From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr
At least sometimes a few Americans stand up against nonsense, and there is much hope when young people do this. The following story is set in West Virginia in the 21st century – please follow the link at the bottom.
Instead of accepting the silly claptrap, a number of American school children decided to kick the old church fart’s butt after being exposed to the following:
“Students who attended were asked to raise their arms in prayer and give their lives to Jesus so that they can find purpose and salvation. The speakers said that those who did not follow the Bible would go to hell when they died, students told the Associated Press.”
Faith and salvation under the threat of punishment – this is how the church and its demagogues have always operated since the early Middle Ages. The Church is, in its history, the most insane and criminal institution ever invented by mankind to make the mainstream compliant.
Their instruction manual for a magical ideology is called the Bible, a work of art largely dating from the first century, when ordinary people could neither read nor write, were exposed to all kinds of superstitions, knew no medical care, gnawed on bones, had to walk around in rags, and barely lived past the age of 40. It was the time from which also Halloween originates. Compared to the nonsense from the Bible, the old witch’s cookbook from the fairy tales of my childhood read comparatively harmless.
What does it have to do with freedom when wicked parsons are allowed to tell kids in their school what they have to believe? This is even worse and more stupid than the propaganda I experienced in the alleged socialism of the GDR. But this is also part of the pointed “program” of mass dumbing down in the “land of the free.” It is a routinely occurrence – in this case it came out into the public eye because someone had the courage to stand up to it.
If there is any hope for this country, it lies with the young people.