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    The silent war on the people of India -This is a global emergency- Copyright: Arun Shrivastava CMC No bombs have been dropped in this war. Instead, the
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      The silent war on the people of India

      -This is a global emergency-

      Copyright: Arun Shrivastava CMC

       
      No bombs have been dropped in this war. Instead, the aggressors have chosen two weapons that kill silently, slowly. Those weapons are deliberate contamination of India's seeds with genetically engineered organisms and radioactive contamination of around 400 million people in India. The aggressors are: the United States Government and the multinational seeds companies [chiefly Monsanto and its Indian partners]. Other Ag-biotech firms are not far behind.
       
      The United States Government, Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow, Bayer and a few others comprise a group that should rightly be called the mega criminal corporation; this one single group has the wherewithal to decimate world civilization as we have known and the process of decimation is on. That group includes Indian officials: without their support this war on Indians could not have taken place. Perhaps the same story of government officials colluding with these criminals has been repeated in nearly every country on planet earth. 
       
      People can live without a house, car, or medicines; none can survive without food and water. But if seeds are contaminated, we perish as a nation, as a civilization. Therefore, genetically engineered seeds should be treated as weapons of mass destruction exactly as depleted uranium contamination which destroys humans at genetic level: both are weapons of mass, indiscriminate, destruction. And the aggressors should be treated as war criminals. 
       
      In this paper I shall describe the true nature of the crime and why the rest of the world, including the people of the United States of America, must charge this group with use of weapons of mass destruction [WMD] and crimes against humanity. Each nation must do the same: charge the criminals, bring them to trial in their respective countries, and hang them. Until we do this, the mega criminal corporation is unlikely to stop its nefarious deed of destroying the world.
      What is going on?
       
      In my last article titled "GM buccaneers destroy India's seeds" [ http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=SHR20061221&articleId=4230 ] I had said that certain GM crops- including Bt rice, Bt Brinjal, Bt Okra, Bt Tomato, and Bt Potato- are undergoing open field trials at some locations. Evidences submitted in the Supreme Court of India in support of the Writ Petition 206 of 2005, to stop open field trials of genetically engineered seeds, subsequently show that 151 different crops are undergoing trials at over 1500 locations all over India. Evidences have further been submitted that Delhi University is conducting open field trials with terminator seeds of mustard crop, which is illegal in India. The mustard plants have already flowered and contamination of non-GM mustard can't be stopped. The Genetic Engineering Approvals Committee [GEAC], an inter-ministerial body that oversees issues of biosafety in India, has failed to safeguard our health and stands heavily indicted. 
       
      GM seeds, pollens and plants, blown over by wind have contaminated neighboring lands as happened in the fields of Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer. Percy was in Delhi on 6 th February to talk on his experience with Monsanto's blackmail of North American farmers. His seed stocks are decimated.  
       
      Genetically engineered seeds and foods
       
      Seeds are nature's creation, God's gift to mankind. Farmers all over the world develop and save seeds for themselves and neighbours so that they could feed the world healthy food. The truth is that the best seeds have been developed by farmers themselves; the lie is that seeds are developed by multinational companies and agriculture scientists. 
       
      Genetic engineering [GE] is a technology that allows patenting of seeds; it has no other purpose. The truth is that neither these seeds increase yield nor do they enhance nutritive content of foods. The lie is that they increase yield by reducing crop losses due to pest attacks or help plants withstand vagaries of weather: both claims are spurious and based on fudged facts. But these patented seeds ensure huge profits for the multinational corporations. 
       
      Multinational companies do not own something that nature has given us, yet they are doing exactly this with full support of the US and many European Governments. Every Government is being systematically forced to approve GE seeds and GM foods in utter disregard for biosafety. Whilst it is possible to reverse chemical pollution, biological pollution replicates itself in the environment. There is no known method to reverse the process. And these seeds and foods can alter genetic purity of species and transmutate in ways that are unknown. 
       
