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Practice What You Preach

23 Aug

This poem was inspired by recent conversations I’ve had with a few of my close friends.
It is not about religion-bashing. It is about people doing the right thing regardless of religious affiliation or no religious affiliation at all.

hypocrite

“Practice What You Preach

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

This poem is not
about religion, but its
about behavior.

Believe what you will.
The U.S.A. allows for
religious freedom.

As long as what you
believe promotes peace, love and
justice, go for it.

It is funny how
those that don’t claim religion
are often pious.

Pious in the sense
that they “do the right thing” no
matter what happens.

Inconvenience
matters not. Integrity
and peace of mind do.

Dishonest people
never rest. They must keep one
eye open at night.

Talking the talk is
easy. Walking the walk is
not. Be about it!

Yes, pray for people.
But doing something is what
is preferable.

What do people pray
for? For something to happen!
So, please do something!

While you are praying
for something to help oppressed
people, you do it!

Are you going to
be like Pilate and wash your
hands of your duty?

Will you be like that
man Judas and sell-out those
you know to be pure?

Take your religion
outside of the church, temple
and the masjid, please.

Are you a Christian?
Perhaps a Jew or Muslim?
Represent the faith.

You must stand on truth.
Rebuke lies and fight against
injustice and hate.

Faith is not enough.
Actions speak louder than words
or whispered prayers.

What would Jesus do?
So, if you’re his follower
what will you do, friend?

Moses left the glory
of Pharaoh’s court because he
refused to live lies.

Muhammad, like his
ancestor, Abraham, fought
the idolators.

What are you to do?
Well, it’s like Barry White said,
“Practice What You Preach.”

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Love Your Enemies

20 Feb

love your enemies

This was inspired by one of my favorite authors, Robert Greene. This is a 34-part haiku chain poem. Some of the haiku even rhyme. I think that I’ll call my rhyming haiku Haiku Rhyme Chains.

I have a series on Twitter under the handle #loveyourenemies and I will release quick lessons around the various tweets as an info product later this year or early 2014.

Enjoy!

“Love Your Enemies”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

They give you focus.
They ignite your passion and
make you determined.

You will learn who you
really are. Adversity
alone will show you.

Colin Powell said,
“Get mad, get over it then
get going.” Wise words.

Do not let anger
consume you to the point of
becoming reckless.

Do not waddle in
the cesspool of self pity.
It yields no results.

When one is prepared
a counter-strike will be an
unpleasant surprise.

You were not supposed
to be able to respond.
They thought you beaten.

Little did they know
how thick and impregnable
your castle’s walls are.

How deep your moat
and accurate your archers.
The oil pours so hot.

They thought you to be
alone, but you have allies
and wise advisors.

What foes may do to
you – or attempt to do, may
indeed be heinous.

However, do not
hate them. Hate blinds you. It makes
you brash and reckless.

Be thankful for what
they teach you. For how they push
you to new limits.

JFK said, “Fix your
roof when the sun is shining.”
Not when its raining.

Use times of calm to
fortify your defenses.
Prepare for battle.

Be not the one to
be called an aggressor, but
one who defends well.

That way, perhaps your
reputation will serve as
a deterring force.

To sum this all up
take the time to remember
this haiku chain rhyme:

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To your rivals you
owe a debt. Pay them back by
not getting upset.

Work to get even
instead. Psychological
warfare hurts their heads.

Their greed and lowly
scruples give them gall to run
into a brick wall.

That wall is one of
your castle’s walls. Now you have
them by their damned balls.

You don’t have to turn
the other cheek. Not when its
justice that you seek.

Do all you can to
keep the peace. However, do
not let good sense cease.

Be patient and let
things take their course then ride-off
on your swift white horse.

It is a sweet thing
to give them a kiss and watch
their pants soil with piss.

Kind of like how Mike
told Fredo, “I know it was
you.” Smell the doo-doo?

Be well-schooled in the
compiled teachings of Robert
Greene. Know what I mean?

Read The 48
Laws of Power
so over
foes you will tower.

Learn from the book The
33 Strategies of
War
to tilt the score.

“What would Jesus do?”
Well, look what they did to him
so they will screw you.

Kill them with kindness.
The unjust will think you dumb,
blind and mindless.

Feigning weakness is
a smart way to cope. Ali
called it “Rope-a-Dope.”

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Learn who is who. Friend,
foe, or frenemy. Just please
love your enemies.

Shiny, New Pair of Dimes

25 Sep

Some people like Davey Crockett and Abraham Lincoln are looked-up to with saintly reverance.

Perhaps we should remember that they had agendas and and are not as pristine as they have portrayed.

I’m a student of history and I’m going to explore three connected events in U.S. history: The Mexican-American War; militant abolitionist movements (Bleeding Kansas and Harpers Ferry); and the U.S. Civil War.

This poem introduces a new style where I present three events, people, or opinions. Also, every three lines rhyme instead of every two lines. I’m calling this style Triple Rhyme Poetry. So consider this a Triple Rhyme Time Poem.

Also, for your enjoyment, movie titles and book titles or hyperlinked to their respective pages on IDMB.com or Amazon.com.

Please let me know what you think.

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“Shiny, New Pair of Dimes”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Shiny, new pair of dimes is about changing old, dirty paradigms with new, thought-provoking paradigms.

I’m going to drop some history on you and you’ll notice that every three lines will be patterned in rhymes.

I’ll present historical events in this poem that is need-to-know information because these are changing times.

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New paradigms are necessary because we have to rethink how we think about and do things.

Critical thinking and analysis is so comforting because of the clarity it brings.

I’m just a truth-seeker that shares facts as truth gives you power like you were a Lord of the Rings.

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In this poem I’ll present three events in United States history.

To many, the behind-the-scenes stories remain a mystery.

Light will be shed on the dark shadows so put on your thinking caps and listen to me.

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The Mexican-American War (April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848) was a warm-up for the future generals in the U.S. Civil War, you know.

Things go so much deeper than screaming, “Remember the Alamo!”

We’ll first talk about a few facts of Mexican-controlled Texas so here we go.

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Texas was owned by Mexico, but U.S. settlers were welcome to live there, but after 1830 slavery was not allowed.

The problem was slave-holders and slave-traders settled in Texas and became quite a noisy crowd.

Sometimes slaves would escape south of the border to live free and enjoy all of the natural rights that human beings are endowed.

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Slave hunters would try to recapture them but the Mexicans would not turn them over so they could become enslaved again.

This really pissed-off slavers and they had feelings of chagrin.

Fighting broke out against the Mexican government and eventually Davy Crockett and other rebellious Texans were slain by Santa Anna’s men.

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This was pretty much the event that sparked the Mexican-American War when afterwards the U.S. added Texas to the union as slave-holding state and also acquired the Mexican Cession [Sidebar — The Mexican Cession of 1948 added California, Utah, Nevada, most of Arizona, half of New Mexico, less than half of Colorado and less than half of the southwest of Wyoming.]

Hmmm… I wonder why when I was in school I did not get this history lesson?

That was a facetious question as I know that they were passed over in place of just more Lies My Teacher Told Me so there is no need for stressin’.

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Kansas was bleeding from 1854 to 1861 as the idea of it entering the union as a free state was met with much resistance.

The nation was divided over the issue of slavery, but the cotton gin made plantation slavery generate even more dollars and cents.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, caused abolitionist sentiments to incense.

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Militant abolitionist John Brown put his bullets where his mouth was and fought against slavery as he felt that it was the Christian thing to do.

After fighting in Kansas he embarked on a mission to cite slave insurrections among those of a darker hue.

He, his sons, and a few Black men raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia and from this event the U.S. Civil War would ensue.

