We’re Not Descended From a Biblical Pair

Adam and Eve.  Biblical people will say that the entire population came from Adam and Eve.

First, no.  It’s scientifically impossible.  Our genetic code would have disintegrated by now.

Second, you haven’t read that stupid book.  If we go by what’s said in the book of Genesis, we’ve descended from a lot of people outside of Elohim’s/El’s/Yahweh’s/God’s (honestly, pick one) chosen couple.  Not just Adam and Eve.

The proof is when Cain is sent on his way after killing his brother.  He’s sent to the land of Nod where he finds a wife and has many children.

A land not of Adam and Eve.  A land god didn’t create or he told Moses (the so-called writer of this book) nothing about it.  Nod contains more people, one of them female.  I’ll assume that Cain had a few choices and chose this unnamed woman.

Many other times within the five books of Moses are there references to Egyptians, Hittites, and other ethnic/culture groups (we’re all the human race but we’ve gotten into this bad habit of calling other cultures a “race” and frankly, it’s a racist attitude meant to dehumanize non-Caucasians) that god never told Moses about–instead having him believe that Moses descended from Adam (Eve’s always left out).

There are even times when one of the descendants of Adam goes his own way, then he fathers a whole culture who somehow becomes the enemy that Moses and his people, as they wander pointlessly around the Arabian desert, are told to slaughter because they’ve lost their way and no longer worship El.  Nice way of saying, “Boo hoo hoo, my sons over there don’t worship me anymore, boo hoo hoo, kill them all.”

There’s a lot of killing of non-Adam descendants during that 40-year wandering that isn’t really 40. It’s more like two years.  So what happened, Moses?  Why didn’t your god tell you about all those cultures?

Because the bible was written by several people who made it all up.

ASIDE:  By the way, the woman Cain marries is unnamed because the writers of the bible were ascetics who hated women and anything that came from carnal desire.  A woman was either the cause of evil (Eve, and in later stories made up by the church, Lilith, in order to continue the oppression of women whenever they ask, “Why are you doing this to us?”) or she’s so insignificant that mentioning her by name is of no interest by these writers.  The few who are named are intended to further the narrative of worshipping the one true god.

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Free Will is Not Biblical

I’m so sick of this “god gave us free will” shit.

When someone who’s a so-called godless heathen (or a child) asks, “Why didn’t god save (insert example)…?”, a bible defender or believer or part-time believer will say “Because God gave us Free Will, so he’s about us taking responsibility for our choices.”

This is bullshit.

Free will. There’s no such thing in the bible. God never says that to Adam and Eve when he kicks them out of the garden for having the stupidity to decide something for themselves–i.e., get some knowledge and therefore execute free will–the free will to do something he told them not to do.

That god didn’t want free will. He wanted obedience and ignorance. And when the two mud monkeys did something against his law, they’re booted out and given suffering for all eternity (mortality, birth pain).

So when someone says “god gave us free will”, they’re peddling propaganda by church officials.

American Terrorism

Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen

“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.

“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”

““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”

“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””

He’s right.  We are guilty.  All of us.  We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.

You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.

We were all so shocked by 9/11.  We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”

THIS:  We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse.  We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.

We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore.  We can’t.  If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.

“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”

Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses.  Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian.  This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia.  We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.

This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments.  Why did he do this?  His belief that we were superior and had the right.  We aren’t and we never did.

“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”

What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.

We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen.  We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples.  No right whatsoever.

Patriarchal Hierarchy is Killing Us

(This isn’t a rant about being anti-male, anti-men, so get that out of your system right now and I’m not here to suggest that Matriarchy is the answer.)

Patriarchy:  A cultural structure that is male-dominated and patrilineal (inheritance through male lines) which appears to be predisposed to run in an hierarchical system.

Hierarchy:  a system that bases all movement through series of tiers.  It is not self-damaging in and of itself.  It depends on the method it uses in order to run smoothly, without corruption.

