Bah Fa La La La La, La La La La…

OK, I get it: It’s Christmas, and you want to celebrate the birth of your savior. You want to decorate the trees and break out the lights and put plastic reindeer on the lawn. You want to wear Santa hats and give out a big pile of presents. It’s the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la. But for some of us, it’s not so much fa la la la as blah, blah, blah and that’s not so ha ha ha. It’s a tough time of year for humbugs, as if we weren’t already alienated enough.

The last thing we need is local religious leaders piling on when a tiny humbug alliance simply places a few ads that suggest that if you don’t buy into this particular holiday, that doesn’t make you a bad person and you’re not alone.

If Christmas is truly a season of giving, then I, for one, would like Christians to give the rest of us a break. Local church leaders are practically speaking in tongues because an atheist group called the DFW Coalition of Reason placed an ad on city buses that says “Millions of Americans Are Good Without God.” Some Christians find that message offensive, and they’re calling for a boycott of the bus system. Others are buying their own ads to shout down secular outreach. Will they replace the metallic Christian fish eating a Darwinian symbol with a fish chomping on a human brain? And speaking of fishy symbols, have any of these zealous souls looked at a quarter or a dollar bill lately?

All of our legal tender says “In God We Trust” — except not all of us trust in God. We skeptics know it’s probably unconstitutional for inaccurate Christian assertions to appear on governmental promissory notes, but we choose our battles. If homage to a therapeutic apparition helps our fellow citizens feel better about the sins of capitalism, that’s OK. It’s arguably akin to putting biblical scripture on the barrel of a gun, but we’re more than happy to oblige if it keeps the peace. Deep down, we know if things ever get really dire and scary again, our God-fearing neighbors will probably storm our doors with torches and burn us in the town square. We defer to Christians in most aspects of our lives, but that deference shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Christians carry on like they’re persecuted in this country, but it’s an almighty myth. The Americas were conquered under the Christian flags of greed and prejudice. The American way of life is perceived and justified through a Christian lens. And the entire system we live under clearly rests on Judeo-Christian underpinnings. To imply that Christians are mistreated in this country is like saying the white man was wronged by the Indians.

If an atheist winds up in court and refuses to swear on a Bible, three-quarters of any jury will believe he is guilty of something. If a high school athlete refuses to pray with her team before the game, she is immediately an outsider no matter how well she plays. And if an atheist runs for public office and doesn’t swallow his skepticism and falsely proclaim his love for Jesus, the only thing he’ll be presiding over is a bag of hate mail.

The only faction more persecuted and unpopular in this country than atheists is homosexuals. But we may see a gay Christian president before we see an openly atheist president.

We humbugs swim against an almost impossible tide, and if one of our tiny alliances wants to extend a comfort to kindred brethren, it shouldn’t be condemned. It takes a lot more courage to be an atheist than a Christian in our country, and anyone who chooses this path of most resistance shouldn’t be crucified. It’s pretty easy to sit back and believe an omnipotent benefactor is watching, guiding, and offering you immortality and a cozy place by his side if you’ll just do as you’re told. It’s much harder to live and work without a spiritual net.

Christians don’t have a monopoly on righteousness, kindness, or love at Christmas. Holiday cheer can originate from secular sources, and it shouldn’t be too much to ask for the Christian “Goliath” to defer to us lowly atheist “Davids” in this instance.

For better or worse, ours is not yours, blasphemy is a relative term and heresy is sometimes healthy and necessary, as millions of Protestants should recognize. Saying some folks are good without God shouldn’t threaten those who do believe. It’s simply a different gospel.

E.R. Bills is a writer from Aledo, Texas and the author of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional and Nefarious (History Press, 2013). He can be reached at: erbillsthinks@gmail.com. Read other articles by E.R..

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  1. bozh said on December 9th, 2010 at 9:53am #

    i view religions as science; their basic concept is to first guess existence of soul, spirit, god, angel, devil, sin, resurrection, etc., and then look for proof that such concepts in human brains exists outside us.

    actually, pious people use the word “to believe” and not “to guess” as i do.
    and “to believe”, to pious people, means “to know”.
    they are not quite that courageous to say that they know god exists. for one thing, if one knows that god exists, why wld one need to hire a priest and fire god from telling us things!

    i know sanity [?] once existed. it cld be restored one day. so, i do not need to hire anybody to speak of it to me or to tell me what “sanity” means. it’s a symbol, just like bread, and cannot be defined. it means what it means! tnx

  2. ajohnstone said on December 9th, 2010 at 12:30pm #

    Religion – thy name is superstition.

