Shuck and Jive

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Erased.

(Update: October 5. Just learned from an admin at that group that none of them removed the post. It must have been Facebook.  Take comfort that Big Brother is keeping you safe from mayhem like me).

The Happy to Be Presbyterian Facebook Group is not happy with me. I posted a link to my interview with Fran Shure and after few exchanges (civil from my end) the post was removed. Erased. Even the notifications in my history were removed. I don't know if it was group admins or Facebook who removed it.


It was removed right after I posted a link to a study guide that had been created for David Ray Griffin's book, Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11.  That book was published by WJK Press of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) over ten years ago. The book was later removed by the PPC in a shameful act of censorship. Dr. Griffin talks about that in his address, 9/11 and Nationalist Faith: How Faith Can Be Illuminating or Blinding.  He addresses Presbyterians in Section 3 B. 

It was a strange feeling to have my work, just a Facebook post in this case, completely erased without a word, to vanish as if it never existed. I broke no rules. I was not aggressive. I did not use bad language. I wasn't even informed as to why the post was removed. Just gone. Why? What else could it be but that the content of what I posted is a direct threat to Empire and to Empire's church? Empire cannot dispute the evidence. It can only try to mock it and when that fails, to erase it.

We cannot live this way, citizens. Those who are seeking to unmask the powers of death and falsehood and bear witness to what they think is true, are being erased.  As Graeme McQueen said in my interview with him:
And so it’s the job of citizens to stand up and say, “We are whole persons. And our perception, and our sense of smell, sense of hearing and sight and touch, they are valid. And we know how to use our intelligence. And we’re going to insist on that. We’re going to speak out loudly for what we believe is the truth.”
I posted the link again. And I wrote this:
A little about myself for those who do not know me. I am a PCUSA minister in good standing and the pastor of a church. I have posted occasionally on this forum, not often, but when I think a particular topic is of interest and importance. I am the host of a podcast and radio show that has aired weekly for nearly seven years. I have interviewed many Presbyterians including two moderators and a vice-moderator. Throughout my ordained ministry, I have been concerned deeply about issues of censorship and the silencing of unpopular voices.  
As it says in our Brief Statement of Faith:  
"In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace."  
This book that I featured for the past four episodes on my radio show offers evidence that should lead people of conscience to explore. The voices I lift up in this show are voices who have been long silenced, censored, vilified, and mocked because they seek to unmask idolatries in church and culture. I am not saying that anyone needs to agree to these voices or even to listen to the podcast. I should, however, be able to post a link to it without my post being removed.

9/11 Unmasked Interview Package

Reposted from Progressive Spirit

I made transcripts for each of the interviews in my series on the 9/11 Consensus Panel.  The panel's book, released on September 11th, 2018 is called 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation.

This series of interviews with transcripts will be a helpful resource for an individual or a study group with an open mind and a courageous heart. We need open minds and courageous hearts. Graeme McQueen, who I interviewed in the first episode in the series, said:
...when your police have failed at their duty, and your intelligence agencies have failed you, and the executive branch has failed, and the legislative branch has failed, and this...enormous crime in the 21st century has happened and isn't being investigated, what do you do? Do you let them get away with the lie? Do you let your democracy be hijacked? I hope not.
and he concluded the episode by saying:
I think it goes to the question, what is a citizen, and ultimately what is a person. I would like to think that at least in a democracy, a citizen is a whole person who is able to perceive the world around them and also to use their intelligence to make sense of it. And that's what people did on 9/11 at the scene. They perceived explosions and clearly called them explosions. They made conclusions with their minds. They said, “Wow, this looks like a building being demolished purposely.” And when a government does what the United States government and frankly almost every government in the world is doing, and dismisses over 100 ordinary citizens standing there perceiving this, they are showing not only disrespect, they're really showing a very degraded notion of what a citizen is. They're treating us like rabble, who are, you know, who can be easily dismissed. So people are supposed to listen to say, U.S. elites, who were not even there that day, when they say there were no explosions? Instead of listening to their fellow human beings who were there and who clearly perceived it. This is a democracy in trouble. This is a democracy that's in danger and unfortunately, it's not just the U.S. My own country, Canada our government, buys all this nonsense as well. And so it's the job of citizens to stand up and say, “We are whole persons. And our perception, and our sense of smell, sense of hearing and sight and touch, they are valid. And we know how to use our intelligence. And we're going to insist on that. We're going to speak out loudly for what we believe is the truth.”
Here are the podcasts and the transcripts for the four episodes:

