regent |ˈrējənt| noun
1. a person appointed to administer a country because the monarch is a minor or is absent or incapacitated.
2. a member of the governing body of a university or other academic institution.
After my recent post about Monica Goodling and the Gonzalez attorney firings scandal, Dangerblonde posted a comment stating that there are currently over a 100 graduates of Pat Robertson's Regent University serving in the Bush administration. I didn't believe that at first...turns out it's true. I've been digging the internets with the googles to learn more about Regent and their influence on the Bush admin.
I've also been putting a lot of thought into New Orleans current plight...why we have seen so little progress in our efforts to rebuild, why are so many Americans hostile towards us, and most importantly....why the Bush administration has for the most part abandoned us.
Here's an editorial posted in October of 2005, immediately following the storm, by James A. Davids, President of the Christian Legal Society (whatever the fuck that is) and Assist. Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University....take the time to read this....trust me it's worth it.
Where to begin...First I'm curious how a church adopts a nuclear submarine. Is there a screening process to make sure the church has never molested a nuclear submarine before? I mean this is pretty serious shit folks....what does adopt mean? Did Robertson's church finance the building of an American nuclear submarine? What the fuck is this guy talking about here?
Aside from that troubling revelation...this guy is an Assistant Dean of a University and he can't spell ie. levies....he starts off making this argument that the men serving in our military are putting their lives on the line not specifically for freedom, but for some sense of social and cultural morality...some sense being his sense. Then out of the blue....he attacks New Orleans:
I doubt that social conservatives mourn the loss of every element of pre-flood New Orleans.
We do not grieve, however, for the flooded and destroyed sex clubs that filled men with lust and degraded women. We do not miss the casinos that preyed upon individuals whose lack of self-control deprived families of needed food and shelter. We do not lament the destruction of voodoo stores prevalent in New Orleans before the flood.
Whookkk....ma gavte la nata.
As America slides into more sex clubs, casinos, and voodoo stores, who will lament for the demise of America? Who will defend an ever increasingly debauched America? Will the promoters of licentiousness defend America and its culture? Will the promoters of individual rights, rather than the defenders of community values, sacrifice their lives for America? Will those who press their rights, rather than their duties, die for the community? I have my doubts.
Let's just look at the Voodoo issue for a second. He of course is not aware that Voodoo is a religion...just like his. As a matter of fact...Voodoo is older than his religion, much older. But unlike his religion, it does not practice exclusivity. To a follower of the Yoruba tenet....everyone lives in the presence of Ashe'. We do not, therefore, feel the need to "convert" people to our beliefs like evangelical Christians do. Sex clubs may be on the rise in America, casinos may be on the rise....but "Voodoo Stores"...I don't think so. And if they are...it's because the religion is being exploited and capitalized, not because of a Voodoo cabal trying to undermine his notions of a sacred Christian morality and culture.
Now let's get back to the morality of American soldiers. I don't frequent sex clubs in New Orleans...even if I wanted to, I don't have the money. Those vices are usually entertained by guys with a lot of cash...like Jimmy Swaggert cruising Airline Highway. But the few times I have gone to strip clubs, it's funny how I've noticed a lot of military guys in them. I wonder if we took a poll of our military men in Iraq right now and asked them..."Do you want strip clubs and sex shops to be outlawed in America?" what the response would be. Do you think the men fighting for our freedoms in Iraq would opt to put strippers out of business in America? As Jim put it....I have my doubts.
Also...on the matter that he "does not greive" for the sex clubs, casinos, and voodoo shops that were destroyed in New Orleans. Actually very few if any of them were destroyed. As a matter of fact, Katrina proved to be a boon for the Casinos and Sex Clubs in New Orleans. If he's implying that the hand of God wrought justice against the morally corrupt city of New Orleans, as his delusional leader Robertson did....I want to point out that the casinos, sex clubs, and the parts of the city with a higher population of homosexuals, were actually spared during the flood. So if Yahweh was reaping vengeance...the lesson here would be that he either 1. has bad aim or 2. Doesn't necessarily dislike homosexuals, gamblers, and strippers.....but he doesn't like their neighbors.
My present and future students are driven by a sense of community and a love of freedom; a freedom to worship, a freedom to start and raise a family. They did not enlist to make the world safe for depravity.
Ok...so I'm free to worship...I worship Ashe'...or does he mean free to worship what he believes everyone should be worshipping?
but I suspect many others thought the sex and violence obsessed Roman Empire was not worth their ultimate sacrifice. I wonder if we are approaching that situation again.
That's funny coming from a guy who "adopted" a nuclear submarine and worships under a leader who called for the assassination of a South American president.
Human nature being no different 1600 years ago, the survivors engaged in finger pointing.
I wouldn't question him on his understanding of this aspect of human nature...he certainly has a firm grasp of finger pointing. But I would ask him a question..."If you got rid of all the prostitutes, strippers, gamblers, voodoo worshipers, Muslims, and whatever else it is that keeps you propped up on your lofty soapbox....what would you do then? Who would you hate then? You're whole existence is based on being right as rain in a world wrought with demonic influence and immorality...wouldn't you feel a little lonelier without cities like New Orleans to point your finger at?"
After discovering that 150 minds who have been influenced by peckerheads like this have mangaged to infiltrate the Bush administration....a lot of things are beginning to make more sense to me now. I think they truly view themselves as the 1st definition of regent...our monarch is definitely a minor and incapacitated...and there's nothing they would love more than to administer this country. It speaks volumes about the pace of New Orleans reconstruction and the Bush administration's policy towards us.