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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

 Fundies views on the tsunami

Muslim and Christian fundamentalists agree: the tsunami is god's (or Allah's) punishment against Muslims. Fundie muslims:
"God is angry with Aceh people, because most of them do not do what is written in the Koran and the Hadith," the collected sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad, explained Cut Bukhaini, 35, an imam. "I hope this will lead all Muslims in Aceh to do what is in the Koran and its teachings. If we do so, God will be merciful and compassionate."
Fundie christians:
"The Biblical proportions of this disaster become clearly apparent upon reports of miraculous Christian survival. Christian persecution in these countries is some of the worst in the world." Eight of the 12 countries hit -- Malaysia, Burma, Bangladesh, Somalia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, he says -- "are among the top 50 nations who persecute Christians."

Fascinating how fundies of different religions think alike, isn't it? Check out what that corrupt rat bastard Tom DeLay had to say during a live C-SPAN telecast of the 109th Congressional Prayer Service from a church on Capitol Hill yesterday:

Matthew 7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?
23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29. For he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes.

So what are you saying, Tom? You are thankful that there are 150,000 dead? Fucker.

On a related note, check out what the religious right values voters are doing for tsunami victims.


Blogger wjoelbrooks said...

On a related note, Westboro Baptist Church and its fanatical, fascist leader Fred Phelps recently released a flier stating the following: "Thank God for the tsunamis--and for the 5,000 dead Sweded. God is laughing, mocking and taunting Swedes and Sweden [. . .]" They hate Sweden because of its open acceptance of homosexuals. These are the same folks involved in the monument to Matthew Shepard back in the late 90s. It looks like religious fundamentalism is gaining momentum in the postmodern world. It's pretty scary that these sick, subhuman bastards can wield that much power.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Electro said...

Here is what the leader of the largest population of Christians has to say.

Pope John Paul II celebrated a special Mass early Saturday in his private chapel for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunamis and later publicly praised the outpouring of aid for the stricken populations as a sign of hope for 2005.

"Once more I express my nearness to the populations struck by the tragic cataclysm of these past days," John Paul said in a New Year's Day greeting from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at noon.

"In assuring my prayer for the victims of the catastrophe and for their families, I note favorably the solidarity efforts which are developing in every part of the world," the pontiff said, sitting in a chair in front of the window as thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans listened below in the square.

The Vatican gave no details of the private Mass that began at midnight in the pope's chapel in his apartment, but on Friday the Holy See's press office had said the pontiff would "remember the families of the victims and how much they are suffering in these days because of the consequences of the disaster, as well as those who are working to relieve the immense suffering of the stricken populations."

John Paul has made several appeals to encourage international relief efforts for victims of the earthquake-triggered tsunamis that swamped coastlines in Asia and Africa.

Many national governments around the world have pledged millions of dollars in aid, and United Nations, Red Cross and private aid groups have been working to relieve suffering with medical, food and logistical aid. Private citizens have also flooded humanitarian organizations.

The Roman Catholic Church dedicates the first day of each year to the theme of global peace.

"World Peace Day constitutes an invitation to Christians and to all men of good will to renew their determined commitment to build peace," John Paul said in his homily in a public service in late-morning in St. Peter's Basilica.

In the face of evil, he said, it is necessary to promote peace through dialogue, justice and teaching about pardon, John Paul said.

"To conquer evil with the arms of love becomes the way in which each one can contribute to the peace of everybody," the pontiff said.

John Paul, 84, suffers from Parkinson's disease, which makes it difficult for him to speak and move. Wearing gold-colored robes, he read the homily slowly but in a clear voice as he sat in a chair in front of the central altar of the basilica.

7:49 PM  
Blogger wjoelbrooks said...

Even as a humanist, I agree that the Pope can be a force for good in the world. Of course I can’t bring myself to agree with the tenets of the religion, Catholicism is generally the least offensive forms the religion takes. The wacky Baptists and Pentecostals are the ones who scare the hell out of me. Even though Catholics are sometimes regressive (sex education, birth control, etc), they are still generally more tolerable than most of America’s “homegrown” forms of Christianity; America could use a lot more of the Catholic attitude.

But the bat-shit-crazy, right-wing, Fundamentalist versions of Christianity are the ones that are prospering and proliferating here in the West. Unfortunately, here in America (and perhaps other places in the West), for every one Pope John Paul, there are three Jerry Falwells, three Pat Robertsons, three Fred Phelps . . . .

8:50 AM  

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