Should we be punishing people who defect from ISIS or should we be encouraging them? The answer is the difference between stupidity and intelligence, between bigotry and open-mindedness.
On March 16th, news emerged that an American ISIS fighter was captured by Kurdish forces in Iraq. He turned out to be an American youth who went to join ISIS last December but was disillusioned and was trying to return home to America.
Judging from the comments that usually follow any news about Muslims or Islam, far too many Americans cannot wait to have themselves a lynching party if he should actually return. The law is also on their side, anyone who fights the US or any of our glorified allies (even the ones who are extremely tyrannical), anyone who supports fight against the US or any of our allies, anyone who sympathizes with fighters against the US or any of our allies, is subject to prosecution and imprisonment…for a very long time. Continue reading
Last week we had an excellent gathering at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood with speakers and covered by the press. The event was organized in response to the hate and violence being promoted by the Republican Party Presidential candidates and by many others around the country. While they gave me undeserved credit, the evening was conceived and executed by the Lutheran Pastor Terry Kyllo.
Speaking at the event were:
- Opening: Lutheran Pastor Terry Kyllo
- Welcome: Church Pastor Paul Sundberg
- Lutheran Bishop Kirby Unti
- Sheikh Ismail Ahmed
- CAIR-WA Director Arsalan Bokhari
- Author Lesley Hazleton (The First Muslim and After the Prophet and many others)
- Imam Benjamin Shabazz from the WD Mohammed Muslim community
- Refugee Resettlement John Forseth
There were over 350 people present including a fair number of Muslims, it was a fabulous success!
If you would like to view the event or just listen to it, please check out the Catacombs Church link where you will also find some of the coverage from the Press. Scroll down towards the bottom to see “Audio of the event” and “Complete video of the event“.
I would like to share two thoughts with you, one about Christians and America and the other (towards the end) about Muslims… Continue reading
I have heard many a Muslim scholar and Imam telling their listeners not to vote and I have disagreed with them every time.
As I see it, here is the problem Muslims face in every US (or other?) election; our votes do not count. To be sure, they count as far as the politicians are concerned because they understand how razor-thin margins can make the difference between an electoral victory or defeat.
- Senator Al Franken from (MN) won his first election by a mere 7 votes and two recounts.
- Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) won her first election by 2900 votes after spending over $10 million of her own money; big egos require big spending!
- Ex-Gov Christine Gregoire won her first election by 129 recounted votes.
- And the greatest tragedy of all, King George The Worst (GW) won his first election by a microscopic 600 Floridian votes…incidentally, where Muslims gave him their greatest support and money..
That’s how crucial votes can be for those fighting elections.
So why shouldn’t Muslims vote?
Because politically, we do not exist. Continue reading
US agencies keep telling us how they treat Muslims as no different from any other people and how they would like to “build bridges” with “The Muslim Community”, but their actions remain diametrically opposite to their rhetoric; they continue to treat Muslims and Islam as the greatest threat to the US and the West. So much so, that the FBI and other agencies actually have trainers on staff
, who have trained agents on this bit of brainwashing….even as the FBI continues to tell us they have removed anti-Muslim books from their reference libraries and have stopped such training. Every time the FBI gives us this line of fiction, another expose informs us the it is anti-Muslim business as usual in the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies across the US.
It should not take the brains of a genius to figure out that the FBI is simply retaliating against Kariye, the Portland imam because he dared to join the lawsuit against the government’s discredited “No-Fly List”.
Wow, how can we protect America when we have stupid judges like these??!!
Make sure you read to the end.
Muslim Man Admits To Plotting To Massacre, Judge Sets Him Free Anyway
admitted in federal court to “plotting the annihilation” of a village in New York that is home to many Jews. His plans included “burning down a school, a temple and a cafeteria,” according to the criminal complaint.
“We’re gonna be carrying an M4 with 500 rounds of ammunition, light armor piercing. A pistol with three extra magazines, and a machete. And if it gets down to the machete, we will cut them to shreds,” the unnamed plotter allegedly said according to the transcript of a wiretap cited in the complaint. He also allegedly tried to recruit other individuals to participate in his plot through a Facebook group.
It has happened again, mindless fanatics have slaughtered 45 people in Pakistan…in the name of Islam and in the name of God.
I am not sure if it is shocking that there is little reaction in Pakistan, on the murders of so many people. One can understand that the country has become rather numbed to news of yet another butchery.
There are people being killed/murdered/butchered at the hands of fanatics almost every day in Pakistan. Fanatics come in different colors and different fanaticisms, some accepted and some tolerated but few are rejected.
