Happy Sunday: The Answer Edition

I had a dream this morning
It ended with a question
The answer was:
“Please God”

I did not remember the question
It was a figment, long gone
The answer was:
“Please God”

A man did speak the answer
A very important man
Spoke the answer:
“Please God”

A voice so crystal, clean clear
A question unknown
And the answer:
“Please God”

It has been a long day of
Getting all that done
The answer still:
“Please God”

I do fly on damaged wings
But I can still fly
To destinations that
Please God
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Happy Sunday: Let Us Not Be Stupid Edition

 

 

 

There is a war on religion and there are religions who have declared war on all of us. If atheists are not offending anyone and anything that smacks of religion, deviant and extremist religious groups are infuriating everyone who cannot tolerate their despicable behavior being attached to the name and will of God.

Satirists, artists, musicians, comedians, politicians and pundits manage to bombard us with a daily litany of anti or pro religious offense. There is a daily practice of attack and response. All of this is designed so that the combatants can run behind their right to “freedom of speech” when they go too far.  The problem is that they are compelled to go farther,  to sink lower and to barge into more offensive territory in order to get attention, power and, oh yes, money!

Muslims take a lot of heat because the more stupid and malignant ones have called for acts of hatred, murder and sadistic torture as acts that are supposed to please and be rewarded by God. When did God say that it was alright for us to bury helpless women, then stone them to death, to murder your own children, and to force children into slavery and marriages of rape and abuse?

Christians are notorious for doing just as much, if not far more wrong, and they just hate that someone else is doing the same things on a grander scale than ever before.

Other religions and mystic practices are so inward thinking and self serving that the narcissism makes the practitioners useless to the world, yet the same message of superiority over others is still there.

Atheists are not that well received in the world and they are lashing out more than ever.

 

 

So what is fueling this battlefield of offense, more offense and egregious self defense? Standard marketing and/or political organizing tactics that are known to move herds of weak minded and weak spirited people in one direction or another, that’s what.

Those tactics work to drag religion and spirituality into a battlefield where opposing dogmatic groups scramble to collect the largest collection of scraps: scraps of dominance, bits of power…and piles of money of course. It is always about money!

The Koch Brothers will go down in history as the engine of fake “grassroots” groups who push fake crises after obvious lie. President Obama is a Muslim. Let’s  make a chicken sandwich that is offensive to Gays. Gays, label anyone who criticizes you or fails to support you as anti-Gay. Christian deviants, show up and behave like monsters at soldier’s funerals and use abortions as your excuse.  Racist religious deviants,  support those who stalk and murder black children. Work hard to keep your own family of psychopaths, child beaters, and child predators out of prison.

Are any of you capable of finding any fault within yourselves? Have you lost the capability because there would be no  power, attention or money in confession and repentance?

Let the NRA run our government, then lie and call the Fast and Furious program a failure. The only failure came when the NRA would not allow the government to prosecute those who were captured under Fast and Furious. Keep perverting your concept of the  “second amendment”  until you kill yourselves  or are killed with your own overstuffed collections of weapons and ammunition.

 

How did the world get away from the fact that our God has already told us what will please or displease him?

We know that wagging a cross and bible around while doing evil is a worse offense to God than a failed faith. Keep doing evil while you wag that bible and cross, then see how you fare standing next to the poor fool you killed, abused or looked down upon when you had a chance to do better.

Stop doing battles that should never have started and get back on the right path. Those of us who are not doing battle, do not start doing battle on the side of wrong and evil. Everyone else, stay out of the way of the good because God put us and all of this together and God can take us and all of this apart.

 

Happy Sunday! Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Just A Closer Walk With Thee 

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

I am weak, but Thou art strong,
Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more,
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore.

