Thoughts from a Patriot

How can anyone not think that the GOP has really gone to Hell in a hand basket?

As a reader of this Blog you are a part of the more intelligent population of this nation.  I am not kidding. I have no doubt about that. You are: an eternal learner and seeker of insights, a fellow searcher for Truth, a person always the student of knowledge. Take pride in yourself – you are what has made this nation the beacon it has been for centuries.

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Can you believe the mess, the imploding of the GOP? My sincere hope is that the Republican Party does implode and that the good well-intentioned and intelligent survivors commit to working to recreate a new party. I think a two party system is a benefit and essential to all of us.   Two parties can offer challenges to our thoughts and help us see differences in approaches. No party has all the truth – two parties can help all of us in the long run. But they need to be two parties that are – – “of, by and for the people”.

For years now the GOP has created the atmosphere of anger, confrontation, obstructionism, division, finger pointing, open anarchy against government, anti care for the needy, on and on and on!!! And, they have supported those who do the same! If you are reading the newspapers, watching quality TV, or even listening to the late night comedy TV hosts – you have more than enough knowledge of the CRAP the GOP has done for more than a decade. They now are experiencing what they have created – and it is “doing them in”. They deserve the mess they have made. I hope they totally destroy themselves. But don’t drag me down to your abyss.

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My fear, and I think the fear of many is, that this group of FAKE patriots – the right- wingers, the Tea Party folks, the religious zealots are screwing up our nation. Those people whose religion out-weights the reality and civic duty and commitment to the separation of church and state that the Founding Fathers put into our very Constitution. Why? Because those same people can say “my belief allows me to discriminate”. These people are EVIL. My serious opinion on the matters of religion and using religion in the world of politics and legal decision making is – religion MUST have no part, in fact I would go so far as to outlaw religion in civic society! Look no further than ISIS and you can see the future of where we are headed!

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The FAKE patriots constantly refer to and remind us all of the Founding Fathers – but know so little of the facts and importance of that separation. They are making religion control the destiny of this nation. The very thing that the Founding Fathers feared!!! These people are – STUPID, but more than that they are dangerous to what has made America great.. They are the ones that are ruining the democratic systems that many of my friends have fought for (and some died) defending against such extremism. Shame on them – better yet – eliminate them from positions of power that they have misused and abused.

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They are the TERRORIST AMONG US!

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Religion IS the problem

Becoming Obvious – Religion IS the Problem

One could go on and on about the state of the world regarding the “dark-side” of human behavior. Books could be written and have been written on why people do bad things to other people. It has happened since the dawn of humankind. And, it continues up to the present day. Page through history – annihilation of other tribes, conquest of nation states, executions for belief or non-belief, bigotry even to the point of murder, killing because “god said to do it”, revenge in war – on and on!

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Religion – especially literal interpretation of religious texts has caused and is causing so many of the world’s present instabilities. We as a species are creating our own demise. We are making the sixth extinction happen in many ways – this being one of them!

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”

John Adams

Remember back a few weeks ago when a mother on the East coast said she killed her child because god told her to. You will recall that is not the first time god was used as a reason to kill one’s children.

“Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”

Thomas Paine

Remember back to when the abortion provider in Florida was killed because – as the killer said – Jesus would not approve of abortions. Remember also the recent Planned Parenthood killings in Colorado. (Implication here is that Jesus must approve of other kinds of killing)

“Surely the ass who invented the first religion ought to be the first ass damned.”

Mark Twain

Remember back to the Oklahoma bombing – another Christian who did mass killing.

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.”

Benjamin Franklin — in Poor Richard’s Almanac

Remember back to the hay-day of the KKK – those Christians in hoods – torturing and killing – then attending their church of choice on the weekend.

“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.”

Thomas Jefferson

Today look across the pond to ISIS –“god is great” – kill the infidels!

“Faith: not wanting to know what is true.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Beheadings, stoning, bombings, burnings, (Oh yes reminds me of a part of our sad history in the good old USA – the Salem Witch Hunts, Indian massacres, Mormon War in Utah, Mai Lai, etc. etc. and these are not even the Big Ones!) All this and so much more – often done in the name and encouragement of religion. Do you think there might be a problem here?

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“One person’s theology is another’s belly laugh.”

For the literalists – the sacred texts they read can, and often are, the justification for anything including the most hedonistic treatment of others. It is a combination of the approach to thinking (of the lack thereof) that such people have, and their lack of knowledge to any real interpretation of the texts that drives them to such an absurd perversion of acting out! Religion is not meant for everyone – – probably not mean for anyone. It is a cancer on society and has been that for generations.

