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We already know that Americans have, and treasure, a great many freedoms, but it is not widely known that the freedom of (white) Americans to kill blacks with impunity is actually just a subset of a greater freedom – the freedom of religion. It is this essential connection between God and killing that permits an American policeman to shoot dead a pregnant young mother then escape punishment by a claim to be “lifting the husband and children up in prayer”. If you aren’t American, you won’t understand this.

Right-Wing violence draws much of its nourishment from religion, from a conviction of being “a divine race” (Japanese), of being “God’s Chosen People” (Jews), of having been created in God’s image and thus having God “on my side” (Christian countries). Religion and belligerence are fundamental to a Right-Wing society, and widespread government support for the world’s most dysfunctional religions has always been a major part of American politics, the far-right evangelical Christian church being prominent throughout the US. While the Western God is praised as a God of love and tolerance, more tragic wars and human-rights atrocities have been committed in the name of God and religion than from any other source.

It isn’t unusual to see Americans driving a pick-up truck full of guns that sports a bumper sticker reading, “Honk if you love Jesus”. This ubiquitous simple-mindedness appears quite unaware of the grave disconnect between the violent reality of its nature and its imaginary jingoistic ‘love of god’. American martial music often contains lyrics singing the praises of their god while they march off to yet another unjustifiable war of aggression, deluding themselves on the righteousness of their massacres of innocent civilians, applauding their own moral virtue while presuming the blessing of their god.

I’ve already railed about the twisted and pathological nature of American Christianity and religion in general, but let’s take a quick look at a few specific features, beginning with their freedom of religion so poignantly espoused by Hillary Clinton as a prime American export. We’ve already seen that the non-slaves who emigrated to the New World most often did so to avoid persecution for their witches-brew versions of Christianity. It didn’t help much. They were persecuted just as badly, and for all the same good reasons, after their arrival in the New World as they had ever been in the Old World, and not only by the authorities but by each other. Given this history, it’s not a surprise they would be crying for “freedom of religion”. To these people, freedom of religion meant that we stop kidnapping each others’ priests and burning them at the stake as witches.

Historically, this was totally unrelated to anything we might call ‘freedoms’ today, and certainly not about freedom of conscience, but was primarily a plaintive cry for a truce of religious violence and secondarily the sharing of political power amongst these heretical sects. China has never in its history experienced the violent tragedies inflicted by Western religions, in particular by Western Christianity, nor has it ever experienced religious persecution because, except for the occasional Western holy infiltration, religions in China have confined themselves to religion instead of politics. It was therefore never necessary to legislate an absence of bitter persecution, the real source of the American desire for this particular freedom. The Chinese have always respected their own and others’ traditions that were not seditious in nature, while the Western countries and especially the US have never respected anything. China is already a world leader in religious freedom, and I would emphasize the essential truth that freedom of religion includes freedom from religion.

If we look at history, freedom of religion is really about respecting others’ traditions. St. Francis Xavier, when trying to open a mission to China, described the country in 1552 as “an immense empire, enjoying profound peace, and which is superior to all Christian states in the practice of justice and equity.” When Buddhism entered China, it embraced local traditions, morphing and embedding with the local tradition, but American Christianity, so deeply infused with violence, is about tearing down Chinese traditions. Is this really about freedom of religion, or about white supremacist colonisation and cultural genocide? Americans promulgate a kind of ‘open hunting season’ for their religions in China, presenting these premises as self-evident truths, but no one stops to examine how self-evident they really are, and in fact whether they are “truth” at all or simply a predatory ideology. Why should every country permit freedom of every religion, and why is American Christianity the only true religion that requires exclusive marketing freedom in China? Hillary would have a catatonic fit if China opened its doors to religion and everybody became a Muslim.

Americans see this so-called freedom as a major building block of their society, but to the Chinese it has never been an issue and makes about as much sense as protesting in the streets for ‘freedom of parking’. These loud and sometimes socially violent quests for various ‘freedoms’ have meaning only when viewed through a particular historical or cultural lens. Freedom of parking means nothing to us, but if we imagine a city that has such problems, perhaps with unjust government rationing, we can imagine the people finally protesting and demanding less rationing, or rationing only to favor one class over another. It can have meaning, but only in a particular context and that context, for religion, has never existed in China no matter what the New York Times tells you. In this analogy, the real issue, and the real source of the trouble, occurs when one group of (unfortunately white) people are infected with a mass delusion of superiority which they believe permits them to view everyone’s history through this basic right of ‘freedom of parking’.

One American complained that as a geologist working for a Chinese company, his Chinese exploration manager told him that it was no business of his how many people died in the Cultural Revolution. His reaction was one of disbelief and offense, and of his being the victim of a great moral wrong. He said he felt “like a Judas Iscariot” – a despicable traitor to his God and his religion, for not forcing the issue with his manager. But if I take a job with an American company and question my manager about how many people his government tortured to death in Guantanamo Bay, what would he say? He would tell me to shut up, mind my own business, and do my work. But it’s not like that for the Americans because, steeped in the supremacist racism of their twisted Christianity, they have not only a right but a holy obligation to challenge other nations on any wrongs real or imagined, saddling every individual American with a God-given mission to ensure that all individuals in all other countries confess their mistakes openly to him personally. After all, he’s an American.

Their religious-political ideology has endowed them with a kind of superiority cloak which they drape on themselves as a natural order of things, sitting in their democratic, freedom-loving homes and offices, soaking in their human rights while brutalising most other populations on the planet. These attitudes of intolerance, inability to adapt, and superiority are all part of racism, all stemming from the same twisted Christian heresy, then blended with their particular dysfunctional version of multi-party politics and topped with a flag to form the American religion. All these and more are part of the same whole encompassed by the American definition of “democracy”.

Just as in the days of old, when these Christians enter a country, problems arise because they believe they have the right to divide political power with the emperor on their terms, through the lens of Western ideology, culture, and history. Because Christians are the embodiment of ‘good’, they answer to a higher authority than domestic governments, and use that power over their adherents to exercise political control. The US didn’t enshrine its ‘separation of church and state’ for nothing; it was entirely to prevent religion from taking control, and was not so much a separation as a banishment. “I will let you live if you stay in your church, but I will shoot you dead if you ever again enter the house of Congress”.

It has been only the Right-Wing Christian countries that have evangelised and proselytised religion so heavily, and today is almost exclusively the US that ever presses the issue. And yet it is all hypocrisy on the part of the Americans. While haranguing China about opening its doors wide to American religions, the US fails to notice that many of its friends like Israel and Saudi Arabia have no such open door. Even more, the American government, the US media, the secret government, much of Jewish America and all of Israel, are united in condemning all Muslims as terrorists, using religion to taint all Arabic peoples with a terrorist brush and justify yet more wars to solidify Israel’s military supremacy in the Middle East. If this isn’t hypocrisy, I can’t imagine what would be.

It isn’t a belief in God that is restricted in China, but rather the practice of a particular, very foreign, and totally politically-driven religion. Every country attempts to protect itself from what it sees as destabilising factors in society, but the US hypocritically pretends to have the only ‘true’ definition of what might be included in this category, and roundly condemns those who refuse to capitulate. Several authors have recently jumped onto this wagon, oddly presenting Christianity as China’s next savior, painting such a generous, benevolent and kind-hearted picture of this religion that they seem to ask, “How could anyone be so mean-spirited as to prevent this lovely thing from entering China and infecting it with the plague”?