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Harpers Ferry was initially taken by him and his men, but eventually he was overwhelmed and captured by marines under the command of then Colonel Robert E. Lee.

After his execution for treason, Frederick Douglas said, “John Brown was willing to die for his convictions and that makes him so much braver than me.”

John Brown understood that the slavery issue would keep factions on both sides in a state of constant enmity.

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed slaves but what was his true drive?

Was it because he considered Blacks equal to him or was it a political move to further motivate the hive?

The hive that wore union blue uniforms that eventually beat those that wore gray in 1865.

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Saying that the U.S. Civil War was fought to free Black slaves is one of the biggest lies ever told.

It was fought to return break-away southern states with all of their natural resources back into the fold.

The slavery issue was used as a cat’s paw so that Great Britain and France wouldn’t support the CSA (Confederate States of America) and that gamble was very, very bold.

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Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th every year since 1865 and is called “Freedom Day” by American Blacks.

On that day slavery was abolished in Texas and the overseer’s whip no longer cracked on black backs.

So in reality, upon closer review, the Emancipation Proclamation was ineffective when you compare the evidence stacks.

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The South was a separate country for a time called the Confederate States of America, you see.

President Lincoln really had no jurisdiction over the people who owned Black slaves because as a separate nation they had sovereignty.

Don’t hear me wrong because the enemy of my enemy is a friend to me.

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I just want to view the causes of the U.S. Civil war in proper context.

If I think for a minute that it was all about Black people I’d fall for any lie that would come next.

The truth is that Black were pawns in a political game and to think otherwise gets me vexed.

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To be honest about Abe I’d say that he was a shrewd and practical in his decision-making.

He knew that reuniting the country was going to be a huge undertaking.

Even though dealing his race card would up the ante for his assassination and popularity he was forsaking.

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These are three true stories of American history that may be somewhat bitter to swallow like lemons or limes.

But the truth has to be told because these are changing times.

I gave you more than my two cents as I gave you a shiny, new pair of dimes.

M to the Fourth Power

17 Aug

Why is this poem appearing on this blog?

Quite frankly, Black people pray too much.

I’m Black so I can say that.

The sweet chariot will not swing low.

A benevolent savior will not save us.

It is said that GOD helps those that help themselves.

The poem below contains recommendations for our unique situation.

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I am a realist about the condition of Blacks folks in America.

This poem is about where our minds are and how “stinking thinking” has to change and proper action taken in order for our lowly condition to be improved.

It’s about developing self-respect and earning the respect of others. We do not need everyone to love us, but expect others to respect us.

The immortal words of Booker T. Washington come to mind: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

So, how can we overcome these obstacles?

We need not search too hard to figure out how to better improve the Black human condition here in the United States.

All we have to do is to look into our not too distant past.

I also feel compelled to remind the reader that to be Pro-Black does NOT mean your Anti-Non-Black.

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“M to the Fourth Power”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

We’ve been turned upside down and inside out.

Pants saggin’ so that draws show or wearing skirts so short and tight that all can see the camel toe.

Talking loud, fussin’ and cussin’ in public being disrespectful and acting the fool.

Wearing sneakers on your feet that cost more than your rent in the projects.

Also, why is it that you have a big flat screen television and the latest state-of-the-art electronics in your home when you live in public housing?

Are you saving any money so that you can do better for yourself?

Anyway…

Getting diabetes and becoming morbidly obese because we eat a lot of pork fried rice with chicken wings.

Toasting each other while we sip on coconut Ciroc and pineapple – Coco Loso all day, baby!

We don’t pour none out for our dead homies or loved ones long gone and missed.

Instead, some folks would justify their not pouring libations by saying, “Shhiiiittt! You know how much that shit cost, son?!?!”

But the brothers will spill their seed into different women – going up in ’em raw.

Some of those lame brothers would say, “She’ll get WIC checks, Medicaid and an EBT card.

Plus her family and friends will give her a shower and help out.

