Monday, March 08, 2010

Demonizing Muslims & "The Mosques of Satan" Plus Glenn Greenwald's "The Right Kind Of Bigotry"

UPDATE: 1:21 PM , March 8, 2010

Michael Morgan in his book Lost History quotes from what is considered Muhammad's "last sermon,... Muhammad... sets out some visionary and progressive concepts with which men will struggle for a thousand years to come, such as the following on racial and ethnic equality:

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over a white-except by piety and good action.

And Abu Bakr the first Caliph of Islam is quoted as saying in his first speech to the Ummah:

O Men! I have been assigned the job of being a ruler over you while I am not the best among you. If I do well in my job,help me. If I do wrong ,redress me. Truthfulness is fidelity, and lying is treason. The weak shall be strong in my eyes until I restore to them their lost rights, and the strong shall be weak in my eye until I have restored the rights of the weak from them.

Abu Bakr first Caliph of Islam -Found in Lost History by Michael Hamilton Morgan ,p. 12 pub. 2007.

Anyway it is unfortunately a fact that anti-Islam bigotry is growing in the West replicating in many ways some of the very language of Anti-Semitism and using the anti-Semitic hate filled vile conspiracy theories to attack Muslims. They just replace the word"Jews" with the word "Muslims" . Muslims are characterized as infiltrating Western Society as part of their 1400 year old plan to make all the world's nations into Islamic Nations. For example Martin Luther who was a rabid anti-semite characterized Judaism as being in reality "the Synagogues of Satan" this invective has morphed into " The Mosques of Satan".

So no longer for most Christians is Judaism the enemy of Christianity as Judaism has now been replaced by Islam. It is not just Western Christians who are bigoted in their views about Islam but many secularist is the West have also given into an irrational form of anti-Islamic hysteria. Their view is that it is not just extremist Muslims who are the enemy but all Muslims because they erroneously conclude that according to Islamic doctrine it is the duty all good Muslims to wage a Jihad against all non-Muslims.

Muslims are characterized by the Anti-Muslims by using various racist stereotypes For example characterizing all Muslims for instance as being a bit miserly because they don't buy what they can't afford. Rather than calling it common sense or frugality .

Muslims are said to be deceitful. Their detractors in the West claim that the Qur'an allows for deceitfulness so if they wanted to they could pose as a Christian or a Jew to accomplish some task like blowing up buildings etc.
As the Jews were depicted as either being part of a radical left wing party, the liberals, the reformers, the communist . etc to push for their agenda. Some of these Islamophobes still talk as if Obama was a secret Muslim because they say according to Islam lying as a tactic is acceptable. .
Muslims are characterized as an invading force . The religion of Islam is reduced to being called a cult by the Christian Right Leaders and leading neoconservatives. Some like Pat Robertson and others actually refer to Muslims as being evil because Islam was created by the Father of Lies the Devil and so must be defeated and obliterated . This used to also be how Judaism was represented by the Christians who blamed the Jews for murdering Jesus -Deicide And so the Jews were forever cursed by God .

Once these stereotypes get rooted into the mainstream the War on Terror becomes a Cosmic War. Such a war cannot be over until there are too few to fear or to even obliterate even the last few.
As once the Jews were depicted by Christians as their enemy and for the most part this did not really end til after the second World War and the revelations of the magnitude of the slaughter of Jews by Hitler and the Nazis. The Shoah or holocaust and this finally shamed many into changing their attitudes towards the Jews. What would it take to shame these bigots to stop attacking Islam. A million dead Iraqis has had no effect on the Americans or other countries.

From the Real News Network
How Western anti-Muslim bigotry became respectable
The historic roots of a newly resilient ideology

Part 2, How Western Anti-Muslim Bigotry Became Respectable
Real News Network

The right kind of bigotry By Glenn Greenwald at Feb. 6, 2010

From the long-time Editor-in-Chief and owner of The New Republic, this morning:

There were moments--long moments--during the Iraq war when I had my doubts. Even deep doubts. Frankly, I couldn’t quite imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. This is, you will say, my prejudice. But some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong.

The point here is so obvious that it makes itself. In the bolded sentence, replace the word "Arabs" with "Jews" and ask yourself: how much time would elapse before the author of such a sentence would be vehemently scorned and shunned by all decent people, formally condemned by a litany of organizations, and have his livelihood placed in jeopardy? Or replace the word "Arabs" in that sentence with "Jews" or "blacks" or "Latinos" or even "whites" or virtually any other identifiable demographic group and ask yourself this: how many people would treat a magazine edited and owned by such a person as a remotely respectable or mainstream publication (notwithstanding the several decent journalists employed there)?

Yet Marty Peretz spits out the most bigoted sentiments of this type -- and he's been doing this for years, as is well known -- and very little happens, because, for multiple reasons, this specific type of hate-mongering remains basically permitted in American political discourse.

The double standard at play here is as extreme and self-evident as it is pernicious, but it doesn't matter. And we'll all wait with bated breath for the next installment of The New Republic's righteous, accusatory attacks on the entirely fictitious manifestations of the one strain of bigotry that bothers them, because they're such credible arbiters and opponents of prejudice.

Muslim Americans detained and questioned By Police when they pulled their car into a parking lot and got out to perform their evening prayer If Christians stopped tp pray would they have treated as being involved in suspicious activities.

CAIR Video: Muslims Claim Nevada Police Detained Them for Praying

Discrimination against American Muslims is on the increase as Glenn Beck, Fox News et al keep demonizing all Muslims as potential terrorists since they claim Islam is a religion of violence and intolerance.
The manager of an apartment complex doesn't want Muslims living there because they eat curry and smell and she claims that Muslims are not very clean.
For full disclosure I eat curry on a daily basis and mixed with a heavy dose of garlic. So would these people refuse to rent to me or anyone else who eats spicy foods because we might smell of curry and Garlic. So would they turn away anyone from the Middle East or India or even Italians. If Canada ever gets a decent government again I would tell them to think about moving to Canada . But in some ways we are no longer any better than the Americans as we are ruled by white Christian fundamentalists or at least fellow-travelers. Our PM has a hate on as do many Canadians for Muslims and Middle Easterners in general. Once upon a time up to about 1960 we were a country of anti-semites , racists and other bigots. Now the bigots get upset because they are told not to use insulting epiphets about visible minorities or religious minorities .
When listening to people like Pam Geller and Robert Spence & other Jewish Islamophobes it strikes one as Ironic that not long ago it was American & Canadian Jews who were often treated like second class citizens along with our aboriginal peoples and black Canadians. Not content with attempting to starve to death the people in Gaza some American and Canadian Jews want us to treat all Muslims as evil terrorists. Is there any country that is free from these various forms of bigotry or do those in power and their Christian friends believe that all non-Christians should be treated as second class citizens-will they soon send all Muslims to internment camps as we did unjustly to Japanese Canadians in WW11. We also incarcerated anyone who tried to publicly stop these internments- politicians , attorneys etc. were seen as giving aid and comfort to the enemy by standing up for the rights of Japanese Canadians.

Video: Texas Apartment Complex Refuses to Rent to Muslims

"Real Americans" ( according to Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity & Rush Limbaugh & Fox News etc.are the only ones in America who deserve to have their rights respected.

CAIR-Video: Threats Against Chicago Muslims on the Rise

CHICAGO (CBS) - Islamic rights advocates say there's been a rise in the number of threats directed at local Muslims. And some of these threats are being delivered right to their doors. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli reports.

When Ahmed Rehab walks up to his suburban home these days it's with a new sense of awareness. That's because of what he found waiting for him in his mailbox just a few days ago, a postmarked typewritten hate-filled letter complete with a death threat.

"At the end of the letter it stated, 'the only good Arab is a DEAD Arab,'" said Rehab.

Americans were the ones after Russia had been kicked out of Afghanistan and the Taliban took over who were supposedly removed from power in Afghanistan. But the reality many of the Taliban leaders and the War Lords and the drug trade is defended by NATO and the United States. They are not there to defend the rights of Afghanistan women or of Afghanistans in general. This is just another War of Aggression like Iraq and neither one is justified .

NATO And the United States hated because they continue to support Drug War Lords- why is it they never really and seriously try to wipe out the Opium crops in Afghanistan. The problem is that NATO and the United States are only interested in Afghanistan and Pakistan because of their strategic position in the geopolitical overarching needs of the West to keep the oil flowing and as a military buffer .

Afghans hate US backed war lords-Real News Network
Feb. 21, 2010

and check out anti-war video

Stop the War in Afghanistan Now

Recommended Reading and see Bibliography page above.

