“Violence has a theology, but so does Reason” And Other Oddities
August 30, 2006
Can you imagine, if someone had (God forbid!) driven a car into 14 gay people, how quickly the press would have managed to cover the story? Can you imagine that Mayor Newsom would call it “road rage” and suggest that there really probably wasn’t a “hate crime” attached to the action?
I think there is a war here, but it is not a war between religions, but as Ali says, between Violence and Reason. Violence has a theology, but so does Reason [emp-SC&A]. And coming back to the Anchoress’ point, I think that failure to confront and examine the “war within the Law of God” will leave people in the US with the impression that this is a different war, and that all Muslims are prone to go off like popguns in Jewish neighborhoods. I think it’s time to come to grips with what Violence is truly saying in order to let Reason prevail.
I want to reiterate this: for every act of violence in the west, there are ten in the Muslim world. The ideology of Violence must be defeated, because it will never surrender – but that need not mean that Muslims must be outcast, or that being Muslim is at all incompatible within being humane and just. What we should do is speak and live reason, even if we have to carry a gun to do this. I must, in the end, have a radical addiction to freedom, because I would rather live in an armed society than in one which carried out pograms against innocent Muslims.
Now, keep that in mind as you consider these ideas, also presented by The Anchoress. In Fascist- Word Only Noteworthy When Used By GOP, she notes that there are other imbalances, closer to home, and that there appears to be a concerted effort to keep Reason from the conscience of the American public.
When the president or conservatives use the word “fascist” and “fascism” to describe a means of movement and an ideology, well…that’s all a “tactic.” It’s been focus-grouped. It’s just a cynical ploy to which no one need pay attention. They’re just floundering around with that word, they don’t really know what it means, after all. Of course they don’t. They’re too stoopit.
But when the left uses the same words, it’s not cynical, it’s not a political tactic – it’s apparently something real and noble.
Interesting, too… G.H.W. Bush calling Saddam “Hitler,” and the ensuing controversy which arose from that…but never mentions that G.W. Bush is routinely called “fascist” and “Hitler” to…to…to the sounds of crickets chirping and a hollow wind blowing all around. No controversy, there!
It’s amazing what is “remarkable” to some people. It is even more amazing to me that when the administration finally gets around to using the right word, some in the press immediately work to dull the effect.
This in fact, is more than partisan politics. This is an attempt to assign credibity- or take it way, by a media with a clear agenda -and a part of that agenda is to preclude Reason, as MOM notes, from prevailing. As she so perfectly notes, “Violence has a theology, but so does Reason.” Some agendas don’t want you to think about that.
How does that agenda manifest itself? See Donkey See, Monkey Do, a more than disturbing editorial on the ideas that are embraced by the rank and file Demorat supporters.
Plus ca change, plus ca reste la meme.