Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Denial Is The Belief System of Fools

A very Merry Christmas to you all!  We are lucky people to be where we are.

Laina Farhat-Holzman
December 27, 2014

We have a saying in our culture:  “It's as plain as the nose on your face.” This means that something is obvious, beyond doubt. However, there is now a fad around the world to deny the obvious. We no longer live in an era, such as much of the 20th century, when most people trusted science, trusted their governments, and mostly trusted their teachers. Denial has become an American problem, but unfortunately it is now global.

o     Climate Change. Supposedly educated Republicans are denying climate change, which is not only validated by the majority of scientists, but is as plain as the noses on their face. Is this denial sincere, or a political pose?

o     Crazy Love. Young women deny the experience of their families and society when they willfully choose to marry monsters. Adolescent enthusiasts for Islam who live in modern Europe are rushing off to Syria to become willing sex slaves and to bear Jihadi babies.  Have they any idea of how they will be treated?

But they are not alone.  One young American woman who is 26 and should know better, is planning to marry the very scary Charles Manson, now 80, the convicted ringmaster of a cultish murder spree almost 50 years ago, slaughtering a pregnant woman the exact same age as his current girlfriend. She is convinced, despite all evidence, that Manson is innocent and she loves him because “he loves animals and trees and the environment.” Is she unhinged or just stupid?

o     Islam is a Religion of Peace. Many very educated people who should know better have swallowed Muslim propaganda, denying its bloody origins and even bloodier history. Mass murder terrorists and lone wolves commit atrocities with obvious glee while shouting that they are doing this in the name of their god and their religion, yet deniers claim that this not the “real Islam.” The advent of ISIS has begun to erode this nonsense.  One can see the noses on severed heads.

o     Our Government is Overreacting to Supposed Terrorists. The number of fatalities perpetrated by the Religion of Peace has grown to 17,958 around the world, an increase of 60 percent over 11,133 in 2012. Do deniers have to have their noses rubbed into this fact?  War has been declared on us.

o     ISIS is an American and Israeli Plot. Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei and other very embarrassed Muslims deny the reality of ISIS returning to the model of the Prophet himself. They believe instead that ISIS was established and trained by the US and Israel to discredit Islam. Such belief is also found among deniers that 9/11 was carried out by Arab Muslims; they prefer the explanation that it was a CIA stunt. Also, they say the Apollo Mission was shot on a Hollywood set, not the moon.

o     All the Trouble in the Middle East is Caused by Israel. This ridiculous notion flies in the face of the enormous dysfunction roiling the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world. That Sunnis hate (and murder) Shiites and Shiites return the favor (daily bombings of market places); that Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are jostling for power; and totalitarian dictatorships are melting into anarchy, has nothing to do with Israel. The Palestinian problem could be resolved tomorrow and it would do nothing to change the rest of this mess.

o     Female Genital Mutilation. Despite all scientific evidence that female genital mutilation is harmful, dangerous, and reeks of hatred of females, Egyptians refuses to give up this practice.  A doctor, the first in Egypt to be put on trial for this practice which resulted in the death of a young girl, was found  “not guilty” and was freed to continue his monstrous practice.  To be sure, he is probably better than the older practice of letting a barber do it with a piece of broken glass. Egyptian parents believe, with no evidence for it, that without this mutilation their daughters would be “sexually voracious,” which disgrace them.

The conspiracy theories roiling the world stem from ignorance. Denial is not a river in Egypt.

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Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman is a historian, lecturer, and author of God's Law or Man's Law.  You may contact her at or  

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