LETTER: Recent attacks on places of worship show the “dark” side of society

Dear Editor,

I wish to elaborate on the subject matter covered in The anti-anti-semities – Inquisitors of the 21st Century.

True “anti-Semitism” of the Antiochus IV flavor has been dragged out from the dark corners of classical civilization and thrust into the modern world thanks to the myth of the Judeo-Christian civilization as well as (and more significantly) the notion that Judaism or Jewishness is tied to race alone and that the race’s interests must be protected at all costs.  What I mean by “true anti-Semitism” is that the original expression of anti-Semitism was one of religious prejudice — that Semites were backwards and destructive in comparison with the Hellenes (today: the Westerners), not because of their race but because of their religion. This contrasts with the modernist understanding of anti-Semitism, which (in the typical modernist distortion of the meaning of words) defines it as the hatred or criticism of the Jewish race — that Jews cannot be stereotyped or ever be the villain in any situation, and that racism directed against Jews is unique from other expressions of racism.

In regards to the recent Sikh temple shooting, not a single press agency has discussed in detail that the crime was one of mistaken identity. That the man’s racism was not directed at Indians but at Muslims (hence the 9/11 tattoo and why attacks against Sikhs have soared post-9/11). In the past when the press did feel the need to cover the subject, they did so in a manner that seemed to offer readers the opportunity to kill and hate the right people (i.e. The Daily Mail’s chart of Sikh headgear versus Islamic headgear).

On a day-to-day basis, however, the press vastly ignores the various attacks on Muslims and Islamic buildings and continues to promote the illusory “Islamic threat.” Mosques are shot up, burned to the ground, defiled with the body parts of pigs (like Antiochus IV did to the Temple of Jerusalem), people are gassed, people are beaten, school buses are burned and it never makes front page news, let alone national news.  What makes the front page news are honor killings and whatever is going on overseas, or God-forbid, the building of a new modernist mosque. Just this weekend, a man with a history of Muslim hatred shot at a packed mosque in Chicago while children were playing outside. The only reason he was apprehended was because the mosque had a security guard (how many other places of worship have to hide behind bushes and trees, and have guards?). Right after that incident happened GOP Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois announced in a town hall meeting that Muslims are trying to kill Americans in America every week. Basically, a man in a government is validating the extermination and attacks on Muslims when such behavior would not be tolerated had the victims been any other group of people.

All of this silence and skewing in the media is the symptom of the West’s acceptance of true [religious] anti-Semitism, which is force-fed by those who claim to be anti-anti-Semites. To them, Islam is seen as a backwards religion that brings only darkness, and Muslims are thus seen as backwards and less deserving of life.

This is something that radical traditionalists need to monitor and be aware of, because the hatred stems from a soul-conflict that is not about religion preference but about the rejection and despising of anything traditional since traditional things have much in common despite differences of expression. It doesn’t matter that the majority of Muslims that are slandered and attacked are extreme modernists. Like the spirit of Japan, Islam is seen as traditionalist in nature and therefore contrary to the West, and such a perspective is placed on everyone associated regardless of their beliefs and practices, much like Japanese-Americans were mistrusted regardless of their patriotism.

It is my strong belief that this “old school” anti-Semitism is going to bring forth disastrous consequences, which unlike the Holocaust will be vastly ignored because Muslims (as representatives of the life system of Islam) are seen as a roadblock in the modernist agenda.

Sincerely,

Bilqees Arrumiyya
Washington D.C.

PS – Since writing this letter, 11 other attacks on Islamic places occurred, two of them in Illinois, one of which was committed by the primarily Latino gang Satan’s Disciples who are a member of the Folks Nation alliance thus shattering the illusion that it’s whites versus browns or whatever cliched race-based dialectic is used.


Dear Bilqees,

The attacks on mosques and Muslims don’t represent anything but a sort of ignorant xenophobia.

There are absolutely understandable reasons for say, a traditional Catholic or a Greek nationalist to have opposition to Turkish territorial claims in a historical context.  It might be equally understandable for those who believe in one religious doctrine to reject the teachings of another religious doctrine.  However, most of the sentiment today has nothing to do with the these old rivalries and is more basic: a Muslim with his a beard, foreign clothing and foreign mannerisms, is much easier a target to point to than the target within ourselves, namely our own decadence and our own weaknesses.  It doesn’t come from any deep understanding of Islam.

