Operation Clean Sweep

T-Party Church Persecution

Meet Jospeh Farah

Joseph Farah was an early a cheerleader for the Bush administration’s discretionary war on Iraq. April 10, 2003, Farah wrote:

‘I’ve been saying for years that all people yearn to be free. It’s a universal feeling. The Iraqi people were brutalized into submission. They could not have achieved their freedom without U.S. intervention…That’s the way it always works…Remember how we were told Iraqis would resist? The only demonstrations I saw yesterday were jubilant rallies by Arabs in the streets of Baghdad and by Arab-Americans in the streets of the USA.’

Farah’s article, ‘Liberation’ closes saying:

‘Celebrate! Praise God! This is a great day in our history and a great day in the history of the people of the Middle East and the people of the world. It’s a day reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s a day reminiscent of the liberation of Paris. It’s a day reminiscent of the toppling of the Taliban.’

One year less four days later, Farah wrote:

‘The temptation of Americans is to be too cautious…in the next few days – the U.S. should pound Fallujah like it has never been pounded before.’

He adds:

‘…we may need to flatten Fallujah. We may need to destroy it. We may need to grind it, pulverize it and salt the soil, as the Romans did with troublesome enemies.’

Astonishingly, he continues with:

‘Quite frankly, we need to make an example out of Fallujah. Here’s a chance for justice. Here’s an opportunity to show the people of the Middle East it doesn’t pay to resort to barbarism and terrorism.’

How a scorched earth policy and barbarism differ is not explained. Collective punishment is a recognized war crime.

Meet World News Daily

Joseph Francis Farah owns and operates World News Daily. WND is said to be ‘one of the most unhinged far-right “news” sites on the Internet.’ WND [Whirled News Daily?] acts as a permanent political operation to disorient and confuse the most backward and regressive layers of society. ‘And what might that mean,’ you may ask?

Have you ever wondered from where those bizarre political operations that replace rational discussion of serious issues come? Say — the birther nonsense of intellectual leprechaun, Donald Trump, who now realizes that it was really Hillary Clinton’s idea all along. Try checking WND first.

Before Mr. Trump boarded the birther bandwagon, WND knew that President Obama was hiding something. Why do you suppose he paid his ‘eligibility lawyer‘ the big bucks? Mind, birther theories were discredited all along. That didn’t stop WND from attempting to torpedo the Obama campaign. After all, having written the book on swift-boating John Kerry, why not go after Obama also?

Is There A Pattern

Whether it is Iraq, John Kerry or Senator Obama, Joseph Farah’s playbook is the same. Start a campaign. Lay the consequences at an opponents’ feet. A political pyromaniac, WND is at its best when it is starting ideological fires, fanning the flames, and watching Rome burn. Or Iraq. Or the USA.

So when the Tea Party runs an article, ‘Holy War: Government Tries to Control Church Sermons’ first published by WND, it’s difficult NOT to suspect chicanery. This is especially so when the Tea Party inserts into the WND screed its own declaration of a ‘clean sweep of all corrupt officials, no matter who wins in November…’

T-Potty Pledge

  • A political operation targets churches with the intent of acquiring them as assets for a partisan agenda.
  • When a church bites and adopts the agenda, repercussions follow. The state must respond.
  • Awake America or similar groups get involved. A lawsuit results. The church is now at the center of controversy.
  • Other churches and confessing Christians are canvassed and rallied to the cause, building ever more political momentum.

The issue is different. So is the theater. And regardless of the outcome, Mr. Farah and his World News Daily will continue to profit by stoking the fires of extremism. Face it–WND is good at it. The article on Fort Des Moines Church of Christ Congregation begins so innocuously.

‘An Iowa church just wants to be free to preach the gospel…’

Who could object to that!

‘…but the state’s so-called nondiscrimination requirements could block the house of worship from doing just that.’

Just that easily, many evangelical/fundamentalist Christians will fall for this devilishness instead of recognizing and renouncing it as the very epitome of worldliness that it is. But more on that later.

