After attending the InterAction Council meeting in China and speaking on the local St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) radio Boom FM, on Wednesday October 10, 2018, it is reported that former prime minister of SVG, Sir James Mitchell, told his host that our government and its existing prime minister, has “no moral position” on Venezuela, and is only pursuing financial consideration. No moral position one may ask? Why so?
Morality in conduct surely should be a given! In this case morality could be expressed as a particular system of values and principles of conduct by our government and its prime minister, in relation to our dealings with Venezuela and the unfolding humanitarian crisis there. If reported correctly, according to Sir James Mitchell, our government and its existing prime minister are shamefully without principles in that arena. A very sad indictment indeed!
Morality could also be said to be having principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong, or good and bad behaviour. For Sir James, there is none in operation with us here in SVG and, if our government and prime minister are found to be wanting on such important issues as the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, we may well then ask ourselves, what other areas in public life are they also to be found wanting?
Christians say that the human desire for morality and moral behaviour is a disposition that was given by God and is as much a part of our DNA and makeup as our blood itself, while others argue “no God!” They say just each to his own. That what may be seen as good to some, cannot be imposed on others. Morality they argue is purely a Christian imposition on us, but is that so? Are we truly just naked animals with no principles whatsoever?
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, born October 15, 1844, who became the youngest ever to hold the chair of classical philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of just 24, published work on genealogical critique of religion and Christian morality.
His work has had much influence on western thought throughout the recent past. In 1882, this renowned German philosopher, in a published collection titled The Joyful Pursuit of Knowledge and Understanding, used a phrase, now well used by many, that is, “God is dead”.
Prominent elements of Nietzsche’s published philosophy included his radical critique of truth in favour of perspectivism; genealogical critique of religion and Christian morality and related theory of master-slave morality. During his later life and until his death, Nietzsche suffered from much mental problems yet his position on morality has had far reaching consequences.
Nietzsche used the phrase “God is dead” in a figurative sense, that is he used it to express the idea that the Enlightenment had for sure killed off the possibility of any further belief in God or that any gods ever having existed at all.
Nietzsche may have gleaned this idea from his fellow German philosopher Friedrich Hegel. Born August 27, 1770, Friedrich Hegel, also a renowned philosopher like Friedrich Nietzsche, he was a favourite of the German Nazi Party.
The German Nazi Party, like all national socialists, Marxists and Stalinists, had much difficulty with the idea of God and morality. National socialists, Marxists and Stalinists have much difficulty in determining the extent to which an action is right or wrong, since to them, there is no God.
Karl Marx’s celebrated dictum, “religion is the opium of the people”, was championed by all know Marxist/Stalinist states that came into being, particularly by the Soviets, the Maoists and in Albania. Karl Marx’s wrote his famous statement in 1843 in the introduction to a book of philosophical criticism. He published it the following year, in a radical journal with a print run of 1,000. In the 1930s, when all things Marxist were in vogue, the maxim entered the popular lexicon and gained even more popularity. Perhaps the three greatest exponents using the maxim were the Albania, China and the Soviets. In Albania, atheism was proudly proclaimed by the state in 1967.
Nearing the end of World War II in 1944, the Labour Party of Albania officially proclaimed the People’s Republic of Albania and immediately set about making religious reforms in that country. Religious freedoms were severely curtailed during the rule of the communist regime, with all forms of worship being outlawed. Large swaths of property owned by religious groups were nationalized, along with the estates of monasteries and dioceses. Many believers, along with the resident scholars and many priests, were arrested and executed.
Churches were spared and many were converted into cultural centres. In 1949, a new decree on religious communities required that all their activities be sanctioned by the state alone, as is the case in today’s China. In 1967, after hundreds of mosques and dozens of Islamic libraries, containing priceless manuscripts, were destroyed, Enver Hoxha, the state’s leader, proclaimed Albania as the “world’s first atheist state”.
Human depravity appeared to sink to new lows as Marxists, Stalinists, Maoists, Nazis, communists, socialists and national socialists, following the doctrine of Friedrich Nietzsche, Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx, all appeared to have a problem with religion and morality. Our government therefore appears to be no exception.
This may well explain why the vexed issue of Venezuela and much of the moral environment in SVG has brought into focus and calls into question the integrity of the Gonsalves regime here. So the statement “no moral position, only a financial consideration” by Sir James is very telling.
We must therefore ask if this moral issue with Venezuela and the regime is at all isolated. If we take and examine the issues of the three parliamentary Bills on the proposed legal use of cannabis, Bills that are now before our parliament, we see that these Bills not only present potential long term health issues for us, but several present moral issues also.
The long term health of many young people here may be at risk, because of the effect that smoking cannabis may have on their young brains, but we have a tremendous moral bridge to cross too, if illicit cannabis gets passed around in our schoolyards also, once legal cannabis is more plentiful.
Moreover, one of these proposed Parliamentary Bills proposes for the legal use of cannabis for religious purposes. By championing and piloting this Bill in our Parliament, our prime minister and his ULP are here promoting what is considered by all Christians a false religion.
This most certainly calls into question SVG’s Christian ethics and ethos and the PM’s own credibility as a declared devout Christian and a socialist. Further, we already noted that all Marxist, national socialists, socialists, Stalinists, Maoists and Nazis have many problems with Christianity and morality. One question now is has our prime minister overcome the problem. Is he any different?
The parties in Parliament have been going over the proposed Bills, covering the various aspects dealing with medicinal, religious, and amnesty amongst others. This fact is very pertinent for us here in SVG too, for this very reason, that our prime minister tells us that he is a devout Christian. But is he really? What makes him believe that he is indeed a true Christian? Why, because he sometimes goes to church? That fact does not make him a Christian! That just makes him a churchgoer! Has he overcome the problem of all Marxists, national socialists, socialists, Stalinists, Maoists and Nazis?
The immoral irony of our situation with Venezuela, same sex relationships and religious cannabis promotional use is this, that we have here in our prime minister a man who claims to be a practicing Christian and who is being urged by and through received scripture, at Jude 3, “…to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints..” Note the term, The Faith!
Therefore, it being the one and only true faith, according the received scriptures of Christians.
I am therefore inclined to ask our prime minister at this juncture which is “the faith” he is contending for? And is he playing the hypocrite? Has he not read at 1 Timothy 2: 5-6 this: “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time”? My question again is why will he promote another as a mediator?
Why therefore is Ralph Gonsalves, if a practicing Christian, why would he, a Christian, promote a false religion? Could it be for his own expediency and the lure of mammon? Or is it, as I suspect, he is not at all a Christian? A like affliction we saw in Judas Iscariot. With the group but not ever one of them?
Christians subscribe to a belief systems often called the Christian Creed. We note that some of those beliefs are the ideas of there being only one God and that the man Jesus, he being that very God. Therefore, for our prime minister to now contend for another religious belief system tells us much about him, as all Christians are required, as noted, to “contend for the faith” not “a faith”. The Faith! That faith being the Christian faith.
The Apostles’ Creed reads: “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy ‘worldwide’ Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
This is the fundamental belief system of the worldwide church, whose mention is noted, since AD390 in the synod of Milan. For a devout Christian to promote otherwise, begs the question.
Those facts, as stated, indicate to me, that our prime minister is not at all a Christian and that those three Parliamentary Bills on legal cannabis may be nothing but an immoral ruse, designed by him to serve his own financial and political ends, and which may well bring harm to us as a nation, in the long run.
Worse, however, for us here in SVG, is the entire decline in the moral climate encouraged among us that has emerged here in recent years, of which our attitude towards the Venezuelan crisis is just part of the symptoms of our retreat from Biblical Christianity and the embracing of a Nietzsche, Hegel and Karl Marxian doctrine.
I fear that says Sir James may be very right, “no moral position, only a financial consideration” with us, and this declares who we are today, morally dead!