The [u.] S. State Dept. held its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in July, and it trotted out some of the same subversive declarations as the year before:
We call upon all governments to respect the individual’s human right to believe or not believe, to practice any faith tradition or none.
As representatives of the international community, we stand together in support of the interconnected freedoms of thought, conscience, religion or belief, and expression. We stand in firm opposition to laws that, inconsistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, impede the freedom of individuals to choose a faith, practice a faith, change their religion, not have a religion, tell others about their beliefs and practices, or openly debate and discuss aspects of faith or belief.
How is that subversive, the typical American might ask? Because at the heart of human life, particularly mankind’s religious life, is not the individual, but both the individual and the community.
Mankind was made in the image of the Holy Trinity, not the neo-Platonic Monad. Three unique Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, live in an inseparable community of self-emptying humility and love without division but also without losing their uniqueness as individual Persons. This is how mankind is also supposed to live its life, upholding both community and the individual. To promote one at the expense of the other leads to terrible consequences: the smothering uniformity of socialism/communism on the one hand and chaotic republics/democracy on the other.
The interests of both the community and the individual must be upheld in anything we do. Therefore, when the State Dept. declares that the individual’s right to choose any faith or no faith, etc., must be upheld anywhere and everywhere, this is nothing other than a declaration of its intention to unleash chaos throughout the world. When the freedom of the individual is made the measuring rod for morality, goodness, progress, and so on, then all communal obligations and institutions will be undermined in the end. Absolute truth itself will be rejected eventually as each and all make the inner voice of their individual conscience the arbiter of what is right and wrong.
And what is the result of all this? Globalism. Mankind, uprooted from any kind of local attachments and duties to Church, family, neighborhood, and the like, will necessarily become a ‘citizen of the world’, where economic concerns and laws become the main guiding force in life:
It is sad to say, but this kind of economic utopianism preached by Milton Friedman in this short video, this substitute church that promises to bring harmony and co-operation to all the peoples of the world, is praised by Protestant Evangelicals, libertarians, and others of a similar cast of mind, but it cannot be otherwise. Their exaltation of the individual over the community leads inevitably to it.
Thus, it is precisely our fidelity to real community that protects us from globalism. The concentric rings of authority, obligation, and custom of the various communities mankind has traditionally belonged to once shielded him from the advance of that demonic ideology. But thanks to efforts like this Ministerial by the State Dept., those protecting walls are being demolished in the name of individual rights. Unfortunately, this is simply the logical out-working of the American Constitutional Creed.
It cannot be any plainer, then: Americanism is Globalism; Americanism is Gnosticism.
Sam Brownback gave a very clear indication of this when he said,
Previewing the event, Sam Brownback, the U.S. government’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, noted that religions of all sorts are vulnerable to persecution.
“Almost every faith that’s a majority somewhere is a minority somewhere else and often gets persecuted where they’re a minority,” Brownback said at a State Department briefing. “So that’s why a big part of our effort is to get the faiths to come together and to stand for each other.”
“We’re not talking common theology here — nobody agrees on theology,” he added. “We’re talking about a common human right.”
--Associated Press (bolding added), https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/july/government-restrictions-on-religion-increasing-worldwide
Human rights trump correct theology: This is heretical gobbledy-gook. But it is exactly what we should expect from the Universal Yankee Empire of America.
For the sake of truth, for the sake of salvation, for the sake of the true flourishing of humanity, we must therefore be bold in saying this: The confessional state, the established religion, is the norm for any ethnos. The faith is the country, and the country is its faith. The individual must affirm his being in community, imitating the Holy Trinity, the angels, and the saints, or experience its dissolution in isolation from others, as Satan, the demons, and all the enemies of God do, and will, for eternity.
This essay on life in an Orthodox monastery illustrates very well for us what life in a country should look like, how the communal and the individualistic should relate to one another:
In the monastery, the life is a single whole. Not only do we live, work, worship and study together, but we also are welded into one body, in a communion of love. We are called to bear one another’s burdens, be patient, gentle, kind, longsuffering, and forgiving to one another. And in so doing, we not only build the community, but we grow ourselves. It is a long process to enter into an authentic communion of persons, taking years. How we treat one another has direct bearing on how close and integral the life of our community will be, how we will pray together, and how we work together. Community life is very demanding, like a marriage—only with many partners! It exposes our selfishness, our pettiness and passions, our agendas and arrogance, pride and vainglory. It makes us come to terms with ourselves. It is a context in which we work out how to love and be loved, and to elevate that love to a participation in divine Love.
The Fathers have taught us that we are not saved alone. The only thing we do alone is sin, fall, and go to hell. We are saved together, as a single body, the Body of Christ. Our communion here—not only eucharistic participation, but living bond of love—is a participation in the Kingdom of God. The monastic community is an icon of that Body, a small Church. It is a communion of persons, united by one Spirit.
When we sin, we isolate ourselves from God and from one another, from that living unity in Christ. God does not withdraw His grace and His love: rather, we turn away from it, reject it, try to hide—as did Adam and Eve in the garden. The spiritual task is to open ourselves to accept that gift of love and grace, and be transformed by it.
There is always a tension between the corporate life of the community, and the personal life of each member. There is a dynamic of entering in and withdrawing, going deeper and fleeing, participation and hiding. The core of the corporate life of the community is the celebration and participation in the Holy Mysteries, especially the Holy Eucharist. There is always a corporate, communal dimension to our participation, in addition to the personal dimension of our own preparation and entrance into the mystery. The personal dimension, how we each uniquely enter in and contribute to the whole, our personal spiritual life, is the key to this dynamic of sin and repentance, growth in spiritual maturity and regression into rebelliousness, the dark nights of the senses, soul and spirit, and our experience of prayer. Every aspect affects every other aspect, both on the personal as well as the corporate level. How I pray affects how I participate in the liturgy, and either contribute or disrupt the experience of communion and orporate ascent to the Kingdom. My moods, dispositions, sins and transgressions all directly impact how I treat my brothers.
The process of personal spiritual life in monastic context is always shared. We support, rebuke, correct, encourage, build up and scandalize each other regularly.
--Metropolitan Jonah, https://monasteryofstjohn.org/documents/abbatialessays/Why_be_a_monk.pdf, pgs. 14-5, via https://monasteryofstjohn.org/resources/articles/
For a Southland in which participation in the Divine Liturgy and the reception of the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is the touchstone of her life, both communal and individual, rather than obsession with constitutions, human rights, and the freedom of the individual - let us say again and again with all our heart and with all our soul, Lord have mercy!
As for Americanism, let all pronounce it the accursed heresy that it truly is.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!