Fuck Your God

"Hey, you have your religion in my politics" "Hey, you have your politics in my religion" Two tastes that could be great, just NOT together. Let's discuss how religious zealots are ruining the spirit of the United States and trampling your rights for the sake of their own god.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

"Chuck" currently resides in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. While he finds organized religion and their fanatics to be morally bankrupt and power hungry he also believes in the Constitution and our Bill of Rights which allow all of us to believe in any god we choose and the ability to worship in any manner our selves feel to be correct and good and right. So long as we respect others' rights to do so as well. The latter concept being foreign to most religious folk.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hey Pope, shut the fuck up!

I wrote the other day about the pope's visit to Africa and the comments spewed forth by The Most Holy of Pedophiles. There seems to be this strange fear by most of the world to tell the pope he needs to shut the fuck up and stick to his own kind, that being the procreation of all things child-abusive. That is what he and his NAMBLA buddies are best at getting done so they should just leave the rest of the world alone. This includes science and scientific study. For centuries the catholic church as shown itself to be in strong opposition to anything truthful and scientific. "What? The earth round? Shush up." "Oh, you say the earth revolves around the sun? Nonsense." "Galileo, get out of the church, you heretic." "You say the Holocaust never happened? Welcome to our fun little group. Grab an innocent and trusting altar boy and hop on!"

But I still found it a little surprising that it took almost a week for a reputable scientific organization to chastise this booby of a leader. The Lancet, in this editorial, has finally decided to tell "His boi-hole-iness" to pipe down and get his facts straight before opening that crevasse he calls a mouth. Kudos to the scientists in England for standing up for the truth and not kow-towing to stupidity just because he wears a dress.

I do wish, however, that more in the scientific community would have spoken up. Where was the World Health Organization? Where is ACT-UP when you need them? Where is the American Medical Association? These are people with the facts and the folks in the trenches working hard to solve this global crisis that has hit Africa especially hard. Where is Bono? I thought this was his pet cause? There is this fear of the catholic church that just confounds me. It's about time we all just realized that this emperor has no clothes on and forget about him.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ethics? In Government? Can't be...

To say that the men who drafted our U.S. Constitution were religious would be an understatement. They didn't just believe in a strict moral code but they also lived that code. There was no room for "me" in government. They believed in inclusiveness and fairness, they believed in championing the little guy, the man without a voice. Ever wonder why we have two legislative houses and why one has two representatives from every state regardless of population? It's so the most populous state can't trample the equality of the least populous state. A great idea. Why is there a Bill of Rights that so staunchly protects the citizenry? So the government can't trample "the people" all willy nilly. These founding fathers crafted a country very carefully to ensure fairness and freedom for as many as possible. And they didn't think of their own purse contents when they did this, but, in fact, risked it all when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. They were thoughtful, considerate, and "us" thinking men.

Today's governing body is not like this at all. While I believe and defend the separation of church and state I believe we have forsaken morality for and good ethical standing for a "me" mentality. Our elected officials pursue that "I" in team so fervently and vigorously it's no wonder they are so tired. Most of these people are rich when they run for office and richer when they leave. It matters not if these folks are Republicans or Democrats, they chase fame and fortune like salmon swimming to spawn. They need morals. They need ethics. Not just ethics reform because, really, you can't reform something you don't have. And sad to say, they need a little religion. Honest faith. And fear for their souls. If they had them.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Ignorance is bliss, but please keep it to yourself.

There are countless folk who revel in their stupidity and fantasy. They cling to falsehoods like Titanic passengers to life rafts. The pope and his catholic minions are just one such example, but an oh-so-fabulous one they are. I would usually forgo writing about this perverted leader of NAMBLA* when he is speaking to a foreign country but this latest visit of his requires comment.

I'm sure you've heard that he has been on a visit to Africa, probably because it has a NAMBLA population second only to Rome? This is a continent working desperately to solve, or greatly reduce, it's AIDS problem. This portion of the planet is aswim in violence against every one by every one; tyrannical leaders are killing citizens, tribes of natives are killing tribes of natives, men are brutally raping women, and on and on it goes. So this Leader of all Pedophiles is telling the Africans not to use condoms and not to have sex. Because this is what will solve all of Africa's ills.

I'm sure he thinks that all those studies that show reductions in HIV infections when condoms are used and safer sex practices are instituted are nothing short of balderdash. I'm mean, look how well abstinence has worked for his band of happy, sexless men. Not a sign of sexual digression to be seen for miles and miles. His NAMBLA-ites are a bastion of sinlessness and purity.

Fantasy can be fun and nice, even for adults. But it's not a lifestyle you engage in perpetually. Most mature human beings will tell you that while ignorance can be bliss, education is more so. Sometimes is best to grow up and face reality. It's about time the pope got rid of his party dress and party hat and chose more grown-up clothes. And embraced truth.


Friday, March 13, 2009

You think your kids are safer with catholics???

I mean, really, what sane parent would leave their child alone with a catholic? And I don't even presume to care if that catholic is a layperson or clergy, although clergy does seem far worse of the two choices. The Associated Press reports today that the catholic church has paid more than $2.6 billion dollars since 1950 for child molestation. The fact that this amounts to almost $55 million dollars every year is less striking than the fact that they have been paying out since 1950. The catholic church has been paying victims of child abuse for almost 50 years. 50 YEARS!!! Yet the pope will scold U.S. politicians that think abortion should be available to women who need it. This is a medical decision that should be between a woman and her doctor, not between a politician and the pope. This pope leads an organization that has been paying for sex for fifty years. And this sex is with children. Personally I think we should look elsewhere for our moral guidance. You would think the catholic church was the umbrella organization for NAMBLA. Yet NAMBLA has a worse reputation.

According to this Associated Press article there have been nearly 803 cases of molestation this year. This same organization also has the chutzpah to say that sex between ADULTS of the same sex is immoral. Really? But sex with innocent helpless children is OK? Coercing an underage child, who has put all of his faith and trust in and adult to keep him safe, into having sex is acceptable to the catholic church (or NAMBLA? for the sake of this blog. I mean, what really is the difference between the two?)? If the public school system in this country was paying $55 million each year because of child sexual abuse there would be a tearing down of school buildings. Yet the catholic church is considered holy, apostolic, and reverent. I think Jesus said "Let the little children come unto me" and not "Let the little children cum onto me." But I've forgotten a lot of the Bible I once new so I could be mistaken here.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

The First Amendment Right to Free Speech: Revoked

The inevitable has happened. If you are a citizen of Chicago Illinois your U.S. Constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech has been officially revoked. You are no longer allowed to criticize the government in thought, spoken word, or written media of any type whether physical or virtual.

As I've mentioned before the right to speak critically of the government in our fair city is under attack. It seems as if those looking to suppress the voting citizens of Chicago have been successful. FixWilsonYard.org is a group of over two thousand tax paying citizens in the Uptown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago that is currently battling city hall with a lawsuit to halt the Wilson Yard redevelopment from happening. This is a development of slums that the neighbors don't want here. Our Alderman and our Mayor do. Apparently they feel all the poor people on the public dole should be housed in half-million dollar condos for free an all in one neighborhood. The developer issued a subpoena for information about two websites that have written about this slum, www.buenaparkneighbors.com and www.uptownupdate.com. Both websites have commentary by the tax payers in the area about their disapproval of this slum, Uptown Update is run by an anonymous blogger. The city wanted the names and personal information of anyone who posted on these websites. The date for compliance of the subpoena has passed. When you read the latest post on Uptown Update about the construction and then read the comments tax payers have posted you notice that no information about construction permit violations is forthcoming by FixWilsonYard.org or the city. It has always been typical of FWY to chime in with correct information at times when confusion was rampant. Not now. It causes one to wonder if FWY lawyers have suggested a moment of silence from FWY. A cause for alarm, really, because this means the city has successfully quieted the electorate opposition. Through our court system.

These websites and the comments left on them are Uptown voters' redress of grievances with which we petition our government. This is their option for alerting the government to their dissatisfaction with what is happening in their neighborhood and with their tax money. The government has chosen to silence them. To spit on their First Amendment rights.

Ghandi said "An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere." This is injustice perpetrated against the citizens of this country regardless of your home town and a gross injustice perpetrated against our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. You should be outraged. And you should be just a little bit frightened.


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Religion and the electorate

Look at most major elections and you see a trend toward religion. Everyone wants to be religious and emit a strong sense of god goodness. And despite any political record they may have this becomes a major reason for voting. There was a lot of talk about Obama's religion during our presidential election with so many afraid he might be a closet Muslim. As if that would even matter. He cleaved to his christianity like a drowning man holds the life ring, people all around him defending his religion. He's not alone. Past presidents have all made very public their church attendence before and while in office. But what good is all this talk about religion and goodness and god? One need only look at Bill Clinton and his adultry and Roland Burris and his lies and G.W. Bush and his senseless murder of gi's and his abundance of stupidity and lies. Religion does nothing. Yet we will continue to elect them for this qualification.

Will we ever see the forest for the trees? None too soon, unfortunately.


Monday, March 02, 2009

Religious leaders in Chicago start race war!

Roland Burris is bad for the people of Illinois. He has omitted important facts from his initial testimony before the Illinois House and the impeachment committee. He has changed his story twice beyond his initial testimony. He admitted to attempting to raise money for an embattled governor while discussing his acceptance of the seat he now holds yet neglected to inform the committee about this. In other, not so beat-around-the-bush words, Roland Burris lied and finagled and, most importantly to me, attempted to purchase his senate seat by soliciting donations to Rod Blagojovich's campaign. Yes, I'm accusing him of these wrong doings because that is how I interpret the events as they unfolded.

Now for the kicker. Mr. Burris is being backed by black aldermen in Chicago. He is also being backed by black clergy from predominantly black churches from the south side of Chicago. The alderman have essentially threatened the political stature of elected white officials with the black vote. The clergy have praised Burris for all of his good work in government. Both groups are chastising the media for reporting the recent fiasco and the large call from white elected officials for Burris' resignation. They say that this lying and corrupt man should be allowed to hold his seat for only one reason:

HE'S BLACK. The black community wants his in office for only this reason. Despite all the wrong doings this man has committed against government and justice and the hard work that scores of people have done over mountains of time these groups want Roland Burris in office. It begs the question: Is the black community willing to compromise justice and good government and honesty and integrity and good will simply so they can have an African American in this seat? Roland Burris is a man who was not electable through proper means and is only able to have this seat through appointment. The electorate found him unacceptable many times and will find him unacceptable should he decide to run in 2010. Yet the black community demands he remain in power and is working through coercion. Because this man is black. The only positive thing about this man as surely his deeds are not.

This community is willing to overlook all of this and ONLY concentrate on his skin, the very thing they rail about in others. Should those of us who are white vote for a candidate simply because they are white? Had that been the case we would have a white president who would be doing a poor job and tossing us into oblivion. We elected a black president, NOT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK, but because the country felt he had the best qualifications. The black community says "Qualifications be damned, just give us black!"

And religious leaders in Chicago are condonning injustice and sin and only seeing skin color. This to their shame. They engage in racism. They perpetuate racism. They promote racism. They praise racism.