Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks

Excerpted from an article by Sam Harris, published on May 5, 2008 by the Huffington Post

Geert Wilders, conservative Dutch politician and provocateur, has become the latest projectile in the world’s most important culture war: the zero-sum conflict between civil society and traditional Islam. Wilders, who lives under perpetual armed guard due to death threats, recently released a 15 minute film entitled Fitna (“strife” in Arabic) over the internet. The film has been deemed offensive because it juxtaposes images of Muslim violence with passages from the Qur’an. Given that the perpetrators of such violence regularly cite these same passages as justification for their actions, merely depicting this connection in a film would seem uncontroversial. Controversial or not, one surely would expect politicians and journalists in every free society to strenuously defend Wilders’ right to make such a film. But then one would be living on another planet, a planet where people do not happily repudiate their most basic freedoms in the name of “religious sensitivity.”

… Wilders, like Westergaard and the other Danish cartoonists, has been widely vilified for “seeking to inflame” the Muslim community. Even if this had been his intention, this criticism represents an almost supernatural coincidence of moral blindness and political imprudence. The point is not (and will never be) that some free person spoke, or wrote, or illustrated in such a manner as to inflame the Muslim community. The point is that only the Muslim community is combustible in this way. The controversy over Fitna, like all such controversies, renders one fact about our world especially salient: Muslims appear to be far more concerned about perceived slights to their religion than about the atrocities committed daily in its name. Our accommodation of this psychopathic skewing of priorities has, more and more, taken the form of craven and blinkered acquiescence.

There is an uncanny irony here that many have noticed. The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you. Of course, the truth is often more nuanced, but this is about as nuanced as it ever gets: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we peaceful Muslims cannot be held responsible for what our less peaceful brothers and sisters do. When they burn your embassies or kidnap and slaughter your journalists, know that we will hold you primarily responsible and will spend the bulk of our energies criticizing you for “racism” and “Islamophobia.”

… The connection between the doctrine of Islam and Islamist violence is simply not open to dispute. It’s not that critics of religion like myself speculate that such a connection might exist: the point is that Islamists themselves acknowledge and demonstrate this connection at every opportunity and to deny it is to retreat within a fantasy world of political correctness and religious apology…. All of their talk about how benign Islam “really” is, and about how the problem of fundamentalism exists in all religions, only obfuscates what may be the most pressing issue of our time: Islam, as it is currently understood and practiced by vast numbers of the world’s Muslims, is antithetical to civil society….

Netanyahu Nails It

I think Barack Obama’s vehement opposition to Netanyahu speaking before Congress had to leave a lot of people scratching their heads, wondering why such a big deal? Israel, is, after all, our close ally, right? The only democratic government in the Middle East, no? Surely, the Prime Minister of Israel, a friend of the U.S., should be welcome to speak before Congress.
After hearing Netanyahu’s speech, I think it’s pretty obvious why Obama didn’t want America to hear him. Why not? Because Obama knew that Netanyahu would demolish his foolish foreign policy of Iranian appeasement.

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Why is Obama Unable to Call Terrorist Attacks Islamic Terrorism?

Excerpted from an article by Wayne Root, published Jan. 12, 2015 on The Blaze
As a kid we used to say “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

We were wrong. Words are dangerous. Words can be deadly. Words (or lack of them) can inspire terrorism. As radical Islamic Jihad threatens our countries, our children and our free speech, there is a new Neville Chamberlain. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.

The problem is in the words Obama says and doesn’t say. The words he uses to praise Islam and the words he refuses to say to denounce radical Islam are dangerous to America. 

Ask any general. The key to fighting a war is to know your enemy. In the history of warfare, no one has ever been afraid to say the enemy’s name out loud. Until now. Until Obama.

Why can’t Obama connect the words “Islam” and “terrorism”? It’s not as if there isn’t enough evidence….

It’s clear to anyone but an idiot or a liberal … that the world’s enemy is radical Islam. But sadly, it’s more not just “radical Islam.” Let’s stop being politically correct. Islam itself is a problem. Millions of Muslims who aren’t “radical” support and even celebrate intolerance and terrorism…..

