Posts tagged religion
Posts tagged religion
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 …
I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians. Thomas Jefferson
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789 (Richard Price had written to TJ on Oct. 26. about the harm done by religion and wrote “Would not Society be better without Such religions? Is Atheism less pernicious than Demonism?”)
"When one proudly dons a US military uniform there is only one religious symbol: the American Flag. There is only one religious scripture: the US Constitution."
The fundamentalist American Family Association has gathered more than 100,000 signatures of those who think the military should be able to practice their religion on duty, or at least not be barred by an Air Force Instruction from declaring their beliefs to anyone and everyone in their military workplaces.
Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Foundation Responds:
“The American Family Assn. (AFA) and the Family Research Council (FRC) yet once again immeasurably disgrace and wound our nation’s beautiful Constitution with the transparently bigoted and ignoble submission of their pitiful petition of fundamentalist Christian tyranny and oppression. They decry and scream like stuck pigs of nonexistent prejudice at the Academy against Christians. They lie, they cheat, they steal and they contort the truth as they always do. If they wish, let them gather millions of additional names of religious extremist bullies for their pathetic petition of shame. Indeed, it won’t make a lick of difference at all. As former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor once said, ‘In America, we don’t count heads before enforcing the First Amendment.’ Pursuant to that very same Constitution, it’s construing Federal and State case law and the Pentagon’s own internal regulations, directives and instructions, publicly displaying a sectarian bible verse next to your cadet name, cadet rank and cadet squadron position, in the busy thoroughfare of military working common areas such as the cadet dorms, is simply unconstitutional and wrong. In fact, it is blatantly illegal irrespective of how many Christian fundamentalist, blind sheep EVER sign any petition from hate groups like the AFA and FRC.”
FRC an the AFA, Just Two More Hate Groups
The Family Research Council (FRC) bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to “transform the culture.”
In Its Own Words
"One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order."
—1999 FRC publication, “Homosexual Behavior and Pedophilia,” Robert Knight and Frank York
Initially founded as the National Federation for Decency, the American Family Association (AFA) originally focused on what it considered indecent television programming and pornography. The AFA says it promotes “traditional moral values” in media. A large part of that work involves “combating the homosexual agenda” through various means, including publicizing companies that have pro-gay policies and organizing boycotts against them. The AFA has a variety of outlets to disseminate its message, including the American Family Radio Network, its online One News Now and the monthly AFA Journal. In early 2011, the AFA claimed more than 2 million online supporters and 180,000 subscribers to its Journal.
In Its Own Words
“Homosexuality is a poor and dangerous choice, and has been proven to lead to a litany of health hazards to not only the individuals but also society as a whole.”
–AFA Action Alert, July 20, 2012
“[Islam] is, in fact, a religion of war, violence, intolerance, and physical persecution of non-Muslims.”
–Tim Wildmon, March 6, 2012
"The homosexual movement is a progressive outgrowth of the sexual revolution of the past 40 years and will lead to the normalization of even more deviant behavior."
– Don Wildmon, AFA website, 1999 (still posted as of 2011).
"Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews."
– Bryan Fischer, AFA director of issue analysis for government and public policy, 2010
Americans for decency, Families for shaved armpits, Christians for charmin: these groups are always made up of posturing, shallow, greedy pervs.
…beliefs…what beliefs? Religious folks don’t have beliefs; they have a mental disease - now that is a belief supported by observation, experience, science and the idea that it is OK to tell your kids there is a flying fat fucker with glow in the dark reindeer. Religion: a cancer born of lying to children.
Americans consistently report high levels of belief in the supernatural. About 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles and three-quarters believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, according to a 2013 Pew survey.
At the same time, while most Americans have a healthy respect for science, many could use a refresher course in the basics. For instance, a 2014 National Science Foundation study found that only three out of four Americans know that the Earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa, and a large percentage didn’t know the Earth’s core was hot. Large percentages didn’t know that the father’s sperm determines a baby’s sex.