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BIG DEBATE: Atheism VS Islam on Women, Animal Rights, Marriage & Education (Video)

info-pictogram1 The BIG DEBATE: Held on 17th November 2014 at the University of Northampton

The debate juxtaposed the Islamic position with the Atheist (Secular Humanist) position on four topics: Women’s Rights & Leadership, Should religion decide who we marry? (incl. whether or not Gay Marriage should be prohibited or not), Animal Rights and Ritual Slaughter (Halal/Kosher) and whether children from religious families should be ‘forced’ to attend religious assemblies in UK Faith Schools.

Speakers:

Andrew Copson, CEO of the British Humanist Association (BHA), and Vice-President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union – the world union of Humanist organisations.

Abdullah al Andalusi, Islamic thinker, and speaker for Muslim Debate Initiative

Second Arson Attack On Mosque In Sweden (Video)

info-pictogram1 Another mosque has been set on fire in Sweden. Usually seen as a bastion of tolerance, the country is currently in the midst of a fierce debate on immigration.

Youth Debate: Identity Crisis (Video)

info-pictogram1 Today on R2i Media we have a group of youth professional who discuss the problems among many young people in regards to Identity.

Lawrence Krauss vs Hamza Tzortzis – Islam vs Atheism Debate (Video)

info-pictogram1 Islam or Atheism – Which Makes More Sense? This debate sees Professor Lawrence M. Krauss, renowned cosmologist and Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, author, lecturer and intellectual activist explore this very interesting and thought provoking topic.

11 Tactics Used by the Mainstream Media to Manufacture Consent for the Oligarchy

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By: Sigmund Fraud

Source: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/07/11-tactics-used-mainstream-media-manufacture-consent-oligarchy.html

The mainstream media is aging and collapsing under the weight of its own hubris and arrogance. Now entirely formulaic in presentation and predictable in substance, the ‘major’ outlets of news, which aremonopolized under only a small handful of corporations, serve the purpose of misleading the public on important issues and manufacturing consent for government and the oligarchs.

The public is still largely numb to this reality, and in a wicked catch-22 for modern man, many people are still addicted to the very media that serves as the primary weapon of social control against them. The tide is turning, however, and to help break the spell we bring you this comprehensive list of 11 tactics used against the public by the mainstream media to coerce consensus, divide, conquer, ridicule and stifle truthful or meaningful conversation about the state of our world.

1. Lying by Omission – What is not on the nightly news?

This is the most important question to ask when consuming mainstream media.

The average hour long broadcast consists of 48 minutes or less of actual news programming, minus, of course, the chit-chatting, the expensive motion graphics and the bumpers, highlights and story recaps. With a formula like this, full of pomp and grandstanding, the impression given is that if does not make it on the nightly news, then it is not of significance. The most obvious way in which the mainstream media manufactures consent for policy makers and advertisers is by omitting from the news reel those stories and perspectives which may compromise the broadcasters agenda, whatever that may be.

2. Controlling the Debate – Who is arguing, and for what cause?

News programs are businesses just like anything else, and as such news executives keep a go-to list of  contacts to fulfill any necessary role in a program or segment. If the government needs credibility, they roll out an ex-president and remind you that he has ‘gravitas.’ If the military industrial complex needs a voice, then they roll out a familiar think-tanker to interject in a debate with a common-sense perspective in favor of national security. If something is too complicated for public consumption, then they open the rolodex to the ‘experts’ page and shuffle some know-it-all in front of the camera.

The media is laden with groomed pundits, so-called opinion leaders, and commentators, and each one has a definite reputation, each one resonates with a specific target audience, and each one fills a predictable role in a conversation. Program guests are very well vetted, and news is a science, a very lucrative science that excels in giving the impression of a diversity in ideas while keeping the debate sequestered in a very well constructed box. The characters in this box make all the difference.

3. Selecting the Right Anchors, Casters and Presenters – Our lives have been pegged to the dollar, and as such, a ‘good job’ is valued above many genuine virtues. People like to keep their jobs, as do news anchors and news casters, and since news is, again, a business, the voices and faces on news programs are hired to perform a role, a job description, a task. They are not employed to pursue morally driven journalism for the benefit of society. If they perform as they are required, they advance and gain more exposure. If they rock the boat, there are a thousand other hungry job-seekers chomping at the bit to replace them and do exactly they are hired to do. News anchoring is a job like anything else, and those at the forefront are the best at playing the role.

4. Scripting and Synchronizing News – One of the creepier and more blatant efforts to homogenize thought and manufacture consent is to script the news at high level, then distribute these scripts to many different locales and anchors to read verbatim, while they feign authenticity.

This is partially a result of the business decision to save money by employing as few actual news gatherers as possible, but is also a key part of the strategy to achieve conformity amongst people of different backgrounds and interests. The government has also been known to interject itself into the chain of command for selecting which news scripts are to be disseminated to the public. This is the most fundamental characteristic of propaganda, and is rather embarrassing to witness once you realize just how disingenuous your local news presenters are and just how easily duped most people are.

5. Politicizing Everything – Language is the greatest weapon of social control, and with mainstream media, powerfully debilitating language is pushed into every corner of our consciousness. Conservative vs. Liberal. Democrat vs. Republican. Right-winger vs. Left-winger. Good vs. Bad. Left vs. Right. Right vs. Wrong. White vs. Black.

And so on. Ad nauseam.

The truth is that ideas and opinions are as vastly different as grains of sand on a beach, yet the media intentionally frames every issue in terms of a phoney left-right paradigm that has been constructed to pigeon hole complex ideas and interests into a cheapened thought prison. No unorthodox idea or point of view can reach critical mass because everything is automatically framed in a ‘with us or against us’ mindset, turning people against each other for no reason other than to appeal to our desire to be on the winning team.

The mainstream media is the chief party responsible for creating the constructs of ‘left’ and ‘right,’ which have been tightly integrated into our social consciousness as a means of achieving divisiveness and disagreement among the populace. This is the chief tactic of divide and conquer, and when people are compelled on any issue to ‘pick a team’ and fight the rivalry to it’s bitter end, many opportunities for true progress are lost and the populace is easily goaded into a position favorable to the elite.

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Europe: Debate stirs as Muslim women rise to prominence

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By:  Habib Toumi

Sourcegulfnews.com

Manama: An article in the Kuwaiti press highlighting Muslim women who have risen to high government positions in Europe has stirred a debate in the country’s blogosphere…

Kuwaitis expressed mixed feelings over the report. Some social network users reacted by paying tribute to the women, their success stories and the positive attitudes of their host countries while others said that they were promoted politically and socially only after they adopted Western values and ways of life.

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Should Muslims Apologize For ISIS? (Video)

info-pictogram1 Anti-Islam activist Pam Geller has put out a series of ads in New York City implying that all Muslims are terrorists. Muslims around the world have been denouncing ISIS, saying the group doesn’t represent their religion, like with #notinmyname. But others are sick of being expected to apologize for the actions of others just because they share the same religion. We asked a group of you what you think about this debate.

Hamza Tzortzis: How to give Dawah in two minutes (Video)

info-pictogram1 877-Why-Islam releases video by Hamza Tzortzis on how to give invite everyone to worship One and only One God. This video talks about both situations when someone asks you a question about Islam or you approach someone to explain your faith.

Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders

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Source: thedailybeast.com

By: R.B. Bernstein

What role did Islam have in shaping the Founders’ views on religion? A new book argues that to understand the debate over church and state, we need to look to their views on Muslims.
One of the nastiest aspects of modern culture wars is the controversy raging over the place of Islam and Muslims in Western society. Too many Americans say things about Islam and Muslims that would horrify and offend them if they heard such things said about Christianity or Judaism, Christians or Jews. Unfortunately, those people won’t open Denise A. Spellberg’s Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders. This enlightening book might cause them to rethink what they’re saying.

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