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January 27, 2005

Yeah, Imagine That

I'm putting off high dudgeon regarding the latest on the terrorism-related interrogation front, but an email that Jonah Goldberg paraphrases makes me wonder how far from any sense of real life the entire debate has drifted:

One reader argued that we should be bothered by any attempt to separate a man from his God. How would you feel, he asked, if American soldiers were forced to witness a crucifix being desecrated or a Torah being destroyed?

As Goldberg suggests, it's an interesting question. I'd suggest that it's one that American Christians are universally qualified as experts to answer. Well, having subjected myself to such torture afresh, I'd suggest that if we're going to become so concerned about the religious sensibilities of potential enemies of our country, then we'd best abolish the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted by Justin Katz at January 27, 2005 8:09 PM

To complete the parallel, we should not only make the prisoners witness the desecration of their holy symbols, but pay for it, too.

Posted by: Ben Bateman at January 28, 2005 2:04 AM

"... we should be bothered by any attempt to separate a man from his God."

This type of rhetoric shows a fundamental lack of understanding toward anything of a religious nature. Unless the author of the email is suggesting religious people are all idolatrous, it is somewhat ridiculous to suggest that anybody could separate a man from his God. Granted if a crucifix or bible or other symbol of the sacred were destroyed in front of me it would probably cause a bit of mental anquish, but a symbol of the sacred is not considered God and I highly doubt that the terrorists look upon women as symbols of the sacred. The true parallel in this case from Islamic captor to 'infidel' would hardly be desecrating a crucifix or bible or torah. I like Jonah, would venture to guess that the desecration of the body would be more likely, such as removal of our soldiers' extremities.

Posted by: smmtheory at January 28, 2005 10:42 PM

"I like Jonah,..."

Hey, I like Jonah (or at least his writing) too! ;)

Posted by: Mike S. at January 31, 2005 3:59 PM