Kirche heute, 28.März 2015

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Die NSA als Religion, Datenhunger ohne Grenzen – NZZ

27/03/2015 2 Kommentare

Datenhunger ohne Grenzen: Die NSA als Religion -


“Nothing is beyond our reach” – offizielle NSA Symbolik der ‘five eyes’

Die Abhörbehörde NSA strebt mit ihrem Datensammeln danach, das Verhalten der Menschen vorwegnehmen zu können. Aber ist eine solche «observierte Freiheit» noch eine Freiheit? Sir Isaac Newton meinte zu Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts, er spiele lediglich am Rande des «grossen Ozeans der Wahrheit», der «unentdeckt» bleibe. Die amerikanische Abhörbehörde (National Security Agency – NSA) hingegen greift auf diesen Ozean zu. Sie ist dabei, zu erreichen, was an sich unerreichbar ist, und nennt dies «Getting the ungettable». Der deutsche Philosoph Bernhard H. F. Taureck versucht den Leser in seinem hochbrisanten Buch auf die quasitheologischen Begründungen und Rechtfertigungen der NSA hinzuweisen. Nach den Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden insbesondere auch in der Zivilgesellschaft massiv in die Kritik geraten, sucht die NSA nach Argumenten für ihren Daseinszweck.

Fehlendes Masshalten

Es gelte, im Einklang mit den gesetzlichen Richtlinien insbesondere die USA und die westlichen Demokratien im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus präventiv zu schützen, heisst es vonseiten des Geheimdienstes. Die Überwachung und das Ausspionieren der engsten westlichen Verbündeten wie etwa Deutschlands gehören offenbar auch dazu. Der Vertrauensverlust wird dabei in Kauf genommen, auch wenn sich Präsident Obama bei Merkel dafür entschuldigt hat. Trotzdem wird im Grunde bei der NSA weitergemacht: business as usual. …..

Datenhunger ohne Grenzen: Die NSA als Religion - Politische Literatur Nachrichten –

Papst Franziskus und der Dirty War: Katholische Kirche unterstützte die Junta Argentiniens – Open Tabernacle

22/03/2015 3 Kommentare

Papst Franziskus und der Dirty War:
Katholische Kirche unterstützte die Junta Argentiniens

Pope Francis and the Dirty War:
Catholic Hierarchs Support the Junta – Keeping the Record Straight –  Open Tabernacle

All European fascist governments and movements, except the latter German Nazis, were supported by the Catholic Church.

Austrian Bishop Hudal’s ratline concentrated on assisting highly-placed German and Austrian officers to escape post-war prosecution but others paid their way into the ratline. War criminals such as Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Franz Stangl, Alois Brunner and Walter Rauff sailed from Genoa to Barcelona and on to Buenos Aires. (Michael Phayer, Pius XII, the Holocaust, and the Cold War)

Numerically, the largest ratline was operated by Vatican agent and Croatian Ustasha priest, Krunoslav Draganovic, and “reveals the direct involvement of Pope Pius XII himself,” according to Phayer. The Catholic catholic churchUstasha executed, tortured, starved, buried alive and burned to death 750,000 Croatian and Bosnian Serbs, Jews and Roma between 1941 and 1945 with the full knowledge of Pius XII. After the collapse of the Nazi-puppet Ustasha regime, Draganovic established escape routes for Croatian war criminals, mostly to South America. ……

Priests with an Option for the Poor – priests who live and work in Argentina’s slums – loudly protested because the bishops had taken reprisals against one of the priests who had criticized the statement released by the bishops’ conference. Bishop Francisco Polti of the northern province of Santiago del Estero transferred Father Roberto Burell, one of the signatories of the letter that the Priests with an Option for the Poor sent to the bishops, from his parish. ‘We aren’t going to call you ‘estimados’ (esteemed – the formal form of address in a letter in Spanish) because we do not esteem cowards,’ says the letter sent by the priests. The priests also told the bishops that when there are no longer bishops ‘only the powerful will be sorry, because the poor, the peasants and indigenous people will celebrate’….
That was the climate among Catholics in Argentina when Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Wednesday March 13 as the first pope from Latin America.”

