Religion in the wrong hands can be really dangerous.
Religion in the hands of Stupidparty becomes stupidly dangerous.
Let us look both the invented values, (values that have nothing to do with Christianity) Part 1, and then we will look at the seven deadly sins and see how our anti “Christianicles” measure up part 2.
Part 1 –Seven Deadly Invented Values:
Jesus never mentions homosexuality, but he did hang out with 12 guys, mainly single guys. (Peter was known to have been married and maybe one or two other disciples were too)
Not that the views of anyone but Jesus are particularly relevant in the context of this discussion– but I guess we should go looking for anti gay views in the New Testament (Since the old Testament preceded Jesus, it its often suspect, abhorrent and occasionally farcical statements are all superseded by the fresher, newer, more Christian half of the bible.
But it seems that only St Paul (who did not get on so well with Peter) may have discussed homosexuality. This was a subject that seemed to distress him, quite likely because he could well have been a closet and tortured homosexual himself. To put this in context –the whole notion of homosexuality as we presently understand it, is only an issue that has been around for about 125 years. Before that it was simply heterosexuals who lay with other men. So this would have been the issue for St Paul. i.e. he never commentated on the condition of Homosexuality.
Paul would have liked everyone to be celibate. He did not have a high regard for women, coming up with one of the only misogynist narratives in the New Testament. He appears to have been a tortured soul, we know that Paul suffered from a “thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan”, sent to him by God in order to keep him humble. We also know that Paul spoke against at least certain homosexual acts; but interestingly, neither he nor Jesus ever said a word directly against actually being homosexual.
“You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.” Galatians 4:13-14
Perhaps he is lusting after women, but unlikely:
In 1 Corinthians 7:1-7, Paul advises that it’s best not to have sex at all, but if you’re going to, then it’s OK for “each man to have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” And in verses 6 and 7 he says “this I say by way of concession, not of command. I wish that all were as I myself am.”
i.e. he was not exactly lusting after women:
“For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do…
“Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.”
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 7:14 – 8:4
2. Pro –life Gibberish
Much of the material below was taken from the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, which does a great job in researching the Bible and organizing its message by topic.
Evidently, “The Bible places no value on fetuses or infants less than one month old”:
“And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.”—Leviticus 27:6
“Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD.”—Numbers 3:15-16
“Yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.”—Hosea 9:16
“Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.”—Hosea 13:16
“Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.”—2 Samuel 12:14
“Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, bring her forth and let her be burnt.”—Genesis 38:24
“And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.”—Numbers 5:21–21, 27–28
I feel somewhat uncomfortable, using the Old Testament to preach policy—since I find it difficult to respect supposed Christians who use the Bible in a parallel way to nut-job Muslims—who cherry-pick from the Quran. I happen to believe that Christians have far less excuse, since their go-to prophet is massively impressive and had a different core message and lifestyle than the other guy.
A Christian should follow the teachings of Jesus. His actual lessons, not the invented lessons or the misinterpreted lessons espoused by various power-seeking zealots who pollute his central messages. Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus discuss abortion. Thus, it is not a Christian value. Just like Racism, Judge-mentalism, Pro-Death, War Mongering, Asset-Stripping, Gun Toting, Misogyny, Anti-Knowledge, Dishonesty and Wanton Lying; none of these core Stupidparty values are the values of Christ.
3.The Planet can not be raped and pillaged.
I am going to keep this really simple, you would have to have a depressingly infantile mental age not to grasp this responsibility, any four year old would have no problem figuring this out. This simple responsibility of being a good steward of the planet. That so many reject this —proves that most people are not born to be so dumb, they are simply manipulated into believing dumb things. But I will let the Pope spell it out in terms that the dumbest of the dumb, should be able to comprehend:
“When we exploit Creation, we destroy the sign of God’s love for us. In destroying Creation, we are saying to God, `I don’t like it! This is not good!’ `So what do you like?’ `I like myself!’ Here, this is sin. Do you see?”
Pope Francis is saying that humanity’s destruction of the planet is a sinful act, likening it to self-idolatry. Let me repeat, to destroy the planet is a sinful act. No, the Pope is not ripping America—he is ripping the sandy foundations of the Stupidparty house, that is made of straw—and the Big Bad Pope has just huffed and puffed and blown that house down.
Do you see?
4.Hating one’s neighbor.
To reveal how the house of hate is built by phony Christians, let us take a trip down to Virginia, to the Stupidparty’s favorite temple of religious “endarkenment”—Liberty University.
So why do I say that this is Stupidparty’s favorite university? Well, just see who shows up to pay homage to Jerry Falwell’s (the founder) wet dream.
John McCain, Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Major Steve Forbes, Trey Gowdy, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, and Ted Cruz.
Students are forced to attend these speeches—and only a Stupidparty disciple would not see the irony. It’s not like they are picky about their standards, when it suits them—being happy to have Mitt Romney as a speaker, even though they regard Mormonism as a cult. Yes, they happen to be correct (for reasons I have explained in my previous book) but you cannot have a cult calling a cult a cult.
It certainly helps to have so many Stupidparty friends and financial backers dying to go to hell—the university securing federal student aid of $445 million in 2009–2010, according to Department of Education data. By comparison, National Public Radio, something that actually makes a person smarter and more fun, gets $2.7 million of federal aid.
