Posts made in January, 2013

A Christian Nation or a Nation of Mammon Worshipers?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, Social Issues, The Christian Church | 0 comments

You hear it all the time from the entrenched right:  “We are a Christian nation.”  That’s their excuse for taking away women’s human rights.  That’s their excuse for denying our gay, lesbian, bisexual or whatever brothers and sisters their civil rights.  That’s their excuse for denying women access to adequate and doctor prescribed health care.  “We are a Christian nation.”

Well let us just take a look at that.  What does it mean to be a Christian nation.   In Luke chapter 3 verse 11 John the Baptist said:

And he answered and he said to them, “Whoever has two coats, let him give to him who has not, and whoever has food should do likewise.”

In Proverbs chapter 17 verse 5 it is said:  Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

And also lets look at Matthew 25 verses 31 through 46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


This is what the Bible says about the nations and the poor.  This is what people who follow Christ should be worried about.  Because the below graphic (found on demonstrates what America as a nation actually does to its poor.


It is more than shameful that in the richest nation in the history of the world we have homeless people while houses are standing empty.  That would not be permitted in a nation that followed Christ.  Not to put to fine a point on it; if we were really a Christian nation, we would not let houses stand empty while citizens went homeless.  But if we were a nation that worshiped Mammon, that is money and greed, then yes we would absolutely rather see houses stand empty than put homeless people in them.    If we were a Christian nation we would, “take the sick in and tend to their ills.”  Yet in reality we would rather see poor people die than implement health care for all.  Even though health care for everyone actually keeps us more healthy too.

 The study, which analyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking education, income and many other factors including smoking, drinking and obesity into account. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.

Previous estimates from the IOM and others had put that figure near 18,000. The methods used in the current study were similar to those employed by the IOM in 2002, which in turn were based on a pioneering 1993 study of health insurance and mortality.

So it actually makes better economic sense too but Mammon doesn’t actually care about economic sense any more than Mammon cares about human beings.  It’s all about selfish greed with Mammon.  Which is why people in America die every day from a lack of adequate health care.

2009 Harvard Medical School study found, for example, that “the uninsured are more likely to die than are the privately insured.” “Lack of health insurance,” that study found, “is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year in the United States, more than those caused by kidney disease.” While, you, as Mitt of 2012, claimed that the government will protect those without insurance, the same study found that “alternative measures of access to medical care for the uninsured, such as community health centers, do not provide the protection of private health insurance.”

This is murder.  To have the ability to save someone’s life and to choose not to do it for the sake of money is murder.  Not imagined murder of an imagined person growing in someone’s womb but real murder of real people.  This is what Mammon decrees.

Poverty is something that Americans have ignored for generations.  No one wants to look at it.  No one wants to face it.  The right wing has vilified poor people, demonized them for the great sin of being poor.  Jesus loved the poor.  Jesus preached hope for the poor.  There is only one god to whom being poor would be a sin and that god is Mammon.  I submit that the United States of America is not a Christian nation at all.  We are demonstrably a nation that follows Mammon.  We sacrifice our children and our women, our most vulnerable citizens on the altar of Mammon and we do so while telling ourselves we are somehow “free” and “righteous.”  Well we are not.  We are enslaved to our own greed and delusions of self-righteousness.  If we want to be a Christian nation we need to stop buying the propaganda of the Mammonites on Wall Street and start actually following Christ.

You know who is actually doing what Christ told us to do?  The Occupy Wall Street people.  That’s right these people are actually buying up debt and forgiving it.  That is Christian.  And yet if you Google “Rolling Jubilee” the first links you get are from people, pundits who are against the idea and write about what a terrible thing it is and why.  Why would these people do such a thing?  Because this forgiveness of debts strikes at the very heart of the god they worship, it goes against everything Mammonites believe in.

You know who else is striking back against Mammon?  Is it a church?  No.  Chicago, the city of, is striking back against Mammon.

The ordinance, which was co-sponsored by Alds. Pawar, Danny Solis (25th) and Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is much needed in Chicago considering a recent study by the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Center for Urban Economic Development found that approximately $7.3 million in employee wages are stolen in Cook County each week.

