Posted by: Harold Knight | 07/09/2010

“God Hates Fags,” and Incest Is Part of His Plan

I was born in war. Not “in” a war, of course, but during war.
Two weeks after I was born, US troops won the Battle of the Bulge.
Ten weeks after I was born, US troops invaded Okinawa.
Four months after I was born, President Truman declared V-E Day (May 8, 1945).
Six months after I was born, the US successfully tested the first atomic bomb.
The US bombed Hiroshima less than a month later.
A month later President Truman declared V-J Day (September 2, 1945).
That was
THE war.

Two years later, North Korea invaded South Korea.
The US led the responding “police action.”
The ensuing war is still officially in progress.

Meanwhile,
When I was sixteen (1961), John Kennedy sent 3,000 troops to Viet Nam.
Twelve years later all parties in the “conflict” signed a truce.
Two months later the United States “officially” evacuated Viet Nam.
When I was thirty, two US soldiers died in Viet Nam, the last American casualties.

Some of the other (officially admitted) wars in my lifetime
The Bay of Pigs Invasion, 1961
Invasion of the Dominican Republic, 1965-1966
Invasion of Grenada—Operation Urgent Fury [sic], 1983
Invasion of Panama, 1989-1990Invasion of Haiti, 1994
Somali War—Operation Restore Hope [sic], 1992-1994
Bosnian War, 1993-1995
Kosovo War, 1999

And the Big Ones
The Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), 1990-1991
War in Afghanistan, 2001—present and forever
War in Iraq, 2003—present and forever

Various bombings, CIA operations, and other hostile acts here, there, and everywhere, such as non-interference in the Nicaraguan Civil War, 1981-1990 (we didn’t interfere because Congress forbade it).

My favorite war was Operation Urgent Fury [sic]. Grenada, a Caribbean island nation of about 100,000 people, with an army of 1,500 (and 700 Cuban assistants), had elected a “Communist” government. A bunch of American medical students were there, and Reagan decided they needed to be rescued. So Reagan invaded the island with 7,000 troops. The “war” was pretty much like sending the Marines to secure Wichita Falls, Texas. A Congressional investigation said the invasion had “wide popular support” among Americans. Dead: 19 Americans, 25 Cubans, and 45 Grenadians.

Aside from combat involvement in some internal conflicts around the world, involvement that the US government either steadfastly denied or shrouded in terms of national security, the US had not had a real war for about eight years. Reagan’s finger was itching on the trigger of the US big guns. He had to have a real war under his belt, not “police actions,” and “covert operations.” Conquering an island of 133 square miles with a population the same as South Bend, Indiana, would do nicely. Go in, get 19 Americans killed to prove it was a real war, and get out quickly after destroying the democratically elected government of the country and restoring it to complete US dominance.

Many Americans (the vast majority, we are told) believe in the sayings of Jesus:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9).

In a 2004 poll, 55% of Americans said they believed “every word of the Bible is literally accurate” (1). Through some odd theo/political logic, I have heard Americans justify their support of all of these wars by asserting they have somehow “made peace.” Of that poll’s respondents, 61% said there would be less kindness in the world if Jesus had not lived. One might ask how much more kindness would have been necessary to prevent the bombing of Hiroshima or Dresden. Of the poll’s respondents, 47% said there would be more war if Jesus had not lived. More war?

This poll may indicate a better grasp of reality than it seems—only 11% of the respondents believe American society as a whole “closely reflects true christian values and the spirit of Jesus.” My bet is, however, even that reality is skewed: many of the remaining 89%, I fear, believe the reasons our society doesn’t reflect true christian values is that we allow abortions and are even allowing gays to marry and have normal lives. They most likely don’t think being a peacemaker has anything to do with reflecting the values and spirit of Jesus. The most extreme example of this thinking are the christians of the Westboro Baptist Church (2). I’ve never met anyone who says aloud they agree with these vicious people; neither have I ever heard any christian leader call them to task.

Perhaps the 55% of Americans who believe every word of the Bible literally also believe, as I wrote here on June 26 (q.v.), Pastor Lorimer of the Lutheran Church in San Bernardino (where I was organist three years after the first 3,000 troops went to Viet Nam) was making peace Sunday after Sunday when he prayed, “Change the hearts of our enemies that we may have peace.” It’s up to our enemies to make peace. We believe the Bible is literally true, so we’re already “the children of God” regardless of our actions.

