I have just returned from a trip to Portugal and Spain where I have tried, among many other things, to find – in the rich history of these countries – the events that may help understand better the current political battles in the USA. Some of my findings, which are mostly from private conversations, are presented below.
On Jewish-Christian relationships
It is well known Spain and Portugal expelled the Jews about five centuries ago. Before expelling the Jews, the Christians lived in a relative peace with the Jews. The Portugal/Spanish Christian Crusaders were concerned with expelling the Muslims from Jerusalem – not the Jews who had been already expelled from Jerusalem in the 2nd century by the Romans.
It is less known both countries now believe the expulsion of the Jew was a grave mistake that led to economic and spiritual decline. The lack of Jewish money, inventiveness and entrepreneurship led to a long-lasting economic decline, and the spiritual disconnection of Jews and Christians led to radicalization of Christian Church. These days the Portuguese and Spaniards are eager to put back on the map everything that demonstrates the glorious Jewish past in their countries; in essence, that is a revival of Judeo-Christian spiritual realm. The Portuguese and Spaniards are not alone.
The Pope Francis on his recent trip to the USA made a surprise change to his schedule on the final day of his U.S. tour to convey his own message of respect for the Jewish people. In an unannounced event, the pontiff stopped to bless a sculpture commissioned by the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia that repudiates a centuries-old anti-Semitic image. The sculpture displays a Jew with the Old Testament (the Torah) and a Christian with the New Testament; both are peacefully comparing their scriptures. This Judeo-Christian image can be seen at http://forward.com/news/321629/pope-francis-makes-surprise-stop-to-bless-sculpture-symbolizing-catholic-an/#ixzz3oTWO2Syr
Those who are advocating the separation of Judeo-Christian spirituality/morality from the government and social life should study the history and learn from the history that they are advocating the spiritual destruction of their own country.
On Muslim-Christian relationships
It is well known the Moors had created an advanced culture in some parts of Spain and Portugal, mostly in Spanish Andalusia – with beautiful arts, sciences and social arrangements, which were much better of what the Christians were capable to achieve at that time. At the times of the Moors, many (Muslims, Christians and Jews) lived in a relatively tolerant multi-culture community.
It is less known that a part of the Moors, who were mostly Arab Muslims, began the process of Islamization of these mostly Christian (rather in spirit) lands. And the Reconquista began that expelled the Muslims from Spain and Portugal and restored the Christian spiritual realm. However, nowadays nobody is trying to revive an Islamo-Christian realm, as it is the case with the Judeo-Christian realm, since Islamic and Christian traditions are not compatible as the majority of Portuguese and Spaniards believes. That is why they now resist the new Muslim immigration to their lands even if this immigration is promoted as a humanitarian project. It looks like two of the current Republican presidential candidates know the history well and therefore are on the side of Portuguese and Spaniards. They are Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
Donald Trump: Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel lost her mind? Her decision to accept upwards of 1 million refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other jihadist hotbeds, shows the German leader is definitely ‘insane’.
Ben Carson: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
They know not only the lessons of European history on Islamic-Christian relations. They know as well the contemporary Islamic military/terrorist actions against the Judeo-Christian civilization, which are based on the Quranic obligation to fight the infidels who are the Jews and Christians. Of course, there are many good Muslim individuals; however, they are not in power to influence the Islamic world in any “anti-Quranic” way.
At his presentation at the US Congress, Pope Francis did not speak about Jesus Christ and the basics of Catholicism and Christianity in general. He spoke about One God for everybody – Jews and Christians, Catholics and Protestants, Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists, Religious and Non-Religious. He spoke about what unites all of us as unique human individuals created in the image and likeness of God.
And what unites us is the universal moral principles of the Torah, which are valid and true for all humans as One God’s guidance for building a better world for everybody. Those Torah principles are treasured by all spiritual streams of Judaism and Christianity. However, in addition to those Torah principles, each spiritual stream created something else that distinguishes it from the others and defines its own way in searching for God’s truth.
At the beginning of his presentation, the Pope Francis reminded the two fundamentals of the Torah. They are the story of Moses who brought the God’s guidance from God to all humans in the Torah, and the most important concept of the Torah that all human individuals have to treat other human individuals in the way they would like to be treated – because God created all humans in His image and likeness as equals.
In the rest of his presentation, the Pope described the challenge of addressing the contemporary world problems through the prism of treating everybody in the image and likeness of God. The underlying thought in the Pope’s presentation was clear – all contemporary world challenges have to be resolved, based on the Judeo-Christian moral principles. The Pope’s presentation reminded us the Church-State separation should be understood correctly: it is the separation of official religious institutions from official government institutions – it is not the separation of Judeo-Christian morality from legislative work of government institutions.
The Pope listed the most urgent contemporary challenges, which should be addressed through the prism of Judeo-Christian morality such as
-Mass immigration in search for hope and happiness,
-Seeing in the world not just Good and Evil but all shades of God-guided behavior,
-Not replacing tyrants by other tyrants,
-Fighting poverty and hunger,
-Preserving and strengthening traditional families,
-Preserving Nature created by God, etc.
There are two basic ways to address all those challenges:
–the Judeo-Christian Bible-based way through individual and collective charity/mitzvah and
–the way through government-forced redistribution of wealth.
The Judeo-Christian way creates opportunities and hope for everybody – rich and poor, whites and blacks, religious and non-religious, and a sort of community unity. The government-forced redistribution of wealth creates disunity and feeling of envy and entitlement. And that is a contemporary political battle field in the USA, Israel and many other countries.
The very important underlying message of the Pope: religious people and their leaders have to get involved in the politics to preserve and strengthen there the Judeo-Christian moral principles. And our rabbis should not be scared to follow this message.
President Barak Obama has skillfully choreographed the reception of the Pope Francis at the White House to create an impression that his presidential powers, which are strictly limited by the Constitution, are at the level of the Pontiff’s powers, which as many Christians believe are God-given powers. Obama needs this impression to solidify spiritually the new world order he is trying to create.
The Obama’s new world order is frightening because it is destroying the Judeo-Christian spirituality of the Western Civilization.
The Judeo-Christian spirituality is rooted in the Ten Commandments and the Torah (Old Testament) and detailed in the Talmud and New Testament. Judeo-Christian spirituality has guided the development of political, social and economic institutions throughout the history of Western Civilization. The Judeo-Christian spirituality is the guiding light for the Western Civilization – for Jews and Christians, for religious, non-religious, for atheists and agnostics, for churchgoers and church haters, for people in power and out of power.
The true Judeo-Christian spirituality is based on the idea of a human being created as an individual in the image and likeness of God to follow a human’s interpretation of God’s guidance – that is how to continue God’s creative work in all spheres of human life and be personally responsible for own actions.
The new frightening world-order is based on demoting the One God in Heavens (for some – real one, for some – imaginary one) from the position of the Supreme Power over the humans and elevating to this position a human who plays a role of god. This human god is forcing all humans under his power to obey his commandments instead of following the God’s Commandments. Under the human-god commandments, a human is deprived of his individuality, becomes a member of a collective (crowd, community, nation, etc.) and is forced to follow orders from a human god. An individual is losing his freedom and is becoming a slave. In the contemporary world, the slavery is mostly spiritual and is enforced by the anti-Judeo-Christian secular laws and politically correct collective dogmas.
The strategy for a god-like human to develop his own world order is well known – it consists of four major steps.
(1) First, denigrate the Judeo-Christian spirituality and its moral codification in the Ten Commandments as something too extreme, outdated and not suitable for governing a contemporary nation. The denigration begins with vilification of the originators of this spirituality, the Jewish people and their spiritual heart the State of Israel.
(2) Next, divide the society into numerous feuding factions that would be unable or unwilling to find a compromise for peaceful coexistence. A divider presents himself as a savior to the dissatisfied who would lead them to victory over all other groups in that society.
(3) Immediately after, confiscate the assets of society’s wealthy groups and redistribute this wealth among the underprivileged groups to obtain their unconditional support.
(4) And finally, establish a dictatorial government to preserve and reinforce the power of a human god over citizens-slaves.
That is the end – a new world order is established.
This strategy has been successfully implemented several times in recent history. Among these successful implementations are the New Communist World Order under Stalin in the USSR and the New Nazi World order under Hitler in Germany. These days, Iran’s Ayatollahs and ISIS’s Mullahs are implementing this strategy.
The current immigration crisis in Europe – in addition to the present large Islamic communities in many countries of European Union – creates a fertile ground there for building a new frightening world order.
