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Dominionism…and Heath Ledger

January 24, 2008

Coincidence is not the word. Ironic is not the word. Strange could be the word.

Anyway, sort of funny definately describes The Western Tribune endorsing Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary and on the same page printing my anti-endorsement of Huckabee. The Tribune also endorsed my candidate, Hillary Clinton, for the Democratic nod.

My concern is Huckabee’s dominionist leanings, more of which I will address later in this post. And Heath Ledger too.

First, here is the column, for those who have not read it. The parts in blue were edited (for space I am sure) from my orginal copy:

This week we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but this follows two weeks in which his legacy and accomplishments have been overshadowed by media reaction to comments made by presidential hopefuls in the Democratic race.

I say media reaction because it is utterly ridiculous to believe that Bill or Hillary Clinton would discredit Dr. King, or that Barack Obama would lack any understanding of the important roles that both Dr. King and President Johnson had in advancing the cause of civil rights.

Why the media made such an issue of this and ignored what Republican candidate Mike Huckabee said about our constitution is beyond me. Speaking to an audience in Michigan, Huckabee said the following.
“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.”


Thomas Jefferson must have been spinning in his grave after that remark.

A public information project at Cornell University called Theocracy Watch documents the rise of the Religious Right beginning right after Barry Goldwater’s defeat in 1964. That may sound like old history to some but the Republican Party has not always been controlled by Christian fundamentalists.

It is not evangelical Christians that we should worry about if we love our country. It is Dominionists such as Pat Robertson, Roy Moore, Phyllis Schlafly and Mike Huckabee, who seek control of this country in ways that the founding fathers never dreamed of.

Dominion theology holds the belief that society should be governed by the word of God as set forth in the Bible to the exclusion of secular law.

Were he alive today, Dr. King would find many ways in which we have yet to achieve the dream. I am sure he would find that replacing our Constitution with “God’s standards” would result in more of a barrier to reaching his goal than achieving it.

God may be all powerful but he certainly does not depend on the human lust for power under the guise of Christianity to demonstrate it. What these Dominionists actually demonstrate is both a lack of understanding of the supremacy of God, and a total misinterpretation of the principles upon which our country was founded. And what we do not need is a Dominionist as president.

Dominionism. It should scare the hell out of you. Theocracy Watch, which I mention in the column, is a wealth of information. There are buttons to the left of the page that direct you various topics, but I am going to put links here to some highlights.

Here is Taking over the Republican Party and here is Bush.

There are several pictures like this one that show Bush in messianic situations.

Does that not make you cringe?

There is a page on homophobia, as well as one on the war against women.

There is a lot more, and this is not some fly by night anti-christian group…it’s from Cornell University.

I will get slammed for this, but dominionism as described is more of a threat to our society than any radical Islamic fundamentalism. I mean, this is from within. They are over there. Who’s gonna get you first?

And to show how wacky and depraved some of these people are:

You have Fox’s John Gibson mocking Heath Ledger after he was found dead.

You have “Christians” planning to protest his funeral, not because he is gay (he is not) but because he played a gay cowboy in a movie.

You have “Christians” saying God struck him dead for the same reason.

You have “Christians” saying he killed himself because of his shame after playing a gay peson.

You have someone on TV (I couldn’t get to the TV in time to see who said it, but I heard it) saying he killed himself because he watched the Democratic Presidential debate Monday night.

And this is a religion (and a party) that wants people to embrace their principles? If this kind of rhetoric does not drive people from the Christian church, I don’t know what will.

OK, I know I am painting the Christian church with a broad brush, but isn’t that what people do with Islam? To the world, this is what the Christian church in America looks like, intolerant and foolish. And notice, I did not say the Christian Faith, because that is a far cry from the Christian church of today.

You know, I think the more proper way to acknowledge Heath Ledger is to appreciate the body of work that he produced. Brokeback Mountain will be playing this weekend on the big screen in this house. And we might watch A Knight’s Tale, too.

Here is a tribute you can watch right now.

In the meantime, watch your back. The Dominionists are out to get you.

We will miss you, Heath.

