May 11, 2006

Dopey WNJ Letters of the Week

Two winners this week! The first garners a "WTF?" honor as well, courtesy of Janine Hochberg of Landenberg, PA:

I'm a first-year student at Widener School of Law, and read last week's story on our new Fowl Division. I just wanted to point out that the mother goose is attended by not just one male partner, but two. The male geese work in tandem to maintain a defensive perimeter around the nest.

I realize that such alternative avian lifestyles may be controversial in these times. But this threesome is clearly committed to providing a stable family for its eggs.

Don't know 'bout you, but I'm going to sleep a WHOLE lot better tonight now that I have that info. And how is being a first-year law student relevant to the topic? Sheesh!

Next, Jerry Northington of Wilmington believes there's no difference between Muslim extremists and Christian extremists:

A reader wrote to criticize the recent article by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. While criticism of Islamic fundamentalists is fine, the similar view of Christian fundamentalism is completely ignored. How much difference can there be between two religious views that both aim to eliminate the other? Is one right and the other wrong?

A better course is to look for peaceful resolution. Understanding a different culture leads to common ground for cooperation. Invading and destroying a country like Iraq to eradicate a religious view, as we have done under the leadership of President Bush, is unsupportable.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I really haven't heard of Christian extremists terrorizing and threatening anyone and anybody who doesn't share their worldview. I haven't heard of Christian extremists threatening cartoonists, for example, with death by beheading, nor where Christian extremists have flown airliners into buildings and/or set off bombs in subways and rail stations.

Extremism is indeed a detestable concept no matter the philosophy. But don't try to make a point with laughable morally relativist comparisons. (Oh, and just so it's clear, I am indeed talking about EXTREMISTS, in particular Muslim EXTREMISTS. Just so it's clear for those who are lightning quick with the "Islamophobia" epithet.)

Lastly, claiming that the president invaded Iraq to "eradicate a religious view" is so preposterous as to induce mindless head-banging against the nearest brick construct. (Well, to be fair, in the Scourge's case, this would result in a negative injury.) What, are the legitimate reasons for ripping Bush no longer "fun"? Now it's "religiocide"?

Posted by Hube at May 11, 2006 05:42 PM | TrackBack

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but I really haven't heard of Christian extremists terrorizing and threatening anyone and anybody who doesn't share their worldview.

Dude, what planet do you live on?

unus...
duo...
tres...
quattuor...
quínque...
sex...


I haven't heard of Christian extremists threatening cartoonists, for example, with death by beheading

septem...:
"Sidney Sheinberg, the former president of MCA-Universal, which released "The Last Temptation of Christ," the 1988 film by Martin Scorsese...received death threats, hate mail and even a pig's head mailed to his home at the time.

The former studio chief said he had appealed to various Christian groups before that movie's release but did not succeed in quelling outrage from others. In his experience, he said, the most intense outrage often comes from those who do not bother to read the book or see the movie. "

Posted by: anon at May 11, 2006 09:56 PM

Nice attempt, anon, but no dice. Isolated incidents that were ROUNDLY condemned by virtually EVERYONE (of the same faith or not) don't even come close to comparing. I mean, come on -- Pat Robertson? The guy's got a screw loose and the conservative Right -- even most evangelicals -- were all over him like a cheap suit blasting him for his asinine comments about Chavez. But even so, Robertson was commenting on a political matter from a political perspective, not from a religious one. But you knew that, right?

Kopp? Yes indeed -- the leader of a "vast worldwide movement of anti-abortionists" dedicated to the eradication of anyone even remotely associated with Roe v. Wade! Yeah!

You really cannot see the difference between what you've provided and the bin Ladens of the world? Really?

What planet do YOU live on?

Posted by: Hube at May 12, 2006 08:35 AM

Well, Hube...that one Westernized bin Laden chick is pretty hot.

Posted by: Mike M. at May 12, 2006 02:50 PM

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