Beyond the Cusp

October 31, 2014

They Tried to Assassinate the Man to Kill an Idea Whose Time has Come

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Yehuda Glick will likely be branded as a right wing extremist, a fanatically religious extremist, anti-Palestinian, an impediment to peace, a Temple Mount extremist demanding this area held holy by three major religions be restricted for only Jews, a heretic who is setting the Middle East on fire and virtually any lie they can believably attempt to sell to make his assassination attempt appear to be deserved. Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was not any of these things, he was a man who advocated for religious freedom for the Temple Mount and to permit everybody to pray and worship as they see fit without fear of arrest or being banned from visiting the Temple Mount simply to satisfy the Islamic Waqf which is governed from Amman, Jordan. The Islamic Waqf enforces the restriction allowing solely Muslim prayers on the Temple Mount and forbids even the carrying or wearing of religious items on the Temple Mount as they could offend Muslim sensitivities. For his efforts to establish freedom of religion for all at one of the most universal religious locations on Earth Yehuda Glick was shot three times in the torso and lies in intensive care awaiting prayed for stabilization sufficient to permit further surgeries to mend the torn and punctured organs. Yehuda Glick needs the prayers of the world now as all the surgeons and physicians were able to accomplish was to control his bleeding, both internal and external, and stabilize him at the cusp between life and death as of this writing. The truth is the fight which Yehuda Glick struggle against placed his life on the line as he saw the real importance and full implications of his fight as it is the struggle to safeguard the right of religions other than Islam to exist in this world and be regarded as having equal rights and equal space. He was fighting on a significant though small scale of the war for the survival of Judaism and Christianity against the hegemonic and exclusionary threats from Islam, particularly extremist Islam such as the attitude that only Islamic prayers be allowed on the Temple Mount today, and in Jerusalem later and eventually, should Islamic active leaders who hold the positions of power have their way, having Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto and any religion other than Islam or even those who claim no religious preference from being forced into Islam or face death by the sword as commanded by the Quran and Sharia.

 

What was the most disgusting reality which has been proven today has been the lack of concern or even mention on much of the mainstream media and political talk shows about this attempted assassination in the heart of Jerusalem which was the first actual shots in the war for the rights to have any religious freedom in Jerusalem or face Jerusalem being made the third Islamic holy city after Mecca and Medina and like them becoming forbidden place for any other than Muslims. The struggle for dominion over the Temple Mount is the central struggle for Jerusalem and eventually all of Israel and then Europe and the Americas and then the remainder of the world. This is the fight which animated Yehuda Glick and the driving force which will hopefully also allow him with the help of G0d to not just survive this horrid assault but to thrive and return to his life’s quest with renewed vigor and even more intensity, if such is even possible. May the assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist and realist win him thousands of supporters for every minute his life straddles the cusp between life and death and may the new support for his struggle also benefit his fight to live and once again be with his family and friends and return to walk and pray freely and openly on the Temple Mount. May his vision of a Synagogue at the least and the rebuilt Temple as must be his dream as it is mine and millions of Jews throughout the world as we have held that desire sacred over the centuries since the Roman sacking of the Temple and Jerusalem the year 70.

 

This wanton act of hatred has disturbed me greatly even though I have never had the privilege or pleasure to have met and shared a discussion concerning his dream and life’s driving quest. The respect I have for the public effort and stand Yehuda Glick has pressed for all of his recent life is boundless which makes the lack of concern or even mention his attempted assassination has caused beyond Israel. There has been no denunciation from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the one leader who can always be counted amongst those who will denounce Israel using the slightest of force to end rioting and rock assaults upon Israeli commuters along any Israeli road which passes by numerous Arab neighborhoods around Jerusalem and beyond. There has been no concern from European Union Foreign Secretary the Lady Catherine Ashton who routinely condemns Israel. No wishes for a recovery or concerns coming from heads of state from every corner of the globe. There has been nothing from President Obama or Secretary of State Kerry other than the unnamed administration source according to Jeffrey Goldberg who slurred Prime Minister Netanyahu as coward using the most egregious and base slang terminology.

