Who is Joseph T Farkasdi? I am a writer, a husband, a father, a working servant, a complex individual who very few will probably understand! I am actively involved in raising the awareness of social injustice in this world caused by religious idealism and intolerance and the rise of an economic destroying corporatocracy. Take a moment to explore and learn more about me. Thanks!
Author: Joseph T Farkasdi
I am a writer, a husband, a father, a working servant, a complex individual who very few will probably understand! I am actively involved in raising the awareness of social injustice in this world caused by religious idealism and intolerance and the rise of an economic destroying corporatocracy. Take a moment to explore and learn more about me. Thanks!
Do you know what science is? Are you sure? Can you tell the difference between what is honest well-researched science that is based on verified evidence, and what is philosophy and religion dressing itself up as legitimate scientific research? If you can’t the difference, because you are not sure what science really is, then don’t you think it is important to learn how science arrives at conclusions – before embracing any claim to knowledge and certainty that happens to spark your interest and hopes, all because it sounds good or feels good? What if what you’ve been thinking are scientific proofs and truths are, in fact, refuted by real science? Are you willing to embrace what really is the reality, based upon the well-tested evidence that supports it? Do you know what science is? If not, would you like to know? …
In a nutshell, as I’ve heard it said, science is the cautious effort to discern fact from fiction, to discern what is real and what is belief only, based upon rigorous questioning, testing, and drawing conclusions from the evidence. Science proposes theories about this reality that are, then, tested. Science seeks the evidence that actually exists, whether it validates or invalidates the theory that is proposed. If the majority of evidence stacks firmly against the theorized belief, then the theory is discarded and a new theory is proposed. In fact, science has rewarded scientists with Nobel prizes for having debunked by evidence what was established scientific beliefs, and this willingness to change beliefs based on sufficient evidence is what advances the accuracy in knowledge and know-how of modern science. Nothing is taken for granted, and there are no absolute inviolable pre-ordained truths. Science is not afraid of seeking for truth, but science does not accept established belief as truth without the rigorously tested peer-reviewed evidence that supports it. As well, one of the main objectives of science is to continuously test our cherished beliefs, deliberately looking for weaknesses and instances that debunk our present beliefs. It is only through doing this that we know what is true and what is false, what is real and what is not real. …
In contrary, religion and pseudoscience, take a deliberately opposite stance. With pseudoscience – whether it be philosophical, cultural, or religious based – the pre-determined belief being upheld and being called a “fact” is presented to followers and to the general public as an absolute inviolable pre-ordained truth. In other words, it has already been declared (by belief alone) as an established fact, and the evidence is out there somewhere that proves it – if you have enough faith and belief to connect the dots. As I personally like to explain it, with pseudoscience pretending to be science the arrow is shot into the tree first and, then, the bull’s–eye is drawn very carefully around it to demonstrate how it must obviously be true. Therefore, all research that is engaged in is done strictly to prove this pseudo-truth. Pseudoscientists put great effort into sifting from all the evidence only such evidence that supports their believed-in truth, and they discard any methodology and any evidence (no matter how great!) that disproves their cherished beliefs as being false methods and data (and they, then, call this science!). Some popular pseudosciences of today include germ theory denial, the anti-vaccine movement, beliefs that extraterrestrials are visiting earth or seeded the human race on earth (UFO movements), Creation Science, Flat Earthers, Flood geology, climate change denial, and so forth and so on. All of these mix fervent religious belief with a poor understanding of the Scientific Method, or by deliberately avoiding addressing and using the process of real science. What good is belief, if it is easily disprovable, right? …
Now, take an honest moment to look closely at the beliefs that you have accepted from others, and dare to ask yourself: Are these beliefs I’ve accepted based in science or pseudoscience? Do I wish to actually know what is real and what is not? Does it really benefit me and others around me to believe in false truths about this reality we call life? Or is it really more dangerous to do this? Am I willing to question and change my mind based on sufficient evidence being presented to me? Do I know what real science is?
If we raise a generation of students who do not understand the process of science, the methods of discerning factual knowledge, or who are fearful of science that contradicts established social beliefs – because they don’t understand science – and readily give creedance to pretend science that feeds upon this ignorance, then we are headed as a nation towards the superstitious thinking of the past that has failed to resolve all of the challenges we have successfully addressed in our Scientific Method times.
#evolution #creationscience #floodgeology #climatechange #climatedenial
#Resist #ResistTrump #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #NationalPopularVote #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
#Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
#BlackLivesMatter #LGBTQ #NativeAmericanLivesMatter
‘‘It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.’’ – Mark Twain
Imagine being born and raised in a world of humans where, most of the time, everyone looks just like you. Imagine being taught incessantly that all fundamental absolute truths are found only in just one book alone, and that your parents, teachers, and preachers are the authoritative interpreters of what this book is saying is sole truth. Imagine being taught all your life that those who disagree with the absolute truths, as interpreted by the religion you were born into, or dare offer a different view of this world are sinners and “God haters” or, even worse, misguided and possessed by demons who are trying to steer you – specifically – away from this truth. Imagine growing up in a community where education and learning new things is only acceptable up to the point where such learning could now potentially disagree with the beliefs and truths of the community – and, if it disagrees with community truths, then it is a lie, plain and simple. Imagine growing up in a community where you are taught that only your community knows what is true and good, that only your community is civil and righteous, and that all other communities and physical/cultural ethnicities are less than you, because they are caught up in sin and destined for hellish destruction. Imagine growing up in a community where you are subtly and innoculously taught to fear ever going astray from community’s doctrines of belief and faith, lest you be eternally damned for it.
If you can imagine this, then you can understand the fundamentalist communities that make up a great majority of this planetary world of humans. If you can imagine this and live in the United States, then you can understand the beliefs and the plight of the majority of white rural Christian Americans. You can understand that political, religious, and capitalist charlatans have played upon this community mindset for decades, distorting their understanding of American history and why their communities have fallen from middle class prosperity to near third world poverty. You can understand why they insist defiantly on believing that it is outside forces and people who have put them into the social economic place they now find themselves. If you can imagine the world from the heartfelt believed fully in perspective of white rural Christian Americans, then you can understand why they refuse to see the rational self-evident facts of life, and why they are so staunchly resisting even the temptation to see another’s truth. The only way I know of to “possibly” reach these people – until they themselves are willing to change their views – is to somehow help/guide them into seeing you as a friend and not a threat, and to somehow help/guide them into seeing the struggles of others in a directly “self”-personal way. Until then, there is no other successful way to address the virulent fundamentalist nationalist supremacist mindset of a good majority of present day United States citizens.
The Confederacy mindset is alive and fully well in today’s United States of America, and an asymmetrical second Civil War may be on the verge of happening. Like in the 1800’s, the Founders “democratic experiment” may be under a survival test, yet again, here in the 2000’s. Throughout the world, there is battle going on between fundamentalist nationalism and democratic globalism. But, more specifically here in the United States, the battle is still about the unaddressed issues fought over during the first American Civil War. Until the white population of the United States of America actively embraces #TruthandReconciliation, like Africa and Canada has done, and embraces #RestorativeJustice, then this cycle of white fundamentalist nationalism and supremacy will continue on unabated here in the United States, and no constructive change for the better will happen. That is until – ultimately – demographic changes take over, rendering the white population of America so minor in numbers that they are now forced to change their views about their place in this world. I hope that it doesn’t have to come to this to see an American Enlightenment that rivals the European Enlightenment that birthed forth our nation!
