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1 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Aug 28, 2011 6:26:38pm

My, what courageous and peaceful resistance!

/spits

2 FreedomMoon  Sun, Aug 28, 2011 7:14:32pm

It is terribly frightening to think that this man really thought he was doing something that would please some god. The same goes out to all you religious nuts throughout the world, if you can hear me listen up! None of you guys are right, killing is only cool to you and your crazy friends, that’s it.
It baffles me, yet somehow makes sense I guess, that evolution has favored this hard-wired desire to kill/harm others in the name of religion.

3 SanFranciscoZionist  Sun, Aug 28, 2011 9:09:07pm

re: #2 tacuba14

It is terribly frightening to think that this man really thought he was doing something that would please some god. The same goes out to all you religious nuts throughout the world, if you can hear me listen up! None of you guys are right, killing is only cool to you and your crazy friends, that’s it.
It baffles me, yet somehow makes sense I guess, that evolution has favored this hard-wired desire to kill/harm others in the name of religion.

I’ll say what I always say with this—this is not purely or even mostly about religion. Tribe, yes, to some extent, but it’s not exclusively a religious conflict, this.

Not that understanding it in any of the other ways that applies helps the dead.

Baruch hadayan ha’emet.

4 CuriousLurker  Sun, Aug 28, 2011 10:40:05pm

According to the article no one died this time, though one is in critical condition. I feel weird thinking it’s a “good” thing that eight people were “only” injured, but considering the situation over there that’s probably the best outcome apart from no attack at all. *sigh*

5 Bob Levin  Mon, Aug 29, 2011 1:48:36am

re: #4 CuriousLurker

Randall Gross posted something very significant this morning that somehow got under the radar—studies about the influence of group dynamics on all of our thoughts.

So, no explosion, no deaths, just someone on a rampage trying to kill Jews—it’s not news.

There isn’t a shortage of weird feelings that we have, simply because we live in this world, at this time in history.

I find myself saying Dayan HaEmet daily.

6 Bob Levin  Mon, Aug 29, 2011 2:00:53am

re: #2 tacuba14

I think I’m going to start using this as a catch phrase—it’s not the religion, it’s the anomie. And those overcome by anomie seek many things, religion among those things. Ideally, religion should be the antidote to anomie. Ideally. *sigh*

There is a Wikipedia reference to anomie, which is fair at best. It’s worth posting commentary and articles about this phenomenon.

7 CuriousLurker  Mon, Aug 29, 2011 3:48:24am

re: #5 Bob Levin

If you’re talking about Randall’s page on conformity, it didn’t pass under my radar. He posts a lot of good stuff, so I usually make a point of trying to work my way through most of it every day. I didn’t watch the whole thing as I got interrupted, so I’m glad you brought it up and reminded me.

So, no explosion, no deaths, just someone on a rampage trying to kill Jews—it’s not news.

There isn’t a shortage of weird feelings that we have, simply because we live in this world, at this time in history.

I find myself saying Dayan HaEmet daily.

You’re right. We barely even blink when people do die, so injuries hardly rate as news anymore. How many innocent victims of terrorist violence were there in Pakistan last week? How about Afghanistan? Iraq? The death toll in the Nigerian U.N. blast is up to 23, but we’re only aware of that one because it wasn’t in one of “the usual” places. What about the drug lords terrorizing Mexico just across the border? We *yawn* and move on to the next story.1

Dayan HaEmet indeed.

I find myself saying “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un,” on a daily basis.

——————
1. Below are the dead & injured that I’m aware of from last week alone. There may be more that I missed, and I’m not even counting the God-knows-how-many who have died in the ongoing upheavals in Syria, Libya, etc. or attacks on military targets by militants:

Nigeria - 23 killed, 81 injured in Abuja
Israel - 0 killed, 8 injured in Tel Aviv
Pakistan - 11 killed, 14 injured in Nowshera
Afghanistan - 5 killed, 20 injured in Helmand & Kandahar provinces
Iraq - 28 killed, 37 wounded in Baghdad
Mexico - 53 killed, 8 injured in Monterrey; 5 bodies were excavated from a field in a town outside of Mexico City; the decapitated body of a 25-year-old woman was found in Acapulco; 3 other men were shot in Acapulco and their bodies left on display in residential neighborhoods as a warning. Total deaths to date since Calderon took on the narcotraficantes in 2006: 35,000-40,000.


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