We, The Innocent Unwilling Victims, In The Clash Of Civilizations, or more succinctly stated:

 The Clash of the World’s Biggest Religions;

 Islam and Christianity

 

 

Jeff Wismer

September 21, 2006

 

The world of Christianity & Islam

 

WE ARE NOT part of the Coalition of the Willing.  When 33% of the world (2.1 Billion people), and 21% of the world (1.3 Billion people), (http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html) which equals 3.4 Billion people or roughly 50% of the world decide that they can no longer co-exist peacefully because both of them want to have the religious majority in the world, then we can not help but become unwilling participants in that struggle.  And whenever the leaders on both sides of the equation say that it’s not about the clash of civilizations or the feud among religious ideologies, it’s always about the clash of civilizations and feud among religious ideologies.  To use a business & sport’s analogy, when one says, “It’s not about the money”, or in other words it’s always about the money.  So who’s to blame for this?  We are of course.  We voted those people, the Bush Administration, that make up the 2% of people in the United States that are so willing to make their ideologies (mostly based on their religious beliefs) world wide that they are willing to die for it, and of course willing to put other’s in harm’s way at any cost.  So congratulations to us, for being apathetic, intellectually lazy (or just plain ignorant), and mired in the “mental state of agency” meaning a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.  

 

The Bush Administration & the 2% who control power

 

It’s true we have no control over what happens in the Middle East where radical Islam was born, and has spread throughout the world.  It’s almost like they picked up the Christian playbook of how Christians used violence and intimidation to take control over people’s hearts and minds.  Well now Christians, like the Bush Administration, have decided to fight back and are pushing for World War III.  If the Bush administration thought the people would go along with it again, and that attacking Iran was popular, I’m sure they wouldn’t hesitate.  The Bush Administration is patiently waiting out the storm of Iraq, which gets no media coverage anymore (http://thinkprogress.org/2006/09/21/matthews-against-war/), and the backlash they received from Hurricane Katrina.  The polls have already started rising in Bush’s favor (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-18-bush-poll_x.htm), and it won’t be long before Karl Rove pulls another rabbit out of the hat such as gay marriage in 2004 (http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Newsmax_Rove_promises_GOP_insiders_October_0921.html).  Once they regain their popularity again with enough of the American public, they can once again go on the offensive.  By the way any seats gained by the democratic party in the November elections will have little to no consequence, because Bush still have a long time to win back the hearts and minds of America, and the Republicans he needs to do that won’t be going anywhere after November.  When it comes down to it Republicans are still a lot better organized and have a lot more money than democrats do (http://pewresearch.org/social/pack.php?PackID=1). This leads to the fact that the neo-cons, theo-cons, and christo-crats can easily exploit their party, and whip up the base which is basically hard line religious fanatics.  The rest of the moderate republicans don’t matter b/c they are relatively inert, and would rather see a republican or conservative in power than a liberal.  I guess it was always inevitable that the 2% of religious fanatics in this country would find a way to ruin the government, and one can say that the liberals are pissed solely because they didn’t think of it first.  Many liberals were to busy fighting amongst themselves to pay attention to the growing power of the 2%, and to this day many are still dumbstruck as to the extent of the power the 2% holds on this country (http://www.indiewire.com/people/2006/05/beyond_the_ideo.html). 

 

The Middle East: Birthplace of Radical Islam

and

The origins of Christianity in the Deserts of the Middle East

 

In the middle east, it’s obvious how quickly the fanatical aspect of Islam took control over the region.  Most of the world’s most fanatically geared religions originated in the deserts (http://members.aol.com/doestar/antichrist.html). The desert seems to be the perfect gristmill for grinding out the needed fanaticism, emotion, and discipline needed to spread it’s message throughout the world like a virus infecting the host.  One of the most well known group of spiritual giants were the desert fathers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Fathers) and the desert monks (http://www.sundayschoolcourses.com/monastic/monastic.htm).  We can thank both of those spiritual mighty men and women for producing spiritual gender oppression, non-stop prayer, fasting, flagellants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagellant), chastity, and celibacy.  Basically what you have in the desert is a breading ground for the type of thinking it takes to control the human body.  In the desert it’s necessary to control your eating, sexual experiences, discipline, and mental state of mind in order to survive the harshest of climates where virtually anything can kill you if one is not careful.  So if I was making a recipe for religious fanaticism, I would had one cup ideology, one cup abstract thinking, one cup human emotion, two cups harsh climate, and then mix it all and let sit for 100 years until it’s ready to spread throughout the world.

