[continued from post above "Holy Crap! Someone just let a whole lot of Santorum out on the Internet..."]
Hunger in the USA (1999 - 2009)
Santorum is against anything that helps the poor or Middle Class. He is against food stamps, as Santorum claims there are so many people are obese, so no one needs more food! Hunger was highest during Santorum’s time in public office. Santorum is out-of-touch with reality with his attacks on Food Stamps (that name has been changed; the Food Stamp Program has been replaced by SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. In 2011, SNAP helped almost 45 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month. Contrary to Santorum’s claim that Food Stamps are used to feed the fat, the “lazy Blacks” and other social parasites, nearly 75 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children; more than one-quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities. While SNAP’s fundamental purpose is to help low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities afford an adequate diet and avoid hardship, it promotes other goals as well, such as reducing poverty, supporting and encouraging work, protecting the overall economy from risk, and promoting healthy eating. Santorum, along with Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT) wants the poor and hungry to “feel real pain” by defunding the program in favor of giving grants to the states to use as each state choses. Santorum argues should be applied to other assistance programs, cutting families off without regard to their current situation but instead based on timelines set by Congress, chortling: “We’ve gotta block-grant [food stamps] and send it back to the states, just like I did with welfare reform — do the same thing with Medicaid, including housing programs, block-grant them, send them back to the states, require work, and you put a time limit on it.” If the time limit runs out, the poor can take jobs offering less than minimum wage and live on scraps, following the raw rhetoric of Chuck Bentley of the radical right Reverend Moon’s sordid Washington Times pseudo-journalism, claiming that the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) is saturated with corruption. SNAP payment accuracy has continued to improve, reaching all-time highs (see graph released by the US Food and Nutrition Service).
SNAP error rates 1990 - 2010
Even-more-so, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that SNAP spending will fall as a share of the economy in coming years as the economy recovers and temporary benefit expansions that Congress enacted in 2009 expire. Far from being a drain on the US economy, SNAP helps the US economy: putting dollars back into the market sector, keeping food tenders (grocers, farmers, and so forth) working, and lowering medical costs by improving diet and health. The problem with this is that the gluttonous insurance industry is not making the obscene profits it is accustomed to generating, hospitals are seeing fewer patients with chronic illnesses due to inadequate diet, and people are more productive and attentive. The presidency most successful in cutting back fraud and abuse has been that of Barrack Obama.
Health Insurance profits rising
The former Pennsylvania US Senator operates in blinding ignorance of public health research claiming that those who can afford health insurance will be healthy–as health insurance profits rise–even though an increasing number of Americans have no health insurance while asserting that health care reform would mean compromised treatment for people like his disabled daughter are directly contrary to fact.
Food stamps recipients soar
Santorum is not worried about food choices in poor neighborhoods, and has taken direct aim and doing away with any safety net for Black Americans, exposing his racism even further. Speaking in Le Mars, Iowa on Monday December 5, 2011, Santorum told a group that he would cut the food stamp programthat 48 million people depend on (out of a national population of 300-million people, and in Iowa, where Santorum made his comments, only
Food stamp recipients 2009 (New York Times graphic)
9% of all Blacks receive food stamps while 84% are white) with 1 in 4 children depending on food stamps to avoid hunger and starvation, asking: “If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger problem?”
Where jobs disappear, food stamp use increases
Food stamp use is on a fast track in Santorum’s declared home state of Pennsylvania, yet he had never worked to help the poor who live there.
Santorum ignores that hunger has jumped because of the rising number of people who are out of work and those whose wages have been severely cutback. Recent data from the US Department of Agriculture found that nearly “70 percent [of all] households that relied on food stamps last year had no earned income.” An additional 20% of households in the USA had no cash income at all in 2010. Food prices have gone up, so hunger increased.
Poverty in the USA
Santorum is a quasi-covert racist. He opposes the idea that it “takes a village” to raise a child. Santorum noted that the phrase comes from an “African proverb” and is but an excuse to rob from the rich to aid the poor and struggling. A further example of Santorum’s racism can be read in a statement Santorum made in Iowa on Monday, January 2, 2012. Speaking to Republicans in Iowa on Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said his administration would reform welfare to the point that it would offer no welfare at all. After
Rise in Health Care Insurance costs leading to greater poverty in the USA
suggesting that an expansion of Medicare is really just a plot to make voters more “dependent” on Washington, Santorum added: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money”. Social welfare programs, such as Medicaid, are equated as being part of fascism and autocratic government. 27.4% of all Blacks in the USA are living in poverty, compared to 9.9% of all whites.
Santorum’s knowledge of history (he knows next to nothing about Europe) and contemporary affairs are as weak-to-non-existent as those of Newt Gingrich. While Gingrich claimed that Palestinians are an “invented people,” Santorum claimed on November 11, 2011 that “All the people that [sic: who] live in the West Bank are Israelis. They are not Palestinians. There is no Palestinian. This is Israeli land.” (watch here and read here The Jewish Week) Many Israeli Jews and Jews of other nationality support the two State solution based on UN resolution. Santorum’s statement mirrors the views of the Christian Zionists who as Hank Hanegraaff said “defend ethnic cleansing as a divine command” and are “bent on ensuring that the horrors of Armageddon become a self-fulfilling prophecy” (Hanegraaff, Hank (2007). The Apocalypse Code: Find out what the Bible really says about the end-times and why it matters today. Nashville, TN, USA: Thomas Nelson, p. 167; a Spanish edition was published by Thomas Nelson in 2008). As for 1967 war, Menachem Begin said, “We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack Him [Naser]“. (Finkelstein, Norman G. (2003), Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (London, UK; New York, NY, USA: Verso, p. 135). Santorum’s statement is an outright lie (read also here and here).
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi personally caused the murder of more than 1 million Iraqis
In 2006, Santorum told reporters he had “evidence” of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq—a foible that has since been exposed as a lie by “Curveball” (an Iraqi defector: Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi) to involve the Western Powers in an illegal war to “bring down” Saddam Hussein. On September 7, 2006, in an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post Santorum issued a tirade against Islamic fascism and began to go after Iran, and said nothing about Roman Catholic fascism, proclaiming that Iran is at the center of the world’s conflicts.
After leaving the US Senate, Santorum’s income jumped—along with star power working for Fox News and distorting the truth. A large portion came from his lobbying efforts in opposition to clean air, water, and the environment. $332,000 — came from his work as a consultant for groups advocating and lobbying for industry interests. That included $142,500 to help advise a Pennsylvania natural gas firm, Consol Energy, and $65,000 to consult with lobby firm American Continental Group, and its insurance services client. His opposition to universal health care that he refers to as Obamacare is directly related to the largesse heaped on him by the insurance industry in the USA (read here and here).
Rick Santorum at Republican Leadership Conference (New Orleans)
Opposed to science, Santorum wants creationism (“Intelligent Design”) required as the only fact for everyone to believe in. He claims that creationism is a “legitimate scientific theory” (it is not) and must be taught in classrooms even if it means dismissing teachers who are not strong “people of faith and support the Bible.” His antiquated ideas are endorsed by the Discovery Institute’s leaders who argue that the “people” want creationism. Santorum denies the reality of global warming (watch the video); he is the most fevered opponent of any science that does not match the Bible, and believes the world was created in six days and that the sun travels around the earth, as detailed in Joshua (for Santorum, the Bible is without error). He not only has attempted to gut every science program in the USA, but sponsored a bill that would have gutted the core functions of The National Weather Service, and handed it to private companies, including AccuWeather (which is in his home state)–in exchange for a hefty fee. He has never spoken with Zack Kopplin.
The greatest threat to the USA and American democracy is a Roman Catholic presidency of Rick Santorum who is owned by the Vatican and Opus Dei. Liberties and freedom fought for in 1776 will be dashed and a theocracy more brutal than that by the Spanish sacerdotal scions will be unleashed as women lose control over their bodies, the young denied an objective education, and the elderly pillaged of their savings and retirement all in the name of a religion that has existed for 1678 years. It is already evident in the nefarious muzzling of Roman Catholic clergy in Minnesota by would-be censor and mind-controlling Archbishop / theocrat John Clayton Neinstedt of Minneapolis-St.
John Clayton Nienstedt
St. Paul (read here and here), a recognized bully responsible for numerous suicides throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul (read here and here), and pedophile prelates and priests in cathedrals from California to Texas and Pennsylvania while the Roman Catholic bishop Gabino Zavala of San Diego resigns after admitting fathering two teenagers and others repackage discrimination under the disguise of “religious freedom” with Bishop William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, CT, a diocese rocked with numerous lawsuits against the clergy (a list of Fathers and Monsignori accused of pedophilia) who sexually attacked underage youth during the stormy tenure of now-retired New York cardinal Edward Egan, in a reportmore than 12,000 pages long, cackling before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution in October 2011, that to allow
Bishop Gabino Zavala of San Diego
all people freedom of choice would curtail the right to discriminate by Roman Catholics and other cults. Rick Santorum’s public stand against gay civil rights has been loudly booed on the campaign trail as most young, and many older people do not tolerate the discrimination shown by Santorum and the Roman Catholic Church.
Santorum claimed that priests were pedophiles primarily in “liberal” dioceses, such as Boston, while it also exists in all other dioceses including in Dubuque, Iowa and Joliet, Illinois, etc. with the arch-conservative diocese of San Diego, CA covering up pedophile priests misconduct as its bishop fathered two children. Pedophilia, Santorum equates as being homosexual attacks—which it is not. There have always been a large number of religious leaders who sexually attacked, raped, sodomized, and violated who were young girls (read here and here) as well as young adults and older women (read here and here for a stellar article by Katherine van Wormer and Lois Berns of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls).
Santorum "tweet" on homosexuality
Santorum’s preoccupation with homosexuality strongly suggests a conscious effort to suppress his own secreted sexual interests. This is clearly seen in his Associated Press interview, when Santorum declared on April 7, 2003: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. … That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.” One thing is clear, as it is with Bradlee Dean and even more so with Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa, is that Rick Santorum is obsessed with homosexuality, all of whom exhibit Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)–a psychiatric disorder that can cause severe distress, disability, and social impairment (cf. Gillan, Claire M.; Papmeyer, Martina; Morein-Zamir, Sharon; Sahakian, Barbara J. Sahakian; Fineberg, Naomi A.; Robbins, Trevor W. Robbins; and de Wit, Sanne de Wit (2011). “Disruption in the Balance Between Goal-Directed Behavior and Habit Learning in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”. American Journal of Psychiatry, July; 168 (7); 718-726; cp. Kämpfer, Nicole; Fluri, Peter (2001). Unbeachtet mittendrin: Diskriminierung von schwulen und lesbischen KlientInnen in der ambulanten Beratung. Zürich, Switzerland: Edition Soziothek).
