We have a new poll
—do vote! In the poll that just ended, 60.5% said religious belief is central to conservatism and 39.5% said otherwise. There were 43 votes.
Posted by Jim Kalb at June 10, 2002 07:23 AM | Send
A difficult choice to make for some I suppose. To me it’s the old homily about cooking frogs. If you throw a frog into a hot frying pan he’ll hop right out. Ain’t nothin’ like a hot fire to stir up the action. Now, you put the frog in a cold pan then place it over a slow fire, he’ll cook up pretty as you please. I think the ‘Human Rights Crowd’ and their subset ‘The Political Correctness Crowd’ are that slow fire.
Human rights really isn’t a slow fire, because in fact it is extremely radical, but to the dulled understanding of modern Western liberal peoples, it seems slow, so it operates in the way Mr. Finger describes.
Human Rights Ideology is much worse than Militant Islam.
While Militant Islam threatens lives, and relatively few at that. Human Rights Ideology destroys cultures and threatens to do something Militant Islam has never done, destroy the Traditional West.
There are some who suspect that the modern ethos of _sola scriptura_ and _sola constitution_ go all the way back to a _sola koran_: by constructing a dead logos printed on dead trees to replace the living Logos, and textual recitation of the dead logos to replace the Real Presence in the Eucharist, Mohammed gave birth to the protestant reformation and the modern West a thousand years later. That point of view is not entirely without merit, it seems to me.
This question is like asking which is worse the anvil underneath or the hammer that’s crashing down on top of you. Moslems are more likely to resort to mass violence. Then again, Islam is only a problem because the HR movement has propelled us into conflict with Islam.
Wasnt bin laden also annoyed by the american bases in saudi and the usa’s support for the west’s bridgehead, israel. Human Rights isnt entirely to blame for conflicting the west against islam.
I’m not sure why we should take it as given that Islam is more likely to resort to mass violence than the HR movement. There are differences of course, but a calculation of likely body count per unit of time doesn’t seem to me to obviously favor Islam.