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Creationism and science; Anthony Flew, Michele Bachmann and Zach Kopplin

Charles Darwin

Creationism and the love affair with the mythology of some deity creating everything on and out of whim, is relatively recent. There is no record of it before the eighteenth century CE when friends began to correspond with Charles Darwin in an attempt to prove the bible to be literally correct.  As early as 1838, Charles Darwin had concluded that attributing the structure of animals to “the will of the Deity” was “no explanation—it has not the character of a physical law & is therefore utterly useless” the British geologist Charles Lyell, broke entirely from the staid and ossified biblical framework that proponents claimed to be the final account. In Lyell’s writing, the geologist postulated the existence of multiple “centres or foci of creation,” based upon geological surveys and data samples (http://www.counterbalance.net/history/ordcreat-frame.html). By 1859, with a flurry of papers appearing in print to mock the creationists, creationism seemed dead until the unlettered preachers made it a point to claim that some deity actually and literally wrote the bible as found in the account plagiarized (Daniel 5:5: בַּהּ־שַׁעֲתָה [כ= נְפַקוּ] [ק= נְפַקָה] אֶצְבְּעָן דִּי יַד־אֱנָשׁ וְכָתְבָן לָקֳבֵל נֶבְרַשְׁתָּא עַל־גִּירָא דִּי־כְתַל הֵיכְלָא דִּי מַלְכָּא וּמַלְכָּא חָזֵה פַּס יְדָה דִּי כָתְבָה׃) from an Old Babylonian fairy tale.  What creationists forgot in the nineteenth century, and when they reappeared in 1929, is that the “hand” seen was a “human hand” and not a divine hand, which is the reason that the king (Belshazzar) called for his enchanters, astrologers and diviners to be brought to explain the message and offered them titles, power, and rich raiment: קָרֵא מַלְכָּא בְּחַיִל לְהֶעָלָה לְאָשְׁפַיָּא [כ= כַּשְׂדָּיֵא] [ק= כַּשְׂדָּאֵי] וְגָזְרַיָּא עָנֵה מַלְכָּא וְאָמַר לְחַכִּימֵי בָבֶל דִּי כָל־אֱנָשׁ דִּי־יִקְרֵה כְּתָבָה דְנָה וּפִשְׁרֵהּ יְחַוִּנַּנִי (which comes from ancient Egyptian scrolls that early Apiru [Hapiru/Hebrew] plagiarized when writing the Torah; cp. Genesis 41:42 (וַיָּסַר פַּרְעֹה אֶת־טַבַּעְתֹּו מֵעַל יָדֹו וַיִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ עַל־יַד יֹוסֵף וַיַּלְבֵּשׁ אֹתֹו בִּגְדֵי־שֵׁשׁ וַיָּשֶׂם רְבִד הַזָּהָב עַל־צַוָּארֹו׃) and Exodus 7:11, with the king being titled “Pharaoh” (וַיִּקְרָא גַּם־פַּרְעֹה לַחֲכָמִים וְלַמְכַשְּׁפִים וַיַּעֲשׂוּ גַם־הֵם חַרְטֻמֵּי מִצְרַיִם בְּלַהֲטֵיהֶם כֵּן׃). 

Fundamentalist Christians believe that the bible is literally true from Genesis (the last book to be written for the Torah) to Revelation.  In every case creationists argue that mortals (Homo sapiens) are unique, similar to god, and divine with a soul–although science, theology, and the bible do not offer any of those terms. Psalm 8:4 -5 (especially וַתְּחַסְּרֵהוּ מְּעַט מֵאֱלֹהִים וְכָבֹוד וְהָדָר תְּעַטְּרֵהוּ׃) says that man is “a little lower than the angels [not god]” while in the New Testament it is written (Hebrews 2:7: ἠλάττωσας αὐτὸν βραχύ τι παρ’ ἀγγέλους, δόξῃ καὶ τιμῇ ἐστεφάνωσας αὐτόν) that man is not god but a “little lower than the angels” (being a direct plagiarism from the Old Testament that took it from ancient Chaldea).

Abraham Meir ibn Ezra

Early Jewish teachers believed that the biblical text contained layers of meaning, with the spiritual and allegorical interpretations of Genesis often being seen as more important than the literal.   Abraham Meir ibn Ezra (1089 — 1164) consistently rejected overly literal understandings of Genesis, and although his original works have been “lost” (most likely burned by the Inquisition) we know of their existence as they are quoted by Baruch Spinoza  (http://www.sacred-texts.com/phi/spinoza/treat/tpt12.htm), and Moses ben-Maimon, called Maimonides (1135 – 1204; more commonly known by his Arabic name Abū ʿImrān Mūsā bin Maimūn bin ʿUbaidallāh al-Qurṭubī ( ابو عمران موسى بن ميمون بن عبد الله القرطبي ) as he was forced, with his family, to convert to Islam when the Moors took over Spain (Stroumsa, Sarah (2009). Maimonides in his world: portrait of a Mediterranean thinker, Princeton University Press, p. 59), found the creation story simplistic and described the story of Eve and the serpent as “most absurd in its literal sense; but as an allegory it contains wonderful wisdom, and fully agrees with the real facts” (cp. Forster, Roger; Marston, Dr Paul (2001). “Chapter 7 – Genesis Through History”. Reason Science and Faith. Chester, England: Monarch Books).

Radolfo Gonzales Ruiz

While the bible can be easily dismissed with serious scholarship, evangelical extremists, especially in the southern tier of the USA (notably in Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and other evangelical-controlled states), Nigeria (which has some of the strongest evangelicals), Uganda, Perú (where the most dangerously diabolical pandering pastor Radolfo Gonzales Ruiz rants on nightly Bethel television) and various other backwater and backtreading poorly educated nations have struggled to have creationism taught in schools, dating everything back to the folklore of a worldwide flood (diluvial) where everything (including unsaved fish) drowned.  Flood geology contradicts the scientific consensus in geology, physics, chemistry, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and paleontology, and no reputable scientist accepts it (Stewart, Melville Y. (2010). Science and religion in dialogue. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 123; cp. http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html#CD all links are currently working, and all show the absurdity of creation science).  Creation science has long been disputed and refuted, with early works appearing in the seventeenth century showing the absurdity of such biblical claims in favor of naturalistic explanations for a global flood (cf. Woodward, John (1695) An essay toward a natural history of the earth and terrestrial bodies, especially minerals, as also of the sea, rivers, and springs, with an account of the universal deluge, and of the effects that it had upon the earth. London, Printed for R. Wilkin; and the work by his student Whiston, William (1696) A new theory of the earth, from its original, to the consummation of all things. London, Printed by R. Roberts, for B. Took).

Stephen C. Myer

The current spokesman for creationism/Intelligent Design is Stephen C. Myer who founded the ID Institute to justify the Bible’s rendition of how things began.  Although he has a doctorate from Cambridge, it was obtained not by studying with the greatest minds at Cambridge, but by passing tests, and out of this morass of information concluded that DNA is like a computer program, where each program is individually created by a programmer who is all-powerful as any god.  Myers uses loaded phrases, such as “many scientists” support ID, but does not enumerate those who are in agreement with him; he states that “Antony Flew made worldwide news when he repudiated a lifelong commitment to atheism, citing among other factors evidence of “intelligent design” in the DNA molecule” (http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo4/IDmeyer.php

Anthony Flew

Myer does not, however, tell the full story of this famed conversion, for Flew was clear in his last book, There is a God, that  he is not a Christian – at least as yet – but is basically a deist. Deism says that there is a creator “god” (for lack of a better term), but such a creator has no ongoing relationship with the created order – a bit like an absentee landlord. This is eighteenth century Enlightenment thinking, and does not lead to the acceptance of a “revealed religion.”

The problem is that Myer and other ID defenders have misquoted Flew, and the popular press, decidedly theistic, took Flew’s words out of context.  Flew wrote, after the applause was given to his book There is a God his refutation of his alleged repudiation of atheism:

“Richard C. Carrier, current Editor in Chief of the Secular Web, tells me that “the internet has now become awash with rumors” that I “have converted to Christianity, or am at least no longer an atheist.” Perhaps because I was born too soon to be involved in the internet world I had heard nothing of this rumour. So Mr. Carrier asks me to explain myself in cyberspace. This, with the help of the Internet Infidels, I now attempt.

Those rumours speak false. I remain still what I have been now for over fifty years, a negative atheist. By this I mean that I construe the initial letter in the word ‘atheist’ in the way in which everyone construes the same initial letter in such words as ‘atypical’ and ‘amoral’. For I still believe that it is impossible either to verify or to falsify – to show to be false – what David Hume in his Dialogues concerning Natural Religion happily described as “the religious hypothesis.” The more I contemplate the eschatological teachings of Christianity and Islam the more I wish I could demonstrate their falsity.”

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We negative atheists are bound to see the Big Bang cosmology as requiring a physical explanation; and that one which, in the nature of the case, may nevertheless be forever inaccessible to human beings. But believers may, equally reasonably, welcome the Big Bang cosmology as tending to confirm their prior belief that “in the beginning” the Universe was created by God.

Again, negative atheists meeting the argument that the fundamental constants of physics would seem to have been ‘fine tuned’ to make the emergence of mankind possible will first object to the application of either the frequency or the propensity theory of probability ‘outside’ the Universe, and then go on to ask why omnipotence should have been satisfied to produce a Universe in which the origin and rise of the human race was merely possible rather than absolutely inevitable. But believers are equally bound and, on their opposite assumptions, equally justified in seeing the Fine Tuning Argument as providing impressive confirmation of a fundamental belief shared by all the three great systems of revealed theistic religion – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For all three are agreed that we human beings are members of a special kind of creatures, made in the image of God and for a purpose intended by God.

In short, I recognize that developments in physics coming on the last twenty or thirty years can reasonably be seen as in some degree confirmatory of a previously faith-based belief in god, even though they still provide no sufficient reason for unbelievers to change their minds. They certainly have not persuaded me.

Anthony Flew in his private Library

(Anthony Flew not only rejected the idea he was not an atheist, but claimed that the book There is a God was ghost-written and used his name: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/magazine/04Flew-t.html and http://richarddawkins.net/articles/1831 citing his advanced years, deteriorating health and memory; read: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1300630/posts).

The National Academy of Science does not recognize creationism, Intelligent Design, nor Stephen C. Myer as a legitimate scientist (http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6024&page=5).   In Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688) the US Supreme Court ruled Intelligent Design to be a religion and not science.   The landmark case was tried in a bench trial (a jury trial was not required) from September 26, 2005 to November 4, 2005, before Judge John E. Jones III, a conservative Republican appointed in 2002 by George W. Bush.  This led to billionaire televangelist and money laundering Pat Robertson (who worked with the dictators of Zaire and Liberia where stealing gold and diamonds was more important than worry about Liberia’s Chuckie Taylor using child soldiers, systematic rape, and requiring troops to perform sex acts in front of him in the name of the Creator) to declare that his god would punish the court and the citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania.

Science requires that all theories (such as Evolution) be tested, and retested and that the results are self-sustaining but can be modified, and if the modification proves the theory is wrong, that the theory will be abandoned.  Intelligent design is not a testable theory and as such is not generally accepted by the scientific community.    Intelligent Design falsely undermines the scientific status of evolutionary theory and gives students a false understanding of what theory actually means: for ID proponents argue that there is an absolute answer: God.  With this absolute answer, those who argue for ID require that the student select one–denying the tests required of any science where no selection is made by retesting occurs.  Creationism can neither be proved, nor can it be disproved–therefore it is a matter of faith (religion) and not a science as it promotes a religious (sectarian) agenda.   In statements directed at the general public, Intelligent Design advocates claim that intelligent design is not religious; when addressing conservative Christian supporters, they state that intelligent design has its foundation in the Christian Bible (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/attachments/intelligent-design.pdf; for a debate between the spokesmen for Intelligent Design and those for the science of Evolution, read: http://www.actionbioscience.org/evolution/nhmag.html).

Politicians, riding the conservative juggernaut, have come out against science, with 74% of the GOP Senators in the US Congress rejecting science and evolution.  The most notorious denier of evolution and the principles of science and scientific inquiry and research is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN). 

Michele Bachmann supporting Intelligent Design religion

At the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, June 10, 2011, Bachmann told reporters following her speech of her skepticism of evolution, noting: 

“I support intelligent design.  What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don’t think it’s a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides.”

“I would prefer that students have the ability to learn all aspects of an issue, and that’s why I believe the federal government should not be involved in local education to the most minimal possible process.”

Instead of wanting a national program of education, Bachman declared:

“I would prefer that students have the ability to learn all aspects of an issue,” Bachmann said. “And that’s why I believe the federal government should not be involved in local education to the most minimal possible process.”

Louisiana student Zach Kopplin demanding a debate with Michele Bachmann on ID

The federal government, she said, should “block grant all money currently that goes to the states back to the states, so that Louisiana can decide how they want to spend the money [Louisiana opted to teach Intelligent Design, which brought about the challenge from Zack Kopplin with the support of 43 Nobel laureates in science against Bachmann], which may in fact be different on how Minnesota spends its money.”

(http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/17/bachmann-schools-should-teach-intelligent-design/; cf. http://www.repealcreationism.com/508/17-year-old-to-michelle-bachmann-show-me-your-nobel-laureate-scientists/)

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Michele Bachmann’s attack on US History, Constitution, Minorities

Conservatives and religious fundamentalists endorse and financially and vocal unison support Minnesota Congresswoman Michel Bachmann as the “one to beat” in the GOP primaries.  They claim that

Michele Bachmann 2011

“Michele Bachmann’s American values will position her for greatness in this contest, and will bring traditionalists, fiscal conservatives, and defense hawks to her campaign. In addition to being a champion for life, traditional marriage, and Judeo-Christian principles, she affirms support for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and reverence for the Constitution. Moreover, Bachmann affirms support for Israel, along with our nation’s right to defend itself from enemy nations” (read: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/young-conservative-and-spicy/2011/jun/23/all-american-candidate-2012/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_must-read-stories-today). 

None of Bachmann’s stands reflect any precedent in the history of the USA, does not fit in accordance with law, nor with theology, but for right-wing fundamentalists this is irrelevant as they listen to her distortion and prevarication of US history, claims that the Bible does not make, and statistics that are fraudulent at best.  Her grasp on international matters is an embryonic abortion, and her understanding of “enemy nations” is tantamount to Sarah Palin’s claim that she could see Russia from her kitchen window in Wasilla, Alaska.

Map showing Alaska and Russia, separated by the Bering Strait

According to a Saturday Night Live Sketch on September 13, 2008, Palin claimed that by seeing Russia from her kitchen window she was an expert in international affairs as Bachmann’s attestation that by living in Minnesota she understood Canadian needs; while this made great comedy, it was not true.  Governor Palin’s 11 September 2008 appearance on ABC News, her first major interview after being tapped as the vice-presidential nominee. During that appearance, interviewer Charles Gibson asked her what insight she had gained from living so close to Russia, and she responded: “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska”:  but you would have to be on one of two islands in the middle of the Bering Strait  without fog.  The best place for such a view would be in the middle of Little Diomede (which is part of the USA), and across from it is Big Diomede (part of Russia) as  Russia and Alaska are divided by the Bering Strait, which is about 55 miles at its narrowest point.  These two islands are a little less than two and a half miles apart, which means that, on a clear day, you can definitely see one from the other.  The Diomede Islands are often blanketed by persistent fog, which makes visibility difficult. On a clear day, though, a person standing at sea level can see a little less than three miles across the ocean. You can see farther if you go higher—at the highest altitude on Little Diomede (919 feet), you can see for about 37 miles.

What is most disturbing is to recall that this congressional representative, intellectually following in the footsteps of Helen P. Chenoweth-Hage of Idaho whom many noted was “the dimmest bulb in the Congressional chandelier” and diligently played the race card as “a white grandmother” (http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=39727), tell reporters in 2008: “I‘m very concerned that he [Obama] may have anti-American views” without offering any facts or justification for such a claim.  It was a revisitation of the dark days of Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon. In 2011, shooting from the hip, Bachmann pontificates: “Obamacare is bringing socialism to our doorstep” and “we must protect our traditional values.”  Openly she is noncommittal and regularly refuses to justify her claims with facts (http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201102170015), as with the issue of Obama’s birth because he is black (http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/transcript/michele-bachmann-obamas-birth-certificate-possible-presidential-run).  Her vile, hate-filled speech is applauded by those who would take the USA back before the nation existed, treading toward the sixteenth century and enshrined ignorance where literalism was more prized than scientific investigation or acceptance of that which was obvious. This is a record of ignorance more dangerous than the Inquisition and more damning of the frailty of mortals than the mincing of Justin Martyr and the transmogrifiers of history in the fourth century.

Michele Bachmann rejects scientific arguments of climate warming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wX1UnAtynU).  Bachmann has claimed she knows more about climatology than an MIT scientist (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/bachmann-i-too-know-more-about-climate-change-than-mit-scientist.php). When clean energy and climate change bill that was being moved through Congress in 2009 and part of 2010, Bachmann was claiming that the bill would take over “every aspect” of people’s lives (http://planetsave.com/2011/06/14/michele-bachmann-officially-insane-gop-debate/, cp. http://thinkprogress.org/green/2011/03/25/174958/bachmann-climate-denier/) and would turn the people of the USA into slaves (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/bachmann-do-we-want-to-be-free-or-do-we-want-to-be-slaves.php).

Michele Bachmann at Republican Leadership Conference 2011

Bachmann introduced the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act [H.R. 5616], requiring a GAO report show that a change to fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) would have “clear economic, health and environmental benefits” prior to enforcement of lighting efficiency regulations that effectively ban conventional light bulbs. Bachman argued, “Each light bulb contains between 3-6 milligrams of mercury. There’s a question about how that mercury will fill up our landfills, and also if you break one in your home, you’ll have mercury that instantaneously vaporizes in your home. That poses a very real threat to children, disabled people, pets, senior citizens. And I just think it’s very important that Americans have the choice to decide, would they like an incandescent or a (CFL)?” (Chelsea Schilling, World Net Daily, Sept 23, 2008 Crisis? No worries. Congress protects you – from light bulbs! at http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=75613).  She ignores the statistics and health studies that CFLs pose less of a threat to health than incandescent bulbs, and their negative impact on the environment and that incandescent bulbs pose a greater threat could result in the emission of more mercury than an equivalent CFL (Collins, Bob (March 27, 2008). “What’s left to say about CFLs? Plenty,” Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2008/03/whats_left_to_say_about_cfls_p.shtml). What is forgotten is 

About 50 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. is generated by coal-fired power plants. When coal burns to produce electricity, mercury naturally contained in the coal releases into the air. In 2006, coal-fired power plants produced 1,971 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, emitting 50.7 tons of mercury into the air–the equivalent amount of mercury contained in more than 9 billion CFLs (the bulbs emit zero mercury when in use or being handled).

 Approximately 0.0234 mg of mercury–plus carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide–releases into the air per 1 kWh of electricity that a coal-fired power plant generates. Over the 7500-hour average range of one CFL, then, a plant will emit 13.16 mg of mercury to sustain a 75-watt incandescent bulb but only 3.51 mg of mercury to sustain a 20-watt CFL (the lightning equivalent of a 75-watt traditional bulb). Even if the mercury contained in a CFL was directly released into the atmosphere, an incandescent would still contribute 4.65 more milligrams of mercury into the environment over its lifetime.

(Read: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/reviews/news/4217864)

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law in December 2007 by GOP President George W. Bush, phasing out the use of traditional, incandescent light bulbs in favor of CFLs beginning in 2012 and culminating in a ban on incandescent bulbs in 2014 (Read more: Congress still protecting you – from lightbulbs! http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=75613#ixzz1QTtKFXgT).  Bachmann’s opposition was based on her decision that “The light bulb ban exposes the Democrat mindset. They want to limit consumer choice and tell American families what products they can and can’t buy.” 

Bachmann, as is her custom, ignores the facts: CFLs last for 8 to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, use approximately 75% less energy, and produce 90% les heat while delivering more light per watt. Furthermore, a 20 Watt CFL (replacing a 75 Watt incandescent bulb) saves $66 dollars over the life of the bulb (based on $.12 KWH). Replace one 100 Watt incandescent bulb with a 25 Watt CFL and the consumer saves $74 dollars over the life of the bulb.  With a change to CFL the USA will save more than $37 billion annually, protect the ozone level and the earth (http://www.greenfeet.net/newsletter/compactfluorescent.shtml).  

Prayer: Bachman Counseling Clinic logo on website

Bachmann’s corporate financial supporters include Koch Industries, Univision Communications Inc., TRT Holdings Inc., of Irving, Texas, Texas home builder Bob Perry, who gave $7 million last year, donated $500,000 (Perry was a top donor in 2004 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which questioned Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s war record), Crossroads founded by Karl Rove, while claiming that she and her family do not need federal funding.  However, public records show that the counseling clinic run by her husband has received nearly $30,000 from the state of Minnesota in the last five years, money that in part came from the federal government. A family farm in Wisconsin, in which the congresswoman is a partner, received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies—all the time while being a fierce critic of earmarks — calling them “part of the root problem with Washington’s spending addiction”.  The congresswoman nonetheless argued recently that transportation projects should not be considered congressional pork (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bachmann-20110626,0,1896024.story).

Bachmann using taxpayer dollars to prepare private video

Michele Bachmann regularly has misused taxpayer money for personal pursuits and pet projects. According to House expense reports, Bachmann and three conservative GOP colleagues — Reps. Tom Price (GA), Steve King (IA, among the most corrupt Congressmen) and Todd Akin (MO) — each paid $3,407.50 that day, a total of $13,630, to a sound and stage company called National Events, apparently for the sound system used at the rally. The money came from the Members’ taxpayer-funded office accounts, despite House rules prohibiting the use of these funds for political activities. Bachmann’s office insists the expense was a proper use of official funds (http://www.care2.com/causes/did-bachmann-misuse-taxpayer-dollars.html). 

Bachmann using tax money to speak to Tea Party

Bachmann has an extensive history of blurring the line between office expenses and campaign expenses.  She regularly uses tax dollars when hiring consultants and speech writers, and asking for reimbursements for numerous television appearances meant more to raise her name recognition and campaign funds than anything else. Bachmann’s defense of the taxpayer must only extend to when she’s not championing her own causes, while at the same time declaring that the USA Tax Code is a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” as long as it does not benefit Bachmann herself (http://www.rollcall.com/issues/56_141/bachmann-plays-with-house-money-206599-1.html?pos=hftxt).

Bachmann is adamantly against any science that does not agree with her interpretations of the Bible.  She rejects evolution and demands that all (public and private) teach creationism (Intelligent Design) in their science curriculum (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/17/bachmann-schools-should-teach-intelligent-design/) and “point out errors in the theory of evolution”, while ridiculing the greatest names in the scientific community (http://www.examiner.com/humanist-in-national/bachmann-doubts-evolution-wants-intelligent-design-schools).  Bachmann’s outlandish statements in defense of creationism/Intelligent Design has not been greeted with enthusiasm by most students and none within the scientific community—especially opposed by high school student from Baton Rouge, Louisiana student, Zack Kopplin.  Kopplin worked feverishly to undo the damage Bachmann put on science.  His repeal effort were endorsed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (http://www.repealcreationism.com/446/the-clergy-letter-project-endorses-sb-70/), the largest general science organization in the world with over 10 million members; the National Association of Biology Teachers (http://www.repealcreationism.com/446/the-clergy-letter-project-endorses-sb-70/), the country’s main organization for biological educators; The Clergy Letter Project (http://www.repealcreationism.com/446/the-clergy-letter-project-endorses-sb-70/), an organization of more than 14,000 clergy and scientists recognizing that religion and science need not be in conflict; as well as a host of other scientific groups including the American Institute for Biological Sciences (http://lasciencecoalition.org/docs/AIBS_LSEA_Letter_42711.pdf), The American Society for Cell Biology (http://lasciencecoalition.org/docs/ASCB_letter_repeal_creationism_law.pdf), the Society for the Study of Evolution (https://www.vertpaleo.info/LAScienceEduAct.htm), The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (https://www.vertpaleo.info/LAScienceEduAct.htm) and The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (http://lasciencecoalition.org/docs/ASBMB_Repeal_Letter.pdf). Additionally, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to support the repeal, along with 65,000 other supporters (http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-louisiana-to-teach-real-science-in-public-schools-not-creationism-and-climate-change-denial?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&alert_id=VTexFHIDkU_ZVMjFnoLox).  In April 2011, 17-year-old Kopplin collected the endorsement of 43 individuals who won a Nobel Prize in science. 

