas, E. (1997, July 28).  “Facing death”.  Newsweek, 20-30. Karwarth, R. (1992, November 7).  Death-his own-was killer’s goal.  Chicago Tribune, 1. Kennedy, D. Homant, R. and Hupp, T (1998), Suicide by Cop, The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin67, 30-48). In this case, death is the promise of peace.  This is more common among believers in some external force, such as religion, but at the same time those who profess a religion are less likely to commit suicide or seek out ways of exiting life in fear of “other world judgments” and concepts of heaven and hell, than are those without a religious affirmation, confirmation or indoctrination.  Atheists have the least difficulty in committing suicide successfully (Dervic, Kanita; Oquendo, Maria A.; Grunebaum, Michael F.; Ellis, Steve; Burke, Ainsley K; and, Mann, J. John. “Religious Affiliation and Suicide Attempt.” The American Journal of Psychiatry. December 1, 2004, vol. 161. pp. 2303-2308).  However, one must be cautious when using this statistic as the authors note, as religious countries, especially those that are controlled by the Roman Catholic Church under-report suicides because of the stigma the Roman Catholic Church attaches to suicide (cp. Kelleher MJ, Chambers D, Corcoran P, Williamson E, Keeley HS: “Religious sanctions and rates of suicide worldwide.” Crisis 1998; 19:78–86).  A more accurate reporting, although still under-reporting is found in the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations (UN), where Roman Catholic countries are showing a greater number of suicides since 2003. The lowest rate of suicides, evidence shows, is in Islamic controlled nations, such as Malay, where Islam strictly forbids suicides, and an attempt at suicide can bring capital punishment and the death sentence that carries a stigma to the family as a whole. Again the problem is religion as Islamic leaders (civil and religious) prohibit full reporting, and many suicides are not investigated because of family objections, while many are considered “honor killings” that are both voluntary (suicide) and involuntary (murder) which is seldom reported and less often dealt with given its religious and family overtones. In China, over 75% of all suicides are in the rural areas and the majority of suicides are among women lacking dowries. Suicides in Japan, where there is one suicide every fifteen minutes by the year 2006, are high among students, given the emphasis on academic success and the movement of a class into a profession. Those who claimed that they were /are atheists or had no religion had abandoned religion as a consequence of depression or hopelessness, frequently because of terrorism within religion itself: the concept of unforgiving god, the fright of the existence of a possible hell and torment in an afterlife, and family pressure to practice the community faith. 

In the USA, the greatest pressure is found in Mormon families where, regardless of the stress a family member feels, or because of depression commits suicide, the family is quickly on the defensive, arguing that the family is loving group, compassionate, caring, and they have no idea of why the suicide occurred.  This is classic denial (abnegation) of reality, as the family protestations are an effort to shore up the family itself as being the foundation for growth and community (cf. Neeleman J, Halpern D, Leon D, Lewis G. (1997). “Tolerance of suicide, religion, and suicide rates: an ecological and individual study in 19 Western countries”. Psychological Medicine 1997; 27:1165–1171).  The tragedy is that it is universal as seen in the World Health Organization statistics on suicides 2003.

As Sigmund Freud noted, abnegation is a personal or family defense mechanism in which the existence of unpleasant internal or external realities is kept out of conscious.  In psychodynamic psychology, denial is found in any person who unconsciously puts up a barrier to experiencing what is too painful to consciously bear, especially the loss of a family member, personal pride, or reputation.  While the person rejects the idea that a family member committed suicide, that is a ruse for denying responsibility: being open to talking with the person before the suicidal act took place, or defending “the family honor” or the “family name” or reputation.  To this end a family will argue against anyone who claims the suicide was the result of a dysfunctional family situation, the inability to communicate interactively with the family members (the one in denial will protest that she or he was always receptive to a discussion)—but not about certain aspects, such as human sexuality, which is why most LGBT members leave the home, seek a life of their own without family encumbrances, and when faced with bullying for others or the bullying of silent distance between them and their families or significant others will commit suicide. (cf. Freud, Anna. (1937). The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense, London: Hogarth Press and Institute of Psycho-Analysis. (Revised edition: 1966 (US), 1968 (UK)); and, Paulhus, D.L., Fridhandler B., & Hayes S. (1997). “Psychological defense: Contemporary theory and research.” In Briggs, Stephen; Hogan, Robert Goode; Johnson, John W. (1997). Handbook of personality psychology. Boston: Academic Press. pp. 543–579).