Rev. Ted Haggard
Santorum’s preoccupation with male homosexuality and his condemnation of it is similar to Ted Haggard and other Protestant sexual predators (Bazemore, Patricia M, “Homosexuality” ed. David Bienenfeld, with a special section devoted to judgmentalism leading to suicides among homosexuals, and the role of religion). While denouncing homosexuality, all were actively engaged in homosexual activity.
One of the most outspoken homophobes, later exposed as a gay man in a mega-church pulpit, the Rev. Ted Haggard, a strong supporter of Santorum, even when his second gay affair became public knowledge as his wife, Gayle, argued that it was conditioned into her husband and was neither genetic nor a result of incubation in the womb before Ted admitted to a second affair, and subsequent affairs. This led the preacher into wife-swapping with actor Gary Busey. Haggard and Biblical-literalists are correct in noting that such actions as wife-swapping (and even homosexuality) have Biblical antecedents. Not only did Lot offer his daughters to the citizens of Sodom (the first Biblical gang bang in Genesis 19) before committing incest and impregnating both daughters in the mountains outside of the City of Zoar (Genesis 19:8 ff), but Abram sold his wife Sara several times to different sovereigns (including to the King of Sodom and the Egyptian pharaoh in Genesis 12:11 and 18, cp. Genesis 20:1-18, etc.) as neither the Torah nor the Bible saw marriage as being between one man and one woman (Solomon did have 700 wives and 300 concubines, for example; and, Jacob did marry his first cousins who were sisters, etc).
Santorum has conveniently forgotten Luke 6:37, but like Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Santorum’s knowledge of scripture is not even minimal (none read Greek, Coptic, and other early Biblical languages) showing distinct borderline personality disorder (consider Cutler, Brian L. (2011). Conviction of the Innocent: Lessons from Psychological Research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association) a problem affecting 30.8 million Americans, with Santorum’s close to avoidant personality disorder (read The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition text revision. (DSM-IV TR) published by the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. The inflexibility of this mental disorder can have dire effects).
Charles Gilbert Chaddock
Homosexuality is neither a medical disease or a mental disorder (American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, etc.) Homosexuality is natural, normal, healthy, and if a person is self-actualized is a contributing creative force. There is no condemnation of homosexuality in the Torah, Jewish Old Testament, or Christian New Testament—as the word “homosexual” did not exist before 1892, first used by C. G. Chaddock in his translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis (Chaddock, Charles Gilbert (1892, trans.) Krafft-Ebing, Richard [baron] von, Psychopathia sexualis: with especial reference to contrary sexual instinct: a medico-legal study … translation of the seventh German edition. Philadelphia, PA, USA, and London,UK: F.A. Davis Co; the original was published in 1886 with the title Psychopathia sexualis: eine klinisch-forensische Studie. Stuttgart: Enke). The Biblical objection is to Temple Prostitution in non-Yahwistic religions, known as Qadesh (קדשה), which is a feminine noun, that the King James Version of the Bible deliberately mistranslated as “sodomite”. It has been repeatedly misused by Santorum who is neither a linguist, biblical scholar, or knowledgeable about the ancient world, but found time to speak
Bradlee Dean (Smith) with tattoos
with Minnesota’s pontiff of perdition and herald of hate Bradlee Dean, who claims “Obama is no Christian”, and calls for the execution of homosexuals worldwide in the name of Jesus (read here and here) yet Dean (Smith) ignores Leviticus 19:28, dropping his support for homophobic Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in favor of Rick Santorum who is more in keeping with his desire to kill as many homosexuals as possible, on the order of mega church leader Rick Warren of California and other Protestants and Roman Catholics. Uganda has passed a law requiring a three-year prison sentence for anyone who knows a homosexual and does not report the person to the government for execution.
Roger Vangheluwe, bishop of Bruges, pictured in November 2006
Priests, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders who are pedophiles are worldwide and include the lower echelon of clergy all the way forward to ayatollahs and archbishops (e.g. Danneels stepped down as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Roger Vangheluwe, the bishop of Bruges for the last 25 years, was forced to resign after admitting to sexually abusing a boy earlier in his career; little has been published about pedophile bishops, priests and nuns in Perú (that led to the murder of two priests in Lima in 2011; child prostitution is a way of life in Peru) and even less on preying Pentecostal pastors (read here and here). What is ignored is the plethora of Protestant preachers that actually exceeds that of the Roman Catholic clergy with 260 Protestant cases compared with 228 Roman Catholic in the USA alone.
With the advent of the Opus Dei cardinal Cipriani slithering into Perú, continuing to halo fantasies, fictions, and pseudohistories, the number of pedophile priests rose. In 2007, Daniel Bernardo Beltrán Murguía Ward, a 42 year-old SCV consecrated layman was found by the National Police in a hostel in Cercado de Lima with a 12 year-old boy, of whom he was taking sexually explicit pictures and performing oral sex (read here and here; both documents are in Spanish). Throughout Latin Americaand Spain where Opus Dei has a stranglehold on the media other priests, monks, nuns, sisters, and bishops (such as the President Bishop Fernando Lugo Mendez of Paraguay who
Bishop Fernando Lugo Mendez (President of Paraguay)
admitted having a child while the Vatican still considered him to be a bishop) are throwing off their vows of chastity with their robes, and molesting people of all ages. Opus Dei has taken no action against its members who confess to child abuse and pedophilia–save for them to pray more, give more time and money to “the work of God” and “convert the world”. The Opus Dei archbishop of Lima takes a more kindly approach of offering only reproach for “misguided actions”.
The Vatican and other religious groups are attempting to stop the dissemination of this knowledge by censoring the internet, with Benedict XVIbeing the most culpable of the religious leaders today protecting pedophile priests with
Juan Luis Cipriani
solicitation frequently occurring within the confessional (read here in Spanish and here in Latin; the majority of the crimes have been hidden by Lima’s archbishop Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne, a fervent apologist for and member of Opus Dei who is bitterly opposed to basic human and civil rights especially for women. Cipriani is endorsed and supported by the odiously opportunistic Perú Council of (Roman Catholic) Bishops who are equally opposed to any human rights for any Peruano who does not follow the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church: women who demand freedom of
"Human rights are not for 'fools' ('fools' literally is 'assholes' or 'bastards')"
choice and the right to determine what happens to their bodies, the LGBT community that is out in Lima but hides in the provinces, non-Roman Catholics struggling for equality and a decent education, educators who reject the Roman Catholic Church’s stand on the sciences and other subjects, and so forth.
Julián Herranz Casado (Opus Dei leader in Spain)
While Cipriani is a cardinal, and the only Opus Dei cardinal in South America, he is not unique. There is one other Opus Dei cardinal: Julián Herranz Casado of Spain who is even more corrupt than Cipriani (the document is in Italian). Herranz Casado was President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts until his resignation from that body on February 15, 2007). Most of his statements followed the intolerant line of the ayatollahs of Iran, and none reflective the inclusion sought by Pope John XXIII.
Unfortunately, little is said about the crimes of Roman Catholic and Protestant nuns/sisters of the church who drug unwed mothers (sometimes wed) to steal and sell their babies. In Ireland, Roman Catholic nuns paid $193 million in settlements for exploiting and selling children (for Ireland, watch this video; for Australia watch this video (with more than 500,000 children abused, watch here); for Spain, watch this video; it happens in all nations, but most grievously in Roman Catholic countries, with the Roman Catholic Church abusing women of all ages, especially in Latin America where Opus Dei is strong, watch here; Perú is the least safe place to raise a child especially with the advent of Cipriani). This is the organization that the Santorums declare is “holy” and “created by God.” All were waiting for a new Christ, a new Jesus as the one Opus Dei defined–or at least a politician who would act as they believed Jesus would act: intolerant (John 7:24 rejecting Matthew 7:1), confrontational (Matthew 28:19), exclusionary (John 14:6), hate-filled (John 9:41), quick to go to war (Matthew 10:34).
Santorum ultimately proclaimed that the USA needed a “Jesus candidate”: himself. Illusions of grandeur and divinity are constant within the psychologyof Santorum (cf. West, Louis Jolyon (1988). “The Anatomy of Illusion: Religious Cults and Destructive Persuasion”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 145:123-a-124; Forrest, David V. (2000). “Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind.” American Journal of Psychiatry. 157:841-842).
Santorum fully supports, and yearns for a “holy war” against Islam and against any “enemy” of the Roman Catholic Church or his interpretation of what constitutes Christianity (cf. Hoge, Charles W.; Terhakopian, Artin; Castro, Carl A.; Messer, Stephen C.; and Engel, Charles C. (2007). “Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Somatic Symptoms, Health Care Visits, and Absenteeism Among Iraq War Veterans”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 164:150-153; to argue for a “holy war” is now considered a sign of insanity: Savin, Daniel (2011). “Wars, Insurgencies, and Terrorist Attacks: A Psychosocial Perspective From the Muslim World”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 168:653-654. A debate is available at “Reasoned discourse or a holy war: postscript to a report on ECT”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1975;132:77-79; cp. Tuerk, Peter W. ; Grubaugh, Anouk L.; Hamner, Mark B.; and Foa, Edna B. (2009). “Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD-Related Compulsive Checking Behaviors in Veterans of the Iraq War: The Influence of Military Context on the Expression of PTSD Symptoms”. American Journal of Psychiatry. 166:762-767). Santorum sang the praises of carnage when he carolled February 22, 2011: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … “ Santorum’s ignorance of history is most apparent, as is his lack of knowledge of Latin. To help the former Senator, I offer this translation of Pope Urban II’s speech (as recorded by Robert the Monk):
“Oh, race of Franks, race from across the mountains, race chosen and beloved by God as shines forth in very many of your works set apart from all nations by the situation of your country, as well as by your catholic faith and the honor of the holy church! To you our discourse is addressed and for you our exhortation is intended. We wish you to know what a grievous cause has led us to Your country, what peril threatening you and all the faithful has brought us.
From the confines of Jerusalem and the city of Constantinople a horrible tale has gone forth and very frequently has been brought to our ears, namely, that a race from the kingdom of the Persians, an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God, a generation forsooth which has not directed its heart and has not entrusted its spirit to God, has invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; it has led away a part of the captives into its own country, and a part it has destroyed by cruel tortures; it has either entirely destroyed the churches of God or appropriated them for the rites of its own religion. They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness. They circumcise the Christians, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into the vases of the baptismal font. When they wish to torture people by a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having gushed forth the victim falls prostrate upon the ground. Others they bind to a post and pierce with arrows. Others they compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow. What shall I say of the abominable rape of the women? To speak of it is worse than to be silent. The kingdom of the Greeks is now dismembered by them and deprived of territory so vast in extent that it can not be traversed in a march of two months. On whom therefore is the labor of avenging these wrongs and of recovering this territory incumbent, if not upon you? You, upon whom above other nations God has conferred remarkable glory in arms, great courage, bodily activity, and strength to humble the hairy scalp of those who resist you.
Let the deeds of your ancestors move you and incite your minds to manly achievements; the glory and greatness of king Charles the Great, and of his son Louis, and of your other kings, who have destroyed the kingdoms of the pagans, and have extended in these lands the territory of the holy church. Let the holy sepulchre of the Lord our Saviour, which is possessed by unclean nations, especially incite you, and the holy places which are now treated with ignominy and irreverently polluted with their filthiness. Oh, most valiant soldiers and descendants of invincible ancestors, be not degenerate, but recall the valor of your progenitors.
But if you are hindered by love of children, parents and wives, remember what the Lord says in the Gospel, “He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.” “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name’s sake shall receive a hundredfold and shall inherit everlasting life.” Let none of your possessions detain you, no solicitude for your family affairs, since this land which you inhabit, shut in on all sides by the seas and surrounded by the mountain peaks, is too narrow for your large population; nor does it abound in wealth; and it furnishes scarcely food enough for its cultivators. Hence it is that you murder one another, that you wage war, and that frequently you perish by mutual wounds. Let therefore hatred depart from among you, let your quarrels end, let wars cease, and let all dissensions and controversies slumber. Enter upon the road to the Holy Sepulchre; wrest that land from the wicked race, and subject it to yourselves. That land which as the Scripture says “floweth with milk and honey,” was given by God into the possession of the children of Israel Jerusalem is the navel of the world; the land is fruitful above others, like another paradise of delights. This the Redeemer of the human race has made illustrious by His advent, has beautified by residence, has consecrated by suffering, has redeemed by death, has glorified by burial. This royal city, therefore, situated at the centre of the world, is now held captive by His enemies, and is in subjection to those who do not know God, to the worship of the heathens. She seeks therefore and desires to be liberated, and does not cease to implore you to come to her aid. From you especially she asks succor, because, as we have already said, God has conferred upon you above all nations great glory in arms. Accordingly undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the kingdom of heaven.
When Pope Urban had said these and very many similar things in his urbane discourse, he so influenced to one purpose the desires of all who were present, that they cried out, “It is the will of God! It is the will of God!” When the venerable Roman pontiff heard that, with eyes uplifted to heaven he gave thanks to God and, with his hand commanding silence, said:
Most beloved brethren, today is manifest in you what the Lord says in the Gospel, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” Unless the Lord God had been present in your spirits, all of you would not have uttered the same cry. For, although the cry issued from numerous mouths, yet the origin of the cry was one. Therefore I say to you that God, who implanted this in your breasts, has drawn it forth from you. Let this then be your war-cry in combats, because this word is given to you by God. When an armed attack is made upon the enemy, let this one cry be raised by all the soldiers of God: It is the will of God! It is the will of God!
And we do not command or advise that the old or feeble, or those unfit for bearing arms, undertake this journey; nor ought women to set out at all, without their husbands or brothers or legal guardians. For such are more of a hindrance than aid, more of a burden than advantage. Let the rich aid the needy; and according to their wealth, let them take with them experienced soldiers. The priests and clerks of any order are not to go without the consent of their bishop; for this journey would profit them nothing if they went without permission of these. Also, it is not fitting that laymen should enter upon the pilgrimage without the blessing of their priests.
Whoever, therefore, shall determine upon this holy pilgrimage and shall make his vow to God to that effect and shall offer himself to Him as a, living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, shall wear the sign of the cross of the Lord on his forehead or on his breast. When,’ truly’,’ having fulfilled his vow be wishes to return, let him place the cross on his back between his shoulders. Such, indeed, by the twofold action will fulfill the precept of the Lord, as He commands in the Gospel, ‘He that taketh not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me‘ “.
Speech of Pope Urban II (in Latin)
In the same manner as every pope since Urban II in 1095, Santorum continues to spread the lie that Christians did nothing against Muslims even though any basic textbook will state the opposite. Santorums lies are justified by Mr. Josemaria Escrivá who ruled that lying for Christianity is acceptable, that Christianity never showed any “aggression” against Islam and argued that American intervention in the Middle East helps promote “core American values”:
“What I’m talking about is onward American [Christian] soldiers,” he said. “What we’re talking about are core American values. ‘All men are created equal’ — that’s a Christian value, but it’s an American value.”
“It’s become part of our national religion, if you will,” he continued. “The point I was trying to make was that the national faith, the national ideal, is rooted in the Christian ideal — in the Judeo-Christian concept of the person.”
When Santorum uses the word “Christian” he means Roman Catholic. He does accept any of the various off-shoots from the church created by Constantine I in 325 CE. He is especially anxious and angry about the rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), as he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer on December 20, 2007:
“Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?”
Bishop Robert Finn (Kansas City)
Santorum’s attack on the US Constitution is orchestrated by the four outspoken Opus Dei priests in the USA. Santorum champions the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops attacks on fundamental freedoms in the USA as defined by the USA Supreme Court and common sense. He is championed by Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese who “forgot” to tell police about child pornography and attempted to hide pedophile priests and has been indicted for these “omissions”. Bishop Finn, is among the most unpopular US bishops and is regularly demonstrated against by people demanding that he leave the church and his post as bishop. Unfortunately,
Roman Catholics protest against Bishop Finn
Bishop Finn is supported by Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio who shielded at least one priest accused of raping a 16-years-old boy in church who was abused approximately twice a month in exchange for a car and other gifts.
