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    Religion and War

    G.I. Jesus -Thank god I am not religious. (Satire) By Timo Cerantola In the dark last days of man, in a world ruled by fear and hate, a ragtag renegade group of Americans led by Jesus Christ himself are fighting back. Get ready for mayhem. Get ready for destruction. Get ready for Armageddon. The final battle between good and evil is on. God is pissed, and he’s coming after you! (Armageddon is rated PG-14 for gratuitous scenes of extreme violence and wrathful smiting and may not be suitable for minors). As I scanned the TV dial this morning, I just couldn’t resist viewing this religious program - mainly because the preacher’s hairstyle – a style I like to refer to as hairmageddon, required a second look. I briefly watched this [fundamentalist] Christian minister as he ‘rejoiced’ and cheerleaded Israel's invasion of Gaza from his pulpit. Apparently, the horrific war crime taking place against the people of Gaza, is god’s will. “Thank god the 'end times' are upon us,” he bellowed from his pulpit. There is a perverse brand of Christianity in America these days. It’s a mixed up evangelical brew consisting of Jesus, bigotry and atomic war. And, like any decent group of Jesus loving people, these God fearing souls actually support any and all manner of war, torture, bombing, killing of innocent civilians and any and all American (and lately Israeli) military interventions everywhere, including the use of nuclear weapons – whatever it takes to get them to the Armageddon party – though oddly enough, they’re against terrorists and terrorism. Why? What’s the difference? For some reason, Christianity’s religious zealots cannot see the irony when they accuse Islam’s religious zealots of inciting war and religious extremism. Is it not total hypocrisy when Christians encourage their political leaders to war – shouldn’t they be pushing for peace? You know, that ‘turn the other cheek’ stuff from the New Testament. There appear to be two completely antithetical types of Christians: the peace loving, care for the sick, feed the poor types with their loving and forgiving Jesus and God. And the nasty, bloodthirsty, Old Testament types with their wrathful god of smiting, thunderbolt tossing and pestilence – heavy on the friggin’ pestilence. Yes, these are the Christian soldiers that believe if you pray hard enough, god will kill your enemies for you. (He also accepts prayers for sporting victories too). From my point of view, this “end times” business is nothing but a sleazy commercial enterprise that has produced far too many books, crooks, schmucks and, most recently, political leaders. Seriously, if these end times people really believe Armageddon is nearly upon us, why are they so profit motivated? Why don’t they give away their books and tapes for free - or at least at cost? Seriously, why can’t you guys save our souls at cost? If the world is going to end soon, what good is getting rich going to do you? Getting rich off of god is what most politically powerful Christians of political influence do best as they busily grease the wheels of America’s war machine from their television pulpits each day. These “Christians” gleefully encourage their government’s incessant war posturing, constitutional crack-downs on freedoms and overtures to future wars against anyone they brand with the “evil” label – not to mention, calling for the assassination of democratically elected foreign leaders if the mood strikes them. From a “love thy neighbour” point of view, death and destruction hardly seem like a good way of promoting Jesus - but who said anything about THAT Jesus – that wimpy, peace-mongering, turn-the-other-cheek mama’s boy! Today’s Christians speak of a different Jesus. They’re talking about that gun totting, grenade tossing, holy killing machine G.I. JESUS! Boo-yaw! He’s mean, he’s tough, he’s gonna kick your unholy butt. If god is who they claim he is, I think he (?) or it (?) is going to be really pissed off at their sickening rendition of Jesus the Christ and prince of peace. (He’s probably going to be pissed at me too for that holy killing machine remark, but that’s a story for another day). Of course, many Christian apologists will tell you the reason behind this enthusiastic doomsday revelry and merriment is the second coming of Jesus - who will then rapture them away (to some gated community in heaven?) from all the pain and suffering in the world – much of which they, American Christian evangelicals, are responsible for through their blind support for a warmongering American government. After all, it was the religious right that was the driving force behind the election of Saint Dubya, patron saint of torture and the cluster bomb – twice. I wonder if the Armageddon gang feel let down now that a kinder, gentler, war-mongerer is taking over in the White House? But don’t worry kids. Barack ‘flip-flop’ Obama has already reversed his earlier positions on a quick withdrawal from Iraq. Now Obama says he’ll pull out of Iraq, but only at the advice of the war maniacs and military experts in Washington; now Obama’s all for a big military build up in Afghanistan and, he's ominously silent on Israel's bombing of civilian targets in Gaza. Gee, I thought Obama was for peace. I must be mistaken. Obviously, Barack is a huge fan of G.I. Jesus. He must have a really sore ass from all that flipflopping!
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