UNESCO HAS CAST OUT CHRISTIANITY.
By Paul Merkley.
The official website of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) explains that the body “was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.”
Over the last few days, serving in the cause of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity, UNESCO has ground out several resolutions condemning Israel for “aggressions” throughout Jerusalem and for “illegal measures” against the freedom of worship of Muslims. In the latest of these declarations, the sites upon and around the Temple mount are referred only by their Muslim names – which has the intended effect of erasing memory of the Temple and of any belonging of Israel and the Jews.
While the attention of most of the world was on the mindless subversion of the right of Jews to belong in Jerusalem, few have noticed that these declarations – not incidentally, but frontally — eradicate the grounds for acceptance of the Gospel.
Eradicating the Gospel Record.
The hope of the gang of dictators and Muslim absolutist that run UNESCO is that they have damaged Israel by damaging Judaism. However that may be, there can be no doubt that their greater mandate is to cast Christianity out into utter darkness – by decree of the Parliament of Nations.
As expected, the historic churches of the Western world churches have so far ignored these resolutions altogether – on the assumption that they are intended to weaken the Jews, who, after all, have this coming.
The only writers I have discovered who have noticed the larger threat that it presents to Christian are Jews. These are Shimon Koffler Fogel (National Post, October 19, 2016,) and Jonathan S. Tobin (Commentary, Oct. 2016.)
What does this tell us about the theological alertness of Christian theologians?
The Christian Gospels explicitly record how Jesus, a practising Jew, preached in synagogues and visited the Temple in Jerusalem. To deny the presence of a Jewish Temple, a matter confirmed by independent scholarship, is to tell Christians that their Bible — and their understanding of the life of Jesus — is based on false history…From the heart of one brother to another, I urge my Christian friends: don’t be silent when those motivated by the politics of hate attempt to erase your Bible and our shared heritage. (Shimon Fogel, “UNESCO’s attack on Judaism is an assault on Christianity, as well,” National Post, October 19, 2016.)
Some Historical Perspective.
In the immediate wake of World War, there went up a great sigh of surge of relief. Civilization had been rescued from barbarism, all the deep-thinkers said; democracy had passed its ultimate test. A spasm of idealism took hold among the intellectuals. Most of the world was still well outside the sphere of democracy and liberalism, but all would soon be inducted into a global fraternity of democracies. Champions of imperialism fell silent. Within two years, the British colonies of India and Pakistan were released to form independent nations –to be followed before long by all the other peoples that had made up the British, the French, the Italian and the Dutch empires. The universal hope was that our civilization would set the example for the great community of self-governing community of free nations — ribs out of the side of European civilization.
The first nasty moments of the Cold War had occurred already; but most thinkers who regarded themselves as liberals were confident that the Communist system had within itself resources which could be re-aligned, so long as we all remained patient, with the agenda liberal internationalism.
The Partition of Palestine, November 29, 1947.
The founding of the United Nations in 1945 was the earliest fruit of the new age of universal cooperation. But in fact over the next several years, every major issue that came before the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly immediately occasioned bitter confrontation between the two Super Powers — the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. The only exception was the decision to Partition the Palestine Mandate.
A vote of two-thirds was required: 33 voted in favor 13 against. All 11 of the Muslim states were among those who voted against. Britain abstained – not her finest hour.
This action could not have happened except at this moment when the level of idealism was high in Western politics, following the overthrow of the Axis powers. This would not happen again until the Soviet Union itself collapsed in 1990.
But there was a large and ugly worm in this apple: all Arab nations and all Muslim nations opposed the Partition decision on theological grounds. Any lands once ruled by Muslims, they screamed, can never be yielded to non-Muslims. In the case of Palestine, this general dictum was fortified by the circumstance that the world was asking Muslims to yield to Jews!
The Jewish people accepted and supported the Partition – which called for the creation of an Arab (not “a Palestinian” state.) The entire Arab world, abetted by the entire Muslim world, refused—and resorted to the God of War.
The decision of the Jewish people in 1947 to comply with the UN decision with regard to Partition of Palestine and the refusal of the Muslim world to do the same has brought us today to Israel’s condemnation and the triumph of the non-compliant states. Because of the total solidarity in action of all Muslim nations within the UN and the consistent collaboration with them of that minority of the others who see advantage in trading favours with the UN’s largest bloc, UNESCO has become a patient partisan of Islam.
A similar sad history belongs to UNESCO, founded in 1945. A shiny product of this mood of liberal optimism, it was intended as a device for accomplishing civilization, as understood by Western people, of putting scientific discovery at service of mankind to achieved global peace and good will among men.
Muslim contempt for historical fact has became absolute during the last half-century or so. Back when the British ruled over Muslims and Jews within the Mandate that it held from the League of Nations, the Supreme Moslem Council published “A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif, wherein we read:
The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
But somewhere along the way Muslims everywhere have lost the little interest that they ever had in historical fact. The current head of the Supreme Moslem Council, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, now proclaims:
The Al-Buraq Wall [Western Wall] and its plaza are a Muslim religious property, and the Israeli government’s decisions do not affect it…The Al-Buraq Wall is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque. The Jews have no relation to it. (Al Ayam, Nov. 22, 1997)
In the same spirit this imam calls for erasure of the myth of the Holocaust:
Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. Let’s stop with this fairytale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity… (Interview in La Republica, March 24, 2000, translated by MEMRI)
The Indifference of the Churchmen.
Why are the historic “mainline” churches (the Roman Catholic Church and those belonging to the World Council of Churches) not responding to this shameless campaign by a United Nations body to deconstruct three thousand years of abundantly documented history?
The reality is that most churchmen today want Christian identity severed from the story of Judaism. This is the same logic and the same stratagem pursued by the German-Christian scholars of the nineteenth century and effectively implemented when Hitler established his German Christian church.
The acceptance by UNESCO of these latest declarations – representing the surrender of Parliament of Mankind to Islam – dramatically re-inforces a truth that most church leaders prefer to deny or to suppress – that the Church of Christ and the Jews will share the same end.
UNESCO’S Captivity to Islam.
The UNESCO manoeuvre makes brutal use of the political weight of the Muslim bloc of nations to edge both Judaism and Christianity out of their right to be present at the place where the religion of Israel began – at the site of the First Temple. Sheer, brutal assertion of ideology, utterly unsupported by historical fact – counting, as always on our reluctance to denounce Islamic motivation wherever it appears – has won the day at the Parliament of Nations. Science and History are both compelled to kneel.
This epic example of the force that bullies have over politicians has not been challenged by any of the institutions which our own civilization looks to for guidance. There have been no statements of protest against the UNESCO message – no expressions of solidarity in defense of reason, science and history from university faculties anywhere (to my knowledge). No prestigious voice is speaking in defense of the historicity of the Gospel, the foundation of the Christian faith – and a historical document of unimpeachable provenance.