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Friday, August 24, 2018

Casper the Unfriendly Ghost

The Nothingburger in the sky



To get to the nub of this column, Allah is a “nothingburger,” a ghost,  much like Robert Mueller’s pursuit of a connection between Donald Trump and the Russians.  Allah is as much a creation of man as is Casper the Friendly Ghost, a cartoon character drawn on boards by illustrators with a shot glass of whisky at hand for films, comic books, and newspaper panels.

As I state in my review of Robert Spencer’s  The History of Jihad,”  Allah is a malign figment of men’s imagination:

My own humble interpretation, as a novelist( (and as an atheist), of the history of Islam, is that it has been fundamentally a work-in-progress, with no finishing due-date contemplated or even in sight.”

This would mean that the Koran, the Hadith, the Sunna, and other Islamic texts, such as Reliance of the Traveler, were composed and expanded the same way Casper’s habits and actions were developed out of whole cloth by cartoonists, building on the original concept as a marketable character. Or, in Islam’s case, Mohammad as a marketable deity for the endless population of the gullible and for adults still locked tenaciously  in their credulous childhood.  It would be interesting to learn who invented Mohammad as a Robin Hoodish “nice guy” brigand and when it was invented and told tales of him, tales that would eventually be inscribed in the Hadith and have him develop into a sword-wielding Grinch, and then in other “sacred” texts relating to Mohammed. See the handful of Koranic excerpts below on how not to  Win Friends and Influence People .

You will notice that Casper (aka Allah) is always encouraging a fight with infidels and disbelievers. Or recommending that you randomly stab them, or run over them with vehicles, or explode suicide vests on subway trains, or in the middle of concerts, or rape them. I don’t recall Casper ever wanting to be friends with anyone, or offering someone help with a problem with a wife, or how to celebrate Christmas, or how to offer a chocolate brownie without lopping off a person’s head Jacobin style.

Casper (aka Allah), as a ghost, and which can be seen here, does not endorse haunting anyone in jihad. His main shill, Mohammad, insists on immediate and direct action.  

Qur’an Surah 2:191-193: “And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”
Qur’an Surah 4:34: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that Allah has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for Allah’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them. If they then obey you, look not for any way against them; Allah is All-high, All-great.”
 Qur’an Surah 4:89: “They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of Allah; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”
 Qur’an Surah 5:33: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”
 Qur’an Surah 5:38: “And the thief, male and female: cut off the hands of both, as a recompense for what they have earned, and a punishment exemplary from Allah; Allah is All-mighty, All-wise.”
 Qur’an Surah 8:12: “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!'”
Qur’an Surah 8:39: “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”
 Qur’an Surah 8:60: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”
Qur’an Surah 9:5: “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”
 Qur’an Surah 9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.”
Qur’an Surah 9:111: “Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their possessions against the gift of Paradise; they fight in the way of Allah; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon Allah in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Koran; and who fulfils his covenant truer than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph.”
Qur’an Surah 9:123: “O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that Allah is with the god-fearing.”
 Qur’an Surah 47:4: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if Allah had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will not send their works astray.”
In lieu of 72 virgins
Qur’an 5:3 This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
Qur’an 9:88 The Messenger and those who believe with him, strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives in Allah’s Cause.
Qur’an 9:5 Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.
Qur’an 9:5 Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.
Qur’an 9:112 The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed.

Casper (aka Allah) is not the one to approach for advice on which party to attend, or the person to solicit a tip from about which get-together to crash to find the hottest girls (Jewish or otherwise) or the best open bar.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Extremism


 The term “extremism” is indiscriminately bandied about today, applied usually to “conservatives” or to anything related to the “alt-right,” but rarely to the Left or to the straight-jacketed Trump Derangement inmates of the  MSM.

But, what does it in fact mean?

Wikipedia defines extremism as:

Extremism means, literally, "the quality or state of being extreme" or the "advocacy of extreme measures or views".

Nowadays, the term is mostly used in a political or religious sense, to refer to an ideology that is considered (by the speaker or by some implied shared social consensus) to be far outside the (acceptable) mainstream attitudes of society.

Extremists are usually contrasted with centrists or moderates. For example, in contemporary discussions in Western countries of Islam or of Islamic political movements, the distinction between extremist (implying "bad") and moderate (implying "good") Muslims is typically stressed.[

Political agendas perceived as extremist often include those from the far-left politics or far-right politics as well as radicalism, reactionism, fundamentalism and fanaticism.

Extremism means, literally, "the quality or state of being extreme" or the "advocacy of extreme measures or views."

Nowadays, the term is mostly used in a political or religious sense, to refer to an ideology that is considered (by the speaker or by some implied shared social consensus) to be far outside the (acceptable) mainstream attitudes of society,[2] but extremism can, for example, also be meant in an economic sense. However, all terrorists are extremists but all extremists are not terrorists. This is because extremism is only a belief or view that is seen as far-fetched by the public. Terrorism is the use of violence/intimidation in the pursuit of mainly political aims.

The term "extremism" is usually meant to be pejorative; that is, to express (strong) disapproval. However, it may also be used in a more academic, purely descriptive, non-condemning sense.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines extremism as:

The holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism.

The Compact Oxford goes into more detail:

Tendency to be extreme; disposition to go to extremes.

While extreme ,in the Compact Oxford, has half a page of definitions and usages going back several centuries, it begins  with:

Outermost. Farthest from the center; situated either of the ends.

The upmost point or verge;  an end , extremity.

The upmost imaginable of anything;…

Extremism could be taken as the statement “2 + 2 = 4,” written in secret by Winston Smith in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, in Chapter IV. “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”  

Which is true. “All else”  includes especially mathematics. Two plus two make four leads to differential calculus and other subfields of mathematics.

He uses the phrase to wonder if the State might declare "two plus two equals five" as a fact; he ponders whether, if everybody believes it, that makes it true. Of course, “everybody” believing in the asserted truth of a statement comprises a consensus, a vote of hands to decide what is reality and what is not (true or untrue), not a reflection or expression of a truth.: “Fifty million Frenchmen can be as wrong as right,” as Ayn Rand once quipped. The phrase (“Fifty Million”) by Cole Porter, was popularized by Sophie Tucker in the 1927 musical of the same name.

Accepting a statement as true is not a matter of consensus, either. It is an issue of an individual’s recognition of a thing’s identity, based on the clear, unadulterated evidence of his senses together with the non-contradictory workings of his mind.  For example, a bowl of house keys will not create an edible bowl of Wheaties, no matter how much milk and sugar is added. It’s still a pile of keys. The identity of the keys, as inedible, non-consumable objects, is essential. It requires an uncorrupted mind to make the unqualified identification.  Keys must be recognized as keys, not as chunks of green moon cheese or flakes of wheat.

Virtually all of the definitions of extremism I encountered, while researching this column, employed, specifically or by implication, spatial measures. The term, however, as it is currently used by especially the MSM and the SPLC, to map out the political divisions in the country, is used exclusively to establish or identify the political references of individuals or groups, employing spatial measurements to identify purveyors of “hate speech,” whether or not they are separated by distance, or by the conceptual, normative differences in their ideas. Using only the idea of “hate speech” as a guide to organizations that actually or do not spew “hate speech” results in some correct identifications, but notoriously ridiculous groupings of non-hate speech groups with those notorious for it.

As I remark at the end of “Ignorance is Strength,” “Hate speech, when it applies to individuals or organizations to which the designation justly, actually applies, such as the KKK, the Nation of Islam, or The Daily Stormer, is just a lot of hot air.” Thus normative measures – valid or not – are used to identify individuals and groups the SPLC and the MSM choose to label as “hate groups,” allying the normative with the spatial measure, is invalid.

The SPLC defines a “hate group” as:

A hate group is a social group that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, nation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other designated sector of society.

Thus, actual purveyors of hate speech are grouped with critical, journalistic individuals and organizations such as Jihad Watch, Pamela Geller, and The Investigative Project  on Terrorism. Thus, a virulently anti-Semitic  group such as The Nation of Islam is equated with any individual or organization noted for the critical examination of, or reportage, of the actions of Islam. The measure is moral; so that the grouping of legitimate critics of Islam, who do not advocate violence or force, with actual “hate groups,” who advocate violence or force, Extremism is about as invalid and nonsensical as passing judgment on the distance between Earth and Pluto.

Extremism, in today’s culture, is something to frown on regardless of whether or not it’s Left or Right, but especially if it’s Right. If the extremism is Right, if it advocates capitalism, then it is to be frowned upon, because it omits socialism or any kind of “planned” economic system in its  recommended social systems. Capitalism is also regularly equated with fascism, by both the Left and Right, even though historically fascism begins and ends with socialism, because fascism calls for a regimented economy, with nominal ownership of property. The SPLC and its yeah-sayers in academia, the MSM, and Hollywood propagate the fallacy insistently with no opposition or with the least evidence of thought.

“Hate speech” is likened to a bullet wound on some individual’s or group’s “self-esteem.” It must be banned or suppressed, the mainstream critics claim, lest it ricochet and harm people. In reality, hate speech has no metaphysical properties, as a bullet or knife does. Someone’s “hurt feelings’ should be that person’s business, with no legal recourse.

 Extremism is empty of meaning, as well,  even if the person or organization labeled as “extremist” is obnoxious (such as the KKK). One will be repelled by the literature or utterings of such an organization without  having to be told or mentally prompted. What must be realized is that both the terms “hate speech” and “extremism” are labels invented to protect one or another protected class:  Muslims, gays, LGBTs, immigrants, and all the other designated “victims.” Extremism is just another emotion charged term with which to smear that which is feared – facts and reality.