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Killing in the name of….

I probably should not even write this blog post… I mean who am I?

I am torn… well, here it goes…

I am having a hard time with this… the religious and political fed violence that plagues our world. We saw it this week with the unrest and attacks on American interests in Egypt and Libya. Let me toss a couple of numbers around:

America lost nearly 3000 people on September 11th, 2001

Conflicting numbers put the Iraqi deaths at over 100,000 during the Gulf War

In the crusades that fell between 1095 and 1291 A.D. there are accounts of 1-1.5 million dead between Muslims and Christians – some accounts peg a number over 5 million when you take into account the innocent and collateral damage associated with such a war.

That is fucked up….

I have written that religion causes more problems that it creates. Still, I believe everyone has the right to find their spiritual center (and pursuit of happiness) and organized religion was clearly invented to attempt to achieve just that – some sort of authentic and spiritual connect with the Universe. Hey I get it; American foreign policy is not always morally sound and contributes to acts of incomprehensible violence like 9/11. Such violence still is not justified. This weeks violence is not justified over a stupid movie.  It is deeper than just American influence in the Middle East. As the crusades show us, this hatred goes back thousands of years. How is this evolution? It isn’t.

It’s the violence that bewilders me. I was fortunate and experienced an awakening years ago that allowed me to write the Responsive Universe. Do I have all the answers? Absolutely not! But I know deep down in my heart that killing people in the name of a religion is wrong. No one is going to heaven or getting truck loads of virgins by fighting over oil interests, ramming planes into buildings, making hateful movies and scaling consulate walls to kill those inside that represent a different god and culture.  It is just fundamentally wrong to the core of our being as conscious beings. I don’t care what one book says and what a cleric holding another book says. When you kill innocent people in the name of God, you are killing the love, wisdom and energy that is human. If you think killing is justified by god – YOU ARE WRONG!

Love, wisdom and energy is the bond of humanity and yet we desecrate the only true connection we have globally.

I don’t have the answers… I just have the frustration and sorrow for the people needlessly lost in the name of God… Is this God? Are we so ignorant and misguided that we would pick up arms and indiscriminately kill in the name of God…yes we are.. Yes they are…

I am not an anti-war activist. I believe in defending our borders and interests abroad with the best moral intentions. Is America doing that? Everyone has a different opinion, but until we come together as a world and not the fracture mess we are today – well, humans will never evolve into anything worth celebrating.

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

I do not normally incorporate politics into my Responsive Universe blog, but after reading this Rick Santorum article on the Huffington Post, I just about threw up in my mouth. I will apologize now if I insult any readers, but I have to speak my mind…

The GOP candidate was responding to comments he made last October when he said that he “almost threw up” after reading JFK’s 1960 speech in which he declared his commitment to the separation of church and state.

The republican candidate has been hammering the religious rhetoric in an effort to court evangelical voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Last week, he questioned Obama’s spiritual beliefs.

“[Obama believes in] some phony ideal, some phony theology … not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology,” he said.

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute,” he told ‘This Week’ host George Stephanopoulos. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country…to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.”

Here is the problem Rick: The people of “Faith” you speak of are the zealous Christian religious right. I guess you are so racist and ignorant that we exclude all other religions and faith from American Government? First off, how dare you judge Obama or anyone else about their religious beliefs. How can one truly be religiously enlightened when one is so pious that they think they have the authority to judge someone else’s faith. Funny, I thought one of the principles America stood for was freedom of religion and freedom from religious persecution. Religion does not belong in our Government other than the law to protect it. Santorum is basically saying that religion and state should stand together married as one based on the Bible. How is that any different than Muslim extremist states enforcing strict religious law on its citizens? Ever heard of the Taliban? Is there a middle point to Christian extremists? How far to the right would Santorum go if given a long leash? Are we to trust Rick Santorum when it comes to our faith?

I know there are plenty of religious crazies out there that pipe off from time to time. How about that radio evangelist who keeps giving us new doomsday forecasts? The scary thing is, Ricky is neck in neck with Romney in a primary race within the most powerful country in the world. That is scary.

Here we are sitting well within the event horizon of the information age. Humans have made some amazing medical and technological discoveries within the last decade. As a species, we continue to evolve within this amazing Responsive Universe. Yet, when I hear the ignorance and racism drool out of Rick Santorums mouth, I see our social evolution back-sliding into a tar pit. Sorry to be so terse, but Rick Santorum  makes me want to throw up.

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

Suicide bombers suck!

I read in the newspaper the other day that 31 people (mostly friends and family) died at a funeral service at the hands of a suicide bomber in Pakistan. These innocent people were paying their final respects for a tribesman who publically opposed the Taliban. Some misguided religious zealot crept into a peaceful funeral service with explosives strapped to his body, detonating a powerful explosion – the result, 31 people dead. What a tragedy!

We hear of this all the time: Attacks on weddings, funerals and other events where people are merely trying to celebrate life when around them there is nothing but fear, hatred and death. Despite our criticisms of America, at least we can live in relative confidence that our family and friends are safe from such atrocities – our children are safe.

Still, there is emotions that sit well below the attachments of family and friends. Whether people agree or not, we are all a part of the big picture – this immense Universe that creates everything – Setting Dogma aside, I do not care what religion or cult you are affiliated with, blowing up innocent people at a funeral has got to be the farthest thing from trying to better yourself and achieve some form of enlightenment or nirvana. From the deepest and most intimate corners of my soul, I feel killing people indiscriminately is an action that takes a person the farthest away from reaching any form of bliss or self-actualization. It shows their own innate fear and lack of love at unimaginable levels. People like this are sick and they are the reason we as a collective humanity cannot reach our evolutionary potential beyond the hate and fear that shrouds our planet. It makes me sick…

On occasion I will be weighing in on the things in life that really yank my chain. I am trying to not be negative – just heard… People need to know that there is another path out there… That re-born religious leaders , crazy politicians and zealous nuts need to be called out. LOL… this will not be my last rant 🙂

John C. Bader

 

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