Miscellany

1. Connexions: Mere Monotheists? - A Sermon for Trinity Sunday. The latest sermon by Kim Fabricius is now online at Connexions, in which Kim states:
[T]he doctrine of the Trinity is not some sort of abstract, academic theory about God, a kind of mathematical game for professional theologians to play, rather it is the signature of the very identity of God. It tells us who God is in God’s eternal essence. It also grounds the place of Christ in our salvation, and it explains the place of the Holy Spirit in our ongoing experience of being church. It also has fundamental implications for a whole range of contemporary issues.
2. Scholasticus: Henry of Ghent’s Doctrine of Analogy. Shane has posted his Master’s thesis online, and it looks superb. A thorough investigation of the doctrine of analogy through Aristotle, Avicenna, Thomas, and Henry of Ghent.

3. Loretta’s Basement: Mean Creek Review. Adam Steward has written a lengthy but wonderful review of the Oregon-based film, Mean Creek, which has become something of an indie hit. Adam is a Portland native, as I am, so it’s nice to see such a great film come out of the Northwest.

4. Levellers: Idolatrous Nationalism from SBC Publishing House. Finally, a story to cause revulsion and disgust: a series of Bibles published for “soldiers,” which include special features like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Onward Christian Soldiers,” the pledge of allegiance, and (best of all) quotes from President George W. Bush! Idolatry, indeed.

Comments

tinny ray said…
Good post. The military angle is consistent with the origin of the Pledge of Allegiance, as it was designed to promote military socialism.

Pledge of Allegiance pictures http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg and Swastikas pictures http://rexcurry.net/swastika3clear.jpg expose shocking secrets about American history.

Socialists in the USA originated the Nazi salute, robotic group-chanting to flags, Nazism, flag fetishism, and the modern swastika as "S" symbolism for "Socialism." http://rexcurry.net/pledge2.html

Much of that history is the history of the Pledge Of Allegiance.

Those historical facts explain the enormous size and scope of government today, and the USA's growing police state. They are reasons for massive reductions in government, taxation, spending and socialism.

The "Nazi salute" is more accurately called the "American salute" as it was created and popularized by national socialists in the USA. It was the early salute of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy. http://rexcurry.net/pledgetragedy.html Francis Bellamy was cousin and cohort of Edward Bellamy. http://rexcurry.net/pledgebackward.html Edward Bellamy and Francis Bellamy were self-proclaimed socialists in the Nationalism movement and they promoted military socialism.

They wanted the government to take over education and use it to spread their worship of government. When the government granted their wish, the government’s schools imposed segregation by law and taught racism as official policy. The official racism and segregation was a bad example three decades before the National Socialist German Workers Party, and decades afterward.

The Pledge was mandated by law in government schools for three decades before, and through, the creation of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. http://rexcurry.net/bellamy-edward-karl-marx.html

see photo of Pledge of Allegiance http://rexcurry.net/USA-pledge-of-allegiance-rexcurrydotnet.jpg Pledge of Allegiance.

Many people do not know that the term "Nazi" means "National Socialist German Workers' Party." Members of the horrid group did not call themselves Nazis. In that sense, there was no Nazi Party. They also did not call themselves Fascists. They called themselves socialists, just as their name indicates.

The historian Dr. Rex Curry showed that the early Pledge Of Allegiance did not use an ancient Roman salute, and that the 'ancient Roman salute' myth came from the Pledge Of Allegiance. The discoveries have been reviewed and verified on wikipedia http://rexcurry.net/roman-salute-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html

The original pledge was anti libertarian and began with a military salute that then stretched out toward the flag. In actual use, the second part of the gesture was performed with a straight arm and palm down by children casually performing the forced ritual chanting. Due to the way that both gestures were used sequentially in the pledge, the military salute led to the Nazi salute. The Nazi salute is an extended military salute via the USA's Pledge Of Allegiance.

Media coverage about the discoveries continues to grow http://rexcurry.net/audio-rex-curry-podcast-radio.html

Fan mail for work exposing the Pledge’s poisonous pedigree is at http://rexcurry.net/pledge_heart.html

And listen at http://odeo.com/audio/1747108/view

The Pledge's early salute caused quite a Fuhrer/furor. The dogma behind the Pledge was the same dogma that led to the socialist Wholecost (of which the Holocaust was a part): 62 million slaughtered under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; 49 million under the Peoples’ Republic of China; 21 million under the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. It was the worst slaughter of humanity ever.

People were persecuted (beatings, lynchings, etc) for refusing to perform robotic chanting to the national flag at the same time in government schools in the USA and Germany (to the American flag, and to the German swastika flag).

American socialists (e.g. Edward Bellamy and Francis Bellamy teamed with the Theosophical Society and Freemasons) bear some blame for altering the notorious symbol used as overlapping S-letters for "socialism" under the National Socialist German Workers Party.
http://rexcurry.net/swastika3clear.jpg

The same symbol was used by the Theosophical Society during the time when the Bellamys, Freemasons and the Theosophical Society worked together to promote socialism.
http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-swastika.html

They also originated and helped to spread the stiff arm salute via the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings.

As German socialism's notorious flag symbol, the swastika was deliberately turned 45 degrees to the horizontal and always oriented in the S-direction. Similar alphabetic symbolism is still visible as Volkswagen logos. http://rexcurry.net/swastika-audi-logo.JPG

The bizarre acts in the USA began as early as 1875 and continued through the creation of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (German Nazis or NSGWP). American soldiers used the swastika symbol in WWI (against Germany) and the symbol was used by the American military during WWII. http://rexcurry.net/45th-infantry-division-swastika-sooner-soldiers.html

The NSGWP had clear roots in National Socialism promoted by socialists in the USA. Amazing graphic images that prove the point are at http://rexcurry.net/theosophy-madame-blavatsky-theosophical-society.html

The USA is still the worst example in the world of bizarre laws that require robotic chanting to a national flag in government schools (socialist schools) every day for 12 years. It has changed generations of Americans from libertarians to authoritarians. The government bamboozled individuals into believing that collective robotic chanting in government schools daily is a beautiful expression of freedom. http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-pledge.html
Shane said…
"The "Nazi salute" is more accurately called the "American salute" as it was created and popularized by national socialists in the USA."

WTF?

The salute the Nazis used came from the Romans.


The "National Socialists" (=Nazis) are not the same thing as, say, the American Socialist Party, whose goal is a raceless, classless society.

Personally, I'd like to avoid both extremes (i.e. fascism and socialism). The libertarian/anarchist option is pretty unattractive too.

That's why I vote moderate democrat.
a. steward said…
Yowser!

Thanks for the link, David. Have you heard anything about Nearing Grace? It's a movie that Jacob Aaron Estes did the screenplay for a couple years ago, and looks really interesting. It's not out on DVD, though, and seems like it should be after two years. Do you know what's up with that?
D.W. Congdon said…
Adam,

I've never heard of Nearing Grace. I'll look into it.