Thursday, October 26, 2017

Whose Side Is God On? Kony's? Roy Moore's


Take religion or leave it. Some people get a lot of comfort from it. My problem has never been with religion per se; it's always been with armed religion. If God's on your side... well, anything goes. Right from the days of the Bible you had permission-- even a duty to-- butcher women and children... as long as you're doing God's work. The conquistadors enslaved and wiped out most of the population of what's now known as Latin America, in the name of Jesus. You know what those beheadings by ISIS are all about? Right, God's will. Religions and weapons... always bad. Never good. Never.

I worry that all the fake religionists down South-- the Trump base-- are so heavily armed. These people shouldn't be allowed to play with butter knives unsupervised and now the Republicans are making sure they can turn their legal semi-automatic weapons into machine guns with the bump stock devices Paul Ryan refuses to allow a vote on.

It wasn't that long ago that these same religionist freaks were funding Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. Remember them? About 5 years ago I read a piece in The Atlantic about Kony's crazy war and how he had God on his side. Josh Kron wrote about a "powerful network of [American] Christian activists, traditionally dominated by the Christian right, that has at times brought mass attention, almost single-handedly, to some of Africa's worst and most ignored conflicts, from South Sudan to the Nuba Mountains, Darfur to the Lord's Resistance Army. The movement has also sparked controversy. It is a community of activists that wields disproportionate influence over African affairs, from military politics to public health to social policy. As they work to organize a global effort to catch the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army, a distinct but not-so-distant wing of the same movement helped to implement Uganda's notorious anti-gay law, which legalizes the killing of 'repeat' gay men." Right wing activists in America funded Kony's slaughter of as many as 100,000 people in Uganda. You know... God on their side. He says his army is fighting for the Ten Commandments-- like Roy Moore, another armed religionist crackpot who believes God's on his side too.

This week NPR interviewed Alexis Okeowo, author of A Moonless, Starless Sky, "about about ordinary Africans who are standing up to extremism, people who are in their own ways resisting religious and cultural fundamentalism in acts of everyday bravery." It's worth listening to:

The whole idea of Kony's Lord's Resistance Army was-- of course-- to turn Uganda into a theocracy... so he would cut off people's hands if they worked on the Sabbath. And kidnap 60,000 children and make them fight in his army when he needed to do "God's work." Like all religionist crackpots, Kony, who thinks he's a fundamentalist Christian, says he's "the spokesperson of God." He's supposedly still roaming around in the remote bush of the Central African Republic, avoiding an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

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At 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I worry that all the fake religionists..."

Name one who isn't fake.

Religion has nothing to do with faith in a god nor in leading a good life.
Religion is all about tribalism. And tribalism always leads to hate of "others" and, whenever enough power is accumulated, death. Only every time religion leads to death, it's always with god on the side of the killers.

Google "Gott Mit Uns" and find out where this was stamped during WWII. The "holy" crusades were attempts to ethnically and religiously cleanse Jerusalem (and everywhere nearby).

Religions, besides being pure horse shit, are and always have been breeding grounds for pure and unbounded evil. Unbounded because god is always on their side.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religion is truly the opiate of the masses!

Humanity has long desired a true Deus Ex Machina to come down from the heavens and defend the true believers from their enemies. I bet the Rohingya people in Myanmar wish they had such a one right now!

Many millions of people have been slaughtered in the name of religion, a practice which continues today, and which is the excuse used by the government with the world's most powerful military ever created in the history of the world to get involved in local politics.

There is but one god, and its name is PROFIT. Just ask the likes of that lying huckster Joel Osteen down there in hurricane-ravaged Texas. Who would Yeshua shelter from the storm, Joel? The likes of you, or people truly in need of help?

Until people see through the lies that are religion, it will remain a curse upon the people of the world.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Daro said...

Religion is just another branch of tribalism which I claim is the root cause of 90% of th world's evils. Nepotism, nationalism, corruption. All pretty much stem from tribalism.


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