My ex-wife is a wonderful person, even though, like me, her feelings tend to get hurt easily. Slights, once felt, are never forgotten…and in fact they grow in intensity with the passage of time.
Years and years ago – well before we were married – I made the mistake of telling her she wasn’t “smart” enough for me. I think I meant it in a book sense – because she is definitely way more intelligent than me in many ways, especially when it comes to judging certain people’s overall lack of sincerity and their willingness to try to damage her or her children.
Back when I was in her good graces, she used to extend the same watchful eye towards my relationships with others, warning me numerous times to stay away from this or that so-and-so, and to keep tighter control over my mouth – because “some day” it was going to get me in trouble.
Of course I didn’t listen, and of course “some day” came, unfortunately more than once…but at least she tried, huh?
This Mama-Bear protectiveness and vigilance is missing, however, when it comes to the Park 51 project (the “Ground Zero” Mosque), and I think some of it stems from that conversation we had almost two decades ago: Now that she is going to school (She’s sacrificing a lot to do it, and is on the Dean’s List as well, how could I not be incredibly proud of her?), she wants to think “on her own”, without my rigid, doctrinaire values encumbering her cranial activities.
Other, brighter lights, are now talking to her…she is trying to weed through the noise, and to find a non-judgmental way to view Islam and individual followers of the “Religion of Peace”.
She e-mailed me a couple of links after we had a little argument this weekend, unfortunately in front of our daughters. (“Daddy, it’s not all your fault, but please don’t keep talking after you know you’re making Mom mad – ok?”)
One of them was a silly jab at Christians for maintaining that there are no churches in Islamic lands…the blogger showed “proof” that there are Christian edifices “over there”, but never specified how safe the attendees might feel on any given Sunday.
“…you can see that there were people of every nationality and religion there.”
She is right – and for like the 20 millionth time, yes, I know that not all Muslims are terrorists, alrighty?
But then she takes the leap that just makes me shake my head…when she states that
“…the mosque would not be for the hijackers but for the people who died.”
Who fed her that line of crap?
If you click the first link in this post, you will see that “Religion of Peace” refers to an article about the concept of Taqiyya, and why lying is condoned and even celebrated by the proponents of this highly proscribed system of living – all manner of unspeakable acts can be explained away by the ‘ol “end justifies the means” mentality of Mohammad and his pillagers and murderers – and this extends to the “non-violent” Jihad methods of the proposed “Muslim community center” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and his developer buddy, Sharif El Gamal.
[...] The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated, according to a captured internal document, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” Rauf’s book “What’s Right with Islam” says on the copyright page that “this edition was made possible through a joint effort of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the office of Interfaith and Community Alliance of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Funding for this project was provided by IIIT.” Both IIIT and ISNA are Muslim Brotherhood fronts, and ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding case.
The Arabic translation of Rauf’s book is a call to conversion from the pile of human remains at Ground Zero, disturbingly entitled, “A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of post 9/11 America”.
In his book, Rauf supports and justifies Sharia law, and calls for restrictions on free speech in America. He has written another book that has gotten little notice: “Islam: A Sacred Law–What Every Muslim Should Know About Sharia”. In it he explains why God’s law is superior to manmade law, or that is, why Sharia is better than democracy….
Of course I understand why my former betrothed is thinking this way – it is a step towards intellectual independence, an effort to shed the “Nampion-ness” of her existence, and she will make her way steadily and courageously toward whatever world view she will eventually form. The good thing about her is that she is honest – with herself and with others – and I know that, if she finds her latest path to be fraught with error, she will find her way back to her own reasoned conclusion – which is more than I can say for some others, in this land that…at least used to be great.
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