Police do their job according to a set of rules so that the public trust remains intact. True people of faith take responsibility for their faith and live by their doctrine -no exceptions- and so give their faith credibility. Doctors take an oath that is well known in order to better do their job.
Fundamentalists do not. They say whatever they like, do whatever they like, and justify if however they like - whatever the results are. There is no reason to trust them, no reason to accept them, and no credibility to their names - their entire foundation is based on desire, ego and lies.
Osama is a fundamentalist, but so is Bush Jr. - and we are all stuck in the middle. Fortunately, one can be voted out.
Even the most braindead of conservatives are done buying the lies. Although, they have moved on to making excuses for the most corrupt, secretive, useless, damaging, lazy, egocentric government administration this country has ever known in over 100 years...
Religion and faith have many uses, most of them WERE noble and gave cause for people to better themselves. Now, though, it seems many are twisting religion in order to make people afraid - to hold them to ancient ideals that serve no purpose other then to keep them away from issues of progress and change that scare those in power. These religious members are no better then witch doctors yelling at everyone to beg and give virgin sacrifice every time the sky thunders.
Like now - they claim homosexuals are evil... I remember when they said that allowing women equal rights would signal the end of the world - that flying machines were the devils work - that Africans were animals without souls and could therefore feel no real pain...
Are we ever going to learn to listen to reason and not to the fears of racists and bigots who claim to know god?
I hear so many people talk about how they support this idiot or that idiot because they come off as a 'good leader'. Get this straight American people: you don't elect leaders, you elect representatives...
You must make an effort to -lead them- to run the government as you would have them run it. You hold them accountable, you ask questions, you voice concerns. THAT is a democracy - it takes effort. Do anything less, and you will get fleeced...
(The word 'Sheeple' coined by Chuck of PE.)
Prejudice shows its face at times in the most unlikely places. It seems to hide in the shadows waiting to show its face in one way or another. The Bible has been used by many groups over the years to justify bigotry, hatred, oppression, racism and prejudice. The KKK used it with African Americans; many groups used it to keep women in their place and of course the boy scouts and Salvation Army used it with the gay community. I lit this shot solely with fire. This is the first piece in a series and part of a gallery show opening up in Nov. in Chicago at the Johnsonese Gallery. [link] I will probably lose half of my watchers with this series but hopefully I will gain more and generate some dialog.
(reposted after slightly editing the issue that got it ripped down off of Conformity-Art, er.. .I mean, Deviant-Art)
Why engage in thoughtful discussion when dogma can be yours at the touch of a button! The incredible POCKET JESUS is the electronic voice-piece for all your self-twisted religious insecurities. Judgment is His no longer!
Simply install batteries, quickly record up to ten of your very own commandments, and it will seem as if God's only son is backing every one of your petty whims and prejudices!
Alienate friends, coworkers, family members - even whole nations! Never again will you have to sift through convoluted logic again to find your reasons to hate! Great for starting protests, sparking US Supreme Court cases, promising crusades, stopping science, halting education, or appealing to your voting base when the media is not looking. Never again feel the shame of such words coming from your own mouth.
(Deluxe models also sold with features including - echo, glowing eyes, hidden horns, and a burning halo perfect for damaging non-believer flesh, cleaning your own sins, or lighting cigarettes.)
Never before has forcing the hand of God been so easy or so repetitive!
Let's talk about the real reasons America loves it's troops...
The troops fight a war no wealthy conservative would have been willing to fight themselves. They suck it up so we don't have to increase taxes to pay for the war we started without thinking. They deal with less food whenever Halliburton needs a bargaining tool to stop Pentagon investigations into just where the hell the money is going. They stay longer then promised so no one has to set any actual plans. They work without armor so other corporate friends of Rumsfeld can make the war profitable. They come home in 'transfer tubes' so no American will have to realize that those tubes are just renamed body bags. They lose limbs and are horribly maimed while the media calls them simply 'wounded'. They are fed lies of nobility and democracy then sent to secure the oil and pipelines first for America's economy. They are made to act out Bush torture policy and then left to take the blame when cameras come into play. They are called back into action no matter what the fine print on their contract says so we don't have to send our own kids into the meat-grinder by way of a military draft. They are run ragged and to the breaking point while their families are left behind to fend off scam artists promising life insurance and easy loans. They are victims of unexploded munitions that America didn't, and to this day, still, has no interest in cleaning up and keeping out of the wrong hands. They are the barrier between proper questioning of this whole bloody affair and propaganda mixed with rhetoric. They pretend to eat a fake turkey dinner with the worst president in US history. They face desperate obstacles in Iraq, and later at home when they find medical and social treatment lacking in funds. They are thrown into the ugly realities of war without the proper training and then made into scapegoats as the rest of the nation refuses to realize just what the hell war is and why it should have been avoided.
In short, the soldiers pay for our mistakes in our place - and we love them for it.
So... support them: Go buy your soldiers a yellow ribbon magnet so you won't have to question why they would need other financial support in the first place. Watch a Budweiser commercial to convince yourself that you paid your debt of gratitude to them by enjoying that 30 second clip. Regurgitate the Bush administration's kaleidoscope of changing rational for starting the war to feel like you were fighting with those dying soldiers. Get angry at everyone who questions the bloodshed to fool yourself into believing that you're protecting soldier moral. Take credit for social changes in the MIddle East as if that region had not been under constant change before. Celebrate democracy as the very terrorist groups we were told we had to defeat - take political office in the newly corrupted governments.
Most importantly, convince yourselves that there was no better way - because it would just suck if you were the fool and the soldiers were actually paying your butcher's bill.
Welcome them home - to the world you've created for them.