Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bigotry After Brussels

ISIS has claimed responsibility for today's horrible terrorist attack in Belgium, followed by Islamic leaders throughout the world condemning this appalling crime, which in turn was ignored by the usual bigots demanding to know "Where's the Muslim outrage, huh?"

It's obvious that the only way to satisfy these people is for every individual Muslim to replace standard punctuation with condemnations of terrorism, as follows:

"Could you please pass the salt? I'm outraged by terrorist violence."

"Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! I say this as a Muslim who hates terrorist violence."

"Sorry, can't meet you for dinner tomorrow; I have to study for my math final and be outraged by terrorist violence."

"Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and I condemn terrorism too."


Anonymous Low Budget Dave said...

I doubt that would work. When someone says: "Muslims should condemn... (blah blah blah)", what they are really saying is: "I don't listen to anything Muslims say, and have no intention of doing so."

Give or take a little fabric dye, ISIS is the moral equivalent of the KKK. (ISIS' claims to follow Islam ring familiar to those of us who remember the Klan's claims to be "Christian".)

Unfortunately, that means ISIS will most likely be around for many decades. The world has been working on stamping out the KKK since 1964, but they keep coming back like roaches in a cheap Florida motel.

Police action (and condemnation) is like bug-spray: It reduces the numbers a bit, and drives the rest deeper into the dark corners where they started. I don't have a solution here, I just wanted to mix metaphors.

11:52 AM  

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