Thursday, December 14, 2006

Kathy Shaidle's Fractured Fairytales

I don't usually do this, but I thought I needed to comment on this quote from Kathy Shaidle's blog:
The problem isn't your or my interpretation of the Koran. It is the interpretation of the Koran on the part of people who will kill us. You may have noticed that no Christian or Jew in the last 2000 years has actually carried out the capital punishment verses of Leviticus (emphasis Kathy's), but every day, Muslims around the world carry out violent injunctions in the Koran. That is why we have to be more worried about them.
That (Kathy's emphasised section) may be the case (although she offers no proof of this blanket pardon and there is evidence that she is, in fact, quite incorrect), but the Christian Church certainly followed the advice of the book preceding Leviticus until relatively recently.
Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
I should remind Kathy too, that Christians cheerfully slaughtered each other over competing interpretations of the Bible, into the 21st century (Northern Ireland anyone?). When religion is introduced into the mix, excuses for carrying out "capital punishment" for offenses, real or imagined, are almost limitless. This is an issue of extremists doing what they do, killing in the name of their "truth". It is not an issue confined to Islam. Extremism is a human burden. I guess Kathy's consuming paranoia (the last "challenge" is especially disturbing in its bile) about Muslims caused her to miss another passage from the Bible, this one from the New Testament.
Matthew 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
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