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Washington Ism

Washington Ism

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There is HOPEFULLY no "Washingtonism" in the world today, BUT Washingtonism is an illustration of what Cultural Imperialism is! There are examples of Cultural Imperialism in the history of nations and in the world today. Can you think of any?
There is HOPEFULLY no "Washingtonism" in the world today, BUT Washingtonism is an illustration of what Cultural Imperialism is! There are examples of Cultural Imperialism in the history of nations and in the world today. Can you think of any?

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WASHINGTONISM
ONE DAY DURING A LUNCH BREAK FROM YOUR JOB IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA., youare waiting for a friend on a street corner when suddenly a strangely dressed couple approachesyou & asks if they can speak with you for a moment.The man has a powdered wig on his head & is wearing a silk shirt, a waist coat, breechesthat reach only to his knees, silk stockings, & black shoes with a silver buckle on each shoe.The woman is wearing a powdered wig also, and a long, flowing dress that almostreaches to the ground. They look like a couple that has just stepped out of a movie set for anAmerican Revolutionary War film.The couple starts to explain to you that they are followers of a religion in which GeorgeWashington was a mighty prophet of Ba-al. Everything that George Washington taught, said,believed, & practiced must be accepted as the inspired Word of Ba-al, who is the one true God.The speeches & letters which people think came from Washington are in the Englishlanguage because that is the language of heaven. Even though there are foreign-languagetranslations of some of these writings, they really cannot be understood unless they are read inthe original English.The speeches of Washington were actually written on a tablet of stone. GeorgeWashington did not really write a single page of his works; the angel Gabriel out of heaven gavethem to him. Washington merely recited them when Ba-al so ordered.The strangely dressed couple went on to explain that because Washington was a prophetof Ba-al, the true God, we must live as George Washington lived. For example, all men shoulddress the way George Washington dressed, & all women should wear a dress such as Mrs.Washington wore.We must even eat the food that the Washingtons ate. For example, George Washingtondid not like peas. Thus no one should be allowed to eat peas today.Washingtons political views must be viewed as the only valid form of Government. Andsince he owned slaves, slavery must be viewed as a valid political structure for today. At thatmoment the alarm on the man’s wristwatch goes off & he pulls a compass out of his coat pocket.After facing in a certain direction, the couple gets down on their hands & knees & bows inprayer.After they finish their prayers, they get up. You can’t help but ask what they weredoing.They explain that they must pray five times a day toward Washington D.C. where theWashington memorial stands. As a matter of fact, all those who are true followers of GeorgeWashington must make a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. at least once in their lifetime.Once they get there, they must run around the Washington Memorial seven times. Thenthey have to run down to the end of the mall & throw stones at the devil.The man & his wife also remark that the Washington Memorial was actually built byAdam. Although it was subsequently destroyed at various periods, Abraham eventually rebuilt it,and all the biblical patriarchs actually lived at that exact spot. The Washington Memorial is asacred site & it has always been part of the worship of God.At this point they ask for your opinion, so you give it: They can’t really be serious aboutthis religion of Washingtonism. The idea of bowing in prayer toward the Washington Memorialis absurd. The memorial was not built by Adam or rebuilt by Abraham. The patriarchs did notlive in Washington D.C. but in Israel. The whole thing just seems ridiculous.They respond that they are in dead earnest & that they really believe that GeorgeWashington was a prophet of Ba-al & that his writings were the Word of God.You respond by saying, “It seems to me that you have made a religion out of eighteenthcentury American colonial culture. Do you really expect people at the end of the twentiethcentury to live, dress, & eat in accordance with the habits & tastes of people living in the 1700`sin the United States?“what if the Russians were to invent a religion in which we were told that we had to praytowards Moscow five times a day? Why can`t the Japanese invent a religion in which everyonehas to pray before Tokyo? Why can’t the Mexicans say that you must take a pilgrimage toMexico City once in your lifetime or you will not be saved?“This whole religion seems to be silly at the least & racist at the worst. Why would you

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