Americans for example, tend to have the same gut reaction about Mexicans who have a radically different culture, faith, and racial background from the Muslim in Europe/the USA.  I maintain and always have that once the Occident solves its own inner spiritual crisis these issues will dissolve of their own accord; it is on account of our own race’s senility and weakness that we have come to this.  Westerners who are generally well-meaning end up holding against Muslims exactly what they’d like to see themselves do – that is, have large families and spiritual values they are willing to defend.

-Ray Wilson
Staff Writer, RidingTheTiger.org

About Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson is a New York City resident with a degree in history and interests in philosophy, theology and entomology.
  • http://www.ridingthetiger.org/ William van Nostrand

    I believe that you are both are quite correct on this issue.

    That the so-called anti-anti-semites, with their fanatical defense of Israel as a “secular democacy” are adding fuel to the fire with respect to much of the anti-Muslim sentiment is really not in doubt. What exists, with respect to the “Muslim question” in the West, is really a two pronged attack: on the one hand, the elements on the left certainly are opposed to the religiosity and socially conservative mores of certain Muslims; on the other hand, the ostensibly “rightist” neoconservative clique beats the drums in order to justify war. This is but one dimension (the other being a demographic one) of the enigma of Islam in Europe, a play many subplots and many characters.

    It should be noted, as a historical note, that the Radical Traditionalists of the 20th century rarely attacked Islam. Many of its European representatives such as Almqvist and Tage Lindbom, and of course, Guenon embraced the religion as a framework for opening the doors to a more esoteric worldview.

    One one note I disagree: that is that we can be certain that the shooter believed the Sikhs to be Muslims. There is a high possibility that he did, but simply for the sake of avoiding needless speculation, I believe that making an assumption is ultimately unnecessary.

  • Isma’il Marshall

    Ray Wilson, I strongly disagree with your take on this, and I believe you totally fail in seeing the situation as it truly is. The resentment of Greek Nationalists, or any of the nationalist movements which emerged in opposition to imperial powers in the last two centuries, is something which it makes no sense for a “Radical Traditionalist” to defend. These movements emerged in a modernist intellectual milieu, asserting the “right of self-determination,” a leftist concept which runs entirely contrary to the traditional concept of Imperium. There can be no better evidence against self-determination than the disastrous path which Greece and other formerly Ottoman countries have taken since their independence. Imperium is usually a positive force, since some groups of people are so culturally degraded that they cannot possible rule themselves effectively, and must have the steady hand of imperial domination over them in order for their nation to prosper. The conquered people rose up against their masters, only to find that they did not know how to be masters over themselves. As for traditionalist Catholics, their conflict with Islam is rooted in the fact that they represent a rival form of religious Imperium.

    Your mention of modern Greek Nationalists suggests that you missed Bilqees Arrumiyya’s reason for mentioning Greeks in her letter. She was referring not to modern Greeks, but to ancient Greeks who despised Semites in general and Israelites in particular. The ultimate manifestation of this hatred was the Seleucid monarch Antiochus IV Epiphanes profaning the Temple of Jerusalem by sacrificing pigs there. The modern phenomena of Islamophobia is not simply based on xenophobia, but an intense hatred of what Muslims hold sacred, and a desire to profane and blaspheme those things. In this way their hatred corresponds to classical antisemitism and the way it despised Judaism and Christianity’s beliefs and practices and saw no place for them in “civilized” society. The other significant action of Antiochus IV was the banning of circumcision. Many modern European anti-Islamic political groups have drafted legislation to ban circumcision as well. A simple “fear of the other” does not explain a desire to blaspheme a religion, or to ban its religious practices. Many Americans fear the influence of China, but there is no corresponding desire to commit sacrilege against Buddhist or Taoist places of worship, or to attack the moral integrity of Confucius. Islamophobia is classical antisemitism in its natural modern manifestation. Since the majority of Jews are now secular, and Christianity had its Semitic elements diminished to the point of irrelevance centuries ago, Muslims are seen as the last true remnant of the monotheistic, Semitic tradition which descends from the patriarch Abraham. This cannot be reconciled with modern secular culture, as it could not be reconciled with the pagan Hellenic tradition.

    • Ray WIlson

      Oh I absolutely agree in the notion that nationalism as a concept has been left wing and frankly anti traditional. Indeed, nationalism historically has always gone hand in hand with secularism and liberalism and worked for the destruction of the old traditional states. I mentioned Greece not on account of Bilqees’s comment on Antiochus, but because there are certain regions where a rivalry has existed for some time, and it is understandable to some extent or another. A Greek and a Turk may have this rivalry, but it is more sensible than say, an American or Englishman complaining about a Turk, who have no real “dog in the fight” so to speak. I’d say a Greek comes from a place to know his enemy, and vice versa having lived under them for hundreds of years while the American who hates Sikhs does so without any understanding of Sikhs, just an impulsive attitude.

      Self determination is to some extent a leftist concept, but old traditional states did not interfere with the regional cultures nearly as much as todays “nation states”. For example, Spain under Franco while holding off the communists, pursued a campaign of centralization at the expense of regional cultures. For the Basques or Catalans or Galicians to break away would be pointless, it would be needlessly dividing and weakening Spain to the benefit of its neighbors, but surpressing these regional identities was a mistake. Traditional states nurtured both a focal point and nation, while allowing regional identities to develop without interference. Most European nationalists realized they could technically have both their natonalist leanings and the Imperium you mentioned, as Spengler advocated such a position. One can have both their own nation AND imperium in the traditional sense, but unfortunately the EU represents quite literally the antithesis of what that European Imperium would be. Not all nationalism however, is bad by default – in many instances it can be a vehicle for positive future change. While its anti-monarchic character is unfortunate, in the Middle East, Asia and Africa nationalism played a part in driving out occupying powers and removing sham puppet monarchies like that of Idris in Libya or the Shah in Iran. Indeed in Ireland many of the Irish nationalists who fought to drive out the English were not secular republicans but stauncht catholic monarchists.

      The one issue that euro nationalists fail to grasp, and most “anti muslim” groups is that like it or not, there is a clash going on between two radically different ideas in the world right now. Guenon saw it nearly a century ago, and it isn’t “East vs. West”, it isn’t even “the Muslim world vs. the West”. It is Tradition vs. counter tradition, the Sacred against the Profane. The west unfortunately has come to represent this, and has made pushing this secular agenda more a priority, and with greater effect than even the Soviets did. The same sham nationalists (like Wilders) attacking Islam are indirectly attacking Christianity, or every and any other faith every time they bash Islamic values as “contrary to our European heritage”. But the west today has no values and every move it makes is contrary to our actual European heritage! The reason we don’t react the same way to Buddhism or Taoism in the United States is how they are portrayed- most Americans and westerners simply don’t understand these religions, or see them still as something exotic but also something harmless. It should be added that China and the Orient in general are not rivals to the west the way the Muslim world is, as they have more or less given way to secularism or outright atheism. The Muslim world is the only place at the moment where traditional religious values still hold strong, and where people are still willing to defend their tradition. The Crusader imagery sometimes invoked by nationalists or muslims regarding the “war on terror” is false in that the Crusaders represented Traditional europe, Christiandom and were fighting a very different sort of war.

      I hope this explains my original point more adequatly, or clears up any misconceptions.

      • vanhellslinger

        I think you have missed a very important point about Islam. They (one billion people) force their children starting at the age of around 12 years to fast and pray one month every year. Even if it is 110 degrees hot the kids cannot eat or drink anything from the time the sun arises until sundown. Some kids suffer much and from this suffering comes a bond that only men who fight as comrades in war, or those that are suffered as minorities, those in serious disease that find consolation from others like experience. This kind of bond is what makes the Al Qaida and Taliban strong. Islam lived in isolation every since the Crusades and now they are on the prowl to be globalized. The Muslim religion is the fastest growing and will take a place at the head of the world and with all the moralities that come with it.

    • vanhellslinger

      The Raelians have it down as a big mistake, Creationism was just a misunderstanding between Earth humans and alien humans that set up shop as Gods for entertainment or experimentation.

  • vanhellslinger

    Sorry I’m late! Just a couple points on all this. 1st. religious fervor flows with the tides and is evidence in case studies of atheists and agnostics that are forced to face the close proximity of death, suddenly find time to pray. 2nd Religion as objective with new advances in science is still an open subject. We may validate the existence of ghosts or maybe not but not finished yet. Opine we call out the road we travel! I for one believe there is a rise in the number of ppl that believe in God after evolution, Alien astronaut gods that didn’t create the universe but they did over millions of years invent life after death using organic computer chips implanted into the brain and taking human evolution to the final frontier. Hendrick Schoen was almost there?

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