Mike Renzulli

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The Davi Barker Deception?

Last week a Wichita International Airport employee named Terry Lee Loewen was arrested by the FBI for planning to conduct a bombing resulting in massive injuries and deaths to civilians and airport employees. The Investigative Project on Terrorism reviewed his three count indictment in which Loewen made a very blunt statement about his new found faith, Islam:

I don't understand how you can read the Qur'an and the sunnah of the Prophet and not understand that jihad and the implementation of Sharia is absolutely demanded of all the Muslim Ummah.

This brings up an issue related to the upcoming Freedom Summit. Among the  list of notable libertarian personalities slated to speak is a gentleman named Davi Barker. Davi Barker is one of the heads of a group called Muslims for Liberty. According to it's website the organization pitches itself as:

... an organization primarily of American Muslims who are committed to advancing the cause of liberty from a principled and Islamic perspective.

This and other statements posted on other websites promoting the group sound very reasonable and would be good for a group of Muslims pitching Islam as if it were truly some secular faith on par with liberal Christianity or Judaism. However, as Ayn Rand points out, facts are facts independent of any wish that they be otherwise. Despite Mr. Barker's group's claim that there is no compulsion for people to join Islam, if one examines how it is practiced in most Islamic countries (like Saudi Arabia) as well as historical events detailing conquests conducted by Muslim warlords (including Mohammed himself) the truth is Islam does not recognize or support any freedom of worship, conscience, or speech. The website Islamist Watch has a short list of specific instances of life in countries who practice Islamic law. It includes articles and video footage taken in Muslim countries documenting the execution of homosexuals, harassment of a woman by morality police for wearing nail polish, protests calling for the execution of a man accused of heresy, an indictment in Turkey of an atheist blogger along with a woman stoned to death for the crime of being seen with a man.

What is telling is not only Barker's denial or downplaying of such incidents like described above but also his treatment of people who criticize Islam. In his tract responding to Pamela Geller, for example, he accuses her of being anti-Muslim but offers no rebuttal of her or other critics' points. Instead Barker resorts to insults and statements that berate Geller's accusations. If Islam is not what people like myself, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, or ex-Muslims Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bosch Fawstin, and Wafa Sultan state then Barker could use Islamic theology, law, and, history to adequately defend his faith. The closest the group came to defending Islam was when M4L co-founder Will Coley was scheduled to debate Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer on a radio program a little over a year ago. Not surprisingly, Coley cancelled at the last minute. Will Coley accuses Robert Spencer of having withdrawn, but I had the opportunity to ask Spencer about what happened in which he stated it was Coley (not he) who decided to bag his appearance. Robert has always stated he will debate anyone at any time and has never turned down a chance to do so. Unlike Will Coley, Robert Spencer has nothing to hide.

As it turns out, Davi Barker is friends and co-founded his organization with a gentleman named Will Coley who is also friends with fellow Muslim Adam Kokesh. It was recently discovered by a Tea Party blogger that Kokesh has associations if not direct ties with the Muslim Brotherhood due to his activism with Iraq Veterans Against the War (aka IVAW). I know many libertarians reading this will state that people are not guilty of association but the fact is who people know and hang out with can reveal the outlook of the person in question. Also, despite Barker and many other people's claims, it is not racist, anti-Muslim, nor bigoted to criticize religion including and especially Islam. Islam is not a race nor identity and is subject to criticism, parody, or ridicule like any other belief system or philosophy.

As Freedom Outpost blog author Tim Brown notes, IVAW is an group supported by the communist-leaning group International ANSWER in which ANSWER has conducted events with the Muslim American Society who was started and is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is obvious Islamic taqiyya is the name of the game when it comes to self-proclaimed Muslims (i.e. Slaves) for Liberty like Barker, Kokesh and Coley. People of their caliber are attempting to claim their religion is something that it is not and resort to ridicule and slander of critics since they cannot defend Islam using the religion's theology, doctrine, history or traditions.

The worst part about it is the unchecked and seemingly non-judgmental manner that Barker and others like him have been given their platforms in the libertarian movement to espouse their views unchallenged. During their 2012 state convention, the Texas Libertarian Party's featured speaker was Mustafaa Carroll who is on record supporting Hamas and is Executive Director of the Houston Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (aka CAIR). I suppose it did not matter to the Texas LP that CAIR was not only started and supported by the Muslim Brotherhood but is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation scandal that involved high ranking members of the group using HLF's charitable status to funnel money directly to Hamas.

