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Friday, September 22, 2006

"How About a Nice Game of Chess?"

“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

Such was the cause of the most ironic violence since...well, since last September when the newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed what have now come to be known as (on this page,anyway) the Danish Cartoons. I haven't written on the Pope's little Chevy Chase pratfall of words because it just seems to be the same thing over and over. Someone says something mildly critical of Islam, then Muslim freaks lose their fucking minds and go apeshit around the world, killing nuns, firebombing churches, and generally acting like little bitches, all the while screaming, "WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP SAYING ISLAM IS VIOLENT?!!"

As Jon Stewart said: "The irony, and this is the case for most of these groups, was lost on them."

Militant Islam is violent. So is militant Christianity and militant Judaism and pretty much any other group that has "militant" before their actual group name. I'm sure that if there were a group of "militant Pacifists", they'd kill you if you weren't as peaceful as you could be.

On the scale of belief, we have militant, fundamentalist, strong believer, moderate, weak believer, and non-practicing (I just made that up so feel free to yell at me). Once you get below fundie, it's all folks who do their thing and for the most part don't fuck with other people. The trouble is that, as Sam Harris argues, it's these folks who allow and make apologies for the crazy two groups at the top end. It's these people who say, "Well, yes, they're crazy, but the Bible/Koran/Torah/Holy Book says that our way is the right way...I don't agree with what they did, but I know why they did it..."

The fact that Islam is violent completely slips by Muslims. The Koran is a violent book. It tells its followers to do violent things; in exactly the same way that the Bible is a violent book that tells its followers to do violent things. Anyone who says these texts aren't violent has obviously never actually sat down and read them (which would be most of the practicing world, I'm sad to say).

I really don't know what the point of this piece is. The Pope is a jerkoff - that's for sure. The Muslims/Clerics who are killing people and firebombing churches are complete fuckwads, do doubt. I'm saddened when I realize that nothing is going to change for, most likely, the duration of my life; I just get this spinning record view from above of the world, going around and around with no one learning anything, like Matthew Broderick in WarGames waiting for the computer to figure out that the only way to win is to not play, only now seeing that it's not going to happen and we're all going to die over stupidity and invisible friends.

1 Barbaric Yawps:

At 26/9/06 3:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I found this on a letters page and thought it was so good, I just had to offer it around. I hope the original author won’t mind. It’s too good to keep without sharing, and it's relevant to your post, BHM...(yours is brillian too):

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:
a. Olga Korbut
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwartzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.

3. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Kylie Minogue
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones & The Monkees
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a U.S. Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kid
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1993 the World Trade Centre was bombed the first time by:
a. Meatloaf
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Tarzan
b. Hillary Clinton (to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems)
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. On 11 September 2001 four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted to a crash by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Lawrence of Arabia
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonny and Clyde
b. Ned Kelly
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 the Sari Nightclub in Kuta Beach, Bali, was blown up killing 189 young mainly Australian tourists by:
a . The "Bundy" Polar Bear
b. Ho Chi Minh
c. Paul Keating
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

14. In July 2004, three London Underground trains and one London Bus were suicide bombed by:
a. The Spice girls
b. The Beatles
c. The Four Tops
d. 4 'British' Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

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