Friday, July 28, 2006
Via Andrew Sullivan, I found a link about the execution in Iran of a 16 year old girl. Her crime? Attending a party and being alone in a car with a boy. Completely inexcusable. Let us take a moment to mourn the loss of this young lady, Atefah Sahaaleh. It is so clear that the war against Islamofacism MUST be won, and yet Bush doesn't tseem to really care about winning. At least not when there is still the policy of "don't ask, don't tell," that led to the firing of 55 Arabic translators - just because they are gay. It is sickening that such prejudices would take precedance over national security. (I am not comparing this action to what happened in Iran as an equivalence - I am just saying that the firing of of the gay interpretators is inexcusable) The one common thread is religious intolerance. Religion gives the perfect excuse to be prejudiced against those who are different. "God told me this was the right way!" Never mind that we don't know what the texts actually say - after so many translations upon translations. Never mind that the texts were written by man, who is fallible. Never mind the words are open to so many interpretations. "GOD TOLD ME YOU ARE A GODAMNED SLUT, AND YOU MUST DIE!" Or "GOD HATES FAGS!" That's all that the nutjobs hear and that's all they understand. Well, I stand against such intolerance. I will not be tolerant of intolerance, and do not consider religion to be an excuse for such intolerance.