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Rape, abortion, God, Bible, Tea Party Republicans and psychology

Richard Mourdock (R-IN) claims God intends for there to be rape

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (running for the U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, against Democrat U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly, the Tea Party Republican who defeated incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar in a surprise upset in Indiana’s primary election for U.S. Senate) declared that children born of rape are “God intended.”  Furthermore, draconically denouncing women who protest rape or abort the zygotes generated by rape as “baby [sic] killers”, Mourdock claimed that pregnancies because of rape were special gifts.  No such passage, term or phrase in relationship to rape is found in any Judeo-Christian literature, scripture, scroll or writing—nor does it appear in Mitt Romney’s Book of Mormon nor the Qur’an. 

Amarna Letters (tablets c. 1399-1313 BCE)

The passages that proclaim a god telling ancient Apiru/Habiru (proto-Hebrews, a word that does not appear until Genesis 14:13) come from ancient Akkadian sources that record their mercenaries (2350 – 2150 BCE) found in the Amarna Letters (1399 – 1310 BCE that discuss campaigns in Canaan) petitioning the gods of Assyria and Babylon for women to replenish their “supply” of male fighters (women were not considered worthy) and the gods of the ancient Middle East responded by telling the Apiru to “carry off” and rape women to gain additional males.  In the cuneiform scripts the function of rape was dual in purpose.  First,  there was the idea that rape will “silence dissent” and lead to pregnancy. Second, pregnancies and subsequent births were understood to be “chattel” (equivalent to property / cattle and thus the ownership of the births belonged to the rapists who could do as he wish with the offspring that included the slaughter of female infants.  Such infanticide was common throughout the Mediterranean world, especially in ancient Rome, Akkadia, and elsewhere). 

Child labor — 6.4 million under age 14 (lowest age is 4)

Killing female infants allowed males to “harness” young  males (children and teenagers) to do male labor much in the same way as the robber barons (also known as captains of industry) enslaved children during the industrial revolution and as late as the 1930s, especially in textile factories and slaughter houses.  Some male children served with female slaves as Qadesh in ancient temples as prostitutes to invoke divine blessings.

Psychologically, psychoanalytically rape has never been about sex or about procreation. Sexual rape is the link between pathological personality traits of narcissism and psychopathy and indicates sociosexual stereotypes of indoctrination by male authoritarian figures such as fathers, other family male members, priests, pastors, bishops and others who proclaim, wrongly, that the male is superior to the female (cf. Mouilso, Emily R.; Calhoun, Karen S. (2012). “A mediation model of the role of sociosexuality in the associations between narcissism, psychopathy, and sexual aggression”. doi: 10.1037/a0026217. Psychology of Violence, Vol 2(1), January 2012, 16-27).  Rape is also about domination especially when it results in the rape of males of any age, as seen commonly in war zones (Vikman, Elisabeth (2012). “Review of Sexual violence and armed conflict”. doi: 10.1037/a0028104  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 18(2), May 2012, 199-

NATO soldiers rape prisoners and civilians

200), hostile camps and among gangs (Swartout, Kevin M. (2012). “The Company They Keep: How Peer Networks Influence Male Sexual Aggression”. doi: 10.1037/ a0029997Psychology of Violence, September 24 , 2012; and, Seto, Michael C.; Lalumière, Martin L.; Harris, Grant T.; Chivers, Meredith L. (2012). “The sexual responses of sexual sadists”. doi: 10.1037/a0028714Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 121(3), Aug 2012, 739-753) in street conflicts, especially with the rapes of males (Turchik, Jessica A.; Edwards, Katie M. (2012). “Myths about male rape: A literature review”. doi: 10.1037/ a0023207. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), Apr 2012, 211-226).  Rape has always been about violence—but not in religion where most religions, especially those that came with the ascent of the Emperor Constantine I who created his “catholic [universal] church” at his war council in Nicaea in 325 CE when he attempted to unify the nation with a single religion over which he stood as Pontifex Maximus (the high priest of the state religion) in addition to being the civil war leader, rape was initially ignored and then canonized as being the fault of the woman.

Mourdock, speaking as a pope or emperor within the Tea Party Republican extremist group told an audience at the Tuesday Indiana US Senate debates:  “I came to realize that life is that gift from God; even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”  He quickly was denounced by the Republican Party, officially, then saw numerous Republicans race to fill his war chest to defeat Donnelly in the

Tagg Romney said he wanted to punch him. Ann Coulter called him “the retard.” And now, Sarah Palin says Obama “shuck and jive”

November contest.  The duplicity of the corrupt Republican Party in the USA is now legendary with such effete afficionados as Sarah Palin exposing her extreme racism when Twittering about President Obama’s “Shuck and jive” on Libya that won her tremendous support among American’s racists and renewed support by organized hate groups.

Yahweh’s wife Asherah was edited out of the Bible

When the Apiru ultimately invaded the far more advanced culture of Canaan and conquered its people, they brought with them their legends and lore and used it to craft the ultimate Torah and Prophets, incorporating their lust for rape to obtain new foot soldiers.  It is for that reason we read of the vile, vicious, vitriolic gods (one of whom, the agricultural god Yahweh would “marry” (by rape) the fertility goddess of the legitimate owners of Canaan, Asherah, before her people (Palestinians) were murdered and raped with but a few (the virgins who were young) being allowed to survive to serve as breeders for the Apiru mercenaries. 

1699 Qur’an showing Abram sacrificing Ishmael his first born son

The priests of the Apiru, whose specialty was taking young boys into the desert or up into the mountains and sacrificing them on altars stoked with fire (fancifully retold in the myth of Abram taking “his first born” to be sacrificed to the gods of his tribe), called on the gods from the Apiru hell and thundered rape to be justified. We find these accounts in most of the Torah, including in the last book written: Genesis—which became the backbone for the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible. 

 In the Old Testament, rape was a means of subduing people, repopulating the Hebrew community that had been decimated in war, and a way to extract vengeance.  These accounts are nothing less than records of past Apiru violence, rape, and murder, as is found throughout the Old Testament, as in Numbers 31:7-18 (NLT):

    They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men.  All five of the Midianite kings – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – died in the battle.  They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.  Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder.  They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived.  After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

    Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet them outside the camp.  But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle.  “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded[Moses was among the most bloodthirsty butchers of the ancient Apiru who originally worshiped the gods of ancient Egypt and then fashioned from fantasy the gods of what would become Israel [Is-Ra-El from the secondary Trinity: Isis-Ra-El, Isis (the goddess of creation), Ra (the god of the Sun), and El (the god/father/husband who became in Babylon and Canaan Baal: who was a father who consumed his children as a cannibal)] “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor.  They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people.  Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man.  Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

Clearly Moses and God approves of rape of virgins.  The same scenario exists in Deuteronomy 20:10-14):

     As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace.  If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor.  But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town.  When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town.  But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder.  You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.

And in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NLT) there is the sole proviso on rape:

    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

If she was married and did not protest fearing the rapist would kill her, the rape victim was to be killed (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB; plagiarized from the records of Marid (Arabic: مارد‎) who were djinn or pre-Muslim deities):

    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.

The woman was nothing more than property as later glossed in Judges 5:30 (NAB):  They must be dividing the spoils they took: there must be a damsel or two for each man, Spoils of dyed cloth as Sisera’s spoil, an ornate shawl or two for me in the spoil.   (Judges 5:30 NAB).

