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Religious Interest Falls in the USA. Voters Do Not Know Romney is a Mormon Not a Christian

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I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I.

Joseph Smith

 

Mitt Romney has to Face Questions about His Religion in the USA Elections

A Pew study released found that many Americans do not know the religious faiths of President Obama or presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. A third of Americans do not know that Romney is a Latter Day Saint, a Mormon! The Mormons have conservative views, especially on gender and homosexuality, and are intolerant of members’ questioning official teachings.

The United Church of Christ, President Obama’s church of choice, is more liberal on these issues. Unlike the Mormons, the UCC is not centralized to the extent that the Mormon sect is. It is not uniform across congregations because doctrinal issues in the UCC are left to the congregations, not to a central institute as is the case with the Mormons.

17 percent of Americans say Obama is a Moslem. In 2008, Americans were likely to correctly identify his religion as Christian. Political opposition to Obama as president aimed to remind voters of his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. But Pastor Wright’s supposedly racist remarks actually showed them Obama was Christian.

The separate Pew Research Center “American Values Survey”, which polled more than 3,000 adults nationwide, found that approximately one in five Americans don’t have a religious affiliation at all—the most ever documented. It also found that 32 percent of the latest adult generation have doubted the existence of God—double the number of those who felt the same way just five years ago.

This survey found increased tolerance for difference in every age, religious preference and political group. The new generation is known for wanting to distinguish itself from its peers—to stand out so to speak—by adopting unorthodox ideas.

Criticisms of Mormonism

The doctrine of the Mormon Church separates it from Christianity according to the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant religions, all of which descended from Jesus Christ and his apostles. Mormons had no apostolic succession by which the holy Spirit is passed from priest to priest from the original apostles, could not have been involved in the Nicene Creed, and Mormon cosmology with its plan of salvation including pre-mortal life, baptism of the dead, three degrees of heaven, and exaltation by which humans may become gods and goddesses on a par with Jesus is alien to Christian thought.

Critics have questioned the legitimacy of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of LDS, as a prophet as well as the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon, and include claims of historical revisionism, homophobia, racism, and sexism and paedophilia. Evangelical Christians argue that Smith was either a fraud or deluded.

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11 October, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Christian Saint Condemns Warfare as Wholesale Murder

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Murder, which in the case of an individual is admitted to be a crime, is called a virtue when it is committed wholesale. Impunity is claimed for the wicked deeds, not on the plea that they are guiltless, but because the cruelty is perpetrated on a grand scale.

S Cyprian (d 258 AD), Epistle to Donatus

More evidence, should it be needed, that our Christian leaders know so little about Christian morality that they can have no claim to be Christian. Bush and Obama in the US, and Blair, Brown, and now Cameron, in the UK, have all “committed wholesale” murder and perpetrated “cruelty on a grand scale”, apparently believing they are entitled to do it with impunity because it is virtuous in the eyes of God. This Christian saint, who presided over seven Church Synods, so must have known something about Christian moral dogma, begs to differ from today’s smug and mendacious paragons.

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11 April, 2011 at 12:55 am

The Measure You Measure

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Don’t these US Christians make you laugh. They claim over and over again the USA is the most Christian nation on earth. They tell us 80% of Americans are Christians, or is it 90%, yet they haven’t the least idea of what Christ taught. If they do have then they are the most hypocritical Christian nation on earth.

In a chorus, they decry the Scottish government for releasing the Libyan, Abdulbaset al-Megrahi, found guilty of the Lockerbie bombing, on grounds of mercy. The man is dying of prostate cancer. He is a merciless man and so deserves no mercy, they argue. The President says it, his Secretary of State says it, the relatives of the victims of the crash say it, everyone in the USA says it, it seems, and most of them Christians!

Do they have any idea what the Christian Holy Book quotes the God of the Christians as teaching when he came down to live briefly among men before he allowed them to crucify him? Evidently they do not know because everything he said American Christians ignore. Do they have the same bible as the rest of us, or do they have one specially printed for them by Satan himself? In his most famous speech, the Sermon on the Mount, he says:

Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy. (Mt 5:7)

This civilized message is repeated over again by the Christian God incarnate and his disciples:

I desire mercy and not sacrifice… (Mt 9:13)
But if you had known what this is, I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless. (Mt 12:7)
But love the ones hostile to you… Therefore, be merciful, even as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and in no way be judged. Do not condemn, and in no way you will be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. For the same measure which you measure, it will be measured back to you.( Lk 6:35-38)
For judgment will be without mercy to the one not doing mercy. And mercy rejoices over judgement. (Jas 2:13)
For God hath wrapped them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. (Rom 11:32)

And so on, and so on. Secretary Clinton, does your God mean by all this in the Christian book that really he wants revenge, not mercy? President Obama, is your God to be regarded as disgusting because of His mercy, or because He is not too fussy about his modern day followers? Better to have no God at all than one like this!

