|By Clyde Lewis
Lately there has been an overwhelming debate on Ground Zero Media that the United States government was established from Christian foundations for Christian Interests. It has become the norm that irate callers tell me that our political system represents a Christian ideal form of government and that the framers of our constitution expressed Christian values when they wrote the Constitution. You can believe this if you choose. Ironically, the whole myth is now being used as a brainwashing technique in order to make you feel good about the ongoing war against fanatic religious orders in the East.
I have chosen this moment to address something that I think needs to be addressed. Perhaps I am a little too late in pointing this out to people but I can't go on another day watching the news and seeing the breaking of laws in the name of God and the philosophical manipulation that seems to say, "join us or else."
Fanaticism is becoming one of the most worn out jokes that the neocons are forcing on the American people.
The fanaticism that I am referring to is the outright diabolical activity where blind believers aren't satisfied with just having a humble belief system that they believe is absolutely true. The fanaticism plague leads to a warped and hypocritical philosophical discrimination where it becomes mandatory to force others or trick others into following that belief system.
Fanaticism has been a word to describe the acts of the terrorists who attacked the United States in September of 2001. It was quite interesting to note that while we condemned the terrorists for being fanatical, we immediately organized prayer vigils and erected a cross on Ground Zero praying for the dead both Christian and Non Christian.
The cross or cruciform sent a signal, and it was one sided. The message was sent loud and clear that this was not only an attack on the United States, but it was an affront to the reigning God of the United States, Jesus Christ.
It sent a signal that the only salvation after this horrible attack was through the blood that was shed on the cross by Christ.
The symbol of the cross is recognized by most Christian sects as a symbol of hope. There are other groups within Christianity that see the cross as a symbol of death. There are many religious groups that find the cross a horrific reminder of the death of Christ and not the resurrected Christ.
This obviously was not taken into consideration when obviously Christian workers at Ground Zero erected a cross-made of I-beams over the mass grave at the World Trade center.
There was also no consideration for the different religious beliefs that each victim practiced as a cross was placed on their mass grave. Every Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, and Mormon was represented with the cross of Jesus Christ.
Not only did we see over 2000 people die on September 11th, we also watched as our diversity here in America died. We knelt at the makeshift Christian cross erected over the bodies of people with a variety of religious beliefs condemning those who use fanaticism as an excuse to commit acts of violence against the United States. At the same spot we had a President with a bullhorn stating that we as Americans would strike back with God's blessing.
This in my opinion was a horrible display of intolerance. It killed the spiritual moment and changed the event to an exclusive wake for those in the Christ club. It also seemed to be a horrible display of mingling religion and politics.
In what could have been a moment of Unity and spiritual oneness a so-called majority of fearful fanatics strong-armed the moment and diffused any light of spirituality that could have been had with those of differing beliefs.
People find spirituality in Religion but religious fanaticism destroys spirituality.
Many will cry foul as I write this stating that my intolerance is showing as well. How can I nit pick over a group of people that were just showing their faith?
I can because I am learning that their "Faith" is not in God but in their ability to use their newfound faith as a weapon. I am learning that fanatics in the religious world are truly not as faithful as they pretend to be.
It seems to me that the religious fanatic of today has very little or no conviction. He has to fight for his conviction. He fights because he is worried that he is not faithful enough or that he falters in his beliefs. So he does all kinds of outrageous acts in order to show his neighbor that he is faithful. In the process the Religious fanatic can be a danger to himself and others.
God moves in Mysterious ways, but not as mysterious as his mortal believers.
The new religious fanatic is a dangerous breed. They will not hesitate to break the law, or harm others in order to bring to pass fulfillment of some whimsical agenda. Many religious fanatics claim that they mean well and many believe that their actions are justified. They will carry out their agenda at the expense of others.
I get the uneasy feeling that many fanatics today are so afraid of the secular world that they will go to great lengths to fight it. They attempt to and sometimes succeed in taking away the choice of others to participate in that world. They will protect their children from it because if any of them are found living in it they may discover the truth.
They may discover that the Santa Claus version of God is a fallacy and that Jesus Christ was a tolerant and forgiving individual. They may end up discovering that never in the bible does it demonstrate that Christ was a leader of fanatics. These Children may also discover that this so called war between Christianity and Islam is based on a huge misconception that fanaticism is the sole trait of men in turbans who do not value life and will do anything, even kill for their God.
While the majority of known terrorists today are motivated to kill because of their strict interpretations of Islam it becomes all too easy to point the finger and say that this type of fanaticism doesn't exist in the west. The west of course is predominantly Christian and so there are minds open to the misguided notion that Christianity is opposed to fanaticism.
