Backyard Bombardier
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Jun 16 Backyard Bombardier commented on After Standoff, Police Arrest Seattle Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Open Fire on Northgate Mosque.
@36/@37: "Key word: were."

Well, yes. That is sort of my point. Christianity went through an excessively long and bloody phase of fanaticism and brutality. Read about what happened to the Muslims and Jews of Jerusalem in 1099, or to the Cathars (and everyone else) in Béziers in 1209. Read up on the Thirty Years War, or the various Inquisitions, or the witch hunts. There is precious little that Daesh and its ilk can do that hasn't already been done many times over.

But just as there were progressive and humane elements within Christianity that eventually became dominant, there are significant progressive and humane elements within Islam. I would even argue that those elements are far more dominant within the Islamic world today than their Christian counterparts were in the 1400s.

Islam is not the enemy. Fanaticism and ignorance are the enemy, and they can wear many guises.
Jun 15 Backyard Bombardier commented on After Standoff, Police Arrest Seattle Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Open Fire on Northgate Mosque.
@33: I don't recall saying anything of the sort. My point is that facile discussions of Islam's inherent "brutality, sexism, and intolerance" don't have much value beyond trying to portray the Islamic world as fundamentally different from, and irreconcilable with, the "civilized" West.

There is plenty of brutality, sexism, and intolerance in the Christian Bible. Christianity has been used to justify atrocity, and there are Christians today who commit atrocity in the name of their religion. The reasons such actions are not as widespread as Islamist terrorism today have much less to do with the inherent moral superiority of one religion over another than with history, time, and geopolitics.

Muhammed was born about 1450 years ago. 1450 years after the birth of Christ, Christian Europe was just coming out of the Crusades - a brutal series of Holy Wars and invasions of the Middle East - and just heading into the Reformation, with its own accompanying brutal wars within Europe. The Spanish Inquisition was just around the corner. Heretics, witches, and various other misfits were being burned alive for their sins, in the name of Jesus Christ.

If we want to confront Islamism and temper its excesses, we have to understand what we are dealing with. This includes recognizing the commonalities with the evolution of Christianity and the Western world. There is nothing within Islam that would prevent it from its own version of the Christian Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment.
Jun 15 Backyard Bombardier commented on After Standoff, Police Arrest Seattle Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Open Fire on Northgate Mosque.
@19: "In Islam there is no redemption or salvation."

Categorically false.

Islam holds that redemption is possible through adherence to the faith and repentance for sins. (It's actually easier to achieve redemption in Islam as they do not hold the Christian doctrine of original sin, thus eliminating the need for Christ's intercession.)

You should read up on theology before spouting off about it.

The treatment of those who are regarded as sinners and infidels by various Muslim fundamentalists is horrific. But it is not out of line with the way that earlier generations of Christians treated their own sinners and infidels - with full Biblical justification.
Jun 8 Backyard Bombardier commented on Ijeoma Oluo on "Trickle-Down Progressivism".
@36: "I don't remember the marriage equality people threatening straight people with violence or storming into events completely unrelated to their cause, verbally abusing the crowd, and holding everyone hostage to their inflammatory and often factually incorrect rhetoric, do you?"

I don't have any references handy re marriage equality, but your contention that Black Lives Matter is unique in its confrontational activism, "storming into events," etc., is utterly without foundation.

Try googling ACT UP, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or Pussy Riot, or the Chicago Seven, just for a start.

(Hey, can you guess what one personal characteristic distinguishes most of the folks in my four examples from those in BLM? Here's a hint: what does the "B" stand for?)
May 25 Backyard Bombardier commented on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Lead in Pointless Washington State Primary.
@27: This... baffles me.

This was a primary vote, right? As in, an election to select a party's candidate for the general election. (Yes, yes, I know, there was a caucus, meaningless vote, blahblahblah. Not my point.) So why would a party's nomination contest need to be open for everyone to participate in? Why should someone who isn't a member of a given party have a say in who that party chooses to run for an election?

If you want to have a say in who a party's candidate is, then join that party and have your say.

The time for everyone to get a vote on the same ballot, regardless of party affiliation, is the general election.
May 20 Backyard Bombardier commented on Who's Trump Humiliating Today?.
@3 That's like hoping a drunk driver crashes into a tree - "It'll really teach him a lesson!" - while you are sitting in the back seat of his car.
Mar 16 Backyard Bombardier commented on Republican Solution for Chaos: More Chaos.
@1 "The establishment will force him to take whoever they want him to run with and probably add several other conditions to his being the nominee."

Because the GOP establishment has been so effective at bringing Trump to heel thus far in the campaign.

No, they'll do what they have been doing all along: they'll huff, and they'll puff, and then they'll roll over and show their bellies.
May 8, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Now That Ben Carson Is Running for President, Let's All Laugh.
@57: May I suggest you read this:

Evolution Is Just a Theory!

"The important thing to keep in mind is that the everyday definition of the word “theory” is different from its scientific definition. In common usage, theory often means something like 'guess' or 'hunch'. However, in scientific circles, this is not the case. To scientists, a theory is an explanation of some feature of the world that meets three requirements: it is supported by evidence, is testable and falsifiable, and can be used to make predictions."

In other words...
May 1, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray.
@8: He wasn't in a moving car. He was in the back of a police van. Want to see what that looks like?…

He was placed into a ten foot long metal box and then driven around with no seatbelt and, as his arms and legs were bound, almost no ability to brace or protect himself. It is entirely possible that someone in that position could sustain a severe spinal cord injury.

Fascinating how far backward you are willing to bend to blame the victim here.
May 1, 2015 Backyard Bombardier commented on Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray.
@5 "[State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby] detailed how officers repeatedly ignored Gray's pleas for help and that officers bound his arms behind his back and put his legs in clamps but did not secure him within the police wagon with a seat belt,"

Arms and legs tied and then left loose to bounce around the back of the wagon.

Is there any case of police misconduct against black men that racists like you won't try to hand-wave away?