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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/

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

2 October 2011. Love BT and the Tithe… He’s Right This Time…

Here’s what happens to your money once JP and Lyonyo get their hands on it… any questions?

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Here’s something that Love BT wrote today:

Tithing? Proportionate giving’s fine, but tithing? In my 1968 Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 22, there’s a long scholarly, well-documented article on tithing/Christian giving, from its beginnings in the Middle East and in ancient Judaism and up to the Mormons of today, as well as a characterisation of most of the other means by which churches get their hands on Christians’ money. The last sentence in this thoroughly researched article goes like this:

The Orthodox Churches have never accepted the idea of tithes and the Orthodox have never paid them.

That, of course, was 1968, before the large flood of converts from (especially Southern) Protestantism into the Orthodox Church. Tithing to them was, and is, a given. I believe the article’s factual for 1968 and for the entire history of the Orthodox Church until then. So, I think it’s a little uppity of some of us to make it a “sine qua non” of being Orthodox.

When someone’s right, they’re right. Hear, hear! Note this:

I think it’s a little uppity of some of us to make it a “sine qua non” of being Orthodox.

There one has it. The konvertsy aren’t of us… they’ve never been of us… and they’re going to leave us in future. Note well that most of the konvertsy posters on the internet are punks who refuse to sign their names to their posts. Tells you something, doesn’t it?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 2 October 2011

Albany NY

2 October 2011. A Point to Ponder… A Muslim Speaks Up…

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Islam is by nature violent? That sounds like an extremely hypocritical statement to me. That’s analogous to a Muslim concluding that Christianity is by nature violent because of the actions of people like George W Bush and other Western leaders. It’s like us using the statements by the “Quran burning” pastor in Florida and projecting them as general Christian dogma. The list goes on… criminals are criminals, regardless of what faith they claim to hold. Throughout history, people have tried to destroy true religion by using it to promote their own agendas, and they’ve been successful in blaspheming the name of religion and God. You can observe that by seeing the exponentially growing numbers of atheists and agnostics who’ve become disheartened by “religion” (especially, in the West). There are very few who’re able to see beyond that and still find peace in Almighty God. All true Muslim believers consider Orthodox Christians to be worshipers of the One True God. May God help us all seek peace and serenity, and that we may find truth in Him and only in Him. You know I honour your Faith; I know you respect mine. 

There’s no need for any commentary on my part. THIS is truth…

BMD


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The Church Opposes the Death Penalty… It ALWAYS Has… The Church is FOR Social Justice… It’s NOT for Tea Party Greed and Consumerism…

Don’t be following Dreher, Mattingly, Reardon, JP, Love BT, et al off the cliff… it’s kinda a LONG drop…

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An Excerpt from an interview posted on the KPRF website:

Sergei Nikitin

The [Moscow Patriarchate] supports the abolition of the death penalty and it doesn’t wish its return because, by imposing such a penalty, the State assumes functions that, generally speaking, in the Church’s opinion, are outside its competence.

Interviewer

Should a religious opinion guide a secular state?

Sergei Nikitin

Not according to the point of view that Patriarch Kirill expressed to us. Kirill is guided by the understanding that his opinion is founded in human rights… we agree with him that the death penalty has no place in our society.

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Interviewer

Look… the USA hasn’t changed, has it? Don’t people believe it to be the most advanced democracy in the world, with the most respect for human rights?

Sergei Nikitin

Who thinks that way? All things being equal, if you look at documents issued by Amnesty International, if you read them carefully…

Interviewer

You’re saying that the USA violates human rights?

Sergei Nikitin

Yes. We often point up that if a prisoner attempts to escape from the 21st century GULag of Guantánamo, they face the death penalty. We disagree with what they do, whether it came from Bush or from other high American officials.

Interviewer

Well, of course, it’s understandable why someone would be upset.

