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Did Jesus rise to Heaven or simply rise to the top of Mount Olympus?

If Jesus were to come back to Earth and Ascend to Heaven once again, would he only have to go to the top of Pikes Peak these modern and strange days? If you see Ted Haggard this coming Easter Egg Sunday ask him this question, and please let us at NMT know what his response is? Inquiring theological minds want an answer to the important questions of Life! Yes we do!   See jesus christ in greek mythology-dying & rising gods for more theology discussion in today's world. Millions still face havoc due to the uncertainty of God about just who he is. God himself may be even more imperfect than Humans themselves are? Now that's really scary.... In fact, God may even be dead or a Black Hole in another universe in our multiverse society? Who knows?

The “difference” between an IED and a land-mine

Is the difference between a Militia Group (like those commanded by Washington) and the VietMinh or the Taliban "Insurgents" A matter of Semantic Perspective that's vital to propagandists, espicially if the Propagandists don't have anything better. It's the so-called "difference" between "conqueror" and "liberator" , USAF Bomber v Suicide Bomber Decapitation with a sword and decapitation with a .50 caliber round fired frim a Vulcan electric motorized Gatling gun. Waterboarding as War Crime when practiced by the Imperial Japanese Army and waterboarding as "enhanced interrogation" when done by the Imperial American USMC, CIA and DHS. Tianmen Square and the Boston "massacre" or the Honduran "counterinsurgency". The Anschluss and "Regime Change". Genocide against European minority groups and Genocide against American Indians. The list goes on, but the main difference is that Land Mines are forbidden for deployment and the Terrorist States who deployed them mandated to clean them out, destroy them and compensate the Mostly Civilian Child victims of their monstrous use (or their families). In a treaty that the former ChickenHawk President refused to sign on the ridiculous notion that it violated U.S. Sovereignty.... even though the United States doesn't actually deploy land mines or, (as in the case of the terroristic bombing and mining of The DR VietNam, which one of the Major Party presidential candidates from the last election was doing when he was captured) on territory that's recognized as United States Territory. Other than in the Insane Delusional definitions of the U.S. "nationalists" like Bush and his demented disciples. (Special "shout out" to our Homeboys Bob Newman, Dobson and Haggard on that) There are two major parties in our Corporate Dictatorship, one votes as a bloc, no exceptions, and anybody who breaks ranks is called a traitor and shown the door. The "Other Party" currently in the majority in the House, Senate and Executive branch has enough Right Wing extremists, only the Republican Press calls them "moderate democrats" to sway any ratification of the treaty to either vote it down, or have it watered down to a Null Argument, or worse, charge the Children of Afghanistan and VietNam with crimes for destroying United States Government Property by exploding "our" Land Mines. I bet Dobson and Haggard and "Gunny" Bob would love that option. They probably have pictures of little kids with various parts blown off that they use for Porn. "Gunny" Bob is allegedly a Vet, I don't know if he has a collection of human hands harvested from the kids he killed during his "service" but he strikes me as That Type. Yeah, that's confrontational. So is calling the Quakers "Terrorists" because they dared to ask His Royal Lowness to stop lying, and published detailed lists of "Gunny" Bobs lies. A paid Right Wing Propagandist like him would appreciate the "Difference" between a Land Mine and an IED.

Ted Haggard is less shifty than New Life Church

COLORADO SPRINGS- Ted Haggard's inconvenient sex life surfaces again! And this time the scandal is all New Life's. Ted Haggard's PR talk show onslaught to remake his image has prompted an altar boy to go public. But it seems this violates an agreement the young man made with New Life in the aftermath of the Haggard prostitute meth-habit scandal. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, New Life Church leader Brady "Boyd said the church reached a legal settlement to pay the man for counseling and college tuition, with one condition being that none of the parties involved discuss the matter publicly." First let's clarify what New Life has failed to make clear. The young man was in his "early twenties" when he approached the church about the relations between he and Haggard. According to Boyd, the "inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship" had gone on for "a long period of time." The church denies that the young man might have been a minor when it began. Second, according to a letter sent to its congregation members as a result of the new revelations, New Life Church admits now that it has "received reports of a number of incidents of inappropriate behavior." In light of Ted Haggard trying to repaint himself as a victim in an HBO documetary, and on Oprah Winfrey, and an upcoming Larry King Live, the New Life ex-volunteer now wants to go public with his story. While the church told the public, and its congregation, that Haggard's impropriety did not extend beyond the Denver prostitute, it looks like New Life Church deliberately kept this story under wraps, despite an "overwhelming pool of evidence" to indicate otherwise. In the face of the hush-up coming to light, their official response is even more duplicitous. "It wasn't at all a settlement to make him be quiet or not tell his story," Boyd said. "Our desire was to help him. Here was a young man who wanted to get on with his life. We considered it more compassionate assistance - certainly not hush money. I know that's what everyone will want to say because that's the most salacious thing to say, but that's not at all what it was." An agreement to keep quiet appears to have been what New Life Church thought "it was." Asked whether the church will pursue legal procedures against the young man, Boyd replied: "We have legal standing to do that, but not the desire to."

The future of socialism and LGBT rights in Cuba

The future of socialism and LGBT rights in Cuba, an interview with Mariela Castro. I thought this interview might be of some interest to Colorado's LGBT community, as it shows not quite the monster leadership of Cuba as is usually portrayed by the Right Wing here in NORADlandia when they talk about Human Rights. Ted Haggard might even ought to ask for political asylum in Cuba? Take your whole family, Ted, and at least have a vacation there! Break the law! Psst... I hear you're changing your views as a Christian... right?

Moneychangers in the temple

It's official, the New Life Church Killer Matthew Murray died by a self-inflicted wound. Perhaps this will take the heat off volunteer church security guard and disgraced-cop Jeanne Assam who may have fired on Murray from a concealed position and kept firing on him as she advanced according to her police training. What does this latest distinction mean? This is what it suggests to me:   Troubled-teen Matthew Murray, according to his own website postings, may be America's first suicide bomber, using smoke and assault rifle to penetrate and injure a temple of American militant fundamentalism. This is American sectarian violence, perpetrated by a former adherent rebelling against the oppressive reach of American smiley-face religio-capitalism, church of prosperity Fundamentalism. The same corporate spiritualism that drives our war machine, the rotten heart of Pax Americana, the misplaced sense that American vacant-headed fundamentalist values must police the world, and dominate, or at least prosper from the bulk of its resources. Murray believed this kind of Christianity was at the core of the world's problems, and church leaders like New Life founder Ted Haggard as much as brag about it. Matthew Murray was the product of too-far-isolated fundie parents, who terrorized their children with fire and brimstone nightmares. His ostracism justifies public education, where home-schooling entrusted to zealots yields intelligent but incompatible offspring.

Let me show you Bad Writing

Poor Richard writes that his bookstore will neither carry the Ted Haggard expose nor host a book signing by its author Mike Jones, sex worker to reluctant habitue, Ted Haggard. Skorman can do what he wishes, but to say the reason is because the book is badly written is a cop out. Any bookseller in this city has to admit they carry a not inconsiderable mass of atrocious dreck. Bad books sell, and alas Richard's stand for a higher literary standard is the first to my knowledge. I think Jones' choice of an incompetent writer to ghost his Haggard Days memoir is likely spot-on for a Colorado Springs audience. What's the best selling book here? The home-grown LEFT BEHIND series! I guarantee you a fourth grader has not encountered less inspired writing. Not that our city is atypical, even today's NYT bestsellers play to a descending literary IQ. From Dan Brown to whoever is your cheesy favorite I've no doubt. This phenomena was clocked most distinctly when Stephen King was given the 2003 National Book Award for his contribution to [the sales of] American Letters. What a banner year it was, 2003. So why pick on poor male escort Mike Jones? I think it's pure political cowardice. The New Life Crew and their fallen gay-bashing leader have done irreparable harm to the progress of acceptance of homosexuals. Here's a chance to teach them something about from where comes their misplaced hatred, and Mike Jones stands without allies to do it. Jones is not an opportunist, he's a hero doing a dirty job. Maybe the right man for the dirty job, to crack a cheap joke, but if Jones was truly out for himself, he'd have taken a mega-fortune from a conglomeration of fundie gay-hating institutions interested in keeping Haggard in the pulpit. Remember Bill O'Reilly's non-consensual phone-sex while penetrating himself with a lifelike vibrating phallus? He and Fox paid an undisclosed fraction of a BILLION to make that story go away. If I knew THE BOOKMAN could handle the heat of accusations that we were only doing it for the attention --we've exceeded our limit, thank you KVOR creeps particularly-- my bookstore would of course host this reading and book signing. And I commend Jones for tastefully steering past whatever might have been the unwelcome lascivious play by play. I believe the Ted Haggard comeuppance is of capital importance for Colorado Springs, not to gloat about Haggard's suffering or about the humiliation of his flock, but to lift the veil from their self-hatred of homosexuals. Haggard is unrepentant about this by the way, and if I might offer a simplified analysis, he hates gays because he hates himself. What reason has he the temerity to suggest that we should hate them? Let's welcome Mike Jones to our town. Jones unmasked the Haggard hate monster, let him claim the lair. Jones can satiate our curiosity, feed the spectacle, accept our thanks for showing personal integrity, and move this story along. I most certainly think

