The almost daily lawlessness in places like Chicago, France, and now southern California by those who choose terrorism over peace, violence over cooperation, hatred over love, all resembles a deadly virus in the body of the civilized world. Is there an ungodly connection between failed liberal policies and a political system masquerading as a peaceful religion?
Quoting Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, current ISIS leader, “Islam was never a religion of peace.” What does the promise of 72 virgins for the slaughter of innocents tell you? Yes, there are millions of peaceful Moslems, but do they know what the Koran says if they don’t understand Arabic, are illiterate to begin with, and intimidated into silence?
Have you listened to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan yelling “takbir” lately? This is nothing like what Jesus taught — a philosophy of peace and love. Christ did not play politics, he did not murder, and he did not advocate murder. He said, “Love your neighbor. Go and sin no more.”
Regardless of your politics or faith orientation, those who stand up for freedom of speech are not the bad guys! The assault on Charlie Hebdo publishers prompting remarks like “unnecessarily provocative,” “taunting,” or “hate speech” regarding the private event in Garland, Texas last spring constitute misguided commentary. Secretary of State John Kerry stuck his foot in his mouth yet again by saying the objections were “legitimate”!
What I learned in kindergarten is that sticks and stones may break my bones, but names (and cartoons) can’t hurt me. Ben Carson, Megyn Kelly, and yes, even Donald Trump were all correct. Read “Tyranny of Silence” (2014) by Flemming Rose, Danish author in defense of publishing the Mohammed cartoons, replete with dire warnings against limitations on freedom of speech.
According to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, “The fog of fascism is descending on college campuses,” our so-called institutions of higher learning where young people are attempting to dictate what can be spoken. We cannot be intimidated into silence over what must be protected — our 1st Amendment right to free speech, debate, religion, and peaceful assembly!
Is there a sick adolescent gang mentality gaining popularity similar to that found in “No-Go Zones” — ghettos not just in Europe, but also here where the police simply don’t go? Are many of the claims of police brutality the result of resisting arrest and defiance of authority? Any rogue cop is an anomaly best handled by an unbiased judicial system, if one exists.
Liberal author Tom Friedman ignorantly says of ISIS “…they don’t have jobs and never held a girl’s hand”, yet they spend millions on guns and bombs and they reproduce like termites.
They are bullies who prey on the vulnerable. The source of their riches is taxation through extortion, kidnapping, drugs, oil, and the rape of antiquities. Maybe they should stop destroying their neighborhoods and practice a peaceful religion!
Both radical Islam and its evil cousin here in places like Chicago and Ferguson and on many college campuses are based on scapegoating around false doctrine and policies that excuse bad behavior, keeping people in bondage or worse — deluded in a culture of drugs, violence, and the glorification of death. See Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest book, “Heretic”, a shocking expose of the hatred levied at anyone who dares to question Islam.
The civilized world is under attack due to a growing lack of respect for human life and law and order. Funny how history tends to repeat itself when we ignore the lessons of the past, but even Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot didn’t kill in the name of God.
This is war on our soil — anarchy that will not go away with a gun ban. In addition to a designated driver, now we all need a designated “packer”, locked and loaded.
It is also naive to talk about throwing money at mental illness when this is frequently nothing more than bad behavior by young males, and an occasional female, often recruited overseas, in our prisons, or on the Internet — angry, hateful, godless individuals full of excuses and blaming!
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” Peace to you and yours.
Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.