Moderate Muslims say theirs is a religion of peace. I believe they believe that to be true. I don’t doubt it for a moment. I’ve known and worked with moderate Muslims over the years and enjoyed doing so. I’ve know Muslims who are ardent patriots who love America. I suspect most of the world’s Muslim fall into the ‘moderate’ category.
So, what’s to worry? Reality. That’s what’s to worry. London Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary represents the population of immoderate Muslims.
I quote Choudary:
“Terrorizing the enemy is, in fact, part of Islam.” Anjem Choudary cites ‘chapter and verse’ of the Quran (shown below video). He stated, “I would say to the people in Russia, the Muslims and the non-Muslims, that every action for a Muslim must be based upon the Koran, the word of Allah, and the teachings of the messenger Muhammad…who is the final messenger for mankind. I mean I would first invite the people to think about and embrace Islam, but those who are already Muslim must know that Allah mentions in the Koran, in fact, if you look in chapter 8 verse 60, he said prepare as much as you can ‘steeds of war’ to terrorize the enemy. So terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam. I mean this is something that we must embrace and understand as far as the jurisprudence of Islam is concerned.“
Hear the Imam’s full statement on this YouTube video.
If you share a room with 10,000 people where 9,999 are ‘moderate’ Muslims and one is a murderous jihadist, your life is in grave danger, if you are not a sold-out Muslim. From all I learn, even the 9,999 moderate Muslim believers share the danger.
Getting down to the question of whether ISIL/ISIS is truly Islamic, I defer to two noted experts on the Muslim religion, Brother Rashid, an MBB born and raised a Muslim in Morocco and Dr. Michael A. Youssef a naturalized U.S. citizen born and raised a Christian in Muslim Egypt. In a recent article titled “The Shocking Truth About ISIL”, these two experts state very clearly that ISIL is actually the most fundamental form of Islam as it was in 700 AD.http://rockwallconservative.me/2014/09/07/the-shocking-truth-about-isil/
I agree with the experts on Islam. ISIL is pure unadulterated Islam.
The problem with most humans is not that they think too highly of themselves: it’s that they think too little of themselves. They exhibit what G.K. Chesterton called a “weird and horrible humility.” To put it bluntly, we’ve been trained to perpetually self-accuse.
We grow up to question ourselves endlessly, to stay worried that we might screw something up. The law teaches us that we’re always on the edge of being punished. All the years we spend in school teach us to fear mistakes. And unfortunately, many religions teach us that we’re always on the verge of falling into sin and damnation.
The truth, however, is that we’re not that bad. We just think so.
Of course, we do sometimes screw things up… but not remotely as often as we mistrust ourselves. And a large percentage of those screwups occur precisely because we don’t trust ourselves!
“Human Nature Has Been Sold Short”
Humans have deeply devalued themselves, and I’m hardly the first person to say so. Here’s what psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote:
Human history is a record of the ways in which human nature has been sold short. The highest possibilities of human nature have practically always been underrated.
And here’s the Chesterton quote (from The Defendant) that I referred to above:
There runs a strange law through the length of human history—that men are continually tending to undervalue their environment, to undervalue their happiness, to undervalue themselves. The great sin of mankind, the sin typified by the fall of Adam, is the tendency, not towards pride, but towards this weird and horrible humility.
And as long as we’re bringing up Adam, it’s worth noting that the Bible’s 82nd Psalm says something that many people find shockingly un-Biblical:
The truth is that we are far more and better than we’ve given ourselves credit for, and it’s time to stop treating ourselves like dangerous beasts.
Agents of Creation
Humans are agents of creation in the universe. For example, we’ve taken the raw materials of the physical universe and turned them into things of much greater value.
We’ve turned dirt and rocks into metals, then into vehicles, then used them to generate electricity through invisible forces that we learned how to control. We’ve built amazingly complex electronic devices, gathered all the information of the world, and made it available to ourselves on devices that we hold in our pockets. We’ve sent men to the moon and probes outside of our solar system. We travel the oceans and skies on a routine basis… we’ve unraveled DNA and split the atom… and much, much more.
Are we to receive no credit for any of this? Are we to ignore it all, because we’d rather cling to our habitual misery?
The individual human is an incredible entity in the universe—far higher and better than anything else we can see.
And yet, most of us feel bad about ourselves most of the time. It’s silly, wrong, and even masochistic, and yet this self-devaluing continues unabated.
Yes, as many people will leap to point out, humans have done some very bad things. But those are some humans, not all of us. The vast majority of humans cooperate through the vast majority of their lives. They love their families and work with their friends. Aside from momentary lapses, they mainly build and produce. Yes, there is now a large dependent class, but mostly because they’ve been tempted, pushed, or fallen into it.
Even business—often thought to be a place of competition—is far more about cooperation than anything else. The business owner must induce his employees, suppliers, banks, and customers to cooperate with him. If he fails to engage that cooperation, he has no business.
