Watch the Hypocrisy – Defend Liberty to the Death


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John R. Houk

© October 24, 2014

 

Danny Jeffrey wrote a convincing essay connecting cigarette smoking and constitutionally insured Liberty. Below is the comment I left to that essay (if indeed it posts) entitled “Seeking answers to today’s issues.” You may understand my thoughts better if you read his essay.

 

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I didn’t read all the comments Danny, but Wow! You certainly got a big response.

 

Anyway, you are one of my favorite polemicists. That said, you might be disappointed to learn that I am a non-smoker. And in my later years I have been somewhat militant about non-smoking.

 

Before you stone me you should be aware that my Grandmother whom I lived with was a lung cancer survivor twice. The second time she quite – cold turkey. I have to admit Grandma’s cold turkey was not a pleasant experience for me. Grandma was more than a bit grouchy about very simple matters. Going cold turkey affected her health in other ways. Cold turkey meant overeating to take her mind off the nicotine cravings. By her mid-70s she became a diabetic and died of a heart attack.

 

My Uncle was also a butt-hacker. When he was in his early 60s he became the unlucky recipient of lung cancer – and died 3 months later.

 

As I said my Grandmother was a smoker. Consequently my Grandfather was also a smoker. He actually smoked Camels without filters. He also quit cold turkey. Mysteriously he did not turn into a nicotine deprived monster as my Grandma did. He died in his mid-80s natural causes. I should mention he smoked from his teenage days until his early-50s when he quit cold turkey. Just guessing – it seems then he smoked nearly 40 years and was nicotine free for about 30 years.

 

My Grandmother was about 12 years older than my Grandfather and it was her 2nd marriage (Yup, she robbed the cradle). Grandma smoked Raleighs. Since I was perched in the backseat when Mom drove and Grandma sat in the front passenger seat, the cigarette smoke flowed toward the back. Yup, car sickness was a frequent issue for me. A smoke filled living room was something I learned to tolerate but never enjoyed. In the present I often wonder how I trained myself to tolerate smoke filled rooms. Now-a-days being in a room that has been smoke filled nauseates me.

 

Nonetheless there was a silver lining to Grandma’s chain smoking days. Raleighs had reward coupons. We acquired many fun things over the years because Grandma was also a compulsive coupon saver. I still have fond memories of the excellently made croquette set those coupons delivered to us. I owned that croquette set through my own children’s childhood and teen years – long after Grams went to live with Jesus.

 

Here’s some irony for you Danny. You went to Washington State to visit a Conservative friend, right? I grew up in a small college town in Central Washington that had about 10,000 people living in it when I was a kid and about 14,000 by the time I graduated and moved to Oklahoma to attend a Bible School. For a little more background the small town was roughly divided between the College students (now University) and the local townspeople. I was one of the townspeople. As you can guess the townspeople tended to lean toward Conservatism even if it was unwittingly. And the College was quite liberal especially a significant number of the students were from the Seattle side of the Cascades that roughly divides Washington State.

 

Now I say unwitting “Conservatives” because most of the townspeople (including my family) acted like Conservatives in values but voted Democrat because of the false perception that Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved America from the Depression. Yup, I was one of those Baby Boomers that had the deprivations of the Depression history drilled into my childhood. Wasted food was a corporal punishment crime and my Mom walked uphill in the snow both ways to school.

 

Conservatism for me was thus a transition from the kind of Liberal Democrats that were around in my teen days to becoming a Born Again Christian at age 20. In the transition I played with Libertarianism for a while under the influence of Ayn Rand then embracing Conservatism. The Liberal Dems in Washington State in my teen days would be described as Neocons today. Socially Center-Liberal and with a big pro-military stand to fight Communism. My last Dem Senator Hero was Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson.

 

So much for the small town background.

 

Sooo – cigarette smoke made me nauseated as a kid and really does now as a person a couple of years away from 60. I am one of those people Danny that you would be upset with. I am very gratified that non-smoking areas has increased exponentially since my childhood days.

 

On the other hand leave it to you to expose the hypocrisy of my gratitude. I would be one that rails against homosexual activists and atheist activists trampling on the First Amendment Rights of Christians. I would be the one exploding because a school banned a patriotic or Christian oriented shirt but saw no problem no problem in pressing anti-Christian homosexual acceptance and teaching the ways of Allah for multicultural understanding. AND yet your point that a smoker exercise in Liberty is hampered by regulating space where free will should occur when there is no harm to others.

 

Danny I would be one telling you that each cancer stick you smoke is another coffin nail in your life. But being your 70s that argument is pretty ridiculous to make. Danny I am assuming you are lung cancer free so telling you of the dangers of smoking to your lungs does seem a bit ludicrous. It has to sound a bit like telling a fish he might drown for spending so much time in the water.

 

In your sharing I was quite amused how you segued from smoke-Liberty to Americans losing their patriotic heritage to stand for Truth, Justice and the American Way or die trying. Frankly that is how you convinced me that smoke-Liberty is as important American Liberty. The old saying that goes: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” (Voltaire) is becoming a lost train of thought of in America’s divisive political spectrum.

 

Danny you have convinced me of your butt-hacker Liberty to smoke and I will die to defend that right. Wait, I’m an overweight dude on a disability. Will you defend my right to be a fatso to the death?

 

Just kidding. I’ll defend your right to smoke. Probably I won’t try dying though. As you pointed out in your essay there is a good chance I will fall victim to being overweight long before the last coffin nail hits your casket.

 

Danny since I now defend your smoke-Liberty, if our paths should ever cross perhaps you might give me a heads up before you light up. I got to tell ya man, smoking really does produce a nauseating feeling for me.

 

JRH 10/24/14

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When Jews Stand Silent


Concentration Camp Murdered Jews

Result of Jew-Hatred – My GOD Don’t Forget!

 

 

After Hitler’s Holocaust was discovered by the winning Allied

armies, the West experienced a collective guilt on how badly Jews were treated in a horrific Jew-hatred manner. In Ari Bussel’s essay he expresses the very legitimate concern that the pre-Holocaust days are here again – even in America.

 

JRH 10/23/14

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When Jews Stand Silent

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 10/21/2014 6:23 PM

 

Allow me to start with a bit of family history.

 

During WWII, among the Allied forces, my grandfather was in General Anders’ (Polish) army fighting the Nazis.  At the end of the War he was in Italy.  After the war, my grandfather joined his brother in NY and remarried (my grandmother had been murdered by the Nazis). 

 

To his last day, my grandfather lived on the Upper West Side, whereas his brother lived on the Upper East Side.  NYC was his favorite city, a magical place with much to do.  He regularly attended operas and concerts at the Lincoln Center.  I remember when my father and I were packing his things, after my grandfather passed away, and found stacks of programs of performances he had attended.  We may still have some of them.

 

My grandfather is buried in NY, where he is likely turning in his grave, at how—after seventy-five years—we have come full circle backward.  Not just in Europe, but in the USA as well.

 

Today, everything is permissible, even in America.  Acceptable now, first and foremost, is Jew-hatred.

 

Once we knew how to differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil.  Today, the lines are blurred, terrorists become “freedom fighters,” and the blame always lies with someone else, most readily and easily with Israel and the Jews. 

 

Metropolitan Opera of the pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel opera “Death of Klinghoffer.”

 

Tonight at the Met is the opening night of Death of Klinghoffer.  So what is all the fuss about?  “Munich” humanized the terrorists who targeted and murdered Israeli athletes because they were Jewish.  Its director was none other than Schindler’s List director, Steven Spielberg, himself a Jew.

 

Many movies in recent years that vilify Israel and glorify her enemies are made in Israel and are supported by funding from the Israeli government.

 

So why is everyone up in arms against yet another such occasion, one that happens to be at my grandfather’s favorite city and performing arts center?

 

Those who do not understand the premise we must fight all these instances may stop here.  Others will dwell into the following questions:

 

* Who stands up and takes action?

 

* What type of action is sufficient to effect change?

 

* Can we even fight modern-day anti-Semitism?

 

I will attempt to answer these three questions.

 

Good people are expected to fight back but seldom do.  A major shock to the system is necessary before they spring to action and for its effects to remain etched in memory.  The Holocaust was a drastic shock and its effects lasted some seven decades but now have almost faded away.

 

Short of a major system-wide tsunami, as we learned time and again, “money talks.”  To effect change, one must get to the major source of funding.  Then those at the helm pay attention.  For change to be meaningful and lasting, rather than passing, pressure must be sustained. 

 

Thus the call for major funders of the NY Met to withhold their donations must be a consideration. 

