The Story of the Liberty Gene
February 19, 2009
"I am almost finished making you, except for inserting one last gene,”
says God to man.
"Yes Lord, can’t wait to get on my way,” replies man.
"Now, since I like you, I will give you a choice in this very important
last component. Do you want the gene that automatically conducts your
life—the Reflex Gene; one that would make most of your decisions for
you—the Instinct Gene; or, the gene that would empower you to make just
about all your decisions yourself—the Liberty Gene?” asks God.
"Lord, since you are, out of your infinite kindness, giving me a choice
in this vital matter, can I have the gene that would give me absolute
control over my own affairs? If not, I would settle for the Liberty
Gene,” says man.
"I can see you are already scheming. No, you can’t have anything
absolute. All absolutes are restricted to me. All my creations,
including you, are only relative,” says the Lord.
"Sure Lord. I understand that everything about you is absolute,
infinite, and perfect. But no harm in asking, is there Lord?” says man.
"An impudent wise jackass, aren’t you? I see that I am about to make the
first mistake of my life by creating you,” the Lord says shaking his
pointer at him.
"Forgive me Lord. I didn’t mean it the way you are taking it,”
"I also see that you are using your deceptive faculty on me. No dice
little fellow. Remember that I see everything that goes on in your head
as well as in your heart. Don’t play games with me, ever,” says the
"Yes Lord. For some reason I felt since you have given it to me, I might
as well use it. Otherwise why have it? But, you are right. You are
always right and there are no the exceptions. With you, I need be
absolutely forthright and honest,” man says meekly.
"I see that you are using another one of your faculties. You are
buttering me up,” says God with an amused voice.
"But Lord, then why am I required to pray to you and thank you for
everything? I can’t tell the difference. What is praying and what is
buttering up?” pleads man.
"I knew all along that I would have endless trouble with you and it is
starting right this minute. But that’s the main reason I am creating
you, anyway. It is no fun just having everything run on pre-determined
programs. I need some excitement, some unpredictability, and even some
challenges to liven my life,” says the Lord.
"Lord, getting back to the offer, it thrills me to be able to make most
of my own decisions. I think if some excitement, unpredictability and
challenges are good for my Lord, then they are definitely good for me
too. I can’t thank you enough for offering me the Liberty Gene,” says
"Right, everything that is good for me may be good for you, but it is
not for you. Don’t you ever forget that. I am God and the only God. I am
making you in my image, but I am not making you my own double. There is
a big difference. You understand?” admonishes God.
"I certainly do Lord. Thank you Lord,” says man.
"The Liberty Gene is a most precious possession. Many will aim to rob
you of it and by so doing add to their own power, while transforming you
to a mere robot. You need be vigilant and guard it with your very life.
Beware of three kinds of people: charlatans, demagogues, and
politicians. And more often than not someone will rise who is all three
of these characters wrapped into one,” God says.
"Lord, that’s a great heads up. I deeply appreciate the warning. But,
please tell me how I can tell a false claimant from a true one,” man
"By their fruit shall ye know them,” God replies.
"Lord, you know that I am not smart enough to understand this metaphor.
Would you, in your infinite kindness, spell it out for me?” says man.
"If I spell it out for you fully, it would be in violation of the
Liberty Gene’s prerogatives. The best I can do is to give you a few
pointers: Anyone who claims special privileges and status for himself,
makes outlandish promises and threats, pits one people against another,
and causes bloodshed among people, fits the bill. The most dangerous of
these malevolent is anyone who falsely claims to be my emissary,” says
"Lord, thank you. That’s helpful,” says man
"Also keep in mind that the bargain you make with me will hold not only
for you, but for all your descendents who will inhabit the planet earth.
I must warn you before you make your final selection that making a deal
with me is called ‘covenant.’ And covenants with me are irrevocable,”
"Thanks Lord. You are so good to me. I don’t know how I can repay you
for all this kindness. Obviously I can’t since you have it all. But,
I’ll worship you and pray to you in adoration, if that’s pleasing to
you, Lord,” Says man.
