Some may consider speaking too much about the Scimitar and the "clash of civilizations" an off topic harangue, so far as what we are supposed to be about as Christians (along with legitimate defence and the like). But, while we are not supposed to judge "lest we be judged," we are supposed to be "innocent as doves and wise as serpents."
This goes for understanding the taxonomy of Sin with a capital 's'. For this, one must have a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in one hand and a primer in Girard's mimetic theory in the other.
Jeffrey Imm reveals huge similarities between Nazism and the Scimitar. Vast conspiracy? Reincarnation? Jung's "blond beast" gone tawny?
Say rather that the primitive sacred, regardless of the ostensible themes spoken of or self-understanding of its proponents - and they are Legion - the primitive sacred will always carry in its train basic characteristics that lead to human sacrifice and victimization and self-congratulations on the part of its human standard bearers. So Imm writes the following:
The speaker demanded that their supremacist ideology needed to be accommodated by the government, and called for a "new era." The speaker said that his people must be allowed to have laws in place to support this supremacist ideology.
Perhaps you think I am referencing the grim situation for human rights in Pakistan, where the Taliban's push for implementing Islamic supremacist Sharia law in northwest Pakistan has succeeded in obtaining surrender by the Pakistan government on this. The result is that the people in that part of Pakistan will soon be ruled by an Islamic supremacist ideology with its own outlook, its own Sharia laws, and its own Islamic supremacist version of "justice."
Perhaps you think I am remarking on the statements reported on February 18, 2009 in Pakistan by Islamic supremacist Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Mohammad who attacked democracy stating, "From the very beginning, I have viewed democracy as a system imposed on us by the infidels. Islam does not allow democracy or elections... I believe the Taliban government formed a complete Islamic state, which was an ideal example for other Muslim countries. Had this government remained intact, it could have led to the establishment of similar Islamic governments in many other countries." This is the same Sufi Mohammad who told news reporters that "democracy is against the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah" and that he "regarded democracy a system of Kufr (unbelief)."
In fact, I am referring to both of these. But I am also referring to another man, at another time, and in another place – who echoed very similar sentiments.
It was February 18, 1939 – 70 years ago – with another supremacist group. Then, it was in Czechoslovakia with a Dr. Kundt stating that he represented Germans with his National Socialist party beliefs of Aryan supremacism. You may remember them as the "Nazis" ....
If any think this thinking is Chicken Little-esque, think again. Call it Cassandra-esque instead. The Trojan Horse is already within the gates.
The primitive sacred is a billion-strong and growing in the Scimitar shaped shadow. It is not informed by the Gospel. It kneels before an wholly other deity not revealed in the "Lamb slain since the foundation of the world."