Islam Condemns All Acts of Terror and Violence, and So It Does With The Boston Attack

3 06 2015

by Adnan Oktar

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The horrible terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon in the USA is condemned by all true Muslims. We must first state that Islam prohibits all violence and assaults. The Qur’an, the essential reference point of Islam, contains several statements on the subject.

This terrorist act, in which three people lost their lives and hundreds were injured, was a savage act of misguided foolishness designed to set the Western and Islamic worlds against one another. Such ruthless acts have been used many times in different countries to try and give the West the impression that Islam is a faith that regards violence and terror as legitimate. The September 11 attacks, again carried out in the USA, were certainly the worst of these assaults. Immediately after those attacks, numerous people – including certain politicians and religious figures – issued statements saying that Islam is a religion that supports terror; some even encouraged a religious war against the Muslim world. So it is safe to say that those acts were to some extent successful. Today we are again hearing statements from various bigots, extremists and some media organizations in the USA encouraging violence against Muslims and their isolation from society. We hope that the American people will be on their guard against such incitement and will recognize them as crude acts of provocation and demagoguery.

The Qur’an contains many passages encouraging love and affection. The following words from verse 159 of Surah Al ‘Imran, “…It is a mercy from God that you were gentle with them…” makes it abundantly clear that Islam is based on treating people with kindness.

Whoever claims to be a Muslim and says that the faith advocates acts of terror or violence is either an agent provocateur claiming to be a Muslim, or someone who is wholly ignorant of the faith. Someone who says such things out of ignorance will mend his ways if told what the Qur’an truly says. People can only be properly informed about Islam if no credence is attached to provocation. If everyone knows that Islam views violence and hatred as unacceptable there will be no more issues for provocateurs or extremists to rage about.

There are people trying to incite hostility toward Islam in the Christian and Jewish world, and there are also people trying to incite hostility toward Christianity and Judaism in the Islamic world. These people are bigoted fanatics who issue provocative statements based not on the Qur’an, but on hadiths they fabricate themselves. This is a very serious and a very real problem in the Islamic world, and we cannot simply dismiss it. All true Muslims are deeply uneasy at such people being regarded as members of the Islamic world and representatives of the faith because these people have nothing to do with the values espoused by Islam. They have deprived themselves of fine feelings such as love, affection and compassion. They are filled with hatred and rage, not only for members of other faiths, but also for most Muslims from different sects. They may hate someone they have never met solely because he belongs to a different group. This is a perverse and unacceptable perspective for Muslims.

Causing members of different faiths and/or ethnicities to fall out and inciting conflict among them has been a technique successfully employed by those wishing to spread war throughout the course of history. Yet this world is wide and fertile enough for everyone to live in happiness and peace and well-being. There is no real reason for conflict or resorting to violence. All the supposed reasons for war and conflict are hollow ruses.

It is much, much easier to live in peace and love than in conflict and war. For example, it is unacceptable for either Palestinians or Israelis to have to live behind walls in fear of bombs, rockets and other weapons. This plight of these two peoples, one descended from the Prophet Ishmael and the other from the Prophet Jacob (peace be upon them both), is a disgrace on all mankind.

Our hope is that people with radical views will ultimately fade away within the moderate, loving and respectful views held by rational people – historically, radical movements inevitably burn out or destroy themselves – but for that to happen it is absolutely essential for sensible people in the Islamic, Christian and Judaic worlds to act as one in a spirit of solidarity. An alliance of good people is essential. Otherwise, neither terror nor acts of violence can ever be entirely overcome.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Bigots Disrespect Women by Saying that They Inhibit a Faithful Life

29 05 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

Almighty God places great importance in the protection and loving of women. In the Holy Quran, He compares them to flowers and commands everyone to prioritize, respect, protect and love women. He makes it very clear that genders are equal and any discrimination will not be accepted.

However, as in every other aspect of life, bigots attempted to discredit women with respect to a faithful life and claimed through fabricated hadiths that women could inhibit one’s practice of religion.

Were there no women, God would be worshiped properly. (Suyuti, Sahih Bukhari, Ibn-i Adiyy, Abu Khatim, Ibn-i Jawzi, Muhammed Nasuriddin and Ibn-i Hibban all accept this hadith.) (Silsilat al-Ahadisuzzaif: 74, Tenzihusharia: 1/62, Al-Leali: 2/59)

Were it not for women, all men would go to paradise. (Ibn-i Arrak and As-Saqafi do not accept the hadith. [Jamiussaghir: 2/113])

Let us first of all recall one very important point; the misogynistic mindset described in the false hadiths appears absolutely nowhere in the Qur’an.

Moving on to the content of the fabricated hadiths above, it is not women or other blessings of this world that prevent people who are weak in, or devoid of faith, from living by religious moral values, but their own weakness of conscience, mind and will. God has created this world as a test. In the same way that people are tested throughout their lives with troubles, difficulties, diseases and weaknesses, so they are also tested by blessings and good things. Women are one of the blessings and jewels of this world. Like every blessing, however, how that blessing is evaluated depends on the moral values of the person possessing that blessing. God reveals in the Qur’an that the blessings of this world are created as a test:

To mankind the love of worldly appetites is painted in glowing colors: women and children, and heaped-up mounds of gold and silver, and horses with fine markings, and livestock and fertile farmland. All that is merely the enjoyment of the life of this world.The best homecoming is in the Presence of God. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 14)

Like women, children, gold, silver, splendid animals, farmland and wealth are all blessings of this world and provided for people to enjoy. However, a person who has faith will also be aware that all these blessings really belong to God, that all the blessings found in this world are transitory, and that the most and finest forms of all blessings are to be found in paradise. None of these blessings therefore turn such people away from God or prevent them striving on His path. If a person falls into heedlessness on account of any of these blessings and no longer seeks God’s approval in all things, then this is something stemming from his own weakness of faith; it is not the fault of the blessings, but of the person himself. It is therefore the person himself who will have to face the consequences, so long as he does not correct himself. It will do no good to a person trying to blame someone else in the hereafter.

Therefore, a man who seeks to hold women responsible, on the basis of these false hadiths, for all his own errors, sins and evil deeds, is merely deceiving himself. According to the Qur’an, faith means that a person must serve God properly, no matter what the conditions or circumstances. Nobody will be able to use the idea that, “I was unable to worship properly because of women” as an excuse in the hereafter. As we are told in a verse, “… man will be clear proof against himself in spite of any excuses he might offer” (Surat al-Qiyama, 14-15)

In other words, no matter what excuses a person may come up with, he is still perfectly aware of the truth. Some people who blame women for their own lapses on the basis of these false hadiths are of course perfectly well aware that they are being hypocritical and making up the whole idea up. Ignoring the fact in this world will change nothing in the Presence of God, where “… Every self will be paid in full for what it earned. They will not be wronged.” (Surah Al ’Imran, 25)

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


All the Conditions of Democracy Can Only Be Met When People Live by Islamic Moral Values

24 05 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

1- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Almighty God commands social justice and sharing

Social justice is one of the basic principles of democracy. People learned social justice from the Prophet Noah (pbuh) and the Prophet Abraham (pbuh). According to religious sources, when the Ark came to dry land after the flood, the Prophet Noah boiled together the small quantities of remaining chickpeas, lentils, raisins, figs, wheat and the like to make a kind of sweet broth. Everyone on the Ark then ate it together. That is social justice, because by this example Prophet Noah teaches everyone equality, solidarity and generosity and the importance of distributing food to all.

As revealed in the Qur’an, in verse 69 of Surah Hud, “Our messengers brought the good news to Abraham. They said, ‘Peace!’ and he too said, ‘Peace!’ and brought in a roasted calf without delay” the Prophet Abraham immediately killed a calf when guests arrived and had it prepared for them to eat. Almighty God notes that by offering food to people whom he had never met, the Prophet Abraham was behaving in the best way, and wisely stresses the importance of feeding the poor and of social justice.

2- EQUALITY: Almighty God reveals in the Qur’an that no race is superior to any other

As Almighty God reveals in one verse of the Qur’an, superiority lies in piety alone. In this verse God tells us:

Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest among you in God’s Sight is the one with the most piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Qur’an, 49:13)

Our Prophet (pbuh) expresses this truth commanded by God as follows in the hadiths:

“You are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust. Let the people cease to boast about their ancestors.”(Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 41, Number 5097)

“These genealogies of yours are not a reason to revile anyone. You are all children of Adam. No one has any superiority over another except in religion and taqwa (faithfulness).” (Ahmad, 158/4)

During his final sermon, the Prophet (pbuh) called on Muslims in these terms:

“There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab; nor for white over the black nor for the black over the white except in piety. Verily the noblest among you is he who is the most pious.” (The Prophet Muhammad’s Last Sermon; http://www.stanford.edu/ ~jamila/Sermon.html)

3- JUSTICE: Almighty God commands justice

God issues this commandment to believers in the Qur’an: “…You who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for God alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, God is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, God is aware of what you do.” (Qur’an, 4:135)

The commands that our Prophet (pbuh) issued among Muslims and his just and affectionate attitude toward people of different religions, languages, races and tribes, as well as the way he treated everyone equally, making no distinction between rich and poor as God revealed in the Qur’an, represents an excellent example of the conception of democracy.

In one verse, God tells our Prophet (pbuh):

They are people who listen to lies and consume ill-gotten gains. If they come to you, you can either judge between them or turn away from them. If you turn away from them, they cannot harm you in any way. But if you do judge, judge between them justly. God loves the just. (Qur’an, 5:42)

Our Prophet (pbuh) adhered to God’s commandment, even among difficult people, and never made any concessions on justice. As revealed, he always said, “My Lord has commanded justice…” (Qur’an, 8:29), thus serving as a role model for all times.

Democracy Will Come About When People Are Living by the Moral Values Commanded by God

As we have seen, in the essence of Islam, there is intellectual freedom, freedom of faith and expression. Some people assume that democracy entered the history of humanity with the ancient Greeks. However, it is God Who teaches democracy to people. From the time of the Prophet Adam (pbuh), all prophets have been the genuine representatives of intellectual freedom and respect to views. The essence of all the primary concepts – freedom of justice, not putting any pressure upon anyone, treating everyone as a first class citizens, respecting and trusting people, not judging anyone due to his views- which are associated with democracy are present in the morality of religion. Throughout history, people have learned these concepts from the righteous religions revealed by God and witnessed its most beautiful examples during the times when people lived by the righteous religions.

When we look at the times when people were oppressed due to their opinions and their different ideologies, members of various religions were humiliated, while the arts, science and architecture died out; times when people lost their joy in living and almost turned into robots, or when book burnings, murders, massacres, genocides became widespread, we see the influence of irreligious, atheist ideologies or those who misinterpreted religious morality with a radical mindset by distancing it from its essence.

Once God’s righteous religion is lived in the form it is commanded by God, the true justice, democracy, respect and love, that people have been longing for, can be experienced. Very soon, democracy, brotherhood, love, friendship and peace will, by God’s leave, dominate the world and people will experience the joy, bliss and abundance of faith as much as they can. As one can clearly see from the signs of the verses, hadiths of our Prophet (pbuh) and words of great Islamic scholars, the time in which we live is the End Times. The difficult and troublesome days of the End Times will, in this century, come to end, and the world will enter a brand new, bright era. Communicating the Oneness and Unity of God in the most beautiful and wise manner, and introducing people to Islam as described in the Qur’an and lived in Age of Felicity lays a very important foundation for the bright days that we will attain in the near future. Our wish is that God will also render this article instrumental in attaining the beauties in question. We sincerely hope that the days when we see “people entering God’s religion in droves” come at once. God reveals these glad tidings as follows in the Qur’an:

