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Buddhist history in Pakistan: art of manipulation in a major media outlet in US

Buddhist history in Pakistan: art of manipulation in a major media outlet in US

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The article called Museum exhibit highlights Pakistan’s Buddhist roots” by Emanuella Grinberg (CNN) was a very interesting title and I expected some real enlightenment.  Instead, it was little more than a propaganda stunt or written by an individual who clearly understands little about the history of the Indian subcontinent.

Sadly, the more I read then Melissa Chiu also followed the same theme because the Museum Director at New York’s Asia Society, also made baseless comments based on political correctness and whitewashing the ongoing persecution of all minorities in Pakistan. 

It matters not if Melissa Chiu desired this or if it was based on sensitivities or if because of other factors. The end result is that her comment distorts reality by using clever language which places Pakistan within ancient culture but clearly this is false.

Yes, it is not only Hindus and Christians who suffer in Pakistan but also Ahmadiyya Muslims and Shia Muslims are also attacked often by extremists within the Sunni Muslim community.  Or, the discrimination is state sanctioned and in modern day Pakistan both non-Muslims and Muslims face the death penalty for blaspheming against Mohammed. 

Therefore, what religious pluralism and what Pakistan history are Emanuella Grinberg and Melissa Chiu talking about?  Pakistan is a relatively new nation and since the creation of Pakistan the Hindu and Sikh population went into sharp decline and ongoing Islamization is continuing.

It is true that the land of modern day Pakistan was at the crossroads of cultural influences but this happened under “mother India.” Hindus in India welcomed religious minorities fleeing Islamic persecution in Persia (Iran) and Zoroastrians fled to “mother India.” However, constant Islamic invasions of “mother India” meant that Islamization would take place in parts of a more advanced Hindu civilization which welcomed religious pluralism – note Syriac Christians, Zoroastrians, Jainism, Buddhism and other faiths which thrived within Hindu civilization.

Indeed, since the creation of Pakistan the Hindu civilization was crushed and this applies to Hindus fleeing, greater marginalization, destruction and neglect of Hindu architecture and temples.  Therefore, while the Muslim population in India remains constant the Hindu population in Pakistan and Bangladesh in such a short period of time is in crisis.

In truth, the Hindus of Pakistan are sharing the same fate which befell the Buddhists of Afghanistan and one day virtually nothing will be left apart from minor images in museums or very small Hindu communities which have no power.

Melissa Chiu comments that “When we think of Pakistan, Americans might associate it with the place where Osama bin Laden was captured, with terrorism and natural disasters…..But actually, it has a much longer history that dates back to an ancient culture that gives us a sense of a pluralistic tradition that was all about tolerance.”

Wrong, Pakistan does not have a long history but “mother India” of course does have a long deep history and it is one of the finest civilizations in the world.  The Hindu civilization faced stagnation and being reduced in size because of Islamic invasions and then British colonialism. However, since independence India is once more emerging and this nation is a rising power and a nation based on pluralism.

Alternatively, since the creation of Pakistan the religious minorities and society on a whole is being Islamized and moderate Muslims, Ahmadiyya Muslims, non-Muslim minorities, and liberals within society are on the back foot.  Christian and Hindu women are often kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam and Ahmadiyya Muslims are treated like second-class citizens in their own land.

Ahmadiyya Muslims and Shia Muslims are not being killed in India because of their religion but in Pakistan many members from both communities have been killed. 

Melissa Chiu is using language delicately because Pakistan is a new nation state and the “much longer history that dates back to an ancient culture” does not bare a relationship with aligning this with Pakistan and it should be mentioned under “mother India.”

The “pluralistic tradition” is nothing to do with Pakistan but was part and parcel of Hindu civilization and “mother India.” Since the creation of Pakistan the Hindu population and others have suffered greatly and the old world is becoming “a modern day museum.”

Emanuella Grinberg then states “At its height, Gandhara encompassed present-day Peshawar in northwest Pakistan and parts of eastern Afghanistan, the Hindu Kush, and northwest India, making it a major center of trade, commerce and the development of arts and education. Pakistan may be 95% Muslim today, but Buddhism flourished in Gandhara between the 2nd century B.C. and 10th century A.D., giving rise to a distinct style of Buddhist visual art.”

This information is educational but look what is left out.  How did Afghanistan and modern day Pakistan become 99% Muslim and 95% Muslim respectively?  The factors will be based on multiple reasons but ignoring Islamic jihad, dhimmitude, jizya, forced conversions, pogroms, destruction of Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Jain places of worship, is a lot to leave out.

Emanuella Grinberg crosses the line when in her article it is stated that the exhibit also demonstrates Pakistan’s dedication to preserving its multicultural heritage, Pakistan’s representative to the United Nations said.”

UN Amabassador for Pakistan, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, comments that “Buddha represents a human being whose ethereal qualities were so magnified by his enormous wisdom that his values of himself, which were espoused by Gandhi and so many others, became his contributions to mankind.”

I do not doubt the sincerity of Abdullah Hussain Haroon and clearly many people in Pakistan do genuinely support a more tolerant society.  Also, individuals like Abdullah Hussain Haroon want to preserve past history and protect civilizations which are very rich. However, the story is more complex than this and ongoing Islamization is a reality and even Sufi shrines have been attacked in recent times in Pakistan.

The BBC stated In recent years kidnapping for ransom and armed robberies have multiplied in the area and Hindus have increasingly been the focus of attacks….Many pay protection money regularly to local gangs or influential figures. But in spite of this they are still targeted.”

The Hindu American Foundation stated (Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2006)) that “The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) bemoaned the destruction of the last Hindu temple in Lahore, Pakistan. At the time of the partition of India in 1947 Lahore was known as one of the centers of culture and cosmopolitanism. Soon thereafter its great artists, musicians, and its Hindu and Sikh populations either moved voluntarily out of that city or were driven out by the fundamentalist Muslim forces that have shaped the country since then. “The last stroke in making Lahore totally Muslim is the demolition of the only remaining Hindu temple in the city”, said Ramesh Rao, member of the HAF Executive Council.”

