Saturday, May 30, 2009

Muslims versus Sharia: archive

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Amil Imani: "An Appeal to Cultural Muslims"

There are some 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, the overwhelming majority of which are Cultural Muslims who are generally called moderate Muslims. Muslims are born into Islam, where a great many never go through the process of deciding for themselves if they want to be Muslims. It is not a religion that they choose, it is a belief they inherit. For whatever reason, this great majority of Cultural Muslims are Muslims of sort without fully toeing the line of Islam. The real Muslims are the jihadists, a small minority who lives and dies by the dictates of the Quran and the Sunna, the life examples of Muhammad. (...) >>>

Mar 14, 2009
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Shona Darress Notes: "Zuhdi Jasser Against Third Jihad"



Jan 28, 2009
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Memri: " Saudi Anti-Terror Cartoons"

On June 25, 2008, the Saudi Interior Ministry reported the arrest of 520 Al-Qaeda operatives who had planned to strike oil facilities and economic centers in eastern Saudi Arabia. According to the report, the leader of the cell, who bore a message from Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was among those arrested, as were some 50 webmasters of websites that spread extremist ideas and encourage terrorism.

After the arrests were made public, Saudi papers focused on condemning terrorism and terrorist ideology, through articles and cartoons. (...)



"The logic of the terrorist"

Cartoonist: Jihad Awartany

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), July 1, 2008 >>>




Updated: 21st Aug. 2008
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Memri: "Are the Tribes the Best Hope for a Liberal Iraq?"

Iraqi and Arab progressives have long tended to view the persistence of tribes and tribalism as a negative phenomenon that is keeping the Middle East from developing modern societal relations based on voluntarism and a modern political system. This is particularly true in Iraq, where the Ba'th regime exploited tribalism to sustain the dictatorship. Recently, though, some liberals have begun to rethink this view of the Iraqi tribes, and, in light of the successes of the tribal Awakenings Councils, have begun to argue that the tribes can be a force for progress and a positive alternative to Islamists. (...) Iraqi author Hussein Karkush wrote in the liberal Arab e-journal Elaph that the tribes are relatively secular and that the Awakenings are essentially Iraqi civil society's revolt against political Islam. Following are excerpts (...) >>>

Updated: 3rd Aug. 2008
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Front Page: "The Demise of Islam?"

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Abul Kasem, an ex-Muslim who is the author of hundreds of articles and several books on Islam including, Women in Islam. He was a contributor to the book Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out as well as to Beyond Jihad: Critical Views From Inside Islam. He writes from Sydney, Australia and can be reached at nirribilli@gmail.com. (...) >>>

Updated: 16th July 2008
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Politeia: "The Good News: for Muslims and Humanity"

"With the help of our readers we went through the Koran and removed every verse that we believe did not come from Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. However, it is possible that we missed something, and we could use your help. If you find verses in the reformed version of the Koran that promote violence, divisiveness, religious or gender superiority, bigotry, or discrimination, please let us know the number of the verse and the reason why it should be removed. Please email your suggestions to koran@reformislam.org."

"If you could help with translation or distribution of the Reform Koran, please email us at koran@reformislam.org. If you could provide financial support, please visit our support page."

In Memoriam of Aqsa Parvez >>>

Updated: 20th Dec. 2007
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American Thinker: "Moderate Muslim group slams Sudan over teddy bear case"

Excellent news, worthy of praise: The American Islamic Congress has denounced the government of Sudan for jailing a British schoolteacher, and demands her immediate release. Judith Apter Klinghofer of the History News Netework has the news >>>

Updated: 29tyh Nov. 2007
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FrontPage Magazine: "Muslims Against Sharia", by Jamie Glazov

Frontpage Interview's guest today is Khalim Massoud, the president of Muslims Against Sharia, an Islamic reform movement. ...

As you might imagine, Islamists are not particularly happy with our group. According to our poll, over 20% of Muslims want us beheaded. I am perfectly content with my head not being separated from my body and I'd like to keep it that way for as long as I can. >>>

Updated: 24th Nov. 2007
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Io Sto Con Oriana: "Integration?"
Updated: 2nd November 2007
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Related: 

- "The Unholy Alliance"
- "In Defense of Liberty"
"The Jihad Project"
- "The Balkan Caliphate"
"Stop Islamization of Europe"
- "Eurabia"
- "Islamization=Apartheid"
- "Apostating Islam"

Ruled by the Mob: archive

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Fausta's Blog: "Well, that didn’t take long"

Yesterday at McClatchy: Sotomayor backers urge reporters to probe New Haven firefighter

Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who’s at the center of Sotomayor’s most controversial ruling.
On the eve of Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the “troubled and litigious work history” of firefighter Frank Ricci.

What is “troubled and litigious work history”, pray tell? (...) >>>

July 12, 2009
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Can someone discern a pattern here: Chavez, Zelaya, Obama ... ?

Flopping Aces: "“Eh, Who Needs To Follow The Constitution”"

With all the wailing about Bush supposedly doing things his own way and not by the rule of law I wonder if those same people will have a problem with this:

With the clock running out on a new US-Russian arms treaty before the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires on December 5, a senior White House official said Sunday said that the difficulty of the task might mean temporarily bypassing the Senate’s constitutional role in ratifying treaties by enforcing certain aspects of a new deal on an executive levels and a “provisional basis” until the Senate ratifies the treaty. (...) >>>

July 6, 2009
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Michele Bachman: "We Now Have A Total Gangster Government"

Publish Post

July 1, 2009
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Fox/O'Reilley: "Obama and Holder drop charges against Black Panther Party thugs"



Jennifer Ruben on Pajamas has more ...

May 30th, 2009
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WSJ: "The President Is 'Keeping Score' - Chicago politics has moved into the White House", by Karl Rove

"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." That's what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press. A few weeks ago, Mr. DeFazio voted against the administration's stimulus bill. The comment from Mr. Obama was a presidential rebuke and part of a new, hard-nosed push by the White House to pressure Congress to adopt the president's budget. He has mobilized outside groups and enlisted forces still in place from the Obama campaign. Senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and her chief of staff, Michael Strautmanis, are in regular contact with MoveOn.Org, Americans United for Change and other liberal interest groups. Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina has collaborated with Americans United for Change on strategy and even ad copy. Ms. Jarrett invited leaders of the liberal interest groups to a White House social event with the president and first lady to kick off the lobbying campaign. Its targets were initially Republicans, as team Obama ran ads depicting the GOP as the "party of no." But now the fire is being trained on Democrats worried about runaway spending. Americans United is going after Democrats who are skeptical of Mr. Obama's plans to double the national debt in five years and nearly triple it in 10. The White House is taking aim at lawmakers in 12 states (...) >>>

Apr 2, 2009
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It's an bl**dy epidemic on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe a variety of Socialists is vilifying free market Czech PM Mirek Topolánek, currently EU chairman. A day after his Government was ousted by a non confidence vote in Prague Topolánek found himself addressing the EP (Strasbourg branch), criticizing the Obama stimulus schemes in no uncertain terms: "This is the road to hell!" Assorted Socialists reeled in disgust: "because they adore Obama", Elsevier opines.

On the other side of the Atlantic - after the hush attempt on Rush - it is now Karl Rove's turn to grow horns (again):


After repeatedly vilifying conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for saying he hopes that President Obama’s liberal policies fail, the Democrat Party apparently may be trying to make another mountain out of a molehill -- this one involving Karl Rove. (...) >>>

Mar 27, 2009
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Michael Savage, also on the case (wow, and I thought I don't suffer fools gladly) ...



Mar 6, 2009
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(...) Senator Leahy is holding his hearing today on his proposal to hold a series of show trials (oops sorry, a “Truth Commission”) on the Bush administration’s policies on terrorist detainees and other such matters. I wrote about it over at Politico yesterday. In essence, this is a push to criminalize his political opponents’ views on public policy and how to fight the war on terror. It is more reminiscent of a third-world banana republic than the United States of America. (...) This time, the clueless Hollywood types will cheer the "truth" commissions on. And, how appropriate that the show trials already seem like something that could easily fit into the mindset of old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics! >>>

Mar 5, 2009
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The Foundry: "Santelli Responds to Team Obama Character Assassination Attempt"

The left has developed a firm and frightening pattern of how it deals with critics of President Barack Obama. Mere hours after Joe the Plumber had the temerity to question candidate Obama’s tax plans, government employee donors to Obama were socuring his public records digging for dirt. The media then followed up with hit pieces on Joe’s tax, professional, marital difficulties.

