Archive for March 14th, 2008

Weather Channel Founder: Sue Al Gore for Fraud

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I love it.

The founder of the Weather Channel wants to sue Al Gore for fraud, hoping a legal debate will settle the global-warming debate once and for all.

John Coleman, who founded the cable network in 1982, suggests suing for fraud proponents of global warming, including Al Gore, and companies that sell carbon credits.

“Is he committing financial fraud? That is the question,” Coleman said.

“Since we can’t get a debate, I thought perhaps if we had a legal challenge and went into a court of law, where it was our scientists and their scientists, and all the legal proceedings with the discovery and all their documents from both sides and scientific testimony from both sides, we could finally get a good solid debate on the issue,” Coleman said. “I’m confident that the advocates of ‘no significant effect from carbon dioxide’ would win the case.”

“As you look at the atmosphere over the last 25 years, there’s been perhaps a degree of warming, perhaps probably a whole lot less than that, and the last year has been so cold that that’s been erased,” he said.

“I think if we continue the cooling trend a couple of more years, the general public will at last begin to realize that they’ve been scammed on this global-warming thing.”

Coleman spoke to FOXNews.com after his appearance last week at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change in New York, where he called global warming a scam and lambasted the cable network he helped create.

“You want to tune to the Weather Channel and have them tell you how to live your life?” Coleman said. “Come on.”

He laments the network’s decision to focus on traffic and lifestyle reports over the weather.

“It’s very clear that they don’t realize that weather is the most significant impact in every human being’s daily life, and good, solid, up-to-the-minute weather information and meaningful forecasts presented in such a way that people find them understandable and enjoyable can have a significant impact,” he said.

“The more you cloud that up with other baloney, the weaker the product,” he said.

Coleman has long been a skeptic of global warming, and carbon dioxide is the linchpin to his argument.

“Does carbon dioxide cause a warming of the atmosphere? The proponents of global warming pin their whole piece on that,” he said.

The compound carbon dioxide makes up only 38 out of every 100,000 particles in the atmosphere, he said.

“That’s about twice as what there were in the atmosphere in the time we started burning fossil fuels, so it’s gone up, but it’s still a tiny compound,” Coleman said. “So how can that tiny trace compound have such a significant effect on temperature?

“My position is it can’t,” he continued. “It doesn’t, and the whole case for global warming is based on a fallacy.”

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Obama and the Minister

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Americans said they were afraid of Mike Huckabee because of his religious beliefs, yet they are willing to vote for Obama considering his religious beliefs? This article is a must read!

In a sermon delivered at Howard University, Barack Obama’s longtime minister, friend and adviser blamed America for starting the AIDS virus, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society that would never elect a black candidate president.

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Mr. Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, gave the sermon at the school’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel in Washington on Jan. 15, 2006.

“We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college,” he began. “Racism is alive and well. Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president, no matter how hard you run Jesse [Jackson] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body.”

Mr. Wright thundered on: “America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . . We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers . . . We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi . . . We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God.”

His voice rising, Mr. Wright said, “We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . .”

Concluding, Mr. Wright said: “We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . .”

Considering this view of America, it’s not surprising that in December Mr. Wright’s church gave an award to Louis Farrakhan for lifetime achievement. In the church magazine, Trumpet, Mr. Wright spoke glowingly of the Nation of Islam leader. “His depth on analysis [sic] when it comes to the racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye-opening,” Mr. Wright said of Mr. Farrakhan. “He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest.”

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Dutch to Legalize Gay Sex in Public Parks

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Apparently Dutch officials have come to the conclusion that they need to make sex in public parks legal. What? They say that it is working in Amsterdam. What? I can’t believe there is another place where public park sex is AOK. What about the families who visit those parks? What about the fact that it will invite sexual predators? What about the safety of those who just want to go for a run or take their kids there to play? Those things don’t matter because our world caters to sin. The world we live in not only condones sin and immorality, our society supports it and encourages it.

