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There has Never Been a Judeo-Christian
Civilization, Despite Claims of the Zionist Rulers of the American
By Eric Walberg
CCUN, February 13, 2017
|Hagia Sophia, Istanbul: from
cathedral (537) to mosque (1453) to museum (1935)
We are told we live in a Judeo-Christian civilization,
that the West has a Judeo-Christian heritage, a concept useful to a
largely Christian empire where Jews play a powerful role, but one which is
rejected by serious scholars, both Christian and Jewish.
Talmudic scholar Jacob Neusner told Newsweek: "Theologically and
historically, there is no such thing as the Judeo-Christian tradition. It's
a secular myth favored by people who are not really believers themselves."
The concept was popularized in the 1940s as a reaction to Nazism and
was used by the imperial elite in promoting anticommunism, and in Israel's
conquest of Palestine, fashioned as a "clash of civilization" targeting
Islam. Many of the founders of Israel (Ben Gurion and Begin) had been
communists, and many American Jews in entertainment and intellectual life
were communists and had to refashion themselves as anticommunists in the new
age of US empire.
It became the foundation of the ideology of the
“special relationship” between the US and the newly proclaimed Jewish state
in 1948, and was integral to American politics by the 1960s. It was an
inevitable result of Israel’s creation and its early need to make an
unbreakable bond with the leading empire.
The special relationship
grew naturally from its deep roots in American exceptionalism, the
celebration of the arrival of the Puritans in the seventeenth century
seeking their own Promised Land, oblivious to the American natives they
would displace, and the immigration of 2 million eastern European Jewish
immigrants in the late 19th–early 20th centuries.
The idea that
European and American Jews wanted to ‘return’ to the original Promised Land
of the Old Testament appeals to Americans both Jewish and non-Jewish. Israel
became both the physical and spiritual embodiment recapitulating the sweep
of western civilization. Hence, Christian Zionists, enthusiastic supporters
of a colonial project in a non-colonial era, and Bush II’s “Crusade” to be
waged against Muslim terrorists after 9/11, as coined in his White House
press conference on September 16, 2001. This metaphor touched Christians
subliminally. Most never though how insulting and disturbing it was to
Muslims, how it was implicit in the widespread acceptance of a
Judeo-Christian civilizational construct (even though many Jews were killed
in the Crusades too).
On the surface, the special relationship has
been fashioned as a subliminal bond between two ‘chosen peoples’, Israel a
kind of little brother to America in the Middle East, watching over the
local Arab regimes, and making sure the oil flowed.
special relationship, however, was the ‘embrace’ of the US state by the
Zionists, both in the diaspora and now in situ in the Middle East. Israel
needed to control US foreign policy, especially there, to further the
Zionist goals, and to do whatever that required, be it fighting communism,
providing arms to Iran or the Contras and drones to NATO troops in
Afghanistan, conducting false-flag operations, or turning its Arab neighbors
against the US.
The correct terminology would be Islamo-Christian vs
Judaic civilizations, as there is a direct continuity between Christianity
and Islam, which have more in common with each other than either has with
Judaism. Richard Bulliet argues this in The Case for Islamo-Christian
Civilization (2006). Islam is the natural culmination of both Judaism and
Christiantiy, and never persecuted Jews as did Christianity. Until recently
90% of Jews lived comfortably not with Christians in medieval Europe, but in
northwest Africa and the Levant under Muslim rule.
The rise of the
patriotic right in the US is a reaction to the ongoing decline of Christian
values in postmodern multicultural society, where religion is secondary and
can be used or ignored at will. This has been the result of
'Judeo-Christian' civilization, which is really just a euphemism for the
ideology behind US imperialism. The Christian-Jewish allies governing the
empire were not interested in promoting Christian moral values, substituting
commerce and sex, and Christianity declined rapidly in the 20th century. The
debate about transgender women (men dressing as women) demanding to use
women's washrooms became a symbol of the trivilization of morality, now a
matter of what each individual feels, rather than what is accepted as social
standards to be observed.
The capitalist West promotes consumerism at
all costs, colonizing minds and bodies, bringing with it trivialization of
sex and dismissal of religious values of modesty, moral living and worship,
values that lie at the heart of both Christianity and Islam. The post-WWII
'critical theorists', the 'Frankfurt School', identified hedonism as the
problem, but had no answer. Marcuse's One Dimensional Man showed that
"advanced industrial society" created false needs, integrating individuals
into the existing system of production and consumption via mass media,
advertising, industrial management, and contemporary modes of thought.
This results in a "one-dimensional" universe of thought and behaviour,
in which aptitude and ability for critical thought and oppositional
behaviour wither away. Against this prevailing climate, Marcuse promotes the
"great refusal" as the only adequate opposition to all-encompassing methods
of control. In other words: enjoy watching Rome as it burns. This translated
into the continued corruption of Christian-based society. No thought was
given to Islam as the answer.
Trump and Putin
International Russian Conservative Forum in St Petersburg in 2015 brought
together Europeans who are advocating this return to Christian values. It
highlighted the issues that Trump harnessed to denounce what they called the
degradation of white, Christian traditions in the West. The rise of the
right in Europe is against same-sex marriage, abortion on demand,
immigration, international finance, radical Islam and globalization, among
other targets. Their champion is Russia and President Vladimir Putin, seen
as a pillar of robust, conservative, even manly values.
isolated and pilloried under Obama, but is ready to make common cause with
leftists, centrists, greens and any other potential allies critical of
American domination and general social ills. Robert Fiore praised Russia as
the vanguard of Europe’s future, a common theme among both Russian and
foreign speakers at the Forum. “We are the avant-garde of a new Europe that
will very soon emerge,” he said. “It will be a Christian Europe, a patriotic
Europe, and Russia will not just be a part but a leading force.” This helps
explain Trump's embrace of traditional values and his admiration of Putin.
He is part of this movement of social and political renewal.
Christians and Muslims natural allies
Muslims are the natural allies
of the cry of despair that elected Trump, though his lifestyle embodies this
hedonism and he seems an unlikely ally. The common people sense that America
is awash in crass materialism, and long for a renewal of Christian values,
which are virtually identical to Muslim values: restraint, industry,
worship, peace in foreign relations, respect for life.
This may sound
odd, given the large plurality of Evangelical Christians, whose literal
reading of the Bible puts them in league with Zionism, the crushing of
Palestinians and the complete take-over of Palestine by the Jews. But these
'Christians' are like the al-Qaeda 'Muslims' and the Zionists themselves --
inauthentic to the principles underlying all three monetheistic faiths.
Trump appealed to the Evangelicals during the election, but he is not one
himself, having been raised a Presbyterian.
Most Muslims in the US
supported the Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 presidential
elections. Democrats made tolerance and respect for Islam a modest plank in
their platform, but unashamedly pursue anti-Muslim policies abroad, and have
no answers to America's moral decay. Both Clinton and Sanders called on the
support of Muslims, included them at their rallies, in their advertising,
and highlighted the contributions of Muslims to America as part of their
campaigns. Yet this support was skin deep.
The burning issue for
Muslims is the tragedy of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, targeting
Muslims, which only gets worse under both Republicans and Democrats. Trump
has called for an end to American intervention, even an end to NATO, so
despite his bizarre call to end Muslim immigration, he actually addresses
American Muslims' most pressing concern.
The November election saw
American-Somali-Muslim, Ilhan Omar, elected to the Minnesota House of
Representatives. Ilhan Omar is nominally a Democrat, but Minnesota has the
DFL, the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, rather than the sold-out Democratic
Party of Clinton. The election season also saw Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a
Gold Star military Pakistani-American family who captured Muslims’ (and
millions of Americans’) hearts with “Uncle” Khizr Khan’s strong and
passionate speech at the Democratic National Convention. Khan honored his
son, Humayun Khan, who lost his life in the line of duty in Iraq. This was
an important moment: an honest question to the soon-to-be US present,
calling on him to show his own civic duty, and to honour Muslim Americans.
Muslim Americans live in peace in their homeland. Their only agenda
is to practice their faith and be good citizens. They have no ulterior
agenda supporting a pariah state, as do many (most?) Jewish Americans. They
do not approve of the culture of exploitation of women, pornography,
violence, drugs, abortion on demand. They have not been seduced by the cult
of consumerism. They can be Christians' best allies in the renewal of Islamo-Christian
Trump promised to end Muslim immigration, but Muslims already
outnumber Jews in the population, and they are on the front line in the
fight against terrorism. They have no dual loyalty, they are not spying or
fighting for any foreign state. Muslim Americans have traditionally
supported Democrats as more 'inclusive', but the Democratic Party failed
To help fashion a genuine renewal in America is the work of
grassroots groups, local initiatives, whether in helping the poor, defending
the environment or 'fighting' for a peaceful foreign policy. It is here that
Muslims can make a difference, while showing the truth of Islamo-Christian
civilization. Grassroots activists recognize that Muslims are their natural
allies. There are millions of Americans who are now aware of the reality of
anti-Muslim hatred, and can be easily convinced of their common cause with
Muslims to renew a culture based on Christian, really Islamo-Christian
The two strands in the Trump phenomenon -- a renewal of
morality, an end to foreign wars -- should be the focus of American (and
Canadian) Muslims. We can find common cause with those who want to renew
American along ethical, peaceful lines.
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