Christianity for the Rest of Us

Christianity for the Rest of Us


Sex and the Mosque

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week, my daughter’s sixth-grade class visited a mosque.  In advance, the teacher prepared instructions about how to dress and behave.  At home, we talked about respecting others’ faith (even when
we find things difficult to understand), expectations of religious modesty, and
differing roles for men and women in Christianity and Islam.  On trip day, my Episcopal girl went to school in long pants and a long sleeved shirt
with a floral headscarf tucked in her backpack.

And, with an unusual day off, I went to see the new movie Sex and the City 2.   I confess: as a woman of a “certain age,” I’m pretty
much the target audience for the old HBO show and its movie spin-offs. 

Sex and the City 2 does
not take place in New York; rather, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte
find themselves on an adventure in Abu Dhabi at the behest of a
publicity-seeking hotelier who wants to show off the “new Middle East” to
them.  Set at a glamorous
western-style resort, the Sex ladies
think they have discovered an exotic paradise that mixes high fashion with
ancient culture and meticulous hospitality.  But they quickly find themselves in any number of
cross-cultural mishaps, the most damaging (spoiler alert!) being Samantha’s
inability to fit into the sexual mores of even the “new” Middle East. 

All of this sounds as if it might make a good movie–the sort
of comedic road picture send-up of the mid-20th century in a
post-feminist form–and I was prepared to laugh.  But I didn’t. 
At least not very much.  It
just wasn’t very funny to see four smart American women parading western
consumerism and sexualized identity in blatantly insensitive and anti-religious
ways in a traditional world.  I
knew that they wouldn’t be robed in burqas (and wouldn’t want them to be), but
I didn’t quite expect the Sex and the
City
women to lead a religious-style revival meeting for America in the
United Arab Emirates while gyrating to “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar.” 

Throughout the picture, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are
all trivialized.  Christianity is,
as it has been in the whole series, mostly invisible and seen only through the
lens of materialist culture; Judaism received strange treatment during a gay
wedding scene and through Charlotte’s conversion; and well, there are no words
to describe the mean-spirited stereotypes heaped upon Islam.  I wasn’t sure what was more
offensive–having American ideals of freedom depicted by freewheeling sex-on-the-beach
or having Muslims pictured as rich sheikhs, women-hating fundamentalists, and repressed female sexual power. What was this?  The 1940s?  Not
even a vague attempt at post-9/11 Abrahamic interreligious understanding? 

The filmmakers were quick to point out the
inconsistencies–or rather hypocrisies–of Islam while saying nary a negative
word about western cultural colonialism or corporate consumerism.  Non-western cultures were joyfully trashed
and western materialism was equally joyfully celebrated.  As one of Carrie’s tee-shirts
proclaimed proudly in the middle of a traditional souk, “J’Adore Dior.”

In the end, Carrie and girls flee the new Middle East back
to the safe embrace of old New York.  They return from their journey untouched, relieved to have escaped
with their Birkin bags intact.  You
know, I like Dior, too.  But the Sex girls, like their loyal fans, are
now forty- and fifty-something women. 
And this whole film was vaguely insulting to the journey of womanhood
that the film (I think) intended to celebrate.  Mature women need to laugh–we like escapism and we can sigh over
beautiful clothes.  But our
journeys have taught us a thing or two–like it is good to be sensitive, open,
and curious about the world, beliefs, and politics.  That respect and modesty are not bad words and that
sometimes you really need your sixth grade teacher to send along a set of instructions
for the trip.  Going outside your comfort
zone can be a good thing only if you choose to learn from the journey.   

In the next movie, I wish Carrie and the girls would
discover that growing-up isn’t a curse.   Just once I’d
like to see the sadly self-centered ladies of Sex and the City wearing tee-shirts saying “J’Adore My Neighbor as
Myself.”



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oferdesade

posted May 28, 2010 at 5:51 am


you miss (sorry 4 the pun) the whole point.
sex & the city is a brilliant document promoting misogynism.
all 4 women are totally f****d in the excuse-for-a-brain the writers have chosen to give them. none of them have a single redeeming quality. they represent those women for whome nothing exists outside their own immediate needs, the women who refused to go out with the writers because they weren’t with-it enough.
all the good lines, the moralizing ones are given to the men… my favourite being: has it ever occured to you that maybe it’s not i who am too small but you who are too big – i e (and for this reason i heve deleted the explitives) you’re too used to be able to enjoy.



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posted May 31, 2010 at 11:27 pm


Not sure how I feel about the whole Sex & The City thing ?!? :(
Hebrews 13:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
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Jane Martin

posted June 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm


I am not a fan of everything western or the ideologies of the Sex in the City girls, but I find your appeal for religious tolerance naive. Take a look at the world. Don’t you see how much violence, misery and suffering religion directly causes? I’ve had enough of tolerating religion. And while, unlike many religious people, I don’t believe in murdering those I disagree with. I shall certainly not be quiet. I shall certainly not be tolerant. It is shameful to “respect” ignorance and bigotry. The western religions are inherently intolerant and are therefore not worthy of being tolerated. Your review makes me more inclined to see and appreciate the movie.



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Dan Talbot

posted June 2, 2010 at 9:59 am


Jane Martin you’re a religion-bashing moron. Religion, specifically western religion, gave you freedom to bash it. Do you think it happened any other way? If so, you are below a moron.



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K.A. Merritt

posted June 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm


I’ve never watched Sex and the City, but I know people who watched it on a regular basis. Based on your review, I won’t bother to see the movie either. I think it is unfortunate that while we laud the advances women have made over the past 100 years in America – such as gaining voting, employment, and reproductive rights – that we’ve also gained a callousness towards tradition values of mutual love and respect for others. Hopefully, women and men alike will read your movie review and think twice about “social junk food” our culture consumes on a regular basis via the media.



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kg

posted June 5, 2010 at 2:31 am


I’m Muslim, and I saw that movie the night it came out. I was extremley pissed that I wasted my money on that garbage. I was really expecting to like it. not only did the steryotpes and contradictions of the movie insult me (in the movie, they depict Muslim women in the mid east are held back or oppressed, yet they had man servants in their hotel), but the storyline was lacking in so many ways. it was boring, nothing intresting happened.
I want my $8.50 back!



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Edward Mills

posted June 8, 2010 at 10:28 am


As vapid as the characters of Sex in the City may be, I realized as I read the essay that I am through with being bullied and dictated to by a major portion of Islam. I who live in the House of the Sword (all non-Muslim lands) have no desire to live in the House of Islam. I am an Episcopal priest and have also come to the same conclusion regarding Third World Christianity with its repression of women and homosexuals.



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mmartha

posted July 3, 2010 at 9:21 am


I had a Bible teacher who said, give your quote, give your verse, then walk away–don’t try to explain it. Well, here is my quote from the late Dr. Walter Blackstock, professor and poet: It interests me how friend and foe seek evanescent glory.



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INDEX
The REAL Iraq War
Discussion of the ‘anti-war’ position is just so abstract, don’t you think. I think it would help if instead of engaging in philisophical discussions about war, the tax payer would actually be a party to war, just as they expect their kids to do. So let’s all do away with the priveleged luxury of being able to ‘debate’ war, and actually start looking war right in the face. Have you ever wondered why the Pentagon always ships your kids back from war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Well let’s all have a look for ourselves then shall we…
You might recall how the Pentagon was Angered by Soldier Coffin Photos. They really did not want Americans seeing those pictures of coffins of young kids being shipped back from those Middle Eastern oil fields of Iraq.
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The ‘offensive’ photo of coffins containing the bodies of American kids
Now that might be bad enough, although it looks like a pretty tame reminder of what war is…now tell me, have you ever wondered what’s inside one of those things?
Dead American Soldiers
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A look inside one of those bodybags, containing the body of a dead American
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The photos below show dead American soldiers from previous wars…
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The damage caused by bomb shrapnel
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Here we see how a rocket propelled grenade can blow the head right off some American kid (who probably joined the army to pay for college and wound up in a place like Iraq)
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Another look inside a body bag…this is probably not an American, just an Iraqi civilian, but it is another example of just what you might find in a body bag, assuming the Pentagon allows photos of body bags, not likely, given how they won’t even allow those sanitized photos of coffins returning from a war zone.
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Of course the American military is not always getting blown to pieces in Iraq…sometimes they are beating the shit out of Iraqi prisoners to get some information, as you can see from the blood splatters on the wall…Anyone remember Project Pheonix from the Vietnam War? But I am sure that these fellows are just some more of those ‘bad apples’ and certainly do not represent the position or practices of the Pentagon, the White House, and the CIA, if their practices should be exposed (in which case they will be made a scape goat and hung out to dry, something to keep in mind before accepting such a job in the first place)…
Dead Iraqi Children (aka ‘Collateral Damage’)
Just recently the American installed puppet, Allawi, cried crocodile tears over the fate of the many civilians who were about to be slaughtered in Fallujah, and he expressed his heartfelt sorrow that this neccesary evil was about to take place. Of course, neither he, nor any of the other powerful warlords and killers who have fought extended battles for turf and wealth, using kids as their pawns, for thousands and thousands of years, have ever felt sorry enough to stop all their killing for territories and wealth, because, let’s face it, they really aren’t sorry at all, and quite frankly could not give a damn. Of course Allawi, like all the powerful, will have security right up the ass to make sure that none of this sort of thing ever ever happens to him, just as you can be sure that the President of the United States will have security right up the ass to avoid experiencing the same fate (which would be condemned internationally as an outrage, while the death of some nobody in Iraq goes by without comment, and, hopefully, without being seen either.)
For the sake of those religious and pious sorts, you know the type, who want to bring God back into American life, and therefore can be found marking an X beside the name of George Bush, before voting down filthy things like queer marriage, well as my contribution to the ‘Culture Wars’ (as its called) and the general slide into filth and obscenity of our culture, I have seen fit to include the occassional Bible verse as a form of commentary on some of these photos, which, hopefully will help to raise the national morals up out the sewers and the gutters where it presently resides, and perhaps do something to stem the floodtide of filth and obscenity which is currently engulfing the planet due to the complete lack of any mention of ‘Godliness’ in our current political system. Hope this gesture on my part helps…
Well, having got that off my chest, let’s get started then, and have a look, shall we…
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This photo a dead Iraqi baby shows the amazing effects of American firepower, when it is unleashed in densely populated civilian areas where, strangely enough, there is resistance to this latest outburst of colonialism (yes, truly ‘eno-colonialism’ is dead, just like this baby, and now the Americans will be following in the footsteps of the Brits and the French and the rest of Europe by imposing direct rule on the colonies, instead of just relying on the World Bank or the IMF and coup d’etats and dictators like they did in the last century.)
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Another dead kid…your tax dollars at work.
“Thus said YAHWEH my God: “Become shepherd of the sheep doomed to slaughter. Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished; and those who sell them say, ?Blessed be GOD, I have become rich?; even their own shepherds have no pity on them. For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, says YAHWEH. Lo, I will cause humanity to fall each into the hand of their shepherd, and each into the hand of their king; and they shall crush the earth, and I will deliver none from their hand.” Zechariah 11:4
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You know if you visit the right wing blogs they feature such comments on these dead kids as ‘when some kid comes at you with an Rocket Propelled Grenade launcher, they’re dead.’ Similarly when some infant is launching a SAM at American fire power, we can assume that they got what they deserved…
“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4
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While this kid might be dead, and I am sure that it deeply saddens the powerful war mongers of the world, at least we can find some comfort in the knowledge that he died so that Americans could control Iraq’s O-I-L, as noble an example of colonialism as one could ever find, since it is the American’s who are doing it, which makes it alright…
“My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent; for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Disaster follows hard on disaster, the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, my curtains in a moment. How long must I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet? “For my people are foolish, they know me not; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but how to do good they know not.” Jeremiah 4:19
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Alas, poor Romeo, never again to kiss the fair sweet lips of the maiden Juliette…I am sure that there are a lot of powerful types in Washington who will be out screwing some 18 year old Juliette this evening, even if they are old enough to be pensioned off, since wealth and power has its priveleges. Of course, they will need to maintain a high state of security so that something like this doesn’t happen to them, but, thank God, they always do, so there is nothing to worry about there…
“And they do not lie with the fallen mighty men of old who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, whose swords were laid under their heads, and whose shields are upon their bones; for the terror of the mighty men was in the land of the living.” Ezekiel 32:27
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Ouch! That must hurt…But that’s what you get kid for messing with Uncle Sam…Now if only that kid could have lived under a tyrant in some country that Uncle Sam doesn’t give a damn about, like Burma, instead of living next to the world’s largest deposits of O-I-L he might have been spared a great deal of P-A-I-N…
“And I will make for you a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety.” Hosea 2:18
“I will cut off the chariot and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:10
Economic Growth and O-I-L Wells
With only 12 percent of the World’s population, the people in North America and in Western Europe consume 60 per cent of the world’s resources, while the one third of the the World who live in Africa and South Asia only consume 3 per cent of the world’s resources. You often hear hand wringing among certain ‘environmentalists’ and some ‘Greens’ and other ‘sensible Liberals’ about the urgent need to control the population in these poorer nations, lest they ravage the world’s resources, when really you would get more bang for your buck by sterilizing an American or European, where apparently population control would have the greatest effect on the fragile ecosystem of this planet. Strangely enough, all through the last century, up to the present time ‘sensible Liberals’ have never spent much time trying to sterilize Americans, and instead have focused all their efforts on getting rid of poor people, while ‘sensible Conservatives’ of the type found making assinine comments on right wing blogs blame the hunger on the fact that poor people breed like flies, thus raping the planet and bringing such disasters down on their heads. So we can see how in a strange sort of way, the ideology of Sensible Liberals and Sensible Conservatives seem to have more in common than either would care to admit…
Now what has been called ‘neo-liberalism’ or ‘neo-colonialism’, forcing robber baron capitalism and ‘market reforms’ on poor countries, while gutting every single social program, has also been known as ‘the Washington Consensus’ for the simple reason that when the Imperial Power makes a decision, that becomes the ‘consensus’ and the rest of the world can go to hell. This has happened in spite of the fact that The American Way is already recognizable as one of history’s great failures, if you have a little foresight, that is, and can see it coming before it actually happens.
Now the American Way exults in ‘economic growth’. The end result of this obssession with growth, which is a way to get increasingly rich, is that the United States, with only 5 percent of the world’s population consumes one quarter of the world’s oil and one quarter of the rest of the fossil fuels, and a similarly high percentage of the rest of the world’s resources (U.S. Geological Survey. The United States is also responsible for almost a third of the world’s total consumption spending just by itself, and given how consumption is responsible for almost three quarters of the GDP one can understand how if there is to be ‘growth’ forever and ever, consumer spending must continue to grow until it reaches infinity or the whole system would collapse like a house of cards.
The average American comsumes 159 gallons of water per day, as compared to the poorest one half of the world’s population, which gets by on less than 25 gallons. 80 per cent of all corn and 95 per cent of all oats are fed to livestock (returning about 1 gram of protein for every 50 to 100 grams consumed). 56 percent of the farm land is devoted to feeding livestock. American’s also produce three quarters of the world’s toxic wastes. Given how it is the Orthodox American philosophy of economics which dictates eternal growth, all these figures must climb or there will be trouble and chaos and destruction. After growing some and then growing past the point of real reason, the United States, over the course of its history, has destroyed fifty percent of its wetlands, 90 percent of its old growth forests and 99 per cent of its prarie grass lands. While there is still room for America to grow by destroying its remaining wet lands (9 square miles of land are developed every day in America at current rates) it would seem that the limits of infinity have already been just about reached in these other areas, with just a last little bit of growth to be wrung out and thus it would have to be the case that from now on Americans will either have to invade other countries or rely on neo-liberalism to open up ‘marketing’ in other countries, or how else can America keep up that insane idea of growing for eternity. This practice would then buy a few more years, or perhaps a few decades and then it will be time to develope space technology and start looking for other planets, and with the universe being so very large, it might even be possible to grow for an infinitely long time, without experiencing all the obvious problems one would associate with such a recklessly stupid idea.
The obssession with growth, and thus with getting richer and richer every day, also results in a perverted system of priorities, another legacy to the planet of that ‘Washington Consensus’. Spending on such things as make up, pet food, perfume, ocean cruises, and ice cream totals over 70 billions dollars, and this amount could fund clean drinking water for the entire planet, birth care for the world’s women, as well as ending world malnourishment. Given the fanatical devotion to eternal growth, which is the American Way, and the Washignton Consensus, by the year 2020 the energy consumption of the United States will rise from 99.3 QBtu in 2000 to 130.9 QBtu (Energy Information Administration)
For these reasons simple mathematical illogic and the psuedo-philosophy that is the ‘American System’ dictates that it is absolutely urgent that American’s conquer Iraq and establish a colony, no matter how damned hard and impossible such imperialism actually proves to be in practice, because this action is dictated not by the desire to bring ‘freedom from a tyrant’ to Iraq, or even by Weapons of Mass Destruction (also possessed by Israel and Pakistan and India, none of them members of the Axis of Evil) but rather the imperial conquest of Iraq is dictated by psuedo-mathematics, and the need for Americans to meet the growth targets in the consumption of oil by the year 2020. If their economy does not continue to grow and grow and their consumption continue to grow and grow to finance it all, well then American’s would have an economy without growth. Rich people would stop getting richer and richer forever and ever and ever and the whole world would go right straight to hell, and before you know it, the human race would be searching for another way to live, the forced American Way, imposed by means of coups and invasions over the last century having collapsed after all, as it must sooner or later, leaving a vacuum in its place that must be filled by something else, and hopefully this time the new world system will be one that actually incorporates some common sense instead of being so transparently greedy and stupid and murderously bloody as it is right now under the global ‘leadership’ and rule by the American Empire.
Now given how eternal growth is a delusion, one can only guess as to when the great crash of the Washington Consensus will take place…mathematics dictates that it is a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if, which allows to state far ahead of time that the American Way is already one of history’s great failures, that America will not be the great Imperialist Empire forever, but rather like all the other Colonial Powers before it, will eventually head for the dust bin of history, taking their obssessive religion of the ‘market forces’ with them, that thing having already been totally discredited after all, among those of us who can do the elementary mathematics required to come to such an obvious conclusion. However given how endless and eternal growth is still the Orthodox Religion of our time, one will find Americans in Iraq, since when you run into problems with your mathematics and your philosophical logic, you can always buy a little more time for that discreditable ideology by invading some country and thus hopefully putting off the inevitable day of reckoning that must come, unless the Americans figure out some way to lick that problem of growing up to eternity (economics graphs then being based on calculus and the concept of infinity, something required if such a system is to ever redeem itself, and since the measured circumferance of the planet has not changed in the interim, this seems unlikely to ever happen).
All of this leads me to ask what I think are a few pertinent questions (or impertinent questions, depending on your point of view). Economists are required to take courses in at the very least elementary mathematics, are they not? I mean, mathematics is not an elective for a PhD in economics, is it? You cannot get an MBA from Harvard without at least being able to cipher as well as Jethro Bodine, can you? One would expect at least a minimal proficiency in mathematics before taking on a job at the Federal Reserve, or before becoming a pundit or an advisor to governments, would you not? Just wondering…
