Saturday, October 9, 2010

"I Am Not A Witch"

When Bill Clinton felt obligated to publically announce “I did not have sex with that woman…” I felt American politics had reached a low that might not be matched in my lifetime, but sadly, Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell, has now beaten Bill, no pun intended, Christine, with the emphatic, “I am not a witch” speech.

Remember back in the good old days when we had human beings or real substance? We had Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” and John Lennon’s “Imagine” but then we had Gerald Ford falling down flights of steps, Jimmy Carter as president, and Nancy Reagan’s astrologer running the country.
“I am not a witch”?

The truly seriously screwed up thing here is I’m certain to a degree of accuracy the woman has no clue what a witch is. She mentioned at one point when the subject came up something about a “Satanic Altar” which is something related to, believe it or not, Satanism, not witchcraft. The two belief systems could not be further apart from what each represents, and no one who knows anything about religion at all would confuse the two, unless of course, you’re one of those people who think that any religion that isn’t yours is Satanic.

Satan, belief in or worship of is a function of Christian doctrine, or an aberration thereof. This isn’t to say that other religions do not have a top evil entity they either fear respect, hate, or blame things on, but Satan as a mythical creature or an object of dread who will be one day cast into the bottomless pit, also known as the Senate, is a Christian belief. Early European settlers would use the charge of Satanism as an excuse to kill off the natives there had been here for thousands of years and who had never heard of Satan. As I mentioned earlier, some people associate Satanism with any religion that isn’t their particular brand of Christianity, but that’s just plain silly.

Having at this point defined what a witch is not, I can honestly say defining who or what a witch might be, is a bit harder. There are those in the Neo-Paganism religions who have defined themselves as “witches” and there those I know who like that term and others who do not like it. Historically, and hysterically speaking, the term has been used as a pejorative, mainly against women, and mostly with as much ignorance as Christine O'Donnell has used the term.
For reasons that escape me entirely, here in the year 2010, we sit and are having a discussion as to if or not someone is a witch.
This is as asinine as the claim that the president is a Moslem. But let’s look at that’s happening around the country, and who is claiming responsibility for what these days. Tiger Woods, whose mistresses started coming out of late night diners and cheap bars like STDs in a frat house, stated he was going back to his Buddhist roots for guidance. I’m not 100% certain I know all there is to know about Buddhism but I am fairly certain you do not reach a state of Zen as a billionaire. On a much broader front, it’s a big deal these days for Republicans and Democrats to issue forth statements announcing their faith in the Christian belief, which again I lay no claim to expertise, but I seem to remember there being something in the Bible against both lying and stealing. Odd, isn’t it, how certain sins get more attention than does lying and stealing, when it comes to politics, and politicians.
The current mess America is in right now is not the result of Christianity or the lack of it, but rather those people who know as long as they can lay claim to it, or make some cloud of suspicion fall upon an opponent as to their degree of sanctity, they can get votes. It doesn’t matter what their record on lying and stealing might reveal, as long as they say the right words to the right people at election time, hell, all they really have to do is appear less evil than their opponents and that is often enough.

How many times have you voted for the lesser of two evils?

This isn’t a statement for or against religion of any sort. I’m not saying that Christians are easily duped people who will vote for anyone who claim they share their spiritual views. What I am saying is there seems to be a lot of politicians out there who claim to be spiritually guided in their quest to serve America but wind up lining their own pockets, and the pockets for those who paid for all those television campaign ads.
It’s a spiritual hijacking.

What you see in Washington DC is as far away as the religion of my grandmother as you could possibly get. If God doesn’t destroy the capital of the United States soon he’s going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. What you see from both parties is a belief that belief is part of the process to get elected. It’s the same sort of flag waving you get from these people while they are spending millions upon millions of dollars to get jobs that pay a fraction of that each year.

To whom are these people beholding to for their money?

We send our tax money off each paycheck and in the end, are we electing anyone who really knows anything about what we, as average Americas, are suffering through right now, or are we electing people who have to repay, in some way, those people fronting their seats in Congress? And we are being asked to choose candidates who are more Christian than others? Who is more holier? Who among those people in that cesspool we call Washington can walk on water, or better yet, feed the masses?

Religion has become a catch phrase. Christianity has become an empty suit that anyone with enough money can buy. Jesus saves votes.

And we’re worried that a witch might run for the Senate?

Take Care,
Mike

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