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A bunch of assorted lefties held today a candlelight vigil for the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (thanks Sassywire for the info). When I attend such events, I always recall Albert Einstein’s observation that two things are infinite – the universe and the human stupidity – and he isn’t sure about the first one.
The people gathered in the park were mourning the death of a man, who, though elected, exercised full control over his country. His government didn’t like the free press or anybody else who disagreed with his revolution.
He oversaw a corrupt country where few rights were respected; where a business never had the security to operate safely. Not surprisingly, the economy tanked and the huge inflation ate up the savings of many people.
All those misfortunes had little effect on Hugo Chavez and his friends. The modest colonel, son of teachers, reportedly died a billionaire – his family was $2 billion richer at the time of his death. It is hard to believe that he saved the money from his salary. He also provided the discounted oil supply to Cuba, which prevented the old vampires Fidel and Raul Castro from turning into dust.
All that didn’t find its place in the speeches of the Toronto revolutionaries. One could’ve thought that they were talking of a completely different person.
The speakers from different organizations praised Old Hugo as a compassionate, but uncompromising saint, who did nothing but good. All of them condemned the message of the Canadian Government to the Venezuelan people as insulting – they were sincerely outraged that it didn’t worship the genius of Hugo.
An old lady from the Communist Party of Canada delivered a fiery speech condemning Harper’s government as a bunch of thieves who not only stole the election, but also committed many crimes and robbed the people from their money. She promised a revolution to overthrow them, the kind that Chavez made (you can see her in the video).
Other than the usual ancient Canadian hippies, who don’t know any better and take any leftist ideology at its face value, there were people from other countries. Other than Venezuelan I saw Salvadorian, Ghanaian, Cuban and other flags, including the flag of Farabundo Marti, the guerrilla organization from El Salvador.
And that was the saddest part, because there were many people from South America. After the rally, all of them would return to their houses and apartments, paid either by the social services or the money they make from working for somebody. They won’t starve and nothing will disturb their mundane existence in Canada. The “horrible” and “murderous” capitalist system, which all speakers condemned, will ensure their carefree life.
At the same time, many people in Venezuela and Cuba would go to bed hungry thinking how to escape from the incredibly “successful” societies that the genius of the Castro brothers and Hugo Chavez built. And for some reason the revolutionaries chose to come to Canada instead of helping Chavez to build the perfect socialist society.
I agree with Einstein – the human stupidity knows no limits…
© 2013 Blogwrath.com
Earlier today the Supreme Court of Canada issued the long-awaited ruling in the case of Bill Whatcott. The justices confirmed his conviction of “hate speech” expressed in four flyers, which he distributed door to door in Saskatchewan nearly 10 years ago.
The decision is quite long and many of the points are inconsistent, but the gist of it is that Whatcott has committed a crime by distributing information based on his Christian beliefs. The court handed to the militant homosexuals another tool that would help them finish the destruction of what’s left from our Judeo-Christian society.
The decision practically criminalizes Christianity, because many statements critical of homosexuality are an integral part of the Bible. The Jews can’t get away either, because the books of their Torah are part of the Old Testament. As usual, the Muslims, who not only have numerous texts against the queers, but also apply them diligently by exterminating the homosexuals in their countries, get off the hook. It’s not that hard to figure out why – the docile Christians mostly talk and get scared easily, while the Muslims can chop off your head, if you criticize them too harshly.
There are many things to be said to defy that march against free speech, which may turn our country into a giant gay parade. And I’ll definitely say them. However, today I would start with the worst of the worst – the texts on homosexuality in the Bible that may soon be deleted.
Genesis 19 (God just can’t appreciate some wholesome homosexual fun)
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”
“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.
5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.
8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”
9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door…
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marrya his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished…”
23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.
24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens.
25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.
Leviticus 18:22 (God has a few harsh words)
“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”
“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.”
Matthew Chapter 19 (for some strange reason Jesus doesn’t endorse the same-sex marriage):
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Romans 1:26-27 (Apostle Paul is very unlikely to be a guest on MSNBC):
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Jude 1:7 (a friendly reminder about the past):
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
1 Timothy Chapter 1 (another warning)
9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders.
10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (God might be charged by the Canadian Human Rights Commission and forced to open His Kingdom)
9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
(Quoted according to New International Version 1984, New Living Translation.)
© 2013 Blogwrath.com
The last few weeks didn’t contribute much to improving the image of Islam. Raging crowds of Muslim film critics rioted all over the world and even killed the American Ambassador to Libya. President Obama handled that assault with the decisiveness of a Vietnamese nerd, who wants to explain to his quarterback roommate that he should not loot his food from the fridge without ending up being dangled from the balcony of their apartment. Last week a large crowd of fanatics gathered in front of the US Consulate in Toronto to demand censorship and blasphemy laws for Canada. Yesterday the convicted murderer and terrorist Omar Khadr was quietly brought back to Canada by the supposedly conservative government.
Amidst that doom and gloom, it was like a breath of fresh air to attend the inaugural meeting of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow. It was refreshing to hear people discussing things in calm and rational manner, instead of constantly yelling “Allahu Akbar!” as many did last week.
Prof. Salim Mansur gave a short introduction, after which Raheel Raza – the president of the new organization explained the goals and objectives of the organization. This is not a religious organization, it is an association created to address the wide spectrum of issues that the Muslims are facing now and which will become even more acute in the future. The Muslims need to get away from the 7th century. At the same time, the group wants to expose those who have no loyalty to Canada – example of that was her encounter with a man from a certain well-known Muslim organization, who stated at an event that Canada had no values, its values came from Israel, and she confronted him about that. The movie protest was another issue – Raheel asked people in Toronto going to the protest if they have seen the movie, and most of them haven’t – that was definitely a manufactured event. Maintaining the individual freedoms is the most important task in our country – the pluralism and preserving of the Charter are also very important, including freedom of expression. The new movement should respect the equal rights of Muslims, homosexuals, atheists, etc. She is well aware of all the challenges and threats she would face working in that field, because from the traditional conservative Muslim point of view she is seen as an aggressive woman.
Christine Williams from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Simon Wiesenthal Center was the next speaker.
In her opinion, the main problem with the modern Islam is the blending of religion with politics. That trend could be noticed all over the world, where even countries, which were not that affected in the past, like Turkey and Indonesia, are turning to Islamic control. The issue with the Muhammad movie was that it was a planned attack, it wasn’t caused by the movie itself. The solution the fanatics are recommending is to impose blasphemy laws on the West, which will severely restrict our freedoms, mostly with regard to criticism of Islam. In contrast, Christianity is still criticized or ridiculed without any consequences, like in the example of the “artwork” of Jesus Christ immersed in urine.
There are even attempts to impose sharia law, like the case of the Iranian embassy, which wanted the Iranians in Canada to work for the Iranian government and gradually take over the Canadian government and then attack the USA. In many other cases we are dealing with taqiya – a tactic where Muslims pretend to be friendly while secretly working against the Canadian values. Sharia law already has had bad consequences in England – after being accepted in 2008 to deal with civil matters among the Muslims in the country, it has quietly expanded to include even criminal matters. Even the Bishop of Canterbury defended its introduction in the name of creating better cultural cohesiveness. The Muslim extremists tried the same in 2004 in Ontario and we were very close to accepting it, if it wasn’t for the campaign organized by Muslim women, who didn’t want to see themselves in the inferior position that sharia has reserved for them. A common misconception is that if Muslims don’t follow those laws, they seize to be Muslims. That is nonsense – in other religions, like Judaism, there are punishments like stoning adulterers according to the Torah, yet nobody gets stoned today – the Jews have outgrown those concepts. Muslims should be able to do the same. The reality of the Muslims blasphemy laws is frightening and they should be abolished.
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), was the keynote speaker.
He said that all the ideas about reforms in Islam discussed tonight cannot be presented in the same way in the Muslim world, because they’ll be considered blasphemous. The key difference is that here in the West we have freedoms, which don’t exist in other places. What binds us together here? It’s the idea that we live in a country, which protects you as an individual. Those freedoms are under attack and they have been condemned for decades by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic organizations, which advance quietly in the West. They were irritated by Al-Qaida, which with the 9/11 attacks blew the cover off the project and attracted scrutiny and attention to Islam.
Those fanatical organizations demonize the West. They attack the very nature of the Western societies and try to redefine and change the identity of our countries. Islam as a religion doesn’t require dominance, because it is a spiritual experience of the believers. He gave as an example the former Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic who said that he never felt more Muslim than during the 15 years of solitary confinement under Tito’s regime (I definitely didn’t like that example). We need to firmly identify and convey through our narrative the identity of the citizen of the West. Making those values clear would insulate many Muslims from radicalization. The problem is that the modern Islam is departing from its spiritual principles and turning into a political movement. Those Muslims, who want to reform their religion, need to restore the spirituality in it.
One important way to do that is to encourage criticism of Islam, especially among young people. Under the current stagnation, the leaders discourage free discussion in every possible way – for example, they claim that only people with degrees in Muslim studies can discuss Islam. That leaves out people like Jasser or Daniel Pipes, who though knowledgeable, are disqualified. The resulting rigidity has created an oligarchy that prevents any meaningful reforms.
From that perspective Islam has something to learn from Christianity. Along with the great Christian leaders and theologians, many laymen have contributed to reforming it, like for example Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers, who created a new paradigm of religious freedom and tolerance with the US Constitution. Why can’t Islam do the same?
Obfuscating the problems by pretending that Islam has nothing to do with its current situation makes things much worse. The claims that people like Osama bin Laden are not Muslims, because of the way they act only obscures the issues in Islam. The statement that the recent riots in the Muslim world were caused primarily by a movie (parroted by the Western media) distracts us from the violence within Islam and is aimed at changing the values and the laws of the West. The constant blaming of the USA, Canada, and other Western countries is designed to distract the attention from the real issues. The perpetual parade of grievances and victimization stop any discussions of the flaws of Islam as manifestation of “Islamophobia”.
We have to find our narrative and show that the USA is not about jeans or other superficial things; the core issue is that this type of society allows you to achieve anything you want. The Islamic theology must be reformed to respect the values of liberty and the independence of the individual, which cannot be achieved without separation of mosque and state. That also includes the questioning of the principle of jihad. The issue of values and identity is crucial for the personal development. For example Dr. Jasser and Major Hassan, the Fort Hood terrorist, had strikingly similar biographies. Both received medical education and had careers in the army. The difference is that Hassan probably grew up in a family environment hostile to the Western values, which built in him an identity of violent hater.
Once again, the discussion within Islam is crucial, if we want it to change – hiding behind hadids to justify the reluctance to think is not helping anybody. The role of the reasonable discourse must be increased. It is important to remember that these are not some abstract theological or ethical issues – on the contrary, the consequences from them are very tangible and affect the national security.
The problem is that the people in the government and many private citizens are not aware of the quiet advancement of the Islamic extremism. During the Cold War things were very clear and polarized – nobody saw the communist parties as some benevolent organizations contributing to our progress. Since the demise of communism that polarization disappeared and many people have a hard time determining what is good or bad. Thus dangerous Islamic organizations are perceived as charities dedicated to spiritual enlightenment. The reality is different – for example, the Muslims are a very small minority in the USA, yet in the last few years 85% of all arrested and charged with terrorism were Muslim. No matter how some people would like to twist the things, this is a problem.
Even within the Muslims countries it is difficult to evaluate the political forces. Often we see confrontation between theocratic and secular fascism with nothing in the middle. These complex issues would probably take a generation to resolve.
Dr. Jasser has been often accused that his understanding of Islam is not real and it’s outside of the mainstream. However, in his opinion, that situation of turning Islam into a political movement is relatively new and happened within the last 100 years – by its nature Islam is not hostile toward invention and progress (remembering the role of Islam in Southern Europe for over 500 years, it’s hard to agree with that statement). During the Q&A session he added more clarifications to his position – he didn’t believe that the extermination of the Jews under Muhammad and most of his war atrocities described in Islam really happened; he didn’t believe that Muhammad had sex with a 9-year old girl either.
His conclusion was that no matter what, we must support and advance liberty. Now we are battling for the soul of our nations. Multiculturalism, as it is understood and practiced today, could kill us because it cannot distinguish between a culture and a political movement. The political Islam is a dangerous movement, whose purpose is to dominate the West. It is incorrect to see it as an odd, but harmless culture. We will be doomed if we ignore that fact.
