No Answer…so I suppose more spilled blood.

Recently a poster on Social Media, a parent of young children, a writer and a person pretty much just like me said he was scared.  He wasn’t scared for himself, but his child, his family, his friends. He spoke of the how he did not want to acknowledge the goals of this group of cult serial killers, but he did not want to put him family in jeopardy, Whether it was a slaughter in Orlando, in Paris, in Brussels or slaughters in Orlando, he expressed being trapped and mostly confused as to

“What exactly do these murdering fanatics want? “

I tried to read your post last night and made it half way through. It was late and I didn’t have the energy. I watched an interview with one of our retired Generals trying to explain how Islam was not a religion, but that the text, the Quran, was a political guide.

Political is defined as

“of, for, or relating to citizens”) is the process of making uniform decisions applying

to all members of a group. It also involves the use of power by one person to affect

the behavior of another person. “

I thought about what he said and started my early morning by responding to his post and beginning to formulate an answer.

I think as you do, starting with “What exactly do these murdering fanatics want? “

At first, I was reminded of the scene in the movie Independence Day when the President asks an Alien “What do your People want?” The Alien’s response is simple.

We want you to die

I thought how the General tried to link all followers of Allah and Islam with the violence and anger of the Quran. The Christians had their Bible and is loaded with murdering the unholy, with stoning of infidels, the acceptance of slavery, the obedience of women etc. etc. and the it is almost a copy of the Quran, pulling out sections, even names and places. Both provided a way to live on the land with the goal of worshipping a True God, both rejected the notion of working hard to improve your life here on Earth because the true paradise of heaven was the reward.

It was heaven. Heaven was the realm of God. These lands were of the fallen. These lands were of Satan and the fallen angels. This was hell. For the believer, Earth was a waiting room waiting , waiting piously until you are called to join God and Allah.
The Talmud of the Judaism was the same way. It told its followers how to live, what to eat, what to avoid, good moves, bad moves and reward awaited not on the accumulation of wealth and mammon on Earth, but to worship God and wait to be called from the waiting Room.

But the murderous Fanatics are no more representation of the Quran and a billion Muslims around the World, then a Abortion Clinic Bomber or the members of the Westboro Baptist Church who carry signs at Military Funerals that read GOD HATES FAGS represent the billion Christians. Both are mutations. Both are wrong. And surprising their numbers are few (100,000 Isis, 120-150,000 zealot Christians compared to billions of believers.) But they are noisy and deadly and they attempt to rule with fear and blood.

Christians “rewrote” or generated an addendum to their Bible to accommodate the Rulers and Kings that had begun to populate the land a few thousand years back, so that we as just people would follow the King and worship him, bow to him in the road when we passed, paid our taxes and willingly gave him or sheaves of wheat. And we bowed, and tithed and obeyed until it came our turn to go to Heaven and live the rule under God. We had a entity to worship in the afterlife and two entities to attempt to balance between while we waited on Earth.

The Old Testament followed the edicts of God, the addendum taught us the words of Jesus and somewhat a complacency.

The New Testament (Koine Greek: Ἡ Καινὴ Διαθήκη, Hē Kainḕ Diathḗkē) is the

second major part of the Christian biblical canon, the first part being the

Old Testament, based on the Hebrew Bible. The New Testament discusses the teachings

 and person of Jesus, as well as events in first-century Christianity.”

But it still begs your question: “What exactly do these murdering fanatics want? “

I don’t know. I don’t want to be an apologist for them, but I think we tend to confuse murdering maniacs like the crazy in Orlando or this mentally ill teenager in Munich being treated with the murderous zealots of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Harum, followers of Aum Shinrikyo, the KKK and so on and so on.

These are Cults. These are Cults of Personality and hate and blood and supremacy and they may carry religious texts but these cults have little connections. Again, I don’t want to be an apologist for their actions, but in a recent blog post, I recounted literally millions of massacres around the world, just over the last 100 years where Muslims and the followers of Islam have been killed. Even our own President said that in retaliation for massacring 3000 of our citizens on 9/11 we would respond. And over 1,000,000 Muslim men women and children that had nothing to do with the fanatic mass murder were killed.

