Saturday, March 20, 2021

Betraying the Foundations

From the second edition of my eBbook, The War On America’s Founding Principles (posted today). Every principle in this table characterizes the working philosophy of the Biden administration and the Democratic majority in Congress. America's foundations have been betrayed.

To download the book (free), click on Recent Books.







Thursday, November 12, 2020

The War on America's Founding Principles 

This table, based on my recent eBook, puts the issues in stark relief. Progressivism is dismantling and delegitimizing America's historical foundations. To download the book for free, click on the "Recent Books" tab.



Friday, September 4, 2020

16 Reasons Why America is 
Not a Racist Country

If you listen to the diatribes of many on the Left, you would conclude that this country is still hopelessly bound by the cords of bigotry and institutional racism.  “Brown skinned” people, we are told, are oppressed to ensure the continuation of white supremacy.   

Incidents of racism still occur in the United States and there is still work to be done, but we are far and away from being a nation of white oppressors.  Our progress has been both measurable and substantial.  Anyone comparing America today to America in 1960 would see a different nation. 
  1.   America ended slavery in 1865 at a cost of 360,000 Union soldiers who paid with their blood.
  2.   African-American men were given the right to vote in 1869 (women in 1920).
  3.   Jim Crow laws were struck down in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 
  4.   We have 55+ years of federal, civil rights legislation, beginning with the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  5.  There are thousands of civil rights laws and regulations at the federal, state, county, and local level.
  6.  Businesses, organizations, and schools throughout the country have strict, anti-discrimination policies.  
  7.   There are affirmative action programs at nearly every level of society.
  8.   Desegregation school busing was mandated across the country in the 1970's.
  9.   The KKK, once numbering millions, now numbers less than 8,000.
  10.   A black president was elected to two terms in office in 2008 and 2012.
  11.   There are 56 black representatives in the United States Congress.
  12.   Millions of non-white immigrants from across the globe still seek entry into the U.S.
  13.   Indians and Asians are the top performers in many of our schools and professions.
  14.   Black athletes are heavily represented in many professional sports.
  15.   87% of Americans approve of interracial marriage (compared to only 4% in 1958).
  16.   87% of Americans believe that DACA immigrants should be allowed to remain in the U.S.

See also:
Larry Elder on ”Is America Racist?” (Prager U. | 5 min video)
Civil Rights Activist, Robert Woodson on "Race Relations and Policing in the U.S." (C-SPAN @ 23:51)


Original: 1/28/18
Revised 9/4/20

Sunday, August 9, 2020

 The War On America’s Founding Principles

How Progressives are Dismantling America One Plank at a Time

Though Progressivism has become the dominant philosophy of liberal politics, few Americans understand its principles and goals. They see individual issues, but are unable to discern how these pieces connect together. The same might be said of America’s founding principles, which are fast fading from our collective consciousness.

By carefully comparing Progressivism with the founding principles, a larger picture begins to emerge. The political battles of the day are a colossal struggle between two opposing, if not contradictory, philosophies—a struggle between two visions of America. In the end, only one will likely prevail.

This free eBook documents Progressivism’s relentless attempt to dismantle and delegitimize the historical foundations of America, one piece at a time, pushing us toward conflict and dystopia.


With over 100 illustrations and more than 200 linked citations, The War On America’s Founding Principles provides a compass for finding our way through the cultural and political chaos.


This free eBook links to a high resolution 
poster which can be downloaded (PDF)


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Celebrated Environmental Activist: There is No Climate Crisis

                                                  

If you only read one article on global warming this year, let this be the one.

Shellenberger is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and Green Book Award Winner. He has been an environmentalist and socialist Democrat since his youth.

►"The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilization that climate alarmists would return us to."◄

Additional Reading:
The science behind the uncertainty, explained and illustrated in 5 pages:  The Global Warming Picture Book!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Progressivism: What's the End Game?


A friend asked me the other day, What are Progressives trying to achieve? The short answer is, “a just society.” But what does that mean? Here is a bird’s eye view of the Progressive agenda and its consequences.