Nature is automatically hierarchical, but it’s not naturally patriarchal.  Within it, all systems are hierarchical.  However, nature’s system is different in that all of its tiers are interdependent.  They rely on each to survive.  Take one tier out and the entire system collapses.  I’d say it’s like a house of cards except the top cards don’t collapse the system when they’re taken away.

Let’s use a wolf pack as an example of natural, and perfectly run, hierarchy.  The alpha wolf pair rules.  Or ‘dominates’ the pack.  Notice I said pair.  Not male, not female.  Pair.  There are beta wolves and delta wolves.  All are required for the pack to exist as a cohesive unit.  For example, the delta’s role in the pack is “play”.  The delta initiates it, creating a “destresser”, if you will.  For a human, you could call them the comedian or class clown, except that they don’t get punished for “cutting up”.

Lone wolves are unnatural, but they exist.  Why?  Because the lone wolf is nature’s way of creating new packs or as a means to eliminate an unnatural threat.  They’re usually the loser of an alpha challenge that has dispatched the former alpha.  If they stay a lone wolf, they don’t survive long.  If a wolf pack kicks them out of the pack, the wolf tries to join another.  If another pack doesn’t accept them, they might be killed.  Or it will join with another lone wolf and eventually gather up more until they’ve formed their own pack.

Alpha males are constantly being challenged.  Not threatened.  Challenged.  This is to ensure the stability of the pack.  If they become too aggressive toward the entire pack, the alpha male is taken out and replaced, thereby ensuring the stability.  In a lesser way, dogs do this with their owners.  Smart owners understand (without cognitively recognizing it) this and they frequently reestablish dominance by letting their dogs know who’s the leader of the pack.  Like a wolf pack, this is done through non-damaging, non-lethal punishment.

In the wolf pack, you may have seen what looks like fighting.  This is “challenging” behavior.  When an alpha is challenged, the usual response is to firmly bite, but not puncture, the challenger’s muzzle and to hold them until the challenger meekly accepts the subservient role.  When the alpha becomes weak (by personality, not strength) and is no longer able to subdue the challenger, then the challenger wins and becomes the alpha.  When you have a dog that you allow to run the household (when you spoil it rotten, and that holds for children, too), then you as alpha are no longer pack leader.

This rarely happens to the female alpha.  She is the pack breeder.  The pack mother.  To maintain the equilibrium of the pack, only the alpha pair can breed.  This is to ensure that the pack doesn’t over-populate.  Over-population kills an ecological (and economical) system faster than sickness or disaster.  (This is why humans are a threat to this planet, by the way, but *only* due to religion.  Religion sets a “go forth and multiply” approach and that’s dangerous.)  And sickness and disaster are also nature’s means to thin the herd.  Or pack, in this case.  There are times when too many litters grow the pack too large and many of them may be booted out to form their own pack.  Most simply choose to leave to form their own packs.  There is no “allowance”.  The alpha pair just accept the migration.

As for patriarchy, the wolf pack isn’t patriarchal.  There isn’t a lone male wolf at the top of the pack that dictates its wishes down to the others.  This system is dysfunctional because it isn’t interdependent.  It creates a class system where all others suffer at the behest of the dictator.  This is why the wolf pack is run by the alpha pair.  All members of the pack have their purpose and sometimes they change roles.  A beta wolf can become a delta and vice-versa.  Likewise, an alpha can be replaced, but they rarely become a lower wolf within the same pack.  They are thrown out of the pack when they are challenged and replaced because the pack is purposely run that way.

Thousands of years ago, humans copied the wolf pack.  But that ended when certain types of religion were created that were a combination of patriarchal and hierarchical and they became, for all intents and purposes, a diseased system.  Romans were one such example.  But so were the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hittites, Babylonians, Sumerians, Akkadians, Celts, Gauls, etc.  Their preferred method was aggression.  To war with others.  To enslave, dominate, subjugate, oppress, and repress.  This created a class system that was unbalanced and threatening to all natural systems.  There is a reason these nations are extinct.  They destroyed themselves.

