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Judas did not betray Jesus

There has been a myth circulating his “Christian” circles for about 1800 years that Judas Iscariot, one of the original disciples, betrayed the Jesus of the New Testament.  The news that Judas would betray Jesus came as a surprise to everyone.  Jesus identified the traitor as one who with whom he would share bread, then handed bread to Judas.

As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.

Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor [John 13:27-29].

καὶ μετὰ τὸ ψωμίον τὀτε εἰσῆλθεν εἰς ἐκεῖνον ὁ σατανᾶς. λέγει οὖν αὐτῷ Ἰησοῦς· ὁ ποιεῖς ποίησον τάχιον.

τοῦτο [δὲ] οὐδεὶς ἔγνω τῶν ανακειμένων πρὸς τί εἶπεν αὐτῷ·

τινὲς γὰρ ἐδόκουν ἐπεὶ τὸ γλωσσόκομον εἶχεν Ἰούδας, ὅτι λέγει αὐτῷ Ἰησοῦς· ἀγόρασον ὧν χρείαν ἔχομεν εἰς τὴν ἑορτήν, ἢ τοῖς πτωχοῖς ἵνα τι δῷ,

How did Jesus know he would be betrayed in the first place, and that Judas would be the traitor? The problem is that the word translated as “traitor” did not have “traitor” as its only meaning. The Greek word used for betrayal (παραδίδωμι) or delivery (παράδοση): paradidomi, as but can also be translated as “to surrender, yield up, entrust or transmit,” without necessarily implying underhandedness (that would be a tertiary definition).  It is here that context is everything, and in this regard it is imperative to study Judas and his identity.  The “betrayal” was to have a special sign.  A kiss on Jesus’ mouth, one considered essential to assure support, honor, and vassalage that was carried through the Middle Ages, especially in France: hommage de bouche et de mains for the lord, and for the vassal homme de bouche et de mains, as related in the election of Notker as abbot in 971, in the presence of the emperor Otto I, and became an imperial vassal: meus tandem eris, ait, manibusque receptum osculatus est, moxque ill evangelio allato, fidem iuravit, a formulary used for centuries (Casus S. Galli, c. 16, ed. I, von Arx, Monumenta Germaniae historica inde ab anno Christi quingentesimo usque ad annum millesimum et quingentesimum. Scriptores rerum Langobardicarum et Italicarum Hannoverae, Germany: Impensis Bibliopolii Hahniani, 1878; saec. VI-IX. [t. 1], ii. 141; there is a newer edition on 3×5 cards, but I do not care to use it).  By 1127, a formula was established that made fealty more rigid (1).

Judas Kisses Jesus (painting by Giotto)

Throughout the ancient Middle East, and throughout the Medieval epoch in Europe, a kiss on the mouth was an act of friendship, trust, and loyalty.  Both in Matthew (26:49–50: καὶ εὐθέως  προσελθὼν τῷ  Ἰησοῦ εἶπεν· χαῖρε, ῥαββί, καὶ  κατεφίλησεν αὐτόν. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἑταῖρε, ἐφ’ ὃ πάρει. τότε προσελθόντες  ἐπέβαλον τὰς χεῖρας ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰησοῦν καὶ ἐκράτησαν αὐτόν) and Mark (14:43–45) the gospel writers use the Greek verb κατεφίλησεν:  kataphilein, which means to kiss firmly, intensely, passionately, tenderly or warmly; today it would be known as a “French kiss” where tongues could meet to show the willingness to share liquids (wine and other fermented beverages) and that there was no poison within the mouth.  Only Luke 22:47–48 presents a different story, with Jesus stopping Judas before Judas kisses him. 

Alonzo Rodriguez: Commiatodei santi_Pietro e Paolo Messina Museo Regionale

In the primitive christian communities it was commonly practiced as the osculum pacis (it is in the Apostolic Constitutions: Constitutiones  Apostolorum, VIII, xxix, but men only kissed men, and women only kissed women; the collection is dated 370-380 CE (most of the organized churches rejected this work by 622 CE, however, the Apostolic Constitutions were accepted as canonical by John of Damascus and, in a modified form, included in the 81 book canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church), most of the Fathers of the Church encouraged this “kiss of peace” to demonstrate loyalty, love, forbearance and willingness for martyrdom)The Kiss of Peace was a popular art form in the Christian world, especially when recounting the martyrdom of Sts Paul and Peter.  The best known art work is the Farewell of Saints Peter and Paul, showing the Apostles giving each other the holy kiss before their martyrdom (Alonzo Rodriguez, 16th century, Museo Regionale di Messina).  Such a kiss is mentioned five times in the New Testament:

  • Romans 16:16 — “Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Greek: ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν φιλήματι ἁγίῳ).
  • I Corinthians 16:20 — “Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Greek: ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν φιλήματι ἁγίῳ).
  • II Corinthians 13:12 — “Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Greek: ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν ἁγίῳ φιλήματι).
  • I Thessalonians 5:26 — “Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss” (Greek: ἀσπάσασθε τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς πάντας ἐν φιλήματι ἁγίῳ).
  • I Peter 5:14 — “Greet one another with a kiss of love” (Greek: ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν φιλήματι ἀγάπης).

The disciple was known as Judas Iscariot (יהודה איש־קריות‎; the Greek is Ιούδας Ισκάριωθ) who turned Jesus over to the Hebrew authorities.  It is impossible, because of numerous claimants, what the name means, but most likely it is from HebrewIscariot-3.jpg or HebrewIscariot-4.jpg that means “to deliver,” based on the LXX rendering of Isaiah 19:4a and is most likely a fiction inserted in a redaction of the gospels to align the spurious writings with the Old Testament to give greater strength to the biblical character Jesus of the New Testament.

It is possible, and more practical, that the word “Iscariot” is a term that refers to Judas’ hometown of Kerioth, in southern Judah.  This means that Judas was the only one of the Twelve who was not a Galilean, and thus easily suspect by “racial purists” (Galileans).  Judas from the city of Kerioth in Judea gave the other Apostles legitimacy as the people of Jerusalem considered Galileans to be uneducated, uncouth, and of little value, as read in John 7:41, recording the incredulity of Judeans that Jesus was a Galilean: “How can the Christ come from Galilee?”  Judas would have been a more acceptable choice, and it took a man of Judah to give Jesus credibility, making Judas an accomplice in a grand scheme.

A major fault in the gospel narratives is found in the details of the “betrayal”.  If Judas was Jesus accomplice, why did Jesus tell the disciples, including Judas, that one of them would betray him? They all understood what he meant. For Jesus to call Judas a betrayer while actually being in collusion with him makes Jesus deceptive.  More realistically, the kiss was a sign to notify Jesus it was time to raise up his army and fight the infidels: the Beast of Rome.

Added to this deception is the price that Judas demanded for the “betrayal”: thirty pieces of silver–the same amount found in the Old Testament.  In Zechariah 11:12-13, thirty pieces of silver is the price Zechariah receives for his labour. He takes the coins and throws them “to the potter”–this being the background of Judas accepting the coins, then throwing them at the feet of the Sanhedrin, who use it to buy a potters field (Matthew 27:9–10) that was to buy a burial ground for foreigners (Matthew 27:7; ref. Craig L. Blomberg, “Matthew,” in G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson (eds.; 2007). Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI, USA: Baker Academic. p. 96-97.); it is but another plagiarism in the New Testament gospels (cf. Matthew 26:14, Matthew 26:47, Mark 14:10, Mark 14:42, Luke 22:1, Luke 22:47, John 13:18, John 18:1).

