As we get closer to the 9th anniversary of 9/11 we are forced to take pause and reflect on the events of the past several months. As well as a certain planned event for Saturday. Being agnostic I clearly see the folly on both sides of this issue. Being a human being of reasonable intelligence I clearly see the wrongness in burning holy text. Not from a religious stand point, but from a humanitarian View Point. The idea is clear Mr. Jones is sending a direct message to Muslims that their religion is not tolerated here. Whatever Jones says he can not hide the intent of burning the Qur’an. He claims that he not speaking to the moderate Muslims, but to those extremists that attacked us on 9/11. That doesn’t fly. By burning their holy text you are speaking to every Muslim. And that is unacceptable. And it is equally unacceptable to provoke violence from those you know can be provoked into violence. While he will enrage the moderate he most likely will not get a violent response. But his words, he is taunting the extremists. And that makes his actions premeditated. And as he has the constitutional right, as a self-proclaimed man of God he has a greater responsibility towards peace and humanity. I do not fear his actions will bring retaliation here. It’s not the solders I fear for, though they will be the most likely targets. It’s the Christian population throughout the middle east. Jordan, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Palestine. These are the ones Terry Jones is willing to put in harm’s way to prove Islamic extremists can be pushed into acts of violence. And those of you who call yourselves American and Christian are willing to step back and allow radical extremists kill innocent people, in order to justify your intolerance of Islam. Terry Jones Responsibilities to the words and teachings of Jesus, should outweigh his constitutional right and his own deep prejudice and intolerance.
Honor by definition is “That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration self-respect dignity courage fidelity especially excellence of character high moral worth; virtue nobleness” As the weekend of “Non Political” rallies wind down in DC this weekend I was left a bit puzzled. First of all Honor isn’t something you can give freely. Honor like respect and trust has to be earned. It’s through your actions and your words that make you honorable or dishonorable. My other concern is regardless if you’re in Beck’s audience or not the fact is he is just a media mouthpiece, and whether or not you agree with the message or not, he is paid to speak the minds of those that fill his coffers. What Glen Beck fails to identify, or maybe he does, and hopes we all see past it, is that to be honorable, you have to be so all the time. And that means the truth. When we distort the truth is a lie. If we spin the truth its a lie. There is no gray area here. And one of the key fundamental problems in this country is we expect our politicians and media mouth pieces to lie to us, then we excuse the lie, or condemn the lie all based on our personal ideologies. To be honorable you must always speak and act on the side of what is right, even if you do not agree, especially if you do not agree. The man who can see past his own prejudices and do right, that is what honor means. To choose only that which agrees with you, even knowing that at the heart of it, you are wrong, well this is dishonor. And that leads me back to the controversy of the mosque near ground zero. While both sides are scrambling daily to come up with new ammunition to hurl at one another I am going to stick to my original argument and beat that dead horse into the ground, as it is the only argument needing to be addressed. And that is beyond everything, is the right of private ownership. The land on which this intended community center will be built on is rightfully owned by American Citizens. And as American Citizens they have the right of ownership. We may not like it but it is right. It is the truth. And the only Honorable thing to do is honor what is right. How many more freedoms and rights must we sacrifice as a whole to sooth the fears and discomforts of a few? By carrying on the fight against the mosque based solely on intolerance and ignorance and distorted facts is by nature the dishonorable thing to do. So just who is Glen Beck restoring honor for? My honor is intact I will always find the right path, and will not be swayed or guided by dishonorable men. Is it for the people? Those loyal listeners that hang on your every word? How can you restore honor for them? This is something they each need to do for themselves. And it begins with the realization that honor can not be achieved through the infliction of other people regardless of the cultural and religious differences. And the whole controversy centering all of this is nothing short of dishonorable. With terms distorting the truth like, Mosque at Ground Zero, 9/11 victory mosque. These are terms meant to sensationalize it and make it news worthy, but they are dishonorable lies. Meant to inflame and call to arms like-minded people. Who by design would be offended by these statements. And in their fear trepidation and intolerance, do not look any deeper into this beyond the inflaming words spread by dishonorable people. My advice to Glen Beck would be to work on restoring your own honor, the rest of us have to worry about ourselves.
