I’ve posted here before about the fiction of Lars Walker. I didn’t mention that he is a shrewd commentator on political and cultural matters, as well. I offer you a taste of his take on the Pope’s comments and the Islamic reaction:
Any reasonable person would recognize that
rioting and murdering people are a self-contradictory means of
proclaiming one’s peacefulness. And the fact that a large part of
the Muslim world fails to get the joke (such as it is) pretty much
says it all.
But the Islamic world doesn’t care. Because they’re not involved in a struggle of ideas, but a struggle of honor.
Honor, and honor cultures, is one of my hobbyhorses. I believe (perhaps wrongly) that my study of Viking sagas has taught me something about the subject.
I want you to go read the whole post, so I’ll leave the rest of it at Lars’ site. Check it out and discover how to deal with honor cultures.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?