Sunday, July 01, 2012

Conservative Religious Right Plan To Teach in US Public Schools the Justification For War and Genocide & Closing Abortion Clinics In Mississippi

According to the predominately American Evangelical Fundamentalists Jesus was not some sort of pacifist and was and is in favour of war and genocide. As we have seen before in the documentary "Jesus Camp" these extremist Christians see nothing wrong in pushing their message on children as young as five or six. They are told that America is a Christian nation and they as true Christians must do all they can in their life times to make America a Christian nation where other religions are not tolerated because they the Christians believe God would want them to kill all non-believers .

First another Jesus loves guns, war and Genocide according to large numbers of Evangelical Christians and other Conservative Christians-- Christian Sunday Sermon in Support of War and Genocide:

How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren: Good News Clubs' evangelism in schools is already subverting church-state separation. Now they justify murdering nonbelievers by Katherine Stewart at The Guardian, May 30, 2012

The Bible has thousands of passages that may serve as the basis for instruction and inspiration. Not all of them are appropriate in all circumstances.

The story of Saul and the Amalekites is a case in point. It's not a pretty story, and it is often used by people who don't intend to do pretty things. In the book of 1 Samuel (15:3), God said to Saul:

"Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."

Saul dutifully exterminated the women, the children, the babies and all of the men – but then he spared the king. He also saved some of the tastier looking calves and lambs. God was furious with him for his failure to finish the job.

The story of the Amalekites has been used to justify genocide throughout the ages. According to Pennsylvania State University Professor Philip Jenkins, a contributing editor for the American Conservative, the Puritans used this passage when they wanted to get rid of the Native American tribes. Catholics used it against Protestants, Protestants against Catholics. "In Rwanda in 1994, Hutu preachers invoked King Saul's memory to justify the total slaughter of their Tutsi neighbors," writes Jenkins in his 2011 book, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses (HarperCollins).

This fall, more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, are scheduled to receive instruction in the lessons of Saul and the Amalekites in the comfort of their own public school classrooms. The instruction, which features in the second week of a weekly "Bible study" course, will come from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club.

There are now over 3,200 clubs in public elementary schools, up more than sevenfold since the 2001 supreme court decision, Good News Club v Milford Central School, effectively required schools to include such clubs in their after-school programing.

The CEF has been teaching the story of the Amalekites at least since 1973. In its earlier curriculum materials, CEF was euphemistic about the bloodshed, saying simply that "the Amalekites were completely defeated." In the most recent version of the curriculum, however, the group is quite eager to drive the message home to its elementary school students. The first thing the curriculum makes clear is that if God gives instructions to kill a group of people, you must kill every last one:

"You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites (AM-uh-leck-ites) – people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left."

"That was pretty clear, wasn't it?" the manual tells the teachers to say to the kids.

Even more important, the Good News Club wants the children to know, the Amalakites were targeted for destruction on account of their religion, or lack of it. The instruction manual reads:

"The Amalekites had heard about Israel's true and living God many years before, but they refused to believe in him. The Amalekites refused to believe in God and God had promised punishment."

The instruction manual goes on to champion obedience in all things. In fact, pretty much every lesson that the Good News Club gives involves reminding children that they must, at all costs, obey. If God tells you to kill nonbelievers, he really wants you to kill them all. No questions asked, no exceptions allowed.

Asking if Saul would "pass the test" of obedience, the text points to Saul's failure to annihilate every last Amalekite, posing the rhetorical question:

"If you are asked to do something, how much of it do you need to do before you can say, 'I did it!'?"

So the mass murdering of Native Americans/Amerindians according to these conservative Christians was justified because the Native peoples were unbelievers. So is this their plan for all non-believers not just atheists by all non-Christians ie Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Mormons .

Also see: Child Evangelism Fellowship: The Christian Group Recruiting Kids in Public Schools : A fundamentalist Christian organization views children as a market for religious recruiting. by Valerie Tarico at,June 6, 2012

Re: War on women

Rachel Maddow: Mississippi Is About to Be the First State in the Country With Zero Abortion Clinics by Lauren Kelly at, June 30,2012

In this segment from last night's Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow starts by mentioning the truly bizarro effort by Rand Paul to get a "personhood" amendment attached to a federal bill about flood insurance (srsly), and then launches into a discussion about how abortion is now effectively banned in Mississippi. That's right, although all Americans have the legal right to obtain an abortion under Roe v. Wade, in Mississippi that legal right does not matter -- because the state is now on the verge of closing its last remaining abortion clinic. It will now have the dubious distinction of being the only (first?) state in the country to have zero -- none! zilch! -- abortion clinics. No abortion clinics, no safe abortions.

Watch the segment below to hear how the last Mississippi clinic was shuttered. It's an outrageous story.

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