Last year as in every other year, Christianity and fundamentalist capitalism, two great allies, joined their forces to extract billions of dollars, all over the world, mainly from the poor.
As money flew towards the coffers of the church and into corporate accounts, over-sugary, kitschy Christmas carols and gospels were soaring out from the audio systems of department stores and malls all over the Empire and in almost all of its colonies. ‘White Christmas’ was re-enacted and faked in the steaming-hot tropical ‘client states’, into where Christianity with all its nomenclature was forcefully injected decades and centuries ago.
Christmas trees, colorful balls and stars camouflaged the sharp teeth, swords, torture instruments and propaganda tools that this faith was built on all conquered continents on fear. Righteousness, aggressiveness and intimidation have been some of the trademarks of Christianity, for centuries.
These faith that has been manipulated by imperialists and capitalists to murder hundreds of millions of people worldwide, reducing hundreds of great civilizations to ashes, is, until now, unapologetic and self-assured. Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, a giant in psychology and psychotherapy, declared in 1942: “The Christian Church should put ashes on her head and rend her garments on account of the guilt of her children. The shadow of their guilt has fallen on her as much as upon Europe, the mother of monsters.” He viewed the Christian dogma and especially its practices, as dancing in concert with racists who are intolerant, dictatorial and imperialists!
The capitalist empire itself is constructed on Christian dogmas, symbolism and practices. All of its leaders are Christians, almost all – Protestant.
Every time they drag the world into war, their mouths are full of religious rhetoric and ‘mysticism’. People are not supposed to question the logic of bombing some poor countries, into the ground. They are not supposed to question the morality of the societies that are abandoning the fate of people to private and voluntary charities, instead of giving rights to all citizens. We are supposed to ‘believe’, and to ‘trust’!
The dogmas of Christianity, of Western imperialism and capitalism, together with their brainwashing propaganda and ‘education’, have created one powerful entity that fully controls the planet, allows no intellectual dissent, and destroys everything that dares to stand on its way. People’s minds are fully ‘colonised’, their morality twisted, logic corrupted.
Christian crusades and colonialist expeditions did not end with the military terror, rapes, plunder and physical enslavement of the planet. They have been continuing with spreading the most complete and complex net of indoctrination, aiming at ending intellectual diversity. Those people, who fell, at least for some time, into this machine of brainwashing, see the world with the same eyes, even if we are critical of it.
Even those who call themselves agnostics or atheists have subconsciously been conditioned, at least partially, to see life through irrational and self-serving christian and capitalist lenses.
That is why people do nothing or very little, when millions of ‘others’ are slaughtered by imperialists and capitalists rulers, when children are dying from depleted uranium left behind by their bombs, when the entire planet is ‘sinking’ as a result of our unbridled capitalist consumerism. That is why people just stare, like buffalos, when groups of twisted capitalist moguls are forcing entire nations to serve them like slaves, sacrificing lives for their wellbeing. Christian logic, its dark dogma, millennia old, implemented and upheld, is the best guarantee that the world will never change, never improve, and never become egalitarian, a great place for all!
The terror spread to all corners of the planet by imperialists and capitalists in cahoots with Christianity, has been unprecedented, and it has to be remembered especially late last year, when the most celebrated Christian holiday was painting homes and shopping centers in that innocent and hypocritical white color, while hiding deep down the color red, that of spilt blood, as well as the color black, that of burned and ruined cities and nations. Many have died in Africa, South and Central America, in Caribbean, North America, Middle East, Asia and Oceania. We will never know the exact numbers, but roughly, the victims of Christian/imperialist/capitalist terror can be counted in hundreds of millions.
I recently researched about that grand design of Pentecostal churches, backed by the Capitalist Empire, which is trying to destabilize many countries that are seen as adversaries of the West, from Eritrea to China. In several old pro-Western fascist regimes, like those of Indonesia, Pentecostal religions thrive, are groomed and then exported to China and elsewhere, with a single goal of destabilizing and to brainwash the nations.
It is not just some religious fundamentalism, but it is also the market fundamentalism and the right-wing individualism: all walking hand in hand with those new pop, anti-humanist religious implants. But that is no surprise as christianity has always collaborated with oppressive right-wing powers: kings, aristocracy, banks, business interests, nazis, slave owners, fascist dictators. People are scared to dare, to dream, to ‘fly’, to fight, and to rebel! This ensures fully obedient, servile, uncreative societies: exactly what the empire wants.
The most heartless militia commanders in DR Congo and Uganda are, of course, religious Christian leaders; some claiming that they are related to God, others ‘serving God faithfully’.
In the meantime, the Church is sucking dry all poor neighborhoods in West Africa and East Africa, as well as in the southern part of Africa, in the process, keeping people as ignorant as possible, pillaging their meager resources, and blocking birth-control wherever it can.
In Latin America it was the same. The Church sided with all the monstrous murderous regimes, from Chile to Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Paraguay and elsewhere. Many Bishops supported the countless coups orchestrated by the United States. Christianity supported the West during the Cold War with the assistance of that horrible anti-Communist agent – Pope John Paul. The public eulogies for Pope John Paul II may have ended, but another one lurks in the files of the Central Intelligence Agency. There, the Pope’s fight against Communism is depicted not as a crusade of uncompromising moral force, but as a careful, calculated political campaign.
We know that Christianity supported Fascists in Italy and Nazis in Germany, and Franco in Spain, it supported Pinochet in Chile, Videla in Argentina, Marcos in Philippines, Suharto in Indonesia, almost all Western implants and despots in Africa, to name just a few. Christianity is heavily involved in China, Eritrea, Venezuela, and Indonesia – always on the side of Western imperialism. It supports every imaginable and unimaginable fascist and pro-western regimes in Africa.
During the last decades and centuries, Christianity has not been acting independently in places like Europe or North America. It forms inseparable part of the regime of the capitalist empire. Putting it more precisely, corrupt capitalist empire is fully constructed on Christian doctrines. For endless centuries, Christianity was always allied with oppressive forces, be they big business, slavery, feudalism or capitalism. It has been marching hand in hand with despotic concepts like Western imperialism, racism and sexism, with royalism and colonialism. And it was not just a passive marcher: again and again it was pushing oppressors in the back, directly helping to construct the most horrendous models on earth.
*Solly Rakgomo is an educator, politics and security analyst