1) 9/11 Unmasked: A Conversation with Elizabeth Woodworth and Graeme McQueen

PS 132 Woodworth McQueen Transcript

2) 9/11 Unmasked, Part 2: A Conversation with Dwain Deets about Able Danger

PS 133 Deets Transcript

3) 9/11 Unmasked, Part 3: David Chandler and the Day of Magical Physics

PS 134 Chandler Transcript

4) 9/11 Unmasked, Part 4: Fran Shure and the Problem of the Media

PS 135 Shure Transcript

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

For The Martyrs Who Bear Witness

If they tell you I suicided,
It may be not because I killed myself.

If they say I went crazy,
It may be not because I was mentally ill.

If I am accused of doing all kinds of bad things,
It may be not because I did them.

If I stop talking about what I think is true,
It may be not because I have changed my mind.

If I end up vanishing from public space,
I may be still found in secret places.

If the world goes dark with lies and violence,
Look for the candles of those still bearing witness.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Russian Hack of DNC? "A Fraud from the Very Beginning"


In 2016, Did Russia hack the DNC? In my opinion, no.

Mueller's indictment coming just before an important summit meeting with Trump and Putin seems political. That said, I do think something fishy went on with Trump's election and Greg Palast has the most convincing analysis that Trump stole the election.  Think Crosscheck.
Crosscheck in action:
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922 
Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,82 
Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:              589,393
Here is Palast's comment about the mass media's fixation on Russia:
Karlin: Why do you think the mass corporate media makes a bigger deal out of whether the Russians hacked our vote than the many ways in which the Republicans are suppressing the vote in the United States? 
Palast: Because the LA/NYC media is filled with white Democrats who can’t accept that the election was determined by racial vote suppression. Hillary said that America has the greatest electoral system in the world — which means she’s only been to Kazakhstan. So, the Dems and their media make up the fairy tale about Russians — using the language that would make Joe McCarthy proud. If Edward R. Murrow was alive today, he’d barf on them.
What about the Russians?

William Binney, who was the Technical Director for the NSA for 35 years said on RT:

"The claim that Russia hacked into the DNC and got data and gave it to Wikileaks has been a fraud from the very beginning."




Binney and Ray McGovern (former CIA briefer of The President’s Daily Brief) wrote a Memo to President Trump Ahead of Monday's Summit after Mueller's indictment:
A year ago independent cyber-investigators completed the kind of forensic work that, for reasons best known to then-FBI Director James Comey, neither he nor the “handpicked analysts” who wrote the Jan. 6, 2017 assessment bothered to do.  The independent investigators found verifiable evidence from metadata found in the record of an alleged Russian hack of July 5, 2016 showing that the “hack” that day of the DNC by Guccifer 2.0 was not a hack, by Russia or anyone else. 
Rather it originated with a copy (onto an external storage device – a thumb drive, for example) by an insider — the same process used by the DNC insider/leaker before June 12, 2016 for an altogether different purpose. (Once the metadata was found and the “fluid dynamics” principle of physics applied, this was not difficult to disprove the validity of the claim that Russia was responsible.)
As a public service, here are some more articles that I have found helpful and that I think people should probably read before believing and repeating the meme that the "Russians hacked the election."

