This might REALLY Bother some of the Readers of this BLOG, enough for them to Remove themselves from the Galganov.com Directory, but I’ve remained Silent out of Respect for the Assortment of many Religious Beliefs that are held by Readers of Galganov.com.
THE FRAMERS OF THE US CONSTITUTION HAD IT RIGHT . . . There MUST be Absolute Separation between CHURCH & STATE – But . . . the Question of Why . . . seems not to Matter to far too many, as to the Reality of Why.
I DON’T BELIEVE . . . the Framers were Atheists, any more than I believe they weren’t to some degree Religious Men. What I do believe however, is that the Framers understood that ORGANIZED RELIGION IS AS POLITICAL AS IT GETS, and there can only be one Political Class in a FREE REPUBLICAN SOCIETY, where Religion is anything but Democratic.
AS A VERY YOUNG MAN . . . Attending a Rabbinical College in Montreal after Public (Protestant) Secular School, I was severely Chastised and Slapped in the Face by one of the Teachers, because I had the Temerity to ask this simple Question – WHY? . . . about a Passage we had just been forced to recite by ROTE.
I DON’T REMEMBER . . . what the Passage was, since it is insignificant to this Editorial, but what was SIGNIFICANT, was that I didn’t ask the Question in Malice, or any form of DISRESPECT to the Teacher, or to the Passage, or to the Religion.
What I asked . . . was out of Pure Interest to Understand something I knew nothing about.
BUT NONETHELESS, I was Physically Assaulted and Emotionally Embarrassed in front of the entire Class, and was YELLED at for daring to “QUESTION” the “DOGMA” of the Scripture.
NEEDLESS TO SAY . . . This incident was a Major event that made me RETHINK Religious Dogmatism to the point that it changed my life. I held back Tears, said NOTHING to my Parents, and continued to attend the Yeshiva.
Time went by, and another altercation took place, because I forgot to come to the Yeshiva from Secular School . . . wearing a Religious Undergarment, which you might have seen worn amongst Very Religious Jews, as Tassels by their sides along their hips.
In Hebrew and Yiddish . . . they’re called Tzitzit . . . worn 2-On The Left Side and 2-On the Right Side, which is to Remind All Male Jews of their CONSTANT Obligation to God and the Torah.
And again . . . I WAS YELLED AT AND SLAPPED – But this time, I Struck-Back, and Punched the Teacher in the chest as hard as a 10-Year Old Could, and ran out of the Yeshiva.
I told my Parents about what happened, and what had happened the first time. And as Angry as my Father was that I was struck by a Teacher, my Mother made his Anger look Mild, and she took me by the hand, marching me to the Yeshiva, where she literally went to DEFCON-ONE.
My Mother would NOT allow my Father to come with her, because she knew that my Father would have TORN the Yeshiva Apart, especially since he wasn’t all that keen that I attended, and much rather preferred that I would have gone to a more Secular Religious Studies School.
And upon entering the Yeshiva, the Teachers Literally Threatened my Mother for having the Chutzpah of even entering the Yeshiva, because Women were BANNED from entering this ALL MALE DOMAIN.
But my Mother’s Reaction was NOTHING like these Religious Bullies ever expected, because even though my Mother was Born and Raised in Montreal, her Capacity to speak Yiddish was Flawless, and she LIT into these Religious Zealots like a Nuclear Explosion . . . “TOUCH ME LIKE YOU TOUCHED MY SON & I’LL HAVE THE POLICE HERE IN SECONDS”, to which these vermin COWERED like the Rats they were.
I LEFT THE YESHIVA NEVER TO RETURN . . . But I didn’t leave Judaism or my Religious Studies. In fact, I was almost immediately enrolled in a relatively Orthodox After-School Jewish Class, which taught the History, Traditions, and Meaning of the Torah with Conservative Secular Values.
AND UNTIL I WAS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL . . . I attended an Orthodox Synagogue every Sabbath on Friday Nights, and Saturday Morning Services, BUT MY YESHIVA EXPERIENCES NEVER LEFT ME.
In a Strange way, I was extremely Fortunate that my Parents didn’t have the Money to Live in a Nice Jewish Community, so we had to live where my Parents could afford, which were predominantly in Christian Communities, and because of WWII, when both of my Parents Served, they served almost Entirely Amongst Christian Fellow Soldiers, with whom my Parents found Comfort and Friendship, which was passed-on to me.
SO . . . From a very early age, I was NEVER ANY LESS Jewish, because I participated with Fervor, with all of our Christian Friends and Neighbors to Celebrate Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Baptismals and Funerals . . . which gave me an INSIGHT into a Christian World very few Jews could ever experience by living only in Jewish Ghettos.
I have written all of this . . . to give Credibility to the Following Statement, since I do NOT want anyone thinking that I am against his or her Religious Beliefs:
The Framers were BRILLIANT in their Understanding of the SEVERE DANGERS OF INCLUDING Religion in a Secular Free-Thinking Society, where RELIGIOUS DOGMA Would & Could Play No Part In The Governance Of A Free People.
FOR EXAMPLE . . . The Catholic Religion has approximately 1.2-Billion Global Adherents, whose Unopposed Leader is the Elected Pope, who is elected by Cardinals through a Very Political Process. Yet, once the Pope is CHOSEN by the Cardinals, somehow, all of a Sudden, he is given the Respect and Authority as the Direct Representative of God, as if he was Chosen by God Himself, or Herself, however you Picture God, where Criticism of the Pope is akin to near Blasphemy.
SO HOW SHOULD I DEAL . . . with a Pope, whose Ideas and Policies I am DIAMETRICALLY Opposed to, because he is a Socialist who believes in Social Engineering, which is FAR REMOVED from JUST Teaching the History of the Values of the Bible, BUT INSTEAD – uses HIS Interpretation of the Bible, and the belief held by many in his INFALLIBILITY, with which to Promote his own Personal Socio/Political Agenda?
ULTRA ORTHODOX RABBIS . . . Are TERRORIZING and Tearing Israel Apart from the Inside-Out, who believe they are acting as the VOICE OF GOD, while RESTRICTING the Freedom of Women to be Equal to Men in all Walks of Life, while Paralyzing and Forcing Israel’s Secular Government to do their Bidding in many ways, because even though the Ultra Orthodox Status is significantly in the Minority . . . it is Substantial Enough to be King-Makers in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), because of the Ridiculous LEFTIST Parliamentary System (Proportional Representation) Israel Created for Itself at the time of Israel’s Re-Constitution from 1948 until now.
ACCORDING TO THE ULTRA RELIGIOUS . . . Their Jewish Members should NOT have to serve in the Israeli Military. So they get a Free Ride under the Pretext that Studying the Torah TRUMPS National Duty.
And to some Sects like the Satmars, they don’t even believe Israel should Exist at all, since the Messiah has not yet returned. And believe it or not, they support Israel’s most Vicious Enemies like Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, in the HOPE that Israel will be CRUSHED until the Messiah Arrives.
AND IN ISRAEL . . . Which is amongst the MOST Open, Democratic, Best Educated and Progressive Societies on the Planet . . . Women are NOT permitted to Pray alongside Men at the Western (Wailing) Wall. They CANNOT walk in Ultra-Religious Neighborhoods wearing any kind of GARB the Ultra Religious think are inappropriate, which could be a Skirt that is above the Shin, or a Shirt that shows too much Arm.
AND BECAUSE OF THESE ULTRA RELIGIOUS “CHARACTERS” . . . Israel is literally CLOSED on the Sabbath, as most Major Services such as Public Travel, many Tourist Areas, and Restaurants – ETC, are more or less BANNED so as not to Offend the “Religious Police”.
AND IF YOU WERE TO DRIVE THROUGH – an Ultra-Religious Community on a PUBLIC Road during the Sabbath or Religious Holiday, the chances are better than not that your car will be Stoned, and you could and probably will be attacked.
How can I in Good Conscience SLAM Sharia and the EXCESSES of Islam as a Political Tool More-So than just a Religion, if I CLOSE my EYES and OPINIONS to other Religious Excesses by Rabbis, who have any Political Power WHATSOEVER in Israel, even those Rabbis who are not necessarily OVER-THE-TOP Religious-Nut-Jobs?
AND HOW CAN I CLOSE MY EYES & OPINIONS . . . About the Pope, who “ASSUMES” his Authority from God, who Stands for MOST of the LEFTIST Things I Oppose, which the Pope Supports through his ELECTED Position, while at the same time, I have no INHIBITIONS OF LEGITIMATELY SLAMMING ISLAM?
I STRONGLY BELIEVE . . . in the History of Religion, which is Told Through the Torah & The New Testament. And I believe in the Positive Nature of Christianity and the Messages of Peace, Love and Commitment attributed to Christ.
I ALSO Believe in the Value of the Ten Commandments and the Virtue of the Talmud. And I have a great deal of Respect for the Ideals and Concepts of Hinduism & Buddhism . . . because Far Be It From Me to tell you or anyone else who is Right and Wrong in their Personal Beliefs, when it doesn’t come to Religion and Politics Together, other than for the Founding Principles of the USA, which is Based on Judeo/Christian Values, which Encompasses Everyone’s Secular Rights To Freedom.
AS THE CLIMAX IS APPROACHING . . . with North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria – the INVASION of Islam into the Western Secular World . . . and within our own Midst with a Treacherous and Significant Number of North American Self-Hating LEFTISTS . . .
We have to Focus . . . not on the Religious Delusions and Power Plays of Far Too Many, who use Religious Beliefs for their own Selfish Means and Ends, but on our own “SECULAR” JUDEO/CHRISTIAN BELIEFS, which have Created the Societies, which have given Birth to our own Precious Freedoms & Successes.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov