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Watched Movies

This is a list of films I have watched:

 

 

Godzilla

Eyes wide shut

Fearless

The goonies

Capitalism love story

Mighty ducks d2

Wonder Woman

Rules of engagement

World trade center

Alexander

Roger and me

Road to Perdition

Chinatown

Fearless

Fiddler on the Roof

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Home Alone 3

Joseph: King of Dreams

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Paradise Now

Rules of Engagement

Space Jam

Jumanji

Frost/Nixon

Roger & Me

Sicko

Southpaw

The 400 Blows

When Harry Met Sally…

Alexander

Touch of Evil

The Lives of Others

The Graduate

 

  1. The American President
  2. Babe
  3. The Beach
  4. Born on the Fourth of July
  5. Fargo
  6. The Fly
  7. Let the Right One In
  8. The Lives of Others
  9. Platoon
  10. Psycho
  11. Snowden
  12. Splice
  13. W.

Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’ with a Transformative Post-Climate Crisis Message

On a Saturday evening, I decided to revisit M. Night Shyamalan’s aesthetically pleasing visual experience. Putting aside the beauty and attention to detail every shot achieves in enhancing its narrative (discussed further on my analysis of the film), I want to instead focus on some of the important underlying themes and overall message After Earth tries to convey to the audience, especially during a time where the climate crisis is getting worse combined with climate deniers refusing to accept science.

From the first opening sequences of the film, Jaden Smith’s character, Kitai Raige, narrates the Earth’s changes due to the threat of human activity accompanied by shots of pollution in the air and unusual natural disasters:

I’ve heard stories of Earth. A paradise. Until we destroyed it.

Warning. This planet has been declared unfit for human habitation, placed under class-one quarantine by the interplanetary Authority. Under penalty law, do not attempt to land. Repeat, do not attempt to land.

This is a class 1 quarantined planet. Everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans.

Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice. We are all telling ourselves a story and that day mine changed.

 

More coming soon.

 

My Response to Dr. Robert Jeffress on Trump and North Korea

This is a message to pro-war pastors like Robert Jeffress thinking God has given Trump authority to take out North Korea’s Kim Jong Un:

Robert Bowman, a Catholic Bishop, said the following:

“We are not hated because we practice democracy, value freedom, or uphold human rights. We are hated because our government denies these things to people in Third World countries whose resources are coveted by our multinational corporations. That hatred we have sown has come back to haunt us in the form of terrorism…Instead of sending our sons and daughters around the world to kill Arabs so we can have the oil under their sand, we should send them to rebuild their infrastructure, supply clean water, and feed starving children…

In short, we should do good instead of evil. Who would try to stop us? Who would hate us? Who would want to bomb us? That is the truth the American people need to hear.”

You can find this quote from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

Background music is from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild called Divine Beast Vah Rudania.

How to Collect Efficiently in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

There are so many useful strategies that prove useful in collecting more food, arrows, enemy spoils, and other useful collections prior to meeting the Great Fairy.

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Stasis is a very useful multi-purpose tool. Enemy spoils, crates, mushrooms, and treasure chests become a lot easier to find.

Everywhere I explore, immediately after my stamina is about to run out due to sprinting, I use stasis to check my surroundings.

Wooden and steel crates are very useful

 

More coming soon

 

General Mattis’ Plan to Shift the Military Towards Hypermasculine Authoritarianism or: Less Humanitarianism

I read some of the most disgusting short pieces of writing from World News Politics where the writer briefly describes how General Mattis, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense, is shifting our military to the far right with his destructive plans:

The former Marine only has one concern in his life. He wants to make the US military the biggest most lethal group in the world. It’s a good time to ruin the world’s bad guys and General Mattis is the person to do it.

While the writer (M.L.) may be aware of the fact that the United States military is the biggest in the world given that half of our taxes are wasted to support its oppressive activities around the world, he seems conveniently indoctrinated into this false idea that there are good guys (our American government) and bad guys (terrorists). It’s important to know where these so-called bad guys came from. Killing them is not going to make things better. More will prop up. Let us not forget that part of the reason why terrorism is on the rise is due to our foreign policy, and our American government has played a hand in funding those same terrorists for decades.

 

More coming soon.

 

https://www.worldnewspolitics.com/2017/07/29/general-mattis-issues-new-orders-military-liberals-jaws-hit-floor-loud-thud/

 

Reflecting on CounterPunch’s “The Good Americans”: An Untold Summary of Everything Wrong with the United States Empire

If I had to pick one of the best pieces of writing I ever read on the internet that satirically summarizes everything historically wrong with the United States empire from start to finish, it would be CJ Hopkins’ “The Good Americans” from CounterPunch. It perfectly exposes all the sins of the country that its own citizens know little about. The following is a list of quotes from the source that struck me as worthwhile reading for all to reflect on:

The United States of America being a profoundly authoritarian society (whose citizens have been conditioned from childhood to follow orders, go through channels, submit to a host of humiliating rituals devised by an ever-expanding range of government and private “security services,” and to worship leaders, police, soldiers, and, basically, anyone wearing a uniform, or a Giorgio Armani business suit), this ruling class soft coup is cause for celebration.

This is unfortunately true of most children growing up in the United States. One would think back to a civilization wiped out in the same land by Columbus’ men where the same children were encouraged to think for themselves, and do not submit to any authority. Today, some of the best educational systems in civilized countries like Finland do a better job enlightening children, and focus on what makes them happy. Unfortunately, children in the United States are instead conditioned with punishment inspired by a culture of mass incarceration. From detention after school hours to handcuffs due to minor offenses like dress codes and tardiness.

A culture of fear is really what forces children to follow orders. Any natural signs of resistance to authority leads to an unnecessary and dehumanizing punishment. This capital punishment culture is not only found in schools, but in our prison system, the militarized police, and all the military branches. Sure, we celebrate and applaud the highest ranks in positions of authority, but what exposes this country as an authoritarian society is when one looks at how these same authority figures punish the oppressed whether it’s imprisonment due to civil disobedience or sending a lower rank to Captain’s Mast due to an inaccurately exaggerated report by a higher rank where the victim has little power or opportunity to challenge the report.

At which point they, these Good Americans, will pour en masse onto Lafayette Square, hooting, hollering, and waving flags, as they did when Obama sent Seal Team Six to roust the former CIA asset, Osama bin Laden, out of bed, shoot him several times in the face, and then dump his body in the Indian Ocean, or whatever it was that actually happened.

Americans seem to enjoy war, violence, and the killing of any human being as long as they are labeled the bad guy. As always, Hopkins is stating one fact after another. The United States has been utilizing this CIA asset strategy for decades in other countries that prove an inconvenience to corporate capitalists in power of this country. Not the President of the United States. Hopkins ends with a strong skeptic’s conclusion on what really happened to Osama bin Laden. History repeats itself. The corporate media in servitude of the United States government has lied to the American people before. The assassination of JFK and 9/11 come to mind.

What with all the demands of work, family, Facebook, Twitter, yoga, shopping, keeping up-to-date with the latest dining trends, not to mention the new season of House of Cards, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to scrutinize everything their leaders are doing, or the “information” the media is feeding them.

True. And what sources of media dominate our lives? The corporate media. CNN. MSNBC. Fox News. Whatever happened to real investigative journalism? The American people need a media that reports facts. Imagine having The Young Turks, The Jimmy Dore Show, Secular Talk, The Real News Network, CounterPunch, Truthout, and Truthdig dominate the media instead. We need more progressive voices to inform the American people, or there will be no democracy. The good news is that progressive ideals have been growing ever since the Trump administration took over. The same list of progressive media organizations I just named are growing more popular in social media.

The United States isn’t Nazi Germany. OK, sure, we wiped out the Native Americans (and sadistically named some of our sports teams after them), but that was hundreds of years ago. The same goes for slavery … ancient history. And, alright, so the United States, and the indigenous death squads we have trained and funded, have murdered millions of men, women, and children in places like Indochina, Indonesia, Central America, South America, and the Middle East, and we’ve bombed and invaded a long list of countries that posed no threat to us whatsoever purely to advance the interests of the corporations that own the government, and their ongoing quest for global hegemony … still, it’s not like Nazi Germany, where people went blithely on with their lives, pretending they had no idea what was happening.

Yes, Christopher Columbus and his men have committed genocide on one of the most peaceful civilizations of that century. The United States government has armed, funded, and trained terrorist organizations like Al-Qaida. Worst of all, we do the same thing for countries that expand terrorist organizations like Saudi Arabia. We are allied with a country that may have a connection with the 9/11 attacks. The United States military is under misleading orders of propaganda, but the objective is clearly to occupy and invade any country that poses a threat to corporate world domination. In other words, any country that is about to show signs of economic and democratic independence will be bombed. Countries like Iran and Libya come to mind. Hopkins points out that a lot of the American people have no idea what is going on with their country. There is a lack of anti-war resistance. This is nobody’s fault. Resistance still exists. The struggle between rich and poor is still going on. Corporate media is too powerful. There’s a lack of anti-war voices in the mainstream.