    Religion divides the universe into spiritual and physical realms and all religions offer their adherents relief from their earthly problems through some sort of appeal to the spiritual. Religions locate the solution to society’s problems in the individual’s salvation. Socialists see the problems that wrack human society as material and political, and their solutions as likewise material and political, not supernatural. Socialists do not hold beliefs. They have an understanding of the world based on the best evidence available.

    Ideas have no independant existence from human beings, and those ideas are determined by the material world in which we live. God only exists as an idea in society. Gods are products of the human imagination given powers to dominate the lives of those who create them.

    Religion perform two essential functions. It buttresses the established order by sanctifying it and by suggesting that the political order is somehow ordained by divine authority. Its sanctification of the existing social order makes it a counter-revolutionary force. Yet it consoles the oppressed exploited by offering them in heaven what they are denied upon earth. By holding before them a vision of what they are denied, religion plays at least partly a progressive role in that it gives the common people some idea of what a better order would be. But when it becomes possible to realize that better order upon earth in the form of communism, then religion becomes wholly reactionary, for it distracts men from establishing a now possible good society on earth by still turning their eyes towards heaven.

    Our position on organised religion is that religion is debilitating to the mind of the worker and thus to the progress which we wish to make as workers in advancing our interests. New Age religion is merely the old age religion in a new, modern form. Rather than obeying a priest, they choose the form of our own mental domination and the flight from reality into a magical world.

    Banish Gods from the Skies , and Capitalists from the Earth

  3. Liberte said on December 9th, 2010 at 1:53pm #

    Banish God how? At gun point or through re-education? Communists will never change.

  4. bozh said on December 9th, 2010 at 2:07pm #

    as an egalitarian [if a supremcist-inegalitarian’s smbuddy wants to call me communist, it is ok with me] my or our idea of equal pay for equal needs-basci rights just wld never ever evanesce.

    similarly, the idea that a supremacist gets bigger share of the pie and in the governance just might disappear. forever, i hope!
    of course, establishing an idillicly-structured society, wld portend evanescence of all priests.
    thus, priestly class wld continue to side with supremacists; approbate warfare, exploitation, torture, jailings, other crimes!
    they always did so far! tnx

  5. Samhain3783 said on December 9th, 2010 at 6:29pm #

    @Liberte

    E.R. is not saying we should banish God. He’s saying people who don’t believe in God can be just as good as people who do. There is some hyperbole in this post, but I agree with E.R.’s overall point. And I’m not an Atheist, in case you were going to make that an issue.

  6. Liberte said on December 9th, 2010 at 7:42pm #

    I was responding to the poster above me, and not E.R.’s article. I should have indicated that.

  7. AaronG said on December 9th, 2010 at 7:42pm #

    Funny article, but please replace the first line with this:
    “OK, I get it: It’s December, and you want to celebrate Saturnalia (return of the sun/winter solstice).”

    Please don’t associate the word “Christ” with “Christmas” even though the letters seem to line up, just as Constantine wanted them to.

    It’s OK to be a humbug, but please do some more research on the pagan celebration of xmas. I’m sure you’ll find that it’s a clever marketing gimic. “Christ” is more marketable than “Coke” or “Obama”. The word “Christ” has been used to slaughter millions, but it has also been used to make billion$.

    Don’t be angry or jealous of the “christian” sheeple – just hold your head up high this December, walk past the fake plastic trees (not intended to be a Radiohead pun!), and know that you didn’t capitulate to this pagan festival being shoved down our throats by the corporate world.

  8. ajohnstone said on December 9th, 2010 at 8:42pm #

    “God” is relegated more and more to the background. The “God” of the modern capitalist is a different “God” than the feudal lord or slave owner of more ancient times. And the “role” that “God” plays in the explanation of the working of the material world has changed. The role of “God” has changed from that of belief in predestiny, to God as a “personal God”, from “God” as the first creator of the world and the “cause” to “God” as an afterthought (agnosticism) who has no control and the question of belief in him as irrelevant. Socialism, as the science of society is the application of that science to the relations between men, a branch of natural history, holds a monistic view of the universe, each part is in inseparable causal relation to the rest, can leave no nook or cranny for “God”.

    It has been religion that has had to do all the hard work of accommodating more and more scientific progress, which is why religions tend to become ever vaguer and more metaphorical. Those modifications of religion have been the reflexes of changed conditions and interests.

    Perhaps i am less pessimistic than the article’s author. Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily to a rejection of religion altogether. One in five Americans said they have no religious identity or did not answer the question, and more than one in four said they do not expect to have a religious funeral. In every single state there was a rise in the “nones” – see http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/03/09/us.religion.less.christian/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

    There is no need to use force to end of religion, when it is already dying a natural death. Socialists no longer looks to the heavens for a supernatural savior, nor seek a Moses to lead us out of bondage. It is about becoming conscious of the strength that resides within ourselves and in the knowledge that who would be free, must free the mind from chains.

  9. E.R. Bills said on December 9th, 2010 at 9:16pm #

    israeli schmizraeli. God doesn’t exist. neither does israel. except in the minds of zealots and their victims.
    it’s a shabby piece of real estate really. i still marvel at how many morons fight over it. and how many more morons over here feel we have to be allied with the jewish morons that fight over it.
    there are 10,000 better places in the world to be and they blow each other up over dust. if it wasn’t so stupid it would be sad.

  10. mary said on December 10th, 2010 at 2:25am #

    It is Palestine and belongs to the Palestinians who have the right to be there however ‘dusty’ you think it is. The Israelis have no right to be there. I strongly resent what you say.

    Another genocide (a greater shoah according to Vilnai) is in the mind of this murderer, whose name and photograph appeared in the recent list of 200 who were involved in Cast Lead.

    {http://www.presstv.ir/detail/154787.html}

    Israel: Next Gaza war will be extensive
    Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:12AM

    Israeli army chief Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi has proclaimed that the next ‘big’ Israel onslaught on the Gaza Strip will determine the victor, reports say.

    “The next round (of fighting) will be extensive and it should end in such a way where there is no doubt as to which side triumphed,” Ynetnews quoted Ashkenazi as telling Israeli troops based near the coastal sliver on Wednesday.

    He also underpinned the Israeli military’s preparedness for wider action against the impoverished strip.

    Ashkenazi made the remarks on the heels of Israeli airstrikes on several places across Gaza.

    Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes near the city of Khan Younis in the south, bombarding a chicken farm on Wednesday.

    The warplanes also attacked the city of Rafah, also in the south, targeting the tunnels beneath Gaza’s border with Egypt.

    Israeli media confirmed the air raids on the blockaded coastal strip but reported no casualties.

    The last time Israel launched an all-out war on Gaza was at the turn of 2009. The offensive claimed the lives of over 1,400 Palestinians — most of them women and children.

    The coastal enclave has been under the Israeli siege since June 2007 after Hamas took control of the region following a democratic election.

    The illegal Israeli-imposed blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the enclave.

  11. 3bancan said on December 10th, 2010 at 3:13am #

    E.R. Bills said on December 9th, 2010 at 9:16pm #
    “there are 10,000 better places in the world to be”
    For whom? For the Jews or for the indigenous Palestinians?
    “they blow each other up over dust”
    This sounds like the zionazi “evenhandedness”, and conjures up the zionazi mendacious mantra of “war/conflict/dispute/…”. But there is only one side – the genocidal Jews – that is blowing up the other – the innocent unarmed Palestinians – into dust and into oblivion.
    “if it wasn’t so stupid it would be sad”
    I see it not as “stupid” but as a crime against humanity…

  12. mary said on December 10th, 2010 at 3:32am #

    You said it better and with more emphasis than me 3bancan. I couldn’t see the significance of the comment anyway in relation to the subject of the article especially as Israel hadn’t been referred to until Bills brought it up.

