Religion in Society

To Hell With The Extreme Right

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You may not have heard of Bill Wiese but this man claims to have visited Hell and returned to planet Earth! Is that clear? He claims to have gone to Hell for a visit and returned to describe the facilities! Yes, this is what he claims. Appearing on Fox News in 2009, Mr. Wiese provided a vivid description of his 1998 experience. Mr. Wiese claims he was hurled into a jail cell in Hell for 23 minutes! No, not some slum in Jersey, but the home of Satan. He describes Hell with all the trimmings of fire, monsters, torture and generally a bottomless pit of despair. Watch his testimony on Fox news: See It on YouTube

Mr. Wiese has written a book (2006) on his travels to Hell. In 2007, along with his wife Annette, he founded “Soul Choice Ministries”. He makes big bucks scaring fellow Christians with his lectures on his visit to Hell. He has turned Hell into a HOT topic!

I cannot say I believe in the Hot Place, but after watching the idiots on Fox "News", there seems a growing need to have a place like Hell. So perhaps Mr. Wiese can provide information for us not benefiting from his preview. Hell had better be spacious to house those that deserve the accommodations. Here in the USA alone, there seems no end to the mean spirited purveyors of hate and plain idiocy on the lunatic right. Consider Sister Sarah Palin, the sad result of John McCain’s desire to impress the extreme right.

The poor woman has that deer in the headlights look when Katie Couric asks her to identify a single Supreme Court decision, other than Roe B. Wade, with which she disagrees. It is beyond Sarah's intellectual prowess to name of a single newspaper that she reads. Her "Drill Baby, Drill" lack of respect for conservation shows she is no Teddy Roosevelt Republican. But Sarah is out there stumping and filling her coffers with money from people that love to hear her mindless ramblings. Lucifer will adore her lack of intellectual preparedness. When asked if he can accommodate Ms. Palin he might just say "YOU BETCHA".

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And speaking of no intellectual prowess, those hot coals will keep old fat boy Rush doing his usual stomp and flapping his arms like a sea gull. It is no secret that Rush wants to defeat Obama at any cost. In fact, the worse the condition of the country, the better it is for his cronies, as proven in the mid term elections when the GOP took control of the House. That would not have happened if politicians had worked together for the good of the country. Making Obama look bad helped Republicans. So Fat Boy was right! As a perk, Rush will have the company of plenty of other racists and drug dealers in the warm spot reserved for him.

John McCain, the would be Maverick, is headed to the cozy fires with his gang. The charm John had in 2000 did not get him the nomination. So he worked on his bitterness to please the Right and added homo phobia to his conservative credentials. When he reinvented himself into a stuborn old fool he was still not conservative enough for the party. I suspect that down below he can continue to concern himself with what will happen in close, intimate quarters. Although I suspect most of the Gays that concern him will not be there.

Then there is another batch deserving of the trip below, those Tea Party fruitcakes. They cry "Socialism" when it comes to the government trying to be a safety net for the citizens. They complain about the redistrbution of wealth and too much spending. Where was their cry when the wealth was redistributed upward? They do not want to spend money, yet they insist on the need to borrow more money from China so that millionaires and billionaires can have a tax break. Now who do you think is stuffing their coffers? When Obama went along with this nonsense of tax breaks for the rich, he did not reach a compromise, he sold his soul. Obama needs to accept that the GOP is out to destroy him even if they destroy America in the process. Intellect is crucial and Obama has plenty of brain power, but he should take a few lessons from "Dirty Harry". He needs to tell the GOP to "Make His Day". Those selling America to the super rich need permanent accommodations down below.

While we are at it, some Supreme Court members need to take the trip South to a place with good health benefits. I say, Red hot prostate exams for those five Justices that did away with the restriction on corporate contributions? Big Businesses may now contribute as much as they like to support or oppose political candidates. The Supreme Court removed the final restriction on Big Money control of America. On that decision, America lost all hope of being a Democracy. Corporations can now just buy directly the politicians that are in their corner. Just skip the lobbyists. When the five justices that decided this ruling check in down below, Anita Hill will finally see real justice done. Selling tickets to that event would easily erase the National Debt.

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose."
—Thomas Jefferson, letter to Alexander von Humboldt, 1813

Well it is clear the good old USA is under the control of the Bible Thumping Religious Right. I feel like the loose buckle in the Bible Belt! Apparently Gay Weddings are more concern than job loss, health care coverage , a liveable planet, or the unrestrained rights of corporate America over the individual. Stem cell research, Evolution Theory, OSHA standards, and a woman's right to choose are just the short list of rejected concepts. We don't have to look to the Taliban to find religious interference with individual liberty. It is right down here in Lynchburg! That earthquake in Charlottesville was Jefferson rolling over in his grave as we race backward toward the Stone Age.

I still talk to my friend General that left this earth in 1998. I am not without spirituality, but I am an Agnostic. The religious mania in today’s world is more than sufficient cause for concern. If a pilot on a commercial aircraft can suddenly ask the passengers to raise their hand if they are Christian, that is frightening. One would wonder is this guy a religious nut with a plan for a fast route to the afterlife, or is he just an over zealous and insensitive jerk? . That means one person has religious freedom and the rest must wonder what is going on. Religious freedom means you don’t hound me on an airplane. Religious freedom means if "you found the way" keep it to yourself when operating aircraft.

