Mike Huckabee: Condones teen sexual predator

Mike Huckabee. Presidential candidate wannabe. Yep. That’s the one.

Well, Huckabee took it upon himself to come out in defense of Josh Duggar. You know. The oldest son of that perverse and demented family known as the “19 and Counting” reality TV show on The Learning Channel (TLC). Why exactly TLC decided to feature a family that gets it thrills from spawning nineteen children escapes the more intelligent, evolved mind.

For those who may be unfamiliar, Josh Duggar recently was outed for having had sex with five of his younger sisters when Josh was between ages 14 and 17. Huckabee believes that we, the collective we, should turn the other cheek and forgive Josh Duggar. Really?

Huckabee sees and portrays himself as the great moralizer. His grandiose plan is to become president of The United States and slip us back into some phase of the Dark Ages. His outspoken hatred and intolerance of homosexuals is well known and widely broadcast. Huckabee persists in his mantra, “Marriage is to be between a man and a woman, only.” Yeah, Huck we get it but we don’t buy it.

But, Huck let me take you for a moment down memory lane to an act your son David committed while a Boy Scout Camp Counselor: “Two Boy Scout counselors, 17 year old Clayton Frady and 18 year old David “itickabee” [sic], the son of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, have admitted to catching a stray dog during their summer session at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, AR, and hanging the dog by his neck, slitting his throat and stoning him to death.”

That small vignette tells me a lot. The apple does not fall far from the tree. The pathology of son David quite likely mirrors the pathology of the father. Hey, Huck. That would be you. What’s that old saying, again, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”?

So, taking that thought one step further suggests that you support, 1) predatory sex against young girls; and, 2) condone incest where the predator is an older male sibling. Someone recently quoted you as saying “It’s allowed in ancient Scripture.” God in Heaven, Huck, I really, really hope that was not you and a rather insidious joke played upon you.

But, you have opened your own private kingdom wide to vicious, virulent and venomous criticism. You hold yourself out as a “Man of God”. Not my God, Huck. No man. Your “god” is far too hideous, odious and mean-spirited. Certainly not “God the Father” who captures the Holy Trinity within which Jesus the Resurrected presumes to reside. No, Huck. Your “god” is the Great Satan. You are, to use a crude term, a sorry-assed boil on the butt of life.

That you would embrace an incestuous male predator while spewing out vile hatred toward homosexuals tells us about the Great Evil you represent and lift up. Josh Duggar is a monster in every respect. That his father had Josh’s records expunged simply sullies this all the more. Scary. You, Josh and Papa Duggar represent consummate evil, the Devil’s Lair. Your sacrilege and your heinous hypocrisy align you with the worst of the worst, Josh and Papa standing with you. Oops! By golly, a new trinity but certainly not of the good, righteous and Christian kind. The demons from the iron hot coals of hell are dancing on your head. You are the consummate Christian pariah, a subhuman who shits and pisses on the Head of Christ while you strut in your self-righteous aplomb. You are the evil in sheep’s cloth. To suggest that you are disgusting does not even begin to capture the degenerate monster you really are. In closing, give Josh a hug will you? Let us know when he assaults another child, which some of us are certain he will, so that you can once again grandstand on his behalf “to forgive” while you skewer the lives of all of God’s homosexual children. May you rest in hell!

Why the Duggar Family represents what is worst and wrong about the United States

Memorial Day, 2015

Each time I hear or read something about the Duggar family or anyone like them, I force myself to contain my rage and outrage. That the eldest Duggar son, Josh, has just been outed as a child predator comes as no surprise.
Josh Duggar was accused of sexually assaulting five – five – of his younger sisters when Josh was fourteen. The term “child predator” is properly assigned to Josh Duggar. The fact he so much as even believed he had the right to molest his sisters suggests parental approval. One must ask, “Did his parents know? Did his father give tacit approval, either directly or simply by ignoring what was taking place? Or, worse, did his father actually encourage such behavior?” Logically one should, or must, assume the mother was not complicit in these acts of sexual assault.
The larger, overarching question becomes: Who or what gave Josh Duggar his feeling that he had an implicit right to molest his younger sisters? Were mom and dad Duggar so busy fucking in order to create yet another spawn that they were tacitly removed from the more heinous activities of their older son and younger daughters as victims?
How predictable is it that Mike Huckabee the Devil’s shill would come out saying that Josh Duggar deserves forgiveness; not judgment? Wow. For a pastor Huckabee certainly knows how to ferret out his application of “faith” and “forgiveness” as he rails his hatred toward gays outward on a daily basis. Huckabee and Duggar share the limelight in just how much societal sewerage exists in this nation, all of it “in the name of God”. Really?
And, what “God” might that be? Well, it surely cannot be “God the Father” of the Holy Trinity, because if it were Huckabee would be doubly sinful for ignoring and misapplying the platitudes of Christ. People such as the Huckabees and Duggars see all others as the hypocrites when in fact they are the consummate hypocrites; the ones against whom Jesus warns us.
They are the self-righteous who with excessive self-aplomb march across the stage of life spewing out their special moralisms while parading before the masses as icons of “Christian” decency. The Huckabees and Duggars in our society help to form the amoral underbelly of what day to day Americans must deal with. They are amoral because they lack all morals. They walk in the dead men’s tombs of life, white sepulchers of soul-less bodies wrapped around tarnished and evil bones.
That The Learning Channel [TLC] even opted to air the Duggars as a reality show says a lot about TLC and its own “family values”: zero values. Two things have remained totally unclear and incomprehensible to me since the Duggars catapulted onto the national stage: 1) Why on earth would any family want to spawn nineteen (19) children and seek praise and celebrity for it? 2) Why on earth would any television program be eager to create a “reality” TV show for any such family?
While it surely is the Duggar’s right to spawn multiple progeny, by all rights and measure their proliferation of offspring is vulgar, perverse and actually disgusting. To celebrate being a human breeding farm surpasses even the remotest concept of rational human behavior. Oh, I am confident they will appear in The Guinness Book of World Records. Hooray for them.
That son Josh is so evil to have molested his own sisters tells me enough about this family and precisely why they should never be celebrated; and why they never should have been. They posture in self-righteous mode demonizing gay culture all the while condoning the most hideous of behaviors in any family: incest and forced incest. They are the worst of the worst among us.
And, what about those little girls? Or, are they simply “girls”, regarded as the lesser of our species as is so common among families such as these? How much will their wounds be disregard-ed and ignored fully? What lingering nightmares and shame might they suffer; or, are they suffering already?
Unlike Duggar’s fans, I hope there is a nice hot and spacious place in eternal hell for them; if, that is, one believes in a hell at all. In the meantime, they have created their own hell on earth for several little girls who were violated sexually, the worst type of violation imaginable. I suggest to the Duggars that you bury your hideous and heinous in a dark, dark quarter of the world where you belong never to be seen or heard from again; and, in the meantime, stop demonizing homosexuals so gleefully because like it or not, homosexuals are Children of God. You, Duggars, are the real demons in this life on earth. But! Feel not alone in your disgrace and shame (doubting you have even so much as the human dignity to feel disgrace and shame), because it is shared with your viewers and The Learning Channel.

In response to the holier-than-thou Duggars

“Judge not, lest ye be judged”. Interesting to me how quickly the naysayers rush to judgment of others when the very Savior they lay claim to tells them to do otherwise. Frankly, any couple that spawns 19 children is the real perversion in this story. One must wonder, “What are they trying to prove?” As an ordained Christian theologian with a graduate degree from seminary, I often feel a deep inner rage about people such as these. “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Yet, I do not deem homosexuality as a sin. Denying what you have been created by God to be is the real sin in this discussion. I often wonder why this is such an obsession with people who claim loudly how they are “good Christians” when they are “Christian” in words only. “Beware the hypocrites and the false prophets.” Many things are best left up to God, if in fact one believes in God under the Mantle of Christ.

Another “Christian” saying he’s sorry for bullying a gay classmate. REALLY?

I really, really hate how people such as this always lift up, ‘I was raised in a Christian [sic] home.” REALLY? Did you or your father actually READ what Jesus says? Or, did you run to Leviticus or Paul’s Letter to the Romans? As an ordained Christian theologian with a graduate degree from seminary, I can safely say you have Holy Scripture’s take on gays all wrong. Scripture is uniformly self-contradicting throughout. If one opts to lean on Leviticus for reasons to stone gays to death, they then must also look at all the other people who should be stoned to death. Yet, Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” In that one passage Jesus declares the stoning codes no longer to be in effect. Read “The Sermon on the Mount”, or The Gospel of Matthew, CH. 19. It once was considered okay to hold blacks as slaves because of Biblical passages on slavery. It is time to free the haters of their mantel of hate.