There seems to be a mental security shield of denial that we are immune to many of the social ills that exist in other countries. There seems to be a critical mass of Americans that feel that we are above fascism or fanaticism. Many people feel that Americans are wise and are more intelligent than their counterparts in the world.
We believe that there are certain safeguards that prevent any group or individual from enforcing a destructive belief system, or even condoning a destructive behavior that on the surface looks keen to the intellect but eventually leads those who participate into a trap.
Many people feel that we are immune from this because here in America we believe in separation of church and state. We believe in freedom of choice. We here in the west believe that no religion should be recognized over any other. We believe in preserving the rights of other religions to worship how, where or what they want to worship.
We may believe in it, but do we practice it?
A U.S. district court ruled that the display of a Ten Commandments monument at the Alabama Judicial Building violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed the monument in July of 2001.
This case has been flashed on the major networks generating controversy because a Judge has chosen to break the law and believes that it is well within his right.
Moore argued that the Ten Commandments monument depicts the "moral foundation of law" and belongs in a Government building.
It can be argued that the display is not a religious monument. However it looks like one and Moore's words about it demonstrates the agenda that he believes needs to be heard and enforced. Moore claims that it is the Judeo-Christian God who gives us our freedoms, including the freedom to believe in whatever faith we choose.
For this reason, Moore argues, the Ten Commandments are inextricably tied to our notion of law, and thus the monument has a rightful place in the Alabama judicial building.
So we are to assume that laws can be broken for any ideology. Moore is just the tip of the iceberg. The bigger picture is the vocalized support of Moore's actions.
Even though it disregards the constitution.
This type of thinking I believe is espoused because there are many people who are now preaching the mythology of civic religion. It seems that somehow a critical mass of Christians believe that the United States government was established from Christian foundations for Christian Interests.
These zealous fanatics claim that our political system represents a Christian ideal form of government and that the framers of our constitution expressed Christian values when they wrote the Constitution.
You can believe this if you choose. Ironically, the whole myth is now being used as a brainwashing technique in order to make you feel good about the ongoing war against fanatic religious orders in the East.
Will you please allow me to take apart the idea that the Ten Commandments are our foundation for law and that this whole anxious defiance is a silly exercise in manipulation?
First of all, anyone care to recognize that the idea of not killing and stealing are basic components of harmony between humans?
Societies that have pre-dated Moses recognized this. The Hebrews and the Christians did not originate this.
Let's take a look at bearing false witness and adultery. When was the last time you were jailed for lying? It is obvious that there is no court that wants to come after George W. Bush for lying. Let's explore adultery. This is of course a moral issue and sometimes it seems that it can be parlayed into discussions about homosexuals. Since homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of the zealots, gay marriages are a big no no because it is not what God wants.
Who is going to enforce the Sabbath day?
Obviously if our founding fathers used the Ten Commandments as a basis for our laws you could be jailed for working on the Sabbath day and that would include football players.
Oh damn! We can't worship at the coliseum watching the Gladiators play war with a ball on the Sabbath… Perish the thought.
Not that I am suggesting anything new. Because I am sure John Ashcroft has thought about a nationally enforced Sabbath law. He hasn't brought it up yet, but it is an obvious idea that will probably be proposed if we believe the nonsense about the ten commandments and the myth that our founding fathers based our laws on Judeo Christian totalitarianism.
How about Thou shalt not covet? The challenge that we should not wish for what other people posses. Like Oil, opium, and strategic areas that we can take away by force?
Honoring one's parents is a matter is good manners. It's not a law. It's not a constitutional requirement.
Okay, now when was the last time you heard of someone being arrested for producing and worshipping a graven image? Where is the constitutional law for that?
Is it a law that we should have no other God's before the Judeo Christian god?
When it comes to taking the Lord's name in vain people like Justice Moore have done it, the new Christian right does it, and George W. Bush does it.
How do they do it?
They use God as a political tool. They say that God is their hearts and yet they commit crimes against humanity in the name of God. They ask God for justice when truly they are seeking vengeance. They believe that God is intolerant. They believe that God gives them the right to violate the very Constitution that they say is based on the Ten Commandments.
How hypocritical is this? How self defeating? How far do we have to go before we realize that this type of thinking is destructive?
This long winded and at most times belligerent assertion that we owe our legal code to the Ten Commandments, is staggeringly hypocritical, and evidence of a fanatical mind that is lost in the programming of a group with a controlling agenda.
Our forefathers fled persecution by imposed state religions. State religions that were considered Christian! State religions that enforced religious control over their kingdoms.
No law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion, flies in the face of several of the Ten Commandments, many of which demand certain religious allegiance.
