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Francis cardinal George and pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church’s clergy

Francis cardinal George (Chicago, 2012)

Francis cardinal George (Chicago, 2012)

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a letter (read here and here) stating same-sex marriages are “a legal fiction” and that gay people must live celibate lives or risk the vengeance of a hate-filled, holocaust sanctioning and murderous God whose idea of love is sadistic: complete with the killing of babies and fetuses, denial of education to the masses, and demands that the poor give the godhead their wealth in exchange for salvation gained only by caving into eternal extortion, robbery, and mutilation.  Among the most biblically ignorant men in the Roman Catholic Church who possesses no stellar academic credentials, Cardinal George, published the abhorent birlling letter New Year’s Day in advance of an upcoming Illinois bill that would make same-sex marriages legal.  The craven cardinal added that the Church will refuse to bow to the will of the majority on marriage equality, but falsely foreswears that the Roman Catholic Church is not anti-gay—it cannot be—as there are too many priests, nuns, bishops, cardinals, and popes throughout history who have been homosexuals and lesbians—and are today.

Francis cardinal George of Chicago

Francis cardinal George of Chicago

“Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction,” George wrote. “The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” the Cardinal schizophrenically stated, apparently forgetting that corporations are people and states are corporations and therefore can perform marriages at will.  George argued that marriage between a man and a woman follows “natural law”.  Six auxiliary bishops: Francis J. Kane (two bachelor degrees) Vicariate II, John R. Manz (M. Div.), Vicariate IV, Joseph Nathaniel Perry (M. Div. with coursework in canon or church law) Vicariate VI, George J. Rassas (MA) Vicariate I, Alberto Rojas, Vicariate III (originally educated in seminaries in Mexico); Andrew P. Wypych (M.Th, Poland), Vicariate V), none with any exemplary education or respectable publications showing in-depth research or investigation, and their sermons being plagiarized for the most part, penned: “Marriage comes to us from nature [sic; animals mate and plants cross-pollinate, but nothing in nature but mortal beings marry; read here and here and here and here for a legal challenge]. The human species comes in two complementary sexes, male and female. Their sexual union is called marital. It not only creates a place of love for two adults but also a home for loving and raising their children [sic: not all of nature cares for its young, as with salmon spawning, as do turtles, cukkoos, butterflys, frogs, flys, worms and rattle snakes, etc.]. It provides the biological basis for personal identity [sic]”.

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey R. Stone wrote in The Huffington Post: Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with ‘nature.’ One might just as easily say the same about celibacy. There is such a thing as right and wrong, but invocations of what ‘nature’ commands is no way to get there.” 

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Chicago)

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Chicago)

Chicago’s auxiliary bishops quickly sided with the cardinal, as their own tarnished history of removing pedophile (defined as any adult who is sexually attracted to children (male or female) priests has dulled any luster their ministry might have had. Thomas J. Paprocki, one of George’s auxiliary bishops in Chicago who heads the Springfield diocese, wanted to be a bishop as a child and played at saying Mass, had a priest Father Tom Donovan from Springfield, Illinois, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriages, get caught gagged and in handcuffs in his rectory.  Paprocki, who has a degree in secular law degree and a church license in canon law, gave a sermon October 15, 2007, for the Red Mass: a gathering of lawyers and jurists, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bishop scorned the church’s escalating financial losses to victims of predatory priests. “The church is under attack,” Paprocki declared, comparing the civil litigation to Henry VIII’s seizure of “church property and kill[ing] those who did not accept his notion of the supremacy of the crown” and warned all listeners of “intrinsic evils” in the Democratic Platform.  Paprocki also examined the Republican Party platform and found that it has “nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.”  The platform’s support for allowing courts the option of imposing the death penalty in capital murder cases is not inherently opposed to Church teaching, the bishop claimed in agreement with Thomas Aquinas’ stand (following the Holocausts prescribed in the bible, especially the bloodthirsty Ps. 100:8, Aquinas argued that the death penalty (Summa Theologiae, II, II, q. 64, art. 2) was merited in cases of heresy (Summa contra gentiles, Book III, chapter 146) in the same manner as Sharia law mandates death for heretics, apostates and unbelievers, following Augustine (De Civitate Dei contra Paganos, Book 1, chapter 21), that would be used by Pope Pius V in his demonic Horrendum illud scelus (August 30, 1568, in Bullarium Romanum, Roma:  Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, Mainardi, 1738, chapter 3, p. 33) that demanded that all homosexual priests be put to death (cp. Fifth Lateran Council chap. 4, X, V, 31), and would be followed my Martin Luther (Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi), and other “reformers”), and cravenly cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching that the death penalty is permissible if it is the only possible way to defend human life that has nothing in common with any teaching by the Jesus of the New Testament, but fulfills Pauline Christianity as invented by the Emperor Constantine I in 325 CE. Jesus of the New Testament was forgotten by the end of the First Century CE.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue

Catholic League president Bill Donohue

Priests who sexually molest little boys and little girls are not defrocked unless there is sufficient public outcry, an arrest, and a trial—but even these civil and criminal actions do not always lead to the Roman Catholic Church exiling, expelling, defrocking, or denying pedophile priests access to children because, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League stated: “The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight—they weren’t children and they weren’t raped … the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape).” Those who are “post-puberty”, according to Bill Donohue’s definition, is that they are “young adults” who seek to entrap priests, bishops and cardinals in carnal knowledge and satanic sex (read here and here in following and defending despotic denials by Father Benedict Groeschel

Father Benedict Groeschel claims children seduce priests for sex (2012)

Father Benedict Groeschel claims children seduce priests for sex (2012)

Groeschel told the National Catholic Register that in a “lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”).  Little girls are especially dangerous as the Daughters of Eve who lead the Sons of Adam into sin (read here and here). Priests, bishops, and cardinals actually molest more little girls than boys (read here and here and here and here and here and here for Father Uriel Ojeda confessed to sexually molesting a teenage girl:  while Father Jaime Duenas admitted to giving “massages” to teenage girls; the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) hired a priest (Thomas Harkins) who was accused of sexually assaulting two school girls in the Philadelphia archdiocese) convicted of molesting girls to pat down” children before it completed a thorough background check. 

Father Felix Owino (West Virginia)

Father Felix Owino (West Virginia)

Father Felix Owino, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, is a member of the Apostles of Jesus missionary congregation, an African congregation of priests and brothers and a philosophy teacher at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and as an associate pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton, West Virginia attacked an eleven-year-old girl who reported the assault to her parents.  Young boys receive more news coverage (read here for a conservative response that disagrees and here for more information).

Bishop Paprocki with John Paul II

Bishop Paprocki with John Paul II

Displaying the callousness that has cursed so many Catholic bishops for so long, Paprocki insulted the victims of the scandals, as well as the attorneys and judges in their cases, with these words: “We must use our religious discernment to recognize that the principal force behind these attacks is none other than the devil.”  It was as if Paprocki was living in the cloistered world of Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose and is even more vile than John Paul II.  The speeches match those of Roman Catholic bishops who supported Adolf Hitler, as when Hitler greeted Ludwig Müller the “[Protestant/Lutheran] Bishop of the Reich” and the Roman Catholic bishops, led by Michael cardinal Faulhaber, praised Hitler “as a man of peace” (October 2, 1938)  in the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the Nazi Party (cf. Billig, Joseph (1964).  Alfred Rosenberg dans l’action idéologique, politique et administrative du Reich hitlérien, Paris: Editions du Centre; Piper, Ernst (2005).  Alfred Rosenberg: Hitlers Chefideologe. Munich: Blessing).

Bishop Juan Arzuba (d. January 11, 2008)

Bishop Juan Arzuba (d. January 11, 2008)

Chicago underground papers list three of the auxiliaries in Chicago as being frequent visitors to gay bars within the city. Interestingly, as of 2009 the bishops who have been publicly alleged for sexually abusing minors include Juan A. Arzube of Los Angeles was accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy and forced the Church to pay out one of its greatest settlements.  Tod D. Brown of Orange, CA repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old boy in the name of giving the juvenile “faith”. Robert Brom from Duluth MN to San Diego CA,  molested a seminarian to teach the consequences of sin.  Paul Dudley was accused of molesting a woman in Florida. 

Bishop John McCormack (Manchester) and NH Attorney General pressing charges

Bishop John McCormack (Manchester) and NH Attorney General pressing charges

John McCormick of NH won a distinction from the NH GOP leader who referred to the bishop as a “pedophile pimp”.  Thomas Dupré, himself a pedophile, introduced his victims to pornography prior to sex; he retired a day after being accused of sexually assaulting 12- and 13-year-old boys.  Joseph Ferrario of Hawaii who covered up Rev. Arthur O’Brien, the pedophile pastor’s penchant for ten-year-old boys (read here and here).  Louis E. Gelineau of Providence RI, similarly ignored accusations against pedophile priests including one suffering from schizophrenia.  Francis Joseph Green of Tucson, Arizona, had a keen fondness for youth as did Timothy Harrington (read here and here

Bishop Joseph Hart

Bishop Joseph Hart

Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne, Wyoming had six sexual assault charges filed against him, filed by victims who were attacked when they were pre-teenagers, with at least one assault taking place at St. Regis Church in Kansas City, Mo.  There were at least two charges officially launched against the bishop.

Bishop Joseph Hart (1975-1976 at the time of the sexual assault)

Bishop Joseph Hart (1975-1976 at the time of the sexual assault)

Hart also molested three children while bishop of Wyoming and though retired still has access to small children.  Hart’s crimes were covered up from 1977 – 2004 by Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Raymond J. Boland, and its Vicar General the Rev. Patrick Rush.

Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY molestation led to the exposure of Edward cardinal Egan whom Father Robert Hoaston, a priest, declared was an “active homosexual” and consistently covered up pedophile priests.  Anthony J. O’Connell (10 May 1938 – 4 May 2012, last diocese was Palm Beach, FL) allowed known pedophiles to serve on vocation committees, and admitted to molesting boys at St. Thomas Seminary in Hannibal, MO, where he served as rector or more than two decades, before resigning his bishopric in 2002.

Bishop James Rausch

Bishop James Rausch

James Rausch, bishop of Phoenix was named with two priests in pedophile cases and molested Brian F. O’Connor (whose drug addiction was halted by Msgr. Robert C. Trupia).  Later O’Connor and Trupia had a sexual relationship while O’Connor was growing into adulthood.

Msgr. Robert C. Trupia

Msgr. Robert C. Trupia

 Trupia had a history of child sexual abuse that Rome covered-up for eighteen years at the demand of John Paul II.  John Paul II sought “forgiveness” for pedophiles and only toward the end of his pontificate began to feel any pain for the suffering of the victims of pedophile priests that preyed upon young boys and girls from Ireland to South America, the USA to the Philippines.

Rev. Paul R. Shanley entering San Diego courtroom.

Rev. Paul R. Shanley entering San Diego courtroom.

The Rev. Paul R. Shanley, who was indicted for child rape, kept quiet until recently about his own experience of being raped by a cardinal (Bernard Law).  George E. Rueger an Auxiliary Bishop of Worchester MA was the subject of a civil suit for running a pedophile ring and covering for pedophile priests (read here and and here.  It is claimed that Rueger was especially adept at getting young boys to go to clerical cottages and homes to offer “services” to “desperate priests”.  Rueger expected to get a “kickback” from any revenues the young received for their time and talents.

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan of Springfield, IL (read here and here) was especially active.  He liked males of any age, especially priests and male prostitutes.  He had no fondness for females and was always willing to pay using donations ot the church or save as funds for the poor.

 

Bishop William S. Skylstad greets students

Bishop William S. Skylstad greets students

William Skylstad, had been a parish priest since 1974 where he had been a co-pastor with Father Patrick O’Donnell.  Father O’Donnell was accused of sexually abusing young children, and some of O’Donnell’s victims claim that they had informed then-Father Skylstad in the 1970s that they were sexually abused by Father O’Donnell.  Skylstad took no action, but the memories and whispers about the abuse grew and filtered out of the parish and across the state. 

When sex abuse became common knowledge in the Spokane diocese where Skylstad was its fifth bishop, and had taken an active role in reaching a financial settlement with the victims, Skylstad was asked to resign by prominent Spokane, WA,  Roman Catholics Donald Herak, Thomas Tilford, James Workland, and Ronald Caferro.  The four pillars sustaining the church of Spokane informed the prelate that they refused to pay “one dime to this unfortunate, costly and mistaken mediated settlement of $48 million dollar settlement” that led the diocese into bankruptcy for covering-up pedophile priests in the diocese. Skylstad claimed that the laity were the blame for the “sins of the clergy”.
 

Iowans want answers from Catholic Church

Iowans want answers from Catholic Church

Iowa’s Roman Catholic clergy and bishops have a long history of sexual abuse of little boys and little girls, and of women almost exceeds that of Pentecostal pastors in the state. Laurence (also spelled Lawrence) Soens of Sioux City, IA, himself a pedophile (read here and here). 

Bishop Lawrence Soens (Sioux City, Iowa)

Bishop Lawrence Soens (Sioux City, Iowa)

Bishop Lawrence Soens was charged with 31 cases of sexual abuse against young boys (read here page 2 middle of chart with allegations of sexually abusing students at Iowa City Regina High School in the 1950s and 1960s, and at St. Ambrose Seminary).  

Joseph Keith Symons of Palm Beach, FL, resigned his diocese after admitting to sexually abusing five boys during his 40 year ministry.   Many in the diocese stood behind him and claimed that the accusastions were false, despite testimony from the youths that the bishop attacked.  There was the mentality that youth encourage priests and nuns to abuse them as another means of demonstrating their own vulnerability to sin.

Bishop Christopher J. Weldon

Bishop Christopher J. Weldon

Christopher J. Weldon, Springfield, MA, abused William E. Burnett three times when Burnett was between ten- and 13-years-old at St. Michael’s Cathedral before Burnett committed murder and accused the bishop of molestation when he was nine years old.  There is a problem with the Burnett account, as the molestation occured in the 1950s, and was by more than one priest.  Other priests named include Revs. Bernard L. Doheny, George A. Berthiaume [deceased 12/3/1985], James T. Walsh and Oscar Gatineau, and a relative: Msgr. Raymond Page who, it was alleged, introduced him to the other priests.   J. Kendrick Williams of Lexington, KY, abused no less than 100 under-age males. 

Archbishop Rembert Weakland

Archbishop Rembert Weakland

Archbishop Rembert Weakland, Milwaukee, resigned over sex scandals on May 23, 2002, paying $450,000 in hush money to cover up long-term abuse allegations and resigned. He admitted to being gay in 2009 and did nothing to stop pedophile priests in Milwaukee (read: Weakland, Rembert (2009). A Pilgrim in a Pilgram Church: Memoirs of a Catholic archbishop. Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co; Weakland is also the author of Faith and the Human Experience: a Post-Vatican II Vision. Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, 1992), and three books on Catholic teaching and US economic policy).

Father Francisco Xavier Ochoa-Perez ministered to Latino Catholics in Sonoma County (2000-2006).

Father Francisco Xavier Ochoa-Perez ministered to Latino Catholics in Sonoma County (2000-2006).

Daniel F. Walsh brought to his Santa Rosa, CA, diocese a self-admitted pedophile priest:  Jesuit Father Xavier Ochoa.  Ochoa told the bishop he had engaged in rape and oral sex with young boys.  He had given full details of the encounters, but did not state that the youngest was age 5 or the oldest age 14–and he had been arrested with child pornography and cocaine.  They did not bother Bishop Walsh, who worried more about the priest than the victims.  Instead of turning the priest over to the legal authorities, Bishop Walsh allowed Ochoa to flee to Mexico. Lawrence Welsh spent most of his energy in protecting pedophile priests whom he ordered to undergo counseling and prayer. 

Bishop Bad Boy (cover)

Bishop Bad Boy (cover)

George Patrick Ziemann, who was known in gay circles known as Bishop Bad Boy and was arrested for “shaking down a priest for sex” in Santa Rosa, CA, has been considered for higher offices in the Roman Catholic Church by the Vatican and John Paul II, even after stepping down for several other dioceses.  A police report reveals that Ziemann had a young priest orally copulate him on the eve of their joint celebration of a special Sunday Mass, while continuing to have the support of San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony who was elevated to the cardinalate by John Paul II in 1999. In clerical circles of pedophiles Ziemann, Levada and Mahony, who all went to St. John’s Seminary College in Southern California, were known as the Tricking Trinity, with Ziemann passing on to his South American toy boys who he took to seminaries in California to study for the priesthood while he was plagued with venereal infections. 

Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann (before resigning 1999)

Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann (before resigning 1999)

Carefully plotting, in order to cover up seductions, Ziemann began to pay out, on a grand scale, to those who threatened to report the preying prelate to the authorities.  One-night trysts were rewarded with $50 or $100 notes, despite having a long-time lover: Father Jorge Hume Salas who he brought into California from South America and raised to the priesthood. Father Hume Salas won a settlement from the diocese of Santa Rosa in the amount of $535,000 when Father Jorge Hume Salas claimed that Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann demanded sex in return for covering up Salas’ theft from his Ukiah church.  Hume Salas’ theft was ignored.

When professionals put together a learned study on how to end pedophilia in the clergy, the Doyle Manual was ignored.  Instead bishops, archbishops, and cardinals throughout the USA began to clamor against gay marriages since, homosexuality was only considered “friendship with benefits” as intoned by Chicago’s pseudo-primordial primate Francis cardinal George while letting pedophiles stay in his house, with the claim that the unsaintly John Paul II (read here and for the Amnesty International report here and on the connection with Pope John Paul II here and Benedict XVI here).  More vile, vitriolic  and criminal than Opus Dei founder Jeanmarie Escrivá or his pathetic pandering protégé Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne of Lima (Perú), John Paul II did nothing, and appeared to have approved of his actions (read here and here and here).  On Benedict XVI’s connection, read here.

Cardinal George declared that gays “invited obvious comparison” with the KKK since they did not follow the Roman Catholic Church’s objections. George told Chicago Fox affiliate: “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”  The Chicago cardinal wrote:

the organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940′s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate

The Chicago Church’s handling of priestly cases with cardinal George ignoring complaints from parents (read here and here) . This short survey does not include bishops accused of sexual misconduct with adults, such as Archbishops Robert F. Sanchez, Eugene Marino, or Theodore Mc Carrick nor Bishops Manuel D. Moreno or James F. McCarthy (read here and here and here and here and here). The crass cavernous of Christianity in general reflects, embeds, and reduces homophobic religion to an absurdity that many will leave. The greatest error is the lack of knowledge of pedophilic overtures, actions, and results, as most victims and their abusers are unwilling to discuss their afflictions and inflictions. This must stop. The Roman Catholic Church’s regular release of statements on pedophile priests and pedophile nuns and protecting the young of the church are worthless (read here and here with the Irish government’s Commission report here:  cp. here and here).

What has not been said or printed by the mainstream media is the number of gay and lesbian “confessors and martyrs” who have been raised to the altar by popes as saints within the Roman Catholic Church.  This goes back to the original founding of the Christian Church (Paulinity) in the fourth century with recognition of same-sex marriages back to the first century CE.

