Politics and Religious Violence
by Joseph Johnson Li'l Joe
Comrades, the analysis of the present wave of deliberately targeted slaughter of attendees at Churches, Synagogues and Mosques is the subject of this presentation. Targeted attacks are presented in official press and media outlets as acts by deranged individuals influenced by white supremacist demagoguery. What these targeted shootings have in common however are that they are religious targets of religious fanatics and fascists.
Government declared wars use religious and patriotic ideology to manipulate people to enact violence in secular wars. This violence is culturally sanctioned by religious and political authorities. These mass slaughters of people are deemed "legitimate" and "legal".
Governments alone have authority to declare wars. Wars of all against all is illegal. Individuals do not have the right to kill each other. Religious and patriotic (racial) violence by individuals attacking people of different national origin / immigrants / racial and religious groups, is differentiated from ruling class religio-political violence [e.g. crusades, jidads].
How does this come about? Cui bono? Inasmuch as war is a continuation of politics by other (i.e. violent means) and national or racialised religion is political and politics promote class interests, political violence represents class interests. Wars are declared by governments and endorsed by religious authorities. Nor has it ever been in the interests of producing classes. Yet it exists. How does this come about?
Language is an ordered system of symbolic meanings and understanding. Communicating thought and ideas explaining meaning is the chief method by means of which individuals are socialised into communities and learn the significance of cultural symbols, rituals, morals, sanctions, beliefs and responsibilities. There are no innate ideas. Individuals are born into the world tabula rasa. The weltanschauung of a people is its philosophical and epistemological ordering in a culture internalised by upbringing and upbringing of individuals as individual self-consciousness evolves as a member of a group or groups is also objective experiences engendering awareness of social relations and the empirical environment.
Seneca: * Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.*
Marx: * Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification*.
The recent wave of Religious motivated mass killings in Churches, Synagogues and Mosques --- Christians, Jews and Muslims, adhering to the ideology of so-called Abrahamic Religions of monotheism -- have been fighting and killing each other for two thousand years. I am compelled to write this in opposition to religious inspired ideologically motivated mass murder campaigns. The killers consciously picked their targets. The selected targets are not products of loneliness and personal insanity. Individuals shooting into Churches, Synagogues and Mosques result from centuries of racialised religious fanaticism. Personal insanity of social individuals are the result of socialisation into a culture of politically racialised religious fanaticism and patriotism.
"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious" observed Oscar Wilde and Leo Tolstoy described patriotism as "the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers". Racialism is a form of patriotism. Of the identity of religious fanaticism and patriotism Eugene V. Debs observed: "In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People."
The most powerful, economically dominant class is the dominant political power, the ruling class. Moreover, inasmuch as the class, which is the ruling political force of society with the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production: means of publication of press and educational material and the entertainment industry and electronic media, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. American culture is such a class dominated culture. Social demographics and divisions presented by sociologists and religious institutions as natural or the will of gods is regarded by the common people as true, by the educated (including those who are paid to promote it) to be false, and by the ruling classes and their political representatives as useful. Political, racialised social relations and religious patriotism is lethal.
Both in the United States and the Middle East political factions use the Bible and Quran to justify their respective claim to be fighting on behalf and in the name of the Tanakh god of war, Yahweh. Yahwah is the Hebrew god who the Christians call the Truin god and the Muslims call Christ. The political and ideological representatives of the ruling classes -- philosophers, politicians, preachers, prophets, priests, popes and professors create philosophical and religious messages which serve material economic interests.
Albert Einstein: "The conquering peoples established themselves, legally and economically, as the privileged class of the conquered country. They seized for themselves a monopoly of the land ownership and appointed a priesthood from among their own ranks. The priests, in control of education, made the class division of society into a permanent institution and created a system of values by which the people were thenceforth, to a large extent unconsciously, guided in their social behavior."
Literature positing of ethnic jingoism as religion originated in the redacted Torah and Deuteronomic Tanakh by priests and scribes in Palestine and in Babylon.
Using the Hebrew Tanakh together with archeological findings enable different perspectives on the origins of Israel and Judaism. The Torah wasn't written by Moses and the legendary patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob [qua "Israel"] and Moses are without any empirical evidence. Biblical stories of the exodus and the genocidal conquests of Canaan is myth. The slaughter of the people of Canaan didn't happen. Originally nomadic herder and pastoral Canaanite Hebrew tribes settled in Canaan as the economy transitioned from horticulture to sedentary agriculture.
Nomadic twelve tribes of Israel settled in different locations. Tribal possessions and patrilineal inheritance kinship became territorial. Common tribal language cultures characteristic of the sedentary economy made territorial settlements political. The tribes of Israel regarded themselves unique tribes inheriting territory violently separated from Canaanite territorial settlements and were governed by a unique god, Yahweh. Henotheism is not monotheism. Unique tribal religion is ideological and not biological. Belief in the political power of a superior god - Yahweh as the Lord of Hosts isn't the same as belief in ethnic or racial supremacy. However the people inhabiting the land prior to the arrival and displacement by the Hebrew tribes were subordinated.
In this connection it is just as much a matter of disinformation regarding the European Ashkenazi claim Palestine predicated upon the Biblical premise asserting Yahweh's eternal covenant with the House of David. Patrileneal inheritance of Divine Right of kingship by birth presupposes the eternal kingdom inhabited by ethnic Jews. Ashkenazim European Zionists claim to have a racial right to take Palestine as indigenous Palestinians. The Hebrew spoken with Yiddish accent isn't the result of indigenous socialisation but artificially learned Hebrew language used to conduct government business in that archaic language.
Yiddish speaking Ashkenazi claim of being direct descendants of Palestinian Jews, rather than the Biblical sons of Japheth - Gog and Magog, and Tubal - that is the Khazarian converts inhabited the Biblical Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. The subsequent claim that the Ashkenazim have a "right to return" __ a Biblical right to displace contemporary Palestinian Arabs is used to parallel the pseudo-history in the Tanakh ___ the genocidal displacement of Canaanites.
Christian Zionists also emigrated to Palestine as the homeland promised to the Patriarch but give it a Christian eschatological/ apocalyptic interpretation based on apocalyptic prophecies concerning 'right of return'. Christian Zionism put actual history and present conditions in reverse order: Ashkenazi migrants, a European people driven by from their actual "historical homeland" in Europe, as Zionists, displace the people in the land of Palestine. Ashkenazi have no empirical historical umbilical connection to Palestine. The connection to Palestine is ideological. It is based on political interpretation of bronze age Biblical myths.
The actual people of the geopolitical region are Palestinian Arabs who are not only forcefully driven from their historical homeland but have their present homes daily expropriated and displaced by Zionist "settlements". To justify the European takeover of Palestine, Christian Zionist cherry pick quotes taken from exilic and post exilic books of prophecy that belong in the time written and use this to justify contemporary US and British imperialism Zionist policy.
Christian Zionists do an ideological three card molly trick. Deuteronomic additions to the Tanakh and books of prophetic literature were concerned with the Assyrian destruction of the kingdom of Israel and scattering its "Ten Tribes", on one hand, and on the other was concerning the Babylonian conquest of Judah kingdom and carrying its upper classes off into Babylon. The Babylonian exile and following the rise and territorial expansion of the Kingdom of the Persians and the Medes overtaking Babylon were regarding the Persian return of the descendents of the exiles to Judah.
Christian Zionists substitute the destruction of Israel and scattering its subjects together with prophesies regarding returning exiles to Judah as one and the same. Christian Zionists changed the subject matter from matters concerning the scattering of the Israelites and the return from the Babylonian exile to Judah, which actually occurred, thousands of years ago, to military activities of the Roman Empire instead. The destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 A.D. are conflated. Christian Zionists falsely associate the destruction by the Roman army occurred centuries of years after the Syrian scattering the Ten Tribes of the Kingdom of Israel. Most Palestinian Jews to the contrary remained in the Roman Empire and its environs - Judea, Sumaria, Alexandria in Egypt, Libya, Damascus in Syria, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and Spain. Sephardim is the Hebrew word for Spain. Jews spoke and wrote in the language of the respective community/Roman Province.Aramaic, Greek or Latin. Sephardic and Hellenised Jews of the Roman Empire had no knowledge of Germanic-Yiddish languages.
Christian Gospels are the ideological and political foundation of European anti-Semitism. Just as bigoted anti-Semitic Europeans brought to America various and sundry types of European anti-Semitism, so also did Ashkenazi Zionists bring into Palestine European types of ethnic jingoism, religious bigotry and anti-Arab/ Islamophobic cultural traits. Muslims and Jews had previously got along well. Muslims know Jews had nothing to do with the killing of Jesus, assuming he existed. During the periods of violent anti-Semitic pogroms it was to Muslim Arab countries and to Muslim North Africa where Jews escaped to safety in Muslim society and its protection from this vicious culture of Christian anti-Semitism. This is what attracted Ashkenazim to Zionism: to get away from Christian Europe to live free from persecution in the Levant and Palestine.
Zionist propaganda promoted the myth that they were a people without a land and Palestine a land without people. Christian anti-Semitism reached its vicious peak in the genocidal holocaust. Though they were indigenous to Central and Eastern Europe and Russia and had never set foot in Palestine so soon as an Ashkenazi family had the wherewithal they left Europe, to never return to that anti-Semitic stronghold. They wanted to get the hell out of Europe and away from Christian Europeans. There arose a relation based on double-coincidence of want. Anglo-American imperialism needed the Zionist garrison State in the Levant. Zionists needed money, weapons and wherewithal to create settlements protected by soldiers equipped with modern weapons supplied by U.S. and British arms industries.
British and French empires had colonised territories and located British and French garrisons and settlers in those colonies. British and French empires had indigenous agents and collaborators. Being present in the Middle East and Africa they had the upper hand vis-a-vis U.S. imperialism. US imperialism had neither of these assets. It was the new kid on the block and at the same time as a military power it regarded itself the 'new sheriff in town'. There are no American settlements in wealth producing oil rich kingdoms of the Middle East and North Africa. Anglo-American / Zionists resolved to create a new 'nation'. That is, a settler-colony comprised of Ashkenazi settlements. The British Balfour Declaration encouraged mass migrations of Yiddish and Russian speaking Ashkenazi to leave from Europe to Palestine. While anti-Semites were publishing and distributing "Protocol of the Elders of Zion" in Europe the Ashkenazi were leaving Europe for Palestine. There was no "protocol" scheme playbook. What anti-Semitism and Zionism have in common is ethnocentrism. Identity politics.
Rising classes of German merchant, industrial and finance capitalists in Germany regarded Ashkenazi merchant, industrial and finance capitalists as economic rivals and political threats. It wasn't about religion. It was about competition in economic and political interests. Disinformation in the form of tracts of propaganda against German Ashkenazi as an ethnic group - Jews as money grubbing cheaters in commerce and blood sucking pawn-brokers and parasitic bankers in finance. In this context appeared the lying, vicious fake document ascribed to Jews plotting to take over the world. It was presented as an ostensible "Protocol of the Learned Elders of Zion". In spite of the fact that this "document" is fake it is nevertheless used to promote anti-Semitic so-called "white Christian identity politics", supposedly to defend Christian Europe against Ashkenazi Zionism in Europe. Significantly, the First Zionist Congress was held in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland. Christian Aryan identity ideology and Zionist identity politics feed and need each other.
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