15th October 2012

“We've grown accustomed to the fact that in our society certain elements of the Muslim population, which make up about three percent of the total population, are all over the media. This situation amounts to a kind of permanent exception in which demands and aggression dominate the picture, along with major doses of victim rhetoric. No other group demands anywhere near as much attention or demonstrates so clearly that it is dissatisfied with our liberal values.”

Hege Storhaug

7 Responses to “15th October 2012”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Yeah they wanted to insert some exceptions into the first amendment but that story died as it became painfully obvious that the embassy attack was premeditated terrorism.

  2. Panzerbjørn Says:

    Hmmm, I dunno, I think that catholics are running a very close second in proclaiming that they are downtrodden and we should do as they say…

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    “They’re laughing at me, mother. I can’t stand it when they laugh at me!”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/10/rep_paul_broun_says_the_earth_is_9_000_years_old_how_do_creationists_calculate.html?google_editors_picks=true

  4. Jeff Says:

    Com’mon folks, can’t y’all see that the single most downtrodden majority in the United States are the Evangelicals? Holly Shit – they’ve only got their own news channel, which features both previous (and possibly future) presidential candidates, they rejected one of their own because by GOD he was in the wrong party, so they went with St. Ronnie who didn’t bother to go to church until he got into the WH. Yep, these folks have got it really terrible.

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    …memories of the Reagan Administration are highly selective:

    (Reagan) “rarely went to church while he was in the White House, something for which conservatives routinely criticize Barack Obama. And, he was close friends with many people in Hollywood who didn’t exactly lead moral lives. That last item is probably one reason why Reagan never seemed quite comfortable with the religious right’s obsessive hatred of homosexuals. Unlike the Jerry Falwell’s of the world, he actually knew people who were gay, living in the world of Hollywood how couldn’t you? That’s not to say Reagan was some kind of crusader for gay rights, he wasn’t, although it is worth noting that during his time as Governor of California he opposed efforts to make it illegal for people who were openly gay or lesbian to teach in the state’s public schools.”

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/christian-conservatives-have-a-very-selective-memory-of-ronald-reagan/

  6. Jeff Says:

    My exact point, Sinjin.

  7. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Reagan’s religiosity seemed to me simplistic, socially motivated, and wholly lacking in the fervancy of the religious right. For them to try and rewrite history and portray him as one of them stretches credibility.

    First: Reagan believed Christ died on the Cross so that we might better pursue happiness, not for the salvation of our souls

    Second: Reagan’s upbringing included church as part of community. Also, Reagan’s college, Eureka College, is affiliatied with his mother’s church the Disciples of Christ Church. a mainline Protestant Christian denomination.

    What kind of folks are Disciples of Christ? President Lyndon Johnson, KFC’s Colonel Sanders, actor Tom Selleck, actor John Stamos, and the great basketball coach John Wooden have family history that includes varying time as members of the Disciples of Christ Church.

    Church after office: After leaving office he attended services at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, which is popular with the entertainment industry. Famous celebrities that have been spotted at Bel Air in recent years include Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lance Bass, Sean Astin, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    NOTE: Born again means different things to different people. To Evangelicals “born again” came to refer to a conversion experience, accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in order to be saved from Hell and given eternal life with God in Heaven, and was increasingly used as a term to identify devout believers.

    Born again didn’t mean that to Reagan: For Reagan “born again” means “trusts in Jesus Christ as savior”, a fairly innocous thing to say. It doesn’t quite rise to the level of what Evangelicals believe.

    Reagan’s son Ron described his religiosity as genuine and deep but also viewed it as private and personal, not something to be used for political gain.

    It strikes me as odd that the religious right crys foul in an instance when a black person plays the race card but feels at liberty to flout their religiosity ad nauseum.

    Then add in the hijacking of Reagan as one of them and I could puke.