I Do Not Like That Ham-I-Am

Our German translator JLH has a few things to say about the latest “News of the Weird” story from South Africa.

One of the many things you can learn by reading the news at Gates of Vienna

by JLH

Let’s see if I understand this. Burger King is removing the syllable “ham” from “hamburger” in South Africa so as not to offend anyone. The best statistic I can uncover is that Islam accounts for 1.5% of the ca. 56 million South Africans. The largest single religious group is Protestant Christianity. In second place are those who profess no religion. It makes you wonder whom Burger King consulted (or was directed by). Certainly not the local Jewish lobby. When is the last time you ever heard the owner of a Jewish deli complain to the ADL about the BBQ bar and grill next door advertising spareribs?

This is a pioneering alteration to the language. The word for a type of sausage originally named after its city of origin is reduced to a severed trunk (-burg) that means “fort.” In US English, at any rate, calling somewhere a “burg” is not particularly flattering. I know because I come from a state with a lot of burgs. If I were a citizen of one of the largest cities in Germany — an international port, a center of trade, and an original member of the Hanseatic League — I would not like to be told that I was living in -burg.

This presents a whole new vista of linguistic change, calling up fond memories of the Hitlerian desire to expunge foreign words and phrases from the German language.

Where else in English, for instance, can we find this insidious infidel word “ham”? Perhaps in the Broadway musical about one of the Founding Fathers — you know, Alexander -ilton. Or in the name of a cute little rodent — the -ster — that is so fond of treadmills. Or, if you don’t want to call a small town a burg, you could call it a -let. And if you damage that place down in the back of your leg, you could say that you hurt your -string. This could lead to some confusion, so it may be better to take the high road and say that you pulled one of the tendons that laterally and medially border the depression in the popliteal fossa. That’s a little clumsy, but there are no infidel words in it. (Unless some really picky Muslim scholar objects to the use of the language of the Roman Church.)

And what if we can’t just remove the offensive syllable? What if that’s all there is? Like “Don’t ham it up.” We just have to substitute, and tell show-offs “Don’t steak it up!” “Don’t be such a steak!”

Just to be safe, we should also do away with the term we use for that crispy stuff we often eat in the morning. The morning special might be called “two eggs any style, with choice of ground infidel meat or infidel crispy stuff.” Alternatively “Canadian infidel crispy stuff and eggs.”

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The Mask Comes Off in Deggendorf

The following article from Politically Incorrect accompanied the video of the “Jews are possessed” incident in Bavaria that I posted earlier.

BPE is a reference to Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation:

Deggendorf: Muslim at BPE says “Jews are not human”

by Michael Stürzenberger

Even Islam critics and AfD supporters from Deggendorf were surprised by what happened recently at the Information Rally on Political Islam from the Citizens’ Movement Pax Europa (BPE) in Lower Bavaria. We were told that although there were the usual incidents of violence and harassment with the local “refugee” facility, the Muslims of the DITIB mosque behaved inconspicuously for the most part.

Obviously that’s the case until they are confronted with fundamental criticism of their religion. Then the masks fall and often a rather ugly face emerges. That is the result of indoctrination by a dangerous totalitarian ideology that makes up a large part of this religion — Political Islam.

At the beginning of the rally, I also thought that it was going to be an unspectacular day. There were only local citizens, many sat in the cafes nearby and listened calmly to our information.

But then more and more Muslims showed up. It became loud. Outrage began to spread with outbursts of anger and rage. There were insults. A Muslim woman asked a policeman, in all seriousness, why such an event was allowed to take place which makes Islam “look bad”. The question itself reveals the assumption that Islam is the only true religion and should never be criticised. Which is, after all, also the reality in Islamic countries.

The Muslim at our rally who said with total conviction “Jews are not people” and “Jews are possessed” called our comrade-in-arms Chris, who also wears a star of David around his neck next to a cross, the “devil”. Before that he had insulted me as “You spastic” and “You f****r” and told me I should “shut the f*** up” and said “shut your pothole” to me.

For everyone familiar with Islam, it was foreseeable that the hatred for Jews in Germany would become ever greater with the increase in the number of Muslims from fundamental Islamic countries to our country. This stems directly from the Koran, which denies Jews are human.

