Myth About Radical Islam

December 10, 2012

There is a continual message being sent out by much of the left that Islam is actually a moderate and tolerant religion, only spoiled now and then by a few fringe radicals who have nothing to do with the majority moderates.  The reality is that Islam has a long and bloody history of aggression and intolerance going up to the present, and the radicals are only the most extreme manifestation of a general tendency, especially among those who are not just cultural Muslims, but among those who take their faith seriously.

As yet another example of Muslim intolerance is the idea being contemplated by the current democratically elected government of Egypt to demolish the pyramids, because they are not Islamic.  I know of no other religion that would think about doing such a thing.  Only Islam produces democratically elected governments that would even contemplate such a barbarous action.

This from Care2.

Could Egypt’s Pyramids Be Destroyed?

Destroy the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx? Murgan Salem al-Gohary, a leader of Egypt’s ultra-conservative Salafist party, recently called on Muslims to do just this on Egyptian Dream TV. According to Gohary, Egypt’s iconic cultural treasures must be eliminated as a “religiously mandated act of iconoclasm,” for the same reasons as Mullah Omar and the Afghan Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan in March of 2001.

Claiming that he had indeed participated in blowing up the Buddhas, Gohary said:

“The idols and statutes that fill Egypt must be destroyed. Muslims are tasked with applying the teachings of Islam and removing these idols, just like we did in Afghanistan when we smashed the Buddha statues.

With the sight of the majestic Buddha statues being blasted with dynamite still fresh, the thought of a similar fate occurring to the pyramids is chilling. In Foreign Policy, Ian Straughn suggests that Gohary’s threat is certainly geared to grab media attention and all the more in today’s post-Arab Spring Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists are in power and while debates about the status of women and of minorities and about Egypt’s relations with the West are ongoing.

The Pyramids Have Faced Threats To Their Existence For Centuries

The pyramids have faced numerous threats since they were erected by the pharaohs. In the ancient world alone, Egypt was under the rule of the Persians and the Romans. In medieval times, the pyramids’ limestone casement was pillaged to build cities (including Cairo).

Starting in the 19th century, amateur archaeologists helped to awaken the world to the artifacts hidden in tombs in Egypt. But they also oversaw the transporting (some would say pillaging) of numerous archaeological finds into foreign museums, many of which are now in awkward disputes with Egypt’s government over repatriating objects. Today, pollution of a sort the ancients could never have fathomed threatens numerous ancient sites.

Many of us in the West were riveted by the image of Egyptians guarding the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square during the protests that would lead to the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Those archaeological treasures, and the Sphinx and the pyramids, are part of the world’s cultural heritage and must be protected not only by Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities but also by international governments. This is common knowledge if not common sense to many of us.

Reconciling the Pyramids and Muslim Beliefs

As Straughn details, since the medieval age, Islamic scholars and others have sought to understand — to reconcile their religious beliefs to — the pyramids and other remains of Egypt’s long past. On seeing the destruction of antiquities, al-Masudi, a 10th century Muslim traveler in Egypt, argued that respecting these is “not incompatible with Islam.” Ancient structures and objects indeed “strengthen the Quranic injunction to search out and contemplate the lessons (‘ibar) which the divine has left for believers in the landscape.”

Today, even while very much aware of “the role that these ruins play in the economy and various state efforts to represent Egypt as a modern-day heir to one of the world’s great civilizations,” Straughn notes that there is “a palpable discomfort with this promotion and glorification of a pre-Islamic past.” It could be said that, as in Italy, there is something of a “love-hate” push-and-pull with the country’s archaeological heritage, which engulfs tremendous amounts of resources “at the expense of the welfare of an Islamic past, present, and future.”

Tourism accounts for more than 11 percent of Egypt’s economy, which has struggled in the post-Mubarak era; the importance of the pyramids and other ancient sites is certainly understood. The pyramids, in Straughn’s estimation, are not likely to suffer the fate of the Buddhas of Bamiyan; Gohary’s call to destroy the pyramids encapsulates “the broader debate within the religion [of Islam] over how to orient itself after the Arab Spring.”

The recent collision of a schoolbus with a train — resulting in at least 50 dead, most young children — suggests that Egypt still falls short in addressing issues like safety on its roadways. The pyramids are likely to remain a point of debate and even contention so long as Egypt remains a place that many associate more with its past than the very real demands of its present.

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Avoid styrofoam cups for coffee

December 10, 2012

I have for a long time thought that drinking piping hot liquids out of Styrofoam containers is not a good idea.  It seemed natural to me that the hot liquids could easily leech off chemicals from the soft foamy plastic.  And now I have found a video talking to that effect, so think twice before popping that plastic food container into the microwave or drinking coffee out of a Styrofoam cut.

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What has happened to our country

December 9, 2012

I grew up thinking that America was a real democracy; that people had nothing to fear from their government.  In the last few years we have had brutality in Iraq, rationalizations for torture, the Patriot Act, NDAA, a Presidential kill list, illegal wiretapping, etc.  Of these the most visible manifestation of this change is the TSA, which now routinely sexually violates passengers with impunity.  I have traveled in the old Soviet Union and never encountered anything like it.  Natural News has a few good points on the issue.

TSA’s criminal tyranny

The TSA, meanwhile, has destroyed U.S. tourism by humiliating and molesting air travelers from all over the world who now refuse to come to America.

Not even in North Korea are air travelers sexually molested by overpaid perverts and grown-up morons dressed up in a costume with a fake badge and the fabricated title of “officer.” For the record, TSA employees are not in any way “officers.” They are drooling pedophiles, thieves, child porn distributors, power-hungry bullies and, by any standard, the scum of the Earth who were recruited by ads on pizza delivery boxes. Many of these TSA “officers,” if they weren’t feeling up the genitals of wives, grandmas and little boys and girls, would still be at home in their parents’ basements masturbating to internet porn or humping inflatable dolls.

What Jerry Sandusky did to young boys at Penn State, the TSA does to America every hour of the day.

But as employees of Obama’s ever-expanding federal government and “infrastructure of tyranny,” they receive ridiculously high federal salaries, health care, false authority and of course the power to yell “freeze” at the airport, demanding that all travelers FREEZE IN PLACE for absolutely no reason other than pure, idiotic obedience training.

This happens nowhere in the world except America. Not in North Korea, not in China, not even in the darkest times of Nazi Germany did Hitler’s soldiers sexually molest old ladies and rip apart their colostomy bags. Every other nation in the world holds its war veterans sacred, but in America, returning veterans are cast aside by the failed VA hospital system and even labeled “terrorists” by their own government.

This kind of cruel dehumanizing tyranny is uniquely American, and it is a symbol of not just the Obama administration’s unraveling communist manifesto, but also the tyranny and false flag ideology of the Bush administration before him.

Even in Singapore, where they literally beat criminals with canes in full view of the public, they do not sexually molest their own citizens as a requirement for travel. Only in America is this security theater insanity tolerated by the public.

Yes, if you want what the TSA does to travellers you have to go to the good ol´ USA because other tyrants do not go as far in sexually abusing passengers.