My faith is secure. What about you?

My support of the First Amendment and a Muslim’s right to practice their faith does not come by way of liberalism, but liberty. After all, it is the basic founding principle of liberty itself. The right of all Americans to practice religion without the interference of big government.

Terry Jones has taken an already volatile situation and made it worse. If Mr. Jones burns those Qurans – like Adolf Hitler would do – you can bet a years salary that there will be blowback, and it won’t be pretty.

We’ve seen riots and protests, in and outside of New York City. A mosque was set ablaze by arson, reminding us of the days of the civil rights movement. A NYC cabbie almost lost his life because of being Muslim, and we watched the media turn it into a political freak show.

Muslims don’t believe in Jesus, that’s true. But neither do Buddists, Hindu’s, athiests, or Scientologists, and little fanfare is given to them. Maybe that’s because Muslim’s are the ‘in thing’ now. First, it was the Nazi’s, then the communists and the Red Scare, Cuba, Vietnam, now its the Muslim’s turn. Twenty years from now it will be something else.

In the newest episode of the O’Reilly Factor (9/9/2010) Mr. O’Reilly went on a binge of blaming Islam for virtually…well…everything.

“Right now, there are more than 100 mosques in New York City so there’s no religious tolerance issue here or in most other parts of America.

“There is, however, a big religious tolerance problem in most Muslim countries as they don’t accept ANY other religion. By placing the proposed mosque within yards (two blocks, not yards) of the 9/11 attack, with no stated purpose for that, the imam has created a controversy. He did it! There’s simply no reason for the mosque to be there.

“Sincere Muslims should respect (the objections of 9/11 families). Talking Points believes that tolerance deal swings both ways, right?  Seems every two minutes some Muslims are offended by America. Yeah! We have some kooks here who are disrespectful to Islam. But every nation has them. It is long past time for the Muslim world to show a little respect and tolerance to America!”

Bill O’Reilly just like Sean Hannity doesn’t understand the world in the ‘big picture.’  Muslims could say the same for us.  Obviously O’Reilly has forgotten the United States’ past with Iraq.  In the 1990s sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the U.N. cost the lives of over 500,000 innocent Iraqis.

The 1998 bombing was eggregious at best, hit alot of harmless targets and cost scores of – once again – innocent lives.  This is a period of time in the history of the United States where Madeline Albright went on 60 Minutes and said the lives lost due to sanctions were “worth it.”

Iraq was never worth the sweat, blood and tears that cost the American soldier and their families.  Something has to be said for the status quo when in 2008 Ron Paul raised the most money from active military. 

A stark reality that Mr. O’Reilly has never seemed to grasp is that our foreign policy has repicusions, and those repicusions cause hatred to the United States.  Torture and its grotesqueness never seems to seep into the cerebrum of the likes of Hannity, O’Reilly, Beck, Coulter, or Malkin.  All of which, by the way, have never served time in the military.

My faith comes from the word God and through the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Some – not all – Christians who are outraged by the “Ground Zero Mosque”, I think, have a serious insecurity problem of their own.


Ron Paul denounces Pastor Terry Jones

Ron Paul: Tyranny Tested, Patriot Approved.

In response to Terry Jones adding to already heightened tensions over Islam in America, Congressman Ron Paul released this statement.

LAKE JACKSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Congressman Ron Paul today issued the following statement about a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“A professed Christian pastor in Gainesville, Florida, Terry Jones, plans to burn copies of the Quran on 9/11. He indicts all Islam for 9/11 and argues that it is a hate-driven religion. He’s convinced he’s on God’s side even though he is getting little support from other Christians, who believe that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

“General David Petraeus, our military commander in Afghanistan, strongly condemned Mr. Jones’ plan, arguing it would be provocative, make his fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan more difficult and further jeopardize the lives of American soldiers.

“I agree! This blame of all Muslims for the atrocities of 9/11 only makes things worse – especially since it wasn’t the Taliban of Afghanistan that committed the atrocities on 9/11. Under Jones’ warped logic, we should have attacked Saudi Arabia since 15 of the 19 suicide bombers came from that country.

“But while I am pleased to see General Petraeus recognize the danger of one type of incitement, he unfortunately fails to see the whole picture and understand that our policies of torture, targeted assassination, invasion of Muslim countries and unintended infliction of civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are also provocative. Pictures of victims of torture as well as innocent people killed by drones and stray bombs are every bit as bad as burning the Quran.

“In some ways, what Jones is doing may be minor compared to the resentment toward us as a consequence of what our government has done to thousands of innocent victims.

“As I have said time and time again, Osama bin Laden wins by ‘proving’ that America is an enemy of Islam and has an occupation agenda in the Middle East. And, we continue to walk into his trap and hand him up his best recruitment tool in his efforts to provoke hatred and terrorism against the United States.

“If we don’t want to incite radical Islamists, we need to stop these un-needed wars. It is high time we came to our senses, brought our troops home to defend our country and pursued a Constitutional, Pro-American foreign policy.”

