10% of the population in Damascus is Christian. They are protected from the Muslim majority by Assad. When Assad falls the more radical Muslims who will take over will kill all the Christians. These Christians are brave people to stay in Syria and from the look in their eyes it is easy to see that they are fully prepared to die for their religion.
This is insane. Not being willing to die for your religion, but the reprisals against them.
Totally, but I'm not even expecting the piece of crap legislation Reid is trundling around with in the Senate to pass.
What I find most sickening is how quickly conspiracy theories were given wings and spread like wildfire. How there were supposedly other shooters, that it was an Obama-designed anti-gun death squad, that the parents were faking being emotionally distraught, etc. Stinks of an NRA-spun campaign to boost sales of soon-to-be-banned firearms and ammunition...not that they needed it. As we've mentioned here before, the sales of firearms and ammo have skyrocketed since Sandy Hook without the aid of conspiracies. It's just disgusting.
I'm with slo, I don't see how the NRA lobbyists or, better yet, Wayne laPierre, can sleep at night. Reminds me of the depiction of the tobacco company execs from the TRUTH ads several years ago. What it really shows is how the almighty dollar is the greatest, most all-powerful god in America, Jesus and the Lord himself be damned.
And while we're on the topic, did anyone read that article about the NRA a few months ago in "Rolling Stone"? Scary, scary stuff if it's true. Now one--and I mean NO ONE--should have that much political influence in this country. If it's true, of course, and I find myself becoming more and more skeptical about...well, EVERYTHING.
I can't imagine what it would possibly take to make it happen. How could anything be more revolting than what happened at Sandy Hook? NPR reported the other day the FBI estimates that Adam Lanza, who looked about strong enough to fight his way out of the proverbial wet paper sack, was able to fire 154 rounds in just under 5 minutes.
I don't know how the NRA lobbyists can possibly sleep at night without the aid of chemicals. And to try and imagine how terrified those poor children were; it is sickening, absolutely sickening to think that maybe, just maybe......lobby money will win again. We'll soon see.
Gun control is really a question of political will in this country. There is no will to take on the NRA and other zealots. On the other hand, if meaningful legislation is passed, the gun industry expects there to be massive gun sales before the law takes effect. It makes me sick.
There are now millions of people - regular average people - who want meaningful gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook. What do the gun freaks say when another guy in a small town goes crazy and decides to randomly take several lives and then kill himself? That we need better mental health services? Yes, we do, but that is not the point.
I talked to a turkey hunter who said he needs an assault weapon to hunt for turkeys. Why? Because everybody is so wired they take phone calls in the woods from other hunter friends and don't want to take the time to reload when they get a location. Really dude? You need an assault weapon and 6 50 round clips to go shoot a turkey? Can't you just carry several 8 round clips in a hand gun to take out the bird?
If any of my fellow Dead.netters are on other social media outlets like Facebook, I'm sure we've all seen the Republicans posting and sharing picture-quotes from Mr. Reagan about how much he supported the 2nd Amendment and how taking away their assault rifles, bazookas, gatling guns, etc., infringes on their Constitutional rights. What I find interesting about that is how the quotation they keep sharing is only a PORTION of an entire quotation where Mr. Reagan says he could see no need for any civilian to own an assault rifle like an AK47 or the like.
HHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Gets you thinking, doesn't it? Like how easily the spoken/written word can be warped and twisted to suit your needs? Yeah, that pen sure is mightly all right!
Persecution takes on many forms, though religious persecution is probably what we see most often. I don't think it's something that's talked about enough, or, at the very least, identified. I would go so far to say that even bullying is, in its way, persecution, especially when there's more than one bully.
You're right, though, Anna; it is a pretty interesting topic. One that most Americans would most certainly avoid discussing since so many of us seem to partake in it. Like how, if you support the President's views on gun control, you *must* be a "bleeding heart liberal" and a "dirty hippy" and all other kinds of slanderous words meant to label and coerce those who aren't with "the majority."
On a slightly different-yet-also-related topic, is it just me, or are people bullying more now that it's become "an epidemic," or is it simply because it's in the spotlight that we notice it more?
No thanks, just thinking about it gives me mouth barf.
as much as I try to avoid it, it's about as difficult to avoid in our diets as it is to avoid atmospheric oxygen. Especially at the holidays. Right now, those damn "Peeps" are irresistible!! Yellow, blue, purple, pink.
Happy Easter.......and do what the Allman Brothers recommended, "Eat a Peep". :)