Saturday, February 18, 2006

I Heart Fundamentalists

So we've all heard of religious fundamentalism, radicalism, extremism, conservatism...have you ever seen it? What does it mean exactly? Well, you're in for a fucking treat.

Do we really want people like this in our world?
Are they looking out for what's best for humanity?


Behold, the radical Christian. This is from one of the recent "Trading Spouses" episodes on Fox (where essentially two families trade spouses for a certain period of time). When i saw this on TV this evening, i became infuriated that there are actually people that exist in our world who are as mentally corrupt from religion as this. What shames me the most is that a substantial amount of the human race have minds quite similar to this, we're not talking about just Christian extremism (Don't even get me started about you, Muhammad). I'll talk more about this another day.


Oh, and while waiting inbetween classes I came across this pleasant article in the latest Newsweek. It's titled, "Cut, Thrust and Christ"...how kind. It's basically about a debate team from Liberty University (also noted as, and i quote, "Jerry Falwell's fundamentalist Baptist college") who are diligently training to flood "the system with thousands of conservative Christian lawyers". Boy, that's just what we need more of!

What i like most about the article is the word usage involved. For example, in the actual Newsweek magazine which i read (go ahead, check if you don't believe me), the words in the next selection are a little different than the website has, which leads me to wonder. The magazine read that the university was intent on" training debaters who can perform assault ministry", what the fuck is ASSAULT ministry? Could you have used a better word for it? Or is that really what you mean?

Strangely enough, the online article is slightly different with "We are training debaters who can perform a salt ministry" (which has some reference to Matthew 5:13). Is this the mistake of Newsweek? Perhaps a typo in the original version? Perhaps it was the original statement and due to fear of criticism, negative view from public, etc, the university asked ( or demanded) Newsweek to change the selection. I don't know about you, but i'm sufficiently frightened.
Think about it for yourself, do we want our religious organizations to be using such rhetoric? What's next? "Our Warlords of Christ hope to commit a genocide of sin in the United States in the name of our Lord, Lieutenant General Jesus Christ."

Though, look at the bright side, our Vice President shot a man.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Killing over cartoons

My personal favorite

Alright, so recently the news has been all over this "cartoon crisis". For those who may not know what i'm talking about, check out any of the major news agencies and just to be safe, you may want to check out more than just one to stem possible bias ( Here's a start: http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/382). In addition, the actual cartoons can be viewed here.

Now, i don't know about you, but i get offended quite frequently and i assume that many other people get offended too from day to day. Everyone, sometime in their life is going to be offended somehow. Be it, a racial slur, images, words, facial expressions, et cetera. The key now is how you REACT to being offended and exactly what you have the right to do. Let's look at this everyday example ( ill be a caucasian male named John while Albert is an Asian male ):
  • Albert: Yo douche bag! How's that education system coming? Need help with your SAT? Lookin' to enslave any more races today? Or perhaps "free" repressed societies in the "Axis Of Evil"?
  • John: Hey Albert! I'm eating lunch, too bad i don't have any cats or dogs, cause then i'd share it with ya. Anytime you need driving lessons, let me know, i hear you guys have some trouble with that. Earlier today i saw a computer on my way to class, and i thought of you..but anyway...
  • Albert: Oh you crackers get me every time! Well i'm glad you thought of me, it's not very often that whiteys think of the inhabitants of 3rd world countries without automatically thinking profit. You guys love your sweatsho--err shirts! Let me know when you want me to erase those "work" files off your computer, god knows you don't know how.
  • John: Special thanks Mr. Lee, that's it right, Lee? Or is it Wong? Oh well, i can't tell any of you apart anyway. Don't worry about those files, Muhammed from Dell tech support has me covered. Anyway, I've got to go fill up my Hummer before i go home, bye!

As you can see in this typical example, there are numerous accounts of offensive material (verbal in this case). Most of the offensive material seen here is based purely off the stereotypes many hold of caucasians and asians. So, you're caucasian? What would you do if someone spoke to you like this ( or made a picture of you plowing your sister)? Would you demand a war? You're asian? How would you react? Would you start killing people? Ask the individual to say sorry? Fit any ethicity or heritage into this example, put in the stereotypes and how would it make you feel? What should you do? What if it was an image, sign, shirt, body movement? What then? What would you do if YOU were offended someday?

How about you don't fucking do anything.

You should be happy that you (as well as them) have the right to say such things, and offend people without getting killed. Interestingly enough, according to numerous news agencies, people are being KILLED due to riots and protesting about the cartoons posted in Danish and other European newspapers. Yes, you read that right, KILLED. People's lives are being ENDED due to a fucking cartoon. I don't care how offended you are, you have no fucking right to HARM other people due to it or change their lives. Though, of ALL THINGS, a fucking cartoon? Made of ink, crayon, or maybe a marker? Say whatever the hell you want about the person or people that offended you, but violence is a little excessive if you ask me.

I have a simple solution for you, instead of rampaging through town hurting innocent people (or even guilty people), or waiting for your magical god to do something about it (you'll be waiting a long time), or chanting "DEATH TO ____ BLAH BLAH JIHAD" why don't you draw a cartoon of a Dane doing something blasphemic with his favorite religious figure? SOMETHING that will make you not harm, possibly KILL other people, and perhaps think...boy am i glad i can draw this morally inappropriate picture without repercussion.

For goodness sake, i will let anyone draw the most sexually, morally, verbally (etc etc) repugnant cartoon they want about me, my family, my ethnicity, my dog, my girlfriend or anything pertaining to me that they desire. Now how am i going to respond to all this "abuse"? I'm going to riot across town and endanger the lives of everyone i see, or i could just simply pick up a crayon and draw a extremely offensive carto...nah (though it's certainly an option), knowing myself as well as i do, i'll do nothing at all. I'm just glad i can reciprocate the favor.