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They’re ALL cultists

Republican presidential candidate, former Governor Mitt Romney, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Repugnican Tea Party presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, fresh from having his Mormonism deemed a non-Christian “cult” by a backer of “real” “Christian” Rick Perry, assures “values voters” in Washington, D.C., this weekend that he hates the same people whom they hate.

It was a controversy/“controversy” this weekend that a Texas pastor and prominent supporter of “Christian” Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently referred to Mitt Romney’s Mormonism as a non-Christian “cult.”

“Poisonous language does not advance our cause,” Romney declared yesterday in Washington, D.C., at the annual “Values Voters Summit,” defending his Mormonism.

But Romney also assured the attendees of the Annual “Christo”fascists’ Ball that “he would oppose marriage rights for homosexuals and seek to overturn the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing legal abortions,” reports Reuters.

Yes, indeed, “values voters”! Save that poisonous language for women, for non-heterosexuals and for the non-gender-conforming! They are the enemy!

The fact is that Mormonism indeed is a cult.

But so is Catholicism. So is Protestantism, the so-called-by-so-many “real” “Christianity.”

I define a “cult” as a group of people who enforce a cookie-cutter worldview that is not open to new information — and thus is not open to change and to growth (indeed, to evolution) — but that is a closed system. The members of the group (the cult) believe themselves to be superior to those who aren’t members; it is a “we”-vs.-“they” mentality, even if the cults sometimes pay lip service to tolerance or the like. Any cult members who don’t go along with the established cookie-cutter worldview and the cult’s mostly arbitrary rules are subject to being cast out of the cult.

Cults in the United States overwhelmingly are patriarchal and white supremacist (or otherwise racist), as well as misogynist and homophobic. Indeed, look at Mitt Romney assuring the “values voters” that he wants to oppress the very same groups of people (the “other”) whom they want to oppress.

This definition of “cult” of mine covers far more than the Mormons. It covers most who call themselves “Christians” of any stripe in the United States. And not to pick only on the “Christians”: conservative/orthodox Jews and Muslims, too, match my definition of a “cult.” In fact, all three of the Abrahamic religions are into oppressing women, non-heterosexuals and the non-gender-conforming. And all three to some extent oppose science, because science threatens their hocus-pocus superstitious bullshit. They have much more in common with each other than they acknowledge.

I respect Buddhism over what passes as “Christianity” because the Dalai Lama, to my knowledge, is the only world religious leader who has stated publicly that should scientific discovery contradict any of Buddhism’s tenets, then that Buddhist tenet has to go. When is the last time that Pope Palpatine or one of the stupid old white men who control the Mormon cult in Salt Lake City or one of the loony Pentecostal leaders ever publicly stated anything like that?

There is no God, no Santa-Claus-like father figure in the sky who pulls all of the strings and who will make the final judgment, so you’d better watch out, you’d better not cry and you’d better not pout. God, as the Abrahamic religions push God, is just a Zeus retread. In the year 2011 that so many “intelligent,” “modern” people believe in Zeus 2.0 is beyond pathetic.

But I’m more or less OK with — well, “resigned to” is more accurate — people believing in Zeus 2.0. People are stupid and they’re going to be stupid and they’re going to defend their right to be stupid to the death.

The problem that I have is that these lunatics who proclaim that they get their marching orders from Zeus 2.0 want to be president of the United States of America. They refuse to keep their stupidity to themselves, but feel the need to impose it upon the rest of us, whether we are OK with that or not.

I was OK with the Catholick and the Mormon cults just being cults — for me it was live and let live — until they decided to pool their theocratic resources into 2008’s Proposition 8, an attempt to restrict my equal human and civil rights here in California.

At that point, the Catholick and the Mormon cults declared war on me and my kind. We were minding our own fucking business, just trying to enjoy ourselves some life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and they inserted their bullshit, backasswards, hateful, bigoted beliefs into our lives. They have wished to limit our freedom. That means war.

Freedom from theocracy — whether it’s a “Christo”fascist theocracy or an “Islamofascist” theocracy or any other kind of theocracy — is worth dying for.

No president of the United States who professes a belief in Zeus 2.0 is worth a shit.

Yes, that includes Barack Obama.

How much Obama actually believes in Zeus 2.0 I am not sure. It would have to occur to any intelligent human being that there is at least a good chance that all of the Zeus 2.0 bullshit is just bullshit, is just centuries-old superstition that is passed down from one generation to another like a genetic defect.

