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Resolving the Problem of Terrorism through a 'Copernican Revolution' in Theology

By Michael Cecil

The situation in Iraq has clearly reached an impasse.

The Bush administration and its supporters insist that a rapid withdrawal of the United States military would give the 'wrong signal' to the terrorists and might very well lead to a significant deterioration in the situation; while the opponents of the Bush administration insist, on the contrary, that it is the very presence of those military forces which is exacerbating the situation; that the withdrawal of those forces might very well lead to a reduction in violence and bloodshed; and that, in any case, more effort should be expended on the 'war against terrorism' itself rather than on the 'distraction' that is Iraq.

And, certainly, anyone who is completely honest with himself or herself would have to agree that there is a modicum of truth on both sides of this argument; that neither side is completely convincing; and that it is not immediately obvious that either one of these attempted solutions would necessarily have the desired and intended results.

Inasmuch as the current state of the argument has resulted in such an impasse, however, an intelligent way of attempting to resolve this problem might very well be to question one of the initial assumptions upon which this impasse in based: the unproven assumption-relentlessly propagated by the main stream media (MSM), and both unquestioningly accepted and rigidly adhered to by both Bush as well as his most vitriolic opponents-that the problem of terrorism itself can ultimately be resolved only from within the context of an exclusively political perspective; that is, by specifically trivializing or utterly ignoring the theological dimension of the conflict altogether.

On the contrary, because the conflict between Judaeo-Christian civilization and Islamic civilization is primarily a conflict of ideas, neither violence nor an exclusively political frame of reference will be able to resolve the problem of terrorism. Rather, the use of violence against the terrorists will only increase the numbers of those who want to be terrorists; while the use of terrorist violence will only increase the violent response rather than accomplish anything beneficial. And the failure to acknowledge the crucial role played by the different theologies involved will forever keep the problem of terrorism beyond the reach of a resolution.

From a theological perspective, then-and theology is far from trivial inasmuch as it provides the necessary, 'infallible', religious 'justification' for employing violence against those who the political establishment has identified as the 'enemy'; and, contrariwise, the political establishment engages in warfare against those who the religious establishment identifies as 'evil'-the source of the conflict between Judaeo-Christian civilization and Islamic civilization is, incredibly and surprisingly, the determined misinterpretation of one particular doctrine: the interpretation of the "resurrection" as the doctrine of the physical resurrection from the grave rather than as a Doctrine of Rebirth, as implied in the Torah and conveyed in the Prophets, the Gospels and the Koran. Specifically, the theological foundation of both the problem of terrorism and the myopic obsession with an exclusively military response to the problem of terrorism can be traced very directly to the denial of the Doctrine of Rebirth by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious officials.

This is the one Truth about the conflict in the Middle East that the MSM--the liberals, the conservatives, and the radicals of every political stripe--categorically refuses to publicize to the extent of criminal negligence; not merely because it threatens the political establishment with irrelevancy; but because it also threatens the official monotheistic religious establishment with not merely theft-by-deception, but mass murder as 'justified' by a fatally flawed misinterpretation of the Revelations received by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jesus and Mohammed.

For those who are determinedly obsessed with 'hacking at the branches of evil', then--and there are thousands upon thousands of you--I suggest you continue the useless pursuit of the variety of political arguments concerning what is to be done in Iraq and in the war on terrorism in a more general sense. And, the longer your arguments continue, the more lives will be lost, and the more quickly this civilization will be pushed into the ultimate horrors of Armageddon; for example, as an exacerbation of the conflict with Iran.

But, for those more concerned about 'striking at the root' of terrorism-there are very, very, few of you-I would argue the absolute necessity of a 'Copernican revolution' in the monotheistic theologies; that is, a diametric change from the theological perspective that has already resulted in the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust and the Muslim suicide/homicide bomber, to the original Teaching of Isaiah, Jesus and Mohammed on the "resurrection" as a Doctrine of Rebirth.

Moses explained to the children of Israel the "two paths"-the path which leads to a blessing vs. the path that leads to a curse.

Some three thousand years later, there are still "two paths"--a 'Copernican revolution' in Jewish, Christian and Muslim theology, or Armageddon.