      Genetic engineering is an imperfect technology. It is a cell invasion technology through which inter-specie barrier is transcended. For instance, nature has devised mechanisms that make a fish work as fish and a tomato work as tomato. What GE technology does is transfer the selected traits of one specie [for example ability to withstand low temperature in a fish] to another [say for example tomato] so that the engineered specie [tomato] withstands cold temperature. However, in the complex world of nature, this type of invasion of cell and gene manipulation can wreak havoc. For example Bt cotton seed contains the genes of bacillus thuringiensis [Bt] that makes a cotton plant behave like pesticide because it kills certain pests that attack cotton plants. Exactly the same transformation takes place when a farmer uses Bt rice or Bt Okra, or any seeds containing Bacillus thuringiensis. Effectively, the plant itself behaves like a pesticide whether cotton [cash crop] or any food crop. 
       
      And this is the crux : the corporations and colluding government officials want us to eat food that actually works in nature as pesticide. In order to obtain approvals for human consumption, these criminals claim that GE foods are "substantially equivalent" yet in order to ensure profits for themselves the same criminals want the world to believe that their products are "quite different" worthy of a patent protection! Did these criminals invent the seeds in the first place? Monsanto already believes it "invented the pig". Not only the pigs, soon Monsanto will stake a claim that it invented us humans and owns us because their proprietary genes somehow got into our genetic structure. According to the decision of the Canadian Supreme Court, in Percy Schmeiser's case, "it does not matter how it got there…..!" And it does not matter whether I want it in my body or not? Percy did not want GMOs in his field, but when the fields got contaminated against his wishes, the Court ordered him to settle! Even Canadian Courts are working for Monsanto, neck deep in Monsanto engineered muck! 
       
      What Genetically Engineered seeds do?
      Natural Seeds will be virtually extinct . Genetically Engineered seeds contaminate our food chain through cross pollination. Once natural plants and seeds are contaminated, they just can't be decontaminated. Trans-specie contamination is also an established fact: for example a genetically modified rice plant can contaminate other plants and trees and soil as much as other rice plants. It gives rise to super weeds. Even natural water bodies have been contaminated. It means "containment" is impossible.
       
      Our natural environment and foods will be contaminated in PERPETUITY.
       
      This technology will utterly destroy India's agriculture and rural economy and decimate India's mega-biodiversity and seeds heritage gained for us by our farmers over 10,000 years of agriculture.    Monsanto is not even 10 decades old and the US Government about 22.
       
      What Genetically Engineered foods can do to us?
      Ultimately, untimely death , which means the corporations are creating conditions to kill us. Foods made from GE food crops are a threat to health and life. Animal studies show severe damage to vital organs [liver, kidney, alimentary canal], growth of cancerous cells, and damaged sperm, among other debilitating health impacts. The technology was introduced without long term impact assessment on human and animal health in the US in early 1990s and is responsible for a major health catastrophe. In India it will destroy human and animal population. Cattle grazing on Bt cotton fields developed unknown symptoms and died. How humans will die is not even known because there is no protocol for testing for, say Bt toxins. The companies and the Governments [state as well as central] have completely ignored issues of health and biosafety. For this reason, the decision of the Indian Government to allow open field trials remains intriguing, highly irresponsible and a crime against humanity.
       
      Why India is a prime target
       
      India is world's largest producer of fruits, second largest producer of vegetables and milk and is predicted to become the world's largest exporter of non-GM agricultural products within a decade unless genetic contamination destroys the bio-diversity and sustainability of India's food & feed crops .
      This potential market power is the greatest threat to US and European food multinationals and attempts to contaminate non-GM food and feed crops is part of that strategy to destroy India and South Asia's emerging dominance as non-GM food supplier. 
       
      India comprises a large market for biotech based products but most of these products are imported from US and European firms. The Indian biotech industry was worth US$2.44 billion sales in 2001. Of this $1.5 billion (about 60%) was accounted for by health biotech, with agricultural & veterinary accounting for 20% each. Sales are expected to reach about US$ 9.7 billion, roughly four times its current size, by 2020. 
       
      70% of India's seeds' sales come from farmer bred seeds, 26% from those bred in publicly financed institutions, and only 4% from researched hybrids. At present, out of an estimated 400-odd seed companies in the country, only 18 belong to the public sector and 10 to the cooperative sector. The remaining units are established in the private sector, of which, about 25 to 30 are in the large private sector, while over 300 are medium and small units. The dominant player is Mahyco, a Monsanto joint venture, but it sells Monsanto's seeds of deception.


      A large number of unorganized family owned units remain a typical feature of the Indian seed industry. About 400 organizations are doing commercial research on agriculture: 200 research labs, 150 companies and 50 service firms. Medical foods and nutraceuticals are also under development. Given their expertise, market standing, and the world-wide rapid increase in demand for organic/natural foods, Indian seed companies have the potential to grow into trans-national corporations, with direct investments, joint ventures, and licensing arrangements to produce Indian-bred cultivars in other countries. This scenario threatens the market power of the criminals. 
       
      Contamination across species
      In the 6th February meeting of farmers from all over India organized by Navdanya [a Delhi based NGO], farmers came out with observations on probable impact of Bt cotton seeds that [a] traditional broad-leaf [Peepal (Ficus religiosa) and Bargad (Ficus bengalensis)] and medicinal trees [like Neem, Azadiracta indica] are dying, [b] women are reaching menopause at as young an age as 30 in Punjab, and [c] goats and sheep grazing on farms growing GE crops have died. Now, some of these observations need to be scientifically validated, but which scientist would do it when nearly all Government scientists have sold their souls to the gang of mega criminals? Has the ICMR woken up to the frenzied killing of corporate piranha? 
       
      Hiding seeds in VAULTS?
      The plan is to store 10,000 years of mankind's most precious heritage in a vault in Svalbard, Norway.
       
      It is very puzzling why the Government of India, through its Ministry of Agriculture, is supporting a "natural seeds bank" to be contained in this VAULT in Norway, which is also supported by multinational chemicals & biotech seeds companies such as DuPont and Syngenta. Can't the Government of India simply stop contamination of seeds and financially support our farmers to protect their seeds? Or is there something more sinister that we don't know?
      [ http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Daily/skins/TOI/navigator.asp?Daily=CAP&login=fred1951&AW=1171806266984 ] The website requires one to be a subscriber for accessing the e-newspaper. For readers' convenience, I have pasted the graphics above.]
       
      The Doomsday Seed Vault has nothing to do with an asteroid hitting the earth or even a nuclear war, as claimed by head of the project. If an asteroid large enough to destroy the normal ecological balance hit the earth, we are finished anyway, and that asteroid can also hit Svalbard. A nuclear war on Iran is already under advanced stage of planning by none other than the US administration. Millions of seeds that rightly belong to farming communities should ideally be saved by the communities themselves, as has been the tradition worldwide, and protected by their respective governments.
       
      Svalbard is the safest option because of it's remoteness from the main battleground for resource wars now raging all over the world, including India. Seeds need to be stored at low temperature to prevent germination and Svalbard is close to the Arctic Circle. As Rick Weiss says, " The design bespeaks an Armageddon mentality. " See Rick Weiss report here: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/arctic-vault-protects-the-seeds-of-life/2006/06/19/1150701485134.html
       
      Therefore, the ostensible reason for selecting Svalbard for storing seeds has two secret purpose:  [a] majority of agrarian nations are either already contaminated or are in the process of being deliberately contaminated as part of the global domination strategy of the criminals, [b] once the population is culled to the targeted level, these seeds would be released to surviving farmers under total control and direction of the criminals.
       
      Clive James claims that over 100 million acres are under GM cultivation of food and feed crops. The world map of GM crops is available at ISAA web site. While Clive's figures are disputed by ISIS-UK, the determination of big biotech firms to contaminate world's seeds would ensure utter decimation of our farms and forests and birds, the bees and the huge microcosm within the living soil.
       
      Why genetic contamination has been forced on India?
      The National Security memo 200 [NSSM#200] piloted by Henry Kissinger in 1974, identified growing population in the Asia, Africa and Latin America as threat to US security. The genesis of Kissinger's thesis lies in King George VI's advisory to control population in British colonies and it is not surprising that India started its family limiting programme way back in 1952, within five years of gaining independence. Let me quote from McCauley why it has always been the core strategic issue of western elite to destroy resource rich South Asia:    
      "I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar or who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values & people of such calibre, that do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage." [Lord McCauley in his speech of Feb 2, 1835, British Parliament]
      It was McCauley who started the process of culturally enslaving India. Economic enslavement followed. The high quality of India's population was reduced to emaciated, undernourished, pauperized millions over the next 12 decades, say six generations. During this period, the population of the sub-continent was split along caste and religious lines with competing political ambitions encouraged by the rulers, eventually leading to trifurcation of the subcontinent into India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Kashmir will follow unless we stop it. This population did not mean anything to the British: we were cheap, disposable labour, exactly in the same manner that the British and American ruling classes use their soldiers as disposable dregs today in their illegal wars ["Dumb, stupid soldiers" in Kissinger's language]. The economic and cultural enslavement was further strengthened after India became independent precisely because the moral responsibility now lay with the "independent Indian Government" no more a 'white man's burden! The enslavement continues without being "white man's burden;" it is now brown man's burden, the likes of Chidambaram, Manmohan, Montek, Karat and Sita, and the Madam, the only white man carrying the flag of the former rulers. 
       
      The politics of population growth
      It is well known fact that birth control and sterilization programs are not working well in India. Few policy planners have the political acumen or will, or marketing talent, to convince rural people that small family can [and do] improve quality of life substantially. However, they have never factored in the ground reality in India's 600,000 villages. These villages are stratified vertically into caste groups and horizontally along religious lines. These social sub-groups live in homogenous clusters but all are part of the lowest tier of constitutional body called Village Council [Gram Panchayat]. The caste and religious groups compete for political control over the Village Council because these councils receive substantial development fund every year. The competing groups or coalitions all seek to control that resource for the benefit of their respective communities. In a village comprising 300 to 2000 households, there is real danger for any group of getting swamped by a coalition of the competing power groups.
      There is powerful political incentive to expand household and community size and all social and political tensions start here and are reflected at national level.   This fact is little discussed in the mainstream media because the issue is politically loaded, hence incorrect, given the dominant pseudo-secular milieu.
       
      However, instead of working on alternatives, like the ones enunciated in the International Conference on Population and Development [ICPD, Cairo, 1994], for example, access to quality education, sustainable habitat, access to quality healthcare, clean water, sanitation and a holistic safety net, from birth to death, under community managed systems, a general apathy within the bureaucracy and political class was established decades ago. Incentives offered by the US government to the Indian ruling elite by way of bribes, admission to children in prestigious colleges, positions that are supported by US Government or MNCs' funds have also played a role in the widespread indifference towards people's problem.
       
      Realizing that population control programs are failing in the newly industrializing countries [NICs], U.S. Foreign Policy progressively became more covert, vicious and deadly.
        The Indian ruling elite has been quietly supporting this US agenda of depriving Indians of their assets [the loot of land through SEZs is a classic example] and mass culling, a far less tedious option. Effectively, the Government of India has been bribed into murdering its own citizens.
       
      Through the duplicity of the US and Indian Governments, the Indian population has become the target of a deadly and demonic form of US depopulation policy – involving both bio-weapons and radiation. These weapons are: [a] Genetically engineered seeds and deliberate contamination of India's foods, and [b] Depleted Uranium [DU] contamination of entire western India. [I shall deal with HIV-AIDS separately because that is another instrument of US depopulation policy being used at cellular level] 
       
      "Depleted Uranium blowing off the Himalayas, over Pakistan and the oil rich sands of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat, is contaminating the northern half of India and the Himalayan headwaters of nine major rivers of southeast Asia.
        Heavy grid and carpet bombing with depleted uranium by the U.S. military, on the eastern side of Afghanistan beginning in 2001, guaranteed heavy contamination in areas where deep snows in the mountainous regions provide water for Pakistan and parts of western [ central and eastern] India.  By contaminating vital water supplies in vast regions with radioactive contaminants, a secret and invisible low level nuclear war is being carried out against South Asians.
        This low level radiation undetectable with conventional means will mutilate the DNA of all exposed living things.  This is not just a war against people, it is a war against the environment.
        Few living things will escape the slow radioactive poisoning which mutilates DNA, and is passed on to all future generations." [Leuren Moret, From Hiroshima to Iraq – 61 Years of Uranium Wars:A Suicidal, Genocidal, and Omnicidal Course]    
      I have estimated that 21 national capitals and about 957 million people living in these 21 countries are contaminated with depleted uranium. It is blowing in the wind; we are breathing it right now, this moment. How it will kill us, or maim us, will be apparent soon when the over 90 different types of illnesses destroy us, including multiple cancers within the same person, a gift of the US Government to the people of South and West Asia.
      The US Government is not only destroying India's population, but of entire South and West Asia. Indian Government's silence on unilateral US action in Iraq and the impending US nuclear attack on Iran [which will kill over 35 million Iranians, Afghanistanies, Pakistanies and Indians within a few weeks] strongly indicates complicity in this planned genocide.
       
      Conclusion
       
      INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA IS SET UP FOR DEPOPULATION. The Indian Government does not want that we live a healthy life. Therefore, we need facilities for detecting GM food and DU induced illnesses, which we do not have.
       
      We have no option but to declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY, "people's emergency", in our respective countries. We have natural right to demand complete ban over GMOs and penal action against those who deliberately contaminate our farms and forests. We have a right to ask questions why biological and radiological contamination was allowed. The Indian officials are complicit and, rightly, they should be charged with treason and tried for that ultimate crime called genocide. So should US officials. And so should the officers of Monsanto and others. Exactly as the goons were tried at Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.
       
      Arun Shrivastava is a management consultant. He lives in Delhi. He can be contacted at: arun1951@...

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      Tantra is not a stagnant system but adapts itself to the needs of the time. It is the tantric belief that old texts on Tantra will fade away and new ones will always be there to replace them. The essence of the texts will remain the same but the expression and. relationship with prevalent social conditions will be different. Tantra has changed and been developed throughout the ages. It has not remained attached to a fixed dogma, and this is its beauty. It continues to grow and adapt itself in this present era and will continue to mould itself to peoples needs in the future.



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      From: "holderlin66" <holderlin66@...>
      To: anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [anthroposophy] Re: Noted with interest
      Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:24:53 -0000

      Steiner respected and corrected Darwinism in his time. In our time
      we have science that stands on evolution, which is as equally flawed
      as Darwinistic science roots were. We live with the results of
      entirely flawed and corporate dominated cultural and educational
      darwinistic/evolution theories that are taught all the way to the
      useless and idiotic big bang theory, from childhood to college
      education and corporate life.

      Now of course Ahrimanic Intellectual Soul influence and our children
      forced to gulp down such crap, erases exactly what Ahriman wants to
      erase.... Man is no spiritual being. Nothing special to the cosmos.
      Just an evolutionary anomaly that happened to collect a rodent
      called man. But just as beneficial to Ahrimanic thinking is
      retaining soul immaturity and stupidity, by throwing people off the
      trail of reality and the Consciousness Soul by inserting Creationism
      as the sentimental undigested, silliness of Biblical literalism.
      This Biblical literalism is now termed Creationism or Intelligent
      design. And Spiritual Science lost another battle by allowed
      Intelligent design to be confused with True Cosmic I AM hood
      intelligent design. Man is the Imagination in nature of the Gods
      higher faculties in an earthly form.

      What a field day of lies and mountains of crap you force your child
      to endure. You shred the fabric of Michael Intelligence in-built for
      the striving little soul who comes down from the spiritual world and
      could find the logic of the gods and dismiss Ahrimanic lies, through
      the action of Michael Intelligence, but can't because of our
      stupidity.

      When we examine Steiner's Michael Letters or Anthro leading
      thoughts, how dangerous do you think it is to destroy and uproot the
      faculties that enable our children and us to enter the Consciousness
      Soul? It is as dramatic as all the effort Steiner made to correct
      and refute some of the Darwinism that surrounded him. But Anthros
      are piddling, undramatic, and hiding away in their cognitive museum
      of Steiner Says.

      Anthros, and quasi Anthros, new agers and waffle headed parents
      think that by giving their children poison Creationism, they retain
      a goodness...even as their intellects ripen through the grades. They
      think that, and correctly, that they will never have to directly
      confront their doubles and they can blame all the problems of the
      world on people who aren't living a "christian" life style. Which
      enables these enabling parents, adults and politicians to pursue and
      send their children and our resources into Ahriman's maw and watch
      as the soul is betrayed, the spirit is betrayed and Michael
      Intelligence is shredded in our universities.

      Will parents remain enablers and idiots so that Ahriman may continue
      to devour their first borns on the altar of the OT Ahrimanic Sun
      created by the feeble intellects of men... and worshipped at
      universities? Are we that mad, stupid and idiotic that we can so
      easily march our loved ones up a hill to have their hearts and souls
      ripped out of their living bodies.

      You might ask, oh what were those Aztec intention anyways? One
      aspect was to rob the Sun Beings and Michael Intelligence of those
      seeking the karma and wisdom in their destinies. The incision and
      cutting into the Angelic world was performed openly on the Altars of
      the Aztec world...at least that cruelty was honest in our eyes.
      Today the hearts and souls of millions and your own precious
      children's souls and hearts are shredded and ripped out of their
      bodies so that Ahriman can dismiss and bury the Consciousness Soul.
      Are we going to continue to throw our spiritual treasure to the
      dogs? Get a life, get courage and get yourself out of the numbness
      of technological nirvana, so that you can defend the cognition and
      gifts of humanity, we are base, cowards, liars and fools who give
      our treasure away to the Ahrimanic liars.

      By Chris Hedges

      http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070326_a_world_where_lies_are_t
      rue/

      "Before they seize power and establish a world according to their
      doctrines, totalitarian movements conjure up a lying world of
      consistency which is more adequate to the needs of the human mind
      than reality itself; in which, through sheer imagination, uprooted
      masses can feel at home and are spared the never-ending shocks which
      real life and real experiences deal to human beings and their
      expectations. The force possessed by totalitarian propaganda—before
      the movements have the power to drop iron curtains to prevent
      anyone's disturbing, by the slightest reality, the gruesome quiet of
      an entirely imaginary world—lies in its ability to shut the masses
      off from the real world."

      -Hannah Arendt, "The Origins of Totalitarianism"

      In the middle of the lobby of the 50,000-square-foot Creation Museum
      in Petersburg, Ky., a 20-foot waterfall tumbles. Two life-size
      figures of children with long black hair and in buckskin clothes
      play in the stream a few feet from two towering Tyrannosaurus Rex
      models that can move and roar. The museum, which cost $25 million to
      build and has a sea of black asphalt parking lots for school buses,
      has a scale model of Noah's ark that shows how Noah solved the
      problem of fitting dinosaurs into the three levels of the vessel—he
      loaded only baby dinosaurs. And on the wooden model, infant
      dinosaurs cavort with horses, giraffes, hippopotamuses, penguins and
      bears. There is an elaborate display of the Garden of Eden, where
      Adam and Eve, naked but strategically positioned so as not to
      display breasts or genitals, swim in a river as giant dinosaurs and
      lizards roam the banks.

      Before Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise, museum visitors are
      told, all of the dinosaurs were peaceable plant-eaters. The
      evidence is found in Genesis 1:30, where God gives "green herb" to
      every creature to eat. There were no predators. T-Rex had such big
      teeth, the museum explains, so it could open coconuts. Only after
      Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of paradise did the dinosaurs
      start to eat flesh. And Adam's sin is a key component of the belief
      system, for in the eyes of many creationists, in order for Jesus'
      death to be meaningful it had to atone for Adam's first sin.

      The museum has a theater equipped with seats that shake and gadgets
      that spray mist at the audience as the story of God's six-day
      creation of the world unfolds on the screen and the sound system
      rocks the auditorium. There are 30-foot-high walls that represent
      the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, floors that resemble rocks embedded
      with fossils, and rooms where a "Christian" paleontologist counters
      the claims of an "evolutionist" paleontologist. It has the
      appearance of a real science museum, complete with a planetarium, a
      gift shop and plaques on the wall with quotes from
      creationist "scientists" who have the title doctor conspicuously
      before their names. It has charts, timelines and graphs with facts
      and figures. It is meant to be interactive, to create, like
      Universal Studios, a contrived reality with an array of costly
      animatronic men and women as well as moving dinosaurs.

      The danger of creationism is that, like the pseudo-science of Nazi
      eugenics, it allows facts to be accepted or discarded according to
      the dictates of a preordained ideology. Creationism removes the
      follower from the rational, reality-based world. Signs, miracles
      and wonders occur not only in the daily life of Christians but in
      history, science, medicine and logic. The belief system becomes the
      basis to understand the world. Random facts and data are collected
      and made to fit into this belief system or discarded. When facts
      are treated as if they were opinions, when there is no universal
      standard to determine truth, in law, in science, in scholarship, or
      in the reporting of the events of the day, the world becomes a place
      where people can believe what they want to believe, where there is
      no possibility of reaching any conclusion not predetermined by those
      who interpret the official, divinely inspired text. This is the
      goal of creationists.

      Other creationist museums are going up in Arkansas, Texas,
      California, Tennessee and Florida. Museums are part of a massive
      push to teach creationism in schools, part of a vast Christian
      publishing and filmmaking industry that seeks to rewrite the past
      and make it conform to the Bible. The front lines of the culture
      wars are the classrooms. The battle is one we are slowly losing.
      Twenty states are considering changing the way evolution is taught
      in order to include creationism or intelligent design.1 Only 13
      percent of Americans in a 2004 Gallup poll, when asked for their
      views on human origins, said life arose from the strictly natural
      process of evolution. More than 38 percent said they believed God
      guided evolution, and 45 percent said the Genesis account of
      creation was a true story.2 Courses on intelligent design have been
      taught at Minnesota, Georgia, New Mexico and Iowa State
      universities, along with Wake Forest and Carnegie Mellon, not to
      mention Christian universities that teach all science through the
      prism of the Bible.

      The museum is an illustration of the movement's marriage of
      primitive and intolerant beliefs with the modern tools of
      technology, mass communication, sophisticated fundraising and
      political organization. Totalitarian systems usually start as
      propagandistic movements that ostensibly teach people to "believe
      what they want." This is a ruse. This primacy of personal opinion,
      regardless of facts, destabilizes and destroys the primacy of all
      facts. This process leads inevitably to the big lie. Facts are
      useful only if they bolster the message. The use of mass-marketing
      techniques to persuade and convince, rather than brainwash, has led
      tens of millions of followers to accept the toxic totalitarian line
      by tricking them into believing it's their own. Ironically, at the
      outset the movement seemingly encourages people to
      think "independently" or "courageously."

      At first all have, in the totalitarian belief system, a right to an
      opinion, or, in short, a right to believe anything. Soon, under the
      iron control of an empowered totalitarian movement, facts become
      worthless, kept or discarded according to an ideological litmus
      test. And once these movements achieve power, facts are ruthlessly
      manipulated or kept hidden to support the lie. Creationism is not
      about offering an alternative. Its goal is the destruction of the
      core values of the open society—the ability to think for oneself, to
      draw independent conclusions, to express dissent when judgment and
      common sense tell you something is wrong, to be self-critical, to
      challenge authority, to advocate for change and to accept that there
      are other views, different ways of being, that are morally and
      socially acceptable. We are beginning to see the growing
      intolerance that comes with the empowerment of these ideologues.
      There is a bill in the Texas Legislature to strip all mention of
      evolution from Texas school textbooks and institute mandatory Bible
      classes for all students. This is just the start.

      And yet, coming from the modern age, these Christo-fascists cannot
      discount science. They employ jargon, methods and data that appear
      to be science, to make an argument for creationism. They have
      created parallel research and scholarly institutions. They pump out
      articles in self-published journals to provide "evidence" that
      homosexuals can be cured, that global warming is a myth, that
      abortion can cause breast cancer, that something they call "post-
      abortion syndrome" leads to deep depression and suicide and that
      abstinence-only education is an effective form of birth control.
      This pseudo-science has seeped into the public debate. It is
      disseminated by nervous and timid media anxious to give both sides
      in every argument. Those who have contempt for facts and truth, for
      honest research and inquiry, are given the same platform by the
      press as those who deal in a world of reality, fact and
      rationality.

      The movement desperately needs the imprint of science to legitimize
      itself. It achieves this imprint by discrediting real science and
      claiming creationist science as true science. All attempts to argue
      the creationists out of their mythical belief, to persuade them with
      logic, evidence, scientific inquiry and fact, will fail. They have
      created a "fundamentalist science." They know they cannot return to
      the pre-Darwinian innocence that let them believe the Bible alone
      was enough. They need, in the midst of their flight from reality,
      to reassure their followers that science, science not contaminated
      by secular humanists and nonbelievers, is on their side. In this
      they are a distinctly modern movement. They seek the imprint of
      science and scholarship to legitimize myth. This is a
      characteristic they share with all modern totalitarian movements,
      which co-opt the disciplines of law, science, medicine and
      scholarship to give a modern veneer to their primitive and
      superstitious belief systems, systems that allow the rulers to
      dictate reality and truth. The "paraprofessional" organizations
      formed by the Christian right, organizations of teachers,
      journalists, doctors, lawyers and scientists, mimic the activities
      of real professional groups. They seek to challenge the legitimacy
      and the power of the traditional organizations. The duplication of
      the structures and methods employed by the non-totalitarian world,
      the use of pseudo-science to dress up fantasy, is slowly undermining
      our legitimate scientific and educational institutions. It is
      destroying the foundations of our open society. It is ushering us
      into a world where lies are true."

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      Guardians of the Grail [Knight
      Message 120 of 120 , Oct 7, 2007
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        Guardians of the Grail

         
        Knight Templar
        Knights Templar are rumoured to guard the Holy Grail

        A new book, Processus contra Templarios, will be published by the Vatican's Secret Archive on Oct 25, and promises to restore the reputation of the Templars, whose leaders were burned as heretics when the order was dissolved in 1314.

        The Knights Templar were a powerful and secretive group of warrior monks during the Middle Ages. Their secrecy has given birth to endless legends, including one that they guard the Holy Grail.

        Recently, they have been featured in films including The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

        The Order was founded by Hugues de Payns, a French knight, after the First Crusade of 1099 to protect pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. Its headquarters was the captured Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, which lent the Templars their name.

        But when Jerusalem fell to Muslim rule in 1244, rumours surfaced that the knights were heretics who worshipped idols in a secret initiation ceremony.

        In 1307, King Philip IV "the Fair" of France, in desperate need of funds, ordered the arrest and torture of all Templars. After confessing various sins their leader, Jacques de Molay, was burnt at the stake.

        Pope Clement V then dissolved the order and issued arrest warrants for all remaining members. Ever since, the Templars have been thought of as heretics.

        The new book is based on a scrap of parchment discovered in the Vatican's secret archives in 2001 by Professor Barbara Frale. The long-lost document is a record of the trial of the Templars before Pope Clement, and ends with a papal absolution from all heresies.

        Prof Frale said: "I could not believe it when I found it. The paper was put in the wrong archive in the 17th century."

        The document, known as the Chinon parchment, reveals that the Templars had an initiation ceremony which involved "spitting on the cross", "denying Jesus" and kissing the lower back, navel and mouth of the man proposing them.

        The Templars explained to Pope Clement that the initiation mimicked the humiliation that knights could suffer if they fell into the hands of the Saracens, while the kissing ceremony was a sign of their total obedience.

        The Pope concluded that the entrance ritual was not truly blasphemous, as alleged by King Philip when he had the knights arrested. However, he was forced to dissolve the Order to keep peace with France and prevent a schism in the church.

        "This is proof that the Templars were not heretics," said Prof Frale. "The Pope was obliged to ask pardon from the knights.

        "For 700 years we have believed that the Templars died as cursed men, and this absolves them."

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