Archive | June 11th, 2012

Zooming Out, Zooming In

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Some of the regular visitors to my site may have read my essay “6 Stages of Awakening”. Here is an overview of these stages:

 

1/. The Bloody Government

The first stage of realizing we are being shafted. That things are not quite right. That everything around us is corrupted and we cannot trust anyone in position of authority. Thankfully many people now are ‘finally’ waking up to this.

2/. An Agenda

The discovery of the NWO/Illuminati. Discovering this agenda is almost a perverse relief, in that it finally explains the ubiquitous corruption and injustices we see around us. It’s a a case of “Arrhh right – so that’s why.”

3/. ZIM

One cannot remain too long in the Truth movement without repeatedly bumping into the terms Zionism Israel/is and Mossad. Again and again these words come into the equation. The penny soon drops that these are in fact the culprits behind EVERYTHING….within the whole NWO agenda.

4/. THE JEWS

Each person stays at their comfort stage of awareness and some people choose not to go beyond stage 3. However it really is a tell tell sign at this point as to what degree one has become conditioned with political correctness, their programming and fear, and whether or not they will outright talk about the JWO and the chosen ones.

5/. Judaism the mind-control virus

However after some while, many of us who are Jew-wise realise that in fact the Jews have equally been programmed and conditioned themselves by the virus of judaism. This is a Babylonian mind-control cult-like phenomena which has plagued mankind since before biblical times.

6/. The Demonic Force/Entity

However, looking at the situation from a more detached position, one begins to see that there are bigger forces at hand. That this whole agenda is in fact spiritual. That we are dealing in simplistic terms between darkness verses the Light. Deception verses Truth. The two opposing forces which mankind has been battling with from the age of dawn. The dark force/entity is working predominately through the physical embodiment of the Jews.

However …..

For whatever reasons, I have been holding back in adding a couple more stages to this awakening. Only now do I feel comfortable in expressing these ideas. Elements I’ve hinted about here and there and which many other people have expressed in their own way. These are most definitely not my own ideas, but like most of my pieces, I’m just expressing it in my own way.

 

Before I describe them, please first allow me to share with you a personal anecdote.

 

Many years ago before I really got into hiking, I went to stay with a mate who was working on a contract in North Wales. One day I spontaneously decided to go off on a hike whilst my friend was at work. Although it was in the winter, it was a pleasant day and it seemed a waste not to explore the beautiful landscapes and villages whilst I was there.

 

I packed a rucksack with the basics and headed off towards the quaint villages, through the working farms and slowly eased out into the openness of the stunning Welsh valleys. Plodding along in my own little world on my excursion, quite content and certainly absorbing the expansiveness and sense of freedom. I trundled along the beaten pathways, over the elementary natural stone and wooden planked bridges, crossing the beautiful running steams until I eventually reached the open moorland.

 

Wow, what a broad range of greenness. Such beautiful flowing contours. What a refreshing change to look out and see nothing ahead of me which was man made – nothing but nature on my landscape. What therapy, what a great regenerating experience. I was entranced by this uplifting almost spiritual experience.

 

Being such a lovely day and getting carried away with my emotive environmental experience, I neglected the fact that not only was I not an experienced hiker, but I also was not familiar with this territory or local weather conditions. It hadn’t really dawned on me how far I had trekked.

 

In the latter part of the afternoon the weather was beginning to turn for the worse and the temperature was dropping. I was immediately concerned, and realized that if I wanted to make a circular walk, I had better start to plan my return.

 

I had a OS map, but wasn’t experienced in reading it, so I only had a general idea of the route back. In my naivety as far as I could make out the choices I had were to either take a six hour hike over rugged terrain, or simply turn back over the route I travelled, or take a short cut over the small hill to the neighbouring village. I went for the latter.

 

I slowly made my way to the base of what I thought was the small hill; only to realise how overbearing this ascent would probably turn out to be. I didn’t really have suitable climbing boots, or suitable experience come to that. It was too late now to consider any other routes and I leveled with myself that if I just ‘nipped’ over the top of this hill, I’d see the village and it would be downhill all the way.

 

By this time the weather was turning quite bad – blustery and raining and my momentum was becoming lethargic. Suddenly the enjoyment was overtaken with more of a focused head-for-home attitude. I could feel the fear-based adrenaline beginning to creep into the exercise and have an impact on my gait and mindset.

 

After all I was alone, with no mobile phone in those days. Insufficient outdoor equipment, especially back then when high tech clothing was not available. I was an inexperienced hiker, ignorant of the local conditions and terrain and in a potentially threatening position. On top of that I had irresponsibly not informed anybody of my mission. These negative thoughts of my vulnerability and stupidity began to ruminate round and round in my novice head. What if?

 

A few hours later it was beginning to get quite dark. The torch I had borrowed from my pal had as much energy as I had at this point. The rain had also now began to lash down. I was wearing cotton which is a useless material to wear for outdoor activities, especially in winter time. It holds water and sweat to the body and induces hypothermic conditions.

 

I not only could not really gauge my orientation, but I could not maintain my stamina. I was mentally and physically exhausted. However I figured out if I just kept battling on, so as I would reach the peak, then I’d be psychologically relieved as soon as I saw the lights of the distant village.

 

A couple of hours later the situation had worsened still. The hill now was becoming much more challenging than I could have ever imagined and my adventure had turned out to be more mountaineering than hill walking. It was lashing down, very dark and now a mist was forming in the air. The battery on the torch was near on dead and it was extremely cold – fatally cold. Not only that, at this stage I had almost depleted my energy and worse still my hope.

 

The next level I had painstakingly ascended to was becoming almost impenetrable due to potential dangerous conditions. I was half way up a steep slate hill top, having reached a considerable height by now. Due to the rain I was unable to get a footing on the slippery moss. I had effectively locked myself into a no move position. I could not move right as there was a steep precarious rocky valley, I could not descent or ascent due to consistently slipping and I could not move to the left as the grass was pulling away in clumps in my hands.

 

I was stuffed. It was now pitch dark with almost zero visibility due to the mist and the bitter coldness of the high winds and sleet was penetrating to the core of my soul. I was beginning to get hypothermic, exhausted, despondent, knowing I was unable to receive rescue, fearful from the realization that I was in a immanent fatal position.

 

You know how I got out of that mess ……………….

 

I WOKE UP

Phew – all a dream. It was only the reality I was projecting in my mind. We’ve all had dreams similar to this; some ridiculously serial, some absolutely realistic, but all at the time believable. All very very real for us.

 

We have been stabbed in dreams, chased, violently attacked, jumped off heights into nothingness, flew like Peter Pan into the night skies, penetrated deep into wonder worlds of the oceans, lunched with high profile and famous people, nonchalantly walked up the sides of buildings. Yet all of it as real as you can get.