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>Dominionism…and Heath Ledger

January 24, 2008

>Coincidence is not the word. Ironic is not the word. Strange could be the word.

Anyway, sort of funny definately describes The Western Tribune endorsing Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary and on the same page printing my anti-endorsement of Huckabee. The Tribune also endorsed my candidate, Hillary Clinton, for the Democratic nod.

My concern is Huckabee’s dominionist leanings, more of which I will address later in this post. And Heath Ledger too.

First, here is the column, for those who have not read it. The parts in blue were edited (for space I am sure) from my orginal copy:

This week we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but this follows two weeks in which his legacy and accomplishments have been overshadowed by media reaction to comments made by presidential hopefuls in the Democratic race.

I say media reaction because it is utterly ridiculous to believe that Bill or Hillary Clinton would discredit Dr. King, or that Barack Obama would lack any understanding of the important roles that both Dr. King and President Johnson had in advancing the cause of civil rights.

Why the media made such an issue of this and ignored what Republican candidate Mike Huckabee said about our constitution is beyond me. Speaking to an audience in Michigan, Huckabee said the following.
“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.”


Thomas Jefferson must have been spinning in his grave after that remark.

A public information project at Cornell University called Theocracy Watch documents the rise of the Religious Right beginning right after Barry Goldwater’s defeat in 1964. That may sound like old history to some but the Republican Party has not always been controlled by Christian fundamentalists.

It is not evangelical Christians that we should worry about if we love our country. It is Dominionists such as Pat Robertson, Roy Moore, Phyllis Schlafly and Mike Huckabee, who seek control of this country in ways that the founding fathers never dreamed of.

Dominion theology holds the belief that society should be governed by the word of God as set forth in the Bible to the exclusion of secular law.

Were he alive today, Dr. King would find many ways in which we have yet to achieve the dream. I am sure he would find that replacing our Constitution with “God’s standards” would result in more of a barrier to reaching his goal than achieving it.

God may be all powerful but he certainly does not depend on the human lust for power under the guise of Christianity to demonstrate it. What these Dominionists actually demonstrate is both a lack of understanding of the supremacy of God, and a total misinterpretation of the principles upon which our country was founded. And what we do not need is a Dominionist as president.

Dominionism. It should scare the hell out of you. Theocracy Watch, which I mention in the column, is a wealth of information. There are buttons to the left of the page that direct you various topics, but I am going to put links here to some highlights.

Here is Taking over the Republican Party and here is Bush.

There are several pictures like this one that show Bush in messianic situations.

Does that not make you cringe?

There is a page on homophobia, as well as one on the war against women.

There is a lot more, and this is not some fly by night anti-christian group…it’s from Cornell University.

I will get slammed for this, but dominionism as described is more of a threat to our society than any radical Islamic fundamentalism. I mean, this is from within. They are over there. Who’s gonna get you first?

And to show how wacky and depraved some of these people are:

You have Fox’s John Gibson mocking Heath Ledger after he was found dead.

You have “Christians” planning to protest his funeral, not because he is gay (he is not) but because he played a gay cowboy in a movie.

You have “Christians” saying God struck him dead for the same reason.

You have “Christians” saying he killed himself because of his shame after playing a gay peson.

You have someone on TV (I couldn’t get to the TV in time to see who said it, but I heard it) saying he killed himself because he watched the Democratic Presidential debate Monday night.

And this is a religion (and a party) that wants people to embrace their principles? If this kind of rhetoric does not drive people from the Christian church, I don’t know what will.

OK, I know I am painting the Christian church with a broad brush, but isn’t that what people do with Islam? To the world, this is what the Christian church in America looks like, intolerant and foolish. And notice, I did not say the Christian Faith, because that is a far cry from the Christian church of today.

You know, I think the more proper way to acknowledge Heath Ledger is to appreciate the body of work that he produced. Brokeback Mountain will be playing this weekend on the big screen in this house. And we might watch A Knight’s Tale, too.

Here is a tribute you can watch right now.

In the meantime, watch your back. The Dominionists are out to get you.

We will miss you, Heath.

