An issue that greatly concerns me about Islamists and their Islam, regardless of the fact that they represent only a small percentage of Muslims worldwide, is that their hatred of all things Western, and the attendant commentary and violence that propagate such odium, becomes motivator for moderate Muslims to become more like Islamists and less moderate in their behavior--more terrorist and less law-abiding citizen.
The Western world is becoming accustomed to hearing and reading about Islamists and their Islam. In my opinion, these particular Muslims practice the purest form of Islam. All others, no matter what sect, no matter how moderate, no matter their country of origin, are a deviation from the Islam delineated in the holy Quran. And I refer to the Quran as "holy" because, as any serious Muslim will tell you, the Quran commands that its prescriptions and proscriptions are to be preserved entire, forbidding a departure of any kind or any measure from its uncompromising ideology. Such religiously instructed intransigence is the reason there will never be a reform movement within the Islamic world and the Muslims who inhabit it.
An issue that greatly concerns me about Islamists and their Islam, regardless of the fact that they represent only a small percentage of Muslims worldwide, is that their hatred of all things Western, and the attendant commentary and violence that propagate such odium, becomes motivator for moderate Muslims to become more like Islamists and less moderate in their behavior--more terrorist and less law-abiding citizen. Canadians cannot admit Muslim immigrants into this country without admitting also, although perhaps inadvertently, the potential terrorists among them. It is a most evident truth that wherever there are Muslim communities, there resides the threat of terrorism also. Whether they exist in Western cities like New York or London or Toronto, or in the cities of countries where Islam is the preponderant religion, like Iraq or Afghanistan or Pakistan, there you will find also the Islamists who are ready and willing to commit acts of terror.
What you will also find residing in great measure with these Islamists is the Muslim anti-Semitism so plethoric in the Arab Middle East. This is also a most evident truth and, most unfortunately, a reality of Islam not confined only to the Middle East. The German political scientist Matthias Kunzel writes that "It is hard to overlook how hatred imported from Beirut and Gaza resurfaces in the form of daily acts of anti-Semitism in schools and athletic clubs, on streets and in the subway." Not only do we imprudently import their religiously incited terrorism, but also the Muslim immigrant's religiously taught anti-Jewish hatred. This is a hatred reaching back 1400 years, hatred very much a part, not only of the Islamist mindset, but also the consciousness of even the "moderate" Muslim. Western journalists seldom mention this fact, even though it is a most evident truth: it is only Jew-hatred, so why should a non-Jew risk a bright future in journalism because of a human malady that targets only Jews?
Matthias Kuntzel tells of German Muslim students in Berlin refusing to take part in school trips to concentration camp memorials. "During one excursion to the German Historical Museum," he writes, "a group of Muslim youths gathered in front of a replica of a gas chamber in Auschwitz and applauded." A 24 year old Oakville, Ontario resident, Paris Dipersico, was dragged from his bicycle, tied to a tree and beaten unconscious by two Muslim men because of a book he wrote critical of Islam (Wake Up Call). As they were beating him, these zealous Muslims called him "Jew!" in Arabic (as though being Jewish is a sin) and told him that "the Jews are paying you to write this against Islam." Such devotion!
Tacitus wrote, "Where they make a desert, they call it peace." I have no idea who Tacitus was writing about, but the statement fits the Arab Muslim world perfectly. They will have peace with the rest of the world maybe, but definitely never with the Jews. And this is no peace at all. This shameless impasse is also a most evident truth, but it is a truth only the most prudent of this world are honest enough to acknowledge. Fools like Mayor Bloomberg and others who encourage and defend the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City have closed their eyes to it. Those who refuse to connect the dots between the religion of Islam proper and the scourge of Islamist terrorism will never see, as do many of Israel's Jews see, the utter futility of ever believing for one minute that Arab Muslims (including the so-called "Palestinians") are willing to even imagine a future of peaceful relations with the State of Israel. Israel's Jews realize that the most evident truth about their Arab Muslim neighbors is that there is no truth in their promises of peace.
What is always impossible for me to comprehend is the fact that Muslims of all nationalities--even those raised in Western democracies--are much less bothered by the deaths of innocent bystanders who happen to get in the way of Muslim protesters than they are of someone drawing cartoons or making movies about the Prophet Mohammed; they are sensitive to little things, like cartoons or tasteless movies mocking their endlessly eventful religion, yet are insensitive to murder and bloodletting on any scale.
I believe Israel is on the verge of being destroyed by enemies more focused on her destruction than are Israel's friends focused on her survival: time to drop the meaningless discussions about impotent political tripe and, instead, focus our attention also on the uniqueness of the Jewish people--virtuous peculiarities that have not only distinguished them from all other peoples but have also deftly aided them in surviving their brutal enemies; time to concentrate on the necessity of ensuring a Jewish presence in this world, without which, as I believe, the non-Jewish peoples of the earth would descend into a darkness of cruelty and outright anarchy.
The journalist Richard Cohen has written, "The Arab world is the last bastion of unbridled, unashamed, unhidden and unbelievable anti-Semitism. Hitlerian myths get published in the popular press as incontrovertible truths. The Holocaust either gets minimized or denied....How the Arab world will ever come to terms with Israel when Israelis are portrayed as the devil incarnate is hard to figure out." This anti-Jewish hatred intoxicating the Muslim Middle East today, however, did not begin with the Third Reich shrilling it into the Arab air waves from radio stations in Berlin but from the pages of the Koran and the many "hadiths" following afterward.
No Western power is going to give credence to Israel's arguments against a two state solution (which would be nothing short of an Islamic "Final Solution" for the Jews of Israel) if they are moved in any measure by the slander and delegitimization being shouted from the rooftops by those Christian propaganda machines I mention above. No purchase of truth will be made regarding this pressing matter so long as Presbyterian and United Church clergy are burrowing underneath to bring down the Torah-prescribed ideal of Zionism.
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]
About the KingsCalendar Publisher
R.P.BenDedek is the owner and Editor of KingsCalendar.com which was originally set up to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran'.
Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah.
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(He has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003 and currently (2013) is teaching in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province.)
General formula for Biblical Data conversion:
The formula for constructing the artificial calendar was:
'X' times 364 equals 'Y' days'Y' days divided by 336 equals 'Z' artificial years.Values are:'X' = any given number of 'real/solar' years364 = perceived days in the sectarian calendar'Y' = number of days calculated336 = number of days in an artificial year'Z' = artificial years = 1.083'X' and represents the original number of the converted years plus 8%.To reverse the process by hand:'Z' years times 336 equals 'Y' divided by 364 equals the Number of 'X' years converted.
To see how effective this method is, SEE:Appendix 5:Diagrammatic Reconstruction of Israelite History from 936 to 586 BCE:
The Principle of Linear Causality
The King's Calendar is a very simple approach to Biblical Chronology. It substitutes a value of 336 days for every year listed in Scripture. As far as the Divided Kingdom is concerned, when you use this 336 day year value, the synchronisms actually work. To see how effective this method is, SEE:Appendix 5: Diagrammatic Reconstruction of Israelite History from 936 to 586 BCE
Because it is a mathematical system, the King's Calendar must abide by certain mathematical rules, the most important of which, is that if you change any date for any day, month, or year every other day, month, or year is effected and must also change. It's like a 'domino effect'. Chronological references cannot be 'forced' to fit, and nor can they simply be ignored or 'compressed' as is the usual case with historians and archaeologists.
If any King's Calendar chronological determination disagrees with anything in the history books, it must argue the case as to why the history books are wrong, or why the evidence for an assertion is untrustworthy. If the King's Calendar successfully defends its' position, then the history books cannot be treated as definitive, and if the King's Calendar is 'proven' wrong, then every other chronological reference it provides is also wrong.
Because of this, the King's Calendar Chronological Reconstruction of Israel's history is unique, in that its' methodology can be scientifically (mathematically) tested and demonstrated to be either true or false. Its' chronological predictions are able to be 'proved' or 'disproved'.
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