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Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

Harvard Students Claim United States Greater world Threat than ISIS

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 6, 2014

A few weeks ago Campus Reform went to Harvard University and asked students who they felt was the greater risk to the world; the United States or ISIS.  Some indicated that the US was the greater threat and claimed that American policies were responsible for the creation of radical Islamic movements such as ISIS.  Some Harvard students then followed up on this “study” creating their own video questionnaire and found similar responses, videos posted below.

Harvard University is renowned as perhaps the most famous and supposedly intellectual colleges in the United States.  The skills exhibited by some of the students in the videos bring into questions these conclusions.

It is remarkable that students from this prestigious University believe the United States responsible for radical Islam and the infighting within its subgroups.  Had these students studied world history instead of the phony academics that make up much of today’s college curriculums they would have been taught that the Sunni–Shia divide that is led to so much conflict within the Islamic world began shortly after the death of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 632 with infighting over the secession to the Prophet.  They would also learned that this conflict began over 1100 years before the founding of the United States.

 

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Secretary of State Kerry gets Biblical with Islam

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 5, 2014

The greater Islamic world is in turmoil. Pakistan, a nuclear power, is teetering due to the many radicals in country. Afghanistan will fall apart when the US troops depart. Libya, Syria, and Iraq are in Civil Wars. Egypt is fighting its Islamic fundamentalist problems and Iran continues on a quest for nuclear weapons.

Given the chaos in the Muslim world, it was shocking to hear John Kerry on Wednesday giving a speech on Islam in the video below that included:

“Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis.

“And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth, and for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God.”

John Kerry is delusional and out of touch with reality. Yes, he is a religious fanatic. However, not one based on Scripture, but instead the new religion of global warming. You can’t make this stuff up!

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Comedian Bill Maher Calls Islam on Violence in Tweet

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 21, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher is an unapologetic Leftist and atheist.  He now has one thing in common with Pope Francis; both have called Islam on the violence emanating from too many followers of that religion.  Maher’s recent tweet follows:

Bill Maher

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Son of Hamas Founder Exposes Hama’s True Goals

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 30, 2014

The narrative proffered on Israeli-Palestinian (Hamas) conflict by Progressives including President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry borders on the absurd. This often infers moral equivalency between the actions of Israel and Hamas. In essence they conclude that if both sides would restrain their actions, an environment could be created that would lead to a peaceful solution. This view ignores history, as well as the actual goals of each party. It also uses the same logic for the Middle East proffered by Western diplomats since World War I that has proven to be fallacious.

The broader Middle East conflict has been ongoing since long before the modern state of Israel was created in 1947. It predates the Crusades and began with a schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims for the control of Islam. The current crisis in Syria and Iraq is a continuation of this centuries-old battle. It is also the basis of the regional conflict between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Compared to this conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian issue is in the noise. Assuming away the State of Israel would likely eliminate one of the few coalescing issues within Islam that kept the Sunni-Shia conflict from becoming a full-blown war in recent decades.

Now back to the current Israeli-Hamas issue and the lame logic from Progressives. From Israel’s perspective, most Israelis desire a two state solution, but one that includes security for a Jewish nation. Ideas concerning the final borders a two state solution vary within Israel depending on political views. This varies from an accommodating position, to others that are unreasonable.

From the Palestinian (Hamas) perspective, while they might give lip service to a two state solution, this is not possible within their charter. Hama’s charter includes the following comments about Israeli’s/Jews:

The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.”

Progressives will make excuses for Hamas’s incendiary and anti-Semitic language, just as they did for Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. Cutting through the diplomatic jargon, it will relate to a theory that negotiations are always better than the alternative. However, actual negotiations require willing partners for a negotiated outcome. In addition, as Roosevelt and Churchill correctly concluded once World War II commenced, negotiations with the Nazis was never an appropriate choice.

Finally, the idea of a two-state solution sometimes promoted by Palestinians and Hamas is a red herring. The Palestinians have stated that they will never give up their “right of return”. Under the right of return, any Palestinian with a claim that their ancestors once lived in Israel will have the right to return to that country. This guarantees the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state, if not by force, then by demographics. Obama, Kerry and their Progressive allies are well aware of the issues involved with the right of return, but ignore them as it would disrupt their narrative.

