I don't know if LA Times is MSM or just another "in that dark corner" type of newspaper but I like the following report. It seems as if they actually get it.
Inconsistent messages on Obama's stimulus package:
Confused about President Obama's stimulus package? The administration may not be the place to find clarity. The White House leadership has made statements about the stimulus that often are inconsistent -- and at odds with facts put out by the administration.
Effect of the stimulus
* Vice President Joe Biden on Friday: The stimulus "is responsible for over 1 million jobs so far."
* White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett on Oct. 18: The stimulus "really staved off a disaster and we saved millions of jobs around the country."
* White House release June 2: "Just over 100 days in, over 150,000 jobs have been created or saved."
* White House senior advisor David Axelrod on June 7: "The stimulus itself has produced hundreds of thousands of jobs."
Purpose of stimulus
* Vice President Biden on June 2: The stimulus is "an initial big jolt to give the economy a real head start."
* Biden on July 26: The stimulus "was intended to provide steady support for our economy over an extended period -- not a jolt that would last only a few months."
Life span of stimulus
* Obama on Jan. 28, two weeks before passage: "Most of the money we're investing as part of this plan will get out the door immediately and go directly to job creation."
* Obama on July 11: "But as I made clear at the time it was passed, the [stimulus] was not designed to work in four moths -- it was designed to work over two years."
Jobs saved or created by the stimulus
* Christina Romer, Council of Economic Advisers chairwoman, on July 13 when asked if she knew the number of jobs that had been saved or created: "It's very hard to say exactly, because you don't know what the baseline is, because you don't know what the economy would have done without it."
* Romer and vice presidential advisor Jared Bernstein released a report Jan. 10 that included a graph titled, "Unemployment Rate with and without the Recovery Plan." The graph showed that with the stimulus, unemployment would not exceed 8%, and without it, unemployment would reach about 9%. Unemployment is now 9.8%.
* Bernstein on June 8 said of the report: "Looking back, it was clearly too optimistic."
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I don't know if LA Times is MSM or just another "in that dark corner" type of newspaper but I like the following report. It seems as if they actually get it.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Many a times we forget that war is a necessary evil. Many a times we forget that our society was formed and protected through and because of a series of wars. Many a times we forget that our ancestors paid the price we are now unwilling to pay to protect our values and our freedom.
I will be posting different videos or articles on different wars or battles that took place and changed the course of history--protecting not only the people of Europe but the Western Civilization itself. And I will also post videos or articles about battles or wars that took place where the West (or other non Muslim countries/tribes made a mistake and paid a high price).
Let's look at the Battle of Tours in this short video.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Muslim countries have signed to the U.N. Charter on Human Rights, but have summarily failed in delivering it to its non-Muslim populations as well as women. Well, how could the (Muslims) spurn the holy commands of Allah, and sacred examples of Muhammad in order to uphold the UN Human Rights Charter?
The Koran, the holy book of Muslims, and Hadith (fatwas of the prophet Muhammad) contain numerous passages that are incompatible with the UN Declaration of Human Rights to which, by the way, all Muslim states have officially subscribed.
Here are some examples which clearly show that Islam is diametrically opposed to universal human rights.
While Article 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights prescribes: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief ….” The Koran prescribes the opposite. It says about freedom of thought, conscience and religion:
And what does the Koran say about freedom of religion and about those who turn their back to Islam and commit apostasy?“O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.” (Sura 5, verse 51).And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah DESTROY them; how they are turned away!” (Sura 9, verse 30).
And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say: Surely Allah's guidance, that is the (true) guidance. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper.” (Sura 2, verse 120).
“And KILL them (the unbelievers) wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.” (Sura 2, verse 191).
“So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike their necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either confer favor afterwards or ransom them. That is the command. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them, but He ordered armed struggle to test some of you by means of others.”(Sura 47, verse 4)
“Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, heshall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully; and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming.” (Sura 3, verse 28).
“They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them (the unbelievers) friends until they flee (their homes) in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and KILL them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.” (Sura 4, verse 89).
While the UN Declaration of Human Rights condemns in Article 2 any discrimination based on sex by saying, “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” the Koran calls for discrimination against women. It says:Men are allowed to beat women:
“Men are superior to women because Allah has made so. Therefore good women are obedient, and (as to) those (women) on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and BEAT them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.” (Sura 4, verse 34).
