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Posted to YouTube 5/5/2015.

If there are any regular readers of BackChannels, it should go without saying that “Shimmer” always applies.

Beyond the Islamist’s “jihad” and everyone else’s struggle with living authentically good lives — not saintly lives, just good ones 🙂 — the basis in Torah that becomes the source material for the transformation of Rome and of the Arab Peninsula may call for revisiting in the cause of greater Christian-Jewish-Muslim accommodation or melding.

With regard to the American Freedom of Speech concept, this ascribed to Patrick Henry and slipped to young minds early in their American education (at least for my generation) tells of both attitude and behavior set before ALL Americans: ” “I may not like what a man says, but I shall defend to the death his right to say it!”

The current demonizing and framing of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer and the democratic Left’s handling of the conservative voice reminds me of two Soviet Era fixtures: the KGB disinformation campaigns (reference Pacepa and Rychlak in the Russian Section of this blog’s library) and, as a philosophy, Hegelian dialectic, which, stating this offhand and without scholarship, would nonetheless seem to suggest that the branding takes place before a public possessed of its own independence and mind and inclined or stimulated to respond to the demonizing in a manner opposite the effort.  Basically, Americans (who follow the news; who read independently; who argue around the dinner table or chat at the bar; and who have ready access to the Internet through computers, phones, and pads) are a deeply literate and informed people inclined toward freedom in the making up of their own minds.


A mighty global community of humanist activists and public intellectuals has taken on the corrective updating of the medieval world.  As much was probably not laid out in those terms, but whether out of outrage with “honor killing” or the horrors brought to the modern world by the al-Qaeda affiliates,  they’re “in it” or engaged in producing greater coherence in global worldview.

AHA Foundation

American Islamic Forum for Democracy

British Muslims for Secular Democracy (Facebook Page)

Moral Courage Project

New Age Islam

Qanta Ahmed

Tarek Fatah – Toronto Sun

“Locus of Control” may be thematic in the workout of motivation within the “Islamic Small Wars” and the resettling of attitudes and beliefs derived from cultural speech and texts, but there may be some way to go before understanding that variable.  In the conservative ranks of the west, the reaction to Islamist ambition and Islamic teleology as presently set has been robust in a right-back-at-ya manner.

American Freedom Defense Initiative

Eric Allen Bell

Jihad Watch and Robert Spencer

Pamela Geller

Some are saying I provoked this attack. But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.

Sunday in Garland, Texas, a police officer was wounded in a battle that is part of a longstanding war: the war against the freedom of speech. Some people are blaming me for the Garland shooting — so I want to address that here.

Geller, Pamela.  “Pamela Geller: A Response to My Critics—This Is a War.”  Time Magazine, May 6, 2015.

Steven Emerson

United West — for those who might like to visit the art show with Tom Trento, this piece tops the United West web site: “MUHAMMAD ART EXHIBIT & CONTEST
Live Streaming now, Sunday May 3rd, 6pm-8pm Eastern,” and it features a three-hour YouTube video of the event.

I may copy the links to this blog’s “Alpha-Zulu” page — a catchall index of nouns relevant to BackChannels and linked to external sources — but suffice it to suggest that if one wanted to overview the intellectual drifts around a conflict area — and do it as a private citizen! — this online research capability plus social media provides for exactly that plus distillation.

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