Hope for Arlington School, Little Hope for Republicans

January 16, 2008

Judging from the number of emails and contacts I have received after my post about Artur Davis I am sure people will be visiting Bessemer Opinions (as well as Birmingham Blues to read Kathy’s post) to read it today. Just scroll down or use the above link.

The Republicans are no closer to deciding who they want after yesterday’s Michigan primary, which Romney won, than they were six months ago but we know we don’t want this person to be our next president.

Mike Huckabee doesn’t just want to “amend” the constitution, he wants to “amen” it.

And I thought we were close to a theocracy now. But at least we can rest assured that the democratic controlled congress would never attempt to amend the consitution in this way…would they?

And speaking of “amends” did you see Chris Matthews trying to make some with the Hillary camp after last nights Mod Squad (one black, one white, one blonde) debate. Matthews, who insulted Hillary, Bill, Barack and the entire list of democratic voters in new Hampshire last week declared Hillary the winner of the debate and praised her “power play” that restored her to the front runner position in the race. The momentum grows.

In Bessemer, what might be the most important story of the (15 day) year was buried in the Birmingham News today, on page 3B under “Government Roundup”.

Bessemer

Arlington school declared surplus

The school board Tuesday voted unaminously to declare the former Arlinton school building surplus property.

Why: The land must be declared surplus before the board can sell it.

History: The building, constructed in 1908, housed Bessemer’s first high school. It was later an elementary school and closed in the 1980’s. Since then various groups have proposed uses for the building, including converting it into apartments for senior citizens.


Now we just have to hope that whoever they sell it to realizes the historical significance of the building and restores it to be used in way that benefits our historic southside community as well as the entire city. Alabama Heritage magazine described the property in this way, “A fine example of classical revival school building from the turn of the last century, the Arlington School, built in 1908, was Bessemer’s first high school. Its most distinguishing features are the decorative brick and stone facade, interior sky-lighted basketball courts, and an auditorium in the form of a jewel box theatre with a raked floor, proscenium stage, and horseshoe balcony. Once a part of a thriving middle class neighborhood, the Arlington School was abandoned in the early 1980s. Now dilapidated and out of use, the school’s state of disrepair is indicative of the decline in the surrounding neighborhood…”

Stay tuned.

Just added:

Hillary Clinton called Bush “pathetic” and so does Kathy. He’s pitiful.

>Hope for Arlington School, Little Hope for Republicans

January 16, 2008

>Judging from the number of emails and contacts I have received after my post about Artur Davis I am sure people will be visiting Bessemer Opinions (as well as Birmingham Blues to read Kathy’s post) to read it today. Just scroll down or use the above link.

The Republicans are no closer to deciding who they want after yesterday’s Michigan primary, which Romney won, than they were six months ago but we know we don’t want this person to be our next president.

Mike Huckabee doesn’t just want to “amend” the constitution, he wants to “amen” it.

And I thought we were close to a theocracy now. But at least we can rest assured that the democratic controlled congress would never attempt to amend the consitution in this way…would they?

And speaking of “amends” did you see Chris Matthews trying to make some with the Hillary camp after last nights Mod Squad (one black, one white, one blonde) debate. Matthews, who insulted Hillary, Bill, Barack and the entire list of democratic voters in new Hampshire last week declared Hillary the winner of the debate and praised her “power play” that restored her to the front runner position in the race. The momentum grows.

In Bessemer, what might be the most important story of the (15 day) year was buried in the Birmingham News today, on page 3B under “Government Roundup”.

Bessemer

Arlington school declared surplus

The school board Tuesday voted unaminously to declare the former Arlinton school building surplus property.

Why: The land must be declared surplus before the board can sell it.

History: The building, constructed in 1908, housed Bessemer’s first high school. It was later an elementary school and closed in the 1980’s. Since then various groups have proposed uses for the building, including converting it into apartments for senior citizens.


Now we just have to hope that whoever they sell it to realizes the historical significance of the building and restores it to be used in way that benefits our historic southside community as well as the entire city. Alabama Heritage magazine described the property in this way, “A fine example of classical revival school building from the turn of the last century, the Arlington School, built in 1908, was Bessemer’s first high school. Its most distinguishing features are the decorative brick and stone facade, interior sky-lighted basketball courts, and an auditorium in the form of a jewel box theatre with a raked floor, proscenium stage, and horseshoe balcony. Once a part of a thriving middle class neighborhood, the Arlington School was abandoned in the early 1980s. Now dilapidated and out of use, the school’s state of disrepair is indicative of the decline in the surrounding neighborhood…”

Stay tuned.

Just added:

Hillary Clinton called Bush “pathetic” and so does Kathy. He’s pitiful.

>Mike Huckabee and the Missing Testicles

December 11, 2007

>But first, John Archibald reported this morning that on a per capita basis, the ZIP code with the most prisoners in the Jefferson County (Birmingham and Bessemer divisions) jails, by far, was 35020 in Bessemer. 126 of the inmates claim 35020 as their home. Second was southwest Birmingham’s 35211, with 60.

Time to do something here folks. And look for an announcement from the Bessemer Neighborhood Association soon about a new series of meetings beginning in January that will allow citizens to address their city leaders in a new and different way.

I promise there are no pictures to go with the Mike Huckabee story.

This story comes from several sources, including the National Review and Michelangelo Signorile’s The Gist. Also, I heard Signorile talking about it on his radio show yesterday afternoon on Sirius OutQ. The Gist gives a link to this New York Times article about the story as well.

By now everyone has heard about Wayne DuMond, the Arkansas rapist released from prison by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who later went on to sexually assault and murder another woman. Does anyone one remember Willie Horton? 1988? If you are too young to remember, just google his name.

Dear Wayne,” Huckabee wrote in a letter to Dumond. “My desire is that you be released from prison. I feel that parole is the best way for your reintroduction to society to take place.” This, after Jay D. Cole, a Baptist minister and friend of Huckabee, had counseled DuMond in prison and reported the rapist had found God.

Anyway, seems that prior to his imprisonment, when DuMond was awaiting trial and free on bond, two men broke into his home and castrated him after tying him up with fishing line. According to one source (the one listed below) they raped him. Did they act on the local sheriff’s orders?

The sheriff, Coolidge Conlee, must have thought that was pretty cool at the least because he displayed the testicles for a while in a jar of formaldehyde on his desk. “That’s what happens to people who fool around in my county”, he said. (this site)

OK, reports here differ, but my understanding is that he later gave the testicles to the parents of the girl that was raped…as some kind of testament to the type of justice that was being offered.

It was also reported that the testicles disappeared, hence the “missing testicles’ reference. But what I heard is that they were flushed down the toilet. By the girl’s father? I don’t know.

Anyway, DuMond won $110,000 judgment against the sheriff, presumably for his role in the castration.

The sheriff later was convicted of extortion and other crimes (in another case) and sentenced to jail where he died of natural causes. DuMond died in prison of natural causes as well, in 2005.

I can’t say too much because I am sitting here in Alabama, but remember this was in Arkansas.

What is bothersome about this, other than at home castrations and parading souvenir nuts around in a jar, (and about a hundred other things), is that Huckabee and others at the time wanted this guy released because of his religious conversion or whatever. Hey, religious people commit crimes all around us…pastors and priests and lay people, without the benefit of being in prison, so what makes you think that a prisoner who “finds Jesus” is less likely to commit crimes upon his release than had he not “found Jesus.”

Not that I have anything against ministering to prisoners or doing what ever can be done to make that person behind bars a better person (including the 126 from Bessemer in the county jails). I think that regardless of the situation one is in, if that person’s life is improved, it improves the overall quality of humankind on earth (that world karma thing again). But don’t let a rapist or murderer out of prison because he or she has “found the Lord.” The Lord wasn’t lost to begin with, and God doesn’t need to be drug into the mess that the Arkansas parole board and then Governor Mike Huckabee created.

Of course Huckabee says he did not release the guy, but there was a secret closed door meeting of the parole board where some believe he pressured the board into releasing DuMond. Huckabee denies this, and denies he was soft on the death penalty, “Heck, I executed more people than any governor in the history of the state,” Byron York reports in the Nation Review article.

And this guy is soaring in the polls and could end up in the White House? Lord help us.

Mike Huckabee and the Missing Testicles

December 11, 2007

But first, John Archibald reported this morning that on a per capita basis, the ZIP code with the most prisoners in the Jefferson County (Birmingham and Bessemer divisions) jails, by far, was 35020 in Bessemer. 126 of the inmates claim 35020 as their home. Second was southwest Birmingham’s 35211, with 60.

Time to do something here folks. And look for an announcement from the Bessemer Neighborhood Association soon about a new series of meetings beginning in January that will allow citizens to address their city leaders in a new and different way.

I promise there are no pictures to go with the Mike Huckabee story.

This story comes from several sources, including the National Review and Michelangelo Signorile’s The Gist. Also, I heard Signorile talking about it on his radio show yesterday afternoon on Sirius OutQ. The Gist gives a link to this New York Times article about the story as well.

By now everyone has heard about Wayne DuMond, the Arkansas rapist released from prison by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who later went on to sexually assault and murder another woman. Does anyone one remember Willie Horton? 1988? If you are too young to remember, just google his name.

Dear Wayne,” Huckabee wrote in a letter to Dumond. “My desire is that you be released from prison. I feel that parole is the best way for your reintroduction to society to take place.” This, after Jay D. Cole, a Baptist minister and friend of Huckabee, had counseled DuMond in prison and reported the rapist had found God.

Anyway, seems that prior to his imprisonment, when DuMond was awaiting trial and free on bond, two men broke into his home and castrated him after tying him up with fishing line. According to one source (the one listed below) they raped him. Did they act on the local sheriff’s orders?

The sheriff, Coolidge Conlee, must have thought that was pretty cool at the least because he displayed the testicles for a while in a jar of formaldehyde on his desk. “That’s what happens to people who fool around in my county”, he said. (this site)

OK, reports here differ, but my understanding is that he later gave the testicles to the parents of the girl that was raped…as some kind of testament to the type of justice that was being offered.

It was also reported that the testicles disappeared, hence the “missing testicles’ reference. But what I heard is that they were flushed down the toilet. By the girl’s father? I don’t know.

Anyway, DuMond won $110,000 judgment against the sheriff, presumably for his role in the castration.

The sheriff later was convicted of extortion and other crimes (in another case) and sentenced to jail where he died of natural causes. DuMond died in prison of natural causes as well, in 2005.

I can’t say too much because I am sitting here in Alabama, but remember this was in Arkansas.

What is bothersome about this, other than at home castrations and parading souvenir nuts around in a jar, (and about a hundred other things), is that Huckabee and others at the time wanted this guy released because of his religious conversion or whatever. Hey, religious people commit crimes all around us…pastors and priests and lay people, without the benefit of being in prison, so what makes you think that a prisoner who “finds Jesus” is less likely to commit crimes upon his release than had he not “found Jesus.”

Not that I have anything against ministering to prisoners or doing what ever can be done to make that person behind bars a better person (including the 126 from Bessemer in the county jails). I think that regardless of the situation one is in, if that person’s life is improved, it improves the overall quality of humankind on earth (that world karma thing again). But don’t let a rapist or murderer out of prison because he or she has “found the Lord.” The Lord wasn’t lost to begin with, and God doesn’t need to be drug into the mess that the Arkansas parole board and then Governor Mike Huckabee created.

Of course Huckabee says he did not release the guy, but there was a secret closed door meeting of the parole board where some believe he pressured the board into releasing DuMond. Huckabee denies this, and denies he was soft on the death penalty, “Heck, I executed more people than any governor in the history of the state,” Byron York reports in the Nation Review article.

And this guy is soaring in the polls and could end up in the White House? Lord help us.

>Oprah and Obama, and some Hillary and Huckabee

December 10, 2007

>The Golden Compass topped the movie list for the weekend, although not earning as much as the makers of the film hoped for. 26 million in the U S and 55 million in other countries is nothing to sneeze at, however. Parents with children accounted for half of the film’s audience, so New Line is counting on family crowds that flock to theaters over the holidays to keep the movie afloat, a studio executive said. Has anyone reading this seen the movie?

If only Oprah were running for president. Then the crowds that are filling auditoriums in Iowa and stadiums in South Carolina might mean something.

Oh sure, there will be some who come to see Oprah that might remember that one of her “favorite things” is running for president, and he is “the reason for the (election) season”.

Of course maybe some who come to see her, uh, him, are not that interested in politics anyway, but after listening to Oprah they might get “engaged” and turn out to vote or caucus, so Obama probably will get a few votes from Oprah followers.

But Oprah’s experience with crowds and with influencing people do not make up for Obama’s lack of experience in global politics and foreign policy. Hillary Clinton wins that issue hands down, and when it comes down to it, voters should realize the importance of having a president that can play on the world stage. And of course Clinton has her own superstar campaign aide that can draw even bigger crowds than Oprah. Bill!?

Obama’s lack of experience is no where near republican Mike Huckabee’s however. His lack of awareness regarding the National Intelligence Estimate that was released last week for over 24 hours reveals that he just isn’t on top of things like a president should be. What a disaster a a president Huckabee would be.

And Huckabee’s comments about AIDS 15 years ago, when it was certainly known that HIV was not spread by casual contact shows that he either was not up to date on the current knowledge of AIDS and HIV then, or he was playing to the homophobic and hateful religious right of 1992. He advocated quarantine for those infected with the HIV virus. Listening to his explanation of his comments yesterday, I guess he still plays to the homophobic crowd, but after all he is a Southern Baptist preacher.

So since someone made a (probably sarcastic) comment about the pictures of flowers I sometimes put on here, I will share some more. Camellias are in bloom, and I am waiting on one to bloom that we trimmed back severely a couple of years ago that usually blooms right around Christmas, and is just now about to bloom again. Until then, we enjoy this one on the other side of the house.

Here’s a picture of the flower…really brightening up the Christmas season with some natural outdoor color.

Oprah and Obama, and some Hillary and Huckabee

December 10, 2007

The Golden Compass topped the movie list for the weekend, although not earning as much as the makers of the film hoped for. 26 million in the U S and 55 million in other countries is nothing to sneeze at, however. Parents with children accounted for half of the film’s audience, so New Line is counting on family crowds that flock to theaters over the holidays to keep the movie afloat, a studio executive said. Has anyone reading this seen the movie?

If only Oprah were running for president. Then the crowds that are filling auditoriums in Iowa and stadiums in South Carolina might mean something.

Oh sure, there will be some who come to see Oprah that might remember that one of her “favorite things” is running for president, and he is “the reason for the (election) season”.

Of course maybe some who come to see her, uh, him, are not that interested in politics anyway, but after listening to Oprah they might get “engaged” and turn out to vote or caucus, so Obama probably will get a few votes from Oprah followers.

But Oprah’s experience with crowds and with influencing people do not make up for Obama’s lack of experience in global politics and foreign policy. Hillary Clinton wins that issue hands down, and when it comes down to it, voters should realize the importance of having a president that can play on the world stage. And of course Clinton has her own superstar campaign aide that can draw even bigger crowds than Oprah. Bill!?

Obama’s lack of experience is no where near republican Mike Huckabee’s however. His lack of awareness regarding the National Intelligence Estimate that was released last week for over 24 hours reveals that he just isn’t on top of things like a president should be. What a disaster a a president Huckabee would be.

And Huckabee’s comments about AIDS 15 years ago, when it was certainly known that HIV was not spread by casual contact shows that he either was not up to date on the current knowledge of AIDS and HIV then, or he was playing to the homophobic and hateful religious right of 1992. He advocated quarantine for those infected with the HIV virus. Listening to his explanation of his comments yesterday, I guess he still plays to the homophobic crowd, but after all he is a Southern Baptist preacher.

So since someone made a (probably sarcastic) comment about the pictures of flowers I sometimes put on here, I will share some more. Camellias are in bloom, and I am waiting on one to bloom that we trimmed back severely a couple of years ago that usually blooms right around Christmas, and is just now about to bloom again. Until then, we enjoy this one on the other side of the house.

Here’s a picture of the flower…really brightening up the Christmas season with some natural outdoor color.