The 5 Most Important Columns to Read Today at Townhall
I’ve been reading Sowell’s Basic Economics lately. There are few people who can provide as much clarity as him:
There is a lot of talk from many people about bullying in school. The problem is that it is all talk. There is no sign that anybody is going to do anything that is likely to reduce bullying.
When politicians want to do nothing, and yet look like they are doing something, they appoint a blue ribbon committee or go to the U.N. or assign some Cabinet member to look into the problem and report back to the President — hoping that the issue will be forgotten by the time he reports back.
I’m not a regular reader of Chuck Norris’s column but if he continues to write on Shariah (and that appears to be his plan) then I’ll become one:
For those who might not know, the Arabic term “Shariah” literally means “the path to be followed,” denoting its nature as a guide for a blessed life. Shariah is derived from both the Quran (the Muslim holy book) and Sunna (Islamic custom, piety and practice). In short, Shariah is Islamic law, a religious code for living; it is a system of moral, religious, social and civic laws. Shariah details and decrees proper benevolence, prayers, fasting, dress, business practices, marital and relational conduct, sexual offenses, custody, contracts, inheritance, etc.
Shariah has been adopted in different ways by various countries, ranging from a narrow and strict interpretation in Saudi Arabia and northern states of Nigeria to a loose and liberal interpretation in much of Malaysia. Some Shariah offenses are criminal and require imprisonment. Others incur hudud, a class of penalties including stoning, flogging and amputation. There are five crimes that are punishable by hudud: sex outside of marriage and adultery, false accusation of unlawful sexual intercourse, wine drinking (sometimes extended to include all alcohol drinking), theft and highway robbery.
I really like the comparison between Soviet dissidents and those oppressed in the Islamic world. It’s one I’ve made before myself. Here’s Prager on it:
But aside from the pope and some activist groups, the Christian world is as silent today as it was when Christians were imprisoned and killed in the Soviet Union.
It is time to change this pattern. Christians should organize an international day or week of solidarity for persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. And not only Christians should attend these hopefully large events. Jews and Muslims should also be in attendance, and their representatives should speak. Jews should because it is right and because of all Christians did for Soviet Jewry and do for Israel; and Muslims should because it is right and because nothing would protect the good name of Muslims like joining non-Muslims in voicing solidarity with the many Christian victims of persecution in Muslim countries.
1) I oppose my opponent’s pro-wife beating stand. What do you do if your opponent takes a sensible, rational and popular stand that you can’t beat? Simple: claim he holds a completely different position and attack that. There is very little real discussion of issues in D.C. and a lot of discussion about who hates women the most, who wants old people to die in the street like dogs and who wants to give the rich more of the poor’s money to light their cigars. This tactic is so prevalent that you can go months or even years at a time in D.C. without any genuine back-and-forth about the issues at hand.
If you haven’t gotten around to picking up Shariah: The Threat to America, now’s a good time:
It seems that Team Obama’s enthusiasm for the Ikhwan in Egypt is neither an isolated event nor an accident. As the Center for Security Policy’s recently released Shariah: The Threat to America illuminates, the Brotherhood has since 1963 operated a growing number of front organizations tasked with mounting highly effective influence operations in the United States. According to the MB’s own strategic plan, their mission here is “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”
In the past week, we have been given chilling insights into the success of such operations by Justice Department officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to one of Shariah: The Threat’s co-authors, counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole. In two different articles published at Pajamas Media, we learn how U.S. government “outreach” to the Muslim-American community has become a vehicle for empowering and protecting enemies of this country – and affording them opportunities they systematically exploit with the goal of “destroying [us] from within.”