The suicide of Judas was a sign of frustration and loss of hope, at first sight. However, given the text of the Gospel of Judas, it was a clarion call for Jesus to come to his rescue and reward him for his participation in the plot to push Jesus to take action against Rome.  While the text argues that Judas “lost hope” most suicides are the result of bullying (by the other Apostles), presumed betrayal (Jesus did not act but told Peter to put up his sword, even though Jesus declared he came to the world not to bring peace but to carry a sword in Matthew 10:34), and the display of temper and violence in the Temple in chasing out the money changers who had been doing business within the Temple Precincts for generations narrative occurs near the end of the Synoptic Gospels (at Mark 11:15–19, 11:27–33, Matthew 21:12–17, 21:23–27 and Luke 19:45–48, 20:1–8) and near the start in the Gospel of John, a work written either at the same time as or slightly after the Gospel of Judas (at John 2:13–16). .  Jesus promised much, but delivered little according to many of his contemporaries, especially for those who sought an immediate Second Coming. 

The Second Coming or Advent was known both as ἐπιφάνεια (epiphany) and παρουσία (parousia) but originally meant “presence”: a perpetual state of being in selflessness–on par with the Buddha.  In the New Testament parousia appears twenty-four times, seventeen times concerning Jesus of the New Testament. In 2 Thessalonians 2:9, it refers to the return of the “lawless one.”  Every one hundred years there have been numerous predictions that Jesus would return. It has intoxicated Christianity for nearly 1800 years, and led to suicides, religious wars, predictions of Apocalyptic horrors–and loss of revenue and wealth as with Harold Campings numerous unfulfilled predictions, the Branch Davidians, and now the New Apostolic Reformation.  It is an ancient theory that can be found in ancient Egypt, Hinduism in India, Zoroastrianism, and even Islam (Qur’an 43:61).  In every case there would be one (Judas) who would help the fallen saviour to rise again.

Jesus had to cast suspicion on Judas to make himself seen as a man of Galilee. To this end Jesus declared that it would be better for Judas had he never been born (Mark 14:21): in Judah, as the animosity between Galilee and Judah was high.  At the same time Jesus knew what Judas was going to do, thereby making Jesus an accomplice to staging his own passion, crucifixion and death. 

Jesus’ knowledge that Judas would lead his executioners to him, to a garden that was but a short distance to sanctuary, is pregnant throughout the gospels.  That Jesus had a special plan for Judas is even more graphic.  Jesus gave Judas the first piece of the community bread dipped into a common cup of wine sauce: the very foundation that would later, in Paulinity, become Communion (John 13:26). Far from separating himself from Judas, or casting Judas out of the apostleship, Judas played a unique role: from Jesus role in breaking the bread made it symbolic, requiring, after the most important person ate it, the need to recite magical words over it as the ancient Christs Magi(cians) in ancient Egypt did before performing secret rituals including fake crucifixions, burials and resurrections in the manner of Osiris.  What most theologians have forgotten over the years, is that there were two highly honored places: one to the right (where John the Beloved sat) and the other to the left–which had to have been reserved for Jesus’ main advocate (Judas: John 13:21, 25-26).

Da Vinci's "Last Supper" (John the Beloved (L facing you), Judas (R facing you)

If Jesus was “all-knowing” (omniscient) as the gospels intimate, Jesus could have avoided his arrest, imprisonment, torture, death by execution, and so forth, but the Jesus in the Gospels  went to exactly the place where Judas led the Temple police and did not attempt to evade them.  This means that the “betrayal” was rehearsed and Jesus knew what was going to happen.  This leads to another facet:  that Judas knew what Jesus wanted and agreed to participate in a major hoax.

Judas had no reason to believe that the Jewish high council harbored lethal intent toward Jesus.  Jesus never claimed to be the Son of God–that proclamation came from the Jewish High Priest (Matthew 26:63); the following comment was merely an affirmation noting the words of the High Priest.  The same arguments were used by “the Jews” assembled in front of the “house of Pilate” (John 19:7).  John 1:1-3, 14 only says that Jesus had a natural birth “was born flesh” (Luke 1:35).  Jesus referred to himself only as the “Son of man” (Matthew 16:13-17), the first Apostle to proclaim Jesus to be the Son of God was Peter.  The concept that Jesus is a divine son of god comes from John Patmos’ nightmare: Revelation 19:13, but here the name is “Word”–an abstract identity.  The imagery that Jesus would be “sitting at the Right Hand of the Power (god), and coming down from the clouds (Mark 14:60-62) is nothing less or more than a repeat of the Babylonian tale of Daniel 7:13.

When Jesus was condemned, Judas was overcome with grief and remorse at having had a part in delivering up Jesus to that fate. It was the loss of a loved one.  It was not the loss of a cause.  The loss of a loved one frequently leads to suicide.  For this reason, Judas killed himself according to some accounts (but not all), but not before putting down words representing his own interpretation of events.  It is known as The Gospel of Judas, the only edition found was copied in the third or fourth century CE, although there are fragments dating to the second century CE as seen in careful translation skills since it contains late 2nd century theology that was not used before or since that dating: a rubric for any competent translator or interpreter. In 180 CE, Irenaeus  (Ancient Greek: Εἰρηναῖος; 2nd century CE – c. 202) who was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, and wrote extensively about the Gnostics.  His writings, however, are inaccurate and polemics, but because of them he became an influential Christian priest, celebrated for writing a document in which he railed against Gospel According to Judas, indicating the book was already in circulation.  According to some biblical scholars, the findings at Nag Hammadi have shown Irenaeus’ description of Gnosticism to be largely inaccurate and polemic in nature (Robinson, James M. (1990). The Nag Hammadi Library.  San Francisco, CA, USA: HarperSanFrancisco. p. 104). 

Like most base Christians who seek to elevate their own ontology over others and control the mind-growth of separate religious groups, Irenaeus described Gnostic groups as sexual libertines, for example, when some of their own writings advocated chastity more strongly than did orthodox texts.  When one feels it essential to cast aspersions on another, which has always been the case, the quickest way to do it is to cast doubt or denounce the other person’s (or people’s) sexuality and sexual preference (Stark, Rodney (2007). Cities of God.  San Francisco, CA, USA:  HarperCollins. chap. 6).  The fact that Irenaeus wrote his objection to the current Gospel of Judas gives credence to the arguments of a few serious scholars that the original text may have been written by Judas while the second century copy was written by one of the disciples of Judas or a later follower.  While Irenaeus condemned the Gospel of Judas and argued that Judas was involved in a great hoax, his condemnation were faulty, but what he said existed in the Gospel of Judas actually exists.  Irenaeus was a man determined to rule over the church, and even enlisted the bishop of Rome (Eleuterus, (Greek: Ελευθέριος) was Bishop of Rome from about 174 to 189, although the Vatican claims that the pontificate ran from 171 or 177 to 185 or 193, the dating being uncertain) who was born in Nicopolis in Epirus in southeastern Europe between Greece and Albania) who styled himself as Father or Pope) to go after heresies.

First page of the "Gospel of Judas" (page 33 of Codex Tchacos)

The only extant copy of the Gospel  of Judas known to exist is a Coptic language text that has been carbon dated to CE 280, plus or minus 60 years.  It follows Gnosticism orthodoxy and gives no credence to early Christianity that was transmogrified into Paulinity.

The Gospel of Judas, written in Coptic or Ancient Egyptian Christian, has Jesus requiring Judas to betray him.  That was the only way that the Kingdom of God was to return: a kingdom not of the flesh as thought of by the Alexandria, Egyptian Christians, but a spiritual place in tune with Sophia: the mind.  The text begins by announcing that it is the “secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week, three days before he celebrated Passover.”  Rather than being cast as the betrayer of Jesus, the Gospel According to Judas declares that Jesus said: “‘you [Judas] will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man who clothes me.'”  The “clothing” is Jesus’ flesh, and the Gospel notes that Jesus prefers a close friend to help him remove his clothes, than for a strange man to do it. 

