:: Friday, May 01, 2015 ::
In Praise of Satire
Posted by Edward Cline at 12:37 PM
readers are so literal and blinkered that they took a "dark" view of
and His Texas Dreams” column, even though I clearly marked it
"satire." The sad thing is that much of what I wrote in the original
piece is no longer "prophetic" but are actualities. The Dallas
haven't been bundled off to brothels....not yet. But Texan children are in many
instances being indoctrinated in “Hispanic” culture. In California, a white wearing
an American flag T-Shirt to school will get him expelled or suspended on
charges of “hate speech” or “racism” against Hispanic or Mexican students. In some
cases, Mexican students insist that the Mexican flag be flown over the American
on school grounds.
students in American colleges and universities unabashedly voice their support
for ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terrorist organizations.
Read the Breitbart article on Muslim and Mexican immigration here.
Most Hispanic or Mexican immigrants or “refugees” bring their “culture” with
them and resist assimilation into a “melting pot” or reject it entirely. As long
ago as 1996 the consequences of unrestricted Muslim immigration to Europe were
detailed in Claudio Holzner’s Journal article, “Rebirth
of Islam in Italy: Between Indifference and Intolerance,” especially in
regard to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and waging “cultural jihad” in
European countries. Muslim and Mexican groups and spokesmen demand that non-Muslim
and non-Hispanics “respect” their cultures and desist from mocking them in
satire and even from penning serious
critiques on their shortcomings or deleterious influences.
“respect” means, in this context, “submission.” It means that to these
tribalist minds, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and the statue of David must defer to
mariachi bands and the Chihuahua doing the Mexican hat dance on two legs (did I
mention that other outstanding dancing star, “Piernas Locas” Pedro in my original
Fears of militant
fundamentalism are not totally unfounded. This summer, Italian police dismantled
an Algerian organization based in Naples and an Egyptian organization based in
Milan that reportedly had links to Islamic terrorist groups in these countries.
They arrested more than twenty immigrants and charged them with planning
terrorist activities in their home countries and in Europe. The recent subway
bombings in Paris are also signs that European countries are vulnerable targets
of Islamic terrorism.
or did not Barack Obama promise to “fundamentally transform”
America? To list the ways he is accomplishing that along economic, legislative,
social and racial lines
would require a column ten times the length of this one. For a précis of the
subject, read Robert A. Hall’s American Thinker piece here.
ISIS established camps in Mexico, and formed an alliance with Mexican drug
cartels? See this report.
Does Obama want to “transform” Texas from a solid “red” state into another “blue”
Michigan? Well, yes.
is, "you can't make this stuff up." Especially not under the Obama
Regime. I think many readers are afraid of the truth. There's not much room
left for exaggeration in today's political and cultural climate. And, it seems
that many readers have no sense of humor, dark or bright, and certainly no
sense of or taste for satire. Well, that’s beyond my control. But the first
rule of thumb in combating and defeating evil is to laugh at it.
in most instances of it, is a form of laughing at evil, at the irrational, at
the malign, at the stupid. Political cartoonists, new and old, are satirists. Novels
and plays can be satires. So can be live performances by political pundits,
such as John Stewart, whose rolling eyes and exaggerated facial expressions amused
liberals and leftists and college graduates for years. (I don’t mean to be
complimentary by mentioning college graduates.)
is as old as ancient
Greece, beginning with Aesop and ending today with the likes of Saturday
Night Live and countless movies, books, and political columns.
Carlin was a satirist. Listen to his send-up of popular radio stations in “Wonderful WINO.” His humor is often crude but on-point, such as
his spiel on the Ten
Revolution and the period leading up to it produced scathing satire among
political cartoonists on both sides of the
Atlantic and on both sides of the “American problem,” and helped to rile up
Tories, Loyalists, and rebels alike in England and in the colonies.
satirists. As with other forms of satire, caricaturists isolate the outstanding
features of an individual and exaggerate them to produce an unforgettable image
of that person. This can also be done with ideas, ideologies, and religions.
Ayn Rand employed the skill of a caricaturist in her novel The Fountainhead to describe a left-wing drama critic, Jules
Fougler: “A cartoonist had once drawn a famous picture of him; it consisted of
two sagging circles, a large one and a small one: the large one was his
stomach, the small one – his lower lip.”
of my favorite comedies is a satiric play, Nude With Violin,
by Noël Coward, which is a hilarious
and justified critique of modern art.
Satire is a medium that carries a double-edged bite.
A Jon Stewart can mock American values and people he doesn’t approve of without
critiquing them, relying on a consensus of amusement in his audiences as proof
of his “truths.” He gets away with it because the MSM loves him and will not
call him onto the carpet. Daniel Greenfield of Sultan Knish, however, has taken
him apart many times, but particularly in “How
Jon Stewart Gave us Obama.”
A columnist for the left-wing Guardian once dubbed
George Orwell’s “Nineteen
Eighty-Four” a satiric novel. The “notoriously” anti-Islam French magazine
Charlie Hebdo was nominated
for a PEN award, and won it, but members of PEN who object to the
satirization of Mohammad
are boycotting the ceremony. In the meantime, the chief
cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo has renounced caricaturing Mohammad, surely a
sign of submission to Islam (Islam meaning
Salmon Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, itself a satirical novel on Islam, which earned
him a perpetual death fatwa from the late, humorless,
chief turban-head of Iran, has supported the PEN award to Charlie Hebdo and
called the dissidents some nasty names (it sounds like “wussies”:
he made it clear he wasn’t backing down on another allegation, made in a letter
to PEN earlier this week, in which he described Prose and the five other
authors to have withdrawn as “the fellow travellers” of “fanatical Islam, which
is highly organised, well funded, and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as
well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence”. His Facebook post repeated the
allegation: “‘Fellow travellers’, yes. No question of that. As for ‘fine distinctions’,
here’s what I see. Our fellow artists were murdered for their ideas and you
won’t stand up for them. I’m very sorry to see that. I think you’ll find the
vast majority of the PEN membership will be sorry, too.”
All in all, satire can be entertaining, amusing, and
a weapon of information and
misinformation. Caveat emptor. In today’s
political and cultural climate, the line dividing truth from satire is becoming
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:: Monday, April 27, 2015 ::
Obama’s Dreams of Texas and Beyond
Posted by Edward Cline at 9:20 PM
hackers who snuck into President Obama’s unclassified computer system at the
White House inadvertently sent some of their booty to all sorts of people
around the globe. Including to me. I don’t think they meant to, but some hacker’s
fingers probably strayed and included me in the privileged few. And I don’t even
hackers who hit the White House infiltrated an unclassified computer system and
apparently accessed details about President Obama's schedule.
the White House previously sought to downplay the seriousness of the hack,
which took place last year, the intruders were able to see information about
the president that was not publicly available, CNN reported
briefed on the investigation told CNN that the incident was connected to a
Russian cyberattack that also breached the State Department's network.
knowledge of Obama’s activities would be seen as valuable to foreign
intelligence agencies like Russia’s.
Officials with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Russian hackers
were able to break into the White House system through their foothold within
networks at the State Department.
The intrusion began when hackers sent what is known as a "phishing"
email from a State Department account, infecting a White House computer with
malware, the investigators said.
came my way was the draft of a book being written (supposedly) by Barack Obama himself,
tentatively titled Dreams for Me and
Texas: A Fantasy.
wish to share some of this 30,000-word draft with readers. It’s pretty damning
and contains some knurly evidence that Barack Obama is a racist of the first
order. But, if you’re a racist, you won't mind that.
are some excerpts on how Obama will start with Texas, then his successors will
move on to the whole country. I wonder what Putin and the other Russians think
of Dreams for Me and Texas. Its main
theme is that whites are doomed to insignificance in the face of a massive
invasion of blacks and browns and Muslims and other non-white, ciphered groups.
Goodbye Beethoven. Hello third-rate folk tunes from third-rate countries. The book
is probably being penned by Bill Ayers, Obama’s loyal but retired Weatherman pal,
as Dreams From My Father likely was.
