Most readers have been left mentally bruised by the almost nonstop coverage of the Brett Kavanaugh Judicial hearing, in which the Democrats opposed to him deliberately savaged Kavanaugh and made the nomination process akin to an attack by a herd of ravenous walkers or zombies from The Walking Dead. I don’t view the Democrats in the hearing any other way. They were out to destroy Kavanaugh, presuming he is guilty (treating the hearing as a trial) unless proven innocent, although innocence is a concept alien to their social view just as their notion of “justice” is simply a misnomer for vengeance. They are not pursuing innocence.
Outside the hearing, the circus goes on. Andrew West writes for Constitution, that the Democrats do not have a corner on the Trump/Kavanaugh Syndrome
“distinguished associate professor” Christine Fair thinks all white Republican senators in the Brett Kavanaugh hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee ”deserve miserable deaths.”
Oh, and after they’re dead, the professor — who describes herself in her Twitter bio as an “inter-sectional feminist, pitbull apostle, scotch devotee, nontheist, resister” — thinks they should be castrated and fed to pigs.
“The views of faculty members expressed in their private capacities are their own and not the views of the University. Our policy does not prohibit speech based on the person presenting ideas or the content of those ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable. While faculty members may exercise freedom of speech, we expect that their classrooms and interaction with students be free of bias and geared toward thoughtful, respectful dialogue.”
Speaking of monsters from Georgetown U., in 1922 H.L. Mencken
drew up a list of expired gods,
“Graveyard of the Dead Gods,” most of the deities bloodthirsty, bizarre in appearance and in powers, and absolutely twirly. Long ago, upon first reading Mencken’s article, I thought he had invented the names, and that the purpose of the piece was to mock religion. But, believe if or not, each expired deceased immortal has an entry in one or another encyclopedia, even in Wikipedia. The occupants of Mencken’s graveyard come from all the continents and from most cultures and eras. See my column “Casper the Unfriendly Ghost.”
…But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man’s life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy. And, as philosophies, some religions have very valuable moral points. They may have a good influence or proper principles to inculcate, but in a very contradictory context and, on a very—how should I say it?—dangerous or malevolent base: on the ground of faith.
For example, there’s Mullo:
A mullo is created when a person dies suddenly of some unnatural cause or the person did not have proper funeral rites. A mullo is described as having white clothes, hair that reaches to their feet, and one physical oddity (a trait which varies from geographic region to region). A mullo’s existence is in seeking out people it did not like in life and harassing that person.
There’s your origin of voodoo. And Adsalluta:
An altar dedicated to the deity of the river Sava Augusto) was found at Ščitarjevo (Andautonia). The cult of Savus is evidenced on several monuments, all of them from the upper course of the river, from the
surroundings of Emona, as well as from Andautonia and Siscia. Several altars dedicated to a pair of deities, Savus and Adsalluta (a female deity of the Celtic Taurisci), were also found along the upper course of the
river. The name of the river deity Savus is also found on a lead tablet inscribed on both sides found in the Kupa at Sisak: it is a curse (defixio) demanding a punishment (drowning) of the individual that was the object of the curse.
Ashtoreth was the moon goddess of the Phoenicians, representing the passive principle in nature, their principal female deity; frequently associated with the name of Baal, the sun-god, their chief male deity ( Judges 10:6 ; 1 Samuel 7:4 ; 12:10 ). These names often occur in the plural (Ashtaroth, Baalim), probably as indicating either different statues or different modifications of the deities. This deity is spoken of as Ashtoreth of the Zidonians. She was the Ishtar of the Accadians and the Astarte of the Greeks ( Jeremiah 44:17 ; 1 Kings 11:5 1 Kings 11:33 ; 2 Kings 23:13 ). There was a temple of this goddess among the Philistines in the time of Saul ( 1 Samuel 31:10 ). Under the name of Ishtar, she was one of the great deities of the Assyrians. The Phoenicians called her Astarte. Solomon introduced the worship of this idol ( 1 Kings 11:33 ). Jezebel’s 400 priests were probably employed in its service ( 1 Kings 18:19 ). It was called the “queen of heaven” ( Jeremiah 44:25 ).
Perhaps we can forget Ashtoreth . But who the hell were the Zidonians?
Zidonians were the inhabitants of Zidon. They were among the nations of Canaan; left to give the Israelites practice in the art of war, (Judges 3:3) and colonies of them appear to have spread up into the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephothmaim, (Joshua 13:4,6) whence in later times they hewed cedar trees for David and Solomon. (1 Chronicles 22:4) They oppressed the Israelites on their first entrance into the country, (Judges 10:12) and appear to have lived a luxurious, reckless life. (Judges 18:7) They were skillful in hewing timber, (1 Kings 5:8) and were employed for this purpose by Solomon. They were idolaters, and worshipped Ashtoreth as their tutelary goddess, (1 Kings 11:5,33; 2 Kings 23:13) as well as the sun-god Baal from whom their king was named. (1 Kings 16:31)
The ancient Egyptians came up with some doozy gods, such as Osiris:
Osiris is the Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead, brother-husband to Isis, and one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt. The name `Osiris’ is the Latinized form of the Egyptian Usir which is interpreted as ‘powerful’ or ‘mighty’. He is the first-born of the gods Geb (earth) and Nut (sky) shortly after the creation of the world, was murdered by his younger brother Set, and brought back to life by his sister-wife Isis. This myth, and the gods involved, became central to Egyptian culture and religious life. Osiris was originally a fertility god, possibly from Syria (though this claim is contested) who became so popular he absorbed the function of earlier gods such as Andjeti and Khentiamenti, two gods of fertility and agriculture worshipped at Abydos. He is associated with the djed symbol and is often depicted with black or green skin symbolizing the fertile mud of the Nile and regeneration. He is also frequently shown as a mummy or in partially mummified form in his role as Judge of the Dead.
