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This resonates... I sit here in the basement, clinging to my Bible while surrounded by guns, ammo, and bitterness (my President says so, yanno).

You can blame the Catholic Church for everything, demand the removal of crosses from anywhere and everywhere, including around the necks of employees.  Immerse a key icon of a faith in urine, and you're bravely sticking up for what's right and good.

Divinely Decadent [Mark Steyn]

In The New York Times,Ross Douthat turns his attention to Comedy Central's censorship of "South Park", and, after a brisk tour of (for me) familiar sights, makes his big point:

...Various Western journalists, intellectuals and politicians — the list includes Oriana Fallaci in Italy, Michel Houellebecq in France, Mark Steyn in Canada and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands — have been hauled before courts and “human rights” tribunals, in supposedly liberal societies, for daring to give offense to Islam.

But there’s still a sense in which the “South Park” case is particularly illuminating. Not because it tells us anything new about the lines that writers and entertainers suddenly aren’t allowed to cross. But because it’s a reminder that Islam is just about the only place where we draw any lines at all...

In a country where the latest hit movie, “Kick-Ass,” features an 11-year-old girl spitting obscenities and gutting bad guys while dressed in pedophile-bait outfits, there isn’t much room for real transgression. Our culture has few taboos that can’t be violated, and our establishment has largely given up on setting standards in the first place.

Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing.

This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.

Maybe the Pope should bring back Torquemada and the auto-da-fe.  It seems to work for Islamicists.  It's clear what works and what doesn't.  Fear works.  Good works, however flawed the institution has at times been, is now, and will be... not so much.  The message is very clear.  The elites respect power and violence.  And hold in easy contempt those who don't.


 I reached my own tipping point a few years back, and have set a personal standard: I will give to Islam and it's adherants the same level of respect which it(they) give to all other religions. I will treat them no more and no less as they treat others.

 I think that's very fair.
So... you carry your beheading knife for the Wahab'ists?
When my Dad was young, they played 'army' in the yard, running around killing Jap's and Germans.

My brother and I ran around the yard as kids, playing 'army', and killing Russians.

My kids run around the yard now, playing 'army', killing the Taliban and AQ while searching for Bin Laden in the woodpile behind the sheds.

New generation; same story:  there will always be bad guys... even though the bad guys aren't always the same guys our parent's fought.
Well said AW1 Tim.  Next time the worshipers of the Moon God bleat offenses to their fellow men, I swear, I'm gonna turn Roman on someone.
 see, europeans and americans have more in common than you thought.
When it comes to jihadiscum, my thought is... what would Hammurabi do?
I dunno, Grimmy, but I betcha it would really really hurt. 
John, it would seem the irony of your question has, alas, passed over the heads of many readers...