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This is a follow up to my previous journal entry, critiquing the Kony 2012 film - ivanandreevich.deviantart.com/… I was pretty surprised to find the majority of comments agreeing with me, and by the sheer number of comments. Many also disagreed, and there was lively discussion. I think that this type of debates are a great benefit to society. Every minute we spend thinking about important issues, becoming more informed about the world around us instead of watching reality TV makes this world a better place.

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?" :D 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?

community.seattletimes.nwsourc…


"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."



www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/…


"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.
  • Listening to: Birds chirping
  • Watching: Kony 2012
  • Playing: running
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: tea
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bobcat303 Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"I belive in God."
Suddenly I get flamed.
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braverave Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow i i also agree that just because god alegidly said it was ok doesnt mean it is. i would tell him god is testing him be telling him to do something wrong to see if he is a good man.
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CorvusCorax92 Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, total agreement here. Well done, my friend.
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13th-ZodiaK Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, Jesus never actually said he was the son of God... He always called himself the Son of Man. :|

Anyway, in relation to the genocide thing, I don't actually have anything to contribute, but here are some lyrics from "Hello Bonjour" by Michael Franti:
"You say you're a Christian, cuz God made you, you say you're a Muslim, cuz God made you, you say you're a Hindu and the next man a Jew, and we all kill each other cuz God told us to." :D
It's a cool song, you should look it up.
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IvanAndreevich Mar 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
I never claimed he did. He did claim to talk to god, at the very least. He did claim to be god.
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13th-ZodiaK Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Weeeeeeell, I'm an Orthodox Christian, so, in our Bible, he never said anything of the sort. Also, I'm not sure... I'm not very religious.:paranoid:
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IvanAndreevich Mar 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sure it does, but don't bother. Just don't consider yourself a Christian, you already don't care much for it.

I recommend reading the bible cover to cover. It's funny!
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13th-ZodiaK Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I'll be sure to.
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Yes, Faith can be a powerful weapon when use in a wrong way, like when you put a gun in the hand of a bank robber, but Faith can also be a good thing to have if handle in the right way, like to value one's life, to do good in your society by doing what is right like love your family and help the elderly. So you have to remember this, Faith is like a two edges sword, there is the good side if you want to use it for the forces of good and you can also use it to make other's lives miserable or a living hell if you really want to use it for the forces of evil. And I think the guilt of him scamming the children of America and the public pressure that said his Kony 2012 is nothing more then a scam finally got to him and so he finally snap and decided to get nake and masturbating in public, vandalizing cars and possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol XD
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Twiz-Gurrrl Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Terrorists do the same with the Qu'ran, taking one part of it and twisting it into a whole new meaning while on the other hand, some people do the same with quotes from the Bible. It depends on perspective and how radical people's views are to make something go so far.
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