I was born a Jew. My relatives were murdered in Germany. Not every German was a Nazi murderer. But most every German went along with the Holocaust. They knew what was happening. They let it happen. They remained silent while six million Jews were tortured, enslaved, and gassed. That made them complicit in the murders.

What is happening today is eerily similar. Not all Muslims are bad people. Ninety-five percent will never murder anyone. Ninety-five percent will never be a terrorist. But like Germans of the Nazi era, most Muslims remain silent about the horrific acts of their brothers and sisters.

Even Muslims in America are guilty of silence. Have you seen any marches in Detroit by American Muslims denouncing terrorism? That makes them complicit. You are either for intolerance, terrorism and murder…or against it….

And the Common Denominator is…

The text below is from an email I received the other day (with a couple minor edits of my own). I don’t know who wrote this originally, but it makes a great point. You really have to wonder why the Obama administration, and why lots of leftists (who some mislabel as “liberal” or “progressive”), are so afraid of calling terrorist attacks committed by Muslims (i.e. the vast majority of terrorist attacks) “Islamic Terrorism”.

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An Unforgivable Offense

Yesterday in France Islamic terrorists struck a cowardly blow to freedom when they massacred 12 unarmed and innocent people, mostly journalists at a French newspaper. Their supposed justification? Because these journalists had used cartoons to lampoon terrorists and to “blaspheme” the so-called prophet Muhammad.

I don’t care if the journalists mocked Muhammad, Allah himself, or the terrorists’ own mothers. Violence against another is never justified by any verbal, printed or caricatured provocation, regardless of how insensitive, crass or supposedly “blasphemous.”

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Could We Have Beaten Nazis with Obama as President?

Excerpted from an article by Wayne Root, published 9/9/2014 by The Blaze

What if Barack Obama had been president during World War II? Could we have beaten the Nazis? I think it’s clear we would be all be speaking German right about now.

There is no way anyone can make the case that Obama would have gone after both Germany and Japan with the tenacity of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. I may not have agreed with Roosevelt’s economic policies, but when it came to war, the man in the wheelchair was a lion, not a shrinking violet, or peacenik. He understood how to win a war- there were no rules for Roosevelt (or Harry Truman).

… Obama plays golf while Islamic State kills thousands per day. He plays golf after announcing beheadings of Americans. He was absent without leave while our embassy in Libya was under a vicious terrorist attack. He webt to fundraisers in Vegas hours after a national tragedy, where four heroes were killed in Benghaz). He went to film festivals while Russia attacks Ukraine. He goes on vacations while the world…the Middle East…and Ferguson, Missouri burns.

Our commander in chief even tries to order our great ally Israel to stand down while Hamas fires missiles at her citizens. He does nothing to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. He laughed when Mitt Romney called Russia our biggest threat and said “the 80’s are calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

Now Vladimir Putin is laughing and mocking Obama as he restarts the Cold War and threatens to retake all of Eastern Europe. Obama is like a fly on the tail of Russia. No enemy of America cares about anything Obama says. No one fears America under Obama. We’ve become neutered….

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The Peaceful, Silent Majority is Irrelevant

I received this anonymous / unattributed article in my email inbox the other day. I think it makes some excellent points, so I decided to share it on Truth is Reason. I’ve added emphasis to portions of the text that I think are particularly relevant. Following the article are some of my own editorial comments.

 A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it,  they owned us, and we had lost control, and  the end of the world had come.  My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

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There is no Blasphemy

There are some truly idiotic and evil people in the world.

Earlier today, hundreds of Pakistani Muslims ransacked a Christian neighborhood, looting and setting fire to homes, forcing hundreds of Christian families to flee for their lives. [ref]


Because a Christian man was accused of speaking blasphemy against Muhammad.

Oh, alrighty then. Case closed. Violent temper tantrum justified, right?

Blasphemy? What a load of crap.

A Week in Jerusalem

I was catching up on news about the violence in the Middle East when the article “My week in Jerusalem when rockets fell on the Holy City”, by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, caught my attention. I think what Rabbi Cooper wrote is compelling, so I had to share it. Here are three paragraphs that I think are particularly salient. Below is a link to the full article.

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