Darkness imminent 10

It is our contention that Christianity brought a thousand years of darkness down on Europe. It extinguished the bright light of classical culture, of which Socratean doubt, the need to examine all ideas critically, was the enlightening principle. Christianity claimed a monopoly of truth, and the  totalitarian-minded Catholic Church did its utmost to suppress dissent by the cruelest means imaginable. So did Protestant churches as far as they could reach. Like Communism and all ideological orthodoxies, Christianity feared open criticism, recognizing that it’s power could not survive argument. The Enlightenment proved that to be the case; a great upwelling of doubt, criticism, exploration and discovery, it loosened the grip of theocratic tyranny, dispersed the darkness of superstition, and let Europe flower again after a long and terrible night. Science flourished once more, achieving an immense extension of knowledge and giving birth to new technologies. The might of the West is rooted in the Greco-Roman culture revived in the Enlightenment, not in a “Judeo-Christian tradition”.

Now darkness is descending again on the West. Islam, a tyranny of the mind as cruel as Christianity and even more intolerant, an ideology from the Dark Ages that forbids criticism and kills critics, is spreading rapidly through Europe and America, zealously assisted by Western governments and passionately defended by the intelligentsia of the political left – which on principle favors ideological conformity and its totalitarian enforcement.

This is from the Stonegate Institute, by Soeren Kern:

The European Union has offered to host the next meeting of the so-called Istanbul Process, an aggressive effort by Muslim countries to make it an international crime to criticize Islam.

The announcement comes less than one month after the United States hosted its own Istanbul Process conference in Washington, DC.

The Istanbul Process – its explicit aim is to enshrine in international law a global ban on all critical scrutiny of Islam and/or Islamic Sharia law – is being spearheaded by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a bloc of 57 Muslim countries.

Based in Saudi Arabia, the OIC has long pressed the European Union and the United States to impose limits on free speech and expression about Islam.

But the OIC has now redoubled its efforts and is engaged in a determined diplomatic offensive to persuade Western democracies to implement United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 16/18, which calls on all countries to combat “intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of … religion and belief.” (Analysis of the OIC’s war on free speech can be found here and here.)

Resolution 16/18, which was adopted at HRC headquarters in Geneva in March 2011, is widely viewed as a significant step forward in OIC efforts to advance the international legal concept of defaming Islam.

However, the HRC resolution – as well as the OIC-sponsored Resolution 66/167, which was quietly approved by the 193-member UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011 – remains ineffectual as long as it lacks strong support in the West.

The OIC therefore scored a diplomatic coup when the Obama Administration agreed to host a three-day Istanbul Process conference in Washington, DC on December 12-14, 2011. In doing so, the United States gave the OIC the political legitimacy it has been seeking to globalize its initiative to ban criticism of Islam.

Following the Obama Administration’s lead, the European Union now wants to get in on the action by hosting the next Istanbul Process summit, tentatively scheduled for July 2012.

Up until now, the European Union has kept the OIC initiative at arms-length. But Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the OIC, says the EU’s offer to host the meeting represents a “qualitative shift in action against the phenomenon of Islamophobia,” according to the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), the OIC’s official news/propaganda organ.

According to the IINA, “The phenomenon of Islamophobia is found in the West in general, but is growing in European countries in particular and in a manner different than that in the US, which had contributed to drafting Resolution 16/18. The new European position represents the beginning of the shift from their previous reserve over the years over the attempts by the OIC to counter ‘defamation of religions’ in the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations. …

Europe is retreating from the Enlightenment. But not without  protest.

The OIC is especially angry over its inability to silence a growing number of democratically elected politicians in Europe who have voiced concerns over the refusal of Muslim immigrants to integrate into their host countries and the consequent establishment of parallel Islamic societies in many parts of Europe.

According to the IINA, “Ihsanoglu said that the growing role of the extreme right in politics in several European countries has become stronger than the capacity of the Organization [OIC], explaining that the extreme right, who [sic] hates Muslims, became leverage in the hands of politicians. He added that the rise of the extreme right through elections has become an issue that cannot be countered, considering the democratic way in which these extremists reach their positions. He pointed out to the referendum held in Switzerland, as an example, which resulted in suspending the construction of minarets there following a vote by the Swiss people.”

