This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Will Muslims Some Day Speak Out?

   Many people ask why the Muslims in this country don’t speak out? Answering that question, I am reminded of the time I lived in Mississippi during the integration crisis.

At that time there were at least three identifiable groups of people. There were the KKK and KKK wannabees. Because of the acts they were committing and their motivations, they would be labeled terrorists today. They were encouraged in their activities by the second group.

The second group, the majority, included most of the good, God-fearing people of Mississippi, plus their political and religious leaders. I said above that the first group was encouraged by the second group. This encouragement was being done, not openly, but with winks and nods.

The third group, were those who were scandalized by what was going on, but with the exception of a few,  were too terrified to speak out. For obvious reasons there was no way of counting them. I was in that group.

The goodness of the second group finally emerged. They knew what their Book told them was right.   The winks and nods turned to scorn and the atrocities stopped. It was extremely painful for that second group, but they did what they knew they had to do.

24 comments:

Democratus Rex said...

The silliest defense of bigotry and racism that I have ever heard. It's a better description of rationalizing cowardice.

Blogger said...

DR How stupid can you get? Read the title if you can. This post is not about racism in Mississippi. Damn.

Blogger said...

After taking that long hiatus, could you not do better than this?

Democratus Rex said...

Write better.

Blogger said...

Get more intellectually advanced if you are going to stay on this blog.

Democratus Rex said...

Ouch!

Democratus Rex said...

I'm better than any adversary on this blog.

Sarkazein said...

When?

Blogger said...

DR in this post, I raise the most important question for discussion that will probably be asked in your lifetime. You make the typical response of the Left when you guys have nothing worth saying. You play the race card. So, as to your contributions to the blog, I think if I were you, I would go slow on back patting.

Democratus Rex said...

In your post, your title is a question. Then you identify three groups:

1) Racists
2) Racist enablers
3) Cowards

Then, it appears you rationalize all three. Who knows what point you are trying to make as it has no discernible connection to the title/question. The race card is in your hand.

As for you raising "the most important question in a lifetime", I suggest you go back to contemplating your navel.

Sarkazein said...

If someone can read the post as a "defense of bigotry and racism" they are either blinded by their own prejudice or they are just a smart-ass with nothing to add.
If anything it is a comparison witnessed in history by Blogger (his boots/sandals on the ground in his fight in the Civil Rights era) to what mainstream muslims are going through today in their actions against Radical Islamists.

Sarkazein said...

DRex is trying to "contemplate his own navel" butt from the inside.

Nobody said...

"I'm better than any adversary on this blog."

You are barely a step above idiot Liberal POV. Typical liberal elitist. You BEGIN with the assumption that you are better than everyone else. 99% of what you have posted here has consisted of one, at most, two, sentences that consist of nothing more than a smarta$$ insult. You are incapable of even understanding the point of blogger's post, which I got immediately. If you need someone to translate it for you, you are not intelligent enough to participate in an intellectual discussion.

Seems like I remember you once claiming that the first amendment had NO guarantees of freedom of religion, only separation of church and state -- am I correct in that remembrance? And you think you're better than everyone here? HA!

Democratus Rex said...

I AM better than you, Nobody. That is obvious. Keep talking and continue to prove my point.

Nobody said...

How so? How does my continuing to "talk" (actually, type, or post) 'prove' you are better than me. You post, but say nothing, as usual. I will give you credit though -- you strung together an entire THREE sentences that time! Congratulations!

Did you at one time claim there was no constitutional mention of freedom of religion? Please respond!

You are delusional!

Blogger said...

Reader, as DR and I kept going back and forth on this thread, I finally realized “DR does not even know what is going on out there.” So, for someone so out of touch, I decided it was hopeless to go on. However, I did want to shout out “Reader, where are you? I know you and Sark are astute enough to understand the parable. Thanks to both of you. The future of this country may rest on the outcome of the question I am raising. It was driving me nuts to have him be the first to respond. The worst thing about my having started this blog was to discover there are people out there who like Trump declares: “have not got a clue.” And, like Obama, their ideology shuts down their ability to grow.

Wolf's Head said...

Islam is both a religion and a form of government.

It is incompatible with American society and governance.


Muslims cannot decry terrorism without decrying their own society, religion and government.

Nobody said...

Blogger,
I at least understood what you meant in your original post. I have studied the civil rights movement and what you said is absolutely true. The true racists, the KKK and their ilk had so intimidated the majority that few would speak out. Ultimately, the majority did abandon the KKK and the racists were marginalized. That's the point you were trying to make, was it not? That until mainstream Muslims vigorously denounce the actions of terrorists acting in the name of their religion, the terrorists will feel emboldened to continue to murder innocent people in the name of their ideology?

And all DRex can see is how racist you and I are by even having this discussion (which he probably is incapable of fulling comprehending, in spite of his self-perceived "superiority").

USS Rodger Young said...

All Muslims are terrorists. They should be expelled from the country. We interred Japanese at special camps during WWII to prevent exactly what the Moo-slims are doing to us today.

USS Rodger Young said...

Dumocrapus Perplexed said:

Then you identify three groups:

1) Racists
2) Racist enablers
3) Cowards

Yes, the racists are all liberals. The enablers are college professors, and the cowards are the millenials who want us to go to war with ISIS, but they aren't willing to do the fighting. Thanks Perplexed, you've brought the truth to the forefront rather quickly.

Nobody said...

Should have been "fully comprehending"

USS Rodger Young said...

Moose-slims aren't really the problem these days anyway. A few goat herders are not that big a threat in the grand scheme of things. What is a big threat is the economy and shrinking middle class. Our economy is one based on debt, and the middle class is almost gone, although not many realize it yet. The politicians on both sides love San Bernandino - it's a bread and circus that keeps your mind off the real problem - debt, the economy, a large, centralized govt, and vanishing freedom and liberty. As gun control is proposed alongside unmitigated illegal incursions by criminals (illegal aliens) into our once great country, the politicians are happy to ignore that in favor of addressing the goat herders who managed to wack a few disarmed victims.

Sarkazein said...

USSRodgerYoung- You didn't mention the #1 problem - global warming - which is causing all the problems you listed.

USS Rodger Young said...

Damn it Sark - you're right. How could I forget such a proven, verifiable problem that affects us all even though the polar ice caps are expanding.