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Sunday, February 05, 2006

P.S. Angry Muslims, Please Don’t Burn My House Down

That’s the last line of Shawn Macomber’s post today, and I’m still trying to decide whether it’s funny or not. I remember when Macomber wrote his Koran story last year, and I still agree with every word of it--but in this war of cultures between Islamic extremists and the West, how funny is that postscript when Danish cartoonists are hiding and embassies are burning? When Christians are being killed because of those cartoons?

I wrote a long post tying Macomber’s current post and article to Jeff G’s lengthy post (and series of links) along with a really bad joke. I might polish it up and push it out sometime, but in case I don’t I wanted y’all to take a look at those articles.

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Thanks for the link! As to this, “but in this war of cultures between Islamic extremists and the West, how funny is that postscript when Danish cartoonists are hiding and embassies are burning?”...Well, I’m sincerely hoping I don’t find out how NOT FUNNY it is. I have enough trouble explaining away why I didn’t do the dishes to my wife, never mind that I got our apartment burned down over some measley post on a measlier website. (Hmm, measley spelling? I don’t know.)


on Feb 06 2006 @ 07:24 AM

Yeah, I hope your wife has a great sense of humor.


on Feb 06 2006 @ 11:27 AM

Hey Z,
I hope you’ve been doing well.  I need to comment on your post, and Shawn’s 2 posts and Jeff’s just a bit. 
I really seem to fall in line with Jeff’s train of thought on most of this hyper-sensitivity.  I have a bit of a problem with the “extremist” view of retaliation to all of these things, and I have a new-found loathing for the U.S. media and what they have done to journalism.  Even Fox, who claims “no spin” has far more right wing journalism than left.  Though, in their credit, they do try to throw the occasional token super-lib into the mix. 

You know I have been involved in several conversations about the comparisons between radical Muslims and radical Christians (especially Evangelical).  Even though I search for commonalities between the two, I am having a pretty difficult time.  The Spanish Conquistadores as well as the Inquisition and the Crusades are all possible parallels between the Muslim extremists that we are viewing now and Christians, mainly because of the involvement of church run government in the two Spanish related events.  Mr. Macomber points out (looking in retrospect at the Salem witch trials) that we would rather have Pilgrims teaching (I can’t remember exactly what he thought Pilgrims “ought” to do) than running a government, and alludes to the notion of today’s evangelical Christians pushing their agenda and faith on others through government.  This notion is far, far more theoretical inflammatory rhetoric than does it contain any crumb or morsel of truth.  I see this (verbal baggery of evangelicals) more and more in all forms of journalism today (including and not limited to blogs, mainstream media, and celebrity vomit) but I find it unwarranted and frankly, I can’t understand the logic.

First of all, Evangelical Christians, are a movement of people who are joined in mission and in message by one thing:  God’s grace (which is goodness and mercy given to every person whether you are a Christian, or not).  How could a person who’s faith is rooted in goodness and mercy be paralleled with those who want to kill, maime, destroy, and incite violence to and on others.  One current Democratic voice proclaims that the biggest problem in today’s world is the Evangelical Christian.  I just don’t get it.

The second thing is that our political system is supposed to reflect the will of the voters.  The people are supposed to run the government.  The only time we get into big time trouble is when our courts try to dictate law, instead of interpret law.  Today, our biggest national debates are on topics that our courts have decided instead of our people.  We are not an oligarchy, there is trouble when our courts make laws.  That is not their job.  In order for our individual voices to be heard in the political process, people do all sorts of things.  Some people burn flags.  Some write books.  Some write editorials in popular papers.  Some wear t-shirts with messages on them or try to unfurl some banner with a message on it at a state of the union address.  There are many, many things that people do to get their voices heard.  Do not hold it against Evangelical Christians to speak up on things that they believe in, or speak out against something that they don’t.  It’s a very American thing to do. 

I would like to end by saying that the situation in the Middle East at present is horrible.  But, it’s not like it was ever “good.” These things are not unique to themselves.  People have been getting killed in the Middle East for centuries upon centuries in the cause of religion.  The fact that we are now a central figure in the Middle East brings us into their world.  In this world these are the things that happen.  I hope and pray that our involvement in this region brings about the long needed change that the region needs in order to develop on a global level monetarily and socially, but it appears that this road may be much, much longer than many Americans may want to stay. 

Sorry if I rambled,

on Feb 17 2006 @ 11:39 AM
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