Zachary Kopplin exposes fraud of creationism and Bachmann

Facing-off Bachmann’s pseudo-science, Kopplin Zack wrote:  “Congresswoman Bachmann, I see your ‘hundreds’ of scientists, and raise you millions of scientists.”  In his letter, he continued: “For the next hand, I raise you 43 Nobel Laureate scientists. That’s right: 43 Nobel Laureate scientists have endorsed our effort to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law. … Congresswoman Bachmann, you claim that Nobel Laureates support creationism. Show me your hand. If you want to be taken seriously by voters while you run for President, back up your claims with facts. Can you match 43 Nobel Laureates, or do you fold?” The full letter is at http://www.repealcreationism.com/508/17-year-old-to-michelle-bachmann-show-me-your-nobel-laureate-scientists/.  Shrinking back, Bachmann has shown herself too spineless to reply to the challenge.

In an interview with Politico, a Republican Governor Pawlenty aide bluntly declared Bachmann to be: “… a real pain in the ass” (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56080_Page2.html).  Former state senator Dean Johnson, who was the Republican minority leader during Bachmann’s stint in St. Paul, has said, “I don’t think I ever served with anybody who I mistrusted more, from either side of the aisle” (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/05/michele-bachmanns-school-banned-aladdin/37486/). 

Bachmann has consistently attempted to push the evangelical Christian religion in public schools (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-05-09/bachmann-rocks-ruling-class-with-amens-from-tea-party-presidential-talk.html).   This was seen pungently in Bachmann’s attempt to get creationism introduced into the science classes in Minnesota in 2005.  A Stillwater Lutheran state representative, Bachmann sidestepped her earlier proposals by claiming, “I have no problem with the teaching of various theories … of origins of life… But I think there[‘]s one … philosophy … that says only one could be taught and that one would be evolution.  And [sic] because the scientific community has found that there are flaws [sic] in by that dogma, I think it[‘]s important to teach that controversy.  … In some ways, to believe in evolution is almost like a following; a cult following if you don[‘]t believe in evolution, you[‘]re considered completely backward. …[Because] eminent, reasonable minds” [in the scientific community disagree with the theory of evolution [sic], “I would expect that teachers would disagree, and students would disagree, and the public would [disagree], certainly.”  On this Bachmann was challenged by seventh-grade life

Rebecca Otto debated Michele Bachmann (now is MN State Auditor)

and environmental science teacher Rebecca Otto (she later became State Auditor), who offered, that creation studies “has to happen at home. … Because systems like creationism can be also taught in a religion class in schools if they offer one in church, and at home, just as science is taught in a science class.” Otto cautioned against “confusing” creationism with evolution as it “is just an example of not understanding how science works…. it erodes the ability of our students to attain the intellectual tools they need to compete with the rest of the world.  Scientists, too, come from all religious walks of life.”  Bachmann said nothing, and refused to debate Otto’s later observation (http://www.stillwatergazette.com/articles/2003/10/02/export160.txt).  Instead, Bachman opined, “[other] scientific authors [have begun to] “question the dogma surrounding evolution; because evolution has never been proven.” 

Michael Behe at Lehigh University 2011

At that point she cited as one example, Michael Beehy [actually: Behe], author of Darwin’s Black Box, whom she claimed was “not a religious-oriented person in any way. He[‘s] a scientist.”  {Behe is a biochemist who is a strongly religious Roman Catholic professor at Lehigh University where his have been met not only with scorn, but where the university published an official statement opposing his fiews and intelligent design, read: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inbios/news/evolution.htm} and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and leading proponent of

Religion plays a deciding role in Bachmann's politics, and evangelical churches dare the IRS to cancel their tax-exempt status

Intelligent Design, with his writings leading to the celebrated court case  Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that resulted in a ruling that intelligent design was religious in nature. To this Otto acknowledged that evolution remains a theory but said, “it’s important to understand just what a scientific theory is:  an explanation that is developed to explain all known scientifically verifiable evidence … [that] is subject to the most harshly demanding tests we can devise, and it must hold up. … it is fails a significant enough tests [it is] discarded.”  Bachmann, furthermore, has a tendency to stretch the truth, or simply sidestep it altogether.  Her pat answer is that she leaves “all things in the hands of God.”  Her supporters applaud her “standing up for God”, but do not fully accept Behe since he is Roman Catholic (for the moment).  At the end of the School Board meeting, Bachmann did say one thing that is undeniable: ” I see myself as being very limited and very flawed, and lacking in knowledge, and wisdom and understanding. “So, I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. … Im not a deep thinker on all of this.”

Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact (“We have checked her 13 times, and seven of her claims to be false and six have been found to be ridiculously false,” PolitiFact editor Bill Adair said; cf. http://www.politifact.com/ June 25, 2011), recently told Minnesota Public Radio that he has never researched a Bachmann quote and found it to be true (the only major politician for which that’s the case; http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/21/michele-bachmann-iowa-misstatements/).

Bachmann supporter 2011

Bachmann believes neither in human rights nor civil rights. In 2005, Republican Michele Bachmann — an extremely anti-gay politician made her name in state politics by opposing same-sex marriage and trying to pass a constitutional amendment in Minnesota banning marriage equality.  She called the police when two lesbians ried to talk to her in a women’s restroom as she was washing her hands. Then-State Senator Bachmann told police she was “absolutely terrified and has never been that terrorized before as she had no idea what those two women were going to do to her.”

According to one report, Bachmann technically accused the two lesbians of kidnapping (charges that were both slanderous and libelous), and, again, according to another report, Bachmann technically may have falsely reported a crime(http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/bachmann-called-cops-when-terrorized-by-lesbians-trying-to-talk-to-her/politics/2011/06/15/22234) ; unfortunately the authorities in Minnesota never followed up on the allegation, as many were and are supporters of the hate-filled representative.  What is public record is this commentary by Michelle Goldberg at The Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/14/michele-bachmanns-unrivaled-extremism-gay-rights-to-religion.html?cid=hp:mainpromo2):  “In April, 2005, a few dozen people showed up at the town hall for the April 9 event, and Bachmann greeted them warmly, but when, during the question and answer session, the topic turned to same-sex marriage, Bachmann ended the meeting 20 minutes early and rushed to the bathroom. Hoping to speak to her, [Pamela] Arnold and another middle-aged woman, a former nun, followed her. As Bachmann washed her hands and Arnold looked on, the ex-nun tried to talk to her about theology. Suddenly, after less than a minute, Bachmann let out a shriek. “Help!” she screamed. “Help! I’m being held against my will!” 

Bachmann did not offer the petitioners any reason for her abrupt exit nor for her uncharitable actions until later when she, like most radical right fundamentalists expose their own ignorance of their Bible, by claiming that homosexuality is condemned in her Bible.  No where does the Bible condemn homosexuality. 

Richard von Krafft-Ebing

The word “homosexual does not appear anywhere in the Bible, as it does not even appear in the lexicon of English until the late nineteenth century (in 1892), and then as an invented word C.G. Chaddock’s translation of R[ichard] Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia sexualis : mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der conträren Sexualempfindung: eine klinisch-forensische Studie, 2. verm. und verb. Aufl. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1887 (Psychopathia sexualis : with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct : a medico-legal study / by R[ichard]. von Krafft-Ebing ; authorized translation of the seventh enl. and rev. German ed. by Charles Gilbert Chaddock. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 1893; the seventh edition was copyrighted in 1892, and was published both in London and Philadelphia by F.A. Davis).  Those who cite the story of Lot in Sodom (Genesis 19) ignore that the story is about a drunken father having incest with his two daughters (Genesis  19:33-37:   וַתַּשְׁקֶיןָ אֶת־אֲבִיהֶן יַיִן בַּלַּיְלָה הוּא וַתָּבֹא הַבְּכִירָה וַתִּשְׁכַּב אֶת־אָבִיהָ וְלֹא־יָדַע בְּשִׁכְבָהּ וּבְקוּמָהּ׃  וַיְהִי מִמָּחֳרָת וַתֹּאמֶר הַבְּכִירָה אֶל־הַצְּעִירָה הֵן־שָׁכַבְתִּי אֶמֶשׁ אֶת־אָבִי נַשְׁקֶנּוּ יַיִן גַּם־הַלַּיְלָה וּבֹאִי שִׁכְבִי עִמֹּו וּנְחַיֶּה מֵאָבִינוּ זָרַע׃  וַתַּשְׁקֶיןָ גַּם בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא אֶת־אֲבִיהֶן יָיִן וַתָּקָם הַצְּעִירָה וַתִּשְׁכַּב עִמֹּו וְלֹא־יָדַע בְּשִׁכְבָהּ וּבְקֻמָהּ׃  וַתַּהֲרֶיןָ שְׁתֵּי בְנֹות־לֹוט מֵאֲבִיהֶן׃  וַתֵּלֶד הַבְּכִירָה בֵּן וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמֹו מֹואָב הוּא אֲבִי־מֹואָב עַד־הַיֹּום׃ ).  Ezekiel 16:49 states clearly that the “sin of Sodom” was “pride…” and an unwillingness to help the poor: הִנֵּה־זֶה הָיָה עֲוֹן סְדֹם אֲחֹותֵךְ גָּאֹון שִׂבְעַת־לֶחֶם וְשַׁלְוַת הַשְׁקֵט הָיָה לָהּ וְלִבְנֹותֶיהָ וְיַד־עָנִי וְאֶבְיֹון לֹא הֶחֱזִיקָה׃. 

Havelock Ellis

The word “homosexual” does not appear in French until 1907, and which ” H. Havelock Ellis, in “Studies in Psychology,” (1897) declared that the word ‘Homosexual’ is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it” ([Henry] Havelock Ellis, Studies in the psychology of sex, by Havelock Ellis.  New York: Random House, c1936  (4 vols), New York, Random house [1940], (2 vols) reflecting his Handbuch der sexualwissenschaften, mit besonderer berücksichtigung der kulturgeschichtlichen beziehungen, unter mitwirkung von … Leipzig, F.C.W. Vogel, 1912 (1029 pp, 2 cols).  “Homosexuality” was commonly known as “sexual inversion” (I am quoting from my personal copy: Sexual inversion, by Havelock Ellis. Philadelphia, F.A.Davis Co. [c1901] and compared with the 3d. ed., rev. and enl. Philadelphia, F. A. Davis company, 1915.  It was generated from Sexual inversion: a critical edition by Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds (1897); edited by Ivan Crozier. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hamphire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 (the original work, which I am using and is in my personal library was published London: Wilson and Macmillan, 16, John Street, Bedford Row, W.C., 1897), with bibliography pp. 329-344 (for an understanding of this work, consult the table of contents, which is at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0829/2008013617-t.html; I do not know if the book itself is online.  The issue of whether or not homosexuality is normal [occurs among all species] and natural [happens casually] is the topic of http://www.news-medical.net/news/2006/10/23/20718.aspx).   

US Senator Prescott Bush (R-CT) and Adolf Hitler

Ellis was a eugenicist (see [Henry] Havelock Ellis, Eugenics made plain. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Co., [1921?]), and it was eugenics, especially that pushed by US Senator Prescott Bush (R-CT), father of George H.W. Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, who contributed heavily to the Nazi government of Adolf Hitler and praised the German Lutherans as being ready to root out the evil of Jewry [Jews].  The Bush family believed strongly in eugenics and urged all governments to initiate a forced sterilization program to stop the production of “deficients” (http://www.iahf.com/20040703.html)–as would become the hallmark of the Alberto Fujimori dictatorship in Perú when he sent his goon-squad of Colinas into the mountains to “fix” the poor without their consent and usually under pretext of dental work, following the pattern of Adolf Hitler. Prescott Bush’s funding of eugenics research and sterilization practices (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3255.htm) gave foundation to Hitler’s racial purity crusade (http://watch.pair.com/reich.html) that Bachmann has adopted (cp. [Henry] Havelock Ellis, Rassenhygiene und Volksgesundheit. Würzburg : C. Kabitzsch, 1912) she exposed her own biblical illiteracy in an effort to blanket her own hysteria.  Her inanity indicates her own psychopathic fear of latent lesbian tendency.

The Minnesota Independent notes: “Arnold, who is just over 5 feet tall, was stunned, and hurried to open the door. Bachmann bolted out and fled, crying, to an SUV outside. Only after she fled what she thought were the forces of darkness, an aberration that most people would have shrugged off, did Bachmann call the police, intoning, according to the police report (http://minnesotaindependent.com/13678/michele-bachmanns-hardball-blowup-minnesotans-knew-it-was-only-a-matter-of-time), that she was “absolutely terrified and has never been that terrorized before as she had no idea what those two women were going to do to her.” Bachmann’s repetitive use of the word “terror” is a mark of more than mere homophobia but an estrangement from reality and xenophobia (ξένοςφόβος).  It is representative of a mental disorder that puts anyone who has it (such as Adolf Hitler and

On the Jews and Their Lies (1543) Martin Luther

Martin Luther who displayed it regularly in their attacks on the Jews; cp. Martin Luther’s Von den Jüden und jren Lügen, 1543, in which he called the Jews “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth” who are “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine,” and their synagogues an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”. Cf. Luther Werk (hereafter cited as LW). Erlangen 1854, 32:282, 298, etc. Ref. Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006; see chapter 4 “The Germanies [sic] from Luther to Hitler,” pp. 105-151; it was used by the Nazis at Nuremberg in their defense: see Nuremberg Trial Proceedings, Vol. 12, p. 318, Avalon Project, Yale Law School, April 19, 1946 which is online at http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/04-29-46.asp) in a position that endangers those whom the individual fears.

Bachmann’s xenophobia, identical to that of Martin Luther and his spiritual son Adolf Hitler, can elicit or facilitate hostile and violent reactions, such as mass expulsion of immigrants, or in the worst case, genocide [see: The American Psychiatric Association‘s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (“DSM-IV”) prepared by Michael B. First, Laurie E. McQueen, Harold Alan Pincus; Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, c1996.].  The Washington County attorney, however, declined to press charges, writing in a memo, “It seems clear from the statements given by both women that they simply wanted to discuss certain issues further with Ms. Bachmann.” 

What the case shows is that Michele Bachmann is mentally unbalanced and a danger to herself and to others.  In most cases, the one who suffers this psychosis not only are in a perpetual state of denial of their mental illness but the individual tends to be externally extroversively evangelical and rabidly religious as was Martin Luther in the sixteenth century.  Bachmann and her mentors are Lutherans, using, as did Adolf Hitler, religion as a cover for odious opportunism as well as ultimate aggression against imaginary foes. 

Downtown Waterloo, Iowa (where I grew up)

Bachmann’s claims that her earliest Lutheran training was at First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa, has stuck to her mind like any plague will erupt in sores on the body (http://okhenderson.com/2011/06/26/bachmann-people/).  The problem with Bachmann’s claim is that First Lutheran Church of Waterloo, Iowa, located at 118 High St, Waterloo, IA is a “private company” that was not established nor incorporated until 1995 (http://www.manta.com/c/mmdwspt/first-lutheran-church).  The church is evangelical, so Bachmann’s claim that she became an evangelical in Minnesota is proven false: http://www.zetify.com/churches/First-Lutheran-Church-Waterloo and http://www.kare11.com/rss/article/928306/391/Bachmann-reminisces-about-Waterloo-childhood-days; cf. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-pn-bachmann-iowa-20110626,0,6362808.story).

Helen LaFave, Michele's gay step-sister

The Minnesota Independent noted: “Lots of politicians talk about a sinister homosexual agenda. Bachmann, who has made opposition to gay rights a cornerstone of her career as a cover for her own political aspirations, seems genuinely to believe in one. Her conviction trumps even her once close relationship with her lesbian stepsister Helen LaFave and her family who were aghast at her rabid, radical, raw religiosity that ranked with the maniacal minister Martin Luther who had little to say that was kind or charitable(http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/14/michele-bachmanns-unrivaled-extremism-gay-rights-to-religion.html).  “What an amazing imagination,” marvels Arnold. “Her ideology is so powerful that she can construct a reality just on a moment’s notice.”

Coburn School of Law (Oral Roberts University in OK)

The Daily Beast article delves into Bachmann’s past, and finds that she studied at “Coburn Law School at Oral Roberts University, an ‘interdenominational, Bible-based, and Holy Spirit-led’ school in Oklahoma,” which was later transferred “unconditionally” to Pat Robertson’s Regents University Law School (Savage, Charlie (April 8, 2007). “Scandal puts spotlight on Christian law school”. Boston Globe. Online at  http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/04/08/scandal_puts_spotlight_on_christian_law_school/?page=full.).  The university and school were “charismatic Christian centers” where excellence in teaching was secondary to excellence in prayer. Regent’s University School of Law (its biggest donor is the Coors Beer Foundation) was worse, as like Oral Roberts University, courses entitled “Constitutional Law” were really courses about sin.   For its 20 year history, its graduates could not pass the bar exam–until George W. Bush became president and began to hire its graduates. 

Monica Goodling hired by Alberto Gonzales DOJ under George W. Bush

More than 150 Regent University alumni hired to federal government positions since President Bush took office in 2001, according to a university website.  One of those graduates is Monica Goodling, the former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who was at the center of the storm over the firing of US attorneys, and Goodling was one of his most trusted associates directly involved in the firings since the attorneys were not considered sufficiently Christian and frequently not Republican. Goodling’s grades are not available, yet, but 60 percent of the class of 1999 — Goodling’s class — failed the bar exam on the first attempt.  Pat Robertson’s Law School proved itself worthless.

“It used to be that high-level DOJ jobs were generally reserved for the best of the legal profession,” wrote a contributor to The New Republic website . “. . . That a recent graduate of one of the very worst (and sketchiest) law schools with virtually no relevant experience could ascend to this position is a sure sign that there is something seriously wrong at the DOJ.”

In this estranged evangelical environment, Bachmann studied for her degree in law with unqualified teachers, emphasis fore-square on Bible “truths”, and rigorous adherence to Pat Robertson’s interpretation of the End of Times (He predicted that Russia would invade Israel in 1982, projected a worldwide economic collapse in 1985 and said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) would be elected president in 1996.  In 2007 Robertson predicted a terrorist attack, possibly involving a nuclear weapon, but it did not come about. “All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed, and God in his mercy spared us,” Robertson said in January 2008. http://www.palibandaily.com/2010/01/08/pat-robertsons-2010-predictions-wrath-wrath-more-wrath/ and http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/4690/53/; cf.  http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/04/pat-robertson-shares-his-predictions-for-2011/ in which Robertson predicts that the president in 2012 will be a man). 

Jeffrey Brauch

The dean of a lower-ranked law school that benefited from the Bush administration’s hiring practices, Jeffrey Brauch of Regents University made no apologies in an interview for training students to understand what the law is today, and also to understand how legal rules should be changed to better reflect “eternal principles of justice,” from divorce laws to abortion rights.  The Bible became the cornerstone for law studies and those who excelled were fervent Christians.

Michele Bachmann began to believe that the USA was the reborn state of Israel, citing Genesis 12:3 ( וַאֲבָרֲכָה מְבָרְכֶיךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה׃ which does not recognize the USA: http://mondoweiss.net/2011/06/bachmann-takes-it-to-the-mat-us-and-israel-are-two-sides-of-the-same-coin.html).  This fantasy she learned at CBN/Regents University, and

John Eidsmoe (Lutheran pastor / white supremacist)

came full-circle with her involvement with John Eidsmoe. “At Coburn, Bachmann studied with John Eidsmoe, who she recently described as ‘one of the professors who had a great influence on me.’ Eidsmoe is typical of most German Lutherans both in the days of Martin Luther who believed that they were divinely chosen to create a state totally subject to god (Lutheranism) and be the advisors (lawyers) to those who were to rule; Eidsmoe, more that most Lutheran pastors today openly opts for the literal teachings of Martin Luther and reflects the influence that the leader of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, has had on his mind and career.  Eidsmoe is an acute and opinionatd racist with a long  history of addressing white supremacist groups in favor of racial purity and eugenics(http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/14/michele-bachmanns-unrivaled-extremism-gay-rights-to-religion.html). 

Michele Bachmann, who claimed  the Lutheran church as her religion, adored Eidsmoe and quoted him often, serving as Eidsmoe’s research assistant on the 1987 book Christianity and the Constitution.  Christianity and the Constitution has been repudiated by all reputable scholars.  The book, like its author whose knowledge of US history is as weak as that of Bachmann, Palin, and the Tea Party, argues that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy, and that it should become one again. ‘The church and the state have separate spheres of authority, but both derive authority from God,’ Eidsmoe wrote. ‘In that sense America, like [Old Testament] Israel, is a theocracy’.” (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/38745_Must_Read-_Michele_Bachmanns_Unrivaled_Extremism and cp. http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/9/13/11834/9878)  John Eisdmoe, a strict Lutheran, is a right-wing home-schooling advocate who wants public schools to explicitly give children a Christain-centered and Christian based education, especially if the student is not Christian.  Home-schooling activist Gary Gunn, a partner with Eisdmoe, proclaims the education system can only be fixed if “every subject taught in school is designed to give glory to God” (a trailer of his video is at http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/john-eidsmoe).

