The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”
By Thomas DiLorenzo
July 7, 2014
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Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail. They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.
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An illustration of this crazed, murderous philosophy that is offered by Rothbard is a congratulatory letter to Woodrow Wilson from his son-in-law, fellow pietist “progressive” William Gibbs McAdoo, the Secretary of the Treasury, for having plunged America into the European War. “You have done a great job nobly!“, wrote McAdoo. I firmly believe that it is God’s will that America should do this transcendent service for humanity throughout the world and that you are His chosen instrument.” There were more than sixteen million deaths in World War I, including some 7 million civilians.
Such “religious” fanaticism provided a moral cover of sorts for the armaments industry and others who supported (and support) war for monetary reasons only. Some things never change.
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I remember studying St. Thomas Aquinas and the Just War in grammar school.
Finally a topic I could relate to. I loved Cowboy and War Movies.
The Brothers were (i think) all WW2 and Korean vets. And they had a very unique insight and urge that this was one of the more important things we could learn.
And then came VietNam.
Early on, I was a chicken hawk. But very very quickly, I became anti-war. As more people I knew went into the meat grinder, or went to Canada, and the bodies mounted up, I realize the Aquinas was of so right.
Even today, the only truly Peace Candidate, Ron Paul, was sneered and labeled a “crazy isolationist”. Our fellow alum, Rudy was destroyed by Ron Paul and “blowback”.
All for naught.
War, more war, and tyranny.
Where will it all end?
The best we can hope for is peaceful secession; the worst is more and escalating violence.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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