• "The point is you began by saying we have 5-6 million Muslims in France, you then proceeded to talk about a very small minority who take on board the ideas of the political Islamists, the Salafists, and a very tiny minority of that minority who actually consider or engage in violence. And to conflate that with the fact you've got 5-6 million Muslims in your country is to do something both misleading and possibly very dangerous." -Stephen Sackur on BBC's HardTalk April 18, 2017 with Pascal Bruckner Stephen Sackur's response to Pascal Bruckner is the typical response to most any such criticism of the Muslim community. This is what makes the desperately needed reflection so very difficult, if not impossible. To use the word "conflate" gives power to this false idea that Islamic extremists come from outer space or some other community outside of Islam. The story might sound as such: there's a violent, "tiny minority" misrepresenting the grand "majority" of Muslims freely choosing their interpretation of the divine. In fact, they're not free to question, much less choose, anything. Indoctrination into this way of life is required to pass the faith on to the next generation. With the absence of freedom of thought, there is no creative adaptation. There is only reaction, violence, and rationalization. Islamic extremists did not come from another planet. They came from the Muslim community where women are chattel, children are property, and the indoctrination of the tenets of the faith is mandatory. These are all seeds of terror, and to avoid confronting and dealing with this fact is naïve, dangerous. There are too many Muslim parents willing to brutalize their children in the process of forcing them to memorize the Quran and practice the rituals, same as adults, at a very young age. This kind of terror thrives in the extended families and huge communities that make up the world's Muslim population, so it is no wonder that, around the world, we see the same kind of terror practiced in the name of Islam once they are grown. Within the Muslim community, the "tiny minority" of violent activists are not referred to as terrorists or extremists, they are not seen as outsiders; they are part of a larger community and exist as a natural evolution of fundamentalist ideology which propagates the idea that all the suffering in the world is the result of the world's population not having converted to Islam. Violent activism is nearly as easy to justify as the practice of "honor killing" which has been legal in Muslim countries for centuries. In my book I reflect on what it is most Muslims across the board are doing to contribute to what appears are the actions of a "tiny minority." www.aftertheclearsigns.com    

    Posted on June 14, 2017 9:55 pm
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  • Islamic extremism is the child of fear. It knows only weakness and insecurity. The way out of this extremist thought is to find the source of the fear and address it. It has been so difficult to discover what is causing the fear among "Islamic" extremists because what they are fearing is Islam. The extremists, in what they are doing in the name of Islam, are the ones "fighting Islam," not "the West." They are the ones who are disrespecting Prophet Muhammed and all that he taught, not Westerners. The extremists' fear comes from the negative way Islam is taught in homes, Islamic schools and centers in the general Muslim community--with constant over-emphasis on "fear of Allah," fear of Hell, harsh discipline, threats, and punishments. These negative teachings and methods make Islam about fear, hell, harsh discipline, threats, and punishments which drives away the children raised in such a regimen who then drive away everyone else. So, the desired result is achieved when everyone is driven away from a message that is the opposite of patriarchal dominance and control.  

