The emperor Julien the Apostate, Gibbons' hero in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, believed Rome could not survive Constantine's embrace of a Christianity that foreswore the martial virtues for "Love thy neighbor". The empire could not survive the loss of the old pagan faith. When a religion dies, the culture and the civilization that grew out of it die with it. And indeed, as Rome was invaded by barbarians, popes would stand at the city gates to plead for mercy from the likes of Attila the Hun. [bolded emphasis mine]The part that I don't understand is this: for a religion that elevates tolerance so, how can it hate so much the peoples and culture in which it was birthed and gave it succor, so much so that it will kill (or has already killed) its host and therefore will likely murder itself? Particularly when the chief rival for the spiritual loyalty of the masses is a religion that eschews "love thy neighbor" in favor of evangelization by the sword and death for apostates?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
When A Religion Dies, The Empire Goes With It
Given all the attacks on Christmas symbols in the US in the last few days, symptomatic of a larger uncoordinated conspiracy of like-minded adherents to the religion of Liberalism to scrub Western society of its Christian roots (as well as a striking apathy toward religious cleansing in Islamic civilization), this quote from Pat Buchanan seems particularly apropo: