Is Islamic Fundamentalism the 21st century version of communism?

Posted on July 28, 2011. Filed under: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , , |

Islamic Fundamentalism is more insidious that communism or, as one guest panelist during last evening’s broadcast contended, Fascism and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany, in that it is not confined to a specific geographic region which serves as a central launching pad for intended global expansion. In essence, the enemy already walks amongst us as our neighbor, business associate and yes even school district supervisor.

This was just one of the more controversial and thought-provoking revelatory warnings delivered in much the same way that Scotty in the 1951 SciFi classic The Thing, encouraged the world to be vigilant to alien invasion by admonishing all those listening to his broadcast to keep watching the skies.

Now I am not trying to trivialize the potential threat, as there are elements of undeniable and disconcerting truths that an invasion of sorts is taking place, especially when the discussion ventures into the realms of the growing power and influence of the Islamic Sahri’ah Finance Platform. For those wanting to gain a better understanding of what exactly the financial angle entails, here are the links to two PI Window blog posts from earlier this year titled If you believe that money is power, then history tells us that the Islamic threat is real . . . but are we to blame? and,Why is Bloomberg the fall guy for Ground Zero Mosque protestors . . . isn’t GE facilitating its construction?.

What I am saying however is that the validity and mainstream acceptance of any concerns regarding Islamic Fundamentalist expansion and assimilation on a global basis, will be influenced by the manner in which the warnings are delivered by those who envision themselves as being the bellwether messengers of a pending threat.

Make no mistake, this is indeed a fine line of delivery in that there are inherent risks that such claims will be perceived as unwarranted fear mongering, reminiscent of the McCarthy era Red Scare which inadvertently detracted from the very real threat that communism posed to our North American way of life.

Similar to this Second Red Scare that dominated the American psyche between 1947 and 1957 (the first occurred in the U.S. from 1919 to 1920), which was focused on fears that national and foreign communists were influencing society or infiltrating the federal government, or both, Islamic Fundamentalism according to our guest panel is even more insidious in its penetration into key areas of our society.

Putting aside the politeness for which we Canadians are known, there was an undeniably harsher edge to the responses delivered by representatives from both the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and the Christian Heritage Party pertaining to the school prayer controvers­y in Toronto, than those expressed by 911 Hard Hat Pledge Founder Andy Sullivan, during my interview with him regarding his organization’s issues with the proposed building of the Ground Zero Mosque in New York City.

This vociferous expression of conviction included the following observations:

  • that this is not a question of religious freedom as Islam is a political ideology cloaked in a religion of purported peace
  • that the extent of the Muslim infiltrati­on in the Canadian school system is already extensive and therefore it may be too let to stem the tide
  • that immigratio­n from Shariah law countries must be curtailed and confined to only those who are being persecuted by Islamic Fundamenta­lists
  • that the followers of other faiths, especially the indigenous Christian populace has been too concerned with their own lives and have in effect been sleeping at the wheel
  • that it took 3 years for this to come to the coalitions attention because as was the case in Delaware with the Indian Lake School District, there was a fear of raising reprisals

Remember, you can listen to the on-demand version of the live 60 minute broadcast at your convenience through the following link; Is Valley Park Middle School Canada’s Ground Zero Mosque?.

These as well as the many other points that were raised in a respectful but lively where there is smoke there is fire discussion, including the assertion that two-thirds of the Qurʾan is focused on political ideology and only one-third actually deals with issues of religious faith, ultimately created more questions and with it awareness of an impending threat from within to our way of life.

While we may be somewhat reluctant to contemplate both the nature and degree of said threat as we, as one panelist put it, are more focused on managing the personal demands of everyday life, the truth of the matter is that there are very real dangers on the near horizon that warrant our keeping our eyes on the skies.

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Multi-denominational panel convenes to discuss the Muslim prayer controversy at Valley Park Middle School

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Commentary, Prayer | Tags: , , , , |

As indicated in yesterday’s post , I have expended a great deal of electronic ink covering the continuing controversy surrounding the Muslim movement as some have called it, regarding flashpoint crisises ranging from the building of the Ground Zero Mosque to fearful warnings of a global assimilation.

Yet despite these newer developments the long standing debate over prayer in school has again resurfaced in of all places a secondary school in Toronto, Canada.

In Tuesday’s segment of the PI Window, which will air live across the Blog Talk Radio Network at 9:00 PM EST, I will be welcoming to the show a guest panel that includes representatives from the Jewish Defence League of Canada and the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, to talk about both their individual and collective response to the district’s decision to allow 300 Muslim students to worship in the Valley Park Middle School’s cafeteria during school hours.

One of the questions I will be asking is if the fear of Muslim encroachment is at heart of the Valley Park controversy, or more of a reflection of the collective apathy of the followers of other faiths who have in the past perhaps failed to rigorously challenge the abolishment of praying in our schools?

Certainly, and as discussed in previous PI Window segments and posts, individuals such as 911 Hard Hat Pledge Founder Andy Sullivan, who is now running for Congress, have expressed concerns that activities such as the proposed building of the Ground Zero Mosque is a clear indication of an overall Islamic plan to overtake America.