In fact, the evils of humanity serve to buttress my point. I won’t have space to cover this at length (I did in issue #25 of my newsletter), but let’s begin with a statement made by Hannah Arendt, who studied human evil carefully:
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
Most actual evil is not done willfully, but by people who abandon their wills. They find themselves weak and shaped by circumstances. This is precisely what we’ve been talking about in this article: the people whose cooperation was essential to evil, cooperated precisely because they devalued themselves. They didn’t feel worthy of asserting their own opinions.
So if these basically decent people thought better of themselves—felt confident enough to assert themselves—most human evil would simply evaporate.
“The Goodness of Existence”
Here’s another of Chesterton’s passages from The Defendant:
Every one of the great revolutionists, from Isaiah to Shelly, have been optimists. They have been indignant, not about the badness of existence, but about the slowness of men in realizing its goodness.
Both Chesterton and Maslow were right, and the sad truth is that human history has been dominated by people who sold themselves short as a matter of course. They were too intimidated to defend and follow their own thoughts.
We’ve dwelt on our inabilities more than our capabilities, and by a very large margin.
We’ve been animated by the fear of failure, rather than the pursuit of our desires.
We’ve been intimidated and confused, sure there was something deficient with ourselves.
But that was a wasteful illusion, not reality.
It’s time for us to stop believing that it’s our role in life to be ordered around, lest we embarrass ourselves. And it’s time to start trusting our own judgment, to start acting on our own will.
I’ll close with a few lines from a song called Already Gone, by the Eagles.
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Have a wonderful Friday and make the most of the weekend.
Progressive senators are attempting to nullify the First Amendment freedom of speech. Under SJ Resolution 19, the government will decide what is and is not permissible speech.
Senator Mike Lee eloquently addresses this issue today. View and hear Sen. Lee in the video below.
Contact your two U.S. Senators to tell them to OPPOSE Senate Joint Resolution 19.
Under our Constitution, the government never gets to be the arbiter of permissible political debate. – U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Leading into this discussion, I quote from America: Imagine A World Without Her, by Dinesh D’Souza, Chapter 2, Page 22.
Progressives sometimes sound anti-American, but they are not simply advocates of destruction. In destroying one America they seek to construct another: In other words, their unmaking is a prelude to a remaking. So there is a vision of America that progressives afirm. It just happens to be very different from, indeed antithetical to, the vision that conservatives affirm. Contrary to what we hear, the great American divide is not a clash between conservatives who advocate liberty versus progressives who oppose liberty. Rather, the two sides each affirm a certain type of liberty. One side, for example, cherishes economic liberty while the other champions liberty in the sexual and social domain. Noris it a clash between patriots and anti-patriots. Both sides love America, but they love a different type of America. One side loves the America of Columbus and the Fourth of July, of innovation and work and the “animal spirit” of capitalism, of the Boy Scouts and parochial schools, of traditional families and flag-saluting veterans. The other side loves the America of tolerance and social entitlements, of income and wealth redistribution, of affirmative action and abortion, of feminism and gay marriage.
Now you are ready to compare the two major parties. Click on the link below for a full chart in PDF format.
For me, the bottom line comes through clearly on two issues:
Pro-Life vs Pro-Abortion
Unnatural Marriage vs Natural Marriage
On the first point, I have learned how a pro-life policy maker will also support all the Constitutionally guaranteed individual rights. Regarding the second, my viewpoint will be spelled out in greater degree in a later post. For now, as a Christian, I believe the holy relationship marked by natural marriage of one man and one woman is an atom in the greater molecule of the Kingdom of God, as described in Ephesians 5:25-33.
In a debate between the chairmen of the Democrat and Republican parties, Democrat Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa and Republican Chairman Steve Munisteri, Chairman Hinojosa pointed out tension in the GOP, as witnessed at the GOP state convention. Chairman Munisteri readily acknowledged the tension.
Tension is the tool we use to clarify and purify our arguments. Is there tension in the Democrat Party? Oh, yes, and it’s growing by the day.
Time was when the GOP was the party of big business, but roles have switched. It is the Democrat Party that has become the property of big business. As I write and as you read, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce pushes and bribes lawmakers to open our southern border to unlimited immigration in order to staff labor intensive industries with cheap labor, wholly contrary to the interests of labor unions, traditional Democrat supporters.
Libertarians would have you believe there is no difference between the two major parties. They just look at life through a very narrow aperture.
“In the video below, Cahn tells Sid Roth about some of the fascinating connections he has found, outlined in more detail in his new best-seller, The Mystery of the Shemitah. Find out what the Shemitah signifies, how key events from world history tie into this ancient tradition, and what this Shemitah might mean for America, for the world and for you.” – Charisma Magazine
There will be a great transfer of wealth. Question is: will it be transfering TO you or FROM you?
