Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ask Katie 7.27.06

Dear Doctor McQuery,

Many years ago--vanity prevents me from saying how many--I inadvertently created a religious movement which has become rather popular in the western world. My ministry was essentially one of love, peace, and forgiveness, but when I look at certain nations in the 21st century I see that my ideas have been twisted and perverted by hateful, narrow-minded people into a tool of persecution. I really don't want to judge anyone. In fact I once told my followers that they should only cast the first stone if they were without sin. On other occasions I told them to turn the other cheek. But the people who have twisted my ideas show no signs of forgiveness, compassion, or mercy. They wallow in sin on a regular basis and yet they insist on throwing the first stone. I don't mean to brag, but I quite literally have the power to deal with these people in the wink of an eye. Given the hypothetical situation that I have tremendous power and can do whatever I want to anyone, how would you suggest that I handle these apostates?

Yours truly,
An important prophet



Dear Prophet,

(Prophet? Really? Ok—whatever…)

Ok, let me get this straight: we’ve established up-front that you’re vain. (I mean, a prophet? Really?) You claim to have some sort of self-importance with a large group of “followers” and that your ideas are “popular,” and in fact, borderline “religious.” You assert that those who disagree with you are “hateful, narrow-minded people,” simply because they don’t submit to your personal form of mind-control. It’s a little on the extreme side, if you ask me, but I just wanted to be clear on what we’re starting with.

Now, you say you don’t want to judge. Yet, you deem those who don’t act as your little minions as some sort of heretics. You also say that these heretics use their disagreeing beliefs to persecute others but you also declare that you can “deal with these people in the wink of an eye.” Wow, yeah, I can totally see where you don’t come off as a hypocrite.

That said, it’s always a good idea to promote peace, love and forgiveness. Whatever your personal faults, you’re on the right track. Maybe take your own advice and show some of that peaceful, lovin’ goodness to the people? Fire and brimstone never really got anyone very far and as they say, “Kill ‘em with kindness.” I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you’re dealing with a bunch of bigoted, egotistical, myopic jackasses. They’re throwing stones like it’s going out of fashion, but…isn’t that what you told them to do? I mean, don’t underestimate a bigoted, egotistical myopic jackass. Generally, their hearing is just as bad as their flickering lightbulbs and so, they probably just heard “Throw really big rocks at people who aren’t like you.” In a sense, they’re doing exactly what you said. So, here’s what I suggest. Call a press conference, disassociate yourselves from these morally bankrupt preaching-pushers and make sure the real message gets across: make love, not war, baby. And, if nothing else, I guess obliterating them off the face of the earth in a mass-judgment wouldn’t be so bad, either. Good luck!

(And honestly? A prophet? That’s all you’ve got?)

Dr. Katie McQuery is a licensed psychiatrist with degrees from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia and Maui Community College. She has practiced psychiatry for over twenty years and published forty-seven books on the topic of professional advice-giving. Her newest book, Professional Advice-Giving for Even Stupider Dummies (a sequel to the smash hit Professional Advice-Giving for Dummies), will be out later next month.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

"WHAT A HELL OF A HEAVEN"

" WHAT A HELL OF A HEAVEN"
by Daniel G
Edited by Brandon and Advocate1


"I wonder if God created man because he was disappointed in the monkey."
From Mark Twain Tonight by Mark Twain and Hal Holbrook

