Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A few words from oldschooltwentysix
I have been invited to post at Israel Thrives, and decided to make use of the opportunity.
In doing so, however, I wish to make clear that my expressions are my own and should be always be seen in that light.
For example, I am not a former Democrat, but one who believes that most Democrats are not supportive of the tactics used by anti-Israeli crusaders. That said, I appreciate the general argument that the Democratic Party is too tolerant of antisemitic forces within its ranks, and remain watchful.
I believe in substance over personalities and demonization of ideas, not people.
I believe it is not Islamophobic to expose violations of human rights, aggression and pronouncements of inferiority by regimes and leaders directed toward women, children and non-believers of Islam.
I believe my principles and values are liberal because they prioritize individual human dignity and potential, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, compared to the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam that prioritizes an ideology of religion. As such, I believe in free expression for people and oppose blasphemy laws and the notion of defamation of religion.
I believe too many anti-Israel crusaders promote illiberalism and effectively support some of the worst human rights abusers on the planet, with whom they share common ground.
I believe too many of the "intelligentsia" and self-anointed moralists throughout Europe and increasingly in America, particularly in the universities and media, are indiscriminate and disproportionate in scrutiny, engage in double standards, and practice humanitarian racism of lower expectations.
Of course, there is much more. This is merely a synopsis for today, to give an idea of where I come from and am going, and to distinguish myself.
One place where I wholeheartedly agree: The day of the dhimmi is over!
(Cross-posted at oldschooltwentysix)