A Progressive Environmentalist I’d Vote For

A Progressive Environmentalist I’d Vote For By Peter Burrows 12/26/17 elburropete@gmail.com  – silvercityburro.com

Most “Progressives” I know suffer from a huge sense of moral and intellectual superiority. They are always right and they are better people, too. Protected by what Eric Hoffer called “fact-proof shields,” they can inflict great damage on the rest of us if we let them and alas, we are letting them.

The typical progressive refuses to recognize the dangers of Islam, black racism, economic populism, judicial activism and rampant environmentalism, to name a few of their sacred cows. Occasionally, one of them gets “mugged by reality,” and such a person deserves to be praised, whether they like it or not.

Michael Shellenberger is such a person. He is a 46-year-old environmentalist with impeccable liberal credentials. A life-long Democrat, he was on Time Magazine’s 2008 list, “Heroes of the Environment,” and coauthor of “Break Through,” which won the 2008 Green Book of the Year Award.

In 2003 he co-founded The Breakthrough Institute, which advocates higher levels of public funding to advance technologies that would make clean energy that was also cheap, just the opposite of current policies. He has been described as an “ecomodernist” and an “eco-pragmatist,” a couple of fancy words that are shorthand for: “person with common sense.”

Last year, Shellenberger resigned as president of the Breakthrough Institute and started a new organization, Environmental Progress, which has the following Mission Statement:

Environmental Progress (EP) was founded to achieve two goals: lift all humans out of poverty, and save the natural environment. These goals can be achieved by mid-century — but only if we remove the obstacles to cheap, reliable and clean energy.

Eliminating world poverty and simultaneously saving the environment. Isn’t that what “100% renewables” is all about? Those may be the claims, but the reality is that 100% renewable energy is so expensive it would dramatically INCREASE world poverty.

Shellenberger has spent a lot of time in poor countries, and he knows that standards of living correlate with access to electricity, cheap, reliable electricity. “Cheap” and “reliable” are simply not possible with 100% renewable energy. (See my blog of 11/30/17: “Dear Public Service of New Mexico, I’m still waiting for an answer.”) Shellenberger knows this.

“Clean” rules out the use of natural gas for true-believer carbon dioxide warriors like Shellenberger. What’s left is Shellenberger’s solution: nuclear power. I don’t think nuclear today qualifies as “cheap,” but it’s a helluva lot cheaper than wind and solar, so that’s good enough for me.

Advocating nuclear power pits Shellenberger against the solar and wind industry, a powerful, subsidy- sucking crony constituency that enjoys support of both political parties and is a huge waste of money. This may be Shellenberger’s political Achilles’ heel. Once a constituency gets entrenched, it is almost impossible to overcome, and they fight tooth-and-nail, with lots of bucks, to protect their turf.

Case in point: ethanol. Almost NOBODY, except a bunch of RINOs in Iowa, including two Republican Senators, supports ethanol anymore. Since Iowa is where the first presidential primaries are held, Iowa corn farmers can expect to get their butts kissed at least every four years, at our expense. As bad as it is, the ethanol lobby is chump change compared to the huge “global warming apocalypse” industry. 

When Shellenberger says we must “remove the obstacles to cheap, reliable, clean energy,” he means among other things, he wants to stop the emotion-driven closure of viable nuclear power plants. Wherever that has happened, the vast majority of the CO2- free nuclear electricity has been replaced with new CO2-spewing fossil fueled power plants. It’s happening right now in Germany and Japan.

Make no mistake: Shellenberger is a CO2 warrior. He’s also a decent human being who would rather reduce poverty than engage in the moral grandstanding so common among the environmental elite.

In early December, after watching an interview in which the famed New York Times columnist Tom Friedman planted lusty smooches on Governor Jerry Brown’s ass because Brown was shutting down more nuclear plants, Shellenberger declared his candidacy to succeed Brown as governor of California.

The centerpiece of his campaign will be stopping the closure of Pacific Gas and Electric’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which currently supplies 9% of California’s electricity. He will point out that California’s CO2 emissions under the sainted Jerry Brown increased while CO2 emissions went down in the rest of the country, all because of Brown’s crusade to shut down nuclear power.

Shellenberger started his campaign to save Diablo Canyon in early 2016 and soon followed that with a campaign to stop Illionois from shutting down six nuclear power plants. Shellenberger’s pro-nuclear movement has been joined by a number of prominent environmentalists, most notably retired NASA scientist James Hansen, “The Father of Global Warming.”

Hansen testified to a Congressional committee way back in 1988 on what he saw as the danger of CO2 induced global warming. If you are a CO2 alarmist, there is nobody, NOBODY, more credible than James Hansen.

