December 12, 2006
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Many Christians in the United States have heard the term "NEO-CONSERVATIVE" bantered about, but very few of them have any real understanding of what it means; they tend to associate the term with the Bush Administration and its policy of American Imperialism - a policy that envisions, as Robert Kaplan describes it, "American power as the organizing principle for the worldwide expansion of civil society." Naturally enough, most American Christians see this as a good thing, and in doing so, they tend to believe on a cursory level that the so-called "Neo-Conservatives" are their allies. But again, they're not exactly sure how or why they are, AND MOST ARE ABSOLUTELY UNAWARE THAT NEO-CONSERVATISM IS NOT JUST A SET OF SPECIFIC POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POLICIES BEING PURSUED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, BUT A PHILOSOPHY OF THINKING THAT AS SUCH IS ABSOLUTELY INIMICAL TO THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST!
The very real fact of the matter is, according to Shadia Drury - a well-known Canadian academician who has written extensively on Leo Strauss, the architect and creator, so to speak, of neo-conservatism - neo-conservatives have a very twisted view of religion and its utility insofar as the state is concerned: That while religion is absolutely essential in order to impose moral law on the masses, who otherwise would be out of control, it is a FARCE in and of itself - a "PIOUS FRAUD." Religion, Strauss maintained, was for the masses alone; the rulers need not be bound by it.
As a result, neo-conservatives are, as Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason Magazine points out,
"… pro-religion even though they themselves are not believers."
Secularism, in the view of the neo-conservatives, is the worst possible thing because it leads to individualism, liberalism, and relativism - precisely those traits that promote dissent that in turn dangerously weakens society's ability to cope with external threats.
Bailey says that it is this firm belief in the "POLITICAL UTILITY" of religion (specifically, CHRISTIANITY) as an "OPIATE OF THE MASSES" that helps explain why secular Jews such as William Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Midge Decter, Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams, etc. have allied themselves with the Christian Right.
But again, it's all a FRAUD. The neo-conservatives don't believe in Christ, nor do they respect His teachings on even the most minimal level, making their support for Christianity a DECEPTION - and the DECEPTION that Strauss counsels reaches to the most profound and basic levels. Robert Locke, another Strauss analyst writes,
"The people are told what they need to know and no more. WHILE THE ELITE FEW ARE CAPABLE OF ABSORBING THE ABSENCE OF ANY MORAL TRUTH, THE MASSES COULD NOT COPE. If exposed to the absence of absolute truth, they would quickly fall into nihilism or anarchy."
"This dichotomy requires 'PERPETUAL DECEPTION' between the rulers and the ruled."
"Perpetual deception?" My heavens! - the question that fairly begs to be asked is this: How is it possible for Christians to have allied themselves with the neo-conservatives of George Bush's American New World Order System? The Bible says,
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
"And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an unbeliever?" (2 Cor. 6:14-15)
So, again, how is it possible for Christians to embrace neo-conservatives as allies? Matthew 24:11-12 gives the answer. The passage begins with this statement of fact: "Many false prophets shall rise [in the end of days], and shall DECEIVE many." Obviously, the Bible has in mind people such as Bill Kristol, Michael Eisenstadt, Mortimer Zuckerman, Martin Peretz, Michael Ledeen, Stephen Hadley, Norman Podhoretz, Midge Decter, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, etc. - all of them neo-conservatives and followers of Leo Strauss. They are FLASE PROPHETS, and so much so that they do not even really try to hide that fact from their allies in the Christian community - after all, Strauss's writings are there for all to read. His views on Christianity as a necessary "OPIATE OF THE MASSES" are plain enough. The passage continues: "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
The love of many shall wax cold because iniquity shall abound - that's what the Bible is saying here. But the Bible has in mind a very specific kind of iniquity. It is not so much iniquity that is carried on at a PERSONAL level, but iniquity that is practiced on a SOCIETAL level; the kind of iniquity that Jesus had in mind when He chided the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:14:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer …" (Matthew 23:14)
And again in Matthew 23:23-28):
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
"Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
"Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matthew 23:23-28)
And one must understand something here: Matthew 23:14, Matthew 23:23-28 and Matthew 24:11-12 ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME DISCOURSE THAT CHRIST GAVE TO THE MULTITUDE WHILE DISCUSSING THE "END TIMES" JUST PRIOR TO HIS CRUCIFIXION. All these passages run together, and indicate that -
False prophets shall arise in the "end of days" practicing DECEPTION. (Matthew 24:11)
And because INIQUITY shall abound, the people will fall prey to this DECEPTION. (Matthew 24:12)
Finally, Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 23:24 describe the kind of INIQUITY that is spoken of here: (a) "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer …" (b) "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess - Ye strain at a gnat and swallow a camel."