Email to Face the Nation, April 26th, 2015

Dear Mr. Schieffer:

I am writing to you today to laud your segment on gay marriage. You kept it well-balanced.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has a terribly flawed position on gay marriage along with a misinformed opinion on marriage itself. The origins of marriage included nothing romantic or even egalitarian. Marriages were arranged by the families. Today, in India and Middle Eastern countries this remains in practice. Marriages originated in order to preserve wealth, status, assurances that progeny would not be orphaned into society; and, rights to property and inheritance. The wife was not an equal partner, another fact that remains true in many countries.

Perkins has been a vocal and militant adversary of gays and gay rights for decades. Perkins has a terribly flawed interpretation of Holy Scripture all the while trumpeting how gay marriage will undermine the tenets of Christianity. Perkins pulls every trick out of his bag, including intentional misrepresentation of facts to gird up his hatred and intolerance toward the gay culture. In addition, Perkins has trumpeted some terribly vile and venomous accusations against gay men that are not only heinous and hideous; they are sweepingly invalid.

If those who oppose gay marriage will pull themselves away for a moment from their thoughts on the sex aspect (which some refer to as “icky”), they will come to an understanding about why marriage is so important, even vital, to gays and lesbians. I return to my posits in the second paragraph: It provides protection of the property and inheritance of the gay or lesbian couple, while also providing unrestricted visitation rights when one of the partners is in hospice or hospital. There are many hideous stories about parents who never condoned their son’s or daughter’s homosexual “arrangement” and prevented the rightful heir to property and monetary inheritance. Or, worse yet, preventing a partner access to their mate while dying in a hospital.

Perkins cannot wrap the Mantel of Jesus Christ across his shoulders, because Perkins is a Christian in voice only; not in action. He fabricates and corrupts Holy Scripture to support his hostility toward gay rights. (Many do, in fact!)

As to that “ick” factor some feel toward gay sex: Gays have not come up with any sexual practices or acts that straights have not thought up and tried already.

Again, thank you for a balanced segment about this very contentious subject.

The Reverend M. Vincent Turner

Loving to hate: An Un-Christian Phenomenon In a Nation that claims to be so Christian.