But then, as I said before, discussing Americanism, and the anti-war position, is so abstract…let’s get concrete shall we…and don’t cover your eyes…after all if you are paying for all this and voting for it then you really do have an obligation to make sure you look at its actual effects on the planet…oh I think so, so spare me the complaints about how obscene and filthy and horrible it all is, because after all, it is obscene and filthy and horrible, and they just can’t do it without you, which is why they spend so damn much time concentrating the media so they can brainwash you…Where the truth is inconvenient, propaganda becomes a requirement, and when common sense is not evidence, stupid irrational nonsense must take its place with no dissent allowed if something so atrociously recklessly stupid and self destructive is ever going to have a chance to prevail…
The Iraq O-I-L War-let’s have another look, shall we
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Something Filthy and Obscene
America’s religious voters are apparently going to the polls in droves to vote for the Iraq War and to vote against filthy and obscene sex, something that just drives them to anger. Funny how that works…
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Oh dear God, NOOOOO! You can see his penis. Well that is REALLY FILTHY! Someone call Ashcroft and maybe throw a sheet over that thing!
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Well now its really getting FILTHY! Why didn’t someone put an obscenity warning on this page. Well that photo shows parts of the human anatomy, which, despite their useful purposes, ARE EVIL!
But take heart all those of you who found this to be REALLY OFFENSIVE, because, after all, he is still alive, which I would suggest makes this photo a hell of a lot less obscene that the photos that the born again types are inflicting on the world through their pro-war voting patterns, while on the same ballot voting to hide, crush, and oppress the sinful, filthy flesh that somehow, by accident I am sure, was created by God (who obviously, we must conclude, has a really filthy mind…I mean just look at the perverse obscenity…Won’t someone think of the children? Won’t someone PLEEEEAAAASSSEEE think of the children! Now once we protect our children from the filth and swill of this world, maybe someone can finally figure out a way to protect our children from catching a glimpse of their own filthy genitals and then finally we can raise a generation with true purity. Of course protecting our children from the mind warping and damaging effects of the constant obscenity and perversity of this planet certainly doesn’t seem to be on the agenda for this generation, especially when you consider the types of perversity and lewdness in favor of which their supposedly holy parents are casting their ballots.
A Unified Field Theory
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The Unified Field Theory
is also available as a zip file -> unified.zip
Introduction :The Pioneer Effect and the New Physics. A brief description of the new physics required to explain the ‘Pioneer Effect’, which is the constant deceleration of space craft as they fly through space.
INDEX
Principles of Evolution: A Study in the Evolution of Bedbugs
A couple of years ago my bedroom was invaded by bedbugs. There were two variant genetic lines. One type of bedbug was an enlongated, thin, tubular insect, and the second genetic line was a flat, perfectly circular insect. The result of the cross breeding of these two genetically distinct variants was the production of a bedbug with charcteristics of both, an enlongated, flat bedbug with a central bulge (such that the shape of the bedbug was somewhere between ‘long’ and ‘circular’). The long skinny bedbugs were such strange and unfamiliar looking insects that at first I did not recognize them as being bedbugs, and considered them to be a seperate species of insect. However, as the photographs of bedbugs above indicate, enlongated and skinny bedbugs are not uncommon, and the photographs also show the variants that are produced by genetic combinations that result in an insect somewhere in between ‘circular’ and ‘enlongated’.
Therefore it is my hypothesis that evolution occurs by means of the transfer of dominate genes, with the production of such dominant genes being the product of ‘biological algorithms’, a genetic software program that brings physical characteristics into harmony with behavior, such that when behavior changes, and a conflict then exists, this acts as a trigger and causes the release of dominant genes. The result is rapid evolution of species. The bedbug is a relatively new insect, not the product of millions of years of evolution but rather an insect that is evolving in real time. The newly emerging dominant form of the insect is the flat, round ciruclar insect, well adapted to living in human bedrooms (it is flat, rather than tubular, thus allowing it to hide in the smallest cracks, living a stealthy lifestyle, and it is round, which gives the insect a maximum storage capacity such that it must endanger itself only a few times a month by emerging to feed.