The youth protection charter says that a priest accused of child abuse must be removed until his case is resolved. For bishops who conceal or move or condone such priests, there is no penalty. Bishops, archbishops, cardinals and auxiliaries serve at the pleasure of the pope. The problem has been that many popes throughout the history of the Roman Catholic Church have been pedophiles and/or homosexuals (i.e. John XII (r. 955-964) , Benedict IX: (r. 1033-1045; 1047-1048), Paul II (r. February 23 – August 30, 1471 who died in a homosexual activity (he was being sodomized by a teenage page in the Vatican); Deschner, Karlheinz (2007). Storia criminale del cristianesimo (tomo VIII), Ariele, Milano, p. 216.  Cawthorne, Nigel (1999).  Das Sexleben der Päpste. Die Skandalchronik des Vatikans, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Köln, p. 171. Kühner, Hans (1977). Das Imperium der Päpste, Classen Verlag, Zürich 1977, p. 254. Rendina, Claudio (1983)  I Papi, Storia e Segreti, Newton Compton, Roma, 1983, p. 589), Sixtus IV (Francesco Della Rovere, 1414-84; reigned 1471-84; his nephew, who was his lover, persauded the pope to build the Sistine Chapel that, ultimately Michelangelo would paint passages from the Bible on the ceiling and walls).

Pope Benedict IX, age 20

Pope Benedict IX, age 20

Benedict IX (c. 1012 – c. 1056), born in Rome as Theophylactus of Tusculum, he was a nephew of Pope Benedict VIII and Pope John XIX and was Pope on three occasions between 1032 and 1048, the first time being a gift from his father,  Alberic III, Count of Tusculum.  One of the youngest popes in the official list ofpopes (he was 18 or 20, in the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913–although some records have him being age 11 or 12 (Russel, Bertrand (1945).  History  of Western Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster, p. 412)–the first time he was enthroned).  Benedict was known for repeated sodomies that he “forced him” to proclaim it was proof of his election as a superior man given his “staying power”, and “other irregularities” that included the actual sale of the papacy.  The pope had a desire for any one who was sufficiently “ample”; cf. Damian, Liber Gomorrhianus; “Cuius vita quam turpis, quam freda, quamque execranda extiterit, horresco referre”), Pope Victor III (1934). Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite (Dialogi de miraculis Sancti Benedicti Liber Tertius auctore Desiderio abbate Casinensis ed.). Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters. pp. 141, cf. Bishop Benno, “Post multa turpia adulteria et homicidia manibus suis perpetrata, postremo, etc.” Dümmler, Ernst Ludwig (1891). Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite. I (Bonizonis episcopi Sutriensis: Liber ad amicum ed.). Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters. pp. 584).  He flaunted his homosexuality and delighted in orgies in churches, “adulteries and murders” making himself unwelcomed everywhere (“Post multa turpia adulteria et homicidia manibus suis perpetrata, postremo, etc.”Dümmler, Ernst Ludwig (1891) (in Latin), Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite, I (Bonizonis episcopi Sutriensis: Liber ad amicum ed.), Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters, pp. 584).
 

Pope Benedict XII

Pope Benedict XII

Benedict XII (de Rosa, Peter (1988/2000). Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy. Dublin:  Poolbeg Press, pages 211-215), like other Pope Benedicts, Benedict XII preferred to hide his sexual excesses.  Born at Saverdun in the province of Toulouse, France, and christened with the name of Jacques Fournier (he is also known as Jacques Bertrand de Got).  Son of Pope John XXII and grandson of Pope Clement V, Jacques became a Cistercian, and ultimately the third of the Avignon Popes, when his father Pope John XXII died on December 4, 1334.  Jacques the younger was made Pope by the now dominant French Cardinals fourteen days later on December 20th 1334 at the age of 27 and reigned from 1334 to 1342, dying at the age of 35.  Benedict XII  issue papal bulls that were heretical on previous well established doctrine of the Catholic Church including a Papal Bull (since destroyed) denouncing the concept of Immaculate Conception since it has no biblical foundation. Contemporary records note that he opened churches for sexual orgies, and enjoyed the torture of children as an entertainment while he dined and was known for sexual exploitation of very young girls and boys. In  1337, Benedict XII sent soldiers into Bavaria, Austria and Poland to attack 51 Jewish towns. 

Pope Julius II (by Titian)

Pope Julius II (by Titian)

Julius II (r. 1503-1513) the warrior Renaissance pope who commissioned Michelangelo and other artists, sculptors and silverworkers (read here and here) had a fondness for soldiers in uniform. Julius was universally known as a passive sodomite and the quickest way to rise in both the armed forces of the Vatican states or in the hierarchy of the church was to be active in all things, especially in bed. Most of the cardinals he appointed “came from the papal bedchamber” after “suitable and audible” groaning.  One characteristic that most pedophiles have had in the past and today, is Julius always kept a choir of young male voices in his bedroom to sing to him when he was weary or wanted company.

Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X

Leo X (r. 1513-1521; Falconi, Carlo (1987).  Leone X: Giovanni de’ Medici, Milano: Rusconi, 1987) who was pope at the time of Martin Luther (who also had at least one male friend), and believed Luther to be a “mad monk” who could be enticed with Vatican “appeal” to denounce his own theses.  Leo X was convinced that he could win the allegiance of Luther with well-placed gifts.  He was the last “non-priest” (he was not a priest at the time of his election, only a deacon) to be elevated to the papal throne.  Francesco Guicciardini, considered one of the major political writers of the Italian Renaissance (cf. Gilbert, Felix (1985). Machiavelli and Guicciardini: Politics and History in Sixteenth-Century Florence (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press), wrote, “At the beginning of his pontificate most people deemed him very chaste; however, he was afterwards discovered to be exceedingly devoted – and every day with less and less shame – to that kind of pleasure that for honour’s sake may not be named”.  Bishop and writer, Paolo Giovio, explained that Leo seemed to have “an improper love for some of his chamberlains” especially the very young and those with a “well turned [muscular] thigh” (McCabe, Joseph (1939). History of the Popes. London, UK: Watts & Co., p. 409).

Pope Julius III

Pope Julius III

Julius III (1550-1555; Burkle-Young, Francis A., and Michael Leopoldo Doerrer. The Life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte: A Scandal in Scarlet, Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 1997) was a a homosexual pedophile who  preferred males 11 to 13 year of age, unlike many of his crony heterosexaul pedophile cardinals who preferred young girls.  One notable scandal surrounded his adoptive nephew (“nephew” was a title, not a family distinction in the Renaissance), Innocenzo Ciocchi Del Monte, a 13 or 14-year old beggar-boy whom the future Pope had picked up off the streets of Parma some years earlier and with whom he had allegedly fallen in love.  The pope showered the youth with gifts and found no place too sacred to have sex.  Julius III ultimately making Innocenzo a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church and primary pimp in the Vatican.

Throughout the sordid history of the papacy, the popes have protected themselves by protecting other pedophiles. While traditional marriage advocates cite Scripture as the basis of their objections to civil unions and gay marriage (while in the Bible there is no rule that marriage is reserved for one man + one woman; read here and here), Roman Catholic leaders have been highlighting their belief that same-sex relationships violate natural law, which it does not as more than 1500 species practice homosexuality regularly and repetitively (read here and here and here; cp. Sommer, Volker & Paul L. Vasey (2006). Homosexual Behaviour in Animals, An Evolutionary Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press) and is especially common among herding animals (where both genders are available). According to the tradition of “natural law”, every human being must seek a fundamental “good” that corresponds to the natural order to flourish and propagate, that Francis George bases on Tomas Aquinas Dark Ages ideology (Summa Theologica IaIIae 91, 2, 94, 4; 94, 6, but were modified by Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan, xv, ¶35, ¶36, ¶41).  Natural-law proponents say heterosexual intercourse between a married man and a woman serves two intertwined good purposes: to procreate and to express a deep, abiding love. Based on that absurd definition and there are species that experience “virgin births” (parthenogenesis: παρθενος, “virgin”, + γενεσις, “birth”.  The primary objection by religion is that it takes away the necessity of there being a male in the birth cycle; theologically it means that no man would have been necessary any more than any deity for Mary to conceive and give birth as it would be a dividing and evolution of cells), they say, homosexual relationships are not equal to heterosexual ones.  That fact is that there are fewer gay divorces than there are straight divorces. “It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love,” George writes in psychological and intellectual ignorance (Kurdek, Lawrence A.; Schmitt, J. Patrick (1986). “Relationship quality of partners in heterosexual married, heterosexual cohabiting, and gay and lesbian relationships”. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.51.4.711 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 51(4), October, pp. 711-720; the stagnation between differences (heterosexual and homosexual) are the focal point of Greenberg, Leslie S. Goldman, Rhonda N. , (2008). “Emotion-focused couples therapy: The dynamics of emotion, love, and power,” (pp. 111-134), in Greenberg, Leslie S.; Goldman, Rhonda N. Culture and Gender. doi: 10.1037/11750-006 Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association, x, 405 pp.  Cp. Kurdek, Lawrence A. (1992). “Assumptions versus standards: The validity of two relationship cognitions in heterosexual and homosexual couples”. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.6.2.164. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 6(2), December, pp. 164-170) in his letter, meant for inclusion in parish bulletins distributed on the weekend.  At the same time, Chicago’s cardinal George, President of the US Council of Roman Catholic bishops in 2007 (he retained the post until 2010 when Timothy Dolan was elected because of his open denunciation and extreme denunciations that are reminiscent of the speeches of senior NAZIS from 1933-1945 of the LGBT community (Rector, Frank. Nazi Extermination of Homosexuals. New York: Stein and Day, 1981. pp. 105-107; Giles, Geoffrey J. (1992), “‘The Most Unkindest Cut of All’: Castration, Homosexuality and Nazi Justice,” Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 27 (1992): pp. 41–61; Giles, Geoffrey J. (2002). “The Denial of Homosexuality: Same-Sex Incidents in Himmler’s SS”, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 11, No. 1/2, Special Issue: Sexuality and German Fascism (January – April), pp. 256–290 and cp. here and here and here); on Dolan’s lack of canonical qualification for the episcopacy and contempt for those who report pedophile priests, read here), continues to cover up the increasing number of cases against pedophile priests.

When Father Andrew D. McCormick of Philadelphia was arrested for molesting one boy and later confessed to molesting five boys, the cardinal of Philadelphia did nothing, but followed precedent. McCormick made a number of trips to Poland with parish boysMcCormick made a number of trips to Poland with parish boys, and it is believed he molested several.

Father Patrick G. McCormick of Philadelphia was arrested for “patronizing a prostitute.”  The priest tried to bully parishioners into “forgiving” abusive clergy, but many would not.

The same is true when Father Daniel McCormick of Chicago was arrested in 2007, for molesting boys (plural), but in the case with the cardinal of Chicago involved, George fired the principle, Barbara Westrick (read here and here and here), who reported the abuses to the police since the cardinal refused to do anything (but later said he was not informed of the molestation), and changed the name of the school from Our Lady of the Westside School to St. Agatha’s School (named after a lesbian saint).  Daniel McCormick was ultimately transferred to a mental health center as a sexually violent person in Rushville, IL. This came after October 2005, when George ignored his own archdiocesan review board’s recommendation to remove McCormack.

George allowed the self-admitted pedophile priest to continue teaching and coaching. George’s ever increasing ignorance and pretense of lack of knowing what was going on in schools to his own house cost the Chicago archdiocese $3.2 million to one victim, another $1.5 million to pay off one of the young male victims, with some declaring that the cardinal was in bed with an altar boy while the money from congregations continued to hemorrhage for more than 186 victims from the torn tithing extorted from ignorant faithful who supported their cavorting cardinal.

George’s payoffs were quickly matched or exceeded by other bishops throughout the USA, including Bishop Tod Brown of Orange County paying $100 million to 90 victims, Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles paying $660 million to settle 500 cases, Bishop Robert Brom of San Diego paying $198 million to 140 cases, Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane paying $48 million to settle a non-disclosed number of victims, Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport, Iowa, paying $37 million for 157 cases, and the Society of Jesus in Oregon paying $50 million for 110 cases (read: Jason Berry “Is the Church really this blind?” Los Angeles Times. 11-11-07 on-line.  Paul A. Likoudis (2002).  Amchurch Comes Out – The U.S. Bishops, Pedophile Scandals and the Homosexual Agenda,” Petersburg, Illinois: Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc, inside cover. The New York Times online, February 2, 2005). George still refuses to admit the seriousness of the problem of pedophile priests, and even invited several to stay in his house in Chicago over the protest of parishioners who knew what the guests had done in previous. “People live out their sexual identity in different ways, but the Church offers the means to live chastely in all circumstances, as the love of God both obliges and makes possible,” George’s letter states, meaning gay people should live celibate lives or risk going to Hell.  John Paul II rejected the existence of a literal (real) hell. On July 28, 1999, Pope John Paul II noted that the Scriptural references to hell and the images portrayed by Scripture are only symbolic and figurative of “the complete frustration and emptiness of life without God. ” He added, “Rather than a physical place, hell is the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.” He said hell is “a condition resulting from attitudes and actions which people adopt in this life.”  Benedict XVI brought back a physical hell to further intimidate dissenters.

Curiously, Cardinal George’s letter, which was also signed by six Illinois Bishops, adds that if same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois, it will be challenging for him and, supposedly, all Catholics, to maintain their respectability. George is worried same-sex marriage equality will make the public label Catholics who don’t support the new law “bigots.” The dictionary defines “bigot” as “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.” (Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009). “We will all have to pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race. Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same sex arrangements will be regarded in law as discriminatory, the equivalent of bigots. This proposed legislation will have long term consequences because laws teach; they tell us what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short run.” George, mocking the very concept of civil rights, also pretends that the Bible gives him this authority (this is a rank misreading of Matthew 16:18: κἀγὼ δέ σοι λέγω ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς, a verse that was transmogrified in a ninth century monastery in Dark Europe with a papal reinforement of the nineteenth verse: καὶ δώσω σοι τὰς κλεῖς τῆς βασιλείας τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ ὃ ἐὰν δήσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται δεδεμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ ὃ ἐὰν λύσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται λελυμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς), and that his bigotry is merely “God’s law,” and the law of nature: “If we ignore in law the natural complementary of man and woman in creation, then the natural family is undermined. Our individual lives become artificial constructs protected by civil “rights” that destroy natural rights. Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities. When the ways of nature and nature’s God conflict with civil law, society is in danger. It is to that danger that we direct your attention.” He adds: Marriage [defined as a social union or legal contract] comes to us from nature (but animal: fowl, beast, fish, etc. do not marry, and 90% of all observed birds (especially trumpeter swans) do mate for life as a source of sex and because of altricial offspring, which require large amounts of parental care for survival (like humans), demand the efforts of two parents and therefore are more likely to be found in monogamous species, but marriage is not natural as there is no record of any observation of a ceremony being performed by or for any animals, save the one case in Lima, Peru, where former Congresista and erotic dancer Suzy Diaz married had her dog marry another dog. Marriage is manmade). The human species comes in two complementary sexes, male and female. Their sexual union is called marital [sic; it actually means “married man”. Haviland, William A.; Prins, Harald E. L.; McBride, Bunny; Walrath, Dana (2011). Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge (13th ed.). Cengage Learning. Bell, Duran (1997). “Defining Marriage and Legitimacy”. Current Anthropology 38 (2): 237–254. Bell describes marriage as “a relationship between one or more men (male or female) in severalty to one or more women that provides those men with a demand-right of sexual access within a domestic group and identifies women who bear the obligation of yielding to the demands of those specific men.” This inbreeds the ignorance of the writers of the Letters of “Paul” and early misogynism as in Colossians 3:18 Αἱ γυναῖκες ὑποτάσσεσθε τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀνδράσιν ὡς ἀνῆκεν ἐν κυρίῳ, cp. mulieres subditae estote viris sicut oportet in Domino and Nevestelor, fiţi supuse bărbaţilor voştri, cum se cuvine în Domnul, and Жены, повинуйтесь мужьям своим, как прилично в Господе] or the 1569 version of the Sagradas Escrituras Casadas, estad sujetas a vuestros propios maridos, como conviene en el Señor. It not only creates a place of love for two adults but also a home for loving and raising their children. It provides the biological basis for personal identity.” Exposing extreme ignorance of the reality of psychology and science, George finalized: “It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love.’ George ignores that LGBT people engage in sexual intercourse and have the same commitment and emotions as heterosexual couples (Herek, Gregory M. (2007). “Science, public policy, and legal recognition of same-sex relationships”. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.7.713b. American Psychologist, Vol 62(7), October, pp. 713-715; Thyer, Bruce A. (2007). “Psychologists’ advocacy for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships”. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.7.713a. American Psychologist, Vol 62(7), October, p. 713.; Herek, Gregory M. (2006). “Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States: A social science perspective”. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.61.6.607.  American Psychologist, Vol 61(6), September, pp. 607-621; Solomon, Sondra E.; Rothblum, Esther D.; Balsam, Kimberly F. (2004).  “Pioneers in Partnership: Lesbian and Gay Male Couples in Civil Unions Compared With Those Not in Civil Unions and Married Heterosexual Siblings”. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.18.2.275. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 18(2), Jun 2004, 275-286; and on relationship interchange, read Kurdek, Lawrence A.; Schmitt, J. Patrick (1986). “Relationship quality of partners in heterosexual married, heterosexual cohabiting, and gay and lesbian relationships”.  doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.51.4.711.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 51(4), October, pp. 711-720).  There is no substantative evidence or information by psychologists or psychiatrists that support the Chicago cardinal Frances George after 1979, except among reparative therapists all of which are discredited by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Pediatric Association and numerous other professional groups that require peer review of articles before publishing, unlike the Regenerus Report published in the Journal of Marriage and Family that was printed without peer review (read here and here where studies show that gay parents tend to be more motivated that heterosexal parents, and here on studies showing that academic scores are higher in same-sex parents’ households, and Kate Kendell Esq.’s comments “It was financed by a staggering $785,000 in grants from two far-right foundations, the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation. Even Regnerus himself acknowledges he wasn’t comparing apples to apples: “I realize that one same-sex relationship does not a lesbian make, necessarily. But our research team was less concerned with the complicated politics of sexual identity than with same-sex behavior.”‘ are elaborated here).

What the Roman Catholic Church in the USA is doing, is what is happening in Germany today–with the German hierarchy stopping all investigations into child abuse by its religious leaders: priests, nuns, bishops, archbishops and cardinals.  In an interview with public broadcaster “Deutschlandfunk,” Christian Pfeiffer, the head of the KFN institute accused Church officials of hampering his team’s research efforts by continually attempting to intervene in and control the investigation. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper he spoke of censorship.In an interview with public broadcaster “Deutschlandfunk,” Christian Pfeiffer, the head of the KFN institute accused Church officials of hampering his team’s research efforts by continually attempting to intervene in and control the investigation. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper he spoke of censorship.

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Texas Gov Rick Perry, NAR, and destroying democracy worldwide

Rick Perry Texas Governor and Evangelist for the NAR

On August 6, 2011, Perry and right-wing evangelical leaders sponsored a prayer rally (http://www.youtube.com/user/RWWBlog?blend=22&ob=5 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JVgb53FaQo and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj-ysXNdBNQ) in Houston’s Reliant Stadium dedicated to “the One True God through his Son Jesus Christ” (http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/151502/texas_governor_rick_perrys_bizarre_fringe_mass_prayer_rally__what_happened_to_no_gov_meddling_in_religion?page=2). Perry’s message on the event’s website reads (http://theresponseusa.com/):

 “Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.”

The Texas governor claimed on what is labeled as the governor’s website that

John Hagee

Pastor John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, who has said God sent Hitler to hunt Jews so they would return to Israel, and Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., who has called Oprah Winfrey the harbinger of the anti-Christ, were solid Christians and sought only forgiveness and reconciliation of the world to his Jesus.  However, the American Family Association (a recognized and designated organized hate organization http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/american-family-association and http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners and http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2010/11/12927/ that has endorsed Perry for President is actually managing the big event and the web site where endorser portraits are published.