“And as for those who are guilty of an indecency from among your women, call to witnesses against them, four (witnesses) from among you; then if they bear witness confine them to the houses until death takes them away or Allah opens some way for them.” (Sura 4, verse 15).
“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.” (Sura 4, verse 34)According to the Koran, a woman’s testimony is worth half of that of a man:
O you who believe! when you deal with each other in contracting a debt for a fixed time then call in to witness from among your men two witnesses; but if there are not two men, then one man and two women from among those whom you choose to be witnesses, so that if one of the two errs, the second of the two may remind the other.” (Sura 2, verse 282).As far as sex is concerned, women are sex objects, according to the Koran. They must be ready for intercourse any time the husband wishes:
“Your wives are a tilth for you, so go into your tilth when you like, and do good beforehand for yourselves, and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, and know that you will meet Him, and give good news to the believers.” (Sura 2, verse 223).According to the Koran women are, in general, unclean creatures. After a Muslim has washed and prepared himself for prayer, he should not touch a woman. Therefore, “pious” Muslims never shake hands with women.
“O you who believe! do not go near prayer until you have washed yourselves; and if you have touched women, and you cannot find water, betake yourselves to pure earth, then wipe your faces and your hands; surely Allah is Pardoning, Forgiving.” (Sura 4, verse 43).In case of inheritance, a woman inherits half of the portion a man inherits:
“They ask you for a decision of the law. Say: Allah gives you a decision concerning the person who has neither parents nor offspring; if a man dies (and) he has no son and he has a sister, she shall have half of what he leaves, and he shall be her heir she has no son; but if there be two (sisters), they shall have two-thirds of what he leaves; and if there are brethren, men and women, then the male shall have the like of the portion of two females; Allah makes clear to you, lest you err; and Allah knows all things.” (Sura 4, verse 176).The Hadith is also full with passages that brazenly discriminate against women and followers of other faiths. Here are some of these passages:
Women are deficient in intelligence and religion:
Women who pass by a praying man annul his prayer:"The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?" They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?" The women replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her religion." (Book #6, Hadith #301)
A Jew also annuls the prayers of a man:Narrated 'Aisha: The things which annul prayer were mentioned before me (and those were): a dog, a donkey and a Woman. I said, "You have compared us (women) to donkeys and dogs. By Allah! I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in (my) bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I disliked to sit and trouble the Prophet. So, I would slip away by the side of his feet." (Book #9, Hadith #493)
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: Ikrimah reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas, saying: I think the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: When one of you prays without a sutrah, a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it will suffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone's throw. (Book #2, Hadith #0704)
Women are solely for beauty, status, and believers. Their brains are insignificant:
Women are crooks and useless creatures:Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A woman may be married for four reasons: for her property, her status. her beauty and her religion, so try to get one who is religious, may your hand be besmeared with dust. (Book #008, Hadith #3457)
A woman who commits adultery must be stoned to death. She sacrifices her life for Allah:AbuHuraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: woman is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it. And if you leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness will remain in her. A hadith like this is reported by another chain of narrators. (Book #008, Hadith #3466)
Women are simply bad luck, bad omen:Imran b. Husain reported that a woman from Juhaina came to Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) and she had become pregnant because of adultery. She said: Allah's Apostle, I have done something for which (prescribed punishment) must be imposed upon me, so impose that. Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) called her master and said: Treat her well, and when she delivers bring her to me. He did accordingly. Then Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) pronounced judgment about her and her clothes were tied around her and then he commanded and she was stoned to death. He then prayed over her (dead body). Thereupon Umar said to him: Allah's Apostle, you offer prayer for her, whereas she had committed adultery! Thereupon he said: She has made such a repentance that if it were to be divided among seventy men of Medina, it would be enough. Have you found any repentance better than this that she sacr ficed her life for Allah, the Majestic? (Book #017, Hadith #4207)
Women are breeding machines:'Umar b. Muhammad b. Zaid reported that he heard his father narrating from Ibn 'Umar that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) had said. If bad luck is a fact, then it is in the horse, the woman and the house. (Book #026, Hadith #5526)
A woman is an unavoidable evil, and marrying a woman is like buying a slave:Narrated Ma'qil ibn Yasar: A man came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. Should I marry her? He said: No. He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet) said: Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you. (Book #11, Hadith #2045)
If you incite a slave against their master, you are not a good Muslim:Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If one of you marries a woman or buys a slave, he should say: "O Allah, I ask Thee for the good in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her; I take refuge in Thee from the evil in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her." When he buys a camel, he should take hold of the top of its hump and say the same kind of thing. (Book #11, Hadith #2155)
