December 20, 2015
Stop the World, I Want To Get Off!
Remember the old movie by this name? All I remember is the name, and maybe that’s because, so often when I read the news – for some time now - this title comes to mind.
If the refusal to learn from examples, from history and from study of comparative religions is so rampant today, spanning continents and nations, is that insanity? It appears as if the entire world has gone insane. The quotes from world leaders daily become less rational and less believable.
What is driving this insanity? A radical Islamic group is rampaging across the world, murdering innocent civilians because they’re too cowardly to take on armies and fight the way wars should be fought - soldier to soldier rather than terrorist to unarmed civilians. In the face of this danger, liberals put up a shield of “fairness to religions”.
This is either delusional suicide or a purposeful plot to destroy western civilization. To prove this, we could ask, “What if these two, or one of these, was nullified?”
If indeed, the plot is not purposeful, and Western leaders are not deluded, then it might go like the following.
When faced with a growing group of barbarians that declares itself a state based on Islam, whose goal is to subdue the world under their power, we would examine Islam under a lens of religion and find out if it is a true religion. What differentiates a power-hungry violent seventh-century ideology from a religion? The Encarta Dictionary defines religion as: people's beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life. “Beliefs and opinions” about a supernatural being seems to be the crux of the definition.
From the point of view of the American Constitution, and the raison d’être of America’s first settlers, this freedom of belief and opinion informed them and drove them to the shores of America. The intent was to build a country in which everyone could hold their own opinions and beliefs about their god and respect the rights of their compatriots to differ.
When the beliefs and opinions of someone’s god causes them to force their beliefs and opinions unto his brother through threat of death, the basis of religious freedom is eroded. It is no longer the national bedrock and that “religion” that has become a warring force ceases to be just belief and opinion. It has become a murderous force for domination of the stronger over the weaker – a totalitarian state. For America, that is not what the founders had in mind, obviously.
Is this so deep a discussion that US leaders cannot grasp it? How simplistic it is - a respect for the beliefs and opinions of others has been eliminated with the swipe of a sword. This has become an ideology which will sound the death knell of so-called “religious freedom” because it is no longer about freedom.
This is Islam, a murderous dictatorial ideology, not a religion worth respect and fighting to save. Once this is agreed upon, then the question becomes, “What to do with the followers and proponents of this ideology?”
Donald Trump caused a firestorm in early December by suggesting that the US screen out those who call Islam their religion and prevent them from entering the country. He bases this on the premise that a good percentage of these immigrants will be terrorists, and since we cannot determine which ones, and until we can determine which ones, it makes sense to prevent them from entering the country.
One’s freedom of religion ends where another’s rights to freedom of religion begin. There is no room in a free country for a group whose “Bible” (Koran) teaches that one religion – Islam – is superior to all. If one should innocently ask “How do we know that Islam instructs followers that it is a superior religion and for the sake of all people, they should accept the submission to Islam’s god?” Read the Koran. For those of us who cannot read Arabic, that would mean we need to read an English translation of the Koran. Here’s a teaser – I’ve done the basic work for you:
From Koran, Ayat 3:
19. The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent there from except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.
20. So if they dispute with thee say, “I have submitted my whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me.” And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned, “Do ye (also) submit yourselves?” If they do, they are in the right guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message: and in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants.
21. As to those who deny the Signs of Allah and in defiance of right, slay the prophets, and slay those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce to them a grievous penalty. (bolding by author)
22. They are those whose works will bear no fruit in this world and in the Hereafter nor will they have anyone to help.
This is just one of many such passages. The criticism of Trump’s call to bar entry to the Muslims included a claim that to do so would just increase their anger against the US for such discrimination against them. Liberals also fear that barring a group of immigrants based on their religion violates everything the US stands for. In this argument, the Muslims are cast in the same mold as the Pilgrims, and most ludicrously, the Jews fleeing the Nazis.
However, for those who know Islam, they realize that it is just the opposite scenario; it is the weakness shown by the appeasing pandering of the liberals which has increased the aggression of the Muslims. For appeasement is like adding fuel to the fire, giving it more energy and power. The Muslim always wants more, and appeasement proves to them they’re on the right track. So rather than dissuade, it encourages.
