Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Christian Terrorism

I read a nationally syndicated column today pondering the reasons behind Pat Robertson's support for Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid. The ultimate reason is Robertson's conviction that the problem of "Islamic terrorism" outweighs the other issues upon which the two disagree such as gay rights and abortion.

It is refreshing to hear that someone like Robertson understands that there are matters of much greater import than those two hot button issues, but the most troubling aspect of this alliance is the underlying theme that Giuliani hammered home during his visit to Mt. Vernon, MO yesterday. Calling for a massive buildup of American troops, Giuliani sounded the trumpets of war loud and clear, and Robertson, a major voice of the Christian right, has a long history of harmonizing with that tune. The two together would have us in Iran in a New York minute.

What most of us have long failed or chosen not to understand is that the war that is now raging in the Middle East is indeed, despite what W says, a holy war. Yes, the United States government saw Saddam Hussein as an uncontrollable and therefore expendable obstacle in the region and yes, the U.S. saw control of Iraq's oil reserves as a valuable prize and yes, the neo-cons and AIPAC saw the invasion of Iraq as an opportunity to enhance Israel's strength and security in the region, but behind it all lies the manipulation of U.S. policy by right wing religious groups bent on not only dominating Middle Eastern politics, but also cramming their brand of Christianity down America's throat.

In their zeal to make their rigid religion America's guiding light, these American Talibanic believers in Armageddon are perfectly willing to trigger it through wars in the "Holy Land". These right wingnuts know that growing the military under their careful tutelage would ultimately give them the weaponry to push their religion so powerfully upon the U.S. and the rest of the world alike that they could not be ignored.

Under the careful leadership of people like Robertson and D. James Kennedy, a neo John the Baptist who actually teaches seminars on how to convert people to Christianity (i.e. "Save" them) and ultimately to advocate for America to recognize itself as a Christian nation, this bunch resembles no other group on earth as much as they resemble the jihadist Muslims they point at and call terrorists. Their railing against "Islamic terrorists" is as if they stand before a mirror and point out their own viciousness.

The ultimate result of the election of a candidate like Giuliani with the strong backing of the Christian right would be an even more warlike America that truly could trigger what would look like Armageddon with the only difference being that those lying and dying among the ashes would include these crazies who think that when they trigger all this Jesus will leap off a cloud with his flaming sword in hand and lead his faithful followers off to paradise while the rest of us are left to the fires of hell. The only thing missing from these Christians' version of paradise is 72 virgins.

For God's sake (literally) let's get and keep these nuts out of power.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -- M. K. Gandhi

Individually we have little voice. Collectively we cannot be ignored.
But in silence we surrender our power. Yours in Peace -- BR

The reason for going was to keep the crude flowing and raise a false flag abroad. – from a poem by Jack Evans titled 3500 Souls

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