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Understanding Halal Certification Schemes

by 1389AD ( 160 Comments › )
Filed under Australia, Dhimmitude at October 28th, 2014 - 7:00 am

(Part 1 – 12 complete)

Published on Aug 30, 2013 by Q Society of Australia Inc

Please note this is not about halal food. As Q Society’s spokesman Andrew Horwood points out: “Halal food itself is not of concern to us. Nearly all our food is naturally permissible to Muslims and observant Muslims can make food of unknown origin halal by proclaiming ‘bismillah’ over the food before eating.*

What is of concern are the recently invented certification schemes, designed to permeate the supply chain from feeding trough to super market shelves and restaurant kitchens; including many non-food goods and services.”

According to meat industry groups and research, two thirds of chicken and lamb meat and over half the beef sold in Australia now comes from Halal-certified suppliers. Most dairy products as well as other food and many non-food items are certified to sharia standards, but not always labelled.

Islamic organizations have estimated the value of the global halal certification market at USD 2.3 trillion in 2013, growing by 20% per year. No other religious group has imposed a similar tax-like scheme on the general public.

Investigative researchers in France, Canada and the USA have found links between halal certifying organisations and shop fronts for terrorist groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Similar research in Australia is yet to be undertaken.

Grand Mufti Dr Mustafa Ceric has suggested at an international conference in 2010, that Islam can conquer the world through the Halal (certification) movement.

We politely but firmly object. Q Society has three simple and fair policy proposals:

1. Apply the ‘User Pays’ principle
If observant Muslims insist on special rituals and halal certification for their food, then Islamic community organisations should provide these services and cover the fees and extra expenses for the suppliers. Religion is always a contentious issue and should never be imposed onto others.

2. Insist on clear labelling
All products and services from halal-certified suppliers should be clearly labelled by one standard symbol. This way the consumer can recognise when meat, meat-based products or other products and services come from halal-certified sources. Then consumers can make an informed decision

3. No more discrimination
In most Australian abattoirs Muslim males only are employed as slaughterers. Non-Muslims and women are not halal. This is discrimination on religious and gender grounds. We understand that halal-slaughtered meat is important to observant Muslims. We propose if abattoirs require exemption from our non-discrimination laws, that they be owned and operated by a religious organisation. This is similar to religious schools, for which Australia allows certain exemptions from non-discrimination laws.

* Nowhere in Islamic scripture does it say Muslims should eat only halal-certified food. Most observant Muslims know perfectly well that nearly all our food is by default halal:

Koran Sura 2:173 (Al-Baqarah) reads: “He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that which hath been immolated to any other than God. But he who is driven by necessity, neither craving nor transgressing, it is no sin for him. Lo! God is Forgiving, Merciful.”

Koran Sura 5.5 (Al Ma’idah) prescribes: “The food of the People of the Book (that is Jewish and Christian people) is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them.”

And from the hadith narrated by Aisha (Bukhari Volume 3, Book 34, Number 273) Muslims know: “Some people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Meat is brought to us by some people and we are not sure whether the name of Allah has been mentioned on it or not.” Allah’s Apostle said, “Mention the name of Allah and eat it.”

Action Points:

Watch our halal certification information video. Share it with your family and connections.

Read, download and distribute our Q on: Halal Food and Halal Certification paper and our petition form from our website qsociety dot org dot au

Pick up a stack of our “Why Swallow This?” fliers at the next Q meeting and do an hour of letter boxing each week in your neighbourhood.

Talk and write to your local state and federal MP and Senators. Ask them to consider our three policy proposals

When shopping ask for non-halal certified options. You are not a bad person if you do not want to support Islamic organisations with your shopping dollar.

A Curious Paragraph

by coldwarrior ( 97 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Open thread, Uncategorized at October 22nd, 2014 - 2:00 pm

read this:

The majority were young men like Talha, between 16 and 28, including several former criminals and gang members who had recently found what they began to call “true Islam.” Most of them came from moderate Muslim homes and, quite often, were the children of divorced parents. And most lived in the Gellerupparken ghetto.

