HOLY HELL FOR HOLY
James Campion - a recovering Catholic.
...anytime more than two people are gathered
in the name of God there had better not be any sharp objects available.
Its been another
banner year for God and all of his servants in the cause of ugliness.
If it isnt Islamic extremists ramming airplanes into buildings or
seventy thousand choruses of "God Bless America" as fighter
planes pile up the death and destruction in Afghanistan, then its
the molesting of children and cover-ups by the Catholic Church or the
daily maiming and pillaging between Jews and Palestinians in Israel. The
Hindus and the Muslims are ten minutes from annihilation in the Indian/Pakistani
border war, and right now somewhere there is ethnic cleansing going on
somewhere in the holy name of extinction.
The week we go to press with this one, it will be Passover and Holy Week
for the Jews and Christians, and everyone will recall the Lords
murder of innocent Egyptian children and the assassination of a Nazarene
first century mystic. But no one seems to really know what any of this
will do for the plight of humanity, except create more boundaries and
kingdoms and ways for us to be different and feel better than each other.
Its funny. Every time Id read some screaming headline last
week about these revelations of child molestation by priests, I could
not help but think of the night Sinead OConnor tried to make a stand
on Saturday Night Live against the Vaticans cover-up of rampant
child abuses in Ireland. And how anyone with verbal motor skills wanted
her lynched and burned at the stake for it.
Before the singer tore a photograph of the Pope in half, she recited an
a cappella version of a Bob Marley song infused with lyric about the churchs
silence to the continued mistreatment of races and children, ending with
the infamous statement, "Fight the real enemy."
A victim of child abuse herself, OConnor decided to use her art
and freedom of expression to reveal the terrible secrets no one could
admit, and it effectively ended her career for almost a decade.
That was ten years ago now. At the time I defended it as not only an act
of compassion, but also a reasoned protest against the repeated violence
in Ireland between Protestants and Catholics, ostensibly a religious war
which had raped that country and taken countless lives for decades.
Little did I know. Little did anyone know.
One thing I did know, and have known for most of my adult life, is that
anytime more than two people are gathered in the name of God there had
better not be any sharp objects available.
We are so evolved, us humans, you know. We conquer and invent and politicize
and socialize and cram and jam and pursue that money. And we hang onto
our stuff, dont we? And sometimes we put labels on that stuff, like
country or color or gender or God.
Because you know thats its Gods will that our stuff
is safe from the other stuff. And all the silly talk of what God wants
and needs and what God told the other strange people, thats just
evil or wrong.
We know what God wants. Can you believe that some of these other people
dont even have a God? Theyre blinded by intellect and science
and skepticism, and they blot out truths with power and greed and drugs.
that really doesnt matter much, because were all screwed.
Nothing we can do about that. We grew up in this twisted arena of misjudgment
and fantasy wherein our stuff and our God were somehow more on the nut,
and by subjugating our will and reason to reverence and superstition we
reserve the right to belittle and castigate and kill and shove people
out of their homes and countries and bury their traditions.
Manifest Destiny is the Inquisition is the Holocaust is the Potato Famine
is Slavery is Tibet is fill-in-the-blank.
As a recovering Catholic, I think it is imperative to point out, especially
this week, that all this self-serving, egotistical bullshit that is done
and said and rationalized in the name of Jesus has to stop.
Will it stop? Of course not. Let me repeat, were already screwed,
but its time our children get a quick lesson, or perhaps it will
be your kid thats too afraid of God and his handmaidens to ask why
the soft-spoken man with the white collar keeps touching them down there.
And dont expect these cretins who run this line of propaganda up
the flagpole to blow any whistles. They have to keep the gravy train stocked
with coal for the engines to chug along unimpeded with no one asking any
questions or too bloated with fear to dare point any fingers.
Yeah, they know all about it, these big business religious hypocrites.
They have a blueprint somewhere in the war torn corners of Israel, where
the martyrs who tried to stop this mess are buried. They know all about
what happens when you try and halt the cycle of hate and ignorance, for
every Sunday there is the lifeless image of a man hanging from a cross
above their heads to remind them.
And so we march on...
© James Campion 2002 'Mr Reality Check'
Previously by James
RESPONSES March Articles
James, I think the lot of those Enron cocksuckers need be made examples
of. I say they all get a month of hard time. I'm talking Riker's Island,
with the rest of those animals. If they want to go to a country club
after a month, fine. Although your report seems to indicate Lay might
want to stay there. While America's Most Violent is busily rendering
these nimrods a size 7 poop-chute, the IRS can redistribute ALL of their
funds back to Enron's hapless employees' 401Ks. And I do mean ALL of
it ("Here's your new Maytag box, Mrs Fastow. Mrs. Lay will be by
with the shopping cart for your garbag... I mean lunch"). I think
a special web page needs to be created for the HR manager who decided
that no warnings needed to be put in place for those who decided to
put all of their retirement into Enron stock. We can call it www.don'tletthisdoucebagworkforyourcompany.com.
I'm not entertaining any negotiations over this. These pirates have
to spend one month staring down the NFL, and their families are sent
to the poor house. The only payment I request for this fabulous idea
to have a front row seat when their sobbing children are yanked out
of their private schools for lack of funds. Slater
My fine young James, In regards to your recent piece on Donald Rumsfeld,
etc: The Afgan Minister of Tourism was recently pulled from his plane,
beaten to DEATH by an angry mob of travelers, and thrown fifty feet
to the tarmac below. Why, you ask? Because a bunch of "pilgrims'"
plane was late. What better way to prove to your God your utter devotion.
