Weinstein has not been convicted of anything. There are only rumors, hearsay, and unproven accusations. And yet the entire nation is screaming. Why? Why is this alleged scandal suddenly boiling over now? Weinstein is only the trip of the Hollywood iceberg. Why is he being singled out?
Has Hollywood’s political correctness and SJW mania backfired, such that women are attacking the men who made them rich and famous? Or is something else going on?
Anyway that’s not relevant to this post. I will explain the reason for this post below, after a few paragraphs.
Have you ever wondered why Communist nations usually outlawed churches? It wasn’t because those nations were atheistic. (They weren’t.)
No, the reason is that organized religions almost always side with whoever has power in a given nation. Down through the ages, almost all religions, at least the large organized ones with sacred writings, have supported the existing states and ruling classes, either directly, or by counselling passivity and withdrawal.
If a nation is a plutocracy, then organized religions support the plutocrats against the lower classes. Powerful churches (or mosques or temples or whatever) pretend to care about the lower classes, but only to keep the lower classes under control (just like Democrats pretend to care about average Americans in order to keep them under control).
If a nation has a National Socialist government (e.g. Nazi Germany) then the local religions align with the Nazis, since the Nazis are in power. On 20 July 1933 Eugenio Pacelli (who later became Pope Pius XII) signed the Reichskonkordat treaty with the Nazi government which guaranteed the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, in return for the Catholic Church staying out of German politics.
In 1800s Mexico, rich oligarchs owned everything and everyone, and they lived on vast latifundias (Latin for “farm estate”; hacienda in Spanish). Latifundia systems are slavery systems, and they have existed in many nations and historical epochs. In Mexico, local people were forced at gunpoint to work on vast estates to make rich oligarchs richer. Average Mexicans became so hungry and impoverished that in 1910 they began a ten-year-long revolution. The Catholic Church opposed them, and sided with the rich oligarchs. This in turn led to the Cristero War of 1926-29. “Cristeros” were people who fought for the church against the populist revolutionaries. Eventually the Cristeros lost. Today in Mexico the Catholic Church is back in power.
In Venezuela the Catholic Church has always sided with the rich oligarchs and the neoliberal Empire against the lower classes and against the quasi-socialist “Bolivarian Revolution.”
There have been a few local exceptions to this rule in Latin America, but they are not supported by the central church authorities. For example, “Liberation Theology” emphasizes a concern for the liberation of the poor and oppressed. The Vatican has never supported Liberation Theology, and has often opposed it.
In the USA there is “Black liberation theology.”
In 1800s Russia, the Orthodox Church supported the oligarchs against the lower classes, and was deeply integrated into the autocratic state, enjoying official status. Therefore the 1917 Revolution banned the Church.
In 1700s France the Catholic Church (i.e. the Gallican Church) sided with the crown and with the aristocrats against average people. Therefore after the French Revolution of 1789, the Catholic Church came under increasing pressure, and was finally banned in 1794. Later, Napoleon Bonaparte brought back the Catholic Church and used it as an instrument of state. The Vatican supported Bonaparte, because the Church almost always supports whoever happens to be in power (except for the cases where the church is banned).
I say almost always, because during the War for American Independence, some churches supported the rebels, while others supported the British.
All organized religions do this; not just the Catholic Church. Which brings me to the reason for this post.
From here on I shall paraphrase an article by Andre Vltchek…
In the early 1960s the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) was the third largest in the world after those of the Soviet Union and China. Indonesia was a true internationalist nation, and was one of the proud founders of the Non-Aligned Movement. President Sukarno and his progressive government sought to build a proud, artistic and productive nation. Sukarno once even humiliated the US Ambassador in front of a huge crowd at a packed stadium, telling him, “To hell with your aid!”
He did not need any Western aid. He was presiding over potentially one of the richest nations on Earth.
In 1965 the PKI was going to win the elections, comfortably and democratically, and was fully supported by President Sukarno. Their manifesto was anti-imperialism, social justice and land reforms.
However they were opposed by the largest landowners in Indonesia, which were the religious leaders. Those leaders, together with the military and corrupt elites, decided: that, “This must be stopped! No justice. No internationalism. No socialism. No equality!”
On 30 Sep 1965, the Indonesian military, obeying orders from religious leaders, and from foreign powers (mainly the US and the UK), overthrew the progressive and anti-imperialist government of President Sukarno, and exterminated between 1 and 3 million men, women and children (including almost all members of the Communist Party of Indonesia – PKI).
This was done with the direct help of almost all the major religious organizations (Muslim, Protestant, Catholic and Hindu). The bloodshed continued well into 1966, and the “Rivers were choked with corpses and ran red from blood. All the hopes for a socialist and egalitarian motherland were wasted.
Indonesia has been a sewer of poverty and corruption ever since.
There was mass slaughter, mass rape, cutting off of female breasts, torture, and overflowing prisons and concentration camps. Around 40% of all the teachers of Java were executed. The military was substituted into the school classrooms. Film studios and traditional theatres were shut down. Writers were sent to Buru concentration camp. Western-style turbo-capitalism was introduced.
All with the blessings of religious leaders, who became richer than ever.
Unable to produce anything of substantial value, Indonesia began plundering its own natural resources on behalf of foreign conglomerates. The entire beautiful and naturally rich, enormous islands, like Borneo (the largest island in Asia and the second largest in the world), Sumatra and Papua, were converted into devastated, poisoned and fully privatized ecological and social nightmares.
Today the three main pillars of the Indonesia’s corrupt and oppressive regime are oligarchs, the military, and religious leaders. Whenever it suits them, they start warning that Communists are behind every bush, and are bent on enslaving Indonesia. Indonesian children are taught that socialism is evil and is anti-Islam. (87% of Indonesians are Muslim. In fact, most of the world’s Muslims live in Southeast Asia.)
Whoever dares complain about social inequality, the lack of medical care, lack of affordable education, housing and other basic services, gets branded a “Communist,” and is physically attacked, or legally sanctioned. This includes members of parliament, and even the president, Joko Widodo.
Rich and corrupt religious leaders targeted the popular, effective and left-leaning Mayor of Jakarta, ‘Ahok’, throwing him in prison for ‘insulting Islam’ – on thoroughly bogus charges. His biggest ‘sin’ appeared to be his determination to build a mass public transportation system (instead of forcing people to use private vehicles), creating green public areas, building drainage, and cleaning clogged and polluted canals. Such populist and egalitarian ideas are not acceptable to the oligarchs or the corruption religious leaders.
“Ahok” is of Chinese origin, a great ‘crime’ in the racially intolerant Indonesia. President Widodo is not, yet religious leaders repeatedly accuse Widodo of being a “Communist” because he addresses issues related to social justice.
Among average people, Islamists call President Widodo a “Communist,” which in Indonesia could mean a death sentence. The Islamist peasants hold marches shouting , “Death to the PKI!”
I talked to a dozen “Communism-haters” and saw that they knew absolutely nothing about the subject they were screaming about. Some were clearly paid to be there. Some had nothing better to do. Some were scared about the emptiness of their lives in present-day Indonesia, and they needed to cheer each other up with hate speeches so they wouldn’t feel so helpless and alone.
There’s a lot more in Andre Vltchek’s article and I encourage you to take a look at it if you have time.
The bottom line is that I do not have a high opinion of large, organized religions.