Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A call for a day of prayer and fasting

On October 5th, people protested in over a hundred cities nationwide. The message was “World Can’t Wait – drive out the Bush regime.”

It was an angry protest, and people used the opportunity to vent their frustrations with this administration.

I would like to suggest that this type of angry demonstration needs some balance. We need to look within ourselves. Progressive religious leaders should organize a day of prayer and fasting.

Bill O’Reilly and the religious right try to prefix the word Progressive with the adjective “secular”. This is an unfair characterization of the Progressive movement, because a majority of them have faith in God, and refuse to let the right frame them as “Godless.”

In his book, "Tempting Faith", David Kuo describes how Karl Rove cynically used the religious right for political purposes, and now, the faithful are waking up to this fact. Now they know that Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rove, and their sycophants in Congress do not have a monopoly on moral values, especially when they vote for pre-emptive war, tax breaks for the rich, and at the same time, cut programs that help the poor. They can make a show of religion, but action speaks louder than words.

In four days, the Eisenhower Strike Group of Navy will position itself off the coast of Iran, and could start firing it’s cruise missiles into that nation within weeks, which would cause a worldwide catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions. What is the reason for this illegal pre-emptive strike? They simply want to remain in power.

The neo-cons want to start another war, just like they did in 2004, so that they can keep us in total fear, and claim to be the ones to keep us safe from terror. They will tell us not to “change horses in mid-stream.” But if your horse is an ass… then you must change horses.

All spiritualists, whether Democrat or Republican, must look within him or herself, and carefully ask the question, “Who would Jesus bomb? Who would Jesus torture?” If we take a day out to pray and fast, I think many people will come to the realization that the current path we are on is not the one Jesus would lead us down.

Anyone can go out in the street and vent their anger, but it takes real introspection to examine policy and judge it on the basis of scripture and the examples of the lives of the saints, who lived their lives by that scripture, which is a literal incarnation of the will of God. George W. Bush said that Jesus told him to invade Iraq. Although he might believe it, from my own scriptural studies and my limited perception of what I see as God’s will, I don’t think so. Jesus said, “Blessed be the Peacemakers, for they will inherit the earth.” George W. Bush said, “War is peace” so his interpretation of Jesus’ words on the sermon of the mount is “Blessed are the warmongers, for they will inherit the oil.”

In this upcoming election, we must choose the men who will lead this country's legislative branch. We must put our anger aside, and look within our souls to find the answer. Spiritual answers do not come from our external sense perception. Conclusive Truth always comes from within.

No one explains the difference of the value of introspective soul-searching as opposed to external sense perception more eloquently than the great American Scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“The great distinction between teachers sacred or literary, — between poets like Herbert, and poets like Pope, — between philosophers like Spinoza, Kant, and Coleridge, and philosophers like Locke, Paley, Mackintosh, and Stewart, — between men of the world, who are reckoned accomplished talkers, and here and there a fervent mystic, prophesying, half insane under the infinitude of his thought, — is, that one class speak from within, or from experience, as parties and possessors of the fact; and the other class, from without, as spectators merely, or perhaps as acquainted with the fact on the evidence of third persons. It is of no use to preach to me from without. I can do that too easily myself. Jesus speaks always from within, and in a degree that transcends all others.” - R.W. Emerson, from “The Over-Soul” Essays: First Series (1841)

1 comment:

Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Schick,

Here's some red-hot ink for your pen. If you truly want to understand the relationship between religion and politics, read my articles and associated material. Jesus never existed, but the truth never stays defeated forever.

More stunning proof that Christians are easily duped into supporting blatant evil

The latest book of stunning revelations titled "Tempting Faith" by former Bush Administration insider David Kuo presents compelling first-hand evidence that the Christian Right was purposely duped into providing pivotal political support and cover for a host of crimes and excesses by Republican leaders and the Whitehouse. This book and the Foley fiasco are serving to awaken Christians to the undeniable fact that they have been deceived into abetting the evil deeds of duplicitous scoundrels, once again.

The events of recent years and the several millennia before them have provided us with comprehensive proof that religion is the chosen and purposeful tool of great deceivers. Whether we view the actions of the Temple priesthood of ancient Israel that conspired with Greco-Roman invaders, the sad and sordid history of the Vatican and Papacy, Christian crusaders and colonizers, injustices by leaders and followers of Islam, the oppression of Palestinians by the State of Israel, or the more recent activities of the so-called Christian Right and Republican Party, religious followers are regularly and easily misled into supporting obvious evil.

In recent years, I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof of purposeful deception in the canons of all three Faiths of Abraham and struggled to alert people to this and to related upcoming events and situations. Due to "poisoning of the waters" by deluded religious leaders and followers over the centuries, most have greeted my efforts with derision or indifference, thereby failing to pay attention long enough to discern the accuracy of my research and assertions. Starting with the perfectly timed Atlantic hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, a small number of people, some of them in government leadership positions, began to recognize the truth of my conclusions and assertions. The events of the last year-plus, starting with the ramifications from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, have helped to sweep away many of the facades erected by the Bush-Cheney crew and cohorts. Many of their deceptions have been exposed, their greed and arrogance proven, the myth of their competence destroyed, and most recently the depths of their duplicity and hypocrisy have been illuminated by a series of stunning revelations.

Nonetheless, the so-called Christian Right has continued faithfully supporting them, in spite of mountains of evidence that should have dissuaded any clear-thinking soul. The recent non-stop flood of stunning evidence leaves little doubt that the so-called liberals and the left were 100% correct about the Bush-Cheney crew. Despite assertions to the contrary, conservatives and the Christian Right are now exposed as having arrogantly and foolishly supported blatantly evil scoundrels. We now have proof, beyond disproof, that Republican leaders viewed them as little more than marks and dupes to be milked of their faith, money, political support, and the lifeblood of their son's and daughter's on the battlefields of Bush's and Cheney’s deceptive wars.

It is a sad but true statement that deceived and deluded Christians are much more responsible for the evils perpetrated by the Bush administration than any other group. They have arrogantly and foolishly supported those who simply pretended to have the same beliefs, even though their deeds provided stark and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. My recent articles and book expound upon the reasons why religious followers are so easily duped into doing and supporting blatant evil. Now the events of recent weeks have provided stunning evidence that these assertions and conclusions are true. Christians and conservatives must now come to grips with the sickening reality of the great harm they have caused to everyone else because of their blind support of scoundrels who merely pretended to serve the Creator, as a purposeful ploy to gain wealth and power.

What then is the purpose of "faith" but to prevent otherwise good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom?

Here is Wisdom !!