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WHEN GOD BECAME THE TERRORIST: Traces of the Authoritarian Personality in the Three Abrah

Although several books have come out of late on religion and politics and particularly the religious right wing agenda there is no one addressing the core issue of the authoritarianism that is built into these three religions—that is related to so much of today's political, economical and military conflicts.
Herein is a copy of a book entitled:

WHEN GOD BECAME THE TERRORIST: Traces of the Authoritarian Personality in the Three Abrahamic Religions. By Sam Staples as Devil's Advocate

Id. est . A book that addresses some of the roots of emotional brainwash and blackmail that affect some of today's major political and military conflicts.

Written by an Anonymous American Author. November 2007.

By far for most people this will be an eye opener. Although several books have come out of late on religion and politics and particularly the religious right wing agenda there is no one addressing the core issue of the authoritarianism that is built into these three religions—that is related to so much of today's political, economical and military conflicts. Therefore this book is unique and important.

Unfortunately, I am not able to print a copy—low budget. I would advise you to print form e-book copy "Word" files since people are much more likely to read chapters with a printed version. Although I can not guarantee it—I will likely predict that this book will seem, at minimum, interesting to most people.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Provocative Thoughts
Chapter 2: Abrahamic Models of Governance
Chapter 3: Religious Conditioning
Chapter 4: Religion As Politics
Chapter 5: Man's Influence on Religion
Chapter 6: The Legality of Justice Versus Blind Faith
Concluding Statement

Arguably, this work is as controversial as it is timely. Such an intelligence estimate, if you will, would not have been written had it not related to many important and critical political issues and crises of our day (particularly as related to dominant "cultural clashes" as so framed by various think-tanks). But this work also significantly relates to political theory, history, criminal justice, jurisprudence, as well as social and political psychology etc. It has something of interest to many inquiring minds. Ideas here will not likely be easily dismissed—irrespective of one's stance.

Feel free to disseminate these ideas with care. Copyright is public domain.


Sam Staples

WHEN GOD BECAME THE TERRORIST: Traces of the Authoritarian Personality in the Three Abrahamic Religions.

By Sam Staples as Devil's Advocate

Id. est . A book that addresses some of the roots of emotional brainwash and blackmail that affect some of today's major political and military conflicts.

Written by an Anonymous American Author. November 2007.

"Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for."
Earl Warren

Note on pseudonymity: The "theoretical" arguments put forth stand on their own "intuitive" logic and "cohesive" merit. Therefore it does not matter who wrote this work. More importantly this author is not interested in being pursued, persecuted or murdered by those offended (presumed no small few) During the American revolution it was common for some pamphleteers to use pseudonyms. These essays are a series of pamphlets meant to be read as a group.

As author, I realize, that despite the vast potential of reading material available to you, and your crammed schedule, this work, at least in my opinion, ought rank high in importance to today's politics. Readers herein will attempt to look unblinkingly at one of man's foundations of morality—namely religion—to see if there are any messages that can be viewed as authoritarian in nature. Such a direct quest of examination has been much avoided in the past—yet the consequences, I think you can agree, are potentially overwhelming.

Note too that this work is meant for public domain—that is to say that it can be re-printed and published by "any" sincere publisher that decides to print it or revise it (if daring enough to do so—because one should not underestimate religious fears or political fears in humanity, or peoples' loyalties. No permission is needed to share this work with others—in fact sharing is encouraged as this was the motive for writing.

These ideas are meant for the freethinker's marketplace of ideas—especially for those of influence. Feel free to distribute—for example via your email lists. Also feel free to print to paper, bind, and share with anyone you feel would benefit because people are much more likely to read printed copy. However, most people are not apt to read a series of chapters on a computer screen. They like printed copy.

My problem, as author, is that I do not have the money to print this work and mail. Therefore other people must recognize the importance of this work and carry the ball—getting it on the internet, to senators, congress persons, supreme court justices, lawyers, law schools, professors, writers, etc., including translations for other languages. In a way this seems like a bit of a revolution.

However, all who contemplate reading this work should read the "caveats" directly below, as not all persons are of a sound and objective mind to deal well with this level of controversy. Some personalities can "not" distance themselves from their own presumptions about religion, interpretation, politics, etc., so as to remain openly receptive. One ought least be aware that religious debate of any magnitude is potentially an explosively charged subject—but then is not war and racism equally the same?

Nevertheless, if you feel this work is of significance, then it is important that you take some responsibility to share it with others who might benefit from it (professionals, committee personnel, judges, professional associations, other authors, journalists, artists, etc.). I'm hoping to send maybe 50 to 100 or more electronic copies to people who are trying to work for positive and sober change and who have more resources and connections to help get this anonymous work into the kind of distribution I believe it deserves. Thank you for your consideration.


This book is dedicated to political theorists, progressive theologians, alternative news websites, blogs and radio talk shows that are working for social progress, and the likes of people like Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, etc. It is also necessary to recognize the contributions of Nicolo Machiavelli and the King's Star Chamber, and the Bush Administration. Finally this book is dedicated to all who are unsure how they feel about their relationship to religions and how they might relate to political matters (or how "personality", per se, plays a role in religious belief and political propensity—as this book presumes there is indeed a relationship).

Preface (as Series of Notes):

As author, I truly wish I had more time to research, edit and organize this material; but I think the major themes, as interconnected ideas, are clear enough for people to get an essential understanding. Hopefully this work will provoke more speculation of a similar sort.

If you, as reader, are limited on time I would suggest starting with chapter 2,3, and 4 as the best summaries as to why this book is important to our modern political arena and threatened existence. But all chapters are essential for an overall grasp of the message, and if you can afford the time go from the introduction through the chapters sequentially. I personally think it is a page turner—as it certainly was an interesting project to write. I apologize for any redundancy or lengthiness in essay—I've tried to keep it lively without sacrificing the cogency of analysis. If it seems a challenge at times I welcome the demand on people so that they have the necessary time to reflect—as opposed to simplistic and perhaps denunciatory diatribes about its value.

Maybe some courageous publisher will take this work on. But I must say that a bit of paranoia can be healthy—especially paranoia of the authoritarian mindsets, as well as the rationally criminal, that do exist in this chaotic and evil world. Therefore it is good to be careful so read the following caveats:

[Note 1: (As caveat): This book contains ideas that may be threatening to rigid thinkers and people who maintain "fear-based" sentiments about religion. We will be looking directly as such concepts as a punishing God, frightening character like the devil (Satan), terrifying prospects of hell, etc., as "fear-inspiring ideas not too different from notions we regard under the rubric of 'terrorism'. Therefore, this treatise is meant for people who are mature enough to "tolerate" thinking about terrorism as a "psychological" element within potential religious interpretation.]

[Note 2: (As caveat question): Is it "more" than just a curious coincidence that modern psychologists and psychiatrists have not given due emphasis to various forms of psychoses that spring from religious orientations (for example, paranoid delusions that presume a Satan is behind certain ideas)? We readers need to ask: "Why have mental health professionals evaded this line of reasoning?" A review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short) shows us that not only are religious types of schizophrenia (etiology) downplayed but also they are pretty much ignored altogether (as if "shunned"). Yet this reality is reflected within the "authority" of scientific literature. Hence we question the idea of whether these professionals are really doing their job, when evidence seems there is a strong "avoidance" of realizing and acknowledging religious psychoses (for which there is ample evidence throughout history). It is especially timely to contend with these issues (both consciously and unconsciously if we want to ever be free from such repression). Whereas to "ignore" (as in choosing to remain "ignorant") these psychological lapses by mental health experts shows us why Thomas Szasz, iconoclastic psychiatrist, was correct when he asserted that sometimes psychiatrists and related helping professionals reinforce political and super egotistic biases, (including those of a theological nature). This "phobic" avoidance, on the part of these professionals (and their associations) cannot be acceptable today (for a political sense of sanity and security around the world—with such fears of weapons of mass destruction falling into the wrong hands). No longer can modern man avoid the political consequences of religious psychoses, prejudices, and emotional blackmail as played out in the political arena and the life of the mind.]

[Note 3: Psychoses, as in "insanity" (or that which is not 'sanus' or 'sound'), or as a "grave" mental disorder, is a simple concept. It is a "dis-order" in which the subject does not exhibit orderly thinking, and consequently the disorder seriously interferes with daily living—that is in the sense of not being in touch with reality—and thus potentially doing something harmful to self of others.]

[Note 4: Psychiatrists and psychologists regularly refer to "delusional" psychoses and paranoid" psychoses as disorders of particular people (which seems true for numbers of people); but, magically (inexplicably) they seldom refer to "social" (or super-egotistical) psychoses like religious delusions (that affect large masses of people). So while they regularly diagnose certain individuals as psychotic, who may think themselves as religious figures, or when paranoid of religious persecution that makes it impossible to enjoy life; yet professionals have little to say about broad social and political implications of such potential insanity—as if the mob's majority were never a tyranny. Nevertheless if religious institutions have contributed to today's political insanity then this needs to be recognized and confronted.]

[Note 5: Mental health professionals do not readily acknowledge political persecution (in a worldly sense), such as the fear of police states and their likely concentration camps; or false and malicious prosecutions, or incarcerations and potential torture abuses; governmental and subsidiary privatized corporate spying; or being labeled an enemy by potential pressure groups, etc. The exception to this truism, at least prior to the Patriotic Act, is when certain "crazies" presumed forces "normal" (average and ordinary) individuals did not readily perceive (for example, phones being tapped) ... Yet we will be noting a "semblance" between authoritarian political states and authoritarian fears instigated in social religious conditioning—even if psychologists, sociologists, etc., neglect to confront such truths.]

(as recent political scenarios):

Scenario One: Retired U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop, honorary chairman of Frontiers of Freedom, recently wrote a letter to: "Dear fellow conservative(s)..." attacking the ACLU for things that include ACLU's lawsuits to ban the pledge of Allegiance, to remove the Ten Commandments from public view, etc.

Scenario Two: Abdul Rahman, recently was flown out of country Afghan, had faced a possible death sentence for alleged apostasy, because he converted from being a Muslim to becoming a Christian. According to an Associated Press story, Rahman was being "persecuted" under Islamic laws. Meanwhile the highest levels of some Western governments (including the Pope) were involved in diplomacy with Hamid Karzai to prevent such an outcome as death (news stories in U.S.).

Scenario Three: Zionism evolves in the 20th century as a nationalist movement calling for the return of the Jewish people to resume Jewish sovereignty in the "Land of Israel". The first Zionist Congress organized by Theodore Herzl convened in 1897. The goal was to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This homeland was predicated on the religious notion that Adonai (Hebrew name for the ineffable one) gave this land exclusively to "his" chosen people. (Historically this is a recent event).

Scenario Four: Recently a slew of books have been published on religion's far-reaching influence in modern American politics: Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen, How the Other Half Worships by Camilo Vergara, The Truth About Conservative Christians by Andrew Greeley, The Kingdom Come: An Evangelical's Lament: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America by Randall Balmer, The Theocons by Damon Linker, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by Michael Onfray, The Meaning of Life by Michael Eagleton, The End of Faith by Sam Harris, etc. There are more titles but you get the picture that this is a critical time for how religion has re-emerged as a critical set of forces in American and world politics. And one other title, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham (managing editor of Newsweek), says, according to a short review by Lyric Winik of Parade magazine, both the extremes of the right and left need to step back ... for the left ... "There is no reason to be afraid".

Scenario Five: Specific right-wing newspapers columnists have been calling for a "clash of cultures" pitting Christian nations and Israel against Islamic nations in a decades long confrontation—in essence wreaking World War III or more neo-cold war operatics, or at least destroying the financial viability of this nation.

Scenario Six: This book that now lies before you that says there is plenty of reason to be afraid or at least be concerned—it is called a terrorist psychology grounded within some prophetic interpretations of Abrahamic religions. This work is pretty much unique in its focus as compared to titles currently coming out—many of which settle to attack superstitions (not that I have read most but I've glossed several reviews). Whereas this work addresses a different but important angle—fear in and of religion. And as a "long" historical side note, some religious interpretations, and their corresponding propaganda, have already contributed to the death of a lot of people in a variety of conflicted contexts. At minimum you will likely find this series of essays provocative.

There are many incidents that could be included here, such as Jerry Falwell claiming Hillary Clinton will motivate more Christians to vote Republican than the devil himself. But this is just to get you interested in this work as a relevant and meaningful read.

Despite what you think of democracy or republican constitutional forms of governance, it is indeed both a "democratic" and "elitist" impulse to presume enough "faith" in the rational nature of mankind's ability to reason so as to plumb these issues. Whereas, plenty of others are less ready to adventure where angels dare not tread. But by now you either have a clue as to whether you want to continue reading—hopefully you have been, as they say, tempted?