Thursday, August 18, 2016

Harris: what do Jihadists want?

I started listening to Sam Harris' podcast that Facebook promoted to me.

It is titled:  "What do Jihadist's Really Want?"  

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/what-do-jihadists-really-want


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hamed Abdel-Samad on the Burka

In German, my English translation follows:

Diejenigen "Linken" und "Liberalen", die keinen Finger krumm machten, um muslimische Frauen vor Bevormundung, Zwangsverheiratung, Gewalt in der Familie und Ehrenmorde zu retten, wollen nun ihre freiheitlich-liberale Einstellung unter Beweis stellen indem sie das Tragen der Burka/ des Niqabs für ein Menschenrecht erklären.
Nein, Frauenrechte sind Menschenrechte. Und Geschlechter-Apartheid ist ein Verstoß gegen Menschenrechte. Geschlechtertrennung ist die Einstellung aus der Zwangsverheiratung und Ehrenmorde ihre Legitimation beziehen. Es ist auch die gleiche Einstellung aus der Terrorismus entsteht. Denn einem, der den Lebensstil einer Gesellschaft ablehnt und verachtet, fällt es leichter, Gewalt gegen diese sündigen Gesellschaft auszuüben!


My translation:

Those who call themselves "left" on the spectrum and "liberal" don't lift a finger to actually rescue Muslim women from oppression, forced marriage, violence in marriage and honor killings.  Now these same individuals want to prove their freedom loving, liberal worldview by declaring that the wearing of the Burka or Niqab is a human right.

NO.  The rights of women are human rights.  Instead, Gender-apartheit is a violation of human rights.  

Forced marriage and honor killings are legitimized by this very segregation of the sexes.  This view of gender-segregation also is the cause of terrorism because it rejects and despises the lifestyle of an entire society, but also because it leads more readily to the actual committing of violent acts against this "sinful" society!











Sunday, August 14, 2016

Old Testament Reading for Today

The OT reading for today was quite a zinger.  Jeremiah 23.

The Lying Prophets--"Who has stood in the council of the Lord?"--"I did not send these prophets, but they ran". "I am against those who prophesy lying dreams."  "You pervert the words of the living God." "I will cast you away from my presence, you and the city that I gave to you and to your fathers."

This was before the exile.

Lying Prophets

Concerning the prophets:

hMy heart is broken within me;
iall my bones shake;
I am like a drunken man,
like a man overcome by wine,
because of the Lord
and because of his holy words.
10  jFor the land is full of adulterers;
kbecause of the curse lthe land mourns,
and mthe pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
nTheir course is evil,
and their might is not right.
11  o“Both prophet and priest are ungodly;
even pin my house I have found their evil,
declares the Lord.
12  qTherefore their way shall be to them
like slippery paths rin the darkness,
into which they shall be driven and fall,
for I will bring disaster upon them
sin the year of their punishment,
declares the Lord.
13  In the prophets of tSamaria
uI saw an unsavory thing:
vthey prophesied by Baal
wand led my people Israel astray.
14  But in the prophets of Jerusalem
I have seen a horrible thing:
xthey commit adultery and walk in lies;
ythey strengthen the hands of evildoers,
so that no one turns from his evil;
zall of them have become like Sodom to me,
zand its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”
15  Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets:
a“Behold, I will feed them with bitter food
aand give them bpoisoned water to drink,
for from the prophets of Jerusalem
ungodliness has gone out into all the land.”

16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, cfilling you with vain hopes. dThey speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lorde‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who fstubbornly follows his own heart, they say, g‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

18  For hwho among them has stood in the council of the Lord
to see and to hear his word,
or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
19  iBehold, the storm of the Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
ja whirling tempest;
it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
20  kThe anger of the Lord will not turn back
until he has executed and kaccomplished
the intents of his heart.
lIn the latter days you will understand it clearly.

21  m“I did not send the prophets,
yet they ran;
I did not speak to them,
yet they prophesied.
22  nBut if they had stood in my council,
then they would have proclaimed my words to my people,
oand they would have turned them from their evil way,
and pfrom the evil of their deeds.

23 q“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?24 qCan a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LordrDo I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.25 I have heard what the prophets have said swho prophesy lies in my name, saying, t‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long shall there be lies in the heart of uthe prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, 27 who think to make my people forget my name tby their dreams that they tell one another, even as theirvfathers forgot my name for Baal? 28 wLet the prophet who has a dreamxtell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.yWhat has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord29 yIs not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and zlike a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 aTherefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who steal my words from one another. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the Lord.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and blead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when cI did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord.
33 d“When one of this people, or a prophet or a priest asks you, ‘What is the burden of the Lord?’ you shall say to them, ‘You are the burden,2and fI will cast you off, declares the Lord.’ 34 And as for the prophet, priest, or one of the people who says, ‘The burden of the Lord,’ dI will punish that man and his household. 35 Thus shall you say, every one to his neighbor and every one to his brother, ‘What has the Lordanswered?’ or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 36 But ‘the burden of theLord’ you shall mention no more, for the burden is every man's own word, and gyou pervert the words of hthe living God, the Lord of hosts, our God. 37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the Lordanswered you?’ or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 38 But if you say, ‘The burden of the Lord,’ thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have said these words, “The burden of the Lord,” when I sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The burden of the Lord,’” 39 therefore, behold, I will surely lift you up3 and fcast you away from my presence, you and the city that I gave to you and your fathers. 40 iAnd I will bring upon you everlasting reproach and iperpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’”