Fascism! On! The! March!
Let Us Start With A Little Hard Fascism…
An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the Taliban, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues, local media reported this week.
Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such “idols.”
“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences.
“God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols,” he added. “When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”
His comments came a day after thousands of ultraconservative Islamists gathered in Tahrir Square to call for the strict application of Sharia law in the new constitution.
In recent months, fears have surfaced that the ultra-conservative Salafi political powers may soon wish to debate new guidelines over Egyptian antiquities.
Islamists have swept the recent presidential and parliamentary elections in the country’s post-revolutionary stage, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists rising to political power.
“The fundamental Salafis have demanded to cover Pharaonic statues, because they regard them to be idols,” Egyptian author on ancient history Ahmed Osman told Al Arabiya English, explaining that Salafi Muslims follow conservative religious principles which view statues and sculptures as prohibited in Islam.
“But so far the government has done nothing to indicate what is the future of Egyptian antiquities,” adds Osman.
Many hope that Egypt’s new President Mohammed Mursi will help usher better preservation of Egypt’s proud cultural heritage. Egyptian officials have recently announced the country will reveal more of its ancient buried treasures.
The tomb of Queen Meresankh III, the granddaughter of Khufu, of Great Pyramid fame, is set to be opened to tourists later this year, with the last resting places of five high priests also slated to be put on show.
Officials are also believed to be reopening the underground Serapeum temple at Sakkara, to the south of Cairo.
Longtime readers of TCOTS will recall that I wrote of my fears for the Pyramids last year.
Related to this matter: I still think it behooves the U.S. Military to develop plans for rescuing the treasures of Great Britain when [not if] Islam triumphs there. Fair Albion holds some of the most important relics of The West.
And they should, right this very moment, be planning to rescue the same kind of items, both Jewish and Christian, from Israel. In light of the possibility that The Holy Land will be reduced to a nuclear waste, I think it imperative that these items be secretly rescued now.
They won’t be, of course.
Let Us Proceed To A Case Of Soft Fascism…
From the CNS News, we learn:
The Los Angeles City Council is urging all residents to observe “meatless Mondays” from now on.
A resolution adopted on Oct. 24 reads: “Be it resolved, that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays as ‘Meatless Mondays’ in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals.”
Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the resolution, also wants to ban new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles.
“While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses,” press reports quoted Perry as saying.
The resolution makes 15 points in support of meatless Mondays, including U.N. recognition that “livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems.”
And if that’s not enough, the resolution also mentions the growing obesity epidemic, the importance of reducing “our carbon footprint,” health disparities in low-income communities, and animal cruelty.
The resolution plugs a vegetarian diet, noting that a nonprofit group in Los Angeles called Compassion Over Killing “encourages people to choose vegetarian foods as a way to help build a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world, and works with businesses throughout Los Angeles County to ensure vegetarian meals are readily available to consumers.”
Los Angeles now becomes the largest city to endorse “meatless Mondays.” The Washington, D.C., City Council also has designated “Meat Free Mondays,” San Francisco has designated every Monday as “Veg Day,” and a number of colleges and public schools also have adopted meatless Monday policies.
The Council vote, by the way was unanimous.
Could This Be One Explanation?
Tip of the fedora to Jeff Goldstein, who comments:
After all, “free” health care has to have at least some conditions, right? And John Roberts and 4 liberal SCOTUS Justices ruled that if the government wants to mandate a “you need to eat your broccoli” tax, well, of course that’s consonant with the Constitution’s intent.
I warned you all years ago: at the end of all this is Heavily Encouraged morning calisthenics run by a benevolent police state.
So let me just end with what is quickly becoming a new tag line for this place: what the fuck country is this?
America? It is a silly place.