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BIBLICAL PATRIARCHS, JUDGES, KINGS, AND PROPHETS AS PARAGONS OF VIRTUE: ACTUALLY NOT

October 10, 2016

THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN THE CIVIL WAR

The Bible lies at the basis of  our moral code in much of the world.  The five books of the old testament: Genesis is, Hisotricla, Wisdom, Prpphtic and the gospels undlie not only our griolihns but much of the moral laws wer have.  .The tentacles of this document extgends throught the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish world.  And indeed even unto the the secular.

This narrative is fulled with characters. Approsxinaltely f5000  cThe one thins they one ting in common they all have moral defects.  In keeping with the basi of the judio christen tenert.

At the crux of theis narrative is the ,

The Judeo Christian tradition relies much on the Bible to define our moral code and moral precepts.    Jewish history lays the basis for Christian Theology and was used extensively by Christ, that history HERLADS..Christ’s entry into the sphere of humanity.    The whole basis for constitution after constitution is that the Decalogue and the patriarchs, prophets, even kings and of course Jesus of Nazareth provided our back bone for leadership.

God created very real characters in both the Old and New Testaments.  . Indeed these figures are now carefully crafted into our folklore.   In the Judeo- Christian Tradition Adam and  Eve committed the first sin—disobedience to God. The bible is totally believable because the characters are real. None are without sin, unlike the Christian saints, consequently much more interesting. Specially important is Jewish History.   Our icons.. are Yet this gift  which was given to us b God  does not show that Gods chosen were not morally perfect people, by making people Adam and Eve. The first sinners were held accountable for their sin of disobedience by God.. They disobeyed.     As a result men where born into original sin.  Tis all Changed with Christ. Satan was destroyed.

What are seome of these defects.  Deception, Domination, Cowardcie,Let us examine a few of them!

  • Adam   and Eve were God’s first creation fell prey to the designs of a woman ad committed the first sin.   Their sin was human weakness.  They submitted to teir dsires.   tony Open to sin. Maneuvered disobeyed God.  Lied.    Not a model of paragon.   Adam is weak. Eve is evil and drags adam.  Eve falls for the evil ways of the devil    Eve   Also tony a weakling  buffaloed by he devil    Satan  a  man   tempted   got in trouble with God.  This fearful allegory says that by defying God and   we sin.    Disobedience

 

  • Kane and Abel Kane killed Able.    Jealousy began aquickly after the fall of adam and eve.  Jealousy.  not being able  God showed us sin.   Jealousy, hatred, lack of faith I in God Abel   a showoff. He  was Gods Chosen  the other was not.  Should he be condemned?  Violence and murder.

 

  • Thisone is very important.  Tony  Noah,  got drunk.  CHOSEN.   Cursed  his son.  But was the only man god save.    Yet we learn a lesson here. With all his defects, Noah was the

 

  • Abraham and SarahAbraham    many sins   cowardice   presented wife as sister   sent slave woman into the desert  CHOSENSara was a mean spirited bitch. Passed herself off as a slut    Mean !  She threw out slave woman  with a bag lunch

 

 

  • Isaac and Rebecca

Rebecca  pulled wool over husbands eys   a terrible mother.

Isaac   lethargic

 

Esau

  •   Esau Sold his birthright for a bowl of bean soup sinful  Gave parents trouble.

Jacob

  • Stubborn a real bastard.
  • Feisty  lied  to father   lied to father in law   lied to brother   chosen by God  smart    wrestled with God outsmarted by father in law  a cousin of  his own mother.  CHOSEN
  • Rachel lied to father     goodwife  loved Jacob   dies in childbirth

Sosns of Jacob

  • Twelve Sons  All  a bunch of vipers. Here is what Jacob said about them

ssemble yourselves, and hear, you sons of Jacob. Listen to Israel, your father.

  • “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might,
  • Joseph   very selfish dandy show off.
  • All participated in killings kidnapping and beating of brother.  How evil .  Defiled fathers concubine.   Particulary eveil.
  • Moses most important man in Jewish history.  He was a murderer. Also had a bad temper.      Both brother Aaron and Sister Miriam were Jealous of him   CHOSEN
  • Samuel complex      he was sa jealous sob   really wanted to be king .    lived a long time.  Treated Saul like excrement    said god spoke to him so he says  then pissed on Saul   diesw   but crowns a new king  quite two faced  CHOSEN S
  • Samson     for  women  his weakness
  • Judith   Chopped off head of Generals
  • saul  committed sucide.  HE WAS  JEALOUS,  He seemed to have common sense, but offended God    he was a manic depressive. Could not accept humiilit   Noremorse.   CHOSEN THEN REJECTED    CHOSEN
  • david So so many defects.   Promiscuous, Murderer, Adulterer,  but constantly in sorrow
  • Solomon faithless ,vain lavish lust  CHOSEN
  • All the kings  And they did great eveil in the eys of the Lord.   CHOSEN.
  • Elisha’ mirder lack of fatith and so
  • Jonaha real fluke did he even iexits
  • Isaiah  A whiner
  • Jeremiah  ok
  • All the kings rotten
  • Macabees  Bfrave but int time
  • Peter Diended jesus three times.  Mocked Jesus.
  • Lost his timepler
  • Paul   a sonofatbithc.
  • Thomas  a nonbelier
  • Judas
  • John  A DANDY
  • James  ANDADANY

 

 

Unlike Icons and Saints who are faultless, the ancient Jewish writers these pefopel was human’s warts and all. Whey these people are as they are The ancient Jewish writers did not present us with Iconic saints, but instead with human bring with all their faults

 

Significance. Quite so.  Reflect the sins of humanity.

 

  1. Adam and Eve .  We are taught from the very beginning htat man has sisnned.  Thus the parriarchsar follingin theat mold   Amdansinned,   eve sinned. They did wrong.  God told them so.  And that their
  2. Kane and Abel.    Kane killed Able.   Jealousy.  not being able  God showed us sin.   Jealousy, hatred, lack of faith I in God
  3. Noah  got drunk.  CHOSEN

Abraham    many sins   cowardice   presented wife as sister   sent slave woman into the desert  CHOSEN  dishonest t

Sara was a mean spirited bitch. Passed herself off as a slut    Mean !  She threw out slave woman  with a bag lunch

Rebecca  pulled wool over husbands eys   a terrible mother.

Isaac   lethargic

Jacob    Stubborn a real bastard.   Feisty  lied  to father   lied to father in law   lied to brother   chosen by God  smart    wrestled with God outsmarted by father in law  a cousin of  his own mother.  CHOSEN

Rachel lied to father     goodwife  loved Jacob   dies in childbirth

 

Esau Sold his birthright for a bowl of bean soup sinful  Gave parents trouble.

Twelve Sons  All  a bunch of vipers. Here is what Jacob said about them

 

ssemble yourselves, and hear, you sons of Jacob. Listen to Israel, your father.

“Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might,

 

Joseph   very selfish dandy show off.