 

There were comments from Jordan’s Islamic affairs minister, Hayel Daoud, who accused Israel of “state terrorism” for closing the Temple Mount for a few hours immediately after the assassination attempt which occurred in the relative proximity. Then there was the Arab street across the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem who danced in the streets handing out sweets and candies celebrating the attempted assassination of a Jewish leader. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas released a press release denouncing Israel for the instigating of violence and destructions on the Temple Mount and throughout Jerusalem, a usual action taken by Abbas every time there are any acts which might reflect poorly on Palestinians should they receive coverage such as the assassination attempt. This tactic has proven very effective as any articles begin with the Abbas denunciation of the Israelis and paints any rioting or acts of violence as honest reaction to whatever Abbas was referencing. There is no verification of Abbas and his charges but they are transmitted around the world before any coverage contrary to the blame Israel complaints from Abbas reach the media making it always to appear as if Israel is reacting to claims against their phantasmal extremist acts. There was the statement from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu who stated, “I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life. I would also like to commend the ISA and the Israel Police for quickly solving this act of terrorism.” His congratulations were for their response and attempt to arrest the assassin who had attempted to murder Yehuda Glick who resisted arrest shooting at IDF troops supporting the arrest who returned fire killing the terrorist. Prime Minister Netanyahu further commented, “A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas nom de guerre) who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible. I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks. The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo.” The Prime Minister could have continued with the same criticism over the silence of the international community of nations, leaders and other political and ambassadorial persons and the busybodies who regularly are very vocal decrying any and every act from Israel. The silence is deafening and reveals the reality that as far as the world is concerned the life of leading Israelis and possibly even of any Jews has no worth nor generates any level of concern though every level of scorn is permissible at any time for any reason. This has clarified much as the world could not care less that a leading Temple Mount activist and founder of a front line human and religious rights organization, LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, who was obviously targeted for nationalistic reasons, a polite wording which means terrorist act steeped in a deep and hot hatred which is a direct result from the instigations and defamations and plain outright calls for the murder of Jews for the supposed crime of breathing which is repeated daily throughout Palestinians society including from Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian leadership from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, in textbooks paid for by the European Union, United States, United Nations and European governments, media, cartoons and other children’s programming, youth groups and throughout the societal structures. Perhaps from this unfortunately angry and probably not so well written article there might start a ripple carrying the information that a man who simply journeyed through life exerting every ounce of his energy in attempts to establish a Jewish presence and equal rights for all religions on the Temple Mount with an emphasis for Christians and Jews who suffer most directly from the Islamic oppression being enforced by the Waqf appointed by Jordanian leadership as part of an agreement whereby Israel took steps to guarantee Islamic equal rights on the Temple Mount and has resulted in solely Islamic religious rights on the Temple Mount, the indifference must stop here. Below is an excerpt from Yehuda Glick’s final speech he delivered before leaving the Begin Center and being shot almost fatally by an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

October 30, 2014

Crisis in American Israeli Relations

 

There is reporting of a crisis in the relations between the United States and Israel. Nothing could be further from the truth. The American people continue to support Israel by almost three to one. The United States military and other intelligence services and Israeli intelligence services continue to exchange vital information as before. Military to military exchanges between the two powers remain intact. The American Congress and Israeli Knesset appear to continue to exchange mostly friendly exchanges. About the sole rough spot in Israel United States relations is restricted to the Obama Administration’s regards towards Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and other leaders from the Israeli coalition. This is not something even remotely a new news as the difficulties first instance of the potential for difficulties was evidenced by the very first phone conversation President Obama chose to make from the Oval Office immediately after his first inauguration in January of 2009. One could have assumed from the fact that that first phone call was with Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority which is not even representative of an actual nation, before President Obama made any calls to former friends or enemies. This could be classified as the initial shot across the bow of the Israelis that they were in for some rough times while President Obama remained in the White House. But this was far from the sole action which signaled the difficulties which have only escalated since.

 

When Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made his initial trips to the White House he was made to enter and leave through side and rear doors and President Obama refused to make a joint press appearance with the Israeli leader during the first half of his initial term. The next notable evidence of trouble with President Obama and his opinions and relations with the Israelis came during an open microphone conversation between President Obama and then French President Sarkozy where President Sarkozy stated commenting on his feelings and attitudes of the Israeli Prime Minister, “I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.” President Obama responded in kind stating, “You’re tired of him; what about me? I have to deal with him every day.” This exchange was not reported initially in the Israeli media or within the United States media both for the identical reason, to protect President Obama and avoid causing any embarrassment or difficulties for the American administration. The initial reports came out of Europe and not necessarily initially the French but then the story spread worldwide. All of these amongst a few others which were more minor indiscretions largely from the White House with an occasional unhelpful retort from members of the Israeli leadership within and even outside of the ruling coalition but never from the Prime Minister’s office. There was also the revelation that the United States had been recording the phone conversations of numerous Israeli government members, particularly Ministers who held portfolios in the Prime Minister’s cabinet. As this became known there were numerous claims released in the American mainstream media reporting suspected Israeli spying on the White House and military leadership which the Israelis mostly refused comment and simply hoped both sides of the crisis in relations would simply pass.

 

During the reelection campaign between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney there were rumors that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was actively supporting Romney against President Obama. These rumors persisted despite Prime Minister Netanyahu consistently telling media sources in response to these accusations that he supported neither side and was ready and willing to work with whoever would become the next American President. This is evident with even the most casual of internet or news source queries. After reelection the relationship appeared to remain thawed as during the lead up to his reelection bid, President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu actually began to meet before the media and the Prime Minister was permitted to enter through the main entrance to the White House. This thaw did hit some rough spots. One such was when President Obama refused to allow the arrangement of a meeting in New York when both were to be at the ceremonies for the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations despite the reality where President Obama had time to appear on The View. There have been other dust-ups between the two government leadership and both the President and the Prime Minister have made efforts to minimize their differences and mutual dislike.

 

At no point am I about to claim that Prime Minister Netanyahu has any great amount of ardor for President Obama though I suspect that there are a number of members of the Israeli government who have far less affection for President Obama than does Prime Minister Netanyahu. The recent blow-up has been building for some time and much is based on demands from the American Administration that the Israeli government ignores their people and instead simply complies and simply blindly meets the demands of the Americans even at the risk of the Israeli people or even the existence of the entire nation of Israel. This is the point where Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to enter and relations began to hit what may prove a fatal turn southward. It started with the recent abduction of three Israeli teens and their subsequent murder by three Hamas terrorists. Israel loosed the IDF to overturn anything and everything in their efforts to locate and hopefully, prayerfully find the three teens alive and well. After weeks of searching they finally located the three teens’ corpses in a shallow grave at the periphery of the search areas. Israel released the identities of the men who perpetrated the abduction and murder but the Palestinian Authority refused to arrest and release the suspects to Israel. There was the abduction and murder of a Palestinian youth committed by three Israeli teens led by a mentally challenged youth. All three have been arrested and face potentially life sentences and their trials are to be held. This was followed by steadily increasing barrages of rockets out of Gaza fired by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and allied terrorists into southern and central Israel as far north as Haifa and including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and their surrounding neighborhoods. Almost ninety percent of Israelis came within the range of these barrages and warning sirens sounded throughout the day throughout Israel. The ensuing conflict lasted fifty days and a final peace has yet to be hammered out.

 

During the repeating ceasefires, which often were refused or broken soon after their initiation by Hamas, United States Secretary of State presented the plan approved by President Obama and the State Department for a final settlement of the conflict between Israel and Hamas and allies. The proposal presented by Secretary Kerry would have granted Hamas virtually every last item they had demanded while granting Israel nothing more than a cease of hostilities. Fortunately for the Israeli public, the Iron Dome anti-missile system produced through extensive Israeli research and development detected and determined almost flawlessly which projectiles would strike populated regions and intercepted approaching or over ninety percent of those determined to pose threats to life. Even more fantastic was one rocket which was determined to strike central Tel Aviv, which would have potentially killed as many as multiple thousands of Israelis, was attempted to be intercepted by Iron Dome with three anti-missile launches which all missed. The Iron Dome crew alerted emergency services and had already given them the area where the projectile was computed to strike. By a miracle the wind apparently gusted sufficiently to toss the projectile miles to the west falling harmlessly in the Mediterranean Sea. Many, myself included, do not believe any amount of wind could send a rocket that far from its course that late in its trajectory and instead fully believe this was a miracle and a blessing. There was no reason to throw away such a sign and even less reason to accept the complete surrender proposed by Secretary of State Kerry on behalf of President Obama and his advisors. Despite it becoming immediately obvious that Israel was not going to agree with the plan presented by Secretary Kerry and supported, if not originating with, Qatar, Iran and Turkey did not prevent the Obama Administration advisors from continuing even to the present to try pushing that plan. What makes this even more interesting was the rejection of this plan by Egypt who, along with Israel, continued to sponsor the only rational peace agreement which slowly Hamas has come to realize that the Qatari, Iranian, Turkish and Obama sponsored plan is dead especially as Egypt also refuses to accept it and they also have a say in this ceasefire as it affects the Sinai Peninsula.

