Diane Weber Bederman is a blogger for Times of Israel, a contributor to Convivium, a national magazine about faith in our community, and also writes about family issues and mental illness. She is a multi-faith endorsed hospital trained chaplain. Read Diane's new book: Back to the Ethic:Reclaiming Western Values
Freud wrote in 1928 that if not for religion there would be mayhem: “If one imagined its prohibitions removed, then one could choose any woman who took one’s fancy as one’s sexual object, one could kill without hesitation one’s rival or whoever interfered with one in any other way, and one could seize what one wanted of another man’s goods without asking his leave.” Freud was not religious, but he knew the importance of the ethical teachings. “If you want to expel religion from our European civilization, you can only do it by means of another system of doctrines.”
The media cannot get enough of President-elect Trump. Nothing he does is acceptable and his personality! His behaviour! While outside America President Obama talks about him as if he were a child, a miscreant as well, unable to focus on serious issues because well, he isn’t serious. What would have happened if Bush had called Obama not serious? And the media eats it up. They love to hear Trump being told what to do by the out-going President in a way that Obama would never have accepted on his way in. I listen to members of the media speak disparagingly of the new President-elect and wonder who do they think they are?
We are living in an era of dis-ease. Our belief systems are under attack. We witness the horror of terrorism spreading in countries who do not share our values, as well as the spread of terror in democracies around the world. We are up against tribal societies whose ethic is one of honor and shame and where blood revenge is in the veins, where violence begets violence that, over time, can lead to a sense of helplessness, hopelessness, and victimhood. At the same time, too many of us born into freedom have become apathetic to, even neglectful of, the very ethic that underpins that freedom. And we are in the process of being abducted by a policy of “diversity.”
Muslims coming to the West talk about our diversity. In Canada my Prime Minister tells us that diversity is our most important value. Yet the people to whom he is reaching out are the very people who will not tolerate diversity.
When my mother was getting on in years (She lived to see 90 and three great grandchildren) she said to me that she was glad that she was closer to death-she would not have to live to see the next generation! I must be getting on in years, too, because I can’t imagine what the West will look like in years to come. I have been listening to the comments and opinions expressed by and about the Millennials and the Snowflakes-yes you heard right-the latest generation has been labelled Snowflakes.
I have trouble with the names of the different generations, so I looked them up. ”Millennials (also known as Generation Y, Generation Me and Echo Boomers) are the demographic cohort following Generation X, a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.” And “Generation Snowflake, or Snowflake Generation, is a term that refers to young people, typically university or college students, who seek to avoid emotionally charged topics or dissenting ideas and opinions.”
Employees at Facebook want to remove Trump posts under the rubric of hate speech, yet Jew hatred is permitted. These are the people who decide for all of us on Facebook what is and is not acceptable speech.
I fear for the next generation. Raised on social media these people have given power to one man, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame, who has power over all speech all over the world. We are guilty of allowing this. We are guilty because we did not make room for competition.
Hillary Clinton accuses Donald Trump of being divisive. And now, of course he is an abuser of women. She calls him racist, xenophobic, fear-mongering and Islamophobic. And then refers to his supporters as deplorables and irredeemable. And then there are the Catholics who need reforming according to her campaign and what about those Hispanics? This is not divisive?
But have you ever heard her refer to the Saudis as deplorable? Or the Iranians as irredeemable? What of Qatar and its exploitation of immigrant workers?
The great Ronald Reagan once said that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” These wise words are more true today than ever before. We are the free men and women of the West.
We are reminded over and over that to talk negatively about Islam is to be a fearmongering, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobe. I finally looked up the meaning of Islamophobia: dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.
I have been listening to Mrs. Clinton share her economic plan. She pointed out that you did not pay taxes for 20 years. She left out that this was an opinion and not a fact-a problem with so many on the left (fact-free anecdotes) because of your declared loss from your casino failure. She couldn’t for the life of her understand how anyone can lose money on a casino. This coming from a woman who has made a living off the taxpayers about whom she has so much empathy. She feels their pain. What? How could she feel their pain when this is a woman whose life income has come from “public service” at the public trough. When the economy went south did she lose her job? Her benefits? Her lifestyle? Did she ever find herself without work and an empty bank account because of events out of her control, like the millions of Americans who suffered?