Now take careful note of Matthew 23:23: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith …" What a strange thing for Christ to say. What did He mean here? Matthew Henry explains:
"They [i.e., the scribes and the Pharisees] observed smaller duties, but omitted greater; they were very exact in paying tithes on mint, anise, and cummin [which are aromatic herbs], their exactness in tithing of which would not cost them much, but would … buy reputation on the cheap."
Vincent is harsher than Henry; he writes;
"The tithe of these plants would be very small; but to exact it would indicate scrupulous conscientiousness. The Talmud tells of the ass of a certain Rabbi which had been so well trained as to refuse corn of which the tithes had not been taken."
In other words, to "… pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin …" was intended to "make one look good" PERSONALLY in the eyes of others. Jesus said that those who apply the Law for such purposes are -
"… like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matthew 23:27-28)
In connection with all this, one should note the fact that these herbs (i.e., mint and anise and cummin) were used by the ancients much as perfume and deodorants are used today - to convey to others a sense of culture and refinement insofar as one's PERSON is concerned; to make one appear, as Matthew Henry puts it, "scrupulously conscientious" insofar as that portion of the Law that applied to one's PERSONAL habits. But concentrating on this portion of the Law while letting the rest of the Law slide is an abomination unto God. Yes, one's personal habits (i.e., character) are important, but to constrict the Law to this narrow application turns the Law into a parody. Jesus called those who applied the Law in this fashion "… blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."
There are much larger issues at play insofar as the Law is concerned, issues that transcend PERSONAL concerns and have a SOCIETAL impact; for example, as Matthew Henry says, matters that pertain to -
"… mercy toward men … to do justly [towards all men], and love mercy [and to be merciful toward them in all your dealings with them] … [This is what God is really after.]"
This is certainly NOT the kind of Law that a businessman or a banker could use to justify "devouring widows' houses, and for a pretence making long prayer …"
Henry goes on to say:
"To pay tithe of mint, [anise and cummin] to the priest [i.e., to the religious establishment], and to deny a crumb to [the beggar] Lazarus, is to lie open to that judgment without mercy, which is awarded to those who pretended to judgment, and showed no mercy …"
SADLY, HOWEVER, THIS IS PRECISELY THE KIND OF INIQUITY THAT SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE ENGAGED IN TODAY AGAINST THE POOR AND DISPOSSESSED OF THE WORLD. This is the kind of Christianity that permits one to ally himself to an economic and political system that ravages and dispossesses the poor of the world while - back in the safety and "sanctity" of their own "homelands" - the adherents of this false religion make "long prayers" for the poor of Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is the kind of Christianity that permitted Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz, to be a caring, loving husband and father while at the same time engaging in the slaughter of millions and millions of Jewish prisoners; OR - more to the point - the kind of iniquity that allowed, for example, a clerk at the I.G. Farben building in Frankfurt to process orders for Zyklon B gas for the gas chambers at Auschwitz while returning each evening to his home and carrying on as a good husband and a loving father without any real consciousness of the "crimes against humanity" that he was engaged in.
There are some, of course, who would excuse - if not the commandant of Auschwitz - at least the clerk at the I.G. Farben building who may have been ignorant of the ultimate use of the Zyklon B gas he was processing. But if such people were ignorant of the ultimate aims of the Third Reich, they were WILLINGLY ignorant of those aims, and the Bible does not excuse such ignorance; instead, the Bible says that those who involve themselves in this kind of WILLING IGNORANCE shall perish:
"For this they WILLINGLY are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
"Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished …" (2Pe 3:5-6)
Is that what you are doing? - practicing a kind of WILLING ignorance insofar as the crimes of the American New World Order System are concerned; pretending - like that clerk at the I.G. Farben building in Frankfurt - that you have nothing to do with those crimes.
You think, perhaps, that your PERSONAL piety (which may indeed be very real) will give you a pass when you appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ? - that because you make long prayers for the people of the Third World, that will excuse you from the crimes of the American New World Order System? God help you if that's your case!
The very real fact of the matter is, whether or not one recognizes that he is engaged in sin - especially the kind of sin that we have been describing, the kind of sin that Jesus referred to in Matthew 23:23-28 and Matthew 23:14 - that sin (or "iniquity") still has a poisonous effect on those it touches (cf., 2Pe 3:5-6). To think otherwise is akin to believing that because one does not recognize a poisonous snake as such, the danger that the snake poses is somehow or other abated. That's nonsense! The malignant effect that sin has on a person has little or nothing to do with whether or not one recognizes that what he is doing is sinful. If anything, it renders the sin that much more dangerous.
Now listen carefully here: THE BIBLE SAYS THAT BECAUSE THIS KIND OF INIQUITY - again, the kind that we have been describing here, the kind of "iniquity" that that clerk at the I.G. Farben building participated in - SHALL ABOUND, "THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD." Vincent's Word Studies explains as follows:
"The verb ["wax cold"] means originally to breathe or blow; and the picture is that of spiritual energy blighted or chilled by a MALIGN or POISONOUS wind."
THAT'S HEAVY! - and as sure as the prophecy was 2,000 years ago, so is the reality today: a MALIGN and POISONOUS wind is blowing on the followers of Christ in these "Last Days," and the Christianity of the people of God who are being subjected to its cold blast is being warped and twisted, though the adherents of this twisted form of Christianity seem hardly aware of how they are being affected.
This is precisely what happened to the German people under Hitler. In his book, They Thought They Were Free, Milton Mayer interviewed Germans who discussed how their society changed right before their eyes, and how, despite Hitler's "Christian" rhetoric, God was nowhere to be found. As one interviewee put it:
"The world you live in -- 'your nation, your people' -- is not the world you were in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way."
And, oh, how this is true! - I see it whenever I return to the United States, especially how it is affecting those I dearly love. Yes, "The forms are all there, all untouched, all REASSURING, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays" - all of which seems to say, Everything is okay.
But everything has changed, and you can sense it because you have not been subjected to its numbing effect as your friends and loved ones have. Sadly, however, no matter how you try to warn your friends of this fact, they seem hardly to be aware of it. It's UTTERLY useless to talk to them. And if you try, all you will do is provoke them to anger. Without wishing to offend, it is like "casting pearls before swine" (Matthew 7:6a). All that will happen is that they will "trample" on your words, and "turn again and rend you." (Matthew 7:6b) AND PLEASE BELIEVE ME, I DO NOT WISH TO OFFEND ANYONE HERE!
So what do we have here now? Two things:
We have a people - REAL believers - whose love for God has "waxed cold" by a MALIGN and POISONOUS wind (Matthew 24:12).
And because of this, they have been rendered compliant to the DECEPTION of "false prophets." (Matthew 24:11)
FALSE PROPHETS WHO PROMOTE A FORM OF CHRISTIANITY THAT THEY THEMSELVES DON'T BELIEVE IN - PEOPLE WHO ARE, AS RONALD BAILEY SUGGESTS -
"… PRO-RELIGION [i.e., PRO-CHRISTIAN] EVEN THOUGH THEY THEMSELVES ARE NOT BELIEVERS."
NOW, WHAT KIND OF A CHRISTIANITY DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD PRODUCE? I'll tell you what kind! - the kind of Christianity that now prevails in the United States!
