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by baldilocks

As a few peo­ple may have noticed, I’ve been going back over posts from my old blog, which I started in 2003. One of the things which has hin­dered me in decid­ing what to write about is that, often, I feel like I’m repeat­ing myself. But a long-​time fan turned that notion around for me by remind­ing me that rep­e­ti­tion is the vehi­cle of learning.

The fol­low­ing, from 2004, is apro­pos of noth­ing pop­u­lar in Social Media right now. Who knows when that will change? It could be sec­onds after you read it.


A guest asked the fol­low­ing ques­tions about Islam, and the Koran.

juli­ette i’m not that famil­iar with the qu’ran. could you give me a cita­tion for your reference?

could you also tell me if this type of activ­ity is a con­stant over the his­tory of the region? if we go back to 1905 for exam­ple, would we see some­one lynched then?

finally, could you tell me how lynch­ing and mass ter­ror­ism against african amer­i­cans was able to con­tinue for a full 100 years, with­out ref­er­ence to the judeo-​christian ethic?

Are Mus­lims fol­low­ing the tenets of their reli­gion or ignor­ing same?

Let’s turn it around. Dur­ing the hey­day of white Amer­i­can ter­ror­ism of black Amer­i­cans in the South, were white Amer­i­can Chris­tians fol­low­ing the tenets of Jesus the Christ or ignor­ing them? If the lat­ter was true, it isn’t too hard to fig­ure it out how it could be so: the same way that present-​day Chris­tians ignore the tenets of their reli­gion. You may be famil­iar with some of the “lesser” ways: lying, cheat­ing, steal­ing, com­mit­ting adul­tery, dis­hon­or­ing one’s par­ents, etc. Or even worse, twist­ing the tenets of their reli­gion to suit their own purposes.

This last sort of behav­ior shouldn’t have to be explained to any­one who steps out of his/​her door in the morn­ing. And fail­ure to live up to one’s pro­fessed stan­dards or twist­ing those stan­dards to self-​serving pur­poses isn’t a fail­ing unique to those who are religious.

It took men of the Chris­t­ian and Jew­ish faiths — black men, white men and oth­ers — to shame the bulk of white Amer­i­cans into liv­ing up to the spir­i­tual and sec­u­lar ideals they pro­fessed to revere and cher­ish, whether it was “love thy neigh­bor as thy­self” or the idea spawned from that, “all Men are cre­ated equal.”

Back to your first ques­tion: does it mat­ter whether jihad started 35 years ago or three years ago? Here’s my point: there is noth­ing in Islamic doc­trine that can be used to shame the Islamists to stop using ter­ror in the attempt to achieve their aims. No Dr. Malik Shakir will come out of the Mosque hold­ing up Muham­mad as the “Prince of Peace” who com­manded believ­ers to turn the other cheek or take the two-​by-​four out of his own eye first. Why not? This is why:

Slay the infi­dels wher­ever you find them, and take them cap­tives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Koran 9:5)

Fight against those who believe not in Allah, and those who acknowl­edge not the reli­gion of truth [Islam], until they are sub­dued. (Surat At-​Taubah 9:29)

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the lat­ter day, nor do they pro­hibit what Allah and His Apos­tle have pro­hib­ited, nor fol­low the reli­gion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowl­edg­ment of supe­ri­or­ity and they are in a state of sub­jec­tion. Allah is an enemy to unbe­liev­ers. (Koran 2: 98)

Again, Mus­lims who ter­ror­ize, lynch, burn, and enslave are merely liv­ing up to their credo, not ignor­ing or going against it. That’s why (besides fear of other Mus­lims) you haven’t seen any Mus­lims in large num­bers pub­licly repu­di­at­ing ter­ror. (There are one bil­lion Mus­lims, right?)

As a wise per­son said, when some­one tells you that they want to kill you, believe them.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

As a few people may have noticed, I’ve been going back over posts from my old blog, which I started in 2003. One of the things which has hindered me in deciding what to write about is that, often, I feel like I’m repeating myself. But a long-time fan turned that notion around for me by reminding me that repetition is the vehicle of learning.

The following, from 2004,  is apropos of nothing popular in Social Media right now. Who knows when that will change? It could be seconds after you read it.


A guest asked the following questions about Islam, and the Koran.

juliette i’m not that familiar with the qu’ran. could you give me a citation for your reference?

could you also tell me if this type of activity is a constant over the history of the region? if we go back to 1905 for example, would we see someone lynched then?

finally, could you tell me how lynching and mass terrorism against african americans was able to continue for a full 100 years, without reference to the judeo-christian ethic?

Are Muslims following the tenets of their religion or ignoring same?

Let’s turn it around. During the heyday of white American terrorism of black Americans in the South, were white American Christians following the tenets of Jesus the Christ or ignoring them? If the latter was true, it isn’t too hard to figure it out how it could be so: the same way that present-day Christians ignore the tenets of their religion. You may be familiar with some of the “lesser” ways: lying, cheating, stealing, committing adultery, dishonoring one’s parents, etc. Or even worse, twisting the tenets of their religion to suit their own purposes.

This last sort of behavior shouldn’t have to be explained to anyone who steps out of his/her door in the morning. And failure to live up to one’s professed standards or twisting those standards to self-serving purposes isn’t a failing unique to those who are religious.

It took men of the Christian and Jewish faiths — black men, white men and others — to shame the bulk of white Americans into living up to the spiritual and secular ideals they professed to revere and cherish, whether it was “love thy neighbor as thyself” or the idea spawned from that, “all Men are created equal.”

Back to your first question: does it matter whether jihad started 35 years ago or three years ago? Here’s my point: there is nothing in Islamic doctrine that can be used to shame the Islamists to stop using terror in the attempt to achieve their aims. No Dr. Malik Shakir will come out of the Mosque holding up Muhammad as the “Prince of Peace” who commanded believers to turn the other cheek or take the two-by-four out of his own eye first. Why not? This is why:

“Slay the infidels wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Koran 9:5)

Fight against those who believe not in Allah, and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth [Islam], until they are subdued. (Surat At-Taubah 9:29)

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection. Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. (Koran 2: 98)

Again, Muslims who terrorize, lynch, burn, and enslave are merely living up to their credo, not ignoring or going against it. That’s why (besides fear of other Muslims) you haven’t seen any Muslims in large numbers publicly repudiating terror. (There are one billion Muslims, right?)

As a wise person said, when someone tells you that they want to kill you, believe them.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!