September 12, 2012

A Violent 800lb Gorilla: U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens Killed

TRIPOLI, Libya - The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. He was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.
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The mainstream media has been quick to point out that this was a real small group of extremists and possibly members of Al Qaeda. What they are conveniently avoiding saying is that all involved are Muslim. Although they will eventually go on to say Muslim or Islam in their articles, they are very deliberate to use modifying words like small, extremist or fundamental. It took me a while until I could find a news article that had the word Islam in the first paragraph. One need only ask themselves a few questions to realize we are dealing with an inherently destructive and violent religion when we deal with Islam (whether extreme or not). The preponderance of evidence points to a misogynistic male dominated society that is driven by religious ideology that is based in force and intimidation. This is regardless of what we have been told by the media. The evidences for this continue to mount but through errant politically correct and relativistic philosophy we are told to ignore the violent 800 pound gorilla in the room with us that will brain us the minute we turn our backs or when the lights go out. Meanwhile more and more people die. The case-in-point today is the US Ambassador to Libya - Chris Stevens (and at last count 3 others). There may be recent geopolitical wranglings that have triggered recent actions but the long aggressive past of Islam is self-evident and to deny or ignore the obvious is to do so to our own safety and detriment. The so-called peaceful version of Islam that we see in the West is a watered-down version of the true intentions of Islam to convert the world to their belief even at the point of a sword. So to paint a sorry and tragic picture through a sarcastic post I will ask the following questions....

The Islam Pop Quiz

1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by?: 
a. Superman
b. Jay Leno
d. A Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, Israeli athletes were kidnapped and murdered by?: 
a. Mr Magoo
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by: 
a. Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d . Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by?: 
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by?: 
a. The pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the Achille Lauro was hijacked & a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in a wheelchair by?: 
a. The Smurfs
b. Davey Jones
c. Christians
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1985 hijacked TWA Flight 847 a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by?: 
a. Captain Kidd
b. Karl Marx
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by?: 
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by?: 
a. Richard Simmons
b. Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Christians
c. The WWF World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. On September 11, 2001, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers in Western Pennsylvania. Thousands of people were killed by?:
a. Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court

c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002-2012 the United States has fought a war in Afghanistan against: 
a. Phineas and Ferb
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by: 
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

Nope, no discernible pattern here to justify profiling or at least raising the specter of possible danger by not using facts to determine a threat. None at all. Just another group of fun-loving people with a love for their neighbors.

Are we that blind and such spineless bleating sheep that we cannot see the wolves lurking just outside our door with murder in their eyes (or at least ill intent)?

The Religion of Peace. Hmmm, the reason westernized Muslims (and dubious media) can claim that Islam is a religion of peace while radical Islamic fundamentalists can justify violent behavior and still be reading the exact same Qur’an is because the Qur’an says both depending of what part of the Qur’an you read. The Qur'an contradicts itself in the very same contexts (the Bible does not even though it is routinely accused of the same). People need to study Comparative Religion, hermeneutics and at least learn the tenants and presuppositions of the Islamic faith before mindlessly spewing the same indoctrination over and over that Islam at its very core is peaceful. Even a precursory reading of the Qur'an would reveal this assumption to be errant and frankly, quite dangerous. It is an assumption propagated by advocates of the Islamic faith that have an interest in pushing their faith forward even if it means doing so through deception or al-Taqiyya . By claiming it to be peaceful even when history and its own text have shown it to be consistently just the opposite. Simple interpretive skills and hermeneutics would reveal things differently. Just as the fruit of the Qur'an's text consistently produce violent adherents when interpreted literally (which many non-westernized Muslims do). 

The fact that the Qur'an can advocate both peace and violence is because it was supposedly written by Muhammad over a period of time, approximately 23 years beginning in 610 AD, starting when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 AD. The Quran is composed of verses (Ayah) that make up 114 chapters (sura(h)s) of unequal length which are classified either as Meccan or Medinan depending upon the place and time of their claimed revelation. This is where history becomes real important. The interesting thing about Muhammad is that during the time that these portions of the Qur'an were written, they appear to change in tone from somewhat benevolent (early writings) to outright hostile, murderous and violent (later writings). Sorry Oprah, it is not the sister religion of Christianity. It seems that in Muhammad’s travel (The Hijra, fleeing) through the desert from Mecca to Medina something changed him drastically. I suggest that he may very well have had supernatural encounters but they clearly do not appear to be righteous or holy encounters, if anything just the opposite. His actions and words become quite demonic and violent during this time as the tone of the Qur’an during this time changes concurrently with this migration between Mecca and Medina.

Having been harshly rejected by his own town and tribe, Muhammad being quite human (and possibly possessed) changed quite dramatically and for the worse. It is at Medina that Muhammad's message becomes more sinister and ruthless. This was especially true the more he gained power as it corrupted him immensely. At first he started as a dopey merchant but near the end he became a first-class homicidal loon. The Qur’an reflects perfectly this change in its malcontent and malevolent source. It's almost like the Qur'an is a demonic diary. Originally the Qur'an of Mecca threatened eternal damnation for not believing in Muhammad and left the punishment to god or Allah, but by the time of Medina, the Qur'an of Medina promised that a violent and earthly defeat for unbelievers at the hands of Muslims was the modus operandi. Muhammad was no longer content to wait for his god Allah to inflict eternal punishment, it would now be up to him and his misled followers to do it in murderous rampages.

I've read the Qur'an and I've read the Bible applying the same hermeneutical principles. Islam is inherently/intrinsically violent and antagonistic. After reading it thoroughly it is clear non-Muslims are enemies (not potential converts) that are to convert or be killed. It cannot be construed any other way. So please people, stop telling me that we shouldn't stereotype an entire religion especially if you have not read both the Qur'an and the Bible and have an intellectual and fact centered basis for your opinion. In my experiences four things can be observed: (1) Most Christians have not read the Qur'an. (2) Most Muslims have not read the Bible (3) Most secular people have read neither (4) Most all seem to have dogmatic opinions about the other groups that are not their group and some are willing to follow through with violence. Most often those resolt to overt hostility are Muslim. Having read both the Holy Bible and the Qur'an. I also agree we shouldn't stereotype an entire religion...because that is exactly what the secular word does with Christians. 

What we should do is take known repetitive criminal variables that obviously resurface time and time again and target those who perpetrate them as a "pattern" which is exactly what they are- a immoral criminal pattern. Frankly, this can be done regardless of religion (Orissa ring any bells?). In this way it is not criminalizing a religion, it is making immoral behavior criminal. Because of the pattern of anomalous (morally bankrupt) behavior we know for certain certain socio-cultural demographics are working under a pattern of thought that is either amoral or immoral. If people believe this is profiling, then so be it, their behavior earned them this distinction. Smart people know that when bullets start flying the intelligent thing to do is to duck. To ignore the fact that you are walking through a mine field and run carelessly through it is lunacy. Do we literally need to be violently bludgeoned over the head by those in demonic religions whose sole intent is to convert all in the world to the will of a god who is not the God of the Bible through all means necessary (including killing and willful deception)? I pray this man's family knows peace. I also pray that we will continue to know peace as disinformation continues to cloud people's minds to actual threats to them in the real world.

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