Posts tagged ‘American’

February 19, 2012

Islamic law in America

Sharia creeps into the fabric of American minds, not law

Tennessee lawmakers took the point recently in the patriotic crusade to safeguard the homeland against the forces of radical Islam. This is how politicians and many other well-intended Americans perceive the anti-Sharia law movement. The phenomenon currently spans 13 states across the south and mid-west. Critics of the movement including 2 courts say that the facts do not justify the fear.

Fears

The Islamic/Arab world differs vastly from western norms in shocking ways. It is a male dominated society governed by strict religious laws. Americans are appalled by the brutal treatment suffered by women who can be stoned to death for an accused adulterous affair or jailed for being raped. Islamic law allows for the creative removal of body parts for crimes that are considered misdemeanors in the west and has encouraged a culture of violence against women.

Westerners haven’t been controlled by ancient religious laws since the era of enlightenment (16-1700’s). Time cannot be reversed, the bell unrung, the egg unscrambled. Our society and Constitution won’t allow it.

Facts

Americans must abide by secular law regardless of religious belief. Christian Scientists cannot lawfully allow their child to die because they believe medical attention is contrary to God’s will. Rastafarians cannot legally smoke pot as part of their religious ritual. “The Constitution of the United States, and the constitution of every state already make it illegal to implement Islamic law,” said Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard University. “Just as Jewish law can’t be the law of the United States, and canon law can’t be the law of the United States, Sharia law can’t be the law of the United States.”

Consider the source

It’s the usual “red state” suspects engaged in this battle. Oklahoma voters approved the anti-Sharia measure 70-30 percent in has the most infamous case to date. My home state of Texas saved itself from a similar national embarrassment by killing the bill before it saw the light of day or national headline.
Leo Berman, the Texas State Rep. with a NY accent, introduced an anti-Sharia law last year. Berman caused those in the Lone Star State to bow their collective heads in shame when he was embarrassed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his vocal advocacy of a federal “Birther Bill.” Berman had tried to get state funding for the Institute for Creation Research. The Dallas-based group promotes biblical creationism and rejects mainstream science regarding evolution. Though his parents are from Eastern Europe he sponsored bills that would split up immigrant families and restrict illegal immigrants to certain geographical regions. Consider the source.

Irony alert

Tennessee legislators could have saved the state from humiliation by noticing that the 10th Circuit federal appeals court in Denver agreed last month with a lower court that blocked the Oklahoma anti-Sharia law. Anti-Sharia laws are unconstitutional. Further, Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders said the bill is so broadly written that it would make it illegal to be a Muslim and denounced the proposed state measure as an attack on religious freedom during a news conference in Nashville last week.

The people pushing preemptive measures against Sharia are simply worried about a religion other than their own taking over the legal system. America is a secular nation constructed by secular laws and is experiencing many real problems, too many to waste time debating phony issues. Allāhu Akbar

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January 16, 2012

Let Us Entertain Us — (any excuse to play Sir Paul)


Paul McCartney street performing in cognito – 1984 (44 sec.)

Compared to other societies Americans live a relatively sterile, insulated existence. Comparatively, we seem largely uninspired, our way of life cold and generic. Other cultures are longer established, more lively and colorful. Art and humanity is appreciated and celebrated in “old world” countries more so than here. America is a collection of ethnicities, communities and towns living under a common flag but enjoy few common cultural ties. We live together harmoniously for the most part yet we do so without much actual harmony involved.

A civilization designed for commerce

The American public education system was built to accommodate business as evidenced by its ‘one size fits all’ assembly line operation. Our learning process stifles creativity and individuality. It encourages the worker bee mentality by discouraging independent, analytical thought. American cities are planned for the movement of people and goods to accommodate business, not the co-mingling of its citizens. Art, music, food and ideas are shared on the streets of cities worldwide but less often in the cities of America.

We can adapt

Town squares and parks of America are ready to host cultural happenings. Seldom used downtown streets are blocked off for the occasional parade or street fest. Imagine one or several mini-festivals every day with artwork, food, music and people of the community interacting with one another; how European, Asian, Middle Eastern, African and South American! As fun and liberating as that sounds, it probably won’t happen. We’re too uptight. In this country, street performers, the heart of the outdoor festivals, are largely frowned upon rather than appreciated and encouraged. Just one performer draws a crowd, creates a happening and is a cultural event unto itself.

Busk this!

This society does not welcome busking, or street performance, in most circumstances. Police can and often do arrest buskers for disturbing the peace, blocking the sidewalk, and pan-handling. The term “street performer” is tied to misperceptions of homelessness, criminal activity and alcoholism. Americans act far more paranoid than other societies and unlike Europeans are built more for the structured, rigid business model rather than humanitarian interests.

The fool on Hill Street

Would most people spare a few minutes during their busy, busy day to listen as Paul McCartney performed his songs on the street corner? A person might even show their appreciation by pitching a quarter into his open guitar case. What memories, what a story! Imagine for a few short but forever ingrained minutes being taken on a magical mystery tour during lunchtime or while on the way to the bank. What was to be an ordinary, mundane workday became a memorable life event, a topic of later discussion and a time of joyful interaction with former strangers.

How many would pass by without noticing the living legend if he was in disguise

And what if the performer was not Sir Paul? The identity of the street minstrel is less important than the invigorating experience itself, taking a few minutes to put a day in the life on hold, finding a rose among the day’s thorns. If everyone stopped for one five-minute song each day the nation’s collective blood pressure would decrease while its citizen’s overall happiness index would increase. The acceptance and appreciation of random, spontaneous public entertainment is the remedy for a culturally bland society.

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November 23, 2011

Heroic Battle to Save Christmas

‘Tis the season. Christmas warriors are again warning that the true meaning of the season is becoming a nostalgic thing of the past. “Remember to keep Christ in Christmas” is a popular saying this time of year. The phrase “happy holiday” is unwelcome and openly vilified by well meaning believers who fear one of the two most sacred Christian traditions is being lost in a wash of political correctness. People, whether friends, relatives or store clerk, will quickly and impatiently remind you that it’s “Merry Christmas!” if any other expression should slip the lips for a forgetful moment.

Half price halleluiah

Let’s assume that the “War on Christmas” ostensibly perpetrated by the far left and their allies, Atheists and radical Muslims, in an effort to fundamentally alter traditional American values has validity. Many think just that. The idea of Christmas has undoubtedly been under attack for many years but those secularist hippies cannot be blamed. The gross commercialization of this holy day has been wholly embraced by the white Christian culture. “Black Friday” is not the anniversary of an attack on Christmas by Muslim fanatics. Rather, it is an accurate representation of the real reason for the season.

Santa is a voyeur who watches me sleep?

Santa Clause is a magical and benevolent yet strangely disturbing character. Firstly, it’s a lie told to trusting children. It’s somewhat of a relief, however, to find out your parents are liars just knowing this mystical creature doesn’t actually know when you are sleeping, awake, bad or good for goodness sake. That’s one less set of eyes on kids at all times in addition to teachers, God, Jesus and those deceitful parents. What was the purpose, a six year-old may ask, and what else are they lying about? They must have laughed at me when I believed a 300 lb. man squeezed through the narrow chimney, about a billion times in one night.   Santa Clause is a cute concept even though it teaches kids the concept of propaganda, humiliation and skepticism.

Santa takes the Christ out of Christmas and replaces Him with another similar type figure, essentially one that is older, rounder, jollier and acclimated to cold weather.  Christian kids don’t get nearly as excited about the man of Galilee yet their parents, many of them, point to others who they claim demean Christ’s birthday by not saying Merry Christmas. They routinely say that Christmas is being taken out of schools, well, except the yearly Christmas play, parties and two-week Christmas vacation for all schools.

Sweet Baby Jesus

The saviors of Christmas might silently endure the phrase “happy holidays” if those godless, heartless, un-American civil libertarians would silently endure nativity scenes displayed on public venues. Seems innocuous enough, a manger along with the usual cast of characters adorning the library lawn for a few weeks a year. It is. It’s absolutely harmless and if other displays of religion were routinely tolerated, such as a mosque near the 9-11 Memorial, an argument, though constitutionally flawed, could be made for the manger. According to overwhelming evidence, the U.S. is a secular country therefore the pro-American stance is that church and state remain separate. It’s just a manger but it’s a founding principle that is at stake.

RIP

It’s generally those who would argue that this is a Christian nation who believes Christmas is being marginalized. Even this faction must agree that it is the Christian culture that killed Christmas long ago. There is no war to be waged. Happy Holidays everyone!

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