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An excellent read… February 6, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Madness.
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Bloodthirsty Christians Riot Across American Heartland

“To implicitly argue that unrestrained violence is excusable in the special case of offended Muslims out of respect for and tolerance of their belief system is the worst kind of racist double-standard: The cartoonists were stupid to provoke ‘those people’, some seem to suggest, including – quite explicitly – New Zealand’s Prime Minister and our own U.S. State Department. Everyone knows they’re all incendiary fanatics… why make things worse than they already are, seems to be the outrageous subtext.  “

I had this conversation with my daughter earlier today.  We were grocery shopping, and I made it a point to buy Danish cheese.  When she asked why, I explained what was going on with the cartoon madness, and this was just my small way of showing my support for the cartoonists and the newspapers which published the cartoons.

Her reaction?  Well, if people were going to be upset, they shouldn’t have published them.

ARRRRRRGGGGGGH. 

I explained that the people (and I use that term loosely) “upset” by the cartoons were burning buildings and threatening the cartoonists with death.  These people, I further explained, would be “upset” by the fact that she’s an independent young woman who is attending college, has a career ahead of her, goes where she wants, and wears what she damned well pleases.  If we really don’t want to upset them, she’d better start shopping at BurkasRUs, and lock herself in the house unless her brother or father decide she’s allowed to go somewhere.  Oh, and that boyfriend?  Really nice guy, but we’ve picked out a really good husband for you – he’s 80, but that’s ok, you don’t have to love him, you just have to marry him.  Or dad will kill you.

Hmmm…I think she’s starting to re-think the appeasement approach. 

Good.

 

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1. Kobayashi Maru - February 7, 2006

Thanks for the TB! My own nearly-college-aged daughter was listening in as I had a talk radio show on yesterday and she came up with similar reasoning. Fortunately the enlightened denizens of higher academia have not gotten hold of her mind yet and we were able to nip this one in the bud. It’s refreshing to see that some women finally ‘get it’. I.e., that the most insanely misogynist American male they’re every likely to encounter is orders of magnitude more enlightened than the most moderate Islamic extremist.


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