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Scott Alexander the Catholic Theological Union & The Islamic Association of Palestine
by William Mayer
December 20, 2004
Theo van Gogh - Murdered 49 days ago - Do you still recall ?
MIM: Theo van Gogh's ritual slaughter by a Dutch born militant Islamist in broad daylight on an Amsterdam street in November is proof that multi culturalism kills. When Theo van Gogh shouted at the killer in Dutch to "have mercy" and implored him "don't do it" witnesses say he reloaded his gun and shot him repeatedly.
Amsterdam resident Mohammed Bouyeri , dressed in traditional Muslim garb, began to slash his throat in an effort to decapitate him. Before walking away, the killer stuck a 5 page note into Van Gogh's chest with a knife which was written in perfect Dutch, declaring Jihad on Holland . http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/310
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MIM: Multi culturalism in practice: Muslim in Holland married to a Dutch woman with 5 children says : "Murder is normal"
'Murder is normal'
A Muslim from Amsterdam explains his position on the murder of Van Gogh. Footage courtesy of local tv station AT5.
Anchor: Today in several mosques one paid attention to the murder of Theo van Gogh during the Friday prayer. Imams told their flock that the murder was a violation of all principles of Islam. But not everone agrees.
Voice-over. The first part of the Friday prayer in the Barang (?) mosque in the Amsterdam precinct of Bos en Lommer was devoted to the murder on Theo van Gogh.
First man: The imam said that he finds the murder horrible and he expressed his compassion with the family and beloved ones of Theo van Gogh. And that this is unacceptable according to all values of Islam. This kind of individual action is not tolerated in Islam.
Second man: If you hear something like this, you start thinking in a different way. Like, yes, the imam is right, it's not allowed, it doesn't belong in Islam.
Third man: This man (the imam) has given his personal response. He's not expressing everyone's point of view. I say, if he (Mohamed B., the murderer) wouldn't have done it, I could have done it, or somebody else would have done it. Because, that man (Van Gogh) went too far. He had all the possibilities.
Interviewer: You mean, it's self-evident that it has happened?
Third man: It's very self-evident. He had his freedom of speech, but he has never tried to start a discussion or debate. He called Muslims goat fuckers. He received all attention to express that Muslims...
Interviewer: So the murder was in fact a just act?
Third man: That's my opinion. Not everybody's opinion, but that's my opinion. It is just.
Interviewer: But you do agree this doesn't fit the way we think in the Netherlands?
Third man: It's not about the way we think. I'm married myself to a Duth woman. I have five children who have been raised here in the Netherlands. If you try to insult their mother, then this reaction is very normal.
Interviewer: But don't you think that murder can't ever be considered normal?
Third man: Murder is normal. Why wouldn't murder be normal? What happens in Iraq? What do the Americans do to the Iraqi's? Did the Iraqi's ask for that? That's murder as well, and everone has accepted that. Everyone thinks that that's 'deadly normal'.
MIM :Scott Alexander of the Catholic Theological Seminary's Bernadin Center together with Dr.Kaiseruddin head of the Muslim Community Center in Chicago .In an interview Alexander stated that he was "transfixed by Islam".Alexander has also spoken at the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation which was cited last week in a terrorism case which found the Islamic Association of Palestine liable for part of a $156 ml dollar settlement for the terrorist killing of 17 year old David Boim. The spokesman for the IAP, Rafiq Jaber, is also a spokesman for the Bridgeview Mosque. For his part, Alexander was hailed at "the most vocal defender of Muslims in the Chicago area since 9/11".
In 2001 Scott Alexander was interviewed by a writer for the Islamist website Islam online and accused Americans who expressed outrage at Muslims for the 9/11 attacks of "linking arms with the fringe and joining it's twisted crusade".
"...Condemning the misguided backlash against Muslims, Scott C. Alexander, Associate Professor of Islam and Director of Program in Catholic-Muslim Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago told this correspondent: "This backlash dishonors the dead, the injured, and their families."
"This backlash demonstrates that the evil unleashed in these wicked attacks can take root in the hearts and souls of the American people and continue to destroy us from within. To level any form of hatred or prejudice at the umma (Muslim community) because of the actions of a radical fringe, is to link arms with this fringe and join in its twisted crusade that only masquerades as a 'holy' war, but is actually nothing more than the campaign of Iblis [the Devil] to lead us all away from the straight path. Now, more than ever, it is critical that Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all believers pray for an increase in taqwa, or God-consciousness."
