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Christian fundamentalist attacks Norway

Robert Parry, writing for ConsortiumNews.com, offers an historical insight into religious violence. The complete article can be read here. Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek.

News that a Christian extremist has taken credit for the terror attacks in Norway, including the systematic slaying of scores of youth at a summer camp, may be shocking but it shouldn’t be surprising.

Over the past decade, the Christian Right and many Jewish neoconservatives have pushed the propaganda theme that Islam is a uniquely violent monotheistic religion that requires special suppression if the West is to avoid having Shariah law imposed on everyone.

Of course, in making that argument, one has to wonder if these Christian/Jewish zealots have ever read the Hebrew Torah or studied the history of Christianity.

The obvious truth is that the Torah (or Old Testament) is filled with story after story of ancient Israelites striking down their enemies with ruthless force and without remorse. Christianity, at least since its merger with the Roman Empire early in the Fourth Century, has been the world’s preeminent violent religion bathed in blood and steeped in hypocrisy….

So, who can be truly surprised that a Norwegian man, identified as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, has reportedly admitted to his role in the Oslo terror attacks on Friday?

Religious Right Ambulance Chasers en route to Japan

God is my EMT

Those first on the scene to provide assistance to a ravished Japan were motivated by compassion and concern for their fellow human beings. But as the dust settles, both literally and figuratively, adherents to the evangelical “shock doctrine” are descending, equipped with opportunism and radicalism. Described by Naomi Klein in her book of the same name, “shock doctrine” refers to the effort to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

David Barton, revisionist historian for the Fundamentalist Religious Right and Dominionists, wouldn’t know genuine scholarship if it slapped him in the face (and it probably has). He and his fellow travelers can already be heard in a number of venues, not the least of which is Fox News.

Glenn Beck, with his usual diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain, spouts all manner of “religious” idiocy on a regular basis. Others, like Jan Markell, founder of the messianic Olive Tree Ministry, herald their evangelistic opportunity with statements such as, “We’d all like to think that the nation of Japan would turn and repent as a result of what happened. [While] we know that won’t happen, we know individuals will.”

Markell is never satisfied to allow others their fundamental freedom of religion (or freedom from). The primary mission of her Olive Tree Ministry is assisting local Baptist churches in reaching Jews for Christ; to see those Jews saved, baptized, and actively serving in local Baptist churches.

“Because the Japanese people shun God in terms of their faith and follow idol worship, atheism, and materialism, it makes me wonder if this was not God’s warning to them,” Rev. David Yonggi Cho of South Korea’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, considered to be the world’s largest single congregation, told the online newspaper News Mission.

Dominionist Cindy Jacobs, ruminates that Japan’s disasters were caused by its adherence to “pagan” theologies. “The people of Asia have worshipped the dragon for 5,000 years…Let’s pray that the deep idolatry and the worship of hundreds of idols under the guise of Shintoism, Buddhism, and allegiances to being “sons of the dragon” will be broken and thousands will turn to the Lord.”

Jacobs, Markell and countless others are quite willing to insult the Japanese intellect because they cannot conceive of anything being superior to their beliefs.

While CRASH (Christian, Relief, Assistance, Support, & Hope) can be applauded for bringing in necessary supplies to those in need in Japan following their triple disaster, that’s not all they will be bringing.

Evangelical Don K. Clements writes, “I don’t want to get ahead of God in this matter, but there is certainly the possibility that most of the people living in the affected areas – who already are seeing that their government has not been well enough organized to bring relief to the area, but these folks who love Jesus instead of the Buddha seem to really care – that many of these people and their descendants will come to know the reality of Jesus and through faith become his disciples.”

The Japanese are an extremely well-educated people and, thankfully, there education is mostly secular.

As reported in OpEdNews.com, “Most of the country believes in evolution and looks upon Christian scriptures as allegory and metaphor, as it would any religious system.” And “contrary to the belief of most Christians, Buddhism is not really a religion – at least not in the sense of placing gods or a God at its core. It is quite possible for a Christian to practice many tenets of Buddhism without becoming an apostate. Confucianism is a system of ethics and government. Both of these “religions” make up the bulk of Japanese philosophy and both aspire to the Golden Rule. As for the Shinto religion, it is ingrained into Japanese history and mythology and is coupled with Buddhist philosophy on spirituality.”

The Japanese help each other because it is the right thing to do; it is the human thing to do. They do it without strings attached. They do not do it for the opportunity to propagandize and proselytize. In the Japanese culture, there is no such thing as an evangelical shock doctrine.

Rational people and religious pluralists can only hope that the Japanese will not take the evangelical insult to their intelligence – and their culture – seriously.

Hurry! Have babies – NOW

Religion, the original 'viral' meme

Religious people are going to inherit the earth, or so says Robert Rowthorn, a British economics professor.

How so, you say? Well, according to other research, religious people carry a “religiosity gene,” meaning they inherit a predisposition toward religious belief.

According to Rowthorn and his mathematical model, the religiosity gene works best if you mate with someone else who has the religiosity gene. Extrapolating from this and demographic data that indicates that the religious have more babies than the non-religious, Rowthorn contends that the gene combined with the practice of religion will result in the world becoming more religious rather than less.

Rowthorn has crafted a complete theory around the results of his modeling. He writes, “For religion to influence genetic evolution, it must convey some kind of selective advantage. Such an effect might come through social bonding via ritual, formation of group identity through myth, honest signaling through participation in costly ceremonies, and adherence to social norms through love or fear of God.”

Using statistics gathered between 1981 and 2004, adults who attend weekly religious service have on average 2.5 children while those who never attend have an average of 1.67 children. And more secular societies have lower birth rates than religious societies.

But according to Rowthorn, all bases are covered. We shouldn’t worry about religious defectors, because those who have the gene will spread it widely into surrounding populations. And all of this is to transpire in the space of a few generations.

It now makes a lot more “sense” that fundamentalists – Catholic, evangelical and others – are so against contraception. Or at least it makes sense if they presume a “religiosity gene” to go along with church attendance and the objective to spread the word and to take Dominion

Rowthorn contends that scientists agree that features of the human brain affect belief in the supernatural, obedience to authority and other characteristics. I don’t doubt that. American scholar Bob Altmeyer’s behavioral research on the authoritarian conservative tends to support this. He posed the very weighty question, What happens when “authoritarian conservatives” inherit the earth?

So, secularists, stop taking the pill, remove your IUDs, and make love daily, but do it with humility. After all, didn’t Jesus say that the meek should inherit the earth? I don’t recall anything about the earth being inherited by the religious. But don’t expect any financial assistance – whether for basics, education or anything else – from the fundamentalists. They only care about babies BEFORE they are born.