 

Recent news has reported another development which also defines the trouble with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the numerous other terrorist entities in Gaza and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and the Muslim Brotherhood, the founding parent organization of Hamas, with the Egyptian leadership. These reports tell of the Egyptians have given thousands of Gazans a matter of hours rather than weeks to move from their homes which are close to the Gaza Sinai Peninsula border as Egypt will be destroying their homes to establish a wider no-go zone in order to prevent further attacks against Egyptian forces in the Sinai Peninsula has recently made the news. The Egyptians are also planning to dig a very deep trench to medial tunnel depth and open the trench to the Mediterranean Sea filling it with water. This is designed to prevent infiltrations into the Sinai and to prevent further smuggling of people and provisions in or out of Gaza from the Sinai. Egypt has also prevented Gaza fisherman from fishing in Egyptian waters. The Egyptians have also presented a ceasefire agreement plan between Israel and Hamas and friends which Israel has accepted and had accepted during the first week of fighting when the death toll was less than fifty Gazans. Hamas insisted on the continuation of the violence and intentionally placed as many Gazan citizens in harm’s way as conceivable leading to the approximate thousand Gazan civilians who died during the conflict as well as the approximate thousand Hamas and other terrorist combatants who were killed.

 

With the Israeli leadership refusing the proposed ceasefire proposal authorized and supported by the Obama Administration the sensitivities were increased and tensions reached new heights. The verbal exchange between administrations can likely be traced to Israeli Minister of Defense who privately stated that he thought Secretary of State Kerry was “obsessive and messianic” which was subsequently leaked to the Israeli media which then rushed to make it known publically and probably internationally. This led to the recent denial for Israeli Minister of Defense Ya’alon meetings with top United States Administration personnel during his recent visit to Washington. Within the week the dustup ran off the scale with a White House nameless high official stating to the media that Israeli Prime Minister was a, “chickens%*t” in addition to other references such as, “recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery’,” which was, needless to say, immediately printed and made copy and into the news the next immediate morning. Now the accusations are trapesing their way across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean between Jerusalem and Washington. This is all on top of the rising ire within the Israeli population over the finally admitted silent building freeze which Prime Minister Netanyahu had been enforcing in response to demands and pressures from President Obama so as to prevent any construction, despite his coalition was demanding, beyond the Green Line or in East Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu has finally been forced to allow minimal building inside the Israeli Capital City, Jerusalem, both within existing predominately Jewish neighborhoods from a tender which was initially approved back in 2010. These apartments will be made available to Jews, Druze, Arabs, Christians, Muslims or any other Israeli citizen. That does not matter to the American Administration, the mainstream media or the rest of the blame Israel as racist and the source of all worldly problems by various peoples and groups, and their numbers are legion.

 

The one thing I can promise about this escalation, this too will pass, even if it takes another election after the coming midterms. The cooperation between United States and Israeli intelligence agencies will continue, the cooperation for the most part between the United States military and the Israeli Defense Forces will continue, the difficulties with the White House will calm but remain at a heightened level for the rest of the Obama Presidency, but that will prove not to be all that much more evident or as an impediment than it has until now, and there will be more bromides and accusations mostly emanating from Washington but also from Jerusalem, just none attributable to either leader, unless there is yet one more open microphone incident. There may still be another meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu but if so it will be more akin to the earlier child receptions and please use the back door than the openness which existed for the past few years. There will also very likely be an election in Israel before the end of President Obama’s second term and even well before the next election cycle in the United States. The Israeli election may once again see Democrat Party functionaries and electioneering experts in Israel assisting the Labor Party, Meretz Party and any other left leaning Israeli political party with their efforts to replace Prime Minister Netanyahu and his Likud Party control. What might work to surprise the United States emissaries on the morning after election day is that if they do manage to hurt the Likud Party sufficiently that it does not gain a plurality and another party is given the nod to try to form a coalition, it just might be a party which is even more conservative and Zionist than Likud has proven under Prime Minister Netanyahu leadership. The efforts might actually prove to put in place a government which will build steadily and consistently placing more and more facts on the ground and there is a potential that the next government may not care what the world thinks such building is doing to the chances for peace as they will tell the world something they already know but refuse to admit, the reason there has not been peace is not because Israel was not ready for peace but because the world kept up the pretense that the Palestinian leadership desired peace and continued to pump money to their cause in the hope they would eventually win the only peace they desire, the destruction of Israel. That is the one statement Prime Minister once got perfectly right when he announced before the Knesset in response to one of the Arab Ministers who claimed that the Palestinians were here before the Jews and would be here after the Jews were gone and he replied the former was inaccurate and the later would never happen.

