“The thing I quote most from it is the power of demographics… But the other part is a kind of confirmation of what I know … that Islamist extremism has an ideology, and it’s expansionist, it’s an aggressive ideology. And the title I took to mean that we Americans will have ultimate responsibility for stopping this expansionism.”
Islam is a veritable time bomb, lit by Mohammed. It is is now ticking on the future of Western Civilization. Islam and its mission must be diffused, reformed, if not destroyed before it is too late. Islam in its present form is incompatible with the spirit of Democracy and the independence and free will of man. Suggesting tolerance for Political Islam is like asking a rapist to rape you slowly or a murderer if he would kill you in a gentler manner and not twist that knife in quite so deeply when he stabs you to death. All the more ironic that the most liberal and open minded in our society would seemingly love to bring us back to the middle ages or the modern ages in Muslim Nation States where hanging of gays, stoning women to death and molestation of children are a bit to common place and tacitly endorsed by leaders of their “spiritual” community.
You do not poke me in the eye, call me a bigot and then tell me that you seek interfaith understanding. In the words of Winston Churchill: “The hottest part of hell is reserved for those who, at a time of grave moral crisis, steadfastly maintain their neutrality.”
Card 1: The Ground Zero Mosque will be an Interfaith Cultural Center (but it will actually be a shrine to “the one true faith.” We will engage in interfaith dialogues but we have no intention of compromising.)
Card 2: Your First Amendment allows us to do whatever we want, wherever we want (even though we have no intention of adhering to your constitutional principles when they conflict with the higher Sharia Law and we look forward to the future glory of the United Caliphate States of America.)
Card 3: If you oppose us you are a bigot, intolerant of our religious freedom (even though we refuse to dignify your questions and concerns.)
Students of history, at least the history of the last century might recognize the quote mentioned above as being the words of Winston Churchill who uttered them the last disastrous time the cognoscenti under estimated a profound threat to our way of life and lured us down the garden path and over the cliff. In the words of Winston Churchill, who was dismissed and ridiculed for his warnings about the steps necessary to thwart Hitler and the growing communist threat in Russia:
“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
The man, who never ever raised his voice to support the rebuilding of the Twin Towers, iconic symbols of American achievement, ingenuity and possibility and instead whose vision or lack thereof contributed to The Great Enigmatic Compromise at Ground Zero, has become the most ardent and outspoken supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque. One has to wonder whether this is: (a) the fight of a principled man concerned about protecting First Amendment rights of a disenfranchised minority (b) a calculated strategic political gambit to preserve his standing among liberal elites and a growing fifth column of voters in Urban America who may be less forgiving of a nuanced position when he runs for President in 2012 (c) misguided passion of an elitist hypocrite, pure chutzpah or (d) something else entirely?
Bloomberg’s Folly: Ignoring Public Opinion & The Will of the People
The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove: Oil Money Influence & Islamic Concessions
Why would savvy politicians bet against the will of the people? One might surmise that from behind the scenes Oil money states and their political leaders may now be calling the shots in America with an ever increasing level of authority and influence. And why should they not when they have pumped billions if not trillions into our financial infrastructure? America’s dependence on foreign oil and the perceived vulnerability of an empire in decline as a result of the Economic Crisis of 2008, widespread fraud and distrust in the markets, the erosion of our manufacturing base, high unemployment with segments of the population restless, unsettled bordering on revolution, it seems almost a perfect time to extract a dividend in the form of some blood from the open wounds in our society. That blood may be to reform if not remake our culture in some way shape of or form as inducement to continued investment.
Among those reforms may be insistence on a kindler, gentler relationship with the Islamic community worldwide as well as within our own borders, perhaps even granting once unheard of concessions as a sign of a new détente with Islam. Further, one can also surmise from the growing insecurity of the Jewish community in America that Arab Muslim leaders want an equal seat at the table with AIPAC and the Israel Lobby including a right to dictate policy and placing the agenda of Islamists front and center in American life. A perception exists fairly or unfairly that America’s unique alliance with Israel and the Jewish Lobby makes America some how anti-Arab. Reversing that perception in the Arab Muslim world may require some retreat in American nationalistic pride, if not greater submission to elements of an Islamic system.
Viewed in this light, submission to the Ground Zero Mosque without reservation and without investigation of its funding seems to be a de facto acknowledgment that America must change its ways, a quid pro quo if you will; but at what price? Capitalism is the tie that binds us all across geopolitical lines in the civilized world. The House of Saud (Saudi Royals) and American friends in other OPEC nations need to understand, however, that forcing and Islamic culture on America will not necessarily lead to a more stable society as it has in their Middle Eastern Kingdoms. Even though Islam may help stabilize their nations, ultimately its clash with Western values may lead to a revolution in America and destabilization of our Democracy, which ultimately serves no one’s best interests.
The elites in our society refuse to explain this to the people, so instead they latch on to labeling citizens bigots and intolerant of religious freedom for opposing the Mosque, misappropriating the Constitution and misinterpreting the First Amendment to provide cover. Here is the rub: Say what you will about the moral compulsion of any religion, whether Christianity, Judaism or Islam as a check on man’s unbridled free spirit. Islam however, requires submission to “Collectivism”, which is antithetical to individual freedom, the rights of women, gays, minorities and the creative spirit of man.
ISLAM IS NOT A RACE: Questioning Islam is not “Racist” or Anti-Arab
Islam is not a “race” and while many Arabs are Muslim, not all Muslims are Arabs. According to Wikipedia: “Arab identity is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the rise of Islam, with historically attested Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes. Today, however, most Arabs are Muslim, with a minority adhering to other faiths, largely Christianity, except in those nations were by Sharia Law the observance of other faiths and construction of Christian or Jewish places of worship is illegal.
(c) Wall of Fame for Christians and Jews killed in the name of Islam; and
(d) Mohammed’s Wall: A special wall highlighting all of the Warrior Prophet Mohammed’squotes preaching love, tolerance and respect for non Muslims, women and the gay community and exhibits illustrating all of his “interfaith” life work and building bridges of understanding to non-believers of “the one true faith” (i.e., “infidels”). You could put his Mohammed’s Spear right next to this wall;
(e)Historical Mosque Conquering: A section devoted to the history of Islam’s destruction of Jewish and Christian temples of worship and the installation of Islamic Mosques in strategic locations throughout the world and an a further explanation of why Muslims in Europe are now demanding on joint use of Catholic Churches so that they may in effect expel Catholics from their houses of worship;
(f) Canyon of Islamic Heroes: A Canyon of Heroes in a designated corridors of the cultural center for all the Leaders in the Muslim Community who have condemned the atrocities of 9/11 and have questioned Political Islam’s agenda on the world stage: Women and Children Die First.
In a building of the size planned by the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society For Muslim Advancement, one would think that they could fit all of the above in a 2×2 room or on the back of a stall in the Men’s Room. Also maybe they would have no problem with the building of a Pork Plant or Sausage Shop right next door to the Islamic Interfaith Cultural Center? Or would building that so close to their center be considered intolerant or disrespectful (e.g., sort of like say the building of a Mosque near a War Memorial where Muslims killed Americans in the name of Islam?) Nevertheless, you must forgive me if I do not understand the moral imperative to build a mosque at or near Ground Zero or the World Trade Center.
HEAR ME LOUD & CLEAR: I am not a bigot. I am not intolerant. Liberal Piety won’t silence me. “Tolerance of the intolerant is not a virtue. It is suicide.” A society that stands for everything in the end stands for nothing at all. In a free society there is a danger of thinking that all ideas deserve equal recognition, respect, consideration or standing. Many of the so called “ideas” which serve as the underlying tenets of Islam have already been defeated in the marketplace of ideas. But if you sort through the scrap heap of human history, that is precisely where you will find the collectivist spirit of Islam on top of some broken office chairs once used by the Third Reich.
An interesting question raised by the evident pressure put on the Community Board, Landmarks Preservation Commission, etc. is whether our leaders aren’t in effect violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by trying to establish the mosque?
I can hardly ride a horse and am no Paul Revere, but my friends, it is time to wake up.
So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
The founders wrote the Declaration of Independence out of “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” but our imperial government seems to have little or no respect for its own people. It is operating by fiat and, in the case of the mosque, misappropriating the U.S. Constitution for cover.
But in any case, the Constitution cannot be used to invalidate the founding premise of the document that authorized our country’s existence and thereby the need for a constitution: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
I stood outside JOGO BY POONEH Boutique at 2462 Main Street which is Route 27 or the Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, New York. She walked right past me into the boutique. I stood there dumbfounded and star struck by the simple elegance of her beauty; sun kissed and beach fit with a face that was Gabrielle Reece meets the Madonna and otherwise reminiscent of a former beach love who in our days and nights on the East End of Long Island was more than Good & Plenty for me. Not that Madonna but da Vinci’s Madonna. There was an angelic force field around her. Yes, maybe I could speak to her but what would I say? What would it matter? What was the point? Maybe I just take her picture and not disturb her peace or ruin the fantasy with a lame come on that made me yet rather human or typically male. No, I would respect her space, as I always do. When the camera is my tool, admiration of feminine beauty through the eye of my lens requires allowing a certain distance and comfort between me and the subject to give them the space to trust to bring out the essential character behind that beauty. I am no photographic Casanova and never want to be recognized as one.
Those that know me, know that feminine beauty backed by intelligence, career success and assertiveness are the qualities I prefer to photograph. Shooting women who can playfully have fun with their fashionable elegance and allow themselves to be a socialite for a day while otherwise being women of serious education, intellect and accomplishment are those that I prefer to shoot. The subtle power and grace of such women is a photographic aphrodisiac. On this day despite all that feminine beauty around me, including including Brazilian dancers in emerald and ruby headdresses who welcomed arrivals and two striking bikini models outfitted in Jogo Beach Biknis, as well as some of my favorite social ladies of the news business, women such as Kimberly Guilfoyle of FOX News and Gigi Stone of Bloomberg Television, she left an indelible impression on me, so much so that after briefly taking her photo, capturing her name, not being sure she was more Brazilian than Italian, I left her be to shop at JOGO BY POONEH in relative obscurity.
Via this blog, I thank her and this universe for reminding me that yes, even in a sea of Society beauty where one can often get lost, if not completely spoiled by the caliber of women that one can find themselves surrounded with, I can fall in love and feel like a shy school kid for an afternoon and in effect be young again. Thank you Pooneh for the invitation to your opening and making the Summer of 2010 my Summer of ‘42, albeit the Brazilian version.