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Jun 3, 2008

It’s fundamentally wrong

Premillennial Dispensational Reconstructionist Diminunist Fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity

I am fully aware of messages that spread to try and tap onto people's stresses, many of whom are fundamentalist groups using common "washboard" terminology in collaboration of preconceived notions or symbolism and build a connection in people's minds an understanding that requires very little comprehension of the situation at hand. An example of this would be saying the entire name "Barrack Hussein Obama" and showing a picture of Saddam Hussein, no context, no meaning, nothing other than a similarity of spelling. Any Bill Hicks enthusiast should not be surprised, people are going to use areas of grave concern to, in a sense, indoctrinate and remove oppositionists up onto a point when all rights have either been forfeited or lost. Perhaps I've been asleep while this was happening, but it is as if there is a whole new brand of church spreading, one that rewrites Jesus' sermon on the mound which told us to be a peacemakers, and goes after the military, goes after the politics and says that we have to be responsible for the creation of Christian and Christian only society. I know precisely that a society like that is just a Catholicism of the early medieval era. Once politics enter the Christian realm, actual spiritual understanding will be compromised for political agenda, and the faith as we know it will become altered for the different people entering the political realm, it will be the deterioration of rights and freedoms, such as the right to read a bible, since it gives the individuals power that the government will eventually want. I can actually promise you this even if the church and state will instinctually separate, due to the inevitable evolution of people in different positions of the government, if individuals are capable of reaching such a level of government, then they must have fought to come up so high, and therefore once power is reached more power is sought, it is the nature of man.

Returning to fundamentalism, perhaps this will be one of the most intolerant things that I will ever write, but Carl Rove and George W. owe everything to these people. Some of them believe that Bush has been anointed with the holy task of spreading the word of God through his country and even the world. I usually will try and see it from their perspective, and in a sense they are right, Bush does say the word God quite a bit. The difference in my mind is that using the word God does NOT excuse using the word of God to justify atrocities, and this is where religion goes wrong. Be it an extremist mujahedeen, the pope during the crusades, or a president sitting on a pile of nuclear arms, using what is a faith, designed to glue a society together and make it moral, any faith of peace and using it as a catalyst for a personal agenda.

Then there is the Christian Military Fellowship or "Jesus Army" which tries to "raise up a godly army" and not allow the "opposition spearheaded by the devil" to take over the army. I hope that you will forgive my emphasis on the States, but it's just interesting to me that Iraqi children are being bombed by the F16 "crusaders" squadron. I wonder what it looks like to them, what it appears to them when people take pictures of bibles in one hand and AK's in the other, or when the Koran is used for target practice. Does Islamic fanaticism really have to be responded to with erratic Christianity?

For all of the Christians out there, if there is anything you take from this, is that if you're incapable of compassion, of seeing things from the eyes of others, even your worst enemies, you have become what Jesus spent his entire life fighting. And this is what would fascinate even an atheist that despite the racism of the period, the beliefs of the people, that he would never let preconceived notions blind his understanding of a person's heart. People may very well be different than their groupings.

Jihad is upon us

Very recently I've come into a disagreement with a group of people on the internet with regards to my opinions. Don't fret, this is fairly common, every so often I will find people that are tightly set onto a radical or dangerous belief, that I believe are misinformed, and/or have the beginnings of a sentiment, a cancerous hatred that has the ability to spread and infect people. Many times this occurs in the political realm, as this example had. I found myself on a video that promoted the JTF (Jewish task force), a group that supported the radical militant right wing groups of Israel, and more recently is trying to "out" Obama as a Muslim. I find this interesting considering that he actually isn't, but I thought I would pursue it further, from having heard my share of anti-Islamic sentiment.

Messages are going around all of the time trying to tap into people's inability to analytically study a situation at hand, and will use the population's prior understanding to build cerebral connections with a situation which doesn't have an actual purpose with its unconscious symbolism. In the web are myriads of examples of this, such as the Oprah videos, the numerous of pleas that everyone is trying to destroy America, or the messages that try and smear Obama as a Muslim. Please, anyone who is reading this, I ask you don't consider taking any kind of serious consideration from any of them; they aren't worth your attention. At the very least, google them, and look for third party information, I would advise looking for contrary sources and weigh the reliability of each. I have even received a message from someone that states that Muslims are going to come to these the developed countries, have as many children as possible then harbour for a number of decades and one day they will outnumber us as a plan to take us over. I haven't heard a better cover for racism anywhere else.

I can tell you right now, that there is no master Muslim plan. To recall the accusations that Obama is a Muslim, the only way that these accusations hold up is when the complexities of the region are omitted, such as the difference between Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and the Islamic states. What we in the western world often do is we "paint it black" and call it "axis", dissociate ourselves from slightly less than a third of the world, and believe 1.4 billion people aren't worth the thought. No consideration that perhaps one of them might agree with us. Though Obama does have a connection with Islam, it's peripheral at most.