Fear and Loathing in the Name of Enlightenment

It’s increasingly clear to quite a few people these days that the most bigoted and intolerant people in our society are the very ones who make a big deal about being against bigotry and intolerance.  They keep using those words.  I do not think they mean what they think they mean.

Case in point: What better way to observe the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 than by equating the aggressor with the victim.  That is what the author of this article does in quoting the post-9/11 predictions of Hunter S. Thompson:

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.

War it is.  But last time I checked, it was not started by Christian terrorists flying passenger jets into buildings in Mecca.  Whatever one thinks about the nature and causes of the turmoil in the Middle East, the last time that a combatant entity treated the mass murder of enemy civilians as a legitimate aim of war or expression of grievance, the result was the Nuremberg trials.  One wonders whether the “lucid” assessment of Thompson would have characterized the American response to Pearl Harbor as “a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics.”  I call this not lucidity but a spectacular example of the sort of obtuseness one can arrive at when one’s view of events is colored by excessive hatred toward a group of people.

While it is true that many Muslims celebrated 9/11 as a legitimate act of war by Muslims against the “Christian West,” (H/T Instapundit) there was no equivalent sentiment on the other side.  Christian ministers do not call for the killing of unbelievers.  There were no spontaneous celebrations among Christians upon news of the deaths of Muslims.  Even reaction to the killing of bin Laden himself was muted.  Everything the West has done in response to 9/11 has been explicitly stated and defended in terms of national self-defense, not religion.  Bush even went on TV in the aftermath of 9/11 to assure the world that Islam is a religion of peace and retaliation against the Muslim world would be mistaken and unfair.   Whatever you think of America’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, these are the facts.

Christian jihad?  Religious extremism?  Pour yourself some tea, sit down and take your meds. Get some perspective and stop parroting such utterly irrational bigotry.  You want to see the sort of things that you accuse Christians of?  Look at Iran, where homosexuals are hung.  Look at Saudi Arabia, where people are imprisoned for expressing a worldview other than Islam.  Look at the merry mass murderers of ISIS.  If Christians both control the American government and harbor such murderous intolerance as is so glibly suggested, do you really think you could sit there behind your computer, safe from harm while saying such things?  The question itself doesn’t even exist outside the fever swamps of progressivist ignorance, hatred and projection.

Yet despite your hate mongering, you know deep down that promoting such hatred and defamation of Christians will get you a response no stronger than that of words.  You pick on those who don’t hate you the way you hate us.  You’re hypocrites. And cowards.

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Mama weer all crazee now

Life being what it is, I have hardly blogged at all the last four years.  But perusing some of my old posts I came across this:

I suspect that we are in the beginning of upheavals –economic, political and social– on a historic scale and the landscape might look very different in just a few short years.  We could hope that a spiritual realignment will come out of this too.    It’s been apparent to me that nobody is a moral relativist when it’s their own ox being gored, and between layoffs and 401Ks a lot of us have been gored.  I hope people will wake up and recognize relativism for the contrivance and evasion it is, and start looking around for a worldview with staying power.  And we will need it, because it seems to me that if many more people reject the values of democratic pluralism we could be into a rather ugly form of dictatorship.  I know I sound a bit unhinged, but in the past when the same factors have been in play the outcome hasn’t been good.  People don’t realize what a historical anomaly democracy really is.

Today I’m feeling less unhinged about saying that.

Like deja vu… with one exception

‘[T]he physical abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse of priests.’ So common is the transfer of offending teachers that it is called ‘passing the trash.’

via Errors or Lies? | Catholic Exchange.

I’m awaiting the daily-for-months news coverage of this, the spate of hundred-million-dollar lawsuits, and the late night comedians’ jokes characterizing all school teachers as molesters…

One change

The Congressional Budget Office figures, obtained by The Associated Press Friday, predict Obama’s budget will produce $9.3 trillion worth of red ink over 2010-2019. That’s $2.3 trillion worse than the White House predicted in its budget.

Worst of all, CBO says the deficit under Obama’s policies would never go below 4% of the size of the economy, figures that economists agree are unsustainable. By the end of the decade, the deficit would exceed 5% of gross domestic product, a dangerously high level.

via $1 trillion deficits estimated for each of next 10 years – USATODAY.com.

Here’s some of that change we can believe in.  Obama campaigned on reigning in deficits.  Apparently plans have changed.

Now the world admires America again… right?

As an aghast world — from China to Chicago and Chihuahua — watches, the circus-like U.S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos. Through it all, stock and financial markets are paralyzed. The more the policy regime does, the worse the outlook gets. The multi-ringed spectacle raises a disturbing question in many minds: Is this the end of America?

via Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America? – FP Comment.

Cue REM.  Really, I’ve been getting the feeling that we are at a pivotal moment in world history.  I do think that the America that everyone is used to is ending or has ended.  The question is what will replace it.

The Roman Empire fueled its economic growth with military conquest and expansion, and when it reached the natural limits of that expansion it began to decline, because the influx of money and slaves had been compensating for an idle or semi-idle class of people who were consumers more than producers.  America too is consuming more than producing <real</i> goods and services, and this has been financed with borrowing.  Now that credit is drying up we are contracting.  We can’t afford everything that people are used to, so the political class that maintained its position through doling out political goodies is now throwing out bread and providing political circus.  It’s not sustainable.

Obama campaigned on “Change We Can Believe In.”  The catch was that change in general is neither good nor bad; <i>specific</i> changes can be good or bad.  Things started changing before the election as the bill collectors started showing up.  Now we will see what sort of change we get.

Same old same old at the UN

Is United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon trying to squelch a branch of the world organization whose string of recent reports have drawn member nations’ attention to dramatic U.N. failings?

via FOXNews.com – Is Ban Ki-moon Trying to Squelch the U.N.’s Watchdogs? – United Nations.

The article, quoting internal UN watchdogs, goes on to say that in fact he is.  I thought he was the Secretary General who was going to fight corruption and restore accountability at the UN.  I guess that promise was as empty as the ones we hear after each genocide in Africa, where the UN takes notice only after the killing is over, feigns outrage and vows that it won’t happen again.

Isn’t it past time for this unelected, unaccountable, wanna-be world government to be defunded?

Textbooks distort history

Jesus was a Palestinian…

[The Koran is] the “Holy Book of Islam containing revelations received by Muhammad from God”…

What’s this?  Palestinian TV?  Wahhabi texts for Muslims in American prisons?  Nope.  American public school textbooks.

But Ybarra said it goes deeper than pure economics. He thinks the school books are being used as tools for propaganda, particularly to perpetuate negative attitudes towards Christianity, Israel and pro-Palestinian views concerning the Middle East.

“We fear that this is creating a generation of biased school children,” he said. “Some of our projects in the higher education realm with some of these same subject matters, we find that students do show up at universities with these prejudices.”

via FOXNews.com – Authors Warn That Many Textbooks Distort Religion – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News.

Our 12 year old’s History & Geography class has been spending a lot of time this year “learning” about the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Learning things like moral equivalence between those who deliberately target schools for rocket attacks and those who accidentally kill civilians while trying to get at those who hide behind them.  Learning things like Israel’s need to give up the strategic  Golan heights because peace will come through trusting the good intentions of the Assad regime in Syria.

What they did not learn though is any history of the region prior to 1948 when Westerners in control of the Holy Land (How did they get there?  Who knows?)  stole productive  land from enlightened Arabs and gave it to some displaced Europeans who call themselves Jews.  Nope, no propaganda there…