All participated in killings kidnapping and beating of brother.  How evil .  Defiled fathers concubine.

most important man in Jewish history.  He was a murderer. Also had a bad temper.      Both brother Aaron and Sister Miriam were Jealous of him   CHOSEN

samuel complex      he was sa jealous sob   really wanted to be king .    lived a long time.  Treated Saul like excrement    said god spoke to him so he says  then pissed on Saul   diesw   but crowns a new king  quite two faced  CHOSEN S

Samson     for  women  his weakness

Judith   Chopped off head of Generals

saul  committed sucide.  HE WAS  JEALOUS,  He seemed to have common sense, but offended God    he was a manic depressive. Could not accept humiilit   Noremorse.   CHOSEN THEN REJECTED    CHOSEN

david So so many defects.   Promiscuous, Murderer, Adulterer,  but constantly in sorrow

Solomon faithless ,vain lavish lust  CHOSEN

All the kings  And they did great eveil in the eys of the Lord.   CHOSEN.

Elisha’ mirder lack of fatith and so

Jonah

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Jonah

All the kings

Macabees

 

Why is this important.  Becsause it shows God’s love for humainty

 

LEGACY OF ISRAEL’S FIRST THREE  KINGS

 

The names of Israel’s first three kings remain household words to this very day throughout the world. There is a reason for this-their legacy to three religions.  But they are also household words in the secular world.  This essay emans to show why.

 

 

 

 

 

Jewish Legacy Important. Three Religions.

David

 

We owe a lot to the first three kings of Israel.  Saul, Solomon, and David.

 

What>

 

They created the moderna stagte of Israel

They jpaved the way for the coming of chrsit

They left wonderful examples for uys

 

Basic outgline

 

Created State of Israel.  Same issue today as then

David left us  Soldier, Writer , Harpist  Rock Store

Writings

Example of his life

Military know how

 

 

 

 

David, Solomon, Saul. are among   thousands of ancient kings. But their legacy has been longstanding, exceeding those around them.   To this day they are household words in the domains of three religions:  Christianity,  Judaism,   and Islam.

 

Solomon the least of the theree. His main accomplishment tos that he ehped create and protdct the first Jewish Kindsom on earth.

 

Thencam david  unforgettable.  Great maonarch in world hisotyr.  Created a kingdom that surviesto this very day

 

Solomon.  Create the temple  Wisdom

 

 

These three kings set up the first Israel three thousand years l

Why.   For one,  David is at the masthead of three religions.

Second the wisdom of Solomon.

Third the State of Israel.. Forth, their storeys moe interesting than any greek tragedy   Their wisdom. Si, their building prorams, seven their place in Jewish history, nine their palce in Christian history.  Their pace in theogloy. What about them.  Theyu all had a rough time.The world has had millions of kings through the ages.  However, three that stand out are the three kings.    Their influence is felt to this very day. Jewish history is the back-bone of Christine theology.  Not only is it important to Jews but Christian and Muslims  .   Saul, David, Solomon are Israel’s first three kings.  The world has predicted millions of kings and monarchs.  Some small,  some big.   We have the powerful Roman emperors. Aga  Kahn, etc   but also pale in comparison with these three monarch..

 

Must of the legacy of those either kings is fairly temporarary. But these three Jewish Kings provided not only Israel but all of Israel with a golden age.

reigned who reigned for a total of 100 years have left an unparalleled legacy.   Legacies of Monarchs come and go. But these three have had an influence greater than any one else. Legacies of monarch come and go.  Few leave a really important imprint on humanity. Some in the region.  Charlemagne, Caesar.  But these kings differ.

 

  1. First, their legacy touches all Muslims, Christians, and Jews. That covers 2.5 billion people on the planet.
  2. Second, the Wisdom of Solomon, within Christianity Third,
  3. the psalms of David and Solomon to this day are uttered through the planet.
  4. Fourth, the legacy of the state of Israel. Isreael is still having a problem .
  5.  Their influence on mankind has been indeed been profound

 

The three men have much in common.

  • All three had a direct calling , had either direct

Revelation from a prophet or spoke to God  divine inspiration.

  • All were endowed with much intelligence. Looks et.
  • All three sinned, and had many fault.
  • All three God selected

In addition, their lives tell stories of conquests and tragedies. Superb novels. All  had divine calling.  Intelligence looks  All three sinned.  All had   problem with their children All three built Israel, and were all aware of their calling . Also, lessons in retributions by God.  All died unhappily.   All had a major impact

 

Why are we interested. Their roles in world history tell us much about governance.   God did not want a king but the people insisted on one even after being told that they would have to give up many rights, but the people seeing how their neighbors’ fought  and were     protected wanted a young king like they had. God really warned ed them all so badly, but the people persisted.  In the end  Samuel finally gave e up in desperation.  Firtst, their contributions to western civilization.  They helped to define the moral code.  They gave us wisdom, they gave us the psalms, Only a few years.

 

Finally God chose one.  But guess what?    He chooses Saul and ten realizes he made a big mistake.   Called in for a new one   Got David—who became his favorite.  And frorm his loins would come the savior of mankind

 

 

Why Chosen  All three men were remarkable, physically and intellectually.     God did not want to have his people ruled by kings.   Here is what he told Samuel  They were to govern themselves with God’s direction.  Israel was ruled by Judges including Samson, Othniel, Ehud,  Shagmar  Deborah Gideon Abimelech  Tola   Yair  Jepthah  Ibzan Elon  Abdon   Samson eli  Samuel.  The judges ruled well.   Specially Samuel. But the people still demand a king.  Why.  They observed their neighbors remember Israel was not a contiguous  nation   The people demanded a king.  Samuel he chief judge at the time. Both a seer and a prophet who spoke directly to GoD.  The Divien being definitely did not want  a king.  The people were to govern    themselves.  They claimed they could not.     Needed protection.  Here God gives  first important lesson. “Self governance. People did not want that.

 

 

 

Relationship to God

All thre kings had different relationship with. There storie are compelling.Saul Chosen by God   but a mistake .  To be sure, accorfding to old testaaent writers God absloutley did not want the Isrealeites to have a king  He warend them through his prophet sameul that

David chosen by God, behaved badly, but not a mistakeSolomon chosen by Bathsheba’s self, and she hounded her husband.   But Solomon fulfilled the divine mission of building the temple

 

David loved most by God.   But God did not speak directly to him.  Only spoke y flaws. through Samuel and Nathan. Solomon, chosen by God to build the temple.   Also favored by God for his humility.  But later abandoned God.  Kingdom divided in half at this death. Saul first chosen , then abandoned by God.  Remarkabale youth.  But lost favor.

David loved God the most.  Constantly praying for forgiveness.   Wrote beautiful poetry in tribute to God.

 

Defects and  strengths

Saul was  melancholy He had a jealous nature. He was also not too bright.    Jealousy Insecure, Vengeful, Impatient lacking in Wisdom, little faith  Hatred, lacking common sense, not politically astute David   Lust, ambition Willing to murder, stealth love of power, manipulative, lust, conniving,   Solomon   ostentatious   love of women arrogant   privileged

 

 

Strengths

Saul  fighter  resolute  Love of God  David, Faith, Humbled.  Love  Wise   political genius  Solomon   wise, resolute  gets job done  Davdid was a magnificent fella. Look at thim.     Great Poet, wrting all the spasm  Fifty of the m a third.  Yet only a mountain sheep boy.     Psalms all reflect his love of the language, ability to communicate with God his gret er poer.

 

 

LegaciesWisdom, faith  military forgiveness   But differed.   Solomon was not a god soldier.  Saul and davidv were.   dAvid one of the greatest military stragtsit of all time.

