Religion Is What Keeps The Poor From Murdering The Rich

Napoleon Bonaparte said “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”  Is that so today? Why did Napoleon believe this? Perhaps it was because he was thinking that the church was wealthy and the people poor?  This was indeed so back then and is pretty much true now.  The creation of disproportionate wealth was also true for  kings and other dictators then and now. Was his statement based on his historical understanding of the tenuous position that ruthless, selfish rulers had historically often created for themselves?

He certainly knew that the poor vastly outnumbered the rich and if they truly became aware of  their potential power, they could  possibly  take from the rich whatever they wanted.

I wonder if Napoleon would be surprised at the events of today?   Would it surprise him to see that madmen,  blinded by religious fervor and the rhetoric of power hungry clerics, use the power of  our modern day and ancient weapons to slaughter the common and innocent (not the wealthy)  in the name of what they call try to call “god.”

Would it amaze him to hear empowered leaders of nation states deny the very history their fathers had experienced? Liars are a common lot in history. But revisionists, daring to deny the history of their very fathers generation, in an era of instant communications, takes the art of lying to a new height.

I wish it was only the words of  Ahmadinejad  that made fools of his country and his fellow citizens in denying the holocaust, in recent history.  The videos of the Nuremberg trials and the newsreels  they showed,  during testimony,  are still fresh in the minds of free men (perhaps not the Millennials who appear to have missed a lot in their history classes). Unfortunately lying to your people is not just an Iranian phenomena.  Clinton, of course,  did not “have sex” in the oval office.  Nixon had his view of the story.  Bush may have intentionally exaggerated the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Those average people who live in North Korea, believe they have the best quality of life in the world, I am told. The mind police make sure this is so.

Perhaps, today we must try to assess the size of the lie and seek comfort in this distinction, though I find this personally unsatisfactory.  Possibly,  this may  have meaning for some.  Man is not perfect and when confronted with the public evisceration of  his ego, it is likely politicians, whose self esteem are buoyed up on the seas of opinion, will seek to lie (and for lots less than ego disembowelment).

Clinton may have lied about his sex life,  for which we would not seek to have him executed. Ahmadinejad however lied about the history of the most brutal destruction of 12 million people, that the main perpetrators themselves do not deny!  Well…. the Japanese have trouble with admitting to their mass rape stations they happily called “comfort stations.”   The Iranian people don’t have it so bad economically and so don’t want to lose what they have!  They have the profits of oil.  To rise up and take back their nation which is now controlled  by liars and religious fanatics however requires need and belief in what you can achieve.  I think the need is lacking, from their perspective, and perhaps we have “fallen from grace” as a role model to follow.  Just look at the pathetic quality of the candidates we have to vote for in the upcoming election! There are some really good liars here too.

Perhaps it is Iranian religion or the fear of  others who they do not know at their mosque,  that terrorists-feeforuse-googlekeeps the people from removing  their dictatorial and  fanatical  leadership.  Communist Russians feared expression when they did not know who they were talking to, so they learned double speak or did not speak out at all.  On the other hand, what model would Iranians seek if they did rise up and remove their leadership?  When we vanquished the iron fisted terror and torture of Saddam Hussein did that lead to a better land? Did these vastly different religious groups decide to work together or did the power vacuum create chaos?

Is our current national evolution and today’s American leadership a model,  something that everyone worldwide should be striving for?  In my experience of 70 years, we have certainly lost much of what made America great!  Because of hope and greater freedom,  I for one would not choose to live anywhere else; however, for people unaccustomed to more free choices and dreams of success, it might lead to chaos as we have seen in Iraq and elsewhere. I recall going to college 50 years ago and seeing this first hand. The first year sorted out who would stay. Children from homes where parents ruled with an iron fist and a leather strap, went crazy without that discipline. They were out drunk,  having sex, without thought of consequences, and rarely studying with any regularity, many failed and dropped out quickly.  Those who came from liberal homes, where parents let them learn self discipline (learn from their own mistakes) were no different at college than at home, for the most part they did just fine.  They did not require an authoritarian parent watching over them!

So back to the original question. What keeps the poor from murdering the rich?  I don’t see that religion is the answer, though it may play a part in it.  I think a good part of  it is the belief  that the poor have that they don’t have it so bad,  the belief that it could be worse in the hands of other leaders and the belief in whatever history they choose to believe in to support their chosen stagnation.  A great example of this is what Al Capone said after his conviction:  When convicted of heinous crimes, Al Capone said,  “All I did was try to provide the lighter pleasures for my countrymen and for that I live the life of a hunted man!”  He believed this, because it supported his ego, his belief that he was the “good guy.”  I think we accept pathetic leadership because we don’t believe we can do better and neither do they.  We all deceive ourselves, at least today, because that is how we gratify our egos!