For those who don’t believe this, all one need do is look at Israel’s example. When the UN recognized the Jewish state in 1948, the Arabs who had stayed there during the war were given citizenship. Others moved in to take some of the many jobs available in the fledgling state. But the Arab states that attacked Israel the day after statehood was announced set up the scenarios that would challenge Israel for generations. Israel’s mistake was to appease the Arabs, rather than sending them packing. Such appeasement is still being forced on Israel by the UN, the US and Europe. Nothing has created as much conflict as this weak behavior, and Israel’s attempts to eliminate the terrorists from Gaza, Lebanon etc. have always been stymied by the US who starts yelling “restraint” every time complete victory looks possible for Israel.
Is it such appeasement and restraint which has planted the seeds for ISIS? There is plenty of evidence for this, and one would think world leaders would learn from this and start doing the opposite, answering fire with stronger fire, not holding back, but attacking the terrorists until they are too weak to prevail.
In a sane world, all the tenets of Islam would be evaluated, as would the current behavior of its followers. The most ludicrous proof this isn’t happening is the second reason for slamming Trump’s suggestion. This is the erroneous comparison of today’s Muslim migrants to the plight of the Jews fleeing the Nazis. Yes, Assad has murdered hundreds of thousands of citizens. Yes, Syrian women, children and elderly need a place to sit out the war. Normally, the young men might get involved in the fighting rather than flee, if they cared about saving the country. But if we don’t accept that, and we agree that young men also need a safe place, the most commonsense solution for all of these people would be the rather nice tents that sit empty in Saudi Arabia, used only for the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Thousands of tents with electricity etc.
This would not work only if we expect Syria to be destroyed and cease to be a nation after the war ends. In that case, we’re not talking about a temporary waiting area, but permanent or long-term residency until Syria’s status is settled.
Nevertheless, in regard to the comparison to the Jews, they didn’t have the option of joining the resistance and fighting the Nazis. The Nazis had a much bigger and more powerful regime than Assad, and there was no assistance from other nations as there is for the rebel factions in Syria. The Jews had no access to weapons; those who mounted a resistance were quickly destroyed. Syria’s resistance is much stronger and has much support, proven by the fact that they’ve withstood Assad’s forces this long.
But the foremost difference between the Jews and today’s Muslim migrants is that the Jewish immigrants were not intent on moving into America and attacking it from within or committing terror. There is ample evidence that suggests many of the Muslim migrants are indeed terrorists, and the government admits they can’t screen out the terrorists. The bedlam that is occurring in Germany is one indication that these migrants are nothing like the peaceful Jews who came after WWII. Many of them were professionals and had skills, while the Muslim migrants are largely uneducated.
If all this isn’t enough insanity, the irony is that this whole discussion is moot, because it is actually legal to forbid the entrance of would-be immigrants into the US. In 1952, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, which enabled the US to deny immigration to whatever group was deemed unfit. One of the criteria by which entrance could be denied is lack of willingness to assimilate. History tells us that Muslims generally do not assimilate, especially if not born in the US. We could look at Dearborn, Michigan, for an example.
The leftists in America are unleashing on the country the final nail in the coffin of what once was the strongest and most inspiring nation on earth. They’re blindly accepting a horde of barbaric uneducated, unskilled people who call themselves Muslims and who therefore follow the tenets of a totalitarian regime which doesn’t allow for democracy. A culture clash of mass proportions will ensue, and the blind followers of the god of political correctness will bear the guilt.
And Donald Trump will look like a prophet.
� 2015 Cathy Sherman - All Rights Reserved
Cathy Sherman is a freelance writer with a major interest in natural health. She wrote many articles on healthy living. An interest in the fascinating subject of water inspired her to write her recently published children’s book, Drew Drop and the Water Cycle.
After moving to Israel, she realized the need to clarify some of the incorrect and misunderstood narratives surrounding Israel and its conflict with Arab neighbors.