quinta-feira, fevereiro 25, 2010
Catholic terror in Vietnam
In 1954 Vietnamese freedom fighters - the Viet Minh - had finally defeated the French colonial government in North Vietnam, which by then had been supported by U.S. funds amounting to more than $2 billion. Although the victorious assured religious freedom to all (most non-Buddhist Vietnamese were Catholics), due to huge anticommunist propaganda campaigns many Catholics fled to the South. With the help of Catholic lobbies in Washington and Cardinal Spellman, the Vatican's spokesman in U.S. politics, who later on would call the U.S. forces in Vietnam "Soldiers of Christ", a scheme was concocted to prevent democratic elections which could have brought the communist Viet Minh to power in the South as well, and the fanatic Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem was made president of South Vietnam. [MW16ff]
Diem saw to it that U.S. aid, food, technical and general assistance was given to Catholics alone, Buddhist individuals and villages were ignored or had to pay for the food aids which were given to Catholics for free. The only religious denomination to be supported was Roman Catholicism.
The Vietnamese McCarthyism turned even more vicious than its American counterpart. By 1956 Diem promulgated a presidential order which read:
"Individuals considered dangerous to the national defense and common security may be confined by executive order, to a concentration camp."
Supposedly to fight communism, thousands of Buddhist protesters and monks were imprisoned in "detention camps." Out of protest dozens of Buddhist teachers - male and female - and monks poured gasoline over themselves and burned themselves. (Note that Buddhists burned themselves: in comparison Christians tend to burn others). Meanwhile some of the prison camps, which in the meantime were filled with Protestant and even Catholic protesters as well, had turned into no-nonsense death camps. It is estimated that during this period of terror (1955-1960) at least 24,000 were wounded - mostly in street riots - 80,000 people were executed, 275,000 had been detained or tortured, and about 500,000 were sent to concentration or detention camps. [MW76-89].
To support this kind of government in the next decade thousands of American GI's lost their life.
Catholic extermination camps
Surprisingly few know that Nazi extermination camps in World War II were by no means the only ones in Europe at the time. In the years 1942-1943 also in Croatia existed numerous extermination camps, run by Catholic Ustasha under their dictator Ante Paveliç, a practicing Catholic and regular visitor to the then pope. There were even concentration camps exclusively for children!
In these camps - the most notorious was Jasenovac, headed by a Franciscan friar - orthodox-Christian Serbians (and a substantial number of Jews) were murdered. Like the Nazis the Catholic Ustasha burned their victims in kilns, alive (the Nazis were decent enough to have their victims gassed first). But most of the victims were simply stabbed, slain or shot to death, the number of them being estimated between 300,000 and 600,000, in a rather tiny country. Many of the killers were Franciscan friars. The atrocities were appalling enough to induce bystanders of the Nazi "Sicherheitsdienst der SS", watching, to complain about them to Hitler (who did not listen). The pope knew about these events and did nothing to prevent them.
Beginning with Columbus (a former slave trader and would-be Holy Crusader) the conquest of the New World began, as usual understood as a means to propagate Christianity.
Within hours of landfall on the first inhabited island he encountered in the Caribbean, Columbus seized and carried off six native people who, he said, "ought to be good servants ... [and] would easily be made Christians, because it seemed to me that they belonged to no religion." [SH200]
While Columbus described the Indians as "idolators" and "slaves, as many as [the Crown] shall order," his pal Michele de Cuneo, Italian nobleman, referred to the natives as "beasts" because "they eat when they are hungry," and made love "openly whenever they feel like it." [SH204-205]
On every island he set foot on, Columbus planted a cross, "making the declarations that are required" - the requerimiento - to claim the ownership for his Catholic patrons in Spain. And "nobody objected." If the Indians refused or delayed their acceptance (or understanding), the requerimiento continued:
"I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter in your country and shall make war against you ... and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church ... and shall do you all mischief that we can, as to vassals who do not obey and refuse to receive their lord and resist and contradict him." [SH66]
Likewise in the words of John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony: "justifieinge the undertakeres of the intended Plantation in New England ... to carry the Gospell into those parts of the world, ... and to raise a Bulworke against the kingdome of the Ante-Christ." [SH235]
In average two thirds of the native population were killed by colonist-imported smallpox before violence began. This was a great sign of "the marvelous goodness and providence of God" to the Christians of course, e.g. the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony wrote in 1634, as "for the natives, they are near all dead of the smallpox, so as the Lord hath cleared our title to what we possess." [SH109,238]
On Hispaniola alone, on Columbus visits, the native population (Arawak), a rather harmless and happy people living on an island of abundant natural resources, a literal paradise, soon mourned 50,000 dead. [SH204]
The surviving Indians fell victim to rape, murder, enslavement and Spanish raids.
As one of the culprits wrote: "So many Indians died that they could not be counted, all through the land the Indians lay dead everywhere. The stench was very great and pestiferous." [SH69]
The Indian chief Hatuey fled with his people but was captured and burned alive. As "they were tying him to the stake a Franciscan friar urged him to take Jesus to his heart so that his soul might go to heaven, rather than descend into hell. Hatuey replied that if heaven was where the Christians went, he would rather go to hell." [SH70]
What happened to his people was described by an eyewitness:
"The Spaniards found pleasure in inventing all kinds of odd cruelties ... They built a long gibbet, long enough for the toes to touch the ground to prevent strangling, and hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Saviour and the twelve Apostles... then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive." [SH72]
Or, on another occasion:
"The Spaniards cut off the arm of one, the leg or hip of another, and from some their heads at one stroke, like butchers cutting up beef and mutton for market. Six hundred, including the cacique, were thus slain like brute beasts...Vasco [de Balboa] ordered forty of them to be torn to pieces by dogs." [SH83]
The "island's population of about eight million people at the time of Columbus's arrival in 1492 already had declined by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out." Eventually all the island's natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were "forced" to import slaves from other caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same fate. Thus "the Caribbean's millions of native people [were] thereby effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century". [SH72-73] "In less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their homeland, had been exterminated." [SH75]
"And then the Spanish turned their attention to the mainland of Mexico and Central America. The slaughter had barely begun. The exquisite city of Tenochtitlán [Mexico city] was next." [SH75]
Cortez, Pizarro, De Soto and hundreds of other Spanish conquistadors likewise sacked southern and mesoamerican civilizations in the name of Christ (De Soto also sacked Florida).
"When the 16th century ended, some 200,000 Spaniards had moved to the Americas. By that time probably more than 60,000,000 natives were dead." [SH95]
Of course no different were the founders of what today is the US of America.
Although none of the settlers would have survived winter without native help, they soon set out to expel and exterminate the Indians. Warfare among (north American) Indians was rather harmless, in comparison to European standards, and was meant to avenge insults rather than conquer land. In the words of some of the pilgrim fathers: "Their Warres are farre less bloudy...", so that there usually was "no great slawter of nether side". Indeed, "they might fight seven yeares and not kill seven men." What is more, the Indians usually spared women and children. [SH111]
In the spring of 1612 some English colonists found life among the (generally friendly and generous) natives attractive enough to leave Jamestown - "being idell ... did runne away unto the Indyans," - to live among them (that probably solved a sex problem).
"Governor Thomas Dale had them hunted down and executed: 'Some he apointed (sic) to be hanged Some burned Some to be broken upon wheles, others to be staked and some shott to deathe'." [SH105] Of course these elegant measures were restricted for fellow Englishmen: "This was the treatment for those who wished to act like Indians. For those who had no choice in the matter, because they were the native people of Virginia" methods were different: "when an Indian was accused by an Englishman of stealing a cup and failing to return it, the English response was to attack the natives in force, burning the entire community" down. [SH105]
On the territory that is now Massachusetts the founding fathers of the colonies were committing genocide, in what has become known as the "Peqout War." The killers were New England Puritan Christians, refugees from persecution in their own home country England.
When however, a dead colonist was found, apparently killed by Narragansett Indians, the Puritan colonists wanted revenge. Despite the Indian chief's pledge they attacked.
Somehow they seem to have lost the idea of what they were after, because when they were greeted by Pequot Indians (long-time foes of the Narragansetts) the troops nevertheless made war on the Pequots and burned their villages.
The puritan commander-in-charge John Mason after one massacre wrote: "And indeed such a dreadful Terror did the Almighty let fall upon their Spirits, that they would fly from us and run into the very Flames, where many of them perished ... God was above them, who laughed his Enemies and the Enemies of his People to Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven ... Thus did the Lord judge among the Heathen, filling the Place with dead Bodies": men, women, children. [SH113-114]
(SEGUINDO O VELHO TESTAMENTO)
So "the Lord was pleased to smite our Enemies in the hinder Parts, and to give us their land for an inheritance". [SH111].
Because of his readers' assumed knowledge of Deuteronomy, there was no need for Mason to quote the words that immediately follow:
"Thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth. But thou shalt utterly destroy them..." (Deut 20)
Mason's comrade Underhill recalled how "great and doleful was the bloody sight to the view of the young soldiers" yet reassured his readers that "sometimes the Scripture declareth women and children must perish with their parents". [SH114]
Other Indians were killed in successful plots of poisoning. The colonists even had dogs especially trained to kill Indians and to devour children from their mothers breasts, in the colonists' own words: "blood Hounds to draw after them, and Mastives to seaze them." (This was inspired by Spanish methods of the time)
In this way they continued until the extermination of the Pequots was near. [SH107-119]
The surviving handful of Indians "were parceled out to live in servitude. John Endicott and his pastor wrote to the governor asking for 'a share' of the captives, specifically 'a young woman or girle and a boy if you thinke good'." [SH115]
Other tribes were to follow the same path.
Comment the Christian exterminators: "God's Will, which will at last give us cause to say: How Great is His Goodness! and How Great is his Beauty!"
"Thus doth the Lord Jesus make them to bow before him, and to lick the Dust!" [TA]
Like today, lying was morally acceptable to Christians then. "Peace treaties were signed with every intention to violate them: when the Indians 'grow secure uppon (sic) the treatie', advised the Council of State in Virginia, 'we shall have the better Advantage both to surprise them, & cutt downe theire Corne'." [SH106]
In 1624 sixty heavily armed Englishmen cut down 800 defenseless Indian men, women and children. [SH107]
In a single massacre in "King Philip's War" of 1675 and 1676 some "600 Indians were destroyed. A delighted Cotton Mather, revered pastor of the Second Church in Boston, later referred to the slaughter as a 'barbeque'." [SH115]
To summarize: Before the arrival of the English, the western Abenaki people in New Hampshire and Vermont had numbered 12,000. Less than half a century later about 250 remained alive - a destruction rate of 98%. The Pocumtuck people had numbered more than 18,000, fifty years later they were down to 920 - 95% destroyed. The Quiripi-Unquachog people had numbered about 30,000, fifty years later they were down to 1500 - 95% destroyed. The Massachusetts people had numbered at least 44,000, fifty years later barely 6000 were alive - 81% destroyed. [SH118] These are only a few examples of the multitude of tribes living before Christian colonists set their foot on the New World. All this was before the smallpox epidemics of 1677 and 1678 had occurred. And the carnage was not over then.
All the above was only the beginning of the European colonization, it was before the frontier age actually had begun.
A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an average two thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50 million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.
In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.
Reverend Solomon Stoddard, one of New England's most esteemed religious leaders, in "1703 formally proposed to the Massachusetts Governor that the colonists be given the financial wherewithal to purchase and train large packs of dogs 'to hunt Indians as they do bears'."
Massacre of Sand Creek, Colorado 11/29/1864. Colonel John Chivington, a former Methodist minister and still elder in the church ("I long to be wading in gore") had a Cheyenne village of about 600, mostly women and children, gunned down despite the chiefs' waving with a white flag: 400-500 killed.
From an eye-witness account: "There were some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole for protection; they sent out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed. All the squaws in that hole were afterwards killed ..."
More gory details.
By the 1860s, "in Hawai'i the Reverend Rufus Anderson surveyed the carnage that by then had reduced those islands' native population by 90 percent or more, and he declined to see it as tragedy; the expected total die-off of the Hawaiian population was only natural, this missionary said, somewhat equivalent to 'the amputation of diseased members of the body'."
MORE SLAUGHTER ORDERED BY BIBLEGOD INCLUDING OLD, YOUNG AND LITTLE CHILDREN
Ezekiel 9: 4-6
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem....let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
I Samuel 15:2-3
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy  everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, childrem and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'"
Biblegod avenges the Israelites by totally destroying them. Why did He decide to destroy the Amalekites? Because when the Israelites were on their way out of Egypt, the Amalekites attacked them. The problem here is that the Amalakites had attacked the Israelites over four centuries prior to the command given to totally destroy them, including their children and suckling infants. Over four centuries before!
In other words, the Amalekites ancestors had attacked the Israelites over four centuries prior to the orders given for their massacre. No one in his right mind can possibly morally justify the murderous actions of the lunatic God the Israelites worshipped, who ordered a massacre over four hundred years after an attack. In addition to which the children, along with the others, were to be killed simply because they were not Israelites.
