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September 17, 2015

Suitcase Clock

Filed under: American Culture,National Issue,Religion — Tags: , , , — wally @ 8:59 pm

Irving’s police chief announced Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested Monday after he brought what school officials and police described as a “hoax bomb” on campus.


I built an electronic hobby clock when I was about this kids age, but it wasn’t in a suitcase, it was in a tuna can.  My tuna can clock didn’t alarm anyone.  True, that was pre-9/11, quite a different time, but nobody would have arrested me had I chosen a suitcase over a can.

muslim attitudesSo why the alarm now?  Well because now is post 9/11.  Now is in a nation whose Muslim population is made up of people who, to varying degrees, think suicide bombing in defense of Islam is an option.

Now is a time when common sense would say to a Muslim teenager and his parents, don’t build a clock in a suitcase, just don’t.  You likely are as innocent as Bambi, but don’t build a clock in a suitcase because you’re an Arab looking Muslim and your clock looks like a suitcase bomb which everyone has heard of and not a suitcase clock which nobody has ever heard of.  Parent’s use common sense and teach your children the same.

As for the teacher calling this in to authorities, I can certainly understand their position.  For someone who has never built a clock in either a can or a suitcase it’d be pretty tough to pick out the clock from a bomb.  Try it.  I just snipped this from a Google search.  Quick, which is the clock?suitcase clock

And authorities, maybe you were a little harsh, but I won’t blame you a bit after the Marathon Bombings.

I think this whole thing falls back onto the parents.  Them, sending their Arab looking Muslim kid to school with a suitcase clock was about as dumb as me, a white Christian guy, sending my kid to school with a rope to show his friends a knot he learned called a noose, and how to spell a new word that starts with an “N” and ends with a “double ga er.”  Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.

October 12, 2014

Yes, this can happen in the U.S.

Filed under: National Issue,Religion — Tags: , , , — wally @ 6:49 pm

This is from Great Britain, but the same thing is already happening here.  The scariest line is when Stacey Dooley asks why the Muslims are not respecting British laws,

“The Islamic preacher claimed that if the law is Islamic, it will be respected. However, those who implement non-Islamic law will go to Hell and thus, no Muslim is obliged to respect non-Islamic laws.”

Islam, whether practiced peacefully or practiced violently, has always been incompatible with our nation’s basic tenets and laws.   It’s time for mainstream Islam to reform it’s tenets to be compatible with our nation.  It’s time for mainstream Islam to reject it’s violent brothers.  It’s time for Muslims to march in the streets in protest against Muslims like those in the video.

Our laws regarding religious freedoms do not protect Muslims who commit violent acts, nor do they protect Muslims that incite others to commit violence.   It’s not intolerance to reject this behavior.

February 17, 2009

Comfort in this life

Filed under: Feature,Religion — Tags: , , , — wally @ 7:36 pm

recliner It is indeed comforting to believe that all roads lead to salvation, whether it be Islam, Christianity, etc, etc, or just plain human spirituality. I once believed this myself.  I’ve received a couple of comments on Can you be both Muslim and Christian? that make me want to repeat this point.

Many churches have risen that welcome all types of spirituality as equal. I’m sure in those churches there are throngs of genuinely wonderful people;  some are Christians, some are followers of Christ, some are something else and some make no claims of faith at all.  I would hazard a guess that most do not understand that Christ describes himself as the only way to salvation.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

(John 3:16-18)

To claim you are a Christian is to claim you are a follower of Christ.  So as a Christian, no matter how comforting it is to believe that all good people are on the path to salvation, if we accept Christ’s word as truth, then we know that that good behavior alone won’t get you to heaven.  Even the best of us are not good enough on our own.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12) 

As I said earlier, I once believed that all roads led to salvation, but a further deeper study of world religions helped me to find my way.  Belief in all faiths may somehow bring comfort to some while in this life; belief in Christ alone is the way to bring comfort in the next.  

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