CNBC analyst Rick Santelli has come in for the same treatment after he expressed criticism of President Obama’s mortgage bailout plan. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs attacked Santelli personally from the White House podium invoking his name six times in a single press conference. Now Obama’s leftist allies at Playboy have followed up the Santelli smear campaign with an article claiming Santelli staged his criticism and is in fact in the pocket of the co-founder of the John Birch Society. Totally devoid of facts, Playboy has since removed their article without any explanation. (...) >>>

Mar 3, 2009
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WND: "Alinskyite Obama hopes to hush Rush", by David Limbaugh
(...) In his eight full years as the recipient of endless vile and often-delusional slander, President George W. Bush rarely grumbled, much less counterattacked his tormentors. Yet before he completed his first week in office, President Barack Obama – a dedicated disciple of Saul Alinsky, who is to left-wing radicalism and social agitation what Karl Marx is to communism – declared war on Rush Limbaugh.

This was a calculated move by a man who professes to be open to all ideas but apparently brooks no dissent. He not only does not tolerate dissent well but also really doesn't even like to be questioned, as we saw during the campaign, when he accused the normally fawning press of grilling him for merely asking a follow-up question. We caught another glimpse of this last week, when he showed irritation at the White House press corps for daring to ask him a policy question after he had decreed that the sole purpose of his visit was to press the flesh. (...) >>> Digg it here

Jan 31, 2009
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Remember the police searching Damian Green MP's office? Well it's happened again - but then, should we be surprised with the British police's infestation with Common Purpose members?

BBC: "Police 'entered Tory MP's office'"

A Conservative MP has alleged that police entered his Commons office without a search warrant demanding to see constituency correspondence. Daniel Kawczynski said he found it "disgraceful" after the controversy over the arrest of shadow immigration minister Damian Green last year. (...) He said he had been informed by his office about a police raid as he was due to make a speech in a debate. (...) Fellow Tory MP Tobias Ellwood demanded that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith make a statement to MPs about the matter. (...) >>>

Jan 21, 2009
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... in many ways the figure of Joe the Plumber has been Obama's and the Dems Nemesis - again ...

NewsBusters: "Joe the Plumber Data Dive Whistleblower Was Threatened with Firing; Media Will Likely Ignore"

The Columbus Dispatch has done some impressive work exposing the unauthorized and arguably illegal database diving done by State of Ohio employees into the records of Joe the Plumber in October. The rest of Ohio's and the nation's media have been virtually asleep. (...) A story in the Dispatch this morning that should be read in full (HT Michelle Malkin) about Ms. Niekamp's testimony before the Ohio House's Government and Elections Committee reveals just how imperiled she was. While carrying out a personal order from a superior who was trying to cover his tracks, she was reminded that she was an "unclassified" employee. In plain English, she was threatened with her job if she didn't do what she was told (...) >>>

Dec 6, 2008
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... a particularly nasty development, now so common it warrants its own dossier ...

Tory website: "Film of police searching Damian Green's office released"

Film of the police searching Damian Green’s Parliamentary office has been released this afternoon, with Dominic Grieve stressing the footage documents “a dark day for democracy”. The office of the Shadow Immigration Minister was searched by Metropolitan Police officers on Thursday 27th November. Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Home Secretary, stressed Damian was “guilty only of doing his job”:

"MPs are not above the law. But they must be allowed to bring the Government to account and to put into the public domain information which may be uncomfortable for Ministers."The footage released today shows Andrew Mackay, Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser to David Cameron, entering Damian Green’s office as police officers carry out their search.

Watch the footage here
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Roots: "The precursors of censorship"

There's quite a bit of confusion about what constitutes "hate speech". To Muslims and Obama supporters ANY criticism is inciting hatred. There have been indications during the US Presidential elections of Democrats trying to criminalize critics, making an equivocation that loosely runs: criticism = lies = libel = criminal.
Muslim groups (OIC) within the UN are pushing resolutions that equivocate: criticism = Islamophia = racism = criminal, or alternatively: criticism = Islamophobia = blasphemy = criminal.
These are precursors of censorship. Initially through the social pressure emanating from political correctness, the swarming and flagging of opponents on Facebook and sites like that, culminating in critique being outlawed altogether. Tolerate it at your peril. >>>

Dec 2, 2008
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The Foundry: "Obamabots Know Where You Live"

It’s hard to pick out the scariest part of the still unfolding story of how unionized state government workers violated Joe the Plumber’s privacy for political ends. The Columbus Dispatch reports today that President-elect Barack Obama supporter, donor, and director of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services Helen Jones-Kelley “had no legitimate agency function or purpose” for pilfering the files of Joe the Plumber. Last month the Dispatch reported that Jones-Kelley personally requested state employees to search Joe’s files after Joe publically criticized then-candidate Obama. (...) >>>

Nov 24, 2008
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World Net Daily: "Cops at man's home for opposing Obama"

... here's the source of the breaking LA Times tape hostage story in her own words ...

Nov 1, 2008
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Politeia: "We Are All Plumbers Now"

This is perhaps the most ominous aspect yet of both the radicalized Democratic Party in general, and the Obama campaign in particular: they appear to be after ways how the law can the used to criminalize opponents. Uncle Joe would be proud! Point in case is a local Democratic chairman reacting to Philip Berg's valid lawsuit for Barack Obama to present evidence of natural born citizenship. In this footage we can literally see him looking for ways to delegitimise Berg's efforts: either he's on a personal vendetta, or he must be trespassing on somebody's privacy rights, etc. (....) This is as much undermining the rule of law, as ACORN is crushing the very foundation of democracy. Republican rallies are almost certainly infiltrated by agitators. These tactics are truly and utterly irresponsible and destructive.

A Pajamas Media article "Justice Dept. Targets GOP Activists" lists one case of legal abuse, Rick Moore in "Obama Wants to Prosecute Republicans Trying to Stop Voter Fraud" chronicles another. Then there is the minor matter of the Truth Squads (read Missouri Governor Blunt's press release), followed by Obama's judicial obliteration of the Second Amendment. (...)

What cannot be ignored today is the hyena mob attack on citizen Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher which is shedding whatever remnants of respectability that perhaps remained. It tells of an end-justifies-the-means mentality that comes with the pragmatist approach. What's more disturbing? The fact itself, that some don't see the problem, or that others completely miss the point? The unconscionable mob turns on a single citizen, a plumber, so as to divert attention away from the redistributive nature of the Obama policies, the egalitarian collectivism that was to remain shrouded in mystery until "the deal was closed." The episode is exemplary for the ongoing con job. (...) The series on relativism and violence is an ongoing project, but part I and part II have already been posted. >>>

18th Oct 2008
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Legislating Morality: archive

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 Atlas Shrugs: "ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA'S CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ACTIVIST JUDGES"

(...) It is time for Congress to impeach U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones. Judge Jones ruled on Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America must leave their aquatics center on San Diego's Fiesta Island in which the Scouts have invested millions of dollars since 1987. Jones says that the Scouts are "an admittedly religious, albeit nonsectarian and discriminatory organization" and thus violate the constitutional "separation of church and state" by holding a public-private partnership with San Diego. In a similar ruling last summer, Jones found "overwhelming and uncontradicted evidence" that the Boy Scouts violate the separation of church and state by having used San Diego's Balboa Park as a summer camp since 1915. (...) >>>

26th Oct 2008
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Dr Sanity: "Benedict weighs in on cultural relativism"

"Human rights are increasingly being presented as the common language and the ethical substratum of international relations. At the same time, the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights all serve as guarantees safeguarding human dignity. It is evident, though, that the rights recognized and expounded in the Declaration apply to everyone by virtue of the common origin of the person, who remains the high-point of God's creative design for the world and for history. They are based on the natural law inscribed on human hearts and present in different cultures and civilizations. Removing human rights from this context would mean restricting their range and yielding to a relativistic conception, according to which the meaning and interpretation of rights could vary and their universality would be denied in the name of different cultural, political, social and even religious outlooks. This great variety of viewpoints must not be allowed to obscure the fact that not only rights are universal, but so too is the human person, the subject of those rights." (...)