While Article 16 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights stresses that men and women “are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution,” Islam makes it difficult for women to divorce:
If you want to free a slave, free first the men, then the women:
Forced marriage and forced divorce:Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: Al-Qasim said: Aisha intended to set free two slaves of her who were spouses. She, therefore, asked the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) about this matter. He commanded to begin with the man before the woman. The narrator Nasr said: AbuAli al-Hanafi reported it to me on the authority of Ubaydullah. (Book #12, Hadith #2229)
The son of a slave woman consummated by a free man is not allowed to inherit anything:Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: A woman embraced Islam during the time of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him); she then married. Her (former) husband then came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Apostle of Allah, I have already embraced Islam, and she had the knowledge about my Islam. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) took her away from her latter husband and restored her to her former husband. (Book #12, Hadith #2231)
A woman whose husband dies must not use any make-up, neither dress up as she pleases. The same does not apply to the man:Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) decided regarding one who was treated as a member of a family after the death of his father, to whom he was attributed when the heirs said he was one of them, that if he was the child of a slave-woman whom the father owned when he had intercourse with her, he was included among those who sought his inclusion, but received none of the inheritance which was previously divided; he, however, received his portion of the inheritance which had not already been divided; but if the father to whom he was attributed had disowned him, he was not joined to the heirs. If he was a child of a slave-woman whom the father did not possess or of a free woman with whom he had illicit intercourse, he was not joined to the heirs and did not inherit even if the one to whom he was attributed is the one who claimed paternity, since he was a child of fornication whether his mother was free or a slave. (Book #12, Hadith #2258)
Islam is against human rights not only in theory, but also in practice under the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, under Hamas in Gaza, under Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, in Saudi Arabia, in Iran, Egypt, in the Arab Gulf states, Sudan, Somalia, and Morocco.
After all the above blatant evidence, President Obama and apologists across the globe still believe that Islam is a tolerant "religion." On the contrary, Islam is a fanatic, stone-age "religion."
Dr. Alrabaa is an ex-Muslim, a professor of Sociology and an Arab-Muslim culture specialist. He has taught at Kuwait University, King Saud University, and Michigan State University. He also has contributed to Jerusalem Post
(I decided to repost this article because I think this is a start, a beginning of something that the West might need to adopt to fight the enemy that is Islam, not radical Muslims, ISLAM! This ammendment that follows was not written by either me or the Anti-Jihadist. And I must say, its not perfect at all. There are a lot of things that can be written differently. However, the core of the ammendment is solid and it takes us somewhere.
Honestly, I don't see this ammendment passing at all, the way things are right now. However, in all honesty again, I don't see us winning this war unless someone in power decides to grow a pair and take stern action!
Let me know what you guys think and if you like it then also let me know how to make this constitutional ammendment better.)
Originally posted on February 8, 2007 by The Anti-Jihadist.
Background and justification to Amendment 28
Whereas Religion is defined as an institution dedicated to improving social conscience and promoting individual and societal spiritual growth in a way that is harmless to others not participating in or practicing the same;
Whereas the United States of America was founded on the ideals of individual rights, including the individual right to practice one’s religion of choice, or no religion, and that there would be no compulsion of religion, nor state sanctioned religion, nor a “religious test” for participation in the body politic;
Whereas Islam includes a complete political and social structure, encompassed by its religious law, Sharia, that supersedes any civil law and that Islam mandates that no secular or democratic institutions are to be superior to Islamic law;
Whereas Islam preaches that it and it alone is the true religion and that Islam will dominate the world and supplant all other religions and democratic institutions;
Whereas Saudi Arabia, the spiritual home of Islam does not permit the practice of any other religion on its soil and even “moderate” Muslims states such as Turkey and Malaysia actively suppress other religions;
Whereas Islam includes as its basic tenet the spread of the faith by any and all means necessary, including violent conquest of non-believers, and demands of its followers that they implement violent jihad (holy war) against those un-willing to convert or submit to Islam, including by deception and subversion of existing institutions;
Whereas on 9/11/2001 19 Muslim hijackers acting in the name of Islam killed 3,000 Americans, and numerous other acts of terrorism have been directed at the American people around the world;
Whereas representatives of Islam around the world including Osama Bin Laden (architect of 9/11), the government of Iran including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, HAMAS, Hezbollah, and other Islamic groups have declared jihad (war) on America, and regularly declare that America should cease to exist;
Whereas there is no organized Islamic opposition to violent proponents of Islam;
Therefore: Islam is not a religion, but a political ideology more akin to Fascism and totally in opposition to the ideals of freedom as described in the United States Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights.
