Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Barbarians: Culture or Religion?
Rioting over cartoons.
Killing a non-because the Pope suggests Islam is violent.
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 DebbieSchlussel.com
Barbaric? Of course. I wonder if the Islamic resistance to social change is partly to blame for the barbaric culture displayed.
Friday, February 16, 2007
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: Wikipedia
The 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 Maybe, but education about Islam should not be suppressed.
Maybe, but education about Islam should not be suppressed.
After careful study, I come to one clear conclusion about Islam. Islam as a political system and as a theology is essentially supremacist. Under Islam, a nonbeliever is less than that of a Muslim and even less than human. Every Muslim is greater than has more rights than any nonbeliever. The Koran instructs Muslims to call nonbelievers to convert, failing that, subjugate them, and failing that to kill them. The violence stems form the supremacism.
There is nothing similar in the teachings of Christianity or Judaism (despite periods of distinctly un-Christian behavior during the Spanish Inquisition, for example). Nothing in Christianity teaches supremacy, least of the sort that instructs believers to subjugate or kill nonbelievers.
Sure, Christians may consider themselves better than non-Christians in many ways. Jews consider themselves better than non-Jews in many ways. But nothing in Christianity or Judaism teaches believer to lie to unbelievers, to mistreat unbelievers, or to hate unbelievers. To the contrary, Christianity teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Islam teaches hatred of Jews and Christians as idolaters. Islam teaches that once subjugated, unbelievers must pay a special tax to support Muslims. Unbelievers in Islam may not build any new churches. Unbelievers are to know themselves to be subjugated to Islam.
The theme of Islam, it seems, is "Islam uber alles." Supremacy in all.
If our politicians need a conceptual model, to understand Muslims, they need only look to Skinheads.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Pelosi Blunders Update
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.
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