I scour the internet, focussing on alt/progressive media, for material to use on my blog. One of the series I do is titled “The Avanache.” It refers to instances when those with power – Consider how those with power today get it (hint: lawlessness) – kill communication that they don’t like. This powerful report is one that I will use. I have the idea to also use it in a blog post (that could evolve into an essay, for that is how it goes when I’m passionate about something) about when the powerful, and influential (who can be the good guys, relatively speaking), do things to further inequality.
I woke up this morning, rinsed my mouth with water and sat down at my computer with the intention to start a new Avalanche blog post. I’ve assembled all of the article bookmarks, including a bookmark with a link to this article, and am ready to go. On my way home yesterday, I stopped into the bookstore to see whether my book had been remembered. It seemed to be taking a long time for them to get it, but they had just called me about it (my cell was off for a movie I had gone to) and the book, “Israel: A Beachhead In The Middle East – From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform,” was there. The author is Stephen Gowans whose writing I find to be enormously enlightening and useful. I’ve also read his books on Syria and North Korea.
When I sat down this morning to do my blog post, I thought I’d glance at my new book. I only read part of the Introduction. I stopped reading because I didn’t intend to do more than glance at this book and because I was floored by the line I stopped at:
“Zionism, today, is concretely expressed in the state of Israel, the recreation of an antique Jewish state on land that Old Testament mythology defines as promised to the Jews by their deity.”
I’m a Christian, but I am not out of Christendom. Christendom is the assemblage of religious organizations that call themselves Christian but are not. They also work with the State (either the State they reside in or a more powerful State) and in effect share rulership over the people with it. The deal is: The State favors the church and the church in turns favors the State and delivers its flock to the State.
It would have been kind (to the very, very small minority of true – not perfect or all-knowing or always correct – Christians for Stephen to state clearly that he was looking solely at mainstream Christianity’s bias (and darkness and sin) when he wrote that short, but very hurtful line.
The “Old Testament” (‘Hebrew Aramaic scriptures’ would have been a more accurate label, since the Christian [Old and New Testaments] Bible includes more than two covenants, or testaments. But, the labels aren’t bad either, since there are, indeed, two main covenants in the Bible and they sort of make a natural division of the book, which is ‘not’ mythology. The Christian Bible is preeminently a historical book. That it uses symbols and figurative language in places doesn’t change that fact. That mainstream Christians (wittingly and unwittingly) make a mess of reporting to others what that colorful language, and the message of the Bible generally, means, doesn’t change that fact. I have been disappeared by Stephen Gowans.
The Left, generally, is hostile to religion, even while some leftists get human rights and keep their personal feelings of hostility in check. (‘Feelings of hostility’ sort of seems contradictory. If you feel a certain way but are careful to act out of a strong sense of fairness, of right and wrong, and a pro human rights position, I’m not sure that you have any hostility. It’s like prejuduce vs discrimination. The law [used to anyway] looks at what people ‘do’ when harming, in word or deed, others because of their religious views. That speaks to discrimination. Prejudice, alone, isn’t addressed in the same way.)
But when it comes to the very, very small number of Christians who are outside of Christendom and not allied with the State (Corporatocracy in fact), boy are we hated.