And now these FALSE PROPHETS are bending every effort to subvert Europe with this poisonous kind of Christianity, and the subtlety of this DECEPTION is a wonder to behold. DECEPTION is at the heart of Satan's malignant dealings with man: From Genesis to Revelation the work of Satan as a DECEIVER can be traced, until the climax is reached in the "GREAT DECEPTION" of the "Latter Days" - AND NOW THAT DECEPTION IS TAKING HOLD ON EUROPE!
One can begin to understand the subtlety of this effort by coming to grips with what was really going on in the case of the "Danish Cartoons" which depicted Muhammad as a crazed lunatic, and which appeared seemingly "out of the blue" about a year ago in Copenhagen, Denmark. Well known journalist Justin Raimondo writes:
"The publication of the 12 cartoons, and the reaction on both sides, is a classic case of how propaganda of the crudest sort is utilized to mold mass attitudes and whip up entire populations into a state of hysteria. Hate and fear are created out of thin air by the most skillful means, and stereotypes take the place of reality as the world prepares for war. That's what this is all about: IT'S HATE PROPAGANDA EMANATING OUT OF CERTAIN QUARTERS … IN THE U.S. and amounts to preparations for war just as much as the manufacture of arms and the mobilization of armies at the border. We [as Europeans] are being psychologically prepared for another world war, and the first shots are being fired from the pages of Jyllands-Posten [i.e., the newspaper that carried these cartoons]."
What's Raimondo talking about here? - he's describing the effort by the FALSE PROPHETS (i.e., the neo-cons) of the American New World Order System to maneuver the peoples of Europe into abandoning their secularism in favor of a pseudo-Christianity not unlike the kind that permeates the churches of the United States today: A FAKE RELIGION DESIGNED TO MAKE EUROPEANS COMPLIANT RETAINERS IN THE SERVICE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE. And just how successful this effort was in "whipping up an entire population (i.e., the Danish population) against the Muslims" and - concomitantly - preparing them to embrace America's faux Christianity is attested to by the reaction of the Danish Queen, Margrethe II of Denmark:
"We are being challenged by Islam these years - globally as well as locally. It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and lazy. We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance. And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because of convenience or conviction."
The publication of these anti-Muslim cartoons and the fiery reaction to them by Muslims living in Europe and elsewhere was taken by many in the West as "proof" of Islamic intolerance vis a vis the "openness" and "tolerance" of Europe and North America. The European Press - as if on cue - rallied quickly to the defense of Jyllands-Posten and Flemming Rose, the "cultural editor" responsible for the publication of the cartoons, as a matter of "high principle."
Rose claimed that the genesis of the cartoons was the alleged reluctance of certain "artists" in Denmark to illustrate an upcoming children's biography of Muhammad because they were afraid of being targeted by Muslims for caricaturizing Muhammad - which is a "sin" in the Islamic world. Rose argued that the artists were engaged in "self-censorship" - and that this kind of "self-censorship" had to be confronted if the West was to survive as a free society. One Danish newspaper that sprang to Rose's defense declared in "high dudgeon:"
"Flemming Rose … denied that the purpose had been to provoke Muslims. It was simply a reaction to the rising number of situations where artists and writers censured themselves out of fear of radical Islamists. He said. 'Religious feelings cannot demand special treatment in a secular society'; he added. 'In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock'."
But the fact is, Raimondo was right: there was much more to the "Case of the Danish Cartoons" than at first met the eye - and evidence to that effect lay strewn all over the "crime scene." Lee Sustar of the ISR was one of the first to "pick up" on this evidence; he writes:
"One had to scour the foreign press … to piece together the real political agenda behind the cartoons: a dramatic shift to the right in Denmark since 2001, driven by the far-right Danish People's Party [which masquerades as a 'Christian' political organization], that provides the parliamentary support that keeps the ruling center-right coalition in office. The cartoons were a calculated racist provocation that took place in the wake of the government culture ministry's initiative to promote 'Danish culture' against the supposed influence of Denmark's Muslim population."
The leader of Denmark's center-right coalition - and the prime minister - is Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a "true believer" in the idea of a "Christian Europe." Rasmussen sees the press of Islam on Europe as a war against Christianity, and that if "Christians" in Europe do not act quickly they will be inundated by Muslims. He and those like him believe that Muslims in Europe are reproducing so fast and European societies are so weak and listless that, before you know it, the continent will become "Eurabia" with - as Ralph Peters sarcastically puts it - "all those topless gals on the Riviera wearing veils."
Peters says that while such an idea has gained a lot of traction in both Europe and the United States, it is absurd. He writes:
"The notion that continental Europeans, who are world-champion haters, will let the impoverished Muslim immigrants they confine to ghettos take over their societies and extend the caliphate from the Amalfi Coast to Amsterdam has it exactly wrong. The endangered species isn't the "peace loving" European lolling in his or her welfare state, but the continent's Muslims immigrants - and their multi-generation descendents - who were foolish enough to imagine that Europeans would share their toys. In fact, Muslims are hardly welcome to pick up the trash on Europe's playgrounds."
He continues ominously:
"Don't let Europe's current round of playing pacifist dress-up fool you: This is the continent that perfected genocide and ethnic cleansing, the happy-go-lucky slice of humanity that brought us such recent hits as the Holocaust and Srebrenica.
"The historical patterns are clear: When Europeans feel sufficiently threatened - even when the threat's concocted nonsense - they don't just react, they over-react with stunning ferocity. One of their more humane (and frequently employed) techniques has been ethnic cleansing.
"And Europeans won't even need to re-write The Protocols of the Elders of Zion with an Islamist theme - real Muslims zealots provide Europe's bigots with all the propaganda they need. Al Qaeda and its wannabe fans are the worst thing that could have happened to Europe's Muslims. Europe hasn't broken free of its historical addictions - we're going to see Europe's history reprised on meth."
Peters goes on:
"We don't need to gloss over the many Muslim acts of barbarism down the centuries to recognize that the Europeans are just better at the extermination process. From the massacre of all Muslims and Jews (and quite a few Eastern Christians) when the Crusaders reached Jerusalem in 1099 to the massacre of all the Jews in Buda (not yet attached to Pest across the Danube) when the "liberating" Habsburg armies retook the citadel at the end of the 17th century, Europeans have just been better organized for genocide.
"It's the difference between the messy Turkish execution of the Armenian genocide and the industrial efficiency of the Holocaust. Hey, when you love your work, you get good at it.
"Far from enjoying the prospect of taking over Europe by having babies, Europe's Muslims are living on borrowed time. When a third of French voters have demonstrated their willingness to vote for Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front - a party that makes the Ku Klux Klan seem like Human Rights Watch - all predictions of Europe going gently into that good night are surreal."
"All the copy-cat predictions of a Muslim takeover of Europe not only ignore history and Europe's ineradicable viciousness, but do a serious disservice by exacerbating fear and hatred. And when it comes to hatred, trust me: The Europeans don't need anyone's help."
But whether the Europeans need the help of the Americans in developing their own racial viciousness or not, they're getting it - AND THEY'RE GETTING IT IN SPADES! Sustar buttresses and reinforces the suspicion of Raimondo insofar as the American connection to the recent Islamophobe that is sweeping through Europe; he picks up where Raimondo left off insofar as the Danish cartoons are concerned; he writes:
"The controversy over the Danish newspaper's publication of caricatures of Muhammad IS THE RESULT OF AN ANTI-MUSLIM CAMPAIGN BY THE … [UNITED STATES] THAT JUSTIFIES EVERYTHING FROM WASHINGTON'S 'LONG WAR' AGAINST 'TERRORISM' TO VICIOUS CRACKDOWNS ON IMMIGRANTS ACROSS EUROPE …"
Christopher Bollyn, who writes for the American Free Press, goes further. He centers in on a specific group of people in the United States that are behind Europe's recent Islamophobe. He says that the appearance of these cartoons in Jyllands-Posten was a deliberate provocation ENGINEERED BY A GROUP OF AMERICANS HE CALLS THE "STRAUSSIAN NEO-CONS."
Ah! - the American neo-cons; the same people that Ronald Bailey says are -
"… pro-religion even though they themselves are not believers."
The same people who Shadia Drury says live in a world of "PERPETUAL DECEPTION;" the same people that believe that Christianity itself is a FARCE, but is nonetheless useful in controlling the masses.
Bollyn charges that the appearance of these cartoons was designed as a provocation to incite Muslims to outrageous acts and thus engender support in Europe for America's war against the Islamic community not only of Europe, but of the Middle East. And the evidence he cites? - THE FINGERPRINTS OF DANIEL PIPES - ONE OF AMERICA'S LEADING NEO-CONS - WHICH HE DISCOVERED ALL OVER THE "CRIME SCENE" IN COPENHAGEN.
Flemming Rose, it turns out, is a slavish devotee of both Pipe's views and of Pipes himself, and in 2004 he traveled to Philadelphia to "sit at the feet of the great man," as it were. He returned and penned a gushingly enthusiastic article about Pipes for Jyllands-Posten. Bollyn says of Pipes:
"Daniel Pipes is one of the more virulent and hateful of the 'Straussian neocons', famous for his racist and xenophobic statement that Muslim immigrants are 'brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and not exactly maintaining Germanic standards of hygiene', an attitude straight out of the Nazi school of racial hyperbole, a philosophy embraced by … American 'STRAUSSIAN NEOCONS'." [It should be noted in this connection that Pipes was recently appointed by George W. Bush to the so-called "U.S. Institute of Peace" - which is anything but an agency dedicated to peace, but rather to the militant expansion of the American New World Order System.]
The American neo-cons are doing what they do best here - using Christianity in the service of the American New World Order System; specifically, they are seeking to re-ignite a FAKE Christianity on the European continent with which American Christians can make "common cause" - the kind of FAKE Christianity, for example, that allowed Nazism to prevail in Germany; the kind of BOGUS Christianity that has taken hold on the United States today. AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING!
For example, a recent report by the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) on "Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims in the EU" found that attacks on Muslims have markedly increased recently.Muslims in Sweden, Denmark and Austria are encountering difficult barriers. In Sweden, Muslims are advised to change their names to "Swedish- sounding ones" to increase their chance of employment.
According to the report, 64 per cent of Muslims interviewed in Britain said that they were "unfairly targeted by counter-terrorism policies." In Denmark and Austria, the report reveals, Muslim women wearing headscarves are less likely to find work or pursue education. In Sweden, rightwing parties warn of a "Muslim invasion."
In Belgium, far right political parties such as the Vlaams Blok and Belang dominate local politics with an agenda to repatriate all people of colour (meaning Muslims) to their countries of origin. One of its prominent leaders, Filip Dewinter, told the BBC recently:
"When I see Muslim culture I think that our culture is superior. Our values, our way of life are superior and we have to say so. I don't think the way of life of Muslims is compatible with our way of life."
In the "liberal-minded" Netherlands anti-Islamic racism is becoming part of"Dutch values." Muslims have become targets of religiously motivated attacks. After the killing of Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh by a Dutch Muslim of African origin, the Netherlands erupted in anti-Muslim racism. Islamic schools and mosques were bombed and set on fire. Muslim women were attacked throughout Holland. The rightwing Dutch government has embarked on anti-Muslim legislation to crack down on immigration and close-down "suspected" mosques, and give policepower to arrest people of Muslim faith. And although Muslims make up about one million (6%) of the Dutch population, former EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, said recently:
"The most common first name registered at birth these days in Amsterdam is Mohammed. This, they say, is the Europe-to-be."
In France, the situation is not much different. President Jacques Chirac has adopted Jean Marie Le Pen's extremist, anti-Muslim policy, which has increased violence against Muslims. According to the IHF report the French Front National stated publicly that France's Muslims -
"… share an allegiance to a wider community of believers that threatens national sovereignty."
