Is Peace Even Possible with Israel?

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by Bob Johnson

 

Israel is referred to as a democracy even though it doesn’t even have a constitution. The reason it doesn’t have a constitution is because it is a nation based on the man-made ancient “revealed” religion of Judaism. Judaism teaches there is no human law above what they see as God’s law. In Judaism, the most important laws are found in the Tanakah which includes the Torah, the “prophets” and the writings. When we look at the Tanakah/Hebrew Bible/Old Testament we quickly see it teaches the Hebrews/Jews that they are chosen by God, “above all people that are upon the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6), and that God gave these chosen people a lot of real estate in the Middle East.

The real estate the ancient Hebrews/Jews claim in the Hebrew Bible as given to them by God was already occupied by Gentiles. This presented no problem for the god of the Hebrews/Jews – he just ordered his chosen people to commit genocide against the Gentiles and to take their land once they slaughtered them. There are many examples in the Hebrew Bible of Israel slaughtering the Gentile men, women and children who lived on the land they wanted. One very disgusting example is Numbers 31:15-18 which has a very angry Moses admonishing the Israeli army for not butchering all of the women and children of the Midianites. Moses commanded his Israeli army, ordering, “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” Verse 35 tells us the number of virgins/”women children” the Israelis kept and raped was 32,000.

Today the majority of people living in what was once Greater Israel are not Jews. This causes a problem. Based on the “holy” scriptures of Judaism, these people must be removed and replaced by Jews. In today’s language, much of the Middle East needs a strong ethnic/religious cleansing so the self-proclaimed chosen ones can live on the land which currently belongs to Gentiles. Exodus 23:32-33 makes this clear when the ancient Hebrews/Jews put these words in the mouth of God: ” Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land , lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.” Looking at the map of Greater Israel based on the Hebrew Bible it’s easy to see the U.S., as Israel’s saps, will have a lot of wars to fight for the Jewish state.

The overwhelming majority of politicians in the U.S. know the chances of having a successful political career depends on how well they serve Israel’s interests. The powerful Israeli lobby makes this message very clear to all the politicians. One embarrassing example is a resolution passed with bi-partisan support (anything promoting Israel always receives bi-partisan support) in the South Carolina legislature called A House Resolution To Commend The Nation of Israel For It’s Relations With The United States of America and With the State of South Carolina. The language in this resolution is primitive! It starts out with “Whereas, Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed as reported in the Old Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and reverenced by Jew and Christian, alike, as the acts and words of God; and

“Whereas, as the Grantor of said lands, God stated to the Jewish people in the Old Testament; in Leviticus, Chapter 20, Verse 24: “Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey”; and

“Whereas, God has never rescinded his grant of said lands;. . .”

This is pure unadulterated ignorance! It is also disingenuous in that the politicians left out of their quote of Leviticus 20:24, ” I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.”





Anyone who objectively reads the Bible soon learns it is very self-contradictory. As the Deist Thomas Paine made crystal clear in his very important book, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition , the Bible’s gross ambiguity makes it meaningless. It can be used to support virtually any position a person wants it to. A good example of this is the American Civil War. The Union used the Bible to condemn slavery and the Confederacy used the Bible to show slavery is ordained by God. This is important to keep in mind when reading the next “Whereas” in this ignorance and superstition based resolution, for it reads, “Whereas, along with the grant of said lands to the Jewish people, God provided for the non-Jewish residents of the land in commanding that governance must be in one law for all without drawing distinction between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens, as contained in Leviticus 24:22; . . .” First off, the people living in those lands don’t want to live under Jewish laws and superstitions. Of course, the reality is that Arabs living in Israel are living under Jewish suppression.

Second, Leviticus 24:22 does state, “Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.” However, as stated above, Exodus 23:32-33 states the opposite. And add to this numerous accounts of the Bible god instructing the Hebrews/Jews to treat Gentiles poorly. For example, Deuteronomy 23:20 has the god of the Hebrews/Jews instructing, ” Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” And Leviticus 25:44-46 reads, “Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.”

Based on these teachings from the Hebrew Bible, and based on the fact that Israel is a Jewish state that has never kept its promise to have a constitution, it doesn’t seem likely that peace is even possible when dealing with such a superstition based state. Reason and superstition cannot coexist.

As Arthur Schopenhauer said, “A man cannot serve two masters: so it is either reason or the scriptures.” Since I believe God gave us reason, as all Deists do, I’ll pick reason over scriptures 100% of the time!

 

Drug side effect linked with increased health risks for over 65s.(Report)

NewsRx Health July 17, 2011 A side effect of many commonly used drugs appears to increase the risks of both cognitive impairment and death in older people, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

As part of the Medical Research Council’s Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS) project, the study is the first systematic investigation into the long term health impacts of ‘anticholinergic activity’ – a known potential side effect of many prescription and over the counter drugs which affects the brain by blocking a key neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. The findings are published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Medicines with some degree of anticholinergic effect are wide-ranging and many are frequently taken by older people. The groups with the greatest impact include: anti-depressants such as Amitriptyline, Imipramine and Clomipramine; tranquilisers such as Chlorpromazine and Trifluoperazine; bladder medication such as Oxybutynin; and antihistamines such as Chlorphenamine. Other drugs with an anticholinergic effect include: Atenolol, Furosemide and Nifedipine for heart problems; painkillers such as Codeine and Dextropropoxyphene; the asthma treatment Beclometasone; the epilepsy treatment Carbamazepine; and Timolol eyedrops which are used for glaucoma. go to web site nexium side effects

The large cohort study was launched as part of the drive to find ways of reducing risk factors for dementia which affects 820,000 people in the UK. The UEA researchers worked in collaboration with colleagues at University of Cambridge, Indiana University and National Health Service clinicians. The project was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the US National Institute on Aging.

More than 13,000 men and women aged 65 and over from across the UK were included in the two-year study. Around half were found to use a medication with potential anticholinergic properties.

In the study, each drug taken by the participants was given a ranking based on the strength of its anticholinergic activity, or AntiCholinergic Burden (ACB) – 0 for no effect, 1 for mild effect, 2 for moderate effect and 3 for severe effect.

The key findings were:

o Twenty per cent of participants taking drugs with a total ACB of four or more had died by the end of the two-year study, compared with only seven per cent of those taking no anticholinergic drugs – the first time a link between anticholinergics and mortality has been shown.

o For every additional ACB point scored, the odds of dying increased by 26 per cent.

o Participants taking drugs with a combined ACB of five or more scored more than four per cent lower in a cognitive function test than those taking no anticholinergic medications – confirming evidence from previous smaller studies of a link between anticholinergics and cognitive impairment.

o The increased risks from anticholinergic drugs were shown to be cumulative, based on the number of anticholinergic drugs taken and the strength of each drug’s anticholinergic effect.

o Those who were older, of lower social class, and with a greater number of health conditions tended to take the most anticholinergic drugs.

Lead author Dr Chris Fox, clinical senior lecturer at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, said: “This is the first large scale study into the long-term impact of medicines which block acetylcholine – a common brain neurotransmitter – on humans, and our results show a potentially serious effect on mortality. Clinicians should conduct regular reviews of the medication taken by their older patients, both prescribed and over the counter, and wherever possible avoid prescribing multiple drugs with anticholinergic effects. in our site nexium side effects

“Further research must now be undertaken to understand possible reasons for this link and, in particular, whether and how the anticholinergic drugs might cause the increased mortality. In the meantime, I strongly advise patients with any concerns to continue taking their medicines until they have consulted their family doctor or their pharmacist.” Co-author Prof Carol Brayne, principal investigator of the MRC CFAS project at the University of Cambridge, said: “It is important to scrutinise medications given to older people very carefully to try to minimise harm as well as gain the desired benefit. The admirable wish to give the best possible treatment with good evidence for individual conditions has to be balanced against the fact that in many older people with multiple conditions this will lead to accumulated risk such as that shown by this scale.” Ian Maidment, a mental health pharmacist working within the NHS, added: “One of the issues is that as we age, we tend to be prescribed more medicines which have an anticholinergic effect, increasing the overall burden.” Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It is very important that we have a clear picture of the side effects of drugs commonly taken by older people with cognitive impairment and other conditions. This robust study provides valuable findings, and must be taken seriously. However it is vital that people do not panic or stop taking their medication without consulting their GP.

“We would urge people to have regular appointments with their doctor to review all drug treatments they are taking. This will help ensure they are on the best medications for their conditions, and that any side effects have been taken into consideration.” Prof Chris Kennard, chairman of the MRC’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Board, which funded the research, said: “The Medical Research Council invests in cohort studies like CFAS because they provide vital clinical information through observation. Such projects require long-term commitment to fulfil their potential but having supported cohort studies for well over half a century, MRC funding and collaborations have made the UK an international leader in this field.”

Author Details
Bob Johnson is a freelance writer in the Tampa area of Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after a stint in Marine Corps Infantry and reading Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason he became a Deist. In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists, and in 1996 he launched the first website devoted to Deism. He is the author of God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion, Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You and An Answer to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. He has also written the introduction to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition and Principles of Nature by Elihu Palmer.
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