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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Culturist Praise for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


In his recent journey through America, calling for the elimination of Israel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran made a bold and important statement.  Along with the 9/11/12 assaults on our embassies, and the subsequent rioting across the Muslim world, this speech has served as a clarion call to all who would think.  The West needs leaders who share Ahmadinejad’s geo-political philosophy.

While we take a globalist position, President Ahmadinejad and the leaders of the Arab Spring take a culturist position: they know they have a side and they stand up for it.  In his response to Ahmadinejad, President Barak Obama, by contrast, denounced politics that pit, “East against West; South against North; Muslim against Christian, Hindu, and Jew”[i] Obama is a globalist in that he takes no side in any international battles, he claims to speak for all of humanity.  We must rebuke this cultural blindness and realize, as Ahmadinejad, declares, that the West has a side in international affairs.

You must admire the extremes to which Ahmadinejad and him Muslim bretheren take their culturist stance. While in America, Iran’s President told CBS that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and must be “eliminated.”[ii] The twenty – one Arab countries surrounding Israel have a land mass of 8,368,272 square miles.  By contrast Israel covers 12,877 square miles.  In the whole Middle East a small sliver smaller than New Jersey is non-Islamic and the culturist Muslim world will not stand for it.[iii]  They back what has become the traditional majority culture in the Middle East - Islam.  Ahmadinejad and the Muslim world’s refusal to give up any of their territory should inspire us.

Instead, the West fought for the establishment of the Islamic state of Kosovo in Southeastern Europe.  We did so in the name of “human rights.” Ahmadinejad’s philosophy is better. Outside of necessary trade, Iran does not give Israel any money.  They know that non-Muslim nations are their competitors in a global battle for survival.  We, by contrast, give Palestinians money because we wish to avoid, by whatever means necessary, the impression that we are taking sides.  In his United Nations reply to Iran’s President, Obama declared that he supports Israelis and Palestinians alike.  Like Ahmadinejad, we must acknowledge that we have enemies and not support them.

Obama also champions the culture blind philosophy of multiculturalism.  As if channeling all other western politicians, in his United Nations response to Ahmadinejad, Obama declared, “we believe that freedom and self-determination are not unique to one culture. These are not simply American values or Western values – they are universal values.”[iv] As all multiculturalists and neo-cons, he boldly proclaims that cultural diversity does not exist, has no impact on politics, and has no place in our policy decisions.  This culture-blind logic, of course, underpins our continued efforts to turn Afghanistan into democracies and pumping of billions of our dollars into enemy regimes in the Middle East, as well as our culturally neutral border policies.

Ahmadinejad, by way of contrast, has been telling us that cultural diversity exists. During his visit to the United States he supported a move by an Iranian religious foundation to increase the reward for killing Salman Rushdie for blasphemy. He calls homosexuality a western disease.[v]  As such he proudly attempts to inform us that Islam is a different culture with different and opposing values to ours. Yet, our politicians deny cultural diversity exists, even while murderous riots denouncing free speech have spread across the Muslim world.  We must reject multicultural blindness for the culturist position, by beginning to notice the extent of cultural diversity and taking it seriously. 

President Ahmadinejad and the Muslims rioting across the Muslim world are trying to disabuse us of globalist and multicultural illusions.  We need to listen to them.  It is time to renounce the globalist vision that claims no international struggles for dominance exist.  We need to clear our palates of the multicultural lie that cultural diversity does not really exist or have any place in our policy decisions.  What our leaders call ‘universal values’ are not universal, they are western.[vi] We must take a culturist position.  We must heed Ahmadinejad’s culturist declarations that the West has a particular culture and Islam is against it, and adjust our policies accordingly.   

Dr. Press is the author of the book Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future.  He is also the inspiration behind the British political party the National Culturists.


[i] National Journal Staff, “Full Text: President Obama's Speech at the United Nations General Assembly,” http://news.yahoo.com/full-text-president-obamas-speech-united-nations-general-102500744--politics.html, Sept, 25th, 2012
[ii] Charbonneau, Louis, Reuters, “Update 6 – In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be ‘eliminated,’” http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/un-assembly-ahmadinejad-idUSL1E8KO5BL20120924, Sept. 24th 2012.
[iii] The Israel Project, “Israel by the Numbers on the Eve of its 58th Year of Independence,” http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=883997&ct=2356049, May 1st, 2006
[iv] National Journal Staff, “Full Text: President Obama's Speech at the United Nations General Assembly,” http://news.yahoo.com/full-text-president-obamas-speech-united-nations-general-102500744--politics.html, Sept, 25th, 2012
[v] “Iran’s President Ranges Far in Interview, Talks Israel, Slams Homosexuality, CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/24/world/meast/iran-ahmadinejad-interview/index.html, Sept., 25th, 2012
[vi] Charbonneau, Louis, Reuters, “Update 6 – In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be ‘eliminated,’” http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/24/un-assembly-ahmadinejad-idUSL1E8KO5BL20120924, Sept. 24th 2012.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Culturist ATLAH World Missionary Church


I had a very culturist morning.  The day began when I visited my friend in Harlem.  Harlem is a traditionally black community in New York City. It spawned a lot of great jazz musicians and has fame as the location of the explosion of arts in the 1920s that went under the name of the Harlem Renaissance.  And, I have always loved it for its proliferation of African-American churches.

Upon leaving my friends home, I entered the ATLAH World Missionary Church.  The name reminded me of Allah, but I did not know what to expect.  All I knew was that the music coming from inside seemed unreal in its power and complexity.  Upon entering, I found I was probably the only white person there.  But, I was told not to linger in the way back, but to take a seat up with the parishioners.  The twenty or so women in the choir were headed by a large woman, who hit every note with power.  If you know American culture, you know the music, you can imagine the scene.

One of the first utterances of the slightly rotund minister, Rev. James David Manning, was “I love this country.  I am patriotic.  I love Jesus first.  But I love this country second.  And, I don’t want to live anywhere else  other than right here.”  The church had a large American flag in the back.  I expected him to say “But, . . . “ and qualify his message.  But, he went further and condemned the American Civil Rights activist Al Sharpton and Barak Obama, by name, for spreading messages that framed African – Americans as victims.  Recommended getting out of public housing and churches starting jobs programs.  He spoke of gentrification and said the locals had only themselves to blame.  

Then the uber eloquent Minister told the crowd that you cannot curse America and then want your kids to have pro-social feelings.  If they grow  up blaming America as an oppressor, they will not want to contribute to its well-being.  The church members were hypocrites if they followed the democrat line and told their children that anyone owed them anything.  He denounced the ne’er-do-wells who populate the neighborhood as victims of these messages who did not know their own power.  His African American audience learned the culturist message that the patriotic belief system was the way forward.

Then the Minister took a very interesting turn.  He said that Satan had gotten into people.  I as an atheist I rolled my eyes.  But, this master of speech had earned my respect so I quieted my mind and listened.  He said that an ecumenical bug had been spread.  And church leaders now said that all Gods were equal. We were supposed to respect Hare Krishnas, Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims.  He said that fights between Methodists and Presbyterians were tough and constantly divided Christians and were par for the course.  But, nowadays preachers tell him he’s supposed to sit down and agree with a Muslim and agree that all gods are the same.  No way. He would work with them.  But Jesus was the way truth and light, and he would not pay respects to any foreign religion.  

The very survival of this church, the very format that gets practiced weekly in Harlem churches represents the survival of culture.  But being of this tradition, the ATLAH World Ministry Church likely recognizes more than others, that the responsibility for maintaining community rests with that community.  Others do not pass on pro-social messages for us.  The schools are supposed to.  But, their multiculturalism, at best, tells us that others paths and our way has no more merit than any other. At worst it tells us that our very land is poisoned for being having had slavery and being Eurocentric.   Refreshingly, the ATLAH World Missionary Church will not go down this path.  They praise their culture, they pass on pro-social messages, both patriotic and local, to their members via exhilarating traditional means.

www.culturism.us

Thursday, September 20, 2012

American Thinker Reader’s Anti-Jihad Policy Suggestions for SION


On 9/16/12 American Thinker ran the article “A Plan to Stop the Islamization of the World is at Hand.”  This article heartily praised the organization Stop the Islamization of the World (SION) as the world’s leading anti-Jihad organization.  And it lauded the inaugural meeting of SION’s International Freedom of Speech Congress (IFSC) held on 9/11/12. 

However, it was argued that the IFSC would have more impact if their meetings supplemented the focus on speeches with policy formation. As such, my American Thinker article proposed 11 policy planks that the IFSC could consider.  After 175 comments many were revised, deleted and added. Here are the 21 policy ideas that we, the American Thinker community, think the IFSC should consider adopting as policy. 

We believe the IFSC should:

1)   Stand for the immediate halt of immigration by Muslims into western nations.

2) Denounce the violation of any rights or the harassment of any peaceful Muslim citizens in the West.

3) Reclassify Islam from a religion to a political organization for the purposes of law.

4)   Call for an investigation into the CAIR and other Islamic advocacy groups under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.


5)  Undertake regular inventories of mosques in the West to look for pro-violence materials. Furthermore, we support surveillance of mosques where more than 5 % of the materials advocate violence.

6)  Close down any mosque which advocates Jihad.

7) Call for the immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in the West. And, proposes to make foreign funding of mosques in non-Islamic nations illegal.

