The Echo Chamber
Friday, November 22, 2002
  3:42 PM

What Would Jesus Blog?

Everybody has been talking this week about what Jesus would drive. Since he was a carpenter, I personally think he'd have a beat-up old work truck with a built in tool box and an overhead rack for lumber.

I'd rather know what Jesus would blog about the 200 people killed by religious fanatics in Nigeria over a silly little beauty contest. Probably he'd reiterate the Golden Rule or the Beatitudes.

Actually the closest to a blogger in the Bible has to be the Apostle Paul. He was the Steven Den Beste of his day - always firing off lengthy missives about matters that concerned him. Paul said something profound about religious fanaticism:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away... When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me... And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I Corinthians 13
Dogmatism to the exclusion of love for others is childish. These fanatics need to grow up. 

  9:38 AM

105 Confirmed Dead in Nigerian Pageant Rioting
Trouble first flared on Wednesday over a report in This Day, an independent newspaper, which claimed the Prophet Mohammad would have married one of the Miss World beauty queens.
UPDATE: The Washington Post Reports that rioters, who apparently have no sense of irony, chanted "Down with beauty." 

Thursday, November 21, 2002
  6:07 AM

Palestinian Suicide Bomber Targets School Children

In a successful bid to sink to the lowest form of depravity, a Palestinian bomber killed ten on a bus this morning. Among the dead were school children.

The Palestinian "cult of death" makes no rational sense. This attack is made in the shadow of an Israeli political campaign. If they were rational, the Palestinians would be doing everything in their power to encourage the election of liberals in Israel. Instead, they are virtually guaranteeing a conservative sweep.

You'd think by their actions that they want all-out war. But that can't be right. They know that they would lose. Instead, they are counting on the innate goodness of the Jews to stay Israel's hand. They believe that their evil will eventually fatigue Israel to the point it gives up and its people leave the middle east. They accept peace deals and cease fires only to make incremental gains and allow time to reload.

It is hard for those who are good to understand the motivations and plans of those who are evil. And these terrorists are the very essence of evil. Israel needs to get serious about killing every one of them.

There will be massive collateral damage. But before the Palestinians abandon the culture of death they have embraced, the population is apparently going to have to experience more pain. It’s remarkable that after all the death, Palestinians still favor terrorism.

The normal constraints of humanity don't seem to apply to radical Muslims. The fact that what they are doing is wrong is not enough. Radical Muslims need to be shown that terrorism is counter-productive. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
  11:03 AM

This Thing Needs to be Kept Away From Children

Here's Michael Jackson daggling his baby by one arm over the 5th floor balcony for the pleasure of his few remaining fans gathered below.

James Lileks wondered if the diaper over the head means that Jacko has already started with the plastic surgery on this kid.

I have another theory about that diaper. Jackson put the diaper over the baby’s head so that he wouldn’t be afraid of the height. If so, then this endangerment was premeditated, not some temporary failure of judgement. 

  6:28 AM

And Now For Something Completely Different:

If you need to dilute a diet of straight warblogging, go read Anna's Belligerent Bunny Blog.

Anna has a funny skewed way of looking at the world that I find hilarious. Her combination of pop-culture and current events will appeal to fans of James Lileks

Monday, November 18, 2002
  10:36 AM

Good News for Anyone Interested in Living

Far too often the first sign of heart disease is sudden death. For years the best predictor for heart disease has been the cholesterol level. Unfortunately, cholesterol is not that great of an indicator statistically. People with high cholesterol sometimes live for years without an attack. Often people with low cholesterol have attacks. Doctor’s estimate that about half of the people with heart disease have normal cholesterol levels.

Doctors are hopeful that they have found a better indicator in C-reactive protein. A new study has shown that women with high C-reactive protein were twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as women with high cholesterol. Doctors expect a similar correlation in men.

One doctor who has used this test described it as a simple blood test that only costs $8 to administer.


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