 

Bush Administration Foreign Policy

 

It’s no wonder we are in the bind we find ourselves in today.  Most of us really do want peace in the world, yet we’re constantly being reactive to the problems that surface rather than proactive.  One would think that if we stopped throwing money into problems that we can never fix, i.e. convincing an entire region their way of life is wrong, and putting more money into programs that can actually help the human race, i.e. evolutionary biology, genetics, NASA, and medicine.  One must wonder why Bush continues to pressure Iran.  The choices are clear: 1. Start World War III with the Middle East by going into Iran with a military strike, thus cutting ourselves off from Oil in the Middle East which would instantly send the country into a economic recession, or 2. Let Iran become a sovereign nation and develop nuclear power and have those weapons which we have no problems with India and Pakistan have.  What’s the difference between Iran having nuclear bombs then South Korea, Pakistan, or India?  The difference is the United States will no longer be able to pressure Iran into caving into international demands and Iran would instantly become a sovereign nation b/c the United States would not dare go into a country that had nuclear weapons at their disposal.  The bigger ideological problem is that you have a country with Iran, that the 2% have controlled that country for many years since the Ayatollah Khomeini.  As the old saying goes, when one tries to put two Ego Maniacal Maniacs in the same room to fix a broken clock, they end up do more fighting than fixing.  The same can be said about Bush and the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  They are the appointed leaders of the collective 2% in their perspective countries, and they both hate each other enough that neither will sit down diplomatically with the other.  However more of the onus of diplomacy in this case falls upon Bush, b/c he is the one making the threats in this situation.  It should also be noted that Bush hates dissent and he despises diplomacy with Muslim nations such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq (before the invasion) (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/12/139208).  Of course there is the strike first policy developed by this administration as well (http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0319-01.htm).  To Christians and Muslims going to war is a natural instinct based on their respective ideologies.  They are both competing for the hearts and minds of the world.  Christians love going to war because they believe that it’s a spiritual crusade (http://jwismer922.tripod.com/Christocrats_and_WAR.htm).  While Muslims go to war because the feel their way of life is being attacked by Christianity and Secularism.  The history of Islam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Islam) and the history of Christianity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christianity). The crusades (http://atheism.about.com/od/crusades/), (http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0109/S00176.htm), and more recent history (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25301),shows a clear pattern of jockeying for global positioning between the two major religions. 

 

Recently, Bush said this, “Bush’s observation to the right-wing radio jocks that the War on Terror has to be about right versus wrong, “because if it’s about Christianity versus Islam, we’ll lose.”  (http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/entries/2006/09/17/an_evening_with_ann_and_lynn.html). Now why would Bush specifically tell a group of radical religious fanatics such as Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Bill Bennett, not to include Christianity vs. Islam.  I don’t know, maybe because part of this war is about Christianity vs. Islam?  In another recent speech, Bush mistakenly read one of is footnotes and said, “It’s hard work tying Iraq to terrorism”.  He also recently said that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 (http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/40631/). I wrote before that Osama Bin Laden needed to wait until a president like George W. Bush got in office (because he represented the 2% like Bin Laden does) in order to achieve the war between the west and the east, or Christianity vs. Islam (http://imjdwismer922.tripod.com/A_story_of_Osama_Bin_Laden.htm).   Right now we have a bunch of people in power in various nations around the world that are finding it easy to provoke this president into going to war quite easily.  Saddam Hussein was no threat to anyone in the Middle East let alone the United States.  Bush’s ideology of spreading democracy into the heart of the middle east is just a façade for proving to his father that his more fanatical ideology can work.  Of course Iraq has been a tremendous ideological failure.  But is that what the Bush administration was really concerned with to begin with anyway.  9/11 has given the Bush Administration a lot of power and a lot of capitol to work with, which of course is our fault for empowering the Bush administration so much, b/c we elected the rubber stamp congress (http://www.dccc.org/rubberstampcongress/main.html) that allows the Bush Administration to enact that power.  9/11 also brought into focus, rather dramatically, the effect a fanatical religion can have on the country.  Recently Rosie O’ Donnell said, “ "radical" Christians in America are just as much of a threat as the followers of radical Islam who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.” (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51956).  Is she wrong?  Basically she’s not right in the context of what she said.  But the bottom line is she has a point when it comes to the broader context of what the 2% is trying to accomplish, which simply states is, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE OTHER.  Unfortunately if we’re not vigilant, which we haven’t been as of yet, we all will easily be thrown into the quagmire of the clash of Islam vs. Christianity. 

