September 17, 2006
My husband's reaction to the Muslim Brotherhood demanding
a personal apology from the Pope: "Just who in the hell do these people think they are?" I think that sums up the influence Islam knows it has over the West these days.
Annika has a good roundup of what she's calling "the next 'cartoon' riots." My favorite bit is this quote she found from an Indonesian protest organizer:
Of course as we know the meaning of jihad can only be understood by Muslims . . . Only Muslims can understand what jihad is. It is impossible that jihad can be linked with violence, we Muslims have no violent character.
Tell that to the Palestinians who immediately started attacking churches. Or the folks who threatened to suicide attack the Pope.
No violent character my foot.
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Is all this nun shooting and church attacking activity considered a proper proportionate response?
Posted by: Deskmerc at September 17, 2006 11:47 AM (Z0+kX)
Muslims have got to get a sense of humour about their beliefs. They basically kill people who disagree with them. That's messed up, and I don't need the pope to tell me that.
They remind me of those goth kids in high school who'd act all depressed all the time (like they have any more right than the rest of us) and would become seriously offended if you in any way made light of their "alternative" (but strictly uniformed) lifestyle.
More importantly, why do they care if non-muslims think Mohammed was a fruit? We're not practicers of that faith, so unless they're trying to convert us all, why do they care?
I'm an atheist and everything I wrote applies to christians as well - but I at least respect the fact that christians know they're a joke and don't fight it.
Posted by: Will at September 17, 2006 12:27 PM (H4u2c)
Will-I think it has something to do with "shame cultures" vs "guilt cultures." For a member of of a shame culture, external perception is everything, and being disrespected--by anyone--is a horrible thing.
I doubt if very many Christians would agree with the last part of your comment.
Posted by: david foster at September 17, 2006 02:33 PM (/Z304)
Thanks Sarah, but it is you who rule!
Posted by: annika at September 18, 2006 04:00 PM (qQD4Q)
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