Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Peace Making: Shot him like a dog

Chicago's outta control,

Anthony Carter was standing outside his West Garfield Park home Monday night, waiting for his grandmother to return from a neighborhood store with snacks.

As his grandmother approached with potato chips and pop, she heard the sound of gunfire.

"We were all running. There were like eight or nine shots, just random gunfire," she said. "I found him lying on the ground. They shot him down like a dog."

Carter, 18, who his grandmother said was a senior at Crane High School, was shot multiple times in the back, police said. When officers arrived at the scene on the 4000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, they found Carter unresponsive.

His grandmother, who gave her name only as Donna, also said that Carter was her fourth grandchild who had become a victim of gun violence.

"They need to stop crime, they need to," she said.

No one was in custody this morning. Police said they did not know what precipitated the shooting and are investigating.

--Pat Curry and Deanese Williams-Harris

Monday, August 30, 2010

Is the US Oath of Allegiance, 8 C.F.R. Part 337 (2008) like a Covenant?

What say the Theologians of Covenant?
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

Glen Beck's Mormonism

I heard Beck take a beating on Chris Fabry Live! on my hour plus drive home today.

I've watched Beck's show once. I've never listened to Fabry. Fabry passed the time though railing over a "revival" that struck me, from what I've heard of it, as plain old US civil religion.

But a civil religion's always been a contentious thing in US of A. The old man Moody, and my Churches founder: Augustus Conant served together in the same Illinois Regiment. Theologically far apart but united in war. Service and sacrifice (Conant paid the ultimate price) rather than faith united. Maybe that's faith enough.

via God, the gospel, and Glenn Beck
A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they've heard the gospel, right there in the nation's capital.

The news media pronounces him the new leader of America's Christian conservative movement, and a flock of America's Christian conservatives have no problem with that.

If you'd told me that ten years ago, I would have assumed it was from the pages of an evangelical apocalyptic novel about the end-times. But it's not. It's from this week's headlines. And it is a scandal.

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid: The Ground Zero Mosque Was Never an Issue

Never an issue among Muslims writes Al-Rashid. An issue manufactured by our President I fear when he stepped into it all at that Iftar meal, and I don't think it's above a Chicago Democrat's style to seek out any kind of explosive issue to avoid talking about 9% plus unemployment. It's not just Jihadis using Muslim's as tools, it's Democrats too. It's a scoundrel's game.
The Muslims here are burdened, as usual, with the political opinions adopted by some Muslim radicals, and their Jihadist attitudes, declared in the name of each Muslim individual in the U.S. and around the world. This is deception and we must dismiss it. I read an article in which the writer claimed that the Islamic world is brimming with anger because of the attempt to prevent the mosque's construction, adding that Muslims view what has happened as being directed against them, and subsequently this will have adverse consequences.

In order not to enter into a debate about how to interpret these bold statements, the most important question is also the simplest: Are Muslims indeed in a state of anger because the mosque will not be built near the site of the [September 11th] attacks? My conclusion is no, and there is a great deal of evidence [to support this].
Read the rest in Asharq Alaswat

Of course, this could all be the Jews too: Top Muslims Condemn Ground Zero Mosque as a ‘Zionist Conspiracy’ .

Sarwar Ahmedzai - Shamshad TV Helping the flood victims

Afghan TV on the floods. I have no idea on the worthiness of the folks asking for the donations. The pictures are worth seeing to get a sense of the devastation. H/t Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum

The Battle for America 2010: Chicago Dems Just Not ‘Feeling’ Giannoulias

My contribution to PJ Media's The Battle for America 2010 .

My bio over at PJ Media: Bill Baar's a practicing Unitarian Universalist with a politically conservative mind. He blogs at Bill Baar's West Side.

Maybe I'll pick up some right converts to the Church. I told Chris Walton once we'd be better off advertising in the Weekly Standard instead of Time. There's plenty of anti-authoritarians of the unbelieving sort we should be attracting.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Jody Weis meets the Four Corner Hustlers

...and the Traveling Vice Lords.

The media almost NEVER mention the names of Chicago street gangs. It gives the gangs validation. This story stands out breaking that rule. It's Cops and city admitting defeat. Note Cook County Courts inability to bring any of these guys to Justice (read the Sun Times story from a few weeks back on all the shooters out free).

When Labar “Bro Man” Spann rolled into Garfield Park Conservatory in his wheelchair, he thought he was headed to a routine parole meeting.

Then he saw Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, other top law enforcement officials and the reputed leaders of several West Side street gangs. The meeting, it turned out, was anything but routine. The lawmen were there to deliver a message.

“They said they would get us if we don’t stop the killing,” Spann said.

The under-the-public’s-radar gathering -- first reported in Saturday’s editions of the Sun-Times -- was part of the new Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.
Second City Cop neatly nails this police disaster under the un-f*****g-f*****g-believable label,
Gee, let's just get it on the public record that we are suspending Constitutional protections and engaging in an organized campaign of harassment against certain individuals based on their past or suspected criminal records. We certainly hope every officer involved in this public record disaster has their house in trust.

ATTENTION IDIOTS - There is a reason the United States of America has a public policy that it doesn't meet or negotiate with terrorists. It gives terrorists legitimacy. It gives them recognition. It gives them a seat at the table. What this meeting has done is grant the gangs exactly that. It is also a tacit admission (and don't think any of them missed it) that the Chicago Police Department isn't in control of the streets.

Someone get a mop - Loevy & Loevy, Flint Taylor and countless other bottom feeders just started drooling so hard they passed out.
As one Second City Cop commenter says, this doesn't even work with my kids.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

No Muslim Gays at Iftar this year

From a MEMRI clip. I wish Obama had invited the Gay Muslims again instead of throwing gas on the Cordoba Center fight.

"Obama Has Failed Miserably… [He] Invited Muslim Homosexuals to Iftar Last Year, But Did Not Invite the Real Leaders of the Muslim Community"

"Let's be frank – Obama has failed miserably. Obama speaks a lot, and his discourse is positive, but when it comes to politics Obama is the same candidate whose campaign staff removed two hijab-clad women from the frame, during his elections campaign.

"It was Obama who invited Muslim homosexuals to Iftar last year, but did not invite the real leaders of the Muslim community. Who attended this year's Iftar? Many Muslim leaders did not attend. There is an effort to reshape the perception of Islam throughout the U.S.

"One final thing, Muhammad. I am not afraid of the issue of the Islamic Center, whether or not it is built. What I fear most is that the pressure exerted on us, as a Muslim community, will make us change many of our principles."

My June 2008 post inspired after Obama's staff shunned the two hijab clan women.

Give me your questions for Glenn Beck

'Cause I'll be interviewing him at Right Nation 2010,
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Swat Bahrain Exclusive Video

Video of the Flooding in Pakhtunkhwa H/T Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum

Rick Moran: On Being American Enough

A guy up the Fox River from me writes for PJ Media: On Being American Enough
Having a different vision of what America should be doesn't make President Obama less of an American than anyone else.
There is nothing new in Obama’s pining for “positive rights.” to augment or supersede the more familiar “negative rights” which are the rock-ribbed basis of original intent of the Founders — to proscribe what government could not do to individuals. The positive rights doctrine has picked up support during the last 100 years as a means to “perfect” society and cure the perceived ills of unequal distribution of income and unfair advantages of the white majority.

Obama’s visions and dreams are rooted in the American experience and are therefore as American as the vision and dreams of his opponents. His is not an “alien” vision for America. It is radical. It is extreme. It violates first principles. It stretches the meaning and intent of the Constitution to the breaking point. It is not mindful of the consequences of change, nor is it practical, workable, reasonable, or prudent.

But despite the president’s radical vision, his dreams of what America can become probably aren’t much different than yours or mine. Who wouldn’t want a more just society, a more tolerant society, a society more equal in opportunity? It is not the destination that divides us but rather the road that must be followed to get there that separates us.
I agree. I agree emphatically. It's just why can't the President and Democrats talk and write like this? Why can't they see the commonalities? Why hurl the the Phobia and Neocon labels instead, avoiding reasoned argument?

All my life I voted for Democrats from McGovern to Gore, and then when I support Bush on a war Clinton had convinced me must be fought, I find myself charged with blood-for-oil on my hands.