The gods of the Old Testament in cruelty (deisidaimonia), and spite declared that Polygamy, Rape, and the ending of a fetus’ life was pleasant and merited the gods “Forgiveness” (2 Samuel 12:11-14 NAB; cf. Avalos, Hector (2005). Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, and Regina M. Schwartz (1998). The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism. University of Chicago Press):

    Thus says the Lord: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.  I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor.  He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’

    Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  Nathan answered David: “The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.  But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die.”  [The child dies seven days later.]

Women were marketable commodities: slaves and sex slaves or whores (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT; cf. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1992). Moses: The Making of Myth and Law: the influence of Egyptian sex, religion, and law on the writing of the Torah. Las Colinas, TX: Monument Press):

    When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.  If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.  But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.  And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter.  If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife.  If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.   

Judges 21:10-24 (NLT) which is plagiarized from the far more ancient story of the Rape of the Sabine women (c. 750 – 752 BCE; Livy, Ab urbe condita, 1:10, Latin; Benjamin Vincent (1874).  Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates (New York, BY: GP Putnam & Sons, p. 572):

    So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children.  “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.”  Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

    The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives.  But there were not enough women for all of them.  The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel.  So the Israelite leaders asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead?  There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever.  But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.”

    Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem.  They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards.  When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife!  And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be understanding.  Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.'”  So the men of Benjamin did as they were told.  They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance.  Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them.  So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.

These women were repeatedly raped. It was excused on the pretext of religion, as the gods of the Old Testament take an active role in rape and plunder (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB):

    Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst.  And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city.  

The sole exception is if the girl is “engaged” (a public announcement of betrothal is made):

But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her (Deuteronomy 22:25-27; cf. Schroeder, Joy A. (2007). Dinah’s Lament: the Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, Press; and, חיון, חיים (2011). ותצא דינה : קריאה בסיפור המקראי ועיון בזיקותיו. הוצאת ספרים ע״ש י״ל מאגנס, האוניברסיטה העברית, Yerushalayim : Hotsaat sefarim a. sh. Y.L. Magnes, ha-Universitah ha-Ivrit.

On the other hand, abortion is not condemned nor denied in the Bible.  If it occurred during the time of war or other conflict it was merely an accident for which a monetary price had to be paid; Exodus 21:22 reads:

When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine.

While there is no word for abortion in the Bible, the gods of Old Testament delighted in the slaughter of fetus and new born children:

  • Numbers 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones.
  • Deuteronomy 2:34 utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little ones.
  • Deuteronomy 28:53 And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters.
  • 1 Samuel 15:3 slay both man and woman, infant and suckling.
  • 2 Kings 8:12 dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
  • 2 Kings 15:16 all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.
  • Isaiah 13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled and their wives ravished.
  • Isaiah 13:18 They shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
  • Lamentations 2:20 Shall the women eat their fruit, and children.
  • Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children.
  • Hosea 9:14 give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
  • Hosea 13:16 their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

“Fruit” (וּפְרִי־) was another word for fetus (cf. Isaiah 13:18:  וּקְשָׁתֹות נְעָרִים תְּרַטַּשְׁנָה וּפְרִי־בֶטֶן לֹא יְרַחֵמוּ עַל־בָּנִים לֹא־תָחוּס עֵינָם׃) he destruction of the fetus was not knew in the ancient world, but was especially common among the save polytheists known as the Apiru (Hebrew), especially when fighting for the Akaddians.

Even Jesus noted that women would come to the day in their life when they wished they had not been pregnant nor give birth to future generations: “For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the womb that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck” (Luke 23:29: ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἔρχονται ἡμέραι ἐν αἷς ἐροῦσιν· μακάριαι αἱ στεῖραι καὶ αἱ κοιλίαι αἱ οὐκ ἐγέννησαν καὶ μαστοὶ οἱ οὐκ ἔθρεψαν).  The antiabortion position does not demonstrate love for humanity, or compassion for real human beings, but glories in the suffering of woman in testimony to Genesis 3:16 (KJV): “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”.

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.  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).

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 (Matthew 26:24). Abortion was common throughout the ancient world. While many medical professionals would administer certain herbs to expel the fetus, women of station who were raped committed suicide to protect their “honor”—a practice that last beyond the beginnings of the Christian church (c. 325 CE) and was a mark of martyrdom for many who ultimately were canonized as saints.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) does find cases where abortion is accepted, however reluctantly:Some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. … Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through earnest prayer“. 

In 2011, two out of three women having abortions in the U.S. identified as Christian.  Few women capriciously elected abortion.  Most of the women who had an abortion showed their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cited concern for or responsibility to other individuals.  Three-fourths say they could not afford a child; the Qur’an forbids “the killing of a child for lack of food in the home (Al-Israa 17:31 and Al-An’aam 6:151: And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin” but says nothing about abortion; this is mentioned only in Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 8.732 that mentions only a “blood price” if the woman herself kills the fetus; a woman who strikes another woman who is pregnant and kills the fetus is to be put to death in Hadith – Abu Dawood 4555 but says nothing about a voluntary abortion; a similar sentence is at Hadith – Al-Muwatta 43.5) and three-fourths said that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. No less than half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner (Finer L. B., et al. (2005). “Reasons U.S. women have abortions: quantitative and qualitative perspectives”, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110–118.).

Richard Mourdock (who claimed that God intends rape to occur can be seen here). “Mourdock’s belief that there should be no exception that allows a woman to end a pregnancy is shared by the GOP platform and at least 40 Republican candidates for the House and Senate including Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee for vice-president, and Rep. Todd Akin,”) comes from the Paul Ryan (who sponsored Fetal Personhood and opposes family planning, read here), Todd Akin (who claims that it is impossible for a woman who is raped to conceive; watch here, and read Jason Sattler at The National Memo), Joe Walsh (read here:  “there is no need for an abortion to save the mother’s life”,  with update), Rick Santorum (who carried a dead fetus to his children for them to play with and opposes all abortions in all cases (althought his wife, Karen, had one) and claims that their is no constitutional right to privacy, opposes birth control (read here and here), and is equally equated with the Afghan Taliban being for the mind control of Opus Dei and stagnating education (read here and here), Sharron Angel (against abortion claiming that her god has a plan for babies born as the product of rape; read here) wing of the GOP that believes in abortion for zero percent of all cases — no abortion, no exception for rape, incest, life of the mother, or health of the mother. Period.

It is a great shame that none of these men are raped.  If these men could become pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. despite the ignorance of Timothy Dolan, Bryan Fischer or the German Joseph Ratzinger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bullying in groups

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

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

Older children will bully younger children

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

Stronger and larger people will bully weaker and smaller people

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

Bullying by grade level (USA)

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

Bullying can be emotional or psychological as well as physical.

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

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

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

What is a bully?

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

Realities of bullying

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

Opus Dei New Hampshire protesting abortion

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

Children abandoned on streets of Peru

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

Abandoned girl working in market in Peru

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

Glue sniffing in Peru

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

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

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

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

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

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

The cruelty of bullying in school

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

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

Women in Peru protest in favor of abortion

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

Josemaria Escriva (founder of Opus Dei)

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

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

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

Women are among the greatest offenders of bullying on the job

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

Lori Drew and daughter Sarah Drew

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

Megan Meier

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

Elizabeth Thrasher

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

Cyber bullying

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

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

Bullying statistics

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

Child suicide bomber in Muslim world encouraged by the family

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

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

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

Homophobic bullying in the UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Harris (left) and Dylan Klebold (right)

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

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

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

FOOTNOTES

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru

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

Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora

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

Peru politics and church interference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opus Dei $75 million headquarters (New York City)

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

Opus Dei central headquarters Rome

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

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Alberto & Keiko Fujimori’s war on democracy in Perú

General Salinas Sedo

Talk about courage! The man’s voice trembled when he spoke, seeking refuge in the embassy of Japan the night of the failed coup of General Salinas Sedo.  (http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/peru/salinas.htm; for the transcript concerning the incarceration of Salinas Sedo, see: http://www.cidh.oas.org/annualrep/94eng/Peru11084.htm). But was that man courageous? Was that man honorable? He was Alberto Fujimori. Here was a political unknown agricultural engineer owned and controlled by the most unscrupulous sectors of the elite Lima society, who surprisingly defeated the centre-right coalition candidate, author, and 2010 Noble Lauriat in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa (See: “Fujimori: Decline and fall,” BBC News (20 November 2000), online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1031752.stm).

Mario Vargas Llosa opposed Fujimori, and lost--but won in 2010 the Nobel Prize for Literature

Llosa was forced into a runoff race, but realizing that Fujimori was the overwhelming favorite, Vargas Llosa went to Fujimori with an offer to bow out, as he noted in his 1994 memoir: A Fish in the Water. Llosa wrote that he was “surprised to discover, in this modest neighborhood, enclosed by high walls, a Japanese garden with miniature trees . . . small wooden bridges and lanterns, and an elegant residence with Asian furnishing. I felt as if I were in a Chinese restaurant or a traditional home in Kyoto or Osaka, not Lima” (See: Rotella, Sebastian, “Fujimori: Study in Solitude of Power at the Top; Peru: Ex-president at times showed an appealing, caring side. But the autocrat alone called the shots,” The Los Angeles Times (26 November 2000) 5 pages; on-line at http://articles.latimes.com/2000/nov/26/news/mn-57495/2). Fujimori never became a Peruano (there had been speculation whether or not he was born in Perú but those questions were ignored and, even though he hold dual citizenship with Perú and Japan, he is accorded the privilege of being considered a Peruano; see: http://tripatlas.com/Alberto_Fujimori), and never represented the people of Perú any more than did (or does) his daughter Keiko.

Fujimori claimed “It was Perú that I had to rescue.” In saving Perú, Alberto Fujimori destroyed it, shredded then rewrote the Constitution, imprisoned and tortured—and murdered—men, women, children, the elderly, and destroyed the reputation of Perú internationally (See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/02/2009225202712148482.html).

Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Perú on trial for Crimes Against Humanity -- He was convicted and given a 25 year prison sentence.

Salinas led an aborted coup attempt on Nov. 13, 1992: seven months after Fujimori suspended the constitution (April 6, 1992; Calmet, José, “Foes Reject Fujimori’s Blueprint for Perú; Chicago Sun-Times April 23, 1992; at http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4106887.html) and sent tanks to surround Congress and the Supreme Court. Twenty-five officers participated in the plan to overthrow Fujimori and reopen the opposition-controlled Congress.

Courageous judges who opposed Fujimori for years cried out for his removal, in the same was as the Iowa (USA) neo-Nazi Bob Vander Plaats has cried out for the removal of the Iowa Supreme Court Judges who voted unanimously against his wish to marginalize many Iowans in 2010; but Fujimori won and removed the judges “for violating the Constitution (which Alberto suspended in 1992, and then tightened his grip on Perú’s judiciary by barring scores of fired judges and prosecutors from appealing their dismissals on April 29, 1992, at http://articles.latimes.com/1992-04-29/news/mn-897_1) and exceeding authority by signing a document on behalf of the full constitutional tribunal without [sic] the power to do so,” and the venal and corrupt Perú congress now stuffed with Fujimoristas voted 52 to 33 subservient to the wishes of the dictator and his radical daughter Keiko (See: “Judges Who Opposed Fujimori Removed,” The Los Angeles Times  May 30, 1997, at http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-30/news/mn-64034_1; cp. With Fujimori’s autoglope of April 5, 1992, which was recognized two weeks later by the corrupt presidency of George W. Bush, although the Organization of American States and international financiers rejected it, with Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and other nations severing all ties with the Andes nation, at http://countrystudies.us/peru/71.htm ).

Perú’s Congressional victory was short-lived as were the lives of many of its supporters. While many thought Fujimori would bring economic stability and the growth of Perú’s GDP, the opposite occurred: with the GDP declining from 3.76% in to 2.47%, and the number of Peruvians living in poverty decreased by only 1%. A few stalwart sentries of the Constitution moved to impeach the tyrant on April 9, 1992, with 137 of the 240-member Congress voting to name Carlos Carcia-Garcia (Perú’s Second Vice President) as the new head of state. While not all members of both houses were present, a quorum did exist and the vote was unanimous (Nash, Nathaniel C. (1992), “Peru’s Leader Impeached by Congress He Dissolved,” Los Angeles Times  (10 April 1992), at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE7D6113DF933A25757C0A964958260), further angering Keiko Fujimori who vowed an unrelenting vengeance  and retribution against those who assailed her tyrant-father.

Keiko Fujimori, running for President of Perú to pardon her father Alberto

It is strange to talk about honor, as Keiko frequently does when referring to her delinquent father, especially when one recalls who that man was and is to this day: a pathological liar, a mass murderer, a man who forcibly sterilized more than 200,000 poor indigenous people in the rural areas of Perú as if he were trying to beat Adolf Hitler’s genetic program and mass sterilization. As Health Minister Fernando Carbone admitted, Fujimori’s government gave misleading information, offered food incentives and threatened to fine men and women if they had more children. In this he was supported not only by his children, but by numerous high-ranking ministers who agreed to the human rights violations.

Alberto Fujimori ordered the sterilization of over 200,000 poor Peruanos

Alberto Fujimori, with the acquiescence of his daughter Keiko, had barely skilled to unskilled “surgeons sterilize 215,227 women and performed 16,547 vasectomies on men. The result of this genetic cleansing program was that demographics dropped dramatically in certain areas, leaving an older population and with it the economic disadvantages which result from fewer people being able to earn a living. While the nonconsensual operations left a permanent psychological scar on

Hilaria Supa Huaman was forcibly sterilized by Fujimoristas, wrote about it, and is now a Congresista in Perú

millions of Peruanos, the worse aspects of the butchery of the sexual organs of many were more nefarious, for not only was their inadequate evaluation before surgery that was carried out and less than half of the operations had no proper or trained anesthetist. Many of the sterilizations of females in Perú (ranging from the age of 10 to 50) were done even by dentists while their patients were waiting to have their teeth cleaned. Frequently women, and most men, had to be tied down into the dental chairs or on operating tables before “the procedure” took place–more so to protect those performing the operation than to steady those being operated upon–as seldom were medications given to those selected for sterilization. After the mutilation assault by ill-trained “medicos” there was little to no after-care, resulting in additional deaths and maiming. Those who refused were required to pay a fine to Fujimori and were forbidden to seek or receive any subsequent medical care or help for their children (See: “Mass sterilisation scandal shocks Peru,” BBC News (24 July 2002) online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2148793.stm). Surprisingly, both the United Nations (UN) and the USA both supported the forced sterilization of unwilling, and frequently unsuspecting/unknowing Peruanos (See: http://pop.org/content/peru-unfpa-supported-fujimoris-forced-sterilization-campaigns-533 for the UN’s role; for the USA, see: https://pop.org/content/usaid-supported-fujimori-sterilization-1658; cp. http://www.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-a-2002-07-26-40-Fujimori-66502772.html).