Be it resolved that the following Amendment to the Constitution be adopted:
The social/political/ideological system known around the world as Islam is not recognized in the United States as a religion.
The practice of Islam is therefore not protected under the 1st Amendment as to freedom of religion and speech.
As representatives of Islam around the world have declared war, and committed acts of war, against the United States and its democratic allies around the world, Islam is hereby declared an enemy of the United States and its practice within the United States is now prohibited.
Immediately upon passage of this Amendment all Mosques, schools and Muslim places of worship and religious training are to be closed, converted to other uses, or destroyed. Proceeds from sales of such properties may be distributed to congregations of said places but full disclosure of all proceeds shall be made to an appropriate agency as determined by Congress. No compensation is to be offered by Federal or State agencies for losses on such properties however Federal funding is to be available for the demolishing of said structures if other disposition cannot be made.
The preaching of Islam in Mosques, Schools, and other venues is prohibited. The subject of Islam may be taught in a post high school academic environment provided that instruction include discussion of Islam’s history of violence, conquest, and its ongoing war on democratic and other non-Islamic values.
The preaching or advocating of Islamic ideals of world domination, destruction of America and democratic institutions, jihad against Judaism, Christianity and other religions, and advocating the implementation of Sharia law shall in all cases be punishable by fines, imprisonment, deportation, and death as prescribed by Congress. Violent expressions of these and other Muslim goals, or the material support of those both in the United States and around the world who seek to advance these Islamic goals shall be punishable by death.
Muslims will be denied the opportunity to immigrate to the United States.
Nothing in this amendment shall be construed as authorizing the discrimination against, of violence upon, nor repudiation of the individual rights of those Americans professing to be Muslim. The individual right of conscience is sacrosanct and the practice of Islam within the privacy of home and self is strictly protected to the extent that such individuals do not violate the prohibitions described in Article III.
Many thanks to Scott for authoring this and submitting to our inbox.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
An American friend of mine sent this to me.
Please visit this link and sign the petition. The URL is http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/no-more-Muslim-immigration
My friend writes:
"All of us who see the truth about Islam, need work to something CONCRETE like changing a LAW or POLICY. We need to end Muslim immigration into non-Muslim countries. *If ONLY 1 country does this, like America or the UK, the rest of the world will take notice and other countries might follow.*"
"Let's do what we can to defend everything that's been worked for from ancient Greece to ancient Rome, to the Reformation to the Enlightenment to the Age of Reason to John Locke to *America* to the Constitution to the freedom of speech to the separation of religion and state to equality for women, and to protect freedom for generations to come."
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. - Ryunosuke Satoro
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
I am assuming that some of you here have seen this before. But I am reposting it because lately I have been talking to a lot of people who think "Islam is a religion of peace" or "the majority of the Muslims in the world are moderate Muslims and hence against violence" or "Islam has been hijacked by terrorists." One of these kind of stupid (or maybe naive) people is found at my church!!
Anyway, I know this is a lot of videos to watch and I know a lot of you don't want to spend this kind of time watching the same thing but I would encourage you to watch all of the videos in sequence and listen closely to what she says.
Also, towards the end, notice how dumb our every day reporters and news people sound. Their questions sound like they were written by 4 year old kids as a joke-project. The only intelligent questions came from a guy who says he's there in his "own personal capacity" (or something like that) and a woman who says "I am an American" (I believe).
Anyway, I am going to stop talking now and let you watch the videos if you are interested.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Malaysia's terrorist and mass-murder Noordin Mohammed Top finally got the send-off as the hero that Muslims here believe him to be.
Badarudin said Noordin's wife, Rahmah Rusdi, and his brother, Yahya Mohammed Top, had travelled to Indonesia to claim the body and accompany the remains to Noordin's home village in southern Johor state.
