I hope the clerics in Pakistan are holding their breath while we quickly remove the Pope in obedience to their commands. It won’t take but a moment. Meanwhile I understand that they have responded favorably to my own demand, namely that they immediately revise the Islamic female dress code, which in its current form is deeply offensive to latinos and all that we hold dear.
By the way, The Onion has finally worked up enough nerve to start tapping into the vast reserves of comic potential in this whole Angry Muslim situation:
Lebanese militant Jawad Hamid, who recently lost his best friend to an Israeli helicopter attack while the two men were on their way to pick up a Katyusha rocket, said his faith in Allah was the only way he could cope with the tragedy.
“Every time I want to give up hope, I just open the Quran to my favorite passage, Surah 2:194: ‘Whoever acts aggressively against you, inflict injury on him,’” Hamid said. “Whenever I read those words, I am immediately filled with inspiration and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Anyway, on a more serious note (same topic), I last night discovered this great piece by British philosopher Roger Scruton. He argues that Muslim anger has not a single target, but rather a single source; it is really just one grievance, transferable to whatever catches its eye on that day:
Like every transferable grievance, that of Islamism is often right in its judgment of the things that it hates. Who among us is entirely pleased with McWorld? Who among us does not wish that some kind of lid could be put on the licentiousness of modern societies? But that is not the point. Most of us recognise that there is an organic connection between freedom and its abuse, and that licentiousness is the price we pay for political liberty.
Muslims want that liberty as much as non-Muslims do: and to obtain it they migrate in their millions from the places where Islam is sovereign to the places where it is not – America being the longed-for final haven. And that is the source of the grievance. Radical Islam is cut off from the modern world: its revelation and its law are by their nature fixed and unadaptable, and the sight of people successfully living according to other codes and with other aspirations is both a cause of offence and an irresistible temptation.
Food for laughter, food for thought.