ON Islam & Judaism see for instance
* Armstrong, Karen : A History of God: pub. 1998
* Armstrong, Karen : In the beginning , pub. 1996
* Armstrong, Karen : Muhammad, Islam , a short history , pub. 2000 & 1988
* Armstrong, Karen: Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World , pub. 2001
* Armstrong, Karen: The Battle For God, pub. 2001
* Armstrong, Karen:The Great Transformation ,The Beginning of our Religious Traditions , pub. 2006
* Aslan, Reza: No God But God : The Origins,Evolution, and Future of Islam 2005
Ben-Itto, Hadassa : The Lie That Wouldn't Die -The Protocols of The Elders of Zion ,Pub. 2005
* Bronner, Stephen Eric : A RUMOR ABOUT THE JEWS: Reflections On Antisemitism and The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, pub. 2000.
* Bainton, Ronald H.:The Horizon History of Christianity , pub. 1964
* Bernard , Lewis: The crisis of Islam : Holy War and Unholy Terror , pub. 2003
* Chebel, Malek Symbols of Islam, Pub. 1997, Cybele Hay.
* Chouraqui, Andre: A History of Judaism, Pub. 1962
* Cohen, Mark R. : Under crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages, 1994. ( which undermines Robert Spencer fallacious argument that Jews were treated much worse under Islamic Rule in comparison to how they were treated in Christian Europe-Pogroms, Massacres, forced mass conversions, expulsion )
* Cohen- Sherbok, Dan:The Crucified Jew: Twenty Centuries of Anti-Semitism, pub. 1992.
* Cohn, Norman :Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, pub. 1996.
* Drury, Shadia B. : Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche, pub. 2004
* Esposito, John: Islam : The Straight Path ,pub.1988.
* Gorenberg, Gershom : The End of Days : Fundamentalism And The Struggle For The Temple Mount , Pub. 2000
* Green, Toby: Inquisition The Reign Of Fear, pub. 2007
* Halm, Heinz : Shia Islam: From Religion to Revolution , pub. 1997
* Kirsch, Jonathan :God against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism, pub. 2004.(Once Christianity became the sole religion of Rome the Non-Christian Pagans were told to convert or die, their places of worship , their texts were destroyed and they were slaughtered and it was a capitol crime to preach Paganism-before the Christians took control the Roman Empire had become an Empire tolerant of other religions as long as one paid tribute to the Emperor)
* Klinghoffer, David :The Discovery of God: Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism ,pub. 2003
* Küng , Hans : The Catholic Church -Translated by John Bowden, pub. 2001.
* Lings, Martin : Muhammad: His Life Based On the Earliest Sources, Pub. 1983.
* Lowney, Chris: A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Medieval Spain, pub. 2005.
* Menocal, Maria Rosa : Ornament of the World- How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, Pub. 2002.
* Morgan, Michael Hamilton : Lost History : The Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists: pub. 2007.
* Pagden, Anthony: World's At War (The 2,500 Year Struggle Between East and West, pub. 2008
* Pagels, Elaine : The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics , pub. 1996
* Porter, J. : Jesus Christ, The Jesus Of History, The Christ of Faith , pub. 1999
* Said, Edward R. : Orientalism, pub. 1994.
* Smith, Mark S. : The Early History of God: Yahweh and Other Deities in Ancient Israel, Pub. 2002
* Spencer, Robert: Islam Unveiled Pub. 2002 ( Faux scholar who ignores the real history of Europe and the Middle East and how Christians treated Jews & Muslims & how Muslims treated the Dhimmi ie Jews & Christians )
* Weyler, Rex: The Jesus Sayings, pub. 2008
* Wheatcroft, Andrew : Infidels : THE conflict between Christendom and Islam, 638‑2002 ,pub. 2003
* Watt, Montgomery, W. :The Majesty That Was Islam :The Islamic World 661 - 1100 , pub. 1974

On Neoconservatives ,Leo Strauss & War on Terror

* Aslan, Reza: How To Win A Cosmic War, Pub. 2009
* Drury,Shadia B. : The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss, (updated edition) , pub. 2005
* Faludi, Susan The Terror Dream : Fear and Fantasy in Post 9/11 America, pub. 2007
* Grey,Stephen: The True Story of The CIA Torture Program, Pub. 2006
* Harris, Sam : The End of Faith : Religion, Terror & the Future of Reason , pub. 2004
* Hedges, Chris : American Fascists , pub. 2007
* Hersh, Seymour : CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO ABU GHRAIB, pub. 2004
* Hodgson, Godfrey: The Myth Of American Exceptionalism, pub. 2009
* Jacoby, Susan : The Age of American Unreason, pub. 2008
* Lagouranis, Tony & Mikaelian,Allen: Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq &, pub. 2007
* Tanguay,Daniel:Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography, pub. 2007
* Unger,Craig: The Fall Of The House of Bush: The Untold Story of how a Band of True Believers Seized the Executive Branch, Started the Iraq War , and still Imperils America's Future, pub. 2007
* Vidal, Gore : Dreaming War: Blood For Oil And The Cheney-Bush Junta , pub. 2002
* Woodward, Bob: State of Denial: Bush at War III , Pub. 2006

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