Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Election 2006 - PA Senate - Al-Jazeerah Endorses Democrat Casey


Senator Santorum Repugnant Remarks on Islam, Iran, and Syria

By Mohammed Khaku

Al-Jazeerah, July 25, 2006

Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) remarks at the National Press Club on Wednesday July 19th 2006 calling for regime change in Iran and described "Islamic fascism" as the "great test" of this generation, as threatening to the United States as last century's German Nazism and Soviet communism was inappropriate. These prejudicial remarks were derogatory, and highly unbecoming for a member of US senate. The Senator rhetoric in a public forum demeans both himself and the party he represents, particularly at a time when entire Middle East is in turmoil. Muslim of Lehigh Valley strongly condemned Senator remarks outrageous, inflammatory and un-American.

The Senator should know that extremists come in all faiths, and do not reflect the values and beliefs of the vast majority of the members of the religious groups to which they belong. The Senator's inflammatory comments do nothing to advance America's role in the world as the leading voice for tolerance and religious freedom and should be soundly condemned as election rhetoric and appeasing the neo-conservatives and American extremism ("millennial" or end-time Christians and Zionist zealots).

True to form, Senator Santorum has crossed the line and shows his clear hatred of Muslims. It is irresponsible that such comments are coming from someone who self-righteously claims to be holier than thou. Elected officials should be a voice of moderation and peace, not a voice of hatred and violence. America's image is damaged by such inciting and irresponsible rhetoric, at a time when we are trying to demand that other countries challenge their own religious extremists. All religious and political leaders should project true American values of tolerance and pluralism by condemning Senators remarks and his hate speech at National Press club.

Senator Santorum has a long history of derogatory remarks against homosexuals and other minority groups. His speech was irresponsible and ill informed, and he remarks are likely to fan hatred of Americans in parts of the Middle East. Senator’s goal was to instill fear. Just like Fascism and Zionism achieved their objectives through fear, resulting in the vast societal FEAR syndrome. People who believe in peace with justice must do exactly the opposite of what the fear-mongers want. We must struggle in solidarity to promote more education, mutual knowledge, a "living together" based on universal values, on respect for life and diversity, for democracy, for freedom, and for justice.

By associating the words "Fascism" with the Islam is to instill fear and by not acknowledging that a political agenda is not the same thing as a belief system, Senator Santorum invoked the oldest and the strongest kind of human fear -- fear of the unknown. Zionist and the pro-Israel lobby continue to instill fear in Americans by escalating unsubstantiated threats against them and fabricating a vast web of lies to justify their actions against Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. By instilling fear of orange and red alerts we Americans have witnessed increased government intrusion into our daily lives and the erosion of our basic rights and freedoms.

Don't ask Santorum to "apologize," folks. Vote Democratic.

Joyce Comments: We always knew that the Democrat party is the American party representing the interests of al Qaeda. Now with this published editorial it's just official and plain for everyone to see.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance


From the Red Skelton Hour, January 14, 1969

I remember a teacher that I had... he was the principal of the Harrison School in Vincennes, Indiana. To me this was the greatest teacher, a real sage, of my time, anyhow. He had such wisdom. And we were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over... Mr. Laswell was his name. He says,

"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it's becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?

I. Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge. Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance. My love and my devotion.

To the flag. Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job.

United. That means that we have all come together.

States. Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.

And to the Republic. Republic. A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For Which It Stands. One Nation. One nation, meaning "so blessed by God"

Indivisible. Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty. Which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's own life without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice. The principles or qualities of dealing fairly with others.

For all. For all. Which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it Stands. One Nation, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All."

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance... "Under God." Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?