So much politics lately. It has been interesting to see those who derided all opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque rapidly change their tune when the agrieved pary is Muslims rather than fellow Americans. I wish I could say it was surprising. In honor of all that, here are a few links.Religion of Peace
- Why Can’t We Be As Religiously Tolerant as Islam? - Joe Carter
For some reason I had always been led to believe that Islam was a fairly intolerant religion. (I blame FOX News.) Turns out I had it completely backwards. Muslims are a Bible-loving people that like to invite Catholics over to the Mosque to pray in the name of Jesus. At least that is the story two religion scholars, one from a (nominally) Baptist school, one from a (nominally) Catholic school try to pass off to a (nominally) well-informed religion writer at CNN:
- The Eternal Flame of Muslim Outrage - Michelle Malkin
Just a few months ago in Kashmir, faithful Muslims rioted over what they thought was a mosque depicted on underwear sold by street vendors. The mob shut down businesses and clashed with police over the blasphemous skivvies. ... In 1997, outraged Muslims forced Nike to recall 800,000 shoes because they claimed the company’s “Air” logo looked like the Arabic script for “Allah.” In 1998, another conflagration spread over Unilever’s ice-cream logo — which Muslims claimed looked like “Allah” if read upside-down and backwards... That same year, Nigerian Muslims stabbed, bludgeoned, or burned to death 200 people in protest of the Miss World beauty pageant — which they considered an affront to Allah. ... And who could forget the global Danish-cartoon riots of 2006 (instigated by imams who toured Egypt stoking hysteria with faked anti-Islam comic strips)? From Afghanistan to Egypt to Lebanon to Libya, Pakistan, Turkey, and in between, hundreds died under the pretext of protecting Mohammed from Western slight, and brave journalists who stood up to the madness were threatened with beheading.
- If We Don’t Build It, They Will Kill You? - Claudia Rosett
As for the message Rauf’s words might impart to the many Americans who oppose his project, his warning doesn’t sound like bridge-building. It sounds like blackmail. Before Rauf rolled out his Cordoba House project for approval by a Manhattan community board this past May, America’s annual observations of Sept. 11 were a solemn matter, focused on the enormity of the Islamist murder of almost 3,000 Americans. This year, the run-up to Sept. 11 has become an angry showdown, involving Pastor Terry Jones and his widely and rightly condemned on-again off-again plans to burn the Koran, growing frustration on the part of many Americans who feel they are endlessly asked to defer to the sensitivities of Muslims who respond with ever-growing demands, and at the center of it all, the obdurate and self-promoting Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.
- Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan
May 22, 2009 - Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.</a>
- The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’ - Christian Rudder
We selected 526,000 OkCupid users at random and divided them into groups by their (self-stated) race. We then took all these people's profile essays (280 million words in total!) and isolated the words and phrases that made each racial group's essays statistically distinct from the others'.
- Deep-fried beer invented in Texas - Nick Allen
The beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection to remain alcoholic. When diners take a bite the hot beer mixes with the dough in what is claimed to be a delicious taste sensation.
- 6 Unique uses of Morse code
As usage of Morse code wanes, it’s somewhat comforting, and surprising, to learn that its legacy lives on in the strangest of forms. Here we have six unique examples of that very code being used in a variety of different items, some more successfully than others.