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Month: May 2019

Stealing Heaven: A Remembrance

Tomb of Abelard and Heloise

 Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

It is a challenge to review a movie one fell in love with years before, and only recently rediscovered on Amazon Video. The challenge is not to dwell on irrelevancies that occur in the film and which are not fact-based, and do not occur in any of the narratives of the history of the romance… I immediately bought the video and have watched it a dozen times. I have not yet read Marion Meade’s novel of the same title   it has not to date arrived in the mail – but I suspect that the film and Meade’s novel diverge at certain points. So I cannot pass judgment on the novel, though I doubt it will disappoint me.
Abelard was Heloise’s highest value, and she never let it go. In her letters to him, she reluctantly revealed that God was his only rival.
  
The emotional, intellectual arguments that comprise the contents of their letters, in the film are scant and brief, with no hint near the end that they had been in correspondence, no hint of the depth in which they were morally and psychologically immersed the  “self-isolation” in their monastic environments.. The introduction states that, ” The letters of Abelard and Heloise were written in Latin about the year 1128, and were first published in Paris in 1616.” Heloise was less concerned about her “repentance” than was Abelard about his (in fact, to judge by his letters, he was consumed by the “duty,”  that he had not repented enough to satisfy God);  his consciousness of his passion for Heloise grows dimmer and dimmer by the sentence, until, in his last letter to her, he asks her not to contact him again..
WRITE no more to me, Heloise, write no more to me; ’tis time to end communications which make our penances of nought avail. We retired from the world to purify ourselves, and, by a conduct directly contrary to Christian morality, we became odious to Jesus Christ. Let us no more deceive ourselves with remembrance of our past pleasures; we but make our lives troubled and spoil the sweets of solitude. Let us make good use of our austerities and no longer preserve the memories of our crimes amongst the severities of penance. Let a mortification of body and mind, a strict fasting, continual solitude, profound and holy meditations, and a sincere love of God succeed our former irregularities.
Abelard was the lesser of the pair. He was completely committed to God, whereas Heloise hated having to be a nun and living in the Paraclete abbey, and at night would have dreams about being close to Abelard. As I remarked before, Fulbert’s castration of Abelard “knocked the wind” out of him, that is, erased all desire and capacity to have “earthly” values, not just loving Heloise, and he went on and on to her about his and Heloise’s need to “repent” for having “offended” God. Heloise did not back off an inch, and ached to have a letter from him as a means of being with him again. 
Abelard’s intent to “repent” wiped out all desire to even remember his passion for her. Heloise never forgot her passion for him, and kind of forgave him for losing his for her. The first scene of her tossing the crucifix against the wall underscores her hatred for the Church and substantiates what she said in her letters to Abelard.  She wrote at one point that he was no longer a “man,” just a “person,” a “man’ being  her tactful, delicate reference to his castration.
While Heloise and Abelard are out walking in the country, she captures a feather from a startled dove. In the film, she tells him, “This will be my holy relic.” It foreshashadows her future, a lonely, isolated life in the Paraclete abbey, long after Abelard has died and was buried in the abbey’s grounds. The dove’s feather, which is the focus of the first scene in the movie, is removed from the pedestal of a crucifix by Heloise on her death bed. “This will be my own holy relic.” She had had secreted it in the pedestal,  decades before she took her vows of chastity. Then she tosses the crucifix against the wall, in a violent rejection of Christianity and of the morality which separated her from Abelard, and whispers, rather mysteriously, “I understand.”
Abelard and Heloise Surprised 
by Abbot Fulbert,
by Jean Vignaud, [1819]

Towards the end of the film, Abelard seems to have reconciled his necessity to “repent” with remembering his joy with Heloise. That change of mind  is not in the record. The film’s denouement is so much better than the record. On a Christmas Eve in the new abbey Heloise says to him, “You owe me something.” He replies “It’s practically the law,”  he replies, remembering their days together in Paris. And he kisses her.
Inconsequently, my own tossing of a crucifix occurred when, at the age of 16, I told my adoptive parents that I was an atheist. The result was my being interviewed by the parish priest –  a useless “talking to” –  and then by the parents, who were Catholic, burning my small collection of books, which included science and history titles. I did not “repent” and did not entertain any thoughts of it. I was willing to face whatever would happen after I made my declaration.
But, that’s another story.

Islam and the TweedleDems

Nancy Pelosi performs her shahada in Congress

I present a guest column by a fierce and eloquent campaigner against Islam and its creeping conquest of America, Amil Imani. This is appropriate on the occasion of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi allowing the opening prayer in the House of Representatives to be read by an anti-Semetic Muslim, Imam Omar Suleiman. . This is a “soft” victory of Islam’s goal of Islamizing America. CAIR must be doing victory laps to celebrate this coup. See this startling news item.

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Marxist Democrats is commonly described as a marriage of convenience, where Muslims will ally with leftist politicians, who will joyfully yield some of their authority to this group of enforcers so principled conservative politicians and Christians who advocate sane social policies are kept out of office. To acquire power has always been the goal of the Democrat party.
While America is in hibernation, Muslim organizations with the help of Democrats have been busy, working “stealthily” to change America into what is called “soft jihad.”  Soft jihad is practiced where Muslims are not strong enough to unsheathe the sword of jihad, where the true nature of Islam is exposed and when the public would likely stamp them out.  A critical tool of soft jihad involves penetration of the American educational system, such as Da’wa, the religious duty of each Muslim to convert non-Muslims and strengthen the Islamic Ummah.
The Democrat Party has intentionally put America on a precarious path to lose its freedom and American values we have cherished for over 200 years.  We, not only must accept, but be as vocal as we can to declare the current Democrat Party and enemy of our country. This party is no longer the party of Kennedy.  It has become the greatest threat to our national security and our survival as a nation.
Question: Why do the Democrats support every radical group, back Islamic ideology, honor their holidays and customs, and promote Islam as “the religion of peace,” while they know that Islam is not a religion of peace? In fact, it is an ideology of death. The answer is quite simple: The Democrat Party stands with anyone who dislikes America and the Republican Party.  History has proven that once Muslims reach close to 10% in population, they institute Sharia law and adopt their own legal system – a government within a government. They also will be in a position of hard jihad.
While most Americans have been snoozing, Muslim organizations have been busy and working “stealthily” changing America slowly. Keep in mind that Islam operates by stealth when not yet quite powerful, just the way Muhammad himself operated. Then, gradually builds its power to the point that the soft approach no longer is necessary to subdue others and imposes its will.
The stealth soft strategy is presently playing out in the United States. Islam’s tentacles are expanding into the body of this free and welcoming nation. The total numbers of mosques, these warehouses of terror, have exponentially expanded. No one really knows the exact numbers of these terror centers, but it is still growing like a weed. Try to find one  church or a synagogue in the House of Saud! This 7th century mentality, with the help of our Democrats and some establishment Republicans have managed to increase their house of terror at least by 500% since the 9/11 attacks. Go figure!!
The left is chronically unhappy about America, because it is looking in the mirror and rightfully sees its own miserable reflection. As an example, for the past two years, these mentally retarded people known as the Democrats created the “Russian Collusion Witch Hunt Hoax” in order to impeach the President of the United States. The hoax was based largely on an anti-Trumpdossier conjured from the fertile imaginations of two nefarious characters: ex-British spy Christopher Steele; and Fusion GPS Founder, Glenn Simpson. 
Meanwhile, the Democrat lawmakers who never seem to miss an opportunity to advance their cause, sent a personalized letter to a the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a designated terrorist group in the United States for future fundraising and assist these terrorist groups to infiltrate our Congress.

A book Dems do not read.

Any time anyone arises to serve this great nation and aims to keep it on its course toward its glorious destiny, the left recoils. In the West, an unholy coalition of mentally-deranged suicidal-homicidal liberals, together with self-aggrandizing Islamic apologists, are doing their best to assist Islamists in the destruction of the existing order of freedom and liberty. To make matters worse, a vociferous clique of local leftists, “useful idiots,” with a suicide wish, are doing all they can to take the country with them to the grave they so earnestly seek.
When the Democrats and their new found allies don’t like what they hear they resort to ridicule, accusations and name-calling. In fact, they call everyone their favorite word “racist.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these people would, for once, abandon their primitive mindset and use a civilized method of dialogue?
If Muslims wish to live among civilized people, they must be encouraged to reject, if not Islam itself, one of its deadly derivatives, Islamism, which has become a sharp thorn, inflicting huge pain in our civilized society. They must be encouraged to combat radicalism. They must know that the free people of the world eagerly embrace them with open arms once they rise to the occasion and defeat Islamism.
We, in the United States of America must resist both Marxist Democrats and Islamists’ ideology with all we have. The survival of this country depends on that.
© 2019 Amil Imani – All Rights Reserved
Amil Imani

Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, satirist, novelist, essayist, public speaker and political analyst who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. He has become a formidable voice in the United States against the danger of global jihad and Islamization of America. Amil maintains a website at www.amilimani.com. Imani is the author of Obama Meets Ahmadinejad and Operation Persian Gulf and is currently working on his third and fourth book. He is 2010 honoree of EMET: “The Speaker of the Truth Award” at the Capitol Hill. (Parenthetically, “Radical Islam” is a deceptive, redundant term. Islam is Islam. It suggests that there is a “Moderate,” non-violent kind of Islam, when all we have known for 14 centuries it is the violent kind. EC.)

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