April 2015
Hatred runs amok within human culture and society. It is an irreversible and inconvertible condition of the human heart. Quoting from The Gospel of Matthew, 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.”
Logically, Holy Scripture is not wholly necessary to attest to the fact that evil thoughts – and acts – come from the human. Evil is exacted more by men than women perhaps because men have testosterone, the element of being male that drives men toward to the good and the bad.
The instrument of evil is front and center in the United States today. It is being directed fiercely against gay and lesbian culture and community. While the purveyors of such toxicity form a small population of Americans, they are virulent, vocal and highly visible. If one did not know better from the outside of U.S. culture, one could conclude easily that a majority of Americans are anti-gay and against gay rights.
That gays and lesbians by and large are seeking to enter into the rite of marriage has be-come a central factor energizing the right wing antagonisms toward the gay [LBGTQ] community. Holy Scripture is used and abused to underwrite the palpable hatred being telegraphed across the nation by opponents of gay marriage and gay rights in general.
The “why” of this somewhat isolated tsunami of hate has questionable foundations. Self-defined “Christians” who oppose gay marriage and gay rights are quick to run to Leviticus or Deuteronomy, lifting up and parsing the passages that refer to stoning “men who lie with men”. Those same “Christians” will make a fast track to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet, scholars of any worth and merit will explain all too clearly the story of Sodom and Gomorrah has nothing to do with homosexuality.
Again, those very “Christians” fully ignore Jesus’ admonishing, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” In that one passage Jesus of Nazareth tosses out all the stoning codes. Selectively apportioning Holy Scripture to support one’s hate or intolerance commits an injustice and disservice to Scripture. Scripture is not an exact reflection of the human condition or the human activity. Nor is Scripture necessarily an accurate representation of “God”.
The religious foundations used to oppose or undermine gay and lesbian rights are exacted in a way that completely ignore other behavior proscriptions that humans should adhere to and abide by. While Jesus says absolutely nothing about homosexual behavior, Jesus does state that if a man divorces, he is never to remarry. With heterosexual marriages in the United States experiencing a 55% failure rate, one must admit a substantial failure in following Jesus’ instruction on the matter of divorce. Worse, 50% of second marriages fail.
If a heterosexual couple engages in sexual intercourse before marriage, both the man and the woman are to be stoned to death – if one follows the letter of the law of Leviticus. There likely are not enough “stone quarries” in the nation to provide the killing ammunition to carry out that instruction!
Jesus does remark in The Gospel of Matthew, 19, that “not all men are called to marry.” Jesus does not then go on to state those men should not have sex. Perhaps that point is moot, except for the fact Jesus goes on to talk about “eunuchs born from their mothers’ wombs”. Some scholars have written about this particular passage, concluding this to be Jesus’ acknowledgement of men who have sex with men. Eunuchs are not “born”; they are created.
The culture of hate enjoys fertile ground in right wing fundamentalist Christianity. “Love thy neighbor” is applied selectively; very selectively; if at all. Yet, such fervent hatred is not isolated to being against homosexuals. In Ireland, one finds it between Protestants and Catholics. In parts of the United States South, hatred against blacks still thrives with sinister energy. Islamists, at least those who consider themselves conservatively following Mohammad, believe that Christians and Jews should be killed as the “infidels”. In some circles, Jews are hated uniformly.
For all its good intentions, religion has found lucrative applications of hate and intolerance. Hate, it has been written, is a learned behavior. Loving to hate is seen by many as an aberration. Yet, even in Scripture it is stated how evil resides in the hearts of men and women; but, mostly in men.
Hitler convinced his Nazi followers to hate Jews and homosexuals. Yet, there were Jews and homosexuals in the German militaries. The SS and the Brown Shirts were notoriously homosexual. Stalin executed one million of Russia’s most learned intellectuals and military generals. Stalin feared and hated them as his most ardent opponents. The solution: Kill them all.
People hate based on ethnicities; nationalities; races; even family affiliations. The greatest flaw among all humans is the evil that lives within each of us. The greatest challenge for all humans is to override our inner evil and turn toward the consummate good.
In current U.S. culture, hate and intolerance thrive unabated among certain religious leaders who claim to lean on Holy Scripture while leaning only on the passages that support their virulent hatred of homosexuals. The current stable of Republican legislators is brimful of haters. The vile and venomous hatred that flows from their mouths is the most evil form of rhetoric. They incite those with a voracious appetite to “purify” society. That rhetoric represents consummate evil, and inspires those with a limited sense of the boundaries between right and wrong to act out against those they are encouraged to hate. Violent speech attracts fringe elements, elements already poisoned by their own seedbed of hatred and intolerance.
This has become a growing problem within the United States. It has become acceptable, even encouraged among some, to bare one’s soul of evil and to act on it; or to openly celebrate it. The United States has become fertile ground for allowing one’s expressed hate toward others. As a result, U.S. society has become a cesspool of evil. That evil has become palpable in many quarters, some quarters housing our most prominent personalities.
In closing, I am reminded of what my parents taught me from an early age: It you dislike a certain person, or a certain group, leave them alone. It is not your job to try to change them. Seek out and find those you like and those with whom you know you belong. Leave the rest up to God. If only human beings could be and would be so simplistic in our approach to life in general, and “leave it up to God”!

Letter to Attorney Mapes regarding Dieseltec Gay Hating Owner

Dear Attorney Mapes:

This Email follows my reading your post about Dieseltec and the dust storm/firestorm the owner of Dieseltec has ignited.

First, I doubt that Bryan Klawiter actually received death threats or the like. Even so, if he did, such threats likely came from straight folk. Or, if one chooses to be more pernicious, from select friends who made the phone calls for him to validate his claim.

You will note from my signature block that I am a ‘Reverend’, ordained in the Episcopal Rite of Ordination. You will also note that I am a Veteran, having served honorably with our United States Air Force in classified Intel gathering overseas. I was promoted to “Sergeant” before age 21 and made Controller, Ops Section at age 21.

What you do not see is that I am a senior executive in the private business sector where I have spent the last 45 years of my life. I have held senior management positions for over 30 years. I have dual degrees and various national certifications.