So ‘moderate islam can’t save them, isn’t enough for them?
Now read the rest of this stupidity:

Give them a job: how Denmark deals with returned Islamist fighters

AARHUS, Denmark: The rush of morning shoppers parted to make way for Talha, a lanky 21-year-old in desert camouflage and a long, religious beard. He strode through the local mall with a fighter’s gait picked up on the battlefields of Syria. Streams of young Muslim men greeted him like a returning king.

As-salamu alaykum.

Wa alaikum assalaam.

n other countries, Talha – one of hundreds of young jihadists from the West who has fought in Syria and Iraq – might be barred from return or thrown in jail. But in Denmark, a country that has spawned more foreign fighters per capita than almost anywhere else, the port city of Aarhus is taking a novel approach by rolling out a welcome mat.In Denmark, not one returned fighter has been locked up. Instead, taking the view that discrimination at home is as criminal as Islamic State recruiting, officials here are providing free psychological counselling while finding returnees jobs and spots in schools and universities. Officials credit a new effort to reach out to a radical mosque with staunching the flow of recruits.

Some progressives say Aarhus should become a model for other communities in the United States and Europe that are trying to cope with the question of what to do when the jihad generation comes back to town. In Australia, the federal government has tackled the issue by proposing laws that reverse the onus of proof for people returning from terrorism hot spots.

For better or worse, Aarhus’ answer has left the likes of Talha wandering freely on the streets. The son of moderate Muslim immigrants from the Middle East, he became radicalised and fought with an Islamist brigade in Syria for nine months before returning home last October. Back on Danish soil, he still dreams of one day living in a Middle Eastern caliphate. He rejects the Islamic State’s beheading of foreign hostages but defends their summary executions of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers.

“I know how some people think. They are afraid of us, the ones coming back,” says Talha, a name he adopted to protect his identity because he never told his father he went to fight. “Look, we are really not dangerous.”

Yet critics call this city’s soft-handed approach just that – dangerous. And the effort here is fast becoming a pawn in the much larger debate raging across Europe over Islam and the nature of extremism. More and louder voices here are clamouring for new laws that could not only charge returnees with treason but also set curbs on immigration from Muslim countries and on Islamic traditions such as religious circumcision.

In a country that vividly remembers the violent backlash in the Muslim world after a Danish newspaper published cartoon images of the prophet Muhammad in 2006, many here want Aarhus to crack down on – not cajole – extremists.

“They are being much too soft [in Aarhus], and they fail to see the problem,” said Marie Krarup, an influential member of Parliament from the Danish People’s Party, the country’s third-largest political force. “The problem is Islam. Islam itself is radical. You cannot integrate a great number of Muslims into a Christian country.”

Aarhus is treating its returning religious fighters like wayward youths rather than terrorism suspects because that’s the way most of them started out.

You don’t lay out cookies and milk to get rid of roaches

The Revival of Orthodoxy in America

by coldwarrior ( 68 Comments › )
Filed under Open thread, Orthodox Christianity, Religion at October 13th, 2014 - 8:00 am

We have noticed a trend lately in the Orthodox Churches around Pittsburgh. Attendance and membership are up, the congregation is younger, with many, many converts,  so many that the converts now make up large percentages of the churches. I can think of at least 10 families in my own church who are converts. People who I know in other Orthodox Churches have also seen this trend as this article goes on to explain:

At 100, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks on upswing

October 12, 2014 12:00 AM

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By Mackenzie Carpenter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s an ancient faith of icons, incense and a capella music, that nonetheless has its own Facebook pages, podcasts and streaming radio.

There are dozens of Orthodox churches in and around Pittsburgh, in varying states of health. But St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks — under the leadership of a priest with a background in corporate management training and a knack for social media — has seen its parish grow larger and younger even as the community around it declines in numbers. This weekend, the church has been celebrating its 100th anniversary.

