The once-civilized people of the Islamic world have devolved into international pariahs. In the hands of those formerly known for their tolerance, art, literature, and hospitality, this religion has become the plaything of the extremist element.
While Christianity in America is also frequently a tool for the right-wing bigot, violence is thankfully restricted to a relative few. This is the happy difference between Democracy and Theocracy: if all laws derive from God, who is to say they are wrong?
Well, I say they're wrong. They're all wrong. All religions are fictions, and all laws in service to them serve lies and liars for their own unholy and unjust purposes. For those of us of the faithless faction, we wish to be free of the oppressive effects of religion on our daily lives.
But as imperfect as it is, this Republic is a far superior home for me than that of the rabid, teeming mob of the radical Islamicist. It is also a superior home for the thoughtful Muslim, the peaceful Christian, the compassionate Jew, and the citizen atheist.
As the Enlightenment recedes into history, the soul of the world is imperiled, not by the free of thought, but by those free of thoughts.
The disgusting show put on by the bloodthirsty hypocrites of the Sudan serves as a reminder that some societies deserve to flourish, while some deserve to wither on the vine.