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We are only a few days away from barbarism at any time. Take away our thin veneer of civilization by cutting off power and the technological basis of every aspect of our very complexly orchestrated lives and the result is far too often something like we saw after Katrina. But for some, there is no need to wait for natural disaster. They want to create the same scenario through malice or ignorance, and often a blending of the two.
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by evil men for daring to want to go to school. They want to make sure their perversion in interpretation of their Holy Book regains and retains the power of male violence over women. It disgusts me.
Radicals exist in Christianity just as they do in other religions. Our country does not want to talk about this. “Close your eyes brothers and sisters for verily I say unto you, if you do not believe exactly as I do, I will despise you, mock you, attempt to take over governments founded by wise men to preserve freedom and equality for all, so that I can impose my purportedly moral values on you. ” This is what I hear when listen to “conservative Christians” spout their evil misinterpretations of the teachings of a radical Rabi who lived ever so long ago.
I see white men, for the most part, with barely disguised racist and misogynist motives, telling me that their religious views on life should be law. Religious law is also called Sharia Law in parts of the world. All Fundamentalist Christians, Jews, and Muslims believe the Old Testament Books, no matter what they are called are the literal word of God. Just because white American men are attempting to repeal the slow but steady strides we have taken toward a just society based on equality in the past few decades does mean that this is anything different from a Taliban-like assault on the very basis of American way of life.
More than 200 Republican members of Congress joined him (Akin) in co-sponsoring House Resolution 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, when it contained language restricting the exception for federally funded abortions to “an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest.”
These disgusting parodies of educated states men and women should just as well spit on the U.S.Constitution as carry out the abrogation of the core of our country’s founding documents written by men who understood that a country must hold personal freedom of thought and action by its citizens as necessary to forming, furthering, and maintaining the values and ideals of democracy.
My religious beliefs tell me that war is wrong. I pay my taxes. My country goes to war again and again and has our youth kill for questionable reasons. I do not have to go to war, personally, but I have to pay the taxes that support it. This is no less difficult for me to do than it is for a person who truly believes that a fertilized egg is a human being to pay taxes to support abortion. Except that no tax monies go to pay for abortion. Tax monies do go to support the killing of humans who are deemed enemies or collateral damage near targets in nebulous, ill-defined wars on indefinable enemies. No person, ever, will agree with all actions that can be allowed under legal and political decisions made by our governing bodies. But as citizens we respect those laws.
The problem these days is that uneducated bigots and misogynist malcontents are allowed to govern. These idiots want to rule not govern. It is time to sharpen our wits, use our power at the ballot box, and if necessary take more strident steps against those who would destroy our still young nation in order to impose their belief systems upon us.
These people may call themselves Christians, but their Christianity has no resemblance to anything I know as Christian. And these evil men, and they are men for the most part, who actively usurp democratic process, truly are evil if they do not respect my religious beliefs. I do not have to define or defend my religious beliefs under the Constitution because there is to be no State Religion. My ancestor, William Palmer, arrived in the New World in 1630 to escape The Church of England. I dearly hope that I do not have to leave the U.S. to escape the Church of NeoCon and the Corporations that it favors that are akin to the Corporations that were favored by the King of England.
Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban. We have 800,000 children under the age of 18 who go missing every year in the U.S. Do we try to find them? Protect them? I think we are just as barbaric as any other people or place on Earth.
If you have not already voted, please inform yourself about a few basics. We have averted another Depression. The economy is slowly getting better. Those who argue for a small government that does not interfere with personal freedoms yet want that small government to control personal medical decisions made by women and force them to obey religiously defined doctrine to which they do not subscribe, are nothing but the Neo Con Christian equivalent of the Taliban. I want nothing to do with Christianity if what these people practice is Christianity. It has no similarity to the loving teachings that I came to know, accept, and practice as best I could as a young person. I do not have to have a name for it, do not want to share any name that those people use, because what I believe is just love and it resides in the human heart.
I will vote for freedom for my body, freedom for my mind, and freedom for my heart and soul. I will not vote for any person who supports a group that says that women must obey laws that favor rapists, that supports the continued expansion of the human population while the world is in the middle of an extinction event, and fails to use reason and logic as a guide for our actions. I will vote for using the knowledge for which Malala fought to have the right to learn.
The war on women is real and it is being waged on many fronts.
The Invisible War is a documentary exposing the systemic coverup of the rape of U.S. military women by U.S. service members.
There is something very, very wrong with our military. I suspect it is related to being “all volunteer” when it is actually a military maintained by an economic draft that feeds off of the ever increasingly institutionalized socio-economic inequality in the United States.
We have never been a society of equals. We have always had an underclass that has not been allowed to have self-determination, be allowed to vote, have equal access to resources, and so on. Slaves, original peoples, women, immigrants, and so on have made up the underclasses. Only landed men originally had a say in the colonies. It has been less than 100 years that women have had the vote. Our country changes. How? Either by allowing change to happen or by attempting to influence the change that happens.
I suggest you watch this trailer:
What kind of a society allows and, by refusing to address it, sanctions rape? We create society. We can change it. Your tax dollars support this. Please do not ignore this atrocity. There is a Facebook Group, check that out to find out more.
And you definitely NEED to sign on to the call for action and investigation by House Member Congressman Michael Turner.
To find out a little bit more you might watch Retired Colonel Ann Wright’s talk from a couple years ago about how individuals totalling one-third of women in the military are raped and about some of the culture of abuse within the military. She is someone whom I have met many times and for whom I have very much respect. She never makes a situation seem less complex than it is, but neither does she give up on attempting to change what she knows of that is not right. Her book, Dissent: Voices of Conscience, is a damn good, but disturbing read if you don’t know the back stories of what really goes on in the ruling of our nation. Her talk does cover some of the things you can do to get involved in ending this horrific practice, but please do also click the sign on link above for Turner’s call for immediate action.. You cannot do too much.
Note: Updated 26 June 2012 with the Congressman Turner info! And for those of you in Tucson, Director KIRBY DICK will participate in The Loft’s post-film Q&A’s at the 7:00 p.m. shows on Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st!
The SAAM Day of Action, observed this year on Thursday, April 3, 2008, is recognized nationally as a specific day to focus awarness on sexual violence prevention, and to do my part, I’m highlighting the intolerable acceptance of rape by U.S. mercenaries and the military and governmental institutions that shield them. KBR, yet again, appears to be sheltering violent rapists.
Women in the military and women in companies with a presence in Iraq — do not volunteer to go to Iraq, do not allow yourself to be sent there.
The old CODEPINK chant, “Haliburton, Kellog, Brown and Root. Go to Iraq to loot, loot loot.” needs to be updated to “Haliburton, Kellog, Brown and Root. Go to to Iraq to rape and loot.” If they do this to their sister medics just imagine the brutality of attacks on Iraqi women and girls.
Write your Representatives. Include a link to the article. Tell them to get the hell out of Iraq now. Ask them to immediately have mercenaries withdrawn, followed by all National Guard, then those that have been Stop Lossed, then Reserves, then Regular Military. And while you are at it tell ’em to get Impeachment Proceedings started now (Pelosi’s smoke-filled room agreements are not legal nor binding) or Bush will pardon everyone in his administration before leaving office and justice will be much more difficult to mete out to them. There are two ways to do this. Go to Wexler’s site to support hearings. Or go to Kucinich’s site and support HR 333 — as we really don’t need any more hearings, just House Impeachment so the Senate can then have Hearings.
Mercenaries need to be held accountable for their violent sexual assaults and the Bush administration that created this war and bears ultimate responsibility for all this death and violence must also be held accountable.