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September 26, 2016

Interfaith Dialogue in Practice

King Abdullah II of Jordan plays a key role in Alliance of Civilizations’ and related interfaith dialogue initiatives. These initiatives have a global reach.  They come with a heavy price for it involves “finding the balance between free speech and religious freedom”.   In practice, free speech is always sacrificed.  This recent headline perfectly illustrates this balance. 

The Jordanian government clearly had no interest in protecting this man and it’s subsequent condemnation of the killing rings hollow.

The fact that this writer’s free speech is criminalized perfectly illustrates what free nations should come to expect as the United Nations’ governmental structures attempt to reconcile Islam with the West through its Alliance of Civilizations and related social cohesion initiatives.   President Obama joined the United States to the initiative in 2009.  The AoC initiative is a key component of the U.S. global counter-terrorism strategy.

Note that Mr. Hattar was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam.  In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said during the launch of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative that no one should have the right to criticize Islam.   The UN Human Rights Council promptly introduced the Defamation of Religion resolution intended to criminalize such free speech.  Western nations rejected that proposal then and every time it was subsequently re-introduced.  The Council changed strategy and reintroduced the resolution, this time on steroids, with a different name:  Resolution 16/18.  The face given the Resolution is the Istanbul Process.  The Process was launched by the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) for the Islamic world, Hillary Clinton for the U.S., and High Representative Catherine Ashton for the European Union.

This is what is envisioned for the West as penned by the OIC:  “The OIC has always upheld its unwavering commitment to freedom of expression but has never held back in expressing caution and concern of its misuse and abuse.  Like all other rights, the right of freedom of expression is not absolute and that cannot be exploited to infringe on the rights of others or to incite violence and hatred to endanger human lives by engaging in blatant insult, denigration and mockery of the deep seated religious beliefs and symbols and personalities sacred to religions and their followers.”  (See Fifth OIC Observatory Report on Islamophobia)

“Any depiction of God is prohibited in Islam” and could “incite” violence.

So while the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the burning of a flag is an expression of free speech, we have yet to see whether a new Court shall follow the recommendations of the OIC and Hillary Clinton that the burning of Koran is not protected speech.  I personally view actions as disgusting.  Nevertheless, relinquishing our free speech rights to accommodate Islamic law or those who are thin skinned does not serve the best interests of the western world.


April 9, 2016

Paul Ryan April 7, 2016: Progressive Coming Out Day?

“The New Age is upon us.  I would emphasize the fact to you.  The New Age is upon us and we are witnessing the birth pangs of the new culture and the new civilization.  That which is old and undesirable must go and of these undesirable things, hatred and the spirit of separateness must be the first to disappear”.  Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy – Section 1 – Introductory Remarks.

“As High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, I have no greater calling than that to promote the cause of peace between and among identity groups. Too frequently we see political leaders exploit our different identities to advance their own agendas. Too frequently we see these leaders ignore our shared values, our common humanity.”  September 21, 2015 statement by Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser.

Two days ago Paul Ryan released this video which, at least to me, appears to be rooted in new age collectivism. For example, in the new age, identity politics = separateness; common humanity = the collective, “one humanity”; common culture = new civilization; common values = suppression of “separative”, dissenting opinion.

Mr. Ryan, you cannot be ignorant that your words are identical to those the progressives use for mobilization of their collective.  Or are you?  Surely you cannot be ignorant of the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative?  I expect you would be familiar with the Obama Administration’s work with this Initiative since throughout 2015 it was incorporated into the US global counter-terrorism strategy?   Counter-terrorism and collectivism united; do you not see a problem here?  But wait, there’s more.

The "common humanity" expects a spiritual leader.  Many in the left advanced the notion that President Obama was a messianic figure.  He was referred to as “the One” as I recall.  Is it now the progressives on the right who are attempting to fill that role? 

We once heard you had no interest in being House speaker.  There you are.  We’ve heard you have no interest in being the republican nominee for president yet somehow I’m not convinced you’re not posturing.

New Age conscious evolutionary leader Barbara Marx Hubbard once said:
"Now all the resonating core groups with outwardly different purposes are merging and blending and coming together to do the One Work . . ." Barbara Marx Hubbard, Spring 1988, To Seattle Unity Church, Seattle, Washington

Indeed.  The two political parties appear to have done exactly that.

Why are you so dismayed by the current “anti establishment” political climate?  When one speaks like a progressive and votes like a progressive, chances are they’re a progressive.  Given a choice between the progressive who conceals his identity and a progressive who doesn’t, why not pick the latter?  Or none?  At least one knows how to approach a political narrative with the open progressive.  It is quite a different picture when one finds the person they relied upon as their ally turned out to be masquerading as such.