 

EnemiesSaul   Samuel, David  Jonathan, Michael, Abner, Sons of Saul, House of Jesse

David,    Saul   Michal Absalom, Job Nathaniel  Solomon 2 brothers, God Joab Rehoam  Abiathar

 

 

Killings

 

David   200 philistime, Absalm, Goliath Saul   PhilistinesSolomon  2  brothers  Joab

 

 

Friends

 

Solomon    Michael, Queen of Sheba   Bathsheba  other borthers David    Jonathan, wives  Nathaniel  Motehr  Saul   Abner /insSolomon   self indulgent   loat faith      haditnce

DavidSolomonhasdLegacyDavid   State of Israel, Jwish people psalms  relgionSolomon Wisdm S[asmasdd    Sons of songs  Aul The tragedy Jsus  qoted dAvid on CrossAccording to all their works, they have done from the day that I brought them out of Egypt until this day: as they have forsaken me, and served strange gods, so do they also unto you.    My People:   This will be the right of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and put them in his chariots, and will make them his horsemen, and his running footmen, to run before his chariots,  and he will appoint of them to be his tribunes, and his centurions, and to plough his fields, and to reap his corn, and to make him arms and chariots.   Your daughters also he will take to make him ointments, and to be his cooks, and bakers. Let me continue:  He will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your best olive yards, and give them to his servants. reover he will take the tenth of your corn, and of the revenues of your vineyards, to give to his eunuchs and servants.   Your servants also, and handmaids, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, he will take away, and put them to his work.  Your flocks also he will tithe, and you shall be his servants

w they died

  1. Saul died by suicide!
  2. David in his bed, but saw the shadow of tragedy.
  3. Solomon knowing that his kingdom would fall apart.

Some of their legacies

  1. the 150  psalms
  2. the State of Israel
  3. The Book of Wisdom
  4. The Song of Songs
  5. wisdom of all kinkds
  6. The Christian religion
  7. a jewish state
  8. the survival of the Jewish poepl
  9. jesus bragged about those

 

 

 

 

Cuts

Jesus referred to them often. . 13:28} There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves being thrown outside. Yet e thery were not exzmplesofmorlperfection.

 

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THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN THE CIVIL WAR

October 9, 2016

Anthony E. Gallo

Speech given to the Civil War Discussion Group at the Cosmos Club in Washington on October   14, 2016

America has always been a religious nation.    Most of our colonies were founded for religious reasons, and our religious nature continues to this very day.   Our church attendance today is overwhelmingly the highest in the world.

And religion was at the heart of America during the Civil War.  Both Union and Confederacy.

 No American conflict has raised the specter of religion as has the Civil War. This   conflict saw the massacre of 700 thousand Americans and two grieving nations, North and South. Each searched for solace in religion; both claimed God was on their side.  The motto of the North was, “In God We Trust”; for the Confederacy, “God Will Determine the Victor.” Americans turned more and more to religion and even to the occult. Both the Union and the Confederacy upheld their Christian identities in the face of their adversary, and both sides believed that the Abrahamic God worked in their favor. Churches were filled.

 

Both Union and Confederacy invoked the Bible as the source of all truth. Northern and Southern soldiers had their Bibles. Abraham Lincoln himself read the Bible daily, and its cadences can be found in his three greatest speeches: The First and Second Inaugurals and the Gettysburg Address. Jefferson Davis also used the Bible as a tool of war. President Lincoln placed the Bible on the contraband list, believing that the spread of bibles would encourage the enemy. On the other hand, he was willing to overlook that most South- ern churches were also sedition centers. Ironically, the Bible strongly supports the institution of slavery beginning with Genesis and ding with St. Paul’s epistles.

 

This is a question I am often asked because I have written or in the process of writing four plays, Lincoln and God, The Springfield Boys, Robert, Shakespeare and Lincoln, and the musical, Lincoln and God.    In the process, I have spent 12 years researching Lincoln and the Lincoln family. I have    moved in with them. 

 

No, I am not a historian, but an economist of forty years before I became a playwright.   But any playwright who writes historical plays wants to be on the mark—getting it right.  And with Abraham Lincoln the onus of responsibility is even worse.  He is the most iconic figure in American history.   A hyperbolic statement.  But l let us take one measure.  The number of books written about him.  One estimate, 60 000, leading me to say that more books have been written about him than all other American Presidents combined

 

 This discussion is not about Abraham Lincoln per see, even though he began the war and ended the war.   But he is of course pivotal.   And any reading of the second Inaugural address will lead one to believe that yes the Civil War was a religious war.  Each war is a war of justice.  But this one was different.  I accept the basic premise that the war was totally rooted in one word   Slavery. All these other premises—state rights, economics war etc. a secondary cause Both sides fought to either destroy or uphold the institution of slavery which had been a part of the American civilization about 250      years.   

 

That this is a religious War is clear spelled out by Abraham Lincoln, Julia Ward How, Jefferson Davis among other said so.   When Lincoln was elected seven states left the union.    Why:  one-word slavery.

 

  A few things about Mr.  Lincoln.  He was the most religious president in American History.   Second no other President has had biblical knowledge as Lincoln.  Third, no president loved or had the knowledge of Shakespeare that Lincoln did, and fourth no president had had the love of theater as Mr. Lincoln.

 

   He left no doubt that his goal was to abolish slavery.  Yes, he did believe in the inequality of races, and spoke out of both sides of his mouth.   But in the end the abolition of the slavery was the cause of the Civil War. And here is the dichotomy.  The Bible and his beliefs.   As I said no President understood and read the Bible as much as Abraham Lincoln.   Some historians argue that this was only because he liked the cadence of the Kings James bible.  But no it was a moral guide too.  Much of the language he used in his speeches. Innumerable language in his speeches based on both old and new testaments

 

An important word Protestant, followed by       The inerrancy of the Bible.   The Bible lies at the center of our moral code, then and now.     Of the three major religious groups, Protestants most closely use the Bible as the core of moral authority. A significant portion believed in the inerrancy of the Bible.  

 

The significance e of Religion in the Civil War was displayed emphatically in Lincoln’s second inaugural address.  Second Inaugural Address with 703 words   Of those, 313 are about the role of religion.  Let us examine

 

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained.  (Neither North nor South expected to was to last that long)

Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease.

Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding.   Each side thought it was going to prevail.

 Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.  (Both Religious)

It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, (South had the Chutzpah to ask God’s Help in preserving slavery)

but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered.  (God could not answer both prayers

 That of neither has been answered fully.

 The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh. (Don’t second guess God)

” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, (God once willed slavery)

He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.

Yet, if God wills that it continues until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must

  be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether

 

Also ascertaining the primacy of religion in the War was Jefferson Davis and Julia Ward Howe.   Jefferson said that the Bible approves of the institution of slavery and    he was right.     He also said that abolition interfered with his right of owning private property.  