What sets Islam apart from all other faiths (Abrahamic or not) is the complete manner its followers are governed. There are requirements in the Quran and Sharia Law on how Muslims are to act among themselves, and non-Muslims as well as rules on family life, what to eat, drink, even when and how to worship, and (believe it or not) urinate. Furthermore, as Robert Spencer points out, the faith has well-developed doctrines, theology and legal system which require Muslims to conduct war, conquest and subjugation against anyone who is not a member of their tribe until and unless they convert. The commands to conduct jihad are also revealed in past and present historical precedents that help reinforce Allah's mandates as well as give concrete examples on how Muslim societies work including how non-Muslims are to be treated. This being the case, it confirms ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali's statement that Islam is a totalitarian ideology with a spiritual element.

Since Islam is as much a political ideology as much as it is a religion, great suspicion if not outright contempt should be cast upon people like Davi Barker. He and others like him are participating in stealth jihad. Attempting to make Islam out to be a religion of peace in a Western context to non-Muslims while slandering Islam's critics since the truth is not on their side. Freedom in an Islamic context is one where people are free from the burdens of their existence and embrace Islam which is accomplished by deception or outright force. Barker and his group's attempts at deception are actually an insult since they assume no one will question their claims about Islam nor read sources that contradict their statements. Instead Barker resorts to downplaying or even white washing elements of his religion that reveal what Islam is truly all about.

Telling the truth about Islam and the reason why it is the root cause of Islamic violence may engender the wrath of Islamic terrorist groups and states but it is an acknowledgement based on facts and not wishful thinking. Doing so will not only enable policy makers make realistic decisions about dealing with terrorism and Islamic states, but (hopefully) spur changes in Islam to where it can go through a similar reformation that Christianity did. Right now, the reformation in Islam is to go back to the ways of the prophet Muhammed and spread the religion by force and/or deception (i.e. jihad). This being done in order to achieve the Islamic goal of world domination.

In terms of the Freedom Summit and other libertarian venues who have given or are giving publicity to Davi Barker and his cohorts shame on them for their dhimmitude. They are willfully ignoring the clear evidence about the evils of Islam while laying blame at the feet of Western countries (like Israel and the U.S). Those who organize or host libertarian conferences or websites and allow representatives from groups like CAIR or Muslims for Liberty (so-called) enable Islamic jihad by deception which helps further an ideology that is completely and totally antithetical to their alleged belief and value systems. The core of libertarian philosophy is the elimination of force and fraud from human affairs. Why, therefore, are libertarian organizations endorsing a group by invitation that explicitly conducts itself by force and fraud and whose followers will wipe out libertarianism and libertarians if they achieve their goal?

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Quran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth. - Omar Ahmad, Chairman of the Board - Council of American Islamic Relations, 1988

11 Comments in Response to

Comment by Agorist Alma
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Freedoms Phoenix Supports free speech! Even if it's Davi Barker hate speech. Davi sure spends a lot of time advocating against violence for these statements to be of any worth.
Comment by kRaZy XmAn
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hahaha. Davi already posted a reply to this and owned this guy. Hilarious. 

Comment by J. Neil Schulman
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Davi Barker is no friend of mine. He recently wrote about me, “I’m no fan of Schulman. I’ve never read any of his work. I just don’t like him as a person.”

Nonetheless I favorably reviewed his book Voluntary Islam on my blog at http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com and on Amazon.com.

Mike Renzulli ignores the basic principle that any American philosophy is based on: individualism. He uses collectivist "guilt by association" as his primary tactic, and assumes bad actors who act in the name of something smear the thing itself. By that method we'd have to assume that all of Judaism is the bombing of the King David Hotel by the Irgun, all of Christianity is the Spanish Inquisition and the Ku Klux Klan, all atheists are Joseph Stalin and Mao Ze Dong, and all blacks are Idi Amin.

Davi Barker, for all his juvenile mistakes, advocates not for statism, violence, and terrorism, but for libertarianism.

So does Adam Kokesh.

My response is one used frequently by Murray Rothbard: "Shut up," he explained.