Christian terrorists, members of the NAR and KKK. Eight people were arrested Tuesday, one on a charge of murder, in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a remote Louisiana campsite during what police say was an initiation ceremony for the Ku Klux Klan.

Perry ignores the rising tide of Christian terrorism crashing over the hills and valleys of the USA, suffocating and drowning the Bill of Rights, and washing away the ink from the Constitution as he rifles in on Muslims and other non-Christians and the terrorism that they unleash in retaliation against the evangelical extremism in the USA and their home lands.  Christian terrorists in the USA (such as Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City), or in Norway (such as the Christian evangelical Anders Breivik in Oslo and elsewhere) have done as much damage as have Muslims in the Islamic world: from Iran and Iraq to Lebanon and Indonesia. 

Fortunately, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU of Texas held a counter rally the day before Perry’s people called on their deity in their “God is Hate” fest.  Featured speakers at the counter-rally “God is Love”, held at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church of Houston, were the Rev. William Lawson, founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, and the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United, followed by additional speakers representing a wide range of beliefs from the Houston community, for a person’s denominational affiliation (or lack of such a membership) was irrelevant: the celebration was for freedom of and from religion noting that diversity strengthens the character of a country, and to show the rest of the country and the world that there is still a respect for the Constitution of the USA and appreciation for diversity in Houston (http://familyfaithfreedom.org/ with coordinating links at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7680975.html and http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2011/07/perrys-prayer-rally-organizers-opponents-prepare-for-the-big-day/ with a recognition that the majority of the Founding Fathers who wrote the US Constitution were deists, and while Perry and the Southern Baptist Convention disavows and disallows women to preach and the evangelical Christians who support Perry’s usurpation of the US Constitution by casting aspersions on Roman Catholics, with the exception of the retired bishop of Amarillo, Jill Carroll of Houston noted:  “Dorothy Ripley, the first woman to ever preach a sermon in the House, did so in 1806 in front of a big crowd that included President Jefferson and Vice President Burr. The first Catholic to give a sermon in the House did so in 1826 during President Adam’s term” at http://blog.chron.com/talkingtolerance/2011/08/religion-state-the-founders-rick-perry/).

The Jewish community of Houston hosted a counter rally in opposition to Perry’s decision to further divide the nation and isolate, especially, the Jewish community in Texas.  The Anti-Defamation League, the event’s organizer and an activist group against anti-Semitism and discrimination, has defined Perry’s rally “misguided and inappropriate” for isolating non-Christians in his constituency and tangling his personal faith with his political office.  “The governor’s message is dividing Texans along religious lines. Our goal is to educate the community why a union between government and religion is harmful to both,” said Martin B. Cominsky, ADL regional director. “It’s a reminder to all people, to Jews, to Muslims, to everyone, how risky this slope is” (http://regions.adl.org/southwest/news/adl-responds-to-perry-prayer.html).  Commenting on a letter to Perry that reads in part:

Your invitation to join in a Christian prayer meeting suggests to non-Christians that they are outsiders.  Coming from someone elected to serve a religiously pluralistic constituency, it is misguided and deeply insensitive. . .

…Our concern is in no way based on hostility toward religion.  Rather, it is based on a deep belief in religious freedom.  It is one of America’s greatest strengths.  The best way to safeguard religious liberty for all Americans is for our government to keep its distance.  We therefore urge you to reconsider your participation in and involvement with The Response event.’

(Read the entire letter at: http://www.adl.org/Civil_Rights/letter-Rick-Perry.asp).

signed by Southwest Regional Director Martin B. Cominsky, and North Texas/Oklahoma Director Mark L. Briskman, the two leaders noted that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL):

cares deeply about religious freedom. As our letter says, the best way to protect Christians, Jews, Muslims, and worshipers of all faiths, as well as those who choose not to practice religion at all, is to avoid government endorsement and promotion of religion.  We sincerely hope Governor Perry will agree with us.”

Perry did not agree. Openly, and at the prayer rally, Perry’s patent anti-Semitism was clearly bull-horned in his remarks.  The Texas Governor’s rally of theological terrorism was one of exclusion, not inclusion.  Perry’s god alone would be recognized, not the gods of other people.  Allan E. Parker Jr., the organizer who referred to the rally as for “The One True God,” wrote that it would be “idolatry of the worst sort for Christians to gather and invite false gods like Allah and Buddha and their false prophets to be with us at that time” (http://www.projectlibertyusa.org/attorneys/allan-e-parker-jr/).

Eddie & Alice SmithDennis and Ginger Lindsey

 The hatred for the rights and beliefs of others were repeated by each of the speakers, with special scathing coming from

Joe & Becky Keenan

the mendicant mercenaries who established their own ministries to rake in tithes while the poor suffer: Eddie & Alice Smith of the Eddie & Alice Ministries of Houston, Mark & Lisa Longoria of My Father’s House of San Antonio, Dennis and Ginger Lindsey of Christ for the Nations who bilk millions in a quest to force conversions, Joe & Becky Keenan Senior Pastors Gulf Meadows Church of Houston, Cindy Jacobs CEO of General International of Red Oak TX, Jane Hansen Hoyet CEO of Aglow International, Jose & Magida

Jose & Magda Hermida

Hermida of Magida Hermida Ministries: Mujers con Poder, Rev. Carolyn Stovall Gilbert President and Founder, Missionaries With The Vision, and others, many of whom are being investigated for sexual irregularities illegal under different jurisdictions as well as skimming money from their ministries, and other crimes.  What is startling is that most fundamental churches and religions reject women in any pastoral position

Benedict XIV

because of St. Paul’s injunction in 1 Corinthians 11:5 a

Bishop John Yanta (Amarillo TX)

rephrasing of Deuteronomy 21:12, and with two Roman Catholic emeritus bishops on the panel both of whom are under ecclesiastical (and potentially civil)  investigation, it is even more strange since popes

consistently have forbidden women to preach publicly or take part in such a meeting, although Benedict XIV (Heroic Virtue, III, 144, 150) wrote that anyone, including “women and heathens” can receive prophecy.  Neither of the Roman Catholic bishops, Rene Henry Garcia of Corpus Christi and John W. Yanta of Amarillo, both of whom have retired after questions arose about clergy sexual abuses of young boys in their dioceses during their tenure (Corpus Christi sexual abuse at http://www.caller.com/news/2010/mar/08/lawsuit-alleges-abuse-by-deceased-priest/ and http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/03/corpus_christi_diocese.php and http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/12/diocese-of-corpus-christi-settles-sex-abuse/, with Garcia objecting to the release of the names of pedophiles within the clergy:

Bishop Rene Henry Garcia (Corpus Christi TX)

There is no need for a public announcement to be made that gives the name of the priest and the fact of the accusation and the suspension, and yet, all to often such a public announcement is made.  Such public announcement by a diocese almost always results in media exploitation of the news in a sensational manner to the detriment of the Catholic Church and its priesthood 
at http://www.sanctepater.com/2011/04/bishop-rene-henry-gracida-comments-on.html; for Yanta of Amarillo who failed to report sexual abuses, see:  http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/2002_07_11_AmarilloGlobeNews_SuitAlleges_Rosendo_Herrera_4.htm and http://www.bishop-accountability.org/usccb/natureandscope/dioceses/amarillotx.htm and http://www.bishop-accountability.org/resources/resource-files/databases/DallasMorningNewsBishops.htm#yanta and http://www.amarillonet.com/stories/021804/new_yanta.shtml),  at Perry’s prayer fest have any serious working knowledge of scripture or church dogma and doctrine, as if either of the bishops were at all knowledgeable on the literal passage allegedly written by St. Paul (1 Corinthians 14:34-35; as I have written elsewhere, this declaration is a forgery and added at least 100-200 years later, but I doubt any of the members have read my book on it; the Greek text reads and a marginally acceptable translation is: “Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says.  And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church: αι γυναικες υμων εν ταις εκκλησιαις σιγατωσαν ου γαρ επιτετραπται αυταις λαλειν αλλ υποτασσεσθαι καθως και ο νομος λεγει ει δε τι μαθειν θελουσιν εν οικω τους ιδιους ανδρας επερωτατωσαν αισχρον γαρ εστιν γυναιξιν εν εκκλησια λαλειν (a response to Genesis 3:16: אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה אָמַר הַרְבָּה אַרְבֶּה עִצְּבֹונֵךְ וְהֵרֹנֵךְ בְּעֶצֶב תֵּלְדִי בָנִים וְאֶל־אִישֵׁךְ תְּשׁוּקָתֵךְ וְהוּא יִמְשָׁל־בָּךְ׃ redacted into 1 Corinthians 11:3)” (NASB) they would know that the literal words are that women are to remain silent in any religious gathering—a reality that led to the ostracization of Anne Hutchison in New England (banished from Massachusetts in 1637).

The current Texas Governor is determined to turn the USA into an Old Testament theocracy.  To accomplish this, Perry, a member of Austin’s Tarrytown United Methodist Church, publicly states that he wants the US Supreme Court to put mandatory prayers back into public schools (http://www.firstamendmentjournal.net/news.aspx?id=4520).  It is not a surprise at all is that the Texas governor, who spends hours fixing his hair (for which he earned the nickname “The Coiff”; http://www.opednews.com/articles/BECKWATCH-On-Rick-Perry–by-Kevin-Tully-101116-756.html and as the celebrated and insightful Molly Ivins (1944 – 2007) wrote, Perry is “all hat and no cattle” at http://whatwouldjackdo.net/2011/06/texas-where-reality-reason-and-decency-go-to-die.html, cp. http://www.albionmonitor.com/0012a/copyright/mi-rickperry.html and http://www.alternet.org/story/47484/www.texasobserver.org?comments=view&cID=506307&pID=499773), is startled (his word) by the fact that not all Texas students share his religious faith or zeal to spread the Gospel as he understands it. 

Perry is especially worried that there are Texas families who are “not religious” and wants that changed immediately (http://www.firstamendmentjournal.net/news.aspx?id=4520). Perry banded with the discriminatory American Family Association (a recognized hate group http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/american-family-association), advocates of the radical Seven Mountains Dominionism ideology (that advocates killing LGBT people and to destroy all governments and take over the world to form a one-world Christian theocracy; it is a defined hate group: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/03/29/student-group-at-harvard-sponsors-controversial-anti-gay-religious-speakers/) , and a litany of anti-gay zealots and End Times preachers (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fact-sheet-gov-rick-perry%E2%80%99s-extremist-allies) to put on his The Response (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/subjects/-response-prayer-rally) prayer rally.

Don Finto

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is orchestrating an event that rejects both non-Christians and Christians who do not embrace the organizers’ far-right politics and religious fundamentalism, brought the pseudo-organization “Jews for Jesus” (made up of Christian fundamentalists: with Don Finto to “send revival” to Israel and for the Jewish people to “come to their own [Christian] Messiah [in Judaism, the “messiah” is a warrior who will overthrow foreign occupations and religions, which had been the worship of gods other than YHWH—this would include the worship of Jesus of his “God””  (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/8/8/114844/0135http://theresponseusa.com/honorary-co-chairs.php#endorsers).  No negative comment came from the only “Jewish

Marty Waldman

rabbi” Martin Waldman of Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue.  Waldman is not a true Jew but a Christian who claims Jewish heritage to “convert Jews to Jesus Christ.”  Waldman is not accepted in the Jewish community as a legitimate Hebrew, and his congregation in Dallas, TX, is marginalized when attending his charade.  

Houston-area clergy members have spoken out against the rally’s exclusive nature and the extreme figures involved in it, saying in a joint letter, “We are concerned that our governor has crossed the line by organizing a religious event rather than focusing on the people’s business in Austin” (http://www.secular.org/blogs/mike-meno/houston-clergy-join-protest-against-perrys-prayer-event).  The Houston clergy wrote:

We believe in a healthy boundary between church and state. Out of respect for the state, we believe that it should represent all citizens equally and without preference for religious or philosophical tradition. Out of respect for religious communities, we believe that they should foster faithful ways of living without favoring one political party over another. Keeping the church and state separate allows each to thrive and upholds our proud national tradition of empowering citizens to worship freely and vote conscientiously. We are concerned that our governor has crossed the line by organizing a religious event rather than focusing on the people’s business in Austin.

We also express concern that the day of prayer and fasting at Reliant Stadium is not an inclusive event. As clergy leaders in the nation’s fourth-largest city, we take pride in Houston’s vibrant and diverse religious landscape. Our religious communities include Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists and many other faith traditions. Our city is also home to committed agnostics and atheists, with whom we share common cause as fellow Houstonians. Houston has long been known as a live-and-let-live city where all are respected and welcomed. It troubles us that the governor’s prayer event is not open to everyone. In the publicized materials, the governor has made it clear that only Christians of a particular kind are welcome to pray in a certain way. We feel that such an exclusive event does not reflect the rich tapestry of our city.

The letter was signed by: Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge, minister, Covenant Church, Alliance of Baptists/American Baptist Churches; Rev. Douglas Anders, conference minister, South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ; Rev. Paul Beedle, Unitarian Universalist; Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, minister, Plymouth United Church, UCC; Rev. Beth Ellen Cooper-Davis, minister, Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Michael Diaz, director of connections, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Pat Farnan, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Lura Groen, pastor, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Teddy Hardy, minister, St. John United Church of Christ; Rev. Lori Keaton, United Church of Christ; Rev. Harry Knox, senior pastor, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Janice Ladd, executive pastor, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Dr. Becky Edmiston-Lange, co-minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Mark Edmiston-Lange, co-minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Mona Lopez, volunteer staff clergy, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Laura Mayo, minister, Covenant Church, Alliance of Baptists/American Baptist Churches; Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell, senior minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. David Pantermuehl, Grace United Church of Christ; Rev. Adam Robinson, assistant minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Ken Richter, senior minister, First Congregational Church, UCC; Rev. Bill Royster, United Church of Christ; Rev. Sam Schaal, transition minister, Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church; Rev. Robert Tucker, executive director, Foundation for Contemporary Theology; Rev. Ernie Turney, pastor, Bering United Methodist Church; Rev. Bonnie Vegiard, Unitarian Universalist. (Read more at: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7614497.htm#ixzz1UNnuRE5n

Texas secession and Rick Perry

A major problem with a Perry presidential bid is Rick’s repeated verbal

Kathryn Ann Bailey Hutchison

ejaculations that he wants Texas to leave the Union—Secession has been his battle cry for years.  Before Perry makes his decision if he will run for president of the United States, Perry needs to decide if he wants to be a part of the United States, as back in 2009, during Perry’s bumpy reelection race against sitting US Senator Ann Kay Bailey Hutchison who has been embroiled in numerous scandals through her career in politics in Texas (cf. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1994).  From stardom to scandal: the rise & fall of Kay Bailey Hutchison.  Las Colinas: Monument Press), the governor told a Tea Party crowd:

There’s a lot of different scenarios…We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot”  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/15/gov-rick-perry-texas-coul_n_187490.html).

Tea Party supporters were Dixiecrats

Rush Limbaugh was a fan of Perry’s statements, and Texas Republicans, too, as Texas Republicans are nothing more than segregationist/racist old-time Dixiecrats  (States Rights Democrats that included many KKK members who promptly switched to the Republican Party after the fear mongering of Sen. Joe McCarthy {R-WI}), who at times would side with the national Democratic Party—but that split with the election of a Roman Catholic to the White House who believed in and fortified a wall separating state and church.   Perry later affirmed his stance, conjecturing: 

We are very proud of our Texas history; people discuss and debate the issues of can we break ourselves into five states, can we secede, a lot of interesting things that I’m sure Oklahoma and Pennsylvania would love to be able to say about their states, but the fact is, they can’t because they’re not Texas.

While there is nothing in the US Constitution nor in the Texas Constitution allowing for secession, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas negotiated the power to divide into four additional states at some point if it wanted to but not the right to secede.  One thing that Perry does have in common with the fundamentalist wing of politics in the USA is the belief that men have some inalienable right over a woman’s uterus, and a “god given right/obligation” to interfere with her freedom of choice as to what she will do with the uterus or any evolving cells clinging to its walls. Just like Republicans in Congress and around the country, Rick Perry’s opposition to “government intrusion” doesn’t apply to women. 

Taking a leaf from the sordid writings of Martin Luther, Perry argues that a woman is the property of a man and as such it is the man who will make the decisions for her.  Luther said of women: “. . . 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] “as women cannot be chaste nor pure as nature did not endow them with these attributes” [Letter to Three Nuns, Wittenberg, 6 August 1524, WA, BR III, no. 766, pp. 326-328] for “And who can enumerate all the ludicrous, ridiculous, false, vain, and superstitious ideas of this seducible sex? From the first woman, Eve, it originated that they should be deceived and considered a laughing-stock.” [Sermon on the Ten Commandments, 1516, WA I, p. 407] {All quotations are translated from the German original Werk by Martin Luther.} 

Luther was the original evangelical fundamentalist, who wrote extensively that the one purpose of woman was to produce babies, and her highest good would be to die in childbirth; he had no time for women as preachers or pastors, citing: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. (1Timothy 2:12: γυναικι δε διδασκειν ουκ επιτρεπω ουδε αυθεντειν ανδρος αλλ ειναι εν ησυχια, in Luther’s bible, it is dulden wir, so werden wir mitherrschen; verleugnen wir, so wird er uns auch verleugnen; the passage is a redaction of 1 Corinthians 13:4 with Luther using Titus 2:5 as his reference since that passage has woman being stupid and capable of “maligning” the Law/word). This was not a part of Perry’s prayer fest, nor is it recognized in the original Methodist theology. Being a Texas Methodist, that means Rick is required to regiment the methodology of his wife’s life, labor, and love, as the inventor of his religion, John Wesley, did not allow women to “exhort” (preach) but required them to remain at home, and it was tempting Satan to invite women to a revival where they could stand up and “exhort”.  His mother did not appreciate his chauvinism, as she was active in her church.

Wesley changed his mind by 1738, when he discovered the zeal of women, and by April 1742, the London Society “of Methodists” listed 66 leaders, 49 of them women. These women were highly visible as leaders, less visible but no less essential in their ministry of hospitality as they accommodated itinerant preachers travelling ceaselessly.

Given his evangelical background and mindset, Perry has pushed for a bill to require all women to have an ultrasound before they can get an abortion.  Perry was convinced, initially, that it would sail through, but it proved to be the first major bill debated in the House, and was declared an “emergency” by Perry himself (http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/democrats-derail-sonogram-bill-at-least-for-a-1294019.html) but the Democrats (of which he was one originally) derailed the bill before passage.  As Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado noted in that session, the bill’s author didn’t understand how intrusive his own bill was (http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11098/hb15-a-transvaginal-ultrasound-wand-in-every-woman).  

Carol Alvarado

Representative Carol Alvarado gave the Texas legislature an in-depth description of a trans-vaginal sonogram, which would be required for women eight to 10 weeks pregnant.

This is not the jelly on the belly that most of you think, she said as she held up a vaginal probe.’This is government intrusion at its best’.”

The bill had no provision for victims of rape or incest. It did, however, give Perry more social conservative credentials to trumpet on the campaign trail.  Overnight the Texas Governor became the protector of the “unborn” and even accepted that life began at conception and that sperm and ova were sacred forms of human life.

Perry was not a fanatic on everything when he was not in politics, nor serving in the US military.  That changed when he returned to West Texas.  When it came to money, votes, or men who accompanied him, he was ruthless and sought out that which would help him hold onto power.In addition to his changing concerns over government intrusion, Perry had a bit of a consistency problem where states’ rights are concerned.  This returned when there was debate among the men in the Texas legislature—none of whom could become pregnant–but whom spent hours discussing abortion.  Every male in the Texas legislature determined that he would decide what would happen if a woman became pregnant and what would happen to the woman’s body.Repetitively Perry proclaimed that he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned so states could decide for themselves (http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/08/01/rick-perry-wantsfederal-reign-abortion).  