On Saturday night, in the McKees Rocks neighborhood of  known as the “Bottoms,” voices were raised in mesmerizing song as more than 100 members of St. Nicholas celebrated a service of thanksgiving, part. It was part of a weekend of events to mark the church’s 100th year.

The rector of St. Nicholas, the Rev. Thomas Soroka, joined the church in 2000. He succeeded his father, the Very Rev. Vladimir Soroka, who had been brought in to stabilize the parish, which was diminishing in numbers as the Bottoms neighborhood of McKees Rocks struggled. Now, after a low of 80 members, the parish has 150 adults and 50 children, many of them converts to the faith.

“This weekend we’re honoring the past while expressing our gratitude for the recent growth that we’ve experienced, and our hope for continued blessings in the future,” he said.

There are no organs or musical instruments in Orthodox services and, in this exquisite jewel box of a church, there was no need for any. The wall of sound from the choir in the balcony — answering the call from the altar — reverberated throughout the church as Father Soroka swung the censer of incense.

Archbishop Melchisedek (Pleska), of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, was also present, and will conduct services today.

Young children skipped in the aisles, chased by young mothers wearing headscarves, who would pick them up to kiss an icon — a central part of the theology adhered to by St. Nicholas, a member of the Orthodox Church in America. “Lord have mercy,” whispered a young father in a sports shirt and Dockers khakis to his 4-year-old son, who mouthed the words back to him.

Something is going on here.

“I am not exactly sure why young people are coming, but they are coming,” said Father Soroka, who has daily and weekly podcasts on the Web radio channel ancientfaith.com, which was launched five years ago.

It could be, he mused, because the Internet has made outreach easier, but the visual and sensory aspects of this faith, with its Eastern Rite, the Divine Liturgy — the Orthodox version of the Roman Catholic Mass — appeals to young people.

“Our services are longer” than the Mass, the surroundings are more ornate and, Father Soroka noted with a laugh, “we use more incense.”

“We have a great respect for holy things. Icons are as important to us as pictures of our children,” added Kristie Mertz, who converted to the Orthodox faith in 2003 and who serves as the church’s librarian and historian.

The 45-year-old Greentree resident did a lot of searching in her life before finding spiritual shelter here — with candles flaring, incense burning and dozens of hand painted icons glowing — actual witnesses to the incarnation of Jesus Christ, which is why parishioners kiss them so often.

It can get complicated when explaining the differences between Orthodox churches. Suffice to say this church shouldn’t be confused with St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland (which also has its own Facebook page). Or for that matter the three other churches in McKees Rocks, two of whom answer to the pope but use the Eastern Orthodox rites, and a third which is a member of a separate Ukrainian Orthodox church.

People like to make distinctions between Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Antiochian, Byzantine and so on “but they’re all the same in terms of faith,” said Ms. Mertz. “It’s just that one will eat pierogies, another will make baklava.”

The parish still has families descended from the original Russian Orthodox immigrants who came to Pittsburgh in a great wave at the beginning of the 20th century. It also has Russian families from a later wave of immigration, in the 1980s, when many fled the Soviet Union.

And it also has young people like Erik Wenger, 31, who comes here with his wife and two daughters, part of a new influx of converts to the Orthodox faith, drawn by its 2,000-year history and its sense of community.

“We’ve met a lot of other young couples like ourselves,” said Mr. Wenger.

Some of the younger members have even asked for services to be conducted in an old Russian tongue called Church Slavic, “but nobody here speaks Russian and we have a lot of converts, so we conduct services in English,” said Father Soroka.

The church itself, in a building dedicated in 1917, is a work in progress. Faded old icons depicting saints and holy people, “witnesses to heaven,” were painted in 1941, said Father Soroka.

On Wednesday, some were replaced in a project using a local artist, Cheryl Pituch from Johnstown, who spent the past year painting new ones — easily detected because of their bright gold. Another internationally known iconographer and Orthodox priest from Erie, Father Theodore Jurewicz, will paint the walls and ceiling of the church with new icons over the next year.

Ms. Mertz is partial to one icon on the left side of the floor-to-ceiling carved wooden screen — the iconostasis — which separates the altar from the worshipers and contains 26 icons. Her favorite the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, a very traditional Russian icon that was installed two years ago.

There are five more behind the altar, which is only occasionally glimpsed through the wooden screen during the service when doors are opened and closed by the priests. And another 30 are embedded in the side walls, which are painted a vivid shade of azure blue.

“The interior is exquisite,” said Louise Sturgess of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, noting that craftsman Yaroslav Tkach (1911-1979) made the large crystal chandelier hanging over the pews.

“Every inch of the interior is beautifully painted and the iconostasis is multitiered. For generations, St. Nicholas has served as the spiritual heart of the Russian community.”

Growing up, Stanley Konoval, 26, of Point Breeze, didn’t have much religion in his life. But at Colgate University he majored in philosophy and religion, and the Orthodox Church in America’s underlying theology intrigued him because of its “visual and experiential connection with God. You go in for services and it’s all around you, affecting all of your senses — the icons on the walls, the incense, the chanting. You’re really part not just of God but of a community.”

Good News indeed.

reference Orthodox Church in America

Dhimmi Carter Birthday Wishes

by Macker ( 139 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Democratic Party, Energy, Hamas, History, Inflation, Iran, Koran, Misery Index at October 2nd, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Happy Belated 90th Birthday to the WORST US President…of the 20th Century! Yes, James Earl Carter, Jr. is still kickin’…and it’s time for those of us on the Right Side to leave any type of Birthday Greeting to a forerunner of who we have now.
Think of all the things he’s responsible for: The Misery Index, stagflation, high unemployment, military emasculation, the Iranian Hostage Crisis…and that’s just for starters.
Have at it!

The lies behind bombing ISIS

by Rodan ( 101 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Communism, Democratic Party, Fascism, Hezballah, Iran, Iraq, Islamists, Progressives, Republican Party, Syria at October 1st, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Progressive and Decepti-Con (alleged conservatives) media are all cheering the fallen god-king’s illegal bombing of ISIS in Syria. Obama has not asked for authorization of force and ISIS was not a threat to the US. The Jihadist/Saddam Baathist hybrid organization was only a threat to one nation Iran. Up until the Syrian revolution and the rise of ISIS, Iran through its puppet in Iraq which was installed by the US, Assad’s Syria and Hezbollah occupied Lebanon formed was called the Shiite crescent. ISIS shattered this crescent and has the Ayatollahs in Tehran quaking in their boots. In battles ranging from the Lebanese border, to eastern Syria and the gate of Baghdad, ISIS has defeated Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Syrian army, Hezbollah and the Shia Iraqi army. No Iranian allied force can stand up to ISIS in battle, but their fortune may change.

In what has to be the stupidest military act since we bombed Serbia, the United States is now bombing the one military force standing in the way of Iranian Shiite hegemony of the Middle East. Even worse, we have coordinated with Iran these bombings to help their proxies on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. told Iran of its plans to strike ISIS militants inside Syria in order to reassure them that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be targetted, a senior Iranian official has claimed.

The communication, confirmed in part by a senior U.S. State Department official, appears to signal a cooling in hostilities between the U.S. and Iran for the first time since a 1979 hostage crisis prompted Washington to sever ties with Tehran.

Iran is said to have voiced concerns for the safety of Assad, who remains the Shia Islam-dominated nation’s closest regional ally and the recipient of Iranian military support during a Syrian Civil War.


The Iranian official said Iran was informed separately in advance of the airstrikes launched by Washington and Arab allies against Islamic State positions in Syria for the first time.

That’s right, the US is giving Iran a heads up on our bombings of ISIS. Our attacks have been ineffective since the Iraqi Bathist element of  ISIS have experience fighting the US since at least the gulf war. We are just hitting empty building and grain silos, but we are doing this to help Iran.
If this is bad enough, it turns out what many Lebanese Maronites have claimed through the years is true, the US backs Hezbollah. The US tipped off Hezbollah over ISIS plots to bomb their positions in Lebanon.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — They are sworn enemies who insist they will never work together, but in practice, Hezbollah and the United States are already working — separately — on a common goal: to stop the extremist Islamic State from moving into Lebanon, where Hezbollah is the most powerful military and political player and currently shares with Washington an interest in stability.

Weeks after Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group and political party, helped repel an Islamic State attack on the town of Arsal on the Syrian border, new American weapons are flowing to help the Lebanese Army — which coordinates with Hezbollah — to secure the frontier. American intelligence shared with the army, according to Lebanese experts on Hezbollah, has helped the organization stop suicide attacks on its domain in southern Beirut.

If you think this was bad, well it gets worse. The Obama Regime, Progressive media and the Decepti-Con media all claimed that there was some terror group called Khorosan ready to strike at America. This was a total lie and the presence of some al-Qaeda operatives with Nusra Front, was an excuse to bomb another enemy of Iran. Even better, the group does not exist!

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

Once again, the evil 2 party plutocracy has committed the blood and treasure of America to commit a stretgic mistake. All this is being done to distract Americans, while the 2 parasite parties keep feeding the Militray Industrial complex. The only people we should be assisting against ISIS are the Kurds and Assyrian Christians. It is in our interest for ISIS and Iran to keep fighting. But, the 2 headed demon that runs America is being a sucker for the Ayatollahs in Iran.

One if the greatest Republican Presidents, warned about what we are seeing today.
Other than Rand Paul who is one of the last true Republicans that Ike would recognize as one of his own, is there anyone else calling BS on this fake war on ISIS to help Iran and the Military Industrial Complex? Make no mistake, both Democrat and Republican parties hate constitutional America and seek to establish a Fascist Totalitarian police state. They just disagree on what kind Fascist police state America will have and who will benefit from it. Notice neither party ever presents ideas that will benefit all Americans? All they do is come up with plans that benefit their favorite groups and then they pit Americans against each other. Our founding fathers never envisioned what is going on today.
You are being lied to and deceived about what is really going on.

Are Dinosaurs Halal?

by Macker ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, Islamic Terrorism, OOT at September 21st, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Judging from this panel I found on Bosch Fawstin’s page, I’d say that they are!

Or…at the very least, Pre-Islamic. This calls for The Overnight Open Thread!

British women led by Aqsa Mahmood running sharia police unit for ISIS in Syria

by 1389AD ( 31 Comments › )
Filed under Sharia (Islamic Law), Syria, UK at September 15th, 2014 - 7:43 am

Independent (UK) has the story:

British jihadi Aqsa Mahmood
Aqsa Mahmood

As many as 60 British women have joined an all-female sharia police unit for the Islamic State (Isis), reprimanding those who fall foul of the jihad’s strict rules.

The al-Khansaa brigade is believed to be operating in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by Isis militants and works as their Syrian headquarters.

According to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC), the militia group was established earlier this year to help expose male activists who attempt to disguise themselves in women’s clothing to avoid detention.

A prominent figure in the police force, according to the UK-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), is Aqsa Mahmood, a privately-educated Glaswegian 20-year-old who fled to Syria last November.

Most of the British women who have travelled to the war torn region to fight, are between the ages of 18 and 24, the Daily Telegraph reports, a further three of whom are believed to have joined the military unit.

The ICSR says it monitors 25 British female jihadists who have left their lives in the UK to support Isis.

The brigade’s women are reportedly paid a monthly salary of 25,000 Syrian Pounds (roughly £100), says TRAC, for duties that are not involved with acts of terror – instead insurgency operations.

They are not the only all-female brigade, either, with another – Umm Al-Rayan – also created around the same time.

Security services believe that it is likely that the women will know the true identity of ‘Jihadi John’, the Isis fighter believed to be the person responsible for the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

According to Syria Deeply, the al-Khansaa brigade has also been tasked with cracking down on civilian women who fail to abide by the ultra-strict brand of sharia law implemented by Isis, including that women be fully covered in public and be chaperoned by a male.

An Isis official in Raqqa reportedly said: “We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law.

“There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”

On Thursday, the parents of Ms Mahmood made an emotional plea for their daughter to return and claimed that she had “betrayed” not only them but their community and “the people of Scotland” when she left to fight.

“Our daughter is brainwashed and deluded and helping those engaged in genocide,” her parents said.

Melanie Smith, a research associate at ICSR, said: “The British women are some of the most zealous in imposing the IS [Islamic State] laws in the region. I believe that’s why at least four of them have been chosen to join the women police force.”

The identities of the other three women are current unknown, however a small contingent of female Britons have flown over to the region to fight in some capacity.

Twin 16-year-old sisters Zahra and Salma Halane left their Manchester home on 26 June to join the conflict – it is believed they married Isis militants, with terrorist chiefs investigating whether the men paid for their travel.

Muslim convert Sally Jones, a mother of two from Kent, is also believed to have fled to Isis from her life in the UK after meeting a computer hacker turned jihadi online and later marrying him.

More here.

The Baathist Ghost in the ISIS Machine

by coldwarrior ( 124 Comments › )
Filed under History, Iraq, Islamic Terrorism, Military, Open thread, Politics, Syria at September 14th, 2014 - 8:12 am

The Baathist are back, or did they ever leave?

Saddam Hussein’s Ghost

ByMichael Weiss

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) may have recently cut its name in half, but its fortunes have gained by orders of magnitude, judging by recent developments across a stretch of territory that is now more appropriately referred to as “Syraq.” First, the Islamic State’s (IS) self-appointed “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, managed to give a Friday sermon in broad daylight in a major mosque in the city of Mosul, which is home to 2 million people. This is quite the upgrade from Waziristan’s finest cavernous soundstage, and no major transnational jihadist leader – not Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri – has ever dared make so public and conspicuous a showing of himself as this, least of all with American drones swarming overhead. (Adolf Eichmann giving a Nazi rally at the Brandenburg Gate in 1961 might be the equivalent spectacle.)

It is of upmost importance that you read the rest.


A Lecture,of 11 Sep 2001

by coldwarrior ( 171 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, History, Islam, saturday lecture series at September 11th, 2014 - 8:00 am

In the fall of 2000, I had completed my  Masters program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  My main focus was Economics and the second was International Security. My Ph.D. work on Islamic money flows into terrorist organizations was cut short when my sponsor, General Wesley Posvar died unexpectedly. My funding dried up buy the next summer. No one wanted to name the money guys.

The General  was a singular man, humble, loud, bigger than life; his wife was magnificent as well. I learned of his death in a most impersonal way; It was on my birthday while at my parent’s place up north. I was at a convenience store getting a coffee and a can of skoal wintergreen longcut. I saw it in the papers. I was crushed, my mind went back to the lectures at the Honors College on the top floor of the Cathedral of Learning, we could see for ever from there!  He would hold a Friday Afternoon Lecture at his house for Honors College. The Vets and over 21 were allowed to have some booze with him in the bar in the basement.Be ready to defend your comments!  Dammit…

In the Fall of 2001 I was a lecturer in 20th Century America and in Macro Economics at what was then RMC (it’s now Robert Morris University). I had to attend Ph.D. classes at Pitt, lecture at RMC, and at night drive for UPS. Now that I think about it, my week was 80 hours long. No wonder a divorce happened.

In the syllabi for  my classes was an end of semester week to address Threats To America and The West. Well. that came early. My students were amazed that I had identified the threat in the syllabi. I was at GSPIA on 9/11.

So, early fall is great motorcycling weather. I would show up at RMC on my very red Japanese 900RR in full leather, go into the lounge, change, have a coffee, walk over to class.  That morning, the students got full leathers, and questions.  I wanted answers NOW from these future leaders….one group Congress, one group the Executive, one group the Supreme Court, one group the Military, then questions were fired at them so rapidly that they couldn’t function….then the lecture started for the ‘leaders’.


This was written on the 900 RR’s tank bag on the dead stop panic drive back from PITT to my house (and in 2 bars as the bike was getting over heated) on 11 Sep 2001. I look at this page once a year or so.

