Monday, August 4, 2014

God Is NOT A Fan of Democracy


Conservatives don't understand the story of their own country or the history of democracy and hate the thought of separating Church and State.  In 1776 the separation between state and church demolished the last claim of authoritarianism, that kings were chosen by God.  If the Cons have read about it, they misinterpret it in a wailing dyslexic cacophony of Conservative principles.

(The professional religious Conservatives commit crimes for gain.)



Attacks on Christianity have come from arguments like this...

"Why You Can't Reconcile God and Evolution."



"4 reasons that 'God made evolution happen' makes no sense."

"'Of course I believe in evolution. And I believe in God, too. I believe that evolution is how God created life.'

"You hear this a lot from progressive and moderate religious believers. They believe in some sort of creator god, but they heartily reject the extreme, fundamentalist, science-rejecting versions of their religions (as well they should). They want their beliefs to reflect reality – including the reality of the confirmed fact of evolution. So they try to reconcile the two by saying that that evolution is real, exactly as the scientists describe it -- and that God made it happen. They insist that you don't have to deny evolution to believe in God..."

...and even arguments like this video:

"Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus."



"This latest ground-breaking work in Christian scholarship reveals a new and revolutionary understanding of the origin of Christianity, explaining what is the New Testament, who is the real Jesus, and how Christ's second coming already occurred. The book Caesar's Messiah shows that Jesus was the invention of the Roman Imperial Court. Their purpose: to offer a vision of a 'peaceful Messiah' who would serve as an alternative to the revolutionary leaders who were rocking first-century Israel and threatening Rome. This discovery is based on the parallels found between the Gospels and the works of the historian Josephus, which occur IN SEQUENCE.  Some readers will find this analysis disorienting..."

But this is what we're talking about...

"Cliven Bundy: God Told Me To Fight 'Civil War' Against Feds."



"ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy claims the April confrontation between the federal government and his armed supporters was part of an age-old spiritual battle between good and evil.

"Bundy, a Mormon, told an Independent American Party gathering in St. George, Utah, on Saturday that God provided him personal inspiration in the showdown over cattle in Bunkerville, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

"'The Lord told me ... if (the local sheriff doesn't) take away these arms from federal agents, we the people will have to face these arms in a civil war.' He said, 'This is your chance to straighten this thing up,' Bundy said, according to The Spectrum of St. George. (http://bit.ly/1pRx8nq )..."

And this...

"GOP candidate Jody Hice: Christians must ‘rise up’ against hypothetical atheists in Congress."

Rev Jody Hice via Facebook

"A Georgia Republican candidate for Congress warned of disastrous consequences if atheists were elected as lawmakers.

"Jody Hice, who has suggested that Muslims aren’t protected by the First Amendment and that Americans have a Second Amendment right to own bazookas, made the comments on atheist lawmakers during a 2003 interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

"'Are we going to be a nation that is led by people who acknowledge God? Who acknowledge God’s law and acknowledge the role of God’s law in our society and the founding of our country? Or are we going to be led by people who totally reject God,' Hice said during the interview. 'It’s a frightening thing if we don’t rise up...'"

And this...

"Tucker Carlson: IRS rules preventing church electioneering is an ‘assault’ on Christians by atheists."

Fox News host Tucker Carlson

"Fox News host Tucker Carlson asserted overt the weekend that a group of atheists had launched an 'assault on people of faith' because they had asked the IRS to enforce existing anti-electioneering rules..."

And this...

"What Happened When an Extremist, Christian Fundamentalist Got to Run a Whole State. (Hint: nothing good.)



"Liberals throughout the land breathed a sigh of relief when Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas stepped down in 2008 and later decided to run for governor. Yes, the nation's gain was a loss for the good people of Kansas, but Brownback's special brand of right-wing fundamentalism was so extreme that many felt it was better to try to contain him in a single state rather than inflict him on the whole of the country. Judging from the four years he's been in charge of that unfortunate state, their concerns were well-founded.

"This should come as no surprise..."

Which leads us to our final question...

"Why Do Religious Groups Get Your Tax Money to Preach and Discriminate?"

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"Faith-based organizations find many ways to game the system to their advantage."

"It’s not new for federal and state governments to issue tax breaks and incentives to religious organizations. In fact, George W. Bush and his famous “faith based initiatives” program gave certain religious organizations tax breaks if they performed non-religious duties, followed employment laws, and offered a service not based on a recipient’s religious beliefs.


"So, if your religious organization feeds the homeless, does not proselytize to those receiving its services and does not discriminate against employees who do not share the same religious beliefs as the organization, the government may give it a tax incentive for its services..."

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It's no wonder that democracy was invented by the Greeks, whose deities were deceitful, evil, murderous, rapacious, with a desire to keep the People in their place (see Prometheus Unbound, by Shelly).

It's no wonder that democracy was revived in America by Deists, who rejected the miracles and magic of the Bible. Christianity and most religions are anti-democratic - and their leaders know it.  The more gullible of any society to demagoguery has always been the ecumenicals - and their leaders know this too.

If Christianity was really being persecuted, the churches would be screaming, not the un-Christian rightwing politicians.

Let's just fix the whole thing by criminalizing Conservatism, then the rightwing ecumenicals will disappear entirely.



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"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion
is deep."

Saul Bellow.

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