All weekend, while I hung out in the hotel at Denver. I endured watching TV pundits scratching the $200 haircuts on their 88 cent heads and pondering the question of whether their might be some remote connection between Islamic belief and a guy who praises Muslim suicide bombers as heros and martyrs, uses his authority as a psychiatrist to proselytize vulnerable patiences with Islam, and dresses in traditional Muslim garb in preparation for bursting into a room full of defenseless people and shouting "Allahu ackbar!" as he guns them down.
It was a spectacular display of deliberate willed stupidity by a culture that does not want to acknowledge that Islam tends to breed such acts of terror with startling frequency.
Of course, that same media culture has absolutely no trouble painting Christians as dangerous fanatics (no doubt due to the roving gangs of gun-toting Methodists who shouts "Jesus is Lord" as they blast away at defenseless people.
Meanwhile, Roland Emmerich does a stand up job making clear what motivates so much of the willed stupidity from our Chattering Classes who refuse to ever notice the bleedin' obvious. It's all about the cowardice:
For "2012," Emmerich set his sites on destroying the some biggest landmarks around the world, from Rome to Rio. But there's one place that Emmerich wanted to demolish but didn't: the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure located in the center of Mecca. It's the focus of prayers and the site of the Hajj, the biggest, most important pilgrimage in Islam.
"Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit," the filmmaker told scifiwire.com. "But my co-writer Harald [Kloser] said, 'I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie.' And he was right."
Emmerich went on: "We have to all, in the western world, think about this. You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it's just something which I kind of didn't [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out."
Note the passive voice. Emmerich doesn't acknowledge that he is a coward afraid of offending Bronze Age Bullies with thin skin. Instead, he blabbers something about "that state the world is in."
Meanwhile, the Religion That Can't Grow Up behold the carnage wrought by another Son of the Prophet and naturally blames... somebody else while feeling sorry for itself. Boo hoo. Somebody made fun of the shooter. Poor him. Boy, I'm sure lucky that nobody in our culture ever mocks us mackerel snappers. If they did, I guess we'd be perfectly justified in opening fire on innocent civilians.
Monday, November 09, 2009
We Have No Idea Why He Did This. What Could It Possibly Be?
Mark Shea on the hapless tools of the media: