From the news media:
UK Prime-Minister Theresa May says that the recent [terrorist] attacks are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.
In essence, Theresa May makes a point that the religion has nothing to do with the ideology and that a religion cannot be wrong by definition. What Theresa May is saying is that if the devotees of some religion, in the case of Theresa May the Islam, do evil things, it is not the fault of this religion (Islam) but the fault of some evil ideology created by the evil people of this religion.
Unfortunately, that is not true. Ideology is a crucial part of any religion – without ideology a religion is a mere mirage. Trying to separate ideology from religion is self-defeating. And here is why.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines religion and ideology in the following way:
– Religion – the expressed manifested faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity.
– Ideology – the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program.
So, any religion has an acknowledged ultimate realty or deity.
For the Jews it is One God with many names such as Yahweh for example; for the Christians it is the Trinity (the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in one Godhead); for the Muslims it is Allah and His messenger Mohammad.
For the Nazis, the acknowledged ultimate realty or deity was Hitler and for the Soviets, it was Stalin.
What we tend to forget is that those ultimate deities were not silent. They provided for their devotees the “socio-political programs” on how to shape up a society/nation out of the devotees. And those “socio-political programs” are ideologies by definition.
For the Jews, it is Torah-based Talmud and all its derivatives; for the Christians, it is Torah-based New Testament and all its derivatives, and for the Muslims it is not Torah-based, fundamentally different Quran-based Sharia.
For the Nazis, it was (fortunately, was!) the Mein Kampf, and for the Soviets it was (fortunately, was!) the Communist Manifesto – both certainly anti-Torah “socio-political programs”.
The “socio-political” fundamentals of the USA are based on Judeo-Christian Torah-based moral prescripts which are opposite in many fundamental beliefs to those in the “socio-political” Islamic Quran-based fundamentals prescribed by the Sharia – on family structure, on women, on individual freedoms, on the role of government, on tolerance to the beliefs of others, etc. That does not mean that Islam cannot transform itself – but until it does it, in order to be able to survive as a Judeo-Christian nation we have to fight the Islamic ideology as a part of religion of Islam. This fight shall include preventing the Muslim citizens from creating “socio-political” institutions based on the Sharia and accepting only those new Muslim immigrants who pledge to do so.
This fight shall include preventing any kind of new immigrants who are not accepting the Judeo-Christian “socio-political” fundamentals of the USA. The ongoing (cold) civil war in the USA is to a great degree a result of the influx of such immigrants in the last half-century.
This phenomenon can be seen in how the chief Trump’s antagonists characterize his personality, his election victory and his governing actions.
Senator Schumer: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to give transcripts of his meeting with Russian officials and announced that he would oppose most of Trump’s Cabinet appointees.
Congresswoman Pelosi: President Trump was “dishonoring” God and questioned whether his grandchildren will even be able to breathe air after his announcement that he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
DNC Chairman Perez: President Trump did not win the 2016 election and took an expletive-laced shot at the Republican Party.
CNN: CNN host calls Trump ‘piece of sh*t’ over renewed call for travel ban.
As could be seen from the above, the Trump’s antagonists are not suggesting the new government policies that are better than those of the Trump’s government policies – they are attacking Trump’s personality and erecting roadblocks to his governing thus disregarding the will of the electorate who decided to try Trump’s governing ideas over Obama’s globalist, harmful to America actions.
This time the Trump’s antagonists are not the traditional political losers in the US Constitutional system of government who are modifying their election strategy and tactics to become the winner the next time – they are assaulters on the US Constitutional system under the pretense of defending it.
Their goal is not to convince the electorate that they, the Trump’s antagonists, have better government principles for the majority of the nation – their goal is to make the Trump-governed nation an ungovernable nation to persuade the electorate to elect the next election cycle them, the Trump’s antagonists, at any price.