-----I know that a certain bent of "person" will read this and immediately assume that I hate all Christians, and to that knee jerk response I would offer the following responses.
-----First, I am not responsible for the fact that some people like to project their negative or even criminal thought processes onto others. The fact that some people go through life thinking (or are they hoping?) that they are being persecuted because of their distorted view of a given religion is their problem. Not mine. My advice to them is that they either learn to love it or adopt a more rational belief system.
-----Second I do not hate all Christians--only those who call themselves Christians but who speak and behave more like Apostates from Hell then genuine followers of Christ. Which, if you follow that logic, I'm really not hateful of Christians at all!
-----I was raised as a Southern Baptist, and some of my fondest memories stem from singing in my church choir and lending a hand with some fairly complicated musical arrangements. The sense of community, the sense of being loved by a just, loving Jesus was a great comfort during my teenage years, but, as the saying goes, "all good things must come to and end," and when I finally, finally read the King James Bible in its entirety, from start to finish, without having someone on hand to misinterpret what the text actually said, I realized that this supposedly "holy" book (the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations in particular) was nothing more than a tragic fiction filled with contradicting examples of love, hate, violence, and outright sadistic savagery--all in the name of a sanguinary God whose thirst for innocent human blood seemed and still seems insatiable.
-----I suppose that in some ways the Bible is a litmus test. Gentle, loving people, tend to believe in a gentle, loving God, while angry, hateful people believe in an angry, hateful God, and that brings me to the topic at hand.
-----In recent months I have come to the conclusion that mental illness is a prerequisite for membership in the Pseudo Christian Right. Has anyone here visited a website called Rapture Ready? For those of you who are unfamiliar with this on line insane asylum, it is nothing more than an over-glorified countdown to the Apocalypse.
-----I kid you not.
-----This is a site that was clearly created by delusional totalitarian fanatics for the "benefit" of delusional totalitarian fanatics. In many ways it reminds me of the old countdown to nuclear war, the old clock on which midnight represented an atomic holocaust, but with a major difference. While intelligent, rational human beings considered a global conflagration followed by a nuclear winter and the eventual extinction of human kind to be an undesirable chain of events, the sociopathic freaks and morons at Rapture Ready appear to experience something akin to sexual stimulation at the mere thought of Armageddon.
-----Is that an exaggeration? Not really. Within the last few weeks the folks over at Rapture Ready realized that they had pushed the envelope too far, because they published an apologetic piece of brain candy in which they explained that they and other Dominionists do not become gleeful when they think about death, destruction, and the eternal damnation of those who they so obviously love to hate--an interesting assertion when you consider the imbecilic image of happy sappy Christianists euphorically dancing in the light of their beloved, homicidal Jesus which appears in the upper right hand corner of the home page. Just look at the way these people have been acting since the situation inLebanon raised its ugly head. Good grief, these people are positively orgiastic. They really do believe that the deaths of innocent Lebanese civilians are less important that the deaths of holier than thou Christians. (Can you say racist?) At any moment I expect these dyed in the wool religion addicts to tilt their heads back, curl their toes, and moan a long, lustful "ohhhhhhhhh myyyyyyy GAAAAAHHHHHHHHD!" as they reach a psycho sexual climax over the deaths of innocent women and children. They are positively reveling in this conflict, openly celebrating the violence, death, and destruction because they truly believe it will bring them closer to the End Times and an eternity with Jesus. They quite literally seem to believe that the death of innocence is a good thing.
-----So tell me, Am I supposed to think of these twisted, demented monsters as genuine Christians?
-----Of course not. To quote Thomas Jefferson on the insane rantings of Calvin. "The being described in his five points is not the God whom you and I acknolege and adore, the Creator and benevolent governor of the world; but a daemon of malignant spirit. It would be more pardonable to believe in no god at all, than to blaspheme him by the atrocious attributes of Calvin." I can well imagine what Jefferson would say if he were to encounter the Fundamentalist maniacs who are currently trying to overthrow the American Republic: "The being described in right wing Christianity is not the God whom you and I adore, the creator and benevolent governor of the world, but a fascist dictator. It would be more pardonable to believe in no god at all than to blasphene him with the maniacal rantings of the fundamentalist right."
-----These accidents of evolution are only a fraction better than the right wing, fundamentalist Muslims who destroyed the twin towers on 9-11. The crazy right- wing Muslims look forward to their 72 virgins.* By the same token, the right-wing pseudo Christians want to hasten the time line for the end of the word, and go to Heaven, where they will serve at the right hand of God Almighty for all eternity. The crazy, fundamentalist Muslims hate gays and lesbians--ditto to right-wing pseudo Christians. The crazy right-wing Muslims believe women should be subservient to men--so does the right-wing pseudo Christians. The crazy right wing Muslims believe that they have the one and only interpretation of their sacred text--so do the right-wing pseudo Christians. The crazy right-wing Muslims are virulently anti-sex and hateful of those who do not share the same religious beliefs----so are the right-wing pseudo Christians and so on.
-----Do you get the idea that the term "American Taliban" is an accurately descriptive one?
-----That may sound harsh, but when you read the site, and others like it, you realize very quickly, that it is nothing ore than an on line celebration of religion-inspired violence coupled with Christo-fascist hate speech against gays and lesbians. Violence and homophobia wrapped in a cloak of "Christian" sociopathy: That's a real indicator of mental stability. "Dear Prince of Peace, Dear Loving Lord Jesus, please come back to earth and prove how loving and compassionate you really are by killing and condemning to eternal damnation everyone who either called you by the wrong name or who loved and slept with a religiously incorrect gender. To quote the site:
