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Monotheism and its discontents (excerpts)
By Gore Vidal - author and critic has written numerous books.

Lecture given at Harvard University.

"The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism.

From barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Chritisianity and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are literally, patriarchal - God is the omnipotent father - hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.
The sky god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not for just one tribe but for all creation.Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good.
Ultimatley, totalitarianism is the only sort of politices that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any   movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and that of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, or master in the factory, one father-leader in the family home.

The founders of the United States were not enthusiasts of the sky-god. Many, like Jefferson, rejected him altogether and placed man at the center of the world. The young Lincoln wrote a pamplet against Christianity, which friends persuaded him to burn.

Although the Jews were sky-god folk, they followed Book One, not Book two, so they had no mission to convert others, rather the reverse. Also, they have been systematically demonized by the Christian sky-godders.

Many of the Christian evangelists feel it necessary to convert everyone on earth to their primitive religion, they have been prevented- so far- but they have forced most tyrannically and wickedly - their superstitions and hatred upon others. So it is upon account that I now favor an all-out war on the monotheists.

Monotheism and its discontents
This article (in a somewhat different form) was originally 'The Lowell Lecture' at Harvard University given April 20. Gore Vidal is an author and critic. He has written numerous books and has appeared on many TV and Radio news and talk programs. Gore Vidal is the grandson of Oklahoma's blind Senator T. P. Gore, son of a West Pointer who became an FDR administration member, stepbrother of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, cousin to Al Gore. 


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