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May 8, 2016

or permitted: the one way street called two left feet?

 

“I thought twice before writing this piece because I know it will bring another flurry of unpleasant accusations from the hard left. But it’s perfectly legitimate to scrutinise those who would wield power over us, even if those individuals happen to belong to a minority group. Khan shouldn’t be given a free pass just because he’s a Muslim, any more than his religion should be a reason not to vote for him. Many of the views he’s expressed in the past and the people he’s associated with suggest he belongs on the regressive left, alongside Corbyn, Abbott and Livingstone. Indeed, until last Friday he was happy for Livingstone to join him on the campaign trail and was proud of the former mayor’s endorsement. Pointing that out isn’t blowing a dog whistle and it isn’t Islamophobic. It’s a fact that should be taken into account by London’s voters, along with many other facts about Sadiq Khan, when they go to the polls on Thursday.”

—last paragraph but do read the entire pc. thank you

 

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/is-it-islamophobic-to-draw-attention-to-sadiq-khans-links-with-extremists/

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11 Comments
  1. opheliart permalink

    from previous comment’s section:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/labour-must-broaden-appeal-wants-power-mayor-114312658.html?ref=gs

    this is interesting and I am genuinely glad for him, but something feels off. I am not seeing it yet. he is muslim and of course this made news … as these things always do… first black president—obama … oh, but he is also WHITE … his mama was white! no matter, it was all about him being the first black president because … his skin is dark. all of the attention on this was wearing. but khan being a muslim? what kind of muslim? was he born into it and is why he is muslim? or is he solidly in alignment with islamic teaching? clearly he has assimilated into the cultures of the UK and it is possible his parents are of this same. these are valid questions because it is important to know and understand the ties of an individual to the headship. like a roman catholic to the vatican. what is khan’s ties with the leaders of muslim countries and what are his ties with imams having been chosen from islamic countries to staff the mosques in non arabic speaking nations, nations without sharia law. these are always important questions … and we watch who/what gains seats of power and influence from these appointments. where does it lead? we feel very strongly that nations trying to move toward equality and just practices should not be doing business with national leaders practicing sharia law or anything like it.

    and do know that liberals/atheists do not hesitate to point out when a person is tied to something they do not like (a college or organization that they consider too fundamentalist, too religious, too conservative) and will not hesitate to criticize, condemn and blame, even dismiss the individual … but the minute someone questions a muslim’s ties or an atheist’s ties or a democrats ties or a liberalist’s ties to … unjust practices … a bad co or a dishonest or misogynistic enterprise … they holler racism, bigot … discrimination, even anti-semitism.

    NO ONE IN THIS DAY OF DEMOCRATIC CONTEXT IN THE HOUSE OF THE LIBERAL IS PERMITTED TO VOICE unless it favors the liberalist’s stance, party or policy.

    this is fascism when a person’s reputation is destroyed merely because he wants legitimate answers. imagine if no one, not even the VICTIMS, are allowed to question the AUTHORITY of the vatican? and government always chooses the bishop’s side, archbishop or cardinal … even pope. or law enforcement? or mayors or governors or …

    when someone-something becomes too powerful because of these titles and money … property … even votes … there is reason for concern.

  2. opheliart permalink

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-asks-missionary-doctors-pray-becomes-poorer-151257299.html?nhp=1

    um, too many die in childbirth? would that include the refusal of your catholic hospitals to provide abortions during at risk pregnancies?

    also, if you really want to become poor as you say (referring to the lack of housing, food, water, proper nutrition, schooling, government assistance and … theology of those in seats of power and influence) … tear down your vatican walls and bring them to your city—your housing, your table and allow them to use your wealth.

    • opheliart permalink

      I am always amazed at the lack of response in these … from catholics.

  3. opheliart permalink

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/hard-truths-about-race-on-campus-1462544543

    what I see and have seen for some time is such a mix of “colors” in the college-age crowd that I wonder why anyone is still bellyaching about color? if there are actual cases where a student was treated differently due to his COLOR (black or white) and not something else causing confusion … (example: a black student is offended by what someone said of a person in the news who happened to be black … and took this as discrimination against him because he is black) then state the facts and show the evidence and deal with those behaving badly … or dangerously. for someone of that age to make inappropriate comments about another … is not unusual. either they come from a background that is segregated and somewhat biased, bigoted or racist or they say things because they are immature and trying to appeal to a certain group

    and … their academic/coach/club superiors are leading them astray … in addition, society/press does foster an image of something that is misleading.