Mahalia Jackson

Happy Sunday: We are at a terrible crossroads

We are at a terrible crossroads

Where hypocrites, who do not live as they speak

Want power for themselves

Over us and over everyone

We are in a terrible state of being

When those who live

not as they claim to live

Want treasure

More than us, taken from all of us

We are at a terrible crossroads

Where we have just one more chance to give

Great power

Not to act from blame or our resentment

We are in a time of awful change

From the will of the many who give their trust

To the few

And not to those who crow about their wrongs

And if those few are the capering posturers, the clowns

Who have spirits of monsters, of beasts

Then we have failed

And will have to find a mirror to lay the blame

We can vote with our heart, our mind, our conscience and duty

We can refuse to vote for anyone

And be done

And we who tried for the path of right away from wrong

And prayed even with a speck of faith

Will be blessed

Let us pray with our hearts and souls and minds

That false prophets, and crooked fools

Get no power

Pray for blessings for our country

For the truth

For our President

For our people

For our guests

For our environment

For our stewardship

Of the land

The people

The air

The water

The plants

The animals

The birds

The insects

The trees

The life

And to be forgiven

For our vices, mistakes, rage and sins

If we pray, carrying the boulder of our faith

Then the evil will not be empowered here

Or lead us away from our greatest gifts

Of God and Jesus

and their blessings

and their grace.

Happy Sunday: “What does that mean?” Edition

 

 

I listened to a person yesterday, hoping to get some inspiration and wisdom. Instead, I got a garbled set of nonsense that was studded with inarticulate references to “faith”.  Some members of of the regular discussion want every event to become a bible study, and yesterday was no different.

This is why I do not go to church or to bible study. I do not often come away with good instructions for the next week. Instead, I come away wondering what the heck is wrong with people. These are confusing times and the Bible is a confusing book. When the self appointed interpreters are confused, ignorant, self serving and shallow, they help no one by repeating buzz words and slogans. Some of the “bible study” leaders cannot read beyond the 6 grade level. How are they studying a book? Why can’t they read after decades of wagging a bible around?

Worse are the ones who talk about themselves, their children and their limited, shallow dives into life. Look:  everyone has a story. We do not need to listen as the most aggressive talkers bring up their self absorbed and self serving  life details over and over again. Group discussions that turn into competitions between selfish yackers are not what I look for.

These are times when (and I can’t say it enough) charismatic creeps are misleading people who are confused about their spirituality. Charismatic creeps prey on people who are conflicted about their faith.

Wagging the bible around, pushing or manipulating people into having every discussion as a “religious” discussion is not enough! There has to be wisdom. There has to be education. There has to be a message that the listeners can understand and take away with them for a better life.

The good ones waste no words. The good ones give information that goes directly to the brain and stays there. The good ones give us wisdom and guidance that enhances our lives and makes us better. The good ones are in the world and they are available. The miracle is that the good ones will show up out of nowhere and they will tell us what we need to hear.

We could all be led into wasting our time on this and this. That such disturbed and crooked predators convince so many people to follow them tells us that even smoother charismatic creeps can fool vastly more people into following them right over the cliff.

It costs a lot of money to go to church, too. Churches are, like every other type of commerce,  big business. The first thing that they give a new member is that book of  payment tickets while the plate gets passed. Of course, the biggest tabernacle, the best decor and all of the perks of a big and bustling operation are the goal, as with any commercial operation. But are people leaving church with a new direction to take in life? Are they helped when they are troubled, or are they just leaving church with an empty wallet?

The same people come back, week after week, in need of the same “healing” and with fake displays of loud, public prayer. The same people get their engines fired up and spend the next week passing on the church-specific buzz words and slogans that they hear. “Have a blessed day.” “Prayerfully, I say…”

Oh please. What does that mean? We are either praying or we are not! “My God bless you and keep you!” is much better. “God loves you and cares about you.” is good. But “prayerfully” and “have a blessed day?” Someone please stop the madness.

“I will pray for you,” followed by an actual prayer for the person is one of the most powerful things that we can say and do when someone is truly going through a terrible time. No commercial slogan is more pure and helpful.

Preaching is another issue of mine. I can’t stand preaching. The priests of the church are supposed to keep themselves in shape with God and to conduct the rituals that people feel a need to engage in. Ritual people believe that symbolic acts of sacrifice or other that ancient belief structures are important. This is fine, but do we need preaching? No. We need sermons that give us wisdom and understanding, not showboating that gives us heart attacks.

