Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Blog Against Theocracy - Regime Change

A patriotic holiday is a good time to blog against Theocracy, because people need to be reminded that the Founding Fathers of this nation never intended for it be a Theocracy. First, I'm posting this recently discovered video which covers a lot of the very basic reasons why the creeds of religions should not be influencing the decisions made by the government. ANY government.

To follow that up, here is a collection of quotes from "The American Taliban" -- no, not the American who joined the Taliban, this is a bunch of American Theocrats whose words should scare the crap out of all people who love freedom. They can say what they want, but if you are following these people and believe in their words you are going against everything that this free country was founded upon. That's my freedom-loving opinion. Read!

A video (now removed) from a "World Can't Wait" event, and featured Olympia Dukakis reading The Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, which is the text of their petition.

Here is the text:
YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

YOUR GOVERNMENT puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

YOUR GOVERNMENT suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler - and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.

This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten.

Blog Against Theocracy Postings

First Freedom First, sign petition.

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L said...

Right on!

Just wanted to send you some positive vibes from a fellow treehugging, liberal, atheist, blue-eyed, childfree, and totally outraged woman in Austin. I recently bought a bumpersticker and put it on my fridge that says..."Freedom IS the distance between church and state." I thought it was great. We can't let America fall to a set of people who have forgotten why America was created in the first place - to escape religious persecution!!

Happy 4th of July you,

Blueberry said...

Nice to meet you Lindsay! Stop by anytime!

Me said...

OK, I now have a total girl crush on Ms. Dukakis.

And the "American Taliban" scares me WAY MORE than that other one does.

Happy 4th, Blueberry!

Mando Mama said...

Sitting here in the cradle of the revolution, it's really funny to hear the interpreters for Jefferson or Patrick Henry or even general townsfolk mocking what's going on now in the 21st century. In Continental times, voting was reserved for white Protestant males over 21 with 50 acres of land....and that was almost 300 years ago. Hmmmm.