Here is the one page  lecture note


do note. it has no layers. hasn’t been played with in photo shop…n’at.


Moderate Islam Is Multiculturalism Misspelled

by lobo91 ( 54 Comments › )
Filed under Guest Post, Islam, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Multiculturalism, Political Correctness, Progressives at September 7th, 2014 - 8:00 am

Guest Post from Aussie Infidel:

I’ve come across an article that seems to distill a lot of diverse threads into a single all embracing idea. I found it quite insightful clever and profound and I wanted to share it amongst the denizens of The Blogmocracy. I think this article is powerful enough to have an outing with a thread of its own.

Ever wonder how a progressive refuses to condemn some 7th. Century head-chopping clone, when logically the secular left are the first to be slaughtered?
How about explaining how normally rational people, who are progressives, refuse point blank to even engage when evidence is placed in front of them ?
How do nominally rational political and religious elites, both progressive and even conservative, process information that causes them to suffer cognitive dissonance?
Have you even attempted to rationally debate a progressive face to face and have you been shocked by their emergent hatred that seems to come from nowhere ?

You can read the reasons why nominally sane people behave the way they do here:

I have been searching for moderate Islam since September 11 and just like a lost sock in the dryer, it was in the last place I expected it to be.

There is no moderate Islam in the mosques or in Mecca. You won’t find it in the Koran or the Hadiths. If you want to find moderate Islam, browse the newspaper editorials after a terrorist attack or take a course on Islamic religion taught by a Unitarian Sociologist wearing fake native jewelry.

You can’t find a moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia or Iran, but you can find it in countless network news specials, articles and books about the two homelands of their respective brands of Islam.

You won’t find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won’t even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won’t find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam.

Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.

The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.

Without a moderate Islam the Socialist projects of Europe which depend on heavy immigration collapse. America’s War on Terror becomes the endless inescapable slog that the rise of ISIS has once again revealed it to be. Multiculturalism, post-nationalism and Third World Guiltism all implode.

Without moderate Muslims, nationalism returns, borders close and the right wins. That is what they fear.

If there is no moderate Islam, no moderate Mohammed, no moderate Allah, then the Socialist Kingdom of Heaven on Earth has to go in the rubbish bin. The grand coalitions in which LGBT activists and Islamists scream at Jews over Gaza aren’t the future; they’re the Weimar Republic on wheels.

The true moderate Muslims are secular liberals of loosely Christian and Jewish persuasion who have invented and believe in a moderate Islam that doesn’t exist outside of their own heads. This secular Islam, which values all life, is dedicated to social justice and universal tolerance, is a counterpart of their own bastardized religions. And they are too afraid to wake up and realize that it doesn’t exist.

When American and European leaders insist that Islam has nothing to do with the latest Islamic atrocity, they are not referencing a religion practiced by Muslims, but an imaginary religion that they imagine Muslims must practice because the alternative is the end of everything that they believe in.

Their moderate Islam is light on the details, beyond standing for social justice, fighting Global Warming and supporting gay rights, because it is really multiculturalism wearing a fake beard. When a Western leader claims that the latest batch of Islamic terrorists don’t speak for Islam, he isn’t defending Muslims, he’s defending multiculturalism. He assumes that Muslims believe in multiculturalism because he does.

Moderate Islam is just multiculturalism misspelled. Its existence is a firm article of faith for those who believe in multiculturalism.

The moderate Muslim is an invention of the liberal academic, the secular theologian, the vapid politician and his shrill idiot cousin, the political activist. Like the money in the budgets that underpin their plans and the scientific evidence for Global Warming, he does not exist.

And it is not necessary that he should exist. It is only necessary that we have faith in his existence.

The degraded lefty descendants of Christians and Jews wait for a moderate Muslim messiah who will reconcile the impossibilities of their multicultural society by healing the conflicts between Islam and the West. Until then they find it necessary to believe, not in a divinity, but in the moderate Muslim.

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