When it became handy to avoid legitimate criticism by calling those who dare do so ‘racists’!
The most telling frame is the third. Jesus and Mo are flummoxed and speechless in the face of the barmaid’s statement. Mo, because he can’t come up with a thoughtful or reasonable response resorts to ad hominem,
Comment by Veronica Abbass — January 25, 2012 @ 11:32 pm
I have long suspected that many people don’t associate their belief to a personal choice they make. If they did, then I think we would have no problem criticizing it (and this is much more true of those who hold to more mature liberal theologies). What I find is that too many people assume their beliefs are actually directed to them by god… without wondering why god is so choosy about sending geographically specific revelations to people. Few Jainists seem to pop up in Salt Lake City and I know of no 7th Day Adventists awakening fully revealed in Medina. The very notion of a personal responsibility to this choice rather than one delivered by special messenger from god seems to be a foreign concept. Hence, when all else fails, the ad hominem.
Comment by tildeb — January 27, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
Islam is different from the other Abrahamic religions because the doctrine gives rules for culture, economy and government. This is, I think, one of the fundamental reasons why Islam identifies itself as a race; the religion is a guide on not just how to live and worship God but on how to run a culture. I still don’t think the jump to race is a valid one but I can see why Islam has become to be thought of that way by so many.
Comment by bryanbr — January 27, 2012 @ 12:58 pm
“the religion [Islam] is a guide on not just how to live and worship God but on how to run a culture.”
How is this different than Judaism?
Comment by Veronica Abbass — January 27, 2012 @ 4:48 pm
Islam has a more modern approach.Besides we’re not talking about Judaism. My point is that the rules for running government, economics..etc is why so many Islamics feel that they are a race in my opinion anyway.
Comment by bryanbr — January 27, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
Well, islam certainly attempts to conquer and then infuse all culture with its qur’anic directives. So too does christianity and judaism when granted unfettered authority to do so. But in none of these cases does religion translate into category of race.
Comment by tildeb — January 27, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
A: “the religion [Islam] is a guide on not just how to live and worship God but on how to run a culture.”
B: How is this different than Judaism?
A: Islam has a more modern approach…
Well, that clears everything up. Not.
Race? You keep using that word but I do not think it means what you think it means.
An inconceivable Montage
Comment by Cedric Katesby — January 27, 2012 @ 11:54 pm
Wait a minute. Perhaps I was too harsh.
(…Re-reads a second time…)
I still don’t think the jump to race is a valid one but I can see why Islam has become to be thought of that way by so many.
Ah, so you don’t actually think that Islam is a race? Ok. Apologies.
Comment by Cedric Katesby — January 28, 2012 @ 12:12 am
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