Bachmann, like Palin, puts on a charade when it comes to being “bible-based.” By holding any type of political office Sarah and Michele are literally short-changing America. If they really love America and believe the Bible to be the word of God, they would never even think of running for any political office. This is because what they believe to be the word of God says at Leviticus 27:3-7 says, “And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary. And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels. And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels. And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. And if it be from sixty years old and above; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.” The writers of this nonsense have God putting a monetary value on human beings and valuing girls and women much less than boys and men. Even more so, as “true Christians ( וְהִקְרִיב מִזֶּבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים אִשֶּׁה לַיהוָה אֶת־הַחֵלֶב הַמְכַסֶּה אֶת־הַקֶּרֶב וְאֵת כָּל־הַחֵלֶב אֲשֶׁר עַל־הַקֶּרֶב׃ וְאֵת שְׁתֵּי הַכְּלָיֹת וְאֶת־הַחֵלֶב אֲשֶׁר עֲלֵהֶן אֲשֶׁר עַל־הַכְּסָלִים וְאֶת־הַיֹּתֶרֶת עַל־הַכָּבֵד עַל־הַכְּלָיֹות יְסִירֶנָּה׃ וְהִקְטִירוּ אֹתֹו בְנֵי־אַהֲרֹן הַמִּזְבֵּחָה עַל־הָעֹלָה אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָעֵצִים אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָאֵשׁ אִשֵּׁה רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ לַיהוָה׃ ף וְאִם־מִן־הַצֹּאן קָרְבָּנֹו לְזֶבַח שְׁלָמִים לַיהוָה זָכָר אֹו נְקֵבָה תָּמִים יַקְרִיבֶנּוּ׃ אִם־כֶּשֶׂב הוּא־מַקְרִיב אֶת־קָרְבָּנֹו וְהִקְרִיב אֹתֹו לִפְנֵי יְהוָה׃)” which Bachmann and Palin ignore either in ignorance or deliberately to defy, neither would run for public office if either would have read 1 Timothy 2:11-15 which teaches, ” Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection . But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (γυνὴ ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ μανθανέτω ἐν πάσῃ ὑποταγῇ· διδάσκειν δὲ γυναικὶ οὐκ ἐπιτρέπω οὐδὲ αὐθεντεῖν ἀνδρός, ἀλλ’ εἶναι ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ. Ἀδὰμ γὰρ πρῶτος ἐπλάσθη, εἴτα Ἕυα. καὶ Ἀδὰμ οὐκ ἠπατήθη, ἡ δὲ γυνὴ ἐξαπατηθεῖσα ἐν παραβάσει γέγονεν· σωθήσεται δὲ διὰ τῆς τεκνογονίας, ἐὰν μείνωσιν ἐν πίστει καὶ ἀγάπῃ καὶ ἁγιασμῷ μετὰ σωφροσύνης).   As Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler rules, women are only good for having babies, giving sex to their husbands when the man demands it, and keeping a clean house.  Concerning marriage, Luther wrote: “Marriage,” he says, “is an external bodily thing, like any other manipulation.” “Know that marriage is an outward material thing like any other secular business.” “The body has nothing to do with God. In this respect one can never sin against God, but only against one’s neighbor”(LW, W12, 131); “In spite of all the good I say of married life, I will not grant so much to nature as to admit that there is no sin in it . . no conjugal due is ever rendered without sin.” “The matrimonial duty is never performed without sin.” The matrimonial act is, according to Luther, “a sin differing in nothing from adultery and fornication” (LW, W8, 654). Luther further noted that there was nothing sacred in marriage: “The word and work of God is quite clear, viz. That women were made either to be wives or prostitutes” (LW, W12, 94).  Marriage was for sex, as it was for the birds and animals: “God does not take from man and woman their special fashioning, sexual organs, seed and its fruit; a Christian body must generate, multiply, and behave like those of birds and all animals; he was created by God for that, thus where God performs no miracle, man must unite with woman and woman with man.” What happens to the woman is of no consequence to Luther. “Even though they grow weary and wear themselves out with child-bearing, it does not matter; let them go on bearing children till they die, that is what they are there for”(LW, E20, 84). Luther even permitted concubinage, harlotry, and bigamy if the wife was not ready for sex at the instance of a husband: Luther’s permitting his followers “to satisfy their desires outside marriage, when they were not married, in order to give relief to natural feelings which they could not resist.” He says quite plainly: “It is not forbidden that a man should have more than one wife” (LW, E33, 327).  Luther only married to defy the Devil is once more the main explanation of this unholy marriage. “I too am married, and to a nun. I could have refrained had I not special reasons to decide me. But I did it to defy the “Devil and his host, the objectors, the princes and bishops, since they were all foolish enough to forbid the clergy to marry. And I would with willing heart create an even greater scandal, if I knew of anything else better calculated to please God and to put them in a rage.”

Luther would not tolerate a woman to rule or sit in judgment over men. Women, according to Luther, were “inferior beings” and “Scripture speaking figuratively”, wrote Luther in 1526, “calls rulers drovers, taskmasters, and scourgers. Like the drivers of donkeys, who have to belabor the donkeys incessantly with rods and whips, or they will not obey, so must the ruler do with the people; they must drive, beat, throttle, hang, burn, behead and torture, so as to make themselves feared and to keep the people in check” (LW, E15, 276).  If the laborers try to organize (unionize) or raise up against their lords, Luther declared “’Why treat the peasants so cruelly?’ I am asked,” and Luther wrote in May, 1525; “let them all be killed. In such circumstances is it not God Himself who by our hands, hangs, breaks on the wheel, blows to bits and decapitates.” When the German lords or states struck out at those trying to organize for a more just wage and better life, the lords fought back, and Martin Luther congratulated himself: “It was I, Martin Luther, who slew all the peasants in the insurrection, for I commanded them to be slaughtered. All their blood is upon my shoulders. But I cast it on our Lord God who commanded me to speak in this way” (LW, E59, 284).

Obedience included accepting even unjust wars and carnage if the ruler demanded war even on the pretext of a lie or with false information about the strength of the enemy or the cache of weapons that the enemy had: “If the authorities order war, then the people have to fight and obey, not as Christians but as members and obedient people of the secular power” (LW, W19, 629). “It is the duty of the people to follow their leaders in war; to sacrifice body and belongings.” “The general duty of obedience towards the State includes the special duty to do military service.” “The authorities can force the people—as long as they are physically fit—to give their military service.” Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and George W. Bush would have been favored by Luther and applauded by Adolf Hitler.

“Bachmann often says she has “raised” 23 foster children. That may be a bit of a stretch. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Bachmann’s license, which she had for 7 1/2 years, allowed her to care for up to three children at a time. According to Kris Harvieux, a former senior social worker in the foster-care system in Bachmann’s county, some placements were almost certainly short-term. “Some of them you have for a week. Some of them you have for three years, some you have for six months,” says Harvieux, who also served as a foster parent herself. “She makes it sound like she got them at birth and raised them to adulthood, but that’s not true” (http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/licensing/documents/pub/dhs16_146217.pdf)

Marcus Bachmann by Bremer

The Daily Beast Bachmann profile adds, “Michele Bachmann says certain things that sound crazy to the general public,” says Frank Schaeffer. “But to anybody raised in the environment of the evangelical right-wing, what she says makes perfect sense.”  Both she and her husband, by all accounts her most trusted political adviser, believe that homosexuality can be cured. Marcus Bachmann’s credentials are at best suspect.    Bachmann claims that he has a PhD in psychology–from a mail-order school (Union) most likely “taken” before 2004, as in 2004 Union received an email by the President of Union Institute and University, Roger Sublett, that stated that UI&U had been censured by the United States Department of Education. All of the doctoral students received that email stating that the degree was worthless. Marcus Bachman does not  have a doctorate in psychology; the degree, now spurious, was a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Since neither Marcus nor Michele ever lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Union is located, the only way Marcus could have “obtained” the degree is over the internet–equal to the worthless degrees bought from University of Phoenix (“Student-recruitment Tactics at University of Phoenix Blasted by Feds Univ. of Phoenix Audit Leads to $9.8 mil Fine ,” The Arizona Republic, September 14, 2004, by Dawn Gilbertson at http://www.azcentral.com/specials/special42/articles/0914apollo14.html?&wired; and http://kroplaw.com/uop/Second.Amended.Complaint.pdf, and Gilbertson, Dawn (October 4, 2009). “University of Phoenix case may get closure” Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2009/10/04/20091004biz-universityofphoenix1004.html). However, Marcus continues to use the discredited PhD in “Psychology” and billed the government of the USA–and received–$137,000 in Medicaid payments (which he publicly claims he abhores) for “psychological help” [prayers], as he also received more than $260,000 in farm subsidies despite his cries against government programs. Rather than practicing sound psychology, Bachmann practices “religion” [Wisconsin Synod Evangelical Lutheran that has nothing in common with solid and accredited psychological thought or training].  As the Minnesota Independent noted: “The religious point of view represented at Bachmann and Associates is very conservative, if the clinic’s affiliation with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is any indication. Dr. Bachmann’s clinic is listed among the WELS/ELS Christian Counselors and Life Coaches, a groups of counselors “intent on serving our Lord” (http://minnesotaindependent.com/59781/bachmanns-christian-counseling-clinic-receives-state-funds).  WELS is a splinter-group within the Lutheran church in the USA and a denomination that described the Pope as the Antichrist, rejects all abortions even if the fetus is dead within the womb, rejects divorce even if the life of a spouse is in danger, and argues that masturbation is deliberate murder of unborn children.  Michele Bachmann has openly identified herself with this cult, and see any deviation from its Lutheran heritage to be satanical. 

Speaking to KMSS Christian radio station about gay teenagers last year, Marcus, who wrote his master thesis on the harmful effects of day care has on children: “[T]he best interests of the public would be served if one parent did not work outside of the home unless it was absolutely essential” (http://minnesotaindependent.com/59781/bachmanns-christian-counseling-clinic-receives-state-funds).   Untrained and unlicensed to work with homosexuals, Marcus treats gay people in his self-styled counseling practice, having made the spurious claim that: “Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels this or thinks this, doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to go down that road.” (Marcus hatred, and his unusual use of his hands traditionally associated with gay males, can be seen and listened to at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrn8y_tX3no).   This is directly out of the writings of Martin Luther who required parents and community leaders to punish anyone who deviated from the acceptable (leader decided) norms (see LW 54:234-235; cp. Patrick F. O’Hare, The Facts about Luther.  New York, Cincinnati, F. Pustet & co. [c1916], p. 28).

Michele and Marcus Bachmann

Marcus Bachmann received his Masters degree in education/counseling from Regent [Pat Robertson’s 700 Club] University located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He claims he received his Doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Union Graduate Institute (an online university that is composed of various other schools with “alternative learning philosophies” that went through bankruptcy).  The Union Institute’s Ph.D. program came under scrutiny by the Ohio Board of Regents in the late 1990s early 2000s, which scrutiny culminated in its 2002 Reauthorization Report. The report was critical of the Union Institute’s Ph.D. program, noting in particular that “… expectations for student scholarship at the doctoral level were not as rigorous as is common for doctoral work …” (OBR 2002 Reauthorization Report, page 13) The Union was put on probation.  It is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Marcus Bachmann does not have a doctorate in psychology or counseling but a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (in 2011, the PhD is offered only in Ethical & Creative Leadership, Public Policy & Social Change, and Humanities & Culture; http://www.myunion.edu/academics/doctoral-programs.html).  The degree is suspect and rejected by reputable universities.  The doctorate in psychology is a Psy.D.; interestingly the university’s program “include issues related to poverty, violence, substance abuse, racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression,” none that Marcus studied (http://www.myunion.edu/academics/psyd/index.html) and that the university acknowledges on their website: “The program’s development was guided by the American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation standards (Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology), but it is not APA-accredited. [Emphasis is mine.] APA accreditation policies require programs to have “sufficient students at each level of matriculation, including candidacy status during the year of its initial application.”  Marcus Bachmann (http://www.bachmanncounseling.com/), who openly claims to be his wife’s “strategist” (http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/118305399.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue that is in keeping with Martin Luther’s command that a husband must dominate a wife:

Here you should be guided by the words of St. Paul, I Corinthians 7:4–5, “The husband does not rule over his own body, but the wife does; likewise the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does. Do not deprive each other, except by agreement,” etc. (note especially verse 4:  ἡ γυνὴ τοῦ ἰδίου σώματος οὐκ ἐξουσιάζει ἀλλὰ ὁ ἀνήρ, ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ ὁ ἀνὴρ τοῦ ἰδίου σώματος οὐκ ἐξουσιάζει ἀλλὰ ἡ γυνή.) Notice that St. Paul forbids either party to deprive the other, for by the marriage vow each submits his body to the other in conjugal duty. When one resists the other and refuses the conjugal duty she is robbing the other of the body she had bestowed upon him. This is really contrary to marriage, and dissolves the marriage. For this reason the civil government must compel the wife, or put her to death. If the government fails to act, the husband must reason that his wife has been stolen away and slain by robbers; he must seek another. We would certainly have to accept it if someone’s life were taken from him. Why then should we not also accept it if a wife steals herself away from her husband, or is stolen away by others? [The Estate of Marriage, 1522, translated by Walther I. Brandt, from LW, Vol. 45, pp. 32-34 [from Christian in Society III] that matches the pedophile and adulterer Huldrych Zwingli [Huldreich Zwinglis Samtliche Werke, vol. 7, ed. E. Egli, G. Finsler, and W. Kohler, Corpus Reformation 94, (Leipzig: M. Heinsius Nachfolger, 1911), pp. 110-13]) delivered, in 2005, an address on the “homosexual agenda” complete with distortions of fact and scientific/psychological and psychiatric evidence to the contrary (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/16/michele-bachmann-s-first-dude-husband-marcus-bachmann.html); his presentation ended with three individuals who claimed to have been cured of homosexuality.

Bradlee Dean uses heavy metal music to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality
 Bachman is a strong supporter of rap/heavy metal musician Bradlee Dean, and impressed on the Tea Party Speaker of the House Kurt Zeller to invite Dean to open the House of Representatives with a prayer. It was a prayer many did not expect, for not only did Dean denounce Obama as being worse than Osama bin Laden, but covertly reitterated his claim that Obama was not a Christian:  
 

Bradlee Dean praying in the Minnesota House of Representatives May 20, 2011

“[I]t’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans, or the Presbyterians the evangelicals or any other denomination,” he said. The only head of the denomination—i.e., of the government —“is Jesus, as every president up until 2008 has acknowledged.”  This offense was met with outrage among the representatives.  Rep. Terry Morrow was so angry that he was shaking. “Mr. Speaker, I do trust and I do hope that every member of this chamber understands the gravity and the severity of the offense that had been given to many people within this chamber and out,” he said. “It has been my understanding that part of the justification, part of the explanation for starting our sessions with a prayer was that those prayers would never exclude, never marginalize a Minnesotan on the basis of their faith, on the basis of their beliefs, on the basis of who they are, and those expectations have been crushed today” (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/05/20/bradlee-deans-obama-slur-on-minnesota-house-floor-sparks-uproar.html)  Zeller ultimately issued an apology–but one that was hurriedly deleted from the internet by Bachmann supporters.

Iran hangs gay teens

While Dean next to never had a kind thing to say about Muslims, he did so in 2010, commenting that “Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America,” he said on his radio show, The Sons of Liberty . “It shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination”  (http://minnesotaindependent.com/58393/gop-linked-punk-rock-ministry-says-executing-gays-is-moral).  In one day Iran hanged 173 gay teenagers ages 13-17 for the crime of homosexuality–a hanging that Dean applauded.  It has been the same attitude that Bachmann has always taken, even speaking out against her own family and her lesbian stepsister.

Strongly influenced by Bradlee Dean (a drummer in a band called Junkyard Prophets (http://www.bradleedean.com/who), the Minnesota GOP has become

Tom Emmer with YCR;s Jake McMillan (r) at GOP convention (taken from Facebook)

a pawn in the hands of Dean and Bachmann.  Dean’s virulent anti-gay pogrom You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (YCRNYCH) was invited to set up  a booth at the Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in late April — using space donated by the party, Dean says — where it greeted the party’s endorsed candidate for governor, Rep. Tom Emmer.  Minnesota’s potential governor, Emmer, attended the You Can Run fundraiser in late 2009, and with Bachmann has appeared at several fundraisers for the neo-Nazi group with the blessing of the Minnesota GOP chair.  Emmer, in fact, has admitted that he has been to Dean’s house and contributed $250 to  YCR adversary group.

Dean acknowledged his close ties with the Minnesota GOP, Bachmann, and former GOP Governor Pawlentysays Minnesota GOP chair Tony Sutton invited the ministry to attend.  His hatred for LGBT people and Muslims is legendary, while he calls for greater emphasis on religion in public schools.  Sutton has established a political public relations firm (Winning Strategies), basically to keep himself out of danger with the law after he came under investigation by the Minnesota Republican Party that requested in May 2011, that he explain how GOP activisit began to received e-mails from CAGE (Citizens Against Gambling Expansion), a group funded in part by American Indian casino operators opposed to gambling expansion.  Sutton was a board member of CAGE before the probe, and some say he still serves but without official recognition by the group, although he does draw “friendly offerings” for his advice.

Tony Sutton, Minnesota GOP chair under investigation

Dean plays rap/metal music–similar to that produced for the Department of Defense to “gear up” USA troops when they entered Iraq to kill everyone in sight, with the stanza “kill, kill, kill”).  Bachmann has been instrumental in getting him to offer the opening prayer in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he declared that Obama was not a Christian, and following by his set pattern, declared that Obama is a greater danger to the USA than was Osama bin Laden.

Dean has become quite wealthy by charging thousands of dollars to speak at public school assemblies and evangelize young people based on a “shocking and offensive anti-gay program” while advocating imprisonment and death for homosexuals in an identical

Amack prisoners (gays wore pink triangles)

manner as Adolf Hitler demanded when the Nazis stormed Germany and those nations it conquered: “the campaign against homosexuality was escalated by the introduction of the “Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour.” Until 1935, the only punishable offence had been anal intercourse; under the new Paragraph 175a, ten possible “acts” were punishable, including a kiss, an embrace, even homosexual fantasies! One man, for instance, was successfully prosecuted on the grounds that he had observed a couple making love in a park and watched only the man” (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/Homosexuals_and_the_Third_Reich.html  and http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/06/bradlee_dean_plays_pretend.php; cf. Jonathan H. Ebel, “Jesus Freak and the Junkyard Prophet: The School

Keith Ellison (D-MN) Muslim targeted by Bradlee Dean and Michele Bachmann

Assembly as Evangelical Revival,” Journal of American Academy of Religion (2009) vol. 77, no. 1: 34, where it is noted that Dean demands that educators and teachers treat ADD and ADHD as diabolical fictions.  Disease, according to Dean, is a mark of the Devil for all things evil (such as illness, and even old age) are Satanic marks setting the sinner aside from the saved. 

Dean and Bachmann emphasize the importance of setting and adhering to rules and holding children accountable for their mistakes–regardless of their age, for quoting Luther, a child is a sinful being who must be corrected as his mother corrected him; Luther believed firmly in Proverbs 22:15: אִוֶּלֶת קְשׁוּרָה בְלֶב־נָעַר שֵׁבֶט מוּסָר יַרְחִיקֶנָּה מִמֶּנּוּ׃—which Bachmann supports—in an effort to cover his own homosexual past, and has come out against Minnesota’s Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, gay rights, and the separation of state and church, among numerous other neo-Nazi causes http://minnesotaindependent.com/tag/bradlee-dean, even telling the Minnesota legislature that it was their duty to listen to him as he spoke for god.  For a while Dean and his brand of hate was funded by Wal-Mart and other businesses.  Wal-Mart ended its support in May 2011.

From the beginning of her political career, Bachmann has attacked First Amendment rights and especially LGBT people.  No one mattered, as she was mentored to see the mote in the eye of those near her, not to find the beam in her own eye: (Matthew 7:3-5: τί δὲ βλέπεις τὸ κάρφος τὸ ἐν τῷ ὀφθαλμῷ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ σου, τὴν δὲ ἐν τῷ σῷ ὀφθαλμῷ δοκὸν οὐ κατανοεῖς; ἢ πῶς ἐρεῖς τῷ ἀδελφῷ σου· ἄφες ἔκβαλω τὸ κάρφος ἐκ τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ σου, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἡ δοκὸς ἐν τῷ ὀφθαλμῷ σοῦ; ὑποκριτά ἔκβαλε πρῶτον ἐκ τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ σοῦ τὴν δοκόν, καὶ τότε διαβλέψεις ἐκβαλεῖν τὸ κάρφος ἐκ τοῦ ὀφθαλμοῦ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ σου.).  To this end Bachmann even attacked her own family: not just her sister Helen, but even her own children.

The preoccupation concerning and about homosexuality expressed by Dean and Bachmann strongly suggests that both individuals either are, were, or considered homosexual and homosexuality in a positive light, but then regretting their true feelings came out as opponents of homosexuals and homosexuality (Galanti, C.B. (1992), “Homosexual preoccupation in a gero-psychiatric client: a case for psychoanalytically oriented therapy,” Perspectives in Psychiatric Care (April-June 28(2):21-24 a pdf is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1744-6163.1992.tb00366.x/pdf; for paranoid psychotics, read Lester, D (1975) “The relationship between paranoid delusions and homosexuality,” in Archive of Sexual Behavior May 4(3):285-294; cp. http://www.westword.com/1996-10-03/news/slay-it-with-a-smile/3/; both Dean and Bachmann reflect border-line personality disorders: cf. Neelerman, AJ (2007) [“The relevance of sexuality in the treatment of borderline personality disorder” {in Dutch}] Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie [Meppel : Boom] 49(4):233-240).  In 2004, Bachmann gave a speech warning that gay marriage would lead to schoolchildren being indoctrinated into homosexuality. She wanted everyone to know, though, that she doesn’t hate gay people. “Any of you who have members of your family in the lifestyle, we have a member of our family that is,” she said. “This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay.”

Regular readers of The New Civil Rights Movement know what Bachmann says very well. Here are some Michele Bachmann love quotes:

  • “It’s part of Satan I think to say that this is “gay.” It’s anything but gay.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004. EdWatch is a far-right organization that includes Phyllis Schlafly and the Eagle Forum and members of recognized hate groups; it is online.
  • “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
  • You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says “Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today.” The mother says “Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls.” The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, “Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay.” And you think, “Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna [sic] think that.” Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids? That’s child abuse. — Senator Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
  • “Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, on homosexuality as a mental disorder, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
  • “It isn’t that some gay will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-​12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.” – Senator Michele Bachmann, on what will happen if her same-sex marriage ban amendment fails to pass in 2004, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News,” hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004 KKMS is a Christian radio station that is funded, in part, by the KKK and far-right hate organizations. Its official website is http://www.kkms.com/ and includes “Reflect on and include Biblical principles in your life” and other fundamentalist material.
  • “This is a very serious matter, because it is our children who are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, on the gay community and same-sex marriage, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 20, 2004.
  • “The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, if her same-sex marriage ban amendment does not pass in 2004, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 20, 2004.
  • “And what a bizarre time we’re in, Jan, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004.
  • “Our children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and that perhaps they should try it, and that’ll be very soon in our public schools all across the state, beginning in kindergarten.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004.
  • “We are wide open and vulnerable and in all likelihood an activist judge will strike down our Defense of Marriage Act, our state law against gay marriage, this year. And in all likelihood, we will have gay marriage in 2004 in Minnesota, if we don’t get this amendment on the ballot for November.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 20, 2004.

Bachmann (neither Michele nor Marcus) have any theological background nor religious studies based on original sources. Michele Bachmann uses Biblical quotes, without attribution, to signal extreme Christian Dominion views, such as references to Deuteronomy 28:13: ‘The Lord will make you the head and not the tail’ ( וּנְתָנְךָ יְהוָה לְרֹאשׁ וְלֹא לְזָנָב וְהָיִיתָ רַק לְמַעְלָה וְלֹא תִהְיֶה לְמָטָּה כִּי־תִשְׁמַע אֶל־מִצְוֹת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיֹּום לִשְׁמֹר וְלַעֲשֹׂות׃). As Rachel Tabachnick has reported (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/9/13/11834/9878), it’s often used in theocratic circles to explain why Christians have an obligation to rule, and Bachmann has proclaimed that her god has called on her to rule the USA as a captive (to god) nation.

Bachmann’s knowledge of history, especially USA history, is as warped and twisted as that of Bradlee Dean.  In the case of Dean, Independent scholars have determined that “much of the history that [YCRBYCH] present is, in fact, either highly sanitized, inaccurate, or demonstrably false” (Ebel, loc. cit.) with Dean intertwining and incorrectly stating what is in the Declaration of Independence and in the US Constitution. During an assembly at Pequot Lakes High School in Minnesota in 2007, students were shown graphic images of purported aborted fetuses and girls were made to chant about being submissive to their husbands. Many left in tears, and numerous parents complained about the brainwashing, a charge Bachmann rejected in the name of free speech. She is not the only supporter, for she has brought to Dean the Tea Party, Gun Owners of America, the American Family Association and other recognized and labeled American hate groups (cp. http://www.minnpost.com/dailyglean/2009/11/17/13509/anti-immigrant_rally_pranked_but_organizers_say_no) who are more interested in preserving the motto “In God We Trust” than in protecting individual freedoms and safeguarding the US Constitution (see the pdf where Bachmann counter-sues to throw out a challenge to right-wing fringe groups at: http://minnesotaindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/ACLJ_AmicusBrief_CapVisitorCenter.pdf in which Bachmann and co-plaintiffs claim those who are not believers have no special rights; the lawsuit was initiated by [Marion Gordon] Pat Robertson’s Regents University lawyers known as the American Center for Law and Justice for Christian and Jewish believers, but not Muslims: http://aclj.org/ see the lawsuit against Delta for aligning with Saudi Arabia at http://aclj.org/delta-airlines/delta-s-discriminatory-partner). Robertson has a penchant for transmogrifying the truth, as when he claimed he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (the fraternity has no record of him being on their roster: Phi Beta Kappa Membership Directory, Vol 1. 2000).  Robertson also claimed he served in combat in Korea.  Former Republican Congressman Paul “Pete” McCloskey, Jr., who served with Robertson in Korea, wrote a public letter which said that Robertson was actually spared combat duty when his powerful father, a U.S. Senator, intervened on his behalf, and that Robertson spent most of his time in an office in Japan as the “liquor officer” responsible for keeping the officers’ clubs supplied with liquor. Robertson filed a $35 million libel suit against McCloskey in 1986, but dropped the case in 1988, before it came to trial and paid McCloskey’s court costs (“Evangelist sues over combat story”. The Globe and Mail. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): p. A.16. October 23, 1986, and “Robertson’s libel suit by judge[:] ex-congressman ruled the legal victor,” Philadelphia Daily News: March 7, 1988, p. 14).

