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In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California, eager to study the Koran and make new friends. But when he started acting odd and saying strange things, those friends got suspicious. To them, he was Farouk al-Aziz. But his real name was Craig Monteilh, and he was working undercover for the FBI (Read the update of his story here)

An excellent discussion about the innocence of muslims and its response.

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Key findings of the report include:

– EDL attempts to recruit among faith communities

– Christian leaders should publicly stand up to EDL

– UK government should examine group’s international funding

– Jewish Defence League should be banned

Christian organisations should be doing far more to combat the appeal of far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL), according to counter-extremism organisation, Faith Matters.

The comments from Faith Matters coincides with the launch of research into the appeal of the EDL among faith communities, particularly among a small element of Christian, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu figures.

“Christian institutions on a national level have not been robust in condemning the EDL,” said Faith Matters’ director, Fiyaz Mughal OBE. “There is no national voice from the Church of England for example, universally condemning the actions of the EDL despite the fact the EDL disrupts and attempts to divide Christian and Muslim communities. Why?”

Mughal also said that the UK authorities need to examine how hate groups such as the EDL, which have the capacity to cause huge disruption on our streets, receive international funding.

“Links with Pamella Geller’s Stop the Islamization of America campaign and the ability to raise funds from the US need to be put under the spotlight,” he said. “People in the US promoting street-based social unrest in the UK by donating to the EDL is simply not on.”

Main Findings

– The EDL uses mainly Christian symbolism in its promotion and publicity material,

– Some within faith communities believe that by allying with the EDL they can marginalise and stigmatise Muslims,

– Building community resilience against such hate is vital – anti-hate groups in other faith communities, such as the Luton Faiths Forum, Community Security Trust, the Turban Campaign and Sikhs Against the EDL, should be more fully supported,

– The UK government needs to look at how groups such as the EDL are financed internationally, via a network of supporters in the ‘counter jihadist’ network (particularly the USA),

– The Jewish Defence League needs to be effectively outlawed in the UK for inciting extreme hatred against Muslims.

In 2012 the Islamic Human Rights Commission as part of Genocide Memorial Day held a poetry competition. The winner would travel to Bosnia to learn about the Genocide. This is Frano’s short story about his experience

Robert Spencer is the Director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center , The associate director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an initiative that is headed by Pamela Geller that also came out with those racist ‘savage’ anti-Jihad subway ad’s aswell as being an author and commentator on Islam.

Such an author on Islam should have the relevant credentials as well as a proven track record of studying the Islamic Sciences for a number of years in a well recognised reputable institution but according to his own website spencer only has an MA in religious studies at the University of North Carolina.

Spencer gently alludes to his lack of a proper islamic education on his own website

“I began to study early Islamic history, since some of these groups ended up in Arabia and may have influenced Muhammad. In the intervening years I continued these studies of Islamic theology, history, and law out of personal interest.

This led to my consulting privately with some individuals and groups about Islam, but I had never intended to do such work publicly

Ahmed Rehab states, in his article for the Huffington post,

“Spencer postures himself as an “Islamic Scholar.” But unlike most people we tend to call “scholars,” Spencer did not burden himself with the traditional scholarly route that puts an emphasis on objectivity and academic rigor.

There is a good reason for this: his “scholarly” methodologies would not jive in any of our nation’s accredited PhD programs let alone a path for tenure where he would have to get his papers peer-reviewed and have his methodology checked by notable scholars for objectivity and a lack of bias (unless, of course, David Horowitz decides to build the David Horowitz Freedom University).

Spencer dismisses such criticism as follows: he is right, and all of the tenured professors of Islamic studies, with their inconvenient knack for unbiased scholarship, are wrong. After all, universities are the establishment of the left-wing liberal conspiracy.

Besides who needs peer-reviewed papers, Spencer seems content to receive rave reviews from Weasel Zippers, Nice Doggie, Atlas Shrugs, Muslims are Terrorists, and of course, frontpagemag.com, that other gem of a creation, and bastion of objectivity, by the guy who cuts his checks.

Now, I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of problems in the Muslim world. I welcome an honest and responsible critique any day. But honest and responsible Spencer’s agenda-driven hatemongering is not. I am not not the only one to take issue with Spencer’s technique. Most objective scholars and professors of Islamic studies dismiss the guy as laughably fraudulent and amateur.”

