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What part don't you understand?

15 08 10 - 19:54

I am amazed at how little Americans understand the idea of programmatic, or generative, ideas like computer code or law.

For example, this fracas over the ground zero mosque -- which is flagrantly stupid:

US President Barack Obama's endorsement of a controversial plan to build a mosque just blocks from Ground Zero poured fuel Saturday on a raging debate over religious freedom and sensitivities over the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims "have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said at an Iftar meal at the White House for Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast late Friday.

That includes "the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan." - AFP

He's right on this one. How do we tell them they can't build there? Our society is not set up for that. We cannot point to "inappropriate symbolism" in our laws. It's just not there. Even more, I have to wonder where these outraged people have been since 1965.

Or to phrase it another way:

What part of "diversity" do you not understand?

Diversity, coupled with a consumerist/democratic society (otherwise known as "liberal democracy" or a "free state"), means that if they have the money, members of any religion can build their temples wherever they can afford to.

Hamanites building in a Jewish neighborhood? No law against it. Muslims building at ground zero? Ditto. Christians buying up Madaleine Murray O'Hair's old house and turning it into a museum of creationism? All legit, by the same rule.

You're shocked that you have to press one for English, two for Spanish, three for Vietnamese, and four for Russian when you call up your local service center? Why?

What part of "diversity" do you not understand?

You're not a culture anymore, or even a nation. You're a place people become citizens of because the money and social freedoms are good. That's it. That's all that unites you. Not a spirit, not even a political outlook. In fact, you're basically in a giant apartment complex that you rent with your taxes, and your only obligation is not to upset your neighbors with loud noise, bad smells, or murder. That's all.

The rest is a vast empty plain, with nothing organizing it... and you chose it, apparently. Good thinking.

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