When God’s help and victory have arrived and you have seen people entering God’s religion in droves, then glorify your Lord’s praise and ask His forgiveness. He is the Ever-Returning. (Qur’an, 110:1-3)

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Matza Balls, Chopped Liver; Not Homous and Falafel

19 05 2015

The “Olive Harvest” season ( October/November) in Occupied Palestine is the time when armed Jewish settlers and thugs come out of their rat holes and sewers, muster the courage under the protections of the infamous Israeli Army, energized with substantial cash infusion from their Jewish Zionist American sponsors, go on rampage burning and uprooting century old olive trees, shooting and harassing Palestinian villagers as they go about their annual ritual of “hassad al-zietoun”.

Of course most if not all of these criminal Jewish thugs do not work for a living, generously funded by rich Jewish American philanthropists who make their money fleecing poor Americans, Bingo games, gambling, pimping and generously funded by tax exempted American Jewish organizations.

It seems there is nothing wrong with funding these Jewish terrorists and thugs, but it is a major crime to fund Muslim charities that support schools, orphanages and hospitals. It is well known fact that American Jewish philanthropists and tax exempted organizations are the life line for these criminal thugs, running racketeering organizations engaged in murder, theft, fraud, land and property theft.

Because of these annual “Jewish Krystal Nights” committed by Jewish thugs, I decided to do some research on the issue of olives and of course “Jewish Cuisines”.

I knew from my days in New York City in the late 70’s that Humous and Falafel became an “Israeli” dishes very popular around Mid-town, around NYU and of course Downtown. The same is true in Paris Jewish Quarter “ le Marais” where most of the small restaurants serve humous, falafel and tabbule are “Jewish”.

I guess there is nothing wrong with the “Jews” adapting to the culture and tradition of the countries they lived in. However to claim humous, falafel, tabblue, baba ghanoug and kunafeh, as an authentic Israeli and Jewish dishes is little too much to accept when majority of Israelis are silent as these settlers torch thousands of olive trees every year.

New York City, with the largest Jewish population in the world has some of the best delicatessens around, with great offerings and great variety of sandwiches one can ask for. When I worked Downtown, I always made sure that I eat lunch at least twice a week at some of the Jewish delicatessens around Wall Street, always asked for extra crisp kosher cucumber pickle with my order of corn beef on rye, or pastrami sandwich of course on rye.

Falafel, humous and baba ganoug were not main dishes of New York City Jewish delicatessen at the time. They were offered on street carts. Now almost all Jewish delicatessen offers these “Arab” dishes as Israeli dishes.

Most of the “Jewish” and Israeli cuisines are influenced by the different Jewish communities, such as the “Ashkenazi” of East and Central Europe; the “Sephardic” with origins in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Balkans; the “Mizrahi” of North Africa to include Morocco, Tunisia and referred to as “Judeo-Arabs” of Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, with each community having its own distinctive dishes, with the famous “chicken soup” being most common among these groups, but humous, falafel, tabbule and baba ghanoug are not one of them.

When we eat a nice hot bagel and lox we celebrate Jewish cuisine. When we eat chopped liver we celebrate Jewish cuisine, when we eat matzo balls, we celebrate Jewish cuisine, when we have a cold and we eat chicken soup, we celebrate Jewish cuisine. But we do not celebrate Jewish let alone Israeli cuisine when we eat falafel, tabbule, or humous with pure cold pressed virgin olive oil (that escaped the murderous hand of Jewish thugs and criminal trespassers). When we eat and enjoy hot falafel sandwich with “taratour” made up of chopped tomato, chopped onion, chopped parsley, chopped garlic mixed with lemon and tahine we celebrate an Arab dish, but not an Israeli let alone a Jewish dish.

