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Are We Losing Our Religion?

Thursday, 09 Apr 2009 08:35 AM

By Lowell Ponte

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As the faithful celebrate Easter and Passover, America's Judeo-Christian culture seems more under siege than ever before.

The cover of Newsweek magazine proclaims, “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.”

This cover article by Jon Meacham quotes the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary R. Albert Mohler Jr., as saying that our “One Nation Under God” now faces “a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural crisis which threatens the very heart of our culture.”

Ten percent fewer Americans (76 percent) self-identify as Christians than did in 1990. Those unaffiliated with any faith have doubled (to 16 percent), and the 3 out of 4 of these godless citizens who voted for Barack Obama elected him president.

Since 1990, the number of Americans who describe themselves as atheists or agnostics has nearly quadrupled to 3.6 million, reports Meacham, which is roughly double the number of members of the Episcopal Church.

American Jews are watching with concern the rise of fashionable anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel on college campuses, and President Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia.

Cliff Thier foresees Israel's doom in his article in the April 7 American Thinker. “If there is to be an Israel two years from now,” he writes, “it must flatten the Iranian nuclear program immediately.”

But Israel will be unable to do this, he writes, “Not because it doesn't have the military might to do so. And not because it lacks the will. But because Barack Obama will order the United States Air Force to stand in its way if it tries” with our forces in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, places Israeli jets must cross to strike Iran.

“The minute Iran has the bomb, Israel will begin to shrink,” writes Thier. “Jews in Israel will start to pack up and leave . . . Iran won't even have to fire a nuclear warhead at Israel to destroy it.” Jews, he predicts, will flee Israel in a huge exodus, and the Jewish State will vanish.

If he refuses to pre-empt Iran's atomic weapons program or permit Israelis to do it, contrary to his campaign promises, President Obama could be sentencing New York City and Washington, D.C., to death by terrorist nuclear holocaust.

If America has lost God's protection, is America's loss of faith the reason?

Is it because we replaced Jesus Christ with Santa, and Uncle Santa then replaced Uncle Sam as the symbol of our gimme, pig-entitlement welfare state?

“Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people,” wrote Founding Father John Adams. “It is wholly inadequate for any other.”

Remove religion from our society, and all that remains is an amoral political and economic system manipulated by sharpers, shysters, and self-servers.

In a few days President Barack Obama, a professed Christian, will officiate at a pagan ceremony outside the White House and initiate young children into its un-Christian symbols.

This ceremony, the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, has its roots in the idolatrous pagan religion of ancient Mesopotamia, the land that was Babylon and is now war-torn Iraq.

Our word "Easter" comes from the pagan Germanic goddess of spring and sunrise, Eostre or Eastre.

Others find the origin of our word Easter in Ishtar, one of the names of the Great Mother goddess of sex and fertility of ancient Middle Eastern peoples living between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamia.

Christian Easter has become permeated with pagan religious symbols.

The bunny, or more precisely the hare, was Eostre's symbol of fertility. In myth it had originally been a bird that the goddess magically turned into a hare, so it retained the ability to lay eggs.

The display and gift-giving of colored eggs was a common springtime practice among ancient Saxons, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Egyptians, and other pagan peoples.

Ancient Sumerians and Babylonians believed that our world itself was hatched from a giant "world egg."

Like the Egyptian god Osiris, the Babylonian deity Tammuz would be resurrected each spring in green plants.

Followers of Tammuz’s consort Inanna (or Ishtar) celebrated his annual return from the dead each spring by wearing new bonnets for luck, making river reed baskets, and filling their baskets with brightly colored eggs symbolic of the earth-creating world egg that fell from heaven into the river Euphrates.

Another version of Inanna was the Sidonian fertility goddess Asherah, depicted with a lily in one hand.

During pagan rites, their followers lit new fires and candles, and baked hot-cross buns marked with the horns that symbolized Tammuz, and worshipped the rising sun.

For an echo of this pagan cult in the Bible, see Ezekiel 8: 13-16, wherein God condemns the abomination of paganism next to the holy temple itself: women at sunrise "weeping for Tammuz."

Hebrew and Judeo-Christian culture has repeatedly faced revanchist paganism.

One of paganism's modern forms is the pseudo-atheism of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, both of whom seem eager to impose the values of the cult of the left on those who bow to different gods.

To install their new religion, of course, today's radical leftists must demolish and demonize the old religions. Or, to win converts more easily, they must (as other faiths have done) expropriate some of the symbols and shrines of older beliefs.

Thus, today's radical leftists are using the global warming issue to impose enviro-socialism in the name of humankind's stewardship over planet Earth.

Cloaked in pseudo-Christian propaganda, radical environmentalism could deceive millions into forgetting that it is itself an ancient pagan nature-worshipping religion . . . with Vanderbilt Divinity School flunkout Al Gore as its Druidic high priest.

Christians, where in the Bible does Jesus endorse colored eggs, bunnies, bonnets, Easter baskets, lilies or other things rooted in pagan Babylonian nature religion?

What would the Judeo-Christian God say about President Obama's pagan Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn?

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