While there is little doubt that this is a growing concern – after all the fact that Sullivan is seeking political office in the first place speaks to the breadth or influential reach of sentiments such as his, I have only heard the expression of concern as it relates to Muslim activities. Interestingly enough, and prior to the Valley Park Middle School controversy, there has been little if any direct involvement on the part of representatives from other denominations in terms of carving out a place within our schools to freely worship.

Unlike the Mosque in New York, perhaps the motivation behind the collective intervention in Valley Park by the Jewish Defence League, Canadian Hindu Advocacy and Christian Heritage Foundation is that school prayer is an issue that while seemingly out of the public eye, remains a point of contention that has simmered uncontested beneath the surface for several decades.

Now that prayer regardless of denomination, has been re-introduced into the school system, how does one get Pandora back into the proverbial box re do you shut down the Muslim Friday worship service or alternatively establish multi-denominational venues throughout the school? What is the ideal outcome for all parties concerned?

Once again, join me on Tuesday, July 26th at 9:00 PM EST on the PI Window on Blog Talk Radio.

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Is Valley Park Middle School Canada’s Ground Zero Mosque?

Posted on July 20, 2011. Filed under: Commentary | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Jewish Defence League of Canada, along with the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and the Christian Heritage Group, told a news conference they will protest the controversial prayer sessions next Monday.

from the July 18th, 2011 Canadian Press article Groups plan protest over Muslim prayers being allowed in Toronto school

As you know, I have expended a great deal of electronic ink covering the continuing controversy surrounding the Muslim movement as some have called it, regarding flashpoint crisises ranging from the building of the Ground Zero Mosque to fearful warnings of a global assimilation.

Conversely, I have lamented the seeming intolerance we have had towards our own religious convictions from the standpoint of Christianity in posts such as the aptly titled First prayer, then standing up to a bully and now . . . a kindergartner suspended for crying?! What is wrong with our schools!, and the 49th Parallel Forum broadcast 49th Parallel- Bah Humbug! What’s up with Happy Holidays?.

Regardless of which side of the freedom of religion debate that seems to be raging in society – especially here in North America, I have been critical of the intolerance demonstrated by those who seek to limit an individual’s right to worship according to their personal faith convictions. In essence I have tried to provide a lens of informed understanding regarding the diversity within our increasingly globalized community, in the hope that somehow the silos of prejudice and ignorance would somehow dissolve into a mutual if not amiable co-existence.

The problem with taking this balanced approach to such a complex issue is that the equalizing tensions that seems to provide a moderating influence can itself quickly dissipate into an inflammatory wave of acrimony in which it appears that one side has somehow gained the upper hand in an emotionally charged situation. The reference to The Canadian Press story is such an example.

According to reports, the Valley Park Middle School in Toronto, Canada have for the past three years provided a venue by way of the school’s cafeteria to accommodate a Muslim prayer service each Friday for approximately 300 students. The school district’s logic is that the Muslim students were missing classes in order to attend prayers at a nearby Mosque, and that by providing this access during school hours, they are now able to attend said classes.

Talk about poking the proverbial alligators!

While there are many different avenues of discourse one can pursue with this revelation, including why it took three years for someone to finally take issue with the weekly prayer services in the first place, whether intended or not, the school district’s well intentioned overture is prejudicial.

Think about it for a moment, school prayer was abolished in the U.S. over a period of years starting in the 1960s (a move that was supported by the ACLU), based on the assertion that allowing prayer within the hallowed halls of our educational system violates the principle of separating church and state. In Canada, it should be noted that the first crucial case in the debate surrounding school prayer took place in Ontario in 1988 with the Zylberberg v. Sudbury Board of Education (Director) decision.

What is interesting to note is that as imperceptibly has the Muslim prayer services over the past three years took hold in the Valley Park Middle School, the abolishment of Christian-centric prayer in our schools also occurred over an equally ponderous period of time.

Looking at the U.S. once again, there are what is often referred to as three defining court cases that ultimately led to the the present day separation of church and state . . . at least in terms of our indigenous Christian faith. These seminal cases which include; The Regent School Prayer (Engel v. Vitale, 1962), School Prayer (Murray v. Curlett, 1963), and School Prayer and Bible Reading (Abington Township School District v. Schempp, 1963), became the slippery slope that is reflective of our religious indifference. Indifference in that not a single Christian organization filed a brief in support of school prayer when the Supreme Court in an 8 to 1 ruling in 1971, established what became known as the Lemon Test.

U.S. Supreme Court

Based on the Lemon v. Kurtzman case the Lemon Test specifies that any practice sponsored within state run schools (or other public, state sponsored activities) must:

  1. Have a secular purpose;
  2. Must neither advance nor inhibit religion; and
  3. Must not result in an excessive entanglement between government and religion.

The questions that these decisions along with the apparent apathy of Christian organizations to defend our right to having our own religious freedom raise, is whether what is happening in Toronto today is part of an overt movement by Muslim interests to assimilate our nations into their faith or, a reflection of our own declining Christian values in our day-to-day lives. Or to put it another way, if we has Christians were not interested in carving out our place in society including our schools to freely worship according to our individual beliefs, why should we take exception if another faith chooses to do so?

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