Jim's Blog

The Difference Between Persecution and Survival : A Well Thought Out Scream by James Riordan

In my last blog I talked about the evils of religious persecution, but where does one draw the line between religion and politics?  It is natural for Americans to view the great migration from Mid Eastern countries as people desiring to escape the war torn violence all around them.  To those of us who believe in religious freedom, it matters not whether the refugees were Muslims or Lutherans.  We see them as people surrounded by trouble and we can’t blames them for wanting to get away from it.  But many in Europe believe that the masses of people entering their countries are more of a methodical occupational advance than refugees from war and tyranny.  Recently some sixty thousand people gathered on Poland’s Independence Day as much to demonstrate against this occupation as to celebrate their country.  The truth is that many PerPol3Polish patriots believe this amounts to the same thing.  Having seen the effects of what they call the “creeping danger of mass migration” in countries like Germany and Sweden which, under pressure from the European Union have drastically changes their demographic makeup in recent years.  Many Europeans maintain that those countries are paying the price for it. In Sweden, for example, bombings in major cities have become a regular occurrence and according to a recent study between 2012 and 2016, 95.6% of rapes and 90% of gang rapes have been committed by men of foreign descent, particularly from the Middle East and Africa.  Even so, there is not as much discussion in the media about these things because any discussion at all sounds racially and religiously bias.  In Germany, gang sex attacks have become frequent with hundreds of women being assaulted by migrants.  Of course, it is wrong to condemn an entire people or faith based upon the behavior of a relative few.

 

PerPol2Well, in both Poland and Austria leaders are claiming that such attacks are the result of a planned occupation rather than the random acts of a few individuals.  A recent video entitled Austria Says “NO MORE!” to Islamisation began with these words: “Ladies and Gentleman, Europe is not free because freedom begins with speaking PerPol7the truth. Today in Europe it is forbidden to speak the truth. It is forbidden to say that those arriving are not refugees, but that Europe is threaten by migration. It is forbidden to say that tens of millions are ready to set out in our direction.  It is forbidden to say that mass immigration brings crime and terror to our countries.  It is forbidden to point out that the masses arriving from other countries endanger our way of life, our customs, and are Christian traditions.  It is forbidden to point out that those who arrived earlier have already built up their own new separate world for themselves, with its own laws and ideals which is forcing apart the thousand year old structure of Europe,  It is forbidden to point out that this is not ab accidental and unintentional chain of consequences, but a preplanned operation, a mass of people directed towards us.  It is forbidden to say that in Brussels they are concocting schemes to transport foreigners here as quickly as possible and to settle them among us.  It is forbidden to point out that the purpose of settling people here is to reshape the religious and cultural landscape of Europe, and to reengineer its ethnic foundations, thereby eliminating the last barrier to globalism:  the nation states.  It is forbidden to say that Brussels is now stealthily devouring more and more slices of our national sovereignty, and that in Brussels many are now making plans for a United States of Europe.”

The march in Poland proclaimed “Jesus Christ as the Lord of the Polish people” and “Leftist propaganda is trying to destroy the church and its people.” The leaders of the march described themselves as Christian soldiers going to war for Poland. “The more they attack us, the more our spirit rises.”   These leaders urged the people to PerPol5proclaim their faith as the apostle Paul urged, being prepared to be attacked and persecuted for their faith. “History repeats itself,” they cried. “In 1944 we were persuaded to accept the Soviets and in 2015 we were being persuaded to accept the Islamic fundamentalism.  WE will never accept it.  We’re not concerned with peaceful Muslims.  We’re concerned with their fundamentalism. We don’t need any violence in Poland.  We don’t need the aggression in the name of Allah. No Rapes. No lynches. No terror. We must stand up to it all. We don’t need the hated of the Quran. What we need is the love and truth of the Gospel. Always the Gospel, never the Quran.  Dearly beloved, the leftist and Islamic aggression against Christianity and our nation is a serious concern.  No one will ever take away our Christian heritage, Not the Leftists, not the Muslims, not Obama.”