    JUST LOOK AT HOW WOMEN ARE STILL TREATED … PORTRAYED … expected to be … how the entertainment industry USES her to sell something, and that’s just one example of often offensive and ACCEPTED behavior perpetrated by big, big , big boy clubs and women feed into it because they like the attention and can make money.

    ALSO … look at how each ‘color’ portrays his own color/race.

    ______

    if you read thomas frank’s view in his new book: LISTEN, LIBERAL … he addresses the liberal left/democrat image in today’s society and how it fails those in the middle class who are struggling,

    if you dig deep enough, from our vantage point, you begin to see how each color group is used, or should we say, misused, for … votes, policy … party gain. the political climate elevates this tension described in the article … continuing to separate and divide.

    another thing to question … who-what do “colors” look up to as their heroes? are these heroes showing self to be fair … treating people in a manner that is just, honest and without pride of ___? do these heroes move in ways that aren’t accentuating their color? treating it as something requiring special rights or additional rights? do these show respect for women equally as they do men? are these heroes shown to move beyond focusing on color as place of division.

    • opheliart permalink

      and hey, this coming from a person who has many times been told by hispanics: you look hispanic. I thought you were hispanic … even, I thought you were african american.

      I know I am many if looking at both sides of the migration of my ancestors. maybe this is what should be researched in colleges. National Geographic has a program that does this. I can’t remember its title but it’s easy enough to find.

      but it is more than the color of a person’s skin … I hope we all are willing to admit this.

      • opheliart permalink

        last part of a comment (see comments section on the article)

        “Write a paper about taking over a Dean’s office or ask a speaker why she is “so smelly” and you can get a degree from Harvard Law School.”

        😀

  4. opheliart permalink

    in case you were lazy on that article … an article on the islamic “scholar”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3874893.stm

    The arrival in Britain of the Islamic preacher, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, to take part in a conference has sparked a row because of his controversial views on suicide bombings.

    Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi achieved a star status with the emergence of the Qatari satellite channel, Al-Jazeera, several years ago.

    Thanks to his weekly appearance on the religious phone-in programme Al-Shariaa wa Al-Haya (Islamic Law and Life) he has become a household name for many Arabic-speaking Muslim communities.

    He is an articulate preacher and a good communicator.

    The subtext of the programme, and indeed that of Sheikh Al-Qaradawi’s responses to all the issues raised throughout the broadcast, is that Islam has an answer to all of life’s problems.

    That is essentially the ideology of Islamist movements across the region.

    Through his (Allah) infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do
    Sheikh Al-Qaradawi

    Al-Qaradawi interview
    According to an Arabic language website dedicated to Sheikh Al-Qaradawi he was born in a small village in the Nile Delta in 1926.

    He studied Islamic theology at the Al-Azhar university in Cairo, from where he graduated in 1953.

    Twenty years later he was awarded a PhD for his thesis on how Zakat (Islamic alms) can contribute to solving social problems.

    Muslim Brotherhood

    He has written extensively on Islam and is regarded as a respected scholar.

    His website describes him as the most prominent voice of moderation in Islam (wasatiyya), building bridges between traditionalists and modernisers.

    It is his involvement with the outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that has landed him in trouble.

    The group, founded in the 1920s, is one of the largest and most influential Islamist organisations in the region.

    It has a history of violence, but now says it is committed to peaceful means to create an Islamic state.

    Sheikh Al-Qaradawi has been jailed several times in Egypt.

    But he has lived and worked in the Gulf State Qatar since 1963 where he now heads an Islamic research centre.

    Suicide bombings

    It is particularly his views on suicide bombings that has courted controversy, but mainly in the West.

    He has distanced himself from suicide attacks in the West but he has consistently defended Palestinian suicide attacks against Israelis.

    Recently he told Al-Jazeera that he was not alone in believing that suicide bombings in Palestinian territories were a legitimate form of self defence for people who have no aircraft or tanks.

    He said hundreds of other Islamic scholars are of the same opinion. In this respect, he is very much in tune with what the vast majority of people in the Arab world believe.

    Defending suicide bombings that target Israeli civilians Sheikh A-Qaradawi told the BBC programme Newsnight that “an Israeli woman is not like women in our societies, because she is a soldier.

    “I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an evidence of God’s justice.

    “Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do”.

    Despite his popularity, Sheikh Al-Qaradawi is not without his critics in the Arab world.

    Some see his regular preaching on Al-Jazeera as an uncritical regurgitation of Islamic dogma out of touch with the modern world.

    _______

    now, will you allow us to ask on the sincerity of khan’s intent? regarding the point of his assignment?

    • opheliart permalink

      we are not stupid. who permits this “respected” scholar of :

      Thanks to his weekly appearance on the religious phone-in programme Al-Shariaa wa Al-Haya (Islamic Law and Life) he has become a household name for many Arabic-speaking Muslim communities.

      status with:

      He has distanced himself from suicide attacks in the West but he has consistently defended Palestinian suicide attacks against Israelis.

      Recently he told Al-Jazeera that he was not alone in believing that suicide bombings in Palestinian territories were a legitimate form of self defence for people who have no aircraft or tanks.

      and …

      “I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an evidence of God’s justice.

      “Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do”.
      ________

      Jesus had no such intent …

      did Islam’s prophet?

      we understand him to be a war lord? yes?

      what is the purpose of ISLAM? are we permitted this question without being accused?

  5. opheliart permalink

    http://religionnews.com/2016/05/08/in-supporting-trump-evangelicals-are-reaping-what-theyve-sown-commentary/

    ? no questions asked? this HISTORY author acts as if no one but PROTESTANT RELIGIOUS are voting for trump.

    we always say:

    history writes what history wants read. and the real question is:

    how much of it is MISINFORMATION? MISLEADING? and outright dishonest?

    • opheliart permalink

      http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/trump-catholic-evangelical-president/2016/03/25/id/720831/

      http://www.catholic.org/news/politics/story.php?id=68163

      LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) – The Catholic vote is one of the most important votes in the nation. Catholics make key voting blocs in swing states, such as Ohio, so how Catholics go, so too does the nation. It was Catholics who elected Obama, twice.

      Catholic voters can be difficult to predict. Instead of being single issue voters, they are more like the general electorate, voting for the person who supports their interests. About half of all Catholics support contraception and nearly half, abortion. Catholics are also divided on issues such as immigration reform, with some believing the nation must do more to welcome immigrants, while others feel we should follow a strict policy which excludes many.

      However, Catholic have one thing in common, they don’t like being told what to do. This may seem ironic for members of a Church that is also one of the planet’s last absolute monarchies. And while Catholics will often listen to the Pope, sometimes begrudgingly, they will absolutely rail against fellow Catholics, including clergy, who tell them who they cannot vote for.

      Recently, a pair of Catholic thinkers published a piece criticizing Donald Trump and those who support him in the National Review. The piece drew intense fire from Catholics who did not appreciate being criticized because of their support for Trump.

      So why are Catholics rallying behind Trump?

      The reason has to do with the general disgust felt by Catholics in general. American Catholics face the same problems as all other Americans. They’re tired of establishment politics that they feel has sold them out. Many have been working for a decade without seeing a significant rise in pay. They see perpetual war which is making them weary. They are tired of Obama and his policies which the Republicans seem unwilling to actually fight. They’re tired of Republican ineptitude.

      As for the clergy, they’re tired of ineffective sermonizing that has done nothing to change the country. Problems such as abortion, remain problems. Human trafficking, illegal immigration, drug abuse and other moral issues remain as pervasive as ever.

      Indeed, if the Church had the right approach it would be much more effective, spreading virally instead of shrinking.

      So Catholics tend to take exception when these same people tell them how to vote.

      Catholics are choosing Trump because he seems to be their best choice for genuine, conservative change. Time and again, Catholics have sent so-called conservatives to Congress only to be quickly disappointed. Consider John Boehner (R-OH), who was formerly Speaker of the House. The morning after the last midterm elections, which gave Republicans a very clear mandate to shut down Obama’s policies, especially on the issue of religious freedom and Obamacare, Boehner met with Obama and renewed their friendship.

      Catholics want someone who will fight for their interests, not sit down to coffee with their enemies.

      Until Republicans get the hint that Catholics want sincere and solid, moral leadership in Washington, they will continue to vote against establishment incumbents and in favor of insurgent candidates.

      Right now, that means Trump.

      ________

      a QUESTION:

      the United States is a catholic nation and catholicism is responsible for trump’s success at the pools?

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