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Emotion Vs. LogicKenneth Ramey Salem-News.com
The religious battles that continue to be fought are over which symbol has the right of Primacy, and which leadership will prevail.
(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - Propaganda and ignorance cause many Americans to believe the unbelievable about President Barack Obama. It begins with a lack of understanding of the Religions of the Book, and ends with condemnations and accusations of the President; the victim of a campaign by Republicans whose purpose is to win back the power of the presidency by playing upon the ignorance of willing consenters. So, let’s set the record straight.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam claim to worship the same God. However, Judaism refers to God as Jehovah; Christians say Jesus [as Christ] is God, and Islam considers Mohammed the last Prophet of God, not Jesus who is considered a subordinate prophet; Christianity disagrees. Hence, it is not God, per se, but the people behind the symbols of each religion that are the cause of religious wars that has killed tens, if not thousands of millions of persons since Christianity and Islam evolved.
Judaism is the first of the Religions of the Book; its Talmud is the Book of ancient Jewish Law, considered by Jews as expressing the will of Jehovah in the interest of the Jewish Nation whose people Jehovah calls His Chosen. All religion is composed of cults of differing opinion, but who worship the same God. The Christian cult’s idea was to make Jehovah the God of All Nations, not just the Jews, a concept Jewish elders found not to their liking.
Consequently, the Christian cult became a coterie determined to elevate God [if not for Judaism] then by a New Testament of their making “for All Nations.” The plan called for a man who would be called Christ-the Son of God; [i.e., Jehovah]-who would die for the cause. Isaiah was the Prophet by which the plan was revealed, and who introduced the essential man [not yet by name] “given” to the coterie to become the Christ. The plan was audacious and succeeded because of the dedication of members who embraced the Catholic concept of a Universal Church for which Jesus became the sacrificial lamb.
Before and after His crucifixion, the coterie composed tales to be included in the New Testament, including the Gospels, to enhance the imagery of Christ and the coterie’s philosophy [the true Lord of Christendom]. Paganism was the current religion of Empire, against which Christians contented for more than three hundred years, and many Christians became martyrs when pitted against animals and man in the Coliseum until, in 312 A.D. Emperor Constantine made Christianity the Religion of his Empire under a system of Ceasaropapism - a sharing of power between the religious and secular arms of government - that lasted until the 11th Century when Secular Participants submitted wholly to the will of The Church whose corruption thereafter was legend.
In the 7th Century Islam emerged. Taking a page from the Christian’s New Testament it introduced Mohammed as the Last Prophet of God, and its Koran is the last of the Three Books. To repeat: Jehovah was the first God; Christianity invoked Christ as The Son of God [Jehovah] with a pitch toward One God for All Nations, but Islam trumped the Christians by producing Mohammed as the Last Prophet of God. There is in all The Books a common thread of goodness, but individual interpretations by religious leaders has been used to promote the sense of Primacy in their favor.
The religious battles that continue to be fought are over which symbol has the right of Primacy, and which leadership will prevail. Evolving Christianity invoked the Inquisition and the witch hunt to subdue dissention within its own ranks; Germany‘s Hitler [Nazis] tried to exterminate the Jews via the Holocaust; Islam established extreme codes of conduct and jurisprudence toward woman over whom devout Muslim men exercise extreme and even vicious control. Jews have fought wars of defense against Muslim nations hoping to destroy Israel which is yet at war with Islamic Palestinians. These are not wars of faith, but of men who love power and make war to achieve [or keep] it.
President Geo. W. Bush was a devout Christian of the Evangelical persuasion, such as Rev. Rod Parsley of Cincinnati, Ohio who preached that it was God’s; [i.e., Jesus’] will that “American Christians destroy Islam.” The Republican Holy See is composed of Evangelicals who dictate how the Party is to be run; so it is not surprising that Iraq was invaded preemptively in a failed attempt to destroy Islam, while pretending to punish Iraq for a part it never played in the 9-11 attack in New York. When the truth was out, Al Qaeda was made the enemy, described as disparate groups of terrorists dedicated to attacking the U.S.. So, on to Afghanistan, etc., etc., at the expense of American Constitutional Rights and economic solvency.
While the U.S jousts with windmills to achieve goals only the military understands, tribal habits persist in Iraq and Afghanistan in spite of our efforts. President Obama has begun the process of removal, at least from Iraq, but the cost of War in Afghanistan, and the total withdrawal of troops from Iraq, will continue to be a serious drain of American wealth for some time, but it is wrong to blame President Obama for what The Republican Administrations of Geo. W. Bush started.
To keep the political pot boiling, however, emotions are being stirred to a fever pitch over the plan by American Muslims to build a Mosque near the site of GROUND ZERO. Apparently, the Islamic law of an eye for an eye metaphorically applies to American Muslims who are American citizens entitled to equal rights under the Constitution as is any citizen. The Irish faced the same problem; Orientals too before finally being accepted, most of whom today are citizens of the highest standing. Muslim émigrés to our land should abide by our standard of values and norms to become part of America’s greatness based on Unity through Diversity, as emigrants from other lands have done
The most egregious attack is on our president, as Republicans by quiet innuendo encourage its base, and others, to question his citizenship and religion. Far too many accept, or get weird satisfaction in pretending he is an alien of Muslim faith. Every American citizen is permitted Freedom of Religion so long as it does not interfere with the rights of others, and that includes President Obama who may believe as he likes, not as others feel he should. Republicans are more interested in promoting their political goals than the good of the country, but can get away with it only if we let them. How anyone in his right mind would allow it to happen is beyond comprehension.
Kenneth G. Ramey was a "writer without a Website" who is generating excellent, provocative articles on the subject of religion and world affairs. We are pleased that Ken's "lone wolf" presence as a writer in the world has been replaced by a spot on our team of writers at Salem-News.com.
Raised in Minnesota and California during the dark years of the Great American Depression, Ken is well suited to talk about the powerful forces in the world that give all of us hope and tragedy and everything in between. You can write to Ken at:firstname.lastname@example.org
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