So sayeth American Infidels. It’s all about deception, and it’s called taqiyya.
While many Muslim spokesmen today maintain that taqiyya is solely a Shi’ite doctrine, shunned by Sunnis, the great Islamic scholar Ignaz Goldziher points out that while it was formulated by Shi’ites, “it is accepted as legitimate by other Muslims as well, on the authority of Qur’an 3:28.” The Sunnis of Al-Qaeda practice it today.
Also, there is Muhammad’s statement, “war is deceit.” He also allowed for lying in battle and between a husband and wife. And when he gave permission to one of his followers, Muhammad bin Maslama, to murder one of his critics, Ka’b bin al-Ashraf, he also gave Muhammad bin Maslama permission to lie to Ka’b in order to lure him close enough to be killed.
And Muhammad is the “excellent example of conduct” for Muslims (Qur’an 33:21).
We do not understand our terrorist enemies half as well as we should. Fortunately, if we adopt the long war/containment strategy that we seem to be moving towards, we will have the opportunity to learn.
Please enjoy this terse, blunt declaration of defiance from a Marine veteran to Senator Feinstein, on the occasion of her proposed gun registration law. It is an instructive delight: instructive in that it affords the Senator an opportunity to learn the possibility of noncompliance, of a whole new swath of citizens learning the means of circumvention that comes habitually to smugglers and gangsters.
But this is the best part:
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
The ruling class still believes it is not a ruling class, even as it stuffs itself with privilege and pride. That any American Politician needs to be told this should serve as a canary in the coal mine of liberty.
Which is why it took Stacey McCain’s epic blog post on Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe malfunction to remind me that I should follow His Holiness on Twitter. Something to confess this Saturday before Armageddon arrives the following Friday. Mea maxima culpa.
When this story first trickled through the media, it was reported that the Pope would not follow anyone, nor re-tweet. But the first thing you’ll notice is that the Pope follows seven people: Who are these seven?
Himself, in seven other languages.
I mean, a Triune God is one thing. A Septune Pope is enough to frighten even the doughtiest ultramontanist.
Glass Mind Theater is a troupe of Hip Young Gunslingers that likes to bring the “play” back to playacting. They recently did a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (featuring the lovely and talented mother of my children) which made me enjoy and think about that odd little fairy romp in new ways.
So keenly look I forward to working with this company on their upcoming short play festival/mashup, Brainstorm the Fourth. The theme is Classic Characters, and they want to hear ideas! Tweet (to @GlassMindThtr) or post on their Facebook page the iconic types that come to your mind when “classic character” comes unbidden to you.
Myself, I’m hoping for something out of Hesiod. I’m a great big dork like that.