....DESTROY BOTH THE YOUNG MAN AND THE VIRGIN, THE SUCKLING ALSO...
Here's one more quotation - this time from Deuteronmy 32:25 attesting to the utter lack of morality and murderous nature of Biblegod. In addition, Biblegod makes a statement about remembrance that just isn't true.
"The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men"**
**We still remember them. You just reminded us.
KILL ALL THE BOYS AND KILL EVERY WOMAN WHO HAS SLEPT WITH A MAN
1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."
5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.
10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--who returned from the battle.
15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them.
16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people.
17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man."
Not much commentary needed here. Biblegod ordered Moses to "take vengeance" on the Midianites. Moses took vengeance with 12,000 + soldiers. The Israelites killed all the men, burned the towns and camps and took all the women and children as prisoners
The soldiers herded the captive women and children back to Moses. General Moses was obviously upset. He ordered all the boys to be killed in addition to any woman who had slept with a man. Apparently that would have included the woman's husband, now deceased.
But General Moses spared the virgin women and female children. They got to live. What happened to them and what purpose they served for the Israelites will have to be left to your imagination. Before it was all over most of them probably wish they had been killed too!!
Wanton wholesale, barbaric slaughter and cold blooded murder of helpless captives - the boys and non virgin women massacred. And we hear Christians tell us today of God's love for us?
And we're far from being through!
Christians! Here are a few short God inspired Bible passages to read to your kids at bedtime. Being from the Word Of God, what a wonderful time impress them upon a child's mind - just before he/she goes to sleep!
"If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or mother, then his father and mother shall seize him and bring him out to the elders of the city...then all the men of the city shall stone him to death." Deut 21:18
"If anyone secretly entices you--even if it is your brother, your father's son or your mother's son, or your own son or daughter, or the wife you embrace, or your most intimate friend-- saying, "Let us go worship other gods" you must not yield to or heed any such persons. Show them no pity or compassion and do not shield them. But you shall surely KILL them; your own hand shall be first against them to execute them, and then the hand of all the people. Stone them to death for trying to turn you away from the Lord your God." Deut 13:6-10
"A curse on him who is lax in doing the Lord's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!" Jer 48:10
"I will strew your flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with your carcass. I will drench the land even to the mountains with your flowing blood..." Ez 32/ 5,6
"Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in the midst of you and sons shall eat their fathers...I will send famine and wild beasts against you and they shall rob you of your children; pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring a sword upon you." Ez 5/ 10,17
"Behold, I will corrupt your seed and spread dung upon your faces..." Mal 2/ 3
"Pass through the city after him, and smite; your eye shall not spare and you shall show no pity; slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women..." Ez 9 / 5,6
"I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life; and I defiled them through their very gifts in making them offer by fire all their first born, that I might horrify them; that they might know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 20: 25-26
"...I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the light of this sun." 2 Sam 12/ 11
"Samar'ia shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open." Hos 13/ 16
God, speaking of His people, Israel: "I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rend them." Hos 13:8
The same God watches over you while you sleep! Sweet dreams, kids! Goodbye. Goodnight.
“E o venerável cardeal que vê tanto espírito no feto e nenhum no marginal... ” – Caê & Gil
É de estranhar um pouco a celeuma dos cristãos fundamentalistas engajados no movimento “pró-vida” (que designação irónica!) - chegando a fazer explodir clínicas onde se pratica legalmente o aborto, e a abater a tiro médicos – devido ao direito ao aborto, afinal Jeová chegou a ordenar aos seus adoradores para matarem crianças e abrirem com espadas os ventres das samaritanas grávidas, já que pertenciam a uma facção judaica que desenvolveu algumas divergências teológicas com os ortodoxos que escreveram a bíblia...
terça-feira, fevereiro 23, 2010
sexta-feira, fevereiro 19, 2010
Eis um pequeno exemplo das muitas espécies de bem-te-vis que existem no Brasil.(O último é uma cambacinha, que apresenta um padrão e cores semelhantes, mas não é um bem-te-vi) Como podem notar, são bem parecidas, confundindo a maioria das pessoas que se deleitam a observá-los.
o parlamento do Uganda está pronto para passar uma lei que permite a
condenação e gays a prisão ou pena de morte - Vamos gerar uma resposta
global para acabar com esse projecto de lei brutal:
O parlamento da Uganda está se preparando para passar uma nova lei
brutal, que punirá gays com sentenças de prisão e até pena de morte.
Críticas internacionais levaram o presidente a pedir uma revisão da
lei, mas após forte lobby por extremistas, a lei parece estar pronta
para votação -- ameaçando gerar perseguição e derramamento de sangue.
Oposição à lei está crescendo, inclusive da Igreja Anglicana. O
ativista de direitos gays na Uganda, Frank Mugisha, diz que "Esta lei
nos colocará em grande perigo. Por favor, assine a petição e diga a
outros para se juntarem a nós. Caso haja uma grande resposta global,
nosso governo verá que a Uganda será isolada no cenário internacional,
e não passará a lei".
É esperado que uma decisão seja tomada nos próximos dias, e só uma
onda de pressão global será suficiente para salvar Frank e muitos
outros. A petição global para impedir a lei de morte para gays já
ultrapassou 340.000 assinaturas em menos de uma semana, clique abaixo
para assinar e depois divulgue:
Essa petição será entregue esta semana ao Presidente Museveni e o
parlamento da Uganda até o final desta semana por líderes da sociedade
civil e religiosos. O governo já desautorizou uma marcha por
extremistas anti-gay esta semana portanto isto mostra que a pressão
internacional está funcionando!
A lei propões prisão perpétua para qualquer um acusado de ter uma
relação com alguém do mesmo sexo, e pena de morte para quem cometer
esse "crime" mais de uma vez. ONGs que trabalham para impedir maior
contaminação por HIV podem ser condenadas a até 7 anos de prisão por
"promover homossexualidade". Outras pessoas podem ser condenadas a até
3 anos de prisão por deixarem de avisar as autoridades da existência
de atividades homossexuais dentro de 24 horas!
Quem apoia o projecto de lei diz defender a cultura nacional, mas uma
das maiores oposições vem de dentro do próprio país. O Reverendo Canon
Gideon Byamugisha é um dos muitos que nos escreveram - ele disse que
"Está violando a nossa cultura, tradição e valores religiosos que não
apoiam intolerância, injustiça, ódio e violência. Nós precisamos de
leis para proteger as pessoas, não para perseguí-las, humilhá-las,
ridicularizá-las e matá-las em massa."
Ao rejeitar essa perigosa lei e apoiar a oposição nós podemos ajudar a
criar um precedente crucial. Vamos ajudar a criar um apoio em massa
aos defensores de direitos humanos na Uganda, e salvar a vida de
muitos ao impedir que essa lei passe -- assine agora e avisa seus
amigos e familiares:
Com esperança e determinação,
Alice, Ricken, Ben, Paul, Benjamin, Pascal, Raluca, Graziela e toda a
quarta-feira, fevereiro 17, 2010
Apesar de me teres lançado – sem aviso – para dentro de um “ninho de cascavéis”, que muito mal me fizeram, quero agradecer-te por me teres dado a oportunidade de trabalhar no Pantanal. Obrigado também pela tua amizade, simpatia e compreensão.
Neste contexto social (de merda!), tu revelaste-te ainda um caso raro de inteligência, cultura e bom humor.
Foi uma pena não termos podido trabalhar mais em equipa, nem me terem deixado cumprir o meu potencial com os projectos que cogitámos. (Um dia, talvez...)
Como se diz na “santa terrinha” que deixei para trás sem grandes saudades, bem hajas!
Espero que a vida te seja gentil e profícua aí no Canadá.
sábado, fevereiro 13, 2010
Roberto (da Folha de S. paulo),
Foi um prazer trabalhar consigo. É um raro privilégio encontrar por aqui um brasileiro tão viajado e com tantos conhecimentos sobre este país cheio de maravilhas naturais - ainda por cima, vc tem sabido aproveitá-las e divulgá-las como poucos!
Se precisar de algumas fotos minhas para ilustrar os seus artigos, é só escolher que eu terei muito prazer em ceder-lhas.
Obrigado por tudo.