By William A. Mayer, Editor & Publisher - PipeLineNews.org
Terrorism, inspired by radical religious fundamentalism has placed Islam in great peril.
If the religion is not to be deemed immoderate by its very nature, those who claim that it is non confrontational - "a religion of peace" - must demonstrate themselves to be both in the majority and in control. Those serving as Islam's apologists must prove themselves truthful in their statements and consistent in their actions.
Not surprisingly, throughout this society, especially after September 11, 2001, Islam has indeed made a concerted effort to combat the harm that Wahabi fundamentalism has brought it.
Seemingly having made their minds up, to that end many have engaged in an evangelical process called Da'wa, which amounts in practice to a phony sham of religious outreach to the greater community with the hope of convincing it that Islam has shed its eighth century mindset and adopted the Western ideal of religious toleration.
Sadly, on a certain level this outreach is succeeding; religious and secular groups, important individuals and institutions have been brought to believe these claims of reasonableness and therefore are rubbing shoulders with closet advocates of extremism in an uncritical manner.
Over the last 18 months we have devoted abundant time to examining this process. What we have found is unsettling; the deeper we probe the worse it gets.
Rather than an opening of genuine dialogue between Muslims intent upon proving their good faith to the West's far older religious traditions as well as its secular society, we find groups and individuals masquerading as moderates, lying about their associations while at the same time continuing to saunter down a path littered with victims of jihad.
In the recent past we have shown how duplicitous, off track zealots like the Catholic Theological Union's Dr. Scott Alexander, have used the tragic state of relations between the Judeo-Christian world and Islam as a cheap opportunity to advance his career.
We should hasten again to stress that, in our opinion, Alexander and the Passionist leadership of Donald Senior at CTU are currently operating in a state of open rebellion - of heterodoxy - as far as the Vatican is concerned, with regard to their extreme form of indiscriminate interfaith outreach.
As the Encyclical -"Dominus Iesus - On The Unicity And Savific Universality Of Jesus Christ And The Church" - issued in 2000 states:
"This truth of faith does not lessen the sincere respect which the Church has for the religions of the world, but at the same time, it rules out, in a radical way, that mentality of indifferentism characterized by a religious relativism which leads to the belief that ‘one religion is as good as another.'"
The kindest thing one can say about Alexander is that he is a religious and moral relativist. He appears to be only marginally Catholic, having been quoted that he was "transfixed by Islam" and has carried on a "love affair" with the religion.
In a larger and perhaps more generally pertinent sense - Alexander's lack of probity aside - it must be realized that a policy of uncritical acceptance of what amounts to Trojan Horse entreaties serve only to give undeserved legitimacy to our enemies.
Alexander remains unchastened; he continues to pursue congress - breaking bread - with domestic Muslim organizations so evil that they have now been found to be direct accessories - and liable in civil court actions - for terrorist activities outside the United States.
For example, some of Alexander's favorite Muslims reside at Chicago's Bridgeview Mosque Association. This facility is central to the case of an American citizen, David Boim, who was murdered by Hamas in Israel in 1996. The Quranic Literacy Institute, the Islamic Association of Palestine and the Holy Land Foundation all operated in and around the periphery of Bridgeview. All three have now been convicted in this case - found guilty of raising funds for Hamas that resulted in Boim's murder.
The Quiranic Literacy Institute's spokesman, Rafiq Jaber also served as the spokesman for Bridgeview. Mohammed Saleh - a confessed Hamas fundraiser and Bridgeview member – was also named in lawsuit and is subject to a portion of the judgment which totals an astounding $156 million dollars in damages. Additionally, Saleh is separately being prosecuted for filing false affidavits in the case.
Yaser Tabbara, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – a self selected middle of the road Muslim group - described the verdict as "a travesty of justice."
In reality, the "moderate" CAIR is actually an offshoot of the Islamic Association of Palestine - its roots are the same as the parent organization, it has just been cleaned up for purposes of public appearance.
In order to understand where counterfit main stream Muslims are going with their Da'wa campaign you have to connect the dots linking the shadow world of Islamist organizations. These radicals have correctly assumed that most American's are too preoccupied or lazy to do so, we do not however place Alexander in this group of assumed slackers, he is far too intelligent not to know the lay of this landscape.