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“All thinking men are atheists.”

Ernest Hemmingway

 

Most people are dumb, simply ignorant, lets call them what they really are – stupid – when it comes to the profound questions such as: what is the meaning of life? What is it all about? is this all there is? after death then what? Religion was created to help people cope with the whole array of the existential anxiety that is deep in the core of many people. People find it almost impossible to live with the unknown – so they create religion to lift themselves beyond the present reality – to a mysterious life beyond. That makes them feel good – that helps them to cope. A life that has all the answers codified into religious tests to be learned and taken as fact – and never to be questioned. If you dare question – the true believers can in “good faith” kill you. Talk about absurdity!

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“In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Who are these stupid people? They are the literalists, fundamentalist, lowlife unintelligent ones who use the naïve, the unsophisticated, and gullible people for their own gains. In the world of religious pronouncements and terminology, it is fair to call them what they are – the Devil among us. Think about that.

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“Faith is believing in that which I know ain’t so.”

Mark Twain

They are not only the terrorist from far or near, the KKK, the Christian or Islamic Jihadist, they are elected officials who operate within politics – using the guise of religion to gain votes and persuade the gullible – praying in chambers of politicians, asking god to bless us in the good times and to protect us in war – all to gain their warped sense of what they think, and want us to think, is for the good of the common people – you and me! Reflect on the recent comments in the press of Ted Cruz published on Nov. 25, 2015 where he said that – – he was so thrilled that someone who wants abortion providers killed is supporting him that he actually sent out a press release to celebrate the endorsement.

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“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

Richard Dawkins

The system is sick because its premise – religion is good for society – is sick. The world would be better off if religion would be removed and replaced with a deep respect for and understanding of the many branches of philosophy that celebrated the AWE of life, the awesomeness of the moment – always open to learning more about “being and the characteristics of reality” – metaphysics, about “end-time” – eschatology, about the “nature and limits of knowledge” – epistemology, about “beauty” – aesthetics, about “correct thinking” – logic, and so much more – plus gaining a realistic understanding of theism and how it was created – by humans! There is something that can be said about having a sense of wonder and “spirituality” (meaning – affecting the human spirit), a sense of appreciation and respect for the universe and all it contains. But we have replaced this – with institution – that is the problem!

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“Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned ”

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Sticking with philosophy for our world-view and understanding of life – it can be easily established that the world would be a better place and humans would have a better relationship with all of Earth and all the people who dwell there. Religion is an outgrowth of philosophy. It built itself on philosophy then distorted philosophy and now gives us the mess we have. Religion puts a god concept into the mix of life. It takes good philosophical insight and pollutes it with a master being who is owed homage and obedience – so say the religious followers. Religion as such has lost its usefulness (remember it never had any in the first place) and even worst, it has screwed up good, sound, and enlightened thinking.

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“The family that prays together… is brainwashing their children. ”

Albert Einstein

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Al Qaeda in America – part 2

Here is an article I recently read in one of our national newspapers.  I discovered this it after writing the last posting on this blog titled – – –  Al Qaeda in America.  OMG!  I think that posting was more “On the Mark” than I even thought at the time I wrote it.  You might find the following article as scary as I did.  Jesus would turn over in his grave if he saw what Christians are doing in his name!

There are lots of articles in this subject area, one more troubling than the next.  I could have picked from a number of recent articles, I picked this one at random.  People are strange indeed.

I have places the full article in quotations – giving full recognition of the author’s work.

READ  ON

“If the U.S. breaches its debt ceiling this week, bringing with it the global financial panic economists predict, leaders of a little-known far-right movement called Christian Reconstructionism can claim partial responsibility. Their goal: to eradicate the U.S. government so that a theocratic Christian nation emerges to enforce biblical laws.

That’s right — laws out of the Book of Leviticus prohibiting adultery, homosexuality, and abortion, with penalties including death by stoning.

The key leader of this movement is Gary North, founder of the Institute for Christian Economics in Tyler, Texas. He’s a long-time associate of Ron Paul, intellectual godfather of the Tea Party movement — the very people responsible for Congressional deadlock over the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate.

Paul and North go way back. North served on Paul’s first congressional staff in 1976, and North describes himself as Paul’s “original staff economist.” Earlier this year, Paul announced plans for a curriculum for home schoolers that will teach “biblical” concepts. The director of curriculum development for the program? Gary North.

