March 22, 2006

Practical blasphemy

In the toss up between cartoons and killing people, one might conclude that ending the lives of the children of God might rank as a greater offence than mocking either God or God's prophets. So, one might expect that a few Sudanese embassies have been put to the torch by crowds angry at genocide in Darfur, but apparently not.

The protests against mass murder in Darfur have been impressively peaceful. A number of religious institutions have started displaying banners calling for the Darfuris to be saved. A list is here. Oddly, one kind of religious institution appears to be missing. Interestingly, many institutions that will soon commemorate pharaonically induced mass pedestrianism are well represented. How will Harvard explain that?

Andrew Apostolou (in pyjamas but not in the media).

Posted by Andrew Apostolou at March 22, 2006 05:27 AM
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Pharoanically-induced mass pedestrianism. Ha!

Posted by: Citizen Grim at March 22, 2006 09:37 AM

The only thing more sickening than the lack of international action on Dafur is the gleeful use by some of this tragedy as a fulcrum for boosting partisanship.

A mention of Dafur, sure. Doing so simply to take a shot at Muslims? Shameful.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 22, 2006 10:28 AM

Is there a single important issue in this world that can't be or isn't used by somebody as a "fulcrum for boosting partisanship"?

I didn't think so.

So does every comment thread really need someone to make that accusation? Maybe we can just pencil that in as the automatic first comment on every posting.

Posted by: Gene at March 22, 2006 11:41 AM

Maybe we can just pencil that in as the automatic first comment on every posting.

Please feel free to do so.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 22, 2006 04:35 PM

Just to take a shot? No, to point out the odd standards of those who moan about drawings but are indifferent to the lives of non-Sunni Iraqis and non-Arab Sudanese.

Posted by: Apostolou at March 22, 2006 05:47 PM

Just to take a shot? No, to point out the odd standards of those who moan about drawings but are indifferent to the lives of non-Sunni Iraqis and non-Arab Sudanese.

How unfortunate for the victimized Sudanese that they must await their plight to be pointed out by those who would point out odd standards.

Or would that be fortunate?

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at March 22, 2006 11:33 PM

NGOs do what they can, but it is only governments who must make priority choices that can afford to make changes in places like Darfur.

The Media has disgraced itself. One must strive to become a respected member of the PRESS, or a member of the respected press.

You really do not want to be in the media. It's usually bad news or scandal. That only works if you are a rock star first. TG

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