 

 Slavery is rampant throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.  The Bible clearly approves of slavery in many passages, and it goes so far as to tell how to obtain slaves, how hard you can beat them, and when you can have sex with the female slaves. most abominable aspect of the slave trade, was fueled by the idea that Africans, even children, were better off Christianized under a system of European slavery than left in Africa amid tribal wars, famines and paganism

 There are 300 references to slavery in the Bible.   Not a single reference disapproves of the institution of slavery.   Jesus referred to Slavery 17 times.  In not a single instance did he disapprove.  Some examples No slave is greater than his master.   The owner who returns and find that slaves have not done   work and beats them., St. Paul has at least a dozen references to slavery, but one that stands out is his reference to the son of the slave woman Hagar but that followers of Jesus are born free.   Peter admonishes t slaves to bogey their masters, as does Paul in Titus.  

 

In conclusion several major points.  

  • Religion was fundamental to the belief of both sides during the Civil War
  • Both Sides believed that God was on their side
  • The Bible supported; the Southern position.
  • Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist moved ahead to eradicate slavery, but this movement was based on what God had written on their hearts. Confirmed by Julia ward Howe in The Battle Hymn of the R:  As he died to Make Men Holy, Let Us Die to Make Men Free.
  • Lincolns second Inaugural address explicitly is devoted to the role of religion and the Civil War, and the immorality of slavery


 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY DID I DECIDE TO SELF PRODUCTION AND SELF PUBLICATION

October 9, 2016

WHY DID I DECIDE TO SELF PRODUCTION AND SELF PUBLICATION

By Anthony E. Gallo

 

I learned the hard way that I really had no alternative.

 

In this new age of technological change, old institutions are falling and new ones are coming up.  The new technology has changed the world and undone the power of monopolies.  No place is this more apparent than in the arts and writing. No longer are writers, motion picture producers, playwrights screenwriters and the like totally dependent on an elite staff of publishers, studio executives, a theatrical tycoons and the like  to determine whether our  works become a reality.  We make them a reality.

 

Self publish and produce?   Once I said no.      I learned the hard way.  And have never regretted it. Since 1907 I have self published 14 books produced 14 production And Of course I would never exclude someone wanting topublish and produce mey works.  And guess what.  Since I have   my productivirty has increase terenomusly.  Woul ask others to do the same. y

 

The age of the all powerful publisher, move pordcuter, theatrical producer, music producer and all the other powerful gurus is over.  None of us are at the mercy of that one underfpaid fldgiling who holds the keys to the kingsdo  That is =if we sep publich produce .

 

Whyu? Well all of our output is sednt to publishers,and producers, and thearres, and movies cmpanies.  Occasiaonlly a liters of rejection.  Udusaly totally igore.

 

 

 

Reasons I SELF-PUBLISH

  1. First, I maintain control. My 15 plays , 3 operas, 12 publications and 118 productions.   These products are all my creation.
  2. Very less costly
  3. Much more profitable
  4. I am my own boss
  5. If successful I will made more money.
  6. I maintain compoete artictic control.
  7. It takes less time.
  8. It is fmore effiecent.
  9. No frustsation
  10. I will not turn over control of my work to an insignifcnat ebureacutrat in some publishing house, moie studio, o=music company, agent, or theatre company
  11. I can concentrate on th jouy of writing, producing, composing,
  12. Saving time and mfofning. With the enw horus

In 2013 I will have published all of my plays.  I now have 25 self produced booksWhy did I decide to self produce and self publish?

 

AND THEN THE DISADVANTGES

  1. Being looked down upon.
  2. Less money
  3. No editing
  4. More mistakes.
  5. . being laughed at.

 

I had no choice.   Neither do most of us for the most part.  The  law of averages is not with us. It’s a matter of simple supply and demand.  There are  too many playwrights, essayists, novelists, many writers, screenplays, , , musicals, books. Peims, songs.  You name it.  And you may wait years.

 

I learned the hard way.   But it taught me well. With the pays. The intention  is so that my work will ot go to waste. First there were hundreds of letters of rejection.   After a while I stopped sedihg out my plays.   And then one day, it daiend on me while  watching the Oscars. Mmmm Seems all were self production

 

I then realized I had two joucces. Consider sending plys out, the ostensibly esy7 rout, or self producing.

Don’t have to be a rocket scientist   But a real chalgeng.  Specilly wkth my age.

 

Today I publish all my won pbos, product all my won plays, productall my own music,   Four companies.  Seventh street Playhouse, productgs all my polays.  Browns court publishing has p-buhoshed all my books.   Gallo music company publishes and nogtiates on all of  my libetrtos and works with my composers.  Eastern Market studios

 

Began in 2007.  With David.   Foreced but worked .  Then treid two more.  But not until I was really sdecrwed by the frfinge dricto. Roland Gomez.

He promised to cirect a play. Did not   instead resented e with letter    wouldoly do atagted reading.

 

Well it has been heaven since.  Not ony four company  Easterhn Market studios

 

Why must you self produce publish

 

  1. Rejectins
  2. ready market for your woek.

 

 

Do I want and deserbve a publisher

 

No.  But if one comes along fine.

 

 

 

BIBLICAL WOMEN

October 9, 2016

Notes

 

Three Strong and powerful Biblical Women

 

We read so much about Prophets and Kings.

 

Some theologians argue that the major women who surrounded King David were weak and hollow.  The overwhelming evidence is that these were at least as strong as the men, and considerably brighter.

 

King David, and the men and women who surrounded him had many flaws as well as strengths.   The characters however are all strong in terms of intelligence backbone stamina, and decision making.  In the end they all fall on the basis of decisions they had made.

 

 

The three leading women in the play- Tamar, Bathsheba and Michal –are especially intriguing people    In fact as they are strong as the strong will men who surround King David -Nathaniel , Joab, Princes Absalom and Amnon. All were crummy and had bad moral character.

 

Bathsheba:  Is one of the intriguing women in the Jewish history.    She was the favorite of King David who passionately fell in love with as she was bathing essentially on her porch.    Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah, David’s chief general when David laid eyes on her, and one of his innumerable flaws took control of him:  lust

 

Bathsheba has been defended as being forced to do whatever she did   that is she had no free will.  This is nonsense.   Both Tamar and Michel clashed head on with King David

Both Tamar and Michal paid heavily for standing up to King David and other powerful men about them.   Bathsheba relented thus breaking the marriage.     A pregnancy ensues and David must make certain that his is not branded the father to save her reputation (and his) and Uriah, knowing of his wifes infidelity and his kings betrayal.  .   Tgheerore David knows that he must have Uraih called and therefore send s hito balttle againt a foric and a battle that he can not win   Uriah dies in battle.    Nathaniel  thennn=Chife Minsiter then informs David that he has sinned andwil face God.’s punihsent  the chid dies butDavid-God’s chosen-os fprgove  .

 

The femisists argue tht BAthsba was lily innocent in this sham of an operation—sinsisnsin.  The femiists aruge that Bathsba had no say.  Thgis sis ridicuos because Bathseba could have taken the same rout as ichal-who after DAvids sinful and arrogant befhaveor –woul==mocked andwould not lie with him  Or MiTamar who once raped by her bfrother goes public andinso doing cfrates a Civl war that destroys a nation.     No Bathsba does not rist.  She apprar more than just a wiling partner.