When it looked like he had a chance at the GOP nomination, Perry declared his support for a federal constitutional amendment that would overturn Roe and ban abortion nationwide.  One thing about Perry is absolutely certain: he is never consistent, especially when it comes to abortion. 

One of the reasons Perry is worried about the zygote/fetus is it could be a born-again Tea Party voter in the future.  This was most likely if the incubating woman was white, evangelical, and Republican.”This is what democracy really is all about,” Perry said, signing the bill. (http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Gov-Rick-Perry-signs-voter-ID-bill-into-law-1398346.php#ixzz1SU7aNkib). 

“It’s the integrity of every vote; that every vote counts. Today we take a major step in protecting the most cherished right of Americans.”  Voting, however, was not seen as a right–save for Republicans.The bill that Perry signed makes “illegal voting” a felony.  It also was an “emergency” item for Perry’s third term as governor.

Perry is not for open voting.  He initiated the Texas voter ID card.

How draconian is the bill?  Perry’s Voter ID bill requires a voter to present one of five forms of ID—a drivers’ license, military ID, passport, concealed handgun license, or a state voter ID card that Texas must provide.  The state faces a budget shortfall of over $10 billion, but Republican Gov. Rick Perry declared voter ID a legislative emergency to help fast-track the bill. All this despite little evidence of actual voter fraud, and plenty to suggest that the laws will end up costing states millions of dollars that they don’t have. 
 
Studies show that up to 11% of citizens don’t have a photo ID. Forcing voters to buy cards has made states the target of lawsuits claiming such costs amount to a modern-day poll tax. To solve the problem, many states now issue free ID cards, but it’s expensive.   There is plenty of evidence to suggest that it is the elderly, African-American, and Latino voters who are most likely to vote without the types of identification that’s being required in the new legislation.

TX Representative Dawnna Duke

State Representative Dawnna Dukes summed it up succinctly: “I think it’s about disenfranchising groups of people who do not historically vote for the Republican Party,” when the bill was passed (http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/emotional-voter-id-bill-debate-ends-in-passage-1344311.html).  

What is known is that there are fewer (if any) obstacles to vote experienced by the white and wealthy in Texas and their supporters: white evangelical Christian extremists.  They tend to vote Republican/Tea Party Libertarian.

In a state like Texas, with a large immigrant population, voter ID is not a neutral issue, but rather another obstacle making it less likely people will vote.  Like other governors around the country, Perry pushed for the voter ID bill despite a lack of any proof that “illegal voting” is actually a problem.  What Perry also ignored is that most Hispanics were born in Texas or a border state (New Mexico and Arizona), and had been USA citizens for years, but the law was aimed at them as it is in Arizona, which has begun to see a migration of farm workers out of Texas in search of more hospitable habitats and governments.  This directly has an adverse affect on the Texas economy. 

Texas unemployment rate

Perry still believes that the Texas economy is blooming and growing rapidly;

Texas subprime mortgage rates

he doesn’t talk with the thousands of furloughed teachers, the mechanical workers looking for jobs, the secretaries waiting for a call for new employment or the underemployed and those who have been unemployed for more than one year.

Rick Perry likes to claim—and conservatives like to believe–that Texas’ economy is a shining beacon of hope for the country. And it is—if you like your hope low-wage, low-benefit and deficit-ridden.  As former

Jim Hightower

Secretary of Agriculture and lifelong Texan Jim Hightower wrote:

“…Perry-jobs are really ‘jobettes,’ offering low pay, no benefits and no upward mobility. In fact, under Rickonomics, Texas has added more minimum wage jobs than all other states combined! After 10 years in office, Gov. Perry presides over a state that has more people in poverty and more without health coverage than any other.”  (http://www.alternet.org/economy/151381/inept_texas_governor_rick_perry_calls_himself_a_%22miracle_man%22/?page=2):

Monthly rate late mortgages

Perry’s proclamation of Texas being a miracle state is a miracle only for the wealthy who feed off the labor of the poor, and is easily matched by the “miracle growth” of Mitt Romney who claims that Massachusetts did better when he was governor than there was any governor before or after him.  More children are hungry in Texas than any other state, and with Perry constant banging against the rights of labor the situation will get worse.

Of course, that’s exactly the kind of job growth the country as a whole is seeing now, and it’s just fine with the big-money base of the Republican Party.  As Joshua Holland wrote in AlterNet recently, even as Texas added those “jobettes,” its unemployment rate magically increased to 8 percent from 7.7 percent—and 23 states have a better employment rate than the miraculous Texas (http://www.alternet.org/story/151325/texas_is_a_shining_example_of_right-wing_governance_in_action_and_that’s_why_it’s_a_complete_basket-case).

So much for that economic miracle, for while Perry pretends to be the magician equal to Mitt Romney, both have been disasters at the financial helm of their ships of state. Texas’s economy is more of an example of the mess the entire country is heading for unless we see a dramatic change in priorities, but that is not likely with Perry as governor—and it would be worse if Perry was President.   Perry messes with Texas on all fronts, and his assault on the economy is in keeping with his attack on education.

Intelligent Design creation museum

Perry’s idea of education is more in keeping with that at Plymouth Rock, than with any modern concept of learning; and the subject matter that Perry proposes is nearly antediluvian.  A strong creationist, for the record when he speaks, Perry wants “Intelligent Design” to be pushed in public schools, and the often-repeated and verified theory of evolution downgraded.  Perry is quoted as saying:

Intelligent design is a concept that is gaining greater traction because it points to a notion that most people believe to be true: that we were created by an intelligent being who designed the human race with great detail and complexity. . . .”  (http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/PerryLetter_ID_12.27.2005_r.pdf?docID=2621; cp. http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/PerryLetter_evolution_9.1.2005_r.pdf?docID=2622)   Perry’s claim is totally untrue (http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/05/zack_kopplin_rocks.php and http://cenlamar.com/2011/04/27/evolving-as-a-leader-an-extended-interview-with-zack-kopplin-part-three/ and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/high-school-senior-leads-louisiana-fight-against-anti-evolution-law/2011/04/21/AFs8M4LE_blog.html and http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/laurilebo/4702/student_to_michele_bachmann%3A_%27presidential_candidates_shouldn%E2%80%99t_be_able_to_make_stuff_up%27/  with even the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty siding with the 17 year-old at http://www.bjconline.org/index.php).   

To push his religious ideas as “facts”, Perry is demanding that the withering Texas Board of Education present ID alongside of evolution.  Perry is quoted as noting:

“”I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution. The State Board of Education has been charged with the task of adopting curriculum requirements for Texas public schools and recently adopted guidelines that call for the examination of all sides of a scientific theory, which will encourage critical thinking in our students, an essential learning skill.” (San Angelo, Texas Standard Times online at http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/sep/11/this-series-examines-important-issues-to-texans/).   

Don McLeroy chair Texas State Board of Education (2007)

So determined is Perry to force all Texas children to learn creationism that the Texas governor appointed Don McLeroy, a Republican from College Station and a self-described “young Earth creationist” as chair in 2007 of the State Board of Education and pushed as scientific fact that the Earth is only 6000 years old, following a dating set by an Irish bishop more than one hundred years ago, but after the Senate refused to confirm McLeroy’s appointment in 2009, Gov. Perry appointed Gail Lowe, a Republican from Lampasas, as chair. Lowe was a McLeroy clone and voted with McLeroy that same year to require that students learn creationist arguments against evolution in their science classrooms. The majority of the Texas Senate refused to confirm Lowe’s appointment in 2011 (http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_religious_right_watch_rick_perry#CREATIONISM).

Texas teachers protest in Austin

Texas teachers protest Perry's paring school funds

 On March 12, 2011, thousands of protesters descended on the Texas state capitol grounds in Austin for a rally against a proposed $10 billion in education cuts to the state school system (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/thousands-protest-education-cuts-at-texas-capitol/).  Representatives from 300 school districts, students, teachers, parents, and others marched and called on Perry to use the state’s “rainy day fund” to cover the shortfall in schools rather than lay off a projected 189,000 education workers.

Texas teachers protest inside the capitol building

The officially nonpartisan rally was distinctly anti-Perry with chants of “it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Rick Perry’s snoring” and slogans like “Flunk Perry” plentiful and to be seen everywhere. The publicity surrounding the event provoked a press release from the Koch Brothers funded conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity that had been funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into all states where unions were strong: destroying the public education system in Wisconsin and Indiana, and attacking union rights in Iowa and elsewhere. 

Peggy Venable (Americans for Prosperity)

Under the direction of the Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity called the demonstration a “front for unions” and “raising taxes.”  Exaggerating reality and outright fabricating fiction, Americans for Prosperity’s state director, Peggy Venable, claimed in a statement: “Save Texas Schools is a liberal group posing as a non-partisan, education advocacy organization,” adding, “We can cut education spending without cutting instruction or teachers.  But educrats are calling in all of their forces to oppose any education cuts.” Of course, the budget cuts came and are still coming with the loss of experienced teachers, the dumbing down of education, closure of schools and libraries, and rewriting history, science, and liberal arts (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903999904576470232177476242.html).

David (L) and Julia Koch

Education, health care, basic services are on the chopping block, Venable’s primary goal. Few Texans knew that Venable had been the director for the National Republican Party in 1984, served in the federal government for 15 years (White House Liaison to the US Department of Education for the Reagan Administration), sued the Texas Association of Counties in 2005, received over $72,000 from David Koch (Americans for Prosperity Foundation, 2007 IRS Return, Guidestar, August 2008, page 1) in 2007 to watch after his political interests, rejects global warming, claiming carbon dioxide is not a poison but makes crops grow (http://thinkprogress.org/green/2010/10/25/174825/afp-climate-deniers/ a call made by the Competitive Enterprise Institute that is also funded by the Koch Brothers), and wants cap-and-trade policies implemented including calling MoveOn.org as being controlled by the Communist Party.  She has a BA in Journalism from Texas State University and has expressed disdain for public education.

Aside from the impact such layoffs will have on the economy, since a good chunk of the new jobs Perry touts as part of his economic miracle were in schools, there’s the actual impact on the state’s students (http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2011/07/texas-education-job-cuts-may-haunt.html).  It’s not just public schools that take a hit—universities will see their budgets slashed and financial aid eliminated for 43,000 students (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7611061.html).  It is because of government cutbacks that over 7000 high school students drop out of school every day throughout the USA (http://www.rense.com/general92/7000.htm).

One Texas school attempted to trademark its mascot and sell advertising space on its school buses and Web site in order to raise desperately needed cash. The New York Times called Perry’s impending cuts “the largest cuts to public education since World War II” (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/education/15texas.html?_r=2).

As Dana Goldstein noted, Texas is a right-to-work state where less than 2 percent of teachers are unionized (http://www.danagoldstein.net/dana_goldstein/2011/02/on-the-education-budget-and-the-crisis-in-the-states-or-what-does-money-have-to-do-with-good-public-.html).  There’s no big bad teachers’ union to be the villain here. There are only honest workers about to be out of jobs, and kids—and the economy–suffering the consequences.

Sex education is even more Neanderthal in thinking and teaching in Texas than in any other state in the Union, this despite the fact that Texas has the nation’s third-highest teen birthrate (http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/07/26/2362222/texas-has-3rd-highest-teen-birthrate.html).  Teen childbearing in Texas costs Texas taxpayers no less than $1.2 billion annually (http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/costs/pdf/counting-it-up/fact-sheet-texas.pdf).  Despite this economic fact, a 1998 report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund (http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_public_schools_sex_education_jsdk_report_index) revealed that more than 96 percent of the state’s public school districts taught abstinence-only or nothing at all when it came to sex education. Gov. Perry, who opposes comprehensive sex education, continues to argue that young people need to pray when sexual “urges” take control and save their virginity for marriage or for Jesus.

Because of the over preoccupation of what Jesus thinks of teen sex among those unmarried (never mind that Jesus’ mother was not married at the time of his conception and birth, according to the Gospels that never suggest or state that she ever married, as marriage was not a way of life for the poor) the Texas Department of State Health Services, in consultation with the Governor’s Office, in the summer of 2010 ruled out the idea of applying for federal funding for programs that would present medical facts to students concerning sex and sexually transmitted diseases since the federal program mandates a section of the course discusses contraception as well as abstinence to prevent pregnancy (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/health-and-human-services-commission/texas-forgoes-federal-funds-for-sex-ed/; on the cost of sex education in Texas, read: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/costs/pdf/counting-it-up/fact-sheet-texas.pdf).  In October of 2010, the Texas Tribune asked Gov. Perry about abstinence-only policies on sex education (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/an-interview-with-gov-rick-perry/):

Gov. Perry: “Abstinence works.”

Interviewer: “But we have the third highest teen pregnancy rate among all states in the country. . . . It doesn’t seem to be working.”

Gov. Perry: “It works. Maybe it’s the way it’s being taught or the way that it’s being applied out there. But the fact of the matter is, it is the best form to teach our children.”

Interviewer: “Can you give me a statistic suggesting it works?”

Gov. Perry: “I’m just going to tell you from my own personal life, abstinence works. And the point is, if we’re not teaching it, and if we’re not impressing it upon them, then no.

Perry distorted the intent of the question (which was not to promote the notion that young people should be encouraged to have sex).  Perry argued:

If the point is we’re going to go stand up here and say, ‘Listen, y’all go have sex and go have whatever is going on and we’ll worry with that and here is the ways to have safe sex,’ I’m sorry, you can call me old-fashioned if you want, but that is not what I’m going to stand up in front of the people of the state of Texas and say that is the way we need to go and forget about abstinence.”

Geoff Connor

Perry has a real problem with sexuality and especially with homosexuality—especially as, over the years he served in Austin; he has repeatedly been accused of being a homosexual—with his Secretary of State Geoff Connor being his “alleged playmate” that his wife, Anita, caught him with in a compromising situation—causing him to yell at him over her office telephone the next day (http://www.examiner.com/democrat-in-national/is-rick-perry-gay-rumors-haunt-potential-presidential-bid).  It is reported that Perry kept two chefs (at $10,000 a month) around the Governor’s mansion as they were “intimate friends,” and an exposé was released on Perry’s secret life by the Austin Chronicle on February 27, 2004, by Michael King (http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2004-02-27/198958/) in his article: “Naked City: The Real Sins of Gov. Perry”.  One website noted: “A politically-connected attorney in Texas told me he has known about Perry’s gay side since the 1980s. And two district judges in Odessa told him that the rumor was always there when they served in the Legislature with Perry” (http://www.opednews.com/thoreau022704_texas_governor.htm) with Waco, TX, Representative Lane Denton also being identified as a boyfriend, despite having a wife (Betty Denton later served in Austin, sitting in her husband’s seat), and was tried and convicted for embezzling $67,000—but never spent time in jail thanks to “unknown sources” (http://www.dallasobserver.com/content/printVersion/2025195/).

Perry does have one idea of how to solve the “public school problem” especially when it comes to teen pregnancy:  private school vouchers. If students go to private (parochial, in Perry’s terminology) they will not want nor have sex, and, therefore, there will be no babies born before there is a Christian marriage (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and so forth marriages are not considered legitimate marriages among the fanatical fringe fundamentalist evangelical extremist Christian community of which Perry claims ownership)

James Leininger

Private School Vouchers, however, have been one of Perry’s biggest public policy failures as he has consistently been unable to pass a private school voucher scheme in Texas.  Far from being devoted to private schools, he uses the private school voucher promise as a political ploy.  In 1998, Perry won a tight election for lieutenant governor with the help of nearly $100,000 in direct donations (http://info.tpj.org/Lobby_Watch/perryll.html) from the family of San Antonio businessman James Leininger, a rock-hard Lutheran who carries all the hatred spewed by Martin Luther against the workers (read Luther’s Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern), Jews (read Luther’s Von den Jüden und jren Lügen), and those that do not meet his rigid standard of evangelical fundamentalist Christianity, e.g. Luther’s Vor dem Antinomians (1539) being based on a corrupt reading of Acts 15:5; cp. Augustine of Hippo, Contra Faust, 32.13,  (in short a religious terrorist who will spend money from his Kinetics Foundation to support right-wing programs and deny women the right of choice, the elderly of self-respect in making decisions for themselves, and the young from experiencing life—being identical to his grandfather Adolph who ruled with “an iron thumb” (http://www.texscience.org/reform/leininger.htm including http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2000-07-14/pols_feature3.html and http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/vol18/issue22/pols.leiniger.profile.html and http://www.mollyivins.com/showArticle.asp?ArticleFileName=990514_ed.htm and http://www.texasmonthly.com/mag/issues/2002-11-01/feature4.php and http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/01/02/010217_tort_reform.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/08/education/08HOME.html who is actually more corrupt than my own father, Herbert Frederick Ide, who bequeathed $1 million to Valley Lutheran School (enrollment 31) in Waterloo, Iowa, to teach Christianity and creationism {http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_a5731d24-01e6-11df-95ca-001cc4c002e0.html} at the expense of a real education, in laboring to impose their values on those who disagree with him) with a flair that matches Adolf Hitler, (http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/SORR_06_ReportWEB.pdf?docID=222, read chapter 2) the state’s most prominent supporter of private school vouchers.

Leininger also backed a $1.1 million last-minute loan to the Perry campaign that helped put the then-agriculture commissioner over the top in that election. Perry beat his Democratic opponent, John Sharp, by less than 2 percent of the vote.

Leininger has continued to be a generous funder of Perry’s campaigns and those of other voucher backers, but the Legislature has never passed such a scheme. (Leininger spent $50 million to fund a 10-year private school voucher scheme in San Antonio’s Edgewood Independent School District, with the hope that the Legislature would pass a publicly funded program during that period. He ended his funding in 2008.) In addition, Leininger and two other businessmen paid $40,400 to fly the governor (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6547566.html; and http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/2523682.html), his wife and top staffers on private jets to the Bahamas in February 2004. Leininger and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist accompanied the governor. Gov. Perry said the trip included “real, progressive conversation” on school finance issues.

During his campaign for lieutenant governor in 1998, Perry made varying statements regarding his support for private school vouchers. (“Perry tape reveals new voucher stance,” Houston Chronicle, 2/6/98; cf. http://www.offthekuff.com/mt/archives/006030.html; no original link available; hard copy on file at TFN) In October 1997, Perry told the Houston Chronicle a voucher program should be small and optional for local school districts: “The real key is these decisions be made at the local level where the parents and the teachers and the local taxpayers and school board will be making these decisions and not be mandated from some central bureaucracy in Austin.”

Perry has always considered himself above the law, and being the longest sitting governor in the State of Texas, believes that the governor’s chair is his for life, a gift from his god, and that his word and will is not be challenged. When word reached Perry that some school districts would refuse to allow his voucher plan, the Texas governor did not mince words: “I will tell you point-blank that I will not allow a local school board to stop from allowing parental choice to happen in their community if it becomes the law of the land.”  However, Perry’s voucher plans have been defeated by the Texas legislature twice: in 2007 and 2009.

The Texas Governor has not stopped with his assault on public primary and secondary education.  He has equally turned his attention to the university system in Texas, demanding it be run for profit.  Even his alma mater (he is an Aggie: Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University: Texas A&M), a land grant school, has come up with an insidious way to appraise, judge, and reward teachers: by subjective student opinions and how many students they attract (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rick-perry-wages-an-assault-on-the-ivory-tower/2011/07/26/gIQAyfrvsI_story_1.html).