While Michele Bachmann writes, vocally trumpets, and displays here ignorance of religion and history, arguing for a National Day of Prayer and similar absurdities, the Baptists who began the quest for a wall separating state and church have come out against the concept.  Despite a recent court ruling that a law establishing a National Day of Prayer cannot be challenged in court, officials at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty said such official religious declarations are misguided and unnecessary. “The government shouldn’t be in the business of telling the American people what, where or when to pray or even if they should pray,” said J. Brent Walker, executive director of the 75-year-old religious liberty organization (http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12480&Itemid=53).  In fact, The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty filed legal papers July 6 arguing that inviting religious leaders to invoke sectarian prayers a North Carolina county’s board of commissioners meetings is unconstitutional.  The BJC filed a brief of amicus curiae urging the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold Jan. 28 ruling by a U.S. district judge (http://www.au.org/media/press-releases/archives/2010/01/joyner-v-forsyth-co-opinion.pdf) that prayers used to open or solemnize meetings of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment (http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11370&Itemid=53).  

The BJC came out against cultural warriors, like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee (a Baptist minister) who contend that the United States is a “Christian nation”.  Mercer University President Bill Underwood warned supporters of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty June 25, 2010, that such claims gravely endanger freedoms sacred to both Christianity and the nation (http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11307&Itemid=53).  Underwood’s warning came during the BJC’s annual Religious Liberty Council luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly meeting in Charlotte, N.C. The group — the BJC’s individual-donor wing — also elected new officers and honored legendary African-American Baptist pastor Gardner Taylor.

Bachmann’s knowledge of history is not even marginal—it is substandard to abysmal and yet she has been allowed to indoctrinate her children.  For example: as a Research assistant for the book Christianity and the Constitution: the Faith of our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, c1987), Bachmann argued that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy, and that it should become one again.   “The church and the state have separate spheres of authority, but both derive authority from God,” Eidsmoe wrote. “In that sense America, like [Old Testament] Israel, is a theocracy.”  The Jewish community in the USA disagrees with this assumption, noting that Israel has little in common with a theocracy and does not have a spokesperson such as Eidsmoe (http://www.jewishchronicle.org/article.php?article_id=3059).

History rebukes Bachmann multifold, as no leader in the USA argued for the union of church and state, nor argued that it received its authority from God and none claimed the USA to be a Christian nation.  For example:

George Washington (First President of the United States of America) declared: “Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.”May 1789

Benjamin Franklin (Statesman, Inventor, Author) detailed in the eighteenth century: “When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that its cause is a bad one.”

John Adams (Second President of the United States of America commenting on blasphemy laws): “I think such laws a great embarrassment, great obstructions to the improvement of the human mind. Books that cannot bear examination, certainly ought not to be established as divine inspiration by penal laws.” (Letter to Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 23, 1825)

Thomas Jefferson (Third President of the United States of America) wrote:
“Almighty God hath created the mind free; all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments of burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in His almighty power to do” (Acts for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia, 1785). “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, disciplines or exercises” (Words of Thomas Jefferson, Vol 5, pg 236).

Andrew Jackson (Seventh President of the United States of America explaining why he declined to call for official days of prayer and fasting): “I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government.” (Letter to the Synod of the Reformed Church of North America, June 12, 1832)

James K. Polk (Eleventh President of the United States of America)  “Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State.” (Diary entry, Oct. 14, 1846)

Millard Fillmore (Thirteenth President of the United States of America) “I am tolerant of all creeds. Yet if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled.” (Address during 1856 presidential election)

Abraham Lincoln (Sixteenth President of the United States of America) said: “Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage, and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.” Speech at Edwardsville, IL, 1858

Ulysses S. Grant (Eighteenth President of the United States of America) intoned in his address to Congress: “Declare church and state forever separate and distinct; but each free within their proper spheres” (Seventh annual message, Congress December 7, 1875). In a speech given in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1875, Grant waxed: “Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school supported entirely by private contribution. Keep church and state forever separate“.  Furthermore, Grant voiced strongly:  “Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar of money shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian school. Resolve that neither the state nor nation shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical dogmas. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.” (Speech to veterans of the Army of Tennessee, Sept. 30, 1875.)

James A. Garfield (Twentieth President of the United States of America) wrote: “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither justice nor freedom can be permanently maintained. Its interests are intrusted [sic] to the States and the voluntary action of the people. Whatever help the nation can justly afford should be generously given to aid the States in supporting common schools; but it would be unjust to our people and dangerous to our institutions to apply any portion of the revenues of the nation or of the States to the support of sectarian schools. The separation of Church and State in everything relating to taxation should be absolute.” Letter of Acceptance of Nomination for the Presidency July 12, 1880

Theodore Roosevelt (Twenty-sixth President of the United States of America) pronounced in New York, on October 12, 1915: “I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be non-sectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools.”

John F. Kennedy (Thirty-fifth President of the United States of America) in an address to the Greater Houston [Texas] Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960, opined: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute–where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote–where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference–and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.”  One-time US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and 2011 presidential contender for the Tea Party/GOP nomination told about 50 members of the group Catholic Citizenship that he was “frankly appalled” that America’s first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, once said “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” “That was a radical statement,” Santorum said, and did “great damage.” (http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/03/santorum_possib.html)   Furthermore, Santorum who has little knowledge of US history proclaimed that “Jefferson was spinning in his grave” (http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/03/santorum_possib.html) not knowing that it was Jefferson who wrote the phrase “separation of church and state”, which led to the Establishment Clause in the US Constitution (Amendment 1 at http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html), when addressing the Danbury Baptists in a letter written in 1802 (http://www.usconstitution.net/jeffwall.html; the Danbury Baptist letter requesting the clarification is at http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/baptist.htm). 

Lyndon B. Johnson (Thirty-sixth President of the United States of America) responded in an interview with the Baptist Standard: “I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office – and by personal conviction – I am sworn to uphold that tradition.” (Interview with Baptist Standard, October 1964)

Jimmy Carter (Thirty-ninth President of the United States of America) the most maligned and misquoted of all presidents, wrote: “I believe in the separation of church and state and would not use my authority to violate this principle in any way.” (Letter to Jack V. Harwell, August 11, 1977)

While Bachmann attempts to prove she is educated, she has tirelessly worked at ending quality in education in the USA.  Like US Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) she saw the specter of communism everywhere.

In 2001, Bachmann co-wrote for the Minnesota-based Maple River Education Coalition, warning the group that President Bush’s education policies were leading the nation down the path to communism: “Government is implementing policies that will lead to poverty, not prosperity, by adopting the failed ideas of a state-planned and managed economy similar to that of the former Soviet Union.”  In 2003 State-Senator Bachmann, attempted to justify her rejection of evolution, wrote: “Where do we say that a cell became a blade of grass, which became a starfish, which became a cat, which became a donkey, which became a human being? There’s a real lack of evidence from change from actual species to a different type of species. That’s where it’s difficult to prove.” By 2009, Bachmann explained her opposition to a bill that would expand the scope of AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps’ domestic equivalent, Bachmann warned Minnesota’s KTLK that it could be the gateway to a mandatory brainwashing program: “I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums [rather than learn evangelical Christian fundamentalism]” (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/bachmann-warns-of-re-education-camps-for-young-people.php). At approximately the same time, Bachmann betrayed the US Constitution by calling on Minnesotans to prepare for Civil War against the US federal government that was calling for a free market to create carbon exchanges: “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people—we the people—are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States” (http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/michele-bachmann-greatest-hits?page=2).

The Minnesota Congresswoman argued that George Washington a “career military man”, but Washington served the British for four years (1754-1758) then spent 17 years as a full-time planter and businessman and sometime legislator before returning to the armed forces for 7 years. That means he spent 11 years of his life as active duty military, not even enough to qualify for a livable pension. Bachmann declared John Adams a “dirt poor farmer” but he owned land, rented property, worked as a lawyer, etc. Michele declared that John Quincy Adams signed the US Declaration of Independence—which would have been unique as he was eight years old at the time. Bachmann claimed that the Founding Fathers ended slavery—but all had slaves, and slavery was not ended until after the death of Abraham Lincoln, although he did sign the Proclamation of Emancipation that gave them freedom, but to enforce it the United States of America fought a bloody Civil War.  A litany of history “gaffs” (or ignorance about the USA) is overwhelming and too long to put in this single article.  What is not surprising in researching this paper is that I cannot find one truth in any of her arguments citing USA history that is correct.  In this ignorance she does match Sarah Palin and all other Tea Bag Party candidates from Rick Perry of Texas to Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

The issue of law is yet another quirk in the political career of Michele Bachmann.  When the Republican Congresswoman learned that her most generous campaign contributor, Frank Vennes Jr, was involved in the miltibillion-dollar Tom Petters financial fraud, she showed no compassion. A year later, the situation changed when she heard he would contribute greater amounts of money to her political future, despite the fact he was a convicted money-launderer and cocaine-and-gun trafficker.  To pardon Vennes required a presidential pardon.  In a letter to the Office of Pardon Attorney dated Dec. 10, 2007, Bachmann declared that “granting a pardon to Mr. Vennes is good for society. Mr. Vennes is truly a unique man in that he is not asking for a pardon that he may achieve personal success. By the grace of God, that has been done.”

Despite the invocation of God, Petters did little.  According to a federal search warrant affidavit used to search Vennes’ Minnetonka home on September 24, Vennes hauled in more than $28 million in commissions for his alleged role in luring five investors to pony up $1.2 billion in Petters’ alleged giant Ponzi scheme. Vennes was convicted money laundering and cocaine/gun running despite being a close personal friend and major campaign contributor of Minnesota presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, for his role in the $3.5 billion Tom Petters Ponzi scheme.  Petters was sentenced to the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth Federal Prison for 50 years, and Bachmann did not want that to happen to her wealthy friend.  Bachmann and Pawlenty—along with former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and former Minnesota GOP Chair Ron Ebensteiner—unsuccessfully sought a presidential pardon from President George W. Bush for Vennes’ federal crimes from the 1980s, and the pardon was not granted (for a full discussion on this travesty, read: http://www.rippleinstillwater.com/2011/04/frank-vennes-jr-friend-and-fat-cat.html, Bachmann’s letter requesting the pardon is below, reprinted from the link previously given).

Bachmann's request for ponzi schemer Vennes

Today there is not one Tea Party/GOP candidate who has the slightest inkling of knowledge of USA history or its presidents, but lies openly like Bachmann, distorting and destroying the heritage of the USA. Bachmann, for example, claimed that GI’s raised the USA flag on Iwo Jima.  That was wrong; it was the USA marines and sailors who raised the colors over Mt. Suribachi (http://www.marines.com/main/index/winning_battles/history/missions/iwo_jima).   

Actual photo of raising the US flat at Suribachi

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Education in Perú, USA, the world, and why it is getting worse–and what can be done to change it

Today’s educational standards are being diminished because of a lack of interest in teaching by teachers, their discontinuing educational advancement and taking extra courses, and by their dwindling reserves as state legislatures attack their salary base.  Students are equally apathic to contemporary education with the resurgance of religious intolerance, blindness and ignorance based on private interpretations without the keys to legitimate understanding and base bibliolatry instead of a genuine conduct of inquiry transversing to discovering, determining and detailing reality. 

The disinterest in education and the quest of knowledge is not just in states or nations chained to taut theological immovable ideologies, but is also found in secular states where beer, sex, and drugs are considered more important and used more often than one finds a book being opened, read and discussed or used as a tool in determining the author’s intent or purpose for its creation.  The evaporation of excellence in education is especially true in the USA where education is cannibalized by the least educated Americans, like Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) and Rep. Michele Bachman (R-MN), but also by the pseudo inteligensia ranging from Mitt Romney to Rand Paul and Glenn Beck, where once-reputable and once-respectable universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and Harvard and Yale in the USA, are now pathetically approaching the point of nearly selling degrees to those who reject the very disciplines they were taught, as with the case of Stephen C. Meyer (who helped found the Center for Science and Culture (CSC) of the Discovery Institute (DI) and is a spokesman for creationism) who took a doctorate in history and science.  These institutions, once considered seats of true learning, must be looked at with caution.  Their graduates now are disproving the very motto of each university’s quest to seek out the light of wisdom, by returning to the deathly dark ages a millenium ago.  Meyer, like other graduates, wrote the appropriate papers as required to earn his prestigious degree and then rejected every principle of serious research when they had their degree in hand, selling out all patent principles of science in favor of biblical creationism, racism, discrimination, and values more in keeping with fascism than democracy and education. 

Tammy Kitzmiller

Once he had his degree, Meyer helped push the myth of creationism into public classrooms in Delaware, to the dismay of students and colleagues. Fortuantely, those brave enough to challenge the idiocy of ID had a champion to pick up the sword in quest of justice and stab into the darkness of past myths, leading to a lawsuit that resulted in the [Tammy] Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District where ID was ruled to be religion and not science.  The eight Dover school board members who voted for the intelligent design requirement were all defeated in a November 8, 2005 election by challengers who opposed the teaching of intelligent design in a science class.

Instead of being an objective researcher, Meyer is a proselytizing Presbyterian preaching creationism from feigned fifteenth and later centuries garbled translations of his Bible as if the stories in the book were fact and literally true actually written by the Finger of God, rather than the stories being allusions and legends, metaphores and myths created by a host of writers in an effort to explain what few understood–but that perspective was banished by Meyer who argued that such declarations came from “liberal theologians”–not from intellectuals based on ancient textual translations and interpretations. 

Like Islamic jihadists and their theological students (Taliban) and other fanatical fundamentalists that blanket the globe with intolerance, Meyer argues that his Bible is the only valid source for science and all other subjects.  With funding by the super-rich in the USA and abroad, Meyer now writes and publishing books that border on the ludicrous and absurd, rejected by the leading experts in his own field who have worked more years and harder in the field of research than Meyer has while sitting at his desk–but his publications are but a quaint imitation of his university’s greed for cash and so embosses its coat of arms and imprints it name upon books without merit or value, such as the IB Programme texts that glorify and subtly encourage theft of copyrighted material (as found in the FCE textbook and disks).  By sending out the draconian IB Programme to hapless Third World Nations, Cambridge University is transmogrifying the English language into vulgar street expressions so that in time few will understand the merits of a regulated language.  Already there are professors in minor universities and colleges which claim that rules of grammar are constantly changing, while at language institutes underpaid and poorly educated instructors tells their students not to worry about grammar as “the medium is the message” further dumbing down erudition and education.

At present 7000 students in the USA dropout of high school every day (one every 26 seconds).  Illiteracy has risen to more than 45 million people who cannot read, write, or think independently.  As a friend and correspondent wrote to me the previous day in an e-mail:

I’m finding that the largest faux pas here in this city is that
students are trying to use poor dictionaries to find English words,
and their writing ends up being a word-by-word translation, which
makes no sense whatsoever.  The second largest mistake is that I have
heard (from a few foreigners I’ve met) institutions do not appreciate
foreigners here.  Why could this be?  Perhaps since the teachers think
they “know” English, they do not come to learn and be corrected.  This
is a huge oversight.  In the south, I had teachers coming to me daily
for cultural input, questions, feedback, etc… to learn.  I would
assume this is because due to the number of foreign influx there, the
instructors knew their English was far from perfect and needed
improvement, while here… maybe since there are no tourists, the
local teachers may not know. What is your idea about this at UCV? ….

My friend was most kind in her choice of words.  I would not have been, but then the difference is she has friends and I do not.  I, admittedly, offend people quite deliberately to make a point: to get them to think, to enable them to ask the famed Socratic question:  Why?  Most people prefer not to think; t hey would have others do their reasoning for them.

School children in Nazi Germany 1943

This problem of not wanting to determine one’s own destiny is not isolated to Perú or Bolivia (which ranks at the bottom of the world’s academic rating scale) but is everywhere; it is found in the home, the school, the government and is seen in the passivity of the German people who said nothing while all knew that Hitler was exterminating millions of people, it occurs in the USA with the ongoing and senseless wars in the Middle East, and it exists in Perú where many voters will cast blank ballots as they do not like either candidate and thus hand the presidency of Perú over to one who never worked even one day in her lifetime.  Sadly, Perú tends to elect the least competent, as seen in the second election of Alan Garcia Peréz who fled Perú in disgrace, first to Costa Rica and then to France, allowing for the entronement of Perú’s bloodiest dictator:  Alberto Fujimori (who robbed the Perú treasury of a little under $1 million to send his four children to schools in the USA).

Detroit graduation rate based on attendance

The students in Detroit are, for the most part, functional illiterates.  In part it is because of the high crime rate, but most of it is because of extremely poorly prepared teachers who do not even have a basic knowledge of the subject matter they are teaching.  As Michigan Governor Rick Snyder admitted: “In grades fourth, seventh and eleventh statewide, less than 50 percent can write proficiently at their grade level. Only 16 percent of all high schools in Michigan can claim to have all of their students college ready when they graduate. In the alternative, 238 Michigan high schools, a staggering 33 percent have no [let me repeat ZERO] students college ready according to ACT scores.”  What the governor failed to mention is 95 percent of all school children do not meet grade level reading scores and it wasn’t so long ago the high school graduation rate was less than 30 percent. Michigan’s high school graduation rate is somewhere near 75 percent (http://www.clickondetroit.com/education/27666286/detail.html).  

Much of the problem in Michigan schools, as in other schools throughout the USA, and especially in Latin and South America lies with “bad teachers”.  These teachers are not subject matter experts.  They do not seek out other, more advanced and better prepared teachers for assistance, reject continuing education courses, but are more interested in methodologies and strategies than content matter, and as several of my students at the National University of Pedro Ruiz Gallo in Lambayeque, Perú told me by e-mail, want “friendly and kind teachers” who do not require much work and will give out appropriately high grades.  The graduate students in the School of Language have as their goal to be teachers who are “loved by the students” and, add as an afterthought, the students learning anything is inconsequential.  Worse yet, teachers throughout the world seldom give meaningful comments on student papers or orations, and when I publish online (or in class in a PowerPoint presentation) student papers (deleting the student’s name) to go over errors and explain how the paper could be better written (and facts added along with academic citations) I am openly verbally accosted as a Neanderthal as “education is not important as I have a friend who will get me a job [cronyism]” or “I can always work for the government”.

Governing bodies want to correct tenure problems (tenure seldom exists in Latin or South American nations) since “firing bad teachers is too costly” (http://www.freep.com/article/20110520/NEWS05/105200398/Lawmakers-seek-tenure-reforms-say-firing-bad-teachers-too-costly).  72% of the teachers in Michigan who have been asked to leave, were requested to vacate their positions due to “gross incompetence”–but before those who were judged incompetent were allowed to hold their posts until they were given generous severance packages to the economic detriment of the state and school district (http://www.docstoc.com/docs/34383873/In-metro-Detroit-bad-teachers-can-go-on-teaching). Perú, to the surprise of many and delight of most parents, actually tried to determine who the bad teachers were

José Antonio Chang (2011)

in 2005, when Minister of Education Antonio Chang (who resigned from the government of Alan Garcia Peréz on March 18, 2011, where he served also as Prime Minister) required Perú’s 300,000 teachers to be tested for basic competence — and only 151 passed marginally).  Protests were launched by SUTEP, a corrupt teachers’ union, but the tests were given as scheduled.  Those who failed rioted, leading protest marches, and demanding Chang’s ouster and their return to the classroom where they would say little, and what little was said was nearly always incorrect–with one teacher telling me that he taught his class to sing Beattle classics in an effort to teach them the English language.  Perú’s weak, vacillating, and self-promoting president, Alan Garcia Peréz, caved in and the bad teachers returned.  Many shrugged, and noted that Perú is used to inferior education as it accustomed to inferior goods.  Most Peruanos will buy items made in China than by the same goods made in Perú in order to save a few pennies, but this is a reality created by a government out of control, overtaxing everything while delivery little in the form of services or education as the average worker labors 12-14 hours a day six days a week.

The problem in Michigan and Perú is that governing bodies tend to fire teachers with seniority and get higher wages to cut costs, while maintaining novice teachers who are barely out of school and whose knowledge  is limited and teaching skills undeveloped.  A Licentiate (Lic.) in Perú took this added qualifier (it is not a degree, but given for time earned after the baccalaureat is completed) comes from many universities in Perú in hopes of effectuating their return for the master program.  It is barely equivalent to a high school diploma in the USA, and the bachelor’s degree in the USA is less than a high school diploma.

With the rejection of grammar rules and rise of street English, the removal of real science in classrooms and laboratories in favor of biblical science, and the rewriting of history (now a priority in Texas) to meet the dictates of racists, religious fundamentalists, and conservative, the USA is becoming a Third World nation in the area of education.  Worldwide, the doctorate in most fields, is a consolation prize for spending exorbitant amounts of money to sit in a classroom and, in a majority (not most) cases writing a worthless dissertation that makes no significant contribution to the area of study and is never published.  In Perú, the few doctoral dissertations that I have read (the degree is primarily offered only in Lima) are not even worthy of a high school term paper; and in Lambayeque, BA and MA theses are the equivalent of eighth or ninth grade term papers.  At one private university I visited in March of 2011, I was mildly surprised to read a thesis authored by five students consisting of twenty pages. When I taught at UNPRG I never received an essay that was more than two pages, and the three that I did receive were triple-spaced (leading) with 2.5 inch margins–the total word count being under 250.

Another problem in Michigan is that the Tea Party government now is cutting funding for public education (up to $300 per student, over the existing $170 cut; read: http://www.freep.com/article/20110520/NEWS05/105200398/Lawmakers-seek-tenure-reforms-say-firing-bad-teachers-too-costly). 

Ithaca Michigan Education statistics

The legislature spends more money on Michigan prisons than it does on education, as Nathan Bootz, Superintendent of the Ithaca Public Schools,  a district with about 1,300 students, noted when he called on the legislature to make his school a prison.  Bootz noted in his letter to the legislators:

Roof over their heads, clothing on their backsides, three square meals a day, health care, access to a weight room, access to a computer, access to an education — all that stuff we provide them because they have Constitutional Rights.  But what about the Constitutional rights of children?

(http://news.michiganradio.org/post/school-superintendent-challenges-lawmakers-make-my-school-prison and http://www.themorningsun.com/articles/2011/05/12/opinion/doc4dcb4f4b11953790636898.txt?viewmode=default).  This is true throughout the USA where the Tea Party has taken over state governments, following the failed policies of right/fascist governments of South America (in Perú, under Alan Garcia Peréz, the national budget for education was under 5% but far higher than under its former dictator Alberto Fujimori–whose daughter Keiko Sophia Fujimori is running for the presidency and wants to return Perú to the days of her father’s imperial rule and his politics of assassination using paramilitary assassins).

Texas Board of Education: Run by the least competent

Texas education is worse than the education in Michigan and is rapidly approaching the intolerably low-level of learning in Perú and South America.  Much of the incompetence in Texas schools is because education in the Lone Star state has been cannibalized by evangelical extremists pushing faith over facts and demanding a rigid Christian education.  This became critical when the Texas Board of Education came under the threat of http://www.themorningsun.com/articles/2011/05/12/opinion/doc4dcb4f4b11953790636898.txt?viewmode=defaultas a possible head of the education department. Dunbar, who home schools her own children and has spoken out publicly against the public

Cynthia Noland Dunbar Texas Board of Education

education system (which she calls a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion” and calls public schools “unconstitutional” and “tyrannical”) that many wanted her to run, has been criticized for a number of things, including her 2009 claim on the Christian Worldview Network Website “… that a terrorist attack on America during the first six months of an Obama administration ‘will be a planned effort by those with whom Obama truly sympathizes to take down the America that is threat to tyranny.'”  In her book, One Nation Under God: How the Left is Trying to Erase What Made us Great [HigherLife Development Services, 2008], Dunbar claims that the USA’s founding fathers created ‘an emphatically Christian government’ and that government should be guided by a ‘biblical litmus test.’ She endorses a belief system that requires ‘any person desiring to govern have a sincere knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God in order to rightly govern (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6148239.html). Texas Governor Rick Perry (Tea Party/GOP), in the end did not select Dunbar, but one far worse: Gail Lowe. 

Gail Lowe is not “just religious” (to the far right) but as one reporter wrote:  “Lowe’s penchant for mixing education and political agenda — especially her efforts to cast doubts about evolution and global-warming theories — troubles us as inappropriate” (http://www.wacotrib.com/opin/content/news/opinion/stories/2008/10/14/10142008waceditorial2.html).  She is as anti-science as Robert Vander Plaats in Iowa, who matches Adolf Hitler in style and word choice in his attacks on science and education, and 74% of the Tea Party/GOP Senators in the US Senate. 

Gail Lowe on Texas Board of Education

In 2003 and 2009, Ms. Lowe supported dumbing down the state’s public school science curriculum acknowledging that she did not “have a clue” on most educational requirements and needs, but  with unrestrained enthusiasm, Lowe voted to include unscientific, creationist criticisms of evolution in science textbooks and curriculum standards.  Lowe noted the last science textbook turned down [by the state board] was an environmental science book [that was not in keeping with her Christian Bible]. She went on record as saying “she guarantees she will turn down any book encouraging population removal or blaming global warming on the normal activities of everyday people” (http://tfninsider.org/2008/10/08/gail-lowe-straight-talker/).  Lowe’s appointments have all been religious cronies: evangelical extremism, where the student is short-changed in knowledge by having to master biblical principles as if they were in a similar jihadist Islamic school (Madrasah ʿāmmah (Arabic: مدرسة عامة‎) public schools, or Madrasah dīniyyah (Arabic: مدرسة دينية‎) religious schools, even Madrasah ʾIslāmiyyah (Arabic: مدرسة إسلامية‎) Islamic [fundamentalist] schools).

 

Texas Textbook Controversy

The illiterate right-wing of the Tea Party has always been after transmogrifying and rewriting history, in keeping with their economic supporters (the Koch Brothers) interests in an ill-educated electorate and workforce.  To this end Lowe and the Texas Board of Education, like that emerging in Iowa, is prancing gaily for the removal of agriculture union organizer César Chavez, Anne

Anne Hutchinson (17th century)

Hutchinson (baptized July 20, 1591 – August 20, 1643) who became the leader of a dissident church discussion group and began to preach her own interpretation of the Bible, and the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The evangelicals demanded that these historic figures be replaced with Sam Houston and Billy Graham, applaud George W. Bush’s war in the Middle East and erase any mention of the LGBT community while glorifying US Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) for his witch hunts.

 
Not all teachers are innocent in Texas any more than they are elsewhere, and there are some who are child molesters, alcoholics, and so forth (http://educationintexas.blogspot.com/2008/04/what-is-wrong-with-teachers-in-my-area.html) and they must go.  The main problem, however, in Texas (as is elsewhere) is that few actually continue their studies unless required by their individual school boards. Many use weathered notes, outdated by current research, and others just refuse to read or study on their “own time”, who, as Linda Chavez noted, should be fired (http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20100917-Linda-Chavez-Bad-news-for-7789.ece; cp. http://texased.wordpress.com/2007/01/04/if-only-we-could-get-rid-of-ineffective-teachers/); but as Anne Foster points out, part of the blame lies with the parents who do not get involved with their children’s education nor visit with the teachers, which is especially true in other Latin/South American nations (http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20101221-anne-foster-pointless-finger-pointing-at-parents.ece).  Good teachers, however, do exist in Texas (http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/local-voices/headlines/20100919-Daniel-Kasten-Yes-I-6616.ece).
 
Similar problems exist in Iowa.  Bad teachers are retained and others moved into the State Legislature.  Tenure is a problem in Iowa, and elsewhere, when it protects bad teachers (http://www.teachersunionexposed.com/protecting.cfm) but government

Gov. Chet Culver (D-IA)

efforts to end the teachers’ unions exposes good teachers to the pressure of vested interest group, such as the Tea Party that wants all qualified and gifted science teachers out of the classroom for fear that they will teach evolution or other material that is contrary to their bibles.  Under former Governor Chet Culver (D-IA), the Iowa Department of Education was revamped to include criteria on teacher excellence and encouraged parents to actively participate in the education process, visit classes and their children’s teachers, and become involved in the learning process (http://www.iowa.gov/educate/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1589&Itemid=2369).  While bad teachers must be removed from the classroom, good teachers will not stay if they do not have the tools to train the minds of their wards, nor have the opportunity and finances for further studies, or use bad textbooks, dictionaries, and other learning material–all which lies with state legislatures where those states under the control of the Tea Party are cutting back on education essentials while ignoring the real problem leading to student and teacher apathy: the knowledge that their society, their state, does not care (http://oh.aft.org/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=169b0fc4-4115-4bf8-945d-545071d2ed54).

 
One of the biggest problems of having incompetent teachers lies with the hiring bodies themselves: the people who hire the teachers.  More than thirty states in the USA hire teachers on temporary or emergency licenses without having completed preparation or having met other licensing requirements and in most cases hiring teachers without degrees or nowhere near completing the degree. From the late 1980s through the early 1990s, at least 50,000 emergency or substandard licenses were issued annually by states, in most cases as the result of cronyism and with the majority of those hired being known as incompetent but good church goers who would instill religion and prayer back into the classroom.
 
The rigor of these restricted licenses varies from little academic work having had to be taken at accredited schools (some states, such as Oklahoma and the southern tier, with teachers actually being hired from Regency University

Pat Robertson (televangelist)

(home of Pat Robertson [and his 700 Club] and Michele Bachman of MN and Cynthia Dunbar of TX in Virginia), Oral Roberts University (Oklahoma), and Bob Jones University (South Carolina) which has as its charter to “instill Christ in the classroom” with a blanket rejection of any scientific finding or an understanding of history. States like Minnesota will issue a restricted license only to a teacher who has already been fully prepared in a teaching field but who needs to complete additional coursework in order to enter from out-of-state or switch to a new field or teaching level. Such a license from Minnesota is only good for one year while the necessary coursework is completed. Others, like Louisiana and Texas, will issue an emergency license to a person who does not even hold a bachelor’s degree, and will renew it for several years while the candidate makes little progress toward becoming licensed and no requirement for a definite date for completing the course work and receiving the diploma.

 
Whereas twelve states required a major in the field to be taught in addition to education training, nearly as many did not require even a minor in the subject area for prospective teachers, thus teachers who studied biology were put in positions teaching English, those who studied religion were put in charge of science classes, and those with one or two courses in education were made coaches. As of 1994, the proportions of mathematics teachers teaching with less than a minor in the field ranged from less than 10% in Missouri to more than 55% in Alaska (Alaska, historically, has always been a state where unqualified teachers can find jobs easily).  Similarly, the proportions of academic high school teachers teaching with both a license and a major in their field ranged from a low of 52% in Alaska to more than 80% in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wisconsin ­p; all states that routinely score near the very top of the distribution on rankings of student achievement in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  Tenure laws were enacted by state legislatures to keep the highly qualified teachers in their state, but with the ascendancy of the Tea Party, tenure and incentives for good teachers have been dashed in a mad rage by Tea Party/Koch Industries funded governors and their compliant legislatures, such as Terry Branstadt (R-IA), Scott Walker (R-WI), Christi (R-NJ), Daniels (R-IN), Kaisch(R-

Zack Kopplin (Louisiana)

OH), all of whom are facing recall for their bombardment against the established laws protecting competent teachers in their zeal to end all collective bargaining rights.  This means that a student in one state might have only a 50/50 chance of being taught by a teacher who is well-prepared in his field, while in another state, nearly all students are guaranteed a fully prepared teacher.  Louisiana is uniquely the worse state in the USA in the area of teachers of science, as the science courses must stress creationism and “expose” the “evils” and lies of evolution, which led to Zack Kopplin calling for a debate against presidential candidate and Canadian born Michele Bachman who trumpets Biblical literalism in all areas of science (http://smd12364.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/10/6620351-louisiana-students-take-a-stand-against-creationism).  The Louisiana State Board of Eduction finally rejected creationism in 2010 (http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/education/5440-louisiana-school-board-rejects-creationism), while Bachman has not responded to Kopplin’s challenge.

 
What must be done to ensure a quality education is not an option.  It is what Academic Deans, Directors, Department Heads and legislators must do, and do it rapidly.
 

Good study habits - and - Bad study habits

When a bad or poorly performing teacher is known to the leadership, or concerns are reported by students, the person responsible for the teacher must sit in on several classes to see if the reports justify counseling or expelling / firing the teacher.  Textbooks must be reviewed for currency and accuracy–neither partisan nor parochial should be used in any classroom unless there is a second volume that refutes the first so that students are required to make their own judgment on veracity, credibility, and reliability/probability that can be proven more than once from and of the sources required to be studied.

 

Peer review in Australia (process)

The teacher must be offered the option of visiting with a senior teacher who has a more substantial education, or taking remedial courses at a local college or university–on the time and at the expense of the deficient teacher.   When education (or anything) is free, it is taken for granted, used/understood haphazardly, and easily discarded; when a person pays for something of value, such as an education, that individual will study harder, read more, write with greater clarity and accuracy with sources cited (not plagiarized), and speak more eloquently with real information that must be defended and justified especially during a peer-review.  All educators must give a public presentation within their subject field to strengthen their own understanding by discussing the subject and also to gain the invaluable feedback of peers and other experts in their field.  No teacher has a right to any position because of age, race, or other criteria, nor a right to teach if the teacher is not thoroughly knowledgeable in the area being taught, and that erudition must be known by students and other faculty.  Credibility of the speaker is paramount.

 
Deans, Directors and other leaders must raise standards while equalizing workloads and allowing for individual development and growth.  Many states in the USA have successfully eliminated shortages and improved teacher quality by linking increases in salaries to increases in standards. This, unfortunately, is not the case in Perú or other South American and Latin American nations where salaries are fixed, standards are weak, and demonstration of continued mastery of subject matter is ignored.  Prospective teachers must be examined for knowledge mastery as well as presentation of the subject in a meaningful and enlightening way that with get enthusiastic responses, questions, and dialogue. 
 
Unfortunately in South and Latin American nations, and especially in Perú, teachers seldom call on students to participate, and few students volunteer answers and remain silent throughout the educational process.  In teaching English as a foreign language, students must be informed that the course requires conversation and that each student must speak with the teacher and other students–not just in the classroom, but also between classes and at any other available time.
 

Scholarships (program) for Teachers in the Classroom (USA)

To make teaching exciting for both the teacher and the student and to meet the needs, demands, and goals of parents, communities, and governments,  scholarship programs must be funded that function like forgivable loans.  This will enable fully prepared candidates to move into high-need fields and high-need locations in professions like medicine as well as teaching in poorer areas, weaker school systems, and distressed environments.  Teaching must recognize the reality of global warming and climate change despite the millions of dollars thrown against such teaching by those who profit from polluting the earth, air, and waters, be they the Koch Brothers of Kansas or Alabama lumber and mining interests in Perú and throughout South America. 

 
One of the most successful state programs is the North Carolina Teaching Fellows.  It fully underwrites the college education of hundreds of high-ability students annually, and receives, in return well-trained professions in all areas of academic needs.  Programs of this nature and calibre has shown a marked increase in the supply of male and minority teachers, both desperately needed in education which had been (and still is considered in Latino areas and nations) considered a female employment area,  as well as individuals in shortage fields like mathematics, science and languages.  Sciences must be carefully scrutinized so that students understand reality based on verifiable, provable, repeatable fact, void of the myth and mystery of Intelligent Design and its proponents who labor at dumbing-down education in the name of religion.
 
When the bad or incompetent teacher does not accept or shows no enthusiasm for learning his or her subject matter, nor assumes the responsibility of teaching it in an informed manner, it is imperative to severe the academic and employment relationship with the teacher.  If candidates come to fill the vacancy of the bad or incompetent teacher are equally incompetent and ill-prepared it is essential that the hiring authority declines, graciously, any further communication, save to say that the individual was not a successful candidate.  To continue to employ or hire inferior, incompetent and poorly prepared teachers is what undid the results in Perú when Antonio Chang tested the teachers.  The bad teachers were allowed to stay–and they did not improve because of cronyism, favoritism, or some familiarity with the hiring and retention authorities of the schools. 
 
Teachers resisted being tested for competency in Perú Teachers in Perú claimed teacher testing was “State Terrorism”
Graffiti reads: “State Terrorism” and appeared during the teachers protest

Most Perú schools remain bad as neither the students nor the teachers care–the students are in class to be awarded a degree, and the teachers are in class so that they receive a paycheck.  This is especially critical in teaching a foreign language, as when I was in the hospital next to the university where I teach English as a foreign language, I visited with numerous nurses and a dozen doctors–all who told me that they studied English at the local National University–but not a one could say even three words in English that made any sense–and all the nurses had graduated from the National University the year before after completing four years of English studies.  It is for that reason that Stephen C. Meyer took a Ph.D. at Cambridge University in the UK in science and history and today is a proponent of ID which has been roundly condemned by all Noble Laureates in science, and all competent historians–still Meyer finds religious and partisan publishing presses that will print his books and give him a veneer of academic respectability and authority.

 

"Discourse on the Arts and Sciences" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Education must become a thorough training, not only a four-year (or more) investment in time to gain a diploma.  Learning must be open to the true concept of  φιλοσοφία (philosophia: philosophy): a love of wisdom / knowledge–not a mere study of the words of Socrates or other thinkers, but the understanding and appreciation of the plethora of all arts and sciences (les sciences et les arts as defined by Jean Jacques Rousseau), of which each is based and grounded in the area of φιλοσοφία.  It is the Weltanschauung that is a praxeology (or methodology) or theory of action:  “How should we attain our goals?”  It is by educating ourselves, our coworkers, our students, our world (cf. Tadeusz Kotarbiński (1929), Elementy teorii poznania, logiki formalnej i metodologii nauk; reissued in 1990 at Wrocław by Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich, 426 p.).

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Martin Luther, Adolf Hitler, Bob Vander Plaats and Iowa

1.2 million teenagers hit the streets in the USA every June unable to read or write. Detroit, Michigan epitomizes this country’s educational dilemma: 76 percent dropout/flunk out rate. Dozens of cities across the country suffer 50 to 60 percent dropout rates.  Eighty-four percent of the 23,000 people who took an exam for entry-level jobs at New York Telephone in 1988, failed because of lack of knowledge of basic math, English grammar, rudimentary science, and common rules of conversation.  An incomprehensible 42 million Americans cannot read, write or perform simple math. Another 50 million Americans cannot read past the 4th grade level. (Source: National Right to Read Foundation).  Detroit, Michigan epitomizes this country’s educational dilemma: 76 percent dropout/flunk out rate. Dozens of cities across the country suffer 50 to 60 percent dropout rates.  CNN reported on August 30, 2010, “7,000 American high school students drop out every day; one every 26 seconds [actually, 1 ever 1.3 hours].” (http://www.rense.com/general92/7000.htm

The problem is that teachers cannot and do not teach.  Students will not or cannot read, write, or do basic mathematics.  They have no concept of grammar.  Public education is not only underfunded (especially as states switch to a greater voucher system) but the textbooks are inadequate to inaccurate.  Some, because of parental pressure, leave public schools to enter parochial centers which teaches them outdated material and instills Dark Age mentality with such errors as Intelligent Design, the need for spiritual guidance and similar mental exercises that do not advance science or knowledge.  In some cases, as at Tucson, Arizona, schools abandon teaching to install the deficient and educational debased, decadent, and pathetic International Baccalaureate Programme that encourages children to illegally download music, DVDs, and more from its PET to FCE (examination certificates) levels).   The more fundamentalistic the center of education (frequently in the home), the more hatred is built in the minds of the young against minorities (racial and sexual), while instilling falsehoods and distortions.

What is necessary is to test the teachers to determine if they are subject-matter experts.  Instead of filling vacancies with the poorly trained or those who took a degree by repeating what the professor said and not comprehending or accepting current research, positions are filled by the incompentent who has a degree awarded by a celebrated university, or the teacher accepts a position while waiting either for an offer of marriage or a better paid non-teaching opportunity.  For example, Stephen Meyer has a PhD from Cambridge (UK), yet is totally ignorant of science of which he claims to be an expert, and because he has the PhD, the gullible believe that he is a subject matter expert but in fact is only an apologist for creationism which he writes articles for the Discovery Institute.

Michele Bachman Tea Party candidate for President of the USA running against science

In this regard, the USA is deficient, as once a person is awarded a degree, unless the individual teaches in a university that has a “publish or perish” program, requiring peer review.  Few teachers will go further with their academic studies, master no new methodologies, and remain slack in teaching strategies.  Education will continue to be boring, or memorized without any real understanding only to pass a test–the information then to be forgotten.  This is especially true where young students are taught subjects they know are false but are required because of a curriculum core, such as the teaching of Intelligent Design and Creationism, demanded by evangelicals on the Texas Board of Education, US Congressional Representative Michele Bachman (R-MN) who exposes daily her lack of learning (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-zimmerman/michele-bachmans-stance-o_b_868771.html?ir=Politics), Robert Vander Plaats, and evangelical extremists, when evolution is known in all states and all cities–to the chagrin of evangelical extremists and bible-pounding fundamentalist fanatics in Louisiana. 

Zack Kopplin (leaving Louisiana for Rice U) at the center of the storm over Intelligent Design/Creationism

In 2008 the Louisiana State Legislature passed the Louisiana Science Education Act, which brought a vocal reaction from Louisiana students, led by Zack Kopplin, 17, of Baton Rouge who started a petition to have the law repealed.  He received the signatures of 42 Nobel Laureates, who wrote in a letter:

“Because science plays such a large role in today’s world and because our country’s economic future is dependent upon the United States’ retaining its competitiveness in science, it is vital that students have a sound education about major scientific concepts and their applications.”

This propelled State Senator Karen Carter Peterson to introduce a bill to repeal (http://veracitystew.com/2011/05/10/louisiana-students-take-a-stand-against-creationism/).  She noted that if the law continued not only would Louisiana lose its young scholars to more enlightened states, but that the drop out rate in Louisiana would rise faster.

Those who drop out are unfit for any form of legal work, save the most menial tasks.  The majority turn to welfare, crime, prostitution, and hate organizations (such as Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Sovereign Citizens, Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, and FAMiLY Leader (the latter that is based in Iowa) led by one-time coach Bob Vander Plaats, it parallels شيعة in Islam with the title being, exactly the same: عائلة زعيم; cp. http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/10001 and http://www.islam-guide.com/ch3-14.htm) and numerous neo-Nazi groups in Germany, Russia, the USA, UK, etc. {cp. http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Misc/misc.survivalism/2006-04/msg01771.html}, religiously watch Fox News, and applaud the leaders of the lunatic fringe of the far-right: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman, Rudy Giuliani, and the doomsday prophet Harold Camping (cf. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/northwestvoices/2015158983_campingannouncesnewdoomsdaydate.html and http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/harold-camping-doomsday-preacher-explains-failed-rapture-prediction/story?id=13669592) and turn to cults that preach of a Rapture that has no biblical foundation.

Robert Vander Plaats

Much of today’s rhetoric of rage ranted by religious fanatics and theological terrorists take their tears from the tart testaments of Adolf Hitler who relied heavily on the writings of the German one-time monk Martin Luther. Hitler’s heirs, from Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee to Bob Vander Plaats have identical visions of what society should be: controlled and void of independent thinkers.  Each parrots the sour message of the German leader Adolf Hitler who publicly and repeatedly called Martin Luther his “spiritual adviser” and took his stand against the Jews from the antisemitic writings of Martin Luther.

Martin Luther

Martin Luther was considered by Germans since 1522 to be a clergyman, a preacher, a reformer, but few Germans today consider the Saxon to be a saint.  With a careful reading of his Works (that have been repeatedly reprinted both in Germany, the USA, and in other nations); the reformer, as Martin Luther was styled, was a hate-filled author of venomous vile demanding the slaughter of Jews (cf. Von den Jüden und jren Lügen [1543], in the harshest of terms, requiring the nobles to waste no time or effort nor expense in dispatching the peasants from this life; this was quickly repeated in Martin Luther’s Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi [1543, a few months later] and his “final warning against the Jews {Weimar Ausgabe 51:194-196; J.G. Walch, Dr. Martin Luthers Sämmtliche Schriften, 23 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia, 1883), 12:1264-1267}] and peasants (Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern [1524-1526]) and those who opposed his staid and ossified spiritual aspirations and control over them were condemned by Luther as meriting the most foul forms of hell that matched Luther’s personal and daily rhetoric.

Luther’s foul language and repetitive use of cuss and cruse words was legendary—and he became the spiritual ancestor of Adolf Hitler and fascists of similar minds. As Dr. William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury noted, “It is easy to see how Luther prepared the way for Hitler.” (“The Archbishop’s Conference”, Malvern, London, 1941, page 13).

Reichsleiter Alfred Rosenberg

The Nazis themselves claimed Luther as their spiritual father. “It was Luther, we must understand, who began to Germanise Christianity; National Socialism must complete the process.” This from Alfred Rosenberg (1893-1946), an early and intellectually influential member of the Nazi Party who was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart who one of the important early members of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP, or Nazi party) and a participant of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Rosenberg later held several important posts in the Nazi government. He is considered one of the main authors of key Nazi ideological creeds, including its racial theory, persecution of the Jews, Lebensraum, abrogation of the Treaty of Versailles, and opposition to “degenerate” modern art, is one of their typical sayings.

Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923)

Long before Hitler arrived on the German scene (he was from Austria) there were German Protestant scholars of great standing who analysed aright the part Luther played in the history of Germany. “Lutheranism played an important part in the political and military development of German Prussia,” wrote Prof. Ernst Troeltsch of Heidelberg, German theologian, historian, and sociologist (cf. Troeltsch, Ernst. Luther und die moderne Welt, Schutterwald/Baden : Wiss. Verlag, 2000). Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923) was, for a short time he was a Lutheran curate in Munich, but preferred the academic world and turned to teaching. Through his use of the objective methods of modern scholarship, Troeltsch contributed to the sociology of religion and the problems of historicism early in the present century.

“German nationalism plus the Prussian State have made our Reich, and both have their origins in Luther,” said Karl Sell, another pre-Hitler professor who wrote volumes on the German Luther whom he saw as the father of German superiority: cf. Luthers Einfluss auf die politische Geschichte Deutschlands: Vortrag. Leipzig, 1899; Festgottesdienst zur 400jährigen Feier des Geburtstages Dr. Martin Luther’s; am 11. November 1883 vormittags 10 Uhr in der Stadtkirche zu Darmstadt; Darmstadt Waitz 1883).

