Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yes, "Religion"...

So here I am once again after a long absence. There are numerous reasons for this - fatherhood, work, burnout, and so forth. I am going to give this a shot again, at least for a while and see where this goes... -- J.L.

CNN has made a complete and total fool of itself lately, especially when it came to discussing the Religion That Should Not Be Named™...
Whether you believe that religious violence is fueled by faith or is a symptom of larger factors -- political instability, poverty, cultural chaos -- one thing seems clear: Last week was hellish for religion.
The article then goes on to describe a series of murders that took place, by Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and a couple of anti-Semites in Copenhagen. The one exception to the week in which "religion" was responsible for the murders was an atheist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who murdered three Muslim students.

Many other websites have played the "one of these things is not like the other" game, and I am not going to rehash all that here, but the fact remains that there is the bending over backward to avoid ascribing bad intent to a fairly large plurality of the Islamic religion, whether it is President Obama and his lackey talking about people "shooting up a bunch of folks", or the protest-too-much moral equivalencies from elitist circles, such as this nonsense from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (as an aside, this is the kind of thing that makes me realize why he's never been in a position of authority in basketball after his playing days).

The fact of the matter is that Christianity and Islam don't have much in common at all, and despite all the anti-Christian stuff coming from the Bill Mahers and his ilk, the things brought up as examples of atrocities are the exception. Groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Iranian mullahs have a much better case to make that they follow the rule of Islam. That distinction is an important one, but not one I expect many of our Cultural Masters™ to understand or attempt to understand; scoring points is much more important to them.

That's too bad. Because they won't be the masters for much longer if they don't get what it is that we're up against in the world.

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