Constantin Schreiber has shown in his book Children of the Koran that in many Islamic countries, including Turkey, this indoctrination is spread in schools and therefore firmly anchored in the minds of Muslims. In its hostility towards Jews, the Koran far surpasses Adolf Hitler’s book of hatred and hate Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”).

The infernal and completely irrational fervour with which Muslims from the Gaza Strip and the so-called West Bank, actually called Judea and Samaria, rage against Israel can only be explained by the hatred that is sown against Jews in the Koran. If their god Allah curses Jews, how can they ever accept a Jewish state in an area which they presume to be their own?

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Rasmus Paludan in Canada, Part One

The following video is the first in a series taken from an interview that Vlad Tepes conducted with Rasmus Paludan in Canada earlier this month.

Regular readers will remember Mr. Paludan as the anti-immigration activist who was catapulted to fame in Denmark for treating the Koran in a fashion that “Danish” Muslims considered blasphemous. During the course of the interview you’ll hear him describe the sequence of events that resulted in his coming within a hair’s breadth of winning a seat in the Danish Parliament.

You’ll also see me in these videos, but I’m just kibitzing.

Jews Are Possessed!

The following video shows an exchange between a Muslim visitor and people protesting against sharia at one of Michael Stürzenberger’s events. The culture-enricher identifies one of the protesters as a Jew (I can’t tell if she really is one), and says she is possessed by the Devil.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Salafist Madrassas in the Netherlands

Dutch authorities, both Islamic and secular, are shocked — SHOCKED, I tell you! — to learn that violent extremism is being taught in Salafist mosque schools in the Netherlands.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Dutch public broadcasting service NOS:

Great concern in the Tweede Kamer [Parliament] After investigation into Salafist mosque schools

Children in Salafist mosque schools learn that people with another religious belief or lifestyle deserve the death penalty. They also learn to turn away from Dutch society and the principles of equality and freedom.

In various mosque schools, instructors teach that Muslim youths must leave this infidel land and settle in an Islamic land. That is the conclusion of an investigation by Nieuwsuur and NRC Handelsblad regarding Salafist institutions that fall outside of regular education.

Shocked

Both in political circles and within the Islamic community there is a shocked response. Gert-Jan Segers of Christian Union and VVD leader Klaas Dijkhoff want to have the law amended so that after information has been received, the education inspectorate can also intervene in informal education, whereas it can now only inspect regular schools.

The Moroccan-Dutch Society also reacted in shock. A sheikh, an imam and an Islamic teacher, active in traditional Moroccan mosques, call the Salafist lessons “horrible”.

Nieuwsuur and NRC conducted an investigation into dozens of education centers, which are Salafist or influenced by Salafism, and studied the teaching material for different age groups. Teachers throughout the country glorify a system where sharia punishment — the Islamic law — applies.

Death by sword

From lessons and from the textbooks, children learn which groups and sorts of people are “enemies” or “unbelievers”, and prescribes the death penalty that adulterers, homosexuals, apostates, and so-called “wizards”, among others, deserve. Children get fill-in exercises and multiple choice questions. They must, for example, choose the correct punishment: (a) lashing, (b) stoning, (c) death by sword.

Within informal Islamic education, Salafism, a fundamental movement within Islam is becoming increasingly influential. Nieuwsuur and NRC identified at least 50 educational establishments that are Salafist or becoming strongly influenced by it. In those locations more than a 1,000 children take Islamic lessons on evenings or weekends.

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An Islamic Party for Sweden

It appears that Sweden, like Belgium will soon have its very own Islamic political party.

Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Fria Tider:

Pro-Islamic party wants to recruit controversial Muslims

September 12, 2019

The newly-formed Nyans Party, which wants to promote Muslim interests in Sweden, will invest both locally and in the Riksdag [parliament] ahead of the next elections in 2022.

Its founder Mikail Yüksel believes the party will join the council in Växjö, he says in Lokaltidningen. The municipality is already 25% immigrant.

It was in August that the Nyans Party, “the party for the country’s suburbs”, was launched via an article in the Aftonbladet Debate.

Behind the party stands the former Center Party politician Mikail Yüksel, who was excluded from the party last year due to contacts with the Turkish Gray Wolves, which has been called “a security threat to Sweden” and is designated as an Islamist group, where Islam is seen as the “cure” of humanity.