 

The Response to the Religious Fanatics

 

Well the United States already went into Iraq, and Bush has been threatening Iran for the past year.  Osama Bin Laden is still mobile and is preparing for the upcoming war he hopes will occur.  Religious fanatics are growing power every time the United States or Israel attack the sovereignty of other Muslim nations.  In the United States apathy, political correctness, no oversight, and lack of intellectual curiosity is allowing the religious fanatics in this country to thrive.  Never before have religious fanatics such as Ann Coulter, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly among others (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ABRAMOFF_WHITE_HOUSE?SITE=DCUSN&SECTION=POLITICS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT) to have unprecedented access to the White House.  Of course in order for the religious fanatics to strive, you need to have an unholy alliance with the economy and politics.  The fact that we (the majority of us) of it so well in the United States, and what people seem to care most about is oil & money, movements such as these can operate exclusively underneath the radar.  Bush continues to be confident in Iraq as he has said many times (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-03-20-bush_x.htm), and that is not going to change as long as the people around him do not pressure him to change.  The entire administration as the same blind religious zeal and confidence that what they are doing is supremely right.  Hence that’s why Bush tries to impress how important it is for other religious fanatics like Coulter and Hannity that this has to be about right vs. wrong (http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/entries/2006/09/17/an_evening_with_ann_and_lynn.html).  Of course he believes is supremely right.  Of course Dick Cheney comes of like he’s a god talking down to his lower subjects.  Every time somebody tries to cover up the Bush’s administration and say that religious has little to do with their decision making the easier it is for Bush to lie to the American people.

 

Similarly when idiots like Jim Wallis in his new book, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, he proclaims, like every other centrist moderate liberal relgious fanatic, that the right is wrong and so is the left (http://www.motherjones.com/news/qa/2005/03/gods_politics_jim_wallis.html) and it really has nothing to do with religion in general but one Administrations understanding of christianity.  Certainly it’s tiresome to keep hearing the ramblings of these so-called moderate christians. Jon Meachum, of Newsweek, is also one that proclaims that his understanding of religion is better than anyone elses.  What’s there to undrestand Jon & Jim?  The fact that both of you believe that you’re supremely right about religion does not differ at all from the fanatical belief that the Bush Administration has that their version of christianity is correct.  These wolf in sheep’s clothing fanatical moderates are worse that the slow moving target and low hanging fruit that the neo-cons offer to the table.  Why would we buy into one version of something that is inherently mythical to the other version?  At least the most liberal religious folks think that argument is pointless and should be left to the funny papers.  Anytime one tries to indoctrinate their version of dogma as opposed to the other, it has the same ideological destruction, b/c no matter what you’re going to believe you’re supremely right. 

 

So not only do we have different morons fighting it out with another about which version of the magical mythical religion is right, the religious fanatics want to invade Iran as quickly as possilbe.  While we’re waiting to invade Iran, let’s torture so muslims with water boarding and put aside the geneva conventions (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5197853/site/newsweek#storyContinued). And if torturing does not work the christian leaders of the world will try to instigate that the entire muslim religion is violent (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/09/15/pope.islam/index.html) which is fundamentally different than showing that muslims have no sense of humor, which was demonstrated in the Mohammad cartoons in a Danish Newspaper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy).  The pope (who is an absolute joke anyway) has said before that Islam is a cursed religion (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48464) and is incapable with civilization.  Basically that’s the same argument that the Bush Administration uses when he calls them Islamo Fascists (Godwin’s Law), and when on Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room last night Bush said, “When I saw Islamo Fascists I mean all those muslims that oppress women, have intollerance of christianity, violent in the name of religion, and are fanatical” (http://mediamatters.org/items/200609200010) or in other words the majority of muslims that live in the Middle East.  Of course to Bush it doesn’t matter that we have that going on among Christian groups in our own country (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Jeffs) (http://www.jesuscampthemovie.com/) (http://www.whbf.com/Global/story.asp?S=5393468) (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_04/offenses_reported/hate_crime/index.html). 

 

We, the innocent unwilling victims 

 

Whether or not you’ve been on the receiving end of a chrisitan hate crime, or received death threats, or worse of all had someone you know killed in Iraq, or by a religious fanatic on 9/11, or domestically, most people who have been made aware to religious fanaticism have changed their way of looking at religion in general.  The fact that moderate religious ideology if finally being critisized for the fraudulent movement that it is is a positive sign that people are finally starting to wake up.  Unfortuanetly it’s too late for many of us that have been, or will soon be caught up as an innocent bystander in the war of Islam vs. Christianity.  Most of the people that will be killed by this war will be those that don’t make up the 2% of fanatical Muslims and Chritians that are willing to die because of their beliefs.  Just to put into perspective how many people is 2% of Islam and Christianity: 68 Million people.  That’s more than enough people to start a global war.  Unfortuanely we can’t distant ourselves far enough away (another reason we should invest in NASA) from this fanatical people so they can just go at it on the battlefield and kill each other off.   I mean that’s what they want anyway, to die in the heat of spiritual battle. 

 

Our choice is simple, if we’re going to get caught up in World War III between the two major religions of Islam and Christianity we should try to at least minimize the damage to the other 98% of the world that doesn’t want anything to do with the 2%.  In a very positive development the 5% of the 98% (roughly 200 Million people) are beginning to become better organized and they have been fighting the battle between the 98% and the 2%.  Of course I’m referring to Atheists (http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/15571253.htm), who have been becoming a lot better organized in the United States.  We’re not as organized as Europe of course, who are making strides with the European Union: Dominique Moïsi, a special adviser at the French Institute for International Relations, argues that “the combination of religion and nationalism in America is frightening. We feel betrayed by God and by nationalism, which is why we are building the European Union as a barrier to religious warfare.” Josef Braml, of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, complains that in America “religious attitudes have more of an influence on political choices than in any other western democracy.” (http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7912626).

Major battles are being fought and either won or loss against the 2% that threatens our way of life, our peace, and our happiness.  Even if we avoid World War III, the religious fanatics have made great in roads into the hearts and minds of the world.  The Mohommad cartoons violent backlash challenged the right of free speech to the ideology of religious fanaticism in what amounted to a baby’s temper tantrum.  In the United States, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing/rluipaexplain.htm) and the current bill Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (http://capwiz.com/au/utr/2/?a=9007716&i=81058857&c=) are ways in which the 2% are winning the hearts and minds of the general public.  The more the republicans and the democrats try to reach out to these 2% the more power they have to win the hearts and minds of the general public (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/28/AR2006062800281.html). In recent startling developments the White House continues to go above and beyond outreach to their fellow 2% and Secretary General Alberto Gonzales and White House Press Secretary Tony Snow are going to be speaking at the Value Voter’s Conference (http://www.frcaction.org) being run by the Family Research Council.  The speakers that will be standing side by side with Gonzales and Snow are Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, Newt Gingrinch, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Tony Perkins.  This is by far the most blatant disregard for the Separation of Religion & Government that I’ve seen by the Bush Administration, and the Popular Media, with the exception of Raw Story (http://rawstory.com/), have totally ignored this.  This gives new definition the term “Media Lapdogs”.  Fox News, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, CBS, and ABC being the worst violators of the media pandering to 2% or religious fanatics (http://penn.freefm.com/pages/27696.php). 

 

Bottom line I don’t want to die in the name of some religious fanatics wet dream do you?  It’s time to be proactive instead of waiting for the next shoe to drop (http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Pentagon_moves_to_secondstage_planning_for_0921.html). We’re going into Iran unless you join the 5% of us that have been fighting back against this ideology.  No I’m not including the Anti-war people in the 5% because a large enough majority of them invoke God as moral justification against the war, and we as atheists find that equally problematic.  That does not mean we respect what the anti-war movement is trying to accomplish, we just realize that invoking God is what got us in this predicament in the first place, so we find that type of attitude counterproductive and irrelevant.  What is relevant is the fact that America needs to wake up to what the 2% is doing.  It’s pretty obvious what happened on 9/11, but what about the way the 2% on both sides of 9/11 are using 9/11 to win the hearts and minds of the world.  The Bush Administration has already turned one sovereign nation into a complete and utter disaster.  The Bush administration have put WE, the innocent unwilling victims in harms way by their blatant disregard for humanity.  The Bush Administration has made the next terrorist attack that much more effective due to the amount of fear for Islam that has spread across the country (http://imjdwismer922.tripod.com/xenophobic.htm). 

 

Quoting the late Saul Alinsky, who was renowned for his community organizing skills, Rudin noted that it only takes 2% of society to make change if it is a well-organized, fully committed cadre. "The other 98% is pretty inert.”