Anyone remember Sodom and Gomorrah? If you do remember Sodom and Gomorrah, then you will remember that God destroyed those cities. God will allow this rebellion for a time, but the time is quickly approaching where He will say ‘enough is enough’. Don’t be deceived, there is a Judgement Day and it is coming soon!

Dutch council officials will permit gay sex in public areas but fine dog owners who let their pets off the leash in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark.

Paul van Grieken, an Alderman in the Oud-Zuid district of the city, has startled many Amsterdammers, despite their famously liberal attitudes, with plans to allow public sex as part of this summer’s new rules of conduct for the country’s best-known park.
“Why should we try to impose something that is actually impossible to impose, which also causes little bother for others and for a certain group actually means much pleasure?”, he said.

Amsterdam’s beautiful Vondelpark in the centre of city draws hordes of summer visitors, families, skaters and joggers.

But the park’s rose garden has become famous as a trysting spot for gay men looking for uncomplicated sexual encounters.

Mr van Grieken stresses that tolerance to “cruising” gays, aimed at protecting homosexuals from violence, will have “strict rules attached”.

“Thus, condoms must always be cleared away, it must never take place in the neighbourhood of children’s playgrounds and the sex must be restricted to the evening and night-time,” he said.

The new park rules have the blessing of the Dutch police, who have urged all Dutch parks to follow Amsterdam’s lead.

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Mexican Truck Drivers Allowed to Take English Exam in Spanish

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Here in America we have lost ALL common sense.

Mexican truck drivers allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite Department of Transportation assurances to the contrary.

A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website instructs Mexican truck drivers, “Did you know … You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive trucks in the United States.”

Still, at the Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III reluctantly admitted under intense questioning from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that Mexican drivers were being designated at the border as “proficient in English” even though they could explain U.S. traffic signs only in Spanish.

In the tense hearing, Dorgan accused Peters of being “arrogant” and in reckless disregard of a congressional vote to stop the Mexican trucking demonstration project by taking away funds to continue the project. Toward the end, the senator asked if it were true Mexican truckers could explain U.S. traffic signs only in Spanish when given English proficiency tests at the border.

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First Temple Remains Found Near Temple Mount

Friday, March 14th, 2008

This is very interesting to say the least.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announces the first time in the history of the archaeological research of Jerusalem that building remains from the First Temple period have been exposed so close to the Temple Mount – on the eastern slopes of the Upper City.

A rich layer of finds from the latter part of the First Temple period (8th-6th centuries B.C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological rescue excavations near the Western Wall plaza. The dig is being carried out in the northwestern part of the Western Wall plaza, near the staircase leading up towards the Jaffa Gate.

The Israel Antiquties Authority has been conducting the excavations for the past two years under the direction of archaeologists Shlomit Wexler-Bdoulah and Alexander Onn, in cooperation with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The remains of a magnificent colonnaded street [i.e., lined by columns] from the 2nd century C.E. were uncovered; the street appears on the mosaic Madaba map, and is referred to by the name Eastern Cardo. The level of the Eastern Cardo is paved with large heavy limestone pavers that were set directly atop the layer that dates to the end of the First Temple period. This Roman road thus “seals” beneath it the finds from the First Temple period, protecting them from being plundered in later periods.

The walls of the buildings found in the dig are preserved to a height of more than two meters.

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US State Dept. Says Anti-Semitism on the Rise

Friday, March 14th, 2008

The Bible tells us that Israel will be hated and that nations will rise against her……..

Anti-Semitism, including government-promoted hatred toward Jews and prejudice couched as criticism of Israel, has risen globally over the last decade, the State Department said on Thursday.

“Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event,” it said in a report to Congress.

US embassies have noted an increase in attacks on Jewish people, property, institutions, and religious facilities in the last decade, the report said.

The report, titled “Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism,” did not give comprehensive statistics, and said that in any case such statistics were skewed against Western democratic countries more likely to report the incidents. But it said other governments and institutions had documented similar trends.

