Category: Religion/Politics

On 21 February 1965, Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated.

The following is a short film by Liam Donovon featuring a recording of The Ballot or the Bullet speech, set to music by the film’s director.Malcolm X was born in Omaha in 1925 as Malcolm Little. His father, a Baptist minister, was an outspoken follower of Marcus Garvey, the Black Nationalist leader of the 1920s.

The family moved to Lansing, Michigan, and when Malcolm was six years old his father was murdered after receiving death threats from the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm’s mother suffered a nervous breakdown and he and his eight siblings were taken into care by the welfare department.

He was sent first to a foster home and then to a reform school. After the eighth grade, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked at various jobs, eventually becoming involved in criminal activity. In 1946 he received a prison sentence for burglary.

Inside he became interested in the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Black Muslims, also known as The Nation of Islam. He subsequently spent his time in prison educating himself and learning more about the Black Muslims, who advocated racial separation.

On his release in 1952, he joined a Black Muslim temple in Detroit and changed his surname from Little to X, symbolically replacing the name derived from the heritage of slavery to represent the unknown name of his African ancestors.

By the early 1960s, the Nation of Islam had become well known and Malcolm was their most prominent spokesperson. In 1963, however, he was suspended from the organisation for his remark that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was like “the chickens coming home to roost”. In the following year, he broke with the Nation of Islam altogether and formed a secular black nationalist group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU).

In 1964 Malcolm made a hajj (pilgrimage) to the Islamic holy city of Mecca. As a result of this trip and other travels to Africa and Europe he adopted the Arabic name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and renounced his previous teaching that all whites are evil. 

He was assassinated by three Black Muslim members while addressing an OAAU rally in New York. 

In the name of the father? This is War. In the name of the son? This is murder. In the name of the Holy Ghost? This is iniquity. In the name of democracy? This is a lie.

They have created a wasteland in our name and called it Democracy. Dare we look on their our victims?

“Iniquity, committed in this world, produces not fruit immediately, but, like the earth, in due season, and advancing by little and little, it eradicates the man who committed it. …justice, being destroyed, will destroy; being preserved, will preserve; it must never therefore be violated.” Manu 1200 bc

This video should only be viewed by a mature audience. I suspect that it will very soon become ‘no longer available’.

What did I tell you?

The separation of Church and State has been a fundamental principle of government since the Enlightenment. Why are we going backwards?

My regular readers will be aware of my views concerning religion; for the rest I’ll sum up: you believe what you wish, worship as you will but don’t use your God to influence my life. I’m not interested. I believe in God — any God — in the same way that I believe in the Tooth-Fairy, Santa Clause and the existence of true democracy: it’s a nice idea but, let’s be real, huh?

The fact is, however, that your beliefs do affect my life. I’m increasingly being told that I live in a Christian country. More and more, the Church extends its influence into politics. My children are fed fairy-stories and are encouraged to consume them as facts.

I’m pissed at that because I don’t want to live in a country whose ethics are determined by the supernatural. I want to live in a secular society where moral and ethical choices are made with the end in mind of achieving best consequences.

If you’re a “moderate” Christian or an atheist, an agnostic or a “just don’t give a damn” you should watch the following clips and be very afraid. They’re from a documentary called Jesus Camp about an evangelical summer camp in the US where Pastor Becky Fisher indoctrinates children using methods that pretty much constitute child abuse.


The Bible: early Christians were stoners

In modern English the term “Messiah” translates as the “anointed one”. “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew “Messiah”. The title of Christ only applies to he who had “God’s unction upon him”.

There’s a recipe in the Bible (specifically, in Exodus 30:22-23) for this “holy anointing oil”. You take six pounds of Kaneh-bosem (a substance identified by researchers as cannabis), mix it with about six quarts of olive-oil and add a variety of other fragrant herbs. The ancient anointed ones, Jesus Christ among them, were apparently drenched in this mixture.

Now, as we all know, most modern stoners tend to smoke or eat cannabis but, when the active ingredient is extracted into an oil-based medium and applied to the skin it is absorbed into the blood stream.

“In the new Testament, Jesus baptised none of his disciples, as is practised by the Catholic church, but instead anointed them with this potent entheogenic oil, sending out the 12 apostles to do the same. ‘And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them’ (Mark 6:14).”

An article by Chris Bennet (link below) addresses the use of cannabis by early Christians, concluding that today’s anti-cannabis laws are, historically, anti-Christian, which delivers a mighty smack in the face to our pious, right-wing, so-called Christian politicians who uphold them.

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Vigilantes for Jesus

My 6 year old daughter thinks David Beckham is the best thing since ice cream.

She may be right or, more likely, wrong, and here is the crux: by what method should we separate truth from fiction? Where does belief end and fact begin? Indeed, should we separate them at all?

I suggest that we do not draw a line, but rather create a space, a region of close approach, if you will, in the middle ground of which fact and fiction merge.

For example, if I told you that there is a “Christian” cult spreading an unusual message in the gang controlled streets of certain Nottingham housing estates, which comes down to: if you’re a Christian, you shouldn’t turn the other cheek in the face of evil, you should KILL A GANGSTER FOR GOD; and if, like me, you’re an atheist you should kill one anyway, for the good of your children, would you believe me?

The theory goes as follows.

If individuals take it upon themselves to assassinate a gangster until there are none left, then, by percentage, a small number of “good” individuals would be sacrificed to the consequences of murder – criminal charges, incarceration – for the greater good; that being the total eradication of gangsterism and its associated miseries.

Single issue Cristianity?

Fact or belief?

Total fantasy?

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