From, I flew off the handle,
to how best to reach people?
I flew off the handle the other day - because someone did something that endangered the life of my dog. I will skip the story. In that case, you may ask, what's the point of bringing this up?
Sometimes something pushes us too far. And also sometimes we're closer to our personal edge.
And yet a blog I particularly like is CitizenWarrior - because of the caring, reasonable tone. No ranting or raving. No losing their cool. Nothing, it seems, pushes CitizenWarrior too far. The same goes for Bill Warner's PoliticalIslam - loads of information, and a reasonable tone. Yet over this past year, Bill Warner has come to urge people to go for the emotions. Where is the moral outrage, he asks, about the persecution of Christians? But his own tone stays reasonable.
What works best? How best to reach people?
An important question.
Flying off the handle may do it. I remember a scene from a long ago movie, To Sir With Love - about a teacher who manages to reach students headed for drop out in a London slum. The scene: the teacher blows up. It's the turning point in his relationship with his students. At that moment he connects with them. But he doesn't blow up in hatred. It comes from care, plus a heaping helping of frustration. He also doesn't say anything intended to hurt: no insults, no ridicule. He's just been pushed too far.
More often blowing up does not work, just leads to more distance.
Why bring all this up? I'm always on the quest for better ways of reaching people - re Islam, re anything.
I see that we don't have music on our side.
We don't have counter-jihad sitcoms.
In general, stuff where the mainstream media has a lot of power - we don't currently have that.
We do have books, newswires and blogs - both info blogs and analytical blogs. JihadWatch. AtlasShrugs. GatesOfVienna. PointeDeBascule. On and on and on. One thing they do, if we subscribe to one or many, is give us a stream of information, keep Islam in our line of vision.
We also have ever more people, from somewhat aware of the dangers of Islam to intensely committed to countering Islamization and mass Muslim influx into the West. Most recently, I've been noticing the tens of thousands taking to the streets of Germany weekly against Islamization and mass Muslim influx:
(In the mainstream German media, of course there's a huge outcry against the horrible prejudice that the protests show: we must discuss and get past this, etc.)
Still, we've come a huge distance over the past 2 decades - in the number of people aware and the extent of information available about Islamic ideology, Islamic history, the Muslim Brotherhood, the varieties of jihad, the multi-trillion halal industry. The halal industry, by the way - 2 to 3 trillion dollars a year, at present, I read recently - due to go up to 15 trillion in a decade or so, mainly through non-Muslims funding Islam, unless the industry is exposed in a big way:
One question: how best do we reach lots and lots more people with all this information, people currently resistant to it?
I have a slightly different question: What has worked best for you? Maybe especially, do you have any surprise success stories?
I also have a second question: Is there any resource, help, assistance, that you would especially like, in your counter-jihad efforts?
Next week, I'll publish the answers I get. They will be linked to The Freedom Community, which has, as a major goal, effective actions worldwide.
And now, as always, all the best to all of us who care and dare,
December 14, 2014
CLICK HERE for 23 responses, including links to pamphlets you can download
PS. For a story about my dog, written 3 years before he became my dog, here is:
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?: On Pets, Pet Ownership, Slavery
And how did he come to be my dog? The people who owned him eventually no longer wanted him.
PPS. Like many people, I know that no loving deity could possibly be associated with Islam - just because of its negative attitude to dogs. There is much more to it, of course.
PPPS. For me, the horror story of the week is about the beheading of 4 Christian children, all under 15, for refusing to renounce Christianity. Like the rest of the world, I did not see one billion Muslims protesting against this atrocity. Muslim outrage, it seems, is much more linked to cartoons deemed offensive. May our love reach these children.
Again, CLICK HERE for 23 responses to the question, how do we best reach people
And below, a couple of responses to the update:
As a jewish dog lover, I like your special message today.
The problem we have is with the core of leftist journalists, NGOs and social researchers / political teaching institutes who rule over the mass of their colleagues and shame them for being investigative or anything but whining on behalf of the Palestinians and terrorists.
How can you pierce this wall of brick?
I'm glad that you like the message of today. You - someone both jewish and a dog lover, doubly endangered by Islam.
How can you pierce this wall of brick?
I keep trying, and it sure isn't easy.
I tend to aim elsewhere, actually, at those readier to see. So my guess, for instance, is that the tens of thousands taking to the streets weekly in Germany are, for the most part anyway, not converted leftists but people who may not have spoken out before.
My thought now, as you know: The Freedom Community - because there is strength in connection, in community.
This is a wonderful post.
Thanks for all efforts and concerns.
Great email. I'm excited to see the different sources listed for peoples gathering of information. Glad you are able to collect it, and share it.
Again, to see the responses, CLICK HERE.
22 responses to the question, how do we best reach people
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I flew off the handle. But how effective is that?
How best to reach people, to get heard,
especially about Islam.