Saturday, December 09, 2006
My client is happy and I am relieved for him, but as you can see the Michigan Court of Appeals gave all concerned, judge and both attorneys, very little time to get things done. Hence, I have not been able to be with you as much as I would have liked.
But, BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING. The German press has announced that Javier Solana is the recipient of the 2007 Charlemagne award. This is no doubt a significant prelude to enhancing his powers to the level he wants to enjoy. Herb Peters has several links to it at his website, www.fulfilledprophecy.com.
An endearing friend recently wrote me about the Alliance of Civilizations with the observation that their writings are as a “verbal dance”. I find this observation interesting because days earlier I had been thinking exactly the same thing. I find the AoC reports to contain a lot of double speak.
The following AoC event is called “The Doha Debates Special: Extremism”. This really should not be identified as a debate as the entire panel is on the same page. It is merely a question and answer session with the Alliance High Level Group. The moderator, Tim Sebastian, repeatedly asked for a definition of extremism. The panel danced around the issue so to avoid exposing their true opinions. Yet, despite their efforts, they were unable to fully conceal their motives.
First, rather than quoting question followed by answer, I am going to list several questions the moderator asked in an attempt to ascertain the definition of extremism. By doing this, it is my attempt to exhibit the panel’s reluctance to answer.
Q. “…can we get definitions of extremism and terrorism? We haven’t had much luck in doing that so far, have we?”
Q. “So being dogmatic is all that is extremism, is it, to that extent?”
Q. “Sshaykh Hamza Yusuf, do we need a definition?”
Q. “But without a definition of extremism, how do you know what you’re combating?”
Q. “But don’t we have to [define extremism] if we’re going to fight it?”
Q. “But it’s not an abstract concept, it’s propagated by people.”
Q. “But we can’t apparently come up with definitions, can we? This is the problem.”
Q. “But we have the Alliance of Civilizations High Level Group going to battle with them, so they have to have the definitions, don’t they?”
Yes, don’t they? Despite their attempts to dodge the question, some answers were revealing:
Answer by Desmond Tutu: “…but extremism is when I think you do not allow for a different point of view, and when you hold your view as being quite exclusive, when you don’t allow for the possibility of difference.”
Answer by John Esposito: “We can come up with an abstract definition but when we want to get specific, then we have to look at a specific political or religious context.”
Answer by John Esposito: I think the danger of religious extremism can be, even though it’s not necessarily violent, when it becomes exclusivist in which is basically says, “not only is my faith right, but your faith is absolutely wrong, and not only is my faith right, but my faith position within my faith is right, and so another Muslim who disagrees with me is wrong,” then you’re moving into a very dangerous position here because you’re bordering on what I would call theology of hate. That kind of mentality can easily be used by some, and it has been used by people like Osama Bin Laden, to legitimate military action at a certain point. You can easily slip over the line once you’re into that realm of what I would call theology of hate, and we see that with elements of the Christian right, the Jewish right, and with elements of the Muslim right. I’m avoiding the word fundamentalism here, but you know what I mean.”
There it is! Avoid the word “fundamentalism, John”? Looks to me like you just used it. John Esposito couldn’t have stated it more clearly.
The panel was also asked if the Israeli government is extremist. There was a little more song and dance, but here are some interesting answers:
Answer by Diana Buttu: “Yes, I do consider that the Israeli government is an extremist government in that it has maintained an occupation now over the Palestinians for close to 39 years…”
Answered by Hamza Yusuf: “Well, I think governments have municipalities…but certainly in their policies vis-à-vis the Palestinian state, I would have to absolutely assert that they’re an extreme government…”
These are just some of the highlights from the “debate”. The following link contains both the transcript and the broadcast. Both appear to have been edited for space purposes and each contains a little information that the other does not, so I recommend checking them both out:
This one is Robert Muller's vision of religion in 2010.
Rich, no comment about your post regarding the AOC now, but will comment in the future.
From the Drudge report:
Christmas cards are losing their religious message
by IAN DRURY
Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message, a Daily Mail survey has revealed. (more at link)
Britain is several years ahead of us in absorbing the New Age movement, but several of the comments suggest this is happening in the US also.
by IAN DRURY
Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message, a Daily Mail survey has revealed."
This is further evidence of apostasy that most Christianity is falling into now. How long before they laws are passed here saying we have to say "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" (Hello, It's Winter)?
I heard on "Politics and Religion" (Endtime Ministries, www.endtime.com) that churches in England cannot broadcast sermons in their own country, by AM or FM. For some reason, only satellite is acceptable. Some kind of anti-prosletyzing law they've got.
Thre is also, "News broke earlier this week that Google has purchased Pyra Labs, the company behind the popular Blogger.com weblog creation tool and Blogspot, a weblog hosting service."
Remember when someone at Google was linking Constance's name to hundreds of thousands of porno sites? When it was brought to light, somehow it stopped. When I called attention to the "you are forbidden" message, that stopped. My guess is that the correct number of comments will be there in the future.
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