As on target as we have been with our early and repeated warnings that “Barack Obama is the Third Bush Term” and that “Obama cannot be trusted” – we have been especially correct in labeling this period of history polluted by Barack Obama as The Age Of Fake.
Any doubt we are in the Age of Fake was dispelled when the hitherto gold standard of sacrifice, hard work, and achievement – the Nobel Peace Prize – was awarded to Barack Obama. At the time we wrote “the Nobel Peace Prize turned itself into a piece of bling-bling junk“. Barack Obama acolytes cheered for their god and sensible people yelled “Fake!”
This September, Time magazine published “How Barack Obama Became Mr. Unpopular.” Some Obama acolytes confessed to the fakeness of the entire Obama enterprise:
In more confiding moments, aides admit that the peak of Obama’s popularity may have been inflated, a fleeting result of elation at the prospect of change and national pride in electing the first African-American President. As one White House aide puts it, “It was sort of fake.”
Which brings us to the ninth year anniversary of the killing of thousands of Americans at the World Trade Center by Muslim adherents, the Mosque of Doom, and the Koran book burning.
As contrived and fake as Barack Obama is and has been, the Obama Dimocratic Left is even worse. At least Barack Obama lied and schemed to advance himself. The current Obama Dimocratic Left is a fake contrivance which betrays the principles they espouse.
Exhibit A for contemptible fake is Jeralyn Merritt of a Left Talking website. This repulsive creature was a lawyer for Oklahoma City mass murderer Timothy McVeigh who recalls Timmy as a sweet kid. This repulsive hypocrite and fake is a member of the defense bar and a civil libertarian who moans and whines about the Patriot Act but when push comes to shove all her alleged principles go out the window.
What was the reaction of this repulsive hypocrite to the Koran book burning? Merritt demanded the government of the United States crush the book burner with trumped up charges, fakes arrests, and suppression of First Amendment free speech rights. Repulsive hypocrite Jeralyn Merritt alleged non-existent crimes and bizarre fantasies/allegations of book thefts:
The Dove World Outreach Center sounds like a cult and a hate group.
Destruction, Damage, or Vandalism of Property can be a hate crime.[snip]
Where is the Terry Jones and his flock getting the Qurans he plans on burning? He’s not going to find them in the garbage as abandoned property. Unless he purchases them, they don’t belong to him or his church. Can they be charged with hate crimes for destroying them?
Also, the church recently lost part of its tax exempt status for running a for-profit business on its property. Does it owe back taxes? Is there a willful failure to pay or file?”
Citing hate crime legislation, the repulsive hypocrite called for government intervention to suppress free speech. ‘Find anything to imprison him’ yelled the defense bar hypocrite. This is a “cult and a hate group” screamed the alleged civil libertarian ‘so suppress it with the full power of government intervention’.
In an update, the repulsive hypocrite civil libertarian wrote:
“The Dove Center has been denied a permit to build a bonfire. It says it will proceed anyway. Can’t they be arrested? Too bad it’s not considered arson, then they could be denied bond. The damage they are causing is serious. In Afghanistan, they believe the entire U.S. is behind this:[snip]
There are calls for death to Obama and the U.S.[snip]
I do not think this is free speech. It’s intended to provoke, and capable of provoking, a violent response with resulting injury or death. Terry Jones is not a Christian, he’s a hate-monger, a radical and a charlatan. I hope people stop imbuing him with a sense of legitimacy by referring to his group as a church. It’s a radical, fundamental sect and there’s nothing Christian about it.”
This repulsive zealot, hate-monger, charlatan, radical, and crackpot, we refer to Jeralyn Merritt, is wrong. The Koran burning is exactly the type of speech protected by the First Amendment. It is indeed meant to make a strong statement, repulsive to some but cheered by many others, and its is and should be fully protected under the United States Constitution.
The repulsive defense bar hypocrite and fake civil libertarian was not happy when Barack Obama followed Mayor Mike Bloomberg and admitted the Koran book burning is legally protected free speech. Merritt demanded suppression of free speech by any means necessary:
“If Obama believes Jones’ acts will serve as a recruiting tool for al Qaida, why doesn’t he have him charged with conspiring or attempting to to provide material support to terrorists? Or attempt or conspiracy to violate 18 USC Section 2383, Rebellion and Insurrection? [snip]
Maybe Obama should have Jones arrested on one of these charges and ask for detention, and then dismiss the case and release him on 9/12? [snip]
Or for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2387: Activities affecting armed forces generally? Or 18 U.S.C. § 2388: Activities affecting armed forces during war? Here are the possibilities under Chapter 115, Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities to choose from.
An attempt occurs when one takes a substantial step toward the commission of the crime. Acquiring the Qurans could be a substantial step. Since he’s agreed with others to commit an act likely to be harmful to the armed services or assist al Qaida in recruiting, acquiring the Qurans could be an overt act.”
Behold the Democratic Left at work! Behold a fake civil libertarian. We truly are in the Age of Fake. “Acquiring the Qurans” is a criminal overt act to this defense bar hypocrite. The logic of this stupid fake is astonishing. This repulsive hypocrite is in full agreement with non-defense bar, not-a-civil-libertarian Pat Buchanan:
“Would stopping Jones and confiscating the Qurans violate Jones’ First Amendment rights? Perhaps. And perhaps not. But if Eric Holder cannot find a charge against Davis, or an inherent power of a war president to prevent actions imminently damaging to the war effort, Obama should find some Justice Department attorneys who can.
Let the ACLU make the case that interfering with Davis’ bonfire violates his First Amendment rights. Let a U.S. court decide whether Obama has the power to take a decision previous wartime presidents would have taken without hesitation.”
Pat Buchanan does not pretend to be a civil libertarian. Buchanan is not a fake on this issue. The Left Talkers are the fakes. We’ve written about these Left Talker fakes before who tarred Sarah Palin with guilt by association and lurid bits of Hausfrau gossip.
IN DEFENSE OF THE KORAN BOOK BURNING
Jeralyn Merritt might not understand that the First Amendment protects book burning. But book burning is a a right Americans have and which Americans should appreciate. Perhaps if Merritt thought of a book as the American flag, she could appreciate, if not outright applaud and cheer, the First Amendment protection afforded political speech.
What is the problem with book burning? Obviously if books are burned in order to preserve life (such as in a freezing cold cabin in which there is no other fuel) few sensible people will complain (unless it is a first edition Audubon or like text, then there indeed might be a dispute). What should be found objectionable is book burning by a coercive and powerful entity with the aim to suppress ideas or intimidate.
If some radio “personality” shock jock type scheduled book burnings of any paperback or hardcover with Fabio on the cover many would find it amusing. Many would laugh and only avid Fabio enthusiasts would complain. Book burnings of Fabio books would not be taken seriously. Anti-Fabio book burnings would be seen as more camp than anything else, not coercive force by the state or a powerful entity designed to suppress ideas or intimidate.
The first thought for many when considering book burning is horrible Nazi bonfires of books. The Nazi era book burnings were intended to intimidate (groups such as helpless Jews), suppress ideas and competing ideologies, and were carried out by the full force of the Nazi Party and its Brown Shirt troops, or by the Reich government with all the coercive monopoly power of the state.
The proposed Koran book burnings slated for today “International Koran Book Burning Day”, is not comparable to Nazi era book burnings. These Koran book burnings are not coercive, are not meant to intimidate, and are certainly not state sponsored. Indeed, as Hillary Clinton has said, most Americans view the scheduled burnings as “disgraceful”.
What determines the level of outrage about the Koran burning, is ones view of Islam. For some Islam is a religion of peace practiced by sweet innocents who cower in fear of massive intimidating forces of hate (think Anne Frank in the attic).
For others Islam is a murderous political force bent on world domination and backed by powerful financial forces. For these Islam must be confronted, not appeased.
Our view is that a large portion, if not most Muslims, are regular people from around the world who want to live their lives in peace and find comfort in their belief system. That some of these people find their belief system superior to other belief systems and harbor a degree of contempt for other religions and belief systems would neither shock nor bother us. Why join a religion or a cult if you do not feel a bit superior and have a sense of contempt for competitors? As long as you don’t act on the prejudices, indulge fantasies as you please.
However we also do understand that there is a smaller but much more powerful component of Islam that is not merely prejudiced against competing belief systems. They seek to express their prejudices with suppression and intimidation. And they have the means and wherewithal to carry out their threats.
The lovely novels of Sir Walter Scott with the noble Saladin and the wise Muslims much more tolerant that the Crusaders in Palestine are a cherished childhood memory. In today’s world, Islam is to a very determined minority of Muslims a pretext for cultural and political war.
It is not the wise Sultan Saladin that animates modern Islam. Modern Islam might be viewed by the Jeralyn Merritt’s as a peace loving religion, but in many cases that is simply not the case. How you view Muslims – as a helpless Anne Frank cowering from fear, or – as the Nazi troops hunting for the innocents hiding in the attic will determine you views on the Mosque of Doom as well as Koran book burnings and the political dynamics of the world today.
It is not the wise Sultan Saladin that animates modern Islam. It is oftentimes, state sponsors of terrorism and at the heart of the worse impulses of Islam today is Wahhabism:
“For more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant faith. It is an austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies. Critics say that Wahhabism’s rigidity has led it to misinterpret and distort Islam, pointing to extremists such as Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Wahhabism’s explosive growth began in the 1970s when Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques from Islamabad to Culver City, California.”
As that PBS Frontline broadcast noted, Wahhabism is the dominant faith in Saudi Arabia. With vast wealth Wahhabism has been transplanted around the world. It is indeed, contrary to what Barack Obama says, a religion that destroyed the World Trade Center and murdered thousands of Americans of all religions. From PBS:
“If you go to school in Saudi Arabia, what do you learn about people who are not followers of Wahhabi, of the prophet?
The religious curriculum in Saudi Arabia teaches you that people are basically two sides: Salafis [Wahhabis], who are the winners, the chosen ones, who will go to heaven, and the rest. The rest are Muslims and Christians and Jews and others.
It is not only Christians and Jews who are targets, other Muslims are targets too. That is a key point which should be understood by those on both sides of the current divide.
More from PBS:
“They are either kafirs, who are deniers of God, or mushrak, putting gods next to God, or enervators, that’s the lightest one. The enervators of religion who are they call the Sunni Muslims who … for instance, celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, and do some stuff that is not accepted by Salafis.
And all of these people are not accepted by Salafi as Muslims. As I said, “claimant to Islam.” And all of these people are supposed to be hated, to be persecuted, even killed. And we have several clergy — not one Salafi clergy — who have said that against the Shi’a and against the other Muslims. And they have done it in Algeria, in Afghanistan. This is the same ideology. They just have the same opportunity. They did it in Algeria and Afghanistan, and now New York. …
What do you mean, it reached New York?
Well, when it was a local problem, the American media did not really care much about it. But until September 11, you saw how this faith of hate, I call it, did to all of us, to New Yorkers and to the rest of the world, honestly. …
But the Saudi government has condemned what happened on September 11….
… Yes, Prince Nayif condemned bin Laden, and other princes… Prince Turki condemned bin Laden. They did not condemn that message. They condemned bin Laden. … Bin Laden learned this in Saudi Arabia. He didn’t learn it in the moon. That message that Bin Laden received, it still is taught in Saudi Arabia. And if bin Laden dies, and this policy or curriculum stays, we will have other bin Ladens. …
Can you show me an example of what the [religious teaching is in the schools?
Well, here, this is a book, hadif, for ninth grade. Hadif is a statement of Prophet Mohammed. This is a book that start for ninth graders. This is talking about the victory of Muslims over Jews. This is a hadif that I truly believe it’s not true, as a Muslim:
“The day of judgment will not arrive until Muslims fight Jews, and Muslim will kill Jews until the Jew hides behind a tree or a stone. Then the tree and the stone will say, ‘Oh Muslim, oh, servant of God, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.’ Except one type of a tree, which is a Jew tree. That will not say that.” This is taught for 14-year-old boys in Saudi Arabia.
In middle schools…
In middle schools, yes. Official middle schools. This is a book printed by Saudi government Ministry of Education.”
This is the face of political Islam which is what Americans rightly are suspicious of. In the PBS special we are told by “an anthropologist specializing in Saudi society”:
“Probably there would be a relation between an interpretation of Islam that lacks tolerance, and is a more narrow vision of the world. But particularly the problem is about the political systems that promote this type of interpretation of religion. This gives people the excuse, the platform, to go ahead and express themselves in Islamic language to suit their purpose of political ends.”
It is this political Islam which is a threat. It is a threat which has coercive state power. It is a threat which intimidates with the aim to suppress, conquer, and dominate. It is a threat which actually is a threat because it has the means to carry out its aims and goals.
The pastor who proved to be a publicity genius by declaring “International Burn The Koran Day” has no such coercive power, no wealth, no means or opportunity to carry out anything like a threat. With his Hulk Hogan handlebar mustache there is a clownish aspect to the entire enterprise.
The Hulk Hogan pastor is a publicity genius (by the way, he apparently hates Jews too) and now he will be imitated by many others. But neither he nor they have the power to do this:
“After defeating their rivals in Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, Muslim extremists are focusing their attacks on Christians in Gaza City. Christians in Gaza City have issued an appeal to the international community and a plea for protection against the increased attacks by Muslim extremists.
