Often, when consistent observations do not fit any acceptable theory, the public or pundits will feel they have to make up a complicated puzzle piece that allows observations to fit with an accepted paradigm. Authority hates a vacuum and humanity hates an unknown. And often one can tell that this was what took place because the solution is clumsy, counter-intuitive and impossibly complex.
One of my favorite examples of this was the Catholic Church propagation of the notion of ‘retrograde motion‘ of the planets to try and explain why, when observing the motions of the planets, they did not always move in perfect circles around the Earth as the legally mandated theory of the day insisted they must, but instead, occasionally moved what appeared to be backwards for a bit as their orbits around the Sun were viewed from the Earth. The Church at one point had a giant clockwork machine made that more or less replicated these motions to show how they happened in fact.
(To the Church’s credit, they allowed observations to be made and attempted to adjust their model to account for these observations and even though conclusion based reasoning is anathema to science, it is still an order of magnitude more valuable than Islam which kills the observer when reality fails to reflect belief.)
Once the theory was changed from an Earth centered universe to a Sun centered solar system within an arm of a spiral galaxy, pretty much all observed motions of planets and stars fit theory near enough to perfect for accurate predictions to be made.
Since President Obama took office in 2008, he has been very consistent in the way he refers to, and mandates that others refer to Islamic obligatory jihad. In fact he has removed those words not just for himself and his staff…
…but from the FBI lexicon to the extent that it is accepted by many that the Boston Marathon bombing occurred because all the references to jihad, umma and other Islamic terms connecting a terrorist act to the two brothers had to be dismissed according to rules Obama set out for the FBI.
In some cases, the narrative out of Obama’s mouth himself have crossed the border of the ludicrous attempting to avoid any connecting terms between horrific acts and the muslim religion.
Now the observations of Obama, his senior staff, and instructions to law enforcement are too consistent and too similar to be dismissed as anomalous. And so now, enters the ‘retrograde motion’ attempt to explain it without changing any dearly held beliefs.
Political correctness is likely the most popular explanation, that in Obama’s post-modern world-view, islam is a ‘full house’, at least in Obama’s politically correct poker score-card and so he seeks to dissociate it with what it obviously teaches, believes, and acts on. Or, that he is enacting a grand strategy we mere mortals are just too stupid to understand so we just have to roll with him on this as things get worse and worse everywhere.
But what if we add in a new theory that allows for his behaviour without any complex mind twists to make it sort of seem to work?
Let’s see what happens if we plug in the Islamic definition of slander, quite a specific concept and not that akin to our own at all.
In Islam, slander is anything which makes islam look bad, especially to an outsider and wholly irrespective to the truth of the claim. In other words, anything which is said which may give another person an unfavorable view of islam, no matter whatsoever the truth of the claim, is legally slander in islam.
The moment you come to understand this, Obama’s words and that of his senior staff make perfect sense. He is observing and applying the Islamic definition of slander. This is not to say he is a muslim, he may or may not be I have no idea other than one can bet the actions he will take will favour Islam uber alles. But certainly, as he was raised in a madrassa in Indonesia for most of his formative years, he knows that definition cold and if one examines his speeches, words and actions in terms of what can be said about Islam, such as (famously at the UN) “The future must not belong to those who would slander the prophet of Islam” down to his instructions to the FBI., it suddenly becomes clear, easily understood and utterly contortion free.