Academic excellence does not fit into Perry’s equation, and today only the private universities are turning out students of quality.  Even in the universities, Perry is insisting on ID replacing evolution in the science classes; classics are to be “Christian based” and philosophers have to have been appraised by Aquinas or other Christian thinkers before their concepts can be discussed; most professors of philosophy and science reject such absurdities.

None of the Texas Universities were happy with the governor’s proposals. On May 3, 2010, nearly two dozen people who had been honored as distinguished alumni by the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M released an open letter to their fellow Aggies.  It read, in part:

Our concern is the result of the extraordinary level of political intervention in our university. ... It is our observation that individuals, including the Boards of Regents, often misunderstand the fragile nature of academic prestige.”  

Michael D. McKinney and A&M students

There were no kind words for Perry who was seen as one determined to destroy the system that they had graduated from with distinction.  The most sinister force that worked for Perry in watering down Texas education was the 11-campus A&M university system, whose chancellor, Michael D. McKinney, had served as Perry’s chief of staff, who posted a 265-page spreadsheet that calculated faculty salaries against their teaching loads and the research funding they brought in online.  Those A&M professors who brought money into the University system via research grants had their names listed in black and those who “cost” the university in red. 

Robert M. Berdahl

In the fall, Robert M. Berdahl, who was the president of the Association of American Universities, sent a letter to McKinney, urging the chancellor  to “resist these ill-conceived calls for ‘reform’ ” and issued a none-too-veiled warning that A&M’s hard-won membership in the elite organization of 61 top universities could be on the line.  McKinney said in an interview that he considered the letter “completely out of line on Dr. Berdahl’s part. First off, my phone works.” He threw it in the trash, and abruptly resigned his academic position.  Money was always more important than results or progress for Rick Perry and his supporters.

Before any candidate is considered, voters should first ask those running for office: “Where’s the money coming from?”   This point is particularly imperative in the post-Citizens United age, and the US Supreme Court ruling

Charles (L), David (R) Koch

that gave birth of the new “super PACs”: groups that can accept unlimited donations from individuals and corporations to pay for political advertising and organizing, campaigns for office are getting expensive and someone’s got to be footing the bill.  Most of the money now funneled into the treasure chests of far-right candidates is coming from the Koch Brothers and Koch Industries, especially those that are polluting the air, and especially the waters in Arkansas where Koch paper mills dump their waste in streams once alive with fish (http://www.peer.org/docs/ar/3_16_11_Coffee_Creek_Enforcement_Complaint.pdf?tag=contentMain;contentBody).

Chris Gober

Since ads for Perry are already airing in Iowa before he’s even made up his mind to run, it’s worth a look at who’s paying for Perry propaganda.  Jobs for Iowa, the PAC paying for the Iowa ads, was registered with the FEC on June 21, and funding is coming from Chris Gober, who was known as “the little boy who made good” and became a Texas lawyer who worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and received “donations” from those who wanted a closer contact with the Texas Governor, $100,000 from Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons  and $500,000 from Texas homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation to the Governor; read more and watch the video at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/60352.html#ixzz1UTEEJlIb).

Harold Simmons

Its treasurer is Robert Jentgens, who formerly worked on Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign. Also registered are Veterans for Rick Perry and Americans for Rick Perry, as well as Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC (though after Rick Perry’s primary challenge from the Tea Party-backed Debra Medina it might not be fair to assume that they have any interest in Perry).  Americans for Rick Perry raised $193,000 in just eight days in June, the majority of which comes from Harold Simmons, who Dave Montgomery at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/01/2340008/rick-perrys-political-rise-fueled.html#ixzz1TnX7mmK7) called “a Dallas multibillionaire who is developing a controversial nuclear waste disposal site in West Texas.” Simmons, whose fortune Forbes estimates at $6.9 billion, “got taste for takeover tactics as a bank examiner. Bought Dallas drugstore in 1961 for $5,000 cash plus $95,000 loan; sold 100-store chain to Eckerd Corp. for $50 million 1973. Built publicly traded holding company Valhi with hostile takeovers. Now invested in titanium (Timet, Kronos), waste management (Waste Control Specialists), computer components (CompX International)” (http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Harold-Simmons_HT3L.html).   He has been quoted as saying, “everything is for sale–even the courthouse.”  Perry idolizes Simmons. 
They claim another $207,000 in July (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/30/rick-perry-supporters-rai_n_914042.html).

Montgomery noted:

Environmentalists say that Simmons’ donations to Perry and state lawmakers helped fuel approval of the waste disposal site despite concerns over groundwater contamination, but a spokesman for the project said the application was rigorously vetted and approved only after added protections were included.”

Perry’s last election campaign, his third, generated more than $77 million in contributions, as Texas allows unlimited individual donations as well. Paul Blumenthal at the Huffington Post wrote that the Americans for Rick Perry PAC was the first time a super PAC had been used by supporters for a campaign that doesn’t, technically, exist yet. If Perry’s well-connected supporters in the energy and finance industries, among others, are this excited about him now, imagine the money that will flow if he actually announces (cf. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/rick-perry-super-pac-primary-states_n_914800.html and on Koch Brothers illegal contributions, that they admitted to making, read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/01/koch-industries-subsidiar_n_888996.html). 

C. Peter Wagner

One of Perry’s biggest and wealthiest supporting groups is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a term coined by its intellectual godfather and richest benefactor who embraces the idea of a global Christian theocracy with no tolerance for those who do not swear total faith and allegiance to his Jesus Christ, C Peter Wagner.  The NAR movement surfaced in the 2008 campaign, with a video of one of its most prominent practitioners, Kenyan witch-hunter “Bishop” Thomas Muthee (born c. 1955; he claims to have a Master degree but will not say in what subject nor from what university and there is no public record to substantiate his claim) who organized the Word of Faith Ministries (originally known as the “Prayer Cave”; on his wife and witchcraft (he has called for the stoning of any woman that he deems is a witch: http://www.alternet.org/news/145796/heads_up:_prayer_warriors_and_sarah_palin_are_organizing_spiritual_warfare_to_take_over_america;

Bishop Muthee blessing Sarah Palin for summoning prayer warriors

read: Otis, Jr., George (1997). Twilight Labyrinth, The: Why Does Spiritual Darkness Linger Where It Does? Chosen. pp. 295–298.) that has made him rich, anointing Sarah Palin as a leader in the fight for turning the world away from democracy and to theocracy through her “prayer warriors”.  The one-time/part-time governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin’s churches are actively involved in a resurgent movement and argue for a world war to convert all people to the faith of Muthee and NAR–a theosophy and ontology that was declared heretical by the Assemblies of God in 1949: http://www.alternet.org/rights/97939/weird_theology_in_wasilla%3A_a_look_inside_sarah_palin%27s_pentecostal_church/?page=entire and  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/25/us/politics/25faith.html.   On Palin’s involvement in witchcraft and NAR theological terrorism, read (and see impeded videos) at:

Sarah Palin’s Churches and the Third Wave, Part One
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/0244/84583

Sarah Palin’s Churches and the Third Wave, Part Two with embedded video:
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/03830/11602

The video is also posted at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K_1Eit0pxM

It is heavily involved in Perry’s political campaigns (most of the NAR spokespeople are “former” homosexuals, such as Ted Haggard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKeZTJceyGE, cp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdZIC-KzL7M&feature=related; on youth camps and training, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCHPn5qe5U&feature=related).  On July 12, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did a segment highlighting some of their more bizarre claims in a series of video clips including Perry’s concern about having sex with demons (http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/dangers-of-sex-with-demons-highlighted-by-perry-prayer-participant/69d4xzo; cf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQbGnJd9poc and for Palin see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBPUnwXxB7s&feature=related who is a part of the NAR and in her political conversations talks about “prayer warriors” that is a code name for the NAR and refers to those who will kill by any means those who oppose the world theocracy that NAR envisions; Joiner claimed that Japan’s earthquake would “unleash demons” on the world in his video at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13HWtFcmLzQ&feature=related; cp. http://www.truthalliance.net/Archive/News/tabid/67/ID/8072/Americas-own-Taliban.aspx).   These included C. Peter Wagner (who has been condemned even within the Pentecostal movement as a person out of touch with the Bible and Christians: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/11/pragmatic-peter.html) saying that the Japanese stock market collapsed because the emperor had sex with a demon (the sun goddess; see it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yIgZPTqUIc), another leading NAR figure, John Benefiel, calling the Statue of Liberty “a demonic idol” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd74y4hvdhs; he calls homosexuality an Illuminati plot against civilization for population control at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDDKdYUkF64&feature=related), and a third figure, Mike Bickle, calling Oprah Winfrey “a forerunner to the Harlot movement” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pFcFldh8lo), or, as Maddow put it, a “harbinger of the antichrist”.  The NAR guides itself, within the evangelical Christian community, as preparing to wage “spiritual warfare” (a misinterpretation of Ephesians 6 that is discussing praying when there is a problem, not using guns to convert an opponent).  C. Peter Wagner, founder  of the World Prayer Center, built-in coordination with Ted Haggard and his New Life Church in Colorado Springs, was featured in an article by Jeff Sharlet in Harpers, May 2005, “Soldiers of Christ” (online at http://www.rickross.com/reference/fundamentalists/fund196.html), is often referred to by those familiar with the Third Wave as the ‘Pentagon for Spiritual Warfare.’ It features computer systems that store the data of communities around the world, mapping out unsaved peoples’ [sic] groups and spiritual mapping information for spiritual warfare. The greatest threat to democracy is Apostle Lou Engle who led the Family Research Council’s “Prayercast” (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/everything-you-need-know-about-frc-prayercast) against health-care reform that he termed heathen, a Webcast featuring Republican Senators Jim DeMint (SC) and Sam Brownback (KS), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) the latter who is certifiably mentally unstable or worse (http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog/2010/02/03/mentally-unstable-rep-michele-bachmann-invents-new-republican-healthcare-paranoia-liar-frank-luntz-okeefe-toxic-for-the-gop/ and where God told her to run for political office at http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/54001,news-comment,news-politics,michele-bachmann-the-woman-who-makes-sarah-palin-look-liberal and http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/5605/michele-bachmann-healthcare-reform-supporters-are-not-real-people that includes an insightful video of her inflammatory rhetoric), and a call for “martyrs” to die in defense of the “unborn” (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/10/27/115813/98).

One of the reasons Perry recognizes and endorses the NAR, is because this spiritual group is committed to replacing democracy with a religious dictatorship, which it sees as a necessary prelude for Christ’s return to earth, and has endorsed Perry for President of the USA. The NAR has no interest in supporting, defending or furthering democracy. 

The sole goal of the NAR is to create a religious dictatorship that is to be far more invasive and violent than even the Spanish Inquisition with “saved Christians” to be “ever militant” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiW67jrt5yI&feature=related).  To meet the demands of the NAR and stand firm for the “Second Coming” Perry has become a fervent believer in the “end

Pat Boone with Tim & Beverly LeHaye on Praise the Lord

of times” philosophical speculation of Tim and Beverly LeHaye who have turned to former crooner Pat Boone for support and interview on the television soap Praise the Lord once Jim and Tammy Bakker were released from the amusement park, and has followed their lead in denouncing “demons” while praying for the nation to “turn back to god.” 

The NAR (that is compared with the Taliban of jihadist Islam: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2011/07/whats-the-big-deal-with-the-new-apostolic-reformation.html) openly denounce Mormonism and Roman Catholicism as demonic (and has been, in turn, denounced by numerous religious groups include other Pentecostals at http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/newapostolic.html#cpeterwagner), but, also, claims that all Protestant denominations are seen as impediments to creating one unified religious establishment that should in turn control all of society, entirely replacing America’s secular democracy, and bringing about their own version of “one-world government”.  Perry wants to head this group. 

The NAR explicitly articulates this philosophy in terms of what’s known as the “Seven Mountains Mandate” (see video at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385×338122), which seeks to establish Christian dominance over seven culture-shaping spheres of activity: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, and religion. On one of Muthee’s several visits to Sarah Palin’s church the Wasilla Assembly of God church that is part of the Assemblies of God (Sarah Palin believes in witchcraft: http://www.alternet.org/rights/97939/weird_theology_in_wasilla%3A_a_look_inside_sarah_palin%27s_pentecostal_church/?page=entire), a Pentecostal denomination, he spoke for about ten minutes about the Seven Mountains Mandate that received start-up money from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/06/seven-mountains.html and http://www.reclaim7mountains.com/pages.asp?pageid=74130 where the website talks about a “battlefield” to wage a war to restore “Christian values”).  It believes in executing homosexuals, requiring marriage of everyone (while ignoring that Jesus never married: http://www.petertatchell.net/religion/jesus.htm), and gives absolute control to the male over the female in all areas.  Youth with a Mission (started by David Loren Cunningham, a man called “a false preacher” and “false prophet” by numerous evangelical groups including Pentecostals (http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/cunningham.html), who is aligned

Bill Bright 1921-2003

with Bill Bright of Texas who became a millionaire feeding off of the branding Campus Crusade for Christ.  Like the NAR, Bright’s ministry has been anything but spiritual: it has been a war not only for souls but minds, and total control over the individual.  Bright, however claimed that his ministry was an elevation of “the Biblical principle of prosperity and peace with God above the message of repentance from sin as the primary motive for accepting Christ as savior. Without emphasizing Hell and the just requirement of the Law, Bright convinced his audience to accept the sacrifice of Jesus as the only way of receiving the blessings of God” (http://www.christianebooks.com/blindedbythebright.htm), now known in many places as CRU)—have become mercenaries in Africa and India, slaughtering those who refuse to convert to Christianity and NAR. 

The goal of NAR and CRU are to take over the world and suppress, by force, all dissent so that everyone accepts the Jesus of the New Testament as a god—although the Jesus of the New Testament cannot be historically verified and has a split personality within the Gospels, and plays but a marginal role in the Epistles that changed Christianity into Paulinity.  Contemporary evangelical extremism, especially as seen in the rhetoric and publications of NAR and CRU is centered solely around theological terrorism, following Matthew 10:34-35.  A “call” is answered not only among those who sell religion, but politicians who use religion to gain votes and seats of power, from Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and others (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1985). Unholy Rollers: Televangelism and the Selling of Jesus. Arlington: Liberal Arts; Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988). Heaven’s Hustler: the Rise & Fall of Jimmy Swaggart.  Dallas: Monument; Ide, Arthur Frederick (1987).  Robertson: The Pulpit and the Power: plotting, planning, and pretending; Pat’s putsche for the Presidency.  Austin, TX: AAP).

The goal of gaining dominion over all of society is primary, and as such spiritual warfare is called upon to drive out demons that supposedly stand in the way of this goal plays a central role in NAR thinking (for a rejoinder read: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/orrel8.html and http://letusreason.org/pent13.htm where even Mel Gibson’s atrocity “The Last Temptation of Christ” is rejected, having been written by a nun sequestered in a sanitarium; see Ide, Arthur Frederick (2004). Crucifixion: what the Bible really says.  Chicago: Sepore). There are, three levels to spiritual warfare, as Talk2action.org explains in their glossary of NAR terms (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/8/6/135752/1937/):

Wagner's book on spiritual warfare (numerous translations)

Ground level spiritual warfare is casting out demons from individuals. It is to bring the world into a theocracy by organizing locally.  It includes camps for training children and youth.

Occult level spiritual warfare is a confrontation with demons operating through witchcraft and esoteric philosophies (examples are Freemasonry and Tibetan Buddhism).

Strategic Level spiritual warfare is the highest level, dealing with confrontation of territorial principalities that control entire communities, ethnic groups, religions, and nations.

C. Peter Wagner argues that spiritual warfare involves going to the highest place in a city or nation, like a mountain top, and trying to bind “territorial spirits,” the high-ranking demons that rule over specific geographical regions. The idea is that — if their demonic grip is broken — then the people who live in that region will respond en masse to the gospel, and they will be freed of sinful strongholds, like witchcraft, lust and greed.  The former professor of Church Growth at the Fuller Theological Seminary, writer, and teacher of faith healing, is notable for his assertions that Catholic saints bring honor to the spirits of darkness, and his promotion of the burning of their statues in Argentina and claims (unsubstantiated) of their subsequent burning. (Wagner, Charles Peter (1999).  Hard-Core Idolatry – Facing the Facts. Wagner Institute of Practical Ministry Press [self-published], pp 38-40, and Marsden, George M. (1987).  Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, pp. 292–295).  All that is missing from this equation is the physical burning and torture of heretics, in keeping with the medieval theology and the arguments of Martin Luther and his later disciples: Adolf Hitler, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and Rick Perry, but Wagner guarantees that this, too, will happen.

Michael S. B. Reid

While there are many evangelical critics of spiritual warfare and the NAR, and there is a great deal of material online, one supporter stands out:  Bishop Michael S. B. Reid.  Reid is the founder of Christian Congress for Traditional Values (CCTV). Born in 1944, Michael S.B. Reid (http://www.bishopmichaelreid.com/) resigned from the ministry in April 2008 after admitting to an eight-year extra-marital sexual relationship.  Leaving his post as Pentecostal pastor at Peniel Church in Brentwood, Essex,, he became an evangelist to the rest of the UK and overseas, was a former police officer and insurance salesman.  Reid took three degrees from Oral Roberts University (they are unaccredited), including an honorary Doctorate of Divinity (although he has never studied any aspect of theology or Bible, but relies on his own interpretation of inferior modern translations).  According to The Guardian, Reid declared:  “…gays are “filthy perverts”; Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are variously described in videoed sermons as “vile” and “foul heathens”.  Christians who do not work, Reid said in one recording, should be allowed to starve. He believes in capital punishment, and he would pull the trigger himself; lethal injection is too good for them, he says in one church video (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2000/nov/15/religion.uk).  Reid is a man prone to excessive violence, and unlimited hatred that he claims matches the hatred of his god and his god’s son waiting to storm out of heaven and conquer the earth in a final “end times” battle of brutality and bloodshed.

Benson Andrew Idahosa

Reid was given the title of bishop in 1995 by the late Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa (b. 1938), who has had no formal education in theology and is self-ordained and self-trained Pentecostal preacher and founder of Church of God Mission International of Benin City, Nigeria, because of Reid’s strict fundamentalism and calls to have homosexuals executed.  Along with his wife, Rev. Ruth Reid (who is also self-ordained and without theological training, she is ignorant in every biblical language and has difficulty with correct English, and is unable to determine the plagiarism that is rampant throughout her Bible), Reid has travelled globally and claims to have witnessed miraculous healings through his ministry.  None of Reid’s miracles have ever been substantiated nor recognized even by Pentecostal communities. 

Most recognize the Reids, husband and wife, to be frauds, in much the same manner as James Dobson and his wife Shirley, who preach hate and have turned Colorado Springs into a center of hate and loathing, are

Joel and Victoria Osteen (Chicago: US Celular Field) for "Night of Hope"

distinctively unlike the reverends Joel Scott (born 1963, and described as having “a blinding white smile and perfectly coiffed hair”) and Victoria L. Ilof Osteen (born 1987) who is co-pastor of Lakewood Church Houston live luxuriously and enjoy life unlike their fellow frauds who hearken on retribution, judgment, and hate.  While Joel Osteen argues that there is sin, he also intones that he is not a god and cannot judge the sin nor the sinner, but only give hope to the individual who comes to him for counseling.  In many ways that shows his marketing skills he used to build his father’s Houston empire, and does not carry the baggage of confessional religion. 