Bible Code – Fact or Fiction?

I got curious one day and Googled Bible Code.  I looked at many sources and most were unhelpful.  Being a Christian and believing in the word of God, I believe that the Bible Code is real and does exist.  There is no other reason for me not to.

Now I admit that I haven’t done that much research on this subject and while my knowledge of other things maybe higher, this ranks on the bottom of the totem pole.  However, I do plan to do more research and read some more books, and I will post whatever I find out and/or my opinions on here.  Below is a link to Wikipedia and a History channel video.

Blowback in Yemen

‘Blowback’ is a term used by the CIA to describe the unintended consquences of our foreign policy.  A policy that generates more hatred than love.  The attack on a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit has been claimed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in response to U.S. operations.

But the fact is, is that these people didn’t start hating us overnight.  A strong military presence imposing laws and governments on the peoples of those nations generates hatred.  Don’t get me wrong, I would like to see these people punished just as much as the next person, but as long as the United States is going to have an interventionist policy in the Middle East, we might as well get used to this sort of thing. The United States felt this sort of backlash in Vietnam, likewise the Soviet Union in their fight against Afghanistan. 

The more we think of this in terms as in “human nature” as opposed to the “evil doers” we would be better off.  These people do not understand Constitutional government, or due process of law.  Nor do they understand the concept of justice, and doing as Ann Coulter has said in going over to countries to “kill their dictators and convert them to Christianity” does not work.  How would the United States react if China had troops over here trying to set up a puppet government?  We would be outraged.  We would try to strike them at every point possible.

Note:  The below video is compilation of Ann Coulter qoutes that shows just how large the cave is that was caused by the departure of her brain.  The quote mentioned above by her is number 2 on the countdown.

An unfortunate part of society

As we stayed glued to our television sets and computers, trying to find out more information on the shooting in Texas, our minds wonder the impossible.  How could someone do this?  What was his motive?  Or, was it connected to terrorism?

Indeed Nidal Milak Hasan was a Muslim, but was Islam for this man the main catalyst?  Some would like to think so.  Just blame Islam for everything, forget about human nature.  Hasan’s aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, VA. said that since Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Hasan had been harassed for being muslim.

“Some people can take it and some cannot,” she said.  Indeed, but maybe that’s not the only thing that bothered Hasan.  Other soldiers who knew him said he would get into arguements of the governments foreign policy, hoping that President Obama would withdraw troops from the Middle East.  But in reality Hasan is not the only soldier in the history of this country to go to war and come back with a different opinion.

Reports have said that Hasan was in the preparation stages of deployment, which can take months.  A cousin of Hasan’s said that he mortified of going to the Middle East based on the stories he heard from soldiers who had been there.  People who knew him like Col. Kimberly Kesling, never would have thought Hasan could do something such as this.

In my analysis, Hasan was a person who snapped.  The harassment of his religion, soldiers horror stories, and the fact that he tried to leave the military but couldn’t, culminated in the murderous acts he carried out.  But before anyone is ready to blame Islam, remember acts of terrorism happen all around the world, and it is not always at the hands of Muslims.

After the shooting Hasan’s apartment complex was evacuated and his apartment was searched, with no warrant no doubt.

On a final note, across this great country of ours Americans will be watching the news hoping that in some way connections to terrorism was involved, kind of sick really.

Muslim dad runs over daughter for beoming too Westernized

In America, the land of free will, those of us who are parents could not imagine doing something like this.  But when you come from a country like Iraq, whose history and current status seems bizarre to us, you really don’t care about your new countries tradition and culture.  But in the land of the free religious expression is expected.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, an Iraqi immigrant, for fear that his daughter was becoming too Westernized ran her and her boyfriends mother over with the family car.  Fleeing after the attack, like the coward he is, Almaleki was arrested on Thursday.  Peoria police have interviewed Almaleki but have declined to release records of the interview.

In the Muslim faith this would be called an honor killing.  In Japan they kill themselves to avoid disgrace.  But since Islam doesn’t embrace free will, Noor Faleh Almaleki, disgraced the family name and by not sticking to traditional Iraqi values, she paid with her life. 

Granted, I believe that everyone should have the right to believe what they want, with the exception of someone flying another countries flag on their property, Noor Faleh Almaleki had the right to adapt to American culture.  She had the right to freedom of choice, of religion.  But if you come to this country and you cannot accept American cultures and customs, you need to get out.

But I should enforce that while this deranged psychopath did this, it DOES NOT support the ideas of of Muslims.  Remember that America has enough deraged lunatics of its own.  Everyday hate crimes are committed in this country.  Remember the white guys that drug the black by the bumper of their truck?  What about the guy who assassinated abortion clinic doctors?  Or of Nazi militias that live right in the land of the free?

We must embrace freedom of religion, civil and personal liberties, and expression, but never in a million years should murder be condoned.

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