“Islam Must Re-examine Their Holy Books”

March 6th, 2006 at 9:45am (Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

My friend Dan commented on an earlier post and sent me this link to an interview from The Middle East Media Research Institute. The people involved in the interview I’m not familiar with, but the Arabic lady definitely has something to say. She explains that the west’s confrontation with Islam is not a clash of civilizations, rather it is a clash of freedom vs. oppression; progressive civilization vs. the Middle Ages; etc.

Her most important piece of advice is the call to examine Islamic holy books that clearly spell the desire for war against the “infidel.”

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Cartoon Jihad

March 3rd, 2006 at 8:36pm (Islam, Western Civ)

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[HT: The Black Kettle]

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Manifesto: Together Facing A New Totalitarianism

March 3rd, 2006 at 9:57am (Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

[HT: Andrew Sullivan

The infamous magazine, Jyllands-Posten, that published cartoons of Mohammad that sent the Islamic world into a “Cartoon Jihad” has now published a manifesto slamming Islamism. It’s utterly brilliant.

The sub-headline says it all:

After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

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Same-Sex Marriage in Canada – A Lesson in Statist History

March 1st, 2006 at 9:10am (Books, Canada, Freedom, Same-sex marriage, Western Civ)

In the excellent book Divorcing Marriage: Unveiling the Dangers in Canada’s New Social Experiment (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004) edited by Daniel Cere and Douglas Farrow, Canadians are given an opportunity to evaluate the issue of same-sex marriage from an objective and scholarly perspective. Eleven scholars come together in this one volume to offer their analysis from their respective areas of specialization.

Over the course of time I may try to summarise and evaluate the various essays in this book with the hope of disseminating the information they provide as well as offering some thoughts of my own.

Of particular interest to me today is the essay written by one of the editors, Daniel Cere, entitled “War of the Ring.” Cere provides a historical survey of Canadian politics related to same-sex marriage, going back only a few years to 1999 when the federal parliament reaffirmed the traditional definition of marriage. How far we have come in only a few years! Cere catalogues the main events that took place showing how we got to where we are today. I must tell you, it has been a frightening ride, especially for one like myself who is horrified by statism and government interventionism. I enjoy my democratic freedom as a Canadian, and to read the events that gave legal status to same-sex marriage in Canada is nothing but scary. Canadian rights and opinions have been left in the lurch in favour of the opinions of elitist politicians and judges who act as though they are a law unto themselves. Cere also offers a philosophical analysis of this change in marriage, poking at the presuppositions that lie behind this burning desire to push same-sex legislation through – at the cost of freedom.

Daniel Cere writes as one who knows the issues involved, and so he should, as he is the director of the Institute for the Study of Marriage, Law and Culture in Montreal.

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The Islamic Fundamentalist View of Life As A Perennial Battle

February 28th, 2006 at 10:14am (Islam, Western Civ)

When confronting Islam, we in the west must remember that we are not in a battle over race or ethnicity. Nor are we engaged in a war about Americans vs. Arabs, or white skin vs. brown. If the lines were drawn here we would not be fighting a legitimate battle. Instead we would be racists. If any confrontation with Islam deteriorates to that level, then the battle is already lost. Rather, the battle with Islam is a battle of ideas – a clash of worldviews. It must be an intellectual assault that will eventually win the day.

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Needing to Wake up, West Just Closes Its Eyes

February 27th, 2006 at 8:46am (Canada, Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

[HT: Ezra Levant]

Mark Steyn’s recent article in The Chicago Sun is chilling. Writing about the west’s failure to expose Islam as it really is, a religion founded and based upon violence and terror, is nothing new. Each time it tends towards running a chill down my spine, but nothing too serious. But when it gets to the point that the west won’t even report about racist murders against Jews, it gets even scarier. It is as if western, plurastic newspapers don’t even know what news is.

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Interview with David Wells

February 27th, 2006 at 8:54am (Church & State, Western Civ)

 [HT: Between Two Worlds]

 Evangelical (I use the term loosely) publishing house Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., has posted an interview with social critique/philosopher/theologian David Wells.

Here is a good quote:

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The Wages of Spin – Freedom and Protest

February 27th, 2006 at 7:26am (Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

Historian Carl R. Trueman, in his regular Reformation21 column “The Wages of Spin,” has published his thoughts on the recent protests in the Islamic world over cartoons depicting Mohammed. True to fashion, Dr. Trueman’s writes with a powerful and colourful wit. Whether you agree with him or not, he’s sure to entertain.

Here’s a brilliant quote from the first paragraph:

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