Thursday, November 7, 2019

Two Opposing Religions in an Ongoing Uncivil War

Rabbi Daniel Lapin was talking with Glenn Beck on radio, the third hour Thursday morning. It was a conversation worth hearing, about deep ideas.  

Let’s start with a definition of a religion, because that’s key to understanding some of the later comparisons. In the quotes of the transcript, I’ll refer to DL (Daniel Lapin) and GB (Glenn Beck).

Glenn Beck (left) and Rabbi Daniel Lapin
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DL: What it is that distinguishes a religion from, you know, a model railroad society, if you like, is that a religion has to tackle and answer the three basic questions, the fundamental questions. You know, if you’ve got an inquisitive kid sitting next to you on an airplane, the kids asks the three fundamental questions: where are you from, where you’re going, and what do you do?
Having established that, he takes on the first question for a comparison between his religious view and something more pagan.

DL: So, where are we from? How did human beings, capable of moving from being land bound creatures in 1902 to 2019 when we’ve got 10,000 airplanes in the air at any given moment. Anybody who remains an atheist in contemplating the fact that it’s not otters or beavers or camels or cows or kangaroos that have achieved this. It’s a being touched by the finger of God—a creature called human beings, made this leap into the air. We’re extraordinary creatures. But how did we get to this planet? And, as far as we know in the moment, uniquely in this vast empty universe? We’ve got to answer the question of how we got here.
And I answer that, that a God created us in His image and put us here. My answer is quick, brief, and simple. And nonprovable, by the way.
The religion of secular fundamentalism, which I think is a better term than—you’re right; I withdraw atheist—secular fundamentalism is the official state religion of America. But why are they a religion? Because they answer that question. They say, by a lengthy process of unaided materialistic evolution, primitive protoplasm turned into bookkeepers and ballerinas. That’s what happened. Now, that’s not provable either. But it’s a belief.
He planned to go on to the second big question. But Glenn detoured him with a question about heresy. Fundamentalists of a religion cannot withstand heresy. As Rabbi Lapin says, “leftism” in America is a religion of secular fundamentalism.

DL: And that’s what it is, because otherwise there’s no way to explain why a group of gray-haired old ladies in on the upper east side of New York have to file a lawsuit against a Louisiana parish for teaching creationism. What they are doing is just what the Moslems did when they invaded the Iberian Peninsula in the 7th Century—basically demolish the Catholic churches and turn them into mosques. You cannot withstand heresy, if you are a devoted believer in your faith. And right there in front of you, right there in your face, somebody is committing heresy, you kill ‘em. And so, what is the connection between a group of ladies on the upper east side of New York and a Louisiana parish? The Louisiana parish has the audacity to violate their belief system—that we are here through a process of lengthy unaided materialistic evolution—by daring to teach creationism. Well, of course that’s outrageous.
He talks about the two cultures occupying the same real estate. And later in the discussion this comes up again. Glenn quotes from a 19th Century Librarian of Congress wrote at the behest of Congress. There’s also an illustration of a map of the United States, with trees, one bent and gnarled running into the South, representing slavery, and the other is very straight and runs across the North, representing the blessing of liberty. (I’m not always sure where Glenn is quoting, but I’ve tried to put those portions in quotes to differentiate.)

GB: It says, “This map represents those colonies by two trees, whose striking contrast will be apparent to the most superficial observer. But not more, though, than the historic facts that make them appear. The student of history here can see at a glance that it would require him years of hard study to glean from textbooks, and many will see the moral of this subject here for the first time. It’s said that history repeats itself. We do not claim that it does, but there is a similarity between the first colony of the Old World and the first colonies of the New World.” The first colony of the Old World—what would you say that is? The first colony of the Old World?
Glenn Beck talks about the two trees described by
the Librarian of Congress
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DL: Garden of Eden?
GB: Yeah. And I would never have thought of it that way. I thought that was interesting. “The first colony of the Old World was established in the Garden of Eden, where good and evil existed, and the evil caused the downfall of man. So it was in the New World. Good and evil came here also. Good to Plymouth, bad to Jamestown. As the tree which bore the forbidden fruit caused the curse to be brought upon man in Eden, so did the tree of slavery Jamestown. There was constant warfare in the Old World between good and evil, and there has been in the New World. The evil of Jamestown has always been, and to this day, at war with the good of Plymouth. Much of the trouble in the New World was caused this way.
In 1620 each colony planted a tree, the tree of liberty, then quite small, was planted by the Pilgrims upon the Bible at Plymouth, where it receives God’s blessings, which accounts for its wonderful growth. The tree of slavery was brought from the Old World, and the people of Jamestown also planted this tree.”
It goes on to compare Lincoln to Father Abraham, who cuts down the tree of slavery.

I’m interested in the history repeating itself concept. Glenn and Rabbi Lapin talk about it as, not necessarily a repeat of events, but a repeat of spiritual beliefs that tend to play out the same way.

The discussing began with Glenn asking about a Fox News reporter who got fired recently for saying that, if the Democrats are claiming to believe in God, he didn’t recognize their God. “I think it’s more like Baal,” he had said. And got fired for that. But Glenn thinks he’s right. That led to discussing the definition of religion.

But later they talk about parallels between ancient pagan religions and what we see today. And it’s very uncivilized.