In an Oct. 4 column in The Tea Party Economist, North describes government default as a “fake threat.” So it can’t be a surprise that the Tea Party caucus isn’t taking government default seriously.

And what of the connection between this group and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who almost singlehandedly created the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis?

Cruz is the son of Rafael Cruz, a Texas pastor who directs Purifying Fire Ministries. According to a biography page for the True the Vote summit in April 2013, Rafael Cruz became active in politics during the 1980 presidential campaign, joining the Religious Roundtable, founded in 1979 to involve conservative Christians in politics. “The Religious Roundtable was a Judeo-Christian organization that mobilized millions of Christians all across the United States and helped elect Ronald Reagan,” Cruz said. “It was a precursor of the Tea Party, even before the Moral Majority.”

What to make of all of this? For the last few weeks Tea Party-leaning members of Congress have been described as “kooks” and “crazies” by the Washington establishment, liberals, moderate Republican leaders, and the media.

The name-calling might be satisfying to those who oppose the Tea Party, but it’s entirely untrue. These are people who are patient, determined, deliberate, and rational.

I know this because I spent many years as a reporter covering religion and politics, more than four of them in Texas. So I’ve been watching conservative Christians for a long time, since the era of the late Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, to the days of Pat Robertson’s early Christian Coalition, and on to the culture wars of the 1990s and early 2000s.

During the years I covered religion, I watched politicking creep into evangelical congregations from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to Texas and beyond. In New Jersey, I interviewed the state coordinator of the Christian Coalition who in those early days revealed to me the movement’s stealth plan to “take over” the

Republican Party, “precinct by precinct.”

Later, when I was working in Dallas, I wrote another story, this time about a movement to “take down” the nation’s public schools, promoted by the Alliance for the Separation of School and State, among other groups. As it turns out, Ron Paul was one of the signers of the group’s proclamation to “end government involvement in education.”

Then there were the annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, which during those years was engaged in an epic battle between conservative and moderate factions. At the time, a group of fundamentalist Southern Baptists had hatched a plan to “take back” the denomination. Over about 25 years, they prevailed.

At one such meeting in the Superdome in New Orleans, a distraught pastor told me he believed something darker than a desire for conservative theology was driving the battle in his denomination, and he handed me a sheaf of papers describing Christian Reconstructionism. He claimed that the fundamentalists wanted to use the denomination as a launching pad to bring down the federal government and usher in a Christian nation ruled by biblical laws.

Was it true? I didn’t know. I kept the file and referred to it occasionally in the following years as I reported on the Religious Right.

Recently, however, I came across a line from North’s book Unholy Spirits that gave me pause. He wrote, “The ideas of the Reconstructionists have penetrated into Protestant circles that for the most part are unaware of the original source of the theological ideas that are beginning to transform them.”

And then there are newsletters stretching back to 1977 on Gary North’s website, describing “guerilla tactics” and “bottom-up theocracy” to achieve Christian Reconstructionism’s goals.

The unifying principle of all these data points: a long-term covert plan of destruction for the Republican Party, the nation’s public schools, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. And, of course, for the nation itself.

But why? In his 1991 book, Christian Reconstructionism: What It Is, What It Isn’t, North writes, “Reconstructionists… do not believe that the will of the political majority is the final law in society.” They believe that the Bible is.

In order to make their vision of society a reality, they are willing to wait a long time and to engage in politics to make it happen. “We are to work at our callings and wait on the Lord to place us in positions of influence in his time,” according to North’s book.

Once in power, they assert their brand of Christianity: “Christian Reconstructionists further insist that Jesus Christ is Lord of political leaders,” he writes. “All political leaders are directly responsible to Jesus Christ in the discharge of their public office, as well as in their private lives… Practically, this means that political leaders should seek the guidance of Scripture in framing their political positions and programs.”

Interestingly, Reconstructionists don’t seem to care about actually holding onto power in the conventional sense: “The purpose of getting involved in politics, as Reconstructionists see it, is to reduce the power of the State,” according to North’s book.

And they are willing to wait to get what they want. “History is with the Reconstructionists as they advocate a return to God’s law as the standard for righteous living, for the individual in self-government as well as elected officials in civil government,” North writes.

That is what makes the debt ceiling debate so chilling. The Reconstructionists have waited a long time to be in powerful positions. And now that they possess power, they are perfectly willing to use it to “reduce the power of the state” so that the God of the Old Testament can swoop in to rule the Christian nation they believe will result from chaos.

And from where they sit, blowing up the financial system is a pretty good way to make it happen.”

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