Monday, November 29, 2010

Brody's Scribbles... Proof That Religious Extremism Knows No Bounds

 Der Aufziehen-  Roman Catholic Inquisition 
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) NOV 29 | Normally, I tend to ignore about 90 percent of what comes out of the so-called Christian 'family-values' organisations as simply rhetorical silliness or propaganda. The other 10% I view as hate speech and just this past week wrote a column detailing my viewpoint on that topic.
However, as I watched this video earlier today, I am now convinced that the 'rhetorical' silliness expressed by the Christian right is actually dangerous theological doctrines that left unchecked represent a clear threat to not only the current generations in America and around the globe, but future ones as well. The subject matter is disingenuously described as "Environmentalism is deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Centuries ago another alleged Christian organisation attempted to stop the advance of science by imprisoning Galileo Galilei, the great Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution.
Referred to as the "father of modern observational astronomy, modern physics and "the Father of Modern Science, Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science. During the Roman Catholic Inquisition in 1615, Galileo was accused of heresy and although by February of the next year he  had been cleared of any offence, the Catholic Church nevertheless condemned his published theories and studies as "false and contrary to Scripture."
The Pope warned him to abandon his positions—which he promised to do, but he later defended his views in his most famous work, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published 16 years later in 1632.  Galileo was again tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
Jump forward a few centuries and you arrive at The State of Tennessee v. Scopes- informally known as the Scopes Monkey Trial. From Wikipedia:
This was an American legal case in 1925 in which high school biology teacher John Scopes was accused of violating the state's Butler Act which made it unlawful to teach evolution.
Scopes was found guilty, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality and he was never brought back to trial. The trial drew intense national publicity, as national reporters flocked to the small town of Dayton, to cover the big-name lawyers representing each side. William Jennings Bryan, three time presidential candidate for the Democrats, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, spoke for Scopes. 
The trial saw modernists, who said religion was consistent with evolution, against fundamentalists who said the word of God as revealed in the Bible trumped all human knowledge. The trial was thus both a religious or theological contest, and a trial on the veracity of modern science regarding the creation-evolution controversy. The teaching of science and evolution expanded, as fundamentalist efforts to use state laws to reverse the trend had failed in the court of public opinion.
I won't bother you gentle readers with any more comparisons and parallels, instead, lets roll this recent video shall we?


Tim Trent said...

Isn't "exercising wise dominion over the beautiful planet" congruent with environmentalism? How strange, I thought it was.

Who is it that frightens little children? Ah yes, that would be religionuts.

And why are people who fight for alleged family values fighting against polluting the planet?

Now, to be fair to the deceitful bastards, there is some truth to the fact that developing nations have different priorities from the developed ones. In the USA folk dispose of an old fridge in an environmentally friendly manner. In Sri Lanka people would like a fridge in the first place. There is a school of thought that considers that environmentalism keeps third world nations poor.

Bit making them die form environmental disasters is, surely, worse than any danger of an extended poverty? And don;t those pseudo christians understand poverty from their Armani suited, Chanel perfumed, jewel encrusted pulpits?

Desmond Rutherford said...

As Mel Brooks so aptly satirised Torquemada of The Inquisition fame with the phrase, "You can't talk-him-outa, anything."

Tim Trent said...

Money Torques.

Desmond Rutherford said...

You got that right: It's good to be the King.

Trab said...

I once had a verbal battle with a Baptist, who supported animal abuse since, as he said, "God gave us dominion over the animals."

These people are not really religious at all; they are psychotic. (Please forgive me for my insult to psychotics everywhere.)

Desmond Rutherford said...

Psychotic is fine, Trab, as a psychosis is defined by WordWeb as,

" Any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted"

The problem for the Christian right is the same as for many people who are mentally disturbed; they aren't capable of recognising their own illness, their irrationality, their insanity.

What is worse is, that they have commandeered the religion to deceive themselves into believing their distorted interpretations of scripture are the ones that everyone must obey. That makes them sociopathic.

John said...

The three paranoid monotheistic religions that originated with nomadic tribes in the desert of the Middle East present a serious danger to human advancement because these religions exhibit the lowest forms of human consciousness. The forced introduction of Catholic Christianity into Europe killed an estimated 9 million people, the Greek temples were destroyed by Christians, their priests killed, the Dark Ages had begun. The entire body of pagan knowledge was exterminated. (Druidic studies lasted 19 years, today one receives the title of doctor after a mere 4 years study). This was followed by crusades against heretics (the persecution of the Cathars exterminated the population of half of France) and pagans (as in Poland and Lithuania), and then more religious wars occurred when Protestantism reared its head. The religious 80 Years War in the Netherlands killed 100.000 people. The Catholic Inquisition, which tortured and burned alive an untold number of innocent people who held another opinion, (they were called witches), was never repealed. The present Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is that same Inquisition. The fascist mass murderers Franco, Hitler, and Mussolini were Catholics. According to the bible Jesus said: 'My enemies who did not want me as king, bring them here and beat them to death'. (Lucas 19: 27). Every 12th verse in the Quran appeals to kill those who hold another opinion (so called unbelievers)or wage war against them. The bible supports slavery, and all three religions tend to express their hatred of the female gender. Originally however, the wrathful sky god was accompanied by one or more goddesses, these have been effectively suppressed. The goddess does appears in the bible, although her Israelic name, Anat, is not mentioned. Alla was accompanied by three goddesses. The Jews also do not allow women to partake in certain of their rites, and practice male circumcision, which is supposed to show their bond with the god. In all three religions, children have no rights, and no choice. From a young age, they are indroctrinated, brainwashed, with the religious tenets, which are beaten into them with a stick.In Flanders in the 1950's, Catholic boys were tortured by the priests in processions when the boys were forced to hold high a brick for over two hours with the entire village looking on. In Castrillo de Murcia, province of Burgos, Spain, annually in June, mothers irresponsibly deliver their babies to a miscreant who is a 'devil', he jumps over the babies that lie on a mattress in the street, by this rite the babies are said to have gotten rid of 'original sin'. The Catholic church invented a little hell as a special torment for children in the afterlife. (later abolished from the tenets of the church). The indoctrination of children ensures blind belief in later age, it retards free and creative thinking, resulting in depression and explosions of severe violence.