GB: OK. The reason why I say that I think this guy from Fox was actually onto something is not that they knowingly are worshiping. But we are unknowingly doing all of the same things their worshipers did. Can you go into that?
DL: Sure. Yes, certainly. One of the outstanding characteristics of both Moloch and Baal—and you’ve spoken about this many times; I’ve heard you—is that they used to sacrifice their kids. Now you’ve got a little bit of this as well among the Egyptians, during the pharaoh time. But, in practice, this worship means that you sacrifice your children as a way of expressing your fealty to this.
Well, how you do it and the reasons you do it are probably not that important. But we do it here.
In other words, right now in America there are two cultures. And you can find some of the nicest small towns in America which are basically governed and shaped by those who worship the big G of God. And then you’ve got cities like New York and Detroit and Baltimore and Newark, and many many other cities today, on the west coast, California particularly, that are run by those who worship something else entirely.
Now, where are the lives of young males sacrificed? It’s clear.
GB: Where?
DL: In these cities that are run by secular fundamentalism, young men in disproportionate numbers end up in the criminal justice system and in jail. Their lives are sacrificed completely. And that is an exact fulfillment. In other words, “What we do is so important that we don’t care if it costs the lives of our sons.” And that is what the culture is saying. We are so devoted to a lifestyle with absolutely no divine restraints.
‘Cause, after all, what has held Western Civilization together for centuries is really the essential rituals and restraints and rules of religion. We want to toss all of that out. None of that holds. We want to do whatever we choose to sexually, and we want to do whatever we choose to financially, which usually means taking it away from those who have created it and bestowing it upon those who are living multi-generational dysfunctionality.
So, as long as we can do the things we want to do, the fact that our sons end up dead and in jail—that’s just a fair price to pay. If you’re a believer in Baal or secular fundamentalism, that’s a deal with the devil you absolutely make. And you can see it. Just look at America.
GB: You’re also sacrificing your newborns, which they did.
DL: Absolutely.
GB: To be a follower, you had to have orgies and sex, get pregnant, and then you would return and sacrifice your newborn and celebrate, literally celebrate the death of that child. And that’s what we’re seeing with people who are touting Planned Parenthood.
DL: And if you think about it, it’s the most unbelievably selfish lifestyle. What you’re saying is, “I want to do whatever I darned well choose to, and if the next generation has to pay for it with their lives, so be it.”
What we’re seeing, Rabbi Lapin says, is what we see whenever societies follow this pattern.

DL: Because, in primitive societies—and all societies are stripped of faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob eventually devolve into primitivism. And we see that, by the way, today also with piercings, body piercings going on, very indistinguishable from the cannibals of New Guinea of a hundred years ago. Body piercing is an expression of primitivism and tribalism. And, when you strip away Biblical Judeo-Christian values, then automatically we devolve down into that.
There was another gross detail of paganism that is reappearing: feces. It happened during Occupy Wall Street. It’s showing up in city streets wherever homeless are allowed to live on the streets. In cities that used to be beautiful, but now they’re unsafe, stinking, and disease-ridden. And they’re all led by secular fundamentalists.

He said he’d been told over the years by law enforcement officers that, when homes were broken into in very wealthy neighborhoods near Los Angeles—well, I’ll use his words:

DL: They would tell me what the scene of a break-in sometimes looked like. When they had come to a place that had been robbed, usually on the west side of Los Angeles—Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverley Hills, Beverlywood—in those upscale areas, when those houses were broken into, they almost invariably discovered that those who broke in had left a fecal business card behind, usually on the living room carpet. That’s what they did.
People who didn’t work for their wealth, but wanted to live off others—like slaveholders, expressed their contempt by defecating in the homes they broke into. And he added,

DL: We’ll also find that in low-grade street language, one of the worst invectives you can hurl at somebody also has to do with that part of the anatomy.
So, this is very primitive. This is very basic. This is basically toddlers who are 30 and 40 years old, still acting like toddlers. Baal is central to that.
We tend to think of people in our day as too sophisticated, to “evolved,” to fall for pagan worship; they’re not likely to call their god Baal, or even recognize what they do as their form of worship.
But without God, our loving creator, who defines good, and requires that we value life, family, truth, and property rights, there can be no civilization.

We are, again, at a point of repeating history. There was Cain against Abel. There was a civil war in ancient Israel between the north and south, over moral issues. There was the dichotomy between Jamestown, with slavery, and Plymouth, with the biblical blueprint for how to grow a civilized nation. There was our American Civil War between North and South, over moral issues—specifically, slavery. And today there is a split between people with Judeo-Christian values (including non-believers who nevertheless live by these values) and those who throw out those values and live by a creed of, as Rabbi Lapin puts it,

DL: We want to do whatever we choose to sexually, and we want to do whatever we choose to financially, which usually means taking it away from those who have created it and bestowing it upon those who are living multi-generational dysfunctionality.
In the Spherical Model, that dichotomy is also north (freedom, prosperity, and civilization) versus south (tyranny, poverty, and savagery).

It's not true, Rabbi Lapin says, that violence never solves anything. Violence usually solves difference. He doesn’t advocate that; he’s for solving them with the ballot box. But doing nothing allows the problems to continue festering. Not good news. And there’s no good non-apocalyptic future he’s laying out here. No one is willing to budge. He asks Glenn,

DL: Are you ready to crawl into your cave and say surrender? I don’t think so.
GB: No, I won’t. No, I won’t.
DL: And neither is the other side. I wish I could sing a lullaby and make everything good, but our job is not to massage people with warm butter; it’s to tell the truth.
As long as we love God—and the freedom, prosperity, and civilization that come from following His guidance—as much as the secular fundamentalists love their god—which brings slavery, poverty, and savagery—then telling the truth is what we must keep doing.

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