 

Experience, though, teaches us that such efforts rarely work.  Ha’Aretz, Israeli leading intellectual paper, is still up and running, none of its advertisers has backed off, despite its working tirelessly to bring about the fall of the Jewish state.

 

Not only in Israel.  The NY Times, LA Times and other major papers still exist and their main advertisers (many Jewish) have not backed off, despite a systematic anti-Israeli approach.

 

And this experience extends well beyond the printed media.

 

To effect change, there has to either be a major groundswell or the major benefactors behind an operation must take a stand (i.e. stop the flow of funds) and remain firm on their convictions. Either one will create the necessary shock effect.  Yet, this is as rare as a major earthquake here in California.

 

There are instances when we must stand up and take action, not just hope that a storm will pass and everything be forgotten.  These shocks have positive effects, for they force us to change the status quo.  And what is happening today is not good, by any stretch of one’s imagination.

 

So allow me to highlight a friend, who is now on a plane to NYC, to participate tonight in the demonstration in front of the Lincoln Center.  She will be sitting in a wheelchair this evening at the Klinghoffer Demonstration against the Met.  It is inspiring, but not enough.

 

Several years ago, a professor from Ben Gurion University, the head of the Poli-Sci department, wrote an op-ed that was published by the Los Angeles Times.  It was not personal musings, rather the professional presentation of a person very established in this field.  He called to “Boycott Israel.” 

 

Jews were outraged.  The University President flew in to Los Angeles to meet with the major donors who were very upset.  She refused to meet with anyone else; they were of no concern or value to her.  The major donors were appeased, and nothing much has changed since.  Post-Zionism is alive and well at BGU.

 

The Jews have persuaded themselves that everything is OK, someone else is to blame (clearly noise created by some troublemakers) and there is nothing the university president can actually do.  Life continues.

 

The same happened when J Street, the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel, pro-peace” (anti-Israel, undermine-AIPAC) organization came into being.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was gravitating toward supporting it, until Newt Becker went from one friend to another (all major donors) and made it an issue.

 

Then, and only then, the Federation paid attention.

 

Promises were made.  The Federation resorted to legalities and ultimately confused the issue.  “It depends what ‘supporting’ really means,” they said, and the shenanigans continued.  United we stand, divided we fall, and J Street continues to bring about the fall of the walls of Jerusalem.  Alas, it happened before, we will survive it again.

 

Newt’s actions were a necessary, but not a sufficient condition. 

 

In Orange County, activist Dee Sterling has been fighting the Olive Tree Initiative (and the world-wide travel intifada) for years. Philanthropist Dr. Shelley Ventura Cohen arranged several meetings at the Federation here in LA, alongside a major contributor.  The president of the Federation had to make time for these meetings, but not much has resulted.  Shelley passed away, the philanthropist spends her time abroad and the Olive Tree Initiative goes from strength to strength, having expanded now to numerous other universities.

 

Major Met Donors Deafening Silence Is An Operatic Kristallnacht- If Bloomberg, Annenberg, Neubauer, Toll Bros. Spoke Out, Anti-Semitic “Klinghoffer” May Have Been Cancelled

 

Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, in a press release this morning, calls the Deafening Silence of major Met donors “an Operatic Kristallnacht.”  He names names – Bloomberg, Annenberg, Neubauer, Toll Bros – and points out that had they spoken out, the anti-Semitic Klinghoffer may have been cancelled.

 

He recognizes a necessary, but not necessarily sufficient condition.

 

But I am a simple, practical person, and I know that ZOA’s calls will not bear fruit.  Not yet at least.  Tomorrow is another day, and life continues.  Today’s “noise” becomes tomorrow’s history, thus must be relegated to oblivion.  That is exactly what we learned with the President, the Democrats and Benghazi.  The 2012 “Spontaneous” attacks did happen, whether because of a video or not.  “Who really cares?  Get on with your lives, Republicans, you are just starting trouble” has been the prevailing attitude.

 

ZOA’s call is a call to action.  It follows James 2:14-26.  It expects the obvious, which is simply too much.

 

The Annenbergs were Jewish, but their main focus was the arts.  Alas, Jews in the USA were not very concerned about their brethren in Europe.  Life here was somewhat isolated.  Life was good.

 

That was then.  It evolved into an anti-Israel sentiment coming first and foremost from American Jewry today.  It is well concealed under layers of “just criticism of Israel,” “disagreeing with policies,” “love and strength to tell the truth,” “the overarching community tent,” and on and on as a never-ending list of excuses that permits Israel hatred to blossom.

 

A few years ago, Wallis Annenberg opened her “Space for Photography” in Century City with a National Geographic exhibit about water.

 

Covered with the most beautiful dress of “National Geographic” and a brand new “museum,” hatred became the new truth.  Israel became the guilty party.  20% of the exhibit was focused on Israel.  But rather than highlighting all the good Israel has bestowed on the region and the world in terms of water (including conservation, reclamation, desalination, development of drought resistant crops, drip irrigation, regional cooperation and assistance), Israel was highlighted and portrayed as the wasteful thief and the source of all evil.

 

Reality was obfuscated in favor of baseless attacks and a most amazing portrait of lies, most befitting the new Annenberg Space.

 

Apparently, this sells.  More accurately, it is acceptable.  It spreads like bacteria on a Petri dish.

 

Where were the Israelis and the Jews?  Where were the State of Israel and her local representatives?  How about other sane and rational people?

 

Were there any demonstrations?  Was the exhibit scrapped or corrected?  Annenberg definitely has the clout to achieve it, had she only wanted.

 

Some people remember work done “behind the scenes.”  Alas, the exhibit continued as planned, and the many thousands of visitors were exposed to one of the worst viruses ever to dwell on earth – the purest form of anti-Semitism, blood libels distilled to such high proof, their potent strength alone is dangerous.

 

Wallis Annenberg was being courted at that time for money for the new Beverly Hills Cultural Center.  Money, it seems, is the solution for all the world’s ills.  One would ignore evil for a payment of $25 million.  Oh, how satisfying.

 

Israelis in Israel were busy too, and the National Geographic special issue was allowed to stand, thus remaining a testament to a new reality.  Students in the near future will study water shortage and its aftermaths, and they can always refer back to an amazing pictorial presentation, accompanied by some of the most horrific lies; “it is all Israel’s fault.”

 

Likewise, the President of Iran’s Conference on the Holocaust-that-never-was also remains a factual resource for future generations, of history that was re-written while the world, Jews and Gentiles alike, stood silent.

 

Mort, salvation will not come from Wallis Annenberg.

 

From her fellow mega-donors?

 

My experience has taught me that until something affects them directly, we can talk and shout until we fall exhausted out of breath, and nothing will happen.

 

A case in point:  A member of the Board of Regents for the University of California system was kind enough to hear my ranting about what was happening at the UC Irvine campus with dangerous activities of the Muslim Student Union, the threat to Jewish students and the implications to all of us.

 

She was kind not to me, but to a close friend of hers, whose guest I was year after year after his wife died.

 

Except, nothing was internalized.  I talked and was gently dismissed as the “Meshugane” (the crazy one, not really in possession of his faculties).

 

This continued until Israeli Ambassador to the US, Prof. Oren, came to give a talk at UCI.  Until the pressure on Jewish students and others intensified so much that people started taking notice. Everything I had described time and again happened, and everyone was shocked at the “discovery.”

 

It happened right under their watch.  They enabled it.

 

We can continue with other examples.  I seem to carry a bag full of them.  But allow me to return to my own family history.

 

I am the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors.  Not much was left of our family, and all of us here and now have an obligation:  Not to Forget. 

 

When we remember, we know that our true mission is to protect Israel, thus protecting the Jewish people.

 

Remembering, the essence of “Never Again,” does not translate to the fanfare usually connected with “remembering” the Holocaust.  Rather, it is off the well-traveled road that we venture. 

 

In Israel, one started “remembering” the survivors when the deplorable living conditions of many were highlighted for all to see.  It shamed Israel into action.

 

While survivors are struggling in their last years, there is a robust and thriving “Claims Conference.”  Many years ago, they told my mother they did not reach her mother’s year of birth.  They did not reach it until my grandmother passed away.  But throughout the years, they enjoy their salaries, benefits and other perks, like clockwork.  It became their “entitlement,” not the survivors’.  

 

For those who wonder, not much has changed with the Claims Conference.