Numerous studies show that members of the family: from parents to siblings as well as grandparents and cousins, actually bully those who are less prone to defending themselves and their individual rights.  Highly critical parents and older siblings can have a negative effect on the self-esteem of the younger children in the family (cf. Safer, Jeanne (2002). The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling. New York, NY, USA: The Free Press).  Families deny that children have rights, and in many cases, because of strong religious ties, especially within the Mormon, Roman Catholic and evangelical communities, praise parents who are overly strict with their children.  This leads to a rise in both bullying and suicides.

It is the feelings of guilt, embarrassment and shame by a family when one of its members commits suicide that leads to outbursts, denial (frequently denials even of the death or cause(s) of and/or for the suicide) that accompanies the advent of the feeling of anxiety.  Anxiety is felt as an increase in bodily or mental tension and the signal that the organism receives that allows it the possibility of taking defensive action towards the perceived danger by claiming another source, reason, or person is responsible for either the actual suicide or for mistranslating the cause célèbre that created the anxiety.  This, of course, is psychological transference neurosis. 

Sigmund Freud saw transference neurosis as occurring in patients who would not accept reality by arguing that the blame lay with the physician or therapist [today it could be a writer, newspaper, or other source], stating that transference neurosis is: “a whole series of psychological experiences are revived not as belonging to the past, but as applying to the person of the physician at the present moment”  (Sigmund Freud, “Case Histories 1 – Dora and Little Hans”, The Penguin Freud Library, Volume 8, 1990); cp. Freud, Sigmund (collected 1959). Clinical Papers. New York, NY, USA: Basic Books, vol. 2, p. 125, 251, 344, vol. 4, p. 43).  It is at this point, as Freud argued at length in several works, that religion takes over; while the illusions offered by religion can temporarily satisfy, religion and its confessional stands can lead to neurosis that are both egotistic and self-protecting, as well as antisocial where guilt is fostered by “giving into temptation” rather than eschewing it in favor of prayer or corporal acts of mercy and charity.  As Freud wrote: “Unredeemed backslidings into sin are even more common among the pious than among neurotics, and these give rise to a new form of religious activity, namely, the acts of penance of which one finds counterparts in the obsessional neurosis (Freud, op. cit. vol. 2, pp. 33-34; cp. Freud, Die Traumdeutung) leading to the repression of reality and what occurred (Freud, Collected Papers, vol. 4, pp. 86-87, 90-91 with emphasis on countering unbearable thoughts in vol. 1, p. 155).

Bullying is abusive and aggressive behavior of a person who is mentally ill.  It is expressed emotionally, physically, and verbally and frequently leads to thoughts of suicide or the act of suicide. It is most commonly found in the school, church, and the family—and it is in these three areas that it is most commonly denied and little is done to stop bullies braying from pulpits as they pound their religious literature, or from the teacher’s desk where the instructor rants about a student’s clothing, hairstyle, selection of friends or life style, or at the breakfast or dinner table where the authority of the patriarch is preached as if the family leader was somehow divinely ordained.  To question authority is forbidden, and to differ from the family leader invites the same corporal punishment that was dealt out to Martin Luther by his parents who beat him until the blood ran from his skin, allegedly for stealing one nut (Roland H. Bainton (1950), Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. New York: NY, USA: Abingdon-Cokesbury, p. 23; cp. Erik H. Erikson (1962). Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History.  New York: NY, USA: Norton Library, pp. 67-68 seq.). Numerous studies, both clinical and historical, show that bullying is linked to family violence, which explains Martin Luther’s verbal and written assaults on both the Jews of Germany but on the peasants in rebellion in his Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern (1525), but the writings of those who take to cyber bullying and physical bullying as with the two students who were bullied into killing their bullies before committing suicide in 1999 at Columbine High School.

Eric Harris (left) and Dylan Klebold (right)

More than two-thirds of the academically brilliant students are bullied. More than one-third harbor thoughts of violent revenge; about half will enact or act out their scenarios for revenge.  The was the case with two senior students, Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999), who decided to hunt down their bullies and taking charge of their own lives.  On April 20, 1999, the two youths killed  thirteen classmates and wounded another twenty-four at Columbine High School in Colorado.  Harris and Klebold were among the most gifted—and the most bullied—at Columbine. Peer rejection, ridicule, and bullying—all of which create a lifelong tendency to depression—was a daily experience for Harris and Klebold that would erupt like a smoldering volcano.