"The great, loving God doesn't want this for anyone. He has moved Heaven and Hell to bring all men, women and children to himself. He gave His only son, Jesus Christ. What greater thing could He give? But God created us with a free will. That is, we can choose to love and obey Him, or not. It is up to us."
Of course what the site fails to mention is that the Crucifixion, as presented in the Bible is little more than a very clever (and at times, not so clever) swindle. If we accept the idea that God (Christ) was/is a divine being, then it seems to me that we must also accept the premise that God (Christ) is both all powerful and all knowing. Never mind the fact that such a being, by its very nature, must either be a sadistic tyrant or a mindless bungler. If he has the power and the wisdom to cure mankind's ill but sits around and does nothing, then we are dealing with truly warped being which truly enjoys the torment of its flawed creation.
-----Think about it.
-----We're dealing with a God who supposedly posseses infinite ability and infinite knowledge, and yet, from the opening lines of Genesis, he clearly does not have an idea as to what will inevitably go astray in the Garden of Eden. And when things ultimately do go wrong, the Divine Author refuses to take responsibility for the innate flaw in his human creation. Does he demonstrate the so-called forgiveness that he supposedly shows in the New Testament?
-----No.
-----In a fit of rage, he expels Adam and Eve from Creation and then takes his own sweet time in establishing a code of ethics by which is creations can govern themselves. Translated into the common vernacular, he proves himself UNforgiving and does nothing for thousands of years while countless millions of human beings toil, suffer and die under his narrow minded regime. Only after thousands of years and millions of pointless deaths have passed does it occur to him that he can actually forgive his own creations. And then, if we take the Bible at face value, forgiveness is offered with so many strings attached under such strict, narrow terms that only 144,000 people out of countless billions will ever be saved. Some deluded minds consider this an act of love, which tells me that some people have a really sick idea as to what love and forgiveness are all about. Im sorry, my dear friends, but I cannot worship a psychopathic higher power with a serious personality disorder.
-----On the other hand if God cannot do something about the world situation, then it tells me that he is either not all knowing (in which case I cannot worship an ignorant God) or he is not all powerful (in which case I cannot worship an impotent, chest-thumping bully).
-----So what does this have to do with the crucifixion? Plenty, because when you read the New Testament it seems as if the proverbial apple has not fallen too far from the proverbial tree. I said that the crucifixion was an empty gesture devoid of meaning, and that is exactly what I intended to say.
-----What exactly did Jesus sacrifice? Granted, he a spent several agonizing hours on the cross, but if we accept the King James Bible at face value-or more accurately the Fundamentalist bastardization of the King James Bible--Jesus was the son of God. Certainly he must have had some idea as to what would happen after he arrived in Jerusalem. He must have known that he was destined to be crucified. Indeed, he predicts his own "death" and resurrection. And that raises an interesting question? How can the crucifixion be seen as a meaningful act of sacrifice when Christ knew in advance that he would be crucified and also knew that he would be raised from the dead? Had he actually died and NOT been resurrected we would have seen a meaningful sacrifice, but if you take the New Testament seriously Jesus not only ascends physically to Heaven, he will supposedly return in a cloud of glory to judge the living and the dead, How can we call this a meaningful sacrifice when Christ suffers no real consequences as the result of that sacrifice. In this regard Christ is less relative to our every day existance than the tireless doctors, nurses, and emergency response teams who put their lives on the line every day when the save their fellow human beings from fires, natural acts, or criminal actions.
-----You could argue that the pain and humiliation were a part of Christ's sacrifice, but how many innocent people have been whipped, dunked, stretched, poked, and prodded, and either hung or burned at the stake in His name? How many people have suffered for years on end from horrific terminal diseases? Could you not argue that thef suffering of Jesus was but a drop in the ocean compared to the suffering of millions upon millions of human beings? When you compare century after century of human agony against the torment that was suffered by Christ on the Cross, and when you consider the fact that Jesus quite literally ends up with more power and more prestige than he had to begin with, a logical mind must again conclude that the crucifixion was an empty gesture from a snake oil salesman of a God who is long on rhetoric but short on results.
And people wonder why I have drooped Christianity and moved on to a more rational view of the world.
-----On the one hand, these megalomaniacal followers of Jesus will tell you that their precious God is a loving, compassionate Savior who died for the sins of mankind. But then, and often in the same breath, they will tell you that the Prince of Peace is a jealous, right wing hatemonger who will severely punish anyone and everyone for the most minor of violations. That's a real hoot when you consider the fact that many of these congenital zealots engage in what many refer to as "cheap grace."
-----First, they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, then they supposedly receive forgiveness, and then they feel free to commit new sins and abuses because they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (If I were poor Jesus I would be getting awfully confused by this kind of contradictory misbehavior!) They never really experience guilt because they know they have been forgiven--and that only makes them more prone to commit new and even "greater" offenses because they know in their heart of blackest hearts that they have been given carte blanche to hate and persecute. They seldom bother with guilt for any real length of time because they have so cheapened the art of forgiveness into an irrelevent, ten second ritual in which any wrong doing is simply overlooked--especially if it is done to benefit their vengeful, incarnadine Big Daddy in the Sky.
-----And that's odd behavior when you consider the fact that this all too often these are the same people who accuse others of moral relativism. But then again, when you a malevolent sociopath in Christian clothing you really don't have to expect anything in the way of logic--nor for that matter, in the way of benevolence either.
-----In fact, I would even go so far as to suggest that if the so called Christian Right--which is neither Christian nor right about anything--wanted to engage in some long overdue truth in advertising, it would refer to itself as the Dysfunctional Satanic Right, and leave poor Jesus Christ alone for a change.

-----"Oh what a hell of a Heaven it's going to be whan all those hypocrites assemble up there!"
From Mark Twain Tonight by Mark Twain and Hal Holbrook


* I really have to wonder... When male, Muslim martyrs kill themselves and go to Heaven to meet their 72 virgins, will the same 72 virgins be serving every male Muslim who makes it to the great beyond, and if so, are they still considered virgins after they have been "deflowered?" Or, will each martyr be provided with his own, personal harem of obedient young maidens? At the same time I also wonder about female, martyrs and right wing Muslims who die and go to Heaven. Will they receive 72, drop dead pieces of beef cake for their devout time spent here on earth or will they still be required to wear those goddmaned veils and serve males with a sense of pride and obedience? Just curious.

Daniel G




Sunday, July 23, 2006

CHRISTIAN TERRORISM


Mention the word "terrorism", and one begins to conjure up images of jumbo Boeings flying into buildings, buses being blown to smithereens, and other acts of terror being masterminded by turban-wearing, AK-47 - wielding Muslims and their mullahs, in his or her brain.

Which is hardly surprisingly, really. Western media, it seems has a knack of being too pro-Christian: Events being reported by American-based news agencies (CNN) tend to be biased towards Christian rights groups.

Any attacks by Palestinian terrorists will inevitably hit the headlines, but hardly do you ever receive news of the odd Christian terrorist, which actually does provide an excuse for Christians to trumpet and sell their wares, that Christianity is a religion of love.

The unbridled truth is, Christian terrorists do exist, and they don't come bigger and bolder than the irrepressible, enigmatic character in the shape of Eric Rudolph, which, coincidentally, is one of the most under-reported criminal in secular news coverage.