They cannot convince the electorate that they have better government principles because their principles are chiefly based on the wealth redistribution and there is now no wealth anymore available for redistribution without serious civil disturbances or even a civil war. Until recent election cycles, the voting majority, who are mainly the working middle class, have not revolted against the wealth redistribution from them to numerous non-economically-producing groups in the name of “human rights and social justice” because the middle class thought it might be good for decreasing the social tensions in the nation. However, in spite of the constantly rising burden of wealth redistribution, the social tensions have not decreased – moreover, they are constantly increasing. And in the last election cycle the majority decided the burden of wealth redistribution has become unbearable for them seriously harming their spiritual and material well-being.
They are not scared anymore by the Russian intervention into our internal affairs, including elections, – they know it is impossible to prevent the adversaries from doing that, and that is an obligation of our own government to fight it.
They are irritated at the attempts to disrupt the work of the government by threats of impeachment or street violent disorders with the aim of replacing the duly elected government of the majority’s choice by the government of “our revolution” or “social justice and human rights” mobs.
They are suspicious of our judicial system, which let some judges govern instead of helping govern rightly.
At the core of the phenomenon of Trump’s antagonists is their inability to understand that the nation has awaken to the loss of spiritual and material well-being due to the past government policies and has found in Trump somebody who might be able to return what was lost.
Phenomenon of Trump that may make him one of the greatest American presidents could be clearly seen (of course, by an unbiased and not ideologically blinded person) from Trump’s The Art of the Deal, Make America Great Again, Drain the Swamp and Riyadh-Jerusalem-Vatican inauguration.
The Art of the Deal as applied to deals in politics
Donald Trump governs the country with the mindset of smartest business people as opposed to governing the country with the mindset of smartest politicians.
The mindsets of politicians and business people are different.
In politics, the chief goal is to be elected and reelected. In order to achieve this goal, a contemporary politician promises numerous free consumer goods to potential electorate and after an electoral victory tries to deliver most of the promised. In other words, what the contemporary politicians are doing is redistribution of wealth – by various taxation tools – from a more able wealthy minority to a less able and less wealthy minority. That is so because the government of traditional politicians does not know how to produce more consumer goods – it know only how manipulate with their distribution. To win the presidency, a contemporary politician has to divide the country and create from some divided groups a winning majority.
In business, the chief goal is to produce more consumer goods that benefits everybody – by either buying and possessing the goods, or making them. Therefore, a contemporary businessman who has entered a political arena to win the presidency reaches the victory by uniting the country through the proposed business-like goals that would benefit almost everybody.
The concepts of “The Art of the Deal” are clearly seen in Trump’s leading mottos.
Make America Great Again
For our traditional politicians, there is no such thing as “make America great again”. Although they cannot define what the “correct America” should be, they nevertheless believe they have made America “adequate” and only fine-tuning of “human rights” and “social justice” is needed.
For Donald Trump, America has lost her greatness because of wrong governing policies of the traditional politicians, and the restoration is needed. Donald Trump is sensing the majority’s longing for the restoration.
Donald Trump identified from the very beginning the two critical restoration things. They are to restore the free market economy that is able to provide well-paid jobs for everybody, and to restore the public Judeo-Christian morality by controlling the immigration and legislating in support of this morality.
Drain the Swamp
Donald Trump defined the swamp as the big all-powerful government that stifles the economy and individual freedoms and the all-powerful news media that fabricate the news in support of the big governing system. Donald Trump believes the swamp has to be drained since the swamp makes the people morally sick while the traditional politicians see instead of the swamp something pleasant that requires just a good maintenance.
Donald Trump believes America is unnecessary burdened, both economically and spiritually, by the policies of imposing on the others foreign to them American way of life under banners of “human rights” and “social justice”. He believes “the others” (many countries of the world main religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism) may join the America-led efforts of fighting international Islamism-based terrorism and of developing mutually beneficial economic collaboration … if we stop assaulting their way of life. The traditional politicians think the mutual interests can be developed only if everybody is forced to govern along the lines of American “human rights” and “social justice”.
