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Fundamentally Flawed: Militant Religion and Modern Atrocity
Friday, 27 March 2009
Oddly enough, the sluts who sought to tempt the pure-hearted he-men in Haifa were themselves members of the Paratroop Brigade. In this regard, at least, the military rabbinate shows admirable modernity: it is OK for women to carry guns and kill people -- but for God's sake, don't let them sing where someone with a penis can hear them!The fighters gather to celebrate their victory in a recent campaign against the enemy infidels. Singers are called in to raise an anthem in praise of the warriors.
Suddenly, there is outrage, consternation. Dozens of the fighters get up and stalk out of the celebration, along with their commanders. They are all deeply insulted, their religious faith has been assaulted, they have been exposed to a filthy evil which they cannot, will not, abide:
Some of the singers are.... women.
Just another day in a Taliban encampment? another example of the virulent woman-hatred and primitive fanaticism of Islamofascist zealots? Of course not. These were Israeli soldiers and officers, who fled the celebration because of "their belief that halakha, or Jewish religious law, prohibits them from hearing a woman sing," Haaretz reports.
The Paratroop Brigade had come together in Haifa to mark its service in the glorious triumph of "Operation Cast Lead" -- Israel's all-out military assault on the densely populated Gaza strip, which killed hundreds of innocent civilians, many of them deliberately, as revealed by reams of testimony now emerging from Israeli soldiers themselves. But the program featured the brief appearance of a few women among a group of singers -- a gross insult to God Almighty that triggered the righteous walkout.
Although the action was a breach of military discipline, Israel's military rabbinate fully supports the soldiers' manly refusal to hear the siren songs of the demonic, she-hag Liliths, and "urged commanders to show sensitivity in such situations and either to excuse religious soldiers in advance from attending any portion of a ceremony that poses a problem or to simply not feature female singers at such programs."
Or better yet, why not put the harpies in a burqa and be done with it? Oh wait: a growing movement of extremists in Israel is already doing that: see here and here. The veilers are part of the haredim, an expansive, belligerent sect of extremists seeking to impose their, well, primitive fanaticism on Israel's secular society. The haredim have even banned broadcasts of the songs of a young male singer -- a yeshiva student -- because his voice sounds "too feminine," as Shmarya Rosenberg reports. (For more on how Israel's ever-more powerful religious extremists treat women, see this at Rosenberg's FailedMessiah.com site.)
Oddly enough, the sluts who sought to tempt the pure-hearted he-men in Haifa were themselves members of the Paratroop Brigade. In this regard, at least, the military rabbinate shows admirable modernity: it is OK for women to carry guns and kill people -- but for God's sake, don't let them sing where someone with a penis can hear them! This would be highly displeasing to the Creator of the entire universe, you see.
But the aforementioned slaughter of innocent Palestinians in Gaza was definitely not displeasing unto the Lord. In fact, the massacre was encouraged, even demanded by extremist clergymen in Israel's military rabbinate. Haaretz again:
As the Chicago Tribune reports, this infidel-slaughtering radical jihadism was rampant throughout the officially supported military rabbinate:
This same process is also occurring in the United States, of course. Extremist, militarist, nationalist Christians have been pushing inexorably to seize domination over the American military, with remarkable success.
This same process is also occurring in the United States, of course. Extremist, militarist, nationalist Christians have been pushing inexorably to seize domination over the American military, with remarkable success. A few people, like Mikey Weinstein and Chris Hedges, have been sounding the alarm of the militant theists. I've written a fair bit on it myself; here, for instance. (Actually, I've been writing about it for almost 30 years, as in this piece from 2004. In fact, one of my first appearances in print was about the right-wing takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, converting this quietist organization into a juggernaut of political agitprop and kulturkampf.) And bizarre extremism on a par with anything promoted by the haredim or bin Laden can be found on the commanding heights of the American power structure -- with literally deadly results. As I noted way in another column from 2004:
One need only look to the virulent dominionism in the political theology of Sarah Palin to see that this kind of thing will by no means pass from the American political scene anytime soon. And the Bushist bigwig that Barack Obama has retained to run his brand-new "surge" in Afghanistan and other fronts of the Terror War (now given the Orwellian new moniker of "Overseas Contingency Operations"), General David "Pre-President" Petraeus, is certainly has no problem with spreading Christianist doctrine in -- and through -- the military, as Chris Rodda reported last year.
Religious extremism has been on the rise in many cultures and nations during the past few decades, greatly aided by the spread of technology (especially communications technology) and, even more so, by the willing connivance (and, frequently, the funding) of elitist factions both inside and outside of state governments. As I noted in a piece first published in the Moscow Times in July 2006:
As the United States (led, we must note, by yet another loudly proclaimed, deeply believing Christian) embarks on an escalation of its deadly crusade to force Afghanistan, Pakistan and other recalcitrant Muslim nations to "transform their societies" -- while continuing its staunch support for Israel's increasingly frenzied berserking against the Palestinians -- that blood clot will only grow to even more monstrous proportions.
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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This story was published on March 30, 2009.
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