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The Truth Should Be Out.

Fox had a headline and I’ve waited a while to get to it:

Beheading of Wife Poses Another Test for U.S. Muslims

Uh.

Yeaaaaah.

About that…

It should be a test of all of ’em!  No, not all Muslims chop their wives heads off.  I know that.  But I’ll be damned if I can see where there are any Muslims with the guts enough to stand up and say “This crap has to be stamped out, burned out root and branch, and and end put to it once and for all.”

You might see one imam say “We don’t condone this.”  Or a woman scholar in the middle east with more cojones than any of the men who says “Perhaps the Koran wasn’t translated quite correctly in the way it says to treat wives”.  But on the whole…

Big whup-de-doo.

I want to see a huge mass of people with the furor of the Allah-Cartoon-Incident get up and riot over this kind of behavior.  Where’s the passionate outcry?

I’ll tell you where it is…  nowhere that can be seen.

This argument is rather pathetic…

“Muslims don’t want to talk about this for good reason,” said Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, a Muslim author and activist. “There is so much negativity about Muslims, and it sort of perpetuates it. The right wing is going to run with it and misuse it. But we’ve got to shine a light on this issue so we can transform it.”

Uh… why is there so much negativity about Muslims?  As a right-winger, how can I possibly misuse it other than to say “this is wrong”?  Forgive me for my right-wing ‘tude, but there is not one single thing about chopping off your wife’s head or abusing her that is right.

Stop and ask yourself:  Why is there not such negativity about the Danes or the Swedes?  Oh we’re agreed that light must be shone here, but it has to be on the topic of why should there be so much negativity?

Let us forgive, for the moment, the vile injustice perpetrated upon the world by the Norwegians and Swedes commonly called “Lutefisk”.

Lutefisk is cod that has been dried in a lye solution. It looks like the desiccated cadavers of squirrels run over by trucks, but after it is soaked and reconstituted and the lye is washed out and it’s cooked, it looks more fish-related, though with lutefisk, the window of success is small. It can be tasty, but the statistics aren’t on your side. It is the hereditary delicacy of Swedes and Norwegians who serve it around the holidays, in memory of their ancestors, who ate it because they were poor. Most lutefisk is not edible by normal people. It is reminiscent of the afterbirth of a dog or the world’s largest chunk of phlegm.  – Garrison Keillor

Ok, continuing on, let me put it another way.  If one person comes up to me and says “Jack is a creep”  I can generally think that this person has a bone to pick with Jack and it being kind of a creep themselves.   If two people have come up to me, and they aren’t closely associated, and they both say “Jack is a creep”… I start to wonder if Jack had a bad day.  If three, five, or ten folks come up to me and say “Jack is a creep”… well, I have to begin to think that maybe, just maybe… Jack is a creep.

Another snippet:

“What you have is a cultural problem our communities have been silent about too long,” said Wajahat Ali, a journalist and playwright who helped drive the effort. “What people with an agenda are trying to do is say this is an example of a barbaric religion. This is an example of barbaric misogyny and domestic violence.”

Uh… most domestic violence doesn’t involve beheading.  That seems to be a really favorite thing with certain cultures.  I don’t even have to say it out loud, folks know what I mean.  It is not just misogyny and domestic violence of the garden variety.

As an outsider I can only draw the conclusion that women just don’t rank very high in the Muslim culture unless they are defiled in such a way that it impacts family honor.  I know, no one is shocked by that statement.  But neither is it aired out.

Please, someone tell me different.  I would like to believe that the idea that Muslims at large just don’t care a great deal about it  just not true.  But I see little evidence to the contrary.

Here’s another litmus test:  When you wonder if you should blog on this topic.

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Call me a chickensh*t, but I think I’ll let thousands upon thousands of others inject this first, and if it works I’ll be protect by herd immunity and then when there appears to be no effects ten years down the road… then I’ll get innoculated.

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Damn right you should have to pay for rescue efforts when you get in trouble in a remote area.  Pike’s Peak included.   Your feet hurt?  Aww, poor baby.  Tough it out.

I knew this gal (mooned after her, I did) in high school.  She was a friend’s girlfriend and the nicest kindest sweetest gal you could ever hope to meet.  My friend was an ass.  Anyway, we go on this group hike down a river (50 miles) in Southern Oregon.  Three days into it she pulls off her sneakers and socks and she’s missing a silver-dollar sized patch on her heel and the other was almost as bad.  It had rubbed off the first day.  She said nothing.  She said “Why complain?  Nothing could be done about it. ”

Ever since then I’ve taken her attitude to heart about just dealing with it when it is something you asked for – running, biking, hiking, weightlifting.  The pain is temporary and you might as well suck it up.

Amazing gal.

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