American Taliban

And there may be terrorists in Connecticut too

[update 2] Clearly and as facts are emerging it would seem that most of the speculation below is all wrong. I am just relieved to know that the police handled this quickly and and professionally while following the trail that Faisal left behind. Police grabbed the man believed to be responsible for the bomb, Faisal Shahzhad, at JFK airport trying to board a flight to Dubai.

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[end of update 2] Bumped with a fresh timestamp - originally posted 2010-05-03 08:23:35 -0400.

Steven D at the Booman Tribune has been following this and piecing together the who, what, where, when and why of the attempted bombing in Times Square as best he can:

"Christian" Leader Advocates Muslim Genocide -- How Christ-like is that?


I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

      -- Gandhi


Gandhi was on to something here. Not all Christians; not even all fundamentalist sects. But there are definitely some evangelical fundamentalist sects of "Christianity" that not only qualify for Gandhi's quote, they may also qualify as jihadist extremists and prove themselves worthy of derision as the "American Taliban" of Christianity.

The latest example comes from Media Matters, and concerns the American Family Association's "Christian" leader Bryan Fischer, who goes on-record to recommend genocide and provides biblical justification for it.

To see just how ignorant Fischer's screed is, I've substituted other words for "Muslim" and "Islam" and posted the result under the fold. It's pretty eye-opening (for those who have open hearts and minds, that is).

If you want to check it out, make a leap of faith and click on over the jump...

The Right's Coming Blowout: Watch Faux Patriotic Colors Run

From the inset called "Other Voices" in the article Obama's Nobel win draws mixed reaction, a small subset of the comments:


"A bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment."
    — Jimmy Carter, 2002 Peace Prize laureate

"We trust that this award will strengthen his commitment, as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, to continue promoting peace and the eradication of poverty."
    — Nelson Mandela, 1993 Peace Prize laureate

"In these hard times people who are capable of taking responsibility, who have a vision, commitment and political will, should be supported."
    — Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990 Peace Prize laureate

"It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama's message of hope."
    — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Peace Prize laureate


"The Nobel prize for peace? Obama should have won the 'Nobel Prize for escalating violence and killing civilians.' "
    — Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid


"I do hope that Obama will make efforts to work for peace and he will try to scrap the policies of Bush who put the world peace in danger."
    — Pakistan Islamic leader Hanif Jalandhri


Mmm...notice how you could take this statement:


"The Nobel prize for peace? Obama should have won the 'Nobel Prize for escalating violence and killing civilians.' "
    — Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid


And, with the following substitution, make it into what you're likely to hear from Reich-wing pundits today, like so:


"The Nobel prize for peace? Obama should have won the 'Nobel Prize for escalating violence and killing civilians.' "
    — Radio personality Rush Limbaugh


Try substituting "Congressman John Boehner" or "FOX News correspondent Sean Hannity" too.

It's sad, the way the lipstick washes off and the "true colors" of these self-inflated domestic terrorists runs off their backs...but at least once they've stepped up to show themselves for what they are, we'll be able call them what they are and they'll be unable to hide from their own flatulent bloviance.

Love's Labor Lost: When Religion Takes Precedence Over Law

The debate of Church and State takes many forms, spanning centuries and cultures with ease. Perhaps the clearest examples we've seen of religious extremism -- outside of our very own American Taliban1 -- have been embodied within regimes like the Taliban of Afghanistan, or within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Examples abound, but one case that recently made headlines2 in some areas illustrates just how the dominance of religious belief over secular law can interfere with love, marriage and a woman's right to choose. A right which, btw, refers not only to her right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term but also her right to choose who to marry, where to live and how to raise her children.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Two years ago, a knock on Fatima and Mansour al-Timani's door shattered the life they had built together.

It was the police, delivering news that a judge had annulled their marriage in absentia after some of Fatima's relatives sought the divorce on grounds she had married beneath her.

That was just the beginning of an ordeal for a couple who _ under Saudi Arabia's strict segregation rules _ can no longer live together. They sued to reverse the ruling, publicized their story and sought help from a Saudi human rights group.

But the two remain apart and Fatima said she is considering suicide if her recent appeal to King Abdullah does not reunite her with her husband.

How would you like such a nightmare in your life?