Saying Something

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The advice given to authors is to avoid commenting on religion or politics. After all, we wouldn’t want potential readers to discover what we really think and thereby lose sales of our books. But I realized that anyone who will be turned off by my statements of what I believe will likely be turned off by my books, anyway, since my world view comes out in what I write, whether fiction or non-fiction.

And of late, the danger that I see looming for my country is such that I can’t remain silent about it. Book sales are of no importance when compared to the demise of my country and the untold suffering about to be visited on my fellow citizens.

Granted, there are a huge number of those fellow citizens who have no clue what’s coming, and they embrace the very thing that will prove to be their undoing. And they will most likely ignore what I say. But I have to at least give a warning so they can’t come to me later and say, “Why didn’t you say something about what was coming?”

So…from now on, I won’t be silent, I’m saying something….

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10 thoughts on “Saying Something

    • What’s coming? A loss of basic constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms we have taken for granted, for starters. And the change of our country to Third World nation, for another, with nothing even slowing the slide.

      Also, among other things, since we now have the “fox in the hen house” with Muslims in high positions in the Department of Homeland Security, the spectre of economic jihad as well as other jihad waged against us. You might want to read this article and the accompanying report as it applies to the United States: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-8th-anniversary-of-the-rape-jihad

      • The school plots would be scary to have happen to us. I would hope that we could stop most of those plots from happening, even if we couldn’t stop all of them. I don’t believe that all Muslims are bad. Just with any religion be it Christian, Jew, Muslim, etc. there are extremists. It’s those extremists that are the issue. If the extremist variants (no matter their religion) are in positions of power, the potential for abuse is dramatically high. At the same time, we can’t prevent someone from holding a job based on their religious values. That’s would be taking the same freedoms away that we hold dear. But I agree that we are slowly giving up our rights, all for the sake of safety. It’s that whole “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” thing. They don’t call the public “sheeple” for nothing.

      • You’re exactly right about the Benjamin Franklin quote. There is one problem, however, with Muslims holding high public positions in our country. Their religion demands jihad…and not just from extremists. Have you ever studied its history? Here’s a video lecture by Dr. Bill Warner (and it’s not a boring one)…very eye-opening…

      • Interesting video. But what he doesn’t say is that Christian Rome expanded everywhere before this, using the same methods. They brought Christ through war and fear, the same as Islam did. This was the nature of that time period and humanity in general. I’ve studied world civilizations and world religions, including Islam. They don’t demand jihad but they do view it as a holy right. It’s the extreme conservatives that are bringing jihad back, not your typical muslim. I guess I see them as no different than any other religion.

        But the real question is this.. based on what you’re saying, you would restrict a person’s ability to hold office if you didn’t agree with their religious affiliation? To do so would be to act in fear, would it not? America was about freedom of religion. And to restrict someone from a public office because of their faith is highly anti-American. Is it not? I think that ideology is the same thing you’re fighting against. For safety, we’re giving rights, freedoms and values.

        I enjoy conversations like these, so I do appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

      • Actually, Islam is political, and it’s the politics of it that would preclude having someone of that political ideology from holding office, since it is diametrically opposed to our constitutional republic. What is promoted publicly about Islam misleads folks and hides the true nature of this ideology. You might want to read these articles that compare the public statements about Islam with the actual ideology as revealed in its own documents:

        http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/what-is-the-truth-about-am-muslims-part-1/

        http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/what-is-the-truth-about-american-muslims-part-2-3/

        Glad you’re enjoying the discussion. I enjoy discussions like this because I learn a lot from them.

      • That’s where a muslim will disagree as will most religious scholars. To those who practice it and those who study religion, Islam is a religion. That’s not to say there isn’t a strong political aspect to it. Every religion has certain methods and standards as to how the government/its people should behave. If you look closely at the Republican party, the Democratic Party, the Green Party, etc. you’ll see that religion plays a strong part in the party’s beliefs/stances, whether they want to admit it or not. But the main issue here is that claiming it to be a political system and not a religion, is like telling someone else that their religion isn’t a religion but a hoax or a philosophy, etc. Do we really have the right to tell someone what they believe isn’t a religion. If your answer is yes, that will open the door wide for abuse. Just imagine if the modern Tea Party could challenge the validity of every religion or version of christianity that isn’t conservative. Scary. If it were truly JUST a political system, then I could understand your point on how that might prevent someone from gaining office. But as long as its followers believe it is a religion and most of the world does, we have no right to say it’s not.

      • I realized I missed commenting on one point you made in your second comment…that Christian Rome had spread using the same methods as Islam. That’s not accurate. It is true that the Roman Empire spread to the known world by brutal conquest, but that was before Christianity came on the scene. And from its beginnings, Christians were targets of severe persecution, not the dispensers of it, nor were they in positions of power. Constantine adopted Christianity and combined it with current paganism in the 300s. Not long afterward, in the 400s Rome fell, was overrun by the Visigoths. Soon after was when Islam arose and overran much of the Middle East and Europe.

      • It’s true that pagan rome started it but christian rome continued the practice. It didn’t stop because of its new values. It pushed conversion, to the point of convert or die. It’s a lot like Islam in that regard. Heck, look at the crusades (but that’s another story).

      • By the time the persecution of Christianity ended and it began to be adopted and adapted in Rome, Rome had fallen to the Visigoths…the empire was not spreading, it was shrinking by then.

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