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February 03, 2006

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I am an agnostic and my comments are not based on religious beliefs. I am, however, incensed that here in the west the same people who are insulted at the display of symbols of Christianity in public are shocked by ridicule of a religion a great many of whose members assert that those who will not believe as they do should be exterminated. If we follow the stupid conclusions of mush-minded westerners, we will not survive. Thank Allah, God or whoever for those who speak out via the blogs.

A really strong analysis and presentation of the facts Sissy. We have a new Islamic temple in our city. (right in the middle of a nice neighborhood) It seems that the Muslim religion is growing in our area of the country instead of diminishing and if the adherents practice what many of the Jihadis are preaching we can't cower or we will be done for.

Well the State Department has set an astoundingly bad precedent. We won't be nice to you unless you threaten to be violent. Then we'll do whatever it takes to keep you happy...

Just think of the leftie uproar when Christians or Jews have made even 1/10th of this fuss over the various insults to their religion over the years.

This means - if you only VOICE your protest and you aren't violent... you are a freak and fanatic. If you threaten to KIDNAP and KILL - you are then regarded with sympathy and are only expressing your heartfelt dismay over the treatment of your religion.

Sounds like Christians and Jews need to change the way they deal with this stuff.

Well, it's the State Department - how can anyone be surprised or disappointed by this news? Condi Rice, as of this moment, is virtually the only person in that whole fucking bureaucracy that wasn't hired by Bill Clinton. We should have known it was coming.

"that wasn't hired by Bill Clinton."

To be fair, the problem preceded Feckless Willie. There were people pointing out State Department timidity and cowardice before Clinton was out of diapers.

It's about time that we learn not to trust the press. The way they reported the briefing is exactly the way they reported the Koran flushed into the toilet incident. Snip and distort. Here is an excerpt from the briefing:

(State Dept.)MR. MCCORMACK: ... The Muslims around the world have expressed the fact that they are outraged ...
Our response is to say that while we certainly don’t agree with, support, or in some cases, we condemn the views that are aired in public that are published in media organizations around the world, we, at the same time, defend the right of those individuals to express their views. For us, freedom of expression is at the core of our democracy and it is something that we have shed blood and treasure around the world to defend and we will continue to do so. That said, there are other aspects to democracy, our democracy — democracies around the world — and that is to promote understanding, to promote respect for minority rights, to try to appreciate the differences that may exist among us.

... And it is important to recognize and appreciate those differences. And it is also important to protect the rights of individuals and the media to express a point of view concerning various subjects. So while we share the offense that Muslims have taken at these images, we at the same time vigorously defend the right of individuals to express points of view. We may — like I said, we may not agree with those points of view, we may condemn those points of view but we respect and emphasize the importance that those individuals have the right to express those points of view.

... So we would urge all parties to exercise the maximum degree of understanding, the maximum degree of tolerance when they talk about this issue. And we would urge dialogue, not violence. And that also those that might take offense at these images that have been published, when they see similar views or images that could be perceived as anti-Semitic or anti-Catholic, that they speak out with equal vigor against those images.

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