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Monthly Archives: April 2008

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I like to keep in mind the story of the man who releases the tiger from his cage and then the tiger attacks him saying, “It’s in my nature.” I think of this when I think of the Saudis. They are what Carrie Bradshaw might call frenemies. While they love us for our money, I am pretty sure they hate everything we stand for as well. This should have been obvious to everyone when it was revealed that most (if not all) of the terrorists in the 9/11 attacks were Saudis. And Bin Laden himself is one of the Saudi’s estranged sons (but why is he estranged – it is obvious the Saudis don’t want to appear to be making waves). With the elections coming up, I am hoping that the next president will keep this in mind. Saudi Arabia is a country moved by money but seduced by a closed religion that you may not challenge. Scholars have challenged and even helped shape the way we view Christianity these days. It is a right of the everyday Christian to read the Bible and see what it means to the individual.

Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Munajid says that this should not be the way Muslims think about Islam. “They say: “We reinterpret the texts.” There is a very dangerous conspiracy against the religion of Islam in newspapers and in what these people say.”(Muhammad Al-Munajid, March 2008

So the implication here is that if you want to believe Islam is a religon of peace and that Jihad is meant in the personal internal way, you may not be able to even have that idea. Though the Koran is very specific about what Jihad means, a person wishing to find his or her own way, may not.

The problem is that they want to open a debate on whether Islam is true or not, and on whether Judaism and Christianity are false or not. In other words, they want to open up everything for debate. Now they want to open up all issues for debate. That’s it. It begins with freedom of thought, it continues with freedom of speech, and it ends up with freedom of belief. So where’s the conspiracy? They say: Let’s have freedom of thought in Islam. Well, what do they want? They say: I think, therefore I want to express my thoughts. I want to express myself, I want to talk and say, for example, that there are loopholes in Islam, or that Christianity is the truth. Then they will talk about freedom of belief, and say that anyone is entitled to believe in whatever he wants… If you want to become an apostate – go ahead. Fancy Buddhism? Leave Islam, and join Buddhism. No problem. That’s what freedom of belief is all about. They want freedom of everything. What they want is very dangerous.

Freedom of thought and choice is a definite danger to such an oppressive religion. If you have a choice between eating nails and eating a whopper with cheese, I definitely think you’re going to make a better choice than nails. These men who argue against free speech (and believe me, they are represented in the west as well) are the cunning ones. They know that Islam cannot be challenged. They know it is a religion of misery that keeps people imprisoned. They have admitted that Islam is not the better choice because they refuse to offer a choice.

Later on in this video, Al-Munajid says that people do have the ability to question whether a punishment is too harsh, say, cutting off one’s hands for stealing. But he doesn’t seem to say they have the right to actually do something about it. And with the consequences and taboos placed on free speech, who would ever speak up anyway.

As a member of the human race, we have to be sad and angry that other parts of us, intended to be Christ’s children, are being seduced and dominated in a way that God never intended. Christ wants you to have a choice, and once you do, once you hear how much freedom there is on the otherside, the choice will be clear. No one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to believe.

If you’d like to listen to another anti-western video from Al-Munajid, click here. This one is a trip. He goes on a rant about how unclean westerners are. I so feel like I’ve blogged this before (Is that a Dejablog?). It is easy to get Dejablog when quoting anti-western clerics.


History and Culture for the Discerning American

Spotlighting some of the holes in pop culture thought is one of the most important goals of this blog.  Fighting extremism, terror, and otherwise retarded ideologies can only be achieved if Americans are re-educated in the facts.  There are facts and they do not support what Americans are increasingly thinking.  This is an uphill battle at best.  At worst it is attempting to unbrainwash those who have been sucked into a high-powered cynicism vacuum.   While Europe Slept does a great job of doing away with some of those misconceptions that many in our nation’s leadership affirm as fact.  Just one of those misconceptions is the Europe rocks, America sucks! thought.

Bruce Bawer says we need to turn that idea around.  Much of the pop culture in Europe is distinctly American.  The idea that Americans only typically speak English has been something of a resume (how do you type on accent on XP!?!?!?) stain. The western European countries sit in a huddle, each resembling something that the typical American would call a state. It is as if New England was divided into diverse cultural centers, each with it’s own language (and speaking “central Jersey” is nearly speaking a different language). But making this whole language ‘thing’ an issue for Americans is like telling Warren Buffet he is not qualified for a job at McDonald’s. European culture is wonderful (according to most Ameripeans and the Travel and Food channel), but they can thank America for that. In fact they can thank America that they aren’t all speaking German or Russian for that matter.

Yes, many Europeans were book lovers–but which foreign country’s literature engaged them most? America’s. They revered education–but to which country’s universities would they most like to send their children if they had the means? Answer: the same country that performs the majority of the world’s scientific research, wins most of the Nobel Prizes, and has twice as many university graduates as Europe. Yes, mor Europeans were multilingual, but so what? If each of the fifty states had it’s own language, Americans would be multilingual too. And yes, America was responsible for plenty of mediocre popular culture; but Europeans, I was beginning to learn, consumed this stuff every bit as eagerly as Americans did–only to turn around and mock it as “typically American.” –Bruce Bawer from While Europe Slept

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When Muslims disagree with a film . . .

At least a new Anti-Christian film by Muslims will be better in line with our free speech values than things like, shooting people that make them angry.

So, needless to say we can’t count on the United Nations to defend ideas that we hold dear, such as free speech and um . . . any other good ideas that Americans came up with so I just love it when people like Nancy Pelosi say that we need to be more in tune with the United Nations.

We already know that upon even hearing about Geert Wilder’s film Fitna there were riots.  We don’t even need to mention the violent cartoon riots.  And we also know the United Nation’s stance on those particular efforts in self-expression and support of liberty and free speech.  The United Nations has insited that sites like Google and Youtube remove the movie Fitna.  I am wondering if they will show any support for Christians when an Iranian backed film, Beyond Fitna, comes out.  The film will focus on what Iran’s FARS news agency says is:

. . .orders given to worldwide Christians in the (distorted) version of the Bible for stoking violence, committing genocide, attacking others, beheading and burning women and children who have been taken into captivity.

I know, I know, you may be thinking that this film is a terrible insult to Christians, but calm down.  Before we even see this movie, I can guarantee you one very obvious difference between it and movies like Fitna.  Christians who kill and maim in the name of their religon are going against Christ’s teachings.  Muslims who murder, behead Christians and Jews, beat their wives, and commit acts of terror are doing exactly what their religon and holy book tell them to do.

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Real American
Americans stand up and be proud!

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There is a reason why Islam means ‘submission’

Increasingly, American culture has become self-hating. Young people hate everything we stand for (freedom, democracy, free-markets) and value ideas that have long since failed (communism, socialism, anarchy). We see teenagers with no actual basis for their support of people like Che Guevara except that his face looks great on a tee shirt. They walk around not knowing that he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people. These people weren’t killed in some skirmish as innocent bystanders, they were taken from their homes, their jobs, their loved ones, and murdered. Members of the free press were in particular danger during Guevara’s time. A state controlled media would be the only kind acceptable.

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