The Taxpayer Funded Palace Built on Hate:
Typical of the sick religious interpretations that dominate the Stupidparty, would be one time 2016 Presidential candidate, and favorite of the “establishment wing of the Stupidparty, Jeb Bush; he began his commencement address at Liberty University as follows:
“It’s so good to be here, and especially to visit with the Falwell family. My dad thought very highly of your father, President Falwell, and knew him as a loyal friend. Jerry Falwell had a gift for friendship, spoke to everyone, and turned his back on no one. His legacy endures, and it only begins with this great American university.”
How much bullshit, how much can we tolerate in one opening paragraph? Falwell turned his back on no one? How insipid can Jeb!!! get? Is he a wraith or a moron? What about gay people? According to Falwell, AIDS was God’s punishment. What about African Americans? Falwell Sr. has boasted that he lived in the segregated past and believed that “the true Negro does not want integration . . . he realizes his potential is far better among his own race.” What about people who disagree with him about abortion? What about feminists? What about the ACLU? What about people who have tried to secularize society? Well, evidently 9/11 happened because God was angry at all these people.
Falwell supported apartheid, opposed the Brown v. Board of Education ruling (evidently God would not have tolerated blacks mingling with whites on school buses). What about labor unions—oh yes, he was not so keen on them either: “Labor unions should study and read the Bible instead of asking for more money. When people get right with God, they are better workers.”
The funny thing is, the only thing I can see of Jerry Falwell Sr. is his back—which happens to be his better side.
5. Worshiping False Idols
A Christian should follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. One does not simply get to call oneself a Christian, the honor is not given out for free, it has to be earned. Thus if you are a Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Bill O’Reilly and most other prophets promoting an alternative hateful abominable non Christian agenda –you are worshiping the wrong God. Now worshiping the wrong God may or may not be a sin, but promoting a hateful, tyrannical and fundamentally stupid God, undermines the very foundations of Christianity –and that, to put it mildly is a perversion. To take Jesus’s name and then act in a hateful manner is doing a tremendous disservice, a sinful disservice to the real Jesus Christ.
6. Ignorance, Anti-Knowledge and Hypocrisy
Promoting anti knowledge is also a perversion. Jesus Christ loved knowledge.
Most scholars seem to accept that Jesus was an Gnostic. There are different interpretations of what this means. But this seems to sum it up best:
“The word “Gnostic” is derived from the Greek word “gnosis” or “knowledge.” Jesus was a student and later Master of the ancient gnosis, as were Moses, Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates and Aristotle before him and Newton, Galileo, Da Vinci, and even our Founding Fathers much later after him. These were just a few of the prominent names in our history who studied Gnosticism as well as who later studied the gnosis of Jesus; the principle giver of Universal Love.
Gnosticism is the study of mythology, natural science, biology, anatomy, astronomy, astrology, numerology, herbology, alchemy, reason, logic and mysticism – the study of human consciousness and self-realization (God consciousness) through ritual, symbolism, affirmation, visualization and meditation. Gnostics did not separate science from spirit – they were studied in tandem, because they exist in tandem and can only fully manifest in tandem.”
So what was so special about Jesus? Well Jesus was effectively condemning the Old Testament God. He changed the eye for an eye – to turn the other cheek. He did this because as a researcher for truth, as a critical thinker, he recognized that
meeting violence with violence simply lead to more and unending violence. This was the Instinctive Male need to dominate and to wage wars. So what he was preaching was that God is Love, is with in each human and that such love valued all living things, removed fear. At the time of Jesus’s death and as a result of his teachings, mankind was on the cusp of gaining enlightenment.
7. Money, Money, Money
We all know that Jesus only lost his temper once. So what did Jesus really stand for:
Lived in a land under occupation and at the time many believed that he was of a line of kings and was thus destined to overthrow the Roman occupiers. But Jesus had a different agenda, an agenda the polar opposite of Stupidparty:
- He was not interested in waging war or rebellion.
- He never needed to be carrying a weapon.
- He was unusually welcoming to foreigners (gentiles).
- He treated women, even prostitutes, with utmost respect.
- He wanted to help the sick.
- He wanted to help the poor.
- He never advocated for the death penalty.
- He never disrespected the land (environment).
- He never raised funds from the wealthy.
- He lost his temper once, railing against the “money changers” (Wall Street).
- He was not an eye-for-an-eye guy—rather, turn the other cheek.
- His teachings were brilliant (not hateful gibberish) and stand the test of time.
- He had no interest in wealth or material possessions.
- Thus, he would have no interest in Asset Stripping the planet.
- He was certainly not homophobic.
- Never preached anti-fact, antiscience, fear mongering, or conspiracy-theory claptrap.
- And, oh yes, he was probably Black.
Jesus also never discussed abortion issues, or contraception—so any such modern dogmatic policy is an invention by lesser beings.
Jesus Christ is as close philosophically to the Stupidparty as Nelson Mandela is to Pat Robertson. Can such a disconnect be explained? Perhaps the constitutional separation of church and state creates a contextual vacuum. Perhaps home schooling or heretofore-unknown state madrasas shape views. But the disconnect between these Christians and the reality of Jesus is wide:
Evangelicals fear a Christian Obama so much that they would rather vote for a Mormon (they voted for Mitt 78–21). Yes, that is right Evangelicals would rather vote for a serial lying, asset stripping, Misogynist Moron – than a Black Christian, who actually behaves like a Christian.
See Part 2 for Stupidparty and its actual Biblical Seven Deadlier sins: