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OK, I think the “Lucifer” thing is utterly silly. But I was talking about the Illuminati and Freemasonry. I specifically said the statue, though originally designed based on the Goddess Libertas – America employs a lot of Roman symbolism, including the Fasces, used by Rome, the Fascist Government of Italy and by the U.S. Government. It means what it means.
ITALIAN FASCIST FASCES
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FASCES
Some examples –
The reverse of the United States "Mercury" dime (minted from 1916 to 1945) bears the design of a fasces and an olive branch.
Two fasces appear on either side of the flag of the United States in the United States House of Representatives, representing the power of the House and the country.
The Mace of the United States House of Representatives, designed to resemble fasces, consists of thirteen ebony rods bound together in the same fashion as the fasces, topped by a silver eagle on a globe.
The official seal of the United States Senate has as one component a pair of crossed fasces.
Fasces ring the base of the Statue of Freedom atop the United States Capitol building.
A frieze on the facade of the United States Supreme Court building depicts the figure of a Roman centurion holding a fasces, to represent "order"
It is, in the end, at least an oddity that the first thing generations of hopeful immigrants saw of the United States was based very closely on the Colossus of Rhodes,The Persian God Mithra and the Roman Goddess Libertas, in a country with such an enormous dept to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Not sinister, perhaps, but certainly incongruous.
All of this (after my portion which was about the Illuminati and the Statue of Liberty) on "Brad Meltzer’s Decoded" is based on a false premise - either that the KJV's "Lucifer" from Isaiah 14:12 is the light bringer as in Venus as morning star, based on the Latin translation lucem ferre, or a synonym of Satan. Oh, groan. IF they'd asked me..., I'd say Isaiah in the Hebrew original was talking about neither--the word is "הילל -- (Hêlal)" with the modifier that made its way into Yiddish even as "shiker" (drunk; Origin: Yiddish shiker < Heb shikor). Isaiah was saying Ego -inflated drunk on power Babylonian King" -- literally הֵילֵ֣ל" "בֶּן־שָׁ֑חַר
So the whole argument is absurd. This is third grade Hebrew, btw. The Great Isaiah Scroll - which pushed back a thousand years knowledge of this passage (and the whole book) to perhaps 100 BCE clearly shows the reference is to "... this proverb against the king of Babylon and you shall say How (he) has ceased (to be) the oppressor, and how has the fury ceased."
I keep telling people they need a good knowledge of Hebrew before they start telling you what the Hebrew Scriptures say. For that matter, I respect Christianity, but it should be a bit humbling that we have the New Testament only in Koine (e.g. folksy) Ancient Greek, and Jesus is likely to have spoken to his fellow Jews only in Aramaic. He may have known Greek - lots of people in the Eastern Roman Empire did, Jews included. But you talked to your own people in Aramaic - except quoting Scripture which might be quoted in Hebrew, If there was an Aramaic original, it is totally lost. So from a lost original in a semi-dead language to old bad Greek to modern English should, at minimum, make one hesitant about quoting Jesus.
Somewhere in the middle of the interview, they asked me - rather shockingly, I thought - whether I "therefore" thought the Statue should be torn down and sold for junk. Unknown to me, one of their "mentally challenged" guests had called for just that. I said "Emma Lazarus". They got it. I said, whatever the purpose of the designers, it had become a symbol of freedom for millions, as embodied in the poem affixed to it. That, naturally, wound up not on the show. Well, at least Brad said in effect I looked like "somebody out of the X Files". I'll take looking like David William Duchovny any old day!
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