8) Oppose the use as spiritual mentors in prisons by any person associated with either mosques that advocate violence or terror affiliated organizations.

9) Initiate deportation hearings against non-citizens who promote Jihad in our nations.

10) Make clear that we oppose the cultural blindness of multiculturalism and are not racist, the IFDC promotes the words “culturism” (the opposite of multiculturalism) and “culturist.” Recognizing the importance of diversity, announce that we are a culturist movement, not a racist one.

11) Support culturist profiling at airports and in hiring practices when national security and public safety could be compromised.

12) Require curriculum to describe the violent tactics of Muhammad and the 1,400-year conflict between Islam and non-Islamic nations and peoples.  This curriculum should also be used in museums and memorials which touch upon the topic of Islam.

13) Make the foreign funding of Islamic Studies departments and faculty positions in our universities illegal.

14) Advocate that we not accept students from Islam dominated countries to enter into any fields of study which would endanger national security or be used to military purposes.

15) Adopt the policy of disproportionate response whenever our property or citizens are harmed. 

16) Support a culturist foreign policy wherein we make decisions that take cultural affiliation into account.  We must side against Muslims who are ethnically cleansing Christians.

17) Call for a halt of foreign aid to Islamic nations.

18) Demand the revoking of UN resolution 16/18 and any other resolutions that might limit the freedom of speech.

19) Either lobby to have the UN to declare all Jihad a crime against humanity or totally withdraw from the UN and ask it to relocate to another nation.

20) Recommend that nations pursue a policy of energy independence with the aim of defunding Islamic expansion.

21) Prohibit the use of Sharia-based law or practices in any western court, nation, or any government functions in said nations.

The preceding suggestions do not represent the official policy of SION or the IFSC.  Neither do each of these policies represent the views of the forum moderator, John K. Press. We recognize that the leadership of IFSC will formulate policy on behalf of the IFSC.  And, if the IFSC formulates policies, we rank-and-file Jihad activists will ultimately enthusiastically support the final policy platform.  We hope that they do.

Dr. Press is the author of the book Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future.  He is also the inspiration behind the British political movement the National Culturists.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reflections of the SION International Freedom Defense Congress


On September 11th, 2012, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer hosted the Stop the Islamization of Nations (SION) International Freedom Defense Congress (IFDC). For this they deserve praise and thanks. I offer the following idea as a constructive suggestion.

A congress is a deliberative body. Rather than deliberation, we heard wonderful and inspiring speeches from activists, artists, and researchers working on the problem of the growing influence of Islam. True to the name, I would have liked to have had a portion of the event dedicated to debating and crafting an IFDC platform.

Among suggested policy planks, the following might have emerged:

1) The IFDC stands for the immediate halt of immigration by Muslims into western nations.

2) To make clear that we oppose the cultural blindness of multiculturalism and are not racist, the IFDC promotes the words “culturism” (the opposite of multiculturalism) and “culturists.” Recognizing the importance of diversity, we are a culturist movement, not a racist one.

3) The IFDC promotes regular inventories of mosques in the West to look for pro-violence materials. Furthermore, we support surveillance of mosques where more than 5 % of the materials advocate violence.

4) The IFDC supports culturist profiling at airports and in hiring practices when national security and public safety could be compromised.

5) The IFDC advocates deportation hearings against non-citizens in our nations that promote Jihad.

6) The IFDC calls for the immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in the West. And, the IFDC propose to make foreign funding of mosques in the West illegal.

7) The IFDC denounces all violence.

8) The IFDC denounces the violation of any rights  or the harrassment of any peaceful Muslim citizens in the West.

9) The IFDC calls for curriculum and Islam related memorials and museums to describe the violent tactics of Muhammad and the 1400 year conflict between Islam and non-Islamic nations and peoples.

10) The IFDC denounces the use of western dollars and lives to attempt to turn Islamic nations into Western nations. And the IFDC denounces sending western foreign to Islamic nations generally.

11) The IFDC denounces the use of Sharia-based law in any western court or nation.

To be sure, these platform planks would have engendered difficult debates. Some would have been removed.  Some would have been added.  The order would have garnered discussion. We would have to work tirelessly to agree upon wording. But that is what congresses do.

This released final IFDC platform would have reduced the media’s ability to spin the reporting against us. It would provide a platform for western political parties to either adopt or refute. And, it would provide a litmus test for western politicians.

John K. Press, Ph.D.

www.culturism.us

National Culturists Greeting

For those who don't know, a group named the National Culturists has been formed in Britain. They are modelled on my book Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future. Recently, they had their inagural event. As I couldn't go to Britain, I filmed this video to thank them for their efforts.

At heart, it asks you to use challenge multiculturalists by using the words 'Culturism' and 'Culturist' today.