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The legitimate powers of government extend to only such acts as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say that there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – in Notes on the State of Virginia, 1784
#Resist #ResistTrump #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #NationalPopularVote #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
#Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
#BlackLivesMatter #LGBTQ #NativeAmericanLivesMatter
“I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic,… Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people that means” – John Jay, U.S. Founder, 1785
There is only one real priority difference between Republicans and Democrats, between social Conservatives and social Liberals, and it is critically significant! Our nation’s Founders were quite educated, near all of them top college graduates of their day, which explains why near all of them valued their liberal political/civil values as the inherent “natural rights of man” and, with this, valued education of the populous as the *key assurance* for the survival of our republican democracy, our People’s democracy. In the 2015 and 2016 PEW survey’s of the general public across the political spectrum, snapshots attached, that shows what Republicans, Democrats, and Independents basically agree on in public policy, what is most striking is the absence of “education” as a priority among citizens who are Republican constituents. In contrast, education is a high policy priority for citizens who are Democrat and Independent constituents. This strongly explains in itself the reason for such an extreme partisan divide in the United States between so-called “Conservatives” and so-called “Liberals” – between the “fake news” vulnerable citizens who are devout to the “party line” and those who are devout about civil liberties but are willing to reconsider their political positions.
Education opens the mind to new ideas and new ways of viewing the world, a liberalization of the mind through increased knowledge about the world. A lack of education lends itself to extreme ideologies, not based on facts, but based on self-comforting feelings about one’s place, status, or security within this world – a close-mindedness reaction to the world. Hence, the extreme politically polarized divides on critical issues such as race relations, gun violence, religion, education, and so forth that presently exists within the United States of America. Nearly 50 percent of the populous is not properly educated, but they *do* vote! If we want our democratic Republic to actually be a “great” nation in this world, then we must focus upon helping the Republican constituency of the United States to see the value in a good and diverse education – as the Founders of this nation insisted upon.
#Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
“I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of that latter. Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people that means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate.” – John Jay to Benjamin Rush, March 21, 1785
Yes, it is time to inoculate the public to fake news and pseudoscience! This is important research, and we need to be supporting it. As a nation that is supposed to be the more educated and scientifically relevant in the world, we have got to get the general public aware of what is real news and what is fake news, and of what is objective and substantiated science and what is religion pretending to be science.
As a country, we would not have a stolen election and an illegitimately elected 45th president right now – whose administration is filled with climate deniers and believers in pseudoscience over real science, if we had acted as a People a lot sooner to combat “fake news” and religious myth masquerading in the clothing and words of objective scientific research. It’s called inoculating the public against deliberately spread misinformation for the political and financial gain of a select few within society.
“In medicine we can try to build resistance to infections by injecting people with a weakened strain of the virus or small dose of the virus that will trigger antibodies in people’s immune system to confer resistance. The attitudinal theory of inoculation is exactly the same — in the sense that what we try to do is pre-expose people to a bit of the misinformation… then debunk that information with specific facts. This process helps arm people with what I call a cognitive repertoire to resist basically future encounters with misinformation. That’s the basic idea… We see that we can incrementally protect people’s beliefs about science, through inoculation.” – Dr Sander van der Linden
Fake news’ power to influence shrinks with a contextual warning, study finds https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/23/fake-news-power-to-influence-shrinks-with-a-contextual-warning-study-finds/
What surprised the researchers most about the results of the study? Firstly how powerful misinformation can be, says van der Linden, but also — on the positive side — that ‘inoculating’ people against misinformation can be effective even if a person has an entrenched prior viewpoint.
“I didn’t anticipate that the misinformation would be so overwhelming for people,” he says. “I would have anticipated that the misinformation would have some influence — but not that it would cancel out the facts completely. I think that was quite surprising and also quite concerning, in some way, that people are paying so much attention to this idea of balance. And it’s tricky for people because they don’t know what the sources are, and how credible each side of the debate is — so it is difficult.”
“Similarly we weren’t sure if inoculating people, depending on their prior position, is going to be effective because some people might already have certain prior beliefs — and we were surprised by the fact that on average the inoculation worked well, regardless of what your affiliation or your prior beliefs were. This is not to say there aren’t individuals in the study for whom it didn’t work — and similarly vaccines work for most people but they can’t guarantee they work for everyone — so I would say that’s very much the same here too. But we were surprised that it worked across the board — and that is quite promising.”
Asked about the global challenge posted by the propagation of misinformation, van der Linden is also relatively upbeat — pointing out that misinformation is nothing new, even though the popularity of social media platforms has led to an amping up of the fake news volume in recent years.
Modern religious Creationists of both Haredi Jewish and, especially, Christian fundamentalists persuasion (the Young Earth Creationism types) would have us believe that the earth and universe is about 5,500 years old (and no greater than 10,000 years). Modern scientists tell us that the earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the universe is about 13.8 billion years old. Now, jump back 700 years to the 13th century, wherein Isaac ben Samuel of Acre and other Orthodox Jewish kabbalists concluded that the earth is actually 49,000 years old and that the universe is 15 billion years old. What?! Did you just ask? Would you like to know how they arrived at this conclusion?
“Rabbi Tanhuma said: In its due time the universe was created. It was not appropriate to be create before then, but it was created in its time, as it is said ‘He made everything beautiful in its time.’ Rabbi Abbahu said: From this we learn that the Holy One, blessed be He, kept on constructing lands and destroying them until he constructed the present one and said, ‘This pleases Me, the others did not.’ Rabbi Eleazar said: This is a door which is opened to the depths, as it says, ‘And God saw everything that He had made and, behold, it was very good.’” – Kohelet Rabbah 3:14, written in the 7th Century C.E./A.D. (Hmmm, so no Jurassic or Cretaceous period for us, then? Shucks.)
Anyone who says that Jewish religious tradition is at odds with modern scientific studies is woefully ignorant of Jewish religious tradition. Most Jews accept the theory of evolution and do not see it in contradiction to our mythic accounts of creation. Sure there are those modern sects of traditional Judaism (the ultra-fundamentalists, like the Haredi) that have taken a Christian-like literalist interpretive approach to Jewish “biblical” texts, but they are actually not in-line historically with Jewish contemplations on the relationship between Jewish religious myths and the (pre-)scientific age objective-made observations of the world around us. Jewish religious thinkers and community leaders had already begun to come to the conclusion centuries before the rise of modern science that the myths of Torah (the Jewish Bible) had hidden times frames by which to reveal the “true” age of things and the order of their developments. And, some of these conclusions and imagined beliefs are quite creative! It is no wonder, then, that so many breakthrough scientists have been Jewish. But, on to the question above. How did the 13th century Jewish kabbalists come to the conclusion that the earth is 49,000 years old and that the universe is 15 billion years old? Are you curious to know?
The 13th century’s Sefer HaTemunah’s take on the Sabbatical cycles and the age of the universe
One of the main concepts in Sefer HaTemunah is that of the connection of the Sabbatical year (Hebrew: Shmita) with sephirot and the creation of more than one world. The author of Sefer HaTemunah believed that worlds are created and destroyed, supporting this theory with a quote from the Midrash, “God created universes and destroys them.” The Talmud (Sanhedrin 97a) states that “Six thousand years shall the world exist, and one [thousand, the seventh], it shall be desolate”. Sefer HaTemunah asserts that this 7000-year cycle is equivalent to one Sabbatical cyle. Because there are seven such cycles per Jubilee, the author concludes that the world will exist for 49,000 years.
According to some sources, the author of Sefer HaTemunah believed that the world was currently in the second Sabbatical cycle, corresponding to Gevurah (Severity), which occurs between the cycles Chesed (Kindness) and Tiferet (Adornment). Sefer HaTemunah offers a description of the final Shmita, Malkuth (Kingdom), as “distinctly utopian” in character. This may explain why the book was widely embraced by Kabbalists.
According to Kaplan the Sabbatical cycles in Sefer HaTemunah can be used as a basis for calculating the age of the universe. While Sefer HaTemunah sees the world as existing in the second cycle, others say it is in the seventh cycle. If so, Adam was created when the universe was 42,000 years old, and six worlds were created and destroyed before the creation of Adam. This thesis was laid out by Rabbi Isaac ben Samuel of Acre, a 13th-century Kabbalist, who said that when calculating the age of the universe, one must use divine years rather than physical years.
“ I, the insignificant Yitzchak of Akko, have seen fit to write a great mystery that should be kept very well hidden. One of God’s days is a thousand years, as it says, “For a thousand years are in Your eyes as a fleeting yesterday.” Since one of our years is 365 ¼ days, a year on High is 365,250 our years. ”
Rabbi Yitzchak of Akko then goes on to explain a value of 49,000 years, but does not proceed with the multiplication, nor the reduction of 49,0000 to 42,000, which is Kaplan’s own interpretation. Kaplan calculates the age of the universe to be 15,340,500,000 years old. His reasoning was as follows: as the Midrash states, “A thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday” (Psalm 90:4); a physical year contains 365 ¼ days, which, if multiplied by 1000 would give the length of a divine year as 365,250 physical years; if we are living in the last, 7th Sabbatical cycle, that would mean that the creation as it described in the Bible happened 42,000 divine years ago; to convert this figure to physical years it should be multiplied by 365,250; this gives the result 15,340,500,000 years.
In 1993, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan wrote that the Big Bang occurred “approximately 15 billion years ago”, calling this “the same conclusion” as the 13th century kabbalists. According to a 2013 estimate by ESA’s Planck project, the age of the universe is 13.798 ± 0.037 billion years. Kaplan also relates to Sefer HaTemunah the idea that Torah teachings are compatible with other areas of modern science. According to Kaplan, Orthodox Jews often challenge the findings of paleontology and geology as conflicting with Torah concepts. But in an “extremely controversial” essay, Israel Lipschitz drew on the writings of Abraham ibn Ezra, Nahmanides, and Bahya ibn Paquda to argue the opposite conclusion: “See how the teachings of our Torah have been vindicated by modern discoveries.” Lipschitz wrote that fossils of mammoths and dinosaurs represent previous Sabbatical cycles in which humans and other beings lived in universes before Adam, and that the Himalayas were formed in a great upheaval, one of the upheavals mentioned in Sefer HaTemunah.
Sourced from World Heritage Encyclopedia™ licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
“Trump clearly resents the dissemination of info that could be viewed as delegitimizing his win in the slightest.” – The Washington Post
Yes, yes. That Trump guy’s Achilles’s heel. It is a patriotic act to “delegitimize” his ill-got position of self-serving power at the expense of the highest office of the land. He lost the General Election of Nov 2016 and clearly so! The “People” of the United States, the decisive majority of its voting citizens, rejected him as President. The only reason he has obtained his position is through a skewed Electoral College vote made on Dec 19th and the intensely partisan-focused Senate confirmation of the results of this skewed Electoral College vote subsequently made in the Senate on Jan 6th. And this up-turned election that stands against the clear voted will of the People of the United States was made fully possible through the galvanizing efforts of the minority white Christian nationalist voters, primarily, and economically hurting voters, secondarily, to the election booths on Nov 8th. By the number of votes, they are the clear minority in America, but they were able to skew the Electoral College results to reflect against “the voted will of the People.” How did they do this? This “illegitimately” gained election win by Donald Trump and his Wall-Street-Evangelical-White-Nationalist administrative partners was achieved very openly and obviously – for those watching the rise of white Christian nationalism in the United States of America – before the very eyes of the inattentive and disbelieving greater U.S. public.
It was achieved through the last eight years of deliberate Republican obstructionism in government (the “shut the Government down” and “do nothing” #GOP in the U.S. Senate and House) and an unrelenting railing of disparaging comments and attitudes towards the first black President of the United States – our 44th President, President Barack Hussein Obama. It was achieved through the constant demonizing of the Obama Administration, the President himself, and his family over the last eight years by Republicans and “Conservative” media, and their constant whining railing against the Liberal-slash-Democratic “godless, atheistic progressive agenda” of the Democratic “Left,” that would dare to stand for civil rights, economic justice, and real populism in the United States (which they call “communism,” but are actually talking about “democratic socialism”). It was achieved through the propaganda rhetoric spewing from religious pulpits across this nation, especially the televangelist ones, and “conservative” media outlets that have been disseminating expressions of fear, bigotry, hate, and false and out-right “fake news” to the masses for decades, to bring easily push-able angst and disillusionment into the public mind about the state of our democracy. More specifically to the time frame of this election, it was achieved through the deliberate and highly intricate “influence campaign” conducted by the Russian Kremlin during this election process to intensify this social media influenced disillusionment occurring in the U.S. populace, so that the citizens of the United States see Trump’s racist, misogynist, xenophobic rants as symbols of strength and change – not the hate and thin-skinned-ness for which these behaviors actually are. And, (Now, we Independent voters and Populist voters and Atheist voters told you so over a year ago!) it was achieved through the targeted political paybacks made against a highly qualified candidate for the job of President, but a candidate who was carrying with her considerable baggage to be targeted and does not have a charismatic personality like that deceptive and habitually lying con man Trump guy. “Perceived” political scores that needed to be settled by the head of the FBI (James Comey, a Republican who has unsuccessfully investigated the Clintons several times in the past) and the top man of Russia (Vladimir Putin, who himself gained power illegitimately in 2011, and blamed “Hillary” across the seas for all the rioting that occurred in Russia afterwards), thus discrediting the only candidate actually qualified for the job of President that was running in this election.
So, the #Trump guy has obvious and valid good reasons to be concerned about the U.S. public treating his “win” as an ill-gotten and illegitimate achievement, because it is true! He deserves to have the populace – who clearly by majority vote, by “the will of the People,” gave him the decisive and undeniable “No!” rejection vote, #NotMyPresident, in this #election2016 – seek to remind him daily that he does not have the support of the greater majority of United States citizens. Facts are simply facts, no matter how many times and how many ways you try to respin it, Trump, through your own mouth and “tweets” and through the mouths and tweets of the many puppets you’ve assigned to speak for you – to “explain” you to the general public. There is no reason for the citizens of the United States to ever unite behind Donald Trump and his proposed Wall-Street-Evangelical-Alt-Right administration. The clear majority of U.S. citizens, 73.6 million of us, said #NotOurPresident to the Trump guy choice, and we all meant this when we casted our votes. We must keep in mind (by continuously publicly voicing it) that 10.67 million more Americans voted against the Trump guy, than the total amount that voted for him. And we must keep in mind that 2.86 million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton as President, than all the votes made for that Trump guy. We must also keep in mind that the election was decided in just a few states, by electoral college numbers, *at the disenfranchisement* of most of the voters across the United States. And, we must definitely keep in mind and keep our focus on what the majority of U.S. citizens want for this country: a livable way of life that is based in a “level playing field” of justice, fairness, and opportunity for all our citizens.
These are just the facts of the 2016 Presidential Election. That Trump guy deserves no reprieve from this any day during the next four years, deserves to be reminded of it daily (regardless of his thin-skinned nature), and deserves no support from the People of the United States for his Wall-Street-Evangelical-Alt-Right #TrumpAdministration – the United States citizens deserve better than this! Continue to #Resist with the facts and with attentive populist-mindedness. It’s the patriotic thing to do! It’s time for the #NationalPopularVote movement in the United States of America, so the voice of the People is actually heard and listened too by our legislative and political bodies during our democratic processes!
