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October 29, 2009

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Shiana

It's amazing how one guy can give a whole group of people a bad rep.

It's annoying because I can see that part of what he claims are the drivers for this are that to produce and encourage the men of their community to be good, upstanding and contributing citizens...which is a good thing...why add all the bullshit around it.

This guy seems to have lost the essence of what God intended the church and humans to be. "Hello Brian, this is God...it's not actually about you...let's remember that shall we?"

rant over. daughter out.

Earl Mardle

Ah, light of my life, good to see you stepping into papa's patch.

As you might guess, I don't allow anyone to speak for god, not even your dear self, if she wants to talk to me, pick up the phone.

But my main interest in Tamaki is not his religious finagling so much as the role he is trying to play in all our futures.

This is how it always happens when the old order starts to collapse, the poor finally wake up to the reality that they have been robbed by the establishment and cast into a permanent underclass, essentially slaves.

At that moment they are ready for radicalisation and "leadership" and people like Tamaki offer it.

They make their followers dress smartly and behave completely by the book, in his case his own interpretation of the bible.

In exchange they get a sense of purpose and structure and growing power. Then the demagogue starts using them to impose his forms and norms on the rest of us.

People who have been indoctrinated to believe that they must do as they are told, without question, that they must defend their leader at all costs, even when they feel he might be wrong, are ready to become the storm troopers of the next generation.

Don't for a moment think that it can't happen here.

Increasing poverty and powerlessness, degradation and growing anger in a society that is under huge stress and possibly on the cusp of a major disruption is a formula for the fascist outcome.

The question that we all have to ask is what have been our contributions to this state of affairs and how, if at all, we can reverse or divert the course for these people.

Remember that once Hitler got his teeth into the people at the bottom of the socio-economic heap, even sending him to prison didn't change the outcome.

To abort Tamaki we will need to discredit him, but we will also need to offer his followers something in exchange, something that they have not so far had from other churches nor from the society they are forced to live.

Serious issues my dear. Hard work to come.

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