In a patriarchal hierarchical system, everything becomes dependent on the top tier.  Not interdependent.  Dependent.  Dependency in and of itself is not damaging, but when it is unbalanced, when it is no longer part of the system but a *result* of the system, of the tiers above or below it, then it stagnates.  It’s like a pool of water.  If there is no natural runoff or replenishment, when the bodies inside it are no longer able to function as part of the whole, it “stagnates”, becomes corrupted, but that corruption stays and isn’t allowed to serve the whole.

It’s like throwing a corpse (of whatever kind of animal) into a pond but the pond isn’t allowed to remove it.

In a natural system, a dead animal infects the entire ecological “society” and the system is forced to attack it until it becomes inert and thus the body has been useful as it has fed the entire system.  Take a dead whale at the bottom of the ocean.  All surrounding life forms feed off it until it’s nothing but partial bone and eventually, the salt water will reduce that bone to its chemical components, which in turn feeds the entire ocean.

Humanity, in its current form, is a corpse that bloats and infects its surroudings and resists nature’s methods to reduce it to inert materials.  No surrounding life forms are able to do their job in bringing back balance.

Hierarchy is part of that imbalance.  Let’s use a patriarchal family that uses hierarchy as an example.  The father (and/or mother) are the top tier.  Their children grow up to be adults, but they are still treated as children, not grown members of the pack, and are dependent–not interdependent–on the teachings of the father no matter how old he gets.  The children aren’t taught to be stable members of the pack–society.  They’re simply taught to obey the father, to be productive only as the father sees fit.  To serve father.

When the father dies, the behavior is still there but passed down.  The dysfunction that has been created by the father remains, continues, and for the children, and their descendents after that, they are victims and slaves of a system they don’t understand is killing them.

When this family unit is copied to form a village (city, state, country), hierarchical class systems develop.

Class:  People who have been forced to live within the same social, economic, and/or educational status.  Upper class, Middle Class, Lower Class.

Class creates imbalance, by its very nature.  Periodically, members of other classes rise and fall, in the manner of a wolf pack, but the system itself is imbalanced because it doesn’t support the lower tiers, only the upper.  When class members change, the system stays in place, created that way by patriarchal hierarchy.

When that hierarchy is threatened (i.e. challenged by the lower classes), then the upper class members will demonize the attempt and convince the lower classes that their station in life is healthy and needs to stay in place–and they’re threatened to stay put or be destroyed.  This is done through misdirection.  For example, when the Us versus Them approach is used, and let’s use socialism as an example.

Socialism:  1.  A political theory advocating state ownership of industry.  2.  An economic system based on state ownership of capital.

Whether we realize it or not, we live in a socialist-based society, but it’s not a balanced form.  Only the upper tiers live on the results and the lower tiers are dependent–not interdependent–on the upper tiers *allowing* them to live.  The upper tiers are dependent–not interdependent–on the lower tiers staying where they are, using them as slaves to feed the upper tiers.

Socialism itself is not damaging.  It can be a healthy system when run correctly.  But like the dictator wolf who infects the pack until he is killed or ousted, socialism can become predatory, like it did in the country of Russia, which then spread its form of socialism to China and other nations.  The results there were corrupted and so the peoples of other nations automatically assumed socialism was a danger to society.  But eventually, some countries adopted it in a more balanced form and are able to run smoothly, creating happy citizens.

Still, “socialism” is a dog-whistle word that scares people–and it scares people who have been lied to about its usefulness, its purpose.  All they see instead is Us vs. Them and they have been taught that by the upper class, by those in charge of their lives.  Democracy is a form of socialism, whether you understand that or not.  But it too, like all societal systems, can be corrupted.