And the killing goes on. And groups like ISIS, murder our children whether they had planned it or not, Groups like ISIS take responsibility and strike out at the West in twisted retribution. It would be like Blacks in our country killing Whites because we enslaved them for over 100 years. In response to the spilled blood, we would scream “But I never owned a Slave??!!”

Well the frustration you fear…maybe you are screaming along with millions…”We never slaughtered millions of Muslim people.”

I don’t know a resolution. I am reminded of an old Western Movie when the good guy and bad guy meet in the little town and one says “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us…” and the gunfire starts and someone dies.

Maybe our planet just is not big enough? Maybe we should have been tolerant or not unleashed a billion guns or maybe we should have focused on schools and not war, taught love instead of filling prisons, built families and not walls and   that kill children.
Maybe we must keep it in mind and kill the 100,000 maniacs like we cut out the cancer cells, change our lifestyle and pray the cancer never returns.
Maybe.

God…I wish I had an answer. I am sorry for your fear!

 

 

What I learned today…

What I learned today

 

 

(As I rewrote this morning, a thought flashed in my mind. In the 50’s, we looked under every bed and we found a sneering Communist. Today we all look and find Satan or some manifestation of Evil, maybe even a Liberal.)

This is a tough day to be me.

It is definitely a tough day to be a gunned down Baton Rouge Policeman. It is a tough day to be in the Police anywhere in the world. It is a tough day to be a minority in a poor community. It is tough to be the children of any of the fallen Police or of the 100 or so unarmed Blacks killed by Police in 2015.
OK, compared to the groups listed above, it wasn’t that tough. I was just called names.
I think I was called callous, a liar, A passive-aggressive twister of questions to make the other person look stupid,  a bitch coward for not having a shoot out with a Christian,  an apologist for the criminals that murder Police, a supporter of Black Live matter… a LIBERAL… actually just too many to recount and catalogue. I am just not a good person. Posters on Social Media say so.

Must be true…

And many of these people claim to be Christian. They wrap themselves in the justification of being Christian and that makes it OK to kill Muslims, kill unarmed minorities, jail Blacks and cut all sorts of social programs like feeding children, feeding the elderly, feeding the Poor.

I am not pointing the finger at Christians. Christians follow the word of Jesus. They follow the teachings of the Church. Some of these people may call themselves Christians, but I don’t believe they are anymore that the members of the Westboro Baptist Church. No more than 100,000 blood-thirsty deranged ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or deluded terrorists represent a billion peaceful Muslims.
The majority of Christians speak of love, forgiveness, of peace, of Jesus.

And then there are some of these people that follow a vengeful and hateful non-Christian god. I don’t know my Bible Studies that well, but I think a vengeful and hateful entity disguised as God is really a Satan masquerading the God of Love.
They profess to carry guns to protect themselves from the glares and stares of Black People in their neighborhood. One was going to provide me his address, so I could go kill him. (I am sure he would get the drop on me. He must live in a constant state of fear.)
This specific gun-toting 2nd Amendment admirin’ Houston Texan said that he had friends who took care of the children of people in AA and he would take care of those children as well.

I asked him not to shoot any children.
When a crazed person murders a Police officer, all things American, all American Values go out the window, all Christian values go right out the window. It is OK for a Police Chief to send a C4 Bomb in to blow up the killer of the Dallas Police. It is OK for Police to kill the recent list of unarmed Black men because they were previously arrested anyway…known criminals.

Police could be judge, Jury and executioner and it was all OK. If a Republican Presidential Candidate threatens to kill the entire family of a Terrorist, it is OK. It was OK for a previous administration to exact revenge for the murder of the 9/11 3000 civilians by killing over 1,000,000 Iraqi men women and children.

It is OK to torture and hold people without trial in Guantanamo because it is not within the shores of the U.S.A.

I wrote a piece last year on the danger of half truths. I think what they profess is seeded with half truths.
Dude…does anyone even read the Constitution or Bill of Rights anymore? Is it any wonder? Do you listen to the news? Ohio proudly states it is an open carry state until someone they want to protect shows up and then there is a two square mile 2nd Amendment Suspension Zone. The person living in the house in Kansas City (home of the supposed shooter in Baton Rouge is forcibly pulled from his house. I said supposed because he never got a trial…) is drug out of his home.

There is so much hate on Social Media. TV Campaign speeches drip with Presidential Hate Speech on both sides. Look behind most memes on Social Media and you will find the vilest of hate. Even today at the Republican Convention, one of the leader said that this was not a GOP Convention, it was Brown Shirts.

It is no shock that we have devolved socially into a cauldron of fear and hate.

It hit our Sit-Coms in the 70’s. I was an asshole at home with my children and did not let them watch TV that I felt had negative social and family values. But the show screamed to the # 1 spot. I eventually lost, but they learned how to read. I think it was worth how angry they were at me.

Blood in movies splashed on us in buckets. Video games gave us a screaming cornucopia of weaponry used  and splattered every iteration of alien, made up monster, enemy and even just plain Human.
We all learned “If it bleeds, it leads…” News channels carried scores of scenes of people at war. Bombs exploding, people running for safety. Dirty faced children crying out over the bodies of lifeless parents.  We watched it all every night.

Everywhere hate escalated. Our elected officials vowed revenge for the deaths of out 3000 on 9/11, with a Wild West “You’re either wid us or you’re agin us!” and then proceeded to exact the murder of over 1,000,000 Iraqi men, women and children.

And not one blinked an eye.

And our thirst for blood grew. And our hate grew. Social Media flourished; you would have thought Social Media would have provided another unmonitored channel of expression. You would have thought Social Media might encourage dialogue, discussion with voices around the world. But we degenerated into hate and we called for more blood.

Our politicians saw an opportunity to grab all the gold they could stuff in their pockets. They blocked any forward progress of our Government. There was a painful stalemate and fingers pointed back and forth across the aisle. We had fought for our right to vote for representation and we got anger and lies and curses and obstinacy. We got bupkis. We spent trillions and we got nothing but accusations. And the heads filled our airwaves with angry words and commercials for Dating Services, new Drugs and Insurance.
And some people, cheered on by hate, fueled by fear and drowning in a sea of discontent found a voice: a deranged voice, a narcissistic voice, a voice that saw a need and how to separate the weak minded from their money. A Marketer came to the scene, saw the turmoil, felt the hate and saw a great untapped opportunity to make the ultimate barrel of bucks!
And he mocked the System, he disrespected our Presidents, he called his opponents by school yard names and voice after voice, disgusted dropped out.
And the people, who filled the 21st Century Coliseum, jeered and cheered the beating of protestors, they ripped signs down, they built their foundation of the quicksand of hate and screamed at the rambling words of a false god they raised on the floors of the hallowed halls of our Government. Marble buildings that had been built for almost 300 years with the blood of the soldier fighting men, woman and even children that died that had given their lives to build America.

There is no foundation for the hate. I have said that even though I do not support the G.O.P. I do not support many of its positions but I recognize the G.O.P. was responsible for the building of our Country. They provided a dialogue. They provided a counter-balance to the opposition.

They are being destroyed.

A part of our Country is being dismantled, first by disrespect of the voters that put them in office, by wallowing in the lucre poured on them by the lobbyists representing so many Corporations that care more about shareholders profits than Democracy and finally by a candidate that tells more lies than the fact checkers can even keep up with, that speak of hateful fantasies of Presidents being borne in Kenya, and masquerade as a publicist to promote his own lifestyle and on and on and on.

The lies and fantasy facts blur and the people cheer and we know they have an Emperor candidate.

And we wonder why the hate grows, we wonder why the bullets kill the innocent, we wonder why hate against our Nation builds off our shores.

Until we purge the hate, we will drown in the blood.

Being called names on Social Media, but a few does not even come close to a bad day. Maybe it means I am striking a nerve and maybe that is good. If no one screamed at me, it would mean I had posted too many pictures of kittens and babies!

Part 2 follows tomorrow…

Call and Response. (Updated)

Call and Response.

(Updated with new spilled Blood…)

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I found it necessary to update Call and Response. More Blood has spilled on asphalt and dusty parking lots. More Hate rampages down big hi-rise canyons and echoes in forests from North to South. And for some reason we must keep sharing and talking and making an attempt  to keep it real and loud and never cower back into the shadows in fear.

What is Call and Response?

It is ancient to all of us. We don’t see it or taste it and even recognize it but it is there. Call and response is in our genes

Call and Response is musical. It is verbal AND non-verbal communication between a speaker and a listener. The Speaker can be an individual, a thought, a group, and emotion. A Listener can be one or it can be many. It could be the Earth. It could be the Dark and the Light responding.