“Pirke Abot, chapter 5, section 10, states: “There are four attitudes among men: He that says, “What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours” – this is the average attitude; but some [Sages] say that this is the attitude of the Sodomites….” A Sodomite is described here as being a person who accepts no responsibility for the poor in his community. He owes them nothing.” – Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill
Sedom v’Gemorah (Sodom and Gomorrah) were ancient plant-cultivating cities, and their very names are references to this fertile and, thus, prosperous lands. The crimes (sins) of these legendary cities in Torah and extended TaNaKh (the Jewish Bible) and in the Talmud are the crimes of selfish indulgence and utter lack of hospitality toward strangers. This is made clear in the Torah legend with the extreme behavior of “all” the men of the city, from “youth” to “old man,” towards the messengers of Avram’s god (Avraham) that arrived to the city. “All” the men of the city came to Lot’s home intent on raping these messengers, an act of extreme violence symbolizing extreme inhospitality. The intent or “moral” of the Torah myth is to compare the character and quality of Avraham’s and Lot’s families, the displaced tribal family, to the settled and indulgent city-dwellers.
Sadly, among many European and American “Judeo-Christian” modern religious traditions these passages are erroneously translated as cities given to homosexuality and this is the reason for their destruction, and that it is evidence that “the Bible” abhors and prohibits homosexual behavior and orientation. This is categorically untrue when Torah is read on its own terms (without modern hermeneutics placed upon it), for the Hebrew “Bible” has nothing to say about committed and loving homosexual relationships. Except, maybe only positive things to say about it – think about the very intimate relationship between David and Johnathan (future-king David clearly swings both ways in orientation in the actual Hebrew, and Johnathan’s father in a fit of anger eventually attempts to shame him about it, showing he knows about them!). As to the two infamous (in modern times) Leviticus same-sex prohibitions (verses), both are expressed without built-in context to explain specifically what the “lyings of woman” are, but context clearly shows that the prohibited acts are males raping another male and heterosexual males sexually substituting a male for sex “as if” he were a woman in an idolatrous sexual act.
“Ve’et zachar lo tishkav mishkevey ishah to’evah hee. And a male do not lie down with as lyings of woman, abhorrent he.” – Vayikra/Leviticus 18.22
“Ve’ish asher yishkav et-zacher mishkevey ishah to’evah asu shneyhem mot yumatu dmeyhem bam. And man that lie down with a male as lyings of woman, abhorrent to do, both of them death by execution, extreme guilt in them.” – Vayikra/Leviticus 20.13
“Where is the prohibition of a male? Because it says, `if a man,’ a man and not a minor. And it says, `lie with a male,’ whether the passive partner be an adult or a minor. And it says, `as with a woman,’ from which we learn that there are two modes of lying with a woman (that are prohibited).” – Mas. Sanhedrin 54a, 28-32
Let’s put this in perspective, two thousand years ago, before the birth of Christianity, the Rabbis clarified in the Talmud that Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13 are referring to two specific homoerotic acts between males, and not to homosexuality itself. They were a lot closer to the time this law code was written than we were, wouldn’t you agree? So is it just possible that they may have had a better understanding of the intent of this prohibition, than what is assumed by inadequate translation and exegesis in this modern age? Unfortunately, as is common with ancient law codes, the situational specifics are not written for posterity with the laws, because these laws were meant for their place and historical time. Meaning, they in their historical time understood in everyday social context what specific acts this enigmatic prohibition was referring to. For us, we have to rely on the hints of ancient teachers and the obvious context self-evidently presented in Torah as a whole. Torah presents a man raping a male and a man having religious sex with a male as these most extreme male on male abominations. Abominations worthy of death and, even, entire city destruction, at times. Now, literally, to’evah means “abhorrent” or “disgusting”, not abominable as often translated, but this is a subject for another post at another time (how to translate sacred texts without theological bias).
These prohibitions in question are a part of the codex of laws dealing with familial sexual relations that, then, extend to sexual relations with neighbors and, then, to idolatrous religious sexual practices (turning your children into sexual prostitutes or engaging in idolatrous sexual rituals) in which these prohibitions are found. Further, these verses that are focused on male-with-male sex, as with most of the prohibitions of this codex, *only* applies to Jewish males within the boundaries of the sovereign kingdom of ancient Israel. Of all the prohibitions within this part of the law codex, these two verses (18.22 and 20.13) are the only ones that are enigmatic in nature – requiring contextual clarification beyond the verse itself, clarification that would have been commonly understood during the time of their writing. Using the whole of TaNaKh as context, it is rather clear that Leviticus only prohibits the following “situational specific” acts of homosexual union: that of a male (assumed to be sexually responsive towards females) substituting a male for sex when a female is available (whether by rape or consent is not specific, but overall context leans towards rape), and that of a male having ritual sex with a sacred prostitute of his own gender (a common practice within the religions of non-Israeli nations).
“There is to be no holy-prostitute of the daughters of Israel, there is to be no holy-prostitute of the sons of Israel. You are not to bring the fee of a whore or the price of a dog (pagan priest) to the house of YHWH your G-d, for any vow; for an abomination to YHWH your G-d are the two of them!” – D’varim/Dueteronomy 23.18-19
“When (David) finished speaking with Saul, Jonathan’s soul became bound up with the soul of David; Jonathan loved David as himself. Saul took him (into his service) that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Jonathan and David made a pact, because (Jonathan) loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the cloak and tunic he was wearing and gave them to David, together with his sword, bow, and belt.” – Shmuel 1/Samuel 1 18.1-4
It is truly amazing that the religious issue over naturally occurring “homosexuality” is still a very present and contentious issue in present scientifically and historically enlightened modern society. It is truly amazing that, to this very day, those who are LGBTQ are being stigmatized, threatened, discriminated against, demonized, and harmed within societies due to the teachings of present day theistic religions. The simple fact is, the statement that “the bible condemns homosexual acts” is simply untrue! Maybe so in English translations of the “Bible” and in Common Era (A.D.) theistic teachings of what the ancient Hebrew scrolls are saying. But, the simple fact is that Torah (and TaNaKh), the Jewish “Bible” does not condemn homosexual acts, only the very specific acts of a male raping a male and a male substituting a male for a female for sex during idolatrous fertility rituals. The Talmud of the first modern monotheistic Jewish rabbis (that replaced the Temple cult henotheistic theocratic religious system) backs this understanding of the two ancient prohibition verses in Leviticus. Homosexuality itself and homosexual relationships were not an issue to the ancient BCE Jews within their tribalistic family-Nation lifestyle.
Boynton Beach outlaws ‘conversion therapy’ on minors http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-boynton-bans-conversion-therapy-20170104-story.html
January 4, 2017, 8:35 PM
LGBT youngsters living in Boynton Beach are free to be themselves and love who they want to love without worrying about medical efforts to change them.
The city on Tuesday became the latest municipality in South Florida to outlaw “conversion therapy,” a method aimed at converting a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
The Boynton Beach Commission gave initial approval to an ordinance banning licensed professionals from trying to convert the gender identity or sexual orientation of LGBT youth. Violators can be fined $500 or sued by the city, according to language in the ordinance.
Commissioner Justin Katz voiced his support for the ban Tuesday.
The ban will apply only to state-licensed therapists. To ensure its constitutionality, the law still allows unlicensed professionals, such as religious leaders, to engage in conversion therapy, the city said.
“It’s just an absurd idea that in 2016 — going on 2017 now — that people could believe that you could change someone’s sexuality through chastising them and berating them and making them hate themselves,” Katz said. “I’m happy that this ordinance has been trickling its way down Palm Beach County, and we’re able to solidify that we are protecting children regardless of their sexual orientation.” Amein!
Because someone reminded me today through his comments on one of my social posts how poorly we Americans are being taught our own history and our history as a species upon this planet …
Thought One – whether we like this or not, accept it or not, or want to believe it or not, we are a human primate species upon the land of this earth. Not believing it to be true, does not make it somehow not a simple fact of human life upon this planet.
