Watch out for the Tealiban

Taliban border guard in Torkham, Afghanistan.

Taliban border guard in Torkham, Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I write this. American soldiers are risking their lives in Afghanistan, trying to fight religious extremists who want to force the rest of the world to live the way they think it should be. They changed the meaning of their religion and want to force all people to live by their self-made rules. It’s the exact opposite of freedom, it’s dangerous and it’s good that we are not giving them the chance.

And not only should we deny the Taliban the chance to do that, we should deny all religious groups the chance. There are not only extremists in Afghanistan, we also got them at home. In the land of the free, there is a movement that wants to force us all to live by their rules. Let’s call them Tealiban.

The Tealiban talks about freedom a lot. They even talk about freedom of religion. They do however want to forbid you to get an abortion if you’re raped because their interpretation of their religion says you can’t do it. If people are gay and want to get married they are not allowed to do it, because their interpretation of a religion forbids it. We can go through their whole agenda, none of it will turn out to have anything to do with freedom. They mention it a lot, but the only freedom they care about is that they will have the freedom to tell the rest of us what to do.

The Taliban and the Tealiban, their goal is the same. They want to forbid anyone who doesn’t agree with them, to live their lives the way they want to. The Tealiban’s methods, low as they are, are more decent than the methods their partners in Afghanistan use, but their goal is exactly the same.

This week the Tealiban is gathered in Tampa for the GOP convention. So far our troops have not been ordered to fight them there. Which is strange because why would we not allow one religious group to dictate our lives, but it’s ok if another group does it?

I don’t think any religion should be the foundation of a political system. A country should have a system based on rules made by human beings, not by a two thousand year old book that was written in an era in which the biggest challenge was to not be eaten by a bear.

But if people desperately want to use a religion to tell us how to live, then the first thing they should do is try to get it right! Somewhere between Jesus asking for a stay of all executions and his followers who can’t stop cheering executions, there seems to be a gap of information. Somewhere between Jesus who cared about those who were in need, even if it was their own fault, and his followers who refuse to help others because it’s their own responsibility, there seems to be some miscommunication. Somewhere between Jesus saying we shouldn’t judge others and a Tea movement that can’t stop judging women, gays, black, poor, sick and unemployed people, something must have gone wrong.

I don’t want to go too much into what Jesus did or didn’t do because I think it should be totally irrelevant for our political system. But the fact that the Tealiban doesn’t even try to do what their religion tells them to do, proves that their goal is something else. They use their religion to scare people off, to manipulate them, to brainwash them, to make them believe they know what God wants. They abuse a religion for political reasons.

While I write this there is a hurricane heading towards New Orleans. Yesterday I predicted that without a doubt Tealiban people were gonna say that this hurricane was a warning from God who tries to tell us that our country is going in the wrong direction. Today Michele Bachmann delivered.

If you ask Bachmann what God exactly meant with hurricane Katrina she won’t give you an answer. We had a Republican President back then, who pretty much exactly did what the Tealiban wants to happen, so there is not really an explanation. God wasn’t angry with us, it was just a disaster. But in this case it’s different. Obama is President now. Katrina meant nothing cuz we had Bush. Now we have Obama so now it’s a warning from God. Makes sense right?

You would expect that people are not dumb enough to be brainwashed by crap like this. But if someone says it’s Gods will, they won’t question it, because no one wants to argue with God. And for a lot of bible belt Christians it is now a fact that this hurricane is a warning from God. Things need to change, we have to get rid of Obama, even God said so, through the words of apostle Bachmann.

Let’s go back to the Taliban. They preach that their God hates America, their God hates Jews. They brainwash their people to fight against America, against Israel, based on wrong interpretations of a book. Their first victims are their own people, who totally brainwashed, hate us from the bottom of their hearts. Because they were told, almost forced, to hate us.

And at home we have the Tealiban. The Tealiban tries to abuse religion to tell you that God hates Obama, God hates liberals, God hates Democrats. And just like the Taliban, they base it on their interpretations of a book.

If we compare the Taliban to the Tealiban, there are not so many differences. Both try to brainwash their people, both will only allow you the freedom to agree with them, both use a God to try to get you to do what they want. Both use a God to try to spread hate against their opponents. Both abuse their religion to reach their own political goals. Both are enemies of freedom.

The only difference between the Taliban and the Tealiban is that the latter doesn’t use armed force yet. They probably won’t kill you if you don’t agree with them.

But both are an extreme danger to that one thing that is holy to all of us. They’re both a danger for the most important thing we have. Our freedom! And to protect our freedom, we should fight everyone who wants to take it away. The Taliban in Afghanistan and the Tealiban at home.

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