Considering the crimes he has confessed to, it is quite a flabbergasting cover-up, a travesty that no doubt characterizes the unreserved biaseness towards Christianity.

EARLY LIFE


FBI PHOTO OF ROBERT RUDOLPH

Eric Robert Rudolph was born in Sep 19, 1966 in Florida.

His early years indicate that he wasn't one of the brightest kids of the block: He attended 9th grade but subsequently dropped out within a year, after which, he attended university for two semesters at Western Carolina University in 1985 and 1986 before joining the military in 1987.

The military wasn't exactly his cup of tea either: Posted into the 101 Airborne Division for a year, he was allegedly given the boot for smoking pot, and was discharged with the rank of Private E-1.

Like most terrorist wannabes and their evil cohorts, Eric Rudolph perhaps developed a strong hatred for the secular world in his early years, due to his profound failure to make his mark early in life (Note: This may or may not be the case).

ACTS OF TERROR

Between the years of 1996 and 1998, Eric Rudolph inflicted widespread damage to American lives and property. Some of the crimes he has confessed include:

1. July 27, 1996: The notorious bombing at the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta:

The blast killed spectator Alice Hawthorne, and was responsible for triggering a heart attack and subsequent death of a Turkish cameraman. In addition, 111 people were wounded. According to his April 13, 2005 statement, the reasons behind this mass terror was politically motivated:

"In the summer of 1996, the world converged upon Atlanta for the Olympic Games. Under the protection and auspices of the regime in Washington millions of people came to celebrate the ideals of global socialism. Multinational corporations spent billions of dollars, and Washington organized an army of security to protect these best of all games. Even though the conception and purpose of the so-called Olympic movement is to promote the values of global socialism, as perfectly expressed in the song "Imagine" by John Lennon, which was the theme of the 1996 Games even though the purpose of the Olympics is to promote these despicable ideals, the purpose of the attack on July 27 was to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.

The plan was to force the cancellation of the Games, or at least create a state of insecurity to empty the streets around the venues and thereby eat into the vast amounts of money invested."

Regardless how you decipher his statements, it is quite clear that there is a religious element towards his motives, which should have granted his status as nothing more nor less than a Muslim terrorist.

He talks about his hatred for "social globalism", which was embellished by John Lennon's song, "Imagine".

JOHN LENNON, BEATLES MEMBER: GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Fans of the Beatles will no doubt be familiar to the 1960s band, which was actually alluding to a utopian world, free from religious tyranny and filled with the usual hippies-rhethoric:

Lyrics by John Lennon
Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven

It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

What Eric was most pissed off about the song may perhaps be the world Lennon alludes to: a secular world, ruled beyond the frigid world of religious doctrines.

The fact that Eric abhors abortion lends credence to this claim. He may have transferred this hatred towards secular America into a political statement, but it does not lend credence to his claim that his motives are of a political nature, since the reasons behind them are far too religious attuned to be political in nature.

2. Jan 16, 1997: Bombing of gay and lesbian pub

A gay and lesbian pub, "the Otherside Lounge", was bombed, injuring 11.

3. Bombing of Abortion Clinic

Jan 29, 1998: An abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama became one of Eric Rudolph's deadly targets. Rudolph fashioned dynamite bombs, which were spited with sharp, deadly nails to enhance the bombs' deadly effects. Police officer Robert Sanderson was killed, and nurse Emily Lyons was critically injured.

In his written statement, Eric Rudolph attempts to justify the death of the police officer, on the grounds that law enforcement agencies are in cahoots with those who are "guilty of the holocaust":

-Because I believe that abortion is murder, I also believe that force is justified and in an attempt to stop it. Because this government is committed to the policy of maintaining the policy of abortion and protecting it, the agents of this government are the agents of mass murder, whether knowingly or unknowingly. And whether these agents of the government are armed or otherwise they are legitimate targets in the war to end this holocaust, especially those agents who carry arms in defense of this regime and the enforcement of its laws. This is the reason and the only reason for the targeting of so-called law enforcement personnel. -
April 14, 2005.

For a man who classifies abortion as a "holocaust", his actions would no doubt have been amply justified.

