Monday, November 16, 2015

Who Has The Correct Mythology?

I have come to the realization that Islamic Revivalism, that some use as an excuse for Jihadism, is the same thing as Christian Fundamentalism, which has only been practiced during the past 200 years, which also is an excuse for conservatives to start wars in other countries. They are the same thing using different mythologies.
From Wikipedia:
Evangelism is the preaching of the gospel or the practice of giving information about a particular doctrine or set of beliefs to others with the intention of converting others to the Christian faith.

This term is not restricted to any particular Christian tradition, and should not be confused with Evangelicalism, a common term for a wide range of "Evangelical" Protestant churches and groups.

Christians who specialize in evangelism are often known as evangelists, whether they are in their home communities or living as missionaries in the field, although some Christian traditions refer to such people as missionaries in either case. Some Christian traditions consider evangelists to be in a leadership position; they may be found preaching to large meetings or in governance roles.

Christian groups who actively encourage evangelism are sometimes known as evangelistic or evangelist. The scriptures do not use the word evangelism, but evangelist is used in (the translations of) Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11, and 2 Timothy 4:5.

Islamic revival or Sahwah (Arabicالتجديد الإسلامي‎ aẗ-ẗajdid l-ʾIslāmiyyah, also Arabicالصحوة الإسلامية‎ aṣ-Ṣaḥwah l-ʾIslāmiyyah, "Islamic awakening") refers to a return to the fundamentals of the Islamic religion. Revivals have traditionally been a periodic occurrence throughout Islamic history and the Islamic world.
Preachers and scholars who have been described as revivalist or mujaddideen in the history of Islam include Ahmad Sirhindi, Ibn Taymiyyah, Shah Waliullah, and Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab. In the contemporary revival, Hassan al-Banna, Abul Ala Maududi, and Ruhollah Khomeini, among others, have been described as such. Contemporary revivalists have often been referred to as "Islamists".
The most recent Islamic revival is thought to have begun roughly sometime in the 1970s (although strong movement began earlier in the century in Egypt and South Asia) and is a reversal of the "Westernization" approach common in Arab and Asian governments earlier in the 20th century. The revival has been manifested in greater piety and in a growing adoption of Islamic culture among Muslims. It is often associated with "re-Islamisation" and the political movement of Islamism. Among Muslim immigrants and their children who live in non-Muslim countries, it includes a feeling of a "growing universalistic Islamic identity" or transnational Islam, brought on by easier communications, media and travel. One striking example of it is the increase in attendance at the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which grew from 90,000 in 1926 to 2 million in 1979.
(Please pay close attention to this next part.)
Two of the most important events credited with inspiring and/or strengthening the recent resurgence were the Arab oil embargo and subsequent quadrupling of the price of oil in the mid-1970s, and the 1979 Iranian Revolution that established an Islamic republic in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini. The first created a flow of many billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia to fund Islamic books, scholarships, fellowships, and mosques around the world; the second undermined the assumption that Westernization strengthened Muslim countries and was the irreversible trend of the future.

So, no matter what you have been taught. Mecca is no longer the heart of Islam, even though it is written into their ideals. Saudi, Arabia and the Saudi royal families are the true heart of Islamic revivalism and jihadism. Remember that the next time some politician tries to tell you the problem is ISIS/ISIL, because their roots are caused by funding and their funding comes from Saudi royalty like Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who also owns and controls at least half of conservative news.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Could You Live Like This?

I live at a condominium complex that won't do anything about the pigeons that I keep complaining about. I am disabled and live by myself. I can't spend all day trying to keep the birds out sitting on my balcony and I can't afford to keep buying bamboo screens (that most places don't sell anymore) or the imitations that I bought in the past. My patio furniture and tools are covered in bird crap and this is what I found on my balcony again.