- Darkness afore Dawn,
Phantom shadows yet haunt.
Echoes thought gone
Frail of voice, a waif’s cry.
What promise denied,
That today might become
While tomorrow a yesterday yet reborn?
Blindness of thralls
False Tsar did fail
Casting off fake crown
Spoke to the future
Tomorrow, no longer the past.
Please help me, my friend,
Have we come to an end?
Has reason deserted our land?
Many fight for the right,
Guaranteed by our laws,
Then deny it to others out of hand.
Please join me, my friend,
Our rights to defend,
Battling this vile new disease.
For Americans, are we all,
Unwilling to face downfall,
Our freedom not built on our knees.
Come on Chump,
Get outta your slump,
It’s time for the Jump,
Let’s do the Trump Jump today!
It’s easy to learn,
And calories you’ll burn.
Once again we earn
Respect to discern
And fight for the Rights of all.
So come on chump,
Get off that stump.
Swing to the right,
And gain new might.
Then curtsy to the left,
Just leave it bereft.
For Rome did fall.
Let’s do the Trump Jump today!
So you over there,
Don’t be so square,
With your deplorable grace,
Put a smile on your face.
Join in the Trump Jump today!
Today I heard
Words of hate
They spoke by rote
Their message clear
Damn, the vote!
To this I say
Please listen well
Choice was made
You lost the day.
Life’s lesson learned
For who protest
Denial of freedom
Begot authority earned.
TO HALAL, OR NOT TO HALAL, THAT IS THE QUESTION.
Should one concede, add foods people need,
Should one stand strong, plant hatred’s seed?
Silly little ditty but so true.
Now, before I go on I want to make one thing clear, I am not anti any ethnic group.
Today, Sunday I went shopping at the local grocery store. I do not usually go on Sundays due to the crowds but had to get some things for dinner. As I was shopping, more like hunting I noticed something I have never consciously noticed before; overhead signs proclaims sections for “Snacks,” “Pickles, Relishes, Condiments,” “Soups,” “Kosher Foods,” “Coffee and Tea,” “Mexican Foods,” “Asian Foods.” “Baking Supplies,” and so on.. Damn near broke my neck trying to read some of them.
While cranking my neck in one aisle to find wild rice, I accidentally bumped into a young girl who had dashed out in front of me. She was a cutie with beautiful long black hair and eyes that will one day win the hearts of many men. As I regained my composure, a women’s voice called to the child from behind me. I turned to see a young lady in a hajib telling the girl to apologize to me.
I told the lady it was a much my fault as the child, so no harm was done.
As I resumed my hunt for whatever foolish thing I wanted, I started to think about an article I had read last week. It seems a recent immigrant from a predominantly Muslim country was upset about not being able to find “Halal” foods for her family.
Not being a Muslim, I was curious as what Halal is. I googled it and found Halal means permissible. Halal food is food devout Muslims are permitted to eat. The food is prepared to set standards and procedures of Islamic teaching. This is also true of Kosher food prepared in compliance with established Hebrew criteria and procedures. They are similar but different.
So, how can I, a non-Muslim, non-Jew, non-Christian tell if a packaged product is Halal or Kosher? Label – read the label, certified Halal and Kosher products each display a seal of approval from the appropriate certifying agency within that religion.
Yes, I know, I have done a simple form of a complex issue, but I am not promoting anything other than what I have learned as a non-Jew, Muslim, Christian about a topic of interest to me.
Onward to the meat section of my local grocery store where I find Kosher meats section. This one was easy to find because the signs and the Star of David frame it. I think it is cool as it celebrates diversity and honors a commitment by a particular group of people.
I checked around but did not see any Halal meat section so, out of pure curiosity, I finished shopping in this store and went to another one operated by a different company. Know what I found there? Yep, the same product signs, and a Kosher meat section, but nothing other than packaged products with Halal seals. No Halal meat section.
The fact is, I have not noticed any Halal meat sections in any of the stores I shop. Guess no Muslims shop in those stores, right? Wrong! I see Muslims shopping in all the stores I do, so what’s the problem?
I do not know the answer to that question other than to say, all the Muslims I know eat meat, maybe not pork but they do eat lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, and some others. Now that I think about it, my Jewish friends do the same! This led me to believe that the dietary requirements for Muslims may, in fact, be equally applicable to those of the Jewish dietary needs. However, it does not explain why there are not Halal meat sections in stores I shop along with Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, and a plethora of other ethnic shoppers.
Perhaps the problem lies in cost v demand? Most businesses operate on the principle.
I am not suggesting I know the answer; I am suggesting it would be great to see a Halal meat section in the same stores we all shop. If there is a cultural issue, perhaps one could separate the sections by placing all pork products in the center of the display case, then add beef on one side and chicken on the other followed by Halal and Kosher at the respective ends.
I call this inclusion, the forerunner of assimilation and the opponent of anti-culturalism.
Currently, the United Nations is aggressively promoting the idea of a “Global Community.” The concept is that through trade agreements, treaties and other avenues yet to be put forth, all the Earth’s nations will join as one. The initial major stage of this agenda began with replacing the monetary systems of some countries with a standard one, the Euro. This was a giant step balked at by numerous countries who felt the loss of their currency might cause a loss of identity.
The next major stage was the forced acceptance of immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern countries into Australia, New Zealand, and the countries of Europe and North America. This was all done without strong, unified guidelines, security and rules of assimilation and has been a total disaster. Why is it a disaster – in a word, identity?
So what is an identity? Beginning with our DNA, it is unique to each of us. It can be used to identify each of us by ethnicity, heritage, diet, health, culture and numerous other unique features make each of us unique – they are our identity.
The powers controlling the United Nations and the European Union are promoting the Globalization agenda which is robbing both the immigrants/refugees and the people of the host countries of their identity. If allowed to continue, there will be no United Globalized World; there will only be anarchy, resentment, and envy the remnants of lost identities.
The next stage of Globalization has already begun with the development and designation of “No Go Zones” in non-Muslim cities. Despite what many think, I do not agree these are intentionally established anti-host country areas. I believe they are attempts by refugees and immigrants to have havens where they may maintain their cultural identity. There are areas of potential problems with this such as the inability to assimilate into a new culture v the new culture accepting an alien culture, the radicalization of severe malcontents on both sides of the agenda and conflicts over common things such as proper clothing, foods, school, etc. that must be effectively addressed. The core issue may be that neither side wants to be a clone of the other side, to do so would destroy identities.
How do we combat the negative effects of Globalization on personal and cultural identities?
I believe the first step in combating the negative effects is to teach what true cultural diversity is and how it can positively affect all of us. This must begin in the home, where the cultural values are the strongest. Parents must teach their children the values they may gain from exposure to diversity; not just the negative aspects of an alien culture. We must lower some of our cultural shields to understand the cultures of others better, by doing so, we may come to understand and accept that which is alien in our eyes.
Can we accomplish this without surrendering to the entire Global Community agenda? I believe it possible once we realize the benefits, and more importantly the losses of the agenda. No one culture must be forced to surrender its identity to meet the demands of the collective and become drones of the Borg.
 The Borg are a fictional alien race that appear as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek franchise. The Borg are a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones in a hive mind called the Collective, or the hive.
To me, authentic faith is not:
- Knowing I can be a good person.
- Knowing I can help others in need.
- Knowing I can keep my promises.
- Knowing I can overcome when required.
- Knowing I can admit when I am wrong.
No dear ones, authentic faith to me is none of these things.
Hear me when I say, authentic faith is knowing I WILL do all these things and so much more.