(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 14, 2012 Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary speaks to a group of demonstrators protesting against a film apparently made in the US that they say insults the Islamic faith as they demonstrate outside the US embassy in central London. With the prime minister set to argue that the jihadists pose a direct threat to Britain, nine people were arrested in London early September 25, 2014 on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and belonging to and supporting a banned organisation. They are accused of being members of the extremist Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by one of the detained men, Anjem Choudary, Britain's Press Association reported. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 14, 2012 Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary speaks to a group of demonstrators protesting against a film apparently made in the US that they say insults the Islamic faith as they demonstrate outside the US embassy in central London. With the prime minister set to argue that the jihadists pose a direct threat to Britain, nine people were arrested in London early September 25, 2014 on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and belonging to and supporting a banned organisation. They are accused of being members of the extremist Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by one of the detained men, Anjem Choudary, Britain’s Press Association reported. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

Anjen Chourdary who became famous for demanding to introduce Sharia Law in Great Britain said “one day Sharia Law will also be introduced in Poland because we believe that it is necessary to remove all oppressive regimes if the people are governed by somebody else than Allah it is oppression. Thanks to our politics your regimes will be overthrown and the people will be happy with no heads.”

The leaders of the march responded: “There will be no Islamic Imam in our land. You will not introduce ny of your Islamic rules. This is Poland. This is our land, our country, our rules and values. Here Jesus Christ is our King.  We’re not interested in any European Directives or immigration quotas. I repeat. These are not our wars. It is not our culture. Not our faith. And not our immigrants. God! Honor! Homeland!”

PerPol6

 

The last three words were repeated in a chant by the marchers.  The leaders of the march added this statement: “To the Muslim population in America: Make no mistake, America is a Christian nation now more than ever and in America Jesus Christ is King or Kings and Lord of Lords. If you do not respect that, you are not worthy of America. To the globelist political establishment that includes the Left and Republicans posing as Conservatives, you no longer have control of the United States of America. Your mechanisms of deception including the Main Stream Media, Hollywood, the United Nations, NASA,  and Planned Parenthood have been exposed . Your Luciferian reign is over.”

PerPol9

Austria seems to have taken an even firmer stance.  On October 14th 2016, Austrians elected 31 year old anti-immigration conservative Sabastion Kurz as Chancellor.  As Foreign Minister Kurz  was behind the laws that banned wearing the face covered burka and banned immigrants from purchasing guns. As Chancellor Kurz has said he will end benefits for immigrants for the first five years.  The media has called Kurz and his followers “Nazis”because of his Austria first attitude towards immigration.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 17: Austrian Foreign Minister and leader of the conservative Austrian People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz speaks to media after a meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen following parliamentary elections on October 17, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The OeVP won Sunday's elections with the Social Democrats (SPOe) of Chancellor Kern finishing second and the right-wing Austria Freedom Party (FPOe) a strong third. Kurz, aged 31, will likely become the next Austrian chancellor. Kurz led his election campaign by following an anti-immigrant campaign with content very similar to that of the FPOe. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – OCTOBER 17: Austrian Foreign Minister and leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz speaks to media after a meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen following parliamentary elections on October 17, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The OeVP won Sunday’s elections with the Social Democrats (SPOe) of Chancellor Kern finishing second and the right-wing Austria Freedom Party (FPOe) a strong third. Kurz, aged 31, will likely become the next Austrian chancellor. Kurz led his election campaign by following an anti-immigrant campaign with content very similar to that of the FPOe. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)

 

So, you be the judge.  Is this religious persecution or political survival?

 

