I called that asshole a dirty rotten liar because he is a dirty rotten liar, not because I hate Islam or Muslims. By some people's definition of Islamophobia, saying anything nasty about a Muslim should be a crime - even if it is true. You think I made that up don’t you? The fact of the matter is that it has twice already been declared in a court of law that the 'truth' is no defense in a 'hate speech' trial. My fear is that my own country has become so weak, gutless and godless that one day it will become an Islamic Republic. My fear is quite rational. Do I blame Muslims for this? No!
Islamophobia: Irrational Phobia or Rational Fear?
By R.P. BenDedek (4:46 PM 2/13/2014 - Updated Feb 2 and Sept 4, 2015)
Islamic Human Rights Commission 2014 Islamophobia awards
This week at Magic City Morning Star (Thursday 13, 2014) I published an article sent in by the Islamic Human Rights Commission in relation to this year's IHRC Islamophobia awards, an annual recognition of the disservice done to Muslims and their faith by public figures. (Anyone know anything about Bethlehem?) The article states that:
Although the awards are intended to be a tongue in cheek poke at public figures of all stripes, they do carry a serious message. Islamophobia is on the rise all over the world, particularly in the West, and the event serves to focus attention on the problem.
In the western democratic world we believe in free speech and the right to have and to hold one's own religious, political and social beliefs and cultures. The article sent to me was therefore published, and if that group wishes to nominate public figures for 'Islamophobia Awards' then so be it. But I take exception to the expression 'Islamophobia.'
According to dictionary reference.com a phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. Its synonyms are 'aversion and hatred.'
According to Wikipedia the word phobia comes from the Greek word Phobos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear" and when used in the context of clinical psychology,
it refers to a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational. In the event the phobia cannot be avoided entirely, the sufferer will endure the situation or object with marked distress and significant interference in social or occupational activities.
A specific phobia is a marked and persistent fear of an object or situation which brings about an excessive or unreasonable fear when in the presence of, or anticipating, a specific object; the specific phobias may also include concerns with losing control, panicking, and fainting which is the direct result of an encounter with the phobia.
Islamophobia can be described as stereotypes, bias or acts of hostility towards individual Muslims or followers of Islam in general. In addition to individual acts of intolerance and racial profiling, Islamophobia leads to viewing Muslims as a greater security threat on an institutional, systemic and societal level and perceiving their views to be intrinsically problematic, violent or unethical.
It seems to me that today, the word 'phobia' is being used by too many people and ideologies as a synonym for simple 'fear,' and it is being used in an accusatory fashion.
Some people who know me well might describe me as 'Agoraphobic' since I actually and intensely HATE going to new places, doing new things, and meeting new people. Since however there is no irrational or other 'fear' involved, I could not be described as 'Agoraphobic.' I'm simply neurotic.
My daughter loves snakes. I hate the sods! I don't care if they are tame, defanged, harmless, small or beautiful; I've had too many encounters with the critters to want to be anywhere near them. The same goes for sharks. My fear is not irrational. It is quite rational. Nothing is more likely to turn off my emotions and switch on my 'logic' mode, than seeing a snake at very close quarters. Whilst others panic in a given situation, I become very calm and dispassionate.
And frankly, I don't see why in god's name I should have to 'prove' that I am not phobic or better yet, beat my so-called phobia by going out of my way to encounter snakes and sharks. It's my life - not yours! You can come to China and eat snails, frogs, snakes and dogs if you wish and you may boldly and proudly declare that you have done it. But me? No thanks! I don't need to prove anything by eating or drinking what I think to be disgusting. I am not snail-phobic, frog-phobic, or snake phobic, and as for dogs, well, since I have been living in China I seem to have lost my 'dog-phobia.' That phobia was real and came out of being attacked by two dogs when I was about twelve years old.
Today, if you say anything at all negative about homosexuals, you are labeled - 'homophobic.' Well, maybe some people do have an irrational all controlling physical and emotional reaction to being near or around homosexuals. Most people however who are tagged 'homophobic' have no such reactions. They just have their personal preferences or ideological beliefs. That does not make them 'phobic.'