Haggard not guilty of sexual immorality

In light of the revelations that Ted Haggard is a homosexual who has been paying for sex and drugs, the gay community is offering words of sympathy and support for their erstwhile Evangelical opponent and his family. For his part, Haggard demonstrates he can keep gay-bashing while he's going down. "I'm guilty of sexual immorality" Haggard wrote to his flock, "of degrading, unspeakable acts," etc. The local news toed the line. HAGGARD GUILTY OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY. Well that's not the objective take, is it? Haggard says he's guilty of sexual immorality, that's the story. Haggard is guilty of sexual pandering and using banned controlled substances. Haggard is guilty of lying and being a hypocrite. Haggard is contrite but shouldn't get to slime homosexuality with the ick factor of his fall. Ted Haggard had an opportunity to come clean, in the therapeutic sense, embrace what he is, and move his flock out of the stone-throwing age. Why should being gay keep him from being an inspirational preacher and natural leader? Instead Haggard chose to be a martyr to Satan's call. Haggard's congregation heard his apologies and instantly empathized and forgave him. He's now his own poster boy for the lure of evil. There's something inherent irreligious about Evangelical Christians. Forgiving oneself is practical, forgiving one another is neighborly, but expecting forgiveness while advocating the condemnation of others, is too short of divine. And carrying on with transgressions is by definition unkind. Most religions teach do good. Evangelic belief says believe in Jesus, that's good enough. It will be interesting to see if Ted Haggard can resurrect his band of pitchfork and torch bearing bigots. He may. In their eyes Haggard has proven he is as flawed as the worst of them. And maybe having to keep tabs on their homosexuality-inclined leader will open their hearts to acceptance of homosexuals who are not in the incarnation of their leader. My bet is that New Life Church will fold. It's big, it's a machine, I know. But it's a cult of personality with morons for adherents. I don't care that Haggard has been a terrific delegator of responsibility. The snake has been beheaded, and all the kings horses have never yet performed a successful head transplant.

Evangelicals behind the green curtain

When Toto pulled aside the curtain to reveal The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her friends discovered that The Wizard was in fact a little man. Amplified voice, impressive title, diminutive man. But Oz was an uncomplicated world. Unmasking the wizard did not call into question who built Emerald City. It may well have been the Oompa-Loompas or the Weebles, but under whose leadership?   I've been getting a behind-the-green-curtain feeling these days. Let me tell you it began with another paid male escort, Jeff Gannon Guckert. What a cheesy scenario. Fake journalist Jeff Gannon makes lots of overnight visits to the White House. Whose boyfriend was he? Wouldn't a high ranking administration official rate a better class of hooker? Really how sordid. Who in the White House was attracted or bemused by this slow-witted bald man? Of the same feather, evangelist Ted Haggard has been commuting to trysts with a Denver sex worker who knew him as "Art." Ted even solicited Mike Jones for drugs when he couldn't bring his own. We have been told that Ted Haggard was one of the most powerful religious leaders in the world. I'm having trouble seeing any kind of powerful man having to drive to Denver for blow jobs and methamphetamine. I don't doubt that Haggard pulls down a large salary, and that he commands the attention of tons of congregants, but his power is looking to me to have been a fabrication. America may be full of backward, bigoted hicks, but who was suggesting that Ted Haggard had a rein on them? Behind the green curtain and booming voice of apparent prestige and influence, we've found a little man who can't even score Meth. Behind the same curtain that holds Haggard up as leader of an army of God-fearers, I'm thinking is the bigger illusion, the looming Silent Majority of believers themselves. Bullshit. Haggard is a prostitute's john, and Haggard's flock are individual lonely tales of waylaid sheep. Adding up to nothing. Media pollsters can convince us that Dubya won an election with the help of a Fundamentalist Right Wing. Even the motive to take war to the Holy Land, however insane, would get begrudging partial credit for being religiously motivated. It's more palatable than the reality, that maintaining imperial imbalance of global resources is driven by pure greed. Immoral, inhuman, elitist greed. There's not a spiritual drop of blood in any of the Neocon veins. Any pseudo religious platform is smoke and mirrors.

Ted Haggard New Life Church

This is FABULOUS! We find out tomorrow when his accuser takes a polygraph test live on a Denver radio talk show, but the preliminary report is that Ted Haggard, fundamentalist scourge of lesser sinners, will be borrowing a page that wasn't even in Brother Swaggart's play book.   It's not that Ted Haggard is gay. Who isn't? Or, who says it's wrong to be gay?   It's not that Ted Haggard paid for sex. For some that's the only sex they want. Who says it's wrong to pay someone to have sex with you?   It's not that Ted Haggard did/does methamphetamine. Who hasn't or wouldn't if they were stupid enough?   It IS that Ted Haggard has been condemning gays and standing in the way of their equal partnership rights, all the while being gay. For me there is absolutely not much worse than a gay bastard! That may sound a little strong, but it's a curiously universal prejudice, isn't it? Evil enhanced by being gay evil? To celebrate, I'm going to have a second look at a documentary that came out earlier this year called Conviction, about three Dominican Sisters who were convicted and sentenced for the Plowshares action they took against a Colorado nuclear missile silo. In particular, the documentary features a splendid interview of Ted Haggard, critical of the sisters' actions, gloating about the prospects of them serving time in federal prison. He brags about the hand-in-glove relationship of church and military in Colorado Springs, frothing at the mouth to condemn the sisters. "This is just inappropriate, it's bad bible interpretation, it's bad Christianity..."

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