Shellenberger also claims the support of “the ecomodernist and atomic humanist movements.” (Atomic humanist!! No, I didn’t make that up. I’m not that good, but count me in: EL BURRO, ATOMIC HUMANIST. I think I’ll buy a cape.)

More important than his allies, Shellenberger has discovered renewable energy advocates who “were wrong, or lying,” corrupt unions, a clueless mainstream media, compliant utilities, and demagogic politicians. They’re all “progressives,” so what’s not to like when one of their own takes them on?

If I lived in California I’d vote for Shellenberger in the primary, even though he won’t win. The leading Democratic candidate is Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. He used to be Mayor of San Francisco and he’s real pretty. Plus, he’ll buss as many Lib/Prog butts as it takes to win both the primary and the general elections. I bet he’d support ethanol if he was an Iowa Republican.

In a future article, I’ll outline Shellenberger’s case for nuclear power. Most of it will be based on a 20-minute You Tube in which he lays out chapter-and-verse on why he became a nuclear advocate. It’s worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciStnd9Y2ak .

 

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Proof, please, Mr. Riva

On December 3, The Beat published a number of articles by Peter Riva, who writes the Beat column, View From The Edge. In the one titled, “Lies Pretending To Be Proof,” he wrote:

“American citizens all have a right to vote. No, not everybody does. With the cost of proof of identity running at $300 (original birth certificate or a $600 Citizenship Certificate proving you’re American – note in some states neither a US passport nor a driver’s license is accepted) – many poor or paperless people can’t register to vote. And the more poor or unpapered people are, the more likely the more conservative candidates will win.”

This would be an outrageous situation wherever it exists, but damned if I could find any proof that it exists anywhere. The most recent article I could find on the cost of voter ID was an October 8, 2014, article in The Atlantic, “Here’s How Much It Costs to Vote in States With Voter ID Laws,” which cited a just-released Government Accountability Office study, one that was reissued February 27, 2015.

The GAO study looked at the 17 states that required government-issued IDs at the polls, a driver’s license being the most common form of government-issued ID. The maximum cost to obtain a driver’s license was $58.50. Sixteen of the 17 states offered a free alternative to a driver’s license, or any other required form of ID.

I didn’t go to the trouble of determining if the $58.50 state was the one not offering a freebie. The Atlantic article stated that even in the free states it wasn’t really free since some applicants had to go to the trouble of getting a birth certificate, which “can cost as much as $25.”

Where, Mr. Riva, is “the cost of proof of identity running at $300,” and what can we do to correct this unacceptable situation?

The city of Albuquerque has required photo-ID to vote since 2005. Is Albuquerque one of those $300 places, Mr. Riva? If so, count me in at the Roundhouse rally protesting this manifest injustice.

From personal experience, I can attest that there is one form of personal identification that is way too expensive in New Mexico, and that is a concealed carry permit, a.k.a. Concealed Handgun License. The state charges a fee of $100 and requires applicants take a course in handgun safety, which can cost up to $100, plus pass a background check.

The background check requires a state-issued birth certificate. If you have a birth certificate issued by the hospital in which you were born, that is not good enough. I found this out the hard way when my hospital-issued birth certificate was returned to me.

The nice lady in Santa Fe said she would love to have me come to her office, take off my sock and prop my naked foot on her desk so she could check my footprint against the one on the hospital form. She would even bring a magnifying glass, but alas, that still wouldn’t be good enough. I had to get a copy of my official birth certificate from my state of birth, Missouri, which took a couple of weeks and cost me $15.

The whole rigmarole cost my wife and me over $300. In a growing number of states, if you can pass the background check when you buy a gun that is good enough to carry it concealed, no permit needed, no payment to state bureaucrats. Vermont has been this way for decades, Arizona as of last year. Will New Mexico ever follow suit?

When there’s ice in Hell.

Dear Public Service of New Mexico, I’m Still Waiting For An Answer

Dear Public Service of New Mexico, I’m still waiting for an answer.

By Peter Burrows, Chairman and Founder, Citizens for Electricity Justice and Transparency Now. elburropete@gmail.com – sivercityburro.com. 11/30/17

Last May, Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) held a meeting in Silver City to get the public’s input on PNM’s plan to eliminate the use of coal by 2031.  I don’t know why they hold these meetings, it must be a legal requirement, because as far as I can tell the “public input” is inputted to PNM’s circular file, never to be seen again.

At these meetings, and this one was no exception, there are always environmentalists who claim that renewable energy is cheaper than coal.  This is absurd, and PNM knows it. My question, asked at the meeting and so far unanswered:

“What would my bill be if PNM generated electricity 100% from renewables?”

PNM should be able to answer this because they have been operating an electricity storage facility for over two years.   It was once heralded as “the nation’s first solar storage facility fully integrated into a utility’s power grid.” (Renewable Energy World, 3/2/15)

Why is this important? Because if PNM is going to provide all of our electricity from renewables, they have to be able to provide electricity at midnight when the wind isn’t blowing, i.e. when no electricity is coming in that is generated from solar panels or wind mills.

