Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Jihadist Islam is a Graver Threat than Global Warming « Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel

The Rabbi makes many fine points...

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Why would the Pope speak this way about Islam?

...our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.
Why does Pope Francis say this?  It's patently untrue, for the Koran is chock-full of calls to kill Jews, Christians and other infidels.
This is part of the Pope's Evangelii Gaudium, in which he talks of "inter-faith dialogue".  But does he get anything in return, from any Islamic leader?  Why no, he does not.
A much more robust statement not he persecution of Christians in Muslim countries would have been rather more germane and better received.
[A little late on the scene, but interesting nonetheless, and with recent comment, from here]

Friday, 18 July 2014

"Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem."

...what he said was, “If you really want to fuck Iran, let ’em have Iraq.”
I'm rather in the "keep-out-of-it" camp in relation to the Middle East.
Here's a bit of polemic on that side.

Do Israel's critics think there are not enough dead Jews?

It's what we -- my son and I -- were thinking just the other day. That critics of Israel's counter-attacks on Gaza are basically saying "Hamas is too inept at killing jews; Israel is too efficient at protecting its population from their missiles.  So Israel should stop trying to defend itself and let Hamas get on with missiling Israel, given how inept Hamas are"....
Melanie nails it rather better.

Yay, Yay USA... or Amerika the Evil

How I am like a Muslim...

We're both equally low on the popularity index in the US: me an Atheist, and they, the adherents to Islam.
"Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly" [more]
(no doubt this will send the apologists of Islam into a frenzy of "Islamophobia"...)

"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant...."

Omar Ahmad - Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant
"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
- Omar Ahmad
Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

I've noted this before.  CAIR is the go-to Muslim organisation for the US government, and markets itself as a Muslim civil rights organisation.  But that statement above is still its driving force.

Arab World Holds Hamas Responsible in Latest Conflict

Finally, not even the Arab world can put up with the hypocrisy from Hamas -- the organisation, mind, that wants to kill all jews in the world, wherever they be...
The Palestinian Authority’s representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council even acknowledged that Hamas is committing war crimes by targeting civilians and contrasted that with how Israel is following international law by warning residents before strikes so as to minimize civilian casualties.
The article...

And the US public feels the same, god bless 'em..

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East

The Muslim world’s turned upside down. Washington must forge new alliances to meet the jihadi challenge. One of its partners should be Iran.
Another interesting article from the Daily Beast's Leslie H. Gelb.

"Dick Cheney’s Awfulness Is Here to Stay"

Why does the former veep keep saying unhinged things—as he did Monday about Iraq? Because he believes them. And Rand Paul notwithstanding, most GOP insiders believe them, too.
Interesting article by Michael Tomasky (who also wrote this, yeah!)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Christians should marry Muslims to tackle Islamophobia, says peer

Rather startling that the good peer and QC should find nothing to trouble him in the doctrines of Islam, to which two of his children have converted...
What's wrong here?  What's going on?
Another in the "I don't get it" category.
Hugh Fitzgerald's take, here.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome but Deadly

Says Raymond Ibrahim:
I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new “caliphate” in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State (formerly “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”).
I did so in the vain hopes of learning something “new.”
But it was absolute déjà vu—taking me back to a decade ago, when I was reading and translating the Arabic writings and speeches of al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, as collated in The Al Qaeda Reader.
Now as then, it’s the same Koran verses; the same hadiths of Islamic prophet Muhammad waging and praising jihad; the same threats of hellfire for the munafiqun (hypocrites or lukewarm Muslims); the same carnal rewards in the now or hereafter for those who join the “caravan” of jihad....
... such jihadi rhetoric is regularly used in mosques all throughout Europe and America—explaining why an inordinate amount of jihadis in Syria and Iraq, such as Abu Muthana,  the aforementioned “Brit,” are in fact from the West.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

N.S.A. Spied on 5 American Muslims....

So what?
After all --  and looking at just two of the five --  Nihal Awad is head of CAIR, (here and here) which is affiliated with Hamas (whose Charter, article 7, calls for the killing of Jews anywhere in the world) and is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood presence in the US, whose aim is:
"a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying western civilisation from within and to sabotage its miserable house by their hands". [ref]
And Agha Saeed is head of the American Muslim Alliance, which has called for the destruction of Israel and for killing of jews (here).
Or maybe those aims by American Muslims are not important to US security according to the New York Times?
In buying into the criticism by Muslims of such surveillance of Muslims, the New York Times is surely helping these Brotherhood-allied outfits in their aims to "destroy" western civilisation by its own hand, exactly as they plan.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