Given our ancient-to-very-present history as a human primate species upon this planet Earth, self-named Homo Sapiens – and, specifically, to how we are given to warring violently and given to dividing ourselves into different “races” and discriminating against one another – it is very likely that we killed off our close cousins of human species – the human Neanderthals (Eurasia) and the human Denisovans (Asian) after meeting and mingling with them. Sure we may have started off with some inter-species mating and successful copulations, but history sheds a poignant light upon our nature with how the human Neanderthals and human Denisovans when extinct so quickly after human Sapiens enter their lands. The same thing happened to so many other animal species around this world – and is still happening to this day – once Homo Sapiens primates entered and inhabited the area. Oh Earth, beware the Sapiens primate!
With our CRISPR technology, wouldn’t it be so nice to bring our cousin species back to life from extinction? It would teach us so much about ourselves as modern human primates!
#DNA #Sapiens #Neanderthals #Denisovans #Humans
Thought Two – no matter how much historical untruths are repeated time and time again, this does not somehow make them the historical truth. No matter how many people may choose to believe it, it still remains revisionist history none-the-less.
To the belief that the phrase “hireling and slave” in the United States Star Spangled Banner is Francis Scott Key’s “expressing the superiority Americans felt compared to the downtrodden masses of Europe, for England was probably not unique in impressing their own citizens into the military” – that is the white-washed re-envisioned history of this time period.
There is more than enough historical records to demonstrate that the British deliberately attempted to “unofficially” start a race riot (more like war) in slave-owning America during this war of 1812, by encouraging slaves to join their British military and fight directly against their American slave owners. What was the British promise made to black slaves, if they would flee to the British? “Freedom from slavery” for all who come to the British. Who do you think were the British’s Colonial Marines of this (almost lost by America) war?
#StarSpangledBanner #NationalAnthem #TakeAKnee for social justice. #RestorativeJustice #TruthandReconciliation
[The above post was first posted on December 4, 2016. It has been reposted to December 20, 2016, to allow continuity between the election 2016 posts. Now, just in time for the American New Year, a new post for you below!]
What Does It Mean To Be Human In The Scientific Age?
We humans live in an imagined reality of networked fictions that we, by our genetically established nature, superimpose upon the objective physical world that we daily experience around us. Social fictions that are nothing more than words, but exert an imagined power in the collective social consciousness and behavior of humans. Some of our most notable human fictions are religious theological fictions, our fictions about the reality of nationalities, money, and different “races” of human Sapiens (regardless our skin color and physical features, all modern humans are the same human primate species), and our fictions about the reality of corporations as living entities on par with living humans. None of these fictions are a reality outside the individually and socially imagined world of humans. It is because we believe that gods and demigods exist, that nations exist, that a piece of paper represents a promised valued amount, and that humans are definably different in their whole based upon limitedly defined surface characteristics, these things exist for us as a reality. But, the moment that we stop believing in our human fictions is the very moment they cease to exist within this objectively real world around us.
This is how we human primates are able to so quickly adapt and socially change, as quick as within a single generation of years, into a totally new way of viewing and experiencing, living and reacting, with the world around us. By a simple genetic mutation a mere 70,000 years ago that granted us Sapiens, among all the six to seven distinctly different human species that once not too long ago in history did cohabit the world together, allowed us to develop a fictive language. To imagine and see things that are only real in our own minds through this imaginative language ability of ours, and to share these imagined realities and have other humans Sapiens believe in them, too. This amazing ability has since spurred us into working together in large numbers, in ways no other primate species on the planet could or can do, and this has literally elevated our human primate position to the very top of the food chain. We like to look upon ourselves as if this is our gift to the world, our “god given” ability to conquer the planet and master it. Yet, the reality is, we have done so most clearly throughout human Sapiens history in greatly violent ways and in self-glorifying indifference to the long-term effects of our human progress.
The extinction of all the other human species of the planet, each very shortly after our tribal expansion into their part of the world (the last one going extinct only a mere 14,000 years ago, human Floresiensis, of the island of Flores in Indonesia), is just one of many historical examples. And it tells us a lot about the beauty and the dangers of our human evolution – we are an animal species of this planet that is out of place in the ecological balance of nature, gifted with the magical power of reasoning and imagination. But, at the very same time, equally as given to our fears and intolerance towards others over our newfound place in nature. How would we have developed culturally and religiously if we had taken more time to evolve and progress as a species, and if we had not driven to extinction every other human primate species of the planet that was not our Sapiens own? I really do wonder about this. Would we have been more modest and environmentally conscious of our ascension as the dominant species of this planet? Would we not have made the mistakes of the last 10,000 years of seeing ourselves as separate from nature around us, somehow special and unique among life, thus disrupting the very balance of ecosystems and the future life of other species with our unrelenting and greatly intolerant of others pursuit of progress? I do wonder. Do you?
What Does It Mean To Be Human? http://humanorigins.si.edu/
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Human Evolution: Religious Perspectives http://humanorigins.si.edu/about/broader-social-impacts-committee
The Hall of Human Origins offers a welcoming place to explore one of the most exciting areas of science, the study of human evolution. Despite strong public interest in the science, however, many people find this topic troubling when viewed from a religious perspective. Representatives of diverse religious communities encourage a larger, more respectful understanding of both the scientific evidence and religious belief.
In the photo below: Faces of our human brothers and sisters species that we once shared this planet Earth with. That is, shared with them until our Sapiens cognitive revolution. Pictured are human Erectus, human Floresiensis, and human Neanderthalensis. It is confirmed in genetic studies that human Sapiens, we modern humans, briefly mated with human Neanderthals and human Denisovans before driving them to extinction, and every other human species we came across went extinct directly after our arrival into their areas of settled residence around the world. What does this tell us about human Sapiens, especially when taking a look at our relations around the world in more present times?
Interesting side note: The study of genetics has revealed that some Neanderthalensis humans were light skinned and haired with blue eyes, and these human Neanderthals lived in the Middle East. It is in the Middle East that human Sapiens and human Neanderthalensis interbred about 40,000 years ago, before human Sapiens drove them into extinction. There are traces of Neanderthal DNA in European and Asian human populations today because of this. But, how did this Middle Eastern interbreeding affect Europeans? Now, get ready, this is where it gets interesting. There is genetic evidence that European human Sapiens of 10,000 years ago were dark skinned and haired with blue eyes. It was not long after this period that Middle Eastern human Sapiens migrated into Europe. There is genetic evidence that the Middle Easterners who settled in Europe were light skinned and haired, and this intermixing of Middle Eastern and Europe human Sapiens is a factor in how European human Sapiens lost their melanin and turned lighter in color (Europeans would say “whiter,” of course).
See it for yourself happening now. Donald John Trump, candidate for President of the United States in this 2016 national election lost the November 8th General Election by over 2.86 million more votes for Hillary Clinton, and by 73.6 million votes of majority “no” to his bid for presidency over the 62.9 million votes of “yes”. If the #ElectoralCollege fails to reject Donald J Trump – who is clearly unfit for the presidency and has clearly shown he has no intention of honorably serving in the interests of the People – as President-elect of the United States and, instead, choose some other Republican candidate in his place who will fulfill this constitutional duty faithfully, they’ll be joining a very long list of people who didn’t do their jobs these past eight years. And this list starts with the Republican Party and Reince Priebus. They will prove themselves to be nothing more than a rubber stamp organization for the Republican-Democrat political parties in general and, in this election, an extension of the effort to ensure a return of a clearly demonstrated white dominance to the governance of this nation after eight obstructionist years of attempting to ensure the failure of the first black Presidency of the United States. Do we really have to put racism and misogyny above the more important duty of governing the country? Let’s watch and find out, shall we? #election2016
Watch Live: Electors Cast Their Ballots In Electoral College Vote http://time.com/4606624/watch-live-electoral-college-vote/
Electors across the country are casting ballots today, on Monday Dec 19th, for President and Vice-President of the United States. The outcome of this election will determine who is President-elect in 2016 for the 2017-2020 Presidential term.
Welp, the Electoral College electors have decided to be a rubber-stamp confirmation party for the Republican party who did not win the majority votes of the citizens of the United States. Even after all that #NeverTrump-ism from so many in the Republican party. Getting the national government’s top positions all white again, all Christian again, and all white nationalist again has been the sole true goal of the Republican party for this last eight years, so they have now confirmed as of December 19th with the election of Trump against the clearly voted will of the citizens of the United States. #Resist! It’s only 4 years, then we can get back to building a world of freedom for all our children. We will not let racism and fear, xenophobia and hate, misogyny and narcissism define this country that we live in and have a citizen’s voice in. #TruthandReconciliation for the United States of America! There is no reason for U.S. citizens to “unite” behind a religious white nationalist #TrumpAdministration. All four years we must #Resist with a determined patriotic smile, actively defend our Constitution, and protect our democratic way-of-life! That Trump guy is #NotOurPresident – not in 2016, and not in 2017-2020! It is time for the U.S. to return to the Direct Vote, and #NationalPopularVote is the way to achieve this, folks.
And so begins the rise of the religious white nationalist movement that features Trump as their leader to political dominance in the United States of America. It is a very sad day for American democracy. The merger of the fundamentalist Christian-Right and white nationalist Alt-Right together, both “historical revisionist” political movements, under the banner of the Republican Party has now been fully achieved in our United States, after having formed decades earlier (in 1945 for politically “radicalized” Christian Fundamentalists, and in 1968 for “state’s rights”-demanding White Nationalists) as opposition movements to constitutional civil rights advances within the “land of the free and home of the brave.”
I am reminded of the previous time in history when white supremacists had their (seventy year) hold on the American government, which ultimately led to the 1860’s Civil War. May the religious white nationalist reign of today be less than the four years given them (against the majority will of the People) by technicality of the present electoral system. And, as a reminder of our nation’s stand for liberty, let us for the next four years sing only the rarely heard and mostly unknown fifth stanza of this nation’s national anthem, this verse and this verse only from now on:
“When our land is illumined with Liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that dares to defile
The flag of her stars and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained who our birthright have gained,*
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.”
– fifth stanza that was added to the Star Spangled Banner by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. in indignation over the start of the American Civil War, and that was sung during this period by the Northern Unionists fighting for abolition and against Southern secession.
*-the new citizens by the freeing of chattel slaves
Donald Trump Completes Final Lap, Electoral College, to White House http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/us/politics/electoral-college-vote.html
The Electoral College has affirmed Donald J. Trump as the nation’s 45th president, pushing him past the 270-vote threshold for election, with scant evidence of the anti-Trump revolt among electors that some of his critics had hoped would occur.
Sadly and very unfortunately, the United States of America is now officially under political distress! And it is the duty of the U.S. citizens to now be carefully on-guard and politically attentive – to #Resist all four years with a determined patriotic smile, actively defending our Constitution, and protecting our democratic way-of-life! Trump and his business family, the religious fundamentalist right, and the white nationalists can do no damage to our democracy, if we the People actively prevent his disruption of the progress that’s been made toward a more socially just and moral society the last eight years. In fact, we can use his presence to have the social awakening that needs to happen within American white society, thus encouraging the changes that could not yet be made and ensuring a brighter and better future for the future children of the United States.
On December 19th, 2016, the Electoral College voted Donald J Trump as President-elect for the next U.S. Presidency term. Let’s take a moment to really see what just happened: The Electoral College voted a candidate clearly unfit for the role of President, against the clearly established voted will of the People of the United States. By doing so, they voted for the #TrumpAdministration, which means: They voted Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil into the Executive Branch, they voted Ken Ham Creationism pseudoscience and Christian fundamentalist Dominion Theory believers into the Executive Branch, they voted the White Nationalist Alt-right movement and Generals who specialize in regime-change wars into the Executive Branch, and they voted to allow Donald J Trump to use the Office of the President to enrich his name and his internationally-connected businesses at the expense of the security and sovereignty of the United States of America.
Good job rubber-stamp organization for the Republican-Democrat political oligarchy of this country – you have failed your constitutionally enshrined duty to our democratic Republic! #ElectoralCollege, that #Trump guy is #NotOurPresident – not in 2016, and not in 2017-2020, and we will not unite behind his presidential administration. To do so, is to be complicit in and supportive of religious fundamentalist white nationalist governance of our nation. #Resist, majority citizens of the United States that did not vote for him! It’s the 21st Century, and it is time for the United States to embrace #RestorativeJustice and #TruthandReconciliation. Because, white America, #NativeLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter and #LatinoLivesMatter and #MuslimLivesMatter – and it’s not true that #alllivesmatter until white society of America shares it’s #WhitePrivilege with the rest of America. We are now once again in clear and no uncertain terms officially the racist, misogynist-supporting, homophobic, and xenophobic Ununited States of America – #DividedNotUnitedWeStand!
When over 73.6 million U.S. voters deliberately refused Trump’s presidency by voting against him (and only 62.9 million voted for him), when over 2.86 million more U.S. citizens voted for Hillary Clinton as President and the majority of voting citizens rejected a Trump presidency – yes, the citizens of America have lost hope and are understandably unwilling to come to terms with what happened in this #election2016 and there is no rational reason to “unite” under a religious white nationalist #Trump presidency. The #ElectoralCollege failed to reject Donald J Trump as President-elect and, instead, choose some other Republican candidate in his place and, very sadly for the United States of America, they have joined a very long list of people who didn’t do their jobs these past eight years. And this list starts with the Republican Party and Reince Priebus, the political party that has made a household name out of “government by obstruction” over the last eight years for unspoken racist reasons. Do we really have to put racism and misogyny above the more important duty of governing the country? We are better than this as a diverse nation of people, and we know this! It is time for the U.S. to return to the Direct Vote and, citizens of the United States, the #NationalPopularVote is the way to achieve this.
In the meantime, we must be vigilant as citizens of this nation and do not hesitate to take action in our legislative halls and in our courts to protect our pluralistic democracy from the predatory economics, religious fundamentalism, white nationalist ideology, and military-political imperialistic opportunism of the Trump-Pence-Bannon-Flynn campaign to “Make America” … uh, “self-profiting,” uh, “under Christian dominion,” uh, “separately and noticeably white,” uh, “a hater of those not American” – oh, yeah, that’s right – “Great Again!”
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” – anonymous U.S. Army soldier
“To be offended is to take the first step in being a totalitarian megalomaniac. Acting on that offense with state force is the epitome of intolerance and tyranny.
To be offended by what someone else says is your own choice, as you don’t have to care about what other people think, and nothing has happened to you. Information merely passed from their mind to yours.
To state that you are offended means that you wish the person hadn’t said it and won’t say anything similar again. In other words, you actually want to stop certain information from being communicated.
You must believe that you have some sort of right to dictate not only what people can and can’t communicate, but what they can and can’t think.” – Matt Agorist, veteran USMC
PA Man Arrested and Jailed for Flying a Flag Upside Down Gets $55,000 http://thefreethoughtproject.com/arrested-upside-down-flag/
Blair County, PA – A man from central Pennsylvania was kidnapped by police and deprived of his rights for doing nothing more than hanging an American flag upside down on his own property (with AIM painted on it). Joshua Brubaker has since settled a civil rights lawsuit against the city for more than $55,000.
Luckily for Brubaker, a judge would later dismiss all the charges against him. The township has since advised its police to stop enforcing the state’s tyrannical and 1st Amendment-violating flag desecration laws.
What Did This Marine Do After Driving Past An Upside Down American Flag? http://www.headlinepolitics.com/marine-driving-past-upside-american-flag/
Elias Marzeleno, a Marine reservist, told KSAZ-TV that “it was plain disrespect that someone would raise our own nation’s flag upside down.”
The franchise owner, who served in the Marines himself, said the upside down flag was little more than an honest mistake, and he won’t be disciplining anybody over the incident. He also thought the reservist who cut the flag down over-reacted. What do you make of the whole ordeal? Did the Marine reservist overreact, or did the franchise owner not react enough?
#TakeAKnee over the rise of religious fundamentalism, corporatocracy, and white nationalism in our national government – this democratic nation is under distress! #TakeAKnee for #TruthandReconciliation and #RestorativeJustice in the United States of America, it is way over due! #BlackLivesMatter #NativeLivesMatter #LatinoLivesMatter #NoDAPL #LGBTQ #Equality #EverydaySexism #EmpoweringWomen
This “Two Americas of 2016” map set really shows just how much the Electoral College system disenfranchises the majority of U.S. citizen voters. So long as it exists, elections will never be fair and representative of the People. With President Barack Hussein Obama, an African-American, as the only candidate in U.S. history to receive the most Direct Votes for President, Hillary Rodham Clinton, a European Woman, in 2016 received the second largest number of citizen’s votes. But, she did not win. Why? (The answer follows below the two maps.) Now, as to that Trump guy and his sidekick Pence, he came in 46th. Just pitiful! No amount of revisionist history will change these self-evident historical facts.
#election2016 #Trump is #NotOurPresident – not in 2016, and not in 2017-2020! #ElectoralCollege
Geographically, Donald J. Trump won most of the land area of the United States. A country consisting of areas he won retains more than 80 percent of the nation’s counties.
While Trump country is vast, its edges have been eroded by coastal Democrats, and it is riddled with large inland lakes of Clinton voters who were generally concentrated in dense urban areas.”
Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly won the cities, like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, but Mr. Trump won many of the suburbs, isolating the cities in a sea of Republican voters.
Mrs. Clinton’s island nation has large atolls and small island chains with liberal cores, like college towns, Native American reservations and areas with black and Hispanic majorities. While the land area is small, the residents here voted for Mrs. Clinton in large enough numbers to make her the winner of the overall popular vote.”
Clinton’s America, 15%, 530,000 square miles
Trump’s America, 85%, 3,000,000 square miles
Clinton’s America, 54%, 174 million
Trump’s America, 46%, 148 million”
Now, to put this into perspective:
Popular Vote on Nov 8th
For Clinton, 65.8 million citizens voted for her
For Trump, 62.9 million citizens voted for him
Electoral College Vote on Dec 19th
For Clinton, 227 electors voted for her
For Trump, 304 electors voted for him
What is obviously wrong with this picture?! In deciding who is going to be the President of the United States of America, the Electoral College with great disparity gives unfair voting advantage to the white population of the United States of America and, due to geographics, collectively disenfranchises citizens who are not white Americans. Statistics do not lie, folks! And Americans have a legitimate reason to be angry and unwilling to “unite” behind a religious white nationalist administered Trump presidency. Hillary Clinton never had a chance of winning this presidential election, and the Evangelical Christian and White Nationalist advisers to the Trump campaign very well knew this. They’ve been working this voting base for eight years, in preparation to push their emotional buttons.
It is said that perspective is everything. Here’s the mistake a lot of people are making about the Electoral College result in this 2016 election for the U.S. President: Despite popular mainstream belief, the racism, religious bigotry, and everyday sexism that infiltrated this American election process is not the result of an unscrupulous and manipulative opportunist called Donald Trump running for President. He’s just out to enrich his name and his businesses, regardless the cost and deception required to do so. The racism, religious bigotry, and everyday sexism is really a result of seventy years of politicized religious fundamentalism and white nationalism in the United States of America. And we can see this clearly in who is clamoring for positions of power in the next presidential administration’s government. The likes of Bannon and Pence, Flynn, Pompeo, Sessions, and DeVos. The ones that don’t make it to the inner circle are still there, as well, and are seeking presence in the sidelines, like Kobach, Giuliani, and Spencer.
If you are not scared by the choices being made for a #TrumpAdministration, then you are woefully ignorant on the history of these individuals and on American history itself, factually and demonstrably!
Compared to these deeply invested movements, the Alt-Right and Religious-Right, that is actively surrounding a Trump presidency, Trump is nothing more than a small time want-to-be autocrat with international and domestic business conflicts to the role of President. He is seeking solely to increase his personal influence at the expense of the People, and is already disregarding institutionalized barriers meant to prevent this. (Truly, you’d have to be utterly self-deceived or a fool not to see this!) This is where the likes of Kushner and Ross, Mnuchin and DeVos, come into his picture. He is making deliberate selections! But, his election by electoral proxy alone and against the voted will of the People, is not the real concern. The very present and real threat to the preservation of the United States of America as a democracy is literally all around him, and we really need to stand up as a nation against his presidency before the Electoral College decides it should be.
Here’s some trivia questions: Do you know that the Trump guy not only has real estate around the world, but is invested in the DAPL project, too? Do you know he has stock in the very companies whose people he is placing into key positions within his proposed administration? Think carefully about this! The Electoral College is set to make Trump President-elect on December 19th, despite the majority General Election vote for Hillary Clinton, if we don’t protest the Electoral College to do the “right” thing, the ethical thing. This wanna-be President is a deliberate ignorant on world affairs. Do you not think others will be doing the thinking and motivating for him, while he looks for ways to publicly glorify himself and focuses on how to get even richer? Look who he’s chosen to guide him on military action, the likes of Flynn and Mattis – two war hawks that have a record of viewing regime change as the answer to Middle East problems, and are both anti-Islamic in mindset (anti- “political Islam” and “Islamic extremism”, key word in both is “Islam” the religion)!
It’s not alarmism to say that we are in jeopardy as a democratic nation! The Alt-Right and Religious-Right have been working for this day of rising mainstream influence for decades, now. Making it appear to the public eyes that their stance is a fight for the preservation of personal liberty and conservative values, when it’s always been a fight for religious dominion over the civil affairs of this nation. For the Religious Right, they have been at this since 1945, and it’s been since the Civil Rights movement with the white Nationalists. Together, they are the Tea Party that has hijacked the Republican party. They are the ones that motivated the separatists/supremacists and Christian church-goers into lobbying their communities very hard for white votes for Donald Trump. The disillusioned buying-in by the jobless and impoverished Rust Belt voters is only a distraction from this, the Trump guy’s real base of popularity. And if America does *not* want to become yet another separatist nation governed by theocracy in this world – then, American citizens, we need to wake up, speak up, and act now!
These extremist movements in the United States are not playing around, they’ve been battling heavily against the pluralism that our nation is founded on – and doing so with a lot of monetary support – in the halls of our nation’s courts and legislative offices for decades now. Empowered by legal and legislative victories, they are convinced of the “rightness” of their cause, and no governmental structure is inviolably immune to radicalized change. Not even the American democracy, and it is to our folly to think else wise! In their minds, the United States of America is and should be a white Christian nation “under God” and “for God,” that is diametrically at odds with Islamic nations and communist nations around this world. Those of us citizens who value and support pluralism and humanism in national civil affairs are literally “the enemies of God” in their Right-wing rhetoric – and this is no joke.