 

In Los Angeles, I regularly pass the statue of Raoul Wallenberg and stop to salute.  The plaque reads “he restored our faith in humanity,” signed “the survivors.”  (For those who may want to read more, here is the link to “The Angel of Faith” I wrote in 2010: http://newsblaze.com/story/20100404083512buss.nb/topstory.html)

 

Not long ago, LA Councilmember Paul Koretz held a major event at the intersection where the statue stands.  There were numerous Holocaust survivors in attendance, yet not a single child from all the religious day schools or the high school (Fairfax High) just a few blocks walking distance from there.

 

No one bothered to clean the square where the statue stands, daily the sleeping place for homeless people.

 

The act of “remembering” has to translate to action, and that action must be meaningful.  I found the ceremony lacking, since it did not translate into meaningful action.  No one thought of bringing children, and I stood at shock and wept.

 

Somewhat like the neighborhood itself, once the heart of Jewish LA, turned into a heap of eateries and trendy t-shirt, shoes or skateboard stores, the generation of survivors is slowly disappearing into the memory bins of history.  A sad story, for who may remember the past? Should we even bother with it? Will it ultimately be rewritten out of existence completely?

 

My grandfather, Newt, Shelley, Atara, Roz’s mother and so many others are up there, in council, looking down, advocating on behalf of the Jewish people. Hoping now is the time for all sane, rational beings to ponder.

 

They understand well when good people stand silent, evil is triumphant, and tonight will be no different.

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, October 2014

 

First Published October 20, 2014

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

U.S. ALAC to Austrian ALAC?


Jan Sobieski vs Pasha Kara Mustafa at Vienna

 

John R. Houk

© October 22, 2014

 

American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) are primarily laws passed on the State level in the USA. What is ALAC?

 

American Laws for American Courts was crafted to protect American citizens’ constitutional rights against the infiltration and incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines, especially Islamic Shariah Law. READ ENTIRETY FOR DETAILS (American Laws for American Courts; Infidel Task Force)

 

Americans in individual American States have begun to recognize that there are elements in Islam – particularly Sharia Law – that are totally incompatible with the Freedom, Liberty and Rights assured to us by the U.S. Constitution.

 

Since the U.S. Constitution enshrines Religious Freedom in the First Amendment Muslim apologists started to rail against State laws that expressly use the phrase “Sharia Law” to keep American Courts from using Islamic concepts jurisprudence precedents. This happened in Oklahoma when over 70% of the voters passed a law preventing Sharia from being used as a legal precedent in State Courts in 2010. Due largely by a lawsuit filed by Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood connected Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Federal Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled the Oklahoma SQ 755 unconstitutional in 2013 because the law singled out a specific religion. Under Governor Fallin’s direction, rather than pursuing further appeals Oklahoma chose another legal path using the wording of ALAC to specify that OK State Courts cannot use any foreign laws as a legal precedent in rendering decisions. This wisely expands the anti-Sharia focus to include Left Wing agendas that Obama might promote via the auspices of the United Nations and overseas Court proceedings. By August 2013 the OK Senate approved the ALAC wording 40-3 and the OK House approved it 85-7. Governor Mary Fallin then promptly made the ALAC official with her signature. Take that you weaselly Radical Muslims pretending to be Moderate!

 

The Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi inspired Wahhabi lobbyist are still trying to exploit the U.S. Constitution to make unconstitutional portions of Sharia acceptable in the USA. Those Muslim apologists have been joined by American Leftists either deluded that multiculturalism is good or use Islam to fight America’s Christian heritage via cultural dilution.

 

After looking at snail-like slow understanding in America that Islam is a threat, I have to share what I consider some astounding news from the West European nation of Austria. In case you have had your head in the sand – partly due to the failure of the American media – the growing Muslim minority in Western Europe are essentially becoming successful in forcing nations to accept Islamic cultural styles as a part of Europe’s fabric of society. One can hear that the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway to name a few nations have gone out of their way politically to enforce multiculturalism in their society to the point that Muslim-Sharia enclave-zones and even Sharia Law accepted as the rule of law to be enforced in regard to Muslims and to favor Muslims in disputes with non-Muslims.

 

This European socio-political practice is multiculturalism taken to an insane level of destroying their Western heritage.

 

The German-speaking nation of Austria is about to embark on a new rule of law path to begin to emphasize the cultural heritage of Austria over the imported Islamic culture. In this case one can say ALAC can be an acronym for Austria Laws for Austrian Courts. This is huge because not too long ago Austria prosecuted and convicted an Austrian politician for hate-speech in speaking the truth about Islam. Of course the Muslim minority is outraged in Austria because of the potential of ending Islam’s favored status in a European nation that still emphasizes multiculturalism over real Liberty and heritage.

 

Soeren Kern writing for the Gatestone Institute shares the details of this potential Austrian new heritage protection via the rule of law designed to thwart Radical Islam.

 

JRH 10/22/14

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Austria: Civil Law vs. Sharia Law

 

By Soeren Kern

October 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

Gatestone Institute

 

Austria has emerged as a major base for radical Islam and as a central hub for European jihadists to fight in Syria.

 

The proposed revisions would, among other changes, regulate the training and hiring of Muslim clerics, prohibit the foreign funding of mosques, and establish an official German-language version of the Koran to prevent its “misinterpretation” by Islamic extremists.

 

Muslims would be prohibited from citing Islamic sharia law as legal justification for ignoring or disobeying Austrian civil laws.

 

Leaders of Austria’s Muslim community counter that the contemplated new law amounts to “institutionalized Islamophobia.”

 

Official statistics show that nearly 60% of the inhabitants of Vienna are immigrants or foreigners. The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible.

 

The Austrian government has unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the country’s century-old “Islam Law” that governs the legal status of Austria’s Muslim community.

 

The proposed revisions—which are aimed at cracking down on Islamic extremism in Austria—would regulate the training and hiring of Muslim clerics, prohibit the foreign funding of mosques, and establish an official German-language version of the Koran, among other changes.

 

The government says the modifications would give Muslims legal parity with other religious groups in Austria. But the leaders of Austria’s Muslim community counter that the contemplated new law amounts to “institutionalized Islamophobia.”

 

The updated Islam Law (Islamgesetz) was presented as a draft bill to parliament on October 2 and overhauls the current law, which dates back to 1912.

 

The original law was brought into being to help integrate Muslim soldiers into the Habsburg Army after the Austro-Hungarian Empire annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1908. The law recognized Islam as a religious community in Austria, and allowed Muslims to practice their religion in accordance with the laws of the state.

 

After the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in the aftermath of World War I, the number of Muslims in Austria was reduced to just a few hundred people. After World War II, however, Austria’s Muslim population increased rapidly with the arrival of “guest workers” from Turkey and the Balkans in the 1960s, and refugees from Bosnia in the 1990s.

 

The Muslim population in Austria now exceeds 500,000 (or roughly 6% of the total population), up from an estimated 150,000 (or 2%) in 1990. The Muslim population is expected to reach 800,000 (or 9.5%) by 2030, according to recent estimates.

 

Official statistics show that nearly 60% of the inhabitants of Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, are immigrants or foreigners.

 

The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible. In Vienna, for example, Muslim students now outnumber Catholic students at middle and secondary schools. Muslim students are also on the verge of overtaking Catholics in Viennese elementary schools.

 

At the same time, Austria has emerged as a major base for radical Islam. A June 2014 report by the Austrian intelligence agency [BVT] warned of the “exploding radicalization of the Salafist scene in Austria.” Salafism is an anti-Western ideology that seeks to impose Islamic sharia law.

 

Austria has also emerged as a central hub for European jihadists seeking to fight in Syria, because Austria’s geographic location provides easy access to land routes through the Balkans.

 

Photo: The Austrian Islamist known as “Abu Hamza al-Austria,” fighting in Syria, pictured from his jihadist recruitment video.

Austrian Islamist known as Abu Hamza al-Austria

 

In an interview with Austrian Public Radio Ö1-Morgenjournal, the Austrian Minister for Integration and Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz, said the rapid rise of Islam in Austria has rendered the old Islam Law obsolete. A new law is needed, he said, to stipulate more clearly the rights and responsibilities of Muslims living in the country.

 

From now on, according to Kurz, Muslims residing in Austria will be expected to adhere to Austrian values and to acknowledge the primacy of Austrian law over Islamic Sharia law. In practice, he said, this means that Muslims would be prohibited from citing Islamic law as legal justification for ignoring or disobeying Austrian civil laws. Sharia law has “no place” in Austria, he stressed.

 

The new law would regulate at least a dozen separate issues, including relatively non-controversial matters such as Muslim holidays, Muslim cemeteries, Muslim dietary practices and the activities of Muslim clergy in hospitals, prisons and the army.

