(Editorial Comment from the American Heathen® radio show – Air Date 11/13/09)
The tragic event in Fort Hood, Texas has revealed the bigotry and self-righteous indignation that the Christian Nationalist Party (read Republican Party) has for any religion other than their own. It is crystal clear, to me, that we have reached a dangerous new plateau in religious and political discourse in this country, one that could literally blowup in our faces, and tip the scales toward the purging of American Liberty.
When all is said and done, it is religion, no matter the flavor, that bares the responsibility for thrusting this nation, and the world, backward in time. Myth has now replaced fact, fiction has replaced truth, and supposition has replaced evidence. No longer can we rely on science, reason and logic to prevail in matters most important to the advancement of humanity. Indeed, they have been readily discarded, and the dogs of war are snarling, foaming at the mouth, pulling against the leash of their religious masters, ready to crush their adversary in the jaws of hypocrisy. The time has come to brace for an all out, religiously driven, bigotry ridden conflict. One that will end with dire consequences.
It has been suggested by people within the ranks of the CNP that the U.S. Military must be “purged” of Muslims. It has been said that “devout” (note the word DEVOUT) Muslims cannot be trusted, that they pose a threat to the safety and security of our nation. Those on the religious right claim that the Muslim religion is violent, willing to sacrifice themselves for their religion, and their God. Bryan Fischer, of the right-wing American Family Association stated a day after the Fort Hood tragedy:
“It is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels.”
Fischer goes on to say:
… As soon as Muslims give us a foolproof way to identify their jihad-is from their moderates, we’ll go back to allowing them to serve.”
Fischer called this idea “Islamo-realism”. Realism? Maybe in the parallel fantasy world of christo-jihadists, but not in a society where Liberty is supposed to be the primary focus. What Fischer and the CNP fail to address is the hypocrisy of this disdainful and reprehensible idea of “purging”. Some of their “devout” interpretations of bible bile sanctions violence against anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do. The bible calls for it. And before the believers in my audience start chanting apologetics, I will remind you that I know the bible bile better than you. I can easily produce verse after verse after verse to rebuke your claims of a loving skydaddy. So don’t even get me started.
Anyway… Fischer and his ilk support in some manner, and or fashion, the murdering of abortion doctors, the banning of gays from the military, from marriage and civil rights. They give silent AND noisy lip service to insurrection, succession, and they use the bible as their ultimate authority. They also have a stranglehold on our military, forcing soldiers to endure their “devout” proselytizing of their version of a skydaddy, under a variety of threats and discrimination. Fischer says he wants someone to give him a “foolproof way” to identify “jihad-is from the moderates”. Really? Well then, let’s do that, and apply this idea to Christianity as well! What’s good for Islam is good for Christianity, and Judaism, and every other religion! Let’s come up with a fool-proof way to identify religious zealots who threaten the security of our nation, our Constitution, and our Liberty! The fact is, a foolproof way to identify religious extremism in this country already exists. Extremism is visible, it’s in the open, and it’s reflected in a religion’s desire to tell human beings how to live, and to be to governed by myth. The physical detector is the U.S. Constitution and the Separation of Church and State.
Take a good look in the mirror Mr. Fischer. Take a hard look in the mirror CNP. Take a close look in the mirror religious America. Religious terrorism isn’t exclusive to one version of a skyaddy myth. Christianity is at the forefront in this country. It runs rampant, unchecked, and in the open. From the halls of Congress to the halls of Justice. From the Electorate to the Legislative branch. From C Street to Wall Street. It’s right in front of our noses. From the issues of Abortion and Planned Parenthood, to Gay Marriage and “Don’t ask. Don’t tell”, from Prayer in Schools and Intelligent Design to the Ten Commandments, the extremes of religion take advantage of every opportunity to terrorize anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do. It’s obvious. And it’s religion’s purging of American Liberty.
Reality in religion runs parallel to what’s truly real. In the religious world view, an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-hearing, supernatural entity, has given a few the power to dictate the whole of humanity in its name. This entity has supposedly placed conflicting tomes in the hands of power mad zealots and ignorant masses, and is watching the conflict on his terrestrial plasma flat-screen, with a bowl of popcorn, a beer, and a cigar close at hand. It’s the best in skydaddy entertainment! It’s the feature presentation! Skydaddy Productions, in association with Son of God Films is proud to present “Blood-fest Earth”! You see, this isn’t reality. But, what religious zealots refuse to do is ask themselves why they need to do the dirty work for a skydaddy in the first place? Believe me, they won’t ask. They’re living in a fantasy, a sickly delusion, and unfortunately it’s not a game. In true reality, a world which religious zealots do not live, America is the land of the free, and home of the brave. In the fantasy world of religion, America is the land of dominion, and home of self-righteousness. And they want anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do purged from this land.
Who should really be purged from our military and our government? Liberty or Religion? Religion, period. Make no mistake my friends. The wars we fight today are not about political ideologies. They are religious wars. And they are fought, not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but around the world and right here at home. They are fought between religious ideologies masquerading as political issues. And you are soldiers, reliable for your ignorance, and expendable in your complacency.
Whether in the military, civil service, or a citizen… If you allow Liberty to be purged, you too, can and will be purged.