As usual, nothing I have written is new or newsworthy. I simply put together diverse liberal rantings into one place. War and hating fags seem somehow to go together in my mind. Both are connected with the christian heritage of the United States.

That christianity (or some version of it that I doubt Jesus himself would recognize) has exercised influence—and is currently gaining in influence—over the political life of the nation is a tired truism that worries some of us but is a matter of rejoicing for others.

Louis Appignani wrote in 2006,

Before leaving office, President Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans to beware of the emergence of a very powerful military-industrial complex–something that wouldn’t bode well for our future. Now we must add religion to that threat. Beware of the military-industrial-religious complex (3—please note the information about Mr. Appignani below).

The evidence for the threat of the military-industrial-religious complex is not difficult to find.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann from the 6th District of Minnesota joined with the Family Research Council (a conservative political action committee) to pray, via a live Web cast, for the defeat of Obama’s health care reform efforts. This creates problems on multiple levels. Prayers don’t easily lend themselves to debate, dissent, or skepticism. . . . With many prayers, a cult-like psychology begins to strangle [consensus building]; false moral certitude creates intransigent stances and paints opponents as simply evil (4).

Sharron Angle, Republican nominee for the Senate in Nevada, believes that rape and incest are part of God’s plan for society.

In a January interview with conservative talk show host David Manders, Angle explains her views on abortion. As with most responsible policy positions, the inspiration for Angle’s stance comes from God.
MANDERS: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?
ANGLE: Not in my book.
MANDERS: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?
ANGLE: You know, I’m a Christian, and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things
(5).

With Michelle Bachman in Congress praying for the defeat of legislation and the possibility of Sharron Angle’s election to the Senate where she will speak for a christian God who plans and purposes rape and incest, we can rest assured the teachings of Jesus will dominate the will and actions of our government, and the military-industrial-religious complex will endow our social contract with peace.

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(1) “The Christmas Miracle.” Society. msnbc.com. 12/10/2004 Web. 06 Jul 2010.
http://www.msnbc.msn.cm/id/6650997/site/newsweek/
(2) “God Hates Fags.” Westboro Baptist Church. godhatesfags.com. 2010. Web. 09 Jul 2010. http://www.godhatesfags.com/ (I am loath to give the despicable ideas of these sick people the recognition of footnoting them, but intellectual honesty requires citation.)
(3) Appignani, Louis J. “The apocalypse of the United States as the leading world power (and the emergence of a new world order).” The Humanist Sept.-Oct. 2006: 7+. Louis Appignani is the principal donor (an initial grant of $2,500,000) to the International Humanist and Ethical Union, created to “support secular activities that will address significant, viable and long term human goals on our planet.” http://www.iheu.org/node/1182
(4) Scott, Alan J. “Blindsided by a culture of disinformation: the public is being blindsided by disinformation that threatens the foundations of our society and causes debate on policy matters to become dysfunctional and skewed to favor special interests.” Skeptical Inquirer 34.4 (2010): 39+.
(5) Ganeva, Tana. “Sharron Angle: Rape, Incest Part of God’s Plan — Opposes Abortion No Matter What.” AlterNet. alternet.org. June 29, 2010. Web. 08 Jul 2010.

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  1. Great stuff Harold. I looked up Louis Appagnani. Seems like a fine man indeed. Been reading a book called “Shock Doctrine” by Naoimi Klein. It details the brutal triumph of Milton Friedman’s free-market ideas as they were and continue to be implemented globally. These ideas are usually realized through repressive force and result in great wealth for a few and the impoverishment of many. Reagonomics is the collective name for these policies in the US. The intersection between economic policy, political respression and the use of religion to motivate loyalty to a corporatist regime that is picking your pocket while holding you down is disturbing. Check out my facebook post about American fascism. Henry Wallace, in the 1940’s, describes the future character of fascism in America. Frightening stuff. I chose a logo to accompany the post: “When Fascism Comes to America, It Will Be Wrapped in a Flag and Carrying a Cross.”

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