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An evil hatred
Herald Sun ^ | Feb 27 2004 | Andrew Bolt

Posted on 03/01/2004 7:20:21 PM PST by Eurotwit

Those who loathe the US don't just hate their foreign policy, they hate the Christian values that civilise us. And by rejecting good, they often embrace evil.

OUR "intellectuals" hate the United States for one dangerous reason in particular. It's Christian. There is probably no more Christian nation than the US, where more than 60 per cent of people go to church at least once a month.

And the US is now led by a man who takes his Christianity more seriously than any president since Jimmy Carter. And this scares the hell out of so many of our cultural elite.

For instance, infamous "journalist" John Pilger damns the administration of President George Bush as an "unelected Christian fundamentalist regime".

Sydney broadcaster Mike Carlton denounces it as a "fearsome" regime "hell-bent on a Manichean crusade to remake an evil world in its own Christian image".

Malcolm Fraser, the former prime minister, simply calls the US Government "fundamentalist", but Age cartoonist Michael Leunig draws it as a murderous caveman, with a club in one hand and Bible in the other.

Professor Brian Costar accuses the US Government of being "infected by far-right Christian fundamentalists whose ideology is closer to that of the Taliban than mainstream American liberalism".

And Richard Neville, New Age guru and former publisher, in December raged: "Kill, torture, rip off, humiliate – this is one of the themes of Christianity 2003, as the three leading liars of the Coalition, George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard, sink into the delusional torpor of their fundamentalist Christmas pud."

Last year, the BBC's Jeremy Paxman grilled British Prime Minister Tony Blair over Iraq, and I heard this telling exchange:

Paxman: Does the fact that George Bush and you are both Christians make it easier for you to view these conflicts in terms of good and evil?

Blair: I don't think so, no. I think that whether you're a Christian or you're not a Christian, you can try to perceive what is good and what is, uh, is evil.

Paxman: You don't pray together, for example?

Blair: No, we don't pray together, Jeremy, no.

The sneering Paxman clearly wanted to make Bush and Blair seem like men in the grip of a murderous religious mania, but he'd actually stumbled on to a great truth.

Yes, being a Christian does indeed probably make it easier to perceive real evil, and particularly evil in a totalitarian form – and this is precisely why Christianity has been the enemy of every totalitarian movement since the French Revolution.

What's more, this is the truth about Christianity that many intellectuals – largely secular and so more likely to worship totalitarian gods – cannot forgive.

Check the history. The Jacobins in the French Revolution banned the Catholic Church and slaughtered priests and nuns.

Communist regimes have done much the same in Russia, Cambodia, Vietnam and China, where even today the Catholic church is banned and its leading Chinese bishops jailed.

And the Nazis also waged war on Christianity, as Maurice Samuel shows in his book The Great Hatred, published in 1940.

What the Nazis hated in Christianity is what all who worship totalitarian ideologies, like today's Islamists, hate, too.

The Nazis didn't dare name Christianity as their true enemy. Instead, they hoped to strip Christianity of what they condemned as its "Jewish" influence, and so turn it into a Nazi cult.

As Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg put it, Germany's youth had "no other wish than to contemplate the great personality of the founder of Christianity in his real greatness, without the falsifying addition of Jewish fanatics like Matthew, or materialistic Rabbis like Paul, or African jurists like Tertullian, or spineless mongrels like Augustine . . ."

Hitler also condemned the Jewish influence on Marxism and Christianity, and wrote:

"The Jewish doctrine of Marxism rejects the aristocratic principle in nature; and replaces the eternal privilege of force and strength with the mass of numbers and their dead weight . . . By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work."

And so, as Samuel says, the Nazis' hatred of Jews was actually a rejection of the most important Judeo-Christian message – that no person is too humble to be precious to God, and that all of us are called to the brotherly love of even strangers.

It was a rejection of the Judeo-Christian claim that the political machine exists for people, not people for the machine.

Christianity was the enemy of totalitarians then, and is so still. Ask the Islamists. Ask the Greens. Ask our university Marxists and the International Socialists; and isn't it natural that such folk also hate Israel?

I should qualify that.