“A private developer was allowed to demolish the ‘Krishna Mandir’ at Wachhoowali, Rang Mahal, and construct a commercial building in its place. Government officials, in charge of protecting minority interests, were involved in the machinations that led to the destruction of the last Hindu temple in Lahore. The Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB), the government body maintaining properties of minorities, especially Hindus and Sikhs, was said to have concealed facts from the municipal board chairman about the nature of the building. This is not the first time the EPTB has permitted the demolition of a temple. It was only last year that the Vehari temple in Punjab was razed for the construction of a commercial building.”

“These acts of connivance of local authorities in the destruction of non-Muslim religious symbols and in harassing minority groups are in the established tradition of driving minorities out of Pakistan. The Hindu population in Pakistan, which was between 15 and 24 percent in 1947, at the time of partition of India, has now been reduced to less than two percent. “While we applaud the condemnation by several opposition members of the National Assembly like Pakistan People’s Party, and Pakistan Muslim League-N, we realize that the political, social, and religious dynamic in Pakistan allows such attacks on minorities and minority institutions with impunity,” said Dr. Mihir Meghani, President of HAF. “Unless there is worldwide condemnation of this act of destruction, and arrest and imprisonment of officials involved in the matter, there is no hope for minorities in Pakistan.” 

Therefore, the author, the ambassador and the museum director in the CNN article can state platitudes about the showing of Buddhist history.  However, Hindu and Sikhs are becoming “real museums” without having “a museum” to show the reality of Pakistan since partition.

The pluralism of past history is nothing to do with Pakistan because past pluralism was based on Hindu civilization and the Indian subcontinent.  Given this, it is deplorable that at a time when minorities face so much persecution and injustice in modern day Pakistan; that an article written by a CNN correspondent is whitewashing past history and the modern day reality of Pakistan.

The author instead comes up with allowing the following comment in her article that “...the exhibit also demonstrates Pakistan’s dedication to preserving its multicultural heritage.”

This could not be further from the truth because much of Pakistan’s past Hindu and Buddhist heritage is under attack.  Also, never mind heritage, the Hindu population since the creation of Pakistan is in clear free-fall percentage wise and institutional discrimination is widespread.

Maybe the author believes it is fine to have a museum which distorts reality and then to make political capital out of the misfortune of past history where Buddhists suffered so greatly at the hands of Islamic rule.  Also, the past eradication of Buddhism after Islamic conquests is not just history because since the creation of Pakistan it is clear that Hindu civilization and the Hindu population faces the same Islamization processes.

This applies to violence, persecution and institutional discrimination.

Also, why does the author allow the following comment: This was one of the great periods of the world of fundamental equity, of human rights and so many other important principles, which are important to Pakistan and the United States today….”

The Buddhist exhibition shows how little is left of Buddhism after Islamization took place and in recent times Hindu and Sikh communities have been forced to flee many areas after the creation of Pakistan.

When does a state sanctioned policy for supporting the death penalty for blasphemy against Mohammed become “important principles?”  Also, how does the ongoing Islamization of Pakistan become turned into“...the exhibit also demonstrates Pakistan’s dedication to preserving its multicultural heritage.”

I am sure that many Hindus will be alarmed by how ancient Hindu civilization and pluralism is being used in the same paragraph to denote Pakistan.

The article by Emanuella Grinberg is very misleading and near the end it sounds like a propaganda piece.  I am astonished that a major agency would allow such a shallow and distorted history to be allowed to be published and manipulated.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/08/21/pakistan.gandhara.art/index.html?hpt=hp_mid

http://www.hafsite.org/media/pr/temple-destruction-lahore-pakistan

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6367773.stm

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Islamic liberalism is a million times more dangerous than radical Islam

Islamic liberalism is a million times more dangerous than radical Islam

Lee Jay Walker

Global Security News

The biggest threat to all civilizations is Islamic liberalism because Islamic liberals fully understand Islamic history but like the deceivers they are; they still desire to Islamize but by Islamic dawah, stealth jihad, and Islamic kitman.

Osama bin Laden supported killing apostates, Islamic jihad, Islamic Sharia law, killing homosexuals, child marriage, stoning women to death for adultery, enslaving non-Muslims during jihad, and he believed that Muslim men would go to heaven and meet virgins after killing infidels.

The Islam of Osama bin Laden was based on Mohammed, the Koran, Hadiths and Islamic Sharia law.  All the above in the previous paragraph was sanctioned by Mohammed and Mohammed himself married a child and ordered the killings of non-Muslims in the name of Allah.

Islamic liberal organizations like Muslim Bridges (http://muslimbridges.org) in America are openly spreading Islam despite claiming to build bridges.  You only have to check their website to note that they visit Christian churches and teach people how to pray to Allah and how Islam is based on love and peace.

Of course, these liberal kitman Muslims know full well that apostates are killed in Islamic nations based on Sharia Islamic law.  Therefore, Muslim converts to other religions face the death penalty in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Maldives, and Yemen.

However, the kitman liberal Muslims will state that Mohammed means peace and that Islam means love and humility.  Somehow killing apostates, stoning to death, cross amputation, child marriage (child rape and still sanctioned in Saudi Arabia), stoning to death for adultery, enslaving during jihad and so on; all this means “peace” in the minds of kitman loving liberal Muslims who love to spread Islamic dawah by stating complete lies.

Muslim Bridges also plays the race card and states how ethnicity is not important in Islam and so forth. This organization praises the fact that mixed marriages can be seen openly in Mecca and all because of the greatness of Allah.

