Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Lifting the Veil on the ‘Islamophobia’ Hoax

Matthew Vadum, senior editor at Capital Research Center, has written a forceful article here that ...

"warn[s] readers about a dangerous effort to discourage Americans from thinking freely and arriving at their own conclusions about Islam.  The made-up word “Islamophobia” is wielded as a cudgel against those who dislike the Muslim religion and those who are merely skeptical of it.  The idea is to eventually make it as difficult and uncomfortable as possible to criticize the faith founded by Muhammad in the seventh century after the birth of Christ.  And a lot of well-heeled funders are part of a long-term campaign aimed at mainstreaming the tenets of Islam in American society.

... The political correctness that has metastasized in American culture requires that no one speak ill of Islam or say anything that might stigmatize or other-ize a Muslim in any way. All Americans must think and say only nice things about Islam. To object to this kind of politically correct censorship is not to make the gross generalization that Muslims are bad people, but it is to say that people have the right to criticize such things as the subjugation of conquered peoples by the Caliphate in the eighth century. After all, people freely criticize Western countries for, say, their treatment of their eighteenth-century colonies; so surely the twenty-first-century bombers of Paris, and their religious ideology, shouldn’t be above criticism.

But the politically correct do not accept this toleration of honest disagreements. They are determined to stamp out criticism, and they have an army of nonprofit organizations, foundations, academics, media outlets, and name-calling activists to help them.

And it is axiomatic that those who scream loudest about Islamophobia tend to have the most to hide.

This is not just some abstract academic discussion. Working through the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (or OIC, which until 2011 was called the Organisation of the Islamic Conference), Islamic states have been trying for years to convince the United Nations to criminalize this thought crime they call Islamophobia. 

... Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a former member of the shadowy Herndon, Va.-based International Institute for Islamic Thought, now rejects the idea of Islamophobia. “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”

... Meanwhile, the terrorist-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) regularly updates its list of “Islamophobic Organizations.” (CAIR was profiled by Daniel Pipes in Organization Trends, August 2005). By Islamophobic, CAIR apparently means, “willing to take an honest look at Islam.” 

... “Contending that American Muslims are the victims of wholesale repression, CAIR has provided sensitivity training to police departments across the United States, instructing law officers in the art of dealing with Muslims respectfully,” according to DiscoverTheNetworks. The estate of September 11 victim John O’Neill Sr., a high-ranking FBI counter-terrorism agent, filed a lawsuit which asserted that CAIR’s goal “is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police department and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.”

... As of March 2012, FBI agents weren’t allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation, according to an FBI directive titled, “Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.” The fact that a terrorism suspect is associated with a terrorist group means nothing, according to the document. It’s a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that benefits terrorists.

... Americans’ civil rights protections and political correctness are used by our Islamofascist enemies as weapons of infiltration. Just like our Soviet Communist enemies during the Cold War, Islamists are using Americans’ goodness and their sense of fair play, including an aversion to being accused of racial stereotyping, against American interests.

Of course anyone who follows the American scene knows that Muslims in this country are far from persecuted. They are involved in just about every field of human endeavor in the United States, including both major political parties. Criticism of Muslims for virtually any reason is often met with hysterical shrieks and verbal abuse from left-wingers perpetually on hair-trigger outrage alert. President Obama, in particular, seems to think Muslims can do no wrong ...

... Hard data do not support claims that Islamophobia exists in the United States. If anything, Americans tend to go out of their way not to offend Muslims or treat them differently. As Jonathan S. Tobin wrote in Commentary (Nov. 20, 2011): “the notion of a rising wave of hatred against Muslims is unsupported by any statistical research.”

... Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders spoke to a group of supporters on Capitol Hill on April 29, 2015. But if two left-wing, Muslim, Democrat lawmakers had their way, he wouldn’t have made it past the U.S. Customs desk at the airport because they claim he is an Islamophobe.

U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Andre Carson (D-Ind. ) wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry on April 23, urging that Wilders be denied entry to the United States. “We should not be importing hate speech,” they wrote. The government should “deny Mr. Wilders entry due to his participation in inciting anti-Muslim aggression and violence.”  ... Ellison and Carson are both in-your-face practicing Muslims who rarely stop talking about how rotten, unfair, and bigoted the United States is. Both men have been accused of having extensive ties to the world of Islamic terrorism. When Ellison won his first congressional election in 2006, several of his supporters shouted the traditional battle cry of jihadists—“Allahu Akbar!”—at his victory party, according to DiscoverTheNetworks.

... Islam isn’t even a real religion, Wilders contended. “Islam looks like a religion, but in reality it is a dangerous totalitarian ideology which wants to bring the whole world under Shariah law,” he said. “Islam means submission…. It’s either submit or die, and I suggest that we will do neither of them.”

People don’t accept what their leaders tell them about Islam, Wilders continued. They know that Islam is “an ideology of supremacy and conquest,” he said. “It’s not here to integrate. It’s not here to assimilate but to dominate and to subjugate and that’s the truth.”

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