In ancient cultures, in African cultures long after the Earth cooled and we roamed the forest looking for survival, it was a distinct pattern of democratic participation in public. It was a shared experience. Call and Response is a foundation for our religion. It is inherent in every aspect of our lives.

We have all taken part in the ritual. The Teacher calls, we respond. The child cries, we react. The Media fills us with images…enzymes flow.

Can I get an Amen?

Raise your hands and give Him praise!

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Social Media is a dynamic world. Like Einstein’s blackboard, waits in silence for a spirit to be stirred.

Here is an example:

Call:

Marquita Nicole (OP)

On Race Relations

Calling out police brutality and racially motivated killings is a bandwagon that most jumped on when Trayvon Martin, a boy, someone’s son, our son, was killed. When we heard a grown man say to another to leave the boy be only for the listener to disregard and discharge his weapon. A bandwagon. Because it has not stopped since Europeans first encountered Africans, or Arabs, or Indigenous Americans or…I digress.

What I mean to say is this: I read someone’s statement that Obama (thanks Obama) took race relations back 50 years. I implore them, and any others who hold this as a truth, to know that people have been killing minorities with impunity for centuries. There was no glory period. What happened was social media and a bandwagon. It became cool (be honest, you know it’s true) to call out police brutality and racist killings, and social media made it possible for everyone to have a voice. So even though it is a bandwagon, the hashtag was one of the best things to happen to whatever this movement will be called in the future. It brought people together… Whites and Blacks march when we lose someone so unfairly, and Latinos and Native Americans and Asians… We march together because most of us “have nots” have not had a chance to be so expressive, to be so connected.

So…no… I don’t believe race relations have ever been better. No more lies, and no more self-hate (hopefully and thanks to artists who are making a stand) no more omitted history where it can be helped, no more one sided tales. and that is what seems to be people’s problems… They want everyone back to a time where we were sheep, where we didn’t call out sexism or racism or classism because we didn’t feel connected. It’s the connectedness that’s making folks scared…

And you gotta ask yourself why.

Response:

M, this challenge, this problem is so deep in our souls. It is in our blood, it is present like a virus in nearly everything we touch, in our schools, in our speech and in our politics.

Racism, Classism, hate, sexism, fear and hopelessness permeates our existence on the Planet.

(Stick with me.)

We just found 3 kittens. Cat Mom came from one house up the street. Cat Dad came from a house behind us.
They used our bushes in our front for a sexual encounter. She left. In a few days we saw kittens popping their heads out of the bushes.
Our desert was hot, very hot.
Bunny caught them one at a time and the kittens took over one of our bathrooms. They act like kittens. They play with string, each other and they bat and chase the balls we have left for them.
I tore up paper towels and Bunny put it in a container. I will be damned but they hop in, do their business and hop out.

We eventually purchased cat litter and they use it faithfully.

Why? How do they know?
They are frightened of coyotes but hop up to us.
Why?
I think (and I have been told) it is because that is how Cat Mom and Cat Dad and previous cat ancestors lived. It is deep in their kitten psyche. It is deep in their genes. It is something kittens just know.

I wonder about our fears of those different than us. I live in a Mexican/White neighborhood but I know that enzymes are triggered when I see a black person on my streets. I was not raised in hate or bigotry, but I would be the first to admit, our problem goes much, much deeper than a check mark on a form. African American, Latino, Asian, American Indian, White. We have 10,000 years of fear, supremacy’s, and something almost genetic to overcome. Fear then Hate is almost in our genes.

Almost.

I am lost. People old enough to read this are lost. We can change the Call, we can direct the Reponse until we manage to get back on the path.
The Change must start in the preschools and carry through to University. We must experience the world and reject those that would divide us. Responsibilities run deep, changes take generations.

I don’t want to project political outcomes of Presidential election…but suppose a candidate does not win. One candidate or maybe two candidates lose a chance to lead our Country. They are one person, maybe two.
But what we are left with is millions of fervent believers in the losing candidates. We are left with millions of people who are angry at the status-quo, who fear the new leader, who hate the new direction.

We (our Country) are left with an Army of the Disappointed and Angry. We are left with a Revolution. We might be left with a million Brown Shirt Reactionaries and an equal number of left wing Revolutionaries or both.