In other words, the OIC is now seeking the support of non-elected bureaucrats at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels to enact pan-European hate speech legislation to limit by fiat what 500 million European citizens – including democratically elected politicians – can and cannot say about Islam.

To be sure, many individual European countries that lack First Amendment protections like those in the United States have already enacted hate speech laws that effectively serve as proxies for the all-encompassing blasphemy legislation the OIC is seeking to impose on the European Union as a whole.

The author lists a dozen examples of Europeans who have dared to raise their voices to criticize the barbarous ideology of Islam and defend their own culture, only to be prosecuted and punished for it under recently enacted, bad and stupid laws. Among them, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and Geert Wilders, whose cases we have discussed in our posts: The West on trial (December 16, 2009); Freedom versus Islam (January 20, 2010); Civilization on trial (October 11,2010); An honest confession of hypocrisy (October 23, 2010);The new heresy (January 11, 2011); Darkness descending – again (February 7, 2011); Sharia is the law in Austria (December 25, 2011); Only the gagged may speak freely (December 26/11).

Almost everywhere in Europe now, “speaking the truth about Islam is subject to swift and hefty legal penalties” as the author says.

Why should any religion be exempt from criticism? Religious ideas above all need to be criticized, being the most irrational and the most oppressive. And even more than other religions, Islam needs to be dragged into the sunlight. It is the only intolerant religion of our time –  and it is asking to be protected from intolerance!

Right now, when Islam is intent on conquering the West by all possible means including terrorism, it is especially necessary to be Islamophobic.

Americans must resist the Obama administration’s efforts to help the OIC drive our world back into darkness. At least in the United States – the great product and political embodiment of the Enlightenment – the light of liberty must be kept burning.

  • Liz

    Yes – the most intolerant religion of our time demanding to be protected from “intolerance” – that is just too ridiculous.  What is even more ridiculous is the fact that, instead of laughing at them, people are caving in to this.  How suicidal.  

    • George

      That’s liberalism for you. Stupid is what stupid does.       Liz , I read a recent newspaper article of a young liberal woman news-writer who wrote an article asking that we  “try to reach out to our Muslim friends “.   Here we are in the USA and not one atheist has committed any terrorist act, or is preaching to take over anwhere or preaching to do any harm to anyone———– yet we see these horrific terrorist acts and barbaric murderous acts that are being carried out by Muslims daily and yet the stupid  fool liberals want to   ” try and reach out to our Muslim friends ” as they say.   Where is the proclamation of reaching out to ther secular friends ?   Why arent  the same individuals trying to reach out to rational freethinkers ?    According to the liberals ( both secular and Christian ) , caving in to these people in their minds is suppose to make them like us and see us all as good people and supposedly change their mindset, attitudes and behavior toward non-Muslims.    They (liberals) are not only utter fools and stupid but their actions  are enshrouded in cowardice because they are afraid to do the right thing and stand up to them so therefore they take the easy and comfortable way out——  foolishly believing that they (liberals ) are going to win friends  and create a dialogue of understanding and mutual respect. The liberals are fooling themselves and the Muslims are LITERALLY laughing at them regarding how gullible ,naive, stupid,  and foolish the liberals truly are. It’s mind boggling. ! 

      • Liz

        Yes, that is how they think.  It reminds me of a lecture on “bullying” I had to sit in on as a sub in a grade school recently.  The gist of it was, if a child is bullied, he’s supposed to tell the bully how he feels about it, and that will make the bully feel bad and then he’ll be nice.  I sat there with my mouth open – seriously??  But thats exactly what these idiots think is going to work on terrorists. Unbelievable.

      • Liberalism – the church of Neville Chamberlain.

        History repeats itself if not for the boldness of heroes to do and say what is right.

  • Ralph

    Phobia is an irrational fear. My fear of Islam is very reasonable; it isn’t a phobia.Islamophobia is left wing newspeak designed to demonize those who recognize that Islam is pure hate.

  • George

    Stupid f***ing liberals !  These stupid fool brainwashed and ignorant liberals don’t realize that if sharia law and Islam should take root in America and become mainstream , it will be the liberals that will be the first on the list for extermintion since the religious extremists consider their lifestyles and behaviors to be decadent, immoral, deviant, ‘sick”, abhorant, and degenerant.   Yet these braindead liberals don’t realize that they are committing social and cultural suicide . 
                    These efforts are a form of international CENSORSHIP whereby censorship against criticism will apply to everyone except Muslims.   Freedom is  NOT free.  The freedoms we now have were fought for in wars, and many sacrifices by the bloodshed of brave men and women who stood up to the tyrannical and dictatorial elements that wish to silence us, control us , and subjugate us.  
                          Stupid liberals are always sticking their chests out proclaiming that they have  ” FREEDOM OF SPEECH ‘  .    Where do these stupid and assinine left-wing stupid a** liberals think they got their freedoms from ? It didn’t drop out of the sky. It came about by those of us who wore a uniform and put our lives on the line and some even gave their lives so that others would be able to exercise those freedoms .     Damn , I’m getting f***ing pissed and I promissed I wouldn’t do so. These liberals would destroy our nation and world freedoms if given the chance . I implore all brave men and women to stand up , speak out, don’t cave in  and stand up for freedom, justice and equality .  Vote these stinking stupid a** liberals out of office. Put in office pro-American and pro-freedom promulgators. Our future depends on it and the future of our children , grandchildren an perpetual enerations thereafter.   Please pardon my rant  folks , but this situation is getting worse and worse every day and night. It’s not time to get weak but stronger. Stand up , speak out, and vote the cowardly anti-American and anti-freedom bastards out of office to save America and the free world . Once again folks , I do apologize for going off in a tirade  but I guess the  “jarhead”  in me is coming out. I’m fuming at how stupid the damn liberals are . Look what these bastards have done to my country ! Look what these bastards have done to pervert freethought ! Look what these bastards have done to weaken America !  Look what these bastards have done in capitulating to our open enemies. Look what these f***ing a**holes have done to make the terrorists and religious hate-mongering zealots stronger and bolder.  Damn , I’m mad  !     Am  I just a voice talking to the wind ? Am I just a lone voice speaking in vain ?  Will the last real men on earth come together and stand up for true freedom.  My blood is boiling at these stinking liberals who have weakened our great nation and made us weaker. All people who stand for freedom should come together  ( be they secular, religious, young , old , male , female  or whatever ethnicity , or class status  ).    The virus of liberalism is spreading like a wildfire or a cancer.    Pleae speak out publicly folks and save our world society . The future we save could very well be our own.  I apologize again for my rant but I had to get that out of my system because I have felt the sting of sicko liberalism.  The world has become more and more a dangerous place to live and it will be up to us to save it.    Stop letting our petty differences divide us.  That’s what our enemies want —– ( dive and conquer ). As the saying goes —–   ”  All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men (and women ) to do nothing “.   This takes action and deeds—not talk and lip service.          Stand up for freedom.  Fight back dammit !  Stand up and fight back !           Semper Fi    !!!!!!!!  

    • George

      Pardon typo—. I meant to say “extermination”.  Please pardon my typos. Too much caffeine . 

      • Ralph

        Spoken like a true Marine. Good to see you back. Hope you are well!

        • George

          Hi  Ralph.  I’m not trying to sound abrasive but I am getting increasingly  fed up with all this “political correctness ”  BS.   The modern  day men around the world have become sissyfied, wussified, p***yfied, wimpified, and have shed their manhood and valor. They no longer have the fighting spirit because of these   &^%$#@!*&^%$#@!*&^%$#!   “touchy-feely”  girly men who are so bent with getting in touch with their feminine side.   If I die in my fight then I’ll die with pried and honor.  It’s time to get stronger—not weaker.  Take care buddy !

        • George

          Thanks again  Ralph. I’m going to look for an article that I’m sure you will be interested in. I miss my auto spell-checker , now that I’ve mispelled  [ pride, extermination and divide ]   without checking  ( and probably a few more ).    My IP card keeps kicking me offline after a few moments of idle pause  so I type like lightning and later see my errors.  I’m thinking of changing to another.  I hope the conservative politicians get behind one candidate and not let several split the votes and we end up with Obama back in office. That would be horrific .  Remember , that’s what happened when Ross Perot split the conservative votes.    This voting session is critical for the real salvation of America.     Later.