It’s time for a pop quiz: Review the three screenshots of videos that follow. On which website do they appear?
B: Al Jazeera
C: The Muslim Brotherhood Home Page
D: NOW (the National Organization for Women)
E: None of the above
Here’s a hint: this is the actual text accompanying these–and two other–videos:
Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the history of the Women’s Rights Movement by focusing on the significance of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. The men and women at the convention proclaimed that “all men and women are created equal.” These words began a civil rights movement to fight for equality and social change, a fight which continues today.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park also recognizes the efforts of other groups around the world, who work to achieve equality for all people. Though we all have our differences, these groups struggle to ensure that a world in which “all men and women are created equal” can become a reality.
In an effort to highlight these struggles for rights, Women’s Rights National Historical Park created a video series to recognize the efforts of citizens to change the world in which they live.
BZZZZZT! Time’s up! They appear on the official website of the National Park Service. You’ve heard of them? The National Park Service? Of the United States of America? The people who are supposed to be running our national parks? Mr. Ranger who keeps Yogi Bear out of pic-i-nic baskets? That National Park Service?
The three videos focusing on Islam, show children in Schenectady, New York discussing their experiences as Muslim women.
One unidentified woman says it’s wrong to say Islam does not respect women’s rights.
‘People think that Islam oppresses women and there’s no equality, but they’re wrong, there’s equity,’ the individual said.
In another clip, another unidentified female praises Islam for what she says are its contributions to women’s rights.
’Islam gave women the right to be involved in politics, the right to earn and keep her own money,’ she said. ‘Islam gave women the right to work outside of the home, Islam gave women the right to own property, Islam gave women the right to divorce, Islam gave women the right to choose who she marries.’ ‘Islam gave women a whole bunch of rights that Western women acquired later in the 19th and 20th centuries and we’ve had these rights since the 7th century A.D. and it’s just not acknowledged worldwide,’ the woman continued.
“…It’s just not acknowledged worldwide.” Ah! That would explain the genital mutilation, forced child marriages, beatings of women, stoning of female rape victims, the inability of women to drive, or speak with any man outside the family, honor killings, and the fact that the female children making these claims obviously have–ahem–limited fashion options, which might seem to the unenlightened to be somewhat less than representative of equality. But that’s not all:
Islam within itself, Islam itself means peace,’ proclaims another individual.
Actually, Islam means “submission,” which is a bit closer to the reality of Islam as it is practiced in much of the world, particularly where women are concerned.
But to be fair, the video presentation made by the NPS at taxpayer expense features two other videos: one on lesbian/gay rights and marriage issues, and another on black women’s voting rights. To be scrupulously fair, we might want to recall that this is the same National Park Service that has been trying to make citizens feel the pain of the Sequester that Mr. Obama dreamed up and signed, but later denied having any involvement with (you know, President Barack Obama who drew the red line but didn’t?). That’s right, the same NPS that has closed parks and furloughed personnel, but apparently had tens of thousands of dollars for making propaganda videos touting the wonders of Islam.
What’s that you say? This is unheard of? Ah, ye of little imagination. This is merely one in a series of Islam-praising efforts by the Obama Administration, undertaken by agencies of the Federal government one might think should have nothing whatever to do with religion of any kind, and particularly the “religion of peace” that is currently murdering hundreds of thousands around the world, a world it is trying to subjugate in the name of its peculiar kind of “peace.” Consider this ABC News report from July 6, 2010:
A few days ago, in Cairo, Bolden told Al Jazeera that when he became the NASA administrator, President Obama charged him with three things: ‘One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and engineering — science, math and engineering.’
This was part of President Obama’s desire, as stated in his Cairo address last year, to begin a new chapter in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world, Bolden said.
Bolden told Al Jazeera that this mission had nothing to do with diplomacy, but rather was rooted in expanding US outreach for tangible reasons. The international space station, he said, is a conglomerate of 15-plus nations, including the Russians and Japanese. Bolden said his mission to the Muslim world is a ‘matter of trying to reach out and try to get the best of all worlds.’ No nation will make it to Mars on its own, he said.
Well sure! What American child learning of this initiative wouldn’t think: “Wow! This inspires me to involve myself in science and math that I may return to the Muslim advances of the 7th century! Maybe then I too may work for NASA and similarly inspire other children.”
So you see, gentle readers, it’s actually the mission of NASA not to explore space, but to make Muslims feel good about “their historic contribution to science and engineering — science, math and engineering (it’s apparently so important, they intend to do it twice).” This is a good thing, because many Muslim nations, particularly those that actually closely follow the nuts and bolts of their faith, can’t manufacture so much as a toaster, to say nothing of contributing to a space program, so they don’t have much to feel good about regarding the present. But then again, if the American space program consists of making Muslims feel good about their history, that’s not such a hindrance. After all, there isn’t much to which to contribute, is there? This is probably a good thing. I wouldn’t want the average jihadist in a cramped spacecraft on the way to Mars with me. Actually, I’m a little uncomfortable with the average jihadist on the same continent.
I’m in pretty good company. NASA’s former director wasn’t terribly impressed with Mr. Bolden’s brave, new mission. Via Fox News:
The former head of NASA… described as ‘deeply flawed’ the idea that the space exploration agency’s priority should be outreach to Muslim countries, after current Administrator Charles Bolden made that assertion in an interview…
‘NASA … represents the best of America. Its purpose is not to inspire Muslims or any other cultural entity,’ Michael Griffin, who served as NASA administrator during the latter half of the Bush administration, told FoxNews.com.’
‘Griffin said…collaboration with other countries, including Muslim nations, is welcome and should be encouraged — but that it would be a mistake to prioritize that over NASA’s ‘fundamental mission’ of space exploration.
‘If by doing great things, people are inspired, well then that’s wonderful,’ Griffin said. ‘If you get it in the wrong order … it becomes an empty shell.’
Griffin added: ‘That is exactly what is in danger of happening.
OK, but I’m just a scruffy little blogger. What do I know about the technological needs of NASA and the ability of Muslim nations to fulfill those needs? Maybe Mr. Griffin knows a bit more:
He also said that while welcome, Muslim-nation cooperation is not vital for U.S. advancements in space exploration.
‘There is no technology they have that we need,’ Griffin said.
Ah. Mr. Bolden is a retired Marine General. Shouldn’t he know better? Shouldn’t he actually understand the nature of Islam and Muslim nations? Quite. But there is a sort-of explanation:
The former administrator stressed that any criticism should be directed at Obama, not Bolden, since NASA merely carries out policy.
Hmm. “I was just following orders” didn’t work out that well at Nuremberg. You remember that? Big trial after the last time a tyrant with a desire to dominate the world in the name of a murderous ideology, which coincidently sought the extinction of the Jews, tried to take over the world?
Which brings us back to the National Park Service. Three fifths of their little video presentation had to do with Muslim propaganda, and I’m still trying to figure out why the National Park Service would be promoting videos having to do to Lesbian/gay issues or the voting rights of black women. Sure, lesbians and gays, and for that matter lesbian and gay women (am I getting a little confused?) might actually, you know, visit a national park at some point. I don’t recall a “Lesbian National Monument,” or a “Gay National Park” anywhere, but I’m sure that’s probably on the agenda. I don’t think I really want to think about the kinds of wildlife one might see traipsing about the woodlands, though the plumage would doubtless be colorful.
Still, there is that small matter of the first Amendment, which, if I remember accurately, prohibits government entanglement with religion, specifically the active promotion of any religion. And the last I checked, Islam is a religion. In fact, it’s really a theocratic state of being where there is no separation of church and state, and the church is the state, and if you don’t like it, they’ll persuade you to death. There are, granted, millions of Muslims that want only to practice their faith as they see fit and have no desire to impose it on anyone. Sadly, however, there are millions of Muslims that do want to impose it on everyone and are more than happy to murder anyone–other Muslims included–they see as standing in their way.
I know I’m being unenlightened and probably not nearly tolerant and diverse enough by expecting the National Park Service to actually focus on running national parks, and NASA on having something or other to do with aeronautics, space, and nationally administrating them. After all, in the Age of Obama, what’s the federal government for if not to promote those that advocate the violent, theocratic overthrow of the government and western civilization, and do it with taxpayer dollars we don’t have?
I can only imagine the screams of outrage from Progressives, including the Obama Administration, if a federal agency tried to post videos lauding the accomplishments of say, Baptists, or even such way out there lunatics as Episcopalians. Why, they’d probably be saying something like: “What the hell is the National Park Service doing making propaganda for the Baptists!”
What the hell, indeed.