Alberto Fujimori was the titular head of the Armed Forces of Perú, the man who single-handedly made the Congress of Perú a pigsty. He abolished constitutional order invented chaos more grotesque than any twisted mind could conjure, and ignored the people of Perú while his cronies and chief spy stole millions of Soles (Perú dollars) and his daughter who he had made First Lady of Perú (http://www.biographicon.com/view/30tbg)—a woman who never had a job—made off like a common bandit to fly to the USA to further her own never-used education. Even his signature fingerprint was used nefariously so that he would never have to pay a debt to the mother of his children—a woman who now sits in the Perú Congress as does the daughter, Keiko, who betrayed her. Many Peruanos today realize that Keiko Fujimori mishandled millions of dollars in charitable donations while acting as First Lady during Alberto’s term in office in 1998. If a Peruvian judge tries Keiko, and convicts her of this crime, the charges would lead to her being held in prison or jail for five years. The charges alleged that Ms. Fujimori redirected donated clothing to the Government palace rather than being sent to intended flood victims  (See: “Fujimori daughter accused in Peru; A prosecutor in Peru has filed charges against the daughter of the disgraced ex-President, Alberto Fujimori,” BBC News (25 June 2004), online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3840827.stm).

Alberto Fujimori speaks with pride on the subject he held secret from many: that the Japanese wanted him to be a senator in the Japanese government, and that many powerful heads of the Japanese government offered him political and personal immunity so as to free him from the scope of the laws of Perú. Japan cared little about the crimes of Fujimori, and laughed at how he was able to dupe a “gullible, backward” people—the people of Perú.

There was little talk of Fujimori’s credibility, veracity, or even responsibility. He was the man who had 45 bags filled with incriminating videos 45 bags, plus money and a host of “trinkets” that he openly looted from many. Not content from stealing from the poor, the homeless, and the hungry that suffered under his dictatorship, Fujimori took the presidential plane and went first to Brunei and then continued his flight to Tokyo where he sought asylum and from where he resigned the presidency of the

Luisa María Cuculiza supporter of Alberto Fujimori and Congresista

Republic of Perú by fax. It was, at best, a most cynical insult to Fujimori’s strongest supporters Luisa María Cuculiza Torres (Minister of Women’s Affairs; see slide 10 on http://www.slideshare.net/ena1045/part-1879036); Sra Cuculiza Torres belongs to the Alliance for the Future party. She was Minister of Women’s Promotion and Social Development from 1999 to 2001, during Alberto Fujimori’s administration and technically was responsible for the rights of all women in Perú but said nothing when the illegal sterilization progam of Fujimori was carried out by the untrained and unqualified who ruined the lives of over 200,000 women. A strong supporter of Fujimori, Cuculiza Torres was the candidate to First Vice-President on the Fujimori-led Sí Cumple ticket in the 2006 election, which was rejected due to a ban on the former president, and thus returned as a member of Congresss (serving until 2011).  Her record in office is anything

José Barba Caballero (Congresista)

but exemplary, and in many ways as opportunistic as that of  José Barba Caballero (a lawyer and the founder of Cambio Radical  [Party of Radical Change]) who lived in constant fear of terrorism, and when Uruguay released Perú prisoners that Caballero claimed were terrorists, these terrorists released the Uruguay ambassador, without a resulting bloodshed that Caballero predicted. Caballero was deep in the pay of Fujimori and among his most vocal supporters. Tthere is little information about him, and what is available on-line is not reliable; see: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Barba_Caballero; cp. http://correoperu.pe/correo/nota.php?txtEdi_id=4&txtSecci_id=80&txtSecci_parent=0&txtNota_id=151989 and http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/12-96/12-25-96/b05wn068.htm) Congresistas (Congressional representatives) who had been claiming that their hero would never do such a thing. What is known is that he played a role in the Japanese embassy crisis. Although the official version says that the terrorists fell while fighting in combat, there are reasons to believe that some of them were extrajudicially executed.  The exhumation of the bodies of the MRTA members was conducted in March 2001 by the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team. Eight of the bodies had gunshots to the back of the head, which is atypical of a wound suffered in battle.  According to this expert opinion, the moment that the victims were shot they were either not moving at all or moving very little (See: http://www.aprodeh.org.pe/casos2007/lima/chaviningles.html).  Today there is scant doubt that Fujimori ordered the execution of those who had surrendered, and that some of those who were found among the dead had been bullied into accompanying the terrorists because of personal threats and threats against their families.

Vladimiro Montesinos carried out the murders and tortures ordered by the Fujimoris

Talk about love of country! Alberto Fujimori was the leader of a gang of hardened self-enriching thieves and thugs without a soul or conscience but only an ever opening purse to steal from the poor, to destroy education, to lessen the brilliance of a future that they want only for themselves: from the Fujimoristas in Congress to his children, even to those in the Perú military who were sworn to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of Perú, with none less than Vladimiro  Montesinos, the former head of Perú secret service who was known as “Fujimori’s Rasputin” (See: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB37/).  Many are serving prison time, unfortunately Keiko is not as of yet.  But together they looted the treasury accounts for a more conservative value estimated at two billion dollars. (See: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Letter+from+South+America.+(Our+Special+Correspondenta092745787  and the secret documents that are not to be released to the general public so that the people stay gullible are at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB37/#1992doc; USA Embassy in Lima documents are at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB37/03-01.htm). 

Talk of the verdict of history the subject who was fishing in Iquitos when police DINCOTE, without any help from Montesinos, captured Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzmán Reynoso, who was also known by the name of Presidente Gonzalo, a former professor of philosophy, and was the leader of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) during the Maoist insurgency, put in Perú known as the internal conflict. He fled Perú after learning how Vladimiro Ilyich Montesinos Torres. The long-lasting head of Perú’s intelligence service, Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional (SIN), under President Alberto Fujimori and with the full knowledge of Alberto and his First Lady/Daughter Keiko bought corrupt congressmen willing to destroy the Constitution for purses of Perú gold. Montesinos was videotaped paying

Luis Alberto Kouri claimed the money was a loan to buy a truck to take food to the poor.

$15,000 to an opposition legislator, Luis Alberto Kouri, a man with little emotion save when it suits to better his own selfish interests at the expense not only of his family and himself, but to get a stronger foothold in the sewage that has become the national past-time robbing the National Treasury while the poor do without so he can have more. For this end, it was no major sacrifice or pain of conscience for this freeloading despot to switch to Fujimori’s party (See: “The video that shocked Peru,” BBC News (22 November 2000), with full transcript between Montesinos and Kouri, online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/930613.stm)—after it came to light that he was involved in selling weapons to Colombian guerrillas (http://tech.mit.edu/V120/PDF/N44.pdf), “Beginning in April 2000 money was diverted from the state to the National Intelligence Service to create a fund to finance corruption.

The National Intelligence Service of Perú was far more corrupt than the Roman Catholic Inquisition in Spain in the fifteenth century, and more diabolical than the renegades and sadists operating Hitler’s death camps in Germany—but on par with George W. Bush’s clandestine secret tribunals and CIA torture centers from Poland to Romania and South America where water boarding was not only endorsed by George W. Bush on the advice of University of California at Berkeley law professor John Yoo and urged by Halliburton CEO and USA Vice President Dick Cheney, but applauded by the most hate-filled US Senators from DeMint of South Carolina, Imhofe of Oklahoma, Grassley of Iowa, and Congressional Representatives King (Iowa, and the other from New York), Bachmann (Minnesota), media personalities Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and others who have never found a torture they did not approve of. Fujimori ordered the creation of six underground cells used for secret detention and interrogation of prisoners (a prototype to George W. Bush’s Abu Ghraib; see: “The Abu Ghraib Files” which shares  279 photographs and 19 videos from the USA Army’s internal investigation of  torture, at http://www.salon.com/news/abu_ghraib/2006/03/14/introduction/). In instances, rape, sodomy, psychological warfare, threats, beatings, and worse took place, with Fujimori present at times. Fujimori did not stop with mere Peruanos, but on the advice of his daughter, Keiko, who he made First

Susana Higuchi Fujimori (Alberto's first wife and mother of Keiko)

Lady, his former wife, Susana Higuchi who is a trained and educated engineer who know sits in Perú’s Congress in opposition to everything that her former husband did and destroyed. Susana paid a terrible price, for Albert ordered her to be tortured without mercy, his orders–the commands of her form husband who felt no remorse for her any more than the children he had butchered was easily consigned to his own special spy and assassin: Montesinos. This gave to Perú one of the worst human rights records in history, barely passed by George W. Bush’s USA record (See: “Secret dungeons found in Peru,” BBC News (15 November 2000) online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1024066.stm). The greatest tragedy is that Fujimori pardoned (four times) the worse gangsters—those in the Perú military—who committed the most unspeakable crimes including the rape and sodomy of small children, the assassination of teachers and their students, and the drugging (and forcing drug addiction on) of hundreds of thousands of youth in Perú (Jonathan Fryer, “High tension in Peru,” BBC News (24 October 2000) online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/988136.stm).

One of many massacres ordered by the Fujimoris

It was not just the poor or political opponents that suffered under the hands and demands of Alberto and Keiko Fujimori. A few wealthy and many journalists were also arrested late at night, incarcerated without cause and tortured. This was the case of the kidnapping and torture of journalist Fabian Salazar in 2000 at the hands of retired police colonel and mass murderer Manuel Aivar. Salazar was not only tortured but almost killed after the intelligence services discovered he had uncovered evidence of government corruption (See: Paez, Angel, “Peru Prosecutors Prepare Cases Against Fujimori,” Albion Monitor (9 November 2005) online at: http://www.monitor.net/monitor/0511a/copyright/fujimoricases.html).

The funds removed from the Perú Treasury were used to make illegal payments to several congressmen who were elected in the 2000 elections—none who had any noticeable qualifications save their promise to support Alberto and his daughter Keiko. Alberto Fujimori and his advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, organized to pay bribes to recently elected congressmen from the opposition parties to switch over to the ruling party once sworn into office. The purpose of this bribery was to obtain a solid majority for the ruling party within Congress. The politicians who accepted the bribes and made the sudden switch of parties became widely known in Peru as the congresistas tránsfugas, or turncoat congressmen. Bribes were also paid to some congressmen who were instructed to continue to be formally aligned with the opposition but to vote with ruling party. These congressmen became known as the topos, or moles. The Minister of Defense, the Minister of the Interior, and the Chiefs of the Armed Forces have confirmed that Fujimori and Montesinos organized to carry these acts out.” (See: http://www.juicioysancionafujimori.org/ingles/delitos2.html; on the corruption rampant throughout the Perú military see: “Peru lifts lid on corruption,” BBC News (13 June 2001) online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1386879.stm)

Worse yet, far worse than anything concocted in the twisted mind of Richard M. Nixon and his tapes, Alberto Fujimori, after consultation with Keiko Fujimori, planned a detailed method to spy on Peruanos in Perú and abroad. The interception and eavesdropping on telephone conversations of politicians, journalists (especially those affiliated with El Comercio—Perú largest paper of record–and others who opposed the Fujimori regime persisted at a national level throughout Fujimori’s government. This criminal activity was systemized from July 28, 1990 to November 17, 2000 under “Plan Emilio” (See: http://fujimoriontrial.org/?p=719).  To implement this plan, Alberto Fujimori illegally used state funds. (See: Peruvian Penal Codes 162, 317, 387.)

José Villanueva Ruesta leader of Perú's rogue military

To commit this crime, Fujimori formed a criminal organization with his advisor Vladimiro Montesinos Torres and the high command and officers of the armed forces (the Army’s José Villanueva Ruesta, the Navy’s duplicity dragon Américo Ibárcena Amico, and the commanders, en toto, of Perú’s Air Force led by the opportunist and political whore Elesvan Bello Vásquerz) as there was not one honest military leader in all of Perú as their loyalty was to the money shoveled into their pockets by the Fujimori family who charged the Perú military officers with carrying out the plan. The execution of the interception of phone calls was overseen by Peruvian Army Commander Roberto Huamán, who acted under the supervision of Montesinos.

Barrios Altos massacre ordered by the Fujimoris

The military under Fujimori was used to assassinate all opponents. On 3 November 1991, members of the death squad Grupo Colina, planned and carried out the Barrios Altos massacre, killing fifteen people, including an eight-year-old child, and injuring four more at a neighborhood barbecue held at 840 Jirón Huanta to collect funds to repair the building—all were executed on the suspicion that they were members of the Shining Path—although it was quickly learned that none were terrorists. The victims were partygoers. The military executioners used sub-machine guns with silencers, and spent 111 cartridges and 33 bullets—all found by the police after the cold-blooded killings (See: http://www.worldlii.org/int/cases/IACHR/2001/5.html).

La Cantuta victims of Fujimori's "Cleansing"

On 18 July 1992, Fujimori’s hand-picked elite of assassins entered, kidnapped and killed nine students and a professor of Lima’s La Cantuta University (See: http://www.livinginperu.com/news/2914; the actual name of the university is Enrique Guzmán y Valle National Education University (Universidad Nacional de Educación Enrique Guzmán y Valle; the students fingered for execution were: Bertila Lozano Torres, Dora Oyague Fierro, Luis Enrique Ortiz Perea, Armando Richard Amaro Cóndor,

Gisela Ortiz sister of Enrique Ortiz Perea was 21 years old when he was kidnapped from the Universidad Enrique Guzmán y Valle (also known as "La Cantuta") and assassinated by a death squad on July 18, 1992.

