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Actress in “Innocence of Muslims” Says Director Lied to Her

Actress in “Innocence of Muslims” Says Director Lied to Her

 

Innocence of Muslims Actress Speaks “says film is nightmare” – YouTube

This film is very much like screaming fire in jam-packed movie house with one small door. This was designed to provoke violence. Whether or not it is protected speech under the first amendment is highly questionable. Remember, fighting words are an exception to free speech protections.

It would be a mistake to consider Moslems to be particularly violent compared to other racial and religious groups. We can offend dozens of religious groups around the world by destroying their symbols and literature, by alleging that their leaders and holy men are frauds and that their religion is based on nothing more than lies and deceit. Many of them can be expected to take to the streets under that kind of provocation.

What would happen Americans burned national flags or symbols, attacked their customs, and insulted their past? I suspect we could see some serious mob action, diplomatic problems and possibly military action.

And consider what would happen if such a film were made about head of the Christian religion and his followers in America. Would many people find charges of sexual misconduct offensive? What would worshippers do if confronted with a film alleging that Christianity is a bundle of lies and its followers deluded fools?

Patriotism and religion have always been sources of violence and conflict in spite of many great and reasonable men who have tried to seek peace and reconciliation.

What “Innocence of Muslims” does and is designed to do is to incite hatred for the United States and violence against its citizens, to disrupt the Moslem world and damage the reputation of their religion.

 

There are a billion and half followers of Islam on the earth. Very few are interested in damaging American institutions or killing Americans. If so many as 1/10 of 1 percent were devoted to the destruction of America, that would be one million and five hundred thousand Anti Americans. There are 5.62 million Americans overseas. Don’t you think we would we suffer some injuries and death on a daily basis if that number of enemies chose to take any kind of action?

Let’s keep our views of violence in perspective and realize that words have consequences. You may have the right to speak your mind in this country (and that is questionable in this case) but should you do it?

If any amount of rational judgment had been a factor in this matter, it would never have happened.

James Pilant

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The Defining Moment of the Obama Presidency

The defining moment of the Obama Presidency occurred on August 14th, 2010.

On August 13th, the President made a ringing endorsement of the right of any religion to build a temple to their faith anywhere in the United States. I was very impressed. I had been developing doubts about the President and his willingness to perform those promises from the campaign. Here was a good reason, a very good reason: the defense of basic American rights, to take a second look and maybe come back around to backing the President. I began to think about what I should do.

But I didn’t have to think long.

On August 14th, the President walked it all back. He continued to back the right of believers to build their own places of worship as a general principle but he was not in charge of deciding individual cases – he was not judging the “wisdom” of the decision to build the mosque.

The President was unable to maintain a basic Constitutional principle for 24 hours. It was incredible.

As far as I am concerned the President probably believes what he says while he is saying it. After that he merely considers the political advantages of whether or not to continue believing. He deserves no support from any believer in anything but the most mundane theory of situational ethics.

I do not believe his recent call for jobs is anything but a temporary gambit to lure the foolish among the Progressives and Liberals to return for his election campaign.

I am not going to assist. I am done with the President.

James Pilant

Here are his words and a brief television news report. See if you see it differently.

August 13, 2010, from the BBC

“We must all recognise and respect the sensitivities surrounding the
development of lower Manhattan, Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground. But let
me be clear, as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the
same right to practise their religion as anyone else in this country.

“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community centre
on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and
ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be
unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this
country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential
to who we are.”

August 14th, 2010 from Fox News

“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the  decision to put a mosque there,” he said in response to a reporter’s question  after he spoke about efforts to aid the Gulf Coast region. “I was commenting  very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.  That’s what our country is about.”

Here you can see much the same material from CBS News.(Warning – you have to watch a thirty second commercial)

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Hi Jolly (via AZCentral)

http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc73461.php

Hi Jolly (via AZCentral)

Arizona has had many visitors from many parts of the world. Generally speaking we don’t think of Muslims in the wild West. But Hadji Ali was there. He was a living legend across the American West. He died in 1902 in Quartsite, Arizona.

From AZ Central

He died almost 97 years ago, but his name is still immediately recognized here. His tombstone is the largest monument in the city. It’s topped by a copper camel and it attracts thousands of visitors every year.

 And he is the direct cause of Camelmania, a rare but harmless malady that descends upon the desert town Quartzsite every year. Those who happen to be in attendance may, if they choose, become one if its victims.

The person under consideration here came to this country as Hadji Ali, but when he died, most people knew him as Hi Jolly.

From Wikipedia –

As near as anyone can determine, he was born of Jordanian Bedouin parentage in Jordan in the region of Greater Syria around 1828.[3] Hi Jolly, originally named Ḥājj ‘Alī, was an Ottoman citizen. He worked for the Ottoman armed forces and he was a breeder and trainer of camels. Some sources allege that he took the name Hadji Ali during his early life after making the pilgrimage to Mecca. The title hajji was given when, as a Muslim, he made the Hajj pilgrimage.[4] Other sources report that his mother was of Greek origin and his father was Syrian.

Why the name, Hi Jolly? Well, then as now, Americans cannot pronounce names from that part of the world. I have always thought that Hi Jolly’s story would make a good Western television series. He traveled all across the Southwest in the 1850’s, lived through the Civil War, ran a shipping business, prospected for gold, married, had children,participated in Crook’s campaign against the Sioux – he lived the history of the Wild West from the 1850’s to the closing of the frontier in 1900.

It drives me crazy when Americans lump all the followers of Islam into one angry group of terrorists, when the fact is that there are a billion and a half Muslims divided into many factions often with little interest in the United States.

Hadji Ali became an American citizen and was here when it was tough going. I’m proud to live in a country that can claim such figures as Hi Jolly.

James Pilant

From around the web.

From the web site, You Tube.

The New Christy Minstrels sing Hi Jolly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OZ5pKav9vCU

From the web site, AZCentral.com.

http://www.azcentral.com/travel/articles/2011/02/07/20110207arizona-hi-jolly-camel-military.html

Do you realize that if it hadn’t been for the Civil War there might be herds of wild camels roaming Arizona’s deserts today? That would be something to see, don’t you think?

slideshow Photos: Arizona’s Camel Military Corps and Hi Jolly

Of course, if it hadn’t been for the Civil War lots of things would be different, but that’s neither here nor there. Arizona’s adventure with camels began in 1855 when Jefferson Davis, then secretary of war and later president of the Confederacy, was sold on the idea of importing camels to build and travel on a wagon road through the Southwest.

 He pitched the idea of the Camel Military Corps to Congress, telling members, “For military purposes and for reconnaissance, it is believed the dromedary would supply a want now seriously felt in our service.”

Congress bit, and appropriated $30,000.

From the web site, SCVHistorian.

http://www.scvhistory.com/scvhistory/hijolly-ap.htm

When the desert cools this winter … when the burn is gone from the sand and the dry air packs a brisk tang, old Bill Keiser is going to get himself a pair of binoculars and look for wild camels.

Right now old Bill, a retired prospector and one of the few residents left in this ghost town, is content to sit on his front porch, shielded from the heat waves that dance in the street, and speculate about the camels.

He’s pretty sure he’ll find those wild camels, descendants, he says, of animals brought to this country nearly 100 years ago.

“There are sure signs that camels are in these parts,” Keiser explained. “Just the other day, for instance, a prospector from St. Louis found fresh camel tracks in the hills a few miles from here.”

 

 

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