Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Offsite Post: ‘Religious Freedom as Geopolitical Weapon’

The [u]nited States Department of State held its first ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on July 24-26, 2018.  Evangelical Protestants in the States are hailing this as an historic moment:

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence hosted the first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last week at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination and to protect religious freedom around the world. This was a historic first for any country in the world, and representatives of international organizations from over 80 countries attended.

Vice President Pence delivered the keynote address which stressed the importance of international religious freedom and its role in American foreign policy. Pence said, “The right to believe or not believe is the most fundamental of freedoms. When religious freedom is denied or destroyed, we know that other freedoms are imperiled. That’s why the United States stands for religious freedom yesterday, today and always.” Pence also announced the establishment of the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program in response to genocide perpetrated by ISIS to “ensure that religious freedom and religious pluralism prosper across the Middle East as well.”

It all sounds very noble, but what does this signify?  It means that religious freedom will now be a very visible weapon in the hands of the globalists in Washington City to destroy the cohesion of traditional societies around the world for the purpose of creating more vassals for themselves.  For a shared religion is at the very heart of national identity: 

 . . . In an article written in 1970, and entitled "Three Attitudes to the Homeland", the Russian Slavophile Vladimir Osipov proposes the following set of criteria: "What is a nation? Faith, blood, language and the land. Religion, and even a certain complex of rites, are a part - indeed, the most important part - of the spirit of a nation. An individual person can get by without religion. But without religion, an individual nation cannot survive as a nation... A people disintegrates literally before one's eyes when faith in God disintegrates..."

 . . . as a nation begins to lose its faith, the keeping of the traditions, and the preservation of the spiritual unity of the nation in and through the traditions, will come to seem less important than the fulfilling of the needs of the individual citizens. And at that point, as has happened in the history of almost all the European nations, the opportunity arises for an antimonarchical, democratic revolution. For democracy, as we have seen, is oriented to the needs of the individual as opposed to society as a whole, and of the individual as a materialistic consumer as opposed to the individual as a member of the people of God.

--Vladimir Moss, Religion and Nationalism, pgs. 98, 99, http://orthodoxchristianbooks.com/books/downloads.php?book_id=724

Take away a people’s ability to regulate their common national religious life in favor of an abstract, internationally sanctioned and supervised, individual right to ‘believe or not believe’ in God and so forth, and you have hollowed out one of the greatest bulwarks against the globalized, uprooted, mass man there is.  But this is directly where the State Dept. is heading with its ‘Potomac Declaration’ issued on the final day of the Ministerial (26 July).  It reads in part,

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims in Article 18 that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” The freedom to live out one’s faith is a God-given human right that belongs to everyone. The freedom to seek the divine and act accordingly—including the right of an individual to act consistently with his or her conscience—is at the heart of the human experience. Governments cannot justly take it away. Rather, every nation shares the solemn responsibility to defend and protect religious freedom.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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