Robert Édgar Teodoro Espinoza, Heráclides Pablo Meza, Felipe Flores Chipana, Marcelino Rosales Cárdenas, and Juan Gabriel Mariños Figueroa; later, in April 1993, a group of Peru military officers anonymously released a document detailing the events at La Cantuta: the kidnapping, torturing and murder, all noting that the order came from Vladimiro Montesinos and close advisor to Alberto and Keiko Fujimori. The students at the university were accused of reading “communist literature” and of having listened to socialist “doctrines” and not giving their full attention to furthering the goals of the Perú dicator Alberto Fujimori and not “respecting” the tyrant’s daughter who was to be treated as an equal with her father. Everyone knew that the act would not have taken place without the expressed orders from the Fujimoris). As late as 2010, the USA ambassador to Lima noted that “remnants of the Montesinos narco-corruption web still exist within the [Peruvian military” (See: Riveros Cayo, Jorge (2010). “U.S. apologizes to Peru over WikiLeaks cables,” Living in Peru (29 December 2010) online at http://www.livinginperu.com/news/13781; cp. http://www.caretas.com.pe/1368/olvidar/olvidar.html) When the

Fujimori looks at bodies of those executed after the seige was over

Japanese embassy hostage crisis was foiled, it was learned that no less than three and possibly as many as eight of the insurgent were summarily executed by commandos after surrendering—the commandos in direct communication with Alberto Fujimori who walked on the corpses of those slain.

“Plan Emilio” was a deliberate attack on a free press in Perú—a plan that Keiko Fujimori still supports and want when she is elected President in 2011. Initially, it was learned at Alberto’s trial, that he had illegally “purchased” the Cable New Channel (CCN; Montesinos Rorres paid CCN USA$2 million, representing 75% of its shares) and paid exorbitant amounts of money to then director of the local discredited newspaper Expresom Eduardo Callmel del Solar (more corrupt than Australian Robert Murdoch of Fox News; Callmel del Solar was amply bribed with USA$1,750,000), to ensure complimentary and complementary publicity for his reelection campaign. To achieve this end, Alberto, Keiko and Eduardo continued to bribe venal congresistas (Roger Cáceres, María Huamán (the Mata Hari of Perú)—who, unfortunately, was not executed nor was any other woman whose duplicity compromised the rights and freedoms of Perú, Waldo Ríos, Jorge D’Aucña, Jorge Polack, Edilberto Canales, José Luna, and a myriad or cornucopia of even more vile members of Congress—especially those from Lima and northern provinces) and illegally listen in on the conversations of his political adversaries and opposition journalists—journalists that Keiko Fujimori wanted assassinated (See: http://fujimoriontrial.org/?p=719).

“Plan Emilio” was not the only attack Alberto and Keiko Fujimori launched on dissent leading to the spread and propagation of further untruths and outright lies. Using government funds, the Fujimoris created a special web page to discredit, weaken the prestige of various important opposition leaders, by establishing APRODEV (Association for Defense of the Truth). It was not even a Perú invention, but the brainchild of Argentinean Héctor Ricardo Faisal Fracalosi, whose long criminal past enabled him to command a monthly payment of USA$6,000 for two years—as well as “other monies”. (See: Peruvian Codes 317 and 387).

Even government agencies, such as SUNAT (Superintendencia Nacional de Administracion Tributaria has heavily funded all past Peruvian dictatorships and is the official Perú taxing authority. It remains among the most corrupt of all government entities; its website is “translated” into a rudimentary and inaccurate form of street/vulgar English (I teach English in Perú and it took me no less than one hour to decipher the English put online by SUNAT), and it is located at http://inversionistaextranjero.sunat.gob.pe/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=1&layout=blog&Itemid=3&lang=en; the Spanish site is at http://www.sunat.gob.pe/) were involved in the corruption schemes of Alberto and Keiko Fujimori—with the most notorious being the SUNAT-Borobio Payment Case (named after Daniel Borobio of Argentina), for crimes of illicit association to commit a crime and embezzlement (Borobio & Asociados SAC still maintain ties with SUNAT; see: http://www.sunat.gob.pe/publicaciones/notificaciones/ipcn/2004/enero/p310104/p31010411.htm). The chiefs of SUNAT were eager to rake in bribes and better their families, sending their children to USA universities, buying expensive cars, and living as if medieval sovereigns. (See Peruvian Penal Codes 317 and 387).

To entrench himself into absolute dictatorial power surpassing that of Adolf Hitler, Alberto Fujimori illegally purchased Chinese tractors without going through proper legal procedures, exempting the transactions from all public bidding, and acquiring in one contract 3,000 tractors among other implements for the price of USA$23,220,865, and in a second contract 1,100 tractors and other machinery for USA$34,767,313, that he would distribute in agricultural communities within Perú that were loyal to him and perpetuate his rule over all of Perú (See: http://www.shanghaitn.com.cn/tractor/companyprofile/developmentprocess/index_3.shtml).

The Chinese government sent 454 tractors that were inoperative upon receipt, and then shorted the government of Fujimori another 231 that were paid for—but the Chinese have since stated that Fujimori requested the money for those tractors to be channeled back to his supporters and no delivery made. The value of the inoperative (and in some cases broken) tractors along with the missing tractors was USA$10,560,000. When what tractors did arrive, Fujimori exercise powers never granted them to him by law and directly took control of the tractor distribution: sending most to his colleagues and supporters. This situation continued until 1999.

How pathetic are Alberto and Keiko Fujimori. All powers attributed to these thugs were things that went well and with the connivance of a corrupt church have painted this dastardly duo with a broad brush as saints and saviours—but these two nefarious Neanderthals who were and remain uninformed about basic poverty and dearth of education and with a gay abandonment of responsibility or honor ignore the murders committed by the criminals who congratulated father and daughter knowing that they would be pardoned and granted amnesty for their crimes. Many times, it is reported, Keiko promised that if she would rule she would grant absolute pardons to all those who butchered Fujimori opponents.

Peru (in red)

Alberto Fujimori excused his crimes at his trial in Lima, lamenting, “I was commander of the Armed Forces in the sense that a football coach commands the team,” (see: Anthony Faiola, “Peruvian Armed Forces Pledge Loyalty to Fujimori Government,” The Washington Post September 22, 2000, p. 3, on-line at http://tech.mit.edu/V120/PDF/N44.pdf) distilling the essence of his legendary cowardice and bring disrepute and disrespect upon a national military force that became lackeys to a tyrant and a criminal element in society (the Perú military crimes ranged from gang-rapes of dissidents (both genders) to murder, theft, kidnapping of young males who were forced into uniform and prepare for war, as one of Fujimori’s goals was to conquer South America and turn it into a Fujimori empire). This rank and rogue cowardice, however, did not appear when he was climbing his way into being an absolute dictator equal to Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin. While in power his underlings attributed all the successes of the anachronistic army to the rudderless leader and expressed that the entire nation was available to do all his bidding as if he were more than the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces—praising him, with the support of the churches, as if he were a god.

There are many today, in the ten years since the misrule of the Fujimori junta, who claims all Peruanos should praise him for having “commanded” the armed forces that defeated the Shining Path (although it continues to this day). At the same time proclaim that Peruanos should exonerate him and his dastardly daughter from their joint liability when those same armed forces more in character of Frankenstein’s monster than any civil patriot killed more than 70,000 the elderly, children and women in the highlands of Ayacucho when it came to light. (Pilar Olivares, “Years after slaughter, Peru opens giant burial pit,” Reuters May 29, 2008 at http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2931764520080530?feedType=RSS). In Putis, perched on the barren slopes of the Andes at 11,400 feet, survivors say young women were taken aside and raped by more than 700 troops.

