Posted By Eliana Benador on December 15, 2014
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Posted By Eliana Benador on December 7, 2014
Is he an Islamophobe? No. He’s Bill Maher. A leftist speaking his mind and saying the truth as it is.
A man used to say his leftist opinions no matter what, now cornered into another truth that he cannot deny and is saying it with no qualms already for some months.
Leftists and Islamists are having now hard times accepting this new Maher reality. And, he’s not making it easy for them, either, to forget it.
When someone like Bill refers to America as “a very shallow country, and so when an A-list movie star gets involved in the debate, everyone cares…” then you know how deep that country is in trouble.
Vanity Fair explains: “After Maher’s incendiary comments aired, a student group at the University of California Berkeley that had selected the comedian to give the school’s winter commencement speech moved to disinvite him. The students’ petition accused Maher of hate speech, but the university, which is celebrating the anniversary of Free Speech Movement protests on campus 50 years ago, stood by the invite. On December 20, Maher plans to speak at the commencement.”
And so it will be… Good luck Mr. Maher. Good for you.
Petition All You Want, Bill Maher Will Speak at Berkeley
On the October 3 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO program’s eponymous host and atheist scholar Sam Harris argued fiercely about the nature of Islam with actor Ben Affleck. Harris called the faith “the mother lode of bad ideas.” Maher said Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f*cking kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.” Maher went further, saying it is a mistake to think that just “a few bad apples” in the religion share these extremist ideas. Affleck, for his part, accused Maher and Harris of painting Islam with a “broad brush” and called their comments “gross” and “racist.”
After Maher’s incendiary comments aired, a student group at the University of California Berkeley that had selected the comedian to give the school’s winter commencement speech moved to disinvite him. The students’ petition accused Maher of hate speech, but the university, which is celebrating the anniversary of Free Speech Movement protests on campus 50 years ago, stood by the invite. On December 20, Maher plans to speak at the commencement.
In advance of his speech, Maher spoke exclusively to VF.com about the mounting reactions to his comments on Islam, and how, despite criticisms that he has misrepresented the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, it’s Bill Maher who feels like he’s the one being misrepresented.
VF Daily: To some people this wasn’t big news—you’ve said some of these things before. But it wasn’t maybe in such strong or stark terms. Did something change or something spark this for you that made you speak out more strongly?
Bill Maher: No. I’ve been saying the same thing for years and years and years. What changed was Ben Affleck. What changed is a very shallow country, and so when an A-list movie star gets involved in the debate, everyone cares. If it had been Kim Kardashian it would have been even bigger.
But, you know, what changed for me—I think in a good way—is that since more people actually paid attention to the debate, way more people came over to my side. I have a very politically correct audience—the studio audience that comes to my show—very often too politically correct for my taste. I notice now they are pretty much on my side on this issue because they understand that I’m the liberal in this debate.
If you said everything you said but said it as, “I’m critiquing radical Islam,” I don’t think it would’ve have sparked so much controversy. It seemed to be the implication that you’re applying your critique to the entire religion. In your mind is there moderate Islam?
Well, it depends on what you define as moderate. [Pauses] They would say there is moderate Islam and I’m sure there are moderates in Islam. But again, if you speak out against the oppression, there is every chance that the people who are not so moderate will take it out on you. . . . The irony of the Berkeley situation is I thought campuses were places where free speech was championed. And one of my problems with Islam is that they are not that big on free speech—which so offended the Muslims at Berkeley, they wanted to ban my speech.
But as far as your basic question, this is something that is perhaps not controversial if you delve into the statistics—and there are statistics. There’s lots of polling and there’s lots of research on this subject that connects, lets call them the rank-and-file, with the extremely illiberal ideas of Islam. Like, if you leave the religion, it is the appropriate response to have death visited upon you. That’s not an outlier in the religion. A Pew poll of Egypt done a few years ago said, I think, 90 percent of Egyptians felt that if you leave the religion, that’s the appropriate response. Now, I asked this question before . . . if 90 percent of Catholics in Brazil felt the appropriate response to leaving Catholicism was death, wouldn’t that be a slightly bigger story?
But would it be a statement about Catholicism? Or would it be a statement about Catholics in Brazil?
It would be a statement about both. To me it would be a statement about a religion that still inspires its people towards fundamentalism. You know, one of the arguments I hear a lot from people on the other side of this debate is: “Bill, don’t you know that Islam was more tolerant in the 9th century or the 14th century?” We’re living in the 21st century and I am the first one to admit that, yes, Christianity was the bad religion in the 14th century. That’s when the inquisition was going on. And in the 16th century, that’s when the, the Protestants and the Catholics were slaughtering each other all over Europe. Just the way the Shiites and the Sunnis are now.
But as many people have said before, Islam is the religion now that needs a reformation and that needs an enlightenment. I don’t know if you saw the open letter to Ben Affleck that that Pakistani woman wrote?
Yes I did. What were you gonna say about it?
O.K., well, what . . . once again, I’m the liberal, I’m on her side. . . . What she said to him—and she’s very polite—she said, “Thanks for, you know, for standing up for my peeps. But all you did, was close off a conversation that we need to have.”
That’s one reason I’m glad this happened. We need to have this conversation. And she said, “I want to join the 21st century, too. Why can’t you be on my side in my quest to do that?” And she ended the letter by saying, ‘You know, I’d love to have a drink with you sometime to discuss this, but (a) I’m not allowed to drink and (b) I’m not allowed to leave the house unless I’m accompanied by a male guardian.’”
So here’s where I’m confused though. You say Islam is the religion now that needs a reformation and an enlightenment. They need help in that struggle, not blanket condemnations of Islam. Do you think you’re helping that reformation?
Yes, like the woman said, what we need to do is not close off the conversation. I’m just shining a light on the reality of the situation. I don’t even understand why this is so controversial. [Laughs] I see these ads on TV for example, on the football games against violence against women. Have you seen those? A bunch of celebrities go: “No more!” And that’s great. Because we need that in America. But what [would] the reaction be if you had an ad like that on in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia or lots of Muslim countries?
Again, these are not things that I pulled out of my ass. These are facts. The World Economic Forum did a study of 134 countries around the world, on the subject [of the] treatment of women, 17 of the bottom 20 were Muslim countries. In 10 Muslim countries, you get the death penalty for just being gay.
Presumably you’ve made a lot of Muslim enemies, but who are your Muslim friends? In general, who’s informing your views on Islam?
[Pauses] Well, you wouldn’t know them. [Laughs] They are friends of mine who are not famous. But I have two pretty good Muslim friends. And Reza Aslan says he’s my friend.
It’s sometimes hard to know if you watch you, you watch other political comics—where’s the line between making an incendiary joke versus actually trying to make a political point? Are you trying to achieve something here? Do you want to move an agenda forward?
No, I never have any agenda on my show. My job on Friday night is to catch them up on what the important stories were and to entertain. I mean we are on an entertainment network. And then—equally important—to never pull a punch.
The religious scholar Karen Armstrong did an interview with Salon and talked about what you and Sam Harris said. And she said that your comments fill her with despair because this is “the sort of talk that led to the concentrations camps in Europe. The sorts of things that people were saying about Jews in the 30s and 40s.” That’s gotta sting, especially coming from her.
It doesn’t sting because it’s beyond stupid. Jews weren’t oppressing anybody. There weren’t 5,000 militant Jewish groups. They didn’t do a study of treatment of women around the world and find that the Jews were at the bottom of it. There weren’t 10 Jewish countries in the world that were putting gay people to death just for being gay. It’s idiotic.
What do you want to say to those kids protesting you at Berkeley?
You know, I’m a liberal. My message is: be a liberal. Find out what liberalism means and join up. Liberalism certainly should not mean squelching free speech. And by the way, that petition, it was online, so anybody could sign it. You didn’t have to go to Berkeley to sign it, you could sign it more than one time. . . . So it was kind of a bullshit thing to begin with. Uh, so I don’t think there were that many people against it. Even people who don’t agree with everything I say about Islam certainly were on the side of letting me speak. The comments I read were just almost embarrassed for the kids.
And I would just say to all liberals: we should own the First Amendment the way the right-wingers own the Second.
Posted By Eliana Benador on December 6, 2014
As Shabbat has once again ended, reading of our Holy Torah is as always the most uplifting testimony for our souls.
We read our Torah on a yearly basis, from year to year. And every week, no matter how many years we have read it, we always learn new elements, new teachings and lessons left for us by G d Himself.
Indeed, each historical passage that is recorded there shows how HaShem after some period patiently waiting for mankind to redeem and to repent, and yet redemption and repentance barely ever come one hundred percent.
So punishments are there as lessons from the Almighty.
And, as in every case, some righteous men will save the day, but in doing so, the seed of evil is saved as well. It happens in the time of Noah, in the time of Babel, in the case of Abraham, who with two sons, one by Sarah and other by her Egyptian princess slave Hagar, we were left with good Isaac and evil Ishmael… The same repeats itself with Isaac and Rebecca, when she gives birth to twins: Esau and Yaacov, evil and good, respectively…
And, so, it goes on endlessly…. No matter how righteous, there is always the seed for evil, just as in all of us.
Try as we may, our human condition is precisely that, a “condition”…
We saw how, because of Laban’s treachery, Yaacov ended up marrying not Rachel the woman he loved, but Laban, their father, did not keep his word and gave first Leah to Yaacov, and then Rachel.
We see how HaShem seeing that Leah was not the loved one, he makes her the mother of Ruben, Shimon, Levy, Judah, Issachar and Zabulun. Her slave, Zilpa, bore Gad and Asher. While Rachel, after being barren for a long time, will be the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Her slave Bilha bore Dan and Naftali.
At 184 years, Isaac passes away, and his two sons, Yaacov and Esau, together, bury him.
Yaacov’s favourite son turns to be, unsurprisingly, Joseph, the son he had with the woman he loved, Rachel… And a new story begins, to be followed next week.
That said, the story of this week ends with a thorough documentation of Esau’s descendants. The reason for it being that many of the evil coming the way of the Jewish people find their source in him and his generations that followed, like the Romans, and Amalek, the son of Timnah…
The big question is: Will mankind ever make check mate on evil?
Despite the gloom fate reserved to mankind, I want to wish all as good a week as possible… May the good outweigh the evil and may your choices always bear in mind what’s good in the Eyes of G d.
Remember, G d did not gave us a menu to choose from. His are Commandments. Orders. Not choices.
G d Bless you. G d Bless this world with His Light and His Love.
Have a great and blessed week… Shavua tov!
Posted By Eliana Benador on November 25, 2014
Take care of your body.
Be careful with what you choose to do. Be careful with what you look at. Be careful what you eat or drink. Be careful what your ears hear. Be careful with the scents your nose will feel.
Because we are all to consider this flesh and body of ours as a temple, the holy temple that hosts the soul G d gave us -soul which is Holy because it is a part of Him.
So, don’t give in to temptation. The world outside is filled with yetzer hara, the evil inclination, trying to destroy our holy connection with Our Creator.
Remember the Beit Hamikdash, our Temple… there is nothing that goes in it unless it is completely pure and purified.
It is the same with our bodies which we must protect because once you did or saw something undue, or heard undue words or actions, because whatever enters your brain, will mark your soul forever.
Your soul is your precious diamond and should only be polished to become the most beautiful possession you can offer yourself and G d.
Just sharing some thoughts with you.
Posted By Eliana Benador on November 16, 2014
By Eliana Benador
When you read this news, you won’t know if you should laugh or cry. The Obama Administration continues diluting themselves or, rather, implementing their plan to perfection. Already the first sentence says it all: “The United States is turning to Arab intelligence agencies that may have backed radical jihadists in the past…” Family links in the Arab, Muslim world are holy. There is no chance anything will ever change there and if something does change, it will only be for the worse, as we are witnessing with the latest developments that sadly seem to prove my point.
This article speaks of Americans cooperating with foreign intelligence agencies and militaries posing risks as they try to create a “moderate rebel force” capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria, where the militant group has seized large swaths of territory…. This is pure Obama insanity.
How can Americans who don’t speak Arabic fluently pretend to ‘groom “moderate terrorists” because their famous “rebel forces” are the dry cleaned lingo for terrorists. Arabic is such a difficult language especially to the language challenged Americans.
America is in for a bumpy road given that there is no way that any Western army will stop the brutes from the Islamic State who are devilishly trained as no army probably is, because theirs is a commitment to the cause.
Besides, I am sure Obama and his team are more intent in deposing Assad with a clean job than they are keen to eradicate the vermin from the Islamic State.
Link to article and its entirety is below.
Jim Michaels, USA TODAY WASHINGTON — The United States is turning to Arab intelligence agencies that may have backed radical jihadists in the past to help recruit and vet an opposition force in Syria, highlighting the challenges of recruiting moderate rebels to fight the Islamic State. “Some of the Sunni-led nations, Arab League partners, are going to participate in the vetting,” Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told USA TODAY this week without naming specific countries. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan are among regional countries cooperating with the U.S. as part of the coalition fighting the militant group. Rogers said regional allies can provide the local expertise the United States lacks when vetting rebels, adding such a system is not perfect but has the best chance for success. Analysts say cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies and militaries poses risks as the U.S. attempts to create a moderate rebel force capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria, where the militant group has seized large swaths of territory. Careful recruiting and vetting is required to ensure that jihadists do not infiltrate the force or that warlords don’t hijack weapons and people for their own causes. Arab allies might overlook past radical associations of recruits, said Jeff White, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Such risks are unavoidable, he said. “So what if the vetting process isn’t perfect? We’re not giving them atomic weapons.” Countries, including Saudi Arabia, have been linked to support for radical Islamist groups in the region in the past, though they have joined the coalition fighting the Islamic State now. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states have historically shown more enthusiasm for defeating Syrian President Bashar Assad than Islamist extremist groups. U.S. officials are working to convince allies that the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, poses a more immediate threat. The United States is currently supporting a covert program to arm and train Sunni opposition forces. The Pentagon, meanwhile, is gearing up for its own military-backed program, where it hopes to train about 5,000 moderate rebels per year, for a total force of 15,000 at the end of three years. The Pentagon program will initially focus on building local defense forces, but later units will be trained and armed to conduct offensive operations, the Pentagon said. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it would take about eight to 12 months before the opposition forces “begin making a difference on the ground.” The process of vetting has not begun. In congressional testimony, Hagel said persuading fighters to adopt U.S. goals would be part of the vetting process. “Yes, they want to see Assad go,” Hagel said of opposition forces. “But the most absolute, immediate threat to most of these people is ISIL and what ISIL is doing to their villages and to their families and their homes.” The Pentagon says air power alone will not defeat the Islamic State and ground forces are required to drive the militants from the areas they now occupy. But Syrian opposition forces are fractured, and moderates have been squeezed out as Islamic State militants grow in power. Leaders from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda reportedly agreed to team up — to stop fighting each other and work together to defeat their opponents, including Assad, according to the Associated Press, which quoted unnamed Syrian opposition officials and rebel leaders. If the alliance holds, it would pose an even bigger threat to moderates.
Posted By Eliana Benador on November 4, 2014
In what is being called the election of a lifetime, Americans today are heading to the polls for a most decisive moment, whether they will zap the democrats and their president or they will allow them to continue destroying the country they love.
A few days ago, just in time for elections, breaking news announced that Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi had arrived on American soil after languishing 214 days in a Mexican prison. A group of American politicians took it upon them to try to convince Mexican authorities and finally a judge ordered the marine vet’s immediate release.
In telling words, California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said President Obama was “absent without official leave” or “AWOL” throughout the whole process.
Indeed, as California Representative Ed Royce put it, the president did not make much of an effort securing Mr. Tahmooressi’s release as he had in the case of sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, whom he exchanged for five high level Taliban terrorists prisoners. Colleagues argue that Bergdahl had actually deserted.
Today, as Americans head to the polls, they should seriously ask themselves which other president would have gotten away with so many infractions?
He has been the first president to be photographed smoking a joint and was the first to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then he denied he was a foreigner. Besides, he is also the first president to have a social security number from a state where he has never lived in.
He has also been the first president to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
He has also been the first president to violate the War Powers Act when he disregarded Congress and sent troops to “help” the Nusra al Qaeda terrorists trying to depose President Bashar al Assad.
He has also been the first president to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
He has also been the first president to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
He has also been the first president to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
He has also been the first president to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
He has also been the first president to bypass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
He has also been the first president to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
He has also been the first president to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
He has also been the first president to tell a CEO of a major corporation ( GM) to resign. (President Obama forces GM boss Rick Wagoner to step down)
He has also been the first president to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
He has also been the first president to to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
He has also been the first president to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
He has also been the first president to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
He has also been the first president to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
He has also been the first president to tell a major manufacturing company (Boeing) in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
He has also been the first president to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
He has also been the first president to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
He has also been the first president to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
-He has also been the first president to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
He has also been the first president to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
He has also been the first president to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists (including one communist!!).
He has also been the first president to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
He has also been the first president to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
He has also been the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing to earn it but, mind you, this issue has not been his fault but that one of the lousy Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm.
He has also been the first president to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult America’s friends” tours.
Until 2011, he has also been the first president to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
He has also been the first president to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
He has also been the first president to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
He has also been the first president to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
-He has also been the first president to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth
He has also been the first president to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs. Arizona).
He has also been the first president to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
He has also been the first president to tell the members of the military that they were unpariotic for balking at the last suggestion.
He has been the president that has instituted gender warfare, has made race an issue. He has pardoned the Black Panthers.
He weaponized the IRS and by the same token has never presented a national budget. Ever.
In flagrant attack, he has instituted the Common Core as a way to denigrate and attack the self-esteem of American children.
He is the one who unveiled the existence of Seal Team Six which captured and killed Osama Bin Laden, in the aftermath of which, two month later, 23 highly trained Navy Seals were massacred by the Taliban terrorists.
At the same time, Obama has given official appointments to members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are already for a long time at key jobs within his administration.
Under his watch, there are now more than ever food stamps applicants and beneficiaries, over 40 million Americans benefit from such aide nowadays.
The list is endless.
And, as of latest information, the pro-Obama mogul George Soros has made available a group he funds, to join forces with a civil rights law organization in Washington, D.C., to take up poll watching duties in 16 states on Election Day.
So far, the American population has not taken any measures to counter the massive left assault on their rights to make sure they can count on fair conditions to vote.
Obama counts on powerful rotten Soros to “oversee” the elections, whatever that means. Who do the American people count on?
It is noteworthy to mention that most states have some form of voter ID requirement to vote but any voter who registered by mail and who has not previously voted in a federal election may be requested to show current and valid photo identification or only a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
Americans are, again, in for a bumpy ride during these elections.
This is an extremely abridged version of the Obama disaster and, therefore, any reader can understand when I say that America’s fate is in God’s Hands.
God bless America.
Eliana Benador is an opinion writer, and speaker, was founder of Benador Associates. Her website is www.elianabenador.com. Follow her at @ElianaBenador on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.
Posted By Eliana Benador on November 2, 2014
AS we head to Tuesday, it is noteworthy to mention that it’s not that we “want” Republicans. To be precise, there is for now no other group that clearly stands as a party.
Tea Party? Sure. But, they are shapeless. And, although I understand their organisational issues, the truth is that America needs a few nationally formed parties with a centralised authority that can unify their constituency.
Maybe the Tea Party will achieve one day that status, I don’t know.
For now, we need to kick the democrats out of the senate.
Then, pick up the pieces and make sure to give hell to the republicans that will be elected and let them know that we the people will not allow them to bow to the Golfer-in-Chief.
They have done it already though. So, now the big question is, how to make sure they won’t bow to him anymore.
Posted By Eliana Benador on November 2, 2014
Posted By Eliana Benador on November 2, 2014
Official sources are being quoted via the Russian news agency TASS reporting an interview given by the chief of the federal authority on criminal affairs, BKA Jorg Ziercke to Die Welt, during which he shared that approximately 1,000 people in Germany which are supporters of the Islamic State. He added that several hundred among them in the future may be capable to organise acts of terror in Germany itself.
According to Ziercke, intelligence services had been watching closely 230 people, who may “organise illegal actions of big scale.”
Comparatively, back in 2010, people of the kind totalled about 120 in Germany.
Another 300 Islamists are of “major interest to BKA.” This group of potential terrorists “may offer logistics assistance in preparations for a terror attack,” Ziercke said.
“Most threat comes from fanatics, who are acting on their own, and from small groups,” the official said. However, he said, German intelligence services are controlling the situation. No reasons for panic, he said.
Regardless of what German authorities can say, the fact is that Muslim demographics are overwhelming. And that reality is already transparent in this photograph.
Posted By Eliana Benador on October 27, 2014
THIS is a photograph I took seconds ago from my Chumash book in French.
I thought it is important to make it available to all of you so you can see how HaShem created not only the entire Universe but also us, His Chosen Children, we Jews.
This is so to say our Divine Pedigree:
It shows the first man to whom HaShem blew life into his body, Adam Ha Rishon… You see, he is the first on the list.
Go down the list, you see Noah or Noé in French.
Go 13 names below Adam.
You will find “Ever” which is the French name for “HEBER”. AND THAT IS EVEN THE ROOT FOR OUR WORD “HEBREW”, because before becoming Jews, we were Hebrews and that remained the name of our language, as you all know.