Itr's obvious that the bible is all about master/slave oppression. It is a book about servitude to a force that loves, guards and protects you- even if it is only true in your mind. For that purpose you devote your life and death.
Bob Dylan wrote a song when he became a temporary christian called "You gotta serve somebody". http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/serve.html
If it wasn't a valuable tool of servitude then Bush wouldn't use it as such. It is as violent as anything the Koran can state and just as fundamentally obedience driven.
Even in Africa, black slaves were used by other blacks. Slavery was imposed upon the natives of America, but they refused to serve the master. For this reason, they were driven to near extinction while the blacks flourished, because they accepted their fate and acquiested to authority. This is the fate of those who resist authorities power. This is what we should fear about the GOP- that they intend to make slaves out of most of us, and those who resist will be severely dealt with. They're are plenty of lions.
It's all too biblical for me!
Perhaps you should read this speech given by Bill Moyers - http://www.theocracywatch.org/new_bill_ ... pt9_05.htm
We can’t wiggle out of this, people. Alvin Hawkins states it frankly: “This is a problem we can’t walk away from.” We’re talking about a powerful religious constituency that claims the right to tell us what’s on God’s mind and to decide the laws of the land according to their interpretation of biblical revelation and to enforce those laws on the nation as a whole. For the Bible is not just the foundational text of their faith; it has become the foundational text for a political movement.
True, people of faith have always tried to bring their interpretation of the Bible to bear on American laws and morals—this very seminary is part of that tradition; it’s the American way, encouraged and protected by the First Amendment. But what is unique today is that the radical religious right has succeeded in taking over one of America’s great political parties—the country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party is—and they are driving American politics, using God as a a battering ram on almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation, energy, regulation, social services and so on.
What’s also unique is the intensity, organization, and anger they have brought to the public square. Listen to their preachers, evangelists, and homegrown ayatollahs: Their viral intolerance—their loathing of other people’s beliefs, of America’s secular and liberal values, of an independent press, of the courts, of reason, science and the search for objective knowledge—has become an unprecedented sectarian crusade for state power. They use the language of faith to demonize political opponents, mislead and misinform voters, censor writers and artists, ostracize dissenters, and marginalize the poor. These are the foot soldiers in a political holy war financed by wealthy economic interests and guided by savvy partisan operatives who know that couching political ambition in religious rhetoric can ignite the passion of followers as ferociously as when Constantine painted the Sign of Christ (the “Christograph”) on the shields of his soldiers and on the banners of his legions and routed his rivals in Rome. Never mind that the Emperor himself was never baptized into the faith; it served him well enough to make the God worshipped by Christians his most important ally and turn the Sign of Christ into the one imperial symbol most widely recognized and feared from east to west.
Can slavery be far off when this is the direction that we are heading? To obedience and subservience to our gods and masters, where you look in on them conversing and can't tell them apart? Where we obey or are tried in the courts of god? This is why religion is paramount in the GOP arsenal. It is a very useful tool and combined with the slavery based constitution, will usher in the correct form of servitude and obedience that tyrannical absolutists have demanded for as long as religion and politics have been created.