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Let them keep it

britneyandjamielynnspears.jpgOops, I did it. But I hope I don’t do it again. Never did I anticipate a reason for posting this photo. I’ll happily return it to Popcorn Nation if they ask, but I think they have enough to suffice already.

But the reason I have these young gals up here is to point out that all cultures are not created equal. I don’t know how many times I have heard about how our Christian based culture is flawed or at least not the beat all end all and that we need to explore, accept and embrace other world cultures. And I hear very often from many sitting to my left, that our culture is the worst. And while I will say that Christianity is the beat all end all faith, I won’t go so far as to say that our culture is the beat all end all culture. I will say that it clearly beats the Islamic faith/culture hands down and the Britney sisters are poster kids for this fact.

Britney’s dancing, dress and underwear forgetfulness are well documented in our culture. No links provided. And now her 16 year old teen icon sister is pregnant. Many, including myself, are applauding her for her decision to keep her child. But, how to interpret what kind of role model she was, is and is yet to be is quite mind boggling to think about. Praise her for not aborting the child? Pan her for not using birth control? Or did she? When will her pregnant teen fashion line come out? How many teens will she inspire to get pregnant? When will she be on Oprah?

Some heavy handers in our nation our calling for statutory rape charges against the 18 year old father of the child. While others are saying to leave him alone. But no where, I’ll repeat that, no where, in the media coverage have I heard of anyone talking about punishing Jamie Spears. No lashes, no prison time and certainly no death sentence. And I say WHY?

Just recently our Congress recognized Islam as one of the great religions and if you believe that, then why not follow their example in the case of Jamie Spears?

Thousands of women in Iran have already been warned this year for their “un-Islamic dress” such as wearing tight, short coats and skimpy headscarves.

“These women and their husbands and their fathers must die,” said Hassani, who is the representative of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in eastern Azerbaijan.

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Should we accept that crime and punishment into our culture? If short coats and skimpy head scarves warrant death for women, their husbands and their fathers, then my condolences to the Spears family. Or consider this situation.

(CBS/AP) A gang-rape victim who was sentenced to six months in prison and 200 lashes for being alone with a man not related to her was pardoned by the Saudi king after the case sparked rare criticism from the United States, the kingdom’s top ally.

Al-Sheik said Abdullah was the only official who could issue a pardon, and he did so despite the government’s view that the Saudi legal system was “honest” and “fair.”

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How about a culture, religion and legal system where the victim is punished? And even though a pardon occurred in this case, the law stands as honest and fair in their eyes. Certainly not in mine. I’m sure there are those who say these situations don’t represent the true Islam and maybe they truly believe it, but I still say it’s bologna. These happened in Saudi Arabia and Iran, a couple of leading Islamic nations.

Get real, this is not a culture we need to accept into our nation with open arms. I’m not against all Islamic people. I’m sure many adherents feel it is truly a religion of peace and do not condone these types of punishments. I welcome the peaceful Muslims who openly reject this type of violence.

But for many Muslims sharia law and terror against non-Muslims is not only accepted, but preferred.  I say they let them keep it, just don’t bring it here, because it has no place in America.

It’s a start

A perhaps monumental moment occurred just a few short days ago. Perhaps I say, because it will only become a monument if others build on this. The moment was when a Fatwa, a directive to Muslims, was issued in condemnation of terrorism, suicide bombings and other attacks targeting civilians. This momentous event occurred at a Nov. 3oth meeting of the National Press Club in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by Bridges to Common Ground who also published the Fatwa which I refer to here:

The following Fatwa was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, Islam’s highest religious authority in North America.

In the spirit of this Season of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, the Fiqh Council of North America states its unequivocal and unqualified condemnation of the destruction and violence committed against innocent men and women.

This condemnation of violence is deeply rooted in true Islamic values based on the Qur’anic instructions which consider the unjust killing of a single person equivalent to the killing of al humanity (Qur’an 5:32). There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism.

Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is prohibited in Islam ― haram ― and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not “martyrs.”

In giving thanks for America and for American people and in the light of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, we, the Fiqh Council of North America, clearly, without hesitation, strongly issue this Fatwa:

  1. All acts of terrorism are forbidden in Islam.
  1. It is forbidden for a Muslim to cooperate or associate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
  1. It is the duty of Muslims to report to enforcement authorities any threat which is designed to place a human being in harm’s way, bringing them before a competent court of law and in accordance with due process.

We pray for the defeat of extremism, terrorism and injustice. We pray for the safety and security of our country United States and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of this globe. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in United States and every where in the world.

On behalf of the Fiqh Council of North America.

I think this is an important event for all of us because Islam will continue to be a problem for the world until either they are stopped through annihilation or they go through some sort of religious reformation. A reformed or reinterpreted Islamic doctrine is needed so that Muslims can feel they are upholding the tenants of their religion, without killing  non-believers. Others in the world think this also, as I have mentioned in a previous post How to end ‘Islamophobia.’

Many, myself included, will have some suspicions regarding the sincerity of this fatwa. I’ve also read enough Muslim proclamations to know that innocents, civilians, and non-Muslims are words that are carefully chosen. (i.e. you are not innocent if you know of Islam and do not submit to its authority, so a proclamation against harming innocents isn’t really what it seams on the surface)

But this could be a start. I hope to see it plastered all over the media, so Muslims everywhere can see that there is another way to be Muslim. A truly peaceful way. Not the violence being exercised by several Muslim leaders which is supported by many and openly denounced by precious few Muslims.

Profiling Pop Quiz

This is not of my making but I like the pop quiz style and think the message is about the most under reported, sweep the dirt under the rug topic in our society today. Far worse than the illegal immigration from Mexico will ever be. As a Christian, I would much rather learn to worship in Spanish, than to learn to worship without my head attached.

Profiling Pop Quiz

1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by

a. Superman
b. Jay Leno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by

a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by: (more…)

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