Among other things, the party wants to make Islamophobia a crime classification all its own in Sweden, and ensure that Muslims are enrolled in the Constitution as a special group like Jews and Saamis [Lapps] with minority status.

In a new interview with Lokaltidningen in Växjö, Yüksel explains that the party aims, among other things, to get onto the Växjö City Council. There people already work for the party, and as many as 25% of the municipality’s residents are immigrants. Entering would require only 1,200 votes.

Local chapters will also be started in Gothenburg, Malmö, Stockholm and Örebro. But the main goal is to get into parliament in 2022.

However, Mikail Yüksel does not want to be a party leader himself. In that regard, he would like to see the former housing minister and MP politician Mehmet Kaplan, who in 2016 had to resign after it emerged that he had been at a dinner with the Gray Wolves.

“Mehmet Kaplan is as cut/scissors and cut/knife for the assignment as party leader for Party Nyans. He has experience working in government and parliament,” says Mikail Yüksel to Lokaltidningen.

Yüksel also wants to “attract” another controversial Muslim, Yasri Khan. Khan also resigned from the Environment Party in 2016 after refusing to shake hands with a TV4 reporter because she was a woman.

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Some Planes Did Something

I borrowed the title of this post from Steven Hayward’s 9-11 piece at Power Line. See also “Ilhan Omar’s 9/11”.

Dymphna and I have been posting these 9-11 anniversary essays once a year, beginning in 2005, so this makes the fifteenth. I’m on my own now, and I must admit to a certain discouragement: in the eighteen years since the Twin Towers fell, our ability to identify and deal with the danger of Islamization has markedly deteriorated.

Readers who are old enough to recall the fall of 2001 may remember the robust public discussions about Islam that took place during the months after September 11, even in the MSM. Even on NPR! I remember listening to the op-eds during “All Things Considered” in the car on my way home from work. Yes, the general conclusion — led by the pronouncements of President George W. “Religion of Peace” Bush — was that the perpetrators of 9-11 were “extremists” who had “hijacked a great religion”. But Islam was mentioned, and it was even possible to publicly dissent from the “extremist-vs.-moderate” party line without being hounded from one’s job and driven into hiding.

Not any more.

Over the intervening years, the patient infiltration and indoctrination by the Muslim Brotherhood has borne fruit. The word “Islam” is rarely used in any public commemorations of 9-11. In fact, the public remembrances themselves are becoming more and more frowned upon and stigmatized as “racist”, “white supremacist”, etc., etc.

In the Long War, Ilhan Omar is winning, and we traditional Americans are losing.

Mark Steyn says it much better than I ever could in “The Language of Losing”. Some excerpts:

The eighteenth anniversary of 9/11 was marked by the Administration inviting the Taliban to Camp David, and by the resignation and/or firing of John Bolton as National Security Advisor — which two events may not be unconnected. Because really, when the Taliban are running around Camp David, who needs national security?

[…]

We run around fighting for worthless bits of barren sod like Helmand province in Afghanistan, while surrendering day by day some of the most valuable real estate on the planet, such as France and Sweden.

[…]

In any war, you have to be able to prioritize: You can’t win everything, so where would you rather win? Raqqa or Rotterdam? Kandahar or Cannes? Yet, whenever some guy goes Allahu Akbar on the streets of a western city, the telly pundits generally fall into one of two groups: The left say it’s no big deal, and the right say this is why we need more boots on the ground in Syria or Afghanistan. Yesterday President Trump said he was committed to ensuring that terrorists “never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country”.

By that he means “safe havens” in Afghanistan. But the reason the west’s enemies are able to pile up a continuous corpse count in Paris, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Orlando, San Bernadino, Ottawa, Sydney, Barcelona, [Your Town Here] is because they have “safe havens” in France, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, North America, etc. Which “safe havens” are likely to prove more consequential for the developed world in the years ahead?

