|Forbidden Hidden Knowledge on Understanding Islam and The West, Political Correctness and Muslim Beliefs.|
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And the truth shall set you free ... Those words have kept echoing in my head.
Of course it's not as easy as all that. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for agitating for a very simple truth - racial equality. In the South Africa of apartheid - racial segregation, and especially, keeping blacks out of fertile areas - that did not go down well.
So it sounds good - the truth shall set you free - but there are twists and turns. In the words of Aldous Huxley: Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
It does make many people angry. Also, knowing the truth, and not being able to reach others, makes some people mad, insane.
A quest of mine, starting in early childhood - making sense of the world - which meant figuring out, what is the truth here?
This past ... almost 7 years now ... I have been trying to figure out the truth about Islam, slowly acknowledging the unbelievable-to-me truth about the Qu'ran, and the even more unbelievable-to-me truth about Western responses to Islam.
For me, it all started when I heard of massive Muslim protests against some cartoons - that was in February 2006. What was all that about?
I started knowing only that Islam was the third of the big world monotheistic religions. That was it.
I've learned a lot - mainly about the roadblocks against easily looking at the truth - roadblocks put up by Muslims, and at least equally big roadblocks erected in the West by the politically correct, by good liberals - anti-racist, feminist, and so one and so forth.
Bullying, name-calling, intimidation ... What was going on here?
This is my journey. It's also a journey taken by quite a number of others. Parts of our journey are often shared - the name-calling and attempted (or actual) intimidation. Parts are different, individual. A shared part is the roadblocks we have faced.
What's this series about? I want to introduce you to a number of amazing individuals who have seen truths - meaning facts, information, data - that most people around them, especially powerful people, denied.
I want you to hear their journeys.
And as happens in many children's cartoons these days - where, for example, all the ants stand together against the evil grasshoppers - I want us to get the truth out more and more, until the world shifts, and easy and obvious truths come to be widely accepted.
There are, someone has said, 3 stages of truth. Ridicule, opposition, acceptance.
It's not that simple, of course. At different times, there are different forces against us.
I write love poetry, kids stories. I appreciate good thinking. I had no desire to be drawn into any of this. But I was pulled in, as a couple of decades earlier I was pulled into movements that upheld truths that were boringly self-evident to me - about the equality of women, races and sexual orientations.
Sometimes we can't just stay on the sidelines.
The same, in different ways, happened to the people I am interviewing.
Eric Allen Bell
Majed El Shafie
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