Monday, December 5, 2011

Open Letter To Roanoke College

December 4, 2011

Open Letter To Roanoke College:

My understanding is that your policy manuals do not specifically prohibit the school’s police/security department from initiating violence in the event of student protests. Given the way some colleges have been behaving lately, would it be too much for you to formally address the issue?

At the bottom of this letter are two website links that you should see. The first one is a video that shows police methodically smashing fellow human beings in the ribs and stomachs with batons. These peaceful protesters, students from the University of California at Berkeley, were exercising their right to free speech, which is protected by the First Amendment. This type of non-violent rebellion led to women’s rights, ended American apartheid, and stopped the Vietnam War. These are good things, yes?

This time, if I had to sum up the many things being protested across the country in just a few words, then I would say the goal is the separation of business and state, (like we separated church and state). This is also a good thing, yes?

Let us go right to the heart of matter by way of analogy…

We can begin by saying the students, all of them beloved children to somebody, were wrong for being so stubborn. I do not believe that, but even if you start with that premise, you still lose the argument to use such violence against peacefulness…

Imagine that your own children and some of their friends were upset with your behavior and decided to sit on your driveway and refused to move, which resulted in you being unable to drive your car. You then discussed the issue but neither side would change their minds. At that point, instead of getting your friends to drag them off to their rooms, you had your friends come over with bats and smashed them in the ribs and stomachs until they were bruised, bloodied and throwing up.

The second video link shows more beloved children, this time being gassed at the University of California in Davis. Note that the expression “pepper spray” is a doublespeak term to make potentially lethal poison sound like it’s only mildly annoying. In fact, pepper spray is like mace, 500 times stronger than cayenne pepper and is nothing less than gas warfare. The result of this police brutality was that some of the students were hospitalized. (To digress a moment… Side effects often last for months and in some cases permanent nerve damage or respiratory ailments result. There is also a risk of fatal allergic reactions, similar to how some people react to nuts or shellfish, which can lead to death by asphyxiation. Dozens of fatalities have been documented now, hundreds more are suspected.)

So the question to Roanoke College administrators is this: If you are ever in a similar situation as the California universities, how will you treat your students? And if you cannot immediately say that you will never do what California did, then I have another question: If your children happen to inconvenience me, or maybe they sass me, am I then permitted to smash them with clubs and hose them with poison? And claim the ambulance they left in was deserved?

If you were those California college administrators that authorized those attacks, what should be done with you? Continuing my use of the earlier metaphor, the answer is that you are unfit to be a parent. You are a violent criminal and your children should be taken away. You even gassed your children with a product the military classifies as a weapon. You are unfit for society. You should go to jail!

It is the duty of every college administration to stand up for the beloved children they have been entrusted to teach and protect. Why do you stand on the sidelines Roanoke College? Where’s your outrage and indignation? You are giving tacit approval to violent assault. Are we to become a police state like China, or someday even like Nazi Germany? It is a cowardly and dying society that will not tolerate dissent. Wouldn’t any parent be a fool to think that their children have nothing to say? And even if the students had been wrong, this fact will always remain: It is an abomination for parents to cause hospitalization of their peaceful children, to gas and beat them into submission for having a different opinion than their own!

By saying and doing nothing, Roanoke College forfeits the right to call itself an institution of higher learning. Speak up! Condemn the actions of California’s violent police state behavior. Then make it official college policy that you will never resort to “first strike” violence on peaceful student protest. You are not visionary mentors or even adequate teachers when you tolerate such violent abuses by your peers. What you are is sycophants to the status quo and you care more about your paychecks than doing what’s right.

Dave Gresham
Hardy, VA

Berkeley students assaulted by police.
Davis students gassed by police.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The New Crusades

Why is the United States occupying the Middle East?

Reasons frequently cited include oil, imperialism, warmongering, revenge and fighting terrorism. I leave it to others to debate what level of importance these factors hold. What concerns me is religion, a consideration seldom discussed in the West, but which is a greater cause than any other, with the probable exception of how it relates to money.

The people involved in these wars are from cultures overwhelmingly influenced by Abrahamic religions. The idea that “God loves us more” is a driving force in all three. And they all have “holy” books to try to prove it. If you can pin them down on their rationale for actually believing these things, the answer why is because: “We are better people.” This goes around in circles as it’s the same self righteousness at heart.

A quick review…

Judaism: They believe they are God’s favorite. The leaders of the Mosaic religion had a history of commanding their people to slaughter entire nations, even the babies. After 1,800 years without a country of their own, they emigrated to Palestine en masse and then refused to grant a homeland to the people who were there first.