According to the testimony made by Steve Emerson on February 24, 1998 to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Terrorism, Technology and Government Information, Nihad Awad, the founder of CAIR, was at the same time the contributing editor of the Islamic Association of Palestine's Muslim World Monitor. Demonstrating their close association, at the time of its creation, CAIR often used the IAP's website to announce communiqués.
The IAP and CAIR are welded together at the hip.
Alexander has an established pattern of supporting the worst elements in American Islam, recently he championed the cause of Fawaz Damra, the Imam of the largest Mosque in Ohio, located in Cleveland. Damra was convicted on June 16, 2004 in Federal Court on charges of unlawfully gaining U.S. citizenship in 1994 by lying about past associations with terrorist organizations. He faces possible deportation and a prison sentence of 5 years for his efforts at subterfuge.
Alexander submitted in writing, the following exculpatory "expert" testimony on behalf of Damra with the court.
"The rhetoric is principally used by political and religious leaders to galvanize resistance to what Palestinian Arabs consider to be the patent persecution of their people by Jewish immigrants to the Middle East…when Palestinians refer to Jews as 'descended from apes and swine' or encourage support for those who 'kill Jews,' they do so with the reasonably justifiable self-image of victim and persecuted, not of victimizer and persecutor."
Refusal on the part of academics, to make value judgments in such cases leads to public perceptions in which dangerously radical belief structures are sanctified. This refusal to morally evaluate competing belief structures reflects the essential nature of multiculturalism.
The theory of multiculturalism itself has long been advanced in academia. Over the years it has been forced into the public schools as well as other secular and even religious institutions. Multiculturalists rejoice in the cultivation of an atomized polity, a melting pot in reverse. Such ideas turn America's traditional ideal - "e pluribus unum" - meaning, from many, one, inside out, to - "e unum pluribus - from one, many.
That realization is significant, since it identifies multiculturalism as a political philosophy which is internationalist in nature and revolutionary in scope.
According to the National Association of Multicultural Education, the theory derives from:
"…the constitutions of South Africa and the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations…It challenges all forms of discrimination in schools and society through the promotion of democratic principles of social justice…Multicultural education is a process that permeates all aspects of school practices, policies and organization as a means to ensure the highest levels of academic achievement for all students. It helps students develop a positive self-concept by providing knowledge about the histories, cultures, and contributions of diverse groups. It prepares all students to work actively toward structural equality in organizations and institutions by providing the knowledge, dispositions, and skills for the redistribution of power and income among diverse groups. Thus, school curriculum must directly address issues of racism, sexism, classism, linguicism, ablism, ageism, heterosexism, religious intolerance, and xenophobia…In addition, teachers and students must critically analyze oppression and power relations in their communities, society and the world."
This is the core of multicultural thinking - a jargon laden collection of socialist cliche-speak. Its reliance upon, of all things, the South African Constitution and similar UN declarations and charters adds further focus to its overtly leftist, totalitarian nature. It's a philosophy that is in direct challenge to the shared beliefs, traditions and body of laws which has guided America for over 400 years.
A few selected passages from the South African, post apartheid, Constitution.
The South African Constitution writes inequality and unequal treatment into the law – "To promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed to protect or advance persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination may be taken."
The South African Constitution does not allow for the American concept of freedom of expression - "[it] does not extend to propaganda for war, incitement of imminent violence or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion."
The South African Constitution does not recognize the American concept of private property – "Property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application…[it may be expropriated]…for a public purpose or in the public interest…the public interest includes the nation's commitment to land reform, and to reforms to bring about equitable access to all South Africa's natural resources; and property is not limited to land…The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis."
This is a document which absolutely guarantees and codifies inequality and racial bias. It destroys freedom of expression, freedom of the press and does away with private property. It is the charter of a police state, which is evident upon a brief review of how the South African government behaves on a daily basis.
At its core, multiculturalism is a lie. Its goals are indistinguishable from those of the left which organizes for the same vague sounding but historically divisive and ultimately totalitarian catch phrases of social, political, economic, and educational "justice."
Equity in the above sense bluntly empowers governmentally mandated policies of top down redistribution.
The left, the educational gulags from which this theory has sprung, and the radical bands of racial separatists which hasten its acceptance - while at the same time comprising the intellectual core of the Democrat Party - are willing to use any means to maintain their hegemony over the educative process and the culture.
