Tuesday, May 27, 2008

They just don't get it

They, of course, is the Left. They don't render respect to the flag, they make complaints and comments that encourage the enemy, they demand that we surrender..

In short they whine and complain.

But a least you would think that a man who wants to be President would have a staff who knew what Memorial Day is about.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton declined to respond directly to McCain, saying only: "Senator Obama thinks Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's veterans, not a day for political posturing."

Memorial Day is to honor those who have died protecting us.

Not for those who served, although they deserve to be acknowledged. But for those who died.

There is a difference. Hussein should get a spokesman who understands that.

An important question

"This is in our religion and nobody can force us to do anything against our religion," he said. "If the laws of the country conflict with Islamic law, if one goes against the other, then I am going to follow Islamic law, simple as that."

The above demonstrates the problems that Sharia law brings into the assimilation of Muslims into another culture. Simply put, some refuse to obey the law.

This obviously cannot be accepted, it appears the Canadians would like to ignore the problem, just as Minnesota is trying to ignore its school problem.

Islamic Reformation?

One of the most difficult things that anyone finds when seeking to understand Islam is the many "papers" that may, or may not, be part of the original faith, and if not, what part should they play?

Daniel Pipes has written:

Its unusually named ministry of religion, the "Presidency of Religious Affairs and the Religious Charitable Foundation," has undertaken a three-year "Hadith Project" systematically to review 162,000 hadith reports and winnow them down to some 10,000, with the goal of separating original Islam from the accretions of fourteen centuries.

The hadith reports contain information about the sayings and actions of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. They augment the Koran and have had a major role in shaping the Shari‘a (Islamic law), thereby deeply influencing Muslim life. Despite their importance, Muslim reformers have devoted little scrutiny to them, due to their vast size, unwieldy nature, and the challenge of discerning "sound" from "weak" hadiths....

Mehmet Görmez, a senior lecturer in hadith at Ankara University and the vice-president of religious affairs, heads the "Hadith Project."

Mehmet Görmez, a senior lecturer in hadith at Ankara University and the vice-president of religious affairs, adds that the purpose is a scholarly one, to understand the hadith better: "We will make a new compilation of the hadith and re-interpret them if necessary." More broadly, Görmez explains, "The project takes its inspiration from the interpretations of the modernist vein of Islam. … We want to bring out the positive side of Islam that promotes personal honor, human rights, justice, morality, women's rights, respect for the other."

This means, for example, reinterpreting hadiths that "present women as
inferior beings," such as those that encourage female genital mutilation, honor killings, and the prohibition of women traveling without their husbands. One participant, Hidayet Sevkatlı Tuksal, goes so far as to declare some hadiths as bogus because they intend "to ensure male domination over women." However, despite the intense current debate in Turkey over the headscarf, the project avoids that particular issue. Another sensitive topic concerns the right of Muslims to convert out of their faith; the project permits such conversions.

If Islam is to live peacefully with the rest of the world then this must be accomplished at some point in time. But given the terrorists devotion to other aspects, and even "moderates" belief in such things as "honor killings," then it is difficult see this as an easy happening.

Indeed, just by remembering the problems of the Christian Reformation it is difficult to see this happening at all.

But we can hope.