The Bible has some harsh things to say about employers who steal wages:  James Chapter 5 verses 1 through 4

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

Clearly the “Job Creators” who fail to pay their workers a living wage are not following Christ.  Wal-Mart is a perfect example of Mammon worshipers who cheat their employees out of fair wages forcing taxpayers to pick up the slack.  If the company makes a profit they are honor and duty bound to pay their employees living wages.   But you see, Mammon doesn’t care about honor or duty.  All Mammon cares about is money and how much of it can be amassed by a single person.

What is shameful is that CEO Mike Duke makes more money in one hour, than his employees earn in an entire year. Yet, Walmart – which employs millions of people in its stores, distribution centers, and warehouses – continues to abuse its employees and refuses to pay them a livable wage. The company has frequently been charged with wage theft claims by workers who point to the most common forms of wage theft: the refusal to pay proper overtime, the refusal to honor the minimum wage, and illegal paycheck deductions.

Any nation that glorifies a company that does the above to its employees is not, by definition a Christian nation.  In order to be a Christian nation we would have to follow the teachings of Christ.  To love our neighbor as ourselves.  Not as we think they should be.  Not as we want them to be but as we love ourselves.  That would mean not judging them, not terrorizing them if they do something we disapprove of (“pro-lifers” I’m talking to you).  It would mean not vilifying or demonizing people for being poor, homeless or on welfare.  Because millions of people with jobs are on welfare due to poverty wages that we as a nation have turned a deliberate blind eye to.  We have let this happen all the while clutching the tattered shawl of “we’re a Christian nation” close around our shoulders.  We have betrayed our brothers and sisters, we have betrayed our nation and we, in so doing have betrayed the god we claim to follow.

There is an excellent Chapter in the book The Shadow of the Hand of God about this very thing.  It’s worth a read.

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Spreading Propaganda Promotes the Fascism Gun Nuts Claim to Guard Against

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Politics, Social Issues, Women's Rights | 0 comments

Twice in the past two days I’ve run across the meme being circulated by the Right Wing trolls that compare Obama to Hitler.  First Obama was the Antichrist, now Hitler.  All the Antichrist meme showed me is that the fools who fell for it didn’t care enough about the Bible to actually read what it has to say.  But they still consider themselves good Christians.  Even though they don’t actually follow Christ.  Likewise the meme comparing Obama to Hitler because he signed some executive agendas, not even orders yet, for common sense gun laws shows me that the people spreading them around are not only  ignorant of history but they are so caught up in the lies they are being fed that they are now spreading propaganda.  They have become more like Hitler than Obama ever has.  Hitler, for the record; never disarmed German citizens.  He disarmed Jews and Jews only.  No one is trying to take away the guns that people already have.  For those people who actually care enough about America and their civil rights, the President of the United States of America, duly elected by the majority of Americans, has suggested that we close gun show loopholes so that everyone has to have a background check.  He has also suggested every gun be licensed  you know, like a car.

What these people have proven to me is that they like the lies, the propaganda they are fed from their frothing fanatical far right ideologues and they don’t care what the truth is.  What they have demonstrated to me is that they will spread propaganda.  They willingly become part of a right wing propaganda machine that they know is evil.  Otherwise they wouldn’t revile it and attempt to smear people who disagree with them by accusing them of doing it. Truth matters and this is why.  They fear Hitler but they are willingly becoming part of a propaganda machine just like what Hitler used to make the German citizens look the other way while atrocities were happening.  Like right now how people are looking the other way while women are denied their civil rights, while pregnant women are being prosecuted for murder when they have a miscarriage.   What kind of civilization can last long that attacks its own women?  What kind of people criminalize pregnancy?

That is the propaganda of pro-life.  The lies they espouse about rape, legitimate rape, god given rape and all that biological nonsense about the woman’s body shutting it down when rape happens.   That is also all propaganda.  Lies with a political agenda designed to spread hate, to vilify and dehumanize an oppressed social group.  In the case of the pro-life propaganda it’s women they hate, pregnant women above all.  In the case of President Obama, it’s racism and a hatred of liberals, of a political viewpoint that doesn’t agree with theirs.  In both cases it is propaganda pure and simple.  Lies upon lies and that these people choose to believe and spread, then they tell themselves they are patriots but what it tells me is a lot about the kind of people they really are.