Alan Garcia Perez fled Perú in disgrace allowing for Fujimori to take over

The better-off, the economically enabled, the educated few continue to thank Fujimori for pulling the country out of economic crisis in which Perú sank during the infamous first term of Alan Garcia Perez (who leaked WikiLeak’s revelations points out Garcia’s numerous adulterous encounters, sexual escapades, and proneness to accepting bribes) but this came at the exorbitant expense. Worker rights were abolished, all semblance of fairness was chased away as jobs were awarded to Fujimori’s supporters—especially in the area of teaching where any half-wit, anyone even without an education but a strong voice to sing the praises of Fujimori and belong to the utterly corrupt and contemptible SUTEP could get a teaching job that was protected for life (or until they crossed a Fujimorista), while the privatization process stole lands from the poor and once-emerging middle class to the enrichment of a few. Under Alberto and Keiko all was for sale: Including heirlooms that belonged to others, so that it became a common saying that the richness of a woman’s grandmother in memories was as empty as the grandmother’s chest. Now under the Fujimoris, everything was in the hands of the corrupt.

We have to say thanks for peace with Ecuador-Tiwinza including (see: http://www.adonde.com/historia/1999_peru_ecuador.htm), Ecuador navigation rights in Peru including rivers, but can not remember his disgusting role in defeating Peruvian Cenepa (http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_164.shtml), when our soldiers lacked logistics, communications and, in many cases, ranch and shoes and even worse to hide the delivery of 42 km2 in area and Yaupi Bumbuisa Cucumaza Santiago. (See: “Así Empezó el Conflicto”, Caretas magazine, Perú (in Spanish). See: http://www.caretas.com.pe/1350/asi-empezo/asi-empezo.html).

We must be grateful to his regime because he claimed that he “refound[ed] the country” (Fujimori dixit), but we have to forget that fifteen of his Ministers who pulled off this raw coup are in prison or are under orders to be hunted down and captured as thieves and blackguards that they have always been. Alberto and Keiko were fully briefed on rampant civil and human rights abuses, but laughed at those who would speak out for the poor and down forgotten. (USA National Security Archives, at http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-8843726/RIGHTS-PERU-FUJIMORI-WAS-FULLY.html). To this end, he withdrew from public participation and withdrew into himself (see: http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-8372249/Fujimori-Withdraws-Into-His-Own.html), heeding only the advice of his daughter Keiko who cried out for a greater show of force against the people of Peru. As the USA National Security Archives show: “”Montesinos and Hermoza have dropped from sight. He is not talking to the Americans or the British or most of the Asians.””

Fujimori must be recognized for helping to create FONADE (Fondo Naccional de Desarollos [Financiamiento de la Actividad]: National Development Fund; cp. http://res.uniandes.edu.co/view.php/292/1.php cf. http://colombiainternacional.uniandes.edu.co/view.php/422/view.php) , but we must recall his abuse of a once free press and the filth he accepted as news to libel, slander and cast aspersions on opponents. With a cavalier demeanor he claimed that his attack on legitimate journalism was “raising the cultural level.” (Burt, Jo-Marie (2007). Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru: Silencing Civil Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; cf. http://www.livinginperu.com/features-733-art-culture-lifestyle-fujimori-political-science).

Fujimoristas in Perú's Congress in support of the Fujimoris

Perú’s puppet Congress deep in the pay of the Fujimoris closed this once honorable institution that with the rise of the Fujimoris and Fujimoristas allowed the largest bird of prey to be devour democracy and freedom aware of what it was doing and caring nothing for the people of Perú. This less than exemplary citizen and his draconian daughter assisted to a medieval prosecutor to enter the chamber of government to illegally enter involved the home of the wife of his former aide Vladimiro Montesinos, where videotapes incriminating Fujimori in wrongdoing were taken, having a military officer, a corrupt lieutenant colonel, pose as an investigator to steal bags of incriminating evidence that was the property of Trinidad Becerra and could expose Alberto and his evil daughter Keiko to Perú and the world.

Supporters of Fujimori turn to violence

While Fujimori attempted to deny the evidence, Fujimori received six-year prison sentence, and the Supreme Court of Perú also upheld a 135,000-dollar fine against Fujimori for civil rights violations during the home invasion. He is also barred from holding public office for two years (See: http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jZ1LzEd0TW70_QjwbZJOlME2XBPg). By the time of the Trinidad Bercera the entire Perú military and the police of Perú had degenerated to a point lower than that of the goon squads of Adolf Hitler and no one was safe from the murderous military leaders in league with the dictator (See: http://fujimoriontrial.org/?page_id=89 part 9; cf. Peruvian Penal Code 317, 387, 427, and 428). The acts occurred on November 7, 2000. After the operation ended, the seized materials were transferred in official vehicles to Air Group Nº 8 and later to the Presidential Palace in order to be handed over to Fujimori. Fujimori then manipulated the contents of the materials and pulled out the materials that could incriminate him before he handed over the remainder of the materials to the Forty-First Special Criminal Court of Lima. Fujimori, on the advice of his daughter Keiko, was determined to assassinate all those who had incriminating evidence and to rule for life—with the expressed desire that he would be succeeded by daughter Keiko who promised to exact the most horrible of vengeance against the enemies of her father, noting that in time she would succeed him as President of “The Republic” of Perú. (See: [in Spanish] http://www.larepublica.com.pe/content/view/181411/483/http://www.andina.com.pe/NoticiaDetalle.aspx?id=151374http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2007/10/13/admite-fujimori-que-ordeno-allanar-casa-de-vladimiro-montesinoshttp://www.terra.com.pe/noticias/articulo/html/act988690.htm cp. Peruvian Penal Codes 361 and 376).

Frustration over Fujimori's raid of private home

 What Fujimoristas ignore is that this decent woman, Trinidad Becerra, who was to partner with the vile Montesinos, this statesman who nearly singlehandedly defended Saravá subjects from the sores of vermin that were hosted by Keiko and Alberto Fujimori, this exemplary man who organized an aborted coup when his wife, in a fit of holy madness, denounced the assault on his sister Rosa and brother Aritomi Apenkai, a proven fact even to Miyagusuku, who when the read about it had one desire: to forget the Peruvians that suffered, as Alberto Fujimori, in short, remains exactly the same miserable wretch he always was–and misery loves company.

The secret is that Fujimori has become socially successful which is the worst vice in Perú, and in the tumult reeks his cruelty, cynicism and methodology of extermination, intimidation, and, especially, cowardice which he has uniquely upgraded to a vital function.

Keiko Fujimori’s triumph, in the 2011 election, will be the colorful summary of the domestic tragicomedy and a proof that there is little economic or moral hope that remains viable. Keiko Sofía Fujimori Higuchi (藤森 恵子 (Fujimori Keiko); born May 25, 1975) is a Peruvian politician, daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and Susana Shizuko Higuchi Miyagawa (who had four children, all who have become rich at the expense of the people of Perú: Keiko Sofía, Hiro Alberto, Sachi Marcela and Kenji Gerardo). The mother was trained as an engineer but now sits in Perú’s Congress.