Even Muslims, who were born in France, have no standing in the ideals of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. The head of the French Police Union has declared that radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared intifada against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day. He continued:
"We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their 'comrades' free when they are arrested."
"We need armored vehicles and water cannon. They are the only things that can disperse crowds of hundreds of people who are trying to kill police and burn their vehicles."
And, finally, the new German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has compared Islam with the "rise of fascism." The East German politician who was selected to solve Germany’s unemployment and other social ills seems to find the war on Muslims a much easier issue. Thousands of Muslims have been arrested and screened by German police only because "their profiles have matched basic criteria, including an affiliation with Islam." The German state of Baden-Wurttemberg has enacted what is called the "Muslim test," in which Muslim applicants for citizenship are asked about their views on September 11, gay relationships and whether their teenage daughters are allowed to attend swimming classes. Speaking concerning the new anti-Muslim measures in Germany, Dr. Wolfram Richter, professor of economics at the University of Dortmund told Ziauddin Sardar ofNew Statesman Magazine in Britain,
"I am afraid we have not learned from our history. My main fear is that what we did to Jews we may now do to Muslims. The next holocaust will be against Muslims."
Nonetheless, RACE BAITERS and HATERS like Jean-Marie Le Pen of France and Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark - EGGED ON PRINCIPALLY BY THE AMERICAN NEO-CONSERVATIVE COMMUNITY - believe that Europeans are in real danger of being "Islamized."
Scare tactics used to whip up a sense of "racial rage" - that's what the American neo-cons are engaged in on the continent of Europe; the same tactics used by Hitler in his war against the Jews; the same racial rage that the Scriptures say in Luke 21:10 will characterize the "end of the age:"
"Then said he [i.e., Christ] unto them, Nation [ethnos; really, ETHNIC group] shall rise against nation [again, ethnos, i.e., ETHNIC group], and kingdom against kingdom …" (Luke 21:10)
Racial group shall rise against racial group! - that's what the Scriptures say will characterize much of the "end of the age." What's that say, then, about those who promote this kind of racial rage? What's that say about those who promote the idea of a "CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS?" - that they are of their father the devil! (John 8:44) Christopher Bollyn writes:
"The hard-line position taken by [Prime Minister] Rasmussen [of Denmark], an ally in … [George Bush's] 'war on terror', has more to do with advancing the CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS [between Islam and Christianity] than defending free speech in Europe … Given the unapologetic position taken by the Danish government and the editors [of Jyllands-Posten] it appears very likely that tension with Islamic nations will increase and the international crisis will deepen. This is, after all, exactly what the global planners behind the CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS want."
In other words, the "global planners behind the idea of the CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS" - again, the American neo-conservative community - see a war between Christianity and Islam as inevitable, and the sooner it begins, the better for Christianity, and most especially for "Christian Europe." Of course, the neo-cons are engaged in this "theater" not out of any real concern or love for Christianity, but because they see Christianity as a useful battering ram against the Muslims - a battering ram that if used properly could open up the oil wealth of the Middle East to their "pickings."
And this brings us back to how the neo-conservatives believe that "peace in the Middle East" can be achieved: they believe that peace in the Middle East can only be achieved THROUGH A TOTAL AMERICAN / ISRAELI MILITARY VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF RADICAL ISLAM.
Sounds like the Gog / Magog War, quacks like the Gog / Magog War, looks like the Gog / Magog War. Thus, WHETHER THE NEO-CONS REALIZE IT OR NOT, THE WAR THEY ARE "PUSHING FOR" IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE GOG / MAGOG WAR! - AND WHAT DOES THAT SAY AS TO HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO THE "END OF DAYS" AND THE "TRIBULATION PERIOD?" - when even Europe is being sucked into the coming war's churning vortex.
This attempt to suck Europe into the war's stirring vortex on America's side is EXACTLY what Justin Raimondo calls "preparations for war" -
"A classic case of how propaganda of the crudest sort is utilized to mold mass attitudes and whip up entire populations into a state of hysteria. Hate and fear are created out of thin air by the most skillful means, and stereotypes take the place of reality as the world prepares for war."