The Scottish Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill, was the one to show Christian mercy, saying that even though al-Megrahi had shown no mercy to the aircraft passengers…

That alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days.

Most of the relatives and friends of the British victims of this tragedy are pleased by the mercy being shown, not least because they have grave doubts about Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s guilt.

Americans are less interested in justice than having revenge—a victim. Any victim! So they can have “closure”. What pure hypocrisy. They were bombed by Al Qaida, so they took revenge on the Iraqis, and on the Afghans. They made no attempt to bring the actual criminals to justice. The same is true here. The evidence against al-Megrahi was one man’s identification, yet he was paid a large sum by the US government for giving the testimony he gave, and it emerged that he knew what al-Megrahi looked like having been shown a photograph of him. A great deal more about the whole tragedy is murky. Knowing this, no fair judge could possibly have allowed the case to continue, but Americans still have no doubts.

They ignore what their own God tells them, and they ignore the principles of justice, yet still claim that they are Christians, the servants of God and will be saved. Either they cannot read or they are so bigotted they simply cannot grasp what words mean that contradict their prejudices. Either way, if they are right and God will judge us all, then they should be happy in the dubious circumstances to leave Him to judge al-Megrahi. And, if they are right that God will judge them mercifully, then they will get considerable shock and horror when they eventually meet their judge.

For judgment will be without mercy to the one not doing mercy.

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22 August, 2009 at 1:37 am

Charlotte Higgins on America’s New Cicero

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Barack Obama’s speeches are much admired and endlessly analysed. The sheer numbers of people who have heard him speak live set him apart from his rivals, recalling the politics of ancient Athens, where the public speech given to ordinary voters was the motor of politics, and where the art of rhetoric matured alongside democracy.

But, says Charlotte Higgins—author of a Short Book on how Ancient Greece has shaped our world—in an article in The Guardian, 26 November, 2008, one of their most interesting aspects is the enormous debt they owe to the oratory of the Romans, and, through sermons, the church, which taught the rhetorical tradition of the ancients as practically useful to its aims, while destroying most of the rest of classical tradition. To understand the next four years of American politics, we will need to understand something of the politics of ancient Greece and Rome. The Greeks and Romans discovered all there was to know about rhetoric, and they put a name to most of the devices it used.

Unlike most politicians who make a point of dumbing down the content of their addresses, Obama’s speeches respect the intelligence of their audience. The adjective used to describe Obama’s oratorical skill is “Ciceronian”. Cicero, the outstanding Roman politician of the late republic, was the greatest orator of his time, and one of the greatest in history, though, more immediately, Obama looks to Lincoln, Roosevelt and King.

Winston Churchill recommends it!

Winston Churchill recommends it!

Like Cicero, Obama is a lawyer. Like Cicero, Obama entered politics without family backing or a military record, in contrast to his rivals McCain and the Clintons who had one or the other. Like Cicero, Obama is a writer of enormous accomplishment—Dreams From My Father, Obama’s first book, will surely enter the American literary canon, Higgins says. In the intricacies of speechifying, Obama recalls Cicero—Obama knows and uses them, too. Like Cicero, Obama likes “tricola”, the linking of three words or phrases, as in Caesar’s veni, vidi, vinci. In his 4 November speech, Obama said, “Our campaign… began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston”, which is a tricolon. In the 2004 Democratic convention speech, Obama used the technique of “praeteritio”—drawing attention to a subject by not discussing it. Higgins notes that Obama excels in the projection of ethos. In his book On The Orator, a book which aspiring politicians must read now, surely, he argues that real eloquence can be acquired only if the speaker has attained the highest state of knowledge—“otherwise what he says is just an empty and ridiculous swirl of verbiage”.

The true orator is one whose practice of citizenship embodies a civic ideal—whose rhetoric is not empty, as McCain tried to imply, but is the deliberate, rational, careful organiser of ideas and argument that propels the state forward safely and wisely. Higgins asks finally, “Can Obama’s words translate into deeds?”.

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1 December, 2008 at 4:44 pm

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Obama the Commie?

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Entering his rallies to the tune of Rocky, John McCain was telling the US electorate that his rival and now President elect, Barack Obama, would bring socialism into the White House. McCain, a peculiarly amiable man for a Republican presidential candidate, seems to think the whole US electorate are as pea brained as his keenest supporters.

Socialism requires the commanding heights of the economy, like the banks, to be publicly owned, not just publicly subsidized. The disastrous Bush-Cheney policies of the last eight years almost brought the administration to the point of taking over the commanding heights, but, though falling short, came closer to bringing in socialism than any liberal administration dare! And if the Republicans can find a use for socialism, then shouldn’t Americans begin to think it is not as gruesome as it is portrayed.

Republican supporters are so empty headed and closed minded that they still, despite the Bush years of economic negligence, indulgence, and crookery, cannot see that capitalism needs regulating, and properly regulating capitalism is not socialism but correct governance—it is just that fat cat Republicans do not want regulating. They want to do just as they like, and that is not necessarily, or even likely, to be the best for the nation as a whole.

Shouting, “Obama’s a commie!” can only cheer up the rip off crowd of gangsters, banksters and arms dealers that own America. The denigration of socialists and communists is a tactic meant to keep Joe the plumber and other ordinary Joes hating each other instead of regulating the mega rich. Anyone who wants fairness or progress are labeled commies and socialists and thus discredited, when they are the people America needs to resolve the problems the Political Right has brought over many decades.

You need not be a Marxist to benefit from reading Marx, any more than you need to be a Christian to benefit from reading the gospels. Marxism is often called a Christian heresy, heretical not because it rejects the practical teaching of Christ, but because it has been diluted in miracles and supernaturalism. Like it or not, on practical matters, both are concerned that human society continues to neglect and abandon the poor and the meek. Republicans are fond of identifying themselves with Christianity, but they have no compassion for the poor, only contempt, whereas Christ had deep sympathy for them, and remained poor himself, not even having a place to rest his head.

Obama seems as indoctrinated by the modern evangelical distortions of Christianity as the McCain supporter, but, if he has read some Marx, he will understand the causes of poverty today, and that does not make him wicked. There is nothing unChristian about the redistribution of wealth. The apostles did it themselves as a condition of being a follower of Christ, holding all things common. Later Christians were encouraged to help the poor by giving them alms, because the poor, as “The Blessed”, were received immediately into heaven, and would put in a good word for the rich who had helped them in life. The modern rich have obscene wealth while, even in the US, people like the poor of New Orleans, after Katrina, are left destitute and uncared for.

The typical Republican does not understand the fundamentals of capitalism itself, let alone a more caring social system. Capitalism requires money to be circulated not hoarded by a few disgustingly wealthy men and their families. The rich do not need to spend any new dollar they get, but the poor have no choice. Extra money given to the poor therefore circulates. They spend their extra dollar in small shops and local supermarkets, so the local suppliers and small businesses benefit. Money doled out is never wasted. It always lifts the small supplier and they source their businesses in the bigger supplier. In the end the rich also get better off! In economics, it is called the multiplier. Every dollar given to the poor in a recession is the equivalent of five or ten dollars to the economy. If the rich spend their dollar, it will be on villas abroad, foreign fashion houses, costly jewels, or yachts, and Joe will see nothing of it, unless he’s particularly lucky.

A CEO said in the election:

The worst thing for the markets would be Obama getting assassinated. The second worst think would be McCain getting elected.

Well, Obama got elected, and he and his advisors face the worst imaginable economic conditions. The US federal deficit has gone from modest after the prudence of the last Democratic administration to catastrophic after eight Republican years—one $trillion guestimated for 2009, and the banks have already been propped up to the tune of $trillions. Republicans bail out rich banksters with public money while accusing Democrats of being socialists!

The country needs a fraction of that money made available to the poor, enterprise organizations in poor districts, and small businesses everywhere to put money in at the roots and get the poor working. A tax on obscene wealth would pay for it, so the average American can only benefit. Instead of being insulated from downturns, the wealthy will get a vested interest in avoiding them, because they will have to pay for the recovery. When businesses start to recover, when they start to do well, the shareholders do well too, and so the wealthy get repaid by the success of the lower levels of the economy! This is not communism! It is a New Deal!

New Deal worked! New Deal is Obama’s promise—tax cuts to couples earning below $25000. McCain would have given them nothing! Couples on $500,000 pay $6000 a year to help the nation—just over 1% of their income. The mega rich on £5,000,000 and above pay only 5%, hardly a crippling amount for them, now is it? And they get it all back in the upturn. What is sinful about that? Christ almighty would have thought it too timid. McCain promised a tax cut of $125000 a year for the top 1% of dollar earners. Obama wants to tax them an extra $20,000 dollars. “Give all ye have to the poor”, Christ said, so the wealthy are getting off very lightly, indeed.

An even better way to pay for the recovery and to lower the deficit would be by cutting the military budget. The present war has allegedly cost $3 trillion! How can the country afford trillions for banksters and $trillions more for weapons manufacturers when it claims it has no money for poor families in a crisis? If helping them economically to help the nation is Marxist, then pray that Obama is one!

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7 November, 2008 at 10:52 pm