For example, Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute listed 593 cases of major anti-Semitic incidents in 2006, the highest number since 2000, the report said. Of these, 277 were physical attacks on Jews; 105 synagogues were damaged. Over half the incidents took place in Western Europe.

One attack in 2006 took the life of a young French Jew, Ilan Halimi. The 23-year-old was found naked, handcuffed and covered with burns near railway tracks outside Paris in February 2006, and died of his injuries soon afterward.

While traditional anti-Jewish prejudice, a centuries-old phenomenon, persists, new forms have evolved, the report said.

“The distinguishing feature of the new anti-Semitism is criticism of Zionism or Israeli policy that – whether intentionally or unintentionally – has the effect of promoting prejudice against all Jews by demonizing Israel and Israelis and attributing Israel’s perceived faults to its Jewish character,” it said.

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ANOTHER Teacher Rapes a Student

Friday, March 14th, 2008

We have blogged about this time after time here. I want people to understand that this is an epidemic and needs to be addressed. We must find the reason why teachers believe it is permissible to have a “relationship” with their students.

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County middle school teacher has been arrested and is charged with having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Deputies arrested 28-year-old Stephanie Ragusa around 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Ragusa had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy at Davidsen Middle School from October of 2006 to May of 2007.

Detectives said the victim was never actually a student of Ragusa’s; he was a student at Davidsen Middle School while she taught there.

She is currently a 7th grade math teacher at Martinez Middle School in Tampa.

The school got a tip, and detectives interviewed the boy. They say they got enough information to move forward with an arrest.

Ragusa was booked into the Orient Road Jail Thursday night.

Parents reacted to the news with shock and anger.

“It’s hard enough as a student to be in the classroom and learn what the education standards are today, let alone whether a teacher sis pursuing a student,” said parent Christine Baer.

A school district spokesman called the allegations disappointing.

“When we hear of allegations like this, we turn it over immediately, because it is a criminal matter for law enforcement, it is not just a school matter,” said Hillsborough Schools spokesman Steve Hegarty.

Ragusa is charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious battery.

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Pali Terrorist Over Halfway to Matching 2007 Attacks

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Our friend, Michael, at the Oleh Musings blog, made this observation:

Our wonderful neighbors, the palestinians, have about matched last year’s rocket and murder statistics against us:

Terrorists in Gaza fired more than 830 rockets at Israeli cities in the first two months of 2008, security officials said Thursday. In comparison, 1,271 rockets were fired from Gaza over the course of 2007.

Sixteen Israelis have died in attacks carried out by terrorist groups since the beginning of the year, 12 of them in March…. Terrorists killed 13 Israelis in 2007.

And the “moderate” Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing in a speech given Thursday…

The irony, of course, is that the only area Israel has “ethnically cleansed” was Gaza, which was cleansed of Jews, in compliance with the PA’s demand that their areas be Judenrien. I wonder how long Abbas’ nose is these days?

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Hamas Terrorists Brag of Hiding Behind Kids

Friday, March 14th, 2008

We talk about this here quite often. How the world can sit back and give these people a license, not only that, but endorse, this kind of behavior, is beyond me.

A prominent member of Hamas, a recognized terrorist group, has been captured on video boasting of using women, children and the elderly as human shields in its firefights with Israeli soldiers.

WND reported at the time, just two weeks ago that the Israeli government had described Hamas’ use of human shields as Israel pressed ahead with its battles against rocket-fire from Gaza into Israel.

Israel launched ground and air assaults on Hamas positions in Gaza following massive rocket bombardments of Jewish cities by Palestinian terrorists at the end of February and early March.

Hamas had been firing long-range Grad rockets at the strategic port city of Ashkelon, home to about 125,000 Israelis. Ashkelon houses a major electrical plant that powers most of the Gaza Strip.

During the fighting, focused largely on the minor Hamas infrastructure in the city of Jabaliya about one mile into the Gaza Strip, an Israeli commander speaking to WND Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein from inside Gaza said Hamas has been drawing Israeli forces into populated civilian areas, shooting at Jewish fighters from occupied civilian homes while women and children were inside.

Now a video posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute revealS Hamas MP Fathi Hammad boasting of using such human shields.

The video, which was aired on Al-Aqsa TV on Feb. 29, revealed Hammad saying the enemies of Allah “do not know that the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land.

“The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine,” he continued. “It is as if they were saying to the Zionest enemy: ‘We desire death like you desire life.'”

WND earlier reported on once case in which Hamas sent a 10-year old boy into the battlefield in full view of the Israeli military to remove a gun from a felled terrorist and then pass the weapon to another terrorist. The commander at the scene said he ordered his troops to halt their fire as the Israeli military watched the boy remove and then transfer the weapon to another gunman.

Another commander speaking to WND said Hamas snipers used the windows of a Jabiliya house that was clearly occupied by women and children to shoot at his unit.

“The aim is to draw us into killing civilians to bring about international pressure to end our operation,” the commander said, speaking on condition his name be withheld due to Israeli military restrictions on media interviews by fighting forces.

MEMRI is an independent, non-profit organizations that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East.

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Congress Outraged by California Homeschool Case

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Members of Congress privately are infuriated and worried over a California appeals court ruling that essentially banned homeschooling in the state, where at least 166,000 students are being educated that way, according to a homeschooling expert who has met with them.

“There’s a lot of concern and outrage from members of Congress,” Michael Farris, the chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, told WND today, shortly after he met with several members on this issue.

“There’s a variety of things being considered,” he said. “There could be a brief by members filed in the appellate court in support of parental rights. There could be a resolution from Congress there.”

Plans still were being developed, he said. But the ultimate resolution, Farris suggested, would be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing the rights and responsibilities of parents to direct their own children’s education.

That effort already was under way under the banner of Parental Rights.

The website notes the campaign exists “to secure a constitutional amendment that defends the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. … We believe that no government, regardless of how well-intentioned it might be, can replace the love and nurture of a parent in the life of a child.”

The campaign said, “Without secured parental rights, the vital child-parent relationship is exposed to the imminent danger posed by anti-parent judges within the federal courts, as well as to the risks of international law which seeks to undermine the parental role.”

The California case involved the family of Phillip and Mary Long, and stemmed from a juvenile proceeding. That case already had been closed by the court when court-appointed attorneys for their children appealed specifically trying to have homeschooling banned, and the ruling from the Court of Appeal for the 2nd Appellate District in Los Angeles essentially met their desires.

The opinion, by H. Walt Croskey, holds that homeschooling simply is not a legal option in California. The HSLDA said if the opinion stands, California would have the most regressive law in the nation.

Spokesman Allan Carlson of the The World Congress of Families said that would put California on the same standard as Germany and Brazil, two other governments that ban homeschooling.

The court ruling said: “We find no reason to strike down the Legislature’s evaluation of what constitutes an adequate education scheme sufficient to promote the ‘general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence … We agree … ‘the educational program of the State of California was designed to promote the general welfare of all the people and was not designed to accommodate the personal ideas of any individual in the field of education.'”

Those words echoed the ideas of officials from Germany, where homeschooling has been outlawed since 1938 under a law adopted when Adolf Hitler decided he wanted the state, and no one else, to control the minds of the nation’s youth.

Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany, has said “school teaches not only knowledge but also social conduct, encourages dialogue among people of different beliefs and cultures, and helps students to become responsible citizens.”

The appeals ruling said California law requires “persons between the ages of six and 18” to be in school, “the public full-time day school,” with exemptions being allowed for those in a “private full-time day school” or those “instructed by a tutor who holds a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught.”

Nor did the family’s religious beliefs matter to the court.

Their “sincerely held religious beliefs” are “not the quality of evidence that permits us to say that application of California’s compulsory public school education law to them violates their First Amendment rights,” the court said.

The family told WND it was working on its options for appeal, but they remained indefinite. But there are other developments already.

  • Assemblyman Joel Anderson has proposed a resolution in the state Legislature in California that calls for the Croskey ruling to be overturned.
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger said, “if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights, then, as elected officials, we will.”
  • California Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said, “Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state.”
  • The HSLDA said it would coordinate a petition seeking to have the legal opinion “de-published,” which is a process that would prevent it from being used as a widespread precedent for other homeschooling families.
  • Another petition appeals to Schwarzenegger and the state legislature and is being run by the Pacific Justice Institute, which is working with the website PetitionsToday.org.
  • Yet another petition also is under way, at the ReverseTheRuling.com website. That organization offers information for homeschoolers who want to follow the California case, because of that state’s influence throughout the nation. It was assembled by the organization Learning By Grace, an outreach dedicated to providing parents with innovative online Christian homeschool materials.
  • “We have seen God’s hand of protection on the homeschooling movement for the 25 years we have been working together for this cause. There is no reason to begin to doubt God now,” Farris said.

    Pacific Justice also is representing Sunland Christian School, which has been working with the family’s children in a study program, on an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

    “Don’t panic,” the school said in a statement. “Help those who feel distraught and afraid, to be at peace and have faith for a favorable outcome. While we are appealing this ruling, it won’t be used in court against homeschoolers. Continue to homeschool effectively, caring about your family, children, their growth and development and their academic instruction,” the school said.

    Pacific Justice chief Brad Dacus promised, “I will leave no stone unturned in an effort to reverse this heinous attack on parental rights, and that includes asking for your swift and immediate help.”

    The Longs previously told WND of their concerns with the public school district’s advocacy for alternative sexual lifestyles and promotion of the theory of evolution.

    “The parent-child relationship existed long before any government and makes it the responsibility of the parent to educate the child,” Phillip Long told California reporters.

    He said the responsibility includes protecting children from things that are hazardous “emotionally” as well as physically.

    Croskey’s ruling reversed a decision from Superior Court Judge Stephen Marpet, who said “parents have a constitutional right to school their children in their own home.”

    As WND has reported, the Longs had their children enrolled in Sunland Christian School, a private homeschooling program.

    But Croskey, without hearing arguments from the school, opined that the situation was a “ruse of enrolling [children] in a private school and then letting them stay home and be taught by a non-credentialed parent.”

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    “AJR HONORS DR. PHYLLIS CHESLER” by Fern Sidman

    Friday, March 14th, 2008

    Jewish Press Op-Ed contributor, Dr. Phyllis Chesler was the recipient of the 2008 Kehillah Award for Distinguished Public Service, bestowed upon her by The Academy For Jewish Religion at their gala dinner on Monday evening, March 10th. The resounding message of this year’s dinner was the call to continue to create an atmosphere of respect and unity amongst all branches of Judaism and was aptly entitled, “Embracing All Voices”. The dinner which took place at Manhattan’s elegant Harmonie Club was attended by several hundred people.

    Also honored was Jane Dystel, a literary agent who grew up in the book publishing industry. She received the AJR Voices of Vision Award.

    Phyllis Chesler is an emerita professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York, a prolific author, psychotherapist and expert courtroom witness. Dr. Chesler has written 13 books, including her seminal work, Women and Madness and more recent books about anti-Semitism and Islamic gender apartheid. She is an affiliated professor with Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities in Israel and has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the United States and throughout the Middle East and Far East.

    In a statement published in the AJR dinner program, Dr. Chesler was being honored for “her enormous record of accomplishment and commitment in the fields of social and religious justice. She is a champion of righteousness on behalf of women and on behalf of the weak and underprivileged.” The Honorable Betty Weinberg Ellerin, recipient of last year’s distinguished service award introduced Dr. Chesler, calling her, “a larger than life presence on the activist scene” and one who” generates intellectual excitement” through her writings and oratory. She concluded by referring to Dr. Chesler as “a treasure to our people, our gender and our faith”.

