First, a little Rant –
“Deja vu all over again” ?? No! I’m not going to state that culturally -imposed knee-jerk reaction which trivializes the actual (quite rare) phenomena.
“He who is ignorant of history is condemned to repeat it...” ?? No! We hear that so often that we’re oblivious to its serious meaning.
But humans are always humans and similar events do come up again and we should learn from those who lived before we do, because they really lived in this world and gained experience.
It is arrogance, narcissism, and hubris to reject what they have learned; and it is criminal negligence for government schools to keep a knowledge of history from us and to pass on a version of history that was rewritten by current political ideology.
So. Now. I’ll just be matter-of-fact. Factual.
It was my intention to re-study the 16th century because I know I’ll have to answer many questions about it during this fateful year of multiple anniversaries, one of which is 1517, the reputed beginning of the “Reformation. ”
(Book recommendation: “The Unintended Reformation” by Brad S. Gregory.)
But I needed to know some background and I got “stuck” in the 15th century – an amazing and interesting century all over Europe (anyone familiar with Game of Thrones?), but unfortunately a century with familiar circumstances to us in the 21st.
Let’s just do Spain. After repeated attacks, robberies, knifings, killings, banditry, political assassinations, courtroom disruptions committed by the Moors who were resident in Spain, it became clear that Spanish citizens, the “indigenous” people of Spain, were presented with life-and-death danger every day.
The Moors claimed Spain for their worldwide Caliphate and wanted to re-start their war of conquest. The Moors were the “conquistadores,” so to speak against the Spanish people.
If this was your home, you were somewhat safe:
But if you had to travel somewhere, or if your home was a smaller “suburb” or remote village, or if you were a farmer, then you faced death or capture and forced slavery and conversion to the Moorish religion. (We call it Islam today.)
(By the way, for those of you who have learned the re-written version of history, the truth is that the Church forbade forced conversions to the Catholic faith. In writing. In documents. All over the world. And the penalty for those who tried it was excommunication from the Church. And many were. The real Church teaches that you don’t force anyone to become Catholic. )
But the Moors did force Christians to convert, according to what is written in their book.
So here is the likeness between that time and ours: As more and more protective laws were developed in 15th century Spain, restricting the movement of the Moors, more and more Moors pretended conversion to the Catholic faith. It’s in their book that you can do that if it advances the cause.
I doubt if many 15th century Moors ever understood the images in this painting. I’m sure many Moors were repulsed by it, including some converts.
Many more Christians were killed because of these new “Christians” being given the same advantages as the Christian Spanish citizens.
So now in today’s news, I read: Because the Previous President issued some orders to detain certain people from certain countries and because the Current President has decided enforce those orders, the entertainment-news media (in America and in Europe) are announcing that President Trump is “banning Muslims from entering the United States.”
A falsehood, of course, but believed by people in those certain countries. And so, according to some news today, many Muslims are converting to the Christian faith in order to enter the United States.
Is there anyone in the world who will doubt the sincerity of all these conversions? All of them? All?
Of course not.
Is there anyone who doesn’t know that this was a successful strategy used in the past by other “converts” and dangerous to the citizens of the target nation?
. . . .
My loved ones and I don’t live in a safe home, like this.
And we’re not protected by soldiers looking out for us, like this:
But those who have declared themselves to be enemies of the United States are coming . . .
. . . by the hundreds of thousands.
And some of these have declared their intentions.
“. . .the WORLD.”
“Freedom can go to hell” ?? Freedom is a Western value.
Deja vu? Once upon a time there was a mindset to protect Western values:
The Catholic Church has said that every nation has a right to protect itself, its citizens, its borders and culture. Every nation has a right to exist.
I hope indeed that this part of history repeats itself.