And, oh! I also am gay. Yes, by God I am a homosexual. It would take years upon years before I would make such a statement openly. I grew up on a small farm in Maryland farm community. Church and Sunday school every Sunday. Choir. Youth leadership. Boy Scouts. Holiday fundraising. I knew somewhere around age 5 that I liked men. I just did not understand how or why I liked them; especially looking at their bodies. I “came out” at age 24 with my first partner who then was 19. We had eight wonderful years together and remained closely bonded until he died in 1996.

I share my brief “resume” with you, because I am not a minority in the gay culture. Thousands if not millions of gays and lesbians devote our lives to excellence, achievement and the common good. If “God” made such a huge mistake in creating homosexuals, why then are we in every family, every culture, every nationality, every ethnicity and every religion? The anti-gay religious fanatics have it all wrong, all the while derogating a valuable segment of society and culture.

Back to Klawiter: I really do not know why such vermin exists in the scheme of life. I do not know why there is so much HATE being spewed out against homosexuals in our society; even by men running for election to the highest office in the land. I read the vile excrement that exits the mouths of some of our most hateful opponents and ask, “Why?” Seriously, “Why?”

I suspect Klawiter of creating a scheme, using gays as his launch pad. Why else would anyone, mechanic or otherwise, who lives in a before-now all but unknown town in Michigan make a banner statement about not servicing gays? Worse, why would he suggest he might actually create a mechanical problem in gay client’s car; a problem perhaps that could lead to death? Where does such insidious, vicious full-depth hate come from? The fact is, from a psychological perspective, Klawiter demonstrates behaviors found commonly in men who are in fear and denial of their own homosexual yearnings. Klawiter is among those lunatics who would go out and “kill a queer for Jesus”, while not even coming close to knowing what Jesus actually taught; or, coming to terms with their own inner demons.

I enjoyed reading your letter. However, your closing it with “May God have mercy on your soul” suggests to me that perhaps you are far more gracious than I might be, even while wearing my collar and Cross of the Resurrection.

Email to Ruth Marcus, WashPost

Dear Ms. Marcus,

Good morning!

Your column in last Sunday’s Washington Post caused me to pause and reflect.

My family’s history is rooted in the lower Midwest: Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. My grandfather and great grandfather owned large tobacco farms along the Ohio River. My birth mother was born across the river in Warsaw, Kentucky. I am a Buckeye, the simple result of being born in Cincinnati.

The rising level of gay hate is a cause for great and grave concern. While Governor Mike Pence’s true colors are out there for the world to see, there is a more nefarious crusade at work. That crusade disturbs me immensely because it could lead to widespread, rampant violence against gays and lesbians.

That crusade is the one now being waged by Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, James Dobson and Pat Robertson; to name just four. (There are more.) The crusade’s herald is that gays are committing “jihad” against Christians. Robertson has mused how gays are going to force straight men into gay sex. One woman pol has declared that gays are recruiting straight men to convert them to homosexuality.

While the better educated and informed among us might discern the absolute absurdity and unreality of such claims, there is a large segment in this nation who are so dumbed down they will believe every word of it. The O’Connor’s in Walkerton IN are a good example of what I am speaking about.

Their hatred is so palpable and its potential for serious violence against gays, I must wonder if that is in fact what Cruz and company want. The hideousness of their words is beyond frightening.

Worse is how these gay haters and hate baiters lean on Holy Scripture to support their pernicious agenda. As an ordained Christian theologian who spent three years in graduate school studying both Christian and Hebrew Bible, I can assure anyone willing to listen those enemies of gay rights are patently wrong. They parse Holy Scripture to find those passages which support their claims to undergird their messages of hate and destruction.

This concern is deeply personal for me. I have been homosexual since the earliest stages of my life. I simply did not understand it, my powerful attraction to other men, until I was in my teens. I ultimately “came out” in 1968 with my first partner; two years after my Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force. “Coming out” in 1968 meant coming to terms with one’s homosexuality and then going out to find other gay men to socialize with. “Gay” as a term did not come into common use until roughly my last year as a Sergeant in our Air Force.

