The Happy Slave

This is my surrender to the Powers that Be, who wish we all were just happy little slaves, tooling along without a care in the world, doing what our better-educated masters tell us to do, not daring to step out of line. I'm so bad at surrender...

Location: Indianapolis, United States

I'm an old-fashioned Get-out-of-my-face-atarian. So long as the gubmint left me alone, I had no problems with it. Gubmint wants to run my life, so I'm doing something about it. (Not just blogging, either.)

Friday, February 03, 2006

Looney? I didn't know the meaning of loonie!

Okay, I have to admit it, but I hate admitting it. I actually agree with Neal Boortz. This is just scary, but it's not nearly as scary as the hardcore, totalitarian, dirka-dirka fascist response of "the Muslim world" to nothing but a few stupid cartoons. Dear dimwitted religious fanatics: Get some clues and get some lives worth living. Great day in the morning! Blasphemies get committed against Christianity far worse than this. There was one dimwit that did a "portrait" of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a big piece of elephant poo as part of her body! And let us not ignore this little "gem", shall we? Have Roman Catholics or the Orthodox Christians marched out by the thousands into the streets demanding that the government "punish" these guys? Did Catholic gunmen violate the museums in question the way Muslim gunmen assaulted an EU consulate? Have multiple Catholic hierarchs stated that no apology would be enough, but that the governments of the USA and the UK must "punish" not only the artists but the museums that "published" their works? No and no, again no and no. Of course not. That's because, whatever flaws we might have, most of us "high-church" style Christians at least understand the basic fundamentals of this little thing called "civilization". Y'know, Muslims used to be really good at the whole "civilization" thing, too--even better than Europeans. What happened? How'd they lose any and all sophistication or cosmopolitanism and turn into a bunch of narrow-minded, chanting, gun-toting religious bigots? So, if any Muslims read this, prove me wrong. State flat-out that, even if it might be blasphemous, in a modern, civilized country, artists have the legal right to be blasphemous and newspapers the legal right to publish blasphemy, even if you hate it to the core of your being. Prove me wrong. Flat out state, as a Muslim, that you believe there should be no punishment, whatsoever to the artists or newspaper for these cartoons. State, flat-out and without equivocation (that's "weasel words" for the Kentuckians in the audience) that, even though the cartoons are offensive and maybe even downright nasty, there is no legitimate call for using violence in response, it is completely wrong to use violence in response, there is absolutely NO JUSTIFICATION, WHATSOEVER, for the overblown and hyperbolic response of "the Muslim world" to just a handful of stupid cartoons. I lay down my gauntlet. No Muslim will identify himself as such and meet this challenge, because to do so would require being an enlightened individual who truly believed in basic and fundamental liberties.