The first line of fanatics is the government, its Police and Military which regularly disappears and kills civilians in the name of “protecting the nation”. These agencies are so fanatical about “protecting the nation” that any number of murders is acceptable and actually, a duty. The government is also so interested in keeping the fanatics under some reasonable (from their point of view) control, that they take little or no action when some fanatic kills a person because of “Blasphemy”, “insult to the prophet Mohammed” or another similarly idiotic excuse.
The next line of fanatics are the United States and its “Coalition of the Willing”. These folks have hyped the fear of being destroyed by a diminutive number of ill-equipped people so much, that they now have unlimited supplies of highly-murderous weaponry to direct at the faceless people the “Coalition” has identified as “Terrorists” and “Suspects”. Hundreds and thousands of people, almost every one innocent, have been slaughtered every year, by the US and its ready-to-kill allies.
The last and most continuous line of fanatics are the ultra-religious Muslims for whom, anyone who does not toe their precise line of thinking about Islam, is a “Kafir” (Unbeliever or Apostate). As such they believe, these “Kuffar” (Plural) are more dangerous to Islam than the other enemies, because these “Kuffar” will dilute and dissipate Islam and before you know it, Islam turns into a corrupted version of its ideal and is gone.
In some ways, ISIS should be admired. They have clear goals, they want to take over all the M-E and then go for the rest of the world. They want to destroy everything that does not comport with their version of Islam and they want to kill everyone who is not a part of their misguided faith and that particularly includes America.
We can all agree ISIS are vile, despicable examples of humanity, but we also have to admire their clarity of thought.
American on the other hand, says so many things from so many sides of its collective mouth, that no clear policy can ever come out of DC. America hates Al-Qaeda and its further-to-the-right off-shoot, Al-Nusra and will do everything to destroy them. The US is also completely against ISIS and wants to destroy them. The US wants to be trusted by its Muslim citizens who should feel considered and protected, by its agencies.
That’s the America P-R, the American reality is quite different and beyond comprehension of any but the invisible puppet-masters who direct US policy. As anyone can figure, the policies are driven by the moneyed folk because even our Supreme Court has allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money for political campaigns…so who is the politician going to listen to?
The latest story of the American snake eating its own tail is located in the Arabia Peninsula.
George W Bush famously and idiotically, asked the question, “Why do they hate us?”, meaning of course, why do Muslims have so much resentment towards the US and Europe?
Only someone sitting in the comfortable position of a privileged majority would ask such a question and would fail to understand how Muslims across the world, feel themselves targeted, persecuted and thoughtlessly slaughtered, directly or indirectly, by the United States and its European “allies”—The “Coalition of the Willing to Kill at America’s Bidding”.
Of course, hardly any Muslim takes matters to a violent head, but that does not mean that the sentiment is not shared by almost every Muslim. On the other hand, there are so many “experts” on Islam, Muslims and “Terrorism”, that one is left gasping, just to think about them all. Prominently included among these Muslim-bashers, are politicians and law-enforcement agencies such as Police, FBI and all the other alphabet-soup agencies that exist to “protect” America and whose very budgets and existence, depend on how many Muslim scalps they have, hanging on their doorways. As this is happening, America nods its collective heads with dramatic sorrow and says, ” it is a sad, but necessary sacrifice, to keep us all protected”. I am sure the high priests of the Aztecs and Mayans, who sacrificed thousands of their own (virgins) to their gods, must have said the same thing.
Why should Muslims try to work together and create a voting bloc for our common interests?
Except for those Muslims who have been comatose for the past many years, it is obvious that hostility towards Islam and Muslims is growing fast and with a vengeance. Countries are enacting laws against Muslims under the pretext of defending “Freedom”, “Democracy” or some other empty slogan that people in the West cherish but fail to practice.
Switzerland has banned the construction of minarets; not Church spires, minarets.
The US has made it okay (2010-2014 NDAA Section 1021) to imprison Muslims…FOREVER, without charges or trial.
Once upon a time, there was peace in the world. Well, peace in so far as Mankind is capable of peace so, perhaps it would be better to rephrase that opening line by saying, “Once upon a time, the world was not in flames”. There were dictators who obeyed the Super-powers that brought the dictators to power and there were super-powers who fought covert wars between themselves, being careful to use proxy fighters and none of their own; such policies are protected by the Doctrine of Plausible Deniability where everyone knows what happened and who did it, but there are no red-handed representatives of the “other” to blame and thus, open war could be avoided.
So yes, once upon a time there was a relative peace of sorts, in this world. Dictators made sure they could stay in power and they did so with the help of the super-powers, chiefly the USA and the Soviet Union. The dictators had a little interest in helping their own tribal people, but only because that is where they could most be assured of loyalty and continue in power. If one group decided to start a hate-campaign against another on grounds of ethnic, religious or, sectarian lines, the dictator would squash that group until there were no more upstarts. Free speech was irrelevant but by and large, people were free to follow their desires as long as the Dictator’s boat was not rocked. Continue reading