If we want to see the consequences of leftist socialism-lite, utopian pacifism, moral equivalence, and cultural relativism, then we need only look at how easily Europe and the leftists in this country have surrendered the fundamental values of Western civilization to the shrill (and violent) demands of Islamic fanatics--all done in the spirit of multicultural tolerance and politically correct compassion. Europe, having given up any objective standard by which to mediate the vastly different perspectives and feelings of its varied populations; having abandoned reason altogether in favor of the expression of feelings no matter how destructive or unreasonable; and, finally, having endlessly touted the critical importance and essential need to "belong" to one's race, tribe, religion or group first and foremost; the outcome is what Stephen Hicks refers to as "group balkinization" --with all its inevitable and inescapable conflict. That politically correct road which the left has taken us all down--billed as the path to peace and harmony--has instead led to a land dominated by emotions (...) >>>

Updated: 3rd Aug. 2008
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AWOL Civilization: "A Supreme Embarrassment"

“There are two types of corruption,” wrote Montesquieu in 1748. “One, when the people do not observe the laws; the other, when they are corrupted by the laws: an incurable malady, because it exists within the remedy itself.” Nowhere is this statement more appropriate than when applied to the United States Supreme Court. (...) For well over a generation, the decisions of the Court (and much of the federal judiciary) have consistently and predictably run roughshod over the Constitution and the will of the people, imposing in arrogant and dictatorial fashion the social and political agenda of the Far Left. (...) Key to this movement has been a shift in the understanding of law, particularly constitutional law. In the traditional Western view, law is a set of guidelines that determine the boundaries for our interaction with the wider society. In the new, revolutionary view, law is a tool with which to impose one’s image of the perfect world. Put differently, instead of legislating the structure within which man finds his path, the projected results of someone’s preferred path are pre-ordained. I will not try here to summarize the process of decay. Rather, I would like to sketch the possible future direction of the Court’s attack on the foundations of American law and society, given the current composition of the Court (not to speak of further appointments by a President Obama). (...) >>>

Updated: 13th July 2008
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... where are the ethicists in these matters? Surely they must realize that when
the law becomes synonymous with morality we have in effect created a
dictatorship ... anyone care to comment? Here's a Christian
opinion
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Pajamas: "Great Britain’s Free Speech Breakdown," by John Stephenson

(...) Even in the United States, despite the opinion of some, free speech is not absolute. Some restrictions have to be created in order to protect the safety and certain rights of others. However, in the United States there is no right not to be offended. (...) the Public Order Act 1986 (...) is disturbing in countless ways and reminds too many people of Orwell’s 1984. It opens the floodgates to censorship and abuse of power. What is even scarier is that this law is similar to many of the “hate speech” laws politicians are trying to pass (...) If the trend in other European countries to criminalize the criticism of religions continues to spread, freedom of speech will fall farther into danger and where to draw the line will become even more obscure. (...) >>>

Updated: 7th June 2008
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Politeia: "Sacred and Secular Authority: Why We Need It", by Dr Sam Holliday

(...) The weakness of exclusive reliance on secular authority is often ignored or misunderstood. One of the lessons of history is that polities that are growing, building and maturing have both secular and sacred authorities that mutually support each other. In those polities that are in decline one of these two authorities has lost its ability to influence the behavior of its members. It makes no difference if these authorities are united or separated—but they both must be effective and they must be mutually supportive if the polity is to remain strong, efficient, and successful. (...) The lesson is clear: the wisdom of a polity can only be transmitted to succeeding generations if it is internalized by the citizens of that polity, and the institutions of that polity are designed to maintain inherited beliefs, practices and knowledge. In some systems both authorities were united in a God-King, but in others they were separated—but still mutually supporting. (...) >>>

Updated: Mar 11th, 2008
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Accuracy in Media: "Liberal Fascism Explained", by Amanda Busse

The side of fascism he attributes to American liberalism is not that associated with the works of George Orwell or the racism and genocide of the Holocaust. It is much less brutal, “smiley-face fascism,” as he puts it. Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg is tired of being called a fascist. In his latest book, Liberal Fascism, he fights back against the term that those on the right are often saddled with, reminding readers that the original fascists leaned more toward the left.
Goldberg, the editor-at-large for National Review Online, argues in his book that fascism under Benito Mussolini and Nazism under Adolf Hitler came from the same intellectual source as Progressivism, the birth-mother of American liberalism. The term “liberal fascism” comes from a speech made by author H. G. Wells when he told a group of Young Liberals at Oxford that Progressives must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.” (...) >>>

