Nothing says love like two skeletons hugging.
Here’s an interesting article on the roots of Tea Party ‘conservatism’.
It argues that they represent a far older conservatism, one from Europe where the ‘individual’ is assigned a place by God and nature and any attempts to change that imperils both society and the individual’s soul.
It ties in with my frequent observation that to Tea Party ‘conservatives’ that America is not a nation but a faith. They oppose modern society because modernism is, they believe, antithetical to faith.
Last night I mentioned an article in Tablet Magazine which described how the mayor of a French town, out of a reflexive fear of jihadists, had banned an anti-jihadist Muslim film titled Timbuktu from being shown, even though he hadn’t bothered to see it for himself. It really annoyed me after all the chest-beating over censorship and free speech. Here’s the trailer for the movie:
Seeing that the film would be released later this month in NYC, I put my annoyance aside and went searching to see if I could pre-order it. No such luck, but I did find another video, this one showing Fatoumata Diawara, a musician & actress in the movie, recording the same song, the sound of which I’d been instantly enchanted by even though I couldn’t understand more than a couple of words of it:
Still undeterred, I went looking for the music CD, which is unfortunately sold out at the moment. Arrrrgh! Not yet ready to admit defeat, I kept poking around Amazon and came across this Kindle book, TIMBUCTOO, which I immediately snapped up—not only did is sound fascinating, but it was also a steal at $2.99 and I happen to already know that the author, Tahir Shah, comes from a well-known family of Anglo-Afghan-Indian Sufis. His elder sister, Saira Shah, is also an author & reporter, though she’s perhaps best known for her work in the documentary films Beneath the Veil (2001), Unholy War (2001), and Death in Gaza (2004) .
Wow, I really went off on a tangent there, didn’t I? Sorry, but if you’ve read my LGF pages before, you’re probably used to it by now, heh.
Back to Timbuktu. So I checked out Tahir Shah’s author page on Amazon and decided to follow him on Twitter. Lo & behold less than a dozen tweets down there was an article about Timbuktu from about a month ago!
Not only is it a fascinating (and frightening) look into what happens in a woman’s world when militant Islamists take over and impose their own foreign “culture” on another by force, but it also provided some closure on a couple of pages posted here at LGF during the time all these events were happening:
- The Price of War: Ancient African Archives Set on Fire in Timbuktu by FNB
- Some Good News About the Library Torched in Timbuktu by yours truly (Psst--be sure not to miss the full-length documentary on that page!)
Below are a few paragraphs from the article this page is named after. It’s not a terribly long piece and should be very interesting (especially to the ladies), so I highly recommend reading the whole thing:
It was a sweet victory for Arby and Mint Mohamed, not least because of their opponents’ sexism. In the first stage of the two-round vote, five male candidates, were ranged against Mint Mohamed; in the second round, when she was running against a member of the president’s RPM party, all four of the men who had lost urged their supporters to vote against her.
“They said, no, a woman cannot be MP for Timbuktu,” says Mint Mohamed, a short but forceful presence whose father was one of Timbuktu’s leading imams. “In the madness of the election campaign, the men of the north said a woman MP could not be good for the city. But if politics had been forbidden for us by Islam, my father wouldn’t have let me go into politics. So I said to them, show me the verse in the Qur’an where it says that a woman cannot be MP. They weren’t able to.”
A year after Mint Mohamed was elected, stories of the suffering and humiliation women experienced under jihadi rule in 2012 are beginning to emerge. In late March that year, a rebellion in the north of Mali sparked by the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya swept across the north of the country. On 1 April the rebels captured the remote desert town. So began a nine-month occupation, first by the secular Tuareg separatists of the MNLA, whose fighters wrecked government buildings and stole what they could, then by the jihadi alliance of Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghbreb (AQIM). […]
One more quick aside, just to tie it all up in a neat little box before you go: You know the page that VB just put up—the one about the Malian Muslim guy who saved a bunch of people in the Kosher deli in Paris and was just awarded French citizenship for it? I don’t know if he’s from Timbuktu, but being that it’s also in Mali I’m sure he has no love for jihadi types, so I’m not really surprised that he made an effort to save those folks.
Small world… the circle of life and all that… we’re all tied together for our time here, whether we like it or not, so… Hakuna matata! ;o)
This book was a sensation in certain religious circles and it generated millions of dollars in revenue. One can scarcely blame a 6 year old for telling a tall tale and young Alex Malarkey (now 11) has shown great courage in coming clean. The adults involved though need to be shamed and ridiculed right out of human society.
Nearly five years after it hit bestseller lists, a book that purported to be a six-year-old boy’s story of visiting angels and heaven after suffering a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up.
The book’s publisher, Tyndale House, had promoted it as “a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God.”
But Thursday, Tyndale House confirmed to NPR that it is taking “the book and all ancillary products out of print.”
The decision to pull the book comes after Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to retailer LifeWay and others who sell Christian books and religious materials. It was published this week on the Pulpit and Pen website.
“I did not die. I did not go to Heaven,” Alex wrote. He continued, “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough.
In a real estate deal of questionable legality, the City Council of Winfield, Alabama, recently passed a resolution declaring that Winfield is a “City Under God,” a necessary step because, as Mayor Randy Price said, the state and country are in “an awful condition.”
In addition to the language echoing the 1954 addition to the Pledge of Allegiance, the resolution also stated that the city is the actual property of the Almighty.
Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control.
Whereas, we acknowledge that through His leadership, the Mayor and City Council will seek his wisdom and knowledge to be good stewards of the city.
Whereas, we acknowledge that though prayer, with His guidance and presence, that we will be able to trust that no problem will be too large or too small to overcome.
Whereas, we acknowledge that the City of Winfield is where it is today because of God’s grace and mercy.
Whereas, we acknowledge that at all times and in all circumstances, His will shall be done.
Whereas, we acknowledge that to God be the glory.
Its nice to know that not everyone is giving into hatred, and the irrational fear of the imitate “Islamisation” of Europe. I don’t think the “counter Jihad” is at all happy with Norbert Feldhoff. They’re probably even more upset with archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki. Jack Jenkins reports,
One of Germany’s most prominent Catholic churches is taking a stand against xenophobia and anti-Islam hatred, shutting off its lights this evening to protest a nearby anti-Islam rally and to express solidarity with Muslim refugees.
On Monday, thousands of demonstrators affiliated with the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) are expected to march through the streets of Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city. The group, which bemoans what they say is the creeping influence of Islam in Europe, has grown rapidly over the past four months, holding ever-larger rallies and demonstrations throughout Germany. Organizers of the grassroots movement, who also claim to seek the protection of Germany’s “Judeo-Christian culture,” have capitalized on simmering frustration over the recent influx of Middle Eastern refugees into Germany, many of whom are fleeing war-ravaged Syria.
I would really like to have a conversation on this. I think he makes some valid points, although I have an even lower view of the “Men’s Right Movement,” than he does.
People like David Futrelle have done an excellent job thoroughly exposing the extreme misogyny that permeates that movement.
I also think Anita Sarkeesian makes some excellent points when it comes to women in video games, although I don’t entirely agree with her either.
Here’s a link to the opinion piece by Laura Bogart kyle is criticizing.
I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Please make sure you watch both videos before you post any comments.
I couldn’t find any other Pages about this story, so I decided to add it myself. The amount of hateful bigotry coming out of the right that they hide behind a cloak of Christian love & concern is deeply troubling—not because these are the only bigots or extremists, but because they seem to be able to frighten people into agreeing with them and actually removing protections from certain groups.
Today it’s the LGBT community, but they’re not the only ones these people disapprove of—which group is next? Blacks & Hispanics? Atheists? Jews? Muslims? They’re hardly even bothering to hide their toxic hate & bigotry anymore. For example these Pages just within the past few days:
- Gohmert brings anti-Mormon, anti-Jew, anti-LGBT pastor to pray to Jesus in U.S. House
- Why Millions of Christian Evangelicals Oppose Obamacare and Civil Rights
- Michigan House Passes Religious 'License to Discriminate' Bill
- The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants to Talk About
People seriously need to start worrying less about Muslim extremism and more about the Christian extremism that’s negatively affecting countless lives by changing laws using our political system. Funny how the same people doing this are often the ones fear mongering over the supposed Muslim Brotherhood, creeping Sharia/Caliphate—if there’s a fifth column in this country, it’s the Christian right not Muslims.
I want to add that any Christian who imagines they would be spared from becoming victims of fellow Christians who are fanatics need only look at the Mideast. Far more Muslims than any other group are being abused and killed there by Muslim fanatics. You’re of the wrong sect? Not “pious” enough? Disagree with us in any way? You and your family are disenfranchised or dead. Don’t believe for a minute that it would be any different with Christians.
Now, listen to the soft-spoken, oh-so-submissive seeming Michelle Duggar do her scare mongering thing:
On Tuesday, residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas narrowly voted to overturn its civil rights ordinance that protected all residents from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The county election commission reports that 51 percent of residents voted to repeal Ordinance 119, which would have banned such discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status or veteran status. Thousands of residents voted against the repeal, but came up about 500 votes short.
Anne-Garland Berry, the campaign manager of the Keep Fayetteville Fair Coalition, released a statement lamenting the result of the vote. “Fayetteville is a city filled with inclusive, accepting citizens,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, the repeal of this ordinance tells our visitors that we do not treat everyone with respect and only allocate freedoms to certain groups of people.” […]