The overarching theme to the fundamentalist, whether Muslim or Christian, is that God is to be worshiped, respected, feared & obeyed above all else. All other considerations take a back seat to God. If we look at what fundamentalism is, it is really nothing more than a particular group, claiming to have the sole prerogative to decide what is and what is not, and what should be and what should not be. They become the 'Great I AM'.
Fundamentalism, Democracy: Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade
In April of 2006 I posted an article entitled: Gay Pride March Jerusalem. It concerned a petition to stop the Gay Pride March. Six months later, it was not the Christian world that was reacting to the march, but the Orthodox Jewish community.
There were also disturbances in Givat Mordehai and Bayit Vagan, where Haredim hurled stones at a police car, lightly wounding a policeman who was treated at the scene.
Meanwhile, a dummy bomb with a note attached condemning the parade was found in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood. Police sappers found the fake bomb in a bag. "Hundreds more bags with real bombs will be waiting for you," the text of the note addressed to police read. "Just like the disengagement blew up in your face, so will the parade."
(...jpost.com/) Police, gay rights activists to meet on parade route By Rebecca Anna Stoil and JPost Staff.(Different article)
But some members of the anti-march camp warned Sunday night that Mazuz's compromise plan would not achieve its desired ends. "The decision to continue with plans for the march at any price could bring about serious violence and major damage to daily life in Jerusalem," said MK Yitzhak Levy, one of the march's most vocal opponents in the Knesset. "I call on Mazuz to read the writing on the wall and to reverse [his decision] before it is too late."
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox men rioted Sunday night in Jerusalem ahead of the High Court of Justice's ruling on whether to approve the gay pride parade, which is planned to take place in the capital Friday.
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz refused on Sunday to accept the police's position that the parade should not be held. He told senior police officials: "We have to make a decision – either we give in to threats or we deal with them. We have to exert efforts to find an equation so that it can be secured."
Mazuz added that "comprehensively giving in to threats is a threat to democracy, and therefore it is unthinkable not to hold the parade.
What is Democracy?
What is Fundamentalism?
To answer these two questions, let's just do a quick internet search.
Dr. Neilson, in his excellent article "Religion's Role in the Terroristic Attack of September 11, 2001," addresses the questions "What makes something fundamentalist?" and "How did this worldview influence the terrorist actions?" He says, in part,
The overarching theme to the fundamentalist, whether Muslim or Christian, is that God is to be worshiped, respected, feared & obeyed above all else. All other considerations take a back seat to God.
The definition by the three authors, all scholars of the psychology of religion, is essential to their argument: "Fundamentalism can best be thought of as a religious meaning system that relies exclusively upon a sacred text." (p.6) They make it clear that people who believe that religion is the "primary meaning system" in their lives are not necessarily fundamentalists. The critical issue, they argue, is that fundamentalists believe that their sacred text is the supreme authority for all knowledge and meaning.
Fundamentalists accept their religion as their complete way of life, and they believe that their text is not only the authority for their beliefs, it is exclusively the source of all truths, which are absolute.
What is wrong in Israel right now?
Right now in Israel we have two diametrically opposed groups. One is the Haredi Othodox position against the Gay march, the other is the Democratic rights of other (including gay) citizens.
The first thing to note about a democracy, is that political decisions are made by the government that the people elected, and the people must abide by those decisions, until the next election. If they want to protest against a decision, then they are entitled to. If their protest succeeds in having a government decision revoked, then fine. However, when two opposing viewpoints present themselves within the community, then without a compromise, only one can win out. That is democracy.
Unfortunately today, a little thing called Political Correctness likes to stamp it's foot and scream like a baby if it doesn't get it's way. So if the government of Israel (or any government for that matter) rules against the democratic rights of the Gay Movement, then all hell is likely to break loose.
In this case however, it is the religious fundamentalist group that is not only stamping it's foot, but turning to violence in order to get what it wants. Personally, I see little difference in their language and behaviour, to that of the fundamentalist Islamic Terrorists.
If we look at what fundamentalism is, it is really nothing more than a particular group, claiming to have the sole prerogative to decide what is and what is not, and what should be and what should not be. They become the 'Great I AM'.
Note that in the texts above on fundamentalism, there are some phrases underlined. While the articles from which they come relate to religion, fundamentalism itself is not a religious issue. Fundamentalism exists in politics, religion, and social associations. It is an attitude that does not accept any less that it's own ideology.
In relation to the Gay Pride March, there are some interesting things to note.
Firstly, the statement that "comprehensively giving in to threats is a threat to democracy, and therefore it is unthinkable not to hold the parade". This is an interesting statement, and most definitely true, but if two opposing sides make threats, then what do you do? In that case, short of a compromise, society at large must accept the decision of the government, or else chaos rules and democracy falls. At the moment we are only seeing the religious threat. [Hundreds more bags with real bombs will be waiting for you] But should their demands be met, shall we see violence on the other side of the coin?
Secondly, the principle of not giving into threats, [We have to make a decision – either we give in to threats or we deal with them] is not a principle that has really been thoroughly or consistently enforced in the political arena in Israel. On the one hand, the government has often made disastrous decisions, merely to appease the United Nations, the USA and the Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. It has mistreated it's own people many times, and given in to the threats of the terrorists. There has been no compromise, because the Arabs have no intention of ever compromising with Israel.
Thirdly, whilst it may be maintained that the Gay Pride Marchers have a right to march, and that their democratic rights should be respected, as far as Jewish rights to practice Jewish rites at the Wailing wall are concerned, those rights were overturned to placate the Muslims worshiping at the Mosque. If the Muslims have a right to pray there, why should not the ordinary Jewish citizen? So as it relates to democracy, on this particular issue, the government of Israel cares not a whit for democratic rights.
Fourthly, from the above it may be seen, that all one has to do to win his rights, is to deny everyone else their own rights. This is something at the heart of fundamentalism itself, for the fundamentalist ideology says that only I have the right! So the Haredi, objection to the Gay Pride March, originates not from any other principle that it runs contrary to their own ideology. We continually see this type of attitude in news reports concerning various activist groups who demand that their rights supersede all others.
Fifthly, Jerusalem is a city that is Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and no orthodox person from any of these faiths approves of something like a Gay Pride March. [The decision to continue with plans for the march at any price could bring about serious violence and major damage to daily life in Jerusalem] If Israel fears the reaction of Muslims to seeing Jews pray at the wailing wall, how might they react upon seeing some presumably queer parade (if it is anything like a western Gay mardi gras). And what of those orthodox Christian Pilgrims who come from all over the world to visit the sacred sites. Do they want to see this kind of stuff? Whose rights prevail? The Literal Majority or the Moral (?) Majority?
Finally, the issue of compromise. "We have to exert efforts to find an equation so that it can be secured."
Can the government of Israel find a solution to the problem?
Will the Haredi be satisfied with a changed route?
Will the Gay Pride organisers 'demand' their rights to march where they will?
Can people of different ideologies accept that others have a right to have other ideologies?
Can people with diametrically opposed ideologies co-exist?
A long time ago the 3 great religions were able to live together in Jerusalem in peace, but not today. And if these three tensions are not enough, we now have a fourth - Homosexuality, something despised in all three religions. Who knows what is going to happen, but whatever does, it is unlikely to go off smoothly. I hope I am wrong.
Where were these PC (expletive) when I and others were writing years ago about the Syrian crisis? Did they care about the Syrian people? No they didn’t! Do these same sociopathic western political activists who would call me a racist support Muslim and other cultures similar practices such as female circumcision? – polygamy? – arranged marriages? No they don’t! They outlaw it! So don’t talk to me about how I am a racist!
I do apologize for the singing – mine – and by way of explanation, the reason that you hear me saying ‘hello’ (twice) is that a man told his son to say hello and when I decided to say ‘hello’ a lady walking passed me thought I had said it to her and so she also greeted me with ‘hello!’
Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Ambassador (Retired) Yoram Ettinger has produced a mini-seminar video on United States, Israel and Middle East Policy and Security, and the seminar has also been produced as a series of separate Six Minute Videos, some of which have appeared embedded in their text format published here at Kingscalendar. Below is provided for you the links to The YouTube 6 minute video series
Having met up with my pen friend we went ‘somewhere’ and there was this big open paved garden type area and there were platforms going nowhere which you ascended by climbing stairs. Through the middle of the paved courtyard-garden ran a little pond. I was fully aware of its existence but so focused was I on taking a good photo that I was walking while looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I fell straight into the pond.
The point in providing these videos on behalf of the Clarion Project is to hopefully assist in getting the word out that the extreme liberal progressive ideology does not represent REALITY when dealing with the politically motivated fundamentalist Islamist plan.
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]