Strange because slavery was not abolished until the 1960s in the lands of Mecca and Medina and this only happened because of external pressure by non-Muslim nations.  Also, in modern day Mauritania and Sudan it is clear that black Africans are treated with disdain and that slavery is a constant threat.

Another point which Islamic liberals gloss over is the fact that non-Muslim men face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for marrying a Muslim female.  Yes, for an act of love the reality of Islam in accordance to Islamic Sharia law means death in the lands of Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Maldives, Yemen and a few other nations.

Of course the liberal media machine, the United Nations and political leaders in the West desire to ignore this reality.  After all, the non-Muslim world must show its fairness while Islamists kill Buddhists in southern Thailand and marry non-Muslims freely and without any hindrance. 

It seems that Islamic fanatics and Islamic liberals can’t lose because either way it is a win-win situation.  Therefore, the Muslim population keeps on growing in India and the United Kingdom and at the same time the Hindu population faces complete annihilation in Pakistan and the same fate awaits the Christian community in Iraq.

If you magnify organizations and individuals like Muslim Bridges then it is abundantly clear that liberal Islam is the real threat to non-Muslim nations.   Also, liberals in the West and India are bending over backwards in order to allow this lie to spread despite Islamic sources in the Koran and the Hadiths which state the opposite.

Therefore, for every non-Muslim who is converted to radical Islam in mainly non-Muslim nations, you will have another 99 who are converted to liberal Islamic kitman, whereby Islamic dawah openly enabled lies to be told in order to spread the faith.

The madness of these Islamic liberals is much worse than individuals like Osama bin Laden who fully understood the reality of Islam. 

After all, if you look at Afghanistan then firstly liberal Islam was spread along with the Sufi deceivers who are dangerous because they first went out and converted in the name of deceit and lies. 

Once the faith spread and Islam grew in power then Buddhism, Hinduism and all non-Muslim faiths in Afghanistan were doomed to slavery and the Islamic inquisition.

In time Islamization would take place in Afghanistan and all Buddhists and Hindus faced the sword of Islam.  After this, the various thought patterns in Islam were seen to be problematic because past culture remained therefore the Sunni Islamic Taliban emerged and now it was the turn of Shia Muslims and other non-Sunni branches to face the wrath of pure Sunni Islamization.

Liberal Muslims are the real threat because Islamic armies can no longer invade the majority of non-Muslim nations.  Therefore, Saudi Arabia and others are spreading Islam via Islamic dawah, deceit and open lies in order to Islamize.

It is vital that non-Muslim religious leaders and politicians don’t fall into this trap and the truth about Mohammed, slavery in Islam, child marriage, and so forth; must be told to the masses in order to fight stealth jihad and liberal Islam.

Islamic fanatics like Osama bin Laden only wake people up to the real hatred of Islamic dogma.  However, the television version of Malcolm X who supported the slave owning Mohammed is the real threat alongside organizations like Muslim Bridges.

This is based on the reality that Islam is being revamped in the mainly non-Muslim world in order to Islamize and Islamic liberals, Islamic kitman and stealth jihad is a trinity which is much more powerful than Islamic terrorism.

In nations where non-Muslim minorities are small they face the sword of Islam and in modern day Somalia the Islamic inquisition is in full swing and many Christians have been beheaded and killed in gruesome ways.  The same barbarity is being unleashed against Buddhists in southern Thailand and against minorities in a host of other nations.

However, in the non-Muslim world the threat is liberal Islam, stealth jihad and Islamic kitman. This threat is magnified by the “enemy from within” and many universities, the mass media, Western politicians and liberal non-Muslim religious leaders are bending over backwards in order to accommodate the Islamic faith.

Yet history tells us that Islam cares little about accommodation and the Islamization of Kashmir, Kosovo, Pakistan, Iraq, southern Thailand, and in other parts of the world, is ongoing in the twenty-first century.

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Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi: anti-Shia fanatic who supports Jews, Christians and Shia to pay jizya

Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi: anti-Shia fanatic who supports Jews, Christians and Shia to pay jizya

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Sunni terrorists kill many Shia

 Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi has founded mosques in England, Spain and South Africa but clearly his hatred is clear for all to see.  Of course, he likes to use words like kafir but of course when he was born he was but a poor and lost kafir who then found Sunni versions of Islam along the Sufi path of hatred and he hates in abundance.

Indeed, it amazes me why many Muslim converts try to rise even higher up the hatred ladder but maybe it is because of the need to belong?  Sadly, it appears that age will not mellow Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi and instead he just espouses hatred and clearly much of this hatred is aimed at the Shia.

Not only this, it is clear that “his schizophrenia birth rite” means that he can’t help but to hate because he needs to spread hatred in order to obtain followers within the Sunni and Sufi world.

It is ironic because Sufi Islam is now under attack by radical Sunni Islamic forces in Somalia and Pakistan.  This includes blowing up Sufi shrines and destroying gravestones and so forth.

In an article published by Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi called Ayyuha l-Walad! Lesson Three – Syria, he can’t help but to espouse Sufi hatred towards the Shia and he clearly shows that he believes in dhimmitude for non-Muslims and Shia Muslims alike.

Indeed, given the fact that this bigot is behind mosques in England and Spain; then why is he allowed to spread this hatred because if he was a Christian leader then the police and the liberal brigade would be up in arms.

Of course, it does appear that despite using comments like “kafir” he is happy to reside in mainly non-Muslim nations. 

In the article I mention the Sufi leader of hatred can’t hide his loathing and somehow the person born Ian Dallas is now entering the Sunni-Shia sectarian world.  Of course, to this religious bigot called Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi, then he, like Osama bin Laden, deems the Shia to be un-Muslim.

Yes, Ian Dallas is clearly in the schizophrenia world of radical Sunni Islam where this non-Muslim convert to Islam is now telling people who are or who are not Muslim.  Despite this, his deluded followers will either turn a blind eye or if they have been brainwashed enough, then they will probably follow the same path of hatred.

He states the following:

 Lebanon has already demonstrated that a concordance between the two religions (Islam and Shi‘ism) cannot work. It is now under the control of the Shi‘a. From it, the Palestinian entity has been destroyed, split in two, one side mafia-based and the other openly converted to Shi‘ism.”

“Jordan, too is split. The mass are modernist but devoid of an ‘Aqida and a Fiqh, while the Rulership openly espouses one-worldist movements and has issued a Declaration accepting the Shi‘a as if it could subsist within Islam. Shi‘ism is not a cancer in the body of Islam, it was a wart which fell off, hence its name.” 
 
“Bahrain we have identified as an anomaly. Since the rulers are too weak, bearing as they do a calamitous history, they can only do one of two things, submit to the kafir capitalist doctrine of counting people as numbers and give the country over to the Shi‘a, or ask Arabia to annex the territory, thus rescuing the arithmetic. I do not, cannot propose the Maliki Islamic solution. Declare the State Islamic, thus preventing non-Muslims holding office and at the same time charge the Shi‘a Jizya assuring them protection alongside the jews and christians. Now there is tolerance at its limit! This would have to be preceded by introducing a collected Zakat.”

Therefore, it is clear that Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi supports the jizya system and of course if the dhimmis do not pay jizya; then we have to presume that he will support the theory of enslavement and punishment.  After all, if he believes in jizya which is vindicated by Islam then it follows that he deems non-Muslims and Shia Muslims to be unworthy of equality.

The man of hate who is spreading Islam in non-Muslim nations by Islamic dawah is now firmly entrenched within the Sunni bigot mindset.  Ian Dallas is supporting the concept of jizya and using terminologies like kafir. He knows full well that hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims have been slaughtered in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen in recent times but he still wants to stir up more anti-Shia hatred.

This means that the schizophrenic mindset of Ian Dallas who became Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi isn’t only turning against his ancestors but he is sowing the seeds of sectarianism and hatred within Islam.  Given this, the ongoing persecution of the Shia in Bahrain and Yemen will probably make this Sufi Islamic zealot happy.

The non-Muslim who became a Sufi is now stating openly that Shia Muslims should pay jizya in Bahrain and this means that he supports the Shia being subdued alongside Christians.  Therefore, Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi is espousing dhimmitude and jizya and the consequences of non-Sunni’s not accepting this status means slavery and plunder according to orthodox Sunni Islamic teaching.

It amazes me how such a bigot and small minded individual could build up such a following and why nations like England, Spain and South Africa are allowing this hatred to go unchallenged.

Yet not only does he hate but somehow he is entering a world which does not belong to him and the schizophrenia mindset of individuals like Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi is clearly dangerous.  What did Shia Muslims do to him to justify his hatred?

He states that “The future of world Islam is dependent on the liberation of Kashmir, the liberation of the Uighurs, and the liberation of the great Muslim nation of Syria. As of today only King Muhammad VI of Morocco has had the courage to expel the Shi‘a – and now they are working hard to destroy him using the current doctrines of ‘democracy.’”

With this statement then even jizya and dhimmitude of the Shia is not good enough because now he is praising the fact that Morocco “has had the courage to expel the Shia.”

Also, note how he states the liberation of Kashmir and Syria.  If he knew about history then it was Islamic conquests which conquered and subdued the Hindus and other minorities of Kashmir.  Even in recent times hundreds of thousands of Hindus have fled Sunni Islamic bigotry in Kashmir.

Syria was also conquered by Islamic armies and this once mainly Christian region was subdued under the multiple forces of conquest, pogroms, dhimmitude, jizya, slavery, and Islamic Sharia law.

Therefore, Alawite Shia Muslims and Christians have good relations in Syria because both minorities fear systematic persecution by radical Sunni Islamic forces.  Given past history, it is clear that both communities are justified in fearing the worse. After all, in modern day Saudi Arabia not one Christian church is allowed and the Shia community is treated with scorn by the rulers of this nation.

The founder of the Granada Mosque in modern Spain is part of the real reality of what Sunni Islam was based on in past history.  It was based on hatred, dhimmitude and jizya and it is fitting that the modern day founder hates Shia Muslims and refers to non-Muslims being kafirs.

It is important that people like Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi are challenged because he is a thousand times more dangerous than Islamic terrorists. 

The real threat is stealth jihad and Islamic kitman and the hidden desires of people like Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi and others are the real threat because they are laying foundation stones for future dreams of conquest and sowing the seeds of anti-Shia bigotry. 

 

http://www.shaykhabdalqadir.com/content/articles/Art115_30032011.php  – The full text of what Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi stated.

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Muslim fanatics murder innocents in Afghanistan

Muslim fanatics murder innocents in Afghanistan

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Muslims showing their hatred during a demonstration
Muslims showing their hatred during a demonstration

Afghanistan is beset with so many problems and this applies to a major Islamic insurgency which desires to rule by fear and keep women in chains.  The Taliban supports killing apostates, denying equality of education for women, killing homosexuals, persecuting Shia Muslims, stoning people to death for adultery, and other draconian ways and they base all of this on Islamic Sharia law.

The recent Muslim rampage against innocents in Afghanistan was distanced by the Taliban and this may be factual because this massacre did not have their hallmark. This in itself compounds the problem and shows that hatred is embedded within elements of the “Sunni Muslim mindset” in Afghanistan.

The United Nations have helped to develop the infrastructure of Afghanistan and alongside other humanitarian agencies and national governments, trillions of dollars have been spent in order to create a better health care system, foster an education system which includes females, water sanitation projects, and countless other positive measures.

At no time does the United Nations or other agencies discriminate on the grounds of religion, ethnicity, sexuality, and so forth.  Instead, nations and international agencies are trying to help Afghanistan but alas it appears to be a dead end because they are deemed to be infidels or collective infidels.

