Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: NOT The Cowboy Way

In Texas of all places!

It is said that prayers from a variety of faith-based communities are offered at the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo at the Fort Worth Stock Show which continues through February 7th at Will Rogers Coliseum.

As with other Rodeos, giving thanks to God at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a custom, a tradition, the Cowboy Way.  For the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, it has become more "diverse" this year as officials have created a firestorm of criticism over prayers being offered there by a Muslim Iman.

Yes, for some unknown reason, the folks in charge of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo wanted to include a Muslim Imam to open the Rodeo.

Are there any Muslim Cowboys? No, probably not. Were there Muslims in attendance there? Probably not. If so, were there so many that Muslims needed to be represented at a largely Christian gathering? No.

But that's what took place?

For some reason, the management at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has taken it upon themselves to shove diversity down the throats of their guests. For some reason, this year, the management there decided that the largely Christian attendance should be force fed a dose of Political Correctness in the form of having an Muslim Iman do their opening prayer.

What sort of prayers do Muslims give if not Muslim? They don't because it is against their religion to pray in any other religion that does not praise Allah! 

And while the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo management assures the public that the Muslim Iman did not give a Islamic Prayer praising Allah -- one has to ask the very naive Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo management the question, what other sort of prayers do Muslims give if not Muslim to Allah?

Praise to Allah is not the Cowboy Way, and has become a burr under the traditional saddle of those attending.

Like it or not, Islam is a religion that condones the mutilation of women, sexual assaults of children, child brides, honor killings, the killing of Christians and Jews, and has stated their desire to have Sharia Law in America.

While the Fort Worth Stock Show would never allow a Gay Pedophile Catholic Priest who is known to have sexually assaulted boys to give an opening prayer, they don't appear to have a problem allowing a Muslim Priest who represents a religion steeped in traditions of oppression and death to give the opening prayer.

Moujahed Bakhach of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County offered the public prayer at Sunday night’s rodeo performance.

Opposition to this was not seem personally directed at Bakhach or his words, but expressed outrage at the inclusion of a member of the Islamic clergy during a time of violence and extremism involving Muslim terrorists in the world.

People took to Social Media, yes Facebook, to express there contempt for the decision to force Political Correctness and Islam down the throats of people there.

Comments included:

“I just will choose NOT to go somewhere that embraces a religion that wants me, my family and my people DEAD.”

“Muslim/Islam has no place in this country let alone fwssr. Not one Muslim has come out against the radical actions that is the Muslim belief. PERIOD. COWBOYS DON’T WANT IT.”

“This really disappoints me in the FWSSR! Sad to see such a Texas & American institution fall in the gutter of political correctness.”

“Islam is against all other religions and I for one won’t attend an event that allows a darkness to be spoke over me!”

Of course there are those who see Political Correctness a good thing, and don't really care if someone's ideology is being forced upon you. Take for example the reactions to the Muslim prayer by those supporting the move.

The interesting part of their comments is that they focus more on those against the Muslim prayer than the Muslim prayer itself.

“The ignorance here. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Cheers to FWSSR! Yet another reason why I am proud to call Fort Worth my home.”

“Kudos to FWSSR for leading the way and understanding that America is a country of immigrants. Thanks for showing love and not hatred by showing tolerance for all religions; as Freedom of Religion applies to every American, even if they don't look like you or believe what you believe.”

But who really knows why it was done?

The Fort Worth Stock Show has long featured a Christian flavor, from evangelical-like comments of longtime rodeo announcer Bob Tallman to the growing popularity of Cowboy Church, which is held Sunday mornings at the Will Rogers Auditorium.

Not surprisingly, Bob Tallman who works for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo said Iman Bakhach “did a wonderful job” when giving Sunday’s prayer.

Iman Bakhach, who speaks regularly at a variety of events across Tarrant County, said there was “a beautiful spirit” in Will Rogers Coliseum Sunday night, and said "the blessing" went on without a hitch.

“I didn't hear any negative reaction to what I said. I sat down to watch the show,” Bakhach said.

But later, his friend, who had been seated in the crowd while Bakhach spoke, said someone behind him exclaimed, "Oh my God" when Bakhach’s name and affiliation were announced.

So who is responsible for this?

Brad Barnes, president and general manager of the Stock Show, is ultimately responsible for inserting Political Correctness into this year's event. He is the man in charge, and is present at each performance of the rodeo.

Surprisingly, he said he saw no indication of anger in the crowd on Sunday, and he characterized Bakhach’s blessing as “spot-on” and “very appropriate.”

Yes, he supposely said he saw no indication of anger in the audience. Imagine that?

As for the Iman being "spot on"? Well, that seems to be just his opinion and not that of those there. Remember, those there took to social media and created a firestorm by voicing their discontent where it can be heard.

In fact, it was heard so much so that Iman Bakhach -- who was supposedly scheduled to give another prayer asking for Allah's Blessings again on Monday -- said he talked with Brad Barnes about the negative feedback.

"I felt he was in a spot, so I canceled for Feb. 2," Iman Bakhach said. "I love Fort Worth. It really hurt me to see this reaction."

Bob Roberts, senior pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, has long been passionate in his support of Muslims. He said that "sadly, Christians promote intolerance and fear of Muslims more than any group in the United States."

“It’s easy to sit in a movie and watch Selma, The Butler or The Help and lament ‘how could people be so blind and mean,’” Roberts said. “It's a lot harder to do life and practice Selma with people of different colors and religions and acknowledge your own bigotry.”

Roberts acts as if people have no reason to feel the way they do, and frankly that's just a lot of Bullshit on his part!

Roberts tries to make Christians look like participants in a culture of hate, when in reality Muslims are the those who preach hate and submission to their demands.

Supposedly a variety of prayers?

Prayers have always opened the rodeo performances and this year, a new community committee has taken over the duties of choosing who offers the moment of thanks.

“Creating the faith-based advisory council is something we've been considering for a number of years to honor the diverse community in which we live and is not specific to any single event,” Barnes said.

The city's Mayor has started a Faith-Based Advisory Committee includes representatives from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.

Committee members are responsible for providing a brief prayer of about one minute for each of the performances. They offer prayer themselves, and invite others they know to participate.

The prayers are supposed to include suggested nondenominational themes such as praying for the safety of rodeo contestants, visitors and livestock; protection of U.S. Armed Forces; and preservation of peace and harmony.

So basically, the city and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo management believes that a Muslim Iman will pray for Allah's blessings for infidels living in a "diverse community"? Imagine that!

On Tuesday night, the rodeo prayer was offered by Jonas Bohlin, a Cowboy Church pastor representing the Fort Worth Clergy and Police Alliance program.

Bohlin invoked the names of God and Jesus, just as a Christian minister would, and offered thanks for “a nation where we can thank you for our day” and “a city that welcomes your oversight.”

There were no comments on the Stock Show’s Facebook page about Bohlin’s prayer, but the anit-Muslim posts were still going strong.

So who is Iman Bakhach?

Well if the Fort Worth Stock Show management or the Mayor's Faith-Based Advisory Committee might not care, but I'm sure the people of Texas certainly do.

Iman Moujahed Bakhach of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County is involved in establishing Shariah Law in Texas.

The first step toward Sharia Law in the Dallas Fort Worth has already been taken. Look at this report on February 2nd on CBS11 DFW regarding the introduction of Muslim Tribunals:

North Texas Home To First Islamic Tribunal In U.S.

It is how Muslims settle disputes in many countries in the Middle East. But now North Texas is home to what is believed to be the first official Islamic Tribunal that follows Sharia Law.

“In their mind, the misconception about what they see through the media is that Sharia means cut the head, chop the heads, cut the hands and we are not doing that,” said Imam Moujahed Bakhach, one of the tribunal judges.

Bakhach, along with three other religious judges, make up the Islamic Tribunal.

“We have no authority to force anybody or to make it binding up on if they don’t like it or don’t except it,” said Bakhach.

Guided by the Muslim religious moral code known as “Sharia,” the judges are offering up their services to handle case involving divorce, business problems, and other disputes among the community.

“There are no disputes at all because we deal with just fix and deal with the religious part. We cannot deal with anything else, even in the civil law,” said Dr. Taher El-badawi, a tribunal judge.

Dr. El-badawi said they do not handle criminal accusations, child support, custody battles or any transfer of assets.

