From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.
The sole difference between mocking Christianity and Judaism and Buddhism and the Sikh faith and so on versus Islam is that all of those others won’t kill you for it, as a general thing. Islam deserves to be mocked until it grows up and/or weeds out the jihadist (and jihad-supporting) elements that make up too large a portion of its adherents now. Islam has several categories of practitioners, it seems to me: […]
In a MENSA discussion thread on the Bible — to which many participants are hostile — one commenter posted the following which I thought was interesting. I cannot link you back to the source, as it is a members-only forum. The context here is that the poster is asking for any perceived contradictions in the Bible, and has planned to refute each one. But Carolyn responded as follows: […]
(Some visitors to Citizen Tom’s blog are True Believer Catastrophists on global warming, and some (not the same folks, generally) are Young Earth Creationists or variants thereof. Perhaps I am destined to make enemies wherever I go, but that is not my intent. To a creationist, I had commented:)
In the meantime, regarding creationism, I […]
Pigs, pork, bacon … all being covered up by a Western publisher deathly afraid of offending the “tiny minority” of Muslims who will kill them. Ostensibly, they are afraid to “offend” people, specifically “Muslims and Jews” — except for the suggestion that no Jew has ever complained. From the International Business Times article: “One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books to avoid causing offence …” […]
I will be conducting a few tests this weekend of techniques to maintain both WordPress and LiveJournal. The current scheme requires that I manually go “clean up” after each posting, which means I can no longer schedule posts.
But I’ll include one interesting article, at least:
Egyptian President al-Sisi made news this month calling for […]
I am a bit reluctant to get into this topic, because many of the people whose fellowship (and political alliance) I value are creationists of one form or another. Generally, they’re often better people although not specifically for that reason. But, here goes:
There is a disconnect between the media (and apologists’) notions of Islam and what hundreds of millions of Muslims actually believe. Apologists, including the media, tell us constantly that the jihadist/shari’ah law folks are only a “tiny fraction” of Muslims. A few, exceptionally foolish, tell us that jihadism has “nothing to do with Islam.” […]
President Obama has famously declared that the Islamic State is not Islamic. Andrew Klavan had some fun with this. The Obama administration is going to extraordinary lengths to assert that Islamic terrorism (they will not use that phrase) has “nothing to do with Islam” (a phrase Obama and company use frequently). I was struck by various aspects of this “nothing to do with Islam” assertion. […]
In another forum, a commenter is arguing that the media is always quick to mention the criminal’s race if he’s black, but never if he’s Jewish. (There is some confusion there about “race.”) As he summed it up, after many comments and much argument: After the arrest. Black crime is racialized White crime is indivdualized Jewish crime is not mentioned. This struck me as rather far from the mark. I replied: […]