NC Bathroom Blues, Yr-a-peein’ Pissoirs

No bathroom blues here ... God gave us HB2!

Redemption and Bathroom Stalls

HB2 made the headlines and already we are being so blessed by it.

Itzhak Perlman was named a recipient of the Presidential Metal of Freedom, the highest award given by the United States Government to civilians.

For the uninitiated, Itzhak Perlman is among the most accomplished violin virtuosos living today. And thanks to House Bill 2, his appearance scheduled for the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra season finale was cancelled. This will cost the orchestra hundreds of thousands in potential revenue just as musician contracts are opening for renegotiation. While in no way responsible, the orchestra must now face irate patrons who already purchased tickets for the cancelled event.

Meanwhile protesters march through Target stores spouting rhetoric. A Flush Target project plans to visit Target stores in the North Star State. No doubt other repercussions unforeseen by politicians will accrue from the septic ecclesial/political operating system running the Tar Heel State.

Codifying Discrimination

How do you gut the right to challenge discriminatory actions based on race, religion, color, origin, gender or physical disability? Easy. You let companies deny employees birth control or refuse to serve gays. After that, what is to say they can’t fire people for being atheists, Chinese or Jewish? Posing as a religious liberty bill, HB 2 becomes its opposite.

Under a near total news blackout is this clause:

Minimum Wage Eliminated

I didn’t hear of any HB2 local minimum wage ban on the news. Did you?

Given the birther/birth-certificate nonsense, perhaps we can be forgiven for asking if we must now produce a valid birth certificate to use the loo.

!!NC HB2

This bears all the marks of a well-planned and funded political operation designed to further confuse an already exhausted and disoriented public. As danger of world war mounts, poverty and inequality increases, society is militarized and states adopt dictatorial politics, House Bill 2 emerges disingenuously as the most critical issue of the day. This is political fraud.

A Political Operation

Did I say, ‘political operation?’ Yes. Consider these partners in crime: Matt Staver’s Liberty Council and Joseph Farah’s World Net Daily.

Anita Staver, Glock .45
‘I’m taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room. It identifies as my bodyguard.’ — Anita Staver

A non-profit, the Liberty Council addresses public policy issues freely. President Staver’s organization has been named by the SPLC for promoting discrimination under the guise of religious liberty. The LC home page currently links to a World Net Daily article based on an interview with Anita Staver’s husband, Matthew. The SPLC also notes that the Liberty Council loves a good rally.

The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Liberty Council as a hate group known to encourage defiance of law and disobedience of court orders. Christian lawyer Anita Staver has legitimized gun violence against transgendered persons. Her husband, Liberty Council President Matthew Staver is also tied to some bizarre and extremist statements regarding gays and lesbians. According to Matt Staver:

  • Act like terrorists

    WND Political Operation
    The ‘Toilet terrorists’ and Obama lets men choke girls in bathrooms articles are but a few of dozens of screeds World Net News publishes regularly. Bizarre as it is, WND is an informative source for identifying political operations from fascistic elements and the so-called ‘Christian’ right.
  • Cause bankruptcy and may
  • Cause a second, civil war

The stridency of Mr. Staver’s remarks suggest that he himself might be willing to lead such an insurrection. Such words say more about Staver than gays. His words also speak volumes about those who retain relations with him, such as Liberty University and World Net Daily.

On a somewhat related theme, and writing for Political Theology Today is University of Mount Olive assistant professor of religion Hollis Phelps. He says that the bathroom ruckus doesn’t concern ‘common sense’ so much as religious identity.’ For him, it really is no surprise at all religious leaders turned out for this. Phelps’ analysis is worth the read.

Recognizing a political operation for what it is, we might envision a totally different outlook on HB2 issues. While not addressing issues, the rest of this post introduce some levity to this subject. A European practice might help us laugh at ourselves and become better for it. Laughter is a potent tool. When we laugh at something, it’s hold on us relaxes greatly.


Meet the Pissoir

pissoir def

For more than 150 years, pissoirs have facilitated half the elimination functions of half the people in Europe. Pissoirs are used in broad daylight. Design and technology varies over time; the function remains unchanged. Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Ghent, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Montreal, Sydney and other great cities embrace the pissoir. [Don’t miss the mouse-over texts].

Pissoir in Lisbon, Portugal, Used by US Sailors in WWI
Pissoir in Lisbon, Portugal, Used by US sailors in WWI
Pissoir in Bari, Italy, Used by US Soldier in WWI
Pissoir in Bari, Italy, Used by US soldier in WWI
Pissoir in Paris, with 2 US WWII Soldiers
Pissoir in Paris, 2 US WWII Soldiers.
Pissoir in old Amsterdam, modern tourist trap for unwary Americans
Pissoir in old Amsterdam, modern tourist trap threatening the safety of unwary Americans.
Plaza de España [Spanish Square]
Plaza de España [Spanish Square]. Woman and child seen fleeing in terror…
Pissoir in Amsterdam, Holland
Pissoir in Amsterdam, Holland
Pissoirs, Unknown Location
Pissoirs, Unknown Location. Note the cheeky girl in the middle.
Pissoirs all a row
Pissoirs all a row. If only people knew the exposure and danger posed by these dreadful urinary terrorists…
StreetUr1
Clearly, a nation with no good God or decent politicians…
France, Pissoir
Man uses pissoir in France; mass havoc and civil insurrection erupts.
Pissoir, Montreal, Canada
Pissoir in Montreal. Montreal is in Canada. What would you expect?
Opéra national de Paris, pissoirs
Pissoirs, Opéra national de Paris. They call this ‘culture?’
Well Used ODU
Women and children at risk! Send missionaries to warn of danger!
Cheeky Lass Having a Bit of Fun
Cheeky Lass Having a Bit of Fun. OR … peeing while transgendered?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pissoir in Chongqing, China
Pissoir in Chongqing, China
Pissing_Veronika
Another cheeky girl in a quaintly Freudian moment. Clear case of penis envy.
Another Cheeky Girl, Urilift and jacket
Am I the only one who likes it when a cheeky girl yanks around the system?

Meet US Transgendered Bathrooms

!Flush Target Truck
Given the hysteria pissoirs introduce around the world, other nations surely envy our enlightenment to cast the issue in such terms as this!

Will the Project Flush Target billboard truck generate consternation? Yes. This is, after all, the United States. But others will see our hysteria as folly whether or not it is recognized as a political operation.

Despite assertions to the contrary, no cosmic consequences will befall civilization because it switched to transgendered bathrooms. Declaring otherwise is fundamentally dishonest. By arguing to the contrary, and by allowing itself to be targeted by and absorbed into reactionary political operations, evangelical/fundamentalist sects have revealed their own weaknesses, secularity and disability to be the presence of Christ.

Robin Hayes, NC GOP Chairperson
‘Itzhak Perlman’s decision to cancel his performance is just the latest example of hypocrisy and selective outrage from the far-left that does nothing but hurt ordinary North Carolinians.’ — NC GOP Chairperson Robin Hayes

Some of the actions surrounding North Carolina House Bill 2 are childish, some are sincere but misguided. HB2 itself is a political attack on working people. Rather than supporting it, Christians ought to be the first to stand by working people, their families and their communities. Too often, we have failed and refused to be good neighbors. This shames Jesus Christ.

This controversy has nothing to do with preserving civilization or Christian decency. Political attacks are not devices of God’s kingdom, and Christians who support them do Christ’s body no service. Church leaders would better protect their congregations from such narratives and attacks by exposing them. A church that adopts alternative, narrative fictions is no true church of Jesus Christ at all. The manual for kingdom politics is the Biblical canon. The text of HB2 can be accessed here. They differ markedly in both word and spirit.

Transgendered or not, some of us would just like to get on with our lives, to hear great music, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with our God…and occasionally, to take a leak.