Western Christianity is only superficially a religion. The so-called ‘freedoms’ it demands include the freedom to attract, proselytise and indoctrinate an unlimited number of people without supervision as to intent or content. Freedom includes an unlimited ability to organise any sectors of the population for any purpose, to raise an unlimited amount of money by any means except outright theft but including threats of eternal damnation, the freedom to spend that money without oversight even from the donors, but mostly to acquire vast holdings of property. Religious freedom means to be free from taxation. It means the freedom to indoctrinate the gullible and dependent into a delusional supreme loyalty to the institution and its leaders. In return for which, its adherents have the psychological comfort of being on a winning team. None of this is religious in any sense; all of it is political and driven by money. An easy proof of this statement would be to permit foreign religions into China but prohibit them from soliciting or accepting money or other assets of any kind, and watch their interest in China evaporate overnight.

A note about money is in order here. It is generally accepted that the two best ways to get rich in America are to start either a charity or a religion. Both are tax-free, both are unsupervised; both have enormous potential to satisfy the demands of even the most larcenous heart. I will ignore charities here except to state that most US charities, including the largest and best-known, typically distribute only 20% of their funds to their supposed beneficiaries such as the poor, with a full 80% disappearing in high salaries, fancy offices, expensive cars, enviable travel and huge expense accounts. Normally no accounting is done to anyone, and religions are worse.

You may not know this, but Christian churches, the Catholic Church among them, own more five-star shopping malls and office buildings in the world than any property management company, plus unlimited amounts of other income-producing properties. When I was at university, there were many young women graduating as teachers and nurses who were also members of one Christian sect or another, often Catholic. Ten or twelve of these girls would band together, save all their salaries for six months and use the money for a down payment on a home in one of the most exclusive areas of the city. By living together frugally and pooling their income, they could pay for a $1 million house in only a few years, at which time they would sign over the house to their church, and repeat, sometimes for decades. This activity was taking place in every town and city in every country, a practice that extended over generations, with the entire proceeds tax-free. The immense property portfolio would later be sold off at a great profit, to be invested in stocks, bonds, commercial property and other investments. Nobody ever knew the totals.

The mainstream Christian religions are all the same, with the Catholics being by far the richest. Their ‘head office’ – the Vatican City in Rome – is a country unto itself, and has been collecting money for nearly 2,000 years resulting in an accumulated wealth of unknown trillions of dollars, much of it stored in the Vatican’s own large international banks. All of this money has been collected from a gullible public hoping to ensure a smooth transition to the afterlife. Extortion on a vast scale with the most powerful of all threats – eternal damnation. If you give me enough money, I will put in a good word for you with God; if you are stingy, you’re on your own. That’s not an easy choice. So far, the only visible result is religious organisations with wealth accumulations that are almost unimaginable.

The Mormon so-called ‘religion’ is probably even worse. This is the foolish sect to which former US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman belongs, and for which he was a missionary in Taiwan for about ten years. The Mormon church demands that adherents give 10% of all their income to the church on a regular basis. And you must be scrupulous about this because it isn’t nice to cheat God. Thanks to Huntsman, there are likely tens of thousands of foolish Taiwanese still sacrificing their income to a religion begun not so long ago by a man to whom Angels gave some golden tablets which he buried in a field and then unfortunately couldn’t find and thus had no proof of their visit. But you can trust me. Nobody knows the disposition of all that cash, but the Mormon elders in America are reported to not be starving. The US has at least many hundreds, if not many thousands, of these one-man religions, some of which expand nationally or even internationally, vacuuming up huge sums of money that are returned to America and permit God’s appointed soldiers to live lives of luxury.

The problem in China today with Western religions is not persecution but politics, with CIA and NED-funded so-called religions like Bob Fu’s ChinaAid and the Eastern Lightning cult that are simply “political organisations flying a flag of conscience”, as Allen Yu so perfectly wrote. It can hardly be a surprise to thinking people anywhere that China does not take kindly to political treason masquerading as religion. It is more than obvious to anyone who looks, that the product being marketed is American political ideology, and not religion. It is the US State Department, USAID, the CIA and NED, with the great missionary Jon Huntsman providing moral support, having all-night sessions in Washington thinking of new ways to “bring China down”.

I have copies of cables from the American consulate in Guangzhou that detail quite nicely the political and other involvement of the US government in the proselytising of their so-called religions, and the watchful eye they maintain on the successes and on those activities which draw the attention of Chinese authorities. One would think the Americans would be too busy issuing visas or spying, but no. They seem to have lots of time to supervise these missionaries of the gods, especially the truly flaky mind cults they have introduced, and time to record in apparently exhaustive detail the numbers of dupes attracted and the amount of political trouble they have caused. In those cables, US consular officials appear surprisingly knowledgeable about the illegal ‘Eastern Lightning’ cult, and oddly supportive as well.

In any case, and this will be a bitter pill for Hillary to swallow, there are no hordes of Chinese protesting in the streets with placards reading “We Want Religion”. Much the opposite, in fact. Instead we have multiple American religions, countless US NGOs, all of the Western media and all of the US government, screaming for a free hand to come into China to sell Western religions to the Chinese people. After all, religion is just another product and Americans are good at marketing. To avoid Chinese government oversight of the seditious content of American religions in China, the American position is that China has no right to restrict these “sales”. The US claims to have the God-given right to come into China to sell these goods, and that regardless of the heavily politicised content and the seditious purpose, only individual (and unsuspecting) Chinese have any say in the matter, and China’s government is forbidden to “interfere” in these American sales. Lastly, as someone so perfectly pointed out, “The assumption and expectation that a more prosperous China will naturally select and benefit from Western monotheism is erroneous, ignorant, arrogant, and spiritually imperialist. Mono-theistic cultures tend to be the militant violently competitive types which are anathema to the Chinese.”

Returning to the American Christians, their fervent adherence to what were mostly misbegotten ideals rotting in diseased minds resulted in their conviction that they were special, closer to their Creator than any other living beings, which conviction imbued them with an imaginary but quite contagious stench of moral righteousness that invaded the DNA of every President, White House staff member, the entire Congress and, eventually, the entire population.

“To understand Americans, we must first understand that they believe they are “good”. Not good in the sense that they behave in accord with the abstract idea of good (which they in fact do not), but rather they are the embodiment of good – good incarnate. This is a corruption of Calvin’s idea of Justified Sinners, but its effect in the American mind means that, by definition, whatever Americans do is “good”, and that whenever Christian Americans choose to do something, however intrinsically evil, their actions are still morally righteous. Moreover, not only do Americans believe they are good, but anyone not adhering to their framework of religious, political or commercial ideas is either primitive or an aberration, and is not only ‘wrong’ but probably ‘evil’.” Of course they’re crazy, but this is America. Since this is the prime characteristic of American Christianity, it is the aspect most requiring exposure and interrogation. It was not for nothing that Charles Larson wrote “The problem is that Americans get their religion from the same place they get everything else – from their ignorance and their gullibility.”

