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Easter, Betrayal, Holocaust Denial & Aboriginal, Palestinian, Iraqi, Afghan, Muslim and Climate Genocideby Open-Publishing - Sunday 4 April 2010
For Christians Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ. However for agnostics and atheists the Passion is a moral story about denial, courage and sacrifice.
I am an agnostic, humanist scientist and concerned about extraordinary Western holocaust commission and genocide commission coupled with holocaust denial and genocidal denial.
This extraordinary contemporary denial in the Western Murdochracies has enabled the ongoing Palestinian Genocide (see: http://sites.google.com/site/palest... ), Iraqi Genocide (see: http://sites.google.com/site/iraqih...), Afghan Genocide (see: http://sites.google.com/site/afghan... ), Muslim Genocide (see: http://sites.google.com/site/muslim... ) and worsening Biofuel Genocide (see: http://sites.google.com/site/biofue... ) and Climate Genocide ( see: http://sites.google.com/site/muslim... ).
Rational risk management (that, for example, has made passenger aviation so safe) successively involves (a) accurate data, the truth, (b) scientific analysis (this involving the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses), and (c) changing the system to minimize harm from future adverse eventualities.
The core part of rational risk management is accurate data and accordingly denial, ignoring, censorship and lying by omission or commission simply derail the whole process and threaten the safety of our fellow humans.
The most celebrated instance of denial is that in Christ’s Passion as set out in Matthew Chapter 26 of the New Testament of the Holy Bible (see: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bible/asv.... ) :
“30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the mount of Olives.
31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended in me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.
33But Peter answered and said unto him, If all shall be offended in thee, I will never be offended.
34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35 Peter saith unto him, Even if I must die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and sore troubled.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 Again a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass away, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them again, and went away, and prayed a third time, saying again the same words.
45 Then cometh he to the disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Arise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that betrayeth me.
47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priest and elders of the people.
48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him.
49 And straightway he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him.
50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, do that for which thou art come. Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
51 And behold, one of them that were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear.
52 Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be?
55 In that hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a robber with swords and staves to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and ye took me not.
56 But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.
57 And they that had taken Jesus led him away to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.
58 But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death;
60 and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, 61and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
62 And the high priest stood up, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Henceforth ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the high priest rent his garments, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard the blasphemy:
66 what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death.
67 Then did they spit in his face and buffet him: and some smote him with the palms of their hands,
68 saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee?
69 Now Peter was sitting without in the court: and a maid came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilaean.
70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and saith unto them that were there, This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.
72 And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man.
73 And after a little while they that stood by came and said to Peter, Of a truth thou also art one of them; for thy speech maketh thee known.
74 Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew.
75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.”
On the occasion of Easter 2010 I have written the following letter (with some variations) to Australian media, clergy, academics and politicians about their Denial of the horrendous consequences of their participation in the ongoing Aboriginal Genocide, Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide, Muslim Genocide and Climate Genocide.
Dear Sir/Madam etc,
Easter is a festival that celebrates Spring and the renewal of life. The wonder of springtime renewal in all its glorious manifestations surely inspired notions of life after death as in the ancient Greek and Phoenician fable of Adonis that transmuted to the Christian story of resurrection. .
However, racism, greed and organizational incompetence is pushing the world downhill to genocidal and ecocidal terracide, the irreversible destruction of most biological complexity and of an estimated 10 billion mostly non-Europeans this century due to unaddressed man-made global warming. [2, 3].
Yet the climate change denialism in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus is mirrored by denial in relation to human mass mortality in the ongoing Aboriginal Genocide (9,000 excess deaths annually), Palestinian Genocide (0.3 million post-invasion excess deaths, 0.2 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, 7 million refugees), Iraqi Genocide (1990-2010 excess deaths 4.4 million, under-5 infant deaths 2.0 million, 5-6 million refugees), and Afghan Genocide (2001-2010 excess deaths 4.5 million, under-5 infant deaths 2.4 million, 3-4 million refugees plus a further 2.5 million NW Pakistan Pashtun refugees). .
Jesus said “Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice”. Please inform everyone you can – before it is too late. .
Dr Gideon Polya, Convenor 300.org: http://sites.google.com/site/300org... .
PS. It is an utter disgrace that St John’s Anglican Church in Canberra is used as a key weekly photo opportunity spot by the pro-war, war criminal, pro-coal, climate criminal, Aboriginal human rights-violating, genocide-complicit and genocide ignoring Apartheid Labor Government.
. See huge multicultural painting by Gideon Polya, “Qana”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideon... ).
. P.S. Levin & D.A Levin, “The real biodiversity crisis”, Macroscope, January-February 2002: http://www.soc.duke.edu/~pmorgan/le... .
. “Climate Genocide”: http://sites.google.com/site/climat....
. “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide”: http://sites.google.com/site/muslim... .
. Gideon Polya, “Easter 2010: greed, ecocide, genocide & denial, MWC News: http://mwcnews.org/focus/editorial/... .
The silence has been deafening in politically correct racist (PC racist) Apartheid Australia.
What can decent people do? Simply please tell everyone you can.