There are still morons claiming the Bill of Rights shouldn't apply to religions and ideas they (and I) despise -- even though there is a perfectly good body of law to deal with persons who commit despicable acts. And most of the group also claim that when I state this simple fact, I am condoning Islam.
Wrong, witlings. I don't condone any religion and I'm none too fond of atheism, either -- I think they're all too damn sure of themselves. Personally, I will be very let down if I die and find out this great big complicated universe was just a cheap magic act; but I do not fail to observe how much comfort people find in their faith. Even the ones I think suck more than others.
Saying the other guy can't have his faith -- even if he is some seething Christian Identity jerk or a race-baiting Liberation Theology weirdo or yes, gasp, a Muslim -- is a profoundly unAmerican attitude. On the other hand, stopping any of them (or that agnostic, Baptist or Buddhist over there) in the commission of a criminal act (for the kids that took the short bus, this would include conspiring to commit a crime, too) is patriotic; it supports civil order.
I don't know why some of you can't get that through your heads. I know why it bugs me: you're wanting to jettison one of the most basic notions behind this country. If we're so far gone that a sizable minority are seriously considering Nuremberg Laws, the U.S. of A. is done for. Walking dead. Something might live on but it won't be the Republic. And it sure won't be my country any more. Perhaps it will be yours; more likely you will be its.
(But until you bastards amend the Constitution, it still is my country. Like it or lump it. You got your bedammed "USA PATRIOT Act" and you're not likely to ever be rid of it but there is, still, at least for a little while longer, a limit to just how hard the State can stamp on a citizen's face, or at least to the excuses it can use to do the stamping).
And for the paranoids who think every terroristic act is committed by Muslims, will you pleeeeeeeeze look up the last dozen spree shootings here in the U. S. and tell me how many Muslims were among them? Wait, wait, I'll tell you: one. Most of the shooters gave all kinds of signs they were about to do something way outside of normal, signs that were obvious in hindsight but the lesson there is, You Are Not Safe And You Never Were. Are you any deader if the guy shouts "Allahu Akbar" before he shoots you instead of "I Hate Mondays?" Are you any more terrorized? --Coward.*
Odds-wise, you need to be more concerned about cooks and waiters who don't wash their hands, but you never were safe. I'm sorry it feels all awful to have the scales yanked from your eyes but even if you got your wish and every last Muslim on the face of the Earth vanished overnight, you would still not be safe. You never will be. It's not a safe world and the featherless bipeds all around you are, on average, not that tightly wrapped. A lot of them plain hate you, for any number of reasons. Nearly all of them don't give a damn about you; the few that might are so small a minority as to be statistically insignificant. All of which is another reason to not go policing their thoughts: we'd run outta jails.
Those who would trade their liberty for security will eventually find they have neither.
* Seriously, if these clods scare you more than any other criminal or warrior, you are a coward.
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