June 27, 2007
The stated purpose of the visit, from my churchs perspective, was printed in the newsletter: In an increasingly fragmented world in which followers of other religions are often viewed with fear how wonderful it would be to build bridges. But when were told flatly, Touch Mohammed and there will be riots, its obvious that its less about bridge building and more about schooling us as to how we are and are not to behave to avoid what Muslims who think like our speaker believe are the reasonable consequences of offending Islamor even the more aberrant consequences. Ironically, this pattern reminds me of radical feminists, whose aim is to curtail the behavior and speech of people, particularly men, whom they deem offensive. In both cases, this reveals an absolutely infantile grasp of human relations that insists you tightly align your behavior with their proscriptions because they simply cannot handle, or respond appropriately to, what you might say or do. Our speaker, in answering my questions about the Mohammed cartoons, asked vehemently and self-pityingly why we could not leave Mohammed alone, why Islam cannot have even one thing that is sacred from the opinions of others (my words). I remember pathetically wondering this myself when my sister wanted to play with my toyswhen I was about eight. But this begs for control of the behavior of others rather than planning for measured responses of ones own.
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Posted by: tim at June 27, 2007 10:38 AM (nno0f)
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