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Religious Propaganda Machine; I Know It All To Well!

I’ve been saying all along the Mormons and other religious fanatics were telling people lies just to get the votes they needed to win, which by the way was about 52% barely making it, so  you know that there’s some bias there.  We have them in every society there’s always that 2% of bigotry in society that we can do without, and we wouldn’t being going throught this religious trial, paid for by taxpayers, fighting for the civil rights of Californian’s to be treated equally.

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Perhaps it is because I’m Jewish, a Lesbian, married to a Black woman and living in Orange County that I am so highly attuned to the propaganda generated by the proponents of prop 8. Maybe there is something in my historical memory that insists that I be hyper-alert to dangerous rhetoric, given the knowledge that for centuries, propaganda has been used to stigmatize, marginalize, oppress, violate, and annihilate people like my wife and me. Like so many others, I was looking forward to watching the trial broadcast on YouTube because I knew that people would finally get to see for themselves the bigotry and lies that were at the heart of prop 8; they would get to see the testimonies of Kristin Perry & Sandra Stier, and Paul Katami & Jeffrey Zarrillo. Surely this would move many hearts and minds, regardless of the verdict.

When the media started paying attention to the battle over whether or not the trial would be broadcast, I noticed the comments coming from the defense. We know they didn’t want people to hear and see the testimonies; broadcasting the trial would prevent them from spinning the facts and might allow a reasonable public to hear the truth and identify with the very sympathetic plaintiffs. But with their spin, the propaganda began. Once again, they were attempting to control the public perception of gays and lesbians. There they were on the major news networks, talking about risking the safety of their clients and their clients’ families, and about needing to protect “the children.” This is the same propaganda that was used to dehumanize Blacks here in America and abroad, and Jews (and LGBTs), in nazi Germany. The rhetoric makes us into predators who pray on children and angry, out-of-control monsters who will destroy civilization.  [read this article]

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God has no role in government; Christianity has no role in government.

Those fanatics will try to argue that there is no such thing as Separation of Church and State.  Yet it’s very obvious that there is a Separation, even in common knowledge of most American’s.  I like this quote: god has no role in government; Christianity has no role in government.  The founding father’s made this clear.

Jeff Schweitzer: Religion in the Affairs of Man: Mixing Theology and Politics

Declaration of Independence (1776)

The most important assertion in this document is that “… to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Note that the power of government is derived not from god but from the people. No appeal is made in this document to god for authority of any kind. In no case are any powers given to religion in the affairs of man.

Remember, too, that this document was not written to form or found a government, but was stating intent meant to appeal to an audience with European sensibilities. Only four times is there any reference at all to higher powers, specifically: laws of nature and of nature’s god, supreme judge of the world, their creator, and divine providence. In all four cases the references to a higher power appeal to the idea of inherent human dignity, never implying a role for god in government.

Finally, should there by an doubt about the author’s intentions, I offer you this quote from Thomas Jefferson in an April 11, 1823, letter to John Adams: “The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.” He went on to say in his concluding paragraphs, “But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding…”

These are not the words from a man who would wish to insert god into the affairs of man. [read full article]

January 22, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Richard Aoki’s Relationship with the Black Panthers a Documentary Film

Sounds like a good educational documentary for all to see.  Love Richard Aoki’s comment:  “We didn’t lose in the sixties, we just didn’t finish the job!”

Mass Action!  I agree totally, it seems that’s the only way to get our message across!  Though, some will call us Mobs, today.  You know what, those oppressors, can call us whatever they want, but they will never kill the spirit of freedom!  Find your Mob!

Aoki – a documentary film

AOKI is a documentary film chronicling the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. Filmed over the last five years of Richard’s life, this documentary features extensive footage with Richard and exclusive interviews with his comrades, friends, and former students. Viewers will learn about Richard’s childhood in a WWII Japanese American concentration camp, growing up in West Oakland, and serving eight years in the U.S. military. [read more]

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Religious extremism at it’s best

This is so funny, and it brings out hidden issues in relation to religion that many don’t realize. I haven’t seen the movie, but I imagine it’s hilarious!  I’m laughing at the stunts, but at the same time I’m cringing at those “religious” people on how immediate they are willing to attack  another person.

Seems like the problems in that alleged “holy land” will always be about attacking and killing people, no matter what!

Go Bruno!

Bruno has a gay ole time in the Holy Land

Bruno’s flamboyant sashay across the Middle East has succeeded in one thing – uniting Sacha Baron Cohen’s unwitting Israeli and Palestinian victims in their joint disdain for his latest comedic creation.

Bruno is an over-the-top gay Austrian fashionista with a Nazi streak whose goal is to become the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler. To do so he travels to America, where he is told he must take on a charitable cause to achieve worldwide fame. So he decides to bring peace to a troubled place he calls “Middle Earth.”

There, he nearly sparks a riot in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem when he struts down the street in a sexed-up Hassidic outfit that includes skintight shorts. On the Palestinian side, he tries to convince a West Bank militant to kidnap him, while giving the man condescending fashion tips. Bruno confuses the popular chickpea spread “hummus” with the Islamic militant group “Hamas” when he tries to bring together Israeli and Palestinian personalities to make peace.

July 17, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Progressive thinking has been around for a long time. Open your mind.

Eastern thought or medicine is not a “new age” thing. 

It’s an ancient belief and practice.  Not sure who started saying that eastern medicine is a new age thing or that Buddhism is a “new age” spiritual practice, both of which are much older than western medicine or religions that are not ancient.

Healing & Spirituality | Buddhism and molecular physics intertwine

……  The idea of structural theory is similar to the Buddhist notion of all events and objects beings linked to each other,” he said.

Giving an interesting twist to conventional religious doctrine, Geshe Nyma said that “contradictions in scientific theory, much like debate in philosophy is always welcome in the scheme of Buddhism, since it encourages thought and therefore progress.”

Though Quantum Physics might apparently have little to do with Buddhist philosophy, the monk explained by saying that “the idea that things like time and space as not fixed, absolute has moved it to the realm of philosophical thinking.” Moving on to molecular physics, Geshe Nyma noted that “some Daribazaron of the earliest Buddhist scriptures had theorised on the atomic structure of matter, which had then branched off into the idea of existence and nothingness at later times.”

Delving into psychology, the Buddhist scholar observed that “while modern psychology and neuro-science has established the fact that the human mind works at multiple levels – the conscious, the subconscious and the unconscious, the idea toes the line with the Buddhist notion of chitta and siddha, that of the conscious mind and the ‘settled’ mind that may be roused through meditative practices.”

[Read the full article of Buddhism and molecular physics intertwine]

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July 14, 2009 Posted by | Clothing, General | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Science Connects to Buddha Nature and Inner Consciousness

Everyone should learn the basic concepts of science and evolve with it. I’ve always loved science because it’s connected to everything around us, the trees, the birds, the insects to the foods we eat!  The world is an amazing place! Having a degree in science, and coming from a family of Buddhists for many generations, I can understand the Dalai Lama’s interest and excitement in science, I’m still evolving.   I agree, totally love Dhondup’s question, because my knowledge and understanding of science has helped me to understand Buddhism better, though I still have a lot more to learn about Buddhist teachings into consciousness, my inner being.

Wouldn’t mind taking the course myself, so I hope the scientists eventually bring the Buddhist science teaching model home to America, so we can educate ourselves here to.

Teaching the Dalai Lama’s Monks: Better Religion Through Science

Do bacteria require light?” Tashi, one of my best students, wants to know. He sits there in Dharamsala, India, like his Buddhist monk colleagues, cross-legged on the floor in maroon robes, six hours a day learning science from a tall white Jewish guy from North Carolina.

Religion often has a hard time of it, especially among academics, and especially among scientists. Of course academics have no problem studying religion and raising big money to establish endowed chairs, centers, and institutes devoted to just that. But when actually being religious or even discussing personal beliefs or spirituality at all, is rare and, if anything, discouraged. To me this is an odd and disturbing social conundrum: let’s take our best thinkers and idea-people, theorizers, and policy developers and eradicate any discussion of personal belief, religion, or spirituality from their official discourse. Brilliant.

So, it’s refreshing to be part of a project, an experiment really, in which academics are actively engaging religious tradition and belief. Even better, and ironically, this engagement is driven by scientists; the very folks many blame for hammering personal belief out of intellectual conversation in the West in the first place.