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Viktor Orbán Among The Christians

Rod Dreher has written an excellent account at the The American Conservative of his meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest. Below are some excerpts:

Viktor Orbán Among The Christians

by Rod Dreher

I arrived in Budapest on Friday to deliver a speech at a conference for Christian communicators from around the world. At the last minute, conference organizers alerted some of us that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán would like to meet with us privately at the end of the event. We boarded a bus and headed to Buda Castle, where he received us in a salon. I assumed it would be a quick meet-and-greet. Hardly! He spoke with us for about 90 minutes, and answered our questions frankly. Here’s a shot of the group, whose number included John O’Sullivan and Philip Blond, two names familiar to Anglo-American conservatives:

Mind you, I think I John O’Sullivan and I were the only professional journalists in the room, so this was not a press conference. I did not know that we would be offered to opportunity to speak to the PM beyond saying hello, much less that we would be able to ask questions. Therefore, I didn’t prepare for an interview, and in any case I only had the chance to put a single question.

I tell you this so you readers don’t ask me why I didn’t challenge Orbán on this or that policy of his government. I am perfectly aware that he is a controversial figure who has done things and pursued policy goals that are highly controversial for a number of reasons. However, this was a completely unexpected opportunity to be in the presence of one of the most extraordinary world leaders of our time, and to get a sense of his mind.

If the only thing you know about Viktor Orbán is from Western media accounts, you would think that he was nothing but some kind of mafia thug. The Viktor Orbán you encounter in person is very, very different from the Viktor Orbán shown to Americans by our media. In Orbán — who speaks good English — was energetic, fiercely intelligent, funny, self-deprecating, realistic, and at times almost pugilistic in talking about defending Hungary and her interests. Orbán is what Trump’s biggest fans wish he was (but isn’t), and what Trump’s enemies think him to be (but isn’t). If Donald Trump had the smarts and skills of Viktor Orbán, the political situation in the US would be much, much different — for better or for worse, depending on your point of view.

Orbán begin our session with extended remarks about Hungarian and European politics, and the role of his Fidesz Party in them. He said that when he was elected in 2010, he had one mission: to save Hungary from economic ruin. By the time Orbán’s 2014 re-election bid rolled around, the economy was stable, and he described the mission of his second terms as “to say what I think.”

“I realized in 2014 that I was the only free man among the prime ministers of Europe,” he said, explaining that by “free,” he meant that he had a strong, united parliamentary majority behind him. He added, “In Western political life now, you can’t say what you think.”

When the migration crisis hit Europe in 2015, Orbán famously shut Hungary’s borders to Middle Easterners. Orbán said that Hungary’s was the only government in Europe to respond to the crisis in its own interests, and in the interests of Christianity in Europe. With a population of only 10 million, and as a country where Christianity, as elsewhere on the continent, is fragile, the Hungarians concluded that allowing large numbers of Muslims to take up residence here would mean the death knell of Christianity in time.

This scandalized the European political class. Orbán doesn’t care. He told our group that he understands that he is dealing with elites who believe that being a post-Christian, post-national civilization is a great and glorious thing. Orbán rejects this. He said the main political question in the West today is how fractious pluralities can live together peaceably. He said, “Here the most important question is how not to have the same questions as them.”

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Napalming Western Culture

The three videos below seem to me to be related, even though Miss Piggy discovered them seriatim and translated them separately. Taken together, they provide a disturbing gestalt of the political and cultural nightmare that has engulfed Modern Multicultural Germany.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

#1 Islamization

Ralf Stegner is the current leader of the SPD (Social Democrats) in Schleswig-Holstein. The following brief video shows remarks made by Mr. Stegner at the SPD regional conference (a sort of town hall meeting for SPD members, who were permitted to ask questions) in Saarland on September 5. He is a candidate for the leadership of the SPD, along with the woman sitting next to him, Gesine Schwann.

#2 Napalm

The second video features remarks by a German vlogger about a young comedienne who displays the typical attitude held by affluent and well-educated Wessis (West Germans) towards Ossis, citizens of the former DDR. The latter region is sometimes referred to as “Dunkeldeutschland”, or “Dark Germany”. Ossis are more likely to be nationalists and religious Christians than their enlightened brethren in the West, which is why they are often treated as objects of contempt by the bien-pensants.

#3 Kill the Christians

The final video draws together the threads in #1 and #2. It shows a cell phone video recorded by a teenage girl in a high school in Halle, in which you can hear a Muslim immigrant acknowledge that it is his duty to kill Christians.

This provides a glimpse of who — after the successful Islamization of German communities — will deploy the cultural napalm against the benighted nationalists and Christians of Dunkeldeutschland.

The article below (also translated by MissPiggy) from Politikstube accompanies Video #3:

Halle: Muslim wants to slaughter girl (17) because she is a Christian

A 17-year-old girl from Halle, Germany posts her story on Facebook and gets mobbed by “good” people for just telling the story:

Linda from Halle: I deal with these guys every day. I live in Halle, in a bad neighbourhood, although the area is actually very nice, with many trees. But all you hear is: “A Syrian stabbed someone, the wife of an Afghani was robbed, young children threaten smaller children with knives, or refugee stabs German man.”

Two years ago, at the age of 15, I was almost raped. I have already been spit on, kicked, pushed against the elevator, in my own building. I live in a tower block. My dogs have been spit on and kicked when I wasn’t looking.

Two weeks ago I was sitting in the tram, and a foreigner was standing next to me, pressing his thing against me constantly. The first time I thought to myself, OK, he did it accidentally maybe, but he did it three more times. Then, of course, I told him my opinion.

Here’s the saddest thing: I published a video about it and what kind of reaction did I get? “You’ve started a smear campaign”, “It’s disgusting how you just lump them all together”, “JUST because you’ve had a bad encounter ONCE doesn’t mean every foreigner is like that.”

Despite having clearly stated my point of view in my post, most of the people who commented just twisted my words any which way they wanted.

Source: Facebook

Video transcript #1:

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Judgment in Augsburg

A young culture-enricher is currently on trial in the German city of Augsburg for a sixfold case of attempted murder. Like so many “new Germans” who interact with the justice system of the Bundesrepublik, the defendant has a surname consisting only of a single letter — news reports identify him as “Haidar A.”

Mr. A. is on trial for attempting to kill five judges and a prosecutor during a previous trial, in which he had been accused of — wait for it — attempted murder. His first attempt at homicide (since coming to Germany, that is) occurred at an asylum center in Hurlach, where he tried to halal-slaughter his roommate.

This time Mr. A. is making his court appearance behind bulletproof glass while thoroughly shackled, with a spit-helmet over his head to prevent him from spitting on all the infidels around him.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from the Augsburger Allgemeine:

Trial in Augsburg: Islamist Wanted to Shoot Judges

Trial Begins with Turmoil

by Jörg Heinzle

A 26-year-old Syrian allegedly tried to shoot the judges and the public prosecutor with the service weapon of a policeman at a trial in Augsburg. The trial begins with a wrangling with security forces.

In Augsburg, a suspected Islamist is on trial for six attempted murders. Did he want to shoot five judges and a prosecutor?

After just a few seconds there is a first scandal in the large courtroom of the Augsburg Criminal Justice Centre. The defendant spits in the direction of the journalists who photograph him. Shortly afterwards, when the judges enter the hall, Haidar A., 26, refuses to stand up. There is a wrangling with judicial officers and policemen. When the situation calms down again, the presiding judge, Sandra Mayer, orders that the accused must wear a spit-protection hood made of thin fabric over his head during the trial. It is supposed to prevent him from spitting.

The trial in the Regional Court in Augsburg that started on Tuesday was already being held under tightened security measures. Haidar A., who claims to be a Palestinian, allegedly tried to murder several judges and a prosecutor during a previous trial. The prosecution accuses the man, who also attracted attention through his Islamic statements, of six attempted murders.

The incident occurred in the summer of 2017, when the Syrian was on trial in Augsburg for trying to behead a roommate in an asylum in Hurlach (Landsberg district). He had rammed a knife into the roommate’s throat. The stab wound was twelve centimeters deep; the victim survived only thanks to a quick emergency operation. During the sentencing phase for the crime — for which he was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for attempted murder — Haidar A. tried to grab the pistol of a policeman. There was a wrangling, but in the end several officers managed to overpower him and restrain him. Haidar A. had previously also thrown a shoe at the prosecutor and spat several times in the direction of the judges.

The defendant admits that he tried to grab the gun

Haidar A. admits without hesitation that he wanted to grab the policeman’s weapon and shoot the prosecutor and the judges with it. He just did not succeed. “I would have started with the prosecutor,” he said in court on Tuesday. He felt he had been treated unfairly by the judiciary. He defends himself for the knife attack on his roommate in the asylum. The roommate had repeatedly insulted Islam. This was the only reason why he attacked him and stabbed him with a knife.