 

More significantly, however, the bill seeks to limit the religious and political influence of foreign governments within the Austrian Muslim community by prohibiting foreign countries—presumably Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf states—from financing Islamic centers and mosques in Austria.

 

The legislation also seeks to prevent the growth of a parallel Islamic society in Austria by regulating mosques and requiring clerics to be trained exclusively at Austrian universities. The new law would require Muslim groups to terminate the employment of clerics who have criminal records or who are deemed to pose a threat to public safety.

 

The new restrictions—including an employment ban for foreign clerics in Austria—would apply especially to Turkey: 65 of the 300 Muslim clerics working in Austria are Turkish civil servants whose salaries are being paid for by the Turkish government’s Religious Affairs Directorate, the Diyanet.

 

Muslims leaders in Austria say that in the absence of foreign funding, many mosques in Austria would have to be “closed immediately” because they are not financially viable apart from outside support. Moreover, they argue, the prohibition of foreign funding violates the constitution because the same restrictions are not being applied to Christians or Jews.

 

The foreign funding restrictions, however, do not appear to apply to the Vienna-based King Abdullah International Center for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue. Critics say the multi-million-dollar institution, which was inaugurated in November 2012, is an effort by Saudi Arabia to establish a permanent “propaganda center” in central Europe from which to spread the anti-Western Wahhabi sect of Islam throughout the rest of Europe.

 

The new Islam Law also requires the Austrian Muslim community to agree on a standardized German-language translation of the Koran, the Hadiths and other Islamic religious texts. The government has argued that an official version of the texts would prevent their “misinterpretation” by Islamic extremists.

 

“There are countless translations, countless interpretations,” Kurz told public radio Ö1. “We will be pushing for this vigorously. It is also in the interest of the Muslim community that words are correctly interpreted and reproduced.”

 

However, Muslim leaders say it would be next to impossible for Sunnis, Shiites and Alawites to agree on a “correct” translation of the Koran. In any event, they say, the state cannot outlaw alternative translations.

 

A group called Muslim Youth of Austria [MJÖ] has described the new Islam Law as an “intolerable legal scandal” that seeks to “place the broad mainstream of Muslims either under state supervision, or to split them into weak and therefore meaningless groups.”

 

The president of the Austrian Islamic Community [IGGiÖ], Fuat Sanac, says the new law is “naïve” and treats Muslims as “second-class” citizens: “We do not agree with the draft Islam Law. It was presented to the public without our approval.”

 

Sanac has vowed to file an appeal with Austria’s constitutional court to stop the new law, which he says “risks humiliating” the country’s Muslim population.

 

Kurz maintains that the primary purpose of the new Islam Law is to establish the “primacy of national law over religious law.”

 

The government hopes the new law will be approved by Parliament in November and enter into force sometime in 2015. However, Muslim opposition to the initiative may mean that the 1912 version of the law will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future.

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U.S. ALAC to Austrian ALAC?

John R. Houk

© October 22, 2014

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Austria: Civil Law vs. Sharia Law

 

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Expose Islam’s True Ideology


Islam Spread by Sword

Dajjal has posted two comments on the post by Norma Zager entitled “Two Roads Converge for Mankind”. This particular post was located at my NCCR blog (I have two others). Norma’s essay very eloquently writes about the idiocy of tolerating the hate and violence that so often emerges from the theopolitical religion known as Islam.

 

Norma’s essay inspired some thoughts from Dajjal which is a pseudonym by a blogger that is quite the expert on the nuanced details inherent in Islam. Dajjal can be quite harsh in exposing Islam’s nature to an incredulous West. That is the obvious reason for a pseudonym. Sooo many Counterjihad writers exposing Islam are often the recipients of death threats and murders by adherents of – coughthe religion of peace.

 

Often Dajjal writes about Islamic concepts as if the reader is on the same level of understanding that he possesses. And Dajjal in an oft times humorous fashion will use a play on words or the lack of capitalization to show disrespect for the religion that does not respect non-Muslim people and non-Muslim concepts that reject Islam. In the process of editing Dajjal’s comment I will endeavor to leave the wordplays intact and provide links to Islamic concepts that at least I have to look up to understand the context. Also the title of this post is derived by me based on my understanding of the Dajjal comment. Dajjal did not grace these important thoughts with his own title.

 

JRH 10/22/14

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Expose Islam’s True Ideology

 

By Dajjal

October 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

 

S**t impacts the blades as a consequence of one fatal error: tolerance of evil. We foolishly allowed Communists to hold high government office, even Vice President and to participate in nuclear research leading to the atomic bomb. Thus Russia was able to obtain deadly knowledge, construct their own destructive devices and share with China.

 

Because we let the enemy get the bomb, we dared not contest them directly when they attacked Korea by proxy. Neither could we confront China in Vietnam.

 

Vietnam held crucial classes in war and victory. We failed to learn the lessons of denial of sanctuary, seizing and holding territory and persistence.

 

We failed to apply those lessons in Afghanistan and Iraq, wasting precious blood and treasure for naught but show: the appearance of doing something.

 

Worse yet, we failed to learn the lesson of the Crusades, Poitiers, Lepanto [pp. 1 & 2] and Vienna. We vainly imagined that wars are won by killing men and destroying material, ignoring the ideas that drive those men to attack.

 

Only Allah has the right to be worshipped. Allah alone has the right to rule and govern, his legislative power is exclusive. Muslims must secure Allah’s rights by their swords, failing to make the endeavor condemns them to Hellfire. Jihad guarantees admission to Allah’s celestial bordello. While Muslims believe that s**t, heads will roll and blood will flow regardless of pinprick air attacks. Even if you decimate their ranks, the remnant will regroup, reproduce, rearm and resume their attacks in the fullness of time.

 

Victory will not be obtained without the complete destruction of Islamic Iman [Blog Editor: At first glance I thought “Iman” was a typo of Imam. Now I am not so sure. See HERE and HERE]. Open “The Quranic Concept of War” [PDF photocopy of original book] to page 58 and read through page 60 to obtain a clue.

 

We will pay the price of failure of Crusaders & colonizers to destroy Iman. We will pay the price for not nuking Islam off the face of the earth in the aftermath of the Accursed Abomination. It will be a high price in blood, treasure and grief.

 

If you believe that God commissioned you to conquer the world and establish his kingdom; if you believe that you will be blessed if you undertake the mission and damned if you don’t, what will you do. What are Muslims doing? Get a clue before it is too late, before Iran obtains nukes and delivery systems (See Also HERE).

 

Victory will be obtained only by some combination of apostasy and extinction. We can work on the apostasy part, making mujahideen extinct is the government’s duty.

 

Dajjal Thoughts Continue

October 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

 

The entire house of cards rests on the reputation of Kauthar, AKA Muhammad (See HERE and HEREBlog Editor: These links are intended to show a positive theology of Islam; however if you view this with the idiocy of Muhammad being the perfect human there is little-to-zero positive), held up as the best and greatest of men. His sunnah reveals the truth which we need to popularize. Moe was demon possessed. He was suicidal. He was homicidal. He lusted after infants. He raped prisoners of war whom he made captive.

 

Dramatize the sunnah in a series of full length docu-dramas. Put them on large and small screens all over the world; show Muslims the truth about their role model.

 

The producer of “Innocence of Muslims” claims to have two hours in the can. Get it published and distributed. Ali Sina and Mossab Yusuf (SP?) have screenplays. At least one more is already on the shelf. Get them produced and distributed. Show Muslims exactly what they emulate and worship.

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Be Free Once More


Comrade BHO will Straighten Out (EO) Constitution Musunderstanding

As a nation that is systematically being dismantled piece by piece by the Obama transformation agenda to turn the USA into a Socialist Western European style society favoring government-down defined forms of representative government, Free Speech and Religious Freedom. Under the Western European paradigm any speech that insults ungodly lifestyles or denigrates any religion that is specifically an antichrist political ideology is a hate-crime punishable by fines, incarceration and/or both.

 

This essay by Justin Smith addresses the Obama transformation. Justin correctly observes the American voters have placed America in this position believing the lofty lies of Leftist Democrats. It will only be the discernment of American voters that will end the Obama transformation that desires the termination of the Founding Fathers’ grand experiment that brought the greatest nation into existence the world has known to date.

 

JRH 10/20/14

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By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 10/19/2014 3:54 PM

 

Our Constitutional Republic, once a free republic, is failing through the ignorant, uneducated and ill-informed choices of its Congressmen, Senators and American voters, and it is also failing because many Americans are culpable and willful in their support of actions and policies that negatively impact America. Far too many Americans do not understand or do not care that Obama’s Siren’s call for the Progressive fundamental transformation of America is found nowhere in the principles that built America, and many do not care that this is being done by unconstitutional means.