It is this inherent “goodness” that permits an American policeman to shoot dead an innocent mother or child, to pump 100 bullets into an unarmed and non-violent man, to train his dogs to attack black genitals, and to beat college students senseless for protesting Wall Street. It is the righteousness flowing from this goodness that permitted Zimmerman to shoot and kill unarmed Trayvon Martin and then claim a “miscarriage of justice” when he was charged with murder. Zimmerman loaded his gun because he was good, followed and accosted Martin because he was good, then shot and killed him from that same goodness. Obama was sending drones into Pakistan to kill thousands of children and families because he was the embodiment of good, so even his most vile and evil acts were therefore good and pleasing in the eyes of his god. Madeleine Albright deliberately killed more than 500,000 Iraqi children because she was good. Hillary Clinton so famously laughed on national television at the brutal murder of the President of a harmless country (Khaddafi) because she wanted him dead, and because both her wish and her celebration of its fulfillment were “good”. Similarly, the USS Vincennes shot down a civilian Iranian airliner killing almost 300 people and George Bush refused to even apologise because he knew in his heart that his actions, however misguided and evil, were still “good”. In the same light, the Americans said that even if invading and destroying Syria were illegal by all definitions it would still be “the right thing to do”, and that’s because the Americans are “good” and, by definition, anything they want to do must also be “good”. Again, of course they’re crazy. But they’re Americans.

It is this same goodness that produces the flood of China-bashing articles by the US media and by American journalists resident in China. Their misrepresentations of the truth are necessary to do good. When Wal-Mart finally had some China stores closed after its 25th criminal violation, John Bussey wrote an article in the WSJ bemoaning the meanness of the Chinese government ‘picking on’ innocent American business, and whining that Wal-Mart, the world’s greatest victim, had no choice but “dropped to its knees”. Of course Bussey was fully aware how wrong and twisted his story was, but that’s forgivable because he was doing good. When US Senator Schumer or NYT columnist Paul Krugman make their dishonest and misleading statements about China’s RMB exchange rate, they justify it because they are “good” and are punishing a sinner who is “not good”. Sometimes, to do God’s Holy work, it is necessary to tell vicious lies about people but, since I am good and I act only to do good, God will approve.

The foolish myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the same source: Americans, being good, have a natural mandate from their god to influence, control and determine the fate of the world. And if they choose to do this with the barrel of a gun, we already know from our preacher friend above that God and Guns are a natural and blessed combination. The countless millions of deaths, the hundreds of millions of innocents living in hellish misery from American involvement, are, by definition, the result of doing “good”. The horrors, the racism, the misery and poverty, were all good things done by good people doing good. Even torture has been pulled into the mainstream of American political life to the extent that movies now glamorise it as an American value, so we learn that torture is now also “good”. To see all this properly, we must only adopt the profound belief that Americans, and only Americans, are “good”. We might wonder why, at least sometimes, there might not be room for compromise, for sparing Vietnam, for instance, or Iraq, the misery of total destruction, but the answer is that the Religious Right cannot compromise with evil, with what they and, by extension, their god, determine to be “sins”. A Latin American country wanting to redistribute land and income, wanting education and health care, is an aberrant evil with sins that comprise an existential threat to American capitalists who are “good”, and God does not want his ‘exceptional’ children to compromise with sinful heathens. This may seem unfair, but who are we to question God’s will?

The Americans’ blind infatuation with their corrupt and dysfunctional democracy in part stems from the same root and operates from the same religious policy manual as do all their other insanities and violence. In his book False Inheritance, Michael Rice wrote:

“… with the decline in religious belief and the weakening of the social bonds which religion imposes, there has been a marked tendency to invest political movements with many of the elements of religious faith. The social management which (the political movements) represent, is in no way different from the absolute demands of faith imposed by the medieval church.”

The path forward is clear: if this is something Americans want, it must be “good”, in the sense of good incarnate, and any other system of government is, by definition, a sinful aberration that must be destroyed since God’s children cannot compromise with evil. It’s interesting to think that if Americans one day realise the stupidity of their governmental system they would replace it instantly, God presumably changing His mind at the same moment. But, so long as they want it, it is not only “good” but is a universal value that reflects the yearnings of all mankind.

When you consider these observations, it is clear that the US-style of democracy fits firmly into this theology, and evokes the same blind and irrational ideology as every other part of American religion. It is this pathological theology that grants Americans the superiority devolving from their divine inheritance, and that produces the bigotry and racism that view all other nations as composed of sub-humans worthy of extermination. Since prior to Medieval times, religions espousing this pathology had no hesitation in using their military to kill everybody who disagreed with them. These were all, of course, the brutally savage colonial nations, including Japan and Israel. And so it doesn’t go unsaid, American commerce is rooted in the same criminal theology as is American politics.

The Utopia Mask is everywhere to be found in America, but nowhere more in evidence than in things related to religion, to this “goodness”. We can ask ourselves how it is possible for thinking people to execute such massive criminal activities, to propagate so many untruths, to cause so much visible suffering, and yet unable to see the immense gulf between their espoused ideals and their actions, and continue to claim they are “good”. They have in front of them the Ten Commandments they believe were delivered to them by their God, one of which states “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. But they tell thousands of big and destructive lies about everyone they don’t like, especially including Russia and China today, and they see no disconnect. Madeleine Albright had the Commandment stating “Thou shalt not kill”, delivered to her by her god, then set out to deliberately kill half a million innocent children while telling the world, “The United States is ‘good’.” Obama professed a deep Christianity while killing thousands of innocent families and children in the most cowardly way imaginable.

Western religions and human misery have been constant companions for at least two millennia. Steven Weinberg wrote, “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” Noah Millman wrote, “After all, the number of Christian countries in history that have been governed according to principles of non-violence is exactly zero. Meanwhile, it’s (the Jews) who wrote Psalm 137, a prayer for vengeance that ends with glee at the thought of dashing our enemies’ children’s brains on rocks.” It’s the extreme Right-Wing Jews in Israel who claim: “It’s God’s will that we kill all the Palestinians”. It’s difficult to understand how sane people can subvert their religion to the extent that even torture and killing become morally righteous, but they manage. It is always the far Right-Wing religious extremists, whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, who exhibit all the bigotry, racism, hatred and blind ideology. It is they who are the most dangerous. For thousands of years, religion has been used as a means of controlling a population while justifying all manner of atrocities. Who can forget the Crusades, the Inquisitions, all the “Holy Wars”? Iraq and Libya were not better.

In a 2014 article in Counterpunch, author and film-maker Andre Vltchek wrote a blistering condemnation of the violent history of Western religion, mostly of Christianity, beginning with what he called the “arch-criminal Christopher Columbus”, writing that “entire nations were placed on the sacrificial altar” and destroyed. And they were indeed. This was the history of the people who came to the New World. From its earliest days, it was religion that achieved such preposterous levels of brutality with such disregard and spite for fellow human beings, such racism and bigotry. “Those holding the cross were too intoxicated by vile righteousness; they were too overwhelmed by greed, too sadistic. The great majority of people from the so-called New World simply vanished. Those who were not killed were brutalized savagely. At one point, the Spanish aristocracy was so appalled with Christianity, that it sent its ships to Africa and begged Muslim armies to liberate Spain from Christian terror. Which happened. No dogma, no ideology, has enslaved the world, like Christianity. No religion or ideology has murdered more people.”