 

We have physically felt the pain, our whole body has physiologically responded with sweat, exhaustion, twitched, screamed aloud in response. Some people have had heart attacks and some even having had physical ailments from their realities such as bruises or rashes where the ‘supposed’ attacker had hit or grazed them. All very palpable and absolute.

 

This experience of illusion and perceived reality is often expressed as an analogy, as scenes and sounds we experience in the cinema. The screen in front of us is the reality we accept throughout the duration of the film and to some degree, like our dreams, has a lasting resonance afterwards.

 

Yet even though we are aware of this false reality on the cinema screen, we still react in similar ways as we do in our dream and ‘real’ life. We tense up, we sweat, we cry and even scream out loud. Even though we know it’s all an illusion.

This is what I am suggesting is the next stage of the awakening.

Stage 7 – Projected Reality.

“Anything that vibrates is an illusion (Maya). This physical world is all a dream reality. The only thing that is real is the stillness, the Light, the Self within”

~ Sri Sankaracharya

 

Yes, bizarre, ludicrous, quirky, unsubstantiated, nonsense perhaps. But I urge anyone initially reacting to this, to think back to when you may have reacted (as opposed to responded) to some of the ‘theories’ to which you now not only know as facts, but enthusiastically share with others. To those who refuse to accept them, as they see them as utter nonsense. Their viewpoint of reality, their levels of consciousness will just not go there.

 

Just think how far your levels of understanding the bigger picture have expanded over time. How your openness and degrees of consciousness have developed. Had you heard yourself only five years ago coming out with the ‘facts’ you now see as obvious, you would be worried about your mental state.

 

“The way to true sustained inner peace and world peace is to dissociate ourselves from the events viewed and associate ourselves with the viewer, the observer of the events”

~ The Upanishads

 

May I suggest if this concept is new to you, or you have heard this before and scoffed at it; not to metaphorically throw it away in the dustbin, but just leave it up there on the mental shelf. Allow the dust to settle on it and wait until you hear this one crop up again and again. Just like that bloody 9/11 ‘theory’ that just would not go away.

 

I know the 9/11 theory it something definite, tangible and ‘real’. However, if we are very truthful, ALL of the 9/11 and other Truths are just residual evidence. We are all mostly secondary researchers – picking up and repeating information from those that have done direct research.

 

We are ultimately following consistent pattens of information as well as allowing our common sense, levels of trust and our intuition to guide us.

 

So in that vain, can we not also allow this intuitive guidance to at least keep an open mind on this bizarre theory(?)

 

“We will continue to suffer in this nightmare unless we WAKE UP – become conscious – until we do, this world is nothing but pain and suffering”

~ The Buddha

 

I know the likes of David Icke and others talk about this type of nature of reality. But that is irrelevant. Icke is a full time freeloader of information (aren’t we all to an extent). These are not his original ideas. It does not matter anyway what he propagates as Truth or not. It only matters what YOU believe to be true.

 

Icke and others are taking this age old ‘theory’ which has been written about again and again, as far back in history as 5000 years ago from the great mystics, yogis, lamas, shamans and other spiritual adepts. From the ancient  Vedas and many other serious cultural doctrines – all of them having directly and repeatedly spoken about our illusory world and the nature of reality.

 

“Ignorance is forgetting the reality. It is the root cause of all the troubles associated with the world. All troubles which we encounter in our lives are due to treating the world as real”

~ Sufi master

 

We think we are so advanced these days with our modern technology, but do we have an ounce of wisdom and intuitive knowing compared to our ancestors? They intricately knew the energy systems in our bodies, the energy grids (lay lines) in the earth, the motions of the planets and levels of distant communications.

 

How dare we imply that the consistent ideals of the nature of reality from all the varying cultures throughout the ages are mere delusory ignorance.

 

Throughout the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Vedas, the works of Sufism, the Quran, Buddhism, Tibetan teachings, the Red Indian cultures, the Mayan texts and to a degree the New Testament all talk of our illusory reality; the world we see being just a projection of our thoughts, of our collective state of mind.

 

“Matter is derived from mind, and not mind from matter.”

~ The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation

 

Modern day science and age old science both reiterate this projected reality in a way. Although they have studied the mind intensively, it’s just that they will not delve too deeply into the study of consciousness. That which both Western and especially Eastern spirituality have done for eons.

 

Although, science clearly accepts that all our sensory experiences are actually images and sensations which have been manifested in the mind.

 

“…our waking reality is as much a creation of our minds as are our dreams. In short, all that I perceive – everything I see, hear, taste, touch, and smell – has been reconstructed from sensory data. I think I am perceiving the world around me, but all that I am directly aware of are the colours, shapes, sounds and smells that appear in the mind.” 

~ Peter Russell

 

So, if we accept this concept, does this then mean we do not care about others who are suffering? 

 

Of course it doesn’t mean this – not at all! In fact it means we can be more effective in helping our brothers and sisters and all sentient beings in this shared illusory dream world.

 

I remember as a child on several occasions having to gently wake up my dog when she was having a bad dream. Her body would twitch, she would whimper in distress until she became conscious again. Then five minutes later we would be having fun in the garden with her favorite toy. Her reality had shifted.

 

Our dreams are still very real, along with the suffering. Our role in the dream is to be very much proactive in helping and serving others. It’s just that now with this new stage of awakening, we can be more detached from the drama, with a more balanced, grounded, conscious approach.

 

We can respond to situations and dramas as opposed to reacting. Almost like a professional first-response team. Except we are the spiritual first-response team. We can operate from an objective position with less fear, hatred, and blind anger. We are tenfold more useful and effective with this conscious mindset.

 

“When the idea that Atman (Light/consciousness) alone is Truth and the rest is Maya (illusory world or delusion) and this has been fully appreciated; then one will experience expansion of Light, power, knowledge and service to others, and accordingly the limited ideas of individuality and relationships will break their barriers and go extending in proportion to the depth at which this idea is rooted in the being. The being will be full of enthusiasm and one will naturally be able to know more, teach more and be of service to many more than before.”

~ The Vedas

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Stage 8 – Samadhi

Samadhi –  [sam ‘with’; Adhi ‘Lord’] Union with the Lord/Light/consciousness; a state of intense concentration in which consciousness is completely unified.

 

Supreme consciousness, enlightenment, God consciousness, Light consciousness. The ultimate spiritual awakening and eternal goal.

 

“Lord take me from the unreal to the real.”

~ Upanishads

 

All the previous stages to an extent are either provable or subjective, especially Stages 1 to 6. However these last two stages of awakening can really can only be experienced. They are spiritual awakenings, with Samadhi being an ultimate spiritual goal, to delve into the inner, eternal, experiential Truth.

 

Looking at these various stages of awakening, is like zooming out of the main frame; taking a broader picture, then a broader picture still, then even more of a broader picture and broader and broader, until we reach a point of where ultimately we are just zooming in.

 

“Are you a God?” they asked the Buddha.

“No,” he replied.

“Are you an angel, then?” “No.”

“A saint?” “No.”

“Then what are you?”

Replied the Buddha, 

I am awake.”

The Stages of Awakening In summary

1/. The Bloody Government

2/. An Agenda

3/. ZIM

4/. THE JEWS

5/. Judaism the mind virus

6/. The Demonic Force/Entities

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7/. Projected Reality (Maya)

8/. Consciousness (Samadhi)

Related information

Consciousness discussed videos by Peter Russell

http://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/consciousness-discussed/

 

Peter Russell’s book ‘from Science to God’ explaining in detail the nature of reality/illusion from a scientific perspective.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Science-God-Physicists-Consciousness/dp/1577314948

 

6 Stages of Awakening

http://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/741/

 

TLC

http://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/tlc/

 

Changeless Values

http://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/changeless-values/#more-1085

 

 

A few serious spiritual books covering the topic of reality/illusion and consciousness

 

“If we give some time to reading Holy books – the great mystics, some time to thinking of Param-Atman (Universal Light/consciousness); then our wisdom matures, darkness no longer frightens us, and we attain supreme happiness. Not only so, but we begin to radiate happiness and clarity which affects our surroundings, and in turn we are then able to not only project this, but directly help and serve those around us and beyond more effectively.”

~ Thoughts from the Gita

 

The Bhagavad Gita 

Adi Sri Sankaracharya Samata Books

www.samatabooks.com ISBN: 0702 500 356

Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Bucks, Britain 01628 536 464

(Excellent honest helpful service)

 

The Mathnawi of Jalaluddin [6 volumes in 3 books]

Rumi Edited & Translated by Reynold A. Nicholson

 

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Imran Hossein–NATO Wants Turkey To Invade Syria

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Syrian National Council picks Abdelbaset Sayda as leader

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BBC

The opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) has elected a Kurdish activist as its new president.

Abdelbaset Sayda was chosen to replace Burhan Ghalioun, who has held the post since the group was established last September, at a meeting in Istanbul.

Activists have reported fresh shelling in Homs province, as international diplomatic efforts continue.

Britain’s foreign secretary warned that Syria was beginning to resemble Bosnia in the 1990s.

William Hague said the situation was on the edge of a sectarian civil war, and said that he could not rule out international military intervention.

Meanwhile, details of attacks by the Free Syrian Army on government targets in Damascus on Friday have emerged, the BBC’s Paul Danahar reports.

A power station came under attack, while a bus carrying Russian oil workers was also reportedly hit, our correspondent says.

Witnesses say many of the rebels involved were killed or captured. Casualties on the Syrian government side are not known, and the authorities in Damascus have not commented.

Council reform

Speaking in Istanbul after the vote, Mr Sayda, who lives in exile in Sweden, told reporters he wanted to reform and restructure the Syrian National Council.

“We are entering a sensitive phase. The regime is on its last legs. The multiplying massacres and shellings show that it is struggling,” he said.

Since its inception, the SNC has been plagued by divisions and complaints from activists that it is ineffectual.

UN monitors visit power station hit by explosion near Damascus 
UN monitors in Syria are trying to oversee the implementation of a ceasefire

Paris-based academic Mr Ghalioun stepped down last month after mounting criticism of his leadership.

There have also been accusations that the Council, which is an umbrella organisation for opposition groups, is dominated by Islamists and not inclusive enough.

Some hope that Mr Sayda, 56, could attract more Kurds and other Syrian minority groups to join forces with the council.

He has been given one month to convene another conference where the 300 or so members can sit down and agree to changes to the structure of the SNC.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Istanbul says that as the Council thrashes out reforms at that meeting, they may well choose to elect another new leader.

Analogies

After the meeting, outgoing president Burhan Ghalioun urged Russia to change its stance on the Syria situation.

“If the Russians are not yet convinced of the need for Mr Assad’s departure, it means they have not yet found the way to realise the hopes of our people,” he said.

Mr Ghalioun was reacting to comments made by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, who said Russia will continue to oppose attempts by the UN Security Council to sanction military intervention in Syria.

He said foreign powers were encouraging the armed opposition to hope that “the Libyan scenario” could be repeated.

 

Jim Muir says violence is “raging freely in many place”

On Sunday, activists said villages in Homs had been pounded by shells in a fresh assault on the restive province.

Abu al-Hoda, an activist in the village of Qusair, said women and children had been sheltering in basements of apartment buildings, too frightened to come out.

More than 80 civilians were killed by pro-government forces across the country on Saturday, activists said. The figures cannot be independently verified.

In London, Mr Hague said he did not know “how terrible” the situation would become, and that all options were still on the table.

“I think increasingly the analogy is not with Libya last year, but with Bosnia in the 1990s.”

“We are on the edge of that kind of sectarian murder on a large scale, and so who knows what may be required from the international community to try to deal with that, if that gets going in that way.”

He welcomed a Russian proposal for a international conference, but said he opposed the idea of Iran taking part.

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Palestinians: Vatican set to indirectly recognize annexation of East Jerusalem

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by crescentandcross

Negotiations between Israel and the Holy See on the fiscal status of Catholic institutions in Israel seems to make no distinction between the two sides of the Green Line.

ed note–as much as the church in the person of Benedict XVI think that by giving in to Israel’s demands of recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel, all he is doing is setting himself up for an assassination later at the hands of ‘AY-RAB’ terrorists in order to bring about the ultimate ‘clash of civilizations’.

Haaretz

The draft of an economic agreement between Israel and the Vatican contains no distinction between sovereign Israel and the territories occupied in 1967. The lack of a preamble containing such a distinction is at the center of heightened tension between Palestinian Christian denominations and the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Vatican.

Palestinian sources told Haaretz that the agreement meant indirect recognition of Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and of the imposition of Israeli law in part of the West Bank.

France, which has special standing as custodian of holy Christian sites and Christian communities, is also said to be concerned at the apparent latent recognition of the annexation and the economic implications for the communities, and particularly its Christian institutions in the country and the people who are part of them.

However, a well-informed source told Haaretz “there is nothing in the agreement to harm the rights of the Palestinians,” and that the agreement was made with the sovereign State of Israel in its internationally recognized identity, and therefore there was no need for a clarifying preamble.

The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel is to meet in Rome on Monday and Tuesday. They are to continue talks that took place in Jerusalem last week on matters of disagreement.

Negotiations toward an agreement on the fiscal status of Catholic institutions in Israel have been underway for 13 years, 11 more than the original two years allocated in what is known as the “fundamental agreement.”The signing of that accord by Israel and the Vatican on December 30, 1993, led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Israel.
Over the past few months, NGOs and members of various Christian denominations in Israel have begun to receive details about the draft agreement, which has been presented to them as a lapse and a failure by the Vatican. Haaretz was told that the people who informed Palestinian Christians and NGOs of their concerns preferred not to approach the Palestinian Authority immediately because they did not believe the PA could act on its own in this diplomatic and legal realm.

