Today, I heard some hilarious news about the Kony 2012 film maker, Jason Russell. According to this - www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local…
"A co-founder for Invisible Children was detained in Pacific Beach on Thursday for being drunk in public and masturbating, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Jason Russell, 33, was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of something, according to the SDPD. He was detained at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road."
This is rich. As one commenter said, "Maybe he was just trying to get adhesive to put up one more Kony poster?" It's a shame, really, that this story took such a strange twist.
Moving on to a more serious topic, let's talk about Joseph Kony himself. As KahunaSniper correctly points out, the fact that Kony considers himself a god-fearing Christan, and somewhat of a messiah is not really talked about much. When the terrorists blow up planes we at least hear about them being Muslim. Not that being promised 72 virgins in heaven would motivate terrorist virgins to do anything stupid, right?
"By all accounts, Kony was an altar boy and catechist as a youth. Later, he became a traditional healer. It's a potent mix: Today he claims he talks to God and has his troops smear a local nut oil on their chests in the shape of a cross to protect them from bullets.
Kony delivers bitter prophecies in daylong sermons, sometimes shaking and speaking in tongues. His chief lieutenant is called Hitler. And Kony sometimes wears women's dresses - perhaps as a disguise, since he also has 32 wives.
Deserters and escapees from Kony's press-ganged army say Kony abducts young women and forces them to marry LRA soldiers. "He wants a new generation of his followers," said one. "That's why he marries (off) all the girls."
"He has said his movement's ideology is inspired by the Ten Commandments. But he and his cultish army of several hundred members have employed superstition and rituals, believing they repelled danger, while using crude instruments to sever lips, ears and limbs of people suspected of not being true followers."
I put a good portion of the blame for what he has done on FAITH. Faith - the belief without evidence that you are right. Faith so strong, that it convinces you that mass murder is OK, just so long as god told you so. This is repeatedly done in the bible, as god orders Israelites to commit genocide against other peoples. This action is defended by Christians as just, since it's coming from god. Faith, that should apparently be strong enough to murder your own son in cold blood just because god asked you to. For these reasons, faith is a dirty word for me.
First of all, here is my position. I would tell him that he's insane: believing things without evidence, talking to an imaginary friend in his head. Harming his fellow human beings just because his imaginary friend is fine with it. That's moral relativism: killing is bad, unless god tells you it's OK. Again, I disagree.
This question is for all the religious folk reading this who consider faith to be a virtue. Assuming that Joseph Kony indeed believes that he communicates with god...
If you met Joseph Kony, how would prove to him that what he is doing is not OK?
May I suggest that any type of biblical argument would be ineffective against someone who believes to have a direct line to god. Imagine arguing with Jesus using the old testament to prove him wrong.