|January 2nd, 2012||#21|
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SEARCH THROUGH VDARE.com ARCHIVES The Greatest Gift For All
By Paul Craig Roberts on December 24, 2011 at 6:46am
Christmas is a time of traditions. If you have found time in the rush before Christmas to decorate a tree, you are sharing in a relatively new tradition. Although the Christmas tree has ancient roots, at the beginning of the 20th century only 1 in 5 American families put up a tree. It was 1920 before the Christmas tree became the hallmark of the season. Calvin Coolidge was the first President to light a national Christmas tree on the White House lawn.
Gifts are another shared custom. This tradition comes from the wise men or three kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus. When I was a kid, gifts were more modest than they are now, but even then people were complaining about the commercialization of Christmas. We have grown accustomed to the commercialization. Christmas sales are the backbone of many businesses. Gift giving causes us to remember others and to take time from our harried lives to give them thought.
The decorations and gifts of Christmas are one of our connections to a Christian culture that has held Western civilization together for 2,000 years.
In our culture the individual counts. This permits an individual person to put his or her foot down, to take a stand on principle, to become a reformer and to take on injustice.
This empowerment of the individual is unique to Western civilization. It has made the individual a citizen equal in rights to all other citizens, protected from tyrannical government by the rule of law and free speech. These achievements are the products of centuries of struggle, but they all flow from the teaching that God so values the individual's soul that he sent his son to die so we might live. By so elevating the individual, Christianity gave him a voice.
Formerly only those with power had a voice. But in Western civilization people with integrity have a voice. So do people with a sense of justice, of honor, of duty, of fair play. Reformers can reform, investors can invest, and entrepreneurs can create commercial enterprises, new products and new occupations.
The result was a land of opportunity. The United States attracted immigrants who shared our values and reflected them in their own lives. Our culture was absorbed by a diverse people who became one.
In recent decades we have begun losing sight of the historic achievement that empowered the individual. The religious, legal and political roots of this great achievement are no longer reverently taught in high schools, colleges and universities. The voices that reach us through the millennia and connect us to our culture are being silenced by "political correctness." Prayer has been driven from schools and Christian religious symbols from public life. Diversity is becoming the consuming value and is dismantling the culture.
There is plenty of room for cultural diversity in the world, but not within a single country. A Tower of Babel has no culture. A person cannot be a Christian one day, a pagan the next and a Muslim the day after. A hodgepodge of cultural and religious values provides no basis for law—except the raw power of the pre-Christian past.
All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak. Power is the horse ridden by evil. In the 20th century the horse was ridden hard. One hundred million people were exterminated by National Socialists in Germany and by Soviet and Chinese communists simply because they were members of a race or class that had been demonized by intellectuals and political authority.
Power that is secularized and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral and religious scruples. V.I. Lenin made this clear when he defined the meaning of his dictatorship as "unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything."
Christianity's emphasis on the worth of the individual makes such power as Lenin claimed unthinkable. Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ's birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth. Such a religion as this is worth holding on to even by atheists.
Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
We cannot allow the natural passions and prejudices of other peoples
to lead our country to destruction.
-Charles A. Lindbergh
|September 23rd, 2012||#22|
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One hundred million people were exterminated by National Socialists in Germany and by Soviet and Chinese communists simply because they were members of a race or class that had been demonized by intellectuals and political authority.
This statement from the above article which claims that the National Socialists exterminated people because of their Nationality and race is untrue. The Jews were not being exterminated but put into Work camps or being deported. There were some that were killed and after the bombing of Germany conditions in the work camps became deplorable due to lack of supplies disease and bombings. Not because simply being jews or of some ethnicity were people put into these camps but because it was war and there were so many subversive, communists and people who jeopardized the Party and National interests. As far as wanting to keep the racial purity of Germans the goal was not to allow race mixing and excess of non Germans. Just look at the multi ethnicity of the Waffen SS, which shows that other races and cultures were not only respected but were an important part of the National Socialist movement.
|March 8th, 2014||#23|
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Okay, this article from the Barnes Review was written by the banned Bill White, but I think it is worth a read. He takes on a Jewish historian named Toch and his lackeys who are trying to discredit the major Catholic historians by pretending they only fantasized Jewish communities plaguing their kings and countries.
Bill has either vastly improved as a writer in the past year or he finally has gotten the editor he always needed.
DARK AGE HOLOCAUST
" ... a clique of mainstream Jewish historians has quietly engineered a much greater “Holocaust”—the destruction of dozens of Jewish communities and hundreds of years of Jewish history with the sweeping “scholarly” denial that these Jews ever existed. The motive is simple—the involvement of their Dark Age brethren in slave trading, coining and usury is so undeniable that only a lie can stifle the truth..."
