The Path of Love, ch. 1
At 1:-6 into the video, Mike Huckabee says, "I almost wish their would be like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would forced - forced at gunpoint, no less - to listen to every David Baryon message and I think our country would be better for it.
Who is David Barton? Well, he holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Oral Roberts University and an honory dovtorate from Pensacola Christian College. His latest claim to fame is that of consultant to various right wing organizations trying to push a Christian curriculum into US classrooms. He is working to revise Texas text books to make them more Christian friendly and we will resort to blatant lies to satisfy the needs of his financial sponsors.
More on "Profeessor Barton" via Barton debunker Chris Rodds:
David Barton false claims that more than half of the signers of the declaration of Independence were ministers.
Benjamin Franklin chose to begin a treaty in the name of trinity, didn't you know?
Why stop lying when there are so many gullible people, people who might believe that Thomas Jefferson started church services at the Capitol?
And that Thomas Jefferson to the Marine Band to play at church services!
It gets better. Thomas Jefferson sent Christian missionaries to evangelize Native Americans.
Anyone who knows anything about Thomas Jefferson know that he would not have signed his documents, "In the year of our Lord Christ."
Some think Huckabee's comments will tarnish his reputation and lessen the chances that he will win the Republican primary in 2012, but as sales of Sarah Palin's book and phenomenal popularity clearly show that many Americans are stupid and thus Miek Huckabee stands a chance, particularly if he picks Palin as his VP!
I wrote this on January 22, 2011. At first I wanted to keep this story between me and a few close friends, but in light of what has just recently happened at the Islamic Center of America, I feel that I have to share this story. This is no longer an issue on religion. This is outright discrimination and intolerance. If my story can inspire others, or at least affect someone on a personal level, then I've done all that I can do.
A Social Experiment
Yesterday, I went to the Islamic Center of America. I felt incredibly out of place, being a non-Muslim who wasn't wearing a hijab, and I was very nervous when stepping into the office. Out of respect, I did the best I could to hide my hair by pulling up my coat's hood. I went to the lady at the desk, greeted her with "assalamu alaikum," and she was very happy to answer my questions about the mosque and where to buy a hijab, among other things. She told me that I could observe the prayers, gave me an e-mail to a man who could give me a tour of the center, and told me how to properly wear the hijab. It was a surprisingly warm welcome and I felt pretty at ease.
After observing the service, I noticed a man was selling something in one of the hallways. I walked over there and saw a collection of jewelry and hijabs. I decided that if I were to come back, I should have more than just my coat's big hood. So I bought a pretty green hijab, then stepped into the lady's room to try it on. It's there I met Sona. She was 27-years-old and had converted to Islam a year ago. She helped me with the hijab, we exchanged numbers, and she told me that she would answer any questions I had about the religion, the culture, among other things.
After we parted ways, an idea occurred to me when I was driving home from the mosque. Back in high school, I wanted to do a social experiment for my Sociology class. My sister gave me the idea to wear a hijab out in public to see how people treated me. Back then, I didn't know where to find a hijab. Now that I had one, I thought I would give that experiment another shot. So I put on my new hijab and set out to three public places: a bookstore, the mall, and a restaurant.
The bookstore wasn't entirely unpleasant. There weren't too many people there to begin with, and because the ones there were absorbed in books, it explained why they didn't pay all that much attention to me. One of the ladies who worked there asked me if I needed any help and showed me where the bookstore kept the Qur'an. Overall it was pretty nice.
The mall and the restaurant were quite different.
I wrote this in my status on Facebook: Muslims put up with some of the worst customer service. I am not exaggerating when I say this.
When I stepped into that mall, I realized just how different this particular outing was going to be from others I've had in the past. The first store I walked into was Best Buy, but I visited every store in the mall at least once. No sooner did I step into Best Buy, I noticed how different things were. First of all, the person at the door didn't greet me like he did to other customers entering the store. I didn't think nothing of it at first, and instead I went over to look at the CDs and DVDs in the store. Usually when a customer is browsing the store, one of the employees will approach them and ask if they need any help finding something. This didn't happen once, not even when I made direct eye contact with an employee whom I went to school with. She didn't recognize me. I can't blame her for it, since my long hair was covered up, but I couldn't help but feel that all she saw was my hijab and not me, let alone a customer.
The salespeople at the mall were pretty much the same. There were only a select few who actually said more than one word to me. The employees would not welcome me into their stores. They wouldn't ask if I needed help. They wouldn't ask if I wanted to try on an outfit, even when I was holding it in my hands. They never said "We hope to see you again!" or "Have a nice day," when I left the store. Judging by this consistent reaction from salesperson to salesperson, I couldn't help but feel that they were glad to be rid of me and most definitely didn't hope to see me again. To make matters uncomfortably worse, in every store I went into, I noticed that the same security guard was there. From Spencer's to Borders, this security guard wasn't making it a secret that he was following me everywhere I went.
I want it noted that when I stepped into the mall, I was not wearing a burqa (Muslim clothing that covers all of the body and the face), a chador (Iranian clothing that covers the entire body) or a niqab (a veil that covers the hair and face which reveals only the eyes). In post-September 11th America, the clothing listed would understandably be considered suspicious in case of a burglary or a bomb threat. The clothing makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a clear identification in case of those threats. Had I been wearing those, I would understand the neglectful salespeople and the security guard trailing me, but all I wore was a hijab. All I was covering was my hair.
I also want it noted that when I entered the mall, I was all smiles: I looked people in the eye and smiled at them. I waved to children. I was just as happy and as approachable as I would have been without the hijab. If I were to smile at someone's child without covering my hair, parents wouldn't get defensive over it and give me dirty looks. They would have smiled back at me. If I wasn't wearing my hijab and smiled at a person who was walking my way, they wouldn't turn their head away from me or refuse to make eye-contact. They would have smiled back. If I had walked into a JC Penny's, a Macy's, a Hot Topic, a Spencer's, or a Forever 21 without my hijab on, people wouldn't have ignored me and avoided me. They would have greeted me and jumped to assist me. If I wasn't wearing my hijab and walked around the mall, I wouldn't have a security guard following me into every store, because they probably would be hounding some other Muslim woman.
All I did was cover my hair. I didn't insult these people. I never did anything to these people. I didn't get into an argument with them, or threaten them, or cause any sort of trouble that would warrant this cold behavior, let alone the attention of a security guard. All I did was cover my hair.
However, I feel that the greatest display of outright discrimination took place at the restaurant. This was my former workplace and many of my ex-coworkers were still working there. None of them recognized me, and as soon as I walked into the restaurant, the hostess (a former co-worker who was looking me right in the face) looked positively stunned that a Muslim woman walked into the place. She didn't recognize me, but led me to a table. I took my seat and opened up the menu, but at the same time my eyes were scanning the area. This table was assigned to a waittress, but a waittress never came to me. Usually, after a person is seated, the waittress comes to the table immediately and asks you if you want a drink. I had to wait for at least five to ten minutes before the hostess returned and asked me if I wanted anything to drink.
None of the waittresses ever came to my table to take my order. None of them asked me if I wanted a refill for my water. None of them asked if I was doing alright or if I needed anything else. To make matters worse, it is expected of the waittresses to ask the customers these questions even if they are not waiting on them. Not one of these waittresses wanted to make eye contact with me, nor did they want to come by me.
It wasn't until I waved at one of my former managers that he even recognized me. It was then that my hostess recognized me. After I told her about everything that happened today, she looked positively shocked. I would hope that she recognized the same discrimination being carried out in this establishment as it did in the previous ones. If this is how the waittresses would treat a girl with just her hair covered, they would definitely treat an actual Muslim woman in this way.
When I was younger, I would hear how people truly felt about Native Americans. Since I look more like my mother and less like my father, these people would be more open about their opinions around me than they would have if my hair was black and my skin was darker. I still get defensive when something like this happens and I've always felt that it was discrimination. However, this was the very first time in my life that I have truly felt discriminated against. When people were talking about Native Americans, they weren't thinking of the white, blond haired woman with 1/4 Ojibwa in her. But when people were ignoring me, glaring at me, following me, denying me service, and weren't welcoming me into their stores or their restaurants, they did it to me. In their eyes, they knew exactly what I was and they didn't want anything to do with me. Even though I did nothing to them but smile.
If this is how we treat Muslims in this country, there will never be peace. There will never be an understanding between religions and cultures. If we shun them, ignore them, and make it blatantly obvious that we don't want them here, we are going against everything that this country is supposed to stand for. And if we carry this ideology that "we don't want them here," "we don't want you to come back here," and "it would be better if you just weren't here at all," how does that make us different from Al Queda, the Nazis, the Westboro Baptist Church, the Ku Klux Klan, or the many other various hate groups in the world? It is this ignorance and this thought process that leads to holocausts.
Look beyond the veil.
From Evil Bible:
10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.
I wish I was the author of this letter. It was posted anonymously on the What Really Happened Letters page.
OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD
I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.
Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.
Some find that hard to believe, so it may be helpful to tell you a little more about our beliefs. We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining all details of His power. Also, you may be surprised to hear that there are over 10 million of us, and growing. We tend to be very secretive, as many people claim our beliefs are not substantiated by observable evidence. What these people don’t understand is that He built the world to make us think the earth is older than it really is. For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease.
I’m sure you now realize how important it is that your students are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, and unfortunately cannot describe in detail why this must be done as I fear this letter is already becoming too long. The concise explanation is that He becomes angry if we don’t.
You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s.
In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs. I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.
I found this book at a flea market in Comfort, Texas. I was so enamored with the cover that I actually shelled out a whole quarter for this enlighterning material. They talk in tongues, by the way.
Ooh La La and Hubba Hubba!
By: Kat Matthews
In Leviticus 18:22, the commandment from God says ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” It is repeated again only two chapters later in Lev. 20:12—“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.” It’s pretty clear cut from these two passages that God doesn’t want men having sex with each other. However, what about women sleeping together as a man and woman do? Apparently, God enjoys that female-on-female sort of action, insinuating that God must really be a man. As for God’s dislike for homosexuality to the extent of death to both parties, he also condemns adulterers the same way in Lev. 20:10. “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.”
Just who is an adulterer? We can all picture the usual cheating husband or wife, but Jesus himself says in Mark 10:11, “He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’” To make that point all the clearer, it is restated in Matthew 5:32, “But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the grounds of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” In a nutshell, anyone who becomes divorced and then remarries is then an adulterer (Notice here that God doesn’t specify on whether such a marriage is even consummated or not!). Therefore, everyone who qualifies under the above conditions should be killed. If one considers homosexuality to be an abomination unto God, wouldn’t this divorce and remarriage also be an abomination unto God and to his Son? Here’s what gets me. Adultery is one of the Top Ten, the commandments that made it past all the editing to the final published edition, literally etched in stone. Uh, hello? Where is homosexuality in those commandments? It’s not, that’s right! Apparently, adultery is a bigger crime according to God when it comes down to it. Homosexuality is portrayed in the Bible as one of those, “I’d prefer you really didn’t do this, but…” commandments. The Ten Big Ones are a list of the three things you SHOULD do, and the seven Biggest NO-NO’s of all time. Funny, sleeping as a man with a man or a woman with a woman didn’t make it that far…must have been lost in translation.
So, we must face it that one of the Top Ten is overlooked constantly in today’s society while a lesser passage is blown up to epic proportions. However, adultery isn’t the only thing overlooked in favor of homosexuality—it’s a good thing, or none of us would be here today. In Lev. 15:16, God says that “If a man has an emission of semen, he shall bathe his whole body in water, and be unclean until the evening.” One could see this as meaning wet dreams, but it says only “an emission of semen,” which means anytime semen is emitted from a man’s penis, which would also mean ejaculation during intercourse. This is clarified further in Lev. 15:18, where it states that “If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them shall bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.” How many—if any—Christians bathe themselves for the purpose of cleansing themselves in purification every single time they have intercourse? Ah, but that’s ok, if the intercourse is between a man and a woman, those same Christians will say! But where does God confirm it? Everything that comes in contact with the semen also makes it unclean, as stated in Lev. 15:17. “Everything made of cloth or skin which the semen falls upon shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening.” This is a commandment to Moses for God’s people. Why then is this commandment ignored in favor of those concerning homosexuality (Lev. 20:12, and Lev. 18:22). Which of these is not a commandment from God—has He somewhere rescinded one, while still enforcing the other?
Also overlooked were those commandments on grooming that are somehow invalidated in today’s church. In Lev. 19:27, God says “You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.” Christian scholars now deem this verse no longer enforced. Why? Because they’re not Hebrews? Then why enforce the passage on homosexuality? It may be just me, but that sounds just a mite…hypocritical.
In Romans 1:27, it is written “…and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” Seems fit for people judging homosexuality harshly, but if you only read on in Romans 2:1-3 (just five verses later), we are told by Paul that “…when you judge others; for passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, ‘We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth’. Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?”
Let’s continue this theme by looking in Romans 3:10, which states “as it is written, ‘There is no one who is righteous, not even one.’” In First Corinthians, it is written that “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolists, adulterers, male prostitutes, Sodomites…” Of course, sodomite is the word biblical people used for homosexuality. This clearly says that homosexuals cannot get to heaven, but—oh, my! Neither can those damned adulterers! These two seem to go hand in hand (no pun intended), don’t you think? How inconvenient!
In Matthew 15:10-11, Jesus tells the crowd, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” And in Matthew 15:18, He continues, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles.” In Mark 7:6, Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah when he says, “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Ooh, sounds like some certain people we’re beginning to know quite well…
Jesus continues to condemn adulterers by saying in Matthew 5:29, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Let’s face it—only a dead man does not lust after a woman occasionally! Whoops, there’s that hypocritical element again for those who ramble on about the sin of homosexuality! Why do people seem to condemn homosexuality and overlook adultery? One seems to be a harsher sin than the other, considering it made it into the Top Ten Commandments. In Deuteronomy 5:18, we read God’s commandment, “Neither shall you commit adultery.” This is an echo verse of the same commandment issued by God to Moses in Exodus 20:14, which says “You shall not commit adultery.” This is up there in the Top Ten. A commandment right from God, important enough to be inscribed in stone and brought down from Mount Sinai. Yet, nowhere among these Ten Commandments is there any word regarding homosexuality. Is the Christian Community saying that their power supercedes God’s power by making something that they are uncomfortable with more of a commandment than those issued by God via Moses? Now, now, you naughty people. We already know what happens to those who think themselves a higher authority than God. Seems to me some of these people are stuck in a very tight place—to lust after women, or to blame homosexuality? That is the question!
The "My God can kick your God's ass" hype has caused hundreds of millions of souls to vanquish from the earth, all in the name of religion, while wealthy landholders scoop up more of a region's resources. It's happening again, this time between the Lords of Self-Righteousness (acronym LOSER) and Islam. I have seen so much disinformation designed to imply that Islam is about terrorism, and that America must prevail in this Judeo-Christian battle of right and wrong, good and evil. I see so-called Christians like that calico-cat fearing freak sitting in the Attorney Generals' office, far away from the other famous boob in the building, smiling with that arrogant little smirk spread across their mouths while holding prayer sessions on the public dime (dime times a gazillion, that is) pretending that they have all the answers. I was going somewhere with this and it would have been at least minimally amusing, but I have lost my train thought.
My beef is with those who in the name of religion claim moral superiority over the rest of God's creatures while failing to understand and adhere to "God's will" as per the Bible. One day I was discussing this with a friend (well, we talk about this stuff all the time, really), I was thinking of making a list titled, "You're not a real Christian if you don't..." and followed by a heap of the idiosyncrasies found in the Bible.
I confess, I do not go to church on a regular basis. In fact, I only go when I am socially obligated to do so or if I am on an architectural tour of the building. I find them creepy, even the Vatican and Sistine Chapel (beautiful as they are). I'm not into mass worship or having someone give me a list of rules I must follow for fear of rotting in the bowels of hell. I don't care if other people want to do so, so long as they don't tell me I must follow their rules, as they are God's most supreme beings, authorized by the big cheese himself to kill all heretics, pagans, non-believers, non-Born Again, and all the damn liberals, too.
Eventually I will compile (read make my friend compile) a list of the weird, odd and blatantly sexual stuff in the Bible, but for that I must rely on my dear friend, former youth group leader of a church with such a detailed knowledge of the Bible it makes my head hurt, as a source and the wonderful Kat Matthews (no relation to karmakat), who is polishing her literary skills and will be guest posting her findings and missives (which are shorter than my introduction) on Picasso Dreams. And without further rambling, here is Kat Matthews:
By Kat Matthews
We all know about the Ten Commandments. How Moses went up Mount Siani and brought back two stone tablets with all of the laws true Christians need to follow. Throughout Leviticus, there are others that didn’t make it into that prestigious Top Ten. Most people who refer to Leviticus will be calling on verse 18:12 or 20:12, which deals exclusively with homosexuality. But this book, the third in the Bible and referred to as the “Book of Moses”, is filled with a lot more commandments for the faithful to adhere to. All of these extra commandments carry equal weight with those referring to homosexuality, but seem to get conveniently overlooked by the Christian fellowship. That doesn’t fit with Lev. 18:5, 19:28, 19:32, or 19:31, in which we are told who is the mastermind behind these commandments. “I am the Lord your God.” In Lev. 22:31 and others besides, we are told, “Thus you shall keep my commandments and observe them.” Them—that means ALL of the commandments, not just the Ten or the ones we like! “You shall observe my statutes and faithfully keep my ordinances…” (Lev. 25:18). Again, “statutes” is plural—that means more than just one, right?
The most overlooked commandments in Leviticus have to do with what you may or may not eat. In Lev. 11:16, we are told that “the hare, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hooves; it is unclean for you.” Okay, so not everyone will have rabbit stew or bunny jerky, but in Lev. 11:7, the list continues. “The pig, for even though it had divided hooves and is cleft-footed, it does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.” Oh, there are a lot of piggy products on the market! How many Christians, I wonder, have refused to eat bacon with eggs, or a ham sandwich on rye, or a beautifully cooked pork chop? And yet we have just seen, clearly, that God forbids it—it is an abomination unto God. Wait a second…maybe there are other abominations, too. “But anything in the seas or streams that does not have fins or scales, of the swarming creatures in the water and among the other living creatures that are in the waters—they are detestable to you (Lev. 11:10).” Are they, though? I can just see it now—a group of so-called Christians condemning homosexuals as abominations unto God, sitting at a table where they are eating their lobster, crabs and clams. Yet, which is not the disgrace unto God? Think on that one for a moment. Oh, and pass the shrimp, please!