Vail Daily column: No more time for tolerance
“We have avenged the prophet!” shouted the delusional mass murderers in Paris last week.
Yeah, well, now reality has avenged the rest of us from your cold corpses.
We have sadly begun another year with yet another chapter from the failed epistemology known as religious faith.
And in spite of what some of you might think, I do not make such statements with a flippant attitude at all, as a well-deserved blanket of condemnation belongs to supernatural belief systems across the board, regardless of geographical location, nationality, skin color or chosen supernatural sky wizard.
Think I’m overreacting? See if you can guess who said the following:
“What happened in Paris cannot be tolerated … but neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.”
Sound like the words of a typical Muslim or at the very least a Muslim sympathizer? Read on.
“Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
“What unites Muslims in their anger against Charlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.”
Was it radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary in his USA Today column, Louis Farrakan in his weekly address or perhaps our own, according to some, Muslim-loving President?
Nope, those were the Jesus-loving Christian words of Catholic League President Bill Donohue apparently happy to be gloating over the death of an international foe because Charlie Hebdo had consistently insulted his religion as well.
Jihad envy, a friend of mine thinks it should be called, as religious nutjobs like this would still burn people at the stake if they thought they could get away with it.
Sticks and stones my friend, sticks and friggin’ stones, but I suppose that’s hard for a person to understand that possesses a false moral equivalence between killing a human being and simply insulting them.
A popular American religious figure comes right out and expresses sympathy with the homicidal grievances of radical Islamists, and the rational among us are supposed to just sit back and tolerate such imbecilic nonsense because we don’t want to offend or insult them?
I call steer guano.
Look, if you’re response to those not showing what you consider to be proper respect towards your particular supernatural belief system is to promote the death of anyone, much less the innocent, please imagine, just for a moment, how amazingly pathetic a deity must be who would require its followers to murder innocents for the glory of itself.
Religions sell the cures to the sins that they invented, and it’s up to the rational and logical to avenge our collective loss of sanity by no longer tolerating this ancient superstitious silliness.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.