Fragment of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Since both the Gospel According to Judas and its companion Gospel of Mary [Magdalene] (found in the Berlin Gnostic Codex or Papyrus Berolinensis 8502) were in direct contradiction the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, especially with the Magdalene (a word noting Mary’s hometown of Magdala; it does not mean “prostitute” as is the popular thought, nor was Mary ever considered or referred to as such) being praised as the “favorite” of Jesus and his truest friend.  The Gospel of Mary  has Mary being superior to any of the male Apostles (Gospel of Mary 5:2-11, and 9:4)and promised unique rewards, with similarities to the Gospel of Judas.  These two texts were later denounced by Orthodox (Easter) Christian leaders and refused entry into the Bible–although they remained popular with early Christian believers for nearly one-thousand years.

Gospel of Judas: the Kiss of Peace

According to Gospel of Judas, god  was not some mythic figure sitting on a rainbow, nor one who would dart of heaven astride a horse.  Instead, the gospel notes: “Why has this agitation led you to anger? Your god who is within you and […] [35] have provoked you to anger [within] your souls. [Let] any one of you who is [strong enough] among human beings bring out the perfect human and stand before my face.”

Only Judas knew that Jesus was from “the realm of Barbelo,” and not one of those at the ceremony. The gospel continues: Knowing that Judas was reflecting upon something that was exalted, Jesus said to him, “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal. [36] For someone else will replace you, in order that the twelve [disciples] may again come to completion with their god.”  Barbēlō (Greek: Βαρβηλώ) refers to the first emanation of God in several forms of Gnostic cosmogony. Barbēlō is the supreme female principle, and the passive antecedent of creation, and is frequently referred to as ‘Mother-Father’ (hinting at her/their apparent androgyny): ‘First Human Being’.  In the Apocryphon of John, a tractate in the Nag Hammadi Library, we read:

This is the first thought, his image; she became the womb of everything, for it is she who is prior to them all, the Mother-Father, the first man (Anthropos), the holy Spirit, the thrice-male, the thrice-powerful, the thrice-named androgynous one, and the eternal aeon among the invisible ones, and the first to come forth.

It is Judas (in the Gospel of Judas) who claims that the Jesus of the New Testament is of the rank of Sophia (Wisdom) being from Barbēlō (the name appears as (Βαρβηλώ, Βαρβηρώ, Βαρβηλ, and Βαρβηλώθ; the Coptic construction is “great emission” + “seed” or ejaculation which the ancient Egyptians and other older tribes from Akkadia, Sumeria and elsewhere defined as the force that created the universe: a cosmological eruption giving birth to the legend of Onan and coitus interruptus where Onan spilled his seed upon the ground). 

The Martyrdom of Wisdom (Sophia) and her daughters Faith, Hope, and Love: Η αγία Σοφία με τις θυγατέρες της. Έργο του Karp Zolotaryov, 1685.

From the god(dess) of Pistis Sophia, Jesus received His “garment of light” or heavenly body (13, 128; cf. 116, 121).  Even Irenaeus recognizes her as “a never-aging aeon in a virginal spirit”, despite his strong opposition to a pantheon of gods.  Saint Epiphanius of Salamis (ca. 310–320 – 403) was bishop of Salamis and metropolitan of Cyprus at the end of the 4th century. Even though he is considered a Church Father who gained a reputation as a strong defender of orthodoxy for composing a very large compendium of the heresies up to his own time, he still believed in Barbēlō.  He represents the doctrine as giving rise to sexual libertinism: involving Barbēlō to Tantric rituals and beliefs, noting that both systems have a common goal of attaining primordial spiritual unity through erotic bliss and the consumption of menses and semen as being the fruit of the Tree of Life.  Virtues are transmogrified into human beings: virgin women and holy women.  Men, and women, who ride a cloud into the sky are given, like Jesus, brilliant clothes, as at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36), the ascension is but another pagan myth following the stories of the transfiguration of Egyptian gods Ra (the champion of the poor and central to personal piety and

Amun-Min as Amun-Ra ka-Mut-ef from the temple at Deir el Medina

was originally known as Amun who was self-created, without mother and father, and during the New Kingdom he became the greatest expression of transcendental deity in Egyptian theology, whose votive stele reads: “[Amun] who comes at the voice of the poor in distress, who gives breath to him who is wretched..You are Amun, the Lord of the silent, who comes at the voice of the poor; when I call to you in my distress You come and rescue me…Though the servant was disposed to do evil, the Lord is disposed to forgive. The Lord of Thebes spends not a whole day in anger; His wrath passes in a moment; none remains. His breath comes back to us in mercy..May your ka be kind; may you forgive; It shall not happen again and was known as “[the god] who hears the prayer, who comes at the cry of the poor and distressed…Beware of him! Repeat him to son and daughter, to great and small; relate him to generations of generations who have not yet come into being; relate him to fishes in the deep, to birds in heaven; repeat him to him who does not know him and to him who knows him…Though it may be that the servant is normal in doing wrong, yet the Lord is normal in being merciful. The Lord of Thebes does not spend an entire day angry. As for his anger – in the completion of a moment there is no remnant..As thy Ka endures! thou wilt be merciful!”  Wilson, John A. (ed. 1951, 1963).  Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press. p. 300, 4th imp 1963. Republished as The Culture of Ancient Egypt; cp.  Lichtheim, Miriam (1976). Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II:

A stele commemorating the burial of a sacrificial bull bearing the iconography of Hathor

The New Kingdom.  Los Angeles: University of California Press.  pp. 105-106) and Apis (a bull-deity worshipped in the Memphis region, and origin of Yeh the golden calf who upon death became Osorapis or Osiris-Apis having been executed, entombed, and on the third-day rose from the dead to ascend into glory and became a man: Arrian, Anabasis, VII. 26).  The cult survived until 385 CE, when Christians terrorists destroyed the Serapeum of Alexandria, and forced through a royal proclamation known as the Theodosian decree that forbade reverence for the faith and theology of the bull-god-man, with all ancient writers from Herodotus to The Pyramid Texts giving reference to Apis theology; and even the Egyptian queen Hetshepsut (a woman, she was the fifth pharaoh of the XVIII dynasty); and Pharoah Amenophis III all of

Hatshepsut reigned 1479-1458 BCE

whom appeared in White Robes rising into the Heavens and sitting on Rainbows.  While many churches consider Epiphanius a scholar, he admits on one occasion that he writes against the Origenists based only on hearsay (Panarion, Epiphanius 71), and there are other traces of plagiarism and hearsay scattered throughout.  He is well-known for his persecution of non-Christians and ordering the destruction of their temples.  He has little time for Judas.

Judas, according to his gospel, yields/betrays/hands over Jesus so that he can become a great star in the heavens.  The concept of a disciple who becomes a star has ancient Egyptian origins as the deities flank the

Hathor Menkaure Bat (Fourth century Egyptian triad or Trinity) Cairo Museum

pharaoh and provide the authority to rule  (as  with Hathor-Menkaure-Bat triad (Trinity) of the fourth dynasty – Cairo Museum) that renders historical precedence to John the Beloved (represented originally as Bat) being to the right of Jesus (the pharaoh) and Judas (Hathor) to the left of the Christ (an ancient Egyptian/African word meaning “anointed”; it was never, in any society, a name nor a title). Judas would be one of the celebrated, although he would be cursed on earth (Gospel of Judas 56-58).  The concept of being protected and served by two chosen “special” representatives (gods or sojourners in life) is older than even Egypt, with representations going back to ancient Ethiopia and other more primitive societies all of whom had their own version of a celestial Trinity that worked as a united force but were still three separate individuals who leagued together to protect mortals and the creation of Nut (also spelled Nuit, Newet, and Neuth) was the goddess of the sky who is among the oldest stories in ancient Egyptian theology with her origins being found on the creation story of Heliopolis.  Her headdress was the hieroglyphic of part of her name, a pot, which may also symbolize the uterus, and from this uterus came the creation of the universe and everything within it, her body shaped as a great sycamore tree (Budge, Wallis (2007 ed.) Papyrus of Ani: Egyptian Book of the Dead, Sioux.Falls, SD, USA: NuVisionPublications, page 57).  Amos 7:14 “Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees” NIV; וַיַּעַן עָמֹוס וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־אֲמַצְיָה לֹא־נָבִיא אָנֹכִי וְלֹא בֶן־נָבִיא אָנֹכִי כִּי־בֹוקֵר אָנֹכִי וּבֹולֵס שִׁקְמִים׃) incorporates the legend of the sycamore tree as a tree that can used to strike as a weapon (ref. 1 Kings 20:35) as well as a tree to hide in; the gospel writers use it in their fable of Zacchaeus (Greek Ζακχαῖος, Hebrew זכי, which means pure and righteous one, and was considered a god who would seek out that which was above the heads

Ancient Egypt pyramid painting of climbing the sycamore tree as wise men

of men and in the clouds above) in Luke 19:1-9, tells of a tax collector who was not able to see over the crowd of people as Jesus passed by, forcing him to climbed into a sycamore tree that was the tree of life (an allusion to returning to Nut’s uterus.  The sycamore tree (Ficus sycomorus) is native to Egypt and has its fruits carried on special branches that come from green branches  The Pharaohs called the Sycamores Nehet.   The oldest sycamore tree in Egypt is in Matarria and is known as Virgin Mary Tree (an ancient Egyptian goddess, but the name

Tree Goddess from the tomb of Pashedu in the Valley of the Kings

continued when Muhammad incorporated Mary into the Qur’an). Sycamore tree lives long and bears sun exposure and humidity. Ancient Egyptians used them in making the wood monuments, such as the statue of the chief of the village from the Fourth Dynasty.

In the time of Mohamed Ali El Kabeer, sycamore tree was used in making the bases for artillery units.  The sycamore tree is an ever green large tree. Its height reaches 20 meters, when it is fully grown. Its branches spread horizontally over a diameter ranging 15-20 meters, therefore it is planted in 15-20 meters spacing. Flowers appear in sycamore when the age of the tree is ranging from 5 to 6 years old. Sycamore fruit is like fig in form and structure).  The Zacchaeus story is a legend illustrating the need to know and the difficulties there are in obtaining wisdom; it is this wisdom (Logos:  λόγος, a word that originally meant “a plea from the ground” or “ground” “petition”; later the Sophists used it to mean “reasoned discourse”, and later adopted numerous other definitions) that is the foundation for the Gospel of Judas.

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Suicide is frequently Premeditated Murder

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

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

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

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

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

Freedom go to hell (Islam 2011)

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

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

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

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

Asher Brown (age 13)

lifestyles that do not conform to their preconceptions. 

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

Michele Bachmann (AP Jim Mone)

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

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

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

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

Samantha  Johnson (MN)

Samantha Johnson (MN)

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

Haylee Fentress

In April 2011, Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz

Paige Moravetz

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

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

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

Jordan Yenor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Mullen cult leader of Point of Grace church

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lance Lundsten

Lance Lundsten, a Jefferson High School student, was

Thomas "TJ" Hayes

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

Aaron Jurek

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

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

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

Bradlee Dean Smith opening the Minnesota Legislature with a prayer 2011

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

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

Michele Bachmann 2011

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

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

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

Jamey Rodemeyer (age 14) Buffalo, NY

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

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

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

Montana Denton Lance (age 9; Facebook photo)

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

Jaheem Herrera (age 11)

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

Carl Walker-Hoover

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

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

Tyler Clementi (age 18) commits suicide at Rutgers University

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

Suicide rates in USA (highest in evangelical states)

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

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

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

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

Keith Ablow on Fox News

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

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

Seth Walsh (age 13)

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

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

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

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

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

Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City

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

Zach Harrington (age 19)

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

Bob Vander Plaats (Iowa 2011)

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

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

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

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

Jesus riding out of the clouds for war

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

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

Jerry Buell

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

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

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

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

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

NAR's Jesus of the Apocalypse

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

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

NAR spiritual mapping "Repent Amarillo" (TX)

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

Michelangelo's "Judgment" with a nude warrior Jesus

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

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

One of the key components is to destroy the

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

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

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

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

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

Niegel Bigpond

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

Jay Swallow

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

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

Mark Wauahdooah

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

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

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

David Barton with wife at Republican National Convention 2000

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

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

Jaquie Tyre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas teen pregnancy rises with abstinence training

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

Texas vs US rate in teen pregnancy

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

Rise in pregnancies in Austin ISD TX (March 2010)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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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The Ancient Story of the Birth of A Saviour

Nearly 16000 years ago, there was fashioned a fascinating portrayal of a young woman, some who now call her the Maiden Queen, Mut-em-ua, the future mother of Amenhept III, and who was believed to be the incarnate of Isis—the sister/wife of Osiris. Both Mut-em-ua and Isis were specially impregnated: Mut-em-ua by angels, who were gods, and Isis who would fertilize herself with the seed of her slaughtered brother/husband Osiris, so that each would give birth to the baby Horus or Amenhept. 

Goddess Isis who self-impregnated to become Mother of God

This scene we find upon the innermost walls of the most sacred chamber in the Temple of Luxor, built by Amenhept III, Pharaoh (a word that translates and means “Sons of God”) of the 17th dynasty.  Mut-em-ua was hailed as a “virgin-mother” (as was the Goddess Isis, without sexual (penile intromission) intercourse since her husband had been murdered by his evil brother; ref. Luke 1:26-33); because neither Isis nor Mut-em-ua sexually “knew” (experienced vaginal penetration) a man each woman was given the title of Goddess of Creation and Mother of God.  In the Greek it appears as Theotokos (Θεοτόκος: giving birth to [or, Mother of] God and is found on the Rosetta stone; it is close to the Slavonic Богородица).  Here are the panels that began the Story of the Nativity:

Temple of Luxor (Egypt) Nativity Scene

While these panels have been subject of much debate (proactive and detractive, to support and condemn the Egyptian antecedents to the Jesus of the New Testament), what has not been established is why the story in ancient Egypt parallels that in the New Testament. The “virginity” of Mary had nothing to do with her hymen, but rather age: the word “virgin” means “young girl” and does not require sexual purity, abstinence or other unnatural and abnormal sex habits such as chastity. For that reason, we take a closer look at the panels.

In the bottom scene we see the God Taht (Thoth) who would become the Latin god Mercury who would be Micha-el in Hebrew.  In the next panel we see the god Kneph (the Egyptian Holy Ghost) and the goddess Hathor hold crosses which were in ancient Egypt a sign of life (not death nor crucifixion) and were originally to symbolize the head and nostrils  (cf. Genesis 2:7, cp. Luke 1:31-35) of Isis and mystically impregnate her.  The third panel shows the birth of the child who was known as Karst (Son of God) and born on a footstool (better translated as a “manger”: being made of wood on which to place the midwife and newborn child). The fourth panel shows the child receiving homage from gods and gifts from men: magi (an Egyptian word for magicians) who present gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (the latter to be used at the time of death).  See: Gerald Massey, Gerald (1907), Ancient Egypt: Light of the World, Vol. II, p. 757 [London, T. Fisher Unwin], and for the “Mother of God” development in Methodius of Patra, Speech on Symeon and the Holy Theotokos:  Λαβομένη η Θεοτόκος των εκ του αχράντου και παναμώμου αυτής θυσιαστηρίου σαρκωθέντα ζωοποιόν και ανέκφραστον άνθρακα ως λαβίδι … επί τούτοις παρουσιασάμενος ο δίκαιος και τη προτροπή είξας της διακονησαμένης Θεώ προς ανθρώπους Θεομήτορος … περιφανώς ιερά θεομήτωρ εξετέλει, which is also found in the Armenian Աստուածածին and the Georgian ღვთისმშობელი.  Such a woman “who is ever virgin…and holy and pure (Ἄξιόν ἐστιν ὡς ἀληθῶς μακαρίζειν σὲ τὴν Θεοτόκον, τὴν ἀειμακάριστον καὶ παναμώμητον καὶ μητέρα του Θεο μν [emphasis added])” can be traced back 16,000 years to ancient Egypt, although Plutarch does discuss the nativity and life of Horus in his essay On Isis and Osiris (Plutarch, Moralia, Part 1 which is available in the Loeb Classical Library or at http://platopagan.tripod.com/plutarch_essay.htm). 

Concerning the virgin birth we find:

Isis the powerful, protectress of her brother, who sought him tirelessly,
who traversed this land in mourning and did not rest until she found him;
who gave him shade with her feathers and air with her wings;
who cried out, the mourning woman of her brother
who summoned dancers for the Weary of Heart;

who took in his seed and created the heir,
who suckled the child in solitude, no one knew where,
who brought him, when his arm was strong,
into the hall of Geb — the Ennead rejoiced:

“Welcome, Osiris’ son, Horus, stout of heart, justified, son of Isis, heir of Osiris.”

(Hymn to Osiris, Dynasty 18, stela Louvre C 286; from Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann, trans by David Lorton (Cornell University Press, 2001), p. 24-25)

This Egyptian title for Mary does not appear until the third century CE in the Christian church founded by the Emperor Constantine, as to do so invited charges of unlawful and unwarranted entry into matters left for the Emperor, which even Eusebius of Caesarea affirmed in his History of the Christian Church. Dionysius of Alexandria used Theotokos in about 250, in an epistle to Paul of Samosata. What becomes the Roman Catholic church does not transmogrify history by rewriting entire chapters of ancient Egyptian theology into the mythology of Paulinity that emerges as Christianity until the days of Theodoret who wrote in 436 the unusual (and highly condemned) appellation calling the Virgin Mary Theotokos, and then going so far as to desecrate historical accuracy and truth with the lie that it had always been an apostolic tradition—even though it is found no where in the New Testament nor anywhere in the original ancient scrolls.  The Patriarch Nestorius (Νεστόριος; c. 386 – c. 451) of Constantinople, who was more knowledgeable about Christianity than anyone else in his era, argued that Mary should be called Christotokos (Χριστοτόκος), meaning “Birth-giver of Christ,” to restrict her role to the mother of Christ’s humanity only and not his divine nature, summarizing that Mary never gave birth to any god (which he wrote in his third letter to “Celestine of Rome” a bishop among bishops, not supreme, absolute, primary, or infallible (see: http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/nestorius_two_letters_01.htm which is a fifth century translation into Latin by Marius Mercator [Loofs, Nesotiana, 181-182)—as that was a pagan (country or non-Christian) belief (there has been found an ancient manuscript copied from the writings of Nestorius and known as the Bazaar of Heracleides which is in Syriac and at http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/; fragments, in English, are at http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/nestorius_bazaar_99_appendices.htm; synopses in Spanish are at http://mb-soft.com/believe/tsc/nestoria.htm ).

The First Council of Ephesus in 431 was called by the Emperor Theodosius II (401-450).  It was neither an ecumenical council nor one that was brought about to establish or restore harmony, but one that was corrupted by the venal Pope Celestine I. Ever greedy for additional revenue, Celestine deposed the Archbishop of Constantinople before the contingent of Eastern bishops from Antioch arrived—all of whom supported Nestorius. In retaliation for the usurpation, John I of Antioch and the eastern bishops convened their own council and deposed the crafty Cyril who led a group of renegade clergy intent on crafting their own theology. Cyril was allowed to return only after bribing numerous bishops and courtiers (John I., McEnerney (1998). St. Cyril of Alexandria Letters 51-110. Fathers of the Church Series: 77.  Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press. p. 151).  The Latin Fathers were worried that the Eastern bishops were too close to Egypt and the Coptic, Syriac and Ethiopic brands of Christianity that did too little homage to the bishop of Rome who was working to making his see paramount and princely over all other sees. For this reason, Celestine needed to work ancient Egyptian theology into the fabric of Christianity over the rejection and objection of Eastern primates and bishops. The Eastern rites knew that Jesus came from Egyptian lore thousands of years before any Jesus was crafted by any hand in the writing of the basic book on The Christ: the senior magician of ancient Egypt who could change water into wine and multiple loaves of bread which he would proclaim were his own body and blood.

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Bible on Abortion

The biblical injunction “Thou shalt not kill” (KJV: Exodus 20:13, copied into Deuteronomy 5:17; cp. Numbers 35:27; 1 Kings 21:19; Hosea 4:2, ref. Deuteronomy 4:42) forbids killing anyone outside of the womb.  The Hebrew word is ratsach (רצח) and it means to pierce with a sword.  To “kill” (שחיטה) is ritual animal slaughter: for the dining pleasure of a god or his priests (Genesis 37:31, Exodus 12:6 and 21, 29:11 and 20; Leviticus 1:5 and 11, 3:2 and 8; and so forth. Deliberate murder is violent (not therapeutic) and done with forethought and aggression without the consent of the victim (cf. מכוון) as in Genesis 4:15, and 37:12; Leviticus 24:17-18 and 21; Numbers 35:11, 15 and 30; Joshua 20:3 and 9; and so forth. 

The Old Testament considers rape as denying the father the chance for a “just” dowry:

If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.(Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NIV)

Rape was common in ancient Israel. The most popular story is that of the rape of Dinah (Genesis 33.18 to 34.31). This rape led to full-scale genocide. The Old Testament women who were violated did turn, without being damned by their gods, to abortion: The tale of the bitter waters in Numbers 5:18-27 allude to abortion. Sterilization and coitus interruptus are mentioned (Genesis 38:9 & Deuteronomy 23:1f).  Birth control was commonly known and used throughout the ancient world, as seen in the writings of major authorities.  Scrolls found in Egypt dating to 1900BCE, describe ancient methods of birth control that were later practiced in the Roman empire during the apostolic age.  The Hippocratic Writings by Hippocrates were generated between 430-330BCE.  In Aristophanes’ 421 BCE comedy The Peace Hermes provides Trigaius with a female companion. Trigaius is worried she may become pregnant. “Not if you add a dose of pennyroyal,” advises Hermes. The Greek botanist Theophrastus (370-288 BCE) who studied silphium, an ancient ‘wonder drug’ known for having abortive qualities, was praised for his liberation of women “from fear and unwant[ed pregnancies]”.  De Materia Medica by Dioscorides was written around 30-40CE, and Gynecology, for example, was written by Soranus around 98CE.

