A lady from Eugene, Oregon (where I live), sends along some not-so-positive remarks about this April 23rd article about me that appeared in the local paper, The Register Guard:
The Christian Hoax
Much has been made of “The DaVinci Code”; fiction, not fiction, lies, conjecture, posturing, disapproval from the Roman Catholic Church. Carl Olson’s comments were far from my own reality. (April 23, 2006) “ …anti-Catholicism is the last accepted prejudice”? Really? What then is genocide? How do you explain the failure of levees in New Orleans? Or the placement of landfills and toxic waste dumps? This is not “prejudice” against christians, Carl, this is well-deserved disgust and aversion, a product of sowing and reaping.
There are hints of truth in the DaVinci Code. Don’t let history sway your predisposition. Look at the ‘christian agenda’ for what it truly is.
‘Holy Wars’’? A revealing oxymoron. 400 (four hundred) years of looting were the Crusades. They set the foundation for the standard method of dealing with heathens and heretics. The cost of Christianizing then Europe? Eight million to ten million lives. But it was worth it, as Madeleine Albright would say.
Members of the Cathars and the Knights Tempar were condemned by the ‘church’ as heretics and slaughtered, their lands, titles and holdings absorbed by church and by state. First demonize, then condemn, then demand blood in the name of god. Secure the booty. Make full the holy coffers. Don’t forget to justify the destruction.
The Holy Roman Catholic Church under Pope Innocent IV did adopt and authorize (1252 ACE) torture for ecclesiastical trials. Torture was honed by the Christian crusaders and the Inquisition. Pagan common law opposed torture. What a Christ-like action that was.
For 500 (five hundred) years the Inquisition reigned hellbent, literally; a mockery to justice, fanatical, cruel, arbitrary and invented to force the public to embrace or be exterminated. Noted as ’the most elaborate extortion racket ever devised’, an all-for-profit organization. The first corporation?
Pope Boniface directed the trial of a witch must be conducted ‘simply, without the voice and form of lawyers’. The ‘church’ created the crime and acted judge and jury. Inquisitors were placed entirely above the law. Why does this sound so familiar?
Condemn all who do not submit quietly. Burn them at the stake. Excommunicate them. The list includes Copernicus, Galilei, Joan de’Arc, Giordano Bruno, Hypatia, Michael Servetus, Martin Luther, Matthew Fox, witches, herbalists, healers, midwives, pagans, heathens, savages, natives.
What about the usurping of pagan holy days, like Christmas and Easter? And all of the adopted relics and traditions, like the yule log, gifts, lights, mistletoe, holly, eggs, rabbits, wreaths? Altogether pagan in origin. And if Christmas is about Christ, what are all those ‘Christians’ doing at the mall?
Jesus and Magdalene married? Or not? So what? What if they shared a bed? And had sexual intercourse? And made a family? What difference does it make? And the truth is no one will ever know the truth.
The wrap up at the end of your article/interview is priceless. The perfect black-and-white, with-us –or-against-us, good-versus-evil, patriot-or-terrorist, love-it-or-leave-it divisive spew. You say that if your Jesus Christ is not who you think he is/was “then Christianity is a complete sham….It’s really an all-or-nothing proposition”.
When it comes to the ‘all-or-nothing’ ness of Christianity, I prefer the latter. Christianity unveiled is nothing less than unbridled corruption and insatiable greed, the evolution of hypocrisy. The only consistency in Christianity is the hypocrisy.
Your ‘god’ is not my ‘god’.
Your Jesus is not my Jesus.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of ‘god’.
Beware the scribes.
Reap and sow accordingly.
Sounds like the start of a rewarding and logical dialogue...