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Dangers of Bible-Modeled Government

Posted in agnoticism, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, culture, faith, freethought, Government, history, humanity, life, lifestyle, politics, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by chouck017894

In the recent timeframe of 2005 at least a dozen evangelical leadership programs had wormed their way into Washington DC power ranks, and they were asserting, “Christian men and women…will lead our nation with timeless biblical values…”   As these blog posts and the book Time Frames and Taboo Data have investigated, those “biblical values” are distinguished by their page after page celebration of deceptions, assassinations, wars, unproven claims of entitlement, unfulfilled “covenants,” etc.

Nonetheless, the ideal, the evangelical leadership programmers were asserting, was to develop leaders “who read the Bible as a blueprint.”  Considering the constant violence that attends so much of priest-written “history,” these evangelical programmers seemed to be advocating a return to indulging in heavy prejudice, reestablishment of slavery, upgrading the practice of passing personal responsibility onto others, terrorizing anyone who lives their lives differently than evangelicals, even warring and terrorizing to acquire some desirable lands, etc.  Said one student aide who was taking one of the evangelical leadership programs, “(they, the programmers) give you an intellectual consistency.  Yeah, sure.

And as usual those championing use of the Bible as a blueprint for government were insisting that the founding fathers of the United States had been guided by Christian principles in designing the concept of a nation governed by democratic principles.  That is verifiably untrue.  We should remember that not one highly organized religion of the world has ever suggested that Heaven or Paradise operated on democratic principles; Heaven or Paradise is a kingdom, where God sits on a throne, everyone behaves as robots, and the blessed ones who are allowed  into Heaven must eternally stroke God’s ego with constant hallelujahs.  As for the men who envisioned a more compassionate and self-respecting means of human and humane governing, they studied the history of world governments.  The alarming true history from every nation was of tyranny and disasters in governments, and the repeated source of those imbalanced and more brutal ruling systems were shown to commonly trace back to enforced religious concepts.  European history, from the Dark Ages into 1700s contemporary times, sent up warning flags that church and state must be kept separate for man to experience equality.  Thus in the treaty between Britain and the Americans, which officially ended the War of  Independence but was not finalized until 1797, there is a declaration of spiritual independence as well.  It is stated in Article 11 of that document, the Treaty of Tripoli, and it boldly proclaims:  “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” 

That is true history: but the religionists continue to hammer away at the premise that “federal laws should be based on biblical precepts.”  In doing so they deliberately refuse to acknowledge the monumental errors and contradictions, as well as the perverted “history,” that make up the books of the Bible.  While ignoring such facts, the Bible-thumpers insist that it is they who have the obligation to “try to arrest our society’s moral decay.”  And to accomplish that, they make every effort to place into government posts those “steadfast politicians” that  “will be unwilling to compromise” when dealing with the complex issues of social intercourse.  In other words, force a theocracy upon the nation.  (For related events c. 2004-05 see recent post, Religious Right Strategy for Taking Political Control, Nov. 2010.) 

At the top of the evangelical leadership programmers’ must-do-list in the 2005 timeframe—it was even called “a Christian imperative—was to abolish the Department of Education!  Indeed, the Republican Representative from North Carolina thought such plans were divinely guided, and judged the evangelical leadership classes as “doing the Lord’s work.”  In his view, using democratic rights to gnaw away at the roots of democracy made for steadfast politicians.”  The North Carolina Representative’s assessment of the religious fervor was that if politicians did not take their cue from God then “our morality will crumble.”  In that case, he warned, we would no longer recognize America. 

It is a certainty that the United States of America would no longer be recognizable under a theocratic or dictatorship form of government.

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Neo-Cons’ Concept of Evil

Posted in Atheist, Bible, Christianity, culture, faith, Government, history, humanity, life, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by chouck017894

Neo-conservatism has burrowed into the American psyche and guts through the last few decades and has flourished due primarily to the juvenile Christian perception of evil.  As a result, the nature of American politics evolved increasingly into a radical and warmongering style that in turn infected and attacked the very roots of our democracy.

The neo-conservative attitude seems to consistently struggle upon the quicksand-assessment that human beings are innately wicked, and the heart that pumps this attitude rests in the ribs of biblical myth that presents the idea of original sin.  That fairy tale approach to what is the natural interfacing and resultant friction met in everyday life permits them only the premise that humans do “evil” for the perverse gratification of it!  Consequently they themselves have come to embody and exemplify that virulent interpretation that they so vehemently denounce.

Of course the neo-cons insist that they alone faithfully embody only the good and wholesome attributes favored by god, and all others are aligned with Lucifer and are irrational villains.  From this sand fortress they then feel secure enough in god’s graciousness to hurl grenades of slander and libel against any life expressions that do not match up with their narrow understanding of Creation’s diversity.  Thus self-blinded it became only a skip and a jump to selling weapons of mass destruction to other authoritarians, making deals with brutal dictators, counting corporate profits from invasions of foreign countries, and shrugging off the innocent civilian lives lost from indulging in bombing “infidels.”

Through the decades as radical religionism contaminated American government there has grown, for the neo-cons, an awkward bewilderment expressed in their plaintive question, “Why have they (the foreign nations) come to despise us so?”  Self righteousness is a peculiar form of blindness.  Compromise through negotiations with the “enemy” is held by the neocons to be unacceptable, for it allows respectful coexistence of diverse elements.  They refuse to recognize or accept that the activation of countless diverse forces served as the foundation of Creation and is what continues to sustain it—a truth lightly alluded to in the book of Genesis and confirmed by science.  Nonetheless, the neo-cons and the Christian radical right formed an adulterous relationship under which diplomacy and negotiation was rejected for apocalyptic-style military solutions.

By biblical standards this is judged to be fully acceptable.  After all, in biblical tales god repeatedly erupted in wrath and punished all of Israel for the transgressions of a few, as elaborated in Joshua 7:1-12, and 2 Samuel 21:2.  Under such Bible guidance it is deemed okay to strike at anyone who oppose neo-cons’ plans, even the patently unjust ones, under the self-delusion that they are “doing god’s work.”  In that stance, however, all they are declaring is their impatience with god, for he, god, is in the habit of taking intolerable amounts of time to express his will.