Father Manuel Musallem, head of Gaza’s Latin church, told the AP that Muslims have ransacked, burned and looted a school and convent that are part of the Gaza Strip’s small Romany Catholic community. He told the AP that crosses were broken, damage was done to a statue of Jesus, and at the Rosary Sister School and nearby convent, prayer books were burned. [snip]
Father Musalam additionally told The Jerusalem Post that the Muslim gunmen used rocket-propeled grenades (RPGs) to blow through the doors of the church and school, before burning Bibles and destroying every cross they could get their hands on.
Catholic Online reports that the heads of Christian churches in the Holy Land have urged both sides to put aside their weapons, noting that the infighting diverted international attention from the national goal of Palestinian independence.“
Imagine that – Fatah Palestinian Muslims burn Bibles and attack Christians and the response of the Christian churches is a plea to stop this behavior because it might hurt “Palestinian independence”. No wonder so many Americans get upset and oppose the Mosque of Doom at ground zero – because they see this as another in a long line of appeasements. Over the years there have been many Muslim attacks on other Americans but no suppression of Muslims – yet it is Americans who are accused as a political tactic of being intolerant. Does anyone remember Kosovo and who saved the Muslims there?
If your perception of the Muslim community in America and the world as frightened kittens shivering in a cold rain then your world view will demand that you shout for building of the Mosque of Doom and reject the “appeasement” label. You will have to ignore that it is this same “reconciliation” Mosque of Doom which has broken nine years of peace, of few, if any, expressions of hostility towards Muslims in America. The same Mosque of Doom that has “an army of cops” in New York City streets today to block fighting from the gesture of “reconciliation” of Imam Rauf.
If you see the American Muslim community, thus far prospering in thousands of mosques across the land in every part of the country, as doe-eyed victims of evil Christian suppression then you invoke Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Pat Robertson, Mitt Romney, Franklin Graham, and the rest of the right wing. But this is a fake invocation because all of these people have condemned the Koran book burning. Sarah Palin spoke wisely and without a hint of fake:
“Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don’t feed that fire. If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive.
Our nation was founded in part by those fleeing religious persecution. Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?”
That Golden Rule Palin cites, for those who invoke Glenn Beck and Nazis, is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. And an argument can be made that a corollary to that rule, though at first blush it appears contradictory, is “an eye for an eye“.
Those who whine and wish to protect ‘oppressed Muslims in America’ should not be so hasty to attack other religions when their priests go astray with young children or in other matters. It reeks of a fake, hypocritical complaint. It is also laughable how many atheists find themselves talking about respect for “sacred” texts. Fake. Fake outrage.
We did not participate in “Draw Mohammed Day”. We explained why that day. We additionally noted that Muslims are protected from insults and jokes but that Jews and Christians, and Krishna and Buddha may be mocked with impunity.
We do not think books should be burned as a political statement. As we wrote then, “we believe the religious beliefs of people should be respected and not mocked.” But our tolerance is tested when it comes to organizations such as the Westboro Baptist Church. We certainly do not find our lungs filled with the air of respect for the Westboro Baptist Church. We can only marvel in advance at the atheists and Left Talkers and other who will undoubtedly show as much respect and tolerance for Westboro as they display towards the “sacred” Koran. Of course hypocrites like Merritt will demand respect for Islam but label as “hate-mongers” those she disagrees with.
While our tolerance and respect for organizations such as Westboro, the Hulk Hogan pastor and his flock, and Muslims like Rauf is extremely limited, we do fully respect their invocation of Constitutional protection. The majestic cloak of the U.S. Constitution should not be restricted to those Jeralyn Merritt chooses to bless.
We’ve had a lot of fake since the clown prince of fake faked his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Imam of the Mosque of Doom says he wants to build the Mosque of Doom for “reconciliation. But when his “offering” is rejected defenders of the Mosque of Doom say it is not really a Mosque, it is a “community center”. But then the fake reconciliation Imam declares if his Mosque of Doom is rejected, as with the Danish cartoon crisis – “They will attack”.
Today even the burning of the Koran is a fake. Barack Obama fakes his way through a Pentagon speech and blames a “sorry band of men” not the organized attack by Muslim men who have declared war on us, whether we accept that war as reality or not.
Nine years ago today, in an almost cinematic fake beauty of a day, reality asserted itself. There was no fake. The Dimocratic Left fakes might have forgotten what happened nine years ago today.
Perhaps some need to be reminded of what happened and that it was not Christian and Jews who murdered in lower Manhattan and in Washington D.C. and in a field in Pennsylvania. Perhaps some need to be forced to witness, forced to look at, what reality is – before the Obama Age of Fake.