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Sunday, February 12, 2006
  Unintended Consequences

I think the cartoon war is out of control. It is uniting the West and exposing radical fundamentalist Islam, (Islamofacism), for what it is, which is a political organization disguised as a religion.

I imagine that Bush & Co are stunned by their good luck. After their ham-handed attempt in Iraq to manipulate the world, they have been handed the ultimate prize...a public relations nightmare for the Islamofacists.

Iraq is/was a strategic blunder of amazing proportions. The onlygood strategic thing was that Islamists were fighting Islamists. Maybe the boy moron & Co will soon claim as part of the plan, (just like the Katrina warnings).

The cartoon war is amazing. It started small and obscure; some would say that it wasnt even noticed, even in Egypt. And now, its all over the world. We owe our thanks to a few impatient Imams from Denmark.

Outraged that the cartoon images of the prophet didnt bring down the wrath of Allah in Denmark or Egypt (whose state controlled media reprinted the images in Oct), the Imams brought the images to the Mideast with the express purpose of fomenting outrage in the Muslim community against the West.

One unintended consequence is that now people are talking about Islam and whether it tolerates other people and their religions. In Saudi Arabia you are not permitted to have a bible. Might that not be considered an offense against Christians?

Another unintended consequence just happened on Fox News Sunday, when Fred Barnes decried of Muslims and said,Islamic extremists...are trying to impose their religion on others... Now if Fred could just focus that laser beam of conservative logic at Christian fundamentalists in this country we just might have a discussion worth having.




 
Sunday, February 05, 2006
  Freedom of Religion?

We in this country love the concept of Freedom of Religion. Just this past Christmas (automatically capitalized by Microsoft), we heard from many moralizers that the constitution guarantees us Freedom of Religion, not Freedom from Religion. Maybe, we the people should have Freedom from Religion.

 

The Muslim Cartoon controversy has exploded across parts of the Muslim world. How predictable. Most of what I think on this subject has been written by ....

 

Go here for the full link. This is a small sampling of his writing:

Islam makes very large claims for itself. In its art, there is a prejudice against representing the human form at all. The prohibition on picturing the prophet—who was only another male mammal—is apparently absolute. So is the prohibition on pork or alcohol or, in some Muslim societies, music or dancing. Very well then, let a good Muslim abstain rigorously from all these. But if he claims the right to make me abstain as well, he offers the clearest possible warning and proof of an aggressive intent. This current uneasy coexistence is only an interlude, he seems to say. For the moment, all I can do is claim to possess absolute truth and demand absolute immunity from criticism. But in the future, you will do what I say and you will do it on pain of death.

I refuse to be spoken to in that tone of voice, which as it happens I chance to find "offensive." ( By the way, hasn't the word "offensive" become really offensive lately?) The innate human revulsion against desecration is much older than any monotheism: Its most powerful expression is in the Antigone of Sophocles. It belongs to civilization. I am not asking for the right to slaughter a pig in a synagogue or mosque or to relieve myself on a "holy" book. But I will not be told I can't eat pork, and I will not respect those who burn books on a regular basis. I, too, have strong convictions and beliefs, and value the Enlightenment above any priesthood or any sacred fetish-object. It is revolting to me to breathe the same air as wafts from the exhalations of the madrasahs, or the reeking fumes of the suicide-murderers, or the sermons of Billy Graham and Joseph Ratzinger. But these same principles of mine also prevent me from wreaking random violence on the nearest church, or kidnapping a Muslim at random and holding him hostage, or violating diplomatic immunity by attacking the embassy or the envoys of even the most despotic Islamic state, or making a moronic spectacle of myself threatening blood and fire to faraway individuals who may have hurt my feelings. The babyish rumor-fueled tantrums that erupt all the time, especially in the Islamic world, show yet again that faith belongs to the spoiled and selfish childhood of our species.

 

 
  Freedom from Religion

We in this country love the concept of Freedom of Religion. Just this past Christmas (automatically capitalized by Microsoft), we heard from many moralizers that the constitution guarantees us Freedom of Religion, not Freedom from Religion. Maybe, we the people should have Freedom from Religion.

The Muslim Cartoon controversy has exploded across parts of the Muslim world. How predictable. Most of what I think on this subject has been written on Slate, by Christopher Hitchens in a piece called: The Case for Mocking Religion.

