Hey Everybody, ISIS sure acts real mean
It’s pretty hard to get people to follow your blog if you never post anything. Note to self. But on to my post…
I can be a fairly unpopular person at dinner parties. I would rather debate serious issues than share pleasantries over a vegetable plate. It runs in the family. Now, I’m not saying this is always appropriate, but it is my natural tendency, and why my more naturally congenial wife will jab me in the ribs when I do it too often. And see there I go again, digressing…
So, let’s see: ISIS (or ISIL or whatever you prefer to call them, I prefer Barbarians myself) is busy killing people. They have distinguished themselves of late for their sheer brutality and bloodlust. They also have decided to borrow from the Taliban and then add a Hannibal Lector level of glee to the killings. Meaning, they are now a “State” that is systematically killing people. They control huge tracks of land (yes, that is a Monty Python reference in the middle of this gore, but hey like the Spanish Inquisition…) and are busy making the most of the free hand they have to rape (not the Rolling Stone level, you know the real gritty kind, like the Russian’s taking the Rhineland), murder, destroy (not Israelis building some houses kind, the lay waste to millennium old relics of various religious faiths), pillage (not the some supposedly evil corporation buying out a competitor, the physical destruction of just whatever lies in their way), maim, torture (not waterboarding, the good old fashioned draw blood, break bone and maw flesh kind) and otherwise behave themselves boorishly.
Am I being needlessly raw? I don’t think so. These people are evil. And not necessary evil, like Bain in a Batman movie. Real evil, like, I don’t know, who can they be compared to??? Oh, right, Hitler. That boogeyman of endless Hollywood movies. That evil that many people bandy about as the reference point for evil.
So, let’s stop making excuses for these evil doers. Yes, I am making a reference to President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. As a freeman I am appalled at the callousness of his remarks. The crusades are no more relevant to the conversation than the Punic Wars would be. The modern actions of the Arab states are however. Forced deportations of Jews. Turkish slaughter of Armenian Christians. I could go on and on.
As a Christ follower, I will continue to pray for the conversion of these lost souls. But please don’t patronize me with references to actions taken by Christians over 600 years ago as though I should feel contrite in wanting this current slaughter to cease.