Of course, Christianity, left to its doubting, hesitating, brawling and pagan-flirting bishops is a menace to no one other than its own flock.

Take Pat Power, the Catholic Archbishop of Canberra. Last October, he had a choice – would he protest against the visiting Christian president of a largely Christian democracy that upholds religious freedom and has even liberated the Muslims of Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia?

Or would he protest against the visiting atheist president of a communist dictatorship that bans his own church, locks up his fellow bishops, jails Buddhist lamas, tortures Falun Gong worshippers, orders forced abortions and occupied Tibet?

No contest. Power demonstrated against the Christian president, not the anti-Christian despot.

As I say, such a church worries no one but Christians. But a country soaked in Christianity and equipped with the strongest army, the biggest chequebook and most vigorous culture – now that is a threat to totalitarians everywhere.

And so it has long been. The US was the lethal enemy of Communist regimes and the Nazis last century, and is the prime enemy of the Islamists, greenshirts and neo-Marxists now.

Did you note, incidentally, the European countries that were America's firmest allies in the war in Iraq? Strongly Catholic Spain, Italy and Poland. Its worst critic was France, where secularism is the state cult.

It may seem odd that secular intellectuals, who dream of an Eden without soldiers or priests, end up effectively siding with Islamic bombers and the genocidal dictators in their war with the Christian West.

But too many intellectuals still see Christianity as a bigger threat to their dreams – and to their wilder liberties and vices – than they do Islamic terrorism and the extremist preaching that feeds it.

Last December, for instance, the chairman of Britain's Broadcasting Standards Commission, Lord Dubs, noted that Islam was given far more respect on television and radio than other religions.

Dubs, a Labour peer, added: "In portraying Muslims, they have held back, they have censored themselves, they are timid. (But) I have seen them pour scorn on Christianity more than other religions. Christianity is an easier and more acceptable target, followed, to a lesser extent, by Jews and Hindus." Same story here.

And what a frightening hierarchy of hate-objects.

With Christianity despised by so many intellectuals, it's no wonder that the successes of the US – and the assertion of its Judeo-Christian values – inspire more hatred than do its failures.

Your enemy's failings are never frightening, and so the Left doesn't hate the US for its disaster in Vietnam. It actually rather enjoyed it.

But Leftist activists everywhere loathe the US for its success in Iraq, and to point out Iraq may now one day even become democratic just makes the insult worse.

To call this kind of sick reaction anti-American is true, but not enough.

We must recognise that it is really a hatred of the values that America best represents. We must recognise it is a hatred, above all, of the Judeo-Christian tradition that has so far been our best defence against totalitarian threats.

And that makes anti-Americanism an attack not just on America, or on the Christianity that animates it – but an attack on civilisation itself.

This is an edited extract of a speech last night to a Quadrant dinner.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; antichristianbigotry; christianity; civilization; clashofcivilizations; judeochristian

1 posted on 03/01/2004 7:20:21 PM PST by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit
And the US is now led by a man who takes his Christianity more seriously than any president since Jimmy Carter. And this scares the hell out of so many of our cultural elite.

I disagree.Reagan was a passionate christian. His handwritten letters throughout his life describe a man fully devoted to Jesus Christ's teachings.

2 posted on 03/01/2004 7:24:46 PM PST by paltz
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To: Eurotwit
Outstanding article. Thanks for posting it.
3 posted on 03/01/2004 7:27:58 PM PST by Lion in Winter
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To: Eurotwit
Big bump.

This is not simply a cultural war in which we are engaged, nor just a war on Terror.

It is a religious war.

On the one side, the Judeo-Christians. On the other side, the secularists, Islamists, greenshirts and neo-Marxists, as this article names them.

As usual, religious wars evidence the most viscious hatreds, divisions and evils known to man.

4 posted on 03/01/2004 7:33:48 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: Eurotwit
THANKS FOR THIS PERCEPTIVE ARTICLE.
5 posted on 03/01/2004 7:37:55 PM PST by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Eurotwit; calcowgirl; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; Dog; Cap Huff; Ragtime Cowgirl; ...
Outstanding article, thanks for posting it!

