Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Disorganize has been absorbed and is returning home. Please come visit us on the new version of The Rudicus Report.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
World War III: Stirring the Soup.
Sometimes I hate being right. Just like the Emperor in Return of the Jedi things are happening as I have foreseen them. Israel, while showing no signs of letting up on their assault on Hezbollah and Lebanon, has just threatened a full-scale ground invasion Lebanon, just as we predicted. They are already fighting inside the Lebanese border and have rejected all calls for a cease-fire - so it's just a matter of time now. Also the rhetoric on both sides is churning. We have already heard threats from Iran and Syria, but also chime in's form Iraq. On the other end, we are already starting to hear lots of us vs. them talk. Just yesterday Newt Gingrich referred to the "Iranian-Syrian-Hezbollah-Hamas alliance" as fueling this conflict and called the conflict World War III (with no credit given to Disorganize for calling it first I might add). On top of all that, demonstrators are defying authorities and marching and chanting in Egypt in support of Lebanon (and as we predicted it will only be a matter of time before Egypt gets involved). With insurgent attacks and death tolls rapidly increasing in Iraq and Afghanistan quickly deteriorating as well. There is no way we won't see a full scale middle eastern explosion. We'll continue to follow this as it happens, but this could be the beginning of the end, and I don't think Ben Affleck will be able to pull us out of this one.
You're a Doctor, You treat EVERYBODY!
Nothing makes me sicker than someone hiding behind their religion when it comes time to take responsibility for their discriminatory actions. I can't stand it when religious haters do it so they can continue to persecute homosexuals, but I absolutely will not tolerate it when a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, paramedic or ambulance driver believes that they have the right to refuse medication, treatment or emergency care if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. I know the fascist homophobic theocratic government of this country has said this kind of behavior is ok, it is absolutely not - no questions asked. You can read a really long story about it here. Trust me, there is never, ever a time when this is ok. You can wrap it in all the religious freedom you like, but when you take on a job of healing people, you do not get to decide who is worthy of treatment and who isn't. Here is the Declaration of Geneva - the oath for medical practitioners since 1948 and designed in light of the medical crimes committed by Nazi's during WWII. You remember the Nazi's don't you, they were also a fascist homophobic group with a single-minded philosophy that beat down or persecuted anyone who didn't fit their ideals and values (woo sounds a little to similar doesn't it?)
The Declaration of Geneva reads:
- At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
- I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
- I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
- I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
- The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
- I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
- I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
- My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
- I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;
- I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
- I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
World War III: Continuing Coverage.
I hate to say I told you so, but... The US just ordered 9 warships to the Lebanese coast. Of course they are strictly there to protect evacuees from terrorist attacks. But wait and see, pretty soon they will be getting involved in some "support" and "peacekeeping" operations. With rhetoric and accusations flying on both sides, it seems inevitable that Syria and Iran will stay out of it, and once they throw their hats in, it's only a matter of time time till the whole thing blows wide open. And in a pretext to that eventuality, the FBI has already started looking for Hezbollah agents in the US who might be planning terrorist attacks against the US, due to US-Iran tensions over nuclear enrichment programs. Keep an eye out folks, I wouldn't be surprised if they "foil" another terrorist plot, but this time from Hezbollah, giving them just the right justification, and hey the warships are already there so...boom boom boom, out go the lights. Get Your Crusade On. Stay tuned. **THIS JUST IN: Israeli troops have entered Lebenon. While they claim it was only to look for tunnels and such. It is still a ground forces incursion and will only be the beginning - combined with US warships enroute - it doesn't looke like this is going to end any time soon. You can read the article here. By the end of next week we will have either Syria, Iran or both involved directly in this thing.
Monday, July 17, 2006
World War III
I don't know if anyone caught it, but World War III started last week. You may not know it yet, because this is only the preface, but trust me, once you get into the first few chapters of the story, you see what I mean. For the few of us that will be left, you'll be able to say I remember when it all started. Just like the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Israel's invasion of Lebanon will be the fuse that leads to the bomb. Everything was fine when the Israelis and Palestinians kept blowing each other up, but now they took it outside, and this one is going to end badly. If you think I'm kidding take a closer look, already there is posturing by the Syrians and Iranians to get their justifications out of the way, in case they can cobble together some pre-text for war. And just like in Backdraft, if they go, we go. Forget North Korea (for now), WHEN, not if, Israel damages something belonging to Syria or Iran, then they both jump into the battle, which pretty much means we're going to jump in too (which we want to anyway). Then followed by the British and then of course the Russians, then the Saudi's and Egyptians won't be able to stay out of it, and pretty soon everyone will be at war in the Middle East(well not everyone, but more on that later). And let's not forget that the Afghanis are already having trouble holding it all together, and we are all painfully aware of the state of Iraq. The whole thing is just waiting to blow into something crazy. And speaking of crazy, the Rapture people are salivating over this as the beginning of the end times (and this time they mean it.) For those of us who will be "left behind" and charged with telling the story of the last great war, we will know that it was started by, and finished by organized religion on behalf of their clients Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Cowboy George's Middle Eastern Adventure is going to come to a screeching halt in favor of Global Themonuclear War - shall we play a game? So now the world is at war. Who knows what other fronts will open up at the same time. Will India and Pakistan finally bomb each other? Will the Kurds see the instability as a sign and start their own revolution? And what about North Korea? Will they pull a Pearl Harbor and act because they think they can? And for all of you who have ever played RISK - what happens when all the major turf battles erupt into all out war? Everyone makes a horde and then tries to take over the world, but who always wins that battle. You got it, the guys in the purple countries who have been hoarding untouched all game. And in this scenario, who do you think that is? That's right, the Chinese. Everyone else is engaged everywhere else, and the Chinese take over the world. The End. I want everyone to bookmark this story and then if you are still here, come back in 2 years and see what happened. In the meantime I'll be learning Chinese; nihao!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
"No Rights For You!"