    Dr. Chesler departed from her prepared speech and delivered her remarks with the aplomb of a veteran academic, often bringing the audience to laughter in her folksy, extemporaneous manner. Dr. Chesler remarked that throughout the course of her life her work had been “attacked, slandered or censored” and she queried as why she was being honored by this distinguished institution. “What have I done wrong?” was her response when finding out that the AJR had decided to pay tribute to her and her work. Dr. Chesler, a Borough Park native, gave a biographical sketch of her life, paying homage to her parents and her ancestors for “having risked and sacrificed everything, so that one day, one of their descendants could stand here before you today.” Dr. Chesler’s passion and commitment to idealism and activism originated in her youth when she became an ardent Zionist. In the early 1950s, subsequent to the establishment of the modern State of Israel, Dr. Chesler would, “pack machine gun parts for Israel in a private home right across the street from the Young Israel of Borough Park”.

    Dr. Chesler was part of the vanguard of the Second Wave feminist movement of the 1960s and confides that her “feminism was partly influenced by my Zionism; partly influenced by my own amazing experience in the early 1960s as a captive bride in Afghanistan”. She laments the fact that her former feminist friends have shunned her for exposing “anti-Semitism in the progressive movement” and tells of the “betrayal of America and Israel” by progressives. Dr. Chesler has worked tirelessly to spotlight the “tragic plight of women in the Islamic world” as well as documenting the horrors of Islamic religious apartheid. Dr. Chesler is most proud of her association with those who are seeking to create “a place for women in Judaism” and has been “learning Torah with Women of the Wall co-founder, Rivka Haut for 20 years.”

    Dr. Chesler said that throughout her life she “kept evolving intellectually” and was always “engaged in ‘lech lechahing’, moving on, turning myself inside out.” With great insight and profundity she said, “This is not only Avraham’s (our forefather) lonely and visionary genious but is also the story of the Jewish people.”

    Dr. Phyllis Chesler

    PHOTO CREDIT: Leonard Yakir – brooklynphotographer.com

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    “An American-Muslim State of Mind. The Honor Murderer in Texas did not Pull the Trigger” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

    Friday, March 14th, 2008

    PRESS HERE TO LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH THE MURDERED GIRLS’ FEMALE RELATIVES.

    Islam Said blames his sisters’ deaths on their boyfriends. On March 8, 2008, the Lewisville High School celebrated the lives of the honor murdered Amina and Sarah Said. Local media was there. I watched as Islam grabbed the microphone and characterized his sisters’ boyfriends as “gang members” who “killed his sisters.” He also said: “They pulled the trigger, not my dad. My dad is the victim here.” PRESS HERE

    It is absolutely crucial for Westerners, especially Americans, to understand his mind-set. This is a cultural and political mind-set which has nothing to do with the color of one’s skin and everything to do with one’s political ideology. Despite heated denial and much controversy, it is also a mind-set which is correlated with the practice of Islam in its current, highly politicized jihadic mode.

    Thus, when anyone tries to describe the crimes against humanity which are committed in the name of Islam (the religion, not the man whom I quote above), both Muslims and politically progressive non-Muslim Westerners cry “racism.”

    But this is a primitive/totalitarian tactic used to silence those who dare to expose injustice and who wish to resist terror and tyranny. The charge of “racism” is a rallying cry which is first used against dark-skinned Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents. The lovely dark-skinned ex-Muslim feminist freedom-fighter, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has been characterized as a “racist” in Holland and in the pages of America’s Nation magazine. This fascist tactic works best among guilty, liberal Westerners who really do want to atone for or end the world’s awful history of racism.

    The West crusaded against and finally abolished slavery. Many of us remain conflicted about its terrible legacy. Muslims have never launched a campaign against their own racism. The Arab Muslim slave trade continues to this day in many forms, both in the Middle East and in the West, especially among United Nations diplomats who are posted here.