Updated: 11th Feb. 2008
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Politeia: "Open Letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown"

In recent days we have been posting on the plight of Lionheart. Euro-Med (bless them) have now come up with the following initiative!We kindly request the readership to follow suit and send an email to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. USpace has details ... >>>

Updated: 8th Jan. 2008
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Politeia: "Thanks to Will Smith: a Fresh Take on Good and Evil"

Evil may be committed through good as well as bad intent, but the sinner always remains oblivious he's fallen into the devil's trap until too late! Europe has failed to keep its eyes on the moral ball and has strayed into a subjectivist mindset in which a noble end justifies the evil means: bullying in the name of peace - fascistic methods to combat perceived fascism - committing evil to avert it >>>

Updated: 26th Dec. 2007
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Times Online: "Christian magistrate in gay adoption row appeals against ruling"

A Christian magistrate who claimed he was forced to resign rather than place children for adoption with same-sex couples will today appeal against an employment tribunal ruling. Andrew McClintock, 63, stood down from dealing with family cases in Sheffield after he was refused permission to opt out of cases that could result in a same-sex adoption.

Mr McClintock, from Sheffield, lost his claim that he had been discriminated against on grounds of his philosophical and religious beliefs at a tribunal earlier this year. The father of four, a member of the Christian People’s Alliance council, had served as a magistrate in the family courts in Sheffield for 15 years where he decided whether children needed to be taken from troubled families and put into care.

But the new civil partnership laws led to a situation where he could have inadvertently sanctioned the removal of a child from its natural family to be placed in the care of a gay couple.
Mr McClintock said that contradicted ... >>>
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Background and clarification on subject matter:

The Lighthouse: "EU Phobia: More Crimes Against the Ideology"

In a post "Victim obsession leading to more oppression, not less in modern Britain" former University teacher John Ray from Brisbane, Australian gives a review on a book called, "Religious Discrimination and Hatred Law", in which practising barrister Neil Addison provides the first comprehensive survey of legislation concerning religion in diverse areas such as criminal law, discrimination, employment and harassment, and charts the growing role of courts in regulating this messy dimension of society.

Addison is concerned about the legal expansion into a complicated moral aspect of human life, and fears that a new generation of laws will remove people's powers to criticise, challenge or defend their religious (or non-religious) views.

He "sees the expansion of law into the terrain of religion as part of 'a new type of philosophy': 'We used to have laws because we considered them necessary, but now it seems we have laws because they are desirable. If something is regarded as good or bad, we use the law to direct it. In effect, we're trying to legislate morality.'

For Addison, the law has now become a tool for some groups to impose their moral positions on others, whether it is the ban on smoking or the ban on foxhunting or restrictions on what we can say about minority groups ... but it is not the function of civil law to prescribe everything that is morally right and to forbid everything that is morally wrong  >>>

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Het Pragmatisch Fascisme van de Toekomst

In het huidige tijdsgewricht, dat gekenmerkt wordt door pragmatisme, is het traditionale links-rechtsdenken in de politiek toch wel wat uit de tijd. Misschien heeft die tweedeling eigenlijk wel nooit bestaan.

Sinds Europa in het begin van de vorige eeuw werd geconfronteerd met een schijndilemma – de keuze tussen fascisme of socialisme – zijn burgers misleidt door ideologieën die gezamenlijk verantwoordelijk zijn voor de dood van meer dan 110 miljoen mensen wereldwijd. Dat deze 'idealen' vandaag nog beschouwd worden als ethisch superieur aan het kapitalisme en het individualisme, spreekt boekdelen over de propagandamachine die nog steeds op volle toeren draait.

Een derde optie, die in dat schijndilemma bewust buiten beschouwing werd gelaten, was individuele vrijheid. Toen, als ook nu, werd gezegd dat het kapitalisme bankroet is. Maar de staat van vrijheid is anders dan enig ander politiek of sociaal systeem: niet alleen heeft het de mensheid bevrijd van armoede en tirannie, het is ook ons geboorterecht. Wie dan spreekt over een 'systeem', begrijpt niets van de reikwijdte en diepgang van de meest basale beginselen die ten grondslag liggen aan individuele vrijheid en vrije markten.

