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During Innaugeration, Christian Criminals Still Terrorize … Op Ed

November 14, 2008

In America, anyone who threatens the United States Constitution is a criminal.

The swearing-in of the President of the United States occurs upon the commencement of a new term of a President of the United States. The United States Constitution mandates that the President make the following oath or affirmation before he or she can “enter on the Execution” of the office of the presidency:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.” –

– Article II, Section 1, clause 8 – U.S. Constitution

Islam and Christian extremists consider themselves “above” secular law.  They insist that God’s Law is their only guide.  OK!  That just fine.  At least until their interpretation of “God’s Law” encroaches or breaks US Law.  This makes them criminals and potential terrorists, especially when they try to infiltrate a secular system and fashion it into their narrow dogma.  Religious Extremists justify committing murder, mayhem, torture and intimidation, because “it is God’s Will”.

Recently, there have been lawmakers in many conservative states that have managed to inject their “God” dogma.  In a theocracy, all citizens must comply with someone elses interpretation of a Supreme Being and their rules.

Dominionism and Dominion Theology are not denominations or faith groups. Rather, they are interrelated beliefs which are followed by members of a wide range of Christian denominations.

US Conservatives, historically, have been the party of fiscal responsibility.  The past decade has witnessed the morphing of conservatism into a theocratic bandstand.  These new conservatives are robotic soldiers of charismatic shamans who use excerpts from the Christian Bible to justify enslaving “non-believers”.  Convinced they are “saving lost souls”, these brainwashed Dominionists and Christian Reconstructionists impose restrictions on a whole population.

Theonomy is the next step in Dominion Theology, because it would “reinstate the Old Testament civil code, including the penal code. (Most theonomists believe the method of punishment should be adapted to the times, however. So homosexuals and gluttons would die in the electric chair rather than by stoning. What a relief!)” [1]

A militant form of Theonomy is Christian Recontructionism.

Chip Berlet argued in 1996: “Reconstructionism is a theology that argues that only Christian men should rule civil society. It has a softer related theology called dominionism. … ‘Dominionism’ in general threatens the Church/State separation so vital to our democracy as a pluralist society. Groups such as the Christian Coalition really have adopted many of the tenets of Dominionism, and some key Christian right leaders are close to Reconstructionism, which thinks that the U.S. Constitution is a sub-document overruled by Old Testament Biblical Laws.”

We have witnessed, in horror, the results of religious extremists acting out what they believe is the “will of god”.  America’s christians are being hi-jacked by the same kind of narrow interpretation of “god’s will”.  This world was created without the help of human hands.  Humans have become so self important that they actually think that they are better and wiser than their creator.  That is arrogance!

This past decade has seen …

Why don’t the media use the term “terrorist” to describe Christian extremist groups who bomb clinics, shoot doctors, and use guerrilla tactics to scare women?

When supposedly mainstream Christians like James Dobson complain that adding protection for women to the Federal hate crimes statute will curtail religious freedom, do they define religious freedom as the right to bomb women, or the right to incite people to bomb women as the person in the above photo would seem to be doing?

Religious Terror
A Poem by: George Feigley,

One of the first truths that the Christian church learned was the value of terror. Make the suckers afraid. Convince them that some boogyman will get them. Tell them that they need the Christian mythology to protect them from the danger. Presto, the sucker buys into the lie, pays his money and surrenders his freedom to the all-knowing church.

Terror has proven to be the best way to get people to give up their liberties and independence. The Republicans learned from Christian mythology. They invent devils and then present themselves as the only effective protection from the supposed threat. The classic example was the “Red Menace.”

The Republican fanatic, Joe McCarthy, preached that the dread Communists had infiltrated the government. If Americans didn’t look out, the Reds would steal our minds, our souls, our American way of life. It was all lies, of course. Republicans rely on dishonesty. [“Oh, look, they have weapons of mass destructions just like us. We’ll have to kill them!”]

