My Turkish friend Torcant tells me that a lot of secular Muslims in Turkey celebrate the new year with trees, presents, celebrations, sometimes mixing the new year and Xmas in a cheerful hybrid mashup. But this year the Islamists decided to open a front in The War On Christmas.
Translation: No to Christmas and new year celebrations!
Al Dente says
Thou shalt not have fun!
Um, the link doesn’t work. Did you really mean to link to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze?
Muslim Groups Are Reportedly Circulating This Illustration of Santa Getting Punched in the Face
Ophelia Benson says
It’s not a link, it’s just purple lettering for emphasis. No, I certainly didn’t mean to link to anything of Glenn Beck’s.
That dude’s gonna be sorry when Chuck Norris shows up.
Peace is more elusive than we think. Author C. David Coates wrote an eye opening poem which, like a mirror, exposes us to truths we may not wish to see. Here is a slightly modified version of that poem.
“Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.
Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.
So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.
Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.
Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for ‘Peace on Earth.'”
The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. I did and you can too. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Peace begins in the kitchen. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com