The Muslim World Must Clean Its Own House

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In the American Old West, when there was a bad person or people in an area that the law either could not or would not deal with, the local respectable citizens would meet in secret and form a vigilance committee. They would then vote on a resolution to drive the trouble maker[s] away. If the motion passed, a public notice would be drawn up and posted warning the undesirable man/men that he or they had twenty-four hours to vacate the area or be forcibly removed. If the warning went unheeded, the vigilance committee would arm themselves, visit the bad man/men and offer the choice of leaving or being killed. This and the threat of death if the person or people ever returned was very often enough to solve the problem.

Why is this same sort of thing not happening in the Muslim world? Why are members of the Muslim faith not cleaning house just as the good people of the American West once did? We read all the time about the large number of Muslims who abhor terrorism. How come they are not driving out the bad apples? If their numbers are so large, they should have no trouble ridding their communities of violent extremists.

Terrorists are insurgents. History teaches us that insurgents cannot operate without support from the non-insurgent people they live amongst. The numbers of Muslims who reside in predominant Muslim areas who, while not actively engaged in terrorism, are in sympathy with them, must be very high indeed. If it were not, the terrorists simply would be able to operate.

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What Everyone Should Know About Islam

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It can be difficult to sort through the many distortions and outright lies that are proffered concerning the Islamic faith and Muslims. Read on for everything you should know about Islam and Muslims.

Christian Fundamentalists and Muslim Fundamentalists

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It was in the 1980s that the left cast Christian Fundamentalists as the boogeymen of the “fly over states.” If one were to play a game of word association with the average American, what she or he would most likely associate with Christian Fundamentalists is a literal interpretation of the Bible. As I wrote in another piece on this blog: Few realize that “100% of the planet’s faithful Muslims believe every word of the Koran was dictated by God to Muhammad and therefore believe the Koran is the literal word of God.” If we define fundamentalists as those who believe in a literal interpretation of a holy book, 100% of devote Muslims are fundamentalists.

Why Muslim Belief Koran is the Literal Word of God Matters so Much

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The Koran is full violent, extremist rhetoric and general intolerance of non-Muslims. Some have tried to equate passages in the Koran to those of the Old Testament (or Tora) and Christian Bible. The comparison is flawed. The number of Christians or Jews who commit terrorist acts and claim to be inspired by their holy books is statistically insignificant. It is no coincidence, therefore, that only a small minority of the world’s Christians and Jews interpret their holy books literally. In a matter of speaking, Islamofascism and Muslim terrorism are perfectly understandable in terms of the text of the Koran and the belief of devote Muslims that it represents the literal word of God.

Percentage of World’s Muslims that Support Terrorism

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Many have gone to great pains to point out that the percentage of the world’s Islamic population that supports terrorism is not great. This is accurate. However, because the world population of Muslims is enormous, the number who does is actually very large. In fact it is downright frightening.

Hitler, Islam and the Jewish People

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In the Second World War, Adolf Hitler and the Muslim world were allies. Islamic clerics desired Hitler’s Final Solution to be visited upon Middle East. When the Third Reich collapsed, a number of important Nazi’s escaped there. Some trained the initial wave of Muslim terrorists the tactics of terror perfected by “elite” Nazi units in the final phase of World War II. The Islamic terrorists of recent times are the successors of these murders. In the Arab world, Mein Kampf has always been a bestselling book.

What Muslims Believe

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The topic of what Muslims do and do not believe has been much debated. Some have even tried to brand Islamic terrorists as “non-Muslims.” It is important to remember that Islam has no Pope or Vatican. To borrow Al Gore’s infamous phrase, it has “no central controlling legal authority.” This means that there is not a single answer to the question of what Muslims do and do not believe. It all depends on the individual Muslim and the particular Muslim holy man the individual Muslim follows. The simple fact of the matter is that there are a lot of Muslim clerics and Muslims who believe in terrorism.

Do not listen to the nonsense from the apologists. All you need to know is that mentioned above.

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Some Questions for those Who Recently Tweeted Out #IAmAMuslimToo

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I have some questions for all of you who tweeted out #IAmAMuslimToo recently:

Do you throw gays off roofs?

Do you believe in forced female circumcision?

Do you believe women are second-class citizens?

Do you believe that girls who go to school should have acid thrown in their faces?

Do you believe all Jewish people should be killed?

Do you believe in honor killings?

Do you believe Israel has no right to exists?

Do those of you who are women believe that your father/brother/husband has the right to beat you?

I realize that not all Muslims believe in these things but a heck if a lot of Muslims do and that is my point. My critics will say  it is just a small percentage of the whole. This is true. However, because the world population of Muslims is so large, the numbers are actually huge.