    Muslim employers in Saudi Arabia are not apologizing to their Philippina servants whom they imprison and routinely force to work around the clock as domestics and sex slaves. Ethnic Arab Muslims in Sudan are not guilty about gang-raping black African girls and women in Darfur—no more than they are guilty about genocidally exterminating black Africans who are also Muslims, Christians, and animists.

    It’s the same mind-set that inspires Islam Said to view his father, Yasser Abdul Said, the honor murderer, as the true “victim.” The defender of the faith (whether that faith is conceived of as one’s religion or as one’s family “honor”), is always the glorious “victim.” Yes, even suicide killers who blow up innocent civilians in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and who gun down Jewish children in religious schools in Jerusalem are viewed as victims and martyrs. Their supporters do not view them as murderous aggressors nor do they view themselves as such.

    While I would like to attribute Islamic gender and religious apartheid to a cluster of factors including normalized childhood abuse, poverty, a lack of education, and to a super-aggressive and non-introspective cultural psychology, (see above), it is also increasingly clear that many wealthy and well-educated Muslims, who live in Muslim lands and in the West, share the same views. Like Islam Said, quoted at the beginning of this article, many well-educated Muslims still view women as animals, (yes, perhaps as “sacred” animals), and they still view Jews and other infidels as unclean, poisonous prey.

    The very trait which has been hated in religious Jews (the desire to live “apart,” to eat differently and perhaps to also dress differently), is deeply respected, even lionized when it appears among religious Muslims. Increasingly, all across America, Muslim women are wearing headscarves and burqas—in university settings and on the streets; Muslim communities are demanding and receiving separate eating and washing facilities, separate hours for recreational facilities or separate facilities, etc.

    If such outward behaviors were not intimately linked to dangerous, often murderous apartheid beliefs and behaviors, I would have no objection. But that is not the case. For example, based on extensive interviews that I have done with the female relatives of the murdered Texas teenagers, it is clear that:

    a) Amina and Sarah were expected to wear headscarves. Their failure to do so, their “hidden” lives as normal American teenagers, doomed them.

    b) Amina and Sarah were expected to enter into arranged marriages against their will to much older Egyptian men whom they had never met. Their refusal to do so doomed them.

    c) Amina and Sarah were expected to keep quiet about the horrific sexual, physical, and psychological abuse which was heaped upon them by their father, mother, and brother. Their failure to do so doomed them.

    d) Amina and Sarah were not supposed to have “boyfriends.” At the very least, their friends, both male and female, were not supposed to be Christians. The fact that they were friendly with Christian male teenagers doomed them.

    e) Amina and Sarah were supposed to learn to hate America and to choose Shari’a law. Their failure to do so doomed them.

    These are only some of the “rules” that Amina and Sarah were expected to obey. One of my informants has quoted their brother Islam, who often stalked his sisters, as saying: “They knew the rules. They broke them.” Islam is saying that it is their fault that his father had to kill them.

    Thus, whenever you see a woman in a face veil, headscarf, or burqa, it is very likely that these rules also apply to her.

    For the record: Let me again repeat what I have written before, namely, that there are many individual Muslims who are personally peaceful and who favor human rights for everyone, even for women and infidels. There are also individual Muslims who oppose and who have fled Islamic apartheid regimes. However, most Muslim religious leaders do not condemn the barbarism committed in the name of their religion. (A brave handful do).

    There were also individual Germans in the Nazi era who did not personally hate the mentally ill, Jews, gypsies, anarchists, homosexuals, or American and British soldiers; a few even risked their lives to save such targeted “enemies.” However, most Germans (and Poles, Austrians, Ukrainians, etc.) chose to opportunistically profit from the persecution of the Jews and refused to risk anything in order to resist Hitler. Their failure to do so meant that they enabled and collaborated with him. To quote Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men (and women) to do nothing.”

    I stand ready and willing to honor and to work with all those Muslims and non-Muslims who oppose Islamic gender and religious apartheid. Our lives depend upon such heroism.

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    Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
    We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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