Sharia Hysteria


I was forwarded an e-mail with a video encouraging me to take 14 minutes out of my busy day to educate myself on an anti-American conspiracy that has infiltrated our schools and universities.  The video is a speech given at an anti-Sharia conference by Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT! for America, an organization for Americans concerned about national security, terrorism, and the threat of radical Islam.

After listening to her speech I had to agree with the e-mail, this is an important video and an "absolute must watch."  Not because I agree with a single thing she said, far from it.  Instead, I see this video and her message as a brilliant example of multi-dimensional propaganda that spreads unfounded fear, revels in ignorance, and promotes turning the war on terror against American citizens while at the same time feeding the anti-Muslim hysteria that may very well may lead America and the predominately Christrian countries of the west into a third World War.

Some key messages I took away from this video:
  1. Home grown terrorism is on the rise, even blonde-haired blue-eyed Americans born into Christrian homes could be turned against America.  Be Afraid.
  2. Anyone that would "blame America" for anything was brainwashed by a radical Islamic / Sharia conspiracy, and could potentially be a home-grown terrorist.  Proceed with caution.  Be Very Afraid
  3. Not only do "we know they want to attack us", but part of the radical Islamic / Sharia conspiracy involves a takeover of our schools and universities.  In these "occupied territories" our children learn "America is bad" and the term "jihad" means "a struggle by muslims against oppression, invasion, and injustice", which is a talking point of Al-Qaeda. In other words, muslims have no legitimate grievances, have not been oppressed, invaded, or been the victims of injustice.  They hate us for our freedom don't-ya-know?  Such talk constitutes "blame-America-ism", see points 1 and 2.
  4. Finally, she brilliantly concludes that if you don't like it, you can geeeeet out!
Keeping these messages in mind, let's explore how this video spreads fear and ignorance, plays into the narrative of the new threat of home-grown terrorism to justify the growing police state and the loss of civil liberties at home, and strokes the flames of racism, intolerance, and blind hatred that will lead America and its western allies into new wars in the middle east.

"We know they want to attack us"

After watching the crowd clamorously applaud Gabriel as she tries to unite America against our common radical Islamic / Sharia enemies, it suddenly became clear why Ron Paul was booed by Republicans when he suggested that we apply the golden rule to foreign policy.  Far from promoting a Christian ideal, he was a brainwashed dupe under the influence of a diabolical conspiracy!

Ron Paul's blasphemous "Imagine" speech applying the Al-Qaeda-golden rule

As Rick Santorum said in the 3rd GOP debate in August 2011, Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979.  Not so fast.  I seem to recall reading a book about a certain CIA operation Ajax that happened a few years before 1979.  Assuming this memory isn't a result of university-Sharia-brainwashing, it involved a 1953 coup against a western-educated democratically elected prime minister, one who was Time Magazine's 'Man of the Year', and in his place the CIA installed the Shah of Iran, giving his secret police force Savak the tools and the techniques to torture, imprison, and execute tens of thousands of political prisoners over the next 26 years.  Who knows, the author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror might also be a pawn under the influence of the radical Islamic conspiracy, but this story seems to reveal much needed background on the claim that it was Iran that declared war on America.

If accepted history and declassified CIA documents are a nuisance to this they-hate-us-for-our-freedom world view, add a little bit of geography and you have an intellectual death sentence.  Does the below picture indicate a country on the verge of attack?

I'm shaking in my boots.  If only a government agent would stick his hands down my pants to save me.

But again, remember Brigitte Gabriel's message - the Muslim countries have NOT been the victims of oppression, invasion, or injustice.  It is they who are attacking us!  Not only are they on the perpetual verge of obtaining nuclear weapons to wipe us all out, but they have infiltrated our schools and universities to turn our own children into home-grown terrorists!  Whenever any poor victim of this brainwashing claims that America has been involved in anything less than exceptional and heroic, just repeat the magic words: they hate us for our freedom.

Pulling the switch

In a previous post I asked the question, what is so great about America?  I answered by suggesting that America's greatness lies in her libertarian heritage, where men fought a revolution to approach the ideal of government based on consent, limited in power by a constitution, and instituted to protect natural rights.  Isn't it ironic then, that in the name of defending America we have seen it destroyed by allowing the government to break free of its constitutional chains and enact new departments and legislation that violate American's natural rights.

I'm intrigued when a man predicts the future, and say what else you want about Alex Jones, but since I first discovered his controversial message years ago, I have seen one of his predictions come to pass with uncanny accuracy.  His warning has been that all of these new police state laws that reject our American heritage of due process and unalienable rights, such as the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the American-assassinating-authorizing NDAA are not, and never were, designed to be used against the "Muslim threat".  While radical Islam was the necessary scapegoat to bring them in, their ultimate purpose has always been to be used against American citizens as the necessary requirement to keep "law and order" and "continuity of government" during times of civil unrest.

Using history and the laws of economics as our guide, it is predictable that America's inflationary monetary policy will eventually have negative consequences.  When foreigners are tired of playing a sucker's game of throwing good money after bad the chickens will come home to roost in the form of an inflationary depression, which will mean a major fall in the American standard of living.  Predictably, Americans will take to the streets in protest, and these police state laws will be there just in time to take care of them.  The American people are the target, the Sharia hysteria is the excuse to get those laws on the books and to set the precedent that this behavior by government is not only acceptable, but pure Americana.

An early warning sign that the new laws supposedly passed for fighting terrorism were being turned against Americans with unpopular views was found in the leaked 2009 MIAC strategic report on the modern militia movement.  This document went out to law enforcement officers across the country describing dangerous right-wing movements composed of extreme Christians, white supremacists, sovereign citizens, anti-abortionists, tax and illegal immigration protestors, as well as members of the Constitution Party, the Campaign for Liberty, the Libertarian Party, and supporters of Ron Paul.  They can be identified by the Gadsden Flag or other libertarian emblems, and this report claims that they are highly trained, capable of complex attacks, and view all military, National Guard, and law enforcement as a threat.  Their message to law enforcement officers: "You are the Enemy".

Fast forward to today and it's even more clear that the trap is being set for average Americans.  Everyday federal terrorism laws are being used to prosecute crimes that would previously have fallen under local state jurisdiction, if you can call them crimes at all.  Case in point, Bernard von NotHaus, founder of the voluntary gold and silver backed barter currency "Liberty Dollar", was convicted of domestic terrorism in 2011 for minting his own currency.

The FBI press release stated:
“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict.  “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added.  “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”
The paranoia has almost become comical as Big Sis has taken over the checkout lines in Wal-Mart to warn the public to "see something, say something" when they see suspicious activity.  In one of many examples of these homeland security public service announcements, we see a Caucasian woman in a business suit targeted by a federal snitch after leaving her purse on a bench, while another suspected enemy combatant is a Caucasian male wearing blue jeans who opens and closes the trunk of a taxi.  Terrifying.

Now that just about any crime can be considered domestic terrorism, and public speakers like Brigitte Gabriel are feeding the narrative of the increasing threat of blonde-haired blue-eyed homegrown terrorists, the final act is to set the precedent that those guilty of terrorism can be executed by executive order without the benefit of their due process rights to be faced by their accuser, charged of a crime, and convicted guilty by a jury of their peers.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently spoke of nuclear scientists in Iran ending up dead, and described it as a "wonderful thing."  He went on to boast, "if people say, well, you can't go out and assassinate people, well tell that to al-Awlaki.  Ok?  We've done it.  We've done it to an American citizen."

We sure have Rick.  The precedent has been set.  Hold on to your butts.

It's a Trap!

While some Christians believe that a third world war fitting a description found in the book of revelation would trigger the second coming of Christ and the rapture, I'd like to present an alternative scenario that should be much less appealing to Christians of all stripes.

One of the most interesting books I've read is Pawns in the Game by William Guy Carr, an Intelligence Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy who served in World War II.  In this book, written in the 1950's, he describes how the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society founded on May 1st, 1776, has been responsible for numerous conspiracies since its inception.

The part of this book that always stuck with me was his description of a letter written by Albert Pike on August 15th, 1871 describing in surprising detail how three world wars would bring about a New World Order.  Albert Pike was a lawyer, a highly ranked Freemason, the only Confederate Officer or figure to have a statue in Washington DC, author of Morals and Dogma: Of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and, according to Carr, a one time leader of the Illuminati.

This letter, supposedly written in 1871, and described by Carr in the 1950's, is quoted as follows:
"The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism.  The divergences caused by the "agentur" (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war.  At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions."
"The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists.  This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine.  During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm."
"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World.  The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other.  Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion...  We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil.  Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view.  This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time."
Whether this letter was written in 1871 or not is impossible for me to verify.  William Guy Carr claims he copied the letter while it was on display at the British Museum Library in London, but other sources disavow that claim.  Either way, what I do know for a fact is that Pawns in the Game was written in the 1950's, and for the sake of argument accepting that Carr forged the letter and made it all up during that time, it is still an eerily prescient prediction of the purpose and description of a third world war.

While I would never suggest this should be taken as any kind of evidence, I do think it is food for thought, and a possibility that Christians should keep in mind as they get whipped up with Sharia hysteria to support bombing another Muslim country.  Whether or not Christianity will be ultimately vilified and extinguished from the globe following a horrendous world war, I already see it being discredited today.  Looking for the anti-war Christian message of peace, forgiveness, tolerance, and brotherly love, it's hard to find a 501c3 corporate church that doesn't support war in conspicuous silence or outright blessings.

As Mark Twain showed in his anti-war classic The War Prayer, there is a hidden, unspoken request in any prayer.  When you pray for rain to save your crops, you may be praying for a rain that will destroy your neighbor's crops.  When you pray for the protection of your soldiers and a swift victory in a foreign country, you are praying "to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells", "cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead", "lay waste their humble homes with hurricanes of fire", and "stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet".  There is a reason The War Prayer was published posthumously.  Mark Twain said, "I have told the truth in that... and only dead men can tell the truth in this world."


I imagine this post could confirm the beliefs of a person that would applaud Brigitte Gabriel's Anti-Sharia speech and boo Ron Paul's plea to apply the golden rule to foreign policy.  Because I can point to a historical episode and say that America's behavior was less than divine, or because I am against wars in foreign countries with people that I believe pose no threat, does that mean I too have been brainwashed by the radical Muslim / Sharia conspiracy?  Am I a blame-America-first-potential-home-grown-terrorist?


As an engineering major I was not subject to the radical Muslim / Sharia brainwashing allegedly going on in our schools and universities.  But here are few things I did learn in college that I consider very much a part of an anti-American conspiracy:

I took intro to macro-economics, where I learned that the laws of classical economics do not apply outside the world of "full employment", and that the Keynesian prescription of printing money and deficit spending is the cure when there is a "lack of aggregate demand" because of "animal spirits".

I took intro to political science, where I learned that what makes America great is our "living constitution".  Silly me, I thought America was a Republic with a constitution that limited the federal government to the 17 enumerated powers granted in Article 1 Section 8, with all other powers belonging to the states, or to the people.

Mirabile dictu, I learned that we didn't create a Republic, but a Democracy!  And the Federal government isn't constrained by some old piece of paper.  Far from it, the government can do anything it wants as long as it is "necessary and proper" or supports the "general welfare" or has anything to do with "interstate commerce".  It doesn't matter what the constitution says, it only matters how we interpret it, because it is a "living document".

Now that is something we should be worried about, that is an anti-American conspiracy in our universities!
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