So, with the world seemingly going to hell in a hand basket and our (America’s) illustrious Leader from Behind, our Procrastinator in Chief, Obama (I can’t even bring myself to call him President) seemingly doesn’t care or will not acknowledge the true evils the world is facing: He is not alone. He will not even acknowledge that the Islamic Jihadist’s are in fact, Islamic. Because their narrative of Islam doesn’t match his, or maybe it does and Obama just simply doesn’t believe they do. Maybe he thinks Islam is an advanced cult, err Religion. The same as Christianity is now? But he is wrong. Christianity is a lot older and it is a lot less violent. Christianity, as a Religion, has advanced over time. It has changed it’s tune so to speak. The Crusades were the last true violent era of Christianity and it can be argued that that was just a symptom of Christianities answer to Islamic Jihad, the very same evil we face now.
I want to get this out of the way now. I think Islam is a Cult. It has all the trappings of a Cult and when something quacks like a duck, swims like a duck and flies like a duck, looks like a duck; it’s a duck.
I am a realist. In my life, the actions someone takes, not the words they speak, shows their true desires. So lets look at Modern Islam and see what we can determine, from the actions we see around us, not the rhetoric used by Obama or ISIS or some unknown IMAM declaring a Fatwa or something silly like that.
There is an estimated 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world. All of those Muslims swear that Islam is a Religion of Peace.
As I said earlier, I believe Islam is a Cult, if not, lets broaden that by saying, Jihadists of Islam are a Cult, would that make Muslims happy? That defines the radicals as the Cultists and the Mainstream Muslims as a Religion. Well frankly I don’t care if it makes Muslim’s happy, but I will allow for the difference only because it fits the definition of what a Cult is vs that of an Established Religion. One could argue that Islam is a Religion because it has been around for hundreds of years. It has many followers and how can something that large be evil? But, it cannot be argued that there is no New Testament, Old Testament for Islam. The Quran is still the same book it was hundreds of years ago. It still calls for the killing of followers that do not follow the strict letters within it’ pages. It still calls for the killing of those that do not follow it. It still represses women. It’s followers do not tone down it’s verbiage. It’s followers do not argue for change. Islam has not grown, it hasn’t turned towards peace and denounced the evil that lies within it’s pages.
It is very easy to look at Islam and the actions of Muslims to see this lack of growth and the trend to continue to do evil (terrorist acts) even in the modern era. Here are some examples just from 1990+.
- February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center bombing, in New York City. 6 killed.
- December 24, 1994 – Air France Flight 8969 hijacking in Algiers by 3 members of Armed Islamic Group of Algeria and another terrorist. 7 killed including 4 hijackers.
- June 25, 1996 – Khobar Towers bombing, 20 killed, 372 wounded.
- November 17, 1997 – The Luxor massacre at Deir el-Bahri, an archaeological site. 62 killed.
- October 12, 2000 – Attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. 17 American sailors were killed, 39 injured.
- September 11, 2001 – 4 planes hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda hijackers: two planes crashed into World Trade Center and one into the The Pentagon. Nearly 3000 dead.
- August 5, 2003 – 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the JW Marriott Jakarta lobby, killing 12 and injuring 150
- March 11, 2004 – Madrid train bombings, killed 191 people and wounded 1,800.
- September 9, 2004 – 2004 Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta, Indonesia; suicide bomber exploded a one-tonne car bomb, which was packed into a small Daihatsu delivery van, outside the Australian embassy at Kuningan District, South Jakarta killing 9 and injuring over 150
- July 7, 2005 – Multiple bombings in London Underground. 53 killed by four suicide bombers. Nearly 700 injured.
- July 23, 2005 – Bomb attacks at Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort city, at least 64 people killed.
- February 1, 2007 – The 2007 plot to behead a British Muslim soldier – A group of British Pakistanis in Birmingham, England planned to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier in order to undermine the morale of the British Army and inhibit recruitment of Muslims.