Father John Fiala
Father John M. Fiala was a parish priest in Rocksprings, a community in the San Antonio area raped the youth at gun point, and later repeatedly raped the child and later attempted to have the boy killed; the attacks were hushed up by Archbishop Gomez, successor of Cardinal Mahony (the latter who covered up 25 years of pedophilia in the Los Angeles archdiocese), were not much different from the priests who attacked, raped and sodomized young girls. Added to this mix are two other Opus Dei prelates who take Escrivá and his book seriously: that there is no sin in covering up the peccadilloes of priests or parishioners who are members of Opus Dei if the sin further’s the advancement of “the Kingdom of God.” The other USA Bishops include Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, equally guilty of cover ups, lies and deceits, as well as the iniquitous and reprehensible
Newark Archbishop John J. Myers (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)
Archbishop John Myers of Newark, NJ. In 2002, Myers crafted a policy to shield pedophile priests. Although Myers publicly proclaimed that there would be transparency and truth in exposing all pedophile priests, he personally intervened to rescue four who sexually molested children and one adult. Myers also wrote a letter of recommendation for one priest who broke into a woman’s house in Florida and assaulted her. The most controversial example is the Rev. Michael Fugee. Fugee confessed to police eight years ago that he molested a 13-year-old boy. Myers refused to oust Fugee from the priesthood, and instead had the archdiocese assigned him last year as chaplain to St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark without telling hospital officials of his past, in keeping with the instructions of Josemaria Escrivá and Opus Dei. All four are Opus Dei prelates with the same desire detailed dramatically by Dan Brown in his book DaVinci Code that the Roman Catholic Church.
US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops
The Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops of the USA swear that their first and only allegiance is to Rome, not to the USA nor to the “rule of law of men” but to the “Vicar of Christ [the Pope]“. While the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops claim that they meet to assist the faithful, especially the poor and hungry, that is seldom the case. On the contrary, meetings are conducted to determine the destiny of the LGBT (homosexual) community and what the Roman Catholic Church’s response is to be toward “the problem.” The primary problem is that none of the bishops have any academic or scientific knowledge concerning homosexuality nor even sexuality (given the absurdity of the
US Roman Catholic Bishops Conference on Homosexuality
unnatural and abnormal act of clerical celibacy). They fund succor only in their interrelationship with evangelical Christian communities that damn the LGBT community on false interpretations and maligned translations of ancient scripture. There is no reference to APA (neither American Psychological Association nor American Psychiatric Association) nor any medical association’s study and findings on the natural reality of homosexuality. For Roman Catholic bishops, priests and nuns, many who are gay and others who are pedophiles, homosexuality remains a sin–without any Biblical justification for condemnation. Because of this antiquated stand, they are saluted by evangelical churches worldwide.
Some evangelical churches, including Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network attempted to suppress in print and film the most unreliable and miserly scholarship is that of Sandra Miesel. Miesel attacks, with no knowledge of Coptic or other early Christian languages before Eusebius of Caesarea was ordered to create fifty copies of the Bible by the Emperor Constantine, to send to the churches in the East, Dan Brown for using the scholarly works and frequently and heavily cited translations of the renowned
international scholar Elaine Pagels because of her “feminist scholarship”. Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her PhD is from Harvard University and she is recognized as an authority on the Nag Hammadi library manuscripts. Pagels has also exposed the Pastoral Epistles (1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus) as pseudonymous writings created to make it appear as if Paul was anti-Gnostic. This is revealed in her work The Gnostic Gospels.
Miesel’s claim to credibility (marginal at best) is that she holds master’s degrees in biochemistry and medieval history from the University of Illinois. Her publications do not attest to either discipline. She is the co-author of two books: one on Brown’s book The DaVinci Code, the other on the writings of Peter Pullman who authored children’s books—whom she calls “the pied piper of atheism”, two works of fiction and one essay: Myth, Symbol, and Religion in The Lord of the Rings. T-K Graphics. All are poorly written with faulty logic and reasoning, and startling errors. A fervent Roman Catholic Miesel’s religion blocks serious scholarship and review.
Leonardo Da Vinci "The Last Supper"
Miesel’s primary purpose is in defending her church, with a concentrated attack on Brown’s use of DaVinci’s Last Supper, a painting that the leading expert on has declared that the image of “John” is definitely that of a woman. One article notes:
Carlos Pedretti [born in Bologna, Italy, 1928 a professor emeritus of art history and Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is consulted whenever there is a dispute about the authenticity of a work ascribed to DaVinci], one of the world’s leading Leonardo experts and head of the Leonardo Institute in Florence offered a rare word of agreement, noting that a portrait of the figure next to Jesus, sketched by one of Leonardo’s top students, clearly appears to be a woman.
Carlos Pedretti authenticating Da Vinci work
The critics, who follow Miesel’s reasoning, for the most part are Roman Catholics and strict biblical constructionists. It is no surprise that they would be against nearly all (if not all) of the tome. Hank Hanagraaff is among those most determined to prove the infallibility of scripture (which already is being questioned by Jews and Christians) and rejects the reality of a massive suppression of documentation by the Emperor Constantine I and his clique of religious supporters opposed to Arian and other “heretics.” What upsets many is the claim that Jesus married, with the common response being that Jesus never married–a situation highly unorthodox in the days that the New Testament Jesus supposedly lived.
