Wednesday, September 20, 2006
From the Man of God: Torture protects us! From a GOP consultant: "Peace is not a Biblical value" and other rants
It’s even worse than we thought! The Republicans don’t just want to go back to the 19th century, to the Gilded Age. They want to go back to a time when we didn’t have the Magna Carta (which dates to 1215), perhaps considered the ultimate influence towards constitutional law today. Habeas Corpus or our right not to be imprisoned which according to habeascorpus.net actually predates the Magna Carta which stated, ““...no free man shall be taken or imprisoned or disseised or exiled or in any way destroyed except by the lawful judgment of their peers or by the law of the land.”
The National Litterbox backed bill seeks to take away the right of habeas corpus to those imprisoned at Guantanamo whom he considers terrorists although the Red Cross estimates that they are 90% innocent. The Republicans say we want rights for terrorists, but who is to say that the White House would not consider those who dissent against his wars for American hegemony terrorists? What is to prevent Litterbox Bush to whisk us off to another country to be tortured if we dissent publically against his “war on terror?”
The amendment might have passed had two Democrats not missed the vote; the two were at a news conference on the Medicare drug benefit. A spokesman for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, one of the two, said she was rushing back for the vote but just missed it. “She’s obviously disappointed,” said the spokesman, Jonathan Beeton. “It was unfortunate timing.”
House leaders plan to bring the Bush plan to the floor next week.
Knowing the Rethuglicans and their underhanded tactics, who’s to say that the Rethuglicans knew that two Democrats were going to be absent and went ahead anyway, just biding their time until the Democrats could not be present?
Don’t forget that Litterbox Bush who poses as God’s Favorite Christian and the most pro-lifer out of all of us quietly slipped in a signing statement on the torture ban a while back that “quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.” Remember how he cited national security and his duty to protect the American people? Well imagine this scenario…Let’s say that ANSWER has planned a huge anti-war rally in front of the White House. What’s to say that since according to conservatives and right-wingers we are terrorists, what’s to say that Bush would imprison one of the organizers of the rally indefinitely or even make him disappear? What’s to say that he wouldn’t rendition one of them to a country like Syria, which he condemns in public but sends those to be tortured over there to wash his hands much as Pontius Pilate did? What’s to prevent Bush from imprisoning that activist forever without being any charges to him or her as he claims the “war on terror” can last generations?!
Am I being too paranoid? Am I being too extreme? Am I being too much of a conspiracy theorist? Or am I correct in saying that some right-wingers would actually applaud if one of the guys from ANSWER or Moveon.org or even Michael Moore were tortured in the name of national security?
Republicans are not the party of life, they are the party of Abu Ghirab, they are the party of the Spanish Inquisition, the party of torture, the party of witchcraft trials that killed innocent women and men in Europe and Salem, they are the party of dehumanizing treatment, they are the party of the Dark Ages. They do not care of the irreparable damage that this rejection of McCain’s amendment would do to our country, they do not care for the troops who could fall into enemy hands from a country that might also reinterpret the Geneva Conventions for its own purposes, they just do not care because they are out of touch with the danger our troops face in the field. This is how they can deny them funding for body armor and do nothing while troops scrounge around for metal they can fit into armor, while turning around and saying with a straight face that the GOP is the party that supports the troops while Democrats want them DEAD!
Frist says he will challenge the amendment with a filibuster. Funny, I thought filibusters were supposed to be detrimental to our democracy. I thought it was only a tool that the Democrats were using to subvert the chances of conservative judges I mean Men of God of getting onto the federal appeals courts and the Supreme Court. I thought they wanted to do away with the filibuster. So am I to believe that filibusters to prevent activist judges who would take away all our rights to hold corporations accountable for their injustices against us are bad but filibusters to allow our Litterbox to torture detainees and any others he sees it is okay? What kind of message does it send to the world when America, the supposed beacon of human rights (HAHA) is opposing an amendment that would prevent torture?
Will the right-wing churches that participated in Justice Sunday (which should strip them of their tax-exempt status in a just world instead of a world with an IRS that seeks to intimidate liberal churches opposing war) come out against the filibuster of this amendment or will they come out in favor of torture with their deafening silence?
In other news from the shit-filled Litterbox, Bush was against sending troops into Pakistan to capture Osama before he was for it. Today, he said, “Absolutely” when he was asked if he would send in troops if intelligence indicated Osama was in Pakistan. One wonders if he would ask Musharaff for permission when last week he said he would need an invitation.