Reference article:

Judaism’s Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality

An excerpt from the article that I particularly like:

If one can speak of Judaism's essence, it is contained in the Torah statement, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse, and you shall choose life.” Judaism affirms whatever enhances life, and it opposes or separates whatever represents death.

6 posted on 03/01/2004 7:42:55 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: ThePythonicCow
This is not simply a cultural war in which we are engaged, nor just a war on Terror. It is a religious war.

I believe it's a war between civilization and its avowed enemies.

7 posted on 03/01/2004 7:55:53 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: FairOpinion
Ping for a good one!
8 posted on 03/01/2004 8:03:36 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: mrs tiggywinkle; ohioWfan
Please ping the usual suspects to an awesome post.
9 posted on 03/01/2004 8:20:27 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Pray for America and Israel)
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To: Eurotwit
"Those who loathe the US don't just hate their foreign policy, they hate the Christian values that civilise us."

Darned right! Those Muslims don't recognize the fundamental American value that all women have the right to an abortion. That's what distinguishes us from those barbarians.
10 posted on 03/01/2004 8:21:51 PM PST by findingtruth
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To: Eurotwit
Ever watch someone spit hatred against Christianity and all it stands for? Their eyes are cold as ice and there is an aura of darkness about them.
11 posted on 03/01/2004 9:19:01 PM PST by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: Eurotwit
INTSUM - WORLDVIEW
12 posted on 03/01/2004 9:29:23 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: ThePythonicCow
I disagree strongly with this line of argument. Here's why;

First, you have to actually believe that Islam is a religion, which any objective view of it would not bear out. Islam is more of a societal system (in this regard it bears a striking resemblance to communism and fascism) where the individual is discounted in favor of the "over all" good. It's adherents believe that peace and equality cannot be achieved unless everyone on the planet follows the same rules, and if you don't, you must be destroyed. Utterly. Where it differs from communism and fascism is that it replaces the primacy of the state and it's apparatus with a religious veneer, i.e. this is the undisputable word of God.

Secondly, you must redefine your idea of just what constitutes a "fundamentalist state". Here in this country, for all the church going and talk of morality, we're currently debating the issue of homosexual marriage. In a fundamentalist state, there would be no debate, there would be mass deportations, concentration camps and finally, mass executions of homosexuals. A fundamentalist state does not allow freedom, especially where freedom is a danger to an established order or contradicts dogma. We do not live in a fundamentalist state in those terms.

Finally,the issues with Islam vs. The West, or America in particular, have very little to do with religion. In this case, religion is simply a propaganda tool. The real issues have to do with opposing viewpoints of life: the freedom of an individual, protected by law, and in cooperation with his fellow man, versus the dictates of an established, unquestionable order claiming it's authority from an unquestionable source. Here in the West, the people have the power, in the Middle East, power is reserved to the few, and by decree of the Almighty, no less.

This struggle is between haves and have nots, and the have nots cannot comprehend that it is their own system, their own shortsightedness, that keeps them in the position they are in. The haves in this case have freedom, economic power and technology that makes life easier and gives them the ability to better their world. The have nots have a 7th century ideology that never evolved to adapt to a changing world. Islam never had an Enlightenment, a Reformation or a Renaissance.

When someone cannot come to terms with their own failures, and accept blame or responsibility for them honestly, then one does things like bomb pizzerias and ram airliners into office towers, because it must be someone else's fault that you live in such a terrible way. Especially when God and your Imam tell you that things are just the way they're supposed to be. And God cannot be wrong.

In psychology, I believe this phenomena is called "transferrance". Just another way of saying that a murder is merely an extroverted suicide. The problem is that the "extroverted suicides" of 9/11 came from a country that believes in everything you don't, and because of it, has the means to fight back. God may be great, but God was never on the receiving end of a thermobaric bomb.

In the end, Communism fell, Fascism fell, and Islam will too. They all collapsed under their own weight and because they never realized that human nature trumps any system of thought or dogma. If you doubt that, ask yourself just why millions of Muslims break with Islamic law to live amongst us infidels.
13 posted on 03/01/2004 9:46:01 PM PST by Wombat101 (Sanitized for YOUR protection....)
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To: ThePythonicCow
"This is not simply a cultural war in which we are engaged, nor just a war on Terror.

