In his book, Winding Paths to Freedom, published in 2008, Roman Mac described his tough but fascinating life as a teenage Ukrainian freedom fighter during and after World War II. In Worshipers of a Politically Incorrect God he presents us a sequel to his story. Here he reviews some of the events of his earlier book and adds much more on his transition to life in the West. He mentions his fears and frustrations encountered in a new environment where freedom affords opportunities for all including enemy spies or people who want to use him.

Roman recounts events from his days as a young guerrilla that keep haunting him and provides deep insights into the emotional turmoil that keeps him depressed. To alleviate severe anxiety over man's inhumanity to man, during the war and in times when he is feeling stressed in his new environment, he searches for God's help and finds it in nature. In time, he studies writings of philosophers at Columbia University and realizes that the writings of Baruch Spinoza, a seventeenth century philosopher, which equate nature to God are closest to his own belief. This understanding helps Roman alleviate some of his anxieties. While his understanding of God-Nature, Nature-God deepens, he continues to appreciate and support the traditional Christian beliefs and traditions.

The new freedoms in the USA provide Roman opportunities to learn also about geopolitical events of the 1930-ies, a time of the Great Famine in Ukraine induced by Joseph Stalin. Millions of people starved, yet Western leaders, including President Roosevelt, failed to reproach the Soviet Union. Roman expresses bitterness over that and brings out other governmental insensitivities all of which caused his anxieties to re-surface.

As his reflections continue, Roman recounts his service in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he has the opportunity to learn how George Washington employed the fledging American Army as a guerrilla force against a much larger British force during the American Revolution. This discovery gives Roman satisfaction in being an American soldier with a heritage that on can be proud of.

Following his Army service, Roman, as a veteran with GI Bill benefits returns to New York City where he studies music and graduates. He is better able to resist pressures from various sources to get involved in clandestine operations. He pursues his musical instruments. In time he establishes his own business that provides him with a livelihood for life.

Toward the end of his book Roman uses his life experiences and insights to point out the dangers of human meddling with nature by developing weapons systems that could harm or even destroy our planet's ecological balance and all its living creatures.

This engrossing, easy to read sequel to Roman Mac's earlier auto-biography is a true story of "rags to riches" with all the inherent opportunities, disappointments, and triumphs available to immigrants only in America.

 

Nicholas Krawciw

Once an American Soldier