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Religion and Empire Building

March 18, 2006
America’s military strategy of pre-emptive strikes and spreading democracy world wide appears to be a philosophy of military aggression and global domination.  It is a strategy to justify starting wars without provocation.
Dubya’s right wing Christian supporters, strong support for israel and "crusade" against the muslim world is becoming far too coincidental to be any other than what it blatantly appears to be.  Oil security from a conquered middle east is just an additional benefit and motivation for the American imperialists.
"Three minority extremist groups – the militant fundamentalists exemplified at the far edge by Al Qaeda, certain activist elements among America’s reborn Christians and neoconservatives, and the most inflexible hard-line Zionists from Israel – have emerged as dangerously destabilizing actors in world politics.  Working perversely to reinforce each other’s ideological excesses, they have managed to drown out mainstream voices from all sides.  Each has the aim of changing the world according to its own individual vision."
Extremist religious fundamentalism exists among Christians, Jews and Muslims.   Religious fundamentalism is not compatible with democracy or a free and multicultural world.  It is absolute, inflexible and does not properly respect the rights and beliefs of others. 
Understanding the actions of Dubya’s leadership requires an understanding of fundamental motivations and untold realities of neo-conservative philosophy

Leo Strauss the Father of Neo-Conservatism

Strauss upheld the necessity for a national religion not because he favored religious practices, but because religion in his view is necessary in order to control the population.


Shadia Drury’s –Leo Strauss and the American Right

 1.   Strauss believed that a leader had to perpetually deceive the citizens he ruled.

2.   Those who lead must understand there is no morality, there is only the right of the superior to rule the inferior.

3.    According to Drury, Religion “is the glue that holds society together.”  It is a handle by which the ruler can manipulate the masses. Any religion will do. Strauss is indifferent to them all.

4.   “Secular society…is the worst possible thing,” because it leads to individualism, liberalism, and relativism, all of which encourage dissent and rebellion. As Drury sums it up: “You want a crowd that you can manipulate like putty.”

5.   “Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat; and following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists, then one has to be manufactured.”

6.   “In Strauss’s view, the trouble with liberal society is that it dispenses with noble lies and pious frauds. It tries to found society on secular rational foundations.”


Noam Chomsky

"Three quarters of the American population literally believe in religious miracles.  The numbers who believe in the devil, in resurrection, in God doing this and that – it’s astonishing.  These numbers aren’t duplicated anywhere else in the industrial world.  You’d have to maybe go to mosques in Iran or do apoll among old ladies in Sicily to get numbers like this.  Yet this is the American population"


"For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination.  These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of ‘brainwashing under freedom’ to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments."



"What is tolerance? – it is the consequence of humanity.  We are all formed of frailty and error;  let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly"


"As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities."

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