The Osteens are condemned by other televangelists and fundamentalists (http://www.forgottenword.org/osteen.html and referencing http://www.discernment.org/LeaventLakewood.htm and http://www.av1611.org/osteen.html) as the Osteens preach “positive poverty” (working your way out of debt) being the grace of poverty in Christ and they can fly First Class to vacations, resorts, conferences, and more as the Osteens operate a multimillion dollar ministry (http://www.suntimes.com/news/6843404-417/televangelist-joel-osteens-night-of-hope-coming-to-chicago.html; the Osteens have no theological training, Joel’s is in marketing which he used to promote his father John who was a Southern Baptist preacher before he became a Charismatic, who initiated the Osteen ministry) which inspires many to turn to him for his positive message (on October 14, 2007, Reformed theologian Michael Horton, told CBS “60 Minutes” that Osteen preaches heresy—put theology back into the Middle Ages complete with demons, devils, witches, warlocks and Satan). 

Reid is a founder member of the Christian Congress for Traditional Values (CCTV) to monitor challenges to family life and traditional belief in the UK, and since its creation been involved in numerous sex scandals (http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/BRENTWOOD-Bishop-Reid-affairs/story-12623159-detail/story.html).   In 2009, Reid was arrested for rape (http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23742373-police-quiz-bonking-bishop-over-rape-claim.do and http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/BRENTWOOD-Bishop-arrested-rape/story-12640340-detail/story.html).  

As for Reid’s academic ability, which is marginal, Reid is the author of Strategic level spiritual warfare, a modern mythology? : A detailed evaluation of the biblical, theological, and historical bases of spiritual warfare in contemporary thought (Fairfax, Va. : Xulon Press, c2002).  The book remains a devastating Bible-based critique, in which he writes, regarding Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (SLSW):

“There is no foundation in the Old Testament for this practice, nor any indication that the devil has any intrinsic power or authority. Satan’s only weapon is deception and his only sphere of influence that which God permits for His own eternal purposes.

“In the New Testament, the picture is similar; there is no evidence to suggest that Christians are called to engage in an on-going conflict with spiritual forces in the cosmic realm. The Scripture is quite clear in its teaching that Christ defeated Satan completely at Calvary and that Christians have been freed from his power.”

Reid sees this unscriptural ideology usurping God’s role and elevating mere mortals to a higher place – precisely the sort of thing that NAR’s leading advocates accuse secularists of doing:

“The whole focus of SLSW is on the devil and his demonic host … Man has become the fulcrum of redemption, holding the balance of power between God and the devil in the battle for the souls of men, and the gospel itself rendered impotent without the preliminary work of pulling down demonic strongholds … These are serious matters which call into question the very basis of the Christian faith.”

Reid has interesting friends.  Interesting friends, and Reid’s admission is another blow to the International Communion of Charismatic Churches; former presiding archbishop Earl Paulk was last year engulfed in numerous sex scandals (he fathered a child with his brother’s wife: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1570079/Archbishop-fathered-child-with-brothers-wife.html), including allegations of sexual abuse

Earl Paulk with TBN favorite, Dottie Rambo

(the archbishop, his brother and the church were sued by Mona Brewer, a former church employee, who claimed Earl manipulated her into having a 14-year affair by telling her it was her only path to salvation; her claim was buttressed by the testimony of seven other women who made the same charges against the archbishop and his brother). Richard Roberts, meanwhile, was recently forced to resign from the presidency of Oral Roberts University over claims of financial mismanagement by Oral’s son Richard Roberts who used a university jet for his daughter’s pleasure while condemning homosexuality—knowing that his son, Randy Roberts Potts, is gay and now gives sermons denouncing his grandfather and father’s hypocrisy; http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/11/05/Oral_Roberts_Grandson_It_Gets_Better/ that includes a video; cf.  http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2007/10/06/god-speaks-against-frivolous-lawsuits/ cp. The investigator, John Hagee, received a lavish salary for his “investigation” of corruption at ORU; http://www.rickross.com/reference/tv_preachers/tv_preachers7.html

Hagee’s auditorship was criticized from the beginning, as critics complained that because Hagee family members were appointed as ministry officers, there was a “conflict of interest”, since they could all “determine their own salaries, benefits and other forms of compensation.” Another conflict was that Hagee enjoyed royalty payments on products promoted through the donation-funded GETV – a practice specifically forbidden by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).  Reid himself has long-standing links with Oral Roberts and ORU.

Michael Reid and friends; from Reid's book "Faith: It's God Given" (2002)

One of Reid’s friends is Ted Haggard who had a life similar to his own, but his preference was for young men (http://articles.cnn.com/2009-01-29/us/lkl.ted.haggard_1_ted-haggard-head-pastor-church-staff-member?_s=PM:US.  Haggard would state regularly that the twenty year old males would initiate sex, but he was helpless to stop it), rather than women. 

Ted Haggard became news beyond the NAR

Haggard’s male companions were at least of legal age.  What brought Haggard to fame, outside of his male lover, was his association with the leader of the NAR Presiding Apostle C. Peter Wagner, a longtime Christian educator and graduate school mentor of Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, and partnering with Ted Haggard, then pastor of the New Life Christian Church in Colorado Springs, to build the initial nerve center of the movement in Colorado Springs that has become the hub for the broken wheel of fringe groups of the radical right seeking the overthrow of USA democracy, alignment with Israel, and a worldwide theocracy with cells in all fifty states and over forty countries bent on world revolution and the overthrow of all governments (read: http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/1/20/131544/037). 

Rev. Joe Barron, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX under arrest

Closer to the general thinking of Reid is Joe Barron, who was one of the 40 ministers at Prestonwood Baptist Church and staunch supporter of Rick Perry and his brand of evangelism.  The Prestonwood Baptist Church is one of the largest churches in the United States with 26,000 members, and its ministers paid well as its treasury had ample means. 

Arrest of Rev. Joe Barron of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

Barron was arrested on May 15, 2008 for solicitation of sex with a minor.  He drove from the Dallas area to Bryan, Texas, allegedly in order to engage in sexual relations with what he thought to be a 13 year-old girl he had met online.  The thirteen year-old girl was actually an undercover law enforcement official (http://blogs.wooeb.com/Brendan123456789/Post.aspx?postID=20744 and http://www.mahalo.com/joe-barron/).  The like The Family of C Street in Washington, DC, the NAR excuses all infractions of immorality if committed by an “Apostle” or one “dedicated to the ministry.”

While the fundamentalists and evangelicals for Perry and his brand of Christianity have problems drilling for sex, Perry has little hesitancy to drill in other virgin areas: the Alaska tundra and even Texas’ forests and reserves.  Obviously the governor of Texas has some oil connections for he is supported by the greatest oil barons of Dallas, TX, the Hunt Brothers whose duplicity is rivaled only by the Koch Brothers of Kansas, who robs South American nations of their oil by paying less than the going rate and selling it for a usurious profit. With Perry as a candidate, we’re almost certain to have more of the sort of pro-oil, anti-environment rhetoric that suffused Sarah Palin’s tenure on the Republican ticket.

When the BP spill was still churning oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Perry called it “just an act of God” (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36691.html) and warned against any “knee-jerk reaction” that might include things like halting deepwater drilling until the dangers could be assessed, arguing that such attempts to stop “the work of God” in exploring and pumping for oil would bring divine displeasure on the State of Texas and the nation. By defending the destruction of the ecology and rape of nature, Perry pious pronouncements received $129,890 from the oil and gas industry (http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2010/08/17/big-oil-money-at-the-state-level-mostly-goes-to-influence-the-public-not-the-politicians/) that he used to finance his last reelection campaign.

Brothers William Herbert Hunt, left, Lamar Hunt, center, and Nelson Baker Hunt leave Federal Court in New York in this Aug. 19, 1988 (Charles Wenzelberg photo for AP)

Each time oil prices rise, including in Texas, Perry glorifies his god and pontificates that increases in oil prices are good for the Texas economy (at least for the Hunt family) (http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/07/ten-reasons-why-the-texas-economy-is-growing-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-rick-perry/).  The Hunt Brothers, as corrupt as the Koch Brothers played with fortunes in an effort to become increasingly more obscenely wealth.  A huge endorsement by one of the world’s richest investors sent silver prices surging to a 10-year high Wednesday, on February 4, 1998, raising memories of a speculative binge that wound up trashing the metal. In 1980, the Hunt brothers of Texas tried to corner the market and drove prices from around $6 an ounce to a high of $52.50. But when the silver market collapsed just weeks after hitting its peak, the Hunt brothers were left with $1 billion in losses.  This dimmed their zeal, but not in the area of religion or politics.

 Perry told reporters that each time the price of gasoline jumps at the pumps new jobs are created (in the service and lower sector economy) and with it comes a rise in GDP for the state.  The Texas governor totally ignores that when gas and oil prices rise it is a drain on the rest of the country, but that is irrelevant, Perry declares, as the primary concern must be the enrichment of “Texas [oil barons] and its people”.

Perry is not universally loved in Texas or the rest of the USA, especially not by legal (and illegal) immigrants.  His record and words on immigrants (legal and illegal) are chameleon and change as does the wind, depending on his advisors prognostication as to his political chances for advancement.

Percent of Hispanics in Continental USA

Texas’ population has grown 20 percent during Perry’s time in office, and much of that growth has been immigration from Latin America, primarily from Mexico and Central American nations where labor is cheap and workers are willing to toil for pennies in the hot Texas sun; the number of Mexicans is being challenged now with an increase in migration from Perú, Columbia and Uruguay. Up until he began toying with the idea of a presidential run, Perry was a moderate on immigration and did not side with states more hostile to Latinos, such as Arizona, as Texas needed cheap farm labor.

Originally Perry criticized Arizona’s SB 1070 which put new roadblocks in the way of illegal Mexican immigrants.  In fact, in 2001 he signed the state DREAM Act into law. That all changed when he decided he “might” run for President of the USA—a nation he despises and from which he wanted Texas to secede.  Shani O. Hilton at ColorLines wrote, in explanation:

“…Perry’s apparently positioning himself to be a social conservative darling. On immigration, he recently revived a bill that would crack down on so-called ‘sanctuary’ cities — localities where the government prohibits police officers from asking about the immigration status of legally detained residents.”

(http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/07/rick_perry_positions_himself_for_gop_field_by_flip_flopping_on_immigration.html):

The sanctuary cities bill would allow police to inquire about immigration status of any person arrested or detained—even at a routine traffic stop. (http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11261/base-rhetoric-rick-perry-sure-sounds-like-hes-running-for-president).   Perry’s big business buddies opposed Perry’s proposed legislation, but Perry’s willingness to proceed with it, despite the fact that he will lose (at least temporarily) their support, is the clearest sign yet that he’s aiming for the national stage, especially as he tuned up his rhetoric on executions and same-sex marriages, hot topics that appeal to the most conservative and ill-educated folk in the USA who know little to nothing on human psychology of genetics.

Perry’s favored pastime is determining when a convicted felon should die, after being sentenced by a court to death.  Rick Perry has a unique place in USA history, as Perry has presided over the execution of 232 people; the previous record, 152, was held by the previous Governor of Texas George W. Bush.  Like the junior Bush who never really held a job before taking over the presidency of the USA, Perry has never been worried about facts in a case, and has discounted all scientific investigation when there is doubt about someone convicted to die for a crime, as Liliana Segura wrote (http://lilianasegura.com/post/4839551250/the-fire-this-time):

Cameron Todd Willingham and son

“Outside of Texas, the name Cameron Todd Willingham did not mean much to most people until the fall of 2009. In a 17-page article published by The New Yorker magazine, a curious and brave woman, a brilliant fire expert, and an investigative journalist re-opened the case against this man who was put to death for killing his children. The ‘classic arson case’ was picked apart, revealed to have been based on junk science and a misguided sense of expert intuition. Proof of the flawed fire investigation had been rushed to Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole before the execution, to no avail. Five years later, the article uncovered new evidence to all but confirm what a number of people had suspected for years: That the state of Texas had executed an innocent man.”

Cameron Todd Willingham was neither god nor monster. Like Perry and the hundreds of prisoners whose death warrants he has signed, he was all too human. But his last words are now immortal:

The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for twelve years for something I did not do. From God’s dust I came and to dust I will return, so the Earth shall become my throne.”

(Read, also: http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_56756.shtml)

Perry’s utter lack of interest in examining the evidence of Willingham’s innocence shows us something about the man: calloused, uneducated indifference to facts and reality.  Perry has become far worse than George W. Bush.  Bush had no consciousness of right or wrong, but gave into political expediency on the instruction of those who controlled him (including his father George H. W. Bush).  One of the most junior Bush’s first acts as governor of Texas was to reject clemency for a man who had severe brain damage and an IQ of 60, allowing the man to be executed the evening of his inauguration: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/node/659.

Humberto Leal Garcia Jr.

The Willingham execution was not the most controversial example of Perry’s execution mania.  Worse was his indifference to a Mexican citizen, allowing Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., to be executed over the objections of the Mexican government, his own president, and the International Court of Justice (cf. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/02/opinion/la-ed-treaty-20110702).   While George W. Bush, in 2005, ordered all states to comply with the international law mandating consular access to officials from their home country for foreign nationals, Rick Perry was the only one not to comply.  As the world condemned Perry and Texas, Texas evangelicals and conservatives

Christian crusade in Uganda to kill the gays ("Hang Them")

rejoiced at Perry’s auto de fé as Rick’s supporters actively and vocally seek out death sentences, not just of criminals but of all whom they argue disgrace the “laws of [their] god”—from executing criminals in Texas to funneling Texas money to evangelicals in Uganda, Nigeria and other African nations to “kill the gays” (on Christian fundamental fanaticism, inaugurated by evangelical preacher Scott Lively and Rick Warren of Saddleback church of California is among the most bloodthirsty of evangelists who argues that there are more “Christians” in Africa than in Europe or the USA. (http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v24n4/us-christian-right-attack-on-gays-in-africa.html; he has given an apologetic response claiming that as a pastor he cannot speak out, but he does; read: Miller, Lisa (November 29, 2009).  Pastor Rick Warren Responds to Proposed Antigay Ugandan Legislation Newsweek. Retrieved December 6, 2009), especially in Uganda, read: http://www.lgbtpov.com/2011/05/uganda-kill-the-gays-bill-and-the-christian-right-connection/;  the attack upon those the radical right does not feel fit the mode of a Christian is focused on by the Uganda-based

Stephen Langa (Uganda pastor)

Family Life Network – led by Stephen Langa (Executive Director of Family Life Network) with the goal of “restoring” traditional family values and morals in Uganda – teamed with two U.S. hate mongers from the Christian Right, Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively and Dan Schmierer of the ex-gay group Exodus International that demands that Parliament hunt down and slaughter anyone even suspected of being homosexual (http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v24n4/us-christian-right-attack-on-gays-in-africa.html); for excesses by Muslim fundamentalists, read: Jonathan Clayton, “500 butchered in Nigeria killing fields,” The Sunday Times (March 8, 2010) at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article7054630.ece).  

Lou Engle anoints Mike Huckabee May 2009

Atlanta-based Pastor Fred Hartley of the Lilburn

Julius Oyet (Lifeline Ministries)

Alliance Church and a strong supporter of Rick Perry and the Tea Party has been fund-raising for the ministry of Julius Oyet, one of the professed co-authors of the “Kill the Gays” bill.  Republican preacher Lou Engle who created the hate group TheCall and has never studied theology, but brags unabashedly that he has Holy water running in his veins: “Wherever I go I spit, but it’s holy water”, has blessed Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich (http://www.talk2action.org/story/2009/6/7/144847/9340), and claims that Kansas Senator Sam Brownback was his roommate for seven months in DC when staying at the Family bunker on C Street in the nation’s capital (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCKXFMqumlg),  has led mass rallies at the Makerere University Sports Field in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, demanding that all homosexuals be put to death “even on mere suspicion of being homosexual” (cf. “helping incite near-genocidal antigay hatred in Uganda:” and  http://www.talk2action.org/story/2009/12/20/224021/61 and http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/4/24/133020/140 and ) as “God” is the greatest of all terrorists:

Where there is shedding of innocent blood, there is no atonement for the land. There is a blood pollution problem on America’s soil. The most “dangerous terrorist” is not Islam but God. One of God’s names is the avenger of blood. Have you worshipped [sic] that God yet.” (read the pdf at http://bound4life.com/shedding_of_innocent_blood.pdf).

Many see this ribald and ratcheted attack on basic rights as one more sign that Texas is leading the USA into becoming the Fourth Reich and will improve Perry’s chances to become President of the USA. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jul/08/rick-perry-texas-leal). 

Same-sex Marriage—is a loaded issue, especially in Texas, but Perry is unique in his opposition to same-sex marriage, and to homosexuality (although most of the Texas LGBT community knows that he is a gay, albeit closeted for the most part, male). At one time he argued that same-sex marriages should be a state’s rights policy matter (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/23/rick-perry-gay-marriage-a_n_907685.html).   Later he defined it as needing a US Constitutional amendment banning it altogether (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/30/rick-perry-gay-marriage_n_914060.html).    Perry takes his most virulent homophobic rhetoric from Christian theological terrorist Rev. Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas (http://www.operationrebirth.com/archive/dwightmckissic.html and cf. Austin, TX American-Statesman at http://www.statesman.com/metrostate/content/metro/stories/09/11perryside.html)  who laments: “They have devil worship. They advertise ‘Sin City’ tours. They celebrate Southern decadence. Girls go wild in New Orleans,” — actually suggested that God sent Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans to “purify out nation” because of the supposed acceptance of homosexuality: (http://www.ethicsdaily.com/news.php?viewStory=6285)

During the anti-gay marriage campaign, Gov. Perry invited gay and lesbian military veterans returning home to consider living in another state.  Perry proclaims that LGBT people living in Texas are “dishonoring Texas” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/12/AR2005061201433.html).

At best Rick Perry is a fraud; in reality he is a hypocrite who feeds off others, pathetically and pathologically lies, and plans on overthrowing the democratic order established in the USA.  I move to Texas in 1977.  I owned a house in Mesquite, TX, and watched the laying of the LBJ Freeway that was still a dream (the main thoroughfare was Loop 12).  While walking through the field surrounding what would become Town East Mall, I mused on the latest letter threatening me and my property, having written a book entitled Evangelical Terrorism. (See: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1986). Evangelical Terrorism: Censorship, Falwell, Robertson, and the Seamy Side of Christian Fundamentalism.  Irving: Scholars) which received a modest review in Playboy magazine in the same year.  That review not only overwrought colleagues that I worked with, damning its appearance in the magazine—copies which they had complete with centerfold—but by local evangelical churches, and letters from elected officials warning me that my time was short.

On a Monday in 1987, I received a visit from a “cowboy”.  Not knowing who he was, but that he was a Democrat from West Texas, I told I already had contributed the maximum I could afford, and asked him to leave.  Later, I went to Albertson’s grocery story, ran into him again, and was surprised when he asked if I wanted sex with him.  I told him, sharply, I did not want sex with anyone.  He proffered me a photo, which for various reasons I kept in my Bible: the main reason being that I was writing a book on unwanted sexual advances. Twice more he found me: in spring 1988 and late fall 1988, and twice again I declined, explaining I enjoyed living alone. 

On January 30, 1989,  I took my mother on a shopping tour, and returning home found police in my home with no search warrant, no reason given as to why I was not allowed to enter my own home, and ordered to leave by Detective Robinson.  Late that night, about six hours after the initial request for information, a fat cop from Mesquite produced a search warrant, and the police began to haul bags out of my home.  I was ultimately told that some “middle teens” had broken into my home and “used” my bedroom, and found pornography. 

