Monday, February 14, 2005

Syntax (Sin Tax)


In Connecticut the Governor has proposed what is being called a ‘sin tax’. The tax would include a tax on gas yet what is being focused on is a tax on cigarettes, cigar/smoking items, and alcohol. They named it the ‘sin tax’.

During the cold war the U.S. focused on how much of a ‘godless’ country the U.S.S.R. was. Post 9-11 they focused on how much of a ‘lack of freedom theocracy’ much of the Middle East is. What is missing from the discourse is a presentation of what the U.S. is or at least what trend of thought is dominant in the masses of this country.

The fact that it is labeled a sin tax shows the connection that the christo-centric U.S. shares with the religion of Al-Islam in terms of its prejudice against intoxicants. I should clarify and state CERTAIN intoxicants or stimulants. Coffee and Sugar is tolerated. Cocaine is given a preferential treatment over Crack. “Legal” drugs are “okay” while ‘Illegal drugs” are ‘of the devil’. In this way government has a partnership with religion.

A lot of the customs, rules and regulations of the U.S. is rooted in the religion of Christianity whether or not the government admits it. A government which would classify a portion of its population as ‘sinners’ has a strong element of theocracy in it that needs to be monitored and watched by those whom are non-religious.

Many of the atrocities that have afflicted original people in the U.S. were rooted in the religion of Christianity from the ‘manifest destiny’ genocide of the Indians, to the slave ship ‘Jesus’ of John Hawkins, to the burning crosses of the KKK.
If one is a ‘sinner’ in their eyes it is only a hop, skip and a jump from being a blasphemer or heretic whom is fodder for new inquisitions.

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