And how can we forget Chris Kyle, the greatest American sniper of all time? This man was so beloved to Americans that bronze statues were erected in his honor. There was a time when Hollywood movies pictured snipers as the most cowardly of all war criminals, but no more. Kyle, by his own reports, killed about 100 people. I read one report where Kyle claimed his favorite kill was blowing the brains out of an infant while being held in its mother’s arms at about 1,000 meters distance. In his autobiography Chris Kyle writes, “I loved killing. I only wish I could have done more of it.” But the point is that Kyle had a cross tattooed on his shoulder “because I wanted everyone to know I was a Christian”.

The Christian god, and the Jewish god too, is a god of love, of tolerance, of peace and forgiveness. “Do Unto Others as you would have them to do unto you. Turn the other cheek. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Look to the shard in your own eye before criticising the mote in your neighbor’s eye.” But when we saw ignorant Americans parading in the streets against Saddam Hussein of Iraq, carrying placards and shouting “Hang the son of a bitch”, that’s not the god talking – it’s the religion. Americans have deluded themselves that their versions of Christianity stem from their god, but in their twisted ignorance they draw their utopian ideals from Heaven while their actions are all drawn from Hell. They tell themselves their bible is Holy, but it isn’t holy to them; they have subverted it to serve their own ends, to justify and put a moral face on every evil action they plan to commit, finding in this holy book evidence of their god’s approval of everything from slavery to brutal repression to genocide, using delusion as a kind of pre-emptive tool to remove the real god from their lives and substitute a mythical deity who deems them “good”.

Lastly, it needs to be understood that God and religion are in reality so distinct from each other as to be almost totally unrelated. God is a destination; religion is a vehicle. As an analogy, if Chinese citizens want to travel to the Capital to venerate at the tomb of Chairman Mao, well and good, but they don’t worship the train that takes them to Beijing. In the West, it’s all about the train, while the conductor, absent of all evidence, claims divine appointment, and thus his justification for control of our lives. That wouldn’t be so bad, but the control is almost entirely focused on money and war-mongering, which is why virtually all Western religions are obscenely rich and why every war of consequence and every slaughter of innocent civilians since the Roman Empire have been started by either Christians or Jews. Or, more accurately, started by Jews and executed by Christians.

 
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  1. Finally someone getting close to the issue.A fine sight…
    More than a few centuries too late,but …hopefully
    what goes around,will come back around.
    Try as they may,goodness cannot be killed.Ideas of freedom,love and
    basic decency do not die.

    Peace,Love,Life

  2. Finally someone getting close to actuality.A fine sight.
    A few dozen centuries too late, But maybe, what goes around
    comes back around? Try as they may, Goodness will not be killed/bombed.
    Ideas of freedom,liberty,justice etc. do not die.
    Of course they are eternally attacked,subverted,regulated and despised by sick people,
    mental midgets and brainwashed experts,thereby creating an infinite potential
    for humanity.

    Peace,Love,Life

  3. “more tragic wars and human-rights atrocities have been committed in the name of God and religion than from any other source”

    I had to stop reading after this flagrantly counterfactual sentence.

    The militant atheism of Marxist regimes killed in the order of 100 million people in the 20th century.

    In one day, the bolsheviks would kill more people than the Catholic Inquisition killed in total throughout the 3 centuries during which it used violence.

    As for the US wars of aggression, they do have a religious component, but they don’t boil down to just Zionism. The picture is more complex; and the main motivation, as always, is more power to the elites and the illusion given to the people of sharing in this power.

    If you will insist on making sweeping generalizations using vague terms and politically correct truisms, whatever interesting facts you may want to share will be lost except on the totally uncritical.

    • Agree: ivan
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  4. I wish to applaud Mr. Unz for printing the deranged essays of a 70 year old Canadian who is clearly suffering from dementia. Bravo!

  5. G. Poulin says:
    @Jean-Marie L

    Yeah, I thought this was supposed to be an “alternative” site. If I want to hear the same old shit, I’ll just watch TV.

  6. Wade says:

    We already know that Americans have, and treasure, a great many freedoms, but it is not widely known that the freedom of (white) Americans to kill blacks with impunity is actually just a subset of a greater freedom – the freedom of religion. It is this essential connection between God and killing that permits an American policeman to shoot dead a pregnant young mother then escape punishment by a claim to be “lifting the husband and children up in prayer”. If you aren’t American, you won’t understand this.

    As a christian from the south, 45 years of age, I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. Whites/Christians are not allowed to kill blacks with impunity. Cops shoot blacks less often on a per capita basis, especially adjusting for relative crime rates of the black and white communities, than they shoot whites. They are generally far more afraid of the repercussions of using violence against blacks than you realize.

    • Agree: Chris Mallory
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  7. anon[185] • Disclaimer says:

    Honk if you’ve discovered 117 out of the last 11 historical frauds.

  8. Anon401 says:

    If I want to interface with the deranged ramblings of a sun-downing boomer, I can go call my grandpa (haven’t contacted him in 3 years) or tune into 2020 election coverage on terrestrial American TV. Why does this accursed generation need to show off their melting cognition on Unz Review, too?

    Your perception of Chinese religiosity is beyond warped, too. They are converting to Catholicism in droves, particularly in Shandong and Guangzhou — in spite of Mormon spies agitating against the CCP there and giving Christians a bad name. The battle for the soul of China is being waged by Europeans in Macau against Zionist Feds in HK.

  9. I believe this entire article is a troll job.

    • Troll: Biff
  10. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wade

    Similarly,

    It is the righteousness flowing from this goodness that permitted Zimmerman to shoot and kill unarmed Trayvon Martin and then claim a “miscarriage of justice” when he was charged with murder. Zimmerman loaded his gun because he was good, followed and accosted Martin because he was good, then shot and killed him from that same goodness.

    When was this written? All the references to Hillary Clinton and lack of any to Donald Trump indicate that it may have preceded the trial of Mr. Zimmerman, and that Mr. Romanoff reflexively adhered to the racially obsessed, NPRoggy denomination of the Exceptionalian! faith. Perhaps he will tell us if he still believes that this is a correct account of what happened in light of the evidence informing the jury’s verdict.

    I do think that the essay, overall, is provocative and worthy of publication and discussion.

    • Agree: Realist
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    , @Realist
  11. Biff says:

    It has been only the Right-Wing Christian countries that have evangelised and proselytised religion so heavily, and today is almost exclusively the US that ever presses the issue.

    Right-wing governments with left wing support; I’ve heard it from the mouth breathers myself.

    Obama was sending drones into Pakistan to kill thousands of children and families because he was the embodiment of good, so even his most vile and evil acts were therefore good and pleasing in the eyes of his god. Madeleine Albright deliberately killed more than 500,000 Iraqi children because she was good. Hillary Clinton so famously laughed on national television at the brutal murder of the President of a harmless country (Khaddafi) because she wanted him dead, and because both her wish and her celebration of its fulfillment were “good”. Similarly, the USS Vincennes shot down a civilian Iranian airliner killing almost 300 people and George Bush refused to even apologise because he knew in his heart that his actions, however misguided and evil, were still “good”. In the same light, the Americans said that even if invading and destroying Syria were illegal by all definitions it would still be “the right thing to do”, and that’s because the Americans are “good” and, by definition, anything they want to do must also be “good”.

    All supported by the left. Because they are “good”, and in their own mind “better”, and quite violent so look the fuck out!

  12. 3.Jean-Marie L says:

    “The militant atheism of Marxist regimes killed in the order of 100 million people in the 20th century. . . If you will insist on making sweeping generalizations using vague terms and politically correct truisms, whatever interesting facts you may want to share will be lost except on the totally uncritical.”

    You are 100% correct in your statements and your assessment. That generalisation was careless in that it lacked some necessary qualifications as to framework. My apologies to my readers, and my thanks for the disapproving evaluation of the statement.

    • Thanks: Jean-Marie L
    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    , @GeeBee
  13. Baxter says:

    I enjoyed this article immensely. I think the author may be doing the opposite of Freud. It was said of Sigmund in his work ‘he tried to reduce something very complex to something that can be controlled. The author has done the opposite, methinks. He has created something very complex out something very simple. This ‘we’re good, them bad’ thing is as old as, well, it’s pretty old. Dogs do it, so do people. As Fred Reed asked, are people feral dogs?
    It is the pact instinct, the herd mentality, the loyalty to the tribe.
    In America, Protestant Christianity provided the moral buttresses for the American way. Manifest Destiny was a product of Protestantism. Protestant Christianity no longer holds a monopoly on American thinking. In fact, it has rationalized itself into myriad bizarre things. The effect of it on society lingers on.
    The author is quite right, modern America, taken altogether, is insane.

    • Replies: @Biff
  14. Baxter says:

    Apologies, I meant ‘affect’ not ‘effect’

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  15. Rebner says:

    …”who were also members of one Christian sect or another, often Catholic” shows that you have no idea of what you are talking about. All in all you are saying Peter cannot be a Christian because he sinned and you attack Christ identifying Him with sinning instead of worshipping Him for laying out the Principles of Goodness

  16. Biff says:
    @Baxter

    Protestant Christianity no longer holds a monopoly on American thinking. In fact, it has rationalized itself into myriad bizarre things. The effect of it on society lingers on.

    Nothing comes close to ‘affecting’ American exceptionalism other than Hollywood. It has planted the seed in every movie and every tale that the ‘good guy’ is American and wins – the woman, the war, the truth, and world admiration!

    To the background of exceptional music.

  17. @Larry Romanoff

    Not so fast, Romanff. In this piece talking about saved/scammed Christian money in the same way you ignored the Marxists, you forget to mention the vast profits of Jewish corruption and graft in charities and the ADL/Israel cabal. Vast to the point of making a mockery of Christianity’s graft and ‘charitable” take.

    But then, you may have ‘obligations’.

  18. Thomasina says:
    @Baxter

    “Apologies, I meant ‘affect’ not ‘effect’.

    I think you had it right the first time.

  19. 17.Jim Christian says:

    In . . . the same way you ignored the Marxists, you forget to mention the vast profits of Jewish corruption and graft in charities and the ADL/Israel cabal. . . But then, you may have ‘obligations’.

    I understand, but not a matter of obligations or bias. The focus was one subset of one large topic, restricted to the US and the resulting internal and external results.

  20. anon[273] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jean-Marie L

    100 million people based on Western estimates. And we are supposed to trust the Western estimates more than the home countries’?

    Here is a good read: https://www.unz.com/article/mao-reconsidered-part-two-whose-famine/

    Historical famine fabrication is a simple matter, as historian Boris Borisov, employing the same techniques as Mao’s critics, demonstrated in Famine killed 7 Million People in the U.S.A., a horrifying account of American famine deaths during the Great Depression:

    “Few people know about five million American farmers–a million families–whom banks ousted from their land because of debts during the Great Depression. The U.S. government did not provide them with land, work, social aid, or pensions and every sixth American farmer was affected by famine. People were forced to leave their homes and wander without money or belongings in an environment mired in massive unemployment, famine and gangsterism. At the same time, the U.S. government tried to get rid of foodstuffs which vendors could not sell. Market rules were observed strictly: unsold goods categorized as redundant could not be given to the poor lest it damage business. They burned crops, dumped them in the ocean, plowed under 10 million hectares of cropland and killed 6.5 million pigs. Here is a child’s recollection: ‘We ate whatever was available. We ate bush leaves instead of cabbage, frogs too. My mother and my older sister died during a year’ (Jack Griffin)…The U.S. lost not less than 8,553,000 people from 1931 to 1940. Afterwards, population growth indices change twice, instantly. Exactly between 1930-31 the indices drop and stay on the same level for ten years. No explanation of this phenomenon can be found in the extensive report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Statistical Abstract of the United States”.

  21. 16.Biff says:

    “Nothing comes close to ‘affecting’ American exceptionalism other than Hollywood. It has planted the seed in every movie and every tale that the ‘good guy’ is American and wins – the woman, the war, the truth, and world admiration!”

    I concur. Most of the ‘good’ Hollywood movies are a kind of religious morality play, a battle of good against evil where the good guys – the Americans, always win. Think of Independence Day, Pearl Harbor, Avatar, and so many more. All different, but all the same. Hollywood and the Jewish movie studios were planned as propaganda tools and fully integrated into the program.

    The movies are well-done and quite seductive. TV is the same. We are seldom aware of the psychological conditioning and the subtle insertion of ‘values’ into the scripts because we don’t expect movies and TV programs to contain propaganda and social conditioning, but they are there.

  22. BuelahMan says:

    It isn’t unusual to see Americans driving a pick-up truck full of guns that sports a bumper sticker reading, “Honk if you love Jesus”.

    I’ve lived in the American south my entire life. The author is totally full of shite. Please take your anti-gun, Christian hating self elsewhere. Ron Unz… help him go away.

  23. I don’t want ‘freedom of religion’.

    I want ‘freedom from religion’.

    The entire world is full of religious loonies.

    • Agree: Daemon, Realist
  24. KlcTan says:

    Larry wrote : “China has never in its history experienced the violent tragedies inflicted by Western religions, in particular by Western Christianity, ….”

    I am afraid this is not true. During the Qing Dynasty, there was the Taiping Rebellion which was a Christian rebellion led by a leader Hung XiuQuan who believed that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ. He was converted to Christianity by an American Baptist.

    TR was the most devastating rebellion in Chinese history, lasted for 22 years and killed about 20 million people. It considerably weakened the state and led to conditions giving rise to the warlords after the Qing was overthrown.

    Over the centuries, certain Emperors favoured either Taoism or Buddhism which led to persecution of one or the other. But in general the Emperors had a benign attitude towards religion.

  25. The original posting of this article was lacking the final several paragraphs (my fault). It is now updated.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  26. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    Mr. Romanoff, I can see and appreciate that you’re responding to comments about this column.

    Please respond to mine, which goes directly to your credibility.

  27. jsinton says:

    The problem is not Jesus per se. It’s the “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. It’s the evil in men. You can serve Jesus, or you can serve Mammon, but you can’t serve both at the same time. This is the fundamental flaw in man, the reason why only the purest of the pure get to go to heaven, so sayeth the dogma. Sorry you don’t understand that, but it’s your failing, not the failing of Jesus. It’s up to you what you do and what you believe.

  28. 24.KlcTan says:

    “During the Qing Dynasty, there was the Taiping Rebellion which was a Christian rebellion led by a leader Hung XiuQuan who believed that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ. TR was the most devastating rebellion in Chinese history, lasted for 22 years and killed about 20 million people.”