Also the same people who fanatically deny women access to adequate health care in the name of “pro-life” are the ones who love their guns more than the children gunned down by mass murderers.  The truth is that they don’t care about life.  All they care about is control.    It’s all of a piece when you realize what their real concern is.    It is vital that everyone speak out against propaganda.  Truth matters.  Propaganda must be countered with the truth at every turn.  That doesn’t mean getting into arguments or name calling.  It means stating the facts in a precise manner.  These people, by not just believing but actively spreading propaganda are party to the fascism they claim to fear.  The only palliative is the truth.


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Hate filled “Pro-fetus” Protesters Drive Women Away From the God They Claim to Follow

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, The Christian Church, Women's Rights | 0 comments

You can’t call them pro-life because if they were they wouldn’t gleefully condemn full grown women to tragic deaths by denying them access to potentially life saving and legal medical procedures.  You can’t say they follow Christ because they spout hate and judgement at women they don’t even know.  They hurl vile false accusations at strangers for going into a particular building regardless of what the woman is going there for.  You can’t claim they work for the glory of their self proclaimed god because what woman, in desperation, who goes to a clinic where these hate filled and Oh so self-righteous protesters are, after being reviled, verbally savaged and bullied by these cruel fanatics would turn around and say, “you know something?  I think I’d like to know more about their god and what he stands for.”     No women and their friends, families and loved ones would be angry and reject such a cruel, unjust and hatefilled god.  And rightly so.

For example:

Pro-choice marchers recalled a particularly painful event last month when a woman whose baby had died en utero was coming to the clinic to have it removed. In an awful coincidence, that was the day, Watters said, when the pro-life demonstrators collected a children’s choir on the sidewalk to sing “Happy Birthday Dead Baby” to anyone driving in.

“Will had to physically restrain the father,” Watters said, nodding to one of the men marching in a pro-choice jacket. “And by the time she walked through them, she was an emotional wreck.”

I’m sure that family will never set foot in a church again.  I know I wouldn’t.  And expect them to tell any children they do manage to have too so we’re talking about generations who will think of the church as a cruel and hateful place to go.  This is the real result of the “Pro-life” movement in terms of the church.

The pro-life god hates women with a passion so intense it’s almost holy.  What sane woman wants to follow a god who hates her for being a woman.  In theory god created women too.  In theory god would understand what women go through, if such a god had created them.  The “pro-life” god is incapable of having created women.  Then again the Evangelical and Fundamentalist god is equally incapable of having created women.  It’s just not possible for a god who hates women, who teaches and expects women to be nothing more than incubators for the sacred sperm of men to have created sentient beings with intelligence and their own inherent dignity and self awareness as women demonstrably are.  The behavior of the “Pro-life” movement beg the question:  what kind of god creates an intelligent, sentient being with complex thinking skills and emotional capacity only to decree that it be treated like nothing more than a mindless, meaningless incubator with no other purpose in life?

No god I would follow.  And no god any sane woman would follow.  Also, not the God that Christians who actually follow their God follow.  Christ said to love one another.  Christ said exactly zero about abortion.  If it were that important to Him one might imagine He’d have said something about it.  So who do the “Pro-lifeers” actually follow?  Since they are actively driving not just individual women but entire families away from Christ I have to assume it is some other god.

These same people cry “religious persecution” whenever anyone says anything bad about their reprehensible behavior.  The churches they go to cultivate, quite deliberately, a persecution complex so no one can say anything to them about the truth of what they do.  This is what real persecution looks like:   A 15-year prison sentence was  given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity.  That is persecution, not being thwarted in your bullying attempt to force your employees to abide by your arbitrary and Biblically unfounded stance on birth control Hobby Lobby.

And do you know where this all leads for women?  Do you know about the women in Texas who cannot access health care at all because the Governor and the Republican legislature is so very “pro-life” that they’ve defunded the clinics that assisted the poor?  This leads to women who cannot get health care at all and that leads to death for real living human beings.  All in the name of the fetus.   Christians, those who actually follow Christ, should be rising up right now and speaking out about this en mass.  Some are but not enough.  I am but one and I know there are others but this is a crime against humanity, it is a crime against women and it is a crime against God.