We are left with a conflict and two different Calls and two very different Responses.

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It is almost, ALMOST overwhelming.

I don’t believe in bringing together Community Leaders.

I don’t believe in bringing together religious leaders.

I don’t believe in locking arms and singing Kumbaya.

It has passed that point.

Acceptance of empty words delays the reality until the near time, the next the disease rears its head.

Maybe burning it down to the ground and each group heading to their burnt corners is the only answer. I told a group the other day to be careful if they wished for Revolution, because the opposition they despise may come out on top.

And then what?

Maybe the Elder Orange haired Business man’s Revolution, if carried out, is the answer. Face our fears, manifest our hate with action, build our walls, bring our Country back and acknowledge the future with our collective teeth clenched in both defense and offense. Win at all costs.

Maybe the old Elder White Haired Statesman’s Revolution, if carried out, is the answer?Loosening the deathgrip of the 1%, the Wealthy Class, the Corporations on our underclass necks and returning the power to the people is the answer? At least we might get a chance and if we could survive the opposition and the threats and fear and the constant harping of the media, we might move the dial and head in the right direction.

Or maybe we start with the children.

We educate them, we teach them critical thinking, civics, love, how to solve problems without hate and guns and knives and bombs, how to hug those around them. We teach them patience and eventually if we keep a firm grasp on love and tolerance and selflessness, we might be able to last, to survive until the last of the hate smolders in the ground, that the fortresses of separation and segregation crumble to dust and the evil fades into the bad memories of human history on this planet.

But this takes time. It won’t happen overnight. You and I may never see it. But we can continue to push, to light a path, string together words in prose and poetry and speak of the dream of a better place.

We must face that this is a big problem and bigger than we can even imagine. We can not expect change by standing around the Fallen locking arms and singing Kumbaya.

As long as there is money and power in our separation, there will be separation.

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A friend tells me that he recognizes there is a force, an ancient force that uses their powers of hate to induce fear, that uses their sword to divide the races, the sexes, the wealthy and poor. They control us through division. They fill our minds with screams and drown out the voice of love and togetherness and equality. We don’t even know why we hate them. They shoot us…we bleed. We shoot them…they bleed. The Blood is the same. We are the same and we learn too late.

This force might be the Media, the Political World, those that control from behind the curtain. The Force may be the People who have always run the world in their vision and stand behind those we think are in charge.

The Force in whatever shape it takes, issues a powerful Call. We Respond.

My friend calls the force of division Satan or the Devil or Evil that is diametrically opposed to the Good, to God, to what should be. We start on a path, the path divides and we must make a choice. Some go left. Some go right. Some sit at the crossroads. Maybe that is me. I am an Atheist. I am not sure that right is good for me, nor left. I believe through our Social Evolution, we have reached a point where we may no longer answer the questions we ask.
I question right. I question wrong.

I sit at the crossroads unable to choose a direction. The division of the path is the call. My response is uncertainty.

All I am sure of is that we must change the Call to the children and let them respond in their innocence, devoid of the staining we mar on their spirits. They are the future. They are the Hope.

They are our Tabula Rasa.

“Turn out the Light

(We have no fear)

Turn out the Light

(We see angels and fairies in the dark)

Stuart Welch

 

 

It turns out to be Funny.

Deadly but Funny.

Sad but Funny.

I woke up this morning and realized how funny this all is!

Yes, some are getting caught up in it. Some are spending all their money on guns and ammo and dried survivalist foodstuffs and even some people are dieing.

But I’m sorry. This is funny. Think about it….Just not too hard.

They ELECTED Sarah Palin (She can see Russia from her house!).

They ELECTED  Michele Bachman (She can cure Gays!)

They elected George Bush….look …there’s a Muslim and he’s hiding a WMD.

Boy this is a funny door! (Bafflement)

bushdoor

 

Remember They will put you in camps,, kill our granma, take your guns, divide up all your money,  open the borders, gas will cost 6 bucks a gallon and unemployment will be nearly 100% percent just before the Muslim Brotherhood takes over.

This is funny material . I swear you can not make this up.