They’ll both be fine.

I don’t give a fuck. I told her not to have no baby no damn way.

Forget all that. Yo! Yo! Yo! Peep this new tat that I got. It’s written in a language I can’t read and I’m no too sure what this symbol means, but ain’t it fly, son?”

Extra! Extra!

Newsflash…

The hood ain’t our hood. We just happen to be living there.

We pay rent to Mr. Goldberg, buy snacks from Mr. Mustafa and get our beef and broccoli from Mr. Chin.

Damn…

We’ve fallen so low.

What can we do?

Marcus Garvey said, “Buy Black, think Black, be Black and everything else will take care of itself!”

He is the grandfather of Pan-Africanism.

Racist Whites told us to go back to Africa so Marcus agreed that was a good idea so he started to Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).

The UNIA’s Black Star Line fleet of ships was going to transport goods and eventually African-Americans abroad back to the motherland.

The main goal was to create what Marcus Garvey called an African economic empire on which the sun would never set.

Doing for ourselves with ourselves by ourselves.

J. Edgar Hoover made sure that FBI stood for “Frivolous Black Investigations” when it came to Marcus.

He had him deported back to Jamaica on some trumped-up mail fraud charges.

[Hear Marcus Garvey speak, CLICK HERE.]

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Elijah Muhammad raised a nation within a nation called the Nation of Islam.

They helped to break our inferiority complex and got us to stop believing in “spookism” and to do for ourselves.

Farms, cargo companies, stores, factories and schools.

He created vibrant businesses and helped to clean-up “low-class behavior.”

Some of the doctrine may have been a little strange but no more so that what is taught in Judaism, Christianity or Islam.

Why not believe in “Yakub, the big-headed scientist” or a “Lost tribe of Shabazz?” Some believe in talking snakes and a man that lived in the belly of a fish for 3 days.

Anyway…

When Elijah Muhammad passed on his son, Wallace, sold-off all of their assets and went to align himself with Arabized Islamists.

His father fought so hard to free us from White masters to have his son run to Arab masters.

Today the Nation of Islam is a shadow of its former self, but their blueprint has power and we should revisit it.

[Hear Elijah Muhammad speak on his beliefs by CLICKING HERE.]

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Hmmm… Who else?

Oh yeah…

Malcolm X, also known as El Hajj Malik Shabazz. His father was Garveyite who was killed at the hands of Klansmen who left him on the railroad tracks.

He was originally a student of Elijah Muhammad but broke away to do his own thing.

He taught that we should take control of our communities by controlling the economics, politics and security of where we live. He taught that Black folks had all of the inalienable rights afforded to human beings by any means necessary – even if that means we have to bleed a little.

He founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU). It was a Pan-Africanist organization whose purpose was to fight for the human rights of African Americans and promote cooperation among Africans and people of African descent in the Americas

[To hear Malcolm X’s speech on Stop Singin’ and Start Swingin’, CLICK HERE.]

Again, J. Edgar Hoover raised his ugly head and his FBI – Flattening Black Independence, described the OAAU as a threat to the national security of the United States.

You add that the the beef Malcolm had with Mr. Muhammad and our dear elder was slain at the hands of traitorous, Black assassins.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to show our economic boycott power during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

When we changed our behavior, so those who disrespected and brutalized us had to change their behavior.

They wouldn’t let Rosa sit where she wanted so we let our feet do the talking by refusing to take the bus.

We walked and carpooled for 13 months. After that, the City of Montgomery was glad to see Black folk on their buses again.

Martin also spoke of putting our money in Black banks and doing business with primarily Black businesses.

He spoke against the war in Vietnam and for that his enemies labeled him a communist.

Again, I’m sure that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI — Falsifying Black Identity, played a role in this being that our beloved MLK, Jr. was considered a “Black messiah.”

[Hear Dr. King speech against the war in Vietnam by CLICKING HERE.]