“Where does PNM then get the electricity?” is the first question environmentalists never ask. Answer: Stored electricity.  The second question they never ask is, “How much does stored electricity cost?” Answer: A LOT!

I have no idea why PNM doesn’t come up with a cost estimate.  Is the chairman of the board at PNM trying to shield her fellow environmentalists from reality? Does anybody at PNM actually know, or care, what the cost of 100% renewable energy would be?  After all, there’s a world to save. Let the little people worry about cost.

Well, fellow Lilliputians, since we’re the ones paying the bill, let’s generate a cost estimate on our own.

Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, has just completed a $50 million project in Australia called “the world’s largest battery.”  Tesla makes electric cars and is a company usually credited with having the world’s most advanced battery technology.

The $50 million facility will generate enough electricity to supply 30,000 homes for one hour. Repeat: One hour.  I am going to guess that there are about 15,000 homes in Grant County, so the Tesla facility would give us about two hours of electricity.  If we wish to have enough electricity to last from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM on the darkest night of the year, we would need six Tesla facilities for that 12 hours of storage which would cost $300 million. Just for Grant County.

A $300 million debt offering, amortized over the 10-year estimated life of the battery facility and at a 4% rate of interest, would cost Grant County denizens an average of $36 million per year. ($30 million amortization plus $6 million average interest cost.) That’s $2,400 per home, or $200 per month.

This is only for the cost of storage. The cost to generate the electricity to go into that storage is in addition. Furthermore, the above cost estimate is probably low even if my 15,000-home estimate is high, because more than 12 hours of storage would surely be needed, probably at least 20.  Plus, the amount of solar/wind capacity installed would need to be three or four times daylight peak demand, with the excess earmarked for storage.  Operating and paying for all that extra capacity, capacity way beyond what would be needed with coal plants, is not free.

My organization, Citizens for Electricity Justice and Transparency Now, would like PNM to include in every utility bill a range of cost estimates if PNM was 100% renewable.  This could include not just battery storage, but also the estimated costs for other forms of storage, e.g. compressed air, pumped storage, etc. This would give the rate payer a much better idea of what is at stake when people push for 100% renewable electricity, and it would be a real step forward in transparency.

Also, we would like the New Mexico Department of Revenue to tell us what the average income is of those receiving tax-credit subsidies to install solar panels on their homes.  We strongly suspect, but can’t prove, that those receiving these subsidies are WAY above average in state income and do not deserve to be subsidized by us poor folk.

Finally, you will note on your bill a renewable energy rider that INCREASES your bill, not a renewable energy credit that reduces it.  We believe electricity justice demands that those who advocate for renewables should bear the cost of renewables.  This could be done if PNM simply asked its customers if they support renewable energy, the current cost of which would be given along with the estimated effect on a person’s electric bill given various levels of renewable support.

All of the renewable rider costs would then be paid by those who want renewables, most of whom are probably upper income anyway. That’s only electricity justice, isn’t it?

 

Note to readers: Donations to Citizens for Electricity Justice and Transparency Now are NOT deductible. Libertarians do not believe taxpayers should subsidize special interest groups. For details on how to contribute, go to elburropete@gmail.com. Cash is preferred.  ; ~)  

 

CAIR emails

11/15/17   

CAIR somehow got my article/column that appeared in The Grant County Beat Nov. 13, “Dear Islamophobes.” They sent an email to the editor/owner of The Beat, and I suggested a response to that email and also wrote a tongue-in-cheek “news” story. The editor/owner wanted nothing to do with it. This is not the first time she has refused to post one of my blogs out of fear of offending Muslims. Repeat: Fear. It appears the campaign to shut down criticism of Islam has reached into the middle-of-nowhere New Mexico where it has effectively censored a little-read news blog. Oh, my. Here is the email exchange and the “news” article. 

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ME: You may not want to go with this one. Maybe a disclaimer that, with the exception of the email from CAIR, this is a fake news piece that I was having fun with, exercising my First A rights and pulling a few chains at the same time.  

Editor/owner: NOPE. Not a chance. I don’t want anyone to know that CAIR emailed me. Just YOU, because it was in reference to YOUR column. And I don’t want to exacerbate matters! 

Local On-line Publisher and Columnist Honored by CAIR – Special to the Grant County Beat by Peter Burrows 11/14/17 elburropete@gmail.comsilvercityburro.com  

The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, sent the following email yesterday to the editor of The Grant County Beat:  

Date: November 13, 2017 at 5:53:24 AM MST Toeditor@grantcountybeat.com”                                  From: Ibrahim Hooper <ihooper@cair.com>                                                                           Subject: Do you also publish other racist, neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic columns, or just Islamophobic ones?http://www.grantcountybeat.com/columns/libertarian-leanings/40490-dear-islamophobes-stiffen-thy-spines-confront-the-evil   

The editor of “The Beat” couldn’t be reached for comment, but this reporter is aware that she is flattered that CAIR is among the vast viewership The Beat enjoys.  

Peter Burrows, who writes the Libertarian Leanings column that CAIR lauded, noted that when CAIR tries to shut down free speech, “you must be doing something right.”   

Burrows suggested The Beat respond with, “Just the Islamophobic ones. The Nazis, neo-Nazis, Jews, anti-Semites, racists, whomever, have not been ordered by their God to kill me for 1400 years.”   

He continued, “I am not surprised the editor did not take my suggestion She is a classy lady who does not want to get into a pissing match with CAIR. Besides, I think she’s smart to keep a low profile on this one, as CAIR’s next step could be to enlist the local ACLU to sue her for publishing a hate speech article.”   

When asked about the “racist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic” charges in the CAIR email, Burrows said he pleads guilty to being a racist, “if Islam is a race.” He added that the email did not call his article homophobic, misogynistic or xenophobic. “These guys are slipping.”  

Burrows cited other articles he has written that CAIR might also enjoy, especially “Slandering the Prophet,” written 4/26/15 and available at silvercityburro.com.   

“My number one slander was: Muhammad loved the Jews. That’ll get CAIR’s knickers knotted. If that irritates them enough, maybe they could see their way to getting ahold of the Southern Poverty Law Center and having my blog declared a ‘Hate Group.’ They did it for Ann Corcoran’s fabulous blog, ‘Refugee Resettlement Watch.’  

“I know I’m not that good, but Hope springs eternal.”                                                       

Dear Islamophobes: Stiffen thy spines! Confront the Evil!

Dear Islamophobes: Stiffen Thy Spines! Confront The Evil! By Peter Burrows  elburropete@gmail.com, silvercityburro.com – 11/12/17 

Some months ago, I offered to give my talk, “An Infidel’s Guide To The Koran,” to three local churches and a university affiliated speakers’ forum. To date, only one response, and that was a firm rejection from the Unitarians.  

Now, some people may say the Unitarians don’t qualify as a “church,” which is a place people go to worship, but as someone who has gone to Unitarian services for almost 50 years, I can vouch that Unitarians are ardent worshipers, which is the reason they rejected my offer.  

You see, the “God” Unitarians worship is Government, and one of the pillars of Islam says, in part, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,” which means the Muslims would no doubt classify Unitarians as pagans. Since Allah commands Muslims to “slay the pagans wherever you find them,” I can understand why Unitarians would just as soon not spend a Sunday listening to somebody quote the Koran.  Islamophobes, indeed! 

Now, you’re probably thinking, “So much for the Unitarians, what about the other two churches?” I would describe both as being in the Evangelical category, definitely not “pagan,” but the Koran has quite a few scary verses concerning Christians (and Jews), so it is understandable why those folks also wouldn’t want to be frightened on a Sunday morning.   

My Christian friends go to Sunday services to sing, pray, worship with fellow Christians and feel a sense of renewal with their Lord. They don’t want to be scared to death, and that’s precisely what Islam does. In fact, Allah says, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks–.” 

As you may have noticed, Islamophobia is rampant in America. For example, next week the Islamic expert Robert Spencer is supposed to give an address at Stanford, but terrified student organizations are protesting his appearance and urging students to boycott his speech.  Sorry, kids, the scary stuff is not going away just because you ignore it. Steel yourselves! Listen! 

While Islamophobes understandably fear Islam, Islamofools actually embrace Islam! Ironically, the Islamofools have successfully convinced the mainstream media that anybody who has the courage to honestly discuss Islam is the Islamophobe, not the cowards who refuse to listen!!  

I’m afraid the Islamofools are in charge. Notable fools include Presidents G.W. Bush and Barrack Obama; Prime Ministers Blair, Cameron and May; and sadly, Pope Francis.  

 

Allahu Akbar! Again.

Two days ago, a 29-year-old Muslim immigrant from Uzbekistan drove a rented truck onto a bike path in Lower Manhattan, killing 8 and injuring 11. The boiler-plate disinformation started immediately.

1) It was reported he jumped from the truck yelling “Allahu Akbar” which the media said meant “God is great” in Arabic. No. It means, “Allah is Greater.” Allah. Greater. It’s an important distinction.

I would bet that if he hadn’t said anything that the media would have been questioning whether this was a terror attack at all, and some pundit would have said anybody assuming it was by a Muslim was just a “racist,” and that Christians are just as big a problem around the world. After all, it’s so frequent that somebody yells “Jesus Saves” as they’re shooting up crowds, stabbing people or driving trucks over bikers, etc.

2) We were told that investigators were working to determine if that attacker was a “lone wolf” or had “connections to ISIS” or any other Islamic militants. No, he was not a “lone wolf,” nor is any other single jihadist. He was a Muslim. There’s hundreds of millions of them, most of whom openly or tacitly support terrorism. And, yes, he was connected to ISIS and every other militant Muslim. The connection is the Koran.

3) Somebody always says it was a “cowardly act,” this time it was Mayor De Blasio. Not from the attacker’s point of view, Mr. Mayor. He was going to kill some infidels, die in the process, and go to Paradise. To him, it was an act of war. To call it an act of cowardice is just a PC bromide.

4) PC also means Islam must be protected and, sure enough, the NYC Deputy Police Commissioner said, “This isn’t about Islam, this isn’t about the mosque he attends.” He warned against “Islamophobic” hate crimes. (Mustn’t give a Muslim a nasty look.) The mayor added, “The last thing we should do is start casting dispersions [sic] on whole races of people or whole religions –. That only makes the situation worse,” because, he continued, that would be doing what the terrorists want, affirming “that this nation is somehow anti-Muslim. We’ve got to do the exact opposite. We’ve got to show we respect all people in America.”

Just about everything in the above paragraph is precisely, 180 degrees wrong. Especially, we must show the world that our First Amendment does not protect the religion of Islam. Devout Muslims should NOT be welcomed, only those Muslims attempting to escape the religious persecution of their own religion, the apostates. I think that if the American people knew the fundamentals of Islam, that would be their overwhelming conclusion.

5) The immediate political response is always stupid, just a matter of degree. Governor Coumo said there will be “more police everywhere” but “not because there’s any evidence of an ongoing threat, it’s just out of vigilance –.” No evidence of an ongoing threat? Fourteen hundred years of jihad is not enough? President Trump was only slightly less obtuse: “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program.” Oh, that’ll work.

This particular attack inspired the added entertainment of Chris Matthews musing on the air if there were geopolitical reasons why an Uzbeki would want to attack us.(1) I guess it would never occur to him that he attacked us simply because he is a Muslim. Matthews, like De Blasio, probably thinks such a thought would be “racist.”

It was awhile before anybody asked if the Muslim was attending a mosque (yes), or if the mosque he was attending had once been part of an anti-terror surveillance program shut down in 2014 (yes). Nobody drew the conclusion from the attacker brandishing paintball and pellet guns that he wanted to be killed. “Wanted to be killed” you ask? Oh, yes. Verse 9:38 in the Koran says that the Hereafter is much better than life on earth, so Believers shouldn’t hesitate to “march forth in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad) –.” (2)

Had he been really armed, this could have been a lot worse. (I wonder if somewhere he made an attempt to get guns and was thwarted?) It will be interesting to hear what the attacker, currently recovering from a gunshot wound, has to say about all this.

(1)http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/chris_matthews_is_baffled_why_an_uzbeki_would_want_to_attack_us.html
(2) Khan – Al-Hilali translation, The Noble Qur’an” Darussalm, 1996, pg. 255 and ftnt.

Speech to Republican Women 10/18/17

Speech to Republican Women of Grant County 10-18-17

Speech to R-Women 10/18/17, Sharia Law by Peter Burrows – Document 873 – “Maw” refers to the Sayyid Abdul A la Mawdudi translation: Toward understanding the Quran; “Kahn” refers to the Khan, al Hilali translation, The Noble Quran; R of T” refers to  Nah Ha Mim Keller’s Reliance of The Traveller. All available from Amazon. 

We’re going to talk about sharia and women, sharia being the laws of Islam. First, you have to understand that sharia law is God’s law—correction, ALLAH’s law –and where there is a conflict between Allah’s law and manmade law, Allah’s law prevails.  Devout Muslims believe manmade laws compete with Allah, and to obey them is to turn your back on Allah and Islam. That is apostasy, which carries the death penalty.

Sharia is derived directly and indirectly from the Koran, the foundational sacred text of Islam.  Let me take a minute to explain the Koran: It is NOT like the Bible. Get rid of that notion.  There are only a few words in the Bible direct from God, and they are the Ten Commandments revealed to Moses. The Koran has only a few words that are NOT direct from God, all the rest Allah’s words revealed through Muhammad.

Since the Koran is the word of Allah, it must be obeyed, accept for those parts where Allah changed his mind. We won’t be running afoul of those changes. Allah changing His mind is an Islamic fundamental of huge importance that I’ll cover at the next meeting of the GC Republican party, where I’ve been invited to give a talk on Islam.

The Koran commands Muslims to obey Allah, to obey and emulate Muhammad, and to obey “Muslims who are in authority “(V4:59 Khan pg. 127), not secular authorities but Muslim authorities, who acknowledge the sovereignty of Allah and the paramount authority of the Koran. Theocratic authorities.

(V4:59. See Maw pg. 121 for definitive footnote that reveals obedience owed to Allah, Mu, and those “invested with authority,” who are Muslims who rely on the Koran and Sunnah. See also the next verse V4:60 and ftnt pg. 122, equating secular law etc. with Satan, ditto “legal and judicial system that acknowledges neither the sovereignty of God nor the paramount authority of God’s book.)  

Over the centuries, “those invested with authority” have relied on the Koran and the life of Muhammad to produce a vast body of law which has been summarized for Sunni Muslims in this book, called Reliance of the Traveller, “A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.”  Sunnis are 80-90% of all Muslims.

Let’s start with the most infamous verse in the Koran dealing with women. This is verse 4:34 – the 34th verse from the fourth chapter: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has made one of them excel over the other—“.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Of course, God “made one excel over the other” and that one is obviously women because it says right here that Allah commands us men to protect and maintain you women. But, that’s not quite what Allah had in mind.

Let me finish: Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has made one of them excel over the other and because they spend out of their possessions to support them. Thus righteous women are obedient   — Allah’s command, ladies—-As for women of whom you fear rebellion, first admonish them, (next) remain apart from them in beds, and, last, beat them.

Hey, Allah’s command until the end of time. The helpful footnote from this Koran says: This does not mean a man should resort to these three measures all at once–.” See, Islam is compassionate!

This compassion is even more apparent when we go to the Reliance for details: on page 541 under Dealing With A Rebellious Wife, the husband may hit her quote “but not in a way that injures her, meaning he may not break bones, wound her or cause blood to flow.” He can’t hit her in the face, either. So there, proof positive that compassionate wife beating is Islamic law. Sharia. Allah’s law.

Some of you are probably wondering about this scold her first, don’t sleep with her next stuff. Well, in Islam, a wife’s rotation is important, and you’re thinking “Rotation?” To explain, let me read Allah’s command from Verse 4:3 “–then marry the women that seem good to you: two or three or four. If you feel you may not be able to treat them justly, then marry (only) one —.”  (Maw pg. 102.)

Footnote: Muslim jurists are agreed that this verse fixes the maximum number of wives at four. (MAW 102) So, polygamy is Allah’s forever law and in the Reliance, we have rules for husbands so blessed to follow, for example, back to rotation: whenever he spends the night with one wife, he is obligated to spend nights with the others, “giving equal time to each one.”  (RofT pg. 539 m10.5) Proof  positive that Islamic law protects the rights of wives!

Some other nuggets: It is not permissible for a husband to enter the quarters of a wife when it is another wife’s turn.  If a husband wants to take a wife on a trip, he must draw lots to determine which one. That’s only fair, isn’t it?? Also, it is unlawful for a husband to house two wives in the same lodging unless they agree. Hey, sounds to me like Muslim women are in charge!! (rot, 538 – 540)

Also, it is unlawful for a wife to leave the house without her husband’s permission unless for a pressing need, and “It is not permissible for a woman to allow someone into her husband’s house if he is opposed,” (RofT pg. 538 m10.4) and under no circumstance is she to be alone with a non-family member male. Can’t call the plumber, ladies, unless the boss is home.

Scholars unanimously agree it is unlawful for a wife to leave the house unveiled if there is a likelihood of a temptation, meaning anything that leads to sexual intercourse or its usual preliminaries.” (Whatever that means!!) (RofT 512 m2.3.) This from the Koran: “Remain in your homes and do not display your beauty as women did in the pre-Islamic period of Ignorance.” V33:33 The R of T adds this: It is a condition for the permissibility of her going out that she take no measures –no measures– to enhance her beauty, and that her figure is concealed or altered to a form unlikely to draw looks from men or attract them.” (RofT pg 682 p42.2(4))

Also, a woman cannot travel without a guardian, but I can’t find any definition of “travel”: To the store? Around the world? Beats me.

Any woman not taking such precautions opens herself to, at the very least, charges of rebelliousness and perhaps even charges of apostasy, because not being obedient is contrary to Allah’s law which means she is an apostate and “deserves to die.” Says so right here, page 596. (o8.4. Also & o4.17/o.5.4 pg. 593.) OK. Enough. We’ll return to this “modesty: theme in a moment.

Perhaps the second most infamous male-chauvinist-pig command from Allah in the Koran (V 2:282) concerns witnessing signatures to property transactions: “–call upon two of your men as witnesses but if two men are not there let there be one man and two women as witnesses so that if one of the two women should fail to remember, the other might remind her.”  (Also RoT pg. 637 o24.7.)

My wife, when informed of this heavenly directive gave me a look I can only describe as “bleak,” and said, “Not funny!”  I said, “Hey, I’m just quoting the Almighty. You’d think the daughter of a Lutheran minister would have a more worshipful attitude!”  Sigh. Allah’s work is never done.

This particular verse offers a perfect example of the circularity of reasoning so prevalent in Islam: We know the Koran is the word of Allah because Muhammad said so, and we know that Muhammad is Allah’s messenger because the Koran says so. Here, we have Muhammad declaring in the Koran that Allah says it takes two women equal one man, and in one of the stories in the most venerated of Islam’s “Gospels,” he refers to this Koranic “revelation” as “proof” of your mental inferiority, ladies.

(Buk 1:6:301)  I quote: Then he (Muhammad) passed by the women and said, ‘O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell were women.’ They asked, ‘Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle?’ He replied, ‘You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence —than you.  A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.’  The Women asked, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence –?’ He said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half that of a man?’ The women said “Yes.” He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.” (Buk 3:48:826)

Note that part about a “sensible man could be led astray by some of you”?  That means, ironically, that sensible –sensible!!– Muslim men are weak minded compared to at least some Muslim women. One of the themes in Islamic law is that men cannot control themselves around women and it’s the woman’s fault!  So, who’s superior to whom?  (If time, relate story of M’s first cousin = it was m who couldn’t handle “a glimpse of stocking” which he then blamed on women and had Allah confirm the blame!)

In that same vein, an important verse in the Koran that is causing much harm today, and we touched on this earlier, is that “believing women” be appropriately clothed. Let me quote in full verse 33:59, (Maw pg 631): “O Prophet, enjoin your wives and your daughters and the believing women, to draw a part of their outer coverings around them. It is likelier that they will be recognised and not molested. ”

Let me read you the footnote from this (Maw) Koran: “–when people see (women) dressed in garments exuding simplicity and modesty they will be recognised as honourable and chaste women. They will appear distinct from women of loose character who are ever on the hunt for lewd encounters. These women (those dressed appropriately) are unlike those whom immoral men would seek out to gratify their carnal desires.

Think about the ramifications of 1400 years of teaching that “honorable and chaste” women are “covered up” and if not, then they are “women of loose character who are ever on the hunt for lewd encounters.” Put a bunch of immigrant Muslim men on the streets of Europe and don’t be surprised when sexual assaults go through the roof.  To these men, a glimpse of stocking is not something shocking, it’s an invitation to rape, and proof that non-Muslim women are just scum good only for sex.

Thanks to mindless Muslim immigration, Sweden has become the rape capital of the Western world. In 1975, there were 421 rapes reported to the police, in 2014, there were 6,620, 78% committed by “foreigners,” and that doesn’t count second generation Muslims, who are “Swedes.”

Swedish courts have been reluctant to prosecute these rapists, and this in a country where feminists once crusaded to have men sit while urinating, standing being so symbolic of male dominance, don’t cha know. I didn’t make that up!  All over the world, the Muslim is a victim of racism, Islamophbia, Western exploitation and xenophobia. His victimhood far exceeds that of a raped female. Sorry about that, ladies.  In the politically correct order of victimhood, Muslims trump women.

In fact, sharia as practiced makes it virtually impossible to convict a man of rape. From the R of T, “–if testimony concerns fornication —then it requires four male witnesses–” –male witnesses (page 638 o24.9), “testimony concerns fornication,” no qualifications.

The “four witness” law derives from three verses in the Koran (V4:15 pg. 118 Khan, V24:4, V24:5) that don’t make sense to me because all of them say it takes four witnesses to convict a woman of the charge of illegal sexual intercourse, nothing about convicting the man. This has evolved into requiring four witnesses to exonerate her.    (If time, V24:4 and V24:13 were “revelations” specifically to refute allegations, made by THREE men, that Muhammad’s favorite wife had been adulterous. She said no, Muhammad believed her and VOILA!! Allah said FOUR witnesses required. People believe this crap.) 

The reading I’ve done suggests some Muslims think the four-male witness rule to substantiate a woman’s claim of rape is a misreading of Islamic law.  Their opinions count for nothing if the traditions of sharia say otherwise. What happens is that when a woman is raped, the man or men claim it’s her fault, and she’s automatically guilty.

Fortunately, most Muslim ruled counties have more Westernized rape laws, two glaring exceptions being Saudi Arabia and Somalia, where a woman claiming rape is seen as admitting she is guilty of fornication, which earns her 100 lashes if she is single, stoned to death if married.  (R of T 610, 611) But, hey! While men are lashed standing up, women are lashed sitting down! How sweet! NOW must approve.

