The War on Christmas, and Other Tales of Persecution

The historical persecution of Christians is a part of our history.  Let others play the victim, we have reasons to celebrate.

Finding the difference between the truth and real truth is a battle which we continue to fight against the Forces of World Subversion, but too often we’re falling into a world where we’re replacing one lie with another.

Is there a War against Christmas?  If so, who’s behind this War against Christmas?  We might easily chalk up this front of the culture war to to the interests of Liberalism, militant Atheism, or a dozen other capitalist interests, but we’d be fools to say that those were the only causes.  To discard some recordings as not representative of history while declaring others to be irrefutably truthful is the same as lying, and possibly worse.

American philosopher and political leader Francis Parker Yockey says that history is never wrong, because it is always being interpreted and re-interpreted.  Above all else, he emphasizes that we cannot permit ourselves to issue statements which purport to be authoritative or fully representative of history.       

“[Any] attempt to write History ‘as it really happened’ is historical immaturity, and the belief in objective standards of history-presentation is self-deception, for what will come forth will be the Spirit of the Age.  The general agreement of contemporaries with a certain outlook on History does not make that outlook objective, but only gives it rank — the highest possible rank it can have as an accurate expression of the Spirit of the Age, true for this time and this soul.”

To truly comprehend history, then, is to do the impossible.  Or, more likely, as Yockey put it, is to commit “historical immaturity.”  There are indeed certain immutable truths to life, such as the power and righteousness of Tradition and the Word of God, but to declare the real truth about history is truly a lie.  Fact of the matter is that nobody ever wants the truth, they can’t handle the truth.  I doubt that any of us would even recognize the “real truth of history” even if it reared up and bit us on the ass.

What this means is that no man can issue a truth about history from his own mouth nor capture it on paper with a pen, because the best we can hope for is a widely respected opinion.  In spite of this unfortunate truth, the important thing to remember is that which we comprehend and understand about history, even if it is all a lie, fundamentally guides the way we interact with others and how we live our own lives.

Yockey explains that what we believe about history (however we might interpret it) is what defines our ethics and values systems.

“Previous ages in Western History formed their History to fit their souls; we do the same, but our view has no precedent ethical or critical equipment in it.  On the contrary — our ethical imperative is derived from our historical outlook and not vice versa.”

The seasonal debate on whether or not there is a War on Christmas has been one example of this kind of thinking.

After reading a rash of news articles which offered commentary on the War Against Christmas, one theme is almost universally recurrent: that Christians are widely disdained and oppressed for expressing Biblical views on Christmas or for celebrating Christ’s Birth.  I take this as  a cause for alarm.

We shouldn’t be concerned or alarmed about the fact that there are a variety of organizations conspiring against Christmas and Christianity writ large, but we should be concerned  with the way that Christian communities are dealing with these actions.

Persecution and mockery of Christians is nothing new and we’ve been dealing with this since (literally) the beginning of time.  In more than 2,000 years, you’d think that Christians would have learned how to deal with this a bit better, but no– we’ve taken to playing the victim, and this is what alarms me.

Yockey explains what the importance of a particular world view is, and that it is from a world view which a nation’s elite craft policy and international relations.

“The [Higher Organism] compels these humans with ideas.  Only a small spiritual stratum of each human population is adapted to this kind of compulsion, but those who belong to it remain in the service of the idea, once it is felt.  They will live and die for it, and in the process they determine the destinies of the population whence they spring.  These ideas — not mere abstractions, strings of concepts, but living, pulsating, wordless necessities of being and thinking — are the technic by which these higher beings utilize human beings for their purposes.”

The world view of a people can drastically affect the course of a nation, and alter its path of Destiny, which is why we should stop living our lives as victims.

When we see our enemy in all things, in all people, or that we begin to see our enemy in even petty or mundane partisan acts, then we truly will begin to behave as if the whole world is “out to get us.”  When this mentality and world view is so sufficiently ingrained in a people, we might begin to feel so persecuted that we would start to look and act like a mad dog trapped in the corner; wildly snapping at those who would try to be our friends.  I could think of “6,000,000” reasons why it would be a bad idea to play the victim in perpetuity like this, but assuming all other people to be our enemies would quite literally ensure that we have no friends in the world.

The historical persecution of Christians is well known, but this is not the only history of Christianity.

The fact of the matter remains that the collective forces of organized Christianity have marched on every corner of the world and have shone the Light of Christ against all forces of darkness.  Christianity continues to  be a defining force in the world, which is why we should refuse to play the victim.

To understand only one history of Christianity, that of a persecuted minority, would be a lie.  We should believe in at least one other history of Christianity, too.  We have conquered and subdued in the name of Christ; we have fought Crusades and died as martyrs for Christ; others have been canonized to Sainthood.  Christians throughout time have died for God’s Kingdom on Earth, and we should behave as such.

I can think of “six million” reasons why it’s bad to play the victim, but we should remember that our history as a Christian people is also one of victory and glory in Christ.  This year, celebrate your Victory in Christ.

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James Bulls

Before claiming that Christians have been persecuted since the dawn of time (and arbitrarily setting the start of time at “year zero” CE) you could do some reading about early Christianity. Reza Aslan’s “Zealot: the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth” is a good place to start. You seem to consider history to be plastic – so I don’t know how much use it will do for you to read any of the scholarly research on the historical Christ (versus the biblical Christ) – but you’d do well to consider that this wasn’t an instance of “they persecute us because we are right,” but an instance of, “they persecute us because we’re violent separatists.”

Thomas Buhls

Don’t get too far ahead of yourself; read the article again.

You’re imagining that I’ve made a Galileo Gambit, and in the process you’ve made your own Non Sequitur. In either case, you’ve not refuted the major premise of my article nor given compelling evidence to refute the conclusion. If anything, you’re strengthening my claims.

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