Many of my friends used to encourage me to audition as a contestant for “Wheel of Fortune”. Well, it wasn’t high on my priority list of life accomplishments – but they were right – I would have done very well if I only could have avoided spinning into the dreaded “Bankrupt” wedge.
After work, a few of us would get together and conduct our own game while watching the show at our favorite dispensary of adult beverages. We would each ante five dollars a round and the winner would collect the pot. After awhile, my friends wouldn’t let me play any more because nine times out of ten I walked off with the cash – sometimes solving the puzzle before any letters had been called.
I guess being excluded is one of the prices you pay for being too successful in America.
It always amazed me while working on these not-too-difficult puzzles why contestants would ask to buy a vowel that obviously had no place in the answer. Perhaps it was the nervousness generated by being on the show with hundreds in the audience and lights blaring at their faces. Or maybe, they just weren’t all that smart. Frankly, I’m more inclined to go with the second explanation.
Lately I’ve been reading a large volume of material on blogs and from other sources on the Islamifacation of Europe. Some of those writings have also expressed concern over the same issue going on in the United States. The community of Dearborn, MI being one with a highly concentrated Muslim population, as an obvious example where clashes have occurred between Muslims and Christians.
We are also told through our MMM (Mindless Mass Media) that once we have resolved all violence by enacting serious gun control legislation, one of the other top priorities of the Obama administration is a thorough review of our immigration policies.
America has welcomed foreigners to our shores throughout its entire history. It has often been described as “The Great Melting Post”. We might have come as Italians or Germans or Vietnamese or Filipinos, but over time and generations we have become Americans. We have absorbed American culture and in some ways we have been absorbed by it.
We may have maintained some of our cultural traditions, remembering our roots, but those have never superseded the norm of what American society generally accepted, nor have the minority ever had the temerity to insist that their way should be observed to the exclusion of the majority’s views and beliefs. Until now.
There is an underlying theme to what I have read about the Muslim presence in virtually all European countries to which they have immigrated. That theme is an extension of Islam itself. “Islam is the one and the only true faith and all must become subject to it or be annihilated.” That theme has been played and re-played in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and is now being played once again in the United States.
In ancient times, Islam overwhelmed the Christian population in Egypt, converting or killing those who refused to acknowledge Muhammad as the Prophet and Allah as God and today only ten percent of Egypt’s population are members of the Coptic Church. And they are fearful for their lives and for their families as they are often the victims of what we would describe as “hate crimes” were the same things to be committed here. But there are no hate crimes in Islam when it comes to unbelievers – and no tolerance of those who do not subscribe to their doctrines. In fact, murdering these people is a part of the Islamic mission.
Clearly there is a disparity of world view between Islam and the Judaeo-Christian traditions on which America was founded. One of our fundamental principles is that in America we can choose to be a member of a particular church or synagogue or mosque or choose not to want to associate with any form of “organized religion”. We are free to choose not to believe in God or to question his existence. That is not the case for those citizens where Islamic Sharia law is the law of the land.
While countries based on a Judaeo-Christian outlook are actively involved in being “open-minded” and inclusive about Islam, in no way does Islam reciprocate that viewpoint. The lack of insight into the true spirit and goals of Islam can be seen among Rabbis, Ministers and Priests and in the congregants whom they serve. Simply put, they have shaped their view of Islam based on their sense of generosity and inclusiveness which is their world view. But that is not the world view of Islam – which is to become the one, the only religion and to dominate the entirety of the world’s population.
Now there are those who are “secularists”, who believe that Islam is “just another religion” and nothing to worry about. Perhaps they missed the events of 9/11/01 and the thousands of other incidents of violence brought against non-Muslims worldwide since then by adherents of what is euphemistically described as “The Religion of Peace”.
These apologists within our churches and within our government are either blind or stupid. Or they are active agents for a political system, Islam which has as its stated goal, world domination?
How our liberal friends can speak of the horrors of women’s inequality in the United States and turn from examining the conditions of women in Muslim countries which include acid scaldings, “honor killings”, denial to the right of receiving an education and the fact that in the Koran women are accorded only half the benefits of men in most things including inheritance, is far beyond my understanding.
Thanks to the Internet, these sorts of stories are reported on a daily basis. Are these the actions of civilized societies? Are they any less terroristic in nature than what Adam Lanza perpetrated in Newtown, CT? Or are they even more horrid because there are not twenty-six people involved as victims, but hundreds of thousands, if not millions?
Europe is rapidly discovering that their policies of accommodation to “Muslim sensibilities” is leading itself into a yet deeper hole. Because the more they grant to those Muslims who have immigrated to their countries, the more these same people are demanding. There is no end to their voracious appetites – until they have brought about either the conversion or the decimation of the cultures in which they have placed themselves.
When we have a President and a State Department making statements that, “The incident in Benghazi was due to the reaction of a spontaneous mob’s protesting a demeaning film made about the life of the prophet Muhammad,” in denial of the facts which were apparently well known at the time these statements were made, one can only question the motivation of the speakers.
No conclusion we reach, whether it was merely dishonesty intended to minimize the political consequences of the murder of four Americans; pure ignorance; or willful collaboration with a political movement that has as its goal bringing down Western and American civilization is a pleasant one to contemplate. But I know of no others that make any sense.
That we have transparent borders is obvious by the number of illegal aliens who make their way every day into this country. And we are focusing our discussions on the question of immigration with an “I”. Perhaps that is the wrong conversation to be having.
Maybe we, and many European countries, should instead be asking the reasonable question of our Muslim residents, “If things are so to your distaste and dislike here, wouldn’t you be happier in a country in which you have to ask for no accommodations because you will be able to enjoy living in a homogenous place where everyone else shares your values? Wouldn’t you be just so much happier if you were to emigrate with an “E” to one of these places?”
Pat, I’d like to buy a vowel.