I wouldn’t have believed it, but I’m pissed off about persecuted Christians. Whoa, you’re saying, Loren’s lost his grip on reality. No, I haven’t. I just wonder if you can maintain YOUR grip on your temper, having seen this CBS News 60 Minutes report by Lara Logan.
American Christians make foolish noises about being persecuted. Iraqi Christians ARE being persecuted for real and more: they’re being harassed, intimidated and murdered in uncounted numbers by the bastards who are the Islamic State. Compounding the human toll is the loss of the ancient documents which the Iraqi Christians were forced to leave behind for IS to destroy, as they have despoiled so many ancient art treasures before now. I’m a traditionalist as it comes to books: I like the printed page, preferably hard-bound and held in my hand, as opposed to a Kindle or other electronic simulacrum. Books are valuta to me, in this case both precious and irreplaceable, and hearing that such works as were exposed to possible extinction PISSES ME OFF.
If nothing else, the actions which the Islamic State are taking in destroying artwork and manuscripts of religions other than their own are unmistakable indicators that they are agents of a particularly intransigent variation of Islam: one which not only states that There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet, but that Allah is the ONLY god to be tolerated under ANY circumstances, and that all others are to be relegated to non-existence, along with anything associated with them. Now, stipulated that I am both an atheist and an anti-theist; it would bother me not in the least to see any form of religion and particularly the evangelical variety removed from the face of our planet. HOWEVER … I would rather see that process happen by force of argument rather than by force. I want our opponents to see reason, rather than put a gun to their heads, either literally or figuratively. The militants of IS have no such moral compunction; they want the world as they want it, and any means to that end are justified, by their lights.
Such complete intolerance for any mindset other than their own deserves total, complete and absolute sanction. I don’t know what it will take to remove the Islamic State from the face of planet Earth, but for the sake of diversity and the right to believe or not as one chooses, removed they must be.