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Hijacking Christianity

Posted in Atheist, Christianity, culture, history, random, religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by chouck017894

Back in the days before television, religion in the United States was pretty much regarded as strictly a personal thing—not a motive for national political grandstanding, not a reason for attempting mass brainwashing, not cause for exaggerated claims of godly interest in government, and not an excuse for trying to steal public money for some self-serving belief system.  Such reprehensible behavior was understood as associated with the low ethics of theocracy, not conduct worthy of the principles of democracy, personal integrity and religious freedom.

As noted  in an earlier blog (God’s Political Addiction, May 9, 2009), the appearance of the technological wonder of television upon the scene in the early 1950s was quickly embraced by pulpit profiteers who would soon  become known as televangelists.  As noted in another earlier blog (God’s Henchment, April 22, 2009), the profits could be enormous by hijacking Christianity and pretending to save souls by trimming down the seekers’ wallets while also skimming off money the government collected for public good under the dodge as tax free organization.

The religious insanity that had once dominated Europe for centuries, and which is referred to as the Dark Ages (c. 476 – c. 1453), was being resuscitated in the United States and the hybrid energized by electronic impulse was lustful and ravenous.  The gates of exploitation had been flung open and the hijackers of Christianity surged through like a tsunami.  Unheeded were the warnings in the New Testament that motivations and excesses and accumulation of riches create danger for personal and social salvation.  Ignored were the parables attributed to Jesus about pursuing power and a slavish accumulation of riches, property and worldly structures.

So where do the pulpit power brokers today stand in the Jesus method of judgment?  The parables of the rich farmer and the one of the rich young ruler being judged wanting should give pause for thought to such Bible thumpers as Pat Robertson and his $460 million a year religious-front operation, all tax free.  And there is the influential evangelical leader James Dobson and his operation Focus on the Family, easily siphoning in $140 million a year tax free, a system that would be more aptly designated as Focus on Himself.   After all, he did declare that he would bring down the GOP if it failed him: he lusted for theocracy.  Forget the has-beens Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed, Gary Bauer, Jeramiah White, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Leroy Kopp, Aubrey Lee, etc. etc. etc…

After George W. Bush, a GOP faith-distracted president, dutifully packed the federal courts with ultraconservative judges the Religious Right, dreaming that theocracy was near, surged forth in shameless attempts to bring down the wall  of separation of church and state with their self-serving cases in the federal courts.  What the Religious Right have their eyes set upon is not upon public good, however, but temporal power and the tempting profits to be had in “faith-based” scams, which are better described as embezzlement of public money.

Welcome to the Time Frames and Taboo Data Blog!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by chouck017894
An astonishing amount of what we are taught and accept as history is commonly a sanitized version of past events that have been crafted for self-preservation by some power structure that happens to hold dominion over a mass of people. Nations and empires rise and fall, each giving its own account of its claimed intrinsic worth. Amidst these living and variable power plays there is one element that seems to endure like some shape-shifting form of the undead, and the reason and covert actions responsible for its continuing survival is the primary focus of Time Frames and Taboo Data which probes into some of the conceits and deceits that have served as the cornerstones of various religious practices.

The world that we know today is demonstrably the outgrowth of manipulated interpretations of past events. Societies find this to be tolerable because just enough truth is incorporated into the accounts to disguise the traditions and political ideologies that are being promoted. This is especially true when a chronicler pretends to record “spiritual” territory. There is always a measure of the unknown in any history presentation, but it is predominant in “faith” accounts.

Unfortunately for mankind, this has long allowed a broad array of devious pretenders of “revealed” knowledge to use peoples’ apprehension of the unknown as a means to manipulate masses of uncritical people. This blind willingness to believe improbable claims is not exactly in the best interest of humankind, for if large portions of true history are covered with trickery and deceit then mankind is seriously hindered from attaining its higher potential.

There is an age-old claim that religious belief is the standard-bearer of ethics and morality, but the warring and bloodshed that has flooded over the millennia in the name of improvable theological speculations disprove that claim. Add to this that religious fanatics have, with their head-in-the-sand zeal, continually condemned any and all in-depth scientific research into life’s mysteries in favor of Bronze Age fantasies of never-seen gods. This makes for profitable business for the “messengers” and mouthpieces of these belief systems, and thus the seeds of needless tragedies continue to be sown.