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    Christians are taught that the reason for mankind's expulsion from Eden was the original sin of disobedience, i.e., engaging in evil practices along with engaging in good practices.  Catholics believe that the entire human race is stained by the original sin of Adam and Eve, while Protestants modify the Catholic doctrine by claiming that the sins of each person replicates the original sin of Adam and Eve.  
     Both original sin doctrines, whether Catholic or Protestant, are apparently based on the profound notion that sin is concerned with the actions of the Earth's ruling class, and not just the sins of the individual.  Thus, Adam and Eve were expelled from the presence of God, i.e., Heaven, for an error which violated the universal theory of governance, i.e., that those who would rule the Earth must reflect the good impulses of mankind, and not just the baser instincts of mankind.
     David, the psalmist, wrote about the blessed nature of humans in which there is no guile, and Jesus praised Nathanael for lacking any guile.  Thus, the paramount quality of any governmental entity, which would be a just government, is the absence of deceit and hypocrisy.  The United States underwent a horrendous Civil War because, while it published documents which extolled the rights of every human being, the United States authorized slavery within its borders.  The U.S. Civil War was the United States' application, to God, for re-entry into Eden through the abolition of slavery and the enactment of laws guaranteeing equality for all people, following decades of living beyond the Eden boundary.

    That pending application, for readmission to Eden, is what the people, who support President Obama, hear when the President speaks of creating a "more perfect union" in the United States.  The supporters of the President hear a governmental leader who advocates that every voice is uniquely qualified to offer suggestions on how that more perfect union should be created, and they hear a President who works to insure  universal participation by instituting equitable student loan rates and fairness in taxation so that every individual will have a chance at being successful.  
     Many criticize the President for his emphasis an leading-from-behind, a seemingly contradictory phrase.  But such a process is the embodiment of Jesus' claim that a city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Thus, it is the example which is important, and not just the acknowledged leader of a passing, and often, ephemeral parade.
     That is why the creation of Israel in 1948 held such promise.  Surely, the people who became the custodians of the Torah would demonstrate, to the rest of the world, how to build a society based on justice and equality.  Instead, the promise of 1948 has become a violent, unceasing nightmare which drains the world's time and resources.
     Who is at fault for the Middle East quagmire?  The answer may be found in what some might call the original sin of Abraham.  If Abraham had not acquiesced in Sarah's order that Ishmael and his mother be put out in the cold, and had reared Ishmael in the Abrahamic household along with Isaac, the modern wars between Ishmael's descendants and Isaac's descendants would not have taken place because the brothers would have each received their allotment of Abraham's legacy at the death of their father.  
     Thus, the argument can be made that Abraham's maltreatment of Ishmael, in acceding to Sarah's wish, replicated the governance error made by Adam in acceding to the wish of Eve that Adam partake of evil.  The international community, which is playing the dual roles of Adam and Abraham in this drama, cannot bring about peace in the Middle East if it does not address Ishmael's persistent claim that he is being left out in the cold.  
     Therefore, the only long-term solution to the Ishmael-Isaac wars is the abolition of injustice and inequality.  At present, all parties to the Middle East conundrum, including the international community, are standing outside of Eden's Boundary.

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  •  Theology + Sexism (2+ / 0-)
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    originaloldpro, Neon Mama

    An analysis of the plight of Muslims and Jews based on precepts of Christian theology to which they don't subscribe is more than a little ludicrous.

    And doubling down on the nonsense by placing the blame on the bad influence of women (Eve and Sarah) doesn't help.

    •  The criticism was not solely of Eve and Sarah, but (0+ / 0-)

      of the collective bad choices made by Eve, Sarah, Adam, and Abraham.  Further, I identified Adam and Eve as the rulers of the Earth in their time, and attempted to link their governance to the governmental mistakes in our time.  As for your claim that Muslims and Jews don't subscribe to Christian theology, that is only partly true.  The Qu'ran cites Adam, Mary, Abraham, and Jesus within its chapters, and the Torah cites Adam and Abraham.  And, the relevance of Christian theology to the Middle East is underscored by the fact that the Americans, of whom Christians constitute a major part of the population, are always looked to for financial support of the warring parties.  Thanks for your comment, though.  It's lonely in here!!!!