And this is why I object to the term Islamophobic. The IHRC definition of Islamophobic is in my humble opinion, ideological B.S. Quote:"Islamophobia can be described as stereotypes,"
How many people reading this would describe Chinese people as being short, with black hair, black eyes and brown or yellow skin? How many people would you guess to be 'Sinophobic' simply because they would stereotype Chinese people that way? I have lived in China for eleven years. I've met groups of extremely tall Chinese (veritable giants); groups of extremely small Chinese (veritable little people); Chinese with red hair and brown hair, naturally curly hair and even 'wiry' hair. As for eye color, there are the black eyed, the brown eyed, the green eyed, the hazel eyed and the 'blue eyed.' No - I didn't make that last one up. I have seen it for myself! I had heard of it before, but not until recently did I see it for myself. As for skin color, there are the black skinned, the dark skinned, the brown skinned, the yellow skinned, the pale skinned and the white skinned. I didn't make that last one up either. Stereotyping is normal. It is not a phobia.
QUOTE:Islamophobia can be described as ... bias
At school I loved ancient history. The last thing I ever imagined was living in China. Why? It is full of Asians with Asian culture. I am not Asian. I don't have any interest in Asian Culture. Does that make me 'Asian' phobic? Of course not, although you will probably want to call me a racist or a xenophobe. Well if you say so then I must be. I have traveled in Europe, but never in the United States of America - and I don't want to either. I have known many Americans and I find their culture quite different to my own. I have no desire to go experience American culture. I'm obviously 'America-phobic' or just plain racist and xenophobic. Actually, hang on a second. I can't be xenophobic because if I was, I wouldn't have traveled in Europe let alone come to China to live. Nope! I'm not xenophobic. (Another often misused word.)
Many people today do not believe in God. Evolution is the answer to everything - not God. Funny thing though, is that 'fear and dislike' of the foreign, (xenophobia - but without the irrationality) is the first instinct of most of the differing species of animals on this planet.
As for my being racist, well, in the Wikipedia article on 'Racism' it says that:
The exact definition of racism is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept "race", and because there is also little agreement about what does and does not constitute discrimination.
So there! Before you shoot off your mouth about racism, you should first be aware of that little statement, and secondly you should study the various ways in which racism is explained. Personally, I would suggest that true racism is a 'clinical phobia' or 'anxiety disorder.' That term 'anxiety disorder' worries me a lot because it seems to me that western society is full of anxiety and angst and despair. It sure seems to me that many people simply cannot cope with hearing anything other than their own regurgitated ideology. Anything and anyone who does not fit my 'ideology' is something to be feared and destroyed. That's scary!
So now I come back to Islamophobia. QUOTE:Islamophobia can be described as ... acts of hostility towards individual Muslims or followers of Islam in general.
"Not guilty your honor!" I called that asshole a dirty rotten liar because he is a dirty rotten liar, not because I hate Islam or Muslims. By some people's definition of Islamophobia, saying anything nasty about a Muslim should be a crime - even if it is true. You think I made that up don’t you? The fact of the matter is that it has twice already been declared in a court of law that the 'truth' is no defense in a 'hate speech' trial.
Many people who are called Islamophobic have never shown acts of hostility toward Muslims. But then again, how do you describe 'hostility?' (A good example of hostility may be found in the ‘counter-protest’ culture of those allegedly opposing racism in Australia.)
QUOTE:In addition to individual acts of intolerance and racial profiling...
What does intolerance mean? I am damned sure I would be intolerant if a factory, a whore house or nightclub were to be built next door. I would be intolerant of a lot of things. I am sure intolerant of street preachers who try to latch-on to me and won't let me go. Does that mean I have an ideological and emotional position or stand on factories, whore houses, nightclubs and street preachers?
My country is not a Muslim country. It is a western Judeo-Christian based country with certain traditions and cultures that derive from that. Is my desire to see that continue - intolerant?
Racial profiling: As an ex-cop I sure as hell would not want to be running around pulling up suspects of all ethnicities and genders based on a politically correct perception that to state a person's gender, ethnicity or skin color amounts to racial profiling. People flying into countries from destinations where drug trafficking is common place ought not to be surprised if they are thoroughly examined. When Muslims all over the world are so eager to commit suicide bombings, the rest of the Muslim population ought not to be surprised if they are checked out for explosives. When the Catholics and Protestants were at war with each other in Northern Ireland, did anyone honestly not become suspicious of Irish people living in their home towns? (A very good example of Racial Profiling)
QUOTE:Islamophobia leads to viewing Muslims as a greater security threat on an institutional, systemic and societal level
I don't give tuppence for the distinction between 'security threat' and 'greater security threat.' If someone is a threat, then they should be dealt with. Black, white or brindle; Asian or European; Catholic, Protestant, Atheist, Buddhist, Jewish or Muslim; a threat is a threat is a threat.
QUOTE:and perceiving their views to be intrinsically problematic, violent or unethical.