Of course Jewish communities from the Arab world not only shared with us the cuisine but they excelled at it as well, with famous Jewish “couscous of Fez” or the “kusa mahshi” of Aleppo.

However for the most part “Jewish” cuisines is full of East European dishes with meat and potato, pickled herrings, lokshen (noodles) challah, chmura matzo, matzah brei (fried crumbled matzo with grated onion) and latkes (potato pancake), matzo balls as main dishes.

Nowhere did I see humous, falafel, tabbule, baba ghanoug, kusa mahshi, or “salatet fellaheen” as main dish in the many Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah and Purim. Most dishes for these holidays are Ashkenazi dishes but not Middle East dishes. Recently Kunafeh Nabulsia did not escape the Israeli appetite for taking over every thing Palestinians. Kunafeh is not a Russian or Polish Jewish dish. It is pure Palestinian dish well known in Nablus. Soon the Palestinian checkered black and white “Kafia” will be marketed around the world as Israeli Kafia.

I had the pleasure to eat first class Middle East cuisine with humous, tabbule, falafel, and baba ghanoug as “mezze” or appetizers before main dishes of “mashwi”, kusa mahshi, rice pilaf with pine nuts, in the homes of my Israeli Jewish friends Yigal and Yoav. I also enjoyed some of the best falafel sandwich and humous in gas stations outside Tel-Aviv in the company of my good friend Avi. However nothing beat the falafel, humous of Abdu at Manara Square in Ramallah.

Of course the best city to offer such a wide variety of food especially Middle East fast food is Riyadh, with thousands of restaurants offering the best there is. Yes, when it comes to food and service, the Lebanese are the best at in terms of service, presentation, and quality of food and hospitality.

The worst perhaps are the Moroccans where service in restaurants is shameful and fall far short of the mark, and does not give a country such as Morocco with great and exciting cuisine the service to match the variety and taste of the Moroccan cuisine and fail the test of hospitality Moroccans are known for.

I always suggested that Lebanon should open a food service hospitality courses and clinics in Morocco to teach graduates of hospitality schools in Morocco the art and refinement of food service hospitality. Of course the Jews of New York especially those working in Jewish delicatessen, well known for being too brash, but then the food is good.

I wish we had more to share than just humous, falafel and baba ghanoug. I wish we can share a life, hopes and dreams, a country together; perhaps we can share water, perhaps the same roads, where we can look forward to the olive harvests as a time of celebration not time of fear, without these criminal and misfits from the American Jewish ghettos of Brooklyn descending on Palestinian villages and towns uprooting and burning olive trees. Enjoy.


Sane Approach Must to Resolve Cyprus Issue

15 05 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

The Cyprus issue is an internal matter of Turkey. Turkey has always seen the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as another city of Anatolia, as an inseparable part of the country. An entire generation grew up hearing about the Cyprus issue, fought for Cyprus, fell as martyrs in Cyprus, held rallies in Istanbul for it and raised voice for it wherever they could. Cyprus is probably the only issue on which all the previous Turkish governments have agreed. No one has ever considered compromising on the Cyprus issue and no one would even think of such a possibility.

Since it is a matter of such a national importance, the words of the new President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus about Turkey caused outrage among the Turkish people. Mustafa Akıncı said that the relationship with Turkey shouldn’t be one of a mother and child, but rather like a relationship between siblings. He wants to act as independently as possible from Turkey and hopes that in this way, he will be able to make peace with Greek Cyprus. Although the harshest reply came from President Erdogan, other Turkish political leaders were also outraged.

At this point, it is important to look at the issue from two perspectives: From Turkey’s point of view, and Northern Cyprus’ point of view.

From Turkey’s point of view; Cyprus has been a national matter, for which many Turkish people laid down their lives. Giving up on it has always been considered defeat and Turkey has never hesitated to stand up for and defend the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and has always offered her unconditional financial and moral support. Although the EU has used the Cyprus issue as leverage against it for the past 50 years, Turkey never bowed down. For us Turks, Cyprus is a part of Turkey. Therefore, the independence of the Turkish people there is a crucial matter that concerns all the citizens of Turkey. For this reason, Turkey was incensed at the words and attitude of Akıncı. Devlet Bahçeli, the opposition party leader, in Turkey also weighed in on the matter with the following important remarks: “For those who don’t care about the difficulties that were embraced for existence, that are unaware of the prices paid, the future is pitch dark.” Being conscious of this price doesn’t amount to being a supporter of the status quo, it means being loyal.

From Northern Cyprus’s point of view, it is essential to see the good intentions behind some of the requests. Akıncı is the president of a country. He has been elected as a result of his promises to fulfill the requests of his people in an independent manner. He made concrete promises such as reopening Maras under UN supervision, which has been closed since 1974 and using the port of Magusa and Ercan airport for direct commercial and non-commercial flights and he has shown enthusiasm in starting trade with the Greek side, which is currently suffering from a financial crisis. If there are two states on one island, it is the most natural thing for them to share their resources and have trade relations. The Greek side welcomed this approach with the following words of President Nikos Anastasiades, “Finally we are once again hopeful that our country can unite”.

It is understandable that the Cypriots do not want to support the status quo, as peace cannot be achieved with the policies that have been implemented thus far. However, there are two errors in that thinking: Rejecting the status quo doesn’t equal denying the guarantor status of Turkey. It is possible to develop new policies together with Turkey. The second mistake is forgetting that the Greek side has always impeded peace. Even the financial crisis in the Greek side of the island couldn’t convince the Greeks to make peace and ultimatums by the Church always kept the Greeks away from the Turks.

In the meantime, it has to be kept in mind that Turkey is a guarantor country in the negotiations regarding Cyprus, just like Greece is. This guarantor power was certified with the London and Zurich agreements, which were approved by UN and are the strongest treaties allowed by international laws. According to these agreements, a guarantor power is not something that can be changed on the spot anytime a country wishes. Therefore, the attempt of the new Greece administration to revoke their guarantor status, calling it a “an old era model” doesn’t look credible, and it most likely arises from their very real financial concerns. Greece may not want to spend any further money on Cyprus or send troops there, but officially they are still guarantors. Therefore, both Turkey and Greece will always be a part of the picture in the Cyprus issue.

Independence has always been one of the most important things for Turks during their thousands of years of history. And independence for the Turkish Cypriots, who have been under our rule for 307 years, is also a non-negotiable matter for us. Compromising on the bi-communal, two-part state model that Turkey has been suggesting since the beginning will mark the beginning of the formation of a state that will be ruled by Greeks; this is the biggest danger. Some people might recklessly defend the idea of accepting Greek rule instead of independence just to be able to benefit from some EU facilities. However, if that is the condition for “peace” on the island, Turkey will reject that with all its might using its “guarantor” power, as this is what has to be done. However, Turkey will continue to do everything possible to build a state recognized by the two communities on the island, just as it has been working to achieve so far. We believe that the new president will make very good steps toward peace and we support his personal decisions and wish him success. However, we also have to remind him that such steps are strong and intense steps and as he makes those steps, Turkey’s presence is vital in every way.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


The “American Knesset”; Their Money, Our Votes

10 05 2015

When I first began to use the term “American Knesset” I did that knowing well, when it comes to Israel, there is much more freedom, more robust, more challenging and engaging debate in the Israeli Knesset, than here at our own “American Knesset”.

While in Israel Benjamin Netanyahu receives shouts and insults, he receives standing ovation over and over every time he appears in Congress. That should tell us something about the “instilled fear and intimidation” AIPAC and Pro-Israeli groups as they exercise unchecked power and influence. Simply put members of Congress are “afraid to death” so is every one in media or academia.

This should remind us of the shocking if not troubling statement of the former head of AIPAC when he told a reporter that he can present a “napkin” and get 80 US senator to sign off on it. I doubt if any one in Israel can say that about members of Israeli Knesset willing to sign off on a paper napkin.

The power and influence of AIPAC over Congress has put America’s security and interests at grave risks, with human, financial and political consequences that will take years to repair, mend and for sure will never bring back the lives of all those who died for “Israel’s War”.

Since the costs of getting elected to a national office are getting higher and higher, with the average costs per Senate seat is $10.7 (NY Post), and $ 1,689,580 for House members (Maplight) with members of congress need to raise $ 2,315 per day. It cost Senator Elizabeth Warren over $52 millions win her senate seat.

Though AIPAC does not contribute directly to the financial campaigns of political candidates, its associates do and they contribute tens and hundreds of millions each election cycle. However with an average of $5 billions or more voted for Israel each year, the return on investment is at least 1000% if not more. No American citizen group, or state can match that.

However AIPAC or its affiliates are not the only major contributors to members of congress. It is all about money, and money is not for free, it buys influence and any one who tells you otherwise is either stupid or a liar.

With each election cycle costing billions, it became necessary for corporations, organizations and special interests groups to contribute. Citizen groups no matter how organized they are could never match corporate or special interests contribution.

The costs of national elections keep going higher and higher from $1.69 billion in 1998 to $ 3,66 billion in 2008 to a staggering $6.2 billion in 2012. With Citizens United it is expected to go even higher and higher.

We need to keep in mind that AIPAC, while a major player in the election campaigns, other organizations, associations and rich individuals play key role in congressional and presidential elections.

These are some contribution figures for selected groups and organizations:

– Service Employees International Unions $ 222 .3 millions
– National Education Associations: $92.6 millions
– American Federations of Teachers: $ 69.5 millions
– Las Vegas Sands: $69.4 millions
– Carpenter Union: $ 69.4 millions
– Goldman Sach: $51.8 million.
– Soros Fund Management: $ 45 .7 millions
– Kotch Industries: $28.2 millions

However we also need to keep in mind that in additions to these organizations, rich individuals also contribute generously to elections and to SuperPac advancing and promoting their own social and ideological agenda.

Leading the pack, the Kotch Brothers contributing $290 millions in 2014, with Tom Snyder contributing $74 millions and the Israeli First, Sheldon Edelson contributing $93 millions even going further having his own Republican/Israeli primaries.

Contrary to what we all believe, the American Congress was never a place for a “ citizens” from Main Street but was always an elite place with the rich and powerful always well represented.

In the early days of the Republic, 1787 delegates (not just members of Congress) were considered wealthy with strong educational background as politicians, jurists, statesmen, soldiers and diplomats.

Though “term limits” was discussed it was never adopted formally, with Thomas Jefferson leaving it to “voluntary” rotations. While term limits will never be decided by the Supreme Court, it is always decided at the voting booth. The “seniority” system also does not help advance “term limits” since only senior members of Congress have all the influence over committees and budgets. Hence the high return of incumbent members of Congress.

Our Congress is becoming rich and richer with millionaires counting for over 50% of members of Congress. It is really the “Rich Man Club” deciding benefits for the rich such as the passing of $ 858 billion tax break for the rich during the lame duck session of 2010.

With the composition of Congress, you know damn well the poor and Main Street is “poorly represented with hardly any voice and we can see that every day.

Both Democrats and Republicans consistently failing to truly represent Main Street, we must not feel helpless. We can and we shall make a difference at the polling booth.

The need for a Third Party is more urgent that ever, not a Tea or Coffee parties but well organized party with paying members in the tens of millions with a mission to elect only its own members to Congress “ Main Street” one seat at a time.

For more specific amounts of contributions to members of Senate and House please visit this link. See how much your senator or congressman/woman collected. Keep in mind that tens of billions in aid and arms are voted on with debate and only voice and no one dare to be absent that day.

http://maplight.org/us-congress/interest/J5100/view/all%22


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