SCENE 6. BLOOD OF THE LAMB FLOWS IN THE STREETS

    

BLOOD  OF  THE  LAMB  FLOWS  IN  THE  STREETS

 By Stephen Edward Seadler

    

This essay penetrates the deep structure of Violence inherent in and destined to destroy Abrahamic Civilization in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism.  For, Nuclear Bombs are the only true weapons of mass destructon — capable of destroying whole societies, including our own — and terrorist nations and transnational terrorist organizations will soon have them. In so penetrating, the essay discovers and provides the principles and measures essential to prevent that terminal Catastrophe, and beyond that, to slay the Hydra of War, and build genuine Defenses of Peace for the first time. All told, the world has here the essential, compact magnum opus for success in this paramount enterprise. Although the focus is on Abrahamic Civilization, that is, the civilization comprising societies that trace their religious foundations back to Abraham, namely, Judaic, Christian, and Islamic societies, the fundamental principles and practices are applicable beyond those bounds to all Mankind.  

 

“Blood…Blood…Blood of the Lamb…Blood of God’s only begotten Son…Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ…Blood of the Lamb,…” So went the bloody Good Friday service at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, an occasion commemorating the Crucifixion of Yeshua, the Hebrew Rabbi, who, with his eleven Jewish and one non-Jewish (Luke) disciples was forming a new sect within Judaism that would come to be called Christianity. A bloody service commemorating a particular instance of a once widespread savage act among hominids on planet Earth: the sacrifice of a live animal or human being to propitiate a god. Since that Crucifixion the Blood of the Lamb has flowed evermore, from the autos-da-fé of inquisitions to the streets of local and national persecutions and wars — currently in the streets and rubble of Iraq, a 20th Century creation where some seven thousand years ago stood ancient Mesopotamia.

I knew when I walked out of that Mass into the broad daylight of bustling Fifth Avenue, New York, 30 years ago, that some day I would have to deal with that problem in addition to those I had been dealing with for so long: Marxism-Leninism, Shinto-Tanakaism, Fascism, and Naziism, in developing a new social science and philosophy to deal explicitly with malignant ideologies in societal, national and international affairs.

I had known that religionism had been a major force in oppressions and wars throughout history. And that in the 20th Century it had been a major component of Reichism II, the ideology of the Second Reich that led inexorably to World War I. And that Nazi ideology had been the major component of Reichism III, the ideology of the Third Reich, the Thousand Year Reich, The Thousand Camps Reich, that drove World War II, and that Naziism in turn had been driven and rooted in Martin Luther’s fierce authoritarianism and virulent anti-Jewishism (racism and anti-Semitism hadn’t been invented yet). And that Islamic ideology drove and legitimated the Islamic ethnocide of Armenians at the turn of the century. And that Catholic ideology drove and legitimated the Catholic-generated Rwandan ethnocide at the end of the century. And that in that century as well as those before it Christianity had been the consistent generator of hatred, oppression and war. But I dared not tackle that problem head on, for society would quickly crush me and all the valuable work I had built up before it could be brought to fruition. The Christianist reactions would be worse than they had been for America’s revolutionary firebrand and ideological founding father, Thomas Paine.

But now Religionism is the problem — so hugely and lethally so that societies and nations are destined to be decimated and destroyed by it — unless something extraordinary is done to prevent that. Therefore, knowing what I know and skilled at what I have developed I am now duty-bound, obligated, to say what needs to be said in the way it needs to be said, loud and clear. Also, this is a message whose time has come. The times of pious platitudes and frauds are ebbing. The time has arrived for truth to flow.

Religionist Violence is like the Hydra of ancient Greek mythology: a giant monster with nine (the count varies) tentacles at the end of each of which there was a big menacing head, with the center head alleged to be immortal. One of the 17 ‘labors’ assigned to Hercules was to kill that monster, which he undertook with the help of Iolaus. But each time they cut off a head two more grew in its place. They therefore fought to reach the center head, and when they reached it and cut it off the monster died. That is what we must do: find the center head of Religionist Violence…and cut it off.