One of the biggest problems today is the same that existed in the past, despite the power of hank-paulson-labeledforreuseinstant communication.  People don’t believe they know the truth,  they just pick what truth they want to believe. With that kind of truth and little self belief in empowerment powerful people can do anything they wish and get away with it.  They can even make us think that this is as it has been and how it should be.  If we want to keep the little we have carefully hidden under our mattress we don’t want change!  After all If  AIG and Goldman Sachs are still the financial “hereos” on Wall St. any lie will do if well presented. Hank Paulson helped our country fall into hundreds of billions of dollars of debt and yet he is still a free man.  I don’t think religion is protecting the wealthy or the corporate cronyism of our corrupt congress and corporations,  it is more like disinformation (the quick version of revisionism) and a fear of losing the last grains of wheat in our grimy clutching hands.

Even more powerful than disinformation, there is the modern version of “Let them eat cake.”

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This version is meant to be literally true as its power was early on recognized by Shakespeare, “Caesar: Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look, He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.”  There is nothing like a welfare check to keep the “masses” in control.  Religious conviction is the hope of reward but reward is the hope in today’s deceitful politicians.

……….. Janr Ssor

 

 

 

 

There Is No Right Or Wrong, Just The Greed Of “Leadership”!

Seen in the picture below, is terrorism’s new face. It is described by one of my favorite reporters,  Vicky Nanjappa, in his article Lashkar, ISIS and the Chechen Terrorists and deserves careful scrutiny. Vicky describes the new face of a potential World Of United Terrorism, partially thanks to Obama’s support of terrorism by his poorly timed withdrawal  creating chaos.  And this chaos resulting in the destruction of all America’s solider’s have fought to achieve over 13 years of fighting,  an opportunity for freedom in the Middle East.  George Bush surely read Natan Sharanky’s book The Case For Democracy: The Power Of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny And Terror; Obama either doesn’t read much or has another agenda.

WHO IS RIGHT?  Who is Right and who is Wrong in this world wide battle between Freedom and the Caliphate of Islam?  In my opinion, we all know the answer, if we look inward.  It is those who look outward, with visions of power and greed that know only one word, War!  Most great leaders, who had faith in God, said look within to find God and his truth.  If you do so, you will recognize that we are all human and as such imperfect.  You will recognize that the word of any “prophet”  could only be the best impression an imperfect person could share.  You will recognized that you don’t want to kill your neighbor; you want to live in peace. You will recognize that there is enough bounty to enrich the lives of every person on Earth and care for the planet, if the goal was to do so. You will recognize that all the systems of religion and government are there for the powerful, cruel, and greedy whose “genius” is to lead others to slaughter their neighbors so the leaders might achieve their visions.  The ONLY truth is simple, “love thy neighbor.”   If instead of accumulating money, we were to accumulate “gold stars” for each person we helped in our life’s journey as a businessman, doctor, lawyer, politician or ditch digger, it would be a better world!  What do we really need?  Do we need to own an Island and a Jet?   Is it not better to have happiness and reap the joy of the seeds we have sowed by creating the only value that has meaning, the enriched lives of others and the planet?

Why do Americans,  in a recent survey,  prefer Cockroaches to Congressmen in their homes?   It is because in our hearts we know the truth about leadership, all of it!

There is a simple answer to all our problems but we have killed our neighbors in its denial for thousands of years.  That answer is that the truth is within a heart that loves his neighbor as his self.   Words spoken by many religious leaders but denied in their “practice of religion itself!”

So,  who is right and who is wrong?   Should we have a Caliphate or Freedom? The answer is simple, there is No Answer from outside only from within.  If you follow ANY teaching,  Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Communist, Republican,  Democratic, Kingdom ….. You are looking outside for a leader who will draw boundaries in the sand and lead you to war.

If humanity and the Earth are to survive,  it is time to recognize that if God is all powerful he will speak to our hearts when we turn inward without the teachings and messages of “leaders”  who are always, in my opinion, false prophets.  There is one truth only, Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self,  after all we are all children of God and by so doing, prove our love for God.

The world “Leadership”, as we know it  historically,  needs to be redefined. You see, if there are no boundaries we call MINE and not YOURS,  then there is no place to lead to and no need for leaders.   Leaders don’t lead us to success they lead us to protect our imagined wealth and another’s hoped for poverty. They do not lead us to greatness, they lead us to war, death and division.