It is a religious war. "

The barbarity of the profoundly ignorant Left. And their employment of a scorched earth policy. When it comes to the defaming, denigrating, and slandering of anyone one who gets in their way with the most irresponsible lies. The use of lies as their primary weapon in any facet of political warfare. And an utter disrespect of facts which happen to mean absolutely nothing to Democratic Socialists, because to honor the facts would be to deal a death blow to their egos and their ideological rhetoric. Is in my opinion a form of terror. In other words, what is called an American culture war, is in fact an act of terrorism being perpetrated on the American people by the Left. What is called a religious war, is a secular fanatics fight for their idiotic ideology and their god (themselves). There is only one war, just many different battlefields.
14 posted on 03/01/2004 10:22:02 PM PST by freebacon
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To: Standing Wolf
"I believe it's a war between civilization and its avowed enemies."
And you would be correct.
Define civilization.
Does it mean human free will, freely choosing as individuals to transcend base animal instincts, and separating ourselves from animalistic, kill or be killed natural rules?
Can humans perceive right and wrong, good and evil?
And if we can, what do we hope to choose?

15 posted on 03/01/2004 10:36:55 PM PST by sarasmom (Vote no on all judicial retentions. Dont vote for any new judges. Impeach the rest.)
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To: Eurotwit
The points you raise and ways raised are are well done but, because they are Well Points. To a better EYE than mine can be seen certain anti-Church,fratricide delight and intention to put upon equal weights in minds to equal belief to equal zero.Therefor if that was you intend to do, you do it well.
16 posted on 03/01/2004 10:37:33 PM PST by noodler
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To: Wombat101
I think half of the difference you see between what I wrote: and what you write is just my unusual use of the word 'religion'. The other half is a genuine difference.

First let me restate my position, in more neutral terms.

On the one hand we have the people with faith in a Supreme Spirit, from whom flows all that we are, and whose teachings it is our highest duty to seek out and follow.

On the other hand we have the "Heaven on Earth" world view, frequently used by would be tyrants to justify all manner of power grabs, for "the good of the children" and other such pablums.

In short, the believers versus the secularists.

In your terms, the believers hold a religion, the secularists oppose religions. That is an entirely reasonable use of the word 'religion.'

I was using 'religion' in a broader sense. Both Christianity and secularism are religions in that sense. They are alternative foundations for ones spiritual outlook.

It would be as if I were saying that both democracy and anarchy were forms of government.

When I examine the efforts by leftists to stamp out any reference to Christianity from public life, I find it makes most sense to me if I view it as an effort to make 'secularism' the state established religion (contrary to the Constitution, which prohibits any state established religion).

So I am in agreement with you that Islam is not what we ordinarily mean by a religion - it is, or has been hijacked by, a virulent anti-religion. I am undecided as to whether there is a legitimate, moral religion hiding in Islam somewhere. Either way, the Islam that is visible now is an anti-religion.

When I said this was a religious war, I didn't mean between two religions, as your would use the word. Rather it is a war between the religious and the anti-religious.

Where I would disagree more fundamentally is in response to your comments such as:

The leaders, shakers, financiers, apologists and often even suicide bombers of the terrorists (and communists, nazis and 'rats) aren't poverty stricken. Well, not a poverty of money and material goods anyway.

What they lack is faith. They are spiritually impoverished. They are not seeking to find the Truth as spoken by a Higher Being, but rather seeking to establish their own man-made visions (delusions) on Earth.

This is not a war of the material rich versus poor. It is a war of the spiritual seekers with the spiritual bankrupt.

17 posted on 03/01/2004 11:03:08 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: freebacon
This is a direct consequence of their spiritual bankruptcy. They lack faith in any Higher Spirit; they deny the existance of any absolute Truth; they do not distinguish Good from Evil.

Without such a grounding, it's all just words, just a matter of scoring points, as if in a High School debating club.

