Mining 'robber baron' Murray's biblical bullying dangerous and deplorable (Talibank thinking #6a)

Mining 'robber baron' Murray's biblical bullying dangerous and deplorable (Talibank thinking #6a)

Northwich : United Kingdom | Nov 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM PST
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American mining magnate Robert E. Murray's abuse of the Bible, using scripture to cloak his sacking of employees in pseudo-religious, political rationalizations and sentiments is as dangerous and deplorable as his attempt to blame President Barack Obama's energy policies for the sackings.

(This writer thinks it so deplorable and dangerous that it has prompted me to create a petition calling on Christian leaders in the US and around the globe to denounce Murray’s religious bullying in the strongest possible terms. See below.)

According to the Washington Post, Allvoices and other news sources the Murray Energy chairman and CEO quoted the Bible as he delivered a prayer - and pink slips - to employees of his Ohio-based company.

In his scandalously political, perversely "prayer" (snippets of which are included below) Murray purports to seek guidance "in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made."

This language is ominous, recalling the "lesser evil" logic and action that was proposed by a participant at a fundamentalist Christian political sumposium in London last November, as reported by this writer.

Subscribing to similar Anders-Behring-Breivik approximating, lunatic logic, the Talibank-style fossil fuel fanatic Murray has apparently chosen to disregard expert energy industry sources which blame the decline of coal on more cost-effective energy sources - like natural gas.

Rather than exploring wage reductions, shift shortening, job-sharing and other strategies that might keep his workers employed - while he transitions his company to another area of energy production, possibly - the fourth-generation miner Murray has instead chosen to engage (or ensnare) his employees and their families in an economic and industrial suicide mission.

And if anyone thinks 72-year-old Murray is above coercion and bullying, they may want to read a report by The New Republic which portrays Murray Energy as an enterprise based more on intimidation than inspirational leadership.

The article suggests that Murray's backing for Mitt Romney in his bid to unseat Obama was at the expense of Murray Energy employees' financial and other freedoms.

In this respect, at least, it demonstrates that Murray's prayerful concern about Americans turning "away from the idea of individual freedom and individual responsibility" is a bully's ruse intended to restrict his fellow Americans to behaviour consistent with his beliefs.

Fundamentally, the aricle demonstrates that Murray's concerns about Americans turning "way from capitalism, economic responsibility, and personal acceptance" are not so much prayerful as predatory.

The TNR article says of a television ad in which Romney appears with a crowd of Murray Energy employees at a political rally staged at the businessman’s Century Mine, in Beallsville, Ohio: "The crowd was not there of its own accord. Murray had suspended Century’s operations and made clear to workers that they were expected to attend, without pay."

And according to Wikipedia, “In October 2012, the non-profit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Murray and his company alleging violations of federal campaign law in which employees of Murray Energy were supposedly required to give one percent of their salary to the company's political action committee.”

Intriguingly, Allvoices writer Herbert Dyer Jr. has characterized Murray’s sacking of his employees and blaming of Obama as a response by America’s wealthy “one percent” to Obama’s re-election.

The global Occupy Movement, began in America with protests against the hoarding of the world’s wealth by powerful bankers, venture capitalists, industrialists like Murray and others.

And while reading the TNR article, readers may be struck by how much the intimidating, corrupt corporate culture it describes resembles that of Surinder Kandola's UK-based, multi-store Domino's Pizza franchize, DPGS – as described on Allvoices by this writer, who worked for DPGS for more than four years.

Small wonder perhaps, that Romney, the man who founded Bain Capital - the company which owns Domino's Pizza - was full of praise for Murray's company when he visited one of its mines during his ill-fated presidential campaign.

“I tell ya, you’ve got a great boss,” TNR reports Romney saying, as he acknowledges Murray at the Century Mine meeting. “He runs a great operation here,” the Republican candidate continued.

Apparently, Romney has accepted Murray’s explanation of the August 2007 Crandall Canyon Mine tragedy, in Utah - “Mormon country,” with which Romney would be quite familiar - when six miners were trapped.

According to Wikipedia, “Prior to the collapse, the Crandall Canyon Mine had received 64 violations and $12,000 in fines, magnitudes similar to other mines of this size in the United States.”

Romney perhaps accepts Murray’s view “the safety violations were trivial and included violations such as not having enough toilet paper in the restroom.”

The Bain Capital founder apparently sees no relevance in the reports of CNN and other news agencies which cite “troubling violations at other of Murray's operations, including his Illinois Galatia mine, “which had almost 3,500 safety citations in the prior two-and-a-half years” (Wikipedia).

Americans may have been spared Murray’s and Romney’s brand of “job creation," which seems comparable to voluntary, suicidal enslavement – reminiscent perhaps of the voluntary surrender of workers’ rights that David Cameron tabled at the English Conservative Party conference in England last month.

But the “robber bully” Murray’s behaviour suggests that while Americans may have dodged that bullet, they will now have to contend with “job destruction," which seems to be all Murray can offer when he doesn’t get his way.

More worrying still though, is the Donald Trump-like incitement dimension of Murray’s biblical bullying.

The prayer Murray read includes the biblical passage II Peter, Chapter 1, verses 4-9, which says, "To faith we are to add goodness; to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, kindness; to brotherly kindness, love."

But one gets the impression that Murray’s Romney-like, 47 percent-slander recalling reference to persons who voted for Barack Obama last week as “the takers” who rejected capitalism and freedom and voted for “redistribution” is intended to urge a type of “self control” that is more like that exercised by the lunatic Breivik – and his American counterpart Jared Loughner -- than the self-control we may expect of more soundly God-fearing Americans.

And Murray’s appeal via this prayer to other American youth is that much more pernicious and reprehensible.

That is why this writer has created a petition calling on Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders to denounce Murray’s deplorable abuse of the Bible in the strongest possible terms.

Murray’s prayer exemplifies the “terror of the Bible” that I have been campaigning against for almost 20 years.

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Robert E. Murray read a passage from the New Testament around the same time he told his coal company employees that he would have to fire them because President Obama had been re-elected. (Images: Microsoft)
Junior Campbell is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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