Politics + religion = spontaneous combustion
This group versus that group
and there’s bound to be fire.
Down to earth Earthling,
if you are of the human race
Ama talking to YOU:
As you got to understand from the Gestalt Prayer
I’m not here to please you or to pander to your insatiable desires.
OK, to be original or for you to stay you’ve got to be you. That’s alright with me
Please feel free –
and if you don’t like it you can get outta
Here or click & listen to this piece of history or even ignore it
it’s evidence; it’s a musical part of the griot oral tradition !
Some more background to the upcoming event:
Thinking of Durban 3 can take you and me back to 1803 or thereabouts when Old Bill the pantheist wrote this:
“THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US; LATE AND SOON”
“THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.”
Nowadays, it’s to be heard on the airwaves, on the jungle telephone spreading like a wildfire in the Harmattan wind blowing from up North, people sitting on wall-to-wall carpets chatting quietly in subdued tones in mosques in between reciting verses from the Qur’an, to be heard before the little lull that comes in the dialogues and monologue readings, the faithful waiting for the next round of prayers, the hush before the slight buzz of preparation, the washing of hands, of faces and feet all part of the little excitement and anticipation as the muezzin lifts his voice to call all the faithful assembled to prayer; it’s to be heard sitting over cups of coffee in coffee houses, habitués sitting in cafes in Paris or Berlin and certainly in kebab parlours here in Stockholm, for years now the rumour has been going round, repeated enough times to be acquiring the aura of a revealed truth to receive which all you’ve got to do is to open your eyes to see it and have attentive ears to hear it, that, “ Today’s Muslims are yesterday’s Jews” that Islamophobia is so very heavy “The Muslims in Europe today, are almost in the same position as the Jews of pre-Holocaust Europe” – as far as prejudice goes.
Do I hear an anti-Semite ask, “No it ain’t true, and where are the gas chambers?”
My answer is that the persecution of Jews did not start with Lars Vilks or the gas chambers – but I will agree with this though – and I first heard it from Hamza Yusuf
that the guest has to respect the rules of the house or leave…..
The bad news is that Islam itself has been seen as the ideology that fuels anti-Semitism and the so called “Islamic“ Terrorism – the armed wing of “radical” Islam.
The opponents of that kind of ideologically based terror believe that the best way to combat it is by dismantling its ideological basis.
The eternal fact of the matter is that the Qur’an which is said to provide the ideological basis of the struggle/ jihad cannot be abrogated, not even by one letter and not even by those who believe in the idea of a so called “New” Testament which talks unpeacefully about the sword
So what to do?
What is to be done?
Here is the good news – some radical reform impulses, coming from Iran ( who of course will certainly be at the forefront of Durban 3, if it ever takes place that is, and ( check the news) I can see my good friend Ahmadinejad ( if he’s still around) leading the charge of the Light Brigade as the head speaker , singling out you know who , and of course if by that time he is fully equipped with nuclear warheads he will be rattling his sabre with the kind of rhetorical noises that we have not yet heard coming from Pyongyang….
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