"Praying is fine. But knowing you, you’ll use praying to butter me up
and ask me for things. Nothing doing. Once you’re on your own, you’re on
your own. Don’t you forget it,” says the Lord.
"Yes Lord. I and all my future descendents will be forever grateful to
your kindness and generosity, for allowing us to be somewhat masters of
our own destiny, rather than be like some of our close relatives who are
still arboreal and very hairy to boot,” says man.
It wasn’t the forbidden apple he ate that doomed man. It was his dumb
decision to choose the gene with the greatest latitude for making
decisions since he failed to also ask the Lord for a top of the shelf
gene for wisdom to guide him in making choices. Numberless harebrain
decisions as well as outright malevolent ones knit a web of misery for
man, over time. The litany of the suffering that befell man is
In tight spots, time and again people conveniently would ignore their
covenant with God. They would turn to him as if he was their
fix-it-all—their Good Man Friday. They also would forget that he could
see in their heads and hearts, when they submitted to him lengthy wish
lists in the guise of praying to him. Before long, prayers became little
more than buttering God up and asking him for things and favors.
Time and again, the Lord remained faithful to his part of the covenant
and ignored the people’s insistence for violating the original compact
in their favor so that they could make all the stupid decisions that
they wanted and let God clean up the mess in their individual and
The Lord couldn’t be played. He wouldn’t budge. But, people continued in
their schemes to make the Lord violate or at least amend the covenant.
Flattery, they figured could possibly work. So, they invented prayers, a
subtle subterfuge for a shopping list for the Lord. Long before the
advent of the Internet and E-mail, people used Gmail—sending missives to
the Lord’s mailbox by means of the Ethernet.
And it was this state of affairs that made it ripe for the rise of the
very same people that God warned man about, the charlatans, the
demagogues and the politicians. These frauds popped up all over the
world, presented themselves as answers to peoples’ Gmail and solutions
to their problems. And we all know how these miscreants, in the forms of
individuals, groups or even governments compounded humanity’s problems
rather than solving them.
People wouldn’t give up and mend their ways. Instead, they resorted to
cunning and everything they could think of to cajole the Lord to do
things for them. They built numberless cathedrals, mosques and temples
with lavish ornaments in attempts to lure the Lord in and hear their
supplications up close. Again, nothing worked.
Desperate situations spawn desperate measures. And God, not coming to
the aid of the people, forced many to turn to other sources with dire
results. Just a few recent cases of this tragic misstep should warn us
to heed the Lord’s original advice and not be victimized in the future
* From the primitive land of the Arabian Peninsula of over 14 centuries
ago rose Muhammad, an illiterate hired hand of a rich widow Khadija,
claiming that he was the bearer of a perfect life prescription from
God—the Quran. He claimed humanity could do no better than to follow its
precepts as well as to emulate Muhammad’s own life example for a
guarantee of bliss and salvation. In exchange for this, people must
embrace Islam—surrender—by surrendering their Liberty to Muhammad.
Question: Why would the All-Wise Lord choose an illiterate
desert-dweller, of all the people in the world, to be his messenger? Why
choose a man who couldn’t read or write, a man who, over the course of
20 years, claimed to be receiving periodic revelations from God and had
to rely on others who could write to jot down his recollections? These
recollections were recorded as the word-for-word literal utterances and
commandments of God. Furthermore, a dozen versions of the book of Allah,
the Quran, turned up and a fallible Caliph selected one of them and had
the rest burned. Burning books has ever since been a companion to
But again, those are the ways of the Lord and to none is given the right
to question them. Being the impudent person that I am, I will run the
risk of asking a follow-up question.
Question: Would the same Lord who gave man the Liberty Gene unilaterally
violate his covenant by sending an emissary to take away peoples’
precious gift at the point of the sword?
In no time at all, the savages of Arabia, allured by the win-win promise
of Muhammad—you kill you get the booty from your victims in this
world—you get killed and your abode will be the unimaginably glorious
sensuous paradise of Allah—sword-in-hand, sallied forth to lands near
* From the "civilized” land of Germany rose a syphilitic lout who called
on the German people to surrender their Liberty to him in exchange for a
surefire solution to all their economic and social ills. He successfully
portrayed the Jews as the main cause of the nation’s suffering. Before
long, the masses of gullible easy-solution seekers formed long lines in
towns and villages of the land, tripping over each other in eagerness to
surrender their Liberty to the savior Fuhrer.
The German people blindly subscribed to the Nazi’s promises of economic
revival, restoration of German pride, and the establishment of supremacy
for the Aryan race. In a blink, hordes of rabid Brown Shirts fanned the
length and the breadth of the land hunting the Jews. The fire of
anti-Jew mania quickly expanded to devour Gypsies, non-Christians in
general, the physically or mentally handicapped, the homosexuals and
The genocidal Hitler found it expedient to overlook some of the
"despicable” Semitic people—the Arabs—by affording the Grand Mufti of
Haj Amin al-Husseini, a fellow Jew-hater, a most effusive welcome to
There is hardly a need to document the horrors of the Nazi episode here,
where a charlatan managed to hoodwink a nation, rob the people of their
liberty and cause so much death and destruction.
*It is unthinkable that an ancient nation—Iran—with a distinguished
history, allowed a high order demagogue, Ayatollah Khomeini, to rally
the people against the Shah with promises of rule for the people and
justice for all. The long-suffering Iranians of all strata readily
surrendered their liberty to the turbaned bigot and his gang of
In Iran, wishful thinking people saw the "holy man of Allah” as an
answer to prayer. The fanatic Muslims perceived him as the one who would
revive the flagging fortunes of the faith of Muhammad and pave the way
for the much-anticipated advent of the
Saheb-ul-Zaman (the Lord of the Age.) The secularists hoped for
freedom from the yoke of the Shah’s dictatorship. Religious and ethnic
minorities dreamed of a time when unscrupulous power brokers would no
longer victimize them.
Gullibility was not limited to the Iranians who swelled the ranks of the
fraud. On the other side of the world, the President of the United
States of America—the Lusting in the heart Carter—saw Khomeini as a
saint and a savior.
Carter provided the crucial support to the man whose greatest claim
to the rank of the Grand Ayatollah was his lengthy dissertation on
matters concerning sexual
intercourse with animals.
No sooner had this fraud of Allah ascended to power than the Iranians of
all strata began to pay the price - tens of thousands with their lives -
for the folly of letting the three-in-one Ayatollah make decisions for
them, the three-in-one that God warned man about.
For over thirty years the Iranian people have been paying for the
tragedy that has befallen them. And that’s not where it ends. Khomeinism
is the fire that is spreading beyond the borders of Iran. Khomeinism is
a recent violent version of Islam’s Shiism. Islam means surrender.
Surrender to the will and dictates of Allah as revealed by Mohammad.
A true Muslim does not and cannot believe in liberty. Everything is up
to Allah, so says Mohammad. Everything that a Muslim does is contingent
upon the will and decree of Allah. It is for this reason that the phrase
ensha-Allah (Allah willing) always accompanies any promise or
commitment that a believer makes. By embracing Muhammad as the unerring
and eternal emissary of Allah, a Muslim surrenders his liberty to decide
The Muslims’ surrender of Liberty is not merely a matter of personal
choice. The Muslims, having abandoned their most precious rights, are
out to make all non-Muslims also do so, by hook or crook. It is said
that misery loves company. And the type of misery that Islam has visited
on the Muslims and the Islamic lands is a rapidly spreading plague that
must be resisted by all who cherish their God-given Liberty.
A Personal Note
me, I am with the people who guard their Liberty even in the face of
death. I am with the people of
Masada who committed mass suicide rather than submit their necks to
the yoke of Roman slavery. I am with
Sattar Khan and thousands of other honorable Iranians who defended
Liberty in the face of death. I echo Patrick Henry’s cry: Give me
liberty or give me death. Life without liberty is living death.