The fear of discovery was a constant in my life; less of a concern to partner. I was building a career in the private business where I continue as a senior management executive. I was putting myself through the University of Maryland while working full time and using the GI Bill benefits to help me reach my goal of a business degree, which I realized in 1974. I continue to be very close to the vest about my sexual orientation, having felt the stinging insults and intolerance it can bring forth. Gays are considered “lesser” people, some suggesting we are not even “children of God”.

Perhaps “by the Grace of God” I pass as straight. I have all my life. I love all the “guy things”: fast cars, hot cars, football (pro and college), ice hockey, rugby, soccer, martial arts. But, I also love opera, symphony, Country & Western, Celtic and Gospel.

The fact is, I am not unusual when compared with other gay men. The majority of us really do not have a desire to declare to the world our sexual orientation. I feel no more the need to announce my homosexuality to someone than I would expect them to announce their heterosexuality to me. The only caveat to that premise is how some “straight” folk react when they suddenly learn or discover one is gay: They feel they have been deceived; left out. “Why didn’t you tell us? We don’t care.” Yeah, well. One never quite knows how that one might turn out.

So, back to our Christian heretics: They are broadcasting consummate evil with the potential for serious backlash against gays and lesbians. While I never was subjected to full on violence for being gay, I know about those who have been (mostly gay men as opposed to lesbians). Some have been killed; some left in endless comas; others injured for life. Why? Simply because we enjoy our sexual interaction in a manner that is different from heterosexuals? And, come to think about it, “straights” indulge in many of the sexual plays that gays and lesbians enjoy. A word to the queasy: If you don’t like what you think gays do in bed, then don’t think about it. If you do think about it, it suggests to many psychotherapists that you have undisclosed fantasies.

The Ted Cruzes of our world are the equivalent of homegrown terrorists, using lies and hyperbole to ramp up a message simply overloaded with evil purpose and deception. As a Christian Priest, I take great offense and exception to those who would put a target on the back of every gay and lesbian. The Ted Cruzes of our world are vile, narcissistic purveyors of the most vulgar of assertions using their nefarious messages of hate to fill their war chests. It is time for gays and lesbians and our advocates across this land to make battle ready. As much as some want to force us back into the closet, we “ain’t” going. If this turns into an all-out cultural war, then so be it.

The 47 US Senate Traitors

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Recent national events have left me nothing short of seething with anger and outrage. The treasonous ordeal acted out by House Speaker John Boehner and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu did not even rise to open censure of Boehner. That was a huge national disgrace and a direct slap in the face of our presidency.

Then Senator Tom Cotton of Arizona and forty-six of his colleagues wrote a letter to the Ayatollah of Iran, informing the Ayatollah that our president really does not have the authority to carry out negotiations with Iran on a nuclear peace deal. REALLY? I call Cotton & Crew the Clan of 47 Traitors of our Nation. In earlier times in our nation, such men would be hanged in public. Today? Nah! Of course not. They likely will receive huge under the table funds from the likes of the Koch Brothers.

Some people think I am hysterical when I rage about how this nation is collapsing from within at every quarter. The so-called “liberals” such as Robert Reich, Elizabeth Warren, Ed Schultz and others really are not liberals. They are preservationists, trying to save and preserve a country that is falling apart because politicians, mostly Republican but not all, have sold us out.

Then one hears about this latest dust up with Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, where SAE’s members were photo recorded chanting the word “n—ger” as one of its mantras. A mother of one of the participants reportedly said that her son was too drunk to realize what he was doing. He apologized. Wow! “He’s such a good boy,” she said. I wanted to vomit. Here’s my retort to mama: “Where do you think he LEARNED that racism?” Yeah, mama, that’s right: He learned it from you, papa and all your son’s snot-nosed elitist racist friends. Do you really think all of America is so stupid as to not catch on? Besides, Oklahoma and most of its neighboring or contiguous states are known for race hate, minority hate, gay hate, Jew hate and misogyny. It becomes trans generational because each new generation simply perpetuates the worst of the previous.

In closing I offer my reaction to the 47 enemies of the state. I sent the following email to Maryland U.S. Senator Cardin today. There is a certain tyranny at hand here, and if it is not soon reined in, matters simply will worsen and we as a people will become even more destabilized. It is not what sees upon the surface, but what is convulsing just below that surface.