Bush’s IRS is seeking to strip away the tax-exempt status of a liberal church in Pasadena that preached against the war in the sermon. Never mind that the pastor was speaking on peace which appears in one of Jesus’ epithets, Prince of Peace. Never mind that the pastor was asking what would Jesus do? Never mind that he castigated BOTH Bush for carrying out the war-mongering policy and Senator Kerry for enabling it. Yet Dobson is free to rant and rave against the Satanic liberals and promote conservative politicians subtly in his voter's guides WHICH will jeopardize or should jeopardize the tax-exempt status of churches that participate in his programs such as the Value Voters Summit coming up in September.
All Saints has been known as "a headquarters for political activity" since the 1970s, said Steve Frank, a GOP consultant who organizes churches for political campaigns. The IRS is probably using the sermon as an excuse to investigate the church's expenditures, Frank said.
"It's not a question of the IRS going after one ideology. They're going after anybody that violates the law," he said. "The reality is it doesn't stop a minister from teaching ... what they believe is the truth within the Bible."
Wait, did he just say that the famous verse in the Bible that says "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9) is not truth within the Bible?
In other news...
Geoff Davis (R-KY naturally) says he supports the troops but he supports even more the loan sharks who charge 400% interest on their loans…He is coming out against a bipartisan bill supported by the Pentagon which would limit interest rates on short-term loans to military members to 36% (as if that wasn't high enough) Wait, wasn’t there a prohibition against usury?
For a party that loves to quote Leviticus, well here’s something for you! 'You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. (Leviticus 25:35-37)
Republicans voted for the 21st century poll tax even though it is unconstitutional, saying that only brown people commit vote fraud. Well if they want their ID law, then make every DMV in the county give IDs and driver’s licenses out for free. Put a DMV in every little town and village and in the rural areas so that EVERYONE can get an ID. The fact that the Republicans would NEVER stand for that with their blame the victim rhetoric (people who cannot afford to go out and get drivers’ licenses either because of the lack of money or lack of transportation) shows that right-wingers dream of the day when voters hailing from the other end of the spectrum were disenfranchised by these poll taxes. The fact that they do not care about Diebold and hackable voting machines shows that they only care for disenfranchising their political enemies. What next? Grandfather clauses for whites who can’t afford the IDs and literacy tests?!
All three Faiths of Abraham spawn violence and hypocrisy
Christians and Jews can smugly lecture and chastise Muslims about violence, because followers of Islam are poorer, more oppressed, and thereby forced to defend themselves in cruder fashion. On the other hand, the rich and powerful nations of the west can fund, train, and equip state of the art militaries and intelligence services to do their bidding, by proxy. Likewise, smooth-talking politicians expertly equivocate about acceptable collateral damage to the homes and lives of poor people in other lands. With so many dollars spent, why don’t Muslims and others simply shut up and accept being exploited, oppressed, and massacred for such nobly expressed western ideals?
Those in representative democracies tout their governments as extensions of the citizenry. Accordingly, so are the militaries, intelligence services, corporations and other proxies used to expand and maintain the Judeo-Christian Empire. By extension, the citizens of western nations are much more responsible for the actions of criminals, killers, and torturers paid for and authorized by democratic institutions than people who live in less democratic nations who have much less control over the actions of their leaders.
It is undeniable that the Bush administration, its cohorts, and supporters are mostly Christian. Without the blind support of so many Judeo-Christians, the Bush administration would not now be embroiled in the current struggle to retroactively legalize torture, illegal domestic spying, and other crimes. By US law, hiring a proxy to murder or assault someone is still prosecuted as murder and assault. It is undeniable that the militaries and intelligence services of the west that kill and torture at the behest of democratic representatives are hired proxies of Judeo-Christian citizens.
Regardless of attempts to shift blame, history clearly records the widespread crimes of Christianity. Whether we're talking about the abominations of the Inquisition, Crusades, the greed and genocide of colonizers, slavery in the Americas, or the Bush administration's recent deeds and results, Christianity has always spawned great evil.
So, the next time any Christian, Jew, or Muslim, whether president, prime minister, religious leader or follower decides to chastise others for their failings, stop to consider that the logs in your own eyes have blinded you to the full truth about all three faiths of Abraham. Religion has utterly failed to solve humanity's problems because it is a strong delusion that spawns error and evil instead. The sheep's clothing of duplicitous ideals is an obvious deception used to hide the truth. Nonetheless, the veil is readily pierced by discerning the fruits of their deeds.
Here is Wisdom...