He goes on to say that Europeans -
"… are being psychologically prepared for … [this] war [by the Americans], and the first shots have been fired from the pages of Jyllands-Posten."
"The anti-Islamic cartoon scandal is no laughing matter. If and when a terror attack does occur and the cartoons and angry Muslims are blamed for being the cause, the reason they were published will become clear. Europeans will become increasingly polarized and hostility to Islam will grow."
What Bollyn is suggesting here in a kind of "back-handed" way, is that the Americans are not above using a manufactured 9/11 event in Europe to "hurry things along."
Now that's lying at a very high level - but then, that's what the neo-cons are all about. They lied about 9/11, they most probably lied about the Madrid train bombings and the London underground and bus bombings; they lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; they lied about Abu Ghraib, and who knows what else. These people are "COMPULSIVE LIARS." That's what the Straussian neo-cons are all about. They live in a world of - as Shadia Drury puts it - "PERPETUAL DECEPTION."
"Compulsive liars?" Eee gads! - what a thing to say about people such as Elliott Abrams, Richard Armitage, John R. Bolton, Richard Cheney, Seth Cropsey, Paula Dobriansky, Francis Fukuyama, Bruce Jackson, Lewis Libby, Peter W. Rodman, Donald Rumsfeld, Randy Scheunemann, Paul Wolfowitz, Dov S. Zakheim, Robert B. Zoellick, Patrick Clawson, Robert Satloff, Michael Eisenstadt, Mortimer Zuckerman, Martin Peretz, Michael Ledeen, Stephen Hadley, Norman Podhoretz, Midge Decter, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Frank Gaffney, John Lehman, Gary Bauer, Abram Shulsky, William J. Bennett, Ellen Bork, Robert Bork, Rudy Boschwitz, Jeb Bush, Eliot A. Cohen, Thomas Donnelly, Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Fred Ikle, Donald Kagan, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Christopher Maletz, Daniel McKivergan, Dan Quayle, Beton Michael Kaneb, Henry Rowen, Gary Schmitt, George Weigel, R. James Woolsey, Vin Weber, etc. - that these people are all compulsive LIARS!
And what liars they all are! - and we don't have to look merely at what they are doing politically and militarily. Take some matters that would be more familiar to evangelical Christians; for instance, "FAMILY VALUES." The "Neo-Cons" - like evangelical Christians - promote themselves as champions of "FAMILY VALUES," but they are anything but that. For example, ALAN BLOOM, Leo Strauss's most notable "student" and the one who has done more than anyone else to promote Strauss's ideas in the United States, hated the idea of "family values."
Neither Strauss nor Bloom had any use for them. The very real fact of the matter is Bloom and Strauss had no use for marriage or families whatsoever. Saul Bellow understood well their HYPOCRISY. He tells us, for example, that both Bloom and Strauss regarded marriage as a prison, and a faithful husband as a prisoner with "no time off for good behaviour," and no applying for parole. Moreover, according to Bellow, Strauss himself was "sexually ambiguous," and Allan Bloom was a "flaming fairy queen" (Bellow's words, not mine) WITH A FASCINATION FOR TEENAGE BOYS and "pedo-eroticism." And it isn't as if Bloom's sexual peccadilloes were unknown to his "pupils." Bloom's homosexuality was well known within the "Academy." Bloom died of AIDS at age 62 in 1992.
My heavens! - and these are the people that evangelical leaders have partnered with to "take the country back for Christ and the church?" - leaders such as Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum.
The Bible wasn't kidding around when it said:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (I Ti. 4:1-2)
And that's certainly what's happened to all those Christian leaders listed above - and many more besides!
The fact is, brothers and sisters, DECEPTION is EVERYWHERE today; it's breathing down your throat; and the Bible is calling you to arm yourself against this DECEPTION with the Word of God. If you do not really understand what the Word of God teaches concerning the "end of days," you will surely be swept away by this DECEPTION.
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The Bible says:
"Every man’s work shall be made manifest (i.e., tested): for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is." (I Cor. 3:13)
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