It was one of those “Eureka!” moments as I read an article about Ramadan and the United States Department of Defense holding an Iftar celebration, at the Pentagon no less.
Yes, the very Pentagon that was attacked on 9-11-01 from the outside is now hosting the very ideology which killed 189 people on the same site. (I did a quick search to see how many Easter or Christmas dinners are held at the Pentagon. My query netted “zero”, but if anyone knows of such, please inform me. I won’t be surprised if there was a projected Ramadan message on the outer wall of the Pentagon like this one lighting up the wall of a Virginia church. Dhimmi’s.)
This is incredulous in itself, not to mention the huge influx of new mosques being built across the country, and the ever increasing influence of Islam in our educational, finance, and legal institutions. The number of mosques in the US is up 79% since 2000, to over 2,100 not counting Nation of Islam mosques (true Islam does not recognize NOI) and according to USA Today there are now nearly 7 million Muslims in the United States-vast majority of those, immigrants. The Pentagon official in that article boasted that 30-40 of Pentagon DoD personnel are Muslim. Check Mate.
The Leftists in America are smiling.
And this,… this is what has been so elusive for many of us for 12 years! What is the common attraction for the American Left (Liberals, Progressives, Marxists, Communists, Socialist, etc.) to Islam? It seems that this highly oppressive and restrictive ideology which unites government and religion, oppresses women around the world, still harbors the institution of slavery, stones or canes women for adultery (and even prosecutes female victims of rape), hangs homosexuals, and abhors freedom of speech, and instigates wars around the world, would be the last ideology that would be embraced by the pluralistic, multicultural, homosexuality propagating, anti-religious, feminist, war-protesting, free sex hook-up, tolerance preaching, American Left!
So what is the attraction?! I have it! In one word! Poverty…
Huh? What is so attractive about poverty and what is the connection to Islam?
Ok, so that’s a straw man question, but you wanted to know anyway. Last part first.
Think about it…When has an Islamic state ever been a prosperous economic force aside from petroleum, which was developed by the West. Without Western petroleum interests the Middle East would still be shipping spices by camel caravan and killing the neighboring tribe. (Well…they’re not still dependent on camels.) Even during the “Golden Age” of Islam (700-1100 AD) it’s economy was based on its conquests; jizya taxes, plunder, slave trade, etc. . It actually produced very little wealth, only redistributed it. Islam begets poverty.
Islam is a non-productive ideology. Similar to Communism, there is little incentive to produce and excel, so the gap between the “haves and the have nots” widen and the middle-class disappears while the ruling elite prosper. The reason that Islam is non-productive is because death is such a central point of the theology, and life is about getting there.
There is a creed that surfaces occasionally when studying the Islamic culture which is so shaped by the obligatory act of jihad: “We love death more than you love life.” It has been a part of Islam since its earliest doctrines were formulated during that period immediately following Muhammad’s death in 632 (AD). I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. Islam is a great black beast of which the Muslim is the first victim. Sharia, the legal system of Islam, squelches creativity and incentive for capital gain, punishing those who question the authority of the Koran, even to the point of executing the apostate (who turns away from Islam). Life is despised and the highest honor is to die in the service of Allah, taking the lives of Allah’s enemies. Palestinian children are routinely indoctrinated to pursue death for honor. Muhammad spawned the largest death cult in the world.
On the other hand, the Judeo-Christian ethos, which is rooted in the Hebrew Torah wherein Jehovah calls to Israel (Deuteronomy 30:19), “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live“, holding fast to the Lord God, who is Life.
Golda Meir, 4th Israeli Prime Minister from 1969-1974 summed up the contrasting ideologies when she said, “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
So there you have the connection of poverty to Islam. Poverty is a manifestation of a spiritual condition. No, poverty is not singular to Islamic nations. Poverty is found around the world. But what is poverty but the result of displacing God? Don’t confuse “the poor” with poverty. Poverty denotes hopelessness. There are many poor who are not hopeless. Jesus Himself said there will always be poor people among us. But hopelessness is the result of an individual, society, community spurning God (Jehovah, not Allah), and choosing to go their own way, which the Bible says “leads to death”. Thus, the Biblical admonition to choose God, and “choose life”.
So then, addressing the attraction of poverty. It’s very simple… Control.
When a society is stricken with poverty, it is very easy to control. Hopelessness begets desperation. A desperate population will do whatever is necessary in order to obtain sustenance and order, even if that means giving up freedom. When a government, any government, Islamic or otherwise, sets itself at odds with Biblical admonitions, poverty will follow. Government debt spikes out of control and chaos follows. Recently Spain and Greece were both prime examples of this in Europe, and one needs look no further than Detroit City to examine the effects here at home.
This is where the US Government is headed and there is no turning back. Every month the Fed prints another $85 Billion in order to maintain status quo, while pumping our debt to nearly $17 Trillion. It is expected to reach $20T by the end of 2013. I’m not an economist, but anyone can see the folly in the continuation of this lunacy. The point right now is obviously to keep the stock market inflated in order to deceive the masses long enough to procure enough support of the population by getting as many as possible voluntarily dependent on the government for basic necessities and standard of living, before the bubble bursts. Currently, almost half (48.5%) of Americans are receiving some form of government benefit while 46.4% will pay no federal income tax this year. As Abraham Lincoln said, “There’s too many pigs for the tits!”
Left wing ideologies propagate this kind of economic disaster, just as sure as water runs downhill. It’s a natural phenomena. Margaret Thatcher, UK’s Prime Minister during the ’80’s quipped, “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.” Someone has to be able to produce something in order to maintain government voluntarily, else the government will take what it needs from someone, it’s enemies or it’s own citizens. World history proves it over and over.
Biblical principals lead to sound government just as they do to prosperous citizenry; live within your means, be diligent at the task and long at the labor, be a good steward of your resources as well as your gains, live within the law, and voluntary benevolence.
But these principals lead to independent citizens. That does not fit within the parameters of an authoritarian mindset.
There is much Power in the Poverty business.