Just this week in Australia it has been discovered that many young Muslim girls as young as twelve years old have been given in marriage to older men. Do those Muslims not know or not care about our laws? How many times must we read about honor killings? And how many verbal and physical threats have to be made and how many terrorist plots have to be uncovered before our politically correct elitists understand that Islamophobia is not an irrational fear.
What is called 'Islamophobia' by Islam is a rational, reasoned awareness of what is going on in the world and in our countries. If the only representatives of Islam to be seen or heard in the media are the nutcases, fanatics, murderers and religious fundamentalists, is it our fault if we perceive Muslims and Islam in a way that is not correct for the majority of Muslims?
2015 comment: When terror attacks abound as they have recently in Australia, Canada and Paris it is the Muslim Community itself that has bred our "irrational" fear and the only way to remove that fear is to do what so many Muslims have done in the wake of the 'Charlie Hebdo' massacre - stand up and denounce the violent, narcissistic and political people and elements in Islam.
So my personal message to IHRC and the Muslim community at large is this: Cut your politically motivated politically correct B.S. and start taking a very public and loud stand for the things that Islam claims to believe in. Decry terrorism! Throw out Imams or anyone else preaching violence and hatred. Report to the security forces those about whom you have concerns that they are being radicalized.
Let's see and hear the ordinary Muslims stand up to protest against each and every terrorist organization.
I know lots of Muslims here in China. I have no fear of them. I don't encourage, recommend or incite anyone to hatred or violence. But I am an Islamophobe. My fear is that my own country has become so weak, gutless and godless that one day it will become an Islamic Republic. My fear is quite rational. Do I blame Muslims for this? No!
I blame Political Correctness Ideologues! People with heads so far up their 'you know where' that they have no understanding of what takes place in the real world.
I blame people who have taught our kids for years not to believe in God, but then bend over backwards to accommodate Islam.
I blame people who have taught our kids to have no respect for culture, tradition, authority, the flag or the country it represents.
I blame people whose sole aim is to destroy western civilization for the sake of an ideology which has already proven several times around the world, that it doesn't work -- communism!
If Islam ever takes over Australia, I want to be sitting in the front seat while all these good for nothing elitist ideologues cop a bullet!
Don't talk to me about Islamophobia! Let me talk to you about 'freespeechophobia'; the absolute meltdown that some people have when they hear someone say something that has not been approved of by the political censors.
It was interesting to recently (Jan 2015) read that in China there is now a hard push to punish anyone whose speech is not politically correct. It seems that some people in the west find this objectionable when it occurs in China - but not in Western Democracies.
I’m sure if you understand what Sociology is that you would find my statement rather strange for it leads to the question of what impact the King’s Calendar Research Result has on society and societal problems. But before we go look at that aspect, I want to talk about the personal aspect – MY aspect.
The demolition came as row between the church and government escalated over allegations the church refused to pay a £450 arbitrary road usage fee. Pastor Zhang Di was summoned for questioning last month and accused of assaulting police officers and attacking a village official. So when I read reports as in the link you sent and see the ACTUAL TRUTH in the middle of the article, I know that there is a lot more going on than is being reported.
Well obviously I am misrepresenting the meaning of the protester here. What they mean is that they support the right of one section of society to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs and they do this by protesting against another section of society’s right to have and to hold their own culture and beliefs.
As for a non-Muslim who posits that Islamic Terrorists do not truly practice Islam or truly believe in Allah, they are speaking either from complete ignorance, or subjective rationale relative to whatever it is that they have been told, or heard, or read. The word subjective relates a personal position relative to a particular situation. That does not of course mean that the subjective perception is ABSOLUTELY / ULTIMATELY incorrect. It may well be correct – the ultimately provable fact of the matter.
And so I began using the LIKE button. Ah such freedom! New sunrise photo – LIKE! Second day of school award for my granddaughter – LIKE! My 98 year old grandmother passed away yesterday – LIKE! But then the weirdest thing happened. Someone posted an article about two homosexuals who were given a public flogging in Indonesia. So I hit LIKE! Bloody hell! 23 threats of physical violence upon my person, and 17 announcements that I was about to be defriended. WTF?
So there you have it. The Patriarch Joseph was born in 1683BC. He was set over the Kingdom of Egypt in 1656BC. The Israelite Sojourn in Egypt commenced in 1648BC. Joseph died in 1582BC. The Hyksos were expelled in 1554BC. Moses was born in 1523BC.The Exodus commenced in 1449BC. The Israelites entered Caanan in 1412BC and 480 years later in the 4th year of Solomon the first temple commenced construction in 970 BC.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site 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. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
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]