In response to some of the hateful email’s I received over my post, “The Self Reliant American” I must have hit a cord with some ultra conservatives. And I usually don’t care what other people say, and well I still don’t care, it just gives me something to blog about. I’ve been called a hippy, an environmentalist, a liberal, etc. Yeah OK whatever I never really identify with a label or a closed off philosophy. I have also been called a leaching worthless determent to society. And that I have to refute, I spent over 22 years contributing to that society. These days, I contribute as little as possible, and take back even less. As I read about 15 comments all so hurtful that I had to remove them, not because of any personal attacks on my character or lifestyle, but for the attacks on whole groups of people who I have been unfairly grouped into. Unfair to me as well as those that do Identify with, the liberals, and the gays, and the Muslims. Thats when it dawned on me. These attacks are motivated by fear. Its fear that drives the debate against the mosque in New York. And do you all really want to set a president, of special interest controlling the rights of land owners? Are you prepared to have a church construction challenged like this? How much more of your freedoms are you going to sacrifice to your fears? How many more wars do we have to endure to appease your fears? And where does this irrational fear of everything come from? It comes from a generations of people raised under the threat of global annihilation by nuclear war. Our leaders pushed an agenda of fear, and we grew up under that blanket of fear, And being fearful makes it so much easier for them to pass laws like the patriot act, and openly spying on Americans on American soil. By instilling fear, and then dividing you against each other, it makes all that much easier for them to control you, and little by little they slowly take more and more of your rights away from you. And by the time you figured it all out, it’s far too late. There is nothing left for you to do but conform. When you break it all down there are really only two kinds of people on this planet. Those that live life, and those that run from it. If you run now, you will be running forever, and then everything you do, say and think will be ruled and controlled by that fear.
President Obama weighed in on the growing controversy over the so-called ground zero mosque. Saying “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” And whether you like it or not he is right. For Christians to be allowed to continue their religious freedoms, those Christians must allow everyone else the right to do the same. I have watched this story closely for some time now and just as with gay rights, there is no reason to oppose this other than simple hate and intolerance. But whats fueling all this hate, racism and intolerance towards Muslims? Especially from a group who claim to be above and beyond this behavior. The biggest source of the hatred and intolerance is being spread by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. There are so many things wrong in our world today and a lot of that is being reverberated throughout the Idiocracy by these two clowns. There is no real reason why this mosque should not be built where it’s being built. No reasons other than those based on intolerance and racism. If that is not how you see it then tell me where I am wrong. From where I am sitting a movement against this mosque is suing them in order to keep them from building. In other words they are suing to take first amendment rights away from them. That is not only wrong that is UnAmerican. And few are as UnAmerican as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. As these two have made a living of hiding behind the first amendment you would think they would understand, a true American defends those freedoms unwaveringly. Even if you don’t personally agree. Beck and Limbaugh use and abuse the 1st amendment, and then try to deny to other Americans. Its time that Rush and Glen just packed their bags and left. If we get rid of all the traitor racists and hypocrite religions in this country, the rest of us sensible people will be able to focus on fixing the mess we find ourselves in.
I try to stay out of these religious basis conversations, however recent articles and conversations has led me back to the keyboard. The question is why does faith always lead to intolerance? before I start blasting on faith let me explain my position, I am not an Atheist, an Atheist must know more that I do. However I will not accept a book, collection of oral histories from many different cultures over a vast period of time, as being the one true word of God. While I don’t label myself as Faithful, I do believe in a designed order of the universe. And no you are not the center of it. So I have to ask myself why do those of faith show so much intolerance? Just the other day as I was scanning through a faith-based story on the internet, I also scan the comments. One comment in particular caught my attention, the poster was crying foul over all the “Atheists” judging Christians, the christian then cites the bible on passing judgment. Typical Christian response. The Christian then closes with all non believers will burn, etc. Hmmm, he displays anger at being judged, then closes by passing judgment. The hypocrisy of faith is immeasurable and the damage it has caused is irreparable. It was faith in God that lead Jim Jones and his followers into mass suicide. It was faith in God that drove David Koresh and his branch Davidian suicide. The faith in God was behind every lynching, in this country. Faith of God rests in every war and atrocity the U.S. has ever committed. Faith in God drives the greed and power of the corrupt church. Faith in God drives Fred Phelps to protest funerals of fallen soldiers. Faith in God gives Phelps the right to spread hate and intolerance. Faith of God drives men like Phelps to slander God. Faith in God feeds hate intolerance and exclusion. Faith in God leads us to only more pain, more sorrow and more greed. A world with out God is a world closer together.