Craig Murray, Russiagate: The Stink Without a Secret:
The original, base accusation is that it was the Russians who hacked the DNC and Podesta emails and passed them to WikiLeaks. (I can assure you that is untrue). 
The authenticity of those emails is not in question. What they revealed of cheating by the Democratic establishment in biasing the primaries against Bernie Sanders, led to the forced resignation of Debbie Wasserman Shultz as chair of the Democratic National Committee. They also led to the resignation from CNN of Donna Brazile, who had passed debate questions in advance to Clinton. Those are facts. They actually happened. Let us hold on to those facts, as we surf through lies. There was other nasty Clinton Foundation and cash for access stuff in the emails, but we do not even need to go there for the purpose of this argument. 
The original “Russian hacking” allegation was that it was the Russians who nefariously obtained these damning emails and passed them to WikiLeaks. The “evidence” for this was twofold. A report from private cyber security firm Crowdstrike claimed that metadata showed that the hackers had left behind clues, including the name of the founder of the Soviet security services. The second piece of evidence was that a blogger named Guccifer2 and a website called DNCLeaks appeared to have access to some of the material around the same time that WikiLeaks did, and that Guccifer2 could be Russian. 
That is it. To this day, that is the sum total of actual “evidence” of Russian hacking. I won’t say hang on to it as a fact, because it contains no relevant fact. But at least it is some form of definable allegation of something happening, rather than “Russian hacking” being a simple article of faith like the Holy Trinity.
Here is a letter to the president from Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity with 17 signatories including William Binney and Ray McGovern. This is from the Consortium News website, Intel Vets Challenge 'Russia Hack' Evidence:
Executive Summary
Forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computer. After examining metadata from the “Guccifer 2.0” July 5, 2016 intrusion into the DNC server, independent cyber investigators have concluded that an insider copied DNC data onto an external storage device. 
Key among the findings of the independent forensic investigations is the conclusion that the DNC data was copied onto a storage device at a speed that far exceeds an Internet capability for a remote hack. Of equal importance, the forensics show that the copying was performed on the East coast of the U.S. Thus far, mainstream media have ignored the findings of these independent studies [see here and here].
The following three articles are from Global Research, Selected Articles: Deep State Sours US-Russia Relations, Is Trump A Pawn?

From Scott Ritter: Indictment of 12 Russians Under the Shiny Wrapping, A Political Act:
Rosenstein, by the timing and content of the indictment he publicly released Friday, committed an act that undermined the president of the United States’ ability to conduct critical affairs of state—in this case, a summit with a foreign leader the outcome of which could impact global nuclear nonproliferation policy. The hue and cry among the president’s political foes for him to cancel the summit with Putin—or, failing that, to use the summit to confront the Russian leader with the indictment—is a direct result of Rosenstein’s decision to release the Mueller indictment when he did and how he did. Through its content, the indictment was designed to shape public opinion against Russia. 
This indictment, by any other name, is a political act, and should be treated as such by the American people and the media.
From Stephen Lendman, The Russian US Election Meddling Big Lie Won't Die
Not a shred of evidence suggests Russia meddled in America’s political process – nothing. 
Yet an earlier NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed most Americans believe the Russia did it Big Lie. A months earlier Gallup poll showed three-fourths of Americans view Vladimir Putin unfavorably. 
Americans are easy marks to be fooled. No matter how many times they were deceived before, they’re easily manipulated to believe most anything drummed into their minds by the power of repetitious propaganda – fed them through through the major media megaphone – in lockstep with the official falsified narrative. 
America’s dominant media serve as a propaganda platform for US imperial and monied interests – acting as agents of deception, betraying their readers and viewers time and again instead of informing them responsibly.
Philip Giraldi, The Establishment Strikes Back:
So the idea that the United States government identified twelve culprits who were responsible for trying to overthrow American democracy is by any measure ludicrous, if indeed there was a major plan to disrupt the election at all. The indictment is little more than a political document seeking to undermine any effort by Donald Trump to establish rapprochement with Vladimir Putin. It will also serve to give fuel to the Democrats, who are still at a loss to understand what happened to Hillary Clinton, and Republican hawks like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse who persist in seeking to refight the Cold War. As Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin said in their Helsinki press conference, the coming together of the leaders of the world’s two most powerful nuclear armed countries is too important an opportunity to let pass. Cold Warriors in Washington should take note.
Here is an excellent piece by Caitlin Johnstone, Russiagate is Like 9/11, Except It's Made of Pure Narrative:
This is what I’m talking about when I say that whoever controls the narrative controls the world. Whoever controls the stories that westerners are telling each other has the power to advance concrete agendas which reshape global geopolitics without any actual thing even happening. Simply by getting a few hand-picked intelligence agents to say something happened in a relatively confident way, you can get the entire media and political body advancing that narrative as unquestionable fact, and from there advance sanctions, new military operations, a far more aggressive Nuclear Posture Review, the casting out of diplomats, the arming of Ukraine, and ultimately shove Russia further and further off the world stage. 
As we discussed last time, the current administration has actually been far more aggressive against Russia than the previous administration was, and has worked against Russian interests to a far greater extent. If they wanted to, the international alliance of plutocrats and intelligence/defense agencies could just as easily use their near-total control of the narrative to advance the story that Trump is a dangerous Russia hawk who is imperiling the entire world by inflicting insane escalations against a nuclear superpower. They could elicit the exact same panicked emotional response that they are eliciting right now using the exact same media and the exact same factual situation. They wouldn’t have to change a single thing except where they place their emphasis in telling the story. The known facts would all remain exactly as they are; all that would have to change is the narrative.
I think that is probably enough.






Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Update on My Spiritual Journey

I have updated the sidebar with some new categories, links, etc. to reflect where I am in my spiritual journey at this point. Yes, atheist Presbyterian ministers have spiritual journeys. I have discovered that people really don't like it when I call myself an atheist. So I do it. I am making a point.

That point is the same point I have been making long before I started this blog. Name-calling and labels serve to repress and silence. We clump into groups and we put our trust in those who claim to be in our group. It is a natural survival instinct. No one wants to be isolated. No one wants to be dismissed. No one wants to be castigated.

Labels (atheist, progressive, alt-right, conspiracy theorist, holocaust denier, anti-semite, liberal, right-wing, fascist, anti-fascist, fake news) mean nothing. They describe nothing. They are useful for group-think. When we allow labels to direct us toward what to read and how to read it, what narratives to trust and to ignore, who our friends are, who our enemies are, we are sleep-walking. Sleep-walking is dangerous. Those authorities who have captured our allegiance, who are "well-respected" et al, can abuse that trust. They abuse the trust by putting in our heads notions that voices critical of them are bad, icky, disgusting, impure, evil, fake. Here are 17 ways to suppress truth.

David Martin wrote a poem that fits my situation now.

Could it be I've learned too much? 
If charged, I must confess. 
My views would be more popular 
If I knew much less.
I might vote for Democrats 
Or for the GOP 
And not have old acquaintances 
Almost run from me.

Education's big with them, 
And ignorance the foe, 
Except for those disturbing things 
That they don't want to know.

David Martin

David Martin along with Hugh Turley were on my KBOO show on Friday discussing the murder of Thomas Merton, anti-war hero.  David and Hugh will be the first to tell you that the Merton Establishment does not want to know this. They don't want you to know it, either.



On Sunday, I preached about John the Baptist (beheaded by Herod). Now the "official story" (Gospel of Mark) says it was because of a dancing girl, but the real reason is the same reason that martyrs have lost their heads throughout history. John was telling the truth and the truth would overthrow the powers that be. I spoke about Thomas Merton's martyrdom.  I concluded:
Catholic writer Joseph Sobran wrote:  
“In public controversies, most people are chiefly concerned to play it safe. Before they take any position, they ask themselves not “Is it true?” but “What will happen to me if I say this?” Quoted here.
Let us not be like most people. Jesus, who likely would have been called a conspiracy theorist today, said the opposite: 
“Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness.” 
Amen.
Truth and Goodness.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bearing Witness to Thomas Merton


After completing my interview Friday with Hugh Turley and David Martin about their book, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation, I saw this image on my Twitter feed.


Is this funny? 

In the world created by Hollywood in which murder by governmental spy agencies is romanticized, I suppose it is. The spies only kill the bad guys, right? Bad guys like President Trump? 

What is not funny is that in reality the spies kill the good guys, make it look like an accident, control the press, pass off lies as truth, and continue to kill to this day.

Thomas Merton was a good guy. A really good guy. A man of Spirit. A man of peace. A man of truth.

He was murdered on December 10th, 1968 and the murder was covered over to make it look like an accident. Lies and legends were created to promote the false narrative that Merton accidentally killed himself by touching an electric fan (or other appliance) while coming out of a shower. This story was invented years after the event.  It is a lie. The evidence as researched and presented by my guests on Friday expose this lie and others.  

Truth will win. One person awakens at a time. The awakening can be slow and tentative. But it happens. It happens when awakened people bear witness to truth.  People like Hugh Turley, David Martin, and Matthew Fox

As the 50th anniversary of the murder of one of the most significant spiritual leaders of the 20th century approaches, this truth needs to be heard. Those who suppress the truth are many and wily. But they are not all-powerful. 

I highly recommend their book. It is meticulous. For a summary you can read in a few minutes, read What We Know About Thomas Merton's Death.  

His death was not mysterious. It was murder.

Thomas Merton and the truth he expressed throughout his 53 years summon our courage to awaken and bear witness. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Progressive and Progressing Spirit


I wish to thank deeply David Felten for his kind columns about me on the website Progressing Spirit (not to be confused with Progressive Spirit, although confusing them will work to my advantage!)

Progressing Spirit is the name of the column that has inherited the great legacy of Bishop John Shelby Spong. He no longer writes his weekly piece and the column has been given to several authors, one being David Felten of Living the Questions and The Fountains UMC.


David visited with me in Portland a couple of months ago and he interviewed me for the column. We talked about honesty, truthfulness, being an atheist minister, and lots of other fun things. There is a modest subscription fee to access Progressing Spirit that allows all these great writers to share their insights.

In addition to David, also contributing are Matthew Fox, Fred Plumer, Eric Alexander, Gretta Vosper, Roger Wolsey, Lauren Van Ham, Kevin Thew Forrester, Cassandra Farrin, Joran Slane Oppelt, Toni Reynolds, Irene Monroe, Diana Butler Bass, Michael Dowd, Brian Mayer, Mark McHargue, Deshna Ubeda, and Mark Sandlin. Definitely worth it.

There is a great deal more to read about there than me! That said, the two posts David wrote about me are entitled:

A Conversation with John Shuck: Part 1 "On Being an Atheist in the Pulpit"

and

A Conversation with John Shuck: Part 2 "All Shuck. No Jive."

Thanks, David and my best wishes to the success of Progressing Spirit!




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kevin Barrett Update: May 8th PAC Meeting



The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) of KBOO met May 8th.

PAC member Herschel Soles requested on the agenda a discussion of the decision by management to cancel my interview with Kevin Barrett on my March 13th show. Herschel and I requested that Dr. Barrett be present at the PAC meeting via Skype to defend himself against charges of anti-semitism, etc., but this request was denied by station manager, Del Criscenzo.

At the meeting, Del presented a hard copy time-line of her viewpoint, called "KBOO Manager's Report about the Decision To Not Have Kevin Barrett as a Guest on KBOO." She posted this on KBOO's blog a few weeks later.

Here are the minutes of that meeting and the June meeting that I did not attend.

Here is the blog post by Del.

I also presented a hard copy of my version of events, previous blog posts, and screenshots of Twitter feeds.  The following is my time-line of events.




At the May PAC meeting I presented my hope for KBOO:



People have asked what I want. It is quite simple.

I want to do my show without having my guests censored, silenced, banned and defamed before they even get on the air. KBOO needs to be better than that.

I have a good show coming up Friday. I am going to interview Hugh Turley, co-author with David Martin of The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation.

Here is the promotion.

Tune in. Friday the 13th at 9 am Pacific.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Another Smear Campaign

The Rose City Antifa folks certainly are busy little beavers. Twice in two months they have lead smear campaigns against my radio show guests. They smeared Kevin Barrett first and then recently Gilad Atzmon. I actually did get Gilad on the radio. I had three guests on my show each of them committed to justice for the Palestinians [Beloved Community, May 11th 9 am].

Waddah Sofan was my first guest. He was paralyzed by the IDF when he was 17 in Nablus. His crime? Protesting. Maybe he deserved it. He was throwing rocks. A bullet in the spine stopped those shenanigans. He told me that Israeli soldiers purposely paralyzed youth. He was also thrown in an Israeli jail for protesting when he was 16. He was beaten in prison. Well, he must have had it coming. I mean you can cause a nasty bruise with a rock, maybe even put an eye out. Why was he protesting anyway? Just because his father's family was evicted from their homes by the newly forming Jewish state in 1948 and that Palestinians have been literally losing ground ever since? Doesn't he know that Israel is a Jewish state?

Dick Toll is an Episcopal priest who has been to Palestine about 30 times. He is the board chair of Friends of Sabeel North America. Rev. Toll takes people to Palestine so they can see with their own eyes what is happening on the ground in Palestine. His hope is that maybe U.S. churches would demand justice.

Sabeel,
"is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions."
Rev. Toll is friends with Rev. Naim Ateek. They went to seminary together. Rev. Ateek founded Sabeel (Arabic for "way" or "channel" or "stream").  Rev. Ateek is an Anglican priest who organized Sabeel in Jerusalem and Nazareth "to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation, and reconciliation." His latest book is called A Palestinian Theology of Liberation. Zionists call him an anti-Semite.


Gilad Atzmon? He grew up in Palestine, served in the IDF. He wasn't that good of a soldier, he admits. He'd rather play his saxophone. He moved to the U.K. As an ex-Jew he knows the Jewish state from the inside and writes a few thoughts about it. He asks questions such as what is the Jewish state? What is Israel? What is Zionism? How are they intertwined? His books include The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics and Being In Time: A Post-Political Manifesto.

You know what? He could be wrong. Maybe his facts aren't up to date. Maybe his theories are easily refuted. Then do it. Refute him. Send him an e-mail. Bring your champion for a good honest debate with Atzmon on my show. A good, honest, debate was something we used to do before 9/11 traumatized America into self-censorship. Now the "well-respected leaders" as I have been told I should regard them, ban, censor, disavow and call people nasty names as if doing so is virtuous.

I hope this episode will be shared and heard widely.
It is a moral imperative to allow those who are attacked to defend themselves.   
It seems that for Rose City Antifa, what was really important on May 15th was that someone somewhere might be an anti-Semite. At the very moment that RCA was trying to prevent any word from getting out of Gilad Atzmon's mouth, Israel, the Jewish state, was murdering and crippling Gazans.


The name-calling, banning, censoring, and bullying is connected to the violent oppression.














Sunday, May 20, 2018

Qur'an-Minded

As I write this the sun has risen at my house and I begin day four of fasting for Ramadan. I am fasting one day at a time. Last night I broke the fast at the Muslim Educational Trust. A new friend, Waddah Sofan (who I interviewed last week about the Nakba), invited me to a lecture and Iftar.

The lecture was given by Sheikh Hassan Lechhab who is the President and co-founder of Tayseer Seminary in (wait for it), Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville consistently is voted one of the most "Bible-Minded Cities" in the country year after year by Barna Group. It was number nine in 2017. My friends in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol) will be happy to know they beat out Knoxville this year. Chattanooga is the most Bible-Minded once again.


Dr. Lechab is connected with the Muslim Community of Knoxville. Maybe one day, Barna will discover that Knoxville in addition to being Bible-Minded is also Qur'an-Minded. Why not? Personally, I think it is a virtue to be "minded" about a lot of things.  My new favorite quote is from Aristotle, 
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
You never know what you might accept as reflection, study, and experience shapes new thoughts and ideas. First, however, is to allow your mind to entertain--that is give space to--a new thought. Sheikh Hassan spoke about verity. Truthfulness. Truthfulness of speech, of character, and of will. Speak the truth is the first order, that is not telling falsehoods. Deeper than that is to be truthful in character, that is have your ethics match your truthful speech which I thought similar to my other favorite phrase of late, truth is in order to goodness. Then verity or truthfulness of will is the highest, that has to do focusing one's life on the truth of Allah or God, which I think of as being humble so that we never allow smaller truths to become our god to the extent that they shut out Truth that is larger and more beautiful. 

Yep, that is me the Christian Atheist pondering the Truth of Allah. You never know where the wind might blow you, my friends.