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Day: July 19, 2012
What is it about people’s religious scriptures that drives other people insane?!?
America is in the throes of Shariah lunacy. It seems US lawmakers on the state and federal level are going out of their way to promote the idea that America is in danger of being overwhelmed by “Shariah” the legal code of Islam. The very notion has caused some to border on the verge of insanity, and almost half of the states in America have or will consider some form of anti-Shariah law for a threat that simply doesn’t exist, legally or in reality. Or take the recent talk about the dreaded Muslim Brotherhood which has gone so viral that John McCann had to go on the Senate floor to denounce the accusations that a long-time Hillary Clinton aide is some kind of conduit for the organization which now is represented by the newly elected President of Egypt. We have also heard a lot about the desecration of the Quran on the part of various and sundry folks, from the deranged Florida pastor to the US military’s burning of the Quran in Afghanistan and the resulting public outcry such heresy brings.
Here now is another case of some whack job driven insane by the New Testament; unfortunately for us he is a member of our ally, Israel’s government. Michael Ben-Ari, pictured above, decided to make his desecration a very public act, calling in cameras to record it for all the world to see. Evidently he thinks the existence of the New Testament is responsible for the persecution and murder of Jews all over the world. One has to wonder if he thinks the United States, a reportedly Christian country, is also responsible for the same? What I also found enlightening was the language used by Ben-Ari in relation to the people who sent him the copy of the Bible and the followers of it. Taking a page out of the Iranian president’s reference to the state of Israel, Ben-Ari said the place of the book and its messengers is in the trash of history. There’s no doubt this Ben-Ari is so radical and enraged a member of the Israeli parliament that he’s been denied a visa to come to the US twice and after this latest outrage some within the Israeli government, to their credit, have denounced his actions. However, it’s troubling that our only ally in the region, as they like to call themselves, elects members to its government that hold such strident and racist notions about Christians and Christianity and no doubt about their benefactor, America.