Adonai, God, does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7 CJB
The following authoritative videos explain just about all you need to know about ISIS/ISIL and the fundamental nature of Islam.
MBB Brother Rashid speaks directly to Pres. Obama: “You are wrong about ISIL. You say ISIL speaks for no religion…I can tell you with confidence, ISIL speaks for Islam…ISIL follows the Quran to the letter.”
In the next video Dr. Michael Youssef and Joshua Youssef discuss the evolution of radical jihadist groups like ISIS/ISIL, the ultimate goals of these extremist groups, and what it means for the rest of the world.
“Are there not moderate Muslims?” you ask. Yes, millions of them live across the face of the earth and right here in the United States of America. They live and work alongside us. We enjoy one-on-one civil, respectful personal and business relationships with them. It was moderate Muslims in Egypt that rose up to defend Christians from the Muslim Brotherhood that was on a rampage to burn all churches and kill all the Christians. I go so far as to say our president Obama is a moderate Muslim.
For many years Muslims in Michigan were just Americans fulfilling the American Dream. Michigan Muslims today have become stridently anti-Christian and anti-Jew, therefore anti-American. What happened to all those nice people in Michigan? Radical – fundamental – Islamist reached the tipping point whereby a minority opinion of belief becomes the opinion or belief of the majority of a population. Sociologists commonly suggest 10% as the more common tipping point.
“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,” said SCNARC DirectorBoleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Fundamental Islam is coercive, forceful and unrelenting in its quest to dominate the entire world. Fundamentalists like ISIL willingly and readily give their lives for the cause of Islam as Muhammad envisioned it.
What Should Be Our Actions Toward Moderate Muslims?
Love them. Pray for them. Welcome them. We cannot win them through military conquest. Military conquest has been wholly ineffective since WWII when Hitler joined hands with the nascent Muslim Brotherhood. Instead of defeating them, Islam has recycled and each cycle has been more violent, more bloodthirsty than its predecessor. As you learn from the experts in the videos above, ISIL is Islam of 700 AD.
Obama Wrong on ISIL
“Rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I’m confident that we can — and we will.” — President Obama, Aug. 28
“Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat not just to Iraq, but also the region and to the United States.” — President Obama, Sept. 3
“My priority at this point is to make sure that the gains that ISIL made in Iraq are rolled back.” — President Obama, Aug. 28
“If we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem.” —President Obama, Sept. 3
“I want to make sure everybody is clear on what we’re doing now, because it is limited. Our focus RIGHT now is to protect American personnel on the ground in Iraq; to protect our embassy, to protect our consulates.” — President Obama, Aug. 28
“As I said when I authorized these operations, there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.”—President Obama, Aug. 11
“Our military is the best in the world. We can route ISIL on the ground.” — President Obama, Aug. 28
“I’ve been very clear that we’re not going to have U.S. combat troops in Iraq again. And we are going to maintain that.” — President Obama, Aug. 9
Tonight two granddaughters, Mary Claire and Kelsey, stay overnight to decorate two large rubber ducks in advance of our 2014 Rubber Duck Regatta in Rockwall. That’s another story for another time.
When asked about the speed of light, I asked Kelsey what she knows or thinks about the speed of light, constant or variable. This Rockwall High School freshman answered ‘variable’. When asked why she thinks the speed of light is variable, she responded: “Light slows down when it hits stuff.” Very scientific, indeed.
It’s axiomatic: when light runs into stuff, it slows down.
So, what led me on this train of thought? A friend sent me a link to a terrific debate between Canadian American astrophysicist, Christian apologist, and old earth creationist Dr. Hugh Ross and creation science speaker, debater, and evangelist Dr. Kent Hovind, moderated by Dr. John Ankerberg.
Both debaters agree: God created the universe and the Bible is true. They disagree on interpretations of data.
It seems to me the big divide between the two worldviews is the velocity of light which then boils down to the nature of time itself.
: a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system’s disorder, that is a property of the system’s state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the system; broadly: the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system
a: the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity
b: a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder
Back to the Central Issue: The Speed of Light
You were probably taught that the speed of light constant in space. (300,000,000 meters/second or 186,000 miles/second) That’s my story, too. In my adult life, I worked with aerospace electronics where I learned how dielectrics, in fact, affect the velocity of propagation of electromagnetic energy; light is electromagnetic energy.
It is then argued that the ‘c‘ of E = mc2 where ‘c‘ represents the speed of light, is a reliable constant with which we can accurately calculate astronomical distances. Remember how Kelsey said light slows down “when it hits stuff”.
Outer space is not a perfect vacuum in that it is not devoid of particulate matter. There is invisible matter in between planets and stars that, while not visible to humans, is known to be present.
My professional experiences reveal to me a simple truth: the speed of light is not constant. If not constant, and we cannot quantify particulate matter in free space, then distances between our planet and observable planetary bodies beyond our solar system cannot be known with any viable precision.