John Dominic Crossan of beliefnet.org argues that Jesus did not marry because (1) Jesus was considered to be living in a time anticipating an apocalypse and Jesus was a member of the Essenes at Qumran who practiced communal celibacy in anticipation of End Time; (2) the Essenes were living a “heaven on earth” by being celibate and contributing their money to unfortunate poor girls (Damascus Document 14:12-17); (3) Jesus actually believed that the Kingdom of God was already in place and for that reason marriage and procreation was no longer necessary (cp. 1 Corinthians 7). If any of these reasons were/are true, then the Jesus of the New Testament was not (1) the Son of God but a son of a god, (2) had separated himself from the Law (requiring all to “multiply”), and (3) Jesus was ascetic in imitation of a nonsexual god. Crossan does add a few additional arguments for the celibacy of Jesus: (1) the times were prosperous for construction, but (2) at the same time there was great poverty. The real problem is that the gospels give various and different accounts. While it is commonly thought that Jesus worked as a carpenter (Matthew 13:55, 23:
, Mark 6:3 says Jesus was a manual (unskilled) laborer (tekton); Luke 3:23 only says that Jesus was Joseph’s son (there is no hint that Joseph was either a foster or stepfather, but in fact is clearly noted as the father). Jesus, Crossan concludes, was too poor to marry. That I find highly amusing, as even the poorest “marry” and marriage in that age was not necessarily before any officiant, but only an announcement made to witnesses–and sex occurs (as does ovulation and the fertilization of an egg) without marriage and outside of marriage. Marriage was not a requisite for having a baby, being a mother or father, or of raising a child. My reason to argue that Jesus was married comes from the Jewish law. Jewish Mishnaic Law says “An unmarried man may not be a teacher” and celibacy was frowned on under Jewish law (TB 29 b; TB Yev. 62b, 63a). Rabbis were supposed to be married, to best help their congregations. Jesus is frequently addressed as Rabbi (teacher, cf. John 1:49, Mark 11:21) and was addressed that way even before the Sanhedrin.
Gospel of Philip
The Gospel of Philip 63:35-36, 59 sq (a Coptic translation from the earlier Greek version) records that Jesus loved Mary Magdalene more than any of his other followers, and let her wipe his feet at the Last Supper–a statement that gives proof that she was there. Furthermore, the Gospel of Philip (the oldest scroll still in existence is dated back to the early third century) was accorded gospel status until politics intervened to have it removed because of its favorable passages on Mary Magdalen (Magdalene translates as “watchtower” and “kindle”) and its emphasis on marriage:
And the companion of the [...] Mary Magdalene. [...] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her [...]. The rest of the disciples [...] . They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Saviour answered and said to them, “Who do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”
Gospel of Mary Magdalene (fragment; parts destroyed by rats)
In the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Magdalene (it is a city: Magda, it does not mean “prostitute”) again takes a central role (5:2-6 and 9:4-10). In John 20, it clearly states that Jesus spoke first to Mary when he allegedly rose from the grave.
Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Thomas, written at the same time as the canonic gospels, has the quarrel between Peter and Magdalene, but in this account Jesus vows to make Mary “into” or “equal” with a man/Peter (114:1-3) so that she can sit with the apostles. In all of the Gnostic gospels, it is Peter who is angry, and Mary is the one who brings calm. Mary is the guiding force, and isolated communities were not always composed of men; prior to the arrival of the Habiru, Palestine (and later “Christians” from the area) were matriarchal and matrilineal as found in numerous ancient scrolls and fragments.
Miesel minces towards the mercenary murdering of the truth in her zeal to protect the Roman Catholic Church that even the Arian bishop Eusebius of Caesarea confesses was formalized by Constantine I in 325 CE, and was far more tolerant than today’s imposter. As Eusebius bishop of Caesarea wrote (History of the Church, Bk 10, para. 5): Ήδη μεν πάλαι σκοπουντες την έλευθερίαν της θρησκείας ούκ άρνητέαν ειναι άλλ’ ενος εκάστου τη διανοία και τη βουλήσει έξουσίαν δοτέον του τά θεια πράγματα τημελειν κατά τήν αύτου προαίρεσιν έκαστον κεκελεύκ;ειμεν τοίς τε Χριστιανοίς … της αίρέσεως καί της έαυτων τήν πίστιν φυλάττειν. There is confusion about the words where I have inserted ellipses, as the Latin read pluribus hominibus, but the Greek has έν πολλοις άπασιν (pluribus omnibus). Eusebius was translating from the Latin text; a full translation of the Greek is: For a long time past we have made it our aim that freedom of worship should not be denied, but that every man, according to his own inclination and wish, should be given permission to practice his religion as he chose …. Every man may have permission to choose and practice whatever religion he wishes.
The burning of the books at the Library of Alexandria 392 CE
The Library of Alexandria, the largest and most significant library in the world, it was one of a kind to gather a serious collection of books from beyond its country’s borders. The Library at Alexandria was charged with collecting all the world’s knowledge and had been endowed by pharaohs, emperors, potentates, and priests of numerous religions and theologies–but not that of the crippled community known as Christian. The library of the Serapeum in Alexandria was trashed, burned and looted in 392 CE at the decree of Theophilus of Alexandria one of the most evil of all bishops (popes) in the early church, who was ordered so by the Christian Emperor Theodosius I in 391 CE. It was here where
Coptic Pope Theophilus of Alexandria
Theodosius proudly proclaimed that all of the world’s ancient knowledge has been destroyed: over one-half million handwritten tomes representing the finest minds in the ancient world to be replaced by the insanities, inaccuracies and fraudulent hysterics of illiterate Christians who would be hailed as wise men and Fathers of the Church. These infamous Fathers would transmogrify thousands of years of science, history, geography, and the arts in favor of fantasies and illusions that people were ordered to memorize in the name of faith. It followed the obscene attacks on plurality, in the massive censorship campaign by Constantine and the burning of the books by Arius–attacks issued in the name of Christianity. It was led by a barbaric band of cut-throat monks aligned to the despicably depraved Coptic Pope Theophilus, (Paulus Orosius, vi.15.32: unde quamlibet hodieque in templis extent, quae et nos uidimus, armaria librorum, quibus direptis exinanita ea a nostris hominibus nostris temporibus memorent - quod quidem uerum est -, tamen honestius creditur alios libros fuisse quaesitos, qui pristinas studiorum curas aemularentur, quam aliam ullam tunc fuisse bibliothecam, quae extra quadringenta milia librorum fuisse ac per hoc euasisse credatur). Theophilus was but one of the assassins of learning, for other rogue bishops rewrote scriptures to meet their particular ends, forbade the copying of the Gospels of Philip, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas, and silenced dissent with the slaughter of the Greek Neoplatonist philosopher Ὑπατία (Hypatia; ca. CE 350 /370 – March 415 CE) the first notable woman in mathematics, astronomy and philosophy (Edward Jay Watts, (2006), City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria. Berkeley, CA, USA: University of California Press, pages 197–198; Wilder, Kathleen (1986). “Hypatia” in Women Philosophers in the Ancient Greek World: Donning the Mantle. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, p. 49–50; Dzielska, Maria (1996) . Hypatia of Alexandria. trans. F. Lyra. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, p. 105). Hypatia preferred to teach, invent, write–things that the Christian Church thought were the domain of men.
Hypatia pulled from her chariot
Refusing marriage in favor of educating her disciples, Hypatia was torn from her chariot by a hungry mob of screaming Christians. Stripping her naked, dragging her to their church, she was inhumanely butchered on the instructions of Peter the reader who commanded the savage fanatics to rip her living flesh from her bones with pottery shards and their fingernails–the still quivering limbs was then delivered to the flames with sung praises to a Jesus no one met. The bitter hateful words of the mob and their subsequent laughter echoed the words, “Paul tells us women should be silent, now this one obeys.” Christian monks, a source of inspiration for Josemaria Escrivá and his cannibalistic Opus Dei, became more enraged on seeing books other than scriptures in Hypatia’s library. Following her martyrdom for wisdom, the monks glorified their assassination of Hypatia as the hallmark of the emerging bankrupt church (cf. David Engels: Zwischen Philosophie und Religion: Weibliche Intellektuelle in Spätantike und Islam, in: D. Groß (Hg.), Gender schafft Wissen, Wissenschaft Gender. Geschlechtsspezifische Unterscheidungen Rollenzuschreibungen im
Wandel der Zeit, Kassel 2009, pp. 97-124). None could, however, erase the words of her father, a serious scholar in his own right, who taught his daughter: “All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. Reserve your right to think, for even to think and be wrong is better than not to think at all.”To this message Hypatia penned:“Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is horrifying. The mind of a child accepts them and only through great pain, perhaps tragedy, can the child be relieved of them. Men will fight for superstition as quickly as for the living truth — even more so, since a superstition is intangible, you can’t get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
Hypatia invented the astrolabe and the planesphere, devices used for studying the stars and planets, a device to distill water, another to measure the level of water, and a third to determine specific gravity of liquids. The latter was called a hydroscope.
By the seventh century CE, the Christian Church tried desperately to present Hypatia as being in league with Satan (John, Bishop of Nikiu, Chronicle 84.87-103; in Greek), a charge later refuted by many, but with the defamation came the beginning of the Christian Church’s desire to rewrite history, to erase the past by claiming it to be pagan, and reinventing a god in line with the authors of the Pauline letters (Whitfield, Bryan J. (Summer, 1995). “The Beauty of Reasoning: A Reexamination of Hypatia and Alexandria”. The Mathematics Educator (University of Georgia) 6 (1): 14–21). With the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, the pathetic priests preying openly on the young, on women, and those unable to protect themselves declared that Christianity was sola fide–much in the same manner as today’s contemporary confessors and Rick and Karen Santorum.
The Roman Catholic Church has never accepted dissent, and has frequently employed assassins to maintain its control over people and nations. The USA is under direct assault by the Vatican under the discombobulated ataxia rule of Karol Józef Wojtyła (John Paul II, a reputed secret member of Opus Dei), the malevolent ministry of the miscreant Josef Aloisius Ratzinger (Benedict XVI, a supporter and sympathizer of Opus Dei) and more than 3000 Opus Dei priests in the USA in anticipation of a Rick Santorum presidency and the establishment of a Roman Catholic theocracy over the shattered shreds of the US Constitution.
Rick and Karen Santorum (Des Moines IA Register photo) 2011
Based on their written and publicly spoken words, Rick and Karen Santorum have severe mental problems. They pose a serious threat to civil and human rights, real (academic/science-based) education, equal opportunity and justice, the environment, the Constitution of the USA and to the American people who are not members of Opus Dei or the rigid-right of the Roman Catholic Church.