J. Neil Schulman

Comment by J. Neil Schulman
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Davi Barker is no friend of mine. He wrote about me in September,“I’m no fan of Schulman. I’ve never read any of his work. I just don’t like him as a person.”

Nonetheless, I favorably reviewed his book Voluntary Islam both on my blog at http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com and on its Amazon.com catalog page.

Anything can be discredited by looking not that the thing itself but at its fans. That Islam is the religion cited as an excuse by terrorist statists should not be used to discredit Islam but statism. 

I could discredit atheism by the crimes committed by state-sponsored atheists in Moscow or Beijing, discredit Judaism by crimes committed by the State of Israel, discredit Christianity by crimes committed from the Holy Roman Empire through the Spanish Inquisition to the Ku Klux Klan.

The American tradition that is the only thing exceptional about it is individualism. Lose this and you're just another collectivist shithead. And fuck that noise.

J. Neil Schulman

 

 


Comment by Davi Barker
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Nice to meet you Mr. Renzulli. Let me put your mind at ease by addressing what you've said in the order that you said it. I've never met Terry Lee Loewen and I've never been to the Wichita International Airport. You're quote from him is just that, a quote from him, not from me. Regarding the Freedom Summit, I have not been asked to talk about Islam at the event. I'll be speaking about Authoritarian Sociopathy, and perhaps a little bit about crowd-funding projects with Bitcoin. If Islam comes up it will probably because someone of your ilk attempts to lambaste me with questions that are not on topic. I'm prepared for such an occurrence, but I'm sure no one but the questioner wants to hear it, so I'd rather such a person meet with me during an intermission, on record if they link, and discusses their concern with me calmly, so as not to take the audience's valuable time, who paid to attend this event to hear about the topic on the program. I'm not sure what a "secular faith" is, as you and Ayn Rand point out, facts are facts independent of what you wish, and the fact is that I, as well as other members of Muslims4Liberty.org see a confluence of values between Islam and libertarianism, and have made advocating those values our mission, though you may dislike it. But again, I am not speaking at Freedom Summit as a representative of Muslims4Liberty.org, I am speaking as a representative of BitcoinNotBombs.com. I wear many hats. It has never been my claim that there is no compulsion in so-called Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia. Those countries have States, and States, secular, Islamic, Communist, Capitalist or otherwise, are by definition monopolies on compulsion. It has been my claim that there should be no compulsion on those countries, or this one, or any others, and so my first book Voluntary Islam, is largely devoted to articulating why such a State is not fit to exist, as well as Islamic theology, law, and history to adequately defend that position. Regardless of what you and Robert Spenser imagine Islam to be, I do not recognize that Islam, and your article is about me personally by name. I do recognize and support freedom of worship, conscience, speech, homosexuality, heresy and nail polish. I have never denied or downplayed such incidents of cruelty in Muslim majority countries. I condemn them in the strongest terms. However, I do not take personal responsibility for them. As for Pamela Geller, she and I have a history that predates the article you've linked to. She publicly accused me personally of conspiracy to murder a 17 year old girl in Ohio that I never met. She has never recanted this accusation, or removed the article where she makes it, so forgive me if she and I do have a relationship of cordial treatment, and I don't devote much RAM to her criticisms. I've written dozens of articles on the subject, and devoted numerous essays in my book to it. Just not the one particular article you've linked to, which was about billboards. I cannot personally address the debate between Will Coley and Robert Spenser because I was not involved, and therefor take no personal responsibility, but what you have said is that the debate was canceled. Will Coley says Robert Spenser canceled, and Robert Spenser says Will Coley canceled. Both are merely claims made by the participants. Why they do regard one as evidence and the other as falsehood? Do you have some other corroborating evidence you're not sharing? Because I do. I was waiting live to listen to that debate, chatting with Will on facebook just moments before, when the host told Will that Robert had canceled. But again, that's just a claim. Maybe you have something else. For the record, I am not friends with Adam Kokesh. I've never met the man. I find his antics entertaining, but his judgement lacking. As far as I know Will is not personal friends with Adam either, but then you're not writing about Will are you. I'm fairly certain that I've heard Adam say that he's atheist, but then I couldn't testify to it. But you keep barking up that tree. It will be good entertainment when Adam runs for president in 2016. But I still won't vote for him. I am not a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, nor a member of Answer. Forgive me if this sounds tongue-in-cheek, but I am not, and have never been a member of the Communist Party. I am not a member of Muslim American Society, or the Muslim Brotherhood. I have never met Mustafaa Carroll, or Omar Ahmad. So how you can claim that something is obvious about me based on these groups and quotes from these individuals is just confusing to me. To clarify, and perhaps this will clear up all the confusion. Libertarians don't say that people are not guilty "of" association, as if association itself is the crime. We say that people are not guilty "by" association. Meaning, you can not draw big circles, connect them with lines, and then say that I believe what they believe, or I am guilty of what they are guilty of, because of our association. If such a thing were reasonable, it would also be reasonable that people are innocent by association, and my associations with Ernest Hancock and Darryl Perry, both Christian, or Ben Stone and Ian Freeman, both Quaker, or Brett Veinotte and Stephanie Murphy, both Atheist, would mean that I was also guilty of whatever crimes you concoct for them. But by all means, look to all those names to reveal my outlook. I am quite proud of those associations. You assume that I am unchecked, as if somehow this is the first hit piece that's ever been written about me. Or that I assume no one will ever question my claims. I've written extensively about these things, in public, in view of as many critics as the Internet has to offer. I am not engaged in stealth jihad. I've written extensively about my thoughts on jihad. Google "My Jihad Is Language" or "My Hajj Reflections: The Greatest Jihad." I've been pretty transparent about my struggles. Pretty loud, and all together not stealthy at all. I have never claimed that it is racist to criticize a religion. I'm not Arab. And only 17% of Muslims are Arab. I'm right on board with you that bringing race into it is a red herring. But it can be bigoted. It's not always bigoted, but it certainly can be. For example, why "especially" Islam. I can certainly understand "including" Islam. Islam should receive equal treatment and scrutiny as other worldviews. But why say "especially." Is there something special about Islam that makes it categorically different from other worldviews? Some reason adherents of this faith should be given special treatment? That is where it begins to sound like bigotry to me. Hold me to the same standard as everyone else, and even if I disagree with your conclusions, I will never call you a bigot. But hold Muslims to a special standard, as in assuming that Will is lying, but Robert is telling the truth, when the same evidence exists for both claims, and it starts to look like maybe you're a little prejudiced.

Comment by Ernest Hancock
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Ahhhhh,... so I guess Mr. Renzulli won't be attending the FreedomSummit this year?

 


Comment by Ron Helwig
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"Oracle of Reason"? More like Orwell of Propaganda. By ignoring history and current moderate countries while choosing to talk about current repressive regimes, Renzulli's selective ignorance is comparable to demonizing Christianity by talking only about the Inquisition. And adding a reference to a case where the FBI recruited and set up a patsy for the purpose of causing alarm in the populace to allow current tyrannies to continue does not help his case with those who are actually informed.

Davi has done a good job of promoting the peaceful way for a while now, but if you want more info there's also the Minaret of Freedom at minaret.org. I first heard many of the arguments Davi talks about from them over 15 years ago.

But this site does post garbage like this far too often. Natural News? Arclein? Mercola? InfoWars? Sure, those sites might pull a broken clock every now and then but IMHO it is irresponsible to post links to their sites - they shouldn't be encouraged by hits and ad revenue. Please post links to credible sources and original articles while avoiding the FUD sites.

Comment by Henry Bowman
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Muslims pitching Islam as if it were truly some secular faith on par with liberal Christianity or Judaism…

What the hell is a "secular faith?"

And even assuming such a thing isn't the pure contradiction in terms it appears to be, since when would Christianity or Judaism even hope to qualify?

Comment by Matt Roach
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Holy shit, I turned my head for two seconds and freedoms phoenix went full-bore tea-ocon.   What the fuck is this bullshit? 

Comment by Will Coley
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Perhaps I should ask the producer and hosts of the radio show to come here and comment, on who decided not to appear. I would hate to show the author o be a liar on his first big article. Also I am kind of shocked that a pro-militarism, pro-foreign aid, pro war type like Renzulli would be welcome posting his statist nonsense on a site like Freedom's Pheonix.

 

Comment by Forty Four O Nine
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God helps us......Islam is coming to get us ......run for our lives. :)

 

 


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