The danger, in its simplest form, is patriarchal hierarchy and religions based on that.  They are unbalanced and thus dysfunctional.  So what is the answer?  Well, basically:  the wolf pack.

Until we return to balance as nature requires, we will spiral out of control until we have destroyed ourselves and every living thing around us.  We need to change to survive.  I don’t expect us to change anytime soon.  Societal changes are slow to happen and the 60s decade was a very rare exception.  That collapsed because the predators who felt threatened–the upper class–took advantage of several events, large and small.  But we have to change our ways or we are just as doomed as the Romans.  And the dinosaurs.

The Evil That Men Do

The Guardian:  “How Trump signed a global death warrant for women.”

What is the Global Gag Rule?  The rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, requires NGOs to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions anywhere in the world as a condition for receiving US family planning funds. Every Republican president since 1985 has implemented it. But Donald Trump has adopted a stringent version of the rule, under which NGOs that refuse to sign will be refused all health assistance, including for HIV, primary care, nutrition, tuberculosis and malaria programs. As much as $8bn in US funding could be affected – money that developing world health budgets can ill afford to do without.

 

Look at those callous, malicious faces in the picture from the article. You see, *this* is why each one of them deserves punishment. Whatever manner that takes, I’m good. Do evil, it will visit you in return.

A Revolution Do-Over Is Required

Once upon a time, there was a land called New World.  The men and women who lived there for hundreds of years didn’t call it that.  They called it The Land, The Earth surface, Home, the Spirit Lands, and other names.  Each tribe or nation had their own view, their own lands, their own government, their own people.  When one tribe sought to take more than their share, which wasn’t very often, then they went to war to regain the balance.  Balance always returned.

Vikings from Norway traveled to Iceland, Greenland, and what are now provinces of Canada, moved down the coast and settled for a while, but Odin and Thor weren’t happy and they had so much trouble with the strange land that they returned home.  This was long before 1492 C.E., when Spain’s pirates (with royal letters of mark making them “privateers”) set sail to find other lands to conquer because they weren’t getting very far with England and France–and those two countries couldn’t stop warring with each other(and England with Scotland, Ireland, and Wales).  So while they were busy, the pirates set sail.  After a while, England, Portugal, and Italy joined them.

 

The mindset of these people was greed.  Sure, some of them may have been honest folk, but the religion of these people told them that the world was theirs to conquer and anyone who wasn’t like them was sub-human, not worthy of their own lives, their own governments.  They invaded Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

They murdered millions—people who already lived in the lands they invaded.  Most murders were through direct action.  Many died through indirect means, such as disease and starvation.  Many people were forced into slavery–and slavery was an industry.  An institution.  To do away with it meant a loss of income and they would not stand for that.

By the early 1700s, many “colonists” in North America had murdered, enslaved, and stole lands from, the indigenous peoples.  Many states south of Virginia refused to give up slavery, but since fighting men were needed, they were allowed to keep their slavery in return for joining the men who were determined to create a new nation.

There is an old adage that holds to be true:  Wars of independence are always followed by civil wars.  The reason is because the independence seekers are forced to accept compromises in order to win and those compromises are seeds that foment internal rebellion and self-destruction.  Those compromises weren’t really compromises.  They ultimatums and guns to the head.  In the case of the so-called United States of America, those compromises were about one thing:  slavery.  Or to put it more esoterically, Greed.

 

As the U.S. grew, greed killed off many more Indigenous Peoples and corralled the rest in ever-shrinking “sovereign” lands.  AKA, reservations.  When the U.S. government’s greed wanted more land, they violated their own word and stole it from the Native Americans.  The “Indians” didn’t–and still don’t–have militias or armies or weapons, so their rights were run over, their people slaughtered.  Meanwhile, the Indians’ sovereignty was thrown in their faces whenever they asked the U.S. government for money.