Dear Senator Cardin:

The band of 47 Members of Congress who wrote their letter to the government of Iran have committed treason. They are traitors to our nation and the U.S. Constitution. Let’s see how FEW Members of Congress have the balls to call them out on their actions as traitors.

There was a time when such acts resulted in hangings. Now, our nation has become so welcomed I doubt there will be so much as censure or condemnation. John Boehner should be included in all such reprimand. But, I do not hold out any hope. The Legislative Branch of our national government is weak and spineless.

Regards,
The Reverend M. Vincent Turner.

The Tyranny of Religion

Recent events involving the Islamic State’s barbaric, subhuman beheadings and immolation of men and women compels me to look at faith and religion in general. ISIS, as it is known, regards as the “infidels” all who do not bow to the whim and will of Islam.
As a boy, I grew up on a small farm in rural Maryland. Surrounding our small farm were very large farms, still worked for income. My mother and father worked full time in their own professions. Ours was not a “working” farm, although we had livestock and grew large amounts of produce during the summer months that were canned or frozen for delicious winter meals.
Within easy walking distance from home was a small country church that I joined at the persuading of my parents. That was the 1950s. I joined the church at age ten, attending Sunday school each Sunday. I joined the Boy Scouts, youth leadership and eventually the church choir. Our small white country chapel grew into a modern, large brick parish because our membership was increasing. It also afforded us a nice air-conditioned sanctuary for those extremely hot and humid Maryland summers. Our “little” church had few such amenities, including no indoor plumbing – so to speak.
I joined the United States Air Force one month after high school graduation. I did not attend any church services during my four year stint. Upon returning home, I opted not to return to my home church. My mother was quite dismayed over this. One day, bemoaning the fact that I had not returned to church services, I remarked that I could be closer to God walking through the fields behind our home than most of those folk sitting in the pews on Sunday. To my great surprise, my father concurred. My “embrace” of God had taken place years before as I walked through the fields to evade the alcoholic battles my mother and father waged every weekend. In my young evolving mind, I “knew” there was something better. “Faith” had been imbued upon me at an early age.
It was another twenty years before I again started regular church attendance; this time with a different denomination. A decade later I entered graduate study at a school of theology (seminary) where I was conferred my Master’s degree in 1996. Seven years thereafter I became ordained. Having spent several decades in senior executive management in the private business sector, I have remained in the private sector. Taking the position of priest in a local parish was not what God had designed for me.
As time passed, I came to realize that I am faith and spirit driven; not driven by doctrine or religiosity. My multi-decade journey has brought me to this point, the point where I observe with disciplined focus just how dangerous and hideous religion is, has been and has become.
The Islamic State has introduced a new terror to the world’s religious arena, claiming how “their” God, “Allah” and “their” doctrine and dogma have authorized their violent, barbaric assault on those who do not follow their religion and its dictates. The Islamic State, known by its acronym ISIS, has shocked the world with its hideous acts of slaughter of the innocents; the non-compliant.
The modern world has recoiled in shock by acts that are beyond inhuman. Their religion, driven by barbarity, is surpassed only by their zeal to be violently cruel and brutal. Most of Islam is stunned along with the rest of the world, yet few Muslims are speaking out against ISIS. One must ask if this is out of fear; or, out of Islamic indifference to what many in the West consider acts against God; not in the name of God.
As a follower of the Christian faith I must remind myself how such God-less acts were committed by Christians from the West under the authority of the Roman Church. Those atrocities against the world of Islam and the Eastern Orthodox Christians are treated by many contemporary Christians as, “bygones.” But, wait! Later there was the Inquisition, another period of Christian “cleansing” in the Name of God and Christ. The Puritans then arrived in Colonial America and drowned women suspected of being witches. More recently, black American males (men, mostly) were hanged and burned by white men in hoods proclaiming “God.”
When President Barack Obama recently reminded Americans of our own sordid “Christian” history, Obama was vilified and excoriated by right wing conservative Republicans. They attempted to paint Obama as “soft” on this new Islamist atrocity. In fairness to Obama, he was not diminishing or minimizing the horror of ISIS. Obama was attempting to bring perspective; not endorsement or approval of ISIS’ barbarity.