Amnesty program has invited countless brown people to invade Texas and take it
over. Once they’re organized they will:
- Arrest all stinky white folks at and
over the age of 65 and send them to the Creamery. That’s my nickname for a
crematorium. Creameries will be erected by white indentured labor and
located near major cities. The new Texas cannot be expected to support
them at the cost of impoverishing black and brown people.
- White people ages 30 up to 64 will be
put on work gangs to build paved roads from the Mexican border to better
facilitate the invasion, and employed on other public improvement projects.
The goal is to make Texas mostly a black and brown state. Native black and
brown people who don’t go along with the program will be incarcerated and “re-educated”
to get their minds
right about their ethnic heritage. The property and financial assets
of all white people living in Texas will be seized and distributed to
black and brown people.
- All Texas Jews will be rounded up and
sent to special Creameries.
- All former and current American Border
Patrol personnel caught in the new Texas will be executed by firing squad,
using weapons confiscated from them or from the inventory of the Attorney General’s
Fast and Furious arsenal, now under the supervision of the Blanco Cartel Polvo, the elite drug
- Mexico will be closed to white
tourists. White tourists caught in Mexico will be jailed and auctioned off
to Mexican drug lords for ransom or slavery.
- The new Texas government will sponsor
and encourage guerilla raids into Arizona, New Mexico, California, Louisiana,
Oklahoma, and Arkansas. ISIS ain’t got nothing over what my Free Texas
plan has in store.
- The top Texas cheerleading squads will
be drafted to serve in special Recreational camps for the top black and
brown leaders of the new Texas. Gals who resist will be put in special
jails and paid visits by Mexican, Columbian, and Bolivian guys, you know,
the ones with scary tattoos on their faces and heads and chess and butts. All
criminal records of these guys will be erased, and they will be
indemnified from any future “crimes” against white people they may commit.
Idle black and brown criminals will be absorbed into the new workforce as
managers of indentured white folks.
- All institutions of education, from K-1
up through graduate school, will recalibrate their curricula to focus on
Mexican, Latino, and Chicano culture and science, wherever the latter may
- Surviving white people will be
compelled to learn Spanish and abjure their American citizenship. Those who
resist will be tossed into shark-thick waters near Galveston and on the
- The new Texas government will establish
a pact of rapprochement with any
and all drug cartels headquartered south of the non-border. The cartels
will ship more invaders into Texas, in exchange for the cheerleaders of
their choice (we will establish an online photo album), free cars, truckloads
of beer and other alcohol and many more expropriated goodies.
- The new Texas government will
establish a pact of rapprochement
with our Muslim brothers. Most Muslim invaders and “settlers” are of the
black or brown suasion, so that’s not a worry. Muslims will not be
required to learn Spanish, but surviving white people will be required to
learn how to read and write Arabic or whatever other chicken scratch the “immigrants”
and “refugees” bring with them, and required to pay jizya.
- The Alamo in San
Antonio – which will be renamed San Poncho Villa – will be either blown up
or converted into a Chicano Heritage Museum and Educational Center.
- The American flag will
not be permitted to be flown or shown anywhere, under any circumstances, unless
a Chicano, a Muslim, or a Chihuahua is crapping on it.
- All movies depicting
the “heroic” stand of the white settlers of Mexican territory at the Alamo
against the legitimate territorial claims of General Antonio López de Santa Anna will be banned, even if they’re badly
- All white culture,
such as classical music, ballet, and art, will be suppressed, carrying
stiff penalties for anyone – including black and brown fools – caught watching
or appreciating it.
- All movie imports from
the U.S. or abroad must be redubbed in Spanish or Arabic, depending on the
new Texas market the movies are to be shown in.
- All military bases and
installations in Texas will be rechristened with the names of famous
Mexican generals, politicians, artists, writers, and bandits.
- All street names in
all cities will be converted to their Spanish equivalents, or renamed
entirely. “Jones Street,” for example, will be renamed “Garcia Calle.” All
cities or entities that bear the names of the Texan “heroes” who humiliated
General Santa Anna will expunge those names and find suitable substitutes
of a Latino flavor.
- There will be no white
waltzing in the new Texas or any other kind of wussy white dancing. Surviving
white folks will be compelled to learn the danza del sombrero mexicano, as performed by Mexico’s current
star Chihuahua, “Pies Ligeros” Gonzales.
- The Seinfeld episode “The
Urban Sombrero” will not be permitted to be shown on television, not even
if it is dubbed in Spanish. It treats Mexico’s contribution to human
fashion with typically white, culturally imperialistic arrogance, and
should not be made light of.
- Dubbed renditions of The Treasure of Sierra Madre, in
which white guys lose, will be permitted, so long as the stereotypical “we ain’t got no badges”
scene is excised from the film.
- Any white person
calling black and brown policies censorship will be made to eat our words,
- All golf courses in
Texas will be seized by the new Texas government and renamed after famous
Mexican golfers. Did you know that golf was invented by Central African
sportsmen 500 years ago, but stolen by those thieving Scotsmen? That’s why
I play it so often. It’s the game of my ancestors.
After Obama’s Texas project is well underway, according
to the document that was unintentionally sent to me, plans will be activated to spread these policies
to the other states of the Union. The sign-off on the document is: “Black lives
matter. Brown lives matter. White lives don’t matter.”
How could anyone dare call Barack Obama a racist?
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:: Saturday, April 11, 2015 ::
Can Faith Be “Reformed”?
Posted by Edward Cline at 11:10 PM
ago, before my teens – I forget my precise age – I experienced a moral
epiphany. Looking across the valley from my bedroom window at home I could see
the thin finger of the 1,000-foot radio/television broadcasting mast secured to
the earth from wind and storm by four even longer guy cables. I loved looking
at that tower. I marveled at the skill and tenacity of the men who had erected
did not credit God with its existence.
was attending a Catholic parochial school at the time. God was everywhere
there; in the crucifixes in the classrooms, in the habits of the nuns, and,
indeed, the school was located for a time in the basement of the long, black
stone edifice of the Nativity Church. At home, God was partially present in a
few crucifixes, in the faith of my foster parents and grandparents, and in
their strict observance of Catholic holidays, saying grace at supper, and not
eating meat on Fridays. Among other things.
the parish church, God was present in the rituals – in the genuflecting before
the altar, in the kneeling and rising during the Stations of the Cross, in Holy
Communion, in the sermons, the answering chants of the congregation on cue from
a priest saying mass, and in other rituals. Proof of God lay in utterances and
actions, not in evidence.
were the “miracles” to account for. Christ rising from the dead. Our Lady of
Fatima, miraculous escapes from fatal accidents, and so on. Moses parting the
Red Sea. The Shroud of Turin. And dozens of other apocryphal tales, assertions,
or “proofs” of God’s existence. It was all traditional hearsay passed on over
centuries and inscribed and embedded in all the Scriptures and documents and
literature of the Catholic Church (and in other Christian faiths), and in men’s
minds as indelible proof.
I asked myself as I looked out the window at the broadcasting mast, did any of
that constitute proof of God’s
existence other than the assertions of others, whether made by my parents, by
the priests, by the nuns, that he existed and was responsible for the existence
of the universe and was the supreme warden of my own existence? I knew the mast
existed; I didn’t need anyone to tell me that.
one – not the parish priest who tried to dissuade me from my atheism, not the
nuns, not my parents, not all the books on theology I had ever read – could convince
me that God existed. All they could produce as evidence was their say-so. People
believed in God, or in some form of deity, for millennia before recorded
history. So, it must be true.
of course, there were the obvious contradictions in doctrine, the most
egregious among them in my mind being the one that while God bestowed on men
the free will to choose their salvation or their fate, to know the difference
between right and wrong, to choose between good and evil, God knew everything
and knew what you would do millennia before you were born. He knew a priori whether you would be naughty or
nice, and he knew this about everyone who existed now or ever existed, going
back thousands of years into the past and into the future.
made no sense to me. It smacked of a rigged poker game run by a Supreme Card
Sharp. I didn’t think of it in those terms at that age, but you catch the
flavor of my predicament. The doubts in my mind then would, over the years,
become a deep-rooted contempt for the ruse and pity for anyone who believed in
it, fell for it, and accepted it as an iron-clad verity never to be questioned.
would also eventually realize that God’s attributes of omnipotence and
omniscience were mutually contradictory. If he knew everything that was going
to happen, did he also know that he would change his mind and not make things happen? Could he undo
actions he had taken in the past? Did he
schedule his changes in mind and stick to the schedule – “I’ll spare Indonesia
of earthquakes in 2004 and the resulting tsunami that will surely take thousands
of lives….Well, maybe not….” – or was he the plaything of his own unpredictable
whims, which certainly wouldn’t classify him as omniscient.
about God and religion – regardless of the creed or the attributes of a
particular God – rested on faith, on
the acceptance of the existence of a being or deity without evidence, of a
being who existed and to whom one was answerable. My lifelong approach to the
assertion was: Show me the money.
one was ever able to show me the money. The pockets and wallets of the popes,
clergy, preachers of every known faith, the nuns, and my parents, were empty. If God granted me the capacity to judge things
and men by instilling in me a reliance on the evidence of my senses, why did he
then say that the evidence of my senses wasn’t good enough to believe in his
existence? That the evidence of my senses should not come into play when
considering his existence? That my “God-given” reason wasn’t applicable to this
question? And that reason was impotent to grasp his existence? One just had to
accept him on faith, and never question his actions, even if they were brutal
and sadistic and utterly whimsical.
had to have faith, and to have faith
in the power of faith.
what is faith? Wikipedia gets
it right for once, cadging from the Unabridged
Random House Dictionary. Its definition differs little from other dictionary
definitions of faith.
Faith is defined as belief, confidence
or trust in a person, object, religion, idea
or view despite the absence of proof.
Faith does not involve the abandonment of reason, but
acknowledges more or less consciously the fact that a proof is not possible in a
preceding is in the way of an overture to a critique of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lucid
and comprehensive March 20th Wall Street Journal article, “Why Islam
Needs a Reformation.”
answer to that would be: A “reformation” of Islam would entail not only the
excision from the Koran and other
Islamic documents of all the violent verses and imperatives that justify murderous
jihad, but necessarily require a repudiation
of faith as such, as well, regardless of character of the faith.
Reformation of the Christian Church was largely the banishment of religion from
politics. It took centuries to accomplish with religious wars and brutal
persecutions of one Christian sect by another. It took time for men to realize
that the imposition of one set of religious tenets on others could result in
little else but strife and bloodshed, and if any kind of stable civil society
was to be created and sustained, religion would have to surrender its power of
political force. It was not a
universal repudiation of Christian faith, but a boxing in and establishing of
boundaries it could not cross. Faith
itself remained untouched.
in the “taming” of the Christian faith were the fire-and-brimstone Old
Testament with its vengeful and bloody-minded Jehovah, and the largely pacific
New Testament of Christ. Christianity opted to adhere to the ethics of the New
Testament. It made possible stable, civil societies not rived by religious
there is no Old Koran and no New Koran. Islam is of one piece. There are
divisions between various sects of Islam – e.g., the Sunnis vs. the Shi’ites –
over doctrinal differences, but there are no multiple fundamental
interpretations of Islam, no sea changes as one turns the page on how to
practice the faith or how to view Allah and Mohammed. If Mohammed said that’s
what Allah demands, that’s it. Kill the Jews hiding behind trees. Let your
right hand possess any woman that strikes your fancy. Tax the Christians and
Jews or kill them if they don’t convert. Invade the lands of the infidels and pagans
and establish iron rule.
Ali divides believers in Islam into two distinct camps: believers in the Meccan “peaceful” Koranic verses
that were superseded by the “violent” ones that came out of Medina, but the
rule according to mullahs and imams is that the new verses overrule the older
ones. Watch this nonpareil
video about the Koranic verses.
is not just al Qaeda and Islamic State that show the violent face of Islamic
faith and practice. It is Pakistan, where any statement critical of the Prophet
or Islam is labeled as blasphemy and punishable by death. It is Saudi Arabia,
where churches and synagogues are outlawed and where beheadings are a
legitimate form of punishment. It is Iran, where stoning is an acceptable
punishment and homosexuals are hanged for their “crime.”
see it, the fundamental problem is that the majority of otherwise peaceful and
law-abiding Muslims are unwilling to acknowledge, much less to repudiate, the
theological warrant for intolerance and violence embedded in their own religious
texts. It simply will not do for Muslims to claim [as do Western apologists]
that their religion has been “hijacked” by extremists. The killers of Islamic
State and Nigeria’s Boko Haram cite the same religious texts that every other
Muslim in the world considers sacrosanct. (Brackets mine)
of letting Islam off the hook with bland clichés about the religion of peace,
we in the West need to challenge and debate the very substance of Islamic
thought and practice. We need to hold Islam accountable for the acts of its
most violent adherents and to demand that it reform or disavow the key beliefs
that are used to justify those acts.
Ali names in her Wall Street Journal article the five elements in Islam that
must go, that must be stripped of their belligerent potency, the elements
responsible for the interminable mayhem and the War on the West Islam declared
centuries ago These must be banned or shredded before Islam can become
“pacified” as Christianity and Judaism have been. Square bracketed comments are
Muhammad’s semi-divine status, along with the literalist reading of the Quran.
Muhammad should not be seen as infallible, let alone as a source of divine
writ. He should be seen as a historical figure who united the Arab tribes in a
pre-modern context that cannot be replicated in the 21st century.
is contingent on whether or not Mohammad actually existed. See Robert Spencer’s
exceptionally informative and educational book, Did
Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins.] Once you’ve
read this work, you can’t help but doubt that the whole story of Mohammad has
been a gross, cruel, and tragic farrago.]
although Islam maintains that the Quran
is the literal word of Allah, it is, in historical reality, a book that was
shaped by human hands. Large parts of the Quran simply reflect the tribal
values of the 7th-century Arabian context from which it emerged. The Quran’s
eternal spiritual values must be separated from the cultural accidents of the
place and time of its birth.
are several books and Websites that discuss the fact that the Koran was the work of many scribes and
Islamic theologians centuries after Mohammad’s death. Here is one of the more
exhaustive ones, at Myth
No. 1. The Koran that excites ISIS and Al Qaeda and that has come to harass us
today is the result of fourteen centuries of editorial emendations.]
The supremacy of life after death.
The appeal of martyrdom will fade only when Muslims assign a greater value to
the rewards of this life than to those promised in the hereafter.
course, “martyrdom” in this context does not mean dying alone of a
self-inflicted wound in order to get to Paradise sooner, or taking actions that
would not also take the lives of
others because they were Jews or infidels. It means specifically jihad, or waging war against the Jews
and infidels, and taking their lives as well as one’s own, or perishing somehow
in the “struggle” against Dar al-Harb,
or the ”Muslim enemy land.” This could entail using suicide vests, driving
bombs into buildings or crowds, or flying hijacked planes into buildings.]
Shariah, the vast body of religious legislation.
Muslims should learn to put the dynamic, evolving laws made by human beings
above those aspects of Shariah that are violent, intolerant or anachronistic.
according to Mohammad, Allah says all man-made law is filth. That’s a
non-negotiable “truth” in Islam. Sharia Law is a primitive, non-conceptual,
anti-intellectual code of law, “justice,” and correct behavior which should not
be accorded recognition or respect by the West. It is probably more primitive
than that of the Xatanawa in Brazil. It is a tribalist, patriarchal code that
favors men over women and children and is in direct conflict with Western
principles of individual liberty and freedom. Just because there are compendia
of Shariah law doesn’t make it any more valid. They may as well be several
bushels of Confederate currency. Further, Muslim advocacy groups in the West
have been waging a “stealth jihad” campaign to impose Shariah on non-Muslims,
The right of individual Muslims to enforce Islamic law.
There is no room in the modern world for religious police, vigilantes and
politically empowered clerics.
also means outlawing the “honor killing” of men and women who leave Islam or
who choose non-Islamic, Western values, murdering Muslims who develop personal
relationships with non-Muslims, corralling and prosecuting Muslim rape gangs
that prey on non-Muslim women and girls in the West, and demanding that
employers provide Muslim employees with the means to practice their religion on
the job. By “religious police and vigilantes,” Hirsi Ali means the phenomena of
gangs of Muslims “patrolling” neighborhoods in Western cities to prevent
drinking, smoking, or the wearing of non-halal
clothing (such as miniskirts or other revealing or provocative apparel).
Further, it means that Islamic clerics could not decree death fatāwā on any individuals deemed in
violation or transgression of Shariah law.]
The imperative to wage jihad, or holy war.
Islam must become a true religion of peace, which means rejecting the
imposition of religion by the sword.
luck with that. There are thousands of Muslims who love wielding the sword.
serious discussion of Islam must begin with its core creed, which is based on
the Quran (the words said to have been revealed by the Angel Gabriel to the
Prophet Muhammad) and the hadith (the accompanying works that detail Muhammad’s
life and words). Despite some sectarian differences, this creed unites all
Muslims. All, without exception, know by heart these words: “I bear witness
that there is no God but Allah; and Muhammad is His messenger.” This is the
Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith.
Shahada might seem to be a declaration of belief no different from any other.
But the reality is that the Shahada is both a religious and a political symbol. (Italics mine)
then, what would be left of Islam that would still be Islam? I’ve said this
many times before on this subject: Nothing that could be called Islam. It would
be closer to the religious beliefs of the Amish.
nihilistic nature of Islam – its worship of death and treatment of life as a
mere transient state that precedes an eternal “life” in a “Paradise” where all
inhibitions and taboos are lifted – inculcates in those born in Islam something
akin to what In classical Freudian
psychoanalytic analysis is the death drive or the drive towards death,
self-destruction and the return to the “inorganic.” Or in a Muslim’s case, temporal
nonexistence in exchange for some ethereal existence in a dreamed-of pleasure
palace in the heavens…somewhere. Most Muslims, as Hirsi Ali notes, don’t work
consciously to bring about their or others’ deaths, but are passive
participants in what can only be regarded as a death cult.
As for the numerous Western converts to Islam, there
must be something of the predatory zombie already in their character makeup that
draws them to Islam.
reformers, however, are not going to stop having faith in the truth of what they believe in, even should they brave
death fatāwā declared on them by imams and
mullahs and by rogue “states” like ISIS, and successfully emasculate Islam and
convince all Muslims to follow suit.
Faith is the problem that weighs
down the reformation of any religion and its diminution as a moral force
governing the affairs and relationships of men. It is the anti-mind and
anti-reason power and pull of faith that can account for the incalculable
misery, deaths, and destruction in human history. Faith is addictive; it has
pull and appeal because it doesn’t require proofs; one can just believe in the unproven and not be
bothered with grasping or formulating a reason-based morality by which to live
on earth and not in some fantasy realm.
Ali ends her article with:
me make two things clear. I do not seek to inspire another war on terror or
extremism—violence in the name of Islam cannot be ended by military means
alone. Nor am I any sort of “Islamophobe.” At various times, I myself have been
all three kinds of Muslim: a fundamentalist, a cocooned believer and a
dissident. My journey has gone from Mecca to Medina to Manhattan.
me, there seemed no way to reconcile my faith with the freedoms I came to the
West to embrace. I left the faith, despite the threat of the death penalty
prescribed by Shariah for apostates. Future generations of Muslims deserve
better, safer options. Muslims should be able to welcome modernity, not be
forced to wall themselves off, or live in a state of cognitive dissonance, or
lash out in violent rejection.
Ali grants Islam a modicum of respect, as a system that contains the germ of
reformation into a benign, non-aggressive mode of living. For all that she had endured in her life as a Muslim
and as an ex-Muslim, she certainly shouldn’t respect it. I don’t respect it. From
my first readings about Islam, I recognized it as totalitarian in means and
ends, whether or not most Muslims are “peaceful and law-abiding” and not driven
to slaughtering people in Mohammad’s or Allah’s name. Like Christians and Jews,
they have simply compartmentalized either the requirements of living in the modern
world, or the creed itself.
is nothing redeemable in Islam, nothing salvageable, nothing worth reclaiming from
those who allegedly “hijacked” Islam.
a philosophical revolution will disestablish faith as a mode of living and “reform” it into the dustbin of
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