Coincidentally, a lot of these bad guys, in addition to being hideously evil, have been, circa the time of their removal, interfering with the vital interests of the corporations that own our government. Bashar al-Assad, Muammar Gaddafi, and Saddam Hussein are the most recent examples, but we’ve been doing this since the late 1940s. A partial list of CIA ops, including assassinations, torture, election rigging, coups, and so on, stretching back to the post-WWII period, when we re-installed fascists in Greece and Italy and smuggled Nazis like Reinhard Gehlen, Klaus Barbie (a/k/a “the Butcher of Lyon”), and Eichmann’s good buddy, Otto von Bolschwing to America to help us defeat “the Communists,” is available for perusal online, and in any number of books and articles. It’s not like this stuff is secret or anything.

The corporations that own our government have committed global crimes like rigging elections of other countries, replacing democratically-elected leaders with fascists, and assassinating revolutionaries like Muammar Gaddafi. Yet, here we are lying to the American public with constant propaganda that other foreign countries are rigging our election system, and that Bashar al-Assad attacking his own people authorizes our military to kill innocent lives. All these same lies have also led to killing of a million innocent lives in Iraq thanks to the Bush administration. Bush’s father led the attack in Panama that killed many innocent lives and infrastructure.

But whatever … no government is perfect, right? And Good Americans are grown-ups, after all. So they understand that all that crap about democracy is important to teach the children, and to put on the masthead of your newspaper, or whatever, but the real world doesn’t work like that. In the real world, where the Good Americans live, safely insulated from the abject poverty they are not in any way responsible for, sometimes you have to hire a few Nazis, or support a couple of fascist regimes, or sell a few buttloads of arms to the Saudis, despite the fact that they’re a brutal theocracy and the primary sponsors of the Terrorism we claim to be bombing the Middle East to stop, or bankrupt a few hundred thousand Americans to bail out your pals at the Wall Street banks that bled them dry with their Ponzi scheme, or support an Apartheid state like Israel, or sell Americans some convoluted corporate-friendly healthcare plan as if it were somehow completely impossible to provide a universal healthcare system like every other developed country, or lead the world in mass incarceration, primarily of the lower classes, who are already mass incarcerated in ghettos patrolled by militarized police, which of course bears no resemblance at all to the ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe, and is regrettably just a permanent feature of the grown-up reality the Good Americans are utterly powerless to ever change.

This summarizes everything Hopkins has said, and validates everything that I have reflected on so far. Our government is allied with the Saudis, sponsors of the same terrorism we claim to be at war with. Strange. Americans do not often hear truths like that covered on CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC. Perhaps we should include reading more independent media like CounterPunch. Our government occupies and oppresses other people’s lands just as the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians. The oppression happens in the United States as well. The poor are incarcerated by a militarized police, there’s a lack of funding a good educational system that teaches students to think critically, and people die due to a medical system that denies them care in any possible way combined with ridiculous costs. Worst of all, Capitalism is making corporations richer for every dead person, every loss of a home, every denial of medical care, and every student struggling to pay for college.

Hopkins concludes:

Alright, I know you’re probably thinking that sounds a lot like the rationalizations the Good Germans used to excuse themselves for not resisting the horrors of the Nazis, but it isn’t the same kind of thing at all. The Good Americans are resisting … they’re resisting Trump, who, after all, is the one responsible for all that stuff, all those wars of aggression, the CIA coups, the torture, the death squads, the ghettos, et cetera … our entire seventy-two-year history as Enforcer of global Capitalist empire and all the incalculable human suffering and irreparable damage to the planet it has caused … all that is somehow the doing of Trump and his puppet-master, Vladimir Putin. Or at least it’s not Obama’s fault, or the fault of any of his Democrat predecessors, those champions of the poor and downtrodden who never need to be resisted.

So please join the Good Americans this weekend as they do their part to help the corporatist establishment make an example of this monster (whose evil outstrips that of Hitler, and Pol Pot, and Stalin, and, well, pick your monster) and discourage any future billionaire ass hats from screwing with their simulation of democracy. They’ll be staging huge rallies all around the country to whip up support for the Pink Revolution, and possibly even all-out Blitzkrieg against our bestial Slavic enemies before they “influence” another election, or hack another rural power grid. They’re calling it the “March for Truth.” It’s a totally grassroots volunteer effort that has absolutely nothing to do with David Brock, Peter Daou, or Shareblue, or the Democratic Party, or any of its neoliberal backers. This one probably won’t quite match the Nuremberg rallies for flat-out hysteria, but give the ruling classes some time … “Resistance Summer” is just getting started.