The case was to be turned over to Dallas County District Attorney John Vance—not long intelligence but shorter or spirit.  Later he would state that I wrote pornography as he found one book with three females holding hands (the title of the book is God’s Girls: the Ordination of Women in the Early Christian Church) which, I was informed, promoted lesbianism.  When they found dated copies of Playboy, Playgirl, and Penthouse I was promptly labeled “trash” and informed that “Jesus will not accept you.”

Mom noted that the police claimed the boys came through the back door—and pointed at it—it was locked. Nothing was broken.  They came through the window. Those who used my home for a private tryst, I learned, were Christopher Hitt and Kenneth Taylor, and did not live far from me.  Later I was told that I could never publicly expose them or their names since they were underage; I promptly wrote, and later had published Guilty until Proven Innocent: the Illusion—Texas Justice Dallas Style (Las Colinas: Monument, 1991) where their names and full details appear on page 38. 

Texas A&M 1969

On February 23, 1990, the Dallas Times Herald published a very short piece that I had been arrested; I read about my arrest while sitting in my cubicle at AAFES on Walton Walker Boulevard in Dallas.  I never was arrested, but posted bond to fly to San Diego to give a lecture. 

The DA wanted me to testify against Taylor, but Hitt was not mentioned.  Leaving the courthouse, I ran into the same cowboy who made the same offer, and I gave the same reply.  Later I would learn that he had been talking with the DA about the possibility I would expose the cover-up and somehow involve him and ruin his political career.  I only knew him by the name of Rick, knew he had been a Democrat from Haskell and supported Al Gore in the 1988 primaries for president.  What I learned latter was that he knew Christopher Hitt.  For that reason I was not to testify against Hitt.  I looked again at the photo the man gave me of his days at Texas A&M University.

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Bradlee Dean: Minnesota Nazi and would-be assassin

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Evangelist Bradlee Dean

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

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

Bradlee Dean on YouTube

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

Mass execution of homosexuals in Iran 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Terry Morrow

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

Speaker Kurt Zellers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Resurrection, Immortality, Trinity

Christians today argue that Jesus was the first and only person resurrected from the grave, that immortality is part of Jewish and Christian theology, and that the concept of three-gods-in-one-god (the Trinity) is unique to and with Christianity.  None of that is true.

Resurrection, immortality, and the Trinity are thousands of years older than Christianity or the establishment of the Christian church by the Emperor Constantine at his Council of Nicaea in the fourth century CE (325 CE).  We find the accounts of all three theological concepts going back to ancient Egypt (see Pleyte and Rossi, Papyrus de Turin. Facsimilés par F. Rossi de Turin, et publiés par W. Pleyte de Leideplates. Leide, E. J. Brill, 1869-76, plates 31, 77, 131, 138; cp. Wiedemann, Die Religion, p. 29, with summaries in Erman, Adolf (1934). Die Religion der Ägypter, ihr Werden und Vergehen in vier Jahrtausenden, Berlin, De Gruyter; and Erman, Adolf (1923). Aegypten und aegyptisches leben im altertum, von Adolf Erman; neu bearb. von Hermann Ranke, mit einem farbigen titelbild, 100 abbildungen auf 42 tafeln, sowie 276 strichzeichnungen, 2 karten und Schriftproben im text. Tübingen, Mohr, p. 359; cp. Maspero, Gaston Camille Charles (1901?). Histoire ancienne des peuples de l’Orient classique”, [1] Les origines, Égypte et Chaldée. [2] Les premières mêlées des peuples. [3] Les empires. London, The Grolier society [1901?], Vol. 1, pp. 162-164; original English translated from the French published under the title of Life in ancient Egypt and Assyria. From the French of G. Maspéro. With one hundred and eighty-eight illustrations, New York, D. Appleton and company, 1892: an abbreviated version).

We read the account of the resurrection in the Papyrus of Nekht (British Museum, No. 10471, Sheet 21): O Ra, who are Heru-Khuti, the divine man-child, the heir of eternity, self-begotten and self-born, king of the earth, prince of the Tuat [Other World] … you are the god of life, you the lord of love, all men live when you shine, you are crowned king of all the gods … [You are the] lord of eternity, the prince of everlastingness, you sovereign of all the gods, you the god of life, you creator of eternity, you maker of heaven wherein you are firmly established.  The Company of the Gods rejoice at your rising, the earth is glad when it beholds your rays; the people who have been long dead come forth with cries of joy to see your beauties every day [as they resurrect from their earthly graves] in this rapture:

Papyrus of Kekht (British Museum No. 19471 Sheet 21)

While the Trinity (Osiris, Isis, and Horus) have always played a unified role in ancient Egyptian theology, they are not unique.  The Trinity, however, had a special role in preserving the body and guaranteeing the faithful immortality. This ran from the first dynasty up to and including the Ptolemaic period were there was a common theme: “Soul to heaven body to earth” (5th dynasty), “The essence is in heaven, your body to earth” (sixth dynasty), to “Heaven has your soul, the earth has your body” (Ptolemaic period).  All of these are reflected in the Papyrus of Ani, Chapter LXXXIV (Plate XXVIII.1.15) which reads: “I am Shu or divine company. My soul is God [and] my soul is eternity.” (Cp. Recueil de travaux relatifs à la philologie et à l’archéologie égyptiennes et assyriennes. 1870-1888: Paris : F. Vieweg, Libr., [1870-1923], t. IV, p. 71, l. 582, and V, p. 45, l. 304; an online translation, minus the hieroglyphics, is at http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ebod/ebod05.htm; the original was printed in 1866 in Paris; my copy is to fragile from constant reading and reference to reproduce for this blog).

The concept of the soul appears in the Hymn for Sunrise (Papyrus of Ani pl. 21):  [26b] “You mould your limbs as you advance, you bring them forth, you who never was brought forth in the form of Ra [you are eternal], who ascends into the highest part of heaven.  Grant that I may reach the heaven of eternity [everlasting life], and the region where your favored ones dwell. May I unite with [l. 28] those holy and perfect Spirit-souls of Khert-Neter. … [l. 29] My two hands are raised to you in praise and thanksgiving [l. 30] when you set in life  (i.e. as a living being, or in the Land of Life]. Behold, you are the Creator of Eternity (or Eternal Creator), who are adored when you set in Nu [deified celestial waters: holy waters]. I have set you in my heart, without [l. 31] wavering, as You are more divine than the [other] gods”, with the papyrus as presented here:

"Hymn for sunrise" (Resurrection of the dead), Papyrus of Ani pl. 21

 The Holy Egyptian Trinity:

While Egyptian theology believed in immortality, few others did, and no tribe in the Middle East had a concept of an afterlife. The Apiru (who would become the Hebrews) saw death as opening to darkness.  Ancient Arabs saw life as stopping and consciousness evaporating. But one thing all cultures had in common, save for the most backward in the Middle East after the fall of the advanced civilization of Babylon, was the concept of a Trinity–which began both in ancient Egypt and India and spread outward but did not take hold in what would become ancient Israel until after the fifth century CE.

All ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia and Europe had three gods leagued together: one was always a child who was growing in intelligence and thus considered to be Knowledge (logos).  Statues of these Trinities are common place.  The most common came out of India and Hindu theology. 

Trimurti (Hindu Trinity)

YHWH weds Asherah (ancient Canaanite art)

From India came the Apiru, a disgruntled agricultural lot of migrant marauders led by a mythological father known as Abraham (the Hindu god Brahma) who sold his wife only to reclaim her with demands of extortion to gain cattle, sheep, and other forms of wealth. Even the Apiru came to Cana they came with their gods, the favored being the agricultural god YHWH (2 Kings 18:4; 21:7; cf. http://blog.eteacherbiblical.com/2008/05/25/married-deities-asherah-and-yahweh-in-early-israelite-religion/).

Yah of Samaria and his Asherah (old potsherd)

 There were many Yah gods throughout the lands of Egypt (where the word originated), Canaan,  and Assyria.  Yah is associated with the moon-god of Egypt and is symbolized with the heifer/cow gods of Jeroboam reflecting the ancient India cultural theology of worshipping the cow (in Egypt the cow was associated with the goddess Isis and a part of sexual ritual that included homosexuality and bestiality–both which were commonly accepted formats of worshipping the deity and not condemned), and accompanied by goats (those easily led).  The consort of Yahweh was not the one playing the flute–but the cow (which is why some societies still refer to the wife as a cow or heifer).   There is no validity to the claim that Yahweh was unique nor the real God of Israel–as archaeology and ancient texts shows that Yah belongs to the pantheon of Egyptian deities. 

Babylonians used an equilateral triangle to represent this three-in-one god. Babylonians worshiped a trinity of gods: Ea – the god of water, Anu – the god of the sky, and Enlil – the storm god. Later, a second trinity developed – Sin, Shamash and Ishtar.

King Melishipak I (1186–1172 B.C.E.) presents his daughter to Shamash, the sun, represented at the right, next to Nanna and Ishtar.

From the Babylonian culture came the ontology and theology of the Sumerians.

Sumerian gods (wings depicted rapid movement in flight)

According to the Sumerians their gods came from a distant planet they were told was called Nibiru (Planet of the Crossing.)  The Assyrians and Babylonians called it ‘Marduk’, after their chief god.  Sumerians left a long history of these space travelers, whom, they were told, developed their astrology and told the Sumerians that one year on planet Nibiru, a sar, was equivalent in time to 3600 earth years.  The Nibirus also claimed that Anunnaki lifespans were 120 sars which is 120 x 3600 or 432,000 years, and that they had been on the planet we know as Earth for 440,000 years. According to the King List 120 sars had passed from the time the Anunnaki arrived on Earth to the time of the Flood that covered Sumeria (it did not cover the earth). However when the Lofty Ones [space travellers] came to Earth their lifespans began to sync with Earth’s faster orbit and they faced rapid aging compared to that on Nibiru. The Sumerians never called the Anunnaki, ‘gods.’ They were called din.gir, a two-syllable word. ‘Din‘ meant ‘righteous, pure, bright’ while ‘gir‘ was a term used to describe a sharp-edged object. As an epithet for the Anunnaki ‘dingir’ meant ‘righteous ones of the bright pointed objects:’ which many have interpreted as being swords or spears–and with them came the beginning of foundries of weapons and the Bronze Age heralded by gods who came like birds in groups of three.

Birth of Athena from head of Zeus

The Greek triad was composed of Zeus, Athena and Apollo.   Greek religion was different from many others in that it had no great founder, no sacred books and no priestly caste system. Rather than just belief, Greek religious worship was a matter of cheerful practice incorporated into daily life, and their gods were very “earthly” with the same carnal lusts, desire for wine and other alcoholic drinks, committed adultery freely, and more (see: http://www.suite101.com/content/understanding-the-worlds-religions-a62138).

Three Goddesses

One of the largest pagan temples built by the Romans was constructed at Ballbek (situated in present day Lebanon) to their Trinity of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus.  Jupiter did have a son (Vulcan) by his wife Juno, and the son was acclaimed by the ancient Romans to be “the Son of God” and recognized as “sitting on

Vulcan son of Jupiter crossing the heavens in a winged chariot

the right hand of his Father who is in the heavens … giving guidance through the ministrations of his Holy Wife”–Vulcan was a part of the early Roman Trinity that would take on various shapes through the passing of time until this ancient theology influenced the emperors of the decaying empire to insist on the incorporation of a Trinity into Christian theology.  What is unique is that the image of Vulcan was portrayed commonly as a god riding in a winged chariot across the heavens, in the same way that Old Testament prophets

Prophet Elijah's Chariot of Fire (Icon courtesy of http://www.eikonografos.com used with permission)

are said to have traveled or seen wheels in the heavens in their eagerness to see their god YHWH (cp. the prophet Elijah (Hebrew: אליהו), also Elias (NT Greek Hλίας), in 2 Kings 2:11;  in many Slavic nations Elijah is sometimes referred to as Gromovik (literally “Thunderer” which is the Slavic god of storms, snows, and rains).

There is no evidence the Apostles of Jesus ever heard of a Trinity. The Bible does not teach the doctrine of the Trinity. 

The disciples viewed Jesus as the ‘one mediator between God and men,’ (1 Timothy 2:5) not as God himself. A mediator by definition is someone separate from those who need mediation.

While Christians since the sixth century liked to proclaim that Egypt was one of the original Christian bastions, that was not true, as the old religion of the past remained strong until the sixth century and only caved into the worship of “the Messenger” (Jesus) because of imperial force.  Augustine of Hippo was neither Egyptian nor respected in Egypt but seen as a mad man who lusted openly and wrote about his sexual conquests in his Confessions.

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Bob Vander Plaats and the Rise of Iowa’s Nazis

Between 1929 and 1933 the SA (Sturmabteilung) was instrumental in Hitler’s rise to power. Led by Ernst Röhm, an ambitious professional soldier, the SA became increasingly violent in its support of the Nazi Party. When Röhm refused to curtail the violence after the Nazis came to power, Hitler ordered Röhm and his top aides to be executed. The purge, known as the “Night of the Long Knives,” (30 June 1934 to July 2) eliminated rivals, especially “activist judges” and jurist who sought to protect basic human rights–including the right of association.

When Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, the first thing that his Nazi party did was to take control of the courts, local government, and all civic organizations except the Protestant and Catholic churches. The courts were the Nazis primary concern–seeing the courts of Germany as too liberal and too concerned with individual human and civil rights.

Nazi Judge Freisler who would not tolerate homosexuals

On March 23, 1933, the Nazi-dominated Reichstag passed a law “for the removal of distress from the people and the state.” This law, known as the Enabling Act, gave the government full dictatorial powers and, in effect, suspended basic civil and human rights for four years. When the president had signed it, Hitler had a firm “legal” basis on which to govern as he pleased. He had also destroyed the constitution through outwardly legal means. 

By mid-July 1933, the government had outlawed freedom of the press, all trade unions, and all political parties except the Nazis. The Gestapo (secret state police) hunted down the enemies and opponents of the government. People were jailed or shot on suspicion alone. By the time Hindenburg died in August 1934, Hitler ruled Germany completely. He assumed the title Fuhrer und Reichskanzler (leader and Reich chancellor). 

The People’s Court had been established by Hitler as part of the government’s war on terrorism after the terrorist firebombing of the German parliament building. Displeased with the independence of the judiciary in the trials of the suspected Reichstag terrorists, Hitler had set up the People’s Court to ensure that terrorists and traitors would receive the “proper” verdict and punishment. Judicial proceedings were conducted in secret for reasons of national security (cp. http://www.mcgill.ca/channels/announcements/item/?item_id=22295).

On July 14, 1933, Hitler pushed through “The Enabling Act” granting him supreme power, including power over the entire court system. Any court opinion, judgment, or ruling that he opposed required that those jurists who issued the opposing ruling had to step down, be impeached, and in most cases shot to death.

The Nazis proclaimed that the “profession of the attorney is not a trade but a service to the law”, requiring attorneys to raise the bar and respect the will of the Führer over the self-interest of their client (See: Matthew Lippman.  “Law, Lawyers, and Legality in the Third Reich:  The Perversion of Principle and Professionalism.”  Temple International and Comparative Law Journal  (Fall 1997):  11).  What were once innocent interactions between lawyers were now considered ethical breaches.  The threat of retribution often deterred lawyers from involvement in politically sensitive cases.  In sum, the sovereignty of the legal profession was lost as lawyers were absorbed into Nazi organizations and subjected to the supervision and stringency of the Nazi regime.  Ideological conformity was stressed as opposed to intellectual competence.  

A series of notices, soon to be called Judges’ Letters began in circulation.  Their purpose was to instruct jurists to preserve the purity of the nation.  The Letters proved to be a successful effort in influencing judicial decision-making.  How much was voluntary is highly disputed though, because jurists were aware that their decisions were subjected to surveillance and scrutiny and that these letters would be distributed to their peers.  Failure to comply with the Letters or their recommendations would surely lead to punishment.

In conjunction with regulating attorneys and jurists the Nazi party also felt the responsibility to police the judiciary.  The Ministry of Justice began to issue instructions to prosecutors concerning appropriate punishment for each case, which was then immediately relayed from the prosecutors to the judges.  The judiciary merely accepted these persuasions, and acted accordingly.  Unfortunately the initial coordination between the executive and legislative branches wasn’t fully effective in regards to controversial verdicts.  In a fit of frustration Hitler announced to the Reichstag that he would directly intervene in the judicial process (See: ibid, pp. 18, 21). 

The most infamous institutional creation was established in April 24, 1934 and named the People’s Court.  The creation of the People’s Court proved popular in evangelical communities throughout the USA, especially in Long Island, NY.

Long Island NY USA support for Nazis and Hitler

 This court was envisioned to replace the Supreme Court and the first and last resort in treason trials.  Each hearing sat five members, each appointed for five years by Hitler.  Politics rather than law, with the main goal to eliminate opposition to National Socialism, blatantly guided the court.  In 1941 the People’s Court delivered death sentences to ten percent of the defendants with the figures culminating between 1942 and 1944 when it rose to forty percent, approximately 12, 891 death sentences.  These are the courts that Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa wants established in Iowa for Iowans and anyone who opposes him.

The efficiency of the Special Courts necessitated their expansion.  In 1943, The Reich Minister of Justice observed that the Special Courts now heard virtually all important criminal cases.  Basically speaking, anyone convicted of a criminal case was sent to a court that never allowed appeal, found minimal individuals innocent and were encouraged to dole out death penalties to those found guilty.  The emergence of new courts did not stop here (for further commentary and videos see: http://researchris.blogspot.com/2008/08/why-germans-supported-hitler.html; cp. Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Three new deals : reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933-1939; translated by Jefferson Chase. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2006).

Lutheran Bishop Muller endorses the Reich

Hitler, a devout Roman Catholic, had the support not only of the Lutheran Church (one of the two official religions in twentieth-century Germany) but also of the evangelical movement. “I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.” (see John Toland, Adolf Hitler, New York: Anchor Publishing, 1992, p. 507). The German leader of the Third

The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, vol. 1, Oxford: Oxford

Hitler endorsed by Roman Catholic bishops

University Press, 1942, p. 378; cf. p. 371). So fearful of atheism and what he termed “open doors to atheism”, that Hitler promised never to tolerate

Adventists and other evangelical Christians march for Hitler

public secular schools:  “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith.” (Adolf Hitler in a speech on 26 April 1933, during negotiations that led to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant of 1933 with Pope Pius XII, from Ernst Helmreich’s The German Churches Under Hitler, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1979, p. 24 (for further discussion see my blog: https://arthuride.wordpress.com/category/adolf-hitler/).

Using the pretext of religion to disguise personal ambition and to limit individual rights have long been a tool of would be dictators, especially in the USA where a niche in infamy was carved out by US Senator Joe

Courier December 7, 2010: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_3567a97a-024c-11e0-b648-001cc4c03286.html; cf. http://www.kcci.com/r/26050009/detail.html; cp. http://www.religionfacts.com/homosexuality/islam.htm, and http://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/world/afghanistan/afnews006.htm with the mangled Taliban Arabic chortling الشذوذ الجنسي هو جريمة ضد الله والانسان ، وهؤلاء القضاة الذين الناعمة على مثليون جنسيا يجب إزالتها من على مقاعد البدلاء القضائية وتنفيذها.)  Vander Plaats actually articulates numerous Hitler-eras laws, the least of which comes from Criminal Code

Paragraph 175: A male who commits a sex offense with another male or allows himself to be used by another male for a sex offense shall be punished with imprisonment.

