Not to be denied their rightful place in the annals of modern day Moslem–bashing, as well as their just desserts at the hands of a newly declared barbarian horde, the French have gone ahead and weighed in on the sacred person of Mohammed, providing us with a rather raw and (typically French) naked pictorial of the prophet. Of course, after the Danish publication in 2005 of those rather satirical cartoons, and following on the fatwa that was ordered on Salman Rushdie after publication of his blasphemous The Satanic Verses, it is not surprising that Muslims in MENA and around the globe are literally up in arms, yet again. In fact, just this last week, and on the heels of the violent uprisings across MENA…
an Iranian religious foundation headed by Ayatollah Hassan Saneii raised the bounty for Rushdie from $2.8 million (£1.7 million) to $3.3 million (£2 million) following protests against an anti-Islamic film that helped lead to riots around the Middle East.
However, while I am not surprised, neither am I sure that I or any of the other spectators knows what this Middle East hullabaloo is really all about. After all, no one is rounding up Muslims and dragging them off to be gassed in the showers, as happened to the Jews in Europe during the early part of the 20th Century. Nor are they being tortured and thrown into the Coliseum to fight for their lives like the Christians martyrs of old Rome. Certainly, I can understand the outrage of the faithful; after all, it is their savior who is being crucified now. But, I guess violence, intolerance, and persecution is just a natural accompaniment to the phenomenon of modern religious faith; no different than that borne of radical nationalism. At least it seems to be the case with these monotheistic, and specifically, Abrahamic, traditions arising from those barren deserts surrounding the alluvial plains of the Fertile Crescent in the ancient Near East. A substantial portion of the wars, persecutions, genocides, and assorted acts of terror that have been launched in the civilized world, have been done in the name of that Almighty One himself or in visceral reply to His asserted promises to those nomadic desert fathers.
Ideology… is ultimately defined as the ‘us against them’ mentality. It is the expression, often social, of an implacable and irrational dualism. It is especially powerful in desert lands because the desert seems to confirm a law of oppositions to the senses… (Nature and Madness, p 60)
Did you ever wonder if the eschatological apocalyptic view of these monotheistic faiths was meant to be a self-fulfilling prophecy? You know, a ‘believe in it and we can make it happen’ philosophy. Well, increasingly this seems to be the case. As the planet strains towards apparent material, ecological, and climatic collapse, brought on by the unrelenting and unforgiving pace of global capitalism and post-industrial civilization, the Curriculum of the West shifts into hyper-drive, with diverse and competing ideologies and theologies crashing down, one against the other, in a race to be the first one at the finish line.
[M]onotheism socially becomes fascism, imperialism, or capitalism: philosophically is unmetaphorical, unambiguous, and dichotomous; and psychologically is rigid, fixed, and linear (Shepard, Nature and Madness, 59)
So begin the roots of our fratricide, our conflicts and our confrontations, our wars, terrors, and our collective ecocide, the destruction of the planet earth; all parties claiming possession of the truth, punch-drunk believers on all sides, acting out the images, myths, and symbols of their respective ideologies and faiths: Christian soldiers, Muslim terrorists, capitalist objectivists, sunshine patriots, and assorted national-socialists, alike. And, we must not forget the Israeli Mossad, or their friends, the US bankers, on this ship of fools.
[T]he entire Judeo-Christian-Muslim period in human history has been an episode of unparalleled perceived and social psychosis and international barbarity. (Keneth Rexroth, Bird in the Bush, 1959, p.20)
Why is it in our modern, civilized world people always say, “I don’t discuss politics or religion?” Why? Because once one has committed oneself to cleaving to a monolithic hierarchical thought-experiment, like Abrahamic monotheism or the modern State, there is absolutely no room for another voice to be heard, except the one in your head screaming… “Thou shalt have NO other gods before me!” Thus, spaketh the Lord! Just ask your president, Barack Obama, the perfectly psychotic admixture of Moslem, Christian, and Jew, who continues to argue for “the use of the military in domestic policing and…the empowering of the government to strip U.S. citizens of due process.”* Remember folks, In GOD we trust! Welcome to the profoundly spiritual roots of the sickness that afflicts the soul of our civilization.