I suspect that Obama at most is agnostic, but that he pays lip service to Zeus 2.0 because he’s an opportunistic assbite who will say whatever he deems he needs to say in order to get elected.

In 1996, for instance, when he was a candidate for the Illinois state Senate, Obama proclaimed that he supports same-sex marriage. You can click here to see the document (a questionnaire) that he signed that year that proclaims his support for same-sex marriage. Now, however, Obama claims that his view on same-sex marriage is “still evolving.”

Which is more likely — that he supported same-sex marriage in 1996 but now truly is rethinking that support, or that he will say whatever he thinks he needs to say in order to get elected or re-elected to the office that he is seeking? (Not to pick only on Obama — apparently Mitt Romney also was much more supportive of abortion rights and gay rights when it was more politically suitable for him to be so.)

A person who says only what he or she thinks that he or she needs to say in order to get elected is not worthy of a leadership position. The truth is not negotiable (and neither is the truth open to a fucking vote), and a true leader cannot also be a manipulative liar.

But even worse than the morally bankrupt Obama, admittedly, are the “Christo”fascists who are trying to out-hate each other in their quest for the Repugnican Tea Party presidential nomination, who are bound together certainly not by love but by the groups of people whom they hate, such as self-respecting women who oppose patriarchy; atheists, Muslims and others who don’t identify themselves as “Christians”; non-heterosexuals and the non-gender-conforming; the brown-skinned “illegals” and other non-whites; those who oppose the crony capitalism and perpetual warfare that has pushed the American empire to the brink of collapse, those who oppose the class warfare that the rich and the super-rich declared upon the rest of us long ago; and those in other nations whose cultures, customs, languages, religions and appearances are different than the average “tea party” traitor’s.

Under the do-nothing Barack Obama, the United States of America has been experiencing a slow collapse.

Under a President Romney or President Perry, the final collapse would come even sooner.

That, it seems to me, is our choice in November 2012: a quicker death or a more drawn-out death.

You know, I think that I prefer the coup de grâce.

P.S. The Associated Press reports today that 19 people have been killed in riots in Cairo between Christians and Muslims. This is pretty much all that the Abrahamic religions — the three Gangs for God — have given the world: death and destruction, war, hatred and bloodshed — all over Zeus 2.0, who/which doesn’t exist in the first place.

P.P.S. This news article gives Romney’s fuller quote as “We should remember that decency and civility are values too…. Poisonous language doesn’t advance our cause. It’s never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind.” Wow. So rhetoric that only serves to oppress women, gay men, lesbians and other non-heterosexuals is decent and civil and softens hearts and changes minds?

Really?

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Texas massacre is another ‘senseless’ tragedy we won’t bother to learn from

 The 2007 picture provided by the Uniformed Services University ...

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Palestinian-American Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who joined the U.S. military before Sept. 11, 2001 (and pictured above in 2007), apparently struggled to reconcile his Muslim faith and Arab background in an anti-Muslim and anti-Arab environment. Ultimately, Hasan, a military psychiatrist, rather ironically, shot up Fort Hood. Of course, we’ll blame everything on him, because that’s what we always fucking do, because we seem to love these tragedies on some level, given the fact that we perpetuate rather than prevent them.

Not again! my boyfriend has been lamenting in the wake of the news that a Muslim Arab American shot up his comrades at Fort Hood in Texas yesterday.

My fully Americanized boyfriend, you see, is half Arab — half Syrian and half Anglo but born in the United States and raised as a Catholic (the Catholicism didn’t take, because he’s somewhere around agnostic to atheist) — and he still recalls well the shit that he had to go through at airports in the aftermath of 9/11 because of his Arab surname.

I told my boyfriend not to worry. He won’t be threatened with any body cavity searches at airports, but I do feel sorry for those Muslim and Arab Americans who are in the armed forces right now.

There’s a lot that we don’t know about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist (!) who is accused of having shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood and shot and injured 30 others. He was shot himself, but he survives.

My guess is that Hasan took an awful lot of shit for being an Arab and a Muslim in the U.S. armed forces. After all, it has been Arabs and Muslims that the U.S. armed forces have been slaughtering since 2001 — far, far more of them slaughtered than the number of Americans who were slaughtered on Sept. 11, 2001, not by a nation such as Iraq or Afghanistan, but by 19 individuals, 15 of whom were from Saudi Arabia and not one of whom was from Iraq or Afghanistan.

The war profiteers need an enemy, because if there’s no war they don’t profit, and since the Cold War ended, the Arabs and Muslims have been a great enemy for the military-industrial complex.