Homosexual detainees in Sachsenhausen concentration camp had to wear a pink triangle on their clothes in 1938. Photo US National Archives

Using the pretext of religion to disguise personal ambition and to limit

Mass grave of homosexuals murdered by Nazi-packed courts

individual rights has long been a tool of would be dictators, especially in the USA where would-be demigods such as “Pat” Robertson and Jerry Falwell would blast gay people as “pawns of Satan” would create theocratic television empires to deny basic human rights to homosexuals. But no where is this evil less disguised than in the religious rantings of a one-time teacher and Iowa coach: Bob Vander Plaats.  Vander Plaats, the head of The Family Leader, has emerged as the state’s most influential Religious Right activist despite losing the 2010 Republican primary for governor. His effort to remove the four Justices last election was backed by millions of dollars of spending from outside groups such as the American Family Association, the Family Research Council (a neo-Nazi front: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/family-research-council, cp. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-adds-family-research-council-to-hate-groups-list) and the National Organization for Marriage (See: http://iowaindependent.com/49721/vander-plaats-raising-money-to-remove-remaining-four-justices). A former adviser recently wrote that Vander Plaats is “obsessed with the gay-marriage issue” and “so obsessed that he would rather see the Iowa judicial system destroyed, instead of pursuing a change in the law within the channels provided (a constitutional amendment)”  (Read the full opinion published by the Des Moines Register at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110102/OPINION01/101020319/1036/OPINION/Guest-column-Obsessed-with-gay-marriage-Vander-Plaats-has-gone-too-far?GID=0).  Vander Plaats, drawing a direct line from the speeches of Hitler, with modest modifications minced his words:

“All seven justices are guilty of overstepping the line by their votes in the Varnum decision, therefore we are asking for the remaining four justices to resign in an orderly fashion,” he said. “As long as the Iowa Supreme Court is comprised [sic: composed] of justices that abuse their authority, the credibility of our court will be compromised” (See: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/former-adviser-says-vander-plaats-obsessed-gay-marriage-issue; cp. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/groups/-family-leader)

Bob Vander Plaats speaking against basic human rights

Vander Plaats led the campaign to oust the three judges, with nearly $1 million in funding from out-of-state anti-gay organizations like the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage. After the election, he was named CEO and president of The Family Leader — an umbrella organization consisting of the Iowa Family Policy Center, the Iowa Family PAC and Marriage Matters.  He was hosted by the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls and by its leading hate mongers, especially those from fundamentalist churches in Waterloo (cf. http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/article_9e0bd296-0286-11e0-a727-001cc4c03286.html, cp. http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/12/23/vander-plaats-compares-iowa-justices-to-teens-who-flee-a-beer-party/ and http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/article_f04fe563-e55b-5203-afa9-f862bb5f2955.html his words comparing the Supreme Court of Iowa to “teenagers caught at a beer

Michigan-based Nazis move into Council Bluffs IA to help Vander Plaats 2010 race

drinking party” matches those of Nazi propaganda minister’s equation in 1939 [Goebbels stayed with Hitler in the bunker in Berlin until the very end. When the end came, Goebbels poisoned his 6 children, shot his wife, and then shot himself.] Goebbels was one of the “secret” supporters of Endlosung [final solution] which including murdering all homosexuals that could be found in Germany).  Vander Plaats has the endorsement of seventeen recognized organized hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan (Charles City,

Nationalist Socialist (Nazi) Movement Rally 2010

New Hampton, Mason City, Clear Lake, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Riceville, Rockwell, Iona, and Denison that endorsed Republican Congressman King), various Nazi groups (see: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/national-socialist-movement): Knights of the Nordic Order, Nationalist Socialist Movement and Nationalist Socialist Women’s Movement, White Boys Society, and the Creativity Alliance of Boone, Iowa; see: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=IA).   He would move to declare that all judges were “at risk” of losing their judicial appointments when the Iowa Supreme Court granted homosexuals equal rights before the law (See: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/10/29/vander-plaats-district-court-judges-at-risk/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IowaPolitics+%28Iowa+Politics+Insider+-+Des+Moines+Register%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail).

KKK at Pottsville, IA 2010

 

Vander Plaats subsequent attack, led by the GOP majority in the State Legislature, was identical to that of Hitler: denying public day care and primary education (in “exchange” for vouchers), getting rid of the Grow Iowa Values Fund, which provides loans, grants and other incentives for small businesses, eliminating core curriculum for what Iowa students had to know

GOP savings plan

before graduating from an Iowa school, limiting purchases of new material for libraries and state operated colleges and universities, ending research sabbaticals for faculty, cutting back money for advertisement and education against smoking, and more–all matching Hitler’s moves in Nazi Germany (see: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110104/NEWS10/101040358/-1/AMES/House-GOP-rolls-out-savings-ideas-for-Iowa),

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Sovereign Citizen Movement in USA: Home-grown Terrorists

The radical religious and political right in the USA has emerged as the leading terrorist group intent on denying basic liberties and human rights. Closely tied to extremists groups and churches, such as the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, the Sovereign Citizen believes that he or she is above the law and demands that the US Constitution guarantees him or her the right to carry weapons at all times. The Second Amendment, as passed by Congress, to the US Constitution states:  “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  The sentence passed to the states to ratify states: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In both cases, the freedom refers to a citizen militia to keep the government (federal and state) free from attack.

Sarah Palin

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported on the Sovereign Citizen movement, now deeply imbedded within the Tea Party and stalwarts in the Republican (GOP) Party buttressed by Sarah Palin, one-time/part-time governor of Alaska and vice-presidential running mate of Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, stating “Sovereign citizens believe most Americans have no obligation to obey laws, regulations or tax codes, especially those imposed by the federal government. They justify their beliefs on the basis of decades-old conspiracy theories and intricate, nonsensical legal theories.” (See: http://peoplesworld.org/sovereign-citizens-hate-group-on-the-rise/)

Since 1995, the Sovereign Citizen cult (it bases its actions on literal interpretation of select biblical passages and transmogrified passages of the US Constitution) has executed in cold blood numerous police officers throughout the USA (See: http://www/youtube.com/watch?v=mktbLWzYZrl; cp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIT2s0iYt_k, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-6VW4vtOU&feature=fvw).  In 1997, New Hampshire extremist Carl Drega killed two officers and two civilians and wounded another three officers before being killed–his death being condemned by members of his cult as “senseless police brutality.”  Sovereign Citizens, who originated from anti-government activists going back to the Posse Comitatus movement of the 1970s, which recognized only local governments and no law enforcement official with more jurisdiction than a sheriff, also believe the government tricks people into becoming 14th Amendment citizens by signing contracts for privileges such as vehicle registration, Social Security and even fishing licenses (See: Associated Press, August 12, 2010, reported at http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/08/12/baffling_beliefs_mark_sovereign_citizen_theories/). What is most startling is they are supported by corporate-inspired right-wing revolt grouped around the tea party and extremist broadcast hosts such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others who cry out for the limitation of all basic human rights that are extended to Blacks, Latinos, Gays and Lesbians, and other marginalized groups. When President Obama was elected at the height of the recession that was generated by George W. Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that plunged the USA into a back-breaking debt to communist mainland China, these theories have gained a fresh wind with the appearance of large numbers of ‘birthers’ and ‘9/11 truthers’ and those pushing “immigration reform” especially in Arizona where all Latinos were considered to be illegal aliens until they showed proof of citizenship.  The Sovereign Citizen groups are in most cases controlled by far-right extremist evangelical theocrats whose design is to turn the USA into a theocracy with the church ruling absolutely, with Sarah Palin being outspoken on “taking back America”. Speakers joining Palin

Rick Scarborough

include Rick Scarborough, Roy Moore, and Joseph Farah, men who are radical even by religious-right standards. Their presence shows that the tea-party movement is no longer merely populist, libertarian, or anti-government, if it ever was. It is theocratic, and promises to be far worse than the Spanish Inquisition. It is supported by radical right school boards, such as the Texas Board of Education now controlled by extremists who are demanding that textbooks be rewritten to lessen the impact of Darwin, establish creationism as an “alternative,” revise the image of Republican US Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin into one of being “a true patriot”, and to rewrite history books showing that Black people were better off and happier under slavery. (See: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/education/22texas.html) TexasRick Perry Gov. TX Republican Governor Rick Perry has long been a supporter of Intelligent Design and outspoken in his views against empirical scientific data, making Texas public education of little value. (See: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/texas-school-board; cf. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/042408dntexcreationscience2.917bf873.html)  With the clamoring of Sovereign Citizen and other paramilitary groups, legislators in six states — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina — have considered legislation requiring classrooms to be open to “views about the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian theory.” Surprisingly, the State of Louisiana did not follow in lock-step, and its State Board of Education rejected creationism. (See: http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/education/5440-louisiana-school-board-rejects-creationism)

While police officers in uniform are usually the target for rifle assaults by Sovereign Citizen terrorists, more widespread than violence is a set of tactics known as “paper terrorism,” in which sovereign citizens use legal filings to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against public officials, law enforcement officers, and others. Most common is the filing of bogus liens on the property of perceived enemies. At the same time, Sovereign Citizen members seize and illegally occupy abandoned homes or those foreclosed because of default in payment (See: http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/Sovereign_Citizen_Movement_Resurgence).

The primary base for radical Sovereign Citizen groups is in Texas. Carolyn Yeager is a Texas-based (Ingram, Texas) neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier who runs her own Web site. The site is filled with racist and anti-Semitic material, as well as essays promoting motherhood and home-schooling.  Yeager is the Texas State Leader of the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), a group that descended from the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi group in the country. Not only does Yeager deny the Holocaust, but claims that the Jews who carry tattooed numbers were self-inflicted in an effort to extort money from Allied Forces.  To strengthen her claims, Yeager authored the book Auschwitz: The Underground Guided Tour; What the Tour Guides Don’t Tell You at , published by The Barnes Review.  In the book, she claims that Auschwitz was not an extermination camp and that Nazi guards looked after the health of inmates–although all authenticated records show that 1.1 million Jews were murdered at Auschwitz (See: http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/carolyn_yeager_holocaust_denial.htm).

1943 Germany: Massacre of Jews

Auschwitz-Birkenau

In 2010 there were several Sovereign Citizens who ran for public office, many being backed and supported by Dick Armey of Denton, Texas, and

Billy Roper preaching White Revolution

Sarah Palin. Neo-Nazi candidates Billy Roper (head of the Arkansas White Revolution paramilitary force), ran for governor of Arkansas, and Frazier Glenn Miller, ran for U.S. Senate in Missouri (both as write-in candidates). White supremacist and KKK leader Tom Metzger, who in the 1980s received considerable notoriety for running

Metzger, Butler, and Roper at Aryan Fest (2004)

 for office, received only 9 votes as a write-in candidate in his bid for U.S. Congress in Indiana (See: http://www.wane.com/dpp/video/hite-supremacist-tom-metzger-campaigns-for-congress).  Jeff Hall, a leader in the National Socialist Movement and avowed racist

Jeff Hall (shown with yellow arrow) in Arizona

(http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/19/local/la-me-nazi-candidate-20101019) hoped to get elected to a seat on the Western Riverside Municipal Water District and received almost 28% of the vote (6,738 votes). Daniel Schruender, a member of an Aryan Nations faction, received almost 10% of the vote (1,807 votes) in his run for a seat on the Rialto, California, school board.

Frazier Glenn Miller JrFrazier Glenn Miller Jr., a former marine and longtime white supremacist who, according to his Web site, has spent “43 years actively working for rights for white people” and founded the White People’s Party and planned the assassination of SPLC leader Morris Dees, was

Glenn Miller

arrested on April 30, 1987, on numerous Federal criminal charges, and after serving three years in prison planned for and ultimately ran for the United States Senate in Missouri on a blatantly anti-Semitic platform.  A darling of the religious right, on his web-site, Miller notes that his number one political goal was “to secure the existence of my people and a future for White children” (See: “Fugitive Racist Leader Is Captured in Missouri”, The New York Times, 1 May 1987; and Camille Jackson, “They’re Back: A fresh batch of extremist ex-cons hits the streets,” Intelligence Report, Winter 2004, Issue #116, Southern Poverty Law Center).  At KMBZ (Kansas City) Miller ran the following audio ads:

One of the statements Miller makes in his ads includes, “Jews control the federal government and the media. Surely you don’t still believe white men are in control, do ya? It’s the Jews.”

In another, he states:

“The future of white children will be a nightmare.”

KMBZ is running a disclaimer with Miller’s material to distance itself from it – although according to the rules it can neither support nor denounce it in this manner.

“America is no longer ours,” Miller says in one ad. “America belongs to the Jews who rule it and the mud people who multiply in it.”

“But you don’t care, do you, whitey? All you care about is satisfying your belly, pocketbook and genitals and watching the coons play ball on television.”

(See: http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/10/glenn_miller_salon_award.php)

Jim Rizoli

Jim Rizoli, a Holocaust denier and an anti-immigrant activist, lost his bid to become the state representative in the 6th Middlesex District in Framingham, Massachusetts. He received 1,219 votes or about 9% of the vote.  During an October 2009 segment of his public access television show in Framingham, Rizoli delivered a lengthy diatribe promoting Holocaust denial. He defended Holocaust denier and Iranian leader

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, instructed viewers to conduct their own research on the Holocaust to discover the alleged “truth,” and directed people to visit Web sites that advance Holocaust denial.

 The National Prayer Network is a barely disguised hate group that openly supports Sovereign Citizens. Ted Pike, the national director of the Oregon-based National Prayer Network (www.truthtellers.org), has for years engaged in an anti-Semitic campaign that denigrate the Jewish religion, as well as what he perceives as Jewish-controlled organizations and leaders. Working closely with Tyndal House Publishers, Pike puts out more hate-filled literature than most other radical right extremists. To further his own publications, Pike has produced a string of historically inaccurate virulent hate-filled videos, including Zionism and Christianity: Unholy Alliance (2005); Why the Mid-East Bleeds (2003); Shaking Campus Liberalism: How Christian Students Defied the Pro-Gay Faculty…and Won! (2002); Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians (2000); The Other Israel: The Whole Story of Zionist Conspiracy (1987). He openly opposes federal anti-hate crime legislation, and praises African nations that openly kill homosexuals while praising the theocracy in Iran. Pike is supported by the “Orthodox Anglican Community”–a far-right conservative branch of the Anglican Church that advocates public executions of homosexuals, adulterers, abortionists, and anyone else the group decides is a threat to god (it is a communion that is trying to align itself, if not accept “conversion into” the Roman Catholic church as publicized by Pope Benedict XVI (See: http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=13628). Pike’s extremism can be found in the words he publishes and speaks:

We need to help make the hate law unenforceable by resisting and disobeying inevitable government edicts (particularly as precedents from liberal courts) to limit free speech. This will require willingness to suffer for the cause of truth and freedom. To help empower such courage we must continue widespread education against hate laws (such as exists at www.truthtellers.org). We must publicize as widely as possible the fact that a cabal of liberal Jewish supremacists is behind all hate laws worldwide. These, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, says are in “relentless attack on evangelical Christians.” Only through encountering massive public resistance and exposure will ADL/B’nai B’rith (organized world Jewry) be slowed on their fast track to world dominion.

The epicenter of such liberal Jewish attack on Christian civilization is the state of Israel. Israel is a nation founded on theft, repression, and terror (See, Israel: Founded on Terror). Despite its claim to democracy, it is one of the most repressive speech crime regimes in the world. In 1920 Christians constituted 20% of the inhabitants of Palestine. Now, as a result of decades of official harassment and discrimination as well as “anti-missionary” laws criminalizing even casual conversations about Christ with Jews, only 2% of Israelis are Christians. The Israeli government continues to look the other way as Messianic Christian Jews in Israel suffer constant harassment, discrimination and even violence, especially from ultra-Orthodox zealots (See website of Lura Maimon Beckford). Knesset continues to propose even stricter speech crime laws against Christians.

(See: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/groups/national-prayer-network for Pike’s full comments, and his claim that Israel is the “new whore” and that violent resistance is mandatory of good Christians read it at http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/resistancehelpmakehbunenforceable.htm).

Pike praises preacher-Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as the “chosen one” who will lead the revolution at the ballot box. In this he is joined by Iowa’s hatemongering and one time gubernatorial aspirant Bob Vander Plaats who is tightly leagued with the American Family Association and other hate groups and was endorsed by former Arkansas Governor, Fox News Host and Tea Party supporter Mike Huckabee (See: http://theiowarepublican.com/home/2009/06/10/huckabee-endorses-vander-plaats/ cf. http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/02/24/huckabee-praises-tea-party-vander-plaats/).

Pastor Mike Huckabee and Bob Vander Plaats

Vander Plaats (a former high school teacher) is a single issue theological terrorist with one goal: to stop homosexuality and its defenders. To this end the Iowa evangelical extremist, echoing the same words as the theological thugs (the Taliban: an Arabic word for theological students), Vander Plaats called upon the entire Iowa Supreme Court to resign after it ruled unanimously that homosexuals in Iowa have the same rights as all other Iowa citizens (See the story in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier December 7, 2010: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_3567a97a-024c-11e0-b648-001cc4c03286.html; cf. http://www.kcci.com/r/26050009/detail.html; cp. http://www.religionfacts.com/homosexuality/islam.htm, and http://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/world/afghanistan/afnews006.htm with the mangled Taliban Arabic chortling الشذوذ الجنسي هو جريمة ضد الله والانسان ، وهؤلاء القضاة الذين الناعمة على مثليون جنسيا يجب إزالتها من على مقاعد البدلاء القضائية وتنفيذها.)

James Russell

James C. Russell, also known as Jim Russell, ran as the Republican and Conservative candidate in the 18th Congressional District in New York.  Russell won 38% of the vote (46,547 votes). Russell has voiced white supremacist and anti-Semitic views in print and was a speaker at the 2002 conference held by American Renaissance, a white supremacist journal and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Occidental Quarterly, a racist journal, up through the Summer 2009 issue. 

James Traficant

 James Traficant ran for U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 17th district as an Independent. He won 16.05% of the vote (29,969 votes). Traficant, a former Congressman from Youngstown, was convicted in 2002 on various federal charges, including bribery, fraud, racketeering and tax evasion, and spent seven years in prison.  Traficant, who is known for his long-time support of former Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, has made a number of anti-Semitic statements. In a 2009 interview in the conspiracy-oriented, anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press (AFP), he alleged that “the Israeli lobby has a stranglehold on the United States” and “over government,” and that the United States is under a resultant threat of implosion. In 2002, he insisted that Jews not be included in the pool of jurors for his trial that year.

Tragically all have the support, endorsement, and financial backing of the Sovereign Citizens. In each of these theological terrorists there is a spark of hope for white supremacists to rid the USA of all people of color, forcibly convert every non-Christian to Jesus, and to rewrite history and science books in keeping with their versions of the Bible.  While the “reverends” claim a spiritual education, none has a solid academic background.  Mike Huckabee He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, completing his bachelor’s degree in Religion in 2½ years before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, but dropped out of seminary after one year in order to take a job in Christian broadcasting. He has two honorary doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Humane Letters, received from John Brown University in 1991 (John Brown was created and is still operated by the same family of the itinerant preacher John Brown. Founded in 1919 as a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas its purpose was to spread Christianity not to develop critical thinkers or encourage genuine education), and a Doctor of Laws from Ouachita Baptist University in 1992 (a private  liberal arts, undergraduate institution located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas that by professional standards cannot claim to be a university; its purpose is to spread the sectarian creed of the Southern Baptist Convention.)

Ted Pike is a 1971 graduate of Portland State University, with emphasis in art and philosophy. He claims to be an “accomplished film maker.” He has no theological education (See: http://www.truthtellers.org/tedpikebiography.html).

Jim Russell went to Fordham University where he studied Historical Theology but concentrated on Christianity and Christian Theology. His knowledge of its history is limited to textbooks published in the last thirty years.

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