ISIS Rapists

David Brooks

This wasn’t supposed to happen in the 21st century. Western experts have stared the thing in the face, trying to figure out the cause and significance of the moral disaster we are witnessing.

President Obama has said that ISIS stands for nothing but savagery. That’s clearly incorrect. Our military leaders speak of the struggle against ISIS as an attempt to kill as many ISIS leaders and soldiers as possible. But this is a war about a vision of history. ISIS ideas have legitimacy because it controls territory and has a place to enact them.

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Bullies have high self-esteem and are working their evolutionary path

National Post

A just-published Canadian study has added heft to a provocative new theory about bullying: that the behaviour is literally in the genes, an inherited trait that actually helps build social rank and sex appeal.

If accepted, the hypothesis rooted in evolutionary psychology could transform how schools confront the persistent and often-shattering problem.

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that bullies are “maladapted,” troubled people, lashing out because they had been abused or harassed themselves or at least had dysfunctional home lives.

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Peggy Hubbard’s Attack on Black Lives Matter

The Atlantic

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Alan Jacobs on Waco and Parallel Universes

Harpers

But the outlaw gangs are, implicitly, making another claim as well: that the state’s sovereignty doesn’t extend to all of its citizens in all circumstances. When, in the months before the Waco shoot-out, tensions were building between the Bandidos and the Cossacks, some of the gang leaders sent a clear and simple message to police: Stay out of this; let us sort it out. This goes further than laying claim to the right to use force. The more deeply embedded a person is in biker culture, the more he exists in a kind of parallel dimension, an alternate moral universe with its own laws and mores. That universe is a territorial shame-and-honor culture, in which it seems obvious to the Bandidos that, thanks to their large membership and venerable history, they should be able to dictate what other bike gangs wear on their vests and should be able to exact tribute for the privilege of a “TEXAS” bottom rocker. That view came to seem less than obvious to the Cossacks, but not because they believed such a system to violate the freedom of Americans; rather, they understood that such a system of territory and tribute depends utterly on the strength of those who would attempt to enforce it. When the kings grow weak, or their rivals grow strong, the time has come to test the existing hierarchy of power. And that’s what the Cossacks did.

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Miley Cyrus Comes Out as Pansexual

Huffpo

“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age,” she told Paper magazine. “Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”

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Indian Village Orders Gang-Rape of 2 Sisters

The Daily Beast

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Time Warner’s Hypocrisy in calling out Huckster Evangelists through John Oliver and the Message of the Book of Joshua

TV Prosperity Gospel Preachers Exposed

John Oliver a couple of weeks ago did an expose on wealthy TV televangelists and the IRS regulations about churches.

Some of us are old enough to remember that this is pretty much a stock news piece. Every few years someone will be “shocked”, and not without cause, by various religious huxters. Exposing hypocrites is public fun. We get to feel holier and more righteous than someone else. It’s especially fun when secular people can feel morally superior to religious people. It confirms our suspicions that religion is really just a bunch of superstition and that morality is a result of rational willpower.

This isn’t just a church problem of course. If you lived in India you’d be familiar with the wealthy (750 millions dollars) and powerful “God-man” Asaram Bapu who is currently on trial for raping a 16 year old girl. He’s not alone. This piece declares that India’s elite gurus have a “rape problem”. In the US multi-millionaire yoga gurus Bikram Choudhury and John Friend have fallen under similar charges.

In all fairness we should reflect on the fact that in most cases these are the wealthy and powerful people complaining about other wealthy and powerful people. John Oliver makes 2 million a year for not promising to heal anyone. The CEO of Comcast who owns NBC who did an expose on Benny Hinn in 2009 has a net worth of over a billion dollars. They might not promise susceptible and desperate people divine miracles for their healing, they make their money selling time to commercial entities that promise all of us heaven on earth by purchasing and using their products. While I think God will have a special judgment for those who make false promises in his name, growing wealthy off of common commercial false promises is pretty shallow moral high ground.

It is deeply ironic that multi-millionaires who stand on the platforms furnished by corporate welfare complain about the few religious bad apples who take advantage of tax breaks designed to support non-profits promoting the common good. Cable companies (Time Warner owns HBO which pays John Oliver) have long benefited from local government sweetheart deals that preserve their monopolies. Christians should call out charlatans like Robert Tilton but they are small fish compared to the commercial media industry in terms of turning profits off of the false hopes of desperate people benefiting from government favors.

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