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Pluralism, paganism, and what’s to be done?



The Torah, one of many documents defining a Jew, the nature of God, and the elements of faith. It could be the blueprint for a Godly Israel. And a key source of the rule of law in Israel--or it should be. Is the ingathering of the Jews in the offing? But these Jews must turn to God, Whom their leaders, and the public in Israel, seem to have forsaken. (What parallels exist between Judaism and George Lucas' Jedi ideal?) It names many heroes, including Abraham and Sarah.

Let’s start where all things really started with the monotheism of the Jews. In the words of Isaiah 43:21:  “This people I fashioned for Myself that they might relate my praise,” meaning God’s infinite wisdom, power, and graciousness in every domain of existence.

Netanyahu endorses pluralism

Benjamin Netanyahu: did he endorse pluralism?

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Photo: US Department of State (taken during his visit to the USA, during which Obama had him ushered out the back door of the White House while Obama dined privately with his family.)

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects Isaiah’s teaching by endorsing the “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Regardless of Netanyahu’s subjective beliefs, he has objectively succumbed to the university-bred doctrine of moral equivalency or pluralism. This academic doctrine inhibits the West from dealing with the clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. Hence it conducts a foreign policy that ignores the moral and theological nature of this clash.

Netanyahu denied this clash as earlier as July 10, 1996 in a speech to a joint session of the American Congress. We are approaching the twentieth-anniversary of that speech, and since Netanyahu remains Israel’s Prime Minister even though more Jews have been murdered under his premiership than under any other premier, it’s appropriate that we enlarge on the philosophical basis of Netanyahu denial even if it is not subjectively animated by moral relativism, but by political considerations which silence telling the truth about Islam, the reader should note, however, that such silence cannot but foster moral equivalency.

Failing to tell the truth about Islam’s murderous hatred of the moral values of the West has facilitated the rise of a Post-Christian Europe. The same failure can result in a post-America, which is now the scene of “Evangelical Atheism.”

America and the West live in a postmodern era.  Contrary to the 18th century “Enlightenment” or the “Age of Reason,” postmodernism denies the existence of any universal or objective standards by which to determine whether the way of life of one individual, group, or nation is intrinsically superior to that of another.

A Socrates is thus put on the same level as the Marquis de Sade. Terrorists become “freedom fighters,” while primitive and despotic regimes become members of the UN General Assembly along with the United States and Israel.  None is morally superior to another under the dispensation of moral equivalency. Moral pluralism follows.

Since moral pluralism permeates every level of education in the democratic world, it cannot but influence the media and emasculate statesmen responsible for upholding the values of Western Civilization vis-à-vis Islam.

Pluralism gives place to paganism and racism

Less obvious, however, is that moral pluralism logically entails paganism, polytheism, and racism!

It should be understood, however, that to reject pluralism is not to reject the inevitable and salutary diversity among men and nations.  Rather, it is to reject a diversity unconstrained by universal laws of morality such as the Seven Laws of Noah enunciated in Hebrew Scripture. Indeed, like multiculturalism, pluralism is a denial of monotheism. It is nothing more than a sophisticated form of secularized polytheism, which fosters neo-paganism and the various abominations condemned in the Torah.

Far from being progressive, pluralism competes with Islamic absolutism as the most regressive force in the world today. Pluralism negates life by denying meaning and purpose in history.  Islamic absolutism negates life by denying the creativity manifested in history. The former denies permanence, the latter change.  Only the Written and Oral Torah reconcile permanence and change as well the propriety of diverse nations to manifest the plenitude of God.

Pluralism and its consequences

We see the consequences of moral pluralism in the breakdown of the family, same sex marriage, and pornography.  We see pluralism in a welter of cults, of vulgar “life-styles,” all morally equal, all impervious to rational criticism.  And just as we see criminal individuals, so we see criminal states such as Iran, the capital of Islamic terrorism, whose brutish mullahs scream “death to America” and vow to “wipe Israel off the map.” And this is not all.

We also see a muddle-headed or cockamamie Muslim in the White House who boasts of being a “cosmopolitan,” a black who doesn’t know that his multiculturalism or pluralism fosters racism, as is now evident in the riots occurring in urban America.

Obama. Pluralism is his primary focus. The results are not salutary.

Barack H. Obama. Photo: Pete Souza, January 13, 2009

To say pluralism entails racism is to turn contemporary notions of racism on its head.  Racism, whatever its form, denies the moral unity of the human nature.  The idea of the moral unity of human nature originates nowhere else but in Genesis:  “God created man in His own image.”  This lapidary sentence of Holy Writ, writes Isaac Breuer, proclaims through all ages the inalienable, godlike nobility of man as such.  Here the Torah brings monotheism’s first message of salvation into a world of whose tribes and empires knew only force and the misuse of power.

In that world of paganism, each people had its own gods, its own morality.  It was as if each people were a distinct race or species whose way of life was incommensurate with the way of life of another.

Amidst this moral pluralism racism was rampant.  With no conception of the One God, the Creator of heaven and earth, of man and woman, no people acknowledged the existence of any universal and immutable laws of morality obligatory on all mankind.

This multicultural moral relativism encapsulates the mentality of the man most American college and university professors twice elected President even though he could hardly speak coherently and seriously without a teleprompter!

What a commentary on these groundless institutions of learning! Perhaps most should be converted into havens for the homeless!☼

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I enjoy articles like this one. It helps me get my head wrapped around my views.
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