Monday, September 18, 2006

Words are Silly Things --Let's Get Rid of Them

So the pope says something and there is uproar, an Italian Nun is killed over it. Someone says something about Christianity, the same old same old, nothing happens. A Christian doesn't go on a looting spree, he doesn't kill over it, and he doesn't start buring homes. Of course I could be wrong.

It is crazy, not much can be said anymore about anything, soon my blog will be empty posts of nothing so I don't offend anyone and so people don't read to heavily into my comments.

Blogs being empty wordless posts. Hmm, and then you can add whatever it is you want to hear.

I do not think the Pope should apoligise, just fire his team of people that read or write his masses or speeches. Why don't people get upset everytime Mr. Bush speaks, does anyone listen to him anymore? I doubt it. Soon I will become silent, I will not speak out of fear, I will go down to shop and buy in silence, if the shopkeeper doesn't know what I want well I guess I'll have to go without, after all I do not want to offend and cause a wave of violence and massacre all over the world because of one thing I said.


P. B. Adams said...

I share your frustration, trust me. The best thing that could happen to the USA right now would be for the Bush/Cheney team to be whisked away to location unknown by space aliens. :D I'd mention other ways they could depart but I'm afraid our CIA would come find me. Facism is alive and well, I'm afraid, and residing in the USA. Apparently my countrymen have forgotten the Nazis. Actually, conservatives here are calling LIBERALS Nazis now in order to villefy anyone who doesn't agree with them. Christ, what's next?

Anyway, I'm sure you probably don't hear much about it but trust me, Christians (and I use the term loosely) do in fact go on a rampage when they hear something they don't like. At least here they do. I truly consider them facist nut cases personally. Sadly they don't follow the teachings of the namesake of their religion anyway.

Dre said...

It is true... the pope should'n thave to appologize... And you should not go into silence. Life would suck then and there would not be any more Atomic Blog to make me laugh.

Steve said...

No, the Pope shouldn’t apologize, nor should his team be fired; if he spoke the truth. I’m offended by those that take offense at my way of life. Offended, by every day it seems, loosing a little bit more of my freedom to those that should just grow a set.

I know what you mean…

Steve said...

...came across this from the Jerusalem Post. Thought you might want to take a look at it. It basicly says the same as you... "not much can be said anymore about anything...". I've never known anyone that was harmed by another's opinion...even a mis-guided or uninformed one. Only by the actions of those that have an agenda the want to push on others, and seek whatever means available to push it forward.

'Islamic law rules you, too'
Daniel Pipes, THE JERUSALEM POST Sep. 26, 2006

The violence by Muslims responding to comments by the pope fit a pattern that has been building and accelerating since 1989.

Six times since then Westerners have done or said something that has triggered death threats and violence in the Muslim world. Looking at them in the aggregate offers useful insights.

# 1989 - Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses prompted Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a death edict against him and his publishers, on the grounds that the book "is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran."
Subsequent rioting led to more than 20 deaths, mostly in India.

# 1997 - The US Supreme Court refused to remove a 1930s frieze showing Muhammad as lawgiver that decorates the main court chamber; the Council on American-Islamic Relations made an issue of this, leading to riots and injuries in India.

# 2002 - American Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell called Muhammad a "terrorist," leading to church burnings and at least 10 deaths in India.

# 2005 - An incorrect story in Newsweek reporting that American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay "in an attempt to rattle suspects, flushed a Koran down a toilet" was picked up by the famous Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, and prompted protests around the Muslim world, leading to at least 15 deaths.

# February 2006 - The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of Muhammad, spurring a Palestinian imam in Copenhagen, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, to excite Muslim opinion against the Danish government. He succeeded so well that hundreds died, mostly in Nigeria.

# September 2006 - Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine emperor's views that what is new in Islam is "evil and inhuman," prompting the firebombing of churches and the murder of several Christians.

These six rounds show a near-doubling in frequency: eight years between the first and second rounds, then five, then three, one and none.

THE FIRST instance - Khomeini's edict against Salman Rushdie - came as a complete shock, for no one had hitherto imagined that a Muslim dictator could tell a British citizen living in London what he could not write about.

Seventeen years later, calls for the execution of the pope (including one at Westminster Cathedral in London) have acquired a too-familiar quality. The outrageous has become routine, almost predictable. As Muslim sensibilities have grown more excited, Western ones have become more phlegmatic.

Incidents started in Europe (Rushdie, Danish cartoons, Pope Benedict) have grown much larger than those based in the US (Supreme Court, Jerry Falwell, Koran flushing), reflecting the greater efficacy of Islamist aggression against Europeans than against Americans.

ISLAMISTS IGNORE subtleties. Rushdie's magical realism, the positive intent of the Supreme Court frieze, the falsehood of the Koran-flushing story (ever tried putting a book down a toilet?), the benign nature of the Danish cartoons or the subtleties of Benedict's speech - none of these mattered.

What rouses Muslim crowds and what does not is somewhat unpredictable.
Rushdie's novel was not nearly as offensive to Muslim sensibilities as a host of other writings, medieval, modern and contemporary. Other American evangelists have said worse things about Muhammad than did Falwell (Jerry Vines called the Muslim prophet "a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives") without violence ensuing. Why did Norwegian preacher Runar S gaard's deeming Muhammad "a confused pedophile" remain a local dispute while the Danish cartoons went global?

One answer is that Islamists having international reach (Khomeini, CAIR, Imran Khan, Abu Laban) usually play a key role in transforming a general sense of displeasure into an operational fury. If no Islamist agitates, the issue remains relatively quiet.

The extent of the violence is even more unpredictable - one could not anticipate the cartoons causing the most fatalities and the pope's quote the fewest.

And why so much violence in India?

These incidents also spotlight a total lack of reciprocity by Muslims.
The Saudi government bans Bibles, crosses and Stars of David, while Muslims routinely publish disgusting cartoons of Jews.

NO CONSPIRACY lies behind these six rounds of inflammation and aggression, but examined in retrospect they coalesce and form a single, prolonged campaign of intimidation, with more sure to come.

The basic message - "You Westerners no longer have the privilege to say what you will about Islam, the Prophet and the Koran; Islamic law rules you too" - will return again and again until Westerners either submit or Muslims realize their effort has failed.

The writer is director of the Middle East Forum and author of

ragingplanetfire said...

Thanks for that Steve some great stuff there.