Sergei Nikitin

The death penalty is only one in a constellation of problems. They have a problem with maternal mortality, which, although it’s seemingly far from the topic of human rights, is also a state responsibility. The state has the obligation to care for its citizens. Again, we stand for all economic, social, and cultural rights. All of these are human rights. Of course, the USA tries to portray itself as the premier defender of human rights in the world… they really do.

15 April 2011

KPRF Official Website

http://kprf.ru/dep/90440.html

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Unlike bloodthirsty Radical American Sectarianism (“Evangelicalism”, “Pentecostalism”, and Mormonism) with its obsession with what it thinks is the “biblical” Mosaic Code of Revenge (“an eye for an eye”), the Church has been wary of the death penalty. It has NEVER banned it… nor has it called it immoral. It has called for its very rare application, though. The Church approves the KPRF’s stance (with reservations, of course)… that we should apply such a penalty to traitors, paedophiles, serial killers, and large-scale drug dealers only. Historically, Orthodox Russia was much less fond of the death penalty than Catholic and Protestant Europe was. Tsaritsa Yekaterina Alekseyevna wrote, “In normal times, the death penalty is neither useful nor necessary”. However, she allowed an explicit exception in the case of someone who, even while convicted and incarcerated, “still has the resources and capability to ignite public unrest” (no doubt, the justification for the execution of Pugachyov). In 1825, a court sentenced 36 Decembrist rebels to death. However, Tsar Nikolai Pavlovich decided to commute all but five of the sentences, even though revolts against the monarch had almost universally resulted in automatic death sentences in the past. Perhaps, this was due to society’s changing views of the death penalty. By the late 1890s, the state virtually never carried out capital punishment for murder; it imposed 10–15 years imprisonment at hard labour as a substitute, although the state still carried it out for treason. Tsars Aleksandr Aleksandrovich and St Nikolai Aleksandrovich found the measure distasteful (and Tsar St Nikolai found the over-use of “Stolypin’s necktie” hard to bear).

In comparison, Rick Perry of Texas is a soulless, blood-soaked, and vicious killer. Of course, he’s a Sectarian; so, one has to take into account his adherence to the False God Jayzuss and to the bloody and greedy teachings of the Sectarian “preachers”. Perry has put 235 people to death in 11 years (the rate would be one execution per 1.2 million people per year)… to compare that with Russia, one would have to multiply the number by six, coming up with 1,410. 235 divided by 11 comes out to 21 executions of death sentences a year in Texas… Russia would have to have 126 executions a year to have a comparable level of uncivilised barbarity. In reality, the post-Soviet Russian Federation put 78 people to death between 1992-96,  that is, at a rate of about 15-16 executions a year, for a rate of one execution per 9 million people. One can easily see that Orthodoxy is morally superior to Sectarians such as Southern Baptists, Pentecostalists, and Mormons; the Roman Catholics share our views on social justice, as well (don’t listen to Weigel, Bottum, or the Touchstonistas… they’re out of step with their leadership). It’s about time that we exposed these poseurs; they’re non-Christian phonies. The present New GOP/Tea Party is contaminated and overrun with such radical religious nutters. It’s time for REAL Christians to stand up… it’s time to take back our good name.

We can start by repudiating JP, Matthew Tate, BP, Love BT, Dreher, Mattingly, Reardon, Freddie M-G, Freeman, and the rest of the konvertsy cabal. They wish to ally the Church with Perry the Bloody. There’s nothing further to say, is there? Our country and Church have real problems that no Manhattan Declaration (“Christian Conscience?” I think NOT… it’s crackbrained Sectarian dribbling and raving)), Objectivism, or Tea Party can solve. Remember, “The state has the obligation to care for its citizens. Again, we stand for all economic, social, and cultural rights. All of these are human rights”. We can stand for this, for God’s justice, or, we can stand with Rick Perry as he grinds his boot heel without mercy into the faces of the prostrate unemployed and laughs maniacally (in the name of “religion”, no less).

That’s our choice…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Albany NY 

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