Like most religious militants, Eric sees the world as a battlefield; deaths to their purported enemies, or anyone who are even remotely connected with the supposed enemy, inevitably becomes a convenient target, and really isn't a matter of dispute at all.


BIZZARE CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING TO RUDOLPH'S ARREST

Quite bizzarely, though, Eric Rudolph eluded law enforcement agencies for years: He became so notorious that he made it to FBI's ten most wanted list, becoming the 454 fugitive to make it to the notorious list.

How did he manage to elude capture is something that was to become something of a mystery, till the day he was captured.

On May 31, 2003, Rudolph was finally arrested in North Carolina by chance by a rookie cop. He was found scavenging for food in a garbage can behind a Sav-A-Lot store.

When arrested, he was clean shaven, with a trimmed mustache, and wearing new sneakers, a strong indication that he was probably harboured by supporters.

Now, you would ask, who in the right mind would actually albeited and harbored a terrorist for such a long duration of time? Remember, this is not the average run-in-the-mill petty thief. This looney has killed, and maimed others, all in the name of some religious ideals that belonged to another age and another time.

But harbour him people did, and it is likely that the likes of conservative freaks, white supremacists and skinheads may have given him refuge while he was on the run.

Unlike the supposed "terrorists" held indefinitely in Guantanamo Bay without trial, Mr Eric had it easier.....a hell lot easier. Federal authorities charged him on October 14, 2003. A reputed anti-Semitist and white supremacist, Rudolph was defended by a Jewish attorney, Richard S. Jaffe, who said he knew about his client's supposed beliefs but that Rudolph didn't have a problem with his Jewish faith.

Talk about bias and double-talk. It seems to me that in America, you'd probably get a decent trial for being a Christian terrorist, but if you happen to be a Muslim and a suspected terrorist, then woe to you.

VENERATING THE DEVIL INCARNATE: THE ARMY OF GOD HAILS RUDOLPH AS A MATYR FOR GOD

In spite of the horrendous damage inflicted by Eric on numerous lives and property, this freak does have supporters, and one of them, in particular, is suspected to be linked, or at least influenced Eric Rudolph's murderous rampage.

CHRISTIAN LOONEY, PAUL HILL: SENTENCED FOR BOMBING ABORTION CLINICS

In the group's official website, ARMY OF GOD, not only is Eric hailed as some kind of archetypical hero, murderers who have committed acts of murder and arson against abortion clinics and their practitioners, such as Paul Hill and John Brockhoeft, are venerated as matyrs of the "saving the unborn" cause.

Pro-lifers they may claim to be, this crazy gang has no qualms about killing abortion doctors in a bid to stop abortion altogether.

Despite the alleged links, no law enforcement agency in the states have carried out investigations on this firebrand group, nor others the likes of them. It is as if America continues to believe in this myth that there somehow isn't such a thing called "a Christian terrorist".

TERRORISM: A STRICTLY FAITH-BASED AFFAIR

Try as religious moderates and other scholars might to repudiate the connection between faith and terrorism, but the truth remains: Terrorists armed with the faith of their respective religions are more likely to carry out such acts of destruction against the secular world. No atheist has ever flown a plane into some building, nor planted bombs spiked with nails in a crowded subway train, for the matter.

Whatever the religions, secular societies and its inherent values have become a thorn in the eyes of religious freaks, and there seems to be a concerted effort to instill religious values and doctrines through the use of force.

It is quite surprising that, despite the strenous efforts by American forces to rid Afghanistan and Iraq of "terrorist elements", little has been done to address to issues in their own backyards.

QUOTABLE QUOTES FROM ARMY OF GOD, SECOND DEFENSIVE STATEMENT:

-We the undersigned, declare the justice of taking all godly action necessary, including the use of force, to defend innocent human life (born and unborn). We proclaim that whatever force is legitimate to defend the life of a born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child.

-We declare and affirm that if in fact
Paul Hill did kill or wound abortionist John Britton, and accomplices James Barrett and Mrs. Barrett, his actions are morally justified if they were necessary for the purpose of defending innocent human life. Under these conditions, Paul Hill should be acquitted of all charges against him.