The last time I went to church, the pastor thought it was cute to speak in tongues as if he were doing it for real. This stuff is not real when it happens every Sunday and only when in front of an audience. Speaking in tongues is not something that needs to be scheduled or practiced so that it sounds convincing. The real thing is a miracle:  “Glossolalia is the miraculous ability to speak in a foreign language so that foreigners can hear the Gospel.”  The gibberish I heard was understood by no one. The manipulation and control freaking was understood by me.

In summary, I am not happy with churches or with church people who talk forever, yet say nothing.

Church and bible study is not a bad thing. I would love to find a church that does not want more money, that has priests who do the ritual and sermons that give the guidance. I would love to join  a flock that is relatively free of church and social predators and opportunists.

One day, God will pick me up and drop me off at such a church, and then I will know that I am finally home. Or perhaps this blog means that I am already home.

Happy Sunday: Right and Wrong Edition

This is a time to think about our concept of right and wrong. The ideas of sin, mortal sin, unforgivable sin and other guilt inducing things are ideas that burden us each and every day if we are healthy and normal. These are the ideas that make us human. The burden is to not do things that are bad for ourselves, bad for others, bad for our communities, and bad for our world. The extreme right wing in America has taken on a unique role in society, and that is to do as much evil, think as much evil and demand as much evil as possible. But the right wing has a serious mental illness:  People who have taken up with this wing of politics have entered a psychopathic state, where there is no guilt, no remorse, no ability to take responsibility for doing and for advocating wrong, no empathy, and no love. The extreme left wing appears to be so scattered and unfocused that it has made itself useless. The left wing of any nation has many ideas, notions and behaviors that are no healthier than those of the extreme right, but is good for thinking of the well being of those who cannot fight for themselves or who have little or nothing. The middle is just that; a balance between the two extremes of politics where humans do not completely adhere to any dogmatic and extreme agenda, but pick and choose those elements that make the most sense to them or that satisfy their moral and ethical makeup. This is how we have Christians who can support tolerance for  gays and are more than glad to go to war. The truth is that this is a mix and match political life for a truly healthy person.  Here are some of my understandings of right and wrong in relation to the only set of laws that apply with a universal force over everything that a Christian does and every day that a Christian lives. The laws are clear but the evil is in the details. As we get immersed in the vast complexities of life and living, we get farther and farther away from the ten simple laws. The Bible gives us our ultimate guide to what is right and wrong. We have a brilliant guide, but that guide has been overworked and made into a twisted tool used by those who want power, money and control. They have no intention of leading good and moral lives, themselves, yet they want to impose morality on us. I am talking about the extremist and deviant religions that have cropped up and taken power over our nations.   It is time to review the greatest moral guide ever written. It can apply to anyone, regardless of their beliefs. The  first and third commandments come with my  highest recommendations, of course.

No other God before God:

Last week, this blog was about serving two masters. The right wing has many masters, and has come to hate the laws of God and the teachings of Jesus. Why is this? Because the laws of God and the teachings of Jesus get in their way. The right wing loves money, power over the rest of the world, and their self serving,  twisted versions of religion. They have put other gods before God.

The best evidence is in the way that the right wing constantly tries to get us all to hate each other.

Graven images:

This commandment was written at a time when early converts to Judaism (there was no Christianity yet) still followed hundreds of other gods. There so many gods that  practically every household had its own household god!

The tradition was to make statues, idols and other symbols of those other gods, then to give these objects supernatural powers.

Today, we could argue that overdoing it with the fish symbol, flashing crosses all around, plastering a religious reference  onto everything we own, and giving the bible supernatural powers are acts of creating graven images. Wearing these things, waving them  around, and putting them on our car bumpers is a waste of time.

Such symbols become graven images when they lead people away from God and toward the  attention seeking control freak.

Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain:

We better want God to really damn something if we  say those words. We had better watch out when we attach the name of God to something. The religious right has gotten stupid enough to attach the name of God to evil, selfish and greedy agendas.

The religious right had better watch themselves, because God  is watching all of us.

Atheists who disrespect or preach against God had better watch out. They have no more right to be intolerant and hateful of Christians than the extreme religious right has to hate atheists.

Remembering the Sabbath and Keeping the Day Holy:

Some religions take a day that the pagan Romans named after The Roman god of agriculture: Saturn.  Others take a day that the pagan Romans named after the Sun and a pagan holiday.

