Sunday, November 16, 2008

Religious Harmony? Don't quit your day job

The high priests of the technorati have started a movement called The Charter for Compassion project at Karen Armstrong, a religious scholar, was granted a "Wish" this year at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California. TEDizens such as Sergey Brin and Larry Page (along with Forest Whittaker, Cameron Diaz, other celebs and technorati) wish to unite religions whose common theme is the golden rule, or "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". What makes this interesting is that Armstrong, an apologist for Islam, is behind this. "The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony," Armstrong said. So far, I do not see evidence that Islam promulgates the golden rule. They do promulgate jizya, dhimmi, and pahlavi. In fact, in some Muslim countries, non-believers have inferior rights and have to pay tribute in greater proportion than believers. In some places like Afghanistan, muslims that convert to christianity are sentenced to death. Creating this project does nothing positive as one, it dilutes the message and meaning that is unique to each religion, and two, islam has to come out of the 12th century at best mindset it finds itself. This project will not change that. Armstrong should go to the House of Saud and the Ayatollahs of Iran if she wants change, but even she knows she would be stoned to death if she spoke the truth there. 

The problem I have is the arrogance of these multi-million and billionaires who seem to think that because they have money and influence, that somehow their vision must be promulgated so as to change the world. Brin and Page, by the grace of god, might be working in Burger King today if it were not for the search engine that is ubiquitous today. Like actors and other celebrities, keep your kumbaya socialist dogma to yourselves and concentrate on what you do well, and leave the rest of us alone. Of course they cannot, as evidences with Lord Philips and the other idiots in Britain giving the OK for Sharia law in British society. God bless Pat Condell. I don't agree with everything he stands for, but he has a classical liberal streak not seen since Thomas Paine, another great brit. 

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