    The Taiping Rebellion was no more Chinese than was the Russian Revolution Russian. The Russian Revolution was totally a Jewish Bolshevik Revolution and the Taiping Rebellion was a Jewish war.

    The Taipings controlled a huge swath of China, and in their territory they forbade the possession and smoking of opium and, more importantly, the transport of opium through all of the territory they controlled. The Taipings killed the opium trade stone dead.

    The history books tell us that “a group of wealthy Shanghai businessmen” financed an army and “put down” the so-called Taiping Rebellion. The first part is true, but those ‘wealthy Shanghai businessmen’ were the opium Jews – Rothschild, Sassoon, Kadoorie, Hartung, Moller, and more. Rothschild, with his British East India Company, had experience in this because he had an army of around one million men in India, a third of it to discourage Indians from objecting to the wholesale looting of their country, another third to enforce the abandonment of food crops to grow opium for Sassoon to sell in China, and a third for the slave trade.

    These opium Jews assembled an army of nearly one million men, financed and trained them, armed them with the latest European weapons, and obtained British commanders to lead them, then went after the Taipings. It was the bloodiest war in the history of the world, with between 70 million and 90 million Chinese killed. The Jews didn’t do that to help China or to save the Emperor. They did it to reinstate and protect their drug profits and put back the cash into their HSBC bank. The “Christianity” of the Taipings was irrelevant.

    The British East India Company was the largest criminal organisation in the world’s history, which is why the BEIC offices are sealed and off-limits to researchers and why the history books are blank.

    • Thanks: Kali
  29. Excellent article, thank you. As the Roman philosopher Seneca observed, “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”

    Those who bemoan the downfall of “Judeo-Christian” values (a bizarre oxymoron in itself) might notice that much-despised modern secularism is remarkably Christian in practice. In the privacy of the individual conscience, all faiths (or none) can be made to seem equal, but the public space – institutions, forms, powers – remains thoroughly Christian in outlook. Our theory of crime, for one example, remains mired in the antiquated Christian dogma of “free will”. Thus, our court system is predicated on meting out punishment to transgressors, as the Bible commands, rather than providing treatment for the maladjusted individuals who violate social norms, as science shows is a more effective response than cruelty and revenge.

    In an honestly post-Christian secularism, magical thinking will no longer be considered the equal of the scientific method. The wrong-headed relativism that allows people to consider faith on a par with reason will be at last be laid to rest. Men who start imperial wars for oil on god’s command will be given therapy rather than armies to command. Philosophers will once again be of greater repute than priests and ministers (and rabbis and mullahs and movie stars and sports heroes). Metaphysical mumbo-jumbo will be replaced by the philosophy of materialists, radicals, cynics, atheists, hedonists, and voluptuaries. We will at last vanquish the death-cult that is patriarchal monotheism – for denying the joy of being alive in the here and now in order to earn an imaginary reward in the hereafter is the only true mortal sin.

    • Agree: GeeBee
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @ujijin
  30. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    So as to include this?

    It is always the far Right-Wing religious extremists, whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, who exhibit all the bigotry, racism, hatred and blind ideology.

    Always? All?

    Again, when did you write this hyperventilated column?

    • Replies: @Anon
  31. Dumbo says:

    America is a “right wing society”??

    Whites “killing blacks with impunity”???

    I haven’t read further. This person is clearly deranged. I’m sorry I took his last article seriously.

    “Honk if you love Jesus”. This ubiquitous simple-mindedness appears quite unaware of the grave disconnect between the violent reality of its nature and its imaginary jingoistic ‘love of god’.

    I think the author has never met many American christians. The ones I met were really simple, family oriented folks, if a little bit naive.

    more tragic wars and human-rights atrocities have been committed in the name of God and religion than from any other source.

    Not really. Most wars are for nationalism/imperialism or for resources. The last two world wars in which millions died had little or zero to do with religion. And let’s not mention all the deaths caused by Communism.

  32. but it is not widely known that the freedom of (white) Americans to kill blacks with impunity is actually just a subset of a greater freedom

    What planet are you living on? What are you smoking?

    Whites kill blacks with impunity? Look at the crime stats.

    What a dammy.

  33. Anon[375] • Disclaimer says:

    It isn’t unusual to see Americans driving a pick-up truck full of guns that sports a bumper sticker reading, “Honk if you love Jesus”.

    Never seen it. Weird, given that it is so common. I almost never see those stickers at all, much less on a pickup truck, much less on one full of guns.

  34. It’s difficult to understand how sane people can subvert their religion to the extent that even torture and killing become morally righteous, but they manage.

    Perhaps you overestimate their alleged sanity…

    The Christian god, and the Jewish god too, is a god of love, of tolerance, of peace and forgiveness.

    Have you read the old testament?

    What do you suppose biblegod does with all those foreskins?

    • Replies: @Saggy
  35. Saggy says: • Website

    I suspect ‘Larry Romanoff’ is a total phony (and I have a litmus test*), a Jew attempting to warp the minds of anyone opposing Jewish interests, and I admit I couldn’t get past the idiotic first paragraph of this article.

    It is this essential connection between God and killing that permits an American policeman to shoot dead a pregnant young mother then escape punishment by a claim to be “lifting the husband and children up in prayer”. If you aren’t American, you won’t understand this.

    I’m as American as you can get, and I have no idea what in hell he is talking about. This looks to me like a typical degenerate Jewish slander of Christianity.

    *LR likes to write – ‘As Benjamin Netanyahu famously stated, “Once we have squeezed everything we want from the US, it can dry up and blow away.”’ I can’t find a reference for the quote, and I think it’s phony, like Romanoff. If he can provide a real reference then I’m wrong.

    • Replies: @GeeBee
  36. Saggy says: • Website
    @Adam Smith

    David killed 200 Philistines and collected their foreskins to buy a bride …. Samuel 18:27

    • Agree: Adam Smith
    • LOL: Realist
    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  37. RogerL says:

    As a person so badly traumatized by christians that I’m permanently disabled by PTSD, it is a huge relief that these issues are being raised.

    Its the organized religion, which is a tool of amoral rulers, which is so toxic. Mystics, who study and live the teachings of Jesus, are completely different from the organized religion, and many of them are admirable.

    If I had to choose between drug crazed assassins, and christians doing their duty, its an easy choice – I’d choose the drug crazed assassins.

    No, I’m not some kind of foreign provocateur. Before I was disabled, I worked in software development on the west coast, which is part of why the thinking of Ron Unz makes so much sense to me.

  38. Anon[183] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    May I respectfully suggest that the author of this diatribe come to South Africa and see how well he can get along with the pantheist, ancestor worshiping, largely left wing blacks of this country

  39. Realist says:

    Lastly, it needs to be understood that God and religion are in reality so distinct from each other as to be almost totally unrelated. God is a destination; religion is a vehicle. As an analogy, if Chinese citizens want to travel to the Capital to venerate at the tomb of Chairman Mao, well and good, but they don’t worship the train that takes them to Beijing. In the West, it’s all about the train, while the conductor, absent of all evidence, claims divine appointment, and thus his justification for control of our lives.

    Religion has always been a tool to control people.

  40. Realist says:

    American martial music often contains lyrics singing the praises of their god while they march off to yet another unjustifiable war of aggression, deluding themselves on the righteousness of their massacres of innocent civilians, applauding their own moral virtue while presuming the blessing of their god.

    The Battle Hymn of the Republic is a perfect example.

  41. Add to it a big earthquake in California or a Katrina – like typhoon and it could evolve into John Hillcoat’s the road. One possible the solution : to cut the military spending in overseas operations and wars in order to have money to fix the domestic problems.

  42. @Saggy

    Maybe when the Dollar loses reserve status we can use foreskins as currency.(?)

    Or to buy wives?

    Wherefore FloridaMan arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the villagers two hundred men; and FloridaMan brought their foreskins, and he gave them in full tale to the governor, that he might be the governor’s son in law. And Ron gave him Mamie his daughter to wife.

    Joshua 5:3 …

    So Joshua made flint knives for himself, and circumcised the sons of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.

    Exodus 4 …

    24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him.

    25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

    26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

    It was on that glorious day that biblegod spared Moses his life in exchange for a bloody foreskin.

    Circumcise yourselves to the Lord; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Unz…
    Lest His wrath go forth like fire!

  43. Realist says:
    @anonymous

    Yes the comment about accosting Martin is bullshit.

  44. Realist says:
    @Observator

    In an honestly post-Christian secularism, magical thinking will no longer be considered the equal of the scientific method. The wrong-headed relativism that allows people to consider faith on a par with reason will be at last be laid to rest.

    Hopefully coming soon.

  45. Wonderings:
    1) Why is it that Jews and American Christians see themselves as the embodiment of good, good incarnate?
    2) The Talmud explains why the Judaic syndicate corrupts, perverts, and destroys the church. Why is this underlying factor ignored?
    3) I cannot explain away the violence of the Christian church. But I cannot throw out the hope for myself and the world that Jesus represents.

  46. Realist says:

    Romanoff paints with too wide of a brush. He conflates religion with racism…White with racism…American with racism…American with religion…White with Christianity (there are many POC Christians)

    He is conflicted and confused.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  47. J1234 says:

    We already know that Americans have, and treasure, a great many freedoms, but it is not widely known that the freedom of (white) Americans to kill blacks with impunity is actually just a subset of a greater freedom – the freedom of religion. It is this essential connection between God and killing that permits an American policeman to shoot dead a pregnant young mother then escape punishment by a claim to be “lifting the husband and children up in prayer”. If you aren’t American, you won’t understand this.

    I’m American, and I don’t understand this…specifically, the point you’re trying to make. Your purpose was to vent, and you accomplished that, but it would’ve been nice if you could’ve made some coherent arguments along the way. Example:

    And how can we forget Chris Kyle, the greatest American sniper of all time? This man was so beloved to Americans that bronze statues were erected in his honor. There was a time when Hollywood movies pictured snipers as the most cowardly of all war criminals, but no more. Kyle, by his own reports, killed about 100 people…But the point is that Kyle had a cross tattooed on his shoulder “because I wanted everyone to know I was a Christian”.

    From the book of Matthew:

    ….a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

    7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

    8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

    10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

    Centurions certainly killed people, so how could one of them also be a person of great faith? Probably an important question to answer before you start categorizing soldiers who are Christians as hypocrites.

  48. GeeBee says:
    @Jean-Marie L

    Unfortunately, there are very few people who understand that Marxist political theory – and Marxian regimes ever since – are the distillation of Protestant Christianity. As Oscar Levy said so accurately, exactly 100 years ago: ‘There is a direct line from Savonarola to Luther, and from Luther to Robespierre, and from Robespierre to Lenin’.

    Indeed Revilo P Oliver went further, writing that: ‘“Liberalism is a succedaneous religion that was devised late in the Eighteenth Century and it originally included a vague deism. Like the Christianity from which it sprang, it split into various sects and heresies, such as Jacobinism, Fourierism, Owenism, Fabian Socialism, Marxism, and the like. The doctrine of these “Liberal” cults is essentially Christianity divested of its belief in supernatural beings, but retaining its social superstitions, which were originally derived from, and necessarily depend on, the supposed wishes of a god. This “Liberalism,” the residue of Christianity, is, despite the fervour with which its votaries hold their faith, merely a logical absurdity, a series of deductions from a premise that has been denied.

    ‘[Like] the Catholics, who had imprudently decided that the earth could be stopped from revolving about the sun in defiance of Holy Writ by burning intelligent men at the stake or torturing them until they recanted…Pious Protestants would naturally have preferred a cozy little earth, such as their god described in their holy book [and in their turn] the votaries of “Liberalism” would have much preferred to have the various human species specially created to form one race endowed with the fictitious qualities dear to “Liberal” fancy. But the cultists saw the advantage of endorsing the findings of geology and biology, including the evolution of species, in their polemics against orthodox Christianity to show the absurdity of the Jewish version of the Sumerian creation-myth.

    ‘The hypocrisy of their professed devotion to scientific knowledge was made unmistakable when the “Liberals” began their frantic and often hysterical efforts to suppress scientific knowledge about genetics and the obviously innate differences between the different human species and between the individuals of any given species. At present, the “Liberals” are limited to shrieking and spitting when they are confronted with inconvenient facts, but no one who has heard them in action can have failed to notice how exasperated they are by the limitations that have thus far prevented them from burning wicked biologists and other rational men at the stake.’

    In other words, socialism is the foul spawn of Christian axiology stripped of its mysterious elements. The crimes committed in its name stem from the same ideological madness. Or as Adolf Hitler put it: ‘Christianity was the first religion to kill people in the name of love’.

    • Replies: @Jean-Marie L
  49. GeeBee says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    Do look at my reply to him though. And let me know what you think…

  50. 76239 says:

    In a 2014 article in Counterpunch, author and film-maker Andre Vltchek wrote a blistering condemnation of the violent history of Western religion, mostly of Christianity, beginning with what he called the “arch-criminal Christopher Columbus”,

    Brilliant. This proves nothing.

    What about the first 300 years? The only violence was against Christians. The author like so many people confuses the institutional church of Christianity with the faith and practice of authentic Christianity.

    Its much like someone confusing the government with the people. Two completely different entities.

  51. GeeBee says:
    @Saggy

    This looks to me like a typical degenerate Jewish slander of Christianity.

    Be very careful about casually slinging accusations of “Jew! Jew!” at anyone who points to Christianity’s manifold contradictions and disadvantages. There are many of us who have eschewed what Cesar Tort refers to as ‘monocausalism’ (in other words, blaming it all on the Jews), when a far healthier analysis recognises that it is Christian axiology which, like the HIV virus, first robs us of our immune system, and it is this Christianity-induced ‘AIDS’ that then allows secondary infections to take over and ultimately kill our bodies (and Jewish parasitism of our lands is just one such secondary infection).

    Add to this that it is at least arguable that Christianity was originally ‘marketed’ by Saul of Tarsus as ‘Judaism II’ with the express purpose of coralling the gentiles into the Jews’ service. If this is indeed the case, it has certainly worked for them these two thousand years…

    • Replies: @Saggy
  52. @GeeBee

    You may not realize it, but the authors you quote use metaphors like “social superstitions” instead of rational concepts.

    In addition, one of them talks of burning scientists at the stake, something that never happened. Galileo’s home arrest (not for claiming heliocentrism as a scientist, but for demanding the Church acknowledge its discovery and accordingly change her teaching on a psalm mentioning the sun’s orb), in extremely comfortable conditions, was manifestly beneficial to his further research, as probably was the deterrence from spending any further time impinging on the spiritual prerogatives of the Church.
    A lot could be said in favour of the Church’s authoritative interpretation and filtering of the Hebrew scriptures, as that made it possible to put to liturgical use whatever was spiritually inspired, and leave a host of pagan and even arguably Satanist texts effectively censored, thus effectively implementing a semi-marcionite policy.

    Another error of your authors is their failure to see that socialism, just like moral values (whose explicit formulation in our civilization is Christian), played a mere cosmetic role in Marxism, which is at heart a revolutionary strategy aimed at destroying civilization and procure tremendous power to revolutionary elites, just like Jacobinism, and just like today’s ostensibly moral exploitation of the bogus cause of minority rights (including the attempt to destabilize Confucianist China by supporting the “rights of Uyghurs”). Everywhere, “communist” societies ended up granting tremendous privileges to its elites at the expense of the people. And since you quote Adolph Hitler, you should be aware that there were some national socialists who were far truer socialists than Marx or Lenin.

    • Replies: @GeeBee
  53. Saggy says: • Website
    @GeeBee

    Be very careful about casually slinging accusations of “Jew! Jew!” at anyone who points to Christianity’s manifold contradictions and disadvantages.

    The accusation stems from the what I believe is false Netanyahu quote.

  54. GeeBee says:
    @Jean-Marie L

    I concur with all of what you say regarding the true aims of Marxist ‘socialism’. Mikhail Bakunin had Marx’s card marked as long ago as the 1870s. He not only correctly predicted what kind of dystopian societies Marx’s ideas would lead to (he wrote that Marxist regimes would become one-party dictatorships which ruled over the proletariat, rather than truly enshrining rule by the proletariat), but he also harboured deep suspicions of Marx’s motives. Marx was a Jew, and thus a member of a tribe that Bakunin considered to be nothing more than a well organised infestation of parasites, going so far as to describe Jewry in the following terms:

    This whole Jewish world, comprising a single exploiting sect, a kind of blood sucking people, a kind of organic destructive collective parasite, going beyond not only the frontiers of states, but of political opinion, this world is now, at least for the most part, at the disposal of Marx on the one hand, and of Rothschild on the other. This may seem strange. What can there be in common between socialism and a leading bank? The point is that authoritarian socialism, Marxist communism, demands a strong centralisation of the state. And where there is centralisation of the state, there must necessarily be a central bank, and where such a bank exists, the parasitic Jewish nation, speculating with the Labour of the people, will be found.

    I must correct you, however, in your too hasty desire to refute that old canard that the church was wont to burn scientists at the stake. That they did not (and I am already familiar with Galileo’s specific case, thankyou) is immaterial to Revilo Oliver’s point. He knew that most people believe that they did, and he was merely pointing out (as you would have seen, had you read the words of his which I quoted with a more careful eye) that today’s Leftists heartily wish that they might do to biologists what the Catholic Church is wrongly reputed to have done to the likes of Galileo.

    Revilo P Oliver was a man possessed of a towering intellect and armed with an astonishing talent for research (he knew twelve languages, including Ancient Greek). Were you familiar with his writing, you would not aim such a facile remark at him as when you write of ‘another error of your authors is their failure to see that socialism, just like moral values (whose explicit formulation in our civilization is Christian), played a mere cosmetic role in Marxism’. I think you will find that Oliver was one of the first of the modern writers relentlessly to push this very point. I recommend to you and to others his short work on the Origins of Christianity, where all of these points are brilliantly addressed.

    Lastly, I am not aware of any personage called ‘Adolph Hitler’. I did, however, quote Adolf Hitler. And yes, as a National Socialist I consider myself to have far truer socialist credentials than anyone whose political credo has Marxian derivations.

    • Agree: Malla
  55. vot tak says:

    Excellent article, very much enjoyed reading it.

  56. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    He reminds me of another shooting star here a few years back with a need to see things others couldn’t and whose surname also began with an “R.”* Too much, too fast, although this column seems to have been written years ago.

    —-

    * One notable difference is Mr. Romanoff’s non-defensive responses to the commenters (who he doesn’t ignore).

    • Agree: Realist
  57. vot tak says:

    This article would be a very good one to front page. Certainly more readable than the toss currently being headlined in the top two spots.

  58. There were plenty of wars before Christianity. It wasn’t only the Greeks, Romans, Assyrians, Egyptians etc.

    There were plenty of other warmongers after Christianity. Ever heard of Genghis Khan who was completely tolerant of different religions? The Moslems were efficient conquerors. So were Hindus, Buddhists and atheists.

    I like the exposure of US and other European religious hypocrisy but hypocrisy wasn’t invented by them. I enjoyed the article but it was too fixated on one group’s excuse for their evil. [email protected]

  59. ujijin says:
    @Observator

    “…magical” and “metaphysical thinking” replaced by “materialism”…

    …and then came CoV-19, under which conditions all sorts of magical and non-scientific thinking—heck, even nonsensical leaps in logic, not to mention outright contradictions and doubletalk—have come to rule the day and become the basis for political oppression and the wholesale destruction of whatever civil liberties, tranquility, and economic vitality…all in the name of “Public Health”…

    Riiiiight.

  60. gay troll says:

    I find myself confused as to whether or not Larry identifies as a Christian. His anti Semitism is certainly Christian flavored. So are his invectives against a Satan worshipping cabal. Here he makes many criticisms against Christianity, but always qualified with a modifier such as “twisted”. Larry must be one of those true Christians. Or maybe he just panders to that audience. But there is no such thing as a true Christian, as the entire religion is built on falsity. Jesus may speak wise and beautiful words, but the relevance of those words is premised in the concession that Jesus is the one and only incarnation of God and that he came to Earth 2000 years ago to do something of great historical importance (i.e. to rebuke Judea and warn against the destruction of Jerusalem). To take Jesus out of this historical context reveals him as purely mythological. And the simple fact is that no historical person witnessed the ministry of Jesus Christ in Judea, while his purported miracle work makes the fantasy obvious.

    Jesus Christ may represent good ideas, but to uphold these ideas in his name only debases and discredits them. We did not need Yahweh to reveal moral law to the Jews or later to the world at large. In fact, Yahweh is the arbiter of nothing and his only son is a shill for Imperialism. Just like revelation is a misnomer for plagiarism, “faith” is a terrible euphemism for credulity. True faith must placed in the unknown and not in the literal meaning of words. Meanwhile true knowledge is written in all of nature, which the Christians of course repress and denounce as Satanic.

    God is a person, unlike Moses and Jesus who are fictional characters. In fact, god is all persons.

    Honk if you love Harry Potter.

    And Larry, help a gay troll out, what do you believe in?

    • Replies: @Kali
  61. Kali says:
    @gay troll

    God is a person, unlike Moses and Jesus who are fictional characters. In fact, god is all persons.

    “Know yourself” is the only religious/spiritual imperative of real value to any one, for when one truly knows oneself, one knows God!

    When Jesus said, or is said to have said, “I am the way, the truth and the light. No enters the kingdom of heaven except through me”, was he not pointing to exactly this imperative?

    Excellent comment, Gay Troll. Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Thanks to Larry for another very enjoyable, very insightful article too.

    With love,
    Kali.

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