The second week of September is always difficult, well not always – it has been difficult for the last 13 years, since September 2001. Almost everyone remembers president Bush speech in which he said the Islam is the religion of peace, and maybe the same thought had passed in the mind of the current president last weekend.
Obama’s ISIL speech made one false accusation and labeled the fighters of the Islamic state (ISIL, or ISIS if you want), for some reason the president wants to deny this group of people the only one thing that they truly are – Islamic.
How can an American president even start to give out marks for religious capabilities to anyone? from when did the main job of politicians start with correcting the names by which we can groups of people who are united in a common cause (as wrong and as prevent as it might seem to them, or us).
So we find ourselves, 13 years later, with the same distracting and fully wrong message ringing in our ears – the exact opposite of the evident truth is told to the masses in hope that they will take the bait and… keep calm and carry on?
It does not work any more, even fanatic dazed neo-liberals (ones that prefer full rights to the religious and reduced rights to secular) everyone knows that this fight is about religion, that its main purpose and call is for religion – and much more than that, these Islamic fighters now in middle east are in fact reenacting the same path of the historic birth of Islam, if the prophet would have arrived today he would find in them the perfect partners to share the prophecy, in this sense these people are (to Islam) perfect believers.
So please, first out of the respect for the intelligence of the general population and second for the simple idea of understanding who you are facing – say the truth, ISIL is everything but not Islamic, it is as Islamic as it gets.
Begging for Help – No One Really Listens
The Yazidis, an old and ancient religious community in Iraq sent a woman to beg for their lives in front of the national assembly of the Iraqi people. They are currently being butchered by the forces of Sonni Islam, ISIS, who is making its way through the Iraqi state.
The world is mostly indifferent, apart from a couple hundred people who marched in support of Christians (not Yazidis) in Brussels, as what the police calls a some “young” people shouted and cursed them as they passed (saying that all Christians should be killed).
The Yazidis are not as well prepared as the Kurds who are getting ready to face ISIS, they have been misled and misread the upcoming storm, now they are left for themselves – they are stranded in an area that would not support an life, so it is either they are killed by ISIS or die of hunger and dehydration.
If you need to do one thing today is to dedicated 2 and a half minutes to see this woman, desperately begging for the lives of basically everyone she knows, this is not the sexy Gaza Palestinians who during 30 days of active fighting had list an estimated 800 non combatants to what they called a “Genocide” attempt by Israel, the Yazdis do not get 3 Billion dollar annual support from Qatar, nor do they have the UN call an urgent meeting on their behalf, in the last week estimated are that up to 3,000 of them have been murdered – and more will follow if this is not stopped.
From Athens to Paris the old continent shakes, its old children watch in horror as their neighborhoods reveal their changed face to the world. While Europe was busy making money and buying homes with bigger gardens, better cars and nicer clothes a wave of Muslim immigrants changed it forever.
These Muslims are mostly made up of regular normal people, many of them hard working, many respect the law and the country that accepted them, however there those who do not accept and who do not respect, and in the Muslim world they are the ones that count.
And so Europe wakes up to a frenzy of anti semitic violence, in action as well as in rhetoric, from Italy to Germany, violent demonstrations who do not care to pretend its about “zionism” or “Israel”, oh no, its about the Jews. These old Jews who from an early and tender age are represented to many in the Muslim world as the the worst thing ever, people who happened to be born to a Jewish mother are the target of millions of uneducated and intolerant Muslims.
And no European country stands up to protect its own citizens from this blatant racist attack, in Germany police lend the police car speaker so Muslim protestors could yell “death to the Jews” using it, in France a small force of policemen stand aside when Muslims set fire to a synagog.
If there is anything that history teaches us is that once violence spreads out, even when it starts as a focused blow to just one type of people, it quickly and rapidly takes over, and so, Europe, the old stomping ground of Fascist and Nazis is once again walking down that old path of religious hatred and bigotry, the only ones able to still save it come from the ranks of the nationalistic far right.
With no help from the West – Christians need to run for their lives
What this life might seem for those Arab Christians in Iraq these days must be a gloomy, realistic and desperate thought. While they know of their brothers and sisters in the West, of their military power and financial strength they do not feel even the slightest touch of aid to try and solve their desperate situation.
As ISIS rolls in, Christians are faced with a choice that they did not confront for about 1,400 years. Convert, pay or Die. The ISIS fighters are firm believers in the Islamic old ways, and they stay true to that, non Muslims are offered – just as they did hundreds of years ago, the option between paying the Jizya, converting to Islam or death by the sword.
In many terms these Christians would have been much better defended 800 years ago, when sympathy and help would arrive from Christian nations in Europe, but now their tears produce no more than 5 minute on French TV news.
The latest information is that France has offered some of the Christians refuge, maybe in hope to pathetically balance the figures of religious immigration to the country, however French Arabs – or simply Arabs in France, who are fanatics to human rights when it comes to anything that has to do with Israeli issues, do not take to the streets for their fellow Christian Arabs, or even for the Shiite community in Iraq which is fighting for its life. What a strange world this is, that an Atheist blog laments the end of Christian presence in Iraq you realize how hypocrisy and bigotry rule the Western Governments.
The last thing Gaza needs right now is for you to pray for it. It has way too much of that going on, including the person above, once again confusing Israeli population for simple Jews, for a moment of neglect Imams can drop the facade of a focused “humane” attack on Israel (for no reason at all) and actually say what is on their minds – this whole thing is about Muslims killing Jews.
Of course when one says “pray for” this or that they do not always mean religious prayer, so let us suggest a few real things that we can wish for, starting from the simple ones to the more politically saturated –
Wish for Hamas to fight like an army and not like cowards, not use civilians and children as shields, not force families to stay in areas from which they wage missiles attacks on Israel.
Wish for Hamas to fight like an army against an army and not focus most of its resources to try and kill non-combatants in Israeli populated cities.
Wish for Qatar to focus on building itself as a media mogul state and not sponsor Jihadi terror organizations.
Wish that the security of Palestinians in Gaza will be regard as chiefly the task of Hamas and not of Israel by the global media.
Wish that Hamas would use its 500,000 ton of concrete to build schools and hospitals and better living conditions for its people, rather than build underground cities to service its elite and suicide platoons.
Wish that there will be a 10% increase in the Atheist population of Gaza, leading them to ask that one simple question “why do we need to keep trying killing Jews instead of building a better life for us with those millions of dollars from Qatar and other Arab states”.
Wish that those Arab states who donate money to Gaza would not demand that its exclusively used to murder Jews.
Looks like we covered this one.
Call it what it is – Muslim Jew Hatred
From Paris to London and far away as Calgary in Canada, people are showing their anger at Israel for responding to a 1,400 rocket attack on its civilian population, because it is simply unacceptable for a country to defend its citizens, especially if it hurts civilians on the other side – even if those are forcibly placed as human shields by the militants they themselves choose as government.
One thing stands out in all of this, the reports in local media call this “anti Israel demonstrations”, because, hey, we live in a democracy and its all right to criticize another country. This is, in turn, becomes what it really is – a sticky old fashion jew hatred demonstration under the guise of a “anti Israel” protest.
To some, it seems, there is nothing better than to take your old Palestinian/Algerian/Turkish flag, grab a knife or pipe and go out to a Parisian street in summer to chant “death to the Jews”, while some of the locals keep asking you (politely enough) to replace “Jews” with “Israel”, because just murdering jews for being born Jews is, well, racist.
And, oh, by the way, 200 bodies have been found in Syria yesterday, and about 300 Syrians are barricaded and starving in a village, Mosul is being ethnically cleansed. But that does not disturb those peace loving, knife yielding European Arabs – they just out for Jewish blood.
For those who were young children when the original “Cosmos” by the late Carl Sagen aired this remake and refresh of the original show to fit our knowledge and technical abilities brings nothing but joy. This show remains one of the biggest recruiting tools of modern science and our current young generation should enjoy it as well.
The show started with a direct and intentional, clear as a whistle blow aimed at religion, what Sagen did in his own unique story telling way some thirty plus years ago the current show did in a blunt and precise way, a few minutes into the first episode. The case of Giordano Bruno was told in what seems to be the undermining statement of the show – you get no points for repressing knowledge and the search for truth, the Roman inquisition is exposed for what it was, with a sign for the current religious zealots – you’re in the way.
It is almost amazing to comprehend how much we, as a society and a culture, have progressed in the last 30 years that to go out against the ruthless power of religious authorities is now acceptable and permitted. One can only hope that in 30 years we will come even closer to make religion what it really is, a kind of a hobby, a pastime that accounts to almost nothing that should be kept confined and restrained, while the rest of us progress.
Yesterday’s post about the Monchengladbach anti Islam prayer on the street had a YouTube video of the people praying and those loudly objecting to this, a quick look on the comments of this short video reveals a scary image of an aggressive society that has nothing but contempt and violence towards others.
Some make threats, others add two-three words comments like “Hitler was right” (about what? praying on the streets? anti Islam?) and others get into a heated and ugly discussions about how “Muslims” will be pushed out, kicked out or just “exterminate” – but who do they mean? those born to two Muslims? those who are practicing Muslims? those with even a small hint of Islamic blood?
Others dive head on into the simple “kill them all” argument, going on against Jews (completely off topic, but hey, as long as we are being racists we should push everything through the door) and illuminati and others.
How depressing to see a valid secular issue being degraded to this filth, and to witness the same level of violent aggression so easily flow out of all sides of this argument.
Hate and Racism, Not One Proper thought on comments
Watch this video taken from a police car, a police officer gets out of his car and two dogs run around him with the only real contact between the officer and the dogs takes place when he kicked one of them. After a very short time the officer shots one of the dog literally point black and kills it, this is followed by a heated argument with the owner of the dog who finally opens his door in response to the gunshot.
At first it seems like the officer is completely guilty however after viewing the video again (and paying attention to the noises the dogs make) it becomes clear that the dog owner should not have left the two dogs outside unsupervised and free. Even thought the dogs do not seem to be aggressive (wave their tails and jump around) the police officer had some reason to think he may be at risk, and the conversation later suggests that this officer had been bitten in the past.
However if the officer is suffering from fear of dogs he should not have even gotten out of the car. The one thing that stands out here is the way that the police can act without real challenge, further enhancing that “do not mess with cops” attitude. In principle the police is there to help, to protect and serve the public – not act out brutal acts that can not be changed out of the feeling of superiority and power.
A video on YouTube shows a rough scene in Mönchengladbach, Germany. A large group of peaceful people are praying in the tradition of Islam and a lot of other people surround them and make very loud attempts to disturb the prayer.
The initial thought is to denounce the disturbers and help those peaceful men (as far as I could see, exclusively men), because after all – they are only praying. Give it another couple of seconds and another thought might cross your mind – why do they need to perform this religious act on the street, why not in a proper place of worship – we do know that there are thousands of Mosques in Germany.
This is not the first time, nor the first place, that Islamists try this subtle tactic. Sometimes under the delicate threat of public disturbance in order to get yet another Mosque building permit and sometimes just as a public show of strength the street prayer has been used all over Europe to show the locals who is running things. Run a quick search in YouTube and you will discover many videos of dazzled Parisians trying to figure out how to get from one part of the city to another and Londoners unable to cross the street – let alone drive through a public road. Videos from Moscow show a huge crowd taking over large part of a neighborhood – to the dismay of passers by.
So, with the risk of quickly being labeled “Islamophobe” we really need to conclude that anyone who ignores any idea of the public space and goes to pray at the expanse of others even thought there are plenty of indoors places of worship around is simply a thug who is pursuing a goal that is far beyond his own little piece of salvation. In simple words this is a violent and aggressive way to force a religious system upon a society that generally has no wish to even consider that religion.
Unfortunately it is clear that many of those anti street prayer demonstrators are not champions of liberalism and peace, and it seems evident that some are plain racist and fascist, it is important to resist this act and make sure that these people realize the fine lines that they should respect in Western societies.