Dear America,this girl might be going heavy today, being weighted down by something virtually intangible; the hidden conflict between its very existence and its peculiar evanescence expanding by the minute.
but just today I believe I caught a glimpse of what we might call it.
It's called demi-Dhimmi.........
and it's a form of Dhimmi much uncommon and unrecognizable and unimaginable, really, given that its origin comes from within the boundaries and statutes of a nation made by revolutionaries for religious freedom, not to mention, in a land built upon the rights of the individual.
and yet, here we are.
and it's totally uncharted territory [or so we are led to believe, anyway].
Recently, Jon Stewart spent part of his opening monologue poking fun at this very thing, as he chained together snippets from the Fox News Channel headlining "the war against religion" -- mainly, Christianity -- complete with his sophomoric ripping and mocking narrative by the nanosecond. [the whole thing becomes even more annoying realizing how much I LOVE this guy...and thoroughly enjoying the enigma that I am, just now]
I wonder what Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, I mean, Jon Stewart, would have to say about this study? [read more here]
We won't dwell.
Back to the demi- Dhimmitude we got going on...
After this week -- after keeping a watchful eye upon Arizona -- after having already seen what happened in New Mexico -- and while keeping tabs on the assault against our religious freedom through such reprehensible legislation like Obamacare and the mainstream acceptance of conservative targeting by the IRS -- let me tell you, America, we are not that much of a far cry from Syria.
oh you laugh.
This is Dhimmi in Syria --
"Reuters reported that the Islamist militants said that Christians would no longer be allowed to renovate churches, display religious symbols outside churches, pray in public, ring church bells, sell wine to Muslims or drink wine in public. Christians would now also be prohibited from owning weapons."
given three options: to convert to Islam; to remain Christian but pledge submission to Islam; or to ‘face the sword. They opted for the second of those choices, known as dhimmitude.
Every Christian man was now to “pay a tax of up to 17 grams of gold, a levy that was common in Muslim states centuries ago,” Reuters reported, adding, “The concept of dhimma, governing non-Muslims living under Islamic rule, dates back to the early Islamic era in the seventh century, but was largely abolished during the Ottoman reforms of the mid-19th century.”
You see, people, within the Islamic community there is no co-existence with non-Muslims -- not now, not then, not ever.
That is their law.
and wait, there's more:
Other restrictions reported by the Times of Israel included the prohibition on reading scripture “indoors loud enough for Muslims standing outside to hear,” allowing any Christian who wants to convert to Islam to do so, and to not say anything offensive about Muslims.
do you get it now?
The thing is, what actually happened in Arizona should never have happened, on a number of fronts.
But allow me to offer you a wonderful explanation for what did happen, along with answering some of the deeper questions stifling us from having a real, open, community discussion about the whole entire thing. It's found at The Foundry, from The Heritage Foundation...Questions You're Asking About Cakes, Gays and Religious Freedom by Amy Payne.
Quoting the bottom line now:
"When it comes to this particular issue, all Americans should remain free to believe and act in the public square based on their beliefs about marriage without fear of government penalty."
As a matter of fact, our Constitution is enough to guarantee it. And we shouldn't need no stinkin' new law.
And for added reinforcement, let's swing over to another gthing favorite hang-out, at The Patriot Post:
In truth, the bill was written in large part because the homosexual agenda seeks to discriminate against Christians. Witness the numerous lawsuits around the country against bakers, florists and photographers who wish not to condone same-sex weddings by providing services for them. Would these same thought police force a Jew to cater a Nazi event? Or a black person to dry clean KKK robes? Yet when it comes to the homosexual agenda, where leftists can’t win affirmation they want coercion; intolerance in the name of tolerance. Religious liberty is sacrificed at the altar of that agenda, which aims to radically redefine civilization’s centuries-old building block
And here's a good one to add: should a Muslim baker be expected -- no threatened -- to bake a cake for say a homosexual couple, or dare I say, a Christian wedding?
[For more thoughts from The Patriot Post, go here.]
Now I believe it is quite possible to create a pretty hefty batch of bad juju over turning away clientele with good money. How can that be good? How does that support the circulation of money and capital gains and put food on the table? But be that as it may. Everyone, as individuals, should have every right to decide that for themselves and their own personal welfare.
We MUST figure out how to co-exist within the framework of "the free exercise thereof" of our religious liberties and nothing else.
Otherwise, we are no better off than the Christian community in the province of Raqqa, Syria.
Demi-Dhimmi is dumb and is a state of terrorization that has no place in America.
And Jon Stewart can joke around all he wants -- but believe you me -- look around, read the news, see the highlights, follow the threats, unveil the underlying nature of the war against people of faith, and notice that we are there already.
Make it a Good Day, G