The more our esteemed elder delved into politics with some hints of Black nationalism, he fell to an assassin’s bullet.

Wow, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI has made sure that the FBI been “Fucking-up Black Interests” since the 1919. From Marcus to Martin.

So, look at where we are now.

Now look back to what these four elders were trying to teach and model for us.

Let’s get back on track so we can become who we are supposed to become.

“Look for me in the whirlwind!” ~ Marcus Garvey

“Do for self.” ~ Elijah Muhammad

“By any means necessary!” ~ Malcolm X

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Their plans were primed to be picked and enjoyed like ripe fruits.

Juicy and sweet and far from being stale and sour.

Rise up, you mighty race and adopt “M to the Fourth Power.”

For Heaven or Hell?

14 Aug

I couldn’t resist adding the below irreverent rant by comedy legend, George Carlin, on this very topic. It makes you think.

Below is an 11-part haiku chain poem. I hope that you like it.

“For Heaven or Hell?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Streets paved of gold and
pearly gates. Milk and honey.
Angel wings for all.

You will see loved ones
long lost. Reunified with
your spouse forever.

Make sure to go to
church each and every Sunday
to receive blessings.

The blessings for your
faithful attendance will be
mercy and goodness.

Don’t forget to go
to church or fail to pay your
tithes and offerings.

The salvation of
your soul is at stake. So guard
your duties, my friend.

GOD loves you, but he’ll
punish disobedience.
Hot fire and brimstone.

You will burn forever.
Eternal torment because
you are damned. No hope.

Hope has been lost. You
had your chance but you didn’t
heed warnings. Obey!

HE loves you, but will
throw you in the pit with that
devil, Lucifer.

So what is your life goal?
What are you aiming for? You
for Heaven or Hell?

Saving Souls That Were Never Lost

8 Aug

This short poem is a tribute Akan Spirituality. The Akan people are an ethnic group found predominantly in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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“Saving Souls That Were Never Lost”
© 2012 Tyrone Turner
All rights reserved.

Onyame is supreme and all-powerful. The creator of us all. Asasse Yaa –Mother Earth provides all that her children need.

The MIGHTY OF MIGHTIES is so grand we must go through spirits, the Abosom. They are all around us in nature. In the wind, rivers, oceans, streams, trees, mountains, rocks and animals. They bless us and protect us. They guide us through difficulties. For instance, Nana Tegare exposes evil doers and liars while Nana Esi Ketewaa protects children. We are all her children. The children of the African Diaspora are watched over by Nana Asuo Gyebi and it is he who helps us remember who we were, who we are and what we are to become.

Our ancestors, the Nsamanfo, are forever watching over us and protecting us. They are to be honored and respected. If we do not know from where we came, we can never understand why we are where we are in the present and how to get to where we want to go in the future. This is called Sankofa — return and get it.

We are not and were never godless people.

Propaganda just made it appear that way. We have a rich history with customs and traditions that are as old as time itself.

Missionaries came from strange lands telling strange tales of their gods and traditions. These gods seem very severe in how they punished their children. In some cases, entire villages were destroyed. Certain men, never women, were said to be able to speak directly with their great god. How odd that is.

There was one story of a woman who gave birth to Awurade. How can that be? A human being that gives birth to the CREATOR? One who is an equal to the ALMIGHTY? That sounds so unnatural.

We were also told that according to their holy book, we are to be servants unto our pale earthly brethren because we were cursed. Many of us were taken to slave fortresses on our shores and taken across the great sea to never be seen again. The atrocities committed against those enslaved and taken to western lands would become infamous.

There are also those who would have us say that there is no god but their god and an illiterate foreigner from the desert is his prophet. We were told that we must accept his beliefs as truth or die. How can their great god be called “the most compassionate” and “the most merciful” when he would sanction the destruction and abandonment of our way of life, our language and customs? How could equality of all men be preached but at the same time carry our young men and women off to slavery in the east?

That does not make sense.

We were told that it was necessary to adopt their ways to avoid the earthly suffering. We were told that those who do not accept their beliefs would be subjected to eternal torment in the hereafter. According to these foreigners, our souls were lost but if we abandoned our “heathen ways,” we would be among those spared and allowed into paradise.

This paradise was said to have golden gates and streets paved with gold. The people there enjoy milk and honey. We already have gold – a lot of it. Milk and honey, though? No thank you. We’ll pass as most of us are lactose intolerant and can’t drink milk.

We lived in peace and did not harm the earth. The earth gave us fruit, vegetables, livestock and gold. We did not even have a word for jail because we never needed one. Our women are equal to our men. As a matter of fact, inheritance and kingship passes through the mother, not the father. If a royal line, a man’s son cannot become king. The son of the king’s sister is heir to the throne.

Hind sight is 20-20 because as soon as they first came to our villages and towns they should have been tossed.

It is a curious thing that they had the audacity to focus on saving souls that were never lost.

Organized, Distorted Doctrine

1 Aug

The title of this poem was inspired by the host of Occult Science Radio, Curtis “The Illuminated One” Davis. I hear him say that people do crazy things when following an organized, distorted doctrine. What a cool way to sum it up! So, his phrase inspired me to write a poem about how religion can be skewed to jusitfy economic and political interests.

I am not saying that any particular religion is bad. I’m just showing how it can be used at time to manipulate people and to justify certain behavior.

The “dark side” of religion is explored here. I hope that you enjoy this poem and commit to being a vanguard against those who use religion to justify the inhumane treatment and/or slaughter of other human beings.

This poem is a series of 32 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

“Organized, Distorted Doctrine”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Religion alone
in not necessarily
a bad thing. Really.

What makes it bad at
times is how misguided or
evil men use it.

Judaism is
first. Christianity came
next. Then Islam, third.

This is not order
of preference, but it is
chronological.

Unfair advantage,
jealousy and sheer contempt
and chauvinism.

All wrapped in greed, hate,
lust for power, control, and
White Supremacy.

The Chosen People.
This land is our land given
to us by Balfour.

Palestinian
Arabs, you have to go now.
We’re here now. That’s that.

The Torah says that
the land of Israel is
our inheritance.

That is what we say
and stand by. And so what we
are Thirteenth Tribe?

The Invention of
the Jewish People
blew the
whistle. Cover blown!

Once everyone learns
that this is political,
not spiritual – Well…

Everyone will know
the truth, but will the truth free
the land? We’ll see.

Accept HIM as your
lord and savior! He saves you
from yourself. Your sins.

We’re his disciples
on Earth. Saving souls in the
sweet name of Jesus.

He is merciful
to his flock, but if you’re not
of us, you are lost.

Abandon your ways.
There is only one way. If
not, death is certain.

Bow down and kneel at
the cross. Heretics will be
cast out, stoned, or burnt.

We look like GOD, so
listen to us. Obey. A
servant among us.

Without our ways
your soul is lost, but now it’s
found. Convert and live.

Sharia is the
law by which you should live. If
you do not, you’re damned.

Burning in the fire
of Hell for eternity.
Ask for forgiveness.

But you must whisper
your prayer in Arabic or
GOD may not answer.

We hold fast to the
laws of sharia even
though it set us back.

Fundamentalism
retarded our progress and
we lost our great lead.

We set off the spark
in Europe to ignite the
Renaissance. Lights on!

They were in the dark
ages. No rule of law. Pure
barbaric lifestyle.

What kind of god would
pick favorites above all
other nations? Huh?

Sanctioning wholesale
slaughter of innocent people
and seizure of land.

Is not it quite odd
that so-called holy people
do unholy things?

Hypocrites. Liars.
Imposters. Hate mongers and
male chauvinist pigs.

Strange ways, practices
and beliefs. O-D-D means
organized, distorted doctrine.