Sunday, April 04, 2010

The "fury against religion"

”…Why is there such a fury against religion now? Because religion is the one reliable force that stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. The one reliable force that forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law. The one reliable force that restrains the hand of the man of power. In an age of power-worship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power…”
11 March 2010 1:52 PM
From: "How I found God and peace with my atheist brother" by Peter Hitchens, Mail Online


My comments: Peter Hitchens' article is very good. Well worth reading and thinking about. The differences between Peter and his brother Christopher on the subject of religion take on a sort of archetypal quality, a kind of revised Cain and Abel for this age of information, gossip, celebrity and instant "philosophizing." It was touching to read in Peter's article that when he married his wife in a church, it was the "first adult act he ever did." Why is that? Because consecration is the source of the dignity of objects, acts, and lives. Without the act of consecration we lose our grip on life and the sacred dimensions of our humanity. I believe that "losing this grip" is the real souce of the notion of Hell - the outer darkness, the garbage dump, the infernal [infer-ior] region. This banishment to the realm of the garbage dump, the smoking ruin, the "utter destruction" (and these words from Deuteronomy are significant) is what our politics has become today.

cf. Joseph de Maistre: "Human reason left to its own resources is completely incapable not only of creating but also of conserving any religious or political association, because it can only give rise to disputes and because, to conduct himself well, man needs beliefs, not problems." [For further reading, see my Book Notes on Joseph de Maistre in the Bookmanas website.]

Nevertheless, I would just add a couple of glosses to Peter Hitchens' article - and of course, no one can say everything. It was published just a few weeks shy of the the latest wave of pedophile scandals rocking the Church, the publication of which gives much glee and rejoicing no doubt to the enemies of the Church. The smell of blood is thick upon the waters. But it must also be said that the Church has brought these woes upon itself, upon herself -- and that every further pronouncement from the Vatican only makes matters go from bad to worse. It is utter nonsense - but also a tribute to how much the Judaic mindset has penetrated the thinking of even the elites in the Church -- to say that the attacks against the Pope are analogous to "antisemitism." This kind of hapless posturing is beneath contempt. Irresponsibility has poisoned the springs of all of our institutions today, and the fact that such a fad has now lodged within the Vatican is a symptom of decay at the top - in the sense in which a fish rots from the head. I say nothing against the ranks of the faithful Catholics, who are truly bewildered and upset by these developments. The leaders of the Catholic faithful appear to be running like heads with their chickens cut off - in S.J. Perelman's delicious phrase.

So, it is not enough to say, as Peter Hitchens says, that "...the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power." To a very great extent, as far as I can see, the Christian religion has become a tool of the Jews. First it was the Christian Zionists. Now the Catholics seem to be lining up to get a piece of the Jewish mindset, which has proven to be so effective in the political campaigns of our age. Convince everyone that you are a victim, and pouf! - you can bend them to your will like Silly Putty!

I was not impressed, for instance, when Pope Benedict XVI came to the United States and spent his time here apologizing left, right, and center. [1] I entered the Catholic Church at about the time Benedict became Pope, and at first I had great hopes for him. But his speech at Regensburg began his downward trajectory in my eyes. Despite the very good things he said about Reason and Logos, the speech seemed to me a gratuitous insult against the Islamic world. Anything that adds fuel to the flames of neoconservatism, the lust for empire and dominion, is to me ipso facto, an irremediable evil. I have believed for some time that the election of Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy was a grievous misstep on behalf of the Catholic Church. It would have done better to cast off the baggage of Europe with its Judaic barnacles clinging to a shipwrecking craft, and start afresh with an African or South American Pope. However, the people in charge did not consult me!

Anyway, to return to the subject of Peter Hitchens: It is in actuality the Islamic religion which now forms "the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power." It should accordingly be no surprise to learn of the relentless attack against Muslims fomented in all of our so-called leading journals, nor of the incessant threats against Iran carried on for the past decade. The more the truths come out - as, for example, the recent revelations of our military's knowledge of how the Israeli Mossad orchestrated 9/11 - the more the anti-Islamic fervor increases in venom. Truly these are criminal dealings.

This is the thesis of Israel Shamir, a Russian Jewish convert to Orthodoxy who lives in Israel. He writes that Islam is the Last Katechon (a term of St. Paul's) holding against the Neo-Mammonist regime:

"... Islam is the last great reservoir of spirit, tradition and solidarity, and the Neo-Jews fight it with all firepower at their disposal. Islam has to be crushed if the Neo-Jewish Temple is to be erected on the site of al Aqsa. . . Thus the war on Islam is a stage of the last war, the War on Christ.. . On a deeper, metaphysical level, there is a struggle between two tendencies: a power that draws Heaven and Earth together and re-sacralises the world; and a power that tries to separate Heaven and Earth - to profane the world. The uniting power is represented as Christ in the arms of Our Lady. The dividing power, the Great Profaner, is greater than the Jews; but they eagerly support him for in their view the world outside Israel... should be profane and godless. Thus the actions of the Neo-Jews eventually lead to the profanation of the world..."

[1] I seem to be contradicting myself. The Pope was apologizing for a previous round of child abuse scandals. It was pitiful to see. The Catholic Church has a great tradition of social teachings on international law, finance, economy, just war theory, social justice - any one of which, if raised with seriousness and intent, would challenge the empire-mongers. Instead, he went skulking around as if he represented an organization with nothing to say and nothing to teach. This is what happens in the Outer Darkness - the failure of leaders to lead. A bit of balls - plain old fighting manly spirit, is what is needed! But have all the men been banished! And isn't this - irony of ironies! - what the scandal is all about!

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