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Walk The Line
2006-09-18 - 10:38 a.m.
Interesting weekend, here.
So the Pope talks about a book he was reading. There was a reference to a conversation that took place between "emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam". The quote - which was made around the end of the 14th century - calls Islam "evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Now remember, folks - these were NOT the words of the Pope. These were the words of an emperor. They were said over 600 years ago. The emperor evidently thought that Islam was a violent religion. And what brought him to that conclusion? The commands of Mohammed the prophet.
So. How do Muslims react to the Pope's revelation that an emperor 600 years ago thought that Islam was a violent religion? Muslims murder a nun in Somalia, who forgave her killers as she lay dying. Muslims burn churches in Gaza. Muslims march and demonstrate in ways that remind us of the violence that spread after that Danish cartoon situation.
If Islam is a religion of peace, they aren't showing it. I mean, doesn't it make sense that, if Islam is not a violent religion, and they don't want the world to think they are a violent religion...doesn't it make sense that they wouldn't react violently?
And where's the similar marches from "peaceful" Muslims, protesting the violence that the radical Muslims are doing?
Discuss amongst yourselves.
A distributor has picked up the movie about the fictional assassination of President Bush, thereby guaranteeing that it will be shown in the US.
Personally, I think it's disgusting...but NOT because it's about the assassination of Bush. It's because it's about an assassination of the PRESIDENT IN OFFICE. It is my belief - and remember, I'm old and out of touch - that this would never have happened twenty years ago. You don't have to like the President in office, but there is still a certain amount of respect due to the office. Hey, there were a LOT of things Bill Clinton did that I didn't like. But I never wished the man dead.
But of course, this kind of freedom is something that was fought for. This is part of the price that you pay. You take the sublime with the disgusting.
(BTW, what would have happened if this kind of movie had been about the assassination of Clinton while he was in office? The Democrats would be screaming. It would be front-page news. Where's the outcry from the Republicans right now? Exactly.)
And, in the world of capitalism, "The Price Is Right" started it's 35th season today. Talk about job security.
I always wanted to go on that show, get onstage, and ask if the models came with the car or (better) a hot tub. I would go on to say that, if they did, it would raise the price by about two million dollars each.
I think Bob would like that.
Well, the real world is pounding on my door, so that's all for today.
Be seeing you.
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Smed - 2006-09-18 13:42:33 - http://smedindy.diaryland.com
Brin - 2006-09-18 13:49:59 -
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Smed - 2006-09-18 14:44:38 - http://smedindy.diaryland.com
Dave - 2006-09-18 15:24:04 -
tou-mou - 2006-09-18 16:02:01 - http://tou-mou.diaryland.com