While the sexual exploitation of Muslim women has a long history in Islam, so does the sexual exploitation of non-Muslim women.   The verse I referred to earlier that gave Allah’s permission to have up to four wives also says if you can’t marry, one, two three or four women, you can “marry from among those whom your right hand possess.”  (V4.3 pg 102 Maw & V2:221 pg. 47 Maw.)

The helpful footnote explains that the expression “those whom your right hand possess” means “slave girls –female captives of war who are distributed –when no exchange of prisoners takes place.” The Koran refers to “those your right hand possess” in many verses, e.g. one says that if men can’t afford the “bridal-due” (4:4 pg. 102 Maw) to marry a free believing woman, then “marry such believing women whom your right hand possess,” no payment needed. (4:25 pg. 111 Maw)

You might think that slave women being “captives of war” makes this Allah approval something irrelevant today, but oh, no. Islam is always at war with unbelievers, in most places for the last four hundred years or so that war has been suspended.  Recently, however, Iraq and Syria have been the battle ground for a new Islamic state, ISIS –Islamic State of Iraq and Syria— complete with self-appointed caliphate.

If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed that ISIS delights in beheading captive unbelievers, something you can see for yourself on You Tube.  That’s what Muhammad did to his captives. Also, they have delighted in making sex slaves out of the wives and daughters of the unbelievers they’ve captured. That’s also what Muhammad did.

Now, the Koran forbids men from having sex with married women “except” I quote, “those women whom your right hands have come to possess as a result of war. This is Allah’s Decree and it is binding upon you.”(V 4:24 pg 110 and 111.) From the R of T: When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” Rape away, boys!  (BTW no rape in a Muslim marriage. V2:223 pg. 48 = wives your tilth etc.)

ISIS even had a pamphlet printed up to guide their soldiers on the proper treatment of slave women. You can Google it up, e.g. ISIS Slave Women Manual.  A separate Q&A pamphlet on treating slave women had as question 13: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty? (A) It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she fit for intercourse; however, if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse.”  Oh, my. (https://news.vice.com/article/islamic-state-releases-qa-guide-on-the-treatment-of-yazidi-slave-girls) and (Sharona Schwartz the blaze 12-14-14 when jihadists capture a woman–)

That ISIS would put such an abomination into print is not at all surprising when you know that having sex with nine-year-old girls has the indirect approval of Allah, who decreed that Muhammad was a good example for Muslims to emulate. V 33:21) And, guess what? Muhammad married a six-year-old and began having sex with her when she was nine.

The Ayatollah Khomeini, who became Iran’s Supreme Ruler after the overthrow of the Shah, had married a 10-year-old when he was 28. He said marriage to a prepubescent was “a divine blessing” and he urged Muslim men to marry off their daughters before they reached puberty. And after the Ayatollah took power, the legal age of marriage for brides in Iran was dropped to nine. Just a week ago, Pakistani lawmakers rejected a bill that would have banned child marriage: “Un-Islamic.”

A couple of other of “Allah’s forever commands” in the Koran still in force in Islamic societies today are the command that men receive twice the inheritance of women (V4:11) whenever possible and to divorce a wife a man simply has to say “I divorce you” three times. (Koran 2:228, 2:229 and 2:230., R of T pg. 558 n2.1)) The triple talaq” it’s called.

Early this year, the President of Egypt, concerned about the high divorce rate, proposed they do away with verbal divorce and he was met with fierce resistance. As one religious leader put it, “The authentication (of divorce) by virtue of a written document is a new phenomenon and was not applied at the time of the Prophet.” End of argument.

And, If there is some provision by which a wife can initiate divorce, I haven’t found it. If her husband gives her permission, yes, she can effect divorce by saying to him, “You are divorced.” (R of T pg 559 n3.3 (3)). From what I have read, the best a woman can do is take her grievances to an Islamic judge who then may — may—ask the husband to allow a divorce. (See files for blurb from islamqa.)

BTW, Tunisia passed a law a couple of weeks ago allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, which would put an end to that triple talaq crap for those women.  But, I wonder how long that will last. Such women would be committing apostasy and could be subject to honor killings.

Finally, one last piece of bad news, ladies. It is obligatory for Muslims to consolidate their political power into the office of a caliphate. (RoT 638) Unfortunately, ladies, the caliphate must be a Muslim –surprise!—- MAN! Says in here, “–the leadership of a woman being invalid because of the rigorously authenticated” saying of Muhammad: “A people that leaves its leadership to a woman will never succeed.” (RoT 641)

This leads me to my favorite Muhammad quote, at least my favorite when Miriam is telling me what to do: “The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Men are (already) destroyed when they obey women.” (RoT pg. 672 p28.1 (1))

YES!! I’ve noticed that. Thank you, ladies. We’ve run out of time but if you have any questions, I have been ordered to stick around and try to answer them and I always obey the ladies..