UNCENSORED MEDIEVAL HISTORY
By William A. White
“Evidence of Jewish life in post-Roman Western Europe is extensive. All of the major histories— those of Gregory of Tours and Isidore of Seville not least among them—make frequent references not only to individual Jews, but to organized Jewish communities. Twentieth-century French historian Henri Pirenne wrote extensively about the Jewish role in the Dark Age European economy, and Jewish historians have traced the development of a Jewish principality in the Narbonne in southern France in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Lest we forget, the civil war that ultimately destroyed the Carolingian Empire began with a revolt against Jewish influence at the court of Louis the Pious.”
Read the article:
Last edited by M. Gerard; March 8th, 2014 at 05:50 AM.
|September 9th, 2014||#24|
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[concise background and explanation of the judeo-masonic subversion of the catholic church. popular among traditional catholics.]
It can be read here:
|February 16th, 2015||#25|
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50 years of Christian-Jewish revolution: What we can all learn (COMMENTARY)
By David Rosen | Religion News Service February 13
Shortly before his death in 1904, Theodor Herzl had an audience with Pope Pius X, hoping to enlist Vatican support for Zionism, the reestablishment of the Jewish people’s independence in its ancestral homeland.
Herzl records in his diaries that Pius told him he could not recognize the Jewish people as such because “the Jews have not recognized our Lord.” ‘’We cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem,” the pope said, “but we could never sanction it. If you come to Palestine and settle your people there, our churches and priests will be ready to baptize all of you.”
Pius wasn’t particularly hostile towards Jews. He was simply expressing the normative Christian approach down the ages that the expulsion of the Jews from their land was proof of divine rejection. The church, according to this view, was the new and true Israel, having replaced the old one — the Jewish people.
Moreover, as the church father Origen declared, “the blood of Jesus falls on Jews not only then, but on all generations until the end of the world.”
This deicide charge was used to justify persecution of Jews for centuries, culminating in the terrible Holocaust. Indeed, the Protestant chaplain of the Nazi S.S., at his trial in 1958, declared that the Holocaust was the “fulfillment of the self-condemnation which the Jews brought upon themselves before the tribunal of Pontius Pilate.”
While Nazi ideology was secular and pagan, the “Final Solution” regarding the Jews was mostly implemented by baptized Christians in ostensibly Christian lands. Its implications and ramifications for Christianity were therefore profound.
There were, however, notable Christian heroes who stood out as exceptions. One was Angelo Roncalli freemason and modernist, the papal envoy in Turkey and one of the earliest Western religious figures to receive information on the Nazi murder machine. He helped save thousands of Jews from their would-be killers and was deeply moved by the plight of the Jewish people. In 1958, Roncalli was elected Pope John XXIII.
Soon thereafter, he announced his intention to convene the Second Vatican Council to “update” the church and address critical issues. Many Jews and Christians saw this as a unique opportunity for the church to review its teaching regarding Jews and Judaism. Jewish organizations, the American Jewish Committee in particular, joined to advance this cause.
Although John XXIII did not live to see it, almost exactly 50 years ago, the council’s “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions” — popularly known as “Nostra Aetate” — was released. Section 4, dealing with the relationship with the Jewish people, admonishes against portraying the Jews as rejected by God and as collectively guilty for the death of Jesus at the time, let alone in perpetuity.
It furthermore affirms the unbroken and eternal covenant between God and the Jewish people, eliminating in one stroke, as it were, any theological objections to the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland and to sovereignty within it. The document categorically condemns anti-Semitism and calls for “fraternal dialogue and biblical studies” between Christians and Jews.
It took an additional 28 years for full diplomatic relations to be established between the Holy See and Israel, due more to politics than religion. In the meantime, Pope John Paul II had visited Rome’s central synagogue, where he referred to the Jewish people as Christians’ ”dearly beloved elder brother,” and he described anti-Semitism as “a sin against God and man.” In 2000 he made his “jubilee” visit to the Holy Land, where he paid his respects to Israel’s highest elected officials.
(It’s worth noting that both John XXIII and John Paul II are now official Catholic saints.)
Since “Nostra Aetate,” Catholic-Jewish relations have flourished. Indeed, there may be nothing in human history that quite parallels such an amazing transformation. A wondrous achievement in itself, the revolution in Catholic-Jewish relations also suggests something more universal about relationships between religious communities.
If one religion can go from seeing another as contemptible and condemnable, to one that is respected and beloved, it can surely serve as a model for humanity at large, declaring that no chronic neuralgic relationship is beyond transformation.
Jewish-Muslim relations today are a case in point. While they are inevitably affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, recall, however, that Islam had never denigrated Judaism in the way that Christianity had. We do not have to wait for a resolution of Middle East conflicts.
Everywhere, religious communities can overcome negative images of the other through positive engagement, purify themselves of prejudice, and contribute to the well-being of society at large.
(Rabbi David Rosen is the American Jewish Committee’s international director of interreligious affairs. He was a member of the team that negotiated the establishment of full relations between Israel and the Holy See.)