We kunnen nu nog een tweede mythe ontrafelen. Het politieke domein van het klassieke liberalisme ligt niet ergens ruwweg tussen de uiterste linker en de extreme rechter vleugel van het politieke spectrum. Zowel linkse als rechtse ideologieën denken in termen van collectieven: sociale klassen of inkomensklassen, ethnische of culturele groepen, of gegroepeerd rond 'sexuele identiteit'.

De staat van vrijheid - eigenlijk, het respect voor individuele rechten - ligt daar juist pal tegenover en belichaamt per definitie de universele gelijkwaardigheid van alle mensenkinderen, ongeacht de aard van de 'groep' waarin ze geboren worden.

Daarom doet de linkse aantijging, wanneer ze liberale politici (zoals Frits Bolkestein en Geert Wilders) beschuldigen van fascisme, zo kolderiek aan. Wie waarden aanhangt moet ze hoog houden en verdedigen tegen intolerante vijanden. Dat is niet iets om je voor te schamen, maar een heilige plicht: het is pervers om van het goede te verlangen dat het zelfmoord pleegt om goed te kunnen zijn!

Anderzijds mag ook het tafereel van de liefdesaffaire van Europese liberalen met de links-pragmatische collectivist Barack Obama meer dan bizar genoemd worden. Velen waren zo tot over hun oren, dat ze niet eens de moeite namen uit te zoeken waar het lege pak met de Marxistische idealen, eigenlijk voor staat!

Vrijheid is het resultaat van de rechten die de mens krachtens zijn aard als rationeel wezen ontleent aan ofwel God, of aan de natuur; daarom zijn deze rechten ook onvervreemdbaar. In ieder geval worden ze niet - conform collectivistische beginselen - lankmoedig door de staat ter beschikking gesteld (of eenzijdig opgezegd). Wat de staat geeft, kan de staat terugnemen! Wat door God of de natuur gegeven is, is onomkeerbaar.

Politici zouden niet moeten verklaren of ze links of rechts zijn, maar of ze geloven in de onaantastbaarheid van individuele rechten. Negatieve rechten geven de nauwe grenzen aan waarbinnen overheden mogen opereren. Ook mogen we ons nooit verkijken op de verwoestende werking van positieve rechten, de plichten die overheden claimen te hebben jegens ons, vrije burgers: dat zijn de fluwelen ketenen waarmee ze ons heimelijk weer vastklinken aan het collectief.

Het huidige overheidsingrijpen in de financiële sector zou wel eens kunnen uitdraaien op een ander soort staatsgreep: een nieuwe, pragmatische vorm van transnationaal collectivisme; en of dat links dan wel rechts is, is uiteindelijk onbelangrijk. Het verschil tussen Hitler en Marx was de keuze voor het soort collectief: ethnisch socialisme versus wereldsocialisme.

Veel politici op dit moment zijn aanhangers van het pragmatisme. Dat betekent iets anders dan gewoon 'praktisch'. Het pragmatisme is een amorele, relativistische filosofie, die principieel geen goede of slechte manieren erkent om zaken te regelen: slechts wat 'werkt' of een specifiek doel dient, doet terzake. Dit type politici spreekt zich slechts uit in zeer algemene termen: “change” en “yes, we can” zijn campagnekreten die werken als een soort diascherm waarop een ieder zijn eigen wensen en idealen projecteert.

Het resultaat is een cacofonie van cognitieve dissonantie, een flardenbrei van onsamenhangende, eventeel onverenigbare ideeën, waarin we de beschimmelde resten terugvinden van de communistische planeconomie, als ook elementen van vrije-marktdenken, alles bijeen gehouden door een metselspecie die meer gemeen heeft met corporatief fascisme, dan met iets anders.

De financiële sector in het bijzonder bevindt zich in een soort fascistisch vagevuur: niet echt genationaliseerd, maar op ieder gegeven moment opvorderbaar door de staat - namens de belastingbetaler uiteraard – wiens mening op geen enkel moment gevraagd is.

De wereld staat in z'n achteruit: in de toekomst zou de financiële-dienstensector wel eens stuivertje kunnen verwisselen met het net bankroet verklaarde staatsbedrijf.