Whatever they are named, these two days are perfectly fine for making our best efforts to get closer to God, to thank God, worship God and imitate Jesus as best we can. We imitate God by taking off from work and resting ourselves. We honor and respect God and give God joy in us. We honor Jesus and take some time to study his teachings.

The sabbath can be so fabulous that we start the next work week with a fresh relationship with God and a fresh understanding of our role in the whole business. This is right.

After that, the process can get downright sick and silly.  This is wrong.

Honor thy Father and Mother:

This should not be difficult to understand! But the right wing wants to get rid of the elderly because they cost too much. How about forcing women to bear children even if they were raped? How many of the extreme right have murdered, abused and  abandoned their own fathers and mothers and worse.

There is no honor in that.

Some people were horribly abused by their fathers and/or mothers. Others got more grief from their parents than they ever caused for their parents to suffer. Such people should not be forced to carry monsters around on their shoulders while everyone else cheers.

Each person who has been horribly abused and mistreated by one or more parents must figure out how to carry this law. The most helpful acts include getting healing for the self, forgiving, showing compassion, and showing basic respect for their ancestors who lived, reproduced or adopted, and brought their children up with enough ability to repeat the cycle of life.

Other children are spoiled. They take everything they can get from their parents, then neglect them or mistreat them in return. That is wrong.

The rest have traumas, bitterness and problems that are not as extreme. It is fine to remember the part of our parents that are good and loving, and to let those parts be our guides.

We know what it means to honor our mothers and fathers.

Thou shalt not kill:

The same Torahs and bibles that contain the ten commandments also contain detailed instructions on how to kill animals for sacrifice or food, is full of stories about people killing and being killed, and serve to confuse the heck out of us.

No wonder people find any number of excuses for killing while they wave their bibles around.

The right wing religious cabals are being held to account for their chicken hawk calls for war, for executing innocent people, murdering people of color and for urging the unstable to kill their enemies. Worse, the right wing is infamous for letting their own murderers walk free.

The religious right pushes crooked and deadly injustice and uses hatred to justify killing.

Worse, the religious right has a million excuses for not even keeping their own women and children safe from abuse and murder.

The right wing has a cowardly and deviant obsession with making the deadliest weapons possible and with getting as rich as they can from selling those weapons to our enemies.

Right wing extremists have blood on their hands and need to account for: planning to kill, legalizing murder for themselves, and for calling on others to go out and kill. They advocate killing in order to get their way.

All across the political spectrum, humans continue to be good at killing.

The goal that is set by this commandment is: fight the urge to kill and do not incorporate the urge to kill into political or religious dogma!

Adultery?

Are you kidding? When people get married in a religious ceremony, they promise God that they will not commit adultery!

 What a self deluded and arrogant bunch of people! Who are they to promise that they can keep their boastful and grandiose promises? Why don’t they simply ask God for strength and support rather than to write checks that they cannot cash?

Anyone who sleeps  around outside of their marriage is an adulterer, and plenty of humans across the moral and religious spectra commit adultery as a fact of life.

The extreme right is full of adultery, but lies about it and whines instantly when they are caught at it. The left commits adultery and can be equally stupid and crooked about it.

The sin of adultery is a sin that married people commit. Unmarried people are not supposed to be promiscuous, to sell sex for money, or to go to bed with married people.

That is it.

Thou Shalt Not Steal:

People from across the political spectrum steal from the taxpayer,  embezzle from businesses, cheat people, and rob individuals. This is a human condition.

The wisdom of this law is that it guides us to do the right thing and the good thing. Otherwise there would be constant robbery, back and forth. People would be so focused on stealing or being robbed that they would not have time to do any of the work that ensures their survival.

But the extreme right wing has stolen the most in the history of the world and  has stolen in the most universal way. This faction has stolen from the nations and boldly announces that it intends to steal some more.

The extreme right wing needs to be stopped from looting any more from our treasury, from our markets, and from our people who are in need.

Bearing false witness:

The President has been libeled, slandered, and falsely accused of not being a citizen of the United States. He has been rudely and disrespectfully told that he practices a religion that he does not practice.