Phil Donahue Exposes the Obvious Propaganda Commonly Found in Conservative Corporate Media

Reflecting way back to a video I remember watching several years ago, below is a video of Phil Donahue as a guest speaker at Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News:

After a major transformation of my progressive views during the last few months of my 2016 deployment in the military, I suddenly realized how much more truth came out of Phil Donahue. I always agreed with his position in that video clip years ago, but watching this again got me thinking about a lot of things that make it worthwhile to write a thorough blog post for that one video.

O’Reilly’s propaganda starts off rather poorly by falsifying Cindy Sheehan’s anti-war activism as if she is some crazy person. Being radical can mean the advocation of political and social change. So, what’s wrong with that? O’Reilly tries to smear some of Sheehan’s “radical” views on the following facts that actually reflect reality:

  • the oppressive Israeli government’s occupation of Palestine
  • the violent American government’s foreign policy responsible for killing innocent civilians in the Middle East

Phil Donahue is later introduced as one of the few legitimate journalists who supports Cindy Sheehan’s dissent, and he calls out O’Reilly from the start for marginalizing a woman who lost her child in the Iraq war.

Wanted to Play Games List

This is a list of games I either have yet to play or owe more time to play before giving it a deep critical review:

  1. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  2. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  3. Burnout 3: Takedown
  4. God of War
  5. God of War II
  6. God of War III
  7. God of War: Chains of Olympus
  8. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  9. GoldenEye 007
  10. Gran Turismo
  11. Gran Turismo 2
  12. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
  13. Gran Turismo 4
  14. Grand Theft Auto III
  15. Grand Theft Auto V
  16. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  17. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  18. Half-Life
  19. Half-Life 2
  20. Half-Life 2: Episode 1
  21. Half-Life 2: Episode 2
  22. Halo: Combat Evolved
  23. Mario Golf (N64)
  24. Mario Golf (GBC)
  25. Mario Golf: Advance Tour
  26. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
  27. Mario Golf: World Tour
  28. Metal Gear Solid (GBC)
  29. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
  30. Metroid Fusion
  31. Metroid Prime
  32. Metroid: Other M
  33. Mortal Kombat 4
  34. Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  35. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
  36. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
  37. Mortal Kombat: Deception
  38. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
  39. Need for Speed: Underground
  40. Need for Speed: Underground 2
  41. Paper Mario
  42. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
  43. Perfect Dark
  44. Pokémon: Crystal Version
  45. Pokémon: Yellow Version
  46. Prince of Persia Trilogy
  47. Ratchet & Clank Collection
  48. Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  49. Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA
  50. San Francisco Rush
  51. San Francisco Rush 2049
  52. Super Castlevania IV
  53. Super Mario 3D Land
  54. Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island
  55. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
  56. Super Mario Bros. 3
  57. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
  58. Super Mario World
  59. Super Metroid
  60. Super Paper Mario
  61. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  62. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  63. Super Smash Bros. Melee
  64. Tetris DS
  65. Tetris Ultimate
  66. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
  67. The Last Guardian
  68. The Last of Us
  69. The Legend of Zelda
  70. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  71. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  72. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  73. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  74. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  75. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  76. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  77. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  78. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  79. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  80. Ultimate Mortal Kombat
  81. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  82. World of Goo
  83. Yoshi’s Story
  84. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

 

Rating Played Games (/10)

This is a list of video games I have played if I were to rate them from 1 to 10 (just for fun):

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – 10
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – 10
  4. Metroid Prime – 10
  5. Resident Evil 4 – 10
  6. Shadow of the Colossus – 10
  7. Super Mario 64 – 10
  8. Metal Gear Solid – 10
  9. Super Metroid – 10
  10. Super Mario World – 10
  11. Half-Life 2 – 10
  12. Conker’s Bad Fur Day – 10
  13. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem – 10
  14. Ico – 9
  15. GoldenEye 007 – 10
  16. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – 10
  17. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – 10
  18. Halo: Combat Evolved – 10
  19. Rayman 2: The Great Escape – 10
  20. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – 9
  21. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – 9
  22. Super Mario Sunshine – 9
  23. Beyond Good & Evil – 9
  24. Super Smash Bros. – 9
  25. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – 9
  26. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 9
  27. Pokemon: Crystal Version – 10
  28. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – 9
  29. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – 9
  30. Half-Life – 9
  31. Diddy Kong Racing – 9
  32. God of War II – 9
  33. The Last of Us – 9
  34. God of War III – 9
  35. Portal 2 – 9
  36. Star Fox Adventures – 9
  37. Okami
  38. Pokemon: Yellow Version – 10
  39. Mario Kart 64 – 9
  40. Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 9
  41. Super Mario Galaxy – 9
  42. God of War – 8
  43. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – 8
  44. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – 9
  45. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 8
  46. Mega Man II – 9
  47. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – 8
  48. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 8
  49. Super Smash Bros. Melee – 9
  50. Portal – 8
  51. Journey – 9
  52. Castlevania IV
  53. Perfect Dark
  54. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap – 9
  55. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour – 8
  56. Super Mario Bros. 3 – 9
  57. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages – 9
  58. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – 8
  59. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – 8
  60. WWE Day of Reckoning – 8
  61. WWE Day of Reckoning 2 – 8
  62. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – 8
  63. The Legend of Zelda – 8
  64. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – 8
  65. Need for Speed Underground – 8
  66. Flower – 8
  67. Super Mario Land – 8
  68. Super Mario 3D Land – 8
  69. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  70. Yoshi’s Story
  71. World of Goo
  72. F-Zero GX
  73. WWF No Mercy
  74. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  75. Super Mario Land 2
  76. Rush 2: Extreme Racing

Islamophobia or: The Demonization of a Islam and the Discrimination of All Muslims

Truthout’s BuzzFlash article describes Franklin Graham’s Islamophobia:

Franklin Graham’s latest sortie into Islamophobia occurred recently, when he vigorously opposed a decision by Duke University to allow the Adhaan, i.e. the Muslim call to prayer, to be announced from the bell tower of the campus’s Christian chapel. Graham took to Facebook to exclaim: “As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism. I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”

Soon after Graham’s intervention, the university reversed its decision. University officials claimed that the cancellation was based on a “credible and serious security threat.”

“Graham’s hypocrisy is glaring,” Qasim Rashid, a lawyer, speaker and author of Extremist, recently pointed out in a column at the Huffington Post.

“Here he is preventing Muslims from worshiping freely at Duke, while complaining (rightfully might I add) that Christians can’t worship freely in several Muslim majority nations. If he wants to show these despotic regimes how they should behave, he’s failed. Instead, he’s provided extremists more fodder to show how intolerant Christian leaders are. Graham mimics what he claims to hate.”

Indeed. Graham responds:

Graham later told WNCN News that while he “agree[s] with diversity … what’s happening with this country is all these religions are getting front row and Christians are being pushed — and we’re the majority — are being pushed back to the back of the room,” cnsnews.com recently reported.

That is not true. Christians are not being pushed back compared with other religions. He only feels strongly about this during the Obama Presidency, a time where constant propaganda by the most religiously extremist and conservative mainstream media recycle lies to the public on this possibility, without any evidence to prove it, that Barack Hussein Obama, given his name, is some closeted Muslim who favors Muslims over Christians.

If such false accusations were true, then the other branches of government would look into the evidence that show this President is violating the Constitution. Speaking of such a document, Franklin Graham seems extremely ignorant on what this country truly stands for. The majority has no power to receive additional privileges over other religions just because there are more of them. The Constitution is all about protecting minorities as well, which basically means respecting all people with equality, dignity and respect regardless of religion. Graham continues:

“This country was built on Christian principles, it was men and women who believed in God and believed in His Son Jesus Christ who built this country,” said Rev. Graham. “We’re the greatest nation in the history of the world. It wasn’t built by Islam, and it wasn’t built by any other group. It was those who supported and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This country may have an important history of naturally having Christians as the early settlers that originated from Europe, but that does not automatically mean this country was built on Christian principles. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other important documents that founded this country are written under the inspiration of a very secular and free society. If Christianity is the foundation, then we would have Jesus referenced like Mohammed is referenced in Middle Eastern nations that were built on Islamic principles. The Old and New Testament are never referenced in any of those secular documents.

