Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ben Carson Attacked For Telling The Truth About Islam

I have been reading the attacks by the left on Dr. Ben Carson for his remarks about not supporting a Muslim to be President of the United States. Liberals call him a racist, an Islamophobe, a hater, etc., and the Council for Islmic American Relations (CAIR) has called for Carson to withdraw from the Presidential race because of it.

But what did Carson say that was so bad? Carson was asked by Chuck Todd if he (Carson) believed a President's faith should matter. “Should your faith matter to voters?” Todd asked.

Carson's initial response was straightforward and true.

“I guess it depends on what that faith is,” Carson replied. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.”

“If it is inconsistent with the values and principles of America then of course it should matter.”

What's wrong with that? Any person wanting to be President of the United States should have values and principles that are consistent with those of America and the Constitution. Of course, President Obama pushes that one to the limit since his values and principles are questionable to most patriots.

Carson went on to say he does not believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution. I believe the same thing.

Later, on another show, Carson explained in more detail why he feels that way.

I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”

Also true. In most Muslim countries, particularly those governed by Sharia law, the government and Sharia are one in the same. Sharia law is not consistent with our Constitution. It doesn't take much research to realize that. Among other things, Sharia allows for severe mistreatment of women and corporal and even capital punishment for those women who do not conform. It allows for capital punishment of gays and lesbians. It allows people to have limbs forcibly removed for certain crimes.

How is that consistent with our Constitution?

Dr. Carson was on the conservative talk show circuit last night defending what he said – because it was factual. The headlines this morning read “Carson Refusing To Back Down.”

That one is tame. Another reads “Carson Refuses To Walk Back Anti-Islam Stance.” And yet another says “Ben Carson Refuses to Back Down, Spouts Even Worse Anti-Muslim Bigotry.” That was because of his also true statement that Muslims practice “taqqiyah,” - lying to the infidels about their religion in order to deceive them.

If you read the response from CAIR the first thing you notice is that they didn't say Carson was wrong in what he said – only that he was wrong in saying it. That's significant. They cannot defend Sharia against the Constitution because what Carson said is absolutely correct. So they try to shoot the messenger, saying his beliefs are in violation of the Constitution when, in fact, they are right in line with his First Amendment rights.

CAIR would shut down free speech about Islam if they could. They refuse to allow criticism of Islam, true or not, and demand silence from anyone who will tell the truth about it.

I applaud Ben Carson for his honesty, particularly in this day and age when everyone demands

political correctness from everyone. Truth about Islam is not hateful nor bigoted – it's truth. And these days we need all the truth we can get.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Where My Blog Went.... Mostly.

For anyone still checking this page for recent articles, I spend most of my writing time on articles for www.thefederalistpapers.org. I have had quite a few published in the last couple of months but haven't been sharing them here. So I thought I would do that now and then.

These two were published today...



Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Some Thoughts On 9/11

Today is September 11, 2015. It has been 14 years since Muslim terrorists crashed hijacked commercial airliners into three of four intended targets, including the Pentagon and the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

I remember that morning well. I was in a meeting when the first plane hit. When I returned to my office, my secretary told me a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center and I turned on the TV I had behind my desk. My immediate thought was “What a terrible, tragic accident. I wonder how it happened?”

Then I watched in horror as the second plane hit the second tower. It was pretty clear at that moment that it was a deliberate act. The only question at that moment was “Who?”

A third plane hit the Pentagon. But it was the fourth plane that gave us insight into what was going on.

Passengers in the fourth plane began making phone calls when their plane was hijacked. Because they were headed toward San Francisco, the plane had flown farther away from the intended target of the White House than the others. They were over Ohio when they finally turned around and headed toward Washington DC.

Passengers and crew on that plane formulated a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers. Some passengers were on their phones telling loved ones what was going on. A flight attendant was on the phone with her employer.

Once the passengers learned what had happened in New York and Washington D.C., they decided they were not going to allow the hijackers of their plane to destroy another target. They rushed the hijackers and the cockpit with the best of intentions. And while they succeeded in preventing the plane from hitting the White House, ultimately their attempt to retake the plane failed. The terrorist at the controls put the plane into a dive and it crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.

Islamic terrorists, funded by Osama bin Laden, planned and executed this attack on the United States of America that killed a total of 2,977 people on that day, and many others who died later from 9/11 related illnesses.

President George W. Bush went to ground zero on September 14th, three days after the attack. He spoke to the emergeny responders, those still searching for survivors and for bodies, in an epic speech.

"I can hear you!" he told them. "The rest of the world hears you! And the people – and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."

Opinions about Bush's actions in the war on terror following 9/11 vary, but at least he took decisive action. He fought Al Qaeda, put in place an intelligence system that eventually lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden, (Obama loves to give himself the credit for that but it was waterboarding that gleaned the information of his whereabouts) and put into place an intelligence system that prevented more attacks on the United States.

Sadly, our current President pulled our troops out of the Middle East and turned it over to the terrorists. He tells the nation he is fighting terrorism with air strikes even as the pilots themselves are saying those limited air strikes are basically useless. President Obama won't even allow the words Islamic and/or Muslim to be used in the same phrase with the word terrorism. You can't beat an enemy you won't properly define – especially when you won't actually engage them.

Other nations in the Middle East are battling ISIS, the terror organization to which Obama gave Iraq and Syria. And the Obama administration criticizes them for doing so, whining that nations like Jordan, Egypt and Turkey aren't cooperating with his “60 nation coalition.” Vladimir Putin is now joining forces with Iran and Syria to fight against ISIS.

Putin has recently been flying bombers close to American airspace and a Russian spy ship was spotted off the coast of King's Bay, Georgia, the home of our Navy’s East Coast ballistic missile submarine fleet. It's as if Putin is pushing the limits to see what President Obama will do – or more likely what he won't do.

Around the world, in the war on terror, President Obama has become a joke and Putin is emerging as a world leader. Once he gets cozy with Iran and Syria, Russia will be an important world power again. And since he's already working to make arms deals with Iran, in spite of President Obama's so-called “great deal” with Iran on their nuclear capabilities, Putin is helping strengthen Iran just as much as Obama is.

Obama's failed leadership is changing not only the United States but the world. And it's not for the better.

On this 14th anniversary of that tragic day, I honor not only the innocent victims of the attack but expecially those first responders who lost their lives trying to save as many people as they could. It is a special kind of person who selflessly runs into danger instead of running away. I am grateful for all of you.

I'll close with the beautiful and now immortal words by Alan Jackson.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' up against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

You can listen to the song at the link below. God bless the United States of America!