Therefore, when an unimportant individual decides to burn a Koran in America it is an excuse for “the followers of hate” to do what they are good at; therefore, they killed innocents and like usual several people were beheaded and the fear and hatred of this event can only be imagined.

The American Christian pastor who burnt the Koran is also a coward and a person of ignorance because converts to Christianity face the death penalty in Afghanistan and for Christians on the frontline in Pakistan then this will create more flames and hatred.

He fully understood the outcome of what he did but he felt brave from “thousands of miles away.”  Therefore, Reverend Wayne Sapp who burnt the Koran alongside Reverend Terry Jones who started the ball rolling last year despite not burning the Koran himself; are no friends of Christians on the frontline.

Apparently they believe that the words of the Christian New Testament are not good enough therefore they turn to the lowest common denominator and this applies to burning a religious book.

Despite their actions it is clear that the “hatred in their hearts” is a million times below that of the Sunni Muslim fanatics who beheaded and killed in the name of Allah.

Reverend Wayne Sapp and Reverend Terry Jones belong to a small and unimportant Christian church but burning a book can’t be compared with killing people and beheading innocents.

They started the excuse but it is factual that the Sunni Muslim extremists were waiting for the spark in order to demonstrate their power and to strike fear into the hearts of moderate Muslims and secularists in Afghanistan.

It is strange that the same Sunni Muslim religious leaders who desire to rule by fear do virtually nothing to stop the rampant heroin trade in Afghanistan and of course when did they support religious equality, freedom for women, and so forth?

After all, all vestiges of Buddhism were destroyed by the Taliban and like the beheadings and brutal murders which just took place; both events witnessed the usual shouts of joy of “Allah Akbar” during the destruction of a culture and the murder of innocents.

Indeed, it is not just Sunni Islamic radicals in Afghanistan which desire to rule by fear because the government of Afghanistan supports killing apostates from Islam and this is the problem. 

You have Sunni Islamic extremists who want to indoctrinate and keep women downtrodden and at the same time you have institutional discrimination and hatred within the laws of Afghanistan which support killing apostates.

Progressive Muslims, women, secularists, and non-Muslims in Afghanistan, face enormous obstacles and this applies to Sunni Islamic religious zealots, the government of Afghanistan which supports draconian laws and at the same time you have major cronyism and heroin is an ongoing nightmare.

Farhad Peikar who is based in Kabul wrote an article called UN officials beheaded in rampage over Koran building and he comments that Eight United Nation workers have been killed, and as many as 13 other people are feared dead after a violent rampage in northern Afghanistan by demonstrators protesting over the burning of a Koran at a church in Florida in the US.”

Farhad Peikar continues by stating that The victims of the worst-ever attack on UN personnel in Afghanistan– two of whom were beheaded — included four guards from Nepal, and civilian staff from Norway, Sweden and Romania. It was also confirmed that five residents were killed.”

In the article it highlights that Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, described the burning of the Koran as a “crime against religion.” This comment by Hamid Karzai is galling because Muslims who convert to Christianity face the death penalty in Afghanistan and they are put in prison and intimidated and persecuted.

The crime against religion was done by the killers and President Obama stated “The desecration of any holy text, including the Koran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry,” he said. “However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity.” 

“No religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people, and there is no justification for such a dishonorable and deplorable act.”

I agree with most of what President Obama stated but it is factual that converts from Islam in nations like Saudi Arabia face the death penalty and this is based on Islamic Sharia law – therefore, religious freedom and killing is often sanctioned by some mainly Muslim nations and this reality needs to be tackled and recognized to be a clear violation of all notions of human rights.

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The persecution of the Shia in Yemen and the regional Sunni-Shia divide

The persecution of the Shia in Yemen and the regional Sunni-Shia divide 

Lee Jay Walker 

Modern Tokyo Times

Shia children killed in Yemen
Shia children killed in Yemen

Currently you have many political and religious convulsions throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  However, for the Shia of Yemen it is apparent that the nation state of Yemen is at odds with many Shia Muslims who suffer systematic persecution.

Saudi Arabia is worried about the power base change in Iraq because after the demise of Saddam Hussein the Arab Sunni stranglehold was broken and now the main power brokers are the Shia and Kurds in the north.  Therefore, recent political tensions in Bahrain and Yemen are causing alarm in Saudi Arabia because the leaders of this nation desire to preserve a dominant Sunni political power structure throughout the region.

If we focus on Afghanistan then the Sunni Islamic fanatics of the Taliban and Al Qaeda shared the same Sunni Islamic theme of power and control.  This policy of victimizing and persecuting the Shia was factual and you had many massacres of the Shia by the forces of the Taliban and Al Qaeda before the invasion of Afghanistan.

Sunni Islamic extremists deem the Shia to be heretics and non-Muslim and the same hatred towards the Shia can be found in Pakistan.  Even in so-called moderate Malaysia the government is anti-Shia. However, unlike the massacres of the Shia which have taken place in other nations it is state sanctioned discrimination in Malaysia which holds the Shia at bay and forbids their religious buildings.

The Sunni-Shia issue is very potent and the Shia are second class citizens in Saudi Arabia because they face centralized policies which discriminate against them.  Therefore, Saudi Arabia is meddling in many nations and the people who suffer from this policy are the Shia and in Yemen many massacres have taken place in the past but most of these went unreported.

Also, while truces have been agreed upon in Yemen these truces rarely last and often it appears that the centralized state is just making the most of the breathing space in order to unleash more violence against the Shia minority.

James Haider, Middle East correspondent for The Times (UK), stated on November 5, 2009, that the Shia “…accuse Saudi Arabia, a conservative Sunni Muslim country, of backing the Yemeni army, fearing the emergence of a strong Shia militia similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon.” 

“In turn, the Yemeni Government in Sanaa has accused Iran, a Shia theocracy, of supporting the Huthi rebels as part of a campaign to spread Tehran’s influence across the region. The Government said last week that Yemeni troops had seized five Iranians on a boat loaded with arms in the Red Sea”. 

James Haider also comments about the fleeing Shia during a major military assault in late 2009.  This military assault led to 150,000 Shia Muslims fleeing their homes in order to escape the military clampdown against their community.

The military bombardments led to the killing of many innocent Shia Muslims who were caught up in the fighting.  Therefore, many civilians were killed and the blood flowed.

If we concentrate on the bigger picture it would appear that Sunni Islamic elites do not desire to build bridges with the followers of the Shia faith.  Instead the Sunni Islamic elites desire either the status quo or to maintain power by further marginalizing the Shia throughout the region.

Rannie Amiri’s, whose article was published in the weekend edition of Counterpunch, (Feb 19-21, 2010) called The Shia Crescent Revisited, commented that “Should the Arab Shia be prohibited from freely airing their grievances and demanding accountability for past injustices? Stopped from speaking out against the crimes perpetrated against them under Saddam (in which many in the Arab world were complicit)? Prevented from attempting to lift the heavy hand of institutionalized discrimination levied against them in Saudi Arabia? Barred from seeking an end to their disenfranchisement in Bahrain – where they make up at least 70 percent of the population yet constitute no part of the government or security services? Forbidden from asking why the language of sectarianism was used to justify and amplify the carnage in north Yemen?” 

It is a fair question and despite the “Iranian card” which is being manipulated and used in Saudi Arabia it is apparent that the global jihadist network is based on the followers of radical Sunni Islam.  After all, the terrorist attacks behind September 11, Madrid, Kenya, Bali, Uganda, and other global jihadist attacks, were all done by Sunni Islamic extremists.

Despite the Mahdi Army under Muqtada al-Sadr who attacked American forces in Iraq; it is clear that the Shia in Afghanistan and Iraq have gained from outside military forces taking action against Sunni Islamic zealots in Afghanistan and against the regime of Saddam Hussein which also played the anti-Shia card. 

Therefore, will Yemen become the next brutal war which will drag in outside forces and lead to the growth of radical Sunni Islam?  After all, it is clear that the al-Shabaab in Somalia desire to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist nation and this extremist Sunni Islamic organization often beheads the followers of Christianity and women also face being stoned to death for adultery.

The Somalia syndrome may happen in Yemen because it is obvious that outside Sunni Islamists have used Somalia in order to spread their version of Islam.  However, for the Shia of Yemen then they may face a “dual policy” whereby Sunni Islamic fanatics are allowed to enter the fray from many nations but at the same time the centralized state in Saudi Arabia will boost the nation state of Yemen.

Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, February 11, 2010, stated that “Even as it fights a U.S.-supported war against al-Qaeda militants here, the Yemeni government is engaging Islamist extremists who share an ideology similar to Osama bin Laden’s in its own civil war, adding new complications to efforts to fight terrorism.” 

The writer continues by stating that “Yemen’s army is allying with radical Sunnis and former jihadists in the fight against Shiite rebels in the country’s north. The harsh tactics of those forces, such as destroying Shiite mosques and building Sunni ones, are breeding resentment among many residents, analysts said, and given the tangle of evolving allegiances could build support for al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, which plotted the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a U.S. airliner.”

Abdel-Karim al-Iriyani, a former prime minister is clearly alarmed by current events in Yemen.  He states that “Using these extremist people, if they are with you today, they are prone to be against you tomorrow.”

Therefore, the Shia inYemen will continue to suffer and Western nations will do little to challenge Saudi Arabia and the same applies to Bahrain because Saudi Arabia will do everything it can in order to prop-up the Sunni elites.

Saudi Arabia will use any means possible in order to preserve Sunni Muslim power and this also applies to state sanctioned policies which will encourage the forces of radical Sunni Islam in Yemen and boosting the military of Yemen. Therefore, the Shia in Yemen will be attacked by Sunni Islamic militant organizations and by the military of Yemen and this dual policy will be used in order to crush the Shia but in the past the Shia have been tenacious and events are unpredictable.

leejay@moderntokyotimes.com

http://www.moderntokyotimes.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuJvqPuU-64&feature=related   (military action in Yemen)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G132BS3Lzno   (Attacks against the Shia)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHiTUbZ7o-k&feature=related  (Attacks against the Shia)

 

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Islamic inquisition in Somalia and Southern Thailand

Islamic inquisition in Somalia and Southern Thailand

Lee Jay Walker

The Modern Tokyo Times

 

Buddhist monk injured in Thailand after an Islamic attack

Buddhist monk injured in Thailand after an Islamic attack

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

The reality of Islam and how non-Muslim faiths were destroyed in the past can be seen by events in the modern world. Therefore, by focusing on Southern Thailand and Somalia in the modern period you can understand how non-Muslim faiths were exterminated by the sword of Islam. These two parts of the world also represent other parts of the world where minorities are on the brink of collapse because of ongoing Islamization.

Modern day academia and liberals desire to whitewash how Buddhism and Hinduism was destroyed in Afghanistan in the past and the same applies to other faith groups in other parts of the world which were crushed by Islam.  Yet the reality is that de-Hinduization is still ongoing in Pakistan and Kashmir just like Christianity is being eradicated in Somalia and Buddhism is being destroyed in Southern Thailand. The reasons behind the past massacres and the ongoing pogroms is all based on the teachings of Mohammed.  Therefore, in Somalia and Southern Thailand the Islamic jihad continues in the 21st century and this reality is happening throughout the world where Muslims desire a complete Islamic monoculture.
 
In the last few weeks in Southern Thailand you have had three attacks against Buddhist civilians by the followers of
 Islam.  Therefore, men, women, and children have been killed for following the Buddhist faith and it is clear that the armed forces of Thailand face a brutal Islamic foe.  Also, even when the armed forces of Thailand desire to bring stability and to quell the Islamic insurgency and to protect innocent civilians from fresh massacres, it is abundantly clear that many still pin the blame on the protectors rather than the Islamic insurgents who kill innocents in such barbaric ways.

It appears that the voice of the Dalai Lama is also very weak on issues like this because it does not suit his political agenda.  In fact, at the same time when Buddhists are being killed in Southern Thailand and face enormous pressure in the Chittagong Hill Tracts; the Dalai Lama appears to believe that jihad is not such a bad thing because it is based on the inner struggle.

The Dalai Lama stated that “Islam is the religion of the heart and needs to be protected. We should not generalize Islam as something fearful just due to a handful of miscreants. Jihad is not a medium of attack. There is a need to break this false notion as Jihad actually means to conquer the evil within individuals….”

Also, the Dalai in the past commented that “Nowadays to some people the Muslim tradition appears more militant……..I feel that’s totally wrong.  Muslims, like any other traditions – same message, same practice.  This is the practice of compassion.”

Therefore, a major spiritual leader in the Buddhist community is whitewashing history and the modern reality for Buddhists in Southern Thailand and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.  Also, while Buddhist temples are prospering in Europe and North America because of openness then the Dalai Lama is distorting reality because he knows that Buddhist temples are not allowed in Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations like the Maldives, Yemen, and so forth.

The Dalai Lama is not alone because important Christian leaders, politicians, liberals, and others, are also distorting reality and of course this is helping the Islamic cause and stealth jihad within democratic nations. 

Turning back to Thailand and Zachary Abuza who is the author of Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand, comments that “The militants also target Buddhists, whom they hope to drive away.  There is ample evidence to suggest that this plan is working: according to household registration statistics compiled by The Nation, 34,523 residents, mainly Buddhists, fled the three provinces between January 2004 and May 2005.”  (Page 73)

Zachary Abuza continues by stating “Indeed, the insurgency has led to a certain amount of de facto ethnic cleansing.  Thai officials believe that roughly fifty thousand Buddhists have fled the south.”  (Page 211)

Moderate Muslims have also been killed because conservative versions of Islam are spreading because of outside influence and internal factors.  Therefore, moderate Sha’afis and others have been killed by conservative followers of Sunni Islam who deem moderate Muslims to be apostates.

Zachary Abuza states that “This is the heart of Salafism: to remove all innovations (“impurities”) that have entered the religion since the death of the Prophet Mohammed.  The goal is to Islamicize society and to inculcate it with Salafi values and norms that will strengthen the movement, regardless of whether these values and norms are popular.  The militants have adopted the Wahhabite practice of takfir – that is, labeling fellow Muslims non-Muslims if they do not subscribe to Salafi values and practices.  They have systematically targeted moderate Muslims, Sufis, and others whom they find to be too secular or too connected to the state.”  (Page 128) 

In my article called Sunni Islamists slit the throat of a Christian mother in Somalia I stated that The 36 year old Asha Mberwa was a mother of four and she had committed no crime and had harmed nobody.  However, Mohammed supported the killing of apostates therefore the Al-Shabaab killed the Muslim convert to Christianity in order to appease the Islamic god.”  

“In true Islamic justice an innocent convert to Christianity was killed in cold blood and bystanders were forced to watch while her throat was being cut.  Her death, like so many other Christian martyrs in Somalia, is a witness to the reality of Islamic Sharia law and the brutal teachings of Mohammed.  Therefore, the Islamic inquisition is in full swing in Somalia and Christians are being hunted down and killed.”

It is abundantly clear that Christians in Somalia are being hunted down and killed in many brutal ways. After this, Sunni Islamic members of the Al-Shabaab seek to find the children of Christian converts and then convert them to Islam, after killing their parents or parent.  Therefore, despite Christians being less than 0.2 per cent of the population in Somalia it is still not good enough for the holy warriors of Sunni Islam and the reality of this can be seen by the brutal murders of converts to Christianity.

Buddhists in Southern Thailand and Christians in Somalia are killed by radical Sunni Muslims and it is clear that these Islamic fanatics desire an Islamic monoculture and the eradication of all things deemed un-Islamic.  This madness is also turning on itself because moderate Muslims are deemed to be tafkir and the eradication of past culture is also deemed to be important.

In Thailand the mass majority of the population is Buddhist and the armed forces of Thailand are strong.  However, in Somalia the Christian community which is very small and lacks any power base is vulnerable and the followers of Sunni Islam desire to kill every single Christian in this country.

Yet despite the differences of both nations it is clear that Buddhists are still not protected from the Islamic insurgency in Southern Thailand.  Therefore, the future of Christianity is hanging by a thread in Somalia and the followers of the Christian faith have been abandoned by the international community.  Meanwhile the ethnic cleansing of Buddhism in Southern Thailand is a reality and because of this the Islamic jihad of the 7th century is clearly alive and kicking in the early 21st century; but when will national governments, religious leaders, politicians, and others, stand up to this ongoing Islamic tyranny?

Lee Jay Walker

https://leejaywalker.wordpress.com

http://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in AFRICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBAL NEWS, Islam, RELIGIOUS ISSUES

 

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Ahmadis and Christians under attack in Obama’s peaceful Indonesia

Ahmadis and Christians under attack in Obama’s peaceful Indonesia

Lee Jay Walker

The Modern Tokyo Times  

 

Sunni Muslims declaring their hatred towards Christians and Ahmadiyya Muslims in Indonesia

Sunni Muslims declaring their hatred towards Christians and Ahmadiyya Muslims in Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The followers of conservative Islam once more showed their mass hatred for diversity because Muslims stoned three Ahmadiyya Muslims to death and then chanted for the death penalty of a Christian on the grounds of blasphemy.  This happened in Indonesia which is a nation that was praised by President Obama only a few months ago.  However, the stark reality is very different because conservative Islam is rising and all minorities face persecution.

President Obama had praised Indonesia in late 2010 because he stated that the“spirit of tolerance that is written into your constitution, symbolized in your mosques and churches and temples, and embodied in your people” is a quality which is worth emulating.

President Obama continued by stating that We are two nations which have traveled different paths. Yet our nations show that hundreds of millions who hold different beliefs can be united in freedom under one flag”

It is clear that the leader of America ignored the anti-Ahmadiyya Muslim law which was passed in 2008 and many other aspects of Indonesia.  After all, the mainly Christian Papuans in West Papua are suffering from Javanization which will ultimately lead to Islamization.  The same applies to Christians in the Moluccas islands (Maluku islands) who face the same fate and thousands of Christians were killed between 1999 and 2000.

Moluccas International Campaign for Human Rights (http://www.michr.net ) states that “The Moluccan people are victimized. Fifty-nine years of Javanese-dominant occupation of Indonesia has taken its toll. The national identity of the Moluccan people is disappearing fast. An overall Javanese identity is taking its place, which is pervading daily social behavior. This is effectuated by ceaseless efforts of Jakarta to transmigrate tens of thousands Javanese families all over the Moluccan islands. The more than two million indigenous people are being engulfed by the influx of new settlers.” 

“Reports from the Moluccas tell of the movement of Malay families into these Melanesian islands and also of planned and encouraged intermarriage by the government. Suffering under the political and military repression, which exists throughout Indonesia, the Moluccans are powerless. And because of the naivete (too-easy adaptability) of the Moluccan people, the Javanization of the indigenous culture takes place with negligible opposition.”

Turning back to recent events in 2011 because at least three Ahmadiyya Muslims were stoned to death and others were seriously injured when conservative Muslim mobs attacked this religious minority group. 

This attack was sickening because the anti-Ahmadiyya Muslim attack was allowed to happen because law enforcement agencies just stood by and did nothing.  The attack witnessed conservative Muslims with machetes, rocks, and sticks, and while they were stoning Ahmadiyya Muslims to death they were in a state of high religious frenzy. 

This applies to shouts of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and Muslims were clapping in religious joy while innocent Ahmadiyya Muslims were dying in mass pain.  Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya community, heavily criticized the “brutality” of this attack.  Mirza Masroor Ahmad also highlighted the fact that “people watching the merciless beatings were clapping and cheering.”

Therefore, the followers of conservative Islam were once more killing innocents and not only this, they were celebrating while stoning people to death.  Of course this is a reality in many other parts of the mainly Muslim world because Christians are often killed in Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and other Muslim dominated nations.  The same applies to the persecution of Hindus and Ahamdiyya Muslims in Bangladesh and Pakistan; and in southern Thailand Buddhists are frequently killed by the followers of Sunni Islam.

After the brutal attack against the Ahmadiyya Muslim community the followers of Sunni Islam then turned their hatred against the Christian community.  This applies to two Christian churches being attacked and Muslim mobs are calling for the death sentence of a Christian who was given a five year prison sentence for alleged blasphemy against the religion of Islam.

Muslims were chanting “kill, kill” outside the courtroom before the verdict was passed on Antonius Bawengan who is a Christian. However, after the judge passed down a 5 year prison sentence for mere words then this was not enough for Sunni Muslims because they demanded his death.  Therefore, Muslim mobs attacked Christian churches and clearly they must have felt strengthened by the recent brutal killings of Ahmadiyya Muslims.  After all, the same Muslim followers also celebrate in Somalia when they are beheading converts to Christianity.

James Heiser wrote an article called Obama Praises “Toleration” as Indonesian Churches Burn (Nov 11, 2010 – www.thenewamerican.com ) and commented that It is hard to imagine that President Obama would be praising the tolerance of a Christian nation if it had witnessed the burning of 700 mosques since 1998. However, Obama would search the nations of the West in vain to find one in which violent religious bigotry is tolerated the way it is alleged to have been in Indonesia.”

The statistic that James Heiser mentions is a reality in modern day Indonesia and this applies to Muslims attacking Christian churches. The number he mentions is a sad reality with regards to Muslim attacks against Christian churches and clearly the Ahmadiyya community is also suffering from rampant persecution.

James Heiser also states that Astoundingly, Obama compared Indonesia (a nation that has only recently begun to emerge from being an unabashed dictatorship) to the United States, declaring that the two nations share a spirit of toleration.”

If President Obama believes that Indonesia is really tolerant then he should look at the reality of the Moluccas and West Papua.  In both cases the indigenous Christian community faces both Islamization and Javanization.  

At the same time it is clear that Ahmadiyya Muslims and Christians face persecution and this applies to attacks against the followers of both faiths.  Also, the legal system in Indonesia is trying to curtail the Ahmadiyya faith by putting many restrictions on this religious community.  Ultimately, this is clearly encouraging conservative Muslims because they can whip up their hatred and highlight the legal system in Indonesia and this applies to anti-Ahmadiyya laws and the blasphemy law which is aimed at both faiths.

The recent brutal killings against the Ahmadiyya community and attacks against Christians is clear evidence that Indonesia is not so tolerant. Therefore, President Obama must stop making sweeping statements.  After all, his comments about Islam in Cairo were not based on facts but sadly the recent massacre of innocents in the name of Allah in Indonesia is a reality.

It is clear that you could not “sweep Nazi fascism under the carpet” because this ideology was barbaric and brutal.  The same applies to not “sweeping Sunni Islamic fascism under the carpet” because in history, and in modern times, the forces of Sunni Islam desire a global monolith based on Islam and enforced dhimmitude or in the case of some Islamic states like Afghanistan, then the complete annihilation of all other religions and thought patterns.

Lee Jay Walker

https://leejaywalker.wordpress.com

http://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in ASIA, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBAL NEWS, Islam, RELIGIOUS ISSUES

 

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