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Fake Philosophy from The New York Times By Peter West

     This one is starting to get a bit old in terms of news, like that carton of milk in your fridge. Can you get one last drink from it, or should you give it to the cat? If the cat does not drink it, then down the sink it has to go. Speaking of waste:

“At Bellarmine, an all-boys Catholic school in San Jose, Calif., I was often the token Muslim and probably the only person who began freshman year thinking the Eucharist sounded like the name of a comic book villain. I eventually learned it’s a ritual commemorating the Last Supper. At the monthly Masses that were part of the curriculum, that meant grape juice and stale wafers were offered to pimpled, dorky teenagers as the blood and body of Christ. During my time there, I also read the King James Bible and stories about Jesus, learned about Christian morality, debated the Trinity with Jesuit priests and received an A every semester in religious studies class. Twenty years later, I can still recite the “Our Father” prayer from memory. Growing up, I’d been taught that Jesus was a major prophet in Islam, known as “Isa” and also referred to as “ruh Allah,” the spirit of God born to the Virgin Mary and sent as a mercy to all people. Like Christians, we Muslims believe he will return to fight Dajjal, or the Antichrist, and establish peace and justice on earth. But it was everything I learned in high school that came together to make me love Jesus in a way that made me a better Muslim. Even though I don’t personally celebrate Christmas, the season always makes me think of his legacy of radical love. This year, it’s especially hard to understand how Trump-supporting Christians have turned their back on that unconditional love and exchanged it for nativism, fear and fealty to a reality TV show host turned president.”

     Ok the narrative is bad orange haired president, put down by virtuous Muslim. What is the counter?

“Just imagine the New York Times publishing an article entitled “What a Christian Could Teach Supporters of the Saudi Crown Prince About Muhammad,” or “What a Christian Could Teach Supporters of the Ayatollah Khamenei About Islam.” This is not to compare Trump either to the Saudi Crown Prince or the Iranian Supreme Leader, although many Leftists are so deranged regarding Trump that they would endorse such comparisons with relish. The point I’m making, on the other hand, is that the New York Times editors would rather have their teeth pulled out with rusty pliers than ever to publish an article by a Christian telling Muslims what they should think about anything, but they don’t hesitate to publish this self-righteous and disingenuous propaganda by Wajahat Ali lecturing Christians and trying to shame them out from supporting Trump. Ali doesn’t know as much about Christianity as he wants you to think he does; for example, he claims that he read the King James Bible while at Bellarmine High School in San Jose, California. Maybe he read it on his own, but apparently graduated from high school in or around 1998. Few, if any, Catholic schools ever used the King James Bible, which was a Protestant translation first published in 1611 and rejected by the Catholic Church. Because of its archaic language, it was widely discarded in the mid-twentieth century. The idea that a Catholic school was using it in the 1990s is ludicrous. If he read the Bible at school, Ali almost certainly read the translation known as the New American Bible, and if he read the King James Version on his own, it’s unlikely he understood much of it, unless he had mastered Shakespearean English by the time he attended high school.

Even less plausibly, Ali claims that “at the monthly Masses that were part of the curriculum, that meant grape juice and stale wafers were offered to pimpled, dorky teenagers as the blood and body of Christ.” No Catholic school in the 1990s anywhere would have used grape juice for communion. Ali’s attempts to provide atmospheric verisimilitude to buttress his arrogant lecturing of Christians slips on the comic banana peel of his ignorance. More importantly, Ali in this article continuously confuses socialism and state control with Christian charity, as if having the government confiscate citizens’ wealth and redistribute it to those it sees fit is the only way Christians can love their neighbor today. He also tells his Times-reading marks that Jesus would want open borders, with no apparent regard for the Christian obligation to love one’s neighbor at home — is inundating a country with migrants who will raise the crime rate and saturate the welfare rolls really charitable to those who must suffer as a result of this inundation?” The obvious thing to ask in rejoinder is whether Islamic countries are willing to embrace globalism and open borders, and allow their countries to accept say, non-Muslims from Africa, like maybe one billion? If theses countries said, “no,” I would not blame them. So, don’t blame us in saying “no.”

     This is not so much false news as outright propaganda masking as serous journalism. But, that is much of what the mainstream media is, which is a group of typists, who do little or no first hand research, repeating things that other monkeys typing on laptops have circulated, in a self-confirming cycle of bs, all to get another banana thrown in their cage. The hope is, that if they type for a million years, they may produce a line of Shakespeare:

     (Brian Simpson told me about the “infinite monkey theorem” over a glass of lemonade.)



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