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WHATS A METAPHOR?

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Submitted by DONVAN (United States), Apr 30, 2007 at 09:13

The spreading of an ideology "By the sword".. is a meatphor. It relates to the concept of forcing individuals to adhere to a belief system under the threat of punishment of death. The theocracy of the Holy Roman Empire, the communists, the Nazis, and the Muhammedians all use the threat and actual intimidation to force people to act in the interest of the ideology and not in what is in their own interest. It is a very effective strategy.

The theocrats of the catholic church used heresy laws and torture and worse to force the individual into the "Collective" of the church, Stalin used Marxist dogma to justify his murders of the religious and the intelligencia, and Hitler used a mythology of racial superority to force the individual to support the National Socialists. Muhammed used force and intimidation to collect the various tribes and religions under the banner of an invented ideology called "Islam". Unlike Marx and even Hitler, Muhammed integrated his notion of a social and political order with the will of a diety and appointed himself as the arbitur of the will of the diety, which reflected his own interests. The roman Catholic Church underwent an Reformation and rejected the notion of the "Forced collective".

Nazism and Marxism failed, albeit at a huge cost in human lives, but Muhammedism is different. The rigidity and integrated violence cannot reform itself because it has been so successful in the use of political intimidation and, yes, terrorism to expand the political ideology under the guise of a religion which demands total submission to an illdefined diety whose "Will" is defined by the one who wields "The sword" , meaning whomever has the power whether the Imam, Ayatolla, or the individual male.

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