Do Not Bend, Fold, Spindle or Mutilate…

It has been while since I saw that warning on anything. It was placed on cardstock that had to be read by keypunched card readers. Like your government issued check. If you are confused, this is an ancient data processing technique which preceded Bill Gates. For an understanding of bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate just think about the treatment the United States Constitution gets in Washington, DC and that Christianity gets in general.

In Afghanistan, they are bending, folding, spindling and mutilating infidels – again. Our South Florida preacher and crew decided to go ahead and burn a Koran. As I have learned, it appears to have happened 2 weeks ago and the mostly illiterate Afghans knew nothing of it until someone made a point of stirring them up.

The Quran was burned March 20, but many Afghans only found out about it when Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the desecration four days later. The burning took place at the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, the same church where the Rev. Terry Jones had threatened to destroy a copy of the holy book last year but initially backed down. – The Washington Times

Karzai knew what the outcome of his condemnation would be. People are dying to help his wretched country move out of the dark ages and what we get in return are finger pokes in the eye from him and suspect “kill team” footage from a liberal press. I believe the timing of the events is not coincidental, but I am cynical by nature.

Enter our President into the fray:

“The desecration of any holy text, including the Quran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.- MSNBC

People say distasteful things and commit distasteful acts in this country. Our laws support that it is acceptable under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for someone to burn the American flag, place the crucifixion of Jesus into a jar of urine and call it art or to gather at the funerals of Soldiers with signs declaring that God hates fags.

“However, to attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity,” he said – MSNBC

One of my most challenging college classes was logic. It taught me to deconstruct what is said and then logically deduce the meaning of it. It caused me to examine everything in that sense and forever ruined me for accepting rhetoric at face value. Ponder this. The President’s desecration statement preceded his however statement. The logic presented then is that the first act caused the next. Americans, no matter how distasteful that you may view what they did, exercised their rights as Americans. An American exercising his freedom and constitutionally protected rights was not responsible for the murders committed by a mob of Taliban influenced Afghans. The responsibility for that act belongs to their religion and their leaders who steer a mostly illiterate population in that direction.

What our President might have said instead is that Americans have rights. We defend those rights, even when the act is offensive to us. We do not have a right to not be offended. When Americans choose to exercise their rights, it is not why people in another country are beheaded by crazed mobs. Crazed mobs in other countries behead people because they live in the dark ages and follow the religion and the teaching of men who tell them to act like that. You cannot lead or defend the country if you continually blame it for the despicable actions of others.

I must take exception to the man who talks of desecrating a holy text when he has this to say about the Christian Bible. His displayed limited knowledge of the Christian faith to which he purports to embrace and also to the Holy Bible is quite telling.

“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?” Obama asked in the speech. “Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount?

“So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bible now,” Obama said, to cheers. “Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.”

He also called Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount “a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our Defense Department would survive its application.” CNN

The logic in the telepromted remarks? Christians in America endorse slavery, restrictions on what foods someone may eat and stoning children. The truth is that slavery still exists in Muslim countries, Islam restricts the types of food that one may eat and when is the last time you heard of Christians stoning a girl to death for adultery (also known as a rape victim)?

Christianity does not condone slavery, there are no restrictions on what we eat aside from gluttony, and Jesus plainly stated that he who is without sin should cast the first stone.

Jesus brought us the new covenant found in the New Testament and taught his disciples to spread the good news with words. Muhammad spread Islam with the sword and nothing much has changed.

Bend, fold spindle and mutilate. New national motto?

©2011

One thought on “Do Not Bend, Fold, Spindle or Mutilate…”

  1. JD,you’re not cynical.George Bernard Shaw once wrote”The power of accurate perception is often called cynicism by those that don’t have it.”You possess accurate perception.

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