[read the full article on Better Religion Through Science]

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July 5, 2009 Posted by | Clothing, General | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

56 Million Chinese Leaving the Chinese Communist Party; Sounds Familiar!

This sort of reminds of people leaving the RNC for their strange ideology and repressive dogmatic views.  Accept people seem to be taking longer to leave, over the past 20 years since adopting those ideological views.  The old RNC was just fine, but these neo-conservatives have gone dogmatic with social conservative views that target our families and our private lives.

All these regimes around the world are going to collapse because they persecute their own people for ridiculous things whether communist ideology or religious ideology.  Leave people alone and let them do their own thing and everything will be great!  Sure there will be problems, but free choice without doing harm is a better way of life.

This world doesn’t need dictators or regimes that repress the people or their paths in life.

Supporting 56 Million Chinese Leaving the CCP

The “Quit the CCP Center” in Tokyo hosted a parade to support 56 million Chinese withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on June 21. People from Tokyo and surrounding cities as far away as Kansai, have shown their support by joining the event despite the rain.

Led by the Celestial Marching Band, participants marched around downtown Tokyo with banners stating “Support 56 million Chinese’ withdrawal from CCP”, “Disintegrate the CCP, Stop the persecution”, “Stop persecuting Falun Gong” and so forth. Along the path, participants also announced through loudspeakers that the historical violence and lies of CCP are destined to collapse. [Read 56million Chinese Leave CCP]

June 27, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yoo could face charges for his torture and detention memos

Yoo, could be held liable for creating a situation that caused the torture and abuse of an alleged “terrorist” Padilla.  White said “government layers are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their conduct.”

Terrorist can sue over torture memos – Terrorism

A convicted terrorist can sue a former Bush administration lawyer for drafting the legal theories that led to his alleged torture, ruled a federal judge who said he was trying to balance a clash between war and the defense of personal freedoms.

The order by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco is the first time a government lawyer has been held potentially liable for the abuse of detainees.

White refused to dismiss Jose Padilla’s lawsuit against former senior Justice Department official John Yoo on Friday. Yoo wrote memos on interrogation, detention and presidential powers for the department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003. [read the full story about Yoo’s memos]

June 14, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shell Found Guilty of Human Rights Violations of the Ogoni People!

Hopefully, this will send a message to other oil companies. 

Shell Guilty

Landmark Case Resolved in Favor of Plaintiffs as Shell Pays $15.5 Million USD, Including $5 Million Trust to Benefit Ogoni People and Their Communities.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bush admits his crimes!

Can’t forget about the disclosure of the CIA operative!  That’s is definitley treason, if you ask me.  They put the life of that CIA operative endanger out of spite for her husband, not to mention that disclosure could have put the lives of many other endanger.

Interesting about is finding “Jesus” again, or being “born again,” wasn’t it his minister that put him in all the godly mess?  Bush spoke with his minister often, as I understand, and he also had messages sent from heaven…during his Presidency…

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George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was indicted Monday on charges of high treason. The charges, filed by Attorney General Russ Feingold late in the evening, allege that Mr. Bush, knowing full well that Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction, falsified information in order to pursue the disastrous Iraq War. (See “U.S. Knew No W.M.D.s in Iraq,” on Page A1, and the petition at http://www.democrats.com/pardon.)
The former President appeared perturbed by his own charges against him.

Federal District Judge Michael Ratner denied Mr. Bush’s request to represent himself. Ratner is the former president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

High treason is usually defined as participation in a war against one’s own country; attempting to overthrow its government; spying on its military, its diplomats, or its secret services for a hostile and foreign power; or attempting to kill its head of state.

“In this case, high treason has been interpreted to include pursuing an illegal and devastating war that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars and the lives of over 4,000 Americans and perhaps a million Iraqis, for essentially insane ends,” said Vincent Bugliosi, a former federal prosecutor whom Feingold named lead special prosecutor in the case. “In effect, the Iraq War amounted to a war against America,” added Bugliosi, who is also the author of the book, The Prosecution of George Bush for Murder. [ read more on the Bush Indictment]

June 4, 2009 Posted by | Action Alert, General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment