sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cultural Disconnect

In remarks at a prayer meeting Thursday, President Obama implied Christianity, just like Islam, is filled with people who "hijack religion for their own murderous ends." This is the progressive disease of moral equivalence at its worst.

In recent days and weeks, the world has watched grimly as the horrific barbarity of fundamentalist Islam has been put on full display.

With routine beheadings, crucifixions, tortures, mass killings of civilians, burying children alive, and, most recently, burning a prisoner alive and filming his death agony to the approving yells of onlookers, it's clear something is horribly wrong.

As my readers know, I am no defender of homosexuality, but let's take a look at Saudi jurisprudence when it comes to dealing with homosexuals:
(Wikipedia) Lashings, fines, floggings, prison time up to life, torture, chemical castrations, public whipping and/or the death penalty for the first offense. If convicted twice, you will be executed. Vigilante executions are very common as well, especially by families who want to "save face". The police participate in executions/torture or turn a blind eye to honor killings. Islamic Sharia law is strictly and emphatically applied.
Doesn't that sound just a bit medieval? Again, I'm not a proponent of sodomy, but is this a kind and loving approach to somebody whose conduct may be other than what you approve of? Saudi Arabia is the very kernel - the very center of the Islamic World. It was also Saudis who flew those airplanes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on 9/11. And yet, apart from rather routine denunciations of the savagery, Obama used his appearance at a National Prayer Breakfast to upbraid Christians for their sins.

Meanwhile, how are Muslims in the West treated? With visas, welfare, legal protection, even special speech codes to protect their religious sensibilities, along with copious apologies by people such as Obama. Even terrorists at Gitmo are given Halal meals, prayer mats and Qurans. Can you imagine the prisoners of ISIS being given Bibles and special meals? Would Jewish prisoners of ISIS be afforded kosher food and a rabbi to see to their spiritual requirements?

The West's Judeo-Christian heritage has led to tolerance, justice, women's rights and the abolition of slavery. Neither slavery nor Jim Crow laws were "justified" by the U.S. Christian mainstream. Indeed, as history shows, Christians were the driving force behind the anti-slavery movement in the U.S. But slavery is still found in the Muslim Mideast and Africa.

Progressives (and homosexuals) need to be careful what they are begging for, and what President Obama seems to be championing.


A Cracker in the Soup

I'm willing to be persuaded that I'm all wrong, but I am in favor of vaccinations to prevent diseases that are easily cured - by those vaccinations.

The world ridded itself of small pox and polio, though there have been disturbing reports that polio-like illnesses are returning to the stage. Still, those were massive achievements, brought about by international cooperation insuring that people were immune. Take one look at somebody with polio or small pox and you'd really want to be immune. Small Pox, for example, wiped out roughly half of the American Indians in the 1700-1800 timeframe. It's no small thing.

When I was a kid there was no vaccine for measles, chicken pox, mumps, etc. and the diseases ran rampant through the ranks of elementary schools. I had Rubella once and red measles twice, chicken pox once as a child (and again as an adult at age 30). It would have been a good thing if I hadn't had any of it.

I don't believe that the State should force vaccinations, but if a child wants to attend public school, they need to have their shots. You can home-school if you want to spin the wheel and dodge that bullet, or you can send your child to a private school that doesn't require them. But are you really helping your children out?

Adult chicken pox is something to be dreaded because it comes at you like a freight train. Trust me. My face is scarred by that encounter with chicken pox, and when my wife took me to the hospital, I was sitting in a wheel chair and they asked if anyone was with me, she denied that she was my wife because I looked so bad. True story. I'd rather have had the vaccination. But that's me.