Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Christianity, Islam and Judaism (no 2)

This is the second part of a speech, Hans Jansen made about Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Islam, so to say, combines the strong qualities of both Christianity and Judaism.

Islam is both missionary and it knows a set of laws, embodied in the Sharia.

The combination of these two traits calls for trouble, because it encourages Muslims to condemn the behavior of non-Muslims that happen to live with them within the same society.

This condemnation may take several forms, one of them being harsh criticism of the secular societies of Europe or North America, of which Muslim immigrants became a part recently.

Whereas Rabbis have little interest in the public or private behavior of their non Jewish surroundings, Muslim activists and Muslim preachers in the mosques certainly have such interests. Without hesitation, and publicly, they condemn their non-Muslim surroundings in the name of God himself.

Since Western societies do have a strong tradition of self-criticism, Western societies underestimate the importance and the possible consequences of Muslim criticism that is directed at their way of life.

The theory of Islam is not completely clear on the question whether non-Muslims, too, have to obey the rules of Islamic Law, but considerable numbers of Muslim leaders think so. There is, however, only one possibility to make non-Muslims obey these rules, and that is forcing them to do so.

Forcing them to do so may not always be necessary since many non-Muslims are strangely eager to please their Muslim neighbors and adapt their opinions and their behavior to what Islam deems to be good.

However, it is obvious that only the power of the State can guarantee the general application of the rules of Islam. Consequently many Muslims feel that the State should indeed be made into an instrument that enforces the application of Islamic Law. It goes without saying that no matter how well meant such aspirations may be they are at variance with the constitutions of all Western countries.

The non-separation of state and religion is moreover a guaranteed recipe for misery and backwardness, as we all can see daily in the Third World.

Muslim criticism, however, is not only aimed at the particularities of the contemporary Western way of life.

Also the very idea that non-Muslims in the West make their own laws and live without regard for Muslim law is offensive to large numbers of Muslims.

Humans should not make their own laws when the Islamic divine laws are so readily available and, moreover, so widely known.

Things become even worse, of course, when Muslims themselves show disregard for Islamic law, start to conduct themselves exactly like their European or American neighbors, and behave as if the laws of Islam did not exist.

Then the Islamic apostasy laws may be invoked, which may have lethal consequences.

Prof. Dr Johannes J.G. Jansen (Amsterdam 1942) holds the Houtsma Chair for Contemporary Islamic Thought in the Department of Arabic, Persian and Turkish at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), since May 2003.

Social Guerilla Campaigns about Child 'labor'

Child labor is a disgrace for humanity.
Therefor launched World Vision a campaign in the Netherlands to raise awareness of the issue of child labour on the 26th of March, 2008. One hundred children demonstrated and visited embassies and the Dutch House of Parliament that day.
My former employer, Ad agency Ogilvy, came up with this creative guerrilla campaign to support the efforts by pasting life size adhesives of children at automatic revolving doors in Amsterdam, The Hague and Enschede. Above the child adhesives is written: “You can’t ignore child labour.”

Hug a Turk Day - April 3

Tomorrow its Hug a Turk Day as decided on facebook.

The 'event' is worldwide, and will maybe a yearly event.

Enough Turks around the world, so find someone..))

Here is the link.

Day Opening - April 2

"Midnight Romance" by Sabzi