Friday, February 6, 2015

SUNDAY MORNING


It’s Sunday morning and I am dressed for Church. I’ll write my check; make it payable to the Saint Leo Abbey where a dozen good men live a peaceful, prayerful life, and a few hundred of the locals will gather to join them in worship at 10:00 o’clock.

I’m thinking of what it means to be a Christian; a follower of Jesus Christ. What does it mean in 2015, a time when Christians are beheaded and crucified in the part of the planet where Christ was born and preached.

He was a good man, a man of peace. “Peace be to you” was his mantra.

He died on a cross, put there at the behest of a theologically misguided mob on the orders of a spineless public official whose only law book was a wet finger held to the wind in search of the “emerging public consensus.”

We’ll pray for peace this morning. We’ll also pray for wisdom, for guidance to make sense of the world we live in. We’ll ask for guidance about how we should feel about Muslims.

Winston Churchill was a member of the House of Commons and a leader of the liberal party during and after the first World War. With counsel from his close friend T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) Churchill was a major participant in the decisions dividing up the Ottoman Empire in the 1920’s.

Like Lawrence, Churchill admired much about the tribal Bedouin culture. The modern map of the Middle East, with its plethora of Arab nations, reflects a decidedly Churchillian influence.

Warren Dockter, a history research fellow at Cambridge University, recently came upon a hand written letter to Winston Churchill from his future sister in law, Lady Gwendoline Bertie in 1907. In it, she exhorts Churchill not to convert to Islam.

In 1940, as Prime Minister, Churchill allocated 100,000 pounds to build a Mosque in central London. It was celebrated in the Arab world, which was precisely what Churchill intended. He wanted Arab support against the Nazis. He didn’t get it.

Dockter doubts that Churchill ever seriously considered converting to Islam. While he admired the fierce, death defying, bravado of Arab warriors, he was keenly aware of the backwardness of Islamic social teachings.

Churchill’s counsel is valuable, especially since he, like Lawrence, was regarded as somewhat of an Arabophile. Here is what he said:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
Besides the fanatical frenzy,which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement,the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities; thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."   

The “strong arms of science” are no longer the exclusive property of Christendom. ISIS has all the field weapons available in the West. Even nuclear weapons are already available to the 200 million Pakistanis, 95% of whom are Muslim.


I came home from church praying for peace, but wondering how prepared we Americans are to defend ourselves against a militant and proselytizing faith.

6 comments:

  1. Winston was a great man and saved Europe from Nazi fascism, some say singlehandedly with his "We will never give up" leadership. He was an opportunist and fierce loyalist for Britain as well. I know you've read about Lawrence and how he masterfully co-opted, outsmarted and organized the Arab tribes of the Arabian Peninsula to harass and distract the Axis powers, allowing Allied forces to win the day in that region.
    Churchill was a bigot when it came to the Middle Eastern culture and it's people. His culture was very much steeped in the proper and aristocratic ideals of 19th century Britain, even though his mark was made in the 20th.
    Radical ideologies can only be contained by first understanding them and speaking out against them and, of course, punishing those who act upon their belief that they can do harm to others, regardless of the reason.
    As for defending ourselves, we should do that but we are not guiltless in this stuff. Anyone willing to do a little research can see that the U.S. has fueled radicalism by our support of the mujahadeen and then Taliban when it was in our interests to do so. These groups have been big-time supporters of radical interpretation of Islamic ideology, e.g., Sharia Law, and we gave them money and weapons. We helped unleash (or, at least, rekindle) a fury that now rages strong in Iraq, Syria and the Levant.
    It will interesting to see how the current military strikes by Jordan and other Arab states against ISIL will impact what is happening there. I suspect it will not destroy ISIL but it is a strong statement to ISIL and the world that fellow Arabs in the region do not agree with them, and here's some bombs to prove it. The sad thing is that the innocent continue to die.

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  2. >>I came home from church...wondering how prepared we Americans are to defend ourselves against a militant and proselytizing faith. <<

    There might be another unique approach to solving that problem Judge/mac

    See:
    War and PeeCE -
    A New Tactic Ends War By Using Naturally Occurring Societal Forces To Gently "Force" Adversarial Nations Into Peace Mode
    ...
    http://howtorescueamerica.org/PeeCE.html

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  3. The young adventurer who wrote those words was not the sage old man of wisdom we associate with Winston Churchill. Churchill's "insights" currently are being circulated and exploited, not by students and philosophers of religious culture, but by Tea Party Birther extremists.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/not-his-finest-hour-the-dark-side-of-winston-churchill-2118317.html

    The above essay includes the following:

    Churchill was born in 1874 into a Britain that was washing the map pink, at the cost of washing distant nations blood red. Victoria had just been crowned Empress of India, and the scramble for Africa was only a few years away. At Harrow School and then Sandhurst, he was told a simple story: the superior white man was conquering the primitive, dark-skinned natives, and bringing them the benefits of civilisation. As soon as he could, Churchill charged off to take his part in "a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples". . . . He gladly took part in raids that laid waste to whole valleys [in Pakistan] , destroying houses and burning crops. He then sped off to help reconquer the Sudan, where he bragged that he personally shot at least three "savages".

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  4. Your Honour, As a learner, pupil- disciple in the Greek, of Scripture I respectfully submit this biblehub study correction http://biblehub.com/matthew/10-34.htm to your understanding of why Jesus came.
    .Mat 10:34
    ¶Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
    Example money in the Temple
    Jhn 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
    Jhn 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
    Jhn 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
    If you remember a scourge was a tool with a handle and leather cords with chunks of iron woven in and iron hooks on the ends the Romans used to mutilate a man and to bring within minutes of death before crucifying so the soldiers wouldn't have to hang around too long. Jesus single handedly cleaned house! Pretty fierce some..
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  5. Did you get my comment on Sunday Morning?

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  6. I have published all of the comments submitted by readers. My thanks to all for their thoughtful and civil contributions to the dialog.

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