Islam is a totalitarian ideology aimed at establishing tyrannical power over non-Muslims. It is similar to Nazism and all educated people know this-particularly the media elites, academics and politicians. Yet, they are going out of their way to diminish the danger of this particular ideology at this time in our history. We all know that terrorism is coming from Islamic ideology. We all know that many Muslims now living in the West are demanding in the name of FREEDOM OF RELIGION that we, the host countries, change our ways for them –so they feel better, feel included, as if they were back home. Acquiescing to these expectations is suicide by democracy, yet, like lemmings, too many are going over the cliff of extreme tolerism.
Let us never forget, despite the attempt by leaders like Trudeau and Obama who claim that Islam is part of the fabric of the foundation of our countries, that in fact our freedoms sit on the Judeo/Christian ethic that is firmly embedded in all our constitutional documents.
Liberal Member of Parliament Frank Baylis put together a petition about Muslims talking about their contributions to the world:
“Islam is a religion of over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Since its founding more than 1400 years ago, Muslims have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the positive development of human civilization. This encompasses all areas of human endeavors including the arts, culture, science, medicine, literature, and much more.”
The West is in danger, but we can still prevail. We begin the struggle by standing up for our values and telling the truth about Islam. Even when we are insulted, even when we are harassed and intimidated, even when we are marked for death just for stating an opinion—we must never be silenced ~ Geert Wilders
I remember when Jonathan Kay wrote a piece in the National Post calling those of us against the niqab racists, xenophobes, fear-mongers and Islamophobes. It seems those of us against the niqab are beyond the pale and we must stop this fearmongering.
David Brooks recently wrote in the New York Times about how the millennials turn to community and away from autonomy. There is a possibility, he wrote, that “our culture is built on some fundamental error about what makes people happy.” He was taken by the words of Sebastian Junger who wrote about native culture in his book “Tribe.” Natives from colonial times were more communal. Junger wrote “They would have practiced extremely close and involved child care. And they would have done almost everything in the company of others. They would have almost never been alone.” h
Brooks concluded that it wouldn’t surprise him if in the coming decades there would be “an end to the apotheosis of freedom; more people making the modern equivalent of the Native American leap” (community).
Black American lives are more important than anyone else’s. And the worst thing that ever happened to America was the arrival of white people. So goes the new refrain.
“As oppressed people living in the US, the belly of global empire, we are in a critical position to build the necessary connections for a global liberation movement. Until we are able to overturn US imperialism, capitalism and white supremacy, our brothers and sisters around the world will continue to live in chains.”
And so all are told that it is the fault of white people that others are failing. And it is also the fault of the Jews. That is the Black Lives Matter mantra. This is the New America. Blame others. Don’t take responsibility for your own failings or the failings within your community. Today, diverse groups want reparations.
Oh Susie Q, baby I love you, Suzie Q. I love the way you walk I love the way you talk…Credence Clearwater Revival
I remember many years ago watching Oprah Winfrey when she interviewed a man who specialized in teaching parents how to protect children from abuse. He said when your child comes to you and says “Mommy I don’t like Uncle Johnny,” too often Mommy will say, “Don’t be silly. Uncle Johnny is a lovely man. He loves you. Maybe he loves her, but not with that platonic love Mommy is thinking of (He loves the way you walk he loves the way you talk oh Suzie Q).
For those who many not be aware, there is in Canada a separation between mosque and state. Our public school system is secular. As in non-religious affiliated. Except on Ontario where we have a Catholic system that dates back to the BNA Act of 1867. The beauty of Canada is that all religions are treated equally. No one religious group getting better treated than another. We are home to all kinds of houses of worship-Zoroastrian, Baha’i, Catholic, Protestant, Hindi, Sikh, Buddhist, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, Mennonites, and Jewish. Someone please refresh my memory but have any of these groups ever make demands of Canada to accommodate their needs, their religious belief systems, their food at public institutions?
And if our Charter of rights is being abused to turn our schools into places of worship then we Canadians must fight back. Christians have watched as Christmas plays have been stopped, the Lord’s Prayer removed, reading the Bible prohibited despite the fact that the ethic that underpins Canada comes from the Bible. No religion must be in public school; particularly when it is for one particular religion whose ethic contravenes our ethic.
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