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Lost in the brouhaha over new Rep. Ellison's decision to take his oath on the Koran is the infiltration of Congress by two Buddhist reps: Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). As non-Christians they are unlikely to support the GWOT and are expected by many to pursue a plan for peace, undermining the administration's war effort. They will not be using the Holy Book in their induction ceremony, using a blank book instead. So far Virgil Goode, Defender of America's Christian Heritage, has not yet commented on this development.

A spokesman for the Pulverize Terrorism With Prayer movement said: "The infiltration of Buddhists into the Holy Congress will undermine the war on terror and make it impossible for our troops to continue to eliminate dangerous Muslims." He also expressed concern that tofu and vegetarian food will contaminate the congressional cafeterias, and that green tea will replace "traditional American soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi." While acknowledging the right of the people to elect anyone they wiah, he expressed disappointment that "our government is rapidly losing its Christian nature."

Several prominent Christian politicians expressed concern that the election of Johnson and Hirono would harm important business relations with China through their support of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan leader-in-exile, when asked for a comment, issu4ed the following response: "whatever".

Neither Johnson nor Hirono could be reached for comment. Their offfices said: "They are out there somewhere, I think."

Originally posted to MakeChessNotWar on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 02:44 PM PST.

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  •  Holy War? (4+ / 0-)
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    SLJ, Anna M, Rogneid, doingbusinessas

    MakeChessNotWar:

    A spokesman for the Pulverize Terrorism With Prayer movement said: "The infiltration of Buddhists into the Holy Congress will undermine the war on terror and make it impossible for our troops to continue to eliminate dangerous Muslims."

    They're equating terrorism to Islam....that just makes me cringe.

    •  Did someone really say this???? (0+ / 0-)

      Several prominent Christian politicians expressed concern that the election of Johnson and Hirono would harm important business relations with China through their support of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan leader-in-exile, when asked for a comment, issu4ed the following response: "whatever".

      Is America that screwed up?  We better chant if that's true.  <grin>

  •  Damn pacifists (13+ / 0-)

    respecting life and all that subversive stuff

  •  Oh the horror.. (9+ / 0-)

    First Muslims and Buddhists.  Next it will be Hindus and Agnostics.  And then - the Atheist infiltration.  

  •   Emperor Wu (8+ / 0-)

    once asked Bodhidharma, "What is the main point of Buddhist teaching?"

    To this Bodhidharma replied: "Vast emptiness, nothing sacred."

  •  Fucking Buddhists (6+ / 0-)
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    tmo, x, GW Chimpzilla, fritzrth, blueyedace2, Anna M

    who the fuck do they think they are spreading all that peace shit?

    Don't they realize we're at war?!?

    qui tacet consentire

    by quaoar on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 03:32:55 PM PST

  •  Why are Buddists nicer than Atheists (1+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth

    Funny satire, but it made me think.

    I recently got into a dialogue about moral relitivity where I asserted "belief in God fosters pretense"  I was not gratuitously nasty, but negating the reality of God is offensive to believers.  And I was accused of being insulting.

    But, Buddists, who like atheists don't believe in a God who directs events and responds to prayer do not elicit such rancor.  

    My guess is that mysticism makes it O.K.  The offense of atheism is that it claims a more useful way of knowing.  Atheism is the peoples version of "the scientific method," even if you don't know what the term is.

    Right now, I would guess a poll would show Buddists are held in higher esteem than atheists by the general population.  We heathens got a long way to go.

    •  well a couple of things there. (4+ / 0-)
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      x, fritzrth, blueyedace2, victoria2dc

      First, Buddhism in general doesn't NOT believe in God, it's just not a part of Buddhism.  Buddhism is a philosophy more than a religion and is compatable with many religions or no religion.  You can be both christian and buddhist for example or atheist and buddhist.

      Secondly, it's a little intellectually dishonest to say that theists find athiests spiritually threatening in general.  It's all in the atheist.  What you might not consider "gratuitously nasty" can still be very insulting to people.  For example, the assertion that many atheists have made that God is a delusion and those who believe in God are delusional for believing in him.  Sure that might be what you believe but those beliefs are predecated on the mental illness of those who believe differently.  That's going to offend people.  No less than the belief of some sects of Christianity that jews and catholics and everyone else is going to hell.  It's offensive to anyone in the "not us" catagory.  

      At the same time I've known some atheists who are  very "live and let live" about their beliefs.  They don't believe in God but they don't make judgements on the mental faculties of people who DO believe in God.

      If a democrat demands accountability in the Capital and no one covers it, does he make a sound?

      by DawnG on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 03:50:00 PM PST

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      •  Not sure if the conflict can be eliminated (0+ / 0-)

        Most atheists do not make an issue of their non belief. But there are times, and this is one of them, when religiousity, christianity specfically, is being thrust upon a secular society.

        It was President Bush who chose to have his inaugural invocation spoken in the the name of Jesus Christ, a break from modern tradition.  And for the first time the Defense department is running a Christian memorial on Mount Soledad.

        Yes, atheists can simply mouth the words and not be offensive.  Or else they can assert that they do not believe in God.  And the majority of Americans, including our Government which is using our taxed money to support this premise, assert that it is they who have "truth" do we not have a right to maintain that we are correct in our belief, that it is not a defect in our character.

        So we offer an explanation, which must be couched in psychological or sociological terms that have become a part of the "realism" community.  To these disciplines a shared irrational belief is an anomoly that has a name. Delusion, Group ideology, Mores, there are many constructs, but all of them objectify this phenomon. We want to understand how and why this occurs.  

        It is this objectification, this analyitical view that is intrinsicly inimical to those who believe in a diety. There is no way to soften this conflict of world views.

  •  The Discordian Hymn (1+ / 0-)
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    victoria2dc

    Onward Christian soldiers,
    Onward Buddhist priests,
    Onward fruits of Islam,
    Fight till you're deceased.

    Fight your bloody battles,
    Join in thickest fray
    For the greater glory
    Of Dis-cord-i-ay.

    εἰρήνη ἀντί πολέμου -- peace instead of war

    by dconrad on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 03:49:49 PM PST

  •  Namaste (6+ / 0-)
    Amen

    Shalom

    Salaam

    Om Shanti

    Peace

    Booyah!

    Oh, Man!

    A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. Yogi Berra

    by x on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 05:03:46 PM PST

  •  Taking the oath on (4+ / 0-)

    The Heart Sutra

    Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, practicing deep prajna paramita,
    clearly saw that all five skandhas are empty, transforming all suffering and distress.

    Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form.
    Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form.
    Sensation, thought, impulse, consciousness are also like this.

    Shariputra, all things are marked by emptiness -
    not born, not destroyed,
    not stained, not pure,
    without gain, without loss.
    Therefore in emptiness there is no form, no sensation, thought, impulse, consciousness.
    No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind.
    No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, object of thought.
    No realm of sight to no realm of thought.
    No ignorance and also no ending of ignorance to no old age and death and also no ending of old age and death.
    No suffering, and also no source of suffering, no annihilation, no path.
    No wisdom, also no attainment.
    Having nothing to attain, Bodhisattvas live prajna paramita with no hindrance in the mind.
    No hindrance, thus no fear.
    Far beyond delusive thinking, they attain complete Nirvana.
    All Buddhas past, present and future live prajna paramita and thus attain anuttara samyak sambodhi.

    Therefore, know that prajna paramita is the great mantra, the wisdom mantra, the unsurpassed mantra, the supreme mantra, which completely removes all suffering. This is truth, not deception. Therefore set forth the prajna paramita mantra, set forth this mantra and say:

    GATÉ GATÉ PARAGATÉ PARASAMGATÉ BODHI SVAHA

  •  "Hirono values separation of church and state" (0+ / 0-)

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged. http://www.actblue.com/...

    by raatz on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 09:25:25 PM PST

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