There are even detailed on how to have an abortion in the ancient world.  Soranus describes specific steps to remove the fetus from the uterus:

First the womb must be separated from the uterus. In order to create the separation, empty the abdomen and purge it with warm and sweet olive oil as injections. Then bathe the whole body in sweet water, lingering in the tub, drinking a little wine first and eating pungent food. If at this point, it is not effective, then sit in a bath of linseed, fenugreek, mallow, marsh mallow, and wormwood. have injections of old oil, alone or with rue juice or with honey, iris oil, or absinthium with honey, or panax balm spelt together with rue and honey or Syrian unguent. If it is still not effective, then take a meal of lupines with ox bile and absinthium. Before abortion, take protracted baths, little or no food, use softening vaginal suppositories, abstain from wine, and be bled in large amounts. Then follow the procedures by having the pregnant woman shaken by wild animals, followed by a soft vaginal suppository, used as a “gentle” abortive vaginal suppository, such as myrtle, wallflower seed, and bitter lupines in equal amounts. Then mold to the size of a bean with water.  

Abstinence was laughed at as both unnatural and abnormal. Sex was natural and human passions could not be controlled or contained save without great emotional damage wrote the doctors of the ancient world. To this end it is common to read scrolls from 300 BCE to the present detailing the sexual activities of men and women who took a vow of perpetual chastity and virginity–usually leading the vow taker to commit rape of both genders of all ages.  See: Berquist, Jon (2002). Controlling Corporeality; The Body and the Household in Ancient Israel. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.  Riddle, John (1992). Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.  Tschanz, David. Herbal Contraception in Ancient Times. IslamOnline.net http://www.islam-online.net/english/science/2003/08/article02.shtml.  Books on abortion that were available in the ancient world included: Hippocrates, Aphorisms, Section V, Part 31; Plato, Republic Book V; Aristotle, Politics, Book 7 section 1335b; Cicero, For Aulus Cluentius 11.32 and cp. Laws 3.8.19; Ovid, Heroides XI: Canace to Marcareus, lines 11.33-42; Seneca, De ira  (On Anger), 1.15; Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book X, Chapter 83, ibid., Book XXIX, Chapter 27, and Book XXX, Chapter 43; and so forth.

The closest the New Testament comes to these forms of murder is the word for selective and nonselective taking of life which includes assassination (αναιρεω or αποκτεινω).  The latter is for the erasure or execution of individuals and even entire communities (Matthew 10:28, 16:21, 17:23 where killing is by various instruments: και αποκτενουσιν αυτον και τη τριτη ημερα εγερθησεται και ελυπηθησαν σφοδρα, 21:35 and 38, 23:34 and 37, 24:9, and 26:4; Mark 3:4, 6:19, 8:31, 9:31, 10:34 to demonstrate the concept of killing consider και εμπαιξουσιν αυτω και μαστιγωσουσιν αυτον και εμπτυσουσιν αυτω και αποκτενουσιν αυτον και τη τριτη ημερα αναστησεται, 12:5 and 7-8; Luke 11:47-48, 12:4-5, 13:31 and 34; and so forth.  The fetus is mentioned in the bible. It is peri  פרי

When the fetus is mentioned it is mentioned as “fruit” that is not fully ripened or formed. Pregnancy was “to be fruitful” and if the zygote developed into a fetus, that fetus was referred to as “fruit of the womb.” The Greeks were equally explicit as to the timetable of the development of the fetus (see: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1993). Catechism of Family Values Based on the Bible (Arlington, Liberal Arts Press), pp. 241ff).

Each time that the Hebrews engaged in war, there was no injunction against slaughtering pregnant women (Joshua 10:8, 10-11, 13).  The Book of Samuel records (1 Samuel 15:2-3) that Yahweh demanded that his troops “slay both man and woman, infant and suckingling…”  There was special joy when “all the women therein[the conquered city] were with child [and] he [Menahem] ripped [them] up” or tore them out of the womb (2 Kings 15:16). Ezekiel was especially fond of slaughter children, new-born infants, and the fetus: “The children shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, … wives ravished. … Their bows shall dash the young men to pieces, and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb” (Isaiah 13:13-18; cp. Psalm 137:4, 9).

The prophet Amos was far more colorful: “Thus saith the Lord, for three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border” (Amos 1:13). Here the word “rip” means to “cleave through” or cut the fetus brutally out of the womb by piercing the stomach.

While avid Christians, especially evangelical literalists are avidly opposed to abortion, there is not one passage in the New Testament that opposes it. The word does not even appear in any version of ancient Greek. Jesus does not even mention it, although abortions were common throughout the Hebrew world. The closest that a Christian can come to the issue of abortion in the New Testament is found in Matthew 26:24 where abortion is considered a valid alternative to slaughter: “…but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born (ο μεν υιος του ανθρωπου υπαγει καθως γεγραπται περι αυτου ουαι δε τω ανθρωπω εκεινω δι ου ο υιος του ανθρωπου παραδιδοται καλον ην αυτω ει ουκ εγεννηθη ο ανθρωπος εκεινος).” This verse states that it would have been better for any person who betrayed Jesus if he had never been born. The verse might be interpreted as meaning that a terminated pregnancy might be better than a completed pregnancy, if the child’s life would be miserable. It was not until the second century CE when the term “abortion” appeared in any Christian literature–and then in the disreputable and never accepted Didache [Teaching {of the Apostles}] Section 2.2: “thou shalt not murder a child by abortion nor kill them [sic] when born…”  (ου φονευσεις, ου μοιχευσεις, ου παιδοφθορησεις, ου πορνευσεις, ου κλεψεις, ου μαγευσεις, ου φαρμακευσεις, ου φονευσεις τεκνον εν φθορα ουδε γεννηθεν αποκτενεις).  This passage (some dating it to 1056 CE although fragments were found from the second to the fourth centuries CE, although none have been authenticated as being true “gospels” or teachings) is disreputable but the passage comes closest to Roman law which forbade the exposure of infants, long practiced, on mountain tops as they were unwanted by their families.  The Didache is written from the view-point of a community leadership that distrusts, and yet respects, Christian prophets, one that wishes the prophets to leave town as quickly as possible, yet would have them welcomed in town when they arrive. The Pastoral and Petrine epistles stem from a slightly later time, when authority in the Christian movement was based on the prerogatives of office rather than on prophetic powers.” Earlier Coptic and Ethiopic versions also exist for a few chapters of this text. Especially important are two Greek fragments, Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1782, dated to the “late fourth century” and published by Greenfell and Hunt in 1922 (12-15). These tiny scraps, about two inches by two inches apiece, contain verses 1:3c-4a and 2:7-3:2. Despite small differences, the wording on those scraps is very close to Byrrenios’s text. That is very important confirmation for the basic accuracy of Codex Hierosolymitanus 54, given the gulf of centuries between it and the earlier fragments.  Here is the text from a copy of the fragment in my personal library and dated to 564 CE:

Didache chapter 2 (verse 2 is on "abortion")

There were no church prohibitions against abortion before the fourth century. Those were made by men, but women continued to have abortions throughout the history of the church and mortal kind. It must be remembered that what people today consider to be the New Testament of the Bible was written, primarily, in Koine (Ionia) Greek (an unofficial diglossy of Greek and Latin was established in the city of Rome and Koine Greek became a first or second language in the Roman Empire which gave rise to many errors, especially as found in the writings of Justin Martyr who mistranslated the word for “pillar” as “cross”; see my https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/jesus-crucifixion-and-justin-martyr/) but many ancient scrolls are in Attic Greek (Athens), while the twelve apostles (like the twelve apostles of Zeus/Jupiter) wrote in Alexandrian Greek.  We do not find the condemnation of abortion in any of these languages, but actually do find encouragement for abortions in the case of incest and rape.