Let us consider the example of Rigoberta Menchu.
Over the last 25 years the story of this Guatemalan Indian native has been a cause celebre amongst multiculturalists.
Mechu offered a fable - a sweeping morality play - in which a poor but brave native Latin American voice bore witness to the damaging nature of American imperialism in that country.
In recognition of her story, she was awarded the Pulitzer Peace Prize in 1992; she was feted and lionized as a culture warrior striking a blow against Uncle Sam's supposed predation on Indian people.
Unfortunately for Menchu and her supporters, she has been revealed to be a common liar and her book, I Rigoberta Menchu, An Indian Woman In Guatemala, has been proven fraudulent.
Her fabrication was demonstrated by anthropologist David Stohl - among others - who spent a great deal of time in the exact locations and villages that Menchu referred to and could find little if any corroboration between her statements and reality. Dr. Stohl's research was reinforced by a similar study done by the New York Times - seldom mentioned as an agent of the vast right wing conspiracy - which came to the same conclusion.
What was Menchu's motive?
She simply made the story up to foster support for the Communist insurrection in Guatemala.
Mere fraud, however, was not enough to dissuade the PBS program "Point of View" from preparing multicultural lesson plans prominently featuring Ms. Menchu's forged reality, and to this day her book remains a multicultural icon. This is typical of media attitudes supporting this movement at all costs and one of its patron saints.
"[Multicultural education] fosters an animus against what are perceived as Western values, particularly the value placed on acquiring knowledge, on analytical thinking, and on academic achievement itself." - Losing Our Language - Sandra Stotsky, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mandatory Western civilization courses have in large part been strangled out of existence by the left because they are the purview of brilliant - but deceased - white patriarchs; males who can no longer defend themselves. Towards that end, Menchu's concocted anti-American paen against capitalism was such a force in this movement that it became the foundation for alternative university level courses that in the 80s started edging out the traditional coursework that was then a requirement for graduation; as such it is pivotal work.
That this book is based on an intentional lie, and that its purveyors are aware of that fact, remarkably, does nothing to reduce its value as a leftist secular religious icon.
"I think Rigoberta Menchu has been used by the right to negate the very important space that multiculturalism is providing in academia," says Marjorie Agosin, head of the Spanish department at Wellesley College. "Whether her book is true or not, I don't care. We should teach our students about the brutality of the Guatemalan military and the U.S. financing of it."
This mindset is eerily reminiscent of Dan Rather continuing to insist that his forged document story on George Bush's National Guard duty remained relevant despite the fact that it was devoid of truth.
Multicultural education is learning devoid of worth; supposed uniqueness elevated over value. It goes far beyond the simple admonition to be respectful of others who come from differing cultures and ends up as a political tactic used to destroy tradition.
It is an exceedingly clever tactic, similar in manner to the way in which diminutive hyenas, successfully pursue large African plains game. Individually, such relatively small creatures are powerless to bring down large, tough and swift animals on their own, but assaults in packs - the animal kingdom's equivalent of gang warfare – as mirrored by the left's own rainbow coalition hunting parties - multiplies the effect of individual ferocity into a lethal weapon capable of bringing down far bigger game.
Multiculturalism should be understood as nothing less than a search and destroy mission directed against the majority culture all the while disguised to appeal to the basic fairness and tolerance which resides in the American spirit.
Where is the evidence that a strong multicultural education is superior? Everywhere it has been tried it has only succeeded in less knowledgeable students and a lowering of academic achievement.
Where are the examples of nations based upon disunity, unclear purpose and Tower of Babel confusion having been successful?
The lessons of history preach distinctly the opposite.
Further complicating the picture, the educative process whereby multicultural diversity is imposed on impressionable young minds has become big business, foundations, educational pressure groups, college departments and media busy bodies who support it are bathed in the mother's milk of such activism, money.
Nearly every school district in the United States has a determined, well financed group of Zulu shock troops pushing this failed, inherently bigoted theory.
The fact is that all of this is no secret to our most mortal enemies, those engaged in spreading radical Islam by the force of terror...
End of Part I
Interfaith Outreach & "Excessive Placidity" Towards Islam
Bernardin Center At The Crossroads - "Excessive Placidity" Towards Islam, II
The Catholic Theological Union And The Limits Of Understanding
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