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Pat Robertson – One Sick S.O.B.

I’ve been a little neglectful of this column recently. Most of my efforts have been going into writing a book about a homeless, mentally ill man who served as a unifying force in a community in California. The book is nearing completion and will hopefully shed light on the plight of the mentally ill in this country. It is a touching and compelling story.

As I write about the difficulties of living with mental illness, I see that being a mentally sick individual doesn’t have to be an automatic condemnation to poverty and discomfort. Look at Pat Robertson, the good Christian who is known to call for the death of his fellow human beings from time to time. As most everyone knows by now, this delusional whack job says the tragedy that has befallen Haiti was brought about by God because Haitians many generations back made “a pact with the devil.”

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Oh How Loud Sing the Guilty

Isn’t it funny how so often those most guilty of an offense are the ones that cry foul the loudest when others do the same thing? Case in point, the United Coalition of Reason, a Washington based group that works to raise the visibility of local groups in what it calls “the community of reason.” This community of reason includes a variety of non-theistic organizations including secular humanists, agnostics, atheists, and other non-believers in the realm of the supernatural. Some groups even include Jews and other progressive thinking members of more traditional religious groups.

The United Core of Reason has provided assistance to local Coalition of Reason groups in a variety of American cities to erect billboards and bus signs reaching out to other non-theists to let them know they are not alone and that numerous local groups offer everything from education to social forums for like minded non-believers to get together. The billboard campaign came to Phoenix earlier this year and arrived in San Diego this week. Billboards have also appeared in Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Houston and a host of other cities around the nation.

The billboards proclaim . . .

“Are You Good without God?  Millions are.” or “Don’t Believe in God? You are not alone.”

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Afghanistan – Where Fools Rush In

President Obama faces a monumental challenge. What direction will we take in the battle for Afghanistan? You remember Afghanistan; it’s that country where Al Qaeda was training terrorists, where Osama bin Laden lived and where we were focusing our efforts before George W. Bush turned his back on it and went after the guy that “tried to kill [his] daddy”. As experts predicted years ago while we were running around looking for phantom weapons of mass destruction next door, Afghanistan was the real danger point. They said the Taliban and Al Qaeda would be resurgent and that Afghanistan would sooner or later come back to haunt us. It is becoming increasingly obvious they were right about the danger. It is knocking on our door.

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The Reader and the Witness

Lest you be forced to guess, Allen Sherpa is an avid reader. Trained as a scientist in college, I find that later in life the subjects in which I had the least interest in my younger years have become those for which I now have a burning passion. History, philosophy, economics, politics, all topics that rest on the nature of humanity and the behavior of mankind. I have found that a lust for new learning is what keeps people young no matter their age. I hope this elixir serves me well as the years go by.

Those that know me well also know that I am not a particularly religious man (I hereby submit this claim for the “Understatement of the Year” award). However, I am not anti-religious, at least until someone’s beliefs impinge upon the rights of others. When the religious-right actively engages in the politics of hate, I draw the line. When religious zealots strap explosives to themselves and wipe out a couple dozen diners, I draw the line. When someone guns down a doctor because he doesn’t agree with his philosophy of life, I draw the line. When someone forces a school board to teach kids, in spite of the overwhelming preponderance of evidence, the earth is only six thousand years old and evolution is a myth, I draw the line. Frankly, I view proselytizing missionaries as cultural terrorists that are attacking the belief systems of others with their own arrogant life views.

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A Plague upon the Chapel

Another evangelical nut-case has gone off on the civilized world. Scott Roeder, a 51 year old moon-bat from Kansas, the land where Darwin is a myth, has allegedly murdered Dr. George Tiller. Tiller was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his church in Wichita, Kansas. His medical clinic in Wichita was a center of controversy because of its involvement in the world of women’s rights to choose. It was one of the few places in the country that a woman could still get a late term abortion.

I doubt any sane, rational and moral human being condones Tiller’s murder. Assuming Roeder is in fact the killer, it goes without saying he is sick and demented. He apparently claims to be an evangelical Christian. If so, he is so deluded with his beliefs as to confuse whether or not he’s part of the flock, the preacher or God himself.

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More Sinning for Fun and Profit

Yesterday’s column turned out to be a great source of entertainment for me personally.  I don’t recall ever receiving so many comments via email rather than as public comments for the world to see.  It seems some people are a little more sensitive to criticism of this Mormon concept of baptizing the dead than I expected and some found the idea of baptizing the dead so ridiculous as to not want their comments published.  Maybe next time you could clean it up a little bit and let others hear your thoughts too.

It was interesting to learn that the Mormons have been dunking the dead since Joseph Smith had one of his “revelations” sometime back around 1840.  Thanks for the info.  I guess if you’ve been doing something loopy long enough, that must prove it makes sense.

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Sinning for Fun and Profit

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I, Allen Sherpa, am an ordained minister, a full fledged member of the clergy. I am legally permitted to perform marriages, baptisms, and even exorcisms. My grandfather was an ordained Methodist minister who ministered in Harlan County Kentucky following the end of World War I. I guess it’s in my blood.

I have long known that a particular religious group headquartered in this country considers itself superior to all other religious groups in knowing the only “true way” to redemption and eternal life. Now that I think of it, I don’t know of any religious group that doesn’t consider itself superior to all others and in full possession of the only direct line to the heavens and eternal bliss.

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