Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year/"Lame Sketch Writer"/Military Evangelism


(P1) Poetical/Artistic

New Years Eve

Sitting here astride
the thinnest meniscus
separating two years I
find no go back go
forth choice, all we
can be certain about
is that this membrane
inexorably wears
away and so soon
straddling nothing we
have settled into a
familiar new place.

(Ed Coletti poem/Jim Spitzer drawing)




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P3) Philosophical (for lack of better)


Lame Sketch Writer (1st in a series)

Watch my son-in-law, Italian actor/comedian Francesco Brazzini. If you like what you see, let me know below, and next time, I'll include the longer "Prequel." Anyway, here's the link to watch, press"Lame Sketch Writer: The Fountain."

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(P3) Political

Military Evangelism Deeper Wider Than First Thought

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report

Friday 21 December 2007


Soldiers at Fort Jackson Army Base pose with their rifles and Bibles.


A Hamas suicide bomber posing with a rifle and a copy of the Koran.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation says the two photos show how the infiltration of fundamentalist Christianity in the US military is starting to mirror Islamic fundamentalism.
For US Army soldiers entering basic training at Fort Jackson Army base in Columbia, South Carolina, accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior appears to be as much a part of the nine-week regimen as the vigorous physical and mental exercises the troops must endure.

That's the message directed at Fort Jackson soldiers, some of whom appear in photographs in government issued fatigues, holding rifles in one hand, and Bibles in their other hand.

Frank Bussey, director of Military Ministry at Fort Jackson, has been telling soldiers at Fort Jackson that "government authorities, police and the military = God's Ministers,"

Bussey's teachings from the "God's Basic Training" Bible study guide he authored says US troops have "two primary responsibilities": "to praise those who do right" and "to punish those who do evil - "God's servant, an angel of wrath." Bussey's teachings directed at Fort Jackson soldiers were housed on the Military Ministry at Fort Jackson web site. Late Wednesday, the web site was taken down without explanation. Bussey did not return calls for comment. The web site text, however, can still be viewed in an archived format.

The Christian right has been successful in spreading its fundamentalist agenda at US military installations around the world for decades. But the movement's meteoric rise in the US military came in large part after 9/11 and immediately after the US invaded Iraq in March of 2003. At a time when the United States is encouraging greater religious freedom in Muslim nations, soldiers on the battlefield have told disturbing stories of being force-fed fundamentalist Christianity by highly controversial, apocalyptic "End Times" evangelists, who have infiltrated US military installations throughout the world with the blessing of high-level officials at the Pentagon. Proselytizing among military personnel has been conducted openly, in violation of the basic tenets of the United States Constitution.

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2 comments:

bob4065 said...

God is on our and the enemy side and apparently urges both to kill the other. If you want to win, your god has to be right and that probably means more fanaticly disposed to killing the other guy.
Long live fanatics, we obviously need them to survive. The alternative is a secular army, but those in Europe, especially Holland, have all become paper tigers. Your solution?

Larry C said...

Meniscus? I learned a new word today. It's the kind of word that would have been fun to include in the game where we make up definitions for words we don't know!

Poor Francesco! He looked really pissed off when he was told about "no friends" so please count me in on wanting to see the prequel!

Military evangelism? I still remember as a very young (18) sailor punching out (literally) a fellow Navy guy in boot camp who talked about "rounding up all the Jews and sending them to an Island somewhere." Granted, this was 1957...but still a personal affront on this Jewish dude