Posts tagged religion
Posts tagged religion
Holy Land: Crazy People “Calling Dibs” on the Earth.
I considered founding a new religion, claiming Australia as my “Holy Land” and throwing everyone out…in the name of my cod…I mean god…
How the Christian Right Is Getting Beat at Its Own Game, By Satanists of All People
One of the favorite myths that Christian conservatives like to tell about themselves is that they are champions protecting “religious freedom” from the supposed oppressions of a secular humanist society. But that argument is increasingly being tested by, of all people, Satanists. Yes, people who claim to worship the demon that Christians believe runs hell are quickly learning how easy it is to show that the Christian right never had any intention of protecting “religious freedom”. Instead, time and time again, Satanists are showing that the conservative Christian definition of “religious freedom” doesn’t apply at all to faiths, like Satanism, that offend them. Faced with the demands of Satanists, the supposed religious freedom crusaders of the religious right turn right back into the theocrats they always were, interested only in having government endorsement of their religion and often eager to demand that the government stomp out religious practices that offend them.
Oh yeah, and it all has the side benefit of exposing the Christian right as a humorless movement that struggles to tell the difference between reality and satire. But that’s just a bonus for observers.
Oklahoma is the home of another stunt by much-funnier Satanists who have figured out how to expose this particular Christian right hypocrisy. Christians put a monument to the Ten Commandments up at the Oklahoma Statehouse, declaring their right to do so as one of religious freedom. The Satanic Temple, run out of New York City, responded by demanding the same religious freedom to put up a monument to the demon Baphomet.
Voluminous allegations corroborate a scenario showing that Pat Robertson deserves an honorary medal for being a Class A Coward of the highest rank. This vile specimen is to human dignity and sanity and integrity and character what dog shit is on the menu of a fine French restaurant.
Let me explain. In his 1972 autobiography, Shout it From the Housetops, Robertson boasted about his outstanding service as a “Marine combat officer in Korea.” The only problem with the claim is that many of his former comrades allege that never once did he ever see battle. Robertson filed a libel suit against McCloskey, only to be unceremoniously dropped later on. Contradicting Robertson’s claims, war hero and former seven-term Congressman Paul “Pete” McCloskey alleged that the “Marine combat officer” may have used his privileged family ties as the son of a Virginia Senator to pull the strings and skirt his combat duties. Apparently, the order from General Lemuel Shepherd was to “Take good care of him; his Daddy is Chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Appropriations Committee.”
But don’t take it from me; take it from the late Corporal U.S.M.C. Leo T. Cronin, who participated in the first-wave amphibious assault by Marines who fought tooth and nail in the Battle of Inchon, Korea. Commenting in a Letter to the Editor penned amidst Robertson’s failed Presidential run in 1988, Cronin didn’t mince any words:
There is a person who calls himself a combat Marine. He is not. His name is Pat Robertson. I saw him often in the division headquarters where he was clean-shaven and clothed and showered.
He was in charge of making sure that the officers’ booze ration was handed out and re-supplied. He was a lieutenant. He was in my battalion.
The line company marines I saw smelled badly, looked poorly. For months at a time they were cold, eating C-rations. Trying to stay warm and dry was a constant battle. These line-company men were the combat Marines of the First Marine Division.
Neither Pat Robertson nor I could carry their gear. He is trying to get elected by standing on those frozen bodies I saw, by putting himself in the company of those seven Marines who repulsed the enemy.
Imagine a person who aspires to be President being so loose with the truth, so lacking in grace and so dishonorable.
He says God talks to him. I’d like to hear what God says to him about this.
There are a lot of things that make someone more cut out for the military than others. You have to be physically fit and be able to stay cool under pressure. One thing that doesn’t make you a good soldier is having a religious belief. Nobody told the Air Force that.
The United States Air Force apparently requires enlistees to take an oath that ends with “so help me God.” But what if you don’t think God exists? Well, then you have a problem.
It’s a problem an Air Force sergeant is currently in the process of navigating. He was told that he can either say “so help me God” or he can get out. No third option. It’s worth noting that no other branch of the military has a policy like this. And the Air Force didn’t either until 2013, so this isn’t some antiquated tradition that managed to scoot by without anybody noticing until now. Previously, “so help me God” was optional.
This may seem like a small thing, but it’s little things like these that add up over time. Sometimes the assumptions people make about what you must believe can roll off your back. I don’t take offense when someone tells me to “have a blessed day” because I know what they mean. But if I were to come to my completely secular job every day and have my competency questioned because I’m an atheist? That’s another story, entirely.
The Air Force isn’t the only branch of the military to have a problem with atheists. On a list of “potential risk indicators” the Marines Corps look to to prevent suicide within their ranks was “lack or loss of spiritual faith.” Get it? Because atheists have no purpose in life so what’s the point? The idea behind it was that studies had shown that religious people commit suicide less than non-religious people. However, that relationship could also be because of regular social interactions — like going to church — and not the religiosity itself.
Of course this distrust of atheists isn’t unique to the military. Even though Americans are becoming increasingly secular, when asked, most Americans said they would be least likely to vote an atheist into public office. Think about that. People elect corrupt womanizers into office, but an atheist? That might be going a bit too far. This is perfectly consistent with the number of out atheists in Congress: zero. There is speculation that there are 24 actual atheists, but they apparently feel that it’s too politically risky to actually come out as one.
You can see why all of this would be annoying, right? Every day in tiny ways atheists are told that they cannot be trusted or can’t be good human beings. If people believe things like that, it’s not surprising to see “so help me God” find its way into a military oath.