Meanwhile, the fact is how many American Christians who define themselves as “conservative” are in fact agents of hate. They spew out raging hate toward homosexuals. Some of their comments are as sinister, vile and pernicious as one can imagine. Their hysterical commentary is meant to gin up widespread hate of gays and lesbians, all the while holding themselves up as taking the moral high road; setting gays and lesbians upon the immoral low road. In a different setting at a different time it is easy to see those “moral” Christians resorting to beheading homosexuals and burning them alive, ala ISIS. The Ku Klux Klan [KKK] continues to be a cauldron of vicious and venomous hatred, whose acts until roughly half a century ago were just as God-less as the current- day acts of ISIS.
Such elements represent the tyranny of religion, hideous acts perpetrated in the Name of God. Whose God? Which God? What God? Therein resides a daunting theological question; and, a theological challenge. For Christians who are true followers of the Faith in Jesus (there are fewer and fewer), one scratches one’s head asking, “Whose Jesus is this?”
For some of us, at least, who actually studied Christianity at theology school or in semi-nary, the clear, immediate answer is that no one perpetrating and perpetuating such violence, venom and vituperation against any group can claim Jesus. Whatever happened to, “It’s in God’s hands”? The pulpit bullies who thrive on misrepresentation of the Teachings of Jesus are modern day heretics and hypocrites against whom Jesus warns us. They are ISIS lite.
To kill or maim, threaten or marginalize in the name of some strange and obscure “god” is an affront and an insult to the God of my faith. It is blasphemy. To kill in order to force certain religious creeds upon others defies the Kingdom of God here on earth. Those who commit such atrocious acts are not among the faithful. They represent consummate evil, a vile example of brutal and barbaric heretics and blasphemers who can be found in any religion. There is a failed evolution in those people. They are subhuman, Satanic; lesser even than the animals in God’s Kingdom. Animals do not kill out of joy, pleasure or spite. Religious zealots represent the absolute lowest of the species, barbarians without souls or any essence of holiness. They have no human worth at all.
The Jews have been the least among the killers. Yet, it was “their” God that told them to destroy the Canaanites with sweeping decimation. The men, women, children and all the animals in Canaan were slaughtered, annihilated by the Israelites in order that the Israelites might create their own nation. So, this is the God of “love”? Hardly! Today, modern day Israelis slaughter young Palestinian children and women, along with men. “Their” God considers Palestinian lives to be less than the lives of Israelis. Some Jews today lament how they are “hated”. I have life-long Jewish friends. Like many Christians, I do not hate Jews. It was mostly Christian soldier boys who freed and saved the Jews from the Nazi camps.
Jews do not insist on people converting to Judaism, unlike Islam and certain elements within the Christian culture. Jesus said to His disciples as He sent them out to teach and mission, “If these people do not hear my word, leave them. Shake their dust off your feet and move on.” I wonder at times how Jesus would look upon the early Christian settlers who slaughtered thou-sands of Native Americans, women, men, children all in the name of the “God”. Or, how would He look upon today’s pseudo-Christians, “Christian” in name only?
The tyranny of religion results in tragedy through religion. Acts of violence and brutality so heinous and evil that one simply cannot mentally process their atrociousness do not represent the God I believe in. “My” God is that “Great Spirit” so righteously revered by Native Americans; the great Overseer who may bemoan the imperfections of humans but does not involve It-self in the events of human life.
Many Holocaust survivors abandoned their faith in God, Yahweh, because they believed their God had abandoned them. No God of theirs would subject them to such inhumane, ruthless and callus cruelty. It is easy to comprehend the despair those Jews (and, homosexuals) felt. I cannot imagine any “God” allowing such pernicious acts committed by one human against an-other, including the recent atrocities committed by ISIS through their religious furor and frenzy.
The tragic reality of religion is the horror and havoc it wreaks upon others. Each person must assess and evaluate their own faith; their own religion. How does that faith, that religion, interact with the holiness of other people; including those of a different faith, color, ethnicity, nationality and sexual orientation? Jesus of Nazareth, who some scholars believe studied under Buddha during Jesus’ adolescence, preached love; compassion; harmony; equality; non-judgmentalism. ISIS and those who act out in similar ways, including hate-filled right wing fundamentalist Christians and Palestinian who hate Jews and Jews who hate Palestinians are not people of God. They are people of terror, the Dark Knight, the Great Evil. They are a cancer, a toxic and pernicious presence that must be reckoned with. They are devoid of souls; dispirited carcasses of demonism.