Showing posts from February, 2007

Barbarians: Culture or Religion?

It seems to me that it is unarguable that the following are barbaric acts:

Rioting over cartoons.
Killing a non-because the Pope suggests Islam is violent.
Suicide bombings.
Taking hostages and beheading them.
Killing converts to Christianity from Islam (thus assuring that they will never convert back, I guess).

Are the people who do these things barbarians because of their culture? Or because of their theology? That is, what causes the barbarism?

Now we learn that in Muslim Pakistan, kite flying is a popular pastime. However, the kites are often flown with strings laced with ground glass and metal, which may and often do kill other kite flyers. In the last few days, at a kite flying event, 11 people were killed. see

Barbaric? Of course. I wonder if the Islamic resistance to social change is partly to blame for the barbaric culture displayed.

Islam and Skinheads

Supremacism is the belief that a particular race, religion, gender, belief system or culture is superior to others and entitles those who identify with it to dominate, control or rule those who do not.Source: WikipediaThe only difference between white supremacy and Islam is the identity of the superior people.White supremacists come in various varieties.Most are not themselves violent.Most would not themselves kill or physically harm African-Americans or Jews.However a number of them would do such things.But all believe in the inherent, God-given superiority of whites.So it is with Muslims.I have spent many, many hours agonizing and studying issues relating to radical Islam in the United States and throughout the world.I have read it the analyses of Islam by the likes of Robert Spencer, Daniel pipes, Kenneth Timmerman, and others (I apologize for those not named).And I have read and listened to Islamic apologists.I have agonized over the questions of how to deal with Muslims, knowing …

Pelosi Blunders Update

It seems that Nancy Pelosi is determined to continue provide grist for the blunders mill. Now Nancy Pelosi wants the Pentagon to provide her with a bigger jet for her private travel to San Francisco. I gather that the military provides this transportation for certain leaders in the wake of September 11, 2001.

She says it's not about the size, but the distance. She does not want to have to make refueling stops.

I don't know. It sounds to me more like locker room boys bragging about the sizes of their privates. It is hard to feel sorry for her when the rest of us have to try to find our connecting flights.