    Posted on June 5, 2017 9:07 pm
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  • This post is inspired by an April 18, 2017 interview on BBC's HardTalk. Stephen Sackur and Pascal Bruckner are discussing political Islam, or Islamism, and its role in the Islamic extremism that supports terrorism. During the discussion Stephan Sackur talks about the view of Olivier Roy, an intellectual who does not think the root of the problem is Islamism and that we are dealing with psychosis. Pascal Bruckner disagrees with Roy's analysis of the root of the problem. After raising children in the Muslim community, I agree with Pascal Bruckner that the problem IS Islamism. However, I wholeheartedly agree with Roy's use of the word psychosis to describe what we are dealing with. Stephen Sackur: "...Olivier Roy, who has written and studied extensively on Islamist extremism in France, he says, look, at root the problem here is a sort of cultist ideology amongst young people, nihilistic ideology, which then finds an expression through Islam but Islamism isn't the root of their psychosis. Do you understand what he's saying?" Pascal Bruckner: "Yes, but I totally disagree with him. I'm not the only one, like Gilles Kepel, who in my eyes is a real specialist of Islam because he speaks Arabics and he makes enquiries..." Stephen Sackur: "So does Olivier Roy. He's just studied 100 case studies in France of young men who were radicalised and took on violent acts. He's studied their lives and their beliefs and this is his conclusion." Pascal Bruckner: "But Olivier Roy doesn't know the Arabic world. He's a specialist of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran. He's not very familiar with the Arabic world, he doesn't speak the language. Gilles Kepel is more aware of the real situation, more aware of the risk." In the interview, they go on to debate the controversy of the term "islamophobia." What Bruckner specifically disagrees with is the use of the term Islamaphobia as it blends two very real issues into one wrongdoing. Pascal Bruckner: "...Why has Islamaphobia started at the first step? Because there were all those terror attacks during the last 20 years. The terrorists have generated hatred of their own religion..." They have generated hatred of their own religion because they hate it. They hate it because of the way they were taught it--with coercion. Coerced, unending, boring repetition, forced memorization of the Qu'ran, constant abuse to reinforce memorization (withholding food, or privilege, sleep deprivation, beatings). At a very young age these children are forced to participate, same as adults, in extreme disruption of basic needs (sleep, nourishment, basic freedoms) with mandatory early morning and late night prayers in the name of this religion. Olivier Roy correctly describes the results as psychosis. He's just off about the root of the problem. The psychosis is a direct result of the abusive indoctrination of a religion which could never be accurately called "Islam." Psychosis is defined as a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotion are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality. The mind control exercised in the Muslim community is so extreme it influences those not even raised within it. This upbringing may not produce a terrorist in every case, but it will produce a psychotic individual that can influence others with their ideas. Along with the coercive, abusive practices used to indoctrinate children is an ideology that cannot be questioned, and since the abuse is part of that ideology, it can never be spoken of; hence, the psychosis: a result of abuse and the silencing of that abuse. The loss of contact with external reality is seen in the Muslims' firm belief that they are the only believers in One True God left in the world, and the belief that they are better than everyone else when actually they are exactly the same with exactly the same problems as everyone else, only they cannot speak of them ever to anyone, or they will be offending God and His Prophet. *psychosis: a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality. psychosis definition BBC's HardTalk Interview transcript can be found here: https://subsaga.com/bbc/news/hardtalk/2017/04/18/pascal-bruckner-philosopher-and-writer.html

    Posted on May 1, 2017 10:50 pm
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  • The prophets never threw out the baby (the concept of oneness and our connection to the earth and all of nature). They were attempting to throw out the bathwater of slavery that depends on divisiveness and disconnection. Mindless worship has resulted in our keeping the bathwater of slavery with its unending divisiveness, fear, and anger, while throwing out the concept of oneness and connectedness. The only way to counter divisiveness, fear, and anger (terrorism) is to abandon mindless worship altogether, instead thinking deeply about, researching, and discussing what we worship and why.

    Posted on March 30, 2017 6:12 pm
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  •   Richard B. Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, spoke at a conference in Washington on Saturday.CreditAl Drago/The New York Times  “America was, until this last generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity,” Mr. Spencer thundered. “It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.” Right. The slave trade: a slave-based economy. The Revolutionary War. The expansion of slavery. The brutality, lynchings, and murders used to enforce slavery with terrorism. Massacres, enforced migrations of Native Americans, Trail of Tears. The Civil War. Black Codes. Vagrancy Laws. Convict Laws. Forced Labor Laws. Jim Crow Laws and segregation. Unsustainable agricultural practices. The Dust Bowl. Polluting mining operations. Mass incarceration. Assassinations. A corporate banking system run by white men. The Great Depression. Every recession. Both World Wars and every war since. An ocean full of garbage...       Since the white man created it, inherited it, and owns it, he needs to fix it.  

    Posted on November 29, 2016 5:43 pm
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