Now we are being told to wise up and realize who is responsible for bringing us our freedoms in the first place.
It was the Judeo Christian God of course. At least this is what the ignorant majority is enforcing. Anyone who challenges it faces philosophical discrimination.
It seems that the message that is being sent incessantly is that we are here and we are free because we are predominantly a Christian nation.
The argument seems to make its way to my radio show. It seems to be the last resort of a scoundrel. I talk about an issue and in frustration people who can't argue logic whip out their Bibles like they would a crucifix to a vampire and chastise me for being un-American.
I'm called un-American for revealing that the founding fathers went out of their way to discourage this type of fanaticism.
The fanatics tell me that my freedoms exist because of Christianity. Therefore I should allow Christian icons to be displayed in government places, I should back the Prayer in Schools, and give up on my arguments about removing the word God from Money and from the Pledge of allegiance.
The pill that is hard to swallow for these fanatics is that "Freedom" itself exists in spite of and even in response to Christianity.
The reason I say this is because history has demonstrated that if left unchecked religious fanaticism can spin out of control and lead to destructive behaviors. If you look at the History of Christianity you can point to the Roman Empire and how the established Christian religion spun into a plague of totalitarian thought control.
Always remember that the leaders of Rome encouraged this plague, and the military was behind it. The penalty of dissent was torture, even death.
My intent here is not to say that Christianity is bad. My intent is to show you that even a good thing, when supported by government, and enforced by the law can become a scourge and lead to a civic religion that becomes a means to hold people in a mental prison.
I have been seeing a destructive turn in his county to cult like behavior with regards to enforcing a Christian meme and an in your face attitude towards those that have decided that religion is something they do not want in their lives.
Many times I have seen stories in the mainstream media, and pictures that in my opinion trigger the idea that there is only one God that we should honor and appreciate in the United States. I contend that the Dispensationalist movement in this country is responsible for the "end times" mentalities that have led us to a blind support of Israel and a reckless disregard for the separation of church and state.
If you were to read the newspapers and watch television news you may be noticing that Jesus and god are becoming buzzwords in stories about the war and about decisions made by our political leaders that should be neutral.
I love news stories that illustrate my point. Especially when I have been told by some that what I say does not have any merit or credibility.
If you can set aside the jabs and jeers I get over fake moon landing theories and little gray men, perhaps I can show you once again that there seems to be an edification of a common dogma, or a common sharing of faith in the idea that Jesus Christ is the only God that our country fights for.
The agenda of a single religious conspiracy is allowing the continuous bombardment of zealous Dispensationalist Christian infiltration of our media and the zealous demand that The United States declare its affiliation with Jesus Christ, making him the exclusive God that endorses the war on terror.
This Christ supremacy is probably a side effect of the attack on the United States and goes unchallenged because many people are afraid that if they do challenge it they may be labeled as anti god, or anti spiritual. This is a conspiracy that is passive, and if it isn't corrected it could lead to a totalitarian and intolerant country run by those with a religious agenda that from what I can surmise ends with death.
This Christ Supremacist conspiracy has been working to infiltrate government to impose their beliefs on all of us. Their mission is to change laws to fit their agenda and use pressure to control the lives of many people in the United States. We here is the west are afraid to compare this type of behavior to the Taliban in Afghanistan, but what is happening is similar and it is frightening.
It is as if the organized Army of the hairy thundering Judeo Christian God is plotting their next trigger to manipulate people into becoming Dispensationalist Christians. It is evident that the Dispensationalists are in a hurry to convert the heathen and set up radar facilities in the Middle East in order to track the Coming of Christ. I see it as similar to NOAA weather stations that track Santa Claus on wintry Christmas Eve's.
Keep in mind that the Dispensationalists are different from other Christians. It is easy to think that when one points out this covert group that you are persecuting all Christians.
Dispensationalists are becoming frighteningly fanatical about "end times" prophecy. They seem to be going to great lengths to warn all of us that our past misdeeds and sins are why we are being persecuted and the only way to find any hope is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and he will save you no matter what horrible act you commit.
While black billowing smoke was still coming from Ground Zero on September 11th, the Reverend Jerry Falwell spoke on the 700 club about why he felt that the attacks were made on the U.S.
"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'."-Jerry Falwell
That statement smacks of intolerance and yet Falwell continues to be a spokesman for any God Issue on the major networks.
When will this man or Pat Robertson for that matter declare open hunting season on Abortion doctors? When will leaders who are a part of this strictly enforced religious interpretation of law make abortion illegal?
How long will it be before these zealots declare that we execute homosexuals? Perhaps use them as kindling for the burnings of all the witches that are hiding in the Mosques?
