Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Predators are running wild this summer, much as they were last summer when the TeaBaggers were All The Thing and you couldn't turn around in July or August without running into a screaming mob of gun-toting white folk out to Protect Their White Wimmen and Prevent The Colored From Getting Health Care.
This summer, the predatory screamers are out in force to Prevent The Ground Zero Mosque.
Now as far as I'm concerned, we have plenty enough religious institutions cluttering up the land, and we could do with fewer of them. I am not a supporter of the Cordoba House Project, nor would I be if there were no controversy surrounding it. My own view is that all religious institutions should be taxed to a fare thee well, that there should be strict limits placed on their activities, and that their public presence should be reduced -- or in some cases eliminated. Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, "meeting houses" and "prayer facilities" have proliferated like weeds in this country. There are more than enough of them.
I say call a moratorium on any new religious facilities. Of any kind. Anywhere.
But that's just me.
Obviously, I have no great love for religious institutions, though I like to think of myself as a man of strong and abiding faith. The two are not incompatible. In fact, I find most of the institutions of religion to be incompatible with maintaining faith. The problem with nearly all religious institutions is simple: they are filled with and run by opportunistic predators. The Catholic Church, of course, is the principle example thereof in the modern world. And of course my ancestors were all Catholics, some of them excessively devoted to the Church, bless their hearts.
But the Catholic Church is by no means the only predatory religious outfit trolling for souls. By no means. In fact, essentially all of them operate as predatory enterprises. They need to be curbed.
So no, no Ground Zero Mosque. No Ground Zero religious institution of any kind.
The site of the World Trade Center is not "Sacred Ground," not even close. The deaths there do not make it "hallowed" in any way. No religious institution is in competition with the World Trade Center site for sacredness. The whole idea is absurd.
Certain predatory interests have tried mightily to make the site into some kind of quasi-religious/nationalist symbol from the moment the buildings collapsed. If it is a symbol of anything, it is a symbol of materialist catastrophe. But that's the game of the predators. They thrive on the suffering and extinction of others. It is their whole reason for being. So rather than see the World Trade Center site for what it is and "moving on" as it were, they try like anything to keep their prey engaged in struggling with one another for attention and then fattening them up for the kill.
Any new Constitution for the People of the United States would need very strict limitations and controls on the predators among us, by no means limited to controls on religious institutions.
The predators have been running wild for a generation. It's time they sat a few rounds out.