We are literally seeing the same thing play out here in America that has been playing out all across the Middle East where the United States has had its forces. The only difference being, between the two, that it is white Christians who are nationalist-minded here and sectarian-oriented Arab Muslims over there – and we should rightfully be very concerned! America, we need to wake up fast and see the societal and political fields a lot more clearly, have a bit more historical and societal clarity, before it’s too late to do anything about it. The continuance of American democracy *is* at stake, if history is to be any judge, for we won’t be the constitutional-envisioned ‘of the People and by the People’ United States as a democratically-structured theocracy at endless war with its neighbors! As the radical Right said this election, the time is now to be doing something about this. #NotMyPresident #TrumpProtests #UnpaidProtestor #election2016
For a better understanding of the thinking of the political Religious-Right in the United States of America, take a look at Christian economic historian and publisher Gary North’s book:
“Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism” http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/21f2_47e.htm
Gary Kilgore North is an American Christian Reconstructionist theorist and economic historian. North has authored or coauthored over fifty books on topics including Christian theology, economics, and history.
“Political pluralism is not simply a political philosophy: it is a theology. it is American’s civil religion. … This is the problem. God-fearing Christian Americans have been told that the Constitution teaches the absolute separation of Church and State. They have been told correctly. But what they have not been told is precisely where it says this. It does not say this in the First amendment. The First amendment says only that Congress shall make no law regarding religion or the free exercise thereof. So, where does the Constitution prohibit a Christian America? In a section that has been ignored by scholars for so long that it is virtually never discussed-the key provision that transformed American into a secular humanist nation. But it took 173 years to do this: from 1788 until 1961. Political Polytheism discusses this crucial provision in detail-the first Christian book to do so in over two centuries.
But if Christ is Lord over the United States, yet the citizens of the United States either publicly deny this or are afraid to affirm it publicly, and if the elected politicians and appointed officers of the nation are legally prohibited from pursuing the implications of this fact, then what does this mean for the nation? It means that God intends to bring American under judgment. Why? Because this nation was originally founded as a Christian nation, covenanted with God, and then it broke the covenant. The results are predictable: And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish, As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 8:19-20)”
Only one problem, Gary North – The United States of America was *not* founded as a “Christian nation,” at all! That is, according to the verifiable historical facts in our nation’s archives. The United States of America was founded as a colonist secession from the rule of Britain over a dispute about unfair forced taxation without representation. The United States’ constitution is a direct product of 1700’s European ‘Era of Enlightenment (Age of Reason)’ ideology and Deist religious philosophy. The beliefs of this time, which are enshrined in the United States constitution, were a government that is ran by the collective will “of the People” as ultimate national authority, and a separation of governmental powers into three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) to ensure that this nation not become an oligarchy ruled by a specific monarchy or religion. Hence, the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses in the U.S. constitution, along with the No Religious Test clause for political/governmental office further in.
In contrast to the teaching of modern fundamentalist Christians who have re-invented history with hermeneutic spins, the United States was *not* founded on the religious beliefs of the Christian Pilgrims (Puritans) that settled in America in the early 1600’s. Though, fundamentalist Christians of modern times would have us believe this, and have worked hard to teach this over the last several decades. Those Pilgrims, for all their religiosity, yes, did indeed believe that the American continent which they settled on belonged to them, rather than belonging to the “savages” (Native Americans) who they mercilessly fought and slaughtered for control of the land. Yes, they possessed the idea of America as their “promised land,” while they gave thanks to their Christian god for the successful annihilation and enslavement of the indigenous people of this land. These are indeed in the historical writings of the colony leaders.
If this is the legacy to which modern Christian fundamentalism wishes to derive their belief in an original Judeo-Christian constitutional covenant for the land to be eventually known as the United States, then they are definitely inline with the over all history of Christianity around the world – that of ‘convert or die’ being the operative religious social methodology. The modern Christian theologies of Dominion-ism, Creationism, and Biblical Capitalism have their roots in 20th Century American Christian thinking, far removed from the thinking of the Founders of this American nation. Founders who would be appalled at the very idea of this nation being “a Christian nation” that is under the rule of a theistic Christian god. And this is unalterable historical fact! To preserve a national democracy “of the People” is to keep church separated from state, and uphold “liberty and justice” for all this nation’s citizens, regardless their religious and political personal leanings or lack thereof. Every citizen has a voice, and it is oppression to stifle the needed hearing of this voice!
For those interested, here is a source for studying the literature of early American colonization:
American Literature/Colonial Period (1620s-1776) https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/American_Literature/Colonial_Period_(1620s-1776)
Many American literature textbooks cover the colonial period genre by genre. The danger in doing this is time distortion. This period of literature spans almost 300 years, longer by far than all of the other periods of literature put together. The other problem with covering this period by genre is that many of its most famous writers wrote in more than one genre, so the same writer must be considered multiple times. A final disadvantage is the proximity of many of the genres to another genre. For example, how different can a work in philosophy be from a religious tract when a religious background is assumed by the author? Many political writers touch heavily on history, and vice versa. Given these considerations, it is more fruitful to cover this period diachronically while keeping possible genres in mind.
Aside from span of time, another consideration that makes this period unique from all the others is that the writers in this period had no idea they were writing anything that could be classified as American literature. These writers were mostly British, and all were heavily indebted to British literature writing conventions long since established in the motherland. No other period of American literature is as derivative of English literature as the colonial period.
There is also the Cambridge History of American Literature:, Volume 1; Volumes 1590-1820 to reference for scholarly studies of this historical time period.
For those interested, here is a source for studying the ‘Era of Enlightenment’ and ‘Age of Reason’ European philosophies that informed the thoughts of those forming an independent nation from Britain in North America:
History Channel – Era of Enlightenment, Age of Reason, Scientific Revolution http://www.history.com/topics/enlightenment
European politics, philosophy, science and communications were radically reoriented during the course of the “long 18th century” (1685-1815) as part of a movement referred to by its participants as the Age of Reason, or simply the Enlightenment. Enlightenment thinkers in Britain, in France and throughout Europe questioned traditional authority and embraced the notion that humanity could be improved through rational change. The Enlightenment produced numerous books, essays, inventions, scientific discoveries, laws, wars and revolutions. The American and French Revolutions were directly inspired by Enlightenment ideals and respectively marked the peak of its influence and the beginning of its decline. … It was also a time of religious (and anti-religious) innovation, as Christians sought to reposition their faith along rational lines and deists and materialists argued that the universe seemed to determine its own course without God’s intervention. … The Enlightenment ultimately gave way to 19th-century Romanticism.
I so wish I could have taken a picture of it to show, an SUV window that sums up the nature of Southern attitudes in the Un-united States of America in our present 21st Century. Imagine a black Dodge SUV and on this SUV’s back window is a large confederate flag, a white Christian cross, and a #TrumpPence2016 campaign set of stickers, all placed deliberately upon the back window to make a clear statement.
It proves a point being made: That the evidence of the surge of Evangelical-Alt-Right-ism in the Un-united States of America, seeking to turn America into a white Christian Nationalist nation, is everywhere! I see it near everyday in so many public places living here in the South. It is the very reason that the Electoral College was skewed this #election2016 toward voting against the clear voted will of the People, by voting in partisan allegiance on December 19th for the loser, that #Trump guy, of the November 8th general election.
As a nation, what are we going to do about this? We need #TruthandReconciliation in the United States of America, like has been happening in South Africa and in Canada. We need #RestorativeJustice in the United States of America, and a recognition that racism disproportionately affects all aspects of living as an ethnic minority in America. And, we need to support the #NationalPopularVote to remove the disenfranchisement of most voters votes across this country and, especially within the cities, in favor of the electoral decision of a few white majority populated states who get to decide the presidential election for the rest of us.
We need Truth and Reconciliation in the United States of America. #NativeLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter in the United States of America! Time for white America to share it’s #WhitePrivilege with the rest of the citizens of this nation.