I had intended for my next posted essay to be on the creation/evolution controversy (I favor creation) and have already begun it, seeing as how it promises to be quite long and involved. However, the current situation in Alabama over the Ten Commandments monument seemed to me to be of pressing importance, especially since certain people who are decidedly hostile to HaShem (Whose commandments they are) may attempt to inject themselves into this controversy posing as "friends" of the Decalogue. Therefore, I have decided to interrupt my writing of the creation essay in order to make a few brief points and issue a warning.
I recently posted an essay on the incredibly oxymoronic but apparently ineradicable phenomenon of right-wing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism--the opposition to Torah and the restored Torah State in the name of "conservatism" or "traditionalism." I pointed out that many of these people are simply "national relativists" who deny objective universal Truth in the name of local or national subjective, utilitarian "truths" which, they insist, are the products of (and contain the spiritual expressions of) the various "autochthonous" ethnocultures. I fear that the good people of Alabama who are fighting on behalf of HaShem and His Law may be open to infiltration by these sinister forces.
Since the Ten Commandments in America are associated not with the Jewish people and HaShem but with rural Southern culture (and white rural Southern culture at that, as if the Black church were famous for its liberalism aside from the political arena), it seems to me that the current conflict could be exploited by these national relativists (or "palaeoconservatives" as they style themselves) in order to fight against the objective external authority of HaShem and His Truth. They will do this by portraying the conflict as an attempt to stifle a particular cultural expression (much as atheist evolutionist leftists defend the creation myths of "indigenous peoples"). The Ten Commandments will be declared a "unique expression" of the Southern psyche and heritage and the Southern people, like all other peoples, have the "right" to "cultural autonomy" and to "self expression." By casting the conflict in these terms the whole point of the Ten Commandments--the objective truth that HaShem is the True Universal G-d and the Torah is His Word--will be buried under a pretense of autonomous Southern cultural expression. As a Southerner myself I resent the use of my culture by these troublemakers. But the greatest glory of true Southern culture is its dedication to the Bible as G-d's Abstract Truth, which is why the South is full of tiny denominations found nowhere else, all started by people who did not think any current church was interpreting the Bible correctly. The true end result of this search for the objective truth (and original intent) of the Bible is of course Torah, which is why it is Southerners who are turning to Nochut more than any other ethno-cultural group in the United States.
How tragic it would be if this truly great Southern characteristic were to be shunted aside by those who reject One G-d and One Truth and who will be only too happy to invoke Western chr*stendom and the sainted Confederate dead in order to create in the minds of people that they are not fighting for the Law of the Objective Creator of the Universe but for their "right" of "autonomous cultural expression" in the face of a bullying enforcer of "orthodoxy." Is this subjectivistic philosophy not ironically the same used by liberals when "defending" Judaism, which they see not as a claimant of objective truth but as a free-thinking culture living in defiance of the "orthodoxy" of chr*stendom? Judaism was never at any time anyone's subjective "cultural expression," and neither is the South's dedication to the Bible (and please note that the South is associated more in the public mind with GENESIS than with the "new testament," and this is entirely appropriate). The TaNa"KH is the true Word of the True G-d of all humanity. All must acknowledge HaShem and His Torah and obey it in the way appropriate (the Law of Moses for Jews, the Laws of Noah for non-Jews).
Indeed, there is today a very frightening and almost "new age" subjectivism as well as a radical and un-G-dly "libertarianism" (un-G-dly because the whole point of morality is not following one's own wishes, however "traditional" they may be, but rather submitting to HaShem) being promoted in the name of conservatism and tradition. The whole issue of religion is being subtly changed from a search for Objective Truth into a search for "cultural authenticity." If this is horrible in liberals who celebrate paganism, then how much the more is it among "conservatives" who seek to make the Objective Word of the True G-d into a subjective and utilitarian cultural trinket!
People of Alabama, be strong! Ironically, the Ten Commandments do not apply to non-Jews but that is lost on most people who have never heard of the Noachide Laws and who recognize `Aseret HaDevarim as being especially associated with the Revelation of HaShem to Israel at Sinai. Do not be cowed nor have your hearts defiled or polluted by the charlatans who attack HaShem, Torah, and Mosheh in the name of the Jewish people. And be equally on guard against those who seek to exploit your admirable dedication to HaShem and the TaNa"KH and use it to turn you against Objective Truth and toward the "right" of "a people" to independent cultural expression in the face of the "false claim" that there is an objective, universal Truth.
Guard your dedication to The Truth at all costs. For that dedication to that Truth is your true distinctiveness and your glory.