Graham claims to think this is the greatest nation in the history of the world. What makes a nation great? For having the most powerful military filled with over 800 military bases outside of the United States policing and oppressing other nations with illegal occupation, the use of force, mass surveillance and bombing innocent civilians? For being the greediest and wealthiest nation on Earth where the richest 1% own and control the lives of others while half of the population is poor? If Graham ever travelled, he would know that other European nations were inspired by our Constitution, took it and started developing a higher social standard for everyone’s right to free healthcare, free education, paid leave and retirement.

Graham added, “[W]e’re the greatest nation in the history of the Earth,” he said, “and we have people today that want to destroy what we believe and what we stand for. I think the university needs to understand that the world in which we live today, we’ve been at war now 10 years against terrorists and the terrorists we’ve been fighting are people who support and believe in the Islamic faith.”

Graham needs to ask himself critical questions before opening his mouth: Why do we have people today that want to destroy us for decades? Why are we at war with terrorists? How did this problem originate? Part of answering all these questions have to do with the violent Foreign Policy of the United States. It seems to be a common response of this militarized and violent government to eliminate the enemy rather than come up with more effective and nonviolent options to suppress the expansion of terrorism. Killing terrorists and bombing other nations is only going to provide these terrorist organizations more ammunition to recruit more people who were directly affected by the terrorist activities of the United States. So, we need to stop the illegal wars and unnecessary violence. That creates more enemies, and gives more reason for nations all over the world to plan an attack on us. Part of why 9/11 happened is due to the foreign policy activities of the United States in the Middle East like their unconditional support to arm Israel with dangerous weapons.

During a 2010 televised town hall meeting, Graham called Islam “wicked” and “evil.” “They want to build as many mosques and cultural centers as they possibly can so they can convert as many Americans as they can to Islam,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week,” politico.com reported at the time.

The hypocrisy behind such a hateful statement is that the same kinds of groups addicted to converting as many people as possible is found in all religions, not just Islam. It also exists in our hyper-militarized culture of recruiting as many young people in the military as possible through sports events like the NFL, advertising, Hollywood blockbusters and mindless first-person shooter video games like the highly popular Call of Duty franchise.

Ever since 9/11, Graham maintained his unchanged Islamophobia:

“I have not changed my opinion at all.” Viewing the activities of the Islamic State, the Taliban and Boko Haram he concluded: “This is Islam. It has not been hijacked by radicals. This is the faith, this is the religion. It is what it is. It speaks for itself.”

This is not Islam. If Graham knew or at least visited the people in the Middle East practicing Islam, he would know that the common people do not support the violence, extremism and demonization of their own faith. This religious war is really supporters of those terrorist organizations like ISIS versus those who oppose it. He should also be aware that the United States is directly and indirectly supporting terrorist organizations by arming and funding countries directly connected with them like Saudi Arabia. According to Graham’s exaggerated Islamophobic logic, the Ku Klux Klan and white suppremacists are also just practicing Christianity. If he is going to just assume the most extremist side of Islam speaks for the rest of the religion, why not Christianity? Graham concludes:

He added:

“I think it is very important that we do all that we can to try to share God’s love with Muslims because they have no hope outside of dying in Jihad. I want them to know, you do not have to die for God. God died for us. He sent His Son to die for us. We do not have to kill ourselves to please God. I want them to know that they can have eternal life.”

Franklin Graham is a pot-stirring opportunist. To score political points with his conservative Christian followers, he has lambasted President Obama on numerous occasions, including questioning the President’s faith and the country of his birth. Therefore, it is not surprising that when an opportunity presented itself at Duke University, “Graham’s Facebook fulminations,” as Religion News Service’s Aaron Griffith recently pointed out, “transformed what could have been a nuanced campus debate about religious establishment, sacred space, and pluralism into a countrywide fracas that calls to mind 1980s culture wars.”

I would like to add that Franklin Graham tries to normalize his hate speech filled with Islamophobia with sharing God’s love with Muslims. He seems to be under the impression that Muslims having to suicide bomb themselves is one of many ways he thinks Muslims do to die for God. Graham also tries to convert them, because it is part of his job as a Christian to preach the so-called truth to them. To save them. From what? Eternal torture? What a sophisticated way to control and suppress people’s potential through fear of a celestial dictator.

More coming soon as I provide a critical, self-reflective evaluation of other sources of Islamophobia from refugees to border patrol discrimination.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/17552-the-biggest-lie-youve-been-told-about-the-oppression-of-muslim-women

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29029-five-surprises-about-american-internment-during-world-war-ii

Border patrol

http://www.usatwentyfour.com/muslim-claims-border-patrol-discriminated-found-phone-says-otherwise/