July 24, 2011 by Bill
The historic Christian church has left a legacy, a world view, that permeates every aspect of Western society. It is a legacy that fosters sexism, racism, the intolerance of difference and the desecration of the natural environment.
Throughout its history, the church has demonstrated a disregard for human freedom, dignity, and self-determination. It has attempted to control the relationship between an individual and the divine.
What we call “orthodox Christianity” is embedded in the belief in a singular, solely masculine, authoritarian God who demands obedience and who punishes dissent. Orthodox Christians believe that FEAR is essential to sustain a divinely ordained hierarchical order in which a celestial anthropomorphic God reigns singularly at a pinnacle, far, far removed from the earth and all human kind.
It was through these beliefs that the church came to wield enormous political power. As it took over Europe, and the Roman Empire collapsed, the church all but wiped out education, technology, science, medicine, history, art and commerce. The church amassed enormous wealth and promoted fear everywhere to keep the population in line. It called for death as the punishment for a dissident society. The church attacked Muslims, Eastern Orthodox Christians and Jews. When any of these attacks failed, the church launched brutal assaults upon southern France and instituted the Inquisition, one of the cruelest periods of torture ever known to man.
Christian terrorism was in a full force tyranny over all of society. Scholars estimate that over nine million women were brutally killed in the witch hunts of 1450 to 1750 C.E. My column, Are Women Human? describes the voting of the bishops of the church on whether or not women were human. In several of the councils, women were declared “human” by only ONE vote. All of the church “fathers” during this period despised women. St. Clement of Alexandria wrote: “every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman.” Even Martin Luther wrote that “all women are here for is to bear children.”
I could continue writing for hours on the history of Christian terrorism, but for anyone so naive as to think it is over, let’s move into the present day.
A friend who works for Planned Parenthood lives in a major city asked me to tell my readers about Christian terrorism here in the U.S. They get daily and weekly bomb threats, death threats, and more from Christian groups who are opposed to abortion.
Listen to what Jerry Falwell was preaching: “The idea that church and state should be separated was invented by the devil to keep Christians from running this country. I really believe that the pagans and the gays and lesbians, the abortionists and the feminists, along with the ACLU and People For the American Way, are all working for the devil and they were responsible for the Trade Center bombing.”
Are you aware that Billy Graham and son Franklin, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, when he was alive, all continually used terrorist language as many preachers still do in churches all over America?
Forget about the Muslims for a day or two and become concerned and informed about the Christian terrorism in every state in America. The first President Bush said at a press conference: “I do not consider atheists to be citizens of America.” It is that kind of stupidity that fuels the terrorist mentality.
Ignorance is flowing from religiously and historically illiterate speakers and newspaper columnists on local and national levels. Kathleen Parker, writing in a USA Today column proclaimed in her most stupid essay that there were no atheists in the World Trade Center “even as there are never any atheists in foxholes…” What hogwash. What ignorance… it’s the kind of language that fuels Christian terrorists. I was in the Marine Corps for twelve years as a pilot, and knew MANY who were atheists and had nothing to do with radical God freaks and Jesus jazzers.
Christian terrorism has been around from the origin of the cult to today in 2011. My friend at the Planned Parenthood office invites you to ride to work with her every day… wondering… wondering… wondering if some Christian nut might be waiting with a bomb, or with a gun to put to your head.