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Roman Catholic Church attack on Human Rights and Benedict XVI’s cover-up

Savita denied abortion

Savita denied abortion

On October 28, 2012, Savita Halappanavar, a dentist by profession, died in Ireland at University hospital in Galway.  She shouldn’t have.  While the death was listed as resulting from pregnancy—it is a lie—that was exposed quickly.  Ms. Savita Halappanavar’s death was cold-blooded, premeditated murder as the doctors knew that she would die, executed by the government of Ireland controlled by the criminal element led by the odious odoriferous opportunist, the Primate of Ireland, controlling the Roman Catholic Church. (cf. here). The longer the senile Sean cardinal Brady

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

stays in place as Primate of All Ireland, loathed by many for his relentless cover-up of pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church, and his rigid stand against abortion in all cases, the greater the damage inflicted on the people of Ireland will be and the greater will be the number of needless deaths, maiming, and waste of human potential (cp. “When There’s a Heartbeat: Miscarriage Management in Catholic-Owned Hospitals.” American Journal of Public Health, vol.98, no.10 (October 2008).

Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halappanavar

Savita was a 31-year-old married woman, four months pregnant.  She went to the hospital with a miscarriage in progress that developed into a blood infection. She could easily have been saved if the already doomed fetus was aborted. Instead, her doctors did nothing, explaining that “this is a Catholic country”. Savita replied that she was a Hindu and the laws for Catholics should not apply to her.  She was 17 weeks pregnant  and no fetus could survive outside of the uterus at that age; she contracted septicaemia (the presence of pathogenic organisms in the bloodstream; it is characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection, and is usually accompanied by high fevers, hot, flushed skin, elevated heart rate, hyperventilation, altered mental status, swelling, and low blood pressure) and

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

died a most cruel and painful death that need not have occurred (read about it by: Levy, Mitchell M.; Fink, Mitchell P.; Marshall, John C.; Abraham, Edward; Angus, Derek; Cook, Deborah; Cohen, Jonathan; Opal, Steven M. et al. (2003). “2001 SCCM/ESICM/ACCP/ATS/SIS International Sepsis Definitions Conference”. Critical Care Medicine 31 (4): 1250–6).

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Ireland is a Catholic country quite like Spain and other nations cannibalized by a rogue religion that, throughout its terrible history, whipped women, castrated men, burned babies and worse during the days of the unholy Inquisition—a reality that still exists thanks to the twisted mentality of the German pope Josef Ratzinger.  India, where the woman was born, has already done away with such insane laws demanded by the Roman Catholic Church. The complicit dragoons in the medical field more akin to the Nazi torture-doctors in Third Reich Germany than any respectable medical association today left Halappanavar to suffer in agony for days.  These devout draconian Roman Catholics  only intervening once it was too late. The medical “team” of doctors and the pathetic priests and corrupt clergy must be held and tried for no less than manslaughter in the first degree.  That the doctors deliberately refused to help Savita could elevate the charges to premeditated murder on orders of the Irish Catholic Church following the rules of the Vatican.  Religion must never be allowed to dictate to medicine again!

Savita’s death is just the latest in a long line of tragedies directly attributable to the doctrines and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. It is certainly a knowledgeable truth that there are many good, progressive Catholics, but the problem is that the Roman Catholic Church nor most evangelical extremists’ churches, isn’t a democracy.  Not only are women silenced, the poor ignored as they are passed over by self-serving schizophrenics such as the Albanian nun, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Albanian nun Agnes Bojaxhiu devoted her life to increasing the misery of the sick and hunger of the poor, but gave the grapes of wrath garnered from her own duplicity in money laundering money, offering no hope for progressive changes in her church no adding her voice or vote in its governance.  She protected self-acknowledged, tried and convicted pedophiles arguing that they were misguided and their ministry to the Roman Catholic youth (upon whom they preyed) and to her own group of religious nuns was an insult to her god and her community of sisters.

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Like ancient trees immobilized, ossified and incapable of growth or the flowering of saplings or leaves in dead areas, as with Arizona’s Petrified Forest known for its Late Triassic fossils, the Roman Catholic Church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside. 

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

As ignoble and repugnant as the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Russia, who enriched himself with more than $2 to 4 billion in sales of illegal cigarettes to Russians to buy himself a villa in Switzerland, a penthouse in St. Petersburg, a fleet of cars and a yacht among other luxuries while preaching the poverty of his Christ (read Yuri Mamchur’s article here and here and here and watch here), the Roman Catholic Church, not just in Ireland but universally, is run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all decisions and choose their own successors.  None has been more reprehensible than today’s mulligrub, menacing, Mephistophelean, unpropitious calamitous corrupt and baneful Benedict XVI who was far happier carrying books out of libraries as a Nazi youth and burning them in salute to the Nazi cause (Stratz, Hans-Wolfgang. “Die Studentische `Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist’ im Frühjar 1933,” Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte Vol. 4, 1968, pp. 347-372). 

Nazi Youth burn books from German librariesThe German book burning under the Nazis was repeated by Young Americans (Republican Youth Corp) in the USA who burned books that argued against racism, for religious tolerance and the pursuit of knowledged, especially the investigation of evolution, science, and further advance of mathematical studies. 

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Evangelical groups, primarily Southern Baptists and Adventists in Texas, in the 1960s-1970s rallied youth to burn tapes of rock-and-roll and comic books. Crucifixes, religious statues and other symbols were similarly burned in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s.  What was not known was that many evangelical groups, and those that would become megachurches (especially in Oklahoma) would be as corrupt and filled with as many pedophiles as existed in Roman Catholic parishes: all promising victims “eternal rewards”.

On December 21, 2012, the former Nazi youth exposed his ignorance of science and psychology with another raw rant against human rights when addressing a papal audience of those caving into pontifical pressure and pretenses. Ratzinger’s Christmas address was more ignominious and detestable, setting the stage for more human carnage in the name of Christ. 

Benedict’s hypocrisy rising with his appointment of the least intelligent and morally bankrupt clergy to bishoprics, archbishoprics and the cardinalate means that, whatever individual Catholics may do today or tomorrow, the resources of the repressive and irresponsible church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world. Every dollar put into the church collection plate, every Sunday service or daily Mass attended, every hour of time and effort put into volunteering or working for church organizations, is inevitably a show of support for the institutional church and its abhorrent mission. When a person has no voice, there’s only one thing the thinking individual has left is to boycott the beast denounced by Luther and other reformers before their own institutions became animals devouring the flesh of those who opposed them, or like Jean Calvin in Geneva burning Servetus for having a doctrine contrary to his own, or marching them to Tower Hill in England to chop off, however crudely, their heads, or hang them in the wasteland of Uganda run by the former street-walker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga blessed by Pope Benedict XVI as the twenty-first century clone of Adolf Hitler who will protect his bible and religious intolerance, now inched up the legs of male supporters to be the Speaker of Parliament.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of UgandaRebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of Uganda
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is of  one of the most intolerant nations who backs its attack on marginalized people by claiming foundation found in the Bible to “protect the children”.  A literalist who is ignorant of all Biblical languages but is in the pay of Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries, uses the Old Testament to support her rant against human rights. Kadaga’s rant is the same mantra mouthed by orange juice representative in Florida Anita Bryant who has made the hate crimes of Iran and other Sharia-controlled nations seem mild.

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Throughout the world, Catholic bishops, especially the narcissistic Timothy Dolan of New York City (USA), the viciously vulgar, vitriolic, venomous viper Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima (Peru; born December 28, 1943), who has been accused of murdering his predecessor and who has never been elected president of Peru’s Council of Bishops. 

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

A member of Opus Dei (as were his parents), Cipriani Thorne has done more to stifle education in Peru than any predecessor and has sided with the Fujimori dictatorship.  Cipriani Thorne congratulated Fujimori and super-spy Vladimiro Montesinos and their paid assassins known as Las Colinas on “rooting out communism” by kidnapping and slaughtering teachers and their students, decapitating and dismembering the victims bodies and burying them in isolated areas, while accepting laundered narco-trafficking illegal drug money and sanctioning death squads in quest for totalitarian rule in Peru.

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

The entire councils of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland and of the USA, have engaged in a systematic, organized effort going back decades to cover up for priests who molest children, pressuring the victims to sign confidentiality agreements and quietly assigning the predators to new parishes where they could go on molesting. Tens of thousands of children have been raped and tortured as a result of this conspiracy of silence, not just in the Roman Catholic Church but increasingly in evangelical (Pentecostal, Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc) extremist exhorted congregations, especially in the Sovereign Grace Ministries (30-year-old family of churches with more than 80 congregations), Ted Haggard Ministries, Bishop Eddie Long, etc., matching the increasing pedophile pastors practice in Nigeria and Uganda.   Although these crimes against humanity are not exclusively within the Roman Catholic Church as there are certainly as many in the evangelical community from the ministries of Ted Haggard (and his boy toys), Tony Perkins, Scott Lively and his Abiding Truth Ministries (a certified hate group) campaigning for the slaughter of ten percent of all Ugandans, the Roman Catholic hierarchy gets more publicity because of its insane and unbiblical demand for the unnatural and abnormal act of clerical celibacy—even though thirty-eight popes were married and at least seven popes admitted to supporting and even raising to the cardinalate their young male lovers to shower favor and favoritism on them.

The worse offender against the dignity of the individual is the engorged evangelist Joseph Ratzinger, the current pope, but is representative of the German clergy where 24 dioceses out of 27 were found to maintain pedophile priests, with 94 priests and church employees directly identified as active pedophiles—with Ratzinger saying nothing and was supported by the scandal-riddled Irish episcopacy and clergy with the Bishop of Limerick Donald Murray, and the Bishop of Kildare Jim Moriarty, two of the Prelates who concealed clerical abuse of children for over more than three decades being the first to resign, and then followed on Christmas Eve with the demanded resignation of two Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field. 

Father Stephen Kiesler

Father Stephen Kiesle

When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, this pernicious prelate was personally implicated in a case from the 1970s in which at least three sets of parents reported that a priest in his diocese had sexually abused their children. Ratzinger registered shock but did little more than assign the pedophile priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, who tied up and molested two preteen boys in the rectory of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City, California, to therapy. 

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

Ratzinger broke German law and cast out all claims without notifying law enforcement, washing his hands of the matter, with a whispered affirmation that as a cardinal, Ratzinger was merely following the blind bigotry of the invidiously iniquitous John Paul II who rejected any “aspersions” cast on priests—until they became “too public”. That priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, was back on duty in just a few short days and went on to molest more children. Ratzinger was defended by then Oakland Diocese Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (who was appointed to the diocese by Ratzinger), who later became the cardinal bishop of San Francisco and is better known for his public drunkenness and lewdness than any spirituality.

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

By 2001, Ratzinger was officially defined by a Texas court as an accomplice in several pedophile cases. Ratzinger’s prestige and power in Houston, ultimately exempted him from the charge of complicity and he was not required to testify especially with the intercession of the insidious Condoleezza Rice who needed Vatican help to strip nations of corridors to crude to benefit her employers ExxonMobile and other oil big business.  Benedict would later snub Rice when the duplicity, the war in Iraq after snubbing John Paul II’s special envoy, Cardinal Pio Laghi, and other “troubling issues” became common knowledge (read here and here).

Ratzinger ignored a detailed letter against Kiesel, first written in 1981, and several follow-up letters, for four years. Finally, in 1985, he wrote back saying that more time was needed, and that they had to proceed very slowly to safeguard “the good of the Universal Church” in light of “the young age of the petitioner” — by which he meant not the victimized children, but the pedophile priest. It was blatantly stated that Kiesel was a good priest, and some cardinals even argued that he could not be laicized (declared not to be a priest) since he was under the age of 40.  However, by contrast, when the rogue archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Zambia ordained married men as priests, both in New York and New Jersey, he was laicized six days later.  In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI fired an outspoken Australian bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane who called on the Church to ordain women and married men, as vehemently as his pandering predecessor John Paul II.

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

In 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter, De Delictis Gravioribus, to all Catholic bishops advising them how to handle accusations of sex crimes by priests. Ratzinger rejected repeated calls to notify legal authorities but told all bishops that they were to report such cases only to the Vatican and tell no one else: “Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret.” Ratzinger’s letter is precisely the smoking gun—as he recognized pedophilia and was prepared to stop the exposure of any Roman Catholic priest or prelate from public or media scrutiny in defiance of the laws of any area, state, or nation.  Like the molester of young males in the sixteenth century, Pope Julius II (like Pope Julius III and others), Ratzinger believed the Roman Catholic Church was above all civil laws and the Roman Catholic Church should rule over all nations in the same draconian fashion as the religious stranglehold of Christianity has on the government of Uganda.

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

The rebellion is growing in the Roman Catholic Church, to the dismay of the German pope, with Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, who was elevated to the position of being the 22nd bishop in the wake of revelation of sexual abuse by a bishop, openly announcing that he would be ready to ordain married men, believing that non-celibate clerics could contribute to the pastoral needs of the Church.

Benedict’s supporters have unique backgrounds, as is the case of the American friar Benedict Groeschel who blamed the epidemic of child molestation on sexually wanton boys (read here and here) who tempt priests into assaulting them.  Other clergy threaten to cut off funding for immigrants’ rights advocates because they sometimes work with gay-rights advocates. Preventing immigrants from getting legal and medical aid is less important than ensuring the church isn’t contaminated by even indirect contact with anyone who helps gay people.

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain's Franco

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain’s Franco

In a stellar sign of how ridiculously wretched,  disproportionate and unhinged the church’s martyrdom complex is, the current pope has compared expanding the rights of women and gay people to the murderous anticlerical violence of the 1930s Spanish civil war.  Yet it was the Roman Catholic Church that endorsed and blessed Franco and hailed Fascism in Spain.  Other supporters included the unsaintly Jesusmaria Escriva, who in April 1946, preached to Franco and his family, and from the fascist dictatorship built the basic foundation of Opus Dei (Allen, John L. (2005), Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, Garden City: Doubleday, p. 58). 

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Opus Dei, following the design of Franco, is a paramilitary, pro-fascist, antimodernist, integralist (reactionary) organization that does not tolerate dissent–and became a trump card for reactionary popes through the twisted times of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  On the alleged sanctity of John Paul II, read here and here and here.

The Roman Catholic Church, like its Eastern Orthodox “brother church”, has long lied about its own role in the atrocities of the Franco regime that it helped gain power and murder countless innocent people with the blessing of Jesusmaria Escriva, who was never a saint or holy man, and his odious opportunistic Opus Dei and other totalitarian dictatorships from Hitler and Mussolini to the impoverishment of Peru and other Latin American countries, and secret donations to religious political funds in Spain, the USA (where it secretly funneled money into the campaign by the dubiously devout Rick Santorum) and Uganda. At the same time, under the direction of Ratzinger, the Vatican used its official UN observer status to team up with Islamic theocracies like Iran (where Ratzinger was represented by Msgr. Romeo Panciroli; Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, the brother of President Hashemi Rafsanjani, declared  Iran’s full endorsement of this collaboration and said there were many avenues for co-operation between religious states which were not confined to the prohibition of abortion) and Libya to oppose calls for family planning services to be made available in the world’s poorest nations with Libya claiming that any form of birth control was not only detrimental to the state but against the will of the god of Islam. Libya and the Roman Catholic Church were joined by Peru dictator Alberto Fujimori who had hundreds of mountain people in Peru forcibly sterilized with the encouragement from his daughter Keiko and son Kenye (both of whom sit in the 2012 thoroughly corrupt Peru Congress that is battered by neo-Nazi leader Martha Chavez) seeking to overthrow their father’s conviction for crimes against humanity.

Like the pandering Polish pope, John Paul II, Ratzinger has sent emissaries to desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged regions of Africa to spread the life-destroying lie that condoms do not prevent transmission of HIV. This papal absurdity was accepted and applauded by the Russian Orthodox Church that is run by a womanizing, child abusing clergy led by Patriarch Kirill who found nothing wrong with the Romanov family’s murder of innocent peasants and apostates (and were declared saints in the Russian Orthodox Church after well-placed bribes were placed with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) and claimed that “attacks” on the church were identical to those by people who overthrew the scandalous Romanov dynasty; his words and that of Ratzinger were glorified by the statement of the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roman Catholic clergy and bedecked bishops in white lace flounces over flowing dresses of crimson, in the mid-20th century appointed a special papal commission to study whether Catholicism should permit the use of birth control. The commission, to no one’s surprise was composed almost completely of men chosen from their members. Theologians Anthony Kosnik, William Carroll, Ronald Modras, James Schulte, and Agnes Cunningham (the token female) took on the task. In 1977 they published Human Sexuality: New Directions in American Catholic Thought—not a woman of the general laity was involved, consulted, or considered.  The men, none of whom could become pregnant even after being raped, held the final card by claiming spiritual authority found nowhere in the Bible, yet as a few wags wrote: if men could become pregnant abortion would be a sacrament—bring a scowl from the German dragoon.  When the commission almost unanimously recommended that women should be allowed contraceptives, the church led by Ratzinger ignored the recommendation and doubled down on their absolute ban on contraception.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy has long preferred the death of a pregnant woman, impregnated even by rape or incest, over the removal of dead, deformed or damaging fetal tissue that can cost the woman her life.  The doctrine espoused by predatory prelates in countries where Roman Catholicism is the main force, such as in Latin America, Italy, Ireland and Poland, is that every zygote is a human baby in defiance of all medical logic and research to the contrary.  

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

The patronizing pastors and predatory prelates, such as Jose Cardoso Sobrinho who has been characterized as being key-hole spies, have excommunicated the doctors who performed an abortion on a pregnant 9-year-old who’d been raped by her stepfather.  He went so far as to excommunicate the child’s mother for agreeing to the abortion but did not speak out or condemn the incestuous father who had been regularly raping the child since she was six years old. No charges, ecclesiastical or secular were filed against the father, although the mother was reprimanded for not having sufficient control over her daughter.

Brasil’s anachronistic Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho (born in Caruaru, June 30 1933- ) of the coastal city of Recife announced that for the Vatican he was excommunicating the entire family of the child who medically would not have been able to deliver a baby since her hips were too narrow but not the child since she was a minor.  The doctors who performed the abortion were hailed for their efforts, the Brasilian Minister of health Jose Gomes Temporao referred to the doctors’ work, performed March 4, 2009, as “brilliant”.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Temporao declared that doctors were required to put law before religion, a statement that the majority of Brasil agreed with, since, on the average, 8700 women die each year because of the lack of professional abortion providers and follow-up examinations. 

A war of words ensued between the popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the archbishop over the church’s decision.   The President said:”As a Christian and a Catholic,

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

I find it deeply lamentable that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude,” Lula said on Globo TV. “In this case, the medical profession was more right than the church. One of the doctors involved in the procedure, Dr. Olimpio Moraes, said he thanked the archbishop for his excommunication because the controversy sheds light on Brasil’s restrictive abortion laws. He said women in Brasil’s countryside are victimized by Brazil’s ban on abortion in the same way as they are in all Roman Catholic controlled countries (more than one million women undergo abortions each year in Brasil, and doctors treat more than 250,000 of them because of botched abortion techniques; read here and here and here). 

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho has had other spurious accolades to his credit: he is among those who protect pedophiles throughout Brasil and has been seen in gay clubs.  Brasil’s (O. Carm.) of Recife and Olinda, has been portrayed in cartoons and tabloids not only as a peeping-tom: an alter ego of Brasil’s Roman Catholic Church but as a viper determined to extract confessions of presumed guilt from women in the same manner as

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

the Spanish Inquisition interrogated women with threats and force of diabolical designed machinery.  Among the least qualified for the cardinalate, it was Cardoso Sobrinho’s vehemently violent rhetoric that won him the beret that announced his ascension to the college of cardinals and left dread in the decaying family structure in Brasil that the prelate continuously attacked from pulpit and public squares.  As the clerical clown crowed, there was never a human right that he regarded or respected.

Every diocesan member had to fall to the miscreant mind-numbing murmurs of Mother Church.  The theological troglodyte retired on July 1, 2009; even the President of Brasil declaring that the prelate pushed beyond the borders of fairness and mercy with his senseless multiple excommunications.

The Roman Catholic episcopacy in Ireland is as savage and senseless as Cardoso Sobrinho in sanctioning the unnecessary deaths of women who cannot successfully or willingly give birth to products of rape, incest, and malformation. Savita Halappanavar wasn’t the first to die at Catholic-run hospitals that are willing to let women die rather than having a therapeutic safe abortion, even when a miscarriage is already in progress and no possible procedure could save the fetus.  Similar fate was in store for Americans whose closest hospital was Roman Catholic and where doctors forgot their Hippocratic Oath written in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC),  that requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards and look after the welfare of a living mortal.

A majority of Roman Catholic priests and prelates refused to provide contraception or abortion to women who were abducted and forced to work as prostitutes. Roman Catholic clergy have even gone as far as filing a frivolous lawsuit—that they lost—complaining that contraceptives were violating their religious freedom in telling women how they could control and manage their reproductive rights and bodies when the government took away their contract.  US District Judge Richard Stearns explained why the bishops were in the wrong, writing:

To insist that the government respect the separation of church and state is not to discriminate against religion; indeed, it promotes a respect for religion by refusing to single out any creed for official favor at the expense of all others…This case is about the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others [who may or may not share them].

