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calendar   Sunday - March 06, 2011

So Much For Democracy and Freedom

Every news story I see on Egypt leads me to believe more and more that a crazy pisslamic republic will arise from the ashes of Mubarak’s regime.

Let’s not kid ourselves.

Lies To Children is a Terry Pratchett concept. He didn’t invent it, but he did identify and name it: introduce a concept with a simplified germ of an idea that may be completely wrong, but it points young minds in the right direction. Go back later and teach more on the concept to straighten out the “lie” with more detail and a deeper truth. For complicated concepts it is sometimes necessary for several iterations of “lies to children” to be used, until their knowledge of the subject is both broad enough and deep enough to understand the complex truth. The problem with these “lies” is that the deeper truth is often never revealed or taught, leaving generations of children and adults with a complete misconception.

Here is an example. Surely you know the story of the Pilgrims? This is the history that gets taught in the fall of First Grade, The First Thanksgiving and the kids get to make those hand tracing turkeys and color them in so Mom can hang them on the fridge. When I went through Mrs. Day’s class back in the day, we got to color paper feathers and dress up as Indians. I’m sure that’s forbidden these days.

So tell me, why did the Pilgrims come to America? “For religious freedom” you say. Reflexively, for that’s what we were all taught. That’s the lie. The deeper truth is that when they came here, they established their own faith as the state religion, even though barely half the people on those boats were members of that faith. And they had no tolerance whatsoever for any other faith, or for any deviation, variation or evolution from their essential creed. They were bloody eyed zealots, and often bloody handed as well. It wasn’t just witches they executed. It was Quakers as well, among others. Read the story of Mary Dyer, hanged for her faith. Or Anne Hutchinson, proto-feminist, tried, condemned, and banished for breaking gender roles. Those not directly executed were stripped in public, flogged, disarmed, and banished. One of my own ancestors was in that bunch, 15 lashes with the scourge, and he got the heck out of Dodge before the whip marks heeled. So much for “religious freedom”. The only “truth” that seeps through the scholastic miasma hides in the verb puritanical, which has come to mean highly intolerant and out of date. “Lies to children” because simple minds can’t handle the bigger truth.

So let us not accept the mainstream media message that those in Egypt with Hope, seeking Change, have suddenly become the New Americans in spirit and outlook. They have not. They are jihadists, at least in spirit if not in universal action. That means many things, but this post spotlights the violent intolerance of other faiths and the quickness to blame others - usually Americans, Joooos, or Christians - for their acts of evil that is inherent in that spirit. And so another Coptic church gets burned, more Egyptian Christians get murdered. ( almost from the beginning of the modern era ["AD"] Egypt has been Christian. The Coptic church dates back to before 200 AD, 500 years before Mo’ and his Boyz showed up in 639 AD] ) And it hardly makes the news. There is an anti-Christian pogrom going on there, even though Egypt is 1/8 Christian by population. Violent persecution is nothing new to the Copts.

Nearly 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes in Egypt, Torch Church
A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church.

Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was “in order now.”

A curfew has been imposed on the 12,000 Christians in the village.

This incident was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a “reconciliation” meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.

The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family’s honor, which led the woman’s brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians.

The Muslim mob attacked the church, exploding 5-6 gas cylinders inside the church, pulled down the cross and the domes and burnt everything inside. Activist Ramy Kamel of Katibatibia Coptic advocacy called US-based Coptic Hope Sat TV and sent an SOS on behalf of the Copts in Soul village, as they are presently being attacked by the mob. He also said that no one is able to contact the priest and the deacons inside the burning church and there is no answer from their mobile phones.

Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub reported the mob has broken into Coptic homes and has called on Copts to leave the village. “Terrorized Copts have fled and some hid in homes of Muslim neighbors,” he added.

Witnesses said the mob chanted “Allahu Akbar” and vowed to conduct their morning prayers on the church plot after razing it.

There you have it. One muzzie shows a bit of restraint and doesn’t murder his own daughter fast enough, so his cousin kills him for it, which ignites a blood vendetta and the man’s son then kills the cousin. But let’s blame the Christians, and use this as an excuse to go on another violent rampage. Then put a lockdown on the victims, so they can’t retaliate in kind. That in itself is nothing new, but this insane outburst doesn’t fit the Established Meme, so it gets buried.

Don’t buy into the bullshit:

The springtime of the Arab world
by Samir Khalil Samir
There is no fundamentalism, or anti-Israeli ideology in the demonstrations in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, etc .. It is a movement of young people spurred on by economic suffering and ideals such as democracy, equality, freedom, justice. The demonstrations are free of violence and hatred. Europe and the United States who have always supported dictators remaining blind to the needs of young people in these countries need to examine their conscience.

... even if the bullshitters themselves believe it. That’s not how it will play out in the next year or two and you know it.

And don’t hide your lamp under a bushel basket either, as so many in the media and officialdom do.

Europe’s stuttering timidity in denouncing the persecution of Christians
by Bernardo Cervellera
After nearly three weeks, finally a European text condemns the violations of religious freedom of Christians. The statement suffers from “excessive” balance and distance. The EU’s inability to understand what is happening in North Africa and the Middle East is a result of its ignoring its Christian roots.
...
After more than three weeks of debate, the EU has managed to produce a text that explicitly mentions Christians as victims of persecution and the object of violent attacks. An earlier text had been prepared in January, after the terrorist attack on the Church in Baghdad and the massacre at the Church in Alexandria, but was it rejected because of the lack of references to Christians, since the EU preferred to use generic term “religious minorities”.

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