Nationalism is dumb. Religious nationalism is dumber.
Believing that your country is superior to all others makes no sense, since lots of people in many countries, maybe most countries, consider that they're fortunate to live in the best country on Earth.
But at least there's no doubt that these countries exist. They have governments. They have boundaries. They can be photographed. So nationalism, as misguided as it is, has a foundation in objective reality.
Religious nationalism, though, adds a fantasy -- the unproven belief that Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, or some other religion is rooted in a supernatural realm that truly exists even though there is no demonstrable evidence of it.
This makes religious nationalism a delusion attached to a irrational assumption.
Not surprisingly, religious nationalism is destructive. Hindu nationalism leads to violence and oppression of minorities in India. Jewish nationalism makes it more difficult for Israel to reach an agreement with Palestinians. Islamic nationalism encourages terrorists. Christian nationalism fosters divisiveness in the United States.
Actually, more than divisiveness. Christian nationalists played a central role in the January 6 insurrection at the nation's Capitol that was notihing less than a coup attempt.
An opinion piece in USA Today describes how the Trump rioters who broke into the Capitol used Christian rhetoric to justify their unjustifiable actions. Here's excerpts from "Christian nationalism is a threat, and not just from Capitol attackers invoking Jesus."
After a portion of the mob entered the Senate chamber on Jan. 6, a handful of men mounted the podium. One of them lifted his hands and cried out, “Jesus Christ, we invoke your name. Amen.” Then Jacob Chansley, sometimes called the "QAnon Shaman," took his bullhorn and announced gratitude to God for being able to “send a message to all the tyrants, the communists, and the globalists that this is our nation, not theirs.”
Bare-chested to expose his white supremacist tattoos, he had paused briefly to remove his Viking-inspired horned headdress and cap — presumably to assume a properly humble posture as he claimed the United States for himself and his fellow-believers.
...It is easy to protest when white Christian nationalism turns violent. Within the chorus of critics, however, are a substantial number of Christians who plan to take the country for Jesus another way. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, a leader of the misinformation campaign that led people to believe (falsely) that the presidential election was stolen, is among them.
Speaking in his official capacity as attorney general of Missouri in 2017, he proclaimed at a “Pastors and Pews” meetingthat their charge is to “take the lordship of Christ, that message, into the public realm and to seek the obedience of the nations — of our nation… to influence our society, and even more than that, to transform our society to reflect the gospel truth and lordship of Jesus Christ.”
Hawley is aware that not everyone will become Christian, but believes we should all live by his interpretation of Christian values. The lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, asserts that elected officials should look to Scripture when making policy, “because every problem we have in America has a solution in the Bible.”
Look, there's nothing wrong with loving your country, just as there's nothing wrong with loving your religion. But this is akin to loving your spouse or children.
Love isn't a competition. I can love my wife and my child without thinking that they are the very best wife and child in the whole world. It would be crazy for me to think that way.
Yet that's what religious nationalism does. It perverts the natural love of country and religion into an extreme view that elevates a particular country and a particular religion into an exalted position that is indefensible and dangerous.
The mischief started in British lands to create a false education system for British Hegemony which is perverted form of Christian Unconscious Mind with no Christ in it. Countries that adopted that education system became victims of Unconscious Mind. Osho Rajneesh warned mankind from this dangerous mischief all his life. David C Lane couldn't see this dangerous mischief of Britishers that Osho could see.
Posted by: Vinny | February 02, 2021 at 08:06 AM
>> Religious nationalism, though, adds a fantasy -- the unproven belief that Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, or some other religion is rooted in a supernatural realm that truly exists even though there is no demonstrable evidence of it<<
As far as I know, the testimony of just one person is and can be accepted before court, isn't it?
If you relate a dream to your wife, will she accept your testimonby?
If you report a feeling in your body to a medic, will he hear upon what you have to say?
If so ....all religions are based upon hearsay of something witnessed by people called mystics.
The demand op repetition etc is only a demand in science for science to work and make progress as the field work on is accessible to ALL with senses.
What is inside you, and with you with every single living creature, is only accessibel to you.
Almost all things that makes live worthfull to humans is not repeatable, individual.
For the rest its alright what you write about what people do with their hearsay of mystics ... although that too, is just ONE of the many aspects.
Posted by: um | February 02, 2021 at 11:09 AM
I no longer follow a guru and have moved away from Sant Mat but still follow the diet and morals etc but don't meditate any more. I've even been considering that we might not even have a soul.
My most interesting experience was recently while sleeping and then coming out of deep sleep and found myself looking down at my body whilst hovering above. I then thought wow, that was an out of body experience and I'm hoping I might have more of this type of experience which they call astral travelling. It made me feel quite happy because that me that was hovering and looking down at my body has given me hope that there is such a thing as a soul which will survive after death.
Posted by: Jen | February 02, 2021 at 04:40 PM
Dennis Prager says she's a hateful bigot and a liar.
Posted by: DJ | February 02, 2021 at 06:19 PM
Dennis Prager is wrong to say that Rachel S. Mikva is a liar, bigot and hates Christians. What she writes against in the opinion piece is the misappropriation of religion. She concludes with "Whatever one’s spiritual life stance, we are choosing in every moment whether its power will be wielded for harm or for blessing."
At first glance I guessed that she was anti-religion. Quite the opposite, she's a religious scholar, professor, author and rabbi! See her interviewed here, and ask yourself, between Rabbi Dr Mikva and Conservative Radio Host & Grad School Dropout Mr Prager, who has the agenda?
Posted by: anami | February 03, 2021 at 12:44 AM
@I no longer follow a guru and have moved away from Sant Mat but still follow the diet and morals etc but don't meditate any more.
Well done Jen, you managed to see the true enlightenment which is that the journey described by these sickly satanic cults , RSSB, has being setting you to a fake enlightenment to lucifer/ devil. Repeating the names of kaal, was definitely holding you down. Looks like you are having better progress now that you are not following a path and a guru. Keep it up, and stay away from cults and religions. Be aware that you will have RSSB leeches , and even thought impulses to go back to RSSB. Keep your awarness up. I wish you good luck back to source .
Posted by: Truth warrior | February 03, 2021 at 02:46 PM
@ Truth warior
>>I wish you good luck back to source .<<
What path to take towards that source?
Posted by: um | February 04, 2021 at 03:25 AM