Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Book of Daniel banned from KNWA Friday lineup

KNWA announced Monday it would no longer air "The Book of Daniel" due to complaints of God's righteous warriors who inhabit NW AR who fight the "Darkside", like the Cajun God-warrior of Fox's Trading Spouses . I suppose if the Christ was depicted stoning the entire cast of characters, it would have been worthy of airing. Folks in NW AR want a vengeful Christ, not the Christ of the Beatitudes.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdon of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
Matthew 5:3-10
(Return to Fr. Groeschel's article) "

The fundamentalist "wackos"(as described by superlobbyist Jack Abramoff) have been editing all the unholy talk about mercy and peacemaking for nearly 50 years from the word of God, so it's no surprise that a depiction of a merciful Christ who tries to help his priest friend on the show thru some of the lows of his life and his growing addiction to vicodin to cope just won't work for the "holiness or hell" crowd who predominate NW AR. The only "pure in heart" Christians are those who vote for neo-con Republicans hell bent on the self-fulfillment of right-wing Christendom's manic desire to see Armageddon break out in their lifetime. I remember as a teen in a So. Baptist congregation when Billy Graham urged Reagan in his dialogue with the Soviets to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons costing him some of his faithful in my church. Now, Franklin intends to countenance the Billy Graham who was a budding right-wing hack who saw NO EVIL in Nixon until he heard the tapes and saw the Watergate scandal unfold for all the world to see the corruption of the GOP's favorite holy warrior.

I suppose if the Christ was a lawyer, a detective, a homicide investigator, or a stock character coroner who stores his cold cut sandwich with organs or body fluids in his refrigerator or eats it over a dissected corpse would be more to taste for the "holiness or hell Christians" or if he hosted a show where pig innards are swallowed whole, there would be no whining. I suppose the good pastor of the show is not pure enough in heart to warrant a vision of Christ, much less a continuing conversation. Maybe if the Christ character drove the lenders from the temple...oops!...if that happened, half the fundamentalist congregations would have to empty the churches because churches are wonderful places for salesmen and lenders to network for business.

If ever there was a reason to fear the present climate in America, I would have to say that corporate ownership of news services and their inability to stand for free expression and to stand up to the worst Congress and President in the past 85 years and failed to temper the jingoism that led to the Iraq War is reason to dread the future. What if the corporate news entities had attempted to temper the "war fever" instead of exploiting it? Would we have 2,200 of the best folks who called themselves Americans still alive to enjoy their lives and their families today? It's not that I would urge a boycott of KNWA, but I am most especially concerned for the lack of courage in standing up to bullies who call themselves children of God. I am sad for the path to perdition our nation seems intent on taking today. I am sad about the right-wing madness of some of the bloggers and columnists I read in AR alone, much less all the vitriol spewed throughout America.

Seems to me fundamentalist Christians have become the persecuters these days. The admixture of politics and religion is still as dangerous as it was in the bloody centuries of Christians killing and destroying other Christians that preceded our time. Another victory for the fundamentalists in their Holy War declared in 1992 by Patrick Buchanan on behalf of the GOP. Cograts! Funny how Patrick considers the media the "neo-con media" as opposed to the mythic "liberal" media the GOP characterize today, which in GOP/Religious correctness jargon means, ANY criitcism or bad press for the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz hydra we must suffer because of the neurotic path Americans demand for their nation. Here's an example of why PJ Buchanan is 100% correct in his assessment of the American media.


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