 

Bathsheba submissiveness certainly does not show up in the rest of kings.   Her son Solomon was sixth inline for the throne.  King David was drying.  Bathsga alongwithherold archviral Nahtaniel  forced david to make Solomn theking.   That mantstalingthe throne  Bathsba was the shy submissive womenthefemisnsit have adeher out to be.    Fter Dvis death his other sons make overtures to Bathsba aware of her political powere anda=sagacity.     BAhtsbagetto seehersonSolomn croned andbegome a grat Kingwhol bilds thetemple, whoals wasdestoryed by his own exesses. Concerning her moral character.  The question is did she acquiesce   unwillingly.  I do not know.  The feminists do.  The arugment being that  she was forced into it andhad no choice.  Cleary she did have a choice. Andwnet against.  Second when the deicision to send Jericho into deadly battle sge gead ti  because  She would have had a child out of wedlock and therefore subject to death.   This episode ends quicly when although David is p9ihsed by god through the death of the babvid and dmmitted adusltery   She bore a child out of wedlock, and had to have been cmpict in the murder of her husband, Uriah   Sme arugue that she had no choice.    Well Michal and   tonyhad a choice.  Go along with her King husband or not.  She chose not to.  Bathsheba could havee likewise.

 

 

 

 Tamar:  Davids tragic daughter.    Tamar is a tragic woman   She is a the center of the Davidc drama. Again she is a mao0r driving force.  Without her, Israel liely would  not have had a civ war, that divided the House of David into two with fatriced and attempted patricide.      Tamar was the daughter of the Princess of    Jezreel andKingDavid   She thus came from a royal line on both side.s.    She was the ful sister of King Davis remarkable son Abasalom, and of course half siblingto the other of Kings Daivs  children incuding Amnon.   The simpoes story.   ‘amnons was infatuated with her.   A trait whch he got frm his father What is remarkable about Tamar.   She stood on principe.  She coud have taken the easy way out and ket sient.  She did not  By making the rpaer an ssue, she began the conflict that became a deadly civl war.   The tragedy had both brothers killed.   David lost both sons.   Ere we see that Tamar was a owman of principle and integrity   She was also a woman obbarvery willing to  protect her honor.    She was aware tht wath she was doing  fwould cause major turol  She was right. Here is the true feminists  Tanding up for her rights.  Cntast Tamar with Bathsheba.   No comparison  Tamar stood up for decency.  Thatshbeadid not.   Tamar was a woan of hnor.

 

 

 

 

Michal ;  Michal was davids first wife.    She got screwed the most.  First she saved her hubands life—the young King David—who obviously married her because she was hgte ings Daughter.  And hi8s second choice .As yung mawna she hid andprotectred david.

But after a while, here father took her ways fro Aivd;   After a year the increasingly bitter Saul, removes Micha from David   And gives her to another man     And by the way, David had gained Michal hand by killing 200 Philistines  and bringing their skulls to  Saul.

 

The other manis Palti.  She comes to leove him very much.   In the meanite Saul commits suicieide     David tirumps in the ensuing Civl War  andbecomes King of Isarel. He finds Michal now married to a man named Paltiwhom  loves.       However Kig David     wants to  to hold the kingdom together, he claims Michal as his wife. He takes her from Palti, crying.  Dancing naked in front of her home, she mocks him.   Accoridng to scrpute  she incurs Gosd’s rath and is never able to hagve children.  Asa aresult  the town houses of Benjamin and Judah—the best and the  righte of the jaoben offspring were never united.  Which lead  to a Civil war eventuay when Absalom rebvled against hs father with the support of the trie of rhw hoauw od kiah    Bu the revoutin failed and he was killed   She died childless.  The writer of Samuel 1  says tht God made her childess because she laughed at David for dancing naed in front of her apartment.

 

 

These womens morla code is no worse than the men. And they maketheir own decsison The ar the arirtaors of turning  They behaved with dingty and did not refrain from speaking up and speaking out

 

I am proud of these women .

WRITING LUTHER

October 9, 2016

Cosmowriters

Anthony E. Gallo

 

Writing Luther: A Two-Act Drama

By Anthony E Gallo

 

Genre:   Historic

 

Stage of Development:  Conceptualization and First Draft

 

Organization and Structure.

The Date is 1845, the year of Luther’s death.   Scenes are set up to vacillate between his happy home life with wife Katarina and dreams where he confronts and is confronted by all the adversaries in his life.

 

Premise:

Significance of Luther

One out of every ten Protestants today is a Lutheran, as is one of out of every 20 Christians    And the play asks if he had more in common with Osama Bin Laden than with Jesus of Nazareth. He faced corruption of the most powerful organization on earth.  Leo the Tenth, a Medici no less, had to raise funds to pay off his lavish ordination as pope.  The ceremony was the most lavish of all time.  The selling of indulgences to remove purgatory time.  Purgatory appears nowhere in Scripture and so the institution that created the concept was now selling indulgences to avoid suffering.   And it was working.

 

Ina addition he translated the Bible from Latin to German, and made this phenomenon on a worldwide trend where scripture was changed into the language of the common people rather than Latin

 

His changes were heard around the world.  And he bravely refused to give in, even though there was tremendous peril in his life.  Both the Papacy and European monarchs wanted him assassinated. When he died in 1846, his home was guarded by one hundred soldiers.

 

But his awesome bravery must be balanced against the totality of his life.   Basic research indicates beyond any reasonable doubt that he had far more in common with Osama Bin Laden than with Jesus of Nazareth.   The latter came with a message of love.  He left no doubt that the most important commandment was written:  Love ye one another.    Luther on the other hand was a brilliant theologian, philosopher, logician, and of the most educated men of is day.   But love is another story.   He in face called for annihilation of two groups:  Jews who did not convert and peasants who rebelled against their station in life.

 

Scenario: The time is 1546, and Luther is ill.  He falls into a deep; slumber after his wife Katarina goes into the village, and suddenly he has a dream and is besieged from all his enemies of old.  The famous former Augustinian friar is ill in his room.  Some say he is the most celebrated, admired, and brilliant theologians in the world.   He has triumphed over the powerful Vatican and the Papacy.  His 95 theses against the Roman church have inspired Christians throughout the world.  Here I stand echoes throughout the world.   His theological treatises have now become major areas of study, and he has already inspired millions of people throughout the world for both his bravery and brilliance. He will become the most famous and influential German theologian and pastor in human history.

But he must face his call for genocide against two significant groups of the German population:  Peasants and Jews.  In doing this, the same Christian leader who could discuss minute detail of Christian doctrine ignored the most important commandment:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Martin Luther called for the slaughter of peasants who rebelled, and all Jews who did not convert to Christianity   Hundreds of thousands of peasants lost their lives during his lifetime.  And his sixty-five page on why and how to persecute Jews would lay the groundwork for mass genocide in future centuries.

His dream reeks with reality.  He faces off with the corrupt and perverted Pope Leo, and then a mystery man appears and harasses Luther on a statement made years ago:  I fear the Devil and sometimes can destroy him with a fart. and then has a contemptuous run-in with Henry VIII, Defender of the Faith.  And then who is this mysterious Manny who won’t leave him alone, and challenges the founder of Lutheranism. And a man named Peter and the Reverend Mueller seek answers from the most influential Protestant of all time.   Katerina, the nun he married a quarter of a century ago and shocked the world, consoles him.  And a whole host of other characters for Erasmus to Melanchthon also confront Luther.  Even St. James appears to question the first German translator of the Bible.

The drama is heavily sprinkled with selections from Luther’s sixty musical compositions.  And Felix Mendelson’s Reformation Symphony serves as the dramas basic theme music

 

CHARACTERS

  1. Marin Luther
  2. Katherina Luther
  3. Jon Eck
  4. Desiderius Erasmus
  5. Emanuel, A visitor
  6. Thomas Munschler
  7. Peter
  8. The Devil
  9. God
  10. Pope Leo X
  11. Henry the Eighth
  12. Paul
  13. Three Dead Peasants
  14. Three Jews
  15. Conrad, A servant
  16. Teitzel
  17. Johann von Staupitz  Melanchto

 

Goals

 

Play must capture the spirit of Luther, show his contributions to mankind, and yet examine him for his lasting contribution to mankind.   Yet Luther is an Icon.   Yet his deeds while showing bravery   also show him to be murderer.   people go to the theater to have a good time.  Therefore, there are several challenges to be reached:

  1. Be entertaining
  2. Show Martin Luther’s brilliance
  3. Show what his contributions to Christianity and Religion are
  4. Show his viciousness
  5. Show his conflict with the characters.

 

Sample Scenes:

 

 

ACT I

SCENE 1   WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY CONFESSIONAL

Martin Luther sits on one side of the confessional and Madeline, a parishioner sits on the other side.

LUTHER

And for your penance, you will recite five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys.

MADELINE

Thank you, Father.

LUTHER

Now go in peace.

MADELINE

Thank you, Father Luther.

LUTHER

Ah, I have one small question for you.

MADELINE

Yes, Father.

LUTHER

Yours is the first confession I have heard today.  And it is close to 5in the afternoon and confessions will be over for the day.   Last week I h only had two.  Can you tell me why? Have folks stopped sinning.

MADELINE

You know better than that Father.

LUTHER

Then why.

MADELINE

Most people do not feel that they have to go to confession anymore.   Except for the poor.

LUTHER

Oh.

MADELINE

Most people are buying Indulgences.  Especially   the St. Peters Indulgences. They are being sold at a discount this week.

LUTHER

How much of a discount?

MADELINE

Twenty-five percent.  You don’t know about it?

LUTHER

I do.  But prefer not to know about it.

MADELINE

My sister- in law who has more money than she knows what to do with had purchased so many indulgences that the joke in the family is that God at they will have to build a new tier in heaven.

LUTHER

I have a felling she is going to be surprised.

MADELINE

You don’t believe in them.

LUTHER

You cannot buy your way into heaven.   Read Holy Scripture.

MADELINE

I cannot read in Latin.

LUTHER

That will have to change too.

MADELINE

I cannot learn Latin.  I’m a farm woman.

LUTHER

No.  The Bible will have to be written German.

MADELINE

That would be nice.

 

SCENE  2   LUTHER HOME 1845

 

Martin Luther, 60, is seated at his desk writing   His wife Katherina enters.

KATHERINA

Sir Doctor?

LUTHER

What is it, my beloved Katherina.

KATHERINA

You are being so kind today.

LUTHER

Am I not always kind, my dear wife and mother of my children?

KATHERINA

Today especially.

LUTHER

Because I love you so much. The flowers?

KATHERINA

Yes.

LUTHER

But it is our 20th anniversary.

KATHERINA

You have a special visitor.

LUTHER

Who.

KATHERINA

Herr——

LUTHER

What!!

KATHERINA

I told him you were busy.

LUTHER

The audacity!!!

KATHERINA

You mean the hutzpah!

LUTHER

Of course.   Send him away.

KATHERINA

He may want to convert.

LUTHER

Ha!  You jest.  But miracles do happen.

KATHERINA

Don’t hold your breath.  My love Martin, let me send him away.  Your blood pressure is already high.

LUTHER

Send him away

KATHERINA

He insisted on seeing you

LUTHER

Tell him I do not want to see him

KATHERINA

Alright!

LUTHER

No stop.   Send him in.

KATHERINA

Make up your mind.

LUTHER

Send him in

KATHERINA

As my Master says.

LUTHER

He may have changed his mind.

KATHERINA

Don’t hold your breath.

LUTHER

Now don’t be too harsh, Katherina.  Miracles do happen. Let him in.

KATHERINA

Before I do My Master Luther. Have you forgotten what day this is

LUTHER

Wednesday

KATHERINA

Anything else?

LUTHER

My Birthday?

KATHERINA

Yes, and we will celebrate your 53 years

LUTHER

Not necessary.

KATHERINA

And what else?

LUTHER

I can’t recall.

KATHERINA

Our anniversary   we have been married 26 years

LUTHER

Women!

KATHERINA

What would you do without them

LUTHER

I have always respected women.

KATHERINA

Ha

LUTHER

Give me a few examples.

KATHERINA

Oh No.

LUTHER

I insist.

KATHERINA

Well you once said: The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes.

LUTHER

And you were the best of wives and will always be.

KATHERINA

Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.

LUTHER

That is exactly what you have done.

KATHERINA

And “Even though they grow weary and wear themselves out with child-bearing, it does not matter; let them go on bearing children till they die, that is what they are there for.”

LUTHER

Said in jest,

KATHERINA

God created Adam master and lord of living creatures, but Eve spoilt all, when she persuaded him to set himself above God’s will.

LUTHER

You taunt me today, my love,

LUTHER

Tis you women, with your tricks and artifices, that lead men into error

KATHERINA

And: “We may well lie with what seems to be a woman of flesh and blood, and yet all the time it is only a devil in the shape of a woman.”

LUTHER

No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.

KATHERINA

Martin Luther!

LUTHER

Who loves not wine, women and song, Remains a fool his whole life long.

KATHERINA

Tell me!  Why do I love you!

LUTHER

Because I love you.

KATHERINA

And have always treated me with the greatest of respect.

LUTHER

I can love no woman but my Katerina!

KATHERINA

Now and forever.

LUTHER

And I thank God every day that I have you.

A WEEK LATER THE LUTHER DINING ROOM

Luther is eating a huge meal as his wife serves him

LUTHER

I will have more potato cakes

KATHERINA

The sick monster has full recovered

LUTHER

Not quite

KATHERINA

You are eating like a hog

LUTHER

I think I’ll sleep

KATHERINA

Let me bring you the potato cakes.

LUTHER

I love to eat.

KATHERINA

Now eating too much will not be good for your indigestion.

LUTHER

I will also have some wiener schnitzel, dumplings, and cobbler.

KATHERINA

You are growing enormous.

LUTHER

I know.

KATHERINA

And I love you all the more for it.   Dinner is at six.

LUTHER

Why so late.

KATHERINA

I must visit the sick Dickey family.

LUTHER

Ah you will have a special place in heaven.

KATHERINA

I will be back in an hour.   Ursula is downstairs if you need anything

.

She exits. Luther falls asleep.     And we hear angelic voices in the background.  Then we Rock of ages in the background.   Then thunder and lightning. Then a short middle aged man walks in and taps him on the shoulder.

LUTHER

(Waking up)

Who are you.

MANNY

Why do you want to know?

LUTHER

You’re an intruder.

MANNY

That’s right.

LUTHER

Leave.

MANNY

All right.

He turns to leave.

LUTHER

Come back.

MANNY

Make up your mind.

LUTHER

You have the same face as that guy who was here last week.