In Rome, before the advent of christians (starting around 150 BCE and becoming a collective group around 100 CE), it was expected that an honorable woman who was raped would, like Lucretia, remove the stain on her honor by committing suicide so that “the evil seed” inside her would not “flower and become the spawn” of the rapist.  When various marauding country fellows (pagans) entered Rome to collect back wages promised by an idle government and despotic leaders, turned to rape to express their anger and demonstrate their power to exact vengeance (rape was never considered a sexual act, in fact it was seen as an act of war: The Greek, Persian, and Roman troops would routinely rape women and boys in the conquered towns), early  Christian women would commit suicide before or during the act; those who did survive the attack committed suicide.  Christian women, for the most part, by the fifth century and the sack of Rome, followed the dictates of bishops and did not kill themselves, but there exists no records on whether or not they became pregnant nor were their charts or writings as to whether or not they gave birth to fertilized seeds from the rapists. The failure of Christian women, having been raped during the sack of Rome in the fifth century, to kill themselves was commented on by non-Christians with shock and horror, seeing in the actions of the women not only a disregard for customs but also as an offense against the gods.  The duplicity of the bishop of Hippo, Augustine (who fathered a son, whom he named Gift of God: Adeodatus, by a whore, dedicated an entire book of The City of God to defending these women’s honor and what he called “chastity” (inventing a new definition of the word to justify their actions as would-be martyrs): that a woman was chase if she refused a man’s sexual advance. Early Christianity also maintained, as non-Christians did not, that slave women were entitled to chastity, and that therefore a slave woman could be raped, and honored as martyrs slave if the woman resisted her master and any male.

 Those who insist that women carry an unwanted fetus not only play god, but do psychological damage to the women who are forced by law to continue an unwanted pregnancy to term (See: A. Burgess & L. Holmstrom (1974). Rape Trauma Syndrome. American Journal of Psychiatry). In many ways, the legislators in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and other states who are attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade are waging psychological war on women and, following the women in the Reichstag, denying basic the basic human right of choice in their efforts to enslave women to the yoke of the state (Warshaw, Robin (1994). I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape, Harper Paperbacks).

There were numerous writers on abortion in the early Christian epoch. They include: Dio Chrysostom (40-120 CE) who wrote in his Discourses, Fifteenth Discourse: On Slavery and Freedom II:  “but in the case of slave women, on the other hand, some destroy the child before birth and others afterwards, if they can do so without being caught, and yet sometimes even with the connivance of their husband, that they may not be involved in trouble by being compelled to raise children in addition to their enduring slavery.” (Cf. Plutarch, 46-120 CE, Romulus22.3; Suetonius (69/75-130 CE), in his Twelve Caesars, “Domition” 22; Soranus (98-117 CE), Gynecology 3.19.60; Galen of Pergamum (129-200 CE) On Natural Faculties, Book 3, Part 12: “Now abortifacient drugs or certain other conditions which destroy the embryo or rupture certain of its membranes are followed by abortion, and similarly also when the uterus is in pain from being in a bad state of tension; and, as has been well said by Hippocrates, excessive movement on the part of the embryo itself brings on labour.”

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Blood Libel, Sarah Palin and the Tucson Massacre

The Anti-Defamation League, yesterday was asked by a relative of its founder “to condemn Sarah Palin’s remarks this morning against the media, in conjunction with the Arizona Shootings.”  The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”  It has spoken out against the lynching of Blacks, the rape of all women, against gay and lesbian bashing and murders, and against attacks on Semitic people.  Now it speaks out against the thoughtless and cruel comments of one-time/part-time Alaska ex-Governor Sarah Palin (for Alaskans viewpoint on their one-time governor, see: http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/12/for-palin-theres-no-plac e-like-homein.html).

Sarah Palin; she resigned the governorship of Alaska to accept a job with Fox News

On the morning of January 12, 2011, Palin released a video attempting to defend her previous actions, including the release last year of an inflammatory map with crosshairs (normally used in gun and weapon assaults) targeting twenty House Democrats who voted for healthcare reform–a reform that Ms. Palin claims is not only unconstitutional but immoral, arguing that the rich will have to pick up health care for the “lazy and shiftless”. That map has been called out worldwide by a wide range of media, ranging from newspapers, talk shows on radio and coverage on television as well as journals, magazines and other print formats as a possible incitement to Saturday’s massacre that left six dead and over a dozen more gravely injured, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

Palin, like many on the Right, has been unwilling or unable to see the connection between her hate speech and the resulting violence.  Palin, like Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats is uniquely anti-Semitic and uses heated rhetoric to condemn those people who do not agree with her or lionize her actions and stands. Both Palin and Vander Plaats are evangelical Christians and the churches they attend call for the “conversion” of those who disagree, reject the concept that Jews are “children of God”, and libel Jews, Democrats, women who obtain abortions, and gays and lesbians as unworthy of consideration or inclusion in the mythical “great tent” of the GOP (which Vander Plaats and Palin has equipped is the acronym for God’s Own Party).

Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa opposes human and civil rights for all people

Adding to Palin’s refusal to take responsibility were her words on the twelfth of January 2011 about “blood libel.”  In the video she had made and posted on the internet, Palin says without equivocation or consideration, “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel [emphasis added] that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.” (See: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-01-13/palin-claims-blood-libel-by-critics-after-arizona-shootings.html)

While Ms. Palin’s lack of education or knowledge of the meaning of words (as demonstrated in her arguments against the Mosque at “Ground Zero” in New York City where she called on New York Muslims to “refudiate” [sic: should be “repudiate”], we read in  Wikipedia:

St. William of Norwich

“Blood libel (also blood accusation refers to a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays.  The first claim of this fiction occuring appeared in 1144 CE, and after his head was pierced with a knife to simulate a “Crown of Thorns” and his side pierced in imitation of the crucified Jesus, he became known as St. William of Norwich (See: http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_blib2.htm).Historically, these claims have–alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration–been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.

“The libels typically allege that Jews require human blood for the baking of matzos for Passover. The accusations often assert that the blood of Christian children is especially coveted, and historically blood libel claims have often been made to account for otherwise unexplained deaths of children. In some cases, the alleged victim of human sacrifice has become venerated as a martyr, a holy figure around whom a martyr cult might arise. A few of these have been even canonized as saints.” Among these alleged saints are

Christopher of Toledo (Holy Child of La Guardia); A plaque on the wall of the Hermitage of the Holy Child in La Guardia, Spain, depicts a local legend based on an anti-Semitic blood libel.

Christopher of Toledo, also known as Christopher of La Guardia or “the Holy Child of La Guardia,” who Pope Pius VII canonized in 1805;  the Russian Orthodox Church canonized a six-year-old boy named Gavriil Belostoksky from the village Zverki in 1820, with other “martyrs” raised to the altars throughout Christendom; Chaucer of England mentions  Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln who was another fiction who became a saint; and, the list is endless with young males being the focal point as they were seen as representatives of the Child Jesus, and thus raised the greatest anger and anti-Semitic feelings among the illiterate faithful in the Christian communities from Russia to England and throughout Europe (cf. Siegmund Salfeld, Das Martyrologium des Nürnberger Memorbuches (1898), pp. 15, 128-130).  Interesting the stories show the emergence of language but without basic grammar or rules of composition; with this came exaggerations, distortions, and lies that transmogrified history and led not only to the diminuation of knowledge of justice, but caused some of the greatest and most deadly wars recorded. It is because of the lackidaisicality of speakers, translators, and teachers that entire Jewish villages were set on fire, hundreds of thousands of innocent lives were lost, and education became but a flicker of light, as those who were considered professors were too preoccupied by the minutiae of religious pedagogy than the full embrace of academic sciences and learning.  When a few brave monks questioned this methodology, their abbots retorted that language had to be mastered “little by little”, and contrary to Cicero, Homer, and other philologists, interpretation became verbo et verbatim et litteratim (a scourge still inflicted on language learners in schools throughout Latin America as few students understand context or content; see Arthur Frederick Ide, IB Programme Destroying Third World Nations, forthcoming: Sepore Press).  I posit that it would be better verba ita sunt intelligenda ut res magis valeat quam pereat (words are to be understood such that the subject matter may be more effective than wasted): An interpretation which gives effect is preferred to one which makes void, but this is nearly impossible to explain to Language Departments in most Latin America educational centers.

