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Suddenly, a Witch!

Hillary Clinton, they are telling us now, is a Witch.

The truth, of course, is that folks on the Republican side of the American political fence have been calling her a “witch” for quite some time.  I’ve heard it mixed in there, along with every other disparaging word in the misogynist’s lexicon.

But then suddenly, a couple days ago, they started talking about the capital ‘W’ kind of witch.

Specifically, some folks on Drudge and other bottom-feeder websites began claiming that Clinton was a member of a circle of blood-magic wielding, satan-worshipping, cultists.

I mean, come on guys…, I’ve got so many reasons to vote for her already.

You don’t need to sweeten the deal.

Could it be, SATAN?!

Could it be, SATAN?!

For the last year, I’ve tried to keep this blog away from the American political meltdown, providing myself (and anyone who cares to join me), a respite from the insanity.  Plus, I already get dragged into enough political flame-wars, without stoking the fires on my own site.

But it’s the last day before the election, so what the hell, while the wackier fringes of the conservative movement are off trying to prove that ducks and witches are both made of wood, I thought I might take just a brief moment to explain my very favorite thing about the 2016 Presidential Election cycle.

It’s not a hard choice really, in the last year we’ve seen a lot of really nasty thoughts and beliefs come slithering out of the darkness and into the light of day – which is, itself, a good thing really, if hard to stomach from time to time.

But there HAS been a good thing come out of this election.

The inborn hypocrisy of the evangelical christian movement has never been more prominently on display.  It’s just there, sitting boldly on a pedestal, under a spotlight, for all to see.

“The Candidate took them to a very high mountain and showed them all the kingdoms of the world, all the schools and courthouses, he showed them the supreme court and a tattered copy of the Defense of Marriage Act, and he said to them, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and vote for me…,”

And they’re doing it, in droves.

They’ll sacrifice themselves to a man that they know is not one of their own, who does not truly believe as they believe, who has built his fame and his fortune upon sin after sin, but who hands them empty promises to give them the power over our society that they so desperately crave.

These are not acts of faith or piety.

These are the votes of cowardice in the face of a world which will no longer bow to the singular lie that provides for them their only purpose.

It would be tempting to watch it happen, if for no other reason than to enjoy the whirling destruction that comes with any big train wreck.  But it is important to remember that this is a passenger train, and many of those folks didn’t know where they were bound when they boarded.

The folks who come crawling from that smoking ruin will need comfort, not condemnation.

And what better time to show them what the Witches are really like.

Get out there and vote, friends.

Our future depends upon it.

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A Better God

At the end of every election cycle comes that special moment when you can sit back and relax, satisfied in the knowledge that you have watched your last campaign ad.  This time around it feels as if we have been bombarded with more than ever before and however the election itself plays out, I will be very glad of the reprieve.  However, in these final hours, I ask that you indulge me by watching just one more, an ad narrated by Mike Huckabee titled “Test of Fire”.

“Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire?”

If you are a Christian, Mike Huckabee is telling you not only what you should believe but who you should be voting for.  The arguments being used in this ad are not based upon a political or economic ideology but on singularly religious grounds.

Poorly hidden within all that imagery of a pretend blacksmith haphazardly pounding on forged words, is the threat of damnation for those who choose to vote the wrong way.

While most Christians seem to believe that their god created mankind with the power of free will, Mr. Huckabee and his ilk suggest that a vote for the wrong candidate could land you in hell.  These men and women would have you believe that you should vote not for the candidate of your choice, but of Gods.

What good upstanding Christian would want to defy their almighty God and risk an eternity of suffering on the off chance that someone with a low paying job my need access to inexpensive contraceptives, or that their gay friends may someday want to marry?   This despite the fact that, last I checked, their god had failed to officially endorse any candidate on the ballot.

Well, I have this to say to Mr. Huckabee and all those who believe as he does:
If your god is so small minded and petty as to condemn you to an eternity of suffering because you voted for the candidate who best represented your personal values in this, or any election, maybe you need a better god.

Some of you might suggest, at this point, that it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of election season and lots of people will say some pretty crazy things to make their respective partisan points.  Political contests do tend to polarize us to a greater than normal extent.  I concede that point.

It is at times like this that we really need something to pull us together as a singular people.  If there is any silver lining to be found in the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy, it must be that a natural disaster of this magnitude can force us to put aside the insanity and join together in common purpose.

Right?

“Hurricane Sandy is hitting 21 years to the day of the Perfect Storm of October 30, 1991.  This was the day that President George Bush Sr. initiated the Madrid Peace Process to divide the land of Israel, including Jerusalem. America has been under God’s judgment since this event.”

—Pastor John McTernan

Or perhaps not…,

“The Great Flood in the time of Noah was triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages.  The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world, but he could punish particular areas with a flood.”

—Rabbi Noson Leiter, discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Think I’m just singling out few token crazies to make my point?  I truly wish that these folks were alone in their hysteria, but they are not.  Among all the prayers and outpouring of support I have seen on Facebook and Twitter over the last week have been similar accusations from otherwise ordinary citizens who honestly believe that Hurricane Sandy was a punishment sent by their god against our nation.

And then, there was this:

“Destroying everything by the command of Allah, these punishing winds serve as a just recompense for their disbelief and crimes against Islam. It is the answer to the prayers of the oppressed Muslims across the globe and a response to the silent whispers of the Muslim prisoners.  So we call upon the Kuffar in the U.S. to reject their falsehood before it’s too late, embrace Islam and enter to the fold of the faithful.”

—Statement from the Al Shabaab cell of al-Qaeda

You shall know them by the company they keep.

So we have a sampling of Christians, Jews and extremists from a radical Islamic terror group who all see Hurricane Sandy as a judgement upon the decadent citizens of the United States for our collective sins against the Most High.

I suppose it’s nice to know that Christians, Jews and Muslims can still manage to find some common ground.

Allow me to say this one more time because I think it bears repeating:
If your god has aim so poor that he has to smite an entire area of the country with hardship instead of just the people he is angry with; if he is so feeble that he is unable to strike his enemies on his own or properly defend his chosen people without American military involvement; if he demands that adulterers and witches be stoned in the streets, that homosexuals do not receive the same rights and freedoms as everyone else and that rape victims carry the seed of their attackers to term; if he requires you to pass a “test of fire” when you enter the voting booth and vote for the candidate he chooses…,

Maybe you need a better god!

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The Right to Remain Silent

As we get increasingly closer to election day and conversations become more political, I hear more of my friends and acquaintances trying to opt out of these discussions.

“My vote doesn’t count,” they will say.

“There’s not really a difference between the candidates.”

“I’m not political.”

It does — there is — you should be!

“We believe in a nation under God, a nation indivisible, a nation united, a nation with justice and liberty for all. And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a new president that will commit to getting America working again; that will commit to a strong military; that will commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we the American people were given our rights not by government, but by God himself.”

—Mitt Romney – campaign speech September 9th, 2012

I’m sure that’s all very moving to the more devout Christians in the crowd but does he truly believe that our rights come to us from the Christian god?

Certainly, many people seem to think so, but how do they support this assertion?

I have read their Bible but I’ve never noticed any list of enumerated rights or freedoms therein.  Certainly, they’ve got all the “Thou Shalt Not’s” spelled out pretty clearly.  Very big on telling people what they must and must not do, is the Hebrew god, but not so much with the rights and privileges.

Due Process?  Not in there.

Search and seizure?  Not a word.

Cruel and unusual punishment?  Well, actually the Bible is chock full of cruel and unusual punishments, usually dealt out to the “sinner” or the “unbeliever” which should give anyone from outside the Abrahamic religious tradition significant cause for concern regarding any alleged dispensation of rights from “on high”.

As much as certain folks would like you to believe it, this is NOT the way things happened.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

—Preamble – United States Constitution – 1787

“We the people … do ordain and establish.”  We have the power to make our own liberties without the providence of some jealous middle-eastern deity.  The vehicle through which we have established our rights is the rule of law as instituted by a democratically elected government which is concerned with the general welfare of it’s citizens.

So why should it matter if a man like Governor Romney thinks our rights are bestowed upon us by his particular flavor of deity?  After all, as Thomas Jefferson said, “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

It matters, I think, because men like Governor Romney have an avowed opposition to secularism in governance.  In their eyes, the Pagans, Buddhists, Atheists and Muslims are to be “tolerated” by their fellow citizens in a display of Christian compassion while any loss in their own exalted status is viewed as an attack on the cultural heritage of the nation itself.

The next president will likely find himself appointing as many as two new members to the Supreme Court.  I, for one, do not want to see any more Justices who’s understanding and application of the law is that a sort of institutionalized Christianity was part of the framers original intent.

Our votes do matter!  And not just in the “big” elections.

This man, Paul Broun, is a medical doctor, a U.S. Representative for the State of Georgia and a member of the Congressional Committee on Science and Technology.  He also states openly that, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

He also believes that the Earth is only 9,000 years old and was created in 6-days!

Let me be clear, I believe in the freedom of religion as guaranteed us in the Bill of Rights.  It is the first freedom that the founders chose to spell out and I think rightfully so, as it is, in many ways, the most important.

While Rep. Broun is free to believe whatever he wants, I have to wonder he really belongs on the Committee on Science and Technology when he obviously does not understand even the most basic precepts of scientific theory?

I don’t even know that I would want him as my doctor.

It is not that I think his beliefs make him ineligible for public office.  I simply don’t think that a man who tried to have 2010 proclaimed the “Year of the Bible” really grasps the idea behind the Non-Establishment Clause.  I can only imagine how his position in the House Committee on Science and Technology will affect the future of NASA, the EPA and the Department of Energy.

We, the people, have won for ourselves a great many rights.  Had these freedoms been granted to us by some all powerful god it is likely they would not be in such constant jeopardy.  Our brothers and sisters have fought in wars and marched through the streets to secure for us these liberties.  These are the core values of our nation which supersede any particular religious creed, even as they guarantee our freedom to believe as our conscious dictates.

The First Amendment to the Constitution enshrines not only Freedom of Religion but the Freedom of Speech.  The Vote is our most precious form of national speech and it is the linchpin of all the other rights we so often take for granted.

While we certainly have the right to remain silent, to do so assumes our assent in the continued erosion of our collective freedoms.  We abdicate our rights at our own peril.  Someday we may find that our silence is not so much a right as it is a mandate.

Our rights come from us.  Exercise them.

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