Islam is the only religion I ever heard of that not only sanctions wife-beating, but gives instructions on how to do it. Just enough. Not too much. And, as Donald Sensing notes, the reason is simple:
“Islam formally infuses little to no value in this life and in this world. Allah is remote and unconnected… There is no chance in Islamic thought that Allah could possibly be embodied among us – this Christian idea is very specifically rejected in the Quran – and there is no concept whatever of the Holy Spirit, or, as the Jewish Scriptures put it, the Presence of the Lord.”
So go ahead, Mr. Muslim. Beat your wife if she won’t do your biding. Allah couldn’t care less and he isn’t watching.
From the White House’s Office of the Press Secretary:
“The United States condemns the conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people. That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran’s own international obligations.
“A decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities’ utter disregard for religious freedom, and highlight Iran’s continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. We call upon the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion.”
More from Donald Sensing. Via Instapundit.
Mainly, it’s the price. But there’s also the problem of reading them on Shabbat. No loop-holes. Whereas there’s no problem there with books. Donald Sensing’s analysis here is timely for me, considering my own previous consideration. I’ve just about decided to ask for a new digital camera, instead. I’ve been borrowing Mrs. Charm’s ever since I managed to destroy my old one.
You wanted a leader to make the tough decisions? Heh. You got a prom king who preens for the cameras and plays a mean teleprompter.
UPDATE: Apparently this is all it takes for the Nobel Peace Prize. Move over Jimmy Carter. Heh. (Why not? The prize was already a patronizing mockery.)
I linked before to this good essay (with 40 plus comments) by Donald Sensing, but it’s worth doing it again. It answers a good question about Global Warming, one you’re not likely to hear in the doomsday "debate" and furor: What if the warming is a good thing? Rising oceans can’t be good, they say, but they won’t rise in an afternoon, but over many decades, allowing plenty of time to build Dutch-like dikes, for one thing. But what if the warming produced more arable land in the Third World, helping them to feed themselves better than they do now? What if, in other words, Global Warming is a good thing?
Professor Reynolds’ snarky suggestion to ban private jets and stretch limos to fight global warming certainly appeals to me. Since the celebs and politicos are gathering behind new demands for restrictions to tame the warmth–even if it may be a natural, and benign, process over which humans have no control–by restricting the rest of us, why not have them belly up to the bar, as well? But the Libertarian professor, Instapundit, accused of being merely snarky, makes a good argument of his own as to what needs to be done:
"Energy conservation needs to be something positive. Nothing sells on a "suffer for the future" model very well. Too many environmental activists are hair-shirt types (at least when the hair-shirt is for other people) and that stuff is poor salesmanship…This lesson applies to lots of other things, too. Neo-puritanism, on the other hand, has a certain personal and political appeal to some people, but it doesn’t sell beyond its niche. The less scold, the more sold."
Worth a read.