Tag Archives: islam

President Obama, leave Syria alone!

31 Aug

middle east mapI’m going to get right to the point here. I feel that the U.S.A. should not take any military action against Syria. Yes it does appear that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons against its own people, but the U.S.A. cannot be the judge, jury and executioner for the world. Also, there is an old saying: “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

It is a Civil War

Syrians are fighting Syrians so we should stay out of it. When kinfolk are fighting, it is very unwise for outsiders to intervene because both sides will turn on the outsider. This is what the Afghans did to to Soviets. The U.S.A. certainly did not want the British, the French or anyone else to side with the Confederates in the U.S. Civil War (even though their were some French advisors that helped the Union Army).

Syria is Middle East Problem

According the the New York Times, the Arab League blamed the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people it does not back military action against the Syrian government. There are cultural, religious, and tribal issues in that area that Americans may never understand so it is best for the United States to stay out of it. Plus there are some of the richest countries (per capita) in the world in that region like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait so let them finance and provide the soldiers for any military campaigns. The reason they probably don’t want to put that much “skin” in the game is because they know it could cost them their hides. They are ancient cultural, religious and tribal issues in the reason so we need to stay out of it.

Blowback Against the United States

Look, things are already tense with Russia and Iran. Plus, it has been reported that Syria may have links to Hezbollah. The American homeland is already on-guard against Al Qaeda so why add yet another enemy? It is not about being afraid of terrorist organizations, but an attack against Syria would most certainly help with the recruiting efforts for extremist groups and self-radicalized individuals (like the Boston Marathon bombers). Do we really need that? I think not.

Charity Begins at Home

Before we go bombing another country then sending billions of dollars to rebuild them, how about rebuilding the infrastructure of our urban areas? How about bailing-out Detroit? How about handling beach erosion and constructing sea walls along the east coast to help people who are at risk of being flooded out again like what happened with Superstorm Sandy? The U.S. has a history of bombing countries into the stone age then rebuilding them with some sort of a Marshall Plan type of solution while citizens on the homeland suffer. That is not intelligent.

Arrogance of Democracy and Capitalism

Not every country is ripe for a democratic, republican-styled government. A nation’s history and culture has to be taken into account. The United States grew out of the United Kingdom that is based on common law. Common law is comprised of societal customs. If a society doesn’t have certain customs in its culture, you can impose common law on them and expect it to work perfectly. Also, it is extremely arrogant to think that our style of government is the best in the world. It works for us because it is part of the natural evolution of our society but will not and should not be expected to work for other societies with very different customs and histories.

Perhaps some countries are better with a monarchy, an aristocracy, or a dictator. Perhaps some should be governed by a religious leader. It depends on their history and we should respect that and stop trying to assimilate everyone into living like us. What are we? The Borg from Star Trek or something?Assimilation-by-the-Borg-in-Star-TrekI’m kind of paraphrasing Muhammad Ali on this thoughts about fighting in Vietnam, but I have to say it: No Syrian has called me the ‘N Word’ nor has any Syrian attacked me or any of my loved ones. That is to say they are NOT a threat to the U.S. homeland so leave them alone. Let the Arab league and regional powers like Turkey figure sort this out.

Assad is the Devil We Know

If U.S. military intervention helps topple the Assad regime, who is going to the new leaders? It could be another dictator or a religious zealot. As far as I know, the U.S. don’t know the players therefore we should not get involved. We could be jumping out of the frying pan right into the fire.

Yankees, we need to stay home.

That’s all I have to say on this matter.

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For Heaven or Hell?

14 Aug

I couldn’t resist adding the below irreverent rant by comedy legend, George Carlin, on this very topic. It makes you think.

Below is an 11-part haiku chain poem. I hope that you like it.

“For Heaven or Hell?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Streets paved of gold and
pearly gates. Milk and honey.
Angel wings for all.

You will see loved ones
long lost. Reunified with
your spouse forever.

Make sure to go to
church each and every Sunday
to receive blessings.

The blessings for your
faithful attendance will be
mercy and goodness.

Don’t forget to go
to church or fail to pay your
tithes and offerings.

The salvation of
your soul is at stake. So guard
your duties, my friend.

GOD loves you, but he’ll
punish disobedience.
Hot fire and brimstone.

You will burn forever.
Eternal torment because
you are damned. No hope.

Hope has been lost. You
had your chance but you didn’t
heed warnings. Obey!

HE loves you, but will
throw you in the pit with that
devil, Lucifer.

So what is your life goal?
What are you aiming for? You
for Heaven or Hell?

Organized, Distorted Doctrine

1 Aug

The title of this poem was inspired by the host of Occult Science Radio, Curtis “The Illuminated One” Davis. I hear him say that people do crazy things when following an organized, distorted doctrine. What a cool way to sum it up! So, his phrase inspired me to write a poem about how religion can be skewed to jusitfy economic and political interests.

I am not saying that any particular religion is bad. I’m just showing how it can be used at time to manipulate people and to justify certain behavior.

The “dark side” of religion is explored here. I hope that you enjoy this poem and commit to being a vanguard against those who use religion to justify the inhumane treatment and/or slaughter of other human beings.

This poem is a series of 32 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

“Organized, Distorted Doctrine”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Religion alone
in not necessarily
a bad thing. Really.

What makes it bad at
times is how misguided or
evil men use it.

Judaism is
first. Christianity came
next. Then Islam, third.

This is not order
of preference, but it is
chronological.

Unfair advantage,
jealousy and sheer contempt
and chauvinism.

All wrapped in greed, hate,
lust for power, control, and
White Supremacy.

The Chosen People.
This land is our land given
to us by Balfour.

Palestinian
Arabs, you have to go now.
We’re here now. That’s that.

The Torah says that
the land of Israel is
our inheritance.

That is what we say
and stand by. And so what we
are Thirteenth Tribe?

The Invention of
the Jewish People
blew the
whistle. Cover blown!

Once everyone learns
that this is political,
not spiritual – Well…

Everyone will know
the truth, but will the truth free
the land? We’ll see.

Accept HIM as your
lord and savior! He saves you
from yourself. Your sins.

We’re his disciples
on Earth. Saving souls in the
sweet name of Jesus.

He is merciful
to his flock, but if you’re not
of us, you are lost.

Abandon your ways.
There is only one way. If
not, death is certain.

Bow down and kneel at
the cross. Heretics will be
cast out, stoned, or burnt.

We look like GOD, so
listen to us. Obey. A
servant among us.

Without our ways
your soul is lost, but now it’s
found. Convert and live.

Sharia is the
law by which you should live. If
you do not, you’re damned.

Burning in the fire
of Hell for eternity.
Ask for forgiveness.

But you must whisper
your prayer in Arabic or
GOD may not answer.

We hold fast to the
laws of sharia even
though it set us back.

Fundamentalism
retarded our progress and
we lost our great lead.

We set off the spark
in Europe to ignite the
Renaissance. Lights on!

They were in the dark
ages. No rule of law. Pure
barbaric lifestyle.

What kind of god would
pick favorites above all
other nations? Huh?

Sanctioning wholesale
slaughter of innocent people
and seizure of land.

Is not it quite odd
that so-called holy people
do unholy things?

Hypocrites. Liars.
Imposters. Hate mongers and
male chauvinist pigs.

Strange ways, practices
and beliefs. O-D-D means
organized, distorted doctrine.

ALLAH Is One God

15 Jun


This poem is a series of 19 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem introduces the reader to some of the main characters in Islamic history.

I am not muslim, but I respect people for whatever they may believe – as long as whatever it is that promotes good moral conduct and the brotherhood of man.

This poem has 19 verses. The number 19 is a very important number in Islam.

This poem is dedicated to and was inspired by a conversation I had with a gentleman I respect a great deal who is a fairly new convert to Islam, Sheldon Statia (aka, Abdul Hamid).


ALLAH Is One God
by Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2011
All rights reserved.

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The religion of
Ibrahim. He was upright.
ALLAH favored him.

Ishmael was his
firstborn son. An Egyptian,
Hajar, is his mom.

Ibrahim and his
son, Ishmael, built a house.
The Kaaba in Mecca.

Luqman was very
wise. He chose wisdom over
prophecy. Bless him!

The man called Jesus
would be the first to say that
he is not ALLAH.

Crucified nor killed
was he. It was made to seem
as such. He was spared.

Muhammad was but
a messenger that was sent
to remind us all.

Jibrayel gave him
the book. But he told him that
He couldn’t read it.

It was foretold to
taste so sweet in the mouth, but
will sour our bellies.

Bilal was the first
convert of Muhammad. He
calls the adhan best.

The commander of
the faithful was Ali. His
wife was Fatima.

Hassan and Husayn
were their sons. All are from the
old house of Quraish.

Fatima was a
chaste woman. She was without
monthly discomfort.

Pharaoah’s wife that saved
Moses was named Assiyah.
She’s held in esteem.

Maryam was the
mother of Jesus. Islam
calls his name Isa.

Aisha was the
mother of the believers.
Muhammad’s best wife.

All of the prophets
are great. Do not make any
distinctions. Praise HIM.

“Lakum deenakum
waliya deen” is one of
my favorite quotes.

All comes from ALLAH.
Do not bind partners with him.
ALLAH is one god.