Who's American-enough didn't start with Obama. It started with "Bush lied". The GOP solidly supports Obama on Af-Pak. There may be reasons to leave now, and it may be a dumb war, but the GOP shows a loyal opposition to Obama the Democrats could never muster for Bush. They did a huge disservice to America, not unAmerican, but dreadful for America. It's one a lot of us can't forget. Replay Reid's The War Lost, or MoveOn's General BetrayUs for recall.

Obama's vision of America. I share much of it. It's the tactics his party used, and he still uses, that damage. It's what pushing me to think those Tea Party Libertarians may be on to something when they contrast Positive and Negative rights.

Promiscuous charges of bigotry and UUA's Love Divide

Krauthammer today on the Liberal's Last Refuge: promiscuous charges of bigotry.

It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with "antipathy toward people who aren't like them" -- blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims -- a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, "just downright mean"?

The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.

The Standing on the Side of Love campaign seemed nothing more than a huge admission of no confidence in ourselves . UUs couldn't muster a reasoned argument or defense of SSM or Immigration Policy. The two issues where we wielded Love's Sword and sliced off huge swaths of Americans onto the wrong side.

That and these economic doldrums will kill us. That slogan's not building Religous Communities. It's the measure of how our thinking's gone stale.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Major attacks at mosques, religious events, and Islamic institutions in Pakistan since December 2007

Why would it never occur to UUA to stand on the side of these folks?

Professional UUism will dismiss whole swaths of Americans as standing on the Other Side of Love (Hate's side?) over the Cordoba Mosque but the Preachers and Professional UUs serenely silent on the great struggle within Islam (or Goddess forbid express any solidarity or gratefulness to brave Americans who fight along Muslim allies in Af-Pak in that war).

UUism consumed in hate of its own that it can't quite direct. A very mistaken belief UU preachers focused on belief ought ponder.

The list per Bill Roggio,
Major attacks at mosques, religious events, and Islamic institutions in Pakistan since December 2007:

Aug. 23, 2010: A suicide bomber detonated at a mosque Wana, South Waziristan, killing 18 people.

July 1, 2010: Suicide bombers detonated at the Data Ganj Bakhsh shrine in Lahore, killing 41 people and wounding more than 170.

May 28, 2010: The Punjabi Taliban assaulted two Ahamadi mosques in Lahore, killing more than 70 people.

Dec. 18, 2009: A suicide bomber detonated inside a mosque frequented by policemen in Lower Dir, killing 12.

Dec. 4, 2009: A suicide assault team stormed a mosque in Rawalpindi that is frequented by Army officers, killing 40.

Oct. 20, 2009: A pair of suicide bombers detonated their vests at Islamabad's International Islamic University, killing five.

June 12, 2009: A suicide bomber killed five Pakistanis, including anti-Taliban cleric Dr. Sarfraz Naeemi, in an attack on a mosque in Lahore during Friday prayers.

June 12, 2009: A suicide bomber killed six worshipers and wounded more than 90 in an attack inside a mosque in Nowshera. The attack collapsed the dome of the mosque.

June 5, 2009: A suicide bomber killed 49 worshipers in an attack on a mosque in a remote village in Dir.

April 5, 2009: A suicide bomber killed 24 worshipers and wounded more than 100 in an attack outside a Shia religious center in the Chakwal district in Punjab province.

March 27, 2009: A Taliban suicide bomber killed more than 70 worshipers and wounded more than 125 in an attack at a mosque in the Khyber tribal agency.

March 5, 2009: An attacker threw a hand grenade into the middle of a mosque in Dera Ismail Khan, wounding 25 worshipers.

March 2, 2009: A suicide bomber killed six people during an attack at a gathering in a mosque in the Pishin district in Baluchistan.

Feb. 20, 2008: A suicide bomber killed 32 Pakistanis and wounded more than 85 in an attack on a funeral procession for a Shia elder who was murdered in Dera Ismail Khan.

Feb. 5, 2009: A suicide attack outside a mosque killed more than 30 Shia worshipers and wounded more than 50.

Nov. 22, 2008: A bombing at a mosque in Hangu killed five civilians and wounded seven.

Nov. 21, 2008: A suicide attack on a funeral procession in Dera Ismail Khan killed 10 mourners and wounded more than 25.

Sept. 10, 2008: The Taliban attacked a mosque filled with Ramadan worshipers in the district of Dir in northwestern Pakistan. More than 25 worshipers were killed and more than 50 were wounded.

Aug. 19, 2008: A suicide bomber killed 29 Shia mourners and wounded 35 after detonating in the emergency ward of a hospital.

June 17, 2008: Four Pakistanis were killed and three wounded in a bombing at a Shia mosque in Dera Ismail Khan.

May 19, 2008: Four Pakistanis were killed in a bombing outside a mosque in Bajaur.

Jan. 17, 2008: A suicide bomber killed 10 and wounded 25 in an attack on a Shia mosque in Peshawar.

Dec. 28, 2007: A suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a mosque in Charsadda in an attempt to kill former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao as he conducted Eid prayers. More than 50 were killed and more than 200 were wounded.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/08/taliban_strike_at_mo.php#ixzz0xi0oBIIu

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Holocaust Survivor gets cursed out at Cordoba Center Demo

Geez, I hope the cursing Yokel isn't a UU.

Wishy Washy Unitarian Universalism

As for....
“Well they’re just a bunch of wishy washy all over the place believing whatever values fits their mood type people.”
And what's wrong with being shallow and moody? What's wrong with thin belief?

When I joined my Church I was welcomed home. I was offered a refuge not a belief.

Most people I meet cannot believe in much of anything, and I'm most proud I belong to a Church where the unbeliever, and those torn and unsettled in beliefs, can find a home.

If UU Churches are anything, they are that. If we lose the habit of offering a home without care to belief, we're in very sad shape.

Can Unitarian Universalists believe whatever?

And my answer is...
Yes, absolutely, because UUs fear a human authority that decides correct and incorrect belief far more than we fear error in beliefs. Our sovereignty to believe truth as we find it revealed trumps any authority to define truth.

Makes for some conundrums but we’re not an easy faith to practice.
I'm open to corrections.... from the authorities.

Kamran Shafi: heartfult thanks

From his editorial in The Dawn all about Pakistan and it's political divisions and history but ending with this paragraph on US relief efforts,
In the end, a heartfelt thanks to the young American servicemen and women who are helping our people caught in the devastating floods. They are operating in a country that is considered hostile to America by pollsters. May the Almighty keep them in His care and return them to their loved ones safely.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kristol: He's No Muslim, He's a Progressive

Kristol's conclusion via The Weekly Standard,
So progressivism seeks to bring big changes to our backward country. Progressives like to dream about passing “the most progressive legislative agenda .  .  . not just in one generation, maybe two, maybe three.” But when progressivism has to give up its grand transformational claims, then we’re back in the world of reality and results, of the practical consequences of policy choices. A political debate over consequences rather than intentions, and over the real world rather than an imagined one, is one that is, as it has been for a long time, good for conservatives and bad for progressives.

It’s similar with the Community Center Formerly Known as the Ground Zero Mosque. Today’s progressives are multiculturalists. They’re inclined to make grand claims about the positive merits of a multicultural, non-judgmental mosaic replacing our old, uniculturalist melting-pot view of America. But when political realities force them to retreat, as Obama has done in the mosque controversy, from a proud multiculturalism to a narrow defense of the right to the free exercise of religion and the right to build on private property, they’re in trouble. The free exercise of religion and respect for private property are not a promising agenda for progressives.

Progressivism is in retreat. Obama’s problem isn’t that people falsely think he’s a Muslim. It’s that the public is correctly concluding he’s a garden-variety multiculturalist progressive. So November’s election won’t just be a repudiation of one non-Muslim president. It will be a repudiation of a multiculturalist progressive worldview—and of the bitter elites who cling desperately to that worldview and are consumed by antipathy to most Americans, who don’t.
Sometimes at Church I here said the United States more divided then ever. That seems pretty weird to me with my vivid memories of real threats of getting burned out over civil rights. No, what we see now is the collapse of Progressivism faced with the hard realities of the world. To the extent UUism's bought into the Progressive Agenda, we're in real trouble of sinking with this ship. Churches will survive and maybe band again into some new organization. But unless the Pro UUS and the board wake up and think hard about reality, we'll go down fast.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Obama and Islam (repost)

A repost from June 2008.

I wish Obama would acknowlege we are allies with Muslims fighting a foe who destroys Mosques, instead of shunning them.

Repost of Thy people shall be my people and their God my God

Few dramatists could match the poignant scene when Britain stood alone against the Nazi power that dominated a conquered or fawningly neutral Europe. Roosevelt sent his envoy Harry Hopkins to Churchill. At dinner Hopkins quoted from the Book of Ruth: "Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people and their God my God," softly adding, "Even to the end." --From Meachem Franklin and Winston
Picture of the Golden Dome of the al Askariya mosque destroyed yesterday by terrorists via The Stupid Shall Be Punished

Millions of Shia Pilgrims visit the Kadimyah Shrine in Baghdad (and about the Cordoba Center)

Via Ray Odierno's facebook page.
I am so impressed by the bravery and resilience that the Iraqi people continue to show. Recently, millions of Shia pilgrims braved the heat and threat of violence in order to visit the Imam Moussa Kadhim Shrine in the Kadimiyah area of Baghdad. Kadhimiyah is named after Musa Kadhim, the seventh of 12 revered imams in Shiite Islam, who was poisoned in 799 AD, and whose death tens of thousands of the faithful were honouring.

Pilgrimages such as these were outlawed during the Saddam era, they simply weren't allowed. Now, while they are legal they are still dangerous for the pilgrims, as is evidenced by the recent bombings as extremist groups continue to target innocent Iraqis in an effort to restart violence among Sunnis and Shias. In my opinion, the fact that they still come, knowing what may happen, is evidence that the people of Iraq have rejected the ideology of violent extremist groups and continue to strive for normalcy.
Why's Professional UUism so embittered about the United States that they see Islamapobia over the Cordoba Center yet cannot acknowledge the sacriface of American and Coalition soldiers to reopen shrines like Kadimayah to Iraqi and Iranian Shia Pilgrims.

Not a word of Solidarity could be spoken by Professional UUism as Mosques and Pakistan are destroyed, and when the great Mosque of Samarra. Why can't we utter
Thy people shall be my people and their God my God

Gotta wonder if it's because Professional UUism takes its orders from Democratic Party Talking Points.

Not a word of Solidarity for Islam in it's great struggle against Sunni Radicalism, and just a turn of vicious slurs about American's Islamiaphobia despite a butchers bill in Iraq paid by Americans so Pilgrims may return to Kadimyah.

Professional UUA headed for the dustbin. Perhaps that for the best. Maybe hastened. This moral blindness unconscionable and History will judge it cowardly compared to the brave Americans who served and died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pakistan's Daily Times Editorial: The horror continues

via Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\08\11\story_11-8-2010_pg3_1
The Awami National Party (ANP) has been under threat since the day it came to power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the 2008 general elections. That the ANP stands for secular values and human rights is anathema to the religious extremists. An attack on Dr Gulalai, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan’s sister and daughter of the late Khan Abdul Wali Khan, is an indication of the grave threat the cadres of ANP and now their families have to face. Fortunately, Dr Gulalai was not critically injured and escaped this attempt on her life. In the past few weeks we have seen the assassination of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain’s son, a suicide bombing outside Mr Hussain’s house while he was still in mourning, and now an assassination attempt against Dr Gulalai. All this points to the fact that we must fight this war against the terrorists till the very end so that the lives of millions of innocent people are not at risk from these barbarians. By targeting Dr Gulalai, they have shown that even women will not be spared now. We saw this in the case of Benazir Bhutto and now Dr Gulalai, apart from the hundreds of other women and children who have lost their lives in suicide attacks.

In the face of all this adversity, the ANP has stood its ground and declared that the party leadership is prepared to sacrifice even its children for the safety and sanctity of the motherland. It is difficult to provide security to each and every family member of the ANP leadership, but one hopes that those under serious threat will take maximum security measures in future. The attack on Dr Gulalai comes as a surprise because under the code of Pashtunwali (the way of the Pashtuns), women are not targeted, but this attack signals that women and children are now equally in the frontline and at risk. If anyone was in doubt about the barbarity of the Taliban, this attack should put an end to that sorry assumption. Dr Gulalai is not just a woman, she is also a doctor. By targeting aid workers and doctors, the Taliban have proved that they do not care about human life and only want to pursue their own nefarious designs.