But what do you expect. Forty percent of Americans claim to be “Born Again Christians” and President George W. Bush professes belief in a religion that preaches a concept called Rapture. You know, Rapture, that big event that evangelicals believe every true-believing Christian, and every child under the age of 12, vanishes in an instant to a better place. All others will face the Tribulation. Such fantasy seems as believable as Santa going down every chimney on Christmas Eve, except not nearly as much fun.. In this world the Christian and Muslim Gods seem to be a blood thirsty bunch! Convert or kill seems to be the war cry. The Muslims would call me an infidel and the Christian might say a heathen. I guess the golden rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you provided they are willing to wrap themselves in the same idiotic dogma. And we have a growing acceptance of public money going to religious charities. So I can only get a bowl of soup or medical care if I want to listen to your dribble about Jesus and salvation. This is what we mean by Faith Based Help. You know, like Hawaii, where we brought in the bibles, along with disease, guilt, and a total lack of understanding of the native life.

The religious right wants government out of religion, but not the other way around. They are obsessed with converting you to their way of thinking. I recall that some time ago, I was sitting on my porch and two of God’s crusaders appeared riding up on bicycles. They were from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As they approached me, it did not take them long to reveal their mission. They quickly got to the meat of the matter and asked the big question: The Mormon equivalent of "Was I Saved?" I reflected a moment, and then told them this was not the appropriate question. Looking curious, they asked me to explain. I said, well, because it was not me that has 30 seconds to vacate the porch or meet my maker. And so they quickly departed and my opportunity to be assured a spot in the afterlife was again forsaken.

So along comes Wacko Mel Gibson to spread his version of the truth. And the sheep flock to absorb the gore. Adolph Hitler visited the 1934 performance of the Passion Play , giving it his eager blessing. In the words of the leader of the Third Reich "It is vital that the Passion play be continued at Oberammergau; for never has the menace of Jewry been so convincingly portrayed as in this presentation of what happened in the time of the Romans," Hitler continues "There one sees Pontius Pilate, a Roman racially and intellectually so superior, that he stands out like a firm, clean rock in the middle of the whole muck and mire of Jewry." So there you have it, the Passion play as seen by the man responsible for the biggest Genocide in history. Of course Mel's father denies the holocaust ever happened! And today's Evangelicals are happy to promote the movie to anyone that will listen. I heard one minister say it is a film everyone must see. Now I say that is rubbish! “The Bear” is a film everyone must see. It promotes compassion for nature and life. It is warm and kind and its message is respect for nature and living things. In spite of what the Jesus Freaks say this world was not put here for man alone. The world is not a garden solely for man’s exploitation. “Gorillas of the Mist “is a movie everyone should see. It says there are beautiful things in this world that man, in his hurried and self centered ways, is only too eager to destroy. And of course “Cloud, Wild Stallion of the Rockies” is for sure a movie everyone must see. It shows that in spite of all their struggles with nature, Man remains the wild horses’ greatest challenge to survival. These movies really tried to do some good and Mel Gibson was not in any of these. But I heard one person say it is good this movie came out when it did, the devil was making us all talk about gay marriage and Mel got us off that subject!

But the world will go on spending an inordinate amount of energy on disseminating hate and calling it the religion of Jesus or Mohammed. Religion is and has always been more about Power than Truth, more about Control then Compassion. It has often been used to propel one people against another. Religion has stifled both the Arts and the Sciences. Remember how long it took to accept that the Earth was not the center of the Solar System? Remember the price Galileo paid for being a free thinking human being? In the past a man might kill and maim thousands of people and yet become the Pope! So it seems crazy to call him the Holy one! Even today the Pope goes into an impoverished, over populated country and preaches against birth control. On the other hand we have raving lunatics calling themselves Christians making sport of shooting at abortion doctors. And then there is Jerry Farwell who feels compelled to worry if some cartoon character is gay and is so worked up over gay marriage he put up a site onemanonewoman.com. Sounds to me like Jerry needs a woman himself. Of all the serious problems in the world, for a grown man proclaiming to be in touch with God to get wound tight over the sexual preference of a cartoon character seems, well, a tad trite! It encourages the kind of idiots that gave the movie "Good Boy" a horrible review because one of the dogs lived in a home with two men. Seems that Religion and Peace on Earth are in total contradiction.

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
—Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

A key disturbing factor is the notion that Man is made in God’s image. It is the ultimate rationale for treating all other creatures as something God put here for man to use as he sees fit. I guess the wolf, the elephant, and the buffalo are not in God's image and if we see fit to hunt them to extinction, then that is in keeping with the will of God.

I think we have entered another Dark Age where Religion Rules. We still have those wanting to teach Creationism in the schools. Truth be known, God is a magnificent stallion. Dawn told me and she is his prophet. God bless her. Pass the plate. Need to fill the coffers ! Majo indulgences sell for $1000 and up. Forgiveness for the rich only!

" A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge."
-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot (1994)

The following are but a few other renowned Agnostics or Atheists:
Albert Einstein: German-born theoretical physicist, best known for his theory of relativity.
Mark Twain: American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Bertrand Russell: British philosopher, logician, essayist, and social critic, best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy
Stephen Hawking: famous scientist and author of The Cosmos Explained.
Bill Gates: founder of Microsoft.
Charles Robert Darwin: famous scientist and author of the Origin of Species.
Larry King: famous analyst at CNN. Known for the Larry King Live show.
Ted Turner: Founder of CNN and TBS.
Warren Buffett: American Investor.