The Author

James Riordan

James Riordan

Rare is it that any author will have one of his books described as the definitive work on a particular subject, but such a distinction has been bestowed by critics on no less than four books written by James Riordan. The New York Times Bestseller Break on Through, Riordan’s biography of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, has not only been called “the most objective, thorough and professional Morrison biography” by the Times Book Review but also named as one of the Ten All Time Best Rock Biographies by Amazon.com. Riordan’s The Platinum Rainbow (written with Bob Monaco) was called “One of the best how-to books ever written” by the Los Angeles Daily News and “The ultimate career book on the music industry” by Recording, Engineer & Producer. Critics described Riordan’s The Bishop of Rwanda as “one of the most important books you’ll ever read.” and The Coming of the Walrus, Riordan’s novel about the 60s as “the definitive book on the era” and “a hilarious tale of a harrowing search for the greatest truth of all”. With the release of A Well Thought Out Scream and Madman in the Gate, Riordan pushed the boundaries again with poetry/song lyric books that contain hundreds of stunning, beautiful and poignant images from artists and photographers from all over the world. In the summer of 2013 a new edition of The Coming of the Walrus was released to rave reviews followed by The Kill Switch. The author of thirty-three books, James Riordan’s career began in the music industry where as a songwriter, manager, producer and concert promoter he worked with several well known artists. In 1976 he began writing a newspaper column, Rock-Pop, which he later syndicated. Riordan soon became one of America’s premier rock journalists with articles reaching millions of readers including those of Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Circus, Musician, and newspapers like The Chicago Daily News and The Kansas City Star. His reputation for relating on a one-to-one level soon led to interviews with George Harri-son, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Mandrell, Crosby, Stills & Nash and countless others. His first book, The Platinum Rainbow (written with Bob Monaco in 1980) became the largest selling book ever written about the music business. The guide to “succeeding in the music business without selling your soul” was praised by Variety ,The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Las Vegas Sun, The Minneapolis Tribune, Billboard, Record World and many more. The Platinum Rainbow became an industry-wide phenomenon and interviews with James Riordan were aired on over 1200 radio stations and numerous television talk shows. Next Riordan collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winner Jason Miller on a mini-series for network television (The Irish) and a movie of the week for CBS (Bless Me Father). In June 1991, William Morrow & Co. published Break On Through to outstanding sales and reviews. Riordan worked as a consultant on Oliver Stone’s film of Morrison’s life, The Doors, which led to his writing Stone’s biography. Published by Hyperion /Disney in December 1995, Entertainment Weekly called STONE “an unflinching biography... enough spectacle to fill a month of daytime-TV talk shows.” The New York Post said reading the book was like “the sensory overload of watching all of Oliver Stone’s movies back to back.” Riordan was interviewed by Inside Edition, People Magazine, The Tom Snyder Show, and many others. From 1997-2000, Riordan created and co-starred in a local television program, Kankakee Valley Prime Time, which won six Crystal Communicators, three Tellys, and earned Riordan a Chicago/ Midwest Emmy Nomination for Writing the program. In the summer of 1999, James Riordan wrote, directed and starred in Maddance, an hour long dramatic project which won Crystal Communicators for Drama, Writing, Acting and Directing. On April 9, 2000, James’ 16 year old son, Jeremiah, was killed as a passenger in an accident that involved three drunk drivers. Shortly after this, James founded Make it Stick which works to warn teens of the dangers of substance abuse and publishes a magazine distributed to high school students. In 2001, he founded Jeremiah’s – A Place to be Yourself to give teens a place to hang out away from the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Force to close by its incredible growth rate, Jeremiah’s was recognized as one of the fastest growing and most successful teen centers in the United States. In 2004, Toastmasters International named Riordan Communicator of the Year for Central Illinois, the YMCA gave him their Service to Youth Award and the United Way named him the Outstanding Volunteer of Kankakee County. Returning to writing, Riordan went to Africa to write The Bishop of Rwanda, (with an intro by Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren). In November of 2006, Harper Collins released a new edition of Break On Through followed by The Coming of the Walrus (Image Workshop) in December and The Bishop of Rwanda (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) to rave reviews (“Powerful …plumbs the depths of God’s forgiveness and finds no bottom – Publisher’s Weekly). In 2011, he won the Pledge For Life Harold Award for his work with area youth. In the summer of 2012, Lee and Shane Stanley (Gridiron Gang) optioned Maddance as a feature film followed by Apothecary Films optioning The Kill Switch in 2013 and Omni Films optioning Final Service to film in May. Riordan joined the staff of the Mancow Syndicated Television and Radio show in January of 2014 and is now seen and heard across America on a weekly basis. His biography is included in Who’s Who in Entertainment , Who’s Who in Poetry and Contemporary Authors of America. James Riordan – Works Books The Kill Switch, novel with Andrew Dahlmaine, Stonegate Ink, 2013 The Coming of the Walrus, Trade Paperback Editn, Image Workshop 2012 Springboard To Heaven ( Jojo Sayson Adventure), Image Workshop, 2012 The Elijah Collection, novel collection with Bill Myers, Zondervan, 2011 The Well Thought Out Scream (Poetry/Art), Image Workshop Press, 2009 Madman in the Gate (Poetry/Art), Image Workshop Press, 2009 The Deadly Loyalty Collection, Forbidden Doors, Zondervan, 2009 The Ancient Forces Collection, Forbidden Doors, Zondervan, 2009 The Enemy Strikes with Bill Myers (Elijah Project series. Zondervan, 2009 Deception with Bill Myers (Book 2 Elijah Project series. Zondervan, 2009 The Bishop of Rwanda (Finding Forgiveness) Thomas Nelson, March 2007 Paperback Edition May, 2012 The Coming of the Walrus (What Really Happened in the '60s) IW, 2006 Break on Through (The Life & Death of Jim Morrison), Morrow, 1991. (New York Times Bestseller, Published in 5 languages, Hardcover, 5 Paperback Editions, Harper Trade Paperback November, 2006) Stone (The Controversies, Excesses & Exploits of a Radical Filmmaker), Disney/Hyperion,1995. (Published in 3 languages, Hardcover, Paperback Edition). Making It in the New Music Business, Writers Digest Books, 1987, (Second Edition, Revised and Updated 1991, Two Hardcover Editions) The Platinum Rainbow (How to Succeed in the Music Business Without Selling Your Soul) 250,000 copies with Bob Monaco, Swordsman Press, 1980, Twenty-Three Editions, Revised 1988) 25 Year Anniversary Edition, 2005 Capture the Wind (Microphones) w.Tom Lubin, Literary Mouse Press,1989 Private Biography of Russ Kalvin, founder of Kalvin Corp., 1990 Private Biography of Steve Stefano, founder of Joico Hair Products, 1993. Mystery of the Invisible Knight (Book 2 in the BloodHounds Series) with Bill Myers, Bethany House,1997. Matters of the Heart (The Life & Times of Edgar Cullman), Culbro, 1997. The Curse (Book 7 Forbidden Doors) with Bill Myers, Tyndale, 1997. The Undead (Book 8 Forbidden Doors) with Bill Myers, Tyndale, 1996. The Scream (Book 9 Forbidden Doors) with Bill Myers, Tyndale, 1998 The Ancients (Book 10 Forbidden Doors) with Bill Myers, Tyndale, 1999. The Cards (Book 11 Forbidden Doors Series) with Bill Myers, Tyndale,2000 Films Final Service, co-written with Gary Moore and based on his book, Omni Productions, to be filmed in May, 2014. Maddance, Writer/Director/Lead Actor, Search Engine Films, Simmcomm, 1999. (Winner of 4 Crystal Communicators including Best Drama, Screenplay, Director, Male Actor – Austin, TX.1999) Performance (The Life of Ingrid Bergman), Screenplay, Lancit Productions 1998. Returned to Author when film division closed)Rewritten2009 Shadowdancers, Story & Screenplay, Story with Bill Myers, 1997 Dr. Babylon, Story 1996. Air Guitar, Story & Screenplay, 1994 The Platinum Rainbow, Story & Screenplay, 1993 Television/Video Kankakee Valley Prime Time, Writer, Director, Producer, 1997-2000. (Nominated for Midwest/Chicago Emmy for Writing, 1998, 3 Telly Awards, 4 Crystal Communicators 1998-2000). Angels Among Us (The Amtrak City of New Orleans Train Disaster, Co- Producer, (Telly Award, 2000). River Valley Sports Authority, Producer, 1999-2003. I Hate The World (Hypnoises Music Video), Writer/Director/Producer, Crystal Communicator for Best Music Video Concept, 1998). The United Way (Video) Crystal Communicator for Best Video for a Charitable Organization, 1998.

If it isn't money and it isn't fame and it isn't sex... then what... God?

— James Riordan, 2000

1 Comment

  1. Jody Eldred
    January 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    As Islam is both a religion and a political system, any perceived persecution against them could be labeled both or either. They seek a theocracy.

    Christians do not. In fact, we stand opposed to theocracies.

    But we face both religious and political oppression and persecution as political persecution is a means to religious persecution (see Hitler’s Germany.)

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *