On MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” panelists discussed the role of religion in presidential elections. They were talking about GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and how it my have affected his presidential chances, when co-host Krystal Ball asked, “What if he were atheist?” S.E. Cupp, a self-declared atheist, surprised the panel by responding:
“I would never vote for an atheist president. Ever.”
“You’re a self-loathing atheist,” someone joked.
She explained: “Because I do not think that someone who represents 5 to 10 percent of the population should be representing and thinking that everyone else in the world is crazy, but me,” Cupp said, pointing to her chest.”
Not a coherent or articulate atheist but one with forceful opinions.
Very interesting line of thought. Nobody on the panel thought of asking her how she feels about Senator Lieberman or Congressman Cantor “representing,” although they belong to a faith shared by less than 1% of the population. In all fairness, perhaps she thinks any religion is fine, be it Christian, mosaic or islam, but we will never know because she was not pressed for clarification
Asked what would be wrong if someone like herself represented Christians as president, Cupp said she “appreciates” religion and explained why the person she votes for needs to have faith:
“The other part of it — I like that there is a check, OK? That there‘s a person in the office that doesn’t think he’s bigger than the state,” she continued. “I like religion being a check and knowing that my president goes home every night addressing someone above him and not thinking all the power resides right here… Atheists don’t have that.”
Why bother with having a Constitution when all you need, as far as an atheist is concerned, is religion? Actually I think of all American presidents after JFK, whether they were christians or atheists faking it, the only one who appeared to think he had no one above him was the Puritan: Nixon. All the others seemed perfectly cognizant of having someone above. Not God though, a mere real estate agent, but rather AIPAC.
It is nevertheless interesting that this atheist, if she indeed is one, considers that a politician’s declared faith is the only trustworthy “check” on unbridled power.
She also appears to draw comfort from her constructed image of the politicians’ nightly prayers. She does not preoccupy herself further wondering: But if so, what it is they pray for? Perhaps Clinton, who strove to be seen most Sundays carrying his Bible around, was praying for a speedier destruction of Serbia, perhaps Bush Jr. (who had confessed that the religious tract given to him by Rove was the only book he ever read from cover to cover), was praying for a larger hecatomb of victims in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Plausibly they might all have been praying to enter a state of ZPC grace.
The spate of recent TV programs in the US that discuss faith –including Barbara Walters’ less than erudite or dispassionate program about “heaven” in different religions, complete with her interview of a Palestinian “terrorist” in an Israeli jail (cast as the theologian explaining Islam) is highly suspect.
Finally, we can agree that each people/nation should be completely free to choose the kind of leaders/presidents whom they wish to have and whom they trust.
Nevertheless, living in a country where it is very hard to ascertain the religion of the president or to assess his faith because he never uses it as a prop in his speeches must be nice. After the indigestion of all the toxic presidents served with all the trimmings, including their purported religion, I can well imagine that the reaction would be, as the old commercial went: Plop, plop. fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is!
Lottery cash funds Liberal study of gay Jews in Britain
Liberal Judaism has won a grant of nearly £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Britain since the Second World War.
It plans to create an archive of audio-visual interviews, a resource pack for schools and a touring exhibiton on the experiences of LGBT Jews.
“We were approached by some community activists who were worried about the history being lost because the generation from the 1950s is dying out,” explained Liberal Judaism operations director Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer.
Read the story in the Jewish Chronicle here
What’s the big deal?
So said Israeli Interior Ministry spokesperson Wiral Gads to the negative reaction generated by the announcement that an Israeli military academy would be built on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. Many Christians object to such use of the place where Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest and crucifixion, and where several Christian churches and shrines are built.
Gads was unapologetic. “We would have preferred to use the place where Jesus spent his first days on earth, but UNESCO spoiled it for us by designating the Church of the Nativity a World Heritage Site. What could we do?”
Asked if those were the only choices, Gads explained, “Many factors went into this decision. First, we selected a Palestinian area because, in effect, the land is free. We can seize it by military order, which costs us nothing, and the American taxpayer even subsidizes this use of the military.
“Second, we chose a Christian area because the Christian population is diminishing, except for the Russian Jews that are filling the Russian Orthodox churches, and they don’t object to having Israeli military installations near them.
“Third, despite our best efforts, the Muslim population is not yet diminishing. We therefore felt we couldn’t use the al-Aqsa mosque or the Dome of the Rock for this purpose. At least not yet.”
“Have you considered using land that is in a Jewish area?” asked one reporter.
“Are you crazy?” replied Gads. “That would be sacrilege!”
George Galloway British Member of Parliament sends a strong message to Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa informing him that he will face protests if he comes to the Olympic Games. George Galloway also says that he will perform a citizens arrest on him if he can track him down. Prince Nasser is Commander of the Royal Guard in Bahrain and also President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. Prince Nasser has been accused of torture by Bahraini citizens according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. Details of the torture allegations are on a blog dedicated to preventing Prince Nasser from entering the U.K. here.
Thanks to the thorough and highly professional investigation by al-Jazzera network, which lasted several months, it is now established what killed the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat. According to the meticulously-researched documentary, Arafat was poisoned to death, using the deadly chemical agent, known as polonium-210.
