Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mohammedan perpetual pique

From the Jerry Pournelle website on the Wednesday e-mail, this diatrabe by anonymous could be found:

The little baby Mohammedans are getting more and more petulant.

Bombing churches. Taliban demanding apology...or else. More enraged Muslims prove the Pope's point. An Arab op-ed threatens: Pope's remarks may lead to war.

and the list goes on with links all over the place. There is a nice article by Father Raymond de Souza speaking out in the National Post with an excerpt in Michelle's blog posting.

Are the Mohammedans a case for arrested development? Are their actions the actions of adults? Arguably their religion prevents their growing up to be fully realized human beings grasping all their potential. It's rather a shame.

Father Raymond de Souza thinks otherwise, quoting from Michelle's excerpts: It does a disservice to children to call the wild-eyed statements and deranged behavior of the past days childish.

It is not only the obscenity of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist terrorist band suppressed in several Muslim states, demanding an apology from anyone, let alone the Holy Father.

It is not only the grandstanding Pakistani politicians passing resolutions condemning a papal speech few read, and even fewer understood. It is not only the extraneous charges about the Holocaust and Hitler by the agitated and excited.

It is that we have seen this before.

I suppose it is a disservice to children. But even monkeys are not as extreme and petulant unthinking unreasoning animated pieces of meat as the Mohammedans rioting over a recounting of a historical discourse between a Pope and a very learned Mohammedan scholar and theologian.

How is the world to deal with these people if we cannot clearly identify the moderate Mohammedans and give them encouragement to spread their concepts and beliefs. These moderates of good will have a very steep mountain to climb to alter the very foundations of a very violent religion.

Meanwhile, we non-Mohammedans are in the beginning stages if a new fight for our very existence, the same as what faced the first crusaders.

If these Mohammedans are not stopped - the human world stops. Note that there is NO equivalent of the Pope within Mohammedan law, tradition, or Qur'an. It's every man for himself with the most charismatic being leaders of others convincing them of HIS take on the religion. Given that, the last two Mohammedans left alive will be forced one to kill the other over the most minute difference in belief. For that difference makes each an apostate in the others eyes. And apostates are to be put to death. Literally the human world ends if the Mohammedans win it all.

Then we have Father Samir K. Samir also speaking out. Michelle's quote begins: Rather than criticizing Islam, the pope is actually offering it a helping hand by suggesting that it do away with the cycle of violence," Fr. Samir K. Samir, SJ one of the Vatican's leading experts on Islam wrote in the Catholic newspaper Asia News.

That very much is what the Pope offered. However, the Mohammedans are deathly afraid of any change to the scriptures. The tradition says those who would "interpret" the scriptures are apostates. They are to be taken as written.

And if you need to lighten up a little Daffyd is at full sail in his blog entry link in Michelle's blog item above. He claims to have the original pre-editing manuscript for the NYTimes piece on Pope Benedict's horrid gross misstatement.

The party continues in Michelle's next blog post:

It is complete with a graffiti picture of the Pope with Mohammedan love poems pasted over the picture. You know - things like "The pig, worshiper of the crosses," "Sacrifice him/Behead him," and other expressions of their undying love for the Pope.

Question - why are all the posters in the riots and protests in English? Or at least they seem to be. Are the other language posters invisible to the news camera critters?

This needs to be quoted in full: And remember that "Mr Pope Be With In Your Limits Banner?" Robert Spencer explains what it means: What limits? Classic Islamic law stipulates that Christians may live in peace in Islamic societies as long as they accept second-class status as dhimmis, which involves living within certain limits: not holding authority over Muslims, paying the jizya tax, not building new churches or repairing old ones, and...not insulting Allah or Muhammad. If they believe that a Christian has insulted them in some way, even inadvertently, his contract of protection -- dhimma -- is voided.

So are these protestors warning the Pope to behave like a dhimmi, or else? I expect so. After all, so many Christians and post-Christians in the West in recent years have been willing, even eager, to accept such limits -- witness the chastened reaction to the Cartoon Rage riots, in which Church officials, government leaders, and others solemnly pontificated against "insults to religious figures." But it wasn't really a question of blasphemy then, and it isn't a question of insult now. It is a question of whether non-Muslims will submit to Muslim standards and restrictions on their speech, thought, and behavior.

And I hope that the Pope, for one, is not willing to do so.

I hope so, too. Today all good men and women are Catholics WITH the Pope and against the religion of perpetual pique, Mohammedanism.

"Pope to address controversy on Sunday"

I hope he does so sensibly rather than giving in. His address in two and three quarter hours as I write this.

I like it. Thank you Anonymous

Who owned the Middle East

This is very interesting. A bit of world history in 90 seconds. Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Greeks, Persians, Europeans...the list goes on. Who will control the Middle East today? That is a much bigger question.

Maps of War

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Freedom of expression no more - and yet...

A small crisis has arisen in Germany, as a de-facto proof of limitation of free speech has presented itself.

A opera in Berlin has been cancelled fearing Muslim revenge. According to German news, German politicians are shaken and angry that the State Opera House of Berlin has removed the Mozart-opera, 'Idemeneo', from the program fearing an Islamist act of revenge. In the last scene Idemeneo beheads Buddha, Mohammed, Jesus and Poseidon exacting revenge for his son, who has been given as an offer to the Gods.

The Minister of Interior Affairs, Wolfgang Schäuble, Christian Democrats, stated Tuesday – "This is crazy. The decision is unacceptable. What is the value of freedom of expression if you limit it because of fear?"

A number of conservative politicians have criticized theater director, Ingrid Harms, for the decision and calls it "a knee fall for radical Muslims", "an attack on artistic freedom", or "or a censorship that endangers free expression".

Also German social democrats are furious. The Chairman of the German Parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, who grew up under Eastgerman censorship, states: "Now we have come so far, that artistic freedom has been limited. What will be next. Must we also limit the freedom of free speech and preaching?"

Ingrid Harms motivated yesterday her decision referring to the Danish cartoon crisis, and to 'concrete statements from the police, according to which, we would encounter insurmountable risks, if we were to present the opera.'

The police in Berlin, however, refutes the statement. "We just told the Opera, that the performance could be disturbed," a spokesman said Tuesday.

The Opera with the bloody last scene, was presented without disturbances in 2003 and 2004. The Berlin Senator of Culture, Ehrhart Körting (Social Democrats), admitted Tuesday, that he had spoken to the management of the State Opera, about a changed situation of risk because of the Danish drawings of the prophet.

The admittance earned the Senator harsh criticism from his boss, the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. "With respect for all concerns for security, I see no actual risk. Our values of openness, tolerance and freedom must be exercised offensively. We must not give in to the adversaries of our values."

It is the instructor, Hans Neuenfelds, who has actualized the challenge between Poseidon and Idemeneo to a challenge between 'all suppressing religions'. Thus he has decided to end his opera with the bloody scene.

Do I sense a shimmer of hope? I find it surprising and wonderful, that many politicians and even social democrats, stand up to defend the freedom of expression. But let us not forget that the Opera has been cancelled in fear of the Islamists. If it should be reinstated prepare for Islamist hysterics.