In the USA, a new world order is in the making as well, and his promoter is Obama who is relying on the help of the anti-Western and anti-Israel international bodies such as the United Nations. If we understand Obama’s New World Order, we can understand what is behind the strategic decisions of Obama on Israel, on Christianity, on Islam and the Islamic world, on Russia and Europe, on Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. The Obama’s new world order is being created in the same four steps described above.
Denigrating the Judeo-Christian spirituality and its founders, and the Jewish people with their spiritual center in Israel/Jerusalem
Obama has not initiated this process – it began long before Obama’s presidency. However, he skillfully accelerated this process by reinforcing the image of the State of Israel as a source of all the world’s problems, and the Judeo-Christian image of USA as something outdated, reactionary and an obstacle to “social fairness” to all “the underprivileged” of the World.
Splitting world-wide society into numerous feuding factions
Obama artfully created many more feuding factions than all other creators of “new world orders”: poor vs. rich, religious vs. non-religious, blacks vs. whites, females vs. males, wealth makers vs. wealth takers, developed countries vs. undeveloped ones, Western civilization vs. Islamic, etc.
Redistributing the wealth to the underprivileged to gain their support
Redistribution of wealth has become one of the chief components of Obama’s strategy. Increasing a government share of the wealth produced in the United States (Gross Domestic Product) through direct taxation and a myriad of government regulations and tariffs is the tool for wealth redistribution. The share of GDP consumed by federal, state and local governments increased from about 5-10% two hundred years ago to well above 50% today. Again, this redistribution process began long before Obama but he artfully uses it for building his “world order”. Using the “redistributed”, confiscated money, Obama can provide all underprivileged factions of our country and many countries abroad with some “Obama money”.
Establishing a dictatorial government and moving to a new world order
So, what a new world order Obama is trying to establish? There is no written description of this order. There are no oral presentations by Obama describing his dreams in precise terms. Obama is an unusually smart word ideologue. The current sad state of domestic and international affairs is not a result of his poor leadership skills. To the contrary, the sad state of affairs is what he has been deliberately trying to achieve from the very beginning.
Unfortunately, our governing system has let him do all that. Why? Because our governing system – that is based on two political parties and three independent branches of government – is not serving “us the people” anymore as the Founding Fathers constructed it. Now our governing system is fueled by political ambitions and the lust for power and government “goodies” that created a fertile ground for an anti-Judeo-Christian human-god-ruled presidential power.
Everything what is going on now in the USA with the “Iran Nuclear Agreement” and in Europe with the “Immigration Crisis” is a proof that a new frightening world order is for real. Could we stop it? May be, if we elect new leaders not poisoned by the old political habits. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio? I do not know.
Yes, that is true. The current European immigration crisis was created by European “social- justice” policies, and that is not just a traditional political crisis that can be resolved by traditional political means. The very spiritual foundation of Europe, the Judeo-Christian civilization, is under threat. That is not just a conclusion of some independent observers – many in the European Union begin to understand this threat.
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans says the refugee and migrant crisis is nothing less than a moment of truth in European history. He said the organized solidarity of the European welfare state would be completely undermined if we simply say everybody can come in. Timmermans added though that Europe cannot survive either if we take leave of our values and our legal obligations for those seeking protection from persecution and war.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that his country does not want to take in large numbers of Muslims, in defense of Hungary’s response to the surge in refugees trying to enter the country. “I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country,” Orban told journalists outside the EU headquarters at Brussels. “We do not like the consequences,” he said, referring to the country’s 150-year history of Ottoman rule during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna says that Europe should do all it can to stop illegal migrants from entering Europe.
Many other European politicians are of the same opinion – the Muslim immigration to Europe has to be stopped if Europe wants to preserve its spiritual Judeo-Christian spiritual realm.
However, how to address the Timmermans’ concern that “Europe cannot survive either if we take leave of our values and our legal obligations for those seeking protection from persecution and war”. Timmermans and other political leaders of Europe may address it by replacing their immigration “social-justice”-guided policies by the Bible-guided policies.
The “social-justice”-guided policies are based on the two false social-justice basics:
-*-That the immigrants from non-Judeo-Christian birthplaces are capable and willing to change their spiritual beliefs and traditions to become a sort of behavioral Judeo-Christians without joining a church, and
-*-That the anti-Bible forced redistribution of wealth can support the welfare for a great number of immigrants most of whom do not have the employable skills and therefore cannot support themselves.
