Fundamentalism and Terrorism

There is a whole lot of anger floating around out there held emotionally against the Evil Other whose situation is outside of our limited and narrowing experience. There are people out there who are sure that the Islamics did 911 and that the mass murder situations are once again “senseless violence”. What is really dangerous about this kind of delusional absolutist thinking and more importantly, feeling is that one it is almost totally contrived out of nothing, two it is most always wrong, and three the rage ends up blowing the threat imagined all out of proportion to the actual threat. A really great example of this kind of intentional misleading motivated by poisonous hatred is the nazi spies the US were using overblowing the soviet military threat by at least a factor of three (three times larger than it actually was), in order to justify a huge military buildup in the US during the 50’s Cold War. This kind of lying was hugely destructive because monies that could’ve been dedicated to domestic priorities went instead to hugely destructive and mostly useless military investment including nuclear weapons on intercontinental ballistic missiles. Once again, the US is prepared to spend a whopping $1 trillion on upgrading the nuclear arsenal; weapons that should never bu used under any justification whatsoever given their huge secondary impacts on the protective shield over all life on the planet; this at a time when once domestic priorities are crying out and once again being mostly ignored because the relevant leaders are only listening to the stupid money.
But what is important to this discussion is the emotionalized motivations for several terrorist groups that threaten innocent peoples all over the world. The fundamentalist wacko that took out George Tiller was convinced of the rightness of his cause because he was “saving babies”. But not really as it turns out  since Doctor Tiller was dealing with complicated third trimester abortions where the life of the mother was on the line too. They prohbitied abortions in catholic brazil so the woman would do it anyways; she would get busted, then denied medical care in prison, bleed out and die along with the fetus. See? Complicated, not simple. . . . More than a little sickening to see how the new family is abandoned by society and the church once the child is born though. Pro-life; I don’t think so. . . especially not the mass murderers who kill in the name of God imagining that they are his “judgement”. They were warned of this mistake repeatedly in the scriptures if they even read them. At least three rightwing hater churches justified the mass murder in Orlando as this kind of judgement; completely insane at heart perverting scripture in the service of their hatred. But where is the most damage done from this kind of delusional obsessive absolutism? And then we see the multiple pseudo-justifications used by groups like ISIL for murdering off huge numbers of civilians and the sordid “tradition” of honor killings in fundamentalist offshoots of Islam and other religions with all three having fundamentalist offshoots that teach it is A-OK to murder in the name of God; which it simply isn’t (
It comes when it is applied to complex gray area situations. Let’s take the alleged drug problem in the US. It is made much worse when people are driven away from saving medical assistance by the actually illegal prohibition of the mostly positive mind-altering substance. This doesn’t apply to long term opioid addiction though since one is always doing this dance between pain management and developing a greater tolerance to the substance while trying not to overdose on a product that is essentially not quality controlled since it is black market. This is where the injuries and fatalities arise, but who would know and more importantly who would care? With the likes of nazis like Trump spreading hateful lies and degrading language towards people, a lot of people become desensitized and uncaring, lovers of selves as the Bible refers to them. So a huge amount of seemingly unconnected deaths are arising from the same sources and causality. This is why it was so vitally important for heroin addicts to be allowed to have their drug given to them via a doctor and a prescription at a safe injection site because the product is quality controlled and there is effective medical assistance available in case the addict makes a mistake and overdoses, flatlining. . . Then therer’s the example of Portugal who has ended their nazi drug war and now devotes the money to meeting people’s survival and medical needs; no more prohibition and drug overdoses and use has been significantly reduced. . . Har, Har nazis, the joke is on you. . . Burn in Hell, ya stupid nazi pigs. . . .
You see how easy it is to judge and hate and how hard in this circumstance to love a person so afflicted. The lies and hate abounds towards these people. A friend who uses meth to manage pain was threatened by a person with a baseball bat one day because of this kind of hatred for the “tweekers”; understanding nothing about why they did what they did. Dr. Gabor Mate’ found that fully 90% of needle drug users were abused as children or had serious violence exposure as adults. The popular saying “Tweekers Suck” comes from the fact of their poverty created by the drug test nazis. A person needs $60 every two days fo stay ahead of their addiction and the kick. Also no one understands that the use of speed is what many times powers the US workplace. Another friend used it to run a rock crusher 24 hours a day for three months; no problems because he knew what he was doing. The absolutist hater views their role in the community as a problem-solver of the worst kind, gratifying their need to punish someone for their failures in life; they seek someone to blame outside themselves for the situational failures in their existence when actually no one is to blame and certainly no one takes responsibility for their role in creating the situation. The Federal government created the destructive criminalizing meme of the direct action environmental protester as the feared eco-terrorist. Now the nazis are labeling the nonviolent Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorists’, and they aren’t because they are nonviolent, but their actions strike terror in the hearts of the hellbound criminal racist lyncher, so he labels them terrorists just like the nazis did in Selma, Alabama.        The absolutist seeks a reason to once again get the rush of killing someone, anyone just like the addict they most hate with mindless greed and acquisition by force regardless of the consequences being the most destructive addiction on the planet; what is mostly killing all of us and God’s creation now. . . . So curb that urge to ill and kill or you will end up in hell with the rest of the depraved mass murderers throughout human history; fair warning. It’s too late three days after physical death to change your destiny alone.


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Lyle Courtsal is a disabled author/activist who has worked variously as a school bus driver, tree planter, truck driver, and shipyard laborer. He has also attended three colleges, but prefers studying on his own. During the past several years, he has developed a street outreach method for getting intensively self-poisoned, dually-diagnosed addict/alcoholics off the streets and into truly helpful hands while maintaining constitutional standards of non-discrimination and privacy. His technique has an 80 percent success rate. Lyle likes really big, old, live trees; Frisbees; sailing; mid-70s long nose Kenworths going really fast; hardcore rock; true decency; generosity of spirit; and freedom. He presently more-or-less exists in Seattle, Washington. He goes to church at least once a month whether he needs it or not. Check out the book-Enjoy!!

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