Chamblee54

Politically Correct Virus

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 21, 2010






Juan Cole has a report on terrorism in the European Union. The centerpiece of this report is the EUROPOL TE-SAT 2010 EU TERRORISM SITUATION AND TREND REPORT. The report was produced by Europol , the European law enforcement agency.

The study will be surprising to those who listen to talk radio. Most terror incidents in Europe are from separatist movements. In 2009, one terror incident in Europe was connected to Islam.

Europe is still aware of Islamic terrorism. The Detroit underwear bomber began his journey in Amsterdam. The 911 attacks were planned in Germany.

The Muslim story in Europe is different from America. There are many more Muslims in Europe, and many are poor. There is more freedom to practice religion in America, and few attempts to outlaw Muslim clothing.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. They were taken by Dorethea Lange.






PG started some trouble in a comment thread last night. The comment was in response to a diavlog at BloggingheadsTV (spell check suggestions:Wrongheadedness,Footslogging) featuring Mona Eltahawy & Claire Berlinski. The two ladies discussed the problem of being “moderate” Muslims in a world where moderation was not appreciated. PG started the fuss with this comment:

This is a great conversation, with good sound quality. If it is not painful to listen, then you can focus on the content.The thought occurs, that if you were to substitute “Christian” for “Muslim”, that many of the same points could be made. Moderation is well thought of in almost all fields except religion, where the more radical a person is, the more likely he is to be accepted.

This is a problem with Jesus Worship in America. The more extreme your views, the more likely you are to have a following. Moderation is not seen as a virtue. There are probably some Bible verses ( be hot or I will spit you out, or something like that ) that go along with this concept. This attitude can make it difficult to work together with people with whom you have much common ground, but a few differences of religious opinion.

One hour and fifty nine minutes later, this reply was made.

whburgess wrote on 10/21/2010 at 12:59 AM
Quoting chamblee54: This is a great conversation, with good sound quality. If it is not painful to listen, then you can focus on the content.The thought occurs, that if you were to substitute “Christian” for “Muslim”, that many of the same points could be made. Moderation is well thought of in almost all fields except religion, where the more radical a person is, the more likely he is to be accepted.___Yes, the thought occurs almost immediately in brains infected by the politically correct virus.

Don Zeko wrote on 10/21/2010 at 01:08 AM
Quoting whburgess: Yes, the thought occurs almost immediately in brains infected by the politically correct virus.___Fortunately for whburgess, this sort of rhetoric indicates that he is free of both the “politically correct virus” and the “factually correct virus.” Phew.

whburgess wrote on 10/21/2010 at 01:09 AM
Quoting Don Zeko: Fortunately for whburgess, this sort of rhetoric indicates that he is free of both the “politically correct virus” and the “factually correct virus.” Phew.___Somewhere an example would be in order, wouldn’t it?

Don Zeko wrote on 10/21/2010 at 01:13 AM
Quoting whburgess: Somewhere an example would be in order, wouldn’t it?___Well I’m sure I could provide one if you’d made an argument, but instead I’m stuck extrapolating from the absurd phrase “politically correct virus.” I’ve tried to imagine some sort of reasonable argument or correct statement about the world that I might reasonably expect to follow such rhetoric, but I just can’t.

whburgess wrote on 10/21/2010 at 01:14 AM
Quoting Don Zeko: Well I’m sure I could provide one if you’d made an argument, but instead I’m stuck extrapolating from the absurd phrase “politically correct virus.” I’ve tried to imagine some sort of reasonable argument or correct statement about the world that I might reasonably expect to follow such rhetoric, but I just can’t.___Yes, just as I suspected.

Don Zeko wrote on 10/21/2010 at 01:18 AM
Quoting whburgess: Yes, just as I suspected.___Glad to live up to expectations. If you’re unhappy with the fact-deficient nature of this exchange, how about you share some of your thoughts on the DV? Do you think that Eltahawy or Berlinski’s brains are infected with the politically correct virus?

whburgess wrote on 10/21/2010 at 01:27 AM
Quoting Don Zeko: Do you think that Eltahawy or Berlinski’s brains are infected with the politically correct virus?___Certainly not Berlinski. I liked her and what she had to say a lot. Eltahawy–I’m not as sure of. She seemed about to say some of moral equivalancy nonsense so indicative of the virus, but Berlinski wasn’t having it.




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