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Malaysian officials enforced an early October Appellant Court decision to outlaw references to Allah by religions profiting from spiritual solidarity. Three hundred and twenty one bibles in the state of Selangor at the Bible Society were confiscated.
Malaysia consists of over 60% Muslim, about 20% Hindu, and almost 10% Christian with Buddhists rounding out the population.
The October Appellant Court decision by Mohamed Apandi Ali overturned a lower court’s decision to allow for cross-linguistic spiritualization of Allah, since Judge Apandi Ali decreed that Allah is not integral to other religions’ spirituality. It took four years for courts to overturn a ruling of illegality against censorship that precipatated in vandalism and arson against Malayasian Churches.
Offending Bibles from Indonesia have already been seized at government checkpoints.
Similarly, this year there were no reports of Muslim fatwahs against celebrating the New Year like there was in 2012 Kyrgystan. There were just twin suicide bombings of metropolitan Volgograd issuing such a climate of fear that the media hedged against naming conspirators altogether.
Thirty four died and dozens were injured as 2013 turned into 2014.
The typical Gregorian calendar year includes little time for holidays, focusing around the birth and death of Jesus Christ to bring the masses together during the Winter chill and the Spring thaw. Still, the Christian calendar, stuffed with commemorated saints, does supply enough excuses for holidays as it witnessed the urban invention of carnival during Medieval Europe’s metaphorical celebration of Catholic Communion as an economic cannibalism to eat the rich and celebrate excess.
On June 29, 2013, Starke, Florida saw the first Atheist monument on American Federal land. The 200 science-worshippers in attendance for the event lauded the 1,500 pound granite bench slapped with quotes and an ‘A,’ for Atheists.
One of the quotes on the bench inscribed with an atomic sign ironically is the 1796 treaty of Tripoli, promising that ‘The government of the United States is in no way founded on the Christian religion.’
Ironically, it took the desert speeches of William Eaton some eight years later to rally Egyptian Arabs to stabilize the naval power of Tripoli to keep the 1796 non-aggression pact between America and Arabia real. Eaton directly compared the American concept of a protestant God separate from the state to the Islamic conception of Allah.
On the whole, the first monument to break the Federal Government’s commitment to a freedom of religion is a rhetorical slap-happy disaster attempting clumsy statements of fact to contrast with the belief: ‘An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvment in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.’
Much like incendiary academic Michael Eric Dyson’s televised Christmas attack on Christianity as homoeroticism, the Atheist monument seems to have lost the human plot in pursuit of confusion, derision and hate.
Americans live in a supervised culture bullied by clubs obsessed with platitudes to garner government money to meaninglessly enforce the past to disable human interaction. The latest evidence of this trend, that has routinely kept military chaplains out of soldiers’ lives, brutally barred Christmas cards from children addressed to hospitalized veterans in Dallas, Texas. Hypocritically, the government barred cards mentioning Christmas, God or spirituality due Thomas Jefferson’s buzz-point of, ‘separation of church and state.’
Jefferson affirmed that the government should have no truck in private individual opinion. Clearly sanitizing writing from school children to disabled patriots seeks to control the private moments of individuals.
Another example is Wretha Thomas of the Educational Support Union who disciplined school-bus drivers for using the radio system to pray for a coworker’s deceased daughter killed by a car walking home from school.
She selfishly listed the policy of limiting personal use of government in a misunderstanding of Jeffersonian warnings against persecuting citizens for private practices, which is the domain of the superstitious church.
But the tide of ‘secularization’ of the calendar may be turning.
Republican representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas announced this past Christmas Eve that Congress won the right to say, ‘Merry Christmas:’ a right taken away during the social justice protests of the 1970s.
Los Angeles County supervisors this New Year’s called for reinstating the cross expunged from the county seal in 2004 by secularists bent to denying the existence of private social time or shared faith from government. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has vowed to fight the reinstatement.
But Americans are increasingly tired of free-speech bigotries from liberals parading a life devoid personal faith or personal congregation. GLAAD took fire from homosexuals for over-stepping free speech decorum to smear Phil Robertson after he made disparaging remarks about the homosexual experience. The liberal news network MSNBC actually used the biblical statements from Jeremiah 10-10 to question former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin’s Christianity in a disastrous attempt to steal viewers from more conservative news channels.
Mrs. Palin demurred on the mainstream media’s recent secular focus on racializing the identity of Saint Nicholas – a force of gift-giving that the liberal left likes to refer to as mythical and thus imaginary. She did mention the existence of skewed priorities.
With a series of religiously themed Hollywood blockbusters planned in the future, including that of Noah, religion should be making a come-back as a symbol of individual freedom from the demands of society – a symbol of faith in an age of conspiracies – a symbol of togetherness in an age of intolerance.