When we learn to live united as God’s People, without leaders and shun them as much as we have shunned “false prophets” then we will possibly find truth. Then the  Caliphate, ISIS and the Chechen Terrorists  will be as meaningless as any other flag rallying for the death of its neighbor.  We need to erase all these imagined boundaries, recognize humanity and Earth, turn inward with love and share the resultant joy and prosperity.  It is a simple vision but a difficult task because leaders get in the way.

Janr

 

 

 

Most Muslims Are Good People – What Is Our Concern?

Muslim concerns from 2014-07-09 21:51:32

 

Most Muslims want to live in peace but about 25% according to world research are radicals who would stop at nothing to end America. Approximately 1,226,000,000 people follow Islam according to recent research.  That means about 300 Million Islamic Radicals want the end of Western Civilization!

This is not a concern to sweep under the rug!  Watch the  video linked above. from Ozzie Safa’s blog

Janr Ssor

 

 

Judge Jeanine Pirro Slams Jihadi Mom: “Lady, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed Here” Opening Stmt – 4-27-13 – YouTube

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Ever think how stupid it is that we invite Muslims to America as refugees when they really want to turn us into refugees by turning America into an Islamic hell hole? Listen to this excellent review of the Boston bomber and his proud family by judge Jeanine Pirro.

Justice By Men Of Conscience. 

Vicky Nanjappa

The execution of Ajmal Kasab was a discreet affair, but what were the final moments like for this terrorist who was part of the deadly team which executed 100s of people on 26/11. Since the past two days he was in isolation and apart from the huge security outside his cell, he was being monitored all the time. His cell was kept free of all objects since they did not want him to injure himself.

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GENDER EQUAL: A BLOG ON INDIA’S FEMALE GENDERCIDE

GENDER EQUAL: A BLOG ON INDIA’S FEMALE GENDERCIDE.

In India,  human life has lost value especially if you are female.  Politial corruption, poverty and starvation brings out the worst of humanity wherever it strikes and this may be part of the issue.  But in India the

GENDER EQUAL: A BLOG ON INDIA'S FEMALE GENDERCIDE

systematic and ignored killing of women must stop!

On November 26, 2012, an international symposium on Femicide (the killing of women and girls because of their gender), will held by the UN-ACUNS in Vienna, Austria, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This is a significant international development for The 50 Million Missing Campaign which has been been working for 6 years to have femicide recognized as an international human rights crime, and to move international bodies to take action!’

Please click on the link above to learn more!  Click here to add your voice to those petitioning the end of Violence Against Women: PETITION: Tell World Leaders to End the Female Gendercide in India

Janr Ssor

CAIR – Sharia In America

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR),  is a name you will hear on National Public Radio,  they are a sponsor.  CAIR  funds a “more accepting” viewpoint of Sharia in America; but do you want that for America, as an American?  Is this, as some fear,  another way for terrorists to chip away at America’s foundations and slowly destroy America?

CAIR claims to represent Islam in North America and to protect “Muslim civil rights” yet their is  proof that CAIR is supporting Islamic terrorists, and that CAIR was established in America by those who wish to harm our country while using our constitution for their protection.

A little history of CAIR:   Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBi) recorded evidence places CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad at a Philadelphia meeting of the radical Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” According to the FBI, “all attendees in the meeting are Hamas members and sympathizers.” An Investigative Project on Terrorism report on the HLF trial reveals that FBI agent Lara Burns testified that CAIR’s Omar Ahmad was “a leader of the Palestinian committee”.

Quotes from Ahmad and Nihad at the Philadelphia Meeting:   Omar Ahmad  talking with with Shukri Abu Baker:

  • Baker: “I swear by Allah that war is deception,”…“We are fighting our enemy with a kind heart … Deceive, camouflage, pretend that you’re leaving while you’re walking that way. Deceive your enemy …”
  • Ahmad: “I agree with you. Like they say, politics is a completion of war”

It should be noted that in a 2003 deposition, Omar Ahmad stated that he “can’t recall attending this meeting”. Nihad Awad, also in a 2003 deposition, said he couldn’t remember if he attended the Philadelphia Meeting either, even though he was an active and vocal participant at the event. The FBI revealed that HLF paid the airline tickets and hotel bills for Omar Ahmad’s attendance of the Philadelphia meeting. The Holy Land Foundation also provided CAIR with a “donation” check for $5000 in October of 1994.