Spencer tried to refute the allegation of him being ignorant in this article but again, there is no real substance behind the main arguments behind his article. Trying to refute the claim by stating that the charge of ignorance is in actuality a ‘tactic’ used by Muslims. In order to refute the claim of ignorance in the article he uses the issues of ijtihad and the Quranic order of the Surah’s to prove how he is not ignorant of Islam. Howver from his response we can easily see that he cherrypicked his evidence that suits his argument and again since spencer cant use any quranic verses or hadeeths to back up his arguments shows how limits of spencer as a so-called scholar and a commentator on Islam. IF spencer learnt Islam in a credible institution, learnt a credible course on Islam, spencer would have gladly mentioned it to back up his credentials, but he hasn’t and that is why he cant say that he publicly learnt Islam. Spencers lack of knowledge and sound Islamic scholarship is shown in many of his debates. Spencer aims to back up his arguments by highlighting current issues that are affecting the Muslim world (i.e using pakistan as an example of sharia law enforced) rather than using the classic islamic texts while applying the ruling to actually derive rulings from Sharia law. Spencer uses none of these and only uses comments from the most extreme elements of the Muslim world to justify his argument.

spencer declares himself as a non-racist when he goes on to answer the question of whether he is or not a white supramicist

“No. I have consistently opposed racism and supremacism of all kinds — otherwise, I wouldn’t oppose the global jihad”

This in itself is a another lie. As stated above Jihad Watch is a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Robert Spencer and David Horowitz both authored a book together called Obama and Islam, from which as one can already tell from the title alone, that the book is comprised of material that is largely nonsense.

Below is an example of David Horowitz’s racism towards the Palestinians which is just full of 100% rehashed lies

According to its website, The David Horowitz Freedom Center “combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values and disarm this country as it attempts to defend itself in a time of terror. The leftist offensive is most obvious on our nation’s campuses, where the Freedom Center protects students from indoctrination and political harassment

In his article the Cologne conference and European Fascism spencer states

“As far as fascism goes, I oppose all authoritarian governments, and believe in the freedom of speech and other freedoms that historically have never thrived in fascist settings”

but this is again another lie, one cannot say that they are not racist but then associates oneself with a racist (David Horowitz). One cannot say that they are for free speech and against totalitarianism when they are part and parcel of an organisation that wants to actually eradicate free speech and eradicate all forms of dissent. In short Robert Spencer is nothing but a liar who is deeply connected to the racist islamophobic network that aims to bring about worldwide totalitarianism

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By Max Blumenthal

The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three US diplomats were killed in attacks and rioting provoked by an obscure, low-budget anti-Muslim film called “The Innocence of Muslims.” The producer of the film is a real estate developer supposedly named “Sam Bacile” who claims to be an Israeli Jew. Bacile told the AP the film was made with $5 million raised from “100 Jewish donors.” He said he was motivated to help his native country, Israel, by exposing the evils of Islam.

While Bacile claims to be in hiding, and his identity remains murky, another character who has been publicly listed as a consultant on the film is a known anti-Muslim activist with ties to the extreme Christian right and the militia movement. He is Steve Klein, a Hemet, California based insurance salesman who claims to have led a “hunter-killer team” in Vietnam.”

Klein is a right-wing extremist who emerged from the same axis of Islamophobia that produced Anders Behring Breivik and which takes inspiration from the writings of Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and Daniel Pipes.

It appears Klein (or someone who shares his name and views) is an enthusiastic commenter on Geller’s website, Atlas Shrugged, where he recently complained about Mitt Romney’s “support for a Muslim state in Israel’s Heartland.” In July 2011, Spencer’s website, Jihad Watch, promoted a rally Klein organized alongside the anti-Muslim Coptic extremist Joseph Nasrallah to demand the firing of LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, whom they painted as a dupe for Hamas.

