4. Thanksgiving day November 22.
My beautiful Byron,
Gosh and golly. After making such a fuss about never missing one day of getting letters in the post to you no matter where I was, I came within a whisker of missing today’s ‘Letter to Byron‘.
It’s Thanksgiving today in the USA. And I agreed to make some stuff for the meal. Fifteen of us. Eating and drinking far too much. And making short speeches about gratitude. You know, Hugo even phoned me to say ‘I am so grateful that you are in my life.” And he asked after you, as he always does.
Thanksgiving is a lovely American tradition that falls on this day every year where White Americans celebrate all they are grateful for. I like to think it is a festival of gratitude and turn a blind eye to those historians who say it celebrates the genocide of the Indians whose lives-cut-short made it possible for White-mans Slave built prosperity to follow. I thought about my own gratitude, as many do on this day, and decided I have very much to be grateful for. Top of that list, being dad to two such cool sons.
Mason was there – he is getting pretty old now. 17 already. He is currently number one in the tennis league at his school. You wouldn’t recognize him from when you were friends. That was 4 years ago. Hard to believe how he has shot up since then.
June 2014 was your last visit with me in my home. Mason still asks after you. Even though you know the Amlot/Adler/O’Leary decision to prevent you visiting your home here has been effective to this day.
How we all had hoped the December visit had been allowed to go ahead. We would have been counting down days today. Not looking at that empty space where another visit has been blocked by the family law pen of Amlot/Adler and O’Leary.
This year I had an unusual thing happen, that appeared at first glance as bad. But is really a good thing. And it came up today, in the course of thanksgiving.
I sell my books and words on Amazon. Who sell my books and music around the world. It is very cool. I sell stuff in places like Finland and Iceland and it means I have an international audience thanks to Amazon where you can just push order – and stuff gets sold and paid for and delivered. Well – out of the blue I got this notice from Amazon, telling me that they could not sell my books in any Emirate Country – where they have Muslim leaders – ‘Emirates’ run by Emirs, where they have Sharia Law.
What is Sharia Law?
That is a legal system a bit like Family law, which you already know a lot about. Sharia law is probably worse though. Its a so called legal
system that lets silly bearded-billy’s called Mullahs say they hear voices telling them what to do, even when that includes being awfully nasty. Especially to girls. It lets people who say they hear these voices in their head do more-or-less whatever they want. That includes throwing stones at girls who don’t agree with them on everything.
Is it ever OK to throw stones at girls?
I don’t think so.
It allows them to do whatever they want to support their super-rich overlords. By crushing the opportunities for the poor to uplift themselves from their prison of poverty and the awful miring all-consuming ignorance that keeps them ankle deep in a life of poo.
Its a system that I don’t agree with for very good reason. And part of my gratitude on Thanksgiving day is that I am able to speak up for the victims of this horribleness because they themselves can’t.
Why can’t they speak for themselves?
If they do they end up getting captured by the Sharia Law goons who are allowed to do whatever they want. Even if what they choose to do is sub human behavior by the standards we live by.
Imagine then how happy I was to hear that I was banned by the Muslim Middle East. The Emirates and Saudi Arabia and for what its worth, Yemen.
It showed me that someone in these countries (The Muslim Middle East) – regions controlled by a small elite group who use this ‘Sharia Law’ to keep the poor people there living in the most dreadful conditions so that the small group of rich leaders can be even more rich and live like Sheikh’s with more money than you can count, is reading what I have to say; which I say because they cannot say it for themselves. Which I do because I am raised Greek, and taught to value kindness above all else. Unkind people should not be allowed to carry on regardless. At least a few words to note thier conduct is appropriate for all of us?
So, if I can at least write about the victims of this awful hate crime called Sharia Law, I feel I am doing right by my Greek ancestors, who also spoke out against injustice.
On this day of expressing gratitude across the nation and across generations since the start of nation, am grateful that I am free to speak freely. That is one thing about America that I love and that I hope will still be around when you grow up and spend time in America with me. They have a legal system here that is very different to the Emirates. It is based on a constitution where they respect the rules some smart guys wrote about when they were called ‘founding fathers’ and my favorite bit is where we all have the right to freedom of speech. It enables us to speak out against injustice and oppression. To give a voice to the voiceless. And not just sit back and do nothing when you know some awful stuff is going on. Especially when there are young children
being affected by awful legal systems that abuse children awfully. Someone has to speak out about that. Right?
There would be very little point in having the freedom to speak and then remaining silent against those who seek to end freedoms like free speech.
My Thanksgiving message is a bit long, but it is about this subject.
How grateful I am that I am able to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Especially in light of what I am going through with you. I am all too aware of the consequences arising from a flawed legal system.
The harm that judgments made by people who do not have the wisdom or capacity to apply fair and just solution based remedy to the disputes that bring the matter to court. And our awareness that without accountability, these legal people who abuse children behind the cloak of their legal title, will keep on doing it. In Sharia law as in Family law. The answer begins with accountability
Who knows, eventually, years from now, in the post-accountability era, people will look back on Sharia Law and Family law and wonder how humanity allowed things to get so very bad for the victims of both.
It’s late now, so I am off to sleep. Full tummy.
Miss you, love you,