I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Gandhi was on to something here. Not all Christians; not even all fundamentalist sects. But there are definitely some evangelical fundamentalist sects of "Christianity" that not only qualify for Gandhi's quote, they may also qualify as jihadist extremists and prove themselves worthy of derision as the "American Taliban" of Christianity.
The latest example comes from Media Matters, and concerns the American Family Association's "Christian" leader Bryan Fischer, who goes on-record to recommend genocide and provides biblical justification for it.
To see just how ignorant Fischer's screed is, I've substituted other words for "Muslim" and "Islam" and posted the result under the fold. It's pretty eye-opening (for those who have open hearts and minds, that is).
If you want to check it out, make a leap of faith and click on over the jump...
Forty-six years ago today, on 22 November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX.
In an effort to show that they want to achieve full status as domestic terrorists, the right wing -- with the full faith and promise of the GOP and its media propaganda machine -- is escalating ongoing efforts to incite violence, foment revolution and trigger assassination attempts on the current President and his Administration.
The levels of inappropriate political discourse are increasing almost exponentially, as the GOP does everything possible to prevent the Obama Administration and current Democratic majorities in Congress from achieving any measure of success in cleaning up the mess caused by 8+ years of GOP dominance, incompetence and corruption.
My question is simple, really: why can't these people be called out for their willful ignorance, their unAmerican and treasonous terrorist activities and their perpetual, intentional instigation of ongoing threats against our government?
These people have no honor.
They have no souls left sell.
The defenders of torture, the proponents of illegal and unConstitutional programs and the liars who'll deny health and equal rights to all Americans are now calling for the death of a captured American soldier.
Not to put too fine a point on it, of course, but citing chapter and verse for Biblical support of an outdate, outmoded ideal -- while ignoring all the other Biblical verses for outdated, outmoded ideals that run along a similar vein -- is called hypocrisy and those who practice it are called hypocrites (among other things).
This is an Open Thread.
Hat-tip ricardomath. -- GH Originally posted 2009-03-18 23:45:36 -0500. Bumped by carol. I missed it yesterday and I was afraid someone else may have overlooked it also.
What the hell are we teaching our children?
More precisely, what the hell are we teaching our children about hypocrisy, about expectations, about fair and equal treatment under the law, about life and about rote idiocy?
From the Sioux City Journal:
Student rejects 'demeaning' test, is suspended
High achiever faces possible expulsion
By Russ Oechslin, Journal correspondent | Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009
STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Lori Phanachone is a member of the National Honor Society, has a 3.9 grade point average and ranks seventh in the senior class of about 119 at Storm Lake High School.
But school officials have told her she is considered to be illiterate based on her refusal to satisfactorily complete the English Language Development Assessment, a test she says is demeaning and racist.
Why? Because the test is for students who have English as their second language.
Originally posted 2009-03-02 14:18:43 -0500. Bumped by carol.
Mmm...I've been wondering about the constant raving about a return to base values; the "Family Values" party appears to think that returning to the Christian conservative roots is the way to go, but they (and their primary pundits) appear to be a tad confused. Looking at texts that one might expect them to use for guidance, I can see where some of this confusion might come from:
Proverbs 6:16-19 (New International Version)
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
Seems like we need a LOLcat picture here depicting Christianity and conservatism -- Ur Doing It Wrong.
Let's break this down for the "conservatives" and Rush-rabble:
Promoted -- GH. Originally posted 2008-06-22 15:50:20 -0500.
- "I John McCain do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic."
This is the oath John McCain will have to swear if he is declared winner of America's presidential election in November of 2008. Every American president since George Washington has had to take the same oath. It is an American tradition that defines us even more so than baseball and Mom's apple pie. If the Constitution of the United States is not preserved, protected and defended, then this country isn't really the land of democracy that America's founding fathers created and wished to preserve.
However, it would seem that John McCain has no respect for America's founding fathers, or the U.S. Constitution which every president must swear and oath to defend.
It is not typically my style to write editorials or news stories about religion. Religion typically inspires people to emotional reactions rather than intellectual thought, however this time I have a point about America's political and corporate leadership that requires me to examine what the Bible said and how loyally the Republicans and Right-Wingers have followed the dictates of Jesus Christ.
You see, the Republicans of my lifetime (1966 up until present day) have been very fond of claiming that the Christian God is on their side and that they're doing the Lord's work. George W. Bush even went so far as to claim that his favorite philosopher was Jesus Christ. But really, when you read the words of Jesus Christ how well do the Republicans walk the walk? What would Jesus Christ say about Republicans such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush or Rush Limbaugh?
A few tidbits to open the day:
- 19 dead in Missouri, Oklahoma after new round of tornadoes By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press:
A tornado ripped through a 20-block swath of Picher late Saturday afternoon, killing at least seven people. The same storm system then moved into southwest Missouri where tornadoes took the lives of at least 12 others, authorities said.
At least 12 people were killed after severe storms spawned tornadoes and high winds across sections of southwestern Missouri, the State Emergency Management Agency said. Ten of the dead were killed when a twister struck near Seneca, about 20 miles southeast of Picher, near the Oklahoma border.
Tornadoes killed 13 people in Arkansas on Feb. 5, and another seven were killed in an outbreak May 2.
