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the mountain that moved (part four)

December 9, 2015
… Daniel understood the hatred the atheist had for religion, the religion atheist recognized as evil, and this, Christianity. Why the atheist’s hatred was funneled like a hurricane and a selectively Christian nemesis was the political hybrid called policy. Policy gave the atheist what he needed to aggravate the storm. Daniel knew true atheists knew nothing of God, Spirit, Supreme Being … anything of Creation, for theirs was based on reactionary measures. Reacting to the condition called religion was the atheist’s calling—his mandate. This is what “made him” atheist. Where believer was different was in his understanding of God: God made believer. God sculpted and breathed life into believer. The error on believer’s part was in his limited understanding of God, and how man presented himself that made atheist himself. Why Daniel had considered the atheist’s terms while pondering the Islamic couple’s terrorist act in California was a return on his part to understand the cause of the terrorism. He was looking at not a surface innuendo, but the mind of the theory. Religion was an idea born from the ashes of trust. The ashes were the remnants of years of man harboring acts of insolence. Religion grew to address these until it divided, but religion was not Christianity divided; it was policy dividing to accommodate religion. Policy had always been the arbiter in the world of man. Given the root of the word, it did not surprise Daniel that atheist would admire policy and ignore God, or God as Supreme Being. Policy was his proof, not an unseen entity that man went out of his way to adorn. Daniel’s church was number one in that department, which is what cost it credibility. It had become the garish promenading pimp, and he had become increasingly embarrassed by its decor. It looked more pomp and less presence—God presence. But what was the Islamic couple adoring? What had they brought to the table that appealed to many more than his own government was willing to admit, and sabotaged the climate on politics?
Daniel knew that one or two more attacks like the one in California could rearrange the presidential candidates, and the voter’s views about these. It was incidents that caused change, not so much the army of any politician, no matter how grand he in his presentations. These would react, much like the atheist, and is why Daniel saw more atheists in Christianity than he saw believers. Believers in one truth, understood as the truth about One, were not to react demonstrably unless calling out systemic hypocrisy. This was the pastor’s Sunday morning service, as well as seeing to the needs and hardships of his congregants, but he was no mind reader and could not see if one or more of these harbored evil within, evil capable of severe abuse and terrorist acts. And recent incidents had taught the world that even a child was capable of these acts.
Daniel sighed and sat down on the edge if his bed, a bed having seen too many lonely nights. He wondered what he would see if he were to step into the shoes of another, for the sake of understanding. What if he married, would he see differently, vote differently, understand differently. What if he converted to Islam, would he be able to recognize the problematic theory? His own church’s history showed him what he needed to see, but it did not tell him what he needed to hear.




Daniel opened his computer to catch up on the news. What was Donald Trump up to today? he wondered. His name appeared on half the articles and commentaries, with most authors condemning his temporary ban on Muslims in the US. Even other countries were weighing in on this, judging the business tycoon, calling him bigoted, ridiculous, even dangerous. On one end, it was narcissistic behavior, on the other, hypocrisy in the world at the highest level, and Daniel was viewing this as his own religion’s teachings to the world. What was his religion, the Roman Catholic Church, its own political narthex, doing to women? Had they not banned them from certain offices? And Islam banned women from religious and political offices, which left female candidates with little to no votes coming from a very fast growing population in the states. And not one person was seeing this, and saying, gee, are you folks playing the hypocrite! If anyone had good reason to complain, it was the women. It never ceased to amaze Daniel how illegitimate the world behaved when it came to the female race. But was it a race? He had to ask this question too often, because too often and for too long man ignored his own patriarchal modifiers … and were so darn good at making their discrimination, their bigotry; their indecency and their prejudice look holy, and honorable and just, when in reality …  it was criminal.

Daniel attempted to look ahead on this format. If the current president of the United States pushed through his agenda to see that 100,000 Syrians, Islamic-based religious, entered the US, and guessing that half were of an age to vote, what would this look like for incoming judges and political candidates if the religious were of the belief to not permit a woman these offices? The outlook was stunning. He knew that the majority of Muslims in the US had voted for Obama as he had read numerous articles relaying this information, but from this point out, where did the female sit in a nation finally focusing on her plight? The Orthodox Jews, the other fastest growing religion in the world, viewed women in a similar light as Islam, and refused her seats that allowed her a voice in the decision-making process … outside marriage.  Marriage was the excuse they used when they said “we” vote according to our faith, but the faith was born from a tribal insult that women were property more than actual citizens with a voice of their own. Even his own church used this same reasoning in their understanding of marriage: man and woman become of one flesh … and it was no secret that one meant MR., and not MISS. This was a pressing concern not just for a citizen’s interest in women’s rights, but the environment, as well. It made no sense to Daniel to have the Roman Pontiff strutting around in the political arena playing the environmentalist when this doctrine spoke a language ignorant on the foibles of increasing in numbers, and supporting systems that kept women pregnant and not active in important political seats in both church and state. Shouldn’t female have voice in these arenas? They represented half to more than half of the population of the world. But Rome had a history of overproducing … in more ways than one. If they wondered how it is that so many poor boys and girls were being sexually abused by clergy and staff, they were the caliphate demanding the burden on the people to produce in these poor places. What was this all about, he once asked a bishop, to give his eminence something to do? The bishop growled at him and Daniel felt that if he had not been in the company of his brothers, he would have had his head bitten off. It was a strange dogma, to be sure, and Daniel felt that he was born and raised in it to expose the hypocrisy and the abuse wherever he could, and the only reason his church had not booted him out was because he could sing. Daniel knew that he could make a lot of money out in the big, wide world, and with this comes fame, and fame would put him in a unique position, a position the Vatican did not want to see him enter.


No citizen is a second class citizen in the city of Chicago! shouted the mayor with intense emotion. Daniel experienced  its poignance. He felt for the man at the podium, pleading for his position. I am sorry …  sorry did not come anywhere near close to the damages done to people not born of the right spoon, but oddly, no matter where woman were schooled, they were still undernourished in the houses of the so-called holy. Why female resonated so strongly for him at that moment was telling him there was more to the story of the Islamic couple gone crazy on a room filled with people celebrating. What had these two fairly young individuals seen and heard that would cause them to behave as they did. It was a premeditated act. Despite the birth of a child, the need to go on a rampage was far greater a desire. Daniel sipped his tea slowly. The steam tickled his noise hairs and made him sneeze. When his eyes cleared, he caught a glimpse of something on the page, something he had missed earlier. It had the term court. It was then that he started to see the connection. Who hadn’t seen the young man from the Boston bombings on the news? The trial lasted five grueling weeks. It was here that Daniel realized the meat on the matter of vindication.





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