Some light on the true motivations of Hamas was recently shed by Mosab Hassan Yousef, a son of one of Hamas’ founders, during a recent CNN interview with Don Lemon included the video below. Yousef, who was being groomed for Hamas leadership when growing up, defected from Hamas and has since been disowned by his father. His comments below, while chilling, are at least comforting in their candor.

  • “Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, does not care about the lives of Israelis, or Americans; they don’t care about their own lives. They consider dying for sake of their ideology a way of worship.”
  • “Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest. The destruction of the state of Israel is not the Hamas’ final destination.”

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Brandeis University Shows Misogynists side of Political Correctness

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 17, 2014

AliAyaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman born of the Islamic faith, should be an inspiration to all who believe in freedom and equal rights.  Instead, she has become a victim of Progressive political correctness.

Earlier this year Brandeis University decided to honor Ms. Ali by awarding her an honorary doctorate for her efforts on behalf of women in Muslim societies.  That decision was met with consternation by pressure groups and Progressive political correctness that does not allow criticism of Islamic faith.  Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence caved to the pressures, removing the degree offer saying “we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.  For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of the statements earlier.”

Lawrence’s response is pure doubletalk.  How does Ms. Ali’s condemnation of female, genital mutilation, honor killings, forced marriage, or Sharia law conflict with Brandeis core values?  Freedom of speech, especially on a college campus, should not be curtailed in the name of any “core values”.  Finally, if core values preclude free speech at Brandeis, why did this same University award an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner, who has said: “The biggest supporters of Israel are the most repulsive members of the Jewish community.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s organization, The Aha Foundation, states its charter as: “The AHA Foundation works to protect and defend the rights of women and girls in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture.”  This goal should find universal acceptance within the West’s feminist movement.  Their lack of outrage on the treatment of Ms. Ali is an indication of the moral corruptness of this movement.

Ms. Ali published an op-ed in the New York Times posted below titled Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis.  As she so says: “I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally.  And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight.  The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored.  We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

Brandeis behavior on this matter is reprehensible.

Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis, By Aya Hirsi Ali

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning.  Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories.  Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration.  All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed.  You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing.  And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it.  The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus.

I read an article recently that said many adults don’t remember much from before the age of 8.  That means some of your earliest childhood memories may well be of that September morning simply known as “9/11.”

You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing.  And you are not the only ones.  In Syria, at least 120,000 people have been killed, not simply in battle, but in wholesale massacres, in a civil war that is increasingly waged across a sectarian divide.  Violence is escalating in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt.  And far more than was the case when you were born, organized violence in the world today is disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

Another striking feature of the countries I have just named, and of the Middle East generally, is that violence against women is also increasing.  In Saudi Arabia, there has been a noticeable rise in the practice of female genital mutilation.  In Egypt, 99% of women report being sexually harassed and up to 80 sexual assaults occur in a single day.

Especially troubling is the way the status of women as second-class citizens is being cemented in legislation.  In Iraq, a law is being proposed that lowers to 9 the legal age at which a girl can be forced into marriage.  That same law would give a husband the right to deny his wife permission to leave the house.

Sadly, the list could go on.  I hope I speak for many when I say that this is not the world that my generation meant to bequeath yours.  When you were born, the West was jubilant, having defeated Soviet communism.  An international coalition had forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.  The next mission for American armed forces would be famine relief in my homeland of Somalia.  There was no Department of Homeland Security, and few Americans talked about terrorism.

Today, however, I am going to predict a better future, because I believe that the pendulum has swung almost as far as it possibly can in the wrong direction.

When I see millions of women in Afghanistan defying threats from the Taliban and lining up to vote; when I see women in Saudi Arabia defying an absurd ban on female driving; and when I see Tunisian women celebrating the conviction of a group of policemen for a heinous gang rape, I feel more optimistic than I did a few years ago.  The misnamed Arab Spring has been a revolution full of disappointments.  But I believe it has created an opportunity for traditional forms of authority – including patriarchal authority – to be challenged, and even for the religious justifications for the oppression of women to be questioned.

