Televangelists and other frenetic American Protestant preachers, black and white, pad their spiel with an exclamation that never fails to rouse their congregations to enthusiastic repetition of the mantra : “Praise the Lord !”, “Praise God”, or simply, in its original Hebrew version, “Allelu-ia”.  In any language the word deserves reflection.  Religion universally seems to involve praising the deity for being such a Great Guy (or Gal), for His/her goodness, kindness and bounty, if not appeasing Him/Her to avoid divine anger.  Either way, this “God” is a monster of egoism, a supposedly omnipotent God of Love who looks the other way when His children murder their brethren in Bali, Belfast and beautiful downtown Baghdad.  Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition !

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