It is worse in Poland, the land of Polish extremism where hoodlums run free in the streets to deny individual rights of choice with praise from pastors to priests in their stand against what they see as corruption.  In Poland, the Roman Catholic Church, using tactics of the medieval Inquisition of the Christian religion in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, ordered Polish politicians to vote for a law banning IVF and threatened to excommunicate any who didn’t comply.  Those who did not capitulate immediately to the carnivorous clergy were mocked publicly and churches launched broadsides against the government as being “set against god”.

The Vatican with the entire episcopacy in lockstep as if all were hailing the return and revitalization of Ratzinger’s Third Reich, quickly went after women’s right of choice, specifically targeting the Komen Foundation and its organization better known for its “race for a cure” for breast cancer than its support of Planned Parenthood. It was the Roman Catholic Church that was the major source of the pressure on the Komen Foundation that led to its disastrous decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood, with many claiming that the Komen Foundation was a front for the Roman Catholic Church.  As Reuters news agency noted:  “In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities”–definitely not without ties to the Roman Catholic Church.  The veil of secrecy that shrouded the fund-raiser was removed.  Komen’s quickly lost favor when its support of Planned Parenthood became public knowledge and Church opposition reached dramatic new proportions in 2011, when the 11 bishops who represent Ohio’s 2.6 million Catholics announced a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen.  Being a covert hand of the Roman Catholic Church, Komen within a few days reversed itself and withdrew its financial support of Planned Parenthood.

Forever the Grand Inquisitor, worse than that defined by Dostoevsky in his Brothers Karamazov, Benedict XVI feels he has a god-given right to interfere in politics in all nations.  Through the frigid mask of the Roman Catholic bishops of the USA, the Roman Catholic Church announced an inquisition into the Girl Scouts to get to the bottom of its association with morally suspect groups like Doctors without Borders and Oxfam.  The vile arm of the Roman Catholic Church is investigating the Girl Scouts because of the Girl Scouts alleged support for reproductive rights and freedom of choice for women.  Nationally, American Roman Catholic nuns are being charged with subversion as the villainous Vatican ordered a “doctrinal investigation” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  The organization represents approximately 80 percent of American nuns, and can be sanctioned since they are a Roman Catholic organization.  The Girl Scouts are not affiliated with the cantankerous Church of Rome and are not welcome for promoting safe-sex and not abstinence.

The malevolent Vatican has bared its fangs frantically against Doctors without Borders because the administer medicine not ministry and offer equal care to all people.  The Roman Catholic hierarchy harangues the group because it not only supports the right of a woman to elect an abortion but states its willingness to offer therapeutic abortions without cost to the poor of the world.  Oxfam was denigrated by the Roman Catholic episcopacy and Ratzinger because it offers food to women who had abortions.  Yet the Roman Catholic Church gets over a billion Euros in property tax exemption to spread its hate and deny human rights worldwide.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

Roman Catholic bishops in the USA, with the most notoriously sinister located in the Midwest, especially in Iowa with Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa taking the most extreme stand calling it a line to vote on, Minnesota led by Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, and Wisconsin Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay who have long been against the US Bill of Rights when it comes to free choice, and Indiana’s Father Sammie Maletta of St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, who argues that the Roman Catholic Church has a right to instruct its followers on how to vote and live as a sign of religious liberty (funded by the Republican controlled Heritage Foundation; for more on this lie read here), and the majority (98%) of Roman Catholic women use contraceptives; and Obama won the majority of the Roman Catholic vote: 52% – 45%), that are cavalierly cannibalized by crass clergy, have been one of the major forces attacking Obamacare, filing lawsuits arguing that non-church Catholic employers should be able to decide whether or not employee health insurance plans will cover contraception. This is an unfurled and effective argument that a woman’s employer should be allowed to force her to pay more for medical coverage, or even place it out of her reach altogether, based on his religious beliefs. It is rank misogyny and gynophobia richly rendered by Benedict XVI and his gaggle of gospel geese that has little if any knowledge of what the original scrolls contain.  The Roman Catholic Church in the USA does not speak for all Roman Catholics in the USA.

Father Frank Klep

Father Frank Klep

In Australia, Roman Catholic clerics derailed police investigations of accused pedophile  priests.  The Australian Roman Catholic episcopacy has escalated putting pressure on higher-ups to get investigating officer removed from cases, especially in the case of the Rev. Frank Klep (read more here).

A direct assault on academic freedom occurs daily within the Roman Catholic Church and its schools, especially at San Augustine’s in Chiclayo (where I taught) and Lima, Perú, and the various Opus Dei schools, such as Colegios Cibos and  Fontanar, throughout Peru (it took over the Pontifical University in Lima to make it more “church oriented; Opus Dei runs Universidad de Piura, destroying its academic freedom and creating robots of its student body) are mindless institutions where obedience is more critical than objectivity, and where indoctrination is considered more worthwhile than is investigation and education.  Opus Dei schools have the singular intent of taking over the world and refashioning it in a way identical Hitler’s goal of controlling Europe and beyond (for the Spanish, read here), its crimes, especially in Perú, are legendary as it spins its tangled web throughout Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Far from being “spiritually based” its hidden agenda is to make as much money as possible and with it rule; its main apologist is Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and has negligible difference from the group in Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. The Roman Catholic Church demanded that Sunday school teachers sign a loyalty oath agreeing to submit “will and intellect” to the proclamations of church leaders (read here, and rational is here and here).

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy's priest)

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy’s priest)

Some top church officials, including the current pope, have advocated denying communion to politicians who support progressive and pro-choice political ideas.  As occurred in the days of US Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) who was openly controlled by the Roman Catholic Church in the USA, through the priest Edmund Walsh (when McCarthy died, over 100 priests met for the funeral mass and urged the Wisconsin senator to be declared a saint for his pursuit against “communism” and “enemies of religion” in which we find the foundation stones for Opus Dei and other organized hate groups) the Roman Catholic Church in the USA openly opposed President Barrack Obama on his social stands for the liberty of all and the right of choice (read here and here).  Throughout its petrified parsimonious past pushing to the present and into the future, the Roman Catholic Church also opposes preemptive war and the death penalty, no conservative politician has ever been denied communion on this basis.

Nuns on the bus (USA)

Nuns on the bus (USA)

From the bishops of New York to the most pathetic of patriarchs perched on the platform of religion as Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic clergy have initiated an unprecedented unholy war against the Sisters of the Church (especially for Nuns on the Bus that toured the USA in quest of fairness for everyone) for showing too much compassion and charity to “fallen women”, the poor, victims of rape and violence, and those who seek the end of unwanted fetal tissue generation.   The mentality of the ministers of the faith is nearly Neanderthal in their cracked down on American nuns by Benedict XVI and American cardinals for doing too much to help the poor and not enough to oppose gay marriage, condemning them for displaying a seditious “feminist spirit“. 

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

In Germany, where parishioners pay an officially assessed tax rate to the church, they’ve tried to blackmail people who don’t want to pay the church tax, threatening to fire them from jobs in church institutions. In some cases, if the person opts out but later loses the paperwork, they demand on-the-spot repayment of decades of back taxes.  Priests and bishops generally live more luxuriant lives than their parishioners and detail that their ministry demands more creature comforts (as with the German bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 52, of Limburg read here and here).

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

In the USA, the Roman Catholic bishops are worse than their continental compatriots.  They have compared Democratic officeholders, including President Obama, to Hitler and Stalin (read here for the comments of Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois; cp. here for those made by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, Illinois) and have

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

said that it jeopardizes a person’s eternal salvation if they don’t vote as the bishops instruct them to vote.  They are supported by the most evil encampment of enemies to the US Constitution and to freedom: the Becket Foundation, a far-right group organized to fight any separation of state and church (read here and here) and is a quasi-official arm of the Roman Catholic Church and the Republican Party.

Benedict XVI and Roman Catholic bishops fight against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Not only does the Catholic Church hierarchy refuse to officially perform church weddings for gay and lesbian couples (many priests do perform them privately or semi-privately and I have attended two of them); they want to write that prohibition into the civil law and deny marriage equality to everyone who doesn’t fit their religious criteria.  The Roman Catholic Church as a single entity, plus various bishoprics and archbishoprics has invested vast amounts of money and effort into doing so. In the 2012 election cycle alone, the church spent almost $2 million in an unsuccessful fight to defeat marriage-equality initiatives in four states amounting to more than $11.3 million from donations to the church by parishioners but without getting any parishioner’s consent for the expenditure

Like many evangelical ministers who, when not wife-swapping or having boyfriends and boy toys on the side, Roman-Catholic bishops and clergy are kept busy  comparing gay sex to pedophilia and incest and called for it to be forbidden by law, saying that “states can and must regulate behaviors, including various sexual behaviors.”  These accusations continue even though 10,969 Roman Catholic clergy in the USA admit to being pedophiles.

The fear of homosexuality that is rampant throughout the Roman Catholic (studies do not agree as to numbers, but estimates are between 23% – 58%; read here), Orthodox (there are no studies since most priests refuse interviews or paper surveys, but the various churches from Russian to Bulgarian, Ukrainian, etc argue that homosexuality is a sin and one who is homosexual cannot be a priest) and various Protestant ministerial groups (it is accepted in the ELCA of the Lutheran Church but not the Missouri or Wisconsin synods), has led especially Roman Catholic organizations, on strict order by the Vatican, to  shut down adoption clinics rather than consider gay people as prospective parents. The church’s quasi-official position is that it’s better for children to remain orphans or in foster care than to be placed in a loving, committed same-sex household (here and here and here for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology based on scientific studies).

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa:  The Eychaner Foundation

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa: The Eychaner Foundation

More gruesome is the Roman Catholic Church’s stand against any gay group that is working to end Church and School efforts to ban any anti-LGBT bullying group, anti-teen-suicide foundation from any Catholic school ceremony.  The Roman Catholic Church explained it that the group’s mission is “contrary to the teachings of the Catholic church” as was the case in

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Davenport, Iowa, where its bishop, Martin Amos, retread to fifteenth century thought trumpeted by the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church suffering under its most corrupt pedophile popes in its ecclesiastical history in denouncing the group at Prince of Peace Catholic School.  Sectarian politics played a major role in this attack on human freedoms, when the prelate complained that unspecified groups awarding scholarships were not in accord with Roman Catholic Church teachings, then backtracked by noting that both the Roman Catholic Church and the scholarship were against bullying and defamation of character.  This issue had not arisen in any previous statement nor at any earlier time.  It came out only when one Roman Catholic high school

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

senior Keaton Fuller, Clinton, Iowa, won a $40,000 scholarship named after martyred Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence with barbed wire in Wyoming and left to die for being gay. 

On April 27, 2012, the Diocese intervened and told the recipient that a member of the would not be permitted to present the award at graduation, but that it would be presented by a school staff member in fear that some molecules from the award would infect the other graduates and turn them gay. The bishop, Martin J. Amos, through the diocese office, issued a statement that it was a “long-standing policy” regarding guest speakers that the school “cannot allow anyone or any organization which [sic] promotes a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church to present at a diocesan institution”.  The Des Moines Register later printed:

Fuller and the Eychaner Foundation’s founder, Rich Eychaner, both thanked Bishop Amos for finding an acceptable resolution. The script to be read on graduation day will say the scholarship ‘is granted to distinguished Iowa high school seniors who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender’ and that Fuller ‘gradually shared his story with friends and classmates … and was embraced by the Prince of Peace community.

“ ‘As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school,’ Fuller said in a statement issued Friday. ‘Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have.’ ”

The Roman Catholic Council of USA Bishops is even more reactionary that Iowa’ Bishop Ames, with many of the bishops self-confessed pedophiles.  They told a teenager he wouldn’t be allowed to go through confirmation because he posted a pro-gay-rights status message on Facebook, and they expelled a preschooler from a private Catholic school because his parents were lesbians. This was true both in Grand Forks and throughout Minnesota

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

as with the Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire. Oregon’s dioceses paid more than

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

$166 million (the third largest settlement to sex abuse survivors who were Native Americans and Alaskan natives, boys and girls, who were abused by priests at Catholic schools throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The settlement covered more than 450 victims raped by Jesuit priests of the Roman Catholic Church.  Most rapes occurred in remote villages and on reservations, and when the Jesuits filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the victims responded noting that the province remained wealthy because it controls and owns Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Seattle University and other schools and properties with Opus Dei prevalent in most institutions. The Jesuits made Alaska a “pedophile paradise“.

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

To cover-up their own pedophile propensities and seduction of women, the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops in the USA have a history of dumping known pedophile priests in isolated, poor, rural communities, where they apparently assumed that local people wouldn’t dare to complain or that no one would listen if they did.   Adding insult to injury, the attackers of the victims were give payouts  — as much as $20,000 in some cases — to pedophile priests, to buy their silence and quietly ease them out of the priesthood, after specifically denying in public that they were doing this with such payouts being orchestrated and pushed by New York City Timothy cardinal Dolan (read here) who was, then, archbishop of Milwaukee.

When the legislature of the State of Connecticut proposed extending statute-of-limitations laws to allow older child-abuse cases to be tried, the bishops of Connecticut ordered a letter to be read during Mass instructing parishioners to contact their representatives and lobby against it.  The bishops claimed that they were worried about frivolous lawsuits.  To fight back against and intimidate abuse-survivor groups like SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), the church’s lawyers have filed absurdly broad subpoenas demanding the disclosure of decades’ worth of documents.  

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

William Donahue, an arch-conservative Roman Catholic, calls SNAP “a menace to the Catholic Church” for exposing rampant pedophiles in its membership.  While Donahue argues that the bishops are in league together to fight charges, the US Council of Catholic Bishops has rejected such a claim.

Similar problems occurred throughout the USA. No diocese was exempt.

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

 When Monsignor William Lynn, a Catholic official from Philadelphia, was charged with knowingly returning predator priests to duty, his defense was to blame those decisions on his superior, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (read here about Romano Ferraro, and here for Father Peter J. Dunn who was judged “a very sick man” and was psychoanalyzed as an untreatable pedophile, and a narcissist with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder; and here for Rev. Stanley Gana who collected nude photographs of his victims) ultimately judged competent to stand trial.  His statement acknowledged that the corruption reaches to the highest levels of the church. 

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not "cooperative".

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not “cooperative”.

In the Netherlands, ten boys were castrated in church-run hospitals after complaining to the police about sexual abuse by priests (many young males were castrated on orders from bishops who feared they were homosexuals, and were told that castration cures a male of homosexual tendencies).  The archbishop used the same excuse as given by the Nazis to justify his silence.  Several months later, it was reported that this same cardinal had personally arranged to move a pedophile priest to a different parish to shield him from accusations. 

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

While he was Archbishop of Utrecht, Cardinal Ad Simonis shielded a paedophile priest.  This was neither the first nor the last time that the Church in the Netherlands covered paedophiles, both priests and nuns.

Even alleged saints have been implicated in sex abuse cases.  In one case, Mother Teresa successfully persuaded the church to return a later convicted pedophile priest, Father Donald McGuire, to duty because he was a friend of hers (read here and here). Eight additional complaints of child abuse were later lodged against Father Donald McGuire, justifying Christopher Hitchens original indictment of the Albanian born nun in his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (London and New York: Verso, 1995). Among other “oversights” Teresa had set up a worldwide system of “homes for the dying” that routinely failed to provide adequate care to patients.

Kaligat (Mother Theresa's home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

Kaligat (Mother Theresa’s home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

There is money to be made by the Roman Catholic Church is raising dead people to sainthood, as with Mother Teresa.  They canonized Mother Teresa for doing little more than offering a squalid place for people to die; it was called Kaligat; starvation is one of the main sources of death, despite that there is an abundance of food for those who can pay for it, next to none is given in charity, with children being the primary victims). Outside observers who visited her “Home for the Dying” reported that medical care was substandard and dangerous, limited to aspirin and unsterilized needles rinsed in tap water, administered by untrained volunteers. The millions of dollars collected by Mother Teresa and her order, enough to build many advanced clinics and hospitals remain unaccounted for.

Father Martin P. O'Loghlen

Father Martin P. O’Loghlen

Never troubled by appointing pedophiles to church offices, the Roman Catholic Church appointed Martin O’Loghlen, to a church-run sexual abuse advisory board – even though O’Loghlen himself was a known abuser who molested a teenage girl, Julie Malcom (she later filed legal action against him), in the 1960s and admitted to having a “sexual addiction”.  When this was discovered, it was poorly veiled, still the Roman Catholic Church had the audacity to plead for money and ask parishioners to pick up the tab for legal costs and settlements.

The Australian and New Zealand nuns in the Roman Catholic Church followed precedents established in Europe, especially in Ireland, by its nuns and priests abducting  tens of thousands of babies from unwed mothers who gave birth in Catholic-run hospitals all.  They also forced drugged or helpless women to give their newborn children up for adoption against their will.

The list is endless.  The atrocities, barbarities and evil of the Roman Catholic Church is tantamount to the disdain and disregard of all other churches including the Russian Orthodox Church and its attack on dissent in the case with Pussy Riot.  Like the Taliban and Islamic extremists, the Roman Catholic Church also strangles dissent and dissenters (literally and metaphorically) as when it tried to have the Indian skeptic Sanal Edamuruku charged with blasphemy and imprisoned for debunking a claim of a miraculous weeping statue (read here and here and here and here).

The Roman Catholic Church’s finances are a disorganized mess.  The operate their own bank with ATMs, all mired in money laundering, but lack strong accounting controls and clear internal separations, which means parishioners who give to the church can have no assurance of what the money will be used for.  According to an investigation by the Economist, funds meant for hospitals, cemeteries and priests’ pensions have been raided to pay legal fees and settlements in several diocesan bankruptcies.

Vatican ATM is in Latin

Vatican ATMs are in Latin

The Roman Catholic Church is one large scandal and at the top of this scandal is the bankrupt papacy, the worse in history: Benedict XVI is implicated with two top associates in money laundering.  His life-size portrait hangs over all ATMs with all instructions for use in Latin.  Benedict XVI has never been a saint, as new information surfaces on the predatory pope daily (read here and here and here where Ratzinger is given the title of God’s Rottweiler, while placing “the devil” (not the pedophile priest) as the source of evil in child abuse cases).

Stop supporting the church with your money and your time. Such action, however it may seem is more than justified by a cornucopia of reasons showing that the church as an institution is beyond reform, and the only meaningful response is to part ways with it and let it die in the filth of its pedophile priests, greed for enrichment of a few while millions starve, and the lack of a mission to truly educate rather than indoctrinate new generations of soon-to-be Roman robots.

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New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Tea Party, Destroying Individual Freedom, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry & C. Peter Wagner

Rick Perry Houston Rally "The Response" (photo: Michael Stravato "New York Times")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Perry (August 2004)

When not combing his graying hair into a perfect coif, Texas Governor Rick Perry regally accepts proffered endorsements, and seeks financial and personal support from the most hate-filled religious demigods that have ever existed in US history.  At the same time as he salaciously scoops campaign contributions into his adipocerous war chest from the super wealthy as the Middle Class in Texas and the USA continues to disappear–no longer having money to give to people who might have represented them–he makes new friends given birth by the US Supreme Court that felt no labor pain:  American corporations fully grown and ready for war like Athena sprang from the head of Zeus with Antonin Scalia playing the role of Hephaistos.  Congress, like the US Supreme Court, is up for sale, and with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commision, corporations with unlimited spending power are hailed as new citizens of the USA and openly buy political offices.  

Top 10% income (Bush years 2000-2008) share

The number of USA poor is increasing, unemployed and underemployed workers are offered only a few pious phrases and prayers, while the USA education system is bankrupted by the religious and conservative right.   7000 students a day are dropping out of high school, with no state exempt as education falls by the inaction of inept and undereducated state legislators from Texas to Iowa, Nevada to New Jersey, Maine to Mississippi, and across CONUS and into Alaska and Hawaii who have no concept of what it takes to initiate and sustain quality education:  good textbooks written with flare and scholarship that presents current and past information as well as future projections and hypotheses without reinforcing ontological speculation and antiquated concepts (e.g. taking Intelligent Design [creationism] out of the science class and moving it into the world of literature: teachers are not preachers, they are to be trained in disciplines not doctrine and disciplinary denominationalism), a well-trained teaching force, small classes, a well-stocked library, and a dedication to the conduct of inquiry to discover new truths and realities–not a mere repetition of past proverbs and fantasies.  Education does not require facilitators to stumble in the dark with students, but demands highly qualified subject matter experts who can lead students, ask probing questions, solicit and encourage discussion on timely responses, and adhere to a policy of learning and not mere mastering by memorization.