- September 13, 2008 – Bombing series in Delhi, India. Pakistani extremist groups plant bombs at several places including India Gate, out of which the ones at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash explode leaving around 30 people dead and 130 injured, followed by another attack two weeks later at the congested Mehrauli area, leaving 3 people dead.
- November 26, 2008 – Muslim extremists kill at least 166 people and wound numerous others in a series of coordinated attacks on India’s financial capital, Mumbai. The government of India blamed Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and stated that the terrorists killed/caught were citizens of Pakistan, a claim which the Pakistani government first refused but then accepted when given proof. Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists, was caught alive.
- June 18, 2009 – 2009 Beledweyne bombing by Al-Shabaab. 35 dead.
- May 1, 2010 – 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt, New York, New York, USA. Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic Pakistani American who received an American citizenship in December 2009, attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square working with the Pakistani Taliban or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
- May 28, 2010 – Attacks on Ahmadi Mosques Lahore, Pakistan. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed attacks on two mosques simultaneously belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, killing nearly 100 and injuring many others.
- December 10, 2010 – 2010 Stockholm bombing, Sweden. killing the bomber and injuring two people.
- July 18, 2011 – 2011 Hotan attack, Hotan, China. A group of 18 young Uyghur men who opposed the local government’s campaign against the full-face Islamic veil perpetrated a series of coordinated bomb and knife attacks and occupied a police station on Nuerbage Street, killing two security guards and taking eight hostages. The attackers yelled religious slogans, including ones associated with Jihadism.
- 23 February 2012 Iraq attacks, Baghdad, Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq. 83 dead, 250+ injured.
- 20 March 2012 Iraq attacks, Baghdad and at least 9 other cities, Iraq. 52 dead, ~ 250 injured.
- April 15, 2013. – Boston Marathon bombings. Two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blast killed 3 and injured 183 others.
- May 22, 2013 – Two men with cleavers kill British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.
- September 21, 2013 – Westgate shopping mall attack, 67 killed, 175 wounded.
- September 22, 2013 – Peshawar church attack, 80-83 killed, 250 wounded.
These are just a few, there are literally dozens of violent acts done on an hourly basis, every day, in the name of Islam. I could go on and on, there are thousands of examples.
Pictured above are ‘Muslims’ Dancing in the streets after 9/11. So much for moderate Muslims. I think I have shown that it is a rare instance where a Muslim will speak out against the very pillars of their Cult. How can you practice something that espouses violence, death and the like and then condemn it and yet continue to follow it? You can’t.
Let’s examine what a Cult is:
Concerted efforts at influence and control lie at the core of cultic groups, programs, and relationships. Many members, former members, and supporters of cults are not fully aware of the extent to which members may have been manipulated, exploited, even abused. The following list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group or relationship.
This is a diagnostic instrument as it is an analytical tool.
- The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law. (Suicide Bombers).
- Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished (Leaving Islam = Death).
- Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s)(Prayer several times a day; Sharia Law).
- The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry—or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth) (Sharia Law, Women Dress Codes, et cetera).
- The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar—or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity) (Imams).
- The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society (Death to infidels, Jihad, War).
- The leader is not accountable to any authorities (Pretty self explanitory)(unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).
- The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities) (Brutality, Beheading’s, Mass executions).
- The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt iin order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion (Imam Dictates).
- Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.
- The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members (Social Media Recruitment).
- The group is preoccupied with making money (Oil, Robbery, Weapons Purchases).
- Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities (Daily Prayers several times a Day).
- Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members (Sharia law).
- The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group (Death).
Religion Versus Cult
|Religions respect the individual’s autonomy.||Cults enforce compliance.|
|Religions try to help individuals meet their spiritual needs.||Cults exploit spiritual needs.|
|Religions tolerate and even encourage questions and independent, critical thinking.||Cults discourage questions and independent critical thinking.|
|Religions encourage psycho-spiritual integration.||Cults “split” members into the “good cult self” and the “bad old self.”|
|Conversion to religions involves an unfolding of internal processes central to a person’s identity.||Cultic conversion involves an unaware surrender to external forces that care little for the person’s identity.|
|Religions view money as a means, subject to ethical restraints, toward achieving noble ends.||Cults view money as an end or as a means toward achieving power or the selfish goals of the leader.|
|Religions view sex between clergy and the faithful as unethical.||Cults frequently subject members to the sexual appetites of the leaders.|
|Religions respond to critics respectfully.||Cults frequently intimidate critics with physical or legal threats.|
|Religions cherish the family.||Cults view the family as an enemy.|
|Religions encourage a person to think carefully before making a commitment to join.||Cults encourage quick decisions with little information.|
Now, with just this, it sickens me to see Obama tell us that Radical Islam, or #ISIS or #ISIL isn’t Islamic, it is Islamic! It is the very definition of Islamic! Just because they don’t fit his view of Islam doesn’t make it no less a fact. Obama sounds like an Imam that gets up on TV and is asked by the interviewer is they will admit HAMA is a terrorist group and they will ultimately deny it is, because Hamas isn’t in their world view.
Then we get on to the debate of Obama calling ISIS (like the rest of the world) but he continues to call them ISIL. It makes a big difference. Calling them ISIL makes them seem larger than they are. ISIL would cover more land that ISIS. So Why does Obama want to give them more credibility?
ISIL. ISIS. IS. DAISH. You have probably heard each one of those acronyms at least once over the last several months as the media and politicians attempt to determine the best way to refer to the terror group that declared a caliphate spanning Syria and Iraq.
IS simply stands for the Islamic State, while ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL is the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which seems remarkably similar to ISIS. The differentiation between the word ‘Syria’ and the word ‘Levant’ is actually quite significant, however, given the usage of the term by President Obama and his administration.
“ISIS and ISIL. The President is making a big deal out of this is ISIL, right? The Administration wants to call it ISIL,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Stu, what’s the difference between ISIS and ISIL?”
“Interesting fact about the Levant,” Stu responded. “[It] encompasses parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and a place called Israel.”
The group’s name in Arabic is al dawla al islamiyye f’il iraq w’al sham. The last word, sham, is the problematic one. It is used, in the phrase bilad al sham, to refer variously to: the contemporary Levant, a somewhat amorphous region sometimes understood to include Iraq, and sometimes not; to the historical region called al sham in classical Arabic but known to the ancient Greeks and other civilizations as “Syria” or a variant thereof, which is roughly contiguous with the Levant; and to a Syrian nationalist dream of a “Greater Syria,” a region of similar extent that includes Iraq. Sham is also a contemporary nickname for Damascus, the Syrian capital; but modern-day Syria is called suriya.
At Quartz we’ve chosen to render sham as “Levant” over “Syria,” on the grounds that while scholars of Middle Eastern history might recognize “Syria” to have a broader meaning, most of our readers will take it to mean modern-day Syria, i.e., suriya, not sham. And then, if you’re using “Levant,” you might as well as abbreviate it logically—so, ISIL.
“So the president has the most powerful microphone on the planet,” Glenn said. “The slightest thing from the president reverberates… We have been joking ISIS, ISIL, what’s the difference. You say tomato; I say tomato. It makes a big difference because of this: ISIL includes Levant, which includes the area we like to call Israel.”
Obama has come under fire for underestimating the threat of this “jayvee team” wreaking havoc across the Middle East and threatening the western way of life, and yet he continuously refers to them as ISIL.
“They changed their name because they started saying, ‘We are bigger than this. We are bigger than Iraq and Syria. We are Iraq, Syria, and Levant,’” Glenn said of the terror group. “I don’t know what that means, but, believe me, the President does… What that means is: They have designs that go from Iran through Egypt. There is no Israel.”
“So by the President saying ‘this is ISIL,’ he is sending the message: I know who you are. I know what lands you are planning to take,” he concluded. “The President knows who these guys are. [But] he’s not telling you who they are. He’s trying to downplay that they are putting together a caliphate from Egypt to Iran. It does not include Israel. Maybe we should have a real frank conversation about what’s really going on.”
That is why it is important about what people call this Islamic Terrorist Group.