Annamaria continues to support the Patriot Act

Again, not really. But Ian's comment on my last post reminded me of this quote from Pat Robertson:

Can I show Pat my healthy middle finger, too?

"Don't you feel it rather interesting that every time you have a story about terrorism, it is linked to Muslim extremists? You don't hear somebody, 'Christian extremist killing film producers, Christian extremists blowing up trains.' It just doesn't happen. But it's Muslim extremists and, ladies and gentlemen, Islam, at least at its core, teaches violence. It's there in the Quran in clear, bold statements."

Well, in Pat's defense, it is true that I've never heard someone accuse Christian extremists of killing film producers or blowing up trains. It's easy to make statements like that when you're so specific, Pat. But what about, oh, abortion clinics? Or does that not count as violence or terrorism because it's all in the name of saving blastocysts?

According to Religious Tolerance.org*, in 2004 there were 2 incidents arsons/bombings and/or attempted arsons/bombings, 40 incidents of invasion, assault & battery, vandalism, trespassing, death threats, burglary, and/or stalking, and 130 incidents of hate mail, harassing phone calls, and/or bomb threats directed at abortion clinics in America and Canada**. Since 1982, there have been 554 incidents of anthrax hoaxes aimed at women's health clinics.

Last I checked, sending anthrax (or even a powdery susbtance meant to resemble anthrax) though the mail got you a stint at Gitmo...if you're Muslim, that is. I must have missed the Disaffected White Christian Males Get Out of Jail Free clause of the Patriot Act.

But it wouldn't be fair of me, would it Pat, to say that because Christian extremists have been responsible for thousands of acts of terror against women and doctors over the past 30 years that all Christians are terrorists. Or that Christianity and the Bible preach hatred and violence. As you said on The 700 Club, "[I]t's radical clerics who incite this kind of violence, and it's time we recognize it and begin to deal with it." I couldn't agree more.


* Check out this article. Now. You get to read about how the KKK protested outside a clinic for daring to perform abortions on white women.
** Canada? Clinic violence in Canada? Fuck.

annamaria at 1:20 PM

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at Tuesday, July 19, 2005 2:18:00 PM Blogger ID said...

Yeah, you can thank Morgan Spurlock for inspiring my last comment.

There was a brilliant episode of his F/X series "30 Days" where a die-hard Christian from West Virginia spends the month with a Muslim family in Dearborn.

The best part of the show is when they send the beleaguered Christian to Howell in search of signatures for an anti-profiling bill for Muslim-Americans. Our Christian friend receives a cold reception despite being a "blue eyed devil."

Plus, as they tell us, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all come from the same tree. I don't know shit about religion, but that seems pretty ironic to me.

As salaam ua laikum!

at Tuesday, July 19, 2005 6:05:00 PM Blogger Kurt said...

This just proves stupity can affect anyone, almost anytime.
I think I'll need to post on this, 'cuz it prompted alot of thoughts.
A Ripple Over These Thousand Hills will have these thoughts later tonight.

at Wednesday, July 20, 2005 10:23:00 AM Blogger person x said...

When I was little and growing up in somewhat-rural Michigan, there used to be a bowling alley in my small town -- called 700 Club.

I always liked going to the 700 Club to bowl, and thought that the 700 Club show was somewhat affiliated and was fun by association. Until I watched it and was bored by it.

Good thing I was bored. Otherwise I'd probably be a hate freak, too.


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