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Ashes to Ashes; Stardust to Stardust…

Well, gosh oh gee whiz.  We’re all still here.  The world didn’t end May 21st.  Unfortunately, so are all the raptors.   I was looking forward to some peace and quiet on the planet…

But not to despair.  Ol’ Harold Camping assures the faithful that May 21st was an “invisible judgment day”; it happened, it’s just that the faithless don’t have a clue.  In any event, he insists, October 21st will be the end of the world!  Count on it.

An Early American...1647...

At least they’re still not burning women herbalists and mid-wives at the stake (witches), and ripping out the tongues of those who figure out that the Earth is not the center of the universe and is indeed round (heretics).

I’ve always marveled at those who create much of the madness on the planet.  They often assume religious identities that they impose on the rest of us.

Today, they’re only somewhat less harmful than they used to be.  The modern equivalent today is to accumulate vast wealth for themselves, usually thru money manipulation, wars, assorted prohibitions, and imprisonment.  Thus, they impoverish the rest of us.

Of course, were they to follow their own Books and, say, abide by Leviticus 25:44, they could possess heathen slaves from our neighbors.  Come to think of it, I guess they do…Mexicans.  How about Canadians? Can we own them?

Exodus 21:7 lets a man sell his daughter into slavery. Now, come to think of it, they already do that also…in a way.  Working class daughters are perceived by the wealthy simply as whores for the rich.  Ask Paris Hilton…

Or if you find your neighbor working on the Sabbath, Exodus 35:2 instructs you put him to death.  A real page turner…

The Malleus Malificarum was a Christian lawbook published in 1486 and sanctioned by Pope Innocent VIII. For the next two centuries, witch hunters used it to especially target—torture and burn at the stake—women who counseled medicine, contraception and abortions, or just pissed off some religious nut. Many women even today remain at the mercy of such mad characters.

Conservatives: Longing for the old days...

I’ve found that people believe whatever they want to believe, or are coerced into believing thru their culture. If they’re plantation masters, corporate lords, or plain old obsessive-compulsive freaks looking for what sanctions their profit and power, then they’ll find it in the Good Book.

If they’re basically decent people with a sense of empathy and social responsibility, then they can also find what they want in the same books. They might seek a gospel of love.

Most of the Founding Fathers of this nation were Deists. They believed in a God, but not a personal one as a servant/lord here on earth. Many people apparently need, or believe they need, such a personal entity. What they end up with, of course, is whatever they create…

I’ll give John Lennon the last word:  “A working class hero is something to be / Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV / And you think you’re so clever and classless and free / But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I see.”

Dr. Publico

 

Category: History, Religion
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