Combining Organized Religion and Government is like combining horny college students and booze - someone's going to get screwed. I'll give you three guesses who's getting the shaft this time. In South Bend, Indiana (home of Notre Dame University), a measure came before the city to pass an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The proposal came at the recommendation of the Human Rights commission and was supported by a number of agencies, groups and individuals, including the mayor. And while you would expect this to be a no-brainer, the measure was defeated 5-4. Defeated. That's right, the city council of South Bend, Indiana decided that the LGBT community should NOT be protected from discrimination, violence, abuse and persecution. How do you do that? How do you sit there and listen to someone say, "please help us, we're being beaten, killed, oppressed, spat upon, threatened, harassed and discriminated against." And then turn to them and say "No, we refuse to help or protect you." Where do you get the balls? Of course none of this would be necessary if the federal government would add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes, but you might want to try to jump from here to the moon in a single leap, your chances may be better. So what does this have to do with Organized Religion? Unfortunately everything. All of the anti-gay rhetoric comes from the church. Not from laws, not from any danger to society or people, it comes exclusively from Organized Religion. Every lawmaker, politician, school board or political action group that has anything whatsoever to say on this subject is interjecting religion into government - plain and simple. There is no other reason than that. You are free to go out and find me an atheist who thinks homosexuality is morally wrong and has some non-religious justification for that belief and then we can talk. Go on, I'll wait. No luck? The government and it's agents are put there by the people and for the people. To protect and serve as the police motto would say. To blatantly and unequivocally say that this particular group is undeserving of that protection, then you are creating a sub-class of people. I would then suggest that the LGBT community as a whole should be alleviated from any federal taxation, since they would appear to be living without the protection of the government and thus unable to enjoy the benefits it allegedly provides. But in truth it is people like the 5 members of the South Bend City Council that should be stripped of their citizenship for selling out their neighbors. And I sincerely hope that they never need anything from anyone in the LGBT community, because they certainly don't deserve it. So in closing, any law, statue, ordinance or other regulation that has at it's core some prohibition or discrimination against gays is exclusively religiously based and as such should have no part whatsoever in the government of any jurisdiction in this country.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
1 Part Government + 1 Part Religion = Molotov Cocktail
When will we ever learn that politics and organized religion don't mix? Well, probably never. In yet another shining example of what happens when someone gets into a position of power and decides to let the world know his personal wisdom. So in a living testimonial to the truth of the phrase, It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt, I give you Marcus Kindley, Chairman of the Republican Party of Guilford County, North Carolina. I encourage you to read the entire thing. I've already discussed his homosexuality = pedophilia comment over on True Persecution, so I wanted to shine the light of reason on some of the rest of this nonsense. First "The Chairman" reminisces about the good ole' days when everything was a Norman Rockwell painting and I presume when blacks and latinos and queers stayed quiet and segregated where they belong. He talks about violence and "justifying all deviance through the prism of relativity" as the reasons the world and our neighborhoods have become unsafe. So how did all this happen? It's because the church does no longer hold sway and does not have the ability to teach right and wrong anymore so people are just running around everywhere willy-nilly. I appreciate that he wants to take credit on behalf of the church for the knowledge of right and wrong, but I hate to break it to you, but every church and every religion could disappear tomorrow and people will still know the difference between right and wrong. They seemed to know the difference for thousands of years prior to the onset of the Christian, Muslim or Jewish faiths, and they will know it for thousands of years after. Right and wrong do not come from church, they come from society, and every society must decide these for themselves - but they originate in tribal culture, not the church. If Umlak kills Urgh in some ancient Mesopotamian tribe, it's wrong, not because some priest told him so, it's because now that Urgh is dead, there is no one to make spears to hunt for meat for the tribe, because he was the spearmaker. Furthermore, Urgh was well liked and make nice pictographs in the cave in weekends and will be sorely missed - THAT'S why it's wrong, the church had nothing to do with it. By the same token in another part of the world, in another tribe, this might be perfectly acceptable - who's to say what is right - there was no Bible - how could these societies survive without good moral teachings? It's because society dictates and people decide. All organized religion does is try to interject their thoughts into the mix and TELL other people what is right and wrong as they see it, despite the fact that they could figure it out on their own. All this ends up doing is creating strife and conflict. They like to talk about right and wrong, but in truth it's all about control. Organized religion is designed to control, just like conservative politicians are there to control. They are afraid of personal freedoms and choices and case by case interpretations because it non-only destabilizes their ability to control, but also encourages people to think for themselves as individuals and as a society which is not only threatening to the controllers, but their vehicle of control (The Church) as well. Look no further than this statement and you will see the truth: "Our churches in trying to be everything to everybody has failed to discriminated between right and wrong. If there is no right and wrong, but only gray, then there is no need for God or Laws." Well you are half right anyway. Don't worry about the laws, they will take care of themselves, but you are right - if people are free to make decisions on their own, then the do not need you to tell them what to think, do or believe. And I'm sorry, but God has nothing to do with it either, it's the church and organized religion which is in peril. Organized Religion and Politics are a bad match. For now, remember that the good ole' days weren't always so good, and we can work to make new good ole' days by letting people build a society that incorporates fairness and equality and truth - provided you can get your rhetoric, propaganda and organized religion out of the way longer enough for it to happen. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from "The Chairman" in the future, but one word of advice for Marcus Kindley from his friends at Disorganize - next time you want to interject your religious beliefs into your political dogma - remember that religion is personal, and keep it to yourself.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Dissention In The Ranks.