After that I had a chat with a friend, who also attended the event. She asked me what I thought about it. I said that while I found Dr. Jasser’s ideas bold and challenging, there were things I didn’t like that much. Presenting Izetbegovic as some kind of a morally elevated type was a bad idea – those who know the new history of Yugoslavia remember that he and his henchmen provoked the violence in Bosnia by shooting their own people in Sarajevo to demonize the Serbs by blaming the bombings on them. The Western intervention, which resulted from those events, caused a domino effect of even more violence. Also, saying that Islam was recently corrupted or that the worst things didn’t really happened probably saves the reputation of the Muslim prophet, but doesn’t sound very convincing as a position. Wouldn’t it be better to say (like in Judaism or Christianity) – yes, we’ve had some bad things in our past, but we will do our best to outgrow them.
My friend replied that what I say may be true and many other critics of Dr. Jasser see things in a similar way, but we still need to support him and other people with his convictions, because they are doing a very difficult work, which eventually would change the Muslim world.
I hope she is right, because the situation now is quite scary. On one hand, we have a mild-mannered lady, who came from Pakistan, and a rational doctor speaking in a Toronto auditorium about the need to reform Islam (and many in their audience are not even Muslim); on the other hand, we see on the TV news crowds of mindless savages who, like a singular of boars, crush everything under their feet and destroy the property of their fellow Muslims over a YouTube movie they have never seen. Faced with these two alternatives, it’s not difficult to decide whom to root for.
Let’s hope that one day Mrs. Raza and Dr. Jasser will succeed with our help. We have no other choice…
© 2012 Blogwrath.com
The survey of 1,500 Canadians, conducted over three days last week for the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies, showed 56 per cent of respondents see Western and Muslim societies locked in an unending ideological struggle, while about 33 per cent — just one-third of the population — held out hope that the conflict will eventually be overcome.
Are you surprised at all? People are not as dumb as the mainstream media want to present them. They can figure out for themselves that the Muslim countries, shackled by their backward religion, have little chance to join the civilization.
Pretending that all cultures are the same is not going to fool the ordinary people, who still see the mortal danger coming from the Islamic ideology. Islam is more than willing to destroy our civilization, while the Western politicians look the other way.
You can read the rest here.
What a “touching” news! In today’s The Globe and Mail you can read how a mosque built in Manitoba was transported all the way to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. It took 23 days for the trip to cover the 4,000-kilometre distance. The challenges that the venture had to overcome “captured records and the national imagination along the way.”
The author makes it appear that it was some kind of a fascinating event that made everybody in Canada proud. Well, it wasn’t… For starters, the article doesn’t explain why it was necessary to move the mosque all the way from Winnipeg to Inuvik. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just build it there?
It was most likely a publicity stunt for the organization, which started the whole thing, the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »
I have always found Haroun Siddiqui’s columns in Toronto Star very entertaining. He has the funny ability to twist facts and concepts to the point where you wonder if he really means what he writes. It is not clear if he is clueless about what he covers or if the newspaper keeps him to stir controversy and bring in more readers.
He usually offers some simple idea, backed with questionable arguments, which in his world would resolve all complex issues. His latest column is not an exception.
Commenting on the recent arrests of four suspect terrorists in Ottawa, he takes on the enormous task to resolve the secret of terrorism in Canada. His solution is very simple and easy: all terrorism in Canada is rooted in our war in Afghanistan, if we leave, everything will be fine and dandy again. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently Toronto Star ran a story about the labour conditions in Toronto’s Chinatown. Their main example was a woman, who came from China in 2006. Apparently, she didn’t start work until this year, because she was raising two young children. She didn’t speak any English, so her only option was working in Chinatown.
She found a job at a manicure salon, but then was asked to pay $400 deposit for the privilege to work there. On top of that she agreed to work seven days a week, ten hours a day and receive for that $25 daily wage. Eventually, she had to leave the job due to exhaustion. Read the rest of this entry »
It is strange that somebody finally realized that the hiring policies of the Government of Canada are plagued with racism. That’s nothing new. Everybody with even a modest IQ level has been painfully aware of that while applying for any government job.
The strange thing is that the Government finally stated that they plan to do something about it. All that commotion was started few days ago by Sara Landriault. Being a stay-at-home mom she was out of the work force for few years. After raising her children she decided to look for a job. She was interested in the position of an administrative assistant at citizen and immigration, but the friendly multicultural racists from the human resources department had a nasty surprise for her. It turned out the job was open only to aboriginal applicants. Read the rest of this entry »