"The body arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport earlier this afternoon and it was then brought straight here for religious rites at the Jamek Nurul Iman mosque in the village," he said.
The body of the terrorist mastermind arrived at the small village in an ambulance, escorted by police outriders who were part of a heavy security presence.
The atmosphere was tense as they escorted the brown coffin all the way into the mosque, where it was briefly opened for family members.
Over 2,000 relatives, friends and local residents attended the funeral, with emotional scenes as two grief-stricken women fainted.
Police then escorted the coffin to the cemetery as chants of "Allahu akbar" or "God is Great" filled the air. After it was interred, Noordin's wife and relatives sprinkled perfumed water on the grave.
Notice that throughout the funeral process, Top got nothing but the highest amount of dignity and respect from every Muslim along the way, from the Iman who performed the rites at the mosque, to the throng of well-wishers screaming 'Allahu akbar' at his graveside.
And no, don't bother to look for apologies from anyone, from Najib (Malaysian Prime Minister) on down to Top's relatives in Johor, nor from anyone else. Muslims never apologize for their terrorists, no matter how heinous and depraved they are. Ever.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I have been listening to Bill Whittle for a while now. I haven't shared anything on the blog yet because I've been trying to figure out how to post his videos directly here.
Now I am thinking: "Our readers aren't dumb so maybe I can post the link to his videos and they'll be able to see what I see."
So here I go: Bill Whittle.
Do watch his videos because they're worth every single second!!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the famed Malaysian blogger, intellectual, government critic, political dissident and now wanted by the Malaysian police for a long string of supposed crimes--continues to write from hiding/exile.
One recent column he wrote was entitled "Between hypocrisy and expediency". He begins the article with an admirable stand against hypocrisy but then his words take a much darker turn:
The Muslim Middle East regards the United States as a Jewish ‘tool’. The US is the ‘Great Satan’. It is the US, after all, that is propping up Israel. If not, Israel would have been destroyed long ago. And day in and day out we can hear verses of the Quran being chanted in the two holiest mosques in the Muslim world, Mekah and Medina, cursing the Jewish enemies of Islam.
There is no mistaking it, as far as Muslims are concerned. The Jews are the lifelong enemy of Islam. They must be exterminated from the face of this earth.
So, this highly-educated, English-writing Muslim finally comes out and says that Muslims are only pious and true Muslims if they continue Herr Hitler's 'Final Solution'--the elimination of Jews everywhere and forever. And the Muslims who dare to negotiate with Jews/Israelis, or do business with them--these people are hypocrites. And RPK believes with his whole heart that the real crime here is not lusting for or working towards another genocide of Jews, but dealing with them in diplomacy or business--i.e. to treat them as human.
The RPK article in particular here, like all of RPK's writings, are highly read. Read the comments at the end of this one. How many Muslims or anyone else condemn RPK's genocidal longings and tendencies, even in a perfunctory way? Zip, zilch, nada, zero.
How would RPK and his fellow Muslims feel about changing RPK's own words to the following?
There is no mistaking it, as far as humans are concerned. The Muslims are the lifelong enemy of humanity. Islam must be exterminated from the face of this earth.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
When you wake up every morning and you don’t have to worry about what to say and how to pretend for the rest of the day about who you are, you seem to forget how precious freedom is. It’s because you lose touch with the reality that you once lived in, when you had to be careful about every step that you took, when being careless for a single second could mean the end of your life—when you breathed carefully as you always knew that there could be a point when you’ve breathed enough and that’s it.
People fight for freedom vehemently when they don’t have it. The passion dies down over generations that have known nothing but freedom. Those that take part in the war for independence start longing for peace and lose the will to fight again if it ever comes to it. They want to sit in peace and bask in the pure, fresh air, and want to breathe in as much as they want and whenever they want to do it. The past is forgotten. The present is what they want to hold on to—and soon, the freedom that they so dearly fought for is taken for granted.
I have been more or less independent for over a year now. It used to be suffocating before as I wasn’t able to worship the way I wanted—I wasn’t able to read the Bible whenever I wanted, I wasn’t able to talk about Christ whenever I felt like it. However, today, I have more Bibles than I have ever had and I can pick up a Bible whenever I choose to do so. Today, I can pray and talk to my “Father” (God) whenever I want. Yes, in some ways, I have attained the freedom that I longed for so long. Today, when I wake up, I don’t have to worry if I will get through the day without lying about one thing or another. Every weekend, whenever I am in Dubai, I hardly ever have to doubt that I will be going to Church and worship God with fellow believers. I have even changed my name to a Christian one so people don’t always have to assume I am a Muslim when they meet me—today, I am not an ex-Muslim but living as a Christian, a follower of Christ.
Even with all that God has helped me achieve, today as I was talking to some friends of mine, who are in a similar situation as I, I felt like even with all the progress that I thought I’d made, I was still at square one. My family still doesn’t know about my faith and the paperwork, including my passport, mostly attests to the lie that I am a Muslim.
Today, I am feeling depressed after a very long time—however, this depression is good in the sense that I am realizing, also, that I am freer than I ever was before. As I look back today, I remember the suffocating feeling that I always had and about which many here read articles upon articles. Today, I breathe relatively freely. Today, I am blessed with friends and family in Christ that I didn’t have before. Today I am blessed with the most beautiful girl on this earth who is so faithful and self sacrificing toward both me and God.
I have lost my family but I have gained a 100-fold. My God has held up to the promise he made. Today, I am reminded of why I started writing here. What was the primary reason? It wasn’t just because I hated Islam. It was also because I didn’t want anyone to go through what I’d been through in Islam and at the same time, I also wanted people to feel the freedom that I have felt since I have left Islam. I still believe in that mission of mine to this day and I still fight on.
I am left with a question though: My family is still Muslim and they have no idea about the fight that I fight here; when should I tell them? When should I bring the fight into my own home, to my own people? It’s a question to which the answer is not easy to find. I hope I stumble upon it before I break though. I hope I know which direction to go before it’s too late.
We all have our reasons to fight. I was reminded of mine today and I wanted to share.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I recently went through the process of legally changing my name from a very Muslim name to a, well, Western/Christian name. There are many reasons that I changed my name. One of the reasons is that I don’t, in any way, want to be associated with Islam. I don’t know how many of you here know this but my family ‘claims’ to be direct descendants of Mohammed. Now, I think that’s a load of crap seeing that Mohammed didn’t have any sons (he had 3 sons born to him but all of them died in their infancy) but Muslims hold the status of being Mohammed’s descendants in very high regard. Anyway, because of that ‘claim’ my last name was very blatantly Arabic/Persian and very blatantly and unmistakably Muslim—it’s a last name that you are generally born with and are usually proud of. Well, I changed not only my last name but my whole name and made it so Western/Christian (and a little Jewish) that it resulted in a lot of eye-brows raised at the Pakistani consulate.
It was a very long process—the end result being: My name has officially and legally changed without me getting arrested! I don’t know about you but I see that as another victory for this infidel in particular and for all infidels in general. However, this is not the point that I am writing this article for. What I want to stress on is that one’s name is very important. It is seen as your identity. Your name is what people know you by. Without your name, you’re a mere ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ and nothing else. Now that my name’s changed to a Western/Christian one, whenever people meet me, their first reaction won’t be, “oh, you’re an ex-Muslim who converted to Christianity?! Attack!!!!” if they are wondering about my religious affiliation. It makes a huge difference.
Along the same lines, I recently read Geert Wilers’ speech in which he said that one of the most common boy names in Europe is “Mohammed”. It’s not surprising that so many boys are named Mohammed in Europe seeing the number of Muslim births and number of Muslims admitted into Europe is sky high. What’s surprising is that Mohammed is not even the most common boy name in the UAE or Pakistan or even Saudi Arabia. Muslims in these countries don’t usually name their children after the murdering bastard known as Mohammed, the prophet of Muslims. The most common names here are Ali or Hassan or Hussein or Ahmed. However, in Europe, by naming their children Mohammed, Muslims are reinforcing a point, “we are Muslims, we are here and there ain’t a thing you can do about it” and it also shows that they are NOT assimilating.
