CULTURAL RELATIVISM AND OBAMA
—The West Is Most Assuredly At War With Islam. This Is Not A Religious War. This Is A War Between Two Diametrically Opposed Ethical Systems That Can’t Live Together!
By Diane Weber Bederman,
Obama has been busy implementing a world-view which resonates with a variety of Marxist philosophy called Cultural Marxism. “Critics have seen Cultural Marxism and its influence as an important cause of political correctness and as an important cause of a perceived decline of humanities, social sciences, culture, and civilization in the Western world. Cultural Marxists often try to remove these inequalities by more or less subtle manipulation and censorship of culture.”
He’s demeaning the West, opening America to values that will destroy her, and at the same time elevating a far different culture: Islam, which has an ethic that’s anathema to the West.
He said in his speech, of February 2016, to the Baltimore Islamic Society: “For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam—peace. The standard greeting is as-salamu alaykum—peace be upon you. And like so many faiths, Islam is rooted in a commitment to compassion and mercy and justice and charity. Whoever wants to enter paradise, the Prophet Muhammad taught, “let him treat people the way he would love to be treated.”
There is a problem with this statement. The meaning of “Peace” in Islam is not the same as the meaning of peace in the West. In Islam there will only be peace when all the world accepts Allah and Sharia law.
Modern-day Islamic scholar, Ibrahim Sulaiman, says submission and peace can be very different concepts, even if a form of peace is often brought about through forcing others into submission: “Jihad is not inhumane, despite its necessary violence and bloodshed, its ultimate desire is peace which is protected and enhanced by the rule of law.”
Armed responses are only permitted when all peaceful possibilities have failed. And once armed resistance begins it doesn’t stop “until the war lays down its burden” as Allah has mentioned in the Qur’an 47.
For a man who considers himself worldly, how is it that Barack Obama is not aware of this different meaning?
Or is he?
Obama also said “Groups like al Qaeda and ISIL, they’re not the first extremists in history to misuse God’s name. We’ve seen it before, across faiths. But right now, there is an organized extremist element that draws selectively from Islamic texts, twists them in an attempt to justify their killing and their terror. They combine it with false claims that America and the West are at war with Islam… First, at a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths: We are all God’s children. We’re all born equal, with inherent dignity.”
I fear this President is hiding from, or distorting, the facts on the ground in order to promote cultural relativism.
The West is most assuredly at war with Islam. But this is not a religious war. This is a war between two diametrically opposed ethical systems that cannot live together.
Islam does not say that we are all born equal, with inherent dignity as is stated in the Judeo/Christian ethic that underpins America and the West.
Islam is a type of caste system: It treats women like chattel. It teaches that those who believe in Islam are superior to others --Jews and Christians-- who are viewed as inferior, lesser-than"dhimmis".
Indeed, in the times of Mohammed, Jews and Christians were singled out for persecution. And so it remains, today.
“Sharia law was put into place and the Christian dhimmis continued to have their “protected” status as People of the Book who lived under the Sharia law. The dhimmi paid heavy taxes, could not testify in court, hold a position of authority over Muslims and was humiliated by social rules. A dhimmi had to step aside for the Muslim, offer him his seat, could not carry a weapon, and had to defer to a Muslim in every way. In all matters of society the dhimmi had to yield to the Muslim.
Over the centuries, the degradation, lack of rights and the dhimmi tax caused the Christian to convert. It is the Sharia that destroys the dhimmis.
Additionally, Jews are often forbidden from living in Muslim countries. In 1948, after five Arab/Muslim countries tried to annihilate the nascent state of Israel, eight hundred & fifty thousand Jews -- despite living for more than 2000 years in the Muslim countries -- were exiled.
Where, President Obama, is that foundational belief of tolerance, inclusion, accommodation and inherent dignity for all?
Does President Obama believe that Muslims coming to America leave their beliefs of superiority behind? Their lack of tolerance and inclusion?
Does he really believe that Imams trained outside of America don’t preach these values in America?
Only one who believes in and promotes cultural relativism could have these views. And the rest of Obama's foreign policy speaks even louder to cultural relativism.
If he is going to prove that all cultures are equal he must elevate other cultures while demeaning America. Under Obama’s presidency America has diminished in the eyes of the world -- exacerbated by his apologizing for America’s actions.
In 2009, “Mr.” Obama told the French (the French!) that America ‘has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive’ toward Europe.
In Prague, he said America has ‘a moral responsibility to act’ on arms control because only the U.S. had ‘used a nuclear weapon.’
In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by ‘just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy"—as if that were a bad thing.
And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not “pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors” because we “failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”
According to Black “The high points of his foreign policy have been allowing the Western alliance to atrophy; failure to render any assistance to Ukraine, abruptly departing Iraq and ensuring its disintegration and the near-capture of Baghdad by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, drawing a ‘red line’ against the Assad regime in Syria gassing its own civil population and then abdicating military command to Congress, and dropping the issue into the inhospitable lap of Russia. His solemn pledge to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear military power evolved into a green light for Iran to put nuclear warheads on its missiles in 10 years… American irresolution has been the chief cause of an immense humanitarian crisis.”
That humanitarian crisis has led to the movement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims into Europe, and now Canada and America -- many of whom, rather than integrating, are making onerous demands of their new countries. For example, according to journalist Soeren Kern: “Asylum seekers are increasingly using tactics such as hunger strikes, lawsuits and threats of violence, in efforts to force German authorities to comply with an ever-growing list of demands.”
And let us not forget Obama’s shabby, disrespectful treatment of Israel, the people and the country, that for 3500 years gave the west the ethic that underpins democracy (and now the only Jewish state, 1/19th the size of California, surrounded by 22 hostile Arab/Islamic dictatorships 640 times her size).
It is one of disdain.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, lamented: “For too long we have been self-conscious and even ashamed about British identity. By embracing multiculturalism and the idea that every culture and belief is of equal value, we have betrayed our own traditions of welcoming strangers to our shore. Multiculturalism . . . has led to [honor] killings . . . and Sharia law.”
I suggest that under Obama, America, too, has betrayed her own traditions.
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