The wingnuts too, who are fueled on ignorance, fear and hatred, also need a perpetual enemy, a la the brainwashed masses in George Orwell’s 1984, lest they start to examine their own shortcomings and wrongdoings.

And of course the corporatocrats and the plutocrats want the common American to have a plethora of false enemies, such as gay men and lesbians who want equal rights, Mexican immigrants who want better lives for themselves, and Muslims — because otherwise the common American might wake up and realize that the real enemy, the real threat to the nation and the real reason that the common American’s life really sucks ass right now, is the corporatocrats and the plutocrats.

Since July, The Associated Press notes, Hasan has been based in Texas, and it’s the Texans and other red-staters who have loved to call our president “B. Hussein Obama” — or “Osama” (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!). Anyone who claims that there hasn’t been anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiment in the United States for the past several years must have been living in a cave. Like Osama/Obama.

Of course, once a Muslim/Arab American finally snaps and shoots the place up, everyone will vehemently deny that he ever was the victim of bigoted remarks or acts. Because that would be to admit some responsibility. And we can’t have that, because being an American means never having to take any fucking responsibility for anything and never having to say that you’re sorry.

We are to just buy that Hasan is just a nutcase and that he just snapped, that nothing precipitated his actions, but I don’t buy that bullshit. Not for a second.

According to The Associated Press, Hasan joined the military before 9/11, which answers my question why any Arab or Muslim American in his or her right mind would have joined the U.S. military after 9/11.

The AP also notes:

Hasan recently was involved in a spat with another Fort Hood soldier residing in his apartment complex, apparently related to [Hasan’s] Muslim beliefs.

The manager of the complex, John Thompson, said the other soldier, John Van de Walker, allegedly keyed Hasan’s car and also removed and tore up a bumper sticker that read “Allah is Love.”

Thompson said Van de Walker had been in Iraq and was upset to learn that Hasan was Muslim.

A report filed with Killeen police on Aug. 16 indicates that Hasan’s vehicle, a 2006 Honda Civic, had been scratched by an unknown object, causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. The report indicates that Van de Walker, 30, was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with criminal mischief. The matter has been referred for prosecution, according to the report….

In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan’s aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and he wanted to get out of the Army. She said he had sought a discharge for several years, and even offered to repay the cost of his medical training.

Um, yeah, so let’s not pretend that all of Hasan’s colleagues at Fort Hood were fucking angels and that Hasan acted in a God-damned vacuum.

The U.S. military is chock full o’ “Christo”fascists who believe that it’s their duty to slaughter Muslims for what they call “Christianity,” and my money is on the probability that that is the toxic environment that Hasan found himself in — especially in George W. Bush’s Texas, for fuck’s sake.

It was the members of the U.S. military (including their “leaders,” of course) who brought us the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors, remember, so let’s not dismiss the likelihood that Hasan took more anti-Muslim abuse than just the keying of his car by a Muslim-hating colleague who surely considers himself to be a great fucking Christian. (Hey, key a Muslim’s car for Jeeeeezus!)

We have lessons to learn from the Fort Hood massacre, but we’re Americans, so of course we won’t learn those lessons, but we’ll continue to act like assholes, only ensuring that even more such “senseless” tragedies occur in the future. (We love that word, “senseless.” It absolves us of all guilt, gives us the illusion that our actions and/or inaction never contribute to any tragic outcome.)

The lesson that we should learn, but that we won’t learn, from the Fort Hood massacre is this: The U.S. military should not be about waging an external or internal war between Christianity and Islam.

The U.S. military is paid for by the American taxpayers, which means that it is illegal for the U.S. military, by action or inaction, to endorse any one religion over any other religion, and the U.S. military is to be used for the defense of the nation, not for coverting Muslims to “Christianity” by dropping bombs on them — despite Ann Cunter’s September 2001 proclamation that “We should invade [Middle Eastern] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” (Because Jesus Christ was all about killing people for their own good!)

Lest you think that I’m an “Islamofascist” for refusing to believe that Hasan is just Satan incarnate and that everyone else at Fort Hood is a fucking angel who couldn’t possibly have contributed to yesterday’s events, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) as Gangs for God, since the members of these rival gangs like to kill each other so much.

I reject all three of the Gangs for God — Judaism, Islam and Christianity — and when all of humankind wakes up and sees our unity instead of seeing false divisions based upon bullshit belief systems, the bloodbaths will finally fucking stop. (Most of them, anyway.)

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