There is too much to blog about lately.
1. Crooks and Liars on 24 acts of domestic terrorism in the US in 2 1/2 years, with interactive map. Of course, the press and the politicians will have you believe each one of these is a “lone wolf” (nevermind that many of them acted in groups), that Christianity has nothing to do with it, and that only Muslims are terrorists.
2. Here’s one with head-exploding irony: Sheriffs in Iowa planned to hold a training drill based on the scenario that White Supremacist militias were shooting minority schoolchildren. A nice change of pace from drills about Muslims hordes invading Iowa. However, when the local white supremacist militias heard about the drill, they threatened violence against children, and the sheriffs canceled the drill.
Kevin Elwood, superintendent of Treynor Community Schools, said the school system received about 100 emails from throughout the nation, as well as some angry phone calls, including one particularly disturbing call that was left as a voicemail message.
“They basically indicated that if we went through with this type of a drill that potentially that type of an incident could become a reality in our school district,” Elwood said. The recording was provided to the sheriff’s office for investigation, he added.
3. An honor killing took the life of an elderly, mentally handicapped man in PA (Pennsylvania, not the Palestinian Authority).
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say a 70-year-old man was stoned to death with a rock stuffed in a sock by a younger friend who alleged the victim made unwanted sexual advances.
According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old John Thomas of Lansdowne has told police he killed 70-year-old Murray Seidman because the Old Testament refers to stoning homosexuals.
4. Wild-west theme park Arizona, which has experienced significant financial harm from its recent race laws, is now mulling allowing firearms in all public places.
Under the bill, “public establishments” and “public events” include buildings owned or leased by the state (including courts and libraries) and events conducted with a license or permit from a public entity. While the law exempts events or facilities that serve alcohol — making them provide “gun lockers” if they want to ban guns — events without alcohol would likely have to allow firearms without restriction. Such public places would include “major events such as Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns games or rock concerts.” Or, as one major concert promoter noted, “Sesame Street Live” and “Disney On Ice.”
5. Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty advocates theocracy, as long as it’s Christianity. He also ended a home-buying program that held to Islamic principles (“no usury”) because he ignorantly and stupidly assumed that it meant Muslims were getting interest-free loans, and so did the imbeciles who made a fuss about it.
Pawlenty on the Islamic loan program: “The United States should be governed by the U.S. Constitution, not religious laws.”
And Pawlenty in an interview with Christianity Today: “I started with the perspective of someone who says that faith is separate from public law and public service; it really isn’t. We have, as a country, a founding perspective that we’re founded under God; our founding documents reference and acknowledge God, and acknowledge that our rights and privileges come from our Creator. [...] I remind people that our country is founded under God, and the founders thought that was an important perspective.”
Of course he’s not our only God-pandering presidential candidate, just a recent one.
6. America’s own embodiment of proud and truculent ignorance, Sarah Palin, wants the world to know, through Twitter, that the protesters in Egypt are Muslim. *gasp*