LUTHER

I shall have you evicted from this room

MANNY

Fine.

LUTHER

Wait Are you not that same man who slipped in here last week.

MANNY

Maybe.

LUTHER

Get out!

MANNY

No.

LUTHER

You….

MANNY

Don’t say it.

LUTHER

I am a sick man. Leave me alone.

MANNY

All right   I’ll get out.

LUTHER

Come back.

MANNY

Make up your mind!

LUTHER

Come closer.

MANNY

Here, I am.

LUTHER

Have you come to lecture me on the squalid Jews?

MANNY

No I have not.

LUTHER

I will have you know that I love the Jews

MANNY

Why have you asked for their slaughter?

LUTHER

I love the Jews.

MANNY

Your treatise.  Sixty-four pages of the worst invective I have ever seen.

LUTHER

All to defend Gods kingdom

MANNY

Ha!

LUTHER

Do no mock me.

MANNY

HAVE IT YOUR WAY.

LUTHER

Now leave

MANNY

No

LUTHER

I said get out

MANNY

No

LUTHER

Jewish scoundrel.

MANNY

Jewish maybe.  Scoundrel. No

LUTHER

Why do you want to stay?

MANNY

I have no alternative

LUTHER

Why not?

MANNY

Ask no questions and you’ll get no lies

LUTHER

Do I hear noise outside?

MANNY

Answer your own questions

We hear the voices of five men and one woman

LUTHER

Who is it.

MANNY

I do not know.

LUTHER

Surely you do.

MANNY

Why should I.  Shall I admit them.

LUTHER

Please do.

Manny exits and enters with Jonathan Eck.

MANNY

Here is your first guest.

LUTHER

Am I seeing right.

MANNY

Yes.

LUTHER

The Bastard.

ECK

Martin Luther.  Martin  Luther!

LUTHER

We meet again.

ECK

Even in a dream

LUTHER

A nightmare.

ECK

Take your choice

LUTHER

Surely you are burning in hell.

ECK

I’m not even dead yet.

LUTHER

I am sure you are.

ECK

Oh Lustful man

LUTHER

Evil man that you are!

ECK

Once we were friends.

LUTHER

God’ light revealed who are.

ECK

I will die for God.

LUTHER

We will all die.

ECK

And you will burn in hell.

LUTHER

Come closer

ECK

Why?

LUTHER

I am going to kill you

ECK

You cannot.

LUTHER

Why am I so helpless?

ECK

Here we are all helpless.

LUTHER

Why?

ECK

We are in a dream?

LUTHER

Who knows.

ECK

Later

Eck (exits).

LUTHER

That Bastard.

MANNY

I have another visitor for you.,.

LUTHER

Who

MANNY

A king?

LUTHER

I am honored!

MANNY

You might also be upset.

LUTHER

I am a genteel man.

MANNY

Yes, Father.

LUTHER

Who is he

MANNY

Henry Plantagenet

LUTHER

What!

MANNY

Yes

LUTHER

That pig.

 

SCENE    LUTHER AND HENRY

We see Luther at his desk.  Suddenly a large man in a kingly outfit appears.

LUTHER

Well!   look who’s here

HENRY

Venomous serpent!

LUTHER

Looks like a fat version of the English Monarch

HENRY

I am here and pound of each pound, oh execrable mind.

LUTHER

I feel so honored by this powerful and murderous king.

HENRY

Evil minded man.

LUTHER

Did you not come to me as you proceeded to behead your first wife? Now you attack me again.

HENRY

You are a peasant.

LUTHER

And I have read Assertion

HENRY

And?

LUTHER

I do not believe you are the author of the work

HENRY

What!

LUTHER

Written by one of your hacks.

HENRY

No it was written by me

LUTHER

Thank you

HENRY

For what

LUTHER

These is something wonderful in a King of England having written against me.

HENRY

Do not it make you boast

LUTHER

May I make a comment about you?

HENRY

Please do Friar Luther

LUTHER

You are a shithead.

HENRY

Were this not a dream I would have you slain

LUTHER

Without justification

HENRY

Why!

LUTHER

If a King of England can spit forth his lying insults in my face, I have the right in self-defense to thrust them down his throat.

HENRY

I will not indulge in a pissing contest with a simple friar.  I am insulted in much about what you say, and especially your attack on Thomas Aquinas.

LUTHER

Wait a minute!    Did you not come to me when you were breaking with Rome, oh Defender of the Faith?

HENRY

Time is warped here.   Who are you to challenge the majestic tribunal of the Saints, the Fathers, and the Popes.

LUTHER

Ha!

HENRY

What can you expect that anybody should believe that nations acknowledge the superiority of a strange priest to whom they owe no allegiance?

LUTHER

Why have I succeeded so well?  I already have a million followers

HENRY

The work of the Devil.   Alas, the greediest wolf of hell has surprised you, devoured and swallowed you down into the lowest part of his belly where he lies half alive and half dead.

LUTHER

Are you not being carried away

HENRY

Oh unhappy man!  Do you not understand how far superior obedience is to sacrifice your will to men of God?

LUTHER

Perverted Leo

HENRY

You blaspheme

LUTHER

Oh defender of the faith. Have you not been excommunicated?

HENRY

In this dream we are all confused.

LUTHER

I understand that the pervert compared you to King Solomon.  Who had seven thousand wives and beheaded none of them.  You’ve had eight and beheaded half of them

HENRY

At last I meet the German monk.

LUTHER

I heard you were plump. I did not know you were obese.

HENRY

Oh Peasant Luther.   You are in the presence of a king.

LUTHER

Here we have no royalty. You look like a bear with a crown.

HENRY

Disrespectful.

LUTHER

If a king of England spits forth his insults in my path, I have the right in self-defense to thrust them down his throat.

HENRY

I say.  You are   an evil man.

LUTHER

So wonderful to have a king of England writing against me.

HENRY

You are loathsome.

LUTHER

You are a secondary monarch with no power to threaten me.

LUTHER

You have soiled a lot of clean paper.

HENRY

You skunk.

LUTHER

You have taught me to have even greater contempt for the high and the mighty.  You Are the worst scoundrels on earth.

HENRY

Be gone!  Oh Devil’s advocate

LUTHER

Who do I see in the background?

HENRY

I must go.

Thomas enters.

LUTHER

Who are you.

THOMAS MORE

Thomas More.

LUTHER

Ha!

THOMAS MORE

You laugh.

LUTHER

The man who hung you was just here.

THOMAS MORE

I am here to see you

LUTHER

I thank you

THOMAS MORE

For what?

LUTHER

For elevating me as did your king

THOMAS MORE

How?

LUTHER

Three hundred page called Responsio ad Lutherum

THOMAS MORE

Ah yes.  I did not attack you sufficiently

LUTHER

You called me a pig, a liar, an ape, a drunkard a buffoon, and a lousy little friar.

THOMAS MORE

And worse than that, you Your writings come from snippets you have gleaned in brothels, barns shops, taverns, whores.

LUTHER

I don’t visit brothels but I love taverns.

THOMAS MORE

So long as your reverend paternity is determined to tell these shameless lies, others should be permitted to throw back to your paternity’s shitty mouth, truly the shit-pool of all shit, all the   shit which your damnable rottenness has vomited up.

LUTHER

You miserable man.  No wonder poor Henry had you beheaded.  Now rot in hell.

