Stand up for freedom: draw Mohammed
by M. Stewart
To demonstrate support for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris has declared May 20 Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. I have decided to jump the gun to inspire my online brothers and sisters to participate in this spring anti-insanity event. (See my depiction of Mohammed at right.)
The jihadist website RevolutionMuslim.com seems to have been taken down after its leaders threatened South Park producers for mocking the Islamic taboo of depicting the prophet Mohammed. From what I understand, this particular band of Islamorads is centered in New York. The group celebrates 9/11 as a great moment in Islamic history.
It's time to fight back against the resurgence of religious madness in the world. (Cue music.) An ORL credo on the subject of religion:
Ohio River Life opposes all those who either threaten, kill, or do harm to others in the name of gods and prophets.
ORL will continue to provide resistance to any person or group that uses religion to justify crimes or to satisfy political, sexual, or monetary desires.
ORL does not oppose those who practice religion peacefully as a means of cultivating the soul, helping the less fortunate, or calming the masses.
ORL supports personal, political, economic, social, and intellectual freedom wherever it exists.
Speaking of prophets, I guess it's only a matter of time before Fox News megalomaniac Glenn Beck asks his audience to drink the Kool-aid. Beck announced that he has been called out by his god to lead his people into battle with the forces of darkness.
If you can sit through the whole 10 minutes of this audio clip, you will hear a man who finally has turned the bend--a man who actually believes that God Almighty, the Eternal One, is calling him to lead his people out of darkness.
In the clip, Beck admits that he began his Fox career as what he calls an "entertainer," whose job it was to get attention and ratings. But apparently he's reached the point where he believes his own bullshit. Beck is now hearing voices.
The danger for rational Americans is to underestimate the power of mass media, money, madness, and religion. By turning journalism first into political entertainment, then into political propaganda, and now into a religious crusade, Fox News has managed to organize an army of jacked-up, angry people who are prepared to follow entertainer-prophets into battle.
For most of us, the biggest stars have provided some welcome comic relief in difficult times. Who hasn't laughed out loud at the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly? They are excellent entertainers. Some of you will remember 10-15 years ago when Rush Limbaugh routinely insisted that he was an entertainer. He's not saying that anymore.
Beck claims to have achieved religious enlightenment by reading the letters and diaries of the Founding Fathers and the "Pilgrims," as if the religious zealots who established the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies were the same group who fought a political war against the British Crown 150 years later. Beck relies on the fact that the vast majority of his audience will not read the actual texts he so vaguely references.
By establishing what amounts to a religion that posits himself and the Founding Fathers as prophets, Beck seems ready to lead another Great Awakening from his Fox pulpit. As such, he has become yet another televangelist with delusions of grandeur and lots of money. The real Founding Fathers actually knew history, and they understood all too well the catastrophic results of mixing religion and politics. That's precisely why they set up a secular government that is forbidden by law to sponsor or promote any specific religion.
Put simply, modern religious zealots--Muslim, Christian, it doesn't matter--literally hate the United States because there is too much freedom here. They vow to restore the kind of church-state alliance that plagued Europe for centuries and the Middle East to this day.