Monday, November 30, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Mosque

The Western "free" world is absolutely drunk on diversity.

In fact most of the Western "free" world, in its sanctimonious quest to please every country, religion, man, woman, child, ethnic group, race, lifestyle, economic class, disability, plant and animal, may soon drown in diversity. And we will have blindly and stupidly jumped into this raging sea of diversity without a lifejacket on.

This past week witnessed just one "small" example of this drunken stupor. The potential dangers from this example will, no doubt, whiz right past most of our heads. In particular, the diversity-drinking, liberal-minded mush heads in Europe and the United States will be wailing about racism, inequality, and unfairness. These are the folks in the drunken stupor. More on this later.

Here's what I would consider to be but one lifejacket: This past week Swiss voters overwhelmingly voted to approve a constitutional ban on the further construction of new minarets (Islamic mosque towers) in the country. According to an Associated Press release filed this past week by Alexander G. Higgins, this initiative and vote was a backlash against what many citizens see as a serious rise of Islamic influence and power in Switzerland in particular, and Europe in general. The referendum was supported and presented by the Swiss People's Party. This might seem like a petty, egocentric concern. But many Swiss citizens view the minarets as a symbol of rising Islamic political influence, and fear that Muslims will soon attempt to turn Switzerland into an Islamic nation, according to the AP report.

As pointed out by the AP, sponsors of the referendum said "...Muslims don't just practice religion. The minaret is a sign of political power and demand, comparable with whole-body covering by the burqa, tolerance of forced marriage and genital mutilation of girls..."

These fears have been voiced throughout several countries in Europe in recent years. There are real concerns that the increasing immigrant populations, and decreasing native populations in France, England, Germany, and the Netherlands, for example, will lead to the creation of Islamic states in these countries. Birth rates are increasing for the former, and decreasing for the latter. Immigration policies in these countries continue to bring in rich, poor, educated, and uneducated former colonists. (There must be some kind of guilt complex among the British, French, Germans, and Dutch: They seem to simply let anyone come set up house just to atone for being former white devil slave masters).

Some watchers expect France to become an Islamic state by 2040, and the Netherlands by 2015! Whether or not these predictions are accurate, it does give one pause. After all, the West IS fighting a "war on terror". The number one leaders of the enemy are Muslim fanatics. And these fanatics have been, and continue to be very clear about two things: They want to kill all infidels, and rule the world.

Now a bit more on diversity and the mush-heads I mentioned above. It's not my intention here to delve into the details of immigration policies and demographics of Europe. But these starry eyed bleeding hearts will agree with Omar Al-Rawi, a representative of the Islamic Denomination in Austria who was quoted by the above mentioned AP report as saying "The Swiss have failed to give a clear signal for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights."

Indeed, Mr. Al-Rawi.

Additionally, Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the British youth organization Ramadhan foundation, was quoted as saying "It's a sad day for freedom of religion. A constitutional amendment that's targeted towards one religious community is discriminatory and abhorrent." (my emphasis).

Indeed, again, Mr Shafiq.

Ok. Now listen up all you diversity loving, equality promoting, peace-love-dove-Hari Krishna-power-t0-the-people freaks! I want you to all buy plane tickets, fly to the heartland of Islam, (Saudi Arabia) and help Mohammed Shafiq spread his feelings about freedom of religion and how constitutional amendments to any one religious community are discriminatory and abhorrent!

DO IT! DO IT NOW! Stand up for what you believe to be true and good and right! Go there and walk towards the first minaret you see, and shout out your beliefs for all the world to hear. And see what happens!

Oh wait...that's right: You can't just go to Saudi Arabia. They won't let you in without an invitation and proper visa. And wait! This thing about religious freedom and discrimination, and human rights, and such: That's just not going to fly in the Kingdom. No sir! Here's a little reality check for you all:
-All citizens in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must be Muslims.
-The public practice of any other religion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is prohibited.
-Separation of religion and state in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not exist.
-The legal system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is based on Shari'a (Islamic law).
-Foreign imams are barred from preaching during Friday congregational prayers.
-Foreign non-Muslim clergy are not allowed to enter the country and conduct services.
-Distribution of non-Muslim items such as Bibles and crosses is illegal.
-Customs officials open mail to search for contraband and non-Muslim materials. (During three years of living in Saudi Arabia, I experienced this first-hand)

This is the tip of the ice-berg, but I think you get the picture. The home of Islam doesn't encourage, promote, or support non discrimination, diversity, or tolerance. How can anyone miss the hypocrisy in all the posturing about diversity and tolerance?

Trust me, no amount of bowing or foot kissing by President Obama will help this little situation either!

So next time you read a small paragraph about Islam in the West, Muslim honor killings (Ref: Story in USA Today, November 30,2009), the newest mosque, the Islamic school in your neighborhood, or efforts to enact Shari'a law in Europe, Canada, and the United States, stop and think. Ask questions. Research and read. And be cautious.

And be well aware: The home of Islam won't be backing you up when you shout out to the minarets about equality, discrimination, or diversity. The loudspeaker calls to prayer from those towers may drown you out faster than your drunken feast of diversity ever could.

©2009 by R. Burnett Baker
Graphic © 1980 by National Geographic Society, Washington, DC.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Black Friday

Single File, Please, Or You WILL Be Shot

That's my little Black Friday fantasy. That nasty little day is less than two weeks away, but in my perfect world, there would be no Black Friday. Thanksgiving would be a four day holiday with blue laws in effect. Gas stations and grocery stores would be allowed to open. That's it. No Target. No Sears. No Best Buy. And especially NO WAL-MART.

And come Monday morning, stores would be allowed to open their REGULAR hours. Period.

I'm here to remind you all of Mr. Jdimytai Damour, the part time Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death as he opened the doors on Black Friday last year in Long Island, New York. I wrote about that last November in my essay titled "Black Friday, Blood Red."

This week I heard about a website called Oh yeah! They give you all the latest about door busters (aptly named) in various retailers, and these mercenary businesses are helping sponsor this site. God only knows how many websites and blogs there are out there to fire up a little excitement among the throngs of recession-weary consumers. No doubt they'll be lining up at 2am to purchase the latest iWad.

As for Wal-Mart, I suggested last year that they should have been held accountable for the death of Mr. Damour, as well as the serious injuries sustained by a pregnant woman whose fate I never heard any more about.

Well, Wal-Mart got a slap on the wrist. Had to set up a $400,000 "victim's compensation" fund, and give $1.5million to social services programs and nonprofit groups! Are you kidding me? Social services programs? Let me go out on a politically incorrect limb here and suggest that some of those programs may be offering financial benefits to the very "customers" who trampled Mr. Damour to death!

Additionally, Wal-Mart was required to create crowd management plans for all of its New York stores. You know: How to enter the store. (Single file, please, or you WILL be shot!) Where to place the 50 cent plasma TV's. Check out line control. Store exit procedures and so on. Supposedly the company consulted with safety experts who have experience with the Super Bowl, Olympics, and concerts. I'm sure Mr. Damour's family takes great comfort in all that.

So, I'm here to request that NONE of you participate in Black Friday. If you do: Shame on you!

And if you know anyone who does participate in this travesty of commerce, do all you can to convince them to STOP IT NOW.

Enjoy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the three days following by sharing them quietly with friends, family, or alone if that be the case. And do it with peace and love in your hearts!

Rick B. Baker
November 14, 2009
Rochester, NY

© 2009 by R. Burnett Baker