Now that Egypt's Morsi has been given the boot, I should note that I personally objected strenuously to the use of American taxpayer money to impose ISLAMIC/SHARIA ENSLAVEMENT on the Egyptian people in the first place.
It is beyond significant that possibly the single largest gathering in history was a PROTEST AGAINST ISLAMIZATION. What's that say, eh? MOST PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE ISLAMIZED, GET IT?
AND IT WILL NOT HAPPEN, SO JIHADIS CAN GIVE IT UP NOW. Islamic fanatics trying to shove Islam down everyone's throats are now on notice. You are vastly outnumbered and will be defeated.
We who object to the Islamization of the world are CORRECT, whereas the panderers who have been pushing this fanaticism down everyone's throats are SIMPLY WRONG.
Man, I wish the Iranians had done this YEARS ago! Please, my beloved Persian people, YOU CAN DO IT!!
Below is my refutation of one of the images being passed around. The original purported refutation, which I have relabeled "Pseudoscholarship," was so bad that its writer did not know there were different Horuses, depicted Isis's impregnation vulgarly as "fucking," and displayed other shortcomings that demonstrate s/he was not a scholar or expert on the pertinent subjects. In a word, the writer is a victim of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing, as s/he apparently scanned encyclopedia entries for a couple of hours before s/he decided s/he was an authority on the matter. Shallow skimming of encyclopedias does not make an expert of anyone. It takes many years and expertise in multiple disciplines to know this information, including the ability to work in several languages.
In any event, feel free to pass along the links and the image below.
Horus the Child was born on December 25th and every day as Ra-Horakhti, Horus of the Two Horizons. His mother, Isis, was called the "Great Virgin" in the Temple of Seti I at Abydos. Sirius marks the birth of Horus the Elder, followed by the Three Kings of Orion. Horus leads 12 followers through the underworld. He baptizes or purifies the dead (CT Sp. 74) He dies and resurrects, per Diodorus Siculus (1.25.6), 1st cent. BCE.
Attis is the "son of Cybele in her form as the virgin, Nana, who is impregnated by the divine force in the form of a pomegranate." -Dr. David Leeming, University of Connecticut. The god is the "castrated and crucified Attis." - Dr, Josué V. Harari "Each year, Attis was born at the winter solstice." -Shirley Toulson "The youthful Attis after his murder was miraculously brought to life again three days after his demise." Dr. Andrew Fear
Persians believe Mithra was born of the virgin goddess Anahita. “December 25th” is an ancient winter-solstice celebration. The ancient Persian winter-solstice festival of Yalda is still celebrated as the birthday of Mithra. Mithra's 12 "disciples" are the zodiac signs that are his satellites. As the "great bull of the Sun," Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace. Mithra ascended to heaven in his solar cart.
Here is the Youtube edition of my interview with Miguel Conner of Aeon Byte radio about the ancient cult of Orpheus and its relationship to Christianity and Gnosticism. In this program, I discuss a possibly pre-Christian artifact of "Orpheos Bakkikos" on a cross, as well as many other subjects.
If you appreciate the work done by Miguel Conner over the past seven years, please donate some funds to his cause. Miguel has been dedicated and devoted to our mutual work for so many years, and he is in great need right now, as his brother was killed in a car accident recently. Our hearts go out to him.
Like hundreds of millions around the world, I watched in fascination as Nik Wallenda inched his way across a 1,400-ft-high gorge in Colorado billed as the "Grand Canyon." It was a great spectacle, to say the least. Highly distracting for a freethinker, of course, were the opening prayer by Joel Osteen - cute as he is - and the constant audible praying by Wallenda to Jesus and God during the process. As a mythologist, if I were on a highwire listening to such talk, I would probably fall off, rather than maintain my concentration.
During his frightening feat lasting over 20 minutes, Wallenda repeated: "How I love you, Jesus … You're my Savior, yes Jesus … God, you're so good. Thank you for this opportunity. Calm these winds in the name of Jesus."
At this very time, I was working on my book, Did Moses Exist?on a chapter entitled "The Great God Sun," in which I discuss the solar attributes of numerous ancient deities, including two featured prominently in the Bible as "God," the Semitic gods El and Yahweh. Among the solar characteristics of various deities, including and especially the "Most High," is the ability to calm or control storms, winds and other natural phenomena.
Indeed, the storm god who controls the weather is a very ancient motif that predates Christianity by thousands of years. Hence, invoking this god in the name of Jesus represents a cultural development, not an ultimate reality, as Jesus is simply another in the long line of manmade deities purportedly in charge of nature.
"The storm god who controls the weather is a very ancient motif that predates Christianity by thousands of years."
Ancient Weather Gods
In addition to the Canaanite high god El and the tempestuous Jewish tribal god Yahweh, another Semitic storm god was the Canaanite Baal, "the thunderer who mounts the clouds" and who fertilized the earth with his life-giving rain. In the same region, a prayer by a "priest of the gods," the Hittite king Mursilis II (fl. c. 1321-1295 BCE), propitiates the "stormgod of Hatti" about a pestilence causing "constant dying" for some 20 years. "Will the plague never be eliminated from the land of Hatti?" the king asks desperately.
The Assyrian deity Hadad or Adad was originally "the god manifest in the violent rain- and thunder-storms of autumn and late winter." Concerning Hadad as storm god, Dr. John Gray states:
"This is the role he seems to play in the Execration Texts, as indeed also in the Ras Shamra myth of the conflict with the Unruly Waters. It was only later that he was indentified with the vegetation which was stimulated by the winter rains and he became a dying and rising god, as in the Ras Shamra myth of his conflict with Mot...."
The Egyptian "Execration Texts" are inscribed sherds and other artifacts from the second and third millennia BCE. Thus, the (dying and rising) god calming the "unruly waters" is a very ancient motif that predates Jesus's purported similar miracle by many centuries. This storm-calming ability is naturally an attribute of the sun and storm god, often the same entity.
The Exodus as Myth
This tempest-calming or water-controlling motif is found in the biblical Exodus story as well, with Moses controlling the waters against Pharaoh, the "dragon," as at Ezekiel 29:3:
"Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, "My Nile is my own; I made it."...'"
In its description of the Exodus tale, The Oxford Companion to the Bible refers to the story as “embellished” and “mythological,” using the ancient pre-Israelite myth of the battle between the storm god and the sea:
"Embellishment, heightening and exaggeration can also be observed...
"Another tendency is to mythologize. The escape of the Hebrews at the sea is recast as a historical enactment of an ancient cosmologonic myth of a battle between the storm god and the sea, found also in biblical texts having to do with creation... This mythology is explicitly applied to the Exodus in Psalm 114, where the adversaries of the deity are the personified Sea and Jordan River, who flee at God's approach at the head of Israel...; Sea and Jordan are clearly related to Prince Sea and Judge River, the parallel titles of the adversary of the Canaanite storm god Baal in Ugaritic mythology (note the echoes of this motif in the New Testament, in such passages as Mark 4.35-41 par.; Rev. 21.1)."
This same battle between the divine figure and the water monster can be found in the pre-Judaic tales of Marduk and Tiamat, Apollo and Python, St. George and the dragon, Horus and the serpent, and so on. In each of these instances, the divine figure prevails over the waters. The same tale, of course, is told of Jesus calming the storm at Mark 4:35-41.
As we can see, the idea of a god or goddess who controls the weather, wind, water and other aspects of nature is a very ancient idea that predates the Christian savior by thousands of years. If Wallenda had wanted to cover his bases, he might have prayed also to a Navajo deity, such as Niłchʼi Diyin, rather than one from the Near East.
In any event, congratulations to Nik Wallenda on going down in history with this remarkable feat, which he did on his own, with the help of many people, to give credit where it is due.
In a program debuting on June 22, 2013, I discuss with Miguel Conner of Aeon Byte Radio the possible Orphic influences on Christianity, including a human figure on a cross that appears to be pre-Christian. This small gemstone of a crucifix was featured on the cover of a popular book on the Jesus myth, giving it renewed notoriety and making it the target of various "debunking" efforts because of its resemblance to Christian iconography.
Nevertheless, as I reveal in my 40-page ebook "A Pre-Christian 'God' on a Cross?," there exist a number of reasons to suspect that this artifact is genuinely ancient and uninfluenced by Christianity. The inscription on the crucifix, "Orpheos Bakkikos," in itself indicates that the artifact is unrelated to Christianity but is a cult object of the famed pagan mysteries.
Here's a new Examiner article regarding my ebook and radio program about the possible pre-Christian "god" on a cross, as well as the origins of Gnosticism. Be sure to have a listen!
Here is Miguel's write-up of our latest program together:
Our seven year anniversary takes on an odyssey of wonder and discovery. We begin by understanding the mystic Cult of Orpheus and the God Dionysus (and how the amulet made famous in 'The Jesus Mysteries' is actually authentic). We learn how it was part of a current of Mystery Religions that influenced the formation of so many mainstream religions and even political empires, and unfortunately all manner of orthodoxy, from India to Rome. Through this fascinating maze, uncovering dangerous truths concerning the machinations of gods and men, we find the origins of the Gnostics. It's a vast tapestry of solar myths and civic manipulations. From Ancient Egypt to the rise of Christianity, we leave no heretical stone unturned.
Now playing! Per Miguel's write-up:
--The influence the Cult of Orpheus had on Gnosticism and early Christianity, from its theology to its rituals. --Understanding the stream of Mystery Religions that even gave shape to ancient Judaism. --Are aliens behind ancient humanity’s gods and creation myths? --How the Gnostic view of a Cosmic Christ in an astrological realm shifted to that of a carnal Messiah for Rome. --Understanding the universal concept of the Cross, even used by Plato. --How India and the Greco-Roman cultures exchanged theologies and informed each other’s religions. --Evidence pointing that the early church fathers already knew that Jesus was part of a mythic story that existed thousands of years before. --The secret (and greedy) cult of merchants that truly spearheaded various mainstream religions across the world.
*Although the solstice technically was the 21st, the ancients perceived the sun to "stand still" - the meaning of "solstice" - for THREE days, after which it was reborn or resurrected on the 24th. Hence, in the summer we have St. John's Day on the 24th, while in the winter it is Christ's Birthday, the two solar figures "born" six months apart.
Now, Islamic states have rejected legislation by the United Nations Human Rights Council that would outlaw violence against women, including rape within a marital situation. It is claimed that not beating and raping women, therefore, is "un-Islamic," which means that beating and raping women is Islamic. Again, how will defenders of Islam keep up the charade of "peace" and benefit for females?
Below is the Kuwait News Ageny report on this latest disgrace involving the world's most misogynistic ideology. The highlighted paragraphs concern the "right" of men according to Islamic law to beat and rape their wives, as well as the ability of a rapist to escape prosecution by "marrying" his victim, whether or not she is willing. Also rejected were sections of the resolution that "subdued" the prosecution of rape victims for "moral crimes or slander." It need not be pointed out that the prosecution and imprisonment of rape victims is among the lowest forms of barbarism in the world. Yet, here these various Islamic states are acknowledging that such anti-woman savagery is part of Islam.
Will women's organizations finally pick up the ball on this issue, or will they continue to pretend dishonestly that this problem doesn't exist? Until we tackle the religious ideology driving this sexism, misogyny and gynophobia, we will never end the abuse of women and girls worldwide. Let us have no more irrational and immoral defenses and pandering that only allow for this suffering to continue.
GENEVA, June 14 (KUNA) -- Islamic member states of the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNHCR) rejected on Friday paragraphs violating the Islamic law in the council's resolution on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, noting that the member states must make sure that their laws and national policies are consistent with the rejected demands.
The rejections include the paragraph, which gives women "the right to control matters concerning their sexual lives as well as their reproductive health without coercion, discrimination or violence." They also rejected the paragraph that allows performing judicial proceedings in cases of rape within marriage, the abolition of provisions that require the matching of certificates and allow the rapist to escape prosecution by marrying him to his victim as well as subduing victims of sexual violence to prosecution for moral crimes or slander.
The Islamic countries also frowned on the paragraph that urges abortion in the context of the provision of health care services to rape victims, rape avoidance and other forms of violence against women and girls.
This resolution calls on the states to demonstrate their commitment to the prevention of sexual violence through the enhancement of women's human rights, protection, equal participation in communities to men, in addition to taking necessary action to make sure that women are active in decision-making, including matters of peace processes, transitional justice, democratic transition and constitutional reform.
It also urges the states to increase measures taken to protect women and girls from all violence forms, including sexual violence by addressing issues related to their safety and security through several means such as awareness, involvement of local communities, enacting laws to prevent crime, as well as the provision of infrastructure, public transportation and health facilities, street lighting and improvement of urban planning. (end) ta.ba KUNA 141639 Jun 13NNNN
Thank you very much for all the kind words on my previous article here, "How Islam failed me." I hope the children of Allah will come to their senses and find humanity within their heart. You, the fighters of Allah, must do some soul searching. You must educate yourself. Islam glorifies death by calling many of its martyrs the "soldiers of Allah." Islam preaches superiority of the "we," and inferiority of the "other."
Dear Muslim, being born human comes with a precious gift: the gift to think and decide for yourself. Islam has robbed you of this gift from birth. Parents, aided by relatives and brainwashed by slaveholder imams and mullahs, colluded and did the thinking for you when you were still in no position to exercise your right. They branded you as Muslim, simply because you were born in a Muslim family. Cattle are branded, not humans. Cattle are owned by others. Humans are not. Having branded you "Muslim," those who robbed you of your gift of self-determination dared you to leave their bondage under the threat of death as apostate.
Dear Muslim, you have been intelligent enough to forsake failed Islamic lands for a better life elsewhere. Dar-ul-Aman has given refuge. Now that you are in a free society, you want to reclaim your stolen gift of liberty and freedom of choice. You want to shatter the shackles of Islam that has enchained you from birth. You want to take your place in the ranks of the supporters and promoters of liberty that democracy provides and Islam destroys.
Dear Muslim, you know full well that it is Islam's dysfunctional doctrine with its stone-age rule of the Shariah that is responsible for the abominable conditions of the Islamic countries.
Contrary to the preachers of hate – the Islamic clergy of vested interests – the "infidels" are not your enemies: they demonstrate their goodwill by giving you refuge; your deadly enemy is the interpretation of the doctrine of Islam that keeps you captive even in freedom.
Religion is a powerful force. And as is the case with any force, it can do work of the good or that of the evil. And when there is multiplicity of religions at loggerheads with one another the forces clash and any benefit that religion offers is offset by potentially huge costs.
Dear Muslim, you have taken a great step by coming to the Dar-ul-Aman in search of self-betterment. Now, you need to take the next step of purging your mind of the Psychosocial Virus of fundamentalist Islam you contracted unwillingly: you want to do all you can to give your children their gift of humanity by not doing to them what your parents did to you, so that they can, unencumbered by the dogma of hate, become emancipated human beings.
This "refuge," a nation of all nations called America, is indeed the harbinger of the not too far away world of the future. A future world where liberty rules supreme and fascisms of all forms, including Islamofascism, will be remembered as horrific impediments to humanity's ever-forward-march toward the goal of making this presently darksome village earth a reflection of heaven.
Forcing children and other innocents into a religion, sect or cult, without educating them about options or giving them choices, represents CHILD ABUSE and FASCISM.
Adding death threats to the mix, as punishment for individuals leaving the religion, sect or cult, is just plain EVIL.
If you are a member of a religion/cult that teaches such behavior, please leave it NOW, in droves. Such spiritual enslavement and psychological terrorism need to be bankrupted once and for all. No more patronage, period.
"Come on, people now, smile on your brother/sister, everybody get together, and try to love one another right now!"
In case you haven't gotten copies of the enclosed ebooks, be sure to take a look. At this slow time of the year, I am still in need of assistance for my Moses project. As one can imagine, in consideration of the massive amount literature written about the subject over the past 2,500 years or so, this task is quite daunting, and I want to make it the best possible resource.
Thus, I need more time, so if you would like to contribute to the cause once or ongoing by subscription, your effort would be greatly appreciated and rewarded by another Stellar House publication. There are several ways to contribute, including purchasing my ebooks. Here I've included a sampling of the three latest ones.
The Moses-Dionysus Connection is a 15-page ebook/PDF highlighting the commonalities between the Hebrew lawgiver and the Greek god, also known as Bacchus. This ebook represents an adaptation of the forthcoming book Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver.
Why have scholars since the early 17th century - many of them Christian theologians - composed studies of correspondences between Moses and Dionysus/Bacchus? What are these parallels, and where do they come from? What are some of the primary sources? Discover who was really drawn from the Nile and and tamed the Red Sea!
This review, commentary and study guide of Dr. Michael Lockwood's book Buddhism's Relation to Christianity is a 23-page ebook/PDF highlighting the primary source evidence that reveals parallels between the two world religions.
Why have scholars over the past several centuries recognized important similarities between Buddhism and Christianity, including between their alleged founders' lives?
What are these parallels, and where do they come from? What are some of the primary sources?
"…Jesus and his disciples are allegorical, non-historical characters mixed together with historical characters (such as Pilate and some Temple priests)… Jesus was an allegorical figure modeled on the founder of Buddhism and his fifth century BCE style of preaching: that of the homeless wandering monk…." Dr. Michael Lockwood
You may know that the artifact examined in this ebook has been assailed as a "forgery," but is that assessment truly scientific? Or is it a rush to judgment and hasty conclusion based on bias and oversight?
Who is really depicted in the image below? Is the engraving a forgery? A Christian artifact? Or does it represent a pre-Christian figure hanging on a cross? This ebook is available with a monthly subscription of as little as $3.00!
If you already have these ebooks, check out other Stellar House works here:
For the next couple of days, my friend Miguel Conner is doing a re-broadcast of his radio program with the fabulous Barbara G. Walker, author of the amazing book Man Made God among other literary achievements.
There you can click on the second highlighted link in the box, entitled, "The Return of the Goddess with Barbara Walker." Here is Miguel's writeup:
Our rebroadcast is The Fall & Rise of the Goddess. For thousands of years, the Patriarchal Gods and their minions have ruled most civilizations, either with an iron first or a subconscious lullaby. It has given the world ages of constant warfare, suppression of minorities and iron-fist dogmas. Yet the Information Age has not only given rise to humanism, it has also renewed the reverence for the seemingly-lost Divine Female Principle through the blossoming interest in Neo-Paganism, Kabbalah, Marian Catholicism, Gnosticism and other esoteric traditions. We explore how the once-balanced Divine lost half of its aspect and how it can fully regain it despite a time when the old Patriarchal systems fight even harder to keep their solar dominance. Our guest was Barbara Walker, author of Man Made God, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets' and Restoring the Goddess.
Listen to this program with one of America's great freethinkers, who is also the author of the famous Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. Over the decades, Barbara's work has been taught in a number of universities and colleges. It was my honor and privilege to edit and publish her wonderful essays in Man Made God.
What people are saying about Acharya S/D.M. Murdock
"Your scholarship is relentless! ...the research conducted by D.M. Murdock concerning the myth of Jesus Christ is certainly both valuable and worthy of consideration." —Dr. Kenneth L. Feder, Professor of Archaeology, Central Connecticut State University, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience In Archaeology
"I find myself in full agreement with Acharya S/D.M. Murdock... I find it undeniable that...many, many of the epic heroes and ancient patriarchs and matriarchs of the Old Testament were personified stars, planets, and constellations..."—Dr. Robert M. Price, The Pre-Nicene New Testament
"I can recommend your work whole-heartedly!"—Dr. Robert Eisenman, James the Brother of Jesus and The New Testament Code, RobertEisenman.com
"Well-referenced, with numerous quotations from renowned Egyptologists and classical scholars, Acharya's penetrating research clearly lays out the very ancient pre-Christian basis of modern Christianity. Those who espouse Christianity beware! After digesting the evidence, you will never again view your religion in the same light." —Dr. Robert M. Schoch, Professor of Natural Science College of General Studies at Boston University; Author, Pyramid Quest, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders and Voices of the Rocks
"Acharya S deserves to be recognized as a leading researcher and an expert in the field of comparative mythology, on a par with James Frazer or Robert Graves—indeed, superior to those forerunners in the frankness of her conclusions and the volume of her evidence." —Barbara Walker, The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets and Man Made God
"I've known people with triple Ph.D's who haven't come close to the scholarship in Who Was Jesus?" —Pastor David Bruce, M.Div, North Park Seminary, Chicago, HollywoodJesus.com
"Thirty years ago, when in divinity school, I might have had second thoughts about becoming an Episcopal priest if a book like D. M. Murdock's Who Was Jesus? had been available to me." —Bob Semes, Retired university professor of History and Religion, Founder and Executive Director of The Jefferson Center
"In addition to presenting in Suns of God the troubling history of religious wars in an easily followed narrative, Acharya goes a step further, explaining as only she can how a once-simplistic idea has been carried into our modern world with terrible and nearly unimaginable results." —Rev. Dr. W. Sumner Davis, Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society; Member, American Geophysical Union; Affiliate, New York Academy of Science
"Ms. Murdock is one of only a tiny number of scholars with the richly diverse academic background (and the necessary courage) to adequately address the question of whether Jesus Christ truly existed as a walking-talking figure in first-century Palestine." —David Mills, Atheist Universe
"Thank you, Acharya, for the important work you are doing. Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of the Christ just might be the best short introduction to Biblical scholarship yet." —David Bergland, 1984 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, Libertarianism In One Lesson
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"Acharya S has done a superb job in bringing together the rich panoply of ancient world mythology and culture, and presenting it in a comprehensive and compelling fashion." —Earl Doherty, The Jesus Puzzle
"Acharya S is a shining light of truth in a sea of deceit."—Rob McConnell, X Zone Radio/TV, Ontario, Canada
"The Christ Conspiracy—very, very scholarly and wholly researched—is a book for today..." Rev. B. Strauss, ex-Catholic Priest, Chicago, IL
"Amidst the global chaos of George Bush's War on Terror, largely founded on religious intolerance and simplistic notions of good and evil, Acharya S is the voice of reason." —Joan D'Arc, Paranoia
"D.M. Murdock could well be the most brilliant, insightful and rigorous theologian writing today." —Robert Tulip
"Acharya S is the ranking religious philosopher of our era." —John K.
"Acharya S/Murdock deserves an award for her hard work and courage. She is the Galileo of our day!"—Charles Johnson
"Acharya S knows more about the ancient Mysteries than any living scholar." —Christopher Knowles
"Acharya S is an amazing researcher with a tremendous amount of energy and appetite for constant discovery of newer horizons. " —Dr. O.P. Sudrania
"Acharya Murdock's work is so important, so clear and so timely!" —Theresa Weiss, PowerPlaces.com
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