Christianity in Power: the Codex Theodosianus
THE CODEX Theodosianus was a compilation of laws of the very late “Roman” Empire, after it had fallen under Christian rule. When the prevailing Christian sect gained state power (and after slaughtering, torturing, and imprisoning leaders and members of rival Christian sects), they commenced to govern. They placed some limits on Judaism — but they persecuted and profoundly limited the ancient European religions (and the intellectually brilliant philosophic schools which had evolved from them), which not too long before had been popular and in fact dominant there, when Rome was still Rome.
You can see from the extracts below that Christian law was much harsher when it came to traditional European religions than it was with respect to the Jews’ religion.
The Codex on Judaism
321 16.8.3 Jews are allowed to serve on municipal councils.
326 16.5.1 Religious privileges are reserved for Christians.
330 16.8.2 Jewish priests shall be exempt from public service (i.e., the military draft).
331 16.8.4 Priests (Jewish priests) and synagogue rulers are exempt from public service.
361 16.2.16 Persons “who live especially pious lives” shall be exempted from public service.
393 16.8.9 The Jewish sect is protected by law. No regulation may be passed to ban Judaism, even in the name of Christianity.
396 16.8.10 Jewish merchants may set their own prices.
396 16.8.11 Persons who make disparaging remarks about the patriarch (Jewish leader) are subject to punishment.
397 16.8.12 Jews are not to be insulted; governors are to be informed when such incidents occur.
397 16.8.13 Jewish clergy are allowed to retain their own laws and rituals and are exempt from service as decurions.
400 16.8.15 Privileges previously granted patriarchs (Jewish leaders) are to be upheld.
412 16.8.20 Jewish synagogues may not be taken by non-Jews, and Jewish observation of the Sabbath is to be protected.
412 16.8.21 Jews may not be persecuted for their religion or have their property taken without cause.
The Codex on European Religions
346 16.10.3 Although pagan religious practices are banned, pagan temples are to be preserved because they host plays and circuses.
346 16.10.4 Pagan temples are to be closed, access to them is denied, and violators may face the death penalty.
356 16.10.6 Those guilty of idolatry or pagan sacrifices may be subject to the death penalty.
365 16.1.1 No Christian shall have to serve in a pagan temple; the judge who makes such an appointment risks fines or execution.
381 16.10.7 Persons who engage in pagan or superstitious behavior may be penalized.
381 16.7.1 Christians who have converted to paganism shall not be allowed to “make testament” (that is, to leave their property through a will).
383 16.7.2 Confirmed Christians who have turned to paganism may not issue a testament (will) to anyone.
391 16.10.10 Idol worship is forbidden and pagan sacrifice.
391 16.10.11 No person shall enter the pagan temples or perform sacrifices.
396 10.10.14 Any privileges granted in ancient law to pagan priests and leaders are abolished.
399 10.10.16 Pagan temples in rural areas are to be destroyed.
399 10.10.17 Public festivals are allowed, but may not contain pagan superstition or sacrifices.
399 16.10.15 Ornaments of pagan temples are not to be destroyed.
408 16.10.19 Images in pagan temples must be removed if there is any veneration of them. Income from taxes in kind shall be redirected from pagan temples to support the army.
415 16.5.56 Pagans who publicly assemble may have their property taken or even be executed.
417 10.10.21 Pagans shall not become administrators or judges. In fact, they may not enter the imperial service at all.
423 10.10.22 Previous laws against pagans are upheld.
423 10.10.23 Pagans are to be exiled and have their possessions confiscated.
425 16.5.63 Heresies, false doctrines, and pagan beliefs are prosecuted, and punishment may befall those who do not repent.
435 10.10.25 Pagan sacrifices are forbidden.
435 10.10.25 Pagan temples and shrines are to be torn down and replaced with the symbol of Christianity: the cross.
435 10.10.25 Anyone who mocks this law faces the death penalty.
So, we see that — despite being ritually denounced as the “killers of Jesus,” with individual Jews sometimes being treated poorly or suffering from backing the wrong faction — Jews still held on to significant privileges in late-stage, dying Rome. Jews are allowed their own laws, allowed to participate in government and even become officials and administrators, and are exempt from “public service” (by which was meant the military). Even insulting powerful Jews was forbidden by law!
In contrast, Whites, including members of the oldest Roman families, who held to their traditional spiritual and philosophical beliefs were made into a pariah class. Pagan temples, shrines, works of art of profound beauty and spirituality, and some of the greatest books of philosophy and science ever written were to be totally destroyed (and many of these works were lost forever). The philosophy schools were closed; the ancient mysteries which had inspired White men and women for a thousand years and more were banned; and the practice of these things became punishable by death. Those who adhered to the traditional ways of Europe were exiled or executed, and their family lines and communities were impoverished by having their lands and possessions confiscated, their wills invalidated (shades of Robert McCorkill).
Make of this comparison what you will; what is indubitable is that Rome was no longer Rome. Greece was no longer Greece. The Dark Ages enveloped Europa, a little earlier in some places than others, but the curtain fell everywhere. European civilization was set back a thousand years or more.
Had the great philosophies not been temporarily crushed, Europa might, as Kevin Alfred Strom has suggested, have reached the New World in 492 instead of 1492 — and the Moon in 969 instead of 1969. Where would we be now, had that great setback not occurred?
Despite two millennia of degradation and damage and persecution at the hands of the imported Abrahamic cult, and despite the furious efforts of its crazed fanatics, we — and our inner spirit, our race-soul — still live.
As the Hero of the Second World War and his glorious revolution of 1933 proved, and as William Pierce proved in late 20th-century America, there are among us — in the thousands and millions — those whose blood and spirit remain undimmed. The Codex Theodosianus is dead, in more ways than one. It was always dead. The Faustian spirit of European man, on the other hand, is alive, will always be alive — and we Cosmotheists are its vanguard.
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Source: Brandon Hughes via Volkisch Revolution