Monday, July 10, 2006
What does "CULTURE FOR ALL" mean?
I originally named this site "culture for all" as a reference to the restrictive intellectual property laws that grip the world, and the way in which our culture is being tied up for way too many decades by a small number of individuals/corporations. However, over time, this blog has changed in character. CULTURE FOR ALL has a new connotation to this blog, and in my opinion, this blog truly represents a belief in "culture for all." This blog stands for the belief that ALL people have a right to exist, and ALL people should be treated with humanity and respect. The culture and laws of a nation are not meant to benefit just a few - but rather should benefit ALL. And so, domestically, I stand for the constitution and the system of checks and balances within America, and the parliamentary democracies seen in the Western world. The core essence of these nations and their laws should be there to protect EVERYONE within them, and the core values should not be sacrificed as a sort of ends justifying the means. This means I stand for two precepts: a) strongly in favor of civil liberties, and b) strongly against ammeliorating the Christian facists, Islamofacists or any other facists by caving into their whims and CHANGING society so they feel more "comfortable." Because of a belief in "culture for all" I also am strongly in favor of freedom of speech, women's rights, gay rights, sexual freedom, and religious freedom, as long as this does not include the freedom for people to discriminate against others or treat others with disrespect in the name of "religion." As far as foreign policy, I recognize the threat that Islamofacism is to the continued precept of "culture for all." I am perfectly fine with Muslims peacefully living wherever they want - but Islamofacism, as distinct from Islam, seeks to assert Sharia law against the world. Islamofacism seeks to elliminate Israel, deingrate women, seeks to elliminate Jews and gays, and wages a mighty war on thought. In order to continue to allow for different cultures and people to coexist, and with a belief in a pluralsitic "culture for all" society, I see that Islamofacism MUST BE STOPPED. There is no appeasement for those who wish to annihiliate those who think differently. This means I am against pulling out of Iraq until we get the job DONE (but was against the war when started), and I am against all attempts of Western society to appease these Islamofacists. NOTHING appeases these people. This doesn't mean I advocate going to war with everyone who wages a saber at the West. We should fight SMART and not act impulsively, and only fight those who are truly a threat or who actively harm us, and take care to avoid civilian death. We also should not sacrifice our civil liberties in this fight, because then the Islamofacists win and we become more like them. I further strongly back Israel, and see Israel as a shining republic in the Middle East, amidst despotic regimes. Israel is truly a model of "culture for all," - where women have equal rights, gay people have full civil union rights, there is full free speech, and freedom of religion. (remember, 20% of Israelis are "Arab Israelis.") In contrast, the Palestinian cause is "anti-culture for all." The Palestinians wish to kick out all Jews from the West Bank, if they were to get control over the West Bank. They seek to have Islam as the official religion, and they do not allow freedom of religion or freedom of speech. In the Palestinian territories, you can get SHOT for suspicion of collaboration with Israelis. The Palestinians aim for civilians, have a media that is shockingly anti-semitic and teach their children a death cult, and then play victim when Israel fights back. Yet, because I believe in "culture for all," I believe the Palestinians should have their own state - as soon as they pledge to recognize Israel and pledge they will not attack Israel. (which they have not done) There are many great Muslims out there. Islam the religion is not inherently good or bad, just as any religion is not inherently good or bad. However, the face of Islam today is Islamofacism. Until Muslims on a greater scale seek to TAKE BACK their religion, this will be the public face of Islam. I know there are Muslims out there who want the notion of CULTURE FOR ALL. They want inclusiveness and a pluralistic society. I only wish they banded together and SHOWED THE WORLD that Islam can be peaceful. I believe in CULTURE FOR ALL. Live and let live. Peace. But I am not tolerant of intolerance.