Yea there are some that are reading this now who may think I am overreacting.
But Am I?
We are being encouraged to gird up our loins, and put on the armor of God and fight the evil doers. There are a vast majority of Americans who believe that this is an end times war. It is implied that we are Christian Soldiers who need to march to war.
An interesting twist of events happened when a headline wound up in Reuters news talking about soldiers who are now asking for Baptism in the Tigris River.
Now I know that baptisms of soldiers is nothing new and it reminds me that there are no atheists in Fox holes, but I don't understand why this is news.
For many of the 132,000 American soldiers occupying Iraq, religion is an important solace as they face loneliness, hardship and the possibility of losing their lives. Chaplains perform regular baptisms of U.S. troops in the waters of the Tigris at a U.S. base in a former palace of Saddam Hussein in Tikrit.
The irony is that after the baptism most soldiers have to go out and kill Iraqis.
What happened to "Thou Shalt Not Kill?"
The soldiers believe that they are not sinning and that God allows for wars to be fought. They point to the Old Testament as proof that what they are doing is just and correct.
There is a rationalization that most soldiers have and that is that Saddam and those who support him are evil doers and must be wiped out.
Most of the Christian soldiers believe what they are doing is right because of the brutalities of Saddam's regime. They are only vaguely aware of objections by the international anti-war lobby and that the Iraqi people are tired of the occupation of US Troops.
It seems that this gives more fuel to the opinion that this war is not only a war based in greed and oil but a clash of civilizations, Christianity against Islam.
It starts there and the clashes of ideologies are here in America as well. The new "in your face" Dispensationalists are everywhere and they have deep pockets for publicity and manipulating of people into silently agreeing that the second coming is imminent and that we are fighting a war in the Last days foretold in the book of Revelation.
I can see this and I wonder if anyone else can see how this type of thinking can lead to nothing but destruction?
Think of some of the more famous Dispensationalists of our time. Jim Jones, Marshall Applewhite, and David Koresh. They believed that the end of the world was coming and that in order to save their flock they had to encourage them to leave this planet and do it willingly. They had the power to control a large group of people and they used God as a tool. They used paradise as the promise.
Imagine them with an army?
Imagine them with an army and a majority of believers forcing the non- believers to drink the poisoned Kool-Aid? Imagine eating the applesauce at gunpoint.
Imagine the new crusade. One of the most well known Dispensationalists has an army at his command.
Here are a few quotes that I want to give you to remind you of what is going on in the world and how we are allowing a fanatic to basically do his deeds in the name of God.
"This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while."
-- George W. Bush
"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."
-- George W. Bush
"I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state."
-- George W. Bush
"We come before God to pray for the missing and the dead, and for those who loved them.... Our purpose as a nation is firm, yet our wounds, as a people are recent and unhealed and lead us to pray.... This world he created is of moral design. Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance, and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn.... Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love."
--George W. Bush
Here we have a President declaring a crusade, telling people that God told him to strike at the enemy, making odd statements about the mixing of church and state and quoting the book of Romans in the Bible. Christians say that this is not a bad thing. Christians say that this is an important moment in history. A time where our Government begins to turn our nation back to God.>BR>
It is a good thing if you choose to believe in this God. If you choose to believe that George W. Bush is a man of God.
This is a nightmare.
Many say that it is an imaginary nightmare. However it is not the first time in history that this has happened.
Philosophical Discrimination is only the beginning.
Fanaticism places scriptures or the teachings of leaders first. Those who are thinking and logical realize that scriptures and leaders are useful when they are seriously seeking for the betterment of their people and not the betterment of a destructive agenda or ideology. Fanatics tell you what to think, rather than how to think.
Fanatics are constantly preaching an eye for an eye, which may explain why people who are not fanatics refuse to follow blindly.
This is not just an issue with religion, but an issue in political fanaticism as well.
It is a time to seek out your own truth. It is time to find your own reality. It is a time where we all need to learn and understand the truths that are hidden in the beliefs of others.
It is time to act with absolute openness and love.
We can't afford to allow the ignorant to manipulate the core. We need to somehow set aside time to listen, to read, to seek out and to open up.
We need to talk. We need to listen. We need to be teachable.
It is a worthwhile cause to encourage tolerance and love. Now more than ever there is a need for those who cherish freedom to carefully examine any ideology political or religious and ask with an open mind and heart if what it espouses is something that you really think will enrich your life. This should be our religion and our spirituality. If your spirituality includes Christ then that is fine. The true Jesus Christ taught many great and wonderful things.
It is unfortunate that the Christ that is worshipped in this country right now is so "bush" league.
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