Mistaken identity and false pretense. Mistaken identity has always been the source for arriving at some rich existential meanings.But, behind fervent religious belief, is it the will to meaning in the sense of Victor Frankl, or some twisted ideology arising from existential neurosis. The will to meaning is supposed to be more fundamental than the will to power or the will to pleasure. Its a short hop to Jonestown or the extreme Mormonism of Warren Jeffs, let alone ultra orthodox jewish cults insulated from the state.
Frankl asserted that frustration of the will-to-meaning or also termed existential frustration is a form of “spiritual” sickness,a kind of chronic pathology; Frankl clarified “spiritual” outside of a religious connotation, and connected to the specifically human dimension; being the individual’s need for meaning. In the case of religion, there is often the theme of sin, temptation and guilt co-existing precariously with an intense commitment to faith. But, when faith is in conjunction with sedition against the state and acts of kidnapping,property theft and other crimes…
By way to response, the cult leaders can claim that solution to human problems is not feasible without the notion of violence, both as agent of change and enforcer of edict. That is, the issue, hardly consensual, of whether justified, legal, means should be used to reach justified ends fails to, or avoids considering the possibility where violence is imposed by fate,or destiny.This leads to the discouraging and pessimistic conclusion and discovery of the eventual insolubility of all legal problems. In short, messianism has to have a violent destructive component, and bringing the messiah is going to be a messy affair, bordering on nihilism and the apocalyptic.Reason itself does not dictate or define the justified means and ends and means are used only for a preconceived end, in this case enhancing the arrival of the messiah.So, what the secular world considers criminal and cruel is interpreted not as a means but a manifestation of deep rooted, from murky antiquity, as mythical violence showing itself to being virtually similar with all legal violence. If mythical violence is law creating then divine violence is law destroying and if boundaries are set by the mythical they are smashed to oblivion by the latter. The basis of the argument rests on that of guilt of mere life purifying the guilty, not of guilty, however, but of law. One can see the cult of Nazism dipping into the same waters…
…”Use force? We want everybody who is not 100 per cent happy … to leave us,” Mr. Elbarnes said in an interview on Wednesday in the book-lined room, about 100 kilometres north of Montreal. He said girls typically marry as teenagers, and partners are “suggested” for them. But he said marriages are not forced. “The women here choose of their own will.” Mr. Elbarnes was convicted in 1994 by a U.S. court of kidnapping a 13-year-old boy studying with him.
He fled to Canada in 2001 on a temporary visa and later obtained refugee status.He eventually brought followers of his anti-Zionist sect to the Laurentians, and the group in Sainte-Agathe has grown to about 50 families. The goal is to recreate strict religious observance in an “old-fashioned” way of life, he said. “It is necessary to keep our traditions.” Girls and women walk amid the partly unpaved roads and modest homes in flowing black robes, with head scarves tied tightly under their necks and capes covering long dresses. Only the women’s faces and hands are visible.
Two years ago, the woman leader of the sect in Israel, Bruria Keren, was convicted of severely abusing her mentally-retarded son and sentenced to four years in prison.When social welfare agents accompanied by police arrived to take the child away, a small riot broke out in the community….The group believes that the sight of women may excite men into sinning and the responsibility for preventing such sins rests with the women. Even in Israel, where almost everyone wears black, the “Taliban women,” as they are called, stand out.They are not popular.
Much of the criticism of the group focuses on the women’s dress, described by most people here as being Islamic-style. However, a booklet distributed by the group argues that Jewish women were covered in this way long before Muslim women. “They copied it from us,” the literature says. Israeli Judge Rivka Makayes found “there is some defect in the parents’ perception of ways of life,” and ordered that the girls be returned to Israel.( Martin, Peritz ) Read More:http://aol.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/aolstory/TGAM/20111006/NWJEWISHSECTATL
Turning Dostoyevsky’s famous quotation from The Brothers Karamazov on its head, Zizek claims that with God everything is permissible.
More than a century ago, in “The Brothers Karamazov” and other works, Dostoyevsky warned against the dangers of godless moral nihilism, arguing in essence that if God doesn’t exist, then everything is permitted… This argument couldn’t have been more wrong: the lesson of today’s terrorism is that if God exists, then everything, including blowing up thousands of innocent bystanders, is permitted—at least to those who claim to act directly on behalf of God, since, clearly, a direct link to God justifies the violation of any merely human constraints and considerations. In short, fundamentalists have become no different than the “godless” Stalinist Communists, to whom everything was permitted since they perceived themselves as direct instruments of their divinity, the Historical Necessity of Progress Toward Communism.
Did you catch the subtle twist in his logic? Dostoyevsky was arguing on the substantive level, taking the authoritative Word of the Creator to the current situation of modern man. Zizek, on the other hand, would rather argue emotionally by claiming that the actions and behaviors of professing believers are what prove the religion itself to be right or wrong. Of course, in order to demonize “fundamentalists” of every stripe, Zizek must presuppose the laws of logic, a metaphysical necessity for which his atheistic worldview of materialism can’t account. He must also smuggle morality—value statements about what “should” or “should not” be—out of the trunk of the Cadillac of Christianity that’s parked beside his paper palace of materialism (an beachfront property nestled securely in the sand). Read More:http://christianreader.typepad.com/christian_reader/2009/05/the-religion-of-atheism.html
The leader of the Lev Tahor community calls himself Shlomo Elbarnes. From Jerusalem’s Kiryat Yovel neighborhood, this charismatic figure began forming extremist Orthodox groups in the United States some 20 years ago. His followers are said to heed his authority entirely.
Elbarnes brought his followers to Canada after U.S. authorities expelled him due to charges that he coercively asserted control over a 13-year-old minor. Elbarnes settled with his group outside of Montreal, where they are said to be fervently religious, holding prayer services that last nearly the entire day. Rituals of the Lev Tahor community reportedly involve lashing anyone considered a “sinner,” and sending 14-year-old girls to the wedding canopy. Read More:http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/court-to-rule-on-legality-of-israeli-ultra-orthodox-taliban-sect-1.388187?localLinksEnabled=false