This brings us to a bigger point. When will America and the west realize that they are fighting “Islam” and not “rogue individuals who misunderstand Islam, the religion of peace”? Yes, we have to name the enemy and we have to name it out loud. Islam’s the enemy and Islam is what needs to be eradicated as a political and religious ideology. You can’t snipe one Muslim terrorist and think, “oh, yeah, one less to worry about!” because tomorrow another one’s going to take his place. There is an ideology out there that vows to stop at nothing short of dominating the world and forcing everyone to bow down to it—that ideology goes by the ‘name’ Islam. Unless we name our enemy and put that name on the board with a pin affixed in it to remind ourselves who our enemy is, we won’t win this war. Not only would we not win this war but we are going to lose this war and not even know who we lost it to.
I hope our leaders realize soon that we are at war and willingly fight it. I hope voters realize that this war needs to be fought and that soldiers that give up their lives are giving up those lives willingly (they signed up to be soldiers, to protect their country and its values NOT to be fed chow 3 times a day, sleep, wake up, exercise and do the whole routine every day of the year) and for a bigger purpose…
What scares me the most is that most of the people in the west are going to wake up one day and see an Islamic flag flying over their congress/parliament and then it will be too late to grow a pair!
Sunday, October 04, 2009
A 'murtad' is a person who has left and/or rejected Islam. The penalty for such a crime, under the barbarity that passes as Islamic law is, of course, death. Our own 'Avenging Apostate' is one such person.
Here is another story of an apostate's journey out of Islam. This one is different because it has been translated into the Malay language. Also, it had been posted on on a website that the Malaysian government does not want Malaysians to read. Why is the Malaysian government so afraid as to block this site, after making strenuous promises to the contrary, that no sites would ever be blocked in Malaysia?
I invite our Malay readers to read the following and see what their own government forbids them to see (the English translation of this tale is here).
MURTAD DI SAUDI
Ini adalah kisahku sebagai murtadin dari Saudi. Kuharap kisahku dapat memberi bimbingan kepada Muslim lain yang sedang berpikir untuk meninggalkan Islam. Sebelum kumulai, aku ingin menyatakan bahwa di hari aku meninggalkan Islam aku merasa lahir kembali. Aku merasa bagaikan orang yang baru, yang lebih baik, lebih cerdas, lebih berakal sehat dibandingkan aku yang dulu. Dulu aku bagaikan seekor domba yang membuta saja mengikuti ajaran2 yang sadistik, kejam, semburit dan tidak masuk akal. Aku dulu bahkan percaya ajaran2 itu baik dan penuh damai. Tapi sekarang mataku telah terbuka dan bisa melihat bagaimana ajaran2 ini sebenarnya. Aku berharap hal yang sama juga terjadi bagi semua saudara2 laki dan perempuan yang masih terjebak dalam kungkungan Islam.
Aku beruntung karena aku lahir dari orangtua Saudi yang berpengaruh dan dapat dibilang liberal meskipun mereka Muslim, tapi bukan Muslim yang fanatik. Aku berpendidikan di Amerika Serikat dan disinilah pertama kali aku mengenal agama2 lain dan untuk pertama kalinya mulai meragukan agama Islam. Keraguanku dikarenakan aku membandingkan kehidupan Muhammad yang penuh kekerasan, peperangan, nafsu seksual dengan kehidupan Yesus Kristus yang suci dan saleh (aku tidak tahu apakah kisah ini benar atau tidak, tapi setidaknya begitulah yang kubaca tentang Yesus). Aku banyak bertanya kepada imamku di Boston yang mencelaku karena berani mempertanyakan ajaran2 dalam Qur’an. Muhammad boleh berhubungan seksual dengan siapapun yang dikehendakinya karena dia adalah Muhammad. Pembunuhan atas para Yahudi di Arabia adalah benar karena Muhammad mengatakannya begitu. Muhammad menyelematkan kita dari penyembahan berhala, tapi lalu mengapa kita harus jalan berputar-putar mengelilingi sebuah batu hitam yang dikerudungi handuk renang? Tiada satupun pertanyaanku yang dapat dijawab baik oleh imam itu ataupun siapa saja.
Aku cenderung meninggalkan kepercayaanku tapi saat yang paling menentukan terjadi setelah peristiwa 9/11. Sebagai warga Saudi di AS, aku ketakutan setengah mati. Aku menunggu massa mengamuk mendobrak pintuku dan mencabik-cabikku. Ketakutanku wajar dilihat sebagai seorang Muslim. Jika Mekah atau Medinah diserang oleh seorang Amerika, maka kuyakin nasib seperti itulah yang akan dialami orang2 Barat yang tinggal di Saudi Arabia. Sikap menjaga diri, sensitif terhadap perasaan orang lain, kesalehan ‘kristiani’ (meskipun aku lebih memilih menyebutnya sebagai sikap manusiawi) yang ditunjukkan masyarakat Amerika sungguh menyentuh hatiku. Aku tidak pernah diperlakukan dengan buruk atau disakiti. Kawan2 Amerikaku tidak pernah mencurigai sikapku yang terang2an menunjukkan rasa muak terhadap apa yang dilakukan warga negaraku. (Adadeh: teroris 9/11 semuanya berasal dari Saudi Arabia). Kusadari bahwa sikap sayang dan belas kasihan terhadap sesama ini jelas tidak mungkin terjadi dalam Islam dan karenanya aku tidak mau jadi Muslim lagi. Kehidupanku setelah itu menjadi indah. Kubuka wawasanku terhadap begitu banyak ideologi dan filosofi, dan bisa kukatakan bahwa hampir semuanya jauh lebih manusiawi dan masuk akal dibandingkan Islam.
Apakah aku merasa bodoh karena telah memuja pedofil haus kekerasan ini begitu lama?
Ya, aku merasa bodoh, tapi kuhibur diriku dengan kenyataan bahwa hal itu bukanlah salahku dan aku punya kekuatan dalam diriku untuk melepaskan diri dari cengkeramannya. Tak lama kemudian aku kembali ke Saudi Arabia dan ayahku heran mengapa aku tidak lagi sembahyang dan menemaninya pergi ke mesjid. Apakah Amerika telah membuatku jadi orang tak bertuhan? Tidak, kukatakan padanya. Amerika telah membuatku sadar dan sekarang terdapat tuhan dan spiritualitas dan kebaikan dalam hatiku yang dulu tidak ada. Ayah sedih dengan penolakanku dan dia menangis (harus kutekankan di sini bahwa ayahku adalah orang yang baik, karena kebanyakan para ayah Saudi akan mengusir anak2 mereka dan bahkan memenjarakan dan menyiksa anak2 mereka jika berani meninggalkan Islam) tapi dia pikir aku nantinya akan kembali memeluk Islam. Aku tidak pernah menjadi Muslim lagi dan tiga tahun telah berlalu sejak pertama kali aku menyatakan kemurtadanku padanya. Aku telah pindah ke Dubai di mana aku bisa hidup bebas dan jauh dari cengkraman Islam Wahhabi (meskipun Dubai masih tetap di bawah pengaruh kuat Islam) dan ayahku. Aku tidak pernah lagi membicarakan kemurtadanku.
Dua minggu yang lalu aku kembali ke Saudi Arabia untuk menengok keluargaku. Ayahku memanggilku masuk ke kamarnya dan dengan muka sedih dia meminta maaf padaku. “Karena apa?” tanyaku. “Karena mempertanyakan dirimu dan berdoa agar kau kembali memeluk Islam,“ katanya. Dia menerangkan bahwa sejak dia pensiun, dia mulai membaca Qur’an setiap hari dan buku2 agama Islam lainnya. Apa yang tercantum membuatnya ngeri dan akhirnya dia meninggalkan Islam. Dia mendapatkan ketenangan dari ajaran2 Yesus yang dia percayai sebagai nabi sejati, tidak seperti Muhammad. Dia memintaku untuk menerima Yesus sebagai Juru Selamatku tapi kukatakan padanya bahwa saat ini aku baik2 saja tanpa diriNya. Kami punya banyak kesamaan dalam alasan2 murtad dan dapat kukatakan bahwa sejak itu kehidupan kami berubah jadi lebih baik.
Bagi para Muslim yang masih terjebak, aku tahu bahwa menghina Islam hanyalah membuat kalian malah memeluk Islam lebih erat lagi, jadi aku hanya ingin kalian melakukan satu hal saja. Baca! Bacalah Qur’an, bacalah ajarannya, bacalah tentang nafsu seksualnya dan kisah2 perangnya. Lalu ambilah keputusan sendiri, sebagai manusia berakal sehat yang hidup di abad 21, setelah tahu semua hal tentang Muhammad, apakah kalian yakin orang ini benar2 seorang nabi yang menunjukkan jalan ke surga? Kupikir kalian nantinya akan mengambil kesimpulan yang sama seperti diriku.