True.
18 posted on 03/01/2004 11:07:16 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Excellent points. However, in the interests of splitting hairs, when I make reference to "haves and have nots", it does not necessarily mean that I am referring to material goods. In that sense, poor choice of words on my part.

But, we have to consider just what it is that makes "haves" in the first place. Westerners do not shun religion (obviously) and do not divide the world into secular and religious portions consciously in their everyday lives. What thay have done throughout history is to recognize when to leave their dogma behind. Islam has not figured out how to do that.

Free from the restarints of religious dogma (but not religion), westerners have pursued the scientific method of research and discovery which has led to the modern world we know today. The first step was to question authority, successfully. Newton could both believe in God and measure and describe the theory of gravity, in effect, look into the mind of God. In his view, God was not an unfathomable being whose ways could never be known by man, but his belief was that man was SUPPOSED to look into the mind of God, as a challenge to mankind, not to God himself. This is a very Western belief, handed down to us from the Greeks.

I don't believe Muslims have no faith, I just believe that their faith is misguided because no one throughout Islamic history has dared to check his dogma at the door. Until someone does, Islam will remain a backwards ideology, dependant and distrustful of the very West that has ensured it's survival.
19 posted on 03/01/2004 11:22:50 PM PST by Wombat101 (Sanitized for YOUR protection....)
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Culture War Bump
20 posted on 03/01/2004 11:28:22 PM PST by GeorgiaYankee
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To: Wombat101; ThePythonicCow
I thank both of you for your example of good debate/discussion. :o)
21 posted on 03/02/2004 9:06:38 AM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: mrs tiggywinkle
You're welcome.
22 posted on 03/02/2004 10:26:05 AM PST by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: Wombat101
I wonder....

Islam was once one of the greatest civilizations of the world, centuries ago. Did they check their dogma at the door then, or is there something else to the equation?

23 posted on 03/02/2004 10:45:30 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (© 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Islam was once "great" because it once preached an "all-inclusive" ideology, similar to communism, and like communism it too fell because it discounted human nature.

Equality for all sounds great until you realize just what equality means: You're all equal, except for me (the caliph, the sulatan, the Imam whatever you want to call him) because I derive my power directly from God. And no one can question God, can they?

Gallileo questioned God (or his representatives) and made exlporation of the cosmos possible. Newton questioned God and brought us the miracle of gravity. Martin Luther questioned God and brought us the freedom to break free from the imprisonment of an all-powerful Roman church.

What's so great about a civilization that causes people to hoarde their wealth (rather than put it in circulation) before it is arbitrarily taken by the top dog? What was so great about a civilization that preaches conformity or death? What was so great about Islam that it had to BRIBE folks to convert, when it wasn't doing so by violent invasion (it was axiomatic that only non-Muslims paid taxes, incidentally)? You tell me, what is so great about a civilization that claims descent from the very first Jew and then does it's level best to annihilate them?

Western Civilization has it's bad poins, too, to be sure, but to paraphrase Churchill it's "the least worst form of civilization yet discovered".

I submit the following for you to expend brain cells on: nearly 1,300 years after the Prophet had Scotty beam him up to the great beyond, Arabic is still the official language of Islam (even if you live in Indonesia), the printing press was banned in Islam until the 19th century and anything printed prior to then was NOT Islamic/Koranic because no one was allowed to duplicate the word of God or the Prophet by mechanistic means. The 9/11 hijackers toolkit included cell phones, airliners, flight schools, credit cards, the internet and box cutters, all Western inventions, and invented by people able to think freely without the threat of a fatwa.

And I could go on and on...

The point is that one cannot hope to build a vibrant, enriching society when every idea, every new invention, has to be viewed through the lens of religious correctness, and has to be picked apart by the arbiters of same who are really more interested in how these things affect THEIR power and status. The consequences are regarded as a threat to the established order or a threat to the whole of civilization.

Western Civilization threatens it's own established orders, it's own civilization, EVERY DAY and it continues to thrive. On the other side of the planet, people still cross deserts on camelback and live in tents, scratching a living as best they can...

Islam is a system that would make a committed communist green with envy....

24 posted on 03/02/2004 1:48:20 PM PST by Wombat101 (Sanitized for YOUR protection....)
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