Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
But What About The Civil Rights Of The Rest Of Us?
In a press release, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) said:
"We condemn yesterday's attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, without reservation. "We also reiterate our view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence." [NOTE: Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is identified as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CAIR had advised American Muslims to ignore her event.]
I resent, however, CAIR calling that event "anti-Islam" when it is really an expression of an American civil right.
I acknowledge that CAIR considers itself to be (in their words):
"CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
But it should, in my opinion, also acknowledge the civil rights of ALL Americans and, indeed, the civil rights of those Muslims currently being suppressed in Muslim countries and and the civil rights of those non-Muslims by groups such as ISIL.
We non-Muslims also have rights that need protection and we also should be safe from the bigotry of Muslims who believe they have the right under Islam to injure or kill those non-Muslims who offend their faith. To that end, I urge CAIR to expose the bigotry expressed by Muslims.