THOMAS MORE

And you still believe in that nonsense about celibacy and marriage.  Attaching the sacred sacrament of marriage.

LUTHER

I love marriage.  There is no other route.  That is why I am married.

THOMAS MORE

You state that you do not believe in the sacrament that of marriage

LUTHER

That is right.  I believe in marriage and it is not a sacrament.

THOMAS MORE

Nonsense

LUTHER

Celibacy is not commanded in the Bible nor their marriage forbidden.  Indeed, the contrary is true.  Prohibition of priestly marriage is a sin. What idiocy!   The only reason your wanted marriage is to fulfill your lusts

LUTHER

That is right.  I say kiss and re-kiss your wife. Celibacy in which one is prey to devouring fires and to unclean ideas.   That unhappy   stage of a single person, male or female, reveals to me each hour of the day so many horrors,

THOMAS MORE

You blaspheme the writings of Augustine, Clement and all the great theologians of the church

LUTHER

But not Jesus of Nazareth.   A married life is a gift from God.    Female   companionship is an excellent antidote to a man’s melancholy.

THOMAS MORE

And you don’t consider marriage a sacrament.

LUTHER

A sacrament is a mystery, a secret rite and a visible sign of spiritual grace. Marriage is none of those

THOMAS MORE

Be damned Martin Luther

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SCENE   DREAM 4

Luther enters the room and a tall wiry man is seated at his desk.

LUTHER

Am I intruding.?

MYSTERY MAN

No, of course not.

LUTHER

You are seated in my chair.

MYSTERY MAN

I know that,

LUTHER

Can you have the decency to get up!

MYSTERY MAN

No.

LUTHER

What!

MYSTERY MAN

I am here.

LUTHER

I know that.

MYSTERY MAN

You have a sharp tongue

LUTHER

Look who’s calling the kettle black.

MYSTERY MAN

What can I do for you?

LUTHER

Go away.

MYSTERY MAN

No.

LUTHER

Go away!

MYSTERY MAN

Ha.

LUTHER

You heard my orders.

MYSTERY MAN

First I am not going to go away.  Second you can’t excommunicate me from your dreams.

LUTHER

Then who are you?

MYSTERY MAN

I’ll give you one hint.

LUTHER

Yes.

MYSTERY MAN

On second thought I better not.

LUTHER

Why?

MYSTERY MAN

It might frighten you.

LUTHER

Tell me.

MYSTERY MAN

O.K. Then.

LUTHER

Go ahead.

MYSTERY MAN

You once said you could kill me with a fart.

LUTHER

Get out!

MYSTERY MAN

You have no power over me

LUTHER

The Devil Himself.

MYSTERY MAN

Yes.  And I’m here to keep you company.

LUTHER

Get out of my sight.   You scoundrel.

MYSTERY MAN

Have you ever thought of farting to get rid of me?

LUTHER

Stop!

MYSTERY MAN

Kill me with a fart as you said!

LUTHER

I have in the past

MYSTERY MAN

At least, so you thought!

LUTHER

Just leave me alone.

MYSTERY MAN

No.

LUTHER

You torture me!

MYSTERY MAN

Only because you think of it that way.

LUTHER

Go away

MYSTERY MAN

Ok.  For a while.

LUTHER

I mean permanently.

MYSTERY MAN

Perhaps.  We agree on one thing.

LUTHER

What is that?

MYSTERY MAN

Martin Luther eats like a hog.

LUTHER

That is right.

MYSTERY MAN

And he farts like a hog too.

LUTHER

Go away!

MYSTERY MAN

Bye1

LUTHER

And do you have a name, Mystery Man.  Surely it must be Lucifer.

MYSTERY MAN

I don’t know which one of those lovey- dovey blubberers gave me that name.

LUTHER

What would you suggest?

MYSTERY MAN

O just call me Devon.

LUTHER

Be gone, Devon.

SCENE   DREAM 5

Peter, a tall man, faces Luther

PETER

Reverend Luther.

LUTHER

Yes

PETER

I pay my respects to you.

LUTHER

Do I know who you are?

PETER

No reason why you should.  But you presided over my death.

LUTHER

You have sinned.

PETER

How sir

LUTHER

You have rebelled against the civil authority.   You have tried to break down God’s order.

PETER

I only wanted to hunt and fish

LUTHER

You must be punished,

PETER

Why?

LUTHER

You have broken the law

PETER

How?

LUTHER

they had violated their oaths of loyalty to their rulers and were therefore subject to temporal punishment;

PETER

That is untrue

LUTHER

You had robbed, plundered, and murdered, and were subject to death in body and soul;

PETER

We want our rights.

LUTHER

they had committed their crimes under the cover of Christ’s name, thereby shamefully blaspheming God.

PETER

You will burn in hell.

LUTHER

You were e like a mad dog which had to be destroyed.

PETER

Have pity

LUTHER

The government has the God-given office to subdue the rebels with force, the only language they understood.

PETER

Please Sir.

LUTHER

Who­ever lost his life in suppressing this rebellion, Luther argues, is a martyr to the gospel.

PETER

May you rot.

Thomas Munscher enters

THOMAS MUNSCHER

Martin Luther!

LUTHER

Thomas Munscher!

THOMAS MUNSCHER

Martin Luther!  You killed me.

LUTHER

Not directly.   But I supported the leaders you tried to overthrow

THOMAS MUNSCHER

And you will have the blood of two hundred of God’s peasants on your hands.

LUTHER

So be it.

 

DREAM: AN HOUR LATER LUTHERS BEDROOM

Luther stands   We hear music.  Then we hear a mass and Leo the Tenth enters

LUTHER

Who is playing that diabolic music

LEO

Diabolic?

LUTHER

Who are you?

LEO

Surely, you recognize me

LUTHER

Ah come closer.

LEO

Here I am

LUTHER

The Devil himself.

LEO

No Christ’s representative on earth.

LUTHER

Ha

LEO

You will burn in hell.

LUTHER

You are the Anti-Christ.

LEO

How dare you.

LUTHER

You are the extravagant son of a notorious Renaissance family, Giovanni de’ Medici was made a cardinal at the age of 13 and became Pope Leo X at 38.

LEO

By God’s choosing!

LUTHER

You have been described as “a polished Renaissance prince,” and “a devious and double-tongued politician.”

LEO

I have always been attacked by the enemies of the church

LUTHER Pleasure-loving and easy-going, you went on a wild spending spree as soon as you ascended the papal throne.

LEO

Done for the people.

LUTHER

Expenses for your coronation festivities alone cost 100,000 ducats-one seventh of the reserve Your plans for rebuilding St. Peter’s Basilica were estimated to cost over a million ducats. Within two years as pope, you   squandered the fortune left by your equally corrupt predecessor a

LEO

Untrue

LUTHER

To keep up with your expenditures, his officials created more than two thousand saleable church offices during his reign. The estimated total profits from such offices have been estimated at three million ducats-but still they were not enough for Leo.

LEO

So false

LUTHER

The sale of indulgences provided you with yet another source of income. To pay for St. Peter’s, offset the costs of a war, and enable a young noble to pay for three offices to which you appointed him, the pope issued an indulgence for special sale in Germany.

LEO

I did what was right

LUTHER

May God have pity on your wretched soul.