 

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October 27, 2014

Israel Defense Force Commander Criticized Over Religious Reference

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Commander Ofer Winter from the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has raised the ire of the secular media, NGOs and other general busybodies over his using a reference to G0d when addressing his troops right before they entered Gaza and potential life-threatening situations in combating Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist entities during Operation Protective Edge. Commander Winter received generous compliments from the founder of the brigade, Brigadier General (res.) Yehuda Duvdevani at an event honoring the Givati soldiers held Tuesday at Nahshonit Park east of Tel Aviv where he, remarked “I hope that in the future we will have more commanders that will walk in his (Winter’s) path.” The Southern Commander of the IDF Major General Sami Turgeman when making an address at the same ceremony lauded Commander Winter saying, “the brigade, under the command of Ofer and the battalion commanders, came wherever it was needed and through creativity, planning and determination defeated the enemy every time.”

 

As part of the calls denouncing Commander Winter for his religious reference and invoking G0d, when he cited the Shema prayer in his last address to troops before entering combat, came from the Israel Democracy Institute which took a novel if not incorrect approach claiming that religious soldiers might decide that G0d’s Will runs contra to specific orders. They were obviously unaware that Halacha mandates obeying commanders’ orders when defending the Jewish People. Further, there is likely no more appropriate prayer than the Shema prayer when the task at hand is potentially life threatening and where death can come over one with a suddenness that would preclude the individual soldier from reciting the Shema before expiring. What this entire tempest in a teapot is all about is the secularists in Israel knowing their numbers barely mount to ten percent of the population, if that high, feel they must scream, shout and attempt to intimidate the religious Jews from the public square or else face religious references resulting in what they would view as an Israel that would be too Jewish.

 

The truth be known, the answer to many, if not all, of the Western world’s problems could be resolved by a returning to G0d and religion, be it Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Shinto, Hindu, Taoism, Islam or any religion where man is placed under a more moral structure and especially those which provide either a more perfect role model or G0d above the normal human such that each individual must work towards a more moral and perfect life and live with the realization that they are not the highest form of being defining what is correct individually and measuring their lives by their own defined and usually lacking standards. Such a return to a life spent thriving for a perfection defined traditionally which places the societal goodness and the dedication to the continuation and aiming to provide a better future than the present day instead of living entirely in the moment and almost exclusively for oneself placing the self at the pinnacle of creation and foremost in the plans and seeking of desires controlling each and every action would even solve the problems of the death of the civilization through birth rates below replacement levels. It has been the loss of faith which has also brought on the loss of community; loss of the sense of belonging; the collapse of the family, including as an enduring relationship, as the path to the future, the creation of that future through children and as the nurturing development of children; and the cause of an emptiness inside and in our lives which we forever seek to fill often at the cost of fulfilling others around us.

 

The loss of faith and decline of religion can be measured simply by taking measure of the extent which government has enlarged itself and how it has succeeded in replacing religion in the societal roles such as assisting the needy, sheltering the homeless, clothing those in need of clothes and every other societal function previously seen as the calling of the religious entities most often through the community’s house of worship be it a Synagogue, Church, Temple, Mosque, or other such group. This societal problem of the death of religion is only the initial stage, a stage that Europe and the United States, if not all of Western society, has already passed and would take an enormous effort and years of taking apart the government behemoth returning to religious entities those roles for supporting the needy and providing a guidance which has been replaced with cold regulations and laws. The next measure is to what extent the government has replaced the family and also broken the family function making it more of an empty, cold, hollowed out existence of two people who are often too drawn-up in their work relations to actively support and nurture each other, let alone children. Government provided meals at school even to the point of forbidding parent prepared lunches from home insisting on the student consuming the government provided and carefully planned and measured correct caloric count and meeting nutritional guidelines, before and after school activities making government the nanny caring for the children, and final stage is government provided and licensed day care for even the newborn. Many in the West have surrendered their responsibilities to the government allowing the government to actually nurture their children, assuming they even bothered to have children and did not resort to birth control or even resorting to abortive actions waiting for that perfect right time to have children, a time which never comes. We in much of the Western world have replaced religion with regulations and government programs and now spend our lives in supplication to the State even to the point of tithing of fifty percent of our gross salaries or more to support that State. Even our healthcare and the critical decisions over life and death are surrendered to a government panel as part of our healthcare. Is there much left we can surrender to government, will we actually move into government provided cubbyholes called our environmental residences and allow constant monitoring of our every move with warnings not to act in ways which may cause harm and cost the government revenue which could be better used?

 

The current growing and seemingly unresolvable conflict is between Western society and its government as religion system against Islamists who want a religiously controlled government where religion has replaced government. Some of the accusations made by the Jihadists against Western nations have lost their souls and engage in a lifestyle that represents what they define as debaucherous desires and actions and a society consisting of people whose only concern is their own pleasure and who have no piety or belief in Allah, or even G0d or other guiding enlightened archetypical standard. Their accusation is that, especially in Europe and the United States, lives are wasted and only strive for sexual pleasures while abstaining from religion completely. What would be amusing, if was not so much a threat, is that the best weapon the West could have to successfully resist the Islamist extremist would be their Judeo-Christian roots and a return to a living religiously guided lives, returned to our houses of worship and reestablished our sense of community intertwined with our religious observance. This would provide the glue which could unite us and give that unity a bonding agent which would be unbreakable and further provide the citizens in the Western world a sense of belonging which was worth defending. Without a return to the basics which gave Western society a strong and moral base, the conflict with Islam will only grow and eventually result in the end of Western culture and with that the Judeo-Christian ethic which resulted in the advancement and pursuit of truths which our science provided and the benefits from those discoveries. Should the extremist Islamists win in what they perceive as their primary source for Jihad, then further advancement of science will be stymied for the foreseeable future and this would be catastrophic.

 

The future of mankind is currently resting on a single decision which history will make over the next decade or two and we reach the conclusion of this culture war which we have entered into whether we chose to accept that or not. The medical and biologic discoveries alone that the next half a century could produce are beyond belief and would have astounding application in extending life expectancy, prolonged or even restored youthfulness, replacement of organs using one’s own cells and so much more. The advancements in physics, chemistry, computer sciences and engineering will be almost as impressive and produce items and opportunities some of which are beyond our comprehension or ability to even imagine. But lose the Western based culture and enter into a religious straightjacket which insists that study of the Quran is the end-all of necessary knowledge and study beyond the Quran and the Hadiths is forbidden unless it is for advancement of the conquest and conversion of the entire world as Allah commands will result in a new Dark Age. Should the Jihadists succeed the losses for society and mankind will be immeasurable. We should have no problem with Muslims who accept a plurality of religions and a separation between religious influences and government and the basic freedoms spelled out in the United States Bill of Rights and the acceptance of common law in its historic and modern interpretations. Militant Islam which believes in Jihad as the spread of Islam over the entirety of the world and the forced conversion or death to all inhabitants within must be terminated and if that means a reinterpretation or even rewriting of the Quran and the Hadiths, so be it. Judaism and Christianity have experienced reformations which adapted them for a harmonious world where all enjoy equal rights under the law and within the society. These beliefs do exist in the Quran and were the entirety of the Quranic writings when Muhammad joined with a scribe to inscribe the revelations for the Quran in Mecca. Those writings were all about harmony, peace, coexistence and the recognition of the rights and continued existence of other religions. This earliest rendition of the Quran provided for the conversion of the willing and those accepting its teachings but did not provide for the violent conversion or the sword approach currently being put on vivid and horrific display by ISIS. Either path for Islam and its adherents matters less than the return to religion and restoring the place for the houses of worship returning to them those powers and responsibilities taken from them by force of law by the government, more often than not, the Federal Government of the State. That restoration is of the utmost importance despite the seeming lack of ability for Western society to perceive this imbalance and their respective losses.

 

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