Harris and Klebold shot their tormenters, giving expression to their growing hatred of being targeted by others who had nothing but scorn for them. Harris kept a log of the troubles he faced, and wrote about his growing hatred for the school and society, and began to pen death threats against those who bullied him, including calling both young men homosexuals (which several students said was wrong, as neither use was gay; in fact in the reports left by Harris and Klebold, the two acknowledged they called others “fags”: this is popularly known as “pecking order” psychology, first discussed in 1921 as Hackordnung by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe in Zeitschrift fuer Psychologie, 1922, 88:225-252, and in teenagers, it is commonly linked to bullying (read here and here);  the two felt left out and had, over a year plotted revenge), while the athletes at the school taunted them as not being “men” who were involved in other “manly actions” and were accosted for dressing “differently” (Goldberg, Carey. “For Those Who Dress Differently, an Increase in Being Viewed as Abnormal.” New York Times. May 1, 1999) being known as the “Trenchcoat Mafia”. 

No one at Columbine took notice or action to intervene; even the families of the two youth and their victims remained silent save for one mother who was ignored. It remains the scenario for today’s talented and today’s bullies—the bullies who write on Facebook and on bathroom walls for their victims to commit suicide as the victims now speak openly of killing classmates, teachers, deans, preachers, pastors, priests and parents who bully them.  It is an epidemic—one that no religion can halt nor erase (Kim YS, Leventhal B; Leventhal (2008). “Bullying and suicide. A review”. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health 20 (2): 133–54). The solution is tolerance, acceptance of differences including multiculturalism that the Norwegian Christian terrorist Anders Behring Breveik rejected, and giving space and attention to those who appear troubled. Conformity is not essential for a fluid and dynamic society.  People commit suicide when there is no tangible, immediately ascertainable hope—religion cannot fill that void.  People fill the void as people are real and tangible.

FOOTNOTES

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru

(1) “No abortion!” is the maniacal mantra chanted by one of the most ignorant and cruel bullies in South America: Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne cardinal presbyter of St. Camillus de Lellis (the first Peruvian cardinal from the clandestine and dangerous Opus Dei movement), who is supported by two other Peruvian Opus Dei bishops and the collective college of bishops of Peru.  Although Cipriani has been under prolonged investigation for the murder the liberal Jesuit and his predecessor, Monsignor Augusto cardinal Vargas Alzamora (1922-2000), the majority of the clergy in Peru rallied behind him because of his position in the church in Peru.  Vargas Alzamora—a stern and stalwart critic of Fujimori—was poisoned after suffering a “long illness” following his mandatory retirement when Cipriani was installed in his place. 

Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora

While Vargas Alzmora was more liberal that his successor, he was no liberal, but declared that there was room to co-exist with the guerrilla faction that was attempting a take over of the government, insisting that the Roman Catholic Church sought justice and peace but not at the point of a gun—and that the Church would always align itself on the side of the poor—the exact opposite view expressed by Cipriani who supported the dictatorship of Fujimori.  Vargas Alzamora established his own social welfare structure, known as Fe y Alegria (Faith and Happiness) and for a long time as the primate of Peru, took young people who wanted to develop their spiritual life to see the overwhelming poverty of the shanty towns on the outskirts of Lima so that his students could see exactly what social injustice means. On the other hand, Cipriani only stands with the wealthy and powerful;

Peru politics and church interference

he condemns women who seek equal rights, self-determination and choice, denounces students who demand greater freedom in the church, and rejects the spirit of democracy, fitting Peru to meet the identification of Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) that follows Nazi unofficial ideology of Kinder, Küche, Kirche (it was actually defined by Kaiser Wilhelm II (Depew, Chauncey Mitchell and Champlin, John Denison Champlin (1910). Orations, addresses and speeches of Chauncey M. Depew. New York, NY, USA: privately printed (8 vols), p. 260), but taken over by the Nazis and instilled in the Nazi Wahrmacht of which Ratzinger was a part until he deserted and became a temporary prisoner of war in 1945). 

Cipriani is widely unloved and denounced by clergy and faithful as returning the church to its ignominious days of the Inquisition. When Cipriani’s elevation was announced, it was publicly denounced, and when an open-air Mass was held in celebration, it had few who attended, with the exception of the militantly conservative New Catechumenate movement and fraternity dedicated to the Lord of the Miracles. Cipriani denounced anyone who questioned his word or interpretation of anything as traitors.  The Peruvian Conference of Bishops condemned the protesters’ “disrespectful behavior” as an “anti-witness” and declared that Pope John Paul II’s decision to include Cipriani in the newest group of cardinals “must be respected and accepted by the faithful. Therefore, no offense against [Cipriani] is justified, let alone during a sacred celebration.” This cost the Peruvian Conference of Bishops popular support, especially among students who saw it as a return to the Dark Ages, leading many to abandon the Roman Catholic faith, and the bullying of its priests and bishops.

While Vargas Alzamora had worked as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and helped with the official re-evaluation of Liberation Theology acknowledging the right of the poor for political and social freedom, the work was rapidly undone by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger who saw in it too much of Marxism.  This delighted the small minority of Spanish-Peruvians who celebrated their enrichment at the expense of the poor—and quickly swung to the one-time professor of agriculture Alberto Fujimori—whom Cipriani championed.

Vargas Alzamora rejected Fujimori.  When the Japanese born president declared that he had won a second term (technically, by the Constitution that Fujimori suspended, he could not be president since he was not Peru born), Augusto Vargas Alzamora declared the second “re-election” illegal. From that day forward, many knew it was a matter of time before Vargas Alzamora would be “replaced.”  Those who supported him were openly bullied: students, parents, clergy, other Peru bishops, leading many to seek his death.

There is debate if the assassination was at the hands of Fujimori’s now-jailed spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos who had Los Barrios residents and students from various universities murdered on the orders of Fujimori who was encouraged by his daughter, the current Congresista Keiko Fujimori who (at age 18) replaced her mother as First Lady and tried to cover up her father’s physical assaults on his wife; or if Cipriani did or had an aid do the actual murder. Former Justice Minister Fernando Olivera traveled to the Vatican in 2001 with letters purporting to show Cipriani sought the “elimination and incineration” of videotapes linking him to Montesinos after the church took money from the spy chief and requested an additional $120,000 “donation”; read: http://www.odan.org/media_peru_cardinal_upset.htm, the article is a reprint from the 2004 publication in The Wall Street Journal and various other publications; the accusers of the nefarious prelate include two other Perú bishops; the Vatican later declared the letters to be fake since they cast aspersions on a cardinal within the church). 

Cipriani’s crepitating actions match the barbaric “Right to Life” movement in the USA, which is identical to that of Nazi Germany, that demonstrates in front of schools and clinics using Photoshopped images of aborted “fetuses” and warning women that they will “go to hell” if the women “abort your child [sic]”, and their spiritual ancestor: Adolf Hitler who prohibited “Nordic stock” German women from obtaining an abortion (while forcing abortions on Jewish women without their consent).  This was a common occurrence under Dictator Alberto Fujimori in Perú who had more than 200,000 mountain women forcibly sterilized in his crusade to cut down poverty. 

Fujimori saw the “mountain women” as ignorant women who were not adding to his wealth or the fascist state he had created after suspending the Perú Constitution and ordering the mass execution of dissenters: La Cantuta: the National University “Enrique Guzmán y Valle”, July 18, 1992, pulling students and teachers out of the classroom; two years later a corrupt military court sentenced ten of Fujimori’s special assassins to prison terms from one to twenty years, ignoring evidence provided by generals that Vladimir Montesinos, Alberto and Keiko Fujimori’s closest friend and various military generals were the primary parties responsible. On June 14, 1995, one year after the bankrupt trial had ruled obediently to the presidential bully, Fujimori’s congress approved a law (many claim that Keiko Fujimori was the author of the legislation) granting amnesty to military, police and civil officials involved in human rights violations committed from 1980 through that date; those sentenced for the Cantuta massacre were freed; later Cardinal Cipriani was ordered to testify about what he knew, as many saw him as a conspirator eager to dispatch all students who he considered to be leftists or even terrorists.  This was but a copy of the La Rochela Massacre in January 1989, where paramilitary groups were organized to “persuade” [bully] anyone who opposed them, including children and students.

(2) Brown, Dan (2004). The Da Vinci Code (New York, NY, USA: Doubleday) is correct in the assessment and pictorialization of Opus Dei.  Followers (numeraries) do self-flagellate their flesh/skin; wear a spiked chain (known as a cilice) around the thighs for at least two hours, and kiss the floor saying “Serviam” (Latin for “I will serve).  The majority of Opus Dei bishops and cardinals come from South America and Spain, but there are four in the USA who demand unwavering loyalty to themselves and their “calling” to refute “liberalism” and bring “strayed Catholics” and Protestants back to a conservative church that hails the Spanish Inquisition as a glorious past in Roman Catholic history–complete with the millions of murders the sacerdotal clergy committed “in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.”  The members take cold showers and sleep either on a board or on the floor in memory of the misery Jacob and Jesus is alleged to have experienced–without a pillow (cp. Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 8:20, which is even incorporated/plagiarized in Islamic theology).  They attend Mass daily, hear lectures on selflessness, and strictly segregate the sexes. 

Opus Dei rejects Vatican II as it gave recognition to individual consciences and ideals and did not place much authority on the magisterium of the church. This was apostasy to the founder of Opus Dei and to such renegade popes as John Paul II and Benedict XVI who are strong admirers of Josemaria Escriva, whom John Paul II, over the objection of many in the Roman Catholic church denounced as a fraud and imposter, raised to “sainthood”–most of Escriva’s opponents reject that title and imposition by a pope many believe was already senile. 

Father John McCloskey, a prominent member in Washington, has attacked the “liberal establishment” in the USA.  McCloskey has won the support of one-time US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), as pose seek a theocracy to replace democracy.  McCloskey urges the creation of schools to teach Latin and Greek, devotion to the Mass and strict obedience to the bishops, but also demands solid educational training (minus theories such as evolution and human rights) so that the future generations can be similar to Escriva.

Opus Dei $75 million headquarters (New York City)

Opus Dei has no respect for labor, and in France forced workers to toil for free. Girls as young as fourteen have been forced to work from seven in the morning until ten at night, seven days a week–and when given a paycheck are forced to endorse it and turn it over to Opus Dei.  Corporal mortification of workers is applauded, and the organization notes that Mother Theresa of Calcutta and John Paul II practiced their concept of corporal pain and hunger, winning the support of Benedict XVI who is considered a closeted member of the group.  To “fan out across the world”, Opus Dei raised from middle-income to wealthy Roman Catholics in every walk of life (US Senators, British Members of Parliament, sports figures, entrepreneurs on every continent, entertainment figures, and so forth) over $75 million to build its headquarters in New York City, USA.  It is tightly attached to powerful bishops in the USA and throughout South America, finding support especially among the hierarchy of Peru, led by Cipriani of Lima, and Darío Castrillón Hoyos, of Columbia.  Its stated goal is to take over the world and

Opus Dei central headquarters Rome

force everyone to be Roman Catholic–Opus Dei’s idea of what Christianity must be: from the end of human and civil rights, the glorification of the male head of the household, strict obedience of children, rejection of bullying charges against priests and nuns, and the silencing of complaints and lawsuits against clerical pedophiles in the Church, in the same way as John Paul II ignored the issue and worked against those who levied charges, and Ratzinger (Benedict XVI who is openly called the Inquisitor General of the 21st century) has been especially effective in silencing dissent.

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

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

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

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

Two men kissing: Jesus and Judas

magazine, Stern. One of these articles concerned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julia Worthington teaches theater at Western Hills HS

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

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

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

Leviticus written around snake-god worship popular in Egypt

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

A Christian response?

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

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

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

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

Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

Marcus and Michele Bachmann campaigning for the presidency in 2011

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

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

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

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

A bully has low self-esteem

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

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

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

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

Francesco Speroni (Italian xenophobe)

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

Bullies scar physically and mentally, leading to suicides

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

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

More of Breivik's victims (2011)

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

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

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

Charles Schenck

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

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

Hitler leaving church in Germany

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

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

Hitler had German homosexuals starved as his plan to purify heaven

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

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

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

Religious sects in Germany 2011

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

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

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

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

Harold Camping predicting end of the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

German school children in uniform from NSDAP Standarten Kalender 1939

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

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

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

Church leaders in support of Hitler

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

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

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

Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther

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

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

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

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

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

Bullying is a crime

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Hoffman

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

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

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

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

Daniel Mendez (age 16) when he committed suicide

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

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

Cyberbullying reported among sixth to eighth grade students

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

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

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

Jamey's sister Alyssa Rodemeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Chanon Velazques was charged with aggrevated bullying of Phoebe Prince

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

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

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

Montana Denton Lance (age 9)

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

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

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

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

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