Blood libel art commonly found in medieval European tracts

Text of the above reads (using modern German script):

Das Bild stammt aus Hartmann Schedels Weltchronik von 1493

Symon das sellig kindlein zu Trient ist am xxi. tag des Mertzen nach der gepurt Cristi M.cccc.lxxv iar (1475) in der heiligen marterwochen in der statt Trient von den iuden getödt und ein martrer Cristi worden. dann als die iuden in derselben statt wonende ir ostern nach irem sytten begeen wolten und doch kein cristenlichs plut zu geprauch irs ungeseurten prots hetten do brachten sie diß kindlein verstolens in Samuelis eins iuden haus. in solcher gestalt. an dem dritten tag vor ostern umb versperzeit saße diß kindlein vor seins vater thür in abwesen seiner eltern do nehnet sich Thobias ein iüdischer verreter zu disem kindlein das noch nit dreymal zehen monat alt was. dem redet er mit schmaychlenden worten zu und trug es pald in das haus Samuelis. Als nu die nacht herfiele do freuten sich Samuel Thobias Vitalis Moyses Israhel und Mayer vor der synagog uber vergiessung cristenlichs pluts. Nu entplößeten sie das kindlein und legten ime ein faciletlein umb sein helßlein das man es nit schreyen hören möcht und spanneten ime sein ermlein auß. schnytten ime erstlich sein mänlich glidlein ab und auß seinem rechten wenglein ein stücklein und stachen es allenthalben mit scharpffen spitzigen stacheln heftlein oder nadeln. einer die hend der ander die füßlein haltende. und als sie nu das plut grausamlich gesamelt hetten do huben sie an lobsang zesingen und zu dem kindlein mit hönischen bedroewortten zesprechen: Nim hin du gehangner Jhesu also haben dir ettwen unßer eltern gethan. also sollen alle cristen in hymel auff erden und meer geschend werden. dieweil verschied das unschuldig mertrerlein. die iuden eyleten zum nachtmal und assen von dem plut des ungeseuert zu schmahe Cristo unßerm hayland und wurffen den toten leichnam in ein fließends wasser naheut bey irem haus unnd hielten ir ostern mit freuden. Die bekümerten eltern suchten ir verlorns kindlein. das funden sie uber drey tag ind dem fluß. Als solchs an Johanßen von Salis den edeln burger von Bririen kaiserlicher rechten doctor und deßmals obersten pfleger gelanget do hieß er nach den iuden greiffen und sie mit marter anziehen. also das sie nach ordnung ansagten wie sie dise mißtat beganngen hetten. und darauff warden sie mit gepürlicher straff außgetilgt. Als der leichnam auff befelhe Johanßen hinderbachs bischoffs daselbst bestattet wardt do fieng er alßpald an in wunderzaichen zescheinen und auß allen cristenlichen gegenten zu dises heilliges kindes grab ein zulauff zewerden. davon dan dise statt nicht kleine aussung unnd zunemung empfunden hat. und die burger daselbst haben disem leichnam ein schöne kirchen auffgerichtet.

Dergleichen ubeltat haben auch die iuden inden uber fünff iar darnach in dem stettlein Mota in Foriaul gelegen mit ertödtung eines andern kinds begangen. darumb warden der teter drey gefangen gein Venedig gefüert und nach grausamer payn verprent.

Blood libel painting in St Paul's Church, Sandomierz, Poland

Not only has the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and especially the Russian Orthodox murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent Jews under this inhistorical and absurd claim, but so have Protestants from Switzerland and Germany to Old England.  The myth of Blood Libel was allowed to continue until 1990 in Austria, when Bishop Reinhold Stecher had the images removed but did not ban the myth nor its retelling (see: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/rinn.html).  The illustration on the right, located at the cult-church of Anderl von Rinn until

Blood libel of Andreas Oxner; The text of the motto reads: "Sie schneiden dem Marterer, die Gurgl ab und nemen alles Blut von Ihm", literally "they cut throat of the martyr and take all blood from him" or in other words, "They cut the martyr's throat and drain all his blood."

the 1990s, portrays the sacrificial slaughter of a boy named Andreas Oxner (or Anderl or Andrew) in 1462, at Rinn.  He was reportedly bought by Jewish merchants and cruelly murdered by them in a forest near the city, his blood being carefully collected in vessels.  While his parish mourned his death, the story was only popularized in the 17th century. In 1619 a Dr. Hippolyt Guarinoni (1571-1654) heard a story about little boy who was buried in Rinn and had been murdered by Jews, and claimed that he dreamed that the year of death of this boy was 1462. The modern celebration of the the cult of Anderl began in 1621 and by the late 17th century the cult of Anderl was established throughout the Tyrol, together with other boys who had supposedly been killed by Jews. In 1642 Guarinoni himself wrote a book Triumph Cron Marter Vnd Grabschrift des Heilig Unschuldigen Kindts [Triumph, Crown, Martyrdom and Epitaph of the Holy Innocent Child]. It ultimately became one of the myths fashioned by the Grimm Brothers in their collection of fairy tales: stories set down in an attempt to explain the mysterious disappearances and death of people, especially children.

Until the most recent times, the blood libel was condemned as false by Muslims. The Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent as well as the 19th century reformist Sultan Mahmoud II denounced the blood libel as a Christian fable (See: http://www.zionism-israel.com/dic/blood_libel.htm especially for a detailed list of the “saints” who were “sacrificed” by Jews).
The meaning is clear.  Sarah Palin sees herself as a spokeswoman for her god. Those who cross her are the antichrists that are seeking the downfall of Palin’s presidential ambitions and will drain her blood figuratively to stop her ascent to the ranks of the exalted, similar to William of Norwich. This, psychologically, is best described as a martyr’s complex that encompasses desires the feeling of being a martyr for his/her own sake, seeking out suffering or persecution because it feeds a psychological need having been singled out for persecution due to exceptional ability or integrity.  (See: Davis, Sheldon E. (September 1945). “What Are Modern Martyrs Worth?”. Peabody Journal of Education 23 (2): 67–68, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_libel).  While Freud wrote about individuals with martyr complexes, one of his circle named Theodor Reik wrote a book published in 1941 under the title Masochism in Modern Man (a 1962 paperback edition was called Masochism in Sex and Society), in which Reik notes:

“The masochist of the social kind expects the community in which he lives to acknowledge his merits and value, as well as the superiority of his character and achievements. Never mind if he is disdained, humiliated, and abused now; his adversaries are soon going to bow to him, to humble themselves before him. This anticipated phantasied satisfaction is only of short duration. It can only last for a short period, and soon the psychic reaction sets in. The guilt-feeling, the social anxiety, caused by this aggressiveness, is increased, claiming renewed punishments and humiliations, failures and misfortunes. Thus masochistic suffering is renewed and results again in anticipated satisfaction and pleasurable representation of those instinctual aims in phantasy. That is the genesis of the eternal circle of social anxiety and asocial, even antisocial instinctual urges.” (pp. 323-24 of the paperback ed.) For a commentary on Freud who referred to the martyr’s complex as an oedipus complex, see: http://www.grandiosity.org/Oedipus_complex/encyclopedia.htm.

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