Pope Francis and the Dirty War:
Catholic Hierarchs Support the Junta – Keeping the Record Straight –  Open Tabernacle

Opus Dei: Des Papstes mächtigste, reaktionäre Armee in Europa heute –

21/03/2015 1 Kommentar

Opus Dei: Des Papstes mächtigste, reaktionäre Armee in Europa heute 

Opus Dei: The Pope’s Right Arm in Europe. –

Opus Dei is one of the most powerful—and reactionary—organisations in the Roman Catholic church today. The organisation troubles liberal Catholics, but its devotion to promoting, as public policy, the Vatican’s inflexibly traditionalist approach to women, sexuality and reproductive health is cause for concern far beyond the boundaries of Catholicism.

Three cardinals have emerged as the most powerful in Pope Francis’s papacy up to this point; all have close ties to Opus Dei (source: Opus Dei Influence Rises to the Top in the Vatican / Daily Kos).

Opus Dei pursues the Vatican’s agenda through the presence of its members in secular governments and institutions and through a vast array of academic, medical, and grassroots pursuits. Its constant effort to increase its presence in civil institutions of power is supported by growth in the organisation as a whole: worldwide membership increased by 5 percent during the first half of this decade, and Opus Dei ordains up to a hundred new priests a year and opens forty centres annually.

The organisation’s aim, according to Crônica, a magazine for members, is “to hallow and Christianise the institutions of the peoples, of science, culture, civilisation, politics, the arts and social relations.” Because of the high degree of members’ allegiance to Opus Dei and its religious agenda, their work in the public sphere breaches the church-state division that is fundamental to modern democracy. It is essential, then, to monitor the organisation’s undertakings in secular arenas—a task made difficult by the fact that individuals’ membership is often undisclosed to the public.  ……..

Opus Dei: The Pope’s Right Arm in Europe.

By Gordon Urquhart | 1997   Catholics for Choice

Editor’s note: This report was researched and written for Catholics for Choice by Gordon Uquhart, author of The Pope’s Armada: Unlocking the Secrets of Mysterious and Powerful New Sects in the Church (Prometheus Books, 1999).

Immer mehr US Evangelikale in Afrika zunehmender Intoleranz bezichtigt | The Guardian

20/03/2015 1 Kommentar

Immer mehr US Evangelikale in Afrika zunehmender Intoleranz bezichtigt
US evangelicals in Africa put faith into action but some accused of intolerance | The Guardian.

(…)  Africa is by and large conservative, and many poor countries are susceptible to charity with a socially conservative agenda. It’s within this context that many US evangelical churches go to Africa to win the battles that are being lost at home. Many of them subscribe to the dominionist movement, which supports turning secular governments into Christian theocracies.

They pressure NGOs not to accept Christians in same-sex marriages. Missionaries have traversed the length and breadth of Africa for centuries, so this 21st century American campaign is just the latest in a long line of foreign influence. From gay marriage to abortion rights and birth control, the last decades have seen huge strides in the west towards minimising discrimination and encouraging equality. Hatred still exists, but public opinion has experienced a sea change towards accepting difference.  …. These attitudes mirror the social agenda of many US evangelicals organisations which have both charitable and ideological agendas.

Students of the Reconcile Peace Institute, one of the largest leadership training centres in the country. Photograph: Antony Loewenstein for the Guardian

Samaritan’s Purse, run by Franklin Graham, son of the Christian evangelist Billy Graham, has a large presence in Africa and been active in Sudan since 1993. Along with providing food, fishing kits, water, shelter, training, hygiene and medical supplies, the group proselytises, screens the evangelical Jesus Film to thousands of people and rebuilds churches (“People are open to the Gospel here,” says country director Brock Kreitzburg). As a global enterprise, it has also been accused of blurring the line between church and state during its emergency relief work in developing countries. Graham is a powerful figure, having met Kiir and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir many times to advocate for the country’s Christians.