The U.S. government will steal your sovereign land and deny you the means to live well on that land.  It’s a catch-22, and purposely written that way in order to eventually kill you off and get the land “back”–land that was never theirs to begin with.  All Native American land is surrounded by U.S. land.  There is nowhere to go, no one to seek help from.  Our Native American brothers and sisters are living on borrowed time.

Now, why have we white people put up with this?

Because we’re concerned with our own measly lives.  We are concerned with making a living, having an income, feeding ourselves, housing ourselves, and clothing ourselves.  Many of us are side-tracked with wanting more.  Greed.  But we never get it and there’s a reason:

Our government is run by an oligarchy, not a democracy, and it’s been that way from day one.  The Founding Fathers were rich men, and although some of them died “poor”(Washington), they were still members of the gentry and given special status over so-called “simple” farmers and laborers.  What is now referred to as “workers”, and that name has a slavery connotation to it.

We are peons.  We are ruled by the rich.  They don’t give quarter.  They make us work for it while they reap the rewards that we should all share in and don’t.

When we try to bring balance, we are trod upon, lied to, and always forced to work against our own interests through means of parlor tricks, skullduggery, bald-faced lies, misdirection, and our own bigotries.

So America has limped along since the Civil War, grown little by little after WWI and WWII, and We the People allowed ourselves to conquered and indentured by our so-called leaders.  We gave them power and they ran with it, building it up and up and up until we looked around and found there was an immense inequality.

And we wonder where it came from.

It came from us.  We gave power to representatives–people who were elected to represent our interests.  But we let them squander it away.  We let them build their own fortunes while they robbed us of our own.  They made promises and broke them.

Why are all politicians scorned?  Because we know them to be liars.  But we *made them* politicians.  Why are we suddenly scornful?  Because we’re lazy good-for-nothing slackers, that’s why.  We refuse to do the hard work of keeping them on their toes.  We think, “Okay, you’re elected, now do a good job.”

Except most of them won’t.  They are in it for the money, not your welfare.  In order to keep getting rich, they sell you lies.  They take advantage of your beliefs, your bigotries, your prejudices, and in return, they’ll fuck you over so fast it’ll make your head spin.

Every election cycle, we choose people to represent us and believe them when they tell us what we need.  We give up our rights to make our own choices by letting them make them for us.  And to get there, they feed us lies.  When they’ve won, in return for our loyalty, they sell us to the highest bidder.

Why have we allowed that?  Why have we buried our heads in the sand?

We’ve become so preoccupied with our own bigoted views that we have ignored the sickness that surrounds us.  We have no power until we stand up and put a stop to it.  We’re treated like peasants.  We’re told who to hate, who to love, who give our blood to, and when to die.  We’re told behave and be controlled.  By police.  By the military.  By corruption.

We let this happen.

The entire system is corrupt.  It isn’t just about who sits in the Oval Office.  It’s about who sit in our state capitals and our local town councils and who provides law and order and for what purpose.  It doesn’t matter if we go to church or synagogue or mosque.  It no longer matters if we believe we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Because it’s a lie.

We have no control, no say in what happens to us.  No say in what our leaders do to others outside our country.  Our military and our genius has been turned over to people who have evil intentions.  All for greed.  All for power.  America is no longer the land of opportunity or of freedom.  It now stands for blood and horror.

Go anywhere outside the United States and you will find a country that has been screwed over by our politicians.  You will find a country that has been threatened.  You will find a country that has been bombed.  You will find citizens who have been raped and murdered.  And guess what?  You will find the Same Thing Here.  What do you think has been going on in rural towns?  What do you think has been happening to Native Americans?  What do you think will happen to you?

Do you even care?  Do you even have a soul?

We have to snap out of our force-fed bigotry.  The only way out of this corruption we’ve allowed to happen is to start another revolution and that will only happen if we get involved.  That will only happen if we sacrifice our peace, our comfort, and our apathy.  We can’t be complacent any more.

Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.