Wasted Honor -

Carl R. ToersBijns is the author of the Wasted Honor Trilogy [Wasted Honor I,II and Gorilla Justice] and his newest book From the Womb to the Tomb, the Tony Lester Story, which is a reflection of his life and his experiences as a correctional officer and a correctional administrator retiring with the rank of deputy warden in the New Mexico and Arizona correctional systems.

Carl also wrote a book on his combat experience in the Kindle book titled - Combat Medic - Men with destiny - A red cross of Valor -

Carl is considered by many a rogue expert in the field of prison security systems since leaving the profession. Carl has been involved in the design of many pilot programs related to mental health treatment, security threat groups, suicide prevention, and maximum custody operational plans including double bunking max inmates and enhancing security for staff. He invites you to read his books so you can understand and grasp the cultural and political implications and influences of these prisons. He deals with the emotions, the stress and anxiety as well as the realities faced working inside a prison. He deals with the occupational risks while elaborating on the psychological impact of both prison worker and prisoner.

His most recent book, Gorilla Justice, is an un-edited raw fictional version of realistic prison experiences and events through the eyes of an anecdotal translation of the inmate’s plight and suffering while enduring the harsh and toxic prison environment including solitary confinement.

Carl has been interviewed by numerous news stations and newspapers in Phoenix regarding the escape from the Kingman prison and other high profile media cases related to wrongful deaths and suicides inside prisons. His insights have been solicited by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and various other legal firms representing solitary confinement cases in California and Arizona. He is currently working on the STG Step Down program at Pelican Bay and has offered his own experience insights with the Center of Constitutional Rights lawyers and interns to establish a core program at the SHU units. He has personally corresponded and written with SHU prisoners to assess the living conditions and how it impacts their long term placement inside these type of units that are similar to those in Arizona Florence Eyman special management unit where Carl was a unit deputy warden for almost two years before his promotion to Deputy Warden of Operations in Safford and Eyman.

He is a strong advocate for the mentally ill and is a board member of David's Hope Inc. a non-profit advocacy group in Phoenix and also serves as a senior advisor for Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council in Chino, California As a subject matter expert and corrections consultant, Carl has provided interviews and spoken on national and international radio talk shows e.g. BBC CBC Lou Show & TV shows as well as the Associated Press.

I use sarcasm, satire, parodies and other means to make you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Why Should I defend Muslims?

Why Should I defend Muslims?

As bad as I feel about how my stand to defend Muslims has changed over the past year, I won’t apologize for my opinions and beliefs we are in dire straits with religious consequences and effects. I am not proclaiming or suggesting Islam is a violent hateful faith. I can’t ignore the facts and see that there isn’t a problem with thousands coming to our country to practice their religion and then turn their attention to us to convert us voluntarily or by force. I just can’t stop thinking that will happen.

Our president has opened up our borders for thousands of Muslim refugees without background checks and the worry of turmoil is real. Now, I know American spirit has always embraced those who want to practice their religion without oppression or fear of being killed for doing so. History tells tales of many battles between good and evil when it comes to the freedoms to choose your own religion. What I fear is the unknown of who will stir the pot of evil once inside our country’s cities and borders.

I have pondered this reality – I am still certain there are more good Muslims than there are bad ones but time will tell whether I am right or wrong on this matter. I know I won’t wear the veil of ignorance like many and continue to count the terror attacks and cause and effects of such negative dynamics inside our country and our way of life. I still honestly feel there are many good things about Islam but right now, my level of apprehension is based on the lack of knowing what will happen in the future.

I respect the religion as a means to attain peace. I really think that can happen but not without radical ideologist getting prime time on the television to say otherwise. I don’t make fun of Islam and neither do I joke about Christians and their beliefs. That is a matter of respect and fundamentally believing we all have to worship the God of our choice. Poking fun or stirring the pot of hate has to stop in order to stop the radicalization and extremism that is happening today. It causes hate and misunderstandings.

The threats against Islam must stop and the threats against Christianity must cease as well. Enough hate has been created by pitting these two groups against each other. Since I don’t engage in this hate mongering or fear mongering delivered by extreme right wing individuals who want us to rise up against all Muslims, my frustrations is will all those who are willing to listen, follow and act blindly without thinking for themselves about the truth and the lies told to them from the pulpit or the auditoriums around our country. This includes our presidential candidates who add to this boiling point of creating hate out there.

As long as Muslims respect human rights and our Constitution, I see and fear no problems with all of us living here together as a nation and peacemakers. On the other hand, if their intent is to disrespect our bill or rights, our constitution and divide their own against our cultural and societal law and order principles, we have a serious problem to deal with. It can’t be both ways and the American way of life is based on mutual respect and understanding different cultures but our Constitution shall prevail in all matters of law and human rights.

There are distinctive differences between our way of life (constitutionally) and Muslims preaching the Islam religion that contradicts recent court rulings in many areas such as same sex marriages, homosexuality, the ownership of property, the manner of executions for criminality, and the temptation to use Sharia law to oppress their own citizens.

Like I said, I don’t condone the wave of anti-Islamic messages across the country. I condemn any hatred towards those who seek peace. However, to hell with those who want to promote and convert our citizens to Islam either voluntarily or by force. That is something we cannot stand by idle and expect all to be sane and purposeful. It defeats our way of life and destroys the American spirit.

Muslims are given a choice to select their own leaders. Sadly, they often choose some degree of religious fanaticism. Whether they can meet or conform to our way of life is unlikely to be accomplished without violation of their religious beliefs. That’s not going to happen very often.

Like I said at the beginning, I am reaching a point where I really don’t know where to go or what to say any more about this subject. It’s becoming harder and harder for me to keep saying “it’s not Islam, it’s just the bad ten percent of guys representing the radicals.” I know there are millions of good and great Muslims in this world – I have talked to and met quite a few not to be fearful of their presence. I believe overwhelming majority that most are generous, loving and great individuals.

Theocratic governments [a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities] have always, and will always bring hateful ideas to the forefront and breed violence and oppression even when the opposite is truth. The truth is often deceived and hidden thus it becomes hard to be able to distinguish the difference between the truth and the lies.  

As long as Muslims continue to refuse to fight inside their own country and take the easy way out with flight toward nations founded on principles of freedom and human rights, in my opinion, in the end, they are prone or tempted to rebuild and establish the same principles they fled and act out contrary to our cultural and customs as they are inevitably driven by Islamic rule due to their religious mandates – In my eyes, none of this is going to stop - how can I keep defending it from those who spew animosity toward it? How these thousands of pending refugees will act will determine our destiny.