Monday, June 06, 2016


Religion to be Treated as Mental Illness

by (((Reb Akiva))) @ (((Mystical Paths)))

image[Digital Journal] “Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness… said that radicalizing ideologies may soon be viewed not as being of personal choice or free will but as a category of mental disorder. She said new developments in neuroscience could make it possible to consider extremists as people with mental illness…

‘One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people who can be treated…we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance… I am not just talking about the obvious candidates like radical Islam or some of the more extreme cults.’

‘The moral-ethical dimension arises from the predictable tendency when acting on the problem, armed with a new technology, to apply to the label "fundamentalist" only to our ideological opponents, while failing to perceive the "fundamentalism" in ourselves.   From the perspective of the Western mind, for instance, the tendency to equate "fundamentalism" exclusively with radical Islamism is too tempting. But how much less "fundamentalist" than an Osama bin Laden is a nation of capitalist ideologues carpet bombing civilian urban areas in Laos, Cambodia and North Korea?   The jihadist's obsession with defending his Islamic ideological world view which leads him to perpetrate and justify…barbaric acts…are of the same nature as the evangelical obsession with spreading the pseudo-religious ideology of capitalism which led to such horrendous crimes as the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians in four years of carpet bombing operations by the Nixon administration caught in a vice grip of anti-communist paranoia. ‘

On a much larger and potentially more fruitful scale is the recognition that the entire domain of religious beliefs, political convictions, patriotic nationalist fervor are in themselves powerful platforms for nurturing "Us vs Them" paranoid delusional fantasies which work out destructively in a 9/11 attack or a Hiroshima/Nagasaki orgy of mass destruction.   What we perceive from our perspective as our legitimate self-defensive reaction to the psychosis of the enemy, is from the perspective of the same enemy our equally malignant psychotic self-obsession.


So, anyone who belives in anything, especially and particularly G-d, is mentally ill.  But believing that Osama Bin Lauden was a-ok and capitalism (which the author is engaged in to sell her views and books) is an evil ideology is a healthy view.

The problem is not that some neurologist is spouting such drivel, it’s that her particular very communist views are being touted as SCIENCE – and that should she actually be involved in the discovery of mental treatment for “strongly held positions”, she’s already stated what types of things she regards as normal and as abnormal.  And it appears such views are being espoused more and more in the halls of academia, and being shoved down the throat of those who attend for an education.

We should all be worried about this 1984 future.


  1. Sounds like Soviet mentality. They would lock dissidents inpsychiastric hospitals.

  2. It's all being exposed now, the evil that is part of their agenda to rid the world of the belief in G-D. This is the new Tower of Bavel, and it's been ongoing since then up until this time when they think they can make themselves gods because of the breakthrough in technologies. This is pre-Moshiach and their evil is getting worse by the day. We need Moshiach NOW!

  3. An interesting read:

    "Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotic" By Danika Fears

  4. The nazis wanted to rid the world of guilt, morality, and righteousness. It hasn't been eliminated.

  5. Each time we have a mass shooting in the USA it always becomes a gun control issue. Many times I've commented that most of these mass shootings are done by people with mental health issues, but neither side wants to hear that.

    When I started my "armed security guard" paperwork with the State, the first thing I had to do was to take the MMPI (psychological evaluation) and be interviewed by a state licensed psychologist/psychiatrist. (Yes, I passed the eval).

    So, I have to wonder, if all would-be gun buyers had to undergo a psych eval before purchasing a weapon, would the number of mass shootings decrease, since most of them are perpetrated by people with mental health issues?

    The assorted conservatives want none of this, because they believe that the liberals in the government would write them all off as crazy people and take away their right to purchase and own guns.

    The assorted liberals want none of this, because ... they'd rather live in a gun-free utopia, wherein we're all pretty little ponies, who eat rainbows, and poop butterflies. And the only people the liberals want to arm are the ones protecting them and their family.

    And then there's this latest shooting in FL. The shooter worked as (I'm assuming) an unarmed security guard. In other words, he didn't have to get a psych eval like all armed security guards. The shooters boss knew this guy was a bigoted nutcase, but ... the shooter was also a Muslim, so - Heaven forbid! - in this day and age wherein "political correctness" rules supreme, the shooter's boss didn't want to fire this Muslim. Who wants that kind of lawsuit, right? Apparently, the FBI suffers from the same fear of being "politically incorrect," otherwise this shooter would've been kept under a watchful eye.

    So, I have to ask, if this Muslim shooter had been required to take a psych eval before purchasing the weapons that he purchased ... would he have been flagged as a nutter and would this mass shooting have been avoided?

    Is hatred and bigotry a form of mental illness? What would the Baal Shem Tov say?

  6. UPDATE: "State records show a man named Omar Mateen is licensed as a security guard and also holds a firearms license."

    Apparently, in the Great State of FL, you can get a firearms license without taking a psych eval. All security guards are licensed with their respective state, but that doesn't mean that all security guards are "licensed armed security guards." I'm still pretty sure that Mateen worked as an "unarmed security guard," unless his company got around the whole psych eval thing, because he obtained a firearm license. If he worked with a weapon, as an armed security guard, then he should have undergone a psych eval. That's the requirement where I am. Maybe FL is different.

    That said, this guy worked for G4S (a.k.a. Wackenhut Security), which no self-respecting security professional would work for. It's a large employer, but it's considered a joke organization by most security professionals.


    "Reveal originally checked Mateen's arrest record in 2014 as part of an investigation into the armed security guard industry, which is regulated differently in each state. In Florida, authorities conduct criminal background checks before issuing guard licenses.

    Mateen did not have a criminal record at the time. But reporters found that many guards were able to slip through the cracks of state licensing systems, including in Florida, where armed guards are not subject to mental health screenings before receiving licenses to carry firearms on the job. Reveal found many guards with histories of substance abuse who were allowed to work as armed guards."

    Yep! That's what I figured. Wackenhut strikes again!

    Taken from: "Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was a licensed security guard" by Shoshana Walter - June 12, 2016


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