  13. bozh said on December 10th, 2010 at 4:41am #

    “they fight over dust” needs clarifying. we know that people lived in the area for at least 10 k yrs; probably fighting over or for it. but, then, what people haven’t defended or fought for their habitat? lucky ones, i guess!
    it is good enough to sustain one or two mn people if they’d live in a pristine way; i.e., sustainably.
    the quoted statement does seem to including alien and indigenous pop! tnx

  14. E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 8:59am #

    Hayate brought up the Israeli issue. I simply responded off the cuff. Of course the Israelis are genocidal. Nothing new. Of course the land was Palestine… and something else before that. And something else before that. The land itself doesn’t care what you call it. Only the people fighting over it give it importance and project personal and cultural meaning. The attachment ot the land is a one-way relation. The dust and dirt itself is oblivious to whether jew or palestinian trods over it. if it’s any consolation, I root for the palestinians in this struggle. but the israelis obviously obssess over this dust as much or more than the palestinians. and they have aligned themselves with more powerful, though less just powers. they shame only themselves.

  15. mary said on December 10th, 2010 at 9:44am #

    I can’t see Hayate on here.

  16. E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 9:53am #

    Mary:

    It got removed. He referred to Liberte as an Israeli and a troll. Apparently it violated “commenting etiquette.”

  17. Rehmat said on December 10th, 2010 at 10:02am #

    Paige Turner MD, having been a born-again Christian for 22 years, she devoted her life in studying Bible and holy Qur’an to find material to apply to convert Muslims to Christianity. However, to her great surprise – in her comparison, she found many historical lies and distortion of the so-called “Bible bieng the Word of God”. In her book “How to Prove That Christianity Is Not True” published in 1992 – she wrote that “nothing in the Old Testament pertains to Jesus”, which the priests quote to ignorant Christians. For example:

    Genesis 17:19 – “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my convenant with him for everlasting convenant, and with his seed after him.”

    According to Dr. Turner – God also blessed and multiplied Ishmael, who was another son of Abraham. At this point God told Abraham and Isaac and all male members of their household to be circumcised. this makes no reference to any Messiah, but rather states that He will establish his convenant with Isaac and that it would be everlasting (as long as they obey Lod). The verse, however, had nothing to do with Jesus.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/01/10/searching-for-jesus-as-eh/

  18. 3bancan said on December 10th, 2010 at 10:37am #

    E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 8:59am #
    “Of course the land was Palestine… and something else before that. And something else before that”
    Imho E.R. Bills wants to say that in his eyes Israel is a legitimate state and the Jewish genociders who flocked in there from other parts of the world are the legitimate owners of the land.
    “The land itself doesn’t care what you call it”
    Yeah, and the sun rises in the east.
    “The attachment ot the land is a one-way relation”
    Yeah, 1+1=2. Instead of talking about legitimacy and justice E.R. Bills prefers to blather about “attachment to/obsession over” the land.
    “but the israelis obviously obssess over this dust as much or more than the palestinians”
    This amount to asserting that the white genociders from Europe “obviously” (sic!) obsess(ed) over the land in the Americas “as much or more than the” indigenous Indian population.
    “I root for the palestinians in this struggle, but (sic!!!)”
    I’m not a Palestinian, but I doubt that the Palestinians are happy with such rooters for their cause like E.R. Bills…

  19. E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 11:23am #

    3bancan:

    I’m not sure there are any legitimate states, just states of mind and people. if it makes you feel better or superior to pigeonhole me into zionist or anti-zionist positions, knock yerself out. I’ve already stated on numerous occasions that I don’t care much for israel or their lobby here in the states. my original response to Hayate’s now deleted comment was an off-the-cuff “israelli-schmizraeli” becuase I think it’s ridiculous that so many pieces on this site are distorted and warped into debates over israel. I think zionists are a pathetic lot. But I also feel that way about christians and muslims. and americans these days. if the only bars to the cage you see are palestinian, that’s fine. they’re unjust and need to be addressed. but there are many other cages and bars out there and I don’t think the israelis or jews are the wardens or have the keys to all or even most of them. but if you want me to fan the flames I will. it’s never been demonstrated to me that if the israeli-palestinian roles were reversed, the palestinians would be any more humane or accomodating than the israelis. both sides have more than their share of clannish, hatfield/McCoy yahoos and I wouldn’t want to be the nieghbors, subjects or fellow citizens of either.

  20. 3bancan said on December 10th, 2010 at 12:31pm #

    E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 11:23am #
    “it’s never been demonstrated to me that if the israeli-palestinian roles were reversed, the palestinians would be any more humane or accomodating than the israelis”
    An anti-intellect argument. Nobody except E.R. Bills needs and/or asks for such a ludicrous “demonstration”.
    “both sides have more than their share of clannish, hatfield/McCoy yahoos and I wouldn’t want to be the nieghbors, subjects or fellow citizens of either”
    Another bogus argument, and another example of “evenhandedness” of the typical zionazi type: where there is a quite homogeneous group of illegal genocidal colonial invaders perpetrating genocide against the innocent unarmed indigenous population, the real owners of the land, E.R. Bills sees two equal sides with some bad apples in both of them against whom he directs his disgust. In other words, he equalizes the Jewish genociders with their victims, the Palestinians – the criminal===the victim…

  21. E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 12:42pm #

    uh, 3bancan… so when I charaterize one side as unjust I’m equating the two? the root term of ignorance is ignore. you are being selectively perceptive. isn’t that a zionazi tactic?is this zionazi ruse?

  22. bozh said on December 10th, 2010 at 2:47pm #

    it is a classical ruse evaluating a known fact as equal in validity with an event that might happen.
    it is not very wise to say that palestinians wld have done to ‘jews’ what ‘jews’ r doing to paln’s if the roles were reversed.
    it cannot happen, to boot. so, why invoke such a comparison? unless, one approbates what christo-talmudic soyuz is doing to pal’ns.

    actually, w.o. christian help, ‘jews’ cld have never established a state of their own in palestine.
    i also think that the sole reason palestine had been picked for victimization was to lure the vilest-dumbest people imaginable to palestina.
    and anyone who read torah or knew even a little of these looniest people on earth, cld have predicted more or less that what’s happening in israel, wld happen. tnx

  23. E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 3:25pm #

    okay. perhaps I misspoke (er, uh, wrote). and perhaps I am not being clear. I am not a fan of Israel. I condemn the way they treat the Palestinians. I don’t like their ideas. I don’t like their methods. and I don’t like their religion (or any of the three desert religions that sprang from the middle east for that matter). their pseudo-state was foisted upon the palestinians et al without consent and the palestinians have every right to make war on a presence which obvuiously comprises a genocidal occupation. I’m sure that some of my indigenous American ancestors felt the same way about the Protestants flooding in from Europe. I think we (me, 3bancan, hayate, mary, bohz, etc) probably have more in common on these issues than we disagree on. my broader point is that there are plenty of other issues to address on DV on subjects that don’t concern zionism, zionazis, etc. if I’m clueless and DV was designed primarily to bang the drum for anti-zionist voices, lemme know. cause if that’s all or mostly all DV is about, I’m in the wrong place.

  24. hayate said on December 10th, 2010 at 8:18pm #

    E.R. Bills

    “I think we (me, 3bancan, hayate, mary, bohz, etc) probably have more in common on these issues than we disagree on.”

    Probably. :)

    “my broader point is that there are plenty of other issues to address on DV on subjects that don’t concern zionism, zionazis, etc.”

    Unfortunately zionism is infiltrated into just about every aspect of western life. Be it economic, social, academic, you name it, there is a zionist influence there. It may not be apparent to a casual observer, most of the time the zionist influence is more or less in agreement with the rest of rightwing capitalist influence, such as the fascist/ziofascist coup against Honduras, so it is not something generally remarked upon, or noticed. But when there is conflict between zionist and non-zionist capitalists (all zionists are capitalists, BTW, irregardless of the deflections they employ to deny this) and the zionists win out, the influence is obvious and stands out. That occurrence is actually very rare, though, so someone not attuned to the ziofascist-fascist union may perceive that zionist influence is only in some isolated examples. The fact is, that with zionist influence THE major force in america, and most of the British Commonwealth, or ex-Commonwealth, and of a varying and mostly growing importance in many other regions, little happens today without the events being influenced by ziofascism, inc. at some important level. Just like little happens without capitalism influencing the event at some level or another.

    As for Dissident Voice paying a lot of attention to zionism, anti-zionism is probably the most important dissidence right now. If we ignore the zionist corrupting of just about everything in our lives, we will remain obedient dogs chasing their own tails.

  25. 3bancan said on December 11th, 2010 at 12:14pm #

    E.R. Bills said on December 10th, 2010 at 3:25pm #
    “I think we (me, 3bancan, hayate, mary, bohz, etc) probably have more in common on these issues than we disagree on”
    How one can see me having anything in common with bozh really is a real mystery…

  26. bozh said on December 11th, 2010 at 12:52pm #

    it seems to me that regarding what israel does, most of us seem to say much the same thing.
    the difference between my position and theirs is that i think israel is a dependency on nato-u.s.
    these people also split supremacism [fascism-inegaliatrianism] asunder into nonsupremacism and supremacism or fascism and nonfascism and i don’t.

    i, instead, split asunder social structure into an idillic structure of society and ideally inegalitarian.
    in an ideally fascist structure of society, we may always have people sleeping under bridges and people sleeping in mansions and latter holding all the power.

    nearly all or even all ‘jews’ appear supremacistic and are vigorously supported
    by at least by one bn other supremacists.
    i evaluate this as fact an draw own conclusion as to where we are headed: hell, i think, even for many ‘jews’ and not just for other ‘lowlife’!
    it shld be noted 3bancan had even libeled me as a nazi defender! tnx

  27. Deadbeat said on December 11th, 2010 at 11:41pm #

    ERBills:“my broader point is that there are plenty of other issues to address on DV on subjects that don’t concern zionism, zionazis, etc.”

    hayate: Unfortunately zionism is infiltrated into just about every aspect of western life. Be it economic, social, academic, you name it, there is a zionist influence there. … The fact is, that with zionist influence THE major force in america, and most of the British Commonwealth, or ex-Commonwealth, and of a varying and mostly growing importance in many other regions, little happens today without the events being influenced by ziofascism, inc. at some important level. Just like little happens without capitalism influencing the event at some level or another.

    EXCELLENT RESPONSE to the question of why so much focus on Zionism. Clearly this is a topic the pseudo-Left never wanted to discuss deflecting the issue to “U.S. Imperialism(tm)”. This is the reason why the focus on Zionism seems so “disturbing” and makes activists feel so uncomfortable that they want to change the subject. Only by confronting Zionism can Zionism be challenged and people get educated.

  28. bozh said on December 12th, 2010 at 10:21am #

    it is still illusory to sever a set of supremacists [fascists, if u prefer] from a much larger set of egzact-thinking-doing people.
    for millennia there had been everywhere one structure of society. broadly, it consisted of a master and servant class.

    in its end stage, it may become ideally inegalitarian. in u.s, today, development towards an ideally fascist structure appears to be increasing by leaps and bounds.

    how do those who blame solely a set of fascist do not see 700 bases, one mn dead people in iraq.
    these were slain by christian soldiers. so, is obama, bush, clinton, or powell gonna say, Jews made me do it! i was only following orders. and each american cld say, I see nutting, i know nutting.
    the last statement actually being true! tnx

  29. Don Hawkins said on December 12th, 2010 at 10:31am #

    and each american cld say, I see nutting, i know nutting. I thought if we see something say something the new thing in old twenty ten. Now could the real reason be not so much for national security but inter security somewhat of a prison for the mind. Go shopping and keep your eye’s open the whole damn thing is crazy.

  30. hayate said on December 12th, 2010 at 1:50pm #

    Deadbeat said on December 11th, 2010 at 11:41pm

    Cheers and thanks.

  31. bozh said on December 12th, 2010 at 2:23pm #

    “each american” sees nutting. may i take that back? i have contradicted self. i have said that there is no americans nor america. what we see is a region ruled by families.
    they call their servants “americans”. even a nanni can become american in the yes of the cosa nostra.
    a hopi, apache, uncle pedro, abduallah, ali, uncle tom, aunt sarah, all can be called “americans”.
    ok, so what’s this all about? that all americans are equal? equally ignorant? all falling in hate with islam? that they all shld be called “regionals”? some dying in service of that region and the cosa nostra?
    u be the judge!
    i am an earthman. soon to lose my country: the planet. but, then, being eighty, the news of losing my earth, appears premature! but, then, who noze?
    does even the happy family know? tnx for ur left-leaning ears! fascist ear, too!