After her father’s resignation, Keiko Sofia stayed in Peru until 2004 when she flew to New York to pursue an education at Columbia Business School (financed with Perú tax dollars) to earn a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. This did not materialize, but she found it easier to obtain at Boston University (she never completed her studies, program or obtained a degree from Columbia University in Manhattan to the contrary of what is on the internet on the Wikipedia site: the link cited by Wikipedia has been withdrawn: http://www.northjersey.com/error/?c=y&errorURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.northjersey.com%2Fnews%2F072210_Peruvian_candidate_Fujimori_pushes_for_congressional_seat_in_North_Jersey_stop.html%C3%82%C2%A0 which was originally claimed to be at NorthJersey.Com. “FPeruvian candidate Fujimori courts votes in North Jersey”, NorthJersey.Com (2010-07-22): “Fujimori, who holds a master degree in business administration from Columbia University”). Her education was financed via a student loan from Sallie Mae that was cosigned by the government of Perú. However, in 2005, Keiko interrupted her studies and returned to Peru after an extradition process was initiated against her father. Returning to Lima, Keiko became the leader of the Fujimorista Political Group. In April 2006, she was elected Congresswoman even though she had no political experience and no direct meetings with those who cast their ballots for her–yet she received the highest number of votes in the history of the country. Not surprising, many observers noticed that beer flowed freely to those entering and leaving the voting places.

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's family, son Kenji (L-R), daughter congresswoman Keiko and son-in-law Mark Vito Villanella, attends Fujimori's trial at the Special Police Headquarters in Lima April 7, 2009.

In 2004, Fujimori married Mark Villanella, a natural-born citizen of the USA and a former wrestler from New Jersey who went to a small school and made his fame and name for himself not for any studiousness or educational prowess but was known far more for his muscles (and according to some admirers “his boyish good looks”) than his intelligence, but one who was able to score a decent job given his record as a reputed athlete. Because of the USA’s love affair with athletes (similarly matched in Perú where the citizens actually elected a volleyball player to Congress, such as Gabriela (“Gaby”) Lourdes Pérez del Solar Cuculiza is a Peruvian female volleyball player and politician who was elected on 27 July 2006; Cenaida Cebastiana Uribe Medina whose career was playing volleyball and won a silver metal in the 1988 Olympics; Cecilia Roxana Tait Villacorta is a former Afro-Peruvian volleyball player

Congresista Susy Diaz

from Lima who finished fourth in the 1984 Olympics; and, Susy Díaz is a Peruvian Vedette (female dancer, singer and actress) who became popular after obtaining a place in Parliament from 1995 until 2000–see especially http://www.last.fm/music/Susy+Diaz) he was able to gain employment and work as an IBM consultant–but what he consulted on or with what company or within what group within IBM remains a mystery that he does not easily share.  (See: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002920127_fujimori09.html) who also acquired Peruvian citizenship in 2009. After over a year of residence in the United States, she returned to Peru to announce her father’s candidacy in the April 2006 Peruvian presidential election, though he was forbidden to participate in any political activity until 2011 under a congressional ban. Keiko openly admits she has no real experience and does not know the people of Perú but relishes “being in power.” (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002920127_fujimori09.html).

Keiko has a keen nose for money and the power it brings. She has no hesitancy to seek out money from any source, regardless of tactics or agony it causes others. She is a woman with out principle and without ethics or values. She openly expresses disdain and contempt for Perú law and the Perú judiciary.

Supreme Court of Perú presiding at trial of Alberto Fujimori

The judiciary Perú, in limited fashion and strength has returned with a modicum of dignity and resolve, but is still basically spineless and unwilling to risk the wrath of the top 1% of the people who control the nation, much as the elite have destroyed the nation of Honduras. While many have claimed that it would have been nice (although inconvenient) for the Perú Supreme Court to also investigate and repatriate all the millions of dollars stolen by the Fujimoris and deposited in Japanese and Swiss banks (See: Páez, Angel (2005), “Fujimori Family Secret Bank Accounts Uncovered,” IPS (2 December 2005) online at http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31281), that is not possible given the corruption of the Japanese government that still seeks Fujimori to sit in its Senate because “of his experience fighting terrorists” (See: “Still wanted in Peru. Alberto Fujimori runs for office in Japan,” The Christian Scientist Monitor (25 July 2007) online at http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0725/p04s01-woap.html). In part this is because of Alberto’s new wife, Satomi Kataoka, who is an opportunistic Japanese woman without scruples or a conscience and owns and operates a hotel in Tokyo (See: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-04-08-fujimoris-wife-blasts-lima-ruling-as-wtich-trial).

Satomi Kataoka (Fujimori's second wife who lives in Japan)

Money laundering, an international crime, has been a stock action of the Fujimori family. It is noted by http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31281:

“Bank documents recording the movements of the money in question emerged during the liquidation of Norbank, a bank used between 1990 and 2000 by Fujimori and his closest relatives for large-scale financial transactions in Lima.

Among the papers turned up by Norbank’s liquidators were requests for withdrawals of up to a million dollars made by Mutsue Inomoto de Fujimori, the mother of the man who ruled Peru from 1990 to 2000 and is currently in prison in Chile, while Peru is preparing a request for his extradition.

“Mrs. Mutsue withdrew the money between 1995 and 1998, when she was between 83 and 86 years old, which indicates that they used her as a front to cover up the illegal origins of these funds,” a source connected to the Norbank liquidation told IPS.”

“Mrs. Mutsue withdrew the money between 1995 and 1998, when she was between 83 and 86 years old, which indicates [sic] that they used her as a front to cover up the illegal origins of these funds,” a source connected to the Norbank liquidation told IPS.

When the first indications of Mutsue de Fujimori’s sizeable accounts at Norbank came to light in 2003, her son Alberto maintained that this money represented “the savings of a lifetime devoted to selling flowers and Christmas trees, honest work.”

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The case of the embezzled donations prompted the Peruvian courts to order the arrest of Víctor Aritomi and Rosa Fujimori, but as the former president himself had done in 2000, the couple fled to Japan, which refuses to extradite them.

In 2003, Norbank documents revealed that Rosa Fujimori had written a cheque for 150,000 dollars to her brother Alberto on Sept. 26, 1996. At the time, the former president stated that the cheque involved the “repayment of a family loan” to a friend. He never explained where his sister had acquired the money.

The bank records turned over this week provide an answer: the 150,000 dollar cheque was part of the money diverted from the Japanese donations, which also proves that Fujimori profited from the money skimmed off by his sister.

To cover the trail of the true origins of the money in their accounts, Rosa Fujimori and Víctor Aritomi used not only the former president’s elderly mother, but also the names of their own children, Yayoi and Gledy.

It would be really a national shame to let Keiko Sofia Fujimori to run as a presidential candidate. Keiko Fujimori is a woman with no work experience, who has basically done little to better the country, and has shown neither compassion nor respect for the worker. Her only knowledge of finances surrounds the graft contributed to her while in New York by a doting father who was a dictator of the worse caliber. Never once has Keiko Fujimori earned a legitimate Soles Nuevo (the Perú dollar) by the sweat of hers brow, and this does not mention her supine ignorance of the geopolitical situation in a maritime dispute and the ongoing dispute in The Hague, or the perception of the democratic management of the state, without any program and with only one intention to grant amnesty to her father.

If elected, Keiko Fujimori will be ten times worse than her father, and democracy will be undone and lay dead for centuries as the nation of Perú stumbles blindly backward into a world of assassinations, hatred, and total ignorance. Keiko Fujimori will be the latest, but not the last, of tyrants in Perú, but has the potential to be the worse of all.

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