… He was also known as The Lord of Love, King of the Living, and Eternal Lord. After Isis, Osiris was the most popular and enduring of all the Egyptian gods. His worship spanned thousands of years from shortly before the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3150-2613 BCE) to the Ptolemaic Dynasty (323-30 BCE), the last dynasty to rule Egypt before the coming of Rome. It is also possible that Osiris was worshipped in some form in the Predynastic Period of Egypt (c. 6000-3150 BCE) and probable that he originated at that time.
…Where, when, and how Osiris was first worshipped is much disputed. It has been claimed that Osiris was originally a deified Predynastic king, a primitive vegetation spirit, a jackal god of an early royal necropolis, or a mother goddess. Even the etymology of his name is uncertain, though it may simply mean ‘The Mighty One’
…Although he is usually seen as a just, generous, and giving god of life and abundance there are also depictions of him as “a terrifying figure who dispatches demon-messengers to drag the living into the gloomy realm of the dead”
|Abracadabra:You must believe! Or else!
There isn’t much in that vein that could be said of Allah. Allah is missing from Mencken’s list of deceased deities, possibly because he is such a ridiculous “god,” and one with no purpose (he did not represent fecundity or rich harvests) that the Baltimoran chose not to include him. Britannica notes:
Etymologically, the name Allah is probably a contraction of the Arabic
al-Ilāh, “the God.” The name’s origin can be traced to the earliest Semitic
writings in which the word for god was il
, the latter being used in the Hebrew Bible
). Allah is the standard Arabic word for God and is used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews as well as by Muslims regardless of their native tongue.
Allah is the pivot of the Muslim faith. Islam’s holy scripture
, the Qurʾān
, stresses above all Allah’s singularity and sole sovereignty
, a doctrinal tenet indicated by the Arabic term tawḥīd
(“oneness”). He never sleeps or tires, and, while transcendent
, he perceives and reacts to everything in every place through the omnipresence of his divine knowledge. He creates ex nihilo
and is in no need of a consort, nor does he have offspring. Three themes preponderate in the Qurʾān: (1) Allah is the Creator, Judge, and Rewarder; (2) he is unique (wāḥid
) and inherently one (aḥad
); and (3) he is omnipotent
and all-merciful. Allah is the “Lord of the Worlds,” the Most High; “nothing is like unto him,” and this in itself is to the believer a request to adore Allah as the Protector and to glorify his powers of compassion and forgiveness.
An apt description of the Supreme “Everything’s about Me” Narcissist.
So much about Allah is literally incredible. “He perceives and reacts to everything in every place through the omnipresence of his divine knowledge. He creates creates ex nihilo
and is in no need of a consort….” He is alleged to be both omniscient and omnipotent, contradictory attributes that defy reason. If he can change things, then he must have known beforehand before creating a thing that he would have changed it later.
And if he had no wife or female companion, and always existed, where did he get the idea of 72 virgins from? Well, he’s just an ex nihilo kind of guy. Like the Christian God, he can create things out of nothing, with no preconceived idea of what they are or will be. Loan him a rib!. The idea of a woman just popped into his head, anatomy and all.
|Our Wonder Woman
Amil Imani asks Allah some rhetorical questions about Allah’s powers, about women, and about many other things.
Are you male, your lordship? Pardon me for asking a personal question. The reason I ask is that you have much against women. You stipulate that women are worth one-half of a man. You ordain that men are rulers over women and much more. I really don’t see that. My lifelong experiences with women have convinced me that women are every bit as worthy as men, if not even better in many respects. For one, women are the life-givers and nurturers of life. Men, by contrast, are forever in the business of life-taking.
Science tells us that women are as capable as men in every sphere other than those that require brute force. But machines are much superior to men in brute force and women can and do operate those machines as well as men.
Is there something inherently inferior or evil about women? If so, then, pardon me, your lordship. It is you who designed them that way. Didn’t you?
As you wander through the celestial cemetery, you might wonder why Allah’s tombstone is missing. Is a stonemason still carving it? No. It’s missing because Muslims stole it to prove that Allah really existed and that he was never a figment of men’s imagination. He is REAL! They want to confirm his existence by saying abracadabra and that because you can’t see him is a figment of your blasphemous mind and proof of his existence! Off with your head!