He does not accept it when someone insults his religion, says Haidar A. “Then I get angry”. The presiding judge wants to know whether he will also become violent in the future if someone insults his religion. He only answers: “Not immediately.” When he is asked whether he is an Islamist, he says: “I am proud to be a Muslim.” He also says that although he does not hate German society, he hates the German police and judiciary.

The defendant stated in an interrogation by the police that he had fled Syria because of the civil war. During his flight, he was also temporarily accommodated and well treated by the terrorist organization Islamic State, so he could not say anything bad about the ISIS. As a Palestinian, he also sympathized with the Hamas organization, which is classified as a terrorist group. He admits that he has experience in dealing with weapons, but wasn’t familiar with the official’s service pistol, a P7 from Heckler & Koch. Haidar A. says that he did not expect to be able to take the gun and fire it anyway.

However, the pistol was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition. The 55-year-old policeman appeared as a witness in court and said he noticed that the defendant had grabbed his belt. However, he did not succeed in pulling the weapon out of the secured holster. In order for such an incident not to happen again in the current trial, the 26-year-old has to sit in the dock this time with his hands and feet tied. In addition, a glass pane separates the defendant from the bench.

He spoke calmly about his hatred of the German state

A detective who spoke to Haidar A. in prison for a long time says the situation during the interrogation was very unusual. The defendant openly talked about his hatred of the German state — and showed no remorse. At the same time, however, he was friendly and courteous during the interview.

Haidar A.’s lawyer Walter Rubach says he has doubts that the crime was an attempted murder. A. admitted to having reached in the direction of the service weapon. However, the first testimonies at the trial suggested that he had not implemented his plan with the vigor required for an attempted murder. The trial will continue in about two weeks.

The following op-ed from Politically Incorrect (also translated by MissPiggy) concerns the trial in Augsburg:

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Dymphna, Patron Saint of the Insane

I just returned from my mini-vacation; everything went well. I got to see a play (a Neil Simon comedy) performed by a local amateur troupe, had dinner with friends and relatives, and drank adult beverages at a honky-tonk while listening to live music.

It wasn’t the same without my wife — those were Dymphna’s friends and relatives, too, and it was a place we had visited together numerous times in the past. Still, it made for a break from rattling around by myself in this empty house.

Below is this week’s installment of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits. As far as I know, this is the first time she told the story of St. Dymphna. It was originally published at The Neighborhood of God, and not at Gates of Vienna.

Dymphna, Patron Saint of the Insane

by Dymphna
First published October 25, 2005

This essay is dedicated to Erico.

The saints’ stories were among my favorites growing up. I don’t mean the anemic virgins-and-martyrs-eaten-by-lions books, illustrated with men and women lifting their eyes heavenwards as the lions stalked them in the background, waiting for the blessing of the food before they ate it. Nor did St. Sebastian, his body full of arrows, hold my attention, other than a brief look — “yikes” — and turn the page, please.

There were lots of men and women who were canonized for more mundane reasons than dying for their faith and it was their stories which attracted me. In my house, being full as it was of expatriate Dubliners, St. Patrick had pride of place. My mother never quite got over the fact that while New York City and Savannah had large parades on his feast day, the rest of the country used it as an excuse to drink green beer. In Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day, in serious honor to his name, the bars were all closed and the churches were open.

Alongside St. Patrick there was St. Bridgid. Early on, the Catholic Church had a rough gender equality; frequently a male saint had a companion female saint. They usually knew one another. To my mind, some of them probably got up to a little hanky-panky: the intensity of the holy can do that. One thinks of Heloise and Abelard, those star-crossed lovers who veered from the paths of holiness, dropping off into the ravines of fleshly distractions. In Spain, St. Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross were friends. He was the more mystic of the two; she was the reformer.

The thing is, the desire for union with God and the desire for union with another human being arise from the same root — the urge for transcendence, for flight from our solitary experience, for immortality. Given our differing temperaments, predilections, and experiences we can diverge in many ways from the usual paths of what the Church used to term “vocation.” The idea was not that we chose what we would do with our lives; instead we were to listen to that small inner voice in order to be given our marching orders. Within evangelical circles, I believe the term “calling” refers particularly to some kind of ministry. Back in the old pre-Vatican II days, it meant that you were supposed to have divine assistance in trying to figure out what you were going to do with this, your one and only life. Some of those choices were limited; now there are almost no limits at all and young people freeze in the quandary of too much choice and too little direction. Saint Dymphna’s situation was familiar: her “vocation” was not what she chose but rather what was forced upon her by circumstance.

But before we consider her story, let’s discuss its veracity. The oral tradition surrounding Saint Dymphna probably points to a real person, given some of the artifacts. In Roman Catholic terms, the relics of Dymphna are considered “first class” relics. But that’s hardly important here since we are talking about a mythos which likely formed around an all-too-familiar story, a situation which repeated itself through the generations in many areas of Europe (the story is too old to call these “countries” in the modern sense). There are similarly named women with comparable stories in Ireland and in Germany.

Since we can’t know for sure, and since there seem to be physical remnants of someone in a final resting place, I choose to envision Dymphna as real. For lack of a better term, call her my transitional object. But that’s my meaning: you can read her story and decide its significance for yourself. I am merely the teller of the tale. Since there are variations in the stories, I have chosen to present the dominant narrative while appropriating elements from various accounts.

Dymphna was born in the 7th century (a contemporary of Mohammed, though as far from Allah’s servant as one can be and still exist on the same planet). She was the daughter of an Irish chieftain father, Damon, and an unnamed Christian mother. At least this is how most stories present her parentage. Since Patrick knew intimately the clan system in Ireland his strategy was to convert all the chieftains first, knowing the rest would follow (a good strategy. It worked with Constantinople). Thus, it’s likely Damon was in fact a Christian, though this takes some of the luster off the shamrock. To get around the problem of his obviously murderous tendencies, he is often portrayed as a pagan rather than a Christian. Hagiography is not history.

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Islam: Men Versus Women

Islam: Men Versus Women

by SF

It’s easy to see why men like Islam: they are favored in every way. They can have arranged marriages, and up to four wives. If they tire of one of their wives, they can divorce her on the spot and get a new model. They can rape and beat their wives whenever they want. The women and children they capture in jihad become their sex slaves forever. And if they die in the course of jihad, they are whisked to the Muslim sexual paradise and receive 72 eternally virgin busty angels.

In contrast, it does not seem very attractive to be a Muslim woman. She is always owned by a man; first her father, and then her husband. Her father arranges her marriage, and can kill her if she dishonors him. She is subject to genital mutilation (which the Muslims call female circumcision). She cannot go out in public unless heavily covered, and is limited in all her interactions with men. She cannot divorce without consent of her husband. She is limited to one husband at a time, and can never marry a non-Muslim. Her testimony in court is limited, as well as her right to inheritance. If she is raped and reports it, but cannot find four Muslim male witnesses to testify in her favor, then she herself is found guilty of fornication and/or adultery, and is whipped or stoned to death!

Moreover, Muhammad, the incarnation of allah on earth, said that women have half the intelligence of a man, and that most Muslim women will end up in Muslim hell (where they can never bother their husbands, who are in Muslim paradise).

So you might wonder how any woman can be proud to be a Muslim — and why, in the supposedly free and enlightened West, Democrats, feminists, and lesbians defend Islam so strongly?

The analysis that follows is not politically correct: There is clearly such a thing as instinctual human nature. Humans are designed to be tribal; to be fiercely loyal to one’s own tribe, and to fiercely hate the enemy’s tribe. Women want to have sex with men, and to be the mothers of children. Women come to love the father of their children (and vice versa). Men won’t abuse women they are fond of (at least too badly), and women will generally put up with male abuse, as long as it is not too bad.

If all this is true, then it would seem that Islam as practiced is not as bad for women as it could be in theory.

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Killing Someone Who Deserves to Die

The following essay by Michael Copeland was originally posted at LibertyGB.

Killing Someone Who Deserves to Die

by Michael Copeland

[The scene, pixellated, outside the supermarket at Prien, Bavaria, Germany (Daily Mail)]

[Fatima S., murdered outside the supermarket]

[See The Daily Mail for the photos]

Another day, another stabbing: Europe today.

The Afghan mother Fatima S. was just leaving the supermarket in Prien, Germany, with her children in April this year. Another Afghan, who had been waiting on a bench opposite, rose up and attacked her, shouting that she had to die for leaving Islam. He stabbed her in the head and then slit her throat as her cries were heard for hundreds of feet around. A horrified eye-witness said:

“It was bad. A brave citizen tried to intervene and save the woman, everything was full of blood. It was inconceivably terrible.”

Brave shoppers overpowered him. Police were called, and he was detained.

Fatima S. had left Islam. As a result she had to be killed. This is commanded in Sharia, the body of rules which define Islam. Leaving Islam is “the ugliest form of unbelief (kufr) and the worst” (Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, o8). All four of the main schools of Islamic jurisprudence agree that leaving Islam — apostasy — brings death.

In Sharia, “since it is killing someone who deserves to die”, there is no penalty for killing an apostate (Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, o8.4). Anyone may freely commit such a murder: it is part of Islam’s authorised vigilante killing system. Every brother doubles up as executioner. The victim had left Islam while in Afghanistan. She fled that country in 2011 because of the murder that awaited her there, and obtained asylum in Germany. Her killer was known to her, and had sought her out, arriving in Germany in 2013.

Unfortunately, we Europeans are not acquainted with these rules: the attacker was initially detained in a psychiatric hospital. Authorities are not yet familiar with Sharia, but we all need to give it some attention. This is because Islam’s mission is to impose Sharia on all the world, in a Global Caliphate, by force if needed. Osama bin Laden explained, but no-one took any notice:

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It’s All for Show

This week’s edition of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits is a follow-up to last week’s, which discussed Annie Jacobsen’s encounter with the Syrian trombonists. This one is a review of Ms. Jacobsen’s book.

It’s All for Show

by Dymphna
Originally published on Sept. 27, 2005

Does the accumulation of four years without further terrorist attacks make you feel safer when you fly? It shouldn’t. The Bureaucratic Bunglers are out in full force and with them in charge you don’t have a prayer. Or rather, all you do have is prayer.

According to Annie Jacobsen, we’d better do our homework on this one because there is no one watching out for us. Back in April, Gates of Vienna posted on Ms. Jacobsen’s tenacity and her willingness to follow this story wherever it led. That post, “Silence of the Sheep,” proved that the author is a sheepdog indeed. Her interviews with other passengers, with government agencies, with the House Judiciary Committee, with airline personnel, and with individual people who bear the day-to-day hazard of working in this field, have made her case. The tale of her experiences is documented well in Terror in the Skies.

This is a top-down problem. The guys in harm’s way — the pilots and flight attendants — know the problems but they have no more power to address them than you do. Less than two percent of pilots are armed. Want to know why? Because in order to actually carry a firearm on board, the firearms training must be done on the pilot’s own time and it has to be done in a place far from home, squeezed into his holiday time or vacation.

And flight attendants? Again, they have to arrange self-defense training on their own time, at their own expense and without the cooperation of the airlines themselves. Think of it this way: what if Brink’s hired drivers and gave them no training in handling attempted robberies? What if they expected their employees to get training — if any — on their own time and their own dime? How long do you think Brink’s would be in business?

That’s the situation we have in the friendly skies of America. When you add to that the cruel joke of the Federal Air Marshals, the lackadaisical behavior of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the farce we all know as the Department of Homeland Insecurity, it’s enough to make you want to stay home and do your business by long-distance and email.

Let’s take just one: FAMS. This is bureaucratese for the Federal Air Marshal program. You know the old joke that goes “you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny”? Well, for this program, the first part may or may not be the case, but for the second premise — being dressed funny — you can count on FAMS. Due to the boneheaded policies of those in charge, Federal Air Marshals are required to wear sport coats and collared shirts. Yes, that’s right: they must look like Federal Air Marshals at all times because they are a reflection of FAMS and dressing in a slovenly disguise would somehow bring disgrace to the organization. Comments about being a lovely corpse would be appropriate here.

Then there’s what they do after they’re up and dressed. Remember, they’re carrying guns, right? So obviously they can’t go through security. However, there’s a second obvious thing they can do — they can fight the current and walk through the exit lanes for deplaning passengers. How’s that for subterfuge?

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