 

There was a time when there existed fine, decent Democrats, liberal only in the classical sense, who loved America and worked for Her in a benevolent fashion. Senator Joe Lieberman (CT) was one such Democrat, who was a foreign policy hawk. Another such Democrat was Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson (WA _served from 1953-1983), who was a leading “anti-communist” hawk. But today, the Democratic Party and nearly all Democrats are ultra-socialist, right on the verge of being outright communists and fascists.

 

Democrats Kaye Hagan (NC), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (LA), Mark Udall (CO), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and many other Democrats are all currently distancing themselves from President Obama in preparation for the November 4th election. All of these Senators voted with Obama’s agenda 95% of the time, according to the Congressional Quarterly Roll Call calculators. Voting for any Democratic leader is voting for the Progressive Movement’s legislative agenda and Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.

 

For six years America has careened through a sluggish economy worsened by Democrat economic policies advocated by Obama that come straight from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. They didn’t work then and they haven’t worked today, as we find approximately 100 million Americans now receiving government assistance of some sort.

 

Democrat policies from Roosevelt’s era have been greatly expanded upon by the Progressives of Obama’s new marxofascist based Democratic Party, because dependent people equal an easily controlled population. Many Americans on welfare today could have been productive, if only they had been encouraged to be independent. But, their entire lives the Democrats so convinced them that they could not succeed under the free market system and Adam Smith’s Capitalism, which they never really tried. And this is immoral, but then immoral pretty well describes the entire Progressive platform of ideas.

 

Increasingly Americans are experiencing Progressive Democrats’ tyranny, just as in California where Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and a Democrat supermajority in the legislature seized control of all ground water supplies in the state this past September, under the guise of conservation and due to a drought of their own making. More of these Agenda 21 based regulations are due to go into effect nationally in November, despite efforts to block them (HR5078), and they are setting the stage for the biggest land grab in U.S. history, in terms of power over land use, at the hands of Progressive Democrat bureaucratic political hacks and unelected despots.

 

President Obama can only use an Executive Order to supplement previously existing law passed by Congress, not to make new law in his current manner. When Obama issues Executive Orders, such as the Dream Act, that go astray of Constitutional limits and when bureaucracies, such as the EPA, are able to bind Americans through regulations, not law, it is extra-legal. One also is denied their Constitutional rights if forced to arbitrate any disputed matter through a bureaucrat, as this places administrative power above the law, side-stepping the courts and judges.

 

Along with Obama’s boastful disregard for the Constitution, Obama and the Progressive Democrats have worked tirelessly to undermine Christianity and Our American Heritage, as witnessed by their support of homosexual “marriages” (nothing “gay” about it) and their assault on Hobby Lobby’s position regarding birth control. They don’t “mean well” and they don’t give a damn about America or anything outside their Progressive ideology.

 

Disagree with the Democrat divisive platform and the opposition is accused of hatred: If you oppose illegal immigration, you hate Hispanics. If you have concerns about Islam in America, you hate Muslims. If you oppose Affirmative Action, you must hate blacks. And if you oppose “gay” marriage, you must hate homosexuals – “well – hmmm?” One out of four ain’t bad. I’ll let Ya’ll figure it out. (Just joking folks – please, no hate mail).

 

Six years of Democratic failed policies have shown that voting for the Democratic Party is both foolish and dangerous for the nation. Our border patrol agents are used to nullify immigration law, allowing terrorists to cross our borders. The Justice Department now enforces U.S. law through race-based initiatives. Every vote for Obamacare and its death panels, the most destructive legislation in U.S. history, came from the Democratic Party. The Islamic State has set the Middle East ablaze due to Obama’s and Democratic support of the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama’s insistence on complete withdrawal from Iraq. And now, the incurable and deadly Ebola virus and previously eradicated diseases, like tuberculosis, are in America due Obama’s “open borders” policy and his ideological idiocy.

 

But isn’t this what Americans wanted after all – “Hope and Change”?

 

Americans themselves are largely responsible for their own misery. One hundred and eleven million eligible voters, 45%, stayed home in 2012, while 27.4% believed Obama’s lies and pie in the sky promises and voted for “free” handouts and government benefits. 25.3% voted to be left alone by the government.

 

Incompetence has become the rule at many of the highest levels of government and in private businesses. Corporations like GM now seek protections and monopolies. Obama’s and John Kerry’s bungling will soon ensure that Iran has nuclear ICBMs, while the U.S. space program is compromised by its reliance on Russian, an old enemy renewing its adversarial position. It takes 10-15 years now to build a bridge that used to take 3 years, because of environmental studies required by the EPA. It takes an average of seven years to get a mining permit. And $7.2 trillion of new Obama debt has the U.S. debt at $17.8 trillion, undermining our fiscal responsibility to future generations.

 

Friederich Hayek, renowned economist, once remarked that having “seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant (Hitler) has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure one’s freedom.”

 

Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President, simply stated, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

 

Our Founding Fathers didn’t expect government to control every aspect of the American people’s lives, as Obama and the Progressives are now doing by using the IRS against political opponents and telling us what medical insurance we can purchase. The Founders had survived tyranny, and they wrote the Constitution as a promise to the American people that government would be kept out of our private lives. Nobody – not elected Progressive officials, not Obama – gets to dictate how we live our lives, and Americans can remain a free people, a republic, despite Obama’s numerous lawless edicts and threats of one man rule, by sending the message in November that WE are restoring Our U.S. Constitution.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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SLMP taking up Asiya case to Supreme Court


VIDEO: ‘Please Pray For Asia': Appeal From Group Voice Of The Martyrs

 

Published by NewsInCountrys

Published on Oct 17, 2014

 

The Voice of the Martyrs and Cornerstone Television Network have made a video asking people to pray for Asia Bibi, the woman sentenced to death for making ‘blasphemous’ comments about the prophet Mohammed.

 

Pakistani Christian woman is sentenced to hang for ‘blasphemous’ comments about prophet Mohammed during row with Muslim women who refused to share water

A Pakistani Christian woman has been sentenced to hang after she was accused of making ‘blasphemous’ comments about the prophet Mohammed during an argument.

 
While working as a berry picker in 2009, 46-year-old Asia Bibi got into a dispute with a
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Shamim Masih reports that SLMP Chairman Sohail Johnson is taking up Asia Bibi’s cause to fight the Pakistan Blasphemy Law conviction by appealing to Pakistan’s highest court.

 

Here are some recent storylines giving perspective to Asia Bibi’s persecution as a Christian:

 

o   PAKISTAN UPHOLDS BLASPHEMY DEATH PENALTY FOR ASIA BIBI. CAMPAIGNERS TO APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT – 10/16/14

 

o   Pakistani, Indian bishops condemn Asia Bibi death sentence – 10/17/14

 

o   Pakistani Christian woman is sentenced to hang for ‘blasphemous’ comments about prophet Mohammed during row with Muslim women who refused to share water – 10/16/14 updated 10/17/14 07:27 EST

 

 

JRH 10/20/14

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SLMP taking up Asiya case to Supreme Court

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 10/19/2014 6:42 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: The time has come that minority parliamentarians need to take a stand; it is time to reopen the debate on the blasphemy law in Pakistan, said Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP) [About SLMP]. After the decision of a special division bench of LHC, upholding the death sentence of Asiya Bibi, my heart leapt out to see her kids and after sitting with the Aashiq Masih and her kids, I decided to take this case and now SLMP is going to file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, announced Sohail Johnson.

 

Shamim Masih, Ashiq Masih (Asia's husband) & Sohail Johnson

    

Shamim Masih, Ashiq Masih (Asia’s husband) and Sohail Johnson

 

 

According to the details, a farm worker, mother of 5, is [being] kept away from her children for five years and four month. Yes, Asiya Bibi, dared to drink water in the cup of her co-workers in the field. Asiya became the victim of prejudice and greed and was accused of committing blasphemy. She has been in jail since June 19, 2009. She was awarded death sentence by the additional District and Sessions Judge Justice Muhammad Naveed Iqbal, despite the lack of evidence on November, 2010. On 16th October, 2014, a special division bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal, condemned Christian woman Asiya Bibi and upheld her death sentence on the blasphemy charges.

 

Ashiq Masih, the husband of the poor lady, was bitterly weeping when I met him. He said, it [i.e. Sohail Johnson’s announcement] was a ray of hope but the rejection of the appeal has shattered his confidence on Pakistani courts. He confidently said that judges were under pressure. He is still not in the position to control his nerves and how his children will survive, who were hoping their mother [would] come back home. But still he is hopeful and will go for the next judicial avenue – the Supreme Court of Pakistan to appeal.

 

According to her husband, the counsel, was weak and couldn’t convince the judge. He said he will choose the best lawyer of the town in the apex court [common description of Pakistan’s highest court which is a Supreme Court]. Ashiq Masih [placed] blame that [the Muslims] Asma and Mafia. [These two] are the sisters [accusing culprits]. And they falsely implicated Asiya Bibi in the blasphemy case because they felt disgraced and dishonored on the basis of altercation [at the Muslim designated well] and [the] hard words extended to them by Asiya Bibi when they denied drinking water brought by her for them.

 

Ashiq Masih was also critical of the role of some Christian non- government organizations in this regard. He said some of them have worked to worsen the situation. A number of lawyers and non-government organizations are in the race to take credit but are not doing anything practical. A human rights champion reportedly has supported [Asiya Bibi with] just 3000 Rs. [Pakistan Rupees] ever since, but have been gathering millions of the funds in her name [that Asiya has not benefited from], he added.

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

Diplomatic Correspondent

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Two Roads Converge for Mankind


Vicious Mad Dog 2

 

If spent any time at all reading this blog you would be fully aware that I have a Counterjihad perspective pertaining to Islam.

 

This Norma Zager essay is obviously about the rabid nature inherent in Islam especially toward Israel but now becoming a huge factor for violence in the USA as well. The interesting thing is Norma’s essay does not mention “Islam” or “Muslim” one single time in this essay. This is a very astute piece of writing by Norma.

 

Here is an example from Norma’s essay in order for you to see what I mean – tell me you can’t figure out what she is writing about:

 

We seem to have adapted to the acceptance we must live side by side with evil like a neighbor that trashes his house and lets his dog run wild to bite children at play, and you are simply grateful you are not the one living next door.

 

Of course when his trash and dog travel through the area and land on your lawn, it is a horse of a different pastel altogether.

 

JRH 10/19/14

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Two Roads Converge for Mankind

“DEAL!  For Goodness Still Possesses the Winning Hand!”

 

By Norma Zager

Sent: 10/18/2014 9:08 PM

 

Learning to live in this frightening new world – one that reasonable men would scarcely embrace – is a monumental feat. Faced with two roads, is humanity to take the one less taken or march backward in time to the year 600 A.D. at warp speed?

 

We seem to have adapted to the acceptance we must live side by side with evil like a neighbor that trashes his house and lets his dog run wild to bite children at play, and you are simply grateful you are not the one living next door.

 

Of course when his trash and dog travel through the area and land on your lawn, it is a horse of a different pastel altogether.

 

Most Americans are over the winds of war. We have spent the better part of the last century and the new one talking ourselves into the belief, unless Hitler returns there is no need for bloody battle scenarios. It is no wonder when we have seen innocent American lives and untold treasure wasted and the good we do undone.

 

This misguided and calamitous ideology has led to destruction, 9/11, the Boston Marathon, Fort Hood, and coming soon to a theatre near you, one can only shake in their boots with fear to imagine.

 

The world looks far different than fifty years ago before November 22, 1963.

 

America was then a peaceful village dealing with issues of segregation in the south. Disgusted by news stories of blacks being hosed and chased by dogs, Civil rights workers – blacks and whites – hanging from trees, one couldn’t fathom a sorrier sight in a country so filled with wonderful possibilities.

 

John Kennedy and his brother Robert fought hard for civil rights, yet it took Lyndon Johnson, who knew where all the bodies were buried, to push all the right buttons in Congress and get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed.

 

Hope returned, and America felt it was on the right track and pointed toward the sun.

 

Then came Viet Nam and disgrace, blood and disillusion to the young and Nixon, the reality check where politicians were concerned. Like virgins we awoke to the fact we were no longer unsullied, but in bed with, Lord Help Us, politicians.

 

This is a lesson we too soon forgot to our chagrin, for our elected officials are all the same. Yet now that moment of forgetfulness has cost us dearly.

 

So what do we do now?

 

How do we stop a world rolling downward into hell like a giant snowball on roller skates?

 

Cleopatra Queen of Denial is in the White House, and Congress, well, there are simply no words to describe a sorrier bunch of bozos.

 

We are out there on our own now, on the rockiest seas ever charted by a planet filled with flawed humans.

 

Suddenly we find ourselves in a dilemma of catastrophic proportion, as two species of man populate earth, savages and men of intellect.  Unfortunately, we are discovering that both cannot exist side by side.

 

Man can walk into the future embracing the greatest scientific marvels ever known. The Hadron Collider in Geneva has shown man’s capacity to elevate science and physics to heights previously beyond our reach. A new age of intellectualism – where color, religion and gender become at last insignificant – can arise and lead us toward humankind’s ultimate potential.

 

Or the savages marching backward in time can draw man back into the dark ages where caves once again become the homes of choice.

 

Of course it is easy for reasonable men to decide, but who will make that choice?

 

Who will stop the raging tide of man’s existence down the dark muddy river of extinction?

 

Who will dare rise up to fight the good fight against this malevolence?

 

If there is any hope for the choices that must be made, it lies in the union of reason and humanity. Evil is past any necessity for judgment, it can no longer be disguised but is open and brazen.

 

The enemy is clear, but will good people be wise enough to set aside their differences to rise up and defeat the wicked before their strength becomes unmanageable?

 

It has always been the way of the world that good should overcome evil, but it is also a fact many good men must die in the process.

 

It seems as though the battles get longer and the toll of the good grows higher. Yet, it would seem rational the opposite should occur, but does not. Evil’s proactive posture will always get the jump on good’s reactive nature.

 

They have acted too long and now we need to respond. They have murdered in the most heinous of ways – men, women and children have been slaughtered – so how long will it take until the despicable are defeated? How many must die at the hand of terrorists bent on destruction and death?

 

We know the players, and I beg good people everywhere to get in the game. The sides are easy to choose, all we need is to come to the table and show our hand.

 

To these horrors testing mankind’s future, I say simply, “DEAL,” because I remain certain goodness possesses the winning hand.

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, September 2014

 

First Published September 9, 2014

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

The End of Secular Jews in America


American-Leftist Antisemitism

Around September 10 there was a Christian interdenominational summit that included Eastern Rite Churches in Washington DC. The purpose of the summit was to show a rare moment of Christian unity among Christians that do not necessarily agree on how to worship our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior/Messiah. The show of unity demonstration occurred because of the ISIS butchery of Christians in Iraq and Syria in areas controlled by these Islamic Supremacist butchers of humanity.

 

Senator Ted Cruz was a speaker of note on September 10. Senator Cruz began his speech as expected condemning the barbarity of the Christians at the hands of ISIS. Then Cruz included the nation of Israel as a place vilified in the Middle East and that the Jewish is an ally with the USA as a proponent for civil rights. The Senator did not get far when the visiting Eastern Rite Christians that made the trip to Washington DC began booing Senator Cruz’s inclusiveness of Israel. Senator Cruz correctly expressed his disappointment with the antisemitism being demonstrated by his audience and then left the podium in disgust. I used this incident as a starting point to write a post pertaining to the development of antisemitism among Christians in the Muslim dominated Middle Eastern nations which is also the cradle of the beginning of Christianity with this title: “Antisemitism of Middle Eastern Christians”.

 

Norma Zager also uses the Ted Cruz incident to discuss two phenomena emerging in the USA. Namely, the growing antisemitism in America particularly among the Mainstream Media (MSM0 and the self-loathing among Left Wing-minded Jews that too often concurs with the MSM and hence to an antisemitic culture.

 

JRH 10/19/14

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The End of Secular Jews in America

 

By Norma Zager

Sent: 10/18/2014 9:08 PM

 

The incredible and overt rise of anti-Semitism in the world is troubling, yet not as troubling as the astounding increase in the proponents of Jewish hatred in America.

 

Watching Senator Ted Cruz walk off the stage at an event the other night after Christians booed Israel and the Jewish people filled me with sadness.

 

Of course I felt gratitude to Senator Cruz for showing integrity and loyalty, but how sad that it is so acceptable to Americans to behave so visibly anti-Semitic.

 

I realize that anti-Semitism has never left the building, but there is a big difference now that has created a perfect storm against Jewish people. Three factors have been the game changers, and together they will quickly bring on the end of the Jewish people in America:  the media, Jew-haters and the elimination of tradition.

 

First would have to be the media. For a group that has always been accused of taking their orders from Jews, it is shocking how anti-Semitic it has become. Israel has become some evil stepbrother the United States must endure, but would rather not.