Klein is also closely affiliated with the Christian right in California, organizing resentment against all the usual targets — Muslims, homosexuals, feminists, and even Mormons. He is a board member and founder of a group called Courageous Christians United, which promotes anti-Mormon, anti-Catholic and anti-Muslim literature (including the work of Robert Spencer) on its website. In 2002, Klein ran for the California Insurance Commissioner under the American Independent Party, an extremist fringe party linked to the militia movement, garnering a piddling 2 percent of the vote.

Klein has been closely affiliated with the Church at Kaweah, an extreme evangelical church located 70 miles southeast of Fresno that serves as a nexus of neo-Confederate, Christian Reconstructionist, and militia movement elements. The Southern Poverty Law Center produced a report on Kaweah this spring that noted Klein’s long record of activist against Muslims:

Over the past year, Johnson and the church militia have developed a relationship with Steve Klein, a longtime religious-right activist who brags about having led a “hunter killer” team as a Marine in Vietnam. Klein, who calls Islam a “penis-driven religion” and thinks Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca is a Muslim Brotherhood patsy, is allied with Christian activist groups across California. In 2011, as head of the Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, he worked with the Vista, Calif.-based Christian Anti-Defamation Commission on a campaign to “arm” students with the “truth about Islam and Muhammad” — mainly by leafleting high schools with literature depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a sex-crazed pedophile.

Klein, based in Hemet, Calif., has been active in extremist movements for decades. In 1977, he founded Courageous Christians United, which now conducts “respectful confrontations” outside of abortion clinics, Mormon temples and mosques. Klein also has ties to the Minuteman movement. In 2007, he sued the city of San Clemente for ordering him to stop leafleting cars with pamphlets opposing illegal immigration.

Like many other activists who fashion themselves as “counter-Jihadists,” Klein has organized against the construction of mosques in his area. While leafleting against a planned mosque in Temecula, California, which he claimed would herald the introduction of Shariah law to the quiet suburb, Klein remarked, “It all comes down to the first amendment. I don’t care if you disagree with me. Just don’t cut off my head.”

Klein appears to be allied with the National American Coptic Assembly, a radical Islamophobic group headed by Morris Sadik. Sadik claims to have discovered the film and began promoting it online. Once it went viral, the trailer was translated into Arabic, sparking outrage in the Middle East, and ultimately, to the deadly attacks carried out by Muslim extremists today.

Klein claims credit for inspiring “Sam Bacile” to produce “The Innocence of Muslims,” promising him he would be “the next Theo Van Gogh,” referring to the Dutch columnist who was murdered by a Muslim extremist. Of the attacks in Libya, Klein said, “We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen.”

I have just read through the preview of the Centre for Social Cohesions report called ‘Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections’ which aims to ‘Present an overview of Islamism-inspired terrorism with significant connections to the UK’. The report also goes on to collate a ‘collection of profiles of Islamism-inspired terrorist convictions and attacks in the UK between 1999 and 2009 and a statistical analysis is drawn from the data collected’.

In order to be included in the report individuals must have ‘been convicted for terrorism-related offences; committed suicide attacks in the UK; been convicted, fought or committed suicide attacks abroad and possessed significant links to the UK (having been educated there, lived there for an extended period of time or been radicalised there); or been involved in extradition cases from the UK. In addition they must have been motivated primarily by a belief in Islamism’

The report defines Islamism as; A political ideology, whose key tenets include:
• Belief that Islam is not a religion, but a holistic socio-political system;
• Advocacy of Sharia (Islamic) law as divine state law;
• Belief that a transnational Muslim community, known as the Ummah, should unite as a political bloc;
• Advocacy of an ‘Islamic’ state, or Caliphate, within which sovereignty belongs to God.
They also go on to state “Adherents are known as Islamists. The spectrum of Islamism ranges from entry-level Islamists (e.g. the Muslim Brotherhood) and revolutionary Islamists (e.g. Hizb ut-Tahrir) to militant Islamists, or jihadists (e.g. al-Qaeda), who are prepared to use violence to achieve their aims. While differing in methodology, all Islamists share the same core ideology.”

As you can see from what has been described above, the criteria used by the Centre for Social Cohesion already implicates the majority of the Muslim community as Islamists as some Muslims may not believe in all of the tenets described above consequently, but the majority of them may believe in one tenet or another in an individual capacity. One way or another, this report seems to lump all of us within the category of an islamist.

