It's pretty amazing to read and watch the reports and comments about America that come from outside America.
One thing that is heard is how Christian fundamentalists hold disproportionate power in America, and blah blah blah....
Changing the channel or clicking to a different website, there is a report about all the depravity -- pornography, rap music that degrades women, blah blah blah....
Those Christian fundamentalists are pretty liberal-minded to permit all the depravity!
The dynamic of a free country....
Americans generally seem to understand how such contradictory things can exist side-by-side in a free country, but foreigners (who may never even have been to America) so often completely fail to comprehend this; those foreigners who see the contradictions sometimes concoct these elaborate pontifications to explain it all.
Being an American and following what is said about America, it makes me sympathize with and try to understand Muslims.
There are these rabid nutters who lead protests with signs saying "Behead those who insult Islam" and terrorists who blow themselves up, along with busloads of innocent people, including infants... these nutters and terrorists are not exactly the most shining examples of humanity that the Islamic world has to offer.
Then there are the infidels saying "Islam is Evil," "Islam is Hell," blah blah blah.... (And for those of you who haven't read enough of this blog, I am poking fun at myself here!)
As a matter of principle, I am tired of Islam being defined, on the one hand, by terrorists who want to behead people and blow them up, and, on the other hand, by infidels who, reacting to the terrorists, see Islam in its worst possible light. Either way, the terrorists are setting the agenda, and I'm tired of it.
If you read the posts under the label "The Other Islam" you may notice that I have been pondering this dilemma for some time now.
Recently I got "interviewed" and my initial reaction to the idea was :|
-- but then, when I saw the questions, it wasn't so bad....
And, I got to thinking....
When America got attacked at Pearl Harbor, Americans didn't stand around at Pearl Harbor waiting for the next attack; we took the fight to places like Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In less than four years, we brought the Empire of Japan to its knees, and accepted its surrender on board an American battleship in Tokyo Bay.
Yet, ideologically, in the battle against Islamic terrorists, we have been hanging around at Pearl Harbor waiting for the next attack.
I am tired of Islam being defined by terrorists; I am tired of terrorists setting the agenda.
You are going to see this label, "The Other Islam", move in a bold new direction.
We are going on the ideological offensive.
Stop Islamic Conquest is setting a course for Big Terror's Tokyo Bay.