Other examples of rapid evolution include the development of long legs in an invasive species of toad in Australia. As the toads move into the mountainous regions of Australia, and their behvaior changes, making them ‘climbing toads’, over the course of just a couple of decades the toads in the highlands have grown long legs specially adapted to climbing. It is worth noting here that the toads are poisonous, and are a successful invasive species because they have no natural predators in Australia, and so it would not be the case that the toads with long legs were ‘the fittest survivors’, because all the toads are survivors, and therefore predation does not explain the rapid emergence and spread of such well adapted, long legged toads. Once again we see evidence for the existence of biological algorithms and the rapid spread of dominant genes through a population, which once introduced proceed to overwhelm the older genes which are being replaced (making toad long legged and a bed bug round and flat).
A Theological Experiment
My interest in pursuing the Unified Field Theory is spurred on by my need to discover the theoretical explanation of a new form of propulsion (as explained on this page: Why the Unified Field Theory?). The experiment involving the bedbugs came out of nowhere.
I also believe that it is possible to justify theological propositions using experimental methods. If a thing is an objective truth then it can be verified and proven true by means of experimentation. Such a theological proposition is of more value than a ?divine revelation?, since such revelations depend upon nothing more than establishing authority figures which requires the creation of artificial hierarchies, for the only reason why I might be encouraged to believe an authority figure who orders me to believe unsubstantiated opinions is if I could somehow be convinced that this authority possessed a mind that was somehow superior to mine, and thus was fit to express opinions as though opinions were unquestionable facts and thus worthy of being elevated to the status of absolute dogma.
There is a self evident human inequality which is visibly apparent. Some people are ?beautiful? and thus are the true elite on this planet, and some people are not. It is this sexual inequality and the degeneration that follows upon beauty that is the true driving force behind all the evil that happens on earth. The need for ruthless oppression and the pursuit of wealth and the consequent creation of suffering and poverty which must follow upon this practice is for the purpose of creating an artificial alpha elite.
The true elites are the young and the beautiful. The artificial elite are the rich and the wealthy. The elite aging rich artificial alpha male has no good looks, for he is physically degenerate, but he will be found escorting beauty because he has a beautiful wallet. If he loses his wallet he will be found at home with all the other unattractive aged beta males sitting in a rocking chair watching reruns of Bonanza. No money, no sex. It is for this reason that the alpha males are found to be so ruthless and so violent in pursuit of their goal. The alpha male has fallen. The beta male has arisen and now the whole planet is full of ruinous destruction for it.
We see in religion a confused and contradictory reaction to this reality. On the one hand religion preaches a sexless heaven where castration and the clitorectomy create ?pure spirits?. Muslims throw women under sacks. On the other hand religion supports hierarchy and is the prop of the elite alpha male. It is for this reason that religion is incoherent when it comes to speaking about sex.
Now we see this same principle at work in all of nature. Guppies dance and show off their colorful tails and the guppy who dances with the most colorful tail is the sexually successful guppy. Therefore it is the doctrine of the ruthless oppressor which teaches that the solution to human sexual violence is to be found in castration and the creation of pure ghosts. This would be equivalent to damning an aardvark for having the ?sinful aardvark nature? or prosecuting an anteater for the high crime of ?ant genocide?.
Therefore it was my theological hypothesis that the correct solution to this problem is to give every guppy a beautiful colorful tail. I compare this solution to the classic religious solution which is to cut off every tail since having a tail is ?sinful?. If having a tail is sinful then God must be sinful for no human being has any choice in deciding whether or not they would be born with a colorful tail, or whether they would not.
When I was young I was a beautiful guppy with a lovely tail. So everyone seemed to think. I am older now. My nose became very badly sunburned and destroyed. It seemed good to me to test my hypothesis by using these ?biological algorithms? to correct this problem. I healed half my nose as you can see by the line separating the still very dark patch on the side in the photograph below.
I documented my experiment on these pages. one two t hree four fi ve six
I have confirmed to my own satisfaction that my theological proposition is correct and that religious dogma is erroneous, being based as it was upon nothing more than ?divine revelation? which is just a form of opinionated speculation. For the time being I am not continuing this experiment, for I must wait until the weather on this planet improves, and the dark clouds of ruthless oppression break letting a little sun shine come through so that I can show the world the truth about God, by showing people how God goes about giving an old guppy back his beautiful colorful tail.
Until then I will have to sit on the sidelines, while all my scientific breakthroughs are deliberately ignored, while I wonder to myself what ever in the world could be wrong with the human race, because what this all will prove at the end of it all is that there definitely was something wrong with the people on this planet.



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