"Well, God, seemed like what needed to be done, we just couldn't
stand for getting to Mecca an hour or two late." At this point,
I've pretty much decided that I'm the only person on this earth that
makes any sense, the rest of you are all animals, and if "my"
government has to spend every last tax dollar available to kill all
of you, I'm down with that. I'll be like Burgess Meredith, except I'll
keep my glasses safe. pete the monster
James, Just finished reading your article, I have many questions! First,
why would you sell the pentagon for a case of Genesee Cream Ale when
theyre clearly worth a case of Guinness? Second, When did my favorite
actor John Wayne grow penetrating fangs? Third, Where does Brittany
Spears jog? Fourth, What the hell is a XXXX fight? Fifth, Why does your
wife have a bullhorn? And one comment, Donald Rumsfeld is on a powerful
dose of Ecstasy, not on stress caffeine.
JC, Chill out. Rumsfeld is simply this decades Reagan , he scares the
Arabs, the UN, and the Palestinians. This is A GOOD THING A VERY GOOD
THING. Those bastards should be scared of us, James, because they deserve
to go to sleep every night and worry if they will see the dawn. I feel
for Daniel Pearl and his family, but isn't it strange we haven't heard
as much about the two Christian Missionaries held hostage in the Philippines
for the last year by Abu Sayef (who have beheaded 13 so far two of whom
were Americans). Is it because they are Christian Missionaries or is
it because they are not journalists? The funniest thing in DC today
is watching every Democrat Idiot try anything and everything to slime
Dubya and Nothing works. Enron turns out to be a Clinton scandal and
an Arthur Anderson Scandal, Global Crossing another Clinton /Macauliffe
scandal with a touch of Hutchinson Whampoa (Can you say Chinese Peoples
Army) now controlling our underwater telecommunications cables to Asia.
We still haven't heard all the dirt about Global Star(remember LORAL/Chinese
money) Which just went belly up after making mucho Clintonistas mucho
dinero. By the way the Hutchinson Whampoa will probably take over the
leftovers of that company also. Yes we will be reaping the Clinton wheat
sown in the 90"so for many years to come. Daschele for President!
Remember the last Presidential candidate from the Dakota's-- I Just
Can't wait. Griff
Sir, What I'd like to know is ... how does the Bush Administration have
the unmitigated chutzpah to tell Israel to cease doing what the USA
itself is doing? The collateral civilian casualties inflicted by the
US in Afghanistan in pursuit of Al Qaeda/Taliban forces greatly exceeds
anything inflicted by Israel on the "Palestinians." Yet Bush,
al, are suddenly toeing the Arab line after bravely standing up to it
for the last year.
Ariel Sharon was absolutely right last year in telling the US that Israel
will not be another Czechoslovakia circa 1938, i.e. sacrificed to Arab
terrorists so that the US can pursue Arab terrorists. As a US citizen,
I tell our President the same. Knock it off with the double standard.
Heshy Mr. Campion: How can you say that Dick Cheney has a set of "steel
rocks" for his Arab Nations tour 2002? This latest chapter of American
Global politics was scripted way back in 1991 by Cheney and Poppa Bush.
Why do you think Schwarzkopv (?) retired instead of moving up in the
company? Cause he was pissed off at the bosses for not letting him finish
the job. What he didn't know was that we never intended to.
I was a combat engineer in the Gulf. One of the things we did was build
roads in the desert so the support units could follow the tanks as they
waltzed into Baghdad. But we were stopped way short. That wasn't in
the plans. We needed Saddam as a whipping boy. Remove him, and there's
no Middle Eastern Tony Montana. We simply downsized the military by
de-activating any units that possessed equipment we could leave behind
as war stock. I had no less than four brand-spanking new AK-47's broken
down and distributed inside my Caterpillar D7-G Dozer w/ ripper. Am
I the only schmuck who couldn't make money off that? You know damn well
that Cheney couldn't advise Poppa to "cut off the reptiles head."
Who the hell would watch the show, then? Liken this trip to Wayne Newton
being whisked through an annual convention of Wayniacs. Everything's
in place, just smile for the cameras. Or, if you want, Russell Crowe
reviewing the troops in the opening sequence of "Gladiator.:
"On my signal, unleash Hell." Operation Anaconda, Operation
Anaconda...where have a heard that before? Oh yeah, I read the book
before the movie came out. Maybe you read it? 1984.
The "Nitty" you're looking for is the Shah of Iran. After
23 years on hiatus, he'll be coming to a puppet government near you.
See: "History Repeats Itself-How the US recycles former farmhands."
The "Gritty" is how we managed to pit India versus Pakistan
without dropping our drivers' license at the scene. Hey, you want to
conduct military operations in a Muslim country? Just manage to have
Muslim extremists bomb their neighbors' Parliament so that country's
pesky military has to deploy to said border and ask the US to mediate
a nuclear card game.
Shit, I was saving the $400 in my bank account, but the way things are
going, I might as well take that trip to Irving, Tennessee I've always
wanted. You know, Irving? The town that hung an elephant with a crane
at the turn of the century.
Oh, and the Harbingers of Doom are the producers of "Celebrity
Boxing." What a country. Anyone who thinks "The Matrix"
was just a movie hasn't been "plugged in" to the Fox network.
"The Matrix is a place where anything is possible. Why, you could
even get some WHORE whose claim to fame is blowing a former President
to get her head beat in by World Class trailer trash, best known for
hiring her husband to break the knee of her chief opponent in a Figure
Skating exhibition." If we could just shut down the mainframe,
humankind could know a world BEYOND the Matrix!
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