"But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."
Number OneI realize now the syntax error that the whole 'religion of peace' thing was, for no religion is a religion of peace. To suggest otherwise leads to the slippery slope arguments being bantered about because of this cartoon business. Saying any religion is a 'religion of peace' or a 'religion of war' gets us right back into the 'my religion is better than your religion' crap that causes stuff like this.Number 2While I choose not to make excuses for crazy Muslims (my open letter to Muslims from an American Liberal is coming soon), let us not be so hasty that we gloss over similar atrocities in our own culture. In an otherwise brilliant column, the Anchoress adds this little tidbit of historical revision: "And it’s not like the Christians are going to fly planes into buildings!"No, Christians haven't used planes. But Christians have used truck bombs, pipe bombs, dynamite, pickup trucks & chains, and plain, old fashioned pistol whippin.But as a Christian, I don't like to be associated with them folks.Number 3There are plenty of Muslims who don't want to be associated with their crazies either. You just aren't hearing about them because the American Media knows there is no story in reasonability, and only wants to fan the flames of this one. You have to go deep into the blogosphere to watch for moderation. Instapundit has 'em all over his page, including this one you can see over on DADvocate:"Instapundit also points out the courage of a Jordanian newspaper: 'Meanwhile, a Jordanian gossip tabloid on defiantly published three of the cartoons that have triggered outrage in the Arab and Muslim world."Muslims of the world, be reasonable," said the editor-in-chief of the weekly independent newspaper Al-Shihan in an editorial alongside the cartoons, including the one showing the Muslim religion's founder wearing a bomb-shaped turban."What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?" wrote Jihad Momani.Indeed.'"Number 4These crazies have picked a fight they absolutely cannot win. If there is one thing that unites the entire West is that we are hellraisers who do not like to be told what to do. The folks who are mad at religios cartoonery, no matter how much bad taste went into the original cartoons, will soon know that this will only get worse:"On the recommendation of a colleague I read this piece on why the cartoons have made Muslims so angry and now I feel even more like there's no resolution coming. The conclusion says they want an apology, but I don't see how that makes everything suddenly OK. In fact, now that they've made it clear what a sore point this is, they've given new inspiration to people who would like nothing more than to hurt Muslims. In addition to seeing those original cartoons everywhere online today (Some bloggers have actually organized a campaign to publish them everywhere possible. Check Technorati to see what I mean.) I also saw a lengthy photoshop contest with depictions of Mohammed in scenes from the absurd to the obscene. Too bad they can't just rename the breakfast danish to "freedom pastry" and move on."-Clicked
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