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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Political Shenanigans

Muslims worldwide upset about some rather tame cartoons (not op-ed pieces mind you) depicting the prophet Mohammed. Saudis upset by Bush's goal of reducing our dependence on foreign oil by 75%. Maybe I'm insensitive but none of this nonsense bothers me. Americans do not have an obligation to continue funding the Saudi royal family nor does the non-Muslim majority in our country have to cater to the Muslims. As American citizens the Muslim-American community is guaranteed the right to practice the religion of their choice and I have no problem with that. I do have a problem, however, with the radical faction that believes that the right to practice Islam inherently includes the right to wage jihad against me. Leave dar el Harb and return to dar el Islam. America will not be conquered and converted: American soil is not, and will never be, dar el Islam. To the jihadists: your right to practice your religion does not preclude my right as a living, breathing Presbyterian to continue the pursuit of happiness.

That pursuit happens to include my chosen path as an author. I have a novel to finish. That novel happens to include a protagonist (villain) who is a Muslim jihadist bent on destroying all that I love. Because I am an American I can write and hopefully publish such fiction without fear of being jailed because of my words. Maybe, just maybe, my work will become popular and it will help open the eyes of my fellow countrymen to the greatest threat to our country since its inception.

For a proper response to a truly disgusting cartoon see the Joint Chiefs' joint reply to Tom Toles' trash.

Time to get to work.

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