God Moloch's rite of passage

Those whom Perry seeks out for advice, like those whom he styles to be his friends, are in many cases theological terrorists.  Perry’s prayer partners mulct the faithful by drumming on the skins of tattered tithing taught in Old Testament writ, siphoning as much fat from the burnt sacrifice (Leviticus 1:8-9, 12, originally an act of worship to the Babylonian god Moloch (who evolved out of ancient Egyptian theology): (Lev. 18:21; 20:1-5) cf. Legrange, Marie-Joseph (1903), Etudes sur les Religions Sémitiques, Paris: Lecoffre, pp. 99-109; Bäthgen, Freidrich (1888). Beiträge zur Semitischen Religionsgeschichte. Berlin, pp. 237 et seq.) that propriety allows.

Perry’s torn threads of thoughts still linger longingly on the bye-gone days of Texas A&M sporting, more in the manner of Samson (שמשון in Judges 16:25 where the word means “playing with” and “laughing at” the latter being used by evangelicals to claim that the Philistines who were known for sports, blinded Samson so they could laugh at him as he stumbled around; however, “playing with” is more accurate as he was tied to columns which was a torture for men blind who could not see concubines manipulate him sexually; adultery was considered a grave sin, while murder a minor infraction of the law as the Philistines acknowledged that Samson had murdered many of their people) than that of Hercules, bringing to the foreground of his personal battlefront how he can continue the attack on human rights and freedom of choice in backward and bigoted nations bloated with corruption and cruelty.

Perry and his partners in politics and the pulpit have found a new whipping boy to take their frustrations out on: from Uganda to Nigeria, Cambodia to Ivory Coast, and beyond, in anticipation that by flagellating others they will raise consciousness about the plight the USA is experiencing now that it has a Black President. Never once does Perry or his cronies mention that the overwhelming debt burdening those who do pay taxes—unlike large corporations such as GE  and ExxonMobile that pay no taxes to the IRS on the billions they profit from each year. 

Cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan 2001 - 2008

Most of the debt now owed by the USA government was generated by George W. Bush’s needless and ill-inspired costly wars in Iraq (which cost almost $500 billion dollars between March 2003 and September 2007 (on that date the USA had already lost the war in Iraq as the most courageous Senators acknowledged, but Bush remained silent as mandated by the oil industry of Texas, and like Nixon blandly tried to reassure the USA it had won the war  that is more than twelve years in Vietnam, and jetting higher with each subsequent month—and the USA is still in Iraq) and Afghanistan (although there are noticeable differences between the two wars , showing that neither of which the USA had neither a need nor a right to be involved in) that in the first year alone raised the national debt more than 2% and kept skyrocketing every year until Obama became president.

Impact of extending the Bush Tax Cuts

Obama is blamed for the run-away debt that took from 2000-2008 to make the USA the world’s largest debtor nation, especially given the Bush Administration’s tax cuts for the rich.   The superrich, especially big business and the oil industry (led by Vice President Dick Cheney who was CEO of Halliburton—which received most of the contracts in Iraq without bids) were livid when Obama became president and hinted at shutting down both war fronts, a promise he began to keep in August 2010, making American conservatives determined to make Obama a one-term president.  

Tea Party racism

The conservatives had one trump card to play to win the support of many people: Obama is Black, and the Tea Party was born (as with the Founding Fathers, few had any respect for Blacks or wanted slavery ended, as in 1776, nearly all colonialists believed Black people were property and expendable at the will of their owners ; Michele Bachmann, who would fail any history exam about the USA, would not eve merit an F on this point). This is in keeping with the NAR and all ultra-right evangelical fundamentalist groups of calumniators and malcontents who would destroy the Constitution to put in a theocracy that would limit government to a chosen few.

NAR's Jesus

The extent of the NAR loathing goes beyond detesting draconian demons perceived to exist in mainline religion, to outward outrages attacking, raping, murdering and mauling infants who are quartered and their mouths cut apart while rejoicing that “heathens” had been dispatched, to the assassination of opposition leaders, hanging of homosexuals, and the killing of nursing mothers, workers, the disappearing Middle Class, and the elderly. No one is spared in the war to restore a demented vicious, violent, volatile Jesus Christ of Matthew 10:34-35 [34″Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to `set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’ [English]; 34 No creáis que yo he venido tan sólo a traer paz a la tierra. ¡También he venido a traer guerra!, 35 pues he venido para poner al hombre contra su padre, a la hija contra su madre y a la nuera contra su suegra [Castilan]; 34 —Ne croyez pas que je sois venu apporter la paix sur terre: ma mission n’est pas d’apporter la paix, mais l’épée. 35 Oui, je suis venu opposer le fils à son père, la fille à sa mère, la belle-fille à sa belle-mère: [La Bible du Semeur; Français]; 34 μη νομισητε οτι ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην επι την γην ουκ ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν 35 ηλθον γαρ διχασαι ανθρωπον κατα του πατρος αυτου και θυγατερα κατα της μητρος αυτης και νυμφην κατα της πενθερας αυτης [Greek, 1550 Stephanus New Testament]; 34 nolite arbitrari quia venerim mittere pacem in terram non veni pacem mittere sed gladium 35 veni enim separare hominem adversus patrem suum et filiam adversus matrem suam et nurum adversus socrum suam [Biblia Sacra Vulgata, Latin]; 34 Не думайте, що Я прийшов, щоб мир на землю принести, Я не мир принести прийшов, а меча. 35 Я ж прийшов порізнити чоловіка з батьком його, дочку з її матір’ю, і невістку з свекрухою її. [Ukranian]; 34I skolen icke mena att jag har kommit för att sända frid på jorden. Jag har icke kommit för att sända frid, utan svärd. 35 Ja, jag har kommit för att uppväcka söndring, så att ‘sonen sätter sig upp mot sin fader och dottern mot sin moder och sonhustrun mot sin svärmoder, [Svenska 1917];34 Не думайте, что Я пришел принести мир на землю; не мир пришел Я принести, но меч, 35 ибо Я пришел разделить человека с отцом его, и дочь с матерью ее, и невестку со свекровью ее. [Russian Synodal]; 34 لاَ تَظُنُّوا أَنِّي جِئْتُ لأُرْسِيَ سَلاماً عَلَى الأَرْضِ. مَا جِئْتُ لأُرْسِيَ سَلاَماً، بَلْ سَيْفاً. 35 فَإِنِّي جِئْتُ لأَجْعَلَ الإِنْسَانَ عَلَى خِلاَفٍ مَعَ أَبِيهِ، وَالْبِنْتَ مَعَ أُمِّهَا، وَالْكَنَّةَ مَعَ حَمَاتِهَا [Arabic]; and 34 Mener ikke, at jeg er kommen for at bringe Fred på Jorden; jeg er ikke kommen for at bringe Fred, men Sværd. 35 Thi jeg er kommen før at volde Splid imellem en Mand og hans Fader og imellem en Datter og hendes Moder og imellem en Svigerdatter og hendes Svigermoder [Dette er Biblen på dansk (DN1933)], as defined by some of the least enlightening comments justifying some of the more bizarre statements made by Perry’s high-profile religious endorsers collectively known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

USA military scopes with Bible verses

The NAR is not alone. All religious fanatics do the same but the NAR fanaticism found at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (that, until 2011, had mandatory indoctrination courses in evangelical Christianity, and with the rest of the military of the USA installed scopes with Bible passages and used various armaments with NAR designated Biblical references), and among the NAR groups in India (where the evangelical group, originally known as Morning Star [originally the name of Venus; second: one of the three Zorya (a pre-Christian Trinity), goddesses in ancient (pre-Christian) Slavic theology who watch over the doomsday hound:  Simargl, who is chained to the star Polaris in the constellation Ursa Minor (popularly known as the “little bear”)–if the chain ever breaks, the hound will devour the constellation and the universe will end; third, a name of The Satan (הַשָׂטָן) who was neither a “fallen angel” in Isaiah 14:3–20 {that discusses an ancient king of Babylon} nor in 2 Peter 1:19–the only time it is used as a proper name in the Bible is at 1 Chronicles 21:1, while in Babylonian theology (Job 2:1) he was a favored “Son of God” and in Septuagint 108:6 κατάστησον ἐπ᾽ αὐτὸν ἁμαρτωλόν καὶ διάβολος στήτω ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ; fourth, the “dawn-bearer” Ἑωσφόρος (Heōsphoros) in ancient pre-Christian Greek theology and as the god Φωσφόρος {Phosophorus}; fifth, in Christology, in Revelation/Apocalypse 22:16, one of the names for Jesus: this has led to several theories including that Jesus and Satan were brothers (even twins) or that one conquered the other, etc. as an original claim by the LDS (Mormons: Doctrines and Covenants 76:25) and now rejected.  In Christian organizations, Morning Star is the name of the Providence religious movement of Korea and Japan; it remained through the nineteenth century a ritual ceremony including human sacrifice performed by the Pawnee tribe] now referred to as Every Nation), China, Vietnam, Thailand, Uganda, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and other backward nations and institutions from schools to universities and postgraduate centers is an acceptable part of the Christian Bible and the NAR. 

USA Christian soldiers in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison

Terrorism, torture, violence, rape is all acceptable, as the NAR finds justification for what more traditional believers would find gruesome and immoral within their Bibles, specially in: Numbers 31:7, 17-18, including the butchering of everything that breathes: Deuteronomy 20:16, with 1 Samuel 15:2-4 noting that “suckling infants” were killed by the tens of thousands by the god of the evangelical Christians and NAR who refuse to read “the Lord’s” instruction in Psalm 137:8-9, and so forth).

Jesus in the NAR army

For most of the NAR, including the Governors of Texas and Kansas, Jesus walks in the heavens, preparing to return to the earth carrying a gun to initiate his ApocalypseDouglas Evans Coe  (born October 20, 1928), a founder of The Fellowship (also known as The Family of Friends) a far-right group of theological terrorists, compared the Family of C Street and their Jesus’s teachings to the Red Guard during the Chinese Cultural Revolution:

I’ve seen pictures of young men in the Red Guard of China… they would bring in this young man’s mother and father, lay her on the table with a basket on the end, he would take an axe and cut her head off…. They have to put the purposes of the Red Guard ahead of the mother-father-brother-sister — their own life! That was a covenant. A pledge. That was what Jesus said.”

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

(Sharlet, Jeff (2008). The Family: the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power. New York: HarperCollins, p.255.)  Pedophilia is among the sex acts encouraged and ordered in the NAR Bible: Numbers 31:17-18 and 35-40 [cf. Rabbi Joseph in Sanhedrin 7/55B, vol. XXIII.B, Tractate Sanhedrin 1984, 150. See also vol. XIX.A, Tractate Qiddushin 10a-b, 1992, 33. “Menstruating” here of course refers to the ritual “flux uncleanness” described in Leviticus 15]. Such excesses are excused by the evangelical group known as The Family on C Street in Washington, DC where many evangelical US Senators, such as Ensign (R-NV), Grassley (R-IA) among the most sinister and devious of all Family members who has promised the group that his grandson Patrick would join them when he won a congressional seat and later replaced him in the USA Senate, John Vitter (R-LA), Mike Enzi (R-WY),  Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), now Governor Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.) who led a cell to determine assassinations and influence US foreign policy based on what Doug Coe saw as expedient in

Gov. Sam Brownback (KS)

returning The Imperial Jesus to the earth.  Kansas Governor Brownback has been hailed as “God’s Senator” for bringing other senators, representatives, and governors (SC Governor Mark Sanford, who admitted and adultery in 2010, and current SC Governor Nikki Haley now accused of her second adulterous affair), etc. live and meet other evangelicals.

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is even more dangerous to human freedoms, civil rights and democracy than is the nefarious and noxious Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

The confessing churches of the WELS keep the hate-filled messages of Martin Luther, reading them, praising Luther as if he were a god rather than a mad monk.  The NAR practices Luther’s suppression of women and oddities too numerous to number here (such as burning synagogues, Torah, and Jews), in the same way as Luther’s spiritual son, Adolf Hitler, used the ex-Augustinian’s words and works to kill more than ten million people (Luther’s Works, Volume 47: The Christian in Society IV, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971). pp 268¬-293).  Luther has been, rightfully compared to the Pakistani Taliban that prohibited all self-identification, self-actualization, and self-expression, with his Vom Kriege wider die Türken (War Against the Turks) used as a foundation for US operations against Muslims (Luther was always a man of contradictions, originally writing against resisting the Turks, whom he presented as a scourge intentionally sent by God to sinning Christians, and that resisting it would have been equivalent to resisting the will of God). 

Rick Perry as Jesus (Texas Observer)

The NAR is composed of apostles and prophets each singularly and all collectively intent on and determined to deny democracy, take over the world, and rule as a theocratic state devoted to a monstrous Jesus Christ who will personally slay all those who deny him or oppose him. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), has, by its own admission become the principal endorsers, and have assumed the title and label anew as being “eternally ready” soldiers in  “Rick Perry’s Army of God.”

The Texas Governor has been portrayed as the Jesus Christ of the Second Coming (picture).   Some have hailed him as St. Michael, complete with sword in hand, while others question if the sword is phallic in nature.

C. Peter Wagner and a NAR revival

The NAR’s bantam-weight intellectual godfather, C. [Charles] Peter Wagner, is a classic and his words and instructions match those of Cambodia’s Pol Pot, Georgia’s Josef Stalin, and Idi Amin(his official title was his entire title: “His

Idi Amin accepting the allegiance of British members of his army

Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE [Conqueror of the British Empire]). Amin nearly destroyed Uganda during his reign of terror from 1971-1979 through gross human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement.  The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000 who Uganda Pentecostal and extremist evangelical groups hailed as “God ordained” actions against the infidels (meaning anyone who opposed Amin).   Despite Amin’s record of human rights abuses, the Uganda mass murderer was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1977 to 1979.

What little is left of the African nation of Uganda is, today, being destroyed and its people divided into armed camps by NAR.  It is buttressed by evangelical extremist Pentecostals who intend to obliterate its fledgling democracy completely. 

NAR pastor Scott Lively

Most of Uganda’s most draconian, prudish, punctilious, puritanical, rigid anti-human rights legislation, both proposed as well as passed, has been legislation that was “urged” on the legislators, by some accounts, by American evangelicals.  These include:  Scott Lively  (Lively is president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a recognized hate organization based in California, spiritual advisor to George W. Bush) who advised the Ugandan Parliament on the issue of homosexuality in March,

Don Schmierer of NAR

2009, praying fervently that the Ugandan Parliament kill all homosexuals as he hopes would happen in the USA.   Scott Douglas Lively is joined by a host of other evangelical extremists and theological terrorists including Caleb Lee Brundidge, and Dan Schmierer who is a Board member of Exodus International: an unlicensed organization that tries to “reform” gay men, and founder of His Servants, a Christian youth ministry.   Some of the most radical members have been denounced by different traditional Christian groups.

The most hate-filled self-style evangelist with no formal theological training is Bradlee Dean[Smith].  His vociferating words are hungrily sought out and internalized by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), giving “her comfort” when her incapacitating migraines keep her from effectively working in the US Congress. 

Michele Bachmann - Bradlee Dean

Dean/Smith created an organized hate group known as You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, to go after homosexuals in Minnesota and throughout the USA and world to kill them.  Dean has publicly claimed that Christians in the USA do not have the courage to act like the demented mullahs and ayatollahs in Iran that sends scores of LGBT to the gallows regularly “to please Allah” with no age

Ronnie Paris Jr. (murdered by his father who was afraid the boy was gay)

limitation (some are as young as four years-old if caught touching another male’s genitals). 

In the USA, Ronnie Paris was afraid that this his 3-year old son, Ronnie Paris Jr was “soft” and told a friend that he “didn’t want him to be a sissy.”  The child’s aunt told law enforcement that the father “was concerned that the boy might be gay,” and so killed the child.

Dean appears to be terrified of homosexuals.  Like the Muslims he claims to abhor, he seeks the same dispatchment of homosexuals by any means, sacrificing LGBT people who defile his concept of righteousness to the

Iran hangs teenagers suspected of being homosexual

Christian version of the monstrous deity Iran worships.  Dean/Smith questions what is wrong with USA Christianity that it is not identical to Shari’a law when it comes to homosexuality. 

In this hate speeches, Dean/Smith is supported by the calamitous and malevolent WELS congregations that support Dean’s position.  The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church is, in many ways, like the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland a combination of Lutheran, Calvinist and other Protestant denominations.   The Lutheran Church in Germany that encouraged Hitler to put into concentration camps for forced labor and then to execute homosexuals “for the greater glory of god” (Neimöller, Pastor Martin (1937). First Commandment, London: W. Hodge and Co., Ltd., pp. 58-59), and USA homes from New Jersey to New Mexico, Iowa (compare the Flag Day in Boone County; Ed Failor leads the Koch Brothers funded Iowans for Tax Relief) to Idaho and Nevada fly the Nazi flag.  Today, the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche has no resemblance to WELS in the USA.

Bryan Fischer "Not one more mosque" broadcast"

Much of Dean’s support comes from Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association told listeners of his radio show on Thursday that the Nazi Party in Germany was formed in a Munich gay bar by “homosexual thugs” while his own organization is a recognized hate group. Fischer’s knowledge of history is as weak as his knowledge of the Bible, and yet he is in the forefront of those demanding blind allegiance to the NAR that helped Perry to “unite politics and Christianity” in the USA, and would lead to the violent overthrow of democracies around the world so that a Christian theocracy can be the sole ruler over everyone.

Bachmann - Pawlenty debate in Iowa 2011

Dean is the drummer for a Heavy Metal group known as Junkyard Prophets , hammering home with honed drumsticks a message of despair and damnation, publicly ranting that the USA should kill homosexuals, a message endorsed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Congresswoman Bachmann (R-MN) proclaiming Dean’s YCRBYCH as a “group of nice people” and the Anoka-Hennepin School District, in Michele Bachmann’s Congressional District, where an epidemic of suicides among students continue to occur while its evangelical/WELS leaders follow Martin Luther and condemn the Pope as the Antichrist as the Wisconsin Evangelic Lutheran Synod has no resemblance to Christianity and like Martin Luther read selectively, totally ignoring Matthew 7:1 and Acts 10:24.

WELS sits in silent agreement with Dean (who argues that the use of mind-altering drugs lead to demonic possession and sinful behavior, outside of mainstream Christian and psychological studies determination), yet Dean has had past problems with alcohol, drugs, sex, and other vices, and sports a tattoo that is forbidden in his Bible (Leviticus 19:28; 1 Corinthians 16:19-20).  Dean has had numerous problems with the laws of various states, as until 2010, Dean was a member of Oregon-based Embassy of Heaven that ran a fraudulent tax scheme with Glen Stoll to avoid IRS obligations, a self-described “Christian Patriot” organization which subscribes to Sovereign Citizen ideology—the idea that citizens are themselves sovereign nations and therefore not bound to the laws of the United States and does not hesitate to shoot any law enforcement officer or military personnel on sight.

Dean openly attacks public school students secretly giving into all vices to which he himself was addicted. In this regard, Bradlee Dean Smith’s god speaks to him directly as his “ministry”, it is reported, is under observation by the Internal Revenue Service.  

C. Peter Wagner, one of Perry’s early endorsers, brags that the NAR is the most significant change in how Christianity is practiced since the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther. This is frightening as the mad monk of Germany wrote that peasants who did not passively obey their lords or leaders should be executed like pigs (Luther, Martin. Werk: LW 46:50; read the text of Wider die räuberischen und mörderischen Rotten der Bauern: “Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants, see text is found in Weimar Ed. 18:357-61; Erlangen Ed. 24:288-94; St. Louis Ed. 16:71-76; Clemen 3:69-74; Berlin Ed. 7:346-52.

German Peasants War (1524) and religious rhetoric

Throughout the corpus his writing (in the last one hundred years it has been published in fifty-five volumes), Luther emphasized that stabbing those in revolt was following the precepts outlined by St. Paul in Romans:

Drumb, lieben herren, loset hie, rettet hie, helfft hie, Erbarmet euch der armen leute, Steche, schlahe, wůrge hie, wer da kan, bleybstu drůber tod, wol dyr, seliglichern  tod  kanstu nymer mehr uberkomen, Denn du stirbst  ynn gehorsam  göttlichs worts und befelhs Ro. am 13. und ym dienst der liebe, [Rand: Röm. 13, 5 ff.] deynen nehisten zurretten aus der hellen und teuffels banden. So bitte ich nu, flihe von den bawren, wer da kan, alls vom teuffel selbs. Die aber nicht flihen, bitte ich, Gott wöllte sie erleuchten und bekeren. Wilche aber nicht zu bekeren sind, Da gebe Gott, das sie keyn glůck noch gelingen haben můssen. Hie spreche eyn  iglicher  frumer Christ Amen. Denn das gepett ist recht und gut und gefellet Gott wol, das weys ich. Dunckt das yemand zu hart, der dencke, das untreglich ist auffruhr, und alle stünde der wellt verstörung zu warten sey.

