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Monday, January 09, 2012

There are none so blind as those who will not see
Posted by Jill | 9:27 PM
Especially those who think theocracy is a bad thing unless it involves worship of Tim Tebow Jesus.

Rick Santorum, yesterday, about why Iran is such a threat:
They're, they're a theocracy. They're a theocracy that has deeply embedded beliefs that the, the afterlife is better than this life. President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said the principal virtue of the Islamic Republic of Iran is martyrdom. So when your principal virtue is to die for your--for Allah, then it's not a deterrent to have a nuclear threat if they would use a nuclear weapon. It is, in fact, an encouragement for them to use their nuclear weapon, and that's why there's a difference between the Soviet Union and China and others and Iran.

Deeply held beliefs that the afterlife is better than this life? You mean like this?
"God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (Eph 2:4-7).

That's from the New Testament. You know, the one that Christians like Rick Santorum regard as a holy book.

A principal virtue being to die for your deity? You mean like this:
According to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the official martyrology contains the names of 132 Catholics who have died for the faith since 2001. But this is not a complete list. Its 2005 report acknowledges that there are “many more possible ‘unknown soldiers of the faith’ in remote corners of the planet whose deaths may never be reported.”

Dying for Christ seems almost surreal to most Westerners. We live in a part of the world where Christianity rarely makes the news unless it is to be mocked or defamed. Otherwise, the media is strangely silent about modern Christian martyrdom. “Three things distinguish anti-Christian persecution and discrimination around the world,” said Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “First, it’s ugly. Second, it’s growing. And third, the mass media generally ignore or downplay its gravity.”

The denizens of wingnuttia say that Iran's top leaders believe "that the end of days has come" and this makes Iran more likely to deploy a nuclear weapon against the United States. Rick Santorum is one of them. And yet, the US has nuclear weapons and also a sizable number of people who believe the end of days has come. So why is it OK for us? Because our religious nutballs worship someone different?

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Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
The genie has been out of the nuclear bottle for years. We have them. Iran won't have them. Seems simple enough to me. Fairness (or religion) should not enter into the conversation.

Is it fair that we have nuclear weapons and Iran does not? Not a valid question.

Anonymous The Wifely Person said...
you said it in one with the label "batshit crazies." Yep. that sums it up quite well.

Blogger Jimbo said...
I work quite a bit in the Middle East and with Muslims (in fact I'm in Beirut right now) and Brilliant is spot on. It is almost always the fundamentalists - whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. - who advocate violent "solutions" to dealing with "the other" (who is different from me). That is the nature of the fundamentalist mind, which is narrow, intolerant and violent.

Anonymous BNJ said...
Let's face it. The only sane people in this race are the Mormons. Fortunately, I believe that after NH and SC Santorum will fall back into obscurity.

Blogger Patricia said...
Sometimes, I think no one is going to be satisfied until we reduce this planet to cinders.It give's me the shivers to think that so many people actually voted for Santorum. Because we need a god fearing idiot in office. That's so much better than good foreign policy.

Blogger merlallen said...
"Christians" like Santorum only read the Old Testament.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
merallen -- I think they read the Old Testament, get bored during the genealogical stuff and then skip to the end (Revelations) !