Yet for that opportunity to be fulfilled, we in the West must provide the right kind of encouragement.  Just as the city of Boston was once the cradle of a new ideal of liberty, we need to return to our roots by becoming once again a beacon of free thought and civility for the 21st century.  When there is injustice, we need to speak out, not simply with condemnation, but with concrete actions.

One of the best places to do that is in our institutions of higher learning.  We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged. I’m used to being shouted down on campuses, so I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today.  I do not expect all of you to agree with me, but I very much appreciate your willingness to listen.

I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally.  And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight.

The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored.  We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

So I ask: Is the concept of holy war compatible with our ideal of religious toleration?  Is it blasphemy – punishable by death – to question the applicability of certain seventh-century doctrines to our own era?  Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform.  I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.

Is such an argument inadmissible?  It surely should not be at a university that was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, at a time when many American universities still imposed quotas on Jews.

The motto of Brandeis University is “Truth even unto its innermost parts.”  That is my motto too.  For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes.

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Morsi’s Anti-Semitic Doubletalk

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 4, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reported on Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s recent trip to Germany.  His visit coincided with Germany’s recognition of Hitler’s rise to power 80 years earlier and that event’s terrible stain on humanity and Germany.

Mohamed-MorsiAfter meeting with German Chancellor Andrea Merkel, Morsi was questioned about his previously made anti-Semitic comments that included claiming Jews and Zionists were “the descendants of apes and pigs.”  Morsi’s response was typical doubletalk stating: “I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practice their religion.  I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians.  That’s behavior that I condemn.”  He then continued saying that as a Muslim, he is “a believer and my religion obliges me to believe in all prophets, to respect all religions and to respect the right of people to their own faith.”  Using Mosri’s warped logic, what would be said about Islam given the over 60,000 Syrians who have died at the hands of a Muslim leader?

Mohammed Morsi is not only the president of Egypt, but he has also been a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood.  His anti-Semitic and bigoted comments say much about both his country and the organization he comes from.

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Bangladeshi Woman has Fingers Cut Off for Daring to Pursue Higher Education

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 18, 2011

BBC News has reported on a horrific story out of Bangladesh.  30-year-old Rafiqul Islam admitted to using a machete to cut off his wife’s, Hawa Akther Jui’s, fingers for daring to pursue a higher education without his permission.  This is not the first act of violence against women in Bangladesh with rather benign causes.  This past June a man gouged out his wife’s eyes in anger over her pursuing studies at a Canadian university.

This story, worthy of front-page news, will receive little attention from the Western press.  That same press that creates a front-page story every time the Israelis a wreck a new building in Jerusalem, hides behind political correctness when it comes to reporting on the violence within many Muslim societies.

Jim, who forwarded this story in today, commented: ” The religion of peace strikes again.  I’m sure Gloria Allred will be all over this one now that she has Herman Cain out of the way.”

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U.S. Female Soldiers in Afghanistan Encouraged to be Subservient to Males

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 3, 2011

The blaze.com reported a story that demonstrates the hypocrisy of America’s foreign policy relating to Muslim countries.  Now, America’s women soldiers in Afghanistan are being  “encouraged” to wear Muslim headscarves by the military brass.

The treatment of women by many Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan goes against core Western values of equality between the sexes.  It is remarkable how the supposed feminists and Progressives in the West give Islam a pass on their blatantly sexist behavior.

The headdress and more significant coverings required of women in Islamic countries are designed to keep women in a subservient role.  While most in the West would disagree with these anti-feminist policies, countries have the right to set their own laws and customs.  However, when American women are risking their lives to protect the Afghan people, they should not be in any way subject to their sexist rules.

Respect between differing cultures needs to be bidirectional.  However, when it comes to the West and Islam, that respect only goes one way.  While the United States alone is home to over 1,200 mosques, there is not a single Christian church in Saudi Arabia.  Christian churches in other countries including Pakistan and Egypt are often targets of racist attacks.  While Muslims demand the ability to practice their religion in Western countries as they see fit, when Westerners reside in Islamic countries, they are forced to follow local traditions even if that goes against core western beliefs, such as the equality between the sexes.