The always reliable Raymond Ibrahim.  (no, I mean it; he's seriously serious. And good).
Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism.
I remember being surprised and shocked at Obama's Cairo speech on June 4 2009.  He blamed the west and the US for all the problems in West/Islam relations.  No blame at all on the Muslim side (e.g., conquering worlds by the sword; medieval societal values).  He made patently false representations about Islamic science (e.g.: it didn't invent the compass; China did.  It didn't invent algebra; India did)*.  Inviting the Muslim Brotherhood to the speech, against Egyptian official opposition.  It all rather smacked to me of servitude to Islam.  The rest of the world, however -- with the exception of the anti-Jihad-- thought his speech just wonderful.
If one takes the most charitable view of the speech as being naive rather than with some Obama-as-secret-Muslim agenda, then, tied in with Ibrahim's revelations, it all makes sense as to just how and why Obama's administration has made such a dog's breakfast of Middle East policy.

Here's a mantra to repeat, to enlighten yourself about one aspect of the Middle East:
  • "Muslim Brotherhood Bad"; 
  • knock head on floor; 
  • "Muslim Brotherhood Bad"; 
  • knock head on floor. 
  • Repeat until message has sunk in.
*Later: another example.  In his Cairo speech Obama quoted the Koran thusly:  
As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." (para 6; my emphasis)
Now, in the dozen translations of the Koran available online, there is not one which translates that surah (9.119) in that way; as in "always speak the truth".  They all are versions of "stick with those who speak the truth", and we all know who those that speak the truth are: Muslims.  An exhortation to stick together with Muslims is completely different from the exhortation to speak the truth.  

Moreover, barely four lines later (9.123) there is the command:
O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you...
Hardly peaceable stuff. 
So it's clear that Obama and his speechwriters grossly distorted this surah to try to bolster the impression of Islam as the "Religion of Peace"...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Blazing Cat Fur: Reading Is Islamophobic

David Wood is a knowledgeable and trenchant critic of Islam. 
On the issue of having actually read the doctrines of Islam, I share his experience, for that's what I did years ago, when I kept hearing that it was a "religion of peace", which seemed to me be belied by Islamic actions around the world.  And it's correct. The doctrine does indeed call for violence, today and for all time, against we unbelievers….

Some people complain about Islam because of the endless terrorist attacks they read about every day. Others complain about Islam because they read the Qur'an and Hadith and find incredibly violent teachings. No matter how you look at it, reading is a source of Islamophobia. Hence, in order to combat Islamophobia, reading must be eliminated. Join my campaign against literacy. 

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Islamic Sharia in action: The new "Islamic State" orders up girls for "sex jihad"

Posters in public places told residents to bring their girls to 'fulfill their duty in sex jihad' or feel the full force of the sharia consequences.
Read it here.

Islamic Apologist: Stop Saying ‘Moderate Muslims’

The ongoing debate re "Moderate Muslims"....
Nathan Lean, this time, echoing Turkey's Erdogan who says "There is no such thing as moderate or immoderate Islam.  There's "Islam" and that's it".
Odd, though, coming from a prime Islamapologist.  And quite a dope, it seems, from the various other writings of his that I've seen...  Mostly Islamapologists need the cohort of the "moderates", to counter the "extremists", who are always a "tiny minority" who have "hijacked" the Religion of Peace...

The ISIS map of the world: the Islamic Caliphate

The to-do-list for Islam.... from the new Islamic State:

Christianity and Islam: A Common Heritage?

A good article by William Kilpatrick, on why care should be taken in promoting "inter-faith" dialogue.
I would add to his points: that Islam specifically denies the Trinity of Christianity, calling it "blasphemous".  With this central belief of Christianity denied by Islam, how much room, really, is there for commonality?  We are all human, yes, but beliefs are not all the same, just because we will them to be so.
Other points Kilpatrick makes are germane:

  • Muhammad took (stole?) most of the Koran from half-heard, half-digested stories of the time, mostly from the Jewish Torah.  In that sense, forget Wall Street: it's Islam that has perpetrated the greatest hostile reverse take-over in history.
  • The Koran is all about Muhammad.  So, it's really correct to call it "Muhammadanism", even if it sends Muslims into fits of rage: it's the truth of the cult, and it's such a dangerous truth, that Muslims hate to admit it.  (While they will also copy him as the "perfect man", and ritually intone PBUH, whenever they mention his name).  
  • Islam is a "made up religion", not a revelations to Muhammad.  Well, of course; just as are all religions made up.  

Not mentioned by Kilpatrick is that the Koran is also about punishment of "unbelievers".  That takes up about a third of the text.

Kilpatrick concludes:
What currently seems like the height of enlightened sensitivity on the part of bishops may eventually look like a display of simple foolishness. And, considering how rapidly our illusions about Islam are being deflated by the march of events, “eventually” seems due to arrive well ahead of schedule.