What most apologists for Luther and Lutheranism have forgotten is that Martin Luther was never a reformer nor a Protestant. He merely wanted to eliminate the sale of indulgences, and if that had happened, there would be no separation until Martin Luther came to grips with the growing German nationalism that was a part of the council of German nobles. To that end, Martin Luther addressed the German Nobility—to organize them into a collective group and to put down dissent and ultimately rule the world. It was Luther who anointed the German people as a nation in his 1520 An den christlichen Adel deutscher Nation and called for two kingdoms: one on earth, and the other in heaven. Two years later, in Wittenberg each interested party – prince, town council and commune – wished to expand its influence on the governance of the church in accord with its own values and needs—religion was to be the servant of the lord (who many wanted to equate as the prince being the personification of the Christ of the New Testament; Carter Linderg, The European Reformations(Boston: Blackwell

Nazi education and ideology

Publishing, 2006), pp. 96-97). To this end, Adolf Hitler would proclaim: “The national government will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built up.  It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality and the family as the basis of national life” on February 1, 1933, during his first radio address after coming to power. He added, it is the purpose of the government “to fill our whole culture once more with a Christian spirit, and that not only in politics. We want to burn out the harmful features in our theater and our literature.” For Hitler the center of education was the family (Die nationalsozialistische Bewegung hat dem Staate die Richtlinien für die Erziehung unseres Volkes gegeben. Diese Erziehung beginnt nicht in einem gewissen Jahr und endet nicht in einem anderen. Die menschliche Entwicklung brachte es mit sich, daß von einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt an die Weiterbildung des Kindes aus der Obhut der engsten Zelle des Gemeinschaftslebens, der Familie, genommen und der Gemeinschaft selbst anvertraut werden muß; Adolf Hitler Rede am 30. Januar 1937 vor dem Reichstag in Berlin) as it remains with Vander Plaats who argues, like Luther and Hitler, that it is the church that must set the tone for education, weddings had to take place in a church where the woman was required to promise to obey her husband.

Nazi wedding for an "Aryan" couple as required by Hitler and Luther

These are identical to the politics of Iowa’ Robert Vander Plaats and his The FAMi:Y Movement, a quasi-Nazi hate group that aligned with Focus on the

Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute teaching creationism and rejecting evolution

Family “TrueU” (created by Stephen Meyer {born 1958} and advocate for intelligent design who helped found the Center for Science and Culture (CSC) of the Discovery Institute (DI), which is the driving force behind the intelligent design movement. The True U is a pseudo-university made up of DVDs and a guide to “prove the Bible is true”. 

While Stephen Meyer has worked tirelessly to make Intelligent Design a respected form of science, educators, scientists and the courts have found otherwise, as with the celebrated court case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District where ID was ruled to be religion. In March, 2002, Meyer announced a “teach the controversy” strategy, aimed at promoting the false idea that the theory of evolution is controversial within scientific circles and included an annotated bibliography of 44 peer-reviewed scientific articles that were said to raise significant challenges to key tenets of what was referred to as “Darwinian evolution”.  In response to this claim the National Center for Science Education, an organization that works in collaboration with National Academy of Sciences, the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the National Science Teachers Association that support the teaching of evolution in public schools, contacted the authors of the papers listed and twenty-six scientists, representing thirty-four of the papers, responded. None of the authors considered that their research provided evidence against evolution (http://ncse.com/creationism/general/analysis-discovery-institutes-bibliography).  Meyer is as great a fraud as is Vander Plaats.  (Read: “Misrepresented scientists speak out,” Reports of the National Center for Science Education September-December 2001, vol. 21, nos. 5-6, pp. 14-16; see the same issue, pp. 5-21 passim, for evidence of the Discovery Institute’s quote-mining and reactions by the scientists whose views were misrepresented. Cp. Jerry Coyne, “Creationism by stealth,” Nature 2001, vol. 410, pp. 745-746; Eugenie C. Scott, “Fatally flawed iconoclasm,” Science 2001, vol. 292, pp. 2257-2258; Kevin Padian and Alan Gishlick, “The talented Mr. Wells,” The Quarterly Review of Biology 2002; vol. 77) As for graduating with a PhD from Cambridge, that is a degree taken for accumulating hours, and does not represent reasoned thinking nor does it represent that the professors agreed with his work; it is on the same level as the troubled IB Programme that claims to teach students English—around the world, while what it teaches in street English and not correct academic English).  No degree means that the degree holder is a subject-matter expert as seen in those clustered around Vander Plaats and the parochial schools where he gives presentations.

Katharina (Katie) Von Bora (1499-1552), Former Nun and Luther's Wife; painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526

Martin Luther wrote that woman is God’s instrument or vessel (not a human being with basic rights equal to a man, nor a person who could stand before her god as an equal to any man, for woman was to be the “helpmeet/helpmate” of man and be submissive like a slave to man), for God uses her to this end that she may bear children, give them birth and nourishment, and watch over them, and rule the household. Martin Luther taught that

“the wife should stay at home and look after the affairs of the household as one who has been deprived of the ability of administering those affairs that are outside and concern the state….” (Luther, Martin. Lectures on Genesis 3:11.)   Luther’s attitude toward the “enfebbledness” of women is clearly stated in his writings, that matched Hitlers, and come close to Vander Plaats’ pronouncements.  Luther wrote, above women:

Men have broad chests and narrow hips; therefore they have wisdom. Women have narrow chests and broad hips. Women ought to be domestic; the creation reveals it, for they have broad backsides and hips, so that they should sit still. [WA, TR I, no. 55, p. 19; cf. Hazlitt-Chalmers translation, p. 299]

There is no dress that suits a woman or maiden so badly as wanting to be clever. [WA, TR II, no. 1555, p. 130]

Doctor Martin Luther laughed at his Kertha, who wanted to be clever, and said:

“God created man with a broad chest, not broad hips, so that in that part of him he can be wise; but that part out of which filth comes is small. In a woman this is reversed. That is why she has much filth and little wisdom.” [WA, TR II, no. 1975, p. 285]

. . . when women speak well, it is not praiseworthy. It befits them to stammer and not be able to speak well; that adorns them much better. [WA, TR IV, no. 4081, pp. 121-122]

. . . what goes in through women’s ears comes out again through their mouths. For that reason a secret is to be entrusted only to a dead woman. [WA, TR IV, no. 4434, p. 311]

By shutting down female convents within the movement, Protestantism effectively closed off the option of a full-time religious role for Protestant women, as well as one which had provided some women a life in academic study. (Allen, Charlotte. “The Holy Feminine.” Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life, 1999. Online: http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=3241) and to give greater strength to restrict the rights of women, Luther married the nun Katharina von Bora who is commemorated / remembered on the Lutheran Calendar of Saints on December 20.   She had entered the convent to study (education was forbidden to most secular women) but had a strong interest in the outside world and human sexuality, as seen in her escape from the convent with several other nuns and common concern that she would take to the street (prostitution) if she did not marry quickly (Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand, p. 223).  This became Adolf Hitler’s call (Kinder, Küche, Kirche that was actually first uttered on December 1898 by the then New York Senator Chauncey Depew who claimed he heard it first from the German Kaiser Wilhelm II; in Chauncey Mitchell Depew and John Denison Champlin, Orations, Addresses and Speeches of Chauncey M. Depew: Club and Society Addresses, privately published 1910, p. 260) and the demand of Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats who is in league with such fascists as Annette Sweeney (R-44th District: Hardin County)  would do away with the rights of women to control their own bodies.  Vander Plaats claims that his stand is “Pro-Family” where the woman is silent and has no rights (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110506/NEWS09/105060335/Vander-Plaats-to-deliver-warning-from-tea-party?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News and http://iowapoliticalalert.blogspot.com/2009/07/senator-behn-mr-vander-plaats-what.html, cp. For Vander Plaats “issues” see: http://vpforgov.rocksolidclients.net/issues.htm).  

Adolf Hitler was equally worried about the education of the German people. To the Führer, education had to be moral and fearsome:

“… a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith. From our point of view as representatives of the state, we need believing people. A dark cloud threatens from Poland. We have need of soldiers, believing solders. Believing solders are the most valuable ones. They give their all.”

(read:  Ernst Christian Helmreich. The German Churches under Hitler: Background, Struggle, and Epilogue. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, page 121.)

To purify the corruption of stealth sex and the abandonment of “moral obligation” to marry “and replenish the earth,” Luther commanded women to tend to the home, produce children, and be subject to their husbands—the very idea that Hitler would enshrine during his sovereignty over the Third Reich. Hitler said: “The government, being resolved to undertake the political and moral purification of our public life, is creating and securing the conditions necessary for a really profound revival of religious life”.  This evolved into the grotesque preachification of racial and sexual “purity”: that which mortals like Luther, Hitler, Vander Plaats argued was essential for a “god-chosen race”.

Nazi Germany occupied 21 countries from 1933 through 1945, home to a total of about 9 million Jews. By 1945, 2 out of every 3 Jews had been killed, 1.5 million of them being children.

Echoing the Letters of Paul in the New Testament, Luther and Hitler demanded that marriage be “kept from corruption” and that the purpose of marriage was to bring children into the world to be obedient subjects of the government. Any cross-marriages or those that would not be sanctioned in Luther’s or Hitler’s interpretation of the Bible (as translated by Martin Luther) were to be thrown away—thus neither would tolerate Jews marrying Christians, Muslims marrying Christians, or any Adventist or Jehovah’s Witnesses marrying a Lutheran or Catholic. The few homosexuals who rallied for the right to be public about their sexuality were hunted down, forbidden to associate, and over 500,000 executed in the concentration camps created by Adolf Hitler with the financial support of US Senator Prescott Bush (R-CT; cf. www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar;  www.consortiumnews.com/2008/051808.html and http://www.rense.com/general40/bushfamilyfundedhitler.htm and http://www.georgewalkerbush.net/bushfamilyfundedhitler.htm; www.nhgazette.com/
cgi-bin/NHGstore.cgi?user_action=detail&catalogno=NN_Bush_Nazi_2
; http://www.oilempire.us/bushnazi.html; www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2002/08/19/hsorensen.DTL). Hitler noted in his autobiography:

Hitler attacked homosexuals and Jews as being "ape-like"

A Volkisch state must therefore begin by raising marriage from the level of a continuous defilement of the race, and give it the consecration of an institution which is called upon to produce images of the Lord and not monstrosities halfway between man and ape. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 2)

Bob Vander Plaats follows Hitler’s mentality in his repetitive attacks on the LGBT community, calling homosexuality a “public risk hazard” (http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/08/bob-vander-plaats-homosexuality-health-smoking/) and harmful like smoking (http://www.towleroad.com/2011/04/bob-vander-plaats-compares-homosexuality-to-smoking.html) which creates low self-esteem.   Like Hitler and Martin Luther, Bob Vander Plaats argues that he is repeating “the Lord’s will”—being an Old Testament Christian—and, demonstratively, with no knowledge of what the books actually say that he quotes for he shows he knows none of the original languages.  Vander Plaats “obligation to marry” and have children follows, rigidly, that of Islam (see: Koran/Qur’an 4:21).  Once more, we find Vander Plaats following Islam:

Vander Plaats follows the Koran's injunction on marriage

The fact that Vander Plaats argues that his particular, peculiar, and special interpretation of “the Bible” is god-inspired, he shows his ignorance of what the Bible became, when it was finally commissioned in 325 CE by the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine who created the Christian Church when the emperor call his Council of Nicaea (as Eusebius wrote: σύνοδον οἰκουμενικὴν συνεκρότει: “he [the emperor] convoked the council”) to settle difference between warring bishops who claimed to lead different factions within the corpus christianorum: an ongoing  battle between chrestianos and christianos. This was especially true concerning the divinity of Jesus, which was not universally accepted, but was more popular in Rome, than in Asia Minor. Arians and Nestorians and a host of other rival groups all claiming to have a claim on what the Jesus of the New Testament is allegedly to have said and commanded although there was not a single authentic document at that time where the author mentioned such a man, nor any document save spurious forgeries that claimed the man existed.  Even then, when, in 322 CE, Constantine ordered fifty bibles to be compiled by the Arian prelate Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, who wrote:

“Such were the emperor’s commands, which were followed by the immediate execution of the work itself, which we sent him in magnificent and elaborately bound volumes of a threefold and fourfold form.” (Vita Constantini. 4.36.37; original is in Greek)

There was heated debate over what constituted scripture until Constantine stepped in and determined the canon (Newman, Albert Henry (1900), A Manual of Church History, Philadelphia, American Baptist Publication Society, 1900-1903 [02] Vol. I, p. 330 on-line at http://www.archive.org/stream/amanualchurchhi05newmgoog/amanualchurchhi05newmgoog_djvu.txt. Describing the proceedings of the Nicene Council we read: “Eusebius of Caesarea then proposed an ancient Palestinian creed, which acknowledged the divine nature of Christ in general biblical terms. The emperor had already expressed a favorable opinion of this creed. The Arians were willing to subscribe to it, but this latter fact made the Athanasian party suspicious. They wanted a creed that no Arian could subscribe, and insisted on inserting the term identical in substance”—a canon that was not closed in the Roman Catholic Church until the sixteenth century Council of Trent (cf. J. Le Plat, Monumentorum ad historicam Concilii Tridentini collectio (7 vols., Leuven, 1781 – 1787).).

Never deterred by his lack of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Coptic or any other biblical language, Vander Plaats daily exposes his ignorance of the Bible he worships as if it were a god.  The word “homosexual” does not appear anywhere in any of the original bibles, scrolls, or manuscripts, nor is it even of fashion until 1892. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 were understood to be references to non-Hebrew (pagan) worship fertility practices and have nothing to do with the story of Lot in Sodom (Genesis 19) that the prophet Ezekiel 16:49 clearly states that the “sin of Sodom” was pride—not sex: הִנֵּה־זֶה הָיָה עֲוֹן סְדֹם אֲחֹותֵךְ גָּאֹון שִׂבְעַת־לֶחֶם וְשַׁלְוַת הַשְׁקֵט הָיָה לָהּ וְלִבְנֹותֶיהָ וְיַד־עָנִי וְאֶבְיֹון לֹא הֶחֱזִיקָה׃.   In the Leviticus references, the word is qadesh (originally a Canaanite and Egyptian goddess, the goddess of Love and Beauty) and is a reference to a male cultic attendant (by some considered to be a sacred prostitute engaged in the worship of the Canaanite/Egyptian goddess

Stele of Qadesh/Quetesh "Queen of Heaven" (upper frame)

Qetesh who was associated with Yahweh’s wife Asherah who was known as “Lady of the Stars of Heaven” and was pictured with the moon beneath her feet or on her head and her eyes set on the rising sun-god), while the sexual love (1 Samuel 20:30) between Jonathan and David (they do kiss in 1 Samuel 21:41) in the Books of Samuel was never condemned (Halperin, David M. (1990). One Hundred Years of Homosexuality. New York: Routledge, p. 83 and Boswell, John (1994). Same-sex Unions in Premodern Europe. New York: Vintage (pp. 135–137; the problem here is not only a literal reading but a literal interpretation of the words, for example “David” { דָּוִד} actually is a word for “house” or “dynasty” and Saul’s condemnation is against Israel going after other races or people to the neglect of his own Jonathan {  יְהוֹנָתָן} where in 1 Samuel 13 he goes after the Philistines alone, but I will address this issue in a later essay).  This is the interpretation even the Jesus of the New Testament gave to the punishment of Sodom, warning that towns that did not provide hospitality to his disciples would suffer a similar fate (which never occurred), in Matthew 10:14-15 and Luke 17:10-12.  Romans 1:26-27 is commonly read out of context for it does not condemn homosexuality in males, but sexual abandonment in males and females which he saw as a form of slavery which the authors of the Letters of Paul claim that Saul of Tarsus supported.  As for the claim that Paul condemned homosexuality in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, that can be overturned rapidly, as the Greeks (and the original text was written in Greek by all accounts) had a term for homosexuality: androkoitēs (it actually means “men in bed” { άντρες στο κρεβάτι } and has no sexual connotation by itself;  the ancient Greek world found nothing wrong with men sleeping together, and if sex did transpire, it was considered common and ignored) but the word used in Corinthians is arsenokoitēs (ἀρσενοκοίτης) and it means “wrong doers” such as “lawless and disobedient” as found in 1 Timothy 1:9-10: ειδως τουτο οτι δικαιω νομος ου κειται ανομοις δε και ανυποτακτοις ασεβεσιν και αμαρτωλοις ανοσιοις και βεβηλοις πατρολωαις και μητρολωαις ανδροφονοις πορνοις αρσενοκοιταις ανδραποδισταις ψευσταις επιορκοις και ει τι ετερον τη υγιαινουση διδασκαλια αντικειται.

 In 1892, “homosexual” appears for the first time, in C.G. Chaddock’s translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis, {R. v. Krafft-Ebing, Psychopathia sexualis : mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der conträren Sexualempfindung : eine klinisch-forensische Studie (6. verm. und theilweise umgearb. Aufl.) Stuttgart : Ferdinand Enke, 1891}, but then H. Havelock Ellis was scornful, noting sarcastically, that the word “”Homosexual’ [being judged as] a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it.” [Havelock Ellis, H. (1897). Studies in the Psychology of Sex, vol. 1: “Sexual Inversion.”  London: University Press]. The word “homosexual” was not used until 1912 in the USA and it did not apply to any biblical reference. 

While he served part-time as a teacher and part-time as a coach, Robert Vander Plaats is definitely neither a philologist nor a psychologist and nowhere near being a theologian, but his hatred for homosexuals equals that of both Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther, and by his constant consideration and consternation over it, indicators are that he is at minimum a self-repressed homosexual, and on April 13, 2011 sent out an e-mail lamenting that his birthday was hijacked by One Iowa to raise money for equal rights (he expected adulation on his birthday as he received from Fox News and Fox commentator Mike Huckabee); One Iowa’s email address is info@oneiowa.org and are among the few patriotic groups fighting Vander Plaats.   

Vander Plaats response to One Iowa

One Iowa and Vander Plaats birthday (message in lower right corner)

This was to cause terror in the hearts of all evangelical extremists in Iowa who trembled that the Time of Tribulation was close at hand and that evil would take

Ernst Rohm author of "the homosexual agenda" to frighten Germans into hating gays

over the State of Iowa.  Vander Plaats response matches that of Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther, as Ernst Rohm, the chief of Hitler’s SA boasted:

“The people want wholesome dread. They want to fear something. They want someone to frighten them and make them shudderingly submissive”.  

Vander Plaats is giving poorly educated, marginally employed and retired hate-filled Iowa evangelicals something to fear.  His greatest fear, and most likely secret fantasy, is the alleged “homosexual agenda.”

Equally important for Luther, Hitler and Vander Plaats was, and is, that the nation must have a common identity, a single purpose, and one attitude on all things so that the state would be a composite whole without separation for differences.  As Hitler said in one of his speeches, “The struggle against materialistic views and for a real national community is just as much in the interest of the German nation as in [the interest] of the welfare of our Christian faith.” To this end there had to be a single religious affirmation throughout a single state: the state church proclaimed by both Hitler and Luther: “The government of the Reich … regards Christianity as the unshakable foundation of the morals and moral code of the [Nazi] nation.” (Hitler, Adolf (1922-1939), ed. Baynes, Norman Hepburn (1942), The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922 – August 1939,, Vol. 1, pp. 369-72; London: Oxford University Press, 1942; 1969 edition); note Hitler’s famous statement:

Today Christians … stand at the head of [this country]… I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity .. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit … We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press – in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past … (few) years.

Adolf Hitler, quoted in: Hitler, Adolf (1922-1939), ed. Baynes, Norman Hwpburn (1942), The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922 – August 1939, Vol. 1 (London, Oxford University Press), pg. 871-872.

That Hitler anticipated and demanded a single national church was made clear in his autobiography, where he wrote:

While both denominations maintain missions in Asia and Africa in order to win new followers for their doctrine — an activity which can boast but very modest success compared to the advance of the Mohammedan faith in particular — right here in Europe they lose millions and millions of inward adherents who either are alien to all religious life or simply go their own ways. The consequences, particularly from a moral point of view, are not favorable. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 10 [all editions and presses]). 

To this end, Vander Plaats set in motion the undemocratic movement to impeach Iowa Supreme Court justices who did not agree with him and his twisted, tortured,  theology and puerilitious pandering of a preacher (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20101103/NEWS09/11030390/Iowans-dismiss-three-justices and http://www.kcci.com/r/24528192/detail.html) with the frequently married, divorced, and repetitively adulterous Newt Gingrich of Georgia secretly funneling more than one-third of the $850,000 campaign to remove the Iowa justices (http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/16/newt-gingrich-anti-gay-hate/) with documents showing that Gingrich funneled $125,000 through the nationally registered (http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners) organized hate group American Family Association (AFA) to be followed by the nefarious Focus on the Family.  Censorship was the only solution, so that there would be “one faith, one god, one morality, one reality, one state”.   This would come about only with rigid censorship over and of all things:

“Only in the struggle between two philosophies can the weapon of brutal force, persistently and ruthlessly applied, lead to a decision for the side it supports.” … the number of inward supporters grows in proportion as the persecution increases. Consequently, the complete annihilation of the new doctrine can be carried out only through a process of extermination so great and constantly increasing that in the end all the truly valuable blood is drawn out of the people or state in question. The consequence is that, though a so-called ‘inner’ purge can now take place, it will only be at the cost of total impotence. Such a method will always prove vain in advance if the doctrine to be combated has overstepped a certain small circle. (http://www.hitler.org/writings/Mein_Kampf/mkv1ch05.html)

With limitations placed on a one-time free press, assembly, self-expression, and the increase in parochial education, freedom dies—the goal of Luther, Hitler, and Vander Plaats.

To advance the state-church union, a theocracy that Vander Plaats longs to see in Iowa, Vander Plaats accepted Martin’s Luther’s concept of a church controlled state (http://www.christianforums.com/t7564291/) with education that had to be Christian (Luther’s Works. Vol. 45 (Philadelphia: 1962), 347-378) as Luther had no tolerance for anyone who did not profess the Christian faith. 

"On the Jews and their Lies" by Martin Luther (1543) which Hitler used as a reason for his pogrom

Openly, Martin Luther sanctioned killing all Jews:  Luther advocated setting synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayerbooks, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews’ property and money, and smashing up their homes, so that these “poisonous envenomed worms” would be forced into labour or expelled “for all time” (Luther, On the Jews and Their Lies, Luthers Werke. 47:268–271) citing Deuteronomy 13 (especially verses 9-10 that Hitler loved to quote) as justification for the murder of Jews.

In Luther’s “Sermon on Keeping Children in School” (1530), the friend of nobles and murderers who had little to no time for the poor, homeless, or those who disagreed with him, Martin Luther was concerned with the parents who withdraw their children at an early age from school.  The leader of the state church (Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland which ultimately incorporated Lutherans, Calvinists, and other “Protestants”), Luther wrote: “I see them, withdrawing their children from instruction and turning them to the making of a living (ibid., p. 219).” Neglecting the role of Scripture in the life of their children, parents appear to underestimate the function of learning in the service of the Word, the sacraments, and “all which imparts the Spirit and salvation”. While admonishing his fellow Germans, Luther reminds parents of the dire warning of punishment “to the third and fourth generation” of those who do not love God, adding that “you are guilty of the harm that is done when the spiritual estate disappears and neither God nor God’s word remains in the world” (see Luther’s concept at Luther’s Works. Vol. 46 (Philadelphia: 1967), p. 222).

Luther turned the Bible into a god for Germans to follow his interpretations that were far stranger than those debated at the Council of Nicaea.   The Bible of today has nothing in common with the Bible of antiquity, as seen in a simple reading of the Codex Vaticanus or Codex Sinaiticus, but this did not stop Luther or Hitler and Vander Plaats has no problem with this established fact.

Codex Vaticanus (4th century CE)

Traditional Lutherans, who in Iowa follow Vander Plaats as the promised prophet prior to the Rapture, argue that the Old and New Testaments of the are the only divinely inspired book in the same way that radical Muslims argue that the Qur’an is the only divinely inspired book prepared and given by god to man;  furthermore, both Lutherans and Muslims as well as evangelical sects within Protestantism and Islam, their holy book is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge, and the only norm for Christian or Muslim teaching.  Scripture, alone, like the Qur’an alone (قرآنيون and أهل القران), is the formal principle of the faith, and the final authority for all matters of faith and morals because of its inspiration, authority, clarity, efficacy, and sufficiency (cf. Koran/Qur’an 2:185, 34:28, etc; on the value of education, the Koran is identical to the dreams and demands of Bob Vander Plaats: Koran/Qur’an 58:11; interestingly, every statement that Vander Plaats has made on education comes directly quoted out of the Muslim Koran/Qur’an, cf. Koran 20:114, and Vander Plaats seeks teachers “learned in the scriptures” that is identical to the Muslim insistence on mu’ allim or mudarris all who have to be religious scholars or ‘ulama’.  There is no difference between Vander Plaats arguments and that of Islam and Vander Plaats follows closely the teachings of the theological students (Taliban) of Islam in Afghanistan and matches that of the Muslim clergy of Pakistan; for example: To ascertain truth by reason alone is restrictive, according to Islam, because spiritual and temporal reality are two sides of the same sphere. Many Muslim educationists argue that favoring reason at the expense of spirituality interferes with balanced growth.  Vander Plaats would bring tears of joy from any jihadist Muslim, for he is one of them intellectually and spiritually). To this end the Lutherans and their off-shoots, like the Muslims ruled that all education had to come out of their scriptures.

The monopoly of Christianity over education in Nazi Germany gave reason for Adolf Hitler to roar in one of his speeches that there had to be but one educational program, one pattern for schools, and that the teachers educate students based on national standards guided by and administered by religious people who followed his concept of faith as patterned after the writings of Martin Luther:

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 …we need believing people.
(Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant)

Hitler's schools

In backward civilizations, such as Martin Luther’s Germany, true learning was replaced with biblical studies and rote memorization. Bob Vander Plaats, advocating religious mind-control supported by the taxes of the state in church schools and home schooling, comes directly out of Luther and Hitler, and the children learn less, learn what is not true (creationism; cp. http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2006/10/dmr_on_vander_plaats.php and http://www.dmcityview.com/2011/01/06/columns/skinny.html which Vander Plaats has termed “intelligent design”) and not what can help them in a real world where other states and nations are rapidly bypassing Iowa—which at one time, in the 1960s—was known as a center for quality education.  The Renaissance, south and north (especially with Erasmus) which had made a small inroad into Germany quickly disappeared when Luther screamed out against the “secularism” of humanists (even though he met and corresponded with Erasmus, Melanchthon {with whom he developed a friendship}, and others) and ended the Renaissance on a dark note of hatred. As Friedrich Nietzsche proclaimed “the Reformation was a reaction of backward minds against the Italian Renaissance”. In Nietzsche’s Menschliches, Allzumenschliches [Human, All too Human] Leipzig: Naumann, 1906, and Leipzig, Kröner, 1919, we read

Friedrich Nietzsche raised a Lutheran

“The Renaissance had positive forces which have, as yet, never become so mighty again in our modern culture. It was the golden age of the best thousand years, in spite of all its blemishes and vices. On the other hand, the German reformation stands out as an energetic protest of antiquated spirits. . . With their northern strength and stiff-neckedness they threw mankind back again. . . . The great task of the Renaissance could not be brought to a termination; this was prevented by the protest of a contemporary backward spirit. It was the chance of an extraordinary constellation of politics that Luther was preserved, and that his protest gained strength, for the Emperor protected him in order to employ him as a weapon against the Pope, and in the same way he was secretly favoured by the Pope in order to use the Protestant princes as a counterweight against the Emperor. Without this curious counter-play of intentions, Luther would have been burnt like Huss—and the morning sun of enlightenment would probably have risen somewhat earlier, and with a splendour more beauteous than we can no imagine” (Read: http://www.classicauthors.net/Nietzsche/Human/Human6.html no. 237).

It should be remembered that Nietzsche was the son of a Lutheran pastor and was brought up as a Lutheran.  Like all Lutheran lads, Nietzsche knew the teachings of Martin Luther from a very young age.

Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled that all Iowans must have equal civil and human rights

Luther’s reformation, like the crusade by Vander Plaats in Iowa against personal freedom, was a stifling stagnation of life, thought, and liberty. Protestantism in Northern Europe, like the FAMiLY in Iowa, was a malediction upon art, poetry, beauty, knowledge, the greatness of the mind, heart, will, deed, and generosity towards the poor and less fortunate. In Germany, the Protest revolution was a Teutonic reaction against everything Roman, a raw strike against the gentleness of spirit and tenderness of feeling; it was soulless and senseless in a time when the senses gave grandeur to life and being, while in Iowa, Vander Plaats took direct aim at destroying the heart of democracy: the right to free speech, association, and choice—for the Protestants of Northern Europe like wretchedly vacuous farmers and evangelical extremists of Iowa have never had tolerance for differences or disputation.  

Robert Vander Plaats against equal rights for all Iowans (2010)

Lutheranism and Nazi ideology, like the venom of Vander Plaatism has stood for many as a strong attack on science and reason, pushing backward the movement toward knowledge and enlightenment. Lutheranism of the sixteenth century as it would be through the terrible trials of Adolf Hitler, was the elevation of superstition worse than endured for one thousand years during the Dark Ages, and it was the mother of war, rape, pillage and violence.  It has become the promise of the Time of Tribulation of Vander Plaats who would purify Iowa of its sins and transgressions.

It was Luther’s first thought to look in the Scripture for a political reformation, as it has been for the Southern Baptist Convention, Mike Huckabee and the myriad of mincing mendicants cloaked as Pentecostal pastors and Protestant preachers. Religious and social questions mingle together in the Reformation; it was in fact quite as much a social and political revolution as a religious movement. As Heinrich Hermelink wrote: “Thus it was no accident that Luther was called on to take a leading part in the controversies.” Thus it happened that “Lutheranism was political” and it is certainly with justification that a Protestant church historian calls Luther “one of the greatest politicians of Germany” (Hermelink, Heinrich in Zeitschrift fur Kirchengeschichte, Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer [1876 – ], vol. 29, 1908, p. 478; cp. Hermelink, Heinrich, Der Toleranzgedanke im Reformationszeitalter Leipzig: Verein für Reforationsgeschichte, 1908; and, von Schubert, Hans and Hermelink, Heinrich (1908), Bündnis und Bekenntnis 1529/1530; Der Toleranzgedanke im Reformationszeitalter, Leipzig: Verein für Reformationsgeschichte, 1908).

Luther's mother

Luther confessed, on paper, that he was mentally

Luther's father

unstable. He had been beaten regularly until the blood ran from his back and thighs by his mother for stealing a nut, [beating a small child until the blood ran has never been uncommon in a German Lutheran household that I know of, as when I was a child of a German Lutheran father (Herbert Frederick Ide, a founder and pillar of Ascension Lutheran Church in Waterloo–to which he left $1 million when he died in 2004 (after his second wife Mildred died in November 2009) to its Valley Lutheran Middle and High School, a bible-based school that in 2007 had has 31 students in high school, 16 in middle school and 23 taking part-time classes through a home-school extension, to conform with his desire to see Martin Luther’s interpretation of education be brought to Iowa with the bible as the center-focus of learning; http://wcfcourier.com/image_9e493c2c-01e6-11df-91df-001cc4c002e0.html with article at http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_a5731d24-01e6-11df-95ca-001cc4c002e0.html) he would beat me with his leather belt in the same manner for tracking snow in from the winters in Cedar Falls into the basement, while

Herbert & Mildred Ide gave $1 million to Valley Lutheran School in Cedar Falls for a "Christ centered eduction"--23 of the 49 students are home schooled

demanding I recite Martin Luther’s Small Catechism on “honoring thy father … in fear” and Luther’s response: “What does this mean? We should fear and love the Lord” (fear was central in every Lutheran home I ever visited) when I lived in Iowa–he was the son of a Lutheran minister and his brothers were Lutheran ministers, and I was taught that I, too, would be a Lutheran minister, so I forced myself to study what Luther wrote with a fevered religiousity, trembling that this wrathful god would come down and drain my blood from my body] he had paroxysms and behaved like a man gone mad while sitting in the choir and listening to the Gospel, and admitted that while he was in the monastery, “the other monks often thought” that he was possessed by the Devil. To counter this he threw himself into intellectual pursuits, work that exhausted him, causing him to complain in a letter:

“I need two secretaries. I do practically nothing all day long but write letters. . . . I am Preacher of the Convent and the Refectory; and vicar in the district, and therefore elevenfold Prior; I am responsible for the fish-ponds at Leitzkau; I am agent at Torgau in the suit for Herzberg parish church; I give lectures on St. Paul, I am collecting notes on the Psalter. I rarely have time to recite my Office and say Mass.” “Physically I am fairly well, but I suffer in spirit,” he would confess. “For more than the whole of last week I was tossed about in death and hell, so that I still tremble all over my body and am exhausted. Billows and tempests of despair and blasphemy assailed me and I had lost Christ almost entirely” (Luther, Martin, Letters, Enders Edition, vol. 1, pp. 66, 67, and vol. 6, page 71).

Luther fighting the Devil

Far from being a chaste saint, Luther confesses his desires, writing in 1521: “I am here in idleness, alas neglecting prayer and not sighing once for the Church of God. I burn with all the desires of my unconquered flesh. It is the ardor of the spirit that I ought to feel. But it is the flesh, desire, laziness, idleness and sleepiness that possess me” (ibid. vol. 3, page 189), evidence that points to neuropathic disorder and delirious hallucinations that indicate strongly that Martin Luther was mentally deranged with a mania for persecution while entertaining a mania for greatness he felt he would never achieve. His constant quest to seek combat with the Devil endeared him to the superstitious folk of Germany, and made him a widely sought after preacher who would cater to the most base desires of those seeking wisdom from the occult. It was his custom to argue that “Satan sleeps with me much more than my wife does,” and used what can only be described as filthy obscenities when describing that which he found abominable. His words came out like more like vomit than as a teaching tool to explain scriptures to the illiterate and superstitious which captured their imaginations more than if he had spoken from a scholarly perspective. Luther admitted that he could “compose, write, pray and preach well, [but only] I have to be in a rage.” (Luther, Martin. Table Talk, 1210).

Martin Luther’s pyschopathological mad obsession with the Devil shows that he was mentally insane, but also that he reflected the community madness that was common in backwater, poorly educated areas of Europe.  Frey-Rohn, a practicing psychologist, refers to the subjective relativity of “good” and “evil,” and, more importantly, the individual’s personal responsibility for deciding what is good or evil for themselves rather than relying solely on external laws, rules, and regulations (http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/daimonic/psychologyofevil.html).  Luther, and later Hitler, and today Vander Plaats, each experienced a self-loathing that arched itself into their social discourses and ultimately, with Hitler, accepting Luther’s command to “kill all the Jews” as religious right to prove his love for his god in much the same way as god proved his for the world (John 3:16)–a warped use of the word love.  While Hitler created the ovens that burned Jews, Luther wrote on the auto de fe  that could consume Jews, as Vander Plaats argues for courts that protect minorities have their judges impeached and removed from the bench. 

Luther's concept of the "birth and origin of the pope" (1545)

Martin Luther commissioned Lucas Cranach to prepare a series of eight woodcuts for his Birth and Origin of the Pope that was to appear in his book Against the Papacy at Rome, Founded by the Devil (printed in March 1545).  Luther took deliberate measures to make sure that Cranach knew what to depict:  each illustration had to have a mhyming verse for each plate; to that end “A cartoon shows the Pope and three cardinals being expelled from the anus of a female devil while three furies are nursing and caring for three infant popes …” a graphic echo of Luther’s assertion in his treatise that the pope had been born from the devil’s anus–but only those who sat at Rome (he left the door open to a German pontificate for himself), while corrupting the gospel of Matthew (16:18).

Martin Luther had no sympathy for reason any more than did his spiritual son Adolf Hitler, or spiritual grandson Robert Vander Plaats and the Tea Party that has destroyed the very fabric of democracy in the USA.  Luther wrote:

“Reason is the Devil’s greatest whore; by nature and a manner of being she is a noxious whore; she is a prostitute, the Devil’s appointed whore; whore eaten by scab and leprosy who ought to be trodden under foot and destroyed, she and her wisdom. . . . Throw dung in her face to make her ugly. She is and she ought to be drowned in baptism. . . . She would deserve, the wretch, to be banished to the filthiest place in the house, to the closets” (Luther, Martin. Werks Erlanger edition, vol. 16, pp. 142-148). 

“Usury, drunkenness, adultery—these crimes are self-evident and the world knows that they are sinful; but that bride of the Devil, `Reason’, stalks abroad, the fair courtesan, and wishes to be considered wise, and thinks that whatever she says comes from the Holy Ghost. She is the most dangerous harlot the Devil has.” “Reason is contrary to faith”, he writes elsewhere. “Reason is the whore of the Devil. It can only blaspheme and dishonor everything God has said or done” (Luther, Martin. Werks Erlanger edition 29, 241) 

Luther begged the question: “If we could conceive by reason that God who shows so much wrath and malignity could be merciful and just, what use should we have in faith?” In reality, Luther’s theology was credo quia absurdum est.

Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler saw the Devil in everything (http://www.humanitas-international.org/showcase/chronography/documents/luther-jews.htm), as does Robert Vander Plaats in Iowa today. There was nothing good unless it was

Martin Luther and his protégé Adolf Hitler

blind submission to a Father figure: the pastor (formerly the priest), the civil authority, or the ruler. Satan controlled every thought, every word, every sigh, and was the author of every evil that the Bible detailed graphically. Throughout his intellectual life, in his social and political intercourse, in his writing and preaching he would always reintroduce the Devil and the evils of this mythological being who was one of the original Sons of God and he was the select and the favorite Son of God who was given the title of “The Satan” [meaning: “advocate” or “revealer” of the plan(s) and purpose(s) of the god of ancient Babylon from which the scripture was plagiarized after the Hebrews left Babylon (Job 2:1-2: וַיְהִי הַיֹּום וַיָּבֹאוּ בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים לְהִתְיַצֵּב עַל־יְהוָה וַיָּבֹוא גַם־הַשָּׂטָן בְּתֹכָם לְהִתְיַצֵּב עַל־יְהוָה׃ וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל־הַשָּׂטָן אֵי מִזֶּה תָּבֹא וַיַּעַן הַשָּׂטָן אֶת־יְהוָה וַיֹּאמַר מִשֻּׁט בָּאָרֶץ וּמֵהִתְהַלֵּךְ בָּהּ׃; cp. 1 Kings 22:19: וַיֹּאמֶר לָכֵן שְׁמַע דְּבַר־יְהוָה רָאִיתִי אֶת־יְהוָה יֹשֵׁב עַל־כִּסְאֹו וְכָל־צְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם עֹמֵד עָלָיו מִימִינֹו וּמִשְּׂמֹאלֹו׃ cp. Luke 22:31: ειπεν δε ο κυριος σιμων σιμων ιδου ο σατανας εξητησατο υμας του σινιασαι ως τον σιτον). The Germans loved hearing Luther thunder thumping his self-translated Bible in the sixteenth century as Luther became the Christ of the emerging German states, in the same way the Germans celebrated the hate speeches of Adolf Hitler in the middle of the twentieth century as Adolf Hitler became their Christ, in the same manner as today’s Lutherans and evangelicals who applaud the hate speeches of Iowa’s Nazi leader Robert Vander Plaats for Vander Plaats has become the Christ of Iowa following a few isolated verses that define Jesus as a total monster bent on war and carnage (Matthew 10:34: μη νομισητε οτι ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην επι την γην ουκ ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν [but a Christ who was the exact opposite of what Vander Plaats preaches, for this Christ was against the family and came to divide it, setting parents against children and siblings against each other (vs. 35-36): ηλθον γαρ διχασαι ανθρωπον κατα του πατρος αυτου και θυγατερα κατα της μητρος αυτης και νυμφην κατα της πενθερας αυτης και εχθροι του ανθρωπου οι οικειακοι αυτου], and Luke 7:34: εληλυθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγετε ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης φιλος τελωνων και αμαρτωλων where many saw Jesus as a drunkard who ate and drank with tax collectors, thieves, and reprobates who did not have Robert Vander Plaats interpretation or concept of “family values”—as was Martin Luther).

There is no difference between Luther, Hitler and Vander Plaats.  All three hate mongers share one thing in common: mind control and the elimination of individual freedom and rights. Luther was supported by the German Nobility. Hitler had the Reichstag behind him once he filled it with his Nazi followers, and the State of Iowa in the USA became the Fourth Reich in 2010, its house taken over by the Nazis of the USA known as the Tea Party—an insult to the original Tea Party led by Samuel Adams and John Hancock to stop the increased taxes on the people so that King George III could give the East India Tea Company tax breaks and let corporations rule from behind his throne. Iowa today is far worse than anyone would have imagined, rifling in on human and civil rights as if using Sarah Palin’s rifle and cross-hairs to silence dissent (as occurred in Tucson, Arizona in 2011) and end the rights of the working class (as the Christian Governor Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin, followed by “good Christian” governors in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, and elsewhere). 

Martin Luther would be proud of the Tea Party and Michele Bachman as they are rooting out the evil that he believed existed among the peasants in the sixteenth century, and that Hitler spoke out against in his frequent rants against immorality and the need for stricter censorship, and their anger has found the parched throat of Robert Vander Plaats who despises the common worker in Iowa, cries out for a cut in government spending (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5um0Br7LjHU) and enjoins the government to spend more on private schools and religious exercises sectarian in basis while denying science any support.  His words are strong and resonate with the passion of Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther as he attempts to wrest control of the government of the USA away from those who would “despoil it”: workers, labor unions, “one-worlders”, independent women, and those who do not share his Weltanschauung.  On May 9, 2011, Vander Plaats continued his outcry against the Obama government by sending another newsletter to all e-mail recipients (I am on the list, but how my e-mail address ever was given him is still a mystery) from his grassroots@ifpc.org, accusing Barrack Obama of “raising the debt ceiling” while ignoring the facts that it was Ronald Reagan, a Republican and dearly loved by ultra-conservatives, who raised the national debt more than any other president in history. But history was always a subject disdained by Vander Plaats who had a little knowledge of USA history as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh or other illiterates dominating the USA airwaves.

US Supreme Court's Corporate Interests/Financing

Vander Plaats has friends in high and low places: he is supported not only by most organized hate groups (as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center) but by disreputable and dishonorable US Supreme Court Justices such as Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.  Scalia, like Thomas, eager to make a dollar and with little interest in human rights, told an audience at John Carrol University in Suburban Cleveland, Ohio,

US Supreme Court Antonin Scalia when asked about individual freedoms under the US Constitution

“The Constitution just sets minimums.  Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.”  Once this was said, Scalia opined that USA citizens can expect “the protections will be ratcheted right down to the constitution minimum [as Hitler did in Nazi Germany].”  Not wishing to terrify his audience of appreciable admirers, the jurist promised, “I won’t let it go beyond the constitutional minimum” while acknowledging that rights now taken for granted in the USA would rapidly evaporate in the steam of the Tea Party’s neo-Nazi movement (http://web.payk.net/mailingLists/iran-news/html/2003/msg00331.html cp. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55227-2003Nov2.html, and www.why-war.com/news/2003/01/26/theciass.html, and www.commondreams.org/views03/0408-07.htm, and www.spiritone.com/~gdy52150/noon.html).

With the elevation of Big Businesses that pay no taxes, such as ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, GE, and others, the aim of these giants is not only to control people but reap obscene profits while backbreaking the American workforce. 

Hans-Jürgen Böhm, »Martin Luther - ein Mythos zerbricht«, S. 93

This is in keeping with Martin Luther’s address to the German nobility during the Peasants’ War of 1525.  So angry was he that the working class would struggle for human dignity, better working conditions, and security that the German reformer ordered the nobility to “stab, kill, slay” in secret or in day light all who were in revolt against their masters.  The peasants uprising (Deutscher Bauernkrieg ) was drowned in blood, and Martin Luther was primarily responsible for it (Der Aufstand der Bauern wurde im Blut erstickt. Luther hat daran einen erheblichen Anteil) as he wrote:

The peasants have taken upon themselves the burden of three terrible sins against God and man; by this they have merited death in body and soul… they have sworn to be true and faithful, submissive and obedient, to their rulers… now deliberately and violently breaking this oath… they are starting a rebellion, and are violently robbing and plundering monasteries and castles which are not theirs… they have doubly deserved death in body and soul as highwaymen and murderers… they cloak this terrible and horrible sin with the gospel… thus they become the worst blasphemers of God and slanderers of his holy name”

(cf. Luther, Martin (1525). Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern).

US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI)

To this end they have spent billions of dollars running lies on television, radio, in newspapers and fliers against those who would defend liberty and the American way as it had been when Russ Feingold was in the USA Senate, to cannibalize states such as Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, and so forth.  The USA has only had a brief taste of what is in store for the nation, the people of the USA, beginning the the heartland of the Midwest (Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, and so forth) are soon to discover that Adolf Hitler and his SA and SS supporters were gentle when it came to the civil rights of its “Aryan” citizens of Germany for no such leniency will be afforded to citizens of the USA when the Koch Brothers supporters and retainers are in power.  

Koch Brothers funding fascism in the USA (Fox News)

Hitler and his Nazi Party was no aberration, but a forerunner of would-be totalitarians as Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman, Michael Cain, and others.  The doors for future concentration camps have been opened, to imprison dissenters (http://www.thewatcherfiles.com/dissenters.htm), with new detention camps to be built by Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton whose CEO was/is Dick Cheney (see: http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0814-05.htm; cp. October 9, 2006 article at http://www.alternet.org/rights/42458/) with an open attack on workers (http://issawatch.couragecampaign.org/index.php/page/158). 

Russell Pearce (R-AZ)

Russell Pearce (R-Legislative District 18), Arizona Senate President,  quipped to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce that if public workers started protesting, he would go the Sherrif Arpaio route, declaring:  “I’ve spoken with the sheriff, and he has some nice buses that hold a lot of people. We’ve also got some tents with a view.”  Pearce, like the Arizona Republican Party believes that there is no fundamental right to protest and those who protest must be imprisoned in “detention camps” modeled after those created by Adolf Hitler, but with the twist that they would be in the middle of the Arizona desert (cf. http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-unapologetic-liberal/2011/03/02/im-on-russell-pearces-brown-list/ and http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/16/166453/russell-pearce-lock-up-public-workers/).

Koch Brothers of Kansas make no pretense of preferring democracy in the USA

The death knell was rung on democracy in the USA with the 5-4 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 US 08-205 (2010).  By overturning the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, sponsored by John McCain {R-AZ} and Russ Feingold {D-WI}), 2 USC § 441b (that prohibited corporations and unions from using their general treasury funds to make “electioneering communications” big money, especially from the Kings of Pollution, the Koch Brothers, openly bought political offices, installed their cronies, and began to wreck the laws that would protect the environment, the elderly, education, and justice.  Their first target was to defeat an International Criminal Court in fear that George W. Bush would be tried for crimes against humanity; the second rifle hair was focused on a complete withdrawal of the USA from the United Nations, and using Nazi rhetoric “dismantling one-world government” so great is their fear of communism that they are funding the rewriting of USA history to make Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) a hero and creating the myth that Blacks were happier as slaves than being on welfare.

The radical right’s revisionism is echoed by Robert Vander Plaats.  His attack on human and civil rights is now legendary.  His opposition to public education and science matches the ignorance of 74% of the US Senate Republicans rejection of reality, and in the end, Vander Plaats is rewriting the Iowa slogan: “Iowa: A Place to Grow” so that it reads: “Iowa: A Place to Go From” for future generations.  Fortunately, Iowa does have a solid (but dwindling) intelligentsia, thinking people who struggle daily to undo the damage of the evangelical extremists who get media headlines and attention of major papers.  Vander Plaats can be defeated if his corruption and preoccupation with the private lives of others–revealing that he himself is worried about his own orientations (cf. Diamant, Louis and McAnulty, Richard D. McAnulty (1995) The Psychology of Sexual Orientation, Behavior, and Identity: A Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press; )cp. http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/genderiddis.htm–can be fully exposed.  Even if he is exposed, there will be others to follow him–requiring that thinking Iowans stay ever vigilant or the door to wisdom will be closed tightly.

