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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Evangelicals are Coming! The Evangelicals are Coming!

The Jerry Falwells of America are headed to the polls, and into my neighborhood. And honestly, that scares the holy shit out of me. This is why. In 2004 1 in 4 voters identified themselves as evangelical. In the Republican and Democratic primaries, thus far we have 1 in 3 identifying as evangelical. Furthermore, this year’s exit polls neglected to properly identify 160,000 white evangelical Democratic voters in Missouri and 182,000 white evangelical Democratic voters in Tennessee. That’s a LOT of evangelicals. That’s a lot of intolerance and hate being taught to children by these people. Now, I read these polls that also say that the evangelicals are less concerned about gay marriage and abortion than the economy and the war, but I am like Pavlov's dog; well trained to react to this sector of the nation. I grew up with them. I've lived with them in my home. I've been raised by them. I was subject to the hypocrisy and double speak and denial of truth at a very early age. I was sent to church every morning before school. They didn't have to attend, but it was good for the kids. I witnessed, at the ripe age of 9, the politics involved in church scandals. It's not pretty, believe me. My old school denies that I ever attended their institution, but I have report cards and yearbooks that show that I was there. To them, it's easier to deny the existence of a whole person rather than to admit to a foul done under their watch. What kind of integrity does that teach?
Now they want to build a Bible Park? Yup, you read that right. BIBLE PARK. Let that marinate a minute.
Bible Park developers say that it's nothing crazy and even said and I quote here " It's not Six Flags Over Jesus" - Amon Bar-Tur, Managing Director of sponsor Safe Harbor Holding, LLC. Noooo....nothing as campy as that. Bible Park will simply sport biblical musicals - Broadway style and Broadway sized, a "Bible Fly-Through Ride”, complete with IMAX screens and mid air suspended seats, for what you may ask? For a better view of the Holy Lands, of course! And let's not forget the "Colonial Williamsburg-like re-enactments of ancient life" that's something to see! The Civil War re-enactors will have some competition on their hands. The Crusades will be played out in my backyard while witch hunts ensue and people with leprosy hobble down the streets. Fun for the whole family.
I wonder if they will have a Horus ride.

Horus is the sun god of Egypt. Here's the skinny on him, in case you don't know. Horus is essentially of the sun. Ancient Egyptians didn't follow the stars; they personified them, giving them elaborate and intricate myths involving their movements in the solar system. The sun has life sustaining and life giving qualities and therefore was seen as the creator or god. Literally, "God's Sun”, that's Horus. He was also called the light of the world, the savior of humankind... Egyptian priests were called "Son-chin" which translates to "priests of the sun" [Bryant, Jacob: Analysis of Ancient Mythology, 1979 p.34-35 and Acharya S: Suns of God, 2004 p.75-76]
Horus had an enemy, Set, his uncle who was known by many names some of which include Seth, Typhon, Sut, Sata, and Apep.
Horus was born to Isis on December 25th. His birth was accompanied by a star in the east, which in turn, three kings followed to locate and adorn the new-born savior. At the age of 12, he was a prodigal child teacher, and at the age of 30 he was baptized by a figure known as Anup and thus began his ministry. Horus had 12 disciples (literally the 12 constellations, the houses of the zodiac) he traveled about with, performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water. Horus was known by many gestural names such as The Truth, The Light, God's Anointed Son, The Good Shepherd, The Lamb of God, and many others. Betrayed by Typhon, Horus was then crucified, buried for 3 days, and big surprise, resurrected... Now, why is it that Jesus, Horus, Attis of Phyrigia, Krishna of India, Dionysus of Greece and many, many, many other "saviors" from across the globe all seem to share the same general story?
Well, study the stars like the early Egyptians did and you find that Sirius , aside from being great satellite radio, is the brightest star in the night sky, which, on December 24th, aligns with the 3 brightest stars in Orion's Belt. These 3 stars are known today by the same name they have always been known by: The Three Kings. Together the Three Kings and Sirius all point to the place of the sunrise on December 25th. Hence, the Three Kings "follow" the star in the east, to locate the sunrise.
Interestingly, winter solstice, when the days become colder and shorter, something cool happens in relation to the whole story...From the perspective of northern hemisphere, the sun appears to move south and get smaller. Coupled with the dying crops, the time of the shrinking sun and shorter, colder days was seen by the ancients as the death of the sun.
On December 22 the sun appears to stop moving south, it hangs in the same position for 3 days during which time the sun is in the area of the Southern Cross, or Crux, constellation. Then, finally on the 25th, the Sun moves 1 degree north, bringing with it a promise of longer days, warmth to come, spring and new crops: salvation.

Now, tell me that Bible Park will accurately depict the origins of their entire belief system, complete with Horus, Isis, Sirius, and Set musicals and I may just show up there.
But I'm terrified that it will most likely be more like this

and that's an America that scares me.

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Jay said...

These people are so damn scary. They're all over the place around here too. People who think that Noah's flood created the Grand Canyon, among other things. Freaks.