Pensem um pouco e chegarão facilmente à conclusão que, na construção do personagem bíblico – o mais monstruoso de toda a nossa história! -a que chamam Jeová, o excesso de poderes que lhe atribuíram invalidou completamente as qualidades e feitos de que as pessoas decentes gostam de acreditar. Se deus é omnipotente, poderia ter criado o homem sem pecado, sem dor e feliz. Mas não o fez. Se é o criador de todas as coisas, Tb é o criador do mal. Se é omnisciente, saberá, a priori, quem se irá salvar e quais irá destruir. Assim, o “livre arbítrio” não existe, e até acções de homens como Hitler e Stalin se justificam seguindo o plano que deus já tinha escrito para eles. Então, para esse deus filho-da-puta não passamos de marionetes cujo sofrimento o diverte, ajudando-o a suportar a eternidade recostado no caralho do universo...(espero que saibam qual a origem da palavra caralho.) E, claro, esse entretenimento celestial inclui as 30 mil crianças – de pele escura – que, em média, morrem diariamente por não terem o suficiente para comer... Esse número atroz pode ser obscenamente multiplicado no que diz respeito aos problemas de acesso básico a água com um mínimo de qualidade, ante a quase indiferença da comunidade internacional e a total ausência da tal “providência divina”.milhares delas são obrigadas a trabalhar nas condições mais insalubres e extenuantes, muitas vezes produzindo artigos de luxo ostentados pelos jovens dos países industrializados; Os homens continuam a matar-se para reivindicar a superioridade dos seus deuses e religiões; nunca houve tantos escravos como hoje e as suas vidas são menos valorizadas do que em qualquer outra época; longe dos mídia, os povos tribais (considerados “minorias étnicas” mesmo na sua própria terra que os colonialistas ocuparam) continuam a ser vítimas de um etnocídio (ou seja, um genocídio físico e cultural)- mesmo quando as armas de fogo são substituídas por uma ditadura económica - , fundamentalmente por terem sistemas de crenças e tons de pele diferentes do que é dominante na sociedade que a Europa impôs ao mundo. Um longo rosário de desgraças que serei muito fácil culpar alguma entidade metafísica, mas das quais somos os únicos responsáveis.
Mas, claro, deus – o não-argumento que serve para tudo sem explicar nada - tem um plano inescrutável onde isso tudo “faça sentido” no final, quando serão acertadas contas; e o seu filho, que estranhamente é ele mesmo, comandará um exército que fará uma orgia de sangue, eliminado da face da Terra todos os que pensam de modo diferente (conotados como servos de Lúcifer – que também é filho de deus, operando sob autorização deste último...), não o aceitando como um rei despótico.
Se deus é omnipotente e, tendo consciência do mal que nos aflige, não intervém, então é malévolo. Se desajaria travar o mal, mas não tem poderes para tanto, então tampouco nos dá razões para que o adoremos.
Intelectualmente, deus é um conceito de merda; ridículamente infantil (no pior sentido da palavra).
É desconcertante como tantas pessoas decentes alinham nesta doutrina ilógica sem se atreverem a pensar com verdadeira inteligência e independência.
A religião é a forma mais organizada e expandida de superstição. Dissemina-se como uma terrível virose que, sobretudo quando ataca em tenra idade, deixa a mente entanguida; mergulhada numa cloaca de medos e de ignorância preconceituosa. Livrem-se dessa merda !!!
“A little while ago, I was supposed to attend a Halloween party. I decided to dress as a nun because nuns were the scariest things I ever saw,” says Willetta Dolphus, 54, a Cheyenne River Lakota. The source of her fear, still vivid decades later, was her childhood experience at American Indian boarding schools in South Dakota.
“De uma coisa sabemos: a terra não pertence ao Homem. É o Homem que pertence à terra. Disto temos certeza: todas as coisas estão interligadas, como o sangue que une uma família. Tudo está relacionado entre si. Há uma ligação em tudo.
Tudo quanto agride a terra, agride os filhos da terra. Não foi o homem que teceu a trama da vida; ele é meramente um de seus fios. Tudo o que ele fizer ao tecido da vida, a si próprio fará.
(…)Continua poluindo a tua cama e hás de acordar uma noite sufocado pelos próprios dejetos.” - Chefe Seattle
In 1763, a particularly serious uprising threatened the British garrisons west of the Allegheny mountains. Worried about his limited resources, and disgusted by what he saw as the Indians’ treacherous and savage modes of warfare, Sir Jeffrey Amherst, commander-in-chief of British forces in North America, wrote as follows to Colonel Henry Bouquet at Fort Pitt: "You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians [with smallpox] by means of blankets, as well as to try every other method, that can serve to extirpate this execrable race."
Bouquet clearly approved of Amherst's suggestion, but whether he himself carried it out is uncertain. On or around June 24, two traders at Fort Pitt did give blankets and a handkerchief from the fort’s quarantined hospital to two visiting Delaware Indians, and one of the traders noted in his journal: "I hope it will have the desired effect." Smallpox was already present among the tribes of Ohio; at some point after this episode, there was another outbreak in which hundreds died.