Remember Chicken Little?…he fell for it in the funnies!
Remember “The War of the Worlds”? A whole bunch fell for that!
Remember when one of the top Fox news comedians said that

“Hey Black Panthers are blocking all the White People from voting at the Polling Stations”

and there was just two old guys in berets stopping every scared white guy and granma in America.
Finally, remember duct tape on your windows, the 1st Lady is tricking you into eating vegetables…there is no global warming…look there’s a WMD…over there  –>…no there <– and Mexicans are taking your jobs!

Well unlock your doors cause they are coming to take your guns and your money and then put you in a Camp!
A Funny Camp.
We are so lucky in this country to hold a real majority and then entire comedy channels with really funny people that make up real funny stuff every night (or is it horror?), a whole bunch that travel the countryside and talk about OK…(puffs chest..) We are going to BUILD a wall! And you don’t want healthcare and the media is liberal and no one is really working!
We are all on government handouts waiting for the black bandit gangs!
This, Folks is funny stuff…Maybe a little paranoid…Maybe a little to real sounding but have you listened to what they are saying.
This is FUNNY stuff!

Now let’s go invade Norway! Wait…Let’s get UZbecky,becky,beckystan.
NO! CANADA! (Their socialists yah know!)

mulebob

 

An Atheist recognizes Satan and the Walking Dead

Satan and the Walking Dead:

 

Do we have a reason to wait our turn?

Maybe I am wrong.

It certainly would not be the first time and surely it will not be the last. I have made decisions in my life that I regret today but I will tromp along until I meet my foregone conclusion.

This is something different for my Country. Or maybe it is not. I woke up after a difficult night and while my coffee was heating, I read a posting that just said “Do not utter the Killer’s name. Do not honor him by building his notoriety by saying his name remember the victims Allison and Adam. They were in love”

I had no idea what had happened but after a couple of clicks, I learned of another set of public in-your-face-murders.

At this point, we could run a cable channel of all of the victims of gun violence, or beatings and abuse or even drug overdose. We have enough for the Death Channel.

For a moment, the premier of Fear the Walking Dead flashed on my brain screen and for just a moment, a single moment, I wondered if it was all true except that the victims were not being taken out by drooling snarling zombies, but in reality they were being taken out by us.

And after the fleeting thought of we are the Walking Dead, waiting our turn, I considered that maybe there was a Satan and in some promised way, we were just getting what we deserved.

As an American society, we:

  • Slaughtered native American, men women and children and stole their land and resources.
  • Enslaved an entire race of people and gave our domesticated animals better care.
  • Financed and executed a dozen wars in a dozen countries not to preserve and protect and move our Citizens into the future, but to strengthen our Corporate entities claim to grow and fester.
  • Along the way, we have literally massacred millions of families in Vietnam, in Thailand, in Afghanistan, in Iran, in El Salvador, in Chile, in Cuba and if we didn’t kill the innocents, we financed our puppets to kill for us absentia in a dozen other countries around our planet. Much of this blood flowed again to secure the position and power of the Corporations named above.
  • Our own Government allowed these same Corporations to prosper in a tax void environment to poison our air, to poison our water, to poison of food and to poison our soil…without recourse or damnation.

And when someone comes along to stop the poisoning, to stop the murder, to call out their responsibility for our demise, they have been blocked, reviled, ridiculed and rendered useless.

And we let it happen. And we let every drop of blood spill and every micron of poison and microbe of destruction to be unleashed without recourse in our earthly home.

We let it happen and we are responsible and a few minutes ago, I considered that maybe there was a Satan and in some promised way, we were just getting what we deserved.

Every week, almost every day, someone seemingly normal, finds a gun a knife a weapon of some sort and randomly creates a “tragic event” They create tragic events at military bases, in classrooms, in cafeterias, in movie theaters, in playgrounds, in open spaces and private rooms. They enter unnoticed in every space of our life.

Maybe, we , the Walking Dead, are chosen by Satan, to carry out random slaughter.

No that is insane. There is no Satan. There is no guiding force. There is no universal consequence of our actions.

Or is there?

I may have to re-evaluate my entire position. Can I even consider a Satan, without considering a God. I don’t know how can I can accept one with acknowledging the other. I had adopted a devout Atheist lifestyle for 50 years but as I approach the final third of the race, I would what drives someone: a man, a woman, a child, of every race and every creed…to pick up a weapon and slaughter.

Is there a Satan?

Maybe I am wrong.

It certainly would not be the first time and surely it will not be the last.