In the report, the authors also define terrorism as “The use or threat [of action] designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public […] for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause”

With those terms clearly defined, it seems clear to me that Islam is against terrorism as is defined from the CSC’s report. There are several prophetic traditions which command upholding the law of the land (As long as it doesn’t pertain to committing disbelief in God), respecting contracts, upholding any covenant of security one might have with their ruler and to even help one’s neighbour as a religious duty.

Coming from the Muslim Community perspective, extremist ideologies thrive due to a relative ignorance of Islam and how it is to be applied. Coupled with this, extremism has also flourished due to further Western Imperialist ambitions in the Muslim world.

Islam provides sustainable solutions towards redressing the grievances caused by Western Imperialism in holistic ways which can steer vulnerable young Muslims away from extremism but this is exactly one of the reasons why Douglas Murray wants PREVENT to be scrapped.

In his article “The prevent strategy: a text book example on how to alienate everyone” Douglas Murray stated “Most disturbingly of all, thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money was used not to stop fundamentalism, but simply to teach Islam” before going on to conclude that “The next government is going to have to make substantial cuts. There could be no better place to start than scrapping Prevent”

So how shall we deal with this issue then? Well how about Control orders?

As Robin Simcox states in the CSC’s report ‘Control orders’
“Abolishing control orders – as the Conservatives have threatened to do, and which was
Liberal Democrat policy66 – is a safe political move that would allow one to appear as
a staunch defender of civil liberties. However, at a time of a heightened terrorist threat,
control orders are a useful national security tool. An overstretched Security Service is
dealing with a large number of UK-based al-Qaeda sympathisers. Rather than weakening
the current national security structure, politicians should be strengthening the state’s
ability to reduce the terrorist threat; a government abolishing control orders may well be
doing the opposite. Without control orders, al-Qaeda linked controlees – like Mahmoud
Abu Rideh, Abu Qatada and Farj Hassan al-Saadi – would all find it easier to operate in the
UK and commission acts of terrorism”

Even though the preview of this report is only available for download, we can already see what conclusions that CSC will draw based on their preview alone

Recent events occurring in Pakistan shows that maybe it needs to go back to the drawing board regarding its activities as a state. Cue in Rimsha a 11-14 years old, depending on what report or article one reads, girl who is reported to have downs syndrome. She was accused of blasphemy after allegedly burning pages of the Qur’an and then gathering them for cooking. But there is more to the story, After Rimsah’s neighbour went to Imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti with the bags, the imam felt that “Burning pages with the text from the Qur’an would be enough to convict Rimsha on blasphemy charges” Said Munir Jeffrey, investigating officer in this case. So the Imam added in two more pieces of paper in order to bolster the case.

The imams actions have led to his arrest which slightly lightens Rimsha’s case as she is a minor with learning difficulties and the Imam is a mature adult who did this willingly. But this case also highlights the fact that Pakistan needs to go back to the drawing board as a nation.

Due to this case the All Pakistan Ulema Council, an umbrella group of muslim clerics and scholars, joined hands with the Pakistan Interfaith League, which includes Christians, Sikhs and other religions to call for justice for the girl Rimsha. They also demanded that justice be bought to those who made the false accusations against Rimsha.
This is a test case for Pakistan as it shows that Pakistani law is being manipulated to fit the will of a few people as Tahir Ashrafi, leader of the council, warned that “The law of the jungle” was gripping Pakistan with the police routinely being pressured in to registering blasphemy charges.

Salaams and peace to everyone I am Mizan and i am the research director for VIP minds and I am a member of a movement called the peace network.

Since tonights event is called ‘Peace Not War’. It is really important for us as a community to talk about one of the ideological undercurrents that is serving to sustain and drive western imperialist ventures abroad, specifically in the middle east.
In the last decade we have seen the rise of various Islamophobes and Islamophobic groups such as the Dutch MP and Zionist geert wilders in the Netherlands, his friend, fellow US blogger and supporter of Zionism Pamela Geller and the most successful group in Europe, the English Defence League who are also supporters of Zionism.

We are living at a time where the anti-muslim movement is really reaching its peak. Any act that is deemed anti-muslim is categorised under the term ‘Islamophobia’ but as we as a community respond to the outward manifestations of Islamophobia, in order to respond appropriately we need to understand 2 things 1) what exactly is Islamophobia and 2) where does it fit within politics today?

In order to give a definition of Islamophobia, many muslim organisations and individuals have defined it as a type of racism, but Islamophobes respond to this claim by saying that Islamophobia is not racism because Islam is not a race. In order to derive a correct definition of Islamophobia, the author and academic Chris Allen in his new book which he entitled ‘Islamophobia’ described the chronological evolution of the term and all acts related to it in the UK, before redefining Islamophobia as

“an ideology, similar in theory, function and purposes to racism and other similar phenomena that sustains and perpetuates negatively evaluated meaning about Muslims and Islam in the contemporary setting in similar ways to that which it has historically, although not necessarily as a continuum, subsequently pertaining, influencing and impacting upon social action, interaction, response and so on, shaping and determining understanding perceptions and attitudes in the social consensus – the shared languages and conceptual maps – that inform constructive thinking about Islam and Muslims as the other” (pg 190)

So Islamophobia is an ideology that depicts muslims as the ‘Other’ but why is it so big now and how does it help sustain imperialism abroad?

In their report ‘Islamophobia and anti-muslim hate crime: UK case studies 2010’ the authors Dr Robert Lambert and Dr Jonothan Githens Mazer state

“Above all the war on terror has set the tone for creating a climate of fear in the UK in which suspicion depicted towards fellow citizens who are Muslims has become intrusive and pejorative creating negative stereotyping of the worst kind” (pg 99)

So what is it about the war on terror that is creating so much hatred?

Page 362 of the 9/11 commission report states

“But the enemy is not just terrorism, some generic evil. This vagueness blurs the strategy. The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat posed by islamist terrorism, especially the al qaeda network, its affiliates and its ideology”

In his article ‘War on ideology’ for the New York times, David brookes wrote

“The 9/11 commission report argues that we have to fight this war on 2 fronts. We have to use intelligence, military, financial and diplomatic capabilities to fight al qaeda. Thats where most of the media attention is focused. But the bigger fight is with the hostile belief system that cant be ransomed with but can only be isolated or utterly destroyed”

It is this aspect of the war on terror, the ideological war that has created an industry where funds can be allocated to groups or individuals who are critical of Islam and promote western democracy as the organisation FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) Stated in their publication ‘Smearcasting: How islamophobes spread fear, bigotry and misinformation’

“The war on terror has bolstered a class of Islamophobic self proclaimed Islamic terrorism experts”

So if i could just give you one example, on the 12th February 2009 Far Right Dutch MP Geert wilders attempted to enter the UK to show his first anti-islam film called “Fitna” at the house of lords through the invitation of 2 members of the house of lords Lord pearson and baroness cox. He was turned away at the airport as the Home office deemed his presence ‘not conducive to the public good’ but this was one of the biggest stories of that time and he got worldwide publicity for his film fitna whose viewership went in to the millions not just in the UK but worldwide. However what the mainstream press is that his views on Islam and Muslims didn’t develop due to his visits to the Muslim world as he states, they developed because in his teens, he went to Israel and stayed in an Israeli settlement which was pioneered by labour Zionists which is illegal under international law.
The exact settlement that he stayed in was called Moshav Tomer which is located near the Jordan Valley which is in itself a strategic location for Israels security. According to the grassroots Palestinian movement the Jordan Valley Solidarity

“The Israeli cabinet adopted a project to encourage young Israeli couples to settle in the Jordan Valley, including promising and plans to develop the agricultural and tourism levels in the area and to confiscate more Palestinian land for settlement expansion”

It was here where he developed his views on Israel and Muslims. This was confirmed in the BBC documentary called ‘Wilders: Europes most dangerous man’, where his long term friend who wilders met at the settlement, Arieh Eldad, a staunch supporter of Israel as an independent Jewish state and MP of the Islamophobic racist Hatikvai party was asked if Wilders needed any convincing in regards to the idea of Israel being a sovereign jewish state, Mr eldad replied
“I didn’t think i have to convince him. I thought. I thought he was very familiar with the plan and i think he realised that maybe the realistic plan to assure stable situation in the middle east where Israel is safe”
Upon returning to the Netherlands, Geert wilders became an MP. During his tenor as an MP, the dutch secret service noted he had visited the Dutch Israeli embassy over a dozen times and they suspected that he was giving them information and subsequently receiving instructions from the Israeli embassy.

In regards to his film, Fitna, which has been seen worldswide, the dutch news network in the Netherlands stated in their article ‘Wilders and the US Israel lobby’

“So what of Israel? Vrij Nederland covered that angle last year. Interesting part of the narrative was the trail behind wilders film fitna, which appeared in many scenes to be very close (if not an identical copy) of the earlier 80 minute documentary Obsession: Radical islams war against the west”
This DVD documentary called ‘Obsession: Radical Islams war against the west’ Was funded by a US pro-Israeli group called the Aish Hatorah foundation and distributed freely among 28 million newspapers in America which spread Islamophobia to get more people to vote for senator mccain and not barrack obama in the US presidential elections. The fact that wilders film fitna contains scenes from this DVD film ‘Obsession’ shows that fitna contains within it, scenes that were created for pro-israeli propaganda purposes that millions of people have been manipulated by. He said he is working on a second instalment of the film.

So Islamophobia is an ideology that is being used to sustain Imperialism, but what can we do about it? Since islaophobes want to influence policy and their messages regularly get out in to the media that influence the public, Muslim youth can get involved with various Muslim civil liberty organisations such as MPAC, Iengage etc to lobby against the many islamophobia MP’s that we have in parliament. We should also engage with the media, write letters to the editors if there is a story in the newspapers or on TV about Muslims that is simply isn’t true. However i’d just like to end of by saying that Islamophobia is an ideology that seeks to win hearts and minds, if we are to win the hearts and minds of the public, muslims should get involved in Dawah activities and organisations such as the Islamic Education and Research Academy. So in order to tackle politically get involved with muslim civil liberty organisations, lobby MP’s and write letters to the media however if you want to tackle Islamophobia from a grassroots perspective, commit acts of violence against groups like the EDL wont serve any purpose except to reinforce Islamophobia so if you want to tackle it ideologically, be good practicing muslims, do good things for your neighbours and the local community and get involved in dawah initiatives that will contextualise the misinformation that is out there about Islam and muslims because that and only that, will win hearts and minds.

I am neither here nor there
I am somewhere between the present and nowhere

My body’s present but my soul isn’t
You see me reading the Qur’an but you don’t know it….you can’t see it…..

My Lords hand just grabbed my soul and dunked it in an ocean of divine knowledge,

Of divine wisdom, where words know no boundaries,

My spirits present in the world of the unseen,

In the world of the unseen,

Where endless knowledge is imprisoning me

And I’m struggling to breathe as sanity is escaping me

And all that I knew is leaving me like I’m going be killed,

But i’m just an empty vessel waiting to be filled

As I’m neither here nor there
I am somewhere in between the present and nowhere

Where there’s no escape even if I had my guns cocked

My souls locked, my souls locked

And nah this aint nothing to do with the cops my body’s still around the block

But my soul’s not, my soul’s not,

It’s being reprogrammed in another place,

As I turn page after page my souls being set ablaze

So the next time you see me I’ll be spitting fire on the stage

Burning it to a crisp

In the world of fiery knowledge is where my soul is

In between the present and nowhere as no one goes there

Heightening your sense of security

And heightening your sense of fear

This unseen world ain’t no make believe

The black cloud in my eyes showing its possession of me,

Flowing through my blood stream

Replacing my empty words with kerosene to blow up the poetry scene

Because the force behind me aims to take me higher

As I return to this world with the spirit of Malcolm X

Possessed by the fire of the Ghost-Rider

Intending to commit revolutionary suicide,

It is from this mic where this world will be revolutionised

With words as their meanings have no boundaries when they terrorise

Those that terrorise and keep the will of the people from being televised

As there’s another force roaming the earth,

There’s another force roaming the earth

Every time we speak, read or write,

These words just come alive

like the grim reaper reaping for hearts and minds

And I gave them my life, I gave them my life

To heal a world that is disturbed

Because that is the power of the spoken word.