The members of the MSM, by determinedly and universally censoring and suppressing research conclusively demonstrating that the Doctrine of the "resurrection" as a Doctrine of Rebirth, have decided emphatically in favor of pushing this civilization into the horrors of Armageddon. And, all things remaining the same, it looks like they may very well succeed.


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Adopting a Copernican revolution in theology is a step in the right direction if that is, it goes far enough. What is needed is a complete addressing of all the religious theologies and removing part’s of their tenets which can be used as a justification for the use of violence against those who hold a different view, and the removing of the elitism they propagate. The problem with rewriting or altering the traditional beliefs is that it goes to the very root of their conception as being divinely inspired and the sacred words of God. This is their basis for legitimacy, if challenged, it arouses a violent reaction in the believers. One has only to look at the Muslim reaction in the case of Salmon Rushti when he wrote the `Satanic Verses`, or listen to some of the Christian fundamentalist ranting in support of the Bible.

The apologetics for these religious teachings will argue that things are being taken out of context if a particular quote is used to show how violence or elitism is propagated, and will go on to quote passages which promote peace and acceptance. I have no problems with the peaceful quotations, my problem is with those that do not lend themselves to peaceful coexistence. When one looks as some of these quotes it does raise the question as to why, on the one hand, we have a loving and peaceful and tolerant god who then turns violent towards those who do not believe in him. This image of god is more like the image of man in how it conducts itself. We are told that god made man in the image of himself, I think we need to reverse this and accept that man has made a god in the image of himself, and that is why we have so many contradictions within these religious teachings.

To see just how these religious teachings perpetrate elitism and violence, we need to take a look at some of their tenets.

The Talmud
Source of information:

Sanhedrin 58b. If a heathen (gentile) hits a Jew, the gentile must be killed.

Sanhedrin 57a . A Jew need not pay a gentile ("Cuthean") the wages owed him for work.
Sanhedrin 57a . When a Jew murders a gentile ("Cuthean"), there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep.
Baba Kamma 37b. The gentiles are outside the protection of the law and God has "exposed their money to Israel."
Baba Kamma 113a. Jews may use lies ("subterfuges") to circumvent a Gentile.
Yebamoth 98a. All gentile children are animals.
Abodah Zarah 36b. Gentile girls are in a state of niddah (filth) from birth.
Abodah Zarah 22a-22b . Gentiles prefer sex with cows.
Jesus in the Talmud:
For example, on the website of the Orthodox Jewish Hasidic Lubavitch group--one of the largest in the world--we find the following statement, complete with Talmudic citations:
"The Talmud (Babylonian edition) records other sins of 'Jesus the Nazarene':
1) He and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolatry, and were sponsored by foreign, gentile powers for the purpose of subverting Jewish worship (Sanhedrin 43a).
2) He was sexually immoral, worshipped statues of stone (a brick is mentioned), was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness, and refused to repent (Sanhedrin 107b; Sotah 47a).
3) He learned witchcraft in Egypt and, to perform miracles, used procedures that involved cutting his flesh, which is also explicitly banned in the Bible (Shabbos 104b).
End quote from (Lubavitch website) June 20, 2000.
[Note: we have printed and preserved in our files a hard copy of this statement from the Lubavitch"Noah's Covenant Website," as it appeared on their website at on June 20, 2000, in the event that denials are later issued and the statement itself suppressed].

Passages from the religious teachings of the Quran.
Source of information:
(Koran 8:12) "Remember Thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the believers, I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them."
(Koran 2:216) "Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, you knew not."
(Koran 69:30-37) "It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. You desire the lure of this world and Allah desires for you the hereafter and Allah is Mighty, Wise.. Now enjoy what you have won as lawful and good and keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful."
(Koran 5: 33-34) "The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet and alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom; Save those who repent before ye overpower them. For know that Allah is forgiving, merciful."
(Koran 76: 4) "Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers chains, yokes and a blazing fire."

Passages from the Bible and it’s promotion of violence and elitism.
Source of information. King James’s version of the Bible
Deutronomy 7:1-6.
1.When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to posses it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites,and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou.
2.And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
3. Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughters thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
4. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
5. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their alters, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
6. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Deutronomy 17. 2-5
2. If there be found among you within any of the gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
3. And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
4. And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and behold, it to be rue, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
5. Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
Psalm 144:1 :

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