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08 October 2005

debauching our values ..... 

‘In an extraordinary declaration of the brutality of American foreign policy, the Bush administration denounced a Senate vote to bar the use of torture against prisoners held by the US military.

Responding to the passage of an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill – approved by an overwhelming 90-9 vote Wednesday, the White House said the proposal would “restrict the president’s authority to protect Americans effectively from terrorist attack & bring terrorists to justice.”’

Torture Vital To US Security Policy

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07 October 2005

in search of real christians ..... 

‘Had the church not abdicated its moral responsibility of enacting the philosophy of Christ, the history of America would be very different & our place in the world would also be changed. If the church believed in & taught the factual doctrines of Christ it would be a very radical institution, a far cry from the bastion of conservatism that we see today.

It would actively organize against war. It would fill the streets with passionate people who demonstrate against the evils of war. It would take a strong stand against overt aggression, materialism, obscene wealth, imperialism, corporate crime, colonialism & the unequal distribution of wealth. It would minister its massive resources to end poverty. It would denounce presidents who espouse Christian values; but who act like the anti-Christ.

Rather than prop up false idols like George Bush & the so-called ‘Christian Right,’ it would denounce them as the blasphemers they are. It would demand truth & accountability. It would require both moral & physical effort from its members. It would require opposition to the power brokers in government. It would demand of them that they fight tyranny, as Dr King did, & put themselves in harm’s way. It might even require that some of them be crucified or assassinated.

That is demanding a lot of them. But we all know what happened to Christ; & many of us witnessed the assassination of Dr King. Thus it seems to me that being a Christian - a real Christian - would mean giving up one’s comfort & confronting injustice wherever you find it. It requires taking a moral stand & doing something about injustice.

Real Christians would not tolerate presidents who make war on defenceless people based upon lies & innuendo. Bush & his imperialist polices should be openly & powerfully denounced from every pulpit in every church in the United States, every day. But they are not. In fact, just the opposite occurs. Bush & his minions are cheered-on by the apostates: the dogs of war & poverty. Rather than acting as a counter friction to the machine, the church acts like a cheerleader for grotesque acts of atrocity against the world.

By allying itself with fraudulent ideologues like the ‘Christian Right,’ the church has itself become the anti-Christ. Being Christian, it seems to me, requires asking of oneself in times of crises: ‘What would Christ do?’ But this is a question that makes those who call themselves Christians uncomfortable.

It is the kind of question that demands everything of them.

It is the kind of question that makes it hard to look at oneself in the mirror.’

Christianity and the Demise of America

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06 October 2005

when hell freezes over ..... 

‘Gosh, we haven't heard much from God lately, have we?

I'm wondering why that is.

His mouthpieces in America - who always seem so sure of themselves, so sure that they alone hear God speaking & so willing to share His wisdom with the rest of us - have gone strangely quiet of late.

Remember when 9/11 happened & Jerry Falwell put it all into perspective for us?

There we were thinking it had something to do with Islamic fundamentalism or US imperialism or something, but Falwell set us all straight, saying to Pat Robertson: "I really believe that the pagans & the abortionists, & the feminists & the gays & the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face & say 'you helped this happen’.”

Their God Is Bigger Than Our God

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05 October 2005

too much freedom can be a bad thing ..... 

‘Absurdities & atrocities have come to largely define America in the new millennium.

Who would have thought that the United States of America would embrace the practice of torture as a matter of policy?

Torture, with all its grim, sadistic, soul-destroying, screaming implications.

The President endorses torture. The Attorney General made it possible.

President Karimov of Uzbekistan boils enemies alive.

‘Blowtorch Bob’ D’Aubisson of El Salvador loved to burn people.

Ronnie Reagan had nuns raped. It was called ‘fighting for freedom’.

George is a freedom fighter right up there with the best of them.

The shah was a freedom fighter.

General Noriega, to a point.

Pinochet.

Enemies of the US hate it for its ‘freedom’. Damn right - freedom from the rule of law.

America recently advanced ‘freedom’ by sodomizing young boys at Abu Grahaib, where they torture children to manipulate their parents.

Did you hear that? Americans torture innocent children in front of their parents to intimidate them. Is that possible? Now certain ‘leaders’ are hoping that the tape of that advancement doesn’t get out.

Too much freedom can be a bad thing after all.’

Absurdities & Atrocities

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04 October 2005

dumb & deluded ..... 

‘What kind of fool believes that the way to bring democracy to a country is to invade, destroy cities and infrastructure, and kill and maim tens of thousands of civilians, while creating every possible animosity by aligning with some members of the society against the others?

Condi Rice’s speech at Princeton has branded her as the greatest fool ever to be appointed Secretary of State. The same day that she declared, Mao-like, that democracy comes out of the barrel of a gun, Lt. Gen. William Odom, Director of the National Security Agency during President Reagan’s second term, a scholar with a distinguished career in military intelligence, declared Bush’s invasion of Iraq to be the "greatest strategic disaster in United States history."’

$300 Billion Terrorist Training Ground

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Ike was right ..... 

‘No other Country spends the kind of money we spend on our military. Last year Japan spent $42 billion. Italy spent $28 billion, Russia spent only $19 billion. The United States spent $455 billion.

The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney, broadcast last Sunday.’

Ike Was Right About War Machine

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