09 Sep 2010

Roland Was Right and Palin is Wrong

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Alphonse de Neuville, Count Roland Behaving Insensitively at Roncesvalles, 1894

Or guart chascuns que granz colps,
Que malvaise cançun de nus chantet ne seit!
Paien unt tort e chrestiens unt dreit.

Now must we each lay on most hardily,
So songs of shame shall ne’er be sung of us.
Pagans are wrong and Christians are right.

Chanson de Roland, 1013-1015


Sarah Palin says that burning a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is “insensitive and an unnecessary provocation” and reminds us of the Golden Rule.

I don’t think Golden Rule applies to foreign enemies in time of war, and I’d say that Sarah Palin is clearly getting too close to Washington and sounds more and more like a conventional politician.

The FBI is warning that a backlash and retaliation is likely.

Pastor Jones may be a crank, and burning the Koran is neither genteel nor the most attractive choice of gestures, but here we are.

We are in a situation in which the obscure minister of an insignificant local congregation proposes an action insulting to Islam, and consequently find ourselves threatened and warned of bloodshed and massive violence if we don’t stop him.

Meanwhile, the leadership class of the country is responding by urging him to cease and desist, openly acknowledging fear of Islamic violence. Mere squeamishness and discomfort with being placed in the position of defending a gesture which is just not nice is additionally at work in rendering the American leadership class hors de combat.

Most of the same people ran, rather than walked, to defend Imam Abdul Rauf’s project constructing and Islamic Cultural Center, originally named for one of Islam’s most prized European conquests, within the zone of impact of the 9/11 attacks.

Personally, I’m completely fed up with the intelligentsia’s culture of utilitarian calculation and its cowardly inclination to shrink from direct opposition and open conflict with a hostile and insolent alien superstition. At this point, Pastor Jones burning that Koran is just like knocking off the chip that the town bully has placed on his shoulder.

Knock it off and then clean his clock for him, or prepare to bow and scrape and cringe in perpetuity is the real choice. We already have the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Yale University Press practicing self censorship in response to Saracen sensibilities with respect to the Danish cartoons featuring Mohammed. We have Harvard University introducing sexual segregation in its gymnasium to accommodate Islam.

Where does accommodating and appeasing of Islam stop? With dhimmitude (subjection of non-Muslims to Islam) and with payment of the Jizyah, the Islamic tax on non-Muslims.

[T]he Jizyah shall be taken from them with belittlement and humiliation. The dhimmi shall come in person, walking not riding. When he pays, he shall stand, while the tax collector sits. The collector shall seize him by the scruff of the neck, shake him, and say “Pay the Jizyah!” and when he pays it he shall be slapped on the nape of the neck.

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giving into the threats by jihadists will only encourage them to be worse than they’ve been.


if the mohamed cartoons were okay, then the koran-burning is okay.

either we are free or we are dhimmis of islam.

T. Shaw

Marilyn Manson regularly wipes his rectum with pages ripped from the Holy Bible. They call it freedom of speech.

Chris Ofili’s painting The Holy Virgin Mary, was smeared with elephant dung. They call it freedom of expression.

Andres Serrano, placed a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of his own urine, and called it art. He even won an award. Again, freedom of expression.

The American flag is pissed on, defecated upon, and eventually burned right here in America. They call it freedom of speech.

If Pastor Jones so desires to burn copies of the koran, then let’s call it freedom of speech.


Exactly! I think the answer to the whole dilemma is to get Larry David to urinate on the Koran, or better yet a picture of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, no pun intended, like he urinated on a picture of Jesus on his show Curb your Enthusiasm. Mr. David being a courageous member of the avant-garde leftist intelligentsia I am sure he will be glad to oblige, and if he is afraid of being beheaded then any famous leftist celebrity is sure to step up in honor of freedom of speech and puncturing religious fascism. Come on Clooney, Garafalo, Robbins, Sarandon, Stone, Penn, etc. etc., step right up and take a stand! (Or squat in the case of Garafalo and Sarandon). Let’s see your true colors!


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