Two events occurred in recent days which are connected. Both involve the Ikhwan, the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading
There are many statements that have been treated with varying degrees of outrage in recent times. Some of this outrage is rather overblown. I’ve collected a few of them: Continue reading
Recently, I wrote about Subway in the UK and their decision to offer only Muslim-accepted sandwiches. Marmoe noted that I incorrectly referred to “all” Subway stores in the UK. It wasn’t all of them, and is apparently a decision that Subway makes, store-by-store, based upon how much pressure they receive from Muslims. I apologize for the error. Some details follow: Continue reading
England is getting quite serious about efforts to avoid causing any offense to Muslims. Muslims, unlike, say, Christians, will kill you for offending them, and the legislators in the UK apparently respect this quite a bit. Of course, my comment does not apply to all Muslims, but the fraction to whom it does apply is significant, and very visible when “provoked” by anything that is perceived to insult their faith. Continue reading
I am not particularly familiar with The Christian Science Monitor. It does not appear to be connected to “mainstream” Christianity — and is instead evidently another Obama administration support organ, like MSNBC, but with a religious slant. Continue reading
In Citizen Tom’s blog, he wrote a post entitled “Three Things You Probably Don’t Know about Islam.” In the discussion that followed, Citizen Tom wrote:
What makes the Bible different is that it promotes freedom of religion. Jesus told us to render unto Caesar what Caesar’s and God what is God’s. The Bible says that what we each believe about God is a personal responsibility. Those on a quest for power hate that, of course. That’s why Christianity is so unpopular with power-hungry politicians. Continue reading
I am communicating with Matthew VanDyke, described as “an American who fought with Libyan rebels to oust Gaddafi.” He wrote to Business Insider right after the Benghazi consulate attack with a theory about what happened, and again this week stating that he’d been proven largely correct. He is a Mensa member, and there is a LinkedIn forum only accessible to members. Here’s what he said there: Continue reading
Why can’t we all just get along?
People are quick to blame “Islamophobia” for attacks on the US. If we would just accept that the Islam culture is different, they’d just leave us alone. Somehow, terrorism is the fault of Americans. Religious Americans, of course. (This is, oddly, the approximate position of Ron Paul as well: That American activities are the cause of jihadist attacks, and that they’d leave us alone if we “pulled out of their countries.”) A commenter on Citizen Tom’s fine blog seemed to evince such a belief: Continue reading
What’s the difference between 110,000,000 people and 5,000 people?
In one way of looking at it, one of these numbers is 22,000 times as large as the other. But the real difference in these two groups of Americans that have had their phone records obtained by the US Government without prior court approval, is probable cause. From the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment: Continue reading
The Egyptian army has reportedly relieved Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of his authority, informing the Muslim Brotherhood-linked official at 7 p.m. local time that he was no longer president. At a press conference called shortly afterward, Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi outlined a roadmap that the army said would “put an end to the state of division” that has existed in the country, marked most recently by anti-government protests that began last Wednesday and peaked on Sunday as millions of Egyptians called for Morsi’s ouster and the removal of Muslim Brotherhood influence from public life. In the year since taking office, Morsi has seen his support plummet following a series of power grabs designed to centralize the Muslim Brotherhood and control and impose Islamic norms and laws on sectors of Egyptian life. The army roadmap involves provisionally suspending the Egyptian constitution, which has become a key source of friction between Egyptian Islamists and secularists since it was hastily and controversially drafted and passed last year. Pending new presidential elections, the army installed the chief justice of Egypt’s constitutional court to run the state’s affairs and announced the formation of a technocratic government. The moves came this evening after Morsi had pledged to die rather than accede to an ultimatum issued by the army to heed the protesters’ demands, with the opposition declaring his statements to be a declaration of “civil war.” The army will now move to try to prevent Muslim Brotherhood supporters from instigating violence. A top Muslim Brotherhood leader already on Tuesday called on the movement’s supporters to “sacrifice your soul to defend Mohamed Morsy’s legitimacy.”
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle