religion: the fraud’s prayer (1981)

 
 
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Our Market Who Art On Earth.
Hallowed Be Thy show
Thy State Power Come
Thy Will Be Done
On The Streets As It Is In Work.
Sell Us This Day Our Daily Lie
And justify Us Y/ourProperty.
As We Submit To Those
That Assert Property
Relations Against Us
And Lead Us Anywhere But
Into Autonomous Temptation
But Deliver Us From Anti-Hierarchical Initiative
For Ours’ Is The Stagnation,
The Cop And The Celebrity
Forever Or Never?
Amen.
 
 
 
graffiti garden of eden
Graffiti, mid-70s
 
graffiti jesus on cross

Mary : Orgasms forbidden – only God allowed

Jesus: I died so you might all be enslaved

John: Sacrifice is suicide – so nail yourself to the cross for today’s good deed

This graffiti was quickly covered over, but then the following graffiti was later written over the paint:

Mary: Hey – no-one’s falling for the self-denial, guilt-inflicting bit nowadays – Christ! – what’ll we do?

Christ: Cool it, Mary – we’ll just have to push the abstract love, universal harmony, total acceptance line – that’s all

John: Yeah – get ‘em to surrender to some high-energy charismatic guru or something – ok ?

graffiti life before death
graffiti opposite church, early 1970s
arson leads to jail term
This was from 1985 – ie at the time of riots against the effects of Thatcher’s blitzkrieg of individualist monetarism. I wrote the following here:
 “The contradictions of religion in crisis: when the ruling class tries to make sure that altruism is no longer profitable, the desire for solidarity which is the radical side of altruism comes up against the harsh wall of class power. So the more sincere altruists crack – but still for a cause, for an individual martyrdom that’s sacrificial. This guilty Good Citizens’ “honesty” with professional liars is his way of nailing himself to the cross for today’s good deed (but at least it got him a lighter sentence).”
In retrospect its symptomatic of how deeply the hatred and disgust for  the state’s policies went, effecting almost everybody….
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Some incidents relevant to a critique of religion
5/8/17:
Italian-Swiss border: report  that in July 2017 (no precise date), a cross located on top of a mountain at 4,171 metres high was smashed up Report also mentions that between October 2009 and spring 2010, a mountain guide had vandalized three crosses erected on the summits of the Prealps of Friborg.
17/7/17:
28/6/17:

US, Arkansas: thou shalt destroy all thou shalt nots

“I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.
And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And Thou shalt not. writ over the door;
So I turn’d to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore. 
And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tomb-stones where flowers should be:
And Priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars, my joys & desires.”
The Garden of Love (William Blake)

UK, Chelmsford: the soul of souless conditions in a baptism of fire

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.  Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.” – Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1843. See also this

17/6/17:

Bangladesh, Dhaka: twilight of the idols

 
10/4/17:
 
Lithuania: the devil  attacks  hill of crosses; ideology of sacrifice put in doubt Apparently schoolkids are often forced to go to this hill, covered with as many as 500,000 crosses,  in order to learn the joys of Christian duty (e.g.self-flagellation). Schoolkids used to subvert this by stealing a cross and chucking it in the bin. 
8/3/17:
 
8/7/16:
2/5/16:
11/4/16:

19/3/16:

Colombia, Bogota: activist women occupy cathedral to demand God condemns murders of activists (see also this). This involved activists from a leftist “social  movement” called Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March). Though an occupation of a cathedral in a Catholic country is a rare event, it is rather typical of leftists to rather wimpily demand  that the church hierarchy, almost invariably complicit with the political hierarchy, condemn violence against themselves.  Patriotism is the last refuge of the masochist.[SF]


16/2/16:

Mexico (Mexico City) : planned anarchist march against the Pope stopped by the forces of disorder, one arrested
According to the communiqué, anarchists were the only ones (along with some feminists) who tried to directly oppose the event. Lots of leftist organizations, groups and celebs have taken part in meetings with the Pope, including some members of the families of the 43 disappeared.

 

27/9/15:

22/6/15:

Armenia, Yerevan: God intervenes to prevent clashes between His representatives and protesters after 3 days of sit-in against electricity hikes 

20/5/15:

12/4/15:

15/2/15:

US, New Orleans: God killed

13/6/14:

Italy, Rome: squatters occupy opulent church “Pope Francis’ avowed commitment to the poor and the homeless is being put to the test by a group of out-of-work, homeless people who have bedded down amid the gold leaf and opulent marble of one of Rome’s most stunning and sacred churches.A band of 110 squatters, including around 20 children, have been camped out for nine days at the fifth-century church of Saint Mary Major – one of Rome’s four papal basilicas.”

squatters occupy rome churchSaint Mary Major basilica, where over 100 squatters have decided to try to live

1/10/13:

Quebec – Nude Femen anti-crucifix demo disrupts Question Time in parliament

24/8/13:

USA, Utah: yet another critique of the opium of the people

21/9/13:

USA, Washington: Thou Shalt Be Condemned To Listen To Tedious Lectures

26/7/13:

Chile: pro-abortion demo attacks cathedral with graffiti, etc.; barricades made of pews

22/7/13:

Brazil: Rio riot against $50m. Pope visit

31/5/13:

USA, New York: Virgin Mary gets cross

18/5/13:

UK, Bristol: another critique of the heart of a heartless world

31/3/13:

US, Colorado: Easter critique of the church here and   here in Philadelphia  ; ….Carolina: the church shows its real message

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