Roman emperor Nero promoted a misinformation campaign blaming Christians for the burning of Rome in 64 AD, setting off a wave of brutal persecutions carried out over a period of 250 years.

In the Middle Ages and following, Muslims were portrayed as a threat to Christian civilization that could only be eradicated by force, resulting in tragic military Crusades that have forever stained the reputation of the Christian movement and contributed to perpetual hostilities that persist today.

For centuries Jews have been portrayed by Protestants and Catholics alike as evil Christ-killers and as a danger to Christian nations and institutions. The resulting pandemic of anti-semitism has led to inquisitions, banishments and the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust.

Thousands of sixteenth-century Anabaptists were tortured, exiled, drowned and burned at the stake for advocating the kind of religious freedom we take for granted today. State church officials called these free-church proponents "damnable heretics" and a threat to Christian law and order.

Belief in European Christian supremacy and "Manifest Destiny" led to the annihilation of millions of native Americans and the enslavement of African-Americans, and has fostered the kind of deep seated racism that led to a horrific Civil War and years of Jim Crow-era discrimination, segregation, and lynchings, along with remnants of systemic oppression that still exist today.

The McCarthy hearings of the 1950s perpetrated the myth that Communists bent on destroying America were infiltrating every US institution, including the Congress and the State Department, and that entire educational and entertainment establishments were a part of a dark plot to turn the country into a socialist/communist regime.

In the 1960 election even ministers like Billy Graham and Norman Vincent Peale supported the widespread belief that a Catholic president would lead to the nation becoming subject to Vatican control (a position Graham later publicly regretted).

Barack Obama was believed by millions to have been born in Kenya rather than Hawaii and as being not only ineligible to be president, but a Muslim who hated the U.S. and wanted to bring about its demise.

More recently, Central American immigrants and refugees from other nations have been demonized as criminals, drug dealers and worse, and as threatening our very existence and identity as a nation.

Today there are millions of Americans who are convinced that COVID-19 restrictions have been arbitrarily imposed as a way of exercising political control, that the 2020 election was riddled with fraud, and that human activity has nothing to do with the kind of global warming that has created wildfires and hurricanes of apocalyptic proportions. An increasing number of Americans subscribe to a "QAnon" deep state conspiracy theory that claims the Trump administration is waging a secret war against Satan worshiping pedophiles that include high ranking Hollywood actors and politicians.

"…a time is coming when people will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths." - The Bible

Harvey Yoder lives in Rockingham.

(38) comments

Genosguy

If this were on the American Hero Channel ---they would say: There are more MYTHs written in this Open Forum than fish in the seas. 1. Millions of Natives were murdered? There wasn't a million total Natives --The Iroquois Nation (5 tribes later added Tuscarora to make 6) the largest group of Natives never reached 50,000 total. Count the 200 tribes that occupied what is now the USA 300000 would be a lot. The warred against each other for eons. Interestingly, or NATIVES are NOT anymore native than the Europeans that arrive 1000 years later than our NATIVES.

Americans didn't invent SLAVERY--it is now and has been with the world for as long as man of any color existed. It existed among Aftrican tribes it existed until 1920 among American Tribes and until 1990 among Canadian tribes. It is not fully certain that the Civil War was fought over slavery. If the South did not fire on fort Sumter maybe there may not have been a civil war. The North did not need slaves--it was not economically desirable for them to have slaves--MONEY was the quantity the North sought. If they had large plantations the North would have had slaves--of any color. Europe-Asia had slaves for eons --Africans sold Black people to slave traders--who invented slavery? Mankind--no single nation was responsible and certainly not the USA.

In WW2 the USA followed the Canadian example of moving Japanese away from the west coast. There more than certainly were Japanese spys and terrorist among them. The Japanese in every country occupied put white men, women, children in concentration camps and they lived in deplorable conditions and were treated poorly with minimal food, clothing, personal hygiene supplies unlike those detained by the USA.

Yoder should stick to Yodeling and forget trying to rewrite history to suit his religions agenda--the holes in his Forum are huge and the DNR was more than remiss to print so mch untruth---unless they don't know history as they should.

prodigalson

You are correct Geno. Harvey's columns are an embarrassment, and show how completely out of touch with reality he is. Unfortunately, he learned this nonsense at EMU, and they continue to this day pumping this poison into the minds of their students. Many Mennonites have wised up to Harvey and EMU, recognize this drivel for what it is, and refuse to support it, but far too many still fall for it.

DeftCurmudgeon

I have nothing but disdain for an institution that refuses to fly the flag of the country that protects it and guarantees its existence.

R B Tate

In Peggy Shifflett's book, "The Red Flannel Rag", she mentioned something to the effect that the special folks in that part of town were on a mission to save the heathens. They sent some of their people to Africa, some to China, and some to Hopkins Gap.[beam]

Driller

prod, I'm so glad, after almost a year you seem to realize that I am not Harvey Yoder.I can't believe you keep criticizing EMU, since they brought you and your family here and set you up for success.

Harvey Yoder

From James Vola, American Military University: "While it is difficult to determine exactly how many Natives lived in North America before Columbus, estimates range from a low of 2 million to 7 million people to a high of 18 million. Most scholars writing at the end of the 19th century estimated that the population of the entire New World (NA, SA, Caribbean) was as low as 10 million; by the end of the 20th century most scholars gravitated to a estimate of around 50 million, with some historians arguing for an estimate of 100 million or more. "

Driller

LVW, Seems you and Sheridan hurt "poor ole bb's" feelings by telling him exactly what it sounds like, looks like, and is. Being the leader of what you called it, circle what, I won't upset him any more by repeating what you called it, I understand why bb is upset, this is probably the only thing he is the leader of. I can tell him another phrase that describes what the cheerleaders are doing. I'm sure many children read this post. Yeah right!!. More delusional thinking from the biggest Whiner on this post. He likes to call people names and tries to make them look stupid, but when the shoe is on the other foot, he starts crying and Whining. He is still looking for the large amount of cheese to go with his Whine!! That's why I call them the "Cheerleaders".

bishopsboy

Dearest idiot Traitor, I like LVW and Susan and don’t want anyone to think poorly of them since they chose to post under their real names. I’m certain neither one is a vulgar person in real life and would not want to be thought of that way by people who do know them. Although I don’t personally know either one, I’m sure LVW and Susan are very nice people whose main character flaw is not benefiting from a lifetime of conservative thinking and values. You, on the other hand, are another story....

LVW

Can we just dial back the personal attacks?

DeftCurmudgeon

Notzi...

LVW

Heh.

Driller

Satan aka Cheetah(Tarzans Buddy) Just wondering what you think of Con Don not buying more vaccine, when he had a chance? I told you I was looking forward to your Christmas joke and I saw a post saying Con Don is the greatest President ever and then telling me why. he is. That's a great joke!! I don't think you can top that one. What's the unemployment in the U.S. now? How many people are now unemployed in the U.S now? Who has not created one more job since he became President? Who has seen 280,000 Americans die from the "Virus" because he was incompetent. I heard the crybabies on Fox claiming the Democrats are going to try to steal the Georgia runoff elections. If the Democrats can do that, how stupid and incompetent are the Republican'ts. I guess if they pay as much attention to the election as they have the "Virus", it won't take much for the Dems to win. Legally!! Are you tired of winning yet?

LVW

He has a point; it is a pretty vulgar expression. But it still made me chuckle.

Driller

LVW, But it is true.

LVW

To protect our area youth in the future, maybe I'll just refer to it as a wingnut CJ.

Driller

LVW, bb and friends are waiting for Borat Rudy to come back to hear him f@rt and start another CJ as you call it. What school age kids I've heard at the Mall and around, the full name for CJ is mild. I think they can handle that!!

newshound

Sorry but the level needed for articulate and believable rhetoric has never been supplied by you or your democratic pals who are complicit in the coming destruction of civility due to left-wing lunacy.

Donald

Actually, Mr. Yoder, if you dig deeper into history you will find that the Christians really were the cause of the burning of Rome. It seems that after their morning prayers they had a routine of burning at least one witch before breaking the nightly fast. Unfortunately, on that particular morning the burning of the witch took place a little too close to the stables and, with the help of a gusting wind, a few witch embers got into the loft and the rest is history. It is even reported that some could hear a fiddle playing Christian hymns while the city burned – though, for the most part, the majority of people gathering in the streets remained peaceful.

It is also true that followers of a merchant named Mo spent hundreds of years peacefully proselytizing the residents, lands, and cities of Christendom in the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and portions of Europe, only to be rudely rebuffed from enlightening the rest of European Christendom at the ungrateful gates of Christian Vienna, outside Tours, Lepanto, etc. While Mo’s followers have not held any animosity for these reversals of their spreading of universal love, it must be said that they also have not forgotten Europe’s failure to progressively advance toward a world of peaceful harmony under the banner of Mo’s boss (not his first wife; that was earlier).

Western Man should indeed be in perpetual repentance to everyone – Jewish people being no exception -- but also should be especially thankful for the establishment of modern Israel which is, today, a shining beacon of inclusivity, diversity, equality, and equity. This example of a shining beacon of goodness is why today there are no insular Jewish neighborhoods left in America – having long-since been fully and eagerly diversified by its historic residents. Indeed, Jewish neighborhoods in Europe are becoming so diversified that many European Jewish families feel it is their responsibility to emigrate to Israel to make more room in their old Jewish neighborhoods for the new comers.

I do think, Mr. Yoder, that you are in error when you write that millions of pre-America natives were annihilated – it would certainly be more in the billions given the immense and wide-spread civilizations long since buried under the foot of and ‘disappeared’ by the invasive European nogoodnik (Western Man tends not to do things in a small way, don’t you agree?). Fortunately, the Aztecs, a hunter gather tribe, originating in an area to the north known to them as “White Land” (yeah, ironic, ain’t it) emigrated to central Mexico and liberated it from the Toltec oppressor as well as other non-Aztec folk. Alas, their reign was not to last, and much in the way of cultural greatness was lost. Among these losses was the highly spiritual – even sublime -- ritual of human sacrifice, trodden under the culturally insensitive European boot, but on the bright side for the Aztec folk, with the wide-spread annihilation going on there was plenty of fresh meat for the daily dinner pot.

Things also went downhill for the multitude of different indigenous tribes in pre-America north of the Rio Grande. Prior to the arrival of the European nogoodniks, these tribes lived in peaceful harmony with each other. It is little known, but all these tribes were very environmentally conscious. Indeed, they worshiped their fellow non-human fellow travelers on their Earthly sojourn to the point of deification. And, though it is all but lost with the European trampling of history, these Peoples were actually vegan – savoring not meat nor dairy, but enjoying the richness of their organically grown, environmentally friendly corn, beans, and squash (which they reportedly shared with their ungrateful European uninvited guests (they were very friendly toward outsiders and the “other” others). They also refused to use the wheel because it inevitably left ruts on the prairie’s grasslands and made tools only out of the Great Father’s natural gift of stone – lots and lots of stone. Nor did they engage in any act of violence, kidnap, torture, or appropriation of wombs of other tribes. Indeed, upon seeing any spoilage or littering of the land brought them to tears.

I will stop hear for the moment as I am too distraught and temporarily bereft of the fortitude to go on about the evils of Mr. Westy. In the meantime for further historical clarification, may I suggest the “Book of Zinn” (a.k.a. Why I hate the West in general and America in particular)?

Donald

To resume:

It cannot be denied that the American declaration of a manifest destiny was the catalyst for all slavery all over the world from the beginning of time to today’s continued enslavement of Africans in portions of Africa. And it is inexcusable that Christian Europeans, by upstaging the non-Western world in ending Western participation in the slave trade and then slavery itself, made all other cultures look bad. And it cannot be emphasized enough that Christian supremacist silence through hundreds of years of Africans selling Africans to Muslim slave traders made the West complicit in this African/Muslim economic enterprise that existed long before the African/European transatlantic slave trade began. And is it not fair to say that the same Christian European supremacist silence over the hundreds of years of Muslim liberators rescuing millions of Europeans from their European homes and selling them as grateful slaves to the denizens of the Caliphate plain and simply an act of enablement causing the Muslim world to think it was okay? There is no question the Christian European supremacists should be held accountable for leading astray the innocent followers of Mr. Mo – the sooner the better.

Communists trying to infiltrate and gain positions of influence in US institutions? How ridiculous. You would have to believe there was an ideology called Cultural Marxism developed by former economic Marxists disillusioned by the failure of an international brotherhood of workers to arise and bring on the socialist revolution of the proletariat. You would also have to think foreign players such as the Soviet Union would somehow benefit strategically from such infiltrations and any resultant undermining of America and the American People. Undermine the American People? Couldn’t happen.

I agree, Mr. Yoder, it is simply a silly myth that a massive influx of people, entering legally and illegally year after year after year, from non-Western cultures will change our identity as a nation, which is to say, our identity as a People. All people everywhere have the same political values, social values, moral values, religious culture, heritage and sense of non-tribal universal brotherhood. We live in a world where people have no need to differentiate themselves as being Anabaptist or Catholic or Hasidic or Shia or Sunni or Sufi or Hindu or Shinto or Evangelical or Pagan because they all belong to the global culture of humankind. Differentiation is anti-social, privileged, non equitable, and should not be permitted in a free society. Do I have an amen on that?

prodigalson

Great posts Donald. Unfortunately, Harvey is too ignorant to know that you're using satire to troll him. This is what years of EMU indoctrination looks like.

bishopsboy

I’ll second that. Your posts are awesome, Donald.

Donald

Thanks all for the kind words.

R B Tate

Amen Donald! "You can' be neutral on a moving train."

R B Tate

I think it should be: "You can't be neutral on a moving train".

Genosguy

I hope Yoder is alive in 2090 when the Chinese are in control of the world and North America in particular. How he will long for the good old days of the USA, it's tribal Constitution, it's sins of doing for others, of the looking forward to how much better the USA life could have gotten. China is tribal and ONLY for China. Russia is only for Russia, most Germans are only for Germany, France that too is true, ---we are the only idiotic nation that think ---putting American people and it's future first is terrible. It isn't.

Genosguy

All humans are not without sin, abuse, disgusting behavior--it is not the sole function, attribute of American or Europeans that settled here. If the truth is told the United States of America since 1943 have helped more people, saved the lives of more people, fed more people, housed more people than any nation or peoples than the total helped by all others since 1800.

The Myth of the American Indian (Native) as a fair, honorable, honest person is the greatest myth perpetrated by the US Government because they were needed to fight WW2. Historically, they murdered each other --burned in piles of wood, cooked humans to eat, took humans for slaves until 1920, warred against each other, decimated completely other tribes or nations. They sold and resold the same land, every treaty was changed by them and renegotiated by them sometimes 3 times a year--any agreement was not cast in stone with Native peoples. They did not own the land anymore than those Europeans that settled here--Natives arrived here more than 1000 years ago--Europeans 600 years ago---what constitutes a Native? The abuses and crimes and murders created by Natives until 1920 are many---The movie "indians" changed after 1940 but during the 30's they were shown as many living then had seen them. In 1941 they became, in the media, nice decent european like people. I was a good fried of a Native now living on a reservation--I don't hate Natives --I love them--and am disgusted that our Government turned them from self sufficient people to dependent people--as we have Ghetto peoples.

bishopsboy

Dear Mr. Yoder, I’m surprised you failed to mention some of the biggest myths of recent times: 1. Christians and Muslims worship the same God - not at all, Muslims worship Satan, Christians worship Jesus. 2. Muslims are peaceful - they are not, Muslims routinely practice jihad and murder innocent people. 3. Hillary lost the 2016 election because of Russian interference - she lost because she is an unlikeable, mean-spirited, power hungry, lying b****. 4. Michael Flynn was a Russian agent - he’s an American patriot. 5. President Trump colluded with the Russians - this was based on a lie to draw attention away from Hillary’s email scandal.

prodigalson

Excellent post Mufalme Bishopsboy, my Royal Zambian Brother. As always, I agree with you 100%.

bishopsboy

And as always, Prince Prodigal, I praise and honor you, my royal friend and brother, even if it feels self-congratulatory at times!

prodigalson

Actually Harvey, you are the one spreading the false myths and teachings that The Bible warns about: myths and false teachings that “tickle the ears” of those who are enemies of Christ.

Driller

Cheerleaders, Great cheerleading, glad to see when you have nothing to say, you pat each other on the back!!

LVW

Yup, just another DN-R circle jerk.

sbsheridan

LOL!! Great characterization!!

bishopsboy

I'd expect a comment like that from Driller, but you, LVW and Susan, that's a little vulgar and self-degrading coming from the two of you, don't you think? Shame on you. If I were a liberal snowflake, I'd hit the report button.

sbsheridan

Vulgar and self-degrading you say? What about "Hillary lost the 2016 election because ... she is an unlikeable, mean-spirited, power hungry, lying b****"? Where is your favorite word -- "hypocritical" --when we need it?

bishopsboy

Dearest Susan, you're comparing apples and oranges. The word I intentionally blanked out (to protect children) to describe Mrs. Bill Clinton is a term commonly heard on prime time network television and has no perverse sexual references unlike the term you and LVW have used. Remember this a family site available for children to read, and I don't think you want children to associate that term with your name. Do you really want a child asking her mother what that term means because Susan Sheridan uses it on the DNR website? I don't think so.

LVW

Bb: I don't think you'd want children to think all Democrats are evil either, yet that doesn't seem to bother you or Tweedledum. Anyway, sorry if I offended you, but that's exactly the term that comes to mind when the wingnut backslapping occurs, which is quite frequently.

bishopsboy

No apology is necessary LVW. You’re one of the good guys - just playing on the wrong team.

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