He visited South Sudan in March, prayed with Kiir and the rebel leader Riek Machar, and inaugurated an airport hangar in Kenya. Graham is also anti-gay, backing Russia’s draconian laws against sexual minorities. He told delegates at a recent Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference to “get involved in politics. [The] gays and lesbians are in politics [and] all the anti-God people are.” Despite repeated requests, the group refused to provide details on the amount of money it currently spends in South Sudan, though its 2013 financial report said that in 2012 it had more than $2m of expenses in the nation and raised more than $376m worldwide.  …..

Part of the agenda of US evangelical churches is explored in a 2014 report by the Rev Kapya Kaoma called American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism, which is endorsed by Desmond Tutu. Kaoma is an Anglican priest from Zambia now living and working in the US with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts due to threats against his life. His work paints a picture of the myriad of US groups and their African allies who, he says, are “seeking to impose their intolerant – and even theocratic – interpretations of Christianity on the rest of the world”.

This includes the American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ), whose founders are televangelist Pat Robertson and lawyer Jay Sekulow. The organisation has visited South Sudan’s leadership with aims to influence its political agenda. The organisation has pushed for the criminalising of abortion and homosexuality across Africa and operates in Russia, Israel and Europe. The Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush recently appointed Sekulow’s son, Jordan, to be his “liaison” with religious conservatives.

Human Life International, a far-right American Catholic group working in Nigeria and Tanzania, opposes abortion and contraception. Stephen Phelan, its director of mission communications, tells me that the problem lies with secular aid groups, not evangelicals. He condemns “wealthy governments and enormous NGOs spending billions each year to impose their culture on Africa, including values that are literally foreign to African families … At times these funds actually go to aid Africans who live in less developed parts of the continent, but a great deal more is spent on population control than on wells, roads and medicine combined.” …..

US evangelicals in Africa put faith into action but some accused of intolerance | The Guardian.

Atheist im Priesterrock: “Religion als Betrug der politischen Klasse” – Jean Meslier – SWR2de

16/03/2015 1 Kommentar

Jean Meslier, Atheist im Priesterrock: “Religion als Betrug der politischen Klasse” – SWR2

Der katholische Landpfarrer Jean Meslier (1664-1729) hatte so viel Elend und Unterdrückung gesehen, dass er jede Religion als Betrug der geistlich und politisch Mächtigen sah.

Mesliers Zitat zur Politischen Klasse:
«Man solle alle Grossen der Erde mit den Gedärmen der Priester erwürgen
und daran aufhängen.»

Ungehobelt fand Jean Meslier (1664–1729) dieses Zitat eines Bauern schon, er illustrierte damit aber seine im Verborgenen verfasste Religionskritik. Mesliers Texte kursierten später in handschriftlichen Kopien unter Vertretern der französischen Aufklärung. Testament des Abbé Meslier.


Mesliers Werk gliedert sich in acht Teile:[3]

  1. Die Religionen „sind allesamt nur menschliche Erfindungen“;
  2. „Blinde Gläubigkeit“ ist das Prinzip allen Irrtums und aller Illusionen;
  3. Falschheit der „angeblich göttlichen Visionen und Offenbarungen“;
  4. „Eitelkeit und Falschheit der angeblichen Prophezeiungen des Alten Testamentes“;
  5. „Irrtümer der Lehre und Moral der christlichen Religionen“;
  6. „Die christliche Religion duldet die Missbräuche und Tyrannei der großen Herren“;
  7. Falschheit der angeblichen „Existenz von Göttern“;
  8. Falschheit der Idee der Spiritualität und der Unsterblichkeit der Seele.

Meslier schrieb sein Werk in seinem letzten Lebensjahrzehnt, denn er setzt Fénelons Buch Demonstration de l’existence de Dieu (1718) voraus und widerlegt dessen Gottesbeweise einen nach dem anderen.[4]

Kirche heute, 16.März 2015

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