However, this requirement that the Air Force is placing on its members isn’t just insulting, it may actually be illegal. Eugene Volokh, a First Amendment law professor at UCLA Law School, lays out all the ways in which what the Air Force is doing is illegal. And there are many, probably the most salient of which is the fact that the Constitution doesn’t allow religious tests, nor does it allow the government to exclude atheists from positions because of atheism.
I know that being forced to say four little words doesn’t sound like much, but taking an oath to protect the Constitution is serious business. Men and women in the military put their lives on the line so people like me can crack wise on the Internet. The freedom to believe or not as they choose seems like the least we can guarantee.
Oaths for Oafs
Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown
Lively, a 56-year-old Massachusetts native, specializes in stirring up anti-gay feeling around the globe. In Uganda, which he first visited in 2002, he has cultivated ties to influential politicians and religious leaders at the forefront of the nation’s anti-gay crusade. Just before the first draft of Uganda’s anti-gay bill began circulating in April 2009, Lively traveled to Kampala and gave lengthy presentations to members of Uganda’s parliament and cabinet, which laid out the argument that the nation’s president and lawmakers would later use to justify Uganda’s draconian anti-gay crackdown—namely that Western agitators were trying to unravel Uganda’s social fabric by spreading “the disease” of homosexuality to children. “They’re looking for other people to be able to prey upon,” Lively said, according to video footage. “When they see a child that’s from a broken home it’s like they have a flashing neon sign over their head.”
Lively is not the only US evangelical who has fanned the flames of anti-gay sentiment in Uganda. As they lose ground at home, where public opinion and law are rapidly shifting in favor of gay equality, religious conservatives have increasingly turned their attention to Africa. And Uganda, with its large Christian population, has been particularly fertile ground for their crusade. Journalist (and past Mother Jones contributor) Jeff Sharlet has reported at length on the Family, a politically connected US-based ministry, which promotes hard-line social policies in the East African nation.
Scott Lively Is One Sick Piece of Shit
Those who don’t learn from the past, are doomed to repeat it…
Israel: double-downing on the god crap - mom loves me best, everyone else eat shit and die.
Quotable Quotes from the Chosen Ones
Approved by American Christians who grab their ankles for the chosen cock
Children in Gaza have been consistently targeted by Israeli forces.
Religion is a club. Jews, Christians, Muslims don’t murder; it’s just god’s will when those holy folks kill, rape and torture. There was no Jewish holocaust - that was just some club fucking with the wrong megalomaniac - shit happens; get over it…
Religion, now as always is a genocide club. Watch the
Nazis Jews in Gaza…you”l have to use other than US Media…cause almighty mommie loves Israel best…Christianity, the bastard servile sibling…
Fuck Jew, Muslim and Christian, the missing links making hell on Earth
Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges.
The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family’s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US.
Abu Khdeir had been jailed without charges after being beaten inches from his life during rioting in Shufat in protest of the murder of his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, by Israeli nationalists seeking vengeance. Footage of the beating was aired on news outlets around the world: By beseeching a shockingly obstinate Florida congressional delegation to agitate for Abu Khdeir’s release and return home, his family generated further media attention, throwing the Israeli government on the defensive. Under pressure from the US State Department, Israeli police finally released the brutalized teen on July 16.
According to Hassan Shibly, the director of CAIR-Florida and legal counsel to the Abu Khdeir family, Tariq Abu Khdeir headed for the airport with his parents at 6 AM on July 17. Back in Shufat, the day passed without any disturbances. At 1 AM, however, a squadron of Israeli police burst into the Abu Khdeir family home in Shufat and ransacked the place, smashing furniture and emptying cabinets with reckless abandon.
The police left with Tariq Abu Khdeir’s 59-year-old uncle, Iesa, in handcuffs, along with his cousins Musaa and Anen.
Musaa Abu Khdeir’s mother told Shibly she was informed by a magistrate judge that her son and Iesa Abu Khdeir would be released but they remain in custody.
According to Shibly, the family is “terrified.”
As the army bombards Gaza by sky and invades it by land, pushing the civilian death toll over 200, the police raid back in Shufat suggests that Israel’s thirst for revenge has become insatiable.
Yes, Israelis Target Children and Civilian Families. Netanyahu is a Liar and Jews are Nazis and America is a Christian Shit Hole.
Before and After
Judea-Christian Lack of Values
Dear Christians, We Weren’t Born With the Baggage You Carry. Please, Don’t Share.
"So is Israel out of all nations designated to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation before God" Ex. 19:5-6
After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New “Peace Offensive”?
American Christians: Second rate shit at best, sucking up to the Israeli’s pogrom - cowardice, sycophancy, priggish shit-eaters, every one.
Religion: the disease to which other life than human is immune.
”The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does a Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient.”
Westmoreland said that in the Oscar-winning 1974 Vietnam documentary ”Hearts and Minds.” The quote so stunned director Peter Davis that he gave Westmoreland a chance to clean it up. In a 1997 guest letter to The Washington Post in response to criticism that he cherry-picked the quote to push his antiwar agenda, Davis said, ”When we filmed the interview, Westmoreland paused after making that statement, yelled ‘Cut!’ and said he wanted a retake because that wasn’t how he meant to express himself.
Christian Politician Suck-a-Judeo-off Lack of Values
Do all Churches try to use government to enforce their beliefs? I don’t know nor is this the issue. I left the evangelical sect I was a member of in the 1960s when it became crystal clear that …