The local Taliban are no different than the Afghan Taliban who publicly flogged and then executed a pregnant woman on charges of adultery. Though the Afghan Taliban have denied that the execution was carried out by them, it must have been either their supporters who follow in their footsteps or the Taliban themselves who are denying it because they are now aware of the diminishing returns of their anti-human policies. No law, culture or religion allows the execution of a pregnant woman because an unborn cannot be killed for no fault of his or hers. In civilised societies, even if a woman is on death row, she has to give birth before she can be sent to the gallows. Thus, the Taliban or whosoever killed this Afghan woman are guilty of ending two lives.

We have to understand that both the local Taliban and the Afghan Taliban share the same mentality and mindset. They are the antithesis of every tradition, culture, civilised behaviour, and humanity. The Taliban apologists must stop their propaganda that the Taliban are fighting only the Americans. They are also fighting against the state of Pakistan and killing our people. We have to obliterate them if this sorry tale of bloodshed is to come to an end. *

Christopher Hitchens: 'I'm Dying' (VIDEO)

Hitchens and Martin Amis interviewed. Enjoy them both but rationally chatting God or God's absence misses the deep truth. That hit me watching this video.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Riding the Islamic Tiger

I wonder how many UU's have hitched a ride?

From pondering the risks of Covert Christian Evangelism (healing in Afghanistan a far riskier witness-to-truth than a jail stint protesting Arizona's immigration law) to Geoff's interpretation of Mullah Omar's directive to kill women, as really a directive to kill collaborators; for after all the Mullah who shut down hospitals for women during his regime, only ordered killing of Women helping the Empire (and therefore I suppose a more understandable sort of killing; although whether the Women's Hospital would be should down again should Omar return, or why only women singled out as collaborators; Geoff prefers not to wonder.)

Below on those Liberals choosing to ride the Tiger... Browsing the Leftist Mindset

Of course, the theocratic despotisms in Iran, Gaza, Sudan, Somalia, or Hezbollah’s Lebanon do not emerge from a leftist ideology, but the Western left has not scrupled to form an ideological alliance with the centers of radical Islam. As Nick Cohen points out in What’s Left: How Liberals Lost Their Way (re-subtitled How The Left Lost Its Way), this mentality is really a quasi-revolutionary daydream that allows its proponents “to pretend to themselves that they were covertly building up the radical left rather than riding the Islamic tiger.” Although it is moot whether the left has been punk’d by Muslim window-dressing or is, in fact, fully aware of its ideological commitment against the weal of the democratic West, there is little question that it has come to behave like the junior branch of Islam. Jamie Glazov gets it right in his United in Hate: “The common denominator between the left and Islamism: Grounde Zero must be engendered everywhere so that the earthly paradise can be built on its ashes.” (Indeed, the plan to build an Islamic center and mosque, called Cordoba House, near Ground Zero is a physical expression of this aspiration.)

Leftists are convinced, writes Sternberg, that the planet can be “remade pristine,” rescued from the depredations of a world system “known as Empire.” The Babelian hubris of the project is evident in the claptrap idiolect of that manifesto and war manual of the new left, Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s scarcely intelligible Empire, from which the word and the concept was launched into widespread circulation. “The mythology of the languages of the multitude,” the authors write, “interprets the telos of the earthly city, torn away by the power of its own destiny from any belonging or subjection to a city of God, which has lost all honor and legitimacy.” The revolutionary violence these authors promote has been tried before in the various social gulags of the Communist backwaters, leading to the suffering, disempowerment, and impoverishment of hundreds of millions. But no matter. As the old saying goes, eggs must be broken to make an omelette — even if, as Isaiah Berlin commented in The Crooked Timber of Humanity, “The eggs are broken, and the habit of breaking them grows, but the omelette remains invisible.”

I heard a sermon a few weeks ago from a UU preacher speculating on life for a UU Church post UUA.

For after all the Church began long before the UUA, and most certainly will live and thrive after the UUA; from which I suspect much of the drivel of Empires and temptation for Tiger rides flows....

...maybe I'm wrong, but I'm betting post-UUA UUism a far more rational, humanistic, and democratic faith. Freed from the leftist cant rapidly heading for History's dustbin, as the common denominator rendered brutally false.