Should we let our society be defined by the opinions of a minority of people who, over the past 2000 years have repeatedly shown themselves to be prone to hysteria and far to ready when faced with challenging times to adopt the mindset of the mob. I refer of course to the way in which the events of 9/11 are being written into history as a point in which humanity changed direction. The attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were vicious, inhuman acts of terrorism and they succeeded in the aim of terrorism to disrupt normal life.
Three thousand people died in those attacks, rather less than die each day of AIDS related diseases in Africa, a lot less than die each day of malaria across Africa and Asia and a lot less than around the world die each day through lack of adequate food and water. So was 9/11 the defining act or simply an alarm call to let the wealthy nations know that the Third World will not tolerate our behaviour any more. If so it was totally lost on America's Fundamentalist Christians.
Christianity always does best when it can play the victim and despite America's overwhelming military and economic power in the world American Pentecostalists play the victim to perfection.
It is wrong to brand all Muslims as terrorists or to accuse Muslims of
wanting to see every American dead. There are as many flavours of Islam as
there are of Christianity, some are as repugnant as the most extreme forms
of Christian fundamentalism, some are as dedicated to promoting peace and
understanding as are the Quakers.
Mistrust of Islam existed before 9/11 of course but since then it has
grown out of all proportion to any potential threat. Instead of blaming
Islam for all the ills of the world though, we who enjoy the benefits of
western civilisation should thank Islam for ....erm, well, ... the
benefits of western civilisation. While it is true to say that without
Islam the WTC would not have been wrecked we must primarily understand
that without Islam the WTC could never have been built.
I have said many provocative things about the unreliable foundations of
Christianity but my only regret is that I have not gone far enough. The
true history of the middle east before the conquest by Alexander is
convoluted and complicated but the role of "the Jews" and later
Christianity as a civilising influence is totally mythical. Christianity
can truly be said to be the worship of ignorance and stupidity. People
need to be aware that the adoption of Christianity by the Emperor
Constantine the Great heralded the dark ages.
Though Constantine was a cunning and effective political operator who
sought advice from the traditional sources, his successors, in order to
keep the Christians onside and so stay in power, had to accept Christian
leaders and Bishops as advisors and appoint their nominees to
governorships and stewardships in the important provinces. These people
were intent only on promoting the interests of their religion as a means
to increasing their own wealth and power.
Seventy years after Constantine's adoption and subsequent reinvention
of Christianity the political structure of the Empire had weakened so that
it was effectively a Theocracy. It was the early Christian church
(practising a form of Christianity that would not be recognisable today)
that ordered the greatest act of cultural vandalism ever perpetrated when
Bishop Theophilius ordered the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria
and the destruction of all Wisdom that did not come from God," (in other
words anything the Bishops had reason to fear.
For almost a thousand years ignorance ruled what was referred to as
Christendom. All art music and literature could only be in praise of God,
practice of the mathematics, sciences and healing arts developed by the
Greeks, Phoenicians and Egyptians was forbidden to secular Christians and
only the study of Christian subjects was encouraged.
Ironically some of the knowledge the secular church led by the Vatican
was trying to destroy was kept alive in the monasteries. Monastic orders
also preserved historic documents that give us some insight into the true
mythical origins of Jesus rather than the lurid fantasies of the modern
churches. The Monasteries also maintained contact with Zoroastrian and
Islamic and other non - Christian scholars in Egypt, Assyria and the east.
The knowledge of architecture, mathematics, sciences, astronomy and
medicine were thus kept alive.
Much was lost, that phenomenon of the astral bodies, the precession of
the equinoxes, known to the Druids in northern and western Europe as well
as to the Pyramid builders of Egypt and Mesopotamia was only rediscovered
in the nineteen - fifties. This may not seem important but it is essential
to understanding the changing of seasons and the coming and going of ice
ages. The secret of how the Pyramids were built is still lost however,
theories about the building of ramps and moving huge stones on rollers are
just unfeasible and even the most powerful cranes we have today could not
handle the reach involved when loaded with such massive weights.
Christians did not care about such things though, their obsession with
God convinced them that they should just carry on building churches by
piling stones on top of each other until the weight of the higher
structures caused the lower levels to collapse outwards. Christian
churches then were lumpish and ugly structures fare removed from the
graceful and elegant temples of the Greeks/ Romans, Egyptians, Assyrians
All that began to change when the Moors invaded and conquered Spain in
711AD. There were many places of pilgrimage in Spain, and good reasons for
pilgrims to go there, after all it was where Jesus and his wife Mary
Magdalene had fled to escape the persecution of the Pharisee (Medieval
Christians really did believe that, and there is a stack of evidence to
support their beliefs) There was also the cult of James, alleged brother
of Jesus. So the Christians were pissed off by Moorish rule but even more
pissed off when the Moors started to build magnificent temples to Allah
and palaces such as the Alhambra.
"Look at how they honour their God and their Kings," travellers said,
"can it be their God is greater than ours if he grants them the knowledge
to achieve such feats of craftsmanship?"
Initially the Catholic Church had such heretics executed but after a
while the hierarchy caught on to the idea that something was going on.
"Anything their God can do, our God can do better," the Pope and his
Bishops sang in unison as they set about building the kind of magnificent
structures the Moors and Arabs were putting up. Without success, unless
you count collapsed buildings and loss of labourers lives a success.
The Monastic orders were a bit more cunning though. "Could it be these
guys know something we don't?" they asked, "and if so how much will it
cost to have them tech us?"
There is a bone of contention about which is the oldest of the Great
European Gothic Cathedrals, Durham in Britain or Chartres in France.
Durham was actually started first but due to a little local difficulty in
England in 1066AD Chartres was completed first (both still stand today but
have been extensively rebuilt.) It is possible in either to see the
evidence that Muslim architects and builders were involved. Serious
scholars can arrange to be taken high into the roof structures where they
can observe Islamic symbols carved in the stones along with signatures of
the men who carved them, as if the Muslims were saying "well OK, its to
the glory of the Christian God but look who built it.
It was contact with the Moors in Spain and the Arabs during the
crusades that led to the renaissance. Development in the western world had
stood still or in some fields gone backwards since Christianity had become
dominant but now important travellers, not just monks, merchants and
adventurers but noblemen and Kings were saying "Duh, we got it wrong."
Gradually learning and creativity became acceptable again. The church
resisted of course, viz. the persecution of Copernicus, Galileo and
others. But we were able to learn some of what the Greeks and Egyptians
had known and to build on it. So any time you come across Islamophobia
just think that yes, it was deranged, fanatical Muslims that flew those
'planes into the World Trade Centre, but without Islam not only would
there have been no world trade centre and no 'planes to fly into it (try
building a plane without reference to Pythagorean mathematics) but no
U.S.A. to get all stupidly patriotic about because the church would not
have sanctioned expeditions to prove the world was round had it not been
forced to by the fact that enlightened scholars from the Christian world were travelling to the east and learning the arts and sciences forbidden by the Christian church..
I can't get away from the impression that Christian Fundamentalism will
try its damndest to drag us back into the dark ages if we allow it to do
so. For that reason I will close with these words from the prologue to
Christopher Marlowe's play "The Jew of Malta"
"I count religion but a childish toy,
and hold there is no sin but
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