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Libertarian Leanings

Libertarian Leanings is a new column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at elburropete@gmail.com.

It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

By Peter Burrows 12/4/17 elburropete@gmail.com 

On December 3, The Beat published a number of articles by Peter Riva, who writes the Beat column, View From The Edge. In the one titled, "Lies Pretending To Be Proof," he wrote:

"American citizens all have a right to vote. No, not everybody does. With the cost of proof of identity running at $300 (original birth certificate or a $600 Citizenship Certificate proving you're American – note in some states neither a US passport nor a driver's license is accepted) – many poor or paperless people can't register to vote. And the more poor or unpapered people are, the more likely the more conservative candidates will win."

By Peter Burrows, Chairman and Founder, Citizens for Electricity Justice and Transparency Now. elburropete@gmail.com  - www.silvercityburro.com  . 11/30/17

Last May, Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) held a meeting in Silver City to get the public's input on PNM's plan to eliminate the use of coal by 2031. I don't know why they hold these meetings, it must be a legal requirement, because as far as I can tell the "public input" is inputted to PNM's circular file, never to be seen again.

At these meetings, and this one was no exception, there are always environmentalists who claim that renewable energy is cheaper than coal. This is absurd, and PNM knows it. My question, asked at the meeting and so far unanswered: "What would my bill be if PNM generated electricity 100% from renewables?"

Dear Islamophobes: Stiffen Thy Spines! Confront The Evil! By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com, silvercityburro.com - 11/12/17

Some months ago, I offered to give my talk, "An Infidel's Guide To The Koran," to three local churches and a university affiliated speakers' forum. To date, only one response, and that was a firm rejection from the Unitarians.

Now, some people may say the Unitarians don't qualify as a "church," which is a place people go to worship, but as someone who has gone to Unitarian services for almost 50 years, I can vouch that Unitarians are ardent worshipers, which is the reason they rejected my offer.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com  - www.silvercityburro.com  11/2/17

Two days ago, a 29-year-old Muslim immigrant from Uzbekistan drove a rented truck onto a bike path in
Lower Manhattan, killing 8 and injuring at 11. The boiler-plate disinformation started immediately.

1) It was reported he jumped from the truck yelling “Allahu Akbar” which the media said meant “God is great” in Arabic. No. It means, “Allah is Greater.” Allah. Greater. It’s an important distinction.

I would bet that if he hadn’t said anything that the media would have been questioning whether this was a terror attack at all, and some pundit would have said anybody assuming it was by a Muslim was just a “racist,” and that Christians are just as big a problem around the world. After all, it’s so frequent that somebody yells “Jesus Saves” as they’re shooting up crowds, stabbing people or driving trucks over bikers, etc.

 By Peter Burrows 10/4/17 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

Islam’s useful idiots see nothing wrong with allowing Muslim immigrants to establish their own courts of law. This misguided bow to freedom of religion assumes that Muslims tolerate other religions just like Christians and Jews do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Islamic law requires Muslims to forcibly subjugate followers of all other religions until they obey Islam. There is no First Amendment in the religion of Islam.

Furthermore, Islamic law, sharia, prescribes the death penalty for anybody who criticizes Islam or its prophet Muhammad, either in speaking or writing. There is no First Amendment in the religion of Islam. There is, however, much in Islam that is the equivalent of the Constitution’s Article VI, which declares the Constitution to be the “supreme Law of the Land.” According to the Koran, Allah commands that Islam someday must rule the world, which would make sharia the “supreme Law of the Land.”

By Peter Burrows 9/24/17 elburropete@gmail.com  - www.silvercityburro.com  

Non-Muslims have no idea how dictatorial Islam is. Islam means "submission," in this case submission to God, and the God of Islam, Allah, is a fire and brimstone dictator who tolerates no rivals and no dissent. Allah demands His followers obey Him and His Prophet, Muhammad, and He commands His followers to punish anyone who disobeys or offends Him or His Prophet. Draw a picture of Muhammad? Die!

The Allah of Islam does not turn the other cheek, He does not husband vengeance unto Himself, and He does not show mercy to those who do not worship Him. All this is found in the Koran, Islam's foundational sacred text, which Muslims believe to be the forever word of Allah. The Koran commands Muslims to obey its revelations and to obey Muhammad, through whom the revelations were revealed.

Studies in Islam: The Self-Destructive Koran and the Man Who Would Be God, Muhammad - PART THREE By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com. 9/3/17 (The Sunni book of sharia law, Reliance of the Traveller (sic), referred to is the 1994 revised edition, published in 2015.)

In Part One, I showed that the Koran is not God’s eternal creation but is instead the creation of Muhammad, a Seventh Century warlord. Part Two examined some self-serving “revelations” in the Koran giving Muhammad God-like status that are a plague on humanity to this day. The two verses that are especially damaging are verses 33:21 and 4:80, in which Allah, respectively, proclaims Muhammad is a good example for Muslims to emulate and that Muslims must obey Muhammad.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com. 9/28/17 (The Koran used for and referenced in this article, unless otherwise noted, is the Khan-Hilali translation published by Darussalam, revised edition, March 1999.)

In Part One, I tried to show that the Koran itself proves that it was the creation of Muhammad, not Allah. In Part Two, we’ll examine some self-serving “revelations” that support that contention. These self-serving revelations should, but don’t, strain the credulity of devout Muslims. In order of their chronology:

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