Hopefully, the storms will abate soon and give the people a break.
- Pentagon legal advisor is barred from trial of Osama bin Laden's driver
A judge for the Guantanamo tribunal says Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann lacked independence and must be replaced before Salim Ahmed Hamdan is prosecuted.
From the Associated Press, 11 May 2008
This is odd. Seriously.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO -- A Navy judge has barred a Pentagon legal advisor from participating in the war crimes trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver, saying the advisor lacks independence.
Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, legal advisor to the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, must be replaced before next month's scheduled trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Capt. Keith J. Allred ruled Friday.
Why is it odd? Well, because it flies in the face of the SOP for the trials, namely the policy that "We can't have acquittals." Either someone blinked, or the replacement of Hartmann is simply more kabuki theater in the Potemkin village known as Guatanamo.1
- PC Phone Home (or at least send out a tracking beacon, and let the owner remotely access to snap a pic of the theif who stole you). The story is a hoot -- a woman's stolen laptop showed itself as "online" when the thief sat down to use it at his home, and a friend of the true owner gave her a heads-up. Using an online software service, she was able to remotely gain access to her home system and snap a picture of the culprit using the built-in camera.
- The Republican party hypocrisy2 of claiming to be the party of "family values" continues to get hammered home as disgraced Congressman Vito Fossella3 hid in his home and failed to attend his goddaughter's First Communion party.
I feel bad for the little girl, as well as the entire family.
That's a smattering of items -- what have you got?
Footnoted references appear below the fold.
Gee, breaking news from Kossack calipygian about Bush's bestest buddy, Saudi Prince Bandar and family:
...the British Government had launched an investigation into defense contractor BAE for paying bribes to Saudi officials, including Bush family BFF and former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan. As you probably already know,Prince Bandar knew about the Invasion of Iraq before our own State Department. As it turns out, while Prince Bandar was getting more access to our deepest secrets than our own State Department, he was also getting up to 120 million Pounds a year deposited into a Washington DC Riggs Bank account for facilitating the 43 billion pound Al-Yamanah arms deal between Saudi Arabia and BAE.
The investgation was quashed because Bandar threatened the UK if they didn't stop.
Why is that significant? Because Bandar's wife was paying some of the 9/11 hijackers:
Findings from an inquiry by the House-Senate Joint Intelligence Committee suggest evidence indicates money from the Saudi Arabian government could have made its way to the two hijackers through two Saudi students when they were in California.
There is some evidence that the students received a payment through the wife of the Saudi ambassador to the United States, according to the inquiry.
Do you get that? Money goes from BAE to bank accounts controlled by Prince Bandar bin Sultan to the 9/11 hijackers in California.
In addition to that, most Republicans probably want folks to overlook other Republican ties to terror. For example, while Reich-wing nuts cry out how liberals are "terrorist-lovers trying to destroy our nation," two Republicans have already been arrested for aiding Al Qaeda and terrorist organizations.1 The true nature of today's Republicans and Conservatives -- and the Beasties in the White House -- is coming to light; they can be easily found by the company they keep.
And that's not all...
"Gaeity" is a term denoting joyful exuberance or merriment, but in the hands of today's Republican party, I would not be surprised to find it reinterpreted to a bastion of misleading and negative connotations almost as confusing as the definition and use of the word gay. The "Party of Moral clarity" has demonized the use of any word, term or action that could even hint at homosexuality in order to key into the knee-jerk prejudice of millions of "Christian" voters everywhere. (Note that I put quotes around "Christian" -- I can't duly insult those who actually practice the teachings attributed to Christ, when I'm only targeting those who simply claim to.) Whenever I hear GOP leaders or pundits screech about a "homosexual agenda" and accuse someone of being gay as though it is a crime against humanity (unlike torture, or melting the flesh off children), I wonder why nobody asks them to clarify.
As is often the case in hotly contested discussion, claims of invalid comparisons are often made alongside calls to compare "apples to apples" instead of "apples to ice buckets" or some other such mis-matched scale.
In order to help further along the discussion of why rendition, torture and individual rights to privacy, decency and proper representation in a court of law matters no matter the reason, here's two current stories that both concern the abuse of a man and a tortured penis.
PHOENIX - A surgeon faces a disciplinary hearing for snapping a photo of a patient's tattooed genitals during an operation and showing it around to other doctors.
"Patient privacy is a serious matter, and photographing someone in this manner without a good reason is something we will investigate down to the last detail," said Dr. Joseph Sirven...
The patient/victim stated "The longer I sit here the angrier I get."
Now compare it to this article, Lawyer: CIA Has Photos of Outsourced Torture of Gitmo Suspect:
A lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspect allegedly tortured in Morocco when his interrogation was outsourced by the U.S. says the CIA was present and has photographs of the physical abuse of his client.
Binyam Mohamed, a 27-year-old Ethiopian was sliced in the chest and penis by interrogators during the 18 months he was held in Morocco in 2002 and 2003, according to his lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith of Reprieve, a British human rights group.
So...don't ~both~ men deserve to have their days in court? Do the crimes and offenses committed against one man compare in any way to those committed against the other, or can you justify either circumstance and let the perpetrators off scott-free?
Just a little something to think about.
For a little more to think about, make the jump.