When taken into the body via inhalation or ingestion, the radio active substance can enter the blood stream, releasing alpha particles that can impact organs and vital tissue directly.
The polonium-210 dose that will kill 50% of persons who internalize it is about 100,000th of a milligram, one-million times more toxic than cyanide.
It is widely believed that only three countries possess the highly deadly substance, including the United States, Russia and Israel.
Israel, whose leaders never hid their desire to murder Arafat, has denied involvement in the murder.
Israeli officials struggled to distance the Jewish state from the murder, resorting to red-herring arguments and raising doubts about the credibility of the latest findings, reached by the one of the most advanced medical labs in the world.
However, Israel lies as often as it breathes, and its denials should hold no weight whatsoever for all those seeking the truth surrounding Arafat’s death.
In the final analysis, Israel murdered thousands and denied any responsibility for the murder. Thanks to the diabolical nature of Zionism, along with the extremely advanced methods of death in the possession of the Jewish state, Israel has produced some of the most professional murderers and assassins in the history of human beings.
Needless to say, some of these methods are extremely sophisticated and leave no traces as to the causes of death. The botched attempt to assassinate Khaled Misha’al, the head of Hamas’ politburo in Amman in 1997 is just one example of many of Israel’s criminality and nefarious behaviors.
Most Palestinians, of course, have no doubt that Israel is the ultimate murderer of the late Palestinian leader. Nothing under the sun would exonerate the criminal Zionist regime of this crime.
None the less, it is not enough to know what killed Arafat, we need to know who killed Abu Ammar. We want to know how the Mossad was able to reach the late Palestinian leader. And in order to find satisfactory answers, we need to ask all sorts of questions, some which might be embarrassing to some Palestinian leaders.
We need to know all the people who were involved in delivering medicine and food to the elected president. We need to know the smallest details about those who liaised with the Israelis in matters pertaining to Arafat. We also need to know every possible person who came into contact with Arafat in the last month of his life. A credible commission of enquiry would have to grill everyone in the high echelon of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, especially those who frequented his office, those who delivered food and medicine to him as well as those who took care for his clothes and laundry.
Yes, there is no guarantee that the ultimate villain or villains will be apprehended. But this doesn’t mean that we should give up and let the matter go into oblivion.
This is why the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Arab League and the Islamic Cooperation Organization should insist that the United Nations Security Council appoint a credible commission of enquiry with wide-ranging powers, including interrogating suspects, regardless of their nationalities and positions.
This is what the UN Security Council did to investigate the murder of the former Lebanese Minister Rafik Hareeri several years ago, and there is no reason why a similar investigation and similar commission of inquiry can’t be ordered to look into this equally abhorrent murder.
Yasser Arafat may not have been the most saintly person under the sun. However, letting the matter of his death go into oblivion or vanish into uncertainty, would only perpetuate the unethical world order where one life is sacred whereas another is expendable and has no sanctity.
Once again, like most Palestinians and other honest people around the world, this writer has no doubts whatsoever as to Israel’s responsibility for the murder of Arafat.
Ascertaining this conviction scientifically and objectively may not really reveal dramatic facts.
Moreover, it probably wouldn’t lead to the prosecution and punishment of the killer or killers, especially Israeli Jewish killers.
After all, Israel is too immune and too rebellious an entity to allow justice to be done. After all, Israel itself is a crime against humanity whose very existence is a serious affront to human morality and decency.
But exposing Israeli criminality wouldn’t be a bad thing. We are supposed to be living in a moral universe, where right is right and wrong is wrong.
Hence, we must not allow a deviant, nefarious and unethical entity to corrupt our world as the exuding evil could put the very survival of humanity at stake.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are raising concern about a potential epidemic of polonium poisonings. “Evidence that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat died of polonium poisoning in 2004 indicates that the rate of death by this means is twice what we previously thought,” said an informed source at the CDC. The other known victim, in 2006, was Alexander Livinenko, a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service.
“This is serious business,” said the source. “Almost anyone can make polonium by bombarding bismuth with high energy neutrons and then purifying the result pyrochemically. Anyone with a nuclear reactor or even a cyclotron can get their hands (or at least their chemically resistant gloves in a negative pressure alpha box) on them.”
Although Russia is the largest manufacturer of polonium, it claims to have no information about how Livinenko could have been contaminated. However, this reporter approached the Palestinian Nuclear Authority to obtain further information as to how their President may have come in contact with the substance.
“Sorry, we have no polonium,” said an official.
“Can you suggest another source?” I asked.
“It’s rumored that our Israeli cousins may have a nuclear facility,” she replied.
So I checked.
“Yes, we have a small, very old reactor,” I was told. “But it’s only for baking matzos.”
Back at the CDC, my source corroborated my findings.
“Yes, we made the same kinds of inquiries and got nowhere,” she said. “Clearly the possibilities are endless, and if we try to match the persons who have both means and motive, we will never find the truth.
“We have therefore concluded that polonium is proliferating and randomly poisoning former Palestinian presidents and exiled Russian security officers. Who knows who’s next? We therefore caution the public to stay away from polonium manufacturers and distributors and for retailers to remove concentrated polonium from their shelves.
“Better safe than sorry.”