One would think that if there was a supreme being, be it a he or she supreme being, the first thing that Supreme Being would do is ban religion.
If God sent his son down to be the Prince of Peace then the first thing the Prince of Peace would have to do would be to get rid of the most deadly weapon man has ever invented. RELIGION.
For centuries humans have been sent off to kill each other, for the benefit of a few seeking power and riches, after they have first been infected with the mind numbing rational that they are doing Gods’ work.
Karen Armstrong, (Holy War, 1988) articulated my thoughts on the subject
very well. I have had those thoughts since world war two when Christians sang the song, "Praise the Lord and Pass the ammunition." For years I kept a war souvenir that I picked up in a German naval Officers barracks. It was a belt buckle that read, "God mit Uns." God is with us. It had a swastika under the words.
Karen wrote, "The Crusades, like so much of the modern conflict, were not wholly rational movements that could be explained away by purely economic or territorial ambition or by the clash of rights and interests. They were fueled, on all sides, by myths and passions that were far more effective in getting people to act than any purely political motivation. The medieval holy wars in the Middle East could not be solved by rational treatises or neat territorial solutions. Fundamental passions were involved which touched the identity of Christians, Muslims and Jews and which were sacred to the identity of each. They have not changed very much in the holy wars of today.’
Even before I got out of the service President Harry Truman issued a PROCLOMATION.
"The Allied armies through sacrifice and devotion, and with GOD’S help have won from the enemy final and unconditional surrender. Now, therefore, I Harry S Truman, President of the United States of America do hereby appoint Sunday, August 19,1945, to be a day of prayer and thanksgiving."
Would God have helped Truman drop one bomb on a city and kill 70,000
people, including the women and children and then a few days later do the same thing again to another city? Was the Prince of Peace really sent here for that purpose? Would he have given us the atom bomb to use?
As congress voted to continue the Day of Prayer South Korean politics of the 1950s was controlled by the ruthless dictator 73 year old, Syngman Rhee. His ambition for personal power knew no bounds. He stood in the way of any attempt toward a democratic Korea. He was a new Christian and a virulent anti-Communist .To him they were the anti Christ. He vowed to invade the North and with help from the US, wipe them out. Hearing that threat, the North launched a pre-emptive strike and the Civil war began. America chose Rhee to lead the fight against the unbelieving Communists as President of South Korea.
One of the first acts of the new president was to establish "The National Security Law" to put ruthlessly quell the opposition of the Buddhists. It wasn’t long before student uprising against the repression tuirned violent. . Rhee began a reign of terror. Arrests and executions were met with more resistance. He was finally driven out of the country into exile in Hawaii, but
was later elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
"Our ministry of reconciliation stems from our commitment to Jesus Christ, through whom God has reconciled us to himself," said Rhee in his pre-election speech.
The Results of the Crusade to save American interests in the region:
U.S. losses were placed at over 54,000 dead and 103,000 wounded, while Chinese and Korean casualties were each at least 10 times as high. Today, more than half a century later the US still has tens of thousands of troops on the North Korean border and the country is still divided.
In the 1960s while marching with Dr. King in Mississippi, some of the older marchers started to sing the second chorus of "We Shall overcome." The lyrics are "God is on our side." Directly across the street the Klan was holding up a large sign that read, "God believed in the separation of the races." So the younger marchers switched to singing the song," Which side are you on boy, which side are you on," But instead of saying boy they inserted God.
There is ample documentation of the role the Vatican and Cardinal Spellman, along with the Dulles Brothers, played in supporting the French Catholics in Indo China and influencing President Kennedy to support the devote Catholic President Diem in the civil war against the "anti-Christ Communist" of the North. Many leftists referred to the war as, "Spellman’s war."
Cardinal Spellman made frequent trips to the war zone as the newly appointed Vicar of the American Armed forces. He flew in Air Force planes and gave the impression that he represented the Vatican there. To him the war was a we against them. We being the church and the American forces the "Soldiers of Christ" and they being the "Godless Communists."
The almost Rasputin hold the Cardinal had on the Kennedy family was the major influence that put Diem in power.
As we all know the war was lost and Vietnam is a Communist country. As for Diem and his brother: they were both shot after attending a Mass at Church of Saint Francis in Saigon. I can’t recall who but someone said, "Thus died two most devout sons of Holy Mother Church.
And with them died the political regime they had attempted to impose for her sake upon an unwilling non-Catholic—even non-Christian—nation."