By the Rivers of Babylon
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07-12-2016, 09:14 PM (This post was last modified: 07-12-2016 09:30 PM by Deltabravo.)
By the Rivers of Babylon
For some reason I decided to watch a Boney M video of this song and I found a choral version of it. Very sweet. All those innocent young people singing away, being so thoughtful about the whole thing. You can see how people get sucked into religion, because they miss the message.

Here they are singing about how they remember Sion. What a lovely evocative thought. How wonderful.

But this, for me, very neatly sets out where we go wrong with religions like Islam and in how we view religious history and pay homage to our Judaic roots, even in Christianity with the result that people like Resa Aslan can think that these religions are the same, and politically correct westerners think Islam is ok.

Here's the thing. This lovely song is taken from Psalm 137. It talks about how the Jews are taken into captivity and expected to sing songs for their captors, but how can they when they miss Jerusalem and are in a foreign land.

Then it goes on to say:

"Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

Here we have these sweet children singing this lovely song which is actually a call to seek revenge by killing children.

That's the age old problem and what the Romans came up against fighting against a civilisation which had ugly revenge as its central motif. And that is why the Romans invented Christianity. It was to debunk this kind of ideology.

That is also why we are so naive to think that when we see a woman saying she should be "allowed" to cover her entire body and skulk around like a bank robber because she is being "pious" or some such nonsense, you have to remember she is being obedient to a god who likes to kill people in revenge for not doing what he says. I don't have a problem with someone wearing what they want, but if we look at it as though it represents a religion of peace, and she shouldn't be questioned, like everyone should be questioned, about exactly what their religion and morality is, then we are being duped by a culture of violence. Just like the song omits the revengeful hateful child slaying verses, so Islam needs to be defanged.

Put simply. 1. The religion of the Near and Middle East, prior to Christianity, accepted killing children both as sacrificial victims and in revenge, slavery, mysongny and what we would say is sexual depravity. 2 The Romans, after experiencing a return to this under the Claudian's, crushed this religious group in Judea and imposed a peaceful religion on them by writing up the New Testament based on a morality of reason. 3. It didn't take. Not everyone converted. Those who did not convert to Christianity later converted to Islam so Islam is the logical, cultural and spiritual successor to Near East child slaying, goat sacrificing, call to prayer, don't eat pork, revenge seeking Near East monotheism.

It never went away. It just changed its name and got a new and more violent book.

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