Monthly Archives: June 2006

Yes friends, I’m afraid it’s time to throw the senator under the bus.

Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats on Wednesday for failing to “acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people,” and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans.

The power of evangelicals to bully and intimidate their fellow Americans — claiming persecuation even while hogging stage and spotlight — is well-known.

“Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters,” the Illinois Democrat said in remarks to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.
“It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase `under God,’” he said.

Georges Bataille would disagree. And so would a good many others who understand that religion is nothing more than mass psychosis, devolved from the fear of Death.

Face it, people, we’re all going to die.

THERE IS NO GOD.
THERE IS NO “AFTERLIFE”
WHEN YOU DIE — THAT’S IT!
YOU GET TOSSED INTO THE GROUND AND THE WORMS EAT YOU — THE END!

Belief in an Invisible Daddy Who Lives in the Sky is doubtless comforting to a great many people.

But then so are Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Great Pumpkin — and we don’t run our government around them.

Perhaps Mr. Obama thinks we should.

“Having voluntary student prayer groups using school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the High School Republicans should threaten Democrats.”

Of course it’s a threat. As history has taught us over and over again, those who don’t pray will be beaten to a bloody pulp by those who do.

And that’s looking on the bright side. The “religious” are often as not lock and load.

Obama, the only black in the Senate, drew national notice even before arriving in Congress last year, and has occasionally used his visibility to scold members of his own party. Widely sought as a fundraiser for other Democrats, Obama responded with a noncommittal laugh this spring when asked whether he wants a spot on the national ticket in 2008.

What’s a “noncommittal laugh”? Something like a “silent screm” perchance?

“His speech included unusually personal references to religion, the type of remarks that usually come more readily from Republicans than Democrats”

Riiiiiight.

“Kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt I heard God’s spirit beckoning me,” he said of his walk down the aisle of the Trinity United Church of Christ. “I submitted myself to his will and dedicated myself to discovering his truth.”

So nice to know he’s at ease with being bi-polar.

Obama said millions of Christians, Muslims and Jews have traveled similar religious paths, and that is why “we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse. … In other words, if we don’t reach out to evangelical Christians and other religious Americans and tell them what we stand for, Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons will continue to hold sway.”

And why shouldn’t they? After all we’re talking about a religion whose principles were best expressed by Robert Mitchum in this classic of the American cinema.

As for Jerry Falwell, he made the news today as well, speaking of one of ceaseless obsession:

“[Y]ou almost got to be a homosexual to be recognized in the entertainment industry anymore”

Don’t you just love the “almost”?

Jerry cites Ellen, but with the release of Superman Returns upon us I suspect he was also thinking of Bryan Singer

Obama coupled his advice with a warning. “Nothing is more transparent than inauthentic expressions of faith: the politician who shows up at a black church around election time and claps _ off rhythm _ to the gospel choir.”

So much for Bill Clinton, eh Barack?

At the same time, he said, “Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square.”

Uh, no.

Secularists aren’t allowed in the public square — especially when politics is being discussed.

As a result, “I think we make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people and join a serious debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern, pluralistic democracy.”

The “Power of Faith” is the power of delusion. We make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the damage delusion can cause. Witness the middle east where Church and State are never separate, and as direct consequence blood flows in the streets 24/7.

Obama mentioned leaders of the religious right briefly, saying they must “accept some ground rules for collaboration” and recognize the importance of the separation of church and state.

But it’s Obama who doesn’t recognize that importance, and to that end I suggest he read Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudon and/or see the brilliant film Ken Russell and Derek Jarman made of it.

And now to close, an old favorite that Barack Obama will never learn to sing.

“Life is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I’ve said too much
I’ve said enough
That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour I’m
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no I’ve said too much
I’ve said enough

Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I’ve said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you cry
But that was just a dream
That was just a dream.”