December 21, 2010

☫ Blaming religion: Makes sense?

Analysis  From ancient to contemporary Crusades
Blaming it on religion: makes sense?

Excerpt from a letter to Jonathan Cook on his article Israel's Right Wing Rabbis Pour Forth Hateful Ideas for The National emirati newspaper.

Upon reading your December 9th article for The National, I felt really curious to know why you would attribute something so intrinsically anti-religious as racism precisely to none other than religion, by associating Monotheism (Judaism) to the fanatic secularism of the Tel-Aviv regime.

It was Monotheism (Zoroastrianism) which allowed the Achaemenids to establish an empire in Iran based on inter-ethnic tolerance including the recognition of over 50 different ethnic groups, thus challenging backwards ideas on Persian supremacism.

It was Monotheism (Judaism) which allowed Moses to marry an Ethiopian woman in times of strict tribalism, even recounting the punishment of those who spoke in racism against such union including Moses' own sister (Numbers 12).

It was Monotheism (Christianity) which unambiguously called on the peoples to love their neighbors irrespective of their social condition or race and which taught of the good Samaritan from the Levant (Luke 10).

And it was the pearl of Monotheism (Islam) which rid not just the tribes of the Arabian peninsula from backwards racism, but rapidly united peoples from South East Asia to the Atlantic Ocean and which insists upon cultivating the love for the peoples whom we are told are our brethren either in religion or brethren in human kind (Epistle on Islamic Governance by Ali Ibn Abi Talib).

On the opposite, it was a lack of Christianity and a betrayal of its foundations -- not faithfulness to it -- which drove the European murderous colonization of the Americas, the Crusades, and the contemporary Western colonization of the Middle East - particularly through new age Evangelical cults and secular academics like Eden Naby and Richard Nelson Frye who promote Persian, Arab and Assyrian racial pride - in clear contradiction and defiance against the advices of Jesus of Nazareth.

In contrast, it was a betrayal of the fundamentals of Islam -- not faithfulness to it -- which saw the Umeyyad conquest of the Spanish peninsula while the very family of Mohammad the Prophet were suffering persecution and assassinations back in the Middle East at the hands of self-appointed caliphs who restored the pre-Islamic tribal sentiments.

And in contrast, it was the betrayal of Judaism and the commandments laid out by Moses -- not faithfulness to them -- which led himself to declare to the tribes of Israel (Deuteronomy 31),

For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you, and evil will befall you in the latter days because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

A warning placed into effect by Jesus himself when declaring (Matthew 21),

That the Kingdom of God shall be taken away from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 

That is, not to a genetically superior nation, but one which would deserve them through the merits of their own efforts, the good work of their hands.

According to 2010 Israeli government polls, some 70% of Israeli citizens either don't believe in God or they declare to not take religion seriously (France 24), hardly making Israel a Jewish state with regards for the laws of the Torah.

Among those 30% who do declare themselves religious, the vastest sector is made up of anti-Judaic new age cults like the Kohanim who prohibit marriages even with people who are not "sufficiently" Jewish (Haaretz), some sort of mockery of Moses, his wife and the Torah. This while the tiny percent of genuine Jews are persecuted (YouTube) in the bizarrely-called "Jewish state."

There is a grave problem in attributing to religion what is alien to it, and in particular in portraying the Middle East crisis as a problem of religions, precisely because religion is the solution that has always been there to provide mankind relief from its torturous paths of arrogance and claims of superiority based on genes or tribal adherences. Associating religion with the problem is like veiling the emergency exits of a building being consumed by the flames.


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