Sunday, February 05, 2006

Hilarious Comments

Obviously, people are scanning blogs and reprinting articles that one side or another has posted re: the cartoon dustup in the comment section.

The Muslim one I skimmed and right off it seemed to be making a moral comparison, what if the situation were reversed, as if that undercut my point. Clearly it doesn't. I flat out guarantee you that if the situations were reversed and Muslims had the dominant power societies that the Pat Robertsons of the world would be calling for executions over cartoons. The point is NOT the moral inferiority of Islam - the point is that a) religion sucks (all religion) and b) Arab Muslim culture sucks because let's face it - we all create the worlds we live in when you get down to it on a personal responsibility level. Blamers, at the end of the day, don't look inward enough. That's a universal human truth. Put a) and b) together and youve got a powerful toxic time bomb.

It's also so dishonest to say, oh, look, this is an offensive thing, therefore I have no choice to react as if I'm offended. You give away all personal power that way. I can walk up to you and call your mother a whore - but you choose your response to that. Why do Muslims always choose fury? I believe it is a cultural thing, like it's cool to react with outrage and fury, and I already said they're addicted to it. But it's still a choice, and that choice has consequences.

So all the posters in my comments can keep posting other peoples' columns, but my question stands: where is the Muslim Gandhi?

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Blogger TubaOnFire said...

I thought about your question last night. It is an interesting one. A few thoughts first, then I may have an answer on the Muslim Gandhi. I think you hit a key nail on the head when you bring it back to culture. Culture is a huge part of what creates you. There are many tragedies in the Israel/Palestine situation. One of them is that this was allowed to fester for so long, that you now have a generation of people who have grown up in a totally dysfunctional culture. The violence is just assumed now. It is the culture.

However, these is an interesting parallel culture (in terms of Macho and Religion) in Latin America. However, this jihadist nature does not exist. Which is odd considering that much of Latin America is pretty poor compared to much of the Middle East. Where I think the difference comes from is a quirk in Islam – the concept of Islamic Law and that the church and state cannot be separate. By tying church to state so closely, religion will be used again and again by corrupt politicians to manipulate the masses. Also, it ascribes religion with some of the power of the state – namely the power to use force.

Hell, this is a problem in our country. Bush won because he rallied the support of the religious fundie idiots who were convinced that if they didn’t vote Bush that John Kerry would ban the Bible. It’s a similar dynamic. In many Islamic countries, you have two choices – the totally corrupt more western dictators and the Taliban style fundies. Each side will cloak themselves in religion to justify anything and distract people from their realities. Like declaring a War On Christmas when your approval ratings are in the high 30%s.

Macho Culture + Religion + Politics = lots of dead people.

So, the guy who I find very interesting is Attaturk – the founder of Modern Turkey. Now, I don’t think he was always the greatest guy, but he established a separation of church and state in Turkey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataturk#Cultural_reform) and worked to advance science and rationalism there. However, he is a long way from Gandhi.

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