This is the future for women:

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year old dentist, was admitted to hospital in severe pain on Oct. 21 and asked for a termination after doctors said her baby would not survive, according to husband Praveen, but in a country with some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, surgeons would not remove the foetus until its heartbeat stopped days later.

Husband Praveen Halappanavar, who believes the delay contributed to the blood poisoning that killed his wife on Oct. 28, has said he would not cooperate with an investigation already launched by the country’s health service because he did not believe it would be neutral.

This is what the “pro-life” agenda really is.  Women dying when they could have been saved by medical treatment.  This isn’t the first incident.  There have been many where women with cancer were denied treatment because they were pregnant.  This resulted in both mother and fetus dying.  See the fetus cannot survive if the mother dies.  But the “pro-life” people only care about the fetus.  Because neither they nor their hate-filled god, whoever it is, does not consider women human beings.  It’s two deaths for the price of one really.  They get to murder a pregnant woman all the while falsely accusing her of being the murderer.  Is there any thing more morally bankrupt?  Is their anything that flies more in the face of what Christianity is supposed to be?

Here’s another

On 2 February, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in Leon, the second largest city in Nicaragua. She was diagnosed with an advanced case of cancer, which had metastasised and may have spread to her breasts, brain and lungs. She was told she couldn’t be prescribed an aggressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment because she was pregnant. Under Nicaraguan law, any medical procedure to save the life of a mother is banned if it jeopardises the life of the foetus: it is technically considered akin to a therapeutic abortion.

These are not isolated incidents.  This is what the “Pro-Life” people are actually after.  Just look at all of the laws they have passed to pull an end run around the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision.  They don’t care that they are violating women’s human rights.  They don’t care that women will die.  They actually brag about how women are like cattle and deserve to die in back alleys if they have abortions.  So you tell me, who is the murderer, really.

State Rep. Terry England was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.

That bill was passed by the way and there is no exception for rape or incest.  This is shameful.  It is wrong.  It is an atrocity and people wonder why our culture is rightly described as “rape culture” when we dehumanize women so much that our government officials think nothing of comparing women to livestock.  This is not Christian.  I don’t know if it’s American.  I would like to think not but then again the Steubenville Ohio gang rape case makes me wonder.  The parents of the boys are all on about how this could ruin the boys lives.  Not one thought is given to the victim except that maybe she was asking for it.  The justice system of Steubenville tried to brush it all under the rug because–football!  Shameful.  But then again when have women been considered human beings?    Thankfully that poor girl does not live in one of the state where pharmacists can refuse to fill legal prescriptions for emergency contraceptives on “moral” grounds.  And by “moral” they mean ignorant judgmentalism not based upon any known holy text.

This is how much America hates its women.  This is what the Tea Party Republicans did after campaigning on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.  This is what single issue “pro-life” voters have wrought.  Shame on them.  This is wrong on every level.  America hates its women so much that there are 31 states in which a rapist can sue his victim for visitation rights.  That’s right a rapist has more rights than his victim.  Why?  Well because she’s a woman and therefore not fully human.

This is all of a piece.  This is all about dehumanizing and vilifying women. This is the culture we have created.  A culture where pregnancy is criminalized and rapists have more rights than their victims.

Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence “victims” into “accusers”—has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages and make abortion in Georgia completely illegal. Both miscarriages and abortions would be potentially punishable by death: any “prenatal murder” in the words of the bill, including “human involvement” in a miscarriage, would be a felony and carry a penalty of life in prison or death. Basically, it’s everything an “pro-life” activist could want aside from making all women who’ve had abortions wear big red “A”s on their chests.

That is the pro-life movement’s goal in black and white.  Also Utah is considering a similar bill.

Is this the kind of culture and society we want?  Because it’s up to us to change it.  It’s up to us to actually follow Christ if we are Christians and love our neighbor, even the women.


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RNC promotes actively destroying the American Way of Government. Or Treason by any other name.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Politics, Social Issues | 0 comments

This morning’s blog post rant was inspired by the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, a man who is so vile I don’t even want to mention his name.  Not because it is the name which must not be spoken, but because he gets a vicarious thrill when anyone speaks it and I don’t want to give him the satisfaction.  We here in these United States of America have a democratic republic.  Our very nation was founded upon the idea of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, as I have said on many occasions.  We hold dear the idea of voting, of electing our government officials to represent us in the halls of power.  That is the underlying belief and foundation of our form of government.  Now the Republican National Committee is so bereft of morals, so lacking in integrity and so devoid of anything remotely resembling the spirit of these United States of America that their chairman is actually advocating that the Republicans, in his own words, “rig elections” so that their people get put into power.

Would that I were making this up.    This Republican Party has no plan for us for the future, they have no vision for building America and returning her to the greatness she once knew.  They don’t care about the people of these United States of America.  All they care about is power and money and how to gain both for themselves and their greedy backers.  They are more than happy to sell out the poor, the elderly, the middle class, the working poor, the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered, the immigrants and the native Americans to further line the pockets of the wealthiest people the world has ever known.  Talk about morally bankrupt.  Talk about worshipping Mammon.  They have given themselves over to an orgy of Mammon worship not seen since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Every law the Republicans have actually passed, on a state or federal level and every judgement passed down by a “conservative” judge has favored the wealthy over the poor.  Something the founding fathers of America were actually trying to get away from.  For example:  This elderly gentleman has been jailed for kicking trespassers who were dumping toxic waste on his farm off his property.  This is the state of justice in America right now.  You, citizen, don’t own anything.  Even if you paid for it.  Any corporation can come in and take it away.  Another example:  This disabled veteran died in court fighting Wells Fargo who illegally foreclosed on his home, even though he was ahead on payments.  Wells Fargo ADMITTED they made a mistake and the judge still ruled in their favor.  This is the state of justice in America.  This is what the Republicans and their corporate masters have been gunning for for 30 years or better.

Documents were released the week before Christmas that show that the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and local police coordinated at the behest of Wall Street to suppress and oppress the Occupy Wall Street protests.  This is not the activity of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.   This is not what America stands for and it is not something our government should tolerate, much less instigate.  Furthermore every single one of the government employees and police officers should be ashamed of themselves.  They all know it is wrong to do this to American citizens.  They all know what America stands for as well as anyone else does.  Shame on them all, every single one.  And shame on us if we just stand by and watch it happen.   How I wish this were just some crazy conspiracy theory instead of verifiable reality.


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Of Gun Control, the War on Women and a Good Year For Movies

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Doing the Right Thing, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I’ve been tempted to go on several rants of late.  Gun Nuts vs. Sane Gun Owners and you know the difference.  I won’t insult your intelligent by pretending you don’t.  The morons who don’t understand that raising the debt ceiling doesn’t add to the national debt, it just pays for what we’ve already borrowed, and the House Representatives who lead those ignorant fools on even though they know better.  The fact that people are crying “Nazi” and “Hitler” about regulating, not taking away, just regulating guns but they vote time and again for legislators who want to take away the civil and human rights of women and they are so selfish and blind they don’t see the irony in that.

But instead I think I’ll say this:


Pacific Rim.    That’s right, I can hardly wait for that movie to come out.  This year is going to be fantastic for movies.  We’ve got the next Star Trek movie coming up, what is it?  Into Darkness?  Also the next Iron Man movie, Thor 2 with Christopher Eccleston as the main Dark Elf and a whole passle of others that promise to be excellent.


I’d also like to say that it appears to me, getting back to the original topic thread, that people in America are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors.  Fox News has been widely discredited as a reputable news source to all but the fanatical few who want to believe the lies.  Christians are starting to see through the false prophets who preach gospels of prosperity (Mammon worship) and contraception (Baalism?  It’s forcing patriarchal control on others and denying them their human rights.  I don’t know the exact name of that god) and hate (embracing our GLBT brothers and sisters as we should have been all along).  This is good news.  It seems that the majority of Americans are decent, compassionate people.  If the anti-American Republicans hadn’t Gerrymandered to within an inch of their molecular integrity they would not have a majority in the House of Representatives.  Their continuing war on women is proving that they are living in a bubble that more and more Americans are starting to see through.  I have high hopes for our future.  And it’s going to be an excellent year for movies of all kinds.

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