The reality that Europe begins to understand is completely different:
–The immigrants do not want to become the pseudo Christians. They love their Islamic culture and traditions and would do whatever is legal, and what might be done by illegal/terrorist means, to replace the Judeo-Christian civilization by their own Islamic realm. It is possible that the Islamic world is using this crisis to deliver as many Muslims to Europe as possible to accelerate the Islamization process of Europe – just try to think about why the Muslim countries do not take care of their brothers in distress in spite of Quran’s order to do this. The world is often lectured to about the urgency of respecting Arab and Islamic brotherly love, but where is the Arab action to rescue fellow Muslims and Arabs from the claws of ISIS?
–The European Union has reached the level of wealth redistribution (of course, through the forced taxation) that has slowed the wealth generation and the ability to increase the existing gigantic welfare system even more.
Thus, what to do?
As Bible advises us to do: defend the Judeo-Christian civilization by not allowing the mass Islamic immigration into Europe, and help the Islamic population under duress in the areas where Islamic culture is dominant. In the Middle East and in Africa, many scarcely populated areas could be used for relocation and then for farming and stock raising.
One more idea. Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy a Greek or Italian island to help house some of the refugees seeking help in Europe. “Greece or Italy sell me an island, I’ll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country,” he tweeted. “You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees,” he said. He estimated the cost of land being between $10 million and $100 million.
The attractiveness of this non-European resettlement of Islamic refugees is obvious. The European Islamic resettlement is final – nobody of the resettled Muslims would go back to their birthplaces even if ISIS is defeated there. If the refuges are resettled outside Europe, where there is no permanent “social-justice” welfare system, it might be the case.
The Ten Commandments and the Social Justice are the two systems for redistribution of individually created wealth aimed at making a better world for everybody, or Tikkun Olam in Jewish spiritual terms.
If we have two wealth-redistribution systems suggested for creating a better world for everybody, we have to figure out which system is better. The great majority would agree that a better world for everybody should be a just world. If it is so, the most important is to define what is just and unjust in both systems.
In the Judeo-Christian universe (observant and non-observant), the Ten Commandments and the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments), which is tailoring the Ten Commandments to various life circumstances, define justice and injustice. Those definitions are coming from the Higher Authority above us called God. We may disagree on the image of this Authority (God, Adonai, Supreme Power, Nature, Big Band, etc.) but not with the need for and the importance of such authority. This Authority unites all of us since, as the Bible declares, this Authority creates all of us as equals – in His image and likeness. If we are created as equals, the definition of justice and injustice, which is coming from this Authority, have to be considered just for everybody.
The guidance of this Authority for creating a better world, which is just for everybody, is clear and simple:
- A better world, which is just for everybody, is the world where every individual has the opportunity to be an individual spiritual and material wealth creator in all areas of his/her life – family, community, religious institutions, employment, politics, social development, charity/mitzvah, etc. Moreover, to be personally responsible for the results of individual creative work.
- The purpose of government is to secure the individual opportunities, not to impose on the individuals the government’s own ideas on social justice. The government has to legislate along the lines of the Bible – to strengthen individual families, to provide safety for families and communities, to keep forceful confiscation of wealth to a minimal level just needed to support a minimal government.
- About 10% of the individually created wealth should be used for helping the less fortunate to enhance their individual opportunities through individual charity/mitzvah wealth transfer – not to enslave them in the welfare system forever.
In the secular universe, which might be even artificially observant, an elected or non-elected government defines what is just and what is unjust. Any human government, although necessary at some minimal level, disunites people. Why? Because any human government operates with one important goal in mind – to preserve its power at a next election cycle.
There is an established practice of how to preserve the power in this secular universe:
- A government convinces the society that not all people are created equal, and therefore the role of a government is to be a sort of equalizer. To perform this role, a government finds a small group of wealthy individuals with a lot of individually made wealth but with a negligible voting power, and forcefully confiscates a significant part of their wealth.
- Then, a government redistributes the confiscated wealth to a large group of less wealthy (most of them are not poor in a classical definition of this word) but with a decisive voting power. If the redistribution is correct, the government preserves its power.
- However, such redistribution is unjust for the entire society. The wealthy individuals are unhappy – they think the injustice was committed against them. They believe so not because the money was taken from them – but rather because the money was taken forcefully without their consent on how much to take and how to redistribute. The injustice is committed as well against those who are receiving the redistributed money. It is so since the government decides what is good and what is bad for them – they are deprived the opportunity to make their own choices.