For additional posts I have made that touch upon the Muslim faith see: The Nazis and Islam, A Review of Episode Five (“Babylon”) of the Return Run of “The X-Files” (Some Spoilers are Revealed Below), Why Benghazi Matters and Should be a Difference Maker and Some Thoughts on The Man in the High Castle (No Major Spoilers are Revealed Below.)

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The Nazis and Islam

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Back in January, I blogged about the historical connection between Islam, Muslim terrorists and the Nazis. Since my comments were made in a post about a television show, they would likely only have been read by those interested in the program. For this reason I decided to restate my arguments in this new blog post. On January 14 I wrote:

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“During World War II Islamic world leaders were allies of Hitler. These Muslim leaders wanted to bring his Final Solution to the Middle East. It was no coincidence that after the fall of Germany some key Nazi’s fled to the region. Such men taught the first wave of Islamic terrorists the terror tactics honed by “elite” German units as the war wined down. Today’s Muslim terrorists are their successors. [It is not a coincidence that] in 2016 Mein Kampf remains the bestseller it has always been in the Arab world.”

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We can neither understand the present nor see a clear path into the future unless we are cognizant of the past. It is only by realizing the link between the Nazis and Islamic terrorists that we can grasp and address both the Arab-Israeli dispute and Muslim terrorism.

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The Catholic Church and its Teachings on Homosexual Sex, Gay Marriage and Abortion

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The teachings of the Catholic Church regarding homosexual sex, gay marriage and abortion are widely misunderstood and have been often misrepresented. In this post my aim is to explain these subjects in the most plain language possible.

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual sex is a sin. This is because it has no connection to procreation and cannot occur within a marriage recognized by the Church since marriage is believed to be intended for procreation. Since gay marriage cannot lead to a child being conceived, it is viewed by the Catholic Church as against God’s will and so not recognized by the Catholic Church.

It must be pointed out, however, that the Catholic Church believes that we are all sinners and so no person engaged in a homosexual relationship is barred from attending a church service.

The Catholic Church believes that all life is sacred. For this reason abortion is viewed as murder.

Why cannot the American Left accept that there is an endless variety of Christian churches and if a person is not happy with the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, or any other subject, she or he can simply find and join a different church more to their liking? I cannot leave this subject without pointing out that those who cry the loudest about what they perceive as a lack of tolerance for Islam are the same people who have the least tolerance for Christians and Catholics in particular.

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A Review of Episode Five (“Babylon”) of the Return Run of “The X-Files” (Some Spoilers are Revealed Below)

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Episode Five (“Babylon”) of the Return Run of “The X-Files” left me more conflicted than any installment of the series ever has. Read on if you wish to learn why the show pulled me in two different directions.

Islamofascist Terrorists on Television

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I was shocked by the first few scenes that depicted an Islamic fascist terrorist cell, two of its members entering an art gallery, explosions and people catching on fire.  Arabic terrorism being featured on television dramas is not common these days. The belief that such depictions are racist (or in some cases the fear of being labeled racist) has made them few and far between. (The pure insanity of associating a religion-related issue with race is a subject better left to another blog post.) More usual is the fantastical image of a white male terrorist dressed in typical American clothes and carrying himself in a typical American manner that we see in the “See Something Say Something” videos that play on endless loops at every major train station in the United States.

I applaud “The X-Files” for having the courage to show the television viewer Muslim terrorism in all its horror. The show deserves credit for its willingness to accept absurd criticism from individuals such as  Price Peterson, who wrote in his tv.com review that the episode “included some of the hoariest, most stereotypical terrorism imagery of the past 15 years.” How in the heck could the word “stereotypical” apply here when 99% of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. since the year 2000 have been conducted by Muslims? Using the word “stereotypical,” as well as using the word racist in the context of Islamic terrorism, are two prime examples of how the Left tries to win politically by changing the definition of words.

The Politics of The X-Files

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There is also much about the episode that I condemn. Before the terrorist attack one of the terrorist suffers racist and xenophobic insults at the hands of three “red neck” Texans. In the eyes of “The X-Files,” Texans are seen to be as almost hateful as the terrorist and stereotypes are acceptable when they involve white Southerners. (Price Peterson did not feel moved to point out this stereotype in his review.) Another implication behind the behavior of the Texans is that the conduct of the U.S. and its citizens is at least partially responsible for terrorism. This point is further brought home  by a cable news debate several minutes of which are seen and/or heard during the episode. The argument is disgusting.

About half way through “Babylon,” F.B.I. Special Agent Brem (Eric Breker) expresses views about Muslims and terrorism that are only held by a minuscule percentage of the American population and no F.B.I. agents that exist outside of movies and TV shows. The audience is condescended to when Agent Dana Scully, portrayed by Gillian Anderson, responds to his rant with the line: “Not all Muslims are extremists, certainly.” Even a young child knows this. The lesson is repeated when two Homeland Security agents converse in Arabic later on in the show. Are we all grade school students who need to be reminded that some Muslims are working in law enforcement to keep us safe in the U.S.?

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Before Brem exits the episode he explains that he wants a terrorist in a coma, who is actually a “beautiful baby boy,” because he did not activate his suicide vest, to remain alive so he suffers. When Scully says she “witnessed unqualified hate that appears to have no end” later in the episode she is talking not of the “beautiful baby boy” terrorist but of Brem and a nurse.

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This white female nurse (Janet Kidder) in question tries to kill the terrorist by turning off his respirator. When she is interrupted she takes the bizarre step of utilizing the opportunity to express over-the-top opposition to Islamic refuges entering the U.S. I assume “The X-Files” creator and episode writer, Chris Carter feels that consulting the online terrorist membership directory will be enough to vet those refuges and ensure that no terrorists enters the U.S. disguised as refugees. The fact of the matter is that many of those who request asylum either have no paperwork or destroy it before it can be checked. Such people can claim to be anyone and none of their assertions can be verified. Terrorists have already entered the Europe and the United States while pretending to be refuges. Will Carter allow any of the refuges to crash at his mansion until they can get settled?

The nurse, of course, had to be a white person because the Left believes that non-whites can never be prejudiced. I am surprised the nurse was not a man since in the eyes of people like Carter, white males are responsible for all that is bad in the world.

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Moral Equivalency

The overarching theme of the installment was moral equivalency. Carter wants us to come away from the episode with the sense that the average citizen of the U.S. is little better than a Muslin terrorist. This point is touched upon during a discussion that takes place during the final scene in which violent passages in the Koran and the Old Testament (or Tora) are compared. The comparison is flawed for several reasons. The number of Christians or Jews who commit terrorist acts after claiming to be inspired by their respective holy books is so small as to be statistically insignificant. Only a small minority of the world’s Christians and Jews interpret their holy books literally. By contrast, 100% of the planet’s faithful Muslims believe every word of the Koran was dictated by God to Mahomed and therefore believe the Koran is the literal word of God. Keep this last point in mind the next time you hear a terrorist justify terrorism by quoting from the violent rhetoric of the Koran.

Miller and Einstein

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Moving on to more lighthearted criticism, the episode introduced us to F.B.I. Agents Miller and Einstein. Lauren Ambrose brought to life a mildly interesting character in Einstein.  Robbie Amell’s Miller looks more like someone you might see posing outside an Abercrombie and Fitch store with no shirt than an F.B.I. agent.  The concept that the two are meant to be young versions of Agent Fox Mulder (portrayed by David Duchovny) and Scully was just plain silly in a stupid and boring manner of speaking. Is Carter really setting the stage for “The X-Files” to continue on with these new characters after Duchovny and Anderson either quit the show or age out of their roles?

A Major Continuity Error

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Before I close I must bring up a whopper of a continuity error made by those who created “Babylon.” It is obvious that, as previously mentioned, the show wants the audience to accept that only one of the two terrorists who walked into the art gallery detonates his suicide vest. However, the viewer is clearly presented with two distinct explosions and two different fireballs during the art gallery scene. This would suggest both vests had to have been detonated. If they were, however, both terrorists would have been blown to smithereens and neither one could have later been seen lying in a hospital bed and in a coma.

Despite the hammering I have given the episode in this review, I nonetheless found it to be fun and thought-provoking TV. Check my blog next week for a review of the season finale.

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Some Thoughts on The Man in the High Castle (No Major Spoilers are Revealed Below.)

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Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle is the best series on “television.” There is much good that could be said about it. No program is perfect, however. It is because The Man in the High Castle is so good that its flaws are so painful.

An Alternative Reality 1962

The show is set in an alternative reality 1962 in which the Axis powers are ten years removed from triumphing in World War II. Germany occupies the East Coast and Midwest of the former United States. Japan controls the once American states along the Pacific Ocean. A “Neutral Zone” sits precariously in the middle.

The Acting

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To say that there is not a bad performance among the cast that populates this enthralling world turned upside down is not enough.  The series’ acting is actually superb!  Between expert hair, makeup and costumes and losing herself in the role, skilled actress Mayumi Yoshida is unrecognizable as the Crown Princess of Japan. Lee Shorten’s Sergeant Yoshida is very entertaining as a member of the Kempeitai (Japanese secret police). Carsten Norgaard as Nazi officer Rudolph Wegener acts in an extremely powerful scene that calls for him to say goodbye to his child. He moves any parent watching to feel the profound pain his character suffers through when doing so.

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One of The Man in the High Castle’s two main villains is Kempeitai Inspector Kido, played by Joel de la Fuente. He benefits from a brilliant costuming choice. The thick round-rimmed glasses Kido wears connect unconsciously with anyone who has seen these glasses in anti-Japanese propaganda images from the World War II period that depict Japanese soldiers as monsters. That Kido has ice water in his veins is easy for the audience to accept thanks to de la Fuente’s impressive talent.

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Even more chilling is Rufus Sewell’s Obergruppenführer John Smith. Smith is an SS officer one cannot but love to hate.  He is one of the program’s stars.

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Yet the man who steals the show is Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. If he does not win an Emmy for his multilayered and intense performance as Trade Minister Nobusuke Tagomi, the Kempeitai must arrest the voters.

A Different World

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As compelling as The Man in the High Castle’s acting is, what makes the series most intriguing is that it offers us a prospective on what life might have looked like if Germany, Japan and Italy were victorious instead of being defeated in the 1940s. After inventing the A-bomb and dropping it on Washington, D.C., Germany is the only nation who possesses this death-dealing technology and dominates the world as a result. We learn of extermination camps set up within the former United States and witness the gassing of Jewish people in San Francisco. The sick and disabled are killed and cremated at local hospitals. Many religious and ethnic minorities appear to have been banished to the Neutral Zone. Middle class American children are members of the Hitler Youth and their fathers are SS officers. V-A Day (victory over the Allies day) is a national holiday. We are left to assume that similar things can be said of other parts of the world.

It is ironic then, that a hard Left-leaning entertainment industry which typically views America and Americans as the cause of most of what is bad in the world, has produced such a program. After all, the big takeaway from The Man in the High Castle should be that we should feel gratitude for the American system/way of life and the American people since U.S. victory in the Second World War prevented the horrors of The Man in the High Castle from becoming a reality.

Politics

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It would be wrong, however, to assume that the show is a Conservative television series. Unlike the novel of the same name upon which the program is based, the show features a resistance movement that stands in opposition to German and Japanese rule in what had been the United States. An important figure in the resistance, and a character not in the novel, is Lemuel “Lem” Washington (Rick Worthy). We learn, quite awkwardly, that Washington is Muslim.

It is a curious choice. During World War II the Islamic world was an ally of Hitler. Muslim leaders wanted to bring his Final Solution to the Middle East. It was no coincidence that after the fall of Germany some key Nazi’s fled to the region. Such men taught the first wave of Islamic terrorists the terror tactics honed by “elite” German units as the war wined down. Today’s Muslim terrorists are their successors. In 2016 Mein Kampf remains the bestseller it has always been in the Arab world.

Washington’s faith means nothing in terms of plot. Since his religion serves no entertainment or artistic function, one has to assume his identification as Muslim suits a different purpose altogether. The writer[s] of the show presumably do not understand that while I, and other fans of The Man in the High Castle are justifiably fearful of Islamic terrorists, we feel no ill will toward law-abiding, peaceable Muslims. I assume that instead, the writer[s] believes we are bigoted toward and fearful of Muslims in general.  It is easy to imagine the Leftist writer[s] earnestly believing that a portrayal of a heroic Muslim fighting for the resistance will “cure” us of our “prejudice” and “Islamophobia.”

This is a grave insult to the viewer and I take great offense. No one likes to be lectured. That those doing preaching come from an entertainment industry that is often hedonistic and peopled with many who would sell their mother for fame and fortune is particularly irksome.

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Leftist ideology makes its presence felt in the show in another important way–dialog. In graduate school, I read John W. Dower’s, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. Dower argues that prevalent notions of racial superiority strongly held by both sides resulted in a conflict in the Pacific Theater which was much more brutal than that in Europe. He falls somewhat short of the mark when discussing the U.S. side. His position on the Japanese conduct of the fight is most convincing.

Nowhere in The Man in the High Castle do we see any evidence of the virulent Japanese racism that is found in the historical record and led to numerous Second World War atrocities and war crimes.  Seemingly every episode is peppered with references to “Nips,” “Japs,” and “Pons” (I am not familiar with this last term, but it is clearly intended to be understood by the viewer to be a racial insult). Yet in the series’ alternate world only white, former citizens of the United States use racial slurs. Even the language of Nazi characters is surprisingly muted. The word “Semite” is spoken as if it were a slur but surely the Nazi’s used additional and much different and more harsh language when referring to Jewish people. The Leftist notion that only whites can be racists and act racist is therefore clearly reflected in the program. (I hold it is a dangerous and irresponsible notion to perpetuate since I firmly believe it results in a much higher incidence of racially motivated crimes against whites.) So too is the Leftist idea that the U.S. and its people are flawed in their character.

I wish to repeat that I think The Man in the High Castle is the best show on television. No fan awaits the coming of the recently announced season two more anxiously than myself. It is because the show is so good that I have been moved to write both in praise and condemnation of it. I want it to be even better. If the writer[s] back off the Leftist politics and strictly aim for producing great art it will be.

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