Go here for the full link. This is a small sampling of his writing:

Islam makes very large claims for itself. In its art, there is a prejudice against representing the human form at all. The prohibition on picturing the prophet—who was only another male mammal—is apparently absolute. So is the prohibition on pork or alcohol or, in some Muslim societies, music or dancing. Very well then, let a good Muslim abstain rigorously from all these. But if he claims the right to make me abstain as well, he offers the clearest possible warning and proof of an aggressive intent. This current uneasy coexistence is only an interlude, he seems to say. For the moment, all I can do is claim to possess absolute truth and demand absolute immunity from criticism. But in the future, you will do what I say and you will do it on pain of death.

I refuse to be spoken to in that tone of voice, which as it happens I chance to find "offensive." ( By the way, hasn't the word "offensive" become really offensive lately?) The innate human revulsion against desecration is much older than any monotheism: Its most powerful expression is in the Antigone of Sophocles. It belongs to civilization. I am not asking for the right to slaughter a pig in a synagogue or mosque or to relieve myself on a "holy" book. But I will not be told I can't eat pork, and I will not respect those who burn books on a regular basis. I, too, have strong convictions and beliefs, and value the Enlightenment above any priesthood or any sacred fetish-object. It is revolting to me to breathe the same air as wafts from the exhalations of the madrasahs, or the reeking fumes of the suicide-murderers, or the sermons of Billy Graham and Joseph Ratzinger. But these same principles of mine also prevent me from wreaking random violence on the nearest church, or kidnapping a Muslim at random and holding him hostage, or violating diplomatic immunity by attacking the embassy or the envoys of even the most despotic Islamic state, or making a moronic spectacle of myself threatening blood and fire to faraway individuals who may have hurt my feelings. The babyish rumor-fueled tantrums that erupt all the time, especially in the Islamic world, show yet again that faith belongs to the spoiled and selfish childhood of our species.

 
Friday, February 03, 2006
  Caricatures...Politcal Trouble

First it was Salman Rushdie, with the Satanic Verses, and now it’s the whole country of Denmark.

It seems that there are consequences for offending Muslims. Putting the prophet’s image on paper is not considered acceptable. There are boycotts of Danish goods by Muslim populations in many areas around the world.

Here is a link to the images. If you think this may offend you, don’t connect to the link.

There has been a lot of talk by some who are offended by the images regarding freedom of speech having responsibilities. I would have to agree with the concept. I would think that is a two way street and I would hope that those who are outraged have clean hands. I would also think that spreading a religion has responsibilities too.

I’m in the process of doing a search regarding those clean hands.

1st update:

This is a link to the ADL. There are a few, maybe many cartoons and comments that might be offensive to Jews and even people from the United States.

Here's one of the cartoons:


I'm sure there are some that might be offended


 
Thursday, February 02, 2006
  Republican Reform

Welcome back to Republicans Deceive the Masses, part II.

If you remember the Republican takeover of the House, way back to 1990s, then youll love this sequel.

The story line calls for verbal skills, deception and an audience of whom at least 50% want to be deceived.

Our former hero, Newt Gingrich (also an early victim), convinced the masses and many in Congress that the govt was out of control because of Democrats. All that the country needed was Republican control to: 1) cut taxes, 2) shrink the federal govt, 3) eliminate deficit spending, 4) cut federal govt regulations, 5) eliminate abortion, 6) and allow religion back into the public square.

I loved to listen. This man, and others of like politics, could charm the lollipop from a baby.

The result:

YEA: 1, 6 (partial achievement with un-Intelligent Design)

NEA: 2, 3, 4, 5

Not only couldnt these reformers???,  make things better...they actually made things worse.

Other results: ...only a few, otherwise its too depressing

1) lobbyist buy govt, 2) govt by lobbyist (Abramoff), 3) Iraq,

4) Domestic Spying, 5) Schiavo...govt in your house, 6) Katrina,

7) Medicare Part D...the prescription drug nightmare

And dont forget the biggest thievery of govt: we are currently

Pre-funding Social Security...ie: not pay as you go. Our govt is spending this money. Congress and Dear Leader are spending the money that Greenspan and other said we should put aside to help alleviate a potential crisis in Social Security.

President Bush, by law, is spending our Social Security money instead of saving it.

The truly sad aspect of all this partisan fighting...

...is that there isnt any.

Where are the GD Democrats? Protect our Rights. Protect SS.

Stop being afraid, there is nothing to fear but...

Weakass Republican excuses for running the govt into the ground.

 
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