Ironically, this essay, this Message to the World, this Nuntius Orbi in the ancient and still universal language of Latin, is being written to the background music of Agnus Dei, a collection of Agnus Dei’s by Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, J.S.Bach, Mozart, Fauré and others. The Agnus Dei, the acclamation addressed to Christ, the Lamb of God, forms part of the Catholic Mass and Requiem Mass. Its words form a threefold acclamation of “Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, Miserere nobis” — “Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.” Musically it is the most beautiful part of the Mass, a service that has occasioned some of the greatest music ever created; for instance the Masses and Requiems by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.

The saga of Agnus Dei is enormously instructive and contains the essential cues for developing true Peace on Earth. For, that mythology is the Central Head of the Hydra of Religionist Violence in Abrahamic Civilization.

The saga begins in ancient Mesopotamia, especially in its region called Sumer, which gestated a variety of pagan myths and religions. Some of those migrated to the ancient Israelites in Canaan, who created their own pagan religions from them. Over much time the pagan Sumerian Israelite religions absorbed elements of other Bronze Age myths and evolved into a relatively coherent monotheistic religion among tribes in Judea which came to be called Judaism. It was a wholly man-made evolutionary pagan-based creation, and any semblance of divinity in its origins was provided by its own mythology, as documented by the cultural anthropology of those peoples, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts discovered in pottery storage jars in caves near Qumran between 1947 and 1956. Archaeological investigations near Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, have revealed that the area was a major cult center 8,000 years before the time of Jesus. Knowledge about the mythological pagan and cult origins and evolution of Judaism is generally suppressed because the divinity of Christianity depends on the divinity of its parent religion, Judaism.

Over centuries the Hebrew writings were edited and selected into a single volume that we call the Old Testament (OT). If we bear in mind the savage Bronze Age origins of those writings we should not be surprised at the savagery and paganism in the OT, such as occurrence of the word ‘blood’ 307 times, always in the sense of bloodshed.

Most importantly, the fundamental savagery begins in Genesis, in the first 15 verses of Chapter 4. In that brief span at the very beginning of Western Civilization’s most holy, foundational text, the authors provide a prescription for bloodletting that was further developed in Genesis, in the rest of the Old Testament, in the New Testament, and in the Koran, and became the primary paradigm for two thousand years of slaughter.

In those 15 verses, the very first children in Biblical cosmology, the brothers Cain and Abel, sons, according to myth, of the God-made first man and woman, Adam and Eve, undertook the savage pagan rite of making an offering to a God, now the God. Cain, a tiller of the ground, made a peaceful, bloodless offering of the fruit of the ground and his tilling. Abel, a keeper of sheep, made the blood offering of a slaughtered animal, in this case a sheep, a rite inherited from the pagan Israelite religions out of which Judaism evolved. As typical among pagan traditions, God chose the blood offering, and had no respect for Cain’s offering. Cain became furious and slew Abel, thereby committing the first murder. God then put a mark on Cain to protect him. In addition to those Judaic precedents of the holy sanction of blood offerings and murder, the fact that Abel had offered from “the firstlings of his flock” set the further precedent of offering: the slaughter of a lamb.

We skip over the other God-driven mayhem in Genesis, to join popular bewilderment at Chapter 22, The offering of Isaac. In this famous chapter, God said unto Abraham, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of those mountains which I will tell thee of.” Abraham proceeded as instructed, until, with knife in hand held over his bound son, an angel of the Lord came to him and called it off. Then Abraham beheld and caught a ram [male sheep], “and offered him up for a burnt-offering in the stead of his son.” In reward, the Lord blessed Abraham, and restated and confirmed the Abrahamic Covenant, “because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

Again the inherited pagan savage tradition of blood offering to propitiate a god that demands to be feared and obeyed is reaffirmed, and in so doing that the blood shall be that of a sheep is also reaffirmed — all at the very beginning of the religious fount of Western Civilization.

In Jewish tradition it became customary to slaughter and eat lamb on the first day of Passover, the festival that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The Hebrew word for Passover is Pesach, which has the shorter variant Pasch, which has come to mean Easter as well as Passover. Hence, that first-day lamb is called the paschal lamb.

It came to pass that the tradition of blood-offering a slaughtered lamb became combined with the Abraham-Isaac legend of blood-offering a son. The resultant combination became the requirement that God offer his one and only son Yeshua (his original Hebrew name, which translates to ‘Jesus’) as a sacrifice to propitiate Himself for Mankind’s sinfulness. Furthermore, in keeping with Jewish tradition and Yeshua being Jewish, Yeshua became perceived as the Paschal Lamb. Hence, the Paschal Lamb has come to signify any of the symbolic representations of Jesus as a lamb, called in Christian terminology the Agnus Dei, ‘Lamb of God’ in Latin.  For instance, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  [John, 1:29, New Testament]

Thus, in the foregoing Judaeo-Christian legend, it was essential and predetermined that Yeshua, claiming to be the Son of God, would be blood-sacrificed as an offering by God to God. Whoever performed the sacrifice would be performing the longstanding will of God. Historically it was secular, governmental operation. Jewish authorities cooperated with the Romans because Yeshua was a threat to established Jewish authority and doctrine, while the Romans wanted Jesus because he was a dangerous rebel and leader of a movement that threatened Roman regional security, and therefore must be found and executed by their standard method of execution: crucifixion, whereas the Jewish method was stoning. But Christian mythology goes far beyond the historical realities, and uses them to reify the sacrificial mythology that started in Genesis. Christianity is thus deeply and fundamentally rooted in the most bloody pagan savagery, carried out by Roman soldiers in accordance with Roman orders under Roman edict.

Worse yet, but inevitably, blood became the medium of redemption and remission of  ‘sin’ among men themselves.

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?…neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood and testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and with0ut the shedding of blood is no remission. — Hebrews, Chapter 9, New Testament, with verse numbers omitted, format condensed, and emphasis supplied.

The extension of man-god bloodshed relations to man-man bloodshed relations we call paschalism.  Such is the genesis and substance of the Judaeo-Christian Core Ideology of Violence.  The central head of the Hydra.

Crucifixions were commonplace in ancient Rome, where main avenues were lined with men dead and dying on crosses. What made this one special was the claim that the man crucified was the Son of God, which is declared by the legend of the Nativity. However, modern anthropology of the period, archaeological findings, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, advanced historical techniques and computer-based exegeses, thoroughly undermine the veracity of that legend. However, it would enormously expand the length of this essay to attempt to present those findings. Therefore, we refer the reader to two popular presentations of much of that scholarship, albeit packaged in the aura and sentiment of conventional Christian faith: <> The cover story “SECRETS OF THE NATIVITY” in TIME magazine, and <> The cover story “The Birth of JESUS” in Newsweek — both in the December 13, 2004 editions.

However, even if the man crucified were clearly only a human prophet, the Crucifixion could still be made to serve as the foundation of Christianity if the dead man had been resurrected. Resurrection is the sine qua non, the essential foundation, for the creation of Christianity, and for validation of the ideology of bloodshed sketched above. That, too, has been exhaustively researched by modern means. Methods, findings, analyses and opinions concerning the Resurrection were presented and critiqued by a multitude of researchers, academics, clerics and experts in an hour-long special edition of the television program 20/20 on ABC News, May 20, 2005. Transcripts are available. Some points are provided here:

As the crucifixion approached, Jesus’ disciples did not evidence much faith in his being the son of God or a messiah: they fled when Roman soldiers were closing in, and Peter lied to them, saying he did not know Jesus. Of Jesus’ 12 disciples, only John appeared at the crucifixion. The crucifixion was a catastrophe for them. They had hoped that he would be the messiah who would deliver Israel, and bring the kingdom of God. Instead he was captured and crucified by Roman soldiers, and now dead, just like the many other ordinary mortals that Pontius Pilate had had crucified.. Then, suddenly and most mysteriously, those same men emerged a few days later and proclaimed that Jesus had risen from the dead. For millennia people have been arguing about what really happened in those days.

The morning after Jesus was alleged to have been left in the tomb, it is said that his women followers returned to the tomb to prepare his body for burial, but found the tomb empty. It was presumed by many that his Jewish disciples stole his body, and by others that he had been resurrected, for resurrection was commonly believed in at the time. But there is no evidence or scriptural description as to what had been done with his body after crucifixion, or specifically that Jesus had been placed in that or any tomb. The Christians completely failed to mark or declare where he had been buried. This and other omissions, contradictions, ambiguities.and confusions among accounts of the times has led many scholars to question the whole account of the burial of Jesus as simply made up by the Gospel writers thirty years later, when the Gospels were written, to promote their cause. There is serious doubt and debate even as to the site of the crucifixion itself.

While there is predominant, but not unanimous, agreement among scholars that the tomb was empty, there is no clue let alone agreement on what happened to the body. And that is critical. For, if the body had been found there would be no Christian church today. Therefore, it was vital to the disciple’s cause that the body not be found. The Christian Jews said the tomb was empty because Jesus had been resurrected, while the other Jews said the tomb was empty because the disciples stole the body. Roman practice was to drop crucified criminals’ bodies into a common criminals pit, and Jesus had been declared a criminal by the Romans under Roman law. So, the pit was the most likely end.

But profusion of confusion and ambiguities undermine the ‘resurrection’ story, too. Central to that is whether those who were reported to have claimed to have ‘seen’ the risen Jesus ‘saw’ him physically or apparitionally, whether his ‘appearances’ were physical or illusional, whether the claimants were hallucinating. There is no description of the resurrection in the gospels. We don’t really know what it actually looked like. There is no account of what actually happened in that tomb. So we have no evidence whatsoever, or even recorded cues, regarding ‘appearances.’

We do know that in those times it was commonplace to ‘explain’ or embellish phenomena or claimed phenomena by recourse to mythopoeia, the making of myths. And we know that the notion of physical resurrection, to occur at the end of time, was believed by first-century Jews, as laid out in the Jewish Book of Daniel. The kind of resurrection body that the gospels talk about suggests not a physical body as we know it, but, rather what we call a visionary experience. The Gospel writers, dispirited and defeated, simply went back home, and decades later wrote of their dreams or visions. The first accounts, however, were not written by the Gospel writers but by Paul, who wrote in Greek that Jesus ‘appeared’ to various disciples. But ’appeared’ in Greek referred to ‘some sort of vision.’ In that world if you had a dream or vision at night it was assumed to be real. And if it was real to you you think mythically, you reach for myth. In the context of a crucifixion it becomes a ‘religious experience’ — driven by the desire to believe that for oneself the grave is not the end.

For an excellent, scholarly and readable exposition of the whole story, From Jesus to Christ / The First Christians, visit the Public Broadcasting System series at:

 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/

Today, 2,000 years later, two billion Christians accept the ‘resurrection’ story in some form as an article of faith, which is belief in a proposition for which there is no evidence or even possibility of empirical evidence, or in this case, even consistent, rational accounts containing at least internal ‘evidence’ or credibility. On the contrary, there is nothing. But faith. On that basis, anything can be accepted as valid. Such as the occult ideology called Naziism.

The result is a New Testament with 94 references to blood, which, added to the aforementioned 307 references in the Old Testament, results in a Bible containing 401 references to blood — all in the context of bloodshed.

Upon those mythical and bloody foundations Mohammad created his Qur’an, or Koran. Although he claimed that the work had been dictated to him over time in a cave by the Hebrew angel Gabriel, which he claimed to have remembered verbatim and later dictated to scribes, there is not a scintilla of evidence supporting that utterly incredible claim, while there is enormous documentary evidence that Mohammad together with his Jewish and Christian, primarily Jewish, friends and colleagues wrote the Koran, a wholly secular work with no divinity whatsoever in that process, in which, inasmuch as he was completely illiterate, he dictated to scribes, whose transcriptions he could never proof-read for fidelity to his dictations. Over the years since his death the Koran was re-transcribed into various dialects, resulting in major variations, so that we have no certainty as to what he originally dictated. Much of that documentation from classical and modern Koranic scholarship is provided in this writer’s book TERROR WAR AND PEACE: With De-Sanctification of Jihad, which is available for perusal at http://terror1.com .

The result is a Koran as bloody as the two Testaments upon which Mohammad based it, and which he declared to be the third and correct Testament, superseding the first two. Some sample passages are provided below from the classic Sale translation, which first appeared in 1734:

  …also when thy Lord spoke unto the angels, saying…I will cast dread into the hearts of the unbelievers. Therefore strike off their heads, and strike off all the ends of their fingers…And think not that the unbelievers have escaped God’s vengeance, for they shall not weaken the power of God. Therefore, prepare against them what force ye are able, and troops of horse, whereby ye may strike terror into the enemy of God, and your enemy, and into other infidels beside them…And if they incline unto peace, do thou too also incline thereto…But if they seek to deceive thee [I.e., they still refuse to become believers] verily God will be thy support…O prophet, stir up the faithful to war…It hath not been granted unto any prophet, that he should possess captives, until he had made a great slaughter of the infidels of the earth. (Surah VIII)

And fight for the religion of God against those who fight against you, but transgress not by attacking them first…And kill them wherever ye find them…for temptation to idolatry is more grievous than slaughter. (Surah II)

But the recompense of those who fight against God and his apostles, and study to act corruptly in the earth, shall be…slain, or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on the opposite sides, or shall be banished from the Land. (Surah V)

 …kill the idolators wheresoever ye shall find them, and take them prisoners, and besiege them, and lay wait for them in every convenient place. (Surah IX)

There is much more, but this should suffice for present purposes.  In practice the Koran has transmogrified into a variety of virulent, violent, hate-filled sects and their filming of kidnapped, terrified, hogtied civilians having their heads sawed off with a butcher’s knife and showing the films on jihadi television stations and websites and selling them on DVDs. And into 9/11. And Darfur. And strenuous efforts continue towards translating the Koran into the most horrifically savage scenario possible: Nuclear Bombing. See http://terror2.com “There is but one God…Allah is his name…and Mohammad is his Prophet. Blessed be unto Allah the Merciful.”

There we have it: The three bloody Testaments, the three bloody secular Bronze Age mythologies that comprise the foundations of Abrahamic Civilization in the 21st century since the crucifixion of the alleged man-god, the agnes dei, the sacrificial lamb of god, to propitiate the man-made Elohim, God, Allah. Consequently, in Abrahamic Civilization, now as for the past two thousand years: the blood of the lamb flows in the streets.

In the Judaeo-Christian world, or Western Civilization, the requisite underlying ignorance and fundamentalism is most severe in the United States, where the population, the presently predominant political Party, and the President, appear to be the most ignorant, scientifically illiterate, superstitious, and incompetent in all of the First World, or industrial, nations. There are many dimensions to this. In overview, this President, his Party and their political base have taken this nation, born of the Enlightenment, backwards down into the depths of the Endarkenment. But we limit ourselves here to matters of War/Peace. Such ignorance, however, is directly relevant to that, as we shall now see.

According to an article in the October 8, 2005, “APS [American Physical Society] News”

Gallup polls taken during the past 20 years consistently show a plurality (45% in February 2001) of Americans agreeing with the statement: “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.”

Our nation is paying a heavy price for having failed to teach students critical thinking skills, reasoning, and good science for several generations. The consequences are appalling science illiteracy among most Americans. In a 2000 NSF [National Science Foundation] survey, about half the respondents did not know: <> The earliest humans did not live at the same time as dinosaurs. <> It takes Earth one year to go around the sun. <> Electrons are smaller than atoms. <> Antibiotics do not kill viruses.

One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around Earth.

To the foregoing we should add that almost all Americans have no idea what “theory” means in the context of science, and vast numbers of them — ordinary citizens, teachers, ministers and congressmen — negate the Theory of Evolution because “it is only a theory” — thereby exhibiting fundamental ignorance of the fact that “theory” is the form in which all mathematics and science exist, such as probability theory, real number theory, kinetic theory of gases, electromagnetic theory, elementary particle theory, quantum theory, theory of relativity, string theory, and so on and on. The essential distinction in the true sciences is between established theories, that is, theories that have been established by empirical evidence, proof, and those that have not been established. Evolution is one of the very most established theories in all of science. “Creationism” and “Intelligent Design,” which have so captured many religious fundamentalists in America, are not science at all, and are not only not established by any scientific criteria, but are incapable of becoming so. Since those speculations rely on supernatural agencies to explain natural phenomena they are nothing more than occultisms. Such widespread occultism is dangerous.

For brevity we may call people holding such occultist views and characterized by the foregoing ignorance and beliefs, especially paschalism, troglodytes

In the U.S. that category includes the President [George W Bush], most of his Party, and his political base. Additionally, he has actually declared that God has willed. that he be President at this time, and that he is doing God’s will, which he determines by direct consultation with that higher authority. In that, he is reminiscent of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of the Second Reich, the German Empire:

 “The Reichstag possessed few powers…The throne had the power — by divine right. As late as 1910 Wilhelm II could proclaim that the royal crown had been ‘granted by God’s Grace alone and not by parliaments, popular assemblies and popular decision….Considering myself as instrument of the Lord,’ he added, ‘I go my way.’” — William L Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, p 140.

Within four years his way led straight to World War I via Reichism II, the ideology of Wilhelmian Germany that drove it to seek that war. It was concocted after Bismarck became Prime Minister of Prussia in 1862, and later Chancellor of the German Empire. From the philosophies of Kant, Fichte and Hegel and an aggressive sense of Christian mission as well as racial superiority, he and the Junkers forged the prototype of modern, aggressive, religio-secular national ideologies, which in this case affirmed the partially secular, partially divine right and duty of the German people to dominate the world by force and a special morality.

The Divine Authority of the U.S. President is compounded by the fact that the woman who has been his foreign affairs mentor since his 2000 election campaign, his director of the National Security Council, his continued foreign affairs mentor, and now his Secretary of State, has no science literacy, is the daughter of a Christian minister, and has been reported to be intensely Christianist. All told, this President has morphed the United States of America into The Chosen Nation with himself as its Prophet. That is very dangerous domestically and internationally.

The present primary and overwhelming consequence of all of the foregoing is that blood of the lamb flows in the streets of Iraq.  At the time of this writing that bloodshed includes more than 2,100 American troops killed and more than 10,000 wounded, many horrifically mained, and more than 30,000 Iraqi men, women and children killed plus untold more maimed — plus further consequences that the American President feels sanctimoniously legitimate in thus bloodily spreading ‘democracy’ among the nations of the Middle East by force and violence and perhaps invasion at will — his Will-of-God Will — perceived as legitimating and perhaps requiring Biblical massive bloodshed — all supported by his troglodyte political base.

That base includes millions of Evangelicals, who believe fiercely not only in messianism but in the apocalyptic millenarianism of the last book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse, or Book of Revelation, written by a lone, delusional man named John on the island of Patmos, a Roman penal colony to which he had been sentenced because of his Christian faith — then still predominantly an upstart rebel Jewish sect. He never claimed to be John the Apostle, but may have been one of his disciples. The Book is an example of Jewish apocalyptic literature that was popular among both Jewish and Christian circles from about 200 B.C. to 200 A.D. It is full of lurid descriptions of punishment and destruction in the struggle of a Messiah and his followers against Satan. Its language is highly allegorical and symbolic, and not to be taken literally. But take it literally the Evangelicals do, and hence claim that the Book requires that the Jews reclaim all of Palestine in order for the Second Coming Of Christ to occur. Consequently they relentlessly pressured the President to support Israel in its growing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and its barbaric treatment of the Palestinian people.

For those Christian Fundamentalists the slaughter and maiming of our troops and indigenous civilians in Iraq do not comprise a massive tragedy on the road to our ruin — but, rather, serve as the road to Armaggedon, Redemption, the Book of Revelation, the Rapture and the Endtime.

The present widespread claims among Americans that ‘this is a Christian nation’ is patently false upon review of a few facts. For this nation’s character is writ and rooted in its roots, in its founding and foundational documents and subsequent reinforcing laws and judicial opinions — not in the happenstance plurality of citizen religiosity of the moment.  Consider the following:

America’s Founding Fathers were ‘children of the Enlightenment,’ or Age of Reason, of the late 17th and 18th centuries, which developed from the Scientific Revolution of Kepler, Galileo and Newton, and was a reaction to the superstitions, doctrines, tyrannies and unreason of religion, especially Christianity. Among its philosophical and literary giants were Descartes, Locke, Hume, Gibbon, Kant, Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau and Adam Smith. The movement was characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious and educational doctrine. It emphasized scientific methods of reasoning, especially empiricism, that is, validation by evidence, from experiment or experience.

Scientific thought and method played a fundamental role in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. For, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Hamilton and others read the French and British Enlightenment social thinkers, by whom they were profoundly influenced and from whom they drew and developed their political ideas. The Founders of the American Republic did not think that political principles could be established on interpretations of the Will of God — but thought, rather, that political principles are grounded, as is the natural order of the universe, in a discovered invariant order — rationally and empirically discovered over time.

The American Founders were predominantly non-sectarian Deists, with some Congregationalists and Unitarians. Nowhere in paintings of them or their historical scenes will you find a cross. Nowhere in the Founding Documents will you find assertions of or references to Jesus, Christ or Christianity. Despite false attempts by ministers of his time to portray George Washington as a devout Christian, he never avowed any religion and nowhere in his thousands of pages of letters does the name of Jesus Christ appear.

In consideration of the flood of refugees to the colonies from European fratricidal Christian oppressions and slaughters, the Founding Fathers made the first Bill of the Bill of Rights establish separation of church and state, and personal freedom of and from religion.

Further certification of the fully secular model and nature of this Republic is the Treaty of Tripoli between the United States and the Bey of Barbary to end the war with the Barbary pirates, signed by President John Adams in 1796. Its Article 11 states:

As the Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion, as it has in itself no character or enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Musselmen; and as said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mohametan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Many of America’s Founding Fathers were also Freemasons, a deeply philosophical non-sectarian brotherhood emphasizing disciplined right living and societal freedom. You have seen the Freemason logo, a square and compass with a capital letter ‘G’ in the middle. The ‘G’ stands for both God and Geometry — that is, Faith and Reason. On the back of a U.S. dollar bill you will see the two sides of the Great Seal of the United States. Both sides were designed by Masons and are wholly Masonic in their symbolisms.

There is, of course, much more, but that should suffice to prove the deliberate and totally secular foundations of the American Republic.

This writer’s essay War Peace And Arms Control In The Bronze Age includes an attack on the democracy theme: “The primary muddleheadedness driving the American goal of military democratization in the Middle East today is the Democracy Shibboleth…” — and demolishes it.

To what is said there we add here: The term ‘terror,’ which derives from the Old French ‘terrour,’ which derives from the Latin terror from terrere ‘to frighten,’ was originally applied to The Reign of Terror that was perpetrated by the Jacobins, led by Robespierre, in the French Revolution. He advocated and applied repression and violence in pursuit of the principles of democracy and equality, and ruthlessly executed anyone considered a threat to their regime, including Louis XVI. The parallel between that Leader of the Jacobins and the present Leader of the United States is obvious, except that Robespierre soon fell from grace and was guillotined. The parallel between the present President of the United States and both Robespierre and Wilhelm II casts him as Divine Terrorist — an utterly appalling catastrophe for this once great nation — and the world.

Clearly, given all of the foregoing, an Abrahamic Reformation is urgently needed. In a mere 12 pages, Chapter 17, REFORMATION, of this writer’s book PRINCIPIA IDEOLOGICA: A Treatise On Combatting Human Malignance ( http://softpower.us ) provides the essential tenets and measures for that Reformation enterprise, most of which can be accomplished by individuals, by grassroots efforts.  We quote here, for your own immediate application, the third of the Three Primary Tasks:

To revise, rescind and reinterpret, as appropriate, the four major Judaeo-Christian tenets that lead most strongly and directly to hatred, violence, oppression and war, namely, paschalism, messianism, apocalyptic millenarianism, and bigotry, as defined below, and to accomplish similar measures in Islam. [The definitions are not provided here. Use ‘Search Inside The Book‘ at the above link.]

You are strongly urged to augment this essay’s all-too-brief treatment of religionist and mythopoeic violence by reading Chapters 13, RELIGIONISM and 14, MYTHOPOEISM, in PRINCIPIA IDEOLOGICA, which is the primary resource of the new field of ideologics (eye’ dee oh low’ jics) for dealing with malignant ideologies.

Chapter 11, THE ASCENT OF INTELLECT, of the PRINCIPIA provides a substantial section depicting Physical Cosmology, so that the reader may glean a good idea of what that extraordinary field is like and has discovered, and its relevance to this enterprise. Of special interest here is the following:

 Principle of Cosmological Transcendence

The nature, magnitude and findings of contemporary physical cosmology, even at this early stage of its development and unfolding, make self-evident upon moderate reflection that ideologies concocted by Earthlings out of their particular biology, environment, societies, knowledge, myths, etc., are strictly local, and are inherently transcended by the higher laws and perspectives of the universe discerned by physical cosmology. That is, the laws, principles, structures, and dynamics of physical cosmology are of higher authority than ideologies created by any sentient beings on any particular planet in any particular solar system in an particular galaxy…In a word, concisely: Physical Cosmology Transcends Ideology.

Nevertheless, until that PRINCIPIA has attained sufficient worldwide currency, hominids will continue to perpetrate the creation of malignant myths, theologies and other ideologies — now out of pieces of physical cosmology instead of thunder and lightning.. Consequently, it is crucial to realize that such practices can be counteracted, and their malignant consequences prevented and combatted, by promoting awareness that despite their elegant and seemingly profound, pretentious, quasi-scientific sophistries, they, as any mythopoeism, contain at best only separate particles of validity, but no integrated, larger, substantive ideological validity, and can, by appropriate reductive argument, be thoroughly nullified.

Recall that ‘mythopoeia’ means the act of creating myths, and ‘mythopoeism’ is a resultant mythopoeic (‘mythic’ for short) ideology. Such activity is a residual primitive hominid behavior. To the extent that that behavior and the psyche underlying it produces and supports malignant myths and ideologies, both secular and religious, of oppression and war — it casts a lethal plague across planet Earth in the Age of Catastrophic Terrorism. Our task is to end that plague — fast.

 

 

 

 

 Copyright (c) Stephen Edward Seadler, 2010

 

 

 

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