“People are concerned that there are conflicts between Sharia Law and state law or whatever else. So that’s an important area we need to watch,” said John DeGroote, a lawyer who practices business mediation and is an arbitrator.

DeGroote said he sees parallels to his out-of-court mediations.

“If it’s non-binding and simply helps people guide their way through the dispute, all the better,” said DeGroote.

Bakhach said state and federal law will always take precedent. It is why the judges have made it the first article in the Islamic Tribunal’s constitution.

“We are not here to invade the White House or invade Austin. We are humble and want to settle a problem between Muslims,” said Bakhach.

District Attorney Susan Hawk did not want to comment when reached by CBS 11.
-- end of the CBS DFW report.

While the Iman says the "Muslim Tribunal" has no authority and does not handle criminal cases for now, many see this as the first step in introducing Sharia Law to the area. And since the term "tribunal" means "court of justice" where people are tried, I find his statement to be misleading at best.

Rodeo announcer Bob Tallman said it’s important to respect other faiths.

“We live in a big world and a very changing world,” Tallman said. “... Some people don’t deal well with change. I’ve learned how to live with and be fine with it.”

While that's good that Tallman has learned to live with changes in society he does or does not like, that doesn't mean that everyone has to be sheep and accept the slaughter.

What Tallman and Roberts and Barnes might not understand is that "change" is either good or bad, positive or negative, something needed or not. This change is bad for Rodeo simply because it is not the Cowboy Way to accept those things that are bad for society.

Whether it's the introduction of Sharia Law in Texas by way of Muslim Tribunals, a Muslim Iman opening up events which his religion would find offensive, or forcing people to accept something they see as wrong, people will not accept "change" which is bad in nature.

And frankly, no one should be pushing Political Correctness and their ideology to accept such things on others through events such as a Rodeo. I see it as a classless act.

People are there for a stock show and rodeo, not leftist political indoctrination.

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is now one place that I don't need to visit -- especially since its management wants to bow to Political Correctness and force its ideology of accepting that which is not good for America on guest there.

Doing things that are not good for America is not the Cowboy way!

And yes, that's just the way I see it.

Tom Correa

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/fw-stock-show/article8573774.html#storylink=cpy


  1. The amount of pure hatred and bigotry in this post saddens me to the core. I am proud of MY stock show in MY city for welcoming prayers from all faiths. You, however, would be very welcome not to return to Fort Worth.

    1. If you see nothing wrong with welcoming those who have sworn to destroy America, kill Christians, and wipe out Israel from the face of the earth? If you see nothing wrong with this, then you are a Pacifist foll. You are no different than those who saw Hitler as the savior of Germany in the 1930s, or thought Stalin's purge of 10 Million citizens was needed, or welcomed Mao's form of Communism to China at the cost of 40 Million lives. You are the type of idiot who welcomes Sharia Law, the mutilation of woman, sexual assaults of children, honor killings, and killing Westerners all in the name of some pedophile who Muslims call Mohamed. Can you imagine if the Fort Worth Stock Show allowed a Pedophile Priest to speak? They would never have taken place. But knowing the death and destruction, the hate, the mutilation of the young, the hate, and the Fort Worth Stock Show is OK with that? If Fort Worth welcomes Muslims who go to Mosques to learn how to hate America? If Fort Worth is now the Texas version of Detroit, and Sharia Law is being enforced as it is in Detroit even thought it is not the law of the land? If Fort Worth Texas is now turning into Detroit? Frankly, if that is taking place then I don't ever want to go to Fort Worth again. I will not support anyone who supports those who Hate America. And frankly, if my hate for those who want to see us dead makes me a bigot according to your twisted logic, then so be it. Since you have no problem with Muslims killing Americans, or them wanting us dead, or them imposing Sharia Law on Americans, good for you. You are the the type of weak American fool that they want to dominate. If you see nothing wrong with the Muslim culture of hate and blood, then you deserve what you get in YOUR city. I just hope fools like you, you cowards who can't or won't fight for America, get exactly what you deserve in YOUR city.

  2. How about if you try to say a Christian prayer anywhere in a Muslim country in front of a big crowd?
    It would be interesting to see if you can get out..


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