Thursday, June 16, 2011

"George Orwell Called, He Wants His Fiction Back"

[Before I start, I have to give proper credit to David M. Case -- a person whom I do not know and will probably never meet -- for the title of this post. I stole it from a Facebook comment he made because it was so apropos regarding the topic of this post.]

"The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed -- would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper -- the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you."
~ George Orwell, 1984

Frank Turek is a first class public speaker, debater, radio host, and author. He is one of the most gifted communicators you will ever meet. I have attended his CrossExamined Instructor Academy apologetic training seminar and plan to return if I can. I consider him to be a friend. So it was hard for me to believe it when I read a story about him this afternoon. If you care at all about religious freedom, follow this link -- The Cisco Kid -- to read an open letter to the President of Cisco Systems and then think about whether or not our religious liberties are under siege in this country. If you doubt that the homosexual agenda is out to silence dissent and squash the freedom of those who disagree with it, you will have to read no further than this article to cast those doubts aside.

I have a few questions for John Chambers (the President of Cisco Systems, who fired Frank Turek):
  1. What is your stance regarding same-sex marriage? Does it disqualify you from heading your own company?
  2. How many Cisco employees share the same (private) views as Frank Turek? Are you going to hunt all of them down and fire them too?
  3. Why are you so spineless as to cave to the groundless demands of a single person who takes "offense" at the views of someone who has never shared those views with the "offended" one?
  4. Has your company been so successful because it only allows everyone to think the same way?
  5. Would you have fired Frank Turek if he had written a book that defended same-sex marriage?
Frank Turek fulfilled a contract with Cisco and did so in exemplary fashion. This was even admitted by the homosexual whiner whom he "offended." Frank never voiced his personal opinion about homosexuality. He never did anything to demonstrate his view of homosexuality. Frank Turek's crime was that he had the audacity to think the "wrong" kind of thoughts about the homosexual agenda. What he did was write a book that the complainer found when he Googled Turek's name after class one day. No doubt, this is the book he found: Correct, NOT Politically Correct To quote from it ...
"... the tide of political correctness has risen so much that it is now conservatives who need to be requesting tolerance (and most of us are not doing anything wrong!). Homosexual activists have a double standard. They want us to endorse their ideas, but they will not tolerate even hearing ours." (p. 90)
Dr. Turek's words could not have been more prescient. Unfortunately, they foretold a consequence that he would suffer himself because he considered it. But Frank has some other relevant thoughts about the "tolerance" issue that I think bear repeating ...
"The truth is we are called to go beyond tolerance to love. Tolerance is too weak. Tolerance says, "Hold your nose and put up with them." Love says, "Reach out and help them." Love does not allow us to be indifferent to acts that destroy other people, and it certainly doesn't allow us to endorse such acts." (p. 89)
Amen, Frank.

Frank Turek was fired from a company that didn't deserve him, by a president who lacked his courage and commitment, because of a whiner who has no concept of what real tolerance looks like. In other words, Frank Turek was treated unjustly because he stands for justice. For that reason, he should wear this incident as a badge of honor and never back down from telling the truth. Being the Jersey boy he is, I would never expect anything less.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Taqiyya?

We need to wake up.

We are engaged in a war wherein our nation's greatest treasure -- our young men and women -- are being maimed and killed overseas every day while we drive through Starbucks and update our iPods. As if that isn't bad enough, we are also engaged in a war that is going right under our noses -- right here where we live. Those two wars are inextricably connected and most of us have no idea how they are.

We rightly argue about economic and political ideas, but more and more we seem to do so in blissful ignorance about a threat to our common life and liberty that is much greater than anything being discussed in our internal political debates. The threat may one day include nuclear, biological, chemical or some other kind of active and obviously violent force. But for now this threat is insidious, and therefore a much more dangerous one. It is the threat that has consequences far graver than most of us can imagine.

And that is just the way our enemy likes it.

Most of us have heard of jihad, the concept of an ongoing "struggle" that motivates Islamic fundamentalists to fly airplanes into buildings and blow themselves up in the streets of the Middle East. No doubt, jihad is a threat to us here in the United States also. But, since September 11, 2001 you may have noticed that bold, blatant physical attacks like we experienced that day are few and far between. That is because a different, more effective tactic is at work. It is the concept of taqiyya, and it will be the downfall of this nation if we don't wake up to it.

If you want to a quick primer on this issue, the first thing you need to do is listen to this radio interview with Strategic Engagement Group's John Guandolo, a former Marine and SWAT Team member who now does strategic security consulting for all levels of government law enforcement about the threat of the Global Islamic Movement.

Guandolo is the kind of guy who gives credence to this issue as someone like me never could. My point is that when I talk about this topic (as I plan to do quite often) it will not just be the rantings of some loony, fringe conspiracy theorist. It will not just be my opinion or the result of my imagination. The information I hope to present here will always be supported by reasonable, credible sources. I will not speculate or extrapolate beyond what the evidence allows.

As a way of introducing this threat, I remind you of the knuckle-headed Florida "pastor," Terry Jones, who thought that burning the Koran would be a wonderful display of his Christian maturity. The vacuousness in Jones' thinking defies explanation and I think it is the wrong thing to do, but not because of any lofty respect I have for the Koran. I say this for exactly the opposite reason. Instead of burning it, I think we should encourage people to read it.

Christianity is a thinking religion. Despite the accusations brought against it by our "new atheist" friends, Christianity welcomes questions and seeks to provide answers to those who ask about the reason for the hope that we have. We are called to love our God "with all our mind," and to defend the faith intellectually, respectfully. It is therefore un-Christian and anti-evangelistic to insult, rather than persuade, and inflame anger rather than promote a loving dialogue with anyone.

The fact is that mocking or dismissing the claims of other religions does nothing to lead those who believe them back to the real Truth. When you read the Koran, you find a striking contrast between it and the Bible. The Koran reads more like a stream on consciousness than a historical account of actual events that took place. It is confusing and disjointed. In addition to that, reading the Koran and its associated texts reveals some interesting facts like the theory of abrogation.

This Islamic doctrine claims states that those parts of the Koran written after 622 AD (when Muhammad returned to Medina) overrule earlier verses. When you read these passages you find that it is the later passages that contain the commands to:
  • "fight and slay the unbelievers wherever you find them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war" (Surah 9, verse 5) or ...
  • "Fight those who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor So, nor hold that forbidden which has been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of truth (Islam), even if they are of the 40 people of the Book, until they pay the jizya (Islamic tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."
So, where we are constantly told that Islam is "a religion of peace," actually reading it reveals quite the opposite.

You will also find Muslims who deny the reality of the theory of abrogation. There is a reason for that too -- a reason that becomes obvious when you consider a second doctrine that compels me to start talking about these issues. The theory of abrogation is an obvious concern to non-Muslims, but it is as least something that we can see being used against us. This second doctrine is the insidious one. It is the doctrine of taqiyya (Surah 3, verse 28), which holds that Muslims should not be friends with infidels except as a deception, always with the end goal of converting, subduing, or destroying them.

Taqiyya is what encourages Muslims to use our own system of freedom, liberty, and justice against us with the goal of destroying western civilization in general, and American society in particular, from within. When we understand that, and then look around with skeptical eyes at the actions of Muslim leaders, this deception begins to stand out in ways that are hard to miss. Taqiyya tells us that we should watch what Muslim leaders do, compare it to what some Muslim leaders say, and realize that the two exist in radically different universes.

Let me make something else perfectly clear. In my attempt to uncover the practice of taqiyya I do not meant to disparage or insult most Muslims who live and work among us here in this country. Actually, I am sure that those we know would vehemently disagree with the claims I am making. I don't blame them -- for the same reasons that I don't blame most Christians who operate completely unaware of many of the central claims of Christianity. The fact is that it is a minority of Christians who hold to an orthodox Christian view of the world. Likewise, many (if not most) Muslims operate in ignorance to the doctrine of taqiyya and would disagree with it if they heard about it. But that doesn't change our need to be vigilant.

My hope is that all of us -- including those Muslims who are unaware -- would wake up to the threat of the Islamist agenda that is hiding right in front of our eyes.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Passing On Our Narcissism

If you turn your TV on these days, you can't avoid hearing about the Casey Anthony trial going on down in Florida -- the details of which are horrifying and disgusting. The case reminds me of a study I read about and am re-posting here because Casey Anthony is a poster child for this topic ... on steroids. It appears that little Caylee Anthony suffered the consequences of this trend from a mother who at best (even if she is innocent of murder) found her daughter to be a severe inconvenience, and at worst, bypassed the day care option by resorting to, shall we say, a more permanent solution.

I start with the results of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) -- a nationwide survey of 16,475 college students conducted between 1982 and 2006. In a nutshell, the survey revealed that the narcissistic attitudes of our youth have risen steadily over the past 25 years. In its latest iteration, two-thirds of the students demonstrated above average narcissism -- up more that 30% since 1982.

Reading this reminded me of another survey conducted during the 1990s wherein a research group studying the state of American education released a report comparing the math scores of U.S. and Japanese high school students. The results were not surprising. The Japanese students scored significantly higher than their American counterparts on an equivalent test. But what was notable was the response to a question asked of both groups of students right after they had finished taking the test but before they had seen the results. The Japanese students overwhelmingly expressed dejection and embarrassment for what they considered to be a poor performance on the test. The American students were confident they had aced it.

On hearing the reports of this study, one well-known critic of the public school system in America remarked, “I think its safe to say we’ve done a good job of addressing any worries we might have had about our children’s self esteem.”

Where did these narcissistic tendencies originate -- and why?