America needs to be selective as to when it will commit its solders to assist other countries in need.  However, that sacrifice should only be made with the recipient’s understanding that America’s core values will not be sacrificed in the name of political correctness.

 

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Cairo Recalls its Vatican Envoy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 14, 2011

Egypt took a very public step that amounts to rebuking the Vatican by recalling its envoy.  This action was in response to comments made by Pope Benedict XVI that called for certain countries, including Egypt, do more to protect the rights of Christians to practice their faith in those countries.  The Pope also asked Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws, which have been used to discriminate against non-Muslims in that country.

In justifying its action, Egypt’s Foreign Minister said that the Pope’s interference with Egypt’s internal affairs was “unacceptable”.  This is but another example of an Islamic country showing total disregard for the rights of “non-believers”.

While the Progressives of the world scream to the United Nations each time Israel builds a house in a city that they control, these Leftists don’t raise a peep when Islamic governments persecute those who practice their religions.  It is this double-standard that has allowed radicals within Islam to grow in strength and numbers.  It is this double-standard that has stopped Islam from internally addressing the decay that has taken hold in many countries that have Muslim majorities.

 

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Scoring Obama’s Outreach to Muslim Countries

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 11, 2011

A narrative created by Barack Obama during his run for the presidency was that much of the hostility some Muslims have towards the United States was rooted in America’s actions.  They pointed to George W. Bush’s straight-talk approach, which the Left found abrasive and one-sided.  Now, over two-years into the Obama Presidency in which a cornerstone to his foreign policy has been a charm-offensive to the Muslim world, this theory can be evaluated.

Earlier this month the Wall Street Journal published and op-ed by Joshua Muravchik, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  Muravchik concludes that Obama has not received any tangible benefits with the governments of Iran, Syria, or the Palestinian Authority.  However, the President is better liked than his predecessor, leading to more favorable ratings within some Islamic countries for America.

Muravchik sites a recent poll from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project that included the following:

  • 20% of Egyptians, 23% of Indonesians and 34% of Jordanians hold favorable views towards al Qaeda.
  • 19% of Egyptians, 25% of Indonesians and 14% of Jordanians responded positively when asked whether they have confidence that bin Laden will “do the right thing regarding world affairs.”
  • 20% of Egyptians, 20% of Jordanians and 15% of Indonesians said that it is “often” or “sometimes” justified (as opposed to “rarely” or “never”) on the question of suicide bombing.
  • While under President Obama there continues to be decline in support for terrorism with the Muslim countries surveyed, the drop off is smaller than when George W. Bush was president.  The sharpest decrease in terror support in Indonesia, Turkey and Lebanon came between 2003 and 2005; in Jordan, between 2005 and 2006; in Nigeria and Egypt between 2006 and 2007.  Only in Pakistan was the largest drop between 2008 and 2009, but the poll was taken in April 2009 with Bush being in office more of the time than Mr. Obama during that interval.

Muravchik concludes: “The good news is that the proportion of pro-terror opinion continues to decline.  The bad news is that the minority holding such views remains considerable.”  He further states that: “Both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama wanted to drive down support for terrorism among Muslims.  Mr. Bush’s approach was to knock heads together and speak bluntly of the need for societal change.  Mr. Obama’s approach has been to curry favor with publics and rulers alike.  Mr. Bush’s approach may have worked better.”  And finally: “The data are too slender to sustain the claim that Mr. Bush’s policies succeeded in turning much of the Muslim world against terrorism.  But they are substantial enough to inform our understanding that Mr. Obama’s approach has achieved little in this regard.”

President Obama’s approach to terrorism from radical Islam has been naïve.  He views the world through a warped prism created by the radical Left in the 1960’s and made more mainstream by university elitists more recently.  The good news for these elitists is that they final got a fellow radical elected president.  The bad news for them is that their radical theories have finally been put to the test in the real world and proved fallacious.  This reality will ultimately be Barack Obama’s legacy.

 

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