Annette Sweeney (R-IA House Hardin County District 44)

Fortunately, for Iowa, there are clusters of democratic-thinking people, who are willing to fight for the state of my birth, and will continue to oppose the draconian policies of Robert Vander Plaats and legislators like Annette Sweeney who want curbs against whistle-blowers who would expose animal abuse (Representative Sweeney of Alden, Iowa wrote the legislation to curb under cover videos of animal abuse on large farms after receiving sizeable donations from the farmers where animal abuse was regularly reported). Continue reading on Examiner.com Undercover whistleblowers can endanger animals and food, says lawmaker (Part 1) – National Animal Policy | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/undercover-videos-can-endanger-animals-and-food-says-lawmaker-part-1#ixzz1O1yD6Pea;  http://iowaindependent.com/tag/annette-sweeney and http://vetrescue.blogspot.com/2011/03/iowas-whistle-blowers-bill-sf-431.html and http://www.examiner.com/animal-policy-in-national/undercover-videos-can-endanger-animals-and-food-says-lawmaker-part-1) and those who would dumb down education and instill creationism  in Iowa schools so that the students can become menial laborers (http://ncse.com/cej/1/2/reactions-to-creationism-iowa and http://www.sciencemag.org/content/208/4449/1208).

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Ignorance, GOP, Bible and Global Warming

Ignorance in the USA is not “creeping along” but running backwards surpassing all scientific truths and realities in quest of the alma mater narcotic nipple of complacency and wishful thinking—and it is not just in the USA, it is a worldwide contagion. Ignorance breeds hatred and violence as seen in the twin evils of the Florida evangelical church that burned a Koran, to the Afghani zealots who murdered in cold blood UN peace keepers.  As Stephen Pizzo wrote (03/24/2011): “For the nation that has, for a couple of centuries, been not only a beacon of freedom, but also a beacon of knowledge and science, Creeping Ignorance at the heart of our government threatens to turn us into a nation only Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter, et al[.], could love: one big festival of stupidity.” (http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12526)

What Pizzo was referring to was the decline in intelligence in the United States Senate—primarily among the GOP (Tea Party Republicans) where three-fourths proudly proclaim that they do not believe in science (http://www.alternet.org/story/150340/3_4ths_of_senate_gop_doesn%27t_believe_in_science_–_when_did_republicans_go_completely_off_the_deep_end?akid=6712.45167.YMnIiJ&rd=1&t=5).  Robert Benson pointed out on March 22, 2011, that the USA has become as bad, if not worse, as it devolved in 1925 following the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in backward thinking Tennessee (http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/scopes.htm). 

Nebraska native (definitely not a native nor a conservative in political matters) and one-time Congressional Representative and later US Secretary of state under Woodrow Williams, Williams Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925; he died in his sleep from diabetes and fatigue five days after winning his war against science), a perennial candidate for president of the USA (1896, 1900, 1908) who was considered a liberal within the Democratic Party had limit intelligence of science and reality but was strong on things religious and superstitious.  Bryan firmly believed in the Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1-2) and rejected 2 Peter 3:8 (εν δε τουτο μη λανθανετω υμας αγαπητοι οτι μια ημερα παρα κυριω ως χιλια ετη και χιλια ετη ως ημερα μια) a common event among Evangelicals who selectively chose scripture to prove a predetermined argument that has no foundation in any ancient scroll.

 

Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryans (1925) Tennessee Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan (1925) Scopes Trial

 

 Bryan was defending the “Anti-Evolution Statute” (House Bill No. 185) introduced by “Mr. Butler” that decreed: ”

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That it shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of the State which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.

Section 2. Be it further enacted, That any teacher found guilty of the violation of this Act, Shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction, shall be fined not less than One Hundred $ (100.00) Dollars nor more than Five Hundred ($ 500.00) Dollars for each offense.”

Bryan put the Judeo-Christian Bible before all other books, rejected Darwin, and was the founder of scientific skepticism that has become the bloodline for such declining civilizations as in Texas (where the School Board is rewriting school books to conform with the Bible; http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-25/us/texas.evolution.teaching_1_science-standards-common-ancestry-evolution?_s=PM:US; http://www.pri.org/science/evolution-education-texas.html), Iowa (a state whose legislature is now run by Nazis and the KKK with limitations put on public assembly (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/22/hundreds-rally-at-iowa-capitol-over-labor-laws/) and protests by Annette Sweeney (R-Hardin County, who was initially against reporting abuses in the agribusiness where hatcheries kill male chickens because they have little economic value: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110314/ap_on_re_us/us_food_and_farm_undercover_videos and http://www.startribune.com/nation/117919279.html and repeated at http://www.newser.com/article/d9lurvmg0/ag-industry-iowa-lawmakers-try-to-limit-undercover-videos-say-effort-doesnt-protect-animals.html) and other misanthropes; ), Ohio and Wisconsin (where no unions are allowed at the instruction of the Koch Brothers of Kansas who cannot see past their nose at the pollution they are inflicting upon the world (the Koch Brothers are one of the top ten worse polluters in the USA: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Industries and

Koch Industries among the top ten worse polluters

Koch Brothers of Kansas: one of the ten worse polluters

Owners of 9 governorships, the Koch Brothers are one of the ten worse polluters in the USA

 

http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-03-16-koch-group-alec-cut-paste-attack-regional-climate-initiatives; their interest in seeing single (monarchial) rule in the USA is legendary: “Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.” NY Times, Feb. 24, 2011, with their thinking following that outlined by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf; see my various blogs here on Gov. Scott Walker and unions: http://www.bnd.com/2011/03/31/1651843/ohio-legislature-passes-limits.html and http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/166700.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/opinion/25krugman.html?_r=1), New Jersey and Florida married to the marginality of Indiana in dredging up past platitudes as being sacrosanct while Kentucky evangelicals build a museum depicting mortals walking beside and playing with dinosaurs.

Creation Museum (Kentucky) Mortals lived with dinosaurs

California has its share of unlearned, unwashed, unlettered, but today many are entering Congress as Tea Bag faithful, and spouting such nonsense as “Nobody really knows the cause. The earth cools, the earth warms … It could be caused by carbon dioxide or methane. Maybe we should kill the cows to stop the methane, or stop breathing to stop the CO2 … Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives … We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself.” — Rep. Duncan Hunter, California. (cf. http://rainbowcamouflage.com/2011/03/27/gop-incorrect-on-climate-change-science/)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)

The two dumbest comments come from Oklahoma and Illinois: “The greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people.” — Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma (he tried to “clarify” his viewpoint on the Senate floor: http://inhofe.senate.gov/pressreleases/climateupdate.htm) whose only lack of understanding is exceeded by Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois says we need not worry about the planet being destroyed because, citing chapter 8, verse 22 of the Book of Genesis, God promised Noah it wouldn’t happen again after the great flood (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328366/John-Shimkus-Global-warming-wont-destroy-planet-God-promised-Noah.html).

Rep. John Shimukus (R-IL)

Illinois’ Representative John Shimukus’ is the spokesperson for ignorance in the USA, as he, like radical fundamentalist Muslims and evangelical Christians believes sincerely that the Bible is the ultimate answer to everything—even though scholarship and research has repeatedly shown it, like the Koran, to be a plagiarism of many older works from ancient Egypt, Samaria, Babylon, Crete, and India, and that none of the stories in the Bible are unique, original, or accurate. Even the Bible rejects a literal interpretation of itself, if those who would canonize it as an article of faith (which did not happen for Roman Catholics until the sixteenth century when the Council of Trent finally defined the Bible for their faithful, while Martin Luther went on to create his version of the Protestant Bible to defend his voluminous writing on the evil of Jews and the need for a holocaust against Jews, praying that the German nobility “stab, kill, maim” every Jew they see (Luther, Martin. Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern; Luther, like contemporary evangelical extremists are strong supporters of centralized government and governors who strip workers of rights and civility: Blickle, Peter ed. The Revolution of 1525: The German Peasants’ War from a New Perspective. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981, xxiii; cp. Mark U. Edwards, Luther And The False Brethren (California: Stanford University Press, 1975), p.64)—being the spiritual godfather of Adolf Hitler, for as Luther wrote: “The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows seven times higher than ordinary thieves.” (Martin Luther; On the Jews and Their Lies, translated by Martin H. Bertram, Fortress Press, 1955) Or, “My advice, as I said earlier, is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulfur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire… Second, that all their books– their prayer books, their Talmudic writings, also the entire Bible– be taken from them, not leaving them one leaf, and that these be preserved for those who may be converted…Third, that they be forbidden on pain of death to praise God, to give thanks, to pray, and to teach publicly among us and in our country…Fourth, that they be forbidden to utter the name of God within our hearing. For we cannot with a good conscience listen to this or tolerate it…  He who hears this name [God] from a Jew must inform the authorities, or else throw sow dung at him when he sees him and chase him away”. (Martin Luther, Werk, Weimar Edition, Vol. 53, p. 502).

Martin Luther’s antisocial ideas came from the founder of Pauline Christianity (modern Christianity), Saul of Tarsus, when he argued against the peasants who had“become faithless, perjured, disobedient, rebellious, murderers, robbers, and blasphemers, whom even a heathen ruler has the right and authority to punish”. Luther so abhorred the poor and the workers of the land that he venerated those who fight against the peasants, stating that “anyone who is killed fighting on the side of the rulers may be a true martyr in the eyes of God”, and pontificated, “if anyone thinks this too harsh, let him remember that rebellion is intolerable and that the destruction of the world is to be expected every hour”. The key reasons why Luther urged that the secular authorities crush the peasant rebellion using all means, none being to dastardly or vile, was because of Paul’s teaching of the right of rulers that later generations would style as the doctrine of Divine Right of Kings in his epistle to the Romans 13:1-7, which says that all the authorities are appointed by God, and should not be resisted: 1πασα ψυχη εξουσιαις υπερεχουσαις υποτασσεσθω ου γαρ εστιν εξουσια ει μη απο θεου αι δε ουσαι εξουσιαι υπο του θεου τεταγμεναι εισιν 2ωστε ο αντιτασσομενος τη εξουσια τη του θεου διαταγη ανθεστηκεν οι δε ανθεστηκοτες εαυτοις κριμα ληψονται 3οι γαρ αρχοντες ουκ εισιν φοβος των αγαθων εργων αλλα των κακων θελεις δε μη φοβεισθαι την εξουσιαν το αγαθον ποιει και εξεις επαινον εξ αυτης 4θεου γαρ διακονος εστιν σοι εις το αγαθον εαν δε το κακον ποιης φοβου ου γαρ εικη την μαχαιραν φορει θεου γαρ διακονος εστιν εκδικος εις οργην τω το κακον πρασσοντι 5διο αναγκη υποτασσεσθαι ου μονον δια την οργην αλλα και δια την συνειδησιν 6δια τουτο γαρ και φορους τελειτε λειτουργοι γαρ θεου εισιν εις αυτο τουτο προσκαρτερουντες 7αποδοτε ουν πασιν τας οφειλας τω τον φορον τον φορον τω το τελος το τελος τω τον φοβον τον φοβον τω την τιμην την τιμην.

People are so desperate for an answer—but unwilling to research or investigate anything to obtain that answer. Everything is to be in place without question, and the conduct of inquiry is stifled. For most people, the “ultimate answer” must be a god directive—something that was written down about two to three thousand years ago by a group of wandering Apiru (Hebrews) who took their legends from ancient Babylon (Ten Commandments, Noah, Adam, Eve, etc) or ancient Egypt and Mycenea (Trinity, Mother of God, Jesus, etc), or far older civilizations. Despite the fact that these people claim to have religion it is never settled, and when there is a new discovery they trot out those who have letters and degrees within the same field so that there is no objective research or debate, but a mere congratulation on the furthering of ignorance by attempting to canonize new artifacts and discoveries.

Jordon Book (hoax, created c. 1960)

The most absurd of these discoveries came from BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12888421) which claims that “a group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and 2007.” Nothing is precise, yet Director of Jordan’s Department of Antiquities, Ziad al-Saad, claimed that they “might have been made by followers of Jesus in the few decades immediately following his crucifixion.”  There is still no historical proof (you cannot use one book to prove its own contents) that there was a Jesus nor that this Jesus of the New Testament was crucified. Far from being objective, al-Saad enthused “They will really match, and perhaps be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Close-up of lead page (size of a credit card) in Jordan Book attributed to first century Christians, created c. 1960

The books were allegedly “cast in lead, before being bound by lead rings”—quite a novel fete, and the pages are “mostly about the size of a credit card” which is even more unusual, and contain “text in Ancient Hebrew, most of which is in code” and was rarely done.  The scholars called in included David Elkington, whose objectivity as a scientist was openly forfeited when he made the unsubstantiated claim that the books could be “the major discovery of Christian history … It’s a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.” The word “saints” comes later in church history, the original word was “martyrs” and the majority were poor people who could not afford lead plates to read or eat upon.  Elkington has no definable credentials, and according to Wikipedia is a self-proclaimed authority (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Lead_Codices). 

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) “absolutely doubted their authenticity,” saying the books are a “mixture of incompatible periods and styles without any connection or logic. Such forged motifs can be found in their thousands in the antiquities markets of Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East”. It added that Professor André Lemaire, an epigraphist and director of studies at the École pratique des hautes études, said the inscriptions he’s seen make no sense and that it was “a question apparently of sophisticated fakes”.  To make matters worse, in 2010, David Elkington wrote a letter to Oxford academic Peter Thonemann, and sent him images of a “copper tablet” and asked for information on what he assumed to be Greek text to be on the tablet. Thonemann responded that it was a forgery, produced in Jordan within the last fifty years (cf. http://danielomcclellan.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/peter-thonemann-on-the-lead-codices/ and ref. http://rogueclassicism.com/2011/03/30/lead-codices-silliness/).

Some writers have gone so far as to argue that Jesus wrote the plates.  Scripture, however, notes that Jesus was (allegedly) the son of a carpenter, and as such would not be entitled to nor enrolled in a school for study (primarily the Torah). Rather he would have followed his father’s trade—and been illiterate, as was Muhammad who never wrote a word of the Koran. Moreover, Jesus was not known for his calmness, save in later scriptures, for it clearly states that Jesus was a drunkard (Luke 7:34: εληλυθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγετε ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης τελωνων φιλος και αμαρτωλων), a glutton (Matthew 11:19: ηλθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγουσιν ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης τελωνων φιλος και αμαρτωλων και εδικαιωθη η σοφια απο των τεκνων αυτης) and traveled only with men while stealing grain (Mark 2:23: και εγενετο παραπορευεσθαι αυτον εν τοις σαββασιν δια των σποριμων και ηρξαντο οι μαθηται αυτου οδον ποιειν τιλλοντες τους σταχυας) from fields (Adventists reject the literal words of the Bible at this point as they argue that Jesus, “being a good man” would not have drunk of alcoholic wine, but of a fine grape juice—which is not in the original scrolls; the Adventist argument is at http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/books/wine_in_the_bible/4.html and it does cite the contrary: Norman L. Geisler, “A Christian Perspective on Wine-Drinking,” Bibliotheca Sacra (January-March 1982): p. 49).

Crux Simplex (Justus Lipsius 1629)

The “cross” (crux) is a Latin word and not found in the Greek testaments. The Greek is closer to crux simplex (upright pole: μόνος σταυρός (monos [a singular] stauros). The T (Greek letter tau) as a cross does not appear in the literature of the emerging christian community until about the year 100, and contrary to Christian apologists, Jesus was never crucified with nails in his hands, as the Greek word is χείρ and that refers to arms and hands together (ἄκρην οὔτασε χεῖρα), which defines that he was crucified on a pole. There is no suppedaneum (footrest) in the biblical accounts, nor is there a sedile (small seat)—if there had been one it would have contained a large nail to prolong the agony of the death.

The crucifixion itself is an invention. Even though Josephus and others claim that they saw numerous crucifixions, there is no scientific or historical evidence of such acts in Rome or Judea at the time that Jesus allegedly lived and died. There is only one such record, on an ossuary, for the crucifixion of ‘Yehohanan, the son of Hagakol’ (Haas, Nicu. “Anthropological observations on the skeletal remains from Giv’at ha-Mivtar”, Israel Exploration Journal 20 (1-2), 1970: 38-59; Tzaferis, Vassilios. “Crucifixion – The Archaeological Evidence”, Biblical Archaeology Review 11 (February 1985): 44–53; Zias, Joseph. “The Crucified Man from Giv’at Ha-Mivtar: A Reappraisal”, Israel Exploration Journal 35 (1), 1985: 22–27; Hengel, Martin. Crucifixion in the ancient world and the folly of the message of the cross (Augsburg Fortress, 1977). Much of the story actually comes from Herodotus, Histories, ix.120–122.  Crucifixions were (and remain) worldwide, in every religions: Koran (Surah 5:33, 7:124 and 12:41), in Japan during the Sengoku period (1467-1573) following lessons from Christian missionaries, and in the theocracy of today’s Iran (Iran’s Islamic Criminal Law, Article 195; see p. 4 of the pdf at http://revcurentjur.ro/arhiva/attachments_201003/recjurid103_13F.pdf).



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Bible Literalism & Ignorance from Iowa to Uganda

Bob Vander Plaats, President of The Family (Iowa)

It is astonishing to note the number of biblical literalists who exist–and their number swells as the economy sours. The majority are wedged into a mindset by those who are more glib of speech than clear of thought, as is the evolving case of the least credible: from Bob Vander Plaats of The Family network in Iowa, pastor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and the hate mongering preachers Scott Lively of Defend the Family, Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-described former gay man who leads “healing seminars”; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality” who have called for the

USA Missionaries calling for the execution of homosexuals in Uganda

execution or murder of homosexuals (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html?_r=2 and cf. http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/C39/ cp. http://www.eurweb.com/?p=82342 which is discussed at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html?_r=2&utm_source=All+Out&utm_campaign=63e69d5c26-Uganda_Brenda_update_01_27_11_us&utm_medium=email ) as they sing praises to a god more wrathful and cruel than loving and merciful.

Rolling Stone newspaper (Uganda) demanding "hang them" (all known or suspected homosexuals); paid for by USA Evangelical Christian churches

Rev. Ted Haggard

What is not unique is that all of these men, following in the footsteps of such ministers of the faith who extol Family Values like Colin Cook and Ted Haggard have been involved in homosexual encounters, only to “convert” and disclaim their own homosexuality and preach against that of others (see: Arthur Frederick Ide, Homosexuals Anonymous: A Psychoanalytic and Theological Analysis of Colin Cook & His Cure for Homosexuality. Garland: Tangelwuld, 1987 [Cook argued that masturbating a homosexual would cure him or her of the “disease” where he taught at the Seventh Day Adventist Andrews University in Michigan]; Exodus International: Foundations for Profit with Alleged Cures for Homosexuality by Abusing the Homosexual. Chicago: Sepore, 1993; etc.).  To hide their homosexuality, men and women of extreme evangelical communities turn to theological terrorism and elevate biblical literalism as being factual rather than interpretative, not only with a distortion of the “references to homosexuality” in their bibles (for example Genesis 19:5-7 while ignoring 19:8 and Lot’s incest with his daughters 19:33-36; but ignoring Ezekiel 16:49 and other verses) to the point that the State of Kentucky is

Creation Museum (Petersburg, KY) where dinosaurs exist with people

home to a Creation Museum (http://creationmuseum.org/) where dinosaurs walk with people. This was done in an effort to prove that god created everything in the universe in six days (Genesis 1), even though both Old and New Testaments reject the idea that the Six Days were literally six days:  Psalms 90:4 (KJV; in Douai it is 89:4) and 2 Peter 3:8.  In Genesis 1:25-26, the beasts are created before man, but in Genesis 2:18-19 man is created before the beasts. Of course, when it comes time for the Great Flood, Noah takes seven pairs of clean beasts and two of the unclean in Genesis 7:2, but in Genesis 7:8-9, only two pairs are allowed to be saved from the impending doom.

To read the bible literally transmogrifies any message as errors in dating, accounts, even characters change draconically. The character of god also changes dramatically from a divinity of love (Psalm 145:9) to one of wrath, anger and unusual cruelty (Jeremiah 13:14). God is a creature of war and bloodshed (Exodus 15:3; Jeremiah 13:14) but later is one of tenderness and peace (Psalm 145:9; Romans 15:33; James 5:11). The New Testament has so many contradictions it is hard to keep them separate; for example, the foster-father of Jesus is Joseph son of Jacob in Matthew 1:16, but the son of Heli in Luke 3:23. Judaic tradition is patriarchal, but Jesus ancestry is run matrilineal. Allegedly, Jesus was equal to his Heavenly Father (John 10:30), but in another reference in the same work, Jesus is less than the Heavenly Father in power and attributes (John 14:28).

Wisdom is to be the principle goal of mortals (Proverbs 4:7), but one that will make mortals unhappy (Ecclesiastics 1:18) and in the end will be destroyed (1 Corinthians 1:19).  Wisdom, of course is to be defined along spiritual lines, yet the bible claims that rabbits (hares) chew their cud (Leviticus 11:6) which they do not have, and snails melt (Psalm 58:8) which is impossible to happen. In Genesis 1:20 fowl come from water, but in Genesis 2:19 they fly in the air. Genesis 3:14 has snakes eating dirt, which they do not consume.

Children are to be killed “for the sins of the fathers” (Isaiah 14:21) but such action is forbidden in Deuteronomy 24:16.  Schizophrenia is common in both the Old and New Testaments. Moses was meek (Numbers 12:3) and at times filled with anger (Numbers 31:14, 17, 18).  Judas Iscariot (the traitor) allegedly spent his silver coins on buying a field (Acts 1:18), yet in the Gospel of Matthew (27:5-7) he threw it at the feet of the priests of the Temple, who took it and bought a potter’s field.  Matthew 27:9-10 claims that the purchase of the field was prophesied by Jeremiah.  Actually, this prophecy is in Zechariah 11:12-13.

Sermon on the Mount (Dore Bible)

Jesus is unique.  In one place he delivered his Sermon from a Mountain (Matthew 5:1-2).  In a second place he teaches the people while on the plain (Luke 6:17, 20).  His last words while hanging on a stake (cross according to Justin Martyr) were “Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?” (Matthew 24:46-50) which translates as “My god, my god, why have you left me?”  Luke 23:46 gives a different account, proclaiming that Jesus’ final words were “Father, into your hands I place my spirit.”  The Gospel of John 19:30 is more plain; Jesus, according to the authors of this gospel merely report that Jesus exclaimed “It is finished.” (For additional information, see: Arthur Frederick Ide, Crucifixion: What the Bible Really Says. Chicago: Sepore, 2004).

According to John 3:13, only Jesus can ascend into heaven (no one else). This is a direct contradiction of 2 Kings 2:11 where Elijah ascends into heaven.

Antichrist beheads Enoch and Elijah as earthquake kills 7000 (Credit: Wellcome Library, London)

What is unique is that the Jesus of the New Testament had, textually according to the original scrolls and writings very little in common

John rests on Jesus' Breast (Detail from the icon of the Mystical Supper from Vatopedi)

with any Jew who lived during his alleged lifetime. The unit known today as the family is mentioned only in the Old Testament (mishpachah). It is not referenced anywhere in the New Testament.  Jesus denied his own mother and brothers (Matthew 12:48; Mark 3:13) which would have been highly unusual.  Far more unusual is the fact that there is no record that Jesus had a girl friend, and he never married. Instead he lived with twelve men, one of whom (John) “rested” on his “breast” [chest] (John 13:25, 21:20).  We know that the Jesus of the New Testament spent time with a naked young man in the Garden (after telling his closest disciples to leave him so he could be in the garden alone to pray; Mark 14:32-38) before the Temple Guards came to lead him away (Mark 14:51-52), a situation that was definitely rare and never tolerated for fear that such an action would be a homosexual affair or the degeneration made public by Romans and other non-Jews.

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