Members of the Christian community in Jerusalem and the West Bank have held a number of emergency meetings recently and have contacted the Vatican to make clear that the agreement under discussion is not merely a fiscal and a technical agreement, and that a lack of distinction between occupied territory and Israeli territory could have severe implications.

The legal agreement, known as the “Legal Personality Agreement” was signed on November 10, 1997, but was never ratified by Israel.

Meetings on fiscal issues began in 1999 and have still not concluded. They relate to property rights, actions involving property by church bodies, and Issues of taxation and tax exemption. The parties decided to exclude a list, known as “Schedule 1,” of institutions on both sides of the Green Line from the text of that agreement, with regard to which they felt they would not be able to resolve differences soon. Among the sites and institutions on the list are those in which ownership and possession are in dispute, such as properties that Israel has expropriated or whose owners were declared absentees and the Church wants to take possession of again, or sites that Israel has declared open to the public and the Church believes should remain in the private sphere.

A draft of the agreement, dated January 25, 2012 which Haaretz has obtained, does appear to address Israeli law in a general way, without relating to or alluding to Israel’s status as an occupying power according to international law. That is also the case with regard to sites in East Jerusalem. A Palestinian lawyer who reflects the position of the Palestinian Christian denominations with regard to the agreement now being formulated told Haaretz that in bilateral agreements with Israel there is a clause defining what is meant by “Israel” from which a distinction clearly emerges between the two sides of the Green Line. For example, the bilateral agreement for the avoidance of double taxation between Israel and Switzerland, a clarification states: “The term Israel means the ‘State of Israel,’ and when used in a geographical sense, the term ‘Israel’ includes its continental shelf and other maritime areas over which it exercises sovereign rights and jurisdiction according to international law” (that is, as an occupying power). Accordingly, the Palestinian lawyer said, the term “Israeli law” without any kind of codicil or restriction, is a dangerous precedent and implies recognition of the annexation of East Jerusalem and Israeli civil rule over areas of the West Bank (where a number of the sites on Schedule 1 are located).

A well-informed source rejected this interpretation and told Haaretz that the agreement contains no geographical reference to any institution it mentions and there are no negotiations underway over the status of institutions in East Jerusalem. He said the agreement recognizes that “the Vatican has some obligations but [also] some immunities because of the special character of the Church and religion.”

A Foreign Ministry official who is not familiar with the draft said that the Vatican’s position is clear and is known to the ministry, and has not changed: The Vatican does not recognize Israeli sovereignty beyond the Green Line.

Ekemeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 member-countries, and who was informed of concerns over the agreement, wrote a letter to Archbishop Dominque Mamberti, who is the secretary for relations with states of the Holy See.

The archbishop answered in early May that “the eventual agreement will not represent a change in the position of the Holy See.”

Mamberti also wrote: “The Church, with particular attention to fiscal questions, is asking the State of Israel to treat her institutions in a fair manner, wherever the State of Israel exercised its authority de facto without taking into consideration or determining whether it does so as a sovereign state or as an occupying state, thus without entering into the political aspect of the question.”

Mamberti wrote that the Church remains “extraneous to all merely temporal or political conflicts…unless the contending parties or the international institutions make concordant appeal to its mission of peace.”

This is the response the members of the Christian denominations in the country heard, which only increased their concerns over what they see as erosion of the Church’s position.

A number of Palestinian Christians have complained that the Church and the spiritual authority of the Vatican should have taken into consideration the special situation of Christians under Israeli occupation – and it has not done so. As a state, they say, the Vatican is obligated to international law, and it did not take this into account in formulating the accord with Israel.

The draft to be discussed over the next few days has undergone changes since January 2012, but Palestinian sources believe that these changes are not dramatic. In fact, the lack of distinction between the two sides of the Green Line was already in the legal agreement (which was not ratified).

Rabbi David Rosen, the international director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee, who worked for the establishment of diplomatic ties, viewed precisely this as an achievement for Israel. In an article published in 1999, he wrote “the Catholic Church thereby not only reaffirmed its recognition of the sovereignty of the Jewish people in its historic homeland, but also registered and placed its institutions under Israel’s legal authority and protection [including its]…institutions in East Jerusalem.

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NYC Orthodox Jews Divided by Sex Abuse Trial

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Orthodox NYC counselor on trial in sex abuse case

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Salon.com

NEW YORK (AP) — The abuse went on for nearly three years before the schoolgirl told anyone that her spiritual adviser was molesting her while he was supposed to be mentoring her about her religion, authorities said.

But in Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, 53-year-old Nechemya Weberman has been embraced and defended as wrongly accused. The girl has been called a slut and a troublemaker, her family threatened and spat at on the street.

The rallying around Weberman, who goes on trial this month, and ostracizing of his accuser and her family reflects long-held beliefs in this insular community that problems should be dealt with from within and that elders have far more authority than the young. It also brought to light allegations that the district attorney was too cozy with powerful rabbis, a charge he vehemently denies.

“There are other people that claim misconduct and they can’t come out because they’re going to be re-victimized and ostracized by the community,” said Judy Genut, a friend of the accuser’s family who counsels troubled girls.

Brooklyn is home to about 250,000 ultra-orthodox Jews, the largest community outside of Israel. Step onto a Williamsburg street and tall guys in skinny jeans and tattoos are mingling with a flush of men in dark coats and hats carrying prayer books and speaking Yiddish. The Hasidic Jews appear to outsiders as though they come from another time; embracing centuries-old traditions, they wear black clothes, tall hats, long beards and earlocks. Women wear long skirts and cover their heads after they marry.

They have their own ambulances and schools, called yeshivas, their own civilian police and rabbinical courts. Members are encouraged to first speak to a rabbi before going to secular authorities — and as a result, cases rarely make it to outside law enforcement.

The topic has been studied and reported in the Jewish media for years and has recently made headlines in New York papers.

“They think that anyone who turns over anyone to the outside authorities is committing a transgression to the community at large,” said Samuel Heilman, a professor of Jewish studies at Queens College.

The girl, now 17, was sent to Weberman at age 12 because she’d been asking theological questions and he had a reputation for helping people back on the spiritual path. He often counseled people, though he had no formal training. But during sessions, authorities say, he forced the girl to perform sex acts.

The girl started dressing immodestly, was deemed a troublemaker and removed from her school — one Weberman was affiliated with — and sent to another, family friends said. The allegations surfaced in 2011 when she told a guidance counselor there she’d been molested.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault.

Weberman has pleaded not guilty, and articles in Hasidic newspapers have proclaimed his innocence and begged the community for support. More than 1,000 men showed up for a fundraiser aiming to raise $500,000 for his legal fees and, if he’s convicted and jailed, money for his family.

“It’s very hard for the town to believe the things that he’s being accused of because he has a reputation of doing good and being good,” Genut said.

George Farkas, Weberman’s lawyer, said his client isn’t guilty but is damned regardless because the allegations will taint his reputation.

The family has said they would’ve preferred to handle the allegations within the community. But when accusations are managed from the inside, victims are rarely believed and abusers aren’t punished — in part because the word of an elder is respected over the word of a child, victims and advocates say.

Joel Engelman said he tried to work with yeshiva officials, finally confronting them at age 22 about a rabbi who abused him as a child. Engelman was given a lie detector test and encouraged to keep quiet about the allegations, and the rabbi was temporarily removed — long enough for Engelman to turn 23, making him too old under state law to file a complaint.

“It’s that they don’t want to believe that the rabbis that they’ve been raised to respect could be so cruel and could be so criminal,” said Engelman, now 26.

His mother, Pearl, herself an activist, said the community is overwhelmingly good and believes people must be educated about the crime to start standing up for the victims.

“I’m not an anarchist, I’m not a rebel,” said the 64-year-old mother of seven. “I love this community, and I want to change it for the better and make it safer for children.”

Outside law enforcement has also had a difficult time. Before 2009, only a handful of sex abuse cases were reported within the ultra-orthodox community. Then, District Attorney Charles Hynes created a program called Kol Tzedek (Voice of Justice) aimed at helping more victims come forward about abuse, an underreported crime everywhere.

Part of the deal, along with a designated hotline and counseling, is that prosecutors don’t actively publicize the names of accused abusers. The cases are still tried in open court, where the names are public.

Before Kol Tzedek, Hynes said, he struggled to mount a successful prosecution. “As soon as we would give the name of a defendant … (rabbis and others) would engage this community in a relentless search for the victims,” he said. “And they’re very, very good at identifying the victims. And then the victims would be intimidated and threatened, and the case would fall apart.”

Since then, 100 of the total 5,389 cases in the borough have come from the ultra-orthodox community, the district attorney’s office said. Hynes also started a taskforce to combat intimidation attempts — and has said rabbis have a duty to come forward if they have been told of abuse.

But victims’ rights advocates say Hynes has purposefully ignored some cases and hasn’t pushed as strongly for full prosecutions of others — bowing to powerful rabbis in exchange for political support, a charge he strongly denies.

“He doesn’t take care of victims,” said Nuchem Rosenberg, a rabbi who says he was ostracized for speaking out about abuse. “He takes care of those in power, so they can all keep power.”

Genut said the accuser is ready to testify. Her family, though, is looking for a higher judgment than criminal court.

“They believe that God’s going to take revenge on him,” she said. “They’re suffering a lot and they say one nice day God’s going to show us that he did stick up for us.”

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NAZI’S TO PROTECT UK OLYMPICS

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Peculiar Security: UK hires Israeli human rights abusers to protect Olympics

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ZIO-NAZI RACIST REGIME

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Op-Ed: Time for American Jews to shun racist Israeli legislators

By Brad Rothschild

NEW YORK (JTA) — Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, is no one’s idea of a soft touch. Hawkish on Israel’s settlement policy and a practitioner of a muscular, even bullying brand of diplomacy, Lieberman has a well-earned reputation as a hard-liner, no mean feat in Israel’s current rightist government. So when Lieberman becomes the voice of moderation on an issue, it’s worth a closer look.

This week, the foreign minister criticized Israel’s interior minister, Eli Yishai, for his recent statements against the nearly 60,000 African refugees and asylum seekers who have made their way to Israel over the past half decade. Yishai has gone on record stating that Israel should build more prisons and detention centers to handle this influx.

Other Israeli politicians have inflamed the situation as well. Likud Party Knesset member Miri Regev, inciting a crowd in south Tel Aviv, called the African refugees a “cancer in our body.” After hearing these words, an angry crowd embarked on a pogrom, setting upon African-run businesses and property. The African population was left traumatized and fearful of what would happen to them next. (Regev later apologized for her remark.)

But perhaps the most vicious voice of Israeli officialdom belongs to Danny Danon, a Likud Knesset member and chairman of the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee. In addition to his legislative duties, Danon is the chairman of the “Deportation Now” movement. In recent weeks he has called for African migrant workers to be removed from Israeli cities and put into detention camps. He has blamed the crisis on “bleeding-heart leftists,” and the human rights and aid groups who assist the refugees.

There is no question that the situation with the Africans in Israel is no longer tenable. Israel must develop a humane and orderly process to investigate who among the Africans are legitimate asylum seekers and refugees, and who are simply economic migrants seeking a better way of life in the only western country accessible by foot from Africa. Israel has no such process now and treats all of the Africans as illegal “infiltrators.” The overwhelming majority of the Africans are from war-torn Sudan and Eritrea; many have escaped the genocide in Darfur. Yet of the 4,603 applicants who sought asylum last year, Israel granted it just one.

Populist politicians around the world use the issue of illegal immigration to spread fear and hatred throughout native populations. Israel’s demagogues aren’t original, but they are dangerous, as evidenced by the recent anti-African violence in Tel Aviv. As Jews know all too well, it’s a short path from hateful rhetoric to violence. When we see it happening, we have an obligation to speak out, and loudly, against it.

The American Jewish community can no longer stand silent in the face of hatred, incitement and violence by Jews against the African refugees, asylum seekers and even economic migrants in its midst. The hate speech employed by Israeli officials such as Yishai, Regev and especially Danon run counter to our communal norms and our Jewish values. Until these politicians cease this approach and adopt a more humane and Jewish attitude to Israel’s Africans, American Jews should make it clear that they are not welcome in our community.

Danny Danon is a frequent visitor to the United States – the next time he comes, he should not be invited to any Jewish organization, synagogue, community center or home. The same goes for Eli Yishai and Miri Regev. These officials have made it clear that Africans are not welcome in their community; we need to make it clear that those who incite violence and hatred are not welcome in ours.

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CONFRONTING IRAN, “PROTECTING ISRAEL”: The Real Reason for America’s War on Syria

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By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
 

Global Research

Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton is calling for an R2P humanitarian military intervention in Syria to curb the atrocities allegedly ordered by the government of president Bashar Al Assad. In a twisted logic, Clinton recognizes that while “opposition forces” are integrated by Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists, the government rather than the terrorists is held responsible, without a shred of evidence, for the ongoing massacre of civilians.

Amply documented, these sectarian killings and atrocities are being committed by foreign mercenaries and militia which are armed and supported by the Western military alliance.

The killings are carried out quite deliberately as part of a diabolical covert operation. The enemy is then blamed for the resulting atrocities. The objective is to justify a military agenda on humanitarian grounds.

In US military jargon, it’s called a “massive casualty producing event”, the historical origins of  which go back to “Operation Northwoods”, an infamous 1962 Pentagon Plan, consisting in  killing civilians in the Miami Cuban community, with a view to justifying a war on Cuba. (See Michel ChossudovskySYRIA: Killing Innocent Civilians as part of a US Covert Op. Mobilizing Public Support for a R2P War against Syria,Global Research, May 30, 2012)

“Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possibleassassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.”  (U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba – ABC News emphasis added. This Secret Pentagon document was declassified and can be readily consulted, See Operation Northwoods, See also National Security Archive, 30 April 2001)

In the logic of Operation Northwoods, the killings in Syria are carried out to “create a helpful wave of indignation”, to drum up public opinion in favor of an R2P  US-NATO operation against Syria. “The international community cannot sit idly by, and we won’t”, said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

What lies behind this outburst of humanitarian concern by “the international community”. Is America coming to the rescue of the Syrian people? What is the real reason for America’s war on Syria?

This question is addressed in a lead article by James P. Rubin, a Bloomberg executive editor and former State department official under the Clinton administration. The article appears in this month’s Foreign Policy Magazine under the clear-cut title: “The Real Reason to Intervene in Syria

In an unusual twist, “the answer to the question”, namely “the real reason” is provided in the article’s subtitle: “Cutting Iran’s link to the Mediterranean Sea is a strategic prize worth the risk.”.

The subtitle should dispel –in the eyes of the reader– the illusion that US foreign policy has an underlying “humanitarian  mandate”.  Pentagon and US State department documents as well as independent reports confirm that military action against Syria has been contemplated by Washington and Tel Aviv for more than 20 years.

Targeting Iran, “Protecting Israel” 

According to James P. Rubin, the war plans directed against Syria are intimately related to those pertaining to Iran. They are part of the same US-Israeli military agenda which consists in weakening Iran with a view to “protecting Israel”. The latter objective is to be carried out through a pre-emptive attack against Iran:  “We’re not done with the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran” says James P. Rubin.

According to Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (“a policy institute focusing on terrorism and Islamism”),  the humaniitarian concern is not the primary objective but rather a means to and end: “If the Arab League is unmoved by the massacres of Syrian women and children (their angry eyes fixed as ever on Israel), and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation doesn’t give a fig about Muslims slaughtering Muslims, why should we Americans expend an ounce of energy? …  Because Syria, under the Assad dictatorship, is Iran’s most important ally and asset. And Iran is the single most important strategic threat facing the U.S. — hands down.” (See National Review, May 30, 2012)

The military roadmap to Tehran goes through Damascus. The unspoken objective of the US-NATO-Israeli sponsored insurgency in Syria is to destabilize Syria as a Nation State and undermine Iran’s influence in the region (including its support of the Palestinian Liberation movement and Hezbollah). The underlying objective is also to eliminate all forms of resistance to the Zionist State:

“That is where Syria comes in, says James P, Rubin. It is the strategic relationship betweenthe Islamic Republic and the Assad regime that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel’s security. Over the three decades of hostility between Iran and Israel, a direct military confrontation has never occurred — but through Hezbollah, which is sustained and trained by Iran via Syria, the Islamic Republic has proven able to threaten Israeli security interests.

The collapse of the Assad regime would sunder this dangerous alliance. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, arguably the most important Israeli decision-maker on this question, recently told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the Assad regime’s fall “will be a major blow to the radical axis, major blow to Iran…. It’s the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the Arab world … and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.” (The Real Reason to Intervene in Syria – By James P. Rubin | Foreign Policy, June 2, 2012, emphasis added)

US-Israeli War Plans directed against Syria

Rubin candidly outlines the contours of US military intervention in Syria, which is to be implemented in close liaison with Israel. A diplomatic solution will not work, nor will economic sanctions: “only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator’s stance” says Rubin:

“U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has been understandably wary of engaging in an air operation in Syria similar to the campaign in Libya, for three main reasons. Unlike the Libyan opposition forces, the Syrian rebels are not unified and do not hold territory. The Arab League has not called for outside military intervention as it did in Libya. And the Russians, the longtime patron of the Assad regime, are staunchly opposed.” (Ibid)
Washington’s first step, according to James P. Rubin, should be to work with “its allies”, the Arab sheikdoms –Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey– “to organize, train, and arm Syrian rebel forces.”

This “first step” has already been launched. It was implemented at the very outset of the insurgency in March 2012. The US and its allies have been actively supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists for over a year. The organization and training consisted in the deployment of Salafist and Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists, alongside the incursion of French, British, Qatari and Turkish special forces inside Syria. US-NATO sponsored mercenaries are recruted and trained in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Sidetracking the UN

Rubin’s proposed “second step” is “to secure international support for a coalition air operation.” outside the mandate of the United Nations. “Russia will never support such a mission, so there is no point operating through the U.N. Security Council” says Rubin. The air operation contemplated by Rubin is an all out war scenario, similar to the NATO air raids conducted in Libya.

Rubin is not expressing a personal opinion on the role of theUN. The option of “sidetracking” the UN Security Council has already been endorsed by Washington. The violaiton of international law does not seem to be an issue. US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice confirmed in late May, in no uncertain terms, that “the worst and most probable scenario” in Syria might be the option of “acting outside of the UN Security Council’s authority”.

“In the absence of either of those two scenarios, there seems to me to be only one other alternative, and that is indeed the worst case, which seems unfortunately at the present to be the most probable. And that is that the violence escalates, the conflict spreads and intensifies, it reaches a higher degree of severity… The Council’s unity is exploded, the Annan plan is dead and members of this Council and members of the international community are left with the option only of having to consider whether they’re prepared to take actions outside of the Annan plan and the authority of this Council.” Actions outside UN Security Council Likely in Syria – Rice | World | RIA Novosti, May 31, 2012

Rubin also points to “the reluctance of some European states” to participate in an air operation against Syria: “this [military] operation will have to be a unique combination of Western and Middle East countries. Given Syria’s extreme isolation within the Arab League, it should be possible to gain strong support from most Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia and Turkey. U.S. leadership is indispensable, since most of the key countries will follow only if Washington leads.”

The article calls for continued arming of the Syrian Free Army (FSA) as well carrying out air raids directed against Syria. No ground operations are to be envisaged. The air campaign would be used –as in the case of Libya– to support the FSA foot soldiers integrated by mercenaries and Al Qaeda affiliated brigades:

“Whether an air operation should just create a no-fly zone that grounds the regimes’ aircraft and helicopters or actually conduct air to ground attacks on Syrian tanks and artillery should be the subject of immediate military planning. …

The larger point is that as long as Washington stays firm that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed, à la Kosovo and Libya, the cost to the United States will be limited. Victory may not come quickly or easily, but it will come. And the payoff will be substantial. Iran would be strategically isolated, unable to exert its influence in the Middle East. The resulting regime in Syria will likely regard the United States as more friend than enemy. Washington would gain substantial recognition as fighting for the people in the Arab world, not the corrupt regimes.” (Rubin, op cit)

While the participation of Israel in military operations is not mentioned, the thrust of Rubin’s article points to active cooperation between Washington and Tel Aviv in military and intelligence affairs, including the conduct of covert operations in support of the opposition rebels. This coordination would also be carried out in the context of the bilateral military-intelligence cooperation agreement between Israel and Turkey.

“Coming to the rescue of the Syrian people” under a fake “humanitarian” R2P mandate is intended to destabilize Syria, weaken Iran and enable Israel to exert greater political control and influence over neighboring Arab states including Lebanon and Syria.

A war on Syria is also a war on Palestine. It would weaken  the resistance movement in the occupied territories. It would reinforce the Netanyahu government’s ambitions to create a “Greater Israel”, initially, through the outright annexation of the Palestinian territories:

“With the Islamic Republic deprived of its gateway to the Arab world, the Israelis’ rationale for a bolt from the blue attack on its nuclear facilities would diminish. A new Syrian regime might eventually even resume the frozen peace talks regarding the Golan Heights. In Lebanon, Hezbollah would be cut off from its Iranian sponsor, since Syria would no longer be a transit point for Iranian training, assistance, and missiles. All these strategic benefits combined with the moral purpose of saving tens of thousands of civilians from murder at the hands of the Assad regime … make intervention in Syria a calculated risk, but still a risk worth taking.” (Rubin, op cit)

War Crimes in the name of human rights: What we really need is “Regime Change” in the United States of America…. and Israel.  

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The History of Knowledge: Darkness in the Academy

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By Prof. John Kozy
 

Global Research

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. Carl Jung

Knowledge does not always prevail or even endure. When the Empire fell, the Justinian Code was replaced by Canon Law. The augustness of knowledge was transformed into heresy and mankind’s curiosity was virtually extinguished. The age became dark. In the 11th century, people began to study rediscovered Greek and Roman texts. The darkness of the age had begun to lift but the lifting took seven hundred years and was never completed. Today, nothing ensures the light’s endurance despite our pious accolades to learning and science. But anti-intellectualism never died; it continued to live in the dark alcoves of the religious institutions of the Middle Ages. That darkness came to America when its first universities were established. These universities were established as fundamentalist vocational training institutions. They were not established to further knowledge. They are madrassas, Sunday Schools, one and all. Now even this conservative educational system is under attack by ideological fundamentalists. Professors throughout the Western world, stock up on lanterns. The darkness is returning!

During the Golden Age of Greece, Athens was populated by enough curious people to cause Aristotle to write, “all men by nature desire to know.” He was wrong, of course, but his compatriots certainly had an intellectual bent. Athens experienced a period during which the Parthenon was built and the city became the artistic, cultural, intellectual, and commercial center of what was then known as the civilized world. Among its inhabitants were Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides, Menander, Sophocles, the sculptor Praxiteles, the orator Demosthenes, Herodotus, Thucydides, and others. A love of learning was prevalent. The Socratic method, consisting of asking questions until the essence of a subject is found by eliminating the hypotheses that lead to contradictions, was developed, and mathematics was expanded by Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes, and scholars such as Hipparchus, Apollonius, and Ptolemy. Learning was august, but it was eventually debased. War to further commerce was the enemy and it won. Knowledge does not always prevail or even endure.

Rome, by contrast, was never populated by enough curious people to earn it a reputation for its intelligentsia. The Romans were a plundering people. They took what they wanted by killing, if necessary. Rome had made Papal Christianity the state religion and when the Empire fell, the Justinian Code was replaced by Canon Law. The augustness of knowledge was transformed into heresy and mankind’s curiosity was virtually extinguished. The age became dark.

In the 11th century, individuals from across Europe began to study the rediscovered Justinian Code. Soon, the study of Roman law and other rediscovered subjects spread, and Papal Christianity came into conflict with itself. The election of two claimants to the papacy created a schism: The split led to the establishment of new centers of learning and a decline in the authority of the Church. Learning began to reassert its place and eventually both the Renaissance and the Enlightenment emerged along with an interest in humanism. The darkness of the age had begun to lift but the lifting took seven hundred years and was never completed. Today, nothing ensures the light’s endurance despite our pious accolades to learning and science.

The darkness that enveloped the Dark Ages in Europe emanated from the monasteries, abbeys, and Scholastic universities of the Middle Ages. It consisted of the ideology that was thought to be the divinely inspired truth describing all things in the universe which itself was known as Creation. It tolerated no dissent which brought about heresy trials, executions, and the Holy Inquisition. Almost everything that would be considered learned today was suppressed. And even when the Church’s influence declined and heresy trials and the Inquisition ceased to exist, vestiges of the darkness were kept secure in other institutional ways. The love of learning that emerged in Classical Greece never regained its augustness. Anti-intellectualism never died; it continued to live in the dark alcoves of the religious institutions of the Middle Ages. That darkness came to America.

Two hundred years before the Age of Reason, Massachusetts was a religiously conservative Puritan colony that repeatedly deported, cast out, and even executed people who disagreed with ideological Puritan doctrine. Although never formally affiliated with a church, Harvard college was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature primarily to train Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. The Puritans and Harvard Collage at that time can only be described as Christian fundamentalist. The college offered a classic academic curriculum altered to be consistent with Puritan ideology. This curriculum emulated that of Cambridge University, which itself was founded as a papal university. In short, Harvard was the Liberty University of the day, a Bible school, and its function was distinctly religious. It was not established as a place of universal learning. Harvard’s curriculum and students did become secular in the 18th and 19th centuries when it emerged as the central cultural establishment among Bostonian elites. Following the Civil War, the college and its affiliated professional schools were transformed into a centralized research university, but its professional schools then as now were vocationally oriented. The university’s goal was and is to teach people to operate in an ideologically biased market economy as is shown by its history, influence, and wealth. It has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world, and eight U.S. presidents have been graduates. Harvard is also the alma mater of at least sixty billionaires. It is America’s Cathedral of the Moneyed Elite, and it promotes establishment ideologies rather than universal learning. It began America’s addiction to schools of business administration, having founded the first one in 1908, twelve years before it established its College of Education. Only in the late 19th Century was the favored position of Christianity eliminated from the curriculum by replacing it with another ideology—Transcendentalist Unitarianism. Harvard is an institution where belief has always trumped knowledge.

But it’s not that way anymore, is it? Unfortunately it is. Consider this view of how economics is taught at Harvard:

students at Harvard recently walked-out of Greg Mankiw’s Ec 10 Principles class because of alleged ideological bias in his presentation. . . . Steven Margolis, also at Harvard, staged a “teach-in” about the Mankiw walk-out. . . . Margolis . . . discussed his attempt to offer an alternative Ec principles course at Harvard, which was rejected by the economics faculty—then accepted only as an alternative studies course. Students at Harvard, like students at many other schools, are not allowed to learn about alternatives to the neoclassical model and get credits toward the major!

This is Harvard, the brightest light in America’s Educational Pantheon, often criticized by conservatives as too liberal!

But it’s not just Harvard. Yale was founded in 1701 to train ministers and lay leaders for Connecticut. Ten Congregationalist ministers, all of whom were alumni of Harvard, established the school. When a rift formed at Harvard between Increase Mather and the rest of the Harvard clergy whom Mather viewed as “increasingly liberal, ecclesiastically lax, and overly broad in Church polity,” he praised the success of Yale in the hope that it would maintain the Puritan religious orthodoxy in a way that Harvard had not. Just another Liberty university.

And then, Leland Stanford, the founder of Stanford, visited Harvard’s president, Charles Eliot, and asked how much it would cost to duplicate Harvard in California. Stanford became the Harvard of the West, just another conservative, fundamentalist university.

Its founding came in 1885 in an endowing grant which made several specific stipulations:

“The Trustees … shall have the power and it shall be their duty:

To establish and maintain at such University an educational system, which will, if followed, fit the graduate for some useful pursuit. . . .

 To prohibit sectarian instruction, but to have taught in the University the immortality of the soul, the existence of an all-wise and benevolent Creator, and that obedience to His laws is the highest duty of man. . . .

When Senator Stanford died in 1893, Jane Stanford took over. After Edward Alsworth Ross became recognized as a founding father of American sociology; she fired him for radicalism and racism. She also directed that the students be taught that everyone born on earth has a soul, and that on its development depends much in life here and everything in “Life Eternal.” And she forbade students from sketching nude models in live drawing classes. So Stanford, too, embodied strong fundamentalist characteristics.

These universities were established as fundamentalist vocational training institutions by ignorant people. They were not established to further knowledge. They are madrassas, Sunday schools, one and all.

So Liberty universities are as American as Johnny Appleseed, and they apparently are self-reproducing. They exist throughout the United States, some openly, and some, like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, covertly.

Vocational training in the American educational scheme was furthered by the founding after the Civil War of our land-grant colleges., and a number of institutions have been founded, like the London School of Economics, to openly promote market based Capitalism. For instance, Hillsdale College, which was founded in 1844, two hundred years after Harvard, describes itself as “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the land, and believing that the diffusion of sound learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” “The College considers itself a trustee of modern man’s intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.” Hillsdale College is a major player in the history and development of American conservatism. Prominent conservative theorist Russell Kirk had a substantial career there, and the college houses and displays the personal library of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. Corporations have also donated huge sums to colleges and universities to promote orthodox, classical Capitalism: BB&T, for instance, the nation’s 10th largest financial holding company, has pledged to give $1.5 million over 10 years to the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business “to expand teaching and research into the foundations of capitalism and free market economics.”

All of this seems to be contradicted by America’s addiction to “science and technology.” But America has no devotion to science and the proof is obvious. Evolution is dismissed because it conflicts with Biblical accounts of creation. Climate and environmental science are dismissed because they conflict with free market Capitalism. Not only are the sciences dismissed, the scientists engaged in them are reviled. What Americans are devoted to is the catalog of consumer products that engineers create out of scientific discoveries they had no hand in. The President says we need to “train” more scientists and mathematicians, but look at who the people are that Americans most admire—Bill Gates, the late Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg! Neither is a mathematician, nor a scientist, nor even a college graduate. Our respect for science is as shallow as a dried up pond, and all we do is wallow in its mud. If Americans had a genuine respect for science, they would have a respect for scientific method which rejects ideas that can’t be confirmed empirically. Americans, on the other hand, insist on continually implementing ideas that not only cannot be verified empirically, they can be shown not to work at all. List all of the practices carried on by Americans that do not work and have never worked. No culture with a respect for science would function this way.

When the President says we must “train” more scientists and mathematicians, does he mean we should educate more architects, whose profession requires knowing a lot of science and mathematics? I doubt it! What about anthropologists? Well no. It has been reported that Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, slammed anthropology majors as being unprepared for productive careers. Not the kind of science the establishment approves of! Well, how about astronomers or paleontologists? What industry wants just “scientists”? And I doubt that any corporation is seeking a batch of theoretical mathematicians.

I’m certain you get the point.

But as though all of this were not bad enough, even this conservative educational system is under attack byideological fundamentalists:

After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education . . . approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light. The vote was 10 to 5 along party lines, with all the Republicans on the board voting for it.

That Texan politicians should do this is perhaps no surprise. But not a single professor, not a single dean, not a single chancellor/president, not a single professorial organization stood up and objected. Why were all of the dedicated scholars in America’s system of higher education mute and invisible? What can one say about their commitment to knowledge? Even worse, the authors of these textbooks were more than willing to write them over to please these Texans. How’s that for intellectual integrity? Just how dark is the darkness in the academy?

There’s more:

Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed a new law that sets up the largest voucher program of any state in the country. It is part of a series of “reforms” that Jindal says will expand school choice . . . and critics say is the broadest state assault on public education in the country.

Again America’s professorial community and their administrations are nowhere to be found. What are they thinking? Have they tried to imagine what their classrooms will be like when their students have all been indoctrinated with fundamentalist ideology? What will these professors be able to teach? Which subjects that conflict with fundamentalist ideology will be proscribed? What kind of speech will be considered politically incorrect? In Europe, people can be imprisoned for denying that the official Zionist account of the Holocaust is true. Will teachers of evolution become criminals if they deny that the Biblical account of Creation is true or if marriage doesn’t consist of a union of one man and one woman? Why not? Churchmen did it to Galileo. Ask yourself how many German university professors bore the consequences of Nazi ideology, those professors who couldn’t support Arian superiority?

Think it won’t happen here? It’s happening already.

For decades now, our public school teachers have been under attacks disguised as attempts to render them accountable. The department of education assumes that standardized test scores can reliably and validly be used to determine teacher-quality. Most researchers say the tests can’t. They say that using test scores in this way is a negative consequence of the No Child Left Behind act. And for decades, the college and university community has been silent as their graduates have been vilified. But now,

The Education Department just tried — and failed — to persuade a group of negotiators to agree to regulations that would rate colleges of education in large part on how K-12 students being taught by their graduates perform on standardized tests. . . . When it became clear that some of the negotiators weren’t going to go along with the basic outlines of the department’s plan, department officials ended the negotiations over a conference call.

But don’t think that is the end of the effort.

Now we can expect Obama administration officials to issue regulations doing what they want — without congressional approval, or, for that matter, without having persuaded a group of negotiators they had selected themselves that what they want to do makes educational sense.

Of course, it was inevitable! If student scores on standardized tests can be used to determine the ability of their teachers, why can’t the scores be used to determine the quality of their teacher’s professors?

First the professors in teacher’s colleges, then the professors in business colleges, then the professors in technical schools, and on and on. Backwardness never turns its head. Professors throughout the Western world, stock up on lanterns. The darkness is coming!


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