The fight for gay rights and the church-sponsored persecution of homosexuals has already met with conflict in the Episcopalian and Presbyterian Churches, but full-scale persecution of gays and lesbians appeared to still be going strong, that is until Pastor Woody Hingle tried to make an official declaration at the Louisiana United Methodist Church Annual Conference. You can read the full story here. Apparently Pastor Hingle overestimated his fellow United Methodists when he tried to pass a new anti-gay affirmation: "local church membership in the United Methodist Church is open to all persons and requires repentance of sin, which includes racism, heterosexual sexual relations outside the marriage bond, and the practice of homosexuality." He seemed to believe that this was a nice all-inclusive maneuver, but was surprised when his fellow UM's overwhelmingly rejected the proposal. But let's take a little bit closer look at this and see what is really going on. "Open to All Persons" That seems perfectly reasonable. "Repentance of Sin, which includes racism" also seems fine and even praiseworthy, especially considering Louisiana has had problems with racism toward members of the African-American community. "Heterosexual relations outside the Marriage Bond" we're starting to get a little out there now - certainly the church has vainly attempted to get this one going for centuries, but don't hold your breath. And finally "The Practice of Homosexuality" NOW we're seeing the real deal. But wait you say, he had this whole list of prohibitions, why do we think this was actually an anti-gay message. Well first off, it is not really loving or being open to all persons if you have a laundry list of things that are unacceptable, but I think the true meaning can be found in what Pastor Hingle was most upset about when his measure was defeated. He didn't get upset about the idea that his fellow Methodists turned down his proposal because they WANTED to be racist. Nor does he go with the obviously because they didn't want to give up their beloved premarital sex )and who would, frankly) No his first reaction was: "Hingle believes the petition failed because United Methodist delegates were uneasy about declaring that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching."* So that's really it isn't it? He was pissed because his anti-gay proposal got shot down, especially since he worked so hard to couch it in this larger platform where open discrimination against gays was only a part of it. However by his own admission, Pastor Hingle decided to make this proposal after a pastor was suspended by the UMC for denying membership to an unrepentant homosexual. (That pastor was later reinstated). If we want more proof that this proposal was just a cleverly disguised hate message, look no further than how Pastor Hingle then equates homosexuality with some other "lifestyle" choices. "What other sins then don't have to be repented of for membership?" the pastor asks. "You know, if someone's...unrepentant about having a lifestyle of lying or thievery or whatever -- where are you going to draw that line?"* So being a homosexual is akin to having a lifestyle of lying or thievery. Wow. Don't sugar coat it Woody, tell us how you really feel! I guess in his mind persecution and discrimination and intolerance are not sins at all and truly the work of good Christian Disciples of Christ. Pastor Hingle goes on to say that his larger concern is that his fellow parishioners believe that their own "reasoning and experience" trump scripture and church authority. And we find ourselves once again back to that staggering commentary on the dangers of organized religion. He is actually saying that people who have the audacity to think for themselves are wrong and going against the church. So my condolences to Pastor Hingle for his loss and kudos to the UMC membership for voting this down, even if it is as I suspect more about the other elements of the proposal than any pro-gay solidarity. And I leave you with this. If homosexuality is so powerfully wrong in the eyes of God, so much so that it seems to be the greatest focus of almost every church and almost every church-related group, why wasn't it mentioned in the Ten Commandments? If God saw fit to making sure to specify that you shouldn't be coveting your neighbors slaves and/or farm animals - wouldn't you think he might have remembered to mention something about homosexuality. *Courtesy of Jim Brown, AgapePress.