Right-wing terrorism

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Today, an anti-semitic terrorist attacked the Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. (I’ve been there, and yes, one visit is enough for a lifetime). Last week, an anti-abortion terrorist assassinated a doctor.

Why is the media so afraid to use the word “terrorist” to accurately describe right-wingers engaged in the act of terrorism? Is it that whites can’t be terrorists? Only Arabs?

Until we call it what it actually is, we can’t address it properly.

And since right-wingers were so keen on using water-boarding against terrorists, do you think they’d mind if we tortured these home-grown right-wing terrorists?

Draw a cartoon? That’s a slayin’

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Hey look, cartoons are apparently worth killing over. Of course, it’s not so much the cartoons themselves, but rather the culture of fear that the Islamists want to spread amongst the western world. The message is clear: do or say anything critical of Islam and we will kill you. And unfortunately, too many people are turning belly-up to this terrorism rather than fighting back. In response, I humbly submit this video, which sums up my thoughts on the issue more eloquently than I could ever do in spoken language:

Just to be perfectly clear, this is the cartoon that some deranged fanatical religious wackos think is worth murdering over:

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A wrenching decision

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

I was an opinion columnist for University of Maryland’s student newspaper The Diamondback for three semesters before I graduated. The columns I wrote are still up on the web archive, but I’d rather not depend on The Diamondback to host them indefinitely. Thus, I have decided to repost them on this blog, not only to archive them in a place under my control, but also so the readers here can get a glimpse of my writing from college. Here is the fifth of my opinion columns, A wrenching decision, originally published May 9, 2006.

Recently, it was revealed that at least six people knew information about a high-profile murder for the better part of a year without anyone going public with it. Though everyone has been paying attention to what the murderer, his friends and the family of the victim may have been thinking, not many seem to wonder about the anonymous tipster, who, upon learning of this secret, made the incredibly difficult decision to go public with it. What internal wars might he or she have waged? What follows is a possible account of his or her story.

Have you ever been let in on a terrible secret? One so dark and wrenching that lives hang in the balance? We’re not talking about trivial bedroom squabbles – we’re talking about arson, death – yes, even murder.

You’ve become friends with a tight-knit group of people. You like them and seem to be fitting in well. You thought you knew all there was to know about them, but one drunken, dreary night, something you were totally unsuspecting of comes up: One of your friends knows a murderer. And all the rest of them know it.

You remember hearing about an off-campus house catching fire last year. One student was killed and another seriously injured. It was ruled an arson shortly thereafter and buzz flew across the campus. But in the months to come, no new leads presented themselves and the case was nearly shelved, unsolved. Yet half a dozen people knew the truth and did nothing.

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Decapitation and religion

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

I saw a horrible story on the local news earlier tonight. A man decapitated his four-year-old daughter, then took a plane into Washington D.C. He was apprehended earlier today by police who busted into his hotel room. As he was taken away by police he was quoting Bible verses.

Suddenly the story makes sense. There are few things that would make one decapitate one’s own child besides religion. Religion encourages utterly irrational behavior, whether it’s through the catch-all forgiveness clause or the de-emphasis of the importance of “this” life compared to the eternal afterlife. Way too many people commit utterly heinous acts in the name of religion, because it’s easy to forgive bad acts as long as they are carrying out God’s will.

What I like the most is the non-chalant way in which the anchor said that the man was repeating phrases from the Bible as he was arrested. Almost as if it isn’t a big deal, like it’s to be expected. In a way, I suppose it is. A guy who would do that to his own child ain’t normal; he’s either psychotic or religious. In this case it appears to be a mixture of the two.