My Monday post was originally going to regale you with the story of my Saturday night spent trying to reattach the tub spout my spouse snapped off the bathroom wall without tearing the wall out, and my Sunday night spent painting a ceiling in my underwear. Instead, Jules at "Doobert's Digs" gave me permission to repost from her blog because last week she had two columns I wanted to share; those are also going to wait a day or two because her Sunday entry is grand.
Without further ado:
Axis of Evil !!!
They are vehemently against abortion, they resist progressive woman's rights. They view homosexuality as a crime against nature and God, some advocate the death penalty as an option for it. Separation of Church and State is despised by these folks; they insist the nation is founded on the principles of their religion, and they work hard to bring that de facto theocracy about. They deplore strong language, gay characters, and sexual content on TV and in the media. And they ignore the Geneva Convention when it suits their ideological purposes, including provisions against torture or due process. They're anti-stem cell research, pro-creationism, and generally distrustful of science. These folks are easily whipped into a state of frenzy with ideological manipulation to the point where they will commit violence, or at least tacitly endorse that violence is acceptable, if it advances their Divine agenda. They then take great pains to justify that violence, including unprovoked attack of civilian areas, under certain conditions, with convoluted theological gymnastics. They are almost to the man pro-death penalty ... Am I railing against the religious right again?
Could be, but my target here is actually Al Qaeda and related fundamentalist Wahhabism; the source of terrorism, the scourge of our planet, the Axis of Evil.
posted by Doobert's Digs at 6:42 PM
Sometimes I am tempted to think of this wondrous place we all meet as the rings radiating from a pebble tossed into a pond, ever spreading and growing. This is a ring I had to share...