Friday, January 11, 2008

Choosing Slavemasters

As an opponent of the "War on Terror," I'm often asked if I prefer to become a Muslim. Or I'm asked if I'm learning to speak Arabic. (And I'm reminded of the line from the Nixon Administration, that if America had lost World War II, our Secretary of State would speak with a German accent and we would all be driving Japanese cars.)

I've said before, "Bad publicity is better than no publicity at all." So it's time for me to announce that if I have to choose, I hope the Muslims enslave America.

Benjamin Rush once wrote in defense of teaching Christianity in public schools,
Such is my veneration for every religion that reveals the attributes of the Deity, or a future state of rewards and punishments, that I had rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammed inculcated upon our youth than see them grow up wholly devoid of a system of religious principles. But the religion I mean to recommend in this place, is that of the New Testament.
Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical (Philadelphia: Thomas and William Bradford, 1806), p. 8.

If I have to choose between atheistic materialism and Islam, I guess I'd go with Islam. William Norman Grigg explains why "Dhimma" ("a kind of social contract between victorious Muslims and their conquered subjects") may be preferable to "Homeland Security" under the religion of Secular Humanism:

The "social contract" (no, not the Constitution of 1787 -- the Sixteenth Amendment and Federal Reserve Act) defining our current system permits far greater impositions on the governed than the poll and land taxes extracted from dhimmis, and confiscation of personal property on the whim of our rulers is standard federal practice today. In similar fashion, those who enforce the will of our ruling class enjoy broad discretion in the use of lethal force against civilians, who can't so much as touch or even speak brusquely to an enforcer without facing the prospect of immediate torture and summary imprisonment.

In his must-reading blog, Grigg goes on to point out the even greater irony: that we may already be under "dhimmitude." The Bible says, "The borrower is the slave of the lender." (Proverbs 22:7). Proverbs 12:24 warns, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute." Secular American materialists are facing tribute and servitude, as Grigg writes:

On November 27, an SWF controlled by the government of Abu Dhabi, an oil-rich member of the United Arab Emirates, spent $7.5 billion to buy a roughly five percent share in Citigroup, America's largest and most prestigious bank. Like most of the banking system, Citigroup is in potentially mortal peril from the collapse of the Federal Reserve's housing/mortgage/debt bubble. The willingness of Abu Dhabi to pump billions – the legal limit – into Citicorp prompted a brief but significant market rally, as the investor class prostrated itself with gratitude before its Arab benefactors.

Compare Psalm 72:9.

Gary North says “The great fire sale has begun.”

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