Martin Luther and the Peasant Army (1525)

Not only was Luther against workers and peasants (and in this Luther is matched by the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, son of a Wisconsin Baptist preacher), but also Jews and Muslims, writing that Islam is a “patchwork of Jewish, Christian, and heathen beliefs,” and seeing the work of the devil behind it (Werk, LW 46: 155-205), wishing he could murder 1000 Muslims a year (Werk, LW 54:40). Luther wrote in a letter to Nicholas Amsdorf on May 25, 1525:

My opinion is that it is better that all the peasants be killed than that the princes and magistrates perish, because the rustics took the sword without divine authority. The only possible consequence of their satanic wickedness would be the diabolic devastation of the kingdom of God. Even if the princes abuse their power, yet they have it of God, and under their rule the kingdom of God at least has a chance to exist. Wherefore no pity, no tolerance should be shown to the peasants, but the fury and wrath of God should be visited upon those men who did not heed warning nor yield when just terms were offered them, but continued with satanic fury to confound everything. … To justify, pity, or favor them is to deny, blaspheme, and try to pull God from heaven.”

Like Anders Behring Breivik of Norway and C. Peter Wagner of the USA, the mad monk of Germany wrote that the Qur’an is such a “great spirit of lies” that it leaves “almost nothing of Christian truth [is] remaining” (Werk, LW 54:181), thus the only explanation for its numerical success lies in “God’s wrath” (Werk, LW 54:179). The WELS continues to endorse and support the anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic, and undemocratic writings of Luther, especially in reference to the pope, whom they call the Anti-Christ, and the Jews (whom many still call “murderers of Jesus” and similar fiction), making itself a premier organ of religious hate in Christianity.  WELS argues as the End Times cult leaders from the LeHayes to Harold Camping, C. Peter Wagner, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, to Perry, et al.,  that “the destruction of the world is to be expected every hour.”

Ragnarok (engraving)

Far from the “destruction of the world” being Biblical, it actually comes from the Norse saga Ragnarök and became a part of the Danish novelist Villy Sørensen’s Ragnarok: En gudefortælling, published in Danish—and found its way into NAR Christian mythology. The myth of End Times has captured the imagination of tens, even hundreds of millions of followers worldwide, with the NAR’s stress on “godlike” prophetic and apostolic powers, its revisions of end-time prophecies, its methodology of “spiritual warfare” (see his self-published  Confronting the Powers: How the New Testament Church Experienced the Power of Strategic-Level Spiritual Warfare [pp.21-22] and Engaging the Enemy), and its agenda of theocratic dominion over all aspects of society.  In Engaging the Enemy, Wagner argues that spiritual warfare as having three levels (there are four levels in traditional-mainstream Christianity; the actual antecedents are pagan and known long before Judaism or Christianity was known; this is attested to by some of the earliest christian writers before there was a Christian church established by the Emperor Constantine in 325 CE: Gregory Thaumaturgus, the Wonderworker, (d. 260) supplies an example of a power encounter with demons.

Forced by a storm to spend the night in a pagan temple that served as a seat of demonic powers, Gregory “purified the air with the figure of the Cross [and] spent the entire night in prayer and singing hymns according to his usual custom. In this way [Gregory] transformed the place into a temple of prayer which had been profaned by unclean sacrifices and images.” (Gregory of Nyssa, “The Life of Gregory the Wonderworker” prepared by Gunter Heil, in Gregorii Nysseni Sermones, Pars 2, (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1990), 3-57, para. J.20 and J.21)

Martin of Tours (d. 397) led in the evangelization of the pagan countryside of Gaul. On one occasion he engaged in a contest centered on a pine tree which served as the locus of spiritual power for the local population. Upon Martin’s insistence that the tree be destroyed, the pagan priest and his supporters offered to cut the tree down themselves if only Martin would submit to being bound in the place toward which the already leaning tree was sure to fall (Sulpitius Severus, “On the Life of St. Martin” translated and with notes by Alexander Roberts, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, 2d ser., vol. 11 (New York: n.p., 1894), chap. 13)

with the revised and new three spiritual degrees or steps being:

Spiritual Warfare

Ground Level: Person-to-person, praying for each other’s personal needs.

Occult Level: Fighting demonic forces released through activities related to Satanism, witchcraft, astrology and many other forms of structured occultism, which Wagner associates with “pictures, statues, Catholic saints, Books of Mormon, pictures of former lovers, pornographic material, fetishes, drugs, Ouija boards, zodiac charms, good luck symbols, crystals for healing, amulets, talismans, tarot cards, witch dolls, voodoo items, love potions, books of magic, totem poles, certain pieces of jewelry, objects of Freemasonry, horoscopes, gargoyles, Native American art, foreign souvenirs” etc [see his self published book: Hard-Core Idolatry – Facing the Facts, pp 38-40, 1999, publisher – Wagner Institute of Practical Ministry].

Strategic-Level or Cosmic-Level: Binding and bringing down spiritual principalities and powers that rule over governments.

These are not just threatening to modern secular democracy and the religious pluralism it protects but they have been sharply criticized by other conservative Christians as unbiblical, deviant teachings, even a form of the very demonic practices they obsessively declare war against. The Assemblies of God — the largest Pentecostal denomination in America — condemned some of the NAR’s teachings and practices as “deviant” in 2000, although many within the denomination have since embraced the movement.

Wagner is determined to take control of the world, by any and all force available. The purpose is to compel his Jesus Christ to return as a sword-wielding soldier to root out evil and establish a theocracy that would be universal. Those who will not accept his Jesus Christ would be put to death. This was the message carefully buried in Rick Perry’s widely publicized and criticized evangelical Christian prayer vigil in Houston’s Reliant Stadium on August 6, 2011.

Ayatollah As-Sayyid Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini (Iran 1980)

Rick Perry’s prayer meeting was anything but a non event. Such an assessment is similar to the ones made by past administrations: Carter and Reagan’s miscalculating the Ayatollah As-Sayyid Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini (روحاللّه مصطفوی موسوی خمینی) and his expansion of the ولایت فقیه (velayat-e faqih [translated as “guardianship of the jirisconsult” which means clerical authority in a theocracy]) and the completion of the 1979 revolution; failure of Reagan and George H. W. Bush to understand the politico-religious dynamics of far-off Afghanistan (officially: the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان; the history of Afghanistan goes back to 50,000 BCE with urban civilization appearing c. 3000 BCE, and has been diverse in religion and politics, being a pawn for various empires from Alexander the Great of Macedonia to the British and Russian empires “Great Game” in the late nineteenth century.  From the late 1970s it has experienced continuous war including major occupations such as that of the Soviet Union in 1979, and in the late 1990s, the invasion of Pakistani military in support of the Taliban. The USA overthrew the Taliban in 2001 and continued to occupy it without regard to Afghan sentiments, religion, or culture, leading it to accept the housing of al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.

Iran has played a significant role in Afghanistan for centuries as ancient Iran established the primary language as a part of the Indo-Iranian language.  It eventually led to the Afghanis giving shelter to Saudis led by Osama bin Laden, whose family was close to the Bush family, especially through oil, training for the 9/11 attacks on the USA.

Mike Bickle skipped college and seminary as "god taught me personally"

What the media has ignored or conveniently forgotten is that “The Response” was never a broadly representative Christian event. Those who endorsed the prayer event are notorious right-wing ideologues and recognized/documented hate mongers. These include, of course C. Peter Wagner, as well as Mike Bickle who allegedly became an evangelical Christian when his football coach paid his way to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes conference in Colorado where he heard Roger Staubach, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, speak about his “personal relationship with Jesus”.  He uses mind-altering repetitive prayers, much as do Hare Krishna followers, to stupefy his congregations who follow him as if he were a god.

Bickle speaks of a personal relationship with god, including one that is telephonic where he actually hears the voice of god as did Moses. As the founder of the Kansas City–based International House of Prayer (IHOP) that, like the International House of Pancakes, is open twenty-four hours to feed souls, Bickle spreads the message like syrup on pancakes, charging tithes to keep his lifestyle like a Belgian waffle.

John and Judith Benefiel

Following in the steps of Bickle, John Benefiel and his wife Judith are the senior pastors of Church on the Rock (that claims to have one thousand members) and the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network of Oklahoma City. Suffering from delusions of grandeur and seeing himself as a god anointed profit, John went in August 2010, to Washington DC, to exercise his “spiritual authority” to “divorce Baal” and rename the city that bears the surname of the First President of the USA to “the District of Christ.” 

John plans, along with Cindy Jacobs and other radical right revolutionaries, to return to DC to lay spiritual “siege” to the city and nation in general: forcing all to turn to accept his concept of a Jesus and a god.   Out of touch with reality and a close associate of the Texas Governor, Rick Perry, Benefiel claims that the Founders named the District it in honor of the goddess Columbia.  

Columbia has never been a goddess in any religion.   On the contrary, this “goddess” that frightens the Benefiels is a New Latin toponym for Columb (Christopher Columbus) meaning “Land of Columbus).

Carrying absurdity to the extremes, the Benefiels have libeled the Statue of Liberty a gift from the people of France to the citizens of the USA a “demonic idol” (patterned after a woman whom the Benefiels argue, without historical support, was a goddess worshiped by the Free Masons during the French Revolution) and homosexuality an Illuminati plot .

Cindy and Mike Jacobs

Like Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, the Benefiels, blame the country’s political problems on the District of Columbia’s supposedly pagan foundations. Following in the footsteps of Benefiel, Cindy Jacobs and husband Mike (a coadjutor in her ministry) of Generals International has a unique record of misstatements, erroneous citations, and total lack of knowledge of hermeneutics and ontology. Like the prophetesses who served as Oracles for the ancient gods, especially at Delphi, Cindy Jacobs claims to have a direct link with her god. This deity, a male, gave her, Kim Clement (who received a surprising and not publicly released personal message from god on February 10, 2007, while in Scottsdale, AZ, for her god told her that the next president of the USA would be male, and according to the published prophecy, this male who will take office in 2008 will find a closeness with god and surprise everyone, for, according to the prophet Kim Clement:

“God says, let Me remind you I will place at your helm a President that shall pray to Me, says the Lord. He will pray to Me. And God says, in the next two terms there will be a praying President, not a religious one, for I will fool the people, says the Lord. I will fool the people, yes I will. God says, the one that is chosen shall go in and they shall say, he has hot blood. For the Spirit God says, yes he may have hot blood, but he will bring the walls of protection on this country in a greater way and the economy of this country shall change rapidly, says the Lord of Hosts. God says, I will put at your helm for two terms a President that will pray but he will not be a praying President when he starts. I will put him in Office and then I will baptize him with the Holy Spirit and My power, says the Lord of Hosts”.

Chuck Pierce Glory of Zion Ministries

and Chuck Pierce (all three being on the Elijah List of promised prophets; Chuck Pierce saw “highways are buckling” as “His Glory and Unity Will Come”—a part of End Times prophecy) the gift of prophecy to see the hurricane devastate Haiti before it happened but warned not to tell the people of Haiti, for the earthquake, as Pat Robertson proclaimed, was divine judgment against the sins of their forefathers two hundred years previously; watch the video here.

Chuck Pierce created his own corporation: Glory of Zion International Ministries, Inc.   Focusing only on prophecy, Chuck travels worldwide to speak on his eleven books, including The Future War of the Church and the Worship Warrior. Pierce has a degree in Business from

Marcus Bachmann practices "reparative" anti-gay therapy

Texas A&M, and has done work at the University of North Texas toward a Master’s degree in Cognitive Systems that he has never finished.  Pierce claims to have a Doctorate of Practical Ministry from the unaccredited Wagner Leadership Institute that has a faculty without recognized credentials and their research is self-published.   The “campus” currently is in California, with “branch campus” in key nations. Courses are primarily on-line or by DVD or CD, much as were the courses for Marcus Bachmann who has an unaccredited “doctorate” in psychology; in some leaflets he claims it is a PhD, but Union (in Cincinnati) only awards Psy.D and they were not accredited until 2005 (after Marcus took his over the internet in “long distance learning”. There is no established campus library, legitimate research is discouraged, and students are expected to reiterate what the “professor” intones.

The outlandish claims of the evangelist Pierce became increasingly less sane with the preachifications of

Randy and Kelsey Bohlender

of IHOP and The Call (headed by Lou Engle, who states that the group denounces “reproductive rights” that he argues is a catchword for pro-abortion rather than family planning, and homosexuality, supporting and encouraging the rapid legislation and enforcement of Uganda’s “kill-the-gays” bill among other anti-gay legislation, which must occur so that The Call can engage in “spiritual warfare” against the Supreme Court of the USA with most citations from the Babylonian myth of Esther.  The Babylonian legend of Esther was adopted and adapted into the Old Testament after numerous arguments on whether or not it was apocryphal or pseudepigraphic.

The Bohlenders style themselves “pro-adoption”.  In truth they are anti-choice as adoption must be of a Christian child to Christian evangelical parents to be acceptable.  The Bohlenders do not believe in birth control (they have seven children) and argue that each child deserves a parent—even an abusive or neglectful parent—provided that the parents are one male and one female in keeping with Biblical law and custom.

Pastor John Hagee, founder Christians United for Israel (2006)

Among the more radical among the group is John Hagee.  Hagee pontificates that when all Jews convert to his Jesus, “the entire nation of Israel will be saved”.   Hagee claims members of all faiths to “seek out the living Christ” at the recent (August 11, 2011) Perry rally in Houston, TX.

When reading the roster of endorsers, including two Roman Catholic bishops of Texas (Corpus Christi and Amarillo) who are under investigation for cover-up of clerical sexual abuse of young people (primarily males: seminarians, choir boys, and altar boys), and one “Jew for Christ” it is not a random cross-section of conservative fustian Christians.  All active participants were Pentecostals of various sects. The fact that there was such an emphasis and disproportionate number of people who are very closely tied together, led by James Dobson and his wife who became wealthy founding and percolating a passionate Focus on the Family in its attacks on they assumed a family was or should be (they were later buttressed by Maggie Gallagher who argues, like the Dobsons that the End Times are upon the world with the legalization of same-sex marriages) and have preached about “the End Times is

Tim & Beverly LeHaye ("Rapture Ready")

near” are like Beverly and Tim LeHaye who founded first (in 1972) the Creation Research Institute, and then the “psychologically-oriented” Family Life Seminars, Inc that has made them financially independent when they created their Left Behind series of novels and fantasy-movies (they are criticized for distorting the Bible and create theology that has no foundation in any religion) that announce the End Times and how those who do not confess Jesus will not be a part of the ancient Hindu belief in The Rapture.

The LeHaye ministry contains a bookstore and various “family shops” that push their self-publications such as the Jesus Chronicles (set is available for $60).   The LaHayes are affiliated with this strain of neo-pentecostalism or charismatic movement, that it cannot be an accident.  Like other evangelists worldwide, Beverly and time cretinously preach “be joyful in your poverty as it is equal to the poverty of our Lord Jesus Christ” and jet First-class to their audiences who are able to pay premium amount for seats to listen to their affirmations of faith.

Vehemently anti-Roman Catholic (he went to Bob Jones University), the LeHayes are opposed to the separation of state and church and prophesizes that Jesus will “restore” a theocracy on the planet and lead a war against nonbelievers.  The Texas GOP has not been neutral.

David Barton

The Texas GOP has been avidly recruiting conservative Christians of all stripes for deep political involvement since the mid-1990s when it gained dominance in Texas and in the US Congress. Former state party vice-chair David Barton, a self-taught revisionist historian, who runs an outfit called WallBuilders out of Aledo, Texas, and played a key role in the pentecostal process and was an endorser, and was hired by the Republican National Committee political consultant in 2004, telling “pastors that they are allowed to endorse political candidates from the pulpit [federal law prohibits that action].”

Barton, like the other evangelists, has formed his own ministry that has made him better off than any of his followers.  Barton has no understanding (or deliberately distorts it) nor formal/academic credentials in history or law, and critics.  Barton denies the Holocaust.  Barton claims all Founding Fathers were Christians, and, like Michele Bachman claims that the Founding Fathers established a theocracy for the new nation.  At the same time, like Bradlee Dean, Barton calls for the death penalty for gays and lesbians claiming such a judgment has always been the rule throughout history. 

Critics dispute the accuracy and integrity of Barton’s assertions about history.  They accuse him of practicing misleading historical revisionism and “pseudoscholarship” (cf. Fea, John (2011). Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. p. xxvi, and Hankins, Barry (2002). Uneasy in Babylon. University: University of Alabama Press. p. 128).  Barton’s boorish rodomontade on alleged USA history, claiming that the wall separating state and church is fantasy and claims that the USA was established as a theocracy, appears in his book The Myth of Separation (1989) and has been animadverted by US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA); cp. Specter, Arlen (Spring 1995). “Defending the wall: Maintaining church/state separation in America” in Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 18 (2): 575–590).  Despite all the castigations by serious scholars Barton’s books are hailed and quoted by poorly educated politicians as Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

Following in the footsteps of other evangelists who found the pulpit more lucrative than manual work, Barton claims that his god personally ordered him to go to the library and look into the connection between the removal of state-mandated prayer in public schools by the Supreme Court in 1962 and 1963 and the drop in SAT scores (see the video here).  Nearly all of Barton’s citations and quotations are fiction and cannot find substantiation anywhere, such as his claim that President James Madison argued that the future of the new government was “staked upon … the Ten Commandments.” It appears in none of the corpus of Madison’s writings.

Barton claims that the Due Process Clause and the Fourth and Eighth Amendments to the US Constitution came “directly out of the Bible”—but they did not nor is there any record in any of the drafters of the Constitution making such a comment or even an insinuation in their private papers or diaries. Barton condemns the use of Sharia law (Islam) but argues that the courts should use Biblical law.   All of Barton’s books are self-published, and not only have a cornucopia of errors of fact, but even the proofing is poor.

Barton fits into the NAR’s keen interest in establishing Christian dominion over politics as part of their “Seven Mountains” strategy as it rejects, like Barton and The Family of C Street, reality, serious scholarship and peer review.  What is worse is that Barton is becoming the unofficial biographer and has little knowledge of what he is writing about.   While the NAR is eager to elect—if it can control—Rick Perry to the presidency, Perry is not the only potential GOP candidate who is courting NAR involvement and direction. Others “include

Sarah Palin testing another gun

Sarah Palin, who has an over 20-year relationship with Alaskan Apostle Mary Glazier; Newt Gingrich, who was anointed by Lou Engle (who also blessed Mike Huckabee) on an internationally televised broadcast in 2009; Michelle Bachmann [who has declared a war on sin]; [and] Rick Santorum.”

Sarah Palin may have the inside track to NAR since she was mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla, Alaska, and in 2005, was blessed publicly by the self-ordained “Bishop” Thomas Muthee at the Wasilla Assembly of God church.  Muthee is from a somewhat larger Kenyan town of Kiambu, but gained notice when he converted from being a witchdoctor and pagan priest. 

Thomas Muthee

Muthee is like all NAR devotees, he lies. Muthee claims that in 1989, he saved the city of Kiambu from “the clutches of crime, car accidents, speakeasies and even late-night discos by driving a particularly formidable witch called Mama Jane out of town.”  This contention is disputed by herbalist Jane W. Njenga, a pastor with the African Mission of the Holy Ghost Church—she is better known as Mama Jane. When she discounted Muthee’s lie that she owned a pet python and was hated, she asked: “If I am bad, why haven’t people attacked me? Why haven’t they burnt this building down? That is what people here do to witches.”

Kenya's Pastor Jane Wanjiku Njenga whom Thomas Muthee claims is a witch

Pentecostal Apostolic Pastor Jame Wanjiku Njenga is right, for eleven elderly Kenyans (mostly women) were burned to death in May after locals accused them of being watches, torched their homes, and committed other atrocities against those they believed were responsible for the death of a child, HIV-AIDS, and even rape, murder, and cattle rustling. The majority of the people are poor, but as Jane Karande said, “If you want to get rich fast, just start a church”. 

Bachman praying for the defeat of health care for all Americans

To push its flagitious agenda, the NAR is working at infiltrating government: both with staff as well as with politicians. The 2012 race is critical, as the NAR wants a member to be elected as President so that Medicare and Medicaid will be destroyed and people will have to call upon the god of the NAR, and social security is to be done away with so that families become stronger and help their elderly relatives.   All of this is based on the premise that everyone will “turn to Jesus” when the evangelicals’ Jesus returns as a great warrior in the Apocalypse and destroy all who do not believe in him or the NAR. It is for that reason that Perry produced his prayer fest, Bachmann, Palin, Santorum and other politicos headed to Iowa where religion is strong, public education growing increasingly weaker as the venal Iowa legislature attacks it and Iowa teachers identical to the pattern set by Rick Perry in Texas, and investigation of claims nearly non-existent (both Iowa and Texas want a voucher system–with Branstad of Iowa’s proposals actually a weight thrown against learning–so that parents can elect parochial learning over solid public learning and indoctrinate their children in the fantasies of the Middle Ages, but like all states, Iowa and Texas suffering under Tea Party mandates for textbooks that are blatantly inaccurate and damage learning and where the Texas governor has little support from the teachers) try to proclaim their educational excellence when it does not exist).  

Politicians go where the energy and money is as they need both to be voted into office or returned to office.  Politicians seek out people who put together a network, as does the NAR that has a strong networking scheme, as seen graphically in the Heartland Apostolic Network that has a presence in all 50 states.

Most candidates can publicly identify themselves with the NAR without anyone else being the wiser, as the NAR promises anonymity. Like many other movements, the NAR has its own lingo that allows politicians to speak directly to NAR members in coded language. This allows politicians to directly soliciting their support, telling them “I’m one of you” without anyone else realizing what’s being said. This happened repeatedly in 2008, when Palin openly talked about “prayer warriors”: those who are part of the NAR’s spiritual warfare program and in training for the Final Battle.

The NAR uses the expression “the head and not the tail” as the “battle cry for the Seven Mountains Campaign.” The Seven Mountains are actually seven spheres of influence that make up the mind molders that control Nations. He who occupies these mountains controls the harvest. Into this mix comes the ancient Babylonian Advocate who once was a god, but is still styled as a “son of God” (Job 2:1). According to the Old Testament and the Babylonian texts, Satan only has as much power as granted by senior gods (elohim: אֱלהִים). These gods allow Satan (הַשָׂטָן) over these mountains so that he can increase his own capacity for “Mind Control.”  That is what the NAR desires: total control over the minds of others, much in the same way that the mythological brother of Moses, Levi, gained control over the Hebrews and lived comfortably off of demanded tithes. The Seven Mountains (mind molders) are (1) Spirituality and Church, (2) Family, (3) Education, (4) Government and Law, (5) Media and Communication, (6) Arts and Entertainment, and (7) Business and Finance—all seen by the NAR as their path to a theocracy, misusing (as did the ancient Hebrews) the message of Joshua 1:11: עִבְרוּ בְּקֶרֶב הַמַּחֲנֶה וְצַוּוּ אֶת־הָעָם לֵאמֹר הָכִינוּ לָכֶם צֵידָה כִּי בְּעֹוד שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים אַתֶּם עֹבְרִים אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה לָבֹוא לָרֶשֶׁת אֶת־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם נֹתֵן לָכֶם לְרִשְׁתָּהּ׃ (a repeat of Joshua 1:2), which grants the Hebrews the right to steal the land of others and use it for themselves—never once in this text does it claim that the land always was and would always be the right and lawful property of the Jews.  

Before the Habiru came into the Palestinian lands of Cana, they had been a band of thieves in India. The Habiru (the name is found in Akkadian cuneiform scripts that has led many scholars to argue that the Habiru first infiltrated Egypt and then traveled east to conquer Canaanite cities, among which would be Sodom, Gomorrah, Zoar, and what would become Jerusalem; the name is found in various Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Mitanni, and Ugaritic sources, dated, roughly, between 1800 BCE and 1100 BCE, to a diverse group of people living as nomadic invaders in areas of the Fertile Crescent from Northeastern Mesopotamia and Iran to the borders of Egypt in Canaan where they were always low-level workers) carried out their carnage and assault on civilization until they finally settled in what would become Judea.  As conquerors, they incorporated the Canaanite goddess Asherah (Venus) as the consort to their agricultural god Yahweh. This program of incorporation became the seed for dominionism of the NAR.

The campaign for dominionist control is an evangelical effort to penetrate and transform public life into one of total spirituality associated with a theocracy where religion rules; for example: Iran and the total government and laws (based on the Qur’an) agenda.  What is to be substituted by the NAR is the Qur’an with their Bible.  It is the “taking control of the “Seven Mountains” (such as the legendary Seven Hills of Rome), but these are grand, or fortified mountains. It is to these mountains Jesus is to descend on his return to earth, and from these mountains Jesus and his army will wage warfare.

Dominionism is funded, in the USA, by the Republican Party (GOP = God’s Own Party).  Dominionists believe that Christians alone are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns—but there is no consensus on when that might be.   For the Weekly Planet, John F. Sugg wrote:

Dominion theologians … preached … that it was Christians’ job to take over the world and impose biblical rule. Christ would not return, they said, until the church had claimed dominion over all of the world’s governments and institutions … In 2000, the Republican Party of Texas declared that it “affirms that the United States is a Christian nation.” Last month, [February 11, 2004,] that sentiment reached the national level. The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 was introduced into Congress.   Among the sponsors of the bill are Rep. Robert Aderholt (Alabama), Rep. Michael Pence (Indiana), Sen. Richard Shelby (Alabama), Sen. Zell Miller (Georgia), Sen. Sam Brownback (Kansas), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina).  The House version is H.R. 3799 and the Senate version is S. 2082.  The bill limits the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts to hear cases involving “expressions of religious faith by elected or appointed officials,” and be required to acknowledge Christianity’s God as the “sovereign source” of “our laws.”

If the proposed legislation had passed, it would have reached back in history and reverse all judicial decisions that have built a wall between church and state, and prohibit federal judges from making such rulings in the future. By becoming “the head and not the tail” the USA would cease being a democracy.

The “head and tail” too often spoken of by the NAR is taken from Deuteronomy 28:13.  It gives the chosen ones of god (NAR) the authority to rule (cf. Deuteronomy 28:14. 

Mushussu (Babylonian god)

NAR apologia is from the Old Testament–only small bits are from the New Testament, and then focused on Matthew 10:34.  The “head and tail” is not unique to Judaism nor the NAR, but is not unique with either.  The “head and tail” reflects the ancient Babylonian god mushussu [from Mushhushshu {dragon}]:  a hybrid creature covered with scales, having a serpentine head to symbolize wisdom that is why the Serpent in the Garden knew scripture and could debate Eve.  It had a head that had the double horns of the Arabian horned viper. It had front legs like a lion and the claws of a bird of prey, while its tail terminated in a scorpion sting; these gods were depicted without wings and thus walked the earth or crawled around trees.  The creature’s purpose was to arouse: to stimulate eroticism and sex, with the Babylonian Tree of Life being the erect penis that would generate life if worshipped with caresses.

Babylonian solar disk "Ashur" (Tree of Life)

The Hebrews called it “the Beast” (the talons appeared in the form of mathematical numerals: 666) and was transmogrified into Babylonian armies that fought on the fields of Gog and Magog (Hebrew: גּוֹג וּמָגוֹג‎; Arabic: يَأْجُوج وَمَأْجُوج).  It is a part of the eschatological and apocalyptic fantasy in Genesis 10:2.   The fiction that a warrior king (messiah: מָשִׁיחַ or مسيح) would rule over the earth from Gog and Magog is found only in the Dead Seal Scrolls: cf. Bøe, Sverre (2001). Gog and Magog: Ezekiel 38-39 as pre-text for Revelation 19,17-21 and 20,7-10. Mohr Siebeck (Wissunt Zum Neun Testament Ser. II, 135), pp. 173-175 and 311-315; read it online  (it loads slowly). 

1874 map of Gog, Magog, Gomer, Togarmah

The publisher notes, John alleged author of the Apocalypse, errors in attempting to make ethnic enemies of the people of Gog and Magog whereas there is no historical or linguistic proof of this fantasy; at best the ancient tribes were neighbors who refused conversion to a more primitive theology:

Sverre Bøe untersucht die johanneische Verwednung der verschiedenen  Gog- und Magogtraditionen in der Offenbarung 19,27-20,10. Er leistet damit einen Beitrag zu den laufenden Diskussionen über die zwischentextliche Beziehung zwischen der Offenbarung und dem Alten Testament. Bøe vertritt den Standpunkt, daß Johannes Ezechiel 38-39 häufig benutzt hat und daß es strukturelle  Analogien  zwischen  Offenbarung 19,11-22,5 und Ezechiel 36-48 gibt. Er schließt daraus, daß Gog und Magog in der Offenbarung nicht als Feinde Israels im ethnischen Sinn gesehen werden, da Johannes seine Vortexte  allgemein  zu gestalten scheint, damit sie der neutestamentlichen  Vorstellung  vom Volk Gottes als Christen aus allen Nationen entsprechen.

Babylonian tale of the evolution of Jeohovah

It  is a pre-Babylonian theological concept that comes from various Ethiopic

Initializing the Hapiru

tribes (then known as Mwluhha, who ultimately

Hapiru in Egyptian hieroglyphics and lore

settled in Sumeria) who settled into seven spheres (or districts).  These spheres were for the introduction of elements that would create gods who would give birth to demigods (such as Yahweh) and then to giants, and ultimately to man.  It would give way to the evolution of the Hyksos who were wanderers.  The Hyksos would enter into Egypt, and from their work as laborers, giving rise to a poor class known as Hapiru (Habiru).   From these people the Egyptian theology would be transferred into a local ontology that would be carried to Sumeria.  The material that was falsified, or plagiarized, became the focal point for the NAR and End Times ministries since it detailed the heavenly battle and final purge on earth that is only barely mention in the Apocalypse of John (the Book of Revelation): a work of fiction similar to Mel Gibson’s bastardized movie “The Passion of Christ”.

The NAR aims to re-establish these seven spheres and obtain complete dominance of human society around the world.  This message has greater power than merely opposing abortion or gay marriage as Jesus will make all laws and those who protest will be dispatched from life.  Surprisingly, the words of Wagner and his cohorts pass unnoticed by reporters unfamiliar with the NAR. This is tragic as the entire NAR theology is based either on Wagner penned fiction or ancient tales predating Babylon, Akkadian and older societies that have appeared in mistranslations or bad interpretations in modern writings gleaned from ancient scrolls and cuneiform inscriptions.

While the media is making calls to Perry camp now that the Texas Governor has declared his official candidacy, the NAR has a national contender that can count on to carry the torch of intolerance into the nation’s battle ground around the ballot box.  One thing, however, is clear:  Governor Perry is not the only state-level figure connected to the NAR. If the NAR prophets are correct, he will not defeat the current incumbent in the White House who, according to the prophecy, is guaranteed two terms.

Wagner/NAR broadcast that church growth was limited in some places because of demonic power. This will change when their candidate assumes office as President of the USA.  At that point, the NAR can initiate the process of “spiritual mapping”:  a geographical approach to demon-fighting.  Establishing geographic dominion over cities and states such as through the Iowa Caucus, and then primaries in other states, makes perfect sense on the way to controlling the USA and similarly dominating and ruling over whole nations that will eventually the world if there are powers that can be controlled.  This will come to pass, the NAR details, when it is closely aligned to big businesses (such as the Koch Brothers, who are numbered in its membership) that can rapidly funnel money into political races where the conservative elements, most of which are NAR adherents, have registered for a place on the ballot—at all levels, as with Scott Walker and the GOP in Wisconsin where $25 million was thrown into GOP war chest to fight a recall in August 2011, and Terry Branstad the GOP in Iowa (Branstad, a Norwegian-American Lutheran from Leland, Iowa, took an undergraduate degree from University of Iowa and a degree in law from Drake University, with some of his classmates musing that he slept through any course in ethics, which may have influenced his indecision and inaction when his son Eric, then sixteen years old, on August 18, 1991, killed an elderly couple: Charles E. McCullough, age 65, and his wife Jean M. McCullough, age 60 in a car accident.  The sitting governor did nothing and media focused its attention on the murderer, not on the McCulloughs who were passed over with the annotation “the elderly couple”.  Eric was fined a token $15 even though he was driving 10 miles over the speed limit and had been drinking alcohol.  What did happen afterwards demonstrated the father’s power over the agreeable legislature, as Terry petitioned the state legislature to amend its capital punishment law, but without affecting Eric. 

Eric had only minor injuries but was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, while the older McCullough had to wait for an ambulance despite sustaining injuries that would lead to death.  Many in Iowa questioned this decision. The hospital refused to comment after the accident, and when I telephoned, I was informed that the statutes of limitation had expired and it was confidential.

Terry Branstad (Iowa Governor) during an interview February 10, 2011

After Branstad served his final term [he filled the office of governor from 1983-1999, making Terry the longest-serving governor in Iowa history, he was also the youngest governor, taking the office when he was 36], Branstad became President of Des Moines University: a post-graduate medical school.  The appointment was political, but paid better than any other job Branstad had before.  After winning a return to the State House in 2010 that was funded with out-of-state money from the Koch Brothers and Tea Party supporters, he continued to collect his original pension as governor ($50,000), plus residuals from Des Moines University (in 2008, he was earning $357,000), plus his salary as a sitting governor ($130,000)–making him among the highest paid Iowans; however, his current salary will not reduce his retirement benefits, unlike other retired state workers under age 65 who return to service, because of a provision he signed into law as governor in 1992 that exempts retirees who return as elected officials from pension cuts, which many Iowans see as  hypocritical given the governor’s plans to slash public spending and his calls for shared sacrifice.  His clique of inept, marginally educated and weak on thinking members of the Tea Party/GOP who are more worried about protecting big-agribusiness from being exposed for animal cruelty than concerned about education in Iowa has taken over control of Iowa’s government reducing Iowa transparency in government by vetoing legislation that would have opened to the public the meetings and records of the School Administrators of Iowa, and his friend and crony who became Superintendent of Education has as much merit as Rick Perry’s chief in Texas), and so forth.

It is not surprising to see where NAR-related individuals have gained state-level power: they are rigidly conservative, Tea Party controlled, and bent on changing the entire fabric of civilization and culture in the USA. The most famous member of the NAR is Sarah Palin. She became governor of Alaska (resigning after two and one-half years to promote herself for the USA presidency), was the Vice Presidential running mate of John McCain.  Currently Palin is aiming for the presidency of the USA.

Little was said or written about her deep involvement with the NAR as Mayor of Wasilla.  There has been scant attention paid to her being blessed by NAR apologist and warrior Bishop Muthree, but it is now clear that she first joined a statewide “prayer warrior” network under NAR Apostle Mary Glazier when she was 24 years old.

Protest against banning books

When Sarah Palin first ran for Wasilla City Council in the 1990s on an explicitly religious platform, it was unprecedented for the town but perfectly normal by NAR standards.  Banning books from the public library when she became mayor was similarly unsurprising once you understand the dominionist ideology she embraced as the NAR is determined to control what is read, listened to, and seen.  It is quite possible that Palin sees herself as a chosen vessel through which God is working to bring this nation closer to Him, and with her demonic ability to attract large angry crowds makes her especially dangerous.   The only thing that could stop Palin is if there is sufficient proof that she was not the mother of what she claims is her fifth child–a claim that has been doubted since the child’s birth:  she never experienced morning sickness, never felt the constant urge to urinate, never experienced any discomfort in getting into or out of any vehicle, and never mentioned feeling the fetus/baby kick.  Sarah gave a speech in Texas, then flew back to Alaska, all the while having labor pains–which is next to medically impossible.  It is impossible if one blogger in Alaska is correct, that Sarah Palin had a tubal ligation (she had her tubes cut) after her last baby (Piper) was born, in which case that would make the baby the first baby by her daughter Bristol.

Westboro Baptist Church Rev. Fred Phelps (Kansas)

Governor (and former US Senator) Sam Brownback of Kansas doesn’t have anything close to Palin’s longtime involvement as a prayer-warrior foot-soldier, but he has played a highly visible role as a general while serving in the Senate before becoming governor. While in the Senate, Brownback spent years supporting the NAR’s “reconciliation” strategy with Native Americans, both sponsoring legislation and appearing at NAR events.  

Westboro Baptist Church protest

Brownback was the only sitting governor to accept Perry’s invitation to attend The Response, and it is worth noting that Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas: a state that is home to numerous fringe groups hiding behind the mask of religion (Kansas and Iowa have six active hate organizations, California has sixty-eight, and Texas fifty-nine).  The Westboro Baptist Church is among the most hate-filled institutions in the USA and is openly calling for the execution of homosexuals, demanding that couples stay married, that education follows scriptural guidelines, and so forth—all in keeping with the NAR.

In Hawaii in 2010, before now-governor Ambecrombie joined the race, both the leading Republican and Democratic candidates for governor were deeply involved with NAR. They had almost achieved their goal of making the election irrelevant for their purposes. This changed, as Bruce Wilson, wrote in his blog post, Christian Right Claims Both 2010 Hawaii Gubernatorial Candidates. It began with a quote from Ed Silvoso urging people in New Jersey to kill LGBT members.  Silvoso is a global NAR leader who is intimately involved with promoting the Ugandan “Kill the gays” law, and who has argued that Hawaii could lead the nation in assassinating homosexuals: “It doesn’t matter if the Republican or the Democratic candidate wins the governorship [of Hawaii]. Either one is already in the kingdom”.  Uniquely, the Democrat, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, is a Mormon, despite the fact that the NAR regards the Mormon church as being under demonic control — the same as the Catholic Church.  NAR groups even go so far as to burn the Book of Mormon as a form of “spiritual warfare” (taking the idea (misinterpreted) from the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 6:11-18:  11ενδυσασθε την πανοπλιαν  του  θεου  προς  το  δυνασθαι υμας στηναι προς τας μεθοδειας του διαβολου 12οτι ουκ εστιν  ημιν η παλη προς αιμα και σαρκα αλλα προς τας αρχας προς τας εξουσιας προς τους κοσμοκρατορας του σκοτους του αιωνος τουτου προς τα πνευματικα της πονηριας εν τοις επουρανιοις 13δια τουτο αναλαβετε την πανοπλιαν του θεου ινα  δυνηθητε  αντιστηναι εν τη  ημερα τη πονηρα και απαντα κατεργασαμενοι στηναι 14στητε ουν περιζωσαμενοι την οσφυν υμων εν αληθεια και ενδυσαμενοι τον θωρακα της δικαιοσυνης 15και υποδησαμενοι τους ποδας εν ετοιμασια του ευαγγελιου της ειρηνης 16επι πασιν αναλαβοντες  τον θυρεον της πιστεως  εν ω δυνησεσθε παντα τα βελη  του πονηρου τα πεπυρωμενα σβεσαι 17και την περικεφαλαιαν του σωτηριου  δεξασθε και την μαχαιραν του πνευματος ο εστιν ρημα θεου 18δια πασης προσευχης και δεησεως προσευχομενοι εν παντι καιρω εν πνευματι και εις αυτο τουτο αγρυπνουντες εν παση προσκαρτερησει και δεησει περι παντων των αγιων but the term “spiritual warfare” exists nowhere).  What is bizarre within in the NAR is that they condemn Mormons and the Book of Mormon but allow Mormons to join their “reformation revolution” like Hannemann.

The Republican Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, is positively Palin-like in his NAR enthusiasms: In 2004 Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona, dedicated Hawaii and its public schools to Jesus.  Aiona did this to show contempt for the separation of state and church and to prove to his Jesus that he would stand ready to fight for the Kingdom Come.  To the chagrin of both of the official candidates, longtime Democratic Congressman Neil Abercrombie entered the race and won.  The NRA was livid.

To hide its racism, as does the Tea Party (the NAR controls nearly all of it), the NAR branch of the GOP has been working to recruit conservative Blacks to enter political races.   The NAR and Tea Party/GOP know that if Perry is the GOP nominee and runs for president, his success may depend on minority voters.  Including minorities is the political arena with white people is unique within the NAR and is strikingly different from old-school fundamentalists and Jerry Falwell’s Religious Right. While the NAR is trying to form its own ‘Rainbow Coalition’ in the Religious Right, it is still excluding minorities (Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, and so forth who are homosexual or who are liberal) which the NAR frequently confuses and joins the two groups together.  

Maggie Gallagher

In 2008, NAR joined Maggie Gallagher in declaring Proposition 8 (legalizing same-sex marriages) was inspired by the Devil and under demonic control.  Then there are additional qualifiers: religion (you have to be their brand and mode of Christian, or a “Jew for Jesus”), of antiquated education (you can not affirm, adhere to or express any acceptance of evolution or modern science), matrimonial status (if you are married, you must stay married even if one of the spouses is in an adulterous lifestyle, molest children, and so forth), as marriage is termed to be “indissolvable”.  Lou Engelwants a new breed of black prophets to rise up and use their social justice civil rights kind of bona fides to lend authenticity and

GOP candidate Herman Cain

credibility to the anti-abortion and anti-gay rights movements by claiming, as GOP contender Cain states, he cannot change his skin color, but he can change his sexual orientation (a reality that is impossible as noted by both the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association (that has boldly declared that homosexuality is not a choice) and condemns “reparative” psychology and counseling as fraud and practiced by Marcus Bachmann, husband of NAR/GOP/Tea Party candidate Michele Bachmann.  The APA judged:

“The potential risks of ‘reparative therapy’ are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient. Many patients who have undergone ‘reparative therapy’ relate that they were inaccurately told that homosexuals are lonely, unhappy individuals who never achieve acceptance or satisfaction. The possibility that the person might achieve happiness and satisfying interpersonal relationships as a gay man or lesbian is not presented, nor are alternative approaches to dealing with the effects of societal stigmatization discussed.” [Position Statement: Psychiatric Treatment and Sexual Orientation, American Psychiatric Association, 1998].

It is the fraudulent, nearly criminal and totally un-American, practices of people like Marcus Bachmann that have led to the rise of suicides among homosexuals. There has been a distinct and numerically verifiable escalating number of homosexual suicides occurring in Michele Bachmann’s congressional district. The number of suicides by the LGBT community in Michele Bachmann’s district has reached an epidemic position that Michele refuses to address while new suicides spike.   Marcus Bachmann has lied regularly when queried about his “clinic” being anti-gay and conducting fraudulent and harmful “reparative” counseling whereas, in fact, the Bachmann Clinic is nothing more or less than a house of prayer where the alleged counselors “pray away the gay”.  As I have noted before, Bachmann does not have a PhD in psychology or counselling, is not recognized by the American Psychological Association as a legitimate practitioner, and is not licensed with the State of Minnesota to practice psychology; Marcus Bachmann is a fraud.

Both the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association’s findings on sexual orientation are accepted by the American Medical Association.   The NAR and GOP are working feverishly to rewrite history textbooks and popular psychology books so that their Weltanschauung takes presence over facts, and fiction is elevated to the altar of expediency. Pseudo-historians, such as David Barton, argue that Blacks were happier as slaves than living as free men in poverty, and that homosexuality is a choice and can be discarded like a used tissue.  Revisionist historians that are members of the NAR are now declaring that US Senator Joe McCarthy (R-WI) was a fervent patriot and committed no wrongs or injustices, that all Muslims are evil and working to overthrown Christianity, and similar distortions of the truth.  Far more telling is the NAR and GOP launch of “new history standards” that rebrand conservatives as the champions of Blacks, Latinos, Jews, and even women, and that liberals are the enemy intent on enslaving everyone, with no mention how a few superrich, like the Koch Brothers and Mitt Romney (who is personally worth more than $250 million), are buying elections regularly.  For the first time in over two hundred years of American history and judicial review, corporations are people: a judgment that was issued by venal Supreme Court conservative justices in the pay of the Koch Brothers and financially well-off conservatives intent on ending labor unions.  The US Supreme Court with its NAR judges (Scalia, Thomas, Alioto all who are ethically challenged) is beneath contempt, and it is insane for any rational individual to consider any rulings it makes as authentic, as the Unholy Trinity, joined by Kennedy, have made law a marketable commodity.  This became clear when US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is surprised that he has agreed to participate in a meeting of the so-called “Constitutional Conservative Caucus,” organized by evangelical extremist Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who is closely tied to End Times (the term “End Times” does not exist in the Bible; it has been misinterpreted in reading by charismatic evangelicals, who cite Isaiah 2:4 and 11:9, with the messiah coming before 2240 CE if one dates the creation of the planet as being 6000 years ago: Babylonian Talmud Rosh Hashana 31a and Sanhedrin 97a, Zohar (1:117a) and Zohar Vayera 119a; among Christians it is a mistranslation of Matthew 24:15-22, Mark 13:14-20, Luke 21:20-33.  Roman Catholics cite 1 Thessalonians 5:2, while mainstream Protestants define End Times based on Matthew 24:7-8, and Mark 13:8: both are mistranslations and misinterpretations as Matthew 24:36 states that no one will know “the hour of my coming” nor are there any special signs to indicate when the world will end.  A lot of this misinformation and bad translations came from the Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [Mormons] took up the End Times hysteria in the nineteenth century, based on Doctrine and Covenants 88:110.  Islam, also, has an End Times movement, basing its assumption on Qur’an 43:61 when the earth experiences a major quake, the core will break, and the planet become greater: Qur’an 99:1, 69:13-14, 70:8, 84:3-4, 20:105-107, 99:1-6.  Jewish, Christian, and Islamic opinions on Tribulation and End Times are not original with any of the three major faiths, for all borrowed heavily from Zoroastrianism:  Beit-hallahmi, B. (2004). “Death, Fantasy, and Religious Transformations”, Pivan, Jerry S. (2004) The Psychology of Death in Fantasy and History. Westport, CT: Praeger;  “A case study of Brahma Kumaris, a contemporary group characterized by an apocalyptic vision (kept hidden from nonmembers)”; cp. Moazami, Mahnaz. (Winter 2000) “Millennialism, Eschatology, and Messianic figures in Iranian Tradition” Journal of Millennial Studies, Boston, MA: Boston University.   While Hindus reject an End Times, they do argue that there will be a period of unrighteousness that will lead the gods into purifying the mortal race: Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV-7 and lead to the appearance of an Avatar) and NAR, vowing to “return the United States … to its theocratic base”.

Many of those drawn in by the NAR’s talk of reconciliation of religions and of sinners are quite sincere. What this actually means in practice is not what many expect. It’s not actually about hearing out real past grievances — particularly since Christianity itself often had a major role in legitimizing, even perpetrating those grievances in the first place, such as justifying Southern slavery with biblical arguments, as described by Larry E. Tise in his 1987 book, Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 (Tise, Larry E. (c1987), Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 (Athens: University of Georgia Press). Christianity played an equally important role in justifying the genocide of Native American people from the early colonial period onward, with Native Americans themselves often portrayed as demons.   Reading NAR literature shows it to be only rhetoric of reconciliation that is opposite the actions of the NAR / Tea Party actions.  What the NAR has done is started a de facto culture war.

In a guide to Talk2Action’s articles on the NAR, put together last October, Tabachnick wrote that “they literally demonize religions outside of evangelicalism, including burning of Mormon, Catholic and Native American artifacts, and excursions in which they claim their ‘spiritual warfare’ supernaturally damages icons and infrastructure of other faiths.” Only the NAR can be “Keeper of the Keys” (with their offshoot evangelical crusaders known as the Promise Keepers that had an annual income of more than $100 million a year, is chauvinistic and refuses women a say by the false claim that the male is superior as judged by their god; membership and income dropped after 1990, with women refusing to “stay in the kitchen, have babies” and be enslaved to their husbands; by 1998, membership and attendance forced the organization to lay off its entire staff; see the Promise Keepers role in “reconciliation” at “Promise Keepers make history with reconciliation rally in D.C.”, Associated Baptist Press, 1997-OCT-5) ruling the USA and all other nations in the name of Jesus who will come to assume his scepter and crown.

NAR Apostles and Prophets Conference

A report from the Trinity Apostolic Prayer Network website describes one such ceremony — held in Olney, Texas, on April 21, 2007 — in which Native American artifacts were destroyed.  The report has since been scrubbed but was saved by Talk2Action researchers. Central to this reconciliation ritual was the destruction of Native American artifacts, which had to be carried out by NAR-designated “representatives” of the Native American people. These were

Mark Wauahdooah

Jay Swallow, a prominent Native American “apostle” and Mark Wauahdooah who was voted out of office as the Comanche Nation Committeeman on April 6, 2011, an NAR-affiliated Comanche. Picking up in the midst of a detailed description, we are told, “Jay then proceeded to lead Mark in the smashing of vessels. One vessel depicted the snakelike features of Leviathan, and the other depicted the Sun god, Baal. They were placed in trash bags, and Mark used a dogwood rod presented to Jay by Chuck Pierce to destroy the pottery. It shattered into many pieces at the joyous shouts of the body of Christ. Tom Schlueter, as an apostolic leader of the region, was invited by Jay and John to lead the group through the Divorce Decree. (He was later told by “the Lord” to open the gates of Texas, by going through Comanche Portal which was to become an open door, to prepare for the revolution to avenge “the atrocities against the Native Americans – especially the Comanche Nation). Judgment was declared. The divorce was finalized. A crystal gavel (presented to Tom by Chuck Pierce) was used to declare the judgment…” Not one Anglo-American artifact was destroyed, as NAR considers Anglo-American artifacts holy have been created by “original” Christians.   No NAR member or official bothered to ask any Native American for his or her thoughts, for Native Americans are not considered to be “white people, like Jesus”.  The Jesus of the New Testament would not have been a caucasian; instead this Jesus would have been a Semitic Caucasian (olive-toned skin); if those who study the Bible use Revelation/Apocalypse 1:15, the author’s Jesus would have been dark-skinned, and have white hair (1:14) both which come from the Babylonian lore found in Daniel 7:9.  He would have been old–not 33 at the time Bible writers claim he died.  Most early theologians, such as Justin Martyr, insisted that Jesus was physically unprepossessing, with “no beauty that we should desire him”, following Isaiah 53:2.  Celus states that Jesus was “short and ugly” in his Λόγος Ἀληθής (about Origen, and Origen did not criticize his pictorialization of Jesus) in 177 CE.

The NAR leaders endorsing Perry’s prayer event had nothing to say to Native Americans who saw such acts of cultural destruction as a continuation of past hostility, even genocide, as those actions were acceptable and excusable in the process of reconciliation. Reconciliation, according to the NAR means that those outside of the Chosen had to give up their heritage and everything they have held dear for generations and accept and adopt that which the NAR believes is “worthy.”  Native Americans, the NAR mused, had to understand that before they came to Jesus Christ they were possessed by demons!  To cleans them of their forefathers’ sin, they had to suffer and watch Christians smash still more artifacts, the same way that Pat Robertson declared that the Haitians were punished with hurricane winds that destroyed their homes and villages—and would have to suffer again until the NAR’s vengeful, hate-filled god was satisfied that their spirit was broken and they would submit to the rule of Jesus in the same way as Muslims submit to Islam. “The beatings will continue until morale improves.” That is the logic? intelligent reporters to ask.

NAR propaganda has no proof, yet people believe in it—in desperation. USA citizens are especially vulnerable, with the collapsing economy that began its downward spiral in 2002 with the wrongful war in Iraq. 

As depression set in, people began to seek alternative forms of life and worship—with many traditional churches rejecting innovations and seeking a return to a legendary past where all was allegedly tranquil. For this reason, many of the conservative churches, including within the Episcopal community turned to the ultra conservative branches in Africa where the bishops and archbishops are not well-educated but preach a literal interpretation of the Bible that gives comfort to those felt betrayed by the advances in science and psychology. To this end, many Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal movements turned to African preachers who were either self-ordained or ordained by others whose credentials are suspect. For example, consider the case of Kenyan witch-hunter Thomas Muthee who claimed he could cure diseases, discover and destroy witches, determine who would be the best candidate for political office, and detail how government should be run and on what budget.

Flying from Kenya to Alaska, Muthee called out Sarah Palin for a special anointing.  A video of Muthee anointing Sarah Palin came to light during the 2008 campaign, but little of the background involved made it into the corporate media or other sources save for YouTube that even exposes “holy laughing” that is popular in Australia and Palin brought it to Alaska and attends when she was in Juneau.

Far from being an obscure backwoods figure, Muthee was one of the stars of a 1999 video, the first in the Transformations series, a pseudo-documentary series advancing strategic-level spiritual warfare that is advertised as having been seen by 200 million people in 70 languages.  Muthee’s reputation was reputedly established by vanquishing a Kenyan “witch” around 1990, as recounted in that video.  This lead to a spiritual, moral and cultural revival, with plummeting crime rates and joy for all.  There’s just one problem: It’s not true. The vanquished “witch” was (and still is) actually a rival preacher. She did not leave her home nor her church. In fact, she never went anywhere. On October 15, 2008, a leading British newspaper, The Telegraph, ran a story datelined Nairobi by Nick Wadhams, with the headline reporting “False claims exposed of Kenyan pastor who protected Sarah Palin from witches”. The article contained this information: “In fact, Mama Jane never left. She is a pastor just down the road from Muthee’s Word of Faith Church.” Mama Jane commented: “Muthee is saying that this was a place of witch doctors. Where do you see the witch?” asked Mama Jane, whose real name is Jane Njenga.” Further down, Wadham wrote, “Rival pastors in Kiambu now denounce Muthee for his treatment of Mama Jane: ‘You cannot make personal gain on crucifying a woman,’ said an ally of Mama Jane, Pastor Gideon Maina. ‘As a man of God, you don’t make your name by stepping on other people’s names.’” Nor were Muthee’s claims of dramatic quality-of-life improvements backed up by facts, either. Indeed, a nine-page 2002 letter from a Dutch Christian work group “Back to the Bible” found numerous factual problems in the various segments of the first two “Transformations” videos that had been released at the time. Regarding Muthee’s claims, they wrote:

“We are told in the video that this area had the worst reputation in the land and was full of violence and rape. But this is not backed up by police reports, authorities of justice or any other official source. There are also no official reports of reform because of the “revival.” We do realize that often things work differently in an African land, so we consulted the magazine “Internationale Samenwerking” (International Co-operation) of the Dutch Ministry of development aid. In this paper, there is no report of a decline in crime during the last years in Kenya.”

When various Christian groups argue against NAR, it asks the question:  Is the NAR “Christian”? Other conservative Christians, especially Pentecostals including Assemblies of God have been highly critical of NAR doctrines and practices. Both NAR doctrines and practices have repeatedly labeled as “unbiblical.” An extensive critique can be found in the 2002 book Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare: A Modern Mythology? by Bishop Michael Reid, who has three degrees from Oral Roberts University (none of any value, as a degree from ORU is equal to one from Bob Jones University where religiosity is more important than academic learning), including an honorary Doctorate of Divinity, and a gay sex scandal (his conservative website Christian Congress for Traditional Values went down almost immediately after the news broke) just like Wagner’s long-time close associate, Ted Haggard, as well as rape. Other critical voices from conservative Christians can be easily found online, repeating many of the same criticisms. Wagner brags that the NAR is the most significant change in how Christianity is practiced since the Protestant Reformation, and all critics agree — except, they say, it’s changed so much that it’s no longer consistent with the Bible. 

Paul Rosenberg, the Senior Editor of Random Lengths News, published an article on the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and called it the USA version of the Taliban: determined to take over, and to destroy, the world and its artifacts in the same way the Taliban dynamited the great Buddha statues that stood guard along the famed silk route.  The Taliban, like Cronus, ate its own children; so, too, has the NAR that continues to cannibalize its members while fighting to establish a new world order and rewrite history so that it glorifies the NAR and their god.

When it comes to matters that routinely are documented by authorities, the NAR’s record for truthfulness does not warrant any reporter treating them as a reliable source.  The clergy of the NAR have the least credibility and the veracity of their comments doubted. The lack of honesty in the NAR finds few challengers. People are afraid to call “men of faith” liars, and so the lies remain and grow.  Blaming liberals and Democrats for America’s racist past is par for the course in NAR circles. The Republicans (Whigs) were also slave owners, including Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and so forth. 

The NAR and its allies rely heavily on self-trained “historian” David Barton, who, along with many others, not just on the religious right, but among conservatives and Republicans more generally, fail to be factual, offer citations as to where they found their information, or substantiate it based on precise interpretation skills requiring knowledge of the time, clime, position and prowess of those they discuss. Barton is among those who fantasize history, especially the history of the USA. He argues, without substantiation, that American colonies and the American nation were established as a Christian entities — a claim that professional historians reject with mountains of evidence to the contrary, not least the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, which explicitly states, “The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

Barton’s argument blaming liberals and Democrats for America’s racism depends on a double deception: First, Barton focuses on pre-1960s history, the time period when the national Democratic Party decisively broke with its racist past (although state Democratic parties did not in the southern tier) — and set in motion the long-term decline of its support among Southern whites. The Republicans immediately took advantage of this break between northern and southern Democrats with Barry Goldwater’s candidacy in 1964, when his home state of Arizona was the only non-Southern state the GOP carried. It was a complete reversal of the 1956 election. This minor detail — later cemented into the long-term electoral “Southern Strategy” under Richard Nixon (Boyd, James (May 17, 1970). “Nixon’s Southern strategy: ‘It’s All in the Charts'”. The New York Times. pp. 215) — is completely missing from Barton’s account. A second deception is that Barton presents the impression that racist Democrats (who predominated most heavily in the South) were synonymous with liberals, while anti-racist Republicans were conservatives.

It is true that anti-racist Republicans in the 1960s were the much-maligned “Rockefeller Republicans,” whose movement conservatives worked very hard to drive out of the party, and it was transmogrified into the GOP of Ronald Reagan who plunged the racist stake deep into the breast of the Republican Party, tearing it from the Big Tent he promised that would include everyone for as he said in 1980 “I believe in states’ rights” even if that included murdering teenagers protesting Jim Crow laws, as Reagan was a racist on the order of Trent Lott and the Republicans he brought into Congress (Apple, R.W. Jr. (September 19, 1996). “G.O.P. Tries Hard to Win Black Votes, but Recent History Works Against It”. The New York Times). 

Alice Peterson's book

Barton, however, does not go far enough to the right for the NAR, leading the NAR to create its own alternative history. In her book Bridging the Racial and Political Divide: How Godly Politics Can Transform A Nation (self-published under the imprint of Transformational Publications {October 29, 2010}; it is not registered with the Library of Congress, WorldCat, or any other library organization that catalogues books), Texas apostle Alice Peterson (Founder and President of Justice at the Gate in San Antonio, TX) not only ignores the mass exodus of racist whites from the Democratic Party, but asserts a continuity over time based on an “invisible network of evil comprising an unholy structure,” which she then identifies with the biblical figure Jezebel ( אִיזֶבֶל / אִיזָבֶל) (the name would translate as Isabel or Elizabeth c. ninth century BCE) daughter of Ethbaal, King of Tyre (Phoenicia) and the wife of Ahab, king of north Israel, great-aunt of Dido, Queen of Carthage, interpreted not as the human figure she actually is in the Bible (1 Kings 18; in the Syro-Phoenician language Jezebel or Iz-ba’al may mean “the Lord (Ba’al) exists/exalts” and was the name for the “King of Heaven” 1 Kings 18:40), but instead as a demon. Roger Williams, the founder of the colony of Rhode Island, and co-founder and pastor of the First Baptist Church in America, also used the Jezebel story in his The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience, but not in the way of NAR apologists. Williams wrote of Naboth and Jezebel as an example of how God disfavor the use of government force in religious matters. Williams believed using force in the name of religion would lead to political persecution, contrary to the Bible’s teachings, and thus warned his parishioners not to become involved with government—the exact opposite thesis as that of the NAR. This would lead the Danbury Baptists to ask Thomas Jefferson to clarify a wall separating church and state. 

Nowhere in Peterson’s account is there any hint that Blacks became Democrats when Democrats renounced their racist past during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, and Republicans eagerly wooed tens of millions of White racist Democrats who fled their party as a result so that by 1984 most Democrats switched to the Republican Party. This was most clearly seen when the last Democrat elected to a Dallas county trial court was John Creuzot in 1992 and then promptly switched parties to continue as a judge. Impressively, this domination continued even during Gov. Ann Richards’ turn in the statehouse. While Richards appointed Democrats to fill empty benches during her tenure (between elections, the governor fills empty district courts, while county commissioners fill vacant county courts) before losing to George W. Bush and his running mate Rick Perry (who was already known to be a closeted homosexual, and aligned himself with NAR and evangelical extremists to stay in power), straight Republican voting picked them off at every election, leading Republican judges in Dallas County to rule against any plaintiff that was known to be a Democrat or Democratic sympathizer.

Alice Peterson

The make-believe “reconciliation” that Peterson writes about has nothing to do with spiritual truth, and everything to do with historical lies: the very foundation of the NAR. This is a typical example of how the NAR reinvents the Bible for their own political purposes, as the same demon has been associated with the Democrats at least since the 1860s and through the days of lying by Rick Perry and NAR.  Simple subjects such as LBJ’s heroic arm-twisting passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — and Nixon’s race-based “Southern Strategy” to lock up Southern whites for the GOP — are without any historical significance so far as Peterson is concerned, for she has neither the skills, the tools, nor the knowledge to do solid and reliable, verifiable research.  Lest anyone question her too closely, Peterson assures us that she has actually seen the demon Jezebel with her own two eyes — and not only Jezebel, but a few smaller demons beneath her skirt. That may be true, as in the Syro-Phoenician language, Jezebel means “promiscuous” and “promiscuity”. 

Read Rosenberg’s rejoinder to the NAR, and enjoy an excellent summary at the Blue Voice.  Jezebel may assuredly be beneath Peterson’s dress.

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Texas Gov Rick Perry, NAR, and destroying democracy worldwide

Rick Perry Texas Governor and Evangelist for the NAR

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

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

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

John Hagee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eddie & Alice SmithDennis and Ginger Lindsey

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

Joe & Becky Keenan

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

Jose & Magda Hermida

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

Benedict XIV

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

Bishop John Yanta (Amarillo TX)

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

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

Bishop Rene Henry Garcia (Corpus Christi TX)

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

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

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

Don Finto

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

Marty Waldman

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

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

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

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

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

Texas secession and Rick Perry

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

Kathryn Ann Bailey Hutchison

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

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

Tea Party supporters were Dixiecrats

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

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

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

Taking a leaf from the sordid writings of Martin Luther, Perry argues that a woman is the property of a man and as such it is the man who will make the decisions for her.  Luther said of women: “. . . when women speak well, it is not praiseworthy. It befits them to stammer and not be able to speak well; that adorns them much better.” [WA, TR IV, no. 4081, pp. 121-122] “as women cannot be chaste nor pure as nature did not endow them with these attributes” [Letter to Three Nuns, Wittenberg, 6 August 1524, WA, BR III, no. 766, pp. 326-328] for “And who can enumerate all the ludicrous, ridiculous, false, vain, and superstitious ideas of this seducible sex? From the first woman, Eve, it originated that they should be deceived and considered a laughing-stock.” [Sermon on the Ten Commandments, 1516, WA I, p. 407] {All quotations are translated from the German original Werk by Martin Luther.} 

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

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

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

Carol Alvarado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TX Representative Dawnna Duke

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

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

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

Texas unemployment rate

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

Texas subprime mortgage rates

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

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

Jim Hightower

Secretary of Agriculture and lifelong Texan Jim Hightower wrote:

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

Monthly rate late mortgages

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

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

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

Intelligent Design creation museum

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

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

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

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

Don McLeroy chair Texas State Board of Education (2007)

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

Texas teachers protest in Austin

Texas teachers protest Perry's paring school funds

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

Texas teachers protest inside the capitol building

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

Peggy Venable (Americans for Prosperity)

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

David (L) and Julia Koch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Perry: “Abstinence works.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geoff Connor

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

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

James Leininger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael D. McKinney and A&M students

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

Robert M. Berdahl

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

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

Charles (L), David (R) Koch

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

Chris Gober

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

Harold Simmons

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

Montgomery noted:

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

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

C. Peter Wagner

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

Bishop Muthee blessing Sarah Palin for summoning prayer warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pat Boone with Tim & Beverly LeHaye on Praise the Lord

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

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

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

Bill Bright 1921-2003

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

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

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

Wagner's book on spiritual warfare (numerous translations)

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

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

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

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

Michael S. B. Reid

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

Benson Andrew Idahosa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earl Paulk with TBN favorite, Dottie Rambo

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

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

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

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

Ted Haggard became news beyond the NAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Percent of Hispanics in Continental USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cameron Todd Willingham and son

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

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

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

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

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

Humberto Leal Garcia Jr.

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

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

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

Stephen Langa (Uganda pastor)

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

Lou Engle anoints Mike Huckabee May 2009

Atlanta-based Pastor Fred Hartley of the Lilburn

Julius Oyet (Lifeline Ministries)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas A&M 1969

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

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

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Murder in the name of Christ

There is a Jesus in the New Testament that few Christians know.  According to Luke 7:34, Jesus was “a gluttonous man and a winebibber” (εληλυθεν ο υιος του ανθρωπου εσθιων και πινων και λεγετε ιδου ανθρωπος φαγος και οινοποτης τελωνων φιλος και αμαρτωλων).  Not only did he drink wine, according to numerous critics, but was hot-tempered who “came not to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34: μη νομισητε οτι ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην επι την γην ουκ ηλθον βαλειν ειρηνην αλλα μαχαιραν).  The private life of Jesus was equally suspect; for example, the common thought is that Jesus went into the garden to pray before he was arrested and executed; however, what is strange is that when he left the garden he was followed by a naked youth (και εις τις νεανισκος ηκολουθει αυτω περιβεβλημενος σινδονα επι γυμνου και κρατουσιν αυτον οι νεανισκοι ο δε καταλιπων την σινδονα γυμνος εφυγεν απ αυτων. Mark 14:51-52; note especially he fled naked, leaving his garment behind (NIV), or but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked (ESV), or But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked (New American Standard) which comes closest to the ancient scrolls (the International Standard Version 2008 is close: he left the linen sheet behind and ran away naked), for what the youth (maximum age of 18) wore was a sheet used in ritual orgies similar to ancient Egypt). For a discussion of this incident, see Arthur Frederick Ide, Catechism of Family Values Based on the Bible with an introduction by Decherd Turner.  Arlington, TX: Liberal Arts Press, 1993, p. 206; cp. my forthcoming book Nudity in the New Testament and the life of Jesus Christ.  It must be noted, as we find in Hippolytys, Apostolic Tradition, 21:3, 5, 11, that nudity was equated in the ancient past through the first centuries of the current with “the Holy Spirit” especially in baptisms and holy ceremonies after the days of the Babylonian captivity: B. Yebamot 47.b [see my translation of the ancient Hebrew in my Nudity and Spirituality in Ancient Israel, pp. 233-241] as it was in the early christian communities who demanded it as a testimony of one being “born again” or “reborn”.)  This follows the nightmare of John in Revelation 6:4, where Jesus’ sword will be bigger than that of any mortal (και εξηλθεν αλλος ιππος πυρρος και τω καθημενω επ αυτω εδοθη αυτω λαβειν την ειρηνην απο της γης και ινα αλληλους σφαξωσιν και εδοθη αυτω μαχαιρα μεγαλη) which has been excused as a way to “(βαλλειν) the Roman sword, to cut off a disobedient and rebellious nation” (http://clarke.biblecommenter.com/matthew/10.htm). Jesus’ violent behavior has been excused by many as “holy wrath,” as when he overturned tables of money changers in the Temple (Matthew 21:12: και εισηλθεν ιησους εις το ιερον και εξεβαλεν παντας τους πωλουντας και αγοραζοντας εν τω ιερω και τας τραπεζας των κολλυβιστων κατεστρεψεν και τας καθεδρας των πωλουντων τας περιστερας; there is an interesting twist that The Family gives to the military, justifying theft when the troops are on the march in 12:1: εν εκεινω τω καιρω επορευθη ο ιησους τοις σαββασιν δια των σποριμων οι δε μαθηται αυτου επεινασαν και ηρξαντο τιλλειν σταχυας και εσθιειν and verse 12: ποσω ουν διαφερει ανθρωπος προβατου ωστε εξεστιν τοις σαββασιν καλως ποιειν; Mark 11:15-16; Luke 19:45; John 2:14-15) even though this action matches the destruction of the sanctuary of Baal and its priesthood (2 Kings 11:18), his claim of the exclusivity of paradise (actually a garden on the planet between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers) as Judaism had not developed a theology of a heaven but termed the afterlife to be Sheol (שְׁאוֹל a “grave”, “pit” or “abyss”) believed to be under the earth (an underworld; cf. Ezekiel 33: 21, 27).

The idea of a “god of wrath” (Acts 7:11: ηλθεν δε λιμος εφ ολην την γην αιγυπτου και χανααν και θλιψις μεγαλη και ουχ ευρισκον χορτασματα οι πατερες ημων  which takes from Genesis 41:54, and Romans 1:18: αποκαλυπτεται γαρ οργη θεου απ ουρανου επι πασαν ασεβειαν και αδικιαν ανθρωπων των την αληθειαν εν αδικια κατεχοντων) and anger and vengeance has long been a main artery coursing through the body of Christianity, leading to numerous butchering of people, torture, and murder. In this Yahweh and Jesus match the wrath of the Greek god Dionysius (cf. Ovid, Metamorphoses 4.22, 422, Homer, Iliad 6.129, Hephaestion, Handbook of Metres 13. 43, Apollodorus, The Library 3.34-35 (an English translation is at http://www.theoi.com/Text/HyginusAstronomica.html), Hyginus, Astronomica 2.7 (and English translation is at http://www.theoi.com/Text/HyginusAstronomica.html), and so forth) as the gods of old would be like the novice Yahweh and Jesus: Δεῖμος καὶ Φόβος (keep mortals in terror and fear).  This is the Jesus preached by the ultraconservative C Street group known as The Family.

Christian evangelicals and the US military try to match this wrath by going to foreign nations and encouraging the slaughter of those who do not meet up to or exceed their expectations of what Jesus wants of mortals.  The Family, as an organization, matches the Brown Shirts and SS of the Third Reich, and like Hitler’s elite assassins, The Family members down to the milk-toast faced would-be demigod Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), labor intensively to have all nations, such as Uganda, pass laws to kill all homosexuals (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html?_r=1&ref=world; cf. http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/david-katos-death-a-result-of-hatred-planted-by-us-evangelicals/media/2011/01/27/17015; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/evangelicals-implicated-w_b_814683.html). The US Air Force Academy actually indoctrinate all cadets in evangelical Christianity, claiming that Jesus wants “good warriors” and that obedience to Jesus is seen in obeying their superiors’ orders, evangelize their peers, and convert the enemy [Muslims]. In conformity to evangelical extremism of USA theological terrorists, the USA military actually produced guns with biblical citations to urge the men to slaughter as if they were Old Testament fighters (see: Joseph Rhee, Tahman Bradley and Brian Ross, “U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed with Secret ‘Jesus’ Codes”, at http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-military-weapons-inscribed-secret-jesus-bible-codes/story?id=9575794)/)

Jesus' guns with bible verses

Military concept of the Cross of Jesus

This violation of the separation of state and church is the result of two non-paid, non-faculty evangelists: Darren and Gina Lindbloom, who wrote in their October 11 newsletter seeking donations, “Praise God that we have been allowed access by the Academy into the cadet areas to minister among the cadets. We have recently been given an unused classroom to meet with cadets at any time during the day” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/11/AR2005111101650.html).  They are a part of a fringe group determined to use all methods of brain-washing to “win souls to Christ” and establish an earthly kingdom for a Messiah that has been returning for over two thousand years.  One of their primary goals is to stomp out homosexuality where ever it appears.

Uganda evangelical Christians demand that gays be killed 2011

Uganda has become a magnet for radical American evangelical groups. Some of the best known Christian personalities have recently passed through Uganda spewing hatred in the name of a god few know. They condemn that which most have committed: from sexual indiscretions to bold-faced lying. Most of these evangelical apostles bring with them anti-homosexuality messages that not only board on, but actual call for the murder of gay men and the rape of lesbians. Those with the most vitriol include “Reverend” Rick Warren (b. 1954), the infamous “pastor” of Saddleback Church that has made him immensely wealthy, visited Uganda in 2008 and has compared homosexuality to pedophilia (http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/30/warren-uganda/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/30/rick-warren-refuses-to-co_n_373605.html also a full discussion is at http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2011/02/us-diplomat-on-ugandas-bahati.html).  Missionaries from USA evangelical churches have stoked the fires of hate even among the young to the point that children march to have gays and lesbians murdered in the name of Christ (http://www.freeuganda.net/article93-Thousands-of-children-demonstrate-in-favour-of-anti-gay-bill). 

Children in Uganda are taught it is God's will that people kill homosexuals

Pastor Charles Galabuzi, on of the organisers of the demonstration, said that a Christian organization called Children with a Mission liaised several churches and parents from all over the country to organize the demonstration. “We contacted the various churches about the demonstration and they cooperated by requesting children from all over the country to send their children to participate. We also asked parents to send their children to take part in the noble cause. We are happy that they sent their children,” Galabuzi said.  Repeating the message of Adolf Hitler, Galabuzi claims that as Christians they do not support homosexuality and that they have come out strongly to tell all children in Uganda to denounce homosexuality and also to report any child they find getting involved in homosexuality activities. 

Jesus, for Ugandan evangelicals, is a god of hate, the son of a greater god of evil who will crush dissenters without  mercy, for the Father of Jesus is the author of torture, war, plagues, famine, hunger, and all other forms of violence.  It is the will and the order of Jesus in Uganda, that Uganda restores the death penalty for all gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Throughout Uganda there are images of Jesus with his hands dripping with blood from the throats that he has cut in his wrath against homosexuality.

Rick Warren in Uganda damning homosexuals

Discussions of sex are a special amusement for Warren, especially homosexuality.  He sees homosexuality as a choice (not as genetic) and a choice to sin in open defiance of god.  It is this defiance that Warren proclaims feverishly that will bring down the wrath and carnage of an angry god who will not tolerate any person who openly, and knowingly, goes against the “natural order” of things (Rich Warren fails to note that homosexuality is especially common in all species from moose to sea gulls, and all other creatures–who, according to Warren–are incapable of thought and less than the status of a man [he ignores the “creation” of women save to claim that they must be subordinate to a man, in the same way that radical Islam marginalize women].  Rick Warren, a friend of Barak Obama, frequently speaks one way, then “clarifies” what he meant with an addendum (see: http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2008/12/rick-warrens-controversial-com.html).  Warren condemns socialism, but his essays and speeches are filled with Fabian socialist quotes—all positive to suit his end goal (http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-radio/episode.php?episodeid=18342). Archbishop Rowan Williams of the UK Anglican church is even more hate-filled, denying that gays and lesbians have any rights (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/11/rowan-williams-lesbian-bishop).

Scott Lively, president of Abiding Truth Ministries (classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center; see: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/spring/us-anti-gay-activists-under-fire-for-), is a missionary who has written several books against homosexuality, including “7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child [from turning homosexual”.  Lively has no academic credentials in history but is he co-author of the book The Pink Swastika, which states in the preface that “homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities” and has started “Watchmen on the Wall” to push through anti-gay legislation (for a rebuttal of the validity of the historical research claimed by Lively, see: Erik N. Jensen (January/April 2002). “The Pink Triangle and Political Consciousness: Gays, Lesbians, and the Memory of Nazi Persecution”. Journal of the History of Sexuality 11 (1/2): 319–349, pp. 322–323 and n. 19.). In each invocation for violence, Lively extols the sword that is in the hand of his Jesus, barking that Christ would not tolerate a single homosexual to live.

Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-described former gay man who leads “healing seminars”. Brundidge, a self-described former gay man, is a sexual reorientation coach for International Healing Foundation, which purports to help people shed their unwanted same-sex attractions. Although Brundidge claims he is cured, it is common gossip in gay circles that he continues to “cruise” areas where gay men congregate. The International Healing Foundation was founded by Richard Cohen, who says he is a former homosexual who converted to heterosexuality, and claims that mothers are responsible when a son turns gay  Cohen’s therapy is unique. He claims that men who are “striving to overcome their homosexual desires” can do so by cradling other men in their arms or by screaming “Mom, Mom, why did you do this to me?”  A leading proponent of the Ugandan bill to execute homosexuals has been filmed holding up Cohen’s book, Coming Out Straight, and citing Cohen’s “work” as justification of executing gay men in the name of the love of Jesus.

(l) Schmierer (c) Lively (r) Brundidge

 Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality”. (See: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2009/12/09/17561 and more at http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/slouching-toward-kampala).  In northern Nigeria, gay men can face death by stoning. (See: http://www.truthwinsout.org/tag/don-schmierer/ and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

Yoweri Museveni

The Fellowship, (also known as The Family; see:  Sharlet, Jeff (2009) The Family : the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power. New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2009, and Sharlet, Jeff (2010). C Street : the fundamentalist threat to American democracy. New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2010) is one of the USA’s most powerful and secretive fundamentalist organization’, and declares boldly that it converted Uganda’ President Yoweri Museveni to its anti-gay brand of Christianity, which is the “intellectual” impetus behind the anti-gay crackdown. The clandestine organization’s leader, Doug Coe, calls Museveni The Fellowship’s “key man” in Africa. Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Family”, writes of the African strongman’ conversion:

“So,” Doug Coe told us, “my friend said to the president, “why don’t you come and pray with me in America? I have a good group of friends‚ senators, congressmen‚ who I like to pray with, and they’d like to pray with you.” And that president came to the Cedars (a religious retreat), and he met Jesus. And his name is Yoweri Museveni…And he is a good friend of the Family.” (http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/2009/10/4397/)

The Family has the conviction that Jesus of the New Testament wants a physical empire–a world that can be dominated by men.  The passages that The Family glories in are those that show Jesus without mercy, and always with the sword in his hand to wipe out sin and corruption as The Family determines.  Unique in itself, The Family is composed not only of national leaders (US Government and state governments), but would-be/want-to-be assassins who sit in state legislatures: not just from the Deep South of the USA but are found in growing numbers in the legislatures of Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and elsewhere. 

The Family has for years specialized in housing and indoctrinating members of Congress in its Washington, DC, C Street residence in order to “take back” the world for Jesus, and claimed a deduction from the IRS as being a charitable organization given to prayer (the IRS rejected part of that deduction in 2010).  The Family also has worked actively for years to influence both American politics and foreign leaders and had done so with great success, with the greatest labor performed by adulterers and child molestors.  Senator John Ensign of Nevada, Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford, and former Representative Chip Pickering of Mississippi were all denounced for adultery with Pickering actually engaged in this “immoral” activity within the sacred precinct of C Street and its prayer center.  George Rekers, one of the most duplicit prevaricators of truth, joined with James Dobson to form one of the most heavily endown hate groups: Family Research Council.  Rekers is familiar with The Family, and gave it yet another star to put in its heaven of holy activities. 

Rev. George Rekers

Although US Senator Larry Craig and evangelist Ted Haggard had their adulteries with males, Rekers is in a class by himself. A Baptist minister and clinical psychologist with a bent for “curing” homosexuality, the married–until the Miami New Times caught the Baptist minister and crusader against homosexuality, 61-year-old Rekers, in the company of a 20-year-old male escort at Miami International Airport. The couple was returning from a 10-day trip to London and Madrid. New

Rev. Rekers and "Rent-boy" in Miami

Times, which published its exposé in early May, got an explanation from Rekers: “I had surgery, and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.”  A photo, however, shows Rekers, rather than his companion, handling the baggage cart. The Miami New Times also reported that Rekers had recruited

Rev. Reker's Rent-boy Jo-Vanni Roman, age 20

the young man from www.Rentboy.com (“Lucien” , a.k.a Jo-Vanni Roman age twenty, who told reporters that he was “not hired to carry luggage, and did enage in sex with Rekers: http://www.towleroad.com/2010/05/rent-boy-george-alan-rekers-is-a-homosexual-who-enjoys-body-rubs-in-the-nude.html) a Web site whose graphic sexual content requires visitors to vouch for their age.  Rekers said, “[My assistant] did let me share the gospel of Jesus Christ with him, with many Scriptures in three extended conversations.”  This was hushed up by 2010 so that The Family could post a special “prayer breakfast” which was attended by all of the nation’s top evangelical leaders–with “sinners” (women) waiting outdoors.

The Iowa legislature is so corrupt and so filled with evangelicals that there are debates over who can give invocative prayers, with one Church of Christ pastors praying partisan and sectarian for matters other than the increase of faith: he paid to stop abortions, to correct lives styles, and similar rants. He is not unique but identical to the organized hate group: Army of God, and Ministry to the Unborn (Missionaries to the Unborn Iowa is located in Keokuk, Iowa).

Paul Hill advocates murdering doctors who provide abortions

(http://www.armyofgod.com/danholman.html, Paul Hill argues that it is justified in the eyes of his god to kill abortion-providers. 

Hill’s opposition to abortion at any cost, for any reason (including rape and incest, potential for child abuse or infanticide)  is shared by Iowa’s Tea Party legislators. Among this unique gathering of extreme right-wing Republicans, many of whom are members of the Ku Klux Klan that openly parade in small rural areas and dying towns where their young flee the state as job opportunities become increasingly limited and education is severely cut back “due to budget constraints” and governor more intent on making his second governorship a success that will also add money to his current Iowa pension that was built lavishly with terms as a legislator and a governor, there is little hope for progress or growth in Iowa. This is acceptable to Hardin County Tea Party Legislator, an ideal candidate for The Family and its power quest, Annette Sweeney.  Sweeney

IA Legislator Annette Sweeney (R-44 District)

represents the 44th District; Home Address: 21547 Hwy S27, Alden, IA, 50006; Cell: (641) 373.4899 annette.sweeney@legis.state.ia.us
Sweeney was born September 9, 19547 and has been married to David for more than twenty years. She has two sons, both attending Iowa State University in Ames, having been 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) for years.  Organist for her church, she has been a popular solosit and has been asked to accompany at many funerals. She lists her occupations as farmer and publisher, and to her credit, has sponsored some good legislation for veterans and farmers, but in the area of human rights her record is weak at best and has a special crusade to deny women control over their own bodies especially in disallowing abortions in Iowa. Sweeney claims that no abortion is justified even in cases of rape and incest and has the scientifically disproven theory that life begins at conception (see my https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/fetal-pain-and-science/).  In an e-mail to me the first week of March 2011, Representative Sweeney, typed that a woman had the right of choice: to choose not to have sex and thereby not to become pregnant.)   Annette Sweeney’s message of hate and draconian decision to nefariously rule over the lives of others is loud and clear: she would be another Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas and determine the lives of others (http://www.northern-iowan.org/congratulating-a-villain-1.2510418?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Northern_Iowan&utm_campaign=Northern_Iowan_20113101143).
Annette Sweeney has either forgotten or never was taught nor learned what a legislator is: a legislator is a person who works for the good of the commonwealth (that entity to which the individual was elected to represent).  The legislator’s task is to represent “the people”–a particular group of people (regardless if that group is the majority or if that group is the minority), and stand firm for the freedom of all people to choose their own destiny.  When I taught, in 1967, that at Estherville Junior College (now Iowa Lakes Community College) it was a “no brainer” but today theological terrorists and mental miscreants everywhere seem to think when they are the majority party that they have a mandate to rule on individual freedoms and human rights–which they do not have. When I  taught medical ethics in Lima, I found the same absurdity as Peru had gone through the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori who had transmogrified the nation into a image of Nazi Germany, and hundreds of thousands of women and men were sterilized without their consent–and that was as wrong as the churches of Peru dictating to the Congress in Peru that no woman may have an abortion. In all cases this matches Nazi Germany–a government the people voted in, supported believing that they were free,  and watched their individual rights evaporate with the march of the storm troops, nowing echoing in Des Moines, Iowa. Ethics apply to all people, not just to a few, nor to be determined by the majority in power.  Annette Sweeney is a disgrace not only to Iowa but to the principles of freedom that at one time in Iowa were sacred–and she is making national news with some unqiue statements that defy the imagination (cf. http://news.change.org/stories/iowa-legislators-want-to-put-animal-abuse-whistleblowers-in-jail).
 
Most of those who are anti-gay are neo-Nazis or members of the KKK and strong evangelicals (originally KKK stood for Khristian Knights of the Klan) and were evangelical extremists in all states including in 19th and early 20th century Iowa; today their numbers are growing according to the Southern Poverty Law association, with Iowa having a number escalating faster than previously thought possible.  They turn to women who hate women and fear lesbians to run for state legislatures, and while they come out strongly for veterans rights and national defense (along with weakening gun control laws), the message of these women when it comes to abortion matches the speeches of women in the Reichstag of the Third Reich–speeches approved by Adolf Hitler.

German pedestrians read Hermann Goering's "Nine Commandments for the Workers' Struggle," which included such exhortations as this one to German women: "take hold of the frying pan, dust pan and broom and marry a man." Berlin, Germany, May 1934.

Under Hitler, choosing abortion became sabotage; a crime punishable by hard labor for the woman and a possible death penalty for the abortionist.

“If the man’s world is said to be the State . . . her world is her husband, her family, her children and her home . . . Every child that a woman brings into the world is a battle, a battle waged for the existence of her people…. It is not true … that respect depends on the overlapping of the spheres of activity of the sexes; this respect demands that neither sex should try to do that which belongs to the sphere of the other.”

—Hitler’s speech to the National Socialist Women’s Organization, September, 1934.

The rise of Hitler extinguished these few sparks of national and international awareness of the need for family planning services. Authoritarian regimes always seem to find it particularly difficult to accept the individual need for family planning, and Hitler’s Third Reich invaded the bedrooms of its citizens before it moved its troops into Sudetenland and Poland. Within months of coming to power in 1933, the Nazis forbade the display of contraceptives and all birth control clinics were closed.88 Contraception was labeled the “by-product of the asphalt civilization,” and Hitler himself described it as “violation of nature, as degradation of womanhood, motherhood and love.” Abortions were termed “acts of sabotage against Germany’s racial future,” and prosecutions of abortion providers jumped 50% between 1934 and 1938. Attempts were made to register pregnancies, and in 1943, Germany at war across the world still found time to pass legislation introducing the death penalty for abortion providers whom “continually impaired the vitality of the German people by such deeds.” The regime that produced the concentration camps also sent a French laundress to the guillotine in February 1942 for performing abortions. (Cf. http://www.glowm.com/index.html?p=glowm.cml/section_view&articleid=375)

Nazi propaganda for big families/opposed abortion

Nazi policy encouraged racially “acceptable” couples to have as many children as possible. Because of the number of children in this Nazi party official’s family, the mother earned the “Mother’s Cross.” Germany, date uncertain.

— DIZ Muenchen GMBH, Sueddeutscher Verlag Bilderdienst

The Fraternal White Knights of the KKK of Boone, Iowa, boasts that their affiliates (eleven in Iowa) were responsible for “bringing down” Agriprocessors in Pottsboro. While headquartered in Charles City, Iowa, their biggest groups are in Iowa cities Cedar Falls and Waterloo (http://www.northern-iowan.org/ku-klux-klan-1.2188683). They KKK has now infiltrated Hardin County to get “responsible” representatives elected to the Iowa Legislator to “protect the unborn” and to “oppose the abomination of homosexuality” and gay marriages.  The KKK and the neo-Nazis already have a voice in the Iowa Legislature and claim they control nine Republican counties in Iowa who vote pro-life and anti-gay.

Pottsboro IA FKK of the KKK 2010

Among the financial backers of these organized hate groups are the Koch Brothers of Kansas who funded the elections of Scott Brown (R-MA) and Scott Walker (R-WI) among many others through their PAC and privately, as they, too, are members of The Family.

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

The Family, of course, recently made headlines because one of its key members, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) had sex with his best friend’s wife, while they were working together.  Later, when he admitted, that although he was a member of the ultra-conservative Promise Keepers (to keep the family strong) he committed adultery with a campaign aide. An attorney for Cindy Hampton and her husband, Doug, issued a statement on their behalf as Ensign phoned in his resignation as a member of the Senate GOP leadership.  An Associated Press review of federal records showed Cynthia Hampton received a promotion and a pay raise around the time of the affair at one political entity controlled by Ensign and a pay raise at a second. Her husband was an employee in Ensign’s Senate office.

US Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)

The hypocrisy of The Family has never been questioned, for one of the tenets of The Family is that it is acceptable to lie to further the Kingdom of God and end the rule of liberals (usually considered to be Democrats). Nevada Republican once called on President Bill Clinton to resign, declaring “the truth must come out.”  In October 2007, he was sharply critical of former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, who served in Congress for a quarter-century when he was arrested in an airport bathroom sex sting, yet was one of the most outspoken members of the US Senate condemning homosexuality. In 1993, Craig in his first term as a Republican senator from Idaho, helped to enact the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that states that if anyone in the military even attempted a homosexual solicitation that individual would be removed from the service (http://www.slate.com/id/2173102/; ref. http://mediamatters.org/research/200708280013; cp. http://alaskareport.com/news/z46613_larry_craig.htm). Ensign stopped short of urging him to resign but suggested strongly that he should.  Ensign told reporters: “I wouldn’t put myself hopefully in that kind of position, but if I was in a position like that, that’s what I would do.  He’s going to have to answer that for himself.” In the end, Craig served out his term.  In 2009, Senator Ensign was named one of the 15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress by the watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

US Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Another member, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), used one of the Family’ Washington properties to try to broker a deal to buy off the furious husband, who has since gone public with the Ensign scandal.  There is of course the quandary of what to do when females in the Senate, such as Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) have had their share of run-ins with the law, and in the case of Ms. Hutchison, was actually tried  for physical abuse of an employee and numerous other offenses in Travis County, Texas (see: Ide, Arthur Frederick: From Stardom to Scandal: the rise & fall of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Dallas: Monument Press, 1994 ) where the Travis County Attorney prosecuted. Ms. Hutchison was let off by a compromised judge on a technicality.

Few of the members have a flawless life, and most are tainted with an Armageddon philosophy of taking over the world for a Jesus who they believe was the first capitalist, and have nothing against Senator David Vitter (R-LA) who regularly and consistently was in the habit of dubiously picking

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

up whores in front of the house on C Street as an expression of Jesus’ love for all sinners (Louisiana reelected the man who was the spokesman for “one-man + one-woman, although he never clarified if it was one woman for life or one woman for a few minutes). This does not include some of its better known ultra-conservatives such as Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), among the most diabolical of all of the members of The Family, who seeks an immediate coming of Jesus in a blaze of blinding warfare and terror, or Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN). Bart Stupak is

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)

the best known Democrat (MI) who lives in a world of his own, oblivious to reality and the needs of all people. Stupak’s involvement with The Family has found that he has been chosen among a select few to rule over the lives and bodies of women.  He rejects the idea that women have sufficient intelligence to decide for themselves not only the destiny of their bodies but what they can do in this world.  Stupak is convinced that women were placed on this planet to serve men at the call of men, regardless of their own personal belief or interests.  Like all other members of The Family, Representative Stupak is pro-war, anti-labor, anti-gay and creationists (see more at http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=120746516).

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Charles (Chuck) Grassley is among the greatest hypocrites in the US Senate and a constant embarrassment to thinking Iowans. When it was revealed that AIG was rampant with corruption, and that AIG employees who had contributed heavily to his campaign chest, Grassley sparked controversy by suggesting that those AIG employees receiving large bonuses should follow the so-called ‘Japanese example’, resign immediately or commit suicide, while blaming the Obama Administration–although the bailout began under George W. Bush (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29733519/).  Grassley has consistently voted against disabled American veterans (he has the third worse voting record in the entire Congress: http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_detail.php?r_id=3483), and in 1993 was among 20 co-sponsors of a Senate bill mandating health insurance for all Americans. When “the Black President [Barack Obama] was sworn into office, Grassley, typically, retrenched, reloaded and fired off salvos of verbal ammunition in 2009 and 2010, thundering that the Democratic Party proposed a health reform bill featuring mandated health insurance, was a deal breaker  (http://iowaindependent.com/20702/grassleys-opposition-to-insurance-mandates-comes-under-fire and http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100226/NEWS09/2260353/1056/Harkin-Grassley-stand-pat-on-health-reform).  With Obama in the White House, taking up The Family’s cue, Grassley blasted that Obama’s Health Care plan would “pull the plug on grandma,” (a Tea Party favorite lie) although Grassley had voted in favor of end-of-life counseling as part of the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill (http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/08/13/oh-those-death-panels/)–the same “death panels” he said were in Obama’s plan (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-5237320-503544.html).  The change was political in nature, but he had long been affiliated with The Family and received a score of 100% from the National Right to Life (http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/scorecard.xc?chamber=S&state=US&session=110&x=12&y=11), Eagle Forum (http://capwiz.com/eagleforum/scorecard.xc?chamber=S&state=US&session=1102&x=8&y=5), and Family Research Council (http://www.frcaction.org/) all now recognized as organized hate groups that want to establish a Christian form of Shari’a law in the USA.  Deep into the pockets of corporate America, a stalwart in The Family who would not denounce the death campaign in Uganda against gays and lesbians (http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/family-member-and-us-senator-chuck-grassley-pressure-to-denounce-uganda-kill-gays-bill.html), Grassley hold the American worker in contempt, sees small farmers as standing in the way of the growth of agribusiness and a few millionaires that fund his campaigns in Iowa, and has expresses outrage at gays and lesbians (who found him showing any sense of basic human rights as marginal: giving the Iowa senator a score of 20 out of 100). According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, the industries that have been the largest contributors to Grassley during his political career are health professionals ($1 million in contributions; Iowa is the corporate headquarters of numerous health care and other insurance groups: http://www.iid.state.ia.us/reg_industries_unit/index.asp), insurance industry ($997,674), lawyers/law firms ($625,543) and pharmaceuticals/health products ($538,680). His largest corporate donors have been Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, Amgen biotech company and Wells Fargo bank that forecloses on homes without notifying all those affected, demanding the most personal information from employees that has nothing to do with job performance or skill, and has the least transparency of USA banks.

The Americans involved said they had no intention of stoking a violent reaction. But the anti-gay bill came shortly thereafter. Some of the Ugandan politicians and preachers who wrote it had attended those sessions and said that they had discussed the legislation with the Americans. The Guardian is referring to a bill, which is still pending in the Ugandan Parliament, that would make homosexuality punishable by life in prison and, in some cases, execution. Numerous reports, including an in-depth investigation by Public Research Associates, established that the bill grew out of Ugandan legislators’ relationship with the U.S. Christian right, which has expanded outreach efforts throughout sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. (http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/01/uganda_gay_murder_us_evangelicals_must_take_responsibility.html).  Among those claiming that the Jesus of their bible demands the execution of abortion providers, homosexuals, and others they consider “against god” (in the mediaeval world, the term would have been “heretic”), Iowa is pre-eminent and a state to go from.

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Bible Literalism & Ignorance from Iowa to Uganda

Bob Vander Plaats, President of The Family (Iowa)

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

USA Missionaries calling for the execution of homosexuals in Uganda

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

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

Rev. Ted Haggard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sermon on the Mount (Dore Bible)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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United Nations Votes Against Human Rights

Homophobic bigotry has its historical roots in a misreading and mangled translation of ancient Babylonian myths that were plagiarized and incorporated into various Abrahamic (The people and languages Abrahamic religions arose from were in fact of one people—Jews, Christians and Arabs [many who were converted to Islam, usually at the point of a sword] who all claim to be descended from Shem) are among the Semites] writings in the Middle East–starting with the myth of Abraham (who was nothing less than the Apiru (it is found in Akkadian cuneiform texts that show a uniqueness near ancient Sanskrit. The corresponding name in the consonant-only Egyptian script appears to be PR.W, conventionally pronounced Apiru) transmogrification of the Hindu god Brahama (move the

Akkadian script: Peoples of the Battle of Kadesh

final “a” to the front of the name) who was carried along with a petty agricultural god (YHWH) into Canaan where the northern barbarians, who later were known as Israelites who created the mythology for a desert deity encased in a large black stone and known as Allah, rewrote history. (The earliest recorded instance of the term is dated to the reign of king Irkabtum of the north Mesopotamian, known in the bible as Amorite of the central kingdom of Yamkhad (c. 1740 BC), who had a year named “Year when king Irkabtum made peace with Semuma and the Habiru.” This has been taken to show that the Habiru led by Semuma already wielded such influence in the neighborhood of Alalakh that the local sovereign felt obliged to conclude a treaty with them.  There was nothing peaceful about the Apiru—on the contrary they were known as a filthy and evil foreign people who could not be trusted. It was for that reason the character of Lot was developed—a man so distrusted he had to sit in the outer gate to the brilliant and enlightened city of Sodom.)

Lot's cave where he impregnated his daughters (Gen. 19:36) outside Zoar

The original texts of ancient Apiru mythology details how a “Lot” (actually a word for a separating group of people from the original nomadic followers of Brahama who had made war plans to sack and destroy the City of Sodom, which in its day was known as “the Golden City of the Gods”) was rejected because of the Apiru demand for war when the Cities of the Plain were in armed conflict. Lot had to sit in the gate to judge “his” own people (Gen. 19:1)–and only was allowed a house within the walls to protect him and his extended family. When messengers (malak [in Arabic ملاك, Hebrew מַלְאָךְ, Aramaic מלא]: the original meaning of the ancient script in the Akkadian language), and Lot addresses them as “My Lords” conferring upon them military distinction (nowhere do we find the word for “angels” in the original scripts) came, they were rushed in without going through proper channels of the registration of foreigners. When (according to Genesis 19), the city council learned of Lot’s deception, “all the people, young and old together”, including women (Gen. 19:4), gathered before the house of Lot to demand to know (register) the messengers.  Lot refused and offered them his daughters (a common action) “to do with as you wish” (Gen. 19:8, including gang rape, molest, or kill) which exposes the corruption of this “patriarch”–who is patterned after “Abraham” who sold his wife Sarah into sexual slavery three times (by which he enriched himself with cattle, sheep, men and maid servants, etc; cf. Gen. 12-13f) before stealing her back from the various kings to he pimped his wife.

The absurd claim that evangelical and fundamental Christians and Muslims make is that the City of Sodom (and her sister cities: Gomorrah and Zoar) were destroyed because of homosexuality can quickly be dispatched although no rabid homophobe will ever give up this favored whipping post.  Ezekiel 16:49 states, clearly, that “the sin of Sodom” was “pride, fullness of bread, the inability to put forth the hand to help the needy” and so forth–sex is not even matched.

The Leviticus code declaring that “a man who lies down with a man” (Leviticus 20:13/16; cf. Lev. 18:22) is frequently brought up, but it exists only in bad medieval to medieval to modern translations neglects the original response “as if he were a woman” (meaning that it was a betrayal of self-acceptance, or a pretense in order to issue “an effusion”). This injustice continued against Canaanites who accepted homosexuality as a religious act “dog-priests” and the effusion was a sacred act symbolic of nurturing new life in a field (שּׂכּבּ)—the act was customary at times of planting and harvest.

There is no record of any “marriage” in the Torah (the only qualification for joining a man and a woman was that the wife [a word that meant helper or house slave] “is a virgin; and the Hebrew word (one) references cohabitation without ceremony or registration. The word for marriage as a ceremony does not appear until the European Middle Ages, when Jews refined it into the words erasing and insulin, the actual ceremony for the marriage. “Husband” is a Babylonian word (Baal [בעל] which is actually from the Akkadian Bēlu who was the Lord of an Assembly or a chief over gods or warriors) that actually translates as “master”. “Sanctification” of the union (Kiddushin, קידושין) actually comes much later in time.

 If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed” (Deuteronomy 22:13-21). Interestingly, the contemporary concept of marriage appears no where in the later Jewish Bible, or in the initial Attic Greek Christian bible. Jesus goes to a “marriage feast” (John 2:2) only changes water into wine late during the “feast” (there is no record of a uniting ceremony). The text states that the host was upset as the best wine was saved “until last” (John 2:10f)—a notation that marriage was a public registration of commitment between two people (it states nowhere in the account that there was a bride nor a groom) and the purpose of the marriage was to “eat and drink until full” (drunk). If marriage was “religious” and “sacred” it is strange that the man who swore he would “fulfill the law” of Moses never married.

Not only did Jesus never marry—he never had a girlfriend; however he did let at least one man (John the Beloved) sleep on his chest (John 13:23, Luke 22:8)—and the only person he ever claimed to love was Lazarus (whom he “raised from the dead”—but who then disappears from all biblical account to make way for the advent of John the Beloved). Instead Jesus spent his entire public life around men, living with twelve, and having (Luke 10:1) 70 male disciples. In the day that Jesus allegedly lived, that would be considered the actions and traits of a gay man, as the only “married” man was Peter—and he lived with Jesus, abandoning his wife until she was on her death bed—similar to the way Newt Gingrich treated his wife (although Newt did bring his mistress to his wife’s death bed).

Evangelicals and fundamentals ignore the fact that Jesus preferred men over women, and find solace in the megaphone hatred of the mangled words of Saul of Tarsus (St Paul) whose writing latter has him stating that “effeminate men” (homosexuals) would not be allowed into heaven—but the original definition was lost: given to vanity, and it applies to men and women. But accuracy in translation has never been a strong part in religion, with all religions, especially Roman Catholicism and evangelical Protestants rewriting scripture to meet their own biases.

This crystallizes in the later “Koran” that appears more than a century after the death of “Muhammad” who was an illiterate camel driver–and who received Gabriel’s message while being deluded (to put it mildly) in the desert. He, knowing he could not read or write, Muhammad selected Remembrancers to listen to and memorize his tale of the Koran. They, in turn, remembered it and passed it to succeeding generations before it was written down—which gives cause to pause—as that was even the way the Torah and Bible came into being—with nothing being original. Out of this absence of academic accuracy come homophobic hatred, character and corporal attacks and religious sanctioned murders—now sanctioned by a once reputable, and respected institution that claimed to speak for all people: the draconic United Nations (See: http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?t=81139&p=3941839 and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thor-halvorssen/united-nations-its-okay-t_b_787024.html.

The proposal that was ratified to allow the execution of people for being gay or lesbian, or bisexual or transgender was sponsored by evangelical fundamental Christian groups and Muslims and Mormons. The fact of being a homosexual, regardless if the person practiced homosexuality, was not considered for this marginalized community was reclassified as being nonhuman and dangerous to the well-being of order. Religion quickly became the master of the United Nations, and all pretenses of the UN

Uganda Christians Marching

sponsoring and supporting human rights were erased by a vote after the Roman Catholic church, leaders of the Mormon cult, and representatives of Muslim nations (along with several from Latin American nations) demanded that “homosexuality be stamped out” (see: http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/6520779/latest-un-shocker-its-ok-to-kill-gays.thtml). Uganda and other African nations promised an immediate push to execute gays and lesbians where ever they are found (http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/uganda-kill-gays-bill-likely-to-pass.html) a move heralded by USA evangelical Christians, such as Scott

Scott Lively, Christian Missionary

Lively,  who claim that is the will of their god will not be outdone by the god of Islam and demands his share of human blood in sacrifice for the sin of homosexuality (see: http://www.towleroad.com/2010/01/the-nyt-looks-at-t-he-three-americans-who-participated-in-stephen-langas-uganda-conference-on-homosexuality-last-march-and.html and on Scott Lively see: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2010/05/24/22914, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9UGXSZDB7w).  

Iran hangs gay boys

Educated, intelligent, reasonable, responsible people will hold the United Nations in total contempt for its despicable action, its contemptuous and cavalier denial of human rights, and its posturing as an agency supporting and defending human rights. The United Nations must be stopped before other human rights erode into oblivion. Now is the time to withhold all money from the UN and all of its organizations that pretend to speak for the down-trodden, the

Iraq tortures and kills gays

marginalized, for the UN has taken up the mantle, the torch, and the arson of Adolf Hitler and has turned the institution into one so vile and nefarious it does not deserve any respect.  Daily the bodies of gay men and lesbians pile up in Muslim nations while the faithful declare that Allah is Most Merciful and that Islam is a religion of love, compassion, and understanding. It is the idiocy of Islam that strangles sanity and charity, and it is buttressed by the intolerance of evangelical extremists and fanatical fundamentalists in the USA who march in step with Fred Phelps and his Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church that not only condones but even funds the executions of those found “unworthy” of charity or the right to life and basic human rights.  In this regard, the United Nations has turned its back, collectively, on humanity and has sanctioned the most inhumane acts against all of humanity that finds itself to displease a few religious who claim their deity or deities do not recognize any person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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