FIGHTING FOR SHARIA AGAINST AMERICAN LEGAL VALUES:  When 70% of Oklahoma’s citizens voted for a constitutional amendment to prevent what they saw as the destruction of the American Legal system,  CAIR filed suit!  The enacted Oklahoma amendment in part reads: “The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or sharia law.”

Muneer Awad, a Muslim who heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, sued to block the law, saying it violated his First Amendment rights.

Muslim Civil Rights?   Is CAIR fighting for Muslim Civil Rights or is it an attempt to overthrow the system that has made America,  what it is and what we value?   I believe that Muslims have the right to worship in freedom as we all do in America today.  After all,  they came here for the freedom we offered. I would fight for their freedoms as I would fight for ours.  On the other hand,  what they came here for IS HERE.  What they ran from IS STILL THERE.  Why fight to change the system you came here to enjoy and try to make it more like the one you ran from?

When the Spanish come to America,  from Mexico,  Guatemala,  Ecuador, etc. I am at first glance, offended that they do not seek to learn English and seek to cling to newspapers, TV and Radio stations that broadcast in Spanish.   I know a little about history and it has been a pattern of  Italians, Jews and Germans who came here earlier.  It took the next generation to break “free”  of the  language barriers and the cultural fears.   On the other hand,  these “foreigners”  did not choose to remake the legal system of our country to suit their religious laws.  They came here and struggled with combining the best of what they believed with the best of what we had to offer so they could live here in peace and prosperity.   We all benefited.

I have no doubt that there is a cultural richness we would lose without the coming contributions from  those of Islamic faith who are making America their home.  Undoubtedly it will in some way be a contribution of their experience with the best of their cultural heritage and perhaps some of what Sharia has to offer.  American’s are open to richness,  cultural diversity and the blessings of a multicultural society.  American’s however resent having someone use the courts and legal systems to force their values on America.   The way to win American’s to your side is

to prove the value of what you have;  Americans will adopt it on their own.  Americans are sold on things that work, not beaten into submission by a dictatorial system.  Similarly,  going to court to defeat the will of the people of Oklahoma, because you have the money and the “mouth-pieces” will create the backlash it has and should.

Should we  judge CAIR by its founding fathers?   It is certainly a concern for most of us.  I would rather judge my Islamic neighbors by they contributions to America. I would rather see my countrymen adopting the richness that our new neighbors bring to America because we see its value. At this point in its history,  I believe that CAIR is hurting more American Islamic followers  than it is helping.  Can those of moderate Islamic faith contribute to and become part of America.  We shall see. I don’t think it will be because of CAIR when they succeed.

Janr Ssor

Who Is Ibrahim?

In my story,  TIMELESS SEARCH,  Ibrahim is a major character who is  of  Arabic descent.   Ibrahim is a brilliant mathematician and student of Islamic Law.  He is very tall, powerful,  ethical and influential.  He is also part of the team that will determine the future of all life in out universe.

Ibrahim faces a challenge which many of us in America have to deal with when relating to Muslims,  he has to deal with what he has learned from Islamic Law, Sharia,  vs what is backbone of our American law and society,  the Judeo-Christian Heritage.

For those of you who have written to me and asked why I created Ibrahim;  I believe this  story could not exist without him.  Just as the story of the evolution of our world today will not be told without reference to Islam, so my story could not have existed,  without Ibrahim and Islam.

Many years ago,  I had the opportunity to know two brothers who were students of Islam,  much like my character, Ibrahim.   They had both memorized the Quaran and would frequently review it between them to keep in memory.  I asked them questions about the roots of the Islamic system of ethics (how it might compare to our 10 commandments)  but I was disappointed with the lack of a clear answer.   I have yet to receive one but hope to in the future.  In the meantime,  Ibrahim is my closest answer as he struggles with the challenge it has caused in my mind.   As an example of the dilemma  that Ibrahim had to face here is one question that arises:

Consider the law “Thou Shalt Not Murder!”  

  • The 10 Commandments states:    Thou Shalt Not Murder
  • In the Quaran you may find:  “And do not kill anybody that Allah has prohibited except when you have a right to kill” (6:151)
Now I am not claiming any expertise in the Quaran so this is taken from Islamic sites that do claim to be authoritative.  The Judeo-Christian version also is careful not to say “thou shalt not kill”  but rather thou shalt not murder.  This is because to murder is premeditated and to kill may be defensive or accidental.   How we interpret this commandment is of great importance to how we survive as a civilized and spiritual people.

In my story,  TIMELESS SEARCH,  I take this question of  great importance one step further.   But I will leave that for you to discover in  TIMELESS SEARCH.
Janr Ssor