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The Truth Shall Set You Free…Plus Bond

April 26th, 2011 No comments

link Pastor Terry Jones released from custody after his bond is posted.

There are innumerate church and other religious groups in the U.S. that pursue beliefs that may be questionable to non adherents. Not a lot of people would ordinarily know or care what Pastor Terry Jones does with his flock of parishioners down in Florida.  Adults are free to believe what they want.   In any free society, this is one of the cornerstone elements; people can subscribe to their own versions of truth and reality.  Certainly, there are no shortage of choices for people’s religious beliefs, or of course for the right not to have any.  It’s like the cheese display at Whole Foods where customers have a selection ranging from the benignly mild dairy flavours all the way up to the truly offensive strong ones which approach rotting fish in old socks.

There are no placard waving demonstrators inciting people to eat one cheese over another.  There are no threats of death to those not acknowledging the superiority of their cheese over everyone else’s.   No one is expected to treat any one cheese with any particular reverence.  Some are appealing only to those with narrow, specific tastes while others are more suitable for the masses.  Some spoil and rot when exposed to air, others have more robust longevity.  Naturally, there will be attempts to convince people of the merits of certain types but this stops well short of coercion.  Free samples are given in order to attract customers, but no commitments are necessary.  Eventually, people will consume what they feel most comfortable with.

Why can’t religions be exactly the same?

This Terry Jones character is obviously out to sell his brand of religion and perhaps that’s distasteful.  But what he also does is call bs on the political correctness created by the popular media for a particular faith, namely Islam.  When the media drew a line connecting the violence and deaths in Afghanistan to his burning of the Koran, it became the truth.  Just because they said it was so, the media have credited Jones with single handedly rousing the ire of otherwise peace loving Afghan Muslims to a frothing fervor, enough to go on a killing rampage.  It’s a real toss up to see which of the three groups involved here is the nuttiest.  Relatively speaking, Jones appears the most sane.  The U.S. has seen episodes of flag burning, cross burning, record burning, book burnings, effigy burnings and even bra burnings, but until Jones came along, no one could cause massive murders on the other side of the world by simply burning the pages of a  Koran.   Who would have thought a Pastor from an obscure town of 23 in Florida could be so influential?

A guy like Jones who has that kind of influence should be harnessed for commercial gain.  Get him to push Coke over Pepsi, GM over Ford, Apple vs PC, or margarine versus butter.  To lock  him up and demonize him?  Forgive them, they know not what they do.  The global warming idiots had better hope Jones doesn’t take umbrage with their cause.

Protest Du Jour

September 10th, 2010 No comments

link Thousands protest Koran burning plan in Afghan north | Reuters.

Thousands huh.  In looking into the demographics of Afghanistan, some interesting statistics come to light.  To begin with, Afghanistan is not exactly the next Club Med candidate.  For this impoverished nation, non dirt floors makes you middle class.  It’s unlikely that the new Iphone creates much of a stir among the youth and it’s a certainty that the circus of Lindsay, Paris and Justin have no following there. 

According to the CIA world factbook, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/af.html, the total population is estimated to be just under 30 million people, though I’m not sure how you would go about trying to collect any census statistics.  I would think ‘of no fixed address’ could apply to a lot of people there.

In any event, the factbook says that just under half the population, 43% is between the ages of 0 to 14.  In addition, the median age is about 18.  Life expectancy is just over 44 years.  What this tells us is that this is a fairly hostile environment for humans. Survival is probably foremost in the minds of most citizens on any given day.  This includes the search for food, water, shelter, medicine and as well, the avoidance of bombs and gunfire.  If you are an 18 year old and your life is almost  half over, it’s unlikely that you would spontaneously give a rat’s ass about a small church in the US threatening to burn some holy books.  In a country where risk of AIDs is high and literacy is low, it’s a stretch that some pastor in some hick town on the other side of the planet is going to get you all lathered up.

While we can’t dismiss their political awareness, it’s unlikely that someone googled “Church in Gainesville”  and then everyone was all in a tizzy over the proposed burning.  If so, I can imagine the wives of these poor guys telling them to knock it off and get some food for the kids.  More likely, some guy came along and asked if anyone wanted to make a few quick drachmas or whatever the currency is for a few minutes of fist shaking and US flag burning.  Well, ‘why not’? they ask and voila, instant protest scene. 

18 year olds over in this part of the world couldn’t care less about things outside of their buddy group much less about who burns what books in Hicksville.  Something tells me the Afghan guys feel just the same.

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