Every Religion Has A “Dark Side”, As Some Call It

Mar 5, 2017 | | 2 comments

An “obsession with purity” is the heart and soul of every single theistic-based religion that human Sapiens have developed throughout human history. This obsession with purity creates caste/class systems, most notably with the “priests” and “elites” in the top class and with the “untouchable” destitute or “poor” class at the bottom. Even the most ideal of “democratic”-based nations continue to move towards this separatist system of the “have” and “have not”, of the “us” and “them”, so long as religion is allowed to have an affectual place in the civil affairs of humans. It doesn’t matter what religion it is – whether theistic, nationalistic, or philosophical – for such human-made ideology to be believed in as an “absolute” or a fundamental reality “truth”, then there has to be those at the bottom who suffer as human beings – all to justify the authority and teachings of those at the top.

#separationofchurchandstate #resist #resistrump #indivisible #unitedwestand #womensmarch #nationalpopularvote
#gop #notachristiannation

Why I’m haunted by my religion’s dark side
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/opinions/believer-hinduism-caste-system-varun-soni/index.html
Since India’s independence in 1947, there have been comprehensive efforts to address the dehumanizing impact of the caste system on lower-caste communities. For example, India’s constitution legally abolishes “untouchability” and prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste.
Over the past two decades, the government of India initiated a number of ambitious affirmative action programs to ensure lower-caste participation and representation in higher education and government.
Over the same period of time, nearly 200 million people in India were lifted out of poverty and are now part of a vibrant middle class that is less entrenched in caste identity.

#caste #hinduism #christianity #islam #judaism #purity #puritylaws

“How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order” such as religion, nationalism, or capitalism? “First, you never admit that the order is imagined.” – Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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  1. The “myth that America is a Christian nation” began to be developed and aggressively pushed in the United States in the 1970’s. A result of numerous Christian politicized religious movements that assert the belief in “Christian nationalism”, which is a mainstream merging of the 1970’s “Christian Resconstructionist” ideology (“Dominion Theology”) and the 1940’s invented “Christian-Right” or “Religious-Right” political movements. The objective of white Christian nationalism in America is to perpetuate throughout American society “that Christians are Biblically mandated to ‘occupy’ all secular institutions” of government*, and to perpetuate the ahistorical mythical belief that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation”. It’s simply not true, but fifty years of heavy public indoctrination makes this hard for many now to see.

    The belief in Christians occupying government is a central and unifying ideology for the Christian Right and White Nationalist political movements within this country. This is why both the white Christian evangelical demoniminations and the white supremacist Nationalist groups backed #Trump, the “white” “sinner”, so faithfully in the 2016 presidential election. He was their “God’s choice” for their rise to national governmental power within the United States. If they have their way, our pluralistic representative democracy, a secular “People’s democracy, will be changed to a theocratic democracy of the dominant religion within this country, and the Founders’ “wall of separation of church and state” will be no more, along with much of our constitution.

    *- “Largely through the impact of Rushdoony’s and North’s writings, the concept that Christians are Biblically mandated to ‘occupy’ all secular institutions has become the central unifying ideology for the Christian Right.” – Sara Diamond, 1989, author of ‘Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right (1989)’ and ‘Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States (1995)’

    America–Not a Christian Nation
    http://www.thebirdman.org/Index/Others/Others-Doc-Religion&Spirituality/+Doc-Religion&Spirituality-General&Msc/AmericaIsNotAChristianNation.htm
    “The United States of America is a Christian nation” is standard propaganda parroted by fundamentalist politicians and it is demonstrably false. This assertion is central to the national fundamentalist agenda that has the larger goal of rewriting American history from a biblical perspective.
    Several strategies have been implemented to disseminate the Christian nation myth, including the dishonest Christian Heritage Week proclamations, the sabre-rattling God and Country Day services on July Fourth, the evangelical Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts, and most recently, the highly divisive “cities of character” campaigns.
    This article summarizes the religious beliefs of 10 prominent founders of the United States, overviews the religious philosophies of Deism and Unitarianism, outlines all references to religion in three basic U.S. political documents, and analyzes the motivational roots of religious fundamentalism.

    #Resist #ResistTrump #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch We need the #NationalPopularVote in place before the 2020 election!

    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.

    “The belief in Christians occupying government is a central and unifying ideology for the Christian Right and White Nationalist political movements within this country. This is why both the white Christian evangelical demoniminations and the white supremacist Nationalist groups backed #Trump, the “white” “sinner”, so faithfully in the 2016 presidential election.”

  2. “”If lawmakers are so concerned about the “sanctity of life,” Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar contends more needs to be done to protect sperm “because that semen can be used — and is to be used — for creating more life.” To that end, Farrar is calling for a “Hospital Masturbatory Assistance Registry” (HB 4260) to store semen “for the purposes of conception for a current or future wife.”
    “Emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charge a $100 civil penalty for each emission, and will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,” the bill states. Also, under Farrar’s legislation, doctors who have “personal, moralistic, or religious” objections to performing vasectomies or prescribing ED pills can opt out.””

    Hmmm. Satire? It’s quite Jewish! It’ll get the support of religious Jews in Texas, seeing how halakhah already proscribes a version of this.

    Texas Lawmaker’s ‘Satirical’ Bill Fines Men for Masturbating
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-lawmaker-s-satirical-bill-fines-men-masturbating-n732756
    “HB4260 was written to highlight the glaring inequalities in how medical and reproductive health care legislation is handled for men and women,” the Houston Democrat wrote. It “mimics how legislators, with no formal knowledge of medical norms or practices, attempt to govern women’s health in the Texas Legislature.”
    So, under Farrar’s proposal, which was introduced on Friday, if a woman has to wait 24 hours before she can have an abortion, a man would have to wait 24 hours to get his erectile dysfunction drug or have a vasectomy.
    And if a woman has to undergo a vaginal ultrasound before having an abortion, men should also be required to undergo an equally unnecessary rectal exam before they can have a vasectomy or colonoscopy.

    #Texas #HB4260 #ReproductiveHealth

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