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Sunday, 19 March 2017

It’s Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban

Religion has no place in the public school. As a member of a “minority” faith (Russian Orthodox Christianity), I wouldn’t want our kids contaminated with Evangelical goo. We have a secular state… let’s keep it that way.

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Editor:

The following is prime read n’ heed… it needs no commentary from me.

BMD

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The Council For National Policy is a Conservative Think Tank, made up of a Who’s Who of prominent conservatives… Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Reince Priebus, Tim LaHaye, Bobby Jindal, John McCain… the list goes on… This article, published by the Washington Post, but reported elsewhere, lays out the group’s plan to “restore education in America”, by bringing God into classrooms.

I have said for years and years, the Christian Right is really seeking to establish a theocracy in the USA… at least regionally, throughout the Deep South. This latest effort by the so-called Council for National Policy lays further proof to that claim. The Constitution does NOT support this effort… in spite of what many “Christian” leaders sayThe First Amendment of the Constitution strictly prohibits any Establishment of Religion. This Amendment also guarantees Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. This “Separation of Church and State” has two intentions:

  • It protects religious freedom for everyone
  • It prevents the tyranny of any one religion

However, this fact won’t stop many Southern Christians, who feel it is their duty… as Christians… to make the USA “a godly nation” in their eyes. Moreover, they’ll cite the numerous biblical passages in which God exhorts all nations to be faithful to him and condemns those nations who aren’t, as the basis for this duty… that they feel is their right. I grew up in this world, so I know what I’m talking about. As a kid, during the 1970’s, I attended churches in Atlanta with my devout grandmother. I heard Jerry Falwell speak numerous times at First Baptist on Peachtree. A fiery minister in Smyrna indoctrinated me into the Evangelical way of thinking. I studied my “King James” Bible. I feverishly read Ernest Angley’s book about the “end times” that depicted Christians being boiled alive by the Antichrist. I loved The Omen movies, wholly believing they portended something real. Trust me. I’ve been there. Fortunately, I had the sense to give it up. By age 15, at the peak of my adolescent sexual curiosity, I realised that any religion that demanded giving up my basic humanity was nuts.

Of course, not all Christian Evangelicals share this extreme view. Nevertheless, the extremists always give themselves away with their trademark refrain, “I’ll pray for you”, as if you’re possessed by demons and in need of an exorcism. They seem completely unaware of how this statement makes them appear; that they alone understand “truth”, that everyone else is “ungodly” and in need of “redemption”, as they see it; by being “born again,” and baptised, and accepting their world view. This self-righteous arrogant presumption is at the root of all religious extremism. Evangelicals in churches and state houses across the country support laws and political systems that brutalize and imprison MILLIONS of African-Americans, that deny equal rights and protections to LGBT people and tacitly support violence toward them, and seek to deny women the right to govern their own bodies, often with threats or outright acts of physical violence. They seem hell-bent on ejecting science from education and replacing it with their own creationist ideas.

In doing these things, Evangelicals are advocating a religious extremism that is no different from Muslim extremism, which projects religious authority over all people in their domain, which limits the rights of women, controls and limits education, and enforces strict adherence to a moral code, which naturally rejects and punishes all forms of “decadence”, including “deviant sexuality”, science, reason, and any questioning of authority. Christian fundamentalists, if given the power, will do the same things.

Evangelical Christians in the USA condemn Muslim extremism as a threat to the country and their way of life, while clearly endorsing their own form of extreme religious authoritarianism. This form of religion establishes a tribally divisive “us” versus “them” mentality, which places “our” rights and prerogatives above the needs of any other group. Moreover, they use it repeatedly as the basis for denying other people’s rights… particularly, their freedom to choose and even their right to exist. It’s worth pointing out that in the South religion buttressed this tribal mentality to force a separation between whites and blacks, who they see/saw as inferior. White suburban Christian thinking has this tribalism as a deeply embedded dynamic. They accept it without question. I shouldn’t have to point out that, in the end, this isn’t Christian at all.

Religious extremism is religious extremism. Using words like “righteousness” or “faith” or “Christ-given mission”, and hiding behind ideas like “tradition” and “heritage” and “family values” won’t cover up this fact. It’s up to every freedom-loving person, who prefers freedom of choice, freedom of worship, who cares about protecting women’s rights and equality for all, and advancing reason and scientific knowledge, to be aware and oppose it. I don’t suggest that Evangelicals should give up their faith. However, I strongly suggest they shouldn’t trample on other people’s religious beliefs or insist that people should conform themselves with the Evangelical worldview.

If Evangelicals hate tyranny, they should be very wary of becoming tyrants. Nevertheless, Evangelicals will never see themselves as tyrants, because their faith commands them to be “missionaries for Christ”. This mandate engages them in a zero-sum game to convert the country, indeed the whole world, to their faith. Moreover, over the decades they’ve increasingly reached for more and more political power to achieve this goal. This is exactly what ISIS proposes, by trying to establish a global Muslim caliphate. The goal of religious extremists, regardless of faith, is always the same… Dominion.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

Genesis 1.28

Evangelicals are the American Taliban. To many, that seems a garish and inconceivable statement. The entire purpose of this article is to point out that religious extremism also exists in America as it does in other parts of the world, and not just radical Muslims are extreme, it’s also radical Christians… and that religious extremism can start with something as simple as, “I’ll pray for you”.

24 February 2017

J C Weatherby

Church and State

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2017/03/its-time-to-start-calling-evangelicals-what-they-are-the-american-taliban/

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Seize Saudi Oil, Solve World Problems

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Editor:

Donald Trump didn’t ban travellers from the KSA. It tells you something about him… and his clique, too. They scream about terrorism… and don’t ban those from the foremost terrorist-enabling state in the world. It only deepens the impression that Trump’s supporters in the general population are brain-damaged and ignorant. If you wish to fight terrorism, then, you’d fight the states that support it most. I’d say that’s the KSA and the Gulf states… none of which is on Trump’s list.

None dare call it stupid…

BMD

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Would you like to know how the USA could virtually eliminate global Islamic terrorism and world hunger with one stroke?

Seize the oil wells of Saudi Arabia.

If this sounds preposterous and unethical… “the USA doesn’t go on the offensive and it certainly doesn’t ‘steal’ other peoples’ natural resources, especially its allies!”… consider some facts:

First, anyone who sees the Islamic State (ISIS) as a cancer on earth that needs to be eradicated… most Americans, including US President Donald Trump, do… must also see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in similar terms.  For the desert kingdom enforces the same kind of Islam that ISIS does… with all the religious intolerance, beheadings, crucifixions, mutilations, and misogyny we associate with terrorists.

Worse, the KSA spends a whopping 100 billion dollars (5.893 billion Roubles. 687.56 billion Renminbi. 6.735 trillion INR. 131.09 billion CAD. 130.36 billion AUD. 93.37 billion Euros. 80.24 billion UK Pounds) annually… trillions over the decades… to support and spread the vilest form of Islam (Wahhabism/Salafism) around the world. The KSA funds virtually all radical literature, radical mosques, radical websites, and radical satellite programs… all of which create radical Muslims. In other words, if you trace the “radicalisation” of Muslims… including formerly good neighbours and colleagues that suddenly got pious, grew a beard or donned a veil, and then went on a shooting spree, or “martyred” themselves in a suicide attack… Saudi money will almost always be at the end of the line.

It gets worse still… the Islamic kingdom isn’t only the chief exporter of radical ideologies; it’s also the chief financier and material supporter of the worst terrorist groups. ISIS and al-Qaeda wouldn’t exist without Saudi and other Gulf largesse. So, how is the KSA able to fuel this multifaceted and global jihad? It does so entirely from the oil reserves beneath the Arabian Peninsula. Now, in a fair world, surely the Saudis should keep the natural resources of Arabia… even if it was the West that discovered and created the technology to use oil. However, when they openly use that wealth to spread hate, turmoil, terrorism, and the slaughter of innocents around the world, surely the international community can justifiably respond… in this case, by seizing the weapon from out their hands, that is, the oil wells.

Some may argue that, whatever the merits of this argument, there’s no way the US leadership could sell such a war to the American people. Actually, they could… very easily; and all they’d have to do is tell the American people the truth for a change. Remember, the establishment has already behaved more “spectacularly”, including by going on the offensive against several Arab rulers… in Iraq, Libya, and now Syria. In every case, the real motives for war were/are hidden from the public, probably because they didn’t and don’t serve American interests (hence, why ISIS is now entrenched in “liberated” Iraq, “liberated” Libya, and still-being-“liberated” Syria). All the US leadership and media had to do was to portray Saddam, Gaddafi, and Assad as “monsters” persecuting their own people. That was enough for most Americans to agree to the waging of these wars, if not heartily support them.

In the case of Saudi Arabia, the establishment wouldn’t have to deceive the public… the Saudi régime is a monster. As in ISIS-held territories, women in the KSA are little better than chattel; it persecutes and sometimes executes blasphemers, apostates, and homosexuals; all non-Sunnis… from Hindus to Shia… are subhuman infidels and it treats them accordingly; it closes house churches and it confiscates and destroys Bibles and crucifixes, and it throws Christians caught worshipping in private in jail and tortures them. The KSA is arguably even more backwards than ISIS is… women can still drive in Mosul and Raqqa, whereas they’re forbidden in the KSA; and the Saudi government has its own special department devoted to tracking down and executing witches and warlocks.

Nor is Saudi savagery confined to the Peninsula. The KSA régime once issued a fatwa, or Islamic-sanctioned decree, still available online for all to see, calling on the world’s Muslims to hate all non-Muslims (meaning more than 99 percent of Americans; such is how “our good friend and ally” really feels about us).

23 January 2017

Raymond Ibrahim

http://raymondibrahim.com/2017/01/23/seize-saudi-oil-solve-world-problems/

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Manezh Centre Fears New Attack of Pseudo-Religious Kooks on Art Exhibit

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On Tuesday, Manezh Exhibition Centre (near Red Square) Director Irina Tolpina told us that the Manezh wouldn’t rule out a new attack on an art exhibition, as the leader of the Bozhya Volya (God’s Will) extremists alleged that a 5,000-person rally will occur. On Friday, members of Bozhya Volya vandalised “The Sculptures We Don’t See” exhibition at the Manezh, claiming that the exhibits were offensive to religious feelings. Early reports said that they damaged five art works. Toplina blasted the incident, “It was heinous, lawless, provocative, and stirred up horror and indignation. We fear that the attack may be repeated”. On Monday, Mikhail Piotrovsky, head of the Russian Museums Union, condemned last week’s attack on the art exhibition, saying in reference to Bozhya Volya leader Dmitri Tsorionov (widely known as Enteo), “The Russian Museum Union regards the actions of strange activists with hallucinogenic nicknames as a real display of blasphemy and religious offence”. ICOM (International Council of Museums) Russia also condemned the incident.

18 August 2015

TASS

http://tass.ru/en/russia/815004

Editor:

They have some real loony rightwing religious extremists in Russia… some friends of mine said to me, “We’ll tell you what, you can have our nuts and we’ll take yours. Paffhausen and Dreher are nothing compared to our nutters” (that’s an unwitting example of the “Everything’s Bigger and Badder in Russia” syndrome, isn’t it?). Interestingly, American konvertsy latch on to statements made by the Russian right (a group just as unhinged as the American right is) and portray it as the “Teaching of the Church”. Have a care, there be counterfeits… you can tell the religious phonies in the USA… they vote Republican. They also expect you to feel sorry for them… do keep your wits about you, the times be evil…

BMD

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

DNR Supreme Court Nixed 40 Groups as Extremist Including OUN, UPA, and ISIL

00 Bandera scum out! 10.05.14

KICK OUT the Banderist scum!

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Today, the media contact at the DNR Supreme Court told us, “On 29 June 2015, the DNR Supreme Court considered the application of the DNR Genprokuratura to ban a number of extremist organizations. The Supreme Court decision recognised 40 public and religious movements as extremist”. From now on, the DNR recognises a number of Ukrainian nationalist movements, political parties, international terrorist groups, and religious communities as extremist organisations. These include the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Right Sector, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), and the Social-National Assembly, and the public groups Bratsvo (Brotherhood), Trizub (Trident), Stepan Bandera, Bely Molot (White Hammer), Patrioty Ukrainy (Patriots of Ukraine), Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko, Avtomaydan, al-Jihad, Islamic State (AKA Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL), al-Qaeda, and others. The statement went on to say, “The decision of the Supreme Court prohibits the activities of these organisations and their component parts in the DNR. The decision of the Supreme Court shall enter into force immediately after its publication, is final, and not subject to appeal”.

30 June 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/verxovnyj-sud-dnr-zapretil-deyatelnost-40-ekstremistskix-organizacij-vklyuchaya-igil-oun-i-upa.html

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