Friday, January 28, 2011

The domino falls--Islamic Revolution in Egypt

World events can be thought of as weather. If you pay attention, you can deduce and predict what's coming, even what may lay beyond the horizon. And the storm now brewing in Egypt has been a long time in coming.

Last October, I wrote "The Next Islamic Revolution", which was about the (likely) possibility and dire consequences of the fall of the Egyptian government.

Consider that Egypt is run by a dictatorship, currently headed by a doddering 82 year old Hosni Mubarak, who assumed power almost 30 years ago himself following the assassination of his predecessor. His tyrannical government is utterly despised and discredited by its own people, and dares not run free elections in fear of the utter shellacking they would receive at the hands of the voters. Over the course of several decades, Mubarak and his people have managed to turn Egypt into a cultural, technological and social backwater. They have done this by consistently demonstrating levels of incompetence and corruption which stagger the imagination. With all of these factors, Mubarak is looking rather like Iran's Shah was in the late 1970s. The only thing keeping this more-or-less secular dictatorship in power is a somewhat effective secret police force, and an opposition movement that is still not quite organized. Yet.

Now, that moment appears to have arrived.  And from what the mainstream media is reporting, one of the major chants (if not the main one) being heard in the Egyptian streets is 'Allahu Akbar'.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Islamic World--an abject failure

For more than 40 years, a group of nations calling itself the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has attempted to further the interests of the Muslim world. How is the OIC doing in their mission? Let's take a quick look at some handy facts and statistics:

OIC members represent 22 per cent of the world population, have 2 per cent of the world`s GDP, 1.3 per cent of the world trade and only 1.5 per cent of the investments. Twenty five per cent of OIC population does not have access to medical facilities or safe drinking water.

Half of the population lives below the poverty line classified as the most poor. No Muslim country is in the top list of the Human Development Index or in any other global economic indicators.

This depressing picture of the Islamic countries is not limited to the economic and social spheres, in the realm of education and technology the facts are equally disappointing.

The OIC member countries possess 70 per cent of the world`s energy resources and 40 per cent of available raw material but their GDP is only 5 per cent of the world GDP. Muslim countries miserably lag behind in education and technology.

They produce only 500 PhDs each year as compared to 3,000 in India and 5,000 in the United Kingdom. None of their educational or research institutions or centres of excellence find place in the top 100 in the world.

Even countries like the various sheikdoms of the Gulf and Brunei, their coffers consistently chalk-full of cash, with money literally flowing out of the ground, have shown that they are consistently unable to fully provide for the welfare of their comparatively tiny populations. Does anyone still honestly think that the OIC can do anything meaningful to provide for the welfare of Muslims?  Another 40 years, or 400 years for that matter, would make no difference.

The only reasonable conclusion is that the self serving utterances of a 7th century warlord are a poor basis for improving the lot of humanity. No OIC summit or proclamation otherwise can obfuscate this truth.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Major Dick Winters 1918-2011

The man who was later to be immortalized as the main character in the acclaimed HBO miniseries 'Band of Brothers', Major Dick Winters, has died at the age of 92.

Major Winters led Easy Company (later 2nd Battalion), 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in World War II. Easy Company was part of the Airborne spearhead on D-Day. It campaigned in France, in the Low Countries as part of Operation Market Garden, helped stop the last Nazi counteroffensive in the Ardennes, liberated a concentration camp inside Germany and was finally assigned to capture Hitler's retreat in the Alps at Berchtesgaden, otherwise known as Eagle's Nest.

Major Winters was buried today in a private ceremony. He had apparently been in failing health for some time.

The man who, like so many others of his generation, fought so valiantly for peace has finally found his own peace eternal. Rest in peace, sir.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Islam - A False Religion of Lies, Hate and Violence, Part 3

My sincerest apologies to the author for not posting this in a more timely fashion.

by A. Sayer

Direct Commands to Fight

Fight: used 20 times (as direct commands to fight)


[2:216] Fighting may be imposed on you, even though you dislike it. But you may dislike something which is good for you, and you may like something which is bad for you. GOD knows while you do not know.


The above reflects just how mandatory fighting is in the Quran, and thus, for all Muslims. It is reminiscent of how Saddam's troops were forced at gunpoint to fight when they tried to retreat.


[9:29] You shall fight back against those who do not believe in GOD, nor in the Last Day, nor do they prohibit what GOD and His messenger have prohibited, nor do they abide by the religion of truth - among those who received the scripture - until they pay the due tax, willingly or unwillingly.


Make no mistake about it - the "religion of truth" spoken of here IS Islam. The things prohibited are idolatry, and ALL faith in Jesus as anything but a failed prophet, as Islam asserts; faith in Jesus, TO Islam, is considered idolatry. Notice again the forceful nature to exact a tax "unwillingly" if necessary.


[9:111] GOD has bought from the believers their lives and their money in exchange for Paradise. Thus, they fight in the cause of GOD, willing to kill and get killed. Such is His truthful pledge in the Torah, the Gospel, and the Quran - and who fulfills His pledge better than GOD? You shall rejoice in making such an exchange. This is the greatest triumph.


"...willing to kill and get killed"? Can anyone find precedent for this kind of generalized KILLING and DYING fanaticism in the Gospel of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), as the Quran says? Can anyone show me from the four Gospels (or anywhere in Scripture) where "GOD has bought from the believers their lives and their money in exchange for Paradise". Can someone show me that? Please explain to me again how Islam is a religion of "peace and love"... I just don't see it.


Notice how there is NO mention of ATONEMENT FOR SIN. Islam, as with SO many other false religions, and it carefully avoids any conscience of sin or atonement, especially where Jesus is concerned. There is NO grace (by faith) involved at all - it is a religion based on the works of men's hands, and most of those, evil and brutal works. "Salvation" in Islam is based on one's willingness to fight and die only. Satan, in designing Islam, has employed the exact same common denominator found in so many other false and damning religions: AVOIDANCE of any faith in Jesus' blood and what He accomplished on the cross. That factor is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY whenever Satan inspires sick men to create a new religion.


Why don't many Muslims fight? How does Islam continue to get away with the "love and peace" lie?:


[61:2-4] O you who believe, why do you say what you do not do? Most abominable in the sight of GOD is that you say what you do not do. GOD loves those who fight in His cause united in one column, like the bricks in one wall.


Notice how they are being scolded for NOT fighting. There are many suchs coldings throughout the Quran; according to the Quran, fighting and killing are the norm, not the exception. Ironically, more Muslims get killed in or because of their acts than they manage to kill, as Islam gets it's butt consistently kicked world wide. It's a marvel that such a self-defeating religion manages to last at all. But, as Jesus warned, there's a whole world full of people who are not His; Satan has free reign over them and their dark hearts and minds.


There are two basic reasons why many Muslims don't fight:


1. Mass ignorance of the Quran.


Most Muslims, like most "religious" hypocrites of today's many religions, don't have the first clue as to what the bulk of the Quran says or means. And, of those who do, they ARE the truly dangerous ones. The Quran (and Ahadith) are SO contradictory and confusing, that even Islamic Scholars can't agree on it. This is why there are so many divisions and diverse factions (often fighting against one another) within today's "unified" Islam.


2. Cowardice.


Virtually ALL Muslims are cowards, in one way or another. Even among those who DO fight, they ALWAYS do it in very cowardly and underhanded ways (terrorism), preferring hit-and-run tactics to direct frontal confrontation. This is why you so often see Muslim extremists wearing masks and hoods; they are AFRAID of reprisal. Muslims can't begin to fight a fair fight, and, since "Allah" (the "Moon God") doesn't really exist, Muslims must do it ALL themselves (then "say" that "God" did it). If Muslims didn't do anything themselves, they would have NO "evidence" of Allah's existence or presence at all. It's clear from looking at Islamic countries, that Allah does NOT bless, prosper or help them, and the true and living God of Scripture can't even begin to endorse them, because of their craven tactics, motives and total lack of atonement for sin with subsequent spiritual regeneration (that inevitably occurs in true born again Christians who have met Jesus).

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Nothing changes on New Year's Day

Shalom, all.

The new year 2011 is already more than 24 hours old here in the fair Melayu Islamic Republic.  Events in 2011, unfortunately, seem decidedly 'old year' with an Islamic-inspired church bombing in Egypt.  The new year looks a lot like the old year, but what else could we expect?

On television here in Malaysia today there was a programme I saw with a brief scene involving a phone call between an American character and an Israeli one. The dialog certainly involved nothing objectionable--the characters were discussing their wishes for the future and expressing their hopes for a peaceful world. And the scene wasn't long--maybe two to three minutes at most.  But I discovered another thing that the Malaysian Guardians of Morality (i.e. the Muslim censors) do not want people to hear or see, besides the usual and profanity, violence, or nudity.

What horrible word did they remove from this conversation?  It was the word "shalom", repeatedly and consistently removed, in that brief scene on television. I could read the lips of the actors, and considering the context, there was no doubt that this was the 'offensive' word in question.

So, what is so terrible about the word "shalom" that the Malaysian authorities don't want us to hear it?  "Shalom" has multiple meanings, such as 'peace' and 'hello' and 'goodbye', and is used in the same way and meaning as the Arabic word "salaam".  What could be so terribly offensive about any of those meanings?  The only conceivable reason why the Right Honorable Islamic Censors would want to omit this word from a TV show is solely because it is a Hebrew word. Hebrew must be a language that the anti Semitic, Jew-hating Malaysian government wants to erase from our collective memories. There can be no other explanation.  This thought is almost as disturbing as the carnage freshly wrought by the Islamic bomber(s) in Egypt. I am against censorship in general, but this degree of censorship is particularly appalling. We cannot and must not let these people have their way.

So let us always remember the word 'shalom' and especially remember the meaning of this word, for our world so desperately needs it.  Let's all use the Hebrew words that the Malaysian government so desperately does not want the world to hear.

Shalom and Shana Tova -- peace to all and a happy new year.