The problem with our elite news media and traditional politicians is that they are judging Donald Trump as they used to judge a traditional politically-minded president while Donald Trump is governing the country in a completely different, difficult to understand business-minded way.
And our politicians, all of them on the democrat/liberal side and many of them on the republican/conservative side, are nervous since they do not know how to compete with Donald Trump.
Yes, that is true: the news media are constitutionally free – free to be biased and to be used as ideological warfare. Why? Because the news media outlets are businesses, which are tailoring their information products to the customer demands to attract more customers and make more money.
To do this, a particular news media outlet selects a particular group of potential customers and tailors its information products to the beliefs of the selected group. That means this particular news media outlet cannot be objective by definition since the objectivity requires presenting the information that may be disliked by the selected particular group of potential customers and therefore may hurt the business.
The news media outlets are used by various ideological consumer groups in politics, in social life, in economics, in arts, in religion, etc. to advance their ideological preferences in society and in various country’s governing institutions.
Below are a few illustrative examples.
Haaretz, the Forward, New York Times and Washington Post are the ideological warfare of the left-wing groups who do not like the life under the Torah/Bible traditional guidance and are trying to replace this guidance for the so-called “social justice and human rights” guidance. The left-wing groups are sponsoring these four publications since the published information is strengthening the left-wing causes in the public arena and the chances for left-wing electoral victories.
Yisrael Hayom or Breitbart News are the ideological warfare of the right-wing groups who see great dangers for the Israel and the USA to deviate from the Torah/Bible guidance in political, social and religious life.
In order to please its customers, the mentioned news media are reporting only on the facts that directly favor the ideology of their readers/viewers/listeners or could be make favorable by ascribing to the facts some negative motivations to ideological adversaries.
It looks like when Donald Trump is describing the news media information products as the fake news he has in mind the news media information products, which are ideologically adversary to the governing ideology of his administration. The news media that sell the fake news take the real facts but ascribe to them the fake motivations that their customers would like to believe in.
Here are a few examples on how it is being done.
From the news media:
U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the “darkest chapter of human history” in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.
“The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear,” Trump said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York on Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It looks like this is a perfect pro-Israel and pro-Jewish statement by Donald Trump. However, the anti-Trump news media ascribe to this a fake statement that this is a Trump’s effort to cover up the “true anti-Semitic feelings” in his administration.
From the news media:
The author Michael Chabon’s tour to the West Bank was led by Breaking the Silence, the controversial Israeli group that collects and distributes Israeli soldiers’ testimony about their service in the occupied territory. Chabon, along with his wife, Ayelet Waldman, are two of the 24 leading novelists who will visit East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza over the next few months to research a book of essays marking 50 years of Israeli occupation. The couple will edit the book, which aims to illuminate what it’s like to live under Israeli military rule. Chabon’s essay will focus on Sam Bahour, a Palestinian-American businessman who moved to Ramallah to build the Palestinian economy in the wake of the Oslo peace accords, only to watch the Israeli occupation deepen around him.
It is indeed a true fact-based description of the Michael Chabon’s tour to the Palestinian Territories. However, a few fake descriptors are used to please the anti-Israel supporters. Some of them are “the West Bank” and “Occupied territories”.
In this publication, the historic Jewish name Judea and Samaria is replaced by the Arab-oriented political name “the West Bank” to discard the historic connections of the Jews to this land.
The “occupied territories” descriptor is debunked by the Levy report.
The Levy Report, officially called Report on the Legal Status of Building in Judea and Samaria published on 9 July 2012, authored by a three-member committee headed by former Israeli Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy. The committee, dubbed the “outpost committee”, was appointed by Israel‘s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late January 2012 to investigate the legal status of unauthorized West Bank Jewish settlements, but also examined whether the Israeli presence in the West Bank is to be considered an occupation or not.
The report concludes that Israel’s presence in the West Bank is not an occupation, and that the Israeli settlements are legal under international law.
Indeed, the news media are free to be ideological and biased, and we have to treat them accordingly.
In the 18th century, the morality of the Torah/Bible Ten Commandments and their derivatives have created a spiritually and economically strong American Nation – in the 20th century, the morality of the politically correct “progressive” commandments are destroying all that.
At the core of Judeo-Christian morality, lays the Golden Rule, which states that in a nation (the Golden Rule had been created for a group of people who lived together, knew each other and had mutual understanding of what is Good and what is Bad for them, and that is how a nation is defined), “one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself”. If it is so, the role of a human government in a Golden-Rule nation should be not to manage the lives of individuals and various human communities but rather to protect and defend the diverse communities from possible internal and external violators of the Golden Rule.
At the core of politically correct morality, lays a sort of Oppression Rule, which states that various human communities in a nation are adversary to each other and the role of a human government has to manage adversarial relations among adversarial communities – manage through government laws and regulations.
The American Judeo-Christian morality unites the nation while the politically correct morality fractures the nation
The politically correct morality fractures the nation by splitting it into adversary groups such as African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, etc., which, as the politically correct troops declare, have been oppressed by the chief oppressors being the White Americans, right-wing extremists and Christian fundamentalists. The oppressed groups should be compensated for economic and moral suffering and the first step is to subject the chief oppressors to sensitivity training to indoctrinate them in accepting various affirmative actions aimed at constraining the presumed oppressive forces in the nation. Among those affirmative actions are the entitlements – the oppressed are entitled to almost everything what the oppressors may have.
In the American Judeo-Christian morality, there is no oppressors and oppressed – the American Judeo-Christian morality enhances the equality of everybody in the “image and likeness of God”.
The American Judeo-Christian morality promotes the societal advancement while the politically correct morality harms the advancement
The mighty tool for any advancement is the competition among various groups and individuals in all spheres of human activities – in science, in technology, in economics, in ideology, in religion, in politics, etc.
In the American Judeo-Christian morality, everybody is equal in “the image and likeness of God” and therefore has a sort of divine ability to do something better than the others – that is to compete with the others and therefore to advance yourself and the society. In the American Judeo-Christian morality, there is a free market of competing ideas – you have advance your own ideas by peacefully competing with the others.
However, the politically correct morality harms the competitiveness by legislating or encouraging the anti-competitive concepts such as the following.
Victimization – you are a victim of the oppressive forces in the nation and therefore you cannot have a fair chance in the competition.
Multiculturalism and nonjudgmental-ism – you should not compete with other cultures and should judge the behavior of the others – for you, all cultures should be of equal spiritual value.
If you do not compete, if you do not strive to be better, there is no advancement.
The American Judeo-Christian morality strengthen the family while the politically correct morality destroys it
In the American Judeo-Christian morality, a man and a woman create a family to procreate, to bring up children along the lines of American Judeo-Christian morality tailored to individual family spiritual stream guidelines, having different but equally important family responsibilities.
The politically correct morality assaults all those values. It clearly seen in the slogans of this morality.
Feminism, male chauvinism, no-fault divorce, sexual harassment in the family, same-sex marriage, all these slogans are the tools for pushing a wife/mother out of her unique family role and reducing the utmost importance of the family in the fabric of our nation.
The politically correct morality builds the road to socialism
And finally, the invention of social justice — the politically correct synonym for socialism, where the big government is obligated to deliver the “happiness” to all its subjects by redistributing wealth from the more fortunate to the less fortunate. The history have presented convincing proof of the misery created by the socialism=social-justice in the Former Soviet Union, in contemporary Russia, in Cuba, in Brazil, in Venezuela, and in many other places. However, there is no history lessons for the politically correct instigators.
Indeed, now we see the perils of replacing Judeo-Christian morality by politically correct one. Let us hope it is not too late to get back.