30 April 2014

The "Sisterhood of Women" and the Torture of Nigerian Girls

230 teenage girls are still missing after having been kidnapped by Islamists in Nigeria two weeks ago. There are even reports that these girls are being sold into slavery and forced into marriages with their captors.

Where are the news outlets covering this? Has CNN spent the number of hours that they did when covering the missing Malaysian airliner? Where are the "feminists"? The website for the National Organization for Women (NOW), supposedly the voice of women in the US, has absolutely nothing regarding this terrible situation.

Why is this not newsworthy? Perhaps and what may be the only plausible reason is that this is an abduction of Christian schoolgirls by Islamists. Islamist anti-women (and girls) behavior gets a pass even by "feminists" who claim that they care about the "sisterhood of women".

The "sisterhood of women" is a joke on many levels, but let us leave it at this - if the "feminists" cannot stand up for kidnapped schoolgirls being sold into a life of slavery and forced marriage (aka rape), no matter their religion, then the "feminists" are frauds - you cannot hold some women as more equal than others. In other words, those women in western countries are worth standing up for, but those in Africa and the Middle East are not.

We must also say that these "feminists" not only must be frauds for holding two separate standards - but also racists and cowards. White European women in western democracies should be protected from abuse - but black African or Arab women cannot since the "feminists" may be charged with "cultural insensitivity" or even worse "Islamiphobia".

This is a horrible and intolerable situation for those families hearing about their loved ones being kidnapped, sold and raped. We must all make a stand with them: check out Twitter #BringBackOurGirls and sign the petition here. Contact Congress and the White House and ask them why we haven't heard anything from them about this crisis.

This is unacceptable.

29 April 2014

Calling a Spade, a Spade

As we all by now know, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been fined and banned from basketball. It is clear he is a racist and very clear that the NBA did the right thing today.

Some are claiming that he has the First Amendment - freedom of speech - to back him. No, all the First Amendment does is allow him to say whatever he wants to say. It does not protect him from the consequences of what he has said. The NBA, the team owners are within their rights to rid themselves of him.

It seems that while it is easy to call Sterling a racist (because he is) - it seems that cultural differences make it harder for some to call a spade, a spade.

Unfortunately, some of black culture "allows" racism to exist within their own ranks. The "n word" while completely intolerable within the general culture is used with impunity within the black culture - degrading the human spirit within. Rap, hip hop, "urban" music is full of anti-women, violent, racist lyrics. Black families are hardly intact and the number of children without fathers should be considered an epidemic. Hardly anyone says a word (and if you do, you will be called a racist).

Another example of "cultural differences" allowing for wrongs to be ignored is within the Islamic community. On the whole, women within the Islamic community are considered second class citizens. Depending on the country, women are sometimes "allowed" to be educated, sometimes not. Saudi Arabia doesn't allow women to drive cars or leave their home without a male relative to escort them. Where are the Women's Rights groups protesting? Female genital mutilation - is not a "cultural difference"- it is wrong. Forcing young girls (even in western countries) to marry men 4-5 times their age is not a "cultural difference" - it is wrong. Islamists attacking a Christian girls school, kidnapping and selling the girls into slavery is wrong. Where are the self-proclaimed "feminists"? It's hard to hear their protests when there are none. But no doubt if you take it upon yourself to complain - you will be called an Islamiphobe.

Call it what it is - a spade - a wrong. The NBA took exactly the correct steps to right the wrong of Donald Sterling... but let us not stop there. We need to face wrongs and call them out. Closing our eyes to "cultural differences" that are plainly abhorrent makes us complicit and culpable. We must not allow ourselves to be a part of it.

23 April 2014

Five Fun Filled Links!

I know I've been away for a while (for a few personal reasons), so I want to first take a moment to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

Just a quick way to get back into my writing -- a few fun links that are worth checking out, not here in any particular order.

13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970 — Jon Gabriel
People have asked me if I believe in global warming, now "climate change" - truthfully, yes and no. Yes, because I came across an interesting theory that the world was in a mini-ice age approximately in the 1700s and we're now coming out of it. No, it's not a big deal because I think "climate change" is cyclical and there's not much that mankind can do about it. Do I think that we should be responsible about our environment and treating the earth properly? Of course!

It's hard not to be cynical about these environmental predictions. Even within my lifetime I have heard doomsday narratives: population explosions resulting in overcrowding and starvation, global cooling, global warming and now finally "climate change" which, I guess, includes cooling and warming wrapped up with a bow.

The Problem With the New Isolationism
Worthwhile reading. Relatively short and to the point, not something I would have expected from Time magazine.

Photos Of Afghanistan's Past: Modernity Lost
A fascinating look at what could have been had Islam's 14th century mindset not conquered the country.

Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?
The Brandeis debacle. There's no liberal anger when it comes to Muslim sensibilities - even when trampling on women's rights.

Hamas and Fatah unveil Palestinian reconciliation deal
This, of course, is nothing new but it does point out the obvious - the "moderate" Palestinian Authority is not interested in making any deals with Israel, but is certainly on the same page as their Hamas brothers as far as the Jews are concerned.  For more details, check out: The "Moderate" vs. "Extreme" Terrorists, and Israeli author on the futility of U.S.-led peace talks and hope for a two state solution