The Republicans especially hated the Communists because, in theory at least, the Reds promised to share the wealth with ordinary persons. Republicans are the wealthy, big business, big oil, military martinets. The last thing that bunched wanted, or wants today, is for ordinary people to share their billions or share the power that money buys.

Republicans have effectively used terror since Lincoln precipitated the unnecessary Civil War. They’ve invented a string of demons for us to fear and for them to save us from. Without bad guys, why would we give away our freedoms?

The Christian mythology stared by preaching fear of Romans. Quickly they graduated to fear of spooks, ghosts, devils and science. The most effective terror tactics proved to be fear of sex (the great majority of Christians were/are frigid women) and fear of death.

Following the same strategy, the Republicans graduated from terror of the Reds to fear of illegal aliens, Arabs, Moslems and a big one is “socialized healthcare,” drugs from Canada and airplanes.

The real risk to you of being hurt or killed by a “terrorist” (whatever that may mean) is miniscule, about the same as being struck by lightning.

America is illegal aliens! The old ones simply want to keep everything for themselves by making you afraid of the new ones.

When a Republican politician tells you how much danger you’re in, don’t you believe it! As front for right-wing extremists, the bigot channel, Fox “News,” has proven effective in two areas. It preaches fear and hate, the Christian staples. They are an effective smoke screen hiding the real problems of the country: social injustice and inequity. They want you to worry about a slut drown in Aruba or a child murdered in Idaho. While such things are terrible tragedies, they are extremely rare. You’ll win the lottery three times before it happens to you.

Be afraid, VERY afraid. Be afraid of the Christian crazies and of the Republicans and their Christian agenda. Otherwise, I extol FDR’s axiom of freedom from fear.

The Voice of the Imprisoned

A terrorist is a terrorist no matter who your daddy was, no matter who your god is or who your savior, prophet or messiah is.  Terrorism inflicts pain to make a point.  Terrorism seeks to intimidate or destroy non-followers.  No one is so privileged to get a free pass to hurt others.  Christians, Muslims and militant cults are all the same … The INQUISITION is history’s lesson for future generations, have we all forgotten?  The CRUSADES justified genocide, the victims still remember. The “Christian Warriors” miss their free pass on terrorism .

  1. November 17, 2008 12:23 pm

    great article keep it up..

  2. November 15, 2008 9:15 am

    Thank you Diana. I really appreciate your recognition that America’s Right Wing political propaganda has done a lot of damage to Christianity. The propaganda America suffers from is a result of The New Republican campaign gurus (like Carl Rove) making promises to Evangelical leaders in exchange for endorsements. This is what Hitler’s propaganda machine did to pre-WWII Germany.
    The fallout has disenfranchised real Christians. Real Christians must try to recover their religion from the hands of these power-mongers.
    Radical Christianity, Radical Islam, Radical Judaism does not reflect their actual religions. Today’s religions have morphed into political tools, therefore, they become suspect.

  3. November 14, 2008 8:50 am

    Terror truly is terror, Muslim, Christian or otherwise. When it comes to Christian terror, the problem with Christianity is not Christianity itself, but the people who like to call themselves Christians, who haven’t got a clue as to who Christ is, what he stands for and what the gift of the wisdom of his life, death and teaching is truly all about. From what I gather, it is about love, peace, truth, forbearance, grace and the limitless possibility that comes of those things. First and foremost, it’s about truth. Once you know and accept the truth, peace, forbearance and grace are free to follow.

    The pictures you posted, with Jesus bearing a huge, deadly fire arm, and the one of Jesus gently knocking on the door holding a pistol does not represent at all who Jesus is and what he stands for. They do, however, represent the many people who call themselves Christians, who, for their own personal agendas, abuse Christianity in the most horrific of ways. The heads of the Catholic church in ages past and present exemplify terror in the “Christian” religion, where honest people were burned alive for translating the Bible from Greek to English in their efforts to make Divine wisdom available to ordinary people, allowing free access to the truth it embodies. It’s not Christianity that’s the problem. It’s all the people at all levels who truly believe they’re Christians but who still have not yet come to terms with the truth about themselves.

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