“Human beings are members of a whole,
in creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you’ve no sympathy for human pain
The name of human you cannot maintain”
Sa’di – Persian Poet
If the following exposé doesn’t make your blood run cold, then there’s something terribly wrong:
Sickening, isn’t it? Loathsome, vile, deplorable, disgusting, heinous, insidious, putrid, inhuman and unbelievably evil.
Why isn’t this book required reading in every high school instead of the inane pigswill of patriotic propaganda regurgitated from one generation to the next? (although it was called ‘World Cultures’ in my day.)
Why isn’t the empire of twisted, misogynistic, bitchy, pedophilic, papal men in dresses ripped wide open for all the world to plainly see? It’s already started; surely it can only snowball from here.
Back when my mother was religious (read “obedient, in subjection and subservient to” the JW’s), she used to call the catholic church “the great harlot” (I don’t know that I’d ascribe that tag to just one sect of christianity, though). I think she may have been referring to the fictional work of the bibles’ book of revelation. Whether her interpretation was what was intended, I neither know nor care, but it seems like a tailor-made tag for the debauched ‘dirty old men’s club’, to me.
While researching this theme, I came upon an enlightening post by Abdun Nur under a forum title of “Religion is a Crime Against Humanity” (couldn’t have said it better myself). Abdun has very kindly given me permission to quote his post below, dated November 28th, 2010:
I have been researching history for a lecture on the ancient history of Britain I’m giving next year, in my title of this thread I’m stating every and all religions are a crime against humanity at large including the modern corruption they label Islam, the Deen of Islam has been lost to the majority by the deceptions and infections of 14 centuries, I find the investigation of Christianity interesting, it may explain some interesting aspects of modern Islam to some, I am still investigating; any new information to aid this is welcome, thanks, this is a little of what I have found out:
In 325 the First Council of Nicaea, the ecumenical council was convened by Constantine I, who had invited all 1800 bishops of the Christian church. “Resplendent in purple and gold, Constantine made a ceremonial entrance at the opening of the council, probably in early June, but respectfully seated the bishops ahead of himself.” (Carroll, 11) “proceeded through the midst of the assembly, like some heavenly messenger of God, clothed in raiment which glittered as it were with rays of light, reflecting the glowing radiance of a purple robe, and adorned with the brilliant splendor of gold and precious stones.” (Eusebius, The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine, Book 3, Chapter 10)
Constantine was an idolater who believed in the worship of the Sun God Sol Invictus, whom he regarded as the only God. He filled all the trappings of state, such as banners, statues and coinage with symbols of his religion. Right up to the conclusion of his life he acted as the high priest of this religion, calling his reign the era of Sun-emperorship, only as he lay dying was he baptised, when the Christians took advantage of his weakness to resist.
The Egyptians are one of the earliest recorded cultures to fully embrace the sun as a deity. Ra was the major cosmic deity. Early Egyptian kings claimed descent from his lineage. At the beginning of the Middle Kingdom (2134-1668 B.C.E) the worship of Ra, for all intents and purposes, became a state religion.
The parallel in Christianity is the Merovingians who claim a direct linage to Christ and so a right to subjugate and exploit the population, this Jinn bloodline flows through to the descendants perpetrating the present monarchies of the modern world.
During the Theban dynasties the god was melded to Amon and was transformed into the supreme god Amon-Ra. Later renamed Aton, which was proclaimed the one true and only god, on the surface creating the first monotheistic religion. An early example of the concept of the trinity is also in evidence, for the Egyptians believed in a divine father, mother, and son (Osiris, Isis, Horus), this also explains the use of the term ‘āmen’ expressed at the conclusion of any prayer, in the affirmation of the Sun God, this concludes prayers in the modern world for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, possibly others.
The BRAMA of the Hindus, and MITHRAS of the Persians, and ATHOM, AMUM, PHTHA, and OSIRIS, of the Egyptians, the BEL of the Chaldeans, the ADONAI of the Phœnicians, the ADONIS and APOLLO of the Greeks, became but personifications of the Sun.
From this ancient cosmological vantage point the god dwelled in and ruled the heavens, this established a God in the sky belief.
The sun religions Ankhs symbolized everlasting life and generation, the Ichthys, or fish symbol, was used by early Christians, replaced by the Chi-Rho monogram, which was adopted by Constantine from his labarum (military standard), later replaced by the death on the cross symbol.
Constantine worked to incorporate the religions, to form a united, cohesive single religion of the state. “Faith…. was for Constantine a political matter, and any faith that was conductive to unity was treated with forbearance.” (The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. 1996 ed. p.388)
The Pope of Rome, Eusebius, regarded Constantine as divine and stated that the Creator was embodied in him. “Since the beginning of the world it is to Constantine alone that the power of salvation has been given. Christ is set aside, Christ is formally denied….Constantine now stands alone as the saviour of the world…” (The Messianic Legacy)
“Constantine dealt with the matter of religion from a political angle only, by expelling all the bishops who he expected would not sign the new declaration of faith, and in this manner he achieved the unity he wanted.” (The Heretics. By Walter Nigg.)
Christian doctrine formed on the basis of an emperor’s authority. This doctrinal text written by Constantine himself, for the people who gathered at the council of Nicea, still forms the foundation and reference point for the doctrine of all Christian groups.
All works and writing that opposed the decrees of Nicea were to be collected and destroyed. Emperor Diocletian had destroyed all Christian writings that could be found. “Of the five thousand extant early manuscripts of the New Testament, not one pre-dates the fourth century. The New Testament, as it exists is essentially a product of fourth century editors and writers.”(The Heretics. By Walter Nigg.)
“After Constantine, the Christ was depicted as one who had power over death, and as the ruler of the universe.”(The Lost Gospel. – Burton L Mack)
The church took the birthday of the Sun, the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, the festival of “Natalis Invicti” on 25 December in Europe but varies upon geographical location, as in Russia for example Christmas falls on the 4th January. The Sabbath was changed from Saturday as established by the early Christians to Sunday, the day of the Sun.
In the council they established the new foundations of their ecclesiastical corporation, “ecumenical” derived from Greek ‘oikoumenikos’ means “worldwide”, Augustus claim to be ruler of the oikoumene/world, therefore the Pope was owner of the world and all within it; Augustus promoted the ideal of a superior Roman civilization with a task of ruling the world, so an Emperor, a king, a president could rule what the Pope owned.
They made the Pope the vicar of Christ, and they made Christ God, so the Pope was the religious adviser to God; the word vicar means ‘a substitute’, meaning a vicar is a substitute who acts in place of another, so in effect the Pope is God on earth, under the Roman Catholic Church logic.”
Abdun Nur’s website: Servant of the Light.
I’d encourage you to take the time to read through his site; every article is informative and thought-provoking, particularly this eye-popping post entitled, “The Vatican“.
In closing, I’m including a brief excerpt from my dear friend, Jennifer Shepherd (aka Lipstick Mystic) with her kind permission, from one of her latest posts, “What It Means To Be A Medicine Woman or Healer Today“. It’s fitting, expanding a little upon the evils of the catholic church, whose paranoia didn’t just include those of other religious belief systems. (Forgive me, Jennifer, I’ve broken it up into paragraphs for ease of reading) :
“…So to be effective at what you do, you need to sort of work underground. And of course, ignorance, superstition, and persecution still happen to real healers on an almost constant basis.
In some ways, not much has changed since the “burning times” of the medieval period. That was when all the herbalists and mid-wives living in Europe — you know, the women who actually knew which herbs to use to stop a woman from bleeding during or after pregnancy and which herbs were natural antibiotics that could stop lethal infections — were killed off, burned at the stake, and driven underground.
And after the Catholic Church and its homicidal representatives killed off the herbalist/midwives for “working with the Devil” — that’s what they called it when these women healed people — the bubonic plague hit Europe and one third of the population died without the life-saving ministrations of these gifted and brilliant healer ladies.
Long before men served as doctors, you’d go to women for healing; they were the keepers of wisdom about herbs and their medicinal effects. That all got wiped out. Healer women were portrayed as witches, as non-compliant, as evil. Fast forward some nine hundred years — and it’s just the same crap, different century…”