Anti-American Pacifism Rules Religious Left

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This folderol is about as theologically sophisticated as the NCC delves in its examination of war and terror.  It repeats the usual myth that early Christianity was pacifist until corrupted by the Emperor Constantine. It laments the crusades, the “conquistadors in the Americas” and the “aspirations of European colonists.”  Bizarrely, it celebrates the 1961 entrance of the then largely Soviet controlled, Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church into the ecumenical movement, which permitted puppets of an atheist police state to manipulate the World and National Council of Churches across 3 decades of Cold War.  The study paper condemns military “realism” but never condemns Communism and Nazism, the two monstrous forces responsible for most the last century’s deaths by war, tyranny and genocide.  Of course, it hails Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), which tried to protect Saddam Hussein from Allied attack, while silent about Saddam’s butchery.   And it ominously ponders:  “What future do we see for the cozy relationship between American Christians and the American imperial project?”

The NCC paper examines 9-11 as a psychological study in “fear,” comparing 9-11 victims to lynch American blacks and American Indians who were “slaughtered.”   It never mentions who perpetrated 9-11 because it’s not concerned about perpetrators of atrocities, just on the purported U.S. led over reaction.  “A permanent state of fear mobilizes  the populace and numbs the spirit,” it frets. It urges churches that subscribe to Just War teaching to begin formally examining whether specific military actions or weapons systems are in accord with the Religious Left’s interpretation that Just War precludes military action in almost every real world circumstance.  Of course, it ignores traditional Just War teaching that not only allows but commands force in defense of justice.  The NCC reports urges indoctrination of military chaplains and Just War advocates in the Religious Left mindset.  Accompanying the study paper is a study guide, written by a Quaker, a Mennonite and a Church of the Brethren member, all pacifists, who represent a tiny minority of the NCC’s membership.  Nobody from a Just War tradition is included.

Historic Christian pacifist traditions originally had some nobility, claiming a vocation of non-violence for themselves and their own churches without demanding it of others, much less of governments. Todays’ Religious Left pacifists, in contrast, stridently insist that the truly faithful must share their own brand of hostility towards America and moral indifference to the crimes of America’s enemies. Purportedly, “peace” will emerge from a world where America is disarmed.

Fortunately, the image of an always guilty America with blood-covered shoes resonates not with mainstream church goers but primarily with hardcore Religious Left zealots.  But the NCC will claim to speak for tens of millions as it advertises the spurious themes of its “Christian Understanding of War in an Age of Terror(ism).”

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  • mattogilvie55

    I know I'm repeating myself, but I will say it again: There is no such thing as "the religious left." Leftwingers are not Christians. It is impossible.

  • jasonz

    Pacifists are usually no more than cowards hiding behind nobility. they are the first to demand and accept the freedoms America provided, but hate thoes that provide it. they live in a fantasy world where no reality of human existance may enter. they pretend to to be visionaries figthing for a better future, but they cant see past their own pathetic slogans at best and at worst have their own power grab agenda as their true motive. i say if these fools hate the methods we use to provide their freedom so much then let us deny them the rights they wrongfully feel they still have a right to. no right to free speech, or to assemble or to their religion after all are these rights that was created by imperialist America just opressive tools of the same imperialist regime they so despise

  • BS77

    Right….it isn't pacifism….it's accommodating evil…"Religious Left" is an oxymoron….it's like the "sweet smell of garbage".

  • Toa

    One thing I've always noticed about professed Pacifists: almost invariably, they tend to be easily offended and ill-tempered, often to the point of violence. As noted here already, "Pacifism" seems to be something like a protective badge to postulate moral superiority, and also fend off any reprisals for their often-obnoxious public outbursts.

    • tagalog

      I've noticed that too. I've often fantasized about testing their commitment to pacifism by punching one of them in the nose, but I'm afraid of getting sued.

      • Toa

        LOL- Anybody who's ever had an encounter with a loud-mouthed "Pacifist" has entertained that fantasy; and we've restrained ourselves for that very reason, among others.

  • Applemint

    Pacifists my foot. The left wing "chuches" in the S.F. Bay area support the Gaza Flotilla.
    The flotilla is backed by Hamas, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn etc…

  • StephenD

    This evokes a sort of C.S. Lewis quality about the entire movement as if it comes from old Wormwood himself; the provocateur of the young demons in their quest to "turn" as it were Christians away from the true faith. I would liken the NCC in short to "Claws in Velvet Gloves."

  • tagalog

    What's the difference between social justice and just plain old justice?

  • anon222178598

    “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    Hermann Goering

    If the German people in its historic development had possessed that herd unity [defined here by Hitler as racial solidarity] which other peoples enjoyed, the German Reich today would doubtless be mistress of the globe. World history would have taken a different course, and no one can distinguish whether in this way we would not have obtained what so many blinded pacifists today hope to gain by begging, whining and whimpering: a peace, supported not by the palm branches of tearful, pacifist female mourners, but based on the victorious sword of a master people, putting the world into the service of a higher culture."
    — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 396

    Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
    Psalm 34:14

    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14).

    A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).

    But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).

    do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).

    Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

    Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble (1 John 2:9-10).