 

Sadly, I see no end to this trend. If the media cannot defend the Jewish people against savage monsters that are determined to destroy them, there is little that will ever again bring them to our side.

 

Along with the widespread media bias the Jewish people suffer, there are also the blamers. People who actually believe the world would be better if Israel and the Jewish people just dissolved and were never heard from again. Of course when the Jews disappear they would like them to leave behind all the advancements in medicine, technology and areas too numerous to mention. The haters don’t mind benefitting from Jewish brains, despite the fact they would like to beat our brains out of our heads.

 

Yet, with all those who wish us harm, the true end of the Jewish people will come about at our own hand. It will be the Jews that ultimately destroy themselves, and history will record they eventually assimilated and self-hated themselves out of existence.

 

If that sounds harsh, the reality is much more so.  For anyone that takes the time to notice, the things that kept us a people are being driven to extinction by a new generation lacking the feeling and the Tom for what it means to be Jewish.

 

My late husband sold New York Times outside the bagel factory on Sunday mornings. Sunday mornings were such an important time for Jewish families. Fathers awoke, got dressed and went to pick up fresh smoked fish, lox, herring and a chub for brunch.

 

This wasn’t done solely in the city where I grew up; it was a ritual from New York to California to Montreal. It was the special family breakfast, even the pets joined in. Our dog Lamb Chop and cat Pywacket would sit patiently next to the table and await their bagel with cream cheese and lox.

 

Jewish people lived with certain traditions, bagels Sunday morning, Chinese food Sunday dinner and a fattening and greasy brisket on Friday nights.

 

Healthy, maybe not so much, but my father lived to 94 and my mother at 91 is healthier than some forty year olds.

 

When you were Jewish, you lived a certain lifestyle, and you knew what was expected of you.

 

No one really thought much about it, you just felt a certain inner knowledge that confirmed, “I am a Jew and this is my life.”  You went to college, you married someone appropriate and grandchildren were not an option.

 

Then came a new generation, one that saw cream cheese as the enemy and a brisket or a Sabbath dinner was a heart attack on a plate. Challah was traded for whole wheat, rugalach were exchanged for power bars and smoothies replaced that sickeningly sweet purple concoction called wine you got to drink on Shabbat and holidays.

 

Suddenly it wasn’t cool to be Jewish anymore. Young people questioned the existence of God, although I thought that was settled in the sixties after the whole “God is Dead” debate.

 

But being Jewish is not solely about God. It is about an identity, one that enrobes you as a warm and comfortable furry afghan on a winter night. It is about enjoying a corned beef sandwich on mushy rye bread with crispy double-baked crust. About knowing your mother will go into the kitchen two weeks before Rosh Hashanah or Passover and not be seen again until the dinner is served.

 

Being Jewish is about knowing when the first crisp air of autumn arrived, so did the High Holidays. And laughing as your brother tried on last year’s suit and the sleeves were two inches too short.

 

It’s about searching the house for the eight Chanukah gifts and chanting your Bar Mitzvah portion for your grandfather. Attending Bar Mitzvah or Confirmation services and parties for all your friends, new outfits and dancing in your socks all night.

 

It’s about seeing everyone shopping in the grocery store to get ready for the invasion of family, and cooking while you chatted on the phone with friends about what you were cooking and how they made theirs.

 

I am in no way saying these things are not the same for Christians during Christmas or Easter, I am only saying the feeling of being Jewish has been eclipsed by a new generation that believes corned beef should be outlawed and delis are for 90-year-old men with pacemakers.

 

Yes, there is truly a disappearance of the Jewish lifestyle in America. So, if the lifestyle is gone, we are no more able to survive than deer when their entire forest has burned. The cocoon of Judaism has been torn and has not been replaced.

 

The younger Jews of today practice their form of Judaism, and this works for them, but once a religion has been watered down, that trickle will become thinner and thinner with each succeeding generation.

 

Years from now a child may ask when he is told he is Jewish, “what does it mean to be a Jew?” Sadly, his parent may not have a clue what to answer.

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, September 2014

 

First Published September 14, 2014

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

Christian Struggle to Keep Faith


Muslim Master over non-Muslim Dhimmi

Shamim sent this Christian activist editorial a few days ago. Due to other projects I am a bit behind in reading my email which includes writers and reporters submitting articles to this blog.

 

Due to finding out that Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi having yet another appeal from a death sentence due to a Blasphemy Law conviction, this editorial is extremely apropos. There are Muslim nations with a larger population of Christians than Pakistan and so the very limited American media coverage of Christian persecution almost always ignores the horrendous treatment of Christians in Pakistan. I would hazard to guess that Christians in Pakistan as a whole receive worse treatment than other Christians in Muslim dominated nations if for no other reason than being treated in a marginalized manner in the literalist Islamic tradition of dhimmitude.

 

JRH 10/18/14

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Christian Struggle to Keep Faith

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent 10/15/2014 1:25 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Yaqoob Masih, 50, begins his day before sunrise. He has been a Rawalpindi Development Authority – RDA employee for around the last 15 years. He and his wife rarely make [enough] to cover their residence and to deal with [the] livings for their 5 children.

 

Yaqoob Masih - Pakistan Christian Sanitation worker

 

Yaqoob Masih – Pakistani Christian Sanitation Worker

 

 

Pushing an overloaded wheelbarrow and gasping for breath, this individual rings a single doorbell [after another and] following one more to recover almost any [kind of] crap during the day. He separates plastic bottles, cardboards, material bits and other recyclable stuff in various chambers and bags dangling from his trolley.

 

He has not enrolled his children in school, the eldest [child] is free to look after the younger ones while both parents are away at work. He feels extremely guilty about not being able to send his children to school.  He said with a melancholy look on his tired face that sometimes I am asked to work on Sundays due to [the] shortage of sanitary workers but he cannot afford to leave his job.

 

Pakistan came into being as a homeland for Muslims, at the time of partition, most of the Hindus fled to India. A small remnant stayed on here, hoping to continue to live peacefully as before. But the Christians remained here by their own will. But now they become isolated and neglected in [the] Muslims’ country. Coming mainly from the lowest strata of the social order, they have been increasingly marginalized and isolated, their privileges withdrawn. A devastating blow was struck when the government nationalized many of the Christian colleges and schools in early 70s. Thus Christians were left with few opportunities for education or progress in the modern world.

 

A minority in a Muslim homeland, they’re demonized and barred from equal opportunities. Although no official statistics are available but half of the Christians in Pakistan are below the age of [their] 20s and most of them have no access to an education. The pressure of extreme poverty forces many families to send their children to work to bring in any small amount of money to feed the family. Children, some even below the age of 10, work with their parents in the brick kilns and other parental jobs. Pakistani Christians of this segment are open to severe exploitation, and many end up unemployed, become drug addicts or are abused in the sex trade and start illegal alcohol selling. Many Christians live in villages or in city slums, where they live together largely for their own security. Thus the environment becomes extremely unsafe and socially hazardous. The growing menace of drug abuse has rendered the streets of slums extremely vulnerable for growing children.

 

Minorities should not be limited to sanitary duties; they deserve to be given equal rights and proportionate employment in various government and semi-government departments. They have been facing forced conversions, arson attacks, enforced displacements, blasphemy allegations, attacks on worship places and killings at the hands of religious extremists for many years. And still Pakistani children are taught that Jews are tightfisted moneylenders and Christian’s vengeful conquerors – all in textbooks approved by the administration. There are blasphemy laws, which carry a penalty of life imprisonment and even death – often without evidence or penalty for false accusations. We now have military generals who are Christian. Still, minority religions face inordinate dangers.

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

Diplomatic Correspondent

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5

Human Rights Activist

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Edited by John R. Houk

All text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Shamim Masih

 

Will the West Abandon Asia Bibi to an Execution in Pakistan?


Save Asia Bibi - VOM appeal mercy

John R. Houk

© October 17, 2014

 

Islam is peace – NOT. With Islam there is no compulsion of religion – NOT. So-called Moderate Muslims (like CAIR, IST and ISGOKC for example) claim Sharia is compatible to the U.S. Constitution – NOT.

 

In 2009, Asia Bibi—a Pakistani Christian and mother of five—drew a cup of water from a Muslim’s well and incurred the wrath of villagers who accused her of slandering Islam. Convicted under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which is often used to punish Muslims as well as religious minorities, Asia Bibi has languished in jail as she tries to overturn her death sentence. (For Blasphemy, A Death Sentence; From book review on Daily Beast of Blasphemy: A Memoir: Sentenced To Death Over A Cup Of Water; 8/30/13)

 

Asia Bibi has been imprisoned by Pakistan found guilty of breaking that Islamic Supremacist nation’s Blasphemy Law. Her accusers became agitated that a Christian would drink from a well designated for Muslims. The Muslim gals at the well decided to solidify their segregationist agitation by screaming Asia had responded by saying unpleasant things about their pseudo-prophet Mohammed.

 

As is typical in Pakistan prejudice and greed are the primary reasons Muslims use against Christians not liked. Asia is a victim of this prejudice. She denies she made any slurs; however even if she did – SO WHAT! By expressing any kind of displeasure with a religion that denigrates Christianity in its holy writings you receive a death sentence for expressing any displeasure Islam. After some intimidation by Muslim mobs Asia was convicted with a death sentence. Some Pakistanis including Muslims saw the irrationality of this conviction and have made a public case for Asia. Asia’s lawyers have fled. Judges have postponed and/or proceeded with the death sentence legal procedures out of fear from Muslim mobs threatening the Judges and their families. One Pakistan official was even assassinated for the near success of getting Asia Bibi released.

 

On October 16, 2014 Asia Bibi’s appeal was officially denied, placing her on the fast track to be the first Pakistani convicted (one of many convicted or accused) under the Blasphemy Law that will be put to death.

 

 JRH 10/17/14

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Death Sentence Upheld for Christian Mother Asia Bibi in Pakistan

 

By Morning Star News

October 16, 2014 06:39 PM EDT

The Gospel Herald

 

LAHORE, Pakistan - In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet.

 

Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. Arrested in June 2009 after Muslim co-workers in a berry field 60 miles west of Lahore beat her when she refused to convert to Islam, her death sentence was announced in November 2010.

 

Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, told Morning Star News that they were hoping for some relief, but that the verdict had devastated the family.

 

“I met Asia in prison a month ago,” he said. “She’s fine and was hoping to hear good news, but, alas, our ordeal is not over yet.”

 

Bibi’s lawyer, Naeem Shakir, told Morning Star News that Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Shahbaz Ali Rizvi had rejected her appeal even though there were glaring contradictions in the witnesses’ testimonies.

 

“I pointed out the conflicting accounts of the prosecution witnesses, as each one of them had a different narrative regarding the exact location where the local village council was convened in which Asia had allegedly confessed that she had spoken ill of Islam’s prophet and sought forgiveness from the villagers,” Shakir said. “There is also discrepancy in the number of people present as each witness gave different figures.”

 

In addition, the court did not take into account the fact that the First Information Report (FIR) against her was registered six days after the alleged incident, “which clearly shows that the case was a premeditated conspiracy against the Christian woman,” he said.

 

The lawyer said that the complainant in the case, Qari Salem, was not even present in the berry fields where the alleged incident had occurred.

 

“One of the witnesses, a female co-worker of Asia named Maafia, used to study the Koran from Salem’s wife, and we believe that she is the one who provoked Salem, a prayer leader of the village’s local mosque, to lodge a case against Asia as she and her sister, Asma, had an altercation with Asia in the berry fields over drinking water from the same bowl,” Shakir said.

 

Bibi’s appeal had been delayed several times, but he had been confident that the verdict would be overturned, he said.

 

“I was shocked when the judges decided to uphold the sessions court decision,” he said, adding that the court had said that Noreen’s “confession” before villagers was sufficient evidence while ignoring that any such confession might have been coerced by Muslim mob.

 

“We will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court,” he said.

 

Given huge backlogs at the court, however, Christian rights lawyers said it would probably be at least three years before the appeal would be taken up.

 

Islamists Rejoice

 

The courtroom was packed with clerics and members of Islamist extremist groups who supported the prosecution, and they erupted in celebration upon hearing the two-judge panel’s decision to dismiss Bibi’s appeal.

 

“Let us celebrate by distributing sweets!” said one cleric who recited verses from the Koran throughout the almost two-and-a-half-hour court proceeding.

 

“I am very happy,” said Salem, the complainant. “The judges have given a verdict on merit, and Asia deserved it.”

 

Salem’s lawyer, Ghulam Mustafa said the court’s decision, was correct.

 

“Asia’s lawyer tried to prove that the case was registered on a personal enmity, but he failed to prove that,” he said.

 

David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s deputy Asia Pacific director, called the ruling a grave injustice.

 

“Asia Bibi should never have been convicted in the first place – still less sentenced to death – and the fact that she could pay with her life for an argument is sickening,” he said in a press statement. “There were serious concerns about the fairness of the trial, and her mental and physical health has reportedly deteriorated badly during the years she has spent in almost total isolation on death row. She should be released immediately and the conviction should be quashed.”

 

The ruling is the latest chapter in a long ordeal for Bibi, whose case has focused international attention on how Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have become a weapon against religious minorities.

 

While Bibi’s death sentence led to international protests, the possibility of overturning it provoked outrage within Pakistan. Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer was slain by his bodyguard on Jan. 4, 2011 because of his support for Bibi and his criticism of the blasphemy law; the bodyguard believed Taseer, a Muslim, had blasphemed by criticizing the law.

 

Meeting with Bibi after her sentencing in 2010, Taseer had told her he believed the charges against her were fabricated and promised to recommend a presidential pardon. He called Pakistan’s blasphemy statutes “a black law” and called for their repeal.

 

Former Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti, the first Christian, cabinet-level minister, was shot and killed on March 2, 2011 for calling for reforms to blasphemy laws following Bibi’s trial.

 

“The laws are often used to settle personal vendettas – both against members of minority religious groups and Muslims – while individuals facing charges are frequently targeted in mob violence,” Griffiths said. “Those who speak out against the laws face terrible reprisals. However, the blasphemy laws violate international law and must be repealed or reformed immediately to meet international standards.”

 

Death sentences have rarely been carried out in blasphemy cases, but that is in part because such allegations have frequently led to deadly vigilante attacks on the accused or their lawyers. Pakistan is nearly 96 percent Muslim, according to Operation World, and religiously charged court cases commonly involve clamoring crowds of Muslims and other pressures coming to bear on lawyers and judges. Christians make up 2.45 percent of the population.

 

Mother of two children and stepmother to three others, Bibi was convicted under Section 295-C of the defamation statutes for alleged derogatory comments about Muhammad, which is punishable by death, though life imprisonment is also possible. Pakistan put a de facto moratorium on executions into place in 2008, though one person has been executed since then.

 

In the harvest fields of Ittan Wali in June 2009, her co-workers objected to her touching the container for the water she had fetched, saying that her Christian faith made it impure for them, and they told her to convert to Islam, according to her husband. Her objections were taken as blasphemy, and they beat her before dragging her to a police station, he said.

 

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has stated that Christians and Ahmadis, a minority sect within Islam, are vulnerable to Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy law, according to The New York Times. More than 20 men have been sentenced to death under the blasphemy law, most of them Christians, though none have been executed, human rights groups say.

 

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been routinely misused to settle personal scores with false accusations. Police have found most blasphemy accusations to be false during investigation, but accusers can make innocent victims suffer months in jail with quick and easy registration of such cases.

 

Of 5,000 cases registered between 1984 and 2004, only 964 people were charged with blasphemy, according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. A recent study by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) found that from 1953 to July 2012, there were 434 people blasphemy “offenders” in Pakistan, including 258 Muslims, 114 Christians, 57 Ahmadis and four Hindus.

 

Those acquitted of blasphemy charges also face threats from homicidal vigilantes. Of 52 people extra-judicially murdered after being charged with blasphemy in Pakistan, 25 were Muslims, 15 were Christians, five were Ahmadis, one was Buddhist and one was Hindu, according to the CRSS report.

 

Most blasphemy case acquittals take place at the appellate level, after courts have denied bail so often that the accused spend years in jail, as lower courts tend to decide based on fear of violence by Islamist groups rather than on merit.

 

Section 295-B of Pakistan’s blasphemy statutes makes willful desecration of the Koran or a use of its extract in a derogatory manner punishable with life imprisonment. Section 295-A of the defamation law prohibits injuring or defiling places of worship and “acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class of citizens.” It is punishable by life imprisonment, which in Pakistan is 25 years.

 

Blasphemy charges against Rimsha Masih, a girl whose mental age was determined to be less than 14 years old, were dismissed on Nov. 20, 2012 after a judge ruled that they were baseless (see Morning Star News, Nov. 20, 2012). She has since been relocated to Canada.

 

The original article was published on Morning Star News

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Will the West Abandon Asia Bibi to an Execution in Pakistan?

John R. Houk

© October 17, 2014

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Death Sentence Upheld for Christian Mother Asia Bibi in Pakistan

 

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