1. Economic Justice: Redistribution of wealth to alleviate systemic poverty and income inequality. This involves government confiscation of private wealth and property (primarily through aggressive taxation) to whatever degree is necessary to bring about “economic equality“ (e.g., through welfare, free education, Medicare for all, etc.). But after nearly 60 years and $24 trillion, government efforts to eliminate economic inequality have largely failed because many causes of poverty cannot be fixed by money. 

2. Social Justice: Elimination of unjust social structures like racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. Expanded rights and privileges are granted to “oppressed groups” in order to eliminate vestiges of systemic injustice and redress past injustices. But these rights are usually exercised by denying or violating the rights of others (e.g., LGBTQ rights supersede religious rights; abortion supersedes the unalienable right to life, etc.) and punishing “oppressors” (e.g., shaming, demonizing, deplatforming, demonetizing, fining, terminating employment).

3. Environmental Justice: Protecting the poor and minorities from the inequitable distribution of environmental hazards, sharing the benefits of increased wealth from energy consumption with those in developing countries, and implementing climate justice for impoverished people afflicted by climate change. This is carried out through a system of heavy-handed regulations and penalties imposed on businesses and free markets by government agencies (e.g., EPA, DOE, DOT) in an effort to end the use of fossil fuels. Ironically, the resulting increase in regulatory and green energy costs to the consumer has the greatest negative impact on the poor and middle class, especially in third world countries.

Finally, and most importantly, perhaps, Progressivism has no intrinsic principle for limiting the size and scope of government. Government wealth and power will expand to whatever degree is necessary to achieve a “just society.” As the American Founders feared, this is the historic pathway to tyranny. Writing in 1800, Thomas Jefferson said, "a single consolidated government would become the most corrupt government on earth."

Sunday, November 17, 2019

My New Book Now on Amazon

This short volume (less than 70 pages) poses the question, Can Islam Transform the West? Or, more specifically, can Islamists transform the West?

I have made every attempt to present an even-handed, nuanced analysis by considering important differences among Muslims, looking carefully at the statistical data on Muslim beliefs and practices from numerous polls, and analyzing the ingredients which would be required to bring about cultural and political change.

The book concludes by examining actual instances in which Islamists are changing, or might be changing, Western culture in regards to free speech, religious hatred and violence, antisemitism, education, and entanglements with Islamic extremism.   

eBook:  $3.50
Paperback: $9.99


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Is the Quran a Unique and Original Revelation?

"Tales of the Ancients":  Origins of the Quran from the Jewish Talmud

Islam has set a very high bar for the Quran.  In claiming that the words of the text are uncreated, eternally existent, and dictated by Allah, Islamic scholars give little consideration to the historical formation of the text and the impact that culture, personality, and style have on writing.  By contrast, the Christian view of inspiration recognizes that God speaks in and through human prophets and writers according to their understanding and their historical limitations. Consequently, we would expect to find references to ancient literature in Scripture (e.g., Paul quoted Menander and Epimenides) and vast differences in style between writers.  But, none of these diminish the spiritual and moral principles which God revealed.

Though this essay does not address the question of divine revelation of the Quran, it does show, using source criticism, that the Quran is neither wholly unique nor wholly original as many Muslim scholars claim. It is a historical document with traceable antecedents.  This, in itself, is not necessarily a criticism of the Quran (though many Muslims perceive it that way), for the Bible also has many historical and cultural antecedents.  But the Quran also recasts Biblical texts and events by uncritically appropriating Jewish stories that were widely known to be embellished with fictional and mythical elements centuries after the fact.   This poses a serious challenge the claim that the Quran is unique, original, and historically accurate.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Polarization of America

This chart compares the two philosophies which underlie the political and cultural war which is tearing our country apart.  The columns represent generalizations, of course, which do not take into account some of the nuances and variations found in these systems.

Some people will be tempted to pick and choose from both philosophies.  But, the choice between limiting government and enlarging government is rather stark.   And, we are assured by history, that certain consequences will inevitably follow.  We are bidden, therefore, to choose wisely!

For other material on politics, open the Politics & History tab.

Click to download PDF (8.5x14) for the latest version 
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Islam by the Numbers: A New Global Study on Muslim Beliefs & Practices

Eight months in the making, this report provides the first global statistics on Muslim beliefs and practices as they relate to security, terrorism, and the potential threat to Western culture.  The surveys covered 1.1 billion Muslims---about two-thirds of the Muslim population based on a 2010 estimate.

Here is an overview of the study from the Executive Summary:
  • Sectarian divisions are a major source of conflict within Islam. Each sect believes it represents the true teaching of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. 67% (736.3 million) of Muslims surveyed believe that there is only one true interpretation of Islam’s teachings. Disagreements over the interpretation of Islam have sometimes resulted in deadly violence, mostly between Sunnis and Shias. In the Middle East and South Asia, there are tens of thousands of sectarian militants whose actions could spark a broader conflict (Q1).


  • Very devout Muslims—those who say their lives reflect the hadith and the sunna to a considerable degree—comprise 41% (369.7 million) of the survey population. They are more likely to say that sharia (Islamic law) is the revealed word of Allah, that Islam and sharia have only one interpretation, that proselytizing is a religious duty, and that sharia should be the official law of their country (Q2). They are also probably more likely to support extreme punishments such as amputation and stoning. 


  • Though Muslims are evenly divided over the belief that there is only one interpretation of sharia, 69% of Muslims (741.8 million) in the survey countries favor making sharia the official law of their country (Q3, Q4) and 64% (581 million) believe it is the revealed word of Allah (Q4aa).


  • About one-third to one-half of Muslims in the survey countries (274.0 million - 463.3 million) believe sharia should be applied to non-Muslims in some way, and support extreme punishments such as whippings, amputations, stoning for adultery, and the death penalty for apostasy (Q5-Q8).


  • About one-third of Muslims surveyed (349.4 million - 361.8 million) support the forced veiling of women and say that honor killings are justified, in at least some circumstances, for women who commit pre or extra-marital sex (Q9, Q10)


  • Nearly 33% (333.7 million) of Muslims surveyed said they are concerned about Islamic extremist groups in their country (few were concerned about Christian extremists). Nearly 17% (177.1 million) said that violence against civilians can be justified in order to “defend Islam from its enemies.” The defense of Islam can be broader than resistance to armed attacks. For many Muslims, insulting Islam or Muhammad is regarded as an attack on Islam (Q11, Q12).


  • 46% (503.5 million) of Muslims surveyed believe in the “evil eye”—that certain people can cast curses or spells that cause bad things to happen to others. They also believe that its power can be overcome by incantations (ruqyah) and washings. These beliefs are based on the teachings and examples of Muhammad found in the canonical traditions, or hadith (Q13).


  • Nearly one-third of Muslims in the survey population (353.6 million) believe there is a natural conflict between being a devout religious person and living in a modern society. Most Muslims agree that Western music, movies, and television pose a threat to morality in their country (Q14).


  • In addition to the high degree of support for sharia, about one-third to one-half of Muslims (274.0 million - 503.5 million) in the survey uphold beliefs and practices (mostly related to sharia) that are contrary to many Western values, such as separation of religion and state, religious and individual freedom, freedom of speech, equality of persons under the law, protection from cruel and unusual punishment, the right of self-determination, gender equality, and the rejection of superstition (Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q13, Q14).








Security, Terrorism, and the Potential Threat to Western Culture
  • A pre-scientific worldview continues to inhibit Islamic historical and scientific inquiry.
  • Very devout Muslims are likely to reject the legitimacy of Western laws and government.
  • Converting non-Muslims and promoting sharia are religious imperatives (Q15).
  • Intolerance of non-Muslims is widespread and continues to be taught.
  • Terrorism can be religiously justified to defend the integrity and reputation of Islam.
  • Over 100 million Muslims can justify acts of terrorism in the defense of Islam.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Will Palestinians Create a Fundamentalist Islamic Country?


The Palestinian Territories, consisting of the West Bank and Gaza, are home to about 4.3 million
Palestinians (2012 estimate).
  • Gaza:           1.7 million  (99.3% Muslim) 
  • West Bank:  2.6 million  (75% Muslim) 
Gaza is governed mostly by sharia law under the authority of Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist group by many Western countries. The West Bank, which is under Israeli military control, is governed by the Palestinian Authority.  The PA is a parliamentary system that rules by a complex amalgamation of secular law, Islamic law, and custom (ʿurf).

In 2002 the Palestinians signed into law a transitional constitution which not only declared Islam to be the official religion of Palestine, but also asserted that, “The principles of Islamic Sharia shall be the main source of legislation” (Article 4).

Several groups protested this constitution in preference for the “Democratic Secular State” proposed by the Fatah party.   However, based on a comprehensive Pew Research survey conducted in 2012 (see below), as well as a more recent survey, Muslims across the Palestinian Territories would welcome the formation of an Islamic nation once Palestine is cut loose from Israeli control.  89% favor making sharia the law of the land.

Unfortunately, a large majority of Palestinian Muslims support a draconian form of sharia that embraces the hudud punishments. These are among the most severe penalties found anywhere and violate universal human rights.
  • Whippings and amputations: 76% 
  • Stoning for adultery: 84% 
  • Death penalty for apostates: 66% 
In addition to support for the hudud penalties, nearly half of the Palestinian Muslims are willing to impose sharia on non-Muslims (44%). Nearly half can justify attacking civilians in defense of Islam (40%). And, nearly half can justify honor killings (48%), and support the forced veiling of women (42%).

In their struggle for independence, the Palestinians have made human rights their cause célèbre.  But, following the precedent set in Gaza, they are prepared to institute an intolerant religious state while paradoxically claiming to hold the moral high ground against Israel.
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PEW SURVEY RESULTS 
Palestinian Muslims (2012) 

Q66. Sharia law is the revealed word of Allah, rather than a form of law developed by men and based on the word of Allah—75%

Q79a. Muslims who favor making sharia the official law of their country—89%

Q81. Muslims who say sharia should apply to all citizens (among those who favor making sharia the law of the land)—44%

Q92c. Muslims who support “hudud” penalties such as whippings or cutting off the hands of thieves and robbers (among those who favor making sharia the law of the land)—76%

Q92d. Muslims who favor stoning as a punishment for adultery (among those who favor making sharia the law of the land)—84%

Q92b. Muslims who favor the death penalty for converts—i.e., those who leave Islam (among those who favor making sharia the law of the land)—66%

Q89. Muslims who say attacks against civilians (including suicide bombings) in defense of Islam can be often/sometimes justified—40%

Q54. Muslims who say honor killings are justified (often, sometimes, or rarely) as punishment for women who commit pre- or extra-marital sex—48%

Q58. Muslims who do NOT believe women should have the right to decide if they wear a veil42% 

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Global Warming Picture Book

In this super-colorful, four page booklet, I answer the central question:   

"Does CO2 control global temperature?"  The answer is not a simple "yes" or "no."  My goal is to present a more nuanced view of the controversy than you will find in most media articles or discussions.   

For my other climate publications, click on the Climate Science tab.

A Brief Portrait of Muhammad from 7th and 8th Century Christian Writers




This well organized and concise article puts it all together: 

Muhammad the Initiator of the Conquests
Muhammad the Trader
Muhammad the King
Muhammad the Monotheist Revivalist
Muhammad the Lawgiver
Muhammad the Prophet/False Prophet

The author, a major scholar in the field of Islamic studies, concludes by evaluating the utility of these sources: “Since the Muslim perception of Muhammad underwent major change during this period, this means that Christian sources can sometimes provide evidence for this change where Muslim sources are silent.”

See: “The Earliest Christian Writings on Muhammad: An Appraisal” by Robert Hoyland (2000)

Friday, November 17, 2017

"Blueprint for Terrorism:  
How Muhammad's Example is Used to Justify Violence"
(Revised)

This new infographic is a supplement to my recent documentary, "Through the Lens of Muhammad's Life: How the Example and Teachings of Muhammad Shape Islam Today” (YouTube)
Check it out yourself!  Using the link provided in this infographic, anyone
can read the original source material and look up the examples cited.  
For other original material on Islam, open the Religion tab.


Click to enlarge image (2975x1924), or download the PDF (11x17)


Friday, October 13, 2017