The extreme right wing lies glibly and persistently, then stubbornly refuses to answer when confronted about the lies.

Right wing religious leaders have borne false witness hundreds of thousands of times. They need to admit that they lied and resolve to never do it again, but they are psychopaths. There is no repair for the extreme or even moderate right.

Right wing operatives like Andrew Breitbart  deliberately doctored videos, published outright lies, and conspired with major media outlets like CNN and FOX to distribute the lies. This damaged individuals like Shirley Sherrod and the ACORN  organization, a group that committed no wrong. Fortunately, ACORN still exists and is doing fine, and Shirley Sherrod is doing fine.

Even top right wing political celebrities like Donald Trump, Barbara Bachmann and Mitt Romney will lie boldly and glibly. They stubbornly refuse to admit that they lie, and will pile on even more lies in order to dodge responsibility.

The veteran’s funeral protesters are stupid enough to publicly commit false witness when they protest abortions. They bear false witness against dead soldiers who had nothing to do with abortion, who were someone’s husband or wife, or who were parents who left children behind. No manner of excuse making will redeem these religious deviants who exploit rights to protest by bearing false witness against soldiers who sacrificed their lives.

Thou Shalt Not Covet

Throughout history, extremist religions have obsessed over what other people have, and have sought to take as much as they could for themselves. Today’s religious right in America is no different. This corporate sponsored cabal empowers and enriches itself in the name of fake religious dogma and at the expense of the majority of Americans.

That is wrong.

The religious right covets the power to control our government, treasury,  people,  and lands. The religious right covets the lands, wealth and people of other sovereign nations.

The religious right has lied, murdered, cheated and stolen in order to suck the law out of our law, destroy our nation for good, and start a deadly civil war just for the power and the thrill of it.

That is wrong.

Summary:

How those who believe in God interpret and apply the ten most useful and powerful guide to moral and ethical behavior in existence is up to each believer. The warning is to stay with these laws and to not let anyone or any interpretation lead us away from them.

The rest of America,  especially the extreme left wing,  has failed to fight the religious right, to prevent them from having influence over our government, and to get them out of our bedrooms, businesses and lives.

That is wrong.

What is that the rest of America covets, condones or bears false witness about that they will allow such evil to become a ruling force? We had better confront this problem, because we haven’t seen anything like the  trouble and tribulation that lies ahead.

Happy Sunday: The Evil ones Who Know What is Best for Us

The religious right has been using tortured and fake dogma and biblical references to tell us that we should meet their demands.  Since the religious right gets its money from the Koch Brother’s, then the religious right wants them to write our laws and run our nation.

It all begins with ALEC, a tool of the Koch Brothers.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC ) intimidates, bribes, extorts and controls who gets elected at the state level in this nation. This article, “Inside the ALEC Dating Service”  describes how the right wing has dictated to America’s  elected officials.

The Koch Brothers have a comprehensive program for changing American government, politics, markets and society to suit their purposes.

The Koch Brothers Exposed is a film that will be released by streaming video on May 8. There will be screenings all over the United States, and the website has the locations. Also DVDs are for sale. Everyone should know about this film and about these men.

Tim Phillips is the Koch Brother’s most powerful operative in the United States. Phillips  built the largest fake grassroots organization in history:  “Americans For Prosperity”.  Americans for Prosperity pushes Koch Brother’s money out to a huge number of  even more fake grassroots organizations.

The Deviant and Extremist Religious Right.

The Freedom Federation, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and Concerned Women for America, as well as such groups as Generals International and Morningstar Ministries are tied to the Koch brothers and to Tim Phillips.  After all, money is power. The deviant right wing religious leaders  are after all of the money and power they can grab.

Tim Wildmon  brings the president into his diatribes. He wants a white, male president who is also a religious leader. Forget about separation of church and state.

Here is a survey of the deviant religious right’s money fueled agenda from Alter Net. It is titled “Exposing The Christian Right’s New Racial Playbook“.

Summary: We cannot serve two masters.

These evil and destructive forces lost sight of the truth: They cannot serve God, the nation, and the Koch Brothers. They have learned to love one and to hate the others. And God is not the one they love.