Monday, February 06, 2006


Last Thursday, the Texas woman who drowned her children in a bathtub, moved from jail to a mental hospital. Hauntingly, before Andrea Yates murdered her five kids, she’d suffered harrassment for nine years at the hands of one Michael Woroniecki, a Christian minister/monster who “…taught that it was better for parents to commit suicide than cause their offspring to stumble and go to hell. Only two months after receiving ... harsh letters from the Woronieckis, Andrea was hospitalized twice for two separate suicide attempts.”

Woroniecki also ordered men to saddle women and ride them like horses, pumping as many sperm into them “as nature allows.” Accordingly, Andrea’s hubby rode to orders, even though her psychiatrist warned him that having more children would "guarantee future psychotic depression" for his wife.

In addition to Andrea, this Christian animal Woroniecki almost bled others to death as well: “Several ex-disciples claim to have become depressed or anxious to the point of contemplating or attempting suicide.”


Is Woroniecki crazy? No. Horrifyingly, everything he says and does is solidly backed by doctrine that's 100% accepted by our society.

But here’s what’s most dangerous: moderate Christians say, “Oh, well. That’s not us. We’re good.”

No. Hunh, uhn. Slap yourselves and wake up, dudes. Your bible is poison. To one degree or another, it sickens everyone who touches it. Many, like Andrea Yates and Michael Woroniecki, are damaged beyond recognition. But your “holy” book shoots torture, sin, ugliness and war into the heads of anyone who reads it, like arrows into tree bark. The roadmap to Supreme Ugliness is right there in your little biblical book of horrors, outlined in black and white, for any and all to read and follow.

Wake up, sheople.


Paxton said...

It has not sickened me. It does a lot to make me well.

Athana said...

Paxton, I'm very glad to hear that you feel you're well. What was the problem before you were well?

Unfortunately, I think the cult of christianity can make many of us feel "well" -- for a while. For many, and in many ways, our society is toxic, and finding a group -- any group -- can feel good, at least for a while.

I would urge you, however, to find a group other than one based on a father god, because these are artificial and harmful to all of us, in the long run.

Grian said...

My stomach is in knots after reading this. I actually remember this news story well. I remember the little baby, named Mary I believe, who was only five or six months old. Her little face haunted me for weeks.

I'm suddenly feeling like a fellow radical Athana. I feel like screaming at people and finding some way to change the religion of the entire world. I can not even believe this man, and others like him, are allowed to pollute the world with their ideas. Goddess grant a change... no matter how painful the birthing of it may be.

Andygrrl said...

My dad, like Paxton, has benefited a lot from Christianity. He's not a Bible-thumper; he's what I call "quietly Catholic". Goes to mass every Sunday, doesn't preach, doesn't judge. He was something of a hell-raising juvenile delinquent as a teen, got himself shot up in Vietnam, spent the next few decades struggling with Post-traumatic stress and alchoholism. I think the thing with "good apples" in Christianity, like my dad, is that they *don't* follow the Bible; I've never seen my dad touch one, I doubt he knows anything beyond Adam and Eve. They don't become obsessed with the arbritrary rules of a war god. They just try to listen to what Jesus says. And like you've said, Athana, Jesus was a pretty goddessy dude. So, what I mean is that some Christians manage to discover some goddess values buried under all the garbage.
I still think Christianity is ultimately crippled by it's association with Jehovah though.

Paxton said...

=) The problem before I was well is that I was dead and doomed forever. Of course, it was Jesus not the Bible that saved me from that. The Bible is my love letter and my wisdom and my marching orders ;)

andygrrl, I don't want you to have a misconception of Jesus in regards to goddessy-ness ^_^ This is what he said in the Bible (John 5:19-23) (sorry for the long quote)

"I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than [healing a crippled man]. Then you will truly be astonished. For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him."

Anne Johnson said...

Well, that sinks ol' Jesus for me.

Except for one thing. Nothin Jesus says comes right out of his mouth. We don't have a "Gospel According to Me" by Jesus. It's all second-hand reporting. By people with agendas. Like worshipping on Sunday and having Easter at the vernal equinox.

Paxton, welcome to the world of the goddess! If you came back for seconds, you must like the eats.

Athana said...

Yes, Grian, Yes! I think you get it. You've broken through the veil. As an artist, here's a book you might resonate with: The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth. The authors, Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor, are artist-philosophers.

Athana said...

Andygrrl, I hear you. I can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like to fight in Vietnam and then come home and try to be sane and human again. The best of Jesus helped your dad through tough times. I think the problem is that since Christianity includes the jealous warrior god Mr. J. -- along with Jesus -- it's a bombshell. A bombshell waiting to go off. Kinda like the land mines peppering Cambodia. You never know when one's going to be triggered and relieve someone of all four limbs.

With a loving Mother behind him instead of a jealous Warrior, Jesus would be a Diamond Mine for humanity instead of a soothing, ticking time bomb.

Athana said...

Good point, Anne. Nothing Jesus supposedly said comes out of his own mouth.

Greek versions of the name "Jesus" were "Iasion," "Jason," or "Iasus" -- the name of one of Demeter's sacrificed consorts, killed by Father Zeus after the fertility rite that coupled him with his Mother. Iasus signified a healer or "Therapeuta," as the Greeks called the Essenes, whose cult groups always included a man with the title of "Christos." The literal meaning of the name was "healing moon-man," fitting the Hebrew verions of Jesus as a son of Mary, the "almah" or "moon-maiden." (from Barbara Walker, Women's Encyclopedia).

Anti-thesisofreason said...

We are seeing the first parts of a child abuse case unfold here in Buffalo, NY where two parents abused their adopted son for not saying his prayers. They beat him and cut his ears with scissors.
Makes me want to be a Christian.

Athana said...

And ya hafta wonder, anti-t, how many other cases like this one -- or even worse -- exist all around us. The sad thing is, it's not the people themselves who're bad. It's that ugly war-god culture that sits in their heads and drives them nuts.

Morgaine said...

Andygrrl - notice that your dad practices Catholicism, which is patterned after Goddess religions. Mary and Jesus are just newer versions of Isis and Osiris/Horus, Arthur and Morgaine, and so many other divine couples with a Mother Goddess and a consort who is also brother or son. Most of the ritual of Catholicism has Pagan origins as well.

I've always been careful to be tolerant of the "good Christians" as opposed to the bible thumpers, but my sympathy wanes. The Andrea Yates case is a perfect example of why people need to be taught that there are other ways to be in the world.

That girl needed help, medication, a pure diet (I'm convinced post-partum psychosis is becoming more common because of hormones in animal foods) love, and rest. She should always have been in a mental institution. Her husband and that foul minister are the ones who should be in jail. They didn't just fail her, they drove her over the edge.

I was really pissed that the feminist movement didn't get behind this case. That poor woman was the logical, tragic result of her environment. Neither she nor those poor children ever had a chance.

The problem with a "quiet Catholic" or other "good Christian" is that they end up supporting systems of hatred and misogyny. If your dad ever puts money in the collection plate, he's supporting a system that spreads lies that discourage use of condoms to prevent AIDS, discriminates against women and gays, opposes women's autonomy and decent reproductive care, and in many cases supports systems that enslave the poor. He doesn't intend to do that, but that's what giving money to the church does.

The poor people who give their last dimes to the likes of Falwell and Dobson are supporting the same evils - anti-gay campaigns, misogyny, the destruction of social programs and the advent of theocracy. Most of them are dependent on the very systems under attack by the Religious Right, which they support out of bigotry or fear, in direct conflict with their own interests.

I have trouble calling anyone "good" who does anything in support of the global gag rule, which is tantamount to mass murder.

I'm starting to agree with Athana - male gods have to go. They are simply too dangerous. We need to remember what they've caused, so it doesn't repeat, but for now, they just have to be stopped. They bring death, destruction and hatred whereever they go.