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November 23, 2002

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

Tim Hall, our friend of Hraka at Where Worlds Collide, takes me to task for my update of Mencken immediately below.

Bigwig, I hope you're just venting spleen, and don't really believe all that crap you wrote. Because if you do, you've lowered yourself to their level.

My first impression "I dunno. I can't recall the last time I killed someone, or blew up a schoolbus." I think I've got a ways to go before I reach those depths, though to be honest I think Tim is talking more about my level of discourse than my level of activity. I got much the same reaction from others last time I addressed Catholicism.

What can I say, I'm an equal opportunity offender. Give me time, and I'll eventually produce something of the same level of vitriol for the Mormons and Scientologists, I expect. I think everyone else is safe, for the moment.

Back to the post. Most of it was spleen, yes. I was pretty splenetic all day yesterday.

But a great number of the "A Muslim is " epigrams are based on news reports, such as the Taliban punishment for homosexuality (pushing a wall down atop the accused). And the fact is that "moderate" Muslims prefer to point the finger of blame outside of their religion rather than address the hijacking of it by the radicals. There's a nugget of truth in all of them, that's why they sting.

The original "A puritan is" has been criticized multiple times through the years for bias, as well as the fact that it falls short of the absolute truth. Lots of Puritans had fun, but the image sent down to history was not Cotton Mather romping naked in bed, but Cotton Mather glowering in dour disapproval. The updates should contain the exact same bias and lack of absolute truth. But they do contain enough truth to sting, and enough truth that unless change comes from within Islam, that will be the image sent down to history, and one of the epigrams below, or one like it, will be their legacy.

It will be their legacy because winners write the history, and there's no question that the West will win this war eventually. The West will kill thousands of Muslims over the course of it, because thousands of Muslims have set themselves up as enemies of the West. As long as Muslims oppose the West through violence, Muslims will die from the violence the West uses to defend itself.

Posted by Bigwig at November 23, 2002 09:20 AM | TrackBack
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