      •  To be precise (0+ / 0-)

        The concept of original sin is unique to Christianity among the Abrahamic religions.  Jews and Muslims do not believe in original sin. Their understanding of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden is quite different.

        While it is true that the scriptures of all three faiths include Adam, Eve, Abraham and Sarah, and that the Qu'ran includes Mary and Jesus, their stories do not always correspond.  For example, Muslims believe that the son whom Abraham was commanded to sacrifice was Ishmael, not Isaac.

        Anyway, it was interesting and perhaps even courageous to ask the community at Daily Kos to think of current events as an extension (if that is the right word) of the events described in Genesis.

  •  Suggest reading up on the history (1+ / 0-)
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    of the creation of Israel.

    That is why the creation of Israel in 1948 held such promise.  Surely, the people who became the custodians of the Torah would demonstrate, to the rest of the world, how to build a society based on justice and equality.  Instead, the promise of 1948 has become a violent, unceasing nightmare which drains the world's time and resources.
    It was always a violent, unceasing nightmare for the Palestinians who were driven out of their homes, their crops destroyed, to face life as refugees and/or systematic abuse by the Israeli government. I recommend Ben White's book Israeli Apartheid as a rigorous yet readable concise guide to this history. Also the website If Americans Knew provides a great deal of information on the conflict as well as how the US supports an unjust system.

     Palestinians and Jews are mostly the inheritors of intergenerational trauma, which is passed on even to children who weren't conceived when the trauma took place. Intergenerational trauma has a lot of effects that I won't detail here, but one common one is increased pessimism and anxiety, which certainly color the perceptions of those affected. Add that to the acute experience of being under fire, fearing for loved ones and possibly grieving over their loss, and for Palestinians the daily indignities of living as second class citizens at best.

    I try to speak up for justice but even more importantly to stop being part of the problem. The romantic vision of a nation founded upon justice and moral values is no more accurate than it is in the case of the US, where we had genocide, slavery and Jim Crow for more than 100 years after our founding. The US and Israel need to seek to fulfill our ideals, not use them as excuses to avoid self-scrutiny and improvement.

    Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

    by emidesu on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:11:26 AM PST

    •  I agree with a lot of what you wrote, but I (0+ / 0-)

      also believe that the United States is a lot closer to forming a more perfect union than are any of the countries in the Middle East.  And, the United States was ushered down the path of universal equality by economic boycotts in the 20th Century and by the military pressure of the 19th Century.  Someone, and I believe it must be the American Jews, must exert similar economic pressure by going to the Israelis and saying that the wars must end or the American Jews will use their considerable political influence to turn off the American spigot of cash not just to Israel, but to the entire Middle East, including Egypt.  Then, we will see whether Egypt has any influence with Hamas, and whether the Israelis have a continuing need for foreign aid.

      •  I see no reason whatsoever why it should be (0+ / 0-)

        only Jews. The current situation is unsustainable for both Israelis and Palestinians while the US supports an irresponsible militarism. The Israel lobby uses the accusation of anti-semitism to shut down any criticism of Israel but we don't need to cave to it. If you look at Israeli talking points and Fox News, you'll see the exact same pattern of deception. Anti-Zionist is not anti-semitic by any stretch of the imagination, and in fact there are many Jews within the BDS movement.

        Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

        by emidesu on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:55:40 AM PST

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  •  Yet y'all are still blind to our ongoing (0+ / 0-)

    failure to set proper example as the mythical hill city.

    Abuse of Native Americans is not a thing of the long ago past.   We treat them as second class unable to handle their own monies long past due from treaty commitments and ongoing mineral extraction and oil drilling revenues from their lands.

    Their votes are suppressed.  Their children are snatched for profit. Their women are raped with near nil repercussions.  Contracts to "help" them are rife with corruptions and failures.    And efforts continue to steal even more of their lands.

    So shall we all move out and give them their lands back? Shall we outlaw Scotus decision --- in our lifetime -- to support a Papal Bull theory from centuries back that it is okay to rob them because we call them heathen?

    If we can't solve it here --- where do we get off criticizing others for immitating our own current inhumanity.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:43:52 AM PST

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