Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands. Cults everywhere: Islam, the State, the cult of Gay and Queer, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, 'Science', Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from. It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori - Time Flies Remember Death
An insightful look into 10th century Europe. It is my contention that by 900 AD Europe was the richest, best-fed, best-educated and most agriculturally productive geographic entity in the world. It was 'Christendom' which formed the modern world, developed technology and science, and allowed freedom to come to the fore of the political-economy. Free-will, free-association, freedom of speech, free assembly, and the mandate to use rationality only arose in Christendom – no where else.
Collins would likely agree with this assessment. Some interesting facts from the 10th century on why and how Christendom saved the world.
in the tenth century probably less than 25 percent of European land was owned by the church and monastic orders and that kings and magnates controlled 40 percent or more. Ordinary people owned about 30 to 35 percent, but the constant insecurity and chaos meant that they were still subservient to the local strongman because they needed his protection.
The Secular state was always more powerful than the Church and incessantly desired its subservience to state power.
Italy seems to have been an irresistibly attractive prize for the Germans. It was not only the warmer climate and brighter light, the economic prosperity and the developed resources, particularly in northern Italy, that attracted them. It was also the influence the emperors could exercise over the papacy, which indirectly gave them even more power over the church in Germany.
and: retaining their educational role, monasteries in the ninth century had become increasingly secularized owing to their social and economic clout. Patrick J. Corish points out, “They became associated with the established major dynasties, and in consequence became centers of secular power.....Monastic armies fought with kings and against kings.
Yet the benefices of monasticism, Church technological developments, public and court schools, medicine, hospitals and even the idea of peace-days in which war was outlawed, all added magnificently to the heritage and expansion of Christendom.
Irish monks who “saved civilization” and learning in the West, a project that continued through the Carolingian period and on into the tenth century. The ability to reform itself was one of monasticism’s great strengths, and one of the great reforms of Western monasticism emanated from the monastery of Cluny in southern Burgundy and spread across Western Europe in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
Irish monks preserved Latin and Greek learning well before the great days of Muslim al-Andalus, and these same monks, from the seventh century onward, spread that learning and culture across Continental Europe and England via their missionary work.
And what of the poverty of the Moslem-fascist political project in Spain?
In traditional Islam there was no clear separation of what today we would call religion and the state. The key question of who should lead the community was left unanswered. At first the caliphs saw themselves as the successors of Muhammad. They claimed “to be khalifat allāh....vice regents of God. They assumed the protection and endowment of Muslim worship, the organization of mosques and the defence of the pilgrimage. They claimed authority in legal and doctrinal...
Islam, isolated and convinced of its own superiority, felt it had nothing to learn from Christian Europe. We will return to this knowledge transmission when we consider Gerbert of Aurillac. All of this suggests the need for a more nuanced appreciation of al-Andalus. In the end the greatness of Moorish Spain was something of a mixed blessing.
al-Andalus simply wasn’t the kind of tolerant paradise that Lewis imagines, especially for Christians. It was a highly stratified society with a strict demarcation of roles, including for a period the wearing of identifying badges for Jews and Christians. Mozarabic Catholics were cowed, second-class citizens in what had originally been their own country.
Catholics and Jews were constantly reminded of their second-class status. They were dhimmi, “protected ones,” or “people of the book.” Dhimmi were granted a special residential status to live in Muslim-dominated countries in return for paying jizya, a poll and land tax. Generally, there was no outright persecution of Christians until the time of the vicious dictator al-Mansūr (976–1002).
the hadith (sayings ascribed to Muhammad) says, as “the one who fights for the faith of Allah” than of actually gaining territory. Over the course of Abd al-Rahmān’s campaigns against the Christians, he achieved some victories. One Moorish chronicler says that after a battle in July 920 at Valdejunquera, southwest of Pamplona, there were so many heads of the Christian dead to take back to Córdoba to set up around the city walls that the mule trains could not carry them.
Garwood has written a very interesting book on the Flat Earth phenomenon. Anyone who criticizes the reigning cults of today including: Islam is Peace, Globaloneywarming, Queer genes, Bacteria to Biologist, Cosmic Big Bang, National Socialism, or Keynesianism, is usually branded inter-alia a 'Flat Earther'. The current Flat Earth society president is an evolutionist and globaloneywarming cult member, so perhaps a new ad-hominem and pejorative is necessary.
From the time of Christ right through the Christian infused academy of Ptolemy [2nd century], through medieval science and philosophy from Boethuis to the Venerable Bede [8th century]; and into the development of the scientific method [12th to 14th centuries] which included calculations of a spherical earth, mean speed theorems, gravity and even the elucidation of why there are rainbows; no Christian believed in a flat earth. The only exceptions were the minor Christian writers Lactantius and Cosmo [4th and 6th centuries, and both were quite insane]. Christian theology does not support the idea of a flat earth, in fact the Bible is quite mute on the earth's shape, though in Isiah it is called a sphere.
As Garwood explains:
“..educated medieval people did not believe the earth to be flat, and it was neither Columbus’s intention nor the outcome of his voyage to demonstrate to doubters that it was a globe.”
Only really clever Darwinists and 'Scientists' state that Christians believed in a flat earth. They were the ones who proved its sphericity [see the voyages of Catholic discovery for more information].
Thomas Mann observed, “Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
As Kipatrick relates, the West is being attacked from within by secular Marxism and Atheism; in alliance with resident Moslems some 15 million in North America, and 45 million in Western Europe. The exogenous threat posed by Islam to Western Civilization in the political-military sphere is – with the great exception of a nuclear Iran – rather minimal. However, the internal threat by a Moslem 5th column in alliance with the brain-dead theology of cultural relativism and political Marxism, is indeed a vicious threat to survival.
“Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”, wrote the eminent historian Arnold J. Toynbee. Predictions of the suicide of the West have been around now for a long while, but that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it didn’t fall in a day; but its fall—when it did come—seems to have had something to do with its becoming what we would now call an “entertainment society”.
The viral disease of pop culture is a manifestation of a deep cultural weakness and self-loathing. There is precious little in pop culture that is intelligent or relevant. Yet games, sports, shows, the travails of entertainment gods and goddesses enthrals the mass. How sad. The relativism, self-hatred, superficiality of pop culture has infected all societal institutions, rendering Western Civilisation either meaningless, or worse, a stain of darkness and evil when compared to the 'glories' of non-Western 'cultures'. And, as Kilpatrick rightly comments, the church or churches in the West are far too often ignorant and complicit in allowing this stealth Jihad, this cultural Marxist obsession to destroy the West, to occur.
We live in a world of 'me', where the me is now god. An 'evolved' god to be sure, derived from walking fish, the clever mouse, the curious lemur, according to the 'meist' theology of evolution. 'I used to crawl and sniff, therefore I am'.
“Without theism, men tend to gravitate toward “meism”; and judging from the destructive fallout of the sixties and seventies, meism is inimical to the social order: people who live only to gratify themselves in the moment are generally disinclined to have children or to care for them if they do have them.”
Meism leads to family breakdown, illiteracy, widespread ignorance of true history and civilizational development; and apathy. If you are just a bunch of molecules knocking around by chance what point is there to life ? What purpose ? And if the god of chance created you; there can be no morality; no standards; no ethos. Why not simply kill off your competitors, your neighbours and steal and plunder in the name of 'survival of the fittest' ?
This is certainly the attitude of Islam or the cult of submission. Kill, dominate, control.
“Submission is not just a significant concept in Islam; it’s the main concept. And Western leaders still seem unable to understand that the more the West submits, the more submission will be required.”
Appeasement just means that the crocodile, as Churchill commented, might eat you last.
Muhammad said, “I have been commanded to fight against people, till they testify that there is no god but Allah.” Islam is, in effect, an open-ended declaration of war against non-Muslims.”
Islam, as Kilpatrick rightly claims, is not a religion. It is a fascist political cult dedicated to destroy all non-Moslems and their belief systems. Period. Read the Koran. Most of it is a screed against unbelievers with cries to kill them and torture them.
“The first task for the West must be to reclassify Islam as a political system with religious aspects rather than a religion with political aspects. Islam is an alternative form of government in competition with Western governments that seeks to weaken and, ultimately, replace them.”
Mosques are not churches but hate-speech centers:
“80 percent of mosques in America conveyed a supremacist vision and provided their members with anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, pro-sharia, and pro-jihad literature.”
Maybe the politically-correct buffoons might want to read the Koran and attend one of these hate-fests.
Christianity is the opposite of Islam. Islam or the cult of submission is thus the anti-christ and anti-Christian political movement dedicated to its destruction. Never in history have 2 different world-views existed with one – Islam – a fascist cult renamed by the big-brains as a 'religion'.
“Islam spread by the power of the sword, Christianity spread because of its powerful message of sacrificial love.”
And wither the Church ? Too many witless idiots in the Church propose that Islam is a religion; that there are bridges which can be built between the 'faiths'; that 1400 years of Jihad, murder, slavery, female and unbeliever subjugation is really just an anomaly; and that most Moslems are 'moderates'. What nonsense. What a bunch of cowards.
“For Christians not to speak out about wife-beating, forced marriages, genital mutilation, and honor killings is a failure of charity, as well as a failure of courage. Christians are supposed to stand up for the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the abused.”
Indeed Christians are supposed to defend the undefended. 20.000 daughters slaughtered every year by Moslem families. Christians, animists, Jews, Buddhists and others attacked, murdered, raped or exiled by Moslems each month, each year, each decade....yet what do we hear ? Inter-faith dialogue is better than 'confrontation'. That is a code word for faineance. Being a coward in the face of a fascism just makes you an accomplice to murder.