Christianity: They believe they are God’s favorite. When Christian leaders came to power they plundered the entire world in the name of God. The people of every non-Christian country on Earth were slaughtered, enslaved, or treated as savages and barbarians, while colonialism destroyed the majority of their ancient cultures.

Islam: They believe they are God’s favorite. Though they lag behind in civil rights, their violence is right on par. Citing the delight of God to see infidels die, which is any non-Muslim, they commit mass murders by bombing the general public. When infidels are in short supply they are happy to please the Almighty with the deaths of each other.

These are the worst examples, but it demonstrates how the seeds of conceit, which these religions sow, eventually bear the fruit of crime and violence.

Imagine if someone said to you: “You are inferior to me!” This is precisely how churches, temples and mosques are subtly training their followers to think of other people. Such conceit cannot be avoided, after all, they claim to possess the actual “Word of God.” Attendees nod their heads and hearts to what the preachers are selling, and the gist of it is: “God is pleased with us” and “God is not pleased with outsiders.” You hear that just being there makes you a better person than others. And if you join them (bring money) and follow obediently (stop thinking) then you’re even better. People love to have their egos stroked and some will pay almost any price – body and soul, to those who do it well. Priestcraft is the oldest men’s profession.

Conceit causes strife in personal life, but on an international level it’s a disaster. The wars in the Middle East involve three religions that are predominant in the nations of three billion people. All of these people were exposed as children to the self-righteous doctrine that they are God’s favorite. We can argue about which of these cults is the worst, but one thing is certain: The smug sense of superiority that priestcraft instilled in us during our childhood is why there is no end in sight for these new crusades. Deep down in our hearts, in this nation so historically influenced by Christians, and now by Jews, we want the Muslims beaten and smashed. We want them dead. We are better than you! And God loves us more!

In the United States these wars secretly give the general public a sense of pride. Israel is nearly euphoric about them. On the surface it may not appear that way, but it doesn’t take much digging to see this. Talk to almost any Christian or Jew about the wars and you can see the gleam of satisfaction. They’re ashamed to admit it, but their delight becomes obvious very quickly. They just can’t talk openly about what their hearts know is so morally wrong. Their dark hidden attitude is that the Muslims can go to hell.

Plain and simple, religion is the main reason we don’t have a real anti-war movement. The proof of this is easily seen by remembering the public attitude against the Vietnam War. The protests had become so widespread by time we quit, that not only were millions of people in the streets rallying against the war, but there was a multitude of churches speaking out. This is not the case with today’s conflicts that are raging all over the Muslim world, but then, we never heard bad things about Buddhists when we were growing up.

These wars in the Middle East were based on reports of threats we knew were lies in the first place. And they have been spilling blood for nearly a decade with very little progress, but very substantial tears. Meanwhile, we’ve wasted a trillion dollars and ruined our economy. Where are the protesters? Nearly 1,000,000 people have died. Over 3,000,000 people have fled their countries. And they haven’t returned home either. Do they prefer refugee camps? Almost every Iraqi citizen has dead friends or family members. The churches are silent. The temples are silent.

And it gets worse…

Not only is there no end in sight, we’re expanding our attacks. In addition to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are now bombing four other Muslim countries. That’s war against six nations and not one of them attacked us. None of these people wanted us there. None of them want us there now. They may dislike us, but how is that God’s permission to kill them? Government reports, leaked by employees with a conscience, show us that covert projects are working to destabilize almost every Muslim country in the world. Public outrage ended the Vietnam War. Private delight expands the War on Islam.

What happened to the golden rule? Christianity, Judaism and Islam all pretend to speak for God, but only one is being murdered. Behold! Christians and Jews are in complete agreement for the first time in history!

But God approves because we are better people. And God loves us more.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Religion v. Reason - The Extinction of Honest Leaders

The practitioners of priestcraft teach us to get on our knees to talk to God. But consider how our physical parents love to talk with us face to face and all they want in return is our friendship. How much better would our spiritual parents treat us?

Religions claim that God told Abraham to kill his son. We put people in jail or asylums if they follow voices like that. A real God would be too good to ask such a thing. A real God would be too almighty to need to.

The Bible makes God say, "Kill all the Midianites, except keep the virgin girls for yourselves." Little girls owned as sex slaves? By the murderers of their families? This is the word of a God?

Or consider this decree: “No woman may teach a man.” Aside from the obvious, that we all had mothers, should a grown man go through his entire life and learn nothing from half the world?

God’s authorship of any religion collapses in absurdity if we just allow ourselves to think. And someday, just as we no longer believe Earth is the center of the universe, so it is that speaking for God will also pass away as ignorance. Until that day, religions will continue to stunt mankind’s growth. Nearly 7 billion people are subjected to their perversions of truth and common sense everyday. And the world is mentally, emotionally and spiritually malnourished because of them.

The honest student of life finds that the spirit of love, the power of reason, and the creation itself hold so much more spiritual insight as to render any religion and its scriptures virtually useless. But the priestcrafters tenaciously hold us back to keep milking us, using the same conceited message that has always worked on the spiritually blind: “We are better than other people.”

The political point?

The union between elected officials and priestcrafters is greater than ever in America. For thirty years, quite literally, we have not heard a single speech from a national leader where they didn’t parrot the sanctimonious: “America is the greatest country on Earth.” Was there ever a country so in love with itself? This is the same conceited drivel that priestcraft sells, all of them experts at stroking the ego. It’s a sickness that turns out badly and we have the deeds to prove it.

Recall the religious crimes I noted earlier. America’s self righteousness is much the same. We have treated other nations as if we were a cruel God and made them grovel. Our conceit has led us to sacrifice tens of thousands of our own children, and millions of sons and daughters of other countries. And as for our intelligence, no one is regarded as smart enough to teach us anything.           

Contrast this to the wisdom of America’s forefathers. In the 1700’s individual religion was well respected and typical of the majority of the Colonies’ leaders. And look what they accomplished: The end of royalty and the beginning of free speech! Today’s leaders? They teach nothing. They risk nothing. They lead nowhere. Once America led by example; now we lead by brute force. The golden rule is that gold rules, as the unholy alliance between priest and politician turns us backwards. Both greedily aid and abet world slavery to billionaires, while the true religion, which is simply love and reason, is threatened with extinction yet again.

Mankind needs a spiritual revolution, another Age of Enlightenment. We need to get free of the mental stupor of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and every other self righteous group that dares pretend to tell us “what God says.” We already know what God says because we’ve always known: That we should love each other and treat each other as we would like to be treated! We were born with this awareness. The ideas are innate knowledge, carry their own authority, and come into sharper focus as we mature.

The stultifying influence of Christianity on rational thought has been fogging American intellect for over 200 years. Historical facts are now so corrupted that our first five Presidents, every one of them a Deist, are regularly believed to have been Christians. True, when America was a primitive agrarian society it was the custom of most political leaders to attend a church. But why? Because Sunday was the only day they could mingle with large groups of voters. Everyone was working the other six days. There was also some church attendance so as not to appear anti Christian. The truth is, America’s first five Presidents and many others of that period merely tolerated Christianity, agreeing to disagree when opinions conflicted. They knew that love and reason were more important than their individual philosophical differences.

Mainstream media also fosters this false Christian history and some of our school books are virtually proselytizing. The internet is a help, but is also losing ground to revisionists. For example, as I write this article, Wikipedia’s entry on Benjamin Franklin, a staunch Deist, contains a fictional letter wherein he chastises Thomas Paine for writing his seminal book The Age of Reason. Now there’s a real miracle. Franklin died four years before Paine wrote the book!

Take a look at how a few of our early presidents really felt about priestcraft. Most of these quotes are from letters to friends where they didn’t have to guard their true feelings.

John Adams

"The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning.  And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry?  ...brutality is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded.  But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest of hornets..."

"The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…" (From the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797. Signed by President Adams and ratified unanimously by the United States Senate. That’s right, unanimously!)

Thomas Jefferson

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them, and to effect this, they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man (Deism) into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purposes."

"The priests of the different religious sects... dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight."

James Madison

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."

"What influence have ecclesiastical establishments had on society?  In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people."

America’s founding fathers were the creators of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They were Deists, not Christians. They were independent in their thinking, not subjected to other men.

Note that Lincoln was also a Deist. Taft and a few others were generally independent. It’s good that they were, but it also shows the downward spiral of our character. Our first national leaders never prostituted themselves with the clergy for mutual benefit, or did so very little. Now they all pander with them.

Generations have passed since any President has had the depth and courage to reject pretending that the priestcrafters were above us. The same is true for almost the entire Congress. And the overall effect has been a severe reduction in the wisdom, intellect and tolerance of the people. History shows how vehemently the priestcrafters opposed men like Jefferson and Lincoln, but they still won